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EDITOR’S LETTER I am so in love with this issue, as it's all about 'Girl Power' International Women's Day and Mother's Day round the corner, I hope you lovely people have some amazing things planned to celebrate womanhood and motherhood. We will definitely be having a blast in the Asian Style office. Packed in this edition, we have your usual dose of Fashion, Beauty and Style. Adding to that is the cheeky and cute Manish Paul, who is famously known for his TV anchoring skills on programmes such as Jhalak Dikhla Jaa. We caught up with him on his recent flick Tere Bin Laden - Dead or Alive. The man is funny, but hasn't had it easy, please do read the interview. For all you paneer lovers out there, this edition's recipes are to die for as it's a paneer special. I do like my cheese! Our lovely Ayesha is also at hand with your beauty queries. Do check it out and remember if you can;t see a solution to your beauty problem, just Ask Ayesha by writing in with your question. Well, it's been a long week, I am off to enjoy some time away, but in the meantime let me leave you lovely ladies with this inspiring quote, after all being a woman I have to join in with the International Womens Day celebrations. 'There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise'

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It was the Zee Cine Awards recently and as usual our B-Town celebs rocked the red carpet with their best foot forward in their designer outfits. Here are our favourities from the night.

Sonam Kapoor Kriti Sanon This girl is really going to make it big, she looked stunning in this cobalt blue gown by Abu Dhabi based Lebanese designer Hamda Al Fahim.

Well, what can you say about this beautiful on trend lady. She is getting rave reviews for her performance in Neerja and it’s certainly showing in her attire. Here she has donned a beautiful white, beige and black gown by Vionnet. We love the look and especially that Judith Leiber clutch!


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Parineeti Chopra

Sonakshi Sinha

Parineeti is looking fabulous after having shed lots of weight. This pretty Pari is looking ever so charming in this shimmery Tarek Sinno gown.

Shotgun junior look ravishing in this blue Nadine Dhody outfit. This lady can carry off anything with that strong personality.

Amy Jackson The beautiful actress, who hails from Liverpool chose a cut-out gown by Monisha Jaising in black and gold. She kept her hair in a loose low ponytail and kept it simple with nude makeup.

Kajol It’s very rare you see Kajol wearing anything other than a Manish Malhotra outfit. She glittered in this floor-length anarkali-gown. This age defying beauty looking stunning with a simple up hair do and her trade mark smokey eye shadow to finish the look



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Sonam Kapoor has been making headlines with her fresh and classy look in Neerja, which she hascontinued with during the film’s promotions. Sonam might have the industry’s best makeup artists on hand, but don’t worry - we can help you recreate this look at home. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial!


Kapoor by Ayesha Babar


Prep, prep, prep your skin! To get a healthy glow, make sure you gently massage a hydrating day cream before you start with your makeup. Add a dash of MAC Strobe cream for that ‘lit-from-within’ effect!

Line the bottom lash line using a fleshcoloured eye pencil (white will be too harsh for this look!)


Apply (and buff in) a medium coverage dewy foundation

Line the eye with a black gel liner and while the liner is still wet, use a smudging brush to gently smudge out at the outer corners to create a subtle feline flick.

Finish the eyes with a generous amount of mascara! Or for extra oomph put on a pair of false lashes!

Add some creambased blush in a dusty rose colour to the apples of the cheeks.

Fill in the brows with a dark brown brow pencil or pomade.


And now to my favourite part of the look - the lips! Apply Bobbi Brown’s Art Pencil, which gives you the precision of a pencil with the texture of a lipstick in the shade ‘Hot Berry’ lipstick, for that bright pink pout!


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by Ayesha Babar

We bring you the roundup of the trending Instagram posts from the fortnight. Definitely #InstaHOT, we say!

There are very few families that have stuck together over the decades like the Kapoors have. Be it the famous Christmas lunches or the birthdays – they believe in celebrating in style. So when Randhir Kapoor, father to Karisma and Kareena turned 69, it was no surprise that the family showed up in full force to wish him. That’s definitely one good looking gene pool!

Not many years ago, Priyanka Chopra, asked audiences – ‘ who’s the hottest girl in the world?’. Well, it seems like the answer really is the ‘desi girl’ herself. PeeCee as she is fondly called, has been making waves in Hollywood with her singing and more recently with her TV series ‘Quantico’. Now it is the silver screen calling, as she has been chosen to star opposite The Rock and Zac Efron in the latest ‘Baywatch’ film. Shine on, Priyanka!

It’s not very often that we get to see superstars making an effort to understand what their millions of fans feel for them. Shah Rukh Khan, who is all set to bring us a fan’s journey with ‘Fan’ on April 15th, launched the anthem of the film at his own alma matter, Delhi’s Hansraj College. The occasion was made even more special for Mr Khan when he finally received his graduation degree from the college on the day. It made for one unforgettable graduation ceremony!

While the debate over this year’s most awaited film continues, we have this - Salman Khan’s look for his upcoming ‘Sultan’ that the actor shared on Instagram recently. The actor plays a wrestler in the film and the beautiful Anushka Sharma has been cast as his leading lady. Clean-shaven, rugged and with a killer body – we are already quite excited about seeing Salman onscreen as Sultan!

How can a round up of social media ever be complete without it’s most charming member – Ranveer Singh. Ranveer, who further cemented his ‘ Best Boyfriend’ tag when he flew all the way to Toronto to be with girlfriend Deepika Padukone on Valentine’s Day, shared this fanboy moment from a basketball match that he attended. The very excited Ranveer points towards His Airness, Michael Jordan himself! Now that’s one selfie we would want to be a part of.

Anushka Sharma’s year got off to a mixed start – while she bagged the much-coveted lead role in Salman Khan’s next, ‘Sultan’, rumours have suggested that all is not well on the personal front. According to reports, Anushka has split with beau Virat Kohli. Neither of them have said anything publically yet but if this fresh-faced selfie that Anushka shared is anything to go by, she seems to be taking the break-up in her stride. More power to her!

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor got together to launch the trailer of their rather unique love story – Ki & Ka in Mumbai. The fresh pairing and the role reversal storyline has us intrigued about the film. At the launch itself, the two shared an undeniable chemistry and this one moment in particular made us go ‘ awww’ !


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Pleasant and Pal This edition we look at an old Indian favourite – paneer. Paneer is a type of fresh cheese common in South Asian cuisine. In eastern parts of the Indian Subcontinent, it is generally called chhena. It can be easily made at home with milk and is completely

rasmalai, chenna murki and many more. vegetarian. Since it is made with milk, it is naturally loaded with calcium. With it’s delicate milky flavour, paneer can be used in Here are just some of our favourite paneer recipes to get those taste buds tickled. curries or served grilled as a side. In Bengal fresh paneer or chhena is used to make some of the much-loved desserts like rasgulla,

Hot Paneer Sandesh Pudding

2 cinnamon sticks 3-4 whole black pepper 1/4 Tbsp butter Almond slivers for garnish

orange juice evaporates. use a 15 cm square 4. Once done, turn off the baking dish. heat and remove all the 9. Pour in the stewed fruits whole spices from the in the baking dish. liquid. 10. Flip the paneer layer 5. Now add 3/4 of the Method (that you had flattened strawberries. Reserving 1. In a saucepan melt the earlier on a plastic sheet) some for garnishing. This butter and add the over to fit on top of Ingredients is the fruit stew. orang e juice to it. the stewed fruit in the 250 gm home-made paneer (cottage 6. Mash the paneer well 2. Add the cloves, baking dish. cheese) with a fork and add cardamom, cinnamon 11. Dress it up with leftover 2 tbsp full fat cream whipped cream to it. and black pepper. (they strawberries and some 2 tsp stevia (a natural sugar substitute Blend have in the stevia. Mix to be fishe d out almond slivers. derived from a plant, adjust to your taste ) later) well. For the fruit stew: 12. Place it in a hot oven 7. Flatten out this mix on 3. Once the juice is hot, 1 green apple-thinly sliced & seeds preheated at 220 a plastic sheet or foil add the apple slices. Let removed degrees C and bake for paper according to the it stew covered for about about 15-20 minutes, till 8-10 strawberries, chopped size of the baking dish 5-7m inute s. Unco ver it the paneer’s edges look Juice of one orange or about 1 cup you are going to use. after a while and let it a bit brown. 3-4 cloves simm er till half of the 8. Pre ferable you should 3-4 cardamom 13. Serve hot.

Dum Paneer Kali Mirch

A fragrant curry brightened with 1 tsp dhaniya /coriander powder black pepper. Exclude the cream 1 tsp pepper powder 3/4 tsp cumin powder if you want to make it low fat. 1 tsp salt Ingredients 2 Tbsp cream 1 tsp oil 1/4 tsp rang mirch /paprika 4 cloves 1/4 tsp haldi / turmeric 4 green cardamoms 1/4 tsp garam masala 1 inch piece cinnamon 250 gm paneer 1 onion fried till brown and Coriander, to garnish blended with little water to make Fresh mint leaves, to garnish paste Paste of 1 tsp ginger and 1 tsp Cooking Directions garlic with 4 green chillies 1. Heat oil and add the cloves, 3 Tbsp dahi / yogurt cardamoms and cinnamon till

it’s nice and fragrant. 2. Now add onion paste and cook well. 3. Add ginger, garlic and green chilli paste. Saute. 4. Add yogurt / dahi. 5. Cook and add coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper powder, haldi and rang mirch / red chilli. 6. Add salt. Cook and add cottage cheese cubes and cream as well as 1/2 cup water.

7. Seal the pan with foil and put a lid on top. 8. Reduce flame to low and let it simmer for 15 minutes. 9. Now open it and cook further if you like to dry it up. 10. Check for salt adding more if needed serve garnished with coriander and mint leaves.

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latable Paneer Makhni Paneer Biryani

1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp cumin-coriander powder 1 tsp tandoori masala 1/2 tsp cardamom powder 1 tsp sugar 1/4 cup cashew paste 1/2 cup cream Salt to taste Fried paneer cubes 6 cups cooked Basmati rice 2 Tbsp whole spices doused in a creamy 1 large onion,chopped 1 cup fried onions gravy, layered with 1/2 cup almond slivers coarsely rice and cooked ‘dum’ 3 Tbsp butter 1/2 cup chopped mint and coriander style. 2 cups fresh tomato Method puree Ingredients 1. In the same pan, add the whole 2 to 3 green chillies 250 gm paneer cubes 3-4 cloves garlic spices such as cinnamon, cloves, 3 Tbsp ghee/ clarified 1 Tbsp ginger, peele black cardamon, green cardamon, d butter black peppercorns, mace. and chopped

Paneer Pakoras Paneer Pakora is a delicacy! Marinated paneer dipped in a batter and fry makes a crispy, mouthwatering appetizer. Crispy outside and soft inside, these pakoras are addictive. A perfect snack with afternoon tea. Ingredients 4 oz paneer thinly slice in about 1” squares this will make about 14-16 slices (available in Indian grocery stores) 2 tablespoons yogurt (curd, dahi) 4 tablespoon corn starch or arrowroot 1 teaspoon ginger paste 1 green chili minced 1/2 teaspoon salt

2. As the spices crackle, add the chopped onions, green chillies, ginger garlic and fry for 2 minutes. 3. Add the powdered masalas followed by the tomato puree. Simmer for 10 minutes or so. 4. Then add the cashew paste and cream. Season to taste. 5. Add the paneer into the gravy and bring to a gentle simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. 6. Using a greased baking dish or handi, layer the paneer and rice alternatively. Garnish with fried onions, nuts, fresh mint and coriander. Cover with aluminium foil or heat gently for 25 minutes. Serve hot.

yogurt mixture. Set aside one hour or more. batter: mix the 2. For For Batter cumin seeds, salt besan, 1/2 cup besan, gram flour soda. Add baking and (available in Indian grocery to make a slowly water stores) batter. pasty thick, 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 3. Heat about one inch of (jeera) oil in a frying pan over 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to to five minutes to cook. Turn medium high heat. To taste them occasionally, until both test, put one drop of batter 1/8 teaspoon baking soda sides are golden brown. in the oil. The batter should Approx. 1/4 cup water for the remaining 5. Repeat the on form a small ball Method batches. surface of the pan, but not 1. Marinate the paneer: In a change color. 6. The crispy, delicious paneer mixing bowl combine the pakoras are ready to serve, paneer 4. Dip the marinated yogurt, corn starch, salt, with a dip of your choice. slices in the batter one at a ginger, green chili, and I like to serve them with time. Drop slowly into the cilantro. Mix well, to the Cilantro Hari Chutney or frying pan. Fry the pakoras consistency of a soft paste. sweet and sour Tamarind The in small batches. Add the paneer pieces and Chutney. pakoras will take about four gently coat them with the

1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)

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Furniture mix and match

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by Raheema Khan

There are many reasons to mix and match your furniture. Merging households, inherited furnishings, well-intentioned gifts that miss the mark (yes the one that auntiji bought you when you got married and she asks where it is every time she visits), and the occasional impulse buy, whatever the reason, no one wants a junk yard. So how do you get the perfect interior look without having to compromise on furnishings that you just can’t throw away? Well it will be easy to execute if

you try and stick to the 80/20 rule. There are many do’s and don’ts, but ultimately our advice is the best way to keep a happy medium is to just have try and have fun with design. So what is the 80/20 rule? Well our experts explain that as long as 80 per cent of your interior is unified by the same style, same period or same philosophy, you can deviate with the other 20 per cent. In other words, a fine antique can absolutely work in an ultramodern space.

Leading design expert Kimberley Seldon has written extensively on the 80/20 rule.

She offers some valuable tips on the perfect recipe for getting the mix right and creating rooms that feel cohesive instead of crazy. Some styles just don’t mix. For example, Victorian decor is all about ornate excess, while Arts and Crafts favours simplicity. Therefore, Victorian decor marries well with Edwardian, Asian, formal English, and French furniture, while Arts and Crafts is better with contemporary pieces or country styles, like Shaker. But with the 80/20 rule you can mix almost anything. Say you have a loft filled with modern classic furniture -- add a superb antique settee, et voilà. It works.


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When mixing woods, consider formality: mahogany, cherry and oak are formal, so they’ll go well with one another. Pine, maple, and bamboo are casual choices, which means that they’re compatible with one another but less so with formal woods. When more than one rug is required in an open space, be sure to choose carpets that harmonise rather than match. For example, neutral sisal may work with a faded Turkish or Kilim rug but looks too humble beside a fine Persian. In general, contemporary interiors feature 20 per cent multitone patterns and 80 per cent solid or tone-on-tone materials. Traditional interiors tip the balance in favour of patterns. So if your family room is modern with monochromatic neutral fabrics, add some large floralpatterned pillows. Conversely, a traditional pattern-filled room

requires visual breathing space, so incorporate solid

expanses of colour.

Dos and don’ts of the DO revitalise neutral interiors with punctuations of colour. A small addition of striking colour, say, a series of vases in chartreuse or a pair of pillows in cobalt, can transform the mood and personality of a room. DON’T rely solely on ambient or general illumination for rooms. If 80 per cent of your lighting is overhead, such as halogens or ceilingmounted fixtures, for example, incorporate a 20 per cent ratio of decorative lighting, like sconces, table lamps, art lamps and library lights, to create interest and draw attention to collections and paintings.



DON’T show too much leg. When mixing upholstered furniture and occasional tables, it’s more attractive to vary the ratio of skirt to leg. In most cases, 20 per cent skirting (either a soft skirt like the apron of a sofa, or a piece of furniture with no legs) is ideal. DO save money and create a more upscale look in the bathroom or kitchen by combining 80 per cent stock cabinetry with 20 per cent semicustom or custom options. That allows you to create one standout focal feature, such as a stainless-steel medicine cabinet or a Gothic arch valance above the kitchen sink.


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d Commando 2 is bigger, better an l more expensive: Vidyut Jammwa e spending

action, storyline is better, we’r Vidyut Jammwal, you’ll see better time, several people have faith in it, this ey mon a lot of who made ut said in a media everything is better and bigger,” Vidy his debut in details such as the h interaction on the film’s set. Althoug Bollywood as announced yet, been n’t have etc. in, leading lady, main villa a villain with first part and the of the film is said to be the continuation John Abraham ion. miss next do’s will be about comman starrer ‘Force’, shot in India, has started the Whilst Commando was completely ad including in China abro shot be for ly shooting Commando 2 will large s will be filmed. What his next film where most of the action sequence elf is designing the hims ut Vidy do ‘Comman is more interesting is that rtise in action and expe his use will He 2’, the sequel film. this stunts for level for which next the to n actio to his 2013 martial arts to take the igner’ in the Des successful he will also be credited as the ‘Action a action dram credit roll of the movie. ‘Commando’. confident about the The makers of Commando 2 are so The 35-yeardy started working alrea have success of the film that they old actor is said “We are ut Vidy this, aling Reve . part on its third known for el. We will lock sequ the t shoo planning Part 3 even as we his knockout Commando one. this up wrap we as soon the script as stunts and e years thre of gap a t wan opened in 2013, we don’t admits that 3.” Part and 2 between Part the second u Dhulia’s ‘Yaara’ n, actio er bett Vidyut will be seen first in Tigmansh part of ‘Commando’ will have mando 2. The shooting Com re befo san the Haa ti to e compared opposite Shru better storyline and more expensiv will be released and e plet of this romantic movie is com prequel. . 2016 e -Jun May sometime in job this time — “The commandos are doing a better

Roy brothers to play villains in Hrithik’s Kaabil Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Kaabil’ has found some excellent villains. Ronit Roy and Rohit Roy, who interestingly also are real brothers, have been finalized to play the baddies in this revenge drama. They will be seen fighting against Hrithik Roshan in the movie which begins shooting next month.

mesmerized audiences with his versatility and has excelled in both good and bad roles, but Rohit has played only good guys so far. So it will be interesting to see both of the real brothers in villainous personas together!

“Rohit and Ronit, who have played brothers on the small screen, are working together This is the first time they for the first time in a film. are playing villains together. They’re pure evil in the film Although having previously and Gupta is working on played brothers in 2005 giving them deadly looks. It political drama ‘Sarkaar’ on Zee TV, their characters were will be a complete makeover not negative. Ronit has always for the Roy brothers,” a

source close to the film recently said to a leading daily. Besides Hrithik, Ronit and Rohit, Kaabil also stars Yami Gautam, Sonu Sood and Girish Kulkarni in leading roles. Sudeep Chatterjee has been roped in as the cinematographer while Resul Pookutty will do the sound design for the film. Produced by Rakesh Roshan under FilmKraft Productions and music by Rajesh Roshan, the film is scheduled to release on January 26, 2017.


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Sushant-Kriti are ‘horsing around’!

SRK’s ‘Jabraa Fan’ marketing Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon will be romancing each other in Dinesh Vijan’s next love story, ‘Raabta’, and are certainly leaving no stone unturned for the preparations of the movie. The two good looking actors are learning horse riding at Mumbai’s Mahalaxmi Race Course to really get under the skin of their characters. Both Sushant and Kriti recently shared a picture on social media in which they are seen atop horsse. Raabta is one of the most interesting and anticipated movies of this year. SushantKriti’s sizzling chemistry has already created a stir among fans and moviegoers, and it seems the wait will surely be worth it. Raabta, a love story based on dreams, destiny and love, is directed by Dinesh Vijan who is turning the director for the first time after making films like ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Go Goa Gone’, ‘Cocktail’ and ‘Badlapur’ as a producer. Anaita Shroff Adajania is stepping in as the costume designer for this film while Pritam is responsible for music. Produced by T-Series and Maddock Films, it will go on floors next month and release in November 2016.

has many voices Shah Rukh Khan always produces creative and unique promotional ideas, earning his name as the ‘Marketing Guru’ of the Bollywood industry. He once again proved it by releasing his next film’s song in seven different languages, for what is probably the first time in the Hindi film industry.

the film reach to wider audience. The song is packed with energy and positive vibes and will be used as the promotional track of this Maneesh Sharma directed venture.

“It is a marketing idea for the movie by Yash Raj Films. I think it is a phenomenal idea that the song goes across in different languages. The SRK released his forthcoming film ‘Fan’’s first and only song titled ‘Jabraa stars of those languages are singing Fan’ in six more languages besides the the versions. This is beautiful and has original in Hindi. It has been recorded given a new definition to the song,” said Shekhar Ravjiani, the music in Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Punjabi and Marathi in the voice of top director of the film. singers of those languages. The Hindi The ‘Fan’ anthem captures the and Tamil version (titled Nakkara Fan) acculturation of fans worshiping is sung by Nakash Aziz, Anupam Roy Bollywood stars. SRK, who adopts the has lent the voice for Bengali version persona of his own biggest fan named (Byapok Fan) and Gujarati song (Jabro Gaurav, is seen singing and dancing Fan) has the voice of Arvind Vegda. madly for his favourite star. You won’t Manoj Tiwari has sung the Bhojpuri be able to keep your eyes off him once song (Jabardast Fan) while the Punjabi you’ve seen his power packed dance song (Ghaint Fan) is by Harbhajan in this joyful track! Mann and Marathi version (Jabraa Fan) Also starring Waluscha De Sousa and by Avadhoot Gupte. Shriya Pilgaonkar, Fan releases on This phenomenal marketing idea has April 15, 2016. The trailer of this film been appreciated by marketers and will be out on 29th February. distributors and it is expected to help


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Ranbir to play an anti-hero in Ayan Mukherji’s superhero trilogy Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukherji’s next superhero film is making news for the first time in quite a while. Although there have not been any big developments since the initital announcement, the latest reports suggest that the film may go on floors in mid 2016. Ranbir who, in spite of being an excellent actor is going through a bad phase, will reportedly begin the shooting for this film after the completion of ‘Ae Dil Hain Muskil’ and ‘Jagga Jasoos’ which are currently in wrapping stage. Ranbir recently revealed some fascinating tidbits about this much talked about superhero project. According to him, the film is tentatively titled ‘The Dragon’, and will be a trilogy which Ayan plans to complete by 2025. “Ayan is making a film which he wants to spend the next 10 years of his life on. It’s a three-part saga, so he’s still

figuring out his start date,” Ranbir said. Talking about teaming up with Ayan for the third time after ‘Wake Up Sid’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, Ranbir said, “I love superheroes and now that I have to be one, it sounds like an incredible idea. I’m really excited to be working with Ayan again. He’s writing a really ambitious film. He’s a director I truly admire and I look up to his opinions on my work. It means a lot to me what Ayan feels about what I’m doing.” Ranbir’s superhero film may be inspired by the recent released Hollywood action thriller ‘Deadpool’ as like Ryan Reynolds, Ranbir also will be playing an anti-hero. Ayan recently caught the uncensored version of ‘Deadpool’ at a private screening organized by the makers in Mumbai to draw inspiration for his own superhero flick. According to Mumbai Mirror, “Ayan is

Tye Sheridan to star in Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ Mud” actor Tye Sheridan will play the lead role in filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie adaptation of novelist Ernest Cline’s book “Ready Player One”. “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” actress Olivia Cooke has already been cast in the female lead along with actor Ben Mendelsohn, reports Cline’s novel, published in 2011, follows the rise of virtual reality universe the Oasis, which humans living in the not-too-distant future begin to value above the real world. Sheridan will play Wade Watts, a poor orphan from the “stacks” surrounding metropolitan Oklahoma who joins the Oasis. The film is slated to release on March 30, 2018. 

fashioning Ranbir’s character after a dark anti-hero plagued by his emotions and a growing disdain for things around him, much like Deadpool. The character’s dialogues are wicked and naughty. But Ayan’s story won’t follow a crusader trying to change the world.”

JLo marks twins’ 8th b`day with adorable Insta pic Jennifer Lopez just gave a special social media shout out to her twins Max and Emme as they turn eight. The 46-year-old actress took to her Instagram account and posted a picture wherein she is seen wrapping her arms around her little ones while they blow out the candles, reports E! Online. Along with the pic, the ‘Shades Of Blue’ star wrote, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LIGHTS OF MY LIFE. You have brought me nothing but joy and happiness since the very second you were born. I am so proud of who you are and the beautiful loving caring people you are growing into.” The ‘On the Floor’ hit-maker has shared parenting responsibilities with her former husband Marc Anthonysince splitting in 2011.


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Actor Sikandar Kher the ‘dark horse’ in Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive Kanye West feels Taylor Swift isn’t `cool` anymore Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive actor, Pradhuman Singh, says that fellow co-actor Sikandar Kher is the dark horse of the upcoming film, courtesy of his intriguing double role in it. “Sikandar is the dark horse of the film. His character is brilliant. He’s playing a white guy and a Punjabi guy; it’s a kind of a double role – the same person, but he changes his appearance,” Pradhuman says. While he appears with blonde hair and a foreign accent as a white guy, Sikandar Kher, the son of seasoned Indian actress Kirron Kher, and the step-son of actor Anupam Kher, sports a hairy look and a paunch for his Indian Punjabi avatar in the

film. Pradhuman, who famously essayed ‘Noora’ in the 2010 Tere Bin Laden, says he had “unparalleled fun” while working with Sikandar and Manish Paul in the movie’s sequel. “None of them (the actors) had any insecurity in them. We were supporting each other,” he tells, adding that they became friends during the making of the film. Pradhuman is also one of the writers of the film, an idea that came from director, Abhishek Sharma. He says he’s “extremely happy” with the outcome “because it has been exactly the kind of characters that I wanted to write.”

Kanye West again flamed up the long-drawn war between him and Taylor Swift over the lyrics of his song ‘Famous.’ Dissing Swift once again, the 38-year-old rapper told a crowd at a nightclub that “she is not cool anymore,” reports The rapper called out the 26-year-old singer and reiterated that she was aware of the controversial lyrics about her in his song ‘Famous.’ In the track, which is from his new album ‘The Life of Pablo,’ West calls Swift a ‘bitch’ and says he made her famous. In response, Swift subtly bashed West’s comments while accepting the ‘Album of the Year’ accolade at the ‘Grammy Awards’ earlier this month. West said that he spoke about the lyrics to Swift and she gave consent to it then. He even asked to “make her stop trying to make up stories” now and “She not cool no more, she had two seconds to be cool and she f**ked it up.” After the song was released, a representative for the ‘Out of the Wood’ singer denied that she was aware of the controversial lyrics.


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Manish Paul talks all about

‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive by Rahul Raut How is ‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive’ different from the first part? What should audiences expect from this spin-off? It’s different. It’s called a spinoff, not a sequel because the story is completely different. The two films are not attached. The part two doesn’t start from where the part one ended. So that’s why we are calling it a spin-off and not a sequel. I think it’s more funny. There are more characters in the film. The storyline is completely mind blowing and that was the reason I signed the film. I loved the idea of how this guy which I am playing (A. Sharma who wants to become a director) takes the film forward. People will see that how part one was made so that’s what we included in part two. ‘Helicopter silent hai...’ scene is creating enough buzz everywhere. How was this concept developed? Yes I am very happy with the way the helicopter scene has picked up. I think it was the idea of Abhishek Sharma. He wanted to write a scene like that. In fact ek scene aaya tha between Mehmood saab and Omprakash saab, that was our inspiration for this scene. But all those sounds that I’ve put was my idea. I just came out


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That one year main kapde dhota tha, iron karta tha and was taking care of home and my wife was earning. That was very difficult because first I was feeling that I’ve got her to this city, I’ve made some promises to her so I need to keep all those but it was not happening and I was feeling broken down sometimes. reacting. Thankfully, it happened in one take. I had prepared myself too much for that. Mujhe dar bhi tha but nervousness me kai bar acche kam ho jate hai. I had great time performing in that scene. Coming to your personal life, you started out as a radio jockey then VJ, then did television soaps, comedy shows, hosted reality programs and now finally in films, how do you feel about your journey so far? I think the journey so far has been wonderful. I’ve no regrets. I came to Mumbai ten years back. I came in 2005 and so far the kind of love I’ve received from audiences I am damn happy with that. The kind of love the industry has given me I am very happy and I feel I’ve more to give to the industry. I feel even more charged. Yes, I was an RJ, VJ, did television soaps and comedy shows. But hosting reality program that I think was the game changer for me. When I started hosting especially ‘Jhalak Dikhlaa Jaa’, ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’, ‘Dance India Dance’, that time people realised that he can host, he can do much more. A lot of people in fact told me that you

can now leave television because you are doing films now. But I still feel that whatever I’ve got - the fame, the kind of work I’ve got, the love from people, that has been from television. So I can’t ditch that. I’ve got my movies from television so I don’t feel like ditching the medium. It’s a huge medium. A lot of people who are doing movies are getting in to television, they are hosting shows now. So I am happy balancing in both the places. What would you say has been the toughest phase of your life? How did you overcome to it? The toughest phase has been the year 2008. That was the year I decided that I wasn’t very happy doing television, the kind of shows I was doing, the kind of roles I was being offered. So I consistently took the decision that I don’t want to work in daily soaps, especially as I wasn’t very happy with the roles. So that was the year I took a consistent decision and I was sitting at home for one year doing nothing. I just got married one year back and it was a difficult time. I didn’t have too much money.

But thankfully my wife really really helped me and supported me in my decision and said “Don’t worry. I am here and I will take care of things”. That one year main kapde dhota tha, iron karta tha and was taking care of home and my wife was earning. That was very

difficult because first I was feeling that I’ve got her to this city, I’ve made some promises to her so I need to keep all those but it was not happening and I was feeling broken down sometimes. But thankfully my wife supported me a lot and she didn’t let me give up


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is any problem with someone, I talk to him and finish it and then only I go to bed because I believe you should sleep with a happy mind and that’s how I like it. Salman Khan’s ‘Sultan’ and Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ both are releasing on the same day this Eid. Which film would you watch first? Let’s see whoever invites me first and I’ll definitely go for that screening. I don’t know but I can’t choose one right now so I should wait from where I get the call first.

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main kapde dhota tha, iron karta tha and was taking care of home and my wife was earning. That was very difficult because first I was feeling that I’ve got her to this city, I’ve made some promises to her so I need to keep all those but it was not happening and I was feeling broken down sometimes. But thankfully my wife supported me a lot and she didn’t let me give up on the situation. She said, “Don’t worry! Do what you think is good. Do what you feel like doing”. Because I can’t do what most people do just earn money and come back. I like to work where I get creatively satisfied. So that was the very very tough period because sitting at home for one year is not easy at all. Darshan Rawal recently said in an interview that something special with Manish Paul is lined up. Would you like to tell what is that? Yes, he said something and all I can also say

that there is something special but right now we would like to keep it a surprise. But definitely this year, something is gonna be out. With Darshan and me together, it’s gonna be fantastic. What else will audiences and fans get to see from Manish Paul this year? This year, ‘Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive’ is definitely there and I also just finished shooting for a movie called, ‘Katha’ which is the remake of the old ‘Katha’ and it’s directed by Khaleed Mohammad. That film is under post work right now so let’s hope wo jaldi complete ho. Hopefully it should be ready to release this year and people would get to see that film. Apart from that I am doing another film called, ‘Baba Black Ship’. It’s a father-son’s story. Anupam Kher sir is playing my father. In fact, I am shooting for it right now. And yes, reality shows also should be there. I haven’t signed

any shows exactly yet but I try to do one show every year so that I can keep my audience really happy because they love to see me host also. And I promise to them that I would try my best to host a season. So let’s see which one is that. Fast & Furious round What’s your motto in life? My motto in life is very filmy, sorry but that’s how I am. I am very filmy guy. So my motto is: “Jio muskurao khush raho.. Kya pata kal ho na ho”. I never sleep with a fight in my head. If there

Who is easy to handle wife or girlfriend? In my case, my girlfriend who was my girlfriend for nine years, became my wife. So I think girlfriend and wife both are easy. I never had a problem. And thankfully I am blessed to have a partner like that who is so understanding and helps me out with everything. So I think I am very sorted with that. One Hindi film dialogue you regularly use? “Sher Jab do kadam peeche le... toh iska matlab yeh nahi ki wo dar gaya...”


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Bollywood’s leading women of courage, strength, independence and resilience

got the credit and acclaim that she was due.

Kangana Ranaut as Rani Mehra in ‘Queen’

by Ayesha Babar We hear a lot about how Bollywood is a place where nepotism thrives and star kids are launched with much fanfare while ordinary hopefuls, regardless of talent, wait for years and sometimes decades to be noticed. In the cut-throat world of Indian cinema, there are few examples

of actors who have been complete outsiders and yet have managed to make a mark. Out of these, even fewer have been women. These rare women have impressed us with their talent, tenacity and hard work Individuals belonging to families that have little to do with the business of Bollywood. The last decade, particularly

since 2012, has been a special time for such women. 2014 was an interesting year, where suddenly the one film that everyone was talking about and rooting for was not a Salman Khan blockbuster – it was ‘Queen’, a relatively small film with a big heart. Its leading lady Kangana Ranaut finally

Much like her character in the film, Kangana had had to leave home and discover herself at a very young age. At 16, Kangana decided to leave her hometown, a small city in Himanchal Pradesh, and moved to Delhi to find out her true calling. Soon she got involved with a theatre group known as Asmita, learning the ropes of the craft from Arvind Gaur. After months of doing small roles, Kangana was encouraged to go to Mumbai and try her luck in the Indian Film Industry. Once in Mumbai, it was through sheer hard work and back-to-back auditions that she finally landed her first role in ‘Gangster’ in 2006. She was still only 18 at that time!


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Over the next few years of being typecast as a neurotic character who was struggling with drugs and depression, Kangana kept persevering to land a role that allowed her to showcase her full talent. With her curly hair and accented hindi, she was not looked upon as typical heroine material. That is when ‘Fashion’ appeared. The role brought her talent to the forefront, winning her a National Award in the process. Since then she has proven herself time and time again, with mainstream success and acceptance finally coming her way with ‘Tanu weds Manu’ and ‘Queen’. These hits have allowed her opportunities like ‘Tanu weds Manu Returns’ and more, showing that the faith reposed in her is well-placed! Kangana is part of the brigade of young women who have made a name for themselves not just for playing arm candy to a superstar male actor, but also for what they bring to the characters

and delivered knockout performances. Icons like Amitabh Bachchan, who Padukone worked with in ‘Piku’, have celebrated her talent and said that she is one of the finest acting talents to have emerged in recent years. Deepika Padukone as Meera Sahni in ‘Cocktail’

that they play. Deepika Padukone, who has been winning over audiences and critics alike in the last few years, has been mastering her craft. When she first appeared on the big screen, in a dream debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007, much was written about how luck was on Deepika’s side. What many people didn’t realise at that time was that ‘Om Shanti Om’ was not just the film gods smiling at Deepika, but the result of many years of struggle. Much like Kangana, Deepika too, left her family home in Bangalore to pursue her acting aspirations. She had to make do

Deepika is one of the few stars to openly talk about highly taboo topics like depression. Her foundation, Live, Love Laugh, which was launched last year is devoted to discussing depression and spreading awareness of the condition. Deepika Padukone in ‘Piku’

with modelling for a few years before she was noticed and cast in her first film. With the success of Om Shanti Om, expectations grew. The next couple of years were a mixed bag. Directors like Imtiaz Ali put their trust in Deepika with ‘Love Aaj Kal’ but commercial success eluded her. Films like ‘Break ke Baad’ and ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ tanked at the box office and Deepika was close to being written off. 2012 brought her ‘Cocktail’, the film which finally made people sit up and take notice, and since then there has been no looking back. In the following years, she has taken up challenging roles such as Mastani in ‘Bajirao Mastani’

Along with all this, Deepika has also been one of the few stars to openly talk about highly taboo topics like depression. Her foundation, Live Love Laugh, which was launched last year is devoted to discussing depression and spreading awareness of the condition. She has broken the conventional Hindi film heroine mould and openly spoken about her own struggles in coping with depression. She has also starred in a pro-choice video produced by Vogue India, which encourages women to be independent and confident of what they want from themselves and those around them. In the same league of current actresses that have earned their


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success without a proverbial godfather in the industry, and have kept bringing something fresh to the table is Priyanka Chopra. Chopra hails from an Army medical background, one that required her to move from city to city, with her family. It was when she moved to the US to live with her aunt that she discovered her love for acting and theatre. Those years in the US exposed her to a whole new world but also made Priyanka extremely self-critical. In one of her interviews Priyanka described them as a tough phase: ‘I was a gawky kid, had low self-esteem, came from a modest middleclass background, had white marks on my legs... But I was damn hard working. Today, my legs sell 12 brands.’

Upon returning to India, at her mother’s insistence she decided to try out for Miss India. Not only did she win the title, she went on to be crowned Miss World for the year 2000. Bollywood came calling soon afterwards and she played a stream of glamorous roles that had her playing not much more than a glamorous second fiddle to the hero. It was her hard work that kept her going in these years of struggle until she landed the role of Meghna Mathur in ‘Fashion’ in 2008. Critics were forced to acknowledge her breakthrough performance. Priyanka now had the privilege of choosing roles that allowed her to explore different facets of her acting. From Kaminey to Barfi, she has delivered some outstanding performances. Barring a few rough patches, Priyanka has really risen

Priyanka Chopra as Meghna Mathur in ‘Fashion’

to become one of India’s best known and most beloved stars. From launching her singing career and churning out some hit numbers, to playing the lead role in the US TV series Quantico, Priyanka is officially going places. And now it has been officially announced that Priyanka will be playing a villainous role in the new Baywatch movie reboot opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and

Zac Efron. Priyanka will also presenting at the Oscars, this year as India’s sole representative there. Kangana, Deepika and Priyanka are proof that talent and hard work always pays off eventually. They now serve as key inspiration not just to aspiring female actors, but also to men who wish to enter the film industry but do not have a godfather or insider to rely on!

I was a gawky kid, had low selfesteem, came from a modest middleclass background, had white marks on my legs... But I was damn hard working. Today, my legs sell 12 brands.

-Priyanka Chopra Priyanka Chopra in ‘Mary Kom’



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Ask Ayesha Ever wondered about how to carry off the latest beauty trend of the season? Or what products to use to make those dark circles disappear? Well, help is finally here. Send in your queries to our resident hair and makeup specialist Ayesha Babar at Ayesha@, and we will get you your answers!

I am a 19year old and really want to start trying out brighter lipsticks. So far I only wear gloss in very light colours. Since I have darker skin I am not sure what bright colours will suit me. Can you please help? (Tia K, Bradford)


Ayesha Says: Hi Tia – A bright lip colour, if done well, can really take a look from ordinary to standout. When wearing a bright colour, there are a couple of things

that you need to keep in mind. If you have not worn bright colours before I would suggest starting off with a hot pink or coral shade. This might help you ease into the look and these shades are also

more forgiving in terms of lining and shaping the lips. When buying, look for colours with a warm or neutral undertone to complement your skin tone. And finally, confidence is key. Whatever lip colour you wear, wear it with a smile!



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I have been wearing mascara ever since I can remember. However, recently I have noticed that every time I wash it off, I lose a couple of lashes and the rest of them look brittle. I cannot imagine life without mascara – please help! (Tanushree Singh, London)

Ayesha Says: Dear Tanushree – As with any product that we use, it is important to give our skin and hair a break occasionally and also to take care of our bodies from within. The weaker lashes might be due to an inadequate diet. Remember that lashes, just like the hair on our head, need proper nutrition to be healthy. I would recommend you start by making sure that you are having a balanced diet with fruits and leafy green vegetables.


Using the tiniest bit of argan or olive oil on your lashes has also proven to be helpful to some. As part of your bedtime skincare, you can massage the oil between two fingers and then give a gentle coat to your lashes. You do have to make sure that you are using a very small quantity. If you are not comfortable using oil, you can also get lash serums from skincare brands such as Clinique and Lancome that strengthen lashes over time.


Ever since I have entered my forties, my skin has started breaking out and that leaves acne scars behind. What can I do to stop the acne problems and to cover the marks when using makeup?


(Mrs Sarina Mandivala, London)

Ayesha Says: Dear Tanushree – As with any product that we use, it is important to give our skin and hair a break occasionally and also to take care of our bodies from within. The weaker lashes might be due to an inadequate diet. Remember that lashes, just like the hair on our head, need proper nutrition to be healthy. I would recommend you start by making sure that you are having a balanced diet with fruits and leafy green vegetables. Using the tiniest bit of argan or olive oil on your lashes has also proven to be helpful to some. As part of your bedtime skincare, you can massage the oil between two fingers and then give a gentle coat to your lashes. You do have to make sure that you are using a very small quantity. If you are not comfortable using oil, you can also get lash serums from skincare brands such as Clinique and Lancome that strengthen lashes over time.


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Meet Meera Majithia and Sonal Kholia, our resident event planners Meera and Sonal launched Carriages Weddings & Events in July 2015 specialising in Asian Weddings and Events. Whilst Sonal is more hands on with her wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in the hospitality industry for many years, Meera too is a sharp tool who adds to Sonal’s expertise with her creative flair and extensive PR and media experience. The Meera Sonal combination oozes passion, creative vision and professionalism. We are delighted to introduce them to you as

our event planning columnists. Each issue they will talk you through the pitfalls of managing events as well as sharing their key tips and of course if we are lucky see their creative creations (after all they do this for a living, so they obviously know best). Happy Planning!

How To Create An ‘Award-Winning’

Wedding Reception

It would seem that the season of glitz and glamour is officially upon us. With the Grammys and BAFTAs not long gone, and the Oscars just around the corner, there is literally no escaping it all. Now, we know you’re probably not marrying Leonardo DiCaprio but that doesn’t mean you can’t have your very own celebrity-style moment in the spotlight. Styling your wedding reception can be a daunting

task - there are so many decisions to be made, after all. If you do too much it could offset your guests from the start, but if you do too little, they may not get it at all. Finding the right balance can be tricky but it’s our job to ensure you get it absolutely perfect and that you take away the winning trophy on the night. Here’s presenting our top tips on planning your Oscar-inspired reception. Your venue is one of the most important elements of your event. Opt for a building with a grand entrance to stun your guests as they arrive. Whether it’s a stately home or a historical site, make sure it oozes character. Try and avoid locations that are overcrowded or industrial-like.


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You can’t have your own awards ceremony without the all-important red carpet. Roll this out for your guests and make them feel special with their very own private paparazzi and dazzling camera lights (yes, you can really hire people to do this!) as they enter the venue. Better yet, why not impress them with a signed Polaroid snap of their celebrity-moment entrance to take home?


There’s no party like an after party! If you really want to go all out and impress then consider treating your nearest and dearest to a private post-event bash. This will be for those select few who you probably want to say thanks to and for those who can manage to stay away post midnight. Have a few glasses of champers (or cups of coffee if you prefer) and some comforting midnight snacks. Wind down together, and share your favourite memories of the night gone by.


To keep your award theme flowing throughout the evening, work with your DJ and audio visual team to get the staging and lighting perfect. Set up a podium for all announcements and speeches and personalise the music for when the person in question makes their way to the stage. You can even go one step further by having a live camera stream so all of your guests can get the true Filmfare experience.



You should ensure that your stationery blends in seamlessly with the rest of you glamorous décor. Keep it simple and elegant with blacks and whites and finish off with gold foiling to make a lasting impression. Include a seating plan, place cards and menus for each table. Instead of standard numbered tables, name each table after your favourite A-lister, whether it’s an award-winning director, actor or writer.

Your guests will have travelled from far and wide to celebrate your special day with you, so it’s always nice to give a little something back to say thank you for all their love and support. In true Oscar style why not award all your guests with a personalised, individual trophy to take home, which will sit proudly on their mantelpiece.

Serve a three-course menu to your guests with silver service fit for the royal family. Request that catering company provide staff dressed immaculately in black and white attire. When it comes to the actual food, you can get as creative as you like! Keep the champagne flowing but go the extra mile and design a selection of signature cocktails (or mocktails) named after your favourite awards or films.

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International Women’s Day –Events

What's On North

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Midlands Birmingham – 8th March – Free afternoon tea at the Women and Enterprise Hub http://www. internationalwomensday. com/Activity/5902/ International-Women-sDay-FREE-TraditionalAfternoon-Tea Birmingham - 7th March – Laptops and Lipstick, business talk and expo event for

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Nottingham – 5th March - Nottingham Women: Campaigns Past and Present, a talk by Nottingham Women’s History Group including music and stalls http://www. internationalwomensday. com/Activity/3617/ Nottingham-Women

Various locations across London – 8th March13th March – the weeklong WOW festival takes place in the week of International Women’s Day and features over 150 events, including talks, debates, live music, comedy, workshops, our smash-hit WOW Speed Mentoring and the WOW Market. http://www. internationalwomensday. com/Activity/3626/WOWWomen-of-the-WorldFestival-2016

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Poets Corner Sarojini Naidu Known commonly as ‘The Nightingale of India’, Sarojini Naidu was an Indian political activist, poet and writer. Naidu served as the first governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh; the first woman to become the governor of an Indian state. She was the second woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress in 1925 and the first Indian woman to do so. Naidu was a strong and independent woman who broke down barriers in all areas of her life. Born in 1879, she was a dedicated feminist and devoted mother to five children, whilst juggling her thriving writing career alongside a rising political one. She first began

writing at the age of 12, and continued to delight and impress others right up until after her death, when her final collection of poems ‘The Feather of Dawn’ was published posthumously by her daughter. So revered is she across India that her birthday, 13th February, is celebrated as ‘National Women’s Day’ in the country in honour of the works done by her for the development of women’s rights in India. We think that Sarojini Naidu really embodies the type of inspirational and influential woman that we are celebrating this issue, and we hope her poetry manages to touch your heart as it has so many before. Enjoy!

Palanquin Bearers Lightly, O lightly we bear her along,

Softly, O softly we bear her along,

She skims like a bird on the foam of a stream,

brow of the tide,

Gaily, O gaily we glide and we sing,


She hangs like a star in the dew of She sways like a flower in the wind our song; of our song; She springs like a beam on the She falls like a tear from the eyes She floats like a laugh from the lips of a bride. of a dream. Lightly, O lightly we glide and we

We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

Fancy yourself as a bit of a poet. Then why not share your poems with us? You never know if we like it we might print it. Email us at


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