Steps towards fitness
Gyms are no longer a torture chamber as more and more gyms in Tricity are introducing energetic dance forms to add the fun element to their fitness regime

(L-R) Engine room offers customised dance programmes , gagan kaur (centre) leads the zumba dancers
(L-R) Engine room offers customised dance programmes , gagan kaur (centre) leads the zumba dancers

Would you prefer to pump an iron or rather join a party? With many opting for the latter category, Tricity gyms have geared up to make workouts interesting and motivating. The easiest way to do so is to include some music and moves to the rhythm. While the latest equipment is a constant, the gyms are increasingly offering dance classes for those looking for fun and fitness together.

Desi beats

Dance exercise is what they aim at Body Zone Fitness N Spa-9. Right from bhangra to salsa, they pick-up steps from different dance forms to design a complete workout programme.

"Dance exercise has found many takers among children and women. Children, who cannot lift weights, dance works best for them," says Vikram Kapoor, general manager and fitness consultant at Bodyzone.

Bhangra remains the most popular here with as many men as women joining the class. The robust dance form has found favour with almost everyone here. Salsa and zumba have found takers too as has the cardio kickboxing on the beats of music. "Our aim is to make people burn calories not teaching a dance form. Yes, they do learn the basics but we take the liberty to pick up some and leave some, choosing the best for a workout and provide variety," Vikram explains. Their dance exercise programme mixes different dance forms for a complete workout.

How much: While a monthly class (thrice a week) is pegged around Rs 4,000, a full programme for 12 classes is around Rs 7,000 depending on the dance form and the instructor.

Aerobic language

Zumba is what this Gagan Kaur has been teaching for last six years in Tricity. She would call her training to be a judicious mix of dance and fitness. Zumba, with plenty of aerobics elements in it, makes for a perfect workout and packs the advantage of learning a new skill. "Zumba not only tones your body, but lifts up the mood but truly rejuvenates you," says Gagan, whose Aqua Zumab at Gymkhana Club in Panchkula is getting good response. Her students have reported weight loss, but Gagan brushes it aside, "Weight is just one parameter, it's the overall fitness that we work on."

How much: Rs 2,000 for a monthly class

Vigorous bhangra

Bhangra figures prominently in programmes run by aerobics fitness expert Vishal Thukral. Not only is bhangra a vigorous dance form but almost all body parts get a work out. And in Punjab it comes so naturally to people," says Vishal who has always got positive feedback on including bhangra in his classes. "Not only does it adds variety to a schedule but burns calories faster which works very well for us."

How much: Rs 2,200 in month, 5,500 three month.

Bollywood rules

Any dance form has an in-built exercise and that's what Dance World in Sector 17 and 34 make the most of. Depending on your requirement, they have plans. One can opt to learn anything from hip hop, salsa, Bollywood dancing or Western. "We have been in this business for nine years and been customising programmes for our clients," says Rajiv Garg, dance co-ordinator. While one would think that fitness freaks would opt for hip hop that has lots of breaking, locking and popping are all high energy workouts, Rajiv shares the opposite, "Most of the hip hop seekers are more passionate about learning the dance style but fitness freaks opt largely for Bollywood dancing. So, we have neatly divided our classes into 30 minutes fitness and 30 minutes dancing and you can pick the form you like."

How much: The classes which are on from Monday to Friday are available for Rs 1,600 a month.

Healthy steps

Cardio dancing is what they have devised as fresh fitness forms. Combining dancing like bhangra, salsa, zumba and Bollywood into a fitness regime is not only refreshing but highly effective. "The workout should be fun and incorporating a dance form sure does the job," says Kritika Sharma, co-director of Engine Room-8. With different age groups, right from teens to elderly, they keep the technicalities in mind, altering the pace of the programme and more.

How much: Rs 3,000 a month five days a week, 3 months package for Rs 7,500

Burning desire

n Bhangra has always enjoyed patronage in city gyms due to its obvious connect. High energy moves help burn calories faster.

n Salsa has probably been the oldest Latin American dance doing rounds in the city. A couple dance, this makes you meet new people too as you will find salsa parties happening in the region and any part of the world.

n Zumba is relatively new in Tricity but gaining ground increasingly. Squats and lunges that are inherent part of this dance form make it befitting for fitness purpose.

n Hip hop, the street dance has its own share of calorie busting moves and a cool style too

When black is not dark 
There is nothing rebellious about the black metal group, The Plebeian Grandstand. The team prefers music which is poetic and dreamlike
Manpriya Singh

Black metal is about dragon and death, right? The sub-genre given to extremities and associated with rebels! 

As for the music, hasn't it been stereotyped as loud and noisy? French black-metal band The Plebeian Grandstand doesn't conform to the image that the genre and its propagators famously conjure up.

"We are not a political band nor do we encourage people to do bad things. Even our lyrics can be quite poetic and dream like. We are not spunk at all," laughs 32-year-old Ivo Kaltchev (drummer), while in Chandigarh, on an invitation by Alliance Française de Chandigarh, in association with the Department of Tourism, Chandigarh Administration, and CITCO.

It is but a few hours before the four head for a sound check and as a professor in physics and chemistry, he easily shuttles between the academic and the creative. "We are all into our different professions and juggle between our career and passion by organising time…Sometimes we don't play for weeks and just before the big day or our tour, we could be rehearsing for hours and hours."

Joining him is 30-year-old Adrien Broue (vocals, keys), the founder member of the nine-year-old band and not to forget a PhD in Physics. Unless someone brings in sound engineering, physics never really gives way to music, all the more to lyrics. "I write most of the lyrics and they are about society, stress, modern day living, sadness, loneliness…We all get together and discuss the lyrics and make changes. The inspiration could come from observation, movies, friends or even the book that I happen to be reading." For instance, like the one he is reading currently which happens to be about prince Siddhartha.

What an idea!

With lyrics that could deal with practically any aspect of human life, the music inter-changes from blasting beats to slow tempo tracks. "At an emotional level, we started with this band to pour all our feelings into the kind of music we like. Grandstand is a forum and arena for exchange of ideas," shares the 29-year-old Simon Chaubard (guitar), yet another founder member and an optometrist. Each one brings in experiences and influences that ultimately reflect in the music that they create. "Our music is quite composed. We try to make smart music rather than loud music. We always try to paint an atmosphere. It's like you set out to make a scary movie and there are certain rules you abide by. We always focus on the atmosphere that we are looking at achieving."

Indian flavour

Any mention of music or movies here inevitably inches towards Bollywood. "We have heard that Bollywood is big here. But it is not so in France. We have heard about it but not seen any Hindi films. May be, we have time to catch up on some movies before we go," nods the 31- year-old Olivier Lolmede (bass, backing vocals) and also a graphic designer. Chips in Ivo, "We have heard of Pandit Ravi Shankar and I have heard Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan but we don't know what young people here listen to."

Future plans

With Chandigarh, it's a third stop of the five-city tour in India. Preceded by Pondicherry and the supportive Bangalore and to be followed by Kolkata and Delhi. As for the city, "It's a 40- minute-performance and we will be playing songs from our third album Lowgazers. Coming up is yet another by the end of next year. "We should record it by the end of next year and also tour Asia. Then there's a music festival coming up in Portugal in 2015." In the meanwhile, they all have their mainstream jobs to go back to. Professions that are far removed from music and lives that are anything but dark!

Shock treatment

In Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Sushant Singh Rajput will be seen doing a long lip lock scene. It is, in fact, the longest onscreen kiss Sushant has done till date.

Interestingly, Sushant was unaware about the scene and was caught off-guard when his co-star Swastika Mukherjee kissed him. Dibakar Banerjee had vaguely told Sushant that the scene required a peck where as on the other hand he had briefed Swastika at length and how he was keen to capture Sushant's natural shocked expression which was required in the scene.

He was keen to capture Sushant's candid expression. It is an intimate scene where Swastika, who will be playing a seductress, surprised Sushant with the kiss. Dibakar managed to capture the exact expression he had envisioned and later explained it to Sushant as well.

Dibakar Banerjee shares, "The scene was more than a kiss. It was about deception, intrigue and murder and I needed that something extra, that element of surprise that throws everyone off. But we had over-rehearsed it. The takes ended up being just like the rehearsals no surprise! Six takes, eight takes, still the same. I was worried. Then it struck me. I took Swastika aside and told her, 'Kiss him before he can say anything - and we won't tell him. Throw him off-guard."

Basanti gets grooving

The trailer of Dharma Productions' Ungli, a sleek, edgy, vigilante drama starring Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut, Randeep Hooda and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles, has been a conversation point among the Indian youth ever since its online release, creating an upsurge and drawing attention.

The makers now launch the first song titled Dance Basanti featuring Shraddha Kapoor in a glamourous avatar alongside Emraan Hashmi as they together groove to the track that has blockbuster written all over it.

Shraddha says, "I had a great time shooting for the song...Dance Basanti is a really catchy fun song that will have you grooving".

Dharma Productions' Ungli, directed by Rensil D'Silva, is slated to release on November 28. The film also stars Randeep Hooda, Neha Dhupia, Angad Bedi and Neil Bhoopalam.

Clash of the Titans

On Christmas in 2015, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone-starrer Tamasha, directed by Imtiaz Ali will be pitted against Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra-starrer Bajirao Mastani, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali.


For Bajirao’s sake 
Last year, Ranveer Singh's Raam Leela released on November 14 and this year, his other film Kill/Dil is also releasing on the same day. Ranveer is not promoting the film too much to shield his new bald look for Bajirao Mastani. 


Weather plays spoilsport 
The unit of Roy, which was shooting in Malaysia, had 
to wrap up the shoot earlier than scheduled due to inclement weather and some shoots had to be cancelled. The unit is now scouting new locations for the Ranbir Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernández, and Arjun Rampal-starrer film.


Gatecrasher Kamaal 
Kamaal R Khan tried to gatecrash the Dubai premier of Happy New Year with his buddies and had a scuffle with the security guards. He was turned away. Serves him right! 

All the right moves
Four Indian children did the country proud at the World Championship of Rock and Roll in Russia recently. Their happy coach Jas K Shan shares some experiences
Amarjot Kaur

Hail the happy feet, who danced their way into a foreign territory while making India one of the first to have participated in the World Championship of Rock and Roll at Sochi, Russia. Make way for the four dancing divas, from Dance Dacha, Jas K Shan's dance Academy in Chandigarh, as they speak volumes about their experience at the international level. Says Jas K Shan, "The reason why I wanted these children to participate in this competition was essentially to honour late Gursharan Singh (Deputy Director, Punjab Sports Department), who was the founder of the National Rock and Roll Federation."

At Moscow, she, along with the students, spent five days brushing their basics of rock and roll dance forms, including Boogie Woogie, Lindy's Hop and Rock and Roll acrobatics. She shares, "My main concern was to get the 11-year-olds to dance as a couple. In India, especially at the pre-teen age, it's very hard to convince the children to dance as a couple. Though girls seem to be more than willing to dance, it's hard to convince little boys," she says. Nevertheless, as she passed the first test of selecting the couples, everything else just followed quite in accordance with the plan. "The competition was scheduled to take place on September 27 and we first had to make the participants go through an intense five-day-long training at Moscow, where they were trained by the Titiana, who has trained the winners of the world Rock and Roll Championship in 2013," she says. "It was for the first time that India participated in this championship and I am very elated at the thought of it," she adds.

Meanwhile, the participants, Abhay Raj Singh, Saanya, Jasleen and Karan share that the experience of dancing on an international stage provided them a whole new perspective of dance. "I noticed that in countries abroad, people take the art of dance more seriously than we do and during my training at Moscow, I learnt about how dance is a perfect blend of strength and techniques," says Abhay Raj. Both Saanya and Jasleen, who also visited Moscow and Sochi for the first time, share that the experience at the event was rather encouraging and liberating. "Even though we didn't win the competition, we learnt several techniques and tricks that will go a long way and next time, we will bring a winner's trophy home," they echo. Karan adds, "Those children have been learning rock and roll dance for more than six years, while we only learnt for a month-and-a-half, but I still think we did quite well."

Read between the lines
There are certain hush-hush issues that are still least spoken or written about. Author Bhaavna Arora’s debut novel speaks about one...

Call it beginner's luck; Bhaavna Arora's debut novel made it to Crosswords Bookstores' bestsellers' list placed besides the author, who grew up reading Paulo Coelho. Call it a coincidence; Adultery and The Deliberate Sinner touch on the same topics albeit in a different way.
WORD WISE: Bhaavna Arora
WORD WISE: Bhaavna Arora

One would place the blame with Fifty Shades of Grey for unleashing era of desi erotica, but Bhaavna likes to disagree. "When I started writing, around this time last year, I hadn't heard, forget reading, Fifty Shades of Grey." Another one that her book is constantly compared with is Sita's Curse; she defends, "I haven't read that either, I started but found it too heavy."

The Deliberate Sinner, in her words, is straight out of the gut. The book that she finished in about 20-25 days took its sweet time to find publishers. "But once it came out, I got an overwhelming response. Launched around July, it is now a national bestseller having sold over 30,000 copies."

Story of Rihana (Totta is her surname, yes, the same one you thought; Bhaavna is settled in Patiala if you need the hint) touches on two topics — lack of sexual satisfaction in seemingly happily married women, and how adultery is perceived differently for a man and a woman.

Not an easy subject to be accepted, "But when I sat writing, I wasn't thinking of reactions or whether the book would find favour with readers." And, she places the credit for touching a subject that is still a taboo with Shobhaa De.

Her debut book, is it also autobiographical, as is generally assumed? "Not really. Yes, I have picked up a lot from relationships I have seen around me. My parents, uncles and aunts and how both emotional as well as physical aspects are equally significant and related in a marital bond," says Bhaavna, who shares that her second book draws more from her real life and the protagonist is like herself — an Army officer's daughter and the story is told from her eyes.

She insists, "I was able to write this book because I have faith in this. Having read Shobhaa De, I grew up to believe that I can talk about a woman's sexual needs too."

A full-time writer now, having been an academician, Bhaavna happily opts for leadership lectures, is busy writing and practising yoga. She places her book for anyone 18 plus. "Going by fan mail I am receiving on a daily basis, the book is a hit with the young and old alike," says the writer. "It is an out-and-out entertainer and no erotica, as lovemaking scenes are integral to the plot," she adds.

Published by Srishti, the 148-page book is priced at ~120.

Nine-yard wonder
A sari epitomises a tradition. And this is what Priyadarshini Nehru is proving at her store

Love for saris made Priyadarshini Nehru turn her passion into a profession. A holiday in Indore at her sister-in-law's place made her buy thirty Maheshwari saris, which sold like hotcakes in her circle. "I had little business acumen at that time," Priyadarshini says. She sourced more on demand and soon she was holding a small exhibition at a friend's salon!

"Soon the demand increased and I set up this small store," says Priyadarshini, who runs Shradha Saburi next to the same salon she started off in Sector 8. The small collection tucked in the corner of this place has frequent footfall, she claims, with all the women coming for all kind of beauty treatments.

Priyadarshini, who loves saris and traditional weaves, has expanded beyond Maheshwari and has some Kaanjivarams, Banarasi and Tussar ones in her store. "The city doesn't offer too much choice in traditional weaves. I am against all kind of embellishments and would rather stick to rich weaves in my personal as well as store collection."

You can spot a rich Banarsi in green or deep red Kanjivaram here. And, there are suits too, a few dupattas and some readymade blouses"

"If you want a traditional sari, I can source it for you right from the weavers," promises Priyadarshini, who is planning to give further discounts as her store completes one year while also maintaining the rates, which are way lesser than the big stores in the region.

It’s happening
Visual treat

As part of its commitment to bringing the very best from the world of art to the city, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi is organising a two-day art workshop on October 30 and 31 by renowned artist G R Iranna along with 20 students of MFA painting from Government College of Art, Chandigarh.

G R Iranna is one the few younger generation Indian artists whose art has been taken seriously and appreciated at various national and international art forums apart from generating immense curiosity and enthusiasm among art critics, curators, art historians collectors, museums and galleries.

Watching him paint and present his artistic journey through an audio visual presentation is a must for any art lover, art student, art critic, art historian and artist.

Iranna completed his BFA in '92 from the College of Visual Arts, Gulbarga, and earned his MFA degree from Delhi College of Art in 1994.

In '93, he was chosen by MF Husain and Ram Kumar as the winner of the In Search of Talent award at Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi. In '97 he received the 40th National Academy Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, as well as the All-India Fine Arts and Crafts (AIFACS) Award. In '99 he was the recipient of the Charles Wallace Scholarship that allowed him to spend a year at a residency at the prestigious Wimbledon School of Art in London.

Iranna has had several solo exhibitions at The Guild, Mumbai and Gallery Espace, New Delhi. He is represented in the United States by the New York-based Aicon Gallery. His work has been featured in global group art shows, most notably at the San Jose Museum of Art in California, USA (2010), and at the Signature Art Prize show at the Singapore Museum (2009).

The painting workshop will be inaugurated on October 30. Iranna will also be giving an audio-visual presentation of his artistic journey on October 31 at 5.30 pm at the auditorium of Government Museum and Art Gallery-10, Chandigarh. — TNS

A literary date

The city will play host to the third edition of Chandigarh Literature Festival (CLF), 2014, from October 30 to November 2 at the Chandigarh Club, Sector 1. The festival will be inaugurated on Thursday at 4 pm followed by a panel discussion on 30 Years of Operation Bluestar. The panelists will include Nirupama Dutt, Rahul Singh, Ramesh Vinayak, Kiran Nagarkar, Amandeep Sandhu and Ravi Singh. In the next three days, there will be book sessions, movie screenings and discussions.

The first day of the festival on Friday will start with a session on Gawah De Fanah Ho Jaan Ton Pehlan, Punjabi translation of Amandeep Sandhu's book Roll of Honour, which is the story of the split loyalties of a Sikh boy in a boarding school in Punjab during the Khalistan movement and is based on the events of the year 1984: Operation Bluestar, Indira Gandhi's assassination and riots. The book has been shortlisted for The Hindu Prize for Best Fiction 2013.

Mitul Dikshit, Chairman, Adab Foundation, informs "The festival is all about celebrating books and a unique format would be adopted, where 14 individual books will be dissected, analysed and read out. Critics will present their analyses of the books and help the audience gain insight on the literary merits (or demerits) of the books."

Films such as Dedh Ishqiya, Do Dooni Chaar, Shahid and Passive Euthanasia: Kahaani Karuna Ki will be screened to depict the intersection between cinema and the literary form. — TNS

The abiding charm of SRK
Divya Dutta

The first time that I met Shah Rukh Khan was in the Yashraj office. I was obviously introduced to him as a newcomer. What I expected was a casual 'hi', but what came my way was a gracious, chivalrous bow and a very warm handshake. I obviously was overwhelmed. 'Hope to work with you soon,' he said.

The next meeting was in Delhi where both of us were shooting for different films. I messaged him that I wanted to meet up. He replied saying it would be a chaotic shoot at Connaught place, but he'd make sure I reach up to him safely. Reaching there I realised what he meant!

Thousands of people had gathered to see him shoot. Shahrukh's man Friday came to escort me, with security, to the jeep he was supposed to drive for the shoot so that I could meet him quickly before he got busy. He calmly chatted with me with many people banging at the window panes to get his attention. He was warm and patient; we had a lovely chat and he was least distracted by the crowd around him.

We actually got to shoot together for Veer Zaara; my first scene with him was in Delhi again. My dialect was different in the film and he was mighty impressed with it. And he asked me my favourite word from that dialect — I said Main Julli Haan, meaning I am going. He beautifully used the line in his own dialogues to wish me in the goodbye scene. That's Shahrukh — super-intelligent, alert, sensitive and very charming.

Recently after attending awards function abroad, we all flew back together —Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Shahrukh and me. He really wanted to sleep through the flight, but I requested him to play dumb charades instead! And he, very happily, joined in. Dumb charades it was for the next four hours of the flight and he just made everyone have so much fun. He didn't leave the airport till the ladies had their cars whisk them away!

As I got out of the preview of Happy New Year recently, amongst the whistles and applause for him, I was all praise for the man called Shahrukh!

(Dutta is a Bollywood actor)

chatter box
Ties of blood

Families that seem like harmonious units and pillars of the community on the outside, often hide the darkest secrets inside. In Blood Relatives, the façades are shed to reveal complex layers of jealousy, adultery and vengeance that result in the unthinkable — a murder within the family.

From the matriarch to the favoured son, black sheep to heir apparent, each episode unravels the motives of every family member, who are all potential suspects and potential victims. Blood Relatives unpeels these grim family dramas in which the strain of sibling rivalries, family businesses and infidelities results in the ultimate betrayal. All bonds are off when those closest to you commit the coldest of crimes.

Sharing details about the new series, Rahul Johri, executive vice-president and general manager, South Asia and South East Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, "ID has pioneered a new wave of programming in Hindi entertainment with its differentiated content, scheduled in accordance with the changing demands of the audience. Inspired by true stories and narrated by close friends of the families and law enforcement officials, Blood Relatives will reveal buried secrets, create a compelling mystery and keep viewers engaged."

Each episode of Blood Relatives will take you through a thrilling family saga. From children who kill their parents to siblings who stab each other in the back, the love lost in each episode is palpable. Watch Blood Relatives on ID to find out if blood is really thicker than water.

(Blood Relatives airs Monday to Saturday at 9 pm on ID-Investigation Discovery)

Coming to a close

Popular show Gustakh Dil on Life OK is all set to bid goodbye next month. It will end on November 14. Actress Sana Amin Sheikh said, "I am so happy that the show had a good run. It lasted for more than a year. I would say that Ravi Ojha Productions has given me the best chance so far and it was a wonderful experience working in this show. I will take this end on a positive note and will continue with my Sunday Radio Mirchi show."

Vibhav Roy added, "It feels sad that now it is ending, but I am really happy that it happened. It was a learning experience for me and I am going to miss the show."

Being a proud winner

The winner of the one-of-its-kind dance reality show hosted by Akshay Kumar, which made the contestants dance in extreme conditions, has been announced. Sanam Johar of Dance India Dance 3 fame has won the trophy by defeating co-contestant Emilie Caillon. 

The show had 13 participants and was shot in Cape Town. The contestants had to dance in extreme conditions with props. 


Rucha gets engaged

Actress Rucha Hasabnis, who was last seen in Saath Nibhana Saathiya, got engaged at a private ceremony in Mumbai to her long-term boyfriend. She quit the show to spend more time with her family before getting married. However, the wedding date hasn't been finalised.


Already missing KBC!

Amitabh Bachchan, who is currently shooting for the last leg of Kaun Banega Crorepati 8, is having withdrawal symptoms. "Back from a gruelling day at KBC .. everyone is having withdrawal symptoms I think .. it closes in a couple," the 72-two-year-old actor tweeted. The grand finale of the show will be aired on November 9.


When Kapil met Saina

Kapil Sharma recently shot with badminton star Saina Nehwal. She had a good time on the show. After the shoot, she tweeted: 'Wow! Just got done with the shoot of comedy nights. Really enjoyed it.' 

Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma has announced that he is soon going to produce a film under his banner K9 Productions. Who knows he might sign Saina Nehwal?

The year ahead
Madan Gupta Spatu

If your birthday is October 30...

Official travel will assume importance. Finances require control and refined analysis. Personal life will involve occasional disputes. Worries over daily matters are possible. You'll find the right solution at the right moment; you'll forget the past and finally obtain personal satisfaction. Your birthday on the 30th shows individual self-expression is necessary for your happiness. You tend to have a good way of expressing yourself with words, certainly in a manner that is clear and understandable. You have a good chance of success in fields requiring skill with words.

Positive colours: Golden, Red.

Select days: Sunday, Monday.

Favourable numbers: 1, 4, 2, 7.

Gems recommended: Yellow Sapphire, Ruby.

Charity on birthday: Donate books to the poor.

You share your birthday with Dalip Tahil (October 30, 1952), who entered the industry with the film Ankur. He got his first major role in the 1980's Ramesh Sippy film Shaan. Double 3 in his birth chart will keep him always in the limelight.

Astro Turf
P Khurrana

ARIES: A hazardous day. Keep your mind on the job throughout the day. Do not be tempted to day-dream of what lies ahead. Be sure to get to the bank before it closes.

Tarot message: Health of elderly member at home will need care.

Lucky colour: Peach.

Magic number: 32.

TAURUS: Old acquaintances are likely to pop up. No need to make any important move today. In the office, more efforts will be expected from you without the possibility of higher income.

Tarot message: Prepare yourself for a mental battle.

Lucky colour: Orange.

Magic number: 28.

GEMINI: A call or a visit from a relative you have not seen for ages brings an opportunity to remember the past and catch up on more recent family happenings.

Tarot message: You may encounter some difficulties regarding finances. 

Lucky colour: Pink.

Magic number: 30.

CANCER: This is a fantastic time to contact people and keep abreast of their news. Complete errands, socialise and catch up on outstanding paper-work and correspondence.

Tarot message: This is not a bad time to open up new doors.

Lucky colour: Yellow.

Magic number: 31.

LEO: The card 'King of Wands' reveals you will get time to relax and socialise. This is a good day for household repairs. Be sure to grasp any job opportunity that comes your way today.

Tarot message: Avoid a gossip session at the work-place.

Lucky colour: Fuchsia.

Magic number: 64.

VIRGO: Discussions and chit-chat with those in close proximity increase, but you will instinctively know when to talk and when to put your head down. Defer making fresh investments.

Tarot message: Make investments in property.

Lucky colour: Burgundy.

Magic number: 42. 

LIBRA: Catching up on jobs you have been putting off for a while seems a wise idea today. It is a good day for meditation and yoga. You will shine in surroundings that are unfamiliar to you.

Tarot message: Over-optimism can lead to mistakes.

Lucky colour: Baize.

Magic number: 59

SCORPIO: Do not miss the opportunity to complete all that unfinished business that seems to be weighing on your mind and spirit. You will be amazed how much lighter you will feel.

Tarot message: Do not overspend just to impress others.

Lucky colour: Peach.

Magic number: 60.

SAGITTARIUS: Patronage from powerful individuals can validate your efforts today. Share problems with loved ones. Get on with minor repair jobs around the home.

Tarot message: Leave things open-ended for best results.

Lucky colour: Red.

Magic number: 40.

CAPRICORN: Be positive in your approach today. You will be better able to cope up with jobs that require team effort. Home entertaining should go off 
rather well.

Tarot message: You will get all the help if you ask for it.

Lucky colour: Purple.

Magic number: 57.

AQUARIUS: Wherever you go and whatever you do, the focus of everyone's attention is likely to be firmly on you. Relatives will be difficult to get along with.

Tarot message: Wait a while; everything will get sorted out on its own.

Lucky colour: Green.

Magic number: 52.

PISCES: Do not get involved in any land deal. Make your boss aware of all the hardwork that you have been putting in. Accepting accolades is a healthy experience; enjoy being noticed.

Tarot message: Be creative to retain a grip over your business.

Lucky colour: Pink.

Magic number: 63.

Miss & match
We take a look at what our leading ladies from the tinsel town wore recently

Halloween diva 
Neeta Lulla
It seems that Neeta decided to take a leaf out of Morticia Adams' look, or she's prepping for a Halloween party. The dark lipstick combined with the gothic sari gown is unflattering and the lace sleeves aren't working either. However, one thing that is working here is her chic hairdo.

She made it!
Kangana Ranaut
Kangana's balloon skirt actually works here, since she's paired it with a much lighter shade and almost nude pink pointed toe shoes. The bag doesn't add much to the outfit and her hair is a bit too severe. We love the pretty, subtle makeup though!

No tricks up the sleeve 
Huma Qureshi
Ah Huma! This could have been such a gorgeous look, if only the transparent cap sleeves were not there. For once, the dark makeup doesn't look ghastly and while the legs are a little too flared for our taste, she could have pulled off this look better without the sleeves.

Skirting the issue 
Neha Dhupia
We're getting a little tired of seeing crop tops and Neha's sports bra look-alike is not helping much. The neckline is too pronounced and the necklace is too embellished for this style. She's just lucky her skirt takes the attention away enough for it to be a slightly passable outfit.

Kitty on the go 
Gauri Khan
It's time to go easy on animal print and get the hang of camera-friendly makeup, because this look is just not working for Gauri. The skirt is fine, but the clutch, shoes and hairstyle are so boring that she looks more like a kitty party planner than a red carpet icon.

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