Starry Innings : ZEE Punjabi's popular astro show Sitarre Ki Kehnde Ne has complet¬ed 200 episodes. On the anniver¬sary show, that's shot at Dara Studios, there was a celebration of sorts. The episode to be telecast on July 16 at 7:30 am (with a re¬telecast at 9 pm) will see well known astrologer P Khurrana, who also scripts and anchors the show, talk about the role of astrology in the modern setup.
Programme on astrology
SAS NAGAR, SEPTEMBER 3 "Sitarre Ki Kehnde Ne", a pro¬gramme on astrology, was shot at Dara Studio here today. The first episode will be telecast on September 8 on Alfa Punjabi. The programme has been con¬ceived and designed by Mr P. Khurrana, an astrologer .. Mr Khurrana told medlapersons that he aimed to bring awareness among people about p:acti~al applicability of .astrology
m dally life with a specIal focus on Vaas¬tu tarrot card, numerology, phrenology and spiritualism. Mr Khurrana said astrology w~s a divine science and had a multI¬dimensional scope for all cate¬gories of people and therefore the. show would attract a large numb~r of viewers irrespective of theIr belief in astrology. He claimed t~at the show would help in removmg doubts about astrology. He said an astro-analysis of some prominent perso~alit~es would b.e done with specIal lIght on theIr important events oflife in view of the position of planets.
Handy tips for those sailing in love ships
DA GOODMAN'S books have long been the ible for those keen on eading about sun signs or love signs. Now, fashioned on the lines of Goodman, comes the desi Love Signs, authored by P. Khurrana In fact, the author credits Goodman for inSPirin~ this book. But he claims to hav gone beyond sun signs and their influence on a person's love life. He has also taken into account the role of Venus and Mars on the man-woman relationship.
Under each zodiac sign, there are sub-chapters on: outlook; profession and finance; love life; sex life; a glance at relationships with other sun signs; zodiac zone; and mystery of the rising sign.
Interestingly, each section begins with poems or "love messages" for the sun sign concerned and contains practical tips to achieve a harmonious relationship with members of the opposite sex born under different sun signs. At the very outset, the author makes it clear that astrology cannot tell you whom to fall in love with, but that the book can provide insights into the personality traits of the person you're in love with. And while tackling the subject of love signs, the author has certainly made the book comprehensive in its sweep, duly punctuat~ ing the theory with do-it-yourself tips. Apart from discussing th~ role of the sun sign on a person'g love life, he has also detailed the influence of the rising sun on matters of the heart. As he says, "Though- your sun-sign influences your life but mind that your rising sun can also help you create a magical attraction in your love life which of course is very significant in many ways". He gives a chart to enable each person to identify his'her rising sun on the basis of time of birth.
As for giving practical advice is concerned, there is a sub-section under each sun signcalled "Zodiac Zone" -which actually details the gifts, foods, locales and even the perfume that a lover or spouse belonging to that zodia~ign would cherish. The only flaw with these tips is that they ,C!-re not Indiaspecific and are full of firang ideas and suggestions. For example, the author says that for a Taurean lover*1:he ideal getaway woulci'be the unspoilt scenery of rural Ireland. How remote and far-fetched! Holidaying in the exotic locales of Ireland is a luxury few Taureans in our country can afford. And surely, India too can boast of unspoilt and romantic destinations where a Taurean lover can be wooed. But, perhaps, the author wanted to give a universal appeal to his book.
The firang element also finds its way into the description of physical attributes of each sun sign. For example, a Leo woman is supposed to have "eyes pale gray, but sometimes a green". This description certainly does not fit a majority of Leo women in India, where light-coloured eyes are an exception rather than the rule.
As far as physical traits go, there is a major faux pas in the book (or could it be sheer coincidence?). The physical description of a typical Taurus man and woman matches, word for word, the features mentioned for the Gemini male and female. A Taurus man has " well proportioned built, short stature, sensual lips, thick set body, inclined to stoutness, rugged features and squat appearance." Ditto goes for the Gemini male.
Besides, these descriptions are dotted with spelling mistakes. A Taurus woman is characterised as having "conic fingers". The author obviously meant "conical" fingers. The book abounds in malapropisms too. On page 71, the author writes, " Your moods are deep, mysteries and some time governed by the feeling and not by the fact" The word "mysteries" has been wrongly used here in place of "mysterious." A Libra woman is described as having "dimple or beauty sport on cheeks". Here again, "sport' has been muddled up with "spot" Either the book has not been edited at all or the proof-reader has been too starstruck to strike out the errors.
Punctuation marks too have been given a go-by at most places. Sample this (page 377):
The author writes that an aquarius man has "Slim fine stature, ruddy complexion, clear cut features (no hyphen used ), drooping head, brown eyes, an attractive noble profile (comma missing) a distinctly feminine disposition, gentle voice. "
This is not to say that the book-with the slip-shod editing and miss pelt words- does not make for interesting reading. In fact, such is the interest that the subject of sun signs generates that even the sworn "non-believers" are tempted to at least leaf through pages pertaining to their zodiac sign. And not te forget, a book like this always has the potential of sparking off the most animated of discussions, as happened when I was reviewing the book. A whole lot of exclamations, nods of approval and retorts of disagreement wete let loose as the book passed hands and passages were read out from it, at home as well as in office.
The experience was akin to tasting a desi pizza, which, despite some firang toppings like oregano 'n' olives or a not-toowell-garnished look, is definitely worth biting into.
It's all about your love signs
CHANDIGARH: Celebrating lover's day in grand style was astrologer P Khurrana who launched his book Love Signs on Thursday at Hotel Shivalikview. The book was re¬leased by comedy king Jaspal Bhatti and would be available in 13 countries. Denying any comparison with Linda Goodman's similar titled book, Khurrana said, "Linda Good¬man's Love Signs was written keeping in mind Western cul¬ture. The predictions made in that book do not serve any purpose in the Indian context." The USP of his book as he sees "are the com¬patibility tips given at the end of every sun sign combination". These compatibility tips he says, "deal with all the aspects of a relationship - physical, mental, emo¬tional and business". The book brings to light 144 combinations and is a result of two years of hard work. "It has been possible only after meeting 10,000 couples and conducting exhaustive interview sessions with them," adds Khurrana. Released by Crest Pub¬lishing House, it would soon be translated into Hindi. Amongst the highlights of the function were
Questions on career, love & marriage have flooded Pandit Khurrana's 300-episode-Iong run on television
GOING by television standards, 300 episodes is a long time, especially when it's a once-a-week affair. Known for his forthright views and predic
tions, city-based astrologer P Khurrana is in a celebratory mood having completed 300 episodes with his show on Zee Punjabi called Sitarre Ki Kehnde Ne. Having scripted and anchored the show himself, Pandit Khurrana admits to being inundated with questions that pertain to career problems, love issues and marriage. ''Another area that sees viewers write in is to seek help regarding extra-marital affairs," mentions the astrologer who is rather miffed with the current trend of astrologers appearing on news channels spouting "sensational forecasts." "You know it's an unwritten rule in the world of astrology not to create any fear in the minds of people. I am a strong believer of destiny and no astrologer can change that. All one can do is offer a way for doing better karma," says Khurrana, who is against youngsters being drawn into astrological ways. "I tlr ••• 't nr •• clict fnr children Instead weneed to R;ive moral support to youngsters so that they do better in life. Why is it that all actors don't become Amitabh Bachchan or all lawyers don't become a J ethmalani. Each one of us has a destiny," adds the astrologer who is of the opinion that astrology is a divine science and strongly linked with karma.
"I have through my show dispelled myths and tried to correct the wrongs done by misinformation on astrology," explains Khurrana who will be continuing his show with the channel. "Since the response has been overwhelming I am keen to incorporate new aspects on the show like palmistry and influence of moles on the body," he adds. For someone who has authored 20 books on various aspects of astrology, Khurrana's latest is titled Essence of Numerology. "It should be on the shelves in 15 days," says Khurrana. Speaking of days and time, how does he see the year ahead. "More than the year 2008, the next year will be very prosperous for India. It will be a great year for professionals," mentions Khurrana who rubbishes talks of the year 2011 being the year of destruction. "It's completely baseless and I am upset that news channels are playing up such stories to boost TRPs," sums up the astrologer.
GOING by television standards, 300 episodes is a long time, specially when it's a once-a-week af¬fair. Known for his forthright views and predic¬
tions, city-based astrologer P Khurrana is in a celebratory mood having completed 300 episodes with his show on Zee Punjabi called Sitarre Ki Kehnde Ne. Having scripted and anchored the show himself, Pandit Khurrana admits to being inundated with questions that pertain to career problems, love issues and marriage. ''Another area that sees viewers write in is to seek help regarding extra-marital affairs," mentions the astrologer who is rather miffed with the current trend of astrologers appearing on news chan¬nels spouting "sensational forecasts." "You know it's an unwritten rule in the world of astrology not to create any fear in the minds of people. I am a strong believer of des¬tiny and no astrologer can change that. All one can do is of-fer a way for doing better karma," says Khurrana, who is against youngsters being drawn into astrological ways. "I tlr ••• 't nr •• clict fnr children Instead weneed to R;ive moral
Special all the way
He knew it had to be special. So when it was time to celebrate, Pandit Khurrana didn't take long to decide the venue. "Whenever there's a . celebration, one thinks of God and goes to the temple. I see God in these children," remarked the well-known astrologer as he mipgled with a motley of students of Vatika High School for the Deaf and Dumb in Sector 19. The celebratory "party" complete with music, gifts and J aspal Bhatti in attendance dance was on the occasion ofKhurrana's astrologybased show Sitare Kehnde Ne completing 100 episodes on Alpha TV (Punjabi).
"It's our golden jubilee show and while we have already recorded the first two segments. The last segment would be shot with these children," added Khurana as he went on to distribute gifts. Interestingly, on the 100th episode the astrologer has highlighted nurneroligically why is the number 100 significant for celebrations. Whatever be the intricacies, for the students of the school it was a special day as they sat in neat rows and saw the day's proceedings, some even took to the dance floor along with Bhatti. Also present on the occasion was film maker Vijay Thndon along with the teachers of the school. The golden jubilee programme would be telecast on August 29 (Sunday) at 8:30 am with a repeat on the same day at 9pm.
In celebration of special life
It was no less than paying a visit to a shrine for City- based astrologer P Khur- rana, who visited Vatika, school for the deaf and dumb, Sector 19, on Wednesday, to celebrate the completion of 100 episodes of his programme Sitare Ki Kehnde Ne on Alpha Punjabi. Also present on this IIoccasion were ace satirist and comedy king Jaspal Bhatti and scriptwriter Vi jay Tandon The best way that P Khurrana could think of, to celebrate the golden jubilee of his programme was in the company of these kids, "For me, these kids are the mirror of God and the Almighty rests in the heart of these innocent too. kids." Later, Khurrana shot some scenes of his serial with the kids, which will
be telecasted this Sunday. Khurrana also distributed sweets and gifts to kids and both Bhatti and he got pictures clicked with kids and danced with them