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Volume VIII | Issue I | January 2014

Indian Airports The new generation

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At your service World-class airports & SpiceJet services

Republic day

Parade at Rajpath: A riot of colours & charisma

joyride for children SpiceJet’s CSR activity with Kolkata children


ON A NEW NOTE

Dear SpiceJet customer, I wish you and your family a very Happy 2014! Hope the coming year will bring in lots of joy and prosperity to you. This year, be ready to welcome a new SpiceJet - your favourite airline. As we move ahead into the new year, we bring in better services, more products and surprises for our passengers. As we step into 2014, I would like

to thank you all once again for your continued support to SpiceJet. In fact, it is your feedback that has helped us evolve to serve you better and we take immense pride in keeping you at the core of all our innovations. We look forward to renewing our commitment to provide great service and a great flying experience. This month has been full of festivities and joy for SpiceJet and the crew infused the cheerful spirit by wearing Santa caps which you must have noticed while travelling with us. We shared this happiness with our little guests from Mother Teresa’s missionary house who flew with us from Kolkata to Delhi and back on a special ‘Spice joyride’ and a tour to Delhi on December 26. While flying with us, be pleasantly surprised by the new look of Spiceroute. The completely revamped magazine comes in bright colours and with many snippety, crisp and easy-toread articles. The cover story features some of India’s newest, world class terminals along with our ground and inflight services. Also, you will get to read and know more about the SpiceJet crew and people who are the strong pillars of SpiceJet. Keep sending in your feedback and suggestions to customerfirst@spicejet. com, and a member of the management team will personally respond to you. Happy flying!

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48 hours in Kochi Nainital: Tranquil Sojourn

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THE INFLIGHT MAGAZINE

Volume VIII | Issue I | January 2014

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AT YOUR SERVICE World- class airports & SpiceJet services

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REPUBLIC DAY

Parade at Rajpath: A riot of colours & charisma

JOYRIDE FOR CHILDREN SpiceJet’s CSR activity with two orphanages from Kolkata

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Indian Airports The new generation

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata Photographs: Sagnik Jaiswal Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi | Photographs: Prakhar Pandey Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad | Photographs: Girish Mason Chennai International Airport | Photographs: Abhinaya Shankar

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TETE-A-TETE In conversation with Shovana Narayan 94

CONCERN Caring for camels

SPICE INFO 132

In conversation with Vir Das 100

Letter from the management SpiceJet family SpiceJet news Celebrations

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CSR: Joyride for children from Kolkata 180 Destinations Fleet guide Schedule

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COVER STORY SpiceJet Services: A walk through

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In Delhi from January 4 - 19. The National School of Drama rings in 2014 with its annual drama extravaganza in the form of the International festival of Drama - the 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. The international Drama festival brings to the capital 73 plays by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and the world.

FOOD FIESTA In Pune till January 5. Enjoy the winter food festival at Khandani Rajdhani, Pune which offers delectable delights for foodies. Winter delicacies at the festival include Undhiyu, Bajri Rotla, Haldi ki subzi, Sarso ka saag, Bajri ni raab, Goond ke laddo, Adadiya Paak, Ponkh Pattice, Lilva rice, Gajar ka halwa and Lilva pattice amongst others.

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In Kolkata from January 8- 13. Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival is rolling out the red carpet for its fifth edition. A six day festival filled with art and literary delights, AKLF 2014 will pay a special tribute to India’s first education minister, writer and scholar Maulana Abul Kalam Azad on his 125th birth anniversary, with the opening by his great grand nephew, icon Aamir Khan.

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In Pune from January 9 - 16. When the Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) began in 2002 the aim was to attract the best in celluloid to the city, a task that it has achieved over the last 11 years. Today PIFF is an important date on the calendar for film buffs, filmmakers and the film fraternity not only from Pune or India, but across the globe.

In Bangalore till January 10. An exhibition of photographs by Indian artist, Jyoti Bhatt for the first time in Bangalore will be held at Tasveer gallery. The exhibition will display photographs from rural India, and chronicle the artists’ travels through rural environments in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar.

In Goa from January 17- 18. After a successful event in its maiden year, with more than 6,400 enthusiasts and 3,000 bikes from across India, the India Bike Week is popular with hard core bikers, bike fans, travellers and festival goers. India Bike Week 2014 is foretold to be bigger and better with more bikes and more brands.


LUXURY AT ITS BEST VISUAL RELIEF In Delhi from January 22- 27. Art on My Mind presents - Time and Moments by Aarti Zaveri at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi. The portraits of this series are based on a simple question that arises within us – Is it us who made time, or time that has made us what we are?

In Riyadh from January 28- 30. The World Luxury Expo will take place at the palatial Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The three-day invitationonly exhibition will showcase the world’s leading luxury brands. Renowned international brands will exhibit their masterpieces to highly discerning VIP guests from across the Kingdom.

LIVE ART In Mumbai from January 23 - 29. The Navi Mumbai Art Festival will hold exhibitions of artists from all over India, hold workshops, show live art demonstrations and have evening cultural programs.

SHOPPING FIESTA In Dubai from January 2-February 2. Kicking off every January, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is a retail celebration, a shoppers’ paradise and renowned the world-over for its amazing deals and promotions. From international concerts and musicals, to sports, outdoor, and fashion events, the Dubai Shopping Festival appeals to all age groups.


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ONE-STOP SHOPPING DESTINATION AT SURAT

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AMRITSAR -THE NEW TOURIST HUB

Virtuous Retail, India’s largest institutionally owned developer-operator of lifestyle shopping centers, is pleased to announce the Gujarat debut of Inditex-owned global highstreet fashion brand Zara, at its 6,00,000 SF Flagship Center VR Surat, positioning it as the leading fashion destination in the entire region. Other key shop openings include UK’s leading department store brand Marks & Spencer, global cosmetics giant MAC, and luxury watch brand Omega. VR Surat is South Gujarat’s largest and only lifestyle destination. Mr Anupam Yog, Marketing Director opines, “It is not only about shopping but an holistic experience where visitors can enjoy a slice of local life.” With various events being held quite frequently, Virtuous Retail is set to become a popular tourism hub in Surat. Unending eating options, play area for children and plenty of open space with various art installations, it is a place worth visiting.

The ‘Go on India’ campaign introduced by Goibibo.com this year has cherry-picked Amritsar as their next destination to promote tourism in India. Under this campaign, they have selected 500 scenic cities of the country and share vital insights about the flora, fauna, tradition and culture of this city. Furthering the campaign, they are also offering a 25 per cent discount on hotels in the city empanelled with them. Sanjay Bhasin, MD Goibibo.com said, “Tourism being one of the main commercial activities in Amritsar, the city contributes immensely to the country’s tourism industry every year. Considering the connectivity of the city by all modes of transport and the number of domestic and foreign visitors, it had to be part of our select list of 500 chosen cities.”

SMOOTH AND SAFE PILGRIMAGE

A PILGRIMAGE TO DAKSHINESWAR (WEST BENGAL) IS EXPECTED TO GET SMOOTHER BY MARCH WITH THE STATE GOVERNMENT APPROVING A MAKEOVER OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION PLAN FOR THE TEMPLE COMPLEX. THREE MAJOR PROJECTS ARE LINED UP – IMPROVING TRAFFIC AT NETAJI ISLAND, BUILDING A JETTY AT DAKSHINESWAR TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE MODE OF TRANSPORT, AND ERECTING 11 BUS SHELTERS FOR BETTER PASSENGER DISPERSAL AND THE COMFORT OF PILGRIMS. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com


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DUBAI TO HOST EXPO 2020

Dubai has been declared as the host city for Expo 2020. Dubai won the bid beating three other final contenders in the fray- Russia, Brazil and Turkey- at the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions (BIE) General Assembly in Paris. Representatives of the 168 BIE member nations voted on the bids to host the 2020 edition of one of the world’s oldest, largest and most significant international mega-events. Dubai’s bid, themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ won with 116 votes in the final round, with Russia placed second with 47 votes. Hosting Expo 2020 will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE.

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RURAL TOURISM IN HARYANA The Haryana Tourism Department has identified a Rural Tourism cluster to be developed in the Brij area of Palwal district. The government has also decided to develop new GT circuits from Panchkula to Mahendergarh for which expenses will be borne by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Under the concept of Circuit Tourism introduced by the Ministry, development of infrastructure, upgradation, beautification and restoration of old monuments and places of historical and cultural importance are taken up for integrated development and financed by the central government.

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SAILING IN OMAN Oman Tourism recently conducted a sailing event in Mumbai where the travel trade members not only got an opportunity to sail, but also got a better understanding of the destination. A representative from Oman Sail was also present at the event to conduct a presentation about the sailing opportunities in the country. Lubaina Sheerazi, India Representative, Sultanate of Oman, said, “Oman’s stunning coastline is undoubtedly best explored by sea. Sailing is a major activity in Oman and we want to highlight this feature and promote it as a new and thrilling way to discover the beauty of Oman. The objective behind the event was to provide the trade partners an experience of sailing and also to network with them on an innovative and fun platform. The event was a roaring success for us as it was very well attended by top tour operators and travel agents and they enjoyed their day out in the sea.’’


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In a bid to attract more tourists, Malaysia has reintroduced Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility for Indian nationals, but only if they enter from a third country, as per The Star newspaper. The move comes in the wake of the ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014’. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Minister of Home Affairs, Malaysia said Indian and Chinese tourists will be granted the VoA, but only for those who enter Malaysia through a third country. Currently, India and China passport holders are required to apply for a visa for travel to Malaysia. “But we will not compromise if there are those who come to cause social problems or do not return (to their home country),” Hamidi said.

CRUISE HOLIDAYING

With the largest and most innovative cruise ships in every region, Royal Caribbean International offers the widest variety of onboard amenities and activities including dedicated clubs and engagement programs for different age groups; from surf simulators, ice skating rinks, zip line, rock climbing walls and full sized sports courts to world class casinos, aqua theatre, Broadway style entertainment, multiple pools and whirlpools to unique experiences like the Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, DreamWorks, Barbie and an Adventure Ocean Youth program. Royal Caribbean International is best known for its first-at-sea innovations and for revolutionising global cruising standards. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

IN ITS CONTINUOUS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE THE REGION, THE INDIA OFFICE OF VISIT FLANDERS ORGANISED AN EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR ‘FABULOUS FLANDERS’ FOR THE TRAVEL TRADE MEMBERS IN PUNE, HYDERABAD AND BENGALURU. THE OBJECTIVE OF THESE SEMINARS WAS TO UPDATE THE TRAVEL TRADE ABOUT THE LATEST DESTINATION DEVELOPMENTS AND PRODUCT OFFERS IN FLANDERS AND BRUSSELS. “SUCH SEMINARS FACILITATE US TO UNDERSTAND PROFILES OF TRAVELLERS THEREBY ENABLING US TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT DESTINATION FLANDERS,” SAID SUNIL PURI, MANAGING DIRECTOR, VISIT FLANDERS, TOURISM OFFICE OF FLANDERS & BRUSSELS.


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Located at an altitude of 8600ft on the Hindustan Tibet road (NH - 22), just 44 kms away from Shimla, Narkanda is the closest Skiing Point in North India, offering spectacular views and is a skier’s paradise in the winter. The V resort at the Narkhanda cottage offers activities for the skier and non-skier alike; it offers not only great outdoor activities but also great culinary delights. During winters when the white snow envelopes the green, the slopes of Narkanda come alive with skiers. The skiing area is a dream with manicured pistes, deep-snow slopes, and mountains perfect for ski tours. For non-skiers, there’s plenty to do and see, Mountain Bike, Rappelling, Valley Crossing, Tree Climbing, Burma Bridge. Enjoy the dreamy weather, go for a trek to the orchards and enjoy the evening bonfire with some drinks and hot tasty snacks.

The Gateway Hotels & Resorts, part of the Taj Group, announced the launch of The Gateway Hotel EM Bypass Kolkata. This will be the first Gateway branded hotel in Kolkata and the second Taj hotel after 24 years post the launch of Taj Bengal in 1989. The Gateway Hotels & Resorts caters to the upscale segment and has expanded its footprint in Eastern India with this launch. With the opening of this hotel, The Gateway Hotels & Resorts now has 24 hotels in its portfolio. Commenting on the launch, Mr Raymond Bickson, MD & CEO, Taj Group of Hotels said, “We are extremely proud and delighted to announce the opening of The Gateway Hotel E M Bypass in the beautiful city of Kolkata. We are confident that The Gateway Hotel will not only maintain but strengthen our leadership position in the state in terms of providing a distinct service offering and experience to the new age business and leisure traveller.”

IN-TRANSIT STAY Radisson Blu Plaza, Delhi offers a transit stay for business travellers who have to take a late night flight. One doesn’t need to wait at hotel lobbys for long hours anymore. The transit package offers you everything you need just to relax before you take off again. The package includes room accomodation for six hours, wifi facility, complimentary usage of gymnasium, express checkout, drop facility to the airport - all this just for `5500 plus taxes. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com


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A WALK THROUGH

Indian aviation industry has come a long way, we bring you a lowdown on our ground and in-flight services.

Kamal Hingorani Senior VP & Head Ground Services, SpiceJet

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s you can see from the cover of this issue, the new generation of airport terminals in India are striking in their beauty, spaciousness, and customer friendliness. As the Head of Ground and Airport Services for SpiceJet in India, it makes me proud every time I visit these airports.

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I am therefore proud and privileged to take this opportunity to write about what we at SpiceJet are doing to further enhance your experience on the ground at these and other airports We are team ‘Ground Services’ that entails all touch points at the airport, right from entering the terminal building until getting into this aircraft, and later on arrival at your destination until leaving with

TRAVEL LIGHT It is always good to travel light. Sample this: if each of our passengers carries one kilogram less baggage, SpiceJet can save 2260 litres of fuel every day, which translates to approx 6000 kilograms of less carbon emission, leading to a greener tomorrow for January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

our children. On our part we are constantly researching ways to reduce aircraft weight; a latest example is this very Spiceroute magazine that you are reading - has been re-sized, to make it lighter in weight, as well as more reader friendly in handling.


SPICEJET‘S SOCCH MOVEMENT MEANS SAFE, ON TIME, CLEAN, COURTEOUS AND HASSLE FREE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

USEFUL TRAVEL TIPS Please ensure your personal mobile number is registered with us in your PNR. This helps keeping you instantly informed of any schedule changes. If you check-in early, it’s more likely you get a seat of your choice; even better if you web check-in. It’s free of cost and available 24 hours prior to departure.

SpiceJet ground staff helping a passenger

your baggage. The major objective of my team is to make your travel experience on ground smooth and hassle free and ensure an On-time departure, every time. Needless to mention, Safety and Security are paramount all through.

AT THE TERMINAL

It starts with the check-in process; allocating your seat, printing your boarding pass, tagging your baggage to the right destination, screening your baggage, assisting your passage through Security and Boarding gate, all handled by our warm, caring and professional staff. Our check-in agents are efficiently attending to each passenger within our benchmark of 60 seconds.

ON THE AIRSIDE

In between the aircraft landing and take off, our airside agents have quite a job on their hands. In the limited ground time (30 minutes for a Boeing 737, and 20 minutes for a Q400), they almost conduct an orchestra while walking a

To ensure On-time departures there is constant coordination between more than 12 departments tightrope! To ensure On-time departures they are constantly coordinating between more than 12 departments - Air Traffic Control (ATC), Met office, Airport Operator, Control Centre, CISF / Airport Police to name a few... Ground Services ramp agents work in two teams, one on the airside executing under the wings activities, and the other in the control functions behind the scenes making countless decisions, thereby making a huge difference to our operation. What is visible however, is assisting passengers’ embarkation and disembarkation, loading and unloading passenger baggage and cargo, etc. While many of the new airports in India are efficient, some of our major airports like Delhi T1D has no aerobridges;

Flight status displays at the airports are fixed guides; please observe these carefully while you wait for your flight boarding.

Did you know? Loading is a technically planned activity called ‘Weight and Balance’, which entails meticulous calculations done by our qualified ‘trimmers’ (certified by the Regulator) to maintain the ‘center of gravity’ of the aircraft.

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Please ensure you are at the Boarding Gate as soon as boarding is announced/ displayed on the screen (Flight Information Display boards). Our Boarding gates close 20 minutes prior to departure time, post which we off-load baggage of passengers who have not boarded, as per regulatory requirements. Sooner you board the aircraft, the more convenient it will be for you to find an overhead bin for your hand baggage.

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Mumbai main runaway is under repair; Pune, Goa and Srinagar offer a limited window of operation being Defence airfields. In addition, there are plenty other Tier II & III airports (like Vijayawada, Tuticorin, Rajahmundry, Dharamshala, Allahabad) with varying limitations. All these constraints are exacerbated by crew flying hours limitations, medical emergencies, not enough aircraft parking stands, inadequate boarding gates, unplanned structures, security threats and winter/monsoon weather woes! This list goes on; but the SpiceJet Ground Services team, lead by able leaders at every airport, are there 24/7, implementing a safe and customer focused operation.

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As you enter the aircraft you are guaranteed the epitome of service, be it your inflight meals, or a little help settling your hand baggage.

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n behalf of SpiceJet, I take this opportunity to wish all our passengers a Happy New Year. Our spirit of celebration commenced with the Christmas cheer activity in the month of December on all our flights, with our crew wearing Santa caps and welcoming our passengers.

On the 25th of December we had special Santa cap giveaways for children who flew with us In 2014, we will be taking our celebration forward with many a new visible changes to our In-Flight product and experience.

From the moment our cabin crew welcomes you with a warm smile at the aircraft door, till the time you disembark, you are under the care of our very efficient crew. At SpiceJet the emphasis is on “Service From The Heart”. We try and give the very best to each and every passenger every time they fly with us, be it on a 45-minute short-haul flight or

IN-FLIGHT ACTIVITIES Celebration time: On Christmas Day, Santa caps were given to all children flying with SpiceJet across all our networks. Music mantra: You can now listen to In-Flight music before January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

take-off and de-boarding. During the Christmas period, you heard our season’s special music and now from the month of January you can enjoy our brand new on-board music selection.


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longer flights to any one of our 10 International destinations. If you have been flying with us recently, you would have noticed quite a few additions to our InFlight menu selection. We have added two options, both in our vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices giving our passengers “The Power of Selection”. Having said this, I would like to add that it always helps that you pre-book your meal choice online at the time of booking your flight with us. In an attempt to make your flights with us more comfortable and hassle-free, we have revamped our service delivery model and shortened our InFlight announcements, making them more clear, crisp and precise thereby giving you more time to relax and be on your own while flying with us.

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SpiceJet crew are safety professionals, trained to carry out their duties with a “Human Touch”.

Ear comfort For you: If you attempt to try and block your ears with earplugs and cotton when flying, you are most likely to end up with a perforated eardrum. Swallowing, yawning, or holding your nose and blowing through it gently are the best methods to equalise the pressure difference you are experiencing. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

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For your child: For infants it is advisable for the parent to feed them or put some sugar in their mouth. For both adults and children: These measures are more effective vis-à-vis blocking the ears with cotton wool which actually hampers the equalisation of pressure.


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The services that our crew offers are personalised and tailored to all our passengers’ needs. The ever-smiling SpiceJet crew is always ready to assist passengers with their requests. Special care is given to passengers who require additional assistance like parents travelling with infants, children and the elderly.

Our prompt and efficient crew now don an all-new look, with our lady crew in ponytails/open hair and the gentleman crew in their suave corporate demeanour. We at SpiceJet value the feedback that many of our passengers have shared with us for it helps us improve the experience that we offer. Do keep

it coming and we assure that we will revert to you. As I sign off, a final message for all our passengers. We strive to make every flight of yours a pleasant one, and therefore serve you with a Human Touch. Our Motto: ‘Service From The Heart’ 

SOCCH INITIATIVE What it means for you? • Attractive low fares at our Airport Ticket offices • Additional 7 kg hand bag allowance for infants • SpiceMAX - Combo product of services (Premium Seat + Priority Check-in + 10 kg Handbag + Priority Bag delivery) at a nominal fee • Enhanced Free Baggage allowance for International connecting passengers • ‘Bag drop’ counters at Metros, for Web checked in passengers January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

• A new Interline arrangement with Tigerair (subsidiary of Singapore Airlines), to offer you seamless connectivity to Singapore from multiple Indian cities, at low fares • Special services – for Wheel chair passengers, Senior citizens, Unaccompanied Minors • Special care for ‘Differently abled’ passengers - our interaction is based on respect, understanding and extreme care • Self service kiosks already active at Hyderabad, other airports will follow soon

• Under way are new look and renovated check-in counters and bright, clean signages

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KOCHI

A heady mix of colonial influences interspersed by tropical, Malabar coastal presence, gives Kochi a delectable cocktail feel. W O RDS | SA NJAY SING H BADNOR

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DAYS IN A CITY

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CAPTIVATING KOCHI The port city of Kochi is on every avid traveller’s itinerary to South India. The city has a rich history to flaunt, a cultural bonanza to offer, food to tickle your tastebuds, and a long stretch of coastal life waiting to be explored. The beautiful churches, Jewish quarters giving a glimpse of Jewish life, an aromatic spice market with antique shops in the vicinity, and the presence of art galleries give you a plethora of options. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com


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FAST FACTS Occupied by the Portuguese Empire in 1503, Kochi was the first of the European colonies in colonial India. The city has the first marina facility in the country, Kochi Marina, which attracts large number of yacht-totters. KOCHI IS KNOWN AS THE “QUEEN OF THE ARABIAN SEA” ALTHOUGH IT SHARES NO BORDERS WITH THE ARABIAN SEA.

The Synangogue is a prime attraction of Jew Town

DAY ONE

9AM: TRYST WITH CHURCHES St. Francis Church, constructed in 1503 and perhaps India’s oldest European built church, was foremost on my agenda. Originally built in wood by Portuguese Franciscan Friars it was later rebuilt in stone during the mid-16th century. Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who died in Cochin in 1524 was laid to rest here for 14 years until his remains were shifted to Lisbon. Within walking distance is located yet another church – Santa Cruz. It was also constructed by the Portuguese, and later elevated as a cathedral. In the 19th century the British demolished the old structure and commissioned a new building. In 1984 it was proclaimed a Basilica by Pope John Paul II. 11AM: MUSEUM MUSING Yet another Portuguese contribution, the Mattancherry Palace, was built

One can witness the traditional and ostentatious dance performance at The Kerala Kathakali Centre in 1555 and gifted to Veera Kerala Varma, the then Hindu ruler of Kochi as a goodwill gesture. In 1663, it was renovated by the Dutch and is also referred to as the Dutch Palace. Now a museum, it houses a portrait gallery of the kings of Kochi. It has elaborate yet fascinating, mythological murals depicting vivid scenes from the epics which are in excellent condition and represent the finest of traditional Hindu temple art. 1 PM: JEWISH LIFE The Jewish quarters of Mattancherry

The Kochi port was created by a cataclysmic river flood in 1341 that carved new channels to the sea. There are a total of six synagogues in and near the city.

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Clockwise from left: Spice markets; popular streetside shops; a spice platter

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The Mattancherry Palace is now a museum that houses a portrait gallery of the kings of Kochi were once the centre of the Cochin Jews. An ornate gold pulpit, ancient Chinese hand-painted tiles and a 18th century working clock tower are its main features. The Synagogue, one of the oldest in the Commonwealth of Nations, is the main attraction of Jew Town which still retains some of the ancient Jewish names. It was time for a lunch break, so I

decided to have a snack in one of the many cozy eateries which abound the vicinity before setting out to explore. 4.30 PM: SPICE WALK The Kochi spice market is a part of the Jewish quarter, and one can see large godowns from where huge quantities of spices are packed and shipped off. Primarily a port town, Kochi (earlier known as Cochin), was an important hub of trade and commerce in the South East Asian region. Spices were of course always in demand, and hence this market flourished. A stroll down these lanes is enough to stimulate your senses with the exotic

Weather watch: The best time to visit Kochi is from October to April. The climate is humid through the year. Winters are cool; summers hot and dry. Tourist places near Kochi Alleppey: Situated 63km away, Alleppey is famous for its annual snake boat race held in August.

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aroma emerging from within these warehouses. Specially laid out spice shops for tourists offer excellent opportunity to familiarise oneself with the abundance of spices available. Over the years, antique shops have also mushroomed in this area. 7 PM: DIVINE DANCE While in Kochi it is customary to witness a Kathakali dance performance. The Kerala Kathakali Centre is one such spot from where one can see this traditional and ostentatious dance form of Kerala. Although the actual presentation is undoubtedly spectacular owing

Thattekad Bird Sanctuary: Located 50km away, it is home to a large number of rare and exotic bird species. Kallady: Kallady, located 45km away, is a famous pilgrim center and tourist spot. Munnar: About 140km away, Munnar offers beautiful tea gardens and cardamom plantations.


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Dutch Cemetery – the oldest European cemetery in India

to the vibrant costumes and headgear, it is the art of putting on the elaborate make-up that I found rather fascinating. The artists spend at least an hour painstakingly putting on the make-up before each performance. Fortunately visitors are welcome to observe the backstage preparations as well.

DAY TWO

7 AM: FERRY RIDE Kochi is made up of numerous small and large islands and peninsulas, and the means of getting around them for the general public at large is a ferry. So a joyride on a ferry I thought would be a good idea! The jetty was a pleasant, 20-minute walk from the Tower House and the trip to Vypeen Island was another 10 minutes by ferry. Setting out early gave me the opportunity to mingle

The city is made up of numerous small and large islands and peninsulas and one can get around on a ferry

with locals on their way to work, and it turned out to be quite an interesting experience. 10 AM: LIFE BY THE SEA The Vasco da Gama Square is actually a narrow stretch of promenade along the beach where one can actually observe local fishermen working with massive cantilevered fishing nets. The legacy of the Chinese traders from the court of Kublai Khan, the nets known as the Cheenawala in the local language date back to the 14th century and are usually operated during high tide. The day was an eventful one as the area had a definite buzz to it. Dozens of food stalls including those serving fresh seafood were rather tempting. My lunch comprised of tossed jumbo prawns, fried red snapper and shrimps. 2PM: ART ABUNDANCE Fort Kochi, the oldest European settlement in India, retains an old-world charm. It is a great place for art aficionados as there are a


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Kochi has many old Portuguese churches. Interestingly, St. Francis church was made of wood in 1503, and then rebuilt in stone in the 16th century number of art galleries. One such is the David Hall gallery. The building itself was constructed between the 1670s and 1690s by the Dutch East India Company and has a distinct style of architecture. Remarkably restored it is an excellent venue for art exhibitions, and one can spend hours appreciating the exhibits.

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Vibrant costumes and headgear make every Kathakali performance spectacular

6 PM: SUNSET CRUISE The sun was beginning to set and a cool sea breeze had started blowing. It was the perfect time to embark on a sunset cruise. Boats can be easily hired from near the fishing nets. Drifting into the sunset with the giant butterfly like silhouettes of the Chinese

MUST SEE St. Francis Church Santa Cruz Basilica Mattancherry Palace Jewish synagogues Fort Kochi

fishing nets pasted on the near horizon against a blazing, ochre sky gave a picture post card photo opportunity! It was sheer bliss and left me speechless! 8 PM: FOOD FOR A KING For my last meal at Kochi I decided to splurge and zeroed upon the Brunton Boatyard Hotel. The History restaurant at the Brunton Boatyard serves excellent Portuguese, Dutch, British Raj, Arabic, Kosher and local Kerala dishes made with local ingredients. The hotel was resurrected from the remains of a Victorian shipbuilding yard, and its interiors reflect English, Portuguese and Dutch influences. 

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Be it summer or winter, you are bound to fall in love with this little hamlet around the Naini lake. W O R DS | FLO RINA SO RE N

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comfortable six-hour drive from Delhi will bring you to Nainital. Though it is mostly a summer destination when city dwellers swarm to the nearby hill stations, visiting this tiny hamlet in the winters has its own charm (though January might welcome you with some harsh winds).

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However, if you love your woolens and are willing to brave the minus temperature, December-January is a perfect time to visit LEGENDARY CHARM

Though it might be a small hill station with life mostly revolving around the Naini lake, the city offers something more/different every time you visit it, so much so that a reluctant visit at the onset of this winter left me mesmerized. Just for recall; when I visited Naini (Nainital) for the first time with friends, it was an action packed holiday with horse riding and trekking up to the Naini peak. The next time when I went visiting with my nagging two-year-old, the zoo with its robust wild species was a saving grace and this time when I was rather dragged into it by a dear friend, a quick vacation with my husband of 10 years,

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The Naini lake is the centre of attraction here

was quite rejuvenating with nature walks and loads of bird watching. The focus of my recent visit was the Boat Club. Though having visited Nainital many a times, this legendary club somehow eluded me. Not this time though, as being a guest at the Shervani Hilltop they arranged for our special entry. The moment one enters the club, memories of yesteryears come flooding by. The beauty of the club with wooden floors and walls adorned with old yellowed photographs did not leave much to imagination as one could almost hallucinate of ladies walking around in Victiorian gowns while the men

with cigar in hand cheered the racing boats. The different yacht names till date have been portrayed around the club. The club at the centre is a pride for Nainital. Though for some years in between the boat race did not take place, locals and yacht owners have resumed action and racing has once again become the annual event to look forward to. The view from the top deck is just one to die for as the lights from the mall and houses from all directions fall on the placid lake, especially on a clear winter night.

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Stepping out of the club was difficult

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but there was more to be explored and enjoyed. The lake front is as always home to plenty of action. Be it shopping in Mall Road, visiting the Naina Devi temple or eating steaming boiled eggs and roasted corn along the roadside – this is the place to be. Boating in Nainital is a must for every visitor and can be done any time between 7a.m to 7 p.m. Not many would know that local masseur too roam around offering quick but very relaxing head and foot massages. If you can shed your inhibitions for once, believe me you are going to love it and come back asking for more. And all this comes at a very nominal cost, ranging

breathtaking views of the Himalayas • Boating in the Naini Lake. They charge `120 for an hour. • Shopping in the Mall road. There are a plethora of shopping options. The Tibetan

market offers a wide variety on woolens. • Visit the high altitude Nainital zoo. Seeing the animals in their wide enclosures is a big high. The elderly and children be warned as one has to walk a long way up.


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from `50 to `150. The best way to spot them in the deluge of people is through the box of condiment they carry with numerable small glass containers. They say the oil contains some special herbs and even animal fat to beat the cold; but I believe the actual magic lies in the art and those firm hands.

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from boat rides to trekking, all in a span of two days. The ropeway to the Snow Point view is another important attraction. Since I had done most of these in my earlier visit, I concentrated on relaxing and walking around as the weather was perfect. Shervani Hilltop where I was staying organises nature walks for its guests, and after taking useful pointers from the manager, me and my husband set on a leisurely stroll. The resort is on the higher end at Mallital and walking down was pretty fun and easy (it is

Photos: Desmond Roberts

Nainital is also visited by the young crowd from nearby cities. Honeymooners with their unique dressing sense are a common sight (a mix of western outfit with traditional chura (wedding bangles) and heavy mangalsurta is something that I personally fail to understand). You are also bound to see young enthusiastic boys who want to try out everything

Gurney house is the erstwhile residence of the famous hunter Jim Corbett

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Venture out Sattal: A drive to the nearby Sattal is a great option. Pony rides and having hot piping parathas by the lake can be fun. Nearby is the Mahasheer hatchery. Kaladungi: You can drive down

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walking up the steep gradiant which is the actual challenge). We started with St. John’s Church near the High Court. Sadly enough this mammoth church has been left to languish. Peeping through the half open doors/ windows one can catch a glimpse of the huge stain glass painting - all in its ruin. However, we were pleasantly surprised to see a small group headed by George and Joyce conducting a Sunday mass nearby. Our next stop was the Gurney house, the erstwhile residence of the famous writer-hunter Jim Corbett. According to local sources, this wonderful house has been sold off to a private party but seeing the same and imagining Corbett relaxing by the fire was exciting. After a long and satisfying walk, we waited near the Mall for the cab from the resort to pick us up as walking uphill was not a choice I would have liked to indulge in, though that would have surely left me a few inches thin! The bonfire at the lawns of Shervani Hilltop set the mood for the evening. Live music and barbecue was only the icing on the cake. Sumptuous tikkas and some jacket potatoes on request completed the menu. All the walking and fresh mountain air helped me sleep well after a long time. The next morning was another day and the roads lead us back to the city. The hotel was thoughtful enough to gift us a nice sapling each, very unique to the hills, and this tiny succulent plant on my terrace reminds me of the holiday up in the hills. 

to Kaladungi. The Jim Corbett museum with rare photographs and memorabilia is a must visit. Ranikhet: A drive to Ranikhet would give a good view of the apple orchids. It also gives a chance to visit one of the highest golf courses of Asia.


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Do you want to break free for a day? We bring you places you can venture out to from these SpiceJet destinations. W O R DS | RUPA LI DE A N

FROM HYDERABAD

BORRA CAVES

The million year old limestone caves are at a height of 1400 metres above sea level and are filled with fascinating stalagmite and stalactite formations of calcium deposits. The Gosthani river flows through the caves between the formations. The city guides show formations (read shapes) of Sivalingam and an idol of a cow on the

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Borra caves were discovered in 1807 by William King George of the Geological Survey of India VIZAG

Visakhapatnam (Vizag), an eastern coastal city which was a small fishing village of just a few hundred people, has now developed into a progressive, cosmopolitan port city, and a bustling industrial and commercial centre with over one million people. It is a beach resort with city status, palm fringed beaches with a

white sandy bay, and a view of the Dolphin’s nose on the horizon. This is a destination offering a holistic relaxing experience for one and all. Its port also handles cargo such as coal, iron ore, sulphur, phosphorus and manganese. A submarine museum stands majestically at the Ramakrishna Beach, and is the only one of its kind in Asia.

caves. The caves are breath-taking and are brightly illuminated. On your way back you can stop by at one of the home restaurants which excel in their spread of traditional food (rice, rasam, sambhar and vegetables) served with curd and mango pickle. Time tested family recipes have been incorporated in the authentic Andhra fare doled out at these restaurants. Presentation sits on the side of ostentation but who’s complaining.

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AJANTA

The caves have all been cut out of the rock wall escarpment on the outside curve of the bend in the valley. There are small bridges built connecting the almost sheer sides to this valley, giving us breathtaking view points. Of the 30 caves, 24 are accessible and one can walk fully upright into each cave, and most measure approximately 500- 1500 sq. ft. in size. The painted art looks like one of a renaissance era. A large number of incidents from the life of the Buddha are depicted in these paintings. To top it off they sit in the side of a sheer cliff overlooking a ravine. Further down from the caves is a

series of seven waterfalls, which is also beautiful. The caves are literally the work of hammer and chisel, as the monks carved the caves into the mountain face and are truly a sight to behold. It is next to impossible to take photos that do justice to the size and scale of it. That said, it is impressive, and worth the journey!

ELLORA

A UNESCO world heritage site and reason enough for your trip to the heart of Maharashtra. Built between the sixth and ninth centuries AD, each of the time periods reflect different religions - Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The star of the show is the

Of the 30 caves, 24 are accessible and one can walk fully upright into each cave Kailasa Temple built to represent Mount Kailash. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the largest monolithic sculpture hewn from the rock by 7000 labourers over a 150 year period. You can spend the morning just wandering through the caves in awe of the magnificence and the craftsmanship behind such structures, that too with so little technology.

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Fact file From Aurangabad to Ajanta Approximately two hours drive From Aurangabad to Ellora Around forty minutes drive


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DAKSHINACHITRA

A heritage village situated on the Mahabalipuram beach, run by the Madras Craft Foundation, offers a glimpse of traditional South Indian art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture. The architect, Laurie Baker, had lived in India for over 50 years. Benny Kuriakose is the site architect since 1985. He worked here under the tutelage of Baker, before completing his Masters in Conservation Architecture from the University of York, UK. The building is formed of exposed brick. Do try your hand at pottery, at making terracotta dolls, or just playing traditional games.

Benny Kuriakose is the site architect at Dakshinachitra since 1985 PONDICHERRY

Pondi is popularly known as the ‘Quintessence of French Culture’, ‘India’s Little France’ and ‘The French Riviera of the East’ as this territory was under the French rule for nearly 281 years. It still has the French flavour in it as one can see from the grand colonial mansions, beautiful boulevards, and placid promenades,

Fact file From Chennai to Dakshinachitra: About half an hour drive From Chennai to Pondicherry: About three hours drive

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spellings on sign boards and buildings, names of roads and public places. ‘Auroville’ is the place to visit, which is a universal township in the making for a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. At the centre of the township lies the Peace Area, comprising the Matrimandir and its gardens, the amphitheatre with the Urn of Human Unity that contains the soil of 121 nations and 23 Indian states, and a lake to help create an atmosphere of calm and serenity and to serve as a groundwater recharge area. For dining one must visit one of the restaurants that serve authentic French food-it’s a sheer delight.


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Katka is an ideal spot for bird watching, and for wild tiger spotting there is no better place than Tin Kona island

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while the green environ adds to the overall beauty.

Known as the Land of Tagore, Shantiniketan is famed owing its relation to Rabindranath Tagore. History has it that it was known as Bhubandanga after a dacoit who was notorious in the region. It is owned by the Tagore family and Rabindranath’s father renamed it to Shantiniketan due to its sedate and serene environment. It means “the abode of peace” in English. This town is a hub for learning and education. The university campus with life-size sculptures and installations make for a nice getaway,

SUNDERBANS

One of the most beautiful forests you can come across, Sunderbans is situated in Bangladesh as well as in India. It is an ideal place for adventure travellers as well as photographers, and is known for the largest mangrove enclosure in the world. It also boasts of a rich biodiversity. The National park covers a huge area of about 38,500 sq.kms. There are over 400 Royal Bengal tigers, the kind it is

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famous for and more than 30,000 deer in the park. Interestingly, it is named after the sundari trees that it is home to. Apart from the Royal Bengal tiger and herds of deer it also has fowls, giant lizards, wild boars and crocodiles, and even the Siberian ducks are always a treat to watch. Hiron Point is where the action lies. Katka is an ideal spot for bird watching, and for wild tiger spotting there is no better place than Tin Kona island where the fishermen can be seen flocking around to the Dublar Char island. 

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ot too long ago, if you admitted that you ‘watched birds’ you’d be regarded with raised eyebrows and the sympathetic smile usually reserved for those whose rightful habitat is the lunatic asylum. Happily, that’s not the case any more, and ‘bird-watching’ is gaining popularity around the country in leaps and bounds. Which, can be good not only for us, but for the birds as well. You can also

The perks for birders are many. The hobby is relatively inexpensive, once you’ve splurged on the best binoculars money can buy! You get to see varied and wonderful places where birds dwell

indulge in the pastime in your neighborhood park or garden or green area – or even from your balcony. Staring up at a fruiting or flowering tree can be surprisingly rewarding.

PERFECT TIMING

And the birds are everywhere: at the Chattarpati Shivaji Airport in Mumbai recently, I watched sparrows (which, are now rare!) and pigeons make themselves at home in the gleaming departure lounge! Our cities too

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SPOTTING HOW TO SPOT A RARE SPECIE Sound it makes Main colours Markings Size of the bird Manner of flight When and where you saw it

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THERE ARE MANY GOOD BIRD GUIDES AVAILABLE THESE DAYS, WITH DAZZLING COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, BUT FOR STARTERS – AND EVEN FOR ESTABLISHED BIRDERS – I WOULD STILL RECOMMEND SALIM ALI’S ALL TIME CLASSIC, ‘THE BOOK OF INDIAN BIRDS’ (PUBLISHED BY BNHS AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS). January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

are rich habitats for birds, Delhi has accounted for nearly one third of the approximately 1300 species to be found in the country. If you’re starting out, winter is a good time. This is when the resident population of birds is augmented by NRI migratory species, flying in from as far away as Siberia and Central Asia. At the heavy end of the scale are the storks and cranes, then there are wildfowl – colossal squadrons of duck and geese (one of which, the bar-headed goose has been spotted flying over Everest!) and the zingy salt and pepper waders – sandpipers and redshanks for example, that dart and scamper around the sea coasts and the banks of rivers and lakes all over the country. At the tiny-tot end are the passerines – the small ‘perching birds’ – wagtails, redstarts, flycatchers, blue-throats and warblers of baffling variety, that tip the scale at maybe 15 to 20 grams and have made the same monumental journeys. And finally there are the raptors that follow all these with deadly intent; the harriers, buzzards, falcons and magnificent eagles. While any self-respecting water body will have its compliment of winter guests, a trip to a place like the Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur) in winter is a surefire way to get hooked for life!

PRANCING AROUND

By February-March, the migratory species will have started on their long

journeys home, but this does not mean you have to pack away your binoculars. In spring, brief as it is, our resident species (around 900) get their act together: singing, dancing, fighting, nest-building, wooing, seducing and shopping (for worms and creepy crawlies) as they prepare to have and bring up their families. The breeding season climaxes with the monsoon, because this is when insect life burgeons and baby birds need intensive high-protein diets. There is a lot of interesting, entertaining stuff

Some are promiscuous, some touchingly faithful, many are involved in property (nests) disputes going on and if you are patient and observant you will soon realise that in many ways, birds are not too different from us. Some are promiscuous, some touchingly faithful, many are involved in property disputes (over nesting sites)


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Even crows are worth watching for the mirror they hold up to us

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bird – and anyway, making a list does not have to be de rigeur. (Personally I don’t like lists.) Birding is a lot like doing detective work and all you basically need are binoculars and a notebook and pencil – and if you like a camera with a decent (300mm.) telephoto or zoom lens. You spot a species you don’t recognise – you take down its description: size (relative to that of birds you know, like crows, pigeons, sparrows etc) main colours (top and bottom – which are often different), markings – spots, speckles, dapples

Go birding You can go birding alone, or with family or a few friends, or link up (via Google) with birding groups which are active in most big cities and go out with them. Birding with an expert can be educative, but is like spoon-

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etc, special characteristics – like a crest or pin feathers in the tail, the type of beak and legs, the call or song, the manner of flight, when and where you saw it, what it was doing… That’s a hell of a lot of information to look for and take down – in perhaps the 90 seconds the bird gives you before flying off – but do not worry! Take down whatever you can and then flip through your bird guide to see which species fits the bill. 

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feeding and can take the fun out of the exercise. The one golden rule of birding you must keep in mind at all times: the interests and well-being of the bird comes first, because quite simply, if there were no birds, there would be no birding.


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Kites flying in the morning sky, camels parading across the desert sands, farmers ushering in the harvest season, it’s time to rejoice. W O RDS | PA LLAVI SING H

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Coinciding with the Makar Sankranti celebrations, Gujarat’s International Kite Festival is held every year in Ahmedabad. The skies come alive with kites - in a hundred different colours and sizes, triumphantly cutting another kite’s string, and soaring way up high. Organised by the Gujarat Tourism Development Corporation, the festival is held at a local stadium, where kite enthusiasts from all across the world show off their skills. A kite market is held alongside, with food stalls, cultural performances and special kite displays at night, when illuminated kites - known as tukals - are flown. When: January 14 Where: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

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BIKANER CAMEL FESTIVAL The Bikaner Camel Festival is dedicated to the ‘ship of the desert’ - the camel. Organised by the Department of Tourism of Rajasthan, this annual festival is an ideal occasion to witness Rajasthan at its colourful best. The highlight here is folk performances by local artistes. The festival begins with a parade of beautifully bedecked camels - a colourful spectacle against the red backdrop of the Junagarh Fort. Tourists also get to enjoy camel races, camel milking, fur-cutting design, a best breed competition, camel acrobatics and camel beauty pageants. Camel traders and craftsmen come from across Bikaner. Tourists visit for souvenir shopping and great photography. Don’t forget to savour the tea prepared from camel milk along with locally made snacks. When: January 15 Where: Bikaner, Rajasthan LOHRI Traditional singing and dancing, accompanied with a sumptuous feast and a bonfire sets the mood for Lohri celebrations. This festival is believed to burn all sadness, bringing in warmth, happiness and love. Lohri marks the begining of the harvest season in northern India, and is characterised by the worship of fire. Grains like peanuts, popcorn, puffed rice, chikki and other goodies are ceremonially ‘fed’ to this fire. The main rituals include chanting prayers in front of the fire for abundant crops and taking parikramas (three rounds) of the pious fire while throwing peanuts and sweets into it. Then prasad is distributed. It includes sweets like gur, gazak and revdi, peanuts, popcorn and puffed rice. Lohri celebrations are not complete without music and dance. The traditional dinner includes appetising traditional Punjabi food like makki ki roti and baajre ki roti with sarson ka saag.

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When: January 13 Where: Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, parts of Himachal Pradesh

JAIPUR LITERATURE FESTIVAL The most celebrated authors and writers gather to dwell upon the progress of the literary world at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Regarded as one of the leading literary events in the Asia-Pacific region, it hosts a celebration of national and international writers, encompassing a wide range of activities such as debates, poetry, discussions and workshops. The fest is an opportunity to meet novelists, January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

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WATCH IT!

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Crocs has come up with a new range of trendy yet comfortable men’s shoes in both lace and slip on styles. The styles add an easy charm while keeping your feet warm in style. Take your pick from the two ranges- Crocs Hover Slip on and Crocs Hover Synth Suede Sneaker. Price: `3795 onwards Availability: All leading Crocs stores.

TREASURE TROVES

Funky charms, glitzy ear studs, quirky rings- you have a whole range of accessories to sparkle this new season with Ayesha’s vibrant collection. These trendy accessories are sure to make you the Ice Princess of winter fashion! Price: `148 onwards Availability: All Ayesha Accessories stores across the country

FEEL WARM

The latest collection of fire places from One & Only Legendary Furniture are made of Solid logs of teak wood that are intricately hand carved. To add magnificence to the fireplace intricate carving is done on the crown. Price: `75000 onwards Availability: One & Only Legendary Furniture, 717 Conclave,Kherki Daula, NH-8 Gurgaon

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Oriflame’s Skin Dream BB Cream SPF 30 is a potent, exhilarating mix of skincare, make-up and sunscreen protection that regenerates the skin and aides against pigmentation, discoloration, blemishes and appearance of open pores. Its oil-free formula while providing an instant glow becomes a must for a lustrous, hydrated skin. Price: ` 599 Availability: Through Oriflame agents

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TEE TIME

The new collection from Uni Style image, specially designed for Golf Lovers is packed with style and comfort. Offering colours from bright red to forest green, the collection gives you a tailor made, smart fit and extends to the hues of electric blue and raspberry. Coupled with cool accessories and styling, the collection stands out as a premium product. Price:`1000 Availability: All leading outlets January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

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For Autumn-Winter 2013, Tom Ford presents new frames that showcase the hallmark of his eyewear design: a foundation in classic silhouettes, touches of vintage influence, and extremely modern fabrications steeped in minimalist luxury and attention to detail. The collection includes 11 new sunglass frames and 15 new optical frames for women and men. Price: On request Availability: Available in all leading optical and multibranded stores across the country

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Go Travel brings an emergency phone charger to ease your travel experience. Emergency mobile charger with four interchangeable heads, supports most Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Samsung phones. It needs just four AAA-sized batteries to keep you chatting for more than 80 minutes. Price: `995 Availability: Connaught Place D-5, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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Monte Carlo Fashion Ltd, has come up with an exquisite range of shawls, stoles and mufflers to make winters even more special and comfortable. The range boasts of varied variety and options. It weaves a magical spell with myriad colours, fine designs, rich texture and pleasant warmth. Price: `899 onwards Availability: www.montecarloshop.in

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There is more to this spice than just the sweet aroma and taste. Today, cinnamon is considered the ‘super food’ of spices. W O RDS | M A DH ULIK A DAS H

THE AQUEOUS EXTRACT OF CINNAMON IS KNOWN TO HAVE A BALANCING EFFECT ON THE GLUCOSE, INSULIN AND LIPID PROFILE

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team of scientists recently elevated cinnamon, from its culinary applications to a loftier stratum as a promising molecular weapon for combating chronic diseases. The aqueous extract of cinnamon is known to have a balancing effect on the glucose, insulin, lipid profile and anti-oxidant status, which in turn ensures a healthy immune system. A breakthrough? Yes. New study? No. Cinnamon’s use as a medicine and a cooking spice dates to biblical times. Romans used cinnamon to make their strong, bitter

wine palatable, Greeks to season their meat and vegetable dishes, Arabs in their tea, and nearly everyone in baked dishes. The English nobility hoarded delicate Ceylon cinnamon to flavour breads and puddings. In fact, Romans believed Cinnamon was sacred, and Nero burned a year’s supply of the spice at the funeral of his wife. Such was its fame, that finding cinnamon was a primary motive of most world explorations.

THE TYPES

A cinnamon plant is usually a small, evergreen bushy tree belonging

to the family of Lauraceae called Cinnamomum. Though a native spice of Sri Lanka, it’s now grown in Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, China and Indonesia. However, it is the Sri Lankan variety which is regarded as “true cinnamon” and scientifically named as Cinnamomum verum. Made of the inner bark, which is bruised with a brass rod, and peeled, this variety is hand rolled and then dried in the sun. It is considered the purest form of the spice by many chefs and ayurvedic specialists. Ceylon cinnamon has a mild, sweet flavour and is most often used. Another

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‘SUPER HEALTHY’ BARK THIS EXOTIC, SWEET-FLAVOURED SPICE STICK IS TRADITIONALLY OBTAINED FROM THE OUTER BARK OF CINNAMOMUM TREES, WHICH WHEN DRIED, ROLLS INTO A TUBULAR FORM COMMERCIALLY KNOWN AS A “QUILL”.

It has anti-oxidant, antidiabetic, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. IT HAS THE HIGHEST ANTI-OXIDANT STRENGTH WITH A MEASURED ORAC (OXYGEN RADICAL ABSORBANCE CAPACITY) VALUE OF 267,536 TROLEX EQUIVALENTS (TE). 78

Contains oils such as eugenol, which have local anesthetic and antiseptic properties, and thus used in dental procedures. Cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon sticks has been found to have an anticlotting action, which prevents platelet clogging inside the blood vessels.

Its active principles are known to increase the motility of the intestinal tract as well as help in digesting food.

variety of cinnamon is Cassia. Also known as Chinese Cinnamon, it is a different member of the Lauraceae family and is coarser, more spicy, and pungent but less fragrant than cinnamon.

BUYING & STORING

While good brands are highly recommended, a good test of cinnamon is done by actually studying the texture and purpose of picking it. For baking purposes, Vietnamese cassia cinnamon is the best, and for medicinal use it has to be the Ceylon variety. Taste-wise, cassia has more hot flavours than Ceylon, which is known for its earthy sweetness. On an average, all US products use cassia cinnamon. Most barks are Ceylon, and those are used

CHRISTMAS BREAD PUDDING WITH WARM WHISKEY INGREDIENTS 1 cup cubed cinnamon-raisin bread 1 large egg 2/3 cup toned milk 3 tbsp brown/palm sugar 1 tbsp melted butter 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

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in tea. Remember, true cinnamon is always brittle. If stored properly, ground cinnamon can last up to 3 years and cinnamon sticks up to 4 years. Faded colour or diminished aroma or taste usually indicates that the spice needs to be discarded.

CULINARY WIZ

Ground cinnamon is great for baking as well as adding an earthiness to stews, chilli dishes, and curries. The redder the cinnamon sticks the stronger they’ll taste. Steep them in warm beverages, like mulled wine and apple cider, or use them to season stews and curries. Remember: Always add the spice just before you remove the dish from the fire. Best alternative: Nutmeg 

Raisins as per taste One portion of whiskey METHOD Place bread cubes in a greased large baking dish. In a bowl, whisk the egg, milk, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until blended. Stir in raisins. Pour over the bread, and let it stand for 15 minutes.

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes Serve warm. Yield: 2 servings.

A dash of salt

Serve a piece drizzled with lightly warmed whiskey.


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What could be better than a barbecue in the open this winter, be it an impromptu get-together or a planned party. W O R DS | M INI RIB E IRO

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he word barbecue comes from the colonial Spanish ‘barbacoa’ meaning the “sacred fire pit.” It is also a derivative of the word ‘Arawak’, for the structure on which meat is dried or roasted. Traditionally, barbecue stood for food cooked slow and long in a pit. But now of course, a barbecue has many avatars. With changing times the pit and the structure have evolved. Open-flame enthusiasts notwithstanding, traditional charcoal barbecues have given way to the

convenient gas barbecues. No matter what the mode, the resulting flavour of a barbecue should be a combination of smoke, meat juices, fat and whatever spices or rub have been added. Charcoal is indeed the best bet for the smoky flavours it imparts to the food. When there’s a winter chill and the charcoal barbecue is lit, the aroma of the meats triggers hunger pangs. Girish Kumar, Executive Chef, Courtyard by Marriott, Chakan (Pune) concurs that the perfect season for a barbecue evening is winter,

The resulting flavour of a barbecue should be a combination of smoke, meat juices, fat and whatever spices or rub that have been added

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CHEF TALK Chef Girish Kumar feels that in a barbecue the right cuts are imperative. Seafood, quality beef steaks, chicken breast, lamb chops and sausages are the best options for a barbecue

since it is fun to get together with friends and relish delicious barbecues straight from the fire. The heat from the barbecue makes the evening pleasant and one gets to devour and enjoy the dishes so much more.

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ALWAYS BE PREPARED

ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL THE EQUIPMENT READY AND THAT YOU FIRE THE GRILL ON TIME. NOBODY LIKES TO WAIT WHEN THEY’RE STARVING: CAUTIONS CHEF BÉLA RIECK, EXECUTIVE CHEF AT SHERATON BANGALORE

Inviting friends or family for a barbecue is all very well, but getting ready and being prepared for a barbecue is half the battle won. It may be a la minute affair, yet, the coal should be allowed to smoulder properly before meat is thrown in. Not keeping one’s guests waiting, is the mantra at a barbecue. “Ensure that you have all the equipment ready and that you fire the grill on time. Nobody likes to wait when they’re starving,” cautions Chef Béla Rieck, Executive Chef at Sheraton Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway. He adds, “Make sure all your meats are cut and marinated in advance (a good marination takes time). Also have your sides and starch ready, like corn on the cob, oven potatoes etc.”

RUBBING IT IN

For a better depth and flavour, marinades play a vital role in a barbecue. According to Paul Kinny, Executive Chef, InterContinental Marine Drive, Mumbai, marinades have a dual purpose in a good barbecue. Firstly, to provide flavour and secondly, January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

to tenderize the meat and keep it succulent. That is the reason we use oil/fat in many meat marinades. Curd or yoghurt plays a dual role mostly in Indian marinades. In Western marinades, herbs and oil are critical. While marinades are the key, care must be taken to ensure that marinades are not left for too long on the meat as some of it can end up making the meat tough and chewy. Chef Rieck goes a step further and prefers to do away with a marinade sometimes. “I believe if you have a

Cooking time must be according to the type, size and cuts of the meat good steak, the best way to eat it is grilled to a point, seasoned with rock salt and fresh crushed pepper.” Cooking time must be according to the type, size and cuts of the meat. One must never rush a barbecue. The


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flavours get enhanced if the meat is slowly cooked. Cook your steak slowly until browned, and then turn it gently just once. Use long handled tongs rather than using a fork, which could pierce the meat and allow valuable juices to escape.

GETTING IT RIGHT

Chef Paul Kinny believes, “Drumsticks or chops have to wrapped in foil for easy handling. Ensure that the flames are not very high as that would burn the meat and give it an unpleasant bitter taste.” The best thing about a barbecue is that it need not be limited to a particular cuisine. There is something for every palate. Chef Rieck agrees,

GRILLED ARABIAN SEA PRAWNS

Ensure that the flames are not very high as that would burn the meat and give it an unpleasant taste “Barbecues are possible in almost any cuisine. In China you can get barbecued duck and lambs. In Indonesia the famous satay skewer or even grilled fish cake in banana leaf are quite popular.”

GO GREEN

Barbecues are not limited to nonvegetarian food. Paneer, potatoes, zucchini, vegetables in skewers,

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mushrooms, and sweet potatoes are some of the options for vegetarians, suggests Chef Kinny. A good salad is all that one needs to jazz up a barbecued meat or steak. Moreover, it does not call for too many accompaniments. Chef Girish quips, “I prefer to keep the presentation very simple and rustic. In a barbeque, what matters the most is serving the food hot, straight from the grill.” Chef Rieck however opines. “A huge variety of sauces, dips and bread will support your perfect barbecue.” The quest for the perfectly seared steak, crispy and caramelized on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside can end, if you get your barbecue perfectly right. 

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METHOD

Prawn 1 kg (16nos.) Garlic 15gm

Clean and wash the prawn, and marinate with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, thyme and leave it in a chiller for 30 minutes.

Lemon juice 10ml

Grill the prawn in a charcoal griller.

Butter 20ml

Heat a non-stick frying pan. Add garlic, white wine and prawns. Cook on a high flame.

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Add some fish stock, season it and finish with melted soft butter. Garnish with chilly anchovy (optional)

Recipe by Paul Kinny, Executive Chef, Inter-Continental, Marine Drive (Mumbai)


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Filling, healthy and great to lose weight, peanut butter is more than just a healthy sandwich spread for kids. W O R DS | B INDU G O PA L RAO

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eanuts are a great snack and that’s something hard to deny. Did you know that peanut butter actually has no butter? It is made with ground dry roasted peanuts and is popular as a spread. However, peanut butter is a healthy choice since it has dietary fiber, prevents constipation, and lowers your risk of digestive conditions.

It lowers blood cholesterol levels, decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, controls blood sugar levels and helps in weight loss

HEALTH IS WEALTH

Weight watchers can use peanut butter in their diet to aid weight loss. Tanuja Sodhi, Nutrition & Fitness expert, www.parentune.com opines, “Although peanut butter is quite high on calories as it is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, it has fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) that keeps us feeling full for

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longer and decreases our need to eat more. Besides, our digestive system uses more energy to break down protein, which in turn causes the body to burn more calories. Eating peanut butter early in the day can help stabilize your blood sugar and curb your appetite throughout the day. So, peanut butter is definitely a weight management tool as it suppresses hunger and cravings. But we need to consume it in moderation due to its high fat content.” The market is also opening up to the product. According

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to Asheesh Sharma, Vice President of Marketing, AgroTech Foods Limited, “Reinforcing the company’s motto of ‘Nourishing people, enriching lives’, AgroTech Foods introduced Sundrop Peanut Butter, keeping in mind it’s immense health benefits. Peanut butter is rich in proteins and has a good amount of dietary fiber and unsaturated fats. Understanding Indian consumers’ taste preference, we have introduced specific flavours such as Honey Roast Peanut Butter with goodness of honey, and have

Peanut Butter was invented in 1890 as a super food. George Washington Carver is called the father of peanut butter. 850 nuts are required to make 18oz of peanut butter. Americans eat around 800 million pounds of peanut butter every year. It is good enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.

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received an overwhelming and positive consumer response.” Peanut butter has high contents of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce levels of bad cholesterol. It is also completely devoid of trans-fats and cholesterol. It also has high levels of protein (25g/100g), contributing significantly to higher physical endurance and muscle development. With good contents of fibre (5g/100g), folates and resveratrol (a component reputed to be anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic), peanut butter is vitamin-packed with thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2) niacin

Peanut butter is rich in proteins and has a good amount of dietary fiber and unsaturated fats

Almost half of the peanut crop produced in the US is used to make peanut butter. Peanut butter contains 80% of good unsaturated fat, which also lowers cholesterol. According to Harvard researchers, women who regularly consume peanut butter and nuts have a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes compared to those who don’t. March is the US’s National Peanut Month.


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QUICK RECIPES IF YOU ARE WONDERING HOW TO INCORPORATE PEANUT BUTTER INTO YOUR DAILY DIET HERE ARE A FEW INTERESTING AND EASY-TO-DO RECIPES FOR YOU PEANUT BUTTER SLAW Ingredients: 2 tablespoons red wine, vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 6 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage (about 1 lb.), 1 1/2 cups matchsticksize peeled carrot pieces, 3/4 cup sliced scallions and 1/3 cup chopped cilantro

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Directions: Stir red wine, vinegar and sugar in a large bowl until sugar dissolves. Whisk in peanut butter, vegetable oil and salt. Toss with thinly sliced Napa cabbage, peeled carrots, sliced scallions and 1/3 cup chopped cilantro. APPLE, PEANUT BUTTER AND GRANOLA SANDWICH Ingredients: (serves 2) 1 apple, 2 tbsp. peanut butter, ½ c. low-fat granola Directions: Core the apple. Slice the apple horizontally into several slices to make sandwich “bread.” Spread two apple slices with 1 tbsp. peanut butter each and sprinkle with granola. Top peanut butter and granola-topped apple slice with another apple slice. PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKE Ingredients: Peanut butter - 1 tsp, jam (optional) - 2 tsp, milk - 1 cup, vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop Directions: Beat peanut butter and jam in a bowl. Add milk, mix well and transfer to a serving glass. Top it with ice cream and serve.

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(vitamin B3) and vitamin E. It is also naturally mineral-rich in copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Peanut butter provides the same benefits as derived from consuming nuts, such as lowering the risk of coronary heart diseases and diabetes. Sharing her views on peanut butter, Dr. Swarupa Kakani, renowned nutritionist says, “Peanut butter is a healthy option to meet your daily protein requirement. Additionally, it is easily digestible, high in energy, good fats and nutrients, without any downsides. I recommend peanut butter as a tasty and healthy alternative to people across all

age groups for complete nutrition everyday.” Have you ever thought of adding a spoonful of peanut butter to the veggie plate? Kids will love it and can make a snack themselves and with their friends. Simply cut some vegetables of your choice (e.g. peppers, celery, carrots, broccoli) and have your child scoop out a spoonful of peanut butter and put it on a plate. Add some spices such as cinnamon or even pepper flakes and mix. Dip and enjoy! Once you start experimenting with peanut butter you will realize that the options are endless. So get ready to give your meals a twist that is both tasty and healthy! 


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kathak dancer of international repute, Shovana Narayan has lived an admirable life. While working full-time as a bureaucrat in the Indian Audits & Accounts service, she has been pursuing her dance with equal fervour, and managing a long-distance marriage with Austrian diplomat Dr. Herbert Traxl.

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What prompted your interest in Kadambari? Mysterious Kadambari, sister-in-law of Rabindranath Tagore, fascinated me immensely. It was a story that I grew up with, and was prompted to know more about her life. How about the perfomance of Kadambari? Since there was no readymade script for such dance enactment, my passion and fascination for Kadambari’s life and her association and influence on Tagore, led me to various references to her in Tagore’s writings and to scholars such as Prof. Aruna Chakravarti and Dr. Minoti Chatterjee, theatre artiste Averee Chaurey and scriptwriter Zakia Zaheer. I also recently performed Kadambari in Delhi. You have been practicing Kathak since childhood... Kathak is my life and has always been my life. It is my breath, my soul.

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Meeting my dance engagements in Delhi has never posed problems because I have evening programmes

Shovana Narayan enjoying family time with her husband and son

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You have been highly influenced by your mother... Whatever I am today is because of the training and guidance of my mother. She was extremely traditional yet a visionary who could be called contemporary. She gave me the basic grounding in Indian philosophy and literature, in Indian classical performing arts, in social sensitivity and ethics, in morality and honesty, in time management and much more. Who is your idol? There have been several influences – directly or indirectly. One is motivated by the thoughts expressed in the Bhagwad Gita, in the Upanishads; one is made to think

by certain experiences in various people’s lives, be it Mahatma Gandhi or anyone else. But finally, the only idol is that of faith, honesty, hard work, perseverance, and ethical values. How have you balanced dance with a full-time career? Courtesy my interest and upbringing since childhood, it was natural for me to become a combination of a classical dancer and bureaucrat. This duality was ingrained in me since early childhood. I entered the world of dance at the age of two. Education was an important part of my family upbringing. I also turned out to be a keen student – always topping my class. Later my job as a bureaucrat

Are your days hectic? Meeting my dance engagements in Delhi has never posed problems because I have evening programmes. I have never compromised with office work. After office, I would drive straight to the auditorium with my car which would be already loaded before setting out for office early in the morning with my costume, ghunghuroos and musical instruments. A quick change and an hour later I would be on stage in an entirely different persona. How do you spend your holidays? Since my bookings at various national festivals requires travelling to different

Favourite cuisine Simple dal-chawal

Siddehshwari Devi, Bhimsen Joshi, Girija Devi and many more

Favourite author Not any particular one. Each one’s work is unique

Favourite colour Warm colours such as mustard yellow. Also like some shades of pink and turquoise blue.

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replaced education, and dance stayed on like a rock in my life.

Favourite movie Too many to even count


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WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD, I CAME TO DELHI AND STARTED TRAINING UNDER PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ. HE TAUGHT ME AESTHETICS – THE BEAUTY OF EVERY MUDRA. HE WOULD CHOREOGRAPH BALLETS AND I INTERNALISED A LOT – ABOUT UTILISATION OF STAGE SPACE, COMBINATION OF DANCE STEPS AND MORE. I LEARNT HOW TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE AVAILABLE STAGE SPACE FROM HIM

parts of the country, all my casual leave, government holidays and weekends are spent in meeting my dance commitments. I have usually tried to utilise my annual one-month leave in meeting my family. How did you meet your husband Dr. Herbert Traxl? Share your love story. We met at my performance on December 4, 1979 in Delhi. He was then the second in command at the Austrian Embassy. What initiated his interest to get to know me better was the blend I had of a bureaucrat, a wellknown Indian classical dancer and one who had a masters degree in Physics. He had just finished his assignment here and was posted back to Vienna - it was a long-distance courtship for over two years (through letters only as there were no facilities of cell phones, skype and emails). We got married in May 1982. Now you are in a long-distance marriage. How do you manage? My husband’s ambassadorial assignments took him to

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several countries. Besides love, our relationship was based on mutual trust, respect, faith and understanding, with egos taking a backseat. Do you like travelling? Yes, I do like travelling. My professional careers and my long distance family life has ensured that I travel quite a bit. Which are your favourite destinations - national and international? For me, there is no such thing as a favourite destination. I like going anywhere and everywhere. However all said - there is no place like home and by home I mean when I am with my family – wherever they may be. Your favourite pastime, apart from dance? It is dance, dance and dance. Also because of dance, I developed an interest in reading. I love music, literature, philosophy, architecture, art and history. 


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Bringing in world-class comedy to India in a big way, Vir Das is a name that not only brings a smile to your face but can send you rolling too. W O R DS | G UNE E T O B E RO I

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t’s been said that comedy is serious business, and for Vir Das it’s a business that catapulted him to stardom internationally. The talented actor and stand-up comedian, best known for his stand up acts around the world, has his plate full nowadays – with comedy, music, and movies! Vir has certainly become the face of comedy. After a series of house full performances, the play ‘History of India ‘Vir’itten’ still runs to packed auditoriums. It has been crowned the largest selling comedy show ever. Natural wit and spontaneity have been the key to his success.

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Das is an amazing actor with movies under his belt such as Delhi Belly and Go Goa Gone. Das will be seen in iRock’s next film titled ‘Saxxx ki Dukaan.com’ and Shaadi Ke Side Effects

Meet the upbeat Vir Das delving into the subject of comedy, in a freewheeling chat with us.

Vir’s talent isn’t limited to just comedy though, as the multi-talented actor is also a musician. Not many know that the stand-up comedian is a part of ‘Alien Chutney’, one of India’s premiere comedy-rock bands!

Which is tougher: live or television shows? I think its much tougher live. There are retakes and paid audiences on a television show, you can edit and make it seem great. On a live show,

Stand up comedy in India? I think it’s in a great space where there are a lot of us doing it and there is a large audience open to it. With the bar now being very high -one has to be innovative and stand out to pull crowds.


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The Indian audience is extremely receptive to satire on politics, sex, family, relationships and even regional humour you either legitimately kill, or you die….only two choices. Your mindscape before each performance? I am nervous, I try and peek at the crowd from backstage a lot and harness their energy. I also visit the restroom about 785 times within an hour! Who inspires you the most? Bill Cosby. To me he was the king of observational humour. He could do 16 minutes on brushing your teeth, something you never thought was funny, and change the way you brushed your teeth for the rest of your life. That’s talent!

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Subjects of interest for an Indian audience? I think they are extremely receptive to satire on politics, sex, family relationships and even regional humour. Ever left in a tight spot while performing live? I’m always in a tight spot. When I am performing, that’s the essence of the art form. Its You vs Audience at all times. What kind of rehearsals does a stand up comedy act require? Lots of drinking, then run your lines, then go through your material, then drink, then pray... Tell us more about your entry into Bollywood. I entered after I paid a cover of `500 plus drinks.

Favourites Sport- Boxing... the legal form. Shopping destination - The Mac Store, in any country. Author- Arthur Conyan Doyle Cuisine- Double mutton single egg roll from Nizams in Delhi. Quote- Life Happens while you’re making other plans - John Lennon.

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Stag entry was not allowed so I had to find a producer, and the whole thing shut down by 1am. It was fun. Also I have 6 releases next year. I’m so much excited! What are the new releases/shows in the pipeline? My latest stand-up act is Battle of Da Sexes with Ashvin Gidwani Productions which has done about 7 shows in Mumbai and has got an amazing response. I have over 6 films next year. Santa Banta, Revolver Rani, Shaadi ke side effects, Amit Sahni Ki List, Khanna Patel and Saxx Ki Dukkan.com. One international city/place you would want to go back to? Africa. I grew up there. It’s my soul’s home. What is your idea of a perfect holiday? Me, my girl, my guitar, my dog and lots and lots of privacy. What do you do in your spare time? I’m sorry…spare time? Not sure I understand you. Never heard of it! 

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DRESS TO IMPRESS Your outfit is a reflection of your personality. So make a statement with these business dress codes this season.

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hat you wear or how you look always conveys a message consciously or unconsciously to the people you meet. Such is the magnitude of dressing sense that people tend to gauge your persona and merit by the outfit you wear. One might be good at deciding what to don at social gatherings and get togethers but official dressing may leave you confounded. Unlike the common misconception that corporate clothing is restricted to the blacks and whites and only business suits, one needs to explore this genre where the genX believes in experimenting with style and colour, rather than sticking to the stereotypes.

A shift in the mindset of people is seen in terms of defining their style and likings. Today, corporate dressing is not only about a structured look but also about defining your personal style, asserts Rajnish Ohri, MD- Coram India He further adds, “An outfit says a lot about a person and is a reflection of your personality. Contrary to the traditional belief, the corporate dressing scenario is now seeing more openness and inclusion of colours. The slim fit pants and sleek ties have gradually been accepted in the office setting. However, the basics of a well fitted, clean and tailored look is something that still governs the corporate dressing scenario.� Accessories and footwear must not be overlooked when deciding on the perfect look for a day at work.

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WORK WARDROBE FOR WOMEN

As working women in India advance in their careers, office-wear for women takes on a new importance. What do modern working women in India think about grooming for work? Does your sense of style have any impact on your career growth? How do Indian women adapt their personal style and wardrobe as they move up the career ladder? These are the few questions we need to find answers to. Usually it is working women in India, as compared to men, who tend to have more issues to deal with when it comes to dressing professionally. “I think men have it easier, because after all their choices are limited to shirts, trousers and suits. Of course the way these clothes fit and overall grooming definitely make a difference even for men. However, I’d say that women always have more to worry about what they should wear – Indian or Western, accessories, the length of the skirt, whether the clothes are too tight or too loose, etc.” says Pooja Ghai, a senior manager of a well known MNC. A woman’s work wardrobe consists mainly of western formals such as shirts, trousers and skirts. Flashy ethnic wear is a certain no-no. It is advised to wear Indian wear only for special occasions such as Diwali, or for cultural events. Dressing crisper, sharper and more formal is the way forward. If you are at a managerial level where you

hold presentations, meet clients and manage an entire team under you, it is advised to stick to business formals. By business formals it doesn’t mean that you need to wear a boring business suit. You could wear a knee length high waisted pencil skirt with a smart shirt and wrap a fabulous scarf around your neck. This would make you look formal as well as add some spunk to your boring work wear.

Dressing crisper, sharper and more formal is the way forward While dressing for work one needs to keep in mind the footwear to wear. Your footwear reflects your elegance as a woman and speaks volumes about your personality. Dhiraj Bhatija, CEO, Heel & Buckle Pvt. Ltd.,London, gives us an insight on what to keep in mind while buying formal footwear for women. “ Keeping it classic and simple, away from all the bling and over-emphasised branding, helps easily pair the styles with various wardrobe

• A white shirt that would go with coloured cigarette pants, or formal dark trousers. • Black or dark grey trousers – make sure you keep reviewing them for fit. • A well-fitted blazer. • Printed scarf – to add just that bit of colour or jazz to any outfit. • Cotton/ silk kurtas in basic colors with minimal embroidery or print. • Black or nude pumps, wedges, or peep-toe sandals. • A well organized tote bag in brown or black to carry the essentials. • A classic leather strap watch or a metallic one in steel or golden finish. • Slim belts in brown and black. • A cotton or silk sari in muted colours – if you can carry it well.

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A smart blazer teamed with a shirt and trouser can also add a punch to a corporate look

choices and yet ensures that you always look suave and professional at work. ”

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For formal occasions, like business meetings, wear suits. But it’s not enough to wear any suit: it has to be a well-fitted suit. Above all, pay attention to the length of your trousers (you don’t want them to fold over your shoes), to the jacket (it should not be wider than your shoulders) and to the length of your sleeves (when you bend your arms, they should not be shorter than your wrists). For normal work days, a lightcoloured shirt with dark trousers works well. Keep a formal jacket in the office to put on in case of a last-

For men When it comes to the corporate world things are changing. Tread carefully but make sure you tick all of your fashion boxes first as I am sure you will feel more confident hence being more productive

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minute meeting. In winter, an alternative to wearing suits is to wear a woolen sweater with a tie, say experts. Jacob John, Brand Head, Louis Philippe talks to us about the new age corporate look. “The new age corporate look is about putting separates together, along with the right kind of accessories to get a look which can easily transit into an “evening out after work” look. Shirts have moved from the regular blues and whites to vibrant solids or even patterns, like small checks or stripes, that can easily be teamed with a wide variety of trousers, ties, and jackets, and instantly set you apart in a crowd. Even in trousers, the regular khakis can be replaced by deeper browns, olives and greys. One can take it up a notch with small patterns or checks, which instantly add a punch of interest to a solid blue/white shirt”. 

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Whether it’s a brunch with your friends or an after-office party dazzle this party season with Bharti Taneja’s tested tricks.

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t is that time of the year again when every corner of the city comes alive with festive cheer. From Christmas soirees to yearend parties, the invites start piling up on your desk, promising of enticing parties that carry on till dawn. It’s the season of raising champagne toasts, and shining like a diva. We bring you quick tips to look your best in a jiffy. From perfect hairstyles to enticing makeup, here is how you can get glamorous for every occasion in just a few minutes. Also accessorize your look with a captivating smile and piercing confidence to liven up your glam quotient this season. You don’t want to be caught

wearing a beautiful dress but patchy makeup. Do you?

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Party pointer 1: Prep up the skin Before digging into your make up kit, start with a moisturizer. It is important to hydrate your skin after a day’s work. Once your skin is supple and moist, begin with a primer to set the base for makeup application.

It prepares the skin for foundation to smoothly set in. It makes your skin look more luminous and helps makeup last longer

Party pointer 2: Soft and smooth The key to a flawless face lies in the right foundation. Excellent for Indian skin tone, a silicon or mineralbased foundation is great for long wear. When applying foundation, always follow the ‘less is more’ rule. Moreover, blend it well until you achieve the desired flawless finish. Party pointer 3: It’s in the eyes There is no great charmer than your lovely peepers. Turn on the spotlight on your eyes with shades of opulence like gold, silver and bronze that are quite in vogue this season. Or you can go with winter’s favourite warm and rich shades like wine and burgundy. Not to forget, the all-time-favourite

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smoky eyes; however give it an interesting twist with stylish blue and green eyeshadows. Party pointer 4: Define your brows Often ignored, the best way to frame your face is to tame your brows with

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an eyebrow comb. Brush the hair up and over so that they fall into a smooth line. Skip the conservative approach and do not over- tweeze your brows. Fill in the sparse areas with brow powder. If the effect is too heavy, use a cotton swab to lift away extra pigment. Party pointer 5: Get lush lashes Nothing frames the face than a lush pair of lashes; do it with fake eyelashes or semi-permanent lash extensions. To give an extra lift to your eyes try an eyelash curler. Eyeliner applied in a dark shade and kept close to the lash line makes lashes appear even thicker. Make them sparkle with a little glitter on the lids.

The party season offers a variety of hairstyles to try Skin SOS Here’s how you can help minimize the damage to your skin. •

Removing the make up after the party is mandatory. It helps in avoiding break outs.

Eat less sugar, salt and reduce

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Party pointer 6: Pucker up Before you do anything, make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized by rubbing them lightly with a damp

the intake of oil. Drink green tea, honey and hot water to flush out the toxins. • Too much alcohol can cause havoc on your skin as it makes it dry. • Wake up your weary eyes by splashing some cold water or place some ice cold cotton balls.

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washcloth, and follow it with a coat of lip balm. While the crimson lips are the season’s staple, the very bright and cheery pink and orange lips are happily making waves everywhere. Party pointer 7: Glow girl …glow When it comes to getting party pretty, blush is non-negotiable. Add to your natural rosiness by mixing complementary blush colors, one darker and one lighter. Or start off light with the paler shade in the compact and tweak it by layering its darker counterpart over it. Party pointer 8: Happy hair From glamorous waves to chic chignon, party season offers a variety of hairstyles to experiment. Whether you decide to pull them in an updo or leave them open, cascading down your shoulders, compliment them with a splendid hair accessory.


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TOUCH UP HERE ARE A FEW QUICK TRICKS YOU COULD TRY... • Pack the brightest cream blush you have, and blend it on the apples of your cheeks to refresh your look. Likewise a lip gloss is also a must to carry. • Use your fingers as a comb. Your hair will immediately be fuller and have more volume. • As the night progresses add some fierceness to your eyes by lining the inner rim with a black eyeliner. • After dancing, don’t cake on more powder to get rid of the shine. Instead, use oil-blotting sheets.

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• Can’t revive your hairstyle? Simply pull it back into a quick chignon, and then finish with a chic elastic headband.

Tips by Beauty expert Bharti Taneja

Party pointer 9: Deck your nails A little rebellious but very luxurious, the shinier and sexier glitter nail polish make your sparkle in a very subtle way. Besides this, the bold and fresh neon colours are also a safe bet. Looking for some more ‘oomph’? How about stars or Santa on your nails? All this and more is easily possible with Nail Art, which takes a minute to put your hands in the spotlight!

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biggest trends. Wear them with rosegold shades on your cheeks and soft lips. Line your eyes with a soft brown pencil, then liberally apply several coats of black mascara, holding the wand vertically and moving it across your lashes from left to right until they’re purposefully spidery-looking. With a big fluffy brush, dust on a rose-gold blush, and swipe on a sheer lipstick in a similar hue. To give cheeks a bit of that festive sheen, tap a highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones. Long cascading curls enhance the beauty of this look; tie them up in half-up-half-down style or simply leave them open. Easy glamour With cherry-red lips and a fishtail braid on the verge of falling out, you are guaranteed to be a head turner at the do. Keep the lip colour bold but not neon By keeping the fishtail braid loose and messy, you add an understated charm to your look. Keep the makeup simple - Even out your skin tone with a little foundation, add some mascara and a soft pink blush, and then swipe on a light pink or peach lipstick. 


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FLIGHT Easy tips and tricks to keep you feeling on top of the world while flying.

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ir travel is considered one of the safest and most convenient methods of travelling today. The majority of passengers are happy flyers. But there are hundreds each day who may feel anxious or restless before, after, and during their journey. Research suggests that travelling long distances can surely take a toll on one’s mental and physical conditions.

You may feel dehydrated, tired and restless, experience aches and pains, or simply feel a little different than when on the ground because of the high altitude. With proper precautions and the right in-flight activities, all these can be resolved PROBLEM AREAS

There are a few passengers whose health problems may be exacerbated by altitude, hypoxia, travel stress, anxiety, changing climates, food and the like. Many are also prone to a number of minor medical problems when flying. Majority of these are simply a result of the change in air pressure while flying. Given the ease of travel today, the most basic of flights essentially flings

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slowing down dehydration. Always drink water throughout long flights attendants. On landing, continue to drink water. Take a bath too when you get to your lodgings - the water will hydrate you through your pores. Dry skin is a further side effect of this dehydration. Flying with a good moisturiser reapplied regularly to reinvigorate your skin is a good idea, so that you arrive looking refreshed.

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your body around the globe at a high speed and altitude, into a different time zone. It’s no surprise that occasionally your body undergoes minor forms of discomfort. Although these are far from life-threatening, they can upset the start or end of your otherwise relaxing trip. Most of us experience slight ear ache or worsened cold and sinus infection, especially during take-off and landing. This happens often due to the change in air pressure at different altitudes. Another common problem is dehydration, in case the air moisture is improper. Travellers may find drying of the mucus in the mouth and nose, which normally act as a protective barrier to bacteria and viruses. Experts usually recommend drinking at least one glass of water per hour of flight to prevent this. Extended periods of immobility

can lead to swollen feet, aching joints and muscles. Immobility can also cause gastric upsets and stomach pain from indigestion. Some studies have concluded that prolonged immobility may be a risk factor in the formation of blood clots in the legs- deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Particular medications and medical conditions may increase the risk of formation of blood clots if associated with prolonged immobility. The best remedy - get up and walk around the cabin as regularly and as often as possible.

WHAT TO DO

Avoid taking any alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks, or other caffeinated beverages when flying. Some experts recommend breathing through a water-saturated face towel or handkerchief made of cotton in order to humidify that dry cabin air, thus

How to avoid stress... • Try distractions – talk to other passengers, watch in-flight films, eat or read. • Visit your doctor prior to travel to assess general fitness. • Take a herbal relaxant like

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Listen to some calming music to reduce stress while flying Stress can be a common problem when flying, especially in people who are anxious. Rushing to the airport through traffic, negotiating luggage, finding your terminal, lack of sleep, oxygen deficiency and dehydration can take its toll. Keep yourself as calm as you can, and have a good sleep the previous night.

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gentle camomile tea before flying. Avoid alcohol & caffeine - they increase anxiety. Breathe deeply when flying. Listen to some calming music. Take a power nap.


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HELPFUL TIPS • Wear compression stockings to prevent feet and ankle swelling. They should be fitted to your individual measurements. • Move your legs and feet for three to four minutes per hour while seated. • Move about the cabin whenever possible. • Eat only what you can digest to prevent acidity. Keep a simple antacid handy.

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• Wear loose, comfortable clothing and go for layers that you can peel off easily when you get too warm or put on again if you get cold. For example a loose long-sleeved T-shirt and a body warmer might be more practical than a jumper. •

Bring a neck pillow, an eye mask for blocking out light, and warm socks - it can get chilly down near the feet during a long haul flight.

Dr Rachna K Singh is HOD - Holistic Medicine & Psychology at Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon and Director - The Mind & Wellness Clinic, New Delhi.

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USEFUL EXERCISES

Ankle Circles Lift feet off the floor. Draw a circle with the toes, simultaneously moving one foot clockwise and the other foot counter clockwise. Reverse circles. Rotate in each direction for 15 seconds. Repeat if desired. Foot Pumps Foot motion is in three stages. 1. Start with both heels on the floor and point feet upward as high as you can. 2. Put both feet flat on the floor. 3. Lift heels high, keeping toes on the floor. Repeat these three stages in 30-second intervals. Knee Lifts Lift leg with knee bent while contracting your thigh muscle.

Alternate legs. Repeat 20 to 30 times for each leg. Knee to Chest Bend forward slightly. Clasp hands around the left knee and hug it to your chest. Hold stretch for 15 seconds. Keeping hands around the knee, slowly let it down. Alternate legs. Repeat 10 times. Forward Flex With both feet on the floor and stomach held in, slowly bend forward and walk your hands down the front of your legs toward your ankles. Hold stretch for 15 seconds and slowly sit back up. Shoulder Roll Hunch shoulders forward, then upward, then backward, and downward, using circular motion. 


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CLEANSING

This New Year as you make your list of resolutions, do add one on regular excercise. Read on to find out how its magic works.

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he fast-paced life led by most individuals has a dampening impact on the body and mind, and its long-term repercussions cannot be ignored. Those looking for a remedy to reduce their stress levels are begining to explore the benfits of yoga.

The proper practice of yoga helps in removing physical and mental toxins from our body.

The practice of yoga in toto, helps us to eliminate the by-products of cellular metabolism from our body and mind

At a basal level of existence (which means merely existing without exercise) by-products of metabolism, accumulate very rapidly and are deleterious to the cells. These are known as free radicals and there is an efficient scavenging system in our body to clear the same. Ageing of the body begins when there is an excess of free radical production and the mechanisms of removal do not

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Every asana of yoga has a positive effect in some way or the other. Twisting poses are very efficient in massaging the skin and muscles and ensuring tissue health. Inverted poses work by draining the entire body of stagnant venous blood and helping the cellular metabolic processes to be more effective. Standing poses work by stretching the legs and enhancing better arterial flow to the cells. When the spine is also used - as in Trikonasana, the spinal twist squeezes the para-spinal muscles ensuring a soft supple micro-circulation. This drains the cells of the by -products of metabolism. Forward bends work by

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match the production rate. If this scares you, there is more to it. Mental toxins refers to the accumulation of the impressions of past events and also the ceaseless flow of thoughts which challenges the neural network, eventually tiring the mind.

EXERCISE TO DETOX

There is enough evidence showing the beneficial effects of exercise in scavenging free radicals in the body.

However, one must stay clear of over-exercising as this can produce an excess of free radicals which can damage the cell. The special effect of asana on the body is the ability to provide intra-muscle, intraligament, intra-organ and intra-cellular massage, and also emptying the cells of water and waste material. This also ensures proper circulation in the body, thereby improving the absorption of nutrients.

How you can gain from yoga • The science of yoga tackles toxins by prescribing a code of conduct for “right living”. • These include the yamas ( non violence, truth, non stealing, non covetousness and equanimity)

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Every asana of yoga has a positive effect in some way or the other squeezing the intra-abdominal organs ensuring elimination of cellular toxins. Back-bends are healthy for the spinal discs and for the front part of the body. The many varieties of pranayama aid in excellent removal

and the niyamas (cleanliness, containment, zeal and the quality of surrender to a higher power). • All these help the individual to optimise the functioning of thoughts & maintain a harmonious flow of mental energy.


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10 YOGA TIPS FOR BEGINNERS Best time - The ideal time for yoga is before breakfast. SPACE- PRACTICE YOGA AT THE SAME PLACE IN YOUR HOME DAILY.

Suitable attireWearing comfortable clothes helps to focus on the asanas.

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SET SEQUENCE- IT IS ADVISABLE TO PRACTICE THE SAME POSES DAILY.

Breath right- Focus on your breathing while doing the asanas. Listen to your body- While practicing asanas never exert yourself too much. Meditation- Always make meditation a part of your yoga. It helps to relax the mind. Music and booksMusic is relaxing. Books provide details of various yoga postures. EAT RIGHT- A BALANCED DIET WITH AN INTERVAL OF 4 HOURS BETWEEN MEALS IS RECOMMENDED.

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of intra-cellular toxins from the lungs owing to the rhythmic contraction of the tissues while we practise breathing. The habitual practice of pranayama is also beneficial to counter the effects of over-usage of the mind.

For practicing yoga, there is no compulsion to follow a strictly vegetarian diet DOING IT RIGHT

Anyone without serious medical conditions can practise yoga. Medically, yoga should not be practised at elevated temperatures as this will lead to muscle damage and body weakness in the long run. While practicing yoga, there is no compulsion to follow a strictly vegetarian diet. However, for good health, a diet balanced in proteins, fats and carbohydrates is needed. The practice of asanas and pranayama is an automatic diet regulator as the body

cannot be forced to overeat and yet practise yoga. As heat is generated in the body due to any exercise, and more free radicals are generated, a diet that is “cooling” is recommended for yoga practitioners. This includes having adequate water, plenty of buttermilk, cucumber, and other juicy vegetables to hydrate the body cells. Undoubtedly, detoxification of the body starts with a proper diet and healthy exercise. The second most important component is a proper sleep-wake-work cycle. Abusing the diurnal rhythm will lead to exhaustion of the body and excess free radical production owing to stress of an altered life style. One does not need to consume anti-oxidants if these rules are observed, thereby opening the doors to a long and healthy life. The benefits of yoga are farreaching, and there are many types of yoga which one can choose from. It is reccomended that one understands which form suits us best and to include the regular practice of yoga in ones routine for a better lifestyle. 


Wishing you a Happy New Year

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PARADE PRIDE

The Republic Day parade is a tribute to the nation’s brave-hearts, and a spectacular display of our military prowess and rich culture. W O R DS | M EG H A M ISH RA

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ride. Ecstasy. Exhilaration. Excitement. These and many more emotions reverberate in the heart of the few lucky ones who get to witness India’s grandest celebration- The Republic Day. In Delhi’s biting cold, when the whole city is wrapped in the blanket of fog and mist, and when people steal a few hours of sleep on a holiday, patriots,

participants and enthusiasts gear up to felicitate the country’s biggest day.

The National Salute, a 21-gun salute, is one of the most interesting and charging moments of the entire parade

Over 25 marching and mounted contingents, various military vehicles, 20 military bands, 30 cultural tableaux and 30 aircrafts in addition to cultural performers and 1200 school children– practice over several months to make India’s Republic Day Parade the most spectacular and sensational event in the world. The bike stunts and air shows add to the excitement.

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other’s heart beat for the nation in unison and to pay homage and respect to our mother nation. This is followed by the National Salute, a 21-gun salute, rendered by the President’s Body Guard, which is one of the most interesting and charging moments of the day.

The President gives away medals to those from the armed forces for showing exceptional courage AWARDS OF RECOGNITION GRANDEUR PERSONIFIED

One of the grandest parades in the world, it starts with the Prime Minister laying a floral wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a memorial to unknown soldiers at the India Gate. This is followed by a two-minute silence in the memory of our unsung

heroes......the ones who sacrificed their lives and loved ones for an Independent India. Following this, the President of India unfurls the National Flag of India and then the National Anthem is played. Lakhs of Indians who come for this event stand together, listening to each

• The chief guest for the 2014 Republic Day parade will be Mr Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan. • France and Bhutan have the distinction of being the guest of honour for the maximum (four) number of times followed by three visits each from Mauritius and USSR/Russia. • Over 25 marching and mounted contingents, various military vehicles, 20

A very important part of the parade is recognizing some of the brave-hearts of India who not only contributed in keeping up the spirit of India but also left a mark on the minds of countrymen with their heroic deeds. These are the highest-ranked and the most important awards of India like the Ashok Chakra and the Kirti Chakra. The President gives away the medals to those from the armed forces for their exceptional

military bands, 30 cultural tableaux and 30 aircraft in addition to cultural performers and 1200 schoolchildren participate. • A one-of-its-kind unique sight of the parade is a camel mounted Border Security Force contingent. This is credited to be the only camel mounted military force in the world. • The Beating Retreat ceremony marks the finale of the Republic Day celebrations.

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GOOD TO KNOW FAMOUS ‘CHANDANYATRA’ FESTIVAL OF PURI WAS A PART OF THE REPUBLIC DAY PARADE IN 2013. THE MAJESTIC TABLEAU DISPLAYED THE RITUALS OBSERVED AT JAGANNATHTEMPLE DURING THE 42-DAY-LONG FESTIVAL.

In 2002, the newly-created Chattisgarh state, made its debut in the national republic day parade, depicting an old and dying ‘dhokra’ craft of the tribes

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AMID A GRAND DISPLAY OF INDIA’S MILITARY MIGHT, THE ELECTION COMMISSION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC DAY PARADE PUT ON SHOW THE POWER OF VOTING

courage in the field, and also to civilians who have displayed acts of valour in different situations. The nation also salutes children who have shown strength and courage in saving the lives of others, paying little heed to the risk they faced in

The scene-stealer at the 2013 Republic Day parade was the 5,500-5,800 km ballistic Agni-V missile mounted on a road mobile launcher

Children who are awarded the National Bravery Award ride past on decorated elephants

Maharashtra will have a new mascot at the Republic Day parade, Mumbai’s famous dabbawallas this January.

doing so. These children who are awarded the National Bravery Award ride past the spectators on colourfully decorated elephants. If nothing else, it inspires and oozes respect for them.

MILITARY PROWESS

The highlight and a one-of-its-kind unique sight of the parade is the camel mounted Border Security Force contingent. This is credited to be the only camel mounted military force in the world. And not just this, but about 24 contingents of the armed forces also add to the galore. About twelve different regiments of the Indian Army in addition to the Navy, and Air Force with their bands can be seen as they march past in January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

all their finery and official decorations. With them twelve contingents of various para-military forces of India and other civil forces also make this parade a spectacular one. Usually the parade comes to a close with a dare devil stunt by motor cycle riders of the Armed Forces, and a flypast by the Indian Air Force jets and helicopters carrying the national flag and the flags of the three services.

CULTURE GULLY

India’s varied and distinct culture is for all to see here. Each state puts up a cultural show to display their unique dance, music and other art forms. No less than 22 floats (tableau) exhibiting the cultures of the various states and union territories of India are seen. This also includes floats of union ministries and state organisations. Each display brings out the diversity and richness of India’s culture, and lends a festive air to the occasion Around 1200 schoolchildren present cultural dances as part of the parade. Every part of the country is represented in the parade, which makes it even more special. If you are eager to watch the parade, also block your calendar for the Beating Retreat ceremony on 29th January. 


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Aiming to save the livelihoods of the animal breeders, Camel Charisma has made a mark in just two years. W O R DS | NE H A RIK A M ATHUR S I NHA

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illage folk are busy cutting, pasting and binding notebooks of all shapes and sizes made of thick brown paper in one room. Outside, a little further off, there’s a series of interesting-looking machines - some big enough to climb inside and take a few steps - which are meant to process camel dung and turn it into paper. There are ‘clotheslines’ with clothespins where the paper is hung out to dry.

Many interesting sights make up Camel Charisma, a social enterprise dedicated to protecting the livelihoods of camel breeders in Rajasthan, located in the green environs of the state’s Sadri village in Ranakpur IMPROVING LIVES

Camel Charisma is an offshoot of the NGO Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (www.lpps.org) which was founded in 1996 with the specific purpose of supporting camel breeders. LPPS has supported camel breeders in many ways, starting out with treating sick camels, moving on to work on grazing rights which are crucial

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Raika Bhanwarlal with his camel herd

134 for camel breeders and camels to survive. “When we started working on developing new products from camels to generate extra income for camel breeders, we found out that we could not do this through LPPS, as an NGO is not allowed to earn income. So that’s when Camel Charisma was born - actually the company is only about two years old and still in its infancy. But it is already generating income not only for camel breeders, but also for various product processors, for instance women who spin the wool into yarn and weavers who make

Camel breeders can earn regular income from all camel products like milk, wool and dung dhurries,” explains Dr. Ilse KohlerRollefson, a German veterinarian who founded LPPS with Hanwant Singh Rathore, who has initiated many projects to support rural livelihoods and has been the voice and rights protector of Raika – the region’s legendary camel breeders.

Beneficiaries speak “Without the support of LPPS we would no longer keep camels.” - Gamnaram Raika, camel breeder from Latada. “Now we really believe there is a future in camel breeding and we have become aware that we must struggle for our rights.” Dailibai Raika, camel herder from Hirawas. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

CHALLENGES GALORE

Earlier camel breeders only earned income once a year when they sold young camels at Pushkar. But this market has fallen almost totally flat, as the demand for the ship of the desert as work animals has dropped over the years. “So new sources of income have to be explored, and as the camel is a multi-purpose animal, this is not so difficult. Camel breeders can earn an income from camel milk, camel wool, and from camel dung. It is just a question of developing products and finding a market for them,” says

Unique products Camel milk soap Stationery from camel dung paper Camel milk ice-cream Woollen stoles, shawls and dhurries from camel wool


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Buy some unique products from the Camel Charisma store

Kohler-Rollefson. Funding has always been a challenge. For LPPS there is a constant cycle of fund-raising, project implementation, project reporting and then new proposal preparation. “But the purpose of Camel Charisma is also to become independent from such outside support and to create a selfsustainable system,” says the founder.

They produce camel milk soaps, stationary from camel dung paper PRODUCTS & PLANS

They produce camel milk soaps, stationery from camel dung paper, and woollen items such as stoles, shawls and dhurries. They also make camel milk ice-cream on special orders. There is a need for further investment to build up a regular marketing chain.

“The camel milk soap is maybe the most popular item, as it is really good. New items in the pipeline include cushions filled with camel wool and embroidered by widows from Jaisalmer with camel designs. We are also planning yoga-mats filled with camel wool and interior decoration objects,” Kohler-Rollefson tells us. All these items are retailed in their small store at Ranakpur and at the nearby LPPS campus in Butibagh, both in Rajasthan. “We also sell at the Pushkar fair and the Dastkar fair in Delhi. Within six months, the items should be available online through our new website www.camelcharisma. com,” says Kohler-Rollefson. There is a plan to introduce a ‘total camel experience’ so that more people begin to appreciate the camel. Dr. Kohler-Rollefson explains, “Our plan is that visitors can come to our campus and see how the products are made, and even try out hand paper making, spinning, weaving and the like. We have all the facilities here. And by next winter we hope to have an eco-tourism programme in place where people can visit the local Raika camel herds and experience the friendliness of the camels and the amazing animal culture of the Raika.” 


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REAL ESTATE TODAY & TOMORROW India’s housing sector is growing. It’s time to look back at 2013 to get a glimpse of the future trends.

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etropolitan cities in India are fast becoming a hub of industrial parks, high rises, residential complexes, sprawling malls and huge commercial complexes, which are gradually but steadily transforming their skyline. If you are commuting on the busy and packed streets of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata or any other tier I city, you will come across brightly coloured cranes, rubble, construction and hordes of workers

scurrying up and down the towering skyscrapers. This surely urges you to contemplate on the explosion of real estate sector in India.

CURRENT SCENARIO

Commercial real estate sector is in boom in India. This growth can be attributed to favorable demographics, increasing purchasing power, existence of customer friendly banks & housing finance companies, professionalism in real estate and favorable reforms initiated by the government to attract global

SUCCESS STORY

SKC Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd is fast expanding across India.

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amed for being one of the most trusted names in the reality domain of Lucknow, SKC Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd is a falcon in conquering mode making its presence across other cities in India. SKC Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd. is a firm established in August 2009 with Mr. Ahsan AHSAN AYYUB Director Ayyub as its Director. SKC has revolutionized the design aesthetics of Lucknow and Mumbai with its stylistic and pan-global buildings. They are developing prime residential and commercial floor spaces across the skylines of the city. SKC Builders is a popular & recognized name in real estate business in Lucknow and Mumbai. The company has rapidly scaled up recently, working on high value projects involving big names like DHFL. Every finished edifice exudes the quality matrix so intrinsic to the SKC brand. They are determined to give you the most luxurious living at the most affordable prices with a promise to modify the way you live. SKC has collaborated with DHFL for the first time in Uttar Pradesh and is developing a marvel named Blue Monarch. Blue Monarch is the first project in Uttar Pradesh to provide podium pool and other world class facilities. This iconic project will be a shining jewel in SKC’s crown once it is accomplished. Mr. Ayyub has taken the company to the next level with his unprecedented leadership and impeccable thinking. The company has expanded exponentially in a short span of time and has made its mark with its projects in Mumbai and Lucknow. Some of the projects of SKC Builders & Developers Pvt. Ltd. are

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investors. Indian real estate offers higher profits from construction which is nearly double as compared to countries like the US. The government has introduced many progressive reform measures to exploit the potential of the sector. This will help in meeting the property demand and impact the realty sector in a positive way. Along with the government’s move, the stimulus package by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowing banks to provide special treatment to the real estate sector was also highly effective. The emphasis on affordable housing also helps developers to create international standard quality projects.

POLICY BOOST

Firstly, the much-debated policy on FDI into the multibrand retail sector was finally implemented in September 2012. The policy now permits FDI of up to 51.0% into this sector, which is likely to boost the retail real estate market

The policy now permits FDI of up to 51.0% in the retail real estate sector with the entry of international products, practices and technologies into India. Backend retail infrastructure such as logistics and warehousing will receive a significant boost

UPLIFTING LIFESTYLES

Ayda Estates builds premium yet accessible housing for every segment in India.

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yda Estates is a brand of multi-storey buildings launched by Ayda Developers, seeking to design homes with the consumer in mind. The Ayda brand embodies passion, sensitivity and eco-friendliness. At Ayda, homes and work places are envisioned not just with intellect but also with care. So before going about designing with logic, they take a tour of your heart and your feelings. They preoccupy themselves with your wishes, your habits, your needs, your aspirations. Their ultimate motive is to know you so well, that they are able to predict your needs even before you feel them. Ayda Estates’ mission is to design properties that fulfill needs that people feel. And to also foresee and address needs that people don’t feel. Their objective is to lift the quality of life in every segment. Their philosophy is to serve the planet by making sure that every building they design is green and that their actions are compassionate.

“We would like our work to serve as a message to the world, that we must all strive to become better.” – Ajit Dass, Director, Ayda Estates For Ayda Estates, the definition of luxury does not begin with an imposing marble stairway or a cold, carpeted lobby. They think of luxury in terms of thoughtful touches to garnish their properties with. Small details make all the difference to the way you live. For instance, they appreciate your sensitivity towards guests. That is why you will find a café, within a complex, where you can entertain them. They understand those moments when you need the internet or printouts or need to have a quick meeting with some business partners. That is why you will find a cyber café in the club lounge within a complex. They understand the delicate situations around accommodating guests at home. That is why there is a provision for luxuriously appointed guestrooms, and even a banquet hall for larger celebrations that you may wish to host. Their upcoming project Ayda Gold at Sector 2, Vrindavan Yojana in Lucknow, straddles Rae Bareli Road and Amar Shaheed Path, Lucknow’s high-speed elevated highway. It lies amidst natural beauty, overlooking the lush green Kalindi Park and its shimmering water body. January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com


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RAISING THE BAR

Arun Muchhala Group has set high standards in the housing sector.

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from this policy, as 50% of the total FDI into the retail sector is directed at these segments. Secondly, the Government of India has deferred the implementation of the Direct Tax Code (DTC) from 2014 to 2015, which gives occupiers

The Government has deferred the implementation of DTC from 2014 to 2015 more time to capitalize on their expansion decisions while carefully negotiating with developers. Thirdly, the delay in the implementation of DTC has resulted in a good portion of the office space demand for IT SEZs to spill over from 2013 to 2014. With the demand for IT SEZ space to remain healthy in the next 12-18 months, we expect the developers of SEZs January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com

to focus on execution and completion of projects.

FUTURE TRENDS

According to analysts, this is a good time for purchasing real estate intended at long-term investment and end use. The cyclical nature of the markets is expected to push up the residential property rates in the next three years. If the investment horizon is greater than this period then it makes good business sense to invest in property in metros and other fast developing cities. The decision to purchase property in the emerging areas should be backed by a complete analysis of the demand-supply forecasts and infrastructure plans for the region. As far as capital appreciation and rental yields are concerned, midrange houses are expected to provide better returns than luxury apartments or premium property purchased at discounted prices. 

Q. Why did you prefer Maharashtra to create SURAJ MUCCHALA Director this park? Maharashtra is an industrial hub and there are all sorts of industries running in this state. Mumbai is an overly populated city and it lacks space to put up any industrial unit especially since the prices are sky rocketing. That is why we decided on going away from the city and creating this industrial park where we can provide ample space to small scale industries. Q. What made you put up this park at Boisar? Boisar is an industrial belt and it has immense potential. There are several industries related to steel, textile and pharmaceuticals. From the Mumbai international airport it is only 100 kms. away, and approximately 1.5 hours away from Mumbai. It has railway connectivity from Churchgate to Dhanu, which was recently started. Q. Will you elaborate on the Saibaba Industrial Park? Saibaba Industrial Park is spread across 45 acres of land, with world class infrastructure and 20 meter wide roads. Each plot is of a size of 1 acre, i.e. 4200 square yards. And a unit inside consists of 30,000 square feet, which is 40 meters x 40 meters. These units are available in two types: RCC and Galvanized. Each unit is self-sufficient with power and water supply and is an independent unit. Q. What kind of industries are being encouraged in Mumbai/Thane? All types of small scale industries are being encouraged. Q. What is the period of construction for this galvanized and RCC unit? Are you looking to sell or lease these units? It takes about 3-4 months to construct a galvanized unit and takes about 6 – 9 months to construct a RCC unit of this size (30,000 square feet). We are open to both selling as well as long term leasing of both the types of units.


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nless you’ve been dwelling under a rock these past few months you will have heard of this brave new creed of portable computing called Chromebooks. Budget-friendly, quickbooting (10 seconds), fast running, well-built, lightweight, always virus free, self-updating, a growing ecosystem of web apps and with an all-day battery life (minimum 8-hours), Chromebooks are ideal for a certain genre of users with limited needs. Instead of Windows, a

Chromebook runs on Google’s Chrome OS as its operating system. It is primarily designed for use while it is connected to the internet. Therefore, it by and large supports applications that run off the Web instead of heavyduty, large footprint software that squats on the machine itself. If your primary computing needs comprise email, word processing, spreadsheeting, and browsing and can be contained to the Google universe, then a Chromebook makes a good luggable. No, a Chromebook is not like

a useless brick when it is offline. Apart from email and Google Drive apps, the Chrome web store offers quite a few productivity and entertainment apps (many of them are free) for desktops that work offline and outside the Chrome browser. Just 16GB of local storage may make one baulk, but with a bundled 100GB top up to your Google account, and a capacious pen drive or a portable hard drive in the backpack if desired, one’s sorted. We take a look at two of the most popular Chromebooks.

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HP CHROMEBOOK 14

The Chromebook feels solid, dependable and more like a traditional laptop as compared to the slighter and lighter competitor from the Acer stable. Very well built and stylishly designed this one scores on visual appeal from the word go. And if you feel an 11-inch screen is not for you, you will find the screen estate on this one more pleasing to the eye as well. Though on brightness and viewing angles, the Acer notches up more points. Booting, resuming from sleep and shutting down, like on the Acer, are speedy. The keyboard is well spaced and the trackpad large and responsive. While this is a heftier of the two Chromebook options here, it is also clearly able to give you much longer battery life--almost up to an hour or so more. Apart from this, the HP offers an extra USB 3.0 port in comparison to the Acer model. Yet, what you do want for the extra bucks you will be spending on this one is maybe some more RAM and positively some more hard drive space. While it is competitively priced, shelling out nearly 4K extra for a bigger screen and a better built may not be sufficient justification for most people.

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Specs: 14-inch, 200-nit display, 16 GB Solid State Drive, 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage, HP TrueVision HD Webcam, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G modem (opt), 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, full size HDMI Port, Bluetooth 4.0, 20mm thin, 1.85 kg weight. Price: `26,990

ACER C720

The least expensive laptop has a no frills matte grey, all-plastic design but still looks appealing with its simplicity and slim, svelte design. Compared to the HP it definitely feels cheaper when it comes to built quality. Taken in isolation, its not really all that bad. The 1366x768 pixel screen of the C720 is bright, offers good contrasts and sharp texts, clear images as well as videos with commendable viewing angles. The built-in speakers offer fairly loud output in terms of volume--with no distortion or crackles even at full volume. The keyboard while accommodating well-spaced keys doesn’t afford very good key travel for typing. Due to the sunken design around the keys, it will also end up being a catchment area of dust and fluff over the long term. Running performance is snappy, with excellent boot times (under 8 seconds) and very zippy shut downs. No wait states were evident in its operation over a month of regular use. Battery life easily exceeded seven and a half hours. Specs: 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 16 GB Solid State Drive, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G modem (opt), VGA Camera, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, full size HDMI Port, Bluetooth 4.0, 100 GB Google Drive Cloud Storage, 19mm thin, 1.25kg weight. Price: `22,999

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VISIT THE LAND OF EXOTIC DIVERSITY AND CULTURE. VISIT MALAYSIA!

2N Penang/ 3N SuperStar Libra

Inclusions: • Malaysian Airlines airfare ex BLR • Accomodation at Copthorne Orchid Penang • Half day Round Island tour • Cruise inside Stateroom • All taxes, visas and transfers

Kota Kinabalu `63,999*

2N Kota Kinabalu/ 3N SuperStar Aquarius Inclusions: • Malaysian Airlines airfare ex BLR • Accomodation at Promenade Kota Kinabalu • Half day Round Island tour • Cruise inside Stateroom • All taxes, visas and transfers

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FILMS RELEASING IN JANUARY, BOLLYWOOD OTHER RELEASES YAARIYAN Release Date: Jan 10 Cast: Himansh Kohli, Serah Singh, Dev Sharma, Rakul Preet Singh, Nicole Faria Director: Divya Khosla Kumar LAKSHMI Release Date: Jan 17 Cast: Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Shefali Shetty, Ram Kapoor Director : Nagesh Kukunoor

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Release Date: Jan 10 Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi , Huma Qureshi Director: Abhishek Chaubey DEDH ISHQIYA With Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Naseeruddin Shah, and Huma Qureshi in the lead roles, Dedh Ishqiya promises to be high-drama and pure entertainment. Fans of Madhuri Dixit are of course eagerly waiting to see her blaze up the silver screen yet again. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey,

this sequel of Ishqiya is produced by Raman Maroo and Vishal Bharadwaj. The story continues from the point it ended in the first part, making the film almost a poetic escapade with a lot of darkness roped in. There is a lot of suspense, passion, romance and deceit to add variety that is true to the spice of life!

JAI HO Release Date :Jan 24 Cast: Salman Khan, Tabu,Daisy Shah, Sana Khan Director : Sohail Khan by Sayanti Banerjee

TOP 10 MOVIE TICKETS BOOKING WEBSITES

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1. BOOKMYSHOW

6. BIG CINEMAS

2. INOX MOVIES

7. CINEMAX

3. TICKETNEW

8. EASYMOVIES

4. TICKETPLEASE

9. TICKET4U

5. PVR CINEMAS

10. KYAZOONGA


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FILMS RELEASING IN JANUARY, HOLLYWOOD OTHER RELEASES INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS Release Date: Jan 3 Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen THE MONUMENTS MEN Release Date: Jan 17 Cast: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett Director : George Clooney

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Release Date: Jan 10 Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss , Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee Director: Renny Harlin THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (3D) Dating back to 1200 B.C, in Ancient Greece a queen gave in to the lust of Zeus and had a son who was believed to banish the tyranny of the king and restore peace to the land. But as he grows up to be Hercules, this prince remains unaware of his real identity or destiny. The need of

his life is true love and he desires so as the only one thing from Hebe, Princess of Crete. But after Hercules learns about the greater purpose of his life, he has to choose his path and take the journey of his life forward like a true hero. What will follow is worth watching as he goes through a trail of adventures.

I, FRANKENSTEIN (2D) Release Date: Jan 24 Cast: Yvonne Strahovski, Bill Nighy, Jai Courtney, Aaron Eckhart, Miranda Otto Director: Stuart Beattie

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1. YOUTUBE MOVIES

6. FREEFULLMOVIES

2. IMDB

7. FILM.FM

3. CRACKLE

8. B MOVIES

4. LOS MOVIES

9. JUSTCLICKTOWATCH

5. TOPMOVIES

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INTERESTING READS HOW TO MAKE ENEMIES AND OFFEND PEOPLE

THE EDGE OF POWER

A tongue-in-cheek satire on things like a woman’s obsession with the saree to bathtubs and everything in between, the book is a delight to read. Completely unputdownable, the author has given a great humour to read for everyone. After reading it all, I really sympathize with the author on his name not finding a mention in the Radia tapes, after all he is a journalist of repute. Author: G Sampath Publication: Penguin Books Price: `399

A nice mix of friction and references from real file incidences makes reading the book a delightful experience. With the Nirbhaya rape case as the backdrop, the book takes the readers through a labyrinth of actions and their repercussions. A nice follow up of a story that he left a couple of years back. Will Shruti Ranjan come back to woo the readers as well as the electorate is anyone’s guess? Author: Tuhin A Sinha Publication: Hachette India Price: `250

THE PRISONER On a cold December evening in Karachi, American journalist Jon Friedland is kidnapped from one of the city’s poshest neighbourhoods. The kidnapping has come at a bad time, embarrassing the Pakistani government in front of their US allies. The clock is ticking. Will the police and Intelligence Agencies succeed? Author: Omar Shahid Hamid Publication: Pan Macmillan Price: `350

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FREEZE FRAME This book by one of the most revered Bollywood writers, brings interviews with leading Bollywood and Hollywood personalities. Conversations with the likes of Paul Schrader, Ralph Fiennes, Russell Crowe, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Amitabh Bachchan will open many secrets. Author: Anupama Chopra Publication: Om Books International Price: `395

by Florina Soren

WEBSITES TO BUY BOOKS Some websites from which you could buy books from are: AMAZON, EBAY, FLIPKART, BOOKS AT HALF.COM, ABEBOOKS

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STYLE SAVVY

KIDS

Trends show that it’s never too early for kids to be with-it when it comes to fashion.

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he increasing availability and affordability of international brands is good news for the Indian consumer, and has given a boost to the domestic retail industry as well. A considerable chunk of the fashion industry is targeted towards the youngest clients. From branded onesies to chic diaper bags fashion statements can now be made right from infancy! Fashionista mommies seek stylish accessories and fancy trimmings for their young ones. And it’s not just the moms.

Many kids too have a keen eye for style and know how to put together an outfit that makes a statement. We bring you the lowdown on all that can be added to child’s wardrobe, over and above the clothes WHEN BUYING CLOTHES FOR CHILDREN KEEP IN MIND THEIR COMFORT AND SAFETY. ON A FLIGHT REMEMBER TO CARRY AN EXTRA PAIR OF CLOTHES TO SUIT CHANGES IN TEMPERATURE January 2014 | www.spiceroutemag.com


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Mutlicoloured headphones are quite a fashion statement amongst pre-teens and teens. While buying earphones that are stylish, comfortable, and safe for kids go for a brand that emphasizes style, has well-fitted earpieces, and plays music at safe volumes. Brands like Fisher Price and Sony offer special children’s headphones that boast quality audio ideal for kids. You are likely to find them easily online. Some brands are more focused on aesthetics than others; for example, Skullcandy is well known for its unique style of headphones. It is also important to limit the amount of time a child uses headphones irrespective of the volume.

FANCY FOOTWEAR

Forget ordinary leather. When it comes to children’s footwear, metallic leather is quite the rage in boots of all heights. Other footwear trends that are in vogue are grown up style moccasins in bright coloured suede. If your tiny tot prefers comfort over style, then there’s always Crocs for the soft, comfortable, lightweight, non-marking and odorresistant qualities that Crocs wearers know and love. Crocs fans can walk in comfort and style with every pair of shoes, from the iconic clog to new sneakers, sandals and boots.

TRENDY TOILETRIES

Toiletries for children are no longer limited to standard boring products. Almost every brand has special

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Boots make the last and of course the most essential winter accessory products ranging from shower gels and shampoos to even body sprays and deodorants. The branding is attractive for children too. Barbie toiletries share shelf space with Hot Wheels or Ben10 products. For preteens, there is a range of hair styling products to choose from-while boys can make spikes or sport a mohawk look. Girls can flaunt their flowing tresses with ringlets.

WOW WATCHES

Despite being the most functional

• The foot is not fully formed until the age of 6. Poorly fit shoes and shoes that are too small can damage a young foot. • You need to find a shoe that has a firm sole and sturdy grip. Check whether the sole (bottom of the shoe) bends, particularly if the shoe is chunky and the soles are stiff.


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accessory, watches have always made a style statement. And it is no different when it comes to children’s watches. As in other products, once finds a range of watches based on Disney characters. For the kids who have outgrown the cartoon character age, there is Swatch and G Shock to pick. With features like shock and water resistance, countdown timer and much more, these timepieces are ideal for the outdoorsy kids.

CLASSY CLIPS

This season is all about embellishments and bling. With splashes of tulle, badges and bows,

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hair accessories with Swarovski crystals and neon colours offer fun and whimsy without losing their style. Head to Miss Jo, Accessorize or Claires and take your pick. If you’re looking for cheaper options and more quantity than quality, the street side kiosks often stock good variations of trendy designs.

BAG BOOM

The high-in-demand sling bags are an ideal blend of style, function and fashion. Some of the common features like durability and light-inweight make them perfect bags for daily usage. A sling backpack is quite

similar to a common bag but the style of wearing is different. Most people like to wear it over the shoulder with straps that wind around the chest, so that the bag rests on the lower back. Sling backpacks have become quite popular with kids. As a result, it has even overtaken the stylish backpack, with an innovative trend for carrying books to school and is becoming highly popular among students. Kipling offers a nice range of sling bags in a range of colours. The brand also offers the “create your own” option with getting your name or any special message monogrammed on the bag.

Sun protection

often ignore using sunscreen for kids.

Whether you are heading to the beach or a snowscape for your holiday, children require UV protection from the sun. According to the WHO, “Children are in a dynamic state of growth, and are therefore more susceptible to environmental threats than adults.” We

Another mistake people end up making is using the sunscreens for adults on kids. A child’s skin is much more delicate and hence requires specific care. Brands like Banana Boat and Lotus Herbals offer special sunscreens for kids.


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Nail art is fun, so just unleash your creative self and see the magic unfold WINTER WARMERS

No fashion statement for kids can make moms happier in winter than something that keeps the children warm. This season is all about knitted and crocheted scarves and mufflers. Grandma’s knits also get the applause they deserve. Also it is said hand knitted woolens are much warmer. Or head to Accessorize and load up on matching mittens, mufflers and woolen caps. While it is fun to see your young ones spruced up for the festive season, some accessories are actually as functional as they are glamorous, so go ahead and pamper the little ones.

DIY NAIL ART

Nail art is all the rage for girls of all ages. Your little girl wants nail art but you don’t want to take her to a nail spa? There are many ‘do it yourself’ kits available in the market. Nail art is fun, and should never be stressful! Just unleash your creative self and play around with nail paint and designs in all hues available. A simple at-home tip is to use a variety of nail polish colours and mix them all haphazardly together with the aid of a sponge. People will ask you the secret to your creativity! And if you want to add a little funk, do the beaded nails. Just apply a coat of white nail paint, and while it is dry just sprinkle the smallest size of beads that you can find. The end result is stunning! 


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FORECAST FOR JANUARY 2014 BY

DR. PRE M KUM A R SHARMA

ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

Good Luck Tip: Light up dark office corners for positive energy and wealth

Good Luck Tip: Hang a small, faceted crystal ball at a kitchen window for money.

Good Luck Tip: Create a balance of all five elements (or shapes) in your kitchen for prosperity.

Good Luck Tip: Combine red, yellow, white, black and green in your office area for prosperity

LEO

VIRGO

LIBRA

SCORPIO

Good Luck Tip: Hang a mirror above your desk so that the work area entrance is reflected

Good Luck Tip: Carry a small crystal in your purse to multiply finances

Good Luck Tip: Place a quartz crystal on your computer to open lines of communication

Good Luck Tip: An egg-shaped object in your office helps you attract new business

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

Good Luck Tip: Place a piece of amethyst on your desk to cope up with stress or tight deadlines

Good Luck Tip: Place a black stone (onyx or obsidian) in your office to prevent money wastage

Good Luck Tip: Place red and yellow flowers near your desk to stimulate financial growth

Good Luck Tip: Place a vase of yellow flowers in the kitchen for prosperity

Diplomatically assert yourself else others take advantage. Focus on deadlines and commitments. Keep expenses under control. Clients may give anxious moments and team management may be difficult. Good news on family front. Seek a right guide on legal issues. You find love soon. A short journey is on the cards.

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Though loved ones are unable to understand your motivations, they adjust to the changes you make. If stuck in a groove, you’ll move on. Ancestral property issues may not work out well - discuss with a family elder. You’re not romantically inclined. If there is a major expenditure, tighten your fist till it is not recovered.

Be proactive to welcome changes. Find solutions that will be agreeable to everyone. Projects that you initiate will bring recognition in the near future. Efficient handling of pending issues lightens workload. Financially, you’ll be well placed. Romantic relationships bring happiness.

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Be prepared with facts and figures, and if possible, add a few well-researched alternatives - it will help you professionally. Your advice on some project will be much valued. You’ll be comfortable financially. Marital front will remain blissful. Keep impulsiveness and anger under control.

You’ll be cheerful and optimistic. Compromise and accommodation will ease work pressures and build goodwill. Wise investments in property keep you financially strong. Some of you are set to add to your wealth. Quality time with loved ones will be priority. Take what you don’t like on the domestic front in your stride.

Your performance gets top rating. You make a lucrative property deal. A family youngster finds his own path, don’t worry. You may dislike someone, but don’t display it. A relationship can make you feel stagnated. But try to ignite your love life. Waiting for others to pitch in and help will only cause delays.

Business meetings are productive. Weigh alternatives before committing to new opportunities. You’ll be sought after in a creative and recreational professional event. Monetary condition will improve. You make friends thanks to your outgoing nature. Someone will repose full confidence in you. Falling in love is easy!

You may want to state your position on certain work or domestic issues. Be diplomatic to avoid a run-in with influential seniors. Things are not going your way on the home front, but you can’t do much about it. Loan repayment may force you to make adjustments. For children’s issues, thinking won’t work; get into action.

Those in uniform find promotional prospects brightening up. A family get-together is on the cards. You will rise above pettiness and forgive and forget. Artistic talents are likely to come to fore. You will innovate at work. You can earn much more. Health matters will be resolved satisfactorily.

Different cultures, foods, dresses and people may fascinate you enough to take a vacation abroad. You may find a suitable match. A celebration at home keeps you engaged. Professionally, you’ve made a mark - just consolidate your position. Students should plan keeping long-term career goals in mind.

Open discussions with seniors and colleagues give new opportunities. Visit a religious place for solace. On the academic front, you’re likely to leave competitors way behind. Your competence and skills make difficult tasks seem like a cakewalk. Wealth will come in plenty. You will feel fitter than ever.

A social misdemeanour may get tongues wagging. Get rid of your devil-may-care attitude - it may harm. You fall out of love because you call a spade a spade. Avoid driving in traffic. Not the right time to acquire property. You need to put in extra efforts at work towards the end of the month.


SPOTLIGHT

WED IN STYLE

Converting dreams into reality, Red Events promises to give you the best.

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ed Event is a highly professional event styling and management company initiated (2000) by the fire and passion of Mr. Saurabh Agrawal, Managing Director- a young visionary who foresaw the wedding Industry in Gujarat and in India having great potential. The vision and idea in hand, Mr. Agrawal took to the dias to receive the GIWA Award in 2013 and EEMAX Award in 2012 in a span of just 13 years, enjoying accolades not only in Gujarat, but also globally and has not looked back since then. Red Events offer multidisciplinary services across the globe, handling more than 600 weddings in India and abroad, 250 corporate events, 50 plus exhibitions, fashion shows and festivals, MICE meets, event styling for various concerts and musical events. These achievements stand witness for exploring fresh and innovative ideas for flawless planning and execution of an event. The success story of Red Events defines pampering the client with great affordability, and going that extra mile to render services with 100% commitment.

HIGH ON VALUE

The students of The Sagar School celebrate their 14th Founder’s day.

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he Sagar School rated as the number one co-educational boarding school in Rajasthan hosted its 14th Founder’s Day Celebrations on December 7. The chief guest for the occasion was Dr. Kavita Sharma, Director of the India International Centre, New Delhi, former Principal Hindu College and a prolific writer and scholar par excellence. After giving away the prizes and trophies to the meritorious students, she spoke to the audience and stressed on values in education and their importance. The Hon’ble Chairperson, Ms Rosemary Sagar, Respected Director, Mrs. Sharmistha Julka, and Principal, Mrs Jayshree Balasaria also addressed the students and spoke about further expansions. A dance drama -‘Magic Years’, directed by Feisal Alkazi - was staged, reflecting the turbulent teenage years and was enacted by more than 150 students on stage. Poems, articles, sketches, paintings, models on India’s harvest festivals, agricultural roots, traditional foods and models of water harvesting and unani medicine were on display for the visitors. Presentations by the various clubs showcased the vocational talent imparted by the school.

FOR A FLAWLESS SKIN

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ue to extreme external conditions and a stressful lifestyle, our skin undergoes a lot of wear and tear and thus ageing has become an issue at an earlier stage for women. Keeping this consumer need in mind, Piramal Healthcare launched Lacto Calamine Reneu Anti Ageing Cream developed with the cutting edge US patented ULMAe technology. ULMAe penetrates to the deeper layer of skin and thus reduces not just the fine wrinkles but also deep

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wrinkles. 83% of Reneu users have noticed significant visible reduction in wrinkles and fine lines in just 8 weeks. Reneu is the first anti- ageing product in the Indian market to come with a Reneu Proof Strip kit that actually demonstrates the effect of the product as it works on the skin. In addition to ULMAe, Reneu also contains 9 Natural Nourishing Organic Extracts to moisturize the skin, and Natural AntiMelanin (NAM), that helps lighten skin tone and reduces dark spots.

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VGC Diamond – an economic range of world class jewellery

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GC Diamond is a Mumbai based company, which has made a mark for itself in the diamond jewelry market within a short time period. VGC Diamond provides latest creative designs at very economical costs as compared to other companies, this makes VGC Diamond a topic of discussion among the customers. You can also gift VGC Diamond jewelry to your loved ones at least prices along with the IGI certificate.


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Routemap Letter from the management SpiceJet family SpiceJet news SpiceJet Celebrations CSR: Joyride for children from Kolkata • SpiceJet destinations • Fleet guide • Schedule

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COMMITMENT Dear SpiceJet customer, In this column last month I had written that “We believe what fundamentally sets SpiceJet apart from other airlines is our people – the warm, natural, caring, and diverse personalities that come together to make the airline. SpiceJet people are individuals who take their work very seriously, but still have independence of spirit and a sense of humour. Individuals with personalities who are proud to wear their uniform, but are not afraid to let their hair down. That is the spirit of SpiceJet.” Today as I type this, I am seated next to Mr Avinash Bajoria of Jaipur, en-route on SG-607 from Delhi to Kolkata on Christmas Eve. Mr Bajoria (who has kindly allowed me to use his name) is a very frequent flyer, and this is what he had to tell me: “I like SpiceJet because of the friendliness, warmth, and helpfulness of the crew, they try to help you out in whatever manner they can, in-flight and on the ground. I do not get hassled when I fly SpiceJet. And it was nice to see the cabin crew wearing Santa hats on today’s flight – it put me in a good mood on Christmas Eve”. He then further goes on to say “My advice to SpiceJet would be to add business class and make it into a full service airline”. Mr Bajoria, thank you for your kind words. While a business class cabin may or may not be on the cards (we are not saying!), your words about our people - our SpiceJet family – is music to our ears. We are glad

that we are on the right track! We also know sometimes things go wrong, but when they do, we will go out of our way to make it up for you. Though we fly 45,000 passengers on 350 flights each day, we commit that if you have a problem then write in to us at customerfirst@spicejet.com, a member of our management team will get back to you personally, usually within 72 hours, no formal letter responses. This is also why we no longer have on-board suggestion cards, it is much more efficient if you drop us an email, as attested by this email from a customer: “I would like to inform you that I have never seen such a quick response (to a complaint) from any service provider of late. I would really like to thank Mr Pradeep Shah (GM reservations) and Ms Niti (AM reservations) for all their help. God bless them both. People like them makes SpiceJet more trustworthy and customer oriented. It was my pleasure to speak to both of them”.

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Music again to our ears. Happy New Year, and thank you for flying SpiceJet.

Sanjiv Kapoor Chief Operating Officer

This is a monthly column, where the department heads will write about the initiatives taken by them to improve customer commitment.

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I LOVE TO READ, COOK AND INDULGE IN SOME OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES BESIDES DOING YOGA WITH MY MOTHER Name: Anushree Varma Designation: First Officer B-737 Ng Current Role : Co - Pilot

FLYING HIGH

First Officer Anushree Varma loves the time she spends inside the cockpit.

Responsibilities in current role? I am responsible for safety and security of the plane, passengers, crew and cargo under diverse weather and air traffic conditions.

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When did you join SpiceJet and what do you love the most about your work? I joined SpiceJet in August 2010 and the best part about my work is that we have an extremely congenial, yet professional work environment. Also the guidance and support that I have received from my seniors has gone a long way in helping me deliver my very best. What excites you about your job? It is definitely a very challenging job. A job where one has to give his/her 100 percent always with no scope for error. What makes flying very exciting is that there is something new to learn everyday. The job satisfaction which one feels after completion of each successful flight is unmatchable. And for me, being a pilot is a dream come true.

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How do you manage a work-life balance? I find it easy to manage both. We are mandated by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) flight duty time rules which each pilot/company has to follow. These rules provide ample rest between flights. Also, internally we have a system in SpiceJet where one can plan his/her annual leave at the beginning of each financial year. What do you do when you are not flying? I love to meet my friends and socialise during my weekly holidays. I also love to read, cook and indulge in some outdoor activities besides doing yoga with my mother. Your favourite SpiceJet destination? Has to be Male and Port Blair. What is your fitness mantra? I practice yoga at least three times a week and do cardio exercises two days a week. Eating healthy goes a long way in retaining my fitness. I also love to swim as it is very rejuvenating.

Family time I owe everything to my family, especially to my parents for believing in me and my dreams.

look after their instrumentation business and my mother is a naturopath and yoga instructor.

I stay with my parents, brother, grandmother and my sister-inlaw. My father and brother

My sister-in-law is a manager in Tata Steel and we make a small and loving family.


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WARM & HOSPITABLE Cabin crew, Kamna Singh delivers excellent customer services with a charming smile. What are your responsibilities in your current role? In my current role I look after the safety of customers, and strive to achieve high standards in delivering excellent customer services.

Name: Kamna Singh Designation: Cabin Crew Current Role: Customer Safety And Service

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When did you join SpiceJet and what do you love the most about your job? I joined SpiceJet in July 2012. The one thing I like most about my job is the comfortable work environment which is created by all the SpiceJet crew members. What is it that excites you about the aviation industry? The opportunity to work and interact with different people everyday from various communities all over the world is the most exciting part of working in the aviation industry. What are the challenges that you face at work? I find it challenging to report early in winters! Coping with difficult situations, sudden changes in flight schedules, and handling passengers in such situations is also a challenge. What is the best thing about working in SpiceJet? Being a flight attendant in SpiceJet is not just a career but a lifestyle. In many ways it is a privileged life with opportunities to visit places and see cultures that are beyond one’s reach otherwise. Tell us something about your family. My family members are my mother, brother, sister-in-law, a cute niece, and a naughty nephew. How do you manage to maintain a work-life balance?

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Honestly I don’t make any deliberate attempt to have a work-life balance. Perhaps it is the presence of a loving family and supportive colleagues that has helped me till now. How do you spend your holidays? Tell us something about your hobbies. I like spending time with my family and friends. I also like shopping. When at home I love to cook. Which is your favourite SpiceJet destination? I like Dubai and Pune. Is there any incident or experience at SpiceJet that you would like to share? I have a number of memorable experiences at SpiceJet. Recently on a Delhi-Kathmandu flight, while we were serving meals, a gentleman urgently needed tea so that his diabetic wife could have her medicine, and was speaking to a copassenger about this. I immediately served a cup of tea to his wife. They were thankful for my prompt service. While alighting from the flight the family gifted me a statue of Lord Ganesha. This gesture made my day. How do you keep yourself fit? Any fitness mantras for our readers? I don’t have any fitness mantra. I love to dance and sometimes I practice yoga as well which keeps me fit. I drink a lot of water. How does your typical day at work start and end? My typical day starts with my morning alarm, then getting ready and rushing to work. At the end of the day we have a very good debriefing. Once home I take time out to relax.


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Tell us something about your family. My family members include my parents, my wife Shraddha, son Sarthak, my brother, sister-in-law and my nephew.

SMOOTH FUNCTIONING Duty officer-airport services, Sarvesh B Desai ensures systematic and hassle free operations. What are your responsibilities in your current role? I monitor On-Time Performance, customer satisfaction and liaison with Airport Authority of India, Navy and other agencies at the Goa airport. I also monitor all the internal administration work, and am the IT coordinator of the Goa station. When did you join SpiceJet and what do you love the most about working here? I joined SpiceJet in May 2005. I love working here since we have an understanding and friendly management, which offers good growth opportunity based on one’s performance, and most importantly it is not a regular office job wherein you need to sit in one place and function. What excites you about your role? My job is very challenging as I have to deal with different kinds of passengers everyday. However, this is also the most exciting part of my job. What are the challenges that you face? The most challenging part is to facilitate On-time departures in spite of having infrastructure constraint at the Goa

airport. Having said that, we still have 100 per cent On-Time Performance out of Goa station. What are the good aspects of working with SpiceJet. Working in SpiceJet has given me a friendly work atmosphere besides many facilities like tickets for family members and health insurance facility. How do you manage a work-life balance? Initially, it was difficult as I had to travel to Mapusa (North Goa) which is 45km from the Goa airport, and it would be very late by the time I reached home. But since I love my job so much I shifted to Vasco which is closeby. Now managing work as well as my personal life is not that tough. How do you spend your holidays? What are your hobbies? I usually spend my holidays at home, playing with my little son. I also like angling and watching television. Shows like Man vs Wild are my favourites. Which is your favourite SpiceJet destination? My favourite SpiceJet destination is Srinagar. Any incident or experience that you wish to share while working in SpiceJet? I joined SpiceJet as a customer services assistant. However, over the years I took up various challenges and grew in my career. With the help and motivation from my seniors, I was able to perform to the best of my capability.

Name: Sarvesh B. Desai Designation: Duty Officer – Airport Services Current Role: Overall monitoring of all APS & operational activities

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Any fitness mantra you would like to share with our readers? The best fitness mantra is to lead a disciplined life and enjoy whatever one is doing.


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SpiceJet Ltd, India’s preferred budget airline, and Tigerair, Singapore’s largest budget airline, have signed a three-year interline agreement to pave way for greater connectivity between flights operated by both carriers. SpiceJet is the first Indian low fare airline to establish such an arrangement with a foreign airline. This partnership will result in a major boost for tourism and business travel between the two countries. Starting from January 6, the travellers can now enjoy seamless connection through Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport onto Tigerair’s Singaporebound flights. The 14 Indian cities include Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chennai, Kolkata, Coimbatore, Delhi, Goa, Indore, Mangalore, Madurai, Pune, Bengaluru, Tirupati, and Visakhapatnam (Vizag). Starting from January 12, 2014, Tigerair customers from Singapore will also enjoy easy access to SpiceJet’s wide domestic network.

CORPORATE FLYER PROGRAM

SpiceJet Ltd, India’s preferred low fare airline, has launched the Corporate Flyer Program, a specially designed product for corporate frequent travellers. The salient features of this program include offer to get 1 free one way ticket on 6 completed one way journeys. Similarly, 2 free one way tickets can be availed against 10 completed one way journeys. The offer is only for corporate frequent travellers and on bookings with valid corporate/web promo codes under corporate deal. The offer is applicable on domestic network of SpiceJet. This offer is valid on direct as well as on via flights.

BOOK EARLY, SAVE LOTS

Buying tickets in advance is always better than buying tickets at the last minute. SpiceJet wants to encourage people to book in advance and in this way they save a lot more. Some of the terms and conditions of this service include - Fares are available for travel between January 19, 2014 and April 15, 2014, Fares are available for advance purchase of tickets for travel minimum 30 days from the date of booking, Low fares mentioned are available for advance purchase of tickets for travel up to 90 days from the date of booking. The low fares mentioned above are applicable for travel on domestic flights only.

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COVER MODEL PROMO

There was a sense of glamour and excitement in the air during this festive season. Thanks to SpiceJet’s “Fly With A Cover Model” promo, wherein if you were flying with a SpiceJet cover model then you win a 50% discount on your next flight with SpiceJet. This offer would be on till January 15.

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BOOK A TICKET, PICK A SEAT

Flying with SpiceJet just got more rewarding with the choice of Premium Seats starting at `300 when you book your tickets on spicejet.com. Boeing charges for premium seats in domestic flights are `500 and in international flights are `750. For Q400 charges for Domestic/International Front Row seats are `500 and for Domestic/ International 2nd and 3rd Row seats are `300. Some of the terms and conditions to avail this service are - Passengers may choose to book a premium seat at specified charges at the time of booking or through our airports and/or our Guest Reservation Center once the booking is made, Only select seats on the front rows and the Emergency Exits are chargeable as premium seats, If a passenger does not wish to

pre-assign a seat, the passenger would be assigned any seat at the time of check-in without any charge, in case of cancellation of booking, the fee charged for pre-assigning seat would be refunded. Passengers between the ages of 15 to 65 without any medical condition(s), and travelling without an infant, may choose to book the Emergency Exit row seats.

SPICEMAX FOR HASSLE-FREE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE SpiceMAX aims to provide a hassle-free and comfortable check-in experience and give a valued feeling to the passenger towards services paid for while simultaneously

generating ancillary revenue in the present scenario. Some of the benefits that SpiceMAX provides to the Guest are - Complimentary meal with a non-alcoholic

beverage on-board, and Priority check-in, Priority Baggage Delivery, Exclusive Airport Functions and 10 Kg Hand Baggage allowance (Not to be sold in isolation).


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SEASON’S

CELEBRATIONS The month of December brought fun as enthusiastic passengers celebrated Christmas with the cabin crew who donned pretty Santa caps and added a dash of festive flavour to their smart uniforms....

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OUR STAFF IS KNOWN FOR THEIR WARM HOSPITALITY. BE IT SENIOR CITIZENS OR CHILDREN TRAVELLING ONBOARD, THEY GO THAT EXTRA MILE TO MAKE THE TRAVELLING EXPERIENCE OF PASSENGERS COMFORTABLE AND HASSLE-FREE

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SPICEJET’S JOYRIDE FOR

LIL ONES Download ‘ARplay’ on your iPhone/ Android device & scan this page to watch SpiceJet’s Joyride for Kolkata children

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EVERY CHILD HAS A DESIRE TO FLY, TO SOAR ABOVE THE CLOUDS. AS A SPECIAL TREAT, SPICEJET FLEW 30 WONDERFUL CHILDREN (AGED 4-14) FROM KOLKATA TO DELHI FOR A DAY OF FUN AND SIGHTSEEING. IT WAS HEARTWARMING TO SEE THE CHILDREN’S THRILL AND JOY AT THEIR FIRST FLIGHT. WE THANK SNEHA BHAVAN AND SHISHU KUNJ FOR PARTICIPATING WITH US IN THIS TREAT WITH THE CHILDREN WHO ARE IN THEIR WONDERFUL AND LOVING CARE


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THE WONDERFUL AND ENTHUSIASTIC CHILDREN WERE TAKEN ON A DELHI TOUR TO VISIT THE FAMED QUTAB MINAR AND THE RAIL BHAWAN

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WHERE SPICEJET FLIES

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AGARTALA

AHMEDABAD

ALLAHABAD

AMRITSAR

Airport: The Singerbhil Airport is about 12km away from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport is located 15km from the city centre.

Airport: Allahabad Airport is 12km from the city. Taxis are available.

Must See: In the heart of the city of Agartala lies the Ujjayanta Palace, a royal house carved and sculpted in Indo-Greek style.

Must See: Kankaria is an artificial lake that dates back to the time of the sultans.

Must See: The Allahabad Fort, built from the year 1583 onwards by Akbar, stands at the junction of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga.

Airport: Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport is located 11km from the city.

Must Stay: Ginger Agartala on Airport Road offers convenient accommodation and services.

Must Stay: Experience a stay with all possible contemporary and plush comforts at The Gateway Hotel Ummed Ahmedabad.

Must Stay: Enjoy your time in the great city of Allahabad by staying at Guest House Bungalow, which offers well-furnished rooms.

Airport Manager: Avishek Kar

Airport Manager: Johnson George

Airport Incharge: Vijay Yadav

Airport Incharge: Deepak Anand

Email: avishek.kar@spicejet.com

Email: johnson.george@spicejet.com

Email: vijay.yadav@spicejet.com

Email: deepak.anand@spicejet.com

AURANGABAD

BAGDOGRA

BANGKOK

BELGAUM

Airport: Aurangabad Airport is 10km from the city centre.

Airport: Bagdogra Airport serves the towns of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok. Take a bus or private/shared taxi to these regions.

Airport: The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is 17km away.

Airport: Belgaum Airport is 10km from the city centre.

Must See: Visit the famed floating market in Old Bangkok and also visit The Wat Pho temple to see the reclining statue of Buddha.

Must See: Belgaum Fort is a huge fortress situated in the centre of the city. Dating back to 1519, the fort stands tall by telling the tales of the era gone by.

Must See: The dark tunnels, passages and archways at the Daulatabad Fort, 13km away from Aurangabad, speak of its history. Must Stay: Hotel Vits is a luxurious business-class hotel located on the Railway Station Road. Airport Incharge: Ajay Chib Email: ajay.chib@spicejet.com

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Must See: There are several tourist activities that you can engage in at Darjeeling, Dooars and Siliguri. Must Stay: Situated on the Bihar More in Bagdogra, Marinas Motel offers finely furnished rooms.

Must Stay: The Banyan Tree hotels & resorts houses the Vertigo restaurant which offers a spectacular view of the city from the 61st floor.

Airport Incharge: Saurav Raj Thapa

Station Incharge: Gavin Jeffries

Email: saurav.thapa@spicejet.com

Email: gavin.jeffries@spicejet.com

Must See: Jallianwala Bagh is reminiscent of the Indian freedom struggle and is a well-known historical site in Amritsar. Must Stay: Enjoy your time in the spiritual city of Amritsar by staying at Radisson Blu, a fine hotel.

Must Stay: Relax at Hotel Adarsha Palace, situated on the College Road in Belgaum. Airport Incharge: Komal Jani Email: komal.jani@spicejet.com


BENGALURU

BHOPAL

CHANDIGARH

CHENNAI

Airport: Bengaluru International Airport is 40km from the city’s business district. Taxis and Volvo buses are easily available.

Airport: The Raja Bhoj International Airport is located in Bairagarh, 15km from the city.

Airport: Chandigarh Airport is 8km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Chennai International Airport is 7km from the city centre.

Must See: Bhimbetka, about 50km from Bhopal, is home to ancient rock shelters with cave paintings.

Must See: Sukhna Lake is an artificial reservoir and a recreational spot.

Must Stay: Hotel Formule1 Bengaluru Whitefield is close to shopping and corporate hubs.

Must Stay: Revel in royal luxury at the Jehan Numa Palace Hotel in the upscale Shamla Hills area in the city.

Must Stay: Experience a stay with all possible comforts at the JW Marriott Chandigarh, a plush fivestar hotel.

Airport Manager: Panakaj Handa

Airport Incharge: Rajul Srivastava

Email: pankaj.handa@spicejet.com

Email: rajul.srivastava@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Manmeet Singh Barham

Must See: Ulsoor lake is spread over a huge area and dates back to the time of Kempe Gowda I and II.

Must See: Marina Beach is a 12km stretch of pristine beach, the second longest in the world. Must Stay: The Residency is nestled in the shopping hub of the city. It is strategically located near the airport, railway station and city centre. Airport Manager: Sujith Menon Email: sujith.menon@spicejet.com

Email: manmeet.barham@spicejet.com

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COIMBATORE

COLOMBO

DEHRADUN

DELHI

Airport: Coimbatore Airport in Peelamedu is located 13km away from the city. Taxis are available.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport is Sri Lanka’s only international airport.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport is located some 30km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport is 20km away. Taxis are easily available.

Must See: An exciting journey to the centre of a forest brings you to the Kovai Kuttralam waterfalls.

Must See: Gangaramaya Temple is not only a place of worship for Buddhists, but also a centre of learning for the religion.

Must See: Situated 8km from the city centre, Guchchu Pani is a beautiful picnic spot.

Must See: The Purana Qila is an old fort or rather the remains of the 16th century Shergarh.

Airport Incharge: N. Kalidassan

Must Stay: Madhuban Hotel is a beautiful option with aesthetically designed rooms featuring modern amenities and culinary delights.

Must Stay: At a convenient distance from the airport and NH8, Lebua New Delhi is a fine five-star hotel situated in Dwarka.

Email: n.kalidassan@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Manish Pandey

Airport Manager: Nelash Godara

Email: manish.pandey@spicejet.com

Email: nelash.godara@spicejet.com

Must Stay: Le Meridien Coimbatore sets a benchmark in modern luxury and offers comfort with extravagance. Airport Manager: Santosh Kumar Nair Email: santosh.nair@spicejet.com

Must Stay: The Gateway Hotel Airport Garden, near the airport.


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DHARAMSHALA

DUBAI

GOA

GUANGZHOU

Airport: The Gaggal Airport also known as the Dharamshala Airport, is located 14km from the city.

Airport: Dubai International Airport is a major aviation hub in the Middle East.

Airport: Dabolim Airport in Vasco is 30km from Panaji, Goa’s capital. Taxis are available.

Airport: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is the main airport of the city.

Must See: One of the major tourist attractions of Dharamshala is the Kangra Art museum.

Must See: Check out the Jumeirah Beach a famous beach resort located just 15km from central Dubai.

Must See: Sri Mangeshi Temple in the Priol area is a beautiful temple in refreshing natural surroundings.

Must See: The Pearl River flows through the Guangzhou city. Take a boat tour on the river to admire the breathtaking night view.

Must Stay: Himachal Tourism Hotel Dhauladhar, in the heart of the town, offers a commanding view of the mountains. Airport Incharge: Rahul Garg Email: rahul.garg@spicejet.com

Must Stay: Atlantis The Palm is a luxury resort built on the scenic Palm Island. Airport Manager: J. Venkatramakrishnan

Must Stay: Bid farewell to your blues and relax at the White Pearl Suites situated near Baga Beach.

Must Stay: Crowne Plaza Science City is a plush hotel.

Airport Manager: Anish Dubey

Airport Manager: Vrushiket Bhise

Email: anish.dubey@spicejet.com

Email: vrushiket.bhise@spicejet.com

Email: j.venkat@spicejet.com

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GUWAHATI

HUBLI

HYDERABAD

INDORE

Airport: Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is 25km from the city.

Airport: Hubli Airport is the airport currently serving both Hubli and Dharwad in Karnataka.

Airport: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is 25km from the city.

Airport: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport is located at a distance of 8km from the city.

Must See: Assam State Museum is located near Dighalipukhuri tank.

Must see: Panoramic view of the city of Hubli, Nrupatunga Betta, 5km from Chennamma circle.

Must Stay: Located in Madhab Nagar, Khanapara, Greenwood Resorts offers a relaxing retreat. Airport Manager: Bhaskar Borgohain Email: bhaskar.borgohain@spicejet.com

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Must See: Mecca Masjid is a heritage mosque in the old city of Hyderabad, close to the historic landmark of Chowmahalla Palace.

Must See: Rajwada is a remarkable mansion that sings the glory of the heritage of Indore.

Must stay: Hotel Clarks Inn on the Gokul Road is a modern-day retreat complete with all the amenities.

Must Stay: Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Banjara Hills offers 155 rooms with world-class facilities.

Must Stay: Radisson Blu Hotel, located in the heart of Indore’s business hub.

Airport Manager: Raghunath Singh

Airport Incharge: Pavitra Shukla

Airport Incharge: Mahavir Gaur

Email: raghunath.singh@spicejet.com

Email: pavitra.shukla@spicejet.com

Email: mahavir.gaur@spicejet.com


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JABALPUR

JAIPUR

JAMMU

Airport: Jabalpur Airport, also known as Dumna Airport, is 11km from the city centre. Prepaid taxi services are available.

Airport: Sanganer Airport is 13km from the city centre. Prepaid taxis are available.

Airport: Satwari Airport is 8km from the city of Jammu. Prepaid taxis are easily available.

Must See: The mesmerising Dhuandhar waterfalls near Jabalpur call for a visit for sure. Must Stay: Kalchuri Residency is a plush three-star hotel in Jabalpur.

Must Stay: Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge, Jaipur offers a royal experience.

Airport: Kabul International Airport, also known as Khwaja Rawash Airport, is located 16km Must See: Mubarak Mandi was the from the city centre. Must See: Built in the late 19th royal residence of the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir during the century, Bagh-e Bala is preserved and the area around the palace has Dogra rule. been turned into a large park. Must Stay: Fortune Inn Rivera is a cosy retreat, perfect for a business stay as well as for a family vacation.

Must Stay: Make your stay memorable by choosing to stay at Kabul Intercontinental Hotel.

Airport Manager: Deepak Koul

Airport Incharge: Sunil Rehman

Email: brijendra.sinsinwar@spicejet.com

Email: deepak.koul@spicejet.com

Email: sunil.rehman@spicejet.com

KATHMANDU

KHAJURAHO

KOCHI

KOLKATA

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport located in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Khajuraho Airport is just 3 km away from Khajuraho town.

Airport: Cochin International Airport is situated just 30km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is 20km from Kolkata city. Prepaid taxis are easily available.

Must See: Fort Kochi is a small village located near the large city of Kochi. It is home to untouched picturesque beaches.

Must See: The Marble Palace at Chorbagan is now a museum, home to precious art by Rubens and Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Must Stay: Make yourself feel at home at Hotel Clarks, Khajuraho which is located at a convenient distance from the Khajuraho temples.

Must Stay: Relive the past at Cochin Heritage Home, located just next to the Bishop’s House in the Fort Kochi area of the city.

Must Stay: Chrome Hotel offers relaxation in the tech-savvy interiors, latest amenities and fine food facilities.

Airport Manager: Shamon P.S

Airport Manager: Sagarnath Das

Airport Incharge: Jai Prakash Singh

Email: shamon@spicejet.com

Email: sagarnath.das@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Jaimin Premasawala

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Must See: Hawa Mahal is a beautiful historical monument. The surrounding area is great for souvenir shopping.

KABUL

Email: jaimin.premasawala@spicejet.com

Must See: Darbar Square, an ancient square strewn with palaces and temples. Must Stay: In the heart of Diplomatic Enclave and Durbar Marg stands Hotel Shangri-La. Airport Manager: Rajendra Krishna Joshi Email: rajendra.joshi@spicejet.com

Airport Manager: Brijendra Sinsinwar

Must See: The prestigious Khajuraho temples which are ornamented with most striking, erotic and aesthetic sculptures that expose the philosophy in the Hindu religion.

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KOZHIKODE

LUCKNOW

MADURAI

MALE

Airport: Calicut International Airport is located at a distance 25km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport is located about 11km from the city centre. Taxis are available.

Airport: Madurai Airport is located about 10km from the city centre. Taxis are available.

Must See: Bara Imam Bara, is one of the most popular monuments in Lucknow city.

Must See: Sri Meenakshi Temple is one of the most popular temples in the city that is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Parvati.

Airport: Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is the main international airport in the Republic of Maldives.

Must See: Krishna Menon Museum dedicated to diplomat V K Krishna Menon, exhibits his personal belongings. Must Stay: Choose to relax at the Gateway Hotel, a brand from the Taj Group, situated on the beach road in Kozhikode.

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Airport Incharge: Sajith Kannoth

Must Stay: Vivanta by Taj, Gomti Nagar offers splendid standards in accommodation and is equipped with all the modern facilities. Airport Manager: Janardan Sahai Mathur

Must Stay: The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai offers high standards in accommodation and is equipped with latest amenities.

Airport: The Mangalore International Airport is about 20km from the city centre. Must See: About 15km away from Mangalore city is the Pilikula Nisragadham, a beautiful lake with boating facility. Must Stay: Elegance and luxury go hand in hand at Gateway Hotel, Old Port Road in Mangalore Airport Incharge: C.M.Biddappa Email: biddappa@spicejet.com

Airport Manager: Balaji Ramanan

Airport Incharge: Hemant Kumar

Email: balaji.ramanan@spicejet.com

Email: hemanth.kumar@spicejet.com

MUMBAI

MUSCAT

MYSORE

Airport: Seeb International Airport is located 32km from Muscat, the capital of Oman.

Airport: Mysore Airport, also known as Mandakalli Airport, is the main airport serving the city. Taxis are available.

Airport: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is 30km from downtown Mumbai. It is advisable to take prepaid taxis. Must See: Take a walk in upscale south Mumbai. Visit Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Church Gate and Colaba Causeway.

Must See: The Grand Mosque which displays modern Islamic architecture also houses the world’s largest carpet (70m X 60m).

Must Stay: Luxurious home away Must Stay: With a great location from home is the plush Novotel on near the beach and a cluster of Juhu Beach. little restaurants, Omani Beach Airport Manager: Tarun Kalwadia Hotel is the best place to stay. Email: tarun.kalwadia@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Rohit Rajput Email: rohit.rajput@spicejet.com

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Must Stay: Cerulean View Boutique Hotel is one of the best hotels in Male.

Email: janardan.mathur@spicejet.com

Email: sajith@spicejet.com

MANGALORE

Must See: The National Museum in Sultan Park and the Jumhoree Maidan with its green grass and lush vegetation are must-sees.

Must See: Gumbaz is the burial chamber of Tipu Sultan, his father Haider Ali and his mother Fatima. Must Stay: Overlooking the breathtaking Brindavan Gardens, Royal Orchid Brindavan is a fourstar luxury Heritage Hotel. Airport Incharge: KP Bopanna Email: bopanna.kp@spicejet.com


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PUDUCHERRY

PORT BLAIR

PUNE

RAJAHMUNDRY

Airport: Puducherry Airport is located at Lawspet in Puducherry. Taxis are available.

Airport: Veer Savarkar International Airport is located 2km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available.

Airport: Pune International Airport is situated at a distance of 10km from the main city. Prepaid taxis and auto rickshaws are available.

Airport: The Rajahmundry airport is located in Madhurapudi, 18km north of the city.

Must See: Cellular Jail, a revered shrine dedicated to Indian freedom fighters, is situated at Aberdeen near Port Blair.

Must See: Saras Baug is a major landmark and has a Ganesh Temple. The place is a famous recreational site in the city.

Must Stay: The Dune is a fascinating eco-beach hotel situated in vicinity of the sunkissed sea.

Must Stay: Try your hand at snorkelling and deep-sea diving at at the Kaala Pani Resort.

Must Stay: Relax in the lap of luxury at the Four Points By Sheraton, a five-star hotel.

Must Stay: Simple, elegant and cosy rooms are what you can be sure of at Akanksha Inn, one of the best hotels in this city.

Airport Incharge: Arun M

Airport Manager: Adil Palia

Airport Incharge: Amit Naraian

Airport Incharge: S Mahesh

Email: arun.m@spicejet.com

Email: adil.palia@spicejet.com

Email: amit.naraian@spicejet.com

RIYADH

SHARJAH

SRINAGAR

SURAT

Airport: Riyadh King Khalid International Airport is located 35km north of Riyadh.

Airport: Sharjah International Airport is situated some 15km from central Dubai. Taxis are available.

Airport: Srinagar International Airport is situated some 12km from the city centre.

Airport: Surat Airport is located in Magdala around 11km southwest from the city centre.

Must See: The National Museum of Saudi Arabia is a must see. It offers excellent information on Arabia’s history, culture and art.

Must See: Souq al-Arsah is one of the oldest souks in the country.

Must See: Hazrat Bal in Srinagar is a well - known shrine where a hair strand of the Prophet Mohammed is treasured.

Must See: Sardar V Patel Museum and Planetarium represents the rich history and eclectic ethnic mix of Surat.

Airport Manager: Debasish Choudhury

Must Stay: Offering panoramic view of the Dal Lake, Vivanta by Taj is a good option.

Email: debasish.choudhury@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Sartaj Ahmed Mantoo

Must Stay: The Gateway Hotel Athwalines in Surat is known for offering plush accomodation along with latest amenities.

Must See: The stylish French War Memorial, located in the renowned Goubert Avenue, is a monument for the soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War.

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Must See: Sir Arthur Cotton Museum and the barrage at Dowlaiswaram give some interesting insights on history.

Email: mahesh.s@spicejet.com

Must Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre is a stylish business and leisure hotel located high in the Kingdom Tower. Airport Incharge: Azhar Shaikh Email: azhar.shaikh@spicejet.com

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Must Stay: Offering picturesque view of the city, Radisson Blu Resort Sharjah is a nice hotel.

Email: sartaj.mantoo@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Harin Rajguru Email: harin.rajguru@spicejet.com


SPICE INFO

TIRUCHIRAPALLI

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

TIRUPATI

Airport: The Trivandrum Airport is located at a central location.

Airport: Tirupati Airport is situated Airport: Tiruchirapalli Airport or Trichy Airport is 5km from the city at a distance of 14km from the centre. Tirupati city.

Must See: The interactive Kerala Museum, opposite the Napier museum, is the first of its kind, with touch-screen terminals. Must Stay: Former home of Royal British Officers, Mascot Hotel is now a heritage hotel offering luxurious stay and amenities. Airport Incharge: A.C.Ratheesh

Must See: The Sri Venkateswara temple is considered one of the holiest temples. Must Stay: Having served some prominent personalities who thronged the holy town, Hotel Bliss provides good comforts and food.

Must See: The landmark of Trichy town is the Rockfort temple, a beautiful structure perched atop a hillock. Must Stay: Situated on the Mc Donald’s Road in the heart of the city, Breeze Residency is one of Trichy’s premier hotels.

TUTICORIN Airport: Tuticorin domestic airport is located 16.9km from the city. Must See: The Palayamkottai Road area surrounds the Lord Bhagam Priyal temple, Lord Shiva and Lord Perumal temples. Must Stay: SRM Hotel offers an enticing home-away-from-home experience with its services and rooms. Airport Incharge: Narasimhan S.R

Airport Incharge: N Nagaraju

Airport Incharge: C.N. Kishore

Email: n.nagaraju@spicejet.com

Email: c.n.kishore@spicejet.com

UDAIPUR

VARANASI

VIJAYAWADA

VISAKHAPATNAM

Airport: Udaipur Airport or Maharana Pratap Airport is situated at a distance of 22km from the city.

Airport: Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport is 18km from the city. Taxi and auto-rickshaw services are easily available.

Airport: Vijayawada Airport is located in Gannavaram, just 20km from the city centre.

Airport: Visakhapatnam Airport is located about 7km from the city centre. Taxis are easily available at all times.

Must See: The splendid City Palace is one of the most beautiful palatial structures here.

Must See: Take a boat ride at the Dasawamedh Ghat to enjoy the divine ambience of Varanasi to the fullest.

Email: ratheesh.ac@spicejet.com

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Must Stay: The Leela Palace Udaipur, located on the banks of Lake Pichola, offers a spectacular view of the tranquil lake. Airport Incharge: R. Shyam Sharma Email: shyam.sharma@spicejet.com

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Must See: Mogalarajapuram caves near Vijayawada are among the three cave temples known for the magnificent carvings of Shiva.

Airport Manager: Rajesh K. Singh

Must Stay: Haailand Buddhismbased theme park and resort is a unique holiday destination that evokes the mystique of South East Asia.

Email: rajesh.s@spicejet.com

Airport Incharge: Srikanth Yalla

Must Stay: Offering comfortable stay, Clarks Varansi is one of the best options in the city.

Email: yalla.srikanth@spicejet.com

Email: narasimhan.r@spicejet.com

Must See: Kambalakonda is a wonderful nature reserve, located about 20-25 minutes away from the city. Must Stay: The Gateway Hotel, is a comfortable hotel. Enjoy southern delights here. Airport Manager: Digvijay Wala Email: digvijay.wala@spicejet.com


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SPICE INFO

DOMESTIC SCHEDULE Destination

flight no.

Destination freq

dep

arrival

AGARTALA

freq

dep

arrival

BAGDOGRA Chennai (Via-CCU)

SG-324

Daily

1405

1835

Coimbatore (Via-CCU, MAA)

SG-324

Daily

1405

2015

Bengaluru (Via-CCU-HYD)

SG-872

Daily

1505

2035

Delhi

SG-885

Daily

1235

1515

Bengaluru (Via-CCU-BOM)

SG-874

Daily

1610

2300

Delhi (Via-GAU)

SG-881

Daily

1620

2040

Guwahati

SG-873

Daily

1325

1415

Guwahati

SG-881

Daily

1620

1720

Hyderabad (Via-CCU)

SG-872

Daily

1505

1855

Kolkata

SG-324

Daily

1405

1525

Kolkata

SG-872

Daily

1505

1605

BENGALURU

Kolkata

SG-874

Daily

1610

1710

Agartala (Via-BOM-CCU)

SG-873

Daily

0610

1255

Mumbai (Via-CCU)

SG-874

Daily

1610

2030

Agartala (Via-HYD-CCU)

SG-871

Daily

0925

1435

Ahmedabad

SG-286

1,3,4,5,6,7

1235

1435

AHMEDABAD

198

flight no.

Bengaluru

SG-285

1,3,4,5,6,7

0945

1155

Ahmedabad (Via-PNQ)

SG-342

Daily

0555

0915

Bengaluru (Via-BOM)

SG-528

Daily

0555

0935

Ahmedabad (Via-BOM)

SG-529

Daily

1940

2300

Bengaluru (Via-PNQ)

SG-345

Daily

2120

0040

Belgaum

SG-3301

Daily

0840

1000

Chennai

SG-281

Daily

0550

0815

Chennai

SG-2902

Daily

0750

0835

Chennai (Via-HYD)

SG-917

Daily

0610

0955

Chennai

SG-3006

Daily

0920

1030

Chennai (Via-HYD)

SG-913

Daily

1855

2215

Chennai

SG-3302

Daily

1150

1245

Chennai (Via-BOM)

SG-206

Daily

1905

2315

Chennai

SG-3416

1,3,4,5,6,7

1800

1900

Coimbatore (Via-MAA)

SG-281

Daily

0550

1000

Chennai

SG-3002

Daily

2135

2235

Delhi

SG-106

7

0955

1125

Delhi

SG-502

Daily

0635

0925

Delhi

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

1005

1210

Delhi

SG-224

6

0845

1130

Delhi

SG-178

Daily

2200

2330

Delhi

SG-224

1,2,3,4,5,7

0850

1130

Delhi

SG-104

Daily

0605

0735

Delhi

SG-186

1,3,4,5,6,7

1510

1755

Goa

SG-137

Daily

1505

1655

Delhi

SG-229

1,3,4,5,6,7

1600

1840

Guwahati (Via-BOM-BLR-CCU)

SG-528

Daily

0555

1435

Delhi

SG-216

Daily

2105

2350

Hyderabad

SG-917

Daily

0610

0800

Delhi (Via - BOM-STV)

SG-152

1,3,4,5,6,7

1520

2115

Hyderabad

SG-913

Daily

1855

2035

Goa

SG-875

1,3,4,5,6,7

1155

1310

Jaipur

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,6

1055

1205

Guwahati (Via-BOM-CCU-IXA)

SG-873

Daily

0610

1415

Kolkata

SG-331

Daily

0730

0955

Guwahati (Via-CCU)

SG-528

Daily

1005

1435

Kolkata (Via-BOM-BLR)

SG-528

Daily

0555

1245

Hubli

SG-1084

Daily

1935

2050

Kolkata (Via-DEL)

SG-104

Daily

0605

1030

Hyderabad

SG-871

Daily

0925

1035

Mumbai

SG-528

Daily

0555

0705

Hyderabad

SG-1124

Daily

1120

1235

Mumbai

SG-206

Daily

1905

2025

Hyderabad

SG-1074

1,3,4,5,6,7

1520

1640

Port Blair (Via - DEL-CCU)

SG-104

Daily

0605

1310

Hyderabad

SG-1109

Daily

1855

2015

Port Blair (Via-HYD, MAA)

SG-917

1,3,4,5,7

0610

1235

Hyderabad

SG-1098

Daily

2210

2310

Port Blair (Via-HYD, MAA)

SG-917

2,6

0610

1350

Hyderabad

SG-1088

Daily

2240

2340

Pune

SG-345

Daily

2120

2250

Jaipur

SG-101

2,4,6

0725

1010

Pune (Via-JAI)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5

1055

1420

Kochi

SG-2,4,6

Daily

1140

1245

Kolkata

SG-528

Daily

1005

1245

Kolkata

SG-524

Daily

1910

2135

Kolkata (Via-BOM)

SG-873

Daily

0610

1125

ALLAHABAD Delhi

SG-2637

Daily

1355

1525

AMRITSAR Delhi

SG-2514

Daily

1010

1120

Kolkata (Via-HYD)

SG-871

Daily

0925

1305

Delhi

SG-2114

Daily

1605

1730

Kozhikode

SG-1073

1,3,4,5,6,7

1230

1330

Delhi

SG-2354

Daily

2050

2210

Mangalore

SG-3231

2

1035

1130

Mumbai

SG-443

1,3,5,6

1615

1850

Mangalore

SG-3231

1,3,4,5,6,7

1400

1455

Srinagar

SG-442

1,3,5

1310

1410

Mangalore (Via-BOM)

SG-344

Daily

1015

1405

Mumbai

SG-873

Daily

0610

0740

AURANGABAD Delhi

SG-162

Daily

0810

1010

Mumbai

SG-344

Daily

1015

1155

Delhi

SG-142

2,4,6

1755

1945

Mumbai

SG-152

1,3,4,5,6,7

1520

1705

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Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Mumbai

SG-529

Daily

1940

2130

Delhi (Via-BOM-AMD)

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

0530

1210

Pondicherry

SG-3415

1,3,4,5,6,7

1340

1440

Goa

SG-454

1,3,4,5,7

1555

1720

Pune

SG-342

Daily

0555

0725

Guwahati (Via-CCU)

SG-321

Daily

0520

0925

Pune

SG-228

1346

2125

2230

Hyderabad

SG-912

Daily

0710

0815

Pune

SG-228

257

2200

2325

Hyderabad

SG-3015

Daily

1100

1210

Srinagar (Via-DEL)

SG-224

6

0845

1330

Hyderabad

SG-1004

Daily

1850

1905

Srinagar (Via-DEL)

SG-224

1,2,3,4,5,7

0850

1350

Hyderabad

SG-916

Daily

1955

2105

Surat(Via - BOM)

SG-152

1,3,4,5,6,7

1520

1840

Hyderabad

SG-1012

Daily

2135

2250

Tuticorin (Via-MAA)

SG-3302

Daily

1150

1445

Jaipur (Via-HYD)

SG-912

7

0710

1045

Vijayawada

SG-3303

1,3,4,5,6,7

1035

1150

Jaipur (Via-HYD-AMD)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,6

0710

1205

Vizag

SG-245

Daily

0745

0915

Kochi

SG-3263

Daily

0600

0725

Kochi

SG-3241

Daily

1050

1210

BELGAUM Bengaluru

SG-3302

Daily

1020

1130

Kochi

SG-3243

Daily

1930

2055

Chennai (VIA - BLR)

SG-3302

Daily

1020

1245

Kolkata

SG-321

Daily

0520

0745

Tuticorin (Via-BLR, MAA)

SG-3302

Daily

1020

1445

Kolkata

SG-323

Daily

1010

1205

Kolkata

SG-188

Daily

2150

2355

BHOPAL Delhi

SG-2227

2,4,6

0825

1015

Kozhikode

SG-3251

Daily

1320

1505

Delhi

SG-2226

2,4,6

1955

2150

Madurai

SG-291

Daily

0835

0950

Hyderabad

SG-1053

1,3,5,7

2050

2230

Madurai

SG-305

1,3,4,5,7

1330

1440

Hyderabad (Via-IDR)

SG-1063

2,4,6

1940

2230

Madurai

SG-303

Daily

1710

1810

Indore

SG-1063

2,4,6

1940

2030

Madurai

SG-311

Daily

2110

2210

Mumbai

SG-106

7

0525

0730

CHANDIGARH Delhi

SG-2112

Daily

1025

1140

Mumbai

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

0530

0730

Delhi

SG-2116

Daily

1710

1820

Mumbai

SG-273

Daily

0830

1035

Mumbai

SG-532

2,4,7

1615

1850

Mumbai

SG-307

1,3,4,5,7

1325

1515

Srinagar

SG-531

2,4,7

1310

1410

Mumbai

SG-268

1,3,4,5,7

1535

1735

Mumbai

SG-296

Daily

2010

2155

CHENNAI Ahmedabad

SG-282

Daily

1225

1450

Mysore

SG-3261

Daily

0925

1020

Ahmedabad (Via-BOM)

SG-106

7

0525

0925

Pondicherry (VIA - BLR)

SG-3415

1,3,4,5,6,7

1210

1440

Ahmedabad (Via-BOM)

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

0530

0935

Port Blair

SG-917

1,3,4,5,7

1025

1235

Ahmedabad (Via-HYD)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,6

0710

1025

Port Blair

SG-917

26

1135

1350

Ahmedabad (Via-HYD)

SG-916

Daily

1955

2330

Pune

SG-208

Daily

0500

0635

Bagdogra (Via-CCU)

SG-323

Daily

1010

1335

Pune (Via-HYD-AMD-JAI)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5

0710

1420

Bengaluru

SG-3301

Daily

0725

0815

Pune (Via-HYD-JAI)

SG-912

7

0710

1420

Bengaluru

SG-3013

Daily

0750

0850

Tiruchirapalli

SG-3165

Daily

1035

1140

Bengaluru

SG-2903

Daily

0955

1050

Thiruvananthapuram

SG-3307

Daily

1835

2000

Bengaluru

SG-3415

1,3,4,5,6,7

1210

1310

Tuticorin

SG-3597

Daily

0715

0835

Bengaluru

SG-1084

Daily

1805

1905

Tuticorin

SG-3302

Daily

1320

1445

Bengaluru

SG-3148

Daily

2015

2115

Vizag

SG-3277

Daily

1705

1855

Bengaluru

SG-3158

Daily

2050

2145

COIMBATORE

Belgaum (Via-BLR)

SG-3301

Daily

0725

1000

Ahmedabad (Via-MAA)

SG-282

Daily

1050

1450

Coimbatore

SG-3012

Daily

0610

0720

Chennai

SG-3022

Daily

0740

0850

Coimbatore

SG-281

Daily

0845

1000

Chennai

SG-282

Daily

1050

1155

Coimbatore

SG-324

Daily

1915

2015

Chennai

SG-284

Daily

2045

2140

Delhi

SG-312

Daily

0655

0925

Delhi (Via-HYD)

SG-234

Daily

1020

1430

Delhi

SG-182

Daily

0805

1055

Guwahati(Via-HYD-DEL)

SG-234

Daily

1020

1730

Delhi

SG-304

Daily

1150

1440

Hyderabad

SG-234

Daily

1020

1140

Delhi

SG-306

Daily

1655

1940

Hyderabad

SG-1022

Daily

1920

2105

Delhi

SG-308

Daily

1900

2150

DEHRADUN

Delhi

SG-325

Daily

2020

2305

Delhi

SG-975

Daily

1140

1240

Delhi (Via-PNQ)

SG-208

Daily

0500

0925

DELHI

Delhi (Via-BOM-AMD)

SG-106

7

0525

1125

Ahmedabad

SG-171

Daily

0525

0700

199


SPICE INFO Destination

200

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Ahmedabad

SG-206

Daily

1705

1835

Jammu

SG-857

Daily

1345

1515

Ahmedabad

SG-883

Daily

1935

2055

Khajuraho (VIA-VNS)

SG-2394

Daily

1145

1435

Allahabad

SG-2635

Daily

1145

1320

Kochi (Via-BOM)

SG-131

Daily

0535

1100

Amritsar

SG-2410

Daily

0830

0950

Kochi (Via-HYD)

SG-231

Daily

0730

1145

Amritsar

SG-2113

Daily

1415

1545

Kochi (Via-PNQ)

SG-217

1,2,3,4,5,7

0840

1310

Amritsar

SG-2352

Daily

1900

2030

Kochi (Via-BOM)

SG-103

Daily

1120

1600

Aurangabad

SG-161

Daily

0545

0740

Kolkata

SG-104

Daily

0810

1030

Aurangabad

SG-141

2,4,6

1545

1725

Kolkata

SG-606

Daily

1555

1810

Bagdogra

SG-881

Daily

1345

1550

Kolkata

SG-607

Daily

1850

2055

Bagdogra (Via-GAU)

SG-885

Daily

0805

1205

Lucknow

SG-517

Daily

1045

1155

Bengaluru

SG-501

Daily

0605

0855

Lucknow

SG-417

3,5,7

1840

2000

Bengaluru

SG-223

1,3,4,5,6,7

1050

1330

Madurai (Via-MAA)

SG-305

1,3,4,5,7

1005

1440

Bengaluru

SG-185

1,3,4,5,6,7

1145

1430

Madurai (Via-MAA)

SG-303

Daily

1350

1810

Bengaluru

SG-209

Daily

1610

1855

Mumbai

SG-131

Daily

0535

0740

Bengaluru

SG-509

Daily

2030

2315

Mumbai

SG-451

Daily

0740

0930

Bengaluru (Via - STV-BOM)

SG-151

1,3,4,5,6,7

0600

1125

Mumbai

SG-109

Daily

1010

1215

Bhopal

SG-2327

2,4,6

0610

0805

Mumbai

SG-103

Daily

1120

1315

Bhopal

SG-2326

2,4,6

1710

1900

Mumbai

SG-852

Daily

1555

1805

Chandigarh

SG-2111

Daily

0900

1005

Mumbai

SG-119

Daily

1720

1935

Chandigarh

SG-2115

Daily

1555

1640

Mumbai

SG-458

Daily

1855

2100

Chennai

SG-301

Daily

0635

0915

Mumbai (Via-STV)

SG-151

Daily

0600

0920

Chennai

SG-305

Daily

1005

1245

Mumbai (Via-JAI)

SG-133

Daily

0715

1015

Chennai

SG-303

Daily

1350

1640

Mumbai (Via-JLR)

SG-2441

Daily

0755

1230

Chennai

SG-315

Daily

1645

1935

Mumbai (Via-AMD)

SG-206

Daily

1705

2025

Chennai

SG-184

Daily

1830

2120

Port Blair (VIA-CCU)

SG-104

Daily

0810

1310

Chennai

SG-309

Daily

1915

2150

Pune

SG-217

1,2,3,4,5,7

0840

1045

Chennai (Via-AMD-BOM)

SG-206

Daily

1705

2315

Pune

SG-219

Daily

1925

2140

Coimbatore (Via-HYD)

SG-211

Daily

0540

0950

Srinagar

SG-853

Daily

0730

0850

Dehradun

SG-974

Daily

1025

1110

Srinagar

SG-868

Daily

1050

1205

Dharamshala

SG-2192

Daily

1205

1325

Srinagar

SG-224

6

1200

1330

Goa

SG-261

6

0835

1105

Srinagar

SG-224

1,2,3,4,5,7

1220

1350

Goa

SG-253

Daily

1020

1300

Srinagar (Via-IXJ)

SG-851

Daily

0845

1120

Goa

SG-257

Daily

1250

1525

Surat

SG-151

Daily

0600

0755

Goa

SG-255

Daily

1455

1720

Tirupathi (Via-HYD)

SG-233

Daily

1345

1725

Guwahati

SG-885

Daily

0805

1030

Thiruvananthapuram (Via-BOM)

SG-109

Daily

1010

1425

Guwahati

SG-234

Daily

1510

1730

Udaipur

SG-2437

Daily

0810

0925

Guwahati (Via-IXB)

SG-881

Daily

1345

1720

Udaipur

SG-2446

Daily

1810

1940

Hubli (Via- JLR-BOM)

SG-2441

Daily

0755

1420

Varanasi

SG-116

Daily

0855

1010

Hyderabad

SG-211

Daily

0540

0755

Varanasi

SG-2394

Daily

1145

1320

Hyderabad

SG-231

Daily

0730

0940

Varanasi

SG-114

Daily

1325

1450

Hyderabad

SG-233

Daily

1345

1555

Varanasi

SG-127

1,2,4,6

1725

1900

Hyderabad

SG-221

Daily

1520

1730

Vizag (Via-HYD)

SG-221

Daily

1520

1915

Hyderabad

SG-239

Daily

2030

2240

DHARAMSHALA

Indore

SG-2326

1,3,5,7

1710

1900

Delhi

SG-2384

Daily

1355

1535

Indore

SG-2327

1,3,5,7

0610

0805

GOA

Jabalpur

SG-2441

Daily

0755

1005

Ahmedabad

SG-138

Daily

1725

1905

Jaipur

SG-133

Daily

0715

0805

Bengaluru

SG-876

1,3,4,5,6,7

1340

1450

Jaipur

SG-135

2,4,6

1845

1950

Chennai

SG-455

1,3,4,5,7

1750

1915

Jammu

SG-851

Daily

0845

1010

Delhi

SG-262

6

1135

1410

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Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Delhi

SG-254

Daily

1330

1555

Delhi

SG-108

Daily

1415

1635

Delhi

SG-258

Daily

1555

1825

Delhi

SG-236

Daily

1925

2140

Delhi

SG-256

Daily

1750

2015

Goa

SG-1103

Daily

0555

0725

Hyderabad

SG-1104

Daily

0745

0915

Goa

SG-1071

Daily

1330

1500

Hyderabad

SG-1072

Daily

1520

1655

Guwahati(Via-DEL)

SG-234

Daily

1210

1730

Kolkata (Via-BOM)

SG-804

Daily

1650

2130

Indore

SG-1053

1,3,5,7

1720

1920

Mumbai

SG-2,4,7

Daily

1330

1440

Indore (Via-BHO)

SG-1063

2,4,6

1720

2030

Mumbai

SG-804

Daily

1650

1800

Jaipur

SG-912

7

0845

1045

Jaipur (Via-AMD)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,6

0845

1205

GUWAHATI Agartala

SG-874

Daily

1445

1540

Kochi

SG-231

Daily

1010

1145

Ahmedabad (Via-CCU-BLR-BOM) SG-529

Daily

1505

2300

Kochi

SG-1051

Daily

1930

2115

Bagdogra

SG-885

Daily

1100

1205

Kolkata

SG-871

Daily

1105

1305

Bengaluru (Via-CCU)

SG-529

Daily

1505

1910

Kozhikode (Via-BLR)

SG-1073

1,3,4,5,6,7

1040

1330

Bengaluru (Via-IXA-CCU-BOM)

SG-874

Daily

1445

2300

Madurai

SG-3313

3

0900

1100

Chennai (Via-CCU)

SG-322

Daily

1905

2320

Madurai

SG-3313

1,2,4,5,6,7

0950

1150

Delhi

SG-881

Daily

1750

2040

Mangalore

SG-1023

Daily

0710

0850

Delhi

SG-894

Daily

1800

2040

Mumbai

SG-402

Daily

2130

2315

Delhi (Via-IXB)

SG-885

Daily

1100

1515

Port Blair (Via-MAA)

SG-917

1,3,4,5,7

0830

1235

Jaipur (Via-CCU)

SG-525

Daily

0955

1345

Port Blair (Via-MAA)

SG-917

26

0830

1350

Kolkata

SG-525

Daily

0955

1105

Pune

SG-3015

1,2,3,4,5,7

1240

1400

Kolkata

SG-529

Daily

1505

1615

Pune (Via-AMD-JAI)

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5

0845

1420

Kolkata

SG-322

Daily

1905

2020

Pune (Via-JAI)

SG-912

7

0845

1420

Kolkata (Via-IXA)

SG-874

Daily

1445

1710

Rajahmundary

SG-1061

Daily

1040

1145

Mumbai (Via-IXA-CCU)

SG-874

Daily

1445

2030

Tirupathi

SG-1041

Daily

0720

0835

Mumbai (Via-CCU-BLR)

SG-529

Daily

1505

2130

Tirupathi

SG-233

Daily

1625

1725

Varanasi (Via-DEL)

SG-116

Daily

0605

1010

HUBLI Bengaluru

SG-1088

Daily

2110

2210

Vijayawada

SG-1001

Daily

0805

0900

Delhi (Via-BOM-JLR)

SG-2452

Daily

1440

2035

Vizag

SG-401

Daily

0715

0820

Hyderabad (Via-BLR)

SG-1088

Daily

2110

2340

Vizag

SG-221

Daily

1800

1915

Jabalpur (Via-BOM)

SG-2452

Daily

1440

1815

INDORE

Mumbai

SG-2452

Daily

1440

1600

Bhopal

SG-1053

1,3,5,7

1940

2030

Delhi

SG-2227

1,3,5,7

0825

1015

HYDERABAD Agartala (Via-CCU)

SG-871

Daily

1105

1435

Delhi

SG-2226

1,3,5,7

1955

2150

Ahmedabad

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,6

0845

1025

Hyderabad

SG-1063

2,4,6

2050

2230

Ahmedabad

SG-916

Daily

2135

2330

Hyderabad (Via-BHO)

SG-1053

1,3,5,7

1940

2230

Bengaluru

SG-1031

Daily

0605

0725

JABALPUR

Bengaluru

SG-1073

1,3,4,5,6,7

1040

1200

Delhi

SG-2452

Daily

1835

2035

Bengaluru

SG-1108

Daily

1700

1820

Hubli (Via- BOM)

SG-2441

Daily

1025

1410

Bengaluru

SG-872

Daily

1930

2035

Mumbai

SG-2441

Daily

1025

1230

Bhopal

SG-1063

2,4,6

1720

1920

JAIPUR

Bhopal (Via-IDR)

SG-1053

1,3,5,7

1720

2030

Ahmedabad

SG-913

Daily

1710

1825

Chennai

SG-1262

Daily

0600

0720

Bengaluru

SG-102

2,4,6

2020

2245

Chennai

SG-917

Daily

0830

0955

Chennai (Via-AMD- HYD)

SG-913

Daily

1710

2215

Chennai

SG-1275

Daily

1305

1425

Delhi

SG-134

2,4,6

1050

1200

Chennai

SG-3016

Daily

1605

1720

Delhi

SG-218

Daily

2210

2305

Chennai

SG-1258

Daily

1910

2030

Guwahati (Via-CCU)

SG-526

Daily

1440

1835

Chennai

SG-913

Daily

2110

2215

Hyderabad (Via-AMD)

SG-913

Daily

1710

2035

Coimbatore

SG-211

Daily

0825

0950

Kolkata

SG-526

Daily

1440

1645

Coimbatore

SG-1048

Daily

1725

1900

Mumbai

SG-133

Daily

0835

1015

Delhi

SG-116

Daily

0605

0820

Pune

SG-912

1,2,3,4,5,7

1235

1420

Delhi

SG-226

Daily

1030

1250

JAMMU

Delhi

SG-234

Daily

1210

1430

Delhi

SG-852

Daily

1315

1455

201


SPICE INFO Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Delhi

SG-858

Daily

1545

1710

Mumbai (Via-BLR)

SG-529

Daily

1645

2130

Mumbai (Via-DEL)

SG-852

Daily

1315

1805

Port Blair

SG-104

Daily

1100

1250

Srinagar

SG-851

Daily

1040

1120

KOZHIKODE Bengaluru

SG-1074

1,3,4,5,6,7

1350

1450

Delhi (Via-VNS)

SG-2395

Daily

1455

1750

Chennai

SG-3252

Daily

1525

1700

Varanasi

SG-2395

Daily

1455

1550

Hyderabad (Via - BLR)

SG-1074

1,3,4,5,6,7

1350

1640

KHAJURAHO

KOCHI

202

Destination

LUCKNOW

Bengaluru

SG-245

Daily

0615

0715

Delhi

SG-418

1,4,6

1110

1215

Chennai

SG-3264

Daily

0745

0905

Delhi

SG-518

Daily

1225

1335

Chennai

SG-3242

Daily

1800

1925

Delhi

SG-419

Daily

2210

2325

Chennai

SG-3244

Daily

2115

2240

MADURAI

Delhi (Via-BOM)

SG-112

Daily

1130

1625

Chennai

SG-304

Daily

1020

1120

Delhi (Via-HYD)

SG-108

Daily

1215

1635

Chennai

SG-307

1,3,4,5,7

1130

1225

Delhi (Via-PNQ)

SG-214

1,2,3,4,5,7

1340

1815

Chennai

SG-306

1,3,4,5,7

1510

1615

Delhi (Via- BOM)

SG-118

Daily

1835

2310

Chennai

SG-307

2,6

1700

1810

Hyderabad

SG-108

Daily

1215

1345

Chennai

SG-296

Daily

1840

1940

Hyderabad

SG-1052

Daily

2135

2325

Delhi (Via-MAA)

SG-304

Daily

1020

1440

Mumbai

SG-112

Daily

1130

1340

Delhi (Via-MAA)

SG-306

1,3,4,5,7

1510

1940

Mumbai

SG-118

Daily

1835

2040

Hyderabad

SG-3317

3

1600

1800

Pune

SG-214

1,2,3,4,5,7

1340

1530

Hyderabad

SG-3317

1,2,4,5,6,7

1645

1845

Vizag (Via-BLR)

SG-245

Daily

0615

0915

Mumbai

SG-297

2,6

1130

1330

Mumbai (Via-MAA)

SG-296

Daily

1840

2155

KOLKATA Agartala

SG-873

Daily

1200

1255

MANGALORE

Agartala

SG-871

Daily

1335

1435

Bengaluru

SG-3232

Daily

0910

1005

Ahmedabad

SG-332

Daily

1840

2120

Bengaluru (Via-BOM)

SG-341

Daily

1435

1830

Ahmedabad (Via-DEL)

SG-883

Daily

1620

2055

Hyderabad

SG-1024

2

1200

1335

Ahmedabad (Via-BLR-BOM)

SG-529

Daily

1645

2300

Hyderabad

SG-1024

1,3,4,5,6,7

1515

1650

Bagdogra

SG-323

Daily

1235

1335

Mumbai

SG-341

Daily

1435

1610

Bengaluru

SG-523

Daily

0715

0945

MUMBAI

Bengaluru

SG-529

Daily

1645

1910

Agartala (Via-CCU)

SG-873

Daily

0835

1255

Bengaluru (Via-HYD)

SG-872

Daily

1640

2035

Ahmedabad

SG-106

7

0810

0925

Bengaluru (Via-BOM)

SG-874

Daily

1740

2300

Ahmedabad

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

0810

0935

Chennai

SG-181

Daily

0525

0730

Ahmedabad

SG-529

Daily

2200

2300

Chennai

SG-324

Daily

1605

1835

Amritsar

SG-442

1,3,5,6

1000

1230

Chennai

SG-322

Daily

2055

2320

Bengaluru

SG-528

Daily

0735

0935

Coimbatore (Via-MAA)

SG-324

Daily

1605

2015

Bengaluru

SG-151

1,3,4,5,6,7

0950

1125

Delhi

SG-605

Daily

1030

1255

Bengaluru

SG-341

Daily

1645

1830

Delhi

SG-608

Daily

0730

0955

Bengaluru

SG-874

Daily

2120

2300

Delhi

SG-883

Daily

1620

1845

Chandigarh

SG-531

2,4,7

1000

1235

Goa (Via-BOM)

SG-803

Daily

0810

1300

Chennai

SG-291

Daily

0605

0755

Guwahati

SG-321

Daily

0815

0925

Chennai

SG-274

Daily

1110

1250

Guwahati

SG-528

Daily

1325

1435

Chennai

SG-276

1,3,4,5,7

1545

1745

Guwahati

SG-526

Daily

1725

1835

Chennai

SG-311

1,3,4,5,7

1835

2040

Guwahati (Via-IXA)

SG-873

Daily

1200

1415

Chennai

SG-206

Daily

2110

2315

Hyderabad

SG-872

Daily

1640

1855

Delhi

SG-851

Daily

0555

0810

Jaipur

SG-525

Daily

1135

1410

Delhi

SG-114

Daily

1045

1245

Mumbai

SG-803

Daily

0810

1120

Delhi

SG-112

Daily

1415

1625

Mumbai

SG-874

Daily

1740

2030

Delhi

SG-110

Daily

1745

1955

Mumbai (Via-BLR)

SG-529

Daily

1645

2130

Delhi

SG-136

Daily

2010

2220

Port Blair

SG-104

Daily

1100

1310

Delhi

SG-118

Daily

2110

2310

Mumbai

SG-803

Daily

0830

1120

Delhi (Via-AMD)

SG-106

7

0810

1125

Mumbai

SG-874

Daily

1740

2030

Delhi (Via-AMD)

SG-106

1,2,3,4,5,6

0810

1210

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SPICE INFO Destination

204

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Delhi (Via-JAI)

SG-218

Daily

1955

2305

Jaipur

SG-913

1,2,3,4,5,7

1450

1640

Delhi (Via-JLR)

SG-2452

Daily

1620

2035

Kochi

SG-217

1,2,3,4,5,7

1115

1310

Delhi (Via-LKO)

SG-419

Daily

1925

2325

RAJAHMUNDRY

Delhi (Via-STV)

SG-152

Daily

1740

2115

Hyderabad

SG-1062

Daily

1205

1300

Goa

SG-803

Daily

1205

1300

SRINAGAR

Goa

SG-248

Daily

1520

1620

Amritsar

SG-443

1,3,5

1445

1545

Guwahati (Via-BLR-CCU)

SG-528

Daily

0735

1435

Bengaluru (Via-DEL)

SG-209

6

1400

1855

Guwahati (Via-CCU-IXA)

SG-873

Daily

0835

1415

Bengaluru (Via-DEL)

SG-209

1,2,3,4,5,7

1420

1855

Hubli

SG-2441

Daily

1250

1420

Chandigarh

SG-532

2,4,7

1445

1545

Hyderabad

SG-401

Daily

0520

0640

Delhi

SG-854

Daily

0920

1050

Jabalpur

SG-2452

Daily

1620

1815

Delhi

SG-869

Daily

1235

1405

Jaipur

SG-218

Daily

1955

2140

Delhi

SG-209

6

1400

1525

Jammu (Via-DEL)

SG-851

Daily

0555

1010

Delhi

SG-209

1,2,3,4,5,7

1420

1535

Kochi

SG-131

Daily

0850

1100

Delhi (Via-IXJ)

SG-852

Daily

1155

1455

Kochi

SG-103

Daily

1350

1600

Jammu

SG-852

Daily

1155

1245

Kolkata

SG-873

Daily

0835

1125

Mumbai (Via-IXJ-DEL)

SG-852

Daily

1155

1805

Kolkata

SG-804

Daily

1850

2130

Mumbai (Via-ATQ)

SG-443

1,3,5

1445

1850

Kolkata (Via-BLR)

SG-528

Daily

0735

1245

Mumbai (Via-IXC)

SG-532

2,4,7

1445

1850

Lucknow

SG-419

Daily

1925

2140

SURAT

Madurai

SG-298

2,6

1415

1615

Bengaluru (Via-BOM)

SG-151

1,3,4,5,6,7

0825

1125

Madurai (Via-MAA)

SG-291

Daily

0605

0950

Delhi

SG-152

Daily

1920

2115

Mangalore

SG-344

Daily

1235

1405

Mumbai

SG-151

Daily

0825

0920

Srinagar (Via-DEL-IXJ)

SG-851

Daily

0550

1120

TIRUPATHI

Srinagar (Via-ATQ)

SG-442

1,3,5

1000

1410

Hyderabad

SG-1042

Daily

0855

1010

Srinagar (Via-IXC)

SG-531

2,4,7

1000

1410

Delhi (Via-HYD)

SG-236

Daily

1755

2140

Surat

SG-152

Daily

1740

1840

Hyderabad

SG-236

Daily

1755

1855

Thiruvananthapuram

SG-109

Daily

1250

1425

TIRUCHIRAPALLI

Varanasi (Via-DEL)

SG-114

Daily

1045

1450

Chennai

SG-3166

Daily

1200

1255

Vizag (Via-HYD)

SG-401

Daily

0520

0820

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Chennai

SG-3308

Daily

2020

2150

SG-3262

Daily

1040

1135

Delhi (Via-BOM)

SG-110

Daily

1455

1955

Mumbai

SG-110

Daily

1455

1655

MYSORE Chennai PONDICHERRY Banglore

SG-3416

1,3,4,5,6,7

1530

1625

TUTICORIN

Chennai (Via-BLR)

SG-3416

1,3,4,5,6,7

1530

1900

Bengaluru (Via-MAA)

SG-1084

Daily

1525

1905

Chennai

SG-3598

Daily

0855

1020

PORT BLAIR Chennai

SG-272

1,3,4,5,7

1305

1525

Chennai

SG-1084

Daily

1525

1645

Chennai

SG-272

2,6

1420

1640

Hubli (Via-MAA-BLR)

SG-1084

Daily

1525

2050

Delhi (Via-CCU)

SG-883

Daily

1340

1845

UDAIPUR

Kolkata

SG-883

Daily

1340

1545

Delhi

SG-2436

Daily

0950

1120

Delhi

SG-2447

Daily

2000

2130

PUNE Ahmedabad

SG-342

Daily

0755

0915

VARANASI

Ahmedabad (Via-JAI)

SG-913

1,2,3,4,5,7

1450

1825

Delhi

SG-233

Daily

1055

1230

Bengaluru

SG-227

1,2,3,4,5,7

0645

0820

Delhi

SG-128

2,3,5,7

1230

1405

Bengaluru

SG-227

6

0645

0815

Delhi

SG-119

Daily

1520

1645

Bengaluru

SG-345

Daily

2320

0040

Delhi

SG-2395

Daily

1610

1750

Chennai

SG-359

2,5,7

2230

0010(+1)

Hyderabad (Via-DEL)

SG-233

Daily

1055

1555

Chennai

SG-359

1,3,4,6

2300

0040(+1)

Khajuraho

SG-2394

Daily

1340

1435

Chennai (Via-JAI-AMD-HYD)

SG-913

1,2,3,4,5,7

1450

2215

Mumbai (Via-DEL)

SG-119

Daily

1520

1935

Delhi

SG-208

Daily

0705

0925

Tirupathi (Via-DEL-HYD)

SG-233

Daily

1055

1725

Delhi

SG-214

1,2,3,4,5,7

1600

1815

VIJAYAWADA

Hyderabad

SG-3016

1,2,3,4,5,7

1420

1540

Bengaluru

SG-3304

1,3,4,5,6,7

1210

1330

Hyderabad (Via-JAI-AMD)

SG-913

1,2,3,4,5,7

1450

2035

Hyderabad

SG-1002

Daily

0920

1010

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SPICE INFO Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

VIZAG

Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

Kathmandu

SG-041

2,4,6

1745

1945

Bengaluru

SG-246

Daily

0945

1110

Riyadh

SG-031

Daily

0220

0515

Chennai

SG-3278

Daily

1915

2100

DUBAI

Delhi (Via-HYD)

SG-226

Daily

0900

1250

Ahmedabad

SG-016

Daily

1925

2330

Hyderabad

SG-226

Daily

0850

1000

Delhi

SG-012

Daily

2330

0420 (+1)

Hyderabad

SG-402

Daily

1945

2100

Kochi

SG-018

Daily

2045

0225 (+1)

Kochi (Via-BLR)

SG-246

Daily

0945

1245

Madurai

SG-024

Daily

0350

0945

Mumbai (Via-HYD)

SG-402

Daily

1945

2315

Mumbai

SG-014

Daily

1250

1725

SG-082

1,2,4,6

0155

0545

SG-022

2,4,6

1120

1420

Dubai

SG-017

Daily

1710

1950

Male

SG-3901

Daily

1255

1410

Delhi

SG-042

1,3,5,7

1140

1315

Delhi

SG-046

Daily

1850

2025

SG-042

2,4,6

2045

2225

SG-055

3,5,7

2100

0100 (+1)

GUANGZHOU Delhi KABUL Delhi KOCHI

INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE Destination

flight no.

freq

dep

arrival

AHMEDABAD Dubai

SG-015

Daily

1635

1825

Delhi

Muscat

SG-061

1,4,5

2130

2300

LUCKNOW

Bangkok

SG-091

1,3

0335

0905

MADURAI

Bangkok

SG-091

5,7

0335

0915

Colombo

SG-3314

3

1200

1300

Colombo

SG-3314

1,2,4,5,6,7

1245

1345

SG-023

Daily

2335

0220

SG-3902

Daily

1445

1715

SG-013

Daily

2015

2225

SG-062

2,5,6

0030

0420

Sharjah

BENGALURU

206

KATHMANDU

BANGKOK Bengaluru

SG-092

1,3

2010

2235

Dubai

Bengaluru

SG-092

5,7

2030

2235

MALE

Pune

SG-094

1,3

1005

1245

Kochi

Pune

SG-094

5,7

1015

1245

MUMBAI

SG-001

Daily

0100

0220

Chennai

SG-002

Daily

0320

0450

PUNE

Madurai

SG-3316

3

1350

1450

Bangkok

SG-093

1,3

1340

1910

Madurai

SG-3316

1,2,4,5,6,7

1435

1535

Bangkok

SG-093

5,7

1340

1930

Sharjah

SG-051

1,3,4,6

2230

0025 (+1)

SG-032

Daily

0615

1250

Dubai

CHENNAI Colombo

MUSCAT Ahmedabad

COLOMBO

DELHI Dubai

SG-011

Daily

0855

1140

RIYADH

Guangzhou

SG-081

1,3,5,7

1720

0035 (+1)

Delhi

Kabul

SG-021

2,4,6

0900

1020

SHARJAH

Kathmandu

SG-041

1,3,5,7

0840

1040

Lucknow

SG-056

1,4,6

0145

0955

Kathmandu

SG-045

Daily

1550

1750

Pune

SG-052

2,4,5,7

0125

0600

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