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RIES: Don’t forget to offer emotional support that will motivate your partner to invest more in your relationship. Keeping yourself in a cheerful state will keep you in a sound state of health.

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AURUS: You are likely to realise that internship has professionally changed you. Testing times on the romantic front will occupy much of your time. You are blessed with good judgement. ANCER: A promising day to take steps to combat your stress levels. Avoid making quick judgments about people. Sharing problems with family would help you find a solution. IRGO: Failure to benefit from intelligence at work is likely to disappoint you later. Domestic problems could put you under tremendous pressure. Financial problems could affect you. CORPIO: The day promises success in purchase of land or a vehicle. You will have to make compromises without complaints to maintain a healthy romantic relationship.

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EO: Give suggestions only after considering their practicability. Face fear head-on at work. Restore the harmonious atmosphere at home. It’s time to evaluate your relationship to ensure joy. IBRA: Your skills will bring you professional success. Devoting quality time to family will bring harmony. The day promises good financial position. Delegate work to others. AGITTARIUS: Monetary gains are likely to remain high. Handle romantic situations with care and sort out differences with your beloved. Find new ways to increase your income.

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EMINI: You will have to be objective in your assessment of subordinates. A short trip with the family will rejuvenate you. A new source of income may be generated today.

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CALVIN AND HOBBES

YOUR DAY TODAY

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APRICORN: You will have to work steadily to gain a professional edge. Efforts to erase the loneliness and depression of parents will succeed. You will recover pending dues today. ISCES: You aim to develop a committed team at work. Your mere presence at home will boost the family’s morale. The prospect of high returns in shares will tempt you to invest.

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QUARIUS: Your association with social work will cure you of your loneliness. You strive to revive your love life. Today you will be successful in your efforts to stay fit and feel good about yourself.

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tice (5,7) 2 Stuck (2,1,3) 7 Mechanism 3 Enthusiasm for moving (4) things along 4 Notorious (12) lawsuit, for example (5,7) 12 Waste (eg time) (4,4) 5 Careless 15 Base (6) shep18 Part of an ear herdess? (4) (6,2,4) 6 Military jusANSWERS TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE

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WORD MINE

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How many words of four or more letters can you make from the letters shown in today's puzzle? In making a word, each letter may be used once only. Each word must contain the letter at the top of the pyramid. There should be at least one nine letter word. Plurals, foreign words and proper names are not allowed.
TODAY’S RATINGS: 27 AVERAGE; 36 GOOD; 45 OUTSTANDING
Answers: Form, from, frons, inform, iron, minor, MISINFORM, monism, mons, morn, norm, rosin, sorn.

ANDY CAPP

Milap’s girl meets boy tale has an other-world twist
His flair for churning hit stories one after the other is well known. And now Milap Zaveri is taking a shot at direction with Jaane Kahan Se Ayi Hai...
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FROM BLOGS TO BOOKS
live and grow on its penetrable existence. Despite the interruptive interfere is a cyber whizkid. But ence owing to explosive electronic that’s besides the point. intrusion in our private space, we sucIf you think he only cumb to it as its loyal beneficiaries in slogs at work sans rest, more ways than one. Having been blogthen hold on. For he ging for a while now, I could at least voraciously blogs at his best too! Well, gauge this much that this was the ideal that can even last beyond hours. On a time to unveil a book in blogging fruitful day, he seizes the opportunity ishtyle,” he explains his choice. As the to ceaselessly jot down a riot of ‘Ranblogometre ticks to a crescendo, scores dom Thoughts of a demented mind’ to of netizens sign up unfailingly to resort post it on the net for a pervasive public to responding with personal comments. view. While his virtual identity is reg“This I guess, is a fairly good moment istered as the greatbong blogger for the to release books of alike genres as blogpast six years or so, his natural self ging or twittering is a very new millennow firmly sets its heart on netting in a nium trend-setter. Also, because there gaggle of newage readers from the real has been a huge widespread publishing world. And how? Of course, via the revolution in India, so more avenues for written word route. Here comes the different voices can be heard and maiden book of computer Science and asserted across the board. Genrewise Engineering graduate, Arnab Ray. too, the book can buy a sizeable amount Called May I Hebb Your Attention of target readership. With the strong Pliss!, the title comes across as a buzz of blogging already in the air and quirky name with a tongue in cheek a host of search engines filling up our humour to boot in the content. And the quality time regularly, courtesy the 30-something well-placed, bespectasedentary jobs and indoor lifestyles we cled quintessential foreign based Benare clasped onto, this is the hour for the gali takes a joyride down the pen-lane right kind of target audience to tug in in unfurling the cryptic nuances of at,” he further asserts with reasons. facts that are more often than not, On the anvil are four prospective stranger than fiction. Slicing out chaptitles, ready to get off the ground shortters slotted into several segments, Ray Arnab Ray. PHOTO: Debajyoti Sarkar ly in the near future. “Every author puts candidly launches a funny, sarcastic, politically incorrect and a stamp of his autobiographical elements in most of his cretotally irreverent onslaught on an array of relevant ideas laced ations. From his personal experiences to character traits, every with subjective viewpoints. inch of a detail is like taking a leaf out of his own life story. The variegated tapestry of topics invariably ranges from Bol- There are sketchy outlines of an address — 34 B Randolf lywood C-grade revenge masalas, ribald songs of people, fake Road, which suggests the working title of my immediate next. educational institutes, stubborn bathroom flushes, unreal reali- Then comes a comic fiction, followed with a horror book. Of ty shows, the benefits of corruption, opulent weddings, brains course, I would love to explore the supernaturalism effects in in toaster ovens to seedy theatres and pompous non-resident its veins. And incidentally, I’ve already spoofed the convenIndians (NRIs). For those not in the loop, Ray is one of India’s tions of all horror Hindi movies on my blogs. But yes, don’t most widely read bloggers and has already won the publicly expect anything remotely connected to the brand of Ramsay voted Indibloggies ‘Blog of the Year’ citation in 2006 and Brothers’ spooky flicks. There’s a hint of an archaeological 2008. horror- meets-an-intense fear-factor in the book,” he sumCutting across all walks of life with an unconventional take marises the list. The catalogue is further tailed with a non-ficon things that matter most, this young prolific blogger’s debut tional piece of account. “But the ultimate clincher is to pen a paperback HarperCollins publication is reasonably pegged at a book on graduates pursuing higher studies in the US. It will be price of Rs 199. Hailing from the oh so indispensable layer of an anti friendship book based on a hostel life. Well, you may blogosphere of the blitzkreiging cyberspace, Ray endorses that call it another Inscrutable Americans,” he lends his parting his work in print is based on his pile of blogs amassed over shot. From net to page, he is all over the place, leaving behind many moons since he scribbled the first draft. “This is an age his signature impression everywhere. Before the Kolkata of on-line communication and the bounteous media boom. launch at the Crossword Bookstore, Ray’s book first flew off Creeping into our consciousness for 24X7, we can’t deny but the shelves on March 5 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi. PRAMITA BOSE

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e is the man behind the spicy scripts of Jhankaar Beats, Masti, Heyy Baby and the upcoming House Full. And now with Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Milap Zaveri has taken the rope of direction in his hands. Talking about this Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer popcorn flick, Milap says, “This love story has a twist, the male protagonist is a regular guy from earth, while the girl literally lands from Venus.” “It happens that Director Milap Zaveri with Riteish and Jacqueline a dejected Reteish laments over the lack of romance in his life and God makes Australia for Heyy Baby. He loved the Incidentally, Milap belongs to the him meet someone from the other plan- story and that very moment, we struck a Tribhuvandas Zaveri family.” It’s a et. And the fun starts from here,” he deal. As for Jacqueline, her background hardcore business family, so you can reveals. makes her fit the role perfectly. While well imagine, when I told my father The fact that fantasy movies like Riteish’s acting capabilities need no about taking up writing for films as my Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic didn’t man- introduction, Jacqueline is really hard- choice of work, what was his reaction! age to take off at the box office, is not working. She got the entire film’s dia- Well tempers flared, almost replicating bothering Milap, he reasons, “This logues recorded and next we know, she the Amitabh Bachchan and Pran conmovie will appeal to the sensibilities of has mugged all the lines up, including frontation scenes from the film the young crowd. It is just the perfect the other characters’. Well I can vouch Sharaabi. But I stuck my guns and today treat to unwind and have a good time.” for the fact that her Hindi is better than all is well on the family front,” he chuckReflecting on his choice of cast, the Katrina’s.” “And by the way, Sajid les. debutant director says, “I had narrated Khan, whom I consider like an elder Jaane Kahan Se Ayi Hai is set for the script to Riteish while shooting in brother has done a cameo here,” he adds. release on April 9. Noted dancerAnurekha Ghosh performed Mudra, it integrates three forms of dance – Chhau (from Purulia), Gotipua (from Orissa) and Kathak, creating a fascinating and visually dynamic gestural and communicative language. The event happened recently at Purbashree, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. Tollywood Actor Paoli Dam flaunt a creation from designer Jaya Rathore’s Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week, Autumn-Winter 2010 collection. The designer has tried to revive the long forgotten art of Convent stitches that gives her collection a trendy yet traditional look.

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✰ Indulge in a dekko at Changing Lines, an exhibition of paintings by the faculty members of visual arts, Rabindra Bharati University at the Birla Academy of Art and Culture. Open till April 4. Time: 3 pm to 8 pm ✰ The inaugural ceremony of Octave — art and cultural fest of north-eastern states, will be unveiled by M. K. Narayanan, governor of West Bengal today at 6 pm. Venue: EZCC, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex ✰ Booklovers can flock to the Oxford Bookstore to be a part of the launching session of The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer (of Stranger to History fame). Date: March 31. Time: 6:30 pm