Matters of the heart
Ashmit Patel makes his debut in Pollywood with Dil Sadda Lutteya Gaya...
Jasmine Singh

What happens when an actor gets neck deep into a role and virtually starts living it? Well, then it looks and behaves something like Ashmit Patel, the Superdude! Smiling, laughing and joking around, the good-looking actor leaves no stone unturned to showcase his comic as well as romantic reel side. Accompanied by actress Pooja Tandon, Jividha Aastha and Mangi Mahal, they spin the conversation around their upcoming film Dil Sadda Lutteya Gaya at Hotel Altius on Friday.

What’s up?

All said and done, you cannot rule out Asmit Patel's dedication in this case. The actor has probably worked more than extra behind the scene for his debut Punjabi movie. "I watched a lot of Punjabi movies to understand the accent and acting style. I watched Carry on Jatta; a lot of Jimmy Sheirgill's movies, including the ones that my co- actors Pooja and Jividha have also done," shares a smiling Ashmit. This is one thing you cannot take away the actors - a broad smile that comes and goes without any particular reason! Ashmit is definitely more than excited about this film, which is a love triangle.

Talking about triangle, haven't we seen far too many in the reality show Bigg Boss? "I was with Salman Khan a few days back, talking about the contestants of Season 7. I told him which contestants I found fake and he called me to share that I was bang-on right," Ashmit slips to the experiences in the Bigg Boss house. "It is a tough place; I learnt what I did wrong and wouldn't repeat that in real life. Nothing is scripted; but when I came out I could see how many people were fake." Fake…the conversation comes to a halt with this word. Ashmit plans to also do a Marathi film soon, till then he is upbeat about his Punjabi venture.

Pretty talk

Pooja Tandon and Jividha share screen space with him. In the film, they fall in love with the same boy. What if it happens in real life? They laugh, but for obvious reaction. "We are great friends on the sets and off the sets; we share a great rapport," they echo. As for Pooja, she loves being back in her hometown Chandigarh. "I am so happy I am here. We totally freaked out on Punjabi food; lassi, sarson ka saag and chai," they exchange glances.

Both the actresses have worked in Punjabi films before, but this one for some peculiar reason is different from the rest. "It is not just some punches thrown in a movie; this one has a storyline as well."

In the movie, the two girls consult a love guru kind of character played by Mangi Mahal. "I have acted and sung in the movie. It was a great experience working with the entire crew," says Mangi, who loved everything about his character. Rana Jung Bahadur, with the same zest, narrates the entire plot of the movie leaving nothing for imagination.

A festive platter
A Saturday night before Diwali means double the fun. Here are a few places where you can dine in all festive spirit…
Manpriya Singh

For those who've already had enough of the sweets coupled with sugar-coated pleasantries; food spelt in all caps stands for both change and joy! This year Diwali falls on a Sunday, which leaves ample scope and questions for the preceding Saturday night.

If you are not caught in the give and take rigmarole of Diwali, there's abundant time on the hands. Soak in the festive spirit through food. The festive meal need not restrict itself to the day alone; it can extend to an evening before. Here are some ideas and places for celebrating Diwali eve in Chandigarh.

Chinese flavour JW Marriott

To one and many, good food begins and ends at Chinese. JW Marriott rolls out a dimsum festival at Café@JW, which continues well till Diwali. Discover some authentic delicacies of Chinese cuisine as they have been whipped up by Chinese Chef Li Yang, especially here for the occasion. As for the chef's specialty, there's stuffed chicken in lotus leaves with five spices, shrimp dumpling—Har gow. There's a promise of authenticity and along with a claim of change from the Indianised version of Chinese available widely in the city.

Festive bash Ten Downing Street

Ten Downing Street at Hotel Altius capitalises on the Saturday factor and tries to blend things with the day ahead. "We have a pre-Diwali bash at Ten Downing Street. There will be music especially in sync with the festival time," shares Raj Bhattacharya, unit manager.

Fired up CITCO Hotels

They believe in the true spirit of festivities with food and fireworks. There's a twenty per cent discount at Hotel Shivalikview. As for Hotel Mountview, special menu, titled The Night Hunter, has been crafted for the coffee shop. There is a special buffet at display at Rustles and also discount on food at Magic Wok. The decorations form a part of the promotions.

Wine 'n' dine Park Plaza

At Oriental Blossom, there's the drink and dine option-unlimited starters and unlimited liquor. Sounds good!

Barbecue time Blue Blazer & Pewter Room

They campaign for a safe diwali and alongside roll out their festive celebrations titled Live Life Patiala Peg Size. They also have a fun way of getting the social message across. Picture a tractor trolley looking all colourful with a dholi drumming to herald the arrival of festive season and telling you to be safe as well as environment friendly. Blue Blazer and Pewter Room will start with live barbecue, giving a chance to people to enjoy typical Indian grilled dishes.

Rajasthan live Khandani Rajdhani

There's a culinary treat inspired by the royals at Khandani Rajdhani this Diwali. On display will be festive recipes from the royal books. The special feast for five days, beginning from November 1 till November 5, includes Jodhpuri pakoda, Jodhpuri gatta, Jaisalmer Panch kuta, among countless others.

Thai curry Lemongrass

Lemongrass-26 brings in flavours and aromas from Thai and Chinese cuisines. Shares Saurabh Aggarwal, COO, "We'll have Indian fusion music to go with the Diwali theme. There's also a special treat for couples and a complimentary drink along with each drink ordered." The listings have not been kept exhaustive on purpose. That's a reason sufficient enough to go out, paint the illuminated town red, explore and splurge!

vanity box
Festive glow
Manpriya Singh

Fresh dewy look won't do the trick because it's not a scorching summer month anymore. Nor will decking up like a Christmas tree work unless you are desperately trying to steal the limelight. Festival of lights and all the accompanying celebrations demand their own look book. We bet, a lot many would like to start with hair first.

"The halo braid has been in for a while and then there the rope braid or the French plaiting. By all means let the festive look start from your crowning glory," shares Divyanka, a Chandigarh-based make-up artist. She adds, "Loosely tied hair is anyway not very safe during a festival like Diwali. You want to go on with festive revelry and merry making without any encumbrances. Braids and bun are perfect for festivals."

Those in love with the sparkle and shimmer, will have to be a little restrained or careful.

Even a little will look like a lot, courtesy the glaring lights. Shares Divyanka, "If at all you have to, make sure that it's got super fine pigments."

Then there are age-old rules that several make-up experts have time and again emphasised. Balance the shades on your outfit with the ones on your face. If you are going all colourful and neon, subtle out the face and the other way round. However, if there's only a hint of neon pink on your dress, make sure that reflects on your lips. Smoky eyes done with violet black, charcoal black, chocolate brown coupled with nude lips can never wrong for any evening function. Copper brown eye shadow is yet another classic that lends itself well to Indian-ethnic outfits. Do we need add anything more?

Several make-up gurus have often dictated and tweeted on the season's make-up palette. Red in all its hues and glory, from coral to crimson to scarlet is the toast of the season. Opines Suman, senior make-up artist with Lakme Studio, "Peach and brown are the toast of the season. Especially for the eyes, they make for a perfect combination. It's a bright as well subtle combination." She adds, "As far as shimmer is concerned, it can still be applied at night but during the day, it's a complete no."

Changing course of life
Divya Dutta

Dear life...

I am writing to you to share something. Some confessions! You make me experience a lot everyday. Some difficult situations which I find hard to handle but before it gets out of my hand, you sort it out for me in your own way...and yes, sometimes I take you for granted. We all are so used to clinging to the normal side of you that when you show your harsher side, we are taken aback.

A friend of mine was suffering and I hadn't been able to visit her for sometime because I was clinging to your normal side, dear life. I thought I'll wrap up this work and meet her in a few days. It's our misconception, dear life, that you will go on the way you do, that nothing will change. But it does...I heard that a friend had passed away. There would not be a normal day when I could visit her. A friend gone, leaving many of us with thoughts...I wish I had...kinds of thoughts. I thought you would let things remain the way they are. I forgot you are all about change and we need to get used to your new side all the time.

And there are times when people need you, they are very nice to you and I've mistaken it for bonding, for attachment. But with your experience I saw a few, who I thought I was very close to, behaving otherwise. I felt hurt. I thought that they would never change but I forgot again that in your dictionary there's nothing called 'never'. You keep surprising me you, you keep reminding me that you'll keep surprising me in big ways and small ways. It's my undoing that I refuse to listen to you. I am learning, dear life. Not to take you for granted. To cherish you...and if you ever change, then to accept you and love you for who you are and not crib like a possessive lover saying how could you do this to me! I am learning. And yes, also learning to thank you for all your love and kindness and for making me feel special and protected by you.

This, my dear life, is an open letter to you. Let's start on a new note. Afresh! You and me, hand in hand. If I fall, do lift me up. I love you very very much!

(Dutta is a Bollywood actress)

Be a sweetheart!
Diwali is round the corner and there are so many things to do! But you can definitely cut down on your cooking time if you follow these smart recipes
Jasmine Singh

It's already begun… the door bell at home rings more than usual, relatives, guests and friends come calling with a gift in tow, and a box of mithais (the contemporary ones). Pleasantries exchanged, gifts accepted, now it's time to serve them something. Certainly, not the mithai from their boxes! Chocolates? Oh, too much sweetness everywhere already. Fruits? Just not the right…While you do a little mind work, we get you the master chefs to quickly rustle up something nice and interesting in the shortest possible time.

Ashish Bali, Executive chef, Aloft Hotel

There is no escaping the sweets. Chef Ashish Bali rustles up a dish in flat five minutes

Shahi tukda

  • First cut the bread into small square pieces.
  • Heat a frying pan and pour some oil.
  • Fry the bread pieces. Keep it to cool for a second or two. Now, dip these fried bread pieces in chashni (made my mixing water and sugar).
  • Once you are done with this, pour milkmaid over the pieces and garnish it with pista and almonds.

All you need to do is serve it well with a smile!

Sanjeev Verma, Chef and partner, Hotel Pashtun

Diwali is definitely all about something sweet, but not everyone is fond of mitha. In that case, Chef Sanjeev whips up a dish in two minutes.


  • Soak rice flakes in water for 2-3 seconds. Take it out, add mustard seeds, red chilli and neatly cut vegetables. Serve by adding lemon juice on it.
  • If there are kids in the guest's entourage, this is what you can do.
  • Take a bar of chocolate;
  • Melt it in lukewarm milk in low flame. Add sugar and put in a mug. A flavoured wafer on the side and you are done.

Chef Vineet Chopra, Chef-in-charge, Hotel Shivalik View

Vineet makes you work a little extra but he assures these two dishes are a sixer!

Kajuri rabri

  • Boil full cream milk. When it becomes thick and is reduced to half, add sugar and khoya. Add dates and once this takes the form of a rabri, put in a kullar and garnish with dates.
  • Now, give in to this sweet temptation.

Papitey ki barfi

Never heard of this dish before, try once and put your love it for extra sweetness.

  • Grate a papaya. Now, put ghee in handi, add grated papaya, sugar (as per taste) and little bit of milk and roast it a bit.
  • On a flat plate, put foil and do some greasing on it.
  • Pour the papaya mix on it and keep it to cool at room temperature.
  • Keep it in the fridge to set, pull it out after sometime, garnish it and cut it to small pieces and serve. Yet again with a smile.

Of pain & suffering
Upcoming Punjabi movie 47 to 84 is the tale of a woman who lived through those traumatic years. The director Rajeev Sharma sure promises something different…

The years 1947 and 1984 witnessed events that should have been avoided. Here's a movie that captures the tale of a woman who bore the brunt of both the years and yet lived a life that many would applaud.

The name of the movie is 47 to 84; written by Lally Gill, an active theatre person, this is the story that captures here life from 1947 to the present. Isn't it a subject that too many projects are already based on? "So many movies have been made on the World War, but each is different and successful in its own regard. Ours too is a different take; a sensitive and sensible one," offers Babli Singh from Shemaroo, which will release the movie in 2014.

The movie has been directed by Rajeev Sharma, who has won a national award for his movie Nabar.

Touching such a sensitive subject was surely challenging! "Well, there is hardly any family that's left untouched by these two events. It is our story," offers Lally, who has had a long association with king of comedy Jaspal Bhatti. Such incidents being part of the film, wouldn't they stir controversy? "No. ours is a story of impact of the events with a hope to see the end of them. We are certain that not only the movie will be received well, it would get a U certificate from Censor Board as well," says Babli.

The star cast has not been revealed but the director says, "They all are very good actors from Punjab and Mumbai." "The common man has no hatred; it's just politics that creates a wedge," says Lally.

The poster of the movie was released on Friday, which has this old woman's wrinkled face surrounded by black. "It's handmade by RM Singh; we wanted to bring forth the pain," says Lally.

first-day-first show
This superhero fails to impress

A still from Krrish 3
A still from Krrish 3

Produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan, Krrish 3 is a Bollywood superhero science fiction film. The film is the third instalment of Koi... Mil Gaya and Krrish series and it will continue the story of Rohit Mehra and his superhero son Krrish.

Same old story

Unfortunately, Krrish 3 fails to treat you to something new. The story picks up from the prequel of the Krrish series. Well, we all know who wins the war between the good and evil. There's nothing new in the film.

Bhumika Sharma, student

Little impact

The film was quite below my expectations. When you are looking at a film that features Hritik Roshan, you expect a performance that is similar to the one in his previous films. In Krrish, he seems to be going overboard. The film is meant for kids.

Jagdeep Singh, student

Not that bad

I think Krrish 3 is a fairly good attempt, but it is not as amazing as the Hollywood superhero films. This actually makes us question why Indians can't make good sci-fi films. Nevertheless, Krrish 3 is definitely a one-time watch.

Nirjhar Duggal, student

As told to Amarjot Kaur

Anushka turns a producer
Anushka Sharma
New interest: Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma is joining hands with Phantom to produce Navdeep Singh’s next film called NH 10. Anushka, who plays the lead in the film, liked the script so much that she has decided to co-produce it with Phantom.

At 25, this makes her among the youngest actor-producers on the block taking her into a different league altogether vis-à-vis her contemporaries. With two of the biggest films Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay with Aamir Khan and Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet with Ranbir Kapoor, NH 10 will be her third release next year.

Continuing with their content driven films like Lootera, which released this year, Phantom will back Navdeep Singh to direct his second film post his critically acclaimed debut Manorama 6 Feet Under. The film is an edge of the seat action thriller about a road trip gone wrong. It brings together a very talented crew of technicians, including international action directors.

Speaking on her new role, Anushka says, “I’m thrilled to get a chance to do this so early in my career. And I couldn’t have found a better project than NH-10 to kick-start this new phase in my film journey. This is my second film after Bombay Velvet with Phantom, and it’s a blast working with them. It’s going to be super-exciting working together again on what promises to be an explosive film.”

Adds Vikramaditya Motwane of Phantom; “It’s extremely reassuring for us when the lead actor wants to join hands, to back an outstanding script like NH10. We strongly believe in the script and know that Navdeep is going to make a great film out of it”.

Being shot this winter across the northern plains around Delhi, NH 10 will release on September 12 next year.

Shruti goes candid
Shruti Hasan talks about movies, family, travel, and more

Feeling of success

Not much has changed after the success of my recent release opposite Arjun Rampal. Of course, I am happy that people have appreciated my performance in the film. At the same time, I don’t believe in dwelling in the past, moving ahead in anticipation of doing good work is my work mantra.

Father figure

As an actor, dad is on a completely different level. I like the fact that he is so dedicated to his craft. I never discuss my professional life with him. But I do consult my mom on my roles and she gives me an honest feedback. But, at the end of the day it is entirely my decision. I take on films that I believe in.

First love

I consider myself lucky to be able to do several things like acting, composing and singing. Though right now, due to my hectic shooting schedules, music has taken a back seat. It’s been a busy year as I have taken on seven films. But whenever time permits, I like to get back to my first love, playing live music. Music is an integral part of my life, I have trained for music in the US and I like to play the piano.

Favourite destination

I simply love Turkey because of its people, they are warm and have a happy-go-lucky attitude towards life. I like Los Angeles also because I have studied there and made a lot of friends.

Family bonding

Whenever I get some spare time, I like to chill at home with my mom and younger sister. I am a big foodie and love to enjoy ghar ka khana. Even on the sets, you will find me relishing a good South Indian meal. I like to surf channels and watch different genres of films.

Waiting for Ma Lakhsmi

diwali plans:
Juhi Chawla

Actress Juhi Chawla talks about her fond memories of the festival, her plans and more…

Last Diwali…

Diwali was most memorable last year as it was my birthday. My birthday normally used to be a day or week away from Diwali. Son of Sardaar released on that day and ‘I Am’ also won the National Award. We won the IPL that season so overall there were many reasons to celebrate that Diwali.

Rangoli art

I love making rangolis. Even as a little girl I would sit outside the main door and toil for hours making rangolis. I love decorating the house, putting out flowers, etc. I make my children do it now so that we can enjoy it together.

Her plans

There is a puja at my husband’s place, Diwali lunch with the entire staff. In the evening we dress up and make rangolis, light up diyas, etc. In the evening we get together with friends sometimes and play cards or we go to a friend’s house. We don’t do much of fire crackers due to the pollution and so my kids are also of that mindset as they understand the harmful effects on the environment. Diwali is a day to spend at home, Lakhsmi Ma is supposed to come to your house, so we try to make sure we are at home and not a hotel or somewhere on Diwali.

star track
SRK gets nostalgic

Filmmaker Yash Chopra’s 1997 film Dil Toh Pagal Hai recently completed 16 years and actor Shah Rukh Khan got nostalgic.

He tweeted: ‘As time passes, 16 yrs to be exact..the memories come rushing back…making DTPH seem aur paas…aur paas. Thanx Madhuri, Karisjma,Yashji & team.’

Shah Rukh, who is currently busy shooting for Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, celebrates his 48th birthday on November 2.

British honour for Bebo

Here are pictures of Kareena Kapoor Khan being honoured by the British Government at the House of Commons by Members of Parliament and Asian Sunday newspaper for her contribution to (L-R)Kimberley Walsh, Dynamo and Kareena Kapoor Khan the global entertainment industry at the launch of the newspaper's London edition (following the success of the now two-year-old Bradford edition). The actress was honoured by Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, on behalf of the British Government.
(L-R)Kimberley Walsh, Dynamo and Kareena Kapoor Khan

Secret mission

There was high security and secrecy maintained at the launch of the Dhoom 3 trailer and the filmmakers had requested the exhibitors, that is PVR IMAX, to use as few crew members as possible. The event was a grand success with no technical glitches.

Priyanka Chopra Guess who done it!

Priyanka Chopra is the only Indian and non-blonde person to feature in a Guess campaign in the US, shot by none other than Bryan Adams.

good going: Priyanka Chopra

Uday Chopra Pleasure before work

Dhoom 3 is Uday Chopra's last film as an actor and thank god for that! He skipped the trailer launch because apparently he is in Los Angeles, USA with ladylove Nargis Fakhri.
love life: Uday Chopra

chatter box
Mallika Sherawat
Oops! She did it again

Mallika Sherawat has shocked people many a times, and she did manage to do it yet again when she kissed a contestant on her reality show, The Bachelorette India-Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika that is telecast on Life OK. This is the last leg of the show and it sure is heating up!

Kiss and tell: Mallika Sherawat

Smita Bansal No saris at the club, please!

Smita Bansal of Balika Vadhu was shocked when she was not allowed to enter a pub in Jaipur because she was dressed in a sari. Her co-star Siddharth Shukla and her other friends also accompanied her when this happened.

Mis(fit): Smita Bansal

All is well

Denying the rumours about him quitting Zee TV's top-rated fiction show, Qubool Hai, Karan Singh Grover is happy that the show is being loved and appreciated by his fans and critics alike. Talking about his rumoured exit, he said, "I am not leaving the show. The story of the show is running fine and if we feel like changing it due to any reason, then we will change it. " As far as the story of the show goes, while Asad and Zoya have been keeping away from each other due to unavoidable circumstances, Tanweer on the other hand, is busy devising a plot to break the two apart. While Tanweer's plot is hatched, Asad walks into Ayan's house and claims his love for Zoya and takes her back home. Given the popularity of the Asad-Zoya pairing, it will be interesting to see how these star-crossed lovers get back together.
Rubbishing rumours: Karan Singh Grover

Back with a new avatar

Pooja Kanwal Pooja Kanwal, who was last seen on Sasuraal Genda Phool had recently gone on a maternity leave. Buzz is that she is back with a new show Sanskaar Dharohar Apnon Ki-2, where she will essay the role of a woman who will fall in love with the lead actor, Jay Soni. On the other hand, she will also be seen in Shapath in a shaved head look.
different look: Pooja Kanwal

Of saints and sinners

Crime time: A still from Crime Patrol

Sony Entertainment Television's popular reality-based crime show, Crime Patrol, will feature a special episode on the Godmen case, based in Pune. In the wake of the so-called Godmen, exposed by the media, Crime Patrol is all set to bring you the story of another quack, who did not only dupe innocent people, but also committed a crime as heinous as a murder. The story revolves around Baba Rajasagi, who uses innumerable aliases and tells innocent people that he dreamt of god telling him to build a temple in the village. While the innocent people dole out donation money for the temple, the Baba vanishes. Devotees believe he is praying in isolation and would turn up one day to keep his word. However, the Pune police was searching for the Baba and had no clue to about him except the six phone numbers which were being used by the Baba.

The police was looking for Baba who was found guilty of murdering a woman, Rohini and her 5-year-old daughter, Chanda. The house where their bodies were found belonged to Gokul Daware, who had rented that place to Baba Rajasagi. And now Baba Rajasagi is absconding. No one in the chawl has his photograph. What were Rohini and Chanda doing in Baba's house? Rohini's father, Amardev a construction labourer reveals his family is devoted to Baba and Rohini was taking care of Baba in the house. Who is this Baba? Will Crime Patrol expose this Baba's heinous deeds? To find out tune in to Crime Patrol on Friday and Saturday at 11 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television.

Kapil Sharma Still not dating anyone?

Rumours and reports about comedian Kapil Sharma's love life have been the talk of the town recently. He has been linked with his colleague Preeti Simoes and good friend Ginni but when asked, the comedian says he is not dating anyone.

Happily single: Kapil Sharma

Heavy petting

Ruslaan Mumtaz, the new heartthrob of television industry, has found a new love interest on the sets of Kehta Hai Dil…Jee Le Zara. Ruslaan, who plays the character of Dhruv on the show, has found a new friend in a pet on the sets and he keeps himself busy having fun with him in his free time and during the break. The bond between both of them has been going strong.

Emotional angle

Aniruddh Dave, who is known for his roles in Phulwa, Ruk Jana Nahin and House Wife Sab Janti Hai, is playing an autistic guy in Yeh Hai Aashiqui for the first time ever. He says, "It has a very special and emotional story to tell. Autism and special children with any kind of deformity is an issue that's very close to my heart."

He adds, "It's rare to get such a role on TV. I have personally worked with them during my theatre days and really tried to help them through music therapy or counseling. It had worked too and that's why this episode appealed to me." 

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Six of Wands bring a gracious and aesthetic influence in your life. You are likely to face several interruptions and disruptions, which will make it difficult for you to stay on schedule.
Lucky colour: Ebony.
Magic number: 27

TAURUS: Two of Wands invokes mental power and intelligence that will help you achieve professional goals. Work will be smooth sailing and your analysis of the recent projects will be appreciated by colleagues.
Tarot message: Take timely action to prevent trouble.
Lucky colour: Red
Magic number: 35

GEMINI: You are awakened and energised by "Knight of Wands". Your creative abilities will be at their peak and your innovative ideas will gain recognition if you take care to present them properly.
Tarot message: Don't reveal your plan of action to anyone.
Lucky colour: Peach.
Magic number: 27

CANCER: The Ace of Pentacles leads to actualisation of personal and professional plans. You can be contemplating making changes to your routine, but you need to spend time to define the changes you want to implement.
Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health.
Lucky colour: Jade
Magic number: 29

LEO: The Lovers inspire you with love and creativity today. If you have spent time finalising details of your pet projects, now is the time to take the initiative and implement your plans.
Tarot message: Make compromises and come to terms with them.
Lucky colour: Yellow.
Magic number: 46

VIRGO: Two of Wands spin in speculation luck. You can be in an irritable mood and react aggressively when faced with dissenting views. Chance encounters can lead to interesting opportunities.
Tarot message: Avoid being hurried and over-anxious.
Lucky colour: Purple.
Magic number: 55

LIBRA: You draw The Ace of Wands, which puts you through a touching and transforming personal experience. Caring conversation and heart-to-heart talks flow easily. Control your emotions and sensitive issues.
Tarot message: Follow your course.
Lucky colour: Sea-green.
Magic number: 26

SCORPIO: The Priestess infuses pure and exalted influences in your life. Applying for a dream job? You might just get in with your track record and qualifications.
Tarot message: Do not expect too much from others.
Lucky colour: White.
Magic number: 52

SAGITTARIUS: The Wheel of Fortune spins in some good fortune and emotional abundance. You will be unable to concentrate on your tasks at work. Try and avoid making important business decisions.
Tarot message: Lack of confidence can leave you in losses.
Lucky colour: Forest green.
Magic number: 43

CAPRICORN: You card The Strength lends you self-esteem and a good feeling about yourself today. Work will be smooth sailing and your ability to get things done will be appreciated by colleagues.
Tarot message: Don't make hasty decisions.
Lucky colour: Red.
Magic number: 41

AQUARIUS: Your card Judgment is reversed, so be careful not to let the public opinion go against you. You will be enthusiastic about developments at work but take time to listen to colleagues as they can help.
Tarot message: Try to accomplish long-term tasks.
Lucky colour: Bottle green.
Magic number: 32

PISCES: The Magician brings a day of change and mutation, whether you want it or not. You will be irritable and can lose your temper very fast. You are bored of your routine and want to do something different.
Tarot message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange.
Lucky colour: Yellow.
Magic number: 44

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is November 2...

Your birthday falls on Choti Diwali i.e. called Narak Chaturdashi also. It will be a smooth year at the work front. The number 2 of 11th month under the Scorpio sign do not take to losing very kindly; they just keep on going, since they are stubborn and determined to succeed. You might have some worries regarding the progress of your children. It will be a normal year. Cultivate connections on your today. And your timing is great now, whereas over the next couple months, circumstances tend to throw schedules and deadlines off. Set your priorities carefully. Keep an eye on your weight and do not indulge in overeating. Children could be a cause of worry.

Positive colours: White, moonbeam, silver

Select days: Sunday and Monday

Favourable numbers: 2,4 and 8

Gems recommended: South sea pearl, moonstone, opal

Charity on birthday: Donate utensils/ oil/ tea at a religious place. Throw away all waste material today and clean your house.

You share your birthday with Shah Rukh Khan [November 2, 1965, New Delhi]. SRK began his career with television in the late 1980s and he will remain the heartthrob of cine goers, owing to a combination of Numbers 2 and 7, which are his basic and life path numbers. Khan would be at par with Amitabh Bacchan as per his planetary position.

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