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Impressed with the leadership qualities of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he is a big fan of hers. It is highly commendable the way she leads. I a big fan of hers, said the Bollywood badshah, who was here for the inauguration of Kolkata Film Festival and to promote Jab Tak Hain Jaan produced by the late Yash Chopra. She is a firebrand leader, she takes a lot of initiative in doing things. That is her leadership style. In our country for a lady it is doubly difficult to be so outgoing, Khan, 47, who is also West Bengals brand ambassador, told reporters here. Asked about the investment scenario in the state, he said that there are many positive things about West Bengal, but it took time put things together. At certain times it takes time to put things together. Bengal has a certain brand value which should rise to new levels which we will all be proud of, Khan said, SRK said that the Kolkata Film

Shah Rukh Khan declares he is Sonakshi Sinha believes big fan of Mamata Banerjee! healthy competition
Sonakshi Sinha, who is relatively new to the film industry and working hard to play long innings in showbiz, says she never tries to race ahead of her contemporaries. Her success mantra is hard work and minding your own business. I believe in healthy competition. I find certain actresses very good and fresh on screen like Deepika (Padukone), Anushka (Sharma) and Parineeti (Chopra). Everyone is here to do hard work and a good job. I dont try to go ahead of them. I dont think of it like that. I think minding your own business is the right way to go, she said. Her first film was the super hit Dabangg, followed by Rowdy Rathore, Joker, and Oh My God. Now she is looking for her next release Son of Sardaar, which hits screens on Diwali. Her kitty is full with projects like Dabangg 2, Lootera, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2 and Namak. Talking about Vikramaditya Motwane-directed period film Lootera, she said: Lootera,


festival is very special since Amitabh Bacchan and Mithun Chakraborty are also present. It makes it all the more special, he added. The

superstar said that had Yash Chopra not passed away he had planned to premiere Jab Tak Hain Jaan at the KFF.

in terms of look and character, has been my toughest. I hope people like it. Working with Vikramaditya was like going back to school. He is a wonderful director in terms of getting out a performance. Going back to the 1950s is not an easy thing to do. She is paired with Ranveer Singh in it. Her Dabangg 2 is scheduled for a Dec 21 release. If Anubhav Sinha had directed Dabangg,

which had Salman Khan in the lead role, Arbaaz Khan has wielded the megaphone for the sequel. In Dabangg, Sonakshi played a desi girl who marries Salmans character Chulbul Pandey and says that her character will be more mature this time. Its a continuation of the story. They will be taking their married life forward.


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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Diwali: Laureen and I would like to extend our best wishes to all those in Canada and abroad celebrating Diwali, the Festival of Lights. As we saw all across India last week, Diwali is a time for celebrating the triumph of good over evil and of light over darkness. It is also a time to count blessings and to reach out to those in need. It is our hope that those marking this special occasion with their loved ones find truth, enlightenment, peace and prosperity. Happy Diwali! Namaste.

ICCC hails PMs India visit

PM Stephen Harper, together with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, announces the conclusion of negotiations for the Administrative Arrangement between Canada and India that will allow the implementation of the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) hailed the just-concluded visit of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to India. This is an historic step forward in the burgeoning relationship between Canada and India and will pave the way for more enhanced trade between our two countries, Naval Bajaj, President, ICCC, said in Bangalore. Bajaj was a member of the delegation that accompanied the Prime Minister on the sixday India trip.Prime Minister


Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. -Malcolm Stevenson Forbes The Canada-India Social Security Agreement which will enable Canada and India to better coordinate the pension benefits and contributions for their citizens who have worked in both countries. Fourteen trade and investment agreements and announcements between Canadian and Indian companies worth over $2.5billion. The MOU between Indias Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Department of Industry Canada to provide the necessary framework for cooperation in the Information Communication Technology and Electronics (ICTE) sector between the two countries for establishing a strong and effective business to business partnership and cooperation In addition to New Delhi, Prime Minister Harper visited Agra, Chandigarh, and Bengaluru (Bangalore). During his official engagements in New Delhi, Prime Minister Harper held bilateral consultations with Prime Minister Singh. He also called on the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and the Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari. Prime Minister Harper met the Leader of the Opposition Smt. Sushma Swaraj and the UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi. The ICCC President also noted that the Chamber welcomed the decision taken during the Prime Ministerial visit to elevate the discussion between Canada and India in the energy and mining sector to Ministerial level. This will lead to enhanced cooperation in particular, joint efforts to develop capacities to maximize the utilization of energy resources ranging from oil and gas to new hydrocarbon resources such as oil sands, shale gas and other sources of energy including renewable, he said.

Diverse Canada

Harper was accompanied by Mrs. Laureen Harper and a high-level delegation comprising three Minister, five Members of Parliament, two Senators, senior officials and business persons, including four members of the IndiaCanada CEO Forum. The highlight of the Prime

Ministerial visit was the signing of a slew of agreements including: The Administrative Arrangement between Canada and India that will allow the implementation of the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement (NCA), signed betweenthe two countries in June 2010.


Bangalore, India - Prime Minister Stephen Harper with several students during a visit to the Bishop Cotton Boys School

Bangalore, India - Prime Minister Stephen Harper receives a cricket lesson from Ankur Biswas, cricket team captain, at the Bishop Cotton Boys School

Bangalore, India - Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), and Parm Gill, Member of Parliament for Brampton-Springdale, are greeted by students at the Bishop Cotton Boys School


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Why James Bond did not come Harrison Ford open to Star Wars return? to Mumbai?
Director Sam Mendes had to abandon his plans to shoot 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall in Mumbai because he found it incredibly difficult. The movie was meant to open in Mumbai, with a long chase that would have seen Bond racing through a densely populated market, jumping on a motorbike and eventually fighting an opponent on top of a train. But the production team dropped the idea after realising it was difficult to shoot in the narrow and chaotic streets of Mumbai, the Hollywood Reporter said. It is logistically incredibly difficult to shut down the center of an enormous Indian city. We tried to make it work and to embrace the chaos, but in the end there were too many dangers - I dont mean from people trying to sabotage production, but there are narrow streets that are difficult to film in. I was very disappointed, Mendes said. The 47-year-old director then went to explores places like Cape Town and Johannesburg for shooting but they proved equally fruitless. And it was Actor Harrison Ford may reprise his character Hans Solo in the forthcoming Disneymade sequel of the Star Wars. The 70-year-old, who played the character in the first three movies of the sci-fi franchise said. For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. Ive always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime, Lucas had said.

then, Mendes visited Istanbul, where part of the movie is shot. I found it was everything we wanted and more, and gaveus so many ideas. Suddenly you

are walking through the Grand Bazaar and someone says, You can go up on the roof, and then you find a way of factoring that into the story, he added.

from 1977 to 1983, is said to be considering reprising his role in the recently announced 2015 sequel, reported Sun Online. Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and hes upbeat about it, all three of them (Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher) are, a source said. However, Ford has previously expressed disdain for the character, saying he did not find him interesting. As a character, he was not so interesting to me, Ford had

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After lots of speculation about who will be the wild card entry in the Bigg Boss house, onceupon-a-starlet Mink Brar has emerged as the chosen one. I will add spice to the show, promises Mink. They are all playing it safe and being nice to each other. Nobody is doing anything out of character. No ones kaali mata roop (Goddess Kali avatar) has emerged. Even if they have tiffs, they patch up the next second. There have been no bomb blasts (sic) inside the house, which usually happens every season. She says that the channel has roped her in to shake things up. I am going in for the masala. I

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anything, but I also dont think there is anyone in the house who will create a controversy. I will have to do it, she says, with a laugh. The late Dev Anands discovery, Mink made her Bollywood debut with Pyaar Ka Taraana (2003) and did roles in films like Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999) and Saat Rang Ke Sapne (1998). She also featured in some music videos which have her showing off her dancing prowess.

I will add spice to Bigg Boss: Mink Brar

No stranger to controversies and scandals herself, Mink is ready for some drama even on the show. I honestly feel that once you are inside, you have to act according to circumstances. How you handle things is up to you. I am capable of handling

Ex-cricketer and politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has exited Bigg Boss 6 and now is looking

Bigg Boss 6 was the ultimate test of your nerves: Sidhu

Describing his experience he says, It was the ultimate test of your nerves. Situations in do TV shows but for those who perform.

think I will add a lot of Punjabi tadka to the show, which is needed at this point. They need

someone to be lively and to liven up the house as well, she says.


forward to the upcoming elections. His wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu had called a press conference in Chandigarh two days ago and appealed to the channel to release Sidhu from the house because Narendra Modi required him for election duties.I am like a soldier, and now that my party needs me, I will be there and do what I have to. Party is supreme and I have orders from the party to join them. The best way to discharge your duty is to dispense with it. My party is like my mother and you will do anything for your mother, says Sidhu about his exit. Is he upset at leaving the show? Disappointments need to be cremated not embalmed. At times there are commitments, which need you urgently and I want to thank Bigg Boss for allowing me to fulfil them, he says.

there test what you are made of. The best compliment I got was from the people who are running the show. They said it is easy for us to break people who get angry and not be themselves, but we couldnt do that with you. Sidhu has some fond memories though. I will remember that I spent 30 days without any crutches. No phone, newspaper, TV, friends, family, nothing at all to keep you occupied. You are on your own. I got used to not having these things after a while due to my meditation and the regimental kind of schedule that I have, he says. People think that he went into the house to get publicity again with the upcoming elections, but Sidhu clears the air saying, For a person who has won four elections in a row, I dont need such publicity. And people dont vote for those who


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FLASHBACK! Know B-town celebs TALAASH TRIVIA: When Aamir refused to trim his moustache! favourite Diwali moments!
Actors from B-town share their favourite Diwali memories with us: Aditi Rao Hydari I dont burn firecrackers. At the age of 10, I stopped doing that. I start my celebrations by making sure my house is neat and clean. I make sure everything looks pretty and sparkly. Then I light a lot of diyas and make the rangoli myself. I love flowers, so I use them to decorate the house. Diwali is a time for well-being and happiness. When we were growing up in Delhi, two of my best friends and I pooled together all our firecrackers and burst them on the terrace. We had a great time. And because we werent allowed to watch movies otherwise, at night we would invariably sit and watch Mr India (1987). That was also the only time we were allowed to stay up late. Arjun Kapoor My favourite Diwali memory is of the whole family coming together for that one night and bonding over random conversations and delicious food. My grandmother made outstanding food during Diwali, so thats a memory that always lingers. As a kid, I used to burst crackers. I have stopped now because of the pollution they cause. Recently, I even tried my hand at playing cards, but I tend to lose more than I win, so I stay away. The puja at home is another highlight. Earlier, my grandfather used to do it, then I saw my father doing it and last year, I did it. Soha Ali Khan I lived in Delhi as a child, where Diwali would be celebrated in true Dilli style with an opulent farmhouse party and elaborate firework display, food, dance and merriment till the early hours of the morning. Often, trips to the hospital were included as someone inevitably burnt a hand or a foot while setting off a rocket or a bomb. In recent years, Diwali has taken on a less risky and more environment-friendly flavour at home we light diyas inside and outside the house, do puja and eat sweets. No risk to life or limb or nothing an antacid cant take care of! Kunal Khemu As a kid, I would wait to see what our family budget for Aamir Khan is known for being a perfectionist and doing things precisely right to the last detail and director Reema Kagti got a taste of his meticulousness while directing him in Talaash. Last January, we did a hair and make-up look test and zeroed in on a moustache for Aamir. Though he has a cute chocolate boy type of face, his character in the film is a man who is going through some intense emotional issues. So we tried to offset his look with a moustache, says Reema. Aamir took up the challenge so enthusiastically that he grew a moustache longer than the look required. After the styling team trimmed away some of his facial hair, Aamir suddenly announced that he wanted to sport a fatter moustache. We were all surprised as it was way too bushy for a cop, Reema says with a laugh. Aamir can be extremely stubborn when he wants to be, so even though I tried everything from gentle persuasion to being blatantly honest, he refused to let us chop any further.

TalaashAs the look test trials were done in his house, Reema got her good friend and Aamirs wife Kiran to help her out. When we approached him, Aamir put his hand on his moustache as he thought someone would sneak up on him and cut it off. It was hilarious! she says. I told him that I was certain about rules and regulations for cops moustaches and that

he couldnt have just any kind he wanted. He rubbished me and asked me not to try these stunts on him. Thats when I called in a cop assigned to his security detail and asked him, when Aamir was around, about the rules for facial hair. He was nice enough to clarify those and Aamir being a stickler for rules and regulations, gave in and trimmed his moustache, Reema says.

crackers was, and compare that with friends. I would then get ready to burst crackers with them in the evening. With age, however, I realised that crackers are not just a waste of money, but the pollution they cause, of both sound and air, is disturbing. So now, Diwali is about lighting a few diyas and having a small puja at home. Ranveer Singh Diwali for me means taking time off work to meet family and friends. We do a small puja at home every year. I dont gamble, so I get quite bored at Diwali parties. Instead, I play Uno with the kids at home. The pollution that crackers cause bothers me, so I dont endorse them. However, what I love about the festival is

the general cheer all around, decorated homes and people in a celebratory, chilled-out mode, smiling and having a good time. The highlight of the whole shebang is but, of course the mithais! Sarah Jane Dias My earliest memories of Diwali are of lighting phooljhadis in the building compound. Now, if I happen to fly out of Mumbai on Diwali eve, theres nothing like watching fireworks when you are in the sky. Diwali celebrations for me involve parties, great food and yummy sweets, and I also play the occasional card game. I love the festival and watching my city light up.

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works as areworkshops in dance and music that will take place during the festival. The entire festival is free and takes place on the World Culture Stage, Community Stage and India , Pakistan , Afghanistan , Sri Lanka pavilion stages at Global Village. Bazaars in these South Asian pavilions offer an incredible array of traditional and unique products for sale at fantastic prices and there are numerous South Asian food outlets at the park featuring a range of traditional fare. Park admission to Global Village is only AED 10. For additional information and complete event listings, please visit http://www. masalamehndimasti. com/ or emailinfo@ or call 055 552 5476. The festival is generously supported by Global Village, Radio 4, Ematterz & Youth Arabia Lachman Balani Financial Advisor Cell: 416-902-3580 Tel: 905-488-8778

Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Is a celebration of incredibly diverse international South Asian and South Asia inspired culture. This FREE festival of music, dance and the arts brings together diverse cultural elements and creates a link between them all. Launched in 2001, in Toronto, Canada, this massive festival has been running for 11 years and has seen the likes ofJay Sean, Rishi Rich and Juggy D, RDB, Indian Ocean, Salman Ahmad(Junoon), Abhay Deol, Deepa Mehta, Lisa Ray, Rahul Bose, Boman Irani,Nandita Das, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Shiamak Davar and hundreds of other artists established and emerging, classical and contemporary, traditional and fusion take the stage and present international entertainment to hundreds of thousands. Headlining the first edition of the festival outside of Canada, on opening night Nov 22, 2012, are Bollywood music maestros Salim and Sulaiman Merchant who will be accompanied by UAE born and raised, Canada

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based singerShweta Subram. The set will feature high energy super hit songs of Salim and Sulaiman from films such as Heroine, Jodi Breakers, Kurbaan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Fashion, Aaja Nachle, Chak De India!, Dhoom:2, Dor, Krrish, Salaam Namaste, Dhoom to name a few. Winners of the massive reality TV show, Indias Got Talent, and fresh from performing with Amitabh Bachchan on Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Shillong Chamber Choir from Meghalaya, India, will perform a repertoire of classical, jazz and musica sacra on day two (Nov 23, 2012). Canadian artists The Tabla Guy and Mason Bach will present kLoX, a fusion of classical tabla, electronica violin and DJ music, while Trinidadian music ambassador SW Storm will bring an Indo-Caribbean flavor to the stage. Pakistani songstress Shazia Khushk presents Sindhi, Baluchi and Urdu popular songs, while AfghaniEuropeansBesho (from Germany ) and Mirwais (from

Sweden ) perform modern Afghani-pop styles. UAE based artists will be represented by the likes of Pali Chandras Kathak Dance Company and Gurukul School presenting their stunning piece Sufi-Noor. Local singers and bands line up includes Tripple Sec, Santripti Vellody, Richard Wilson, Nepali rock band Mul Ghar, who have been selected

through an open Call for Submissions that was released earlier in the month and juried by the festival team in Canada. A popular component of the festival called Bhanging in the Park will feature rising Dubai based Punjabi pop-star N Gill, as well as traditional Bhangra artists There will also be a comedy segment headed by UAEs premier comedian Nitin

Mirani, who has performed in Canada on several occasions, in the US , India , Hong Kong and several other places around the globe and was recently featured in the prestigious Rolling Stone magazine as one of todays greatest standup comedians!A childrens section entitled Baccha Party! featuring young talent from the community is in the


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Baqir Naqvi BL by Canadian Urdu Book Launch: A Soldiers General - An Writers Forum - Urdu Literature Autobiography General J.J.Singh

Nasim Syed

Baqir Naqvi

Writer and poetess Nasim Syed. President of Canadian Urdu Writers Forum, recently organised a book launch of a book on Nobel Writers by noted author Mr Baqir Naqvi, at The Mississauga Library at Mississauga Valley Blvd. The book launch was followed by a poetry reading session by well known poets of Canada.

Black Diamond Entertainments presented Book Launch of A Soldiers General - An Autobiography General J.J.Singh on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Radisson Plaza, 175 Derry Road East, Mississauga.An amazing personal story of the first Sikh Chief of Army Staff of Independent India, who led the second largest Army of the World, Gen J.J. Singh has been at the helm of the National Security scene since Jan 2005. Having been born in undivided India in 1945; he is the third

generation to serve the glorious Army, a saga of three generations service to the Nation and the Indian Army, spanning almost a century from 1914-2011. It is a story of a sepoys son who became a colonel, and the colonels son who rose to be a four star general. In his own inimitable style, which has characterised his persona also, General JJ attempts to pen down in a lucid and forthright manner his military career, combat experiences and challenges faced in life a

success story which took him to the zenith of the Army. He has been one of the youngest officer of his NDA batch, and a front runner from the start to finish, in this arduous and challenging journey. He was always the first amongst his peers to clear various bench marks stipulated in the Army such as the Staff College, Higher Command and National Defence Courses, and was considered a high flyer and counted among the crme de la crme of his batch.


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Hindi Writers Guilds Annual Function in Mississauga

Vidya Balan eager for romantic film

Actress Vidya Balan is eagerly waiting to do a romantic film with a good script, and she is open to working with any actor in it. I love romance. I am just waiting that someone approaches me for a romantic, good relationship story, but nothing exciting has come my way so far. But I am open to any kind of film, I will be happy to do it. I am happy to romance with anyone as long as its a good romance, she says. Meanwhile, her real life romance with producer Siddharth Roy Kapur is rocking. It was reported she would marry him by 2012end, but the actress said: I also heard. I will say this, that one is not denying. I definitely want to be married someday, but so far, I dont know when. When I get married, all of you and the world will know for sure. This is something I would want to share with everyone. On the big screen, Vidya will soon be seen in comic thriller Ghanchakkar opposite Emraan Hashmi and Kahaani 2.

Cast of the Play Rashmirathi

Chief Guest Mr B S Jha, MPP from Manitoba

Ms Meena Chopra

Mr Bhupinder Virdi of StarBuzz and Mr Vijay Vikrant The Hindi Writers Guild recently held their grand 4th Annual Function at Mississauga. The main attraction was a play by Shri Ramdhari Singh Dinkar Rashmirathi enacted by the members. Shri B S Jha, MPP from Manitoba, was the chief guest. Shri Rakesh Tiwari of Hindi Times and Shri Bhupinder Virdi of StarBuzz were recognised for their respective contribution in the promotion of Hindi, the Hindi Writers Guild and its activities.


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India aim for revenge against Kapil Dev asks India to look England beyond Sachin Tendulkar
Billed as the revenge series, India would aim to pay England back in the same coin when the two teams renew cricketing rivalry when they go into what promises to be an engrossing four-match Test rubber from Thursday. India had suffered a humiliating 0-4 series whitewash when they had visited England in July-August last year and would like to avenge the defeat on the back of its spinners in favourable home conditions. England have not won a Test series in India in nearly 28 years and reversing the trend would a tough job for the world number two team. They have been handicapped by the leg-injury to their 6-foot 7-inch fast bowler Steven Finn, who could trouble the Indian batsmen with his steep bounce even on the slow pitches. Finn had little cricket under his belt since landing on the countrys shores as he picked up a thigh muscle strain on the first day of their tour opening game in Mumbai. Indian pacers Ishant Sharma is down with viral fever but Former India captain Kapil Dev on Wednesday advised Mahendra Singh Dhonis men not to depend too much on Sachin Tendulkar and asked the youngsters to shoulder responsibility during the fourTest series against England starting in Ahmedabad on Thursday. Sachin will be the centre of attraction. The focus will be on him. But you can not rely only on Sachin. He is an important player, but it is the time when youngsters will have to shoulder the responsibility, Kapil said. After receiving a 0-4 drubbing at the hands of England late last year, India is looking to exploit the home advantage to its maximum against the visitors. However, Kapil warned that the move may backfire. If you are playing on a turning wicket, toss plays an important role. The team that wins the toss gets an opportunity to play on the fresh wicket. You should always prepare the wicket as per teams strength. But a rank turner might backfire, the veteran all-rounder said. Kapil, meanwhile, said that the upcoming series would be a test for Indias opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, who have failed to give the country a solid platform in the recent past. Sehwag and Gambhir are big players, they hold a lot of

Medical experts doubt Pinki Pramanik can rape

Medical experts on Tuesday questioned the police move to slap rape charges on Pinki Pramanik after the former Asian Games gold medallist was declared a male on the basis of a DNA test report. Pinkis medical report, they pointed out, says that the athlete suffers from Disorder of Sexual Development (DSD). A DSD patient, say experts, cannot be termed a male despite an XY chromosome combination, as Pinkis DNA report has confirmed-because such patients are incapable of performing a sexual act. It would be unfair to accuse Pinki of rape, said genetic medicine expert Kaushik Mondol, a member of the medical panel investigating the case. Even though the report says Pinki is chromosomally a male, it doesnt conclude that Pinki is a man... it says the athlete suffers from DSD. DSD patients cant be identified as men, said Mondol, adding they were incapable of penetrative sex. Gynaecologist Gautam Khastagir said, Pinki probably investigating officer said. Pinkis counsel said the report was just a medical opinion, not the final verdict.

he was not in the running for a place in the playing eleven ahead of Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav, who are likely to open the new ball attack for the home side. Ashok Dinda has been called up as late cover for Sharma but would warm the bench barring a last-minute injury to Zaheer or Yadav. Indias main weapon would be the spin trio of Pragyan Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and veteran Harbhajan Singh, who has been included in the side after a gap of more than a year. Off-spinner Ashwin and left-

arm spinner Ojha have played only a handful of Tests in their budding careers but have proved that they could bowl well in tandem in helpful home conditions. Ashwin had grabbed the man of the series awards in the last two home series - against the West Indies last year and New Zealand this August. Ojha had complemented him nicely. England batsmen, including the recalled Kevin Pietersen, have had very good preparation for the series though they did not play against a top quality spinner.

importance. However, they have been struggling since last 15-20 Tests and it is really terrifying that what will happen if they dont score at the top. Every player has a reputation and on that basis a team is selected but if they dont perform the team might have to struggle. Our opening is weak. If we get a good beginning, we can dominate England, he said.The 53-year-old, who will be starting a fresh innings as a Hindi commentator for broadcasters Star Cricket during the series, added that it will be a tough task for the hosts to win the series with a big margin. The situation is tough. We dont have strong bowling. If we win the series by clinching one or two Tests it will be a

great achievement, Kapil said. Zaheer Khan is not in great form. Harbhajan (Singh) is also not performing well. In such circumstances if we win the series it will be a great thing, he added. India has picked off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin in the team along side left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Asked whether the team lacks variety in their attack, Kapil said: If you have two good off spinners, what is the problem in playing both of them. If you have two Tendulkars wont you play them? he asked. Selectors have picked the best available team. Variety should be there, but that doesnt mean you wont play your best player, Kapil added.

has an underdeveloped phallus, an internal testis but doesnt have a vagina or uterus. It makes Pinki a male pseudohermophrodite, not a man. Her aggression can be attributed to male hormones and her chromosome, but her sexual identity remains ambiguous. But the cops say Pinki had blood flow in certain tissues enabling her to have an erection. It (report) says Pinki is not a also indicates Pinki is capable of performing a male sexual act, even if partially... enough to make her capable of attempting rape. You need not penetrate a woman to rape her, an

After a wait of eight long years, the master storyteller, the most admired and revered director of our times, Yash Chopra, returns with his new motion picture. Regrettably, JAB TAK HAI JAAN happens to be the last film of one of the greatest raconteurs of our times... Yash Chopra is synonymous with love and romance and also spellbinding drama and heartrending emotions. Is synonymous with harmonious music and exquisite poetry and also snow-capped mountains and mustard fields. Is synonymous with waterfalls and rains and also Switzerland and Punjab. And so much more... JAB TAK HAI JAAN encompasses everything that one has come to expect from a Yash Chopra movie. This time, its a brand new setting, but the journey remains the same as his previous love stories -just as the lead man and his lady love sprint towards each other from opposite directions, to cuddle each other lovingly, youre told that the romantic pathway is crammed with thorns and spikes [a quick clarification: all this talk of JAB TAK HAI JAAN being a present-day avatar of Yash Chopras DAAG is absolutely unfounded]. For the hardcore romantics, this ones a treat. But those who *dont* swear by love stories, I am certain, will be able to connect with this film, since the twists and twirls in the screenplay are sure to allure those yearning for something captivatingly distinctive. JAB TAK HAI JAAN is a poignant voyage of three characters. Thankfully, not once does the script or the writers [Aditya Chopra and Devika Bhagat] permit any penetration of superfluous or redundant characters or subplots that wouldve only led to puzzlement. Every episode transpires for a persuasive reason. Besides, the drama is absolutely intriguing, with an undercurrent of emotions running through the length and breadth of the film, thereby adding intensity to this passionate love story. JAB TAK HAI JAAN is not your typical love story. It has the old-world charm written all over it, with twists and turns plenty. It would be a disservice if one were to reveal the journey of the three principal characters -- Samar, Meera and Akira -- since the plot changes from conventional to

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seductress [watch her in the Saans track or the music piece]. She looks ethereal and enacts her part with elegance and restraint. As a matter of fact, she glides into her part with effortlessness and acts out some of the difficult moments with flourish. In view of the fact that a major portion of the story focuses on SRK and Katrina, one might assume that Anushkas role is more of a supporting one, but thats entirely fallacious. Shes an integral part of this story and it must be said that she walks away with some of the best scenes and lines in the movie. Her performance is full of grit. On the whole, JAB TAK HAI JAAN resonates an oftrepeated fact: Love stories will come and go. But no one will make them like Yash Chopra. Just dont miss this heartwarming love story!

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unconventional in its second hour. JAB TAK HAI JAAN is attention-grabbing from inception till conclusion. The drama only soars higher and the complex love story gets more and more gripping as the conflict between the characters come to the fore. Mind you, JAB TAK HAI JAAN is not the usual love triangle, with two women fighting for the same guy. Nor can you compare it with any Yash Chopra film of yore either. Yash Chopras brilliancy and vividness is apparent in a number of sequences. And it echoes throughout the film. The poignant moments keep you on the periphery, while the culmination to the narrative may meet with extreme reactions. However, I strongly feel, the conclusion is most befitting for a film that doesnt take the beaten to death pathway. The only hiccup is that it gets too slow-paced at times. Also, the screenplay couldve been tighter at places. A few sequences in the postinterval portions couldve been spruced up for a stronger impact. When Yash Chopra, A.R. Rahman and Gulzar join hands for a film project, the expectations are gargantuan. Its music has to meet the lofty expectations. Chopra Sr.s music has had an eternal impact, but the songs here arent of that towering calibre that you would anticipate from

a Yash Chopra movie. Yet, the melodies that merit a mention are Challa, Saans and Jiya Re. While on music, the music piece and its choreography in the first hour deserve brownie points. The DoP [Anil Mehta] and the production designer give the film a radiant look that befits a classic. The cinematography is surreal, grandiose and simply overwhelming. The vibrant frames add to the magnificence of this already spectacular looking film. The costume designers too come up with a wardrobe thats brimming with stunning outfits. Event films such as JAB TAK HAI JAAN are, generally, embellished with seasoned actors. Thats one of the fundamental reasons why these films appear so tempting. In addition, assembling such accomplished names [in lead roles as also supporting characters] is a rarity and theres a strong possibility that one may not see them sharing screen space ever again. One cant imagine anyone else but Shah Rukh in the role of Samar. An individual with an emotional baggage. Although Shah Rukh has been an integral part of several romantic movies, he enacts it resplendently in JAB TAK HAI JAAN, brushing off any condemnation that he may have encountered for replicating himself in movies of parallel genre. The role gives the actor abundant opportunity to

exhibit his talent and I must add, Shah Rukh transforms himself into the complex character with dexterity. Katrina is the classic Yash Chopra heroine. An enigmatic beauty, who doubles up as a

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A blind man walks into a store with his seeing eye dog. All of a sudden, he picks up the leash and begins swinging the dog over his head. The manager runs up to the man and asks, What are you doing?!! The blind man replies, Just looking around. For the past three years, the government has worked hard and spent many tax dollars to find the approval ratings for unemployment. They have concluded that a 7% unemployment level is acceptable to 93% of the working population. Now lets just hope that the unemployment rate doesnt change. The Captain called the Sergeant in. Sarge, I just got a telegram that Private Jones mother died yesterday. Better go tell him and send him in to see me. So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation and lines up all the troops. Listen up, men, says the Sergeant. Johnson, report to the mess hall for KP. Smith, report to Personnel to sign some papers. The rest of you men report to the Motor Pool for maintenance. Oh by the way, Jones, your mother died, report to the commander. Later that day the Captain called the Sergeant into his office. Hey, Sarge, that was a pretty cold way to inform Jones his mother died. Couldnt you be a bit more tactful, next time? Yes, sir, answered the Sarge.

A few months later, the Captain called the Sergeant in again with, Sarge, I just got a telegram that Private McGraths mother died. Youd better go tell him and send him in to see me. This time be more tactful. So the Sergeant calls for his morning formation. Ok, men, fall in and listen up. Everybody with a mother, take two steps forward. Not so fast, McGrath! A blind man was describing his favorite sport, parachuting. When asked how this was accomplished, he said that things were all done for him: I am placed in the door with my seeing eye dog and told when to jump. My hand is placed on my release ring for me and out I go with the dog. But how do you know when you are going to land? he was asked. I have a very keen sense of smell, and I can smell the trees and grass when I am 300 feet from the ground he answered. But how do you know when to lift your legs for the final arrival on the ground? he was again asked. He quickly answered: Oh, the dogs leash goes slack. Tom had this problem of getting up late in the morning and was always late for work. His boss was mad at him and threatened to fire him if he didnt do something about it. So Tom went to his doctor who gave him a pill and told him to take it before he went to bed. Tom slept well and in fact beat the alarm in the morning by almost two hours. He had a

leisurely breakfast and drove cheerfully to work. Boss, he said, The pill actually worked! Thats all fine said the boss, But where were you yesterday? An Israeli soldier who just enlisted asked the Commanding Officer for a 3-day pass. The CO says Are you crazy? You just join the Israeli army, and you already want a 3-day pass? You must do something spectacular for that recognition! So the soldier comes back a day later in an Arab tank! The CO was so impressed, he asked How did you do it? Well, I jumped in a tank, and went toward the border with the Arabs. I approached the border, and saw an Arab tank. I put my white flag up, the Arab tank put his white flag up. I said to the Arab soldier, Do you want to get a three-day pass? So we exchanged tanks! Two men were boasting to each other about their old army days. Why, my outfit was so well drilled, declared one, that when they presented arms all you could hear was slap, slap, click. Very good, conceded the other, but when my company presented arms youd just hear slap, slap, jingle. What was the jingle? asked the first. Oh, replied the other offhand, just our medals.

Trisha follows Mankatha and Manmadhan Ambu

While the industry has been forever facing a dearth of Tamil speaking heroines, Trisha is one of the few who always had a fair command over the language. Yet she dubbed for herself only a handful of occasions as in the case of Mani Ratnams Ayutha Ezhuthu, Venkat Prabhus Mankatha and K.S. Ravikumars Manmadhan Ambu. The latest addition to that list would be for director Thirus Samar which has Vishal in the lead role. It is learnt that Trisha has commenced her dubbing duties for the film. The first look trailer of the film is reportedly ready and may probably be released on the festive occasion of Deepavali.

What keeps Nayanthara glowing?

Nayanthara is back after a short hiatus from films and she is looking as stunning and rejuvenated as ever. She currently has Raja Rani with Arya and the Ajith Vishnuvardhan biggie in her kitty. A lot of other offers are also pouring in for this Kerala beauty. To keep her skin glowing and her youthful beauty intact she has sought some natural Ayurvedic therapies in her home state, Kerala. Each month, we hear she keeps aside four days for this special beauty treatment. Fans are bound to be thrilled seeing Nayanthara in a hotter and more alluring avatar in these upcoming films.


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What You Should Know In Hiring Bridal Hair and Makeup Artists
Wedding is a special day most girls have been dreaming of since they were just a little girl. The picture of a princess who has finally found her prince is truly romantic. It is indeed a dream come true. Thus, every bride would want to have her special day perfect or at least close to perfection. With this, you should be very particular with its every detail. A perfect dress, a perfect place to walk down the aisle, gorgeous floras, wonderful friends and loved ones and great food reception for everyone should be certain. And of course, you should also consider how everyone will look on that day, especially you as a bride. With this, hair and makeup artists can help you achieve your perfect special moment. There are several reasons why most brides hire professional hair and makeup artists on their wedding day. Basically, it is because these people are educated, experienced and trained to help you achieve your dream bridal look. Also, this way, you wont have to worry much about yourself and how your whole entourage will look. Besides, a wedding is a special moment that shall be enjoyed by the couple. A stressful atmosphere for them is a big NO! Bridal hair and makeup artists are experts who can help you make your precious moment an extra special one. These people can help you deal with what particular hair style will work best on you. They are


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for some options. Others prefer doing online searches. There are several websites that provide a list of their local hair and makeup artists. Then, make an appointment with your prospects. Interview the candidates. An expert will typically wants to get an idea of how your dresss neckline will be, your veils cut, the lightings and your desired bridal look. Also, viewing the artists portfolio will help you get an idea of the looks he/she has created and specialized. Then, schedule a hair and make up trial. This way, youd be able to know the artists capabilities and how you would possibly look on your wedding day. With this, necessary arrangements or adjustments may still be made without ruining much on your wedding. There you have it! Hope this one could help you have your perfect moment. Best wishes! Are you looking for more information regarding hair and makeup artists? Visit http:// w w / now for more information. -Author: Nazima Golamaully

Jeera rice
Ghee (Butter) 3 tbsp Oil 1 tbsp Salt to taste Golden Touch Mise en Place [35 mins] Wash* and soak Rice for 30 minutes. Drain Golden Touch Steps [25 mins] To boiling water add Salt, 1 tbsp Oil, Bay Leaves and drained Rice Cook for 20mins on low flame. Drain In a heavy bottomed pan melt the Ghee Add Jeera, allow to pop. Add the Coriander leaves saut for 2 mins

This is an instant healthy Rice recipe, that Id like to make for my parties. Jeera (Cumin) comes to life when dropped in hot oil, and imparts a long-lasting flavour and aroma to Rice. Things Youll Need Basmati (Long Grain) Rice 250 grams Cumin (Jeera) Seeds 1 tbsp Coriander Leaves 50 grams Bay Leaves 2

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