Spice route
Being a chef is not everybody’s piece of cake. But for these four, making a delicacy is a cakewalk...

Cook’s special

Chef Thomas A Gugler Photos: Pradeep TewariDressed in his white coat, medals and badges covering a larger part of his chest, Chef Thomas A Gugler makes for a commanding presence at the Tourism Fest on at Parade Ground-17 in Chandigarh.

This mountain boy from Germany is in an enviable position in the world of chefs! Continental Director, World Association of Chef's Societies for Africa/Middle East, he has travelled and gained experience in close to 109 countries; he speaks nine languages, including German, English, French, Spanish, Turkish, Swedish, Greek, Maltese and Thai fluently. Based in Saudi Arabia for the last 13 years, he has been in the field for 29 years and earned laurels. "As a young boy I dreamt of being a chef one day," says Thomas, who stepped into the profession at a time when it was not something that people looked up to. "One, chefs that time were not educated, secondly, they had no fall-back option." But as he grew in the profession, chefs started earning more money than doctors or pilots and even enjoyed star status in their field!

Thomas has enjoyed his run — won the world championship at 18, was executive chef with Sheraton at 20 and went on winning titles and coaching teams for competitions around the globe. "That's how life should be for everyone; learning, earning from different cultures."

Ask him on what goes into the making of a good chef and he says, "Passion and dedication is one. It being a demanding profession, one has to sacrifice much of one's personal life and time; one needs to adapt and be flexible, but the good part here is that feedback is immediate."

Thomas loves to experiment and considers his work an art. Having achieved so much (the medals he's supporting are only ones earned in just two years, there's a stock full of others), what's next? "I dream of having a very exclusive culinary school, kind of university apart from making a happy family," says Thomas, adding the parting shot, "As we say only a chef can make a woman happy!"

Jolly good

Surjan Singh JollySurjan Singh Jolly is a jolly good story-teller apart from having earned a name as a chef. Having studied in Chandigarh, former head boy at Shivalik School Jolly puts much of the credit of his choosing this field to Punjabis' love for food.

Encouraged into the profession by his parents, Jolly, who did very well in his hotel management course, fell in love with cooking once he entered the field. "Do what you love or start loving what you do...are only two ways to be successful. I fall in the second bracket," says Jolly.

"Cooking is not as flamboyant a profession as it looks like; there is loads of hardwork involved," says Jolly, judging competitions at the Tourism Fest organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Chandigarh Tourism and CITCO.

'Give more to gain more' is Jolly's mantra but it's not books he asks a chef to delve into, "Train on the ground; travel, meet people and explore their food culture." A goal is a must to reach somewhere, according to Jolly who hosts interactive show Zee Khana Khazana's Ab Har Koi Chef!

Namak shamak

Harpal Singh SokhiHosting three food shows Harpal Singh Sokhi is a known face among the cooking enthusiasts. He focuses on making delicious fare using simple ingredients.

If he hosted the first show of Zee's Khana Khazana, Turban Tadka and Kitchen Khiladi took his journey forward as a show host!

Having spent school time at Kharagpur, West Bengal, where every kid dreamt of get into the IIT, Harpal chose a different. His approach to the profession is different too, "I aim to bring happiness to people's lives with my cooking."

Spreading happiness with his food (he does lots of fusion) and shows is what he wishes to continue with. Ask him about his pet line, Namak shamak, namak shamak, daal dete hain, and he goes, "Put whatever fancy ingredients you like, without proper amount of namak the dish falls flat."

Well said!

No shortcuts

Manjit S GillChef Manjit S Gill has enjoyed every bit of his professional journey. Donning many a hats at the Chef's Corner, he is happy giving his advice to all the youngsters.

The president of the Indian Federation of Culinary Association and Corporate Chef ITC Hotels, he has loads of responsibilities, "But this is what I love to do. It is the first time in Chandigarh and helping the young know the possibilities this profession offers is our responsibility as well."

It's not just the passion for food that makes a good chef, according to Gill; a good vision and being honest as well as ethical is paramount. "With food, we are playing with people's health. Add to it patience (there are no shortcuts in this field) and be a great disciple if you want to rise in this field."

What he loves most about his profession is that it keeps you physically and mentally fit. "One needs to think ahead," he says.


On the funny side
Another Punjabi movie Myself Ghaint is on its way. The cast and crew, like always, promise a comedy created by situations…
Manpriya Singh

Just when they are happening a dime-a-dozen and treading the beaten path, Punjabi movies kick a storm before the lull. A lot many raise hopes and hibernate into oblivion. The very few who do make a mark appear worth the wait and anticipation. As of now, all that Myself Ghaint does is raise the eyebrows and catch our attention.

Shares Akashdeep Singh Batth, the director, "It's a story about life after college. It's a boy-centric film and I assure you that the comedy is not without a story. The storyline, the technicalities and even the music is the USP of the film." Following him is the cast and crew in Chandigarh, while having just wound up shooting the climax. "There's no conscious effort to make people laugh. The story progresses and that creates situations that are funny," adds Maninder Vaily, who plays one of the boys.

On air
Dolly Sidhu

While the names Mika and Kailash Kher proudly share the credit rolls for music, singer Dolly Sidhu, credited with the title track for Bodyguard, tries her hand at acting with this one. She shares, "I play a bubbly, sweet and fun-loving Punjabi kudi. I play a RJ in the film." Training for the radio jockey didn't require much effort, courtesy her friends. "I have a lot of friends who are RJ's, I've seen them work and moreover, we've all been hearing FM radio. The only thing that needed to be worked on was accent." However, the transition from singing to acting needed efforts, time and preparation. "It took me a year to prepare myself for acting because singing is very different." What better than to begin with language of first comfort. "Punjabi is my mother tongue, even though I've been born and brought up in Delhi." Coming next is a title track for Santa Banta, an upcoming Bollywood film.

Marathi touch
Aditi Gowitrikar

Having dabbled in a series of regional languages, the only thing that remained unexplored was a Punjabi film. "I had never done a Punjabi film before. I had done Telugu, Kannada and Marathi films but never a Punjabi film. Since I love challenges, so I said, why not," and that's how Aditi Gowitrikar stepped into the regional cinema up North. She adds, "I play a typical Punjabi masiji in the film. The language was not much of a problem because it's quite similar to Hindi and I otherwise love Punjabi culture as well as food." Apart from the chat, already aired on television, "I'm producing a Marathi film."

Punjabi turf
Gaurav Kakkar

A brat, a boy-next-door, a victim…with Chak Jawana, followed by Sadda Haq, and the very forgettable Munde Patiale De, Gaurav Kakkar has already experimented with a lot of characters. In case there's anything left, he's already eyeing the next couple of roles. Coming up is Mere Yaar Kamine, where, "I play a Casanova and over-the-top flamboyant boy. Then there's Rang Root, where I play a cop." With his hands full, the thought of Bollywood never occurred. "I am happy with Punjabi cinema because I am getting to play such varied roles; so Bollywood is not fascinating me," shares the Jalandhar brought up lad. He adds, "I would really like to do a biography and play a sportsperson or a real-life hero someday." Till that happens, currently, "In this film, I'm playing a simple boy who really lives his life." As long as there's constant effort, applause will follow!


Old world charm
Crafts Mela at Kalagram provides a platform for some rare folk art forms
Manpriya Singh

Gathering a crowd comes easy…sustaining the crowd is not difficult either and given the immense talent, entertaining them is the all the more effortless. What's difficult, however, is finding a platform. A platform where there is appreciation for folk art, culture, music and traditions.

Where the ancient is not snubbed by the contemporary and the technology has not invaded the various forms of entertainment. An interaction with the folk artistes and traditional musicians at the 5th edition of the Crafts Mela, organised by UT Administration, brings together an altogether different perspective on art and entertainment.


Imitating snakes

A snake charmer weaves his magic
A snake charmer weaves his magic

For those who are well acquainted with all things Indian and have lived in the towns that hitherto defined India, a snake charmer is just as much an integral part of our folklore. Bin jogis is what they call themselves and tradition is what they are carrying forward. "We are from Panipat in Haryana and we are a group of performers who play the bin (a musical instrument) and also dance as nagins," shares Balwan, who's been in the profession for over 12 to 14 years now. Not that there's not enough appreciation but that doesn't stop things from getting difficult. Ever since the ban on catching snakes, it has never been the same. He adds, "Now some of us have to dress like snakes and dance like them too. Earlier that was not the case and everybody would be all the more enamoured of our art." He adds, "There are people who appreciate our art. We've even been to Italy and Dubai with our performances."

Sound of tradition

The sound of nagara brings out the best in this dancer Photos: Pradeep Tewari
The sound of nagara brings out the best in this dancer Photos: Pradeep Tewari

There are melodies streaming from different instruments. The rhythm that's hard to ignore and the instrument that's impossible to miss. For many of us who may have heard of nagara, the power of performance only comes across once experienced. Nods Khazan Singh, artiste, "This is a very different sound and difficult to ignore. People appreciate our sounds and there's no place where we haven't taken our instrument and talent." As for places elsewhere, he shares, "We've even been to Dubai with our performance. People there understood our rhythm and appreciated but they didn't understand our language." With music being a language itself, is enough to take you places. He adds, "We were performing at the Surajkund Mela and there some madam approached us from Mumbai." The art that's been passed on from generations, continues unabated. "Our younger ones are all studying but this something they learn while growing up. There is never a conscious endeavour." Apart from nagara, traditional instruments like jhanjj, khartaal and bin form a part of the performance.

Popular puppet

A puppet show in progress
A puppet show in progress

Even long after the Barbie and Ken have invaded the nurseries of children across the spectrum, a puppet show continues to awe this generation too. A five minute performance draws more kids than a toy store next door. Shares Jagdish Bhatt, from Ajmer, Rajasthan, "This is a profession which has been passed down to us by our forefathers. These officials come and invite us. We've even been to Germany, and even Japan." He adds, "But our children are not getting into it because it doesn't entice them. They are into studies and other things."

Icing on the cake
Food, folklore and fun — the Tourism Fest at Parade Ground is the place to head for

Foreign touch A stall from Indonesia is a major draw. Photos: Pradeep Tewari
Foreign touch A stall from Indonesia is a major draw. Photos: Pradeep Tewari

Food, dance, travel- Tourism Fest 2013 brings all these for Chandigarh folks and much more! Organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Chandigarh Tourism and CITCO, this fair that has more than 80 stalls, both national and international.

The venue at Parade Ground 17 wears a busy look as chefs hurry past for International Chef's Meet, folk artistes practise in the sun and people indulge in checking out the details.

Chef's Corner bustles with activity. Three tier wedding cake, artistic pastry and bakery showpieces and butter/margarine sculptures invite curious looks and scrutinising glances and tasting by the chefs!

Traditionally yours: A Sirmouri Nati attracts a lot of audience
Traditionally yours: A Sirmouri Nati attracts a lot of audience

Twelve Indian states—Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh are participating in the fest with Chandigarh being the host city and Punjab, the principal partner. As many as eight countries —China, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Dubai, Turkey, Indonesia, Ethiopia too register their presence.

If trade talk rules the first half of the opening day, the fest warm up to local visitors who are keen on different packages on attractions and itinerary that different stalls offered. Food remains a favourite with folks when in Chandigarh. Right at the entrance food stalls from Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand welcome you as does Sagar Ratna right opposite. One can savour sepu bari, kaddu khatta and bathu ki kheer plus more at Rs 180 per plate, non-vegetarians can dig in chicken anardana.

The food plaza little ahead offers North Indian and south Indian delicacies along with salads, pastas, Chinese and Thai cuisines too. And, it's not just the foodies who love to dig in the fare, Chef Nikhil Mittal from Nik Bakers, is keen on the competitions too, "We participated in the three-tier Wedding cake today and tomorrow will do in pralines. It's a first for Chandigarh and quite good."

On till December 7. Open for trade visitors from 10am to 2pm, general public from 2pm to 6pm.

stress buster
Give in to dark temptation
Renee Singh

My favourite part of the festive season is the excuse to eat mitthai. I have a sweet tooth but the stress of consuming too much sugar keeps me at bay. The fun times of festivals, the celebration of love and camaraderie are wonderful, but I feel that the abundance of sweets flowing all around, makes the atmosphere warmer and so much more delightful.

Fortunately for those of us who are extremely calorie conscious, there is now an array of sweets that is sugar-free. So you can go ahead and binge. Such once in a while indulgence is essential for our mental and emotional health.

Chocolates have been proven stress busters and actually said to have many health benefits. Sounds unbelievable? But it is true. Dark chocolate is the best. Small quantities are better than large and mindfully eating your chocolate can bring added benefits.

Chocolate meditation

This is popular in the US where it is used as one of the major stress relief tools. For most people for whom meditation lacks flavour, they can go in for a chocolate meditation which will not only lend flavour, excitement and taste to their meditation but also give them a sense of satisfaction.

Indulge your sweet tooth in a guilt free fashion, allow yourself the mental and emotional freedom to experience this unique kind of joy even if it is just once in a while. Enjoy this special kind of stress-free feeling.

Brownie points

Dark chocolate is good for your heart. A small bar of dark chocolate everyday keeps your heart and cardio-vascular system running well.

  • It tastes good
  • Stimulates endorphin production which gives a feeling of pleasure.
  • Contains serotonin which acts as an anti depressant.
  • Contains caffeine and bromine which are stimulants and required by us many times to keep us boosted.

This of course does not mean that you start consuming high quantities of chocolate. Most studies tell us that use no more than 100 gm or about 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate to get the correct benefits. One bar of chocolate has 400 calories, if you eat half a bar which means you have consumed 200 calories you can balance it with something else.

Dark chocolate as stress reliever

A clinical trial published online in ACS Journal of Proteome Research found that eating about an ounce and a half of dark chocolate a day for two weeks reduced levels of stress hormones in people who felt highly stressed. It was also found that dark chocolate corrected other stress related bio- chemical imbalances. In the study Francoise Pierre Martin and Sunil Kochhar and colleagues identified reductions in stress hormones like cortisol. Antioxidants in dark chocolate also reduce risk of heart disease.

(Singh is a Chandigarh-based psycho therapist)

Step on

LaBriza, an all women specialized footwear brand, has entered the domestic market with its specially crafted and elegantly designed footwear "for today's woman" on the move. LaBriza is the domestic venture of RNB Global Impex, whose parent company, RN Bajaj Overseas has been catering to the global footwear market since the past 49 years.

The domestic brand has been conceived with a single mission, to become a specialized ladies footwear brand, which offers the entire product bouquet ranging from slippers, casual shoes, pumps and boots!

This winter, the trend in women's footwear is all about comfort and style and the newly launched LaBriza winter collection perfectly spells this trend. The collection is affordably priced from Rs 699 to Rs 3999 and is available online at Jabong, Myntra, Limeroad, Snapdeal and Yebhi etc in addition to, select retail outlets in Chandigarh. — TNS

Sound of technology

Taking 'coolness' to a complete new dimension, MTV, the leading youth iconic brand in association with Soundlogic, makers of state-of-the-art technology products, together launched an uber cool range of gadgets for the youth—MTV Fashiontronix by Soundlogic.

The range is available exclusively on www.cromaretail.com and across Croma stores for the first 60 days. Apart from this, it is available at traditional retail outlets across the country. MTV Fashiontronix by Soundlogic brings together the perfect confluence of MTV's unique creative edge and Soundlogic's technical bandwidth to deliver unmatched sound experience. The range is available in cool trendy colours that exude MTV attributes making it just as stylish as the youth today. The range comprises earphones; headphones and bluetooth enabled speakers priced between Rs 899 and Rs 3999. — TNS

Play time

Students of CIPA will stage a Hindi play Ajaatghar written by noted playwright Rameshwar Prem and directed by Shyam Juneja on December 7 at Randhawa Auditorium, Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

The story of the play revolves around two characters, namely Pehal Purush (Paramjit Pamma) and Doosra Purush (Abhishek Pahwa), who goes to attend a village fair and suddenly riots start. They take shelter in a deserted house. They feel afraid which caste this house belongs to. They even get suspicious of each other's caste. The play denounces caste prejudices and regionalism. — TNS

Dimple opens up

During promotions for her upcoming film What The Fish, Dimple Kapadia opens up about her late husband Rajesh Khanna, movies and more.

Loving Kakaji

I fondly called him Kakaji. He was the greatest actor. At least to me, he was. I fell in love with a superstar who was unique. Everything he did was so different, including his gestures and expressions. Importantly, he was good with his fans. Just the other day, I was on a flight when a guy came up to me and said: 'Dimpleji, I was a big fan of your husband.'

Great bonding

I like babysitting my grand daughter Nitara and my two-month-old grand son from Rinke. Aarav and I share a great bond because he is 10 years old. I told him about walking the ramp for a designer and he said that he thought only skinny women walked the ramp but then I said that the money was good so he asked me to go ahead.

Work wise

I have not done too many movies but I like to be slow-paced. Now I also have to shuttle between Aashirwad and my place in Juhu. Both the places are close-by and well-maintained. After What The Fish, I have Homi Adajania's Finding Fanny. I loved working with him in Being Cyrus and Cocktail.

Kainaz gets married

Actress Kainaz Motivala, who catapulted to fame with Ragini MMS, tied knots with her beau Urvaksh Doctor in a Parsi wedding with close friends and family on November 28.

After bagging some huge brand endorsements, she stepped into Bollywood with a small role in Wake Up Sid as Tanya in 2009 and later went to become the lead in Balaji Motion Pictures' Ragini MMS. She will be making her Telugu debut with Boochamma Boochodu opposite Shivaji, which is expected to release on December 31.

Sallu’s quotable quotes

Salman Khan tells it like it is. He is a brand in himself. His recent appearance on Koffee with Karan was a complete riot and unique because we hardly ever hear him talk like that. Here are some of his quotable quotes in recent times.

On being asked controversial questions:

"I can't guarantee that I won't react at any point. Kya hota hai ki joh first lot poochega, baaki wohi poochne lagte hain… ..Ek hope hoti hai ki koi tedha jawaab mil jayega, irritate ho jayenge, headline ban jayegi - toh poochte rehte hain."

On doing Hollywood films:

"If an actor even gets a brief role in an international film, he or she goes ballistic (laughs). My name is Salman Khan dude. Mashallah, I'm really happy in my country, in Bombay city, Bandra, Galaxy Apartments."

When asked if he misses Shah Rukh Khan:

"Shah Rukh is not my girlfriend that I should remember him. When I don't remember my past girlfriends, what will I remember Shah Rukh for? He has his own life and I have mine."

Views on marriage:

"Why should I marry? One marries to have children, and I already have children! My nieces and nephews are my children. I wanted to marry to make babies, but now I have them, so marriage isn't that important, is it?"

On winning awards:

"My request has always been don't nominate me, nominate the person who needs it, deserves it, wants it. If someone else wants it and I get it, I feel I am coming in his way. And it's not so now. Ever since I came into the industry I was never fascinated by these things."

Prabhudeva in Balaji camp

Since he has changed tracks from choreography to direction, Prabhu Deva is a man in demand. And after his debut direction in Bollywood with the Salman Khan-starrer Wanted, he has gone on to helm other Bollywood projects namely Rowdy Rathore, Ramaiya Vastavaiya and the latest being the upcoming R…Rajkumar.

Prabhu has also given some smashing hits down South as well. Now comes the news that he will be directing a film for Ekta Kapoor (Balaji Telefilms). A source informs, "We have signed Prabhu Deva because he is successful and an accomplished director. He will be making a film for us. It will be an entertaining film" said a source from Balaji Motion Pictures."

According to the source, the movie is likely to star all newcomers. The yet-to-be-titled project is expected to go on floors by next year.

I am single: Aditya

Actor Aditya Roy Kapur has denied reports that he is dating his Aashiqui 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor. "Everybody asks me this question but I chose to keep mum or say no comments. All I can say is I am single and not dating Shraddha. She is a good friend," Aditya said.

The actors were paired in Aashiqui 2 which turned out to be a successful film and the actor says life has certainly changed post the release.

"In a professional level things have changed. Now I have more opportunities to work, people know me, they recognise me. It's a good thing but I don't want to sound like I am making an issue out it. All I can say is I am in a happy space. — TNS


R… Rajkumar

Producers: Sunil Lulla, Viki Rajani

Director: Prabhu Deva

Famous for his action masala films, Prabhu Deva is back with R… Rajkumar earlier titled Rambo Rajkumar. Prabhu Deva, known for his latkas jhatkas sure knows how to make entertaining, paisa vasool films and R… Rajkumar promises to be just that. Sonakshi Sinha and Shahid Kapoor are in the lead roles. While Shahid Kapoor plays a small-time gangster in the film, Sonakshi plays an aggressive college girl who will be seen doing some male-bashing.

Director Prabhu Deva has shot foot-tapping numbers Saree Ke Fall Sa…. in the white desert of Kutch (Gujarat), with more than 100 camels in the background. R…. Rajkumar also has Sonu Sood, Mukul Dev and Asrani in supporting roles.

Club 60

Producers: Kavee Kumar, Rajiv R. Aggarwal

Director: Sanjay Tripathy

Get ready for some romantic drama in director Sanjay Tripathy's Club 60. With Farooq Sheikh, Sarika, Satish Shah, Raghuveer Yadav, Vineet Kumar and Sharat Saxena in the movie, this romcom is sure to tickle your funny bone.


An actor prepared

Actor Anuj Saxena, who made his Bollywood debut with Chase, is not keen on television as he wants to focus on movies and his other businesses. He talks about his upcoming film Parathe Wali Gali, career and more.

What are your expectations from Parathe Wali Gali?

I hope the movie does well; audiences come to the theatres and enjoy the flick. I hope it is appreciated.

The name signifies the famous Parathe Wali Gali of Delhi. What is your connection with Delhi?

I was born in Delhi and so all my fond memories go back to the place. My cousins, family etc, make it a very special place for me. I have spent quite a lot of my young days in Delhi and had a blast. Parathe Wali Gali reminds me of the tasty parathas.

What role has luck played in your career and life?

Luck plays an important role in everybody's life. I've been lucky too, I am an actor by default; I got lucky with acting and was really successful. It's all about luck, fate and destiny.

How has this year been for you?

I can't say that this year was good to me as I suffered personally. But I am hoping the next year brings luck.

What changes do you find in the television industry over the years?

There are too many shows, too many actors; there is too less time for a show to prove itself. The tolerance level of the audience is low nowadays and I feel lucky my show had a long run.

Why haven't you done any reality show?

I don't want to make a fool of myself in front of people, I have a corporate as well as personal image to save; I would like to maintain my dignity.

Will we see you making a comeback on television?

You never know!

Sing along: Rashami DesaiUnfulfilled wish!

Actress Rashami Desai is a good singer. However, she sings only at home in her close friends' circle. Although she never took formal training in singing, it's her heart's desire to learn at least one musical instrument. She says, "Music is life to me. I love songs that are peppy and full of life. I love Asha Bhosle and even Lata Mangeshkar's songs such as Ajeeb Dastaan hai Yeh. I like Shreya Ghosal and Sunidi Chauhan as well. I started working quite early in life so didn't get time to join any classes. It's on my wish-list though" Well, Rashami don't procrastinate!

Sing along: Rashami Desai

Emotional celebration

Mohit and Aditie Malik threw a small party to celebrate three years of togetherness at a suburban restaurant recently. Mohit was seen in double celebration mood as the actor not only celebrated his wedding anniversary, but also the launch of his new show Doli Armaano Ki. After the cake-cutting ceremony, Mohit gave a romantic speech in Marathi dedicated to his wife Aditie, who was on the verge of tears listening to her husband speak in her mother tongue. Aditie's parents too were seen blessing the couple at the party. The dance floor heated up later and everyone has a gala time.

All for a cause

Actor Gautam Chaturvedi, who is best known as Gaurav Bhaiya from Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, supports a NGO called Snehasadan, which works for the betterment of street children. He organises an evening of ghazals by Kanak Chaturvedi every year. This year the tribute is to Manna De and Shamshad Begam. He says, "One needs to give back to the society and I am doing my bit."

Tying the knot

TV actors Ravi Dubey and Sargun Mehta are all set for their wedding celebrations, which will take place in Sargun's hometown Chandigarh and last for four days. The wedding reception will be held in New Delhi on December 9 as Ravi's family is from there. The star couple will also host a function for their friends from the industry on December 13 in Mumbai.

Team up

After Jagga Jasoos, Ranbir Kapoor is likely to team up with Anurag Basu once again in a film produced by Bhushan Kumar. Anurag has signed a two-film deal with Bhushan.

Happy Hour: (L-R) Deepika Padukone met Martin Scorsese and Patricia Clarkson Important meeting

Deepika Padukone met Martin Scorsese and Patricia Clarkson who are on the jury of the Marrakech Film Festival when she attended the festival for the screening of Ram Leela.

Happy Hour: (L-R) Deepika Padukone met Martin Scorsese and Patricia Clarkson

The Race is on

After the success of Race 1 and Race 2, Race 3 is definitely on the cards as producer Ramesh Taurani wants to make it. The cast and director are yet to be finalised.

A still from Dhoom 3Sufi touch

The songs of Dhoom 3 have a Sufi touch, as is evident from the promo of Malang. The music is a big draw in the Dhoom movies and the team is happy with the music. And now Aamir's tap dancing sequence's preview is out.

A still from Dhoom 3.

Topping in Twitter

Shah Rukh Khan has set a new benchmark in Twitter as he now has six million followers on Twitter. He has beaten other leading Khans of Bollywood - Aamir and Salman, who are still near 5 million followers. He thanked all his fans on Twitter for helping him reach six million!

P Khurrana

ARIES: Turn your attention to matters of money. Go over the figures and see where you stand. If there are problems, discuss them with partners or close associates. Forgive and forget is the best policy. Tarot message: Follow your own path. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 49

TAURUS: Enjoy a friendly gathering in your neighborhood. Luck is on your side and good things will come your way. Try to resolve legal matters satisfactorily. Be prepared to plod along slowly. Tarot message: Be positive and think carefully before taking action. Lucky colour: Beige. Magic number: 64

GEMINI: Listen to your heart. Are you doing something to please somebody else at the expense of your own needs? If the answer is yes; then it might be time for you to reassess your motives. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Burgundy. Magic number: 30

CANCER: Enduring relationships can be formed with new people who live at a distance. Stick to your regular job. Domestic chores will interfere with your plans, but can't be overlooked. Tarot message: Learn from past experience. Lucky colour: Silver. Magic number: 52

LEO: Older people and family commitments can take up your time. Don't try to dodge your responsibilities, as the ramifications will stay with you for a long time. Children will need attention. Focus on your creative talent. Tarot message: Be articulate. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 60

VIRGO: A recent training or practice programme should pay off big-time today. Enter a competition that will stretch your abilities and offer a fantastic prize, since you might just win. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish long-term tasks. Lucky colour: Golden. Magic number: 42

LIBRA: A joint meeting will be held to review the situation and plan a future strategy. Those married will have an interesting day. Financial gains will accrue through relatives and well-wishers. Tarot message: Take things one at a time instead of multi-pronged attacks. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 55

SCORPIO: Those eligible will decide to get married and receive the blessings of their family. A certain misunderstanding with a close relative will get cleared. Do not spoil your chance by being rash. Tarot message: Listen carefully to words of wisdom. Lucky colour: Blue. Magic number: 65

SAGITTARIUS: It is a slow moving day. Women will pass through a period of depression. Domestic matters proceed well. You need to blow off steam in an impersonal setting for the sake of peace. Tarot message: You will receive a useful tip at the stock exchange. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 28

CAPRICORN: Students: you are unlikely to face financial problem today. Work prospects improve. Remember the saying; if you love someone, set them free. Tarot message: Allow a sick situation to blow over before starting fresh. Lucky colour: Green. Magic number: 58

AQUARIUS: You are unlikely to be in the mood to start a new job today. Health will put a damper on your plans. The opportunity to exercise and benefit from your natural talents is highlighted. Tarot message: Never fall for rash promises. Lucky colour: Grey. Magic number: 29

PISCES: Look forward to a fulfilling day. Let your imagination run wild. You are likely to be oversensitive to others, but this will help your communication skills. Tarot message: Try a new off-beat style of handling things. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 44

Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is December 6...

Born on the sixth day of December, you have capabilities and experiences to turn things to your advantage. The unyielding strength and knowledge always help to stay ahead of others. Career-wise, it is an excellent year for teachers, public speakers, engineers and bank employees. The year 2014 will be good for accountants. News of an important project, perhaps from overseas, will be encouraging. Investments made in new ventures are likely to bring good returns. Hence you should try to utilise this period to your advantage.

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

Select days: Friday, Thursday, Tuesday.

Favourable numbers: 5, 6.

Gems recommended: Diamond, emerald.

Charity on birthday: Donate white clothes or white edible items to the needy or at a religious place today.

You share your birthday with Shekhar Kapur (December 6, 1945, Lahore), nephew of Dev Anand, who rose to fame with the movie Bandit Queen. In Shekhar's horoscope, the combination of two opposite planets Sun and Saturn will make him successful only in writing and direction not in acting.

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