Painting the sky red

At one point of time Harun Robert wanted to become a pilot. It was doctor next, followed by magician…only he ended up as ‘Rob’, kids’ favourite anchor, who makes inspiring artwork from stuff found around.

“It was a chance discovery,” admits Rob, in Tricity for a workshop at Oakbridge International School on Saturday. And, he is enjoying every minute of this journey. “I live my passion and somebody else pays for it, what more can one ask for?” he questions.

With nine successful seasons of his show M.A.D, he is on to preparing the tenth. He moves to Visakhapatnam from Chandigarh, exploring Sikkim next: “When I started, I had huge ideas which I duly exhausted till season 6. Now I struggle — interacting with children, checking out materials easily available to them and whatever catches my fancy on my frequent travels.”

Kids’ feedback helps Rob keep on track as does their parents and grandparents. Amazed by the phenomenal response his show has garnered over the years, Rob says, “Wherever I go, kids, their parents and grandparents recognise me. Unlimited adulation from children and blessings from elders is indeed overwhelming.”

Rob is the reason adults let children watch TV happily. “My idea is not just to make kids glued to the screen but help them move around and let their imagination soar.”

It is tough keepings kids interested for their attention span is so short. How does Rob achieve the feat? “Well, kids are the most challenging audience and the most honest. It works for both of us,” says the anchor who ensures that he never gets preachy.

With kids already burdened by the syllabus, studies and more, he lets them exercise options. “Why could sky only be blue? Paint it red, if you want. That is my approach.” (parents, teachers are you listening?)

Having turned the director of M.A.D, Rob has also started fusing his first love stop motion animation into the show. He is not very enthusiastic about 3 D animation, but stop motion is his call where he can touch, feel and move objects. “Make a spoon move is like giving birth…a fresh feeling of creation each time.”

He has loads of stories to tell, as well a medium that he has mastered; what he is waiting for is time and investment to turn his stories into animation. “It is certainly going to be a kid- centric animation for sure,” says this artiste, a pass out of Delhi School of Art and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Life in the glam lane
Chandigarh girl and Miss India finalist, Aprajita Sharma hopes to make it to Bollywood soon. Till then she is happy walking the ramp for top-shot designers

Little more than a year later, after being a finalist in Miss India, Chandigarh girl Aprajita Sharma is on a whirlwind journey. Fashion shows and commercials make her shuttle between Delhi and Mumbai.

In Chandigarh on Saturday to walk the ramp for Amit Kashyap, Aprajita opens up on life in the glamour world…

Big gain

In the year gone by I have walked the ramp for the best in the fashion world — JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani, Vikram Phadnis and more. It feels awesome to have worked with who’s who of the fashion world. I thank Miss Femina for giving me this platform.

Good and bad

Glamour industry is just like any other profession. There are pluses and minuses of every profession, good and bad people in every industry. It’s up to you how you deal with it.

Support system

Though both my parents are from teaching profession, they have been hugely supportive. I am always on call with mum, visit home often. So through the ups and downs, overt attention and loneliness, I have made it through with their support.

Screen call

Of course, acting is next on the list. I do get offers from South and Punjabi film industry and am open to it. If South is known for their professionalism, Punjabi industry is the upcoming one. I am yet to hear from Bollywood, and hopefully soon. I am as open to soaps as films. Beauty pageants do give you a platform yet there are those who make it and who don’t, I hope to fall in the former league.

Learning ground

I have been an athlete, shot put as well as volleyball player. I am all for exercising. It keeps you fit and beautiful naturally. I am through with graduation and so hoping to pursue masters. My parents are always after my life to continue education and I think I will.

Idol worship

I am a huge SRK fan and guess what, I have not met him still. I love Salman Khan and duly look up to Priyanka Chopra. Who says it is either beauty or brains? She, from being a model, has become an awesome actor. What has touched me the most is how grounded these celebs are. Greet Amitabh Bachchan and he stops by to respond even if you are an unknown entity. That’s what success should 
do to you.

Delhi incident

It has put the nation to shame. For the first time I am ashamed to be an Indian. Women are unsafe everywhere in the country, more so in Delhi. We must not let this rising fade away. Let’s not stop till we change it.

For fun’s sake
Music composer-cum-singer-cum-actor Bhinda Aujla is okay with the Punjabi film industry churning out rom-coms 
Ashima Batish

It’s too early to expect experimental cinema from the just-revived Punjabi film industry. Too early for it to spring up surprise thrillers or action flicks. Let it produce more romantic, funny, buddy films, let more singers become actors, let it tread the beaten path.. what is important right now is to mint money, get established and then take a step forward.

Bhinda Aujla, a music director-cum-singer-cum- actor, who will debut with Jugnu Weds Jugni, doesn’t mind confessing that majority of the Punjabi films that’ll hit the big screens this year will again be rom-coms. There is still time for other genres to enter the mainstream.

He is doing another film, Sajjan-The Real Story, again a comedy. “Punjab is a happy and prosperous state. People have money, they are well-travelled and haven’t seen the difficulties of life like people of other states. The reason, you can’t offer them cinema that isn’t enough entertaining.” But when it comes to present something new to the audience, he suggests history of Punjab makes for a perfect topic. Given the number of freedom fighters and revolutionaries from Punjab, films on the same will make meaningful cinema. “I realise that other regional cinemas make films on diverse subjects but you can’t draw a comparison between us and them. We should make ‘different’ cinema only when we are ready for it and not just for the heck of it.”

He has over 300 tracks to his credit but composing three tracks for Jihne Mera Dil Luteya was the high point of his career. A trained music composer and singer from London, he feels that his life will change post the release of Jugnu Weds Jugni. “It’s a pure comedy and I am sure people will appreciate it.” He is happy to enter the queue of singers who graduated to become actors, a trend he finds in the interest of the industry. “People’s acceptance of Punjabi singers and actors is more as compared to actors as such. If they can help make a movie do well, I don’t see any harm if the trend is followed in the future too.” As for his success, he gives credit to his Godfather, Kamraan Ahmed, owner of record label, Movie Box, who he says helped him learn the nuances of music composition.

This year, he believes the fate of Punjabi cinema will change. With the number of films releasing and Bollywood taking more and more interest in Punjabi film industry, one can safely say that the industry is faring pretty well. “When Akshay Kumar is ready to present a Punjabi film, it becomes evident that we are generating enough business.” That box office figures of last year hits reflect clearly. And he is happy to make his contribution to the same.

Eat, play, love
Delhi-based dietician Dr Shikha Sharma feels that the presentation of food plays an important role in inculcating the right eating habits among children
Amarjot Kaur

Dr Shikha Sharma, a Delhi-based dietician, who is also the member of Young Indians (YI), visited the city at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)-32 on Friday. At the conference that primarily focused on nutritional value, Sharma busted many myths related to food.

“When women say that milk is the only source of calcium, I ask them if they have ever wondered where the cows get their calcium from. Moreover, most mothers add copious amount of sugar in the milk, which further goes down to drain whatever calcium it did have,” says Sharma with a rather assertive tone. “What really can serve as a good calcium base, are green vegetables and sesame seeds. Also, one needs to innovate when it comes to serving food to children. You can use an ice-cream cone and fill it with fruits, just top the filling with a little scoop of ice-cream and there is no way that a kid won’t relish it,” she winks.

On how to persuade the children to indulge in healthy eating habits, Sharma offers a rather simple solution, “Children will do what you don’t want them to and will also copy what you do. So, play on it. If you prepare a bowl of sprouts or lentils and play them into eating the same, they will carelessly give in.”

If you are wondering how to influence your child about healthy food, Sharma renders the key, “I know peer pressure messes with your child’s mind, which also gets in your way. And against your better judgement, you end up giving him or her a packet of chips and coke. I’ll suggest the parents to encourage their children to participate in group activities, when in a group; they will enjoy something as boring as a bowl of sprouts too.”

Something for everyone

While speaking volumes about the outlandish escapades that cater to the nutritional values as mentioned in the Ayurveda, Sharma draws focus on five keys to good health. “Besides establishing a close proximity with nature, and the intuitive wisdom that our body has, we should do away with the idea of attaining perfection because it is such a relative word,” she says. As she brushes her hair behind the ears, and answering to the general queries related with food, she smiles, “Do you know how good a half a glass of water can be, when taken right before the meal? It improves digestion and if you have ginger boiled in water early in the morning, it will help your body to digest all toxins,” she adds.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, she advises dalchhini, which can also be taken by those who are diabetic.

Fodder for emotions

Like chocolate, which is capable of evoking feeling of love, food can play a major role in changing one’s behaviour. “According to a survey that was conducted recently at the juvenile prisons in the US, junk food makes children irritable and restless. When the prison authorities stopped serving them with junk food, sugar and aerated drinks, they found a considerable change in their behaviour; they were less agitated and their aggression level also came down. Children should be offered a healthy diet and Indian food suffices and has all the essential nutrients that are required for the proper growth of your child.

Weight wise

“It takes at least 20 minutes for the brain to process that the stomach is full,” quips Sharma, “However, if you do want to lose weight, there is nothing better than starting your day with a glass of lukewarm water with half a lemon in it.”

While talking about women and their weight-related issues, Sharma turns red in rage, “I don’t understand why women harass themselves so much, we are all humans and everybody cannot be perfect. There is nothing wrong if you indulge in butter chicken on a diet. Don’t feel guilty, instead just stay calm and focus on having a balanced diet.” While enlisting a few food items that can help you in managing your weight better, Sharma said, “It’s best to have flaxseeds mixed in ‘roti’ to manage diet. Also, aloe vera juice is very good for digestion and it boosts your metabolism.

Healthy living

  • Never leave home on an empty stomach, even if it requires you to eat just a handful of sprouts.
  • Avoid drinking fruit juices early if you have skipped breakfast. Instead, drink vegetable juice.
  • Black pepper does not only cure cough but also keeps you warm during the winter.
  • Keep your liver healthy, it has the ability to wash out maximum toxins from the body. Aloe vera, wheatgrass juice and barley water go a long way in keeping your liver healthy.
  • Amla is good for hair.

gyan zone
Pixel perfect 
The annual exhibition of Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi highlights the conventional and unconventional mediums
Manpriya Singh

Sometimes movement is more important than an improvement. Each year, the Annual Art Exhibition 2012 by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi promises a perceptible change. Somewhere in the names, at times in the works; this while it’s in the mediums. From etching and aquatint, pen on sheet, etching and chine colle to pen and ink; there’s a breather from the generally dominated oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas.

Shares Diwan Manna, chairman, “This year, for the first time, we have a video installation. While it is very common at other places in the country, in Chandigarh, that is not the case. At least, it’s a first by the Akademi.”

Annual affair

The three categories namely professional, student and invited, aim at putting together the art from various sections. Starting with the award winners, there’s Alka Kalra’s Dhaba, an acrylic on canvas painting the picture of ordinary kitchen utensils. While 36 works figure in the professional category, maximum works, 48, feature in the student category.

Says Manna, “Things are gradually improving. There is an influx of new talent because of their exposure to seminars and lectures. The only challenge is to retain the talent in the city.”

By invitation only

There are as many as 34 invited artists. Bheem Malhotra’s Snowscapes On The Way comes with his characteristic touch and features in the invited artists’ list. There’s JS Garcha’s acrylic on canvas, My City, is as blue as beautiful, comprising just the complex winding roots of a tree. While many have had their fare share of limelight, other names don’t seem so familiar, spring from nowhere and present a refreshing change. Selected artist Ajay Kalwaniya’s photograph of two kids at Lok Tilak Manya Station brings out the innocence of children amidst rubble. There’s Ila Choudhary’s Some Faces in My Life, a tapestry in silk.

Mediums galore

As many as 118 art works on display come packed with various mediums. To begin with, there’s Untalkable Video, a multimedia projection on display by Manjot Kaur. Satish Kumar’s Devil Tree, done in charcoal, stands apart for giving a beautiful touch of realism to abstract. There’s Master of Light, an inkjet print work by Diwan Manna, exploring the poetry and lyricism in light against the background of Corbusier’s work. Dev Inder’s Shadows and Flowers is as straight and simple as it can get and brings out the raw beauty of shadows and flowers.

Moving on, the wooden sculpture by Gaganndeep Kaur, Bhukh Da Saathi, brings out the dynamism of a lunch box. Two steps away lies a half-eaten corn cob in stone, titled Chhalli by the same artist. There’s Sadhana Kumari’s work in wood, comprising a manuscript with a peacock feather titled Epic. Rahul Dhiman’s Daily Life, highlights the shadows of daily labourers and burden of a common man in the medium of collograph. This apart from other works done in splash of colours or dynamism of monochromes.

Shares Manna, “Our job was just to invite. The selection has been done by the jury.” He adds, “But each year, the criteria remain the same. Good art.”

On till January 24 at Sobha Singh Art Gallery, Punjab Kala Bhawan—16, Chandigarh

Master Chef
In hot soup!
Ranjan Dibya

Broths alias soups have been popular since the ancient days. Good for digestion and loaded with nutritional value, the taste and flavour of the soup should be appealing to the palette, so they too have to be made in interesting ways with all types of ingredients. Here we have combined carrot and ginger to give you a unique flavour and taste for your special soup.

Wash ginger and carrot. Cut into pieces. Brush olive oil in a baking tray. Add all the other ingredients to the baking tray except the cream. Roast them at 180 degrees centigrade for 10 to 15 minutes or till there are brown streaks on it. Remove the dish from the oven and make a fine puree of it using a food processor. In a soup pan, heat the olive oil and add the puree to it. Add the vegetable stock. Depending on your appetite and your tastebuds, season with salt and sugar if required and cook it on a simmer flame. Add the cream on top and serve it in soup bowls with some fresh oven bread rolls or bread sticks. Garnish with fresh cream and some roasted ginger pieces

(Dibya is a visiting Goan chef) 

—As told to Poonam Bindra

Roasted carrot and ginger soup


100 gms carrots

4 to 5 black peppercorn

1 small ginger root

1 celery stick

1 bay leaf

1 tbsp olive oil

A pinch of sugar

2 to 3 garlic cloves

2 tbsp fresh cream

2 cup vegetable stock

Salt to taste

Doc Talk
Arm candy
Vishal Thukral

Having toned arms is something to die for. To reduce inner-arm fat, one must reduce overall body fat percentage. It is not possible to spot reduce a certain area on your body. Eating a healthy diet along with exercising on a regular basis will help to lose extra weight. During weight loss, specific toning exercises for inner arms are recommended to tone and strengthen them.

Here, several easy arm toning exercises are suggested especially for women. The best way to get rid of ugly, flabby arm "meat" is to reduce the amount of fat in arms and tone arm muscles.

Triceps dips

This exercise can be done using an exercise bench or any sturdy, non-movable object that's about the same height as an exercise bench. Dips will give quick definition to the backs and sides of the arms, making them look athletic and diminishing flab. Start with two sets of 10 repetitions and work your way up to three sets of 15-20 reps as you get stronger. Do this exercise every other day for maximum results.

How you do

  • Position your hands shoulder width apart on a secured bench or stable chair.
  • Move your booty in front of the bench with your legs bent and feet placed about hip width apart on the floor.
  • Straighten out your arms and keep a little bend in your elbows in order to always keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints.
  • Now slowly bend at your elbows and lower your upper body down towards the floor until your arms are at about a 90 degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the bench.
  • Once you reach the bottom of the movement, slowly press off with your hands, and push yourself straight back up to the starting position


Regular or girly (modified) push-ups are a great arm toning exercise. They tone the biceps in the front of the arm and the chest. Push-ups are also great because they can be done anywhere and use your own bodyweight. Lie prone on floor with hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Raise body up on the floor by extending arms. Keeping body straight, lower body to floor by bending arms. Push body up until arms are extended. Repeat. Start with two sets 10-15 repetitions and work your way to three sets.

Dumbbell bicep curls

From a standing position, hold a dumbbell (1kg & increase weight as your strength increases with practice) in each hand (arms at sides). Keeping your palms facing up, slowly curl up both arms by bending at the elbow until your biceps are fully flexed; keep your elbows close to your sides during this exercise. Hold for a second, then slowly lower your weights back down to the starting position and repeat. Start with two sets 10-15 repetitions and work your way to three sets.

Triceps extension

Do the overhead triceps extension. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent and both arms directly overhead holding a dumbbell (minimum 2kg & increase weight as your strength increases with practice). The inside of your elbows should be touching your head. Slowly lower the dumbbell down behind your head and hold for two seconds, and then return to your starting position. Repeat for 20 repetitions, or until your muscle is tired. Start with two sets and work your way to three sets.

Diet tips

Stock up on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These healthy food options will give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly, supply energy for exercising and reduce hunger.

Remove unhealthy foods that include saturated fats, sugars and refined flours from your diet. Drink plenty of water. Water not only fills you up and eliminates hunger, but it also keeps your digestive tract functioning properly. Proper digestion is important for weight loss because it reduces water retention and flushes excess fat from the body.

(Thukral is an aerobic fitness trainer)

star track
When John lost his cool

John Abraham John Abraham is not a regular at award shows. He attended one show recently and that left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

A source says, "John attended the awards function with the rest of the cast of Shootout at Wadala to promote the movie which releases in the summer. He will be attending other award shows this season because of Vicky Donor which has been nominated in many categories. So at this particular show, he reached at eight and waited in his vanity van. After two hours, a boy from the event management company escorted him backstage and John was fine with it. He went and found that Ranbir Kapoor was still on stage and he had to wait for another hour for his segment. Then he got angry and gave a piece of his mind to the event managers from the company that organised the show."

The source continues, "John is a cool guy and even tempered. He rarely loses his cool and does not throw his weight around. He is professional and punctual so he did not like the fact that he was made to wait for three hours and it was just unprofessional behaviour on part of the event managers! So he made his displeasure known to them."

We hope John has a good time at the other award shows this season


Believe it or not, Shazahn Padamsee is a busy girl. She overcomes stress and monotony in her life by travelling to exotic locations as discovering a new place brings her peace and joy.

She has been to Thailand, Dubai, Egypt, London, Bali and many other gorgeous locales. Lucky girl!

From struggle to success

Randeep Hooda Randeep Hooda has established himself today after many years of struggle in the industry. He talks about his equation with Naseeruddin Shah, his love for horses and more.

Love for horses

I have a passion for horses and I sold my car in 2010 for just in Rs 1.5lakh in order to be able to feed them. They kept me alive and prevented me from jading. I maintain five horses at the Mahalaxmi Race Course. I put all my money into maintaining my horses. Even Naseeruddin Shah loves horses.

Love long lost

Breaking up with Sushmita Sen is the best thing that happened to me. I got fame but I was always sidelined. It was not like I was dating a Miss Universe and it not a matter of conquest for me. The biggest part of my relationship with Sushmita was my relationship with her daughter Renee. I have missed only one theatre rehearsal in my life and that was because Sushmita did not want me to go.

Friend, philosopher, guide

Naseeruddin Shah is my friend, guide, mentor, co-star, director, teacher. I admire him as a human being as well. He has some bitterness in him because he feels he has not been rewarded enough for his talent. He is revolutionary in many ways. 

Who’s the man?

Ileana D’cruz Ileana D'cruz may have been linked to Shahid Kapoor but they are just co-stars. She has been spotted at many events with an Australian man who is apparently a photographer. When asked about it, she did not feel it was the appropriate time to comment on it. She will be out with it soon, we think!

new love: Ileana D’cruz

In a league of her own

Kangna Ranaut Kangna Ranaut has decided to continue being the face of Salman Khan's team in the Celebrity Cricket League. She will attend matches and bring good luck to the team too. Salman wanted her to continue her association with his team and she accepted. Let’s hope their association bears fruit.

Lucky mascot: Kangna Ranaut

Surprise party

(L-R) Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar  Siddharth Malhotra planned to have a quiet birthday but his buddy and mentor Karan Johar had other plans. Karan, the crew and Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt barged into Sid's apartment on Wednesday evening and threw him a grand party. Everybody danced, drank and ate and KJo even got a little emotional because all his finds (and friends) are getting other movies now. The party went on till the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Birthday bash: (L-R) Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar 

Sallu’s charitable step
Salman shares that Being Human was born out of the idea of getting people to spend on what they normally do — food and clothes

Arbaaz, Salman and Suhail Khan Salman Khan’s charitable organisation Being Human has been progressing with full gusto. Salman Khan’s foundation has a distinct line of fashion apparel that has become quite famous among the youth.

Salman Khan recently launched officially a store for Being Human in Mumbai. Earlier also two brand outlets had been launched in Mumbai and one each in Ahmedabad and Ludhiana.

The store has been opened in partnership along with Mandhana Industries. Salman Khan has struck a deal with them and has signed a special worldwide licensing plan for Being Human — The Salman Khan Foundation. The license allows them to style, manufacture, wholesale and distribute the brand’s merchandise.

Salman Khan also announced at a press conference that soon his foundation will be launching a series of restaurants, the profits of which will be going to the charity.

The stores of Being Human have already been set-up in France and some other European and Middle- East countries last year. Manish Mandhana who is the managing director of Mandhana Industries announced that they had planned to first set-up these stores abroad and make it global. He also added, “We already have 150 selling points in Europe and 96 in the Middle-East. The response is phenomenal and we have already sold 1 million units in the Middle East itself.”

Salman Khan, who is the founder of the organisation said, “From a T-shirt, Being Human has now grown into a full clothing line with its own stores.” 

chatter box
Mohit's take on Khamoshiyaan
Mohit Sehgal is a bit disappointed with the low ratings of his show, Mujhse Kuchh Kehti…Yeh Khamoshiyaan on Star Plus. The actor talks about the same Cutting out the melodrama

The creative team understands that the viewers did not take a liking to the excessive rona-dhona and high-voltage drama that was shown initially. "Unfortunately, Khamoshiyaan was launched when there were no television rating points (TRP) and it took quite some time for us to understand what viewers wanted to watch," justifies Sehgal. He adds, "However, we are considering the feedback that we have received from our viewers. We will be introducing lighter moments in the show while focusing on the romantic sequences between Sid and Gauri (Mrunal Thakur)."

Zooming in on romance

"It's not the chemistry that failed to bring out romance between Sid and Gauri's characters, the show did not focus on the romantic moments between the two till now. So viewers got to see less of Mrunal and Mohit, which could possibly be the reason for such reports coming in," said Sehgal.

Message to viewers

"Please be patient as many changes have been made in the story line of Khamoshiyaan based on the feedbacks that we have got. Not all shows can become popular overnight, and not all the concepts that get conceived gets successful without facing a challenge. We will from now show what the viewers want to see. So please look for the changes before jumping into conclusions. I am being positive and hope that Khamoshiyaan does well in the future," he affirmed.

Turning point

Aamna Shariff and Rajeev Khandelwal Having shared a sizzling chemistry with each other on television in their previous show, Aamna Shariff and Rajeev Khandelwal are all set to come together once again in an interesting episode of Hongey Judaa Na Hum on Sony. Basking in the glory of his latest film Table No. 21, Rajeev decided to join his co-star and friend Aamna (Muskaan). Rajeev will make an appearance at Muskaan's wedding, who is currently engaged to Anirudh (Aamir Ali) and the couple is on the threshold of their wedding rituals. Meanwhile, Rohan (Raqesh Vashisht), who has regained his memory, will try to stop the wedding. Watch the telly couple scorch TV screens on January 21.

Vivek Oberoi to judge India's Best Dramebaaz

After Sonali Bendre and Anurag Basu, actor Vivek oberoi will be the third judge to join India's Best Dramebaaz.

In this reality show, kids will perform various acts to prove their acting skills. The show will be hosted by Rithvik Dhanjani and Ragini Khanna.


Shefali Zariwala evicted from Nach Baliye 

The second couple to be evicted from Nach Baliye is Shefali Zariwala and beau Parag Tyagi.

Also, Smita Bansal and Ankush Mohla were in the danger zone along with them.

Mitali Nag back with her beau

Mitali Nag of Afsar Bitiya fame is apparently back with her beau, actor Prashant Narayanan. A while ago, there were reports that the two, who had been dating for four years, had parted ways but now grapevine claims that they are friends again.

Astro turf
p Khurrana

ARIES: Don't be amazed at your good luck. Taking a break from work or pleasure may be needed. That recent burst of enthusiasm has run out of steam temporarily and pausing to catch your breath is okay. Tarot message: Try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Fuchsia. Magic number: 31

TAURUS: Parents can experience a degree of stress and tension involving their offspring. Making money and having fun are not a good mix now. Stick to earning a living and leave entertainment for later. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Rainbow pastels. Magic number: 21

GEMINI: Sweeter moments are in store. Shopping for a gift is a delightful way to spend money. You will find people generally hard to pin down. Do not bury disturbing emotions but work through them. An early night is good for you. Tarot message: Watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 61

CANCER: Today get home early to avoid traffic mayhem that could be worse than usual. Endearing relationships can be formed with new people who live at a distance. Stick to your regular job. Tarot message: You are advised to focus on professional changes. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 55

LEO: Do not get involved in a mutual venture blindly without investigating the economic situation of the other party. Give your creative talent an airing. Stay true to yourself. Tarot message: You must share responsibility with others before continuing. Lucky colour: Metallic grey. Magic number: 26

VIRGO: Anticipate a bit of craziness creeping into your day and surprising you like a cosmic jack in the box. Avoid gossiping; because it can spoil your chances of success. Think long term. Do not try to rush others. Tarot message: Think positive and be optimistic. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 28 

LIBRA: Plans for a romantic rendezvous could be disrupted by a call from work. Do not be afraid to get things off your chest. Go along with the wishes of your family members. Do not be too demanding with loved ones. Tarot message: You gain by being practical; don't be emotional. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 64

SCORPIO: If single, you will find an available attractive candidate for dating. Give more attention to your health. Do not take on chores that would exhaust you physically. Keep your sense of humour alive. Tarot message: Focus new light on your emotional and spiritual place. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 30

SAGITTARIUS: Your card Three of Cups suggests that emotions have to be controlled. Compassion and forgiveness are needed for love to keep growing. Partners may not agree with your plans. Tarot message: At work don't hold back anything from your employer. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 28

CAPRICORN: Rise early to greet the day with morning exercise to get your energy flowing. A domestic hassle is settled amicably. Education and research projects bring you fresh laurels. Tarot message: By applying yourself you can build great success. Lucky colour: Golden brown. Magic number: 59

AQUARIUS: Today attention revolves around your home, property, family and long-term decisions. Keep moving ahead with the progress you have been making. Personal expression through hobbies is a highlight. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 33

PISCES: You should be satisfied with what is being accomplished. Soon enough you will be ready to show the world what you have been working on. For now, stay with the task in hand. Hopes fill your heart. Tarot message: You have to push yourself to succeed and your efforts will pay off. Lucky colour: Black. Magic number: 27

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is January 20...

People at workplace will doubt your ability to do better work but once you win their trust, you might get promoted or get a little bonus. Try not to mess up things with your beloved. Some little issues might pop up between you two which might result into a big argument. Precautions are always better than cure. Therefore, you are advised to be careful and very attentive this year. Students seeking good results in exams might also have to face disappointments or they have to work day and night to get good results...

Try not to allow business or job-related concerns to interfere with your family's happiness or peace of mind. Rushing through any of your daily tasks leaves too wide a margin for error. You may want to make some big changes to your home to make it more relaxing. Think about softening the colour scheme of your favorite room. Creativity is your strong suit. There's nothing wrong with putting your own concerns ahead of everything else for the time being.

Your industrious qualities will increase and hence you should derive the maximum mileage during this time frame. Those dealing in consumer products, especially food and garments, will be expanding there business. You will see an opening for your future career. Some good news will make this a fantastic period for those born in the first decade.

Do you want to settle for less than you deserve? Sometimes you must take a risk, especially if your dreams are at stake. If you spend too much time thinking about what you should do, you will lose your chance. Matters of the heart cannot be calculated with numbers. Married women looking for buying a new house will receive an enticing offer. You will have the resources to purchase this property. You'll financially improve if you can handle the professional challenges effectively now. Success is only a few steps away. Most of your endeavours will be successful and financial gains will also be more than satisfactory. If you are single and looking for a serious love relationship then put some efforts for this purpose, you will definitely get success.

Mood: Relieved.
Compatible signs: Gemini, Aquarius, Capricorn
Lucky colours: Purple, violet
Lucky days: Thursday.
Lucky numbers: 2, 15, 20, 25, 50

Rob Bourdon (Robert Gregory Bourdon, January 20, 1979, Calabasas, California), who shares the birthday with you, is a famous drummer of the band Linkin Park.

Rob is the youngest member of the band.

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