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FASHION, ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE

Volume 2 | Issue 1 | February-March 2013

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Designer par excellence

Kaizer Khan, at the forefront of the Indian fashion scene for over more than 15 years launches his own brand

THE ONE SOCIAL SKILL THAT CAN

Kids of some of great cine personalities. Can they make it large?

12TH WORLD WET LAND DAY CELEBRATIONS

CHANGE YOUR LIFE DATE A WORKALOHOLIC DIRECTOR vs. LIFE

SPECIALS

ROAD TO HEAVEN

A travelogue straight from the heart during the journey to Lansdowne

SPECIALS

A director describes how his role demands more from him than his life could ever do

KOMAL JHA QUEEN OF LOVE


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F RO M E D I TO R ’ S D E S K . . . Valentine’s Day is the second busiest holiday of the year for the makers of greeting cards and the saddest holiday of the year for all those singles out there. Many people, throughout the world, express their love to their love (or as popularly called his or her Valentine) with gifts that range from romantic cards, beautiful flowers, heart shaped boxes filled with candies and the list goes on…

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Fortunately this year Lá Fiesta celebrated Valentine’s Day and thus made it much easier on men and women when it comes to approach with dozens of ideas that come from both genders that know what your love want. This Valentine's Day, we spread more love. With this issue, we enter the world of spring with some fresh bites from the world of fashion, entertainment and lifestyle- like we always say! I would also like to thank our big family of readers who have always supported us and encouraged us to go miles and miles ahead. Love, KIRAN Feature Editor

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CONTENTS F E B RUA RY - M A RC H 20 1 3

18. ROAD TO HEAVEN

FASHION

Get lost in our journey to what we truly called a heaven. A closer look at Lansdowne…

11. DESIGNER PAR EXCELLENCE

LIFESTYLE & BUZZ 08. LOCAL MAP - CITY LIGHTS 12. YOUR HOROSCOPE THIS MONTH 16. DIRECTOR vs. LIFE

Being a producer-director-writer and more than just a creator, I wanted to start with the entertainment industry, in a profession where I could interact with other professionals on a day-to-day basis. My profession has made me realize the amount of hard work that goes into a creator’s life. So many directors are desperately waiting to get a day off but the pressures of a making effective cinema just do not allow.

28. LOVE ETC. - ARE TO DARE A WORKHOLIC?

There are those of us who cringe at the idea of working weekends, and there are those who thrive in it. When the two worlds collide, the dating can be rocky, with both parties feeling dissatisfied. Determine if your date is a workaholic. We mention some telltale signs and information that can help you ‘survive’...

30. SOCIAL ANIMAL – THE ONE SKILL THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE…

36. OUR UNIVERSE - 12TH WORLD WET LAND DAY CELEBRATIONS

SPECIAL

Kaizer Khan’s exclusive interview by Manish Kant on his new brand series ‘Ayaani’s’


34. YUMMY TUMMY-

INDIAN TADKAA Supriya shares two of the mouth-watering dishes straight from a common household kitchen surpassing the taste of a 5-star delicacy

42. MY SPACE

STREET CAR - Words for the beloved by Prateek Srivastava THE WEDDING VACATION - A perfect family get-together as captured by Shruti Chadalwada

36. TECH-WISE – I AM SAFE A smart phone app that provides world's strongest safety network in your pocket.

48. EVENTAGEOUS - SPECIAL COVERAGE

A glimpse of events like Mr. India Worldwide, Miss North India and Mrs. India Worldwide by Saaz Events and Promotion

44. FRESH FACES

ENTERTAINMENT 10. CAUGHT IN THE ART

Archana Shukla, Finalist in Sahara TV Show ‘Pride of UP’ is an upcoming promising artist. Read more about her.

14. NOT SO FAMOUS

Kids of some of great cine personalities. Can they make it large?

22. QUEEN OF LOVE – KOMAL JHA

Her journey from being a hardcore civil engineer to the lead actress in an upcoming Telugu feature film to be screened at Cannes was not a child’s play. The Mumbai based modelactress Komal Jha reckons that the foundation of success was laid long time ago. In her heart - to - heart chat with Chetan Sharma, she talks about how she surpassed the hurdles with her confidence and talent.

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LO CA L M A P

CITY LIGHTS -

Prateek Srivastava

“Momin! What the hell is going on in this city? Police has come to take Shazia with them.” This was the last thing that Momin expected. His family had come to terms with random query by the police. But they would arrest her for putting a status about ‘bund’ in the city on the social networking site was simply unthinkable. But that is what lack of cosmopolitan attitude is all about.

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iving anywhere would ideally mean peace, harmony, tolerance, solidarity, security and above all lot of satisfaction and contentment derived from that, especially in a city. But each one of us keeps giving all these amiss during the course of our daily chores and we end up falling short of giving any kind of lip service even. Anonymous living in a megalopolis comes handy when it comes to debauchery, deceit, ditching and when trying to create gory tales of being unfaithful in every single role which a person is expected to perform and through this gross neglect we have a time tested recipe for consequent failed marriages.

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Anurag Basu’s Hindi movie Life in a... Metro is an earnest urban drama which creates compelling snapshot about the contemporary lives and love. It has been easy to break away from the closely guarded routine of a joint family sometimes under the compulsion of job hunting and at other aura of female outsiders in the family simply don’t find each other mutually compatible…each striving hard to get away from the clutches of the other. Although this new kind of life of an independent nucleus experienced many material conveniences at their doorsteps it kept lacking in the strong emotional foundation which is a prerequisite for continuing as a balanced

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psyche. So I too kept trying to look for the small town pleasure if that could be replicated in my city. It was then suddenly one fine day we ran into Pandit Ji chaatwala alias Pandeyji who traversed 10 – 15 km daily all across the up market streets of Ghaziabad to sell his gole gappey and aalu tikki door to door to the salivating housewife and children and hungry and deserving laborers at noon. The purity of all his concoction had addictiveness and it was hard for us to resist the temptation of getting a bit indulgent. If we were not at home there was always the take away option for us. We all possess a knack for forgetfulness but >>>


<<< the sketch of the weekly haat composed by Munshi Premchand in his immortal social statement Idgaah where a small child Hamid buys a chimti for his very elderly daadi and read by just everyone in the junior school never fades. The Thursday bazaar at Mayapuri in Delhi tended to be a fabulous revisit to the childhood memory. Same old colorfulness running riot all across the fancy readymade one piece ladies top and other shimmering dress hanging by the nylon string at the back of stalls which stalked whole of the otherwise a very busy city road. That was indeed a utility fete for all the goers where we could lay our hand upon thousands of essentials to nail paint remover and tonnes of freshly plucked green vegetables at an enticing bargain. Once upon a time we did not dare to think beyond circumscribing the muddy puddle of gaon upon anything other than a bicycle. I remember my grandpa drawing the road map across each twist and turn at our farmland where I had come to spend my summer vacations. He knew I was going to be at college after few months. I knew that I need to know this cheapest mode of transport for as a grownup boy I was expected to meticulously manage my meager pocket money. I was cruising past the rural road into the city to buy some medicine that my Babaji had written on a bit of paper. Suddenly there was extreme pandemonium in the market place near kotwaali chauraha of historical city of Jaunpur which reached its pinnacle during the medieval rule of Shershah the Afgan and Sharqi Sultans. The recoil effect of operation Blue Star was goading whole of Sikh commune into extreme distress. Rumors went rife that a faction of Sikh regiment have decided to rebel against the desecration of Swaran Mandir. Every shop was downing their shutters. Miffed with all that was happening I paddled out of the city once again into the safe confines of lush green farmland below and a very clear unpolluted blue sky above. The web of thought was broken by the prerecorded announcement that said ‘…next station Noida City Center… doors will open on the right ...’ and ‘the train terminates here…’ I patted on the rosy cheeks of my beautiful soul mate who was resting her head on my shoulder with her shining long hair spread all across me. She woke up from the quick siesta that she was having after a day out at Sarojini Nagar market. We walked with hand clasped in each other’s hand out from the metro train down the escalator stalked all over with big shopping bags.

..of female outsiders in the family simply don’t find each other mutually compatible… each striving hard to get away from the clutches of the other..

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CAU G H T I N T H E A R T

ARCHANA SHUKLA SINGER AND PERFORMER Archana started her journey when she was chosen as one of the contestants in the reality show ‘IDIA Pride of UP’, which is aired on Sahara TV. The contest is named for the few notes of the standard octave in Indian classical music. She emerged as one of the strongest contenders for the title and was placed in top 14 by the public voting amongst the 37 contestants from India. In the show, she has given outstanding pieces in the show like ‘Rangeela Maro Dholna’, ‘Taare Hain Barati’, ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’ etc. for which she got highest rating and standing ovation from all the four judges. Archana is a classical trained singer and comes from a musical background. She also holds prabhakar in vocal from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She learns music from Devashish Day, Sukalpa Mukherjee (Varanasi), Gautam Mukherjee (Mumbai). Besides various shows in many TV channels and playback for daily soaps under her hat, she is currently doing a project with Music Director Nayab Raja. ACHIVEVEMENTS • • • •

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Finalist in Sahara TV Show ‘Pride of UP’ Best Singer Award from Dainik Jagran All India winner in ‘Hero Honda Sur-tarang’ Lead Vocalist in ‘Voilent’ Band

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Designer par excellence Kaizer Khan has been at the forefront of the Indian fashion scene for over more than 15 years. Widely known and respected in the Indian fashion fraternity for his unrelenting passion & inexhaustible creativity, Kaizer has slowly but surely carved his own niche and created an empire that any designer would aspire to accomplish and now launched his own brand in the Indian as well as in international market by the name “Ayaani's". He says, “I am very grateful to Mr. Nawabzada Chand for his support & guidance as without his presence and knowledge we were unable to execute the brand. He is the basic pillar for Ayaani's brand.” Fashion to you is… Innovation & Excitement What’s your Success Mantra? Discipline & Persistence Your Role Model… Mr. Nawabzada Chand, of course! USP of the designs… They are simple, chic with clean cuts. He believes in effortless & no fuss designing. Naughiest inspiration you ever had… Great music always inspires me! I create designs which would appeal to the people. Ingredients of a perfect dress are… A perfect fitting & cutting.

Which fashion show acted as a turning point in you career? Leos Fashion Week, Delhi While designing, what kind of accessories you are addicted to? Shoes. What is more fascinating: Indian wear or Western wear? Indian wear for sure, taking into account of our rich traditional textile history and heritage of various handicraft; there's so much to get inspired from. Your biggest contribution to the fashion industry… My association with shops for Change Fair Trade, an NGO which works towards the fair wages and upliftment of cotton farmers. Time and again I have presented fascinating designs on the ramp using fair trade organic cotton which have got me amazing reviews. The perfect advice for upcoming fashion-o-crats… Never go for shortcut to success. Hard work and sincerity is always the key. - As told to Manish Kant, Leo's Advertisement & Event Management

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HOROSCOPE THI S MONTH The first few weeks of February favor personal introspection and alone time, dear Pisces. You may often find yourself acting independently instead of going along with the flow and blending in. Find opportunities to recharge. This is an ideal time for seeing things that you've missed, for reflecting on the past year, and for envisioning how you'd like to proceed in the future. Communicate, but avoid publicizing ideas until you are totally clear about them. A competitive streak is stimulated this month. However impatient you feel about getting things done, avoid haste. You're likely to be clearer about most areas of your life by the 18th, but the retrograde of Mercury in your own sign beginning the 23rd brings yet another period of double-checking and reviewing. Artistic and spiritual pursuits are favored. Family affairs improve considerably this month. Avoid over-committing yourself on the 9-10 and the 25th. The last week of the month brings more energy for personal plans and a resurgence of vitality. Everyone seems to want you at this time, and this extends into March!

PISCES ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 20) February is strong for your social life, dear Aries, as well as for tackling long-standing problems. Connections with friends and colleagues are in focus, and some of you could find romance through group connections. Towards the end of the month, you can experience unusual cravings and feelings, and possibly interesting twists, when it comes to your love life. With Mars in your solar twelfth house all month, you will be compelled to do something about a situation that has been very much like a burden. You might review the past, as well as the sacrifices you are making in the present. The desire to speak about a private or complicated matter can be strong around the 7-8; however, you might regret doing so in the following weeks, or you might decide that you've communicated prematurely. There can be a renewed interest in spirituality this month and next with an unusual amount of cosmic activity surrounding your soul and privacy sector. A significant ending can occur now. The 12th and then the 15-16 are important days this month for taking charge of intimate, career, and money matters. All month, learning, communication, and transportation are highly favored. TAURUS (APRIL 21-MAY 21) You are in a wonderful position to impress others this month, dear Taurus, particularly those in authority or control. You are exuding charm and grace, particularly around the 6-7. However, your personal life can be up and down, and tension with a partner or a commitment around the 11th can be temporarily discouraging or concerning. You are inclined to keep up appearances with the rest of the world, however. Friendships and group connections are lively this month. Unusual turns of events can occur now that keep life very interesting and, at times, downright baffling. It will be especially important to be flexible and open-minded now, as you have much to learn from and through others, even impersonal connections made now. Money matters improve considerably in February, and they are set to take off further in the months ahead. Some of you could purchase or receive something that you've always wanted, and others are especially fond of taking care of, and improving, prized personal possessions. The 25th can bring a romantic revelation. GEMINI (MAY 22-JUNE 21) You are approaching a very busy and strong period for career and reputation, beginning this month and extending into the next, dear Gemini. Unusual turns of events can take place. Creativity soars. In February, prepare as much as you can by brushing up on skills and gaining practical experience. Don't forget your social life, as you have a lot to learn from others right now. You can meet people who inspire you or introduce you to new ideas and perspectives this month. Attend special events and accept invitations to mix up your routine. You are likely to feel especially enthusiastic this month with Jupiter turning direct in your sign. You are getting ready to grab opportunities and go after exactly what you want. You are received especially well from the 6-7, when you might also have the chance to broaden your horizons. Watch, however, for using too much force or alienating others by acting independently in your career. From the 23rd, some of your plans can slow down or encounter delays. Something you presented or communicated around the 8th could now seem premature. Otherwise, you can be more effective and active this month, and most of the time you gain the approval and support of others.

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CANCER (JUNE 22-JULY 22) You are moving towards a highly expressive, adventurous period of the year, dear Cancer, but the beginning weeks of February tend to be more introspective. While from the outside looking in you appear to be ready for action, a lot is going on inside. Feelings are more intense than usual, although not uncomfortably so. In fact, you are more willing than usual to explore your deeper feelings. However, there can be some problems with a relationship involving commitment issues. You can have a hard time understanding whether someone wants to be closer or is afraid of their feelings. However, by the last week of February, your love life is more straightforward and feelings tend to be expressed unreservedly. There can be a need to deal with a tricky financial matter that involves money owed or borrowed. A transportation or communication issue blows up for your attention around the 25th. Travel, higher education, cultural events, and other experiences that broaden your horizons are in high focus by month's end, and will continue to make headlines in your life in March. However, plans may not run as smoothly as hoped, so stay as flexible in your expectations as possible. LEO (JULY 23-AUGUST 22) Close relationships are in strong focus in February and March, dear Leo. A New Moon on the 10th brings energy for a new beginning in a relationship, although there may be a hurdle to jump or a false start involved. Nevertheless, you have many planets and energies on your side for improving your social life and your relationships this month. Friendships are encouraging and motivating, as are group associations, where you are especially influential and charming. Others are especially attracted to your upbeat attitude and willingness to be a team player. Either existing partners and friends are more peaceful and happy this month, or positive and friendly people are coming into your life now. Money matters can be tricky now, however. A partner may be hiding purchases or financial information, or there can be some unusual circumstances surrounding money and possessions this month. Relationships can become very exciting, exotic, dramatic, and intimate towards the end of the month. There is an air of mystery surrounding intimate affairs in February. The 12th and the 1516 are strong days for relations. The 11th, however, can be very tricky, particularly with a partner or family member. Responsibilities can weigh heavily in your mind. VIRGO (AUGUST23-SEPTEMBER 23) On one hand, you are communicating more concisely and thinking practically this year, dear Virgo, but on the other, you are also learning to trust your instincts. This month and next, your ability to transcend traditional patterns and rules, particularly in your close relationships, increases. It is not always easy for you to simply go with the flow or to trust in the unknown, particularly in love, but the cosmos is challenging you to do so, and it may very well take you on a highly exciting and creative journey. While work and health goals are in strong focus this month, increasingly you are turning your attention to partnering. Many of you will be meeting a partner in the coming weeks, or will experience new levels and layers in a current relationship. You are approaching a power period for relationships, and you're likely to experience some unusual desires and plot twists. The 10th brings a reinvigoration of a health program or work endeavor. Don't let criticism or negative thinking on the 11th discourage you. Simply pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and begin again. The Moon is Full in your sign on the 25th, bringing heightened emotions and an epiphany or culmination of sorts. LIBRA (SEPTEMBER24-OCTOBER 23) Your powers of attraction run very high this month, dear Libra, particularly around the 6-7 and 28th. It's a strong time for social and cultural activities. Travel plans might seem more viable, and enthusiasm for studies and other activities that broaden your horizons increases this month. Some of you will be working with a partner on an important project, and some may meet a significant other through work or health endeavors. Work begins to assume larger proportions in your life this month, and it rises further as February progresses (into March as well). Creativity runs very high now. It's not enough for you to follow a routine - you are challenged to bring a new perspective and alternative methods to whatever you produce or to the services you provide. Work can be lively, and your daily grind is not quite as predictable. Health and fitness routines can also involve alternative and creative or holistic approaches now, which suit you better than more traditional methods. However, in the last week of the month, you might need to go back over work that you previously thought was complete. Plans seem to back up or stall, but this can be a blessing in disguise, as they are in need of some refinement.

SCORPIO (OCTOBER 24-NOVEMBER 22) Family relations and domestic matters settle considerably this month, dear Scorpio, and in fact run very smoothly. You have the chance to repair troubled relationships and you are likely to grow closer to someone. Some of you could obtain financial support for home improvement endeavors this month. Bringing more harmony and calm to your home life is a strong focus in February. Instinctively, you know that virtually every other life "department" will benefit if you are at peace on the home front. You are coming to a very strong period for romantic and creative pursuits, when you may revive or begin rewarding hobbies, enjoy healthier relationships with children, and possibly fall in love for some of you! The 28th is especially strong for romance, although there may be a change of heart in the weeks following. You are inclined to act on instincts in February - to jump into things without thinking about the possible costs of your actions. For the most part, this tendency serves you well, but you may want to watch what you promise or commit to around the 7-10, which might later seem injudicious. The power of your words is strong all month, and in fact much of the year, and some of you will be quite prolific when it comes to writing or speaking. SAGITTARIUS (NOVEMBER 23-DECEMBER 21) You are expressing yourself with more charm and you are less hurried both in speech and movement this month, dear Sagittarius. You have the opportunity to smooth over troubled areas with siblings, acquaintances, and neighbors if necessary. The lines of communication open with a partner or lover, particularly around the 6-7. Increasingly, your home and family life come into strong focus this month, and grow further in March. While there can be some small upsets or competitive energy with family, you are also in a very strong position to resolve long-standing problems. Home improvement endeavors are favored now. However, the tendency to rush can come back to bite you in the last week of the month, when Mercury retrogrades in your family sector. This doesn't spell the end of new endeavors, but it does mean that you need to make some refinements before moving forward. As well, try not to run yourself ragged this month, as you have a tendency to rush to take action without thinking of what might come of it, and while the desire to act is strong, emotionally and physically, you can feel a little drained, overtired, or confused about where exactly to direct your energy. Nevertheless, financially you seem to be in a good position to move forward with the plans you do make. CAPRICORN (DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 20) This is a strong month for changing mental interests, the forming of unusual and original concepts, imagination, and networking, dear Capricorn, and this energy will continue into March. While at times you may be a little too quick to communicate or to present your ideas before they're truly ready, you are brimming with wonderful ideas and discovering all-new interests that inspire and motivate you. You are especially passionate about your ideas, and enjoy sharing them with others. Speaking, writing, and learning are in strong focus. You have a stronger ability to transcend the ordinary or the traditional, and your imagination is especially powerful. Oftentimes, your words can be healing or inspirational to others, particularly around the 12th and 15-16. Your ability to persuade is stronger than ever, and will only increase in the coming weeks. This can be a rather indulgent month. You are certainly more interested in comfort and luxury items these days, and inclined to splurge a little. Fortunately, you are more able to attract the things you want and need right now. Envision these things and verbalize your wishes. You might make some very sound investments, particularly on items that improve your health or working environment, particularly around the 6-7. AQUARIUS (JANUARY 21-FEBRUARY 19) The month ahead brings strong energy for reinventing yourself, dear Aquarius. Your powers of attraction run very high with Venus in your sign most of February, and especially on the 6-7 when Venus in Aquarius harmonizes with Jupiter. Jupiter is newly direct and in your romance and creativity sector, giving the green light for romance, arts, and entertainment. You certainly possess extra charm this month. It's a good time for updating your appearance, as well as envisioning what you'd like to make of the year ahead. February may be a rather indulgent month. Your desire for comfort or luxury items is hearty. You are looking at your money and possessions in a whole new way, and you might come up with creative ideas on how to earn more or use what you already have. You want to act independently with money, and those in committed partnerships should be direct and upfront about this. The Full Moon on the 25th can bring a reminder of overspending for some. The last week of February requires some slowing down and adjustments to your financial plan.

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E N T E R TA I N M E N T Jackie Shroff made his Bollywood debut with Subhash Ghai's Hero in 1982 and became a star overnight. Now, life's coming to a full circle for him. Thirty years on, Jackie Shroff will now witness his son Tiger making his much-anticipated debut in Sajid Nadiadwala's film titled Heropanti. And we can't miss the striking resemblance of the titles. This news comes after many months of speculation over whether it would be Aamir Khan or Subhash Ghai who would launch Jackie Shroff's son. Looks like Sajid Nadiaidwala finally taken over. Sabbir Khan (of Kambakth Ishq fame), who will be directing Tiger's debut film confirmed the news. He said, "Yes, the title is Heropanti and the title came from the character of the boy that Tiger plays. The character is little above the ordinary. In normal life, we all follow the set norms and rules. We do not move out of the box but Tiger is someone who is flamboyant and does what he wants to." Sabbir Khan added, "Also the fact is that he is Jaggudada's son and we could not have got a more apt title. It was a title that Sajidbhai and I came up with. We are still finalizing the female lead and will start the film next month."

Ace Bollywood filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt's second daughter, Shaheen Bhatt, has already entered the tinsel town. She was busy assisting director Vikram Bhatt on his â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Raaz 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122; project. Mahesh announced about the debut of his daughter in the world of Bollywood on microblogging site. "My daughter Shaheen begins her journey as an assistant with Vikram Bhatt who was once my assistant!" Mahesh tweeted to his fans.

Junaid, Aamir Khan's son from his marriage with Reena Dutta is all set to enter Bollywood. But no, he will be working behind the scenes. He will be the first assistant director for his father flick Peekay.

Contrary to reports that Nana Patekar's son Malhar is being launched as an actor in Ram Gopal Varma's proposed film on the 26/11 attacks, the young Patekar has decided to give up his acting aspirations, at least for now. Two months ago, Ramu had offered Malhar a chance to make his acting debut in the sequel to Ab Tak Chappan, which Nana is directing. But Nana vetoed the idea. Malhar will now be assisting Ramu in the direction of his film based on the 26/11 attacks. A close friend of Malhar says, "He's very shy and until very recently, had been unsure of what he wanted to do with his life. He doesn't even like to be photographed, so I don't know if he ever thought of facing the camera. Malhar has always been interested in cinema but until some years ago, he couldn't muster the courage to tell his father that he wanted to be part of the industry."

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Shakti Kapoor's son, Siddhanth Kapoor is on an all time high. Even before his first film, ‘Shoot Out At Wadala’ went on floors, he has been roped in for Anurag Kashyap's next directorial venture, Ugly. According to reports, the actor has been longing to work with the critically acclaimed director and has finally managed to get a role.

Actor-musician Imaad Shah shares a friendly relationship with his father Naseeruddin Shah, a veteran actor, but says as a professional it’s an uphill task to please him as he is the most critical person he has ever come across. “He (Naseeruddin) is quite a harsh critic with everybody and applies the same with me too. He will be the last person to praise anyone wholeheartedly. He is the most critical person. So, I always feel I have to meet the standards that he has set,” says Imaad.

Suneil Anand got trained in martial arts from grandmaster Sifu Leung Ting. He debuted as an actor in 'Anand Aur Anand' in 1984, and went on to act in 3 more movies, his last one being 'Master' in 2001.D.C. With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration he joined his Father's Film Production Company Navketan International Films. Today he is actively involved with the company. But unlike his dad Dev Anand, he never made it big in Bollywood.

Mimoh Chakraborty, always known as actor Mithun Chakraborty's son, now known as Mahakshay, is a little wary of success. His first movie Jimmy, released way back in 2008, bombed with aplomb; his second movie 'Haunted' was the highest grossing Indian horror movie. It made more than 25 crore. But what next?

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DIRECTOR vs. LIFE Being a producer-director-writer and more than just a creator, I wanted to start with the entertainment industry, in a profession where I could interact with other professionals on a day-today basis. My profession has made me realize the amount of hard work that goes into a creator’s life. So many directors are desperately waiting to get a day off but the pressures of a making effective cinema just do not allow. Sundays, holidays, and festivals come and go but director continue to work! And what’s more? Such are the hours that at times a director is shooting for 12-14 hours a day, and many times require 28-30 days of shoot a month, leaving him/her with no time to really enjoy life from their hard-earned money. A director’s life at times becomes secluded and confined within the script and production. Sometimes making calls and going online during breaks to catch up on emails and social networking websites and India film-forums to interact with other professionals is what is

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considered a break. Unlike a normal job, you are not guaranteed vacation days, sick leaves etc. After producing-directing films for last 15 years, this time Navagraha Cine Arts is coming up with a suspense, thriller and action film ‘Mr. X’ with some new and established actors and technicians. A director faces challenge not only with the production only but also infuse perfection in new actors. Sometimes, it takes a month to do rehearsals and workshop to make actors performance up to the mark as per requirement of

characters. Finalizing locations and obtaining permission also interrupts to achieve director’s goal to make good film. And that’s what happened before the shoot of Mr. X. In the end, the day comes when you’re in a fix to release the film in theatres with full risk and insecurities that come across along with feedback from audiences. And hey, what about those critics and distributors? And finally, will it turn out to be a profit making project or not? >>>

Left to Right - Shalini, KN Baiju, Jitin, Alisha

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The crew of Mr. X

<<< Direction may be a profession where you can get success and money but with it there is a lot that you lose as an individual. Everything comes with a price tag and surely being a director has a huge price tag! K. N. Baiju, Writer-Director â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mr. Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Get past Dehradoon, Mussourie and Manali. This is the real one. Its called Lansdowne, the real name being “Kalo Dhanda”. Nature in its purest pristine form, sometimes raw, never ugly. If “explore” is your favorite term, it is for you. And did we say we were going out of city? We were not on earth, it’s heavenly, most divine! My article is dedicated to Bipin, Sunil and Chetan who could not join us for the trip. We missed you. There was a lot that everyone would share with you. Here’s my bit!! 18

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od has used most of brown and green on his palette and then sprinkled tiny droplets of violet, pink, white and yellow in the form of flora. This place is one of the most exotic creation of nature, made with fog, fountains n greenery, sprinkled with pine trees. The team stayed in resort called Fairydale with old style cottages built in 1912. Truly, it was living a 'fairytale'. We wanted to click and describe every inch. I saw blackbirds and sparrows that are extinct in cities (and I discovered blackbirds have a very short flight span and they believe in hopping). The thing about dreams, a friend once told me, is that they seldom come true, even when they do, they never do in the way that you dreamt them. This, then, makes those 3 days I spent with the team in Uttarakhand twice as special. Not only were they the culmination of an old dream, but what I saw was precisely what I had seen in my dreams. Numerous writers and poets have sang of mountains, glens, forests, lakes, mist and rain, and perhaps above all, a deep and quiet solitude. >>>


<<< The mountains were every centimetre, every tuft of grass, of droplet of shimmering water as the poets described. Furthermore, there were the steel-grey and silver-white clouds that floated through us being on top of the hills, casting great, shifting shadows on cliff-sides, and at times, almost enveloped us in a cool, somewhat moist embrace. Glorious as heaven itself must be, I have always thought the gates of heaven must be its crowning glory. That at least is true of Lansdowne, as you reach Kotdwar and find the sky measured out in grey and blue. It's a small and beautiful little place which very few people travel to. We left Delhi late night, all geared up, and arrived at the Kotdwar at around 6 in the morning. We learnt something special about the city station. There, the Kotdwar coach of the Mussoorie Express is one of two important trains that terminate in Kotdwar. Almost like a daily ritual, the station, which is otherwise very quiet comes alive when these trains arrive. The first thing that you cannot help but notice are the coolies here, men of all ages and build, politely offering their services. Shared/private jeeps can be taken from right outside the Kotdwar station for the 90 minutes drive to Lansdowne.

The road to Lansdowne, like the place it leads to is straight out of a painting, meandering gently along a river, almost imploring you to get down and take a walk. It was in the Tempo Traveller that we had taken that I saw, for the first time, the flat plains that characterize much of India begin to give way to small mounds - then to small hills, and finally, to peaks in the grey distance. As the ground began to undulate, and the first tiny mountain dwellings came into view, I realized, with a quickening beat of the heart, that I was finally entering the mountains. And then I saw, from the windows that looked east, the sun coming up from behind the hills, surrounded by a veil of translucent clouds, painting the trees yellow. The soul-intoxicating morning light, the clouds so near that you felt as though you could touch them, and the backdrop of mountains, forests - these things were to epitomize the days spent in Uttarakhand. >>>

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<<< We took regular halts and reached Lansdowne at around 1 noon, the arrival much delayed than expected due to heavy rain. We realized immediately that we were in a quiet and very beautiful town bombarded with rain drops. We took the vehicle to Fairydale Resort (where we were to stay), some 2 kilometers away from the city center. We waited for the lunch to be served giving us enough time to walk around the nearby vicinity, still trying to come to terms with how quiet most of the areas were post that welcome rain, indeed too quiet till we showed our excitement with camera clicks and yelling. The lunch served was delicious. We were tired and soaked. The cottages were warm and comfortable enough to give a pause to our activities, but till the sunlight gave up and the stars took over. A well lit Bonfire, with food and drinks made a perfect scene to connect with each other on a personal front. Lansdowne, by night, was almost like a picture-book. Fluorescent light of the street-lamps mingled with the steel-grey twilit sky to create something that I do not quite have words to describe. The morning brought a different kind of beauty altogether. We woke up with no plans but to let our feet carry us where they would. The army museum was the first place we visited. The officers on duty were a friendly lot and showed us around, at various points stopping in front of us various artifacts to narrate their history. We left our laptop bags to their care and decided to walk around. A short walk brought us to the 'Snow View Point' where we spent next hour soaking in the sights and the silence the place offered. After collecting our bags from the museum, we decided to walk down to Lansdowne. I will be exaggerating if I saw that this was one of the most memorable walks of my life, but not by much. The cool breeze, blew quietly at first, then the heavenly clouds, drawing answers from the yellowing leaves. We walked for almost an hour without meeting a single person, often hearing the sound of what we assumed was a truck and turning around to realize that it was only the wind. Words will not do justice to how surreal the experience was, so I'll leave it to some of these pictures.. A passing vehicle offered us a lift and we soon found ourselves in the same chowk where we had been the previous day. Lansdowne being an extremely small place, any walk around town is a sightseeing experience in itself. Also, the people are extremely helpful, and it is not uncommon for a local to accompany you to a place if you ask him for directions. We were directed to one of Lansdowne's celebrated places - Bhulla Taal. 'Bhulla' is the local word for 'brother'. >>>

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<<< A short climb would have led us to the Santoshi Mata temple, but it was getting late and we decided to walk back to the chowk. We decided to leave the town and drive up to the much celebrated 'Tarakeshwar Temple', some 38kms away from Lansdowne. We left the town behind soon enough, but didn't get enough time to capture the beauty of that place. Only when we surfed the net we realized what we had missed. Tarakeshwar, was unlike any other temple we had seen before. The temple is surrounded by a grove of huge Deodar trees which is strange because Deodars normally grow at much higher altitudes. Our hearts knew we wished to venture in the midst of the oasis of tranquility that place is.

certain that those of you who have will be familiar with the sinking feeling you experience once you start the descent towards the plains. The air starts to grow warmer, the conifers are no more there.. only the traffic.. the peopleâ&#x20AC;Ś

Our vehicle drove us back to Kotdwar, back to Delhi. I do not know how many of the readers have traveled to the hills, but I'm

luv, POOJA

Its been months since the trip and I think about the people and place almost everyday. Anil Sir, the care-taker of Fairydale resort (living with his family for the better part of a century) and Mukesh, the driver made our adventure all the more exciting. The air was pure and cold. If you fancy a romantic, quiet and simple life, this is a place you can live forever- peace and tranquil in abundance, and the most beautiful place-every bit!! All of it!! Landsdowne calls all couples this Valentine's day.

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KOMAL JHA Her journey from being a hardcore civil engineer to the lead actress in an upcoming Telugu feature film to be screened at Cannes was not a child’s play. The Mumbai based modelactress Komal Jha reckons that the foundation of success was laid long time ago. In her heart - to - heart chat with Chetan Sharma, she talks about how she surpassed the hurdles with her confidence and talent.

C: My first question for you. Who is Komal Jha?

C: Can you tell us about your experience?

C: At a young age of 23, don’t you think you have put your career at risk by changing your profession? Any catch?

C: And your next venture…

K: (smiles) To start with, my hometown is Ranchi, Jharkhand. I did my schooling from D.A.V. and completed my civil engineering from Bengaluru. Then I took one of the prominent decisions to change my profession and become a model. And here I am. Komal Jha, a model, an actress…

K: Oh.. you asked me this quite early! But let me be very candid. I know I had chosen to be a model over civil engineering. And that was indeed a tough decision. I was a hardcore ‘book-worm ‘when it came to studies and was a topper of my batch. I had even foreseen a bumpy ride ahead of me for such a decision couldn’t be supported by my family. Yet it was my fate, my destiny. I chose it. And I’m glad I did. Besides I am 5’7” (laughs).

C: What do you do when you don’t do what you have to do? K: A simple answer to your twisted question. My favorite past time is reading and writing. It’s in my blood.

C: In your blood?

K: My father Dr. Shyma Nand Jha is a great writer and philosopher. He is my greatest inspiration.

K: I had worked in Dubai as a civil engineer. However, one of the highest points in my life came when I entered into the world of fashion. From there, I got my first movie break in 2010 Malayalam action thriller “24 Hrs.”. Then I worked for movies like Kaal Chakram and Rama-chari besides many album videos. K: Mukta Arts.. Yes. The movie named Nimbe Huli (means sore lemon) directed by Hemant Hegde for producer Subash Ghai.

C: Like many, do you have a godfather?

K: It’s me, myself and I. I want to dedicate my success to myself. I own it and have earned it. There were times when my family was against my decision of being an actress since I belong to an intellectual and learned family. They had wanted me to continue my engineering career. I pat on my back.. Lolz!

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Q u e e n O f L ove C: How were the people around you all these years both at personal and professional front?

K: People doubted me and my abilities. You know how they looked at me when I used to share my dreams.. God! It was tough to face them and hear their not-sowise advices. But now, the tables are turned. The same crowd now greets me, wants to meet me and wanna get clicked with me. Those not-so-wise people, as I call them (smiles), ask me for my advice. That one moment of satisfaction is worth all hardships I went through to reach at this level. Besides, I am more comfortable working with South Indians as they are more professional.

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C: Lets talk about your lighter side. The craziest thing you’ve ever done…

K: Hmm! Well since I told you I was the topper of my batch, so what was expected out of me to be a role model for juniors and portray executive presence. I used to hate that and my lady teacher. She was after my life for my bold dressing sense. I mean, come on, being yourself ain’t a crime. So I rebelled against her in front of my principal. Crazy enough (burst into laughter)...

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C: Any gadget or thing that you always carry?

K: My diary and my pen, dearest to me. I carry them even on my shoots. These days I love to flaunt my Galaxy Note.

C: That food you can break your diet regime for?

K: Though I am very conscious, but I can commit the sin for either North Indian or Italian.

C: Any recent plans for marriage? And will it be arranged or love?

K: No. At least not for a decade! Though I have covered a long distance in this short span of time but I still have a long journey ahead. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna be arranged. (laughs) I am single and happy.

C: Your favorite destination K: Venice, Greece

C: One advice you want to give to freshers?

K: Be yourself. Believe yourself. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get carried away by what others say or think. If need be, stand alone for what is right.

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You're the only person outside of your date's family who is intimate. He or she has no other friends (unless they're also at the same workplace). He or she puts aside everything in favor of work, including you. Every time you contact your date, he or she is "still working", no matter what the hour. Your date seems to have a poor perception of time. Even important events such as a family birthday are not enough to convince your date to drop working. Your date answers the phone, checks and sends emails, or makes orders for new supplies all the way through a date.

There are those of us who cringe at the idea of working weekends, and there are those who thrive in it. When the two worlds collide, the dating can be rocky, with both parties feeling dissatisfied. Determine if your date is a workaholic. We mention some telltale signs and information that can help you â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;surviveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;...

Workaholic Try to be understanding before jumping to negative conclusions. It can be really frustrating when your date is never available to attend the same functions and activities as you but it is important to try and understand the drive, passion, and importance of work for your date. Learning why work is so important to your date can increase your own understanding and appreciation of the needs behind working so hard. Consider the possible reasons behind what you're seeing as workaholism. The job matters a great deal to your date. It is a passion, especially if it is your date's own business or something that he or she wanted to do all of his or her life. There is a current heavy workload and your date is conscientious at doing his or her part to meet deadlines and workloads. The job comes with long hours, including nights and weekends. If your date accepts this, it is important for you to learn to accept it too. It has become a habit well before you came along, and it's tough to break it. Talk to your date about his or her work life. Find out all that you can about what inspires and drives your date at work. Perhaps understanding this better will help you to cut them some slack. Although all of these are indicators that your date may be permanently busy, they can arouse some sympathy in you. It's a business start-up (always a very hard time of life). Your date is seeking a promotion and the only real way to be considered for it is to be seen working hard all of the time. Your date comes from a family of hard-workers and was brought up to perceive excessive working hours as the "norm". And is perfectly happy with it!

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Look to your own beliefs and attitude about working. Ask yourself what your own attitude to work is to see whether you're making more of the matter than it deserves, or perhaps confusing ambition with workaholism. If you don't think it's a good idea to do more than the bare minimum at work, or you're someone who has a job that doesn't bleed beyond set hours, you might have a very different mindset from your date about the level of dedication to work. On the other hand, if you're a reformed workaholic, or someone who believes deeply in a work-life balance, what you're observing may already be a good indicator of warning signs for your relationship's prospects. It can help to see some of the benefits of dating a workaholic: You get a lot of time to yourself to pursue your own interests without having your date breathing down your neck all the time. Your love life might be better and healthier than you expect â&#x20AC;&#x201C; research undertaken by psychology professor Jonathon Schwartz showed that sexual satisfaction scored the highest for women dating or married to workaholics. You won't end up feeling suffocated by a date who is needy, compliant, or dull. Talk to your date about how their workaholism makes you feel. This is the point at which you might be able to reach a compromise. If so, great! Or, it might be the time when you realize that your workaholic date is taking the workaholism too far and won't ever really fit you in. Tell your date how it feels to play second fiddle to his or her job and provide some factual examples of times when your date's work has interfered with your dating life together. Explain that you fully understand his or her passion for the job but that you want some balance so that the two of you also have quality time together. Avoid laying blame. Just state the facts and how the merry-go-round of never being sure whether or not your date is available is affecting you personally. It is important to remember that "for workaholics, all the eggs of self-esteem are in the basket of work", so criticizing their work decisions won't endear you to your date. Explain how you would like things to be, and in doing so, be realistic. Asking for a little more time together is reasonable but asking for your date to get a new job is not!

Agree on some ground rules. If you feel that your date has responded well to your talk, suggest that the two of you make some ground rules, or compromises, to ensure the health of your dating life. While you will probably not get the extent of agreement to more time together that you're looking for, go into this negotiation in good faith, expecting to lower some of your own expectations as well if you're prepared to make this work. Ask that your date turn off his or her phone during a date unless it is an extreme emergency. Ask for no texting or emailing during the date. Consider having certain nights set aside for just the two of you minus work. Perhaps Saturday or Sunday night is a good night for both of you to touch base, eat together and watch a movie. Try to make this a regular date night. Consider meeting up for lunch once a week. If you're prepared to compromise, make the lunch date near your date's place of work to encourage him or her to see this as an easy thing to do. If your date accepts that there is probably an over-reliance of spending more time at work than putting into place more effective work practices and is willing to look at the possibilities, consider if you can help with any suggestions for improving work/life balance. Avoid nagging, pleading, or whining at this point. It won't make any difference but it will make you appear petty and clingy. If your date is non-committal or refuses to discuss the issues, start thinking seriously about where this relationship is headed.

intensely jealous of the workplace as being "the other interest" and feel that the time work takes up is way more than your relationship. You feel he or she is being neglectful of you or if he or she is consistently breaking one or more of the ground rules you agreed together. Nothing ever changes. It feels like a treadmill that goes around and around and that your date will never get off it, no matter what. For example, your date's business "start-up" is still "starting up" years after it began! You can't help but feel that your date has a poor sense of prioritization, lacks the ability to plan properly, or is simply throwing hours at work problems instead of finding creative and sustainable solutions. Look for the warning signs when dating again. If you get out of a relationship with a workaholic because of the workaholism, always keep the signs in mind for future potential dates. It is probably a good idea not to get into a new relationship with somebody who: Makes dates with you but keeps canceling them at the last minute. Says that he or she will make time for you but never manages to do so. Talks about work non-stop, including telling you that the business is going through rough times, or has a lot of work to get through, etc. Behaves as if he or she is indispensable when you discuss work. You're left waiting ages, more than once, for an arranged date together.

If, after talking it through, you feel that continuing to date your workaholic date isn't going to work out, cut your losses now. If you feel the following experiences apply to you, it's probable that your dating relationship is doomed: You haven't got it within you to keep being patient with the work excuses. Your date doesn't want to reach any compromises under the previous step. You feel that your date is never fully attentive to you when you are together, that there is always one ear to the phone, thoughts about work going through his or her head even as you converse. You are

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forget a person’s name is that we see the person before we know the person’s name. Knowing the name first gives you an anchor that you can use later to associate with the person’s face. This isn’t always practical, but as I’ll point out later, it’s definitely a useful strategy in many situations.

e know it’s bad to forget names of new people, but looking at the flip side, we also know how much it means when we are able to call people by name the next time we see them. Whether it’s five minutes or five years later, that remembered name will make you seem (and feel) like someone who really cares about others.

Finally, let’s look at an experiment conducted at Tokyo Gakugei University in Koganei, Japan by Takahiro Sekiguchi (2011) which shows the tricks used by people good at face memory. Participants were hooked up to an eye movement tracker while they looked at new faces. Name memory wasn’t actually measured in this study, but the findings shed light on what people with good face memory actually do. Those participants with the best face memory, when looking at the faces they would be tested on, fixated most of their attention on the eye region. They did not look significantly at any other part of the face, including the nose, mouth, chin, hair, cheeks, ears, or even forehead. To remember a face, you need to look right at the person’s eyes.

Some people seem to be born with this ability to associate a face and name. You may watch them with awe and envy, never dreaming that you could be one of these people too. They are probably also the same people who can watch a TV show or movie and recite not only the names but the previous roles of the actors, from minor characters to leading men and women. With the tips you’ll learn shortly, you’ll be well on your way to becoming one of these face memory champs. Great name memories can be made, if not born. Interestingly, our ability to distinguish faces is much better than our ability to name those faces. Researchers estimate that we are all “face experts” who can distinguish hundreds, if not thousands, of faces we see over a lifetime. The trick is associating those many, many faces with the names that belong to them. Before getting to those 6 foolproof name memory tips, let’s see what we can learn from a few recent studies. First, we’ll look at the role of the face itself vs. the context in which you see a face. You may think that it’s a good idea to help your face memory by looking at a person’s hair, ears, or neck and shoulders. However, British psychologist Charlie D. Frowd and colleagues (2012) found that focusing on these external cues was a bad idea. They investigated face memory using a software program that either highlighted, altered, or removed completely the external cues such as hair and even ears. The software is used in providing composite pictures of potential suspects in an eyewitness situation. In a series of experiments, Frowd and his team showed definitively that people are most likely to remember faces when they do not look at those external cues. The best recognition occurred when people saw the faces without the distraction of the surrounding information. In the second experiment, conducted by University of Victoria neuroscientists Iris Gordon and James Tanaka (2011), participants looked at faces and names while hooked up to a brain scan that measured the brain’s electrical response to stimuli. The question they investigated pertains to the timing of our acquisition of faces and names. To make a very complex story short, Gordon and Tanaka concluded that one of the reasons we

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Now let’s put these studies together with some other facts about memory for our six face memory tips.

Everyone would like to be able to remember the names of people we meet, especially people we meet in new social situations. Some of these situations are purely for enjoyment, and others have higher stakes. You’re being interviewed for a new job, for example, and as soon as you’re introduced to your potential supervisor, the name has flown completely out of your consciousness. Unfortunately, you’ll lose the job prospect as quickly as you’ve lost that name. When it comes to meeting people at parties, or even in casual conversation when introduced by a mutual friend, you also will appear to be a social klutz when you see that person again and must flounder (or fake) knowing the new people’s names.

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 Look at the person’s eyes. The face itself, and specifically the eyes, contain the window not just to the soul, but to good face memory. The eyes are a feature of a person least likely to vary over time or under different circumstances. Apart from the aging process, which adds a few wrinkles here and there, people’s eyes don’t really change. By focusing on this non varying piece of anatomy, you’ll be less tricked by changes in hair length or color, clothing (which definitely changes), and even body shape and height (which also change).  Use “deep” processing of information. When you’re trying to learn a word list, for instance, you should not just look at the words, or even think about how they sound. Your best memory will be for those items whose meaning you contemplate. Put those words in a sentence or form your own associations to them, no matter how oddball they may seem. In fact, the more oddball the better. When it comes to faces, this is a trick that memory experts strongly advise. Form associations between a person’s name and that person’s face (particularly the eyes). Think of what the name reminds you of (“Tina” might turn into “tea”), and paste that association onto the person’s face. >>>


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 hear the name very clearly. Afterwards, it’s too embarrassing to ask it again (or so you think). If you give yourself an extra second to process that name together with the face, it will increase the odds astronomically that you’ll remember the name and face better. Also, you don’t have to be embarrassed about asking for a person’s name a second time (or even third). This even can enhance your social standing because you’ll look like a person who at least making an effort. If you're lucky, people will have name tags, so add the visual to the auditory cues, and you'll be good to go.  Practice the face-name game at home. Practicing celeb’s names is a low-risk way to enhance your face memory skills. As you’re watching your favorite movies or TV shows at home, go ahead and consult a movie or TV data base, which will allow you to work on forming name-face associations with people whose feelings you can’t possibly hurt. You can also diagnose your weaknesses with this simple exercise. Perhaps you’re worse at remembering men’s names, or perhaps you look too much at the changing features of a person’s costumes and disguises. You can even work out a scoring system and track your progress as the weeks go by.

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 Relax! As I pointed out in an earlier blog post (which reinforces some of the points made here), when you’re stressed, your body’s endocrine system unleashes cortisol through your bloodstream. Cortisol is a definite killer of all sorts of memories, including (and perhaps especially) the type of memory involved in recalling names. In that interview situation, for example, you may be so focused on how horribly your feeling that in those first few seconds you don’t engage in deep nameface processing. As the interview goes by, your stress levels can increase to dangerous levels, particularly if you start worrying about how you’re going to bid good bye to a person whose name has completely exited your brain. That person will certainly know your name, so if you’re going to make a great impression, you should return the favor. You’ll do that fantastically if you take that one teeny extra second at the beginning to work on deep processing of that person’s name. The most important key to name memory is to believe that you can do it. If you’ve decided that you’re a hopeless case, your lack of confidence will only make things worse. Build your name memories one person at a time, and pretty soon it’s your friends who will envy your great social skills!


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Noodles Karare

I have loved soups and noodles a lot in so many places but all those tastes are somewhat with a touch of Chinese or Thai type. And then I tried in some Chinese-turned-Punjabi or South Indian restaurants too but nothing beats the taste of our real Indian flavor which is available at road-sides vendors. They use to prepare the food in front of us and I still remember the process of how they do. I decided to give a trial of the same at home. Last week I tried these two recipes at home and thought worth sharing. I can say for sure that it is almost near to that taste.

Tom “Yum Yum” Soup

Noodles-1 packet | Cabbage-1 cup | Onions-1 | Carrots–1 Capsicum-1/2 | Chillis-2 | Egg-2 (optional for vegetarians) Pepper Powder-2 tsp. | Soya Sauce-2 tsp. | Chili Sauce-2 tsp. Ginger-2 tsp., finely chopped | Garlic-4 cloves, finely chopped | Oil-3 tsp. | Salt to taste Procedure:Heat water along with salt and bring it to boil. Add noodles to it and let it cook for around 5mins, drain, add 1tsp oil and mix well and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan add the ginger and garlic and fry for 2 min. Add the onions and sauté till they turn brown. Now add all the cut veggies and sauté them for 5- 10 min till they are little soft. Now take all the veggies to one side of the wok and to the other side break the egg and scramble it and now mix it with the veggies (if you are not adding any egg then no need of this step). Add the noodles, pepper powder, soya sauce, chili sauce and mix well along with the veggies. Fry it for 5 min and serve it with tomato sauce.

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Carrots-1, diagonally sliced | Mushrooms-5, quartered | Straw Mushrooms-10-12, quartered | Broccoli-5-6 florets | Red Capsicum-1/2 inch pieces | Lemon Grass-2 stems | Green Chillies-4 Kaffir Lime Leaves-6 | Red Curry Paste-1 tsp. Lemon-1 | Carrot-1, cut into thin strips | Fresh Red Chilli-1, deveined | Salt to taste Procedure:Take four to five cups of water in a deep pan. Crush the lemon grass stems and green chilies and add to the water and bring it to a boil. Add crushed kaffir lime leaves and boil for ten minutes. Strain the stock. Heat another pan, add red curry paste and the strained stock and mix well. Bring it to a boil. Add carrot, mushrooms and straw mushrooms and cook for two minutes. Add salt, broccoli and red capsicum and continue to cook for two to three minutes more. Take the pan off the heat. Squeeze the juice of a lemon into the soup and add lemon skin too and stir well. Remove the lemon skin after a couple of minutes. Serve the soup hot garnished with carrot strips and red chilies. Tip: For red curry paste grind 10 dried red chilies that have been seeded and soaked along with a large pinch of salt, 1½ tablespoons chopped galangal, 3 tablespoons chopped lemon grass, 2 teaspoons grated kaffir lime rind, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander roots, 1 tablespoon chopped red shallots and 2 tablespoons chopped garlic to a smooth paste. Alternatively you can pound them in a mortar with a pestle. You will get ½ cup of curry paste. For red curry paste grind 10 dried red chilies that have been seeded and soaked along with a large pinch of salt, 1½ tablespoons chopped galangal, 3 tablespoons chopped lemon grass, 2 teaspoons grated kaffir lime rind, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander roots, 1 tablespoon chopped red shallots and 2 tablespoons chopped garlic to a smooth paste. Alternatively you can pound them in a mortar with a pestle. You will get ½ cup of curry paste.


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12TH WORLD WET LAND DAY CELEBRATIONS - Dr. Arvind Tyagi

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World Wet Land Day was celebrated by the two NGOs Gantavaya Sansthan and Vivekananda Talent Development Foundation at Sant Nirankari Sr. Sec. School, Nirankari Colony, Delhi 110009. In the said event, more than 500 students and persons participated. The main event had two sub-events- A painting competition was organized and thereafter a group discussion/talks on 'Wet Lands And You'. In the group discussion, many experts like Dr. S.N. Mishra, Dr. Nirmal Patnaik, Dr. Hemant Pandey and Dr. Arvind Kr Tyagi explained students about the need of wet-lands and how to protect them. The President of Vivekananda Talent Development Foundation, Mr. Arun Tyagi, Mr. Kamal Hora, Mr. Bhushan Mittal, Dr. Ramgopal Baghel (HOS) and Mr. Rajender Saxena also motivated students to save earth and life by protecting trees and plants of wet lands. Later, the prize distribution ceremony was organized. Mementos and certificates were distributed by Guinness Rishi (a renowned Guinness World Record Holder), Mr. Niranjan Singh, Mr. Harbans Nagpal, Dr. Ajay Soni, Advocate R.K. Rawat, Mr. VIjay Sharma and Mr. Manoj Joshi (Editor-Lรก Fiesta magazine). Refreshment was served to winners & all the students and participants. At last, the President Dr. Arvind Kr. Tyagi of the organizing committee and Gantavaya Sansthan gave a vote of thanks.


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‘I Am Safe’ connects safety managers with almost each and every security and health related agencies throughout India. Without touching your mobile, if you simply say “help” or “bachao” or even you utter a mere groaning/moaning sound, it will trigger ‘Panic Alert’ thus opening case at our Safety Manager’s end. This is the world’s unique and unparalleled feature, which gives a miles ahead edge to ‘I am Safe’ over any safety services/tools. There is also a panel of doctors who are connected with our safety managers, ready for each call to attend the person in distress. We call them the ‘Doctor-on-call’. The significant thing is that ‘I Am Safe’ services are based on its huge infrastructure with principal, special and additional features. These features make it the world's most formidable defense mechanism with its comprehensive 24X7 security features for protection of lives, freedom from harassment and fear and medical emergency related complete quality guide

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In terms of locating the user tracking facility, ‘I Am Safe’ is the world's most advanced and uncomplicated system. > Your mobile phone will be the only tool which brings you under the umbrella of ‘I Am Safe’. > Whenever a case (in our system) is open, we keep it opened till the time we make you completely safe > ‘I Am Safe’ is well connected with almost all of the police stations, hospitals, blood banks, ambulances, fire brigades, GRP, CRPF etc. all over India. We are not only connected with these agencies but we also have complete location records of them. > Once a case is open we immediately track down the user and send required help by contacting the relevant security agency or help agency. > ‘I Am Safe’ keeps its user in its ‘safety radar’, whenever any alarm/alert is activated or triggered.

‘I Am Safe’ has many unique features based on the logic of when, what and where which make it world’s strongest safety network. These six main features are: Panic Alert - Believe it or not! It’s possible. As soon as you utter anything in distress, we’ll come to know. Instant Safety Alarm - A user may call us and inform us instantly about the impending danger he/she is facing. When a user is in distress and wants to make immediate contact with our Safety Managers, he/she only needs to press "star". While doing this we open a case on our end and we put the user on our safety radar and at the same time our Safety Manager becomes immediately active to aid the user who is in distress.

Advance Safety Alarm - This feature is timespecific / period-specific safety alarm which can be pre-activated for the specific time period of users’ choice depending upon his/her own risk assessment. When the user choses this feature, he/she appears on our safety radar. Users are expected to deactivate this feature on stipulated time. If a user fails to deactivate this feature on stipulated time, Advance Safety Alarm will be triggered and the case will be open with the notion that user is in danger and needs immediate help. Note: - Once 'Safety Alarm' or 'Red Alert' is triggered and subsequently a case is open on our side, it remains open till the users’ interest is secured. No matter how long it may take. Road Safety Alarm - Users can use this service just before they start a road journey and enable themselves appear on our safety radar. Whenever user make a halt (whether voluntary or forced), we make a call to user from our side and keep calling every 15 minutes. Every time the user is expected to enter 2 digit temporary password. When the user does not pick up the call, or give the wrong password or to disconnect the call, we take a notion that user is in distress. We do not make call to our user if their journey goes smoothly. Red Alert - It has a unique and confidential logic which helps our user to dodge a forceful offender. When activated by a safety alarm to a user (advanced or road) it deactivates or deletes the data on personal digital diary to force a password. Always ‘I am Safe’ four digits should be put in reverse order as soon as the alert is active. Red Alert feature works strongly against the offender because he could never understand whether a right or wrong password is entered. The lots begin proceedings confidential, whose details cannot be given here.

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Personal Digital Diary - All events / equations of user’s life are recorded through phone in this Digital Diary, very confidentially kept and maintained at our server. It not only deters any conspirators but also helps our Safety Manager once a case is open due to any misfortune. It is used like a normal diary, yet powerful. User only needs to call our main number and record their personal life details which are safely stored in our system. In case of any eventuality this record becomes undisputed evidence. This feature works like formidable deterrent against conspirators which prevents them from crime. All general and special events of your daily life should be recorded in this digital diary. For those who conspire against you, Personal Digital Diary is an infallible weapon against them.

Authorized Locator - User’s very intimate family members who care for user’s well being such as parents, spouse, etc. have a choice to become "Authorized Locator” and can know the user’s location across pan India. The prominent feature of this service is that not only an ‘Authorized Locator’ can see the user on the map through internet, but can also hear the location of the user on the phone through automated voice. Over the phone we provide location of user in respect of nearest landmark, distance from landmark and direction from landmark. Authorized users can also set the routine of the tracking and time. During this period, the user is tracked automatically. This feature is most suitable for those 8 to 20 years old children and adolescents and working women who travel frequently.

Mobile Tracker Application - We install Mobile Tracker application on the internet enabled mobile phone of the user. This high end application is used for putting user on tracking radar and is used for many other purposes.

‘I Am Safe’ defines ‘safety’ in a very broad perspective. Hence it offers two additional features to safeguard our user against any fear or exploitation. These features are Safety Advice and Health Advice. Safety Advice - We have a panel of qualified and experienced lawyers who are always ready to provide legal advice to you. We call it 'Safety Advice’. This is an extremely important feature, which works like friend in every walk of the common Indian's life. Users no longer will find themselves alone in a situation where they are being threatened and subjected to injustice. We are always ready to help the user with our full vigor.

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Health Advice - We have a board of qualified and trained doctors available to user. Any user can take health advice for himself or for his/her family members. Users may directly speak to our health expert or by recording their curiosity and find out the solution.

A user can use ‘I Am Safe’ service as an individual, but by design it is built like a family pack. By using this way makes this service highly affordable and need of every hold in entire nation. We register not only the user, but also 3 (maximum) family members acting as help numbers and authorized locater with all the details. Every registered member of family can jointly use Instant Safety alarm, Safety Advice and Health Advice. It is formulated that he who needs the most security in the family should be made user and others must get all the benefit by being help numbers and authorized locator. This makes entire family secure at a throwaway cost. This service must be used daily like a motorist who drive bike and use helmet or car driver using seat belt. Everyone needs it! So be it a newly married women, or a working women, students living in hostels or boarding schools, elderly or retired people, not to exclude businessmen and professionals.


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Title of the poetry is derived from the 'Street Car named Desire', a Pulitzar award winning play written by Tennese Williams later developed into a Hollywood classic by the same name that starred Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando and that which dwelled upon melodrama about indulgence and resuscitation therefrom.

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F R E S H FAC E S

NIKHIL A business executive by profession, Nikhil stands tall at 5’11” whose passion is his health, work and his responsibilities. His favorite model is Arjun Rampal. He admires him as he has a brief stint in modeling and got a statement of style. His idol is Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I have the looks, the vital stats and a killer attitude to be the one,” he adds. Chest: 40 Waist: 33 Eye color: Brown Shoe size: 9


RAVINDER One word that describes me is looks. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m truly an amazing and health conscious person and only focuses on doing things that makes me happy. Everything I do I enjoy to the fullest and I intend on continuing this path. My inspiration came from Salman Khan. My passion is going to gym.

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MODEL OF THE MONTH

ANSH Some say I'm rude. Some say I'm cute. Some say I'm born a devil. Some say I'm hopeless. Some say I'm smart. Hi! I'm Ansh. A sporty and loving person. I'm very passionate about modeling. My three wishes in life are success, fame and love. I got appreciation award in Mega Model Chandigarh. I bagged a video advertisement in Chandigarh and shoot with Lรก Fiesta magazine. I aspire in future to be the top model of Asia. Age: 22 yrs. | Height: 5'11 | Waist: 34 | Chest: 44 | Biceps: 15

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PALLAVI

Height: 5'6 D.O.B.: 24nov,1988 Vital Status : 35-27-36 Complexion: Fair Eyes Color: Hazel Weight: 52kg Location: NOIDA Work Experience:  Worked in TVC for Johnson & Johnson and Samsung mobile  Catalogue Shoot for Acme garments  Retro shoot for magazine  Jewelry shoot for Alpana Jewels  Catalogue shoot for salwar kameez and saree  Video shoot for Home Shop 18  Print shoot for Loreal hair-color  Pilot shoot for serial  Shoot for Fab living magazine  Print shoot for Archie's and Maruti Dezire  Punjabi music video with singer Nav Sidhu (London'o Phone)  Ramp show for Wella cosmetics and for Syed Haque  Cameo role in Farhan Akhtar's movie Fukrey

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E V E N TAG E O U S

Coverage By Saaz Events and Promotion

Mr. India Worldwide In the world of highly competitive and femaledominated professional modeling, the attitude toward male modeling is changing. Although male models are still facing criticism and bias from their professional peers, society's typical mindset is changing. "Times are changing, lines are blurring. Guys want to look as good as girls. That's why there are an increasing number of guys with eating disorders. I see the same guys at the gym everyday obsessing, trying to be what girls want. Modeling does not carry as much of a feminine connotation as previously because modeling is something many men really want to do. And our purpose is to turn the male fantasies in the modeling world take a new aspect towards the glamour world.

Saransh Trehan (Ist Runner-Up), Raghav Sharma (Winner) & Manish Bhati (IInd Runner-Up)

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Miss North India The event provides platform to young enthusiastic designers showcase their talent and for models to fulfill their aspirations and dreams. It is an effort to bring together the best talents of North India on a single platform. Beauty with a purpose! These women are savvy, goal-oriented and aware. The delegates who become part of our cult display those characteristics in their everyday lives, both as individuals, who compete with hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals, and as women who seek to improve the lives of others. The event attracts participation from across a variety of age groups, cultures and abilities, including established and emerging designers.

Mrs. India Worldwide Mrs. India World Wide contest reaches out to beautiful and talented married women across India to be a part of this mega event and use this platform as door to enter the glamorous world of fame, attracting a lot of fanfare. Eligibility to be Mrs. Worldwide 2012 is the applicant should be Indian born or residing between 23 to 40 years and should be married. She should not be under any commercial contract with any modeling agency at the time of appearing for the auditions. Mrs. India worldwide gives an opportunity to beautiful and talented females from India, to use this platform as a door to enter the glamorous world of fame, attracting a lot of fanfare.

Mrs. World 2001 Aditi Gowitrikar as a special judge

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S p e c i a l C ove ra g e

Udita Tyagi (Ist Runner-Up), Mrs. Jeemol Jaiben (Winner) & Neetu Astvansh (IInd Runner-Up)

The society where we live in, provides women, be it a housewife or a working woman with very little or no time to pamper themselves probably because they are busily caught up in the cobweb of their never-ending chores and sometimes their somber relationships. In the process of tending to everyone's needs and desires they sacrifice their charm and beauty the once possessed when unmarried, as they get wear off their hectic schedule. So, in order to make them realize the special woman that has now vanished long time back deep inside them, we feel immense happiness to bring on this event that will ensure that these bubbly, dashing, sparkling women who have lost their charm and grace be able to recreate it.

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A simple mobile phone (better if it is a smart phone), will be enough. As soon as the user triggers any Safety Alarm/Alert, a case opens at our ‘safety Manager’s end. We keep the case opened, till the time the user reaches to his/her Safe Zone. ‘I am Safe’ is by default availed as a ‘Family Pack’. Once a case is opened, we immediately track down the user and send required help by contacting the relevant security agency or help agency. Other than Safety, ‘I Am Safe’ also gives freedom from ‘Fear and Exploitation’, through ‘Safety Advice’. ‘I am Safe’ also gives 24X7 medical guidelines to its users. A great Special Feature, ‘Authorized Locator’ gives the nearest & dearest one of the user, to track down the user anytime, even through phone. The ‘Authorized Locator’ can fix the schedule of the tracking and can also view the past tracking history of the user.

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