Creating waves
French International journalist and documentary filmmaker, Patrice Vanoni is the only international scribe who interviewed Bhindranwale before the Operation Blue Star
Amarjot Kaur

On beholding the sight of him seated placidly at the Alliance Francaise, Patrice Vanoni's disposition may occur to you of the sort, which calls for a second glance, without making too much effort to be noticed. However, a significant extension of his existence that envelope your senses, are his professional credentials and accomplishments… Having served as a French international journalist and documentary filmmaker for over 30 years, Patrice Vanoni has reported extensively from the frontlines and troubled areas across the world. In Chandigarh to conduct a conference on the profession of International reporter and correspondent worldwide at Alliance Francaise, we engage in an interesting banter with Vanoni, who greets us with a polite hello (uttered in a heavy French accent) that provides his voice with a rather attractive cadence. While talking passionately about covering wars, conflicts, rebellions, natural and man-made disasters for leading French newspapers and TV channels, he is a repository of information. "I started working as a journalist with a magazine called Culbuteur in 1975, from where I wrote about motor culture and was then working with Le Monde (one of the most reputed newspapers in France)," begins Vanoni. As he waxes eloquent about his interest in journalism that was prompted by his love for writing, he shares that he started writing stories for Le Monde and slowly carved a successful career in TV and print media that culminated with his appointment as Bureau Chief in Africa for French TV channel TF1. "I remember the days when I started working and there was no internet, mobile phones and technology. We had to carry heavy equipments all around, even in the most hostile conditions," he recounts while talking about journalism during the 70s and 80s.

Vanoni has made several films on various issues, including Lebanon (Hezbollah land), Afghanistan-patrol with the French Paras Tarbes, Operation Blue smoke (Afganisthan), the Sikhs in the Golden Temple, 1984, (Amritsar), and With the rebels of Charles Taylor-Taking Monrovia (Liberia). "I have been to 47 countries in Africa alone and 105 countries across the world. However, Somalia and Ethiopia were my toughest stints," says Vanoni, who was there to cover the famine that saw thousands starving to death. "The rebels and warlords were stealing food aid from the boats sent by the UN. At that time Sophia Lauren was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations and she had not taken any payment, the UN had to transport her to Somalia, arrange hers and her team's stay at five star hotels and hire a bodyguard. But pictures of her in tears after seeing the plight of the starving people put the issue on a world platform," he adds.

Vanoni is particularly proud of being the only international journalist who interviewed Bhindranwale two days before the Operation Blue Star in 1984. "The Indian government had put stops on journalists going to Amritsar. I tried out a different route, making my way to Lahore and then Punjab, hiring a taxi to the Golden Temple," he says. While talking about his interaction with Bhindranwale, he shares, "Bhindranwale was willing to talk to me. He was dressed like a godman and I felt it was more of a darshan than interview. He told me that if Indira Gandhi attacked the temple she would pay for it." However, before the Indian Army arrived, Vanoni was off with his tape to be dispatched to France. He happened to later meet Indian journalists, who had still not been let in. "They told me how they were brought by the government to Amritsar but made to wait in a hotel. On the day of the operations, they were huddled into a bus at 4 am and dropped off at the border of Haryana and asked to leave." Vanoni's tape had, in the meantime, created waves yet again.

While talking about his association with India, Vanoni recollects his presence in Mumbai during the 26/11 and his camaraderie with Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. He slowly walks out of the room while contemplating the significance of a journalist in today's world and hopes that they continue disseminating information with the best they can.

Direct, dil se
Ludhiana based Jasleen Royal grabs limelight with her hit track Preet from the film Khoobsurat
Somya Abrol
Jasleen with (R) Sneha Khalwalkar
Sing along: Jasleen with (R) Sneha Khalwalkar

Ludhiana's young prodigy, singer and guitarist Jasleen Royal made her Bollywood playback singing debut recently with Sonam Kapoor and Fawad Khan starrer Khoobsurat. For someone who started out from a reality show (India's Got Talent Season 1 in 2009) to being talked about on Twitter by the likes of Sonam Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap - 23-year-old singer, songwriter Jasleen Royal has had an interesting journey. Lest we forget, Jasleen gave us numbers like Panchi Ho Jaavan, Mai Ni and Shagna Da. We catch up with the petite beauty as she gets talking about her Bollywood playback singing debut, Preet, her renditions of classic poetry and more.

Tell us about Preet. How did you bag it?

"The song is about Sonam's heartbreak in the movie. Rhea Kapoor (Sonam's sister) called me for some other project before the production of the movie began. She had heard and liked my Panchi Ho Jaavan, which was picked up by MTV; she thought maybe we could collaborate for a film. We started working on another track, which is still in the process, but ended up with Preet for Khoobsurat. The music for the song was given by Sneha Khalwalkar. Much before the work for Preet began, I had called up Sneha and told her how big a fan I was of her work. Then too she told me that we could collaborate one of these days. With Preet, everything just fell in place."

How does a 23-year-old relate to heartbreak and lend a love song the gravity it merits?

Jo main jaanti ke preet kare dukh hoy, toh nagar dhindora peet ti kehti preet na kariyo koi -This is how the song begins. Heartbreak, though I haven't personally gone through one, yet, has been a major part of my work previously too — I have been adopting lines from poetry of Shiv Kumar Batalvi, I also worked with lyricist Swanand Kirkire for Mai Ni. So, understanding and breaking down heavy lyrics isn't new for me.

What's up next?

"Not very long ago, actor Irrfan Khan invited me to his play. He told me he's a fan. I couldn't believe it when he said that! So, we talked after the play, and though nothing has been finalised yet, we are talking about working together for a song.”

Groovy kind of life
He's got the looks and talent too. Mr V Grooves, aka Vivek Uppal, is all set to rock the entertainment industry
Jasmine Singh
V Grooves
rock & roll: V Grooves

There is more than one thing that makes you stare at him for a long time. It, of course, starts with his name, Mr V Grooves which is taken from Vivek Uppal. Next up are the non-Punjabi, or let's just generously say his Italian looks, given he is from Phagwara, Punjab. And the third, which isn't the last thing, is his repertoire, a music producer, a video director, an actor and an ex-deejay.

"I am my own promoter as well," he quickly adds leaving us smiling ear to ear. Well, this Jack of all trades has virtually got the entire Punjabi industry grooving on his notes.

V Grooves, a name that he and everyone around him is comfortably settled with, is a workaholic who sleeps for two hours a day, which again is a little more for him, he hasn't met his family for almost six months and he has no time for play… For someone who has his hands dipped in so many dishes, the mantra is more the merrier….

From the scratch

I started off as a deejay. I went on to win War Of DJs which drove me towards music production. I haven't taken any formal training in this, I would read up on the internet, and try out myself. And before I could know, I was making music better still I was neck deep into it. I was 19 when I did my first professional track Gussa nai karida with Kabir almost six years back. This set the ball rolling, and here I am today.

Juggling act

I used make music and while doing this, I realised I could visualise the act (the video) as well. This is how I got into making videos. Next came acting, something that I always wanted to do. In the videos I could act as well, so virtually it was like completing the circle. Now, I come in a package. All the same, I don't insist on casting me as an actor in the videos. If someone wants me to make music, I do that and if they want me to make the video and act in it, I do that as well. It depends what I am asked to do.

My kinda style

I like to experiment with music whether it is desi or up-beat. With desi, I don't only use the dhol, I also attach dub step and for up-beat I amalgamate the traditional and modern. Music has different faces, I like to make all come out and sparkle. I have made umpteen tracks and all are different. Each has something unique to it.

Step up and act

I really take my acting seriously. I always wanted to act. Now, I want to try my hands in Bollywood, and I know I have the looks for it. But before I jump into it completely, I want to prepare myself for it. I enjoy acting the most. Music production is, of course, my passion. I can go on with it for hours and ages. I worked as a music director Myself Ghaint, where i hasd travks with Mika Singh, Javed Ali and Kailash kher.

Next up

Since I juggle with so many things, next in the pipeline is my solo album which has an international feel to it. It has club numbers, English, Hindi and Punjabi tracks. This is going to be something totally new. Also, the video is something that hasn't been done before in Punjabi music industry.

Love-hate reactions

I get mixed reactions from the industry, some admire my work. Others don't appreciate that I can do so many tasks together. Every moment is precious and I love to make every moment grove to a beautiful sound.

videos to watch out for

  • Guzaara
  • Armani
  • Landa scooter
  • Aashiqui tey loan chahida
  • Hostel
  • Kashni akh
  • Armani
  • Obsession
  • Rang

Fight it out
Punjabi film Yoddha the Warrior looks at the drug abuse problem of the present day Punjab

OXL Films in association with S.R Cinebiz launched the trailer of its up coming Punjabi film Yoddha the Warrior. After the blockbuster hit Sadda Haq, actor Kuljinder Singh Sidhu will be seen doing the lead role in the film, which is directed by Mandeep Benipal. This movie is a story of a young boy who fights against drugs and undesirable elements in the community. Sadda Haq portrayed the black period of Punjab which prevailed from 80's to mid 90's while Yoddha is a story of Punjab at present. Yoddha tears open the political vandalism as well as the widespread business of drugs being run by political leaders and police authorities.

Kuljinder Singh Sidhu, the main character of the film says, "like Sadda Haq even this film is based on the real incidents. Ranjod Singh, the main character played by Kuljinder Singh Sidhu is initially shown as an ordinary man but when he falls as a victim to the tyranny of some people he fights a battle against them with full and final preparations."

Dinesh Sood, producer of the film shares, "This film is an action thriller which would be fully-packed with entertainment. Besides Kuljinder Singh Sidhu the film stars Rahul Dev, Unnati Dawra, Nisar Khan, Hector Sandhu, Girja Shankar, Hardeep Dhillon, Mahabeer Bhullar, Jafar Khan, Sandeep Kapoor and others. The music of the film is given by Gurmeet Singh and the songs have been sung by Jazzy B, Daler Mehandi, Nirmal Singh, Raja Ranjod, Sonu Kakkar, Taranum Malik and others. The action of the film is directed by Mahendra Verma who has directed action sequences for more than 300 films including Ghayal, Main Tera Hero.


tune in
Meaning in melody
The rhythm of music can sure inspire the thinker in you. Here are some evergreen songs with meaningful lyrics…
Manpriya Singh
Michael Jackson in a still from Earth Song
Words worth: Michael Jackson in a still from Earth Song
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
John Lennon
All’s well: John Lennon

If only music was used more often to provoke thoughts and expand perceptions or connect with on a philosophical level; influence positively, bring a change and impart wisdom…too much to ask for? Amidst the random fare of music and lyrics, there are many songs that still resonate ever since they were first composed. There's nothing much to do with love but life in general. Phil Collins walked back home with not just a Grammy but worldwide appreciation for addressing the problem of homelessness. As for the lyrics, they proved that rhyme can set you thinking and beautifully so!

Hall of fame

Bob Dylan's How Many Roads Must a Man Walk Down can perhaps be a poster song for not just meaningful lyrics, but also high recall value. Who can forget the words, How many years can a mountain exist, before it is washed to the sea.

Cut to the very commercial and stupendously successful Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Who cannot connect to the lyrics? People talking without speaking, people hearing without listening, people writing songs that voices never share and no one disturbs the sound of silence. Then there's the very popular Don't Worry, Be Happy, which is as thought-provoking as positive. We bet, the lyrics, In every life, we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double. Don't Worry, Be Happy, have been the ultimate consoling words to many souls. Or for that matter Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World with lyrics that pay the rightful credit to red roses, green trees and all things spelling the beauty of nature. I see skies of blue and clouds of white, the brightest blessed day, the dark sacred night and I think to myself what a wonderful world.

The duo Simon & Garfunkel
Slience speaks: The duo Simon & Garfunkel

If the positivity can set one thinking so can the negativity. Michael Jackson's Earth Song or the relatively popular They Don't Care About Us, almost an anti-government campaign with lyrics that no matter what they say, care for no one! On a similar note, there's Zombie by Cranberry, a yet another amazing hit single that talks about war and its effects and how it has affected human lives, innocent children. When struck by grief, all it takes is a ray of hope to keep things going. Lost by Coldplay rightly points out that just because you are losing doesn't mean you've lost. Once again Coldplay's song Another Single Paradise beautifully talks about the struggles of some people. They could be emotional or mental. Die-hard fans consider John Lennon's Imagine on the top of the list of meaningful songs, where he imagines world peace and God in his heaven.

Youngster's take

While the meaningful lyrics are a little hard to come by these days, there's no dearth of those who look back on the billboards in search of good music and great lyrics. Shares Simarpreet Kaur, ICAI student, "My favourite song would have to be Linkin Park's In the End. It doesn't get more true than I tried so hard and reached so far, in the end it doesn't even matter." Does it?

A new beginning
Svayam and Yuvsatta come together to for an International Youth Peace Fest

Svayam (National Centre for Inclusive Environment and an initiative of Sminu Jindal Charitable Trust) in partnership with Yuvsatta — a Chandigarh based NGO conducted a workshop for over 300 students as part of The 9th International Youth Peace Fest (IYPF 2014). The fest was inaugurated by Sminu Jindal, MD, Jindal Saw Limited and Founder Svayam. Sminu Jindal was also conferred with the 'Global Youth ICON Award' for her work in promoting rights and dignity of the disabled and elderly.

On the occasion, she said "In our endeavour to make not just Incredible India but also Accessible India, Svayam and we are reaching out to all, be it the policy makers, civic agencies or other stake holders. Today we come to invite the youth of 46 nations who are congregated here in Chandigarh for the 9th youth peace festival hosted by Yuvsatta to become our partners and cause ambassadors."

"We hope that these young ambassadors will carry back the message of an equitable society to their respective countries and hopefully sensitise those involved in developing the public infrastructure to build infrastructure is accessible and barrier free," she added.

The session titled, 'Creating more disabled-friendly cities' focussed on creating awareness about what constitutes liveable cities and the trends (global and Indian) that are contributing to pressure on the cities.

The IYPF 2014 is scheduled from September 27 to October 2, 2014. The event will largely focus on spreading the message of peace and inclusiveness. — TNS

Of drama and entertainment

Sony Entertainment Television is all set to take the audience on a trip with the launch of its new fiction show, Itti Si Khushi. Launching today, and airing every Monday to Thursday at 8pm, Itti Si Khushi is a story of a girl, Neha Saxena, who meets with a near-to-death accident at the age of 14 and slips into a coma for 12 years. She wakes up as a 26-year-old, only to realise that she has missed out on several important years of her life. The story revolves around the life Neha, who decides to reclaim and relive the lost years of her life. With an unshakable fighting spirit, Neha embarks on a beautiful journey of rediscovering life for the second time!

Smriti Kalra, who will essay the role of Neha, is all set to win the hearts of the audience while the role of Aman Goel will be essayed by the handsome and charming Anuj Sachdeva. The cast includes Paritosh Sand, Amardeep Jha, Vidya Sinha, Mazhar Sayed, Kiran Bhargava among others.

stress buster
Cleanse your body, mind & soul
Renee Singh


We do notice that through the day when we have been experiencing stress, our body automatically reacts in ways that prepare us to run from stress. This is almost a physical response. However a prolonged level of agitation can actually trigger a state of physical harm.

Meditation is one of the effective tools which can be used to restore the body to a calm state as it has the capacity to affect the body in exactly the opposite way that stress does. It helps the body to repair itself and it prevents the body from new damage due to the physical effects of stress. It is widely recommended as a healthy way to manage stress since it reduces the symptoms of stress and anxiety and also provides relief to physical complaints like headaches. Meditation enhances immunity to all kinds of illness when practiced regularly and in the correct manner.

Basics of meditation

While there are many different meditation techniques available there is a common thread that runs through all of them. It is fairly easy to meditate once you have decided to do so and although the basic techniques do remain the same you can mould them into your own personal way. Once you have developed your own degree of comfort with meditating, you need to take the following steps:

Give it time

  • Do not get restless and disappointed if you are not managing to calm down immediately. Meditation needs practice and patience.
  • Don't target perfection as it will actually start creating more stress.
  • If the experience is frustrating for you, change your technique, find your own niche.
  • Start with short sessions and work your way up to longer ones slowly. This is easier and more effective.
  • If your thoughts drift towards the stresses of the day ahead or behind you, gently refocus and bring your mind to the present moment.
  • Feel your breathing, this is a relaxing experience.
  • Don't breathe too quickly or too slowly, just breathe at a natural rate but more deeply.

Types of meditation

Researchers classify meditation into two different categories:

Concentrative meditation

Here you focus on a particular object this could be:

  • Small dot
  • Sound of an instrument
  • A mantra

Non concentrative meditation

This has a broader focus. You can mix here the sound in the environment, with your breathing as well as your internal body state.

However you can create your own meditation technique which is both concentrative and non concentrative.

Here are a few useful techniques that you can try:

Basic meditation techniques

  • Sit in a comfortable position
  • Think of nothing
  • Be an objective observer of your own thoughts and notice the narrative in your own head.
  • As your thoughts come, just let them go.

Focused meditation techniques

  • Focus on something intently, it could be a visual object you like just as a statue, mountain scene or just any beautiful peaceful scenic view.
  • Stay in the present moment and allow yourself to step into a different level of consciousness.

Activity oriented techniques

Engage in a repetitive activity. This quietens the mind and allows the brain to shift consciousness. You can get into ''the zone'' and experience ''the flow''. Being connected with nature allows you to reach this stage. Gardening, creative writing and even yoga are helpful.

Mindfulness techniques

This is simply about staying in the present moment rather than being consciously in the past or the future. Focus on the experience, the emotions and sensations you feel in your body.

Benefits of meditation

Compared to other stress relieving methods I have felt meditation is one of the best.

  • It is free
  • It has no side effects
  • Always available
  • Amazingly effective
  • Reverses your stress response.
  • Shields you from chronic stress.
  • Heart rate and breathing slow down.
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Can be practiced anywhere and at any time.
  • Mind clears and creativity increases.

However meditation requires self discipline and commitment. The time required is anything between five minutes to twenty minutes. We can definitely spare this kind of time to cleanse our minds in order to enhance our basic energy levels and enjoy a stress free life.

(Singh is a Chandigarh based psychotherapist)

get physical 
Lose it right
Set your workout in a manner that you lose weight from the right places and maintain the feminine touch
Vishal Thukral

If the tendency to lose or gain pounds is just too fast, it first affects the female parts - breasts and hips the most, as the skin on those areas is more under stress. To tone up, it's important to eat the right food and focus on a strength training programme combined with cardiovascular exercise. Muscles weigh more than fat, so focusing on muscle growth will not only make the body look and feel tighter, but also maintain how not to lose from the other right areas such as face, thighs or arms. Following are a few tips to maintain feminine attributes.

Eat code

Instead of putting carbohydrates on the plate, focus on eating high protein food that is low in calories and saturated fat. Eat a protein, a vegetable and a fruit for every meal possible. Instead of skipping meals, try to eat every few hours to help keep the metabolism high so that muscles are fed properly and get engaged in physical activity.

Face off

Exercise to maintain a healthy fullness in the face. (a) Exercise whole cheek area with a wide open mouth smile. This means a big exaggerated smile. Next, open the eyes big and wide. Tense and hold for ten to fifteen seconds and relax for 30 seconds. (b) Perform deep breathing exercises. Pucker lips and bow out every time breathing out is performed. Do this for thirty seconds to one minute. Repeat 15 times.

Tone up

In order to maintain the thighs and hips, it is foremost important to know the type of thighs and hips an individual possesses - fat or muscular. If there is much to pinch, it means it is fat and if there is little to pinch, it is muscular. (a) Aerobic exercise: In order to get a toned lower body, long distance running or continuous forty to fifty minutes floor or step aerobics session will build shapely legs. (b)Squats, bridge up and bridge up with leg lifts are few exercises for this area. Do 15 to 20 repetitions for each of them.

Firm resolve

To make the breast muscles tighter and firm, follow this schedule. (a) Push-ups - a great chest and arms exercise; (b) Chest presses with a set of dumbbells. Do 15 to 20 repetitions for each of them

(Thukral is a Chandigarh-based aerobics fitness trainer)

Helping hand

One good deed inspires another — with this thought, —India's leading online shopping community has launched a month long CSR initiative called "Every action counts". This initiative will start in the Joy of Giving week where will donate 1 Rupee for every good deed submitted on its website. The amount raised will be donated to LeapForWord —an NGO that works towards enhancing English skills of children studying in regional language schools in some of the most under-served communities.

To take part in the initiative one simply needs to visit and submit a good deed they did in the last one month. — TNS

star track
Rihanna’s vanity tour
R&B star Rihanna reportedly spends 30,000 pounds a week on her appearance

Luxury unlimited: Rihanna

The 26-year-old Diamonds hit maker splashes out on a string of experts, including a dermatologist, tanner and personal eyelash technician, to be available whenever she needs them in order to look good around the clock, reported a website.

"Her eyelash expert is on call 24/7. It's not unusual for Rihanna to call at 11pm before a night out. She gets laser skin tightening, oxygen facials, photo facials, even the infamous vampire facials. It's not just her face, she gets laser treatments on her body too," a source said.

"From her tanner, she gets her thighs contoured using the airbrush tanning and he's also an expert on highlighting her abs too," it added. Besides paying the dermatologist 6,000 pounds a week to be on call, 3,000 pounds to her lash expert and 500 pounds a day to the tanner, Rihanna also splurges 1,500 pounds a day having a hair stylist travel the world with her and pays make-up artist Mylah Morales 2,000 pounds a week. — PTI

A birthday to remember

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow celebrated her first birthday since her split from Chris Martin by gathering her Hollywood friends for a dinner party.

The Iron Man star turned 42 and she marked the occasion by dining with a group of friends at the AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant in Los Angeles, reported a magazine. Attendees included fellow actress Cameron Diaz and Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Paltrow announced that her 10-year marriage to the Coldplay frontman was over in March. — PTI

Hollywood can wait!

Hrithik Roshan claims that he gets Hollywood scripts from time-to-time but he has not found anything interesting yet. We think that after the debacle of Kites, he wishes to steer clear of all things that read foreign.

Bebo at her best

Kareena Kapoor Khan says that she will not do a woman-centric film like Queen or Mardaani right now because she has already done so in the past with films like Chameli, Jab We Met and Heroine. She doesn't need to follow the trend.

First impression

The title track of Kill Dil is now out and the movie will release on November 14. The crime caper stars Ranveer Singh, Parineeti Chopra, Ali Zafar and Govinda and is directed by Shaad Ali.

Baby blues for Mila Kunis

Black Swan star Mila Kunis can't wait to give birth and feels ready to welcome her baby daughter with Ashton Kutcher. The 31-year-old actress has kept busy by remaining active in the months up to her due date - attending prenatal yoga classes, going for walks and spending quality time with Kutcher, 36 - but is now said to be getting desperate to go into labour, reported a magazine.

"Mila just wants the baby to come out already! Mila hasn't slowed down at all. She seems to have a lot of energy," a source said.

The couple was also left disappointed this week after Kunis didn't go into labour while Kutcher was on a break from filming Two and a Half Men. "They were hoping the baby would come this week because he's on hiatus. He is a nervous wreck," it added. — PTI

Of sense, sensibility and script

Katrina Kaif says that she hopes she has a good judgment when it comes to scripts. She admits to having had two flops so far. She credits her success to God, destiny and the right scripts.

Fatherhood and all that

American Hustle star Bradley Cooper, who is currently dating British model Suki Waterhouse, says he is eager to start a family.

The 39-year-old hunky actor revealed that he would love to be a father one day, reported a publication online.

"I'm sorry my father won't be around to see his grandchildren, but he knows fatherhood was something I was looking forward to. That's my next big step in life," he said.

Cooper also opened up about finally making it big in Hollywood after being in the business for years. "I struggled for a long time, and you never forget what you went through to finally make it. Even with the success I've had, I still fight for roles that I don't wind up getting, so there's still enough uncertainty to keep you hungry," Cooper said.

"There's this crushing anxiety you feel when you're not getting the parts you want," he added. — PTI

Salman does it again

Salman Khan has donated a whopping amount of Rs 50 lakh to the cause of Jammu and Kashmir Flood Relief Fund. He runs an NGO called Being Human so this was a natural step for him to take and it is very inspiring. We wonder if other actors will follow suit.

The jinx continues…

Model and actress Kelly Brook has ended her engagement to British TV hunk David Mcintosh. Brook, 34, took to Twitter to break the sad news to her fans.

Deleting all photos of her ex-fiancee from her Instagram account, she wrote, "It's a sad day but I wanted to share with you that David and I are no longer engaged." Brook added, "I love and respect him and wish him all the best." She also stepped out in Los Angeles without her engagement ring.

The couple had a whirlwind courtship after meeting on New Year's Eve and Mcintosh, who recently appeared on British reality TV show Big Brother, proposed in March.

It's not Brook's first broken engagement. She also accepted proposals from actors Jason Statham and Billy Zane and sportsman Thom Evans. No reason for her latest split has been given so far. — PTI

Movies, by the dozens!

Around eight films released this weekend and all of them were small-budget ones like 3 AM, Chaarfutiya Chhokare, Balwinder Singh Famous Ho Gaya, Desi Kattey and others. They have all got bad reviews and no response at the box office, yet.

One after the other

Shahid Kapoor's hairstyle for Haider has become a trend of sorts, with many people opting for his buzz cut. He has a trendy hairdo for yet another film titled Shandaar. It is the hairstyle that footballers usually sport.

chatter box
Dealing with a fraud!

Kavita Kaushik, who is currently seen in the TV series titled, FIR, is the latest celebrity to become victim of debit-card fraud. The actress was holidaying in Thailand when she realised that some unknown person is using her cloned debit card and drawing money from her account. As for Kavita, she was shocked and became restless as soon as she got to know about the theft. A source says, "The actress used her debit card for shopping and someone seems to have cloned her card and shopped for almost a lakh using money from her account." Kavita, who was holidaying in Thailand with her friends, lodged a police complaint. Kavita confirmed the news while saying, "I am usually very careful about all these things, but I guess what is meant to happen will anyway happen. Turns out that this is all part of a big scam. I have lodged a police complaint now. All of us need to be really cautious while using our cards."

Making heads turn

Tanishaa Mukerji recently made an appearance at Simone Khan's store launch and made an announcement regarding her production house T.Mukerji, which is rumoured to announce its line up of films soon. The actress-cum-producer looked beautiful in a plain green Victoria By Victoria Beckham green dress. We love the Dior handbag with which Tanishaa carried with the outfit. It looks simple and elegant!

How so very filmy!

Rajneesh Duggal, who won Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 5, is all set to foray into movies. His up and coming movie, Spark, will release on October 10. It is a movie about love and betrayal.

It’s all about dancing

Zee TV, with its show, Dance India Dance, celebrated India's passion for dance, making it nothing short of a religion across the country! Now, Zee has introduced India to a yet another home-grown format - a genre of dancing that calls out to every Indian to brush aside considerations such as technique and training, just let their hair down and dance straight from the heart! Partnering with Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment and ZEEL's production arm Esselvision Pvt Ltd, Zee TV brings an entertainment extravaganza with Dil Se Naache Indiawale.

The show will be India's first ever multi-city dance tour in search of the happiest dancer! Conducted through a joyride on a special 'Happy Dancing' bus, the tour will reach Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Indore in the coming days with a star-studded panel called the 'Agents of Happiness' comprising Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Farah Khan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah. The show calls for entries from dance enthusiasts across the country to send in their 'Happy Dancing' videos and the shortlisted dancers will win an opportunity to showcase their acts in front of the 'Agents of Happiness'. Shah Rukh Khan said, "For our film, Happy New Year, we wanted to move away from the conventional format of city tours where we only get to spend a few minutes talking to the crowd. This time we wanted to go out there and thank them by entertaining them and giving back the love they always give us.

When Zee approached us with the concept of a show that celebrates the sheer happiness of dancing as against selecting the most trained and technically sound dancers, it instantly appealed. This will be our unique way of promoting our film in different cities. The idea is to spread cheer and happiness wherever we all go!" With the hottest celebrity panel ever on Indian television, an all-new genre of dancing and the first-of-its-kind dance tour with a mission to spread joy and happiness across the country, Dil Se Naachein Indiawaale, promises to be the biggest entertainment extravaganza this Diwali! It is slated to go on air in October.

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is September 29...

Your birthday, on the 29th, shows that you are a very easygoing and social person. You are elegant, charming, and have a fine taste. You are more of a dreamer than a doer. However, you have a tact of working very well with people. Most men born on this day are concerned about what is right and wrong, while women, want to make use of their innate charm and grace. As an employee, you are efficient, but require a perfect environment to work. High ambitious plans will help you to begin new activities. However, major changes are likely to stand in the way. Confusion and inability to take decisions are the two biggest hurdles that stand in the way of your future prospects. Lack of clarity in thoughts and pessimism will also prove to be a deterrent. A change, rotation, transfer of job or business option is indicated. Those who are single are likely to get married this year. You must travel in order to grow, individually and professionally too. Increase in income is also indicated next year. You may face some obstacles from colleagues. However, be sure to eat the right food and exercise regularly. It is important that you recite Shree Sooktam or Devi stuti for good luck and prosperity.

Positive colours: White, sky blue, pink, and light grey

Select days: Sunday and Monday

Favourable numbers: 1, 4, 2, and 7

Gems recommended: Pearl, opel, and white sapphire

Charity on birthday: Donate saffron-coloured edible items or oranges to the needy or at a religious place.

You share your birthday with Samir Soni (September 29, 1968, London), who made his debut in the Hindi serial titled, Samandar. Samir has a good opportunity of being successful in films and serials due to his current Venus period, which will continue for the next 15 years.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: "The Devil" suggests that your relationship can be shaken and stirred. A temptation to overindulge might not be good for your credit card. Tarot message: Do not forsake a new learning opportunity because of your pride and ego. Lucky colour: Turquoise. Magic number: 56.

TAURUS: Follow a good routine of exercise and diet to make sure you are keeping up to the mark with health matters. Avoid speculating and focus on your health. Tarot message: Plan your life to avoid delays. Lucky colour: Peach. Magic number: 27.

GEMINI: You could have accidents simply because you forget to look before you leap. Be careful with your financial situation. Be logical in your thoughts. Tarot message: Work could pose minor difficulties, but do not worry. Lucky colour: Rainbow pastles. Magic number: 30.

CANCER: Flattery, charm and a willingness to be bold will bring success. An evening event could test your patience. New people will move into your sphere of relationships. Tarot message: Your determination to succeed will pay. Lucky colour: Saffron. Magic number: 50.

LEO: You are about to meet someone special. This is a great day for socialising and you could get invited to a lavish event. Be at your charming best. Tarot message: You must learn to accept responsibility for self and others. Lucky colour: Silver grey. Magic number: 44.

VIRGO: The card "Ten of Pentacles" promises self-confidence so, trust your instincts today. Opportunities to socialise and mix with all and sundry will put many choices in your path. Tarot message: Be positive and remain calm. Lucky colour: Sea green. Magic number: 35.

LIBRA: Your earning power could kick into a high gear, so be on the lookout. An intimate connection with special someone is worth pursuing. Tarot message: Use your instinct to get into the top circle of power. Lucky colour: Deep red. Magic number: 46.

SCORPIO: A restless atmosphere could pervade the morning. Do not let someone's bad mood ruin your day. Embrace an opportunity that comes your way as there may be untold benefits awaiting you. Tarot message: Focus on your goals. Lucky colour: Pink. Magic number: 25.

SAGITTARIUS: Stick to your work and avoid new territory, because this is not a day for clear thinking or making decisions. An imminent journey can put you in emotional turmoil. Tarot message: Be articulate. Lucky colour: Yellow. Magic number: 39

CAPRICORN: Your enthusiastic mood is encouraged by your card, “The World”. Your loved ones may not be as enthusiastic about your busy plans as you are. Tarot message: Do not invest or transact in uncertain matters. Lucky colour: Sky blue. Magic number: 48.

AQUARIUS: Avoid being caught up in conversations that divert you from your course. Otherwise, you can chat away the time you have for work. Tarot message: Balance in all aspects is recommended. Lucky colour: Peacock green. Magic number: 63.

PISCES: Conflict between your private and professional life can test your abilities. Strong views on politics or the environment might entice you to get up and speak at a public forum. Tarot message: Emphasise on your spiritual needs. Lucky colour: Metallic grey. Magic number: 28

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