30LS01A.qxd 8/29/2013 7:12 PM Page 1 friday | august 30 | 2013 | chandigarh TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE CELEBRATION TIME Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who plays the sweet Gopi in Star Plus' Saath Nibhana Saathiya, celebrated Janmashtami with gusto; from dressing her little ‘Bal Krishna’ to ensuring that his favourite delicacies were made. PAGE 2 Þ LAYERS OF HAPPINESS Pancakes have been a perennial favourite and can be had it many combinations. Here we have vegetables to enhance the nutritive value, thus making it a dish to tempt the kids to enjoy the vegetables. PAGE 3 Þ LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST Parineeti Chopra says whatever is on her mind. She is a motormouth. She talks about her views on life, love and much more. PAGE 4 Þ RISHI’S ADORABLE HABIT Rishi Kapoor, who remembers long dialogues easily, finds it difficult to remember the names of people. He has this very lovable habit of calling everyone with a different name each time. PAGE 4 Þ It is not just the beautiful faces from the glamour industry; fashion shows now have space for those also who are celebrities in their own right… Model measure Ashima Batish E VEN as eighty celebrities walked the ramp for Beti, a fashion show by Gitanjali jewellers, Sonali Mukherjee, a commoner, was noticed. An acid attack victim, Sonali spoke about her journey and how she was recuperating, both physically and mentally, from that tormenting event of her life. In the West, earlier this year, Malala Yusufzai, was positioned by Gucci as the role model for their Chime for Change campaign that aims to highlight women's rights. Bollywood celebrities intruding the domain of models or cricketers walking down the ramp is a norm now. There is nothing unusual about it, as it is simply one glamour industry filling in for the other. But when it comes to commoners like ROLE MODEL RAMP & ROLL: MARY KOM PHOTO: S CHANDAN Sonali and Malala, who is now a celebrity in her own right, it only indicates the new-found courage of the industry. Applause all around While Sonali's presence on the ramp got a mixed response from fashion critics, those belonging to the industry have appreciated the cause at large. They look at it as the marriage between glamour and a social cause. Not that fashion industry has remained oblivious to the issues around, it has been promoting and safeguarding interests of the out-of-work craftsmen, reviving dying crafts and handlooms, even supporting NGOs but these developments might start a new chapter altogether — of having show stoppers who can serve as role models. Sonalika Sahay, a renowned model, says, "Ramp shows, especially at the fashion weeks, garner a lot of attention from people as well as the media and if the platform can be utilised to reach out to people for a cause, it STANDING TALL: Sonali Mukherjee (centre) serves the purpose better." She adds that such role models in the industry can bridge the gap between the glamour world and the masses internationally, and not keep it limited to classes. Not so common At the same time, not always for a cause, a public figure is projected as an icon. Mary Kom, the celebrated Indian woman boxer, walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra's Mizwan collec- tion but she was there as another celebrity amidst a bevy of stars. "At the end of the day, brands or labels want to promote themselves. It needs to be carefully scrutinised if the intention is right and not to earn brownie points," says model Jesse Randhawa. Designer Manish Malhotra didn't even claim a moral reason behind Mary Kom's on-ramp presence. But as cricket and fashion is an accepted combination (not to forget the cosmetics and clothing they sell), Mary Kom and Vijender Singh made for odd choices for shows. Later, Mary Kom also modelled for Tag Heuer, along with actor Abhay Deol, for the brands campaign Time for Labels. "It might also indicate that the fashion industry values achievers; they might be from diverse fields. It also shows how flexible the industry is worldwide, where not just Bollywood and Hollywood stars but people who make a mark in respective fields are also honoured," says Nachiket Barve, a designer very popular in the celebrity circles. Likewise, Fauja Singh, the nonagenarian marathon runner has been the poster boy of Adidas. Sonali is neither a celebrity nor an achiever and her presence on the ramp is indeed debatable. Says Royston Fernandes, GM, Lifestyle Division, Gitanjali Jewellers, which sponsored 45 lakh for her surgery, "We brought her on stage only after her reconstructive surgery and when she was in a position to express herself. It was to send across the message to women to raise a voice against physical abuse." Whether the message reaches out is yet to be observed. firstname.lastname@example.org Angelina Jolie became a role model for women who are prone to cancer. Her double mastectomy was referred to as a heroic deed by many in the medical and celebrity world. In this case it's a celebrity becoming an example to commoners, so why can't a commoner like Sonali also become one? We need more such people to come out in the open and talk about atrocities against women. Mills and Boon engenders the idea of ‘twinkle in the eye’ romance. And when the setting and plot is Indian, as created by author Ruchi Vasudeva, the magic grows manifold… From a romantic eye Manpriya Singh TURN TABLES: DJ Gaurav The right mix Amarjot Kaur Relaxing at the first floor of Hotel Altius, the Delhibased DJ Gaurav appears to be complacent and unruffled when questioned about how he feels about the hoopla that is associated with the number one DJ title. "These days the new kids have come up with the concept of the so-called number one DJ, and not many of them quite understand the music that they are doing," he says. It is perhaps his association with some of the finest clubs in Delhi, where he served as the resident DJ that makes him care less to earn any title, "I have been a resident DJ at the Steel, Elevate, F Bar and Lounge and Agni," he shares. Gaurav, who has been Deejaying for over 13 years now, admires DJ Aqeel and he has also played opening sets for various DJs, including Mobb Deep, Chamillionaire, DJ Alchemist (Emnim's official DJ), DJ Fricktion, Sasha, Jhon Digweed, Ferry Corsten. "I mix my tracks on a software called Ableton, which equips you to mix the tracks while you weave sounds and samples into them. It also allows you to shift the beats per minute," he says. "I took to this software courtesy Sasha, who introduced me to it," he adds. email@example.com Who hasn't, at some point or the other, given into the romanticised escape route of Harlequin's Mills and Boon? As an adolescent, romance fiction would jostle for space with medical titles and when she was qualified enough to write prescriptions, she chose to pen her imagination. Save for the iconic Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, save for a few examples, we haven't really heard of those from the medical profession switching to fiction. "I was an avid reader of Mills and Boon, and came across this advertisement at the end of the book, which invited Indians to write for Mills and Boon. At the time, medical studies and family life took priority, till very recently when I came across yet another Passions writing contest and decided to send in my entry," 41-year-old, Amritsar-based dental professional Ruchi Vasudeva puts things in place, before elaborating on her protagonist. She adds, "There were as many as two thousand entries, out of which they zeroed-in on my story." The title The seamless and signa- ❝ The hero is rich because the purpose of the story is not to concentrate on their financial problems. The hero is always rich and the ending happy but it's not a typical love story, it's a relationship story. ❞ ture romance has given way to some real relationship issues. Perhaps, it's a measured effort at moving away from the clichés. Women are no more the beautiful vulnerable secretaries and men the rich eligible bachelors. "In my book, she is a working woman. She's also from the medical profession and has a career to take care of. She is her own person," she speaks of her debut novel Bollywood Fiancé For A Day. Zaheer Saxena is everything Vishaka needs to take her mind off the recent humiliation. Being jilted a week before her wedding, she's only too willing to give into the charms of Bollywood heart-throb whom she won a date with, en route a reality show. The narrative borrows from today's rampant reality shows, abridging the gap between the celebrity and the smitten. At the same time, a couple of clichés remain constant. A world of eligible bachelors, sexual innuendoes, beautiful woman and they lived happily ever after conclusions. "The hero is rich because the purpose of the story is not to concentrate on their financial problems. The hero is always rich and the ending happy but it's not a typical love story, it's a relationship story." She adds, "There are no explicit scenes either. It's a simple book with a romantic angle." Sounds like a description apt for a screenplay. "When I was writing the book, I thought Hrithik Roshan and Diana Penty would fit the roles." PEN FRIENDLY: Ruchi Vasudeva Coming up While the full-time job in a dental institute doesn't leave much scope for writing scripts for the silver screen, there is yet another title coming up with B-town as the backdrop. "I guess I am fascinated with Bollywood. The next one is about a scriptwriter in Bollywood who's trying to forget his past." Expect some more imagination, escapism and romanticism; keeping in sync with the core philosophy of the series. She shares, "I love to write about spirited heroines getting hurtled out of their daily life as soon as they cross paths with their rather challenging heroes." We guess there are people who love to read about just that! firstname.lastname@example.org
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