Everyday in newspapers, you’ll find a column for Astrology and horoscopes, giving you a gist of what your day could be like, what to expect in various aspects of your life and even what colours to wear. Many read it and follow it, while there are many more who don’t believe in Astrology altogether. Many of you’ll might even have your birth chart made in the form of a ‘kundali’ which predicts details of your career, your relationships, your nature, your finances and even your health.
People often ask me how I manage my office, home and child, and I tell them I am still learning. But along the way I have learnt quite a few life lessons that are worth sharing with others who find themselves in a similar predicament. Find happiness in small things. Don’t look for happiness in foreign trips or leisure shopping or expensive spas.
Model Rhea Pillai and her former beau, tennis star Leander Paes are going through a messy separation and are embroiled in a legal battle over domestic violence and custody of their 10-year-old daughter. According to reports, Rhea is demanding Rs 1 crore from Paes as one-time compensation along with a house. Rhea has argued that her lawyers did not add the extra one on her court petition for compensation, hence bringing the amount down to Rs 10 lakh compensation.
This past week, as we settled down with our mugs of freshly brewed draught beer, I saw Cynthia* roll her eyes when she spotted the hickey on my neck. Both, my friends Cynthia and Amitabh* where ‘happily’ married with healthy spouses and there was no reason for me to believe otherwise. Cynthia replied, almost disgusted, as if I was indulging in some immoral act, “After the long working hours and with a kid, how do you manage to find time to have sex?” I realized immediately it had less to do with my sex-life and more to do with hers.
Admit it, we all have searched for our old flames on Facebook, and not always does that mean we are pining for a long lost love. Often, it is out of simple curiosity; some of us even take a sadistic pleasure in seeing how they have changed over the years, their once desirable looks giving way to something less appealing — sombre faces with midlife crisis written all over them. But then, there are some really exciting stories of virtual reunions that have happened all because of social media.
These actresses are your ideal daughter-in-law, sister-in-law or wife – Oh, the ever so sacrificing woman of India, the manifestation of familial virtues that would submit to every brutality presented to her by life to uphold the dignity of marriage and relationship. Honestly though, all that self-deprivation looks fine on screen, not so great in real life. For when the blow strikes your face, ladies, retiring to the kitchen and shedding tears in silence isn’t the best choice. Learn the art of life from your favourite telly actresses who combated domestic violence and dealt with it.
Kermin Bhot talks about how her husband Abhishek Mande Bhot took her last name after marriage. “A little after returning from our honeymoon four years ago, my husband, Abhishek, broke an important piece of news to his parents—he’d be taking my last name. Much to his credit, not only did he leave it at that, he even asked Abhishek how he was proposing to go about it.
The happiness that surrounded them, stalked them everywhere, is now contained in a photo frame. The smiles are rare, the screeches are regular. Complaints have replaced compassion. There are no cuddles, they often end up in different bedrooms. They were the ideal couple in our college days. When I sat down with Shreya she allowed me a sneak-peak into the hollow of her life. The list of broken promises were long, the cleft separating expectations from realisations were appalling. There was a gap in communication somewhere that has left her disillusioned for life. ...
Swaraj and I were high school sweethearts. 6 years later when I stumbled upon his profile on Facebook, I was taken by surprise. The coffee date crossed its limits, Swaraj ended up spending the night at my apartment instead of the 5 star accommodation provided by his office.
Soon after Yuvraj Singh tied the knot with actress Hazel Keech, his teammate Ishant Sharma got married in the capital on the 9th of December. The fast bowler married noted Indian basketball player Pratima Singh in Delhi, and the entire sporting community, including cricket captain MS Dhoni and newlywed Yuvraj Singh were present to bless the couple. Ishant and Pratima were long-time friends and got engaged earlier this year in August. Here are some highlights from the grand wedding celebrations.
Bollywood’s obsession with the West does not end with fashion or films. Our celebrities have gone a step further and married people from the other side of the world. India’s attraction to the West has reached a whole new level, with many celebrities opting to marry people of the foreign decent. With Preity Zinta recently tying the knot with Gene Goodenough, we bring to you a list of other divas who hooked up with foreigners, proving that love knows no boundaries!
Fairy tales do come true and some of our Hollywood celebrities have experienced it too! You might have heard of childhood sweethearts tying the knot or stars getting hitched to other onscreen stars, but have you ever heard of celebrities sealing the deal with their fans? Yes, this too has happened! Here are ten celebrities who fell in love with their fans, proving that anything was possible.
I was not forced to marry the woman who is now my wife, the mother of my children, on account of social norms, caste or community. Ours was a love marriage, and when I look back in hindsight, I witness the madness in love we shared some five years ago, but all those emotions have since faded away. Even though we stay together, in the same bedroom, under the same roof, we have grown miles apart. She doesn’t understand me anymore, nor I, her. She is clueless of the struggles I put up with out of the house, I am unmindful to her life inside. We talk less, we, as I believe, know each other lesser. ...
Divorces and break-ups can never be cheerful. The pain included in separating one’s self from one’s better half entails unfathomable pain. But at times, like the ones we describe here, knowing about the reasons behind the fall out of a marriage can leave you in splits.
Like hundreds of thousands of women in my country, I had an arranged marriage. I met my husband just twice before the wedding. Though my contemporary parents encouraged me to go on dinners with him, share conversations on phone, I refused. Even when he called up, a week before the engagement, requesting my company to his friend’s wedding, I cooked up a convoluted story and excused myself. I wanted to get married; to whom, it didn’t matter.
This may have been a year of brutal breakups, but Shahid and Mira managed to keep things going strong all year long. Here’s proof that love is not, in fact, dead:
Not all Bollywood stars are married within the industry. While some are married to their onscreen partners, a few others chose to seal the deal with high profile businessmen. However, there are a few A-listers in B’wood, who feel in love when they were still first graders, kindergarden kids or teenagers. They later convinced their parents and got hitched to the love of their life.
No matter what the occasion, celebrities love to look their fashionable best at any given time. And when it comes to weddings, who better than celebrities to take style cues from. We have in the past seen some stunning brides from Bollywood, who stunned in their exorbitant bridal arrties. Similarly 2015 also saw a whole of celebrities seal the deal in pomp and style.
As a progressive society we have embraced a lot of changes over the years, but accepting a divorced woman continues to be a major challenge the Indian mindset is inept to handle. The perpetual curiosity and uncomfortable interrogation a woman has to put up with, not to mention the prejudice against her, is often more than egregious to be thrown at anyone who is in the process of recuperating a disaster.
Bollywood divas love to look their best on every occasion and weddings give them all the more reason to look their fashionable best. The wedding season is here and B-town has already witnessed a few divas sealing the deal. With Asin making a start for this year’s list of celebrity weddings, Urmila Matondkar, Preity Zinta and a hoard of others followed suit.
The stories of husbands being insolent towards their wives fail to register any degeneration in my head. I scan these articles in the newspapers like I read a fiction novel, for me they paint a picture incredulous for my belief, let alone sympathizing with these women. Perhaps, the perceptibility of humans are guided by the situations they come through in their lives. The events I had witnessed, ever since I could go back in time and recall, oppose me to seep in the concept of men being imprudent to their women. Quite a strong statement this is, I know, more so, because I am a woman myself.
You’ve probably heard of Mr & Miss India, World, and Universe. Yes, there’s a unique pageant in India that recognises the beauty, brawn and brains of those in a wheelchair. But that’s not what this story about. In January 2016, the winner of Miss Wheelchair, a young woman named Anu Multani was invited by Shankar Srinivasan, Co-Founder of dating app Inclov, to try her luck at finding a life partner.
Son-in-laws are given very high respect in Indian families and this holds good for Bollywood families too. From the Khans and Kapoors to the Bachchans and Khannas, tinsel town has a very special place for ‘Daamaads’. Take a look at Bollywood son-in-laws who make an intrigued part of the second family they are married into. Image Credit: Twitte