Bespoke beauties
A lot of expectations are pinned on the India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 as the big names of fashion industry are set to showcase their collections
Manpriya Singh

Heavy-weights in the business of bespoke, get together to ensure that in a society obsessed with big fat weddings, brides look the part. The larger than life part, that is.
Nargis Fakhri mesmerised as one of the demure Indian brides
Spot on: Nargis Fakhri mesmerised as one of the demure Indian brides. 

It is the couture that you can wear, albeit once in a lifetime. There are those still hung-over from the India Couture Week, there are those, who can never have enough of the bridal couture. The more, the merrier. Bring them on.

Fashion One International, the conglomerate in the verticals of fashion, announces the sixth edition of India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 to be held in the Capital starting on Thursday.

What make news, even more than the show schedule, are the showstoppers. It is a country that worships cricket and emulates Bollywood. Shraddha Kapoor, Esha Gupta and Kangana Ranaut are already slotted to walk the ramp dressed as brides. The Bollywood beauties are all set to turn the demure Indian brides for designers JJ Valaya, Jyotsna Tiwari and Suneet Verma, respectively. Shraddha, all set to be even the face of the bridal week, is expected to be seen in an extraordinary ensemble from the Valaya's collection, The Nautch Of Fez. Not the one to answer the upcoming trends questions, Valaya, during one of his recent visit to Chandigarh, had just about given a seek-peek into what to expect. "It will be inspired by the fusion of India and Morocco." Delhi girl Esha will be the contemporary yet conventional bride in Tiwari's collection Under The Stars.

Eva Darlan
Eva Darlan 

Among the other heavyweights figure Gauri and Nainika, Ashima Leena, Raghavendra Rathore, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Meera Muzaffar Ali, apart from Tarun Tahiliani all set to open the four day fashion extravaganza.

This time, last year

From among the 12 showcasing designers last year, Rohit Bal takes a leave of absence from the current edition at least, having already marked his presence at the recently concluded India Couture Week, where his love for ivory remained intact. Last year, much photographed Sonam Kapoor walked the ramp in a Rohit Bal bridal outfit. As much as the showstopper, the collection, The Mulmul Masquerade, remains etched firmly in the memory. "I never showcased my bridal collection on the ramp," Rohit had said. The never before collection matched the never before stage set up done in lotus flowers and pendent lamps of varied sizes. Ashima Leena transported audiences to the Mughal era last season, with traditional work and even more traditional silhouettes. What awaits this season is plain curiosity and expectation. 

Naked truth
French actress and author Eva Darlan has captured the pain of being a woman in male-dominated society by talking about her body and her personal experiences in her book Crude and Nude
Amarjot Kaur

While she pacified the turbulent tides of circumstances that inked the contents of her book, Cru et Nue (Crude and Nude), the storm that was stirring within her soul pricked her existence (as a woman) of the constant servility it was subjected to.

Eva Darlan is a French actress, a writer and a feminist. In Chandigarh to perform a monologue, which is a one-woman show based on the contents of her book, at the Alliance Francaise, Eva shares her experiences, which prompted her to write the book. "I essentially wanted to write about my body, when I first started writing the book, but then it translated into the universal expression of every woman," begins Eva.

The book, Crude and Nude, is categorically divided into different body parts of a woman and her personal experiences, which come in question with respect to those body parts. Having started her career in acting, only when she was 16, Eva had a troubled childhood and adulthood, which trailed her beliefs about herself. "I have always had horrible men in my life, right from my father to the men I have dated and married. However, when I started working as an actor, there was a certain way that I was expected to be, which was a constant and painful reminder of the flaws in me, whether it was my age or my weight," she says.

Eva maintains that there was always a compulsion for her to look in a certain way, she went under the knife to please people.

"They said that my breasts were saggy, so I went under the knife and now when I look back, I reconsider it and observe thatit was an obligation that stemmed from the servility to please people. What good did it do to me? I ask myself, did it make any difference?" she says.

"We live in a patriarchal society and women are treated as slaves. And I am not saying that men are to be blamed. I believe in equality. I love men because I need them, but I love women because they are my sisters," she says.

Having been associated with several leftist associations in France, which have actively been working for the uplift of women, she shares her experience with one such association, Ni Putes Ni Soumises (Neither whores nor submissive), that she had been a part of for a very long time. "A girl was burnt because she refused to sleep with her boyfriend and then there was another woman who was raped several times by several men, who died… I was their godmother," she says while stating her reasons to be associated with the association. Eva, who has already written two books, Le Journal De Chic File and Crude and Nude, is presently writing another book, titled Tout Ça Pour Ça (All This for This), which is a socio-political take on feminism.

Eva will perform at Alliance Francaise on August 7 at 7pm.

Ranveer adores Manish’s style

A little birdie informs us that actor Ranveer Singh admires Manish Paul's dressing style. In fact, Ranveer has been overheard complimenting Manish many times. Ranveer himself is known to experiment a lot. He likes Manish's suits which he wears at events and especially on the reality show Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.

Ranveer says, "I'm always appreciative of a sharply cut suit. Whenever I meet Manish at promotions and events, I notice that his suits are fit to perfection and I make it a point to compliment him on them. He let me in on 'little secret'-the fact that they are custom-made for him! As such, the details in his ensembles are invariably spot-on. When it comes to formal style, I think Manish is one of the better dressed personalities."

Sonakshi on the move

Sonakshi Sinha, who was last seen opposite Akshay Kumar in Holiday, has a lot on her platter currently and the actress has been travelling continuously to fulfill her work commitments.

A source close to her team informs, "Sonakshi has constantly been on the move and the year is only set to get busier for her. In fact, after the extensive promotional tour of Holiday, she had gone to LA to shoot a special video with Honey Singh and after coming back she finished the second schedule of Lingaa in Hyderabad which she is shooting with Rajnikanth and after that immediately left to wrap up the shoot of her next film with Arjun Kapoor in Akhluj (near Pune) and then in Delhi. Now, Sonakshi will be returning from London where she performed at a concert.''

''And after her London gig, she will immediately leave for Mysore to shoot one more schedule for Lingaa and will then be joining the team of Action Jackson for which she will again be travelling out of India,'' the source adds.

Asin pledges to donate eyes, organs

Actress Asin is known for her charitable endeavours and carrying forth her philanthropy she has pledged to donate her eyes and organs. This is not the first time the actress has extended her support towards those in need. In the past she has donated blood in a blood donation camp as well.

Confirming the news on donating her eyes and organs Asin said, "It is something I've wanted to do for a while now. I hope to encourage people to make a pledge and join me in helping those in need." Asin will be seen next in Umesh Shukla's All Is Well opposite Abhishek Bachchan.

Out of closet

Singer-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham is selling more than 600 of her own personal items in order to raise money for charity.

Beckham. 40, decided to help donate money and raise awareness for mothers2mothers, a nonprofit organisation devoted to helping mothers living with HIV. "I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe, as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children," said Beckham.

"A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers, and I've loved wearing them," Beckham added. The sale will include outfits the former singer has worn to red carpet events, as well as select pieces from her Spice Girls days. — PTI

When Shabana Azmi was left teary-eyed!

Raju Singh and wife Sherley Singh hosted a special screening of film Punjab 1984 in which Raju has given the background score.

Guests included Shabana Azmi, director of the film Anurag Singh, Anubhav Sinha, Pawan Malhotra, Tanvi Azmi, Baba Azmi, Goldie Behl, Mudasir Ali, Parvin Dabbas, Raj Zutshi, Rohit Roy, Mansi Joshi Roy, Sandesh Shandilya, Anuradha Patel among many others.

The screening was held at Sunny Supersound in Juhu.

A powerful film, Punjab 1984, left everyone teary-eyed were all praises for the great direction, music and acting! One film surely worth a dekho!

Family gossip

Not pregnant

Would I have signed Kabir Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which will be 2015's Eid release opposite Salman (Khan) a few days ago if I was expecting? I am a responsible actress. I don't understand why people immediately jump to such conclusions when a married actress refuses a film. Accepting or refusing a film is an actor's prerogative. No one should intrude on his or her privacy.

Baby can wait

I do want a child. But bringing up one is a big responsibility. I am not ready for motherhood yet. Saif and I have decided not to have a baby for the next two years. Right now, we are completely focused on our careers and doing up our new house. The child, whenever it comes, will be my life.

Wedding in the family

I want a wedding in the family. I want to party and dance. Kunal (Khemu) makes Soha smile, they are a perfect couple. So, I hope they get married soon.

Karisma's separation

It's better to stay apart in peace than to live together and fight. But Lolo will never remarry. Leave her alone, her divorce hasn't come through yet. It's a traumatic time for her. Saif is like a brother to Lolo. He is very fond of her. He stands by her.

Filmy talk

In Golmaal series, I was like one of the heroes. In Singham 2, for the first time I play a Maharashtrian girl (smiles). Besides, I love working with Ajay (Devgn), Salman (Khan), Aamir (Khan) and Shah Rukh (Khan). I would leave any film to work with them. They have given me my biggest hits.

Money talk

Kick is racing towards the two-hundred crore club. The other films that have grossed more than Rs 200 crores are Chennai Express, 3 Idiots, and Dhoom 3.

Biker boy

Aditya Roy Kapur is obsessed with bikes and loves having them. He owns a Royal Enfield and a sports bike called Triumph. He also has bike miniatures in his house.

Watch out for Shraddha

Shraddha Kapoor has got two hit films under her belt and many more to come. She is getting many endorsement offers in addition to the ones she already has. She is currently recovering from an injury.

Something fishy

All is not well between Omang Kumar, director of Mary Kom and Sanjay Leela Bhansali, producer and creative director. They are having creative differences and not agreeing on the final edit of the film.

Thoughtful gesture

Tamannah Bhatia and Akshay Kumar donated all their clothes from Entertainment to Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals to be auctioned for the welfare of stray dogs. How sweet is that!

the ‘in’ side
Map to a dream home
Maps can be used to decorate your homes in a unique and appealing manner 

Are you looking for an easy and inexpensive way to decorate your walls? Consider maps. Decorating with maps can give your room an elegant and classy look. They are especially nice in an office, dorm room, study, library or a child's room.

Choose from a variety of maps available in the market
Graceful note: Choose from a variety of maps available in the market

Although the hobby of collecting maps diminished significantly in the early 20th century, once again collectors and decorators are using them to beautify the interiors of their house. Today the decorative qualities of fine maps are widely recognised by interior designers, who appreciate their flexibility. Maps are incredibly versatile artwork options with endless possibilities. From framed map sections to wallpapering entire walls, maps provide an elegant and universal design element to satisfy almost any space.

Decorating with maps dates back to ancient Rome where detailed regional maps and city plans were displayed in mosaic tile. There are many different types of decorative maps, including wall murals, decals, posters, art prints, books, map wallpaper and more. Walls offer an expansive canvas for world maps. You can buy map wallpaper and add it to the whole room or add it to one wall as a feature wall for your room. There are different styles of map wallpaper. Create a feature wall in your room with a map mural or map decals.

Maps can also be used to decoupage furniture in your home. Traditional home furnishings match old-world design elements like vintage maps perfectly. You can break up maps into sections and hang pieces in a row. You can match colours in maps to your room decor for home decorating. Pick up colours from the map and use it as accents around the room.

One can also apply maps to home accents, such as side tables or shadow boxes, pillows, rugs, lamp shades etc. Any atlas pages or city or state maps will do-and their pastel hues inspire a coordinating colour scheme. Go ahead and give it a try.

(Sukhmani is a Chandigarh-based interior and landscape designer)

On the big stage
Talented youngster Pardeep Sran is all set to rock on the show India’s Raw Star
Amarjot Kaur

Pardeep Sran Soon to be seen as one of the top 10 contestants on India's Raw Star that will be telecast on Star Plus, 22-year-old Pardeep Sran is all set to sizzle on the stage with his power-packed Punjabi performance.

Born and brought up in Malout, Pardeep's father is a singer and mother, a lecturer. Pardeep was earlier selected among the top six contestants in Voice of Punjab in 2010 and in the next season, he won the show (2011). He has already come out with an album Khat.

Meanwhile, Yo Yo Honey Singh will be playing the role of a friend-mentor-judge to all the budding raw stars.

He will be seen picking up participants from different parts, who with their unique singing, style and performance will fight it out to become the first-ever India's Raw Star. "I am ecstatic to be selected for India's Raw Star and my opinion of Honey Singh, who I thought would be extremely pretentious, changed when I met him," says Pardeep. "While Honey Singh prefers being called a music director and not a rapper or a singer, I think he has a good music talent and above all he is a nice man," he adds. With folk being Pardeep's strong point, he plays the Tumbi, harmonium, chimta, dafli, keyboard and tadh. Also, Pardeep is an all-rounder and has played many sports like basketball (national), swimming, throw-ball and hockey (state level). He loves painting, acting and can mimic Punjabi singers.

He also had shown a keen interest in theatre during his school days.

Produced by reality show veteran Gajendra Singh's, Sai Baba Productions, India's Raw Star will be on the lookout for the ultimate performing artists who can create their own inimitable style of singing, and an all-round performer irrespective of the language of singing or the genre of music.

In the show, Yo Yo Honey Singh will specifically look out for great performers and not necessarily just great playback singers.

Doc Talk
Acne aches
Treating acne is a systemic and specific process, so don't self-medicate
Dr Vikas Sharma

Acne breakouts are the most common skin problem during the rainy season and are even tougher to manage in humid weather. It is painful when one wakes up in the morning and finds bumps on the nose or cheeks. Acne, when severe, tends to affect the lifestyle and quality of life of many in India.

Most of the people after 30 years of age are surprised when they have breakouts, as many believe that this is a teenage problem and they are not supposed to have them at later age. The fact is that there are various types of acne, not only the pubertal acne. It can affect a child of age less than one month where it is known as infantile acne, can affect the middle-aged adults and elderly too, when the sebaceous glands in some become overactive at a later age.

Cell problem

* Acne is caused by instability of cells lining the walls of sebaceous ducts in the skin. They are often clogged with the skin's natural oils - sebum. If your pores become clogged, the skin's natural bacteria can cause inflammation and worsen acne. Once one has breakouts, the key is to maintain a simple skincare routine. Some people end up washing their face numerous times a day, sometimes scrubbing vigorously and using harsh astringents. In fact, washing skin too frequently and too aggressively can make an acne breakout much worse.

* Ultimately, this can lead to red, irritated, traumatised skin that looks worse. Instead, wash your face twice or thrice a day with lukewarm water, a mild cleanser, in a gentle motion - no scrubbing or harsh abrasive products needed. Make sure one of those times, you wash your face before retiring to bed, to remove makeup and dirt and sweat from the day.

Take care

* When that pimple sprouts, some may not be able to resist the temptation to squeeze it out. Some patients will squeeze pimples in an attempt to try and open up a clogged pore. However, this usually leads to further inflammation, which makes the acne look worse and last longer. It is important for patients not to pick or scratch at individual lesions because it can make them inflamed and can lead to long-term scarring.

* Avoid wearing heavy make-up. Opt for sweat-proof or water-proof products. Avoid too much cosmetics, use only those labeled as hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free skin products. Also avoid applying too much gel or oil on the frontal aspect of scalp as it tends to affect the sebaceous ducts on forehead and can lead to increase in breakouts over the forehead.

Treatment line

* Don't self-medicate or alter your normal regimen without consulting your doctor first, as there are numerous skin problems that resemble acne. So, it is better to diagnose the condition early and then have specific treatment.

* Treating acne is a systemic and specific process according to the type and grade of acne; there is no overnight remedy but sticking to good skincare routine, an active low-stress lifestyle along with proper medication at an early stage can prevent the disfiguring scars. In some, the treatment has to continue even when the skin clears to prevent recurrence.

(Dr Vikas is a Chandigarh-based skin specialist)

The magic of mojito

The delicious fare at the Chillis
fine taste: The delicious fare at the Chillis Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chilis Bar and Grill at Elante Mall, which boasts of Chandigarh's only exclusive margarita bar in the region, has now come up with a Mojito Festival nicknamed Mojito Mania. As rain is finally here, Chilis has decided to offer six new tempting flavours of the original Mojitos, including Classic, Chilli, Mango, Apple Rasberry, Strawberry and Veryberry. The festival is on till August 31.

Says Sidharth Varun, GM (Ops), Chilis, Chandigarh, "The flavours being served at the Mojito festival are very refreshing and cool. The genuine and original Mojitos have been prepared by following the thumb rule of mixing a touch of Bacardi Rum, Mojito Syrup, lime juice, mint leaves etc at our bar by experts. You have an option of choosing from these and also a chance to bite into our new delicacies launched with the Mojito festival."

The new menu addition is ‘bolder’ and has Chile Lime Chicken made with a citrus marinated chicken breast, topped with chilly lime juice and served with steamed broccoli. Orange Glazed Salmon has Salmon covered in orange chipotle glazed and served with steamed broccoli and rice.


(The festival is on till August 31)

Dance pe chance

A dance academy, The Dance Mafia, has been launched by Ripanpreet Sidhu, a finalist of Boogie Woogie, in Mohali. "The main motivation behind starting our own company was to create a platform where dance moves could be taught. This is a place where you can learn dance the fun way," she shares.

A variety of dance forms, including hiphop, Salsa, B-boying, contemporary, Cha-cha-cha, Jazz, Bhangra, among others, will be taught here. Special classes for modelling and acting, fitness (zumba, aerobics, bhangra and other dance forms) will also be coducted.

“The dance programme will also help students overcome their shyness and develop self-confidence. I am also trying to generate awareness about health, fitness, music and artistic sensibility,” says Ripanpreet. — TNS

Stars sizzle in grand finale

Yet another season of the most entertaining reality show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega comes to an exciting end. But, just as the name of the show goes, the grand finale is going to leave the viewers spellbound. To make it more engaging, the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor and the dashing Fawad Khan will make an appearance on the show to promote their upcoming flick Khoobsurat.

The opening of the finale episode will witness a sizzling dance performance by Sonam Kapoor on the song Bumb Dole, which is from her upcoming movie. The duo will not only entertain the viewers with their presence, but will also launch the upcoming song of their movie Engine Ki Patri. The talented actress-cum-host of the show, Mona Singh, for the first time will showcase her singing skills and hum a few songs with the talented singer Meiyang Chang, which will leave the audience asking for more.

That's not all, the five finalists of the show FAB group, Infinity, the belly dancer Madhuri Sharma, the rockstar and the amazing Bombfire group will make the evening memorable with their performances. Krushna Abhishek, who is well-known for his dancing skills, will set the stage on fire with his spectacular performance.

Don't miss the finale episode of the show Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega on August 7 at 9 pm only on Sony Entertainment Television!

And the award goes to...

After the success of the previous two editions, the BIG Life OK Now Awards are back for the third edition. With Independence as the central theme, the evening saw spectacular performances by some of the biggest names in Bollywood and television. The anchors for the evening Chintu aka Sunil Grover and Varun Sharma, kept everyone in splits with their gags and comic timing.

The audience witnessed some power-packed performances that not only kept them entertained, but also brought out the spirit of patriotism. Performing for the first time at the BIG Life OK Now Awards, Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor Khan set the stage on fire with her performance. Sushant Singh Rajput, through his act, paid tribute to all those people who are willing to lay down their lives to save and protect our motherland. The gorgeous Esha Gupta showcased the various moods of a woman and Shraddha Arya's act highlighted the issue of women's safety. It reminded men to stand up for women rights. The aerial act by Prateek and Sneha meaningfully depicted the concept of the colours that are part of the national flag. Television heartthrobs Bhagyashree Patwardhan, Eijaz Khan, Jesse Randhawa, Varun Badola and Rajeshwari Sachdev walked the red carpet. Catch the awards on August 15 on Life OK.

1,500 & going strong

Producer Rajan Shahi recently organised a havan on the sets of Yeh Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai to celebrate the completion of 1,500 episodes. They held a cake-cutting ceremony and post that, a delicious lunch. 

Hina Khan was full of energy and was seen shaking a leg with co-stars. Neha Sargam, Kanchi Singh and Adaa Khan were seen in a picture perfect moment along with Rajan Shahi.

Leap time in Buddha

After a 25-year leap, actor Himanshu Soni, who is only 27, will play a 72-year-old in the show Buddha.

While the actor did not have any apprehensions about looking old and donning make-up that shows him with wrinkles, he says, "The biggest challenge was looking old and yet not conveying to audiences that Buddha has grown old mentally."

He adds, "I have got a good feedback for my role from the audiences overseas. Buddhism is popular abroad. Like people easily connect to a show on Shiva in India, Buddha connects with people abroad. I am grateful to creative producer Ridwana and BK Modi, who had a great vision for the show. I have just followed their vision."

Character calling

With dipping ratings, the makers of Mahadev are planning to give actor Mohit Raina another character in the show. Last time when he had played Shiva and Jalandhar in Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, the ratings increased. Now it's been a year so they are trying the trick again and will introduce a character called Lohitang, who will be aggressive and hot-tempered.

Painful time
Karan Kundra recently got injured while shooting for his new show Fanaah - An Impossible Love Story. He has been advised rest for a few days. He was doing an action scene when he realised that he had two hairline fractures in his ribs.

Sakshi to play host?
Buzz is that Sakshi Tanwar has been approached to host a celebrity chat show on an upcoming channel, Sony Pal. The senior actor's show Bade Acche Lagte Hain recently wrapped up and will be a good project for her. Let's see if she takes it up!

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is August 7...

You will be on a roll throughout this year, as gains and growth in financial matters will come very easily to you. However, you need to remember that excellent times do get over and so your efforts should be on two levels. First, to maximise your gains and second be prepared for a slowdown! February onwards you may purchase a new property or invest in a bigger vehicle. A new source of income will also open up. If you feel uncomfortable in your physical well-being, do not ignore the symptoms and take medical advice even though it may turn out to be a minor infection.

Positive colours: White, cream.

Select days: Monday, Sunday.

Favourable numbers: 2, 7.

Gems recommended: Pearl, diamond.

Charity on birthday: Donate fruits to the needy.

Suresh Ishwar Wadkar You share your birthday with Suresh Ishwar Wadkar (August 7, 1954), who has sung in both Hindi and Marathi films. He has also sung in some Bhojpuri films and in a Konkani movie. He will continue to sing forever owing to exalted Mercury, which represents excellent art of speech and singing.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: The card 'Nine of Wards' can make this a day of enjoyment and opportunity. Personal plans are likely to receive a severe setback. Serious quarrels are

likely at home.

Tarot message: Don't be bullied into accepting situations you dislike. 

Lucky colour: Royal-blue.

Magic number: 41.

TAURUS: You will have no problem getting along with members of the family. Romance is under thoughtful stars. Routine attendance at groups or meetings can be re-scheduled.

Tarot message: Take limited risks.

Lucky colour: Crimson.

Magic number: 62.

GEMINI: Watch out for the unexpected. Business matters will not turn out to be as straightforward as they first appear. Discuss important moves with influential people.

Tarot message: Balance will lead you out of a problematic situation.

Lucky colour: Pink.

Magic number: 57.

CANCER: 'The King of Swords' reveals incompetence and inadequate performances won't be tolerated by bosses, clients or customers. Today you will meet someone who sets your heart aflutter.

Tarot message: Plan your life better. 

Lucky colour: Black.

Magic number: 26.

LEO: 'Ace of Cups' will set your mood for getting nagging chores out of the way. Thoroughly check the to-do list and clear as many items as possible.

Tarot message: Make a deciding choice and then live with the outcome.

Lucky colour: Brown.

Magic number: 63.

VIRGO: Love affairs will blossom, but do not go by face value. Dress in alluring manner for maximum appeal. Success comes only with hardwork. Postpone decisions on major deals.

Tarot message: Focus on professional changes.

Lucky colour: Ebony.

Magic number: 27.

LIBRA: The support, tips and kicks of an expert will help you master whatever subject you are committed to learning. Health-wise; cut down salt and increase liquid intake.

Tarot message: Cut away the frills and concentrate on what is truly important.

Lucky colour: Sea-green.

Magic number: 28.

SCORPIO: It is a day of mixed luck. Students: expect extra pocket money. Your patient stand will begin paying dividends. Any projects connected with study, travel and cultural pursuits will be very satisfying.

Tarot message: Don't try to end all the deadlocks at one go.

Lucky colour: Ebony.

Magic number: 25.

SAGITTARIUS: Personal plans will have to be put aside again. 
Try your luck and reap the rewards. Learn to be optimistic. The evening is ideal for a serious discussion.

Tarot message: Do not refuse offers without seeking proper advice.

Lucky colour: Metallic-grey.

Magic number: 30.

CAPRICORN: Socially, a hectic evening lies ahead. Sign new documents after lunch. Health will give no tension at all. Watch out for potential arguments or ill-temper, especially if alcohol is part of the scene. You are sure the host with the most.

Tarot message: Be articulate.

Lucky colour: Yellow.

Magic number: 55.

AQUARIUS: After a busy period of seasonal celebration, you will be glad to take it easy. A frank discussion can clear the air. Go along with the wishes of your spouse. Chronic sufferers are advised complete rest.

Tarot message: Do not let opposition discourage you.

Lucky colour: Red.

Magic number: 57.

PISCES: Your overall situation should improve. Superiors will be co-operative, offering you moral as well as financial backing. A romantic impulse can grab you and acts of kindness and loving appreciation can endear you to lovers.

Tarot message: Take one step at a time.

Lucky colour: Ebony.

Magic number: 37.

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