Tunes beyond age
Age is just a number. This holds true for the young crop of Punjabi singers who have taken the industry by storm
Jasmine Singh

Their songs ignite romance in the hearts, their words are like a healing touch and their styles make a statement. They are young and they've taken the Punjabi music scene by storm. With a difference in their approach, with a ‘let-me-fly’ attitude, these Punjabi singers have reduced age to only a number. Barely out of their teens, some of them have a huge fan-following already and established themselves in the market. 

Legacy bound
Gitaz Bindrakhiya

All of 23, he carries on his legacy with élan. Gitaz did not sit on the laurels his late father created; instead the singer went ahead and created his own niche in the competitive industry. A strikingly confident attitude and a head just in place, the singer-actor is making steady progress.

Track record: He comes from Ropar and completed a major part of his education in Chandigarh.

So far so good: Gitaz made his debut in 2010 with the track Tere baajo Bindrakhiya. Thereafter, he has released 10 songs with Jind Mahi scoring the top slot.

You’ve got mail: As many as 4.5 lakh fans on his FB profile, the singer doesn't believe in adding numbers.

Show off: Zilch. I haven't done a single live show so far because I don't believe in doing a show for the heck of it. I wanted to prepare myself; now that I am prepared, you will see me soon.

Style file: I don't copy style; I think I look cool in whatever I am comfortable in. No garish clothes, no bling, no tattoos; I am good with my casual style of dressing.

Worthy effort
Maninder Buttar

This 22-year-old flaunts an attitude that is totally in control. His singing has maturity and his self-created style is impressive.

Track record: Maninder comes from Nathowal, Ludhiana, and has spent a great part of his childhood in Kalanwali. Coming from a non-musical background, Mandeep had to prove himself each day.

So far so good: His tracks Naaran te sarkaran (2013), Yaari (2014) and another one in Punjabi film Oh My Pio ji created waves in the industry.

You’ve got mail: Mandeep has over 7.5 lakh fans on his Facebook profile.

Show off: The young singer has already done over 25 live shows across Punjab, Delhi and Mumbai.

Style file: Casual, paddle-pusher jeans; recently he got a cut making three stars on his head.

Cool approach
A Kay

He cares two hoots about what people think of him. He never goes out of the way to please people. At 21, Amrinder Singh Khokhar, aka A Kay, is confident and striding ahead. He looks quite established with what he knows best - singing.

Track record: A Kay comes from Mohali; he is again from a non-singing background.

So far so good: A Kay rose to fame with Munda Iphone Varga (2013), his debut track that got over 3 million hits on Youtube.

You’ve got mail: With 1.4 million fans on his page, his popularity has gone far and beyond.

Show off: Within a span of a year, A Kay has done more than 22-25 shows across India

Style file: I am a casual person and don't follow anyone; if I like myself in a hairstyle or attire, I just put it on.

Being different
Guru Randhawa

The singer won his debut award for the best singer this year. He has already captured the market with his different style of songs and picturisation. At 22 the singer is definately to be watched out for.

Track record: Guru comes from Gurdaspur, in order to make his place he had to really work on his style and music, which got better by the day.

So far so good: One album and two singles, every song of his has created a buzz. Chaddgayi, Main tainu ohna chaunda han.

You’ve got mail: He has 6 lakh 62 thousand fans on his page and nearly 17 thousand on his twitter account.

Show off: Guru has done more than 30 shows across India. He recently came back from a live show in London. 

Sumptuous surrender
On Junk Food Day today, you can throw caution to the winds, safely. Here’s yet another excuse to indulge your cravings
Somya Abrol

Yes, there is a day dedicated to junk food. Yes, we're bracing you for indulgence. Yes, our prayers have been answered. Not like we needed an excuse to stop advocating health food, but since we've got it, here goes: eat what you please, please; cosset that blueberry cheesecake; court that grease-laden double burger; let the cream-cheese drip off the corners of your smile; let there be a creamy froth mustache; let the crunch-chomp-gulp get you heady; let there be smooth surrender; let there be light.

If you're one of the fancy ones following a fancy diet, the concept of 'cheat day' must not be unfamiliar. Treat today, July 21, 2014, as your ticket to indulgence. While no one knows how the Junk Food Day came into existence, there are various theories to support the story of fad dieticians looking for an excuse, like most of us, to get their hands on real food.

Excuse or no excuse, it's plain wrong to deprive your palate of pleasures you dare not discover. And hence, we've taken the liberty of compiling a few recipes by renowned chefs to redefine ‘extravagance’.

Chef Kunal Kapur, executive chef, Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon

This master chef gained popularity as a judge on MasterChef India. However, only a few know of his Chandigarh connection — Chef Kapur did his degree in hospitality from Chandigarh and was a regular at the Amrit Bakery in Mohali. Sharing his most vivid junk-food memory, Chef Kapur says, "It has to be going to Nirula's with family to eat pizzas. That was the first time I'd ever heard of pizza; everyone used to call it a 'peejaa' back then. I admit I had never seen cheese before that in my life! And oh, what heaven!"



4 tortilla breads

2 tbsp oil

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated

1 cup onions, diced

1 cup tomatoes, diced

2 cups chicken, boiled and diced

1/2 cup olives, sliced

1/2 cup jalapenos, sliced

1 cup capsicum, diced

2 tbsp coriander, chopped

Salt to taste

Pepper powder to taste


Heat a thick-bottomed pan on medium heat and pour in some oil. Place a flour tortilla in the pan and spread the mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top of it. Sprinkle the rest of the vegetables in and flatten them gently, spreading them around the tortilla at the same time. Sprinkle salt, pepper and chopped coriander. Now, carefully fold the tortilla in a half-moon shape. Cook on both sides till crisp. Remove and cut in equal triangles. Serve while it is still hot with guacamole and sour cream.

Chef Vijay Thapliyal, executive chef, The Lalit, Chandigarh

This chef has worked with the biggest brands in the industry — from commencing his career with Hyatt Regency Delhi (Lebanese cuisine) to working with Hyatt's Oriental kitchen to Leela Kempinski Bangalore to Grand Hyatt Beijing to The Lalit Bangalore to Aman Hotels Delhi and finally to The Lalit, Chandigarh. Originally from Uttaranchal, Chef Thapliyal shares his most joyous junk-food memory, "I'd gone to the paranthe wali gali in Old Delhi to research for a new menu. That's where I had 'fried' paranthas. Dripping with pure ghee, these paranthas are served with some aloo ki sabzi and achaar. That's the best and the greasiest meal I've ever had!"

Chicken tikka burger with cheddar cheese & fries For chicken tikka


400 gm Chicken thigh

50 ginger-garlic paste

10 gm chili powder

100 gm hung yogurt

10 gm dhania powder

10 gm garam masala

Salt/pepper to taste

80 ml desi ghee

10 gm chat masala

Method: Marinate the chicken with the above ingredients except ghee and chaat masala. Put the chicken into skewers and cook it in a tandoor. Keep basting the chicken in ghee, turning the sides. Once cooked, take it out and use it in burger buns.

For the burger Ingredients:

2 freshly-baked burger buns

50 gm tomato slices

20 gm onion rings

40 gm lettuce

2 cheddar cheese slices

10 gm mayonnaise

Method: Cut the burger bun into half, sideways. Toast the buns. Apply mayonnaise on the base. Arrange lettuce, chicken tikka, tomatoes, cucumber and cheddar cheese. Put it under salamander till the cheese melts. Place the upper part of the burger on the top. Serve hot with a salad or French fries.

Your guide to hogging

  • While today looks plush, tomorrow, the all-too-familiar guilt might set in, especially if you have a target in mind. Here are some handy tips to help you along the way:
  • Indulge; don’t over-indulge: A lot of us might have the tendency to mistake this hall pass for a ticket to over-eat. Calorie-laden food in little quantities doesn't hurt as much. Make sure you're eating to satiate only your cravings, not your ravenous tendencies.
  • Make sure it’s something you love: Just because we have an excuse, we don't have to misuse it. Don't waste your calories on mindless munching of chocolates or endless glasses of shakes. Make a mental note of what you'd like to indulge in, prepare it with patience at home and dig in!
  • It deserves your attention: Don't keep popping butter biscuits and puffs and samosas into your mouth. Treat your craving like a girlfriend. Attend to it with love and care. Sit down with it; give it your full attention.

gyan zone
A foot of water!

Come rain and the first thing that most of us, with a child in the heart alive, want to do is hit a puddle. Let the thought of soiling your shoes not stop you from enjoying. There is a range of stuff available, right from flip flops, wedges, jelly flats and even proper formal shoes for men and women, to help you have all the fun.

Flip side

If you haven't been shoe-shopping for wet weather, the time is just right. Not only are there colours and sizes available, but also off up to 50 per cent on most brands. At Puma, flip-flops are available at Rs 400 onwards. If sporty is not your style, head to Westside, not only are there more feminine flip flops but also jelly flats. The trusted Bata too has plenty of options right from colourful slappies to jelly flats; transparent to colourful. Remember, the hottie Bipasha Basu puts jelly flats in your Monsoon wardrobe! Add some bling to them with stones and plaited look at Regal-17. If you still have not opened to flip flop option, let us clue you in; reportedly Barack Obama is the first-ever American President to have been spotted in them, Dalai Lama has seen distinguished people, including state heads, in flip flops.

Price range: Rs 150 to Rs 1,500

High five

If you want to stand high to keep infections from rainy water away, Benetton has platform flip-flops in bold colours. They can well raise you good two inches above the road. If you shop now, you can get them at discounted price of Rs 750 onwards. We spotted a steal at Bata where there is huge pile in different colours, motifs for Rs 150 onwards. Crocs are another good option for kids, if girls are too shy wearing them to college or work.

Price range: Rs 150 to Rs 1,000

Colour full

If you want to own multiple pairs to match with capris or dresses, street shopping at Sector 22, 19 or 15 might just do the trick for you. Right from a ladybird on side to flowers, stones, faux crystals and bits of bling, there a riot of colour on offer. Flats, wedges, bellies; styles are as many as colours. Right from whites and silvers to oranges, blues, greens and purples, there are options aplenty.

Price range: Rs 100 to Rs 500

Get sporty

Many sports shoes are not only waterproof, but also offer unparalleled comfort. Be sure to check 'water-resistant' label if you wish to flaunt them. Most footwear brands right from Bata that has Power and Northstar on board to Nike, Reebok and Adidas offer select options.

Price range: Rs 1,500 to Rs 15,000

Men’s corner

Men needn't lose heart. There are as many if not more options for them too, albeit not that easy on the wallet. While you can pick up a flip flop from anywhere, not so casual ones comes at a cost. Bata's leather water-resistant shoes come for Rs 8,000 while Woodland's anti- microbe shoes are effective in both wet and dry conditions. The shoes are fabricated to prevent the growth of microbes and harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae that grow due to excessive moisture. These are priced at Rs 4,495 onwards. Timberland has few sturdy options in black and brown, priced at Rs 10,000 onwards.

Price range: Rs 4495 to Rs 12000

Gummy tales

Gumboots might still be the best option for kids especially if you are packing them off to school for larger part of the day. Duckback still is a favoured name; from ankle high to knee length there are many styles, sizes and colours available. While the city might not offer as many options, you can try your luck online.

Now that we have listed the options and if you are still not enticed enough, let us put a caveat in place - you certainly don't want your favourite pumps to grow mould or break at the seams! If you absolutely can't do without delicate sandals at work, shove off the slippers in a packet as you enter the office and put on your choice of the day. Add on a transparent waterproof tote for college or bright water-proof bag to go with a monochrome office outfit. Enjoy the rain till it lasts!

the ‘in’ side
Le(a)d a brighter life!
Nowadays, LED lights are a core component of interior design

Light emitting diodes, or LEDs, have long been used in motor vehicles flashlights, night lights and less commonly used in fixtures such as those utilised in closets or cabinets. Today, they have taken over the interior design market by storm. LED light fittings, in general, are more expensive than the older technology but their advantages are numerous.

Benefits of LEDs

  • One of the benefits of LED bulbs is that they use less energy than other styles of lighting bulbs, allowing consumers to save on their electricity bills.
  • LEDs last longer than other types of bulbs, making them even more affordable to use. The average lifespan of LED bulbs is approximately 50,000 hours, with some lasting even longer. Consumers need LED replacements less frequently than with their counterparts.
  • Lighting fixtures equipped with LED bulbs provide a soft light that is less damaging to the surfaces they shine on than the harsh light emitted from either incandescent or fluorescent lighting.
  • LED lights provide the illumination without any of the heat that other types of lighting emit. This style of lighting is perfect for delicate works of art, including paintings, prints, and photographs.
  • LEDs are available in every colour in the visual spectrum, from ultra-violets and deep blues to warm reds and luscious greens.
  • LED lights contain no mercury, so there is no problem in handling or disposing them.
  • LEDs reach full illumination as soon as they are turned on.
  • Many LED bulbs (but not all) do not give off ultraviolet light, which is known to attract flying insects. Check the package label for UV information if you are interested in this feature.

Light up

Different rooms and areas of your home have different lighting requirements according to activities and tasks in those areas. These tips can help you plan your residential lighting.

Live it

Drawing room or living room is the most used part of the house. It is the main place where more people gather than any other place of the house. LED lights should be used to create ambient light environment. Consider dimmable lights in this premise. Any glare or strong shadow should be eliminated.

Kitchen corner

Kitchen should be illuminated entirely with wide angle lights to view cleanness and for ease of tasks. Platform and sink should have more lighting. Under cabinet lighting can also be used in kitchen. Narrow beam lights can be used to highlight Kitchen Island, pantries or counter areas.

Fine dine

Dining room requires ambient lighting with little more focus on table. Hanging or pendant type of lights are more suitable for that. It will make your dining space look beautiful and functional. Make sure to hang pendant lights at the correct height.

Private space

Bedroom doesn't need heavy lighting. You can use accent lighting to highlight photo-frames or art pieces. There should be provision for a reading light and floor light in bedroom. By using cool-light shade eye strain can be prevented during reading.

Clean up

Bathroom requires more lights for cleaning purpose. Modern bathrooms are even costlier than bedrooms, so good lighting should be provided to illuminate its beauty. A light on both sides of the mirror is a good idea.

Welcome sign

You can make the home entry more welcoming with effective lighting strategies. This area should have medium lighting. Direct RCC or surface mount light can be used.

Colour code

Choosing led colour temperature is a personal preference, but one should know about some basic facts. Warm white gives low efficiency while cool white provides more lighting efficiency.

Cool white: It gives more bright lights. Ideal for schools, libraries, hospitals, stairs, gardens etc.

Neutral white: It is most natural colour that is closer to sunlight. Ideal for offices, drawing rooms, bedrooms etc.

Warm white: It is used at leisure area. It can provide more colour rendering and relax feelings. These are ideal for restaurants, boutiques, dining areas etc.

(Sukhmani is an interior and landscape designer)

stress buster
Be positive
Renee Singh

We must learn to reduce stress in order to improve our lives. One of the great ways of reducing stress is with positive self talk. Patterns of positive or negative self talk often start in childhood. That is the main reason why we must keep our children emotionally secure.

Usually the self talk habit is what has coloured our lives for years. We tend to think too much about issues we need not be involved with so deeply. It can affect us in many ways, inluencing the experience of stress in our lives.

However any time can be a good time to change this. It is important that you learn how to boost your mind to increase your productivity. You must learn to stop yourself from using negative self talk. Use your mind instead to raise your self esteem and relieve stress.

We require to change. In order to change the first step is to become aware of your problem. Along with this comes the acceptance. You have to realise that there are many times that you are saying negative things in your head. Learn to be conscious of your internal dialog and its content. You can also try the following:

Journal writing

This is one of the best ways to relieve stress.

  • Jot down your negative thoughts when you think them. Write a general summary of your thoughts.
  • Analyse the content.
  • Write about your feelings
  • This is an effective tool for examining your inner process.

Thought stop

As soon as you notice a negative thought coming into your mind you can make a conscious effort to stop it midway by saying ''Stop''. Saying this aloud is very powerful. And makes you aware of how many times you stop negative thoughts.

Rubber band snap

It's another common therapeutic trick. You can walk around with a rubber band around your wrist. As you notice negative self talk coming up you can pull the band and let it snap back. It is like pinching yourself. The little bit of hurt will help to make you more careful about limiting negative thoughts.

Replace negative statements

Replace the negative statement with a positive one. Turn some of the negative words you have used into positive ones or at least try and use neutral ones so that the energy created by the words does not spiral into negativity.

Have a free schedule

In case you are stressing over something stop and rethink. See if you can come to a positive replacement.

Find solutions

Do not suggest to yourself ''I can't do this'' or ''I can't handle this'' or ''This is impossible''. These kind of statements are particularly damaging because they increase your stress in a given situation and stop you from searching for solutions. Whenever you catch yourself giving a negative message to yourself try changing the statement to 'How can I handle this,' or 'How is this possible'',

Negative self talk can stress you

It creates a feeling of low energy and your mood changes into a belief system that is giving way to negativity. Stress builds up as a natural consequence of this. It is important to bring more positive energy into your life by trying a few of the things I am mentioning below:

  • Play with animals
  • Get hugs from loved ones.
  • Learn to daydream.

Try these simple but great ways to de stress have a happy life.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

star track
Surveen unplugged

Surveen Chawla Actress Surveen Chawla, who has acted in many television shows, is seen in the latest film Hate Story 2. The film is a sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit Hate Story. In an exclusive chat, Surveen talks about her role, the film and more.

On Hate Story 2

Initially when I was offered this film, I was in two minds. Normally, a perfect debut would be a film with A-listers and known faces. But then I wanted to be more than just an accessory to an A-lister and this film had it. The script was the deciding factor for me.

Confident streak

The experience I had while working on this film was phenomenal. It was second day on the sets and I suffered an injury but it didn't keep my spirits down. As a journey, it was a great learning experience for me. It is going to be long-lasting. I think of it as a bonus. I will always cherish it.

Fitness mantras

Whenever stressed, I like to think of happy things. I don't go to gym. I hate cardio and I hate to workout. Whenever I have time, I like to play volleyball, badminton or squash. I also do pranayam. I just try and eat healthy so that I do not have to watch my weight.

What's next

After this, I have Ugly. The film has travelled to many festivals during last one year and has been appreciated. So I'm excited. After that I've Leena Yadav's Parched. It is about four oppressed women from Gujarat. 

Alia Bhatt & Aditya Roy turn show-stoppers for Manish

With young stars Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapoor on the ramp showcasing opulent costumes, ace designer Manish Malhotra presented his latest bridal collection at the ongoing India Couture Week (ICW).

Titled Portraits, an ode to femininity and heritage, the line was an amalgamation of classic and modern, using vintage motifs in new patterns that represented neo-brides.

"A lot of work was done in Kashmir and Mijwan. The whole idea was to make it very modern yet imbibe in something that is timeless.

"It is the first time that Alia and Aditya have come together. You need your muses to be people of today... Stars of today. Both of them are good looking, glamorous, fashionable and stylish," Manish said after the show.

Alia, who is basking in the success of her latest release Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, strutted down the grand runway confidently in a red velvet lehenga-choli, while Aditya, 28, looked dapper in an ornate gold embroidered kurta teamed with an off-white parallel pajama.

"Walking for Manish Malhotra is a big deal for me. I am very happy that my film did very well, but I am even happier that I got to walk for Manish. So for me that is a greater achievement. Two years ago I saw Katrina Kaif walk the ramp for him here and I was sitting in the front row and I wondered when will I get to walk for him. I am so happy that I did it today," the 21-year-old actress said.

Aditya also echoed Alia's sentiments, saying he was nervous about walking on the ramp but the moment he put on Manish's creations, he felt confident.

"He makes you look so good that I think half the job is done. It makes you feel that you have arrived. Alia just gave me one piece of advice and that was 'Don't fall'," said Aditya, who will be next seen in Daawat-e-Ishq.

The clothes in this collection had zari coupled with elaborate thread works which were set against silks, velvets and tulles. The colour palate ranged from beige, rust, midnight blue, emerald to ruby red. The silhouettes were contemporary consisting of full length skirts, sarees teamed with turtle neck blouses and low cut backs and long embroidered jackets. Lot of mirror work was infused in the garments especially in the hemlines.

A birthday well spent

Priyanka Chopra Actress Priyanka Chopra turned 32 recently. The crew of her next film Dil Dhadakne Do threw a surprise birthday party for her in Turkey. Meanwhile, the trailer of her upcoming film Mary Kom is out. The biopic will release on October 2.

When Salman says something!

Salman Khan insisted that his Kick co-star Jacqueline Fernandez also be a part of the promotional shoot segment on Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and the makers of the show were obliged to fulfill his request and she was accommodated the last minute. However, it turns out that both the actress and the production house were not prepared for her inclusion in the show. But they somehow managed.

A hit and a miss

After mutually parting ways with Yash Raj Films, Kapil Sharma has bagged a leading role in a comic film to be made by Abbas-Mustan. There will be five heroines in the film and the film will roll in November.

Not a dog’s life, this!

Junior, the dog who plays a leading role in It's Entertainment, will have his name roll on the credits before that of Akshay Kumar. It was Kumar's idea to do that. In the film, Akshay will be seen envying the dog and he will be getting into constant fights with him, who was adopted by his rich estranged father.

Yet another honour

In recognition of his two-decade long musical journey, the prestigious Berklee College of Music is all set to honour Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman with an honorary doctorate. The honour will be conferred on Rahman at an event at the Berklee College of Music on October 24.

Being a superman

Hollywood star Ben Affleck is reportedly struggling on the sets of the Batman vs Superman movie because of the uncomfortable bat suit he has to wear. The 41-year-old actor needs a raft of assistants to peel the suit off, which can take up to 30 minutes several times a day, reported a publication.

"The suit is extremely restrictive. Ben finds it hard to perform basic tasks and struggles to look natural. He's also been complaining of problems with breathing, given how tight the suit is," a source said. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice was due to be released next July but Warner Brothers have now pushed it to May 2016 to "allow the filmmakers time to fully realize their vision." — PTI 

Slice of history

Apparently, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh will have to undergo training in Kathak and Kalaripayattu for Bajirao Mastani. The film is going to be based on the love story between Peshwa Baji Rao I and his second wife Mastani.

chatter box
TV’s Krishna is a fitness fanatic

The most adorable among all Gods, Lord Krishna is the one who is cherished for his looks; and so is Saurabh Raaj Jain. He is the most popular Krishna onscreen so far in Siddharth Kumar Tewary's Mahabharat. He talks about his career, fitness regime and more.

Career highlight

I started my career in 2004 with Remix, but people starting recognizing me only after my second show, Meet Mila De Rabba on Sony TV. Since then, there's been no turning back. Now, people know me through my very significant character as Lord Krishna in Mahabharat on Star Plus.

Positive feedback

It is indeed a pleasure when I come to know about the positive feedback on my performance as Krishna. I am happy that the audience has accepted me as Lord Krishna. This increases my responsibility to live up to their expectations.

Eating habits

I start my day with some fruits, brown bread and milk. A healthy breakfast keeps me going throughout the day. I take a full-fledged meal before the sunset, so even if I feel like eating something at night, I prefer juices.

Fitness regime

I like to do pushups more at the gym. If we are shooting somewhere near a water body, I like to go for a swim sometimes. Whenever we get time between breaks, we also play badminton on the sets.

Favourite snacks

Cashew nuts. I prefer eating them on sets when I feel like doing nothing. I also love Italian food.

Take one

Nalnii Negi Nalnii Negi who will make a debut in Laut Aao Trisha as Trisha has been modelling for a while now. The interesting part is that her character is still being kept under the wraps. Before this serial happened, Nalini was pursuing her mass communication course from Delhi.

She was all set to become a journalist but before she could take up any offer she started getting modelling work.

When contacted she said, "The show and the role narrated to me was so good that I had no reason to say no. I gave the auditions and got through. I can't talk about my role or the show as of now. I was keen on trying a job in journalism but destiny had other plans. Media industry has always fascinated me, if not an actress, I would have been a journalist. I have lived in Delhi but my roots are in Shimla (Himachal Pradesh). My family shifted to Delhi before my birth. I am staying in Mumbai for the last 15 months. My father is an IAS officer. My mom is a homemaker and sister is a homeopathy doctor.". She added, "I don't have a typical coy saas-bahu serial face."

Shraddha’s unwell

Shraddha Arya, aka Pakhi of Shashi-Sumeet Productions' Tumhari Paakhi, is unwell. She is suffering from food poisoning and hasn't been shooting for the past two days. She will have to shoot soon, as the show doesn't have a bank of episodes.

Ankit meets his acting guru

Delhi boy Ankit Gera aka Mayank of Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke recently met his acting guru Anupam Kher along with Pareeniti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur. They were shooting for Jashn-e-ishq Mubarak sequence with Qubool Hai co-stars.

He says, "I had a performance with Aditya and Parineeti. It was an amazing experience shooting with them. Aditya and I discussed guitars and codes while shooting for 13 hours. It was just awesome!"

Rafi to be spotted on Star Plus?

Producer-director Rajan Shahi is working on two new shows, one on Star Plus and the other on Sony Pal. Buzz is that he has finalised Rafi Malik of Nandini fame as the second lead for the Star Plus show. Dhruv Bhandari, son of noted actor Mohan Bhandari, will be the male lead, while Heeba Nawab of Crazy Stupid Ishq fame is also in the show. Gautami Kapoor returns to TV in the role of a mother.

Vivian to replace Gautam?

Buzz is that while Gautam Rode has apparently quit Saraswatichandra for a new show, Mahakumbhm, Vivian Dsena might replace him. As Vivian's Colors show Madhubala will end soon, he might play Saraswatichandra. But, there is still ambiguity about Saraswatichandra ending or Gautam's character dying in the show.

Astro Turf
p Khurrana

ARIES: "The Prince of Pentacles" infuses financial stability. You will find appreciation and applause for your culinary talents. Chalk it up to your sparking personality and the lively conversation. Delays can be expected today. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health. Lucky color: Cherry red. Magic number: 43. TAURUS: Like the "The Knight of Cups" you are emotional in personal relationships and graceful on social occasions. You are likely to find an ideal partner. Be bold to speak what is on your mind. Tarot message: Lack of persistence can be disastrous. Lucky color: White. Magic number: 47.

GEMINI: Plan some fun and relaxation with friends and leave stress behind. "The Magus" brings change and travel. Today, you will be amazed to find yourself taking on an ambitious role. Tarot message: Don't waste an opportunity by being rash or impulsive. Lucky color: Turquoise. Magic number: 44.

CANCER: "Ace of Swords" pulls you in the opposite direction when making a decision. A yearning for overseas travel and adventure could encourage a career of your choice. Be focused. Do not overlook a chance meeting. Tarot message: Keep your eyes on the future. Lucky color: Fiery red. Magic number: 28.

LEO: Some very interesting and unusual people come into your sphere of business and money and give you a few ideas on how to go about financial matters. Loved ones may not fully understand your needs. Tarot message: Don't do anything at the cost of health. Lucky color: Lotus pink. Magic number: 33.

VIRGO: "The Prince of Cups" brings you to your truths, hopes and desires that you mask with a calm surface. You are good at getting people to express their opinions and keeping your own hidden. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen. Lucky color: Peacock blue. Magic number: 36.

LIBRA: "The Lovers" facilitate you to be open and inspired by new ideas. A surprise phone call could put you back in touch with a friend you have not seen for a long time. Youngsters should be capable of entertaining themselves. Tarot message: Do not be in a rush to spend. Lucky color: Silver grey. Magic number: 54.

SCORPIO: "The Priestess" infuses promise and commitment in personal relationships. Bring up the sensitive issues that everybody is skirling around, which will encourage some open discussions. Tarot message: Spend time meeting experienced people. Lucky color: Crimson. Magic number: 37

SAGITTARIUS: "The prince of Wands" comes riding with a promise of power and energy. Lots of secrets and undercover scenarios can make for an interesting day. This should be a pleasantly sociable day. Tarot message: Be positive; you can make things happen. Lucky color: Brown. Magic number: 56.

CAPRICORN: "The Fool' infuses you with courage. A neighbour has some gossip to divulge. Make sure you really want to hear secrets or rumours about someone. If a family member is not cooperating, refrain from arguing. Tarot message: Don't try to end all the deadlocks at once. Lucky color: Ebony Magic number: 25

AQUARIUS: "Ten of pentacles" bode extremely well for relationship and romance. Today, you will be able to enjoy interactions with people who share your views and thoughts. Tarot message: Do not let trivial problems haunt you. Lucky color: Deep red. Magic number: 28

PISCES: The karmic "Wheel of fortune" turns in your favour. Do not put up with a headache or a neck-pain; visit a doctor before it gets too late. Get a good night's sleep and cancel the late night party. Tarot message: Capitalise on your strength. Lucky color: Forest green. Magic number: 32.

The Year Ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is July 21...

The energy of 3 allows you to bounce back rapidly from setbacks, physical or mental. There is restlessness in your nature, but you seem to be able to portray an easygoing attitude. You have a natural ability to express yourself in public and you always make a very good impression. Good with words, you excel in writing, speaking and possibly singing. You are energetic and always a good conversationalist. You have a keen imagination, but you tend to scatter your energies and become involved with too many superficial matters. Your mind is practical and rational, despite its tendency to jump about. You are affectionate and loving, but very sensitive. You are subject to rapid ups and downs. You may get rid of a prolonged illness. You will make some fast bucks. Friends are a great balancer and equaliser.

Positive colours: Golden, hot pink, and misty rose

Select days: Sunday and Monday

Favourable Numbers: 1, 4, 2, and 7

Gems recommended: Yellow sapphire and red coral, and ruby

Charity on birthday: Donate white clothes, school dress, white edible items to the needy or a religious place.

You share your birthday with Malvika Tiwari, who, after her first teleserial, Isi Bahane, just disappeared. And now, Malvika, is back in a new avtaar. She will excel in her career besides films too.

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