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YOUR DAY TODAY GUARDIAN CROSSWORD

CALVIN AND HOBBES


DR C.V.B. SUBRAHMANYAM

BILL WATTERSON
A T
RIES: Don’t forget to AURUS: You are likely
offer emotional sup- to realise that internship
port that will motivate has professionally
your partner to invest more changed you. Testing times
in your relationship. Keep- on the romantic front will
ing yourself in a cheerful occupy much of your time.
state will keep you in a You are blessed with good
sound state of health. judgement.

G C
EMINI: You will ANCER: A promising
have to be objective day to take steps to
in your assessment of combat your stress lev-
subordinates. A short trip els. Avoid making quick
with the family will rejuve- judgments about people. DOONESBURY
nate you. A new source of Sharing problems with fami- GARRY TRUDEAU
income may be generated ly would help you find a
today. solution.

L V
EO: Give suggestions IRGO: Failure to ben-
only after considering efit from intelligence
their practicability. Face at work is likely to dis- Across 2 Stuck (2,1,3) tice (5,7)
fear head-on at work. appoint you later. Domestic 1 Questioning 3 Enthusiasm 7 Mechanism
Restore the harmonious problems could put you
atmosphere at home. It’s under tremendous pres- (9) (4) for moving
time to evaluate your rela- sure. Financial problems 8 (Depleted) 4 Notorious things along
tionship to ensure joy. could affect you.
layer of gas lawsuit, for (12)

L S
IBRA: Your skills will CORPIO: The day (5) example (5,7) 12 Waste (eg
bring you professional promises success in
success. Devoting quali- purchase of land or a 9 Attack (7) 5 Careless time) (4,4)
JOHNNY HART

ty time to family will bring vehicle. You will have to 10 Very hungry shep- 15 Base (6)
harmony. The day promises make compromises without
B.C.

good financial position. Del- complaints to maintain a (8) herdess? 18 Part of an ear
egate work to others. healthy romantic relation- 11 Beelzebub’s (6,2,4) (4)
ship.
home (4) 6 Military jus-

S C
AGITTARIUS: Mone- APRICORN: You will 13 Chaos (6) ANSWERS TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE
tary gains are likely to have to work steadily
remain high. Handle to gain a professional 14 Part of
romantic situations with edge. Efforts to erase the speech (6)
care and sort out differ- loneliness and depression
ences with your beloved. of parents will succeed. You 16 Bloody (4)
UP AND RUNNING

Find new ways to increase will recover pending dues 17 Domestic


your income. today.
worker (4,4)
GRAY AND SHACK

A P
QUARIUS: Your ISCES: You aim to 19 Chilled (3-4)
association with develop a committed
social work will cure team at work. Your 20 Less good (5)
you of your loneliness. You mere presence at home will 21 Modern (6-3)
strive to revive your love boost the family’s morale.
life. Today you will be suc- The prospect of high returns Down
cessful in your efforts to in shares will tempt you to 1 Dominant
stay fit and feel good about invest.
yourself. woman (5,3)

dennis the menace WORD MINE


DEAN YOUNG AND JOHN MARSHALL

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BLONDIE

I R I
M F N SM
How many words of four or more letters can you make
ANDY CAPP

from the letters shown in today's puzzle? In making a


REG SMYTHE

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
norm, rosin, sorn.
morn,
Answers: Form, from, frons, inform, iron, minor, MISINFORM, monism, mons,

Milap’s girl meets boy tale has an other-world twist


His flair for churning hit stories
one after the other is well
FROM BLOGS TO BOOKS
known. And now Milap Zaveri PRAMITA BOSE live and grow on its penetrable exis-
is taking a shot at direction with tence. Despite the interruptive interfer-

H
Jaane Kahan Se Ayi Hai... e is a cyber whizkid. But ence owing to explosive electronic
that’s besides the point. intrusion in our private space, we suc-
If you think he only cumb to it as its loyal beneficiaries in
SHAGUFTA KALIM slogs at work sans rest, more ways than one. Having been blog-
then hold on. For he ging for a while now, I could at least

H
e is the man behind the spicy voraciously blogs at his best too! Well, gauge this much that this was the ideal
scripts of Jhankaar Beats, Masti, that can even last beyond hours. On a time to unveil a book in blogging
Heyy Baby and the upcoming fruitful day, he seizes the opportunity ishtyle,” he explains his choice. As the
House Full. And now with Jaane to ceaselessly jot down a riot of ‘Ran- blogometre ticks to a crescendo, scores
Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Milap Zaveri has dom Thoughts of a demented mind’ to of netizens sign up unfailingly to resort
taken the rope of direction in his hands. post it on the net for a pervasive public to responding with personal comments.
Talking about this Riteish Deshmukh view. While his virtual identity is reg- “This I guess, is a fairly good moment
and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer pop- istered as the greatbong blogger for the to release books of alike genres as blog-
corn flick, Milap says, “This love story past six years or so, his natural self ging or twittering is a very new millen-
has a twist, the male protagonist is a reg- now firmly sets its heart on netting in a nium trend-setter. Also, because there
ular guy from earth, while the girl liter- gaggle of newage readers from the real has been a huge widespread publishing
ally lands from Venus.” “It happens that Director Milap Zaveri with Riteish and Jacqueline world. And how? Of course, via the revolution in India, so more avenues for
a dejected Reteish laments over the lack written word route. Here comes the different voices can be heard and
of romance in his life and God makes Australia for Heyy Baby. He loved the Incidentally, Milap belongs to the maiden book of computer Science and asserted across the board. Genrewise
him meet someone from the other plan- story and that very moment, we struck a Tribhuvandas Zaveri family.” It’s a Engineering graduate, Arnab Ray. too, the book can buy a sizeable amount
et. And the fun starts from here,” he deal. As for Jacqueline, her background hardcore business family, so you can Called May I Hebb Your Attention of target readership. With the strong
reveals. makes her fit the role perfectly. While well imagine, when I told my father Pliss!, the title comes across as a buzz of blogging already in the air and
The fact that fantasy movies like Riteish’s acting capabilities need no about taking up writing for films as my quirky name with a tongue in cheek a host of search engines filling up our
Thoda Pyar Thoda Magic didn’t man- introduction, Jacqueline is really hard- choice of work, what was his reaction! humour to boot in the content. And the quality time regularly, courtesy the
age to take off at the box office, is not working. She got the entire film’s dia- Well tempers flared, almost replicating 30-something well-placed, bespecta- sedentary jobs and indoor lifestyles we
bothering Milap, he reasons, “This logues recorded and next we know, she the Amitabh Bachchan and Pran con- cled quintessential foreign based Ben- are clasped onto, this is the hour for the
movie will appeal to the sensibilities of has mugged all the lines up, including frontation scenes from the film gali takes a joyride down the pen-lane right kind of target audience to tug in
the young crowd. It is just the perfect the other characters’. Well I can vouch Sharaabi. But I stuck my guns and today in unfurling the cryptic nuances of at,” he further asserts with reasons.
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 chuck- facts that are more often than not, On the anvil are four prospective
Reflecting on his choice of cast, the Katrina’s.” “And by the way, Sajid les. stranger than fiction. Slicing out chap- titles, ready to get off the ground short-
debutant director says, “I had narrated Khan, whom I consider like an elder Jaane Kahan Se Ayi Hai is set for ters slotted into several segments, Ray Arnab Ray. PHOTO: Debajyoti Sarkar ly in the near future. “Every author puts
the script to Riteish while shooting in brother has done a cameo here,” he adds. release on April 9. candidly launches a funny, sarcastic, politically incorrect and a stamp of his autobiographical elements in most of his cre-
totally 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.
Noted dancerA- Tollywood Actor The variegated tapestry of topics invariably ranges from Bol- There are sketchy outlines of an address — 34 B Randolf
nurekha Ghosh per- Paoli Dam flaunt lywood C-grade revenge masalas, ribald songs of people, fake Road, which suggests the working title of my immediate next.
formed Mudra, it a creation from educational institutes, stubborn bathroom flushes, unreal reali- Then comes a comic fiction, followed with a horror book. Of
integrates three designer Jaya ty shows, the benefits of corruption, opulent weddings, brains course, I would love to explore the supernaturalism effects in
forms of dance – Rathore’s Wills in toaster ovens to seedy theatres and pompous non-resident its veins. And incidentally, I’ve already spoofed the conven-
Chhau (from Puru- Lifestyle India Indians (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
lia), Gotipua (from Fashion Week, most widely read bloggers and has already won the publicly expect anything remotely connected to the brand of Ramsay
Orissa) and Kathak, Autumn-Winter voted Indibloggies ‘Blog of the Year’ citation in 2006 and Brothers’ spooky flicks. There’s a hint of an archaeological
creating a fascinating 2010 collection. 2008. horror- meets-an-intense fear-factor in the book,” he sum-
and visually dynamic The designer has Cutting across all walks of life with an unconventional take marises the list. The catalogue is further tailed with a non-fic-
gestural and commu- tried to revive on things that matter most, this young prolific blogger’s debut tional piece of account. “But the ultimate clincher is to pen a
nicative language. the long forgot- paperback HarperCollins publication is reasonably pegged at a book on graduates pursuing higher studies in the US. It will be
The event happened ten art of Con- price of Rs 199. Hailing from the oh so indispensable layer of an anti friendship book based on a hostel life. Well, you may
recently at Pur- vent stitches that blogosphere of the blitzkreiging cyberspace, Ray endorses that call it another Inscrutable Americans,” he lends his parting
bashree, Bharatiyam gives her collec- 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
Cultural Multiplex, tion a trendy yet many moons since he scribbled the first draft. “This is an age his signature impression everywhere. Before the Kolkata
Eastern Zonal Cul- traditional look. of on-line communication and the bounteous media boom. launch at the Crossword Bookstore, Ray’s book first flew off
tural Centre. Creeping into our consciousness for 24X7, we can’t deny but the shelves on March 5 at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi.

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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
TALK ✰ 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

IT UP ✰ 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