In political terms
Having written in English all his life, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar has penned down his first fiction in Punjabi Mainu Anehra Kyon Nahin Lagda. He is eagerly awaiting people’s reaction.
Himani Chandel
Kuldip Nayar
write note: Kuldip Nayar. Photo: Manas Ranjan

The manner in which Indian politics has been robbed off its morality forms the plot of veteran journalist and eminent author Kuldip Nayar's first Punjabi fiction work Mainu Anehra Kyon Nahin Lagda. In the backdrop of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the Gujarat riots in 2002, the book is his first in any Indian language.

"The character revolves around two riots. It is partly autobiographical as well, in the sense that I came from Pakistan and went through the trauma of Partition in 1947 like thousands of others," says Nayar. Through the book, Nayar attempts to highlight the ills of our current political set-up.

"Politics without values is bothering me a lot. During Emergency, morality was ousted from politics. The India political system and the media face the same kind of challenge today. They have been eroded of idealism, commitment and values. Politics is marred by corruption. All attention is on grabbing power. Elections are only about money," he points out.

The book narrates the story of a militant whose life changes when he realises the importance of non-violence and gives up arms. "He then decides to take up the sword once again, but for a completely different cause," explains the author.

Albeit the book has been released a few months before the General Elections, Nayar refutes that he has any political connect or affiliations.

"The purpose was not to make any political commentary; the book was written last year, it was delayed at the publisher's end," says Nayar.

Being the first work in his mother tongue, Nayar is excited about the people's reaction to his new piece. "I want to see the reaction because it is written in very simple Punjabi. So, academicians might say that it does not have the touch that Punjabi is known for."

He adds, "The reason why I chose to write this book in Punjabi is that all my life I have written in English, so I wanted to see how much skill I had with my own mother tongue. I wanted to prove it to myself."

It was not easy for him to deal with the language though, "I come from that part of Punjab (in Pakistan now) where Urdu and Persian were taught. There, Punjabi was written in Persian script called Shahmukhi but here we have Gurmukhi as the script of Punjabi. So, it was very difficult for me. I couldn't make changes in the final script because the text was completely unknown to me,"

Nayar has found a new interest in fiction. "I think if I really want to attack the political system, I will have to write fiction," he signs off.

Ageless charm
Bollywood actor Dharmendra needs no introduction. The more we see him, the more the adulation grows...
Gurvinder Singh

FULL OF energy: Dharmendra

For Bollywood actor Dharmendra, age is just a number even as he continues to exude his charm on the silver screen. "I don't consider myself old. Even now on the sets, I feel like a newcomer and give my best to every shot. I work hard, love adventure and take everything as a challenge," he says.

About a month shy of turning 78, Dharmendra has been working for more than 16 hours a day! "The day I hang my boots, age would start showing. Good and the bad keeps happening in one's life, but one must have a heart. Everything must be taken as a challenge. One must have the guts to face life," he says.

As of now, he is shooting for Subhash Ghai produced Sameep Kang directed film Double Di Trouble, which is a film based on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors. Although Dharmendra has made guest appearances in Punjabi movies such as Putt Jattan De earlier, he is essaying a complete role for the first time. The legendary star is happy with the success of the Punjabi film industry. "Punjabi movies being made these days are in tune with the tastes of the new generation. The new crop of actors is doing well," he says.

Dharmendra is happy to be on his home turf, "I have cousins and other family members in my native village Dango at Pakhowal. I love Punjab. Even now I am the same Dharmendra who left for Mumbai years ago," he shares.

He is, however, unhappy about the growing menace of drugs in the state. "I am deeply hurt by the drug menace in Punjab as also by the degradation of cultural values. The atmosphere here has become very strange. But I still love it," he says.

He adds, "I pray that my Punjab become the same again."

As for Bollywood, Dharmendra says it has come a long way. "Cinema has become more realistic and good films are being made these days. Technically, we have become the best in the world but along the way, nudity has crept into Bollywood, which is not healthy," he says. "One should be able to enjoy the movies sitting with family. Bollywood films, however, are admired across the globe now, even in places like Afghanistan."

Dharmendra has seen the 3D version of Sholay and is impressed by it. "I am planning to do a film with Sunny and another film with both Sunny as well as Bobby," he says.

Zeal for life has made Dharmendra what he is today and an indomitable spirit has always galvanised him. "I believe that everyone should become a good human first — that is the key to success," he says.

Right click
Bangalore-based photographer Sachin Raju is a specialist at clicking Salsa pictures. In Ludhiana, he shares the techniques involved in the art...
Gurvinder Singh
Sachin Raju
Sachin Raju

Shake a leg at a Salsa event of repute a couple of times, chances are that your moves would be frozen into eternity by the same lensman — Bangalore-based photographer Sachin Raju, who has become a specialist of sorts in Salsa events.

In addition to capturing beautiful photographs, he is also good with the dance. "Photography is all about good timing. Anybody can buy expensive camera and equipment, but getting the right shot at the right moment is what makes a photographer tick," says Sachin, who was in Ludhiana for an event.

An investment banker by profession, life was business as usual but the childhood hobby of playing with the lens remained with him. It was at a couple of Salsa events that his photographs were appreciated and he started getting invitations for more dance festivals. Interest in Salsa and passion for photography made him turn his hobby into a full-time profession. Now he goes to Salsa events every now and then, and has covered a couple of dance festivals abroad as well.

"Salsa has repetitive music. I know the next time the music pattern repeats, I would get the right picture. Anticipation is important and as I am a trained Salsa dancer, I can do that with ease," he says. "I keep tapping my foot, gauging the pattern and then 'click' - I get the right shot," he smiles.

Not just dance, he also focuses on getting the ambience and lighting correct. "Even if you missed the party, my photographs would make you feel you were actually there. Along with the main subjects, the ambience around is also alive in my pictures," he says.

"I believe luck too favours those who are prepared. I work like a fly on the wall, without people posing for me, and preferably, not even noticing me. That is when I get candid shots. Real photography is just like looking at things and people just as they are in life, not posing for you," he shares.

Action zone
South Indian action director K. Ganesh, who will direct two fight sequences for upcoming Punjabi movie Yaaran Da Katchup, believes Pollywood needs a dose of good, hi-tech action…
Manpriya Singh

Photo: Manoj Mahajan 

He doesn’t have to search far on his body to find remnants of having played with fire or having performed the dare-devil acts from cable ropes. A scar here, a slip disc there…nevertheless, for action director K Ganesh stunts run in the family. “I’m a third generation in this field. My parents and grandparents were all stunts-men and into action direction,” he shares while in Chandigarh to direct two fight sequences for the upcoming Punjabi movie Yaaran Da Katchup.

There’s a promise of difference coupled with power-packed action. “Action has always been a part of Punjabi movies. That’s because Punjabis are anyways hot-headed people. But somehow the action we’ve seen so far has been stagnant,” director Abhay Chhabra takes things forward and makes us picture an action sequence atop a double-decker bus. He adds, “Now that’s a first for this industry. There will be twelve people fighting one person.” Action itself remains an uncharted territory for the industry here. Says K Ganesh. “In the South Indian films we rely heavily on action but when it comes to the Punjabi film industry, they rely more on comedy. We’ve tried to experiment and incorporate action into the film.”

Stunt men

Just when it starts sounding like a regional crossover cinema or an attempt to merge things, K Ganesh assures a couple of things. “The action will be South Indian style, but the look and feel of the movie will be totally Punjabi. Our protagonists are turban and kara wearing people and it has all been done in a way that the audience won’t miss the Punjabi touch.” It’s been 11 years of having performed stunts himself and five to six years of getting others to do it. “I didn’t have much trouble getting Punjabis to do action. These are all hard-working people and performed things easily.” He adds, “We’ve used cable equipment and mirror effects to get our kind of stunt scenes. It’s going to be technically very sound.” Moving onto the three girls paired opposite the heroes, don’t expect much. He laughs, “You will see them slapping the boys.”

There’s a citation of hundreds of Kannada, Telegu and Tamil films, along with Siruthai, a high-voltage action drama whose remake Rowdy Rathore recently made headlines. There’s a lot that still needs to be done, emulated or rather get inspired from. “Although there are a lot many movies that had really good action, Dabangg part one was unique and commendable. Further, I like all the action sequences by Hollywood director John Woo.” So much to look up to!

One for the artist

The Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi is inviting entries in painting, sculpture, graphics (printmaking), mix-media, photography, drawing, installation and multi-media as part of its Annual Art Exhibition, 2013, to be held in February-March 2014. There will be three awards of Rs 50,000 each for professional category and five awards of Rs 15,000 each in the student category.

Artists from Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali are eligible for participation in this exhibition. A jury comprising eminent personalities from the field of art will decide the winners.

Those who wish to participate but not compete, can enter in the ‘not for competition’ section. For competition section, a minimum two original art works along with three photographs of other art works are required. In ‘not for competition’ section even one art work can be submitted. The artworks should be the original creation of the artist and not more than three years old.

The entry forms are available free of cost at the Akademi office in Sector 34 A, State Library; with Ravinder Sharma, Government College of Art Sector 10-C, Chandigarh; Bheem Malhotra, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Sector 12, Chandigarh; Madan Lal, Assistant Professor, NIIFT, B 68 Industrial Area, Phase 7, SAS Nagar Mohali.

The entry form can also be downloaded from the Akademi website

Students can submit entries from November 26 to December 5, 2013, between 10.00 am to 3.00 pm while professionals can submit entries from November 26 to December 6, 2013, between 10.00 am to 3.00 pm at the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi office, First Floor, State Library, Sector 34-A, Chandigarh. (Saturday and Sunday closed).

Strengthen your core
Vishal Thukral

Aerobics exercises and muscular fitness are the foremost components of most fitness programmes. To make any fitness programme worthwhile, complete inclusion of core strengthening exercises is most important. Core exercises train the muscles in pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen. Any exercise that involves the use of abdominals and back muscles in coordinated fashion counts as a core exercise.

Exercising the core is important for doing everyday tasks, like putting away groceries, lifting a bucket at home and also to maintain good posture in normal routine. Keeping strong core muscles will help ensure everything stays protected throughout the day. Building core strength will banish back pain. Listed below are the few exercises which could be followed to strengthen core:

Move 1: Knee fold tuck

Lift knees so that the shins are parallel to the floor, extend the arms. Pull knees towards the shoulder, keeping the upper body still. Bring knees to the starting position. Repeat 15 to 20 times.

Move 2: Side balance crunch

Begin with left knee and left hand on the floor, right arm straight up. Extend right leg so that the body forms a straight line. Pull right knee towards the torso and right elbow towards the knee. Strengthen arm and leg. Repeat ten times; then switch sides.

Move 3: Bridge

Lie on the back with knees bent. Keep the back in a neutral position, not arched and pressed into the floor. Tighten abdomen muscles and avoid tilting hips. Raise hips off the floor until they are aligned with knees and shoulders. Hold the position for 30 to 45 seconds without breaking the form. Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Move 4: Abdominal crunch

Lie on the back and place feet on a wall so that knees and hips are bent at a 90-degree angle. Tighten abdominal muscles. Raise head and shoulders off the floor. To avoid straining the neck, cross arms on the chest rather than locking them behind the head. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Return to the start position and repeat 15-20 times.

Move 5: Circle plank

Start in a plank position with the abs tight. Pull the right knee in and circle it clockwise, then counterclockwise. Keep the rest of body in a stationary position. Repeat 5 to 6 times and then switch legs; 5 to 6 sets on either leg.

Move 6: Superman

This core strength exercise can help strengthen lower back. Lie on stomach and tighten abdominal muscles. Raise both arms and both legs of the floor same time. Hold for three deep breaths and repeat 12 to 15 times.

Diet Tip: Drink water during exercise

Begin to drink water early in the day to make sure that the body has enough reserves while exercising. It is highly recommended to drink water during exercise as it will keep the body remain hydrated. Water intake while exercising is also beneficial to reduce risk of medical injuries and internal body problems, such as heat exhaustion.

(Thukral is a Chandigarh-based fitness expert)

Give life a new meaning
Simmi Waraich

I have no real problems but just do not feel happy with life in any sphere. I am single, have no worries about money and my family is supportive. I am not working currently though I have plans to work soon once I am a little better.

Aman, Chandigarh

Were you happy earlier? Did this start in childhood? What age? A number of things need to be considered for this. The CBT or existential psychotherapy may help you. Some people have dysthymia which is a low grade depression persists for two or more years. Look around you. Notice the people in your life and people outside. Often it’s the children who are happy as they live moment to moment. Many of the adults will be preoccupied with the future and with regrets and general worries.

If you observe your own self for the next two hours, you may find you have something we call automatic thoughts--thoughts that pop up in our head almost all the time. Start by noting these thoughts because often they are the key to identifying what makes us sad.

Try being open to new things and leaving the past behind. Write down what you think of the past and see whether you are focusing on the negatives.

Appreciate little things--the raindrops, the sun, and appreciate others. Express gratitude for little things.

Live a life which has some meaning-- just watching TV and shopping or roaming in malls will not give us meaning. It means being kind to someone, at times even if someone has been unkind to us, doing something that will help someone or something. And learn something new--music, dance, knitting, cooking etc.

My son has tics, in his shoulders and face at times. How can I control them?

Naresh, Mohali.

Tics are rapid, repeated muscle twitches such as eye blinking, facial grimacing, forehead wrinkling, head turning, or shoulder shrugging. Most tics last only one second. Tics usually happen more often when a child is under stress. When a child is relaxed, he will not have as many tics. Also, tics do not occur when a child is sleeping. They are three times more common in boys than girls. Usually they change and pass off, mostly disappearing by adolescence.

Avoid commenting on them. A child does not do it deliberately. Don't allow siblings or others to tease your child about the tics. Be sure that relatives, friends, and teachers also ignore it. When tics occur, people should focus on reducing any pressure they may be causing your child.

If they are severe then sometimes medication is used or habit reversal is done. In habit reversal, first the tics are monitored and noted down with the help of a parent--when they occur, how many times for a week or so. Then a plan is made of developing an alternative response which counters the tic. Support and encouragement are an important part of this treatment.

(Waraich is a Chandigarh-based consultant psychiatrist)

it’s rocking
Creating a buzz
A still from the song Chingum Chabake
A still from the song Chingum Chabake

Sung by Shankar Mahadevan and Shalmali Kholgade, the song from the film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein, Chingum Chabake, has been creating a buzz this season. Considering the peppiness that the song has to offer with the traditional desi Bollywood tadka, it is definitely the recipe for a super-hit dance number. Here’s what Chandigarh folks have to say about it…

Festive fervour

Since this is the wedding as well as the festive season, you just can’t do without a Bollywood dance number. I like the song for its ‘desi’ feel and the music is really nice too.

— Kanika Dhiman, Bank employee

Catchy number

I like the lyrics of the song and the way both Imraan and Kareena have pulled it is also fantastic. It’s a nice peppy dance number and I like the music too. It’s very catchy.

— Vridula Mehra, Housewife

Peppy song

The song is very nice. In fact, it is amazing. I really like the video and the dance steps are good. Each time I listen to it, I feel like dancing.

— Seep Nanda, student 

The Mighty Avenger is back!

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos. Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor-the hammer-wielding mighty avenger. He gets chatty about the film that hits the screens on November 8 and will release in Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.

Where do we find Thor in this film as opposed to the last?

In the first film Thor was a young spoilt teenager, about to take on the throne and be the king. Then his father realises that he’s not quite mature enough to do that and his priorities are in the wrong place. He’s full of ego and attitude. During that film, he is humbled and we leave that first story with Thor about to step into the responsibility of possibly becoming king of Asgard. In this film we pick up with him really coming to an understanding of what that entails and the darker side of that responsibility. He figures out that it doesn’t necessarily come with all the privileges; there are a lot of sacrifices. It’s that next step in his evolution to become a king.

Please describe Thor and his weapon.

Thor is the God of Thunder. He’s incredibly strong and from a place called Asgard, which is within the Nine Realms of the universe. He has a weapon called Mjolnir, which is basically a big, magical hammer that has been forged from the heart of a dying star. It can summon the lightning and control the elements and also gives him the ability to fly.

What is it like to be portraying Thor for the third time?

I love playing the character. The trick is to find new ways to make the character have some sort of advance or growth from the last film. That’s the trick of the director, writer and the actor obviously coming together and asking what’s the next step and where are we going to take him.

Why is it important for the film to contain some of the humour?

The humour in all the Marvel films is what ties them together. It also allows people to buy into the fantastical world that you’re a part of. It doesn’t take itself too seriously. In moments, it’s serious enough, but any chance you get to laugh takes the pressure off of having to believe that there’s a guy with a big hammer and a red cape flying around the place.

What kind of training did you have to do this time around?

On this one I came in and said, “Okay, I want to make Thor more dynamic.” The guy can fly and split the earth in half with his weapon, yet a lot of the time we have seen him in the past just fighting hand-to-hand combat like a Viking, which is an element of his style, but I think we needed to embrace that he has far more advanced skills than that. So the idea of getting him off the ground a lot more, using more wire work. 

Marriage is liberating: Keira Knightley

Actress Keira Knightley admits she loves being married as she found singledom exhausting. The Anna Karenina star wed Klaxons musician James Righton earlier this year and says she finds marriage liberating.

The 28-year-old also revealed that she finds her love life, whether a heartbreak or joy, as inspiration for her acting work. “It depends, but you can get some great stuff out of break-ups and grief. Then you can get some great stuff out of the other side, too. I don’t think one is better than the other. I don’t think you can forget heartbreak or any of the negative stuff. When you have experienced it, you can always use it,” she said.

Knightley stars alongside Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine in new musical drama Can a Song Save Your Life? — PTI

Creating the right buzz

Actor Ranveer Singh is busy with a two-week campaign to promote his film Ram-Leela but doesn’t favour extended campaigns as is now the norm. He hopes the scenario will soon change.

“If I had to set a trend, may be in the future when I will be little more established, I would want that an actor does not need to promote his film,” Ranveer said during the promotion of his film.

“I think we go out and sell our work more than actually doing the work. Nowadays everybody is selling his film for thirty to forty days. But I think the promotions should get over within five or seven days,” he added.

The young actor, who has carved a niche for himself in the industry with movies like Band Baaja Baaraat and Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl, believes “people should just be on the film sets doing what they are here to do”.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela, which also stars Deepika Padukone, is just two weeks away from its release date Nov 15. Ranveer is happy with the kind of buzz the film’s trailer and songs have created. “Fortunately, the promos have done a good job for us. We both (Deepika and I) are on campaign for the last two weeks for the film. I think the buzz about the film is quite good and it is good for us,” Ranveer said.

“It is a big release for me so I hope people get excited. I hope Nov 15 proves to be a landmark day for me,” he added. — IANS

Surmounting the odds
Hrithik Roshan
Go on: Hrithik Roshan

Krrish 3 has been a challenging journey for actor Hrithik Roshan. The film is enjoying great run at the box office. It grossed Rs.72.7 crore within the first three days of its release. The movie is going strong and actor Hrithik Roshan shares his take.

Bad times

I was completely broken at that time. My knees and my back were completely gone. My waist had expanded to 36 and half inches. So starting from that point to the end of the film where I have a hole in my brain now, it’s been a huge struggle. We had to climb a mountain. So I had to find the superhero inside me to surmount all these impediments. In that sense, Krrish has had the biggest impact on my life. Krrish 3 has been difficult as a movie but it also showed me how to tackle the difficulties in my life.

Biggest movie

At this point of time, Krrish 3 is the biggest movie of my career in every single way. For starters, I had to find the superhero inside me to begin the film. I had a double slip disc and my doctor advised me not to do this movie. When my father came to know about it, he said, ‘Let’s shelve this film for now and do it later when you are alright.’ But I knew that if I didn’t do this movie now, it would impossible to make it later.

Exhausting journey

Krrish is a franchise that has spanned a decade. It’s been exhausting but thankfully we have conquered a mountain that looked impossible. If there is a rewarding feeling in your life it always comes through some effort. If you remain in the illusion that my day will be very happy and it will pass of like this (snaps his fingers) then trust me you will be bored very soon. You need challenges in your life. If there is no pain there will be no pleasure. It is only when you face pain head on; you will reach a space that is filled with infinite positiveness.

Hold on

See if you ask me to do Krrish 4 right now, I would say ‘hold on’ let’s think about it for a day or two. Saturation point is a temporary phase. Yes, right now there is a saturation point with Krrish. I can’t start doing Krrish 4 right now.

Positive feedback

Family and friends never say anything bad about you, do they? But everyone loved the movie. Suzanne said it’s the best movie of my career so far.

Clearing the airJennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has denied allegations that she had plastic surgery. The rumours started when a UK doctor tweeted a split photo of Lopez, suggesting that she had some work done.

The singer, 44, decided to clear the air through her Twitter page. Addressing the UK doctor, Lopez tweeted: “@DrAyoubi Sorry Sir, but I have never had plastic surgery of any kind. #fact.” - PTI

                                                               Being natural: Jennifer Lopez

Hudson’s daring neckline draws eyeballs

All eyes were set on actress Kate Hudson as she walked the red carpet at a recent event dressed in an extremely low-cut dusty pink dress that featured a slashed neckline.
Kate Hudson
Head turner: Kate Hudson

She was attending an Art and Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which was honouring Martin Scorcese and artist David Hockney.

Her dress flashed even more skin as the side cut-outs showed off the 34-year-old’s toned midriff. If that wasn’t enough, the dress’ backless design added to its sex appeal.

Hudson accessorised the look simply with a clutch, and her golden locks were tied back in a tight bun. Her make up was neutral with a smoky eye. — IANS

Lessons learnt

Singer Demi Lovato is reportedly taking sobriety seriously. The X Factor star was spotted dining with close friends in Manhattan last week and took extra precautions not to be around any alcohol. Lovato left rehab in 2011 and moved into a sober living house in LA. — PTI

chatter box
Alternative theory
Most of the television shows continue to go on air for a long period of time and actors end up dropping out of the shows for various reasons. Here, we look at some of the replacements that have happened recently in television industry's most popular shows…

Sargun Mehta replaced Sriti Jha in Balika Vadhu

Sargun Mehta Sriti Jha Sriti Jha, who played the role of Ganga in the show Balika Vadhu, quit as she didn't feel her character graph was satisfactory. Sargun Mehta, who was earlier seen in the shows, Nach Baliye and Phulwa, has now replaced her.

Sargun Mehta                                                              Sriti Jha

Toral Rasputra replaced Pratyusha Banerjee in Balika Vadhu

Toral Rasputra     Pratyusha Banerjee Pratyusha Banerjee claimed that her health was the reason why she opted out of her debut show, Balika Vadhu. This was a shocking departure and Toral Rasputra, who was earlier seen in Kesariya Balam Aavo Hamare Des, replaced her as Anandi in the show.
Toral Rasputra                                          Pratyusha Banerjee

Supriya Kumari replaced Yashashri in Sanskaar-Dharohar Apno Ki

Supriya Kumari         Yashashri Masurkar Yashashri Masurkar, who was supposed to be the third angle between Bhoomi and Jai in the show Sanskaar... Dharohar Apno Ki, quit the show because the makers turned her character, Bharti, into a negative role. Later, Supriya Kumari of Looteri Dulhan fame replaced her.

Supriya Kumari                                                              Yashashri Masurkar

Parul Chauhan replaced Rubina Dilaik in Punar Vivaah Ek Nayi Umeed

Parul ChauhanRubina Dilaik Rubina Dilaik was offered to be the main lead in the show but soon when her character was nowhere to be seen, she suffered a huge disappointment and quit the show. Now when her character, Divya, returned to the show, Parul Chauhan was seen playing the role.

Parul Chauhan                                                    Rubina Dilaik

Pooja Bose replaced Sonarika Bhadoria in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev

Pooja Bose Sonarika Bhadoria Her tantrums were apparently the reason that Sonarika Bhadoria was thrown out of the show Mahadev. The makers didn't want her and they roped in Pooja Bose of Sarvagun Sampanna fame to play the role of Parvati.

Pooja Bose                                                                      Sonarika Bhadoria

On a romantic note
Digangana Suryavanshi
Digangana Suryavanshi

Digangana Suryavanshi, who has done several shows, including Shakuntala, Kya Haadsa Kya Haquekat, Ruk Jana Nahin and Qubool Hai is also a writer. Last year, she published a book on poetry and this time, she released her first book titled Nixie, The Mermaid And The Power Of Love. "In this book, I have tried to show the essence of love in a different light and in my own way. The story also has a dash of mystery and fantasy," says Digangana while adding, "The book has been written in a span of two and a half months and I intend to write a sequel to this novel too." Producer, Yash Patnaik, and writer, Kamal Pandey, were also spotted at the launch of her book. "I was overwhelmed by Yashji and Kamalji's presence at the launch because they made it in time in spite of their busy schedule. While Yashji gave an emotional speech, Kamalji recited a poem for me," she said.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Take a break from work. Make this an easy day and avoid doing anything that needs concentration and effort. Bizfolk: Don't miss a chance to go to the theatre.
Tarot message: Put your terms and conditions in writing.
Lucky colour: Fuchsia
Magic number: 31

TAURUS: Parents can experience stress and tension related to their children. This is a good day to catch up with odd jobs. Health needs attention.
Tarot message: You will discover a fountainhead of a will power within yourself.
Lucky colour: Rainbow pastels
Magic number: 21

GEMINI: Shopping for a gift as a token of affection is a good way of spending money. Do not bury disturbing emotions rather work on them. Romance is on the cards.
Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests.
Lucky colour: Yellow
Magic number: 61

CANCER: Indulge in fashion as it enhances your look. Don't flinch from spending on health. Get home early to avoid traffic. Enduring relationships will be formed with new people who live at a distance.
Tarot message: Focus on professional changes.
Lucky colour: Peach
Magic number: 55

LEO: Do not get involved in any mutual venture without investigating the economic situation of the other party. Use your creative talent. Hobbies will give you much satisfaction.
Tarot message: You must share responsibility with others.
Lucky colour: Metallic grey
Magic number: 26

VIRGO: You can expect a bit of craziness creeping into your life and surprising you like a cosmic jack in the box. Avoid gossiping because it can spoil your chance of success.
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. Do not be too demanding from loved ones.
Tarot message: You gain by being practical, so don't be emotional.
Lucky colour: Peach
Magic number: 64

SCORPIO: If you are single, you will find an attractive candidate for dating and relating with in your social circle. Give more attention to your health. Keep your sense of humour alive.
Tarot message: Focus on your emotional and spiritual needs.
Lucky colour: Forest green
Magic number: 30

SAGITTARIUS: "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: Don't hold back anything from your boss.
Lucky colour: Purple
Magic number: 28

CAPRICORN: Rise early to greet the day with morning exercise to get your energy flowing. A domestic hassle will be settled amicably. Expect a guest or an important news in the evening.
Tarot message: Stay focused on your goals.
Lucky colour: Golden brown
Magic number: 59

AQUARIUS: Your attention will be focused on your home, property, and family. Personal expression through arts, crafts or hobbies is indicated. You will have to modify your plans.
Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter.
Lucky colour: White
Magic number: 33

PISCES: You should be very satisfied with your accomplishments. Hopes will fill your heart. If you are planning to buy a house, a good offer awaits you. Your patience and hard work pays richly.
Tarot message: 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 November 6...

A tip for you is that you should remember that interpersonal walls are created by mutual consent, so open your heart to invite those, who you want to share your life with. Your number is six, which makes you a loving, stable, and harmonious person. Ruled by Venus, you will be compassionate, stable, family-oriented and trustworthy. However, you can also be superficial, jealous, possessive, and unwilling to change.

Positive colours: White, Sea green, Cream, Light blue.

Select days: Friday, Thursday and Tuesday.

Favourable numbers: 3, 6 and 9.

Gems recommended: Diamond and Emerald.

Charity on birthday: Donate green fodder.

Ethan Green Hawke (November 6, 1970) is an American actor, writer and director. He made his feature film in 1985, the science fiction movie, Explorers. He also made a supporting appearance in the 1989 drama series, Dead Poets Society, which is considered as his breakthrough role. 

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