Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover’s Fairytale Wedding: Here are the best moments

Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover's fairytale wedding

Bipasha Basu tied the knot with Karan Singh Grover at a very private ceremony in Mumbai on 30 April. With a total of three ceremonies, a mehendi, the wedding and a reception, the happy couple hosted the who’s who of the film industry.

The festivities started with a mehendi ceremony in on last Friday, in a suburban lounge. This was followed by a traditional bengali wedding, where much to the dismay of the bride, the moment of the evening was Karan Singh Grover arriving to the mandap in a Segway.

Bipasha Basu, Karan Singh Grover's fairytale wedding

It was a starry affair at Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover’s wedding reception, which saw the who’s who of tinsel town gracing the event. The reception was attended by Bollywood A-listers like Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. The reception, held at St. Regis hotel in south Mumbai, was also attended by other celebrities like Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Malaika Arora, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh, Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor among others.

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Salman Ahmad: Some day in the future, we might make a film on Junoon

Salman Ahmad

This being your Bollywood debut as an artiste, how did the transition come to be?

Everything in my life happened because there was a whisper in my heart. I trained to be a doctor, but I followed my heart in wanting to be an artiste. Vivek Kumar, Rhythm’s director, read the film’s synopsis to me. What I loved about the story was two things: the story follows a group of friends, pursuing their careers, but equally passionate about performing. Rinil Routh’s character, Avantika, aspires to take on performing like me after she watches me at a concert in the film. The same happened in my life. I attended a concert of Jimmy Page, and seeing him, aspired to be like him. The film’s message of following one’s heart won me over.

You also make a cameo appearance in the film. How was the experience of shooting for it different from shooting for music videos?

Shooting for the two songs were similar to how we shoot for our music. But the part where I play Avantika’s mentor was challenging, as I had to get into character. However, it all fell in place after a few takes

Your hit single with Junoon, ‘Sayonee,’ created wonders with audiences. Are any of Rhythm’s songs expected to receive similar status?

I think the song ‘Yaaron’ that I did with Sunidhi Chauhan is a powerful song. Also ‘Kaise Bolu’ is equally nice. They are modern but possess the Sufi touch.

This year being Junoon’s 25th anniversary, can we expect the band to have its own film soon?

I think so. I really enjoyed working with Vivek. So I think this might just be the next step for me.

‘Baywatch’ role was initially written for a man’ – Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra

Baywatch’ antagonist was initially set to be a man but the makers decided to change the gender of the character after meeting Priyanka Chopra.

Priyanka Chopra Baywatch

The Bollywood star will make her Hollywood movie debut as villainous Victoria Deeds in the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson-starrer. Priyanka is excited to play a negative character in the Hollywood project, a reboot of the hit ’90s show of the same name. “It is so much fun to play a negative character because you have the liberty to go out of your comfort zone and do anything. Victoria is a very mean character,” Priyanka told PTI in an interview over phone from Montreal, Canada. “It (the role) was initially written for a man and they were talking to me for another part. But after the director met me, they thought I would be better as a villain and then they changed the character to be a female,” said the actress.
The star, whose earlier negative roles were in Bollywood movies ‘Aitraaz’ and ‘7 Khoon Maaf’, will be seen taking on the Rock and his squad in the Seth Gordon-directed film. “It was really exciting that they changed the role for me. You have to be a very strong character to take on ‘The Rock’ and entire lifeguard squad. They will be six whereas I am alone. It looked very cool to me,” she said.

Priyanka Chopra

The actress already made her successful international debut last year with American TV show ‘Quantico’, whose second season she is currently shooting. Priyanka, 33, will be next seen on the big screen in the role of a tough cop in Prakash Jha’s ‘Jai Gangaajal’, which releases on March 4.

A Harvard Psychiatrist Says 3 Things are the Secret to Real Happiness

Marriage

Happiness is one of the most important things in life, yet it’s also one of the hardest to study.

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Waldinger described some of the secrets to happiness revealed by the study in a recent TED talk.

The study followed two cohorts of white men for 75 years, starting in 1938:

268 Harvard sophomores as part of the “Grant Study” led by Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant

456 12- to 16-year-old boys who grew up in inner-city Boston as part of the “Glueck Study” led by Harvard Law School professor Sheldon Glueck

The researchers surveyed the men about their lives (including the quality of their marriages, job satisfaction, and social activities) every two years and monitored their physical health (including chest X-rays, blood tests, urine tests, and echo-cardiograms) every five years.

They came away with one major finding: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.

In his TED Talk, Waldinger pointed out three key lessons about happiness:

1. Close relationships:

The men in both groups of the Harvard study who reported being closer to their family, friends, or community tended to be happier and healthier than their less social counterparts. They also tended to live longer. By comparison, people who said they were lonelier reported feeling less happy. They also had worse physical and mental health, as defined above.

A 2014 review of dozens of studies published in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass suggests that loneliness can get in the way of mental functioning, sleep, and well-being, which in turn increases the risk of illness and death.

2. Quality (not quantity) of relationships:

It’s not just being in a relationship that matters. Married couples who said they argued constantly and had low affection for one another (which study authors defined as “high-conflict marriages”) were actually less happy than people who weren’t married at all, the Harvard study found.

However, the effect of relationship quality seems to depend somewhat on age. A 2015 study published in the journal Psychology and Aging that followed people for 30 years found that the number of relationships people had was, in fact, more important for people in their 20s, but the quality of relationships had a bigger effect on social and psychological well being when people were in their 30s.

3. Stable, supportive marriages:

Being socially connected to others isn’t just good for our physical health. It also helps stave off mental decline. People who were married without having divorced, separating, or having “serious problems” until age 50 performed better on memory tests later in life than those who weren’t, the Harvard study found.

And other research backs this up. A 2013 study in the journal PLOS ONE found that marriage, among other factors, was linked to a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

All of this suggests that strong relationships are critical to our health.

Society places a lot of emphasis on wealth and “leaning in” to our work, Waldinger said. “But over and over, over these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community.”

Millions die from air pollution, mainly in China, India

Traffic air pollution

Air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people around the world each year, with over half of those deaths occurring in fast-growing China and India, researchers said Friday. And the number of premature deaths will continue to climb in the years ahead unless more aggressive measures against pollution are adopted, scientists warned the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in the US capital.

“Air pollution is the fourth highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health in Vancouver, Canada.

Air pollution ranks behind high blood pressure, diet and smoking as the fourth greatest risk factor for fatalities worldwide, according to the Global Burden of Disease study, done by the Institute for Health Metrics.

“Reducing air pollution is an incredibly efficient way to improve the health of a population,” said Brauer.
China and India account for 55 percent of yearly global deaths from air pollution. Some 1.6 million people died of air pollution in China in 2013, while India saw 1.4 million deaths. In China, burning coal is the biggest contributor to poor air quality — and pollution from coal was found to have caused 366,000 deaths in 2013, said Qiao Ma, a PhD student at the School of Environment at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

She projected that air pollution will cause anywhere from 990,000 to 1.3 million premature deaths in 2030 unless more ambitious targets are introduced.

“Our study highlights the urgent need for even more aggressive strategies to reduce emissions from coal and from other sectors,” said Ma.

In India, the main culprit was burning wood, dung and biomass for cooking and heating. “India needs a three-pronged mitigation approach to address industrial coal burning, open burning for agriculture, and household air pollution sources,” said Chandra Venkataraman, professor of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, in Mumbai, India.
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines, pollution should be restricted to a daily particulate matter of 25 micrograms per cubic meter.In February, Beijing and New Delhi typically see daily levels at or above 300 micrograms per cubic meter – or 1,200 percent higher than WHO guidelines, researchers said. More than 85 percent of the global population lives in areas where the World Health Organization Air Quality Guideline is exceeded.

Rehan Siddiqi

Rehan Siddiqi is a successful business owner, concert producer and radio station personality and operator with more than 20 years experience in the music and radio industry.

Rehan Siddiqi has produced over 250 successful events with many of South Asia and Bollywood’s biggest stars such as Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Sonu Nigam, Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Saif Ali Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Priti Zinta, Akshay Kumar, Adnan Sami, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghosal, Kailash Kher, Anu Malik, Umer Shareef, Shazad Roy, Hadiqa Kiyani, Jawed Ahmed, Sukwinder Singh, Shazia Manzoor, Fariha Perwaiz, Amanat Ali, Ali Zafar, Atif Aslam, Himesh Reshamiya and many more.

Besides being at the realm of the entertainment world, Rehan Siddiqui involves himself in charitable activities like sponsoring community events, seminars and workshops on topics like immigration, health and taxes. He has volunteered hundreds of radio hours as well as financial contributions to many non-profit and community organizations.

Natasha

Yes, I am that girl with the British accent!!!! Born and Raised in London but now fully committed to the Houstonian way of life, My first media opportunity was given to me back in London and that is where my passion grew and took shape, ranging from T.V Shows, radio shows, Documentaries, Producing music videos, Compiling hourly news Bulletins, believe you me, when I say I have done it all….!! But I also on a daily basis count my blessings and fully understand that this is not my doing but a gift from above.
I would also like to take this opportunity to share my disapproval of Aloo and Gajar Salan, I mean why would anyone eat that? What a complete waste of time!! It really is not necessary!!! Ladies (mom) please stop serving us such slop!!! Thanks! Listen to my show from 1pm to 3pm weekday! Between the Bollywood hits, I will always try and squeeze in Cricket Updates, as like most desi’s I LOVE CRICKET!! Music wise, I like to think that I don’t limit myself to just one genre, so you can expect the latest and greatest hits- from the world of Bollywood, Bhangra and Qawali’s ( in the legends- i am a big fan of Kishore Kumar Ji)

Arif

Arif Memon, like most Scorpios, is a very outgoing person that is always there to help others. He you become friends with Arif you have a friend for life that is loyal always there for you no matter what. That is why during his show he asks – MUJSE DOSTI KAROGE

He feels that being a RJ is like being a friend to thousands of listeners and expressing his thoughts and knowledge about Bollywood and its music since he has been a part of it for over 20 years.

Accha Khana and Accha Ganaa (Good Food and Good Music) are his weaknesses. But he is quick to say that he has a low tolerance for music that has been remixed. He often laughs when he says “it is like the music is being murdered.” But sometimes he likes to take it with a pinch of salt.

You can listen to Arif Memon two times a day. First is in the Mornings from Tuesday to Friday – 10am to 12noon – WOH JAB YAAD AAYE (completing 6 years on Jan 4th 2016)

This show features all the golden hits of yesteryear’s and it stops at 1980. He also plays some clippings and does special programs on days when a celebrity has his/her birthday or death anniversary. Talking less and featuring more music is the motto of his show.

His second show was started about a month ago when the station moved to FM and is from Mon – Friday from 9pm to 11pm and is called – RAAT KA HUMSAFAR AAP KA DOST ARIF. This show has varied programs during the week, Monday, Tuesday and variety of songs, Wednesday is the day for Ghazals and Qawwali’s (GULDASTA), Thursday is the day when we have one word and then songs featuring that word – (SHABD EK AUR GAANE ANEK) and finally on Friday night is TAPORI NIGHT full of dhamaal songs and music so that people can start enjoying the weekend. So the Listener can expect a different program every day.

Syed Ali

Politics is not my life. I have a career in radio and another while I am on stage. So I am being myself and try to keep everyone around me with a huge smile on their faces. I believe art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate, so any artist can be inspirational. Love being on mic no matter where I am. Doing that since good few years now and loving every moment of what I do.

About my show: For me a good friend is everything and you can almost find every relation in a good friend. My session called YAARIYAN is based on that statement, which goes live every Saturday Night from 8 Onwards. You can expect anything from social topics to good chill out times, from Romantic tracks that blends good with the Shayari , from Rock to Techno.

Shruthi

Shruthi is an actress/dancer/model and a creative person who believes in the motto “Be yourself & believe in yourself.” She loves entertaining and what better way than to play music that touches ones heart and soul. As a bonus she gets to listen and play music that she loves. Shruthi likes soaking in turquoise beaches, but she does not care for heights. You can unwind on Sunday evenings with Shruthi from 8-10 pm with soulful/soothing music that touches your heart and soul. Her show’s name is Sunday Evenings with Shruthi. Song selections include old/new ect ect – Soulful/soothing music. Mostly new and some old as well (not very old though).