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JULY 2013

Love Thy City HYDERABAD VOL 4 | ISSUE 2 | JULY 2013


Tech-Talk Gadget Freaks

Food For A Happier You


Cover Story


Drizzle This




16 College Days, Happy Days

LIFESTYLE 20 Love Thy City 22 A Day From Priyanka Chigurupati’s Diary 24 Lovely Balconies


SPECIAL 26 Drizzle This Monsoon 28 Most Lusted Jewellery



32 Four People with Diverse Fortes

36 Hey There Cupcake! 38 Foods For a Happier You

BEAUTY 42 Taking Care Of Your Skin

On The Cover Farmaan, Tarab Khan, Vijaya Tupurani & Avnish Kumar

Location The Park Hyderabad, Somajiguda


WEDDING MANTRA 44 Wedding Favours!

TRAVEL 48 Summer Travel Scoop

Sarath Shetty

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30 The Revolutionary Designer – Gaurang Shah

KINSHIP 50 The Unbreakable Bond Of Two Sisters.


10 - Month Ahead

12 - What’s New

14 - What’s Happening

56 - Tollywood

57 - Bollywood

58 - Hollywood


59 - Sports

60 - Movies

54 Tech Talk

64 - Tinsel Town

78 - Fortune

52 Feminine Style

EDITOR’S DESK It’s a season of great monsoon, hope you are indulging in all mouth watering hot dishes, and enjoying every bit of rains. This issue is our monsoon special and in lifestyle section, people share their reviews on monsoon. We also have the most lusted jwellery in this section. In lifestyle we have Hyderabadis share on what they like most about the city in this section. In our cover story we have four different people following their dream and gut into four uniquely different fortes, read on and get inspired to fulfill your dream too. In cuisine we have happiness food, food that cheer you up anytime and people who share what makes their mood go bright and happy at any time or situation. We also have exclusive and yummy recipes by experts in this section. In beauty we have expert advice on skin problems of different skin types and what you can do to overcome them. In travel we have summer stories and experience of people who have been spending summers abroad making most out of it. No wedding is complete without return gifts, as famously said, no guests are returned empty handed. So to solve your mystery on what to gift your friends, we get you some wide variety to choose from. Priyanka chigurupati, the young and dynamic designer shares with us a day from her diary. Pooja and Mala Gurbani the two loving sisters who are bound by blood, dreams and fashion talk more about their relation and about each other in special bonding section. In fashion we have Gaurang shah a handloom expert who gave a new twist to handloom. In interiors we have something that is close to everyone and something that is part of every house, big or small every house has a balcony, read on to find out more. In gadgets we have tech talk with city people and know what gadgets they are indulging in. In automobiles we have trendy new, and luxurious cars for girls. Keep a tab on What’s New and What’s Happening to know all about what’s happening in the city and our Tinsel Town section for all the ravishing party and events. I hope you enjoy this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. We promise to keep you updated and entertained.


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I am a fervent reader of tulip magazine and must say that tulip never fails to impress me with the quality of its editorial. I find the magazine very entertaining, the articles are useful, and the graphics wellpresented. There’s always an interesting feature about a new art exhibit, hidden restaurant, or cultural event that I’d never heard of, but immediately want to go check out. Hina Rais, Business Head Poecile, Gallery for Fashion and Art Tulip is an interesting magazine which gives us a day to day background of what’s going on in the city. It covers everything a regular individual would want to know. I love reading the cuisine section and discovering new places to eat. I’m not a regular reader of magazines, but tulip has made me like it. Ashwin Vijayaragavan, Tennis player

CONTRIBUTORS Nupur Heda, Chandni Parekh, Komal Sirwani INTERN Snigdha Padamata MARKETING HEAD Md. Abdul Rahman CIRCULATION HEAD Md. Faheem Siddiqui CLIENT SERVICE EXECUTIVE R. Anand Rao ADMINISTRATION Seema Qureshi Bhavna Sharma PUBLICATION CONSULTANT

Reading Tulip magazine is so much fun. It is very interesting and informative. It covers all the topics from latest fashion to the celebrity lifestyle. It gives me information of what is happening in the city. I read many magazines and Tulip is my favorite of them all. Kavita Mishra, Student

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Tulip magazine is really nice .The layout, color, themes and photographs are great. It covers almost every topic. The best part of this magazine is the monthly events section. It keeps me updated with what is happening in the city and helps me plan my calendar. It’s fun reading Tulip and it’s worth a buy. P C Vignesh, Service Industry

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All rights reserved. Republishing in whole or part without written permission is prohibitted. All photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are used for illustrative purpose only. Publisher and Executive Editor’s Note: We make every effort to publish the magazine that is informative, entertaining and free of errors. We regret any omissions or inaccuracies, which are entirely unintentional. Please do bring to our notice any article that may be incorrect, or any photograph erroneously published. Also, we would be pleased to include any article or photograph that warrants our attention. We believe in the spirit of this city and its lively people and do hope our content bring only smiles on our reader’s face. As always, your suggestions are welcome.

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Food festivals, upcoming events, what’s new and lots more. Your guide to the city happenings!

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Waterscapes 2013: Exhibition Venue: Hyderabad Marriott & convention centre, 1-3-1036/1, Tank Bund road, Hyderabad. Contact: 040-27522999, 040-27522203


One day Workshop on Photography Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00pm Venue: Photriya Professional Studios, Pent House, Beside Elite Hotel, 100 feet road, Ayyappa society Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Contact: +91-9396555888


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The Square Ramadan Special Dinner Offering Novotel & HICC Complex, Near Hitec City, Hitex Road. Contact : 040 6682 4422

Special Dance Workshop Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Venue: Alliance Francaise De Hyderabad, Plot No. 4, Aurora Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad Contact: 040-23554485, 040-23554486

Hip Hop Night DJ Joshua Time: 8:00pm to 11:45 pm Venue: Twister Sports, Shrithi Towers, 1st Floor, Hi-Tech City, Madhapur, Hyderabad, 500081 Contact: +91 7569009187


Burger Festival Venue: Hard rock Cafe, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Contact: 040-64636375

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Hip Hop Night DJ Joshua Time: 8:00pm to 11:45 pm Venue: Twister Sports, Shrithi Towers, 1st Floor, Hi-Tech City, Madhapur, Hyderabad, 500081 Contact: +91 7569009187

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Dhola Ri Dhani Time: 1:00pm Venue: Dhola-Ri-Dhani Rajasthani Village, Medchal Road, Kompally. Ph: 7569091501


History of India: Viritten By Vir Das Time: 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm Venue: N convention, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Contact: +91-9396555888


Parenting-Psychology Time: 9:45 am Venue: An International School of Business & Management, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad 500082 Contact: +91 9246165165


Breakfast Buffet Time: 6:30 am to 10:30am Venue: Seasonal Tastes, Madhapur, Hyderabad. Contact: 040-67676767, 67676888, 8008302160



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Take A Look At the Newly Launched

‘Thugs of Grill’ Actor Jagapathi Babu inaugurated a new Barbecue restaurant at Kukatpally, offering Live Barbecue on Table with Healthy, Low-Fat Dishes. A venture of Harshdeep Foods and Beverages Private Limited set up by Mr. Harsha Vardhan Reddy, the ‘Thugs of Grill’ promises to offer delectable and delicious food for the insatiable Hyderabadi food aficionados. ‘The concept of a live grill on your table is unique. As per the customers’ taste, they can choose from a variety of semi-cooked barbecues that are then put on a live grill for the final finish,’ added Mr. Reddy. They offer hygienic, healthy, low-fat dishes without loss in any flavor in its fine dining restaurant. The 5150 sq.ft, new restaurant is trendy, with interiors done in a black and red combination and has a seating capacity of 146 in a fun filled family and friendly atmosphere. Offering 40 to 50 varieties of food and beverage items, Thugs of Grill has Buffet and Ala Carte arrangements. The restaurant offers Soups, Starters, Rice & Noodles, Biryanis, Rotis, Yoghurts and Mocktails. The food is reasonably priced and suitable for all segments of people. It offers a complete buffet with 40-50 items for just Rs.399/- per head. Grand interiors, efficient service, superb food and good ambience are its promises to food lovers. LOCATION - 4th floor, Yes Mart building, Kukatpally. Ph: 040-40061689

Birthplace opened at Banjara Hills A unique and premium birthing boutique aimed at creating an ‘unconditional comfort’ experience for expectant mothers, “The Birthplace” was launched in Hyderabad. This state-ofthe-art birthing centre focuses on making an expectant mother’s journey through pregnancy, a hassle free, extremely comfortable, aware and a joyous experience through its concept boutique. Conveniently and prominently located at road no.2, Banjara hills, locating the birthplace and reaching there from any part of town is extremely easy and simple. Speaking at the launch of The Birthplace, Mr. Tarun Siripurapu, Managing director, Birthplace healthcare Pvt. Ltd said, “A neglected understanding is that pregnancy is not a sickness but an occasion, a milestone in the lives of a parent that needs to be cherished. The Birthplace thus creates a different experience – one that is celebratory, joyful, hassle-free and memorable with the reassurance of world-class clinical care. Here, we view pregnancy as a nine month journey and not just the delivery of the baby.” The Birthplace is a one of its kind premium birthing facility. Designed keeping needs and comfort of the mother and the baby, along with delivery facility, the Birthplace offers a host of pre and post natal services including Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Childbirth education sessions, Yoga and Lamaze classes, mother and baby exercises, diet and nutrition advice and counselling. LOCATION: Road Number 2, Banjara Hills, Opposite Harley Davidson Showroom. Ph: 040-67139999

Journey Junior Journey Junior is a kid store opened in Jubilee Hills. It has everything for the kids aged between 2-8. “Why should adults have all the fun?” is their motto. They carry international brands of clothing and accessories. The owner of the store, Mr. Ajay, said “Journey Junior is one of a kind. We have everything for the kids. It’s a kid Paradise.” Journey junior has colourful frocks, matching shoes and accessories for the little girls, available in wide range of colours. It has toys, games and remote cars for little boys. It’s really a kid’s paradise LOCATION: Plot No. 45, Road No. 5, Jubilee Hills. Ph: 040-40100999 12 JULY, OCTOBER, 2013 2012



CITY Green Drive by Park Hotel

The Park Hyderabad joined hands with Passionate Foundation and Mrs. Shilpa Reddy for the Environmental day celebration, an initiative to highlight the importance of environment protection. About 100 employees with the hotel’s General Manager- Mr. Anirban Simlai, Mrs Shilpa Reddy and the entire team of The Passionate Foundation participated in the walkathon spreading the message that every individual and organization can make a difference. Shilpa Reddy also planted saplings and danced with the volunteers.

Pop up Bazaar at N Convention

Pop up bazaar the first of its kind was conducted at N convention. It was a one day event, initiated by N convention and clubbed with pop up restaurant. Pop up restaurant was a one day restaurant with a concept of around the world, which served cuisines from all over the world. Each session at the table was for 80 minutes and global cuisine from Mediterranean to Mexican was served, but the main attraction was N convention’s special Biryani. Pop up bazaar had something for everyone from special stall of exclusive designers wear to everyday casuals, quick spa to pamper yourself and not to forget the games and toys for kids. They didn’t leave men behind and had stalls of gadgets for them too. Pop up bazaar resulted a great platform for budding designers and companies as it was a great opportunity to showcase their talents. The whole purpose of pop up bazaar was to motivate and promote all kinds of brands and local craftsmen. Pop up bazaar was a great idea and a definite success.

Sasya unveils the Designer Party Collection

Recently Crowned Mrs. India International 2013-Amita Piyush Motwani Launched The Designer Party Collection at SASYA - A Multi designer store which offers a wide variety of designer apparel & accessories under one roof. Sasya which comprises of the latest trend-setting collection brings to the residents of City of Nawabs- a masterpiece work of the most celebrated designers from all over India. SASYA specializes in Gowns and Party wear. Its collection adds a touch of royalty to the customer. The Spell Bound collection comprises the work of famous designers like Azara, Not So Serious, Sonia Gohil and many more. SASYA heralds a new era of innovation, the exclusive collection is here to steal the show once again. On the occasion of the launch, recently crowned winner of Mrs. India International-2013-Amita Piyush Motwani posed elegantly in a designer scintillating sari. Amita looked stunning in a crafted creation of Sasya, she added that the collection at Sasya looks best and she looks forward to her hands full of shopping bag from the store.

Mahesh Babu as Brand Ambassador for TVS Two Wheelers

TVS Motor has signed south Indian superstar, Mahesh Babu as its new brand ambassador. His style, substance and flair emanate the brand attributes that gel with TVS Phoenix. “As a leading actor, Mahesh Babu is a quintessential combination of style and spirit, a gogetter always aspiring to reach greater heights. These characteristics resemble those, not only of our company, but also that of every product that rolls off our assembly lines,” said J S Srinivasan, Vice President (Sales), TVS Motor. “For me, TVS stands for cutting-edge technology, superior value and world class quality. It is a brand that has been driven by innovation and clearly stands out as one of the best in the two wheeler industry. It is a great privilege for me to be associated with TVS. I tend to endorse brands very selectively as I need to relate to the brand and believe in it from my heart. I am delighted to be associated with a brand that has the heritage of a hundred years backing it” said superstar Mahesh Babu.

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College Days Happy Days Everyone agrees that college days are one of the best and most memorable days of one’s life. All the fun with our friends, bunking classes to watch movies and hangout, playing pranks on the lecturers and many more make college a wonderful, fun filled and life changing experience with unforgettable memories. Tulip brings you what Hyderabadi college students have to share about their amazing college experience. I completed my 3rd year and I’m going to start my 4th and final year, which is a very crucial time for me to build up my career. I’ve had the best time of my life in the past three years, had many ups and downs and made some really crazy friends. We were always into fun and not so interested in studies. I did hell lot of stupid things in these three years. Now that I am getting into the final year, I realize that it is time to start taking things seriously. I’m planning to do an internship in a well known infrastructure company in the city and will try doing a mini project too. After BE I’m planning to do my Masters in Construction Management mostly in the USA, but the sad part is that there will be no more college, no more fun with friends. I’m going to miss my college life. Narsimha Rao C, BE in Civil stream at Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology

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I’m sure college life is going to be the most memorable time of my life. It’s hard to realize that I’m in the final year now. It still feels like college has just started. I’m going to miss a lot of things like being the funny one and making the whole class laugh, having loads of time to spend with friends, and the fun filled last moment group studies. Life was all about having fun and not being too serious, and it’s probably going to be the other way around when we graduate. I look forward to this last year of college and I feel like it’s going to be the most fun and memorable year of my college life. Adnan Intekhab, Final year at St. Mary’s

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CAMPUS BUZZ The three years of my engineering has been fun so far. There has always been unity in our class which was shown through our mass bunks. The professors were supportive and friendly with us, which had always helped us to excel. College has taught me a lot about life and friendship. I’ve made some amazing friends. College has helped me discover my 2nd love-modeling. So I have started modeling along with my engineering and all my friends were supportive and have always been there for me, helping me out with all the classes I have missed. I’m into my fourth year now, which is indeed a crucial year and indicates that it’s the time for me to get serious with life. I have started up with the placement training in college and hoping for the best. Monika Tthangalapalli, CSE 4th year, Muffakham Jah College of engineering and technology.

I’ve just finished my BBA 1st year. To start off it was an amazing and a memorable year filled with challenges but the college staff helped me overcome them. I still remember the first day I walked into the college, excited but yet very nervous as it was a new world for me. But thankfully I found amazing friends who always supported me. My most memorable moments were basket ball in rain, the delicious dhaba food and it’s so much fun unlike those sophisticated places. As our college is in the outskirts, travelling is fun. Every morning I get to see the greenery and spend time with nature. The long drives and the time in class rooms are few things I can never forget. Fresher’s party of our college was a fun event! The fests help us showcase our ideas in the competitions. They encourage various types of talent of our students, from modeling to dance etc. So I can say that our college just doesn’t believe in studies but also believes in co curricular activities too. I’m sure that I’ll have oodles of fun in my coming time in IBS.

College is one of the most exciting phases in everyone’s life. I have a few things to share. Everything about college has an unexplainable charm about it. From making new friends to doing a completely new course, from bunking classes and hogging in the canteen to the 12 day long fests. I’ve had the best moments of my life after stepping into college. The coming two years are however going to be challenging, as we will be introduced to two new subjects. College life is definitely a very exciting phase and everybody cherishes all the memories they’ve made during those 3 years. So, I’m looking forward to these coming two years of new experiences and a lot more fun. Zainab Ali Sajjad, BA 2nd year at Villa Marie Degree College

Tadasha Mishra, IBS Hyderabad

I still remember my first day in college. I was so excited to meet new people, to make new friends. College felt like a liberation for me as I was far away from my family. It was my first time away from them. It was a bit difficult at first to be with people I didn’t know. I wanted to fit in. Eventually, everything went smoothly. I met wonderful friends, some of the best people I’ve met until now. College has given me so many memories, which I’m going to cherish forever. It helped me to be the best I can be. College is a dry run of the rest of our lives. It’s a training ground on how to be successful and become good people. Pradeep Reddy, Final year at David Memorial institute of Management

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Love thy city


yderabad is definitely one of the most picturesque and beautiful locations in our country. If it has a lot of pubs and clubs that ensure a great nightlife, it also has small ice cream parlours at every nook and corner. If it has five stars in the name of Park, Marriott and Novotel, the Chinese bandis and the dosa corners are also favorites of major people. Where on one hand, Hyderabad is a fast paced metropolitan city having a wonderful growing IT industry and a successfully running Tollywood Industry, Hyderabad still manages to have the calm and serenity that draws people here and gives them a wonderful feeling of being a part of this beauty called Hyderabad. Komal Sirwani approached a few Hyderabadis and asked them their reasons to love the city. •

I love the Hyderabadi food

Hyderabad is a very neat, clean and peaceful city.

The people here are extremely warm and friendly.

The weddings in Hyderabad are lavish occasions and social circles are fantastic.

The Outer Ring Road of this city is my most favorite for long drives.

Anjum Aladdin, Home maker •

I love Hyderabad for a million reasons,

It stands out for me over other cities because it’s well rounded and diverse in its own way. I’m a North Indian and I settled in effortlessly.

The Hyderabadi Biryani is delectable, be it Paradise or Novotel.

South Indian Food on the other hand is absolutely awesome especially at Chutneys and Rayalaseema Ruchulu.

There is a very high probability of co-incidentally finding someone you know at a wedding or at a party in ten minutes of conversation.

Hyderabad is not as rushed and congested like other metros around the country. Plus it’s much safer for women than other cities like Delhi

The Weather only gets better after June and that’s always something to look forward to.

So what’s not to love??

Tannya Bajaj, Post Graduate

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Hyderabad is undoubtedly one of the best places to reside. Being born and brought up here, I can say that I have grown with this city. My reasons to love Hyderabad are •

The lovely weather of this city. Evenings here are always pleasant.

The malls and multiplexes of Hyderabad make shopping and watching movies an enjoyable experience.

Hotel Rubaiyat of Ohri’s at Hitech City is one of my favorites and my reason to love Hyderabad even more.

The drive at Outer Ring Road is something that I make sure I take time out for.

The friendly nature and chilled out attitude of everyone in the city makes life even better.

Mahesh Sirwani, Businessman

Festivals and events especially kite flying during Sankranti and amazing lord Ganesha’s pop up everywhere during Ganesh festival.

Hyderabadi Biryani is one such thing from which no one can resist. I believe Irani chai, Double ka meetha, Bagara Baigan, Telangana Pappu add on to the culinary list.

A Thriving Tollywood industry.

Necklace road is the city’s answer to marine drive.

The best part is, here you can’t identify which language or religion a person is from because almost everyone speaks one language that is Typical Hyderabadi Lingo.

Rina Hindocha, Designer •

Undoubtedly one of the reasons everyone loves this city is its weather that is pleasant at all times except summer.

People here are friendly and cosmopolitan.

No one here is in rush. Everyone works at their own pace and enjoys work.

By and Large, Hyderabad is a great combination of a growing city and has great small town advantages.

Even though the standard of living here is high, the cost of living is less compared to other large cities in the country.


Love the food. From biryani to haleem to other local options from across the state is all available in this city. And the day I’m in mood to try continental, Asian there’s more and enough restaurants in town.

As compared to some of the cities in India, I feel Hyderabad is one of the safest cities for a woman. Being in the hotel industry, work demands late nights and driving back alone and honestly I’ve never had any issues. Also, the people of Hyderabad are extremely friendly, warm and harmless.

While the metro project has led to severe traffic jams, I still think this city is fairly easy to commute within and access to public transport is great. With the proximity of stations and airport connected to the ORR, one does not have to worry about missing the flight.

This city allows one enough space to live a wonderful, balanced personal and professional life with a good pace. So if you believe in having a life while balancing work, Hyderabad is the place.

From pearls to silk, to handicrafts, antiques, and bangles from Charminar. The city is a shopper’s delight when it comes to having a collection from the land of Nizams.

Dr. Vijayraghavan, Orthopedic.


I have been living in Hyderabad for the past ten years. In these ten years the city has grown by leaps and bounds. New flyovers, better road connectivity, the new international Shamshabad airport and much more. There are number of reasons why I love Hyderabad,

Once a Hyderabadi…..Always a Hyderabadi. Preeti Philip, Director Marketing Communication, HICC

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A Day From Priyanka Chigurupati’s Diary…. rom a tomboy who spent most of her time as a kid in fist fights with guys to a dynamic young stylista, this young Chigurupati has come a long way. From a chubby little girl to a vibrant woman, she doesn’t give away all credit to weight loss but definitely acknowledges that her life changed considerably when she shed the excess pounds. She loves to dress up, which today has led her to launch her brand CHIGURUPATI, that aims at giving fashion lovers, “everyday style.”


Rapid fire 1) FavoritePastime: online Shopping and watching movies/ television shows. 2)

Success mantra: Focus and grit.

3) Inspiration: My parents. 4)

5 things every girl must posses: Well fitted jeans, a great pump, easy to throw on tanks, a fun fitted dress and great accessories.

5) You don’t leave home without: My phones and my wallet. 6) Next holiday you want to take: My second home, New York. 7) A designer or brand you want to work for: Olivier Rousteing, the designer of Balmain. 8)

First branded purchase: A pair of tan and gold open toed Gucci shoes.

9) 2 things people don’t know about you: 1- That I have more than one side to me, I’m a different person when I’m at home and when I’m outside my house. 2- I love jogging outside on cool monsoon / winter mornings. 10) Describe yourself in three words: Straight forward, Extrovert, Risk taker.

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being the risk taker I am, I did so with the support of my family. Day at work: When I reach office I meet everyone personally update myself on all work that I have given them earlier and on the whole status of my work. I do a quality check, which I consider is very important. Then I have meetings lined up with my clients in and out, if there are any shows or events, I am meeting the exhibitors or designers, or I am out sourcing material, something or other is always lined up. So for now I am a devoted

excuse of a “fashion office,” to wear stuff that’s generally over the top to wear around the city. While dressing for the day, I usually pick out clothes from my latest collection and mix and match them with something from my closet. Anything I think might add to my wardrobe, I get made, because this is what I do, make clothes that I would wear that might appeal to everybody CHIGURUPATI is catering to. Career: I did a course in fashion marketing for 2 years in New York, that’s when my love for fashion really grew. I started blogging, sharing my views on trends, gave tips and suggestions on how people can wear of what they already

have. With some great response to the blog, I also got a lot of “We wish we had access to something like that in Hyderabad.” That’s when I thought to myself, “Why not make them available?” However, when I came back to India, I was discouraged because there was no place in Hyderabad where I could work in a fashion based company and that’s when I joined my father’s Pharmaceutical CompanyGranules India Limited. I learnt a LOT during my year at Granules but as dramatic as this might sound, my heart was elsewhere. That’s when I started designing as a hobby, hoping to juggle two careers. Upon realizing that there was no sane way of doing that, I quit Granules in May and launched CHIGURUPATI, which by the way was not an easy take but



Morning: If I am doing yoga I wake up at 6:30 do yoga for an hour with my parents, that’s how I usually start my day, and then I take a short nap. I get up again, have my breakfast, get ready for work and leave for my office at 10. I love dressing up for my work. I can wear whatever I want as it’s my office and I use the

Evenings: I am usually done by 5/6pm. I then catch up with my parents or just read a magazine/ or watch a movie. Then hit the gym, Helios around 6. Working out is a necessity in my life. Once I come back, I either eat dinner with my parents at home or just go out to meet my friends. My sister, Pragnya lives in Chennai so sometimes I spend the rest of my evening gabbing on the phone with her.

blogger a designer and my long term goal is to foray into menswear. Fashion & Hyderabad: There are tons of people here who are genuinely interested in fashion but don’t have access to the clothing and/ or are not aware of what they can do

with things available. That’s the reason I link my blog to the shop website, to give people insight into what and how to wear.

Weekends: I work on Saturdays and on occasional Sundays.However, I make it a point to meet my friends on the weekends. I’m a complete extrovert so having my friends around me is my weekly dose of sanity. I love to meet new people. There’s so much one

can learn by just conversing with somebody new so throw me amongst a bunch of people I don’t know and I’m comfortable enough to gab gab and gab. Sundays are usually family days but when my family’s out of town, I’m normally out for brunch with my friends or at the spa.

As told to Satpreet Kaur

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Is there a special spot at your place where you spend most of your time relaxing and chilling? Your mind just stops thinking about all the tensions in the world and makes you feel stress-free when you find yourself in that place. Yes, you are right; balconies are the perfect place which gives you a feeling of a relaxed atmosphere. They make quite an impact giving you a good view of the environment and breathe of fresh air. Few consider them as a rescue for tired limbs; few find it a good place to hang out for a cup of coffee in that chilled and rainy weather, few find it a place with utmost privacy, for the nature lovers it is a good place to mingle with nature and with the environment and for the students it is the best place to study. You have your own perspective towards this part of your house which indeed gives you a great feeling. Along with the great feeling it gives you, it also adds beauty to your house in case you add appropriate elements in it to make it much more impactful. Some prefer greenery all over in their balcony, some like to add classy wooden structures and some make it a point to keep it very simple with a table and a set of chairs. Using wall space to make your balcony look much beautiful is a great idea to work on. Collect few beautiful creepers and flower plants which could give you a feel of a tiny garden into your indoors. Also recycling old wood and furniture items could add a glory to your balcony. By adding such interesting elements you will surely make your balcony a pleasing and functional space for relaxing at your home. The best design for a private balcony blends beauty with strength. When designed and constructed well, a balcony can be an enjoyable and valuable addition to a home. The structure must be strong enough to support its own weight as well as the weight of people and any balcony decorations or furnishings. The home balcony design should blend in with the structural and architectural components of the home’s exterior. Finally, the private balcony must abide by municipal or regional building codes. The balcony is a small platform that protrudes from an exterior wall of a building, accessed from the inside of the building through an opening in the wall, such as a window or door. Rails provide support and protect visitors from falling. Balconies in multi-dwelling units, such as condominiums or apartment buildings, may sport balcony roofs or screens to protect residents from above debris and to provide an element of privacy. To maximise space so that one can pack as many plants as he can into a tidy space, you can do ‘vertical gardening’. you can fix a black aluminium grill akin to those we use for our windows that blends very well with the wall on one side of the balcony, then hang numerous pots of plants or flowers onto the frame. The plants you chose should variegate contrast quite well against the backdrop. In effect, one covers a cold-looking wall with plants.To confer a sense of space to a tidy growing area, one should consider throwing in a couple of large plant specimens.Most of balcony gardeners have the tendency to line their plants along the window ledge in a boring and monotonous row to catch the available light for one’s plants. There should be an element of aesthetics as you will notice that landscaping being done in the small space shows the thoughtful layering of healthy plants with different colours, leaf textures and heights. While plants are really good way to decorate garden you can add your own piece of fascination to the place with a perfect spot to spend hours relaxing, sipping a coffee, reading a book or just watching stars in the night. It depends on you, how you want your favorite spot of your house to look like. 24 JULY, 2013



But ensure, it is spacious, private and also gives you a feeling of bringing your indoors outside. Everyone loves their open corner of the house- balconies. No matter how small or big they are they are like the most lively part of house, with fresh air, sunlight and if you have green plants in or outside, then it’s an added bonus. It is also very important to decide right type of furnishing for your balcony, from the flooring to curtains or blinds. It controls the light allowance into the house, and makes the most visited part of the house beautiful. The flooring and the colour should be decided with utmost care as the seasons and weather effects are first seen in this part of the house, it has to go through rough climates and still be part of your home. To help you we covered a well known store which gives you vast option for your HOME & BALCONIES, according to its location and design in your house.

Benten Vesta

is a furnishing store for all furnishing requirements for commercial and home purposes including a range of products which complement soft furnishings. The owner of Benten Vesta is a Textile Designer from the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) and has worked with various mills and export houses to design and manufacture furnishing fabrics for the international market and has made representation at major furnishing fairs both locally and overseas including Heimtextil. Being technically qualified they assist their clients in selecting the products best suited for their application and budget. They offer a selected range of Home Furnishings from leading European Designers including Designers Guild, Christian Lacroix, Casamance, Casadeco, Harlequin, Zimmer & Rohde, Rugs from Habana Home, Stepevi, apart from an extensive domestic range. Their Product range includes- Drapes, Upholstery, Blinds, wallpapers, Hardware, flooring, Carpet, Bed Linen, bath Linen, Awnings, Panels, Automation and Mattresses. This year Benten Vesta has been awarded the IIID – MYK Laticrete Excellence award for the best furnishing store in Hyderabad. Benten Vesta takes up turnkey Furnishing projects for hotels, hospitals, clubs, large homes etc. They work with leading architects and interior designers. They offer exquisite design and impeccable quality furnishings at affordable prices which is all it takes to make the difference between a good interior and an outstanding space. Benten Vesta believes in Good design and Good value. Pallavi Bhoopal Coondoo LOCATION: Plot 1010, Lower Tankbund Road, Beside Hotel Marriott Courtyard, Secunderabad. Tel: +91 40 64568888 / 64569999 website :

By Satpreet Kaur

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Drizzle This Monsoon ‘A lifetime of showers moisten the soul’, says an ancient proverb. The shimmering, crystalclear nuances of these beautiful words relate most to India’s beautiful Monsoon. The smell of wet mud, the temperature lowering down, the cool breeze at night, the romantic and blissful drizzles it’s July and the monsoons have officially arrived. After scorching months of heat when the monsoons arrive our Hyderabadis can’t wait to enjoy the beautiful and romantic weather. “Usually when it rains everyone likes to sit at home in their pajamas and relax, but when it comes to me I walk out in the rains with bright colored umbrellas, rain coats and waterproof boots. My fashion mantra during the monsoons is I pair up bright colored T-shirts with shorts or three- fourths. I try and keep everything low maintenance as you never know when it is going to rain. Transparent belles in all colors are my favorite this monsoon and the cute polka dotted umbrellas available everywhere. I feel these are a must have for every girl in the city”. Sneha - Student 26 JULY, 2013

“This monsoon waterproof make up is a must to beat the city rains. Neon is the color of the season; just add a zing to your dress with bright colored Neon Accessories. You can always stay stylish whatever the weather is. This season chic trophy jackets or puffa coats, scarves, flip flops, monsoon friendly shoes and bags, cropped jackets are in style. Enjoy the rains fashionably”. Aichaa- Working for CCL


“In India monsoon is always cherished and with the first rains comes an array of food to welcome the rain. My comfort food during the monsoon is my mom’s home cooked hot piping pakoras and samosas which the entire family sits together and cherishes while it’s pouring outside. I love going


“When it comes to monsoon fashion I stay away from raincoats and umbrellas. I am the kind of guy who loves to get drenched in the rain. I love wearing the new range of colored denims to add in some brightness to the gloomy and dull weather and I team it up with light colored usually white shirts and pair them up with stylish flip- flops. Also khaki trousers and chinos teamed with black colored shirts and t-shirt are my favorite this season. I feel one should never shy away from getting drenched and should dress simple and never miss a chance to get drenched, as nothing is more blissful than enjoying the season by getting wet”. Raj- Entrepreneur

on drives during the monsoons. My friends and I pick up cappuccinos from Barista or Coffee day and go on long drives. Nothing seems more perfect than coffee, friends , music and a drive in the beautiful Hyderabad rains”. Vinit Agarwal - Entrepreneur “The monsoons have officially arrived with the cold and damp weather. Nothing brings back the warmth like hot piping dishes. It’s a perfect time to pamper yourself with some hot, tasty and filling preparations. During the monsoons I love to hog onto pakoras, sweet corn soup and mouth watering hot jalebis. More than food it is the mood that enhances our appetite. Having ice creams and pani-puri while getting drenched in the rain makes a monsoon evening perfect”. Nupur Bajaj - Owner of Rationwala

“When the rain gods shower down their blessing the most convenient and best places to view and feel the awesomeness and beauty of the rain are the balconies at home, sipping hot tea and the view from the glass wall at the E&Y office, where the lake looks absolutely scenic and picturesque. Best places to embrace the beauty of getting drenched in the rains are Aqua at The Park, Water Front and Altitude at Marriott”. Vishal Maheshwari- Works at Ernst and Young

“The splash of rains always brings a smile to my face. Nothing beats the smell of wet mud and drizzles of Hyderabad. Monsoon has always been my favorite season and after the summer I always await the beautiful rainy season. In Hyderabad I love going on long drives to the outer ring road when it rains. It’s absolutely beautiful and while driving down we pick up tea and some nice hot food. Out of Hyderabad I would love to visit Kullu-Manali during the monsoon. Everyone visits hill stations during summers and winters but I would love to visit the hills during the monsoons”. Dr. Kalpana Vasi Reddy – Associated with Vasan Dental Clinic

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The Patiala Necklace

It is one of the world’s most expensive jewellery created by the House of Cartier in 1928. It was made for and named after Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, the then ruling Maharaja of the state of Patiala. It contained 2,930 diamonds, including its centerpiece, the world’s seventh largest diamond, the 428 carat “De Beers”. World’s most expensive Blue Diamond set in a Bulgari ring sold for a record £6.2 million In the world of most expensive diamonds, one variety which is sought after by collectors, are the blue diamonds. Some of these have managed to break records during their sale, including the likes of Bulgari $2.9 million blue diamond ring, the Bulgaru vivid blue diamond, and De Beers Millennium Collection diamond. The buyer is known to be Graff Diamonds, one of the world’s best known collector houses of the precious stone.

Kate Middleton’s engagement Ring

Whatever Kate Middleton does or wears fascinates everyone, and just like her wedding dress, Prince William’s engagement ring for Kate Middleton is made of oval blue sapphire, fringed with a series of as many as 14 tiny diamonds that impressed everyone. The same 18-carat ring was worn by late Princess Diana on her D-day. The royal engagement ring costs approx $ 50,000.

Beyonce’s engagement ring

If you thought Kate Middleton’s sapphire ring could be the best, Think again! Jay Z known for his extravagant lifestyle opened his heart out as he sought the consent of Beyonce. He presented her a 20 carat ring that dazzled with an 18 carat diamond in the center on the engagement. It is priced $ 5 million approx.

Heart of the Ocean Diamond

Have you seen the movie Titanic? If you did, you have spotted the replica of the heart of the ocean jewelry piece. It features a humongous blue diamond. Imagine if Rose (the old lady) really threw the thing in the ocean. Anyway, this necklace is one of the most expensive in the world. Its replica currently sells at $3.5 million dollars but the original one is priced at $20 million. Now, no wonder why everyone love the necklace in the movie Titanic. 28 JULY, 2013

Harry Winston’s Diamond Drop Earrings

The earrings designed and created by the House of Harry Winston. What’s so special about these ear rings are not only their expensive price tag but the fact that these earrings are originally designed for the A list superstars of Hollywood to wear. They weigh 60 carats and have 4 diamonds in total. They are crested in a platinum set which is only visible if inspected closely.

Emerald and Diamond Necklace

The emerald diamond necklace belonged to the last Queen of Italy: Queen Marie Jose. She was known for her amazing collection of her jewels and amid those awesome collection is this beautiful necklace. This necklace is adorned with numerous diamonds and filty emeralds, and is made by Van Cleef and Arpels.

Queen Mary’s Diamond Riviere and La Peregrina Pearl

England’s first female ruler Queen Mary was certainly known for all the riches she had. One of the most exclusive jewels that she possessed during her rule was this beautiful Diamond Riviere. This stunning diamond Riviere is made of dazzling 34 old cut authentic diamonds set beautifully in gold and silver. The gorgeous piece was gifted by the queen to her granddaughter Princess Margaret, and dates from about 1900. Another stunning piece that belonged to her was a necklace “La Peregrina” of pearl which is one of the most famous pearls in the world with a recorded history of nearly 500 years. This Diamond Riviere is approximately priced $1,828,224.



The Baroda Peals

This particular piece was owned by India’s Wallis Simpson. The flamboyant second wife of Maharaja Pratap singh Gaekwar of Baroda, Sita Devi inherited this necklace in its original form - made up of seven strands of some of the largest natural pearls in the world- when she got married in 1943. When the necklace was fashioned into its current form, or how auction house Christie’s got their hands on this two-string 68 pearl necklace is a mystery. But in 2007, the necklace was auctioned off by Christie’s in New York for a fabulous $7 million. Not everyone in India is happy about that.

World’s most expensive diamond cufflinks

For most women, expensive jewelry with carefully cut precious stones is money well spent. But the men’s accessories market is outperforming the women’s market, a part from watches and rings, cufflinks are the ideal way for men to touch up their garbs. And, if money is not an issue, then the canary diamond cufflinks by Jacob & Co. are the ultimate in luxury and the most expensive cufflinks (in literal sense).A pair of these gorgeous beauties will set you back by a hefty $4.2 million, expensive even by high standards. Incidentally, Jacob & Co. had earlier offered an engagement ring for sale that’s almost identical to the one presented to Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie by fiancé Brad Pitt. Costing $530,000, it features a large white square-cut diamond in the center surrounded by smaller stones around the band.

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A Revolutionary Designer!!!! Gaurang Shah, is a house hold name in textile and handloom designing for high end hand woven and hand crafted saris and dresses. The label “GAURANG” personifies elegance and captivating beauty of traditional handlooms and weaves. Satpreet Kaur has an exclusive talk with the man who changed the face of handloom wanting people more and more of it, and the man behind Kirron Kher’s beautiful saris on India’s Got Talent. 5 things people should know about Gaurang Shah I love traveling and do it a lot. Last year I took a break for almost one month and went for a road trip in Australia


I can weave a Sari.


I love cooking.


I listen a lot of classical music.


Monday to Saturday I am working nonstop from 8 am to 8 pm, but on Sunday’s I pamper myself with me time, and no work.


Quick Five 1. Designer or brand you would like to work or collaborate with? Sabyasachi and Louis Vuitton 2. Two things you wouldn’t leave your home without? My phone and charger 3. 3 fashion secrets every woman should know? • People think big borders can’t be worn by everyone, it’s wrong, wear big borders, it doesn’t matter you are tall or short, it’s all about how you carry it. • Wear a Sari, it is one of the most beautiful outfit women can wear, and goes for any occasion at any time of day. • Don’t go in a price, when you have good quality be it 500 Rs or 5000 it will look good on a 20 year old girl or 80 year old, it’s all about how you team it up with modern accessories and the way you carry it. 4. One person you would like to dress? Michelle Obama 5. Next holiday you want to take? A long break to Europe, 6. Would you take up an offer to work for movies? Yes, if something interesting comes, definitely! 30 JULY, 2013

The self taught designer has been involved in the revival of the handloom sector for more than a decade. Way back in 2001, when the traditional handlooms were fading because of declining patronage and the growing popularity for embroidered saris like georgettes and chiffons, many weaver communities across India were mired in debt. Gaurang took up the challenge of reviving the traditional handlooms and bringing them back in vogue. He now supports more than 400 handlooms across India, specially engaged in a weaving technique called Jamdani. He has also emerged as a trendsetter by bringing hand-woven saris in vogue again How did your fashion adventure begin? I was always interested in fashion, especially handlooms. I wanted to work with the weavers. My father opened a textiles store in Basheerbagh. Since I was 10, I have been helping him with the store in the evenings after my school. I don’t have a degree in fashion or textile designing, but learnt a lot about colors, fabrics and texture by practically being there with my father. It was in 1999 that I started my own store, I found a weaver who was ready to weave anything I wanted, any design I could think of, and since then I never had to look back. How has the journey been so far? When I started my business, handlooms sector was dead in India. Everyone was wearing Chiffon, Georgette or embroidery. No one had any interest in handloom. It wasn’t appealing to anyone, as the colors were dull

and the designs were age old. But the way I represent and transform the handloom with a modern twist, bright colors and big borders it has become more wearable and trendy, people love it First GAURANG Label store? I opened my first couture store in the Jubilee Hills, early this year. The store showcases ‘ready to wear and practical’ fashion clothing lines for women, accessories, new contemporary, traditional and bridal, Indo-western wear, completely hand-woven inspired by ancient Indian heritage like Kanjeevarams instilled with classic Kalamkaris and zardozi. ‘Gaurang’, label personifies elegance and captivates the beauty of traditional handlooms and weaves, created using Jamdani technique with pure zari on cottons and silks. Traditional motifs are the hallmark of my creations. I believe in offering traditional Indian weaves and hand embroideries like Parsi, Kashmiri, Chikankari, Kutch and Kasauti on handloom sarees with a subtle and sensible contemporary flair. Where does inspiration come from when working with such unique fabric? Nature. I take my inspirations from nature, the flowers, tress, plants and many more. Floral and geometric designs drawn from the nature are the hallmark of my creations. I also like to re-design old saris, give them a modern twist with big borders and bright colors. What do you think about the fashion

“Gaurang Shah won the best designer award for utilization of Indian weaves and craftsmanship at the Lakhme Fashion Week Mumbai, Winter fest 2012.

scene in Hyderabad? I think Hyderbadi’s are up to date when it comes to saris, there is no trend they don’t follow. They travel a lot to shop and get the best. They are just as fashionable as Mumbaikars and Delhiites. What is the most important Land mark in your career? Lakme Fashion week. I tried getting into it and represent my designs but was unsuccessful as handlooms was not a top fashion choice to represent on ramp. But after applying for 3 years, I finally got a chance to show my collection at LFW. That’s when I finally got a chance to do something different, showcase something different from gowns and dresses, I showcased saris. I was the only designer who showcased handloom saris and people started noticing my work. And when Kirron Kher started wearing my saris on India’s Got Talent, I became a household name in the handloom Sari designing. So yes LFW was a big landmark. What is the USP of your designs? All my Saris have big borders and bright colors. I give a modern twist to the age old designs. I believe in offering traditional Indian weaves and hand embroideries with subtle and



sensible contemporary flair. My designs were created using Jamdani technique with pure zari on cottons and silks. What fashion shows have you been part of? I have represented my collection at Berlin Fashion Week 2012- Lavera Show Floor at Kosmos 2012 where I showcased 21 outfits and three saris, highlighted eco-friendly fashion. I used fine khadi, vibrant floral blooms, birds, butterflies and foliage themes. The khadi jumpsuit with floral patterns was a huge hit at this show. Other was Dubai Numaish Fashion Show also in 2012. This show included a lot of glittering saris, anarkalis and ghagras recreating the bridal look of 1950s-1960s with bright colours and antique gold adornments. And then there was Lakme Fashon Week Debut 2012 I presented saris and western outfits in cottons, kotas, muga silk and khadi with jamdhani work. The idea behind the collection was to recreate paithani designs on khadi, which are now available only in the Baroda museum. It took me six to eight months to make each one of the saris. Then again there was Lakme Fashion Week Winter Fest 2012 where I presented a stunning, colourful line ‘Ardhangini’ comprising of saris, anarkalis and ghagras. This line, presented as part of ‘India Textile Day’, recreated the look of 1950s and 1960s with the use of Kanjeevarams with Kalamkari. The show stopper Kirron Kher was dressed in an ivory colored brocade sari. Then Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2013 where I showcased my latest collection ‘Gulbadan,’

with hand-woven fabrics from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The collection saw an amalgamation of kota jamdani weaves and chikankari embroidery. The showstopper Chitrangada Singh wore a black kota sari woven in jamdani interconnected a normal furnish with a backless black choli and an antique necklace from my family heirloom. GAURANG : H.No.1190, St No.59, Lane besides Chutney’s, Rd.No.36, Jubilee Hills. Shubha-9848018180 JULY, 2013 31



Avnish Kum a r

e is straight forward, future oriented and all set to take ahead the legacy of what his father started- Neeru’s, a well known retail brand in Hyderabad and beyond. Apart from being the young Director of Neeru’s he takes care of Silk Saris, Saris and their Sub brand Neeru’s Menz. From procurement to designing, to sitting with the weavers, color matching, identifying new fabrics and trends, he does it all.


Did you always want to get into this field? Well my whole family has been into this for quite a long time. It was started in 1971 by my grandmother, then my father joined her and that’s when we came up with the first store in 1979. So I would say it has pretty much been in my blood. I have attended a lot of seminars on global platform, and also did my masters in entrepreneurship from London. Your Journey since you have been part of Neeru’s? Neeru’s Emporio was our dream project, me and my parents personally spent months to design this palatial store of 30,000sqft. This is a signature store of Neeru’s and My First Big project after taking charge. Our customers were always keen on us starting something for men too, to make it a complete Family Shoppe. That is when I thought of Neeru’s Menz. I completely take care of this sub brand, we do exclusive Sherwanis, Kurta Pajamas, Suits to exclusive Linen and club wear. It’s totally a Couture Collection. I also handle Operations, which is an important key to manage so many stores. We have also shifted our base to 36, Jubilee Hills which is our Corp Office and motto of all staff being working in Oneness. As an individual how have you bought about a change in Neeru’s? I take care of the marketing activities. Though the most important step I have completely taken is Branding and promotion. We are not profit hungry or turnover hungry brand, we are just here to give fashion. We dream to give the right fashion at the right time How has the journey been so far? Well I would say it has just begun! One lesson of life you have learnt? I believe it’s very important to be a good listener, and that one can never get enough of how much we can learn. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years? Represent Neeru’s as India’s top ethnic wear brand with faster product replenishments and give fashion at a reasonable price tag! Also spreading out to other cities in India with many more company owned stores and through franchisees as well. 32 JULY, 2013


Ta rab Khan


She writes poems, she blogs, and most important of all she is a painter.

ou will always come across her as a happy go lucky person; she has a passion for life, and loves to live her life making each moment special for herself and those around her. She sees herself as a spiritual being living a human life.


Did you always want to get into this field? I am an artist, I write poems, I paint and I also write blogs. I have been painting since childhood but professionally I started 6 years ago. Frankly, I never knew I would take it up as a profession I did my masters in economics, but my passion for art was always there, so I just took it up. It is a great way of expressing myself, it’s a way I connect to my soul How has the journey been so far? Very exciting, I had my recent show in Muse art gallery and one in Delhi so it’s been beautiful. One lesson of life you have learnt? “You must always follow your dreams, people may laugh, or discourage but you listen to your gut and just walk ahead” Your success Mantra? I believe if you are a good human being, if you have a beautiful soul it reflects in your personality and everything you do. Your inspiration? The world itself is mesmerizing; when you are an artist you seek inspiration everywhere and in everything. You just need to be curious and experience every tiny bit of life, as it’s your first time. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years? Doing more and more of art. How do you balance your career and family and your social life? My work is my priority, when you are an artist it is not about how much time I spend in studio, it is the time when I interact, experience or even dream that is when I am working so I work 24 hours. JULY, 2013 33



Vija y a Tupurani

certified Zumba trainer of level 1 & 2, also expert in aqua Zumba, core Zumba and Zumba toning. She is strong, independent and fit. She is a trained dancer for more than 28 years but chose this specific style of Zumba fitness style last year and doing number of classes and workshops every day, getting huge positive response from all walks of life she sure has hit it on high track.


Did you always want to get into this field? No not at all. I am into dancing field, so I wanted to get into dance and when I had to go teach hip hop I had to learn it if I had to teach classical I have to first learn classical, so I thought why not go for something that everyone can take up no matter what their age, size or gender is and gives me lot of options to explore in my dancing too. How has the journey been so far? Amazing. One lesson of life you have learnt? “every women should be independent, financially and mentally” I was a housewife for 9 years, mother of twins for my entire journey and now apart from these two roles I am also an independent woman. Your success Mantra? Always keep smiling, your smile takes you everywhere. It is how you spread your success. Your inspiration? My husband, Sarat Tupurani is my inspiration and also the most important person in my life, and not to forget my best friend Deejay Vijay. It’s only because of them. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years? As a Zumba education specialist. India has only 1, and I will be the next one within next 2 years. I am Zumba marketing agent in India, there are only 4 and I am one of them, just in 8 month of my career so I am ready to take my next step soon. How has Zumba influenced you as an individual? It has made me fit, and I have experienced that only a fit person can be happy. Since I started taking out time for myself, an hour daily for my fitness, it makes me feel good and happy. How do you balance your career, family and social life? I take my classes only when my kids are not at home, when they are I am home too, but certain situations where I have workshops then my husband stays back. Spending time with my family is what I look forward to, most of my friends are there in my classes so its family I look forward to spend time with. 34 JULY, 2013


Fa rm an


s an upcoming Keytarist, he is laid back, stress free individual who believes in living life as it comes.


Did you always want to get into this field? I have been learning music since I was 4. I started with playing keyboard and then at age 7, I started learning Hindustani classical vocals. It’s been many years and now at age 21, I can say I am well trained. My maternal great grandfather played keyboard, and he was the one whom I looked up to and got a desire to learn and play keyboard. I have also learnt western piano by Benjamin Marthand, normal keyboard by Vasudeva Rao and gazals from Ustaad Mazhar Khan sahib. How has the journey been so far? It has been good, I have performed at various shows. A lot of people love my performance and always come up with great feedbacks which motivated me to go ahead and live my dream. I also received Ugadi puraskar award. I am happy because I do what I love and these awards come in as motivators. One lesson of life you have learnt? Never take anything too seriously Your success Mantra? I like to go with the flow, and just live life as it comes. Your inspiration? My maternal great grandfather, he is the one who inspired me to take up playing keyboard. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years? Preferably performing on a stage for a huge crowd! I have a band calleduntil isolation, we play alternative rock so someday we are going to reach big stage and present our music. What next? My music video is coming up soon, you can see the trailer which is out on YouTube, its called ‘O meri jaan – Farman.’

As told to Satpreet Kaur

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Hey there, Cupcake!

Cupcakes and Cakes have become a cultural and economic phenomenon over the last few years in the city, with gourmet cupcake shops and customized cake shops rapidly increasing across the country, selling elaborate and expensive concoctions. We spoke to some of the finest bakers in town to get you recipes of delicious cupcakes and cakes.

Anju Jain

My passion for baking had started 10 years back but I’ve been professionally baking since 2010. I bake for the sole pleasure of it, not for the profits. All my cakes, cupcakes, muffins are made from home made ingredients which are fresh. I don’t use eggs. No preservatives, No chemicals, it’s all natural. I don’t even take a single buck from the profit; I use all of the money to help underprivileged children.

Apple Pie Cupcake 200 g- Maida 100 g-milk powder 2 tsp-baking powder ½ tsp- cinnamon powder A pinch of salt 50 g- butter 100 g-powdered sugar 1 tsp- grated lemon or orange zest Milk- as required Apple Topping 3 tsp- butter 1 cup- powdered sugar 3 apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced Cinnamon Frosting 100 g- butter 300 g-powdered sugar ½ tsp- cinnamon powder Whipped cream as required To cook the apples: Put butter and sugar in a large frying pan over a low medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar, add apple slices and cook for 8-10 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Remove from the heat and let it cool completely. For the cinnamon frosting Add butter and sugar together, mix it with a blender add cinnamon powder and whipped cream. Method Mix Maida, baking powder, milk powder, salt, lemon zest and milk to make a thick batter. Pour the batter into the cupcake liners; it should be 3/4th. Top it with apples and bake them. When the cupcakes are baked add the cinnamon frosting.

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I began my professional career working for a fortune 500 company dealing in International Trade. Though geared toward academics, I also had culinary arts in my blood. I fondly remember my mother creating a variety of masterpieces in the family's kitchen. At the end of a long workday, I would come home and unwind by cooking and baking. My hobby became my passion. So I decided to switch careers and go full-time into the bakery business. In March 2012, I opened Pink Cupcakes in Hyderabad.

CUISINE Blueberry Cupcakes



Reema Kocchar Vohra

1 cup all purpose flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 3/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup oil 1/2 cup buttermilk


In a medium bowl, add cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Take an electric mixer, add eggs and beat 10-20 seconds. Add sugar and continue to beat on medium speed about 30 seconds. Add vanilla and oil, beat. l Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the milk, then the rest of the flour and the rest of the milk. Beat until just combined. Scrap down the side of the bowl. l Pour batter into cupcake liners. Fill liners about 2/3 full.

Bake until done Cool it & then cover with luscious blueberry icing on it

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For Blueberry Icing

Take Whipped cream & mix 3 tablespoon of blueberry jam to it! Whip till the stiff peaks! And enjoy your blueberry vanilla cupcake.

Nandita Agarwal Coffee Cheesecake

Ingredients For the base: 1 packet parle-G biscuit crumbs 30 gms butter 20gms grain sugar Method: Mix all the ingredients and set it in a dish and refrigerate it.

Now mix the dissolved gelatine into the mixture and mix well.


Pour this mixture over the biscuit crumb base and set it in the refrigerator. Best served after 24hrs.


I’m a dietician, but I have passion for making chocolates and desserts. I basically love cooking and experimenting with things that are available at home. My recipes are eggless and easy to make. I also teach how to make different varieties of puddings and cakes with exotic decoration.

For cheesecake

250ml whipped cream 150gms hung curd 50gms cream cheese (mascarpone or else amul cheese cream) Coffee solution- (100gms coffee dissolved in ½ cup hot water and cool it to room temp) 40 gms gelatine


Whip the cream to soft peak


Mix in the hung curd and cream cheese to silky consistency


Add coffee solution and mix well, don’t beat too much.


Melt the gelatine in water using double boiler.


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Foods For a Happier You! Did you know that the foods we eat can influence our mood? This is because certain foods stimulate production of mood elevating hormones that instantly lift your mood. We have got 10 happiness food and people who swear by it. So eat what you like for a legal high! Quick Tip 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Strawberry - Fights nerve impulse Bananas - Make you feel energetic. Sunflower seeds - Instant feel-good. Oregano - Helps combat depression, rejuvenates and calms down. Dark chocolate - Instant boost in concentration, mood and energy. Eggs - Gives you an energy boost. Honey - Helps in preventing depression and keeps brain healthy (* depends person to person)

Pranshu Saxena, Business Analyst Cupcakes!! Those little tiny happiness filled goodies can set anyone’s mood right. Anytime! With chocolate, berries, marshmallows, tiny sprinkled hearts, some colored edible confetti, they are no less than a crafty delight! My favorite flavor would be ‘The’ Red Velvet, it melts in your mouth, and with each bite you experience bliss! Well, dear cupcake... You are probably the best happiness food for me. 38 JULY, 2013



Sonali Narang, Homemaker Nothing better than Homemade Rajma Chawal it brings back all the childhood memories and gives me a sense of security. Freshly cooked, hot rice and the tasty Rajma makes my mouth water anytime anywhere.

Rekha, Housewife Nothing is better than a fresh dose of Watermelon. The fresh taste of it makes me so happy and knowing that it is very healthy, I don’t even feel guilty. 90% of watermelon is made of water, so it keeps me hydrated and gives me the essential vitamins and minerals.

Ahmed Salman, Law Student Nothing in world can compare to a sizzling chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The brownie bursts with good taste whereas ice cream complements it with a chilled and relaxed sensation when it’s floating down your throat. It does everything you need after a stressful day or a bad mood.

Ruchika, Housewife Sweets are my happiness food. As I have a bit of a sweet tooth, I enjoy sweets very much. Indian sweets are a gateway to heaven. Anything sweet, especially something made of chocolate is to die for.

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CUISINE Luvraj, Entrepreneur Chocolate is my happiness food. Chocolate in every form makes me happy. It brightens my mood instantly. The sugar in chocolate also boosts our levels of endorphins, a hormone that makes us happy.

Monica, Head of Elite Club, Alankrita Resort Tangy and chatpata is what lifts my mood, and what better than Paani Puri It’s simply irresistible. The fried puris filled with cold spicy tangy water along with hot boiled potatoes and onion Mmmmm!! It’s a perfect snack at all time. I just go on eating till I can eat no more.

Prisha Vatnani, Nutritionist Nothing tastes as good as feeling fit. Well the other side of the coin is that, I also have a knack of satisfying my taste buds with Happy Food. My real happiness lies in Kebabs. Hot Sizzling Kebabs is what I relish to be bang with a renewed energy after any depressing or exhausting day.

Sirish Bharadwaj, Socialite

Something different from usual Hyderbadi meal - Chinese is what makes me happy. Its healthy and gives totally different flavor to my taste buds. It makes my mouth water and can cheer me up anytime.

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By Satpreet Kaur

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Your Skin

Skin is the most sensitive organ in our body. It is also the part of the body that is most exposed. With increase in urban pollution, increasing heat and the depletion in the quality of good food; skin faces a lot of danger from all these sources. Hence, skincare becomes an essential part of our lifestyles. It is extremely necessary to ensure that the needs of the skin are adhered to and the skin is protected from all kinds of pollution and harm. Komal Sirwani, brings skincare specialist Zehra Jabeen to share her exclusive knowledge on skincare and treatments to skin problems.

Skin being the largest organ of the body, it reflects what goes on inside the body and is also the most neglected. Beauty is skin deep but it also reflects through a healthy looking skin. And unleashing the secret for a healthy skin is the all new Par Exsalonce Skincare & Boutique. The women across the ‘city of Nizams’ can now enjoy a refreshing grooming experience at the all new Par Exsalonce Skincare & Boutique. With the increasing threat of skin cancer amongst modern women, Par Exsalonce Skincare & Boutique provides Lactic Kojic for heavily pigmented and sun damaged skin, glycolic retinol for aging skin , salicylic for acne skin, vit c peel for a quick tightening, lightening and brightening effect, ormedic passion fruit peel for pregnant and lactating women. However, analysis of the skin type plays a catalyst in the determination in type of beauty services one should opt for. Now, women who dream about a flawless, radiant and glowing skin can avail the best in class services at Par Exsalonce Skincare & Boutique and discover a new you! Par EXSALONCE , Road No 36, Jubilee Hills, KVR holdings , 2nd Floor, Opp Croma. Ph : 9848082109 How essential is skin care? Skin care is as essential as taking care of our bodies for the sake of good health, since good skin care regimen gives a healthy, glowy and radiant looking skin that everyone wishes for.

by the adrenal glands of both males and females. Acne is not dangerous, but can leave skin scars. It can be treated by using

What are the most common skin problems and various treatments available? Our skin, if not maintained effectively, can face a lot of problems. The Most common skin problems are hyper pigmentation, acne and dehydrated skin.

salicylic/glycolic/retinol peels apart from good homecare regimen as instructed by esthetician/dermatologist.

Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life - the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced 42 JULY, 2013

Oily skin is caused by over-active sebaceous glands that produce a substance called sebum, a naturally healthy skin lubricant. When the skin produces excessive sebum, it becomes heavy and thick in texture. Oily skin is typified by shininess, blemishes and pimples. The oily-skin type is not necessarily bad, since such skin is less prone to wrinkling, or other signs of aging, because the oil helps to keep needed moisture locked into the epidermis (outermost layer of skin).The

negative aspect of the oily-skin type is that oily complexions are especially susceptible to clogged pores, blackheads, and buildup of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Oily skin

Are there any natural processes that can be used to ensure healthy skin? However, certain natural processes to keep skin healthy can be exfoliating and keeping the skin hydrated by drinking lots of water to flush out toxins is the most important and cheapest way to keep the skin healthy looking.



What products are advised to be used on skin for its care and treatment? When we go to see, there are a lot of products in the market to combat skin problems but the idea is to choose products

can be sallow and rough in texture and tends to have large, clearly visible pores everywhere, except around the eyes and neck. Oily skin can be controlled by eating healthy and also with peels which control sebum production Dry, rough skin is usually caused by a lack of exfoliation and inadequate moisturization. A buildup of dead skin cells on the surface causes a rough, dry ‘sandpapery’ feel. As we age, the enzyme that causes these cells to shed becomes less active, slowing down the natural rate of exfoliation. Rough skin should be exfoliated well and kept hydrated. Oily skin can sometimes lead to pimples and acne may lead to patches. Pimpled or patchy skin requires exfoliation, deep cleansing using good sanitary methods and equipment to avoid further bacterial infection apart from medicated acne medication prescribed by licensed professionals without overdoing anything.

which are PH balanced for the skin type without ripping the skin of its natural oils. What is the impact of diet and lifestyle on skin? It is also very important to maintain a diet and lifestyle as they play a major role in how the skin looks and feels, skin being the largest organ of the body-anything and everything that goes in the body shows on the skin. Tips to maintain healthy skin. • A Healthy diet that consists of a lot of juices and liquids. • A healthy lifestyle that includes regular sleep patterns, protecting skin from sun which is extremely important. • A good homecare regimen which includes proper cleansing of skin, exfoliating the skin and hydrating. • All this helps in maintaining and keeping the skin healthy.

Skin wrinkles typically appear as a result of aging processes such as glycation, habitual sleeping positions, loss of body mass, or temporarily, as the result of prolonged immersion in water. Age wrinkling in the skin is promoted by habitual facial expressions, aging, sun damage, smoking, poor hydration, and various other factors The treatment of glycolic/retinol peels are suggested for wrinkles apart from deep exfoliating procedures from time to time as exfoliation of skin is the best anti aging treatment.. JULY, 2013 43



W edding Favours!!

Wedding gifts are more stressful things to decide on, but also as traditions, no one sends their guests empty handed. So, to make your wedding memorable for your guests, giving them a gift in return assures that every time they see it or use it, it will remind them of your wedding. So, we got you some of the most unique stores in Hyderabad which offer unique gift ideas. Fantasies: Is a gift shop located in Ameerpet, Established in 1992. Fantasies Gifts specializes in wedding return gifts. With an in house team of engravers, they provide products that meet your requirements. They also Endeavour to understand how important quality and speed are when ordering your gift. To ensure quality, all of hold stock in the warehouse is in order to save time. Their Gifts can also be personalized so your gift will be truly unique. They have everything from glass decorative pieces to jewellery boxes. Address: # 27, HMDA – Maitrivanam, Ameerpet, Hyderabad Tel: 040-23731213, 23751810, 9396500008 Scented candleRs. 300/available in different scents like Vanilla, Rose, jasmine, Coffee and many more.

Glass Decorative Cranes – Rs. 690/- These beautiful glass cranes add special attraction to your collection.

Glass elephant Rs.330/- beautifully made decorative glass elephant

Glass Decorative roses – Rs. 550/This show piece is made of glass and beautifully crafted.

Jewellery box- Rs. 80/This small easy to hold jewellery box is perfect for travelling.


48 arts and Crafts: All their products are Handmade which makes each one of them unique and special. They use traditional ethnic methods in designing the products. They use ethnic and organic raw material in designing their products. They have expert team of artisans who won awards for their excellent design skills. All the products are non-toxic and eco-friendly. Address: 2-2-647/77/F/101 A, Srinivasa Nagar Colony, Bagh Amberpet, Hyderabad – 500013. Tel: 9550384848 Wooden Candle StandRs.450/- Natural colored non toxic organic wooden candle stand. UNESCO certified and National award winner. Painted with natural vegetable dyes bright color scheme

Kumkum Box- Rs.80/- Natural colored wooden pot. UNESCO certified and National award winner. Handmade product by the rural artisans. Smooth, glossy finish and Light in weight.

Bobbili veena – Rs. 1500/miniature musical instrument, handmade, unique look and beautifully crafted. Bobbili peacock- Rs.900/Made of wood, its handmade and eco friendly.

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Wooden jewellery box- Rs. 300/compact jewellery box is made of pure quality sheesham wood.

Multipurpose Leather box - Rs. 400/This box is made from a genuine quality leather and decorated with handmade flowers.

Fruit Tray – Rs. 300/- Beautifully decorated tray can be used for storing fruits.



Pitara: located in Darusalam- Nampally, Pitara offers a wide range of handmade Gift boxes, in beautiful designs and colors. Address: 5-5-57/14, Darusalam, Nampally, Hyderabad – 500001. Tel: 7799200902, 998567558

Multipurpose Box- Rs. 300/- beautifully made with hand, this multipurpose box can be used for storing fruits, dry fruits or chocolates. Organic box – Rs. 200/This box is made from organic grass sticks and is widely used in weddings. Wooden jewellery box Rs. 550/- This beautiful jewellery box is great for storing jewellery. Sailoo Chocos: supply a quality range of promo chocolate mugs, custom ethnic picks, premium chocolates, snap chocolate wraps in many different styles. All are produced to the highest eco standards. Sailoo chocos are 100% vegetarian chocolates with a wide range of choice with Eco friendly wraps and packing material. Address: #104 Nedunuri Mansion, SBI colony, Bagh Amberpet, Hyderabad. Tel: 8008508285, 9849059821 Special chocolate box – Rs. 700/per kg- This special chocolate box has white, dark and plain chocolate in any shapes you want.

Mantra Heart shaped chocolates - Rs. 600/- per kg- I love you, I miss you everything can be expressed with these chocolates.

Assorted chocolates – Rs. 700/- per kg- These assorted chocolates include nuts, butterscotch and rice crisps.

Assorted chocolates in various shapesRs. 700/- per kg- these assorted chocolates are made in special shapes and sizes.

Shape Magic chocolates- Rs. 600/- per kg- made in any shape you want. Teddy bears, smileys, sports, alphabets, Disney characters and many more, absolutely any shape you want. JULY, 2013 45



Aparna, Swathi & Rajitha

Kiran Kumar Reddy

Special Moments

Sai Yadav & Lakshmi

It was a life time moment for Sai Yadav Son of Talasani Srinivas Yadav (Ex Minister TDP) and Lakshmi daughter of Raj Kumar and Uma at Nampally exhibition grounds , as they took their sacred vows of togetherness. The couple looked beautiful as they were dressed to complement each other. The guest list included their close family and friends who walked in to congratulate the newlywed. Families from both sides ensured guests had a wonderful time at the ceremony.

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Shilpika & Shilpa

Shabbir Ali

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Summer Travel Scoop!!





Priyanka Gupta with Family

This summer my family decided to go to South Africa to beat the summers in the city. Honestly it was beautiful to go from a concrete jungle to a REAL green jungle. South Africa is truly a paradise for nature lovers. First we landed at Johannesburg and caught another flight to Cape Town. We were there for 4 days it’s a beautiful city with a mix of European and Indonesian architecture, beautiful roads and fantasy houses facing the ocean. For a breathtaking view of the entire city facing the Atlantic Ocean we were on top of the Table Mountain. It was mesmerizing to see the ocean kissing the sky. Then we moved on to Cape of Good Hope where the Indian and Atlantic Ocean meet, it was the southern most tip of the continent. After that something really special was waiting for us, the little African Penguins a.k.a JACKASS. Seeing those little creatures in their natural habitat at penguin’s beach in Simons town was superb fun. Our next stop was Seals at Seal Island. So many seals jumping in the water, few resting on a huge rock and few trying to dive in the water was mesmerizing. The next day was adventure packed we had a thrilling ride in Combat Helicopter which is only available in Cape Town in the entire world. It was scary as there were no doors to that helicopter and thrilling because the pilot 48 JULY, 2013

was trying to do every possible stunt with that huge machine, from nose diving to an illusion of bashing into a tree and mountain. It was indeed one heck of an experience. At last we reached a place where all the ladies always prefer going first, SHOPPING. Water Front, a port, a humungous shopping mall and a huge spread of food court. It was a beautiful evening where we could enjoy the live music of African artists, delicious dinner and few shopping bags in hand. After 4 days of beautiful memories we left for a small town called KYSNA. We were totally unaware of what was in store for us on the way to that town. We had a halt on MOSELBAY, it’s a

place known for SKYDIVING. I totally wanted to jump from 10,000 feet high in the air. We were attached to our instructors for our safety and to record our act. I have no words to describe the experience. It was thrilling but beautiful at the same time, I definitely felt like a free bird flying in the endless sky for 30 minutes. It was worth every penny spent on this activity. After the hectic travelling we reached our destination. We got to see the artistic carvings done by the nature itself, the CANGO CAVES, naturally made of limestone. After this scenic beauty we moved on for an adventurous ride THE OSTRICH RIDE, where we also had chance to ride an Ostrich which is legally allowed only in South Africa. I must say this was the most scariest and daring act that I have done so far. There were absolutely no precautions given and plus we were already told before that the RIDE WAS AT YOUR OWN RISK, Phew! I think I managed it well though. The most important thing to pick up in SA is a painted Ostrich Egg as a memory of the country. Then we left this town and moved on to SUNCITY a beautiful world in this country. Sun city is a famous holiday spot with three huge hotels and of them is the famous PALACE HOTEL, various entertainment sources like water sports, wildlife safari , quad biking , elephant and crocodiles farms, hot air balloon ride , movie center , various food courts and the main important entertainment source Casinos, all inside a single boundary. Sun city also has

China & Hongkong Babita Aswani with family

My wonderful summer journey kicked off with the beautiful “shanghai”. It’s just as amazing as it sounds, the weather there is so pleasant that you would love to show off your long kept jackets. We started off with a ferry ride which was the much better version of our tank bund ferry ride. The upper deck was open for the visitors to enjoy the breath taking view. The lighting, the Karan Johar movie type huge buildings were just mind blowing and the weather was like the cherry on cake. Our next stop was “Yiwu”. Yiwu is a small town not much developed city, but the best part about Yiwu was, that there were number of Indian restaurants, everything from the dosa to kebabs were available. We then proceeded to the much awaited beach zone. The next city was “Sanya”. It was just as astounding as it sounds. Everything about it was luxurious, the private beach, relaxing indoor rock swimming pool and not to forget the heavenly view. Just one noon the weather happened to act funny, and while we were busy playing on the beach, it started to rain, one of those thunderous one. Ok let me describe “ a private beach, beautiful

especially clothes as all the textile companies there are Indian and Chinese. The beautiful articrafts and ostrich egg are worth picking up from the country.



shown the colorful culture of the African continent. They took us back into their history and made us meet their various tribal people. We then moved to our last destination i.e. MABULA. On the way to MABULA we had fun sliding from one hill to another crossing a huge waterfall, it was ZIP LINE DRIVE. This activity was the most fun loving as we got to

slide on the metal wire with out harness on. We were over beautiful tea color water wall and between a dark green jungle. And only our voices echoing in the jungle as WOHOO! At last we reached MABULA which is safari park owned by our very own Vijay Malaya. We stayed there in simple yet beautiful cottages. We had two safaris one in the evening and the other in the early morning. There are basically 5 big animals to be seen in African junglesHippo, Rhino, Leopard, Elephant and last but not the least the King of the jungle Lion. Then we travelled towards Johannesburg and had a city tour which was an eye opener. There is absolutely nothing to shop in SA

SA is a beautiful green country and I would love to go back to this country to experience the activities I could not do it due time constraint. I will go back for bungee jumping and sea diving. Sea diving was not available as MAY month is the winter time and the ocean water has high currents and plus infected with white sharks near the shore itself. One should visit this beautiful country. International Circus”, is a promise to entertain you every single second you are there.

view, rains, thunders, water just looks amazing ,and you see couples having the best time of their life” . Yeah, hence an “Awww” moment. The food is little problematic but the 2 minute wonder i.e. Maggie will always be at your rescue. Every animal you will love (duck) and hate (frog) will be served. The eat street there has everything from Haagen -Dazs, Starbucks to the wide fast food chains. A simpler description - Sanya is the international version of Goa.

Well. That’s how my china journey ended. But i wasn’t done just yet, we hopped off to “Hongkong”, just like shanghai it’s a true beauty especially at night. Somewhere in Kowloon area, a laser show is conducted for all the visitors, good show to enjoy the view and click a million pictures. Next came the beautiful “Disney land”, land of dreams and a place which hold entertainment for everyone, no matter who you are or what your age is, All you’ll need there is a sport shoe and a camera, everything there is worth enjoying and capturing. There are hundreds of shows to watch, rides to enjoy, Disney characters to meet and souvenirs to shop Disney land was followed by visit to the peak of Hongkong. Add on was the museum “Madame Tussauds”. It had wax statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Obama, Jenifer Lopez, Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, Md. Ali and many more. After which I had to bid good bye to the beautiful HongKong and my holiday.

And then china came to an end with our last stop at “Guangzhou”. It’s one mad city. “shop till you drop.” is the best phrase to say. China is one place where you can eat everything you thought you would rather like seeing, frog, duck, sea shells, octpus just every freaking thing. Something that will excite you the most is seeing Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes just everything sold on roads, crazy isn’t? More like a women’s dream come true. To know what grace is belly dance is a must watch. (Trust me they can make anybody drooooool ! ). Also, The TV tower there is magnificent. Beautiful! I got a chance to witness this mind blasting, breathtaking international circus, it was for the first ever time in my life that I saw bears, monkeys and elephants dancing. “Chimelong

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The desire to be and have a sister is profound one that may have everything or nothing to do with the family a woman is born in. It is a desire to know and be known by someone who shares blood, history, dreams, common grounds, unknown adventures of future, dark secrets and the glassiest beads of truth. Pooja and Mala Gurbani are two such sisters who are instinctively linked by blood, love and dreams. They maybe two different individuals but their likeness come shinning through!

The Unbreakable Bond of Two Sisters and same love for fashion.

They have grown up with each other, side by side, and as far as they can remember, they have always told each other everything and anything, sometimes even finishing each other’s sentences. Whenever one would struggle or find themselves in a dilemma, the other would be right there to help pick them up. Wherever one of them went, it was assumed the other would be close behind. Although two different people with their own unique personalities, they are still associated with the same people, have common friends 50 JULY, 2013

Upbringing With a difference of three years between them, elder sister Pooja pampers her sister to the hilt but says mala was dominating and would nag her all the time. “I think dad loved me more and mom was more partial towards Pooja” says Mala. But Pooja disagrees, adds “I asked dad when you were away and he confessed he loves me more” (laughs) there you see the hint of something universal, a typical but hilarious topic between two siblings forever. “Pooja is very organized, she wants her space neat and clutter free and I am more of opposite, more easy going” adds Mala. “we never fought very much, except for very petty issues, we were together most of the time, she knew all my friends, I knew hers, we hung out together a lot, plus she never made me feel I was her elder sister, infact she was more dominating and my parents supported her saying she was more mature” says Pooja.

As Individuals Pooja is a 22 year old graduate married and with immense support from her husband she carries on her father’s business as a plant manager of their chocolate factory, mala on other hand has done her masters, assists her father in his business as her sister but also pursues her dream and passion for journalism, as a senior news representer for CVR news.

Our Bond is special They share an amazing chemistry. With a common friends’ circle they hang out, go for movies and party together. It’s more like the two are friends, buddies who know each other inside out. One Knows what the other is thinking, is going to say and wants to say. One look at the comfort level between the sisters and nobody can feel the age difference. “ she was always very protective, even though my mom and dad would be okay with somethings she would dismiss it in a go, saying you are not doing that, you are not going there, like a typical elder sister” Mala. “That I did because I believed I did not want her to repeat same mistakes as me, or go through a hard way of learning something which I did” Pooja. ”we

“I can’t imagine my life without her” says Pooja. Mala adds “me neither, she is like the most closest person I have, I can survive without my friends but not without her”” There extended family has 5 more sisters, they are all closely bond and make it a point to meet each other, keep themselves updated about each other and not to forget a trip once in a year exclusively for this fun filled band of sisters ‘only’. “Apart from all the fun we have together I know at any point of day if I am frustrated or sad, I can just call her and burst out, and she will always be there no matter what, I can talk about anything and everything” Special memory. “I had gone to London for my masters and Pooja had come to visit me, well for an extended stay of two months. I had to wake her up every morning, cook for her, and take her shopping, city tours. I almost felt like her mother. And then my birthday came up and it was the first time when I spent my whole day with her, it was amazing, shopping,


movie, partying and what not, it was the best birthday and not to forget the best memory ever.” Says mala.


became more opposite, I was more strong headed but then today I have grown more as an emotional person.” Say mala in agreement with Pooja. Pooja is married but nothing has changed in their bond, in fact her husband dots on mala and is part of their usual hangouts and gettogethers so much that Mala’s parents have to ask them to get their daughter back to them.

“I had the same London thing in mind, because it indeed is the most special memory. But there was this one day during my visit in London, it was late night and I was craving for wine, it was freezing with around 3 degrees outside, all transport were shutdown and it was late for any store to be open, But in spite of everything, she put on her coat, wore her boots and went walking with her friends to a supermarket which was at least 20 minutes away, and came back with wine. That was just incredible, even I wouldn’t have done it for anyone, not in that freezing weather” Pooja laughs but recollects a beautiful memory.

Rapid Fire What do you call her? Mala: I call her pooji. Pooja: I call her melody. Her favorite cusine? Mala: She likes Indian, Butter chicken. Pooja: Chat. Common passion you both share? Travelling. One thing other don’t know about her? Mala: She wakes up with a headache every morning! Literally! Pooja: She thinks she can hide her emotions, but she can’t! What cheers her up when she is low? Mala: Hyderbadi Hindi, it cheers her up instantly. Pooja: Shopping. Where do you see herself in next 5 years? Mala: She will be very strict but adorable mother. Pooja: She is going to be balanced woman managing her married life and career beautifully. Family to her is? Mala & Pooja: Everything.

share all our stuff, no matter if it is a brand new dress, shoe or accessories, I just tell her to take it if she like it, we are very giving towards each other” Mala, “actually I would say Mala is more giving than anyone, more than me too, I couldn’t ever be like that” Pooja Changes With Time “Pooja has become more confident, dominating she can handle a crowd of twenty at any easy go, and me on other hand have

Best Gift she has given you? Mala: She has given me an amazing brother (my brother in law). Pooja: Well it would be her convincing my parents to get me married to my now husband. Best past time? Mala: Cleaning, after she is done with her stuff she comes and cleans my wardrobe too! Pooja: She loves cooking. 10. Next holiday you want to take? London!

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Why should boys have all the fun!

Mini Cooper BMW has launched its small car brand-Mini. In the year 1994, BMW took over the parent company of Mini and finally from 2000 Mini is fully owned by BMW. It’s very stylish car for women who are fond of cars. Mini Hatchbacks have been developed under complete surveillance of highly qualified engineers. The design of these hatchbacks is cool and trendy. The bulged appearance from all angles renders a cute look to it. The two hatchbacks which are officially launched i.e. Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S will deliver peak power of 122 horse power at 6000 rpm and 184 hp at 5500 rpm respectively. The former will churn out 160 Nm of torque at 4250 rpm while the latter a sports version will give out 240 Nm of torque at 1600-5000 rpm. Mini hatchbacks are stable and agile and have the capability to turn flawlessly at any corner of the road. The pickup and acceleration of the car is close to perfection and makes sure that passengers have a smooth and non bumpy ride. The price of the car starts from approx. Rs 24 lacs.

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle is an icon which was originally designed by Ferdinand Porsche. The car is bug shaped with a boxer engine that is located at the rear end and has a rear wheel drive. The car from the inside makes it a perfect drive, especially for the women with its oversized sunglasses holder, a vase behind the steering wheel, a large dead pedal which supports the feet in case of heels.The interior of the new hatchback uses high grade materials along with comfortable seats. The ambiance of the cabin is enhanced with MP3 compatible gamma radio CD player. On the outside, there are sleek headlights which add to the cuteness of the face of Volkswagen Beetle Like all German machines; the front face of the car seems to have a smile which gives the car a very nice look. The brake lights fit seamlessly in the design of Beetle. In terms of safety there is the Electronic Stabilization Programme which features Anti-lock braking system along with reflectors and airbags for the safety of the passengers. As for the standard equipment list, there are electric front windows with anti-pinch and comfort, the driver seat gets height adjustment apparatus etc. Volkswagen India has launched only one variant of Volkswagen Beetle which is equipped with the high capacity 2.0L, 1984cc petrol engine and with six speed automatic transmission gearbox. Its automatic transmission gearbox makes driving more comfortable in urban traffic. The price for Beetle is approx. Rs22 lacs. 52 JULY, 2013


TECH-TALK People Of City In Love With Their Gadget


I have always liked getting clicked but on my latest trip to Singapore while roaming around the markets I got my eyes on the Nikon mini SLR. I picked it up and fell in love with it the moment I clicked the first picture. It was my companion during my one month long stay and I explored the entire city with my camera. I love traveling and with my latest addiction of photography I just don’t like getting clicked but also click a lot and bring back picturesque memories in form of pictures. Nikita-Nikon Mini Slr, Fasion Designer

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I am absolutely in love with all the apple products. I have the Macbook, iphone 5 and so I had to get Ipad3. The reason I love my ipad is it helps me organize all my work. My work requires me to be on my toes every minute and everything has to be organized. I love some of the special apps like ‘Yo Window’ through which I get to know how the weather conditions are going to be on my event dates and I can plan everything accordingly. Even the Laser app helps me save a lot of time and manpower. Several such other apps help me organize my works and events. Also I love FaceTime as I can always stay in touch with my family and close friends no matter where I am. Gavin Joseph – ipad3, Entrepreneur

The first thing I love about my Iphone is I find it very pretty. I love everything about my Iphone, I don’t need a computer or a tablet or any other gadget when I have my Iphone. Just like any other phone it helps me stay connected with all my friends and unlike any other forms of video conferencing FaceNow never gets stuck. I always need my phone because I love Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp and FaceNow. It’s not just my phone it’s my addiction. Lastly as they say if you don’t have an Iphone you don’t have an iphone. Shibani Ghanate – iphone 5, Accounts Executive



The Samsung Galaxy S4 is more than a phone to me it’s my companion. Among all the other phones I have used the S4 has been the best one. Some of its features I adore are; the air view feature through which I can select any app just by air touch, the air gesture feature which helps in turning the pages, I also love the smart scroll feature – while reading messages the page automatically scrolls down through eye contact. Another amazing feature of the phone is while clicking a picture I can record 8 second back ground sound. Lastly I also like the smart stay feature i.e. while watching a video if I turn away the video stops automatically. I feel the S4 is a must have for all gadget lovers. Sunil Vishnoi – Samsung Galaxy S4, Student

Photography has always been my passion and capturing small and beautiful wonders of nature, heartfelt smiles and picturesque locations gives me immense bliss. The cannon 500d helps me explore my passion further. Some of its features I love the most its unique 15.1 mega pixel sensor; I also love the automatic cleansing sensor which automatically shakes away all the dust from the lens. Another amazing feature of the camera is its 108p full HD movie for better video quality. Rishab Sethiya - Cannon 500d, Entrepreneur Harpreet Kaur –MacBook Pro, Sr. Marketing Execcutive CCL Apple is one of the most valuable brands in the world and I believe the MacBook Pro is its best product offering the most advance software with great user friendliness. MacBook is loaded with many features like multi track pad, Icloud, FaceTime and the best part is, it has long lasting battery. My MacBook helps me sync in all my data with my other apple products making my data management very easy. I carry it to work everyday because without it its very difficult to organize and manage work and I feel incomplete and lost without it.

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e is Young, talented and an avid believer in hard work and karma. Harshvardhan Rane, has been rated among the most desirable men in Hyderabad and Tollywood industry. He kicked of his career in a popular Hindi television soap co-starring Rajeev Khandelwal then entered Tollywood with ‘Thakita Thakita’ and since then there has been no turning back. He is new but basking in glory of success and recognition at an exciting height. Between his recent success of ‘Avunu’, and lined up future projects he chats with Satpreet Kaur and gives an inside scoop on movies, fashion, life and what’s next!!


1) How has this industry changed you as an individual? This industry has given success only to people who deserve it completely, in every possible way. So I feel it’s the fairest place to be. The industry is very generous, it has made me believe in karma. Today I believe that only a hardworking, skilled and willed person will survive and succeed. So every day I strive to be better than what I was yesterday. 2) Tell us about your recent release. My recent release was AVUNU directed by Ravi Babu which was declared amongst top 10 small budget super hit films by Times of India 2012. I am very grateful to Suresh Production and Ravi Babu sir for choosing me and giving me a super hit film in such an early stage of my career. 3) What’s next? Currently I am shooting for a beautiful Rom-com called PREMA ISHQ KAADHAL, it has 3 stories and I am playing a Rock star/musician in my part of story. 4) You seem to have a keen interest in fashion, what is fashion to you? Fashion to me is my state of mind. 5) What is your style statement? Style statement is all about the honest attitude you carry your clothes with. 6) One director and actress you wish to work with? Director - Shekhar Kamula, Actress - Tabu. 7) One landmark Moment that has changed your life? When Sanjay Leela Bhansali told me that I have potential and I should choose my films very carefully no matter how long the gaps are. He told me I should continue following my gut feeling. 8) Every star is today opting for television in some way or other, would you opt for television show if a nice offer comes up? Television (smiles) I feel very humbled when I get calls for doing a TV show, I get very excited and tempted with each plum offer I get from the biggest of production houses and channels in Mumbai. There is great effort to be put in for TV no doubt, and in return it gives you fame, money, security. But when it comes to me I am scared of easy life, I feel it will take away the fight in me, and my Fight is all that I have. 9) On personal front, are u seeing anyone? Hhahhaa, seeing someone is for the fortunate. I am not that lucky, as it is for more sorted people who can invest emotionally. I feel people in relationships are brave and more courageous than me. 10) How do u manage to juggle between your career, family and friends? After my father passed away I don’t have much of a family left, I am very close to my sister Rohini and I am constantly in touch with her. And when it comes to friends I have very few, extremely dear friends whom I can’t afford to take for granted. So right now only thing that has my focus is my career. 11) On closing note tell us what is the next big thing happening in your life? Well thank you for asking, but the next big thing is too big to be revealed, I don’t want to kill the excitement of my fans and my close ones. You will see when it happens. 56 JULY, 2013


I don’t have the time or patience to be in a relationship: Ameesha

She says there is “nothing better than coming to Gujarat and receiving all the love from Gujaratis.” Ameesha Patel, who was in Ahmedabad to promote her upcoming film Shortcut Romeo, said, “Gujaratis are present almost all over the globe, so I get lots of love wherever I go. Post Gadar: Ek Prem Katha, even the Punjabis have adopted me as one of their own, so I get a lot of love and support from them as well. I think I have to be the most loved Bollywood star.” And this love affair seems to have continued for 13 years since her debut in Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. Even after a string of flops, delayed and shelved films, Ameesha continues to make comebacks. She says, “I have only worked with the biggest stars of Bollywood, from Sanjay Dutt to Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, but somehow the films got into some or the other problem. It’s been unfortunate, but I have never lost hope. In Shortcut Romeo I am playing a negative character. The last time I played a negative role in Humraaz it went on to become a big hit. I like playing such grey characters, as they give you a lot of scope for acting. Ameesha seems to have little time for personal commitments, She says, “I am single right now. I have so much work on hand that I don’t have time for myself, where will I get time to dedicate to someone else? If you are in a relationship then you should do justice to it. I neither have the time nor patience to dedicate to anyone, but myself.”

Sonam translating Hindi questions for Dhanush

Sonam Kapoor and Dhanush went through a promotional marathon in Delhi for ‘Raanjhanaa’. They packed three site visits, a press conference and about a score of interviews into a single, rushed day. Sonam looked unruffled throughout in a feminine sari, but Dhanush was clearly discomfited by all the talking, and his replies were sweet but brief. Sonam, however, despite being a tad under the weather, was able to keep up the chatter. They were accompanied on this trip by the producer, Krishika Lulla. Sonam repeated her often-used line, “Delhi’s like my home,” in reply to the oft-asked question, “So how do you like being back in Delhi?” “This is my third movie to be shot here, and out of my five years in the industry, I must have spent four in Delhi,” she laughed. Dhanush was asked how Sonam did at teaching him Hindi, and he replied, “Actually, Sonam did not teach me Hindi - nobody was successful in doing that.” Amid the many repetitions of that theme - Dhanush’s trouble with Hindi - a press person from a Tamil channel piped up to introduce himself in Tamil, and a cheer went up from the rest when that happened. All this while, Sonam had been translating Hindi questions for Dhanush, but this one, it was Dhanush who had to translate the Tamil question for everyone else.



I am a fighter first then an actor: Akshay Kumar

Actor Akshay Kumar is set to take his passion for martial arts a step further by making a fullfledged movie based on it. “We are making a film on martial arts. This is something which is very close to my heart. It is still in scripting stage. We are trying to make the film as authentic as possible,” Akshay told a source. Before joining the film industry, Akshay studied martial arts in Bangkok. He then came back to Mumbai, where he started teaching martial arts. “My love for sports will never die. I love martial arts and I want to promote it in whichever way I can. I am a fighter first then an actor,” he said. However, Akshay is unlikely to act in the film that his company Hari Om Entertainment will produce. “I don’t know if there will be any suitable role for me in that,” he said.

Hrithik to devote month for ‘Krrish 3’ promotions Hrithik Roshan is likely to pull out all stops to promote his much-awaited film “ Krrish 3”, the third part of the successful Bollywood superhero franchise, with the busy actor said to have kept aside an entire month to promote his home production across the world. The movie is scheduled for release on Diwali (Nov 3) this year. “Starting from the first week of October, Hrithik will take a month’s break to market the film, right until its release in the first week of November. “The idea is to reach out to as many fans as possible during that time, because Rakeshji (directorRakesh Roshan) hasn’t started any kind of promotional activity yet. Even Hrithik has been off the media’s radar for a while now, since his last release ‘Agneepath’ was over a year ago,” said an insider. As part of the global promotion of the film, Hrithik is likely to travel to places like Dubai, Canada, Britain and the US. “Since he needs to promote the film in India as well as internationally, he will require time for the same,” the source added. JULY, 2013 57




Victoria Beckham: Named woman of the decade

The Spice Girls may be officially out of commission, but “Girl Power” is very much alive and well. According to Glamour UK, the woman who has made the biggest impact for her gender is none other than Victoria Beckham, the artist formerly known as Posh Spice. Among the honorees at Tuesday night’s Glamour Awards, Victoria received the highest honor: the coveted “Woman of the Decade” trophy. Glamour thinks Beckham “has defined the last decade” of fashion, thanks to her contributions to Dolce & Gabbana, Rock & Republic and, of course, her own eponymous collections. The designer earned praise from the magazine for being equal parts “family-oriented” and “business savvy” while maintaining an active social media presence. Oh, and she even found time to reunite with her pop group. Victoria attended the awards ceremony on the arm of her 14-year-old son, Brooklyn, whom she singled out as “the most handsome man in the room tonight.” She then added, “That’s really pissed off David Gandy.” The “Woman of the Decade” wore a Maison Martin Margiela jumpsuit for her big night, a decidedly less risky choice than some of her colleagues’ outfits. “I love to celebrate women. Girl power,” Victoria said in her speech. “It’s great when women support women. We need more women out there supporting women. Perhaps “Poshitis” could be a good condition, after all.

Daniel Craig was best for Bond: Henry Cavill Actor Henry Cavill, the new on screen ‘Superman’, had auditioned to play secret agent 007, but says Daniel Craig was a far better choice. The “Man of Steel” actor was upset at missing out on the part after getting down to the final audition, but admits 45-yearold Craig, who has portrayed the iconic character in “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace” and “Skyfall”, has been “fantastic” in the role. “When I wasn’t selected for Bond, I was very disappointed,” contact music quoted Cavill as saying. “I’d turned down a leading role in ‘300’ because it was down to Daniel Craig and me, and auditioning for Bond took all my focus. The choice was between a younger Bond and one closer to his 40s, which is to say, Daniel Craig. “But I’ve seen what Daniel did and I think the Bond producers made the right choice. He’s fantastic,” he added.

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Kim Kardashian gives birth to baby girl one month early It looks to be a baby girl for Kim Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend Kanye West. Kim Kardashian gave birth to a daughter at CedarsSinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California, about a month premature. According to E! network, papa West was by her side for the delivery. The network also reported that the baby weighed in at less than five pounds. “I cannot even begin 2 describe the miracle that is now a part of our family. Mommy and baby are healthy & resting. We appreciate all of the love.” Kim Kardashian’s sister Khloe tweeted. She quickly followed with a second tweet: “More info will come when the time is right! Thank you all for understanding! We love you all dearly! Overwhelmed with love right now.” Kardashian mom Kris Jenner linked to both tweets on her Twitter account. She was scheduled to be a presenter at Sunday night’s Daytime Emmy Awards. The reality TV star’s pregnancy was almost as anticipated as the royal pregnancy of Kate Middleton, who is due in mid-July. That’s about the time the Kardashian baby had been due. The 32-year-old has often been photographed since announcing she was pregnant, opting to continue to wear designer clothing. She told The Associated Press in April that she eventually embraced being an expecting mom after getting past “the awkward phases and stages.”Us Weekly cites saying the reality star delivered “five weeks early. Kim got sick last night and had the baby early.” E! confirms that the baby was born naturally. The source added, “They’re all doing great and amazing!” It is the first child for the reality TV star and her boyfriend, West. Kardashian told USA TODAY in March that she understood the interest in her. “I get that my life is very public and I live my life on a reality show. It gets a little tedious sometimes when I’m asked a bunch of questions that are so silly,” she said. Give this to Kardashian: she doesn’t hold much back when she’s on air. On the season premiere of her reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she revealed that she’s having a girl. “I’m so excited we’re having a girl. Who doesn’t want a girl? They are the best, and I know that’s really what Kanye has always wanted. He wanted a little girl,” she said.




Rafael Nadal wins 8th French Open in dominating fashion Rafael Nadal became the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament when he beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final Sunday, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal broke the men’s record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with his lone defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. For fans enthralled by Nadal’s semifinal victory over top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Sunday’s final may have seemed anticlimactic. But not for the champion, who hit a fall away forehand winner on championship point, then tumbled to the clay he loves and covered his face to hide his emotions. Nadal’s path to the Roland Garros title was more arduous than usual. He fell behind in each of his first three matches and needed a fifth-set comeback to beat Djokovic. And the latest title was especially sweet for the Spaniard because of his comeback after a seven-month layoff because of knee trouble. Since returning in February, he’s 43-2 with seven titles in nine tournaments, and he has won his past 22 matches. With his 12th Grand Slam title, Nadal moved into a tie for third place with Roy Emerson behind Roger Federer’s 17 and Pete Sampras’ 14. Nadal is 146-3 when he wins the first set in Grand Slam tournaments. Nadal broke the record for most men’s victories at Roland Garros he had shared with Federer and Guillermo Vilas.

Justin Rose out-duels Phil Mickelson to capture US Open Justin Rose became the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970 with a tension-packed par-70 final round Sunday that delivered a two-shot victory at historic Merion. Rose, who is England’s first major champion since Nick Faldo at the 1996 Masters, used a hybrid to tap the ball from the back edge of the 18th green to an inch from the cup and tapped in for par to finish 72 holes on one-over 281. Phil Mickelson, the three-time Masters champion who sought his first US Open title after five runner-up efforts, then came to 18 needing a birdie on his 43rd birthday to force an 18-hole Monday playoff with Rose.

Jorge Lorenzo seals third Catalunya MotoGP win Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo cut compatriot Dani Pedrosa’s lead in the championship standings to just seven points

with his third career win at the Catalunya MotoGP on Sunday. The 26-year-old Spaniard, who was winning for the third time this season following his victories in the Qatar and Italian Grand Prix’, moved from third on the grid to first on his Yamaha before the first corner and was never overtaken. Pedrosa meanwhile extended his run of podium finishes to five races as he held off a late charge from his Honda teammate Marc Marquez to finish second with the 20-year-old rookie back in third. JULY, 2013 59



MOVIES Movie Reviews

The Man of Steel It begins at Krypton where rouge General Zod (Shannon) is staging a coup to save his race and destroy everything that rebels against his diktat. Jor El (Crowe) disagrees with Zod and when the latter threatens his life, he sends his newly born son Kal El in a capsule to another distant planet Earth which lands up in Smallville, Kansas a small town which becomes ‘home’ to Superman. Zod and his cronies who have been condemned to imprisonment in an ice harvested time machine plan to take over Earth and make it their ‘Krypton’. Along the way our MOS also meets his love interest Lois Lane (Adams) and we get to watch him do what he does best - save lives and be one the suavest superheroes in the comic book legacy. Henry Cavill as Superman is an intelligent choice. If we choose to ignore his good looks for a while (which is very hard to do) and focus on his acting, then the real reason for his casting comes to surface. It’s all in his eyes. Be it scenes in the mother ship or Cavill walking across a field in Kansas, everything looks like it meant to be. Kent and Lane’s romance seems rushed and there is a sort of disconnect between the two that is hard to analyze. Fukrey Mrigdeep Singh Lamba, returning as director after Teen Thay Bhai, gives us a Dilliwaala film this time, and sets out looking for humor in the college campus. He tries creating comedy in confusion, he ends up serving confusion in comedy. Fukrey caters the standard package of bromance. It looked wild in the promos. Not the same can be said of the film itself. This is the story of four friends who want admission in the coolest college in town after class XII. The assortment is typically Bollywood as far as societal representation goes. Hunny (Pulkit Samrat), Lalli (Manjot Singh), Zafar (Ali Fazal) and Choocha (Varun Sharma) make for a varied mix of class and religions. The four friends, fukreys all, need cash all the time. So they indulge in betting and lottery. Their bets are based on decoding what one of them dreams. Twist in the tale comes when they lose sizeable moolah while gambling The problem is this film can’t seem to decide what flavor of humor it exactly wants to peddle.

Something Something Tamil director Sundar C is famous for using old formula and entertaining audience through commercial formula. This time he has teamed up with Siddharth for the same. Siddharth’s family has been doing love marriages. But due to certain experiences in his life Kumar stays away from love and marriage. But love at first sight happens to him when he sees Sanjana (Hansika). However, he doesn’t know how to win her heart. So, he takes the help of Love Guru Premji (Brahmanandam). With his advice, Kumar becomes successful in impressing Sanjana but the same Premji becomes a big trouble. What happens after that forms the rest of the story. Siddharth attempted comedy in his recent flicks but this time comedy surrounds his character. Since it is a tailor made character for him, he did without any hassles. Hansika is cute as ever. Though the story had good potential to have hilarious comedy sequences, no risks were taken and that is the minus point. Since the Tamil version has Santhanam, the chances of success are high in Kollywood.

Upcoming Movies in July

Yevadu Ram Charan, Shruti Haasan 12th July, 2013

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Courier Boy Kalyan Nitin, Richa Gangopadhyay 14th July, 2013

The Wolverine Cast: Hugh Jackman 26th July, 2013

Lootera Ranveer Singh, Sonakshi Sinha 5th July, 2013





Daddy’s Gone A Hunting

By Mary Higgins Clark In her latest novel Mary Higgins Clark, exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly, when the familyowned furniture firm in Long Island City, founded by their grandfather and famous for its fine reproductions of antiques, explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including the museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years. The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery, and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate—tall, gorgeous, blond, a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country, and sister of a rising fashion designer—doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? What if someone isn’t who he claims to be? Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital badly injured and in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there, or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years, nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself . Step by step, in a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer.

The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back

By Yuvraj Singh A personal account of Yuvraj Singh’s journey through cancer with the 2011 World Cup victory in the background. ‘That day I cried like a baby not because I feared what cancer would do but because I didn’t want the disease. I wanted my life to be normal, which it could not be.’ For the first time Yuvraj Singh tells the real story behind the 2011 World Cup when on-the-field triumph hid his increasingly puzzling health problems and worrying illnesses. In his debut book The Test of My Life, he reveals how plagued with insomnia, coughing fits that left him vomiting blood, and an inability to eat, he made a deal with

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail By Cheryl Strayed A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her. 62 JULY, 2013

God. On the night before the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup final, Yuvraj prayed for the World Cup in return for anything God wanted. In this book, he lays bare his fears, doubts, and the lows he experienced during chemotherapy when he lost his energy, his appetite, his hair and his battle to find the will to survive. Poignant, personal, and moving. The Test of My Life is about cancer and cricket; but more importantly, it is about the human will to fight adversity and triumph despite all odds.



Aditya, Monika, Shalini & Puru


Pretty in Green

Resort Party

Monsoons are perfect times to have fun, go on long drives and of course party. And when all three come together it is bag full of excitement. Puru-Shalini Modani and Aditya-Monica Deenadayal hosted a dance Foam Party over a weekend at Aalankrita Resort. It was attended by close group of family and friends who seemed to have an amazing time over dance, masti and food.

Foam Fun

Jasmeet & Pavan

Navdeep & Sonali

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Rajiv & Sonal Simran


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Art and Comedy


Rina & Tejas




Usha & Komal

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Park recently had an event full of fun and political presentation. There was a standup comedy by famous Nitin Gupta, who did an act on current political scenario and also there was a display of cartoon (caricatures) by Subhani at Aqua. The guests had fun as there were artists who were doing live caricatures of the people. It was a unique way to see politics and politicians outside the parliamentary image.


Nitin Gupta

Kali Sudhir


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Shruti Malpani

Jyotsna Angara

Padma Rajagopal & Rekha Reddy


Samia Alam Khan

Fresh Commencement

Sanjay Reddy

Ladies Organization hosted an event to mark the new chapter of club where new team took charge headed by Ms. Jyotsna Angara as Chairperson and Governing Board Member. The event was graced by Mr. Sanjay Reddy Vice Chairman of GVK as Chief Guest and also delivered a talk “Business and Beyond. The other office bearers include Monika Agarwal, Rekha Lahoti, K. Aparna Reddy, Sumalatha Chitti, Kamini Saraf and others. New Team of Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) headed by Ashita Nawalgariah, including others as Shakuntala Devi,Samia Alam Khan, Shruti Malpani, and Ritu Shah assumed charge.

Swathi & Lavanya


Virginia & Stanley

Hasnain Saberi & Gavin

Sybil & Sean with son Skylar

Baby christening

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Gavin celebrated the christening of his nephew Skylar at Gayatri Gardens in Secunderabad, Diamond point. Skylar’s parents Sybil and Sean Joseph were also present. The event was a grand success. It started at 4 am in the morning and went till the evening. It was a close gathering of all the family and friends. In the evening 100 Sky Lanterns were released in to the sky.

Simmi & Gurneet

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Sanjay Soni & Ruchita

Anniversary Celebrations

The wedding anniversary of Sanjay and Ruchita Soni was a private one with close friends and family in attendance. The guests were dressed in casuals and made their way to the city pub to celebrate, it went on till wee hours


Sohrab Mirza

Geeta & Manoj

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Jeetu & Neha

Richin & Nitesh


Nageshwar Rao & T Subbarami Reddy



Dr. Padmavathy

Nikhil & Architha

United Forever

It was a gala affair as two souls came together to join for a life time. Well known Designer Architha and her fiancĂŠ Nikhil gathered on occasion of their engagement which took place at Park Hayatt. Her parents, Sandhya & Veerendar and the grooms parents Nageshwar Rao & Padmavathy were perfect hosts and attended the guests throughout the evening. There was a special Sand Art presentation which totally mesmerized the guest and made the evening more special.



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Shreedevi with children


Amita Piyush Motwani

Passionate Charity

Passionate Foundation – A Walk for Charity event was held at “The Park” hotel. The show witnessed the ramp strike by renowned films stars like Tapsee, Charmi, Shreya, Manoj, Sandeep, Priyamani, and Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, who walked with children. It surrendered as a success with the huge crowd cheering for them.

Khushbu (R) with friend

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Nita & Dinesh Patel



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Jyothi & Akki

Vijay & Asra

Hani & Sara

Partying all the way Aina

Monsoon didn’t seem to stop the party goers to enjoy their weekends. People of city were making most of their partying last month, sipping cocktails, dancing to grooving music, relaxing and unwinding their stress and charging up with friends.









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Kushi & Rohit


Charity Blues!

Everyone seems to catch up charity as a trend these days, while many are genuinely into it for serving society. Many of them are just seeing at as an opportunity to grab some limelight & make the event hit. There, there, slow down!!!! people are smart enough to differentiate between charity event and publicity stunts!

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Hard Rock Cafe

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Tel : 65559912/8121569912

Tel : 44767900

Tel : 23302244 / 48

M.K Computers Technologies


Shamshabad - Tel : 66250000 Hitech City - Tel : 66824422

Taj Banjara

Rd. No. 1 Banjara Hills, Tel : 66769999

Taj Deccan

Rd. No. 1 Banjara Hills, Tel : 66523939

Taj Krishna

Rd. No. 1 Banjara Hills, Tel : 66662323 / 66292323

The Park

Somajiguda, Tel : 23456789 / 4433 0116


Hitech City - Madhapur, Tel : 67676767 / 67676828


Jubilee Hills, Rd. No. 92 Tel : 30487777

Tel : 30418488, 30116142


Jubilee Hills, Rd. No. 36 Tel : 65512222

Rd. No. 12, Banjara Hills,


Raj Bhavan, Begumpet




Tel : 23350130

Musaddilal Jewellers & Exporters Panjagutta, Tel : 23418004, 23418005

Suhani Pittie

Above Elahe, Rd No.10, Banjara Hills, Tel : 67114636

Somajiguda, Tel : 67779000, MOBILES 23319999 Malakpet, Tel : 24555555, 24551372, Aanand Mobiles Repairs & Services. 24551373 S. P. Road, Tel : 66616588, 24551372, Multi-brand mobiles : iPhone, Black Berry, Samsung, Sony, HTC 9849304805. and Nokia. Parklane Circle, Emerald House, HOTELS Ground Floor, Shop No: 7, Sec-bad. Tel : 9949999940, 040-66313100 Hyatt Hyderabad Road No.2, IT Park, Gachibowli RA MOBILES Tel : 48481234. Repairs & Services for all smartphones, accessories available for ITC - Kakatiya all mobiles. G-7, Ground Floor, Begumpet, Devaki Chambers, Opp Hdfc bank, Tel : 23400132 / 40018183 Paradise circle, Secunderabad Tel: 8125606060, 040-66666551 Marriot


Rd. No.1, Banjara Hills,

Road No-12, Banjara Hills, Tel : 67111988

Tel : 23456789

Basheer Bagh, Tel : 23211083,

Yashoda Hospital

Tank Bund, Tel : 66522999 / 27522999

Begumpet Tel : 27766464


TBZ Rd. No. 10, Banjara Hills, Tel : 23319064, 23319191, 23319062. Punjagutta, Tel : 23400231, 23400231

Rd. No. 1, Banjara Hills,

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Near NTR Gardens, Necklace Road Tel : 23448989 / 39895050 (www.

Rd. No. 1 Banjara Hills Tel : 6625 9907/6625 9908

News Cafe

Hitech City - Madhapur, Tel : 40101234/35/36

The Club

Novotel Hicc Hitech city Tel: 66824422

RESORTS Alankrita

Thumkunta Village, Shameerpet Tel : 27709106 / 27709104


Near Osman Sagar Lake, Gandipet, Tel : 66047533

Gvk Mall, Rd No.1 Banjara Hills, Tel : 44767770 (

PVR Cinemas

Hyderabad Central Mall, Punjagutta X Rd. Tel : 66621115 / 66621116 (www.

PET CARE Nails n Tails

Rd. No. 4, Banjara Hills, Tel : 66047626

PUBLIC RELATIONS Edge Public Relations Begumpet, Hyderabad Tel : 9618000068

PUBS 10 Downing Street

Lifestyle Bldg, Begumpet Tel : 67110387

Trousseau Cottage (Ladies Store) Rd No. 9 Banjara Hills, Tel : 9703500886


Ameerpet / Kukatpally / Dilsukhnagar. Tel : 66666669


Somajiguda - Tel : 40040666 Secunderabad - Tel : 66384666 Dilsukhnagar - Tel : 66755575


Rd. No. 10, Banjara Hills, Tel : 66689666


Bhanoor, Near Patancheru Tel:23492350

Begumpet, Tel : 40112222. Banjara Hills, Tel : 40135555 Hitech City, Tel : 66635151 GVK One Mall, Tel : 44767860


Meena Bazar Extension


Rd. No. 1, Banjara Hills, Tel : 66465678, 23350744


Inside Jalavihar, Necklace Road

Begumpet, Tel : 66621212


Banjara Hills : 66756666 King Koti, Tel : 66665588


Tel : 67110978

Begumpet, Tel : 66629917 / 16


Womens World

Rd. No. 1, Banjara Hills, Tel : 66255550


Rd. No. 12, Banjara Hills,


Road No.10, Banjara Hills,

Tel : 23545578, 9666688168


Basheer Bagh, Tel : 23298811/22

Isda Thai

Above Volkswagen Show Room, Rd. No.92, Jubilee Hills, Tel: 23607380

Khan Saab

Rd. No. 1, Banjara Hills, Tel : 67767111 / 112

Little Italy

Rd. No. 92, Jubilee Hills, Tel : 23558001 / 02


Panjagutta, Tel : 64559666


Journalist colony Road No.12 Jubilee Hills, 40040633


Chirag Ali Lane, Abids, Tel : 23203314

Paris de salon

Main Road, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills, Tel : 67120183

Shivani Beauty Parlour Opp. KFC, Himayat Nagar, Tel : 40037323 / 9948926111


GVK One Mall Banjara Hills

Rd. No.12, Banjara Hills, Tel : 64625500

Tel : 9959010088

Nautanki Galli

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Fifth Element Thai spa

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Know Your Fortune


- Tarot reading by Nupur Heda

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

The cards in this position are shouting “Love!” This isn’t necessarily about a traditional love affair. It could be a strong heart connection between you and a possible partner whom you care about. It could even be an attraction to an ideal or a vision that is as real to you as any interpersonal relationship. It can also represent reconciliation between your own masculine and feminine aspects. This may be a sweet, adorable moment, but you can’t deduct from this immediate feeling what the ultimate outcome of the relationship will be. Nevertheless, these cards do encourage the idealism that creates fidelity and trust, empathy and compassion -- the very human virtues we need most in our lives and relationships. Your emotional, psychic and spiritual life are quickening like spring. Enjoy this wonderful feeling and bless the world with it, but don’t make any serious commitments at this time. Just enjoy your birthday with a colorful romantic experience. Angel tip: You can and will recover from setbacks. To do so, you must overcome pessimism. As you recover from misfortune, you will see the way clear before you. Give yourself time to explore your feelings, and you will awaken tomorrow with confidence in the future.


(July 23 - August 22) Even as an influential person has entered your life, true closeness may be difficult to achieve, much less sustain. When the cards come up in this position, you might be contemplating a closer bond with a very popular or powerful person. Let go of such expectations. Just relax and be yourself. There are ways in which you could be of assistance to one another. However, the current conditions may fail to offer an opportunity for the deep contact you may desire. At this moment, your personal experience is subordinated to necessary business. This does not mean that you are not appreciated. If you are patient, more opportunity for contact may follow. Angel tip: Although this is a difficult and painful position, the angel says to follow your heart. Resist trying to judge the situation in precise, rigid terms. This time of confusion may turn out to be a fertile period for you. Do not squander your energy on premature action.


(August 23 - September 22) The cards send a message to let go of old habits. Release rigid thinking and get rid of old baggage today. Cut loose from something that makes you unhappy. In all cases, you break out of a prison of your own making. You are there only because you mistakenly think all avenues of escape are closed. Changes are easy and happen in a heartbeat when you address the right issues or things that are wrong. You can’t really love someone if you don’t love yourself first. Devote some time to get to know you. Love is within you; you just have to learn to transmit it. Venture to see yourself from an external perspective. From this time on you’ll have many experiences, enjoy them intensely. Learn from them, they will help you deal with the people that you know in a balanced and prudent way. Angel tip: In a growing love relationship, it is almost certain that periodically one person will do something that makes the other question everything about the relationship. Knowing those odds, angel advices you must stop expecting to be seen as perfect. 78 JULY, 2013

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(September 23 - October 22) No, this is not the Wheel of Misfortune, but it reminds you that even good happens in a difficult situation. Loss is not a bad thing. It can be an opportunity to find out, for example, why you chose the person you did. In addition, it brings home messages about whether we do too much mistaking of dysfunctional relationships for love. You’re still on time to make your partner understand that you want a different, more positive relationship. You’re strong enough to prevent your partner from having a negative influence on you. Leave your feelings aside and reason; you have the support of the people who really love you. Your luck has taken a positive turn. Surprises are on your way in your near future. Angel tip: It may be wonderful to find yourself at the center of the universe, in the right place at the right time. Still, this requires effort and attention. How you respond to maintaining this balance will determine how constant the fulfillment and success gained in your new relationship will be.


(October 23 - November 21) The Lovers card has selected you because you need to recognize that a relationship is successful because energies are dedicated to it. Two Lovers are on the card face. Two people sense that the union is as good for the heart as it is for the soul. If you are dating, you may have to choose between two people. Take your time, because you could experience a change of heart. The cards in this position encourage you to keep your focus through the inevitable changes that will emerge from the choice or decision you may be asked to make about a possible relationship. Have the courage of your convictions. As a leader, you are in a position to do things your own way. So take responsibility for all the consequences of your choice. Angel tip: Be sensible. You have to know yourself well enough to determine which of the offers you are getting has the greatest likelihood of working out in reality. Sharpen your powers of discrimination and use your intuition. Then, when you’re ready, angel ask you follow your heart.

(November 22 - December 21) This is an excellent period for extraordinary and impetuous changes. Your world is falling apart and you want to save it by clinging to certain things. The only thing that you’re going to get is being dragged down to the abyss with them. Let things happen; in this way everything will be faster and less painful. Be patient, the good things in you will remain. Relax, new opportunities will arise soon. If you envision the right person for you, the right person will enter your life. If you are with someone and feel deep friendship, you have discovered one of the true foundations of love. You are in the process of fulfilling your hopes and wishes. Angel tip: Be especially careful not to emphasize the negatives, losses, reversals, and so on, when discussing your potential relationship. Think of this as an opportunity to improve the quality of communication between you and your partner.


(December 22 - January 19) You made choices you regret and you think you are proven wrong? Did you misjudge the situation? You have too much experience and too much honesty not to have understood the situation at the time. If it eases your mind, do double check and ensure facts aren’t hiding under the rug. If so, apologies help today. If not, trust that you will soon feel better because you did the right thing. Dreams and reality mingle, confusing you, making you have one of the best times ever. Enjoy as much as you can this situation but remember that someday you’ll wake up and those experiences that you’ve lived will be learning experiences that will strengthen you. Angel tip: Adaptability requires some study, some preparation -- not to mention the actual experience of getting in there and wrestling with the challenge until you become skilled. As you improve your relationship skills you will feel better and add value to your relationship.


(January 20 - February 18) This is a favorable period for friendship. Let new people enter in your life. Discover new and interesting friends in your workplace or college. You’ll feel protected by people who love you and respect you. Suggest new and exciting activities to share with your friends; you’ll live unforgettable moments. You won’t have many opportunities in your life as favorable as this one to creatively focus on your relationship. If you know how to take advantage of it, this will be a period in which feelings will grow and a passionate instinct will arise. This is also a favorable time to start stable, meaningful relationships. Undoubtedly, this cycle is favorable for getting married. Don’t try to have meaningless, promiscuous affairs. Angel tip:Trust in your own mystery and intuition, new opportunities are on its way for you and your love interest. For now, trust your instincts. Angel says if you have no expectations, you have nothing to lose.


(February 19 - March 20) This is an excellent period for you. A balance between sex appeal and a spiritual correspondence will enrich and strengthen your relationship with your partner, making it stable and lasting. Communication, commitment and cooperation are important. Don’t forget that you are now like a team. Everything will be possible if you both make an effort. Recycle energy in the direction of healing, loving, and doing so in creative ways. The past is ancient history that cannot be changed. Let go of emotional baggage and enjoy the peace you feel when you free yourself of inner conflicts. The action invites a soul mate union. If in




a relationship, peace and reconciliation are easily attainable. Today, you see a glimpse of the possibility of closeness. Angel tip: It indicates a challenge for you and your romantic partner to be redeemed and revived. Agree to wake up your relationship to a higher level of discernment, even though outwardly it may be in the same old form, identity or situation.


(March 21 - April 19) You have opened up the doors to a more fulfilling and spiritual love. Leave behind the material things and head towards the true love. Give and don’t expect to receive anything in exchange. Your optimistic and enthusiastic mood will help you coming close to your partner. You are going through a period in which interesting things and favorable changes are happening. You should take advantage of them. Justice has shown to you the charms of life and it is giving you an opportunity to enjoy them. Reflect upon this and act sensibly. This is a period in which you’ll have serious conversations with your partner. This will contribute to the growth of the relationship. Angel tip: The situation seems to ask for some new direction or sense of purpose. On the positive side, anything is possible. All the ingredients necessary for you to find companionship are in place. Make the first move or to simply keep the door open and be patient.


(April 20 - May 20) You’re experiencing an inner transformation that has suddenly opened your eyes and made you see your dreams from a different perspective. Things are not as important as you thought they were; therefore, you’ll build a new set of values that will give priority to the loved ones. You’ll find the happiness that you wish for very soon. The time has come for you to get rid of those people that have caused you trouble but you hadn’t realized until now. Don’t try to bond with people who don’t deserve you. When you become aware of the reality that surrounds you, you’ll make new friends and experience new adventures and circumstances. Angel tip: Do not think for a moment that this possible relationship is not worth the effort. You and your partner may both emerge with much higher self-esteem and fewer regrets if you make the effort to see things through. Angel says sometimes the remedy is found in going through the process rather than in arriving at any specific outcome.


(May 21 - June 20) You’ve changed! If you want a responsible partner, you won’t spend unproductive time with poster children for immaturity. If you desire an equal relationship, you aren’t attracted to a person who expects you to do all the work. Peace is possible in your long-term partnership now when you quit fighting each other and fight for the relationship. Don’t let things brew. Talk about issues. The cause of the problem is also the cure. Listen and take other people’s advice, broaden your mind. this is the right time to be fair and let other people communicate with you. When you listen, you discover amazing facets of the people who speak. Stay alert and be prudent when expressing your opinions. Be ready to learn from others. Tune in to people. Angel tip: You may have this opportunity to make the best of what is left to you after a tumultuous upset. If you sink into depression about what is lost, you may get nowhere. Focus on the value that still remains, and make the best of it as optimistically as possible.

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