HYDERABAD’S LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE
VOL 4 | ISSUE 4 | SEPTEMBER 2013
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what’s inside 20. CAMPUS BUZZ Loveable Teachers – Teacher’s Day Special 22. LIFESTYLE Royal and Contemporary A Day From Akila Chungi’s Diary - A potter who moulds her thoughts into clay Art from D Heart - Artists who paint their passion
31. BEAUTY Ayurveda A natural Elixir - Revamp you senses with the magic of Ayurveda
32. SPECIAL Bappa Moriya !! - Readers share their joy on Ganesh Chaturthi 33. COVER STORY Design With A Modern Mind 44. DECOR Revamp Your Abode - Sneak peak into some of the best furnishing houses in the city.
48. FASHION Fashion for Curvy Women 52. CUISINE Pasta Delight 54. WEDDING MANTRA The first precious buy ! – City people share their first special investment after marriage.
56. TRAVEL A Trip To Paris
On The Cover Rajshree Ram, Supraja Rao, Aamir Sharma & Niroop Reddy Nallari
Photography Paul David Martin, 9885260405
Hair & Makeup Varonica, 8374485485
Location : Raddison Blu
58. KINSHIP A blissful abode of love and togetherness – Vinny and Kanwal Bajaj share details about the love for their family. 60. AUTOMOBILES Latest sports car that will make you go crazy 61. GIZMOS Get Home tech Savvy – Latest gadgets for your day to day home affairs
EDITOR’S DESK Dear Readers, It’s been a fortnight of Iftar parties, gatherings, social do’s, fashion shows and not to forget the unpredictable downpours. With Ganesh Chaturthi heading as the next big festival after Eid, it’s time to have more scrumptious food and oodles of fun. Read about our special article on this festival to know what our readers have in store this year. Moving forward to keep you entertained, this month we have an ‘Interior Special’ issue; with an exclusive article interviewing some of the best interior designers in the city, their projects and what makes their ideas tick. The lifestyle section delves into the best 5 star hotel properties in the city while another article gives you a sneak peek into the best furnishing houses to grab unique stuff for your homes. ‘Special Bonding’ this issue covers the relationship of the beautiful family of Vinny and Kanwal Bajaj, while ‘A day from her diary’ has Potter Akila Chungi sharing her personal space. This season plan your annual vacation to Paris as we bring you an in-depth detail about the city in our Travel Section. Who doesn’t love pasta? So, it’s Pasta Fiesta for all the pasta lovers in our Cuisine Section. In lifestyle we have people and art, in other words Artists. These gifted souls paint the world with artistic strokes and also help us relish a piece of it through their paintings. The Fashion Section has a treat for women on the heavier side, giving them tricks and tips to make the most of their curves. Our Beauty Section gives you an insight into the world of Ayurveda and discusses one of the spas in Hyderabad which treats people through Ayurveda. Our Automobile Section gives a run down on the latest sports cars while our Gadgets give you a snap shot of the best home related technology for daily use. Last but not the least don’t forget to check our much talked about Tinsel Town Section for all the happenings in the city, and see if our photographer’s lens has caught your face!
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Food festivals, upcoming events, what’s new and lots more. Your guide to the city happenings!
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‘Palatable Palette’ by Jaya Baheti , 6:30pm onwards at The Ballroom. On view till: 13th Sep, 9:00am to 7:00pm at The Shop on Mezzanine level in Park Hyatt Tel: +91 4949 1501 / 770 220 2501
Goan food festival at The Square- (20th to 29th September)
Pan Asian Wednesdays at The Square Dinner
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‘Kuchipudi Rangapravesham’ by Sahiti Reddy, 6:30 pm onwards. Ravindra Bharathi, Hyderabad. Near State Assembly, Lakdikapul Road,Phone: 040 2321 2832
13 29 Hyderabad Short Film Festival, 09:00 am, contact Mr.Prem P Satish: 9885106789
20 21 RANG TARANG, 11am to 7pm Ginger Lily Gallery,Radisson Blu hotel, Road 6 Banjara Hills. Sept 1st -20th Tell: (040) 67331133
Felchlin: Art of Chocolate Making by Anil Rohira – Corporate Chocolatier from Felchin. 20th & 21st of September, Park Hyatt, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Tel: +91 40 4949 1234
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Kebabs Of India FIRDAUS, Taj Krishna, Road No 1, Banjara Hills, Call: (040) 66662323 from 1st-15th
Masters of Food & Wine Park Hyatt, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Tel: +91 40 4949 1234 20th to 22nd September, 2013
It’s Greek To Me, Lunch and Dinner, Special À la carte. CELESTE, Taj Falaknuma Palace,Engine Gowli, Falaknuma, Tel 66298585, 66298621 September 15 – 30
Cookies of the world at Le cafe (2nd to 30th September)
Buy Art: A Fair, Everyday 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM Icon Art Gallery, Plot No. 1672, State Bank Of India Building, Road No. 12 Banjara Hills, Tel: 40 32411554, 9849968797 Till September 30th
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Dream comes true! Finally your search for having interiors of your own choice ends .Pink Mondo, one of the most exclusive interior décor stores opens its branch in Hyderabad after Mumbai and Delhi. They have an all together new concept of Interiors and Decors for the city. Rishan Nahar and Karthik Reddy, the owners of Pink Mondo explain “customization” to be the forte’ of their store. They customize doors, fabrics and chandeliers of your choice. They deal in wooden flooring, designer ceiling fans, customized chandeliers, curtains, upholstery, furnishing, wallpapers, designer doors and windows. They have the finest fabric in the world that is brought specially from Italy. They also have Indian designer fabrics and home accessories from around the world collected and served as the limited edition in the store. Large clocks and table lamps will be add- ons to the collection later. They have an exclusive and unique collection picked up from different parts of the world making it an exclusive store. Their focus is on customization as per customer’s choice and is the USP of their store. If you want to decorate or revamp your house as per your choice, then Pink Mondo is the store that is definitely the solution! Location : Adjacent to Diamond House, Road No. 10. Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad – 500033. Ph : 8096881000
A Culinary Ride of Europe Ziti, a new-fangled restaurant opens in the city. Get yourself a warm spot and go with the chef’s choice. From an array of starters you can choose Cheese Bites for an oozy cheesy experience or Smoked Chicken Wings with a caramelized touch. From salad and sandwich section, one can enjoy the Pear and Goat Cheese Salad or the Grilled Vegetables with Pesto Panini for a light and hearty lunch. Of course the main course rules the roost on the night fare. On offer will be delectable European dishes such as Fish Escabiche, Jerked Spice Chicken, the signature dish - the Slow Braised Lamb and Shank; along with a variety of juicy steaks and burgers. Finally, your Ziti experience will be rounded off with an exhaustive spread of desserts such as Banoffee Pie, Bits of Heaven and Chocolate Mousse. While you can’t wait to experience Europe, you can start with a taste of Europe. The place is comfortable and cozy and if you are looking for a serene new place, not much of a hush-hush you should definitely try this. A place that is a comfort eat zone to have a startling time with a typical European cuisine. Location : 1st floor, Aditya Court, Road No.5, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Ph : 30512844 - Ext. 304
Pamper your Senses Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Hyderabad now offers its guests an even more elevating experience with the launch of city’s 1st Serena Spa. The spa therapies have been uniquely designed and tested to ensure that the guests get the best treatment and feel pampered. Serena Spa offers a wide range of indulgent choices including aromatherapy, massages, scrubs, wraps, facials and much more that will provide ultimate tranquility and will make the guests keep coming back for more. Considering the ever-changing skin and body needs, the therapies have been carefully crafted from old beauty recipes that utilize unique professional formulations for maximum results. To avoid any side effects, all the signature treatments use potent medicinal herbs, plant extracts, clay, etc. Some of the signature treatments of Serena Spa are Serenity, De-tox, Coconut blizz massage, Mud- rub, Marma and Serena Dhara. Serena spa artfully harmonizes the wisdom and purest form of nature to offer cutting-edge, natural synergy for the skin, body, mind and soul. Location : Radisson blu, Road Number 6, Green Valley, Banjara Hills Ph : 040 6733 1133 16 SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, 2012 2013
The Plate Is His Canvas — Olaf Niemeier
Olaf Niemeier, ‘Chef Picasso’ presented by Fusion9, returned to Hyderabad once again on popular demand. His cuisine blends Eastern and Western spices and techniques, and is mainly intended to be fun. ‘’My creations have a lot in common with Picasso’s paintings. I take dishes and update them into modern, fused opposites. The variety of different cultures is what makes my Fusion Cuisine so exciting,’’ he adds. As a head chef at the Fusion Restaurant in the SIDE Hotel Hamburg he brought a breath of fresh air into the hospitality industry in Hamburg. ‘Chef Picasso’ by insiders, looks back on 30 years of international experience. After working in German star hotels, like the Hilton International, he was curious to experience new impressions and gain experience abroad. It took him from the London Hilton via the Vista International in New York to more Eastern realms. The first Indian-Western Fusion restaurant, and by doing so, launched a totally new and extraordinarily successful concept in the market. If you’re not familiar with his work, the least of Chef Picasso’s accolades include cooking for the likes of Goldie Hawn and Richard Gere. Formally trained in Germany but life trained in Shanghai, Vietnam, New Delhi, New York, London and Korea, chef Picasso goes to local markets, applies his artistry and gives new meaning to the term ‘international relations’.
Mastering the Bar
Grey Goose commenced a “Grey Goose Beyond the Bar” program with Celebrity Bartender- Tom Walker from The American Bar, The Savoy- London held at Radisson Blu. The programme included getting a celebrity Bartender from different countries, travelling to India and training bartenders across cities. The programme focused on Bar skills and Bar tending. The idea was to focus and improve on expertise that the Indian bartenders need to possess. It was a program that focused on information exchange between the Western world and India and bridging the gap in terms of quality and practices. Tom is amongst one of the “Most Promising Three” at prestigious Bacardi Legacy Competition held in Feb 2013. His areas of expertise include Mixology, Beverages, Molecular Mixology, Mixology industry in Europe and food and alcohol paring. The event was something new, and many interesting things kept the guests engaged through out.
Children’s Day Out
Novotel Hyderabad Convention Center as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility and Independence Day celebrations organized a special program for the kids from Nireekshana. The event was designed to spread the message of love and cheer amongst the children. The program was attended by more than 70 kids along with the parents from Nireekshana and the staff of Novotel. As a part of the initiative the children were taken to Lumbini Park where they played interactive games. The kids were then taken on a ferry ride to the Buddha statue and were seen enjoying the view and clicking pictures. The hotel staff entertained the children with various activities to unwind them. The entire atmosphere was filled with fun and laughter as the young and bubbly kids sang and danced with joy. On this occasion a special lunch was also organized for the children. The children from Nireekshana thoroughly enjoyed the day which was designed to make it extra special for them.
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Art and Charity
Recently Annual charity art fair was hosted by Taj Krishna, where Top five galleries of Hyderabad participated. The buyers enjoyed the piece of art, while the sellers donated their commissions to charity for a good cause. The crowd had serious buyers and art lovers where a good number of 200 and more people turned up. It was a successful evening where almost every piece of art was sold out by the end of the evening. A good intermingle for Art lovers and charity donors were seen all along the event.
CAMPUS BUZZ Amulya Sai, Teacher, St. Francis Paraphrasing Bernard Shaw’s words from Pygmalion, when passion and profession is the same, well, work doesn’t feel like work. I have subscribed to that belief ever since I read them. Think about it, only if you could do what you loved, life would be so much more than ‘just working.’ I teach a PG Diploma course in Mass Communication/Journalism. I have been fortunate enough to be taught by some very amazing teachers as well! My mother is a teacher too. So, it is in my blood I suppose. In this journey I have come across many students but one student I will never forget is Malvika. She turned in an assignment well ahead of the deadline! I was pleasantly surprised! It is not an everyday occurrence! Although I must mention here, I am 22 and I have just started teaching full time. So if I’m asked, your favorite student? A few years later, I might be able to add a few other names. My father often tells me that I will forever remain young in mind, frozen-at-22 sort of a thing, because I will not only know the latest research and articles related to my subject but I will also get to see the latest fashion trends and gadgets by being with these young minds.
My favorite teacher, Mrs. Kuhu Guha is from Delhi Public School and she’s the best teacher I have ever had. She is down to earth, friendly, encouraging as well as entertaining. She is highly supportive and more like a friend, mother and guide for her students. She will always have a special place in my life no matter how old I get. She has been a big inspiration and someday I want to be a teacher like her. I like interacting, and would love to enlighten people with my knowledge. I would like to support students, contribute to the society inculcating good values in the youth of tomorrow and inspire them to be the best, just the way my teachers have taught me. Mrs. Kuhu Guha has shifted to Bangalore and it has been long since I met her. I would like to go there and surprise her and show her how much she means to me as a Teacher, Friend and Guide. One incident that comes to my mind is when I was in the 12th grade, I had taken my phone to school one day, and it had the national anthem as my ringtone. We were in our classroom and just to have some fun and play a prank, my friend called on my phone just when the assembly had almost come to an end. So, when my phone rang with the national anthem, everybody assumed it was in the Ritu Tolasariya, s assembly and stood up for the anthem. It was only when my phone Student, St. Franci stopped ringing halfway through the anthem that everybody realized what it actually was and burst into fits of laughter. Even the teacher had trouble controlling herself!
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A rotten tomato can be thrown away. Can a spoilt child be…? A teacher, as mentor, tries to refine every student who comes under his/her guidance. The process may vary but the goal is the same. Teachers over time have become more like friends, the old battering and scolding has changed into a friendlier and matured way of handling. Students share secrets, discuss future goals and dreams; and take their expert advice in day to day lives as well. There are times when girls at their primary school level, have that extreme madness for draping their mom’s “dupattas” and act like a teacher, some are very mischievous while some try hard to create a good impression by giving roses every morning to their loved teachers and so on… Tulip shares a few nostalgic moments from the diaries of students and teachers as they take a nostalgic walk on the occasion of Teacher’s Day
Vikas NM, Student NALSAR
I still remember I used to wear my dad’s glasses and have a mini blackboard and act like a teacher. So yeah it’s actually my dream come true to be a lecturer and I can see myself living up to my dreams. Teaching is my passion, imparting knowledge to the students, nevertheless learning from them too. I don’t like classroom teaching but encourage students for various academic events like quiz, debates etc. I have come across brilliant students in my teaching career; I can’t categorize a few of them as bad because they were just kids. So whatever they do or say is out of innocence so I just forgive and forget. Girls are sensitive to situations boys are rigid but very sweet too. Everyone is in touch with me so far. Students still call me up and tell me where they are placed in life and stuff. The special bond I share with them is priceless, they are like my kids, and they are young and growing! I love to see them grow and shine. Teaching is a never ending learning process. I still find it challenging to go to my class for my lectures. My only wish is to grow in this field of teaching, and have more students learn from me and come out with flying colors.
CAMPUS BUZZ I have always been the naughty one in school – but since I fared well academically, I was always forgiven. That’s just how teachers are and that is why they are awesome! During my third year of law school, when most of us were more interested in reserving the last row seats to have fun. Also it was the time when cell phones were rare and one didn’t always know how to “secure” them. I borrowed my friend’s phone and started playing Tetris – obviously under the desk so the teacher couldn’t see. Unfortunately though, the mute button wasn’t on! Some of you will remember the typical Tetris tune – it is LOUD! The teacher heard it and came straight to me – I fiddled with the phone, somehow stopped the music and threw it in my bag. I pretended like I knew nothing and after a few minutes of arguing, the teacher was beginning to give up. Suddenly – the game’s music began to play again, and that was truly – game over – both in the game and for me. But at the end of the day I retrieved the confiscated phone from my teacher and promised her never to do it again. These are all special memories, teachers are strict and smooth at the same time, they punish and forgive at the same time, and that’s why they will always be special and will be revered forever.
My favorite teacher is Ms. Amulya Sai. She is more than a mere teacher; she is a guide and a friend to almost all her students. She is an inspiration for me to take up the profession in teaching. And what can be better than sharing your knowledge with others and creating an impact that would last for a lifetime. If I had to give a gift to my teacher on this special occasion of teachers’ day it would be makeup stuff. I know the most obvious one would be a pen because it’s more symbolic, but she is someone who is just more than a teacher to me. I remember once when we were in class, my phone started ringing and luckily it had the same ringtone as the aqua guard filter. Rimi Agarwal, And when ma’am questioned whose phone Student, St. Francis it was, we all pointed to the aqua guard filter outside the class, and she believed it!
Anureeta Das, Teacher, Villa Marie
I was a mix of super naughty, sometimes stupid and smart attitude. There was this one time when we were all given an assignment to do, but I couldn’t do it. So I stole my friend’s book from his bag and wrote my name and submitted it. But to my bad luck my teacher caught me and I was asked to do the assignment 10 times. I had a teacher, her name was “Anmol” whom I really disliked and vice-versa. And coincidently I also had a friend whose name was “Anmol”. So, whenever she entered the class, I used to scream her name (my friend’s name) and irritate my teacher. But fortunately she couldn’t take any action as she knew there was another guy in the class with the same name!! All in all I had a splendid time those days the memory of which never fades.
Pratik Jain, Student, St. Marys
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ROYALE & CONTEMPORARY The hotels of Hyderabad have put up several classy and contemporary palaces for business travellers and the people of Hyderabad. Hotels have become a second home for the glitteratiâ€™s of the city who entertain their friends and extended families here. Every hotel has to stand out and create a special place in the heart of their customers, which is a continuous and serious effort to make the ambience comfortable, contemporary and classy with a distinct emphasis on differentiating them from the other. Tulip gives you a snapshot of the unique interior and architectural features of the city.
Park Hyatt Park Hyatt offers an unforgettable experience to business travellers and discerning local guests who appreciate contemporary luxury and seek personalized services. The Atrium of Park Hyatt The terraces of the atrium step inward as they descend towards the reflecting pool on the ground floor, recalling a step well in a nod to traditional Indian architecture. The focal point of the atrium is a 27-foot-tall abstract sculpture created by John Portman. The sculpture is mounted on a thin reflective stainless platform that makes it appear floating on the surface of the reflecting pool. Road No 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad Tel 040-49491234
Radisson Blu Plaza The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Hyderabad located at Banjara Hills, offers a resort style accommodation. The hotel offers a spectacular city space view of Banjara Hills. The upscale hotel features a design that is heavily influenced by Asian architecture combining marble and glass into a sleek modern look. The Atrium The Atrium at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel has a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. The atrium is spacious and comforting. The water element in the lobby along with the Buddha sculpture adds a very soothing appeal to the dĂŠcor, giving it a very Asian and Oriental touch. The grand piano in the Lobby adds the extra element of class to the interiors of the hotel. Beautiful and magnificent are two words which describes the atrium of this Hotel. Road No 6,Green Valley, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Tel 040-6733133
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The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace is among one of the most exclusive hotels located in the heart of the IT Hub of Hyderabad. The hotel is a place which makes it easy for the guest to combine business with pleasure. The Westin Mindspace radiates a global designer comfort. Discover a perfect balance between contemporary and traditional interiors at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. The Presidential Suite Located on the top floor of the hotel atrium, The Presidential Suite provides an elegant respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Step out of the master bedroom onto a private terrace, where inspiring city views await. This expansive suite also includes a second bedroom. Both bedrooms feature an award-winning Heavenly Bed速. In the inviting living area, a supple three-seat sofa and chairs create a relaxing environment. The dining area completes with a table for ten which is perfect for sharing a memorable meal. Raheja It Park, Hitech City, Madhapur,Hyderabad. Tel: 040- 67676767
Novotel Hyderabad Airport Novotel Hyderabad Airport offers great recreational facilities and a complete well-being experience. While you are staying in this stunning hotel, you will not miss out on your refreshing morning swim, your daily or weekly workout, or your favourite beauty treatments. Swimming Pool Harmony, peace and boundless happiness is what you discover at the Novotel Hyderabad swimming pool. If you would want to refresh and enliven your senses, the 4 feet deep outdoor pool of the hotel is the perfect place for it. The swimming pool at Novotel Hyderabad Airport designed very articulately is the apt place to relax and unwind. The swimming pool at the Novotel Hyderabad Airport is the perfect way to end or start your day in Hyderabad. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Airport Approach Rd, Shamshabad, Hyderabad. Phone: 040 6625 0000
The Park The Park is an ideal place to create unforgettable memories. Their signature style blends sophistication with local art and culture to create international chic. The interiors at Park elicit magnificence in every detail. The tastefully picked paintings, the maculate fine dining areas, the art deco, and the regal furnishings are all testimony to the 24 karat experience you have at The Park. Aqua Aqua on the third floor dining at The Park is one of the most buzzing places in town. The view from here is absolutely scenic. The prized asset of Aqua is the infinity pool, which appears as if it is merging with the Hussain Sagar like a mirage on the horizon. The open lounge is big, spacious and is a beautiful place to sit and relax. The breezy evening and soothing music creates the right mood for an evening under the stars. 22 Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad. 040 -23456789 SEPTEMBER, 2013 23
Artistic Stride As a person she is like wet clay, transforming with every new experience, phase development in her life. Since her young age, she has been appreciative of art and handson work and knew someday she would get into a field related to it. When she got her hands in clay for the first time, she knew, it is what she wanted to do. Tulip brings you excerpt from the life of Akila Chungi.
TULIP QUIZ Your Nick name? Akki. Most influential person? Anybody or anything can have an influence over me. I am quite susceptible to my environment, which includes people. 3 things you always carry before leaving house? Book, pen and driver’s license. Your ideal pastime? Ideal past time is to simply gaze at the ever changing face of earth, I can do that for hours together, depending on the location. Especially at dawn and dusk time. Your favorite brand? None. Your success mantra? I don’t understand successful, do all successful 24 SEPTEMBER, 2013
people stop doing what they’ve been doing? I think it’s only a term coined by the society; every person can be successful in whatever he or she is doing. I really don’t know what the mantra is; I do what I want to do. What do you like the most about Hyderabad? The rocks. Where do you want to take your next holiday to? Bhutan. Best lesson life has taught you? Move on. There is too much beauty around to be stuck at one place. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? I think Hyderabad. And my mind would have travelled for 1826 days more. (Don’t forget the leap year).
in Hyderabad. I retail my works in clay (works I made in Pondicherry during my stay there) from a makedo store at home in jubilee hills. I make sculptural and functional works in clay. I also work with my husband, who is an architect, at his firm. I worked as an interior designer with him, before I got my hands in clay and still continue to help him with few interior projects. After the entire day, I wind up with a book just before I go to sleep. Marriage : I’ve been married for a year and a half now and it has been bountiful in all senses. I have got an amazing partner who is always there for me and no matter what, we always get through everything and anything.
helps me understand and design tableware a great deal. I spend most of my lunches and dinners with my family, as I prefer homemade food than anything else. Evenings : I usually start my evenings with green tea , or my husband and I catch up for a nice cup of coffee, followed by long conversations and debates on general things like ,music, people, bifurcation of states, war
Mornings : I like waking up to the chirping of birds. On most days I am used to doing my morning chores with music in the background, rather foreground. I do pranayama every morning, it is like my daily regime, which helps me stay fit and calm. Post breakfast, I indulge in cooking, I make it a point that I cook at least one meal a day. Cooking strangely keeps me grounded in a way. Spending time cooking
“While borders are being established and passports are being stamped, my works in clay are a gentle reminder enunciating there is immense beauty yet to be explored outside and more importantly inside of us”.
Work : I am a potter/ceramic artist who learnt to work with clay in Pondicherry at Golden bridge pottery under the guidance of Ray Meeker and Deborah Smith. I am currently in the process of setting up a studio
Teaching : I teach pottery at a school for 2 days in a week. To spend time with juvenile minds is what I keep yearning for, to refamiliarize myself with innocence, truth and above all their transparent souls. Leisure time : I recently started enjoying clicking pictures, exploring the world through lens. One more thing that interests me is fabrics. It’s amazing how a thread can be woven, felted, knitted or crocheted into beautiful artefacts.
poverty and endless gibberish. Right now I am learning calligraphy and I also doodle at times. I also spend few evenings with friends, though most of my close buds live overseas or in other cities in India, and I really miss spending enough time with them. Two in seven days of my week are movie nights at home. My family and I like to watch all kinds of movies, documentaries, etc. And just for kicks, we also watch movies in languages we don’t understand, it’s just how we like to spend time with each other, bond and laugh together.
Travel : I live by traveling; I am a true nomad at heart. When I go to a new city, I like to catch it at wee hours in the morning, there is so much I learn about the place.
As told to Satpreet Kaur
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Most artists have a vision that they need to express. This vision usually can’t be explained adequately in words. Art has its own language and vocabulary of visual ideas, form, color, space, art history and emotions. Artists connect through their paintings, their thoughts can be relatively understood from their piece of work. Sometimes you need an eye of an artist and sometimes a gaze is enough. Satpreet Kaur brings you some of the passionate artists, who share their passion for art and lot more.
“Life is all about doing what you like, doing it with passion and living happily”
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E H ART
Armed with an MBA in Finance, I took the same path as many of my peers did: landed up in the United States of America and slogged it out in venture capital firms. I returned home soon and continued the same by starting a private equity firm and later sold the company to a big Bangalore-based corporate. Then I founded MUSE, which is a non-profit art gallery located in the Marriott Hotel, Hyderabad. MUSE is an effort for promoting art and encouraging charity, it’s intended to display contemporary art of various artists in support of a cause. My heart always beat for art, and since I’m not trained in art I decided to be a curator. My father and grandfather were ardent artists, my heart always upheld me in this stream. So, I unanimously relinquished my finance line, in spite of being a CA at a very prestigious company. The passion for art consumed me and hence changed my nature of work as an artist. I’ve been into this from past 2 years now. To my knowledge, people in Hyderabad buy art only if you have a charity connected to it. So I started an art gallery which is a nonprofit initiative in partnership with Marriot. As of now, we did more than 50 shows, each connected closely to a charity which has helped in generating a lot of money. We did a lot of interesting shows. Among them one is India’s biggest ever show of 35 American artists coming from Houston to Hyderabad. They bared the amount for the air tickets all by themselves and left an astounding performance. We then did several other contemporary events with a unique blend of arts like, fashion show, Art and music, Art and Literature, Art and giving. All efficient and eminent personalities like Salim Javed, Shabana Azmi, Anand Kabra, Suhani Pittie came up with their support for the cause, to my gallery to raise unbelievable funds in order to benefit the charity purpose. I am now tied to just one schedule: eat, drink, sleep and art. I don’t understand anything else in life till now, I don’t even wake up early. I just have one hobby of art, one passion for art and do only art I live with.
I would say Art is a liberating experience for the soul from the monotony of day to day life. As a child I was inspired by nature because I come from a beautiful valley. My artistic bend of mind used to make me draw designs in my school days. However, I got serious about it much later in life. That zenith for art was so evident in me that I could gauge my ability of becoming artist down the line, in the near future. I began painting expressively, 6 years back and have been doing great so far. Right now I feel it is not an end, but a new level of thinking where my imagination grows day by day.
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“Life is compassion and belonging, which is found in process of creation of a beautiful piece of art.”
I am widely acclaimed for both abstract and figurative paintings and actively participating in exhibiting my collection in numerous shows and galleries in the city. I started with realistic art with abstract form in it and we call it objective abstract art. In art we kind of travel into a phase, it comes from within you and it can have many reasons or inspirations. For me, the more spiritual my life became, the more I started capturing expressions of art on canvas. The phase I am now into, is non-objective (non-representational) abstract art. There
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“Art enables us to find ourselves and loose ourselves at the same time.”
is no reference to any figurative reality, to any concrete recognizable physical objects. But it’s just so full and beautiful to express and explore this journey of art. My biggest inspiration comes from within me, the spirit of womanhood and freedom to live life, from God and nature, from my child and from many good souls whom I have met. Art is open to its viewers’ interpretation and one doesn’t have to be an artist to appreciate art. However, an artist alone can understand the intricacies of the elements behind the work of art. I would say to the beginners that they just have to start expressing this amazing thing with a little sincerity and passion and know that life is all about healing and helping each other.
My father was a great artist, I admired him for many of his paintings. He really inspired me to a vast extent, motivated me to do something, and gifted me a vision to be an amazing person like him. Down the line during my graduation, I eventually did accomplish my dream. I embarked on painting as my carrier four years back from now. I did my graduation from Osmania University and later on indulged myself into event organizing and majorly designing, as my talent for that has clearly exuded out of me as being immensely creative. Being a painter who loves capturing nature on canvas, has increased my awareness in truly seeing the wonders and beauty found in nature. You can see, each of my painting is a reflection of my experiences and I take immense pleasure in being able to reproduce and preserve each unique scene and situation on canvas. Often I come across a scene that catches my eye, giving me an idea and inspiration for a painting. I try to capture the very nature and essence of the subjects when painting wildlife or a landscape. I strive to make my work very realistic, so that when a viewer sees it, he can feel he is part of that particular scenery. I hope my paintings bring back a memory of an animal in the wild, or a special place that the viewer once saw or hoped to see.
Nature paintings aren’t a trend or fashion, they are ever green part of any interiors and will always suit your décor. Summing up, my realistic paintings represent the world of living things, being outdoors in nature. My paintings have been considered a suitable decor for all places, be it home, cottage or place of business. They have a calming
influence in your active lifestyle, presenting to you an element of beauty and interest to your walls. The power of art lies in the power to transcend our own interest and relate to the work and each other with more curiosity and more whole heartedness.
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TULIP Jai Prakash
“For me, painting is like meditation...”
I did my PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. I had done the research work on non-living things in Indian and Western Paintings of the 20th centuary. The one word that could describe the artist’s works is “romance” it may be in the form of epic characters, culture, tradition, nature, landscape, animals, birds, human beings or others, the essence would be beauty in romance for me. I relish the essence of the works on romance and making an image in contemporary art on international level. I use contemporary colors and their amalgamation. I pay equal importance to the subject and texture and try to make each piece distinguished and extra attention to detailing. I have explored everything with equal efficiency as in with various mediums
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I did my BFA Painting from Sri Venkateshwara College of fine Arts. My passion for arts had all begun with my father’s recognition for his marvelous paintings, before he was graved. He was my major inspiration for whatever I am now. He has taught me every little thing in life which now are very valuable words for me, from which, I found the true spirit of life. My inclination and engrossment towards the figurative animal painting is pretty much in me since childhood. I basically do classic Indian kind of paintings, as in with the animals only. As of now, I have done more than 150 paintings, but I was more recognized after my solo and group exhibits, in different cities. Art is a way to stay focused for hours. If you think about it, how many people can sit that long in meditation? You don’t know what you are actually doing, your thoughts empty and you merge with the image ,and sometimes they
like canvas, objects, miniature or any other medium. As an artist, I like my work to reflect creativity with sensitivity. It comes through keen observation, both consciously and sub-consciously. Through my paintings I like to share my creative perceptions of the surroundings and depict the subliminal beauty of culture, nature and society. My passion for painting never dies, as I found my profound interest in this field of art. Because art is not a thing but a way that enables us to find ourselves, I would say, Art resides in the quality of doing, process is not magic.
get so lost in a kind of meditative state, that they forget their surroundings. It gives a much desired and satisfying break from the world of mechanism. You are in direct physical touch with what you are doing. God is the only another real artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.” And at the completion of painting, the sense of accomplishment is tremendous for me. I am just never full with desire to paint, and keep going back to paper again and again for a new drawing.
“Romance and beauty have been central elements of my paintings, I try to present what I perceive the matter of romance and beauty on the platform of purity”
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A High Gear Art
e have seen boutiques, art shows; fashion events and even a lot of exclusive trunk shows, but Kishan Lohiya took his love for Automobiles to a whole new level. He immortalized it in art. Hosted by Westin Hyderabad Mindspace the exclusive Auto art show was inaugurated by Ko van den Hil, General Manager – The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. A Modern Art Painting Expo, inspired by the love for everything automobile, was something that happened for the first time in India. Kishan Lohiya teamed up with senior artist Vijit Pillai and debutante artist Sami Khan to showcase over 40 pieces of paintings capturing the essence of automobile in art. Many of the euphoric paintings were sold even before the event culminated at The Westin Ballroom. The proceeds of the painting were later contributed towards Maatram Foundation – which focuses on improving living standards in rural AP, to provide clean, safe drinking water to millions of rural families to get the audiences adrenaline pumping even harder. They displayed a range of exotic cars and bikes which had all the guests swooning and raving.
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AyurvedaA Natural Elixir
Ayurveda is a system which uses the inherent principles of nature to help maintain one’s health by keeping the individual’s mind and spirit in perfect equilibrium with nature. With globalization at its peak, it is not surprising to see an increase in the popularity of alternative health and wellness destinations across the planet. The day-to-day stress in the fast-paced world of today and the growing lack of faith in allopathic medication has forced people to look elsewhere and explore other forms of treatment for health and rejuvenation. Tulip meets up with Dr. Priya Rose of Kairali Ayurvedic Spa, who gives an insight into Ayurveda. Read on… What is the theory of Ayurveda? The theory of Ayurveda understands the five elements as the root cause of existence, a metaphysics common to all ancient cultures. The five elements appear in different combinations in each of us and form our unique individuality. They work in combination to form the tridosha system, including; Vata Dosha, representing ether and air; Pitta Dosh representing fire and water; and Kapha Dosha, representing water and earth. We doctors act as a guide to help you bring about more of the elements you lack by restructuring your lifestyle. Every course of Ayurvedic treatment begins with an in-depth personal examination, or Prakruti analysis, to identify the exact balance of elements ruling your body and mind. With personal attention from our Ayurvedic therapy team, you can be sure of a transformative retreat experience based on total health and spirituality. Why should one choose Ayurveda? Ayurveda believes each and every individual is a unique combination of three humors namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha and the five elements like akasham, vayu, prthivi, agni and jalam. Hence, the treatment and medicines for every individual would vary according to their body type which ensures a complete holistic treatment leading to a perfect balance of body, mind and soul. How are ayurvedic treatments different from other treatments? Ayurvedic treatments have their base in ancient shastras and granthas as prescribed by our Great Vaidyas like Charaka, Vaghdbhata and Susurutha. They consist of Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Elakizhi, Navarakizhi, Podikizhi, Pizhichil, Talapothichil, Pichu and Shodana (detoxification) treatments like Panchakarma. Abhyangam (Ayurvedic massage) promotes rejuvenation of mind and body, increases softness and suppleness of skin, lubricates joints, promotes good sleep etc. All procedures are carried out using pure Ayurvedic tailams (oils), choornams (powders), kashayams (decoctions), ghrithas (medicated ghee) etc.
What is Panchakarma? Ayurveda believes that Rogam (disease) is caused due to intake of unhealthy food and improper lifestyle. When this lifestyle continues for a prolonged period of time, it results in accumulation of toxins in the body and imbalance of tridoshas ultimately leading to diseases. Ayurveda believes in treating the disease from its root and preventing its reoccurrence. Panchakarma's main role is to cleanse the body of these deep rooted toxins. It comprises of five important therapies like Vamanam (medicated emesis), virechanam (medicated purgation), basti (medicated enema), nasyam (instilling of nasal medication) and raktamokshanam (bloodletting). What are the emotional benefits of Ayurveda? Inside our endless mental processes, reactions and preferences there is a core of simple consciousness, where our conflicting perceptions cease and all returns to universal being. This is the approach to health and lifestyle employed by modern behavioral therapy, as well as the most ancient and intuitive Eastern healing arts. Ayurveda is the science of perfecting the soul’s vehicle by healing mental strife as well as bodily suffering, so that one may strengthen their concentration on the Divine. In traditional Indian rhetoric, this aids the journey towards enlightenment; however, it is a thoroughly practical approach to getting the best out of life at every stage of spiritual advancement. The all-important ability to find peace within ourselves brings clarity and a sense of purpose to life, and invests all our relationships with newly formed optimism. What are the various treatments provided at Kairali? We at Kairali provide Doctor's consultancy, with a full range of traditional Ayurvedic treatments, like Panchakarma, Shirodhara, Ayurvedic massage, Indian head massage, Natural beauty treatments, including facials, milk baths and body packs, Weight-loss and slimming programs, Ayurvedic steam and sauna treatment, Ayurvedic pharmacy and herbal medicine prescription, Lifestyle coaching, Yoga and Meditation courses along with Ayurvedic nutrition.
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It’s the time of the year again to welcome Bappa Moriya and relish the amazing laddoos and the modhaks. Marking the start of all the festivals for the year, the most elaborate and grandest of them being – Ganesh Chaturthi. This festival is celebrated grandly across the country with devotees doing various innovative things to welcome Lord Ganesha. This year Ishna Rawlani gives you a sneak peek into how to enjoy this festival to the fullest… Go Eco Friendly Top 5 hit dance numbers for Ganesh Chaturthi Deva Sree Ganesha – Agneepath Saada dil vi tu – ABCD Deva ho deva – Humse Badhkar Kaun Moriya re – Don Jai dev Jai dev – My friend Ganesha
Plaster, is one of the most universally used term. Most of our Ganesha idols are made up of Plaster of Paris. Unfortunately, this does not disintegrate easily and the idol floats in water after immersion. With the increase in global warming and keeping in mind about the environment, many of them have started using eco friendly Ganesh idols which are easily available in market. So pledge to save your environment and go green this season!
“Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated honoring the birth of Lord Ganesha. On this auspicious day we bring Lord Ganesha’s idol and seat him amidst lotus leaves and decorate him with sparkles and flowers. We worship him by performing the pooja and by offering mouth savoring sweet delicacies. On the 11th day we immerse the idol and pray to Lord Ganesha for inner spiritual strength to attain peace, success and prosperity. This year I plan to go green and get a clay idol and paint it at home. This is the most cherished time of the year and I eagerly await his return the next year.” Laveena Chugani, Facebook India
Top 5 hotspots to visit this Ganesh Chaturthi The Biggest Ganesh Idol at Khairtabad Rezimental Bazaar, Secunderabad Ballapur Chappal Bazaar, Kachiguda station Begum Bazaar, Abids
“Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals for me, as I’m a Marwadi, I’ve got different customs to follow. All the 11 days we dress up and a pooja is performed. This is what my family usually follows. But this year I am thinking of going green. I would limit my expenses and donate the rest of the money that I can save just to see the joy on the faces of the people who can’t afford celebrating such festivals. This Ganesh Chaturthi I might not enjoy as much as I normally do, but I’ll surely be blessed by many souls.” Lokesh Biyani, Photographer Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival I eagerly look forward to, every year. Apart from clay Ganesh sthaapna and the regular tambola, we incorporate a lot of laddu eating competitions. We also enact a play to educate the younger lot about the significance of this festival. This year, we plan to have a major laddu auction and clay Ganesha distribution in every house in our locality so that everyone goes the Eco friendly way. The whole idea of us celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi is to celebrate Lord Ganesha, thank him for his generous blessings and bring the entire community back to life. Ganpati Bappa Morya! Mayank Jain, Cognizant
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Modern A design draws aspects of your personal style, artifacts, colors, environment, architecture, and lots more, but an Interior Designer is the one who with a magic wand churns your dreams into reality. Tulip interacts with some of the creative minds behind the most amazing, stores, homes and offices in the city. Read on and discover what makes these designers capable of using their ideas, where they draw inspiration from, and more.
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He started out as a Jr. Architect with a firm in 1999 and branched out with his own practice Na Architects (Niroop Associates) in 2002 with his wife Rupana Reddy, who is a designer too. As an individual he is socially conscious, fun loving and a people’s person, who gets his kicks out of his client’s twinkle in the eye. He chose architecture because of creativity involved in it and the fact that he can experience a tremendous sense of delight when his concepts on paper transform into real buildings. As time progressed, he has been intrigued by how buildings could affect the way people live, their moods and behavior. “We spend most of our lives in buildings - through architecture you can influence the way people live their lives for the better,” he adds. His USP is his ability to reach beyond their comfort zone, challenge himself and always aim at incorporating latest ideas, concepts and technologies into the client requirements and be able to deliver his services in collaborative, creative and open association with his clients. When it comes to latest trends he says it’s difficult to point out just one. He adds, “For Interior design the biggest trend that I am thinking will start taking shape in 2013 is that design will begin to mirror male preferences like sober furniture details, less flashy colors and functionality over “cuteness” are just some of the features expectedto take off. Another trend expected to dominate is Stripes. Be it carpets, wallpapers, upholstery, graphic art- each of these elements may be expected to wear the distinct feature of movement defined by stripes. Yet other would be Green walls, garden rooftops, Green living will be a key factor in design and architecture this year. From mobile plant panels to framed plant screens with lighting effects, these ideas can bring a fresh touch to any apartment or public space.”
Creative FREEDOM For him Inspiration literally could come from anywhere, nature, environment, history, music or just travelling. For him it is a true art of balancing when it comes to his clients and their ideas. His philosophy is that design ideas and creative inputs should always be based on the clients’ ideas and preferences. When he sets out with this foundation in mind, then they have very minimal disconcert. “What stimulates, excites and makes the client happy is what is right, at the end of the day, “he adds.
For him it is a true art of balancing when it comes to his clients and their ideas
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He is an aggressive, spontaneous, creative, and energetic individual. The very qualities you come across a person who loves art or makes art himself.
He is known for his totally out of the box designs, extreme creative details and finesse. Aamir extracts inspiration from just anything and everything.
Making It Modern He chose this field accidentally. â€œI joined the course in interiors because I was the only boy in my class among 36 girls. I realized much later that I was very creative and designs came to me naturally. I started my career in the year 2000, so itâ€™s been 13 long years and the journey has been amazing,â€? shares Aamir. He is known for his totally out of the box designs, extreme creative details and finesse. He stands out from others in the field as he always tries and does something new without repeating any part of his previous design. According to him, there is no trend attached to designing at present. People are open to experimenting and prefer out of box thinkers like him, who can give them a taste of something fresh and innovative. The best part of the job for him, in the entire process is shopping for furniture and interacting with people. He loves visiting the sites and sketching on the walls. In a nutshell, he basically loves what he does. He gets inspired every day; it could be an insect, curves, squares, architects from different parts of the world, or just by traveling to various cities and countries. Aamir extracts inspiration from just anything and everything. He has an excellent way to communicate or rather we say convince his clients when they are doubtful about a design or piece to be used. He knows how to get his way, and that is his USP, as a result he gets happy clients.
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Decked On DESIGN Raaj Sree Ram “It was in 1990, when my senior, legal counsel, gave me an opportunity to design and convert his flat in Vizag into studio apartments which turned out great. He thus gave me another opportunity to design the interiors of his house in Hyderabad and a jewellery store in Vizag. Since then there has been no looking back.” His firm M/s. Interiors has designed and executed most of the corporate offices and hospital interiors in Hyderabad. Their expertise is to design a project end to end, and handle all aspects of design from architecture, landscaping, interior design and decoration. Their team is excellent in executing the projects because they believe that a design is as good as it is executed. There is no trick and there is definitely no ‘USP’, for him it’s all about their work. “However much a person may want to be original, there will be some aspects which will be borrowed and similarly a design copied will never be like the original.” He adds. They have clients who want contemporary and minimalistic houses, some want opulent and rich interiors and yet some want classic and fusion designs. Everyone wants to use the latest materials which make the latest trends, giving people plenty of options to choose from. Interacting with the client, understanding his needs, aspirations, limitations and justifying his decision of choosing one as his interior designer and getting the act right is what he considers his USP. The clients enthusiasm, dreams and ideas are his inspiration. Every previous work done by him and his contemporaries is an inspiration. “When you are out to create, everything around you is a source of inspiration, “he adds. 36 SEPTEMBER, 2013
He graduated in law but felt it didn’t quite do justice to his sense of innovation and creativity. He is a perfectionist and would not stop at being a mediocre in both design and execution. For him 'Agree to Disagree' is the mantra to success. Putting up a designer’s perspective and convincing the client is not always successful. In such cases working around the idea of the client and making his ideas work is what makes him a good designer.
For him, “Agree to Disagree is the mantra to sucess.”....
Landmark projects: Like it is said ‘ the best is still in the making’. But as always the most recent ones are the ones that stand apart and in this context Mr. Mulany’s residence and Mr. Rajashekar’s residence are highlights in his career so far, as both are unique yet each is a masterpiece. Mr. Mulany’s residence is rich and loud while Mr. Rajashekar Reddy’s is slick and simple. “Both are happy clients. But I am sure they would not like to be in the others’ house for anything as they prefer their own and to each theirs is the best,” adds Raaj Sree Ram.
A perfect compendium of work and fun, Nishant is a fun loving person yet very disciplined when it comes to work. He loves to socialize and his motto in life is to be remembered by the society for all his services. His journey in this creative field was not intentional. It was because of his mother’s will, that he ended up taking architecture & interiors as his profession and it’s almost been a decade in this designing industry. His designing philosophy is minimalistic with great detailing which suits the clients’ taste and is his USP for attracting more clients. He enjoys working on complex detailing and there is newness in approach and style in every design. Latest trends according to him are bold concepts with modern technology and latest materials available in market are also the new trends because that is what makes a design come alive.
VISUAL APPEAL He enjoys working on complex detailing and there is newness in approach and style in every design
“The concept of ‘larger than life’ attitude has always inspired me in designing. All my clients believe in me, so saying no to their ideas & thoughts was never difficult, because they knew it has a good reason to it,” confides Nishant. Landmark Projects Dream Lite (India’s largest lighting store) in Hyderabad & Bangalore. Vastralaya (Garments showroom in Mahabub Nagar). My own office (N & G Associates) @ road no 36, Jubilee Hills. SEPTEMBER, 2013 37
Bright And BEAUTIFUL
Spaceptz is the brain child of Varun Mehta and Rahul Jain, started way back in 2004. SPACEPTZ exemplifies creativity in every sense of the word. They create ambiences that are impressive and inspiring to all. It wasn’t something they planned, but something they got themselves by fluke, without any previous back ground and still managed to do great in this field since the last 9 years.
Varun Mehta & Rahul Jain Varun is a creative thinker and likes to explore alternative solutions to problems and has an open mind about what will work best. Rahul on other hand is more of a people’s person. You can tell he is a true perfectionist, because he works with the details and ensures everything is just right. Their main USP is that they love materials and follow their hidden qualities to bring out the natural beauty, and experiment to discover things one cannot imagine in a normal situation. Their thoughts are focused on interiors that surround us, how they are built and how they work. The latest theme is using natural products such as wood, concrete, stones. The textures and the feel of these products give a very earthy feel to the house. It has the rawness to it yet gives a very classy feel. Hyderabad today has everything in store. Stellar group is one such group which caters to anything and everything pertaining to fittings and furnishings. Their work takes them to different places where they research, explore and pick up tricks of the trade in architecture, history and culture. It helps them to figure out new designs, and it acts as an inspiration for future projects. They try to be unique rather than getting influenced by the prevailing trends. They personally use 38 SEPTEMBER, 2013
Their main USP is that they love materials and follow their hidden qualities to bring out the natural beauty and experiment to discover things one cannot imagine in a normal situation something that everybody claims you shouldn’t because they like to believe it’s the way one uses that makes it appropriate. Patience is what they consider a key to success in this field, especially when clients have their own ideas, it is hard to say them no, and instead they try and make them understand what would aptly suit and what would mis-match. They adapt to their clients’ thoughts and requirements and merge it with their own ideas. Landmark Projects: Stores Like: Kamal Watch Company, Rwardrobe, PCS securities, and Residential projects of Mr. RK Jain, and Mr. Singh to name a few.
The Art Of DESIGNING
Having been in this profession for almost 12 years, Raja has immense experience in building functional, innovative homes and retail spaces. Their interior house Raja Architects has been offering consulting services mainly in the principal disciplines of Architecture and Interiors, transforming many propositions into aesthetic experiences ranging from high end residential interiors to large commercial architectural projects. Their ethos is to transform creative thinking into quality, value, innovation and customer experience. They firmly believe that all solutions should consider the wider context, aim at the big picture and use lateral thinking to work with their clients and achieve solutions bespoke to their individual needs and aspirations.
“Personally, Architecture is my passion and I breathe design. I take great pride in what I do, which gives me the ability to continuously reinvent myself through my work. I stick to what I believe in and always strive for excellence. “ Their USP is in careful customer profiling and accurate projection of client perceived lifestyle through design clubbed with strong design ethics with Timing, Rhythm and Passion.
Proposed Residence for Mr. J.C.Reddy
Raja For Raja inspiration comes from the ecstatic and satisfied expression clients have when they see their dream turning into a beautiful reality
According to Raja the latest trending themes are more of self expressions, home owners are more than just a bystander – the latter is now in complete control of the project's outcome. The aim is to have an individual’s place as a reflection of his/her personality, passion and signature. For Raja, inspiration comes from the ecstatic and satisfied expression a client has when he/she sees their dream turning into a beautiful reality.
Landmark projects Best Westin Ashoka Hotel, Hyderabad, Aparna Shangri-La Clubhouse, Royal Orchid Hotel, The Water House, Mr. J. C Reddy – Celebrity Luxury Villa, Archene Marbles - Show Room
He believes that educating one's client to be more “design aware” is sometimes challenging, but it is the duty of the architect to steer the client in the right direction, and once this is achieved, all plans and projects are a sure shot success.
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COVER STORY A qualified civil engineer and interior designer, based out of Hyderabad, he founded his firm 95 Design’s where he is living his dream. He is a proficient in designing projects of various types and magnitude – from large homes, apartments, villas and corporate offices including schools, hospitals and restaurants. While he is all for creativity, panache and innovation, his focus is on form and function as well as creation of unique sustainable ambiences.
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His USP he says, is in going light on ideology, heavy on creativity, and attaining innovation by making lifestyle an art of expression
It’s been a wonderful journey since past 10 years. Since his childhood he was always fascinated by the concept of exploring things which were imaginative and creative. Today, it gives him immense pleasure when his clients are living comfortably relishing spaces that he designed. What’s more, there is absolutely no monotony in this field as no two projects are identical.
livable as well as stylish. As this field includes - Art, History, Material Science, Physics and Engineering – so almost everything that can help to optimize the living environment and the society in turn inspires him.
In the vast field of interior designing every client comes with their own ideas and concepts, but what is more important is the practicality and feasibility as their expertise lies elsewhere. Hence, we are at times helpless but, have to say no to them. So, at the beginning itself I set boundaries based on clear communication and mutual respect.
His USP he says is in going light on ideology, heavy on creativity, and attaining innovation by making lifestyle an art of expression. He adds, “I have learned early in my career that if you stick to the coordination of functionality with flair, your design will never ever go out of style. Therefore, longevity always stays on the back of my mind whenever I approach the drawing table for designing any fresh assignment.” According to him, one of the biggest trends we are likely to see in 2013 is an assertion of individuality and the expression of personalized style preferences clubbed with uniqueness and dynamism, with sleek straight line concepts in top notch form. On more personal front he would like to push trends in bold directions while taking care that it’s 40 SEPTEMBER, 2013
landmark projects: Phoenix Greens School of learning, Hyderabad. A Restaurant of repute in Singapore. AP Food Processing Unit, KVIAP, Hyderabad.
After completing her Masters in Interiors (MAVA) from QCA, Griffith University, Australia she returned to India and set up her own practice and has been working with various kinds of interior applications and different verticals like residential, corporate, retail and hospitality sectors.
Sona Chatwani “Our work has been nominated for the IIID MK Awards at the National level and has been much appreciated. We have also received an award from Laticrete IIID AP Awards for Residential Design and Commercial Interiors. Along with my design work, I feel it is very important to be able to strike an equation between earning and giving to society. I have been actively involved with organizations such as FICCI Ladies Organization(FLO), that are raising concerns about child labor, child education and women empowerment. I am on the visiting faculty of JNAFAU and an Academic Advisory member to Hamstech. I have been an active member of IIID Hyderabad for several years now and I find that it has been a wonderful avenue for us professionals in the design industry.”
Being an active part of this field for almost 13 years now she understands that there are no short cuts or tricks that can work as effectively as hard work home offices, home automation and home theatre systems. These days eye catching pop and neon culture are trending fast in interiors as well. Sona draws inspiration, from the positivity around, she is self driven and even if she has had a bad day, she tries to shrug it off rather than stretching it to the next day. The challenges that come with every project is inspiring and motivating for her. Most of the Clients today give their interior designer the liberty to design completely and she is one of those who have faith from the client’s side throughout the project. When there is clash in ideas and thoughts with clients, she takes them through the process of educating them with rationality. “I won’t be happy myself until my client - the end user, is happy and satisfied. After all, I’m designing for them right?” she adds.
Being an active part of this field for almost 13 years now she understands that there are no short cuts or tricks that can work as effectively as hard work. She is always well acquainted with the latest materials, trends, and lots of global exposure which she experiences during her extensive travelling and visits to exhibitions nationally and internationally. Being well aware of everything relating to this profession is what she considers her USP. She says that trends in interiors keep changing at regular intervals, and the best part is that the clients these days are aware and knowledgeable about the ‘look’ and ‘feel’ that they want. Bringing about their one unique quality into her style is very important to her. According to Sona Chatwani, the latest trends revolve around calm, relaxed interiors, the non clutter minimalistic look, hi- tech style-
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Born and brought up in Hyderabad, she has been trained and has done her Masters in Architecture in Interior Designing. It’s more of a passion for her and she has been sharing her knowledge by teaching Architecture since her graduation days.
Exposure to various facets like music, dance, art, literature, has influenced her to decorate, design, create and explore. She has come a long way but feels it’s a field where one is always learning and she has a long way to go.
GLOCAL Aparna Bidarkar
tion of a paper designed base coming alive, and works hard in a step by step process, enjoying and at the same time paying a lot of attention. For her, inspiration is not one source – works of great legends, well written books, history, nature, travelling, even people / clients whom she meets inspires her. She adds, “It varies with what I do and where I am in space and time! I am sure that would be the case with everyone.” When it comes to clients it is not difficult for her; because she always keeps in mind the client’s perspective and needs while designing. At the end of the day she knows she is doing the project to ensure client needs are met using her skills.
According to her the latest trend is more client involvement, personal taste and more of global feel with the local flavor “GLOCAL”.
Landmark projects : Corporate offices of Corporations – APSRTC, Handicrafts Development, etc. Few research labs like – VEM Technologies and Stam. Also some Defense establishments such as– Officers Mess, Unit Run Canteen, guest rooms etc., in MCEME Tirumalagiri. Aparna’s designs have also won her quite a few awards. 42 SEPTEMBER, 2013
She describes her USP as the effort put in by her team members on every project with empathy to client’s needs and budget. She is more of a facilitator with attention to aesthetics and detailing. According to her the latest trend is more client involvement, personal taste and more of global feel with the local flavor “GLOCAL”. Any project is a series of components that make a whole thing. She personally enjoys the transforma-
Her major inspiration for a project is the brief given by the clients. It’s the people that inspire her to bring out their personality in her design and for a commercial project, it is the product or the service a space delivers which completely inspires her. Her designs are about the people who embrace the space and not about her, and that exactly is what she believes in as her USP. Her favorite part of the job is space planning and decorating spaces. She believes, she is dexterous enough to add colors and objects together in an interesting fashion. She can create magic out of whatever she has been given. When it comes to saying ‘No’ to a client she has no qualms, she says it’s as easy as a doctor telling not to eat/drink certain things, and she adds she is fortunate enough that her clients completely trust her suggestions/ decisions. She loves challenges and easing out the client’s stress by taking her magic wand metaphorically. She herself is passionate about style and finish, and loves assisting clients to select their crockery, cutlery, platter, trays, etc and also helps them in presentation of laying a table for dinner or hi-tea.
She believes she is destiny’s child and Interior Designing as a profession just happened to her. She was merely 20, armed with a Bachelors degree in Home Science, when she set out in this. “I took it up first as an opportunity and a month later I realized this is what I wanted to do in life. So I decided not to appear for my M.Sc entrance. I got my first project the day after I turned 21 which was to design and execute an 8’X8’ stall for a tile company. First few years of my career were fun and involved a lot of learning. My initial work consisted of a variety of work, but I realized my heart was in residential design. I spent a lot of time at sites and I would say a lot of learning has been hands on as I didn’t have a formal education in design.”
She has been an active member of IIID, Hyderabad chapter and has also been its joint secretary for four years and the founder chair person of AP Interior Design Awards.
INTERIOR She loves challenges and easing out the client’s stress by taking her magic wand metaphorically.
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Elegant lamp lights. Availabe at Pink Mondo Price On Request
Hyderabad has ugraded itself in almost all fields. It not only has the best of designers but also the best of designer and furnishing houses which reflect the latest and unique designs. Satpreet Kaur picks up a few and gives a sneak peek.
Hitech Clock Availabe at Pink Mondo Price On Request
Exquisite collection of cushions. Availabe at Seasons A Royal Sofa with a side table. Price On Request Availabe at Seasons Price On Request Seasons Club has an assortment of dĂŠcor items
that will give your abode a refreshing look. They have astounding furniture, beds, door knobs and beautiful curtains. Seasons has a very uber classy stuff for your place to be an impeccable one . Location : 1st Floor, Opp Volvo Showroom, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, 040-23386958
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A charming black antique wall clock. Availabe at Pink Mondo Price On Request
Pretty little Ceiling fan. Availabe at Pink Mondo Price On Request
If you are looking for something out of the box, then you should undoubtedly be here. Pink Mondo turns all your imagination into reality. They make everything as per your requirement as customization is their USP. A very distinct store from the rest and something you would never imagine. Location : Adj. Diamond House, Road No. 10. Jubilee Hills. Phone No - 8096881000
Classic brown lampshade Best Buy Furnishing Price On Request
Floral black and white cushions. Best Buy Furnishing Price On Request
Best Buying Interiors - Walk-in to get
your custom designed furniture, curtain and upholstery, wallpapers, wardrobes and woodwork for apartments and homes. Select and design your furniture and they will create it for you. Compliment it with an exclusive range of paint and polish finishes. Their aim is to makes peopleâ€™s life beautiful with high quality furniture and fabrics which are wonderful to touch and a delight to the eye. Location : Gachibowli - Miyapur Road, Nearr Aditya Sarovar Hotel, Opp CASA Gachibowli. 040- 651 44866
Uber stylish sofa set. Best Buy Furnishing Price On Request
A dainty Red velvet dressing table chair. Best Buy Furnishing Price On Request
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A Luxury Shoppe
From dining tables to accessories for your interiors, Seating World does not lag behind in giving you an impressive dĂŠcor. It caters to all furniture requirements in various segments. They define the word Luxury and give you the perfect comfort with astounding furniture. Location : 1st Floor, No. 8-2-698, M.J. Towers, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500 034. Tel: +91 - 40 - 6636 8888
1. Set of opulent tea cups 2. Neon furnishings 3. This bed describes luxury and comfort. 4. An extravagant sofa set 5. This can be a centre of attraction in any place. 6. A verse of vases 7. Wide collection of vases
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Stellar lifestyle retail brands that brings to you; quintessentially European, elegant and contemporary Home décor products & Luxurious Bathroom design products ,accessories and à la mode collection of the most beautiful eco-friendly, recycled tiles, all inside 15000sft. of one parapet. Stellar can be aptly called the elixir of lifestyle products. Stellar began its journey in early 1950’s as Patel Timber Depot. With more than a century of expertise under its belt, PTD opened its first owned retail store for Ethnic designer Hardware, Kitchen Accessories &top class plywood, veneer, KOHLER exclusive Sanitaryware and Italian & Spanish Exclusive designer tiles and beyond at the most growing market in SRINAGAR COLONY, Jubilee Hills, in 2010, real-
Where Choice Meets The Lavishness izing the potential of an emerging Home Décor & Accessories market in India, PTD created a home identity under its Flagship brand by the name of ‘STELLAR’ STELLAR brings the latest and the finest in innovative designs of European origin to the Indian Customer. We have redefined opulence for customers who quest for high end, contemporary and luxurious designs. Our solutions are perfect blend of exalted visual charm and utilitarianism. Home or hospitality, we aim to augment the interiors into beauteous living spaces. STELLAR is primarily focused on making available stylish, esquire range of products; the last word in comfort. Inspirational styling, superlative comfort and
Location 8-2-293/K/308, Main Road, Kamalapuri Colony, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad Ph : 040-66380007/66480007 Website:www.Stellarptd.Com unparallel quality transform living spaces. We have tied up with some of the cardinal international lifestyle brands offering home and bath solutions; and it is this association that has enabled us to achieve and sustain global standards of characteristic elegance, which is manifested in our four divisions of Plywood/ Veneers Supplies, KOHLER Luxurious Sanitaryware, Spanish & Italian Hardware Material and the newfangled Italian Exclusive Tiles. Our divisions represent the who’s who of the international design fraternity; we make available brands for plywood like Tree, Dekmark, century, greenply, kitply & many other pioneered brands. Exclusive leather laminate & veneers including various others. SEPTEMBER, 2013 47
Kavya Bali, an Actor, Model, Stylist and a fashion blogger, is a part of the glamour world in every possible way, which gives her immense knowledge about the field and keeps her updated. She happened to stumble in this field through modeling, and with the support and motivation from people close to her, she went ahead and there has been no turning back since then.
“Fashion became synonymous with my career in modeling and I started developing an interest towards the creative outcome of how a little styling could transform oneself and that’s when I started blogging. I had to unleash my creativity and fervor for fashion somewhere and this seemed to be the best platform to show my own style. I would say my blog is a mélange of street fashion and high fashion genre. It led to many landmark moments but the best was when Guess watches international chose me to represent India in their international blog.”
FASHION FOR CURVY WOMEN
One of the keys to having great style is knowing what kind of clothes work for your body type! Satpreet Kaur in an exclusive chat with Kavya Bali brings in tips that will help all the curvy chicks to style high in no time. Like they say: “if you got it, flaunt it!”
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She shares and explores more options of style and fashion for women on the curvy side, basically the Indian women genre, who find it difficult to style their curves, especially in western. From accessories to the right silhouettes to most amazing colors to make you look petite we have covered all.
Absolutely. It’s all about balancing your proportions according to your body type. Pair your skinny jeans with a flowing shirt and loose long casual vest that hits just above the widest part of your hips. Wear a long necklace to draw the eye down. Balance full hips with a full top and accessorize it with a waist belt sash to highlight your waist.
figure, stick to solid-colored clothing or color blocking.
What kind of patterns, fabrics and silhouettes can curvy women opt for to look more glamorous without looking flabby?
Universal trends for every shape would be an a-line dress, wrap dress, shift dress, well fitted denim or leggings with pointed heels. For a glam night out opt for more fitted options, which will cinch you in at the waist, and will make the most of your shape. A bandage dress is a typical example of this. The fabric should be firm enough to hold you in and hug your body, without being too stretchy or skin tight. A figure-hugging cut with parallel
and even camouflages mild cellulite and spider veins, which will help you, feel more confident wearing sleeveless tops and shorter skirts.
What kind of western wear is best suited for women who are more on the curvy side?
Look for dresses in blocks of color or go with the monochromatic blocks on a dress. Maxi dresses, medium sized printed dresses/ tops are flattering. Peplum style is a rage for covering tummy and adding glam factor to the outfit.
Many women stick to black on special occasions because of a known fact that it hides flaws, what are the other colors that can make women look petite?
Black has been the universal color for slimming, so a black LBD is a must have in your closet for those days when you feel nothing fits right. Also, darker shades of colors like blue, purple and brown can also help to hide flaws and create a slimming illusion. Opt for a deep-colored blouse and dark pants with thin vertical pinstripes to create a tall and lean effect. Don’t wear a bright shirt if you’re trying to hide a big belly or large chest, and stay away from bright pants if you have a big bottom and wide hips. To downplay a full
Can curvy women wear skinny jeans?
Ethnic wear makes you look thin: Myth or Fact?
vertical seams will stretch out your waist and flatten your stomach. Avoid lightweight materials such as chiffon and silk as they will not give you enough support.
It’s a myth. If you have tons of fabric draped on you it doesn’t necessarily mean that it can make one look slim. Don’t pack on layers of baggy clothes to try to cover-up your body. Contrary to what people may believe, baggy dresses will just make you look bigger. Select silhouettes and fabrics that don’t cling to your body, but drape nicely.
What are the best accessories curvy women can go for to enhance their look? For a full-figured woman, carrying a tiny purse or wearing a thin belt will only draw attention to your size. Larger women should try a medium-sized purse, a wide belt, a necklace with a large pendant, or a bigger watch. The most important factor that helps one look thinner is a good tan. Your skin is your most important accessory, which means that keeping it great is the key to really looking your best. A bronze, even tan hides skin flaws
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Flawless Makeup On Your
BIG DAY.. How to get perfect makeup on your wedding day? The correct products and best ingredients will help you have long lasting, perfect makeup for your wedding day. Our useful tips and product recommendations should ensure flawless wedding makeup. Makeup tip 1: It’s a crime not to prime! After moisturising, use a primer to ensure that your face is prepped and ready for foundation; this is the first step in achieving beautifully flawless, long lasting makeup. Primers are generally silicon based and create a perfect base for foundation, helping makeup bond to the skin’s surface and hold it in place. Besides giving your makeup more staying power, other benefits include smoother application, reduced appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections. It helps plump out the skin too; this is great for mature complexions. Once you have used a primer, you won’t be without it and as the Makeup Artist Varonica saying goes, ‘It’s a crime not to prime!’ Application tip: Take a small amount of primer, using either clean fingers or a foundation brush. Apply evenly all over facial surface avoiding the eye area. Do not rub into skin, just allow primer to penetrate. Wedding makeup tip 2: Trick of the trade Apply your eye makeup before foundation. When an eye makeup brush is overloaded with eye shadow, you can end up with what is known as ‘fall out’, where pigments of eye shadow sprinkle under and around the eyes. When you try rubbing it away it can turn into an ugly mess. Application tip: One easy way of avoiding ‘fall out’ is by applying eye makeup before foundation. This is a really useful tip, especially when using loose pigment shadows. Wedding makeup tip 3: No more blushing brides Concealers are a must for hiding flaws and imperfections; be clever with your colour choices and application technique and the end result can be quite amazing. People often say that green toned concealers reduce 50 SEPTEMBER, 2013
redness, but they will only make you look, well, green! Instead, choose a yellow based concealer which neutralises areas of redness such as high cheek colour, broken veins or angry red spots – you should find this to be far more effective. Application tip: Apply concealer with a small flat brush or clean fingers. Take a small amount of concealer, dab and press onto skin until the redness starts to diminish. To finish, apply a small amount of foundation over the concealed areas and blend until the makeup appears even. Wedding makeup tip 4: Perfect with powder Once the foundation is on it will feel moist and look shiny. If a powder is not applied over the top of your makeup it will eventually slide away, so a loose powder is essential in order to fix and hold makeup in place, plus loose powder particles absorb any excess moisture and oil thus erasing any shine. Application Tip: Take a powder puff or sponge and press it into the loose powder. Follow by gently pressing the puff over the face, particularly concentrating on the t-zone area and chin. Then with a big fluffy powder brush, sweep away any excess powder. Wedding makeup tip 5: For long lasting lipstick... Lipstick is one item which does require the odd touch up. Unfortunately, long lasting lipsticks are drying and after a couple hours’ wear will begin to show signs of dryness. However, follow my next tip to keep your lips looking hydrated and fresh just that little bit longer.
Application Tip: Apply foundation and a tiny bit of powder over the lips. Now apply your lip liner of choice, filling the entire lip area. The next step is to use a lip brush and sweep over the lips with a moisturising lipstick, then take a tissue and blot. Repeat the blotting and lipstick process two or three times. Wedding makeup tip 6: And to finish! Apply a touch of makeup finishing spray. There was a time when these could only be found in a makeup professional’s kit, but nowadays they are becoming ever increasingly popular and more easily accessible for everyday consumers. Makeup finishing mists are made with special polymers which are designed to keep makeup pigment fixed in place. Application tip: Once all makeup and powder has been applied, holding the finishing spray 12”-14” away, spritz a couple of times over your face, keeping eyes and mouth closed. Allow one or two minutes for dry time, and then blot away any excess moisture with a tissue. You can then apply a touch of more powder and repeat the process again for increased longevity. So there we have it! As you will see the key to long lasting flawless makeup is carefully selecting and layering appropriate products, rather than caking your skin with thick and heavy makeup!
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“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” - Federico Fellini
Think you know all there is about pasta? It is a world of its own visited by those who love it. Pasta has topped a global survey of the world’s favorite foods, while not everyone knows the difference between farfel, fettuccine and fusilli though many people have slurped over a bowl of spaghetti or tucked into a plate of lasagne. Pasta has become a ubiquitous food, present everywhere around the world and available in a host of shapes, sizes, textures, and tastes. Satpreet Kaur gets you the best of pastas in the city, go yummmmm!
CUSTOMIZING THE TASTY WAY - ‘‘I love my
pasta the south-Italian way, not much of a creamy-buttery one. I like Aglio-olio pasta at Verandah, The Park which is cooked in olive oil. I customize it my way by adding few of my favorite herbs and ingredients. Also the Pasta Puttanesca at Falaknuma Palace is something you don’t want to miss out on!’’
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THE SAUCY DELIGHT -
THE SPICES AND GARNISHING - ‘’I love
Spaghetti Aglio-oli peppercino at N-Grill. It is cooked in Olive oil with chili flakes, garlic and parsley. The preparation of the Pasta is Excellent and no one does it like N-Grill. The garnishing and its taste are out of the world.”
“The white sauce pasta would be my favorite at Olive Bistro. It tastes yummy and that’s the place to be if you are looking out to have some yummy pasta in the city. The popular Penne pasta of Dominos Pizza’s is also something which I love to gorge on. It is very relishing and tasty”
Pappardelle in saffron dill cream sauce, pasta with prawns. Well, you won’t find this delicacy on the menu but is a chef special for all the non vegetarians. The vegetarians however shouldn’t miss on the wood oven baked cannelloni. It’s mouth watering and will make you fall in love with it. Road 46, Inside Durgam Cheruvu, Jubilee Hills, 040 69999127
Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre
Homemade fettuccini pasta, with all the amazing broccoli, peppers, olives and crushed garlic. The flavor is intense and when it’s topped with grated parmesan cheese it’s like cherry on top of your meal. Convention Centre, Hitech City, Hyderabad, 040 66067000
Blue Door Linguini Mediterrane, a slice of Mediterranean side of pasta. It’s different than the usual creamy pasta. A must taste when you visit this serene place which gives you a taste and fall for the Mediterranean. Plot 1179, Road 45, Jubilee Hills, 040 23555003
10D The pasta here is what anyone can swear by. Once you have tried it, it will be one of your must order every time you visit the place. It’s creamy, tangy, with the perfect blend of Indian and Italian spices. Ground Floor, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet, 040 66629323
Prego - Westin This deliciously succulent sea-food pasta is surely to get rave reviews from everyone. The juicy prawns turn the dish into something really special, tossed with mushroom and herbs. A simple yet flavoursome prawn dish that gives all the fresh flavors to your taste buds. Raheja IT Park, Hitec City, Madhapur, Ph : 040 6767 67 67
Testa Rossa This savoring dish is tossed in white sauce prepared freshly and garnished with cheese. This superb blend of baby corn, broccoli, capsicums and more exotic vegetables can be enjoyed with soups and garlic breads in your main course or snack time.
265/F, Road 10, Jubilee Hills, 040-65556519.
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NUPTIALS Unlike the Westerners, Indians are very different when it comes to financial matters. It is only now that the new generation is getting financially independent and openly discussing money matters with their spouse. Whether you earn or you are the home maker who takes care of A-Z of a man’s house, the first buy post wedding, where a couple discusses, thinks, and invests is memorable. No matter how small or big the planning and doing is, it will always be the couple’s first and will be precious lifelong. Tulip asked a few couples on what their first investment was after they exchanged their wedding vows and what made it so special.
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Buying a new flat was the very first investment I made post wedlock. Fo r any couple, bu ying a new hous and transforming e it into a sweet ho me is what really matters. I had hired a very famous interi or designer for the interiors of my home as I wanted ever ything to be perfect according to me and my wife. My room included a dressing table for my wife and a huge wardrobe with four shoe ra cks as my wife is a total shopaholic and has around 10 00 pairs of shoes an d still counting. One of the sweetes t surprises that I gave my wife as an investment wa s; I took her out sa ying we are going for grocer y shoppin g but we droppe d in at a car’s showroom and I gif ted her, an autom atic car as she is a big automatic car fan. Another inves tment which adds to the unforgettab le moments’ list wi th my wife, are the holidays we’ve had to the various parts of the wor ld. DJ Piyush Bajaj
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You couldn’t possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. The Eiffel Tower is located on Champ de Mars in Paris, named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world. The tower stands 324 meters (1,063 ft) tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. The tower has three levels for visitors. The tower has become the most prominent symbol of both Paris and France, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city. It is also known as a symbol of love due to many romantic films displaying Eiffel tower as a significant entity of love. 56 SEPTEMBER, 2013
Paris, the capital of France, popularly known as the Fashion Capital of the world; has also been favored as the Lovers’ Paradise in the world owing to the presence of “Eiffel Tower” that is touted as the tower of love. Every hardcore fashionista has his/her own collection of favorite clothes and accessories from Paris. Also, the scenic beauty is extravagant. Komal Sirwani brings you the greatest attractions in Paris and tells you why it must top your holiday destinations’ list.
The Musée du Louvre, the Louvre Museum or simply The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums, and a historic monument. A central landmark of Paris, with more than 8 million visitors each year, the Louvre is the world's most visited museum. The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) which was a fortress built in the late 12th century under Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are visible in the basement of the museum. The Musée du Louvre contains more than 380,000 objects and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments. The collection is divided among eight curatorial departments: Egyptian Antiquities; Near Eastern Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; Islamic Art; Sculpture; Decorative Arts; Paintings; Prints and Drawings.
Paris’ Grand Palais (Big Palace) was built for the World Fair of 1900. The building is best known for its enormous glass roof. It is home to a science museum, the Palais de la Découverte. The Grand Palais is one of Paris’ most recognizable landmarks; to its magnificent glass-domed roof. The Grand Palais is currently the largest existing ironwork and glass structure in the world. There are actually three different areas in the Grand Palais, each with a different entrance. For more than 100 years, the Grand Palais has been a public exhibition hall and host to a variety of grand events. Though the main gallery is now a designated site for displaying contemporary art, you’ll see everything here from antique car shows to fashion extravaganzas from some of Paris’s top designers.
The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. The theatre was also often referred to as the Opéra Garnier, the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra. The Palais Garnier is probably the most famous opera house in the world, a symbol of Paris like Notre Dame Cathedral, or the Louvre. Among the buildings constructed in Paris during the Second Empire, besides being the most expensive, Palais Garnier has been described as the only one that is “unquestionably a masterpiece of the first rank”. The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum). Although the Library-Museum is no longer managed by the Opera and is part of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the museum is included in unaccompanied tours of the Palais Garnier.
Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Roman Rite Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glasses are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture. The cathedral treasury is notable for its reliquary which houses some of Catholicism’s most important firstclass relics including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails. It is also one of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris.
Disneyland is a major attraction for the kids as they get a surreal Disney environment in this theme resort of Paris. It is an entertainment resort in the center of Paris and is the most visited attraction in all of France and Europe. The resort covers 4,800 acres and encompasses two theme parks, several resort hotels, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, and a golf course, in addition to several additional recreational and entertainment venues. The resort is the second Disney Park to open outside the United States, following Tokyo Disney Resort. Disneyland Park hosts a range of daytime and nighttime entertainments throughout the year like the Disney Dreams show, Tarzan encounters, Mickey’s Winter Wonderland etc.
Tulip asked a few Hyderabadis to share their experiences about their visit to Paris... We had been on a short trip to Paris during mid March. We went to see the Eiffel Tower. The climate there at that time was really cold. Eiffel Tower has three levels. Due to the cold weather we could only go till the second level as it was freezing out there. We kept looking for heaters everywhere so that we could keep ourselves warm. Despite the cold weather, we had lots of fun as we were in a big group. The people there are very humble, warm and nice. The next day we went to a show called lido show which was good fun. After the show, we had some time for shopping which was a great experience. The roads and the architecture are wonderful. Paris is truly a beautiful and amazing city. I had a lot of fun and I would suggest everyone in Hyderabad to definitely visit Paris and enjoy its beauty. Bhavika, Businesswoman Paris is an amazing place to visit. I had visited Paris last August with my mom and I had the time of my life. I had been to Eiffel Tower and Disneyland in Paris and I loved both the places. Eiffel Tower looks very beautiful in the night with all the lighting and Disneyland is a fascinating place for the kids. But the month of August is not very favorable to visit as it is very humid that time. A few parts of the city however are not very clean. People there are extremely sweet and helpful. Shopping there is a great pleasure. There are a variety of stores and it was really exciting to find a few Indian stores in Paris as well. Kavita Sabharwal, Working Professional
Note: A Luxurious trip to Paris for 7 Nights and 8 Days would approximately cost Rs 2, 57,400/- per couple. By Chandni Parekh
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A Blissful Abode of Love and Togetherness The lovely couple Vinny and Kanwal Bajaj, open up about the most priceless treasure of their lives viz., their angel Vedica, their close knit friends circle and the amazing family bonding that binds them together helping them sail through life with success and glee! ‘I grew up in a joint family surrounded by uncles, aunts and a house full of cousins. When I got married and moved to Hyderabad, it was no different, though we lived separately with my mother in law, my other in laws and their kids were just a call away. We bond very frequently over lunches, dinners, movies or just get together at each other’s place. Vedica grew up surrounded and pampered by all her bade papas, bade mamas and cousins. She being the youngest in the family enjoys the privilege of being every one’s apple of the eye. It’s a blessing to be a part of such a loving family, where everyone cares for each other.
Paul Anka Dr. Hook, the list is endless. I also spend a lot of time reading; you will always find me on the couch with a book, whenever I can grab some spare time. Kanwal Bajaj - I am into business and my work takes most of my time. Whenever I have time I love to spend it with my daughter and wife. So, if I am not in my office I am at home. Other than that I love reading and my all time favorite book is ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’. I think reading is most amazing way of relaxing and unwinding after a stressful day.
As Individuals Vinny Bajaj - I am an introvert and a very emotional person. I have very few close friends and prefer to spend more time with my family, they are my priority. I love cooking. It helps me unwind and relax. Apart from that I love listening to music by Doors, Pink Floyd, Lobo,
Marriage - Ours was an arranged marriage, and I can happily say we have almost completed 19 years of this amazing relationship. We have grown in this relationship as a couple, seen tough times but always got out stronger than before. Today we understand and respect each other and the mutual love that we have in abundance, keeps us bonded together.
“Holidaying is one thing that all of us enjoy, it’s a great way to relax and explore new places. We always come back from a holiday, planning for the next one.”
Daughter: We have a seventeen year old daughter Vedica. She is the center of our universe and our life revolves around her. Both of us are of the opinion that Vedica should do whatever interests her, and we shall never impose our will on her. We will render our support and guidance in whatever
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“I am a firm believer that a family that spends quality time together, stays together, reaffirms each other, are much happier. Every day we make it a point to have dinner together at home or out, go for drives have ice creams, frozen yogurts and just enjoy. Sundays are family days that we always spend relaxing and chilling together. moments of laughter. He has solutions for all my problems. This has been a ritual since I was a baby; it has now become a part and parcel of my everyday life and a ritual for me to pour my heart in front of my dad. It’s the best part of the day I look forward to. On the other hand my mom is my friend and I love going out for shopping with her. decision she takes and will help her pursue her dreams and passion. We try spending a lot of time together, making as many special memories as we can be it sitting together after dinner, going out for lunch with her, taking her shopping or for a movie we treasure every single moment spent together. Vedica: Every day before going to sleep, me and my Dad have a ‘Dad Time’ we talk about everything - our day, any situation that needs to be taken care of, plan holidays or we just share a few blissful
Joint Family “This interview about family bonding is incomplete without me mentioning our extended family Kanwal’s mother, brothers and bhabhis, his sisters, my sisters and their kids. They all are our support system, and have always been there with us in every step of life. Can’t imagine life without them. As we are behind Vedica supporting all her decisions, they are behind us supporting all our decisions. The feeling ‘that come what may my family will always stand by me’, gives us the confidence to face the world with renewed energy every day. Stay Blessed!! love your family!!!”
Rapid Fire What is the most special gift by your husband? The most special gift by my husband is our daughter ‘Vedica’ Where would you want to take your next holiday? Our next holiday destination is Austria and Salzburg One thing that cheers up your kid instantly? Fine Dining always cheers up Vedica. One most important quality you learnt from your mother/father? Vedica - ‘Always be Truthful to yourself.’ Favorite pastime as a couple? Watching comedy and Punjabi movies together Favorite cuisine? Vinny and Kanwal- Continental food. Vedica- Oriental food. Fashion to you is? I am not a fashionista - I have a daughter to back that theory. I wear what I feel comfortable in, what fits well is what I feel good in. The best thing about Hyderabad? Unanimously ‘Biryani’ One gift you would like to give your mom / dad? Vedica - I just want to achieve what my parents expect from me and make them proud of me. I think this is the Best Gift I can give my parents.
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n this new, fast, ultra-tech era, automobiles aren’t just vehicles that provide mobility, they are more of savvy road monsters that take you for the ride of a lifetime. You wouldn’t be disappointed! It’s fast, thrilling and spinning. These are more like automatons that act upon the instinct of human touch, gilded with top notch designs and not lagging behind in technology and performance. They are stylish, safety-ensured and versatile. Impressive add ons and state of the art technology make these automobiles an object of envy and desire. Who says we need to touch things in order to feel them? Let’s take you on a ride through the best launches! Get ready for a short drive in the LaFerrari, Veneto and Mclaren!
A super car that is efficaciously powerful, fantastically designed and outrageously priced. This car looks like a creature that can almost take on a spaceship. This one’s surely not easy to get your hands on as it’s limited edition and has already been booked by 3 people! It’s fashionable and unique with permanent all-wheel drive and more carbon fiber than the space shuttle. It’s capable of launching from standstill to 60 mph in a torque ripping 3 seconds, on its way to its top speed of 220 mph. Now this is surely nothing less than a rocket! (Price - $ 4 million)
The anticipation level couldn’t be any higher for the upcoming McLarenP1 hyper car. This will give you wings for sure! It is intelligent, adaptive, aggressive and blisteringly quick. An ultimate expression of McLaren’s engineering expertise; this is considered to be the most long awaited car with a top speed of 217 mph. Silver is the perfect color to evaluate the car’s sensual shape. It’s an ultimate dynamic road car that can transform into a track monster on the press of a button and it is just not an ordinary P1! (Price - $ 1. 15 Million) These are some of the dynamic breakthroughs in cars this season that has grappled the hearts of all car-lovers!
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The prancing horse launched this latest hyper car in the 2013 motor show at Geneva. Acclaimed to be a limited edition hybrid car, it has been redundantly named as Ferrari Laferrari. This has been a long awaited replacement for Ferrari Enzo. The curvaceous low wedge seems torn straight from the studios of mid -’90s concept-car designers, as they scribble what they think prominent Ferrari collectors of the 20 teens will be driving. This car provides a highest power output of any Ferrari whilst decreasing fuel consumption by 40%. Ferrari states that the car has a top speed exceeding 220 mph. (Price – Upon Request)
GET YOUR HOME TECH-SAVVY
It is the dream of every tech-savvy individual to have their homes equipped with the latest, best and most stylish gadgets that flood the markets. Once used only under emergency conditions, these gadgets are now used not just for good and comfortable living, but also to present a spectacle of one’s standard of living. It’s the question of one’s prestige! It’s about living the luxury life! They are handy and help cut down all your efforts. Tulip takes you through the best gadgets of the season. The top six gadgets that are a must have for your home.
Samsung HD TV
The impressive Ultra HD TV delivers a grand visual experience that is utterly immersive and luxurious. The display delivers spectacular picture quality that is a mammoth in proportions and utterly stunning to watch. (Price – Rs. 26, 94,533)
Zicom home security systems
One of the most innovative and hassle free security device in recent times is the Fingerprint Lock from Zicom. These stylized, keyless door locks are inbuilt with an exceptional sensor device that unlocks the door with a touch of your finger. (Price – Rs.13000)
Philips Induction Cook Top
Cooking is not one of those things that come naturally to you. The stove and gas connection might be a little intimidating but you don’t have to worry anymore. The Philips Induction Cook Top is the apt solution to all your worries. You will never have to fret about another meal again. (Price – Rs. 3666)
Sky line Vacuum cleaner
The comprehensive cleaning for your home. It’s handy and attractive. This magical device ensures your home is dust and monster free keeping it healthy. (Price – Rs. 3100)
Ventura recliner with Massager
This comforting recliner will bid adieu to all your body aches and let you relax at ease. Its luxurious upholstery offers you the maximum seating comfort and you can laze on it after a tired day at work. (Price – Rs.30, 800)
Skyline garment steamer
It is the high power steamer which is a must have for your home. It’s water proof and would be extremely handy for your diurnal life. You can now forget the irons and the extra efforts! (Price – Rs. 5520)
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A Dabaang Package of Talent! P
arul Yadav, an actress, dancing sensation, a fashion icon and an interior designer is a mega talented star. She made her Sandalwood debut with the film Govindaya Namaha, and with the recent blockbuster performance in Bachchan, she has propelled to the top league in Sandalwood. The actress is being flooded with projects featuring top stars, and has also been awarded, ‘The style icon award’. We talk to her and get a glimpse of her exciting life. What is Parul as a person? I am a very simple person, and a firm believer in hard work. I don’t think there is anything more important or effective as hard work. It is very important to put in your best in whatever you do and it is sure to lead you to high road of success. How did you land into this world of glitz and glamour? I happened to model for a show on request by a close friend, and as they say destiny strikes at the right time, I was offered many more modeling assignments. I appeared for leading Indian designers on ramp and then I did few ads which got me noticed and landed me in a television series Bhagyavidhaata. Tell us about your next project… It’s a Telugu film; I am going to start shooting for it in November. I am paired opposite a nice young hero, my role is really good, that’s all I can say for now! Landmark moment in your career… I think I really got the fame after my Kannada film Govindaya Namaha (2011), a comedy blockbuster. The film brought me a motivating nomination in Udaya Awards for Best Female actor. I happened to win the ‘Glamour Icon of the Year’ award given by Suvarna TV. My other movies also did really well, like Bachchan which was a multi starrer blockbuster and Shivajinagara by Ramu Films. People now consider me amongst the A-list actors of Kannada movies. I think this whole phase has been really
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important and memorable. But there is still a long way to go! Your fashion statement? I am not the denim person, I like wearing dresses. I have around 200 dresses. You will always see me in a dress on a casual day with friends or partying. I think people should wear whatever makes them feel good. One director and actor you wish to work with? Director : Rajamouli Actor : Mahesh Babu How do you juggle between your social, professional and personal life? Well I am basically from Mumbai, so all my friends and family are there. When I am with them I try and make it up to them by spending all my time with them. At times they get upset but when I am there, they are happy. How do you spend your leisure time? I am an Interior Designer as well and have done quite a few projects, and that’s what I do when I have some free time. You have a fetish for? Watches and shoes of course. Your next holiday destination? Zurich.
As told to Satpreet Kaur
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Chennai Express breaks records in Pakistan
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Chennai Express’ has grossed rupees 40 million, breaking all box office records in Pakistan’s biggest city after its release at the Eid weekend on August 9. The previous record for highest grossing movie from India was held by Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’ in Karachi. Due to the high demand for tickets the cinema owners had also hiked prices for ‘Chennai Express’ and in some areas it was being screened in five to six shows a day. Pakistani film critics have also described the film as an entertaining time pass and one critic wrote, “The Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer is an aesthetically selected evolution of the ‘Dabangg’ genre.” Pakistani people enjoy Shahrukh Khan movies. As it was an Eid release, Chennai Express ticket sales exceeded the expectations and stood the highest collector over some of the Pakistani movies and Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Wolverine.’
Sridevi turns 50!
Hard to believe but the ageless diva of Indian cinema turned 50. Even those who are not her fans would agree that Sridevi looks not a day older than 40. Filmmaker Boney Kapoor decided to throw a lavish party to celebrate his wife and actress Sridevi’s birthday. Looks like Boney and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi wanted it to be quite a memorable evening — there was a special audio-visual presentation with bytes from many Bollywood actors on Sri. Not just that, the interiors of the club had posters from her best films and also outfits of some of her most memorable roles. Also spotted Huma Qureshi, Mahesh Bhupathi and Lara Dutta, Shamita Shetty, Raj Kundra and Sushmita Sen partying with the actress. Brother-in-law Anil Kapoor and his wife Sunita were the early ones here. From the political circle, we spotted Union Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid and Praful Patel at the do.
Bhaag Milkha goes Tax free !
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, Bollywood’s ode to star athlete Milkha Singh, was made tax free by the Bihar government. The decision was taken by the cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The move was to provide an opportunity to people to watch this movie, which is about one of our greatest athletes. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ stars Farhan Akhtar, who plays Milkha Singh, and Sonam Kapoor.
A year of sequels Making sequels is a tricky business, if your movie is half the heart and twice the style of the original you could strike gold but more often than not sequels fail to recreate the same magic as the original. With the release of ‘Once upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara’ this month, we look at the sequels coming up this year. The most awaited 3D Super Hero flick to hit the blockbuster would definitely be ‘ Krissh 3’ starring the Krissh, Hrithik Roshan and Vivek oberoi playing the antagonist. With some spooky stuff and inspiration from the paranormal activity we have ‘Ragini MMS 2’ which is a sequel to ‘Ragini MMS’ starring Sunny leone. ‘Rock on 2’ - The surprise musical hit is all set to return with the same caste for a second run in the theatres this year and how could we forget the most anticipated movie of 2013, ‘Dhoom 3’ a sequel to’ Dhoom 2’ which will see Aamir Khan as the villain along with Katrina Kaif ending the year with a Dhoom on a Christmas release. Let’s see if these movies create the same magic as their originals!
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H O L LY W O O D
Pattinson Changes house to avoid Stewart
Actor Robert Pattinson has reportedly shifted his house from Los Feliz to Beverlly Hills in California in order to avoid ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, who also stays here. Pattinson ended their four-year-old relationship as he could not forgive the actress for having an affair with director Rupert Sanders while being in a relationship with him. “Rob has moved out of the Los Feliz area to get away from Kristen and her friends. There were too many memories there for him,” hollywoodlife. com quoted a source as saying. “Rob’s new home is in a gated community in Beverly Hills, where Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera also live. Britney Spears also used to live there,” the source added.
Chris Brown to quit Music ? “X” might be rapper Chris Brown’s last album as he is reportedly ready to quit music thereafter. The 24-year-old is “tired of being famous” and wants to quit the industry because he is fed up of still hitting the headlines for the domestic violence altercation he had with exgirlfriend Rihanna back in 2009.”Don’t worry mainstream America. After this ‘X’ album, it’ll probably be my last album,” Brown tweeted.”Being famous is amazing when it’s for your music and talent. I’m tired of being famous for a mistake I made when I was 18. I’m cool and over it!,” he further tweeted.
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Orlando as Batman
“Pirates of the Caribbean” star Orlando Bloom is reportedly set to play Batman in “Superman vs Batman.” Rumours regarding, who will star opposite ‘Man of Steel’ Henry Cavill, have been rife ever since the Warner Bros movie was announced at San Diego Comic-Con International in July and now the 36-year-old actor has emerged as the hot favorite for the role, reported Daily Express. Actor Christian Bale was also rumoured to be considered for the role, despite previously saying that he would not return following the Dark Knight Trilogy. Scott Adkins was also recently said to be auditioning for the part. Bloom is all set to reprise his Lord of the Rings role as Legolas in “The Hobbit’’
Demi Lovato joins ‘Glee’
Demi Lovato is set to join the cast of Glee in a recurring role for the upcoming fifth season, according to TV Line.The 20-year-old actress will be playing “Dani’, a NYC-based struggling artist friend of Rachel who will also interact with Adam Lambert‘s new character. Demi‘s arc on the show will last for at least six episodes and she will first appear in the season’s second episode airing on October 3.Demi is surely no stranger to the Fox network as she is a judge on the competition series The X Factor, which will be airing on the same night as Gleethis Fall!
Sachin to Retire ! With Sachin Tendulkar set to play his 200th Test Match during the upcoming Indian tour of South Africa, the batting maestro may bid goodbye to the game after the landmark match. He has been waiting for the right time and as soon as he plays the 200th game he will retire. Tendulkar already has all the records and India surely would love to see him getting to another landmark - his 200th Test match. He is just on the verge of
of achieving the landmark of having played in 200 Tests. It’s not that after retiring he will be out of the game. He is such a great name, he will always be associated with cricket. India’s tour to South Africa, beginning November this year, is slated to comprise two T20 Internationals, seven One Day Internationals and three Tests.
India disappoints at athletics world championship Indians disappointed in the men’s 20km Race Walk competition at the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships with K T Irfan being disqualified after raising hopes of a creditable finish till the halfway mark. National record holder Irfan was in the sixth position after the halfway mark and was maintaining his spot just before touching the 15-km point. But Irfan, who had finished 10th in the 2012 London Olympics, was stopped by the race officials before the three-fourth mark for race rule violations. Asian Games gold medalist Sudha Singh had failed to qualify for the women’s 3000m steeplechase final round after finishing a disappointing 12th in her heat. India is being represented by 15 athletes in the Championships.
Sania Nehwal Leads Saina Nehwal and the mixed pairing of Pradnya Gadre and Ghoh Shem helped Hyderabad Hotshots to beat Awadhe Warriors in the thrilling decider fifth and final match of the Indian Badminton League at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. With this win, Hyderabad bagged four points while Awadhe claimed two points for winning two matches. Being a national holiday a big crowd was expected for the big match between Saina and PV Sindhu. But all came down to the last match where Hyderabad’s mixed duo of Gadre and Shem defeated Awadhe’s pair. The crowd came out in large numbers to witness the big match as Saina completely overwhelmed Sindhu despite getting off to a slow start. At the start of the second game, Saina dominated right from the start and moved more swiftly on the court. The change could have been possible with the veteran shuttler Taufiq Hidayat present in the dugout. Moreover, there was no sign of fight back from Sindhu as the 19-yearold started making lot of unforced errors along with weak returns.
Nadal, Azarenka win 1st titles Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling summer with his first Cincinnati title. Nadal took advantage of the few openings he got against John Isner at the Western & Southern Open that added yet another title to his sensational summer. Nadal has dominated the tour after overcoming a knee injury that sidelined him for the last part of 2012. The win gave him a career-best mark of this season. He’s reached the finals in 11 of his last 12 tournaments, underscoring his consistent excellence. He had one of his biggest challenges —Isner, who had the tournament’s most powerful serve and the crowd at center court behind him. Tournament officials handed her an oversized bottle of champagne when she finished off the 2-hour, 29-minute match. Azarenka was hesitant to pop the cork, until Williams encouraged her.
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MOVIES Movie Reviews
Chennai Express If you love mindless comedy, action, drama and romance and if you are willing to remove ‘bakwas’ word from your dictionary, you must watch this film. Your children are going to love it. Rohit Shetty has made a complete family entertainer. Chennai Express begins with the famous train sequence of DDLJ and this time it is Deepika who needs the hero’s hand. Chennai Express can also be called the ‘best of SRK’ as its storyline has assimilated the best shots from several of his films. SRK is at his best in romantic scenes. But he gets this opportunity only at the end of the film. He is slightly weak in comedy and quite unconvincing in action sequences. But Deepika has mastered the role of Meena. Her chemistry with SRK however is less than perfect. This film has nothing sort of promoted national integration as was earlier shown in promos. Except for SRK’s speech to Deepika’s father in which he says love knows no boundary, religion or region. But we all know this, isn’t it?
The Conjuring Watch this and you’ll never play hide and clap again! The Conjuring records how real-life paranormal investigators and devout Catholics Ed and Lorraine Warren (played for maximum realism, squareness and humourlessness by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) were summoned to investigate a demonic presence in a family house in Harrisville, Rhode Island. This was occupied by laid-back non-believers Carolyn and Roger Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) and their five daughters. It was nearly occupied by their dog, but the mutt refused to go in. Birds started flying into the house and breaking their necks. All the clocks stopped at 3.07am. Then there were the noises. It is hair-raising, creepy and horrifying. It just leaves you haunted when you decide to sleep the very night.
1000 Abbaddalu The film 1000 Abaddalu is a romantic comedy entertainer with a few masala elements. Sairam Shankar’s performance, Teja’s interesting script and a few funny dialogues, Nagababu, Naveen and Venu’s hilarious comedy, Ramana Gogula’s music and background score and pictursation are some of the main attractions in the movie. A few unconvincing, unrealistic and dragging sequences and predictable plot in the second half are the major drawbacks of the film.
Upcoming Movies in September
Shudh Desi Romance 6th September, 2013 Sushant Singh Rajput
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Toofaan 6th September, 2013 Ram Charan and Priyanka
This Is The End 20th September, 2013 Emma Watson, Craig Robinson
Grand Masti 13th September, 2013 Riteish, Vivek, Aftab
It Started With a Friend Request by Sudeep Nagarkar A brand new love story and a story of friendship from the bestselling author of Few Things Left Unsaid and That’s the Way We Met! It will take every emotion to a step higher. Why don’t we feel the moment when we fall in love but always remember when it ends? Akash is young, single, and conservative with a preference for girls with brains than in miniskirts. One day, he runs into free-spirited Aleesha at a local discotheque. A Mass Media student, Aleesha is a pampered brat, the only child of her parents who dote on her. This brief meeting leads them to exchange their BlackBerry pins and they begin chatting regularly. As BlackBerry plays cupid, they fall in love. When they hit a rough patch in their life, Aditya, Akash’s close pal, guides them through it. But just when they are about to take their relationship to the next level, a sudden misfortune strikes. Can Aditya bring Akash’s derailed life back on track? It Started with a Friend Request is a true story which will make you believe in love like you never knew before.
Revenge Wears Prada The Devil Returns By Lauren Weisberger The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational #1 bestseller The Devil Wears Prada. Almost a decade has passed since Andy Sachs quit the job “a million girls would die for” working for Miranda Priestly at Runway magazine—a dream that turned out to be a nightmare. Andy and Emily, her former nemesis and co-assistant, have joined forces to start a highend bridal magazine. The Plunge has quickly become required reading for the young and stylish. Now they get to call all the shots: Andy writes and travels to her heart’s content; Emily plans parties and secures advertising like a seasoned pro. Even better, Andy has met the love of her life. Max Harrison, scion of a storied media family, is confident, successful, and dropdead gorgeous. Their wedding will be splashed across all the society pages as their friends and family gather to toast the glowing couple. Andy Sachs is on top of the world. But karma’s a bitch. The morning of her wedding, Andy can’t shake the past. And when she discovers a secret letter with crushing implications, her wedding-day jitters turn to cold dread. Andy realizes that nothing not her husband, nor her beloved career as it seems. She never suspected that her efforts to build a bright new life would lead her back to the darkness she barely escaped ten years ago—and directly into the path of the devil herself...
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at the farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie magical, comforting, wise beyond her years promised to protect him, no matter what. A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wings and as menacing as a knife in the dark. SEPTEMBER, 2013 67
Rajaram & Deepa
Taj Falaknuma Palace celebrated this momentous independence day by hosting an exclusive Gala Dinner for special guests and regular patrons of the hotel. Guests present on this historical day witnessed glittering celebrations followed by the lavish spread of dinner.
Performers at the event
Aamir & Hamed
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Moghny and Feroz organized an Iftar party for their near and dear ones. It was an appetizing affair as the guests enjoyed the lip-smacking snacks followed by the main course on the occasion of Iftar . The guests were dressed traditionally and the evening went as per the customs. It was a marvelous party indeed.
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An exhaustive display
Tarmeen Talwar and Zehra conducted an exhibition, displaying the mesmerizing collection of clothes designed by them. The apparel collection was very appealing and eye catching. The duo pulled off the evening extremely well and instigated all the ladies to go on a major shopping spree. An ample assortment of suits, kurtis and anarkalis were displayed exhibiting style and ethnicity. Many of the cityâ€™s fashionistas were spotted at this fair.
Kalan Shravan & Catherine
A Riot of Colors & Styles
Hyderabad recently experienced a fashion filled ball. HFW is one of the very few reputed fashion platforms in the Indian fashion fraternity for budding and creative fashion designers to showcase their creations. This year it was presented by Kalamandir showcasing the art and talent of elite fashion designers such as James Ferreira, Shravan Ramaswamy, Debarun Mukherjee and many more. Many tinsel town stars were seen walking the ramp making it a starry week, leaving the audience spellbound with the collection. 70 SEPTEMBER, 2013
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Anureetha & Saba
Snow Down Fervor
The city experienced the chills of snow as youngsters were spotted at a Snow party by Chocolate Boy and De Koncept at Movida, Radisson Blu. The guests were dressed to kill and turned up in the party along with their friends looking forward to having a marvelous time. The theme concept â€˜Snowâ€™ made the party exciting and unique. Our young party-goers were seen posing for the shutterbugs all night long.
Sridevi & Shilpa
Malik & Ali Akbar
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Fasi Saberi Anuj Rai
Ali Akber Saberi and Malik Parvez recently organized an Iftar bash for their near and dear ones. The guests were seen having an astounding time as they bonded over iftari. Fresh fruits were served as a custom. They adorned traditionally and exchanged pleasantries. The month of Ramzan gives the opportunity to meet near and dear ones and greet them with fond wishes.
Rasika & Lavraj
Hamed & Wajid
Feasting after Fasting!
Hamed and Wajid Khaleel recently threw an Eid party for family and friends. The guests were in total festive mood and had a prodigious time as they celebrated Eid with their close ones. After the holy month of fasting, this was the perfect way to celebrate as the party had a wide scrumptious spread and was a huge success. The brothers in traditional attires warmly welcomed the guests. Spotted were Zara Shah, Poonam Kaur and many more.
Hussain & Fareen
Bindu with her daughter
Jasmeet & Reema
Neha Gandhi recently hosted an event by Mom and Me. The guests were seen having a great family time connecting with each other specially the mother and their kids. Many fun-filled games for kids and refreshments were served. The kids had a gala time along with their mommies. This event certainly bought in a cherishing family occasion along with kids having a lot of enjoyable time too.
Swati with her little one Poonam Alag
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Neha & Arunima
Ruchi & Maya Patel
World is my Runway! Anju Jain
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Fashion Runway by Bisket at The Park, brought together all the designer labels in the city under one roof for an extravagant weekend of retail therapy. It was an exhibition for the Hyderabadis by the Hyderabadis which was a huge hit by the attendees as well as the people who put up their stalls. Fashion Runway was an effort to showcase the strengths of the cityâ€™s talent pool, the crowd turned up in large numbers especially the fashionistas of the city enjoyed the two day fair, filled with fashion.
Bisket Srikanth & Sangeeta
Shireen & Qutub Alam Khan
Mana Shetty, Samia Alam Khan, Sharmila & Swathi
Rummy Azad & Kavita Reddy
Shopping Extravaganza! Suman Ishitha Singh
“Araaish”, a luxury exhibition, is the fundraising arm of Save the Children India. Samia Alam Khan and Swathi Kilaru organized Araaish by Mana Shetty, to serve & save the children mission. It was a perfect amalgamation of glamour and charity as lot of visitors turned up making it a huge success.
Anjum Babu Khan
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Cate & Ko van den Hil Sofiya
Auto Art Galleria
Kishen lohiya organized an event for his love for automobiles which invoked him with a desire to get them immortalized in the form of art. The paintings showcased at the Auto art la galleria were mainly inspired by the various thoughts such as aggression, individuality, freedom. All the city automobile and art lovers turned up making it a huge success. An astonishing combination of interests indeed!
Faiz & Nida
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Nirmala & Yashwant Vijay Rana with model
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Nisha & Girish
Naveena & Vijay
Sridevi & Ganesh
Dolly Gurbani recently hosted a brunch party at Over the Moon to celebrate the success of her jewellery brand “Diyaash’’. The party was a dazzling event as the guests were spotted in their best jewellery followed by the brunch. Models were seen displaying the latest collection of Diyaash. The guests were seen having a fantastic time in the windy weather. Spotted were quite a few Tollywood stars like Madhurima and Charmee.
Ramana Gogula & Nikky
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Pinky & Sid Rupam & Ankitha
Hyderabad experienced a month filled with exhibitions, concerts and parties. Party goers were seen in high-spirits chilling out with their near and dear ones. They also rocked the dance floors with new songs hitting the chart-busters.
Shravya & Pavani
K TAL toSome T have HO
DJ Jay & Mannan
Shazia & Azi
socialites claim good friendly connections with celebrities for limelight! Socialite MK boasts about â€œMana Shetty being a very good friendâ€? of hers while every socialite in Hyderabad knows she met her for the first time at the event. Wonder how people get to be good friends in first meet and proudly boast about it for limelight. Beware Lady, your so called wanna be connections might just land you into unwanted trouble someday ! SEPTEMBER, 2013 79
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Fa ree Your Spiritual Guide to Future
f you are one of those who do not believe in tarot reading, we give you a reason why you should! Faree, a 25 year old sparkling and bubbly girl could know what you would be in the near future. She claims that she’s not the typical tarot reader who sits in a dark room with all the beaded chains and accessories but considers herself God’s messenger to communicate with the sufferer. She’s been part of this life for almost 20 years, but gave up her law career 5 years back to pursue this field. She adds, “I find immense peace when I am helping people come out of their misery, it’s not a profession it is more of a gifted passion I use to help people who need it”.
Following a series of process that include tarot reading, she responds to the queries, but more than that, she develops a connection with your soul which helps her answer what you haven’t even thought about. She gives you a detail report about what, why and how of the problem using tarot as a medium. She assures that nothing changes overnight, but a true belief and her guidance helps you overcome it, and helps put you in the right path. One of the incidents she discussed with us is where she had visions about a guy being an IPS officer and in the end he turned out to be one, in spite of his family, friends and his own father not believing in him. She believes in Karma and the rule that heaven and hell are very much here on earth. The first time she experienced visions were at a tender age of 16 when her sister wanted to get into a medical college but there was no ray of hope. Faree had the confidence about her visions and her sister proudly made it to the desired college. A staunch believer of Sai Baba she dreams of opening an Ashram some where in the near future. She believes that a solution to the problem is within one’s self, and she is always available as a friend, guide, life saver and much more to those who need her. She says she is the message conveyer and more of a Spiritual Guru, not just a tarot card reader, and her belief in destiny makes things work out for her. Sometimes these visions also take a toll on her and affect her health as she takes in all the negative vibes from a person but that doesn’t prevent her from helping people. Thus, we could say we have a life saver who would guide us in choosing the right path. SEPTEMBER, 2013 81
Know Your Fortune
- Tarot reading by Nupur Heda
Year 2013 for Virgo
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August 23 - September 22
Affection, tenderness, joy of life – you have it all this month, and the warm influence of Temperance combines wonderfully well with the powerful energies from Strength, and together they offer you an idyllic month in all matters of the heart. You have all the characteristics you need for seducing and for being seduced, regardless of who is involved – your long-term partner, a new lover, your parents, your children, or your friends … In other words - happiness for all around you! On the work front, September is a month of great calm, with no breeze in the air… You’re just about to reach the end of a very slow period, and while it’s true that things will start to happen, they won’t happen very fast. You can be confident, though; that with the cards behind you, your professional future looks set to take a turn for the better. So, have confidence. You won’t necessarily make sparks fly within the next few days, but you’re embarking on a period that could be full of promise. Stay on course! Angel Tip For Birthday Month: Possibly, you will learn how it feels taking on more than you can handle. Life is exciting. Like a bolt out of the blue new passions come and old passions depart from you. Control of others does not bring you safety, success or satisfaction. Self-control and self-transformation is helpful.
(September 23 - October 22) If you’re single, love could be in the air this month, but you won’t grab it! You’re represented by the cards, which prevent you from taking advantage of the great opportunities that judgment throws into your path. There’ll be new openings around you all month but you’ll be unable to open the door and make the most of them. At least try to open up to the people who already care about you, and the day won’t be a total loss. Opportunities arise in your professional life that might well improve your situation beyond your expectations. Your cards this September are the messenger of good news, and Strength gives you all the energy and determination that you need to seize the moment. So, keep your eyes open and your ears pricked. You don’t want to miss out.
(October 23 - November 21) This month you’ll not mince your words when talking to the people you love. You’ve decided that sincerity is the key to good relationships and you abhor any form of hypocrisy. Cards indicate that certain people will greatly appreciate your frankness, while others will be hurt, and take offense. Notwithstanding these different reactions, you know deep in your heart that this is the only way in which you will achieve the equilibrium that you need. The association of the Moon and Justice denotes a fulfilling career focused on creative projects that are grounded in reality. You are making commitments that will secure your future and, free you from some heavy responsibilities, you’ll be able to give free rein to your imagination. You’ll achieve a rational balance between aspiration and duty, dreams and reality. 82 SEPTEMBER, 2013
(November 22 - December 21) This month, you’re going to need all the goodwill from people around you to calm your fiery energy. The cards fill you with buzzing energy, you could literally move mountains - and there is no way you are going to hold back your feelings. This may come as a bit of a surprise to your loved one(s), who may not feel quite so energetic and affectionate. If they are calm and reassuring, they’ll bring you back to your senses and cool your ardor somewhat. At work, almost nothing can upset you now. The association of the cards indicates a lot of confidence in you and your ability to find creative and ingenious solutions to any problems you encounter. Even if you’re a little hypersensitive, you know how to preserve a calm exterior under any circumstance, enabling you to react in the right way. You inspire confidence!
(December 22 - January 19) It’s going to be a hard month, to let yourself go with the flow that your heart demands for near and dear ones. And yet, it is not that you don’t have the energy – after all, you’re under the influence of Strength. But it’s the people around you, who seem to be playing a double game so you don’t quite know where you stand with them, and that’s somewhat bewildering. You have reason to doubt the honesty of certain people who are close to you, and you are now afraid of being your usual spontaneous self. In your professional life, it is one thing to take a step back, put some distance between you and the others, but it is not right to shy away from your duties and responsibilities. Under the cards you might be inclined to fall into the trap of running away from discussions
and problems in order to avoid taking sides. You need to have more self-assurance if you want to make progress.
(January 20 - February 18) Against the secure backdrop of long-term stability, you do everything in your power to make things go smoothly as far as emotional attachments are concerned. The cards and angels make you inclined towards compromise, goodwill and receptiveness towards your significant other. You seek balance in all things and with your current air of confidence; you can’t help drawing people towards you. In your work environment, you are someone who is dedicated to their work and who also has no qualms helping others. You literally radiate reassurance and success. Your colleagues are happy to take you into their confidence, and your boss is delighted to confer you with more important projects. Even so, you manage to remain modest and helpful.
(February 19 - March 20) Indecision and instability seem to sway sway in your love life this month, while the cards generate a certain craving for stability, the card, ‘Fool’ frees you from normal constraints. In your dealings with those close to you, you’re torn between strict values and a vital need for freedom, and you might want to run and hide. But it’s not a good idea to shut yourself up in your room with the pillow over your head! In the professional sphere, the cards heralds numerous difficulties linked to someone or other’s excessively casual attitude or bad management. With the readings representing you, in the face of these problems your first inclination is to flee all responsibilities and withdraw into yourself to consider the situation. You don’t have enough courage or faith in yourself to deal with whatever may come your way
uncertainties. Try to be more subtle and flexible in your interaction with others and leave a few things to chance. On a professional level, the reading is making your imagination bubble with ideas, which is helping you to think up some ingenious solutions. The Wheel of Fortune is bearing you off in a flurry of lucky opportunities that are there for the taking. This is a very positive month, which could see the fruition of certain projects that are as creative intellectually as they are viable commercially. Throw yourself into your work - it’ll be worth it!
(May 21 - June 20) You will be in two minds this entire month. On one hand you want to be alone and meditate, on the other you want to openly express your love. As a matter of fact, this combination of cards tells you that you would benefit from breaking out of your own little world and open up towards others. Even though it is not your style to make passionate declarations, you will be able to get across the sincerity and the depth of your feelings. Under the influence of the cards, it is difficult for you to make any headway in your professional life. It is likely that your projects are crawling along slowly and that any suggestion you make lacks force. You simply don’t have the strength or the willpower to fight for your ideas, or even make yourself heard, and this kind of lethargy is going to be working against you this time. What are you proposing to do about it, is your call.
(June 21 - July 22) You’ve no time for subtlety in your love life this September. With the cards watching over you, you’re guided above all by passion and by the power to dominate those around you. Your sex drive’s cranked up several notches and in your current possessive, jealous frame of mind, no one is safe! Watch out, because this impulsive and impatient behavior could result in a quarrel with your partner or a misunderstanding with others close to you… In the professional sphere, the cards indicate that a change in your current status will enable you to jump further and higher than ever before. So, if you have an ambition, don’t be shy! Remove the barriers, take down the walls, and break with the routine that’s forcing you in a mold that no longer suits you. Angel tip: Get more power by vowing to become a “master.” Improved self-expression is dramatic and subtle. Unique new opportunities bring pleasant surprises. Your best ideas are ready for television.
(July 23 - August 22) This month you may be feeling a bit like a hermit crab emotionally. The cards are making you liable to keep your thoughts and feelings to yourself rather than share them with the one you love. This is going to make it difficult to have a happy and fulfilling month! Don’t be so suspicious and things will go more smoothly. In the work environment, your goals are clear and you know exactly what steps you need to take. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the people around you. In the twilight of the Moon, the people around you are somewhat lost. Their behavior is inconsistent and they create confusion and uncertainty. It’s probably best if you steer clear of them and get on with your own work.
(March 21 - April 19) The people closest to you are stubborn now and you’re tempted to just leave them alone and let them sort out their own problems and contradictions. In fact, those are precisely what the cards are suggesting. Put a little distance between them and you, and try to convince them that it is not always the one who shouts loudest who is right! At work, you’re trying to strengthen your authority and establish your reputation. The influence of the cards and readings is allowing you to use your creative instincts in the cause of efficiency, so although your imagination is bubbling with ideas, you won’t lose sight of your goals. This means you’ll be able to build your career on solid foundations, which will provide you with the best possible conditions in which to make new plans.
(April 20 - May 20) In September, you will find that your serious side is assaulted by your imagination. While cards put you in a calm and rational frame of mind, the Wheel of Fortune is playing havoc with your emotions. Managing this ambiguity is not going to be easy, and might put you on the edge. You’re asking for stability, and you’re offered nothing but vagaries and
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