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A fresh slice of Calangute

By Sinead McManus 
Living in Calangute means I pass by innumerable new ventures – cafes, hotels, joints and shops – almost every day. And sometimes the traffic in this bustling little village can be a good thing;

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Dogs on furniture: Good or Bad?

By Elizabeth Abraham
Traditional dog trainers advise owners against allowing dogs to get up on furniture, their reasoning being that the dog should consider himself equal to his ‘master’ and therefore would become ‘disobedient’.

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The Indispensable Cell Phone?!

When Alexander Graham Bell set out to help the deaf, he but accidently stumbled on to the device that would link billions through telephonic conversations. Even so, the invention of the telephone could not have led him to envision the future avatar of this modest instrument.

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Have a blast of a time

By Joe Mascarenhas
Boom bang a bang! OMG one would expect a blast like that when on fire, I am referring to gunpowder.

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The Fulfillment of a Desire Part 2

By Dr Jayanti Naik | Translated by Augusto Pinto
Satyavati’s body had been not just beautiful but gorgeous, luscious and fair – she had been a real doll of a woman. When she was adorned for an occasion she could leave Apsaras from Paradise in the shade.

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Table for two, in Italy

By Christabelle Coutinho
There are certainly no limits to the number of ‘good’ restaurants you can find on the Calangute-Candolim strip but if ‘best’ is what you are after, don’t stop till you reach the end of the strip, where the road curves sharply into Vivanta by Taj, Fort Aguada and continues right past its iron gates into an elegant retreat.

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When I grow up…

By Nolan Mascarenhas
Recently I was part of a school reunion and it was nothing short of spectacular. There were numbers in attendance and reminiscence of a past long gone but not forgotten. So here I was meeting old classmates; some married, some mums and dads and some I hardly recognised.

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Change is in the hair!

BINA PUNJANI HAIR STUDIO
Anne Hathaway did it for Les Miserables, Rihanna does it every few months, Lady Gaga does it all the time, Madonna uses it to reinvent herself and Victoria Beckham has been doing it to create waves. Yes, we’re talking about extreme hair makeovers.

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A cut above the rest

Uma Da Cunha
Actor, activist, playwright and film director Nandita Das is in Cannes serving on a jury for the second time.

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Women of Substance with second hand husbands!!!!

 

By Troy Ribeiro
“For the pedicure of the pedigree, they say you need a nice pumice stone, that’s sharp and yet delicately slides on your skin to give you that smooth regal feel.  A brand new pumice stone may at times leave you with a scar that you may regret using. So what better way than scrub an old pumice stone that has been tried and tested earlier?” This was blatantly revealed by one of the leading actress in the early 90s, while discussing why actresses were marrying already married men. 
And the conversation just got only cruder. 
Good Looks, money and fame they have in plenty. But the eligible single men are becoming scarce. NT Zest Buzz Weekender analyses why our actresses prefer married men for love, marriage or sex:
Social Recognition: As time passes and age catches on, the social stigma of being unmarried probably haunts most of the actresses so in desperation and low on self-esteem they hook on to those who shower attention on them. Love is just a term that camouflages this fear.
Shabana Azmi, Helen, Aruna Irani, Sridevi, Jaya Pradha,  Sangeeta Bijlani,  Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Mahima Chaudhary, Amrita Arora and Vidya Balan are just a few from the list. 
The Prized Trophy: A hooked and booked man is like a forbidden temptation which makes him irresistibly attractive to a woman. For many the food on someone else’s plate always looks and tastes better than what they are having. It is the normal human tendency to crave for what you can’t have, for some women having a married man at their beck and call increases self-esteem.
Hema Malini had once said, “Dharmendra was irresistible. He was the most handsome man in the industry and that was what attracted me to him.”  And it was a challenge for her to get him hooked for they married on his terms – “of being a part time husband.”
Looks is not the only criterion for the Prized Trophy seeker. The ambitious Kareena Kapoor had the industry at her feet, but it was the title of being known as the “Begum of Patudi” that made Saif her scapegoat. 
Stepping Stone to Success: These are ambitious actress but without much talent.  They feel that a married man compared to a bachelor can meet their emotional or material needs in a better manner and have answers to all her problems as he is more experienced in handling it.
Yogeet Bali and Leena Chandarwarkar thought their acting careers would zoom after they married Kishore Kumar. So also Manyata Dutt, apart from getting the social recognition for marrying a prized lonesome ‘Dutt’, her initial motive according to close family members and friends turned foe was, “a step to rise the social rung.” 
Wild Attraction: Some married men are irresistible and full of charm and love playing games. Many women find it difficult to resist the vibes send by such men. Smita Patil and Shilpa Shetty are victims of this wild attraction. 
It May be Love: Love can happen to anyone. As the popular saying goes ‘love is blind’. And when someone is in love the fact that the object of love was already married or widowed is not going to matter much. While all the actresses in the first category would claim to be in this slot, it is only Juhi Chawla who fits in this category apart from Smita Patil and Shilpa Shetty. 
In keeping with the Joneses: Marrying married men is now a trend. No big deal, an accepted norm. So today’s actresses tend to believe that if another woman is either after a man or with a man, there must be something he possesses that’s worthy of pursuit. And Rani Mukherji, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and Tabu top this list… At least till they officially announces their marriage, for they believe, married men are more attractive than single men because it’s already proven that he is desirable, sane, and has a heart, the only three criteria most actresses need in order to beat the competition.  
 
(The writer is a well know Bollywood journalist and playwright)

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