"Stars don't fall out of the sky" - is a very interesting statement. It is actually quite literally true for film stars. We do not quite know exactly when celebrities from entertainment or other fields came to be called 'stars'. What is known is that, stars are actually made here on earth with effort and with luck.Stardom has mysteries. It is hard to exactly define what makes or breaks a star. Stardom has its downsides too. Stars seem to have enviable lives with beauty, fame, charm, money and, adulation galore. Indeed, there is "no business like show business!" However, behind the glitz, the glamour, the beauty, the money, the popularity, the fame and the reverence, there are many stories: a few told and some untold.It has been rumoured and, the insiders do know for a fact, that after the camera lights switch off; stories of inner turmoil emerge, just as may happen with any other human being. Behind the makeup, the happiness, and the smiles, pizzazz and the allure, there is an arduous pursuit of inner peace, happiness and love: from family, friends and loved ones.There are stories of battles: some won, some lost and there are cherished moments, broken promises and, emotional scars.Sometimes, there are many unanswered questions and unsolved mysteries. In that glamorous world too, there are people with different personalities, shades, colours and ways. It is a demanding world, one where its inhabitants bear a constant pressure to live up to the external expectations, up to the image created in the minds of the audience, loved ones and up to one's own gigantic expectations, as well.Often, it is near impossible to find genuine friends in such a world, a world that is often shallow and where fortunes change fast and tables turn almost every day.Nothing seems to last forever in life and similarly, a day comes when the glamour ceases to exist as it once did. A time comes to bow out gracefully.However, not every one could learn and master the art of living without glitz and glamour; ageing and continuing with life, happily. Moreover, if the individual and collective decisions are not sound enough, the aftermaths can haunt the future. The later stage of life, when the adulation slowly fades away, can become a heavy burden. Sometimes, just a split second difference, owed to some negligence, can lead to misfortune and unfortunately, change lives for the worse and leave a trail littered with tortuous regrets.Good mental health is a must for stable inter-personal relationships, but not everyone is so blessed. The going is hard for the fainthearted, the weak-kneed, and those who are not emotionally strong enough. If it doesn't shine bright enough, the career is not considered good enough by the ones with great expectations. There are indeed many intricacies involved.So, here are a few tales of 'stars and aspiring-stars' and the people surrounding them; stories traced from the vintage days of the Pictures, to the present times. The stories span from India to Hollywood, New York and the Pacific islands.The cultures merge across the global divide, but as we shall see, the human psyche and spirit, know no boundaries!