Ramp & roll
It's that time of the year again when all the designers and labels are out to compete. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013 kicks off on March 13…
Manpriya Singh

When 125 labels, either powerful or promising, decide to celebrate fashion, it ought to spell fireworks. While each year, many labels make an appearance, only a few make their presence felt. Will the rounds of applause follow the showstoppers or the collections? It's a carnival of fashion, where making business makes the most sense. Starting March 13, Fashion Design Council Of India presents Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2013.

The show's schedule is long out and so is the list of designers. The twenty-first edition of the event aims to put the two most difficult things together on the runway-the business and the creativity! The five-day event unfolds in the Capital, New Delhi, starting with Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul. The fashion director debuts her autumn winter 2013 collection titled Every Neon Counts.

This will be followed by Anaikka by Kanika Saluja Choudhry, a label that is inspired by architectural and industrial shapes as well as influenced by metal, machinery, sci-fi, gadgetry, technology, metallic installations et al. She says, "My muse is a confident, strong and independent woman who is quite experimental. This time, we've tried depicting, through our collections, how a woman can be beautiful like a baby and yet destructive. Look forward to lots of blacks, gold and copper, with metal and leather beadings and some cool biker stuff."

It's a conglomerate of the designers, the buyers and the affiliates, of the models and the showstoppers, of the front row invitees and the powerful gallery. A couple of things remain constant. "It's all about garnering attention. With so many designers vying for the space, the endeavour is to get written about and talked about the most. No wonder, many resort to Bollywood showstoppers and celebrity front rows. But at the end of the day, quality work gets business," shares a designer.

Pankaj and Nidhi, followed by Namrata Joshipura seal the first day, while day two comes power-packed with Anju Modi, Shantanu & Nikhil and Tarun Tahiliani. Fitted in between are also Kavita Bhartia and Kiran Uttam Ghosh. The runway designers always have a leeway!

Some of the power names that figure among the highlights include the likes of Rajesh Pratap Singh and Manish Malhotra. Day three is sealed by Abraham and Thakore, presented by Ministry of Textiles. Moving on, Ranna Gill, Payal Pratap and Rahul Mishra; Charu Parashar, Rina Dhaka and Nida Mahmood maintain the tempo. It's a non-stop fashion fiesta!

Then the well-deserved grand finale by Manish Arora, the designer who has taken Indian fashion to places. The collection in question is said to have been, "inspired from experiences I had while travelling and discovering various cultures." Look forward to an interesting mix of animal prints coupled with baroque-inspired motifs. Picture it all against the characteristic Manish Arora touch. Round of applause!


A colourful tapestry
Actor Jimmy Sheirgill and director Navaniat Singh, ready with their upcoming Punjabi venture Rangeelay, hope to take the movie much beyond Punjab…
Jasmine Singh

This is not just about creating something different, it is about moving out with the creation to places, newer ones; places which haven't been exposed to this kind of creativity! Jimmy Sheirgill and director Navaniat Singh step up to cross the 'been-there-done-that' territory (Punjab) with their upcoming film Rangeelay, promoting in territories and markets that are not used to pouring desi ghee in just about every delicacy. At Kapsons, Chandigarh, to promote their film, Jimmy Sheirgill doesn't make an effort to hide his excitement about his closer to heart project Rangeelay behind his demure expression.

Mark it well

Jimmy Sheirgill is back on the Punjabi screen with Rangeeley and he is pretty emotional about it. "The last film I did was in 2011; it's been two years and this is a film very close to me," says the actor, basking under the raving reviews of his Sahib Biwi and Gangster Returns. Rangeeley is a complete family entertainer that has a Bollywood kind of star cast, Jimmy and Neha Dhupia. "We are going a step ahead with this film by taking it outside Punjab, as well as to places that have audiences for Punjabi movies like Delhi NCR and other places."

Rangeeley, directed by Navaniat Singh, is apparently the first Punjabi film to be releasing their merchandise. "Kapsons is the promotional partner, we would be making available bags, caps and tees, which will be out in the first week of May," adds Jimmy, who wants to go all out with promotions and beyond Punjab of course.

Walk the extra mile

Appreciation is the word Jimmy is surrounded with these days, but the actor feels it is all about time. "I had to go through my share of struggle; I had to do some films for friends, some to be part of the production house and others as an experiment." Rangeelay, however, is not an experiment. "We knew what we were making. We are trying to discover new markets, the promotion is happening through YouTube, Twitter et al," shares the actor, who has a candid take on Punjabi cinema.

Just about there

He talks in a measured format, so expect no exaggerations. Not even on the nineteen-to-dozen talked about the Punjabi film industry. "Punjabi films are on the tip of the iceberg, we need to crack the market. There are millions of Punjabis that we need to target. We are doing this through Rangeelay."

House of hope

Jimmy Sheirgill Productions is the production house wherein Jimmy gives an absolutely free hand to his director. "As a producer I do everything that the team needs for making a movie; I don't interfere at all," says the actor who likes to keep Bollywood as a ground to experiment with different subjects. "We haven't reached a stage in Punjabi films where we can experiment with subjects. We have to grow to a level where all kinds of movies will have space."

The anchor guy

Director Navaniat Singh is the young man who wants to bring in new every time he sits to convert a subject into a film. "It is the chemistry that you should watch out for in Rangeeley. This is a love story, something that we haven't seen for a long time."


Of swar & worship
Vocalist Gautam Kale believes sticking to the basics is the key to success…
Tanya Malhotra

Defining khayal as a blend of reverence for god and appreciation of sahitya, noted vocalist from Indore Gautam Kale, who was in Chandigarh on Monday to perform at the Prachin Kala Kendra, as part of the 185th Monthly Baithak Programme, says swar is the way to express a thought in a lyrical formulation. We find out more.

Career calling

Gautam started learning at the age of four from his father Kishor Kale, but never considered singing as a career till late. Interestingly, horse-riding was where his passion first surfaced.

Past memories

It's his first performance in Chandigarh, but not the first visit. "Yet another dream brings me to the city beautiful," he smiles. He adds, "I first came here to participate in a horse-riding competition in 1993. Singing was just my hobby then." Many national awards and recognition came his way — he made a record for riding a horse for 24 hours and 30 minutes without a break!

First foray

So how did music happen? "Well, an injury and destiny. While learning music from Pandit VG Ringe, I attended a live performance of Pandit Jasraj and that made me realise my immense love for music. Six years of struggle and relentless efforts finally paid off when Pandit Jasraj recognised my efforts and thus began another journey," he adds.

Achievement area

Travelling across the country for his concerts (which he loves), he has a lot to impart but very little time to do so. He wants India to progress in classical music though and that's why he runs a Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Music School in Indore and also teaches music to IIM Indore students.

Classic rocks

"It's like your mother tongue, which only you can truly comprehend and express. Take the example of food; you sometimes relish a fancy feast but classical music is like the taste of home. When it comes to music, basic is a must and no one can do justice to classical music as intensely as Indians themselves," He has a word of advice for youngsters, "Stick to the basics for consistent results."

Par Excellence
Stay grounded
Set-up lower for the bunker shot
Jesse Grewal

The set-up for the bunker shot is different to the regular set-up and is similar to that of the flop shot. We need a base which is grounded and does not slip and a lower hand position to get a higher ball trajectory. When the hands are lower, the angle between the arms and the club shaft increases by cupping the wrists (picture 2). This increases the loft on the club and leads to higher shots.

The set-up for the bunker has three key elements–a ball position which is further forward, an open club face and a lower and more grounded position. The basic swing is similar to the pitch shot. The ball

is positioned 2-3 inches forward of the ball position used while pitching. If you keep the ball a little left of centre (for right handed golfers) while pitching, the ball should be 2-3 inches further towards the left foot for the bunker shot. If you position, the ball in the middle or towards the back foot in the bunker, the club will have less-loft and would also tend to come to steep and dig too deep into the sand.

The opening of the club face creates ‘bounce’ and helps the club skid through the sand without digging too deep and losing speed. The curved surface on the sole of the club is called the bounce and when we open the face the leading edge of the club gets higher and the trailing edge enters the sand first and stops it from digging too deep. This opening of the face therefore creates more ‘bounce’.

In the set-up we bend the knees more and push them a little outwards too. The bending lowers the centre of gravity providing stability and brings the hands lower thereby getting more loft. The outward position of the knees (picture1) helps reduce the movement of the legs and reduces the chance of the feet slipping during the swing.

(Grewal has coached several national champions and professionals apart from being coach of the Indian golf team for the Eisenhower Cup (World Cup) in 2008.

He is currently the Director of National Golf Academy of India and CGA Hero Honda Golf Academy. If you have any queries get in touch with him at parexcellence@tribunemail.com)

the ‘in’ side
Light up your room

Bright side: Light plays an important role in interior decor

Lighting is often an overlooked piece of the interior design puzzle. Properly planned lighting can transform a room from dark and drab to bright and beautiful. Gone are the days when lighting was a purely functional decision. With the vast selection of designs available today, lighting has become a key part of the overall design scheme.

Here are a few lighting trends that you will see in the year 2013:

  • Sculptural lights: These light fixtures combine function and art with unique abstract designs. Sculptural fixtures are usually very detailed and feature unique shapes, accents and colours. Much like the pieces of art, design inspirations for these types of fixtures come from sculptures and other artwork. An elaborate light fixture can be the focal point, whether it's hung over the dining room table, kitchen buffet, or in the foyer.
  • Refined rustic: These are a combination of country meets industry, bringing a modern, urban touch to a comfortable, casual rustic design. This trend brings together rustic finishes with modern shapes, fabrics and accents for a more refined look.
  • Mixed materials: If your style is hard to categorise, a lighting fixture with mixed materials-glass, crystal, metal, wrought-iron -may be the decorating solution you need. Like a vintage broach, a light fixture adds that special touch to each room.
  • Colour infused glass: Fixtures made of solid glass appeal to homeowners with a modern eye for design. Soft, neutral colours accent the room without overwhelming it.
  • Shades: The addition of luxurious fabric shades to elegant chandeliers is like adding an enviable accessory to an already perfect outfit. The result is breathtaking. Fabric shades also soften the glow of the light source, illuminating the room in a warm glow.
  • Crystal: There has been a huge resurgence in crystal lighting over the past couple of years and it continues to grow. Crystal lighting is often associated with expensive, traditional luxury design. Today's crystal designs come in a wide variety of styles that can add glamour to any room--both traditional as well as contemporary.
  • Brass: Brass is making a comeback in home decor accessories and lighting for 2013. To avoid creating a dated look, choose pieces that offer contemporary designs.
  • Chrome and polished nickel: These are going to be the most popular finishes for lighting fixtures in 2013 with homeowners and designers choosing these shiny finishes over their matte, brushed counterparts.
  • Energy efficient: One of the key trends in home lighting in 2013 will be upgrading fixtures to those which save energy. The solution to this is the much coveted LED lighting.
  • Recessed lighting: Aesthetics-wise, 2013 will see a continued trend of the use of recessed lighting as it facilitates better control of light disbursement as well as looks better.
  • Track lighting: This type of lighting is said to be excellent for its flexibility - you can move, swivel, rotate and aim the individual fixtures in any direction along the track.

(Sukhmani is an interior and landscape designer)

green thumb
Protect your blooms
Satish Narula

Gardeners wait for a long time to see their fruits of labour in the form of blooms. The seasonal flowers, vegetables and above all the fruit trees take a long time to oblige a gardener. And if for one or the other reason, the flowers are lost, the wait for next appearance may take too long, about a year.

There could be many reasons for the premature loss of bloom. The first and the foremost cause is the vagaries of weather. Any extreme condition may cause the bloom to fall. The hormonal imbalance in the plants could be another reason where there is no apparent symptom but there is still loss of blooms.

Another cause is irregular watering. And the last but not the least is the attack of insect pests and diseases. You cannot correct the fault but if you understand the cause, you can reduce the loss.

Weather plays the key role in the retention of flowers by the plants. Any sudden change may cause premature flower and fruit drop, like it happened this year. The transition from cold to hot and vice-versa was quite blunt. The plants are confused as weather to put forth blooms or not and in this confusion, quality is the casualty. The sudden changes in weather also cause hormonal imbalance leading to the drop. In such cases, however, one cannot do much to reduce the losses. In case of fruit trees like mango, if within reach, one could remove the early emerging mango flowering stalks as they show up. Copious watering following a long dry spell may spell doom for the plant which may lose almost all the flowers. In case of mango and litchi, though the root system is quite deep, still they may be given a light watering during this time. It is also important due to the fact that fertilizers are added during this time. Pests and diseases also appear with the emergence of blooms, especially in mango in which case mango hopper causes tremendous loss of flowers and fruits. It should be checked by spraying insecticides like confidor..powdery mildew that also appear now as white powdery mass, may later turn the flowering panicle brown and black. There may be complete loss of fruit. This can be checked by spraying wet sulpher or karathane.

(Narula is a senior PAU horticulturist)

Rock-solid bond
The Forevermark Encordia collection is inspired by the ancient Greek knot of Hercules, referred to over the centuries as the 'love knot'
Amarjot Kaur

Women, of all that has been understood about them and of all that still remains ambiguous, are indeed an enigma. For each one is so different and so exquisite that it might require a man to study the patterns of her dynamic and dramatic disposition, while analysing her through a kaleidoscope of eternal empathy, love and devotion. If you want to make her feel special, make sure that you gift her something that is her kind-A diamond!

"Every diamond has an identity of its own," explains Sachin Jain, managing director, Forevermark, while detailing the expansion plans of the leading diamond brand from De Beers. "That our design centre is situated in Milan, mining and picking out the perfect diamond is in fact a cumbersome process. We pay much heed to the quality of the product," says Sachin.

He adds, "Each of our designs has a tale that is placed on a rather emotional backdrop. The Forevermark Encordia collection comprises exquisite rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings that are designed to symbolise the unique and emotional bond between two people. It is inspired by the ancient Greek knot of Hercules, often referred to as the 'love knot'. This knot symbolises the strongest of bonds. Our other collections are the Promise and the Millemoi collection."

That Forevermark has been donned by several celebrities at various international events, including BAFTA Awards, Grammy Awards and the Oscars, they are a favourite among many international and Indian beauties, including Michelle Williams, Rebecca Romijn, Jenifer Garner, Gemma Arterton, Natasha McElhone, Norah Jones, Rani Mukherjee, Juhi Chawla, Huma Qureshi, Priya Anand, Mandira Bedi, Suhasi Dhami, Aamna Sharif and Karthika Nair.

"Punjab has been fast galloping on the road to industrialisation and its demand for diamonds is increasing. We have already received a great response from Amritsar, Jalandhar and Ludhiana and we will be entering the Chandigarh market shortly," affirms Sachin.

If you still haven't made her feel special, it's time you say it with diamonds and remember the four C's-colour, cut, clarity and carat.

Out of race
Sonam Kapoor does not want to be in the rat race

With her last few films tanking at the box office, Sonam Kapoor says she has learnt her lesson and would select only those projects that satisfy her as a performer. The 27-year-old actress says she is not in a hurry to be on the top. Sonam's recent films Thank You, Mausam and Players did not fare well but the actress believes they helped her understand the kind of roles she wants to do.

"Two years ago, I did a couple of films and lost my way. I started off with an agenda of doing certain kind of films and got discouraged by the way the industry is growing. I went on the wrong path and realised that I am not comfortable in that.

"I am not in the rat race and don't want to be the number one actress. I want to work only in those films which make me feel like an artiste. It does not matter how big is a project or how well known is the director, but if my character is good I will do them," she said.

Sonam was in the Capital to announce the second edition of L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013.

The Bollywood's fashionista is ready with three big projects—Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Raanjhnaa and Khoobsurat remake. In Anand L Rai's Raanjhnaa she will be seen playing a strong character of a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

"I play a JNU student in Raanjhnaa. She is a Muslim girl from Benaras. It's a love story and at the same time the film portrays a young and strong woman who knows her mind and place in society," she said.

Sonam had attended workshops and interacted with the students to prepare for her role. The film also marks the debut of Tamil superstar Dhanush.

"I did workshop with a street play group for a month. Before I started shooting for the film, I visited the campus and had interacted with the students. Even my actress friend Swara Bhaskar and her mother helped me to prepare for my role.

Swara is also a student in JNU and her mother is a professor," she said. In Khoobsurat remake, Sonam is playing a free-spirited girl and says the film is the modern interpretation of Rekha starrer Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1980 hit.

"My sister is producing the film. It's her second film after Aisha. It's a female-oriented film. It has nothing to do with the original film. It's just taking the spirit of Rekhaji's character and using it in the new story," she added. — PTI

Straight talk

Learning time: Esha Gupta Three-film old Esha Gupta says that unlike Vidya Balan, she is not in a position to carry an entire movie on her shoulders. Esha made her debut thriller Jannat 2, produced under Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt's Vishesh Films banner. Her second film Raaz 3D was also with them. She also played an important role in Chakravyuh, a film on Maoists.

"I want to do various kinds of films, but no female oriented films right now," Esha said.

"I am not Vidya Balan and I don't think right now I can pull an entire film on my shoulders. Vidya Balan did The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, which was completely on her shoulders. In future, I will definitely do such films, but not right now," she added.

After working with directors Vikram Bhatt and Prakash Jha, the 28-year-old now has a new wish list.

She said: "I want to be part of good films. Script matters the most. I would like to do an Anurag Kashyap film, like Gangs Of Wasseypur or a glamorous film like Race."

An outsider, Esha admits that her journey into filmdom has been "pretty rough".

"I had my own share of struggle. But I think I owe a lot to Mahesh and Mukesh Bhatt who gave me a break in the showbiz (with Jannat 2)," she said.

She said she takes inspiration from those who made it big without any film background."There are many other actresses who don't have filmy backup, including Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone. I take inspiration from these actresses," she said. Esha has a three films contract with Vishesh Films, and soon she will be doing her third film with them. — IANS

Finding the lost world

Antonio Banderas Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will star in a film about the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for two months. The 52-year-old Hollywood heartthrob has joined the cast of Los 33, which reveals how the men survived their incredible ordeal while the world watched with bated breath. Film director Patricia Riggen confirmed Banderas will star in the movie.

"Antonio Banderas will be part of our team of actors. We're very happy to have him in the cast. But he's just the first one confirmed. There will be many more," Riggen said. The miners were imprisoned 2,300ft below ground after a cave-in at the San Jose mine in the Atacama Desert, 500 miles north of the capital Santiago, in August 2010.

They had spent 17 days eating just two spoons of tuna, a few sips of milk and half a biscuit a day before they were located in an underground refuge. They were rescued weeks later after a sophisticated drilling operation. — PTI

Baywatch team returns

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is reportedly set to reprise her role of CJ Parker one last time in a movie spin-off of the hit TV series. Anderson, 45, will be seen running across the beach along with her lifeguard boss David Hasselhoff, 60, in the independent film scheduled for release next year.

"We had the wardrobe department precisely replicate the costume," said a source confirming that Anderson will wear her famous red swimsuit.

The TV series ran from 1989 to 1999. Anderson's spokeswoman said, "She's looking forward to hitting the beach again." — PTI

Too hot to handle
Spice girl Mel C found it tough to be in the all-girl band

Manic moment: Melanie Chisholm Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm says being a part of the world's biggest girl group had once sent her into depression. The 39-year-old singer said she also needed counselling and developed an eating disorder after being propelled to international stardom. "Being a pop star is so tough. It really is. It's hard because you are achieving your dreams but getting incredibly tired in the head at the same time.

"There are so many pitfalls—whether it's drink, drugs, financial, relationships with family, friends and partners. It's a real minefield," she said. Mel C was catapulted to fame in 1996 along with Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham. The Spice Girls went on to sell more than 80 million records and became a pop phenomenon the world over. "We were offered counselling while we were in the group. I did get counselling a long time ago for depression and a few of us did afterwards," she added. — PTI

Rooted to the ground
Freida doesn't come with baggage of Hollywoood star: Rajkumar

Actor Rajkumar Yadav, who will share screen space with internationally acclaimed Indian actress Freida Pinto in NH10, is quite impressed with his co-star's down-to-earth attitude and describes her as a wonderful person. Seen in films like Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Kai Po Che!, Rajkumar recently met the actress, who is making her debut in Bollywood with NH10.

After the success of Slumdog Millionaire, Freida carved a niche for herself in the international film circuit and later featured in Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

"I just met Freida, I was very nervous but she made me feel very comfortable. The best part is that she doesn't come with baggage of being a star in Hollywood. She is a wonderful person. I am really looking forward to work with her," said Rajkumar. The film will start rolling by the end of March.

"The film is set in North India and it's a love story, thriller. We will be undergoing special workshops for the movie soon," said the actor. — IANS

Feline charm

Actress Eva Longoria says she is a passionate cat lover and thinks they are very similar to women. "I always found that I identified with them. Cats are feminine and independent and playful, much like a woman," Longoria said.

The 27-year-old, who has partnered with Sheba cat food in the US to kick off the Feed Your Passion campaign, revealed she grew up with a huge amount of cats and her mother hid the death of her favourite feline from her to protect her. "I grew up with a lot of cats, but one in particular, her name was Cindy. She was like a member of our family. I swear she lived for 20, 25 years because in every childhood photo, she's there with all my sisters and me.

"My mom did not even tell me when she died. She told me she ran away... I believed her in college," she said. — IANS

Steven in India

Party time: Steven Speilberg Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Speilberg is in India and will be meeting Amitabh Bachchan and other film personalities from Indian film industry at a party hosted by businessman Anil and Tina Ambani in Mumbai at their residence. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who was in Bhopal for Prakash Jha's Satyagraha, flew down to Mumbai to meet the ace filmmaker.

Some of the big names from Bollywood that are attending tonight's party are Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Anurag Kashyap. — PTI


Small steps to stardom

Lead on: Ruchi Savarn Ruchi Savarn, who played significant roles in various serials, including Pyaar Ka Bandhan, Tere Liye, Zindagi Kahe-Smile and Ram Gopal Verma’s film Rakta Charitra will now essay the lead role of Devika in Gajendra Singh’s widely appreciated first fiction show, Ghar Aaja Pardesi, which will be telecast on Sahara One Television. We catch up.

Tell us about your background?

I’m originally from Nagpur but, I’ve lived in Delhi for more than a decade. After doing three serials and a film; I feel I ensconced in a comfortable place in both, television and Bollywood.

How different is the character of Devika with your actual personality?

I do not have too much in common with my character. While I’m more of a tomboy, Devika is too shy and girly. Nevertheless, both of us are our families’ favourites.

How was the shooting experience in the Holy City, Varanasi?

Most families in Varanasi are traditional, as shown in Ghar Aaja Pardesi. The city is very different and it has a persona and landscape of a kind.

What is the one thing that you look for in a role before agreeing to do it?

Before signing a show or a film, I analyse the role on the basis of how much it excites me. Also, the people with whom I’m working with, is an important criterion that I consider. Needless to say, the script and how the story unfolds matters a lot too.

How do you prepare for your character?

I sit with my co-actors for a story reading session. I want to be more intuitive and spontaneous than be overly prepared. My seniors, actor Vikram Gokhale and Smita Jaykar always give me tips.

How would you describe working with Gajendra Singh?

He is effortlessly dynamic. It was a great experience working with him.

What is your message to the viewers?

If the older generation does not loosen up, they will continue to have problems with the younger generation.

What is the USP of the show?

The show has a novel concept and a strong line-up of seasoned actors. — Dharam Pal

Up close and personal

Funny man: Dilip Joshi Known for his versatility, Dilip Joshi, who tickled the funny bone of the audience while essaying the role of Jethalal Champaklal Gada in Taraak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, talks about the show and his life.

How has Taraak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah changed your life?

I have been working for about 12 hours a day daily for the last four and a half years. Though I have been missing out on many social activities, but I am still the same Dilip Joshi.

How would you describe the real Dilip Joshi?

I am a happy-go-lucky man who likes to have fun while leading a simple life and spending quality time with family. I do not like to attend parties but I watch movies, visit restaurants and travel to new places.

Do you improvise a lot on the sets of Taraak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah?

Asit Modi and his writers have given us the liberty to improvise and we are indeed very lucky.. The whole cast sits together and rehearses the dialogues. We know a particular scene thoroughly before executing it.

What attributes should a good comedy actor have?

He needs to have a good comic timing and a great sense of humour. They should know what not to do instead of knowing what to do.

What kind of roles will you never ever do?

Healthy regime: Shama SikanderI will never ever do vulgar roles and comedies with double meaning dialogues.

What do you like to watch on TV?

I watch sports, news, movies and the National Geographic Channel.

Fit as a fiddle

Actress Shama Sikander is a fitness freak. She likes to run for one-and-a-half hour every day and watches her diet. She says, “I try and follow my diet chart for 4/5 days a week, while the other days, I just enjoy and eat whatever I want to. However, my lunch generally depends on my diet chart and the dinner is usually salad or light food.” She also likes strawberry milkshake! Healthy regime: Shama Sikander

P Khurrana

ARIES: “The Devil” suggests that you need to focus on your relationship. Don’t let negative thoughts come to your mind. It’s a good time to purchase property or renovate your home. Don’t depend on credit. Tarot message: Don’t say no to a new learning opportunity. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 56

TAURUS: Health matters need attention. Complete any pending work and stick to your routine. Stay away from all intriguing thoughts. Tarot message: Stay focused on your goals to achieve the best results. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27

GEMINI: This is the perfect time to get into a healthy routine. Be very careful with your work to avoid any accidents. Finances need to be controlled. Love life is exciting. Tarot message: Be logical in your thoughts. Lucky colour: Rainbow-pastels. Magic number: 30

CANCER: Flattery, charm and a willingness to be bold will bring success. An evening event can test your nerves. New people will move into your sphere of relationships. Tarot message: Your determination will bear fruit. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 50

LEO: Single? You are about to meet that someone special. This is a great day for socialising once you get going. You can get invited to a lavish event. Tarot message: You must learn to accept responsibility. Lucky colour: Silver. Magic number: 44

VIRGO: The card Ten of Pentacles promises self-confidence, so trust your instincts today. You have the capability to cope with every situation. Just stay on top of your emotions to pull things off successfully. Tarot message: Set the chain of events into motion. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 35

LIBRA: Your earning power can kick you into high gear, so be on the lookout for fresh opportunities. New people whom you meet will be rather exciting. Health will be strong. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 46

SCORPIO: A restless and irritable atmosphere can pervade the morning. Enjoy your creative energy today. Don’t let an opportunity pass you by, as there will be untold benefits awaiting you. Tarot message: Don’t be dismissive of advice from youth. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 25

SAGITTARIUS: Focus on your work; this is not a good day for clear thinking or making decisions. An imminent journey can put you in emotional turmoil. Health will be stable. Tarot message: Stay optimistic. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 39

CAPRICORN: An enthusiastic mood is encouraged by your card “The World”. Nothing will seem too much; you are sure to help out those around if you can. Try to get your work in order. Tarot message: Do not transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Blue. Magic number: 48

AQUARIUS: Thoroughness will be your key to success. Try to avoid getting caught up in conversations that divert you from your course. Love life is exciting. Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 63

PISCES: Conflict between your private and professional lives can test your abilities. Financial commitments will be honoured. Health issues need attention. Tarot message: Emphasise on spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Grey. Magic number: 28

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is March 12...

It is beneficial for you to remain in the public eye; the time has come for you to reshuffle the cards and call for a new deal. Be vigilant while making promises, keeping in mind your expenditures. In order to ensure family stability and harmony, forgo certain stuff. Tolerance, especially in discipline issues, will pay.

Short-term monetary benefits are likely. Business will witness a sudden flourish and you will get new clients. Businessmen and professionals will make the most of the opportunities at hand and earn profits. Politicians will fare well, but they will have to maintain a low profile in the second half. Artists will be appreciated and climb the ladder of success.

The number 3 and the planet Jupiter, makes you energetic, ambitious, talented and highly methodical person. You are independent by nature and people admire you for your ability to take bold decisions, yet be watchful of your stubbornness and dominant tendencies.

The planet Saturn indicates that business affairs will show marked improvement. You will be active in the social circuit and make new contacts. Investments made during this phase will result in good profits. Matters associated with property will ensure gains. Travelling, most likely overseas, will bring joy and happiness. You will consider renovating your house.

Family ties will be strengthened in the upcoming year. Cupid does not strike for singles and they will adhere to their status. Chronic patients need to be more careful about their health.

You will experience some great time ahead, which seems like an illusion and is too good to be true. Your efforts are recognisable. Even if you don’t win a prize, your capability is appreciated. The equation between siblings is not pleasant and very cordial. Be futuristic and start saving for the future. Extravagant expenditures are detrimental in the longterm. This is the right time to try your luck in a risky enterprise.

Mood: Distracted and apathetic at times.

Compatible signs: Aquarius, Aries, Leo.

Shreya GhoshalLucky colours: Purple, Yellow, Sea-green and red.

Lucky days: Friday.

Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 10, 20, 60.

You share your birthday with Shreya Ghoshal (March 12, 1984, Kota), who won the children special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV. Apart from Devdas, she has given her melodious voice for songs of Jism, Saaya, Inteha, Out of Control, Khakee, Munnabhai MBBS, Dhoop, Kuchh Kaha Aapne, Armaan, Desh Devi, Tujhe Meri Kasam, LOC Kargil, Aetbaar, Police Force, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Guru, Big B et al. Sun is a very powerful planet in her birth chart, which ensures awards honours and success.

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