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Contents page Cover story

36-45 8 Fascinating ideas to decorate your house for the Diwali celebration

Beauty

64 A more beautiful you starts, here…!

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Business 50

Gold price set to fall in 2014, with India’s demand for it also reducing

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Virtual Guru Fundraiser K.B. Zaveree Grand Opening Mrs. India International 2012 representing India at Home City American Festival

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EDUCATION

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16-17 Education in America is going through a phase of stagnation

Entertainment

48-50 Bollywood Mirchi - Attempt-to-murder charge

against Salman Khan and his manager - Evelyn Sharma defamed by a Lucknow-based website, com plaint lodged - John Abraham gets “Pride of the Nation” award for “Madras Cafe” - JKabir Khan’s film is in danger after the Syria-USA tension - JKaran Johar in a self-criticizing mood

14 What is Knowledge Without Action?

music

12 The Kuchipudi Dance 62-63 Juthika Roy: An embodiment of Meera

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Health 18 20

Is egg actually a culprit food for cholesterol watchers?62 Painful feet!

FASHION

22 India’s top models lead dual lives

Lifestyle

28 Is transcendental meditation actually helpful? 56 Horoscope

SPORTS 28

Ajit Chandila refuses his role in IPL 6 fixing

Technology

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24 Is iPhone 5c a worthy update of iPhone 5?

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from the Editor*

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I have very few things to share this month because I urge you to take a look at some of the articles in this issue. All individuals featured are truly exceptional, and their work has inspired our team to push our boundaries for many more months to come. In this issue, we collaborated with Jilna Jasani from Suhaag Garden; we had the opportunity to work together on a one-of-a-kind project. She devoted both her time and effort to direct one of our best photo shoots for Pardes Magazine. She assembled an outstanding team for this project. Our editorial photo shoot this month may serve as a great convincing factor of this: I know that my team was in love with the decorations, and I think you will agree when you see the pictures. In this issue for the month of October, we talk about the celebration of the Diwali holiday, which is also known as the “festival of lights” and is the most popular of all of the festivals from South Asia.

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magazine Editor-in-Chief Jaffri Y. info@pardesmagazine.com Creative & Art Director Halima Yousuff hdesign@pardesmagazine.com Managing Director Mohammed Imran imran@pardesmagazine.com

Religion has always been an interesting aspect of the human condition. It plays many roles for many people, from a spiritual foundation on which some choose to live their lives, to the basis for many cultural practices. It’s undeniable that certain cultural practices have been deeply informed by the religions that helped to shape them. This is the case with Diwali.

Public Relation Georgia Rizwan Muhammad Abroad Relation Mumbai India Kavita Nalwa

In India, Diwali is an occasion for celebration not only for Hindus but also for the people of other religions as well. Diwali is a celebration for the victory of good over evil, the light of love over the darkness of hatred and the wealth of knowledge over ignorance. The jungle of lights, fireworks and sweets makes this festival a favorite among children. Bursting firecrackers is a unique part of the festival, which children of all age groups look forward to. Despite the prohibitive cost of firecrackers, parents still spend on them. While shooting them, they spend valuable time with their children.

Assit. Graphic Designer Tahira Mariam Shahan Irfan Contributors & Columnists Fiza Pirani Attorney Tasneem Zaman Dr. Kinna Patel, DPM Akbar Kassam Madiha Tazien

Diwali is an occasion for friends and families to exchange gifts and best wishes. I, along with my family, wish you all a very happy, healthy, safe and prosperous Diwali and a happy new year. May this festival of lights bring the light of knowledge into your life and lead you to help those who need help, bringing peace into your hearts. In this new year, may everyone’s hearts be filled with the light of righteousness, wisdom, truth, nonviolence and self-discipline. May almighty God lead us all from untruth (illusion) to truth, from darkness to light and from death to immortal life. This issue would not have been possible without the generous support of our vendors. I’d also like to thank the kind people at tAnirika who welcomed us and gave us access to an extensive array of floral jewelry for our photo shoot. I further want to give thanks for the creative concept, set design and coordination: Suhaag Garden; floral jewelry: Tanirika; venue: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Kissimmee, Fla.; photographer: Kimberly Photography; cinematography: Life and Love Studio. Thank you so much for helping to make this, in my humble opinion, the best issue we’ve produced. Then again, we say that every time we do one. We hope you enjoy the issue.

Jaffri Y.

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BEAUTY

Is transcendental

meditation actually helpful? Transcendental meditation has been one of the most popular forms of meditation ever since The Beatles began to practice it, followed by celebrities such as Russell Simmons and Jerry Seinfeld. The practice is believed to dissolve stress and fatigue and to give clarity to the mind and energy to the body. In short, it helps you to recharge your batteries. It is regarded as a technique for self-development. Several scientific researches support transcendental meditation and confirm its claims of facilitating better cardiovascular health, decreasing one’s sense of violence and increasing one’s sense of creativity. But even the best academic researches and celebrity endorsements are hard to rely on as conclusive evidence. You may wonder what has caused the practice to survive all of these years. The answer is simple: It works. The process of transcendental meditation is pretty simple. You need to sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, and repeat a mantra without making a sound or moving your lips. You need to be in this state for about 20 minutes twice a day. That is it. One important factor that you need to consider is that you are not supposed to force thoughts during the practice; i.e., you should allow your thoughts to come and go freely. And if you notice that you have stopped chanting, you need to gently bring your mind back to its former state. Now, how can this simple method help to improve your cardiovascular health and make you more creative? Well, the key here is conditioning. Conditioning, or programming, is a phenomenon that is essential in our lives. Conditioning is something that can happen over time or in an instant. Once we learn that fire is hot, we condition ourselves to keep away from it. Similarly, when you practice transcendental meditation, you condition your mind to respond to your 10

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thoughts in a new manner. We usually have two kinds of reactions to a thought, or a combination of the two: • Emotion: We may think of something that triggers an emotion. The reaction may not be extreme, but it is there. For instance, we may think of a relationship or business deal that went bad and feel sad and angry, respectively. • Action: Action may be planned or immediate. For example, you may feel hungry and proceed to get some food, or you may make plans to eat something. You should note that the action does not need

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to be immediate. A good example would be that when you are suddenly reminded of a dear friend, you make a mental note to call him or her later. Action may also refer to internal physiological responses, such as sweating, elevated blood pressure and palpitation. Transcendental meditation teaches you not to react. Just as you need to immediately return to your chant when your mind drifts during the meditation process, you can do the same in real life; i.e., slowly drift away from a troubling thought and return to your calm self. After all, we know that a calmer mind can be more creative than a stressed one.

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DANCE By sRI vIDYA dance Academy

The Kuchipudi Dance

Kuchipudi, the indigenous style of dance of Andhra Pradesh took its birth and effloresced in the village of the same name, originally called Kuchelapuri or kuchelapuram, a hamlet in Krishna district. From its origin, as far back in dim recesses of times as the 3rd century BC, it has remind a continuous and living dance tradition of this region. The genesis of Kuchipudi art as of most Indian classical dances is associated with religions. For a long time, the art was presented only at temples and that too only for annual festivals of certain temples in Andhra. Movva, the birth place of Kshetrajana, the great composer of devotional Padams, is about two miles away from Kuchipudi. From all this it can be surmised that the location of the Kuchipudi village has been, over a long period spanning twenty centuries, historically as well as culturally most important with a halo around it . The whole vicinity of Kuchipudi was filled with favors of art. Kuchipudi is a perfect balance between three aspects- Nritta, Nritya and Natya, each being equivalent in nature. The Nritta is the rhythmic sequence that concludes a song or a verse; the Nritya or sabdams in which the rhythmic passages are followed by interpretations alternately; Natya is a complete dance drama with a story12

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line and various characters. The use of Laya (rhythm), thandava ( foot steps and rhythm) and abhinaya (expression) is common with the Kuchipudi artist. But Kuchipudi is characteristic for its abhinaya or expressions. Angika, Vachika, Satuka and Ahaarya are the four types of abhinaya or actions. Modern Kuchipudi acquired its present form in the 20 th century. A number of people were responsible were responsible for moving it from the villages to the performance stage. One of the most notable was guru Lakshminarayan shastry. After him, a number of other luminaries would mould it into its present shape. Some notable names are vempati china satyam, C.R. Acharyalu, and Dr. Nataraja Ramakrishna. Kuchipudi, the dainty dance form of Andhra Pradesh is profoundly aesthetic and the experience of watching it live is most exhilarating and cannot be expressed in words!

For further information about the dance classes , Please contact Sri vidya dance academy , Raman punjabi - 678-335-6414

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LIFESTYLE

By Fiza Pirani

Journalism and Psychology student at Emory University

What is Knowledge Without Action? When we think about healthcare, we immediately focus our attention on medical providers or government agencies as the sole decision-makers. The truth is, our doctors and dentists and government officials are only a fraction of it. The other side involves us and our personal decision to be proactive with our health. Once you have chosen to take the proactive route to a healthier lifestyle, the first step is to gain knowledge. Because we live in a highly interconnected digital world, we’re able to find information on just about anything with the click of a button. The advancements in technology and - Tony Robbins the World Wide Web have promoted a society of knowledge in which nearly everyone knows the most basic facts regarding our health. We know what to avoid--like tobacco and excess alcohol--and we know the consequences of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. These are fundamental bits of knowledge that have been mentally imprinted into our brains through information exposure, be it through social media, advertisements, news, etc. So when we meet our doctor for an annual check-up and he lectures on and on about how our unhealthy diets and habits may foretell serious implications, we just nod and say, “I know.” All of us know. And that’s the problem. Twenty-five years ago, this wasn’t the case. People were not aware of the consequences of their unhealthy habits because the answers were not at their fingertips like

they are for us now. So do we really have an excuse? Think about it. If you want to go from place A to place B, you need to know the address of your destination. You look that up via the World Wide Web and graciously, Google delivers its promise and gives you an answer. You know everything you need to know in order to travel. Now, all you need to do is be proactive with your knowledge. You have to get up, go to your car, and literally drive there. What good is an address and a plan without action? Similarly, we know from living in a knowledge society exactly what constitutes as good health and what we can do to improve our well-being. But all of this information is completely useless if we don’t act on it. The next time you visit your doctor and he tells you about your problems and how they will affect you in the long run, don’t just say “I know.” Tell him how you are facing this problem head-on and what you have been doing to better your lifestyle. It’s been said that knowledge is power and though that is true to an extent, knowledge without action is worthless. We have to remember that we are fortunate to have so much information at our fingertips. When we seek knowledge, we should not seek it for the sake of being knowledgeable, but we should use what we learn to better our society, our relations, and of course--to better our health.

“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know:”

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EDUCATION

Education in America is going through a phase of stagnation The economic well-being of a country is directly related to its quality of education. It is a matter of concern that the average level of education in the United States has fallen during the past few decades, impacting this nation’s overall development. If history is any indication, a strong relationship exists between weak economic development and a subpar level of education in the United States. It is interesting to note that between 1891 and 2007, per capita economic output grew at 2 percent per year. Correspondingly, the period from 1890 to 1970 witnessed phenomenal growth in the nation’s education level, which reduced to a snail’s pace after 1990. This is substantiated by the fact that per capita economic output fell from 2 percent during the past hundred years to 1.3 percent within the past 25 years and to 0.7 percent within the past 10 years. This percentage figure is 16

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even smaller after 2007. It is standard practice among companies to pay a higher salary to a more educated person, as he or she is presumably more productive. Compared with a high school graduate, a college graduate is paid more due to a rise in the demand for technically qualified people and a fall in the demand for semiskilled or unskilled manpower. After the Great Recession from 2007–09, income gains were restricted to the upper levels, while real median income fell to lower levels. This slowdown in economic growth could be attributed to the withdrawal of the working group from the labor force, unequal income distribution, fewer technological innovations and the retirement of “baby boomers.” These baby boomers constitute people who were born between 1946 and 1964 and are considered to be the most enterprising and successful group of Americans.

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A pervasive approach

Education is always a worthwhile investment, as its effects are longer-lasting and pervasive. It is important to complete high school or college levels of education in order to be offered employment opportunities. Dropouts are unlikely to earn anything more than minimum wage, thereby causing a reduction in average income and spending levels and thus ultimately slowing down the economy. Between 1900 and 1970, the number of high school graduates increased from 10 percent to 80 percent, which was a significant driver of economic growth in the United States during this period. In comparison, the percentage of high school graduates dropped to 74 percent at the beginning of the 21st century. Even those with GED diploma or certificate qualification failed to perform better economically

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when compared with high school dropouts. Furthermore, the education level in American schools has fallen drastically when compared with that of other developed countries in recent years. In the areas of science, math and reading, the standards of American students are average compared with those of other advanced countries. In recent years, both the quality and cost of education have become areas of concern. After World War II, junior colleges and universities began to offer study programs at low costs, thus making higher education accessible to the masses. In fact, for many years, the United States held the top spot in terms of the number of college graduates. Unfortunately, the current ranking of the United States has fallen to16th. However, the number of college students in the age group of 25–29 years old has increased to 33.5% within the past 15 years, although this figure is considerably less than the figures of other countries. During the period of 2008–12, the cost of higher education spurted due to the withdrawal of financial assistance from states. Financial assistance, if any, is offered only to middle- and low-income families, which leaves a majority of students unlucky. Among all of the students who are completing four-year programs, onefourth remain underemployed or unemployed. This incidence of unemployment or underemployment has raised the level of student debt, which as of now amounts to almost US $1 trillion.

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have shown that students who are taking on debt of US $100,000 pay up by 34 years of age. With the shrinkage of adequate income opportunities, this period of indebtedness goes well beyond 34 years of age. The debt trap becomes even more unwarranted when a student drops out of college midway. The chance of getting a proper job becomes more uncertain. With low-paying jobs, the period of loan repayment becomes substantially increased, and the economy becomes involved in this trap. High-caliber students from lowincome families are the likely victims of this kind of trap. In American higher education, two-year community colleges play a pivotal role. In a study that the Center on International Education Benchmarking completed, nearly 42 percent of undergraduates are enrolled in these institutes. Of all students admitted, nearly 13 percent graduate in two years, and only 28 percent graduate after four years. Many of the enrolled students take on jobs while studying, which ultimately affects their studies. On some occasions, several of these students have to complete remedial training programs.

Elementary education: a neglect

An indifferent and casual approach toward elementary education could be a reason for falling education standards in America. With both parents going to work, there is practically no person to motivate children to read books or to inculcate a habit of reading. Instead of reading stories to their kids, most parents now feel comfortable with simply switching on the television or with introducing their children to video games. The habit of learning through books or reading is gradually waning. In American schools, stress is no longer placed on homework, with the involvement of parents minimized. In comparison with other advanced countries, emphasis is not placed on math or

multiple languages. Poor academic performance is now common among all students, irrespective of family background. According to economist Isabel Sawhill, the breakdown of family units is the principal cause of the breakdown of the American education system. Charles Murray through research has found that the number of school-going children who stay with both parents has fallen significantly. Another educational economist, Richard Murnane, has recorded a gradual rise in the number of students who have completed schooling and college studies in recent years. Schools’ adoption of a more disciplined approach, combined with parents’ placement of greater emphasis on academics, has contributed to this change in attitude toward learning in America. The sluggish labor market is also a contributing factor to growing interest in academics. With job opportunities dwindling, especially parttime opportunities, high school and college students are more focused on completing their study programs instead of spending time looking for job placements. A number of organizations are attempting to revive reading habits among both children and their parents. Many such organizations conduct home reading workshops for mothers when mothers take their kids to the doctor for periodic pediatric check-ups. These organizations include doctors, nurses, teachers and educationists. In families where both parents are working, educationists advise children to be sent to preschool. This particularly should be for kids who are about 4 years of age. An effective way to remove the demand-supply gap in skilled human resources is to create a well-planned funnel between employers and higher academic institutions. This creation of a funnel is an attempt to channelize productive and academically qualified resources in appropriate fields. Incidences of underemployment and unemployment are expected to reduce to manageable limits through such endeavors.

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WRITTENHEALTH BY JOHN DOE

Is egg actually a culprit food for

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Everybody knows that egg yolk is a bad food choice for cardiovascular patients, as a large yolk contains almost 187 milligrams of cholesterol. Hence, a new brand of artificial eggs called Beyond Eggs has come to the market. This so-called egg is made up of sorghum, ground-up peas and other plant ingredients. Hampton Creak, the maker of Beyond Eggs, stated that the chief motivation behind making the product was to provide a plant-based alternative to eggs for developing countries so that they do not miss out on nutrition. He further stated that as the demand for eggs is increasing, more land and water are being used to raise chickens. So they wanted to find a way to decrease the environmental footprint that the production of eggs causes. While Beyond Eggs has been made for the purpose of addressing concerns regarding the possibility of an international food shortage, the chickenless product is also useful for vegetarians and cholesterol watchers, as it contains neither animalbased product nor harmful cholesterol. Concerns about having an unavoidable food shortage in the future may be legitimate, but is egg really harmful for cardiovascular health? The nutritional value of eggs has been debated among dieticians for the longest time. The egg originally received a bad reputation due to its high cholesterol levels. However, studies have found that cholesterol in food items is not to blame for increased levels of LDL, which is bad choles18

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terol, as opposed to HDL, the good type of cholesterol. An egg is an animal product, and although it does have cholesterol, it is not as harmful as saturated fat is. An average-sized egg yolk has about 1.6 grams of saturated fat. Moreover, studies at the Harvard School of Public Health and British Nutrition Foundation have found that eggs are quite insignificant as far as increasing the risks of cardiovascular diseases is concerned. However, many consumers choose to avoid egg yolks and instead eat only the white part of the egg, which is called the albumin. Because egg whites are a great source of protein, they undoubtedly are a good choice of food. But some dieticians believe that eating the entire egg can have even better effects on one’s health, especially on one’s blood sugar. The fat in an egg yolk not only satiates you but also slows the absorption of food, thereby keeping you fuller for much longer. Because it takes time to break down, an egg yolk does not cause a spike in your blood sugar; this is not the case if you eat only egg whites. Fat, again, should be consumed in moderation; therefore, having only a few whole eggs a week is recommended. What is even better is to have them without any saturated fat, such as eating a hard-boiled egg instead of an omelet. So don’t banish egg yolks; just have them in moderation. Otherwise, you could be missing out on essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, B-6 and B-12 as well as iron, sodium and potassium.

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HEALTH

-Painful feet! Foot pain is a common problem that is often neglected. Its etiology can be various factors such as bone alignment; biomechanics (i.e., the way you walk);tightness of the tendons, ligaments or fascia; nerve pain; problems with blood vessels; and dermatologic conditions.

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supportive shoes, shaving of the calluses and ice. Laser therapy and a relatively new treatment in which material is injected into the ball of the foot to provide cushion and to rebuild the fat pad is also available.

is the most frequent complaint in the lower extremity. A majority of the time, it is the result of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Anatomically, the plantar fascia inserts at the heel bone (calcaneus) and runs through the bottom of the foot to all of the toes. This fascial band helps to support the arch of the foot and can become tight with excessive standing, walking or exercise or with flatfeet or biomechanical abnormalities. The tightness and excessive stress causes inflammation at the insertion of the heel bone, which can lead to pain and swelling. This pain often radiates from the heel throughout the arch of the foot. X-rays can show a heel spur (abnormal growth of the calcaneal bone), but contrary to popular belief, the spur is not the actual cause of the pain; the inflammation of the fascia is the true source. Ninety percent of people experience improvement with stretching exercises, icing, and the wearing of arch supportive shoes/ inserts. Rest, physical therapy, laser therapy and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, can serve as adjunct therapy. If the pain continues to persist, corticosteroid can be injected locally at the insertion of the fascia to help relieve symptoms. In worst-case scenarios, endoscopic surgery can be performed to release part of the fascial band. If you begin to experience heel pain, visit your podiatrist immediately to prevent the condition from getting worse.

Mortons neuroma is not to be confused with metatarsalgia. It can be differentiated by the type of sensation experienced. Neuroma pain is a sharp, shooting pain or numbness and is due to a thickening of the nerve and the tissues surrounding the nerve that run between each toe. The most common place for a neuroma to form in the foot is between the third and fourth toes. Treatment includes modification of shoes with orthotics, corticosteroid injections, alcohol injections and surgery to remove the enlarged nerve. Other causes of foot pain include, but are not limited to, fractures, tendonitis, gout, muscle sprains or strains, ingrown toenails, warts, arthritis, bunions, hammertoes and infection. It is important to visit your local podiatrist if you experience any abnormalities in your foot or lower extremity and to maintain routine checkups. Remember, visiting your doctor at an early stage can prevent the condition from getting worse. Tip: Regardless of age or foot type, buy an arch support (orthotic) to wear daily, as this will prevent any future foot problems, especially when exercising. If you’re purchasing an over-the-counter device, shop at a sporting goods store instead of a pharmacy. Avoid buying material that is too flimsy: It is important that the material under the arch does not compress when pressure is applied. The more rigid the insert, the better support it will provide. Orthotics that are custom-molded to your foot are the best and can be purchased at your local podiatrist’s office. Certain insurances will cover the cost of custom orthotics, so verify with your podiatrist if whether it is a covered service.

Metatarsalgia, which is pain under the ball of the foot, is another common condition, especially in women who wear high-heeled shoes. Metatarsalgia occurs when there is excessive pressure on the head metatarsal bones. Oftentimes, callus forms to protect the bone and tissues from the extreme pressure, and in most cases, the fat pad that protects the bones is atrophied. Treatment for this condition includes orthotics with appropriate padding, 20

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FASHION

India’s top models lead dual lives

Can you image how shocking it would be to enter a dentist’s chamber only to find a super model sitting in the dentist’s chair? Well, you indeed could face such a situation, as an Indian model is actually a certified dentist who is currently practicing. In addition, you could come across Indian models who are playing functional roles on several other non-fashion occasions. Intriguing? Read on to find out more.

Joey Matthews

Tina Chatwal

Tina Chatwal has been a model for12 years now, but you can refer to her as Dr. Tina Chatwal, as she also practices as a dental surgeon in Delhi. Although she earned her degree at the age of 21, she always had her eyes on the Miss India crown; she became the second runner-up in 2002. She is quite happy with juggling her life of being both a dentist and a model. She says that while modeling is like “walking on air,” being in her dentist’s chamber brings her back to “hard reality.” Nonetheless, she is happy with donning “different personalities”.

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It is hard to imagine a model being involved in a food business, but that is exactly what Joey Mathews is busy doing these days. Her work experience is nothing but elaborate. She has done everything from practicing law and walking the runway to being a host of a TV cooking show called “Love Bites with Joey” and having a chain of food outlets known as “Joey Matthews Kerala Express,” which was inaugurated this year. She is not afraid to make plans and says that she would rather begin small and grow gradually than fall flat on her face. She is employing this idea as she strives to create a South Indian food chain in North India.

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Shamita Singha

It has undoubtedly been hard for Shamita Singha to enter an industry dominated by experienced, older men. Nonetheless, this leggy lass has experienced success. Having completed a diploma course from the United Kingdom’s Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Shamita is a certified vino expert today. She has held contracts with Hennessy and Four Seasons Vineyards. She says that despite being over-qualified for the Indian industry, she is often not taken seriously but manages to have the last laugh. If given a choice between a fashion week and a wine appreciation event, she would invariably choose the latter, particularly now when she has started an event management company with her sister Mashroom. The company is called One Soul.

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TECHNOLOGY

Is iPhone 5c a worthy update of iPhone 5? This year, Apple made a different move with the launch of the iPhone 5c and iPhone5s in the first half of September. Usually, the company reduces the price of its previous flagship phone and continues to sell it. But this year, it discontinued the sale of iPhone 5 and launched two new handsets instead. Interestingly, the newly launched phones have many different features. To begin with, the phones, especially the iPhone 5c, are more colorful. The iPhone 5c sports a polycarbonate case that comes in five different colors — red, yellow, blue, green and white. While the former iPhone 5 weighed 112 grams, the new 5c is heavier, with a weight of 24

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132 grams. The dimensions of the latter are also larger, with 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 millimeters, while the former’s was123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 millimeters. So the iPhone 5c is thicker and heavier. These were the main differences in the phones; now, let’s talk about their similarities. Both the iPhone 5 and 5c run on the same A6 chip and feature the same 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 640x1136 pixels at a density of 326 ppi pixel. So you may wonder what is different about the new phone besides the fact that it has a colorful polycarbonate case instead of an aluminum one. Well, for starters, the new one can support more 4G network bands and does not

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provide a 64 gigabyte storage variant like the former iPhone 5 does. This is to make additional storage an exclusive feature of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5c has an eight-megapixel rear camera and a front-facing 1.2 megapixel Face Time highdefinition camera that you can also find in the iPhone 5. Nonetheless, the camera of the iPhone 5c is better, with an f/2.4 aperture, a hybrid IR filter, a backside illumination sensor and the ability to zoom-in while recording videos. You can also take pictures in poorly illuminated areas with its back-side illumination sensor. Of course, the iPhone 5 will be getting the new camera features, such as the square photo mode and

live filters, with the update of iOS 7. These features, however, come built-in with the iPhone 5c. The new phone is also said to have a better battery life, offering you up to 10 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 250 hours of standby time. In contrast, the iPhone 5 offers up to eight hours of talk time on 3G and up to 225 hours of standby time. Thus, outside of the exterior appearance, no significant differences really exist between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. If you are an iPhone user and are not willing to invest in the flagship iPhone 5s, you are advised to think again, considering the negligible differences between the iPhone 5 and 5c. www.pardesmagazine.com


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SPORT

Ajit Chandila refuses his role in IPL 6 fixing

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he Delhi court recently granted bail to Ajit Chandila, one of the three Rajasthan Royals’ players who were arrested for spot-fixing in IPL 6. Reports say that the court granted the bail on the grounds of “missing links” on the part of the prosecution, which thus required a re-examination of the matter. Deepak Kumar, a supposed bookie, and Baburao Yadav, a onetime domestic player, also were given bail along with Chandila by Additional Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma on personal bonds of INR 50,000. When quizzed about it, Chandila said that match-fixing never really happened, and the players who were charged gave their statements under pressure. He further said that he is just going through a “bad phase” in his life and had “no role” in

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the racket. When questioned about the claims that the police made about his involvement, he simply said that the news is “fake” and that there is no evidence to support its claims. He stated that the police has made its allegations on no strong grounds and that the media should be concentrating on his performance rather than being interested in these false allegations. Chandila affirmed that the case is not as serious as the court has stated in his bail order. According to the off-spinner, we have only been reading the police version of the story, and now that he is out, we need to listen to his story, which is the “truth.” When questioned about the telephonic conversations of his betting and fixing talks with bookies, which are presently with the police, the cricketer plainly

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called them “lies” and “wrong information.” Reports also said that Chandila introduced his fellow friend and cricketer Harmeet Singh to the bookies, but the former said in his defense that he didn’t do such a thing. He was only having dinner with a teammate, not a meeting with the bookies. The fellow players who hurled such allegations against him did so under threats from third parties. The cricketer also stated that he had no complaints against Rahul Dravid, the team captain, and management. Both he and his teammates were happy with his performance on the ground. Chandila has also made an appeal to the BCCI, stating that neither he nor his team is to be misunderstood. Both have been playing “clean” cricket and shall continue to do so in the future.

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Diwali is one of Hindus’ biggest religious festivals, and they celebrate it with great enthusiasm throughout the world. Traditionally, Diwali is a five-day-long festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. According to legends, on the day of Diwali, Lord Rama had returned to Ayodhya, his home, after spending 14 years in exile, and the citizens celebrated the return of their prince in order to make the day memorable forever. It is also said that on this day, Goddess Lakshmi enters the house of every common man and blesses the family mem-

bers with wealth and prosperity. This is why everyone cleans their homes before Diwali and decorates them properly in order to make the goddess happy. For Diwali decorations, ideas are plentiful, and since it is a celebration for people who belong to all strata of society, the decorative items are not very costly. You can easily brighten up your house with diyas and rangolis in an effort to usher good luck into your life. If you are looking for topnotch home decoration ideas for this coming Diwali, here are a few suggestions.

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Use decorative diyas and candles: It is the festival of lights, and thus, diyas and candles are absolutely indispensable items. You can make diyas and candles at home or buy them from a local supermarket. Put candles inside your house, and if you have a garden, you can place them along its path so as to create a garland of light. You can also hang candle holders in the garden to create the illusion of floating light at night. Nowadays, diyas and candles come in different shapes and sizes. You should choose the most unique ones in order to surprise your guests. Inside the room, you can place aromatic candles to make the air smell beautiful. If you prefer something classy, place a bowl full of water on the center table in your drawing room, and place floating candles/diyas on the water to add a touch of elegance.

To make the rangoli visible at night, you can place diyas along the boundary of a drawing and also at its center. Just visualize a lighted “Om” sign in the front yard, and you will realize how beautiful it will look, especially when viewed from the roof.

Use flowers: Flower decorations make the house beautiful and aromatic. You can buy ready-made garlands from a local florist or make some using flowers and a few yards of string at home. Use the garlands to decorate the house entrance and railings. Hang small garlands on top of the main entrance and also on the staircase railing. You can also put rose petals on a bowl full of water and place the bowl on the dining or living room table. Bring out the most precious flower vase you own, and put some exotic flowers in it to make the house interior even more colorful.

Draw a rangoli: Rangoli refers to the art of drawing holy images and symbols on the floor. It can be made using colorful sawdust chalk and flour grains. The women in the house generally draw these images to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. Some of the common rangoli themes for Diwali are om, swastika, mangal kalash, shree, and lighted Deepak.

Don’t forget the decorative lights: You can adorn the interior and exterior of your home with electric lights. Decorate the boundary wall with string lights, and hang string lights from the roof to the main door to brighten up everyone’s mood. Pillars inside the house can be decorated with flowers and lights.

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In fact, this Diwali, you can gift your home with a chandelier and impress the guests.

Pay attention to accessories: Diwali is an ideal time to paint the house. Give the interior a new look by simply repositioning the furniture and putting a large painting on the wall. You can also buy new cushions and curtains. Because the shopping malls remain overcrowded during Diwali, you can place an order for curtains and cushions online.

Pooja decoration: On this auspicious day, millions of people across the globe worship the idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. While some prefer to buy new idols every year, some have the deities in their homes for generations, and they don’t immerse the idols after the pooja is over. If you worship the same idols every year, clean the deities, and adorn them with new clothes, jewelry and flower garlands. Place all of the important items on the pooja thali, and decorate it beautifully. Instead of a traditional brass thali, you can use something modern and more precious, such as a silver thali. 40

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Build torans: You can decorate your home using torans (hangings) this Diwali and make guests feel properly welcomed. Buy mango leaves from the nearby market, and use them to create the toran for the main door. Mango leaves are considered

auspicious for this occasion and can help to bring you good fortune. You can also hang “subh labh” hangings at the front door to pronounce good luck. If mango leaves are not available, you can use flowers to decorate the toran. Door hangings decorated with bells and mirrors also look quite good.

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Draw Goddess Lakshmi’s feet: Drawing Goddess Lakshmi’s footsteps throughout the home is a great idea. This not only looks great but also makes the entire atmosphere very pious. Mix vermillion with milk to create a light red shade, and draw the footstep images using your fingers or a paint brush. Start at the main door, and go all over the house — from the stairs to all of the bedrooms and the drawing room, except don’t draw near the toilet. This is also a creative way to prevent young children from making any mistakes. They are curious about the footsteps on the floor and view them as a clue to something. A Diwali celebration cannot be complete without sweets and firecrackers. Buy as many sweets as you can, and light up the firecrackers at night to celebrate the spirit of this festive season. Enjoy the aforementioned Diwali decoration ideas, and try them at your home.

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t seems that Salman Khan’s troubles are not going to end anytime soon. He is always in jeopardy either because of the crimes he has committed or because of the actions of people close to him. However, unlike his previous issues, it seems that he is in serious legal trouble this time — trouble that could land him in jail. A few months ago, Khan’s bodyguard was accused of beating up a young woman for apparently causing disturbance, along with her mother, outside of the actor’s residence. The latest report is far more serious, though. On September 16, Hardev Singh Sethi, the husband of Jasmeet, one member of the mother-daughter duo, was shot in his automobile in Delhi. Sethi, a Delhi-based producer, however, didn’t die after the shootout and filed an FIR against Khan and his business manager, Reshma Shetty, accusing them of being the masterminds behind this attempted murder. According to a reliable source, Sethi is a resident of Karol Bagh in Delhi, and on September 16, he was going to his store by car at about 6:30 a.m. When he was crossing Deshbandhu Gupta Road, some unidentified men tried to kill him. However, Shetty, Khan’s business manager, said that the accusations against her and the superstar are completely false. She said that the complaint was “cooked up” and was actually made in an effort to subvert the complaint made against Sethi and his family with the Mumbai police. Shetty further stated that she has faith in the country’s law and order and hopes that Delhi police will discover the truth following a proper investigation.

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Evelyn Sharma defamed by a Lucknow-based website, complaint lodged

The city of Nawabs, Lucknow, is known for its etiquette, and the people of Uttar Pradesh’s capital are famous for respecting women in general. However, the recent experience of a rising Bollywood actress seems to paint a different picture. A Lucknow-based website recently harassed Evelyn Sharma, the sultry beauty of blockbuster hit film “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.” The website known as bollygupshup. org published false information about Sharma in its articles, and in order to stop the people behind the website, she lodged a complaint at the Cyber Crime Cell of the Lucknow Police, Uttar Pradesh. Dinesh YaThe multi-talented filmmaker Karan Johar came to New Delhi a few weeks ago to promote his new film “The Lunchbox.” During his conversation with reporters, he opened up and shared about his passion for films, his war of words with RGV and why he supports good films. Johar is the co-producer of the recently released “The Lunchbox” and said that he is not good enough to make such a simple film. He joined hands with Disney-UTV to create the film, which Ritesh Batra directed. Johar liked the story of the film very much, but since he knew it was not his type of screenplay, he decided to be a producer, not the director. He expressed his desire to nurture other projects that are similar to “The Lunchbox” and said that he loves to learn from new directors. www.pardesmagazine.com

dav, head and nodal officer of the Cyber Crime Cell, dealt with the fashionista’s complaint. A Lucknow-based person named Gagan Deep Mishra, also known as Akash Deep Mishra, runs the website. Within seven days, the site posted a number of articles that contained false information on the actress. The articles claimed that Sharma had gone through a plastic surgery and that she was a cast member of a film titled “Joker.” Even the information about her age was wrong. The article writers said that the information about the actress was collected from IMDB and Wikipedia, but it seems that

In fact, he criticized almost all of the blockbuster films he has made to date. When he looks back at his creations, he feels that “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” was a silly story, “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham” should have been shorter and the ending of “Kal Ho Naa Ho” should have been different. He even expressed his dissatisfaction with his last hit “Student of the Year,” saying that it lacked emotional magnitude. He is planning to begin working as a director in September 2014. Johar confirmed that he has the story and is currently working on its screenplay. Johar also talked about the Twitter war between him and Ram Gopal Varma. He said that the war of words is really fun, but now, he wants to start a Twitter war with some other director.

they didn’t verify their so-called “facts.” The website even tagged her Twitter profile in the Web links of the articles in order to damage her reputation on social media. Dale Bhagwagar, Sharma’s publicist, requested that the site rectify the false information, but his request fell on deaf ears. After seeing that the website admin took no action, Bhagwagar lodged a complaint on Sharma’s behalf. As the actress stays in Mumbai, the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell in Mumbai has been notified, too. She may soon take legal action against the website for defamation.

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John Abraham gets “Pride of the Nation” award for “Madras Cafe”

John Abraham was recently bestowed with the “Pride of the Nation” award for his noble attempt to highlight the sensitive issue of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi through his portrayal of a raw agent in the sleeper hit of the year, “Madras Cafe.” M.S. Bitta, the chairman of the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front, presented the award to Abraham at a recently held function. Bitta said that Abraham made a courageous attempt to unravel the conspiracy behind Gandhi’s assassination through “Madras Cafe.” He further remarked that it was imperative to begin an objective inquiry to expose the conspiracy that led to the death of then-Prime Minister Gandhi. Abraham, too, commented that his company would see whether a movie could be

made on Abdul Hamid, who was posthumously bestowed with the Param Vir Chakra for his courage during the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He said that Hamid made a supreme sacrifice during the war, and his tale is amazing. Hamid’s wife, 92-year-old Rasoolan Bibi, also attended the function and received the Veer Bravery Award given to his husband posthumously. The bravery awards were also posthumously conferred on four BSF men who had died in a recent attack by the Naxalites in Odisha and five army personnel who lost their lives by getting trapped in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pooch sector. Abraham gave away an award to Komal Malhotra, who wrestled with chain snatchers despite being seriously wounded by a bullet.

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film is in danger after the Syria-USA tension Political decisions seldom influ- give up but rather to venture into

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Lebanon, with more security. According to a source close to the film, the security cover will increase the budget by INR 2 million, but the producer is ready to spend the money, as he does not want to take any chances. The source also explained the danger of shooting in Lebanon. If a war really takes place between Syria and America, the U.S. air force will fly over Lebanon to reach Syria, which means the film’s cast and crew may get trapped inside a war zone. A few weeks ago, the director went to Lebanon to check the venues for shooting. Shooting will start on October 18, and the first schedule will continue for 15–18 days. Kaif and Khan will first fly to the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, and after shooting some scenes, the team will proceed toward the SyriaLebanon border.

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Mrs. India International 2012 representing India at Home City American Festival

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As leaves were changing color and the sunshine was getting warmer, it was just the right time for Fall celebrations. Unlike many other fall festivals, Suwanee Fall Festival also spans over two days beginning with a parade followed by orchestral and magical performances, celebrity appearances, vendor booths, fireworks etc. Mrs. India International 2012 Shaveta Jain, after making headlines in media for her victory, was the proud addition to her home city fall festival. An IT professional, an artist and a social activist, she was accompanied to the parade with her husband, her father-in-law, and her lovely daughters. When asked what is it that she aims to accomplish thru this opportunity, she replied, it’s not only a moment for me to share my pride with my fellow residents but is a moment to showcase my rich cultural heritage among diverse American community. At the parade, she was supported by the two city crown winners Mrs. India Suwanee International 2013 Kamini Jain and Mrs. India Alpharetta International 2013 Sheetal Pandit. The three graceful ladies were clad in rich Indian outfits and were welcomed by American crowd with amazement. Kids and adults alike were cheerfully waving at them, calling them Indian princesses and taking pictures! It is the first time ever when Indian pageant winners had made an appearance at home city’s American festival. Making such a public appearance at the time when a controversy over Miss America’s Miss Nina Davuluri’s victory is going on, marked a history in itself. When asked what her thoughts are on it, she mentioned, that Miss. Nina has made the entire nation proud by winning the title of Miss America and she is as American as any white, black, Asian or Indian born in US would be! She congratulated Nina and wished her all the best for her medical career. She also took an opportunity to thank Adrita Khanna for pageant participation. Winning the pageant had been a life turning moment for her and she continues on using her recognition for the betterment of the community. Adorned in beautiful outfit, she thanked Bawree Atlanta for making her look like Indian princess, Ishadow Studios for make up services, Hakim Studios for still photography. She thanked Anjali Chabbria of TV Asia and Harmeet Singh of Pardes Mag for covering the event and bringing it to the community.

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Virtual Guru Fundraiser Group of Johns Creek Residents organized as “Virtual Guru” got together on September 28th and raised funds for Jagriti Sewa Trust. Jagriti Sewa Trust is a nonprofit in Faridabad, India. It was started some 5 years ago at a very small level by MR.H.S. Kathpalia and his wife Mrs. Manjeet Kathpalia to teach kids from Slums. Today they have six locations where over 600 kids from Slums are taught, provided snacks, books, and supplies. The trust also provides computer education/training to college going girls along with spoken English and personality development courses at three different locations to enable them to seek better employment. In Mr. Kathpalia’s words, “I believe that it is the youth which has to bring change in India. It is us, who have to replace the negatives from our society and adopt changes which are really positive. We also have to make sure that we protect our environment or we too will cease to exist.” The goal was to raise $2,000 for 3 laptops and a projector for Jagriti. Residents like Anu Gullapalli, Satya Sangabathula, Dipti Kulkarni, Roochu 60

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Shah, Nidhi Aneja, Meera & Bharti Agrawal, Bhavani Munamarty, Madhu Sehgal and many more spearheaded organizing the carnival on September 28th. The event was a great success with the whole community coming together and participating. The ticket included lunch and raffle. Lunch was Indian cuisine provided by volunteer cooks and sponsors like Amma’s Kitchen, Apni Rasoi, Krishna Vilas, and Madras Chettinad. Kids and Adults enjoyed fun stations including cake walk, cookie & figurine decoration, Lemon spoon race, and Hoola hooping. Thanks to Bindu Malbari, Manisha Pajwani, and Sanju Shalim for beautiful and popular Henna Art and Tattoos. Mrs. Shaveta Jain, Mrs. India International 2012 also attended the event. She participated in the Cake walk event and provided some autographed copies of Pardes Magazines. There was also a silent auction with items provided by iLearn Academy, Stylz Salon, Musik21, New Delhi Imports, Just Fitness4U along with gift baskets and volunteered home cooked Dinners. All in all it was a great day and the community came with full support for the cause.

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Virtual Guru Team was humbled by this show of support. At the time of writing this article they have raised $3,800 which is almost double their set goal. The team plans to organize an annual event to support education of underprivileged kids. They also thank all the volunteers and contributors for their continuous support.

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Juthika Roy: An embodiment of Meera Written by: Manju Ghosh When we think of 15th century saint-poetess Meerabai and her couplets and bhajans (devotional songs) in the praise and worship of Lord Krishna, the first person who comes to mind is Juthika Roy, who is called “Adunik Meera” by many who have known her and have heard her famous bhajans. Meerabai was a princess and devotee of Lord Krishna from Rajasthan. Her poems are popular throughout India and have been published in several translations worldwide. In the bhakti tradition, they are in passionate praise of Lord Krishna. In most of her poems, she has described

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her unconditional love for her lord. Just like Meerabai, who at the age of 7 became deeply enamored with a statue of Lord Krishna and kept it her entire life, Juthika Roy, too, has been deeply interested in singing bhajans since the age of 6. She followed Meerabai’s message that Krishna bhakti is the best way to live life, as it helps us to forget our desires, and this, in turn, helps us attain moksha (liberation). Meerabai’s songs are simple in form, composed in simple rhythms with a repeating refrain, and are collected in her

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Padavali. The extant versions are in Rajasthani and Braj, a dialect of Hindi spoken in and around Vrindavan in her times. Because radio was the only medium used in the 1920s to express one’s musical talent, Roy’s father used to take young Roy to Calcutta Radio many a time for auditions and was repeatedly told that she was too young and was not ready for prime time. Without getting discouraged, Roy continued to practice singing. Finally, at age 12, she gave one more audition that won the hearts of the people in charge, and they agreed to let her sing on the radio.

Her first record was released, and Roy was on her way to becoming a great singer. She was groomed by Kazi Nazrul as well as Kamal Das Gupta, who was a very famous music director/ composer. Roy is perhaps the only singer who dominated airwaves for more 25 years not by singing Filmy songs but by singing bhajans and geets in Hindi and Bengali. In her lifetime, Roy may have sung no more than 200 songs/bhajans, but almost all of them became popular and are still popular even after so many years. It has been said that Roy in-

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spired Lata Mangeshkar, Anup Jalota, Anuradha Paudwal and others to sing Meerabai’s bhajans and to release their own albums. Their singing styles are often compared with Roy’s. There are two secrets to the popularity of Roy’s bhajans. The first secret is Roy’s soft, melodious and silken voice that stirs up one’s emotions and spiritual side. The second secret is that great composer Gupta composed almost all of her bhajans by using very simple classical instruments. Along with Meerabai’s bhajans, Roy has also sung bhajans from Kabir and Surdas. Roy had the honor of singing bhajans on August 15, 1947,

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at the request of late Jawaharlal Nehru on the Red Fort. Later that day, she attended a function at the prime minister’s residence and entertained the guests. Roy had also met Gandhiji when he had visited Calcutta in 1946 and sang a couple of bhajans at his request during her private show with him. Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was also very fond of Roy’s bhajans and befittingly awarded her the Padma Shree title in 1972. Even after she retired, she was facilitated for her contribution throughout India. I can vouch for the divinity of Roy’s bhajans. My father was very fond of her singing.

We had a gramophone in our house, and my father used to play Roy’s bhajans every morning. This would wake us up slowly and gently. Since childhood, bhajans such as ghoonghat ka pat khol, nainan mere tumhri aur, ora chahite jaane na, prodip jagiya raho, bonar kusum bale have been ingrained in my mind. Not a single day has passed when I have not listened to one or two of Roy’s bhajans. Like Meerabai, Roy had given up all of the luxuries of life; she remained single all her life and work only simple white saris. Roy lived a long and healthy life in seclusion in a small apartment on Shyampukur Street in

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Calcutta with her two sisters. Her bhajans will continue to resonate in our ears forever and will inspire many to recite them in public and private programs. I am so fortunate to have met her once and am glad that she gave me the lyrics of one of my most favorite renditions, meri veena ro rahi hai, written in her own handwritings. In order to satisfy the repeated demands of Roy’s fans, gramophone companies have recently released the following albums on CDs: “Pipu Piyu Gaye Papiya,” “Mona Pare Aaj,” “Geet Manjari,”“Bhajans of Juthika Roy,” “Bhajan Alekhha” and “Calcutta Telephones 1 & 2.”

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A more beautiful you, starts here…! Being a professionally trained makeup artist, I have come to the conclusion that no matter how intricate a makeup application is, its foundation rests in the basics. Apply the basics, and be cameraready any time! **For keeping your lipstick on all day, pencil your lips with a soft lip pencil, and then apply your lipstick. **After applying lipstick, dab a touch of lip gloss in the center of your lips. This little trick makes your lips look fuller. **Whether you use liquid eyeliner or a soft pencil eyeliner, to apply it perfectly, start from the inside corner of the eye and work your way outward, following the lash line.

**If your concern is smaller eyes, use light-colored eye shadows, and avoid using more than two shades at a time. **Curl your eyelashes using an eyelash curler before applying mascara. This not only results in a more even curl but also lessens your chances of breaking your eyelashes. **For dramatic eye lashes, apply two coats of mascara. To avoid clumping, always allow the first coat to dry before applying the second.

**A dampened Q-tip is your best weapon against smeared mascara! Use it to wipe off any mascara that gets on your eyelids without messing up the rest of your makeup. Glowing, healthy skin not only enhances your beauty but also indicates good health. It shows that you are beautiful inside and out! It may be genetics for some, but maintaining good, healthy skin is not rocket science! As you near your big day or that special occasion, you’ll notice a significant difference in the appearance of your skin by slightly altering your existing skincare regimen. **Always remove makeup every night before going to bed....no matter how tired you may feel! Clean skin = healthy skin! Keeping your face clean is a must. Use a mild soap and warm water to wash it twice daily. While washing, massage your face in a circular motion. **Avoid taking long, steamy showers. Shorter, cooler showers preserve the skin’s moisture and essential oils. Limit your showers to 10 minutes with cooler sprays. **Apply body lotion to damp skin right after a bath or shower. This locks the moisture into your skin all day and gives you a fresh, “dewy” look. **Eight hours of sleep each night is essential in maintaining good health and youthful skin. Get your beauty sleep! **Dark circles under your eyes can make you look older and tired. You can combat under-eye darkness plus puffiness by placing two thin slices of cucumber on your eyes. **As you brush your teeth at night, gently brush your lips in a circular motion to exfoliate them. Next, use your fingertips to massage a waxy lip balm onto your lips for smoothness. This is instant lip therapy while you sleep!

Madiha Tazien A certified independent makeup artist and beauty expert, is the face behind iShadow Studios (facebook.com/ ishadowstudios) and has specialized in providing high-end bridal and media makeup services for the past decade. (Photo: Moments…By Nida Khan) Visit: www.facebook.com / iShadowStudio or tel: 770-634-8779

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