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Journey To Motherhood Eating Healthy when expecting What To wear During Pregnancy Gifts For Your Mom

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Campus Buzz 20 Confession-O-Mania

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22 Follow Your Dream 24 Special Gifts For Your Mom 28 A Day From Sandeep Malpani’s Diary

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Stylist Tarmeen Talwar

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32 Mother’s Day 36 Journey to motherhood

14 - Month Ahead

16 - What’s New


18 - What’s Happening

60 - Hollywood

44 What To Wear During Pregnancy

61 - Bollywood

62 - Tollywood

63 - Sports

64 - Movies


66 - Tinsel Town

78 - Fortune

46 Wedding Mantra - Ring Ceremony

Travel 50 Weekend Getaways In Andhra Pradesh

Cuisine 52 Eat Healthy In Pregnancy 53 Mmmmm Mangolicious 24


Kinship 54 A Bond By Birth - Sushila & Ronak Bokadia

Automobiles 56 Jaguar XJ Ultimate



Gizmos 58 Cool Haute Gadgets

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK The Mango season is here. I hope you all are enjoying the fresh, juicy mangoes and drinking lots of water to keep yourself hydrated in this hot weather. Every year, on the second Sunday of May, we honor the most important person in our life, our mom by celebrating Mother’s Day. So start off by checking our Mother’s day special issue. This issue, we have our readers sharing the wonderful moments they shared with their moms. In a day from your diary, we have Sandeep Malpani, who is living his life to the fullest and loves spending time with his family and friends. In ‘A Bond by Birth’ we see the special bond between a mother and her son, Sushila and Ronak Bakodia. Our fashion section is dedicated to ‘What to wear during pregnancy.’ To find a great gift for your mother on Mother’s Day don’t forget to read our special story on what to gift your mother. Don’t forget to check out ‘Eat healthy in pregnancy’ & Mangolicious dishes in the city in our cuisine section. For those who can’t get enough holidays check out our short weekend getaways in Andhra Pradesh. In automobiles we have all about the beautiful Jaguar XJ Ultimate and in gadgets we have about the stylish and comfortable monster beats by Dr. Dre and the Samsung NX300 Camera with 20.3 MP APS-C sensor. Check out the campus buzz section, where the students talk about the recent rage on confessions pages on facebook. ‘Follow your dream’ provides a simple solution to all your problems- listen to the voice of your heart, follow your dream and lead a happy life. In wedding mantra we have a special story on the ring ceremony which is a ceremony that marks the beginning of a beautiful and blissful journey of marriage. I hope you enjoy this special issue and honor the most important lady in your life, your Mom with all the love and respect she deserves.


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I like to be updated with the latest fashion trends, that is why I love Tulip. It gives me a quick overview of what is in and what is not. Be it clothing, accessories or tips to enhance your looks, the magazine has it all. Jatin Mehra, B. Com Final year Student

I feel this is the best magazine I have ever read. The articles in the campus buzz section really help students like us in many ways. I never fail reading Tulip as it contains a very informative content to read and the pictures used in the magazine are pretty good. Nikitha, Student

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Tulip was introduced to me by my friend and since then I am glued to it. I like Tulip for its photography, design and creativity and it has something for all age groups. This month the sport’s column and what’s new was amazing. Great going, keep it up! Hasmina Hamed, House wife

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Hyderabad Formula One meetup screening

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Dilmah’s first T-Bar in India at Radisson Blu Tea and hospitality come together in a fine marriage of flair and flavor! Dilmah tea and Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Hyderabad explored the finer points of tea and gastronomy with the opening of a Dilmah T-Bar at the picturesque Banjara Hills location. Initiating this exciting new development was the founder of Dilmah, Mr. Merrill J. Fernando, the world’s most experienced tea maker, joined by his younger son Mr. Dilhan C. Fernando along with Nishan Silva , General Manager of Radisson Blu Plaza. “Dilmah’s first T bar at our hotel will introduce an opportunity for tea aficionados to experience tea based cocktails, mocktails, t-shots and t-shakes in an unimaginable combinations to guests. The Dilmah T-Bar at the Radisson will launch the culture of traditional High Tea with a contemporary touch, which will emphasize on tea as the main component of the experience, thus making it a ‘Real’ High Tea experience for the tea admirers. “Being the leading first class business hotel by providing a vibrant, contemporary and an engaging hospitality in the city is our aim to achieve” said, Nishan Silva, General Manager, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Banjara Hills Hyderabad.

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HYATT opens in Gachibowli Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has announced the re-branding of Ista Hyderabad to Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli. Located in the city’s new financial hub of Gachibowli, the hotel is strategically located 20 minutes from the international airport and in close proximity to Microsoft and the Indian School of Business - one of country’s leading business schools. Hyatt Hyderabad Gachibowli features 166 rooms and is spread amongst an expansive, landscaped area, which lends it the ambience of an urban resort. All rooms are stylishly fitted with poolside or garden views. LOCATION – Road No.2, I.T Park, Gachibowli, Hyderabad, 500019, India. Ph : +91 40 4848 1234 16 MAY, OCTOBER, 2013 2012

Hyderabad has a new destination for luxury salon & makeover studio. Especially for those who love partying, socializing and keeping themselves ahead, loving all attention they get. So go ahead and pamper yourself with an exquisite spa and salon experience where you’re always treated like a celebrity. Page 3 has three floors of pampering solutions at your disposal. Prep for those special occasions with fancy hairdos, cuts, gel nail art, hair extensions and make up to suite your occasion. On your leisure sooth yourself with a relaxing lava stone, shiatsu, balaniese therapy massages, while your mani-pedis and other skin spa treatments taken care by the experts with exclusive premium international products that make you fall in love. With plenty of VIP rooms for your privacy, kids also explore their exclusive kids grooming section to get their own stylish cuts, as your own hair pampering spas get done with the elite Kérastase (Paris) range of hair care products. And after relaxing your nerves, relax your hunger pangs at the crème-de-la-crème snack parlor at Cafe 3. Could we ask for more?

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CITY Jumpak -Thumpak Flashmob at Prasads Multiplex

This adrenalin charged season of IPL, the sponsors will make sure that it is showbiz from the very word of it. In keeping with its promise to always deliver the very best in innovative marketing, MAX has rolled out a complete plethora of marketing initiatives involving active participation from the viewers in 14 cities across the country. MAX recently announced its marketing campaign for the Pepsi IPL 2013 called ‘Sirf Dekhneka Nahi’ where it roped in the famous choreographer Farah Khan to establish 3 unique signature dance moves. Leaving no stone unturned to make the PEPSI IPL 2013 a huge success, MAX also targeted Prasads Mall in Hyderabad where the stunning Yami Gautham along with the handsome Sirish Allu performed along with the dance troop with dance flash mobs. Flash mobs will also be witnessed in other malls like Hyderabad Central and City Center. This activity was intended to encourage the crowd to join in, participate in the dance and learn the PEPSI IPL 2013 dance moves.

Baiskahi Mela

RDB Band from U.K. (Rhythm Dhol Bass) the world famous modern Punjabi Music band live in Concert was held on the eve of Baisakhi as part of Baisakhi mela 2013, in L.B stadium. Celebrating Diamond jubilee of Andhra Pradesh Punjabi Sabha & Basakhi celebrations in big way. The Bhangra/ Gidha Dancers were also called in to perform the traditional dance form. Bollywood Dancer Shweta Sharma performed on various Bollywood numbers and the crowd seemed to have had an amazing time dancing to the Punjabi beats making it a night to remember.

Masaba, now for Satya Paul

Satya Paul team welcomed Masaba Gupta to Hyderabad in a grand way. Satya Paul, one of India’s most iconic fashion brands, recently announced the appointment of designer Masaba Gupta as Fashion Director for the brand. In this capacity, she will provide design direction for the prêt-a-porter and Satya Paul Signature lines, as well as the scarves and accessories ranges. Masaba presented her debut collection for Satya Paul at Wills Lifestyle India fashion week this month and the collection won excellent reviews from the media. Masaba Gupta said “I am honored and humbled to be appointed as Fashion Director at Satya Paul, a brand that I have admired and have had an aesthetic connect with since I was a young girl. With this exciting yet challenging position, I hope to bring to the brand a lyrical and youthful image, keeping the aesthetic and soul of Satya Paul intact,”.

Pink Weddings

It's that time of the year. Pink Wedding is back in town and true-blue Hyderabad fashion wizard - Shravan Kumar, launched his work and is all set to cast his spell at the annual event, as he pays tribute to weaves and weavers of India, yet again. The festival promises to be bigger and better, with 45 minutes of non-stop fashion, featuring more than 145 exclusive garments. Hyderabad will be a part of this annual fashion fiesta at The Park Hyderabad in the presence of celebrities like Amala Akkineni, Deeksha Seth, Taapsee Pannu, Siddharth, Sandeep Kishan who will add glamour to the event. Shravan Kumar has carved a niche for himself as the city's highly acclaimed fashion designer. During his journey formore than 18 years, he had created magic with fabrics, which were admired by people all across India. This research oriented designer looks up to fashion as his religion, than a mere passion and had set more trends, than he followed. His collections focusing on AP handlooms were showcased across Chennai, Coimbatore, Ludhiana, Kochi and Vizag Fashion Weeks, Miss Hyderabad 2012 and Prann 2012. 18 MAY, 2013




If you haven’t done it, then you haven’t had your share of fun, idiocy and not to forget fights and melodrama. Confession pages have become a rage in every college, school and even some of the companies. Girls admitting their crushes, guys complementing the girls, students talking about their college and faculty. And a lot of drama where people come forward talking about their dislike about a person, a situation or just hitting the rock bottom by disclosing secrets and shocking everyone. Satpreet Kaur asked few people what they think about all the confession-o-mania which seems to grab the city!!

ed when my college started one become on Facebook, I was very excit have s page n essio conf that rage the Owing to the page started to gain popularity, the confessions on the page initially. But as ght of its own. I even enjoyed reading the on different people’s characters. I thou were bitter, unkind and made assaults t wen r neve and page the confessions started to seem inept. They ed unlik I . to exist as it was spreading just hate page g easin displ a such for n reaso there was no h died out. the craze of confessing has prett y muc back on it. Now, I’m happy to see that Harshita Goel, St. Francis College.

“I have a habit of ste aling”, says one. “I ha ve been pretending to my childhood”, says an be color blind and ge other. No, I am not a tting unnecessar y ga father of any church facebook. The newly ins since but this is the latest tre launched confession nd that is being seen s page from different it right to confess in pu today on colleges, localities, etc blic and reveal your sec . have been an instan rets? This is a bigger pro venue where kids are t hit but is blem as it invades oth able to say hurtful thi ers privacy. It’s a creati ng s, and that’s frustrating offer a catharsis of sor ve . At the same time, the ts, attracting heartfel pages can sometime t disclosures from stu eating disorders. s dents struggling with depression, alcoholism Suman Menda, Vil or la Marie College For Girls

n, they end up being like unwanted noise and tarnish I don’t really think that these confession pages have any directio people and make the university look bad. Most of the the image of the universities. They do nothing but embarras taking digs at one another. Banning these pages isn’t confessions are highly exaggerated and just another excuse for is treat the pages like feedback forms. do can ities univers going to solve the problem, the maximum the te. Shravani Karnatakam, Gradua

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es have on of these confession pag ok these days. The evoluti ebo ir inner fac the on g and thin ple in peo ut new abo iasm to know more hus Confessions pages are the ent the and a way tine h rou suc ly with their dai e been made in come from students fed up ething, so these pages hav som ut abo about fess nts me con com and t upfron boisterous, like funny secrets. It is not easy to be st of these confessions are ous Mo seri te or. qui fess are con s the ion of fess ity and some of these con etc s that they keep the anonym pal ir the s ut ard abo tow es ge hate langua some funny jok lay perspicuous content and teachers, love proposals and disp o wh I few all So are . re ual The . ivid etc ind stalking distress of that like declaration of sexuality, s may lead to emotional Thi s. elve ms the ous nym ano specific individuals being harmless but dont be mean. would say is having fun is siness Analyst Mahati Raj Suvvari, Bus

People need to relax. Con fession pages are just for passing time. The literal me a formal statement admittin aning of a confession is g to a crime, and not deg rading an individual who personally. But anyways, you do not even know don’t get worked up if som eone says something stupid will shut up. This is just a rag . Just ignore it and they e phase. It will die down wh en time comes. Till then just is beautiful. Don’t waste tim sit back and relax. Life e on what jealous people have to say about you. Akanksha Agroya, Amity Business School

fun going viral these days . Its of entertainment which are ’s rce one sou at into p gre a dee are dig es ple d of mucky when peo kin s I think these confession pag get it But . ers ple oth ut peo e against som their opinions abo n some offensive comments watching people confess se public forums. I have see the se of humor while in it sen d on nt goo a me e com hav private life and done. People should be n’t uld sho licit content me to ing lot ord posted . There’s a of exp on these pages which acc w the line on the content dra to re willing to rn mo lea are also ys st ada mu posting such stuff and guage which people now lan of ge usa l efu er it gets hat oth of s and a lot some point or the towards specific individual e sense but sometimes at itiv pos a in en tak is m icis crit use. Its more fun when the e fun but be careful! fun!! So all I would say is hav out of hand and spoils the iness School Ashish Kapoor, Amity Bus

These days the latest attrac tion are the confession pag es spread everywhere. Eve institution has one which ry school, college or any oth is liked and regularly follow er ed by everyone. The page something that you have was formed to confess abo done but it is more or less ut turning into a hatred pag on certain traits or charac e where all they do is point teristics of one another. “I out remember there was this serious fights among best one confession that had friends who no more talk led to to each other.” My view upo up supportively. Also the n it goes like it has to be tak real confessors should rea en lize tha t it is a confessions page and such. Also they should avo id using unparliamentaril not a dislike page as y language and also more a particular person. importantly stop pointing out Jai Doshi, Amity Business School

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Follow Your


It is said that “A dream is not something that you see while sleeping, a dream is something that does not let you sleep”. Dreams leave you restless until you achieve them. They make you want to go and get what you really need from life; they instill the energy, confidence and constantly motivate you to live your life the way you picture it. People give up their super successful careers to live their dreams. Because they know that a successful career will fetch everything, money, status, respect and a luxurious lifestyle. But only a dream career will do, what’s most needed in life; keep you happy and satisfied. Everyone wants to lead a happy life, and everyone has a dream. Komal Sirwani, provides a simple solution to all your problems-listen to the voice of your heart, follow your dream and lead a happy life. Most people might also think that its stupid chasing a dream forever when you know it is not even possible to achieve it or even get close to it. But the only reason someone is not able to pursue his/her dream is not lack of skill, it’s the lack of passion and determination to do what your heart asks you to do. When you choose a difficult-to-attain dream over an easy-to-obtain job, life will obviously, get tough. But it is only through these challenges; you get to realize your true worth which would not be really happening in a convenient job. However, though all these words sound philosophical and motivating, in reality, a lot of people may argue that life is not a cakewalk and to add on to the troubles, if one goes running behind dreams, it would only be a disaster in the end. But there have been real life examples of people who have taken all the struggles in life and have reached a stage where they are completely satisfied with it. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who went from being a boy of the streets, to a doctor and then to the president of a country. Tennis star Sania Mirza, who listened to her heart against all odds of her community and become a sensation, an inspiration for several women. A lot more people like them dared to follow their heart and succeeded in making a mark. Motivation from friends and family is an underlying element in a person’s choice of following his heart and dreams. When you get unconditional support from family to choose what you desire, you are bound to succeed in whatever you might opt for. Someone who understands your dreams, reinforces the confidence in you and helps you reach your goal is a true friend. However, the initial push needs to be from your end if you want to achieve your dream whether there are supporters or not. Listen to your heart, pursue your passion and see how life becomes challenging, surprising and fulfilling. Tulip gets you Hyderabadi’s who have followed their passion, and their experience of sailing through the boat of their dreams.

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I am doing my graduation, but the energy to do something has always pushed me forward. And because I am still studying, I prefer taking up something small, which turned out really great for me. Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of everyone. And so what better than making chocolates and getting them to people who love them, which are many! The chocolates that melts in your mouth so you can savor the taste and ingredients bit by bit are what I prefer giving my clients which makes them come back for orders again and again. Apart from gifting it to others, you can have them for yourself- that’s how tasty they are. And now with holidays I have decided to share it with other chocolate lovers by conducting workshops, so anyone interested can email me on Sheena Saluja, Villa Marie College For Girls I gave up my job for the sole reason that I wanted to do something on my own and teaching was not my dream career but has become one. It’s my only passion now. I run a full-fledged school now and I am prepared that probably I might not make money as such for the first few years, but yes, it gives tremendous job satisfaction and in the end that’s what really matters, the term called- Job satisfaction. HPS Kids Paradise has been more than a dream come true for me, as I get my independence yet the challenge of working with young teachers and handling kids. Its been the most wonderful experience and I’m glad the school is running successfully. Lavina Dixit, Director/Principal, HPS Kids Paradise

As per the records go, I was a Software Engineer by Profession, and an electronics graduate by the degree I hold in my hand. However, I had this bad habit of seeing the world differently than most others. I often imagine sequences running, have day-dreams about how would it appear through my words. What would be the details I would focus on? That’s the reason I stepped into Filmmaking and became a Director, Actor, and Writer. So if you are out there, and if you are passionate for anything. Then stand up, get out of that door and run towards your destination because it is obvious that it will not come to you by itself. Only thing one can and should do is to try. Get up, and Do what you want to do. Akshat Sharma, Student, Annapurna International School of Film and Media.



Hardik has been interested in music since his childhood, he loved to listen and even dance on music. Day by day his interest grew and he even used to sing songs, even he used to say movie and cartoon dialogues. One day we were taking nap and suddenly I asked him whether he would like to learn Dj’ing. He said yes and the same moment we started for Panache DJ School where after talking and observing Hardik’s skills for 3 days, Dj Navi told that he would personally like to build his career in Dj and he would pay personal attention to Hardik. And we enrolled him in Panache Dj School. At his age it’s difficult but not impossible. I personally have to spend 4 hrs daily to attend his classes with him and after classes I get his homework and even his practice done. I am confident about his work and ambitions. Me and my wife, both have faith in him. We hope to make him achieve his every dream. Jiten karani, Father of Hardik Karani (5 years), youngest DJ student at Panache Dj School.

I’d always love baking as a kid, but I never took it as a possibility for it to be my career. My ambition was to join my father’s business and do well for our company, but with time, I realized my passion for baking and the importance to follow that passion. I started to believe to be different and do things differently. ‘There is nothing like doing what you love and of course, loving what you do’ ‘Work doesn’t seem like work a single day, because, well, it’s not just work, it’s something close to my heart, just like one of those dreams which come true. ‘I would suggest everyone out there to first know what they are good at, and second pursue the same, because it is the only way you can succeed. Divjoth Chawla, Founder/ Owner, La Crosta.

It takes courage and very strong conviction to follow the dreams of the hat. It is one thing to dream under the sun and another to dream under the stars I have always had a dream I dreamt without knowing that my passion and inclination lay towards cooking, till people told me that everything I cooked had Midas touch. Today I stand at the threshold of realizing it and that insubstantial feeling is going to take a form. The form of course is nothing but the apron and toque. There have been many hurdles in the way of achieving this dream but now I realize that they were only meant to make my faith stronger. Being able to pursue a hotel management degree and live my dream is a great feeling and I hope to reach high and take in every step towards my dream slowly, steadily and perfectly. Niki Khanuja, Pursuing Hotel Management.

Dancing is my passion probably from when I didn’t even know its meaning. I always believed express to impress, after training for years , I started choreographing and taking classes at an early age. Started from a few kids in my area, which later lead me to doing wedding sangeets on a great scale. I balance my studies and my passion together. The immense happiness of my work come from the end result, and it is not their final performance, but the satisfaction and smile on the family as well as the performers, their feedback adds on to my moral support and helps me move forward confidently. Each wedding sangeet, comes with a new experience, meeting new people, sharing emotions and a lot more, in the end I just feel a part of their family. I aspire to keep spreading happiness through my dance, and never let my dream die. Jasleen Kaur Marwa, Student MAY, 2013 23



Make It Special This Mother’s Day

We get you a list of suggestions that will help you make this day special and memorable for you and your mother. So read on and pick the one which is sure to make your mother feel special. Her Favorite DVD/Music Collection The times have brought in many changes to the gifting trends as well. Thus, even in case of the occasion of Mother's Day gifts that last longer and can be treasured as collectibles for a long long time will find a better place in

accessories like scarves, handbags, watches etc. will work perfectly in making this day memorable for your mother. Also, you should make sure that the gift is something that suits her taste and preferences.

beauty of your home but would also bring in freshness to your home surroundings.

our mother’s heart. A thoughtfully compiled list of music or movies and better still both is a sure shot way of making this Mothers Day memorable for both of you. This is also one gift that the whole family can enjoy and bond over on family time. Home Gardens For Mother With the ever decreasing home space, the need for welcoming greens inside our homes is more prominent than ever. Home gardens are a trend that is fast catching up with people integrating the inside and the outside of their homes. Your mother is going to love this innovative, unique yet useful gift idea. Indoor plants, small herbs in pots, flowering shrubs that grow in shade placed artistically on customizable stands would not only add to the 24 MAY, 2013

Spend Time with Your Mom Make plans to spend time with your mother, doing something she’d like to do this weekend. Even if it’s going to a craft show or a tea room, honor her by taking an interest in what

Make Her Look Beautiful on Mother's Day For a person who likes to leave a lasting impression every time, one should go in for Mother's Day presents that enhance their physical appeal. Thus, gift ideas like dresses (Indian and western), her favorite footwear or

she enjoys doing. If you can't make it home this Mother's Day, make a date for the near future if at all possible. Along with the card you send to her, offer suggestions on places to visit and restaurants to try on your day out together. Whatever you decide to do or get for your mom this Mother's Day, bless her through God's Word and prayer. Trust me,

‘no’ whenever you’ve cried for a toy.

Take Charge of Whole Day’s House Chores It’s very unusual idea but even for a moment

Surprise Her… Surprises are always a great idea to wish someone. Remember how it was like when your parents used to surprise you on your birthdays with your most-asked-for presents and goodies. Every one loves surprises, so

give it a try and surprise her. you can surprise her by buying her a diamond ring that she couldn’t buy being short of money, you can perform extra-ordinarily in your exams, you can embellish her bedroom without letting if you realize how much your mother has to put up with taking care of everything around the house you will know what gret deal it is. You must be busy with your work, school or college but if you really want to give her a break, give her a day leave and od all the house chores yourself. Take care of kitchen, cleaning, attending phones and doorbells, watering plants, mowing garden and all other stuff she does as a part of her daily regime, and she will be glad than ever. Say ‘Yes’… How many times a day do you say ‘no’ to your mother? Not sure? Just count up the number for a day and you’ll know the answer. This year plan to make Mother’s Day a ‘Yes Mom’ day. After all she deserves it since she never said

her know; it’s all about your own choice and creativity, how you want her to be surprised. Just make sure it’s not something very personal or hurting. Pamper Her… Who doesnt like getting pampered, nearly everyone loves to get pampered! Got it? Yes, it’s time your mom should be pampered! Mom’s love to get facials, you can do something at home or just get her a salon voucher. Indulge her into something much more wonderful


offer mother-daughter spa treatments that let both of them spend quality-time together. Make sure you make an appointment as soon as possible for a special mother-daughter getaway!


she'll love it.

Gift Hampers or Baskets Gift Hampers or Baskets with her choice of chocolates or cookies or any other favorite goodies of her choice would make an excellent gift. You can gather things she likes and get it packed or pack yourself for personalized touch.

Books or Magazine Subscriptions If your mother is fond of reading and you have an idea of what she likes to read you can gift her a book by her favorite author which she

has not read or a magazine subscription she is interested in. Gifts for a Working Mom If you have a Mom who manages her job and family together you can give her gifts like mobile phone, organizer, iPod, makeup kit, hand bag, a pair of goggles, a pen or even a good wrist watch.

that translates to connecting with her in a special way. Many spas around the world now

- By Satpreet Kaur

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THE DAZZLING PERFORMERS The otherwise calm and quite Westin buzzed with people gearing for a rocking musical experience as the internationally acclaimed Manasi Scott and Ash Chandler were all set to groove the audience to their tunes. Manasi and Ash, who were in the city to support and raise funds for a noble cause called Heal-a-Child and were performing at Westin for the same. The beautiful and charming Manasi Scott and live wire Ash Chandler redefined the definition of stage performances in our country. As I am lost in these thoughts, Manasi walks in dressed in a beautiful red gown along with Ash who perfectly complimented Manasi dressed in a stylish black suit. In Conversation With Manasi Scott She comes from a family of engineers and doctors and she herself was a topper in her Engineering. When everybody thought she would either be an engineer or doctor, she amazed everybody by choosing to pursue her career in entertainment. “My dad is a paediatrician and I had to choose either engineering or medicine and I chose engineering. I topped it. I was good at studies but during my school and college days I did a lot of amateur theatre and singing. I got married right after my Post Graduate. I had two albums released in Australia. My first big gig happened when Amit Trivedi made me host in his fashion show. Since then, there was no looking back.” From being a singer to actress to compering and much more she has all of it, with success. “Spectacular and in fact a very easy job. God has been really kind to me. I always believe that the best happens to you. I think whomever I have met in the industry says that I am a case study. I did 1400 shows without doing a single playback. In fact I am doing my playback now in a film called Aadi Bhagwan. I have always been like this, “I like it, so I do it.” So whatever comes to me I do it. In fact you would find it funny, until my son was born, I never took singing as my profession. (Ash interrupts, “She was doing more shows like an amateur than most of the professionals do. It was like one fine day she decided to call it as her profession though she has been doing so many concerts and has been prolific for so many years.) I sing for the joy of it and leave it to God. It has been a wonderful journey. I could have not been in any other profession. I feel really blessed as I get to travel across the globe, meet so many people and get so much love. For me being on stage is what matters. When I am on stage it is singing, dancing, interacting and acting because stage is that dream place where you can play or be anything,” says the content and happy Manasi when asked about the journey of stardom. When asked about her experience performing at Hyderabad and the most memorable moments in her life she with a glitter in her eyes says, “I am very jealous. The temperature is 26 degrees in day time and

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I tweeted this morning saying, “what are we not doing that Hyderabad does. It has always been great to be in Hyderabad. Weather is beautiful and the city is clean. My most memorable moments with Hyderabad would be the 4 or 5 concerts that I did here which all happened at the Falaknuma palace which is a perfect place to perform. Another get experience was performing at the opening ceremony of “The World Military games.” I went into the audience and grooved with them and had so much fun.” Saying this she signs off leaving me mesmerised of her bold yet humble attitude.

Conversation with Ash Chandler He is a fabulous singer, terrific stand up artist and wonderful writer. He is a live wire and has superb comic timing and can make the audience split into laughter. When asked about his journey to this versatile stature he says, “My journey has been quite different. I left home when I was 15 and so now it has been like 26 years. The journey has not been easy but I feel I am blessed. Blessed because I get to do what I like to do. As a kid the classic Indian thought of what will fall back, haunted me. I never had a plan B and sometimes I feel it worked for me because the amazing part of not having Plan B has made my life easy. I don’t see what I do as my profession but I see it as my purpose, purpose of life. I could do other things but I knew whatever I do I would be a performer. It was just like embracing my purpose and sticking with it. That hasn’t been an easy journey but discovering it was the biggest blessing. I never thought of competition as I compete with myself.” As much as he is a fabulous singer, Ash is a terrific writer, when asked about this aspect of him and how much does his writing inspire him, Ash says, “Lot of what I do stems from writing. Be it music or stand up happens because of my writing. However, acting does not come from my writing as others write but one day I hope my acting too comes from my writing.” Ash also is a perfect example of versatility with various facets like writing, acting and singing. When asked how does he manage so many skills he smiles and with a sense of his typical witty humour says, “As a kid I always use to hear people around me saying channelize and I always use to feel that one day I would land up as a cable TV guy. Channelize LOL. However, coming to skills I feel all of writing, singing and acting are woven together.” On his experience with Hyderabad and the most memorable moment as a performer he says, “I love coming to Hyderabad. It’s my 3rd year in a row that I am attending this concert and supporting this cause. It is a cause that is close to my heart. On another note I have loads of friends here and that’s also a reason for me to love Hyderabad. I am gonna stay back and relish some yummy Andhra food at Spicy Venue. (Smiles) Coming to memorable experiences, it is always fabulous to perform at Westin, it is a beautiful infrastructure and every experience in the city has been memorable. Another memorable experience was performing at the Barcelona Stadium at Camp Nou. It was amazing as it is one the best stadiums. I felt humbling.” On that note Ash signs off saying that the audience will be grooving to some of the latest Bollywood numbers. - As told to Swarnalata Pothapragada

Young Talent



Kashish Topandasani, born on 21st August 1995, in Jakarta, is an aspiring actor. He has always wanted to be an actor ever since his childhood. He has been a performer, excelling in the field of drama and dance since his school days. In school he would always be awarded as one of the best actors which just motivated him to take up his dreams. He moved to Hyderabad, for his studies for a brief period and it is at that point, while he stayed in Hyderabad that he got even more attracted towards taking up acting as his profession. At a young age of 14 he was certified in disc jockey course in India, which shows his immense interest towards music. Shahrukh Khan has been his idol ever since he was a kid. Since his parents have always taught him to prioritize his education, he is currently doing his Bachelors in Business Administration in London School of Commerce and will continue to study in London till he gets his Masters degree. Soon he plans to join London School of Dramatic Art for two years, to simultaneously get a degree in performing arts as well. This way Kashish feels that by the time he achieves his masters in Business Administration he will also get a degree in acting. Eventually he plans to go to Mumbai and try his luck in Bollywood. His hobbies have been Acting, Music, Dance, travelling, soccer and kickboxing. He shares an extremely close relationship with his mother, Bahaar and feels that she has been his biggest support and if he ever achieves his dreams, he feels the credit definitely would go to his mom.

Fresh Voice MHA Farmaan, A child prodigy, the recipient of the prestigious Ugadi puraskar at the age of 7. He has given many stage shows. He has been playing the keyboard since the age of 4 and has had training in hindustani classical music. He is a song writer and a composer, this young talent is now looking forward to make an impact on the music scene with his debut album. Hyderabad's First music video Album in hindi, being released by 100! Creations. The first song of the album O meri Jaan, is being picturized in a very colorful way and has technically rich elements. The song depicts the sadness of the male protagonist reminding himself of the good old days of Love and a committed relationship. Cast and Crew 1. Mha farmaan (lyricist,singer and composer) 2. M. Gouri Shankar( Concept and direction) 3. Natasha pamnani(female lead) (miss hyderabad 2012 -1st runner up) 4. P. Siddarth (Producer) MAY, 2013 27



A Day From

Sandeep Malpani’s A


man living his life to fullest, a person who give great importance to family values and considers his family and friends as his biggest assets. He loves to be close to nature, spend quality time with friends and loves partying. Married, settled and living a life of a content person, who still feels it’s a long way to reach an actual state of contentment in his life. Read on to know more as we share an excerpt from his daily life.

The Tulip Quiz Your nickname

Sandy Most influential person in your life

I can’t name a single person I get influenced by, I try to pick up positive traits from different people. Two things you always carry before leaving your house

Wallet and mobile Your ideal pastime

Coffee with friends What do you like most about Hyderabad

The Nawabi laid-back life, and my amazing set of family & friends. Favorite cuisine

Italian Best lesson life has taught you

With time your body ages, but your soul grows. Where do you see yourself in next 5 years?

No 5 year plans..I just believe in living and working ‘Today’. Success mantra

I am the “Power” A memory you cherish

I can’t think of just a memory because there are many. Each moment we live there is a memory so there are too many that I cherish. 28 MAY, 2013

Morning - I start my day with some yoga and pranayama, as I think exercising is necessary for healthy living. I am bent towards spirituality so I have been practicing meditation everyday. Spend some time with my dog. Sipping vegetable juice while reading newspaper is another thing I do every morning before heading-out to work.

Work - I had finished my Post-graduation in Marketing from UK before I started working with my dad. I have also started my own construction company, as I was always interested in the construction line, I had a platform and achieved my goal, but there is still long way to go. During some free time I did a few part time courses related to the same, which helped me brush my skills and increase my knowledge about it. My journey so far has been good, with all the learning, experiences of course I had my own share of ups & downs and the stand still moments where you are confused about where you are placed, but over all it has been a good journey so far…(touchwood).

Family & Friends - Both my Family and Friends are the biggest asset in my life. I grew up in a joint family set up, where I learnt a lot of family values for which I am very thankful for, it always shows in a person and helps in turning point of our lives. We are marwari’s and we are originally from Rajasthan



Where do you see yourself in next 2 yearsI really don’t know about next 2 years, 5 years or 10 years, but yes, I definitely have a vision of expanding my existing work and diversifying into different fields and making a ‘Mark’ in all. And I don’t believe in making 5 year plans. I believe in working ‘Today’.

Evenings - I try to finish work early and head to KBR park for a walk, I think that’s the best part of my day, spending time with nature, mother Earth, I try and do some spiritual reading too before I end my day. Weekends - I can’t stay home on weekends, I am a party person, I can dance all night long, or I just catch up with friends or cousins over a swim, poker or dinners. I love watching the American series, ‘Friends’ and my favorite character in that is Ross after whom I have named my Golden Retriever (Dog). I love pets, if it wasn’t for my dad I would have had many more pets in the house. Ross is the most pampered and lazy one in our house and we all dote over him. At least an hour of my day is spent with him. Travel - Both my wife and I love travelling, a break every 6 months is a must, let that be Goa, Amsterdam, or Istanbul. Our latest travel has been to Turkey, where we partied in Istanbul and enjoyed scenic beauty of Cappadocia and Pamukale. Travelling is a good way to spend time bonding, or just relax and explore and experience new and wonderful things. My next trip would be a 7 days course of scuba diving in Andaman.

and we moved to Hyderabad in the early 70’s. My Family has been my support system where they have always been there during my ups and downs. I am a very family guy & we spend a lot of time together, be it over coffee, clubbing or some activities to. I have always had a fantastic bunch of friends who I would call ‘my extended family’, as I have mentioned earlier for me Hyderabad is about my Family & Friends.

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Par Exsalonce is a Spa salon which is located in Jubilee hills, and offers top notch services. Par Exsalonce has customized facials such as Rosacea & sensitive skin facial – Rs. 2,500. Collagen Facial – Rs. 3,000. Luminous C Facial – Rs. 3,000. Acne Facial – Rs. 2,500. As eyes are one of the most important senses, they need proper care to be taken. So you can relax and enjoy the eye treatment for Rs. 1,500. They also have different kinds of chemical peeling for the sun damaged pigmented skin such as Lactic Kojic peel, Glycolic peel, Salicylic peel and Organic Passion Fruit peel. Starting from Rs. 3,500. For best results facial can be added to the chemical peels. They offer all kinds of Spa services such as manicures, pedicures and waxing. Skin being the largest organ of the body, it reflects what goes on inside the body and is also the most neglected. Having a background in science cosmetics made Zahra the owner of the spa understand the science of skin. She went to the Academy of Aesthetic Arts in Kansas, USA where she got her training and became a licensed esthetician. Using all her experience she opened Par Exsalonce. Par Exsalonce has excellent make up packages starting from 2,000. As the wedding season is in and the bride is supposed to look her very best on her wedding day. For the soon-tobe-brides, Par Exsalonce has an amazing Bridal package. Ranging from Rs. 25,000 – Rs. 32,000. Location: KVR Holdings, 2nd floor, Opp. Croma, Road No.36 Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad Tel: 984808 2109


Manmeet Kaur Gulati started her career initially as an Assistant Designer working under Priya Awasthi (Mumbai). A glimpse of her alignment towards fashion was sighted by her father during childhood days when she at a young age of 12 made her very first remarkable oil painting which now resembles the logo of her fashion design brand Kavach. After P.G - SOFT (Pune) in fashion and designing, she has had a remarkable role in assisting designers like Kedar Maddula (Hyderabad) & Priya Awasthi (Mumbai) before embarking upon her own designer label “MANMEET” since March 2010. She is usually seen at her studio named KAVACH, located at Ameerpet in the heart of Hyderabad city. Her recent 2013 Kavach creation mainly emphasizes on the phases of a woman in her lifetime starting Childhood- represented by the BRIGHT & PEPPY colours. Youth represented by the SEXY, BLING & EXPERIMENTAL looks. Adulthood comprising the SOPHISTICATED & DIGNIFIED variances. Manmeet draws inference from nature and is an avid admirer of birds. She is completely into customized designing, you want it she’ll get it. A part from casual wear she also undertakes bridal wear, be it wedding blouses, saris, lehengas or glamorous evening & party wear gowns. Location: 7-1-68/1/1A Dharam Karam Road, Opp Slate School, Ameerpet, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500016. Ph: 040 6684 4511, 9030588293 30 MAY, 2013

Pranav Pingle who is the latest buzz in the city with his documentary “Handle with care” -making everyone fascinated about his work and idea. He says “I have been inclined to this creative work from a very young age. I was a complete outdoor child and my interest in this field began with my father’s influence. My mind was made up when I saw “Life is Beautiful” for the very first time.” Pranav Pingle did his schooling from Hyderabad Public School, and then did his Bachelors in Mass Communication from St. Mary’s College, Yousufguda. For his Masters, he studied Film and Television Production at the University of Bristol in England. “I have developed eight short films during my year at Bristol, ranging from drama to documentary to comedy, and two in Hyderabad that revolved around social causes. In Bristol, my role in these eight films varied from Cinematographer, Producer, Director, Assistant Director and Actor. For my films in Hyderabad, I played the roles of the Director, Cinematographer and Actor. My aim now is to develop the feature film for the Indian Diaspora and make it a success. I look forward to the response and eagerly await the day it is completed. “ I even won best Cinematographer. I met many people from around the world who gave me a vast range of perspectives and ways to look at things. I was given the opportunity to understand various filmmakers and their approaches. I interacted with professional actors, gaining different responses and suggestions to scripts. I was exposed to world-class equipment and knowledge which just added on and help me purse my dream.” But he says his journey has just begun. He came back to Hyderabad and started Mirage Media. “Abeer: A Fatal Nuance” was his first film under Mirage Media and “Handle With Care” is his second which has been gaining a great response from, people, media and online too. He adds “There’s not much of a difference between England and Hyderabad. The creative process is the same, but it is a little harder here in India, for a youngster to break into this industry and make a mark. The response has been brilliant so far. I received great feedback from a lot of people about the story of faith, hope and perseverance. I was told that “Handle with Care” was a mind changing experience and that it had the power to change the behavior of the society. I was congratulated for bringing such a noble cause out in the open. What Next? Five years from now I hope to have made a few ad films to gain more experience and knowledge. I also hope to have developed a feature film for the Indian Diaspora, for which I have already begun work. People are becoming more accepting. Patience is now more prominent among the youth, for they understand that to make it big in industries such as this, one requires immense patience. Success is not defined by the amount of money you make but by the amount of people you touch.


An exclusive with Pranav Pingle




God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.

Jewish Proverb

An ode to mothers! They have toiled, they have sacrificed, they have given more than we can ever imagine. Satpreet Kaur gets a special collection of Mother’s Day Messages from their son/daughter’s for our boldest and gentlest mothers, and a take on their journey of motherhood.

Karan & Kunal on their Mother Sangeeta Srinivasan Karan - My mother obviously has been an extremely important part of my life. From academics to my social circle, she has immersed herself completely, and is the first person I go to with any problem or concern I have. We do spend as much time together as we can, catch a movie once in a while maybe, but we make it a point to go out for dinner every week to catch and keep up with each other’s lives. She is probably the most understanding and hardworking person I’ve ever seen, her modesty and humility I think are her best traits and that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve learnt from her. To work hard and be humble no matter what. She isn’t perfect, and she might not be the easy going mother around, and I know our relationship has been strained at times and we have had our ups and downs but I love her and I know she loves me. So to all you teens out there, I know our parents get on our nerves some times, but whatever they do, they do it for our own good, so don’t take them for granted and make them proud! Kunal - My mom has only one dream in life, she hopes her children make it big in this world, earn a name for themselves and stand on their feet with pride. She has always put her children’s first, she’s sacrificed a lot, she tells me what’s right and what’s wrong, guides me to the right path. I couldn’t have wished for a better mom, she’s always there for me and 100% behind me all the time. All I wish to do is make her proud and make her wish come true. Sangeeta - Every woman wants to be a proud mother and I surely am. I am mother of two amazing sons Karan & Kunal. We are a small and close knit family. My journey of motherhood had its own ups and down but a wonderful experience. There were times were I use to struggle on my own with two small kids especially when my husband had to travel for work most of the time and I had to manage everything all by myself especially the times when kids fell sick taking them to the doctor. But those were the challenging days. But now it’s a different phase where children are in their teens and now my role of a mother changes to a friend. I am proud to be their friend and they share all their problems with me. I think God couldn’t have given me a better gift than my wonderful family.

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Kushal Saraf For His Mother Saakshi Saraf My mom Saakshi Saraf is a Fashion Designer, she lives her dream and balances her life beautifully. She has always stood by me and for me. I still remember those days when I was young and my dad use to scold me and she would immediately step in and stop him. She is always there like a shield to protect me from everyone in this world, she loves me more than anyone and would never want to see me crying or hurt. When my dad was out on business trips we use to party hard go out for dinners and would have lots of fun. Even today she guides me and no matter what I never take any major decision without talking about it to her. What I am today is totally because of her. I can never forget the things and all the compromises she has done for me, and I’m sure when she is going to read this she will have tears in her eyes. Mom are a living legend in everyone’s life. It’s the first word a child speaks, she is the first person a child knows in this world, and first one he is connected too. From a child’s birth, to his upbringing, his education & the values taught to him, is all done by the beautiful lady in his life- his mom. A small story goes like, once a boy came home and his mom left a note for him saying, please heat the food and eat and also do the gardening today as I am attending a kitty party. The son does so and while leaving for school leaves a note for mom, as I have done your work of heating the food and doing the gardening job I take compensation for this and writes some amount for both the jobs. When he returns from school he receives another note saying, very true that you have done my work but my dear son what about the work I do for you every day- I make your bed every day, polish your school shoes, iron your clothes, help you in home work, make your lunch box, but I don’t expect any compensation because my dear son I love you and always will. The moral here is you will always get love from your mom, even if she isn’t behaving good with you. There is a reason behind everything and even if u dont treat her well she will still love you the way she always did. Hats off to every mom!! She is really a living legend.

Vedica Bajaj For Her Mother Vinny Bajaj As clichéd as it gets, every person believes that they love their mother more than anybody ever can. To say that my mom is the most important person in my life would be an understatement. Because she is much more than that. She is nothing less than a superhero to me. A person I look up to in everything I do and everything I aspire to be. Her courage to be able to carry so much weight on her shoulders, at times when everything seems so impossible, it is she who inspires me to face up to the otherwise smaller problems I face. But that one thing that will always be so close to my heart, no matter where life takes me is the sacrifices my mom makes only to see me smile. It is beyond me how a person can be so selfless in giving love and compassion, maybe that is why a mother’s presence in your life is irreplaceable. My mother is my best friend, to say the least. Our relationship is not based on only sense of responsibility and respect but also trust and freedom. Because I know that she is the only person who will ever truly love me for who I really am. Words will never be enough, or maybe even actions to be able to show her how thankful I am for all that she has given me. The lessons, the love, the learning and most of all the faith. The faith, that no matter what, there is that one person who will catch you when you fall, every time. Vinny Bajaj: A minute ago you were pregnant and then suddenly the next you are holding your an infant who breathes, cries, squirms, watches. She is cute and cuddly full of charm, custom made to fit your arms. It’s was a Kodak moment just like this when Vedica was born. Since that day all days spent with her have been magical I want to slow them down and hold on to it forever. I know that once upon a time I had a life without her but I can’t quite remember it. Time flies, I can write a book on Vedica and still have more to say. She’s seventeen now and she’s my buddy my whole life revolves around her. She’s the center of my universe.

Harita Singh For Her Mother Navjot Sudan My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world for me. She is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She is loving, caring, and giving. She is smart and funny and I love her more than anything in this world. She is a gifted woman with a bundle of talents. My mother is a homemaker, an artist and the world’s best cook. One of the most creative people I’ve ever known. She is my idol, my superhero, and I can’t imagine my life without her. She is my everything, my friend, my teacher, my guide and of-course a sister I never had. We have constant arguments over the silliest of things but can’t stay mad at each other for more than 5 minutes. I am like the younger sister who raids her closet all the time. She is one of the coolest mums ever. But she, like any other parent can get super annoying. She is a cleanliness freak. And if anything is out of its place then I’ve had it. She has taught me how to love, forgive and believe in good. She always says that good things happen to good people so be a better person each day. And each day when I look at her I wish that I could be more like her.. Cause for me she is perfect. MAY, 2013 33


SPECIAL Rushit Mehta For His Mother Bina Mehta It’s a saying that because God couldn’t reach us all and take care of us personally he made a mother. Mom is the first person we start learning from, it’s difficult to imagine a life without her, she stands by you, and fights for you. My mom scolds me when I am wrong, I even end up crying, but in the end she is the one who lifts my mood and makes me smile. She’s the one who takes the pain, and guides us rightly through, there is no better listener and will always keep her children as her top priority. Me and my mom are an outstanding combination, I am shy but my mom can make friends as soon as she enters the place. She is the only one who can take our melodrama over and over again which upset’s her at times but she always loved and care for me in the same way, my mom is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The best memory – I really cherish all our pillow fight, no matter how tiring the day was or where we were, we used to have our pillow fights, both of us acting totally childish and acting like we were best friends. One other memory would be, when I used to act stubborn to eat food, so she used to hand feed me and we used to sit in the veranda so whenever I saw a butterfly I started running behind it and just went it stopped somewhere I would be quietly looking at it with an open mouth and my mother would grab that opportunity and would quickly put food inside my mouth. I used to make her run all around the house and sometimes get into our neighbours house with a plate in my mother’s hand. The best thing about her is she does what she wants to no matter how, she always manages to make herself happy and laugh at little things. She truly understands the beauty of life and always preaches to tell truth and not to be lazy and learn good things from others.

Neha Khurana on her Mother Geeta Khurana The most beautiful woman I have ever known, My mom, Geeta. She is a very loving and affectionate person. She is my best friend. She is very light hearted and so much fun to be around. She is a housewife who loves Poetry, Cooking and Drawing. In her free time she teaches poetry. She also loves travelling and reading. I have many unforgettable memories with my mom. My favorite is our trip to Goa. We had so much fun. We had spent a lot of time together. We shopped together. We enjoyed the Goan cuisine and all the water sports Goa has offered. She has taught me that no matter what happens in life, always believe in yourself, be true to yourself and don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. My favorite thing about my mom is her patience. She never loses her cool, no matter how much we trouble her. She holds our family together with her positive attitude and showers us with her unconditional love. She has always been there for me through thick and thin, supported my every decision. Given her busy schedule, she has always managed to spend quality time with us. I feel so loved and blessed to have a mom like her.

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MOTHERHOOD Being a mother is a different life in itself it is considered the most experiencing journey that is a pleasure but comes with its perks which is totally worth the end result - a new life to cherish! In this article we take you through different stages, problems, situations you will be facing with or during your pregnancy, so you are well prepared and well aware of everything you will be needing and also experts advice to help you overcome those jitters. Trying to conceive- Fertility awareness The menstrual cycle Being aware of your menstrual cycle and the changes in your body that happen during this time can help you know when you are most likely to get pregnant. The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. The amount of time before ovulation occurs is different in every woman and even can be different from month to month in the same woman, varying from 13 to 20 days long. Learning about this part of the cycle is important because it is when ovulation pregnancy can occur. After ovulation, every woman (unless she has a health problem that affects her periods or becomes pregnant) will have a period within 14 to 16 days. Knowing when you're most fertile will help you plan pregnancy. There are three ways you can keep track of your fertile times. They are: Basal body temperature method Basal body temperature is your temperature at rest as soon as you awake in the morning. A woman's basal body temperature rises slightly with ovulation. So by recording this temperature daily for several months, you'll be able to predict your most fertile days. Many things can affect basal body temperature. For your chart to be useful, make sure to take your temperature every morning at about the same time. Things that can alter your temperature include: Drinking alcohol or smoking the night before, getting a poor night's sleep, having a fever ,doing anything in the morning before you take your temperature — including going to the bathroom and talking on the phone. Calendar method This involves recording your menstrual cycle 36 MAY, 2013

on a calendar for eight to 12 months. The first day of your period is Day 1. Circle Day 1 on the calendar. The length of your cycle may vary from month to month. So write down the total number of days it lasts each time. To find out the first day when you are most fertile, subtract 18 from the total number of days in your shortest cycle. Take this new number and count ahead that many days from the first day of your next period. Draw an X through this date on your calendar. The X marks the first day you're likely to be fertile. Causes of infertility Some women want children but either cannot conceive or keep miscarrying. This is called infertility. Lots of couples have infertility problems. Some common reasons for infertility in women include: Age Women generally have some decrease in fertility starting in their early 30s. As a woman ages, normal changes that occur in her ovaries and eggs make it harder to become pregnant. As a woman nears menopause, the ovaries may not release an egg each month, which also can make it harder to get pregnant. Health problems Some women have diseases or conditions that affect their hormone levels, which can cause infertility. Most common problems are polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) , primary ovarian insufficiency (POI),and luteal phase defect (LPD0. Lifestyle factors Certain lifestyle factors also can have a negative effect on a woman's fertility. Examples include smoking, alcohol use, weighing much more or much less than an ideal body weight, a lot of strenuous exercise, and having an eat-

ing disorder. Stress also can affect fertility. Lifestyle choices also can affect the number and quality of a man's sperm. Alcohol and drugs can temporarily reduce sperm quality. Men also can have health problems that affect their sexual and reproductive function. These can include sexually transmitted infections (STIs), diabetes, surgery on the prostate gland, or a severe testicle injury or problem. When to see your doctor You should talk to your doctor about your fertility if: • You are younger than 35 and have not been able to conceive after one year of frequent sex without birth control. •

You are age 35 or older and have not been able to conceive after six months of frequent sex without birth control.

Happily, doctors are able to help many infertile couples go on to have babies.

Prenatal care and tests Medical checkups and screening tests help keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. This is called prenatal care. It also involves education and counseling about how to handle different aspects of your pregnancy. During your visits, your doctor may discuss many issues, such as healthy eating and physical activity, screening tests you might need, and what to expect during labor and delivery. Ask your primary care doctor, friends, and family members for provider recommendations. When making your choice, think about: • Reputation •

Personality and bedside manner

The provider's gender and age

Office location and hours

Whether you always will be seen by the same provider during office checkups

Who covers for the provider when she or he is not available

Where you want to deliver

How the provider handles phone consultations and after-hour calls

Place to deliver your baby Hospitals are a good choice for women with health problems, pregnancy complications, or those who are at risk for problems during labor and delivery. Hospitals offer the most advanced medical equipment and highly trained doctors for pregnant women and their babies. In a hospital, doctors can do a cesarean delivery if you or your baby is in danger during labor. Women can get epidurals or many other pain relief options. Also, more and more hospitals now offer on-site birth centers, which aim to offer a style of care similar to standalone birth centers. Questions to ask when choosing a hospital: o Is it close to your home? o Is a doctor who can give pain relief, such as an epidural, at the hospital 24-hours a day? o

Do you like the feel of the labor and delivery rooms?


Are private rooms available?


How many support people can you invite into the room with you?

o Does it have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in case of serious problems with the baby? o

Can the baby stay in the room with you?

o Does the hospital have the staff and setup to support successful breastfeeding? Prenatal checkups During pregnancy, regular checkups are very important. This consistent care can help keep you and your baby healthy, spot problems if they occur, and prevent problems during delivery. Typically, routine checkups occur: • Once each month for weeks four through 28 •

Twice a month for weeks 28 through 36

Weekly for weeks 36 to birth

Women with high-risk pregnancies need to see their doctors more often. Become a partner with your doctor to manage your care. Keep all of your appointments everyone is important! Ask questions and read to educate yourself about this exciting time. Monitor your baby’s activity After 28 weeks, keep track of your baby’s movement. This will help you to notice if your baby is moving less than normal, which could be a sign that your baby is in distress

and needs a doctor’s care. An easy way to do this is the “count-to-10” approach. Count your baby’s movements in the evening — the time of day when the fetus tends to be most active. Lie down if you have trouble feeling your baby move. After 32 weeks the fetal movement can be tracked by BFMC (baby fetal movement count). There are 2 ways to track BFMC. 1. Cardiff Count to 10 – The pregnant women should be able to record 10 movements in 10 hrs. 2. After each meal the pregnant women should lie on the side for an hour and count the fetal movements. She should be able to feel 3 movements. If the movements are adequate its reassuring and if the movements are inadequate then it needs to be reported to the doctor immediately. High-risk pregnancy Pregnancies with a greater chance of complications are called “high-risk.” But this doesn’t mean there will be problems. The following factors may increase the risk of problems during pregnancy: • Very young age or older than 35 •

Overweight or underweight

Problems in previous pregnancy

Health conditions you have before you become pregnant, such as high blood pressure, diabetes,autoimmune disorders, cancer, and HIV

Pregnancy with twins or other multiples

Women with high-risk pregnancies need prenatal care more often and sometimes from a specially trained doctor. Stages of pregnancy Pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, counting from the first day of your last normal period. The weeks are grouped into three trimesters. First trimester (week 1-week 12) For some women, body image is a huge concern during pregnancy. During the first trimester your body undergoes many changes. Hormonal changes affect almost every organ system in your body. These changes can trigger symptoms even in the very first weeks of pregnancy. Your period stopping is a clear sign that you are pregnant. Other changes may include: Extreme tiredness ,Upset stomach with or without throwing up (morning sickness) , Cravings or distaste for certain foods, Mood swings, Constipation (trouble having bowel movements),Need to pass urine more often, Headache, Heartburn, Weight gain or loss. As your body changes, you might need to make changes to your daily routine, such as going to bed earlier or eating frequent, small meals. Fortunately, most of these discomforts will go away as your pregnancy progresses.


And some women might not feel any discomfort at all! If you have been pregnant before, you might feel differently this time around. Just as each woman is different, so is each pregnancy.


and delivery

Second trimester (week 13-week 28) Most women find the second trimester of pregnancy easier than the first. But it is just as important to stay informed about your pregnancy during these months. You might notice that symptoms like nausea and fatigue are going away. But other new, more noticeable changes to your body are now happening. Your abdomen will expand as the baby continues to grow. And before this trimester is over, you will feel your baby beginning to move! As your body changes to make room for your growing baby, you may have: Body aches, such as back, abdomen, groin, or thigh pain, Stretch marks on your abdomen, breasts, thighs, or buttocks, A line on the skin running from belly button to pubic hairline, Patches of darker skin, usually over the cheeks, forehead, nose, or upper lip. Patches often match on both sides of the face. This is sometimes called the mask of pregnancy. Numb or tingling hands, called carpal tunnel syndrome, Itching on the abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet.(Call your doctor if you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching. These can be signs of a serious liver problem). Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.) Third trimester (week 29-week 40) You’re in the home stretch! Some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester will continue. Plus, many women find breathing difficult and notice they have to go to the bathroom even more often. This is because the baby is getting bigger and it is putting more pressure on your organs. Don’t worry, your baby is fine and these problems will lessen once you give birth. Some new body changes you might notice in the third trimester include: Shortness of breath, Heartburn, Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia). Your belly button may stick out, trouble sleeping, the baby “dropping”, or moving lower in your abdomen, contractions, which can be a sign of real or false labor. As you near your due date, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). This is a normal, natural process that helps the birth canal (vagina) to open during the birthing process. Your doctor will check your MAY, 2013 37


SPECIAL progress with a vaginal exam as you near your due date. Get excited — the final countdown has begun! Body changes and discomforts Everyone expects pregnancy to bring an expanding waistline. But many women are surprised by the other body changes that pop up. Women may suffer with various problems like body aches, constipation, dizziness, fatigue, sleep problems, heartburn and indigestion, hemorrhoids, itching, leg cramps, morning sickness, nasal problems, numb or tingling hands, stretch marks, skin changes, swelling, urinary frequency and leaking. Consult doctor to know right way to deal or control with your pain. Screening tests for different trimesters: First Trimester- In the first visit the treating doctor takes a detailed medical and surgical history of the pregnant woman which also includes a family history, genetic history, drug history and her past obstetric history. The pregnant woman is investigated for a complete blood picture, virology screening and thyroid profile and sugar testing. Between the 5th to 7th week a scan is advised to localize the pregnancy in the uterus and viability along with this a Double Marker blood test is also done. In case of Recurrent pregnancy losses she is screened for viral illnesses (TORCH Test - An Acronym for Toxoplasma, Rubella, Cytomegalo Virus, and Herpes virus), Thyroid disturbances and Immunological causes of pregnancy loses are also ruled out with blood checks. Second Trimester- In the subsequent visits a very crucial NT scan (Nuchal Transluscency scan) is together done with Quadruple Marker test in blood between 11 weeks to 13 week & 6 days. This is the first level of screening for Down syndrome. A Glucose Challenge test along with a urine examination is done between 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy. An anomaly scan TIFFA scan which is a detail scan of the fetus is done to pick up any abnormalities. This scan is done between 19 weeks to 24 weeks. Third Trimester – For the screening of the fetus growth scan and Dopplers is done at 32 and 37 weeks. Screening test for diabetes is specially done after 32 weeks in high risk cases. Urine exam is done in the 3rd trimester to check for protein and infections at each visit. Options for Painless delivery: The ecstasy of being pregnant is often marred with apprehension, anxiety and fear of labor pains. Labor pains are one of the most painful processes and is rated 2nd after terminal cancer pains and limb amputation pains. The earlier adage “No Pain No Gain” no longer holds true. We now have various options for a safe and painless delivery that helps women

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go through the labor happy and smiling. The various options available are: • Medication

list of doctors covered under your plan. •

Find out where they trained and how long they’ve been in practice. Some insurance companies and hospitals have this information.

Epidural Analgesia

Entonox gas

Others – like Hypnosis, Reflexology and TENS, Acupressure and Acupuncture.

Request an interview with the doctors you like best.

All these help in reducing the pain, however the most effective method for painless delivery is Epidural Analgesia.

Find out about their office hours and how they handle concerns and emergencies after office hours.

Find out who else in the office can see your child if your doctor is out.

Get recommendations from other patients.

When to call your doctor: • Reduced or No Movements of the fetus •

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge


Rupture of the water of bag


If you deliver at a hospital where your baby’s doctor normally sees patients, she will see the baby right after the delivery. If not, a pediatrician on staff at the hospital should see your baby right after the birth. Then you can call your baby’s doctor to schedule a visit a few days after birth. Remember to get your baby’s medical records before leaving the hospital. Your baby’s doctor will need them. Paying for your baby’s health care To get regular checkups and important vaccines, your baby will need health insurance. Some women have health insurance through an employer or are able to buy it on their own. If you have health insurance, find out how to add your new baby to your policy. You also should find out which doctors will work with your plan and what types of care are covered by your policy. Find out how much you have to pay for visits.

Health care for baby. Right now, your OB or midwife is monitoring the health of your unborn baby. But as soon as your baby enters into this world, your baby will need his or her own doctor. Start looking into a doctor for your baby several months before your due date. Deciding on a doctor and figuring out health insurance before your child’s birth saves time and gives you peace of mind as you near labor. Also, if you deliver early, somebody you know and trust will be at the ready to care for your new child. Doctors that care for babies and children include: Pediatricians, Family physicians. Some nurses with special training also can care for your new baby. They are called pediatric nurse practitioners. Many medical offices have both nurse practitioners and doctors on staff. To help you choose a doctor for your baby: • Call your health insurance company for a

Dr. Pratibha has more than 14 years of experience working across different locations in India, and managing patients from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. She is a Senior Gynecologist at The Birthplace. Her interest and specialization are in managing and treating routine & high-risk pregnancy, recurrent pregnancy losses and infertility. The Birthplace is a premium birthing facility at Road No.2, Banjara Hills in Hyderabad. The objective is very simply, it is to truly understand the needs of a woman having a baby, and then convert this understanding into an unforgettable experience.

Painting By : Gary B Clark



Mrs. S- a 31 years delightful lady conceived after treatment for infertility. The routine ultrasound examination of the fetus at 20 weeks by a sonologist found abnormality of the heart. The couple was very disappointed and clueless about the fate of their unborn child. They came to us in a dilemma, whether to continue the pregnancy or go for termination? A complete fetal echocardiogram was done and fetus was found to have ‘D- Transposition of great vessels’ – a condition in which both the major vessels are arising from the wrong chambers of the heart. Amniocentesis was done and found normal chromosomes. Baby was delivered normally and underwent corrective surgery at two weeks after birth. Child is now 5 years old stood 1st in the class and regularly goes to swimming.


Nearly 10 out of 1000 are born with congenital heart disease every day. Twenty percent of them are critical heart diseases which need immediate attention within the first month of life. Most of the untreated cases do not celebrate their first birthday. Normal life expectancy with good quality of life is expected in these children with early treatment. Fetal Echocardiography Fetal echocardiography is an accurate, safe and simple method to diagnose congenital heart disease. This ultrasound examination allows detailed diagnosis of congenital heart disease during pregnancy. It is a general screening tool for the detection of heart disease when baby is in womb. Goals of fetal echocardiogram: i) Fetal echocardiography can delineate the anatomy of the heart and thus development of congenital heart disease ii) The prognosis and outcomes of the heart disease can be predicted iii) The delivery can be planned in a tertiary care centre for timely neonatal management iv) Allows prompt evaluation of genetic syndromes and fetal karyotype v) Navigator for the management of fetal heart rhythm disturbance either low heart rate (bradycardia)or high heart rate (tachycardia) Indications for the fetal Echocardiogram: l Suspected abnormality of the heart during routine ultrasound examination l Any other abnormalities of the fetus e.g. skeletal (bone) abnormalities, lung abnormalities l Suspected genetic abnormality in first three months of pregnancy. Increased first trimester nuchal translucency measurement (thickening of cervical subcutaneous tissue) l Elderly primi (first pregnancy above 30 years of age) l Gestational Diabetes ( first time diagnosed during pregnancy) l Exposure to radiation, poisonous gases and medications l Fever with rash during pregnancy l History of Congenital heart disease in the family

Previous abortions and miscarriages


Advantages of Fetal echocardiography: l Provides potential benefits for the both baby and family by early diagnosing heart disease l Specific family counseling can be done l Arrangements for delivery at a tertiary care centre providing neonatal care can be made l The timing of cardiac surgery can be planned in the babies with heart disease l Fetal echocardiogram is useful in diagnosing and managing the heart rate problems of the baby What is the ideal time? Fetal heart can be completely visualized by the end of 16 weeks. This test ideally should be done between 18 to 22 weeks of gestational age. Imaging is sometimes difficult beyond 28 weeks because of rib shadowing, fetal position and mother’s body habitus.

What are the heart Diseases cannot be diagnosed during pregnancy? • Small holes in the heart which usually don’t affect baby’s heart (small ASD and VSD) • PDA : This is a part of normal fetal circulation and hence can’t be diagnosed be-

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fore birth Minor valve leaks and blocks Abnormal drainage of one or two pulmonary veins

Limitations of fetal echocardiogram: • This test is an operator dependent and hence should be done by the trained pediatric cardiologist or fetal medicine specialist • Poor fetal positioning may be a difficulty in obtaining the good images • Less image penetration leading to inadequate fetal heart information in obese pregnant woman • Multiple pregnancies at times may cause difficulty Treatment during pregnancy: The major advantage of fetal echocardiogram is diagnosing the complex heart disease during pregnancy. The heart disease which are not amenable for the treatment after birth like: Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (main chamber of the heart is underdeveloped), Heterotaxy syndrome (abnormal position of the heart and other visceral organs) and severe valve leaks (Ebstein’s anomaly) can be terminated sometimes based on the family decision within the medico-legal limits. Heart diseases like critical aortic obstruction (major vessel of heart) can be treated during pregnancy. This treatment is available only in the selected centers in the world, we are one of them. The heart rhythm disorders like tachycardia (high heart rate) should be treated whenever diagnosis is made during pregnancy. Untreated cases may develop fetal heart failure called ‘Hydrops’ – a condition where water accumulates in the baby’s abdomen, chest and around heart. These fetuses succumb unless and until we treat them effectively. Mother will be given oral medications based on the type of tachycardia. These medications will MAY, 2013 39


SPECIAL cross the barrier (placenta) between mother and fetus and control the heart rate. The non-responders to the maternal treatment will be given direct injection to the fetus. One of the happiest mothers in the recent times is Mrs. Begum; her fetus suffered with extremely fast high heart rate and didn’t respond to any medications. Baby started deteriorating day by day. Fetus was too small for early delivery due to immature lungs the Fetus was given intra-muscular injection as a last resort. The heart rate was controlled after six hours of injection. She gave birth to a healthy girl child. Both mother and baby were healthy and went home happily.

Dr. Pallavi Kathare

Consultant Pediatric cardiologist, Care Hospital, Banjara Hills.

Myths and facts about fetal Echocardiography Sonography is harmful for any unborn child. Ultrasound waves are safe. There are no harmful effects of these waves on developing fetus contrary to the general belief. Every pregnant lady should go for this scan? Routine fetal heart evaluation can be performed during the anomaly scan however, a complete fetal echocardiogram will be done with suspected heart anomaly, women with diabetes, previous baby or sibling or any of the parents was born with a heart defect or assisted fertilization are some of the indications.

Dr. Nageswara Rao Koneti

Chief Pediatric cardiologist, Care Hospital, Banjara Hills

All the baby parts will be scanned during scan? No, this is special test, most of the times done by pediatric cardiologist i.e. one expert in baby’s heart problems hence only heart will be examined. Should I come empty stomach before the scan? Absoulutly no need, you should have food also some liquids before coming for the scan.

- As told to Satpreet Kaur

Weight Issues during Managing acne Pregnancy during pregnancy Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help your baby get the nutrients he or she needs and grow at a healthy rate. Though you do need some extra calories, it’s not necessary to ‘’eat for two.’’ Ask your health care provider how much weight you should gain. Gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy can help your baby have a healthy start. It reduces your risk of complications in pregnancy and at delivery. It also improves your long-term health. What kind of diet should I follow? Diet should be nutritious with a good balance of Proteins, Fats and Carbohydrates with plenty of fruits and vegetables. It should be particularly rich in protein, folic acid, vitamin B2, iron and calcium and these can be obtained from whole grain cereals, legumes, low fat dairy products, poultry, fish, leafy greens and citrus fruits. Special attention should also be given to Fiber which is essential for healthy digestion and bowel movement. Up your fiber intake by eating lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals, brown rice and pulses. At the same time keep a check on consumption of empty calories such as carbonated drinks, solid fats and sweets. Remember that the foetus needs nutrients for growth and health and not just calories.

which are essential for the healthy growth of the fetus.

How much weight gain is normal? One should gain enough weight to ensure optimum weight, health and nutrition for the baby, but not so much that you get complications and are left with lots to lose after pregnancy. The amount of weight you should gain also depends on how heavy you were before you got pregnant. If your Body Mass Index (Weight in Kg / (Height in meters) is between 20 to 25.9, a weight gain of 11 to 14 Kg is normal. Women with a higher BMI should try to limit the amount of weight they gain as it would lead to complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, backache etc.

• Talk to your health care provider before increasing your activity level or before starting an exercise program.

Is it safe to Lose Weight When Pregnant? Going on a weight loss diet is not advised during pregnancy. If you were overweight before you got pregnant, cutting down on empty calories, keeping up a moderate exercise schedule and eating healthy food might make you lose weight, especially during the first few months. It is safe as long as you don’t cut down on the important nutrients

What can you do to gain a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy? • Talk to your health care provider early in your pregnancy about what you can expect and to set a weight gain goal.



Just when you are enjoying the bliss of pregnancy breakouts on face can be a perfect spoilsport. Acne can occur at any stages of pregnancy more so in people who are already suffered from acne in teen years. Even in pregnancy acne can erupt in various grades of severity and might not be restricted to only face. Fluctuating hormone levels are the prime reason for these breakouts. Managing acne during pregnancy is quite tricky. One cannot use OTC products blindly without second opinion from doctors as they carry risk to the growing baby.

• Eat "twice as healthy", not "twice as much". In most cases, just a little more food is enough. • Add up activities in periods of at least 10 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes of activity each day. • Activities such as walking, gardening, housework, and swimming can be done safely during pregnancy.

Dr. Smita Shankar has Masters’ degree in Food and Nutrition and PG Diploma in Promotive and Preventive Health from Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad. She does consultations on Weight loss, Weight Gain, Detox diets, Therapeutic diets and Diet during pregnancy and lactation. Address : 66, Whisper Valley, Dargah Road, Near Jubilee Hills Road No. 78, Hyderabad. Contact No. 9701444412

What causes acne during pregnancy? Two things conspire to cause breakouts: hormone surges, of course (in this case, progesterone, which causes your glands to increase acne-causing secretions) and an increase in the amount of fluids your body retains (these fluids contain toxins, which lead to zits). What can one do about acne during pregnancy? Following a good skin care regimen is a MAY, 2013 41


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need. Using a mild cleanser, washing hair everyday, avoiding long-stay on cosmetics and using water based, noncomedogenic products is recommended. What solutions are off-limits? During pregnancy use of regular acne medications like antibiotics, retinoids or hormones is a strict no no as it harms developing foetus. Even OTC products should not be used without consulting your dermatologist. Only if the acne is severe, the doctor will take a call on which antibiotic gel to be prescribed keeping the safety and pregnancy trimester in mind. What preventive steps one can take? Medications is not the first line of management for mild acne during pregnancy. Correction of diet is very important. Especially with PREGNANCY CRAVINGS one should be careful in the quality of food they consume. Be doubly cautious in avoiding high caloric, high glycemic index foods. Eat lots of fruits , green leafy vegetables and hydrate well which is good even for the growing foetus. More smart strategies for treating acne during pregnancy? Maintain a good personal hygiene. Always use a clean pillow case as well as gadgets which comes in close contact with skin. If the acne is very severe then the dermatologist will take a call about further need of chemical peels along with topical gels. Remember to drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruit and vegetables – It has an add on effect to the already existing pregnancy glow and also the developing baby! If you're finding it hard to eat well because you have morning sickness, try freshly made smoothies and soups to get the fruit and vegetables into your diet easily.

Hair Care During Pregnancy Pregnancy affects the entire body, including hair, skin and nails. Often, there are undesirable changes that can leave a pregnant woman worried or frightened. However, hair loss in particular is very common during pregnancy and should not cause undue concern. Hair loss is especially common just after pregnancy. Hair loss during and after pregnancy can be due to hormonal problems. An overactive or underactive thyroid can cause hair to fall out. If this is the case, your physician can treat the hair loss by treating the thyroid disease. Other hormonal changes that cause hair loss during pregnancy will often resolve themselves as the body returns to pre-pregnancy hormone levels and the normal cycle of hair growth and loss starts again. Hair loss during pregnancy may also be a sign of a vitamin or mineral deficiency. There are a number of things that you can do to have a healthier head of hair and/or reduce the extent of some of the hair loss during pregnancy or after delivery: -

Dr. Veena Rao, M.B.B.S.,DVD (D.N.B) Cosmetic Dermatologist And Trichologist, Location : Sedrec Clinics- Skin Care, St.No.7, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad Contact : 4040140532, 66680235

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Consult with your physician to ensure a proper balance of hormones.

- Avoid pigtails, cornrows, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers which can pull and stress your hair. -

Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, which contain flavonoids, many of which

are antioxidants that may provide protection for the hair follicles and encourage hair growth. -

Use shampoos and conditioners that contain biotin and silica.


If you need to use blow dryers and other heated hair instruments, try to use the cooler, lower settings.

The hair loss you may experience during pregnancy could worsen over the next four months after delivery, and persist for several more. You should take comfort in the fact that this hair loss is temporary, and that hair lost is usually replaced within six to twelve months.


FASHION Get Better, Not Just Bigger Jeans

Jeans are the uniform of casual living, and that shouldn’t change just because you are pregnant. Your best bet is a pair made of stretchy material with a cloth or adjustable waistband. When you find a cut you like, invest in a few pairs of different colors, if possible.


EXPECTING Pregnancy is an exciting time, not only are you and your partner gearing up for the most demanding and rewarding job of a lifetime-parenthood-but you have a whole new excuse to go shopping, not just for baby gear, but for maternity clothes. Clothing for pregnant women has come a long way in the last few decades. The shapeless smocks of yesteryear are out, and attractive, fashionable clothing is widely available at affordable prices. Take a bit of time to find some flattering clothing for your new body. Here are 8 tips for pregnancy fashion that will make you feel as good on the outside as your baby is doing on the inside.

Trade High Heels for Trendy, Sturdy Flats

wearing your normal shoes during pregnancy is a bad idea. Not only will your feet swell as you approach your delivery date, you’ll become more unstable as the baby grows and your tummy gets larger. As your pregnancy progresses, invest in some attractive flats that are comfortable.

Go for multiple bracelets

It is now trendy to wear as many bracelets as you can at a go! They are usually made from colourful beads, pearls, silver, gold, bronze, rubber, leather or glass.

Tune-Up Your Wardrobe with Tunics

Tunics are fashionable and comfortable pieces you can incorporate into your wardrobe. Available in a variety of prints, patterns and fabrics. They move with your body and provide ample room for an expanding belly.

Stretch Your Style

Nothing spells comfort for a pregnant woman like stretchable leggings. Dress them up for a night at dinner with friends and dress them down for a workout at the gym.

Wear a stylish neck piece You can accessorise maternity dress with some chunky jewellery to draw the attention away from your baby bump.


Important Tips 4 Don’t Wear or buy baggy Clothes.

Wear Dresses That Accentuate Your Figure

When wearing a dress when you’re pregnant is a must, look for empire-waist dresses that tie in the back or figure-hugging dresses, preferably with shirring (gathers) along the side.

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4 Wearing high heeled shoes which make you uncomfortable and raise the danger of you falling over. 4 Wearing too loose clothes that make you look like a tent or hanger ons. 4 Don’t wear your husbands shirt or force yourself to fit into your old clothes. 4 Dont just unbutton your same old jeans, slip it on and if it holds the zipper part together then cover it with a long t-shirt.

- By Satpreet Kaur

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Indian Weddings are known for their elaborate and opulent celebration. With a beautiful wedding comes several blissful and wonderful ceremonies, the engagement ceremony is one such ceremony that marks the beginning of the wedding concord- also known as ‘sagai’ or ring ceremony. It is one such ceremony that marks the beginning of the beautiful and blissful journey of marriage. The engagement ceremony is considered as the most elated and essential pre- wedding ceremony in India. Being a country of diverse cultures the engagement ceremony is called by different names, such as ‘aashirwad’, ‘chunni chadana’ ‘Sagan ceremony’, ‘mangani’, Roka , etc. However the essence on the ceremony would remain as divine and pure as it is. Every individual prefers their engagement ceremony to be different, it could be just a personal proposal by the boy, proposing to his sweetheart in a unique way with a diamond ring, a separate ring ceremony held by the families a month or so before the wedding date, some families even like to keep it very simple by keeping a small ceremony involving only the two families at the brides place. The latest in trend is where the family opts to club the ring or ‘sagai ’ceremony along with the sangeet, just one day before the wedding. If you wish to do your engagement the grand way you can hire a wedding planner who would look after everything and manage everything relating to the ceremony, from the decoration to food to organizing and setting up the place to guest relations and sending invites. Today decorations and themes are profusely available in the market and you could choose from the theme that you could relate the most to. In order to make the day most enticing, beautiful and memorable you have to choose the most unique and exquisite diamond rings. A diamond is said to be forever not just because of its durability but also because a love worthy of marriage is said to last forever, and that is the significance of a diamond engagement ring. Rings are available in different varieties, depending upon your budget rings are available in different sizes and styles, gothic rings, antique styled diamond rings, diamond solitaire rings, princess cut diamond engagement ring and the list goes on. And today it’s not just about the ring, but how the rings are presented as well. Rashmi Sanghi of Om Creations specializes in beautiful engagement platters and adorable customized ring boxes. It’s not just how the diamond sparkles but how well you present the sparkling diamonds! No matter which ring you choose or how well you organize your ring ceremony, the period between engagement to marriage is considered as the most momentous, special and wonderful time in a couple’s life. The engagement marks as the first step towards the sacred bond of the 46 MAY, 2013

wedding. The courtship period is the time when the bride and groom get to know each other and a bond of sharing and understanding each other is formed between them. The courtship period is especially very helpful in arranged marriages it helps the couple from becoming

Wedding strangers, to friends, to partners to soul mates for life. This is the time when the bride and groom devote maximum time to understand each other, the time spent brings the couple emotionally closer. And thus from engagement begins the blissful journey of the wedding and life ahead and a future togetherness.

As an event manager I would say that any event related to wedding whether it is ring ceremony or sangeet or reception it has to be planned in advance.It requires a budget, venue and a theme selection. As far as this season is concerned I think I will lay more emphasis on the color and creative elements, taste of the client is also important as it gives me ideas for creativity. Resorts and star hotels are favorites these days when it comes to venue and decor for sagai. Sagai is usually clubbed with the sangeet ceremony so I use a bit of bollywood and filmy elements because of the Indian naach gaana. I started my career as a choreographer so it’s an added advantage when I plan decor for my client. Contemporary, traditional and fusion works good for ring ceremony. In short I design the dreams seen by most couples when it comes to their wedding. Shruti, Wedding Planner

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NUPTIALS Life changes once you get engaged. It is during the courtship period that you get to know each other and share and some good memories together and cherish them forever. It was during our courtship period when we would meet the most and spend maximum time knowing each other better. Each day was something beautiful to look forward to. It is during this period that we feel so special, we are showered by importance, pampering and love and that’s all what one need. Our courtship period was truly blissful and that we will always cherish. Sanjay and Ruchita Soni

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The thought of getting married itself took a long time to digest, so much was going through our minds, are we right for each other, how will we spend our lives together, will we be compatible, all this was especially because ours was an arranged marriage. But the moment we met we had no words to speak, it just took a look and there was a spark, the feeling you get when you know the person you are going to spend the rest of the life was in front of you. The courtship period between us was beautiful and most memorable, we tried every bit to impress each other, went on long drives, dinners, had lengthy all night long conversation, the special gifts we bought for each other. Every moment bought us immense happiness and extremely close to each other. Anvesh and Amrutha Raju

Diva Jewels specializes in beautiful wedding rings. Diva is one of the best Jewelry store in the city. The price range of the rings starts from Rs.25,000 to 2 Lakhs. The radiation of the rings is VVS1. They have Traditional, Western, Regular and Multipurpose rings. Address : ‘Owners Pride’ #1717, 4th floor, Rd. No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad – 500034. P: +91 40 6461 4404, F: 91 40 2338 4405, E: MAY, 2013 47




Imtiaz & Salma

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Azhar & Mehmoona

A Royal Affair Imtiaz Patel and Asma’s wedding reception was a grand affair. It was a mixed gathering of all the big politicians, IAS and IPS officers of the state. There were Gazals sung by Khan Akhtar in the voice of Rafi and delicious food was served. It was a combination of Hyderabadi, Arabic and Irani cuisine. Guests had a great time at the reception and blessed the couple.

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Salma & Raheem



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Summer brings holidays, excitement and also a lot of heat with it. Hyderabadi’s who can’t get enough holidays to go for long vacations during these days can also make the most of the season. Instead of going for long holidays, you can go for short weekend trips to places in and around the city that provide a fun and exciting experience. Komal Sirwani brings to you some wonderful weekend getaways that are sure to make your summer weekends great fun.

Deccan Trails

Trails is a unique hill top leisure-pleasure-cum-education destination in close proximity i.e., approximately 70 kms from Hyderabad. It offers a unique and unforgettable experience for every individual. Corporates can get their personnel quality relaxation. The outbound training facilities are a perfect tool to enhance team cohesion and introspection thereby improving job performance by leaps and bounds. Families will find trails a perfect spot for fostering a deep kind of bonding and togetherness. Youth, stressed due to the high workloads in colleges or at work, will find Trails re-invigorating. Today’s urban school children, who are unfortunately deprived of nature’s healing touch, will find such solace in Trails. All in all, Trails is as wholesome a getaway as one can find! Contact: 09490689747, 09440612551, 04040153384 (Available 10AM to 8PM) Email: ; Cost: 1500-2000 per person for one night stay(inclusive of all activities and 3 meals) approximately. Deccan trails is a place which satisfies the need of a person to pursue their adventurous side, just like it did for me! It is the only place in Hyderabad which provides for such activities that are adventurous, enhance team building and are also a great way for stress relief. It promises corporates to have a relaxing time at close proximity, families to reinvent their bond and children to gain some outdoor education. The ambience at trails is all you need to lighten up your mood and the tents and bonfire give you the camping feeling even while staying in the same city. The dedication of the staff is impeccable as well. It’s great to know that Hyderabad finally has a natural getaway! Saher Azmi, Management graduate 50 MAY, 2013


Nagarjuna Sagar, or Vijayapuri, as it was earlier called is a small town located between Guntur and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. The biggest attraction of this place is Nagarjuna-Sagar dam. The dam, with a height of 124 metres, is the world’s tallest masonry dam. Steam boat rides are available to the dam where the turbines can be seen in action. Apart from the dam, there is the island of Nagarjuna Konda to see here. It is a scenic town on an artificial lake. NagarjunasagarSrisailam is home to animal species such as leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears and many more. Nagarjunakonda Museum is an important Buddhist Museum of the region, which has a huge collection of Buddhist antiques, panels carved with Jataka tales and inscriptions. Waterfall is also a major sightseeing attraction in Nagarjunasagar, which is situated at a distance of 15 miles from the dam. It drops from over a height of 21.3 m and houses a crocodile-breeding centre and few guest house. Cost of a weekend trip would be approximately Rs.10,000 for a family(one couple and two children).

Horsley Hills

One of the most beautiful Hill Stations of Andhra Pradesh, Horsley Hills is located at an altitude of 4,100 ft is approximately 500 kilometres from the city. The journey to Horsley Hills is as beautiful as the destination - a dense growth of Eucalyptus, Jacaranda, Mohogony, Gulmohar, natural sandal wood and many other exotic trees will never once leave your side. For those looking for a truly adventurous holiday, Horsley Hills is the place to be. Be it group or individual activities, you will find it all here. Adventure Activites include Zorbing ,Running Bungee, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, Trekking, Burma Bridge, Horizontal Ladder, Earth Quake, Burma Loops A weekend trip to Horsley would cost approximately Rs. 10,000 per family(inclusive of a couple and one or two children)

Nagarjunasagar is one of the largest concrete dams in India. It has 26 crust gates. It is not only used for agricultural purpose but also for hydro electric & drinking purpose. I think I’m lucky to see this place. Food provided at hotel was wonderful from there I went to Yethipthala water falls which was on the macharla road. When you go to sagar you must see nandikonda which was built by Acharya Nagarjuna & we have a Dharmasala nearby Nagarjuna University also.It is best to travel by bus & it is just 150 kilometers away from city which takes 4 hrs to go. Harsh driving on sagar roads lead to accidents because it is single track road. All in all, it was a wonderful journey. Shruti Agarwal, Graduate.


Nagarjuna Sagar(150 kilometers from Hyderabad)

My visit to Araku was a heavenly experience. The best part of the journey was the drive through the serpentine roads. Enroute to Araku, you cannot help but stop by the araku coffee house..the aroma of the finely filtered coffee just pulls you there. It’s very rare that we find nature in such vivid colors in our country,this is one place you must visit in your lifetime Vidhi Raheja, Engineering Student

Araku valley

Araku is one of the most important tourist destinations in Andhra Pradesh. A pleasant hill station famous for its scenic gardens with lush green nature, valleys, waterfalls and streams. It is situated at a distance of approximately 500 kilometres from Hyderabad. The journey to Araku valley on the Eastern Ghats with thick forest on either sides is itself highly interesting and pleasant. The place is over 3200ft. high with a bracing climate. The Botanical Garden at Padmapuram, Government Silk Farm with Mulberry gardens are the live examples to know the socio-economic conditions of the area. Tribal Museum is a big attraction of the Araku. Chaaparai, a picturesque place about 15 km from Araku is another picnic spot in this region. One must experience the climatic conditions and the natural beauty of this Valley. The natural beauty of this valley comes alive with the aboriginal tribes who dwell here and who have, to this day kept their tradition and culture alive. About 19 tribes inhabit this area. The Dhimsa dance, an age-old folk dance normally performed during ‘Itikala Pongal’ is now offered in tourist’s packages every day. A weekend trip to Araku would cost approximately Rs. 3000 - 4000 per person. For details: log on to Araku-Valley-Overview.html MAY, 2013 51







pregnant woman needs to ensure that her diet provides enough nutrients and energy for her baby to develop and grow properly. Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean that you’ll automatically put on weight. Maintaining a healthy weight during pregnancy means it’s easier for you to carry your baby, eating healthily while you are pregnant can help keep you well and give your baby the best possible start in life. You don’t need to go on a special diet and there is no need to eat for two – even if you are expecting twins or triplets. But you should make sure that you eat a variety of foods so that you get the full range of nutrients that you and your baby need. It’s only in the final three months of your pregnancy that you need an extra 200 calories a day.

During pregnancy, a woman’s body needs more iron than usual to produce all the blood needed to supply nutrition to the placenta. Good sources of iron are green vegetables such as broccoli and spinach, strawberries, muesli and whole meal bread.

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits. These are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. try to eat at least five portions of a variety of different fruit and vegetables every day.

Include milk, cheese and yoghurt in your diet. These contain calcium, essential for healthy bones.

Consider cutting back or skipping caffeinated beverages. That may be a snap if you’re suddenly revolted by the stuff during your first trimester. If you’re still craving it, cut back very gradually to avoid side effects such as headaches.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can cause physical defects, learning disabilities, and emotional problems in children, so many experts recommend that you give up alcohol for your entire pregnancy.

Steer clear of raw seafood, unpasteurized milk and cheese made from unpasteurized milk and raw and undercooked meat and poultry. All are possible sources of bacteria that can harm an unborn child. Eat potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, these are good sources of energy and should make up the main part of every meal. Eat wholegrain varieties.

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Important Health Tip You should always make sure that you follow good hygiene practices and prepare food safely – especially when you are pregnant.

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The king of fruits in the city of Nawabs. It’s summer time and despite the summer heat we all look forward to the summer for our favorite fruit – The Mango. The fruit with an exotic tropical flavor is absolutely juicy and tempting and has long been one of the most favorite fruit. The thought of the juicy yellow fruit just leaves our mouth watering. Mangoes are the most delicious fruits and one can have them in any form let it be the fruit in its original form or milkshakes, desserts , salads or mocktails it all tastes nothing but heavenly. Tulip brings you the best lip-smacking, tempting and mouth watering mango dishes available in the city. Baked Mangoffee @ The PARK HYATT The Baked Mangoffee by Chef Agnimitra Sharma of Park Hyatt is absolutely exquisite. It is heavenly and one of the finest Mango desserts the city has to offer. The Baked Mangoffee is a blend of Mango and Toffee baked over low heat. The absolutely mouthwatering dessert is prepared from a toffee mixture blended along with a mango curd mix. Once you taste it, it will keep you craving for more. A must try dessert for all the mango lovers. Park Hyatt, Road No.2, Banjara Hills. Contact : 040-49491234, 040-49491481

Exotic Mango Milkshake @ Bikanervala Bikanervala is a name synonymous with Indian food items and sweets all over the country. They offer some of the best mango dishes in the city and their mango milkshake being the best. The Mango Milkshake at Bikanervala is very luscious in taste and is an absolute creamy and fruity delight. Made with juicy fresh mangoes, the mangoes are blended with mango ice cream, milk, ice and sweetener, to give it the delicate and delicious taste. Bikanervala, Road No 1, Banjara Hills. Contact : 916001683

Twisted Mango and Alphonso Mango Ice cream @ Creamstone Creamstone is one of Hyderabad’s only ice cream parlors which offer you some of the most delightful ice-creams. They have two exotic mango ice creams – Twisted Mango and Alphonso Mango ice cream. The Twisted Mango is prepared with Himayat Mango and the Alphonso as the name suggests is prepared with the Alphonso Mango. Both the ice creams are rich and heavenly. One scoopful and the ice – creams just refresh you in the summer heat. They are creamy and irresistible. You can choose either one depending on which mango you like, but both the ice creams are equally irresistible and absolutely sinful. Opposite KBR, Road No.2, Banjara Hills. Near Pedama Temple, Road No 36, Jubliee Hills. Platinum Building, Himaytnagar. Contact : 9618459000, 40150406, 23552499

Mango Mocktail @ INDIJOES The cool and rejuvenating Mango Mocktails at Indijoes are simply soothing. The Mango Mocktails at Indijoes are cool, refreshing and energizing. The mango beverages available are classic mango mocktails bursting with mango flavor. They are thick and juicy and are topped with fresh mangoes. The mocktails are so refreshing and light and are definite must try for every mango lover in the city. Indijoes, 5th Floor, City Center Mall, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Contact- 040-66683333, 04066570000

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ou have seen her in parties, events and organizing shows, you have seen her as the pretty lady turning every face around but Tulip explores her side of an impeccable mother and best friend of her son, we get you a special bond of mother and son- Sushila and Ronak Bokadia.

Sushila Bokadia - I was born in Mumbai, and pursued my education there too. I got married to Mr. Milap Bokadia in 1988 and moved to my new home in Hyderabad as he was settled

my hubby, and discovering new places are just something I love. Many wouldn’t believe but cricket is a sport I love to watch, especially watching Dhoni bat, but I wouldn’t consider him as my favorite, Kapil Dev is the cricketer whom I believe to be best. I like keeping myself busy and presently I am planning to start a new club for ladies, where we could train them and encourage them for their passion. I always believed that service to humanity is the work of life. Ronak Bokadia - I was born in Mumbai too, but was brought up in Hyderabad, I pursed my graduation from St. Marys College (Yousufguda), during my school times I was a very good soccer player, and was part of the team which played many tournaments. As I

here. I am a very passionate person and do things I believe in. I love reading novels, especially the one’s written by Ved Prakash Sharma, his thrilling suspense and stories are just amazing. I always liked to design my home, people always complimented my work and said, I could be a good interior designer. I spend a lot of my time with my family, we go on long drives, I like to go shopping with 54 MAY, 2013

grew up, I became more of an outdoor person, going on vacations, travelling, performing adventurous activities and lot more. Football, cricket, hanging out with friends, rock music are just what I love and are major part of my life. I am a very big foodie, especially food made by mom. Shopping with my mom is a thing, which I can do it for a whole day, I always enjoy my mom’s company, for everything we do. I just finished my studies and have joined our family business and planning for MBA in near future. How has the journey of motherhood been? My journey as a mother has always been very beautiful, there are always ups and downs in one’s life, it was the same with my life, there were times when Ronak was a kid and I had to leave all my work for him and come running back to him, he has always been the most important part of my life, when he grew up he stood beside me in every possible way and my other son Vidhan Bokadia is a darling to me, he keeps making me smile with his

The moments you cherish with your son - I would say I have many wonderful memories with my elder son, but the most adorable one was, when he was born, I still remember when I got to hold him in my arms for first time, he was like an angel in our lives. During my childhood my father was very strict with us, but when I saw him playing with my son just like a child, It was very emotional but happy moment. One special memory with your mom - I spend most of my time with mom, she has always supported me in everything and I make sure I never let her down. It was during 2010 when I was the Chairperson of an organization called JCI, I was just 17 or 18 that time, it wasn’t easy for a person of such an age to handle members, who are very much older and mature than you, she just told me one thing- Be strong in what you think, be strong at what you say, be strong in what you do. These words were engraved in my mind and has helped me again and aging at different situations in my life. One other time was when I was having my 12th boards and our national president of JCI was coming to Hyderabad on his visit to city, I had exam pressure so decided not to organize the event but then on the event day my friend called me up and asked me to come to a nearby hotel for ‘Our’ event, I was shocked because I didn’t organize any event. I rushed to the hotel and found my mom there who organized a wonderful event called “Go Green”. With her great support I was awarded as the outstanding Chairperson of India. When I was in 7th or 8th standard I had a bet with my siblings that when I have a son / daughter, and when he is grown up, I will look as young and energetic as I could and today I am happy because everyone congratulates me on achieving that goal, today me and my son hangout and are just like friends, and I am sure when people look at us, they would see friends and not a mother and son. Ronak - All my life I have been pampered and

We take a lot of vacations, we go for shopping, watch movies ,cricket together, the best part about watching movies with her is, she enjoys action movies, so it’s a great company to watch movies with. She understands me more than I do myself, I believe to share each and every part of my life with her, she always stands with me in my ups and downs, and I don’t feel even a bit panicky to say, I’ve been more of a mama’s boy. One lesson your mom has taught you - My mom not only taught me how to live, but also how to deal with life, she always told me life will always knock you down but it’s for you to decide whether to get up and fight back or stay down and give up, but I never gave up. She always gives me a positive energy when she is around and that positive attitude has become a part of me now. I can share a lot of stuff, my problems, my happiness, my sadness. I would say if I get a chance to have a re-birth I would happily want her to be mom. Being Mothers Day her son proudly shares everything his mother has achieved till date. In the year 2010 she was the outstanding new Jaycee nationally and she was awarded by national president of JCI India, she was one of the founder members of club called JIYO ZINDAGI. The aim of the club was to support down trodden students and provide them education. She was also in the board of directors of Sthanak Vasi Jain Sanstha. In the year 2011 she was awarded in beauty contest of JCI Zone 12.


In 2012 she was elected as the 1st lady president of JCI HYDERABD DECCAN. She has constructed an old age home at Karwan in the year 2012 and she takes care of it very well. She has been awarded many awards by Jain Seva Sangh too.


naughty behavior which makes me want to be around him all the time.

have been brought up with family values.Our family is a very simple family, with the same rules and regulations which we have in every home. We always have our family dinner where we share our thoughts, ideas, exchange our talks with each other. I have a younger brother ,Vidhan and I share an amazing rapport with him, we fight a lot and its fun fighting with my younger one, I love hanging out with him especially on Sundays where it’s just me and him, we enjoy playing games and other sports, he loves cricket it’s the thing we bond over.

She even holds a record for the largest national flag in India of 225 ft X 150 ft, she has been titled as Jhansi Ki Rani of Hyderabad. She has won 16 winner awards at Recon in 2012, recognized with the title of PPP at ASPAC by world president of JCI achieving and overcoming every milestone is her passion.

Rapid Fire What do you call each other with love? Sushila - Ronnie. Ronak - Maa. Best thing you like about her/him? Sushila - Ronak has a very Helping nature. Ronak - She is very supportive. One quality of her/him you wish you had? Sushila - His patience. Ronak - Decision making. Favorite pastime? Both - TV, hanging out with friends. Favorite Cusine? Sushila - Indian. Ronak - Italian. Best gift to each other? Sushila - The fact that he has been the most Caring son. Ronak - A loving mom. One thing you can never do without each other? Sushila - Ronak is Google for me. Ronak - Shopping. If you had 5 days together were would you go! Both - Disney land and loads of shopping.

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Jaguar XJ Ultimate

Jaguar has taken the luxury quotient of the XJ luxury limousine up a notch with the launch of the XJ Ultimate. The new Jaguar XJ Ultimate features exterior styling tweaks and additional equipment inside the car for rear seat passengers. The most outstanding feature on the XJ Ultimate is the full partition centre console for rear passengers. The centre console has an electrically controlled table that rises out of the console and can be placed in front of either passenger. The rear section of the console has a chiller for cooling drinks that can accommodate a champagne bottle. The centre console also docks the touch-screen rear seat entertainment remote control as well as the controls for the two zone rear climate control system. The rear seats themselves are adjustable, have lumbar support and are equipped with massage function. Two iPads have been integrated into the rear of the front seats that are hooked to wireless keyboards for the rear seat occupants. On the outside, the Jaguar XJ Ultimate gets chrome finished ‘Ultimate’ badges on the lower air intakes, side vents, exhaust pipes and on the boot lid. New dual surface alloy wheels along with a full width panoramic sunroof set the XJ Ultimate apart. The Jaguar XJ Ultimate has been launched in both petrol and diesel models with prices starting at Rs 1.78 crore for the 3.0 litre diesel version while the 5.0 litre petrol XJ Ultimate has been priced at Rs 1.87 crore depending on the City. It’s a beautiful beast! 56 MAY, 2013




Monster Beats by Dr.Dre Studio Headphones

The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones offer a stylish and comfortable design as well as an exceptionally crisp and balanced audio. It includes, a nice carrying case and a music-phone-compatible cable. The Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones deliver the effect of sleek, comfortable design, useful features, and top-notch sound quality. If you can afford them, they’re a worthy investment toward an improved listening experience. The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones is used with the batteries. They’re stylish enough to wear in just about any setting, and compact enough to fit into a glove compartment or briefcase. Just remember to listen at a safe volume. Price Approx Rs.20,000/-

Samsung NX300 Camera

Discover amazing detail with 20.3MP APS-C sensor. Take sharp shots spontaneously with hybrid autofocus. You can shoot continuously at a fast 8.6 frames per second, share photos on the go with built-in WiFi connectivity. The camera comes with a lot of lens options, and is also capable of shooting 3D images (5472 x 3648 resolution) and video in HD (1080p) with its 45mm 2D-3D lens. You’re also treated to a quick shooting speed of 60fps for videos and 8.6 shots per second for burst mode images. You can also edit your photos using the preinstalled Adobe Light room software on the camera, and watch your HD recorded videos on your HD television set through the miniHD output slot on the side of the camera. Yet it is a stylish camera. Price: Rs.40,000/-

Clingo Universal Tablet Stand

The Universal Tablet Stand is stylish, study steel shape which securely mounts your tablet at a ergonomic angle to provide you with optimal viewing for 7 to 10 inch Tablets. This helps to organize your desk or counter top and enables full access to your tablet features, giving you easy, and hands-free viewing of messages, emails, movies, and other apps. It even makes it easy for you to check game scores, follow a new recipe, or watch YouTube while plugging away at work, in your kitchen or at your office table. Price: Rs.2700/-

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Adele named Richest Musician under 30 in The UK and Ireland Adele is rolling in the dough! The 24-year-old mom is officially the richest musician under 30 in UK and Ireland, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. The “Skyfall” singer beat out the likes of fellow multi-millionaires Cheryl Cole, Leona Lewis, Florence Welch, Jessie J and others. She leads the pack with a fortune of £30 million, up from £20 million in 2012. And she’s in the lead by a long shot. Cheryl Cole is the second richest of that age bracket in the region, with £14 million to her name, and Leona Lewis— who launched her career by winning the third series of The X Factor— came in third place with £12 million, the same amount she had last year. Following the success of Adele’s second album, 21, which sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, we can’t say we’re surprised about the star’s major money boost in just 12 months. Now that Adele is busy juggling her career and motherhood, we’re eager to see if she can continue her success and top the chart next year!

Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce on Time’s 100 Most Influential List The odds of success are ever in their favor. Such stars as Jennifer Lawrence, Beyonce, and pregnant Kate Middleton have been named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people on its annual list. The list includes luminaries in the arts, politics, business, and science. Also making the cut this year are The Voice judge Christina Aguilera, Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, and Justin Timberlake. As is the custom, each celeb on the list has a laudatory blurb written about them by another celeb. Jennifer Lawrence’s description was written by Oscar winner Jodie Foster, who praises J-Law for being a “hoot” and a “gem with a killer stare.” That stare certainly comes in handy when she fights people to the death as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games films. Girls star and creator Lena Dunham made the cut this year, as did Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, sitcom star Mindy Kaling, and President Obama. 60 MAY, 2013

Claire Danes Spends $6.8 Million on GORGEOUS West Village Home!! Claire Danes, leading lady of the Showtime hit Homeland, recently made a HUGE purchase — a new home for her new family of three. Claire and her husband, Hugh Dancy, decided that a $6.8 million townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village was the perfect nesting ground to raise their newborn son, Cyrus Michael Christopher. The fivebedroom home is four-stories high and features a bright, stylish living area with plenty of outdoor space. The place also includes a courtyard, a terrace, a library, a roof garden, stunning views, an open plan kitchen, and pretty much everything a dream home would EVER contain. Claire sold her Soho home in November to make way for this bigger-and-better model. We’re so happy for Danes and her family and hope she’s enjoying the new place!

Avril Lavigne Talks All-Out Wedding On ‘Chelsea Lately’

Avril Lavigne is gearing up for her second wedding, and this time around she plans to do it right. The 28-year-old singer told Chelsea Handler that she’s going to have an over-the-top wedding for her trip back down the aisle with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger. “I know you were married once, and that didn’t work out, obviously,” Handler said on Chelsea Lately. It didn’t work out, Lavigne agreed, referring to her marriage to Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley from 2006 to 2010. But it was great . Apparently I’m the marrying kind. And she’s also the wedding planning kind. I’m gonna go all out this time, Lavigne told Handler. There’s going to be a theme. I want to have a lot of fun with it and go kinda nuts this time. What kind of theme? The late-night host asked. The theme is the wedding. What other theme do you need? Like crazy attire and colors, the Complicated singer explained, without wanting to give too much away. Lavigne and Kroeger, 38, met in the recording studio last summer and bonded over the fact that they’re both Canadian and love drinking beer. Lavigne joked, we have a lot in common, she said.

B O L LY W O O D When Priyanka Chopra was left shocked and annoyed



Tanuj Virwani, new boy in B-town

Priyanka Chopra is one angry woman these days. Buzz is that the actress was not on the ‘Gunday’ directors mind and that she was recommended for the lead role by none other than her cousin Parineeti Chopra. According to sources, “Parineeti, was the one who recommended Priyanka for the lead role in the production house’s next, Gunday, opposite Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.” The source added, “Parineeti is like the baby at YRF. Everyone there loves her and she’s like family. She has worked there even before YRF launched her in Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl (2011).”This didn’t go down well with the former Miss World, considering the fact that she is already a big star in Bollywood and that she needs no recommendation for films.The source explains further, “When they began searching for the female lead in Gunday, a lot of discussions took place at the YRF office. They wanted a girl who could pull off a tough role with a lot of ease. That’s when Parineeti stepped in and suggested that they should consider Priyanka for the role.”Adds the source, “When Parineeti suggested Priyanka’s name, there was no second thought. In fact, everyone at YRF was happy that Priyanka was selected as she suits the role perfectly. They were also glad that Parineeti suggested it.”

Tanuj Virwani, Rati Agnihotri’s son is all set to make his mark in Bollywood. He is a wellgroomed newcomer waiting for his first film Luv U Soniyo to release. This young lad who is yet to make his debut in Bollywood already has a three-film deal with a big production house. As a source tells, “The production house that has signed Tanuj found immense potential in him. Meanwhile Eros is busy planning their films with him and announcements will be made soon.”According to director Joe Rajan, who has directed the movie Luv U Soniyo, “The young boy is talented and deserves all the success.” Apart from that, Luv U Soniyo has been bought by a major corporate house and will have a grand release. The promotional campaign is already being planned and promises to create buzz around the romantic film. In his first film, Tanuj Virwani, Rati Agnihotri’s son will be seen romancing the former beauty queen Neha Hinge.

Ranbir Kapoor’s pranks Kalki Koechlin

Salman Khan’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Most of our Bollywood actors are known to be mischievous and are quite good at playing pranks on the sets of their movies. And our Ranbir Kapoor is no exception. He is known to be pain for the co-stars with the pranks that he plays. But recently his pranks have been facing ire of everybody. “A song sequence required Kalki and Aditya Roy Kapoor to drink from shot glasses. As is the usual norm, water was poured into the glasses. But Ranbir decided to replace the water with actual vodka. Both his co-stars were left quite shocked.” said one of our sources. All of the actors laughed about it but the director Ayan Mukherjee was left annoyed. The things went really bad went, when Ranbir had to apply a small amount of turmeric paste on Kalki’s face. But instead of applying a little paste on her face for the shot , he went on covered her whole face with turmeric paste. To which Kalki’s sensitive skin reacted very badly. She had rashes all over her face for 2 days. The whole unit had to wait for 3 days for the rashes to go away and resume the shoot.

B-town’s Dabangg superstar, Salman Khan, had an awkward moment on the sets of Sohail Khan’s ‘Mental’ recently. The actor was shooting an action sequence at the ND studio, when he suffered a wardrobe malfunction. However, Salman, being the man he is, continued with the job at hand without stopping the shoot. It is understood that, a huge set was created, which looked like a busy road, and the scene involved many bikes and cars. Salman had an action scene where he was on a bike, and while doing this action scene his trousers accidently nipped, exposing his thigh. He initially didn’t realize what had happened. There were more than 300 people on the sets, and it was rather awkward for them—no one knew how to tell Salman about the wardrobe malfunction. However, when the actor was told about this, his handling of the situation took everybody by surprise. He refused to waste time by calling for a break to change into a pair of trousers and instead shot in the torn one till the pack-up was announced. Sohail Khan’s ‘Mental’ along with Salman Khan features Yash Tonk, Ashmit Patel, Sana Khan and Daisy Shah. MAY, 2013 61




Anjali will be paired with Pawan in Gabbar Singh 2 As per source says director Sampath Nandi of “Racha” fame has grabbed the opportunity to direct Gabbar Singh 2. Pawan Kalyan’s close friend and his manager Sharat Maraar will produce “Gabbar Singh 2”. Earlier, Pawan Kalyan wanted to produce the movie himself but now he has entrusted the job to his friend but the actor’s production house, Pawan Kalyan Creative Works, will be presenting it. Now the latest news is that heroine Anjali is going to pair up with Pawan Kalyan. She has been chosen as a heroine in Gabbar Singh-2 it seems. So far Kajal was chosen to pair up with Pawan Kalyan, now Anjali is going to be the second love interest of Pawan Kalyan in this film. Buzz also has it that Gabbar Singh 2 will not be a remake of Dabangg 2, but an original creation from Pawan Kalyan’s production house. All the other cast is going to be new for this film. Sampath Nandi has already finished his script work.

NTR & Kareena Kapoor together for an ad Young Tiger Jr.NTR who is riding high on the success of his new movie ‘Baadshah’ is all set to share screen with Bollywood top actress Kareena Kapoor soon. However, the duo will not be working for any movie. It is for a commercial advertisement for Malabar Gold and Diamonds. Kareena who recently signed on to be the brand ambassador of Malabar Gold and Diamonds, is said to be working with Jr NTR for a regional ad. The TV commercial would be shot soon and now the print ads are said to be on focus and the photoshoot with the two stars are taking place at present. The commercial will be a big budget. Already Jr.NTR is a brand Ambassador for the Malabar Gold and Diamonds. 62 MAY, 2013

Tapsee is now official Scuba Diver Now Tapsee is following Trisha and she too went for scuba diving, she tweeted saying, ‘just short of a written exam before I get my scuba diving license, so wish me luck, last day in Maldives n then back to meri dilli.’ She recently tweeted, “Yayyyyyyy n m a licensed scuba diver!! Part of another world now.” Taapsee took these tests in Maldives, a place that is famous for scuba diving where she was on a much needed holiday. Tapsee’s maiden Bollywood film, Chashme Buddoor is a big hit. She is also playing lead role in Lawerence’s Muni-3.

Allu Arjuns Awaited Upcoming Movie Stylish Star Allu Arjun has signed a new project under the direction of Surender Reddy under Lakshmi Narasimha production by Nallamalupu Bujji. The film officially launched in October 2012 but due to Arjun’s committments to ‘Iddarammayilatho’, the shooting for this film didn’t start. Now the latest buzz is that the movie has been titled as “Boochodu”. However, the title is not officially confirmed. “Race Gurram” is the title under consideration earlier for the movie. Surrender Reddy is known for selecting unique titles like Kick, Oosaravelli etc. Shruti Hassan will be pairing up with Allu Arjun in this movie.




Force India are a better team now: Vijay Mallya Shanghai: Sahara Force India do not depend now just on wet weather conditions to upset the big teams as the car is competitive enough in all conditions, team principal Vijay Mallya asserted. Going into Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, Force India are fifth in the constructors standings, behind Mercedes and ahead of Sauber and McLaren. Mallya said his team’s assessment in comparison with the rivals can be done better after races in China and Bahrain. “China has always produced spectacular races and its not uncommon to experience some wet weather, but we know that both our drivers and the VJM06 are comfortable in all conditions. In the past we used to hope for rain as our only chance to upset the front-runners, but now we are more competitive in all conditions,” Mallya said. “The next two weekends, with races in China and Bahrain, will put us in a position to see where we really stand in comparison with our rivals, he added. Paul di Resta said it is still early part of the season, so team’s evaluation should be delayed. “It is important not to get carried away and to keep doing our job at each race. We appear to be in a good position at the moment, but no one can say where we will be compared to our rivals after the next two races,” the Scot said. ”We know McLaren is a very strong team and they will develop well, so all we can do is continue pushing hard to try and stay ahead of them. We have been doing a good job so far, better than many people expected but there s a long way to go,” he added. Adrian Sutil, the second driver, was hopeful of delivering a good result on Sunday. “The layout is not too different to Sepang, so it should suit us again and I hope we can be strong there. The other teams will not stand still so we need to keep pushing hard and keep up this momentum,” the German said.

Britain’s most successful FIFA set for $5 billion World Cup windfall Olympian Hoy to retire EDINBURGH - Britain’s six time Olympic gold medalist Chris Hoy on Thursday announced his retirement from cycling at the age of 37. Hoy, who was born in Edinburgh, won two events at London 2012 Olympic Games and also secured 11 world titles during a glittering 19-year career. Hoy made the announcement at Murrayfield Stadium in the capital of Scotland, noting that he would not attend the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow although the motivation was still there for him to go on to compete.”It is not a decision that I took easily or lightly but I know it is the right decision. Being objective, I got every last drop out in London,” said Hoy. He noted that the decision was made literally down to whether I can do it or not and did not want to just make up numbers at the Commonwealth Games next year. Hoy will act as an ambassador for the Commonwealth Games, where the track cycling will take place at a velodrome named after him. Commenting on Hoy’s retirement, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said “Sir Chris Hoy is Scotland’s greatest ever Olympian and one of the best sportsmen these islands have ever seen. He is a true sporting legend of whom the whole of Scotland is justifiably proud and whose achievements are unparalleled. As well as his six Olympic gold medals and numerous other championships, the impact he has had on the sport of cycling is immense.”

Rio de Janeiro, March 25 (IANS) The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is set to provide a record $5 billion windfall for FIFA, according to audit and consultancy firm BDO. The figure represents a 36 percent rise on the $3.655 billion made at the last World Cup in South Africa and is 110 percent higher than the $2.345 billion earned at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. According to BDO, revenue from television rights and soaring sponsorship demand based on the tournament’s exclusivity provided the catalyst for the World Cup’s rise in profitability. “The World Cup market continues to grow and the likelihood is that the trend will continue at the following World Cups in Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022),” BDO spokesperson Pedro Daniel said. “Television networks that win the rights to broadcast the event, pay a fortune but it is very good business due to the money they make from publicity.” Daniel estimates the event will contribute to a one percent rise in Brazil’s 2014 Gross Domestic Product. Prize money for the tournament has also risen by a third since 2010, with the 2014 champions set to take home $40 million, according to FIFA.

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MOVIES Movie Reviews

‘Ek Thi Daayan’ ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ revolves round the life of Bobo (Emraan Hashmi), a renowned magician, whose only support system is his ladylove Tamara (Huma Qureshi). They make a blissful couple who decide to adopt an orphan – Zuben. Bobo’s life is almost close to perfect, until he is haunted by a Daayan. He seeks the help of a hypnotist, Dr Palit, to help himself unravel mysteries of his past and to have a rendezvous with the eerie side of his life. And that is when he is reminded of his sister, father (Pawan Malhotra) and step-mother Diana (Konkona Sen Sharma). In a state of hypnosis, Bobo remembers his passion for witchcraft and various other incidents that lead to a spooky revelation.The Art Direction team has done a commendable job by giving a visual representation to their eerie side of their creativity. However, the story fails to substantiate the emergence of a Daayan in Bobo’s life and the subsequent happenings. The film could have been a lot different had the makers opted for an unconventional way of recreating witchcraft and supernatural presence on celluloid. Though certain sequences send shivers down your spine, the rest fail to grip your senses. The Lunar eclipse, the leap year, the screeching sounds of the daayan and the constant projection of a lizard are all too jumbled up and intend to forcefully create a sense of claustrophobia. Overall, the film hasn’t been able to live up to the hype that had been created all along. Olympus Has Fallen Olympus Has Fallen is a rough, tough but tension-free gun fest. Around halfway through the action film Olympus Has Fallen, Gerard Butler’s all-American secret service agent beats a North Korean terrorist to death with an iron bust of Abraham Lincoln. The film does not have a light touch with the geopolitical symbolism, or indeed much else: foes of freedom are sworn at, gunned down and knifed in the skull, while we sporadically cut away to a bullet-riddled Old Glory, flapping proudly in slow motion film. The premise: a mob of Korean goons storms the White House and kidnaps the US President, played by the far-too-young Aaron Eckhart. The bad guys are led by a man called Kang (Rick Yune), who demands that all Western forces withdraw from the Korean peninsula, and also has big plans for the US nuclear arsenal. Enter Butler as the President’s faithful servant, who scampers through the front door and raises starspangled hell.

NH4 NH4 is a Telugu,Tamil bilingual romantic thriller film directed by debutant Manimaran. The film features Siddharth and newcomer Ashrita Shetty in the lead roles. The story takes place in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar. The film is a love entertainer with thrilling action elements. The story revolves around a thrilling incident that happened on a national highway and the film will have many twists The female lead of the film, Ashritha Shetty looks beautiful.

Upcoming Movies in May

Greeku Veerudu Nagarjuna, Nayantara May 3, 2013

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Go Goa Gone Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Khemu May 10, 2013

The Hangover Part III Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis , Ed Helms May 24, 2013

Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, May 31, 2013

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Moni Agarwal with friend

Vogue School of Style Moni Agarwal brought - The Vogue School of Style to Hyderabad. Bandana Tewari and her team showcasing the very latest in fashion and style. Moni showcased her Bhagmati collection. Providing a perfect pedestal to these exquisite pieces of jewellery were designer Shilpa Reddy’s ‘Garden Birds froze to Gold’ collection. Rana Daggubati and Shriya Saran were the show stoppers.

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Sri Peeli Murugan & Allu Arvind

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Art Exhibition i2Eye Art Exhibition was organized at Muse Art Gallery, at Marriott. The beautiful sketches and paper collages by Peeli Sri Murugan left the guests mesmerized. Hosts Shruthi and Swati Murugan personally attended all the guests and were enjoying the flattering feedback.



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Neelima & Bobby

Pranav Reddy & Anushka

Majeed Hussain, Aalim & Sherry Javeri

Handle With Care Aalim Javeri and Pingle Reddy staged a Screening of their Documentary film ‘Handle with care’ at LV Prasad Eye Institute. The documentary was about a delicate journey through the life of the disabled and their families. Their main aim was to inspire and motivate, and not spread pity or sorrow. It was a very impressive documentary and received a power pack feedback. 68 MAY, 2013

Niranjan Shashikanth & Upen Reddy

Balakrishna, Subbarami Reddy, Sreedevi, Nagarjuna & Chiranjeevi

Shatrugan Sinha



Amisha Patel, Anil Kapoor & Diya Mirza

TSR - National Film Awards The grand National Film Awards kickedoff at Shilpa Kala Vedika. The lavish starstudded event was graced by a number of Bollywood and south Indian celebrities and industry elites including T Subbarami Reddy, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Dr D Ramanaidu, K Raghavendra Rao, Dr Chiranjeevi, Dr Mohan Babu, Jayasudha, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Shatrughan Sinha, Anil Kapoor, Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Zeenath Aman, Rani Mukherjee, Ameesha Patel, Alka Yagnik, Anushka, Tamannah, Manchu Lakshmi, puri Jagannadh, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sanjjannaa, Diya Mirza and others it was a grand affair.


Gulshan Grover

Mohan Babu

Mukesh Rishi


Akkineni Nageswar Rao

Rani Mukherji

Ram Charan Tej


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Hemang Mamaya

Bharat Shah & Ramesh Patel

Rakhi Kankaria & Maya Patel

Business Networking

The 76th Chapter of Business Network International was launched in a Grand Style in Hyderabad on 5th April 2012. The chapter has been named BNI Fusion Hyderabad and the chapter was launched in a spectacular style at the world famous Hyderabad International Convention Center. Business Networking International (BNI) is the world’s largest and most successful business referral organization. BNI is a 27 year old business and professional organization that allows only one person from each trade or profession to join a chapter. BNI has over 150,000 members worldwide, in 51 different countries, from over 300 different types of professions.

Tanisha, Rishita, Saniya & Vedika

BNI Fusion Members

Manjula Narsa with friend

Ananya Simlai

Birthday Celebrations

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Manjula Tejwani Narsa celebrated her daughter Rishita’s birthday at her residence. She organized a chat party were all her friends as well as her daughter’s friend turned out looking pretty and excited. It was definitely a birthday to remember as everyone seemed to had an amazing time.

Shweta Malpani Deepa Gupta & Shalini Badruka

Yash Aswini

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Chekoo Cassan, Nihal & Asif Alladin

Mesmerizing Musical Evening Elahe & Sabina

‘Heal a Child’ foundation celebrated 3 years of success with a gala event organized at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. Guests were all geared up for a rocking musical experience as the internationally acclaimed Manasi Scott and Ash Chandler set audience grooving to their tunes.

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Sunil & Sakshi

Marshal, Ziya & Nida

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Kiran Kumar Reddy

Laxmi Manchu & Nayantara


Glamorous Evening

Amitabh Bachchan

Nandi Awards was a Glittering show. Amitabh Bachchan Presented Awards to members of Tollywood film industry for best performances and best movie. He himself received the NTR National Award from AP Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. It was a mixed gathering of Actors, Actresses, Socialites and Politicians. Every one applauded while the awards were given away.

Geeta Reddy & Mahesh Babu


Neha & Jassi

Mommy and Me

Neha Gandhi organized a theme party where all the ladies had a gala time with their kids at Novotel Hotel. A large spread of lunch was organized with foot tapping music. All the ladies were looking ravishing in their summer cool look with a trendy outfits. 74 MAY, 2013

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Akanksha & Ashwin



Party Scene


The Women were high in energy at various clubs in the City and were showing some rocking moves. Similarly men were also not left behind they also matched the pace and were seen catching up some good time at various clubs. The Clubbing scene was revived again lot of new faces were spotted at the clubs.



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third anniversary celebration of ‘Heal a Child’ foundation charity in a white and black elegant dress. She stole the limelight as she danced on the peppy bollywood dance numbers. Everyone present were in awe of the lady’s graceful dance moves.

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Know Your Fortune


- Tarot reading by Nupur Heda


(April 20 - May 20)

It’s good time for Taureans. Luck shines on the business and professional fronts and is going to increase the birthday celebration mood. Pleased with your performance, your bosses may appreciate you or even promote you. You also look set to gain from partnership business. Make optimum use of such favorable planetary positions in your birthday month, and promote your business more aggressively. The times are also conducive for clearing all your business debts. Those looking for a job are likely to taste success. However, things may not be that rosy on the domestic front for you. Your rapport with your spouse may remain fragile. The best way is to avoid confrontations and keep a cool head. Time shall turn out to be the best healer, if things don’t turn out your way. Although you will be busy in social activities, it would also be important to spend more time with family. It is going to be mixed bag of challenges and opportunities for you.However, you need to give up your habit of worrying too much. It stifles your celebrations and happiness.

ost very careful, alm e b to d e e n ill s Taurus natives w er to keep thing rd o in , e p o tr h g walking on a ti ll of challenges, fu e b ll, e w y, a rm sorted. The yea ill also be busy w u o Y t. n o fr l ia e soc ers. This may especially on th tt a m ily m fa d ney an rking efforts o this year in mo tw e n r u o y n t down o be need you to cu however, would , is h T . e lif l ia c so r and even your time gained fo e th se u y a m u yo n good in a way; higher educatio g in u rs u p se o n. Th lationship with re self introspectio r u o Y . w o n t fi lly bene stand to specia shall improve. ily m fa ’s se u o your sp

GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)

You will purchase costly items for self and will improve your wardrobe. You will receive good news from older siblings. At work situation continues to be the same as previous month. After 14th of the month you may be suddenly involved in various other projects which will make you happy as well as reluctant to handle heavy work load. Higher ups at work and elders in the family will be very supportive and will be the main reason behind your achievements. Students will feel lethargic towards second half of the month and will postpone works on hand, but the grades in exams continue to be good. Businessmen will do well, but your strong nature and ego may pose problems after the third week. Your rapport with your spouse will be excellent, and the ones waiting to get hitched may hear the wedding bells.

CANCER (June 21 - July 22)

Compassionate and loving, you will enamor one and all with your charm, this month. There would be depressing moments, though. It would be in your best interest to stay positive. Also, understand that you cannot please everyone in this world. Learn to avoid overexerting yourself in fulfilling the expectations of others. Plus, in order to achieve your goals, you will have to be strict with people. Do not let your emotions get in your way. A long distance journey is on the cards too. Students may face a challenging time, for they may find it hard to concentrate. Your networking skills will bring great opportunity from influential person. Those in family business will see steep growth 78 MAY, 2013

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in business.You may be lost in your own sweet world but don’t forget to use your skills of communication. However, while using your intuition and sixth sense, you may become confused in differentiating between right and wrong. Questions of ethics and righteousness may bog you down.


(July 23 - August 22) You desire to be the center of attraction everywhere, and when that doesn’t happen you start feeling insecure about your ability and charm. The month may begin on a low note, but you will be back in your element, by the end of the first week. Overall, there may be many fluctuations, all of which may affect your confidence. You may also feel uninterested and lethargic. Career will be good in general. Pending works will be completed during third week of the month. Expenditure will be heavy throughout the month and you may find cash flow crunch. Discussions with relatives may lead to arguments. Good news is that moral support from your spouse will be forthcoming. As the month ends, take some time out to refresh yourself get some entertainment. Better still, socialize, for that tends to bring out the best in you.


(August 23 - September 22) The month of May will be a tight rope walk for you. At work you may be given to handle tough projects. Differences with team members and higher-ups may cause stress and strain. Your strong and determined attitude may bring differences with near and dear. Assets will bring


(September 23 - October 22) The work rather piles up and looks at you glaringly, as the month begins. Too much of workload may leave you stressed, and you may look to meditation or friends outing for relaxation. Nonetheless, this is for sure that you will leave no stone unturned to meet the looming deadlines. Once all is clear and out of the way, which it shall be, take a much-needed break. Yet, that does not imply that the overall work pressure will ease off! Forge ahead with your trademark confidence. Some of your colleagues may mislead you; stay guarded! Monetary matters too may get bothersome. On the brighter side, love blossoms and so does your creativity. Spend quality time with your beloved. This is a favorable period for spouse as well. Students will continue doing their best.


(October 23 - November 21) You will start the month on a high note and achieve all your set goals. Plus, this is a time when you will be highly emotional and intuitive. Be grateful for all the love and care that the universe sends your way now. This is not a very favorable period for students. Results in exams/ competitions may not be up to your expectation. Ill health may be one of the reasons for average results. Business will continue going good. Self-employed will do very well. It’s a good time for singles to express their love. Nonetheless, your emotions may run riot. Cultivate your hobbies, and you shall see yourself relaxing. Plus, keep a clear head, as far as possible. Take a couple of minutes before reacting to a situation.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 21)

Things shall start getting better pretty soon. On the personal front, this is a very auspicious time for marriage. This is also a good time for singles, as an affair of heart may come in your life. You may meet someone special during the second week. But, the situation at your home may be precarious. The onus of cooling down the things lies on you; approach conflicts with patience and tact. Travel is on the cards. Students will do extremely well after the second week of the month. There may be slump in business. During the third week, you need to be careful, as your confidence will be an all-time low. The last week of May will also be full of challenges, so you need to be patient. Financially too, this month will be average.

CAPRICORN (December 22 - January 19)

This month, your work and finances take the center-stage, with your


family coming a close second. Pending tasks reach a successful completion, and you think on your feet to come up with useful strategies to boost your business. As a thorough professional, you will learn new managerial techniques, thereby upping your productivity and efficiency. You communication skills come to your rescue, whenever you feel stuck. Despite all this, the cards advise you to postpone major decisions. On the personal front, happy times are indicated with kids and family. You may also want to take a new relationship to another level. Be careful with friends, though. Do not speak your heart out, or else you may risk interference or snide remarks. Your social calendar will be full with social get together and family union. You will receive gifts and blessings from elders.


profits. In business there may be fall out with partners for some. Business will be low till second week lateron there will be growth. Overall, though, the things shall get better by the middle of the month. And, you will be happy to reap the benefits of your hard work. For those in relationship may part ways. Attitude difference is likely in married life. Students will do well in studies but may miss some important opportunities because of overconfidence. The stars may not entirely favour you. Do not plan anything long term, rather postpone your important activities, especially till the time you regain your usual self.


(January 20 - February 18) During the first week of May, certain unexpected events are likely to force you to alter your plans. Be ready for this. The first week of the month is favorable for business trips. Some of your decisions on the business front are likely to go wrong in the fourth week. The entire month, except for the third week, looks set to be a positive period for the Aquarians on the job front. Your personal life is likely to be pretty smooth this month. Also, you shall be active socially and children shall make you proud. However, at the end of the month, you may feel down and depressed and your family and friends shall come to your aid, lifting your spirits. Your health may be affected in the fourth week of January. Your creativity will experience a major boost in this month. Thus, those in the creative field may benefit a lot.


(February 19 - March 20) Your hard work and efforts shall start paying dividends now. Moreover, you may be involved with a larger group of people or organizations instead of limiting yourself to few people in your friend circle. You may also enjoy company of the powerful and influential people. Thus, it is a positive beginning for you. On the business front, expect money to pour in during the second week. New business tie ups are also on the cards. At work, times are equally good for you. Third week of May, may prove to be challenging week for you. For students, the month of May will prove to be unfavorable. On the personal front, you may build new relationships. Singles should think twice before committing to a serious relationship. On the health front, you will need to be careful. Also, you should avoid over indulgence at all costs.


(March 21 - April 19) The month starts on good note. There will be financial gains. Old investments will bring monetary gains. At work first week will be uneventful, later on, sudden increase in work may be there. The second half of the month is not favorable for those seeking new job opportunities. The quantum of work would be so much that you may not be able to think about anything else. This may frustrate you, yet do not carry your frustrations home.Students will excel at studies. Your strong attitude and ego may create restlessness in marital life. Unmarried will get a good proposal. Towards third and fourth week of the month you will feel energetic and will take up new responsibilities. Set your priorities right! Additionally, if you have been planning to purchase a house/ property, postpone the final decision.

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