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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK With this first issue for 2012, I wish every reader; a happy and a prosperous New Year. As an element of surprise, we have given the magazine a more attractive look inside out – a new beginning. Kritika Kamra is on the cover. She talks to Tulip about her fame in small screen, her most cherished childhood memories and how happy she is, with the way fortune stars have shown her the road to success, in a short time. Expedition category for this issue features – most frequented winter destinations in India, matching the likes and preferences of not just Indians, but every outsider touring India. Fitness pioneer – Dinaz Vervatwala, on an up-close interview, mentions how people these days approach towards fitness and being healthy, from being a Chartered Accountant to taking up fitness as her profession and on why she considers it an opportunity to stay fit. Special Bonding features the big guns of Hyderabad – Kishan and Sarita Lohiya, disclosing the wonderful rapport they share among themselves, with their family members and being productive in business. Article on fashion stands out, as it throws light on exclusive stores in the city, which offer apparel and accessories of unmatched quality and range. Sankranti – the first festival on Indian calendar, is given due importance the way it is celebrated. Students of Hamstech convey a message about the importance of Solid Waste Management. THREE THINGS I LEARNED FROM THIS ISSUE It’s amazing the way people are becoming more fashion conscious. The recent success of Hyderabad International Fashion Week will certainly show a unique impact. It may be a little less known, but Hyderabadis are catching up with this new concept of being fit and healthy – Hot Yoga. It is every individual’s responsibility to understand and implement required measures to manage solid waste.

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Sunday Brunch @ La Cantina

Every Sunday, through January, 12:00 onwards With a 5-course menu, a live taco bar, a chocolate buffet and gallons of spirits – it’s an ultimate Mexican experience. Contact – Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Ph No. 66824422


Autumn Winter Collection Through January, 11:00 – 21:00 Scullers introduce After Hours – featuring elegant and distinctive clothing for evenings, for women and men. Check out the season’s most distinct range of jackets, sweaters and woolen accessories. Contact – Scullers. Ph No. 23352313


Sunday Brunch Every Sunday, through January

Drop in for a great Sunday Brunch where you can make your own brunch from the menu. Choose any juice, soup, appetizers, salad, main course, made-toorders and etc. Contact – Sweet Nirvana, Ph No. 42414343 Sunday Brunch @ Arena Every Sunday, through January A little bit of everybody is what a family is made of. There is something for everyone – grills, pastas, kiddy corner, Indian, Continental and Oriental cuisines and an array of desserts. Contact – Taj Deccan, Ph No. 66663939




Sunday Brunch @ Arena Through January


Workshop with Astad Deboo January 9th


Spin and Win @ The Bar Through January,

18:00 – 22:00 Spin the wheel of fortune for a chance to win deals in your drinks bill every day. Contact – Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Ph No. 66250000


PASCH – Exchange Programme January 10 – 16

In collaboration with Kalakriti Art Gallery, Astad Deboo; a well known dancer, choreographer and trainer will conduct workshops with children.

In its continuous pursuit to bring the German language and culture closer to the youth, GoetheZentrum Hyderabad is engaged in the PASCH.

Contact – Goethe - Zentrum, Ph No. 65526443

Contact – Sreenidhi International School, Ph No. 23351022


Triotonos January 16, 19:00 Hyderabad Literary


Hyderabad Literary Festival January 16 – 18

Festival, a young World-Music Jazz Group from Germany, comprising an Indian, a Bolivian and two German musicians, blends various music.

The festival offers a unique opportunity for lovers of literature to listen to and interact with some of the best writers – established and upcoming.

Contact – Taramati Baradari, Ph No. 23521884

Contact – Taramati Baradari, Ph No. 23521884.


Happy Hours Through January

Food festivals, A little bit of all that is good to Buy a drink and get one as a eat, is what the Sunday brunches complimentary, during the upcoming are made of! There is something happy hours. for everyone – grills, pastas, OriContact – Bottles and Chimney. events and ental, Continental, Indian, an array Ph No. 27766464 of desserts and more. what’s new in Contact – Taj Deccan. Ph No. 66663939 town. All this Lunch Buffet Salmon Festival Indi Joe @ Encounters and lots more. 29 January 16 – 31 30 @Weekdays, through January Your guide Savour the taste of exotic A wide spread of Continental, Norwagian Salmon created with Chinese and Indian dishes with to the city finesse by the chefs. a mouth watering choice of desserts including - chocolate Contact – Taj Krishna, happenings! fountain for the kids. Ph No. 66662323 Contact – Indi Joe. Ph No. 66683333 12 JANUARY, 2012



Martini Evenings @ Seasons Bar

Weekdays, through January Enjoy the winter evenings with our Grey Goose Martinis with our crooner Kelly dishing out your favourite numbers, while enjoying the a la carte menu.

Contact – Taj Krishna, Ph No. 66662323


Executive Lunch Buffet

Through January, 12:30 – 15:30 Bistro specialty is the delicious food and the best choices from north and south India and also from Continental delicacies. Enjoy Indian and Oriental cuisines also. Contact – Abids Bistro. Ph No. 67123872



Seasonal Tastes @ Firdaus Through January

Savour the taste of garden fresh seasonal vegetables, specially prepared for you by the chefs. Enjoy the a la carte and bookmark menu. Contact – Taj Krishna. Ph No. 66662323


Train From Pakistan @ Bidri Through January

Catch your train to Pakistan - as our guest Chef Muhammad Amin Akhtar Khan from Islamabad takes you on a nostalgic journey of food with lavish gourmand ranging. Contact – Hyderabad Mariott Hotel & Convention Centre. Ph No. 27522226


DastarkhwanE-Awadh @ Deori

January 11 – 22, 19:00 onwards There will be a variety of Biryanis, Kebabs such as Galouti Kebab, Kakori Kebab, etc. There would be Nihari and Kormas to quench your thirst for rich curries. Contact – Ista Hyderabad, Ph No. 44508888


Cognac and Cigar @ Seasons Bar Through January

Seasons Bar OUTside opens up again as a cigar and cognac lounge; with a wide selection of Cognac, Rare whiskies, single malts and cigars. Contact – Taj Krishna. Ph No. 66662323

THURSDAY Mehfil-E-Ghazal @ Haldi Thursdays and Fridays, through January, 22:00 – 23:00 The taste of pure melody! Authentic Indian dishes served with the perfect accompaniment – live Hindustani music. It’s an absolute harmony. Contact – Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Ph No. 66250000



Liquid Buffet @ Underdeck

Through January, 19:30 – 22:30 Get unlimited liquor from selected domestic brands for Rs. 750/- and Rs. 999/- along with chef’s choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks. Contact – Taj Banjara. Ph No. 66669999 Hawaii Birds – Birdwatchers’ Society January 19, 18:30 Kilauea Point and the precious honeycreepers of the Alak’i Swamp to the windswept plains of Kohala and the native forest of Manua Kea, Hawaii is home to some of the rarest and most beautiful birds in the world. Contact – Goethe-Zentrum, Ph No. 65526443



Republic Day Special @ Encounters January 26

Remember this historic event of the country with our special lunch buffet spread. Contact – Taj Krishna. Ph No. 66662323






khwaish Exhibition January 6 – 7, 11:00 – 18:00

Shop for the upcoming festivals and wedding season! Check out the collection of Khwaaish. Contact – Taj Krishna. Ph No. 66662323


Global Street Food Festival @ The Square Every Saturday,

18:00 – 23:00 Wind your way through Europe and the Mediterranean, cross over to North America, drop anchor at the Americas and the Caribbean and make a brief halt at Asia. Contact – Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Ph No. 66250000


Friday Barbeques @ Al Fresco Every Friday, through January

Enjoy the live barbeque spread. The Alfresco turns into a magical setting and a live bar to carry on through the evening. Contact – Taj Krishna. Ph No. 66662323


Jerichow – German Movie Night January 20, 19:00


Karaoke Night Every Saturday, 21:00 – 23:45

Choose from a huge list of more than 10,000 pre-recorded music tracks. Sing your favourite song to impress your friends. Contact – Xtreme Sports Bar. Ph No. 8008692225


Lunch Buffet Weekends, through January, 12:00 – 15:00

Fate brings a trio together in Jerichow, a small town in eastern Germany plagued by a population exodus and unemployment. An ex-soldier’s encounter with a couple of Turkish descent. Contact – La Makaan, Ph No. 9642731329

Now you can eat all you can at News Café with their newly launched lunch buffet @ Rs. 295/(with a complimentary beer or a soft drink).

Caribbean Fridays @ The Square Every Friday, through January, 18:30 onwards Set the tone for the weekend with a leisurely trip to Jamaica. Grab a shack, sip on a cold one and let the reggae flow through your soul. Contact – Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre, Ph No. 66824422.

65th IRIA


Contact – News Café. Ph No. 40101234


January 28 – 31, 11:00 – 14:00

The 65th Annual Conference of Indian Radiological and Imaging Association - 2012 (IRIA 2012) will be organized by Andhra Pradesh state chapter of IRIA. Contact – HICC. Ph No. 66824422

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Files For Divorce


The Los Angeles Lakers All-Star is on the way to being a single man, as TMZ reports that his wife of 10+ years is ending their marriage. The split coming after Vanessa stuck by her man’s side through an alleged sexual assault by Kobe in 1993 during a visit to Colorado. Source tells, ‘She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough. This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.’ She’s also requesting spousal support, which is typical in divorce cases. Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support. The 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the empire Kobe built over the last decade. The report adds that Mrs. Bryant submitted the papers, while seeking joint custody of their two daughters, 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Gianna, including primary care with her basketball star ex permitted visitation.


Top-Earning Singer She was born to be a megastar, apparently. With a staggering $90 million earned in 2011, Lady Gaga made more money than any female singer, by a mile. Taylor Swift was second with half of that total - a paltry $45 million. Katy Perry was right behind Swift with $44 million, while Beyonce Knowles and Rihanna finished off the top five, earning $35 million and $29 million respectively. Gaga’s impressive earnings were mainly due to her tour, which grossed $1.3 million a night, as well the Born This Way singer’s many endorsement deals. The earnings estimates were compiled by Forbes with help from data from Pollstar, RIAA and others; as well as extensive interviews with industry insiders. The totals encompass all aggregate pre-tax income earned from May 2010-May 2011, before expenses, i.e. subtracting agent and manager fees, and so on. The 10 top earning women in music – Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Rihanna, Pink, Carrie Underwood and others.


Not Seeking New Fake Husband Kim Kardashian is cooling it on the dating front for awhile. Recently, Kardashian Khaos boutique at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the star says she’s remaining upbeat despite a rough 2011. ‘I am really thinking that 2011 was a lot of learning lessons,’ Kim says of the past 12 months, which saw her get engaged, married and split from Kris Humphries. ‘In 2012, I am just excited for the New Year and the new me.’ Will the new Kim be just as phony and dull as the old one? Stay tuned! Despite the sad, fast end of her fake marriage to Humphries, the superstar insisted she hasn’t ruled out getting married a third time (she was married to Damon Thomas for several years before the Kim Kardashian sex tape with Ray J made her famous. ‘I believe in love always,’ the 31-year-old said. ‘I am just not looking.’ Reportedly, Kardashian has control over Kourtney & Kim Take New York’s content and has gone out of her way to portray herself as the victim in this divorce, something her ex-husband is far from pleased about, considering he thinks the entire marriage was a deception on Kim’s part. ‘He was nothing more than a disposable groom, used for ratings. He feels he deserves some type of compensation.’

14 JANUARY, 2012




Is Expecting A Baby


Actress Shilpa Shetty has confirmed she is expecting her first child with husband Raj Kundra. The 36-year-old star, who also found fame in the UK on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007, took to her Twitter page to tell fans her happy news. She wrote - ‘Tweetos, YES’ an addition to our family is our confirmation to all queries. We seek blessings from all.’ This is the first child for Shilpa Shetty. But her London-based businessman Kundra husband, who she married in 2009, has a daughter from a previous relationship. Shilpa Shetty is thought to be in her second trimester. A source close to the actress is quoted as saying - ‘Shilpa suffered a miscarriage earlier this year, so this time Raj and she did not want to break the news till the first trimester was complete. Now, she has started telling her close friends.’ And friends of the actress have already started congratulating the couple on Twitter. Actress Raveena Tandon tweeted - ‘So happy for my friend @TheShilpaShetty and her husband Raj, for the new, on the way, angel of happiness.’ And director Ken Ghosh wrote on his Twitter page - ‘So happy for @TheShilpaShetty and Raj – as they are expecting their first child – God bless!’


Big Money To Trainer

Hrithik Roshan had been bedridden with his back injury for quite some time now. The actor, who now needs to get back in shape for his superhero avatar in the Krrish sequel, is leaving no stone unturned for the same. Hrithik, who had been reportedly helping his father on the sets of the film, has hired one of the most expensive physical trainers for himself. Trainer Kris Gethin and his wife Maraica Johnson have been flown down from the US and have been put up in a plush service apartment in Juhu by the actor. Krish and Maraica will reportedly stay in Mumbai till February 2012. Hrithik will be training with them for three months. The body building process that Kris uses is called DTP. Hrithik will have to go through rigorous training sessions that will change every week. Hrithik is paying Rs. 20 lakh per month for the training session.


More Popular Than Bollywood Stars Indo-Canadian Sunny Leone has been crowned India’s most googled celebrity, beating Bollywood divas - Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. It is believed that her stint inside the Bigg Boss house has helped her to top the charts with fans searching for her five times more than Katrina, twice as much as Aishwarya and nine times more than Kareena. Data collected from Google Trends reveals that her biggest fans are based in Noida where surfers have clocked up the most number of searches downloading photos and videos followed by Bhubaneswar, Ludhiana and Bhopal. Bollywood Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who had met the star inside the house and offered her a role in his next film - Jism 2, said that he was not surprised by her popularity. ‘This is not a sudden phenomenon. The world has a sweet tooth for sex and it has been happening since the dawn of time,’ the Mirror quoted him as saying – ‘I don’t have a crystal ball to predict her future. Sunny Leone is a woman of rare integrity who is in the driving seat of life and is not apologetic about what she does,’ Mahesh Bhatt added. 16 JANUARY, 2012

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Signs Lakshmi Manchu

After making her Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Varma’s Department, she has now signed a prestigious Tamil movie to be directed by Mani Ratnam. It is a well known fact that ace director Mani Ratnam is all set to begin his next project, tentatively titled as Pookadai, soon in Nagercoil. Yesteryear hero Karthik’s son Gautham will make his Kollywood debut through this project while Radha’s daughter Thulasi or Sonam Kapoor is likely to play the female lead. Now the latest buzz is that director has signed Telugu star Mohan Babu’s daughter Lakshmi Manchu to play a prominent role in the film. However it is still unknown what role she will play in this flick. Veteran cinematographer Rajeev Menon and music director A.R. Rahman will reportedly be a part of this project. The actress took Twitter to share her excitement to be part of maverick filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s flick. She wrote, ‘What an amazing day! Launched Tamil film with @itsmemanoj as producer and signed a movie as an actor with Mani Ratnam himself. Doesn’t get bigger.’


With Subtitles

Following the success of Mahesh Babu’s previous movie - Dookudu in USA, where the film reportedly collected 1 million dollars in the first weekend itself, the makers of Mahesh Babu’s new film Businessman have decided to screen the film for the non-Telugu speaking communities in USA with subtitles. This is the first time in Tollywood’s history that a Telugu film is being released in the US with subtitles. Puri Jagannath has finished the shoots of his much-hyped The Businessman in a quick succession. The director has completed the filming in less than 75 days thereby setting an example for the filmmakers, who take years together to finish a film. The Pokiri director says that the shooting has been completed in 74 days. It went smoothly as they planned before. The post-production works have been started and Mahesh Babu will be dubbing for his role from today. Puri Jagannath, who has delivered a series of flop in the recent years, is confident of his forthcoming Telugu film.


Samantha & Bellamkonda Suresh In connection with a complaint filed by leading Tollywood producer Bellamkonda Suresh against actress Samantha, alleging that the actress did not allot her dates for his new film even after taking the advance amount, the Producers’ Council recently called for a meeting to sort out the issue. In response to the complaint Samantha said that unacceptable changes had been made in the script and hence she had quit the movie. A source said that after the film’s director Nandini Reddy confirmed Siddharth as the lead actor, the original script underwent a major change. ‘Sid allegedly did not like Sam’s character overriding his role. He reportedly insisted on some changes and Nandini succumbed to the pressure,’ the source said. Samantha said that she was ready to do the film if the producers stuck to the original script.

18 JANUARY, 2012




Warns Massa!

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is adamant the Scuderia will rise again, saying all the ingredients are in place. The Italian stable had a dismal 2011 campaign by their lofty standards, claiming just one race victory at the British GP. Lacking the pace needed to challenge the Red Bulls, Ferrari also fell behind the McLarens, finishing third in the Constructors’ Championship. Di Montezemolo though, is adamant his team can turn their fortunes around next season. ‘Work is going on in all areas to improve - from the design of the new car, to the simulation work, from preparing for the pit stops, to the starts and so on.’ The 64-year-old, who was speaking at Ferrari’s Christmas lunch, which was attended by all the men and women who work on the racing side for the Maranello Company, also fired a warning shot at one of his own drivers, Felipe Massa. The Brazilian was disappointing this season as he failed to reach the podium and instead only made headlines through his on-track battles with Lewis Hamilton. And his President has warned him that he needs to up his game next year; which could be his last, with Ferrari.



Rookie Award

Tom Lewis has followed in the footsteps of his home club’s most famous figure, Sir Nick Faldo, by being named as the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2011. The 20-yearold Englishman from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire claimed the prestigious award 34 years after six-time major champion Faldo also received the accolade before going on to become the most successful English golfer of all time. ‘I appreciate this honour very much! It certainly tops off what has been an amazing year. I think my dad is more excited about me winning this award than my first Tour victory in October! I am very proud to be named The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and I feel very fortunate as there were some strong contenders for this title who played consistently well all season’ said Lewis, speaking from the sunshine island of Mauritius where he took part in the Mauritius Open.


No Competition To Rohit Virat Kohli doesn’t see any competition with Rohit Sharma on the ongoing Australian tour or in near future as he has little doubt that both would be serving the team in the days to come. ‘We know, in future we are going to play for the team so I don’t see any competition in that, it’s just a matter of who gets to play when, who gets into that zone and start scoring runs. I kept being asked this question - there is always competition for a particular spot in the team. You’ve 2-3 good players waiting to grab the chance.’ While Kohli’s consistency over the past one year has helped him stake claim for the number six spot, Sharma; after his brilliant batting display against the West Indies recently, is giving the Delhi lad competition. ‘Rohit and I have had some good stands together. It’s good for Indian cricket, in future when the situation arises and then we have a better understanding. It’s a healthy competition and it’s good for the team’ – Kohli quoted. 20 JANUARY, 2012




Sree Kavya

Gayatri & Priya

LUNCH For a Cause


Hyderabad Ladies Circle 43 did a fund-raising event along with Project 511 that is committed in improving the quality of education imparted in government schools. Recently, they also furnished the school in terms of benches, science and computer lab and others. Project 511 is run by the Hyderabad Round Table No.8 Charitable Trust and works with Government Schools in Hyderabad. Their motto is Friendship and Service. The collected funds were used in furnishing the schools with black boards, benches, tables, improving the quality of education.



RED BULL Music Academy

Reb Bull party 22 JANUARY, 2012

A truly national tour, taking place in 9 cities, Red Bull Music Academy Home Grown was at Hyderabad, with Jalebee Cartel and B.L.O.T who mixed, grooved and dazzled the crowd all night long. The Class of ‘11 showcased their stuff and gave the crowd a taste of everything they have learnt since their participation in the music lab, that is the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp. Red Bull Music Academy Home grown at Hyderabad was a huge success, where the audience experienced a unique style of music, but surely enjoyed it to the hilt. Ashwin from Jalebee Cartel said that it was an awesome party at Hyderabad.



Sabina DJ Amit Saxena

Jyotsna & Mayuri

WEAR YOUR HEELS @ Cointreau Night

DJShweth Shweth DJ

PNS Prasad


Cointreau, world’s most famous orange liqueur; gave ladies of Hyderabad a reason to flaunt high heels at the first ever Cointreau High Heel Night at the chic watering hole - Ohris 1857 Jal Vihar. The night was set on fire with women not only enjoying the heel measuring ritual, but also mixing Cointreau’s signature drink, the Cointreaupolitan, in cute pink shakers. The night was thoroughly Cointreauversial in its true sense - style and glam unleashed at the same time! Made from a perfect balance of bitter and sweet orange peels, Cointreau is best known as a key ingredient in the most popular cocktails like - Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Sidecar and White Lady.

Walking in


A.K. Solanky & Kishan


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Pretty Smile

Jayanth Paranji

Annu Kishor



@ Salz

Archie Paranji

Our city socialites were spotted at the launch of Salz, a trans-continental cuisine restaurant located in Jubilee Hills. This beautifully designed two floor restaurant not only serves tasty food but also gives you a refreshing view of the whole city. Rummy Azad, Madhu Jain, Anchal Bahirwani, Prabjyot, Manjula Narsa and others were seen pampering their taste buds.

Dalem Sen

Dr. Raghu Ram

Harsh Vardhan

Aparna & Rajashekar



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Jayanth Reddy



KEEP BREWING Launch of 7 Oven Cafe Seven overn cafĂŠ was inaugurated by Bollywood director - Madhur Bhandarkar, who was accompanied by Asmita Sood, Poonam Kaur, Venkat and many others. Complimentary Hookah, Cup cakes and pastries were served to all the guests. On the inauguration Madhur Bhandarkar also mentioned about his forth-coming movie heroine. He complemented actress Kareena Kapoor who is main lead of the film. He also added that she has worn over 125 costumes in the movie. People who were spotted at the occasion are Mehjabeen, DJ Sharon, Luvraj and many others.


Poonam Kaur, Hameed, Madhur Bhandarkar & Asmita Sood




PAINT THE TOWN Purple Hyderabad’s leading real estate player with more than two decades of legacy in architectural excellence launched their premium luxury and exclusive villa complex - Purple Town. The villas are designed to deliver a living experience that is soothing, relaxing and exciting for people to stay in and enjoy. The villas which offer cutting edge practical designs are eco-friendly and will be spread over lush green landscape. They also offer world class state-of-art facilities paired with serene ambience and unmatched environment. Earthquake resistant and damp proof, waste water management supported by a water harvesting system are thoughtful additions.

Lady in black

Model striking a pose 26 JANUARY, 2012


Shravan with models



Sridevi & Boney Kapoor Aftab Shivdasani


Sonu Sood

Kangana Ranaut

The Celebrity Cricket League is back and is better! The recent curtain show saw fans and stars alike, as the six teams involving in this tournament, were presented to the media. This curtain raiser also had the launch of the official 2012 CCLT20 Calendar, which will feature beautiful actresses - Aindrita Ray, Amala Paul, Bhavana, Charmi, Deeksha Seth, Genelia, Kajal Agarwal, Kangna Ranaut, Lakshmi Rai, Madhuri Bhattacharya, Priyamani, Richa Gangopadhyay, Riya Sen, Sameera Reddy, Shriya Saran and Sonakshi Sinha; who are supporting their teams from the sidelines, shot at beautiful locales.

Salman Khan

Samira Reddy






Bobby Deol


Sonu Nigam

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Yash & Nikita

Sabita & Arya

Abdul Ghani & Aziz



Winter carnival was organized at the Meridian Kids School, Jubilee Hills by school head Ms. Amulya Reddy and Ms Anita Jetley. A beautiful sunsoaked day for children, parents and teachers to enjoy and interact with family and friends. The visitors went to all the stalls and treated themselves to a day of fun, joy and festivity. At the fete, the games held magnetic attraction for all. Face painting, Hoopla, Bowling, Photo booth were some of the entertainment stalls. Pink Rhino, The Meridian Discotheque in the foot tapping music from the latest chartbusters had not only the children, but adults too swing to the rhythm. The fun-filled day offered a variety of activities which people of all ages enjoyed. The crowd left the venue reluctantly hoping that such events would come more often.




Tanay & Aryan 28 JANUARY, 2012

Malini & Abhinav

Anita Chowdry

Romana & Nahir

Anita Jetley

Usha Reddy


m o r F y a D A Her Diary...


By Adit ya Tej

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STARING MY DAY WITH COFFEE I wake up at 4 everyday, to have two cups of hot coffee. I make it by myself! I give a break of 15 min. before having the second coffee. This will go on for a half hour. During this time, I don’t want anyone to be around me. Having coffee at this time fills my stomach and sustains me for nearly four hours. I then have a shower, get ready and be in a spiritual mode for 20 minutes (which involves - offering prayers, lighting diyas and incense sticks - in a way to energize all the rooms. I then sit in a state of blankness for a while, without any thought flow in mind.

5:15 I get ready and leave home at this time. My fitness studio is adjoined to my residence which makes it comfortable enough for me. This is where I have my fitness classes. Clients get upset in my absence here, even for a day. Though I train several business people and socialites, I treat them all equally. I have equal respect for everyone. ‘I believe in keeping the feet on the ground and not get carried away with success. That is why people who are associated with me, show respect towards me. I do not misuse my friendship and associations.’

8:00 – 8:30 This is my breakfast time. I mostly have egg-whites and fruits (which include – Melons, Papaya, Kiwi, Strawberry, Figs and others) for the first three days of a week and omelettes for the next. Occasionally, it could be Ravo (a Parsi delicacy made with Bombay Rava, milk, sugar and dry fruits inside). On Sundays, it’s always two Parathas and a cup of tea. From 8:30 – 9:00, I read the newspaper. I scan all the papers as I want to be updated with happening around. I also finish my mails.

‘Fitness is synonymous to discipline. Every step you take falls under fitness category. I take it as an opportunity to be fit.’ ‘Only 0.1% of population across all major cities in India goes to gyms. Only 10 – 15% of the sector is organized. It’s a hapless situation. Health awareness is emerging out very slowly. People are willing to spend money but not time and dedication. Lifestyles have become sedentary. At any party, get-together or an occasion; love is being shown through excess food. At weddings, there is an overdose of food being displayed and a similar situation at homes also. The calorie consumption has gone up lead ing to excess body weight, which in turn lead to health issues.’ 30 JANUARY, 2012

9:00 I go back to my training classes which will go on till 11:15. I teach while I learn! At 11:15, I take a break (though I have a lot of showers in between). I go home, get ready and come back to office. I have a cup of coffee again with some fiber biscuits. I cannot consume Oats or brown rice as I am intolerant to these.



Then the phone rings and I meet people and talk to them about how they had their fitness classes and take reviews. I call up other branches in the city and have a talk with them on how the classes are going.


5:15 - 6:15

At sharp 13:00, I have my lunch (a bowl of Dal and assorted vegetables). I mostly have vegetarian food for lunch. At times, I also have a bowl of salad. Post lunch, I relax and sit silently for a few minutes. After 14:00, I come back to my office.

I take another Aerobics class for an hour. A client’s attention span reduces, if an Aerobics session lasts for more than an hour. It is also according to the standard rules. As I take high intensity classes, I often relax. Music and dance are the ultimate distressing therapies, if I face any pressure. There are people of all age groups. I have to visit other centers as well and take classes there. By the time I come home, it will be 19:00. I answer all the questions, clear doubts (if any) about every Aerobic session. I keep my knowledge on fitness updated, by constantly involving in education programs. But these days, everything is available on Google. I also enroll for a lot of online programs.

5 THINGS PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME… I am a little fainthearted.


‘I was a Chartered Accountant by profession initially. But I had more respect for fitness industry to which I contributed so much. I am very passionate about this industry and there is nothing else equally important as this one is, for me. My family (husband in particular) supported me a lot. I have always been a self-motivated person. My husband once said he never met anyone who is as hard working as I am.’


I have high levels of Spirituality.


I am a homely person (something people may not believe this). I don’t like to go out much. I do not party much either, as I have to wake up early every morning for my fitness classes; for which I need to sleep early.


I love nature. I like to just sit and stare at nature and be in a state of complete blankness and with no thoughts in my mind.


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Most people are not aware of the importance of pets in our lives, but they can be good for us as we get older. A natural part of our awareness of self-esteem is of course our mindset of being invaluable. Therefore, pets have the ability to allow seniors to fulfill those needs by way of empowering them to provide for someone else. Who? Well, naturally if they have pets they have the responsibility to look after them daily…



TURTLES Turtles aren’t as complicated to care for, but many die in captivity because they aren’t treated with the same degree of care and attention their furbearing counterparts. If they are properly cared for, turtles can live for many decades, but this requires you pay close attention to their diets, living arrangements and treatment. As

far as water is concerned, avoid using tap water for your turtle tank, as chlorine and fluoride are present in tap water and can disturb the pH balance. Use natural spring water for your turtle’s drinking water and de-chlorinated water for the swimming area. You can remove the chlorine from water by letting it sit for 24 hours before putting it in the tank. Some people argue that using chlorinated water helps prevent deadly bacteria from forming, but we’ll let you decide. 32 JANUARY, 2012

The Poodle is a lively and sensible dog that can be somewhat excitable (more so for the toy and miniature varieties, less so for the standard poodle). They are extremely responsive to obedience training and will be able to learn almost anything. Standard poodles are playful, enjoy being with children, are generally quiet and make excellent family dogs. They have very curly coats and come in a variety of solid colors

Remember to wash your hands after handling your turtles, in order to avoid contamination. Not all turtles are carry salmonella, but it is safer to maintain good hygiene when dealing with pets and their habitats. This goes for the turtle too, as you should keep its tank or pen clean and keep its water fresh and free of waste.

such as grey, white, black, cream, red, apricot, chocolate, blue or silver. Because of the curly coat and the fact that they are groomed frequently, poodles are good for people who have allergies to dogs. The general consensus is that the breed originated in Germany with an outside possibility of Russia. The Poodle is known as Puddlen or Pudel in German, which means a dog that likes to splash water. In France, it is known as the Caniche or Duck Dog. The Poodle’s ancestors are all good swimmers. Poodles come in a variety of sizes but are all considered the Poodles love to be with people and make wonderfully intelligent pets. There is a good reason they are often used as circus dogs – they are smart and love to learn tricks. Poodles make wonderful pets for allergy sufferers, as they don’t shed their hair. The Poodle requires a very strict grooming schedule. In addition, the small toy variety can be fragile and very young children could inadvertently harm the dog.


Don 2 takes place approximately five years after the first one with the ruthless Don (Khan) still at large and on every wanted list across the globe. Inexplicably, he surrenders himself to Interpol officers Roma (Priyanka Chopra), Malik (Om Puri) and the authorities in Kuala Lumpur in the hope of gaining immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for information on all his contacts and illegal activity. Once inside prison, he befriends his archenemy Vardhaan (Boman Irani) and escapes with him to carry out a cunning plan that will bring Europe to it’s knees and obviously earn him wades of cash in the process. Technically, the film is awesome with a special mention to Jason West for his outstanding cinematography. All the characters are strong and believable and the best part is none of the protagonists or antagonists are entirely black or white. They’re all grey, which make them relatable on some level. What’s more the film ties in well with the first part (and I’d definitely recommend you watch it first as there are quite a few references to it), making it a proper sequel. And it’s one of those rare sequels that’s better than its predecessor in almost every respect.

MOVIES IN DECEMBER AGNEEPATH Directed by: Karan Malhotra Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra In a small Indian village Mandwa, Vijay Dinanath Chauhan (Hrithik Roshan) is taught by his principled father about the path of fire - Agneepath. His life is completely shattered when the evil drug dealer Kancha (Sanjay Dutt) hangs his father to death. Vijay leaves for Bombay with his pregnant mother and has only one mission in life- to come back to Mandwa and bring back the glory of his father’s name. PLAYERS Directed by: Abaas - Mustan Star Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Bipasha Basu, Neil Nitin Mukesh Based on the Hollywood flick The Italian Job the Director duo Abbas – Mastan’s next film is named Players. It’s a multi-star cast film and a lot of anticipations rest on the same. The film will be an action thriller which is the director duo’s forte and they try to use the same kind of techniques and styles as the Hollywood flick has in it. But the desi touch is what makes the film worth watching for once if not more. THE DIVIDE Directed by: Xavier Gens Cast: Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia Nine strangers escape a nuclear attack by hiding out in the building’s bunker-like basement. Trapped for days underground with no hope for rescue and only unspeakable horrors awaiting them on the other side of the bunker door, the group begins to descend into madness, each turning on one another with physical and psychosexual torment. As supplies dwindle and tensions flare, they grow increasingly unhinged by their close quarters and hopelessness, each act against one another. While everyone in the bunker allows themselves to be overcome by desperation and lose their humanity, one survivor holds onto a thin chance for escape even with no promise of salvation on the outside.


‘One of a kind, I would say! Intense story with an interesting plot! This fourth installment of Mission Impossible series, kicks off with Trevor Hanaway - code-named - Cobalt (enacted by Josh Holloway), being executed by Sabine Moreau (played by Lea Seydoux) a French assassin on hire, over a task in Budapest. Jane Carter (performed by Paula Patton), Hanaway’s team leader and a newly appointed field agent Benji Dunn (played by Simon Pegg) manage to rescue IMF secret agent - Ethan Hunt (enacted by Tom Cruise) out of Moscow prison. In the midst of accomplishment, the bomb destructs Kremlin, resulting in Siridov, a Russian agent accusing Hunt and his team, plotting this strike. The Russians now consider this attack as an act of war, which forces the US authorities to initiate Ghost Protocol (a covert operation event, designed to disavow IMF), for which Hunt and his team are forced to blame themselves; but are allowed to break from the government and bring back Cobalt. Before IMF secretary dictates the entire mission ahead to Hunt and Brandt, Siridov and his forces kill him in his car. Hunt and his team now identifies that Cobalt was Kurt Hendricks (enacted by Michael Nyqvist - a Russian nuclear and the movie’s prime resister) who believes that the weak should die, paving the way for strong to live. Hendricks bombs Kremlin, acquires Russian nuclear launch control device and now is in quest of codes from Budapest courier, in order to launch a missile in USA. Hendricks anticipates Hunt’s strategy and takes the servers offline before sending a signal from a television tower, to a Russian nuclear submarine at Pacific which is targeted to San Francisco. Hunt now works on to prove that the IMF is innocent during the Kremlin attack. Weeks later, Hunt and his team meet again at lakeside restaurant and accept their new missions. While the action at Burj Khalifa deserves appreciation, I was lost admiring the plotline and direction.’ - By Aditya Tej



LOOSIES Director: Michael Corrente Stars: Peter Facinelli, Jaimie Alexander and Michael Madsen A young pickpocket in the New York subways, living a fast-free, lifestyle is confronted by a woman whom he had a one night affair with. She informs him that she is now pregnant with his child. He must now choose between continuing the lifestyle he lead or take responsibility for his actions.

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Dance with Dragons is set in a fictitious world reminiscent of Medieval Europe (primarily on a continent called Westeros). A Dance with Dragons picks up where A Storm of Swords left off and runs simultaneously with events in A Feast for Crows. The War of the Five Kings seems to be winding down. In the North, King Stannis Baratheon has installed himself at the Wall and vowed to win the support of the north-men to continue his struggle to claim the Iron Throne, although this is complicated by the fact that much of the west coast is under occupation by the iron born. Tyrion Lannister has been taken by ship across the Narrow Sea to Pentos, but his eventual goals are unknown even to him. In the far east, Daenerys Targaryen has conquered the city of Meereen, but has decided to stay and rule the city, honing her skills of leadership which will be needed when she travels on to Westeros. But Daenerys’ presence is now known to many in Westeros and from the Iron Islands and Dorne, from Oldtown and the Free Cities, emissaries are on their way to find her and use her cause for their own ends. The relationship that develops between the ages-old vampires and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans – and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well. The Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy.


t begins with absence and desire, blood and fear. When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to hold the world of magic at bay any longer. For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside human. There are also creative, destructive daemons and longlived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.

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he Secret of the Nagas is the second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the No 1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha. Shiva’s hunt for the Naga who killed his friend Brahaspati and targeted his wife Sati, takes him down India’s major river networks, searching for traitors and seeking allies in his war against evil. But evil is rising again, more potent than ever. A whole nation is dying. Another, suffering for no fault of its own! Everyone is suspect: new friends, old allies and even his philosopher guides. At every corner, Shiva finds evidence of Naga activity. A crown prince is murdered. A people held to ransom for a miracle drug made only by the Nagas. Shiva’s journey takes him across the length and breadth of Swadweep, to the land of the Brangas and further south, deep into the Dandak forest. Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries – only to find that nothing is what it seems. Book 2 of the Shiva trilogy takes up from the point where Shiva is dashing to save Sati at the end of The Immortals of Meluha. Does he succeed? His archenemy seems to be winning every encounter. All Shiva knows for sure is that the Chandravanshis aren’t evil. But then, neither are the Suryavanshis. So who or what is evil? And who is the mysterious Naga that stalks his family? What does he want? What is The Secret of the Nagas?




MPL® expects to be the most-trusted brand when it comes to steel. With a mix of high technology and skilled expertise, it has been rolling out quality steel products for more than 50 years. The focus is always on what the customer wants, will the customer like it and why should the customer buy MPL® products. This helps us to stay determined to produce quality products and provide excellent service to all the


business partners. MPL® spans a wide range of products from the steel and cement industry. Mild steel welded pipes and tubes are the flagship products under the MPL® brand. The company has recently launched a new product range of scaffolding systems. These support and formwork structures are catering to various engineering projects, construction companies, some of which are already esteemed clientele of the group. The brand has diversified interests in cement also. Over the past few months MPL® cement has been distributed through various channels across the entire state of Andhra Pradesh. The response from various customers, dealer and distributors has been overwhelming. A few other products under the MPL® banner are HR strips, Sponge Iron and a wide range of mild steel and cast iron products. MPL® has signed a MoU with the Govt. of Karnataka for its ambitious project of establishing a 1MTPA Integrated Steel Plant in Karnataka. Backed by our state-of-the art downstream facilities, we will have a strong supporting backbone with the establishment of Hitesh Agarwal, Ram Niranajan Agarwal, Mohanlal Agarwal & Vinod Agarwal completely integrated production facilities. The spirit reflected in the brand is due to their sheer hard work, dedication and t a time when transportation was with bullock-carts and people passion for work. With the support of these people, even during the mostly made houses out of wooden sticks, mud, etc., the group hardest of times, MPL® reputation stands strong even today. Being a founder Mr. Mohanlal Agarwal had other thoughts in his responsible corporate citizen, MPL® also has various social interests mind. He established the 1st steel re-rolling mill in the state of Andhra through its board. Pradesh under the name M/s Mahavir Steel Rolling Mills in the year 1959. We feel proud to have been the pioneers who have introduced steel to the state of A.P. Even the renowned Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant was established a couple of decades later. MPL® has ever since been the driving engines/in the forefront of the infrastructure growth of the country/state. The tagline ‘Spirit of Steel’ very aptly represents the values of the founder, stakeholders, employees and products of the company.



In July 2000, the company had expanded its activities under the forward integration plans and installed a pipe manufacturing division. Further the company had expanded its pipe manufacturing by setting up the second and third pipe mills during 2003 and 2008 respectively. The firm has also setup a W-strap line to meet the requirement of The Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd. The company is expanding the range of pipes it is producing by setting up a 4th pipe plant which will be commissioned shortly. Being the sole producer of narrow width H.R. Coils, the business has enjoyed a competitive edge over the other players in the South Indian Pipe market. To further establish its presence, the company has set up a branch office in Bangalore which undertakes the marketing operations in the region. The company has also expanded into manufacturing scaffolding equipment like cup-lock systems, adjustable props and H-frames. These products could be readily made from the existing products manufactured by the pipe division. Also, the boom seen in the recent years in the construction industry has lured the promoters into this business. Today, we are supplying our scaffolding systems to major projects in India. JANUARY, 2012 35



WINTER DESTINATIONS - INDIA Enjoy the best of your vacations in the chilly winters of India…

The weather offers excellent opportunities to revitalize your mind, body and soul. The extreme northern region of India is popular throughout the world for its snow deserts. Majestic snowcapped mountains, frozen glaciers, rivers and lakes, the rarest of wildlife and huge valleys of these hill-stations draw numerous tourists. In a broader sense, there are two types of vacation preferences in winter-destinations which have a warm climate and destinations which have heavy snowfall. The diversified land of India offers both the extremes at the same time, thus making it a prime attraction for both domestic and international tourists looking to revitalize. A few popular places are listed below – GULMARG – Meadow of Flowers... The gorgeous hill resort is easily accessible from Srinagar (56 kms from Srinagar) where regular bus services and tourist taxis are available to reach Gulmarg. The buses go till Tangmarg which is 11 kms from Gulmarg and the remaining distance can be covered by smaller vehicles and tourist taxis. The journey to the Gulmarg offers nothing but a spectacular experience to travelers - wide roads, snow-clad mountains, thick forests, fruit laden orchards and picturesque villages holding vast expanses of rice and maize fields. No wonder that Gulmarg has been the venue of several films in the past. Gulmarg is dotted with countless sites of interest for the tourists. Snow covered hills, splendid lakes, beautiful flower valley covered with colorful Daisies, Bluebells, wild flowers, Forget Me Not’s and Buttercups and scenic pastorals are perfect for sightseeing, adventure and relaxation. Gulmarg is also India’s popular Ski Resort which hosts world’s highest gondola ski lift. The skiing season lasts from November to February. Gulmarg also has the highest golf course in the world. Tourists are offered short term memberships by the golf club to play in the Golf Course. Other adventure sports available are trekking and horse riding.

AULI Located at an altitude ranging from 9,500-10,500 feet in Garhwal region of Uttaranchal state, Auli is a world renowned Ski Resort. It is laden with snowy slopes and is equipped with the best skiing facilities in India. It is the place where the great sage, Adi Shankaracharya, attained enlightenment. Auli offers marvellous views of azure skies, steep mountains, temples and hot springs. Skiing courses are available for beginners. People face a little difficulty in accessing Auli, which requires an overnight camp to reach from Delhi (500 km), the nearest major airport. Auli is surrounded by high peaks like Mana, Kamet and tallest of all Nanda Devi. The 270 degree view will be enough to make you forget the long and tiring ride to reach Auli. Once the Skiing is over the best thing one can do in evening is to take chair out and get treated to great view of snow clad mountains as they keep changing colors every minute the sun goes down. 36 JANUARY, 2012

PATNITOP It is a hill top tourist location in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir. Patnitop sits at an altitude of 2024 metres. Tourists can enjoy the thrill of flying here. The paragliding joyrides are conducted at Dawariyai, 2 km landmark, on the Patnitop-Sanasar road. Enveloped by thickly wooded Cedar / Deodhar forests, Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the mountainscape of the Chenab basin. In winter, the resort is generally covered with a thick mantle of snow thus providing opportunities for various snow games including skiing. It is the closest winter resort to Jammu and to Udhampur and is second to none in its natural charm, climate, pine forests and lush green cover. The place also offers Camping, Trekking, Abseiling, Rock Climbing and scenic nature walks. Finding beautiful plateau and dense forests at a height of 2024 m from the sea level is itself a great attraction to draw tourists from the world around. One can only find a few handicraft shops/stalls which are known for good quality Kashmiri handicraft items and traditional specialties like namdas (embroidered wool carpets), pherans (embroidered long shirts) and woollens.



MCLEOD GANJ Located at a close proximity to Dharamshala and Dalhousie, in the state of Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj is the abode of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The place is visited for typical Tibetan culture, Tibetan handicrafts, ancient monasteries and health clubs offering alternative therapies. The most important Buddhist site in the town is Tsuglagkhang or Tsuglag Khang, the Dalai Lama’s temple. It has statues of Shakyamuni, Avalokiteśvara and a statue of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche). Other nearby spiritual attractions are Chinmaya Tapovan (a Hindu retreat centre), Osho Nisarga (an Osho retreat centre) and Chamunda (a pilgrimage place for Hindus). There are all sorts of holistic activities and courses on offer and lots of travellers come here to volunteer on community projects that focus on the refugee community.

KANATAL Kanatal is a hamlet built around numerous hills, a locale which personifies the romantic aura of Tehri District, Uttarakhand. By virtue of the natural beauty of this place Kanatal allures many tourists every year. A pleasant and relaxing weather throughout the year, Kanatal is lovely weekend getaway from the scorching heat, humidity and pollution laden atmosphere of the metro cities. The temperature here hovers between 10-20 degrees Celsius in summers. In winters, it presents a mesmerizing sight of snow carpeted grounds and trees presenting a white wonderland and temperature lie in between 5-10 degrees. A traveller may spend days lazing around, going for a walk, playing cards or chess, enjoying small picnics, photography, meditation or yoga. One can think of many creative ways to spend the days here in leisure. Kanatal at an altitude of 2590 meters above sea level, has a few hotels, which offer the spectacular view of the majestic snow covered hills like Trishul, Chaukhamba and Bandarpuch. Some of the premium stay options in Kanatal include Kanatal Resort & Spa and The Terraces, Budget hotel includes The Hermitage & Lavasta. Some camps like Camp carnival. Kanatal also offers a few scenic places around, which include Surkhanda Devi Temple, Kodia Jungle, Tehri Dam, etc. While at Kanatal one can also plan a trip to close by places – Chamba, Dehradun, Dhanaulti, Mussoorie, etc. The restaurants serve mostly multi-cuisine or north Indian food. The beauty of the place will compel you to visit the place over and over again. JANUARY, 2012 37



SOWING THE SEEDS FOR SUCCESS Kritika Kamra has won millions hearts with her innocent and sweet look. In short span of time, she has become a household name for her tremendous acting skills. Her debut show was ‘Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar.’ Kritika earned fame in the television industry as Arohi of Kitni Mohabbat Hai. She is currently playing the lead role in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge. She speaks to Tulip about her journey as an actress... How was your first day at shoot? Were you performing under pressure Kritika Kamra as a child –

I was a little naughty. I used to bully guys around. I used to make guys wear girl clothes and they would start crying. I always wanted to sit on the front seat on my tricycle and made boys sit behind. When I was almost 5, I wanted to have everything my Mom had; from sunglasses and lipsticks, to her clothes and she used to buy identical miniature dresses for me. You were doing fashion designing from NIFT in Delhi. When have you decided to share the small screen – My first show happened by chance. It was then; I realized that I was meant to be an actress. It was a combination of luck and destiny; I had my first show after which I realized that this is what I want to do in life. In fact, it’s not only acting; but the whole process of movie-making had intrigued me as I used to be in front of the monitor as well, often. How did your parents react to your decision – They were always happy over I making my own decisions. I initially had plans to pursue Medicine as my career. But I switched to arts and then many other fields, before I ended up being an actress. Today, my parents are happy and they are my biggest fans. They never used to watch TV much before, but now they watch my serials over and over. Shifting to Mumbai is never easy. How did you manage? Were you not nervous It wasn’t tough as I already lived in Delhi alone before living in Mumbai. If someone can survive in Delhi alone, they can live anywhere. Mumbai is a fast city and I had to make my place in the city. There was no struggle as such as I liked the chaos and madness here. I love the fact that it’s alive all the time as it keeps me on my toes constantly.

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I was obviously nervous as I had never been in front of the camera before. I couldn’t stop blinking my eyes. The director asked me to relax. Fortunately, I worked with people who never believed in acting. They told me that I was raw and it’s my greatest strength. They asked me to be myself and so I never had to dramatize in front of the camera or do nothing that was not natural. How did you feel when you saw yourself on the screen for the first time – I don’t like watching myself on screen much. I have never liked anything that I have done. I feel a bit strange hearing my own voice at times. Whenever I watch myself on screen, I always feel like I can do better. It’s good because it helps me improve, but deep inside; I do not enjoy my work much. In fact, when people praise me for my work, it’s hard for me to believe and it takes time for the appreciation to sink in. I expect too much from myself, at times. TRPs of your first show weren’t too impressive. Were you disappointed I never cared much about my ratings. The numbers are for the producers and the channels. I thank for my credits as an actress. Every show for me has been a stepping stone. As long as I am moving upwards, I am alright with what the numbers have to say. It’s good that my first show had not many TRPs, as without that sort of beginning, I guess I wouldn’t have done so many leads. Kitni Mohabbat Hai was a great show and everyone loved the roles of you and Karan. How did you feel after becoming a house hold name – I was glad that we were popular with the youth as people could connect and relate with us. We had our own audience which consisted of



fans online as well as abroad. Kitni Mohabbat Hai was a gen-next show and it felt great to be a part of a show where we were playing our age and connecting those with similar mindsets and intentions. Kitni Mohabbat Hai II wasn’t much successful. Were you upset -

It was a big success for me. The fact that the show was able to come back in its second season itself was a success. The show might not have generated new audience, but people who were watching it before had surely tuned in for its second season. It was a great show as we got to play something new and had the opportunity to experiment. You and Karan had participated in dance reality show. How was the experience Looking back, I can say that I have learned a lot from Zara Nach Ke Dikha. I used to be a little stage feared. But with this show, I was able to overcome that fear. Since I had not planned to become as actress and acting happened by chance, my first exposure had just been in front of a camera. Stage was an unexplored area for me and performing in front of audience in one take, was a challenge. But I learned so much! It gave me a lot of confidence and I made some great friends through the show. There are reports about your break-up with Karan. Do you feel another show with Karan will get you both back together They were mere link-ups even before we were together. The reports are untrue. I would like to make one thing clear – we were never together due to a show and it doesn’t take a show to bring two people together. It’s not because of reel romance that makes two people want to be in a relationship. What really matters is the amount of time spent together. Your recent show, Kuch To Log Kahenge is making news. What was your reaction after hearing the script I found it exciting! When they told me that the show is based on Dhoop Kinara, I googled the show and started watching it. The fact that I was hooked on to the show, though it was made way before I was born; speaks a lot! It was an epic show! I am happy that I have an opportunity to be a part of the show. Is your current role similar to any of the roles you played before There is a part of me in all the characters I played before. As an actress, you give a character the face and body language and so a part of you, lives in each character. I have to relate to what I am playing because as an actress, I have to end up living the character I am playing. You have also worked with two biggest names in television industry – Rajan Shahi and Ekta Kapoor. How was it working with them I have been lucky enough to be working with two big producers and its been a great experience. Balaji for me is like a family because I did three shows with them. Rajan Shahi is one of the best people I have met. He’s such a humble man! What are your plans after Kuch To Log Kahenge There are no plans for now. I don’t plan, as I believe in taking life as it comes. Do you wish to enter into Bollywood I would love to, but let’s see what comes my way. Message to the readers of Tulip Thank you so much for watching my shows and I really hope that I would continue living up to viewers’ expectations. Clothes- Miraaya Styling - RA JANUARY, 2012 39



BEAUTY SECRETS For Flawless Skin

Drastic New Year’s resolutions usually don’t last beyond January. So this year, why not take a more realistic approach to your beauty resolutions? Here are some easy tips to follow throughout the year for a younger looking you and a better skin. These tips seem to be simple but give great result in long term use. So girls let your friends envy your skin. I will always moisturize my elbows.

I will always keep my make-up sponges clean and crud-free.

• I will keep my skin hydrated. • I will use conditioner on my hair, by running it from tips to roots. • I will keep my eyebrows groomed.

I will buy a new loofah, when the old one looks like a dead rat.

I will throw out my old makeup.

• I will drink at least 8 glasses of water to improve my skin. • I will wash and clean my hair brush.

times a week. • I will have my teeth cleaned every six months.

• I will get split ends removed every 15 days. I don’t want my hair to look like an over grown fern.

• I will never sleep with make-up on.

• Don’t skimp on sleep or your skin will pay the price. Your skin repairs itself while you’re sleeping, so removing your make-up and debris that has built up during the day will encourage the rejuvenation process and prevent breakouts..

• I will always carry a pack of wet tissues with me.

• Don’t use makeup 24x7, let your skin breath minimum once or twice a week.

• I will get a spa treatment once a month to pamper myself.

• Scrub your face once a week to get rid of blackheads and don’t forget to use moisturiser later.

• I will immediately remove chipped nail polish. • I will experiment with my hair cuts.

• I will never wear thick make-up. • I will clean my ears at least three

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I will use sunblock every time I step out.

• If your eyes look red or tired, feel free to use eye drops. Stick with a brand you’ve used before. • I will always buy good skin products.

I will pamper myself with a good foot massage twice a month.

• I will always moisturise my feet before going to bed. • If you have long hair, put a silk scarf on your pillow at night. It stops your hair getting tangled while you sleep. • Try to avoid washing your hair every

I will always use an eye makeup remover that is specifically designed for the eye area.

• I will not prick my zits. This will eventually cause scars.

I will buy nail paint colours other then beige. Don’t compromise on the brand of beauty products.

• I will not straighten / curl / dye my hair every month. Stressed hair is ugly hair. • I will exfoliate! I do not want to be a scaly reptile. • I will eat minimum one fruit a day • Go for hot oil head massage once a month.

I will detox my body twice a month.

I will not match my eye shadow colour with my clothes.

• I will keep hand sanitizer handy all the time. • I will use pore strips to keep my nose whitehead-free. • Choose olive oil over normal cooking oil.



day. Constant shampooing leaves hair dry and your scalp will create more oils to compensate for the loss of moisture.

Shop whenever you can, this will always make you feel good. I will quit smoking.

• Instead of having two heavy meals, I will break it into four or five small meals. • Keep your sun glasses handy (never compromise on the brands). • If you have long nails, keep a small brush separately to clean nails after every meal and before you go bed.

Archana Patel Owner : Ashton Pierra Salon Get orange face cleanup once in a fortnight and drink lots of water. Shireen khan Owner : Chash of India When you are at home rub a ripe tomato on your face and leave it for 15 minutes and wash. This will improve your complexion and works great on acne too. Laila khan Owner - Begum’s Salon Drink at least 8 glasses of water in a day, every time you step out use sunscreen with SPF 40 and above. Use night cream before going to bed.

Vijay Laxmi MD - Mirror Spa and Salon Healthy lifestyle and balanced diet is must for a glowing skin and healthy hair. Positive attitude also adds on to it. One should get high protein therapy (hair spa) once in fortnight for a healthy scalp and long hair. Sumanth Arigela Makeup Stylist Get healthy and wise, this winter. Eat soaked Almonds and make a fine paste mix with few drops of honey for perfect moisture. Kashish Harjani - Owner Juice Salon Use Sun block every three hours. Drink a lot of water to keep skin hydrated and avoid alchohol and smoking as much as possible.

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Those who are devoted to the practice, say hot yoga has all kinds of benefits. The one that’s touted most often is detoxification - heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin.


rom Jennifer Aniston to Madonna to Lady Gaga to our very own Sonam Kapoor, all tried it and the result was hot looking gorgeous bodies. Hot yoga is a synthesized form of Hatha yoga which was promoted by Bikram Choudhury, the celebrity yoga guru. Hot Yoga is practiced in high temperature room of 39°C with a humidity of 40%-60% in a span of 75 mins. It consists of a sequence of postures and breathing exercise. For all those who have tried everything of earth but still can’t seem to shed the pounds, Hot Yoga is definitely your answer. If your aren’t able to cope up with fast paced power yoga, aerobics and just can’t do your cardio - Hot yoga is slow inch loss process with more of stretching aasanas, where you burn 300 to 650 calories in one class and there have been results of 5 kgs weight loss in a month. The heated room with high temperature helps in deeper stretching and prevention of injury. It benefits your body by engaging your body in focused deep breathing using heat to sweat out and detoxify impurities; the direct result is removal of anxiety and toxins. Hot yoga also helps in warming the muscles which makes the body burn fat readily.

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The exercises tone and sculpt the body, the heart and lungs receive a work out and the digestive system gets cleansed. There is deep purification throughout the body, including most of the internal organs. The lymphatic system is massaged and stimulated. The result is a more toned body with increased flexibility! It is a great way of toning your body and also gives you an additional benefit of glowing skin. This form of yoga claims to improve blood circulation and metabolism. The heat and humidity make it so that your lungs only work at 50%, pushing your lungs and heart to work harder, strengthening your organs. With this, the body uses the oxygen more efficiently and allows your internal organs to breathe. It is claimed that the organs are in a sense, purified. Hot yoga is an ultimate relaxation technique. The detoxification results in stress release, good hormonal balance and rejuvenation. A calmer mind and increased energy leads to more awareness and feelings of contentment and well being. This form of exercise has been designed to pump your body, mind and spirit and also enhance your self confidence.



Hot yoga should be avoided by pregnant women and those who have migraine and heart problems. Be sure to drink ample water before and after the hot yoga sessions to avoid dehydration. It is not advisable to eat two hours before the start of the hot yoga session and steer clear of a large meal. Hot yoga hasn’t really been medically validated. Getting dizzy is common if your not fit, but if practiced under a good trainer, it is bound to be good. Go ahead! Detoxify, tone up and burn down those calories. Try out the uber hot popular celebrity yoga to get a hotter and fitter you.


Uttara Sharma is a qualified power yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for over 7 years. Her programs are designed with some modifications that allow participants to feel safe and also increase core strength and improve flexibility.

BANJARA HILLS: 2nd Floor, Soubhagya Abode Road No.7, Banjara Hills Hyderabad - 500034

Competent in various forms of yoga and Pilates, Uttara is an experienced yoga professional specializing in weight loss and stress management. She has worked with some of the most respected yoga instructors and experts worldwide.

SECUNDERABAD: Ground Floor, Kodali Park View Next to Gold’s Gym Diamond Point to Kharkana Road, Secunderabad-500009 Contact : 9000890400

She has been trained in Hot Yoga in Beverley hills, Hollywood by Ann Forrest.

Uttara Sharma


yderabad, the City of Pearls; witnessed an amazing and charismatic experience when Yogi Ashwini, the living Guru himself was present there for three days. The aura of Yogiji, the guiding light of Dhyan Foundation was so pure and mesmerizing that the entire city was looking forward to spending most of their time with him. The sessions involved workshops on Sanatan Kirya, mantra chanting; how to perform a vedic havan and talks on The Science of the Spirit by Yogiji. The Ganapati Havan performed under the guidance of Yogi Ashwini was one of the most unforgettable experiences. The entire atmosphere was calm and peaceful, with divine energies all over. Sanatan Kriya Telugu CD was also launched. The media could not get enough and was thronging around him to get more information from the elusive Yogi. It was a life changing trip for most of us. Every word spoken by Yogi Ashwini is magical and has so much depth to it. His only purpose is to aid the positive forces in creation. His noble gestures and divine personality are so sacred that the energy that flows through him makes everything around him pious and pure. It is not every day that a true Yogi is born. Thank you, Yogiji for making our lives so special. Some of the books written by Yogiji are Sanatan Kriya 51 Miracles.... And A Haunting, Thoughts........of the Inner World, Sanatan Kriya - Basic....Essence of Yoga, Sanatan Kriya 51 Chamatkar... Aur Pataal Ka Darshan. Contact : Poonam Kapoor - 9393468680

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he first annual Blenders Pride - Hyderabad International Fashion Week happened at Taj Vivanta. The hotel banquet halls were transformed into a state-of-art fashion city and hosted 16 fashion presentations and sponsor lounges as India’s fashion elite flew down to Hyderabad and participated in this event. With a crossover of international culture from designers, entertainers and celebrities from all across India; media, jet-setters and fashion royalty attending the shows, this fashion event by Storm Fashion Company was a huge success. This fashion week brought the best in international, Indian fashion and beauty to the city of Nizams. All shows and special events featured designers and celebrity appearances. Every night a special good times party hosted by Kingfisher was a unique fashion wrap to unwind. A special designer exhibition arena showcasing and retailing the work of all participating designers was a highlight for bridging the gap between visiting audience and designers.

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he fashion show was launched by Miss Universe India – I am She – Vasuki Sunkavalli. Asmita Marwa was the host and the opening designer for the show. To mention a few, famous designers like – Neeta Lulla, Nishka Lulla, Sanjana Jon, Mona-Pali, Riyaz Gangji and others were a major part of this show. Meena Jewellers, Mebaz, Hamstech, Kingfisher, Lawman, Blenders Pride, Xylo, Taj Vivanta, were a few sponsors involved. Shawar Ali, Tollywood actor Siddharth were two of many show stoppers. All the fashionistas, crème de la crème of Hyderabad have been a part of this show. They all appreciated the fabric designs and styles from the fashion designers. It was a perfect bidding for 2011.

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Jewellery! The very own word conjures up images of beauty, glitter and shine of beautiful women and happy celebrations. Tulip brings you and exclusive collection of jewellery you will fall in love with. Get ready to indulge yourself in some retail therapy‌ By Chandni Parekh

Tibarumal Jewellers are highly re-

organized and renowned jewellers in the city, known for their extensive collection of typical south Indian handcrafted jewellery. Tibarumal Jewellers started off 102 years back with one showroom at Charminar and catered to the family of Nizams, today they have 6 showrooms in the city. They have now diverted into high-end handcrafted gold and diaAnish Gupta - Owner mond jewellery.

The divine Kasumala with eloquent and well formed symmetrical gold coins is an exceptionally splendid jewellery design that invariably fascinated the aesthetic notions of all women. This kasumala is skillfully crafted with a 22 carat KDM gold that brings and unusual blend of tradition and elegance. Beautiful Kundan work Gold waist band made in uncut lustrous diamond, rare Burman rubies and rich green emerald! Separate pieces of jewellery are made with these uncut diamond, emerald and rubies and then attached to a custom made 22 carat gold belt. A must have for every south Indian bride!

Gold, bright yellow hard and cold! The Nakshi mala has an exclusive carving made on a 22 carat solid gold ball. Expert craftsmanship is done with raw form of gold to convert it into such a masterpiece.

Here we see an exquisite kundan work mango mala made by the Hyderabadi Karigars. This mango mala is finely crafted and made with a combination of rubies emerald and diamonds. The rubies used are Burman rubies which are very rare and antique along with Colombian emerald and uncut diamonds. It definitely personifies the internal beauty of a woman.

A timeless piece of jewellery - A Nakshi work pendant with flawless pearls, deep rich red rubies, breathtaking emeralds and diamonds. The pedant is master art work portraying the image of Goddess Lakshmi, the outer frame of the pedant is made with stunning rose cut diamond. The foil work done is a typical Hyderabadi work and this classically designed jewellery is very fashionable as well.

Diamonds are forever! You are going to love this sparkling close cut diamond necklace. The diamond necklace is an exclusively handcrafted South Indian design. This magnificent piece is made of diamonds with VVS clarity and E & F colours. The work done is a very close setting work which makes it look mesmerizing!

Price on request all the pieces are available at Tibarumals Jewellers Store Address - 8-2-608/19, Plot No. 107, (Opp. Elahe), Road No.10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034. Tel: 2338 4555 / 4666 / 4777 46 JANUARY, 2012




What sets apart Hyderabad, is the variety and availability of food here. No two restaurants provide the same taste of any dish. Discover these eat out zones which promise to match the budget in your pockets, yet satiate your taste buds... A unique combination of contemporary elegance, intimate ambience, healthy delicacies and unparallel quality coupled with best services are the hallmarks of Venky’s Xprs and leveraging on these, it is gaining momentum across the country. Sachin Bhatnakar and Gautami who are regular customers at Venky’s loved the taste of food served here. Grill Chicken Burger and Chicken Wings are served hot and tastes yummy and the taste is very different from other food joints. We also met a health conscious customer Yin Sareo. She enjoyed the food at Venky’s without ditching her diet, as the food is either grilled or roasted low fat and less oil. She finds Roasted Chicken and Grilled Chicken Burger very delicious. The food here is not only delicious but pocket friendly too.

Yin Sareo

Sachin Bhatnakar & Gautami

SBR Gateway, Opp. Cyber Gateway, Hitech City. Ph. No. 8005552305

Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Opp. Chevrolet Showroom. Ph. No. 8008552309

URBAN ASIA Urban Asia is an award winning Pan-Asian restaurant. A contemporary menu teamed with an ambience infused with greys and mauves add a lot of character and pizzas to the place. Spoil yourself from a host of Chinese, Thai, Malay, a hint of Mongolian and Sushi. The alcohol is brilliant and the cocktails especially the martinis (eg the desi, fresh watermelon, aloe-vera) etc go brilliantly well with the food. The starters are served with a lot of style and panache and if you order a dish of your choice a few times too many, they just might christen the dish after you. With brilliant reviews, this place is a must go-to. SIGNATURE DISHES – Bamboo Fried Rice, Pad Thai Noodles and Mushroom Chicken Curry. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 22:30 ADDRESS – 1259/A, Rd No. 36, Jubilee Hills. Ph No. 30512844

OLIVES N CHEESE What’s life living in a little piece of cheese heaven, Yummmm! Doing justice to its name Olives and Cheese; serves amazing Italian and Mexican soups, appetizers, pastas, salads and pizzas at very affordable price. The little frames grace the walls, takes you around Italy on canvas. You can start off with the Broccoli and Cheese soup or Chicken Toscana Soup which is so creamy and rich. If your palate prefers the sharp and spicy pizza, then try the Paneer Tikka treat or the Tandoori chicken treat. For the healthy eaters, try the healthy salads like Caesar salad, Italian delight or macaroni mania. Be sure to save room for the desserts and eat guilt free. SIGNATURE DISHES – Chocolate Panna Cotta, Hawaiian Feast Pizza and Fusilli with Sause Pasta. TIMINGS – 12:00 – 21:00 ADDRESS - 11, Chandragiri Colony, Nr. RTA Office, Trimulgherry. Ph No. 3221 8899

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LATITUDE Welcome to a fresh experience at the Latitude Café - plenty of reasons to pay a visit. So come and see what we have to offer. It has a perfect and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a cup of coffee and indulge in some shopping at Good Earth. The Latitude Cafe run by the Park @ GOOD EARTH premises is a Italian casual cafe serving exquisite pastas, sandwiches, salads, delectable deserts - try out their smoothies and milk shakes with flavours to experiment, piping hot and cold coffees, tea fusions in a relaxed and a friendly ambience. What sets Latitude apart is the old style Italian food served with its own contemporary touch, a bit for all to enjoy. SIGNATURE DISHES - Chili Garlic Pesto with Smoked Chicken and Red Pepper, Latitude Risotto Coriander Saffron Chili Slow Roasted Zucchini Aubergine Crispes. Chocolate Truffle with Raspberry Coules. TIMINGS – 12:00 – 21:00 ADDRESS – Good Earth, Rd No.12, Banjara Hills. Ph No. 23398000

TRUFFLES CAFE Looking for a comfortable place to catch up with old friends? Or maybe you want to lose yourself for a few hours in a book or even to have a quick business meeting over a cup of freshly brewed coffee? Head to Road No. 10 at Jubilee Hills and discover Truffles Café where you can find your own little nook at one of the many levels nestled amongst lush green trees and natural rocks. Apart from the beautiful surroundings and friendly service, the highlight of Truffles Café is most definitely the food. The fare is simple, honest and most importantly, fresh out of a kitchen and not just heated up in a microwave. Bringing back a touch of the old flavors of British Raj and blending it with beloved European favorites, our menu is a testament of simplicity with taste. Right from breakfast dishes, soups and salads, mains, char grills to desserts and shakes. Sit by the warmth of a brick wood fired oven and bite into a thin crust pizza while sipping on a freshly brewed coffee, chai or slurping on our shakes and fruit smoothies. SIGNATURE DISHES – Railway Lamb Curry with Khichiri, Mediterranean Pizza and Chocolate Mousse Cannelloni. TIMINGS – 08:00 – 23:00 ADDRESS - Plot No. 376, Rd No. 10, Jubilee Hills. Ph No. 2355 0105

QUIZNOS Quiznos are sandwich-toasting fanatics since the first day they opened their doors. They are 2nd largest sub chain in world, currently operating in 35 countries and with 4000 outlets. In Hyderabad; it has the biggest Quiznos outlet in whole world. Quiznos only use real 100% chicken made with only white breast meat, they only use natural cheese and no processed cheese and the amazing thing is their multigrain bread is real multi grain made with 6 grains and seeds like healthy flax seeds. They also have 11 different dressings / sauces including 5 sauces that are over 97% fat free. The menu choice is also diverse; they serve subs, pizzas, soups, salads and desserts. They also have amazingly good coffees and beverage selection. Quiznos have over 15 different types of Subs; the most popular one is Baja Chicken and Chipotle Chicken and vegetarian Manchurian for vegetarians. The salads also have amazing choices of salads like Hawaiian Salads and BBQ salad. SIGNATURE DISHES – Baja Chicken, Chipotle Chicken and Honey Mustard. TIMINGS – 10:30 – 23:00 ADDRESS – Rd No. 82, Film Nagar. Ph No. 9000884005

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Clothes do make a man! What we wear, defines what we are. So here is a run down on exclusive, contemporary stores which deal with the best of fashion accessories, fabrics in Jeans and Tees and Sneakers...


The Rocky S couture line has his exclusive collection of custom and prêt ethnic wear. It includes a range of cocktail and fusion wear (evening dress, Indo-western) and select, heavy bridals (lehengas and saris).This collection is imaginative and stylish yet elegant and traditional .It’s an eclectic mix of embellishments, silhouette and fabric, creating a look which speaks of ethnicity with an edge. Known for his excellent construction, detailing and finish, Rocky S has not only mastered the art of designing clothes for movies, but has also plunged into the other sectors of the industry. He started doing bridal couture, club wear, home furnishing and accessories and now, has made a jump into the fragrance industry. Rocky S is now planning to launch a children’s wear collection and a line of ethnic indo-western fusion garments.

PRICE RANGE Handbags – Rs. 3000/- to Rs. 4000/-. Jackets – Rs. 15,000/- to Rs. 25,000/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – Next to Harley Davidson Showroom, Road No.2, Banjara Hills. Ph No. 65745264


U.S. Polo Assn. brand products are authentic and officially sanctioned by the United States Polo Association, the governing body for the sport of polo in the United States since 1890. Today, our products are sold through our licensing program in over 100 countries at independent retail stores, department stores and U.S. Polo Assn. brand stores. The U.S. Polo Assn. brand carries clothing for men, women and children, as well as accessories, luggage, watches, shoes, home furnishings and more. In the sport of polo - the tradition, camaraderie, competitiveness and passion of all those involved; from the players to the fans. The brand captures the authenticity of the sport, while embracing the genuine spirit known throughout the world as Classic American Style - comfortable and casual, but still put together. Polo captures a spirit not known by other sports - the love of the game embodies an enthusiasm for competition, a passion for horses and an appreciation for all those who work to bring the sport together. There is a specialness associated with being a part of the oldest equestrian team sport in the world. Polo is the King of Sports and the Sport of Kings - inviting and open to all those who wish to participate, whether on the field or from the sidelines. 50 JANUARY, 2012

PRICE RANGE Shirts – Rs. 1499/- to Rs. 2599/-. Trousers – Rs. 1889/- to Rs. 2399/-. Wallets – Rs. 1000/- to Rs. 2599/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills. Ph No. 23551559




Hailing from Barcelona, Mango are renowned for their European take on timeless, yet fashion-forward pieces. Expect effortless dresses, classic tailoring, polished jersey staples and a covetable denim line. Mango is an internationally famous multinational which designs, manufactures and markets women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. Our large team of window dressers, merchandisers, coordinators and supervisors guarantees - that all of our stores enjoy the same atmosphere; offer a high level of customer service and are managed in the same way. In this new collection, called Modernist Resort, the brand is opting for a clean, modernist look with the emphasis on simple lines and minimalist silhouettes, which add energy through bright colours and graphic contrasts in stripes. Fluidity is obtained through transparencies and lightweight fabrics, while the proportions are mischievously combined to achieve a modern look. Longer skirts evolve towards pencil and slightly fuller forms, offer movement and sensuality. Men’s sportswear details are added to the coordinated classics, soft tailoring and paper touch cotton fabrics. This produces boxy and A-line forms, which are contrasted with more flowing shapes.

PRICE RANGE Handbags – Rs. 2290/- to Rs. 3990/-. Footwear – Rs. 3990/- to Rs. 10,990/-. Cable Knit Dresses – Rs. 2000/- to Rs. 3000/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – GVK One Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Ph No. 44767698.


Jack & Jones is a jeans brand that makes it easy for fashion conscious men to create their own personal style. In terms of design, the four lines, Jeans Intelligence, Premium, Vintage and Premium Tech; have different target groups and expressions, but every piece of clothing can be combined with our jeans. All Jack & Jones lines reflect current trends and offer relaxed and cool designs with super fits and the most innovative treatments, meeting the demands of fashion forward guys. JEANS INTELLIGENCE - Jeans Intelligence is the core line of Jack & Jones, cool jeans wear for casual jeans lover between 18 and 25. Jeans Intelligence features jeans with the trendiest fits and treatments to offer our customers the best and most fashionable jeans around. T-shirts, shirts and knits reflect the current, hottest trends with funky designs and daring prints as well as carefully selected colours and fabrics. Vintage is a convenient alternative for those who like vintage clothing but prefer a modern twist; typically the casual jeans guy between 25 and 40. Wearing vintage ensures that your look will always be original and that it expresses your individuality. Our Vintage jeans are distressed; treated to give them that second-hand, worn look that you crave. The t-shirts and sweats might have a faded colour, the fabric is soft and the logo retro inspired and the shirts include flannel and classic Oxford button-downs. Premium Tech is the sports line of the Premium collection. We strive for a clean and casual, sporty look for the mature customer who leads an active outdoor life. Our aim is to create multi-functional garments. We don’t wish to target just one activity - we try to ensure that the same garment is just as useful for your hiking trip as with jeans on a rainy day.

PRICE RANGE Jeans – Rs.1995/- to Rs. 6895/-. Caps – Rs. 595/- to Rs. 1995/-. Cotton Jackets – Rs. 2995/- to Rs. 6000/-. Sunglasses – Rs. 1695/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – Road No.36, Jubilee Hills. Ph No. 32589220 JANUARY, 2012 51




It is best known for luxury, pret-a-porter clothing aimed at the young adult market. For women – The women wear collection is a fresh approach that brings together the best of the label’s heritage and an extra dose of Diesel, daring to create new; but instantly iconic pieces that use ever-higher quality fabrics with improved finishes, new silhouettes and better-fitting shapes. This collection, inspired by the world of bikers, presents a new wardrobe of essentials, with something for every occasion and desire. Mixing black leather and denim, it features accents of seasonal burned orange, alongside long, soft, figure-hugging skirts and dresses which emphasize the body. The party attitude is expressed through leather jackets paired with viscose dresses and shiny sequins and denim jumpsuits that come covered with zips to give another vision of the rock’n’roll woman. For men - Italian denim giant Diesel, offer up an A/W’11 collection full of youthful rebellion and rock n’ roll edge. Diesel’s infamous wash techniques tell the story of life lived on the road, with jeans taking on a ‘dirty’ worn-in feel. T-shirt prints reference music flyers from the worlds of indie, punk and electro, whilst chunky jumpers and military inspired jackets add rugged appeal to a collection packed with attitude. The children’s collection is called Diesel Kid. Diesel Denim Gallery offers limited edition denim sold in innovative art-gallery-like spaces. Diesel also offers collections of footwear, intimate (underwear), and bags. Diesel’s licensed collections are eyewear (made with Safilo), jewelry and watches (Fossil) and fragrances (L’Oréal).

PRICE RANGE Leather Jackets – Rs. 35,000/- to Rs. 65,000/-. Belts – Rs. 4000/- to Rs. 8000/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – Road No.2, Banjara Hills. Ph No. 40143319


A powerful name, an international brand based on strong values associated with accessibility and generosity for fashion devoted exclusively to men. Founded in 1985 by Marc and Laurent Grosman, in 25 years, Celio* has become the must-have international brand for men’s ready-to-wear. The black collection is the pinnacle of all that Celio*club has come to stand for. Italian designs and cuts with impeccable and immaculate finishes mean that it is elegant and refined. With fabrics woven in the Biella region, yarns from Prato and even Italian leather, nothing is too good for the Celio*club black collection. Today, Celio* has 35 million items sold every year, 4 collections per year with 800 designs per collection, with 1000 stores in 70 countries (including 500 in France).

PRICE RANGE Cargos – Rs. 2500/- to Rs. 3200/-. Shirts – Rs. 999/- to Rs. 1999/-. Belts – Rs. 499/- to Rs. 1299/-. TIMINGS – 11:00 – 21:00 LOCATION – 6-3-887, Somajiguda, Raj Bhavan Road. Ph No. 42607095 52 JANUARY, 2012

Celio Club - Inspired by the urban world, the basics of a modern wardrobe are all here - with steel greys and beiges highlighting coal blacks - short coats, trench coats, twobutton suits, cardigans, quilted parkas, etc. Blue lights up this collection like a splash of colour energizing the fabrics. Waistcoats restructure silhouettes with graphic inset yokes. Celio has also opted for a return to emblematic garments, faithful to its urban sportswear values. Based on new proportions, the traveller pieces reflect the influences of Brooklyn street wear. The theme is enhanced by military styles and details, layered bomber jackets, shirts and bermuda shorts - everything you need to pimp yourself in a distinctive bad boy style.




By Chandni Parekh

With so much concern recently about being greener and environmental friendly, waste management has become a very important topic. People and companies are starting to realize that the things they use and the way they dispose them, can make a big impact on our world…


tudents of Hamstech Institute put up a fashion show for CII & JCB (APTDC) for solid waste management. A new concept, a new thought! When we think of reuse-reduce-recycle in our everyday life, then why not fashion? The motto of the students was best-outwaste. Five collections were presented - In Sync With Natural, Paparazzi Pop, Plastic Panache , Techno Twist and Lure of Avant Garde. Students worked hard and designed clothes made of trash, recycling old packaging, bottle caps, sponge, jute, cloth bag, X-rays old Banners, bus tickets and more proving waste can be made into striking fashion with the right touch.

Pragati Ebrahim a student - ‘It was great to work, get to showcase my garment in just four months of joining the course. I have made one of the show stopper dress which is made of mosquito net sponge old cloth bag, paper plates and wire.’ Rupa Reddy and Priya Putta added in – ‘We were very excited when we got the opportunity to make a garment, but when the garment was on ramp the thrill and rush was totally different our garments were made of cloth bags and tamarind seed and are very wearable as well.’ A group of 44 students and 24 were finalized at the end to show the beautiful collection. It was the students’ way of conveying the message to save the earth and make the world eco friendly to the society.

‘Archeological evidence said that humans had a way of managing their waste even before landfills and incinerators were developed.’

WASTE MANAGEMENT – IMPORTANCE AND CONTROL MEASURES It takes a lot of valuable energy and materials to create and manufacture products and the resulting industrial waste can be difficult to manage. Many cities and countries have put new laws into place to heavily tax companies which produce excess amounts of waste or create potentially harmful effects on the air and ecosystem. The extra taxes help to offset the environment damage by going toward environmental restoration, protection and spreading information to increase knowledge on these issues. People and companies need to educate themselves about the environment. Smog alerts in many cases result from not only harmful transportation emissions but also from the output of factories into the air we breathe. Companies need to be responsible with their industrial waste management and specifically their hazardous waste. Many local governments provide counseling, consulting and recommendations to organizations on what they can do to better manage their waste and plan for a more environmental friendly production processes. More than ever, there need to be consequences to companies that do not take waste management seriously. Part of this includes reducing harmful emissions into the environment over a period of time and correctly disposing of waste materials. The good news now is that a good number of the population is increasingly becoming aware of the importance of waste management and is getting involved. JANUARY, 2012 53




Call it Lohri, Pongal or Sankranti; the festival conveys one message - the bond of brotherhood and the spirit of oneness should prevail despite all odds‌ THE SOLAR EVENT Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days for the Hindus and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion and fervor. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar and Prayag and pray to Lord Sun. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri and Maghi. Gujaratis not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form

Makar Sankranti is celebrated throughout India as a harvest festival. It is a way of giving thanks to the elements of nature which help people. This is the period when the winter recedes, paving the way for the summer. It is the time the farmers bring home their harvest. of beautiful kites all over the skyline. They may be trying to reach upto their glorious God or bring about greater proximity with the one who represents the best. It is said as the holy phase of transition.

CELEBRATIONS AND HOW Get up early in the morning, before sunrise, have bath and be ready with water and flowers for the sunrise. Worship the rising Sun, by offering water, flowers with both the hands and then pray with folded hands by chanting the Gayatri Mantra and pray for knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment to rise in the similar way to greater and greater heights. Pray for blessings to live a dynamic, inspired and righteous life. Do tarpan for your ancestors. Offer water to the ancestors while praying for their blessings. Resolve to redeem the pledges and pride of your forefathers. 54 JANUARY, 2012


In North India, a ritual bath in the river is important on this day. Khichiri is eaten and given away as charity and people also distribute rice and lentils to the poor and needy. Have a special session of Meditation, wherein you bring about the awareness of the self-effulgent subjective divinity. Affirm the greatest importance of your spiritual goal very clearly and pray to God to bless you with the capacity to constantly revel in your true self.

dawn people light a bonfire with logs of wood, other solid-fuels and wooden furniture at home which are no longer useful. The disposal of derelict things is where all old habits, the vices and materials things are sacrificed in the fire of the knowledge - Rudra. It represents realization, transformation and purification of the soul by imbibing and inculcating divine virtues. It is a time for families to congregate. Brothers pay special tribute to their married sisters by giving gifts as affirmation of their filial love. Landlords give gifts of food, clothes and money to their workforce. Sankranti in this sense demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation. And finally, gurus seek out their devotees to bestow blessings upon them. The animal kingdom is remembered and in particular, the cows. Travel is considered to be inappropriate, as these days are dedicated for re-union of the families. Sankranti in this sense demonstrates their strong cultural values as well as a time for change and transformation.

FUN WHILE FLYING KITES Indian festivals are all about health and prosperity and flying kites is not an exception. There are many religious beliefs and psychological reasons behind the idea of flying kites. Keeping eyes up boosts confidence! It is a natural remedy of nervousness and depression. It mo-

Since the festival is celebrated in mid winter, food prepared for this festival is such that it keeps the body warm and gives high energy. Prepare sweets of Til and Gur and offer them to your friends and relatives. See to it that your well-being prayer for all gets manifested in action and deeds. Have the lunch of Khichiri. This stands for inculcating simplicity in your life and habits. Sacrifice on this day to someone who truly deserves.

TRADITIONS AND RITUALS The festival identifies a period of enlightenment, peace, prosperity and happiness. Millions of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar (the point where the river Ganges meets the Bay of Bengal) and Prayag and pray to the Sun God. The six months of northern movement of the sun is followed by six months of southern movement. It is celebrated differently in different regions of India. The day preceding Sankranti is called Bhogi and this is when people discard old and derelict things and concentrate on new things causing change or transformation. At tivates people to think high. The custom is tied up with the fact that during winter, we all suffer with rough skin and many other common ailments like cold and sinusitis, which are mainly due to the cold climate. So when, on January 14 the sun enters into northern hemisphere; it terminates the cold winter bringing along warmer spring days. Coming in contact with direct sun naturally cures some of these ailments, as sunlight has great healing power and tremendous health benefits. The ambiance radiated with the laughter and happiness of children and adults alike, as parents relived memories of their childhood experiences of flying kites with their children. One of the best aspects of this festival is that the whole family comes together to take part in flying kites – from the elderly to the young. It’s a great opportunity to pass down values and exchange ideas across generations. JANUARY, 2012 55




It is the perfect opportunity to go shopping and update your wardrobe for the New Year. If you are stylish fashion diva and would never indulge in discount sale think again you can always opt and buy classic like a pair of designer jeans. You can also buy fragrances and exquisite pieces of jewellrey and lower rates which would never go out of fashion. Sales also help you a lot in stocking up gifts which can be given all year round. You can catch hold of great collections from the home and lifestyle stores during their discounts, like glasses, vases, lampshades, can always be bought and collected for gifting later on. When sales and discounts begin, catch the worm by arriving early so you have a choice from the best stock in your size. But don’t be disappointed if you have missed the sale in the first few days because stores usually work on everything-must-go basis during winter clearances. So in the last few days you might catch a higher off on certain products.

All of our favorite designers and retail stores will be offering terrific bargains on their top merchandises, which means this is the perfect time for you to take advantage of great savings to spruce up your wardrobe. If you like the idea of saving, I am sure you are huge fan of discounts. From shoes to shower curtains, everything is up for grabs on sales at irresistible discounts. Most fashion savvy people these days dress to impress and a majority think in order to dress good, means they have to invest in highly priced expensive clothing. During sales, high end fashion stores also offer great offers for all you fashionable people in town. The true magic of discounts is being able to spoil oneself to indulge in clothes, beauty products, home items or even rare books which are normally too pricy to be considered. Hotspots for deals range from flagship stores, classic departmental stores, shopping centers, home furnishing stores, exclusive boutiques etc., that open their door bright and early to offer eager shoppers the nest discount.

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Bring out the shopaholic in you and get yourself a brand new look and affordable prices. Unleash the shopper in you and get your hand on the finest apparel, jewellery, cosmetic, hand bags, shoes, home furnishings furniture, home appliances and home dĂŠcor at unbelievable prices.

LIFEST YLE Positioned as a youthful, st ylish and a vibr ant brand, Lifest yle offers its custom ers not just th e ease of shoppi ng but also an en joyable shoppi ng experience. Ea ch Lifest yle store brings together five concepts un der one roof – wear, Children’ Apparel, Foots Wear & Toys, Furniture & Ho Personal Groo me Furnishings ming - offerin , g a convenience shop and a wid of a one-stop e choice of natio nal & internatio nal brands. Mid Januar y U p to 50% off and also flat di will be on baby scounts. The sa shop, shoe mar le t, apparel for m household an en and women d lifestyle conc , ep ts. Adress - 6-3-11 92, Kundanbagh , Begumpet Mai Ph No - 234100 n Road 13, 23407235

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In a world of automated solutions to design and assembly line production, the importance of the handmade object lies increa singly in its ability to usher a sense of individualit y and uniqueness. Kas hish offers extensive par ty wear to casual and evening wear; saris in - chiffon, satin, goergette, organza, banarasi, velvet and of cou rse, the - bridal collection. It is a comple te store for women who could indulge in shopping! Sale from first week of

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ISHING STORE DARPAN FURN ings offer a Darpan Furnish nge of rich breathtaking ra ings that ish quality furn of sophish uc to brings in a a class apar t. tication that ’s t of colours, Bathed in a rio es with the ral creativity ad sh designs & anship, our natu m ts af cr rb pe and su individual tastes finest weaving flection of your re a be to k or n. enables each w acter all its ow ith unique char and desires -- w e month of e offers for th tiv ac tr at ree s er g store off as they have th This furnishin opping here, sh e tim od a go Januar y. Have . s. al de soft Ph No. 24760136 k Road, Abids. Location – Tila

GOLDEN TOU CH BOUTIQUE This boutique off ers one of the be st designs and fabrics in bridal and ethnic wea r for women. Special Sankra nti offer - get fa bulous offers on apparel. Location - 6-3249/2 Vishal Sa dan, Lane Vish Sadan Lane, Ba al njara Hills. Ph N o. 65591459

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e at A & AB Associates recognize that understanding the client’s interior brief and interpreting their unique needs for the interior project, is of paramount importance. Hence a great amount of time and effort goes into the initial interaction with the client, in order to define this aspect very clearly. The client benefits from our extensive experience in this field and often the client’s brief undergoes a striking transformation, after the preliminary meetings because of the design ideas and inputs that we bring to the table. Once the brief is clearly defined, it will be the driving force behind the entire project and there is no stopping us until we have produced a wow product!

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& AB Associates was founded in Hyderabad in 2006 by Ashwanth Bassi (Interior Designer) and Amruta Bassi (Architect). The company has since built an outstanding profile for the interior and architectural services of residence and commercial establishments in Andhra Pradesh. The talented team of architects and interior designers bring a diversity of experience, fresh perspective and originality. The combination of architects with exceptional technical expertise and interior designers with aesthetic sensibility produces a perfect combination of functionality and design. This has made A & AB a highly reputed firm, in the interior spaces of Andhra Pradesh.


Every interior design project presents a unique opportunity to allow differentiation, through the creation of a distinctive and memorable interior design environment. This is done, through the delivery of an optimum interior design solution, where originality and creativity reign supreme. This in turn enables A&AB Associates to surpass expectations, in every facet of our comprehensive interior design consultancy service. Their design mantra is ‘less is more’ and they excel in modern and contemporary design. A perfect balance of detailing in design and minimalism is achieved in their creations. Hence our designs are ergonomic in nature. Special attention to details ensures the perfect environment that ensures safety, comfort and increased efficiency. Abreast of the latest technology and trends in interior design, A&AB Associates’ talented team provides a uniquely intelligent approach to each individual interior, resulting in innovative and unique interior designs, which are tailored to meet the client’s exacting requirements. The team is constantly updating their design sense by keeping in touch with the international trends in the architectural and design horizon. This allows them to merge their originality, with the new ideas and inputs and create more unique designs. The success of A&AB Associates boils down to a simple philosophy - to stay loyal and honest to the client´s brief and at the same time, they ensure the operator’s requirements of functionality and create interiors which meet the highest standards, with aesthetic sensibilities. They provide a unique and memorable experience for their client – every time!

Interior Designer A & AB Associates 4-7-118 Esamia Bazar Hyderabad-500027 Ph-9885325476S

OUR LIST OF CLIENTS Bombay Dyeing Showrooms in Andhra Pradesh Darpan Furnishing Stores in Abids and Gachiboli Sareeniketan Shopping Mall, Dilsuknagar Residence of Mr. Kamalkishore Agarwal at Banjara Hills Residence of Mr. Prem Soni at Himayatnagar Residence of Mr. Suleman Hirani at Abids Residence of Mr. Rajesh Goel at Kachiguda Residence of Mr. Narsing Das at Himayatnagar. JANUARY, 2012 59




By Aditya Tej

Big guns of Hyderabad - Kishan and Sarita Lohiya, on a candid conversation with Tulip, mention the beautiful relationship they share with each other and how life in Hyderabad has paved the way to success in Business... KISHAN I consider myself lucky to be born and brought-up in this beautiful city. of Hyderabad. Having been in a joint family all through, I learned a lot and it’s been a wonderful experience. I was educated here as well! I have been handling business since the age of 16. As a kid, I was a hardcore fan of latest automobiles (from bicycles to my self-designed SUV). I still am for many reasons than one! I am the proud owner of first 2011 model of Hayabusa superbike in India. Within the whole joint family, I am the most pampered. ‘I am passionate about shooting. I am a registered shooter with Rifle Association of Andhra Pradesh. I got my own personal shooting range at home. I am the first civilian to have a personal shooting range in South India’ – Kishan.

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from various countries across the globe (tires from California, air snorkel from Australia, winch from Thailand, etc). SARITA

My family got shifted to Hyderabad, soon after my Dad finished his education on Jaipur. He felt Hyderabad was the safest place to commence business, as there was a lot of competition in other cities. I being eldest daughter was more responsible. I got married to Kishan in 2001 and it was an arranged marriage. My in-laws treated me more like their daughter. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful joint family. MEMORIES OF FIRST DATE

I always had great support from my elder brothers and parents – in both professional and personal lives. Being the youngest at home, I was trained well under my elder brothers; in our business. There is an amazing rapport and understanding among all the three brothers. I love and respect them a lot! My Dad was born in Rajasthan, where he pursued his engineering as well. After getting married, my parents got shifted to Hyderabad (all this around 45 years back). As we already had many relatives residing in here during those days, we planned to start our business in Hyderabad. So, it was the comfort level which paved the way! I learned from my Dad, never to compromise for anything in life because that’s the way to be the best! He advises me to be the best in whatever I do and the importance of time management. In spite of having done Engineering and opting for a new job, he bravely stuck to oil business. All the family members are passionate about travelling. We go through hectic factory schedules; therefore we consider this as a very important factor. I believe in attaining perfection in every aspect of life. I, along with my two elder brothers and Dad; make a good team in our manufacturing business – while sharing the work department wise and being flexible

We were not alone (laughs). We were accompanied by our families too! Kishan and I started conversing about our academics, to begin with and then skipped to talking about the qualities of an ideal life partner. I was happy that all the opinions we exchanged have matched. Soon after a gap of year, we got married. But that duration of one year was filled with loads of fun and good memories – we used to meet during

every weekend, eat out and watch movies and enjoying long drives. Kishan is crazy about driving! He once drove all the way till Goa. We also went to Mahabaleshwar in a car. Kishan (who represents a joint family) supported me well in all the aspect of live though I was from an individual family. Dad always got everything I wanted. I had loads of friends during my schooling and college days and I was fortunate enough to have met many good friends. ‘Friends mattered a lot for Kishan and I. My sister is more like a friend to me and I share a lovely relation with her. It is always good to have a sister’ – Sarita. KISHAN

when it comes to executing decisions. My Mom is a simple living and a religious lady. We have been following values we imbibed from her. Every festival is celebrated religiously - our home looks so vibrant during the festive seasons. She is also into a lot of charity work (helping the poor and the needy with study materials and other facilities). I am an active member of Round Table India, which aims for educating the needy; in India. My life revolves around music. This passion helped me learn DJing as well. I got my own DJ console at home. ‘Gold Drop oil business set-up is a joint effort of my Dad, my two elder brothers and I. Dad has been flexible about business and always appreciated our ideas and opinions on business’ – Kishan. My 4-wheeler - Predator, which was totally designed by I, is the only Indian car to be there on world’s biggest 4x4 space portal, which fetched me huge international media coverage from USA and other Asian countries. With a high-sound music system, Predator is a 2-seater pickup truck concept car. Accessories for the same have been obtained

I was very expressive verbally and Sarita on the other hand, was equally supportive and this helped build our relation. They say that the first year of every marriage is the toughest phase – we almost took a year to get settled with things around. For us now, family is on the front seat more than work. We are blessed with two beautiful daughters (Ayushi and Kriti). ‘I am a proud receiver of Best Presentation Food award from Master Chef Hyderabad and Best Costume Designer from Round Table India. I design my own clothes’ – Sarita. JANUARY, 2012 61



Best moments of your life – Sarita – When I had my first daughter Kishan – There are many! To mention one, is when I was listed on the home page of world’s biggest 4x4 portals. Latest mania – Kishan – Sarita likes making new friends Sarita – Kishan is obsessed with getting that 6-pack abs! Strengths – Sarita – Kishan’s mindset Kishan – Sarita is more emotional! I like the way she is positive in every situation in life.

Better cook at home – Kishan – My Mom. Sarita – Yeah it’s my Mother in law! Best aspects in each other – Kishan – Sarita’s honesty! Sarita – Kishan is greatly helpful and ever supportive Admiring qualities in your spouse – Kishan – Sarita’s culinary skills and her friendly nature. Sarita – Kishan’s perfection, his list of hobbies and passions and his experimental mind.

In the next five years – Kishan – I would like to see my company expand five times in the next five years. Success mantra – Sarita – Kishan’s constant support! Kishan – Right communication!

What we learned from each other – Sarita – Kishan taught me the importance of time management Kishan – I imbibed the power of patience from Sarita One change we don’t want to see each other – Kishan – Sarita’s time for our daughters. Sarita – I don’t want Kishan’s approach towards life to be changed. Who remembers important days / occasions better – Sarita – It’s my eldest co-sister – Sangeeta. Kishan – Yeah, I agree! Expressing each other in three words – Kishan – Sarita is sweet, simple and frank. Sarita – Kishan is energetic, romantic and friendly. He is also a good advisor. Who likes giving surprises more – Sarita – It’s Kishan! Kishan – Yeah, that’s I! And the morning person at home is – Sarita – I am the first one to wake up in the morning! Favourite dish to eat – Kishan – Sarita likes Sichuan Noodles Sarita – Kishan likes Aloo Bath (made my Mom) Favourite colour – Sarita – Kishan likes black! Kishan – Sarita likes blue! 62 JANUARY, 2012

Our take on spirituality / devotion – Kishan and Sarita – Better to have faith than not! There is always a divine power. Favourite pastime – Kishan – Sarita likes playing with our kids Sarita – Kishan likes partying! Biggest adjustments you made from being single to getting married – Kishan – Spending more time with family, by giving up a few friends. Sarita – I had to stop working, for I have to take care of my kids. Hardest thing you have had to deal with, in your married life and how did you deal with it – Kishan – Independence! When I realized that I was more independent after marriage, which eventually with Sarita’s support, it went well! Sarita – Time management – because I had to give ample time to my family. But Kishan helped me out well.


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Carrying herself with grace


Red is in..What say?


We are best friends


We like to say cheese


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The flowers are for someone special


Perfect Couple



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MERCEDES BENZ C250 CDI A sharpened interior and more power help the new C-Class stave off the luxury soft-roader trend…


artial electric seats (you still have to slide them back and forth), alloy wheels, cruise control, dual-zone climate-control air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and rain-sensing wipers are all there. The seats are only vinyl (albeit mimicking leather) on the C200 CDI. If you want cow-made leather you need to step up to the C250, which brings other goodies and more power to justify the hike. Additions include trim and colour changes, additional interior lighting, a rear arm rest, 18-inch alloy wheels and a larger colour screen with the comand system that includes a 10GB hard drive for downloading music. It also incorporates internet connectivity (using your smartphone) and there is a smarter satellite-navigation system that can recommend a route that will use less fuel. Safety is covered by nine airbags, a tyre pressure-monitoring system and pre-safe, which prepares seatbelts and other safety functions if a crash is imminent. There is also a display to show how many of the rear belts are in use. Arguably the least impressive part of the previous C-Class was its somewhat dour interior. But black plastics have given way to a more stylish dash design inspired by the larger E-Class. The display screen sits high on the dash, flanked by nicely tailored materials and stylish finishes, while the collection of buttons and dials is logically laid out. The only complaint is the location of the main controller for the comand system, which sits behind the gear selector. There is plenty of storage, while the rear seats are relatively spacious considering the style of car. The boot too, is usefully wide and spacious. Some of its rivals have tilted towards sharper dynamics rather than comfort with their compact sedans but Mercedes has ensured there is plenty in the way of compliance from the well-sorted suspension on the C-Class. It does a beautiful job of soaking up imperfections and recovering quickly from bumps without detracting from the competent cornering manners. It makes for a relaxed tourer that doesn’t shy away from corners, with good steering feel and reassuring brakes. 2.1 litres may not sound much for an engine but the turbocharger of this modern unit makes for oodles of grunt. And while it’s the same basic engine used in the C200 CDI, a bigger turbo means there is a full 50 per cent more power and torque, so the engine lacks nothing when it comes to good, usable mid-range punch, with a hearty 500Nm on tap from just 1600rpm. Squeeze the throttle gently and there is instant urge, although if you push too hard and provoke a downchange for the seven-speed auto it’s less than elegant, with an unwanted surge. The 150kW power peak is rarely needed because you can just rely on the effortless mid-range. The stop-start system (it can be disabled with the Eco button) shuts down the engine and quickly restarts it when you take off. Impressively and unlike some other systems, there is also no dip in the headlights or surge from the air conditioning when the car is starting or stopping. Even better is that the additional grunt brings with it fuel savings, with a claimed figure of 5.1 litres per 100 kilometres. The 325d engine of the BMW 3 series coupe in comparison is less fuel efficient and is also down on power quotient. Needless to say, it is not so eco conscious as well. It is real hard to out maneuver BMW in the power and fuel efficiency ratio but Mercedes has just managed to do it with this coupe.

SPECIFICATIONS 2143 cc, 4 cyl, RWD, 201 bhp, 369 lb ft, 1615 kg and 131 g/km co2. Performance – 0-61 mph in 7.1 seconds. Maximum speed – 149 miles / hour and 58.9 mpg. 64 JANUARY, 2012





he Aston Martin DB9 is available as either Coupe or Volante (convertible) with rear mid-mounted, six-speed manual gearbox as standard or optional touchtronic 2 sixspeed automatic transmission. The introduction of the DB9 marked the beginning of Aston Martin’s 21st Century renaissance. In this latest package of improvements for Aston Martin DB9, hardware changes focus on the chassis, featuring a standard Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which offers a system constantly evaluating the optimum damper condition, similar to that seen on the DBS and Rapide models. Controlled by a button on the centre console, the two-stage adaptive dampers can be switched between their default mode, which is optimized for ride comfort and a firmer sport mode, delivering tighter body control and a more responsive feel. Such is the success of the DB9’s new damping system that the DB9 sport pack upgrade has now been discontinued. However a sport design alloy wheel is available as an option. Performance comes courtesy of Aston Martin’s celebrated 6.0-litre V12 engine, which develops an unchanged 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Mated to a choice of six-speed touchtronic paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmissions, the Aston Martin DB9 offers an intoxicating blend of effortless pace and sporting character. A top speed of 190mph and the ability to hit 60mph in just 4.6sec seal its credentials as the definitive 2+2 grand tourer. At the front, a new bumper is the main change, with a re-shaped lower intake featuring hexagonal mesh to compliment the new bright finish radiator grille. New headlamp bezels complete the fresh nose treatment. The DB9 remains one of the world’s most beautiful sports cars and is instantly recognizable as an Aston Martin; the changes introduced here modernize the DB9 to keep it at the forefront of automotive design. Other changes include silver brake calipers, 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels as standard, together with new design option wheels and a bright finish grille. Clear rear light lenses are also standard. Inside double apex alloy finish, is now added to the list of options, along with the exceptional BeoSound audio system from Bang & Olufsen. This new package of improvements compliments these core qualities perfectly. Subtle styling changes freshen the Aston Martin DB9’s appearance, with a new front bumper, bright finish radiator grille and a re-shaped lower intake featuring bright hexagonal mesh. New headlight bezels, re-styled sills, silver brake calipers, 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels and clear rear light lenses complete the external revisions. The DB9 is the quintessential sporting grand tourer and offers an unrivalled combination of driver involvement, character, luxury and refinement. This car combines our unique Aston Martin character with an uncompromised design philosophy, craftsmanship and trademark Aston Martin performance ability. This is the first car built at Gaydon adopting the VH architecture. It has evolved every year since, with significant changes including a power upgrade and successive reductions in CO2 emissions. The latest package of improvements goes further than ever, highlighting the Aston Martin DB9’s qualities as a true sporting GT and underlining its role as the backbone car. JANUARY, 2012 65





he new Streetfighter 848 offers pure motorcycling thrills, thanks to its perfect combination of 848 Testastretta 11° engine and a new Trellis frame with superbike 848EVO-derived geometry. Outstanding control and precision make the Streetfighter 848 irresistible. Thanks to the superb handling offered by the new frame, the progressive easy-to-manage power delivery provided by the Testastretta 11° engine, the confidenceinspiring upright riding position and Ducati Traction Control; which keep watch over the power. This latest interpretation of the fighter concept delivers instant, knock-out riding enjoyment. The cornerstone of this new Streetfighter is of course the 849.4cc L-Twin Testastretta 11 powerplant. Sharing the same basic configuration with the 848 EVO Superbike, the 11 degrees of valve overlap is designed to give a smoother engine character which is more suited to the street duty the Streetfighter 848 will most often be used for. The most notable difference between the Superbike and Streetfighter’s engine is the camshaft profiles tuned to deliver a more street-friendly punch. The bore, stroke and compression ratio are identical, with a service interval of 15,000 miles. A new superbike-derived frame is similar to the 1098 Steetfighter, but has less rake and trail for more stable and confidence inspiring steering traits. The wheelbase is the same as the 1098 at 58.07 inches, but longer than the 848 EVO’s 56.3-inch wheelbase. Attached to the rear of the trellis frame is a new one piece cast aluminum swingarm sprung by a fully adjustable Sachs shock set up for a comfortable ride. Up front 43mm Marzocchi forks with full adjustability and handles the imperfect road surfaces that the Streetfighter 848 is expected to. Both the front and rear are set up softer in spring rate and damping than its 1098 sibling. The Streetfighter 848 comes standard with the Ducati Traction Control system, offering eight levels of adjustment. A full Brembo brake system sans ABS slows the whole kit down with 320mm discs squeezed by radial mounted 4-piston calipers with soft-feel pads in the front. Braking duties in the rear are handled by a single 245mm disc and a 2-piston caliper. You may find it a bit interesting that the bike that is aimed at being more usable on the roads doesn’t have ABS as standard equipment. Tire twisting grunt coming out of the corner is what makes twins a blast of ride and this bike is no different. Throttle response is instantaneous, yet no abrupt which is perfectly suited to the tight hairpins that we encountered above Modena. The boost is just enough to be fun without getting out of hand. It really is easy to control the power, but just in case the DTC can be dialed in to help out the ham-fisted. As expected, the Brembo brakes perform with poise. The soft-feel sintered pads on the front do not have as much initial bite as accustomed to, but the power and feel is stellar. Even as the laps counted down on the track, there will be zero fade which is surprising on such a tight layout. On the street, cornering on the Streetfighter 848 was a blast. Effort on the taller bars is light and flicking into a corner at the appropriate speed is cake. Mid-corner changes were as easy as thinking about it and even an unexpected decreasing radius turn was not a problem.

SPECIFICATIONS Engine – liquid-cooled 849.4 cc L-twin, 8 val.DOHC. Compression ratio – 13.2:1. Torque – 69 lb-ft @ 9500 rpm. Transmission – 6-speed and chain final drive. Horsepower – 132 bhp @ 10, 00 rpm. Bore x stroke – 94 x 61.2 mm. Wheelbase – 58.1 in. Rake – 24.5 deg. Seat height – 33.3 in. Fuel capacity – 4.4 gal. Length – 83.5 in. 66 JANUARY, 2012



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You know how it is when the in-game situation gets tough as nails and your palms start to sweat a whole lot? Well, just like how there is this seat cooling pad available for office chairs as well as car seats, so are do gaming controllers. All you need to do is plug in this sleek and ergonomic device, where both the buttons as well as the fans will star to glow in an icy blue colour. You can adjust the fan speeds in two different configurations, where the patented Air Flo technology will help keep your clammy palms nice and cool as you start dispatching off your opponents with skill and expertise. The Air Flo Controller is capable of retaining all the essentials with the PS3 controller, including the dual rumble function, responsive buttons and reverse analog sticks. You won’t be able to go wireless with this though, as the Air Flo ergonomic controller has a 3 meter cord to keep it connected. It has dual rumble motors, LED lights for coolness, soft rubber grips and the built in 2-speed fan for cooling your hands. While you might think the 2-speed fan is a gimmick, it’s essential for marathon game sessions. This is officially licensed ergonomic controller with attached 10ft/3m cord for extended reach. It has illuminated action buttons and air vents and dual rumble motors for an enhanced gaming experience. The wireless controllers are only used for second players now. In essence, the Airflo can be considered someone Green because you save money and resources by not using external batteries.

RAZER SWITCHBLADE This concept is a breakthrough portable gaming device design that allows gamers to play on the go without giving up the precision and control ordinarily possible on a desktop gaming system. Little is known about the device itself, but Razer has imagined it using a pair of 7-inch multi-touch displays as well as a layer of tactile, dynamic keys on the lower screen. The diminutive Switchblade looks like a great solution for PC gamers who want to get their fix on the go. With a multi-touch display, a tactile adaptive keyboard that intelligently configures itself to whatever game you boot up and Wi-Fi/3G support, this Intel Atom-powered device was the most promising gaming prototype of the show. When you start up any game, the keyboard intelligently recognizes the game’s specific interface and transposes the interactive visual elements such as command icons and control schemes right to the mechanical keys. Depending on the situation ingame, the keyboard can also change on-the-fly to give you only the controls you need. There is no telling if this product will ever to make it to market, but given the buzz it generated on the show floor Razer would be wise to find a way to get this into our hands. The keyboard on the bottom is a full-on LCD, but covered with physical keys. In contrast, the W105 had a flat touch panel on the bottom. Much like the Optimus Maximus of yesteryear, this keyboard would enable gamers to place different screens underneath depending on title and even within a game, you could imagine the keys shifting to account for different POVs, levels, scenarios, etc. 68 JANUARY, 2012


Building blocks for geeks… Sifteo cubes are the first gaming solution to deliver truly hands-on play. Each cube has a 128-pixel color LCD screen, wireless connectivity, a 32-bit ARM microprocessor and an accelerometer that responds to tilting and stacking. You can arrange them to create everything from vocabulary puzzles to building challenges, all of which can be enjoyed by as many people as you can crowd around the coffee table. The design marries classic tactility with new hardware and software. The cubes combine the latest in embedded computing and sensing technology with a timeless play style. The blocks are designed to function as an educational tool to facilitate spatial reasoning and pattern recognition. Siftrunner; the cubes’ software component, allows users to download apps, customize the game to the appropriate skill level and then, during gameplay, transmit info back to the software for feedback. When the cubes launch, Sifteo will provide a software development kit so others can create new uses for the cubes and make them a full-function platform for games and puzzles. The creativity kit will enable any Sifteo user to customize an endless array of gameplay experiences for themselves and others using their Sifteo cubes, including sorting, grouping and multiple-choice games.



JVC ALIENWARE M17x With a gorgeous light-emitting chassis, full HD display, high-end graphics card support and the ability to plug in an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 via the HDMI-in port, this notebook is a Swiss army knife for gamers. Alienware also plans to integrate a wireless HD feature in the near future that allows you to stream the action from your notebook directly to an HDTV. The latest M17x doesn’t just improve on its predecessor; it has all the makings of a dream laptop. Featuring an Intel quadcore Sandy Bridge CPU, AMD switchable graphics and a Samsung SSD, this monster offers more than double the performance of anything that came before. On top of that, the M17x has a built-in WirelessHD transmitter, so if it’s 17-inch 1080p display isn’t big enough, you can beam Blu-ray movies, games and anything else you want wirelessly across the room to a big-screen TV. One of the coolest things about Alienware systems is the backlighting. You can change the keyboard, the logos, the front grille - even the ring around the touchpad - to a number of different colors, depending on your mood or what you’re doing. The AlienFX utility to change the controls is fun to use; you can easily spend a lot of time tinkering with the color schemes. While the previous M17x had a honeycomb pattern on its touchpad, the newest iteration is smooth, but is a spacious 3.9 x 2.2 inches. The surface offered little to no resistance as our fingers glided across it, which is a good thing. Powered by Synaptics, the touchpad is also capable of multitouch gestures, though Alienware turns them off by default. JANUARY, 2012 69




Ramoji Rao

GVK Reddy

Vasundara & Dipika Reddy

Abishek & Shruti

TAKING THEIR VOWS Abhishek Rao and Shruti Keerthi tied the knot at a niche wedding venue in the city. The outdoor venue was perfect, with the weather being so pleasant. The mandap was decked with flowers and lights. The groom’s parents were beaming ear-to-ear as they posed for pictures beside the bride’s parents. Shruti was clad in a gold bejeweled sari which was matching with the jewellery she wore. Abhishek’s embellished traditional outfit, complete with a turban made him look royal indeed. Many of the known faces of the city were spotted.

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Suresh & Kiran Kumar Reddy

Pavan Reddy

Bobby Khandari

T Subbarami Reddy

Bunty Bajaj

Pinky Reddy


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Manu with friend

Ruhee & Mannan

Avj RVN & DJ Piyush

31-12 WARM-UP PARTY AT CUBA LIBRE December being the month of parties, our city was getting hotter day by day with so many parties happening in town. Cuba libre was fully packed as Dj Piyush and Avj RVN played their favorite music at the warm up party of 31-12. Our party lovers were seen having some good time bonding with each other. This warm-up party was talk of the town. Spotted at the event were Jassi, Arti, Manu and others.



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Feroz & Laila Khan


Mona & Wasi

Deepa Gurbani


Maha & Jibran


First wedding anniversary celebration of Jibran and Maha Sharief was held at a star hotel. Friends came in with full swing to wish the pretty couple. It was a fun filled evening where couples were quizzed fun questions about their respective spouses and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Men looked smart and stylish as they turned in black suits and ladies were all dazzled up in traditional and western attire.

Moghny & Mobina

Zeeshan & Manya

Qutub & Shireen

Faraz & Zara

Afreen & Saif

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Ashwin (R) with friend

Harshita & Ankita

Parties @ B&C, Liquids, 10D, Rain & Kismet The party scene in Hyderabad, over the last three weeks was extravagant. The city had seen people partying more than usual, as it’s the last month of 2011. People have been unwinding themselves to the music of DJs. Young crowd too was spotted having fun with their friends. The celebrations during Christmas and New Year in particular, were spectacular – most of the famous night life places in the city organized something big during these occasions.


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Neha & Megha



Sindhu Afan

DJ Lyod & Abhijeet


Ramya & Vani


Vijender Goud

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KNOW YOUR FORTUNE ARIES (March 21 – April 20)

TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)

Tarot card The Sun indicates that romance is on the cards at the moment. Be open to life’s possibilities, even if the person you meet is initially not quite your kind. Look forward to better time in year relationships. The fullmoon is powerful for you this month and shines light on your inner self, issues of contentedness and how you can find happiness in the intoxicated perfume of heart. In this way your craving romance for sweets, become so strong that you could be hearing the jingle bells of chocolates calling your name for successful life–mate forever, says the tarot card Queen of Cups. Wear blue for good luck. Your lucky number is 8.

Tarot card The Emperor indicates that you have a bee in your bonnet at the moment and may want change in your career, business, workplace, residence etc., but will be obstructed in executing it. So stop pushing things around and let them open naturally, like a rose in bloom so be a grown-up. Listen to what your good fortunes have to say particularly. Your next bout of expenses may be on a shoe string budget, so decrease the number of folds around you and take a breather. Collect your energies and reappraise your connections with others, says the tarot card King of Pentacles. Wear pink for good luck. Your lucky number is 9.

Karmic tip - If you love life, don’t waste time; for time is what life is made up of.

Karmic tip - No poison can kill a positive thinker and no medicine can cure a negative thinker.

GEMINI (May 22 – June 21) Tarot card Seven of Swords indicates - spend a little time contemplating your financial strategy for the future. You may realize you are overloaded with something important and that it needs revising. Check your patterns of eating today. You will come across a reason for your sluggishness and non-productivity; which means that it may affect your finances and bank-balance. Creation of humbles within you is a golden opportunity that could open doors for you. Else it could go to someone else. Be thankful that you have been considered for your humbleness in business, job, etc., says the tarot card The High Priestess. Wear pink for good luck. Your lucky number is 9. Karmic tip - Always keep hoping for good. As the famous proverb says keep a green tree in your heart, the birds will automatically come.

LEO (July 23 – August 23) Tarot card The World indicates that your lucky starts for 2012 will help to take important professional decisions. You will find family life quite congenial as all the members will unanimously support your decision. Rise in domestic and general expenses will be there. Company of love partner will inspire you to take initiatives. Family members will enable you to keep home happy. Your tireless efforts will be fruitful. This would be an exciting month, says the tarot card The Ten. Wear orange or green for good luck. Your lucky number is 9. Karmic tip - Affection shows the human mentality, but situation shows the human reality.

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CANCER (June 22 – July 22) Tarot card The Bondage indicates the movement of the sun through critical parts of your horoscope, which will welcome your need to both connect with them and let them know your need to connect with them too and will let them know who you are. When the sun hits the highest point of your horoscope, you will feel appreciated and may achieve considerable accolades in your work business, education or if you are a homemaker for the skill and attention, you apply to loving and caring for those in your closest family and social circles. This 2012 your traits are blessed with powerful creative urge throughout the year and other zodiacs will note this dynamic side of your personality, says the tarot card The Star. Wear red or white for good luck. Your lucky number is 22. Karmic tip – A very true message – Your nature is in your future.

VIRGO (August 24 – September 23) Tarot card the Eight of Pentacles indicates that in 2012, your business partnership will be beneficial. Your personal efforts will brighten the family atmosphere. Improvement in financial positions will increase your purchasing power. You are likely to set angle opportunities to prove your mettle at work place or business or educational growth. This way, you will spread the fragrance of love. Tarot suggests you to avoid gossiping on the professional front. Otherwise it may create dependency on you. You are also advised to make use of many, by enjoying pleasant memories; says the tarot card The Sun. Wear navy-blue or violet for good luck. Your lucky numbers are 5 and 8. Karmic tip - Whatever you try to do in life, do with all your heart and do it well.

LIBRA (September 24 – October 23) Tarot card The Knight of Wands indicates you need to fiddle with business alternatives to become a master of money. Be conservation at the start of a plane because an idea you are promoting may be doorned due to its lacking a formula. This means consultation is the key word for you in 2012. You must not be impressed by clever jargon. This is a cunning play to reel you in. Be cautions when dealing with others. Even one-off-contribution can make a difference. You may be shocked at some degrading atrocities in the news, which will spur you towards making a financial donation, says the tarot card The Hierophant. Wear pale brown for good luck. Your lucky numbers are 7 and 12. Karmic tip - Celebrate the beauty of your dreams and forever hold close the private treasures of your heart.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)

Tarot card The Moon indicates the full moon for you, which means - you will need the early detection of symptoms to work and proper solutions. You have previously turned a blind eye to the minor details of something much larger. Your love is at its best place right now. If you’ve been ineffective to the needs of your partner, the relationship will need a reappraisal to put it back on track. So don’t be lazy! You may have a quarrel with an elderly person, possibly a family member or relative over money. If this doesn’t relate directly to you, then it’s better to sidestep the issue to the time being, says the tarot card Five of Pentacles. Wear purple for good Luck. Your lucky number is 8. Karmic tip - Be bold in life and mighty forces will come to your aid.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 18)

SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22) Tarot card The Magician indicates a wolf in a sheep. Clothing will enter your social circle and could be difficult to stop. Look behind them to check their footprints. If financial matters have been a niggling problem, it could be that you are earning less than you deserve. Sooner or later, you are going to have to bite the bullet and ask for what you want. Your credit card expenses may bother you. Now so you may need to transfer the balance into a lower interest repayment plan. Sometimes the personal touch is what is needed, says the tarot card Wheel of Fortune. Wear burgundy are good luck. Your lucky number is 6.



Karmic tip - Life is a garden, made richer by those who share their path.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20) Tarot card The Tower indicates sometimes accidently, that you may hear something (financial or personal) about yourself that is not pleasure and may not know how to deal with it. Remember - sticks and stones may break your bones but name will never hurt you. Someone could let you down today and this will hurt, because you’ve supported them and they have relied heavily on you. This way you need to let them know how you feel about this great attitude, says the tarot card Ace of Cups. Wear blue or pink for good luck. Your lucky number is 3. Karmic tip - Don’t be afraid to dream big and to follow your dream wherever they lead you.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)

Tarot card The Star indicates - A pay rise or bonus is overdue and you may be mute on the subject, but you should be asking for what you feel you deserve. It only takes a phone call or a knock on the door of boos’ office. Making your dreams come true, can sometimes seem a little expensive but there is more than one way to get results. Look at how you can be most economical through sales, special and second hard or used times. You must not fear to dictate how you live. If you want to change either your work or personal life, then step out of the box; says the tarot card Two of Swords. Wear brown for good luck. Your lucky number is 4.

Tarot card says The World indicates unlock your potential creativity with a holiday, even it just for a few days. Make contact with someone you trust and offer them the opportunity to share the experience with you. Love may be in contraction as your vision of work eclipses your personal life. You need to make some concerssions even though you are loyal. You many feel beautiful and glowing during this transition and this has to do with what’s happening within you, not necessarily without you. Cultivate inner attention and awareness says, the tarot card Ten of Cups. Wear Sea Green for good luck. Your lucky number is 6.

Karmic tip - Dream an impossible, believe in your heart and in doing so; others will believe in too them.

Karmic tip - Faith is born deep within your soul. It grows stronger through the light of love and the soft rain of tears.

Suhasini is an expert Tarot card reader who covers Palmistry, Nadi Astrology and Counseling. She excels in scientific Astrology and can be contacted on Mobile : 09393026634, 09290425451 and 09392853876. Website : E-mail : JANUARY, 2012 77



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Hard Rock Cafe

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HOSPITALS Apollo Hospitals

Rd. No. 10, Jubilee Hills, Tel : 23553323, 23608050

Care Hospitals

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PUBS 10 Downing Street

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Taj Deccan

Bottles & Chimney

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Enr Fashion Studio

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Taj Krishna


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The Club

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Suhani Pittie

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Yashoda Hospital

Tank Bund, Tel : 66522999 / 27522999

Rd. No.10, Jubilee Hills, Tel : 65556519

Musaddilal Jewellers & Exporters

Near NTR Gardens, Necklace Road Rd. No. 10, Banjara Hills, Tel : 23319064, 23319191, 23319062. Tel : 23448989 / 39895050 (www.


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Basheer Bagh, Tel : 23298811/22


Isda Thai

Begumpet, Tel : 66629917 / 16

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Khan Saab

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

Little Italy

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Skin Touch

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Womens World Panjagutta, Tel : 64559666

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Paris de salon

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