Back to basics
To promote Punjabi literature, Barj S Dhahan announces the launch of Dhahan International Punjabi Literary Prize
Manpriya Singh

Barj S Dhahan
Homecoming: Barj S Dhahan

Sometimes a journey taken too far, comes a full circle and brings you back to the roots that made it all happen. That's the irony of success. His story as been as phenomenal as fulfilling and adds to the several exemplary cases of Indian Diaspora settled abroad.

"About sometime ago I was just going through a not so great phase when an analyst questioned me 'Have You Betrayed Somebody?' the immediate thing that struck my mind was my mother tongue," Punjab born and Canada settled Barj S Dhahan, goes back to a series of incidents behind the noble endeavour; the Dhahan International Punjabi Literary Prize. "We were all sitting and thinking that there's the Scotiabank Giller prize for Canadian fiction. There's the renowned Pulitzer for English but what about Punjabi literature and language." He adds, "When it comes to Punjabi literature, a lot of writers have to self publish…Even in Punjab, the language is under attack. Because spoken English fetches you jobs and not your regional language."

There's an aim to take the literature beyond the boundaries of language and encourage translation of works from Punjabi to English. It will encourage new readerships and bring in the crucial material support to writers already active. "We'll focus on works of fiction and novels that tell others our stories. These kinds of works are likely to be read by the young." He adds, "We would also want the publishers to publish the books in a creative way. The winning books will be translated to English."

His journey

Love for literature goes back to ever since he can remember and he casually tosses in the conversation several literary figures like Amrita Pritam, Waris Shah, Bhai Vir Singh, including some of his favourites like, "The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, T. S. Eliot, English author John Fowles, among several others." Lately, there's also been a preoccupation with Baba Farid, Guru Nanak Dev Ji and The Guru Granth Sahib.

He shares, "I was born in Punjab in village Dhahan and migrated as a ten year old. I always had a love for books and literature." Apart from thrice a year visits to Punjab, what brings him back is the sheer love for mother tongue. "If you forget your mother tongue and let it fade into oblivion, you've lost a treasure trove," he winds up with a slight concern and a confident streak. Food for thought.

Prize tag
Canada India Education Society ( a society that supports education, community development, healthcare and job creation) in partnership with University of British Columbia launches the literary prize to celebrate the rich history of the Punjabi language and living present of Punjabi language and literature. The cash prize of $ 25,000 CDN will be awarded annually to one 'best book' in either Gurmukhi or Shahmukhi scripts internationally. The launch will happen on November 11 at J.W. Marriott at 7 pm.

The right note
Clinton Cerejo followed his heart and is happy singing and composing
Jasmine Singh

Clinton Cerejo
Clinton Cerejo
Photos: Parvesh Chauhan

What would you do, if you knew deep down in your heart that sitting in a cubicle, from 9-7 pm, glaring into the computer, no matter how many lakhs it fetched you at the end of the month you wouldn't be happy? Lakhs…. you might start to think again, but for this singer, composer, record producer, music director Clinton Cerejo this realisation was good enough to dissuade him from doing any kind of office job. "I realised job wasn't the thing, I would be satisfied or happy doing. My creativity needed wings, it had to fly." Sure he did that, Clinton gave wings to his passion and travelled as far he could with it.

One of such flight brings him to Chandigarh to perform at Coke Studio@ MTV Season 3 along Noora Sisters and Vijay Prakash, and he likes every bit of his first visit to the city. The conversation hits from the upcoming movie Dedh Ishqiya for which Clinton is doing the background score. Needless to say how important is a background score in the film, he goes, "Yes, once you get the direction, a few basic pointers then you can create a background score much better. A brief low down from the director of the film and the storyline assists in this process."

Vijay Prakash
Vijay Prakash

Clinton has given his voice to many jingles; in fact he has sung many with Kunal Ganjawala. AR Rahman offered an opportunity when he overheard Clinton working in a studio. He composed various songs thereafter, which were featured in Coke studio. One of the famous songs is Madari, sung by Vishal Dadlani and Sonu Kakkar.

"The thing about music and especially the way I do is pick up two different genres of artistes and then create a track. It is the element of the unknown and what will come up finally that creates excitement," shares Clinton who feels instinct works a lot while picking two artistes for collaboration. "Many a times I have sent artistes back because I couldn't get the right note," he adds.

MTV Coke studio has been a pretty show with music lovers across the country, the coming together of different voices, different notes…. music definitely operates beyond limitation. But what of the technology that has seeped down in music. "It depends on the track, whether it needs instrumentation or acoustics and to what degree," Clinton busies himself in voice check, it's time to let his creativity take another free will flight at the jam session at Punjab Engineering College.

Prestigious platform
Vijay Prakash specifically sang the portion with the words Jai Ho that takes an extended high pitch at numerous junctures in the famous track Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire. A playback singer and film composer, Vijay Prakash has given his voice in Hindi films Blue, Lakshya, Swades, Kaal, Cheeni Kum and Force. In addition to this, this health freak singer has also worked in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. As for Coke Studio, adds Vijay Prakash, "Coke Studio has brought forth the musical heritage of our country to the forefront. I love collaborating and through Coke Studio I have had the opportunity to sing along with some of the most talented names in the Indian music scene."

From a singer’s heart
It is rare that YRF releases a Punjabi album, Preet Harpal hits the jackpot with The Gambler
Jasmine Singh

Irrespective of journeys, paths, directions we take, one fine day each one of us returns to ourselves and to our love. This could be a farfetched philosophy, but singer-actor Preet Harpal believes in every word of this. After a fairly long time, he has retuned to the love of life, music and you bet he feels every moment spent in this love is worth it. What lead to this return is a story he would come back to, as of now it is the joy of the release of his music album, The Gambler that he wants to share.

His album is released by Yash Raj Films in Mumbai by Bollywood actor Sunny Deol. Is their anything more Preet could have asked for? "It is a privilege that my album is released by Yash Raj Films, I personally met Yash Raj ji in 2006 and today when I see my album being released by the same company, I feel out of this world," shares Preet in Chandigarh to promote The Gambler. The release function was attended by many celebrities including Sunny Deol, Hard Kaur. "Sunny Deol released my album, this is like icing on the cake," he talks with excitement that glitters in his eyes.

The Gambler holds eight different songs, each of them inspired from Preet's own life. "So far you have heard Punjabi music popularizing drugs and weapons but for the first time I am singing something which is against this trend, this is precisely why I named it The Gambler." Preet Harpal's album is already getting 32,000 hits everyday; the song na pivaan ghadey sharaaban is pretty popular. "I want to share with the youngsters that it is not important to go through a wrong way to achieve success, it is possible with Hard Kaur and innocence as well," adds Preet who is popular for his number paapey kehndey judge banna.

Singer actor or actor singer, for Preet singing is his first love, something he has returned to. And why? He gives it some thought. He wouldn't give us a hasty reply. "There is too much rush in films," Preet answers deciding he doesn't want to go with a politically correct reply. "I don't see any good films, and more or less every film is the same. This gives me time to touch base with my first love and also take it forward a little more." Preet is in no mood to end the conversation without the mention of people he would like to thank. "I owe a lot to Vijay Kumar, vice-president Yash Raj Films and Ram Kumar including the entire team of Blue Moon Productions that includes Rocky Bhullar, Diljot Randhawa, Harman Sarkaria, Navdeep and Larry Bains.

Beat it!
Amarjot Kaur

Lloyd gueizelar
Sing along: Lloyd gueizelar

He hails from Mumbai and has already etched his place as number one DJ in the country. DJ Lloyd Gueizelar, who has recreated a number of Bollywood sounds, strikes a candid conversation about his music, future plans and more at Chandigarh.

What kind of music do you play?

I am basically into EDM, which is electronic dance music. I try to blend the technicalities of electronic music with Bollywood sound elements, which are essentially a lot of Bollywood songs. We are also working on a festival called Bollyboom, which is scheduled to take place in Delhi on November 24 and we will have musicians like Salim Sulaiman, Talat Aziz, Shaan and Sonu Nigam among others, where I will be programming the music. I also like recreating classics by musicians like Sonu Nigam and Shaan.

What is the difference between recreating and remixing a song?

When you recreate a track, you get an original singer or a singer who can sing the cover of that particular track to sing and everything about that song is reworked on, including the rhythm, the beats and various other technicalities. However, while remixing a song, you only work on the stems of original track.

One thing, according to you that is a "must have" for being a good DJ

A good sense of music, passion, dedication and hard work!

How difficult/easy was it for you to become a DJ?

Music runs in my family and even as a kid I was always drawn to music. My parents were heavily influenced by music too, my dad was a singer and my elder brother, who is based in Russia has a band there, while my other brother is a guitarist. So, my family was very supportive of my decision of becoming a DJ.

Who do you think is the number 1 DJ in the country?

Well as of now I have been rated as the Number one DJ in the country by the voting panel called My Fav DJ, which comprises of various music veterans, where many people vote for their favourite DJs.

One DJ, who you admire to the core…

There is not any one DJ in particular, who I like, there is a list of those, which includes, Josh Wink, BT, Skrillex, Dead Mouse, Laidback Luke and DJ Craze.

Where do you seek inspiration while making music?

I like taking up challenges, so I seek inspiration from the task that I have been given or the one that I take.

Which are the most memorable gigs that you've played so far?

I have played with Paris House Addicts. Apart from that I was a DJ at a special destination party in Istanbul, which had Akshay Kumar, Malaika Arora, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty among few other actors. Also, I have played several gigs at the high profile events in Hawaii and Miami, but I am eagerly looking forward to Bollyboom in Delhi.

Restoring old glory
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi continues to research, write and critique stories from our rich heritage

A good writer…
What makes for a good writer? Shamsur Rahman Faruqi is not the one to preach for writings with a message. "A good writer has a breadth of vision that encompasses human, animal and nature kingdom. When you love each being in the universe, it's then that you are ready to pen a novel."

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi grew up believing that one day he would be a writer. He became one, and that too a celebrated one. Considered a canon in Urdu literature he started as a poet and novelist before taking up considerable work in criticism. Raring he goes, to restore our vibrant cultural past. In city for Chandigarh Literary Festival, Faruqi who has given works like Kai Chaand The Sar-E-Aasman, The Mirror of Beauty, Early Urdu Literary Culture and History and The Flower-Lit Road: Essays In Urdu Literary Theory And Criticism, opened up on impressions that charted his journey.

"The biggest damage is done in schools. They make us believe that the western cannon is all that the world has," says Faruqi who started a small magazine for himself when he was barely nine. He read the cannon and attempted a fare body of work in Urdu criticism, for there was hardly much when he was studying it. "It took me decades to realise that there are no universal principles governing literature across the world."

Faruqi is happy the way Urdu is expanding but not the way it is taught. "We are much better placed today as compared to 15 or 30 years back. I wish we could do better as teachers." An ardent fan of Mir Taki Mir, Ghalib, Faiz and Iqbal, he digs into our glorious past to write and continues to do so. Working on mammoth Dastan - e- Amir Hamza, he is already into the volume five. "Let's see how much can I do in my lifetime, someone else would take over from where I leave," says the writer who doesn't take appreciation heaped at him seriously. "If my works are remembered some 700 years down the line, I will consider that I wrote something substantial."

Bold & beautiful
Shilpa Shukla, the lead actress of BA Pass found a greater challenge in saying the bold dialogues than enacting them out

Shilpa Shukla
Shilpa Shukla

As she read the script on her phone, Shilpa couldn't help but fall in love with Sarika. She was bold, engrossing, scandalous, but what made Shilpa Shukla be Sarika was the end, it offered a beautiful redemption and the actor in her wanted to live that.

BA Pass caught its own share of accolades and blame. The film's lead actress Shilpa Shukla who garnered much attention as Bindiya Naik in Chak De had her share of challenges essaying the role. "Contrary to doing the love making scenes, it was the dialogues that I found difficult to deliver. Lovemaking scenes in this film have strong visual appeal, they were like a dance or painting for me," says Shilpa.

Been into theatre, she's been off stage for a while but with offers coming her way, she's totally thinking of making a comeback on stage. As for her current projects, film Coffin Maker that has Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda is all set to make it at the International Film Festival in Goa.

Lending a helping hand to those trying to rebuild Uttrakhand and addressing the education issues in Bihar is what she has set her heart to. Shilpa is looking forward to doing all kind of roles and earning for the causes that are close to her heart now.

Call of creativity
Filmmaker Ajay Bahl wants to capture the dark side of human life in his next flick

Sheer audacity of the story The Railway Aunty by Mohan Sikka caught Ajay Bahl's attention. He took upon himself to direct and produce a film on it. The result, BA Pass! The film received critics appreciation, recently, completed 100 days in theaters. Director, Ajay is happy. In Chandigarh for the Chandigarh Literature Festival, he is candid and hopeful; all set to make more films that catch audiences attention. What made him go for filmmaking? "Jo kuch nahi kar pate hain, vo film bana lete hain," he opens the conversation. A high school drop out, he ventured into business, made money. Not happy keeping accounts he took a year off for travel. Reaching Mumbai, film industry interested him. After few false starts, BA Pass happened. "What made him go for such a bold subject that's rarely tried in our cinema? "The audacity of the script appealed to me." It was a tough journey he admits. "Sex is not something that our viewers are comfortable with. It was essential part of the story I wanted to say. But I was sure it's not there to titillate you." Happy about the fact that the film is doing well in Pune, Mumbai and a few more places, Ajay is moving ahead on the path he wishes to tread now. There is another venture that failed to start with a known production house, but Ajay is not ready to work on terms that don't go with his vision. "It was a complete mistrust on both the sides and I chose to drop it."

The dark side of human life interests him more. "It's not like I will never make a happy film, but currently this is what I am on," says the director who wants to explore Macbethian theme for his next film. "A wrong done to someone and how it dents your psyche is what I am keen on picturising next!"

Here he comes

Imran Khan
On track: Imran Khan

Imran Khan, the man behind tracks like Amplifier and Bewafa Nikli hai tu will be touring India for a seven city concert in November 2013. The rapper-singer has quite a fan following in among the youth and Amplifier still plays at high decibel levels in most hangout places.

Apart from touring cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh, Imran also wants to gain a foothold in Bollywood. Ankit Khanna of DNH artists who will be managing the concerts says, " The highlight will be that his fans will get to see him performing his latest track, Satisfya." — TNS

A healthy step

This year, Sanofi India Limited is marking World Diabetes Day (WDD) with the launch of its ‘What Step Will You Take Today' campaign that encourages people to take proactive steps to effectively prevent, manage and control diabetes. Renowned actor and acclaimed dancer, Madhuri Dixit, joined this campaign as a goodwill ambassador to create a 'signature step' that will instill solidarity for patients with diabetes.

The underlying message of Sanofi's 'What Step Will You Take Today?' campaign, demonstrates through this symbolic dance step, that everyone — general public, patients, family members, caregivers - 'can' and 'must' take action for better diabetes management.

Sanofi, an integrated global healthcare leader, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions.

Madhuri Dixit was joined by 8 Diabetes Patient Champions from across India, who are winners of Sanofi's 2013 'I Am A Champ' National Awards, to perform this first-ever dance step for diabetes to a cheering crowd at Mumbai. This Award recognises diabetics who have successfully controlled their condition, through treatment compliance, lifestyle management and a positive attitude. Speaking about her participation, Madhuri Dixit said, "My step to challenge diabetes is through the way I know best — dance. I am truly inspired by the eight 'I Am A Champ' winners who have shown that diabetes can be successfully conquered. " — TNS

star track
Varun Dhawan unplugged

It has been over a year since Student of The Year released and Varun Dhawan is being touted as the next big thing. He talks about movies and more.

Privileged lot

I feel lucky to be born and brought up in a family associated with films. As a child, I would always want to entertain everyone around me. Since then, it has been a secret desire to be a part of the entertainment industry as an actor, singer or dancer. So it makes me happy to be accepted as a part of the fraternity. I also feel happy for those who make it big in films without a filmy background.

No time for love

Right now, I am completely focused on my career. That doesn't mean that I don't want to be with someone but this is not the right time for love. As I said, I am living my dream of entertaining people with my work.

My mentorVarun Dhawan

Karan Johar is my mentor; I always seek his advice on important professional matters. I also consult dad when I need his feedback on certain matters. All said and done, the final decision is always mine (smiles).

On fitness

I am in an industry which requires me to look good all the time. I keep fit by hitting the gym and keeping a check on my diet. I am eternally grateful to my physical instructors for this. I am currently into cardio, flexibility exercises and weight training as a part of my fitness regime.

All set

I am excited about my upcoming film with my dad (David Dhawan). It will be my second release and I have attempted comedy, which is extremely challenging for any actor. I simply surrendered myself to my director's vision. It's the story of a boy who is street smart and witty. The film has a social message.
Silver spoon: Varun Dhawan

B-town’s spice girls

Several magazines want young and happening girls like Shraddha Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and Alia Bhatt to grace their covers together. We are looking forward to this.

Playing the perfect granddaughter

Sonam Kapoor is very close to her maternal grandmother and she makes it a point to spend quality time with her. She recently had her nani over at her place and even took her out. Sonam will leave for Bikaner soon to shoot for Khoobsoorat.

Justin Bieber smashes car door

Pop sensation Justin Bieber lashed out at photographers in Argentina by pushing his car door open to smash them as they jostled for shots while he left a local sushi joint.

The 19-year-old star, who is currently on his South American tour, later mellowed out and waved to his fans from the balcony of his lush hotel, reported a publication online. The pop star's tour has been riddled with controversy including a reported run-in at a brothel, an abrupt ending to a show after he was pelted with a bottle from the audience and a clip of him sleeping shirtless by a girl. —PTI

Together they stand

Shahid Kapoor is really excited to be working with Vishal Bhardwaj again after Kaminey. Shahid feels that Vishal is an institution who pushes him out of his comfort zone. The results were there for all to see in Kaminey.

I am a procrastinator: Keira Knightley

Actress Keira Knightley is occasionally organised but admits she is a natural procrastinator. The 28-year-old beauty said most of the time she puts things off until the last minute, reported a publication.

"I'm naturally a procrastinator. I have moments where I am very on it and then I have huge swathes of time where I feel like I am procrastinating. And this happens to be one of them right now," she said.

The Oscar-nominated actress has enjoyed huge success with roles in Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, but she insists it is impossible to plan for achievement in Hollywood. "I'm totally plan-less as I've always been. I don't think you can feasibly have plans in the business because it's not in your hands. I'm not complaining - I've been incredibly lucky. I don't think you can ever second-guess yourself, either," she added. — PTI

What a start!

Kai Po Che has proved to be quite a lucky charm for its male actors. Rajkumar Yadav continues to bag big roles and Amit Sadh is doing Running Shaadi Dot Com and 10 Janpath. Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen in Paani and PeeKay. Right now, everything is going for them but let’s see how they utilise the opportunities in the future.

Crazy side of limelight

Esha Gupta has a bold image and is not shy of it. She even had Diwali firecrackers named after her and there was also this cracker called the Esha bomb. That's funny!

Controversial beginning

Controversy is Anurag Kashyap’s middle name. His film Ugly has not been certified by the CBFC yet because he refused to put the no-smoking disclaimer in the film. The film will now release on January 3. Anurag and his team is considering other options.

chatter box
Reaching out to fans

Telly-fraternity's most celebrated award show, Zee Rishtey Awards 2013, will soon be telecast on Zee TV. While the actors prepare themselves to put up a great show, they also visited many cities in India to shoot for a Nomination Special episode of the show.

Beginning their journey from Mumbai, Rithvik Dhanjani and Asha Negi (Arjun and Purvi of Pavitra Rishta) were spotted shooting at chawls and Nariman Point in Mumbai. They visited a house in the chawl, where they were welcomed by an old lady with a platter full of Marathi delicacies like poha, jalebis and other savories. In the evening, the two headed for Nariman Point and were greeted by a lot of fans. The two asked all their fans to vote for their show, Pavitra Rishta, which has been nominated in the category of favourite dharawahik.

Heading West was Jaipur's favorite couple - Arhaan Behl and Mansi Shrivastav (Raghu and Shivani of Do Dil Bandhe Ek Dori Se). The two were seen having a gala time as they strolled around the town and enjoyed their camel ride and authentic Rajasthani food like mirchi bhajiyas and lassi.

Heading North was television's most chirpy couple - Ankit Gera and Roopal Tyagi (Mayank and Gunjan from Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke). Likewise Roopal and Ankit were seen having a lot of fun. The two later interacted with their fans and requested them to vote for them as they are nominated in the 'favorite jodi' category.

Manav Gohil and Ulka Gupta (Sanjay and Ami from Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi) went to Ahmedabad for the same reason. Welcomed in Gujrati style with dandiya raas and garba, the two headed to Goyal society where the residents were thrilled to see and interact with them. Sanjay and Ami played fun games with their fans like saree draping and dhokla eating etc.

On the funnier side!

Actor Romit Raj has done a variety of shows including Betiya, Mayaka and is currently seen as a lawyer in Adalat but has never tried his hand at comedy. He would be now seen in a cameo in Bh Se Bhade.

He says, "A special thing about a cameo is it that you become the central point around which the story revolves. I play a politician and there are a few mysteries in the show. I have been wanting to work with J. D. Majethia and Aatish Kapdia for the last ten years. My character is called Rishi Kapoor.

He also praises Deven Bhojani. "I am an admirer of Deven Bhojani and it was just awesome acting with him in the same frame. Deven Bhai was very sweet and it was nice chatting with him during the shoot. I got a ‘Jaddoo ki Jhappi’ too from Deven Bhai. I have met him before during an award function in Mauritius," he adds.

Positive approach

Sony's Amita Ka Amit, which hasn't been getting good ratings, is going off air soon. And the lead actress Chandni Bhagwanani is feeling sad about it, but she also feels that the fans and their love was more than enough for her. She has been receiving messages and calls and the feedback has given her some boost. Now, she plans to lose weight, which earlier she couldn't do, as her role needed her to be plump.

Enjoying popularity

Shraddha Arya aka Laxmi of Main Laxmi Tere Aangan Ki is looking forward to her new show Tumhari Paakhi on Life OK. She plays the role of a 24 year-old-girl, who has a child marriage and now is waiting for her husband. After her popularity as Laxmi, she claims that even today people call her Laxmi.

To where she belongs

Anita Hassanadani, who was Ekta Kapoor's blue eyed girl, is back in the Balaji camp. Ekta will soon launch a new show and will cast her as the lead. Anita, who recently got married, was last seen in Gutoor Goo and has done shows like Kavyanjali, Kayamath, Kya Dill Mein Hai with Ekta Kapoor.

Dress rehearsal

Deepika Singh aka Sandhya in Diya Aur Baati Hum hardly gets time off so when she did, she went for a photo shoot in a modern avatar. She is seen in saris on the show and when she got a chance to wear western outfits, she jumped at the opportunity.

Astro turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: Keep a check on your temper. Turn a blind eye to the unsavoury suggestions of others and they will gave up. A compulsion for romance can lead you astray. Tarot message: Empty promises are certain, therefore try to put your terms and conditions in writing. Lucky colour: Sea green Lucky number: 25

TAURUS: Use this day to rest and recharge your batteries. Take some time out for yourself. While health would be stable, it is advisable to be cautious when driving. Tarot message: You find within yourself a fountainhead of a will power. Lucky colour: Red Lucky number: 47

GEMINI: Be compassionate and considerate towards your partner and let them be absolutely open and frank with you. A family member may need your support. Tarot message: Do what is right and watch your best interests. Lucky colour: Orange Lucky number: 36

CANCER: Health would be a matter of concern, especially, as the planets that are in your solar health house may create some problems. Social interactions would be lively and entertaining. Tarot message: Focus on professional changes. Lucky colour: Turquoise Lucky number: 53

LEO: The day would focus on your adaptability to changing situations and also, your own ability to change in various ways. Don't be afraid to stand for your beliefs, values and morals. Tarot message: You must share responsibility with others. Lucky colour: Peach Lucky number: 64

VIRGO: With celebrations and get-togethers happening all around, your social life would be hectic and exciting. Singles would be looking for some one special to bond with; however, things may not go very smoothly. Tarot message: Think positive and be optimistic. Lucky colour: Sea green Lucky number: 38

LIBRA: Business people may consider entering into partnerships or joint ventures with like-minded individuals. This would also, be a good day to travel and get in touch with relatives and friends. Tarot message: You gain by being practical, so don't be emotional. Lucky colour: Mauve Lucky number: 27

SCORPIO: Some relationships would grow closer and more intimate. The focus of the day would be on getting in touch with your true self and your own needs as compared to those of others. Tarot message: Focus on your emotional and spiritual needs. Lucky colour: White Lucky number: 42

SAGITTARIUS: The presence of the full moon in your sign increases your sense of perception and intuition. As a result, you would be able to pick the vibes of others and respond accordingly. Tarot message: At work, don't hold back anything from your employer. Lucky colour: Golden brown Lucky number: 61

CAPRICORN: At work, avoid putting too much on your plate and postpone some things for the next day. Many of you would be inclined towards religion and spirituality today. Tarot message: By applying yourself, you can build great success. Lucky colour: Purple Lucky number: 40

AQUARIUS: Romance will be the focus of the day and will have long-term influence on your relationships. Learn from the past, enjoy the present, and then move forward. Tarot message: Focus on the better to mitigate the bitter. Lucky colour: Pale yellow Lucky number: 55

PISCES: Your competitive nature would help you stay ahead of others. Social activities would be highly encouraging. Business transactions need to be tackled very carefully. Tarot message: Push to succeed and your efforts will pay off. Lucky colour: Aqua Lucky number: 59

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is November 11...

In 2014, you can overcome all your difficulties with cheerfulness and light heartedness. You will enjoy being with others and will also be able to share this positive energy with everyone. You are patriotic and religious. You will receive financial support from your friends and relatives. A rise or higher paying job will make your personal life much easier. You'll be able to afford a relaxing holiday and spend more time with your near and dear ones. If you have a romantic partner, you will be able to support them while your amour pursues a dream. If single? You can meet someone special at an art class.

Positive colours: White, sky blue, pink

Select days: Monday & Sunday

Favourable numbers: 1, 2, 4 and 7

Gems recommended: Pearl, moonstone, tanzanite

Charity on birthday: Offer milk to the Shivling or donate to poor.

You share your birthday with Boney Kapoor [November 11, 1953, Meerut] who is film producer. His is the brother of actors, Anil Kapoor and Sanjay Kapoor. He was first married to Mona Shourie and later to Sridevi. Boney has long way to go as his Saturn is changing.

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