Yo! Vizag August Issue
Vizag's First Trendy City Magazine
Editor � Shilpanjani Dantu Feature Writers � Uma � Siva Prasad Dantu � Ranita Ray � Pankhoori Sinha � Karishma Krishnan Contributors Y.V Sanyasi Row Creative Design � Prasanna � Vishnu Dantu Photography � D. Sridhar - VSP � G. Vara Prasad - Vsp � Chowdary - Hyd Editorial & Marketing Office DSA Media Publications 3 & 4, II Floor Annapurna Complex Peda Waltair Visakhapatnam 530017 Phone No: 0891-2508150 firstname.lastname@example.org Published, Printed & Owned by Shilpanjani on behalf of DSA Media Publications Printed at : Satyam offset imprints Dwarakanagar, Visakhapatnam. 10 Charming Charmme Charmme essays roles in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam with true professional ease even picking up awards and critical acclaim for her roles. The Yo! Vizag team caught up with her in a exclusive interview when she was in Vizag. --------------------------------14 18 Events Eminent Vizagite Born and brought up in Visakhapatnam, Sri Rama Rao is today a retired man in his mideighties. In 1972 in order to provide more seats for graduate-hopefuls he was instrumental in starting the BVK College in Vizag, where he was the founding and acting principal till 1983, when he retired at the age of 58. --------------------------------19 20 Indian Trivia Voice of Vizag Are we celebrating independence this year by granting freedom of expression to the gay population? --------------------------------22 Krishna Temple The two decade old Krishna temple in Lawson's Bay Colony, near the Post Office is a perfect setting for participating in the Krishnastami festivities commencing from the 1st August and concluding on 15th August. --------------------------------23 Eco - Ganesha In order to stem the menace of these toxic substances, people celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi we urge everyone to go green.Make your Ganesh Chaturdhi a green one ----------------------------------------------------------------24 Greening the Environs! Featuring a prominent garden cum nursery amongst the city's garden centres is Chandana Mohana Rao Nursery Gardens on the National Highway near Kommadi. --------------------------------28 The Musical Whiz Kid! A precocious 13 year old,has over 200 accolades from five different states...Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Meet Vizag city's child wonder R Ajeeth who following the footsteps of his inspiration the A R Rehaman spinning magic in the orb of music. --------------------------------29 Stealth Lost Post independence, the Indian soldiers of tri-forces strive hard and lay down their lives to retain our cherished state of autonomy. But as the years pass, we free Indians forget to respect the sentinels of our freedom, well, this is an Cover Page Charmme Vol - II | Issue - 1 | 68 Pages August - 2009 SOS call to awaken our spirit of patriotism. ----------------------------------------------------------------- 26 Made in Vizag Nagendra Karri 'Where are you Sophia', a 96-minute psychological thriller by Vizag-born, US-based filmmaker Nagendra Karri will be released in September. Our young reporter, Karishma caught up with the 26-year old producer-cum-directorcum scriptwriter. 32 IIAM: Pioneers in Management Education 54 Gaming, Reel or Real! While once only imagination inspired computer games, off late real life situations and political incidents provide ideas and scenarios for games. --------------------------------33 34 Subscription Cover Story Hiking In The Himalayas --------------------------------40 46 Party Nights Drink Decorum for Drinking Divas While its roots might be traditional, mehendi is one body-art form which has enamoured the young and old, the fashion conscious and the traditionalists alike. --------------------------------48 50 Tummidi Brothers Under The Friendship's Umbrella August 6th is friendship day, a day to revere and nourish friendships. Small actions can boomerang serious reactions. To avoid a potential disaster, check out the tips from the Yo! team to nurture and maintain this fragile yet incalculably steadfast prized bond. --------------------------------51 52 Unlocking the Macho Locks Raksha bandhan - the virtual way Brothers and sisters in a bid to balance their hectic lifestyles and age-old traditions are increasingly resorting to celebrating the joyous festival of raksha bandhan the virtual way! --------------------------------53 Prayer Pill From a primeval religious practice to a n a l t e r n a t e r e m e d y, s i m p l e y e t powerful practice like Prayer has turned out to be a panacea of modern men worries, stretching its application as Prayer Therapy. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Yo team got the remarkably talented chef, Sri Saratchandra Banerji of The Gateway Hotel to share his culinary expertise laced with the spirit of patriotism. 41 Jai Ho! --------------------------------55 56 57 58 59 60 63 Tech Vibes Movie Review Music & Book Review Astro Predictions - August 2009 Check List Discover Vizag Hello... Hello... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 30 Heritage Car Fast and furious cars you may have seen aplenty, but there is a grand old carriage doing the rounds of Vizag. A living icon of Independent India. 44 Delightful Drinks To spice up your next social-do with these cool lively cocktails and mocktails,of owning this superlative bike. Dear Readers, This Independence Day, we have a special occasion to cheer about, its India's achievement in defence technology. India joins the elite club of nations which have the technological capability to build and operate nuclear propelled submarines with the launch of Arihant, India's first indigenously built nuclear propelled strategic submarine. And Vizag had a major role to play in this historic national moment; the sub was launched from our shores. Vizag has had another momentous occasion recently when the CM was in town for the inauguration of the Gangavaram Port. Well, it was nice to see two major happenings of national significance in our small but strategically significant city. Going with the spirit of independence, thanks to the executive chef of The Gateway Hotel, this month the food section carries the colours and flavours of independence... the recipes are all tinted with essence of the national spirit; presenting a medley of independence day specials! If everything was hunky-dory the last month, the weather was playing spoilsport. The month of July began nice and cool with showers, but the rest of the month was as sultry and hot as ever. But positive that the rains will definitely pour, we have a nursery special. Just a visit to the CMR gardens near Madhurwada is inspiring enough to encourage one to try gardening. Happily escaping the July heat were the 22 brave lasses from Vizag who trekked the cool yet treacherous climes of the Himalayas with scant regard to their age. What were truly inspiring were they confidence, willpower and grit, read all about them within. In our Hot Wheels section, we feature this time a vintage car... a heritage Ford which reached the shores of India pre-independence. Strolling along the beach road, we caught up with this unique car as it came puttering along. And speaking of the beach road, we have also featured one of Vizag's familiar landmarks, the neglected hull of the submarine Kalvari. Ever since the grand Kursura has garnered everyone's attention on the beach, the Kalvari has been forgotten. And as true Vizagites, we the YO team intend to bring back to the limelight every forgotten piece and titbit of Vizag's past and present. So keep writing in, we look forward for your mails, feedback and even brickbats! Shilpanjani Dantu Editor & Publisher email@example.com Whoah, Vizag is Really changing!!!!. Being a Vizagite & having spent my childhood, Yo! Vizag has come a long way. Cheers & Keep the Vizag flag Flying high!!! :-) Anu Saxena Well well... A Really HOT mag.......!!! Our good old Vizag is really getting hep......!!! Pooja Bhatnagar (Mails edited in view of space constraints) 10 Yo Vizag � August'09 India is truly a cultural and linguistic synthesis... though born as a Punjabi, in Mumbai (Vasai) she essays roles in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam with true professional ease even picking up awards and critical acclaim for her roles. Talented enough to be appreciated for her rendering of the Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi dances in her recent film, Pournami, though she did not learn Indian classical dances, this young actress has a lot in store for her. Presenting, Charmy Kaur, preferably known as Charmme, the femme fatale who has already been paired opposite big names in the industry since her entry into Telugu filmdom such as Simbu, Venkatesh, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Prabhas, Siddarth, Ravi Teja, Sumanth, Nitin, and Jr. NTR. Her first Telugu flick, 'Nee Thodu Kaavali' opposite Deepak, released in March 2002, might not have set the critics raving, but it sure perked the interest of other producers and directors. The Yo! Vizag team caught up with her when she was in Vizag as a chief guest for an exclusive show. True to her sun sign, Taurus, (May 17th), Charmme never gives up. She works hard and achieves perfection in whatever role she attempts. Be it learning intricate dance steps of the Bharat Natyam or portraying the role of a housewife, she depicts her character with passion. After her first movie in Telugu, she forayed into the Tamil film scene with 'Kadal Azhavatillai' opposite Silambarasan and a few other Tamil and Malayalam movies. After a break, she returned to the Telugu audiences with 'Sri Anjaneyam' directed by ace director Krishna Vamsi, following which she acted in 'Chanti' opposite Raviteja. Her next movie, 'Gowri' where she was cast against Sumanth set the cash registers ringing, followed by the stupendous success of 'Mass' with Nagarjuna. Even the Prabhas starrer 'Chakram' was well received by the box office. Her portrayal of Sahasra in the heroine-centric thriller 'Anukokunda Oka Roju' got her critical acclaim and Santosham Best Actress Award. This was followed by a chain of successes like 'Lakshmi', 'Chinnodu' and 'Rakhi' (with NTR). Her next blockbuster too was a heroine oriented film, 'Mantra', for which she picked up her first Nandi Award for the Best Actress 2007. Her latest was a Telugu flick, 'Kavya's Diary' in which she brilliantly plays a vengeful woman who goes ballistic at the loss of her husband. Having made her mark in south India, especially in Telugu movies, Charmme is now very particular about the roles she chooses. Off late she is gearing up for a totally new look in her next film. The highly sought after heroine prefers a quiet evening with friends instead of a pub or club. And when off camera, she prefers to lounge in comfy loose clothes; body-hugging fashions are just not her style. Having been to Vizag off and on, Charmme is particularly fond of the beach here. 14 Yo Vizag � August'09 Driving For Peace and Harmony Dilpreet Singh Bindra, the director of catering sales at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, combined his passion for driving with humanity for a mission. He travelled across the length and breadth of the country to urge people to stand against terror. Along the way, he made stops at the 60 Taj hotels in 42 locations, collecting messages and good wishes from all the employees to Karambir Kang and the staff of Taj at Mumbai. In the aftermath of the tragedy of 26/11, the media was full of instances of exemplary courage, sacrifice and extraordinary hospitability shown by the staff of Taj. Karambir Kang, the general manager of Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai faced the additional pain of a personal tragedy when he lost his family as well in the barbarous attack. As a token of respect and in an effort to commemorate these heroes who valiantly held the terrorists at bay and went so far beyond the call of duty, Dilpreet Singh Bindra an employee of Taj himself had taken up this unique initiative. His journey started on June 20 from Delhi and he covered Rajasthan, UP, interiors of MP, West Bengal and Orissa before coming to Vizag on Saturday, the 4th. From here, he moved further down south to finally terminate his 12,000 km journey in Mumbai on July 23. His car, a white Ford Fusion covered with slogans, messages of peace, an Indian map with his route marked and the Taj logo attracted a lot of attention and positive interest. The details of his every stop and interesting bits of the journey are described in his blog, www.oneindiaonetaj.blogspot.com Telugu Association of North Texas The Telugu Association of North Texas organised a Sahithya Samelanam in Dallas on July 11. Notable was the fact that quite a few dignitaries and participants from Vizag were guests for the occasion. Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Smt Ramya Janapareddy, Shrimati Kalyani Sidharth, Sri Gullapudi Maruthi rao and Mahesh from Vizag participated. Other guests included Suddala Asoka Teja, Sri Gorati Venkanna, Sri Akkiraju Sundara Ramakrishna, Sri Sirivennala Sitarama Sastry, Sri Medasani Mohan, Sri Andhe Sri, Sri Vasireddy Naveen, Smt. Saroja Sri Sri (wife of poet Sri Sri). There were musical and dance programmes organised. The event was covered by Gemini TV. Hockey The inaugural ceremony of the ninth AP sub-junior girl's Hockey Championship in Visakhapatnam was held on July 16 at the Alwar Das stadium in MVP Colony. The newly-formed Vizag District Women's Hockey Association conducted the championship. The matches were held at the Alwar Das stadium and the DLB grounds at Salagrampuram. The DIG of Police (Visakha Range) Soumya Misra inaugurated the meet while former Mayor Rajana Ramani was a special invitee. President of the district association and vice-president of AP Women's Hockey Association Jeeja valsaraj, vice-president Vijay Ravindra, Swati and A. Srinivas, patron K.V. Krishna Kumar, secretary L.R. Joseph Dass, coach June Gallyot, DSDO N. Surya Rao and others were present. Though the meet was held here for the first time, the highest number of participating teams, 15 in all competed. The finals were held on July 19. 15 Heritage On Wednesday, July 29, the heritage clubs of 15 city schools affiliated to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) participated in a competition on various themes. Five schools showcased their presentations at Hawamahal in Vizag, including Delhi Public SchoolUkkunagaram, Jassver English Medium School, Navy Children's School, Timpany School-Pedagantyada and Visakha Valley School. Visakha Valley gave a power point presentation on traditions of Andhra. Students from Timpany showcased the campaign that they ran on water management. NCS students presented their campaign that the club ran on marine life preservation. Dances were presented by DPS (depicting various historical periods and Jassver (folk life of Andhra). The Convenor of INTACH-Vizag Chapter Ranee Sharma presided. Yo Vizag � August'09 16 Yo Vizag � August'09 Dakshina Natakotsav Photos courtesy Akhilsahiti Vizagites were treated to a rich and varied fare of theatre art by the National School of Drama (NSD), Bangalore centre, which organized the Dakshina Natakotsav, from July 5 to10 at the Kalabharathi auditorium. The Six Best Indian Play Productions in four southern languages, Mayabazar and Kabir Das in Telugu, Gokul Nirgamana in Kannada, Kuthirai Muttai in Tamil and Pravaachaka and Karnabharanam in Malayalam were staged. The packed audience watched the six brilliantly executed plays with rapt attention. The rich costumes, incredible stage effects and dazzling flawless performances left the audience astounded and hungering for more. The plays executed included 'Mayabazar', 'Gokul Nirgamana' and 'Karnabharanam' from the epics; 'Kuthirai Muttai' (Horse's egg) based on a hilarious social theme, 'Pravachaka' was based on a Greek mythology and 'Kabir Das' was the story of an ardent devotee of Rama. The Surabhi troupe from Andhra Pradesh mesmerised one and all with the astounding sets in 'Mayabazar'. Special effects such as the fire spewing mace getting defused by the water showering arrow left the audience bowled over. 'Gokula Nirgamana', depicting the platonic love of Gopala (Krishna) and Gopikas and Gopakas, was pleasurable and tastefully exhibited on-stage. 'Kuthurai Muttai', a hilarious Tamil play had striking similarities with a number of episodes of 'Parasmaanandayya Sishulu' in Telugu. The only difference is, unlike in the Telugu version in which the Guru is a scholar, here, the Guru is as foolish as the sishyas are. The Malayalam play 'Pravachaka', an allwomen play dealt with women empowerment. It was staged by the only women theatre group in Kerala, Nereeksha. Horlicks Wizkids-2009 The city finals of the Horlicks Wizkids-2009, sixth edition was held at Kalavani Port Auditorium on July 25. Melonika Mahapatro (Std. VII) of De Paul School and Sayantan (Std. IX) of Etasi Timpany School were the finalists to represent the city Visakhapatnam in the national finals to be held in Bangalore in November this year. 4,500 students from 45 schools in and around the city participated in the city finals. There were 20 different sections for the competitors to participate in like dance, music, quiz, mehendi, story-writing, literature, singing, writing, speaking, creativity, talent, art and designing. Acclaimed as India's largest inter-school literary and cultural fiesta the contests are designed to bring out the latent talent among the children. More than two lakh students from over 1,350 schools across 21 Indian cities and three countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal will participate in Horlicks Wizkids-2009 South Asia finals. Yo Vizag � August'09 - Uma 18 9th August 1942, the Quit India movement launched by Gandhi was slowly sweeping across the country. Non-cooperation, 'do or die', karo ya maro' were the catchphrases all around. The British were up in arms, prepared to squash any revolt or signs of indiscipline. And though the movement was stronger in northern India, there were incidents of arson and retaliation in a few pockets down south too. One particular incident, comparatively minor from the national point of view, but highly inspirational to all the students who witnessed it; was in Guntur, at the Guntur Hindu College and High School. Enthused by the clarion call of Gandhiji to oppose the British, a few students loitering outside the college gate threw stones at the British High School superintendent's car as it drove past. Enraged, the superintendent sent back the Circle Inspector to arrest the boys in question. When the CI came to the college, the principal, Sri Rama Chandra Rao, was in the midst of an English class. Refusing to discuss any matter in class or in front of the students, he acquiesced to talk with the CI in the college office. There, the CI brought up the stone-throwing incident and asked for all the college boys to be lined up so that the police men accompanying the Superintendent could identify the boys who threw the stones. Sri Pilla Ramarao Unruffled, the principal calmly asked for a warrant authorising this action... the CI left to return with the same almost an hour later. But by then, the principal had already sent off all the students through the rear entrance, declaring the college closed till further notice! The college reopened 20 days later. Noteworthy here is that not only did the principal with his quick thinking spare the boys of any repercussions; he also motivated all of them to stand for their rights. One amongst those students was Sri Pilla Rama Rao, a Vizagite studying in the first year intermediate there. Born and brought up in Visakhapatnam, Sri Rama Rao is today a retired man in his mid-eighties. He completed his intermediate and pursued his BSc (Physics) in MR College, Vizianagaram (194446) and his MSc in Andhra University (1956). In 1946 he joined as a Physics demonstrator in AVN College and continued there as a lecturer till 1972. A strong crusader for the ethos and ethics of the Hindu culture, he along with a few likeminded educationists founded the Bhartiya Vidya Kendram Education Society. This society was committed to shaping young India according to the Indian culture and traditions. In 1972 in order to provide more seats for graduate-hopefuls he was instrumental in starting the BVK College in Vizag, where he was the founding and acting principal till 1983, when he retired at the age of 58. BVK institutions were established at several places from Srikakulam to West Godavari and at present 29 schools, two junior colleges, two degrees colleges and one post-graduate college along with a dance school Nritya Bharati are being run. After his SSLC, he joined the RSS and till date he is an active member of the organisation. The ideal of the organisation in his own words is to 'Prepare people and inculcate within them the spirit of independence and to try to help people in various aspects and social activities'. Along with as many as 10,000 RSS members, he too was arrested and imprisoned in the Vellore Jail in Tamil Nadu for two months following the assignation of Gandhiji. The second time he faced imprisonment was during the emergency. 26 June 1975, under MISA Act, Smt Indira Gandhi declared an Emergency in India, when leaders like Jaiprakash Narayan and others were arrested. Sri Ramarao spent 18 months in Vizag jail. Catch him relaxed and ask him about his past, the erstwhile crusader has many incidents to relate. He recalls the days when he and his friends approached freedom fighters like Sri Tenneti Viswanath, Konda Venkatappaiah, Ummava Lakshmi Narayan. He speaks of the days where he and his friends made and distributed pamphlets on the sly urging people to stand up against the British. Each pamphlet was stencilled, as printing presses were not as easily accessible to the revolutionaries back then. He also recalls the days when following a Japanese bomb scare in 1942, in Vizag, all the residents and institutions were shifted out. The Andhra University was then converted into a war-zone hospital and the college was shifted to Guntur. Apart from being the founder-member of the Bharatiya Vidya Kendram, former principal of the BVK College, Chairman of the Vidwath Parishad of the State unit of Vidya Bharati, Sri Pilla Rama Rao also started the Vivekananda Medical Trust. He was an advisor and member of several educational boards like the Visakha Valley School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and the vice chairman of Vignan Vihar, a residential school for boys and girls at Gudilova near Vizag. He was elected the Senate Member from 1969-75, amongst the registered graduates of Andhra University. His dictum in life is the RSS ideology, according to which, 'The country, India, is our motherland. We are all children of this land and every Indian is my kith and kin. Every Indian should be treated with love and affection.' It is common knowledge that the number system was invented by India and Aryabhatta invented the digit zero. But so were the the' place value system' and the 'decimal system' developed in 100 BC in India. The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, which was long before the European mathematicians. ----------------------------------------------------Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also originated from India. Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C., during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Tera: 10*12(10 to the power of 12). ----------------------------------------------------Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. His calculations was - Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (in the 5th century) 365.258756484 days. ----------------------------------------------------The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education. ----------------------------------------------------The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara (peak) is made from a single ' 80-tonne ' piece of granite. Also, this magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola ----------------------------------------------------The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e. good deeds take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births. ----------------------------------------------------The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level. The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people! 20 Yo Vizag � August'09 In response to the petition filed by the NAZ Foundation, the Delhi High Court ruled that homosexual sex between consenting adults is not a criminal act, overturning a 149-year-old British colonial law which described a same-sex relationship as an 'unnatural offence'. Scrapping Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the court ruled that the law, outlawing homosexual acts was discriminatory and a 'violation of fundamental rights'. A large number of Indians, including gay rights activists, welcomed the ruling, with some hailing the judgement as a 'landmark verdict'. On the positive side, the ruling will help in HIV prevention; gay people can now visit doctors and talk about their problems openly, but many admit that the social stigma would still remain. The fact is that many people in India still regard homosexuality as illegitimate. In particular, Christian groups and Muslims organisations have expressed their reservations on the issue. While they have no comment on the issue of 'decriminalising homosexuality between consenting adults', the church and clerics of mosques have clearly stated that according to religion, such relations are not natural, ethical or moral. Well, with this question, we seem to have set off a debate, with some supporting the ruling and some vehemently against. 21 Uday Kiran: ooh shit! ---------------------------------Harish Idnani: aaah please... I am not interested in this topic... ---------------------------------Gouri Sasanka Dantu: Are the people in India understanding enough to accept the fact that someone might be gay in their family... forget expressing their views... ---------------------------------Ravikanth Challa: Very few people could digest the fact that 'gayism' got legalised...Even if someone is gay, they feel shy to put it forward as people in India really cannot take it so easily. We are stepping ahead of our tradition and culture which in my view point is not great! We need not copy each and every action from the west... Promoting these kinds of things gives rise to new thoughts in young people which again are not accepted by the family... Imagine a mother blessing her son for bringing another boy and introducing him as his soul partner! Gayatri Krishna: While there are no hard numbers to prove a trend, more openness to same-sex relations in the media is paving the way for men and women to break ties with heterosexuality. Legalising this could actually have serious effect ... comparable to a weapon of mass destruction........ ---------------------------------Gouri Sasanka Dantu: Weapon of mass destruction?? What happened to freedom of speech... if someone is gay they can say they are gay... can't they?? How can you discriminate... and if you do discriminate then isn't it the same as racism which apparently all Indians are against?!? You cannot deny someone their basic human rights. If you or I don't like it then we shouldn't talk to them but how can we say that people are not allowed to be gay in India?? Ravikanth Challa: Come on... I would say I like to rape and ask to get it legalised as I have freedom of speech... one should know their limits and boundaries. Not many are criticising gays in our country... its good we respect their choice but promoting this will pick up issues in families as young people always love to taste anything new.... ---------------------------------Gayatri Krishna: Freedom of expression is quite acceptable & there should be no behavioural discrimination also, definitely live and let live, but, legalising this or giving it an open social acceptance could have serious implications on marriage rules/rights etc, also an abnormal deviation of thoughts regarding the basic man-woman relations, is detrimental to society & mankind....... ---------------------------------Gouri Sasanka Dantu: D e v i a t i o n o f thoughts?? Deciding for young people... how can you regard it as a FREEDOM of speech when you are deciding for the young people whether they should be gay or not? Both of you are talking as if it is a choice... would you rather that a gay person suffer and act heterosexual and cause suffering not only to themselves but the person they are marrying also. And why do you treat being gay as a taboo?? There is nothing wrong with it... just cause someone does not want to be gay they cannot force others also not to be gay, assuming that wanting to be gay is a choice every person has. And what 'man - woman relations'... the same thing was said about love marriages twenty years ago... look where we are now. And who are we to decide which parts of western culture we should adopt and which we shouldn't... everyone has a brain of their own and they will choose for themselves. That in itself is again a human rights violation. Vijay Potnuru: Nobody can stop somebody's will... how much ever we try to curb through culture or law... there was a ban on liquor but everyone enjoyed boozing even during that period... there has been a ban so long about sexuality, though we all see eunuchs every day, and hear about gay couples... so what's the point in making and breaking rules... it all depends, only when a rule is implemented... which sadly rarely happens in our country. So it's purely left to the choice of each individual. I'm not against all this but not a supporter either. People say it will cause culture and health issues... aren't we already in a culture crisis and health crisis!? We have to focus first on educating the masses not literally, but intellectually so people understand what to do and what not to do. Only then it's a cause for celebration. And to hell with the people harping on human rights, who fight for saving hard core killers, rapists and murderers... we don't need to save them and turn them to saints... ---------------------------------Hussain Shaik: Indians are not new to changes in Society. From the Aryans to the Moghuls, English, Dutch, Spanish, every civilisation had an influence on our society. Having said that... Indian traditions and culture due to their strong roots have never been hindered until today. Homosexuality might be the biggest change till date. Generation Jones and Generation X... may not accept this. So it is up to Generation Y and Generation Z to vote on this. "Sex" was considered a taboo till this decade, now I think everyone talks about it and is not forbidden anymore. So it might take us one more decade to completely accept Homosexuality as a way of life for the few. So the question lies, as torch-bearers and guardians of our great culture and tradition to the next generation, do you think we should encourage this? Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 - Siva Prasad Dantu "Unintelligent men, who do not know Me perfectly, think that I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, was impersonal before and have now assumed this personality. Due to their small knowledge, they do not know My higher nature, which is imperishable and supreme." -Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.24 22 This verse from the sacred Bhagavad-Gita sums up who Lord Krishna is, in His own words. Lord Krishna is the most colourful and fascinating character of Hinduism. Every moment of His avatar is an expression of the inclusive dharma, love, music, philosophy and wisdom. He is variedly known as Jagannath, Parampurush, Govinda, Muralidhara, Sanatan, Ajay, Ananth, Hari, Sachidanand Vigraha, Vedvedayaya... As per the Hindu philosophy, "Krishnam vande Jagatgurum" and" Krishnarpanamastu" symbolise the recognition of the role of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Mahavishnu as the manifestation of the Supreme being Himself. He is the universal guru and guide and hence called Jagat Guru. He is the receiver of all our prayers whatever form we may choose to worship and hence all our prayers end with the words "Krishnarpanamastu" Lord Krishna's pranks as a child make every mother yearn for seeing the little Krishna in their own children. His miracles continue to enchant generation after generations of all ages and all backgrounds. The lilas of Krishna, with their expressions of personal love that transcend the boundaries of formal reverence, serve as a counterpoint to the actions of another avatar of Vishnu. Bhagawadgita, revered as the most important religious classics, is Lord Krishna's gift to the mankind to clear day to day confusions and moral dilemmas at both the micro and macro levels. It is truly the conscience guide and has been described by Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi "as a lighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire any man or woman to supreme accomplishment and enlightenment". He is also the central character in the Mahabharata guiding the mankind towards dharma. He is the musician par excellence who churned out divine felicitous melodies with flute. The Hare Krishna chant truly gives us ethereal experience and surely is the taraka mantra of Kaliyuga. The two decade old Krishna temple in Lawson's Bay Colony, near the Post Office is a perfect setting for participating in the Krishnastami festivities commencing from the 1st August and concluding on 15th August. Krishastami is on the 14th this month. This Krishna temple under the management of Sri Krishna Chaintanya Asramam impresses everybody. The commercial element is totally absent and there is no prescribed fee for any puja or seva performed. The temple is open from 5 am to 9.30 pm and the following are the important timings. Mangala-aarti Bhoga-aarati Sandhya-aarati : 5.00 am : 12.30 Noon : 6.30 pm The temple conducts "annadanam" regularly and on average 20 to 30 persons partake food on normal days and many more on festival occasions. On the Govardhana Puja day more than 3000 devotees are fed. Every day in the evenings there is "Parayana" and a large number of devotees make it to the temple to listen to the discourses as well as participate in the Bhajans. The main festivals besides Krishnaastami celebrated with great fervour and devotion include Polipurnima in the month of March, Rathothostavam in June, Govardhana Puja immediately next day after Deepavali, Ranganadha Kalyanam on the Bhogi Day and Dhanurmasa Pujas. The day to day management of the temple is under the supervision and guidance of Sridhardas Brahmachari, popularly known as Lakshmi Prabhu and you can reach him on telephone number 2250290 -Pankhoori Sinha 23 Every year, the nation celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with great pomp and show. The streets all across the country are dotted with puja pandals housing idols of Lord Ganesha. As the festival progresses, the din of mantras invoking the God of Good Luck grows louder. It hits a crescendo after which the festival comes to an end with the ritual of immersing the idol in water. In all the festival revelry, we usually tend to forget one aspect of the festival - the water pollution caused by the immersion of these idols. The idols earlier used to be made out of clay. Clay would dissolve in water easily. Soon, however, idol manufacturers hit upon an even cheaper material to prepare these idols. This material was Plaster of Paris (POP). While inexpensive and light-weight, idols made out of POP cause maximum damage to the water body they are immersed in. Plaster of Paris contains chemicals such as, sulphur, gypsum, and magnesium. Not just the POP, but the dyes used to paint the idols are highly toxic too. These dyes are known to contain substances such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. Exposure to any or all of these chemicals can prove to be fatal for human beings. In order to stem the menace of these toxic substances, people celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi were urged to go green. After having met with success in places such as Mumbai, the rage of installing eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha is catching on. You too can follow suit. Unlike popular belief, celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi the environment-friendly way will not make a dent in your pocket. Common materials such as natural fibre, recycled paper, or unbaked clay can be used to create the idols. Most of these materials are available in the market. You can also use materials such as wood and cloth pieces to decorate the idol. If this seems like too much of a hassle for you, you can use stone idols for puja. As for the immersion of the idols, you can create a special tank near your house for the purpose. This tank need not be huge in size. After immersion, the same water can be used to water the plants. The next year around, all you will have to do during Ganesh Chaturthi is to refill those tanks with water. Stone idols can be immersed in water for some time and then returned back to the house. Pragmatic ways such as these are likely to keep both Lord Ganesh and the environment happy for a long time. So, what are you waiting for? Say Jai Ho and get started on for making Ganesh Chaturthi this August 23rd a green one. Yo Vizag � August'09 24 Yo Vizag � August'09 - Siva Prasad Dantu "Approaching a tree we approach a sacred being who can teach us about love and about endless giving. She is one of millions of beings who provide our air, our homes, our fuel and our books. Working with the spirit of the tree can bring us renewed energy, powerful inspiration, deep communion" Druid Tree Lore and the Ogham Plants with their beauty and vibrant greenery bring cheer to anyone and everyone. And now, as the rains bring down the temperatures, it is about the right time to spruce up gardens and bring some green cheer to dreary indoors. Vizag has quite a few plant nurseries big and small in different locations around the city. These nurseries have a range of plants ranging from budding plants of exotic flowers, to ornamental greens, to fruit bearing trees. A prominent Chandana garden Mohana cum Rao nursery Nursery amongst the city's garden centres is Gardens on the National Highway near Kommadi. Rows and rows of more than 500 varieties of flowers, fruit bearing plants, ornamental plants, good luck shoots, bonsai as well as exotic nursery plants like sandal wood, red sanders, Indian spice greet the visitors on the 16 acre beautifully landscaped nursery gardens. The sheer beauty of the entire flora mesmerises a plant aficionado to no end. Uncommon flowers like lotus flowers and water lilies range from Rs 75 a plant. Carpet grass at only Rs 100/ sq metre is a hot favourite, instantly converting dry open spaces into lush green lawns. Cactus varieties and indoor plants too are aplenty. The indoor plant variety, with fast growing grafted plants or normal nursery plants, is very large. The Annadata Agro farm in Boyapalem offers more than 50 varieties of medicinal plants. Prominent plants include Aswagandhi, Stevia, Podapatra (for cure of diabetes) Saraswati, Marathimogga etc. The prices of the highly affordable young saplings is between Rs 15 to Rs50 Nursery plants are generally pretty reasonably priced, ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 100, depending on the plant variety and size of the sapling. Even beautifully sculpted bonsai can be picked up at just Rs 95-130. Exotic plant saplings like sandal wood are slightly higher priced at 75 and above. Mango and coconut saplings that bear fruits in less than two years range between Rs 185 to 325. 25 Choosing an appropriate gift for functions is often a daunting task. Presenting a fruit, flower or a medicinal sapling on such occasions is an excellent way of reminding the receiver the joy and importance of adding plants to their homes, especially for House Warming Ceremony. In addition to plants, the Chandana Nursery also stocks vermin compost, pots of different shapes and sizes, seeds of vegetables, flowers, herbicides, manure, gardening tools and implements. The manager, Mr. BV Rao, or the cashier Babji can be contacted on phone number 2728959 for any further information. Some other prominent nurseries around the city include Krishna Nursery Gardens at Lankelapalem on the NH5, Visakha Nursery on NH5 near Heritage Milk factory near Bayyavaram, Central Nursery near MVP Rytu Bazar, Srinivasa Nursery Gardens and Srirama Nursery Gardens near BHPV, Vijayalakshmi Nursery near Ayyappa Temple in Sheela Nagar. There are also a large number of road side nurseries. Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 lling... Nagendra Hollywood ca 26 Q. How did you get into doing the movie, 'Where are you Sophia', a 96-minute psychological thriller by Vizag-born, US-based filmmaker Nagendra Karri will be released in September. The film made waves after its screening at the recently-concluded Cannes Film festival. Nagendra is currently in India scoring for new talent for his next flick, 'Mobster', a 150-crore budget film with an international and Indian star cast. Our young reporter, Karishma caught up with the 26-year old producer-cum-director-cum scriptwriter. Some excerpts from the interview... 'Where are you Sophia'? How did it feel? It's a very good feeling It's been a long long and interesting journey, an execution of about one and a half years from the concept to final product. Basically I researched and wrote the script in Jersey. The shoot was in New York and New Jersey. Part of the post production we did in India. Q. How did it feel when it was screened at the Cannes film festival? It was a good feeling, the last two times I was there, I was just amongst the audience, but this time I was the film maker. A 'been there, done that' kind of a thing. Also it gives you more flexibility in your next films in terms of who you need to cast and how big it can be and all that. Q. Did people take you seriously when you started? And how did your friends and family react? My friends and family were initially very apprehensive. But now I think they have accepted the fact that I have made a career move and it turned out to be good. Nobody takes you seriously when you are going from a being a software engineer to a film maker, a drastic career change. Q. Tell us about mobster? There's been so much talk about it, like the casting of Johnny Depp Leornado DiCaprio, Eva Green and all that.. Yeah, the casting is finalized. We now have a talent hunt for a new actor and actress from India as supporting roles. Once that is done the entire cast will be announced on the 28th of August. The movie is about the life of FBI and Red Mafia, in the 1990's, when the USSR came crashing down and Russia basically exported a lot of its organized crime to US. Though, starting as a single film, the idea is to make a trilogy of it. 27 Q. And in Bollywood? Bollywood has broken out of the mould last couple of years Q. What plans do you have after 'Mobster'? Mobster is a very big project and I have a very big cast to handle so it's going to be a life-changing experience. I have to wait till May 2010 and after that I can tell you something about that. Q. What's been your most memorable experience throughout working in the film industry? It normally boils down to your first show. My first was a horror film, and when you have around 800 -1000 people watching your film and coming out looking happy and scared; you don't care what the critics or anyone say, the most important thing is what the audience says. Observing the reactions of the audiences when I had premiers in Cannes and Tribeca Films (New York City), I was very happy and I think that is most memorable than anything else. Q. Who is been your moral support throughout this journey? Sometimes, actually all the time, you need to have God on your side. People are human, they doubt you and even in the darkest hours you have to look up to God and figure out a way out of it. So, yeah, that I think is my moral support Q. Any really good Telugu film that you have watched? Something that you think will match up to international standards. I watched a film sometime ago called 'Satyameva Shivam' with Kamal Hasan and Madhavan. Story wise and concept wise it was great. So when you say international film, it does not need to be all action sequences, special effects, graphics and all that; it hits with the story. But unfortunately, even that film, was a Tamil film dubbed into Telugu. When I saw Mahesh Babu's 'Pokiri', I felt that even though it was a mix, it was at least done very stylishly. But people keep rehashing the same story again and again; and that is the problem. Q. Would you ever consider making a movie in Vizag? Q. If you make a film in Tollywood, who would you cast? An entirely new cast, though Mahesh is a very good actor, currently, I only see him as talented in Tollywood as such, but no actresses. It's sad really, but, to make a Tollywood film; get a girl in Hyderabad, not elsewhere. It's not that Andhra doesn't have any good actresses. We still need a new generation of directors like in Hindi, in Bollywood, you have Anurag Kashyap Anurag Basu, Vishal Bharadwaj, Madhu Bhandarkar; We still have the same names, decades after decades, this has to be broken. And till that time I think we will suffer with poor scripts and badly done films. Q. Anything else you would like to share with the readers of YO? I like the title very much, it's very catchy. I am very active online; I would like people of Vizag to interact, regarding my movies on FB or Twitter. I would like to meet someone from Vizag and maybe work with them in the future. Definitely. There are still many locations in Vizag that have not been tapped. I may make an international film with Vizag as the background. Q. Coming to Vizag, what are your memories of the city? I was born and brought up in Vizag. I did my schooling in Tiny Tots in Dwaraka Nagar; those are my best memories of Vizag. I was active in sports, cricket and badminton. After attending Vikas College, I did my Engineering in Gayatri Vidya Parishad. My favourite hangouts were the beach and my terrace. I still enjoy being in Vizag, even if only for a few days. Q. And family ... (laughs) They are critics of what I do, not what I've done. Q. Who is your worst critic? My worst critic is me. After having seen a film almost 200 times from starting to editing to cinematographing to everything, I start hating it. I start nitpicking the mistakes and all that. So normally a director is his own best citric because he knows the mistakes. You cannot make anything perfect. You do what you can at that point of time with your time frame and with your budget. And probably after that whatever mistakes you have done you take to your next project and make sure you don't do it again. at least. There are new interesting actors like Randeep Hooda, Rahul Bose, John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi, Irfan Khan. And even though they are not big office people like Salman, Sharukh, or Aamir, they can hold on their own. So, if I do make a film in Hindi, then definitely I would consider casting one of those new actors. Probably John Abraham. As for actress, I would prefer a new face. Yo Vizag � August'09 28 Yo Vizag � August'09 - Ranita Ray Though he has just entered his teens, a precocious 13 year old, he has over 200 accolades from five different states...Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Meet Vizag city's child wonder R Ajeeth who is following the footsteps of his inspiration the A R Rehaman spinning magic in the orb of music. On August 23, 1995 R Rajesh and Purnima were blessed with a son Ajeeth, who today needs no introduction in the city's musical arena, as he has a enviable record of winning all instrumental music competitions, wherever he participated. At a very young age of seven, Ajeeth started learning classical notes on the keyboard from Mr. Mohiddin in the year 2002. From the year 2007, he started learning western notations on keyboard from Mr. Krishna. He has passed the initial (Foundation Level) to grade 5 exams (Intermediate Level) of the Trinity College of Music, London in just two years. These days, he is busy preparing the Advance Level Exams. He even mastered the guitar under the mentorship of Mr. Jeffory Kirk and he learnt drums under Mr Sam. Ajeeth has a very keen ear; he can play any song or music just after listening to it twice. He doesn't restrict his art to any single genre of music; he plays devotional, patriotic songs, popular film songs including old and new from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English. He has even composed a couple of original scores. An unquestionable victor at junior level musical galas in the city, time and again Ajeeth has bagged prestigious titles like Bala Mitra in Ugadi Puraskar 2005 from the Prothsaha Cultural & Welfare Organisation, Bala Sangeetha Ratna Award 2006 from the Melody Music Academy, Bala Ratna - 2006 from the Visakha Ratna Kalaparishad, Visakhapatnam and many more. Along with this artistic bent of mind he is also blessed with intelligence and acumen, as he has been a consistent class topper in school since kinder garden. He won various awards in drawing, talent hunt competitions along with being rewarded in many GK and quiz competitions. He secured distinction in the prestigious English exam conducted by the University of New Wales, Australia international assessments for Indian schools in 2007 and 2008. A true champion, he has picked up as many as fourteen 'Super Kid' awards from different associations in Visakhapatnam including National Awards from three different states, Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. Fortune and blessings accompanies this kid, who has clinched some of the other highest honours on the National level. A few of his major achievements include the Extraordinary Talent Award in 2007 and Sankranthi Kala Puraskar in 2008 from Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Young Achiever Award in 2008 from YMCA, Visakhapatnam, 1st prize in14th All India Instrumental Music Competition 2006 from All India Theatre Olympiad Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Cuttack, Orissa, Gold medal in the State Level Instrumental Music Competition 2006 from the Melody Music Academy and Panchal Ratan Award in 2009 from All India Cultural Association, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. His endowments even caught the attention of the media. Ajeeth performed in various Telugu and Tamil TV Channels. He has also performed on AIR Vizag. This is just the beginning, Ajeeth has a long way to go, witnessing his unbitten talent and triumphs it won't be wrong to predict that one day the whole world will again taken by another sensational song akin to the tune of "Jai Ho" created by the kid's inspiration, A.R Rehaman. July 26 was a historical day for the Indian Defence Forces when India launched its first nuclear-powered submarine. Similarly, the 8th of July 1968 was an even more momentous day when an inchoate nation on her way to build up and strengthen her armed forces, India established the Submarine Arm of Indian Navy with the commissioning of its first submarine INS Kalvari, a Russian Foxtrot class underwater stealth killer vessel in 1968 -only after Indonesia and Pakistan introduced submarines into the Indian Ocean region in 1964 and 1965 respectively. After serving for 28 years, Kalvari was decommissioned on May 31 1996. The glorious Sub's fin was placed on display at the Dutch Bungalow on RK beach road in the city as a part of the Visakha Museum. Efforts were made to preserve the submarine as a museum, however time took its toll and the submarine had to be scrapped. However, the coning tower was recovered and displayed as a monument outside the Vizag city museum. Soon the remnant of comatose creature became a centre of attraction for the tourists as well as the local populace. As the sun set, the navigational lights of the monument used to be switched on. On February 8, 2005 a periscope was fixed on the fin of the submarine Kalvari, and allowed visitors to have a Periscopic look of Bay of Bengal for just a rupee during daytime. But the irony to Kalvari's fate was the submarine Kursura, which was installed on RK beach and exhibited as a Submarine Museum. Kursura earned the distinction of being Asia's first and World's second submarine museum. Today, overshadowed by the glamour of Kursura, Kalvari is in a completely derelict state. With nature taking toll on the remnants of the fine sentinel, the dilapidated state of the monument is a live example of how and what we feel about the guardians of our integrity. The unit that earned laurels in missions abroad, represented the nation's underwater defence capabilities for 28 years and above all established India's unquestionable deterrence in the Indian ocean is today at the mercy of sultry breeze and nocturnal anti-socials. Today when war veterans have to go to the extent to return their decorations to push forward the appeal for better pensions, maybe it's the best that she can expect for herself. Needless to say that today's youth has left the instinct of nationalism to be patented for men in uniform. Let us not forget that it takes a lot to create history but if the lessons are not learnt and taught well, it will result in new geographies: with the national boundaries redrawn every time integrity is compromised. On this Independence Day we appeal the authorities to sink the issues of admin hurdles and work towards restoration of Kalvari's lost glory. Let the lights and periscope be made operational. Vizagites, do join hands together to revive this historic memorial which devoted its life to hold the sanctity, integrity, sovereignty and liberty of our mother nation, 'Jai Hind'! 29 Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 -Pankhoori Sinha 30 Fast and furious cars you may have seen aplenty, but there is a grand old carriage doing the rounds of Vizag. While the latest car out of the showroom will zip, zap, zoom to your destination before you can say the word 'go', this Ford Prefect will merrily chug along on the roads of this city - symbolic of an era gone by. Just as well, for its owner, M. V. Ramana Murthy will not trade the car for anything under the sun. He says, "It is an honour and a pleasure to drive this car." For Mr. Murthy, the Ford Prefect is a family heirloom as it has been with them for three generations now. How the car came to be in this family, too, is a unique story in itself. Although this car was manufactured by Ford in England in the year 1948, it was acquired by the Murthy family only in the early 1980s. "My father, Narsimha Murthy, bought it from a friend in 1982. But it had been in India much before that. Actually, it was brought to Kakinada from England in 1950." Vizag however, was introduced to this car in 2001 when the family moved here from Kakinada. A look inside the car seems like stepping into a museum. Although its interiors look small from a distance, Mr. Murthy is quick to assure that it has ample of space inside. Its browncoloured dashboard is an interesting mix of antique dials and levers. Unlike Indian cars, the Ford Prefect has a speedometer that displays the speed in miles per hour. There are other aspects of the car that one might find quirky. For instance, the headlights have to be turned on with the help of a key. Modern car-owners may find it difficult to believe but you can even open this car's windshield to let some air inside. A lever situated at the top of the dashboard is used to open and close the windshield. In its heydays, the Prefect could do a maximum speed of 145 kilometres per hour with the help of its four gears. It is now a gentle ride at 45 kilometres per hour. Even after being in constant use all these years, the car is in mint condition. Onc can see Mr. Murthy and his sons working hard to keep it that way. "We have a lot of memories associated with this car. My father was extremely fond of it and he would drive it along everywhere. He used to drop and pick his grandchildren from school in this car itself." Having practically grown up with the car, Mr. Murthy's sons too are very attached to it. "I want to maintain the car as well as my father is doing so that I can pass it on to my next generation," says Srinivas, Mr. Murthy's elder son. The only hitch with this 61-year-old vintage car is its maintenance. The parts are very difficult to procure as are good mechanics. Not every mechanic can work on this model. We normally have to look for an experience mechanic from Kolkata and Mumbai to fix a problem, if any. The mechanic should be well-versed in dealing with a machinery of this kind," says Mr. Murthy. Even so, what makes him happy is the fact that people too seem to like the car a lot. It sure makes heads turn while it is being driven in Vizag. According to Mr. Murthy, "In Kakinada, our family was known by this car. Total strangers have requested me to show them its interiors. After they saw car, they urged me not to sell this car." Whoever said 'old is gold' was definitely right. Not just the Murthy family, we Vizagites too should take pride in this car - a living icon of Independent India. 31 Yo Vizag � August'09 32 Yo Vizag � August'09 IIAM runs two management programs, i.e. a two-year full-time PGDBM programme and a Back in the 1980s when the engineering and medicine were the most preferred professions in India, two pioneers got together in the city of Visakhapatnam to help those who wanted to do something different in life. These were Late Shri S Alwar Das, former Education minister of Andhra Pradesh and Prof K K Das, Emeritus Professor who pioneered Management Education in India in 1957. Prof K K Das, one of the first few Indians to get Doctorate from Harvard Business School and even teach there, offered his services to US based Universities like Georgia tek and Howard. Andhra University took the initiative to introduce Management Education in India, and in the same spirit, these pioneers established the Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) in Vizag in1987. The focus of Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) the first Autonomous Management Institute in Andhra Pradesh has always been to provide updated Management education producing multidimensional personalities to cater for the Industrial requirement. Since its inception, the IIAM has seen 21 batches of students s u c c e s s fu l l y. These Currently, IIAM is headed by S P Ravindra S/o Late Sri S Alwar Das as dean and secretary of the institute. Personally trained by Prof K K Das, he has been involved with the institute since inception and is dedicated to taking IIAM to great heights. Prof. B. Partheswara Rao, professor commerce department (A U), retired as Rector, founded Gandhi Institute of Foreign trade (GIFT) and Best teacher awardee is the acting Director of IIAM. Both are committed to ensuring the management students to get the most conducive environment for studying. The institute has a well-stocked library to aid the students in their endeavour. IIAM is also networked with Wi-Fi so that the students are just a click away from the real market scenario. The Placement Cell, headed by a Placement Officer along with 3 students from final year and 2 students from 1st year as members ensures that students are successfully placed in the corporate world. students have gone on to become business leaders and corporate heads of organizations both in India and abroad. The institute's topnotch faculty and facilities have made IIAM No.1 in Andhra Pradesh and is ranked 54 among the top 100 B-schools in the country as per Survey done by Business Magazines. 3-year part time PGDBM programme providing an opportunity for employees and entrepreneurs to pursue management education. IIAM has also extended its services to the corporate world offering training programmes to the Industries like NTPC, Port Trust, Hindustan Zinc, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Coca- Cola, Coramandel fertilizers, etc. In addition, there are training programmes with international trainers for which the first programme will be executed with Krishdhanam Brand Ambassador for Zig-Ziglers. Training programmes will be conducted in Hyderabad and Vizag in August on the topic; TOP PERFORMANCE. Students of IIAM have become a part of prestigious companies such as HSBC, GE Money, IDBI, Reliance, and Genpact. Helping these management students attain their dream jobs and careers are a bevy of teachers that form IIAM's faculty. Not just interpreting management theories, these teachers lend their valuable experiences and insights to the students. Apart from a vastly experienced full-time faculty, students also come in regular contact with a specialised guest faculty, who are masters of their field. 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Phone: ______________________________________________________ Signature Yo Vizag � August'09 34 Yo Vizag � August'09 -Uma The 'Valley of Flowers' is the smallest National Park in the Himalayas (in Uttarakhand state), but undoubtedly, the most breathtakingly beautiful park when in full bloom. Discovered in 1931 by the English mountaineer Frank S Smythe, this is valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains and carpeted with over 500 species of flowers. The sheer variety of flora awed the British mountaineer, who and returned in 1937 to collect more than two hundred botanical species. His 1938 book entitled The Valley of Flowers brought this remote Himalayan meadow to the attention of the world. Accessible from late April, this park is at its grandest best from late July to the end of August. At a lofty altitude of 3,250 to 6,750 mts above sea level, the valley is ringed with snow-capped mountains and is watered by mountain streams. This is also the catchment area for the Pushpavati River, which emerges from surrounding glaciers and then tumbles downward to meet the Ganges. Flowers, ranging from orchids, poppies, primulas, calendulas, daisies and anemones carpet the ground. Alpine forests of birch and rhododendron cover a part of the area, and are home to a huge variety of butterflies. This is stunningly beautiful park, an 'abode for fairies', was the destination of 22 adventurous 'girls' from Vizag. The 'girls' were a group of women ranging from just 13 years of age to a respectable 45 years. But age was not the deciding factor; it was sheer grit, determination and stamina that counted here. Ladies from the Foot Steppers and Rotary Club, Vizag got together for this unique trek that took them from the shores of Vizag to the lofty heights of the Himalayas. The adventure began on fifth July and the actual trek commenced on the seventh. The first leg of the trek was from Govind Ghat (1828 mts above sea level) to Ghangaria (3048 mts above sea level), covering a distance of 14 K mts. They set up camp at Ghangaria. The second day was the unforgettable expedition from base camp Ghangaria into the Valley of Flowers (3658 mts above sea level) and back. The route travels uphill before it enters the valley. The valley itself is about 10 K mts long covered with green grass, flowers, berries, rocks... a medley of colours. The third day was a hike from Ghangaria to Hemkund (4600 mts above sea level) where lay a glacial lake surrounded by six high peaks. The deficiency of oxygen at this height did leave the trekkers breathless and exhausted, but team spirit and will power kept them going. Finally the fourth day was from Ghangaria back to Govind Ghat. The gutsy group were back in Vizag by 13 July. Though the trek was no cakewalk, the team went through a rigorous training almost one month before embarking on the tour, which included daily outdoor walks, aerobic sessions, long walks along the beach and treks up the Kailasa hill; till finally they were in shape to attempt the remarkable trek. Their only plus point was loads of enthusiasm and determination. They wanted a destination that had a bit of adventure but definitely within India and with a bit of spiritualism as an added incentive. Hence they decided on the Valley of Flowers full of beauty and adventure with Hemkund and Haridwar with spiritual significance. The tour leader was Shaheda Mehdi who describes the Valley of Flowers National Park as an outstandingly beautiful high altitude Himalayan valley with breathtakingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers, within which the locals believe that fairies reside. In high spirits with the successful and safe return of the troop, she congratulates them all; "Kudos to all the ladies from Foot Steppers and RCVC who undertook and successfully completed this very difficult and challenging trek!" Yo Vizag � August'09 There were six mother-daughter pairs in the group. The youngest of the lot was 13-year old Sanskriti Gupta who resides in a boarding school based at Dehradun. Having gone on many excursions around the Himalayas, she was initially not keen on this trip, but was coerced by her mother. "I had got slightly tired of visiting the same place again and again. I was also slightly sceptical, but as I look back now I realise that it has been one of my most memorable trips so far. The beauty of the Valley of Flowers amazed me but the beauty of the Hemakund Saheb left me awestruck. This trip helped me get closer to my mother and I got to see the hidden child in my mother as well as in other ladies. I realised however old you get, you don't need to forget the meaning of fun! Overall the trip was absolutely amazing!" Her mother, Bela Gupta felt that though initially she knew hardly anyone in the group, she made many good friends. "We felt challenged - mentally and physically and were struck by the beauty of the Himalayas. It was the most awesome holiday ever!" Keiti Garuda, on her first trek accompanied her mother Manjula Garuda. For Keiti, the trek was tougher than she had expected, but loads of fun. Spellbound by the scenery and spectacular mountains, "not even a 6 mega-pixel camera could do justice to what we saw!" is how she describes views and vistas. "It was also a nice break after the last two years of only studying and something to cherish before joining college", she adds. Her mother too echoed her views on the spellbinding scenery, "the path is skirted with breathtaking views, picturesque landscapes, and sceneries worth freezing into a frame made of gold. We walked on perilous pathways overlooking the deepest gorges and beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers; we even picnicked on lush green meadows. On the whole it's an experience worth a lifetime. I've been to paradise and now am back on earth". Studying in Singapore, Shireen Mehdi joined her mother Tasneem Mehdi on this trek. "It was the first all-ladies trek, with no age bar and all as spirited and young at heart as teenagers... I never saw my mum so carefree and naughty!" exclaims Shireen. She found Hemakund especially soulful and touching. Her mother adds "I truly felt like a teenage girl. We rediscovered ourselves and drew strength from each other". Nymisha had to be convinced by mom Sudha P to join the group, and realised that there were other girls of her age after embarking on the trip. "There was lots of hard work involved, risk too... but the overall positive attitude encourages you. My confidence increased after the trip." Mum Sudha had ventured on a similar trek in Kashmir during her college days and was keen that her daughter experiences the same. According to Jayalalitha Pollisetty, "it was not just a "girls wanna have fun" thing, but it was that and much more! At the toughest of times I drew my strength from the group which kept me going. I wish to compliment Shaheda who was cool and composed all along and this kept the group together." for Dr. Zohra Mehdi, the eldest in the group, "The whole walk has taken us by surprise with its unimaginable beauty and I think that was our only inspiration to complete the whole trek. All this associated with religious beliefs, pilgrims chanting 'Wahe Guru' was so divine and pure that it had just got us all mesmerised. In the true sense we experienced a lot of cultural diversity of our country. God has given me a chance to capture the unbelievable beauty of nature, I felt 20 years younger". Salma Mehdi echoes similar views... "A trip to the Himalayas as our learned ancestors have said is a rejuvenating and cleansing experience. The trip was physically, mentally and spiritually exhilarating experience for all of us. I have returned a more confident person with a sense of achievement, feeling younger, more energetic and recharged. Yes our ancestors were right - a trip to the Himalayas is a must for all of us." Padma is thankful to her sister in law for making this trip happen. "We were travelling between trees, mountains, streams, rivers, clouds, arresting landscapes, magnificent mountains, dangerous curves, steep valleys on road rail air but mostly on foot. We are the Foot Steppers", is how she sums it up. Even for Tejaswani, being a part of the Foot Steppers trek was memorable. She credits Shaheda for expertly organising everything, right from the training sessions. "A lifetime experience; the seven days passed by with fun filled moments and memorable moments" she adds. P Anuradha had long cherished the desire to trek to the Valley of Flowers. For her, "surprisingly, a holiday trek turned into a holy-cumpleasure trekking, with the Hemkund beauty, Badrinath temple, Haridwar, and the cable car ride making it a pleasant and memorable trek". Radhika Ramana found the trek "thrilling, exciting and fun loving experience. A moment that will be etched in my mind forever 36 is when we reached the top of Hemkund which is 15000 ft above sea level and by God's grace we are all back safe and sound having accumulated moments that I will cherish forever." Supraja was very eloquent when asked her views... "The trip is not only adventurous but also spiritual. The trek has taught me a lot not just climbing mountains with ease but also live life with ease and things will happen, never give up. It's nice to be in the lap of Mother Nature and enjoy her...." Bela summarised the trek as "simply, truly awesome! I truly believe that if you set up your goals, there is nothing impossible. Human nature is best tested in such times and I was touched by the giving friendly enthusiastic group of women from all walks of life of different communities." Sasi, from Bangalore is grateful to her sister for inviting her along. "This was the best adventurous trip I had until now. I felt like a young girl, singing, chatting, being playful and giving poses for pictures in the lap of nature as if we were in teens without a trace of responsibility. The masseurs we met in the trip were an unexpected bonus...it used to be heaven to get the massage done after the days trek. Radhika B went last year to the Himalayas, but this trek was "exciting, chilly and thrilling! I made friends for life on this trip". Sridevi M, who left her 3 and � year old kid behind with her husband and encouraging in-laws, appreciates all the husbands for supporting this venture. "Though the group was full of different religious backgrounds they were all united." As for Jaya Narsimharao "I can never forget the experience, it tops my list! We drew strength from other team members. It is important to maintain physical fitness, and I am going to continue my fitness regime. It was a dangerous path, and we were truly blessed to return safe." 37 Truly, a blessed group of young-at-heart girls indeed! Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 38 institute wherein enthusiastic young men and women are transformed into professionals of global excellence in the field of management and allied disciplines through top-notch world-class teaching and training facilities. The curriculum and course material of this institute is formulated taking into consideration the everchanging dynamic trends and demands of the markets. It prides itself in providing quality education through advanced methods of training, meaningful research and intimate relations with business, industry and other institutions in the country. At IIPER, there are exclusive modules specifically designed for a PG in Business Management. In addition, the institute also offers specialised industry oriented management courses like supply chain management, inventory management, human resources management and marketing and sales. A well equipped and self contained centre, with all essential amenities available to students, IIPER has a state-of-the-art library, computer facilities, wellfurnished and air-conditioned class rooms, latest multi-media and audio-video educational support for training. According to the Chief Mentor, IIPER Business School, Mr. Subroto Dutta, "IIPER focuses on management education more than just business management. We strive to provide a comprehensive coverage of internationally accepted business practices, innovative modules which focus on business techniques, management, personality development, group learning and teamwork, research and hands-on training. We also have a posse of qualified and highly experienced visiting faculty and guest lecturers from the corporate world who share their wealth of information based on their insights and experiences. "The manner of teaching in IIPER combines field work, case studies and instrumented feedback with a strong emphasis on concepts and theory which lay foundation for strong analytical reasoning. This gives the students an insight into the dynamics of the increasingly global business environment. The intent is to encourage intellectual curiosity and open minds. Every budding manager has potential, its tapping that potential and bringing it to the fore is what a course at IIPER does." Globalisation has ensured that India is not isolated from the international marketing trends and mannerisms. There has been a remarkable change in the last few decades that have made human resources skilled in managerial responsibilities, knowledge and work ethos, substantially vital for an organisation, thereby generating a competent human resource asset has become top priority. An MBA degree equates to responsible positions in business and taking critical managerial decisions. Management education is more than just academics. It brings about complete personality enrichment. A winning attitude, leadership qualities, the ability to access and delegate... to develop all these qualities, one requires the right environment, guidance and education. Guided by this rationale, 'International Institute of Professional Education and Research' (IIPER) is an educational 40 Yo Vizag � August'09 Spotted at Dusk Spotted at Chrome 41 Yo Vizag � August'09 42 Yo Vizag � August'09 The month August is synonymous with the spirit of independence... all parties, get-togethers, reunions...any social event is invariably centered on the 'Independence Day' theme. Keeping this in mind, the Yo team got the remarkably talented chef, Sri Saratchandra Banerji of The Gateway Hotel (Taj Group) to share his culinary expertise laced with the spirit of patriotism with our readers.... Tiranga Sandesh Ingredients: Fresh Paneer Sugar Rosewater Saffron Pista Method: -150gm - 50gm - 5ml - 1pinch - 15gm Lal Hara Korma Ingredients: Onion Cashewnut paste Butter Bay leaf Green cardamom Curd Cream Carrot Green Peas Oil Salt Method: 1. Saut� the onion with bay leaf and green cardamom. 2. Once it is done add the cashew nut paste and cook nicely. 3. When the gravy is ready add the cubed carrot and green peas (mutter). 4. When cooked, stir in the cream and check the seasoning. 5. Garnish with sliced carrots and green peas. - 50gm - 50gm - 15gm - 1 no - 5gm - 25gm -15gm - 75gm - 75gm - 15 ml - to taste 1. Saut� 75 gm fresh Paneer with sugar. 2. Once it is done, mix the remaining 75 gm Paneer in the mixture and divide into three equal parts. 3. To one part of the Paneer mix add rosewater, to the other add saffron and leave the third part plain. Roll out each layer. 4. In a tray place the three layers one atop the other, press lightly and cut in to shapes. 5. Garnish with pistachio nuts. Jai hind Murgh Tikka Ingredients: Chicken boneless Red Masala Strained Curds Chilli powder Garam masala Jeera powder Kasoori methi Mustard oil Lemon Salt White Masala Strained Curds Ginger & Garlic Cardamom powder Mace powder Amul Cheese Cream Salt Cashew paste Green chilli Oil - 30gm - 5gm - 1 pinch - 1 pinch - 30gm - 15 ml - to taste - 10gm - 1 no - 10ml - 50gm - 5gm - 1 pinch - 1 gm - 3gm - 10ml - half - to taste Green Masala Coriander leaves Mint leaves Green chilli Ginger & Garlic Lemon Strained Curds Cardamom powder Jeera powder Mace powder Salt Oil - 10gm - 10gm - 2nos (small) - 5gm - half - 20gm - 1 pinch - 3gm - 1 pinch - to taste - 15ml Method: 1. Clean and cut the chicken in to 8 pieces 2. Marinate two pieces each in red, white and green masalas 3. Cook the marinated pieces to perfection in an oven or grill 4. When done arrange the pieces in a platter and garnish Ginger & Garlic paste- 5gm - 180gm 43 Hindustan Salad Ingredients: Tomato White radish Cucumber Red chilli flakes Lime Green chilli Parsley Salt Vinegar Method: 1. Cut all the vegetable into juliennes and chop the tomatoes 2. Season the chopped tomatoes with chilli flakes, salt and lemon juice 3. Season the white radish with salt, vinegar and oil 4. Season the cucumber with chopped green chilli, chopped parsley, salt and lime 5. Arrange all the seasoned veggies nicely in a platter and garnish with sweet lime - 2 nos - 1no (medium size) - 1no (medium size) - 5gm - 2 no - 1 no - 10 gm - to taste - 5ml Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 Drinks always add spice and life to any party. Especially cocktails; not only do they add a cool classy touch, they tingle the taste buds leaving one hungering for more! So spice up your next social-do with these cool lively cocktails and mocktails. Courtesy : The Gateway Hotel (Taj Group) 44 Italian Smooch Ingredients Lime chunks 60 ml orange juice (or) orange chunks A tea spoon of caramelised sugar 7 UP to top up Use a Collins glass Garnish with a lime slice Method Toss the lime chunks and caramelised sugar together till the chunks are coated. Add the orange juice. Fill the glass with crushed ice and the mix, top up with 7 UP. Garnish. Lava lamp Ingredients 4 oz. glass of apple juice 4 oz. glass of orange juice 1 tea spoon honey 1 table spoon raspberry syrup 1 tea spoon balsamic vinegar crushed ice Use a Collins glass Garnish with an orange slice Method Blend all the ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass with crushed ice. Garnish. Gateway SPICE GIRL Ingredients 60 ml Vodka A dash of lime juice 10 ml spicy Monin Syrup 7-UP to top up A few drop so of Capsico sauce Ice Use a Cocktail glass Garnish with a slice of lemon and bell peppers Method Pour all the ingredients in to a shaker, shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish. 45 My India Ingredients 45 ml vodka 1and 1/2 diced fresh tomato 4 fresh basil leaves 1 fresh green chilly 60 ml mango juice Use an old-fashioned glass Garnish with sliced tomato and basil (or) chilly Method Toss all the ingredients in a shaker, shake well. Strain the concoction twice and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish. Yo Vizag � August'09 46 Yo Vizag � August'09 Tips for the novice female just entering the world of clubs, pubs and parties, keen on joining the crowd, but eager to know how much and how many is just right to enjoy without going overboard! ---------Hints--------� Keep your stomach full with food, or at least have glass full of milk before experimenting with liquors. Snack on something in between drinks. � Drink slowly! process. � Don't have too many pegs. Walk around in between instead of staying glued to your seat. Finish the drink at least halfan-hour before the meal to give the body some reaction time. � Guzzle lots of water, it prevents or at least lessens hangovers! � First timers stick to one drink for one night. Don't go crazy and mix the liquors! � Try to avoid adding soda directly with liquor, as this is the agent which adds punch to the drink. Replace it with water. � To cut the ill effect take fresh salted lime juice with water or salted Lassi. � The danger sets in when you keep drinking after you are drunk. Sip by sip should be the -------------------------------------------Headache, disorientation, disillusioned vision, inability to walk straight... somehow managed to return home safe, only to have a sleepless night puking guts out... followed by a miserable hangover and a sense of nausea the next day. Or if stars are less favourable that night, you might end up as another statistic, in hospital or in wrong hands. These are just a few of the many possible drinking woes for the first time female alcohol drinkers. Drinking Divas to keep the devil and His agents away check out these recommendations.... The thumb rule says, select something that will not get you pissed too quickly, but promise you liquor fun. For ladies it is always advisable to opt for Cocktails, which are alcohol based drinks instead of consuming neat alcohol. But never try to mix up two alcoholic drinks, instead spike up a soft drink of your choice with a shot of gin or vodka. These two white drinks are a perfect for a pre-lunch drink as well as in an evening party. They are easier to mix and won't give nasty aftertastes. Gin with Lime Quadrille is the all time preferred drink for women. To add little more taste and colour mix half nip of Angostura Bitter. If tomato juice is your favourite, try "Bloody Mary", i.e. mix of vodka and tomato juice. Mix vodka and orange juice, this is called a "Screwdriver", or "Sex on the Beach", which is vodka with cranberry. One can also try Blue Lagoon, i.e. Vodka with Blue Curacao, crushed ice, soda and Seven-up. Though beer has the least alcohol content, it usually is not on the favoured drinks list among women owing to its taste. But to sample, one can try special variants like Coors Light - a tasty light beer with negative hangovers. Or can try root beer, root beer schnapps and 151. Instead of neat beer one can go for a drink with 3/4th of beer blended with 1/4th of Limca called Shanty or Virgin Mary. While with Whisky ask for the cocktail Bobby Burns. Try Rum with coke or White Bacardi Rum- with juice or Seven-Up. If you are fascinated with that tall wine glass, you can try White and Red Wine, Wine also contains less alcohol. Ask for Port Sherry, Madeira, Grover etc Connoisseur tips courtesy Padmanavam and V.P.Tiwari. Yo Vizag � August'09 48 A four decade old concern in Rajahmundry, Tummidi Brothers recently opened its doors in Vizag. The textiles and gold jewellery showroom, caters to the needs of the entire family. Dealing with gold jewellery, silver items and an exhaustive range of clothes for men, women and children, the three storied showroom at Jagadamba Center has gold and accessories on the lower level, sarees on the first floor, gents clothing on the second floor and ladies readymade wear and kids clothing on the third floor. Along with a range of readymade clothes for boys and girls, there is a range of clothes for men which include suiting, shirting and readymade trousers and shirts. For women, the range is mainly Indian wear like sarees and salwar sets (both readymade and materials). Amongst the sarees, there are traditional handlooms like venkatagiri and gadwal (silk and cotton), crepes, chiffons, embroidered and workedon synthetics, designer sarees, Banaras silks and Italian crepes. The silk range is top quality and exhaustive with unique one-of-a-kind designs. As they have their own master weavers with 150 weaving machines, the designs are all exclusive. The range includes Kanchivaram pattus, Samudrika Pattus, Parampara Pattus, Vastrakala pattus, Uppada pattus and Benaras pattus. The gold jewellery are all BIS hallmarked and priced at Rs 100 less per gram than the prevalent market prices. Stocked with traditional and modern chic designs, the range is exceptional and unique. Each jewellery item is specially crafted by proficient goldsmiths inspired by international designs in Mumbai. 49 Yo Vizag � August'09 50 Yo Vizag � August'09 "Man is a social animal; he who lives alone is either a God or a beast"! Man needs company, yes a group of other social beings with whom he can share, laugh, cry and live, a group with similar tastes and likes; age, caste, class really don't matter. This is a group whom we call friends. It is said that our parents, siblings and other family members are predestined. But friends are whom we choose, with whom we create an enduring yet fragile bond. But a bond that needs special care too. Safeguard it, for a true friend is indeed rare. Avoid common errors and try to rectify them. Check out these tips to ensure a long lasting abiding friendship. Welcome the new but value the old In our fast paced lifestyles, we daily see and meet new faces; out of which, some touch common chord within and become good friends. In the process we keep on making new friends, but many a time, we tend to ignore the old ones. Days and months go by without a single warm call or message. As a true friend, be available to all, cherish the new as well as treasure the old. A surprise call or funny mail can undo the damage and keep the fragile link alive. Clear your intentions - root out double standards Boys, while approaching a female for her company make your intentions clear on the onset. One thing girls hate is when a guy says 'I want to be your friend', but intends for something more. Remember women have strong sixth sense and it doesn't take time for them to read your mind. Be a true gentleman with your feelings. This can only win a sweet girl friend for you. Maintain secrecy: be trust worthy As a friend it's obvious to know the deep secrets of your buddy, starting from his or her love affair, his mischievous deeds, his addictions, his sins and offenses. A true friend deeply buries all those facts within; never disclose them, even when by sheer misfortune if you do split with your friend. Neither should you indulge in gossip regarding this with any third party. Don't offend There may be occasions when you know some truths which your friend feels hesitant to share, don't try to offend him/her by passing indirect comments relating the issue. Rather if it's a serious one try to convince your friend to share and resolve the issue together. Keep away from money matters! 'Sabse bada rupaya'- money matters! Though pals often share everything but it is advisable to be careful with finances. We are not saying that your friend is Harshad Mehta who would fraud away your money, but there are cases when one friend spends on most of the occasions but the other is happier saving for his next generation. Over the time this extra cautiousness might blow up into an ugly tussle. Friend ship is not just ab out tyi ng friends hip ba nds or sharing friends hip cards; it's wo rth much m ore an d deman ds gre ater respon sibilitie s. Nurtur e with care. He goes to the beauty salon, pampers himself with a spa treatment and massage, he is quite particular about his looks and thus facials are his most desired treatments. He doesn't let any stone unturned to reach and maintain his appearance just perfect. Confused? Meet the modern men or most popularly called the 'metro sexual' man. His face, his body, his personality... when every aspect of his is synonymous with excellence; how can the vital assets of good looks and great hair can be left behind? So for all male hunks, Yo Vizag quizzed the maestros of hair stylists, and listed are a few cool hairstyles worth a try... Gone are the days of assembly line style haircuts for men today. Hairstyle trends for men are sophisticated and coupled with classy hair care. The style you carry gives the world a glimpse of the inner you. Hair styles are meant to be changed, and half the fun is trying something new. Compared to women, men have more options in hair styles. However it is always advisable to select a haircut keeping in mind one's face shape, looks, personality, lifestyle, as well as the climatic and working ambience. SPIKE Or the sexy 'messy' look; easy to get, brush and maintain. The basic requirement is gel or wax with which one can play around with different looks, most preferably that carefree messy look as if you just woke up from sleep. Varying lengths of hair on top give great creativity options, leaving room for your own sense of style. Girls like guys who have styled hair. 51 LEAVING IT STRAIGHT If your hair locks resembles Maggi noodles and you want a silky touch, get it straightened, a look that is quite hot this season. The look resembles the likes of Abhisek Bachhan in 'Drona', Australian Cricket player Andrew Simon or as it used to be with youth icon Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Give your hair a shoulder length growth to get your desired look. PONYTAIL If you are not working with an office with strict dressing and styling ethics then your long hair can be nicely and neatly knotted in to a ponytail; akin to style of 'Dus ka Dum' Salman Khan, Amitabh Bacchan in 'Cheeni kum' or Arjun Rampal in the flick 'Rock On'. Well set-hair with hair gel or middle parted hair and a small ponytail at the back will make you look smart and classy. BANGS This is a perennial in-trend hairdo; a favourite amongst the youth and old-timers as well whose looks belie their age. Bangs are a part of hair that falls on the forehead giving a fashionable and youthful look. CREW OR MILITARY CUT A short hairdo similar to the military crews or cadets is the smartest of them all, which suits a party as well as a gives a true professional look. Quite hot in this season, this cut is more suited to men with an oval face-cut and particularly advisable to men with a busy life schedule as it is pretty low on maintenance. With this hair style, the comb is really unnecessary. Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 - Pankhoori Sinha 52 It is said that Alexander's wife urged his b�te noire, King Puru of India, to accept her as his sister to save the Macedonian king's army from a debacle. The inspiration for the Greek queen, it is believed, came from the Indian custom of raksha bandhan, of which she had learnt. That was rakhi in 300 B.C. Fastforward to the 21st century. Had Alexander and Puru existed in this day and age, what do you reckon Alexander's wife would have done to salvage her country's army? Maybe she would have sent Puru a rakhi hamper, mailed a rakhi e-card, or maybe sent a rakhi text... Don't know about Alexander's wife, but we do know that this is what the new-age brothers and sisters are increasingly resorting to, in a bid to balance their hectic lifestyles and age-old traditions. So, usher in the joyous festival of raksha bandhan the virtual way! Over the centuries, the raksha bandhan thali decked with kumkum, rakhi, and sweets has been the quintessential symbol of this festival. Women would fret over how best to decorate it. Painted in bright colours and adorned with gold and silver zari, the thali did look like a million bucks. However, the globalisation seems to have caught up with raksha bandhan too, as now sisters can outsource their raksha bandhan thali from people who specialize in this business. Just Google your way into the web and you will find various websites offering to prepare a raksha bandhan thali for you. It will be homedelivered to you just in time for the festival. These websites offer you quite a variety ranging from single rakhi threads to an entire hamper. A rakhi hamper would normally comprise of a rakhi and a gift, such as a pen set or watch, for the brother and a packet of sweets. But one can exercise various other options like, a rakhi along with a pack of assorted chocolates or dry fruits. Mind you, all the rakhi sets come with roli and tikka. If the brother is really young, then maybe he will find a Shrek or a Superhero rakhi more exciting. Meanwhile, these websites do not just cater to the sisters. Guys can browse through them and pick up a nice gift for the lil' sis. The gifts range from perfumes to designer bags - almost as good as shopping in a mall for her! For those of who brother-sister duo who have been separated through long distances, rakhi celebration is just a few clicks away. Although rakhi e-cards have been around for some time now, online card companies now offer interactive rakhis too. You can select an interactive rakhi for your brother sitting abroad. Rest assured, when he opens his mail, he will see a raksha bandhan thali complete with roli, tikka, a rakhi thread, and sweets too. All he has to do is click of the items mentioned and take in the experience. Brothers and sisters also can make use of social networking websites, such as Facebook and Orkut, to express their sentiments to each other. Netizens on Facebook and Orkut have formed numerous raksha bandhan societies in anticipation of the festival. Here you can swap stories about your brother or sister, or talk about your favourite rakhi song. Not just the Internet, you can make use of the your mobile to send some sibling love to your brother or sister. Sample a few rakhi text messages: Sky is blue, feel this hue, my love is for you Bhaiya...always true. Loads of good wishes for Raksha Bandhan Holi is colourful, Diwali is lightful and brightful, Rakhi has made our relationship POWERFUL So, what are you waiting for? Grab that mouse and prepare to lavish a great surprise on your brother or sister this raksha bandhan. http://rakhi.indiangiftsportal.com/rakhiquotes.html http://www.onlinerakhistore.com/ http://www.virtualrakhi.com/gifts-and-rakhi/ rakhi-combos.html Trivia: Rakhis based on the principals of Feng Shui have also entered the market. If you are planning on picking one, it will be good to keep the following pointers in mind: � Gold fish rakhi should be kept in the southwestern direction of your room. This way you will be blessed with good luck and prosperity. � You can place a Laughing Buddha rakhi on your work desk, it will help you achieve your goals and dissipate work pressure. � A tortoise rakhi can be placed in the room of your choice - living room, bedroom, or even on your work desk. But place it in the northern direction for good fortune. � Dragon rakhi is good for business, so do remember to place it in the eastern direction of a room. 53 "Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. There is no peace without the grace of God, and there is no grace of God without prayer. Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. Undoubtedly, prayer requires a living faith in God. Heartfelt prayer steadies one's nerves, humbles one and clearly shows one the next step." - Mahatma Gandhi To find solace within despair, to heal when hurt and to find success when stung by repeated failures: even caveman had resorted to the ultimate path: PRAYER. Prayer to please; prayer to achieve; prayer to rise; ever since man started practicing religion, prayer has been an integral part of every ceremony, celebration, commitment and even cremation. All of this is to please the almighty; the one who can be our rescuer. But the simplicity of this all powerful lies in the path to reach him. It's just through a Prayer; a simple, sincere and honest PRAYER. Prayer means many different things to different people. At its most basic level, it is the manifestation of hope in human beings, our ability to say that we don't know everything, that there is something or someone larger and wiser than we are that can guide our lives. To address God with adoration, confession, pleading, or thanksgiving is prayer; a universal religious practice being performed since time immemorial. Saints, sages, gurus, prophets and religious leaders of all possible religions have extolled the virtues of this magical healer for every occasion and action. The method or manner of praying may differ, but the rationale behind it is the same. And this centuries old practice is today promoted as an alternative healing therapy of human ailments. Prayer as a therapy is an alternative to counseling and psychotherapy. It does not give a classic psychiatric diagnosis nor does it give religious advice. It helps to use our own spirituality to inform and transform. It's a way to allow the concealed insights and power of the soul to attain selfconfidence, self-realization, serenity and mental harmony. The miracles with prayer or prayer therapy have been proved by a study on a group of hundreds of people by Wayne State University in Detroit. The researchers identified a number of indicators of true religious commitment, including overall religiosity and place of worship attendance. They found these were linked to various beneficial health effects, such as less depression, little or no smoking, and infrequency of alcohol consumption. Whether individual or communal, private or public, uttered with words, sigh, or gestures or silently prayer is miraculous in each and every form. So Pray to keep happy, healthy, and bright. No matter whom you pray, Jesus Christ, Allah, Guru Nanak or Lord Vishnu, but just like any other daily act, make prayer your daily habit. Yo Vizag � August'09 54 `Congratulations! Your shoe successfully hit the target' `Dr Gomund needs your help... Get the injection ready!!!' Intrigued? Well, these are the messages that pop up on the computer screen while playing the latest online games in vogue today. Online games today are based more on reality than ever before. For the game designing companies, developing situation-based or news-based games works out way easier in terms of creativity... and the gamers are not complaining. After all these games are more fun than the staid old shooting and racing games. Last year a pair of shoes caught the attention of the entire world media, and the viewers were dumbfounded; the shoe attack on former US president George W Bush by an Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, during a Baghdad press conference. Zeidi was caught and punished for the shoe-bombing, but the very next day the gaming industry pounced on the news and created numerous online games based on this incident. Game developer T-Enterprise was the first one to release a game called Bush's Boot Camp, allowing the players to shoot the target. The surge of games, videos and creative websites paying tribute to the Iraqi journalist's presidential shoetoss continued to grow. There's even a site `Thank You for Throwing Your Shoe' that thanks Muntadhar al-Zeidi. The site solicits photos of people with their own footwear as a tribute to al-Zeidi's unsuccessful two-shoe attack. Amongst the many games, a few like the `Shoe Bush Worldwide' game lets players fling a wide variety of footwear -- from high heels to cowboy boots -- at an increasingly scruffy president, with success measured by a Whack-O-Meter. `Duck Duck Bush' lets gamers chuck almost anything at the commander in chief. Kroma's `Bush game' asks, "Can you throw a shoe at Bush?" `Kast Sko Mot Bush', is a cool, catapult-powered game, `Bye Bye Bush', shows the former President on an infinite field and gives players a seemingly endless supply of shoes. And when the game developers were searching for something new, the deadly Swine Flu came up. This flu has inspired a series of online games that have spread through the viral power of Twitter and Facebook and are now a hot favourite. Amongst these, `Swine Fighter' which touts itself as the only official Swine flu game enables the gamer to create microbe-strains. In the Playuscout.com launched `Pandemic' the player has to help Dr Gomund vaccinate all the pigs. Gaming apart, the main power of these games lies in giving a better understanding of the issue. Far more effective than any other media, epidemiology is actually better explained in the game form than by any pamphlet or documentary. For example, the `Killer Flu' by Persuasive Games, provides loads of information and helps reduce panic. In India, the 7Seas Technologies developed `Swine Flu Killer', allow gamers to kill the disease by vaccinating infected patients who emerge on the World map screen. However, this worldwide gaming trend has raised a debate among the gamers. While a few enjoy this virtual reality-based fun provided by these games, there are others who really concerned and are keen on putting a check on this drift. Nonetheless one shouldn't overlook the fact that there should be line of ethics, that should not to be crossed by game developers and that they should leave the sensitive issues untouched. Yo Vizag � August'09 - Ranita Ray 55 Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), has launched its popular MP320 digital music player in stylish new colours. Created with fashion-conscious female consumers in mind, the fresh new MP320 range has a glossy eye-popping colour scheme that emphasises individuality and unique personal style. This product is a versatile combination of a digital music player and a portable storage device. The player comes in 2GB (in Burgundy colour), 4GB (in pink and sapphire) and 8GB (in metallic black) storage capacities. It has a built-in USB connector which makes it easier to transfer music, clips, pictures, documents and other files from any computer- without the hassle of carrying around bulky cables. In addition, the MP320 is compact (85.5mm x 25.5mm x 13mm) and lightweight (just 29g), so it can be worn around the neck or conveniently carried in a purse or pocket all day long. This MP3 player packs in a variety of versatile functions. These include support for MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 and WAV music formats. With recordable FM radio to 20 stations, the drive includes a world clock, Digital Voice Recorder, Karaoke-style lyrics of VAD and high-quality audio recording gapless. As far as sound output is concerned, it offers superb audio playback quality and comes with 7 built-in equalizer modes, including a user-adjustable EQ mode for a more personalized listening experience. It is capable of displaying 13 different languages, and also comes bundled with a unique software application that allows users to temporarily lock their computers and password-protect personal files. It also boasts of variable playback speeds. Sporting a 1" dual-colour OLED display with a resolution of 128 x 64, the player also includes an AB repeat function that allows continuous playback of a part of the music track. Equipped with chic looks, smart design, a dazzling set of versatile functions and backed by a 2-year warranty, the Transcend MP320R digital music player is now available in India from Rs 4500 onwards. Sometime back, LG came out with a prototype of the LG GD910 wristwatch-phone... the first phone with a twist that fits on your wrist! But the product is still to be commercially available. Now Samsung has beaten LG in both release date and style, as it unveils world's slimmest watch-phone. Measuring only 11.98mm in thickness, the Samsung S9110 watchphone comes packed with MP3, voice recognition, voice memo, speakerphone support, anti-scratch, Bluetooth 2.1 and has internal memory of 40MB. The watchphone also has a 630 mAh battery. It sports a 1.7-inch glass LCD touchscreen, housed in a stainless steel body with a leather strap. The S9110 enables the users to check their e-mail seamlessly through Outlook. The phone with A2DP support oozes style and panache. The S9110 is set to hit stores in France this month for about 450 Euros (Rs 31,000 approx). Yo Vizag � August'09 56 Yo Vizag � August'09 � TOLLYWOOD Magadheera Cast: Ram Charan, Kajal, Dev Gil, Srihari, Surya, Sarath Babu, Sunil, Brahmananadam, Hema, Chiranjeevi, Kim Sharma, Mumaith Khan, Subbaraya Sharma, Rao Ramesh etc Screenplay and Director: SS Rajamouli. Producer: Allu Aravind. Harsha (Ram Charan) is a young man who earns money on bike races bets and gambling. Incidentally he happens to touch the hand of a beautiful girl Indu (Kajal) and that 'soul touch' connects his present to the past. And the past is 1609 AD when Kalabhairava (Ram Charan) was a warrior in Udaigarh who trains and nurtures the soldiers. The Senadhipathi Randheer (Dev Gil) lusts on the princess, Mitravinda (Kajal) but the latter loves Kalabhairava. This results in a big war between Randheer and Kalabhairava which puts end to their lives. Sher Khan (Sri Hari), the Muslim invader witnesses the valour and affection, love of Kalabhairava and salutes to him. The warrior and the princess are re-born some 400 years later as Harsha and Indu. The rest of the film follows their present day love triangle. Magadheera is just an okay film, good in parts but nothing extraordinary. � BOLLYWOOD Love aaj kal Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, Vir Das Director: Imtiaz Ali Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan Through two parallel love stories, the movie speaks of Love Aaj (today) being no different from Love Kal (yesterday). The two stories - of Jai and Meera, Veer Singh and Harleen Kaur, are set in two different eras - the former being set in 2009 and latter in 1965. Modern day couple Jai (Saif) and Meera (Deepika Padukone), in London are very happy together, but both consider career important. When careers pull them in different directions, being 'practical' about it, they mutually decide to split. Cut to 1965. Veer Singh (Saif, again) is smitten by Harleen (Giselle Monteiro). But then, she goes away to Calcutta, leaving Veer lifeless, until he listens to his heart and strives against all odds to make Harleen his. Veer does not understand how Jai can treat matters of the heart without passion. Jai does not understand how Veer Singh could have been so naive and silly about Harleen in his youth. But as both stories unfold, it's obvious that the experience of being in love is just the same. Both Saif and Deepika come up with their career-best performances. Rishi Kapoor is top notch. 57 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - A Case Of Exploding Mangoes By Mohammed Hanif Mohammed Hanif's exuberant first novel, plunks us down in Pakistan for the last month of President Zia's life and takes us behind the scenes - from the American Embassy in Islamabad, the First Lady of Pakistan's private chambers, to a military prison. In the book, Hanif dwells on the conspiracy theories behind General Zia's fatal airplane crash. He introduces at least six other possible suspects, including a blind woman under sentence of death, a Marxist-Maoist street cleaner, a snake, a crow, an army of tapeworms and a junior trainee officer in the Pakistani Air Force named Ali Shigri, who is also the novel's main narrator. The book is basically a satire of militarism, regulation and piety; life within the Pakistani Air Force Academy. The jokes start early in the book and they keep on coming, interspaced with shocking scenes. There has never been an official explanation as to what caused the crash that ended Zia's 11-year reign, but now, some 20-odd years later, an unofficial explanation has been put forward. Telugu 1 Movie Song 2 Movie Song 3 Movie Song 4 Movie Song 5 Movie Song Magadheera Nakosam Nuvu Oy Saradaga Pista Pidi Pidi Boni Maa Jatha Kadithe Snehageetham Oka Snehame The Host By Stephenie Meyer The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But a few, especially Melanie Stryder refuse to surrender, even after being captured and made a host body for a 1,000-year-old female 'soul' called the Wanderer. Feisty 17-year-old Melanie uses her Hindi 1 Movie Song 2 Movie Song 3 Movie Song 4 Movie Song 5 Movie Song Love Aaj Kal Twist Kaminey Dhan Te Nan Kambakkht Ishq Om Mangalam New York Hai Junoon Delhi-6 Masakali surviving brain cells to persuade Wanderer to help search for her loved ones in the Arizona desert. Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. In this tantalizing science fiction thri l ler, Meyer boldly chooses to narrate from the perspective of the invading alien, and it is a tribute to the author's skill that Wanderer is a sympathetic protagonist despite the fact that she tells her tale while clinging to the cerebellum of a human Radio Partner: victim. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle develops for Wanderer/Melanie. Yo Vizag � August'09 58 Yo Vizag � August'09 ARIES :: Mar 21 - Apr 19 LEO :: July 23 - Aug 22 SAGITTARIUS::Nov22-Dec 21 Though financially sound, commitments on hand can cause concern. Though expectations are high, business gains will be moderate. Avoid sentiments in business matters. The employed can expect promotions and perks. Avoid ego clashes with family, take a short vacation instead. Expect substantial inflows of money, but defer major expenses like a new car. Business people need to exercise caution with new clients. Employees will get recognition and rewards. Family and trusted friends will be highly supportive and helpful. Business trips will be fruitful. Do not postpone the due medical check-up. A surge in business and satisfactory financial inflows indicated. The employed are likely to get attractive new job offers. Avoid ego clashes with family; maintain your cool with them. A childhood friend's financial advice may improve your finances. A short family vacation is likely. TAURUS :: Heavy Apr 20 - May 20 inflows, business VIRGO :: Aug 23 - Sep 22 CAPRICORN::Dec 22 - Jan 19 Businesses will do very well. A challenging month ahead for the employed but they get their due recognitions. New friends are likely to propose true opportunities for wealth gain. Avoid being abrasive with family and friends. Listen to them and then decide. Health may require serious attention. financial Business surges and substantial financial gains are indicated. The employed need to follow given instructions seriously. Family and friends will be highly supportive. Avoid unnecessary long journeys. Get a health check up. A good foreign posting for a family member is likely. expansions, foreign tie-ups and new ventures are expected this month. Work becomes smooth for the employed. Avoid ego clashes with family and encourage their individual initiatives. Do not neglect health issues. Someone in the family may get good foreign job offer. Avoid long journeys by road. GEMINI :: LIBRA :: Sep 23 - oct 22 May 21 - June 20 Property sale will bring good finances. You are likely to come across an excellent business opportunity. A rewarding job-change is indicated. Your affable attitude removes the misunderstandings within the family. Health of a senior family member may disturb you. A spiritual journey with family is likely. AQUARIUS :: Jan 20 - Feb 18 Income will be average, avoid big expenditures. Excellent business growth is indicated. The employed are likely to get additional responsibilities. Stop blaming others for your troubles and explore within for solutions. Health is likely to be under stress and you need to take proper preventive care. Though money inflow is good, avoid shopping sprees. Your achievements will get recognition and new opportunities will come knocking. Consult family in all important decisions and avoid being abrasive. Limit long distance travels to the bare minimum. Don't neglect your health issues and consult doctor. CANCER :: June 21 - July 22 SCORPIO :: Oct 23 - Nov 21 PISCES :: Feb 19 - Mar 20 Excellent financial inflows, business growth, increased profits, successful business trips, possible real estate investments for the business personnel; and appreciation coupled with a possible promotion for the employed are predicted this month. A family vacation and a busy social life are likely. Regular health check up should not be neglected. Financial worries will recede by midthird week. New business initiatives might materialise. The employed can expect promotions and financial rewards. You may celebrate an unexpected success. Keep your temperament under control while communicating with others. Avoid long distance road journeys. Though money inflows are likely to be good, do exercise due caution before investing in anything. Businesses will bring good returns. The employed can expect challenging tasks this month. Relations with family will be good and health too will be almost certainly good. 59 Green-capped hills, tranquil hill tops, picturesque valleys, dense jungles, million-year-old caves. Vizag is surrounded by an arena of wonders that leaves any visitor mesmerized. It has many tourist spots that reflect the culture and heritage of India. History apart, there are many exciting destinations for the fun-loving and adventurous tourist too. The best time to visit - is almost throughout the year...except maybe in the icky rainy months of June to September. Though if the heat and sweat gets to you, then opt for the cool months of November (after the rains, when everything is clean and green) to February (before the heat actually kicks in). Practical clothing for Vizag climates is cotton and cotton-blends. As the Indian monsoons set in, the month of August experiences intermittent showers, with alternating spells of wet and dry. Fast drying clothes are the best bet. And like anywhere in India, skimpy sensuous outfits will attract unwarranted attention. The mannerism of the local populace here spells hospitality. Warm, friendly, traditional and cosmopolitan - a true Vizagite is a unique blend of all. Ever ready to direct and advise, don't hesitate to ask around. Telugu, English and Hindi are the commonly spoken languages here. Nightlife in the city is comparatively nascent. There are a few good pubs and lounge-bars to visit, though the crowd really picks up only on weekends. After 10 pm ladies, do get a guy as an escort. Generally, day or night, movies are the biggest draw. While shopping, haggle to your hearts content on the roadsides and smaller establishments. Vizag is not known for its shopping, but the fare on display is varied. Clothes from Kolkata and Mumbai, imported goods from custom-notified shops, toys, sporting goods... you name it, it is available. Touring facilities are adequately provided by AP Tourism. These packages cover most of the city sights and are quite satisfactory for a rapid trip around the city. The daily conducted 'local sightseeing tour' covers the main tourist spots for Rs 340/- including lunch and snacks. For Araku, Burra Caves and nearby tourist destinations, there are daily packages. The Araku trip is either by rail and road (Rs 420/-) or only road (Rs 310/-). The food is hot, spicy and mostly rice-based. The local dishes are richly flavoured with loads of tamarind and spice. Sea-food and fresh-water-fish from the neighbouring Godavari districts figure prominently in the local diet. Most eateries are multi-cuisine offering a varied fare. Tipping in restaurants is discretionary, around Rs 5 to Rs 10, or 1015% of the bill. Modes of transport within the city include buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis. The cheapest mode of transport, buses cover most of the city. Autos are handy, they will get you just anywhere, though many operate without a meter, in which case, enquire (and bargain if necessary) the cost of the fare before getting in. Taxi-services are catching on in the city. Metered Services like 'Crazy-cabs' (Phones: 6455589, 6455598, 6455355, 6455678, 9246676899) and 'Vizag City Taxi' (Phones: 3200000, 9348882817) are just a phone-call away. Must See - Must Do stuff in Vizag includes a stroll down the Beach Road at sunset. A visit to the Sub-Museum on the Beach - edifying and really interesting! Add a drive down the Bhimli Road and a visit to the Burra Caves to the weekend itinerary. Yo Vizag � August'09 60 Yo Vizag � August'09 Kailasagiri Distance from RTC Complex: 6 Km This familiar picnic spot is a hillock on the seafront with an enchanting view of the sea, beaches, lush green forests and the bustling city. The major attractions here are the 40 feet tall magnificent Shiva-Parvathi idol, the Shanku Chakra Naama, floral clock, titanic view point, manicured lawns and flower beds, artgallery, children play park, ropeway and toy-train. Mudasarlova Distance from RTC Complex: 10 Km The site has a beautiful park with different types of green plants and orchards and a lake that supplies water to the city. The key attraction of the place is the scenic 18-hole Golf course belonging to East Point Golf Club Shivaji Park Distance from RTC Complex: 3 Km Shivaji Park is an ideal picnic spot sprawling over 3 acres of land. It has many attractions like fountains, skating ring, children's play area, beautifully landscaped gardens, a small open air theatre, food court etc. Ramakrishna Beach Distance from RTC Complex: 3 Km A place for leisure and relaxation, Ramakrishna mission beach is a natural beauty. There are various statues, the Kali Temple, the Ramakrishna Ashram, the Submarine Museum, the Visakha Museum and various other attractions along the road. There is also the war memorial, 'Victory at Sea', a fitting tribute to soldiers of the 1971 war. The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park Distance from RTC: 10 Km This Zoo encompasses an area of 635 acres, and is full of exotic species of animals and birds amidst rolling landscapes of natural habitat. It houses around 80 species of birds and animals There is a huge Deer park and a Crocodile Park. The well planned layout of the Indira zoo park has different enclosures for primates, carnivores, lesser carnivores, small mammals and birds close to their natural habitats. The park is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all the days except Mondays. Vuda Park Distance from RTC Complex: 5 Km Vuda Park alias Taraka Rama Park, located near the Rama Krishna Beach is one of the most popular leisure spot in Visakhapatnam. The park has boating facilities, a roller skating rink, beautiful long lawns, flower gardens, dancing fountains show and a children's play area. Bheemunipatnam Distance form Vizag: 25 Km Bheemunipatnam popularly known 61 as 'Bheemli' is one of the oldest municipality Rushikonda Beach Distance from Vizag: 10 Km This lovely beach is very popular with locals and tourists. This portion of the sea is safest to bathe or surf, though precaution is always advised. The Government owned Punnami Resorts offer rooms at reasonable rates for tourists. The 14th century Sri Sapta Rusheswara Temple surrounded by seven hills is located in Rishikonda. (1861) in the country. The long picturesque drive along the beach road itself is enjoyable. In Bheemli, there is a 17th century Dutch settlement, ruined fort, armoury and the oldest Dutch cemetery. The cemetery named Hollanders Green has some tombs embossed with the skull and cross bones motif of sea pirates. The beautiful beach at Bheemli is considered to be one of Araku Valley Distance from Vizag: 115 Km A popular hill station, Araku valley, also called Andhra Ooty is 30km north from Borra caves. It is located on the Eastern Ghats and is home to a number of tribal communities. Spreads over an area of 36sq. kms, the Araku Valley is a perfect tourist destination with pleasant climate, lush greenery, waterfalls and streams. The tribal habitat museum and the tribal village are the major attractions here. The tourists can get a glimpse of the traditional folk dances, The Dhimsa. Accommodation facilities are available for tourists. Chaaparai is a picturesque picnic spot off 15km Araku. the safest and calmest for swimmers. On the top of a hill, there is a light house and a small shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha. St. Peter's Church, Maharaja's guest house, clock tower, port and Gautam Boat club are the added attraction here. This serene town has been the favourite of many filmmakers and is quite a romantic place. The place derived its name from 'Bhima', one amongst the Pandava brothers. Yarada Beach Distance from Vizag: 15 Km This is a fabulous beach with an exotic blend of golden sands and the lush green stretch of hills. Nestled between the hills on all the three sides and the Bay of Bengal on one side, this beach is an ideal spot for a day out. Ananthagiri Distance from Vizag: 60 Km Ananthagiri is a beautiful hill station in the lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats, on the way to Araku Valley. The clean fresh air makes it a perfect health resort. Anathagiri is famed for its extensive coffee plantations and numerous waterfalls like Tadimada waterfalls. Erra Matti Dibbalu Distance from Vizag: about 20 km Erra Matti Dibbalu means Red Mud Hillocks in Telugu. These are the naturally formed ravines which have been formed over the years because of wind currents and soil erosion. These ravines located near Bhemili were once almost 40 Mt high, and now only about 15 Mt high owing to erosion and human interference. The million year old vast stretch of red hillock covered by green vegetation with blue waters of the Bay of Bengal on one side provides a quaint feast for the visitor Borra Caves Distance from Vizag: 90 Km The million year-old limestone Borra Caves on the way to Araku Valley. The caves, at a height of 1400 Mt above sea level is filled with fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations of calcium deposits with Gosthani River flowing through. Deposits fashioned like a 'Shivalingam' and a cow (Kamadhenu) impart a religious significance to the caves. The caves are brightly illuminated. Tyda Nature Camp Distance from Vizag: 75 Km Tyda is a small tribal village nestling in the wooded hills of the Eastern Ghats, on the Araku Road. An eco-tourism park known as 'Jungle Bells' has facilities for rock climbing, trekking and target shooting with bow & arrows. . With the help of naturalists or guides in the camp, one can learn the language of the jungle viz., identification of calls, marks etc. and understanding interesting features of various flora and fauna of Eastern Ghats. There are cottages and log huts at the site. Etikoppaka Distance from Vizag: 65 Km Etikoppaka, a small village on the banks of Varaha River, is known for its age-old tradition of wooden carvings and artefacts. Etikoppaka toys made of 'ankudu' wood with lacquer colours, enchanting designs and earthly appeal are very attractive. The toys, mythological figures, carvings etc display the creative skills of the craftsmen and depict local cultural practices. Matsyagundam Distance from Vizag: 140 Km About 15 Kms down the road to Paderu from Araku, comes a scenic spot with a rivulet winding through the boulders against the backdrop of an ancient Shiva temple, Sri Matsyalingeswara Swamy Temple. In the belief the Lord Shiva protects the fish in these waters; they are not caught or eaten. Yo Vizag � August'09 Yo Vizag � August'09 Sri Mukhalingam Distance from Vizag: 148 Km The Srimukhalingeswara (Shiva) Temple is believed to have been built in the 9th century by kings of Eastern Ganga Dynasty, on the banks of River Vamsadhara. The temple has some remarkably beautiful sculptures. On close observation, the features of face can be perceived on the Shiv-lingam. Bavikonda Distance from Vizag: 16 Km Bavikonda, also the beach road leading to Bhimli acquired the name Bavikonda due to the existence of wells on the hill to collect rain water for drinking purpose. The artefacts recovered here include Roman coins and satavahana coins apart from pottery dating back to 3rd century BC and 2nd Century A.D. Excavations on the hill-top brought to light an extensive Buddhist establishment consisting of a Mahachaitya, stupas, chaityagrihas, a congregation hall, platforms, viharas, kitchen-cum-store complex, pottery, relic caskets, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, moulded bricks, coins etc. 62 Simhachalam Distance from Vizag: 16 Km This is a well known temple of Lord Varaha Narasimha, (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), built in the 11th century. The main deity is always covered with sandalwood paste. Appikonda Distance form Vizag: 18 Km Appikonda also known as Kapilakonda is a small village, with an ancient Shiva temple, almost behind the Steel Plant. The major attraction of the temple is a life size bull carved out of black stone. It also contains inscriptions dating back to 12th Century AD, with a mention that this village was granted by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas for the maintenance of worship in the temple. Thotlakonda Distance from Vizag: about 15 Km Situated on the Bhimli Road are these beautiful ancient structures. Also known as 'the Hill of Eagles", the complex has a number of stupas, Chaityas, Viharas, a congregation hall and a refectory belonging to the Himayana School, mostly excavated during1982-92. These remains are classifieds as religious, secular and civil. Excavations at Thotlakonda comprise pottery, beads, bangle pieces, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, sculptural remains, moulded bricks, inscriptions, coins, etc. Pavuralakonda Distance from Vizag: 24 Km Pavuralakonda or Narasimhaswamy Konda is located to the west of Bhimli. This hillock also called 'hill of pigeons', covering an area of 10 to 12 acres, is at a height of 168mts above sea level. Excavations of the site believed to be dated between 3rd C. B.C. and 2nd C. A.D, revealed nearly 14-16 rockcut troughs or cisterns used for collecting rainwater, foundations of viharas, with cells and river common Gosthani verandah, which flows circular nearby chaityagrihas, votive stupas, halls etc. The Pavuralakonda served as navigation canal for inland trade in the early centuries of the Christian era. Arasavalli Distance form Vizag: 105 Km Located in Srikakulum district, this is one of the few temples (the only one in AP) devoted to the Sun God, Suryanarayana Swamy. The temple is constructed in such a manner that the rays of the rising sun fall directly at the feet of the deity twice a year. (Between March 9-12 and Sept 9-12) Salihundam Distance from Vizag: 118 Km This village shot into prominence because excavations revealed the existence of an ancient Buddhist settlement. On the banks of the river Vamsadhara, a maha stupa, votive stupas, chaityas, platforms and viharas have been unearthed here with inscriptions dating back to the 2nd century A.D. The main stupa on a hilltop measures 46 feet in diameter while the maha vihara salipethaka has an entrance in the shape of Swastika. Sri Kurmam Distance form Vizag: 118 Km Sri Kurmanadha temple in Srikurmam, southeast of Srikakulam town, is the only temple in India where Lord Vishnu is revered in the form of Kurma and hence the deity is called Srikurmanatha. In this temple the Lord faces west. It is believed to be built before t h e 2 n d c e n t u r y. I t a l s o d e p i c t s m a n y inscriptions in Devenagri script dating from the 11th to the 19th century AD. Sankaram Distance from Vizag: 41 Km The village of Sankaram near Anakapalli, with 3rd and 4th century Buddhist constructions. Situated on two small hillocks, believed to be made during Mahayana period. The hills, Bojjanakonda and Lingalakonda has a monastery, numerous rock- cut stupas and sanctuaries cut into the sides of the hill with several Buddha images. There are a few plain and small caves on the hillock, which formed the Viharas (shelters) for the monks and students. The unique feature of Bojjannakonda is that it shows all the three phases of Buddhism. i.e Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana and meditating Buddha. Annavaram Distance from Vizag: 124 Km Annavarm is a sacred pilgrim centre on the hillock Ratnagiri. With the deity Lord Veer Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, presiding, the Satyanarayana Swamy Vratha is performed here daily by scores of devout married couples, as thanksgiving and for begetting favours. The Temple is situated on the banks of the River Pampa. Hotels The Park Waltair Uplands, Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. Ph: 2754488 The Gateway Hotel Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. Telephone: 5565900 Welcome Hotel Grand Bay Rk Beach Road , Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. Ph: 2560101 The Palm Beach Near Rk Beach, Waltair Uplands, Beach Road, Visakhapatnam. Ph: 2754026 / 27 Dolphin Hotel Nr. Saraswathy Park, Visakhapatnam. 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