Work it out
Sportspersons spend hours working out to get that toned, agile, envious bodies…here’s how they achieve it
Jasmine Singh

For those 90 minutes, they don’t have a single moment of rest. They are all over, they get hit, they hit as hard they can, they plan, they manoeuvre and the biggest thing —they are always on the move, a non-stop one. As you excitedly cheer with your favourite football team in the FIFA world cup 2014, as you guide them from outside the television screen to dribble the ball from here and then there, did you ever marvel at their fitness level. Well, if you thought all this running around on the field requires only a couple of push ups or an hour or so at the gym, hear it from the Portugal player Cristiano Ronaldo who does nearly 3,400 squats a day. Now, this is what we call fitness level, the one that can’t help marvelling. This however is the case with many sportsmen who go through the same gruelling fitness routine relentlessly everyday without a single miss. We scan through the fitness schedules of other sportsmen and find out what they do to keep up to the mark.

Exercise first
Vijender Singh, boxer

This pugilist has just opened his innings in Bollywood with the film Fugly, but this doesn’t mean ‘being absent’ from what he has been doing for years now- his daily fitness routine. Says the boxer, “No matter where I am, my day is incomplete without my fitness routine. This is a must, something that is a part of my life.”

My day starts as early as 5 or 6 depending on the training chart. First, I start with warming up, which means stretch exercises, on the spot jogging. After that real work out begins that includes equally distributed gym and field exercises. Running, skipping, weight training and even meditation are part of the fitness routine.

My workout involves working in the gym and outside it as well. In field exercises, I do running followed by leg press, shoulder press and bench dips. At the gym, the routine is also same, one hour of exercises that include weight training for, cardio and a set of bench press. The gym exercises however change everyday as per the requirements.

Fit always
Akhil Kumar, boxer

Without fail Akhil has improved his fitness level and it is irrespective any championship. “For a sportsman, fitness is a weapon that he or she needs to keep working on as much as they can.”

My workout routine is keeping in line with what we follow as part of the weekly sessions of training. We have 11 sessions through the week, with each session lasting about two and a half hours.

I usually go for endurance training and focus completely on that to start with. Tuesdays are all about strength training. Wednesday is for specific training modules, conditioning and speed work. Thursday is for extra strength training to bring about more of a punch. Friday is about recreational sports and Saturday we are back to specific workout and endurance all over again. As we train morning and evening, just keep in mind that all evening sessions are specific sessions with sparring, training with the bag, skill training etc. Saturday evenings and Sunday are rest days.

Yoga plus
Avneet Sidhu, shooter

Avneet credits her fitness to her the special fitness program made by her husband. “I start with 30 minutes of breathing exercises and yoga every morning, daily. Yoga includes surya namaskar and some basic asanas.”

Avneet also has dedicated days for field exercises. “I do running or jogging on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. While the core strength training takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. As far as diet is concerned sweets and junk food are a big no.”

Grilling schedule
Manan Vohra, cricketer

There are two things that he is absolutely particular about. This good-looking cricketor religiously follows his diet and exercise chart. Running, power yoga, gym work are part of his routine. “My days are divide, one day is for running, the other is for gym. Almost 40 minutes of field exercises and hour and hour and a half gym does the needful. Exercises for stomach and speed are part of the routine. I am very particular about my diet, a balanced diet, less on carbohydrates and more on proteins is what I go in for.”

Planned approach
Sushil Kumar, wrestler

This wrestler is always ready to take on his opponent, thanks to his fitness. “It takes dedication and relentless hard work to follow a routine.”My fitness routine begins at 5 in the morning. Three hours of workout in the morning and three hours in the evening. What schedule the coach prepares, I follow that to the hilt. If morning is running then in the evening I could be in gym doing cross training. The exercises vary; it could be basketball, football, bout, gymming or running morning or evening.

I am a strict vegetarian, so I believe in the magic of a balanced diet. Almonds, dry fruits and juices are a must.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s workout tips

  • Running is the best cardio workout. It must be done for average 25-30 minutes.
  • 3-4 hours of practice daily can be helpful is balancing fat levels.
  • Do not do extensive training on all days of week.
  • A good sleep is the secret for good health.

Life in the fast lane
Actor Ali Fazal makes a conscious effort to show the audience his different side in Bobby Jasoos
Amarjot Kaur
Ali Fazal
sTEP UP: Ali Fazal

You may probably recollect Ali Fazal for his role as Joy Lobo, in the film 3 Idiots, where he plucked the strings of his guitar, perched on the edge of the hostel balcony, to the song, Give me some sunshine. However, this time, with the release of Bobby Jasoos, where Ali plays the role of a television anchor, he has consciously made an effort to alter his stereotype musician look. As we exchange in an interesting banter with the actor, who has now ventured into Hollywood, while bagging a cameo in the seventh edition of Fast and Furious, we get a candid insight into his disposition that defines the man within the actor.

Accidental discovery

Ali's first encounter with the actor in him was while he was still in school, Doon School Dehradun, and he had to partake in school theatre for a cultural fest as he could not play basketball due to a fracture in his arm. "I was really keen on playing basketball, but I broke my arm and since we had to take part in the school cultural fest, I tried my hand at theatre when I was in ninth standard," shares the 27-year-old actor. However, it was only when he moved to Mumbai for further studies at St Xavier's College, when he had his first brush with the Bollywood industry. "I owe my acting career to Saeed Akhtar Mirza, the man behind the parallel cinema in India, with films like Mohan Joshi Hazir Ho!, Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata hai," says Ali while adding that he was the first one to offer him a role in his film, Ek Toh Chaand, that won several awards at the film festivals.

Lessons from the best

While Rajkumar Hirani chose Ali for the role of Joy Lobo after watching him act in a theatre play at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Ali learnt much from the actors on the sets of 3 Idiots, including Aamir Khan and Boman Irani. "Before we started shooting for 3 Idiots, I had to attend a couple of workshops where I was given some lesson on acting by Boman Irani and Aamir Khan, who fanned the fames of my hunger for acting," says Ali. "Aamir is an incredibly intelligent actor and during the breaks we would often play chess or time each other on solving the Rubik's cube," he adds. Also, Ali has acted in Always Kabhi Kabhi, a film produced by Shah Rukh Khan. In his recently released film, Bobby Jasoos, Ali credits Vidya Balan for airing his creative talent while confessing that acting with Vidya was a bonus for his career and praises her while adding that it was comfortable acting with her as she is not only a good actor, but a wonderful person too.

Role call

While most actors have their preferences when it comes to choosing roles, Ali has a strange tradition. "Most film makers find it weird when I ask them to send me one page from the script of the film. It could be any a page from any scene of a film. This helps me determine the rhythm and tempo of the film," he shares. "Most of the people started perceiving me good enough an option for the role of a musician after seeing me in 3 Idiots and Fukrey, so with Bobby Jasoos , I wanted to break that image and try something more challenging," says he.

International affairs

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Paul Walker and Kurt Russell while filming Fast and Furious 7 was a huge deal for Bollywood actor Ali Fazal, who has grown up watching the action franchise. "I have done a cameo in the seventh instalment of Fast and Furious series, and will always cherish the time he got to spent with the cast, especially Walker, who was killed in an accident in November last year," he says.

"I am done shooting for the film. I had shot last year when Paul Walker was around and then finally wrapped up shooting two months ago. It is a guest appearance, and I cannot talk much about it," said Fazal.

Future perfect

Ali has a couple of projects lined up for him apart from Fast and Furious 7. "I shot a film in California early this year and it's based on a true story. The working title of the film is For Here or To Go and the story of the film is based on the life of an engineer in Silicon Valley in San Francisco," he signs off.

Wild catch
Actor and bodybuilder Varinder Ghuman comes back with a thrilling experience of shooting for his upcoming film Roar in the Sunderbans.
Varinder Ghuman
Varinder Ghuman

India's first pure vegetarian bodybuilder, Varinder Singh Ghuman is back in news with a roar. Jalandhar-based Ghuman who is known as man-of-muscles has shown his strength in his upcoming Bollywood flim Roar - Tigers of the Sunderbans.

The film is produced by Abis Rizvi and has been directed by Kamal Sadanah. Shot in some parts of Sunderbans and Bangladesh, the film is full of larger- than- life sequences. The teaser of the movie, screened at Cannes Film Festival received overwhelming response.

The 130 kg, six- feet- two inches tall varinder is playing the character of Cheena, an aggressive and loud person who evolves as the movie progresses. Working in Roar was an adventurous journey for Ghuman as shooting in Sunderbans jungles is not for the weak hearted.

"During the shooting of the film, I along with other crew members lived on a ship in inhabitable Sunderbans in Bangladeshi territory for few weeks. Our evenings were spent on decks witnessing the divine transitions from day to night. It was not less than a nightmare in jungles where you often get greeted with snakes, wild boars, deadly poisonous insects, salt-water crocodiles and many other dangerous creatures", he says. Apart from this Varinder Ghuman who did not know how to swim, has also done an underwater film sequence which he would never forget.

This Punjabi guy who carries an MA (English) degree under his belt has also starred in Kabaddi Once Again and Fateh the Victory. He is the first Indian and also the first Asian to make it to the top line of Arnold Classic Europe — an international body-building championship —2010. He also became the first Indian Body Builder to secure a Pro Card by IFBB in 2011 and nobody has been able to beat him till date. He also won gold medal in Australian Grand Prix 2011. He was crowned Mr India in 2009 and later Mr Asia.

His passion and brawny physique impressed actor Arnold Schwarzenegger so much that he chose Ghuman as the brand ambassador for his signature gymnasiums and food supplements in India. About his vegan lifestyle, Varinder says he eats neither egg nor non-vegetarian food, sustaining instead on milk. — TNS

No room for confusion!
A familiar dish with an exotic twist! There is no escaping from this fusion trend which the Chandigarh chefs are merrily ushering in
Amarjot Kaur

More often than not, fusion food becomes a half-baked linguistic excuse to administer some unnatural experiment upon an innocent diner. But most of the food that we eat is 'fusion' in one form or another. So, to entirely dismiss fusion food is as foolish as it is myopic. Fusion food is perhaps an ultimate test of a chef's true merit. While the city's brave-heart chefs have thrown caution to the winds to wed their culinary knowledge of different cuisines and exotic ingredients with much deliberation, the time has come to applaud their efforts. Here are a series of twists, which validate a flavourful perception of globalisation-not all boundaries are barriers!

When Greek happened to the Mexican

When one speaks of Guacamole in Phyllo Cups, it is not just the complexity of the dish's name that raises a brow, but also the choice of cuisines where it comes from. This is the story of Mexican style avocado salsa, romancing the Mediterranean phyllo cups, of a Greek origin, topped with ash-coated chevre that is typically French. "This dish is a mix of European, Middle-Eastern and Mexican food, a mix that is quite hard to find," says Richa. This dish is available at the Whistling Duck.

Taste wise: This one is a robust, flavourful mix of tangy and spicy.

Maggie with a Thai twist

While we have all savoured Maggie in all possible forms, the Thai Maggie at Mocha is perhaps one of the most interesting twists of all times. "Basically the Thai Maggie is made in the Thai Curry, which gives it a Thai flavour," says Ayush Singla, the owner of Mocha.

Taste wise: While Maggie is the hot favourite of each one of us, but for those of you, who have a taste for Thai curry, this one is definitely your pick!

Sweet story of the bitter gourd

While history stands witness to the accidents that led to great discoveries, the only trouble with the one that helped Richa Johri, the head chef at Whistling Duck, a city restaurant, discover karela salad, involved a ridiculously bad taste of bitter gourd at a family get together. "At a family party, my relatives settled for a platter full of fried karelas to go with their schnapps, the taste of which was enough for me to work my magic on it. That's how the Karela Salad happened," she says. Meanwhile, Ambar, the owner of the restaurant, advocates the dish, which sells like hot cakes! The salad is essentially a mix of Sri Lankan flavour with Indian spices. "We add sweet mango pickle to the fried chunks of sliced karelas with different herbs, dressed with cucumber," says Richa.

Taste wise: The taste of this bitter gourd salad is anything but bitter. It is sweet, tangy and spicy.

Coastal curries

Galina de Cafreal is quite like a Goan hippie of a Portugal lineage. Available at Whistling Duck, this dish makes for a hippie happy bite! "Galina de Cafreal is essentially Goan homemade chicken with toddy vinegar, and it is made with exotic herbs, some of which are Indian while the others are typically Portugal," says Richa. It is served with onion rings, shallow fried potatoes, and peri peri chilli oil.

Taste wise: If you like your dish high on spices and a tangy flavour with mild sweetness to it, this one is your pick!

The big fat burger

This is the story of a burger, the spoilt brat of American cuisine, the bad boy who we all hate to love! And guess who's fallen for it this time? It's the doted daughter of Arabic cuisine, falafel. The man who made it all happen, Vijay Goswami of Brooklyn Central, fills us up on this interesting blend of the American and Arabic dish, Chickpea Lentil Burger. "The Chickpea Lentil Burger has the falafel patty that is fried and those who love the taste of falafel, will surely enjoy this variety of burger," he shares. Meanwhile, the herbs used in the falafel patty are also a mix of American and Arabic, including paprika and chillies.

Taste wise: The Chickpea Lentil Burger tastes like the first few months of a new romance. It's sweet, tangy and juicy!

Turkish tadka

The Spicy Chicken Kebab at Ten Towns traces its roots back to Turkey where it basks in the glory of its rich flavourful history of spices. Had it not been for Gaurav Sogi, the owner of the restaurant, this Turkish Shish Touk, it would never have found its boisterous Punjabi cousin! "This one is a blend of Turkish and Punjabi cuisine. We take chunks of chicken and marinate with onion paste, harissa paste, paprika oil, salt, black pepper, cumin, lemon, fresh coriander and keep it for overnight," says Gaurav. The marinated chicken is then cooked in the wood-fire oven for 8-10 minutes with dice of bell pepper and onion.

Taste wise: While the chicken gets a well-cooked texture on the outside, it is very succulent inside and has a strong smoky flavour. Spicy chicken kebab is served with hummus/yogurt harissa with a sprinkle of fresh coriander and pita bread.

Meat and nut

The Pistachio Masala Lamb Chops with Cucumber, quite like the old-fashioned westernised yuppie that settles for a good deal and here it means health. Available at the Rustic Door, this dish is all about texture and is a blend of Indian and continental. "While the lamb chops are coated with chat masala, which gives it an Indian flavour, it is then coated with pistachio and other spices, which are both Indian and western spices," says Ameena, the owner of Rustic Door.

Taste wise: It's hard to decide whether the texture of this dish overrides the taste or the flavours, or adds to its texture. Why don't you go and find out for yourself?

The Chinjabi way

Since Punjabis like their food with tadka, the authentic Chinese had to adjust to the Punjabi flavours. At The Purple Rice, they have an interesting blend of Chinese and Indian. "In our Chinese dishes, we use a lot of Indian spices, which makes it an instant hit. We also serve Mangalorean curries, which is essentially Thai red curry and tastes like the South Indian curries, with a robust flavour of kadi patta," shares Vipul Dua, the owner of the restaurant. Also, At Peddlers, the basement of Purple Rice, they serve an Indian Italian Pizza, with varieties like Chicken Tikka Pizza.

Taste wise: While the Mangalorean curry has the texture of Thai red curry, it tastes more like the South Indian curry, with a rich flavour of black cumin.

Charting new territories
Amarjot Kaur

In the business of succeeding, there are two possible ways with which one can toy their luck with, its either hard work or smart work. However, our Go Getter for the week, Shubham Goel, who scored the top rank all over North India in IIT JEE and sixth rank across the nation, discovered a hybrid tool to fight his academic battle for success with - hard work with planning. Panchkula lad, Shubham, son of an Army veterinarian, has also been a state-level swimming and skating champion. Currently in Mumbai, Shubham is at the chemistry-orientation camp that is being held at the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education for the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 20 to 29 as he will be representing the country in the Olympiad. In conversation with Shubham, we discover his never-ending quest for knowledge, which has brought him to the doorsteps of success.

Motivational factor

Shubham says that he has always been motivated by his father, mother and his seven year old sister, who have been an immense source of support in times of difficulty. "Moreover, my teachers at Lakshaya Institute were incredibly encouraging. I am not the kind of person who competes with others. My idea is to improve my percentage and score every time," he says. While earlier, Shubham idealised APJ Abdul Kalam, he now maintains that he would not fancy following anyone, rather he would etch his own path through hard work and self-belief.

Feathers in the cap

Shubham, who was selected during the Chemistry Orientation cum Selection Camp (OCSC) held at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE) (TIFR), Mumbai from May 27 to June 6 2014, was awarded the Best Experimentalist award and Best Theorist award. He cleared JEE Mains with a 335 score on 360 and cleared the Indian National Mathematics Olympiad, 2013. "I have also been awarded the Hauz Khas Best Solution Award during the International Mathematics Olympiad Training Camp (IMOTC) 2013 held at HBCSE, Mumbai and I have cleared the Indian National Astronomy Olympiad (INAO)- 2014 and am selected to attend the Astronomy OCSC 2014," he says.

Shubham is a KVPY Scholar when he was in Class XI (2013) and NTSE scholar in Class VIII (2010) besides scoring a perfect CGPA of 10.0 in Class X in Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula. "Recently, I cleared the Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA) Examination (Conducted by UPSC and got through Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore too," he smiles.

Flipside of being an achiever

"I think the only flipside of being an achiever is that one has to sacrifice a lot. I gave up on television, social networking and had to cut off on the time that I spend with friends," shares Shubham. Meanwhile, he also expresses that while studying continuously, he would often reach a saturation point, which was often a problem. "Also, sometimes I was bothered by the feeling of insecurity if there was possibly a chance if things did not work my way," he says.

Words of wisdom

"While most of us live by the 'chalta hai' attitude in life, I believe that hard work is the only way of making anything work, and if it is juxtaposed with planning, determination and self belief, one can get anything they want," shares Shubham.

stress buster
Talk it out
Renee Singh

Relationships rule our lives. They determine how we actually lead our lives. Conflicting relationships can cause so much stress that life can seem a wreck. Supportive relationships can be so beneficial that they help us cope with difficult times.

July known as the Social Wellness Month is very important in terms of stress management. If you have relationships that are great just enjoy them. If you think they need improvement find strategies to make them better, stronger, healthier and less stress inducing. Either ways you are a winner.

Relationship conflict takes a heavy toll, way more than what we would like to accept. Conflict whether it is with a spouse, a difficult relative or a friend; it can cause huge amount of stress.

Conflict affects health

Relationship conflict negatively affects health in several ways. Repetitive or prolonged conflict is known to have serious negative impact on immune system.

Family conflict is common

If you feel there is a conflict within your family members remember you are not the only ones. It is the most common form of conflict. Polls show that most people get stressed at family gatherings. It is not really a lack of love but actually a lack of comfort in dealing with family members.

Conflict is physically painful

Research shows that the pain of loneliness and social rejection is physical as it is processed by that part of the brain that processes physical pain. So if you are in a relationship that constantly includes conflict it will naturally include pain.

Conflict resolution skills

These are highly required because you need to handle relationship conflict in a healthy way so that you can get the most from the relationships and not allow them to drain you. Counselling and individual psychotherapy is also very helpful. Cut down relationship drama with healthy communication. Most relationship are healthy when communication is open.

Here are some tips to give you an edge on maintaining healthy communication:

  • Stay focused
  • Try not to bring up past hurts, this clouds the current issue. Stay focused.
  • Listen carefully
  • Try really listening instead of concentrating on what to say next.
  • Listen with empathy
  • It is hard to hear criticism but it can be very helpful if you listen with empathy.
  • Look for compromise
  • Don't try to always win the argument. Find a solution to make both sides happy.
  • Take a break from discussion and then come back to it.
  • Go to a therapist if need be.
  • Try all means to keep healthy relationships going they are our best stress relievers.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

Giving into the football fever

Actor Aditya Roy Kapur, an avid follower of football, has been following the FIFA World Cup religiously. The ongoing tournament has produced some exciting and unexpected results, with several countries that were considered underdogs putting in good performances. Ask Aditya to analyse the performances so far and he says, "Argentina and Brazil need to stop relying on their star players, Lionel Messi and Neymar respectively. Aditya loves playing football and he recently watched a few games live in Madrid, Spain. He is a huge football fanatic and has been absolutely engulfed with the FIFA mania. While Spain and even England, stunned fans by not making it to the round of 16, the actor is impressed by the smaller teams that have managed the feat. "Smaller teams have won because of their unity and spirit. They work for each other, probably because they don't have established players. There are no big egos in the dressing room, so they play as a unit," he says.

The teenage hangover

Pop star Katy Perry says many of her stage costumes reflect her taste from when she was a teenager. The 29-year-old Roar singer favours bright colours and playful stage costumes by brands like Moschino and Cavalli because she still has the same fun-loving sense of style she had when she was a teenage girl, reported a magazine. "There's a lot of colour in my shows. I have so much fun with it. I'm going to be 30 at the end of this year, but I still feel like a 13 year old. Right now, I'm really obsessed with the Versace early 90s soft-grunge look, but I don't think there should be any rules when it comes to colour." Perry said. Despite being on stage almost every night during her world tour, Perry ensures she does at least 30 minutes of cardio per day.

"When I'm on tour, the exercise routine is vigorous. I'll work out every day and I don't have time for a full hour of exercise, I'll run on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I actually love having that uninterrupted time to listen to new music or my favourite albums and it feels great to get the blood circulating, too," she said. — PTI

The advantage of injury!

Meanwhile, Alia Bhatt received a foot injury and so she got herself five new pairs of keds and is having fun with her new shoe wardrobe and laid back style. Now that is called making a fashion statement out of injury.

Jacqueline, the restaurateur

Jacqueline Fernandez has opened a restaurant in Sri Lanka and she has taken a few days off to go there for the opening. The restaurant is called Kaema Sutra because Kaema means food in Sinhalese.

On the love trail

Sai Kabir's next film titled Divine Lovers will be an Indo-French collaboration and the post production will be done in France. The film stars Kangna Ranaut and Irrfan Khan.

Daughter gone astray

If the latest buzz is anything to go by, Salma Agha's daughter Sasha has tied the knot with music composer Sachin Gupta, against her mother's wish. Salma had filed a police complaint against Sachin in May.

The weekly report

Bobby Jasoos is a boring movie which has received a negligible opening and poor reviews. Vidya Balan is the only saving grace of the film. Meanwhile, Lekar Hum Deewana Dil, directed by Arif Ali and starring newcomers Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth, is a dud. The movie will be a washout though the actors have shown a spark.

In a span of seven years

Rapper Kanye West has revealed that he asked his wife Kim Kardashian to marry him seven years ago.

West, 37, who got married to the reality TV star, 33, in May, said he always knew he wanted to spend his life with her, reported a publication. "I told Kim seven years ago I would marry her and I made it happen. I just knew I wanted her to be my girl for a long time," he said. The couple, who has one-year-old daughter North, tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in Italy. — PTI

Varun Dhawan: Alia and I have a connection
Varun Dhawan talks about his equation with Alia Bhatt, his upcoming movies and much more

The special co-star
Varun Dhawan
Candid chat: Varun Dhawan

She is a very special friend of mine and we are very close. We have a connection and our chemistry is great on screen. In Student of the Year our story was unfinished so now we have our own story. We keep talking even after the director has said "Cut!" But we are not in love with each other, as of now. My favourite performance of hers is Highway. I was the one who kept telling her to record Samjhaawan and then Karan Johar made it happen.

On Humpty Sharma…

He is a really sweet and cute guy and he will go to any length for his love. He is a lower middle class guy and I had to learn to be like him. He has a heart of gold.

Loud and clear

Sid and I are buddies and we don't need to show that to the world. The media wants to make us enemies and rivals. I saw Ek Villain before it released and told him that it would be a huge hit.

Main Tera Hero

I am very happy with the success of the movie. It is such a film that you can gauge the reaction of the audience from the promos and songs only as it is in your face. I might re collaborate with my dad and brother in 2016. People of all ages loved the film.

Rapping and dancing

I have rapped in Lucky Tu, Lucky Me. It was Shashank's idea because everywhere in Delhi boys are rapping about their lives and all thanks to Honey Singh so we put it in the movie. I might do some in ABCD 2 as well but in that I have to dance at another level.

chatter box
Connected all the time
Yo Yo Honey Singh
Touch base: Yo Yo Honey Singh

Stars are known for their busy schedules and are often spotted at airports flying in and out of the country. Yo Yo Honey Singh, who is known worldwide for his unconventional music has also been travelling extensively all over the globe for his concerts and music video shoots. To ensure that shoot of his upcoming television debut, India's Raw Star doesn't suffer, the youth icon has started conducting meetings with the channel's team on Skype! He has got involved in all aspects of the show, be it the talent being picked, format, songs ... This way, he gets to be involved in every minute detail of the show. It definitely looks like Yo Yo Honey Singh is ensuring that the show becomes the perfect platform for all the budding artists.

In past and present

The name of Rajshree Productions' new show on Life Ok is inspired from a song of their hit film Maine Pyar Kiya. The show is called Mere Rang Mein Ranganewali and will star Alok Nath, who is a Rajshri fixture. Lead roles will be played by new actors and the show is based in Mathura.

Behind the wheel

Sneha Wagh, who plays Ratan in the popular show Veera, has gifted herself a premium car. She says, "With high-end cars, you have to be responsible. I can't be a rash driver anymore. I am looking forward to going for a long drive in Monsoons. Since childhood I had obsession for cars." She adds that when she turned eighteen she wasted no time in getting a driving license."

Round of applause

Actress Garima Jain, who is currently being seen as Arya in Mein Na Bhoolungi, is a young achiever. The girl from Indore is a trained Kathak dancer. Few years back, she appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 as she attempted 1000 rounds in 9 minutes 2 seconds.

Garima says, "Since my childhood I am very inclined towards music and dance. I have learnt Kathak and Bharatnatyam and am very passionate about it." Garima even won a title in Boogie Woogie in the under 13 age group. "My mother has always encouraged me. I aimed to take 1000 rounds in 10 minutes but I completed that in 9 minutes and 2 seconds. I keep dancing and also have my own singing shows. I keep adjusting my shooting schedule according to my stage shows."

A slice of Italy

TLC brings an exciting and unique concept series Mama's Boys of the Bronx. The series explores the relationship that 5 boys - Anthony, Frankie, Giovanni, Peter and Chip - share with their mothers. From cleaning their rooms, washing their clothes, preparing their favourite foods, to shopping for their groceries, these boys rely on their mothers for everything.

The eight-episode series captures the everyday life of these proud Italian-American men who grew up together and still live with their mothers. Mama's Boys of the Bronx will premiere on July 7 every Monday at 10 pm.

Anthony, Frankie, Giovanni, Peter and Chip are attractive, employed, in their 30's and don't have to clean their rooms or buy gel for their hair. Their mothers take care of everything. The mothers would love to see their sons married off to good Italian girls, but until that day comes, they're perfectly happy having their precious boys at home.

Let the party go on…

Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian celebrated her 30th birthday for a second time in Las Vegas accompanied by boyfriend French Montana. The reality show star flew to Las Vegas for a post birthday bash alongside the rapper.

The pair has been inseparable since April of this year and Montana kept close to Khloe's side as she celebrated her birthday once again at Tao nightclub at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Vegas.

Khloe was joined by close friend and actress Malika Haqq in Vegas. The 30-year-old reality star was treated to a brand new dress from her new favourite designer, Michael Costello. —PTI

Vivek in a new show

Vivek Mushran will now be seen in Sukesh Motwani's new show on Star Plus that will replace Mahabharat. Vivek will play the father of the female lead in the show.

Sister concern

There was buzz that like her sister Preethika Rao, Amrita Rao might debut on TV too. She apparently met producers Shashi and Sumeet Mittal for a look test. But now we hear that she hasn't got the role and the makers are considering Kritika Kamra for the role.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is July 7...

The number 7 people are introspective, prefer solitude and are constantly pursuing the knowledge of universal truths. July is the best month. Mondays and Saturdays are your lucky days. You get the best jobs done on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 16th and 25th of any month. You need to keep a check on your weight by proper exercising. Avoid oily and spicy diet. Push problems off your mind and concentrate on improving your position. Even gifts may not help in changing the mood of your sweetheart.

Positive colours: White, blue, cream. Select days: Monday and Sunday. Favourable numbers: 2, 7.

Gems recommended: Pearl, diamond. Charity on birthday: Donate white clothes at a religious place.

You share your birthday with Kailash Kher, (July 7, 1973, Meerut) who is a popular Sufi singer. Number 7 which denotes spirituality appears four times in his birth date. It provides him with a high-pitched voice.

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ARIES: Today love and travel figure prominently. You can put yourself in line for a promotion or salary increase. Strong feelings can overwhelm you and distort your sense of perspective. Tarot message: Don't reveal your plan of action to anyone. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 63.

TAURUS: Make more of an effort to maintain harmony. Communication on the job can assume greater importance. An opportunity to work in an advertising firm might come your way. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health. Lucky colour: Aqua. Magic number: 59.

GEMINI: New people whom you meet will be exciting. Remember resolutions about diet and nutrition. Take it easy this morning. Some of you might reluctant to make any changes all day long. Tarot message: Be positive. Efforts will be rewarded. Lucky colour: Purple. Magic number: 36.

CANCER: Love life is sparklingly beautiful. Plan a relaxing day. A friend might try to talk you into doing something you would rather not do. Avoid any impulse to gamble. Tarot message: Do not expect too much from others. Lucky colour: White. Magic number: 50.

LEO: A piece of good news arriving by mail or phone will cheer you up. Household affairs continue smoothly. Don't click on one of those flashing signs on the Internet. Tarot message: Lack of confidence or lack of caution can leave you in losses; so be confident. Lucky colour: Forest green. Magic number: 35.

VIRGO: Not a good day for shopping. There can be a small get together at home. A promotion to a management position might trigger self-doubt. Go for a walk and visit a local scenic spot for a relaxing nature therapy. Tarot message: Don't make hasty decisions. Lucky colour: Crimson. Magic number: 33.

LIBRA: Sportsmen: Sincerity is the key to success. Club and group activities occupy you. Health glows. Anything you have done wrong or in a slipshod fashion can be exposed to the public. Tarot message: Don't waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 25.

SCORPIO: Working women: Take complete rest today. Students: Bury your nose in books. Be logical in your thoughts. Housewives: Financially you are feeling secure. Tarot message: Learn from past experiences and resist making a similar mistake again. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 25.

SAGITTARIUS: Push routine to one side. Your marital status figures prominently. You might fall madly in love during travel or attendance at a conference. Tarot message: Be determined and increase your self-confidence which will be on trial. Lucky colour: Mauve. Magic number: 31.

CAPRICORN: Auspicious day for purchasing ornaments Hasty actions can lead to situations best avoided. Try to relax when agitated. Tarot message: Be articulate to prevent people from making their own conclusions. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 42.

AQUARIUS: There will be good opportunities to show off your artistic flare. Once you get going, the pace will pick up considerably. You can expect people to influence you, so stay focused. Tarot message: Dare to accomplish challenging tasks. Lucky colour: Red. Magic number: 52.

PISCES: The card "Six of Wands" emphasis on fun, frolics, and accelerated social activities. Your effort will not go unnoticed by superiors. Talk with your lover about your future plans and goals. Tarot message: Do not swing away from the course you have charted so far. Lucky colour: Orange. Magic number: 40

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