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Contents page Cover Story 16-21 Welcome Another Year of Happiness and Promise

10 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues Keep Your Energy High and Mood Lifted

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Business 62 Ideas that Will Define 2014 52 Thousands of Unsold Flats, but Property Price Stays High in India

Entertainment 42-44 Bollywood Mirchi - Akshay Kumar not a part of “Khiladi 2”? - Money Issues Hold Back The Release of “Mohalla Assi” - Anushka Sharma Denies Seeing Virat Kohli - Padukone in Awe of Salman Khan? - Defamation Case Filed Against “Kick” Producer

fashion 60 You Do Not Want These Trends to Continue This Year!

Health 50 - Fungus Among Us 12 - Avoiding Holiday Stress 48-49 - Do You Know How Much You Can Benefit from Eating 40

with your Family? - The Benefits of Yoga

lEGAL TALK 58-59 - Do You Have a Succession Plan for Your Business? 24 - Real Estate Investment Tips on Tax-Deferred Exchanges (1031 Exchange)

Lifestyle 56 - Monthly Tarotscope 30 - Anniversary Gifts That Are Adorable Yet Affordable!

SPORT 22 Cricket Crazy? Here’s a list of ICC Award Winners

TECHNOLOGY 64 Worried about Carbon Dioxide Emissions? Use it for Electricity Production 6

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ew Year’s is a time for fun and merriment. It’s a ritual that sometimes feels as old as time itself, we welcome the new with open arms, as a world of new possibilities opens and new challenges arises. My hope for you and yours in the New Year is that you can truly focus on what means the most in life. Give yourself permission to and equip yourself with the resolve to tune out the clutter and not sweat the small stuff. However, there are things I really love to hang onto, like almost every scrap of my children’s artwork. Every year, and sometimes more than once a year, we go through our stuff and donate gently used items to friends, charity or have garage sale. This stressful-yet-cathartic process has forced me to go deeper than I ever have before. The effort inspired me to focus on what’s truly important in all aspects of my life. I’m learning to unapologetically but respectfully hold my ground when the diversionary flames of life are hot on my heels. It is extremely hard for me to say no, but I’m taking it one fine day at a time. It’s taking true resolve. Pardes, itself, continues to grow and advance as a media platform with the magazine, website, social networking and events. Just wait until you meet and re-meet a few of our new contributors in the first issue of the New Year, who

covered sports and other topics Early in the New Year, we’ll look to sharpen our designs and really tighten up our presence. We’ll be offering nearly double the features in every issue, and our reach will expand and become more diverse. Our audience—readers, subjects and advertisers—as well as people who have yet to consider themselves members of our community will see even more improvement in our product in this next year. We will continue to represent this community with great breadth and depth in new and better ways.

magazine. We have no plans to radically change Pardes, although in the coming weeks and months, you may notice small adjustments as we reflect on how we can best serve our readers. I invite all of you to take part in that process. Let us know what we’ve done well over the years and what you think we can do better. If you care about something going on or believe we should be covering something we haven’t, let us know—or submit an essay for consideration in our pages.

Also, we’ve come a long way, baby! Enjoy great achievements and blasts Taking on the role of editor is an ex- from the past all year long. Thank you citing challenge anywhere, but at Pardes, for partnering with us over the years. We it’s a dream come true. People ask how couldn’t have done it without you. we come up with stories every week. I say you’d have to crawl under a rock wearI look forward to continuing our relaing blinders and earplugs to avoid spot- tionship. It might be on paper, online or ting something interesting in this town. in person at events. I might see you at a Whether it’s the opening of a new res- rally or a performance. You might write taurant, some inspiring medical innova- us an email or a comment on our Facetion happening in Florida or Georgia or book page. We could run into each other a teacher who invents something that in the waiting room of one of Pardes’ adspreads worldwide, this is a place filled vertisers. We are part of this community with interesting people doing interesting together, and I am grateful. things. Of course, where there are people, there are also problems, and one role of So, happy New Year’s, or whatever day a magazine is shining a light on places you read this. Our little family wishes you where some people might prefer secrecy. and your family the focus and fearlessness to make this the best day and year I share the conviction that uncovering ever! the truth and telling hard stories is a critical component of our responsibility as With continued love and thanks,

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HEALTH

Avoiding

By Fiza Pirani

Holiday Stress

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he holidays are generally a time of commercialized joy and warmth. Christmas movies—any winter holiday movies—always leave us feeling fuzzy and warm. We hear the jolly music playing in every store we step into, and houses along the street are lit up with yellow, white, red and green LED lights. I grew up in America, and the winter holidays have become one of my favorite times of the year. People seem happier, and the decorations and music always seem to make the cold and rainy Georgia winters so much more cheerful. However, these holidays have been commercialized. The holiday season, as beautiful as it may seem, often brings along a storm of stress and depression. A recent CNN article published just a few days before Christmas this year stated stress and depression are at their peaks during these winter months. In fact, the article included several studies that show that people have a greater chance of passing away on Christmas, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day than on any other single day of the year. As a child, I never realized how hectic things could be during this time of year. The harsh winter weather, unwarranted amount of money spent and unexpected guests and entertaining all look fun on television, but when your to-do list doesn’t seem to get any shorter and bank account seems to get emptier, it’s easy to get bogged down. I found some helpful tips from the Mayo Clinic website that may help ease stress.

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psychology and journalism student at Emory University

The first thing you should do to prevent holiday stress is take a minute to just breathe. Remember to make time for yourself when you are out shopping for coworkers or family members. Take a walk or listen to music. Clear your mind for a few minutes. Second, stick to a budget. Some of our greatest stressors are financial burdens and during this season, money seems to slip right out of our pockets. Decide on a budget and be smart about it. Sometimes the most thoughtful gifts don’t even require a heavy wallet. Third, don’t forget to be healthy. This season means lots of home-cooked meals, sugary food and drink and too many excuses to abandon your daily workout routine. Be sure not to overindulge and remember to get enough sleep and physical activity. The fourth and last tip is to seek support from your community. Sometimes we just need a little pick-me-up, something to give us that extra oomph so we can keep going. Seek help from family, friends or even your religious community. Stay strong and smart through this rough winter season. Don’t get so caught up in doing things perfectly and forgetting to be practical—especially when it comes to your physical and emotional health. From my family to yours, we wish you a very happy holidays.

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inter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. The “winter blues” are characterized by the mild depression, lack of motivation, and low energy that many people experience during this cold season. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to both prevent the blues from coming on and get yourself back to normal if they’re already here.

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A new year is always full of promises and expectations. Quite naturally, we all look forward to it, hoping that it will make our lives better and happier. As a result, we welcome the new year with open arms, preparing for its arrival for months on end. If you are one of those who love to celebrate the arrival of the new year, here are some interesting ideas that will surely make 2014 a memorable year for you. From the tame to the wild, it has something for everyone: Want to escape from everything and have a completely unique January in 2014? Try heading to a ski resort. There are many ski resorts that host parties during this time, complete with fireworks and a buffet dinner to make sure the time is remembered by everyone present. Studies suggest that those who have very strong ties with their friends and family live longer. Thus, if you want to live long, bond with your family this year by opting for family board games. Though they are a bit cheesy, you can have a lot of fun and get the opportunity to involve the whole family. However, make sure you do not become very competitive. Otherwise, it can spoil the whole festive mood and you could upset a few people in the beginning of the year. Host an unconventional party. Instead of the usual buffet and drinks, pamper your friends with something else. Hire a massage or beauty therapist who will provide treatments for you and your guests. You can also stock up on manicure kits and face masks for a bit of do-it-yourself pampering. Offer healthy snacks like vegetable crudites along with dips for refreshments and serve healthy mocktails and smoothies.

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Another Year of Happiness and Promise 10 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues Keep Your Energy High and Mood Lifted

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1. Exercise As if we needed another reason to get fit! Exercise isn’t

3. Get Some Sun Most people know that sunlight provides us with Vitamin

only for maintaining your weight and staying healthy. It’s great for relieving the stresses of life. Plus, the effects of a good workout can last for several hours after you hit the showers. You’ll have more energy throughout the day, and your metabolism with stay elevated too. Exercise also helps your mind by releasing those “feel good chemicals” that improve your mood.

D. But did you know that it also improves your mood? Winter days are shorter and darker than other months, and because of the cold weather, a lot of people spend less and less time outdoors. Lack of sunlight can cause many people to become depressed—without knowing why! Similar to exercise, sunlight exposure releases neurotransmitters in the brain that affect mood. Try to spend a little more time outdoors. Keep your shades up during the day to let more light in. Sit near windows in restaurants and during class. Try changing the light bulbs in your house to “full spectrum” bulbs. These mimic natural light and actually have the same affects on your mind as the real thing.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet What and when you eat has a great affect on your mood and energy. Avoid refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar). These foods are not only devoid of the nutrients your body craves, but they zap your energy levels and can affect your mood—causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Try to incorporate more complex carbohydrates (whole wheat breads, brown rice, veggies, fruit) and get your daily 8 cups of water. These healthy foods provide your body (and mind) with nutrients, and stabilize your blood sugar and your energy levels.

4. Act on your Resolutions A recent study from the CDC showed a strong link

between healthy behaviors and depression. Women who exhibited healthy behaviors (like exercising, not smoking, etc.) had less sad and depressed days than those whose behaviors were less than healthy. Although researchers studied women, the results are likely similar in men.

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5. Avoid Binge Drinking Staying in with a cold beer or a nice glass of wine may seem like the only thing to do in the winter months, and many people who feel down also tend to turn to alcohol when they’re feeling down. But alcohol is actually a depressant, and rather than improving your mood, it only makes it worse. Avoiding alcohol when you are already depressed is a good idea. Moderate drinking is fine for most people, but binge drinking (defined as having 5 or more drinks in one sitting) is never a healthy choice. The morning after will have you feeling sick, depressed, and even more tired, which will affect many aspects of your life. This will make your low energy and bad mood even worse.

6. Treat Yourself Having something to look forward to can keep anyone motivated. Winter seems endless! But if you plan something exciting, your mood improves when you’re anticipating it and when the event actually comes. Plan something that’s exciting to you—a weekend trip, a day at the spa, a party (but keep #5 above in mind), or special event like a play, girls (or guys) night out, or sporting event.

7. Relax! You’re busy! Work, class, family, friends, appointments, meetings—even if you enjoy being busy, everyone needs some time off. Don’t be afraid to say “No” to extra opportunities (covering a shift for a co-worker, bringing food to your son’s class party). Try to spend a few minutes each day doing nothing! Read a book or magazine, sleep in on the weekend, go to bed early, try some meditations, or take a yoga class. Relaxation, especially in the form of yoga, can alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Mental exercises like meditation and positive thinking can help keep depression at bay. www.pardesmagazine.com

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8. Embrace the Season Instead of always avoiding the cold and the snow—look for the best that it has to offer! Take up a winter sport like ice skating, snowboarding, hockey, or even sledding! Enjoy these opportunities while they last—after all, they’re only here a few months per year. Staying active will boost your energy. Seeing winter in a positive light, with all the fun activities that it has to offer, will keep your spirits high.

9. Get Social Support Don’t underestimate the power of friends, family, mentors, co-workers, and neighbors. Who can you turn to when you’re down and need a pick-me-up? Keep a mental list of these special people and don’t be afraid to ask for help or encouragement when you need it. Something as simple as a phone call, a chat over coffee, or a nice email or letter can brighten your mood.

10. Catch some Zzzz’s People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. But with all we have going on, sometimes sleep is the first thing to go. With a little time management, and some self-discipline, you can meet your shut-eye needs. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent. That way, your sleeping patterns can normalize and you’ll have more energy. Try not to oversleep—those 12-hour snoozes on the weekend can actually make you MORE tired. Don’t forget naps! A short (10-30 minute) afternoon nap may be all you need to re-energize midday. All these are sure to make your new year worthwhile and memorable. What is more, the new year itself holds a lot of promise for those eagerly waiting. There are some big ideas that are expected to rule 2014!

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Cricket Crazy? Here’s a list of ICC Award Winners International Cricket Council awards winners were recently announced. The cricketer of the year award went to Michael Clarke from Australia. The other nominees in the category were James Anderson from England, Hashim Amla from South Africa, Mahendra Singh Dhoni from India, Alastair Cook from England and Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka. The test cricketer of the year award went to Michael Clarke from Australia The other nominees in the category were James Anderson from England, Hashim Amla from South Africa, Cheteshwar Pujara from India, Ravichandran Ashwin from India again and Dale Steyn from South Africa. The one-day cricketer of the year award was won by Kumar Sangakkara from Sri Lanka. The other nominees in the category were Ravindra Jadeja from India, Misbah ul-Haq from Pakistan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni from India, Shikhar Dhawan from India and Saeed Ajmal from Pakistan. The women’s one-day cricketer of the year award was won by Suzie Bates from New Zealand. The other nominees in the category were Stafanie Taylor from West Indies, Anya Shrubsole from England, Dane van Niekerk from South Africa, Meg Lanning from Australia and Charlotte Edwards from England. The emerging cricketer of the year was Cheteshwar Pujara from India. The other nominees in the category were Mitchell Starc from Australia, Joe Root from England and Trent Boult from New Zealand. The year’s associate and affiliate crick22

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eter award was bestowed on Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien. The other nominees in the category were Nawroz Mangal from Afghanistan, Ed Joyce from Ireland and Kyle Coetzer from Scotland. The Twenty20 international performer of the year award was won by Pakistan’s Umar Gul for bowling figures of 2.2-0-6-5 v. South Africa March 3, 2013. The other nominees in the category were Ajanth Mendis from Sri Lanka with bowling figures of 4-2-8-6 v. Zimbabwe September 18, 2012, Brendon McCullum from New Zealand with 123 off 53 balls v. Bangladesh October 1, 2012 and Martin Guptill from New Zealand with 101 not out off 69 balls v. South Africa December 23, 2012.

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Women’s Twenty20 cricketer of the year award went to England’s Sarah Taylor. The other nominees were Stafanie Taylor from West Indies, Shanel Daley from West Indies, Suzie Bates from New Zealand, Meg Lanning from Australia and Deandra Dottin from West Indies. Umpire of the year was Richard Kettleborough from England. The award for the spirit of cricket went to Mahela Jayawardena from Sri Lanka. The people’s choice award went to Mahendra Singh Dhoni from India. The other nominees in the category were AB de Villiers from South Africa, Virat Kohli from India, Michael Clarke from Australia and Alastair Cook from England.

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LEGAL TALK Attorney Sarah Gulati of Gulati Law, P.L., is a Florida Real Estate Attorney, who is equipped to close Florida Real Estate closings with her affiliated Title Company, Premier Florida Title, LLC. Call her today for a complimentary consultation.

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Real Estate Investment Tips on Tax-Deferred Exchanges (1031 Exchange)

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tax-deferred exchange is a where property owner trades one or more relinquished properties for one or more replacement properties of “like-kind.” The payment of federal income taxes and some state taxes on the transaction is deferred until a later date, unlike a typical transaction where the property owner pays the taxes on any gain realized from the sale. The exchange, however, is not tax-free. When the replacement property is ultimately sold, the deferred gain, as well as any additional gain realized, is subject to tax.

Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code states “that no gain or loss is recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use where the property owner has reinvested the sale proceeds into another property. For example, if vacant land is exchanged for an apartment building, the taxpayer could not be forced to pay taxes on ‘paper gain.’ The general guidelines to be met in order to allow the taxpayer to defer all taxable gain are that the value of, equity in, and debt on the replacement property must be equal or greater than the value of the relinquished property. Also, all of the net proceeds from the sale of relinquished property must be used to acquire the replacement.”

taxes or potentially eliminate them all together. This way, you are able to use the money saved toward investing in another property, and you receive an interest-free loan from the federal government in the same amount you would have paid in taxes.

investment strategy. Avoiding losses, potentially as high as 30 percent due to state and federal taxes, means allowing the proceeds to go toward future investments or make improvements to the replacement property.

Before considering a tax-deferred exchange, there are a few requirements that allow for this replacement. First, your property must qualify. Specifically excluded properties are inventories, stocks, bonds, notes, properties held primarily for sale, interests in a partnership, certificates of trusts and choses in action. Also, both the relinquished and replacement properties must be held for productive use in a trade or business investment. Immediate re-sales or the taxpayer’s personal residence do not qualify. For a deferred exchange, the properties must be of “like-kind.” This means they must both be located in the United States and qualify. Personal properties must be of likeclass. It is also a basic requirement that the relinquished property must be directly exchanged for the other property and cannot be sold for cash to be used in purchasing the replacement property.

Tax-deferred exchanges can be very beneficial for a taxpayer planning to sell an The main reason to exchange property investment or property. As long as the Interinstead of selling is the ability to postpone nal Revenue Service guidelines are strictly followed, this method can be used as a wise

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in the outskirts of the city. All you need is a backpack, a picnic basket and some home-cooked food. You can also buy your food from a nearby eatery. Play some music, relish the meal, have a romantic talk and if the surrounding permits, you can also steal a kiss or two. All you need is to be together, no matter whether it’s in a yacht or at a park.

Handwritten gestures Instead of buying expensive cards, write a letter to your spouse. You do not need to be a wordsmith, just be true about your feelings. Do not hold back, just write down how much he or she means to you and how blessed you feel to have him or her in your life. Preferably, write the note on beautiful stationary. If you want to be really lovey-dovey, cut your letter in the shape of a heart. This will surely sweep your spouse off his or her feet.

Love balloons

Anniversary Gifts

That Are Adorable Yet Affordable!

Thanks to inflation, a collapsing Sensex and job cuts, couples facing financial troubles are not rare these days. However, when that special day of the year comes, you cannot really avoid getting a gift for your loved one. We are talking about your marriage anniversary here. It is not necessary for you to go on a vacation, have a candlelight dinner or give something expensive. Instead, you can do a lot of other inexpensive but sweet things to make that special someone feel really special.

A luncheon picnic

Wondering whether it looks childish? No, it will not. In fact, it will give your relationship a breath of fresh youth. You can buy balloons equal to the number of years you have been married. If it’s your first marriage anniversary, you could buy 12 balloons, one for each month. Leave a special note in each of the balloons. Gift these to your spouse and see the childlike excitement with which he or she pricks each of the balloons to read the special message inside. With these budget-friendly ideas, you can make your spouse feel good and have a simple yet memorable anniversary. Remember, the main thing is that you need to be together and show that you still care.

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HEALTH

The Benefits of Yoga

By: Zafar Mithavayani, PhD, www.gurujei.com facebook: Gurujei/utube: Gurujeipeace

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he benefits of yoga provide both instant gratification and lasting transformation. Yoga is not just about working out; it’s about a healthy lifestyle. The practice of yoga allows an individual to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone.According to Ratan, the title Khiladi was borrowed by anyone who could then add a few words to it, get clearance of the title and come up with a brand new Khiladi film. They never raised any objections. However, they did not have anything to do with those movies. Yoga’s deep breathing and meditation practices help foster an inner shift from to-do lists, kids and spouse’s needs, financial concerns and relational struggles to something a little bit bigger than the issues you face. Yoga helps relieve stress and clear the mind, and helps you get more focused. One of the benefits of yoga is that you can choose a yoga style that is tailored to your lifestyle, such as hot yoga, power yoga, relaxation yoga, prenatal yoga, etc. Whether you prefer you’re at home, in a private session, watching a DVD or at a studio or gym, there are a huge variety of options available to suit your goals and needs.

Each of the yoga poses is built to reinforce the muscles around the spine, the very center of your body, which is the core from which everything else operates. When the core is working properly, posture is improved, thus alleviating back, shoulder and neck pain. The digestive system gets back on track when the stretching in yoga is coupled with a healthy, organic diet, which can relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux. Another one of the benefits of yoga is that stretching and holding of postures also causes muscles to lengthen, which gives the body a longer, leaner look.

If you are a yoga beginner, Hatha yoga, which focuses on basic postures at a comfortable pace, would be great for you. If you want to increase strength through using more of your own body’s resistance, power yoga may be right for you. If you are ready for a deeper practice, Advanced Yoga, or Bikram, also called “hot yoga,” may be just what you are looking for. In Bikram yoga, the room temperature is set to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in greater elimination of toxins from the body through the increased production of sweat. No matter your fitness level, fat percentage, or health history, yoga has a place for you. Prem Yog, or Love Meditation developed by Zafar Mithavayani, PhD, in 2007, Gurujei, available in Barnes and Noble or Amazon, is a combination of stretching and flexibility, dance, breathing and mantra based energy meditation; helps in stress reduction, relaxation, love, peace and tranquility. Yoga’s focus on flexibility is an incredible benefit to your body. The postures are meant to strengthen your body from the inside-out, so you don’t just look good, you feel good too.

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Bollywood OW W MIRCHI Hottest News

Akshay Kumar not a part of “Khiladi 2”?

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t’s been 21 years since the successful Khiladi franchise was flagged off by Ganesh Jain, and his brother Ratan Jain is set to begin “Khiladi 2.” We all know how the film paved Akshay Kumar’s way to stardom. The director of the new film will be Abbas-Mustan, the duo at the helm of the earlier film. In the past 21 years, there have been as many as 6 Khiladi films, which include “Main Khiladi Tu Anari,” released in 1994 and produced by Champak, another Jain brother. But the Jains did not produce the other films in the franchise, namely “Sabse Bada Khiladi,” “Mr. & Mrs. Khiladi,” “Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi,” “Khiladi 420,” “International Khiladi” and “Khiladi 786.” According to Ratan, the title Khiladi was borrowed by anyone who could then add a few words to it, get clearance of the title and come up with a brand new Khiladi film. They never raised any objections. However, they did not have anything to do with those movies. Ratan has finalized the “Khiladi 2”script. Now, casting will begin, and another 6 months will be spent in preproduction. Quite naturally, the one question that pops up is whether Akshay Kumar, who has been a part of all the Khiladi films, will play the lead. According to Ratan, the story revolves around a younger boy, so he plans to cast a younger actor though he did not divulge any definite name. 42

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Anushka Sharma Denies Seeing Virat Kohli There have been consistent rumors of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma dating. However, the actress recently refuted this and firmly denied the affair. According to her, she and Kohli hang out together at times because they are good friends. She assumed that Kohli would be arrogant. However, when shooting started, she realized that he was really a cool guy. The shoot continued for three days and on the second day, she had a get together at her place and called Virat over. He mingled with her friends. According to Sharma, the next thing she read was that they were kissing in an elevator in full view of a woman from her building, who became very uncomfortable. This was sur-

prising because Sharma is not even the hugging type. She finds it really weird when people hug each other on sets. There was another story about how Kohli continued to turn around to have a glimpse of her when she saw him off in her building’s parking lot. To that, Sharma replied the story was from the imagination of some bored neighbor armed with a notepad and pen, writing a scene from a bad movie. She added that a lot of negative comments are written about her, such as she is ugly. Though it used to bother her, she now knows how to deal with such issues. As she is happy about herself, she simply doesn’t care about these things.

Padukone

in Awe of Salman Khan?

It seems Deepika Padukone, riding high after the success of “Ram Leela,” is in awe of Salman Khan. This is because she not only expressed her desire to star in a film opposite the “Dabangg” star but also is trying hard to impress him. Apparently, the leggy actress left Shahrukh Khan, another favorite of hers, on the set of Farah Khan’s “Happy New Year,” to meet Salman Khan at the studio. Recently, Padukone was shooting with Salman Khan for the said movie at Mumbai’s famed Mehboob studio. Though neither of Khans made any effort to meet each other, it was Padukone who paid a visit to Salman Khan on his sets. She went to meet him during the tea break and

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chatted for a good 20 minutes. Salman Khan’s brother Sohail Khan and sister Alvira Khan arrived on the sets of “Happy New Year.” However, the director of the film, Farah Khan, in spite of being Salman’s good friend, did not meet them and stayed back with his friend-turned-foeturned-friend Shahrukh Khan. Padukone shares an excellent rapport with Shahrukh Khan as he was the hero of her debut film “Om Shanti Om,” which was also directed by Farah Khan. They recently acted in “Chennai Express,” the biggest hit of their careers. As she was Shahrukh Khan’s onscreen leading lady, one wonders whether Deepika’s sudden fascination toward Salman Khan will irk King Khan in any way!

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Money Issues Hold Back The Release of

“Kick”

Defamation Case Filed Against Producer

“Mohalla Assi”

“Mohalla Assi,” in which Sunny Deol plays an insecure Varanasi priest, was touted as a turning point in the actor’s career. However, there is no sign of the release of the film, which finished shooting 18 months ago.

A defamation case has been filed against Sajid Nadiadwala, the producer of the movie “Kick,” by Swapna David, the film’s executive producer. Interestingly, David seeks just a paltry sum of Re. 1. As per David’s lawsuit, an email dated October 7 was circulated by Nadiadwala and his team to several film personalities, which suggested David is involved in taking kickbacks or commissions from people whom the production company has paid for services. According to the suit filed through Ashok Saraogi, her lawyer, David has suffered morally, lost her reputation and undergone mental agony and torture. This is because of Nadiadwala’s actions and the management of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment Pvt Ltd., his production company. 44

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The film’s shoot was arranged by David. It was supposed to last 9 days in Glasgow, Scotland. However, due to Salman Khan’s visa problems, there was no filming for 8 days. A legal notice was then issued to David from the producers, which held her responsible for delaying the process of getting the actor’s visa. David said she suddenly observed a change in the attitude of certain individuals from the movie industry. Consequently, she learned about the defamatory email that was in circulation. She added that she asked for a compensation of only Re. 1 because no one was capable of putting a value on integrity and character. She also claimed of having worked with Sajid’s company since July 2006 and being a part of four of the company’s feature films.

The director of the movie, Chandraprakash Dwivedi, claims that the producer of the film, Vinay Tiwari, has not yet paid his dues. A complaint has been registered by Dwivedi with the Indian Film and Television Director’s Association in an effort to receive the payment. Meanwhile, Tiwari apparently begun work on another project titled “Miss Tanakpur Haazir Ho,” which prompted the IFTDA to issue him a letter. As per the letter, he has been asked to immediately stop working on the said film till a resolution is achieved. According to IFTDA President Ashoke Pandit, if Vinay Tiwari has begun work on another project, it means there is not a lack of funds. Thus, a complaint has been filed with them by Dwivedi along with his assistant directors, Narendra Tiwari and Rakesh Sahu. Interestingly, when Tiwari was asked about the incident, he said he had received no such letter from any association and all payments related to “Mohalla Assi” have been cleared. Dwivedi is known for making the critically acclaimed “Pinjar” that was released in October 2003. The film is based on an Amrita Pritam novel of the same name. It starred Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Suri and Isha Koppikar.

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HEALTH

Do You Know How Much You Can Benefit from Eating with your Family?

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iven the busy lives we lead, the concept of having and troubles. Also, eating together at least gives you a sense of meals with our family seems like a tradition belong- togetherness and belonging. ing to a bygone era. Well, that tradition is not without reason. Sharing meals with your family does have It can especially be helpful to newlywed women who stay some significance, read on to find out what they are. in a joint family. The meal time offers them the chance to get to know their in-laws better. She learns her family members’ likes, dislikes and habits.

Connect with your family

Family meals give you a very good opportunity to be in touch with your family members. They allow you to know what’s going on in each other’s lives and share your happiness

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The family that eats together, stays together.

Eat healthy

There’s the saying “the family that eats together, stays together.” The meal time allows you to talk to your family members, which is a rare occasion given our busy lives. However, We often order a pizza, make a quick sandwich or eat junk to make sure that this happens, keep your TV and laptops food when eating alone. We may also skip meals or eat leftoswitched off. vers. However, when we have other family members eating along with us, we tend to cook a good and healthy meal. The reason behind this is the care we feel for each other. You will Though having breakfast with your family helps you start obviously not want your child, parents or spouse to eat junk your day on a good note, having dinner together relieves stress food or leftovers every day. So, make sure you prepare a good after a long day of hard work. Eating together gives you and and nutritious meal.

Bust stress

your family a chance to talk, laugh and share some stressful and funny moments from your daily lives. These small chuckles and chit-chats enhance your mood, thereby helping you relax and literally feel at home.

Helps you maintain a healthy weight

This point is an extension of the previous one. When you have healthy meals regularly, you obviously start cutting back on the extra calories you used to eat in the form of junk food. You also tend to eat on time, which is another factor that helps Trouble is an indispensable part of our lives. The dining ta- in weight loss. ble is a good place to discuss these troubles. This is where you Family meals are indeed fun. Make the most of it. Make it a listen to others, and they listen to you. You can discuss the pros point to have at least one meal together with your family, you and cons of a certain situation and get to know the viewpoints will bond better. of your near and dear ones. Due to this, you can come up with a better decision than what you would have on your own.

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Fungus Among Us

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your nails discolored? Are they turning white, yellow or brown and/or progressively thickening? You may have a fungal infection! Fungus is the primary cause of nail deformities. Other causes can include bacterial or yeast infections and trauma to the nail plate. It is important to recognize these changes in the early stages in order to successfully treat the infection.

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perhydrosis—excessive sweating in the foot— and living in humid conditions can further cause a fungal infection. It can easily spread to your skin via microscopic tears or to the nail via damage or lifting of the nail. Many times, it is unnoticeable. It begins as a small white, yellow or brown spot that progressively grows and spreads. People with compromised immune systems and people with poor circulation, such as diabetics, are more susceptible to fungal infections.

Fungus: A fungal nail, also known as Manicures/Pedicures: onychomycosis, is one of the most difficult conditions in the lower extremity to treat. Often times, it reoccurs even after it is effectively treated. Fungi are microscopic organisms that typically live in warm, dark and moist environments— for example, the inside of your shoe. Hy-

AVOID! Nail salons are a key source of most fungal infections. Many nail salons—including the fancy, high-end ones—fail to properly sterilize their tools and equipment. If you find you’re absolutely unable to avoid nail salons, bring your own tools. You can easily purchase a

set from your local drugstore. Also, don’t let your technician cut or push back your cuticles, as this is a portal of entry. Lastly, avoid artificial nails, which tend to be the perfect place for a fungus to harbor.

Treatment: Your podiatrist will diagnose your nails through clinical observation. You may possibly need to take a biopsy. There are three main types of treatments available, topical medication, oral medication and laser therapy. The most effective treatment is a combination of these therapies. Topical medications have the lowest cure rate, so don’t waste your money buying over-thecounter products, unless you’re in the very early stages of infection. Visit your doctor for more information about treatment options. Tips: Wear breathable socks to allow for proper ventilation of your feet and change them frequently, especially if you perspire. It is also important to disinfect your shoes on a daily basis by using Lysol or an antifungal foot powder. Allowing your shoes to sit in the sunlight will help with this. Control your feet’s perspiration with over-the-counter or prescriptionstrength antiperspirant. For excessive amounts of sweating, contact your podiatrist for other treatment modalities, such as Botox injections in your feet. Avoid walking barefoot in public showers and swimming pools. Finally, keep your nails cut short and filed down as low as possible.

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BUSINESS

Thousands of Unsold Flats, but Property Price Stays High in India

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property business in India is going through a tough time. Across all major cities, the number of unsold apartments is rising at a rapid pace. The inventory level of the Mumbai market is the highest among all other cities. There are approximately 1.3 to 1.4 lakh-ready apartments, but no buyers. This serious stagnant condition has led to a free fall of new project launches and prices. Dr. Samantak Das, director of research and chief economist at Knight Frank, notes that the number of quarters needed to sell these flats has increased from five to nine, and it does not seem that the condition will improve soon. Inventory levels, or the number of unsold flats, are comparatively fewer in Bangalore and Delhi-NCR, but relatively high if you consider the number of unsold flats in previous years. However, the rising inventory level is not something new. Back in September 2013, 52

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Jones Lang LaSalle said real estate businessmen in Mumbai have an inventory of 48 months. However, the acknowledged level of inventory in Mumbai is approximately 1415 months. What may seem surprising to many is the fact that real estate developers have managed to retain the high price level despite the dip in sales and rising inventory level. Earlier this year, JLLM predicted that property price would decrease, but it seems that the prediction was wrong. In fact, Das clarified that price cuts may not happen soon. Instead, buyers can request for 5-10 percent discounts through promotional schemes. The Reserve Bank of India is also concerned about steep property prices. A few days ago, it asked the banks why they did not hike up the interest rates, despite the fact that the central bank has hiked its policy rates two times since September.

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However, higher interest rates will not only affect property sales but also can lead to loan delinquencies. It seems that RBI is not worried about these factors. As key officials are ready to take any strict step to reduce inflation, interest rates may increase sooner than inventors expect. This means the realty sector should prepare itself for tougher days. Global economists have also noticed the ever-increasing price of real estate properties in India. Nouriel Roubini, a famous economist, said that Indian realty business is entering a bubble territory. The main concern for economists is the sudden price rise of properties and low income ratio of prospective buyers. If this trend continues, it can damage the fragile Indian economy. In order to prove the theory, experts referred to the recession in 2007-2008. The main cause behind that global financial crisis was the collapse of the housing bubble in the United States. Will a similar thing happen in India?

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Do You Have a Succession Plan for Your Business?

LEGAL TALK

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ost family businesses do not survive

into the second generation. The primary reason tends to be ineffective succession planning by business owners. As no one expects to pass away, a succession plan to ensure your business survives needs to be created just as you would have your probate documents drafted for you. The current 35 percent estate tax rate applies to the total value of your personal and business assets if they exceed $5.1 million. Without proper planning, your family members and business partners may need to liquidate your business just to pay this tax. To prevent the destiny of your business from being subject to a fight between family members or the Internal Revenue Service claiming more than is necessary during such a transition, a succession plan provides you control over the fate of your business. Though there are many ways to set up your succession plan, there are a few basic rules to follow when creating one:

Plan Ahead

Planning early may afford you more options, especially when it comes to mitigating tax liabilities. There may be a smaller estate tax bill if you start transferring ownership to your children earlier. Acting ahead may also allow you time to correct any errors or issues when dealing with your business. Some situations

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that may require you to correct or deal with issues ahead of time are, if one of your children realizes they do not have an interest in the business or there are changes in IRS tax policies that need to be complied with. Planning ahead will provide you the opportunity to alter the course of your business and prevent any grave issue your family or successors will have to deal with once you are gone.

Remain Unbiased

Remaining unbiased may be the most beneficial approach to determining what your business needs to survive and grow. What is best for each of your family members is not always what is best for your business. Preparing to admit that your spouse, business partner or children may not be fit for a role or task is part of remaining unbiased.

Do Not Overlook Key Employees and Staff

An effective succession plan should address the key employees, vested interests of company officers and loyal staff. Overlooking their contributions and value to the business could be a significant detriment when having your succession plan drafted. Some of the potential ramifications of overlooking key employees and staff are that they could possibly

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leave and take your best customers or clients along with them.

Clear and Effective Communication

An open and direct method of communication is essential when explaining your desires and wishes for the future of your business. Even though your family members and business partners may not be in full agreement with you, it is imperative to not equivocate or be ambiguous over such serious matters. An essential part of communicating early is having the necessary legal instruments prepared, such as your business succession plan, appropriate written agreements between your family members and/or your business partners and your probate documents.

Obtain Professional Assistance

Consulting your attorney and accountant goes hand-in-hand with clear and effective communication. A knowledgeable and experienced business attorney should assist you in preparing your business succession plan and applicable written legal instruments and agreements. Self-created legal instruments without assistance of counsel may lead to a magnitude of legal pitfalls your family members and business partners could deal with after your death. The proper care and investment in your business’ future now may ensure the survival of your business later.

Radhika Arora, Esq, Principal Managing Attorney at Arora Law Firm, practices in the areas of complex business transactions, asset protection and tax law. Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be legal advice. Legal advice depends on each and every person’s particular circumstance. This article is for informational purposes only and must not be used for avoiding any penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code. Arora Law Firm and Radhika Arora, Esq. specifically disclaim any responsibility for positions taken by readers in their individual cases or for any misunderstanding on the part of readers of this article or publication.

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FASHION pair in the “Sex and the City” movie poster. The Linda Farrow pair that she wore was obscenely expensive as it retailed for more than $900. Hence, the trend did not really catch on among the fashion-crazy common people. However, that was not the end of it, as the trend came back in 2011, in a more affordable aviator. Ray-Ban brought mirrored sunglasses back to the market, and suddenly mirrored glasses were the “in” thing. It looks good, but you cannot deny that the trend has been overdone. It is everywhere. Please, no more of it.

Crop tops Crop tops paired with high-waist skirts or trousers giving a hint of your torso are still good. However, the ones that bare a bit too much are not quite wearable all the time. So, it’s better to bid it a goodbye.

You Do Not Want These Trends to Continue This Year!

It is not that you hate these trends, but it is just that you are tired of seeing them everywhere. That is why you do not really want these trends to continue in the new year. Instead, it is time for some new trends.

Jackets worn as capes Yes, they ruled 2013 and look drapey and cool. Have you thought about one thing? If we want the cape look, why don’t we buy an actual cape instead of hanging a jacket on our shoulders? It’s uncomfortable! After all, we are not immobile creatures. We are walking, handbag-lugging and coffee-gulping women. How are we supposed to manage these when a jacket hanging from our shoulders could fall at any time?

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If you have been sporting any of the trends mentioned above, please give a second thought before wearing them again.

A beanie is more of a required winter accessory than a novelty. However, it gets really boring when people do not stop wearing one once the season is over. A beanie at a Fourth of July party is certainly not hot because it’s literally hot then! The model-off-duty look does not really work year-round, so please do not try to do that. The “oh I just threw it on” look actually looks “tried hard” in the summer months.

Designer logo puns Let’s put it simply, the joke is stale. Next please.

Mirrored sunglasses Sarah Jessica Parker is possibly responsible for making mirrored sunglasses such a rage. It has been making rounds ever since 2010, when the actress wore a

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BUSINESS

Ideas that Will Define 2014 2014 is going to be the year of the entrepreneur. According to the Chairman of Virgin Group Richard Branson, every business, whether small or large, is being moved forward by technology. This will only increase in 2014. Now, companies can be created by entrepreneurs at a much cheaper cost than before. All the big hurdles that new businesses used to face, including website development and accounting, can now easily be crossed, which gives small companies the same capacities as large organizations at a cheaper cost. Your online activity will serve as a data mine for recruiters. Whenever people start thinking about switching jobs, they become quite predictable. Some of the common online activities soon-to-be jobseekers engage in are: •

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Going through salary studies.

Googling available jobs.

Becoming a part of online professional groups.

• Reading articles focused on career. •

Following more companies and engaging in company research.

Researching staffing firms to find recruiters.

The distinction between tech and media will crumble. With the convergence of these two industries, the silos will be gone, leaving a unified amalgamation of content and distribution enterprises. Agility will emerge as the primary skill necessary for leaders. In other words, you should have the self-confidence to accept that you do not know everything, be really curious, ask questions and be able to quickly act on what you’ve

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learned. Instead of asking first-level questions, you have to go deeper, exploring the hows and whys. Citrin, executive recruiter, advises talking to people with different perspectives and being an active listener. The definition of a college degree will undergo a change. Jeff Selingo, an expert in higher education, argues that it is important to concentrate on what people actually learn rather than whether they complete 120 credit hours of college courses. Investing will completely change as millennials and women start investing more and boomers retire. As a rule, today’s investors divide their money. On one hand, they have their invested money, which is poised to earn a handsome return. On the other, they give away their money to charitable organizations every year. However, the opportunity of expressing one’s values—whether they are political, environmental or social—will no longer remain segmented in the long run. So, brace yourself for a different and entertaining 2014.

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TECHNOLOGY

Worried about Carbon Dioxide Emissions? Use it for Electricity Production water will separately circulate inside those rings to draw heat from below ground to the surface. Once the heat reaches the surface, it will be used for moving turbines to generate electricity.

gases to the power plants above ground when electricity demand is very high. The plant can also stop heat extraction from the subsurface when the demand for electricity is low.

The good news is the technology to implement this design already exists in various industries, so scientists are hoping that their revolutionary approach will increase the use of geothermal power in the United States. At a recent meeting, a team of researchers revealed the design of the plant through an animated movie, explaining the advances of science and the role of energy technology to deal with climate change issues.

Jeffrey Bielicki, co-author of the study, explained the design contradicts conventional geothermal plants. When asked what makes it different, he explained generally, geothermal power plants connect to underground hot water and collect the heat from the water. The heat is used for producing electricity, after which the cold water is returned to the deep sub-surface. In this new power plant, water is partially replaced with carbon dioxide because CO2 extracts heat more efficiently than water.

A computer simulation showed a 10 mile-wide system of concentric rings of horizontal wells, situated about 3 miles below ground level, can generate half a gigawatt of electricity. The production rate is 10 times more than the average geothermal plant in the United States.

The new power plant design looks like an amalgamation of CERN’s large hadron collider and a normal geothermal power plant. It features a series of coaxial rings of horizontal wells, located deep underground. CO2, nitrogen and

The scientists believe their design will help geothermal power plants store the energy for the time when it is most necessary. The subterranean geothermal formation can store hot, pressurized CO2 and nitrogen for months and release the

Scientists are developing a new type of geothermal power plant that will store and use discarded carbon dioxide below ground to generate electricity. The carbon dioxide will help produce 10 times more power compared to presentday geothermal energy processes.

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This new type of geothermal plant could use 5 million tons of CO2 every year. In order to collect such a huge quantity of carbon dioxide, the geothermal power plant must stay connected to a coal-fired power plant via a pipeline. However, the study revealed that the new power plant design can work with or without any CO2. The plant could initially be powered by only a nitrogen injection.

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