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The Perfect Steaks & Sizzlers

Valentine’s Special

Celebrate with your friends & loved ones

Most Awaited Numaish

FEATURE Best lounges in town

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CONTENTS On the Cover

(From left) Farida Lakhani, Sally Sekhar & Dr.Prathima Grover


Satish Yalamarti Ph: 09010093888


Vijaya & Veena Ph: 08019837123


Closet Marvel by Sally Sekhar


The Park Hotel, Somajiguda


Over a Cappuccino with Akhila Pemmasani

28.COVER STORY Celebrating Love!

42.FASHION Date Outfit Ideas


Alcohol, appetizers and the after hours Laughter is the best medicine

58.CUISINE Steaks & Sizzlers

61.FITNESS It’s all about fitness

64.INTERIORS Spice up your garden


Travel hacks to make your travel easy

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EDITOR’S DESK February’18 Greetings Readers! Valentine’s Day is fast-approaching and you might have already started planning your date outfits! Getting ready for a date can be fun but sometimes deciding what you want to wear can be a challenge. In our Fashion segment, we’ve asked Celebrity Stylist, Sanjana Reddy Nimma, to give us some tips to put together a nice outfit for lunch and dinner dates! Who doesn’t love steaks and sizzlers? They fill you up, make for good Instagram pictures and also taste delicious! For cuisine, we’ve covered some of the best places in town for steaks and sizzlers! On the cover, we have the gorgeous Dr.Prathima Grover, Sally Sekhar and Farida Lakhani who have shared with us their thoughts on Valentine’s Day! It’s a day you spend with your loved ones, who said it has to be someone you’re romantically involved with? It can be your parents, siblings, your best friend or your girl gang! We’ve also included some restaurants, gift ideas and movies that you might want to check out!





With a new lounge opening up in the city every few days, we’ve covered some of the best lounges that you must visit at least once!



The same old cardio can get really boring! Why not try something fun and new? In our fitness segment, we’ve included the most fun workout that you can try and finally enjoy working out!



Hyderabad’s most favourite exhibition, Numaish is here! You find everything here from beautiful Kashmiri shawls, clothes and bangles to finger-licking good food and of course, the fun rides! Visiting the exhibition at least once while it’s going on is a must for every true Hyderabadi! Have you been there yet? Let us know about your experience! We’ve got some amazing articles just for you; we hope you have a great time! Regards,

Esam Ahmed Bilgrami Editor & Publisher

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Tulip magazine is the ultimate guide to latest happenings in the city and keeps everyone updated with new places, which helps me decide whether it is a place to hang out with friends or authentic place to dine with family. I came across this magazine at one of the restaurants while I was waiting for my friend and since then I started reading every edition. I must say to those who want to know about the city and its latest happenings, Tulip would be the best source of information for them. Raghav, Working at Deloitte

I am a foodie and I like to try out new cafes and restaurants for which Tulip magazine is the perfect guide. It keeps me posted about the new places coming up with different cuisines and gives me details about the ambience, what kind of food to try out. I love the articles in the cuisine section. I am glad that Tulip captures these places which help not only the Hyderabadi’s but also people who are new in town. Sudeepthi, Student

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Tulip is the most crisp lifestyle magazine in Hyderabad. It list’s out all the hep and happening places in terms of cultural and culinary hangouts. From a reader’s perspective, I would want to see a gist of the place to understand the significance and a list of to-do’s which the magazine flawlessly brings out. If you’re new to Hyderabad and want to stay abreast of the happenings in town, Tulip is what you should be reading! Afrein Nasir, M&A Associate

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Concerts, marathons, stand up comedy and lots more. Your guide to this month’s events!


Event: Aashiqui by Kumar Sanu Venue: N Convention Center Lawns, Hyderabad Timings: 7:00 pm onwards Contact: 078933 77333 Visit to book tickets

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Event: Diego Miranda Live Venue: Rendezvous, Hyderabad Timings: 8:00 pm onwards Contact: 088975 61111 Visit to book tickets

Event: SLP Start UP 5k Run for girl education Venue: IIIT Hyderabad, Gachibowli Timings: 6:30 am to 10:00 am Contact: 040-6653 1000 Visit to book tickets

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Event: Wind and Strings – Hindustani Concert Venue: Telangana State Gallery of Fine Art, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad Timings: 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm Contact: 040 2311 3308 Visit to book tickets

Event: Dramebazz Children Theater Workshop Venue: Phoenix Arena, HITECH City Timings: 10:00 am to 13:00 pm Contact: 078936 56789 Visit to book tickets

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Event: Stage Adda presents – Karthik Kumar’s Blood Chutney Venue: Bhaskara Auditorium, Hyderabad Contact: 040 2324 1067 Visit to book tickets

Event: Mirchi live with Arjun Kanungo Venue: Forum Sujana Mall, Hyderabad Contact: 040 3053 4053 Visit to book tickets


Event: Single’s Party Venue: Tipsy Stories, Hyderabad Timings: 8:00 pm onwards Contact: 099666 11197 Visit to book tickets


Event: Comedy Special by Daniel Fernandez Venue: Bhaskara Auditorium, Hyderabad Contact: 040 2324 1067 Visit to book tickets


Event: LUMINA Lantern Festival Venue: Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad Visit to book tickets

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After making the whole of Delhi fall in love with their delicious food, Karims has now come to Hyderabad. If you want to have a taste of authentic Mughlai food, then Karims is where you should be headed! With a pleasant environment and courteous staff, you‘re sure to have a wonderful time. Their signature dish, Mutton Burra whose tender meat falls off the bones beautifully is simply amazing. Murgh Malai Tikka, super creamy and yummy, and Dil Pasand Seekh Kebab are a musthave! Also, don’t forget to try the Jahangiri Murgh along with their special naan, you will love it! It’s a place you can go to for a scrumptious lunch or a delightful dinner with your family! Address: 4th Floor, Podium Mall, Janaki Nagar Colony, Toli Chowki. Ph: 091000 88179

Sante Spa Cuisine

Healthy eating? It has been everywhere over time but if we say no compromise on taste, at the same time appealing to the eyes and your diet shall be on fleek! Stunned, right? Sante Spa Cuisine is one such place that makes everybody visit them over and over again because you can have the most sweetest overloaded mud pie topped with chocolate sauce and still not feel guilty about your diet, your sugars and also your paunch! It is just going to make you Healthy! The Ambience is peaceful and zen, all green and white vibes with sound of a little waterfall hitting your ears as music. The truth is they don’t use sugar to sweeten up your desserts nor they use the full fledged chocolate topping! It’s a secret you need to explore with every bite of their menu. Fun fact? They have a non vegetarian menu and a vegetarian menu but the crockery used for both isn’t the same! So if you are a pure green vegetarian then you can happily visit them without thinking twice because they take care of every single detail so efficiently. They bake their own breads; they do everything from scratch in their little patisserie so that you can witness what goes in your tummy, Live! You got to try the Hummus and khakra, yes you heard that right, all vegan! It is an absolute delight to sink your teeth into the dish because the beetroot hummus and spinach hummus do complete justice to your taste buds. Homemade Nachos loaded with stir fried chicken, veggies and sauces, made out of ragi and multigrain doughs nothing can make you feel wrong about binging on to these baked nachos. We ended our meal with the pan roasted chicken breast, mashed potatoes and some side salad to go with, just perfect. They are serving you some wholesome good meals like quinoa, healthy pizzas, smoothie bowls, salads, soups and so much more! A apple beetroot carrot refreshing drink along with a detoxifying pineapple, spear mint, spinach and black pepper, beverages to watch out for. Next we can’t wait to try the activated charcoal and coconut milkshake! Sante is open all day long to cater your heart breakfast needs, lunch like a king or dinner like a queen at any hour of the day! Your favourite celebrities are just around the corner eating everything that you just ordered for! No guilt and just pure pleasure. Address: 1249A, Road No. 92, MLA Colony, Banjara Hills. Ph: 09000010703 18 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Huda Beauty

now on Nykaa! Huda Kattan, the Dubai-based beauty blogger and make-up expert, one of the most iconic beauty influencers globally, has tied up exclusively with the leading beauty retailer, Nykaa, and introduced her namesake brand, Huda Beauty! Nykaa is India’s largest multi-brand beauty platform with a portfolio of 850+ brands across makeup, skincare, haircare and wellness. Their Luxe segment includes brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, and Forrest Essentials among others. “If there’s one person who deserves the title Huda Kattan it’s Huda Kattan! With her social media stardom and her own beauty line that sells by the second, she’s truly a superstar and we are proud to bring her makeup exclusively to India on Her strong character and authenticity have lent themselves to creating her signature products like false eyelashes, liquid lipsticks and highlighters,” said founder and CEO,, Falguni Nayar. Shop:

Stylish lingerie is now just a few steps away!

Lingerie, nightwear, swim and active - your go-to destination for all things stylish, comfortable and affordable, Prettysecrets has opened its 19th franchise store in Hyderabad and is planning to take the number up to 100 stores by end of year. The store is spread across 50 sq ft. and houses latest lingerie collections and offers free fit session and styling by the brands style experts. It competes with other online firms like Zivame and Clovia. Keep boring at bay and add striking colors and prints to your lingerie. Address: CBI Colony, Jubilee Hills. Ph: 080086 72233

House of Masaba is here! Masaba Gupta, known for her bold and modern prints and for mixing ethnic and western styles has brought her brand, House of Masaba, to Hyderabad. House of Masaba currently has two stores in India, one in Juhu and one at Palladium in Lower Parel, both in Mumbai. The store which is the largest one so far features the entire House of Masaba collection and is also equipped with a café. Address: Plot no. 479, B, Rd Number 10 B, Jubilee Hills. Ph: 099496 66267 20 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Shop for a cause! H&M has just opened a new store in the city! But, there’s something better it has come up with. H&M has teamed up with UNICEF and several other organizations all over the world to send aid and clothes for children and adults. You too can be a part of this wonderful initiative by donating your old clothes! Once you donate, you can avail a 15% discount on your bill. You just need to take a medium sized H&M bag, fill it with old or used clothes and donate it. The clothes in wearable condition are donated directly while those that have become ragged are recycled. They’ve decided to help the people who are in distress due to natural disasters. Didn’t people say shopping is always a good idea? Well, now you have another reason to do just that! Address: Inorbit Mall, Mindspace, Madhapur. Ph: 040 4853 5881

Krishnakriti Festival of Art and Culture The three day Krishnakriti Festival of Art and Culture was conducted recently in the city with a grand finale. As a part of it, a programme titled ‘Weavers of Dreams-The Passion of Muzaffar Ali of Kotawara’ was organised at Qutub Shahi Tombs. The night did not deter the enthusiasts and lovers of soulful music and colourful renditions that came along with mesmerising cinematic excellence. Weavers of dreams-The Passion of Muzzaffar Ali of Kotawara, a multi-media spectacle that blended textile history, film, dance and storytelling into a rare art form kept the large audience spellbound. The artists presented their perfect performances that enthralled all those present on the occasion while celebrities appreciated the organisers for presenting such a delightful show. The three day Krishnakriti Festival was truly a inspiring and gave many people the opportunity to showcase their work.

Hyderabad Insta Meet 2.0 Hyderabad’s most passionate and enthusiastic Instagrammers came together for the second time to share how they discovered their individuality through Instagram. Last year, the first Hyderabad Insta Meet had the Instagrammers from different walks of life. HydInstaMeet2.0 gave an opportunity to learn from these Instagram celebrities, they got to witness some of the brilliant speeches and one excellent food blogging workshop. People learned how they can turn their daily life into an Instagram profile that others would like to follow.


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GoPro Hero5 Black

With three new offerings to Sony’s EXTRA BASS series, the SRS-XB40 is the most powerful of them. The SRS-XB40 can get extremely loud which makes it good for outdoor parties. Though a bit on the larger side for a portable speaker and also fairly heavy at roughly 1.5kg, it looks and feels quite rugged and the soft rubber lining all around gives it a premium feel. All the buttons are placed on the top, and from here you can control media playback, adjust the volume, answer a phone call, or trigger your phone’s voice assistant. The EXTRA BASS button engages the device’s dual passive radiators for more bass, and the same button can also be used for enabling or disabling the lights. The XB40 has an aux-in port, USB port, DC-in port (9.5V) for charging, and a reset button. The USB port can be used to charge your personal electronic devices. Battery life is rated at 24 hours and charging the battery to its full capacity takes about 4 hours. Shop: ; Price: Rs.16, 990/-

Buttery-smooth 4K video comes as standard with the Hero5 Black, while 2.0-inch touchscreen interface and voice activation make it the most user-friendly GoPro to date. With still images at 12MP, a much simplified, waterproof (up to 33ft (10m)) design, bigger battery and USB Type-C Port, Hero5 is ideal to take along on your adventure trips! Shop: Price: Rs. 25,645/-


BUYS! From some of the best Bluetooth speakers to instant printers for your photos, here’s a list of our current favourite gadgets!

Samsung Gear VR with Controller Virtual Reality Headset SM-R324

Bose SoundLink Revolve+

The Bose SoundLink Revolve + offers 360 degrees sound via a water-resistant chassis that is portable and designed immaculately. The speaker is not cheap by any standards and is amongst the most expensive Bluetooth speakers offered by Bose. It delivers powerful, crisp and detailed sound with punchy and rich bass that far exceeds what one might expect from a Bluetooth speaker of this size. The design of the Bose SoundLink Revolve Plus is unique and stands out from the crowd. The rubberised top panel houses the controls for volume up, volume down, source, Bluetooth connection, the mic as well as the multi-function button through which you can invoke Google Assistant. On the bottom right corner resides the micro USB port for charging and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Revolve + has a 16-hour battery life and takes approximately 3 hours to get charged. Shop: Price: Rs 24,999/-

It comes with an easy-to-use touchpad and is made extremely lightweight so you can play and watch comfortably. A wireless motion controller finally adds one-handed, easier controls in Apps. A revamped Gear VR software update adds higher resolution and a built-in web browser. The VR Apps also run smoother and cooler on existing phones and headsets. It is compatible with Galaxy Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 edge, Note5, S6 edge+, S6 and S6 edge. It uses AAA battery*2ea (1000mAh) which works up to 40 days when used on average 2 hours a day. Shop: ; Price: Rs. 20, 820/-

The Polaroid Zip Instant Photo printer

Just under an inch thick (2.5cm) and weighs 186 grams (6.6 ounces) this photo printer connects to your iOS or Android device via Bluetooth and, using a free app, turns photos from your phone or tablet into small, 2x3-inch borderless prints of high quality. Port is Micro-USB, for charging. The battery is built-in and lasts for about 25 prints. The top slides off revealing a compartment that holds 10 sheets of paper. Shop: ; Price: Rs. 15,899/-


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Tulip A compilation of all things we are obsessing over this month


Known for its artistic heritage, Amsterdam has an elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. With world-class museums, quirky festivals, theatre, live music, laid-back bars and delightful restaurants, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Amsterdam!


Amazon’s Alexa-controlled Echo speaker, now in its second generation and with several derivative versions available, continues to expand its music, smarthome, and digital-assistant abilities. It’s first a wireless speaker, but capable of much more. Using nothing but the sound of your voice, you can play music, search the Web, create to-do and shopping lists, shop online, get instant weather reports, and control popular smart-home products— all while your smartphone stays in your pocket. Shop:


The Grand Tour

Another series of Not Top Gear, AKA The Grand Tour. There will be travel: 14 countries over the season, starting with Switzerland, where they’re driving around corners fast and bickering. It’s beautifully, cinematically, expensively shot. In between the gags and the views, there’s even time for a bit of car journalism. Watch on Amazon Prime

TIMESUP The #TIMESUP movement grew out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which rocked Hollywood. Three hundred prominent Hollywood women — including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jill Soloway and Donna Langley — launched the #TimesUp initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment, sexual assault and to promote equality.

Fenty Beauty This cruelty-free brand is a hit all over our social feeds, which means it’s time to try it for yourself. Whether you’re looking for a super shimmery highlighter or the perfect dewy foundation, there are plenty of irresistible products to choose from. Shop: A little birdie told us that quite a stir had been created at a recent event in town when some women decided to comment on how another group of ladies were dressed. We think that some people should really take a good look at themselves before making judgements about others!


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Over a Cappuccino with Akhila Pemmasani

Akhila Pemmasani, a 28-year-old Telugu girl born in Delhi who has been a Professional Fashion Model in the past has a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics, Microbiology and Chemistry. She has dabbled in a lot of jobs during her career – Graphic Designer, Copy Writer, Risk Management Investigator, IELTS and TOEFL teacher and in 2017, started her own design firm, DesignFort OPC Pvt. Ltd. of which she’s the Director.

Your daily routine? I start my day with the warm greetings of my beloved dog, Kona, a healthy breakfast and then set off to work at Clapshot Visual Factory (production studio in Film Nagar) as their Business Development Manager. Post work, I enjoy a bit of everything I am interested in. On weekends I love spending time with friends and family. The occasional clubbing, mixed with some great creative and reflective days at home does me good! As a coffee addict, you can often find me sampling coffee and food at many joints around the city and socializing with good people. I recently restarted gym and that’s becoming my priority too! When I can, I squeeze in some ‘me’ time with The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim before I head to bed. Tell us something about your family. My Father is a PhD holder from IIT Delhi in Chemical Engineering and Mom is a Nutrition and Diet specialist. I come from a family that values education and culture above all else. Ever since my elder sister and I were little, my parents have provided us with excellent resources for education and encouraged us to not limit ourselves, but to actively

seek out new learning. My dog is my imprint. He’s a big part of my life and I consider Kona my family just as much as anyone else! A family that’s constantly pushing you to grow while being the close support group you always need; I think I’m perfectly blessed! We maintain close ties even with our extended family members and us cousins usually have a better time than a group of friends! How was your journey as a model? Now that you’re making a comeback, how do you feel? As a model with dusky complexion, to be honest it was an uphill task to bypass the ‘fair is beautiful’ mindset that’s deeply rooted in most Indians. Faith and belief in myself saw me through, however, as I’d invested a lot of time in self-improvement and building my self-confidence. After travelling abroad interrupted my modelling work, I love that I’m coming back not just older, but also wiser and better for it! Getting to know the local fashion scene all over again is a challenge, but I’m enjoying the game for sure. Have you always wanted to do something related to fashion? Yes, I always have, ever since I was 10. I would sneakily draw fashion


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drawings on the back page of my subject books at school and Fashion Design has been my paramount interest. Fashion is perennial. It is personal. It is something that defines each and every person, no matter how much they try to deny it, everyone is fashion!


How did you come up with Designfort OPC Pvt. Ltd. As a Graphic Designer and Copy Writer with experience in Digital Marketing, I realized the content that local markets rely on is quite archaic and dull. DesignFort was started with the idea to make international standards in content the new benchmark for Hyderabad’s marketing, design and content industry. Most skilled professionals these days lack the ability to innovate and reverse engineer and struggle to catch up with the latest advances in their technology field. For example, over 90% of people in Hyderabad still use an old version of Corel Draw as their standard operations software while there’s Adobe Creative Cloud Suite 2017 ruling the roost all over the world as the industry standard. You’re planning to launch your very own Fashion Label, tell us about it! Fascinated by couture designers such as my absolute favorites - Ralph and Russo, Marchesa, Zuhair Murad, Teuta Matoshi Duriqi, Saiid Kobeisy and Elie Saab, my designs aim to bring Runway Couture fashion to everyday lives and special occasions of ‘regular’ people - not just models, divas or movie stars...but to everyone and anyone, who has fine and elegant taste and a passion for the refinements of human culture! Fashion can be inclusive and personal. My Label is called Akhila Pemmasani and is set to launch in a couple of months starting with accessories (bags, jewellery, belts), shoes and will grow to include dresses and other women’s fashion items. How do you manage your personal and professional life? I barely sleep! Yeah, pretty much it. Just know your priorities in life and focus on what drives you! Use your challenges to propel you to success and NEVER GIVE UP! Tell us about your other hobbies and things that you love to do apart from your work. My hobbies span a variety of interests. I’m a trained Carnatic vocal singer, a black belt in Karate, actor, writer, (have script for a children’s fantasy novel already to send to publishers), adventure sports junkie (white-water rafting, quad biking, trekking, scuba diving), an avid gamer (was a part of HALO MLG when I was younger), technology expert, a voracious reader (my favourite authors are Tolkien, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Victor Hugo and Jane Austen), Artist, Fashion Designer and many things besides! Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? As a successful design and fashion magnate with the power to change lives of those denied rights to a better life. That includes the betterment of the lives of all animals and environmental sustainability in action.

Rapid Fire Describe yourself in 3 words. Unforgettable. Driven. Unstoppable. Who do you admire the most? I admire the spirit of Human Nature – the one that never fears to discover what others tremble to see. My inspiration is taken not from any person, but from the spark of Curiosity, Life and Goodness that drives all living beings. If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you? It would be an Action/Adventure/Fantasy film and I’d be honoured if ever Cate Blanchett played me! Are you a dog or cat person? DOG! Definitely. Dogs are a reflection of their owners. My pup has been the reason for my growth and the source of my sanity. What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list? Take the Trans Siberian railway trip, even though it’s over 7 days on a train, it spans a record eight time zones. Your most embarrassing moment. Faltering on the stage when I was in school. That day, I made up my mind to never have stage fright, and I never did again. Two places you’d rather be right now. Finland and Siberia. Raw nature wrapped in the warmth of the kindness of Life. What is the first thing you notice about someone when you first meet? Eyes. Everything else can lie, but not the eyes.

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Celebrating Love! -By Rabica Zulfiqar

Irrespective of whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is one such day that people either truly love or genuinely despise! It’s all love and hearts and roses and chocolates if you have a special someone in your life or it’s time to stay in bed, listening to breakup songs on repeat if you’ve just broken up. But, if you are currently single, there’s absolutely no need to feel lonely or depressed. Who said you can only celebrate Valentines with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Aren’t you supposed to spend it with someone you love? Take this time to go out with your best friend or family. Love is always worth celebrating so enjoy some delicious food, binge on chocolates and gift your loved ones! 28 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Here are our top restaurants for your perfect date!


Ohris 1857

1857 is the per fect place for a date with its all white decor and cabana setting . The wonderful view of the Hussain Sagar and delicio us food are sure to impres s your partner! Address: Ohri’s Jalaviha r, Adjacent to Jalvihar Entertainment Pvt. Ltd , Necklace Road. Ph: +91 8790877588

Jewel of Nizam – ar The Min give your significant

If you wish to Jewel of other a lavish treatment, be headed. Nizam is where you should touch to it al roy a Everything here has ing! low d-b min it’s d, and the foo sort, Sagar Re a nd lko Go e Th ss: Addre t. ipe nd Mahal Complex, Ga Ph: 040 3069 6938


If your partner enjoys Ital ian food, there’s no better place than Tre-Fo rni which offers authentic Italian cuisine. It’s luxury dining at it’s finest! Address: Road no. 2, Par k Hyatt, Banjara Hills. Ph: 040 49491222


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Urban Asia

Does your sweetheart lov e seafood? Take them to Urban Asia! They offer som e of the best seafood in town and the lovely ambie nce is the cherry on top. Address: 1259/A, 3rd Flo or, Beside Heritage Fre sh, Road no. 36, Jubilee Hil ls. Ph: 95339 96603

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Our most favourite gift ideas!


For the Watch Lover Who appreciates expert Swiss craftsmanship in his everyday timepiece. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day Date INR 292,700 For the Voracious Reader Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders INR 484

For the Business Man So he can show up to meetings looking sharp. Montblanc Bifold Wallet & Card Holder Gift Set INR 22,927.00

For the Professional It’ll look great at the office—and pretty much everywhere else. Micro houndstooth cotton and wool-blend blazer by Burberry Address: Banjara Hills Road no. 1, Taj Krishna. Ph: 040 6663 5659

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For the lover of all things fine Cartier Love bracelet

For the one with a sweet tooth Basket of chocolates

The classic one Flowers - Valentine special edition hatbox with 24-30 red roses Address: 8-2-120/86/1, Ground Level, Keerthi Pride Towers, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. Ph: 9000162000

For the photographer Polaroid Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera INR 5999

The lipstick hoarder Huda Beauty Combo Liquid Matte Lipstick Set Of 16 Piece INR 1749. 32 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Single? Use this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat yourself!


Cheat Day Are you always watching what you eat? Valentine’s Day can be your cheat day. Enjoy your full-fat ice cream, fried chicken or some amazing biryani!

An expensive gift It’s okay to be selfish sometimes. Get yourself something that you’ve been wanting for a long time but were always in two minds because of the pricetag! This could be the sign you were waiting for; get it!

A day at the spa The most iconic way to “treat yo’ self”. You’re allowed a luxury every now and then.

Sweat it out Why not start working on being the best version of yourself?

Sleep Trying to balance work, social life and family time can get really hectic. So catch up on some much needed sleep; you deserve it!


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Want to snuggle up under a blanket instead of going out? Here are some all-time favourite romantic movies that you two can watch together!

Every romantic, die-hard bollywood fan’s favourite, Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

Fall in love all over again with Pretty Woman For the cry babies, One Day

Channel your inner dancers with Dirty Dancing

Go retro with Mughal-E-Azam

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COVER STORY Veni. Vidi. Amavi. We came. We saw. We loved. If Valentine’s Day was a Roman celebration...or the celebration of an execution we’ll never know. But since ages, we have associated it with the celebration of love. When I was single, the 14th of February was just another day. The only significance of that day would be grooving to Linkin Park’s “Valentine’s day”. No hullabaloo about it. For him, it was just another working day. See us post-marriage. On okay New Year’s Eve, it dawned on us that now we have a partner and maybe we will have to celebrate V day! It was such a stressful situation. We went around taking advice from our friends who were committed and ironically the singletons too. Chocolates, roses, soft toys and mushy declarations of love seemed extremely artificial. We wouldn’t define our relationship based on that. Finally, when it was time, we simply looked at each other and decided that we’d spend the day at home cherishing each other’s company and nothing else. No fancy gifts, no putting up with peer pressure but a happy couple! There are a thousand things one can say when in love but the truth remains that love feels different for different people. For us it is about appreciating life, making the most of whatever time we get and growing up together. When you’re with the right person every day is Valentine’s Day. Zainab Razvi and Zeeshan Hyder

14th February is a day that’s filled with love! As mid-January approaches, the stores are all set with Valentine’s Day decor. But why do we celebrate love or expect so much from our significant others just this day? He and I feel like love should be celebrated every day! Love is an essential part of our lives & we are surrounded by it. Loving yourself, your partner, your family should be an everyday routine. Of course if every now and then we forget to appreciate our loved ones, this holiday can be a good reminder to show our appreciation. As for me, we will be celebrating by treating ourselves to our favourite restaurant and dessert. Abida and Iftaqar Hussain

So you decide to suddenly fall deeper in love with someone, just because there exists a day, popularly known as Valentine’s day? And what about the rest of the year? ill-treat them take them for granted, fight with them and more? A special someone doesn’t require a special day to be made felt special... make everyday special for the special someone if they really are special! Happy just another love filled day! Sanya Kapoor, Interior designer

So we all know that 14th February is celebrated as Valentine’s Day. This day is meant for the couples to celebrate their love for their significant others. But, according to my perspective, this day should not only be about couples celebrating their love and togetherness, it’s a lot apart from just that. Valentine’s Day is to celebrate the bond of love, love of a friend, a mother, a sister, a brother and every other person who loves another from beneath their heart, endlessly, where there are no tags of terms and conditions. So basically, this festival of lovers is not restricted to any sort of relationships. Love only happens from one’s heart, not mind. One needs to understand the feeling of love and how precious it is. Whether it’s a bond of a sibling, friend, lover or parent, it doesn’t matter. Sacral Gupta, Student.

I personally feel that Valentine’s Day is a really cute concept for singles to express their feelings and for couples to celebrate their love. I do believe that love is something that has to be celebrated every day and Valentine’s Day is just a cherry on the cake. As a boyfriend, I never really did anything for my girl in the past or never really celebrated this day. Probably wished, that’s little I recall of but I do look forward to celebrating this day in the future whenever I find someone. Sahil Taiyebi, Entrepreneur


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COVER STORY We think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday for couples, however, it’s also a day to celebrate the many loves and friendships in our lives. From the love we feel for family and friends to our deep appreciation for those who make out lives a little easier, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to say “Thank You.” As you prepare to shower your beloved with heartfelt displays of your devotion this February keep in mind all of those other important people in your life. We have three amazing ladies who think that Valentine’s Day is not only for couples but it’s the day where you can celebrate love and surround yourself with positivity with your friends and family. - By Rishika Pagadala


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She is an infertility and IVF expert running a high end fertility centre and clinical director at Kiran Fertillity Services. In spite of a hectic schedule she is a very happy go lucky person. This Valentine’s Day she is going to spend time with her kids and family as she feels it’s about bonding with your loved ones. “Well, I think it’s just the feel and mood of Valentine’s Day that makes it special, you get to spend time with your loved ones. I think Valentine’s Day is not only for couples it’s about pampering yourself and spending time with people whom you love and showing them that you care and support them with every decision they make, just letting them know that you are there for them be it in good or bad times” she says. Dr Prathima says she wouldn’t change anything about the Valentine’s Day she wants everyone to spread love and be happy because this is the time that everyone comes together and spend some good time. She is blessed to be having a very loving family and friends who admire for what she has achieved.

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Faridah Lakhani


She works at The Aga Khan Academy, where she facilitates the academy’s collaborative discussion forum and extends modern teaching methods to government and other non-profit schools both locally and regionally. She has done her Master in MA Psychology and is currently pursuing B.Ed. in Learning Difficulty. “If For many February is the month that signifies romance, for me it has been a month of family love, it was in February that I met my soul mate, and it was in February that we both got engaged and it was in February that I got the most precious gift that a woman could long for- a beautiful child. Nature also decided to bestow on me the gift of another and this good news was broken to me in February. “I don’t think Valentine’s Day is only for couples; it can be celebrated with friends and family as well. Why confine the celebration of our love and loved ones to a single day when they contribute to our happiness every day?” She asks. Faridah feels it is high time we changed stereotype social tags to relationships. To put it in a nut-shell, she says “February maybe the shortest month of year but it certainly is the sweetest.”


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Sally Sekhar


She is a fashion designer and a very creative person, likes to design and sketch during her free time. She has her own studio where she spends most of her time. This Valentine’s Day she is going spend some quality time with her loved ones. Valentine’s Day is a very special day for her because love is in the air, you are surrounded by the people you love and care about which is the best feeling in the world. “I don’t think that a person should need a day to express their love to someone but you know these days’ people are so caught up with work that they hardly find time to have a good quality conversation or anything with their loved ones so I think that this day gives an opportunity to them to express their love and spend time with their loved ones. And of course, Valentine’s Day is not only for couples but for everyone.” She says. Sally wouldn’t want to change anything about this day as she thinks that it’s a day where there are positivity and love all around you.


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Hair Styling

Once you’ve decided what to wear, you may have trouble deciding what to do with your hair. And not just the ladies, men too have a hard time figuring out what to do. It’s time to update the basic ponytail and try something a little more glamorous! We’ve teamed up with Vinay and Jagdish from Da Salon to help us put together some chic and stylish hairstyles that you can try this Valentine’s Day!

All about volume!

Some hairstyles stay trendy for decades and this is one is exactly that!

Braided Bun A braided bun looks elegant and classy.


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Wrap around ponytail:

This super simple hairstyle hardly takes any time and looks ultra-stylish.

The classic side part

There’s something about a side part that makes a man look sharp and distinguished! Just part your hair, slick it back with some wax and you’re good to go!


Curl your hair for a glamorous look! This hairdo is sophisticated and is great for a dinner date.

Da Salon

Location: Road No: 1, Park View Enclave, Film Nagar, Hyderabad Contact: 040-48531853

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Date Outfit Ideas Deciding what to wear every day is a challenge in itself but it’s a daunting task when it’s time to plan your outfit for a date. Underneath all the excitement, there is one anxiety-inducing conundrum: What am I going to wear?! While some people love to get ready for dates it’s not so for the rest of us. When you’re out with your special someone, the last thing you want is to be fussing with your outfit the whole time! A great date calls for an equally great outfit and being dishevelled and stressed out about it is no way to start out! Whether you’re going on a lunch date or a dinner date, you might want to check these out! - By Rabica Zulfiqar 42 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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FASHION Sanjana Reddy Nimma, Fashion and Celebrity Stylist

When it comes to going out on a date the first question we get on our minds is what do we wear ? So here’s a solution Lunch dates can be kept casual Men can try the denim on denim look with some nice loafers Women - why not a pair of ripped jeans with a simple embroidered White top and pair them up with white sneakers? Dinner dates now everything gets classy. Men here again you can pair your loafers and jeans with a formal shirt. Maroon maybe? Women the first thing we get on our minds when it’s a dinner date is a dress. Let’s take advantage of all the options we have why not a jumpsuit or a romper in classy colours such as navy blue, beige, red, black etc. Pair them up with great accessories, a watch or a tennis bracelet with beautiful high heels.

Where to get this look: Her : Top and Ripped Jeans from Shoes from Him : Jeans from Calvin Klein, Denim Shirt from Sisley & Shoes from Gucci


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FASHION Where to get this look: Her : Jumpsuit from Forever 21 Him : Jeans & Shirt from Calvin Klein Shoes from Gucci

Picture courtesy Models : Aamir Fazal & Greeshma Turakhia Photography : Zoya Mirza Location : Olive Bistro


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Hyderabad’s most awaited,



- By Rabica Zulfiqar


The much-awaited Numaish (Exhibition) is here and with the same energy as always. For those of you who are not aware of it, Numaish is the largest Consumer Exhibition in Hyderabad and is held at Exhibition Grounds, Nampally every year at a ground that is spread over 23 acres of area. What makes this exhibition unique is the variety of choice that it offers. Not only a place for shopping lovers, it has equally interesting choices of entertainment. From fun rides, toy train, a wide array of eateries, and cultural shows, Numaish has something to keep every visitor pleasantly engaged. Whether you are interested in electronic devices, want to buy some jewellery, are keen on finding some local handicrafts from states like Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Bengal, etc., or want to buy dry fruits or just try the local flavours at various eateries; Nampally exhibition is an ideal place for all. However, while buying at Numaish, you do need to try your bargaining skills as much as you can. It is not just famous for the number of stalls (more than 2500), it is also famous for the huge number of visitors that it attracts. This year it is expected to receive more than 24-25 lakh of visitors. Last year a new app- ‘Exhibition App’ was introduced, with which visitors can get all important information about the exhibition right on their phones. Information varying from stalls, events, competitions, eateries, timings and entry fee, can be searched on this app along with booking e-tickets. Live streaming of video will also be done. Owing to the huge number of people who visit this exhibition, facilities for health care and other primary services are also provided at Numaish. Timings: 3 P.M. to 10.30 P.M. Entry fee: Rs.30 per person. Entry is free for children below 5 years of age. Free parking facility is also offered on the grounds. For visitors’ safety and to curb any incidents of snatching or stealing, a police personnel and watch teams are also deployed. TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 45

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All the walking is sure to make you really hungry! Numaish has got that covered too. From absolutely delicious puff pastry, everyone’s favourite cotton candy to flavourful kebabs. The egg puff pastry here is a must-have! You also get dry fruits imported from Kashmir and a plethora of churans to choose from. They have it all!


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Stick House

Beautifully handcrafted Gelatos and sorbets that are usually served in cups and cones, being served on a stick is something new! Stick house offers some delicious dips like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel and white chocolate. Tiramisu dipped in chocolate sauce and cheesecake gelato dipped in dark chocolate sauce with added toppings are must-haves! The prices range from 75-129 + taxes. Dips and toppings are charged an extra 20 bucks. One Address: Excel Solitaire, Near Spice 6, Rd no 12, Banjara Hills. Ph: 095156 02593

Qutub Shahi Tombs

Qutub Shahi Tombs are where 7 generations of the Qutub Shahi Emperors are resting. A lot of families from nearby areas come there for a picnic and play in the shadow of the majestic tombs which stand taller than a multi-story building. The tombs are on the way to Golconda fort and are a must-visit for everyone!

TheBalm The Manizer Sisters Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer Trio

This easy to blend, travel-friendly pack of three of the best highlighters is simply amazing! Once you try this, you’ll never want to use anything else! You can use this, not just to highlight, but also as an eyeshadow, contour, blush etc. It’s perfectly pigmented and has no glitter particles which is great for a bright, dewy look! INR: 2007. Shop:

Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli Autumn Leaf Coffee

A beautiful place with a peaceful ambience and great outdoor seating! Autumn Leaf Cafe not only serves some amazing food, they also have some of the best coffees in town! Try the Ratatouille, you’ll love it. If you happen to go there for breakfast, the scrambled eggs will not disappoint! For coffee, try Cappuccino and Caramel Latte! Address: Plot No 823, Road Number 41, Near Peddamma Temple, Jubilee Hills. Ph: 040 23550986

This upscale, modern hotel with subtly chic rooms featuring tea and coffeemakers, minibars and flat-screen TVs, as well as free Wi-Fi! They also have suites that include private gardens! There’s a casual dining room serving international cuisine and a more formal restaurant that offers Indian dishes. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre and a spa, along with a business centre, meeting rooms, and free parking. Address: Road No.2, Plot No.7, I.T. Park, Gachibowli Ph: 040 4848 1234


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Caprese Sling Bag

Because fringe is the new in-thing this season, we think you should have at least one such item in your wardrobe! You can go for a fringe dress or a top as well but, a fringe bag is a more practical option as you can carry it with almost every outfit! The Caprese Sling Bag is one such great option! INR 3799. Shop:


Do check out this page for amazing graffiti art! Instagram: Hoozinc

Sky Zone

Whether you want to go here with your friends or your little siblings or kids, this is one place that everyone is going to enjoy thoroughly! From jumping on trampolines, testing your abilities with warrior course or falling in pits full of foam squares, Sky Zone is THE place to have the time of your lives! Address: Survey No: 46/A 47/A, Shankarpalli Road, Near Ocean Park, Gandipet, Kokapet. Ph: 093571 12233

Birla Planetarium

Not just children, this is one of the popular Hyderabad sightseeing places that attracts everyone. This dome shaped structure was developed with the technological help from Japan. Here, you get the latest information about Universe and about various invention and theories related to it! Address: Near Birla Temple, Ambedkar Colony Ph: 040 23241067

Laad Bazaar

Also known as Choodi bazaar, this place located in Old City is filled to the brim with a variety of bangles! A number of Hyderabadi brides take a mandatory trip here for their wedding shopping. To shop here, you’ve got to be a master at bargaining! TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 49

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Alcohol, appetizers and the after hours

One word: Lounges. Blazing Lasers, glazed disco-lights, music to set your blood pumping, delicious hors d’oevures, and enough alcohol stocked in the bar to set your head swinging. Hyderabad is packed head to toe with lounges and café bars. Ranging from warm and comforting to ice-cold and hard hitting. Lounges are the top place hang, for tequila shots with friends, a glass of wine with your mother, a night out with cousins, or maybe just some alone time at the island of the bar with a glass of absinthe and a platter of appetizers. Lounges have turned into an integral part of Hyderabad’s social circuit, kitties, parties, meet-ups and a couple of charity events have moved from quaint little restaurants to the eccentric and exhilarating interiors of lounges and café bars. We at Tulip believe that our readers should have the best of the town, here is a sneak peek into the best bars, lounges and café bars popping up and about the city. 50 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Club Rogue

Repete Brewery and Kitchen Our second choice is a rustic micro-brewery located down in the streets of Jubilee Hills. Repete Brewery and Kitchen is super for a weekly session of letting loose and enjoying yourself on the good side. Plush, luxurious beige and off-white interiors are the signature of this Jubilee Hills Brewery. Overlooking a cute little marquee with warm yellow light bulbs reading “Ignite,” you can enjoy their exclusive range of beers, especially the Belgian Wheat and the American Pale Ale. If you have sworn off the sins of alcohol then the Watermelon mocktail is your glass of champagne (oops juice). Since the brewery is brimming with excited party-goers or corporates for business meetings, the service can falter. But it does not disappoint, coated with mozzarella and fresh julienned spinach, the Spinach pizza is a delight. The loose prawns and Avakai Murgh Tikka are next on our list of recommendationscharred to perfection and slathered in a mix of spices. If you stop by for just a snack the grilled chicken and caramelized onion is your pick. The soups are one of our top recommends, choose the hot and sour soup for a kick in the gut or choose the chicken corn soup for a friendly handshake instead. Cost for two- 1,500 INR Opening Hours- 12 PM to 12 AM Address: Plot 644, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills Contact: 040-33165787

A hardwood interior, with overhead succulents and glass doors, Club Rogue is refreshing and charming. The lounge has a theme of enchanted wood, and the electric vibe is almost tangible. The restaurant may not have outdoor seating, but the food and décor make up for it. It is almost like a beguiling greenhouse, with a flowing water fountain pressed against one wall. It has a tree-house themed balcony seating, which is perfect for a romantic date night or a solitary night of soul searching. The Club is popular for its killer dance floor, headed by an up and coming DJ. If clicking pouty selfies and pictures of food is your cup of champagne the exhilarating nightclub is the ideal place. The ambience and interiors are terrific, however, the service could use some work. The drinks are affordable and well made, often incorporating interesting elements like citrus or cherries to the alcohol. The food is primarily of North Indian, Chinese and Continental origin. We choose Kua Pao prawns that were well seared and spiced with just the right balance. The pepper chicken was amazing, coated with spicy cracked pepper, paired with garlic with a sauce on the side. Cost for two- 1,200 INR Opening hours - 11 AM to 12 AM Address: Level 2, SLN Terminus Mall, Gachibowli. Contact: 040-33165815 TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 51

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#788 Avenue Our next entrant is the new kid on the block with some things to prove. Suspended books, high roofs, photograph ready lighting, #788 Avenue is leaving conventional café bars with a chip on their shoulders. The lounge is divided into 3 primary sections, the indoor section, the outdoor section and the DJ area. We opted for the crispy lotus stem with burnt garlic salt and pepper which was pleasant and the perfect pick me up for a bad day. We also tried the Jalapeno cheese poppers that hit with blasts of cheesiness. The Mexican veg sizzler could use some improvement; the dish was dry and required a sauce to pair with it. The Red Thai curry is one of our must-try items, it is steaming and absolutely pleasing to the palate in the nippy winter weather. The alcohol teeters on the pricier side, but does not disappoint, the #788 cocktail lives up to its name. The new kid on the block has made some big promises and we assure you it won’t fall short of them. Cost for two- 1,900 INR Opening hours – 12 PM to 12 AM Address: 788, Near Croma, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills. Contact: 040-30676323

Tilt Bar Republic

Tilt Bar Republic is cool, confident and subtle. The Gachibowli is the man for the job if you want a rare set of fine Belgian or Dutch beers. Our top recommend in the beer section is the Barbar Blonde, a mildly aromatic beer, followed by the Dubbel which comes with bitter undertones, and the Belgian Kriek for a summery, fruity flavour. The ambience is great, with a peppy, laid-back vibe. The finger food compliments the drinks well, as they work in harmony. The distinctive new bar often has live music that adds to the culinary experience. The LIIT is literally lit, like gulping down a fireball. The vegetable garden pizza is amongst our top suggestions, paired with the chunky Blueberry cheesecake. They make quite

the formidable couple. Cost for two- 1,500 INR Opening hours – 12 PM to 12 AM Address: 2nd floor, Fantasy Square building, Opposite Nissan Showroom, Biodiversity circle, Gachibowli. Contact: 040-33165694


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Fat Pigeon Fat Pigeon, its food is as non-conforming as its name and this is totally a compliment. Bustling and busy, Fat Pigeon is the place to go. Something to try, something incredible is the Pasta Alfredo- creamy flavourful and spectacular. Fat Pigeon Lamb chops are the paved road to divinity, eat them and indulge in the gorgeous lamb. Cheesecakeonly tastes good when made well, and Fat Pigeon makes it WELL. With the right proportion of crumble and crème, Fat Pigeon’s Cheesecake is something that deserves to be a secret recipe. Cost for two- 1,600 INR Opening hours – 12 PM to 12 AM Address: Plot 1335/A, Road No. 45, Jubilee Hills, Beside Kaficko. Contact: 09100666101

By The Bottle By The Bottle is a classy lounge with good food and music located in the center of the city. The ambience of the place is packed with an energy and has got subtle lightings and good seating arrangement with a bar counter. The soups are outstanding and among the starters you must try their lemon, coriander soup made with lemon fresh coriander and a hint of olive oil. A must try is the mutton kheema pav which is outstanding followed by Veggie lovers platter it has malai broccoli, jalapeno cheese croquettes, maggi bhajiya, multani paneer tikka served with mint chutney. Lebanese platter has hummus, pickled vegetables, pita bread of crispy falafel, baba ghamoush. You can end your main course with desserts that steal your heart like tiramisu cake and red velvet cake which will melt in your mouth. It is a perfect place to hang out and chill with friends and family over a delectable cuisine. Address: 5th Floor, Shreshta Aura, Road Number 36, Jubilee Hills. Contact: 9100920231, 9063808080

Voila! With this, we close the chapter on some of the best, most hip and happening lounges and café bars around Hyderabad. Be sure to check them out for great food set in a pleasant environment surrounded by your loved ones. That’s what lounges are about, spreading the love, only here the love is complimented with alcohol. Tipsy love wandering through the bars of the city. TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 53

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FEATURE AIESEC is the world’s largest non-profit youth run organization. It is an international nongovernmental not for profit organization that provides young people with leadership development, cross-cultural global internships and volunteer exchange experiences across the globe. The organization focuses on empowering young people to make a positive impact on society. The AIESEC network is spread out in 127 countries including Hyderabad. This organization is non-political and independent which is run by students and recent graduates of institution of higher education. This organization was founded in 1948; they have engaged and developed over thousands of young people who have been through AIESEC experience.

Uday Kumar Sangisetty holds Vajra world record for his unique art form; he comes from a small town called Nacharam which comes under Khammam district. He studied MSC in Hyderabad and during his graduation, he used to teach mathematics for Inter and 10th class students to earn some pocket money. While he was doing his MSC in Hyderabad he liked to spend a lot of time in nature and one day he saw a man drawing a portrait on the spot and was deeply inspired. He went back to his room and started practising himself. He found himself spending more time with the artist too. “I started doing the pencil art as a hobby, whenever I would attend my friend’s birthday party instead of buying materialistic gifts I would sketch something nice for them and give it as a gift. It was one of my close friend’s birthday I didn’t know what to gift her and then I found a pencil and knife, so then I thought why don’t I try carving her initials on the lead of the pencil which turned out to be pretty good and everyone appreciated me for that and since then there was no turning back. Currently I am working in Cognizant. Before coming to Hyderabad I was just Uday Kumar Sangisetti, but now everyone knows me as micro artist Uday thanks to Hyderabad. “ 54 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Laughter Is the Best Medicine Stand-up comedy is an art that many of us were not even aware of untill few years back. However, in the past few years, it has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment. There are an incredible number of standup comedy events lined up in almost every big city, not to mention countless YouTube videos sharing creative content we all look forward to watching. - By Rishika Pagadala

Sapan Verma Vir Das Bollywood actor and stand up comedian Vir Das is riding high on success and why not? Netflix, which is the world’s biggest digital streaming platform, aired its first ever Indian comedy special on 25th April. Titled Abroad Understanding, the show featuring Vir Das marked the debut of an original Indian production on Netflix. Which means his punch lines-on racism, homophobia, love in the age of A/S/L - are going global. Das has also made his American late night TV debut via Conan O’Brien’s talk show. It was at Knox that Das first explored stand-up comedy with his first special, Brown Men Can’t Hump, which debuted in Knox’s Harbach Theatre. Comedian Vir Das tackles nationalism, globalism, good food and bad politics in two cleverly crosscut performances in New York and New Delhi.

Sapan Verma is one of India’s most youthful expert comedians, having done more than 300 shows in the recent years. He has played out the whole way across India, as well as in Barcelona, Paris, Singapore, Dubai, New York, and China. As one of the establishing individuals from India’s busiest satire organizations East India Comedy, Sapan Verma has routinely performed at different auditoriums, school celebrations and corporate occasions. Sapan has composed, directed and acted in a number of online viral videos that have more than 1 billion views on YouTube. He was additionally a regular presenter on NDTV Prime’s news comedy show “The Bottom Line” which tackles politics in India. Apart from his featuring shows at the Comedy Store and Canvas Laugh Club Mumbai, Verma also holds an important part in the Ghanta Awards, Backbenchers and EIC vs Bollywood.

Kenny Sebastian

A musician, filmmaker and comedian – Kenneth Sebastian has tried his hand at several things he is passionate about. Having started when he was just as student of class 11, Kenny had the chance to develop his skills in all these fields and look back to decide what he liked the most. And stand-up comedy it was – the field he chose to pursue and succeed in. One look at his Youtube channel and his easily relatable jokes will tell the amazing story of his journey. From a defence background, Kenny spent a lot of his school years shifting cities before his family settled down in Bengaluru when his father retired. A graduate from an arts school, he developed an interest in filmmaking at a young age and then moved to music and comedy. He also toured America with Abish Mathew performing in New York at the prestigious New York Comedy Club, Laughing Skull in Atlanta, West Side Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles. TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 55

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Kanan Gill

Abish Mathew Abish Mathew is widely known for All India Backchod and as the star of Son of Abish. He is one of the most experienced and unique comedians in the country. He works with various popular Indian comedy companies like East India Comedy, SchitzenGiggles and the Papa CJ Comedy. Abhish has performed jokes internationally from New York to Holland. He has also performed at the Utrecht International Festival, Lafflines and the New York Comedy Club. Abish is regarded as a highly experience comic, with his sets being full of original songs, silent sketches, improve and stand-ups alongside his latest online creation ‘Son of Abish’. Abish style of humour is often provocative and not for the faint-hearted, Ugandan cops, Salman Khan, or your religious Catholic friend.

Kanan Gill completed his graduation in Bangalore and worked as Software Engineer in Exeter for 3 years, right before things took a detour for him after he won a competition titled ‘Punchline Bangalore’, and then one after that at the Comedy Store, Mumbai. That’s how the hot bedded affair between standup comedy and Mr. Gill began. Kanan Gill’s YouTube series called Prententious Movie reviews with fellow comic Biswa became hugely popular among audiences, Gill moved to pursue stand-up after quitting his job, and women realized that the engineer turned YouTuber was tad too handsome to not be enamoured of and thus began the saga of Rath and Gill going up the comedy hill. Apart from Prententious, there are several other ventures such as Dudes and Street Interviews. While Kanan Gill’s forte is sarcasm, his timing and an ability to elicit laughs at dating habits, the female attention he gets, Biswa’s IIT tag and the sheer sadness of Bollywood’s lowest fare make him worth your time.

Biswa Kalyan Rath Indian stand up comedian, writer and YouTuber, Biswa Kalyan came into prominence through YouTube comedy series, Prententious Movie Reviews with a fellow comedian Kanan Gill. Biswa and Kanan came up with the idea of the Prententious Movie reviews, a series of videos which soon went viral on YouTube. In this series they review critically panned Bollywood movies, including Gunda, Prem Aggan. He started doing stand-up comedy in 2015 and went on his first solo national tour, Biswa on your face. Biswa Kalyan is one of the main identities behind the Comedy Hunt on YouTube. His YouTube stand-up videos are clever, well thought, smart and hilarious. His style of associating with the audience instantly makes him one of the top Indian stand-up comics. As an ex-engineer, ex-coder, and ex-IITian , he carries a one of a kind point of view into comic drama with science, mathematics, dialect and life. 56 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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FEATURE I love watching stand up comedy shows and when I started watching Kenny Sebastian’s stand up comedy I couldn’t stop smiling, every joke of his is so hilarious, His show Keep It real in Amazon Prime literally makes my day. Anyone who is feeling low right now should definitely watch his show, all his jokes so relatable and wittiest. He has a great presence of stage. I would say that he is one of the best comedians in India has of course they are others too but I like him the most and admire his work. His stand up “Don’t Be That” guy is a must watch, it’s like the best thing I have watched so far. Looking forward to see more stuff like these.

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Zakir Khan Zakir Khan is one of the many stand-up performers who have gained considerable recognition in the recent past. He is known for effectively using humour to pint out what is wrong with society. Zakir is gradually gaining a foothold for himself in the stand-up comedy scene, and has had quite an interesting journey. He is also writer and presenter and rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand up Comedian Competition. He has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB.

I like Vir Das because he manages to keep his material refreshingly new. That in itself deserves credit. Vir Das delves into very critical issues, be it religious phobia, racism, patriotism, politics, corruption, lover or even parenthood. You name it he rakes it! He gives a sneak peek into his personal life as well. In the intolerable and easily offend-able world that we live in, It’s very difficult to discuss these issues in general and to ring laughter out of it is definitely commendable. What he does is not easy but he manages to do it with aplomb. He does not lose a second to point out his audiences’ hypocrisy, what the audience would take away most from his performance would be dirty jokes or toilet humour. His debut in Conan O’Brien talk show is the best thing I have watched.

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Steaks & Sizzlers

- By Rabica Zulfiqar

All the meat-lovers out there know this to be true – the bigger the steak, the better. It is what other meat wishes it could be! Is there anything more delicious than a perfectly-cooked steak? A well-marbled steak has plenty of juicy flavours and the strong flavour of the beef is a hard one to not love! Sizzlers come after steak for some but they’re nothing less when it comes to flavour! Dessert sizzlers exist too, like sizzling brownies served with vanilla ice cream. Let’s not get carried away though, we’re here to talk about meat and meat only (Sorry dear vegetarians)! These are some of the top places in the city that serve steaks and sizzlers that are so good, they will make you drool!

Chef Inam’s Steak House This is the first name that pops up in your head when you hear the word “steaks”. Offering some of the most delicious steaks in town, Chef Inam’s Steak House is one of the best places to go to for steaks! Their Iron Man Steak is made in an all charcoal bbq and comes in a sizzling coal iron. Lying there, inside the iron is the mouth-watering tenderloin steak covered in sweet and spicy barbecue sauce. Cooked to perfection, it’s the juiciest, most tender steak we’ve ever had and we absolutely love it! All this is served with veggies, garlic bread, creamy mashed potatoes, corn and brown rice. Another specialty is the chicken sizzler steak which is served on a bed of Mandi Rice with veggies and chicken on top. The chicken alone is brilliant but when you have it with the rice, all the troubles seem to fade away! Address: Banjara Hills Road No.12, Fortune Enclave, Beside Ohri’s. Ph: 040 6999 4858


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Apart from having a wonderful ambience with rock music blaring in the background, Hard Rock has some amazing steaks and sizzlers to offer. The Grilled Tenderloin Steak is an 8oz. fillet steak that’s grilled to your liking and topped with garlic herb butter. Served with cheesy mashed potatoes, gravy and fresh seasonal vegetables it’s to die for! They serve sizzlers in the form of fajitas and their “Famous Fajita” comes in three options; grilled vegetables, grilled chicken breast and grilled tenderloin. We tried the grilled chicken which was served with Pico de Gallo and mixed Cheddar cheese, fresh Guacamole, Sour Cream (loved this!) and warm tortillas. As soon as you wrap all your ingredients in the tortillas and take the first bite, you’ll fall in love! Address: GVK One, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. Ph: 040 6463 6375

Ohri’s 100 Degrees Ohri’s has some of the best-themed restaurants and 100 degrees is no exception. You are attended to by servers in cowboy hats! They’ve got some yummy drinks like Chatka orange that’s super-refreshing and is served in a cute ‘matka’. Their Hookido Chicken Sizzler is served in a classic way – hot iron plate kept over a wooden platter. The chicken rests on top of a bed of vegetables. The chicken, with a hint of mustard, is simply divine! While you’re at it, don’t forget to try their chicken wings; they’re mind-blowing! Address: Ohri’s, Ground Floor, Shilparamam Complex, Opposite Cyber Tower, Hitech City. Ph: +91 7675043478 TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 59

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Absolute Sizzlers Apart from delicious sizzlers, Absolute Sizzlers offers a wonderful ambience with the perfect music. The mocktail, Blue Angel is light and refreshing. We tried the Chicken Sausage Sizzler served with noodles and mashed potatoes. The chicken was absolutely flavourful and the mashed potatoes were rich and creamy! Coming to desserts, you cannot miss the caramel custard served here; it is to die for! Address: 3rd Floor SLN Terminus, Gachibowli Ph: +91 8978540313

Kobe Sizzler Kobe Sizzler is one of the most-loved places for sizzlers in town! The place is dimly lit and decorated with beautiful chandeliers. Coming to sizzlers, Kobe Signature Sizzler is a must-have! It is juicy grilled chicken that’s perfectly cooked and is coated with delicious pepper and garlic sauce on a bed of veggies and fries! Apart from the sizzlers, you need to try the spicy crab meat soup here. The crab meat is so soft and tender and the soup, with the perfect amount of spices, is mouthwatering! Address: Opposite Film Nagar Club, Road 82, Film Nagar Ph: +91 9966667862


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It’s All About Fitness The single most thing that you can do is to exercise regularly, every day if possible for good health. Staying fit can mostly be complex and monotonous. But on the bright side, exercise is great for your brain; it’s linked to less depression, better memory and quicker learning. There are other benefits as well like your skin looks better, it will make you age slower and your fat cells shrink. Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Bored with the same old, same old at your health club? Joining a gym can be an amazing way to stay fit, but it’s not the only way. You can enjoy a variety of workouts at home or outside that will give you the same great results and put a smile on your face at the same time! - By Simran Harjani

Aerobic training

What is aerobic? It is a mixture of dancing, Zumba, jazz and so much more. They are usually called workouts with low impact because they are slow paced compared to other aerobic workouts. Aerobic training strengthens your cardiovascular system by increasing your heart rate and breathing. These exercises use large muscle groups to perform rhythmic actions for a sustained period of time. They are performed for 15 minutes typically and should maintain your heart rate in between 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. Examples of aerobic exercise include fast walking, jogging, and running, stair steppers, elliptical and swimming. Srees Aerobic StudioAddress: Plot No. 80, Vinayak Nagar, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, Telangana 500032


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Yoga is not just about working out, it’s about a healthy lifestyle- to achieve inner peace, find balance and strengthen your body through yoga. You can choose your own yoga style which is tailored to your lifestyle,such as hot yoga, power yoga, relaxation yoga, prenatal yoga, etc. It helps you to build flexibility, strength, and learn to freaking relax. You can also practice at home, in a private session while watching a DVD or at a studio or gym. There are different kinds of yoga, so sign up for a few different kinds and see which becomes your cup of tea. IV Power yoga & pilatesAddress: Mansarovar Heights phase-1 Circle , 2nd Floor, Complexion Building, RTC colony, Secunderabad.

Practice of Yoga is a union of the mind and body. I believe that Yoga is about self-acceptance and helps you believe you’re perfect the way you are, with your strengths and weaknesses. The twisting, stretching, folding and regulated breathing improves flexibility and gives your digestive, circulatory and lymph system a good workout. Yoga includes Meditation and Savasana, and is calming and de-stressing for the mind and body. In yoga we learn to control prana, the vital force, through pranayama. Yoga is fun as it is usually a group activity and can be practiced by people of all ages and stages of life such as Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, Power Yoga, Partner Yoga, etc. It helps improve concentration and focusing on yourself. An effective Yoga practice calms your nerves, helps improve your moods and adds to your happiness quotient. People practicing Yoga are a Happy Bunch! Parinita Trivedi, Instructor Profession-Owner of IVPY Power Yoga and Pilates and Instructor


Zumba- a popular Latin based dance class offered at gyms nationwide, get ready to move to beat to the music with Zumba. Zumba makes an excellent choice of a group fitness method to support your fitness goals. It’s a fitness party that will make you sweat and burn calories in a fun, upbeat setting. Put your dancing shoes on as there’s not much needed for this energy-packed class. If you like to dance, you’ll love Zumba. At the core Zumba workouts are intended to provide large fat and calorie burning, full body workout and fun for everyone. This aerobic workout blends choreographed footwork and body movements from salsa, merengue, flamenco and other dances to sculpt your body and burn fat. you won’t even realize that you’re toning your abs, thighs, glutes and arms when you’re grooving to the spicy Latin beats during a Zumba class. Go on YouTube and try Zumba at home or find a class near you. Raj Aerobics StudioAddress: Plot No 6 & 7, 2nd Floor, Sai Krishna Chambers, Balaji Nagar, Nizampet, Village, Above SBI Bank, Opposite to Heritage Fresh, Hyderabad, Telangana 500090 62 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Kickboxing is the king among workouts. Take traditional kick boxing moves and combine it with fast-paced movement and upbeat music and you’ve got cardio kick boxing. Unlike most other types of exercise, kickboxing emphasizes powerful movements. It helps in increasing the fitness, power, flexibility and agility. Get a kick-butt body with this high-intensity workout. Cardiovascular fitness has never been so empowering. Iskimos Kick Boxing AcademyAddress: Mahila Mandal Community Hall, Errumanzil Colony, Behind Taj Deccan Hotel, Punjagutta, Balapur Basthi, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana 500082 Contact: 098853 46824

Zumba provides a large calorie burn through aerobics activity. It is a full body workout workout. It relaxes the mind and is full of fun. It is both a dance class and a fitness class, burns lots of calories and makes the body flexible. Workouts don’t have to be a chore. In fact, workouts don’t have to feel like workouts at all. With Zumba, a workout isn’t even a workout: it’s fun the music is fast, upbeat and contagious, so you can’t help but keep moving. And since it takes place in a group setting, Zumba is by far one of the best ways to get your friends in on your “exercise routine.” I am absolutely in love with this workout and I am doing it really from long time. Mittal Lalani, Student Profession: Designer, Stylist and Wardrobe consultant

Pool Exercises- aqua Zumba

Zumba Fitness has taken over the world with Latin and international music beats, Aqua Zumba keeps the Zumba Fitness workout party going in the pool. Splish splash! Make good use of pool time as soon as the weather is warm enough. Pool exercises such as water aerobics (or AquaFit) and Aqua Zumba are great resistance training exercises for those in need of low-impact workouts.You perform large muscle movements by reaching your arms and lifting your legs in the water, as well as circling your hips and shoulders. Are you someone who loves to move to the music? Do you have a hard time sitting still when you hear the beat of a tune that screams at you to “get up and move”? Well, nothing wrong with that. You’ve got a little DANCE in you. Have you ever tried exercising in the water? There is no denying the many benefits of aquatic fitness. In addition to being low impact and supportive of good posture/technique it’s invigorating and just plain fun to splash around in the water! Wouldn’t it be great to take your enjoyment of moving to the beat into the pool for a, spirited exercise class that leaves you smiling ear-to-ear? AQUA DANCE might be just that class Dance maniaAddress: 1st Floor, Himayat Nagar Main Road, Russels Spoken English Building, Hyderabad, Telangana Contact: 086866 94724 TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 63

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Spice Up Your

Do you love spending time outside? Well now is as good a time as any because the sun is shining and the smooth summer breeze is blowing. But you can’t enjoy being in any of your outdoor areas if they are not tended to. So what can you do about it? Well, you could hire a professional landscaper to organize something for your yard but that can be expensive and you also take away the chance to truly enjoy your outdoor areas. Gardening is a great hobby. It is relaxing, helps pass the time, gets you in touch with nature and even helps develop several skills. If you take care of them by yourself, you are going to appreciate every single thing a bit more. Everyone seems to be outside looking at your yard well, these are the coolest things that will really spice up your yard and make your house the go to place for ideas in the neighbourhood! - By Rishika Pagadala 64 FEBRUARY, 2018 - TULIP

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Use ornaments as finishing

Much more than an afterthought, garden ornaments can guide how you shape and use your outdoor space, and affect how it feels when you are in it. A wrought- iron gate can mark the entrance to a world of green, a tree-hung lantern raises your perspective, a curved bench inspire a nap. They also give a garden space a finished look in all four seasons. The trick is to not overdo it.


Dress up Garden Entrances

Even in a small landscape, a sequence of discrete spaces, connected by passageways and paths, adds a sense of mystery and expansiveness to an ordinary stroll. The Befalls created a journey that begins with a wisteria-draped arbor near the house and winds downhill, across terraces, along walks, and down steps that continue the theme of eye-catching, weatherworn stone. Paths indicate the way; iron arches and gates— many from gardener’s-supply catalogs and covered with vines—mark transitions to different areas. Potted bougainvillea, citrus trees, and palms further accent entries, as do finials perched on pedestals.

Let Decorative Elements Play up Sound Hearing the trickle of water is an all-but-irresistible lure to exploring a garden. Listening to its music, you want to track it to its source, and in the Befalls’ landscape there are many. A fountain with an octagonal basin creates the liquid soundtrack for the herb garden. Another echoing the columnar shape of Italian cypress trees nearby, bubbles amid flower-like agaves, drawing hummingbirds in droves. Both pieces were potteryyard scores.

Cinder Blocks

Don’t have space for garden but still want some plant life outside? Cinder blocks are perfect for potted plants. All you need to do is arrange them in your own way to bring nature that little bit closer.

Pick Bold Flowers for Your Garden

Sometimes the best colour addition you can use is from plants. Research what brightly-hued flowers fit well with your garden and head on to a nearby nursery to get them. Some perennials have very exotic looking blooms and will give you flowers for a few years to come. TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 65

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Glass Bottle Border

Collect all the colourful glass bottles from your next party or holiday event and put them to good use in the garden. Create a beautiful flower bed border that’s both thriftly and sturdy by burying the tops and leaving the colourful ends exposed.

Ladder planters

Get an old staircase, paint it and use it to keep the pots. If you don’t have much space then this idea will make your garden look different.

Hang colanders in your garden

Now, these brightly coloured certainly make some unique flower baskets! They are extremely sturdy and practical.

Accessorise with Colours Decorate your garden cheaply with recycled tins Pond in a pot

Do you want to add small feature to your small garden but don’t have space? If yes then create a pond in a pot you can also make it in a bucket.

Some food and coffee tins are so pretty; it seems a shame to throw them away so don’t. Instead, you can up cycle old tins into gorgeous garden decor. Empty and clean them, then plant as you would traditional plant pots.

You can add colour to your garden without having to go big. You can choose to add small glass spikes, a few colourful planters, or may be just a bright outdoor rug. The trick is to keep everything balanced while still injecting a dramatic hue into your colour palette.

Stacked Crates

Create a vertical planter pyramid! Keep the structure from becoming too precarious by reinforcing the stacked crates with wooden planks.

Make use of old tree stump

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I am very involved with my Garden. I feel that a good garden reflects the personality and energy of the inmates of the house or the person tending it. I am more of a foliage person. I like to have more of different colours, shapes and textures of leaves than flowers. Flower plants need more attention and care. I have my garden maintenance fine twice a month and lawn mowing to zero level twice a year. Weeds are a part of the ecosystems and we must not be too upset. I prefer to have them manually removed than use chemicals. Mulch should be encouraged. I use more of compost than chemical fertilisers. Personally I dislike the manicured look of a garden. I prefer a more natural blend of colours and plants. When it comes to pesticides, I prefer to spray neem oil but sometimes using chemical to ward off pesky pests becomes unavoidable. Speaking to my plants and loving them is a part of my daily routine. The positive energy I receive from them is overwhelming. Any plant lover will tell you that. Manjula Narsa

Manjula’s Garden Here is our guide for you to buy plants for your garden Shree Bonsai Nursery Address: Khajaguda, Manikonda, Hyderabad Contact: 09000200047 Greenland Nursery and Horticulture services Address: S.R Nagar, Hyderabad Contact: 09246549116

Sri Satyanarayana Nursery and Garden Address: Jubilee hills check post, beside Chiranjeevi blood bank, Hyderabad Contact: 09492111444

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Travel Hacks to make your travel easy Travelling can be an obsession but the process can take a toll on you. Packing and planning can get tedious, but when done right, with few hacks and tricks you might almost enjoy it. Here is your expert to- do guide for your next travel, which will help you have a memorable - By Satpreet Kaur holiday without any hassle.

Plan everything in advance When you are travelling abroad, make sure everything is planned beforehand. You are going to a foreign country where everything is going to be unfamiliar. Passports:Before planning your trip, make sure your passport is way away from the expiration date. Airlines prefer six months before, but we say at least a year. Visas:Now, the second important thing after checking you have a passport is the visa. The visas are the most important part of travelling abroad. It is a form that has to be filled well before time so that you are allowed to stay in the country for a particular period of time. Tickets: An easy hack to get cheap airfares is to try browsing in incognito mode! Booking your tickets way in advance can cause you to pay more, so make sure you book the flights two months before the travel date and not too much before that. Hotels: Some people prefer to go their destination and look for hotels but that sometimes may not prove so handy when you don’t know much about the area. So the hack to book good hotels is to simply check out the reviews on different websites such as


Packing is one of the most tedious tasks and can be a real pain if you are one of the organized. So we’re going to tell you some of the top hacks to pack your suitcase and make sure everything stays organized. Use packing cubes: It can be really difficult to pack with your clothes rolling in every direction, hence packing cubes were created. They ensure all of your clothes are packed without a problem and guarantee you the highest form of organization. To buy them, just go through Amazon. They have a ton of products in all different sizes and shapes! Pack ONLY the Versatile Items. (Do NOT Over-pack): When you are packing your clothes make sure you carry limited pieces of them. To carry a lot for no use would mean taking up unnecessary space in your suitcase.We would suggest carry 2-3 pair of jeans, shorts and couple of basic tees for a 4-5 days trip. Buy zipper bags:In case of the clothes, which you don’t mind getting creased (best for dirty clothes), put them in zipper bags. Zip them up and then roll them, 80% of air is poofed out and you can put them anywhere in your suitcase!


Make sure you make a list of which all things you want to explore. If you’re on more than one country tour and visiting limited number of cities, make sure, you plan everything in advance especially if you are only there for a day or two. Check their opening and closing time and make sure you know the specialty of the food joint that you are visiting. If you are going to an amusement park or a theme park, make sure you check online how the ticket systems work. You should have them booked well before time!


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When you are travelling abroad, there is one very important thing that you must not forget and that is food.Make sure you know your options if you are a vegetarian. It’s hard surviving out there like that! Carry ready-to-eat when you are abroad to avoid any unnecessary problems.The food is one of the most important parts of the place you are visiting. Each place has its different cuisine and is known by it so you wouldn’t want to miss on that!Check google about the most famous affordable cafes and visit them.


Make sure you carry a global debit/credit card so as to withdraw money from anywhere possible.Even if you are carrying only cash, make sure you hide it safely in your suitcase and under no circumstance do not carry the money when you go sightseeing in a foreign country. Carry limited amount of cash.Convert all your currency before you go to the country. Travelling to that country and exchanging cash there would prove a little expensive.If you have booked the tickets quite some time before, keep an eye if the value of currency drops, hence you can exchange your money at a much cheaper price!


Travelling in and around the city can be tough in a foreign country and that is why before going to explore make sure you have Google Maps on your phone. Make sure you have all the cab applications on your phone! (Preferably Uber). Buy a bus pass or a metro pass if available, it makes travelling easy and affordable!Google on what is the easiest way to travel around the city.

Utilise the Lounge

Lounges are great, be it travel for leisure, business or adventure. Reach the airport early, indulge in great food and drinks. The Plaza Premium Lounge is located at all major airport throughout India and abroad and they hosting unique food festivals to keep their guests intrigued. Not many people know they even have nap lounges, which you can access when you reach early or if your flight is delayed for any reason (we know that happens a lot these days). The rooms are compact but great for a quick nap or rest between your flights. It can accommodate two adults, with each room featuring a bunk bed, TV electronics charging dock, WiFi and enough space to store carry-on baggage. Some rooms also have attached washrooms. The access is for a minimum amount but with all these benefits we say it’s worth it. Where: Plaza Premium Lounge TULIP - FEBRUARY, 2018 69

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MOVIES Movie Reviews

The Post In a key moment in Steven Spielberg’s mesmerizing journalism drama “The Post,” Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) is on a nighttime phone call, with several powerful men in her ear telling her, conflictingly, what she should do. Agonized but trying to remain calm, she makes the decision (“Let’s go”), hangs up the phone, and raises a hand, palm flat, to the empty room around her, as if she’s pushing away any second thoughts. Later, that same night, that hand gets raised again — but this time; it’s to a roomful of men, silencing them with a newfound imperiousness. “I’m talking to Mr. Bradlee now,” she says, in her dusky patrician voice; it’s as if she’s been transformed, in just a few hours. It’s an old-school movie in the very best of ways: A story-driven drama that’s paced almost like a thriller, taking us back to days when newspapers were assembled in hot type by men in fedoras (well, maybe that’s a costume designer’s flourish, but I’d like to believe it) and when suspense could be conveyed by some extremely dramatic Xeroxing. The film is both a gripping and timely celebration of the free press, and, in the remarkable hands of Streep, an exploration of what it meant then (and, perhaps, now) to be a woman thrust into power in an all-male world. “The Post” tells of a great moment in journalism — and a great moment in one remarkable woman’s life. Padmaavat The first thing that strikes you as Padmaavat unfolds on the screen is how tepid the opulent, overwrought film is in spite of its visual flair and technical wizardry. Its beauty, as is usually the case with a Sanjay Leela Bhansali extravaganza, is skin deep. It is magnificent but overly manufactured. Female lead Deepika Padukone - after whose character the film was named until censorial intervention shaved off the ‘i’ from the title and diluted its upfront distaff emphasis, is an eye-catching epitome of elegance. She is a sight to behold. So, as some Sanjay Leela Bhansali fans might assert, is the film. As for the film as a whole, the saving graces are of an entirely superficial nature. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali approach to filmmaking is on full view in Padmaavat, so no surprises there. He discards subtleties, pumps up the pitch and batters the material at his disposal into one big pulpy spectacle. The director’s most willing ally in this endeavour is Ranveer Singh, ebulliently evil and visceral in his portrayal of a venal villain on the rampage. He is never short on energy. If only he knew how to channel it with greater modulation, he might have made Alauddin Khilji a touch more human and a little less of the ugly beast he is made out to be. Gang Uttam Das (Suriya) is a man whose dreams of becoming a CBI officer are shattered by the corrupt system. Upset, he decides to take revenge by forming a gang who pose as CBI officials to loot money. The similarities between Neeraj Pandey’s ‘Special 26’ and Vignesh ShivN’s ‘Gang’, dub of the Tamil film ‘Thaanaa Serndha Koottam’, lies at the core of the film. ‘Gang’ is a heist film that is mostly playful, but for some reason, gets preachy right at the end. The film revolves around Uttam Das (Suriya), the charming and bright CBI aspirant. However, when his and his father’s dreams are shattered by a corrupt officer, it’s time for some payback. Suriya is the heart and soul of this film, delivering a stupendous performance. Keerthy Suresh is good in her role and Ramya Krishnan wows as usual. Her comic timing is on-point, so is her performance. Character developments in the film seem to be all over the place. A sincere and tough CBI officer who’s after the gang becomes redundant later on, with no explanation given, because the gang already has an antagonist. The climax seems a bit over the top with the film losing the celebratory and cheery tone it had built from the start and veering towards the OTT preachy. The heavy Tamil flavour that the film carries could be off-putting for some, even though the film is an entertaining one. If you haven’t seen the original, you will surely enjoy this one. However, if you have, go watch it just for Suriya and the fun factor, you will not be disappointed.

Upcoming Movies in February

Padman 9th February

Black Panther 16th February

Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety 23rd February

Howrah Bridge 9th February

09 February Intelligent


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Rajesh Malik

Rakhee, Archana Bhagat & Rupal Bansal

Launch Diaries

What: Audi Q5 Launch Where: Taj Krishna The luxury automotive manufacturer Audi launched the most awaited new second generation Audi Q5 in Hyderabad. All the car fanatics were present at the event to see the unveiling of the new Audi car, the event was followed by small musical performance. Guests were seen decked up for the launch event where they socialized and also bonded over delicious food.

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What: Basant Utsav Where: Allure Botique in Banjara Hills The cities well known ladies celebrated the occasion of Basant Utsav exclusively with the Allure the silver boutique. All the guests were dressed up glamorously for the event they were seen having fun as they shopped. All the ladies were seen laughing and spending good time with their friends also enjoyed some of the lip smacking food. It was a day well spent for all the ladies.


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Imran Mirza, Lt. Genrel Paramjit, Raunaq, Mr. Padmanabhaiah Chairman ASCI

Mr. Abid

Mr. Ved Kumar & Mr. Asad Ulla

Ravita, Noor, Mohd Baig & Mala

Neerab Prasad

Enthralling Gazal Night

What: Raunaq Yar Khan’s cocktail dinner party Where: ITC Kakatiya Raunaq Yar Khan hosted a cocktail dinner evening with gazals as the highlight, though the 100 guests for this evening were carefully selected from his varied but personal list of appropriate and appreciating friends, it was done with an eye on furthering his intention of popularizing gazals as a form of entertainment in Hyderabad’s social gatherings. Raunaq is a direct Great Grandson of his Highness Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, the secular, poetic VI Nizam (Ruler/King) of Hyderabad, who penned his poetry under the name of “Asaf”. Raunaq says he will repeat these gatherings of a 100, but remixed guests, as often as twice every season till the trend catches on. People who were spotted are Mr. Imran Mirza Sania Mirza’s father and mentor in Tennis, Mr. Rajeev Reddy Country Club Chief, Lt. Genral Paramjit Singh, Mrs. General Paramjeet Singh, Mr. Padmanabhaiah Chairman of ASCI, Mr. Ajay Misra senior IAS, Mr. Virender Razdan Area Manager ITC Hotels, Mr. Ved Kumar Founder Forum for better Hyderabad, Mr Asad Ulla Ex-President Secunderabad Club, Daphne D’mello retired IAS chairperson Alliance Francais, Ajit Bararia of Bararia Foundation, Janaki Lagdapati social worker and wife of Lanco founder and politician, Amer Javeed National politicians at national level, Mr and Mrs Rajat Kumar principal secretariat Irrigation and forests, Mr. Ravinder Ex-Regional head of Raheja Group, Rohit Dar GM of Westin Hotel, Mr. Hoshang GM of Oakwood Hotel, Mr. Surat Singh Honorable Consulate General of Lesotho, Sunny Singh director of Namdhari Group, Asma budding designer with Jasveen founder of Save the lake, Sharon founder of Telangana Artist Association with Rashed, Mr. Yamuna Kishore director and E-Coloumnist, Ravita acclaimed designer, Mr. Sandeep Joshi GM of Radisson Blu, Mrs. Kaviya Kishna Reddy of BJP, Ajit Bararia of Bararia Art foundation, Mr. Neerab Prasad Gupta senior IAS AP government, Mr. Fazle who is the great grandson of world renowned musician Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan.

Janaki Lagdapati, Khaleeq Ur Rahman & Amer Javeed

Asma, Jasveen, Bhargavi & Nargis


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Yamuna Kishore Mr. Ajay Misra

Ravinder, Rohit Dar & Mr. Hoshang

Manju & Samina

Mr. Virender Razdan

Mr.Paramjit Singh & Mrs. Seema Singh

Mrs. Kaviya Kishan Reddy

Mr. Surat Singh & Sunny Singh

Mr. Sandeep Joshi

Rajeev Reddy

Noor Alam

Mr. & Mrs. Rajat Kumar

Rashed & Inayah

Gazal Exponent Mala & Ajit Bararia

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Khalari Reddy

Mohammed Akbar, Ameena, Madhia & Maria Hashmi

Grand Ceremony

What: Aqeeqa Ceremony Where: Banjara Function Hall Mr and Mrs. Mohamed Akber Hashmi proud parents of Madiha Hashmi and Misha Hashmi held a grand celebration of Aqeeqa where the children read the holy book. The parents were the perfect hosts for the evening as they welcomed the guests. Guests were seen enjoying the food and had a really nice evening.


Geeta Reddy



Raj Thakur


Launch Diaries


What: Vanah Launch Where: Glass House, Jalavihar Esma Voloder, a Bosnian-Australian actress, model and beauty pageant title holder who was crowned Miss World Australia 2017 launched Vanah, Luxury bath and body products. Marg also aims to bolster the economic development of women by conducting skill development trainings and livelihood creation.

Esma Voloder


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Ritu, Arpana & Sushmita

Sita, Nikita & Vrinda

Grooving On A Sundowner Party

What: Kitty Party Where: Farzi cafe Sushmita, Ritu and Arpana hosted an amazing sundowner party in the city. It was a theme based party where everyone had to dress with plain shades and a hat. All the guests put on their best outfits, the party started with few drinks and lip smacking snacks. Ladies were seen dancing and talking, all of them were having a good time together.


Neeru Mohan


Sangeeta Sangvi

High on Food

What: The Food Show Cooking Where: Taj Deccan Lions Club of Hyderabad Petals president Aakansha Kedia hosted a fun session with Love provides for the soul cooking with Smita. For the ladies the evening was all about food, they made the most of it as they got to learn new dishes and also tasted the food. All the guests put on their best outfit and took pictures with chef Smita.


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ARIES March 21 - April 19


It’s said: “Fish and bread keep a poor man fed”. However, this proverb can’t be applied to Aries in February. Horoscope for the second month of 2018 advises that Aries will not belong to the modest ones who would be happy only with the basic. The 10 gigabyte data on your mobile phone will evaporate faster than a lemonade may disappear in hot summer. Similarly, when you will look at the sum of your spending on food, clothing and entertainment, it will give you the shivers. Aries, do not worry. The February horoscope only recommends – curb a bit your sense of cultivated taste accompanied by great generosity.

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FEBRUARY 2018 CANCER June 21 - July 22

The beginning of 2018 is a favourable period for Cancer. February is a month when you will be able to solve all important issues – things will fit perfectly together as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The February horoscope recommends to go often into nature, especially for all people born under the Cancer zodiac sign. Here you will find new energy, which is necessary for the next period of the year. The horoscope also reveals that you will probably receive an interesting offer. When you will doubt whether to accept it, simply toss a coin and hear the voice of your fate!

TAURUS April 20 - May 20

Taurus, in February you will tend to solve problems scientifically. Definitely, you will bet on some “wise” book, a bestseller, rather than on telepathy or intuition. But if Taurus is troubled by unhappy love, or if you have problems in relationships with colleagues or superiors, even the best advice found in books or on the Internet may not work well. During February, you will find out if you have really good friends. Taurus, the 2018 horoscope tells that close friends, but no one else, will help you overcome the difficulties and will give you best advice on how to prosper.

GEMINI May 21 - June 20

It’s time for your hobby! February is the right moment for creativity, also for rest, and for building lasting relationships. The horoscope encourages Gemini – If you like design, take a pencil and try to design a brand new chair. A skilful joiner can certainly turn your draft into a real piece of art. And such a unique piece of furniture can also serve as a gift for the one you love. But, if you love animals, adopt a giraffe and support the local zoo. Finally, February 2018 offers an ideal opportunity to test manual skills as well. Gemini, you can knit up a scarf, make a bird feeder or try to prepare a real handmade three-tier cake for your friends.

VIRGO August 23 - September 22 AQUARIUS January 20 - February 18 Aquarius should be alert in February. The desire for retaliation may easily dominate the mind. Obviously, the world is not just. Everything that does the beloved counterpart, mother-in-law or colleagues at work can certainly not be called as “the road to paradise”. But the right answer to the occasional offense is not emotional terrorism. Aquarius, the horoscope recommends that if someone is behaving badly let him or her know that you will not accept such offense for the second time. That is all.

February 2018 will be a bumpy road for Virgo. The horoscope encourages men and women born under this zodiac sign to prepare for an unpleasant surprise. Virgo loves comfort, but you have to do without it for a while. Your diplomatic / dramatic talent will be at the forefront. (Virgo usually keep this skill for worse times). Virgo, there may be no other choice but to act. If you are not sure about the right solution, simply join those who have more experience than you.


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LIBRA September 23 - October 22

SCORPIO October 23 - November 21

CAPRICORN December 22 - January 19

SAGITTARIUS November 22 - December 21

LEO July 23 - August 22

PISCES February 19 - March 20

Libra is known for loving the order. But of course, “too many cooks spoil the broth” is the saying. If you have to arrange a children’s train trip, a corporate party, and a new golf club website that has offered you membership, Libra will get a serious headache. So, we are afraid that in February, people born under Libra will reach the limits of their managerial skills. It is enough when you are in the hurry and you just scratch one important piece of information on the “post-it” paper, and everything may soon go wrong. This yellow paper may accidentally disappear from the fridge, or from the bulletin board, or from the door. Therefore the horoscope warns Libra, stay careful and do not be afraid to say “NO” if you do not already have the situation under control.

Capricorn can expect a great opportunity; you may find a real golden vein during February. However, you do not have to fly to Alaska and buy all the gold mining equipment. It seems that the greatest power of Capricorn lies in interpersonal relationships and in the ability to negotiate, persuade, and bring people together. It will be safe to sneak through tough questions in unpleasant conversations, as if it was the 2018 Slalom World Championship in St. Moritz. If you got into troubles in marriage or partnership last year, now comes the ideal time to fix it.

It seems that you should concentrate on education. However, the February horoscope of 2018 shows Leo’s tasks in slightly different light. Leo’s mind will constantly hover in clouds, in the land of dreams and fantasy. Leo may simply fall in love. Who would in such case be interested in Excel charts? Who would be interested in the Latin name of the thigh muscle? Who would be interested in all the works of Ernest Hemingway when the most amazing “babe” is near you? A loud shot from a cannon, let alone an alarm clock, is useless in such case.

February 2018 will stimulate Scorpio’s ability to solve very complex tasks. What is also characteristic is the fact that if you decide to buy a new dress or a tie, it will definitely be some unique piece with complicated ornaments or patterns.Scorpio, it is very likely that after the demanding performance of your gray cerebral cortex, you will also appreciate your comfortable bed as well as your loving partner’s arms. In this regard, you will be definitely lucky. Although relationships may be tempestuous in February, Scorpio simply need to feel the pure intensity in love.

Sagittarius, do you know the movie ‘All is Lost’ with the famous actor Robert Redford? If not, it might be worth to see it now. February 2018 can bring you a similar worry. Sagittarius, you can feel lonely on your voyage, even though you might have imagined that loneliness would be the source of the desired relaxation. The horoscope highlights that the boundary between perfect relaxation and desperate solitude is quite thin. Do not forget to think about “saving for a rainy day “. Keep all the little but important things in mind during whole February (from one spare battery pack for your mobile phone to one extra pack of sugar in the pantry). And do not worry, everything will go well, in your life as well as in the movie.

Pisces, you will perceive the beginning of the 2018 as moving at snail’s pace. But do not be fooled. Things look different at first glance and in comparison with closer examination. A snail can unexpectedly become a tiger that throws away its shell and leaps forward generically. February will therefore be the month when Pisces may overcome prolonged health problems that are also related to slow pace of work. In some cases, the process of healing may be miraculous and strong as the story of Harry Potter. According to the horoscope, you may also enjoy interesting encounters and meet new people. Pisces, you’ll actually enjoy February, although it may not look like it now!


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