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EDITOR’S LETTER Hellooo, my lovely and most loved readers. Hope you've been wrapping up warm as the chill is definitely being felt out there these days. The cold can be quite difficult for those who suffer from Arthritis. Apparently this non curable illness affects millions in the UK. We’ve been speaking to experts to help you manage your arthritis this winter and have a full guide on page 8 and 9 on what foods to eat, which will help relieve the pain. We are in the last month of 2015 and in my view, December is the month to indulge. Those of you who are trying to stay fit and healthy, don’t worry I am not asking you to drop your diets or your fitness regime, but I am asking you to let your hair loose a little and just indulge in delicacies that you normal wouldn’t, after all it is the most festive month of the year and above all it’s time to wind down 2015. So if like me you love your food, this edition’s fab canapés will surely tickle those taste buds and get you into the party season. Speaking of celebrations, film fans have every reason to rejoice, as this month we will see Bollywood’s two biggest films release. Bajirao Mastani, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, and Dilwale, starring iconic couple Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Although, I’ve always had a crush on Shahrukh, I can’t help but find Ranveer’s little choti (pony tail) adorably cute. I for one will be watching both these films, and if you want to watch them both for FREE, yes for FREE, then do enter our mega competition on page 31.

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A look back at

Bollywood’s iconic fashion trends

Whether it’s a chiffon sari, shalwar kameez, or a chania choli, our Bollywood divas have either inspired us or made us cringe with their inimitable filmi style on the silver screen. We took a look back at what we thought became the most iconic and popular fashion trend setters of their time.

Sridevi in Mr.India Rekha in Umrao Jaan Even today this look is considered timeless. The hugely popular mujra look from Umrao Jaan has been replicated by several heroines since it was first seen and carried by the stunning actress Rekha

Usually just a blue chiffon sari might look boring, but on Sridevi it had a dazzling impact. She made a very sexy statement and chiffon sari’s became all the rage in the 80’s

Rani Mukerji in Bunty Aur Babli

Dimple Kapadia in Bobby The 70’s was an interesting era, and it surely belonged to Dimple Kapadia. Dimple was launched in the film Bobby and broke away from the traditional shalwar kameez and saris for a bold, saucy, and retro look. Her most memorable appearance in the polka dotted top and short and sexy skirt became a huge rage among the teenage girls of the 70s.

Rani set trends and cash registers ringing for fashion houses, as her collared short shirts, patialas teamed up with a jhola bag look in the film Bunty and Babli became an instant hit. The style went on to be called Bunty Babli suits.

Madhuri Dixit in Hum Aapke Hain Koun It went down in the history books and although the Dhak Dhak girl Madhuri Dixit had been impressing us for some time, nothing could quite beat the popularity and traditional yet sexy beauty of her Didi tera devar diwana outfit. The diva dazzled in a purple satin sari with a backless blouse in the song which later became a rage in wedding circles and also remains etched in our memories as a reminder of her evergreen appeal.


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Urmila Matondkar in Rangeela Rangeela is the film that got Urmila noticed. The very chic designs by Manish Malhotra turned many heads and not only did Urmila become hot property, but the look was demanded by many artists thereafter.

Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met This Kapoor can carry off almost anything, from her traditional look in refugee to her sexy avatar in Kabhie Kushi Kabhi Gham, but it was her long T-shirts with patialas look in the film Jab We Met that became a rage with the youngsters.


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Aishwarya Rai – Jodha Akbar The movie Jodhaa Akbar was a cinematic marvel of opulence and grandeur with the bonus treat of Aishwarya Rai’s magnificent Mughal look in the film. The traditional Mughal look, with the rich yet perfectly placed jewels and natural yet bewitching eye makeup, really captured the attention of many fashionistas and became the hot look for brides to be the world over

We are currently loving Deepika’s look as Mastani in, Bajirao Mastani, not only does she look royal, but as her role requires she totally fits the fearless and strong role of Mastani. We are sure this look is going to become her most iconic yet.





Simple ways to keep Arthritis from slowing you down this winter In the UK, around 10 million people suffer from arthritis. The condition causes pain and inflammation in a joint and can affect people of all ages, including children As the colder months have kicked in, many sufferers will feel their pain and inflammation increase. Unfortunately, there is no cure for arthritis but there are many ways to minimise its effects if you become a sufferer. Arthritis is not a single disease but an umbrella term for a group of conditions that cause pain and inflammation in and around the joints. The most common are pain, tenderness and stiffness around the joints, reduced movement and function, inflammation, redness and warmth and muscle weakness. By far the most common form is osteoarthritis which is estimated to affect 8.5million people in the UK. While usually detected in those over the age of 50 it can start at a younger age following over-exertion, injury or as a result of another joint problem. The cartilage protecting the bones around a joint becomes thin leaving the ends of the bone exposed. This makes movement painful as the bones rub together. Osteoarthritis is most often found in the joints of the hands, knees, hips and spine. The second most common form is rheumatoid arthritis which is more severe but less prevalent, affecting around 400,000 people. It is most likely to arise between the ages of 40 and 50 and is three times more common in

women than men. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the lining of the joints causing inflammation and pain. Movement may be reduced and bones and cartilage broken down. Other forms of arthritis include ankylosing spondylitis, gout and lupus. While there is no cure for arthritis there are various treatments that can successfully slow down its effects and minimise joint damage. Plus, there are some adjustments you can make to your diet and lifestyle to stay mobile and pain free. Physical or occupational therapists can be very helpful in teaching you how to modify activities and accomplish daily tasks more easily. But according to research from the Medical School of Harvard here are five simple things you can do to help keep arthritis from slowing you down. Keep moving. Avoid holding one position for too long. When working at a desk, for example, get up and stretch every 15 minutes. Do the same while sitting at home reading or watching television. Discover your strength. Put your strongest joints and muscles to work. To protect finger and wrist joints, push open heavy doors with the side of your arm or shoulder. To reduce hip or knee stress on stairs, let the strong leg lead going up and the weaker leg lead going down. Plan ahead. Simplify and organize your routines so you minimise movements that are difficult or painful. Keep items you need for

cooking, cleaning, or hobbies near where they are needed (even if that means multiple sets of cleaning supplies, one for your kitchen and each bathroom, for example). Take advantage of laboursaving devices and adaptive aids. Simple gadgets and devices can make it easier to perform daily activities such as cooking, gardening, or even getting dressed. Long-handled grippers, for example, are designed to grasp and retrieve outof-reach objects. Rubber grips can help you get a better handle on faucets, pens, toothbrushes, and silverware. Pharmacies, medical supply stores, and online vendors stock a variety of aids for people with arthritis. Ask for help. People with arthritis often worry about the possibility of growing dependent on others. But only a very small percentage of people with arthritis become severely disabled. Still, the emotional burdens of arthritis can be considerable. Educate family members and friends about how arthritis affects you, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Prevention is the key and making a few changes to your lifestyle can make all the difference. Working with a health professional such as an osteopath, physio or chiropractor is a good idea, particularly if you have had an injury as this can

increase your likelihood of developing OA. As well as treating the injury they will be able to advise you on beneficial exercise and stretching. As well as keeping active, what you eat is also vital to the health of the joints. Diet is so important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but can also be crucial in helping control or keep arthritis at bay. First, eating healthy helps build a healthy bone structure, providing the essential nutrients for building strong bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Consuming foods that are anti-inflammatory and avoiding those that create inflammation can also contribute to healthy bones. A healthy diet that keeps your weight in check is also important as excess weight increases the pressure on weight bearing joints, which can lead to an increase in wear and tear. By reducing and maintaining a healthy weight, you’re reducing the likelihood of developing OA in later life or helping minimise its effects and progression if you’ve already developed it.


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Here is a list of five foods that experts say will help to combat Arthritis and are easy to incorporate into your diet. Oily Fish Fish such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids which can help to reduce inflammation. In addition to this they are also a good source of nutrients to build a healthy strong bone structure, including vitamin D, magnesium and calcium. Bone Broth Some of you may turn your nose up at this, but Bone broth benefits are numerous and extensive and is now being recognised for it’s incredible health benefits

Green leafy Vegetables

Haldi (Turmeric)

Vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and kale are bursting with vitamins and minerals and are a great way to improve musculoskeletal health.

Now we know why our grandparents always chose haldi over paracetamol for pain relief. Turmeric is useful in both its powder and fresh form. The importance of turmeric for health has long been known in the ancient medicines of India (Ayurvedic) and China (Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM) and now more recent scientific studies have shown just how many health benefits turmeric has for the entire body.

They not only contain magnesium and calcium vital for building and maintaining good bone structure but also vitamin E which helps protect the body from cytokines, which are molecules that promote inflammation in the joints. Kale chips are very popular and are easily available from supermarkets, but the most popular and quickest way to up your intake of green leafy vegetables is in the form of a homemade smoothie or green juice.

It has been clinically proven to ease joint pain and help to increase flexibility. A traditional favourite is adding turmeric to a warm cup of milk. Add two teaspoons so warm milk, plus a dash of honey to sweeten and drink daily to help ease those aches and pains.

All bone broths beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more are staples in the traditional diets of every culture and the basis of all fine cuisine. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor and–they boost healing. Bone broth or stock was a way our ancestors made use of every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly, can be boiled then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen, proline, glycine, and glutamine that have the power to transform your health. Health experts say that bone broths contain minerals in forms that your body can easily absorb: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, Sulphur and others. They contain chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, the compounds sold as pricey supplements to reduce inflammation, arthritis and joint pain. One of the most popular bone broth dishes which is enjoyed lavishly within the South Asian community and has many health benefits is Paya (trotters)

Nuts and seeds Nuts and seeds contain chunks of calcium, magnesium, boron and Sulphur, which is essential for strong bones. They are also full of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that help protect against inflammation. Almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts and pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds are all great choices and are best eaten raw. Try to avoid the salted, roasted varieties. Scatter over salads and curries or whizz up in a blender with fruit and veg for a nutritious smoothie. It is important to note if you have a serious illness or are on medication, it is essential to consult with your GP first before making any big changes to your diet and lifestyle.



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It’s the festive season and its party season. This time of the year is having guests round for food, drink and celebrating the festive season. But what’s on the menu? Well canapés always go down a treat at any party. They are ideal for a drinks

party or as a sharing starter at Christmas. So this edition we have looked far and wide to bring you the most delicious festive canapé recipes. Hope you like them and don’t forget to invite us round for your celebrations.


Ingredients 200 g (7oz) ready-made mashed potato (see tip) 125 g (4oz) plain flour, plus extra to dust 1 medium egg, lightly beaten 25 g (1oz) butter

100 g (3½oz) crème fraîche 75 g (3oz) hot-smoked salmon, flaked Method Heat mashed potato according to pack instructions to soften it, then cool for 5min. In a large bowl, stir together the mash, flour, egg and seasoning to make a smooth dough. Tip out on to a lightly floured surface and pat into a 20.5cm (8in) round. Heat butter in a large non-stick frying pan and fry potato cake for 4-5min, until golden on the underside. Flip and cook the other side for 3min until golden. Slide potato cake on to a surface and use

a 4cm (1½in) cutter to stamp out circles you should have about 22. Allow to cool. Top the cooled rounds with a little crème fraîche and a flake of hot-smoked salmon. Garnish with freshly ground black pepper and serve. TIP: To make this with home-made mash, peel and chop 250g (9oz) potatoes, then boil for 15min until tender. Drain and steam dry in a colander, then tip back into the pan, add 2tbsp milk and 1tsp butter, then mash. Allow to cool for 5min, then complete recipe.

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Ingredients Oil, to grease 12 quail’s eggs 3 standard thin-cut white bread slices 1 mayonnaise or ready-made hollandaise 2-3 ham slices


Ingredients 1 lime, juiced 1 tbsp chopped coriander ½ red onion, finely chopped 1 red chilli 1 mango 1 tsp grated fresh ginger 8 raw king prawns, head on Method

Bring a pan of water to the boil and add plenty of salt. Cook the prawns for two minutes and refresh in iced water. Peel and place on a plate. Peel and dice the mango, place in a bowl, add the red onion, chili, ginger, lime juice and coriander. Insert the prawns onto the end of a fork (one for each prawn). Spoon a little mango salsa onto each fork and serve.


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THE FESTIVE SEASON GOAT’S CHEESE AND SUN-DRIED TOMATO PROFITEROLES 20g grated parmesan For the filling Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For the herb oil Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper 50g sun dried tomatoes 60g fresh mint leaves 60g fresh basil leaves 120 g toasted walnuts, for garnish Freshly ground black pepper 235ml olive oil 60ml double cream 225g goat cheese, room temperature 70g plain flour 60g unsalted butter, cut into pieces 120ml water 3 large eggs

profiteroles are puffed and golden. Allow the profiteroles to cool completely. For the goat cheese filling: Combine the goat cheese and cream in a medium bowl and whisk together using Method an electric mixer. Stir in the tomatoes, salt Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4. and pepper. Set aside. For the profiteroles: For the herb oil: Line a large baking sheet with parchment Combine the herbs in a food processor paper. Combine the water, butter, and salt and pulse to a medium puree. Then, with in a heavy medium saucepan over medium the machine running , add the oil, salt, and heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until the pepper. Transfer to a small bowl, cover butter melts. Add the plain flour and stir with cling film and set aside. over medium heat for one minute. Cool for To assemble: five minutes. Using a serrated Crack the eggs into a measuring cup. Use profiteroles. Fill knife, cut the tops off the a wooden spoon to beat the eggs into the spoonful of the each profiterole with a dough, one at a time. Stir in the parmesan return the top goat cheese mixture and of the pastry. Place two or and pepper. three profiteroles on each serving plate, Spoon 18 mounds of dough onto the drizzle with herb oil, and sprinkle with prepared baking sheet, spacing 5cm walnuts. Serve. apart. Bake for about 45 minutes, until the

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Dazzle your guests with our top 10 ideas for the best

Table settings this festive season

As we prepare for the family to come round, for Christmas celebrations or just to enjoy getting into the spirit of the festive season, after slaving in the kitchen over delicious food and the task of getting the Turkey stuffing right, one thing you don’t want to over-look are the table settings. Table settings are essential for a large family meal on the big day as everyone knows, the true centrepiece of any Christmas day is the dinner and the centrepiece of the dinner is the, well, centrepiece. With this in mind, here are 10 ideas to style up your dining room this festive season

Table setting with shimmering lanterns and baubles

Blomster lantern Ikea

Modern teal and gold Christmas table setting Impress your guests by dressing your dining room table with a mix of opulent gold and elegant teal. The warming colours will be a contrast to the crisp white winter outside and dazzling fairy lights will continue the comforting glow.

Set a party atmosphere and decorate your Christmas dining table with glass hurricane lanterns filled with glimmering silver baubles surrounded by plenty of glowing candles. Mix and match Christmas decorations for a laidback yet elegant feel.

Dramatic purple and pink festive setting If you want to create a bold and dramatic look for your dining room, use pink and purple to create a modern table with glam and glitz. Mix up patterns and textures for interest and pop quirky decorations, like jewel-coloured reindeer, in between place settings for a spot of humour.


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Baubles Poundland

Classic white and gold festive setting Keep crockery and glassware simple with elegant white china and clear glassware. A couple of glittering gold accessories will add a touch of sparkle to your dining room, while tall, elegant candles will finish the look beautifully.

Dinner plates Dunelm Mill

Dinnerware House of Fraser

Festive table setting with natural charm Choose a simple white and green colour scheme for a natural look. Display foliage and flowers in antiquestyle bottles for a pretty centrepiece

Minimal and glamourous Christmas table setting

Stick on moustaches Sainsbury’s

Festive table setting with homemade details Dress up dining room chairs with colourful scarves for an instant update this Christmas. Just choose two complementary shades that match your scheme and tie around the chair backs for instant glamour. Finish with festive baubles.

Create an elegant look this Christmas with minimal tableware and accessories in stylish black and gold. Fun touches, such as stick-on moustaches, keep the mood jovial.

Dramatic jewel toned Christmas table setting

Table runner Asda

The mix of rich jewel tones and gold makes for a theatrical, glamorous Christmas dining table. Opulent mask decorations teamed with large purple and blue hydrangeas will wow guests.

Wood slice centre piece For those who want designer, this is a lovely piece from designer Virginia Fynes, who has brilliantly placed an array of Christmas décor on top of wood slice to create a focal point on her dining room table.

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Christmas setting with framed place card Personalise dining table place settings by writing out guests’ names and placing them in pretty frames. Team with matching accessories, such as mini baubles and glitering pine cones.




r Will Master Of Genres Akshay Kuma Keep His Fans Thrilled In 2016

With in it over 100 films to his cred Bollywood and delivering at least three releases on an average each y the year, Akshay Kumar is undoubtedl od. master juggler of Bollywo r The last few years have seen the acto cal criti g givin by en steal the scre performances in thrillers like Holiday,

Special 26, and Baby to out and out action masala movies like Rowdy Rathore, winning hearts in family dramas such as Waqt and Patiala House and leaving audiences in ll splits with laugh riots like Housefu that ears app It g. and Singh Is Kinn the actor will continue his master streak and will be entertaining his audiences with a thriller (Airlift), comedy (Housefull 3) and a suspense thriller (Rustom) in the year 2016. his Akshay Kumar will be welcoming silver jubilee in the industry in 2016 ewith the release of “Airlift”, an edg real a on d base ler of-the-seat thril incident which occurred in Kuwait in the 1990s during the time of Gulf

Rohit Shetty is the real action hero: Varun Dhawan All directors try to make their actors feel at ease during shoots, but some directors go few notches higher. One such director is, Rohit Shetty, who is well known for his action sequences. While shooting for Dilwale, Varun Dhawan got a dekho of how in to film making Rohit Shetty actually is. Varun mentioned “Rohit is an awesome

director. Rohit knows exactly what he wants. He actually does all the stunts himself before the actor goes ahead do it. I believe this gives the actor more confidence & builds the trust that everything is in good hands.” Dilwale is a family entertainer with a perfect blend of action, romance and comedy. The cast of the film: Kajol, Shah Rukh Khan, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan, Varun Sharma, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Johnny Lever, Boman Irani and Sanjay Mishra. The film is produced by Red Chillies Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. in association with Rohit Shetty Productions. The film will release on 18th December, 2015.

War. An Indian businessman, Ranjit Katyal (played by Akshay Kumar) ans, helped in evacuating 1,70,000 Indi at safely, back to their home country the time of crisis. The film releases internationally on January 22, 2016.

by Ninder Kaur Akshay posted the spo of of Deepika’s photo on Twitter, where he alo ng with Abhishek Bac hchan and Riteish Deshmukh were seen posing wit ha mannequin. Deepika Padukone bec ame the toast of B-Tow n after she tweeted her picture with Hollywood star Vin Diesel with the disclosure of the new s that she is to star in the new XXX film opp osite the action star. Diesel also put out a picture of the duo on his Instag ram. Deepika’s Bollywood friends were obviously very excited about the news. Akshay along with Abhishek Bachch an and Riteish Deshm ukh recreated their own version of Deepika’s moment with Vin Die sel. The stars currently shooting for Housefull 3 dubbed their versio n of the picture – ‘Vin Petrol’. Soon after Aks hay tweeted the picture it started trending on the micro-blogging site – Riteish later shared the picture again explain ing why their version was worth much more tha n the original, writing “Petrol ka bhav Diesel se jyaada hai.” (The pric e of petrol is higher tha n diesel).


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Celebrations broke out outside Salman’s residence

Celebrations broke out outside Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s residence Galaxy Apartment here on Thursday evening with fans, including women, busting crackers, dancing to tunes of drums and distributing sweets. Fans waiting outside the superstar’s residence burst into jubilant as soon as the actor returned home from the Bombay High Court, which absolved him in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case. One of the fans told ANI: “I am very happy with the high court’s decision and that is why I am distributing sweets among people.” Salman was earlier sentenced by Sessions court to five years in jail in May. The Bombay high court, however, said Salman Khan cannot be convicted in the

case, as the prosecution has not proven the charges against the actor. Justice A.R. Joshi pointed out that Salman can’t be convicted because of “various shortcomings in investigations and prosecution’s evidence. Salman had appealed to the high court to overturn a sessions court judgment. Justice Joshi said after seeking Salman’s presence in court at the time of pronouncing the verdict that doubt arises over involvement of appellant on charges. Investigation was conducted in faulty manner with scant regard to procedure. Advocate Abha Singh on the other hand said exonerating Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in connection with the 2002 hit-and-run case was appalling and a sad day for the Indian criminal judiciary system.

Pre-production on Shah Rukh Khan, Alia’s next going on ‘full steam’ Filmmaker Karan Johar, who will co-produce Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actress Alia Bhatt’s upcoming untitled film, says the pre-production of the highly anticipated project is going on in full steam. While there were reports stating that the Gauri Shinde-directorial might get shelved due to creative differences between the makers, Karan has denied such rumours stating that the principal photography of the movie will commence from middle of January. Karan, who will be co-producing the film under his Dharma Productions banner along with Hope Productions and Shah Rukh’s Red Chillies Entertainment, took to Twitter to share the news with his fans. “@gauris film with @iamsrk and @aliaa08 commences principal photography middle of January! Pre production is on full steam now! Exciting,” Karan tweeted. While, Shah Rukh and Alia are yet to begin shooting for the film, both the actors have big films in their kitty as of now. Shah Rukh, who has films like “Dilwale”, slated to release on December 18, “Raees” and “Fan”. Alia, on the other hand, who was last seen on the silver screen in “Shaandaar”, will be soon feature in “Udta Punjab” and “Kapoor and Sons”.




Shahid Kapoor starts shooting ‘Rangoon’ Actor Shahid Kapoor, whose “Shaandaar” turned out to be a box office debacle, has started shooting for “Rangoon” with his “Haider” director Vishal Bhardwaj.

The actor, who has been giving hints about his look in the upcoming project with different styles of beards, started shooting for the film on Thursday, said a source close to the actor. However, the filming location has not been revealed. For the film, Shahid went all the way and opted for a beard, and

recently shared his new look with a slick moustache on Twitter. “Rangoon” is a love story based in the 1940s, against the backdrop of World War II. It also stars Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut.

Bhardwaj has earlier delivered hit films like “Kaminey” and “Haider” with Shahid, and perhaps “Rangoon” will recreate the magic at the box office. Meanwhile, Shahid’s last box office outing with “Shaandaar” turned out to be a damp squib.

Rani Mukerji and Aditya Chopra blessed with baby girl Adira Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji and filmmakerproducer Aditya Chopra have been blessed with a baby girl and have named her Adira. According to their spokesperson, a healthy and fiesty daughter was born at Breach Candy Hospital on the morning of 9 December. I would like to thank all my well wishers and fans, Rani said. Today life has given us Gods greatest gift with Adira. We thank fans, our friends and well wishers for their unconditional support and blessings. With joy we begin this new chapter in our lives.

Selena Gomez is now team 1D, not Belieber Selena Gomez has made her choice and she chose One Direction over her former fling Justin Bieber. The 23-year-old songstress told a fan to choose 1D’s new album, ‘Made in the A.M.,’ over Bieber’s ‘Purpose,’ reports Us magazine. When a fan questioned Gomez, “My friend

likes jb and 1d but idk which one to get him? Purpose or Made in the AM?” on Instagram, she commented back by saying, “Made in the AM. MADE IN THE AM.” It is being claimed that the songstress has changed her party because of her ongoing romance with Niall Horan.

Farhan Akhtar sings fo r ‘Wazir’ Actor-singer Farhan Ak htar, who has previously sung in films like “Rock On!!”, “Zindagi Na Mileg i Dobara” and “Dil Dhadakne Do”, rec orded a special song titled “Atrangi yaa ri” for his forthcoming release “W azir”. The song in question is the crux of the film. It talks about unu sual friendships, which is also the theme of the film. The promotional track, composed by Rochak Kohli and penne d by Gurpreet Saini and Deepak Ramo la, will feature in the end credits. It is said to be producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s idea to have Farhan sing a song in “Wazir”, which also stars megastar Amitabh Bachc han. Directed by Bejoy Namb iar, Wazir is set to release on January 8 next year.



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Leona Lewis exposes Bangladesh leather industry’s animal cruelty British singer and animal welfare campaigner Leona Lewis has in a video put spotlight on the cruel treatment meted out to cows transported from India to the Bangladesh leather industry. As Lewis reveals in the video, made for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), an estimated two million cows are transported on severely crowded trucks thousands of miles from India -- where it’s illegal to slaughter them in most states -- to Bangladesh every year, read a statement. “Bangladesh produces cheap products that are sold around the world. Now, shocking undercover footage into the country’s billion-dollar leather industry shows who is paying the highest price for leather: animals and workers, including children,” Lewis said in the video. According to the PETA investigation, many cows arrive with broken tails and open wounds and are so weak and malnourished that they cannot even stand. In abattoirs, or illegally on the streets, their throats are cut with a knife, and some still struggle to escape as their skin is peeled off. Tanneries use toxic chemicals to prevent animals’ skin from decaying. Unprotected workers, including children, stand barefoot as they soak hides in carcinogenic chemicals, cut the skins with knives, and operate dangerous machinery - some losing fingers in the process. Lewis is part of a long list of celebrities -- including Amitabh Bachchan, Jude Law, Priyanka Chopra and Pamela Anderson -who have teamed up with PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”, to help alleviate animal suffering in various ways.

Naomi Campbell may undergo hip replacement Model Naomi Campbell has reportedly been told that she may need surgery on her damaged hip. “Naomi had to hobble in through the back door to avoid being pictured. She was openly telling other guests she may need a hip replacement. She said her injury was down to wear and tear. She even skipped the after-party because it looked like she was in a lot of pain,” an eye-witness told The Sun newspaper, reports The model has sparked concerns over her health in recent months after she was spotted using a wheelchair on various occasions and being assisted out of her friend and singer Madonna’s house following a night out last week. “It’s become well known in the industry that she’s been suffering. There have been a lot of whispers about what’s wrong with her, given that she has even needed a wheelchair at certain points,” a source said. However, a close friend of Campbell’s is adamant her injury has been brought on by her globe-trotting career and she’ll be back to “normal” after some much needed rest. “It is only a light injury, aggravated by travel, work and exercise. She is all good and will be out and about as normal over the next few days,” the source added.



ABBAS HASAN When Rishi signed me, he knew what he was getting into!

academy supporting my work. I believe that music and the arts are intended to bring people together and break boundaries, and as an Asian artist this message rings true to everything that I do.

by Junaid Shoukat He’s been featured in Hello Magazine, photographed at Elton John’s party with Frieda Pinto sang Happy Birthday to Karan Johar and now he released his new single ‘Sweet Girl’ we caught up with the dashing and the ever so charming - Abbas Hasan

You’ve been featured in Hello Magazine, were photographed at Elton John’s party with Freida Pinto and most recently sang ‘happy birthday’ at Karan Johar’s birthday party. Seems you are very busy! How did you find the experience?

Congratulations on the release of your new single “sweet girl” - a song in French, Hindu/ Urdu and English! How did this come about? Thank you. I always like to bring my various influences into my music, and having been born in Canada and grown up in Paris, France, that sometimes manifests itself in the form of language too.

Since performing at the Times of India Film Awards, and doing collaborations with Shahrukh Khan’s team and touring with Shreya Ghoshal etc, it’s been a really exciting journey. Karan’s party was held in London so it was great to see the whole gang, and the whole ‘happy birthday’ thing was just something that we planned as a surprise at the last minute.

Recently you signed a major deal with the Pan-Asian International Film and Music Awards academy (PAIFMA). How do you feel about that? Thank you! Yes, it’s very exciting and I’m so thrilled to embark on this journey with them. I won ‘Artist of The Year’ in Canada last year, which was very special at the time, but of all the

How was the experience of working in Bollywood?

honours I’ve held over the past few years, it

feels overwhelming and extra special to have the

It was surreal and very exciting. Performing in front of thirtyfive thousand people including all the top


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directors and my actor/ singer peers from Bollywood was a very special moment. Working with Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and touring across the world-every step is more and more exciting. Signing with the Pan-Asian International Film and Music Awards is starting a whole new journey so stay tuned! Do you write your own lyrics? Absolutely. I can’t sing a song that I don’t connect with on some level. I like to get involved in every aspect of what I do, whether that’s writing, composing, or even planning out how I want to express the music video. How was it like working with actress Armeena Khan on this latest release? Armeena is also a fellow Canadian in the industry and we’ve been friends for a long time. We discussed doing a video for ages but one of us was always away traveling. ‘Sweet Girl’ was meant as a sequel to the ‘Away’ video starring Humaima Malick so it made sense to have a have a star like Armeena. After her blockbuster film “Bin Roye” her fans saw her as a sweet Angelic creature but I knew she would be perfect to play the Sweet Girl but also the black swan with a dark and dangerous side. So how did a career in music and acting come about? Did you always know you’d be a future star? I used to record with Disney Studios in Paris

as a child so I think the experience of working in a professional studio setting at such a young age taught me a lot and inspired me to pursue this life.

Paris and it will always be my home and the most beautiful city for me. But now I’ve learned to love the chaos of London and in many ways this is home now.

Was there any objection from your parents for choosing this career path as opposed to a typical career such Law or Medicine?

Favourite Bollywood actress?

My parents are incredibly supportive, and of course like any parents they wanted to make sure that I got a great education at the same time. That was our deal! (he laughs). The funny part is that by the time I got my master’s degree I was already shooting ad campaigns for Virgin Atlantic and performing all over the world. Who is your biggest music inspiration and why? Lots of artists inspire me for different reasons. I don’t have one person. I really respect and value what classical artists brought to music but at the same time I really appreciate everyone from David Bowie and A. R. Rahman to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan! Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time? Taking over the world! [He laughs]. For me it’s all about music, art and sharing the love. Whether I’m acting or singing, I will always be making music. Which one do you prefer, France or the UK? Tough question! I love

You’re trying to get me in trouble! I’ve always had a soft spot for Priyanka Chopra ever since we met. Do you think having a French background has had any influence in your music? When Rishi signed me, he knew what he was getting into! [He laughs] Of course growing up in the Paris Arts scene is such a big part of my foundation so it’s inevitable that my various influences feed through to my music. Whether it’s linguistically or melodically. Even a lot of my middle-eastern references come from having grown up in Paris, where middle-eastern music is very celebrated. Ultimately everything I do has my signature but


at the same time I like to experiment with sounds and influences. What is next for Abbas? Can we expect to see you in a Bollywood film? You’ll have to wait and find out! [he laughs] But I can say that there will be a lot of exciting news this new year. Where can people hear your music and perhaps connect with you? (Social media etc) The best is to follow me on Instagram @ abbashasanofficial and twtter @abbashasanmusic. My facebook fan page is also a good way to keep up to date (/ abbashasanonline). I always try to respond to my fans! Any messages for all the fans out there? Lots of love to all my Habibis out there and I can’t wait to show you what’s coming out in the new year!


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Bollywood’s most iconic couple – Can they live up to expectations with

Dilwale? Rewind back 20 years when Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ), released did any of us anticipate the love and success it would go on to achieve? The romantic classic tugged at the heartstrings of cine-goers across the globe. DDLJ set trends not only at the box office in India, but also opened up the markets abroad, especially in the UK. Those who didn’t watch Bollywood films, started to watch Bollywood films and as a result not only did the film make moolah at the box office, but it also produced Bollywood’s

Shahrukh and Kajol in their next release 'Dilwale'

most loved and now known as the most iconic stars of this generation - Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. In a recent interview for Asian Style Magazine, we got to learn and feel first hand why this jodi have become so popular and remain everyone’s favourite on-screen couple. The lively banter and humour between Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan is not only heart-warming, but infectious. Their chemistry is visible not just on-screen but off screen as well. It’s no wonder they have six blockbuster films behind them and

whether it was Raj and Simran or Anjali and Rahul they made millions fall in love with them and gave a new meaning to romance in each film.

Their first film together was in 1993, called Baazigar in which Shahrukh played an unconventional character with negative undertones. Although he romanced both Shilpa Shetty and Kajol in the film, it was the smash hit song ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhen’ that got everyone not only dancing to their tunes but let everyone know that the hit Jodi of Kajol and



fan through a nostalgia of emotions helping us relive and enter the world of Raj and Simran’s innocent love once again.


Shahrukh had arrived. The couple then returned in Karan Arjun and despite it being a two hero film, the KajolShahrukh jodi still left an impression with their song ‘Jaati Hoon Mein’. Although the film did well and their song was appreciated, it wasn’t until DDLJ arrived that same year that people really started taking notice of the Baadshah and Kajol as they achieved their hat trick of hit films DDLJ marked 20 years of its release on October 19, 2015 and to celebrate the grand feat, filmmaker Rohit Shetty, along with SRK’s production house Red Chillies, produced a video that shows Shahrukh and Kajol reminiscing about, what is believed to be the biggest movie of their respective careers. The video was watched by over 4 million viewers on YouTube and took every

Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

It’s fair to say that DDLJ is classified as a cult classic and it’s all down to the amazing director of the film, Aditya Chopra, who had the vision, which was brilliantly brought to life by Shahrukh and Kajol. The chemistry was so strong of the 50 year old superstar and the forty one year old actress that even two decades on people are still repeating their famous dialogues, such as “Bade bade deshon mein aisi choti choti baatein, hoti rehti hai… Senoirita” (In big big countries such small small things ... keep happening) “Agar yeh tujhe pyar karti hai toh yeh palat ke dekhegi ... palat ... palat!” (If she loves you then she will turn around and see you ... turn ... turn!) The duo were next seen on celluloid three years later with ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and once again stole people’s hearts as Rahul and Anjali. The film was extremely successful in India and abroad, becoming the highest grossing Indian film of the year, third highest grossing Indian film ever behind Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, and the first

Bollywood film to enter the UK cinema top ten. This was followed up with another blockbuster in 2001 with Kabhie Kushi Kabhie Gham, now playing a married couple in the film, rather than young star crossed lovers, Kabhie Kushi Kabhie Gham further cemented the Shahrukh and Kajol combo at the box office as it broke the record of Kuch kuch hota hai and became the highest grossing Indian film outside India at the time. Undoubtedly unbroken and now superstars in their own right, their next film, My Name is Khan although went on to become a huge hit at the box office met with mixed responses from critics. Following a gap of nine years from their last film together, My Name is Khan perhaps was something very different to the usual romantic genre Kajol and Shahrukh had been playing in the past which fans had been accustomed to seeing. The storyline of the film was very different and you could clearly see that both superstars had matured immensely as actors. ‘My Name Is Khan’ describes the journey of one family and how it changes because of 9/11. The film begins with

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

the child, Rizwan Khan (Tanay Chheda), a Muslim who has Asperger syndrome, growing up with his mother (Zarina Wahab) in the Borivali section of Mumbai. Later as an adult (Shahrukh Khan), Rizwan moves to San Francisco and lives with his brother and sister-in-law. While there, he falls in love with Mandira (Kajol). After 9/11, Rizwan and Mandira begin to face a number of difficulties which causes them to separate. Rizwan then begins a long journey across the United States to win Mandira back. In the process of his journey, he “inspires optimism and joy in the hearts of the people he encounters by spreading of messages of goodwill wherever he roams.” Although the movie earned flak from some quarters citing antinational elements, it found a fan in the legendary writer and author Paulo Coelho. Mr Coelho took to Twitter to praise the movie and even called it the “best film that he has watched this year”. Kajol and Shahrukh once again proved that their chemistry was beyond the candy floss romance and gloss that you usually see in Bollywood films (with a few exceptions) and once again claimed their


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position as the numero uno couple in Hindi cinema today. Today the talented couple are getting set to reprise their iconic on-screen pairing in their next film Dilwale, which is set to release worldwide 18 December, twenty-two years after their first film and hit film Baazigar. The film is Directed by Rohit Shetty, who worked with Shahrukh previously in the hit film Chennai Express and has also Directed the smash hit trilogy Golmaal. Joining Shahrukh and Kajol in the film are Varun Dhawan, who has five hit films to his credit and Kriti Sanon who is one blockbuster film old. With such a successful cast and production team coupled with the non-stop film promotions both in India and abroad there is no doubt that Dilwale is sure to get a huge opening. The trailer of the film

Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham

when released a month ago, garnered over 5 million hits within the first 24 hours. This made it evident that fans had been looking forward for the super hit jodi of Shahrukh and Kajol to return on the silver screen. As well as compliments on social media and through several media outlets, there was also some criticism. When the song from the film, Gerua was released, it was slammed from several quarters for having included so many Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) which many found cringeworthy. News was doing the rounds that the song featuring Bollywood’s favourite jodi Shah Rukh


Karan Arjun

Khan and Kajol did not meet up to people’s expectations, considering this song was hyped to bring back the chemistry of the star duo from Suraj Hua Madham. However, when this was followed up with a video showcasing the making of Gerua released by Red Chillies Entertainment which revealed that none of it was CGI the criticism quickly turned back to compliments.

Although the story line hasn’t been made clear we do know that apart from playing Kajol’s romantic hero, Shah Rukh is also playing an elder brother to Varun Dhawan in the film. It is believed Varun, as the younger brother, is totally devoted to his bhai, in the film so much so that he is not even afraid to lose his ladylove (Kriti Sanon) for him. It’s a film where ‘love conquers all’ according to Kajol.

The video also shows how Kajol saved Shah Rukh from falling off the valley during their dance sequence.

Loaded with adrenaline pumping car scenes and two hot romantic couples, will the film hit the bullseye? Can Shahrukh and Kajol recreate their magic. Watch the film on 18 December and be sure to tell us what you thought.

The trailer, hit the right notes with fans as it showcased a perfect mix of thrill on wheels and an eternal love story.




Deadly Beauty Mistakes Not To Make This

Winter Avoid these cold-weather missteps.

LINGERING IN A HOT SHOWER When it’s ten below outside, it’s tempting to turn your morning shower into a half-hour steam-a-thon. But after about 15 minutes, all that heat begins to compromise your skin’s lipid layer, a complex of fatty acids that holds in precious moisture. Turn down the heat as much as you can—or at least shorten your shower time. THE WRONG CLEANSER If you thought the lipid barrier in your hot shower was bad, well drying soap lather is even worse. Try to avoid soap-based facial cleansers. Cold weather normally reduces the moisture levels in the air, therefore it’s our suggestion for almost everyone to go for a non-foaming cleanser. There are quiete a few decent products on the market now. Personally I recommend Pond’s cold cream cleaners for dry skin and for oily and acne prone skin I would recommend Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


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APPLYING FOUNDATION TO FLAKY SKIN No foundation, no matter how great the formula, looks good on dry skin—in fact, it will just highlight trouble. To keep the skin smooth, exfoliate regularly with a scrub containing gentle beads, and switch to (or add) a rich night cream. Then choose a moisturising foundation with a dewy or satin (rather than matte) finish—avoid anything powdery.

THE WRONG LIP BALM It’s no secret that your lips get more chapped in the winter, but not all balms are created equal: The most important thing is to use one that is viscous, not waxy, so the ingredients penetrate fissures. Stay away from anything with lanolin (especially if you have eczema or supersensitive skin), and, since fragrance is the number-one skin allergen, avoid anything that’s heavily scented or tastes like your favourite sweets.


DON’T DROP THE SPF The sun’s rays still exist in winter and therefore your skin will still absorb them and be slowly damaged over time say skin experts. Even if you’re only outside for a total of 30 minutes, five times per week such as walking to work or taking a lunch break, over a year, that adds up to 7,800 minutes in the sun. To make sun protection easy, choose a daytime moisturiser with broad-spectrum

protection (UVA and UVB) and at least SPF 30. This applies to ladies of South Asian origin too. It’s true that Asian skin has a natural sun protection factor of four. It also burns less easily and is less prone to sun damage, premature aging and wrinkling than Caucasian skin. Still, Asian skin can be sensitive and easily damaged. It tans easily and is prone to pigmentation problems that can be caused by UV exposure. So take our advice and don’t drop the SPF

ROUGH FEET Sandpaper feet don’t appeal to anyone, not to mention that neglecting your feet all winter just makes it more difficult to whip them into shape for spring. As maintenance, get a pedicure at least every six weeks, or even better, follow this foot-softening routine once a week: Soak

your feet in warm, soapy water for 15 minutes, then buff the soles with a foot file. To soften and help seal cracks, slick on an ointment, then wear cotton socks while you sleep.

One more reason to wear gloves: Forgetting to do so can lead to painfully cracked fingertips and peeling nails say dermatologists. Many antibacterial hand soaps can be drying, so we would advise using a mild, creamy one instead. Then rinse well with lukewarm water, and reapply hand cream every time. Once a week, rub cuticle oil into and around nails to keep them hydrated.



New Year set to sizzle with glittery line up of fashion brands from India and Pakistan at Aashni & Co’ second annual Wedding Show Along with Bollywood’s most loved fashion designer Manish Malhotra, two of India’s most sought after new gen fashion labels, SVA and Ridhima Bhasin, will also be among the curated lineup of Indian fashion royalty partaking in the second, annual Aashni + Co Wedding Show in association with Mustang Productions on Sunday 10 January 2016.


Ridhima Bhasin

SVA, meaning ‘soul’ in Sanskrit, is the labour of love of Sonam and Paras Modi. SVA was borne out of a passion for heritage, colour and craftsmanship, which is reflected in every creation. Intricate detailing, elaborate handcrafting, luxurious fabrics, and exceptional styling are all synonymous with the label. Sonam’s expertise as a creative designer and Paras Modi’s previous background in International Business and most importantly their willingness to start something together led to SVA. Ridhima Bhasin’s broad vision of fashion is materialised through her inventive, contemporary yet traditional Indian clothing. Fuelled by her passion for fashion and designing, Ridhima acquired her technical fashion skills from London College Of Fashion, where she studied ‘Design & Retail’. Ridhima Bhasin’s line of clothing is one that breaks away the shackles of mundane colour schemes and takes a sombre route. Her designs strike the right balance between conservative and experimental, her fine eye for fabrics and intricate embroideries making her clothing wardrobe- worthy.


Ridhima Bhasin


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Manish Malhotra’s creativity and genius span the broad spheres of Bollywood design, styling, diffusion and the Everlasting Bridal and Couture. Manish is a pioneer in the field of fashion in India today. His diffusion label ‘MANISH MALHOTRA’ has become a success since its launch in 2004 and has proved once again why he is the country’s favourite when it comes to dressing India’s most beautiful and glamourous. Manish Malhotra has been felicitated by National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi and the Indo American Society for his contribution to fashion Manish Malhotra Empress Collection designing. He was also presented the Rajiv Gandhi Award by the Mumbai Pradesh Youth Congress 2002 for his contribution to fashion in India. Other celebrated designers who will once again descend on the capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform include: Anamika Khanna, Anju Modi, Anita Dongre, Anushree Reddy, Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl, Akanksha Gajria, Ridhima Bhasin, Chiquitita kidswear by Payal Bahl, Gaurav Gupta, Masaba, Nikasha, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Samant Chauhan and SVA. Additionally, Aashni + Co Wedding Show will welcome lauded Pakistani designer, Faraz Manan, presented by Hello! Pakistan, alongside his Indian contemporaries, as well as jewellery and accessory collections by Amrapali and Amishi London. MM Empress Collection January being renowned as the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2016 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, with accessibility being key to the show. Mustang Productions provides imaginative event design paired with impeccable coordination services to create truly exceptional events and fashion shows. The event will also feature floral styling by Zita Elze, an awardwinning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant, who played a key role in designing the debut show in January 2015.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2016’s official charity partner is The British Asian Trust, founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, who wanted to do something about the widespread poverty and hardship that he saw in South Asia. He turned to the entrepreneurial spirit of the British Asian diaspora, aiming to link them with innovative social entrepreneurs and grassroots interventions in the region. Since its inception, The British Asian Trust has convened funds, become a trusted navigator and raised awareness through the backing of high profile voices like Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, music mogul Simon Cowell and Bollywood actress Rani Mukerji. To date, the Trust has made a real difference in the lives of over three million people in South Asia. The event will be taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA with general tickets priced at £30. For more information visit: T. +44 207 985 0155 or E:

Gaurav Gupta

MM Empress Collection



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Now in its 8th year the Gaza Winter Walk has seen thousands of participants and entire communities from across the country join together, wrapped up warm with maps and refreshments in hand. They have remained triumphant in taking on the 5 miles of chilly terrain ahead of them, to raise funds for the children of Gaza, and the results have been spectacular. This winter Winter Walk 2016 will be taking place in the historic city of Cardiff! As well as our usual locations in London, Manchester, Birmingham , and Leicester. The Winter Walk will also be returning for the second year in a row in Glasgow, Bradford and Luton! For more information visit www.

MADAME TUSSAUDS DECLARES A KYLIE CHRISTMAS WITH SPECIAL CHRISTMAS SET STARRING HER WAX FIGURE Madame Tussauds London has declared a Kylie Christmas as the world famous singer’s wax figure takes centre stage in a special seasonal set. And to celebrate the festive season, the legendary pop sensation, who is spreading her own Christmas sparkle with her new Kylie Christmas album, paid a visit to the world famous attraction to meet her wax figure for the very first time. Kylie’s Christmas set will be at the attraction throughout the festive season. Find out more and book ahead at

KEEPING IT HALAL 99% Halal is coming to Bradford next week. On the 17 and 18 of December 2015 you can see a new play by writer and director Shazia Ashraf, the play will use multi-media, dance and music to explore the lives of two second generation South Asian Muslims in modern day Bradford. The play will follow the couple as they look towards to their wedding. As the lives of the young people begin to change, as social media success and personal differences become strains on their relationship, the couple discover along the way that life is not as simple as they first thought. Tickets are £7.50 online and £10 cash, and will be taking place at the Kala Sangam, Bradford, BD1 4TY. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 7:00pm. For more information contact | +44 (0) 7707 573 555

HANS RAJ HANS IN CONCERT Amongst his many accolades Hans Raj was awarded an Hans Raj has also sung in movies and has honorary also released his own 'Indipop' albums. He music has worked alongside other renowned professor at artists such as the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Washington DC Khan, as seen in the movie Kachche University and Dhaage. San Jose State His popularity started touching the sky University. when he sang 'Ni Vanjaaran Kuriey'. It was a culturally rich classical item and Don’t miss this unique concert. basically gave the taste of real Punjabi Tickets available from TicketMaster music to all Punjabis around the globe. Famous Punjabi folk and Sufi music singer, Hans Raj Hans will be in Wolverhampton this month for his 'Up close and Personal' concert.

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Poets Corner The British public has been in turmoil since British parliament voted for airstrikes in Syria. Whilst it seems the majority of the British public was against, the decision of the majority of British MP's was for and there is the likelihood of so many poor Syrian families to be displaced and in need of refuge. This edition to reflect the mood and thoughts of many, we are sharing this fantastic poem by Nikita Madhani where she describes what it is like to see things from the eyes of a Syrian child.

Of Children of Syria- Poem by Nikita Madhani

Syria is one of the most dangerous places for a child

Clutch my bones

What caused the wound,

From everywhere

You screamed with ache

I feel the fear

And Daddy fumed.

I feel the pain

What suffering, What pain

The way they see me

What bloodshed means,

With disdain.

Some broken souls

We crossed the sea

Some shattered dreams.

We trudged the land

I hope we go back

And as I wailed

Home someday

You held my hand.

But you tell me

We left behind

“It won’t let us stay.”

Those times of joy The cake in the fridge My little toy. I don’t know yet

Out in the darkness As I stare Mom clutch my bones Just everywhere.

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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It doesn’t happen often, but when it does trade pundits and media ignite and the excitement builds towards two of perhaps the biggest Bollywood films to be released this year.

and said to be in love in real and reel life couple Ranveer and Deepika, along with their most sexiest and international star Priyanka Chopra on the other side, going to the cinema couldn’t be more exciting.

Yes you got it with Rohit Shetty directed and Red Chillies produced Diwale on one hand and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus on the other. With the iconic couple Shahrukh and Kajol, along with Varun and Kriti Sanon on one side and the romantic

As the excitement builds, we at Asian Style want to give one of our readers and a friend an opportunity to enjoy watching both films on us. In order to win this fabulous opportunity, all you have to do is answer this very simple question.

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