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CONTENTS April 2018
FHM DISCOVERY: Sabita Karki p16
FHM GIRLFRIEND: All Fire, No Ice p34
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TRAVEL: Short & Sweet p50
FITNESS: Walk the Talk p46
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21 SUNNY SIDE UP
54 ART WORKS
63 SQUEAKY CLEAN AND HOW
76 FAST & FIERY
22 TOO HOT TO HANDLE? NOT REALLY
56 SMALL BREAK, BIG BUCKS
HOW TO WEAR
32 STEP ON YOUR SENSITIVE SIDE
58 DR MOJO ANSWERS ALL YOUR QUESTIONS
68 INKED FOR LOVE
64 DRESS TO KILL TECH TALK
70 DESK JOB
40 DRIVING THEM CRAZY
60 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?
92 POWER OF TWO
BABE OF THE MONTH
62 SPENDING RIGHTS
96 RANIA GAMAL
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87 READING LIST
72 MIXED DOUBLES
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48 SHALLOW DIVING
86 WHATâ€™S IN A TAP?
EDIT NOTE Yes, it is our 11th anniversary and we are celebrating it with a sexy tribute to the real woman in all her elements. Oh! this glorious summer special is a keeper. Get ready to sweat it out in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Here’s why. The best of bikinis tumble out of closets as we take you through all that you fantasise about. Stop in your tracks to admire gorgeous women starting with our cover girl Adelina Sharipova, model and actress and singer, who is certainly on the top of the curve, all the way from Russia with more than just love. Shy not, plunge into the swimsuit season with our bikini babes – Sabita Karki, Elizabeth Smith and Rania Gamal – who are turning up the heat in their beach bods. Turn the pages with caution. You might just burn your hands. While you are at it, try the quirky treasure hunt that our FHM Girlfriend Elizabeth Smith has for you. She challenges you to find her piercing. Look hard, you might find it in one of the photographs (we couldn’t)! So, inspired enough to get yourself tone up and match up? Well, we say take a walk. Our fitness expert tells us about this new regime and it’s called the Farmer’s Walk. Come on, get moving already! If you have the guts to romance these beauties, we are here to upgrade your romance quotient. Dr Mojo, of course will give you the download on all that. There is more. We met a few good men and found their tricks to keep you off the bunker. Don’t worry about that what-to-wear-to-impress her dilemma. Our new section ‘Style Guide’ promises to up your fashion game. Our stylists have put together five looks to help you cruise through impeccably. There are curves and then there are curves, eh? If metal is your poison these beauties on wheels will get you all panting. There is nothing like revving up that engine and testing your and her chemistry. Is she made for you? Is she the ultimate love you have been seeking? Read on to find out. Do not forget that the holiday season is here and you don’t want a partner sulking about not planning enough. We are good at homework. So there is a well-curated must-explore weekend destination list for you. Tip: Gain some brownie points and show off by suggesting adventurous shallow diving. While you book your tickets, we are off for a beach vacation. —Neena Haridas
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When my boyfriend showed me the feature, Falling for a feminist, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Since I am a true blue feminist, both of us could relate to the situations so intuitively illustrated by Jayanto Banerjee. It seemed he was reading my mind while sketching it. I follow his cartoons in daily newspaper too! He is simply brilliant. —Aradhana Sehgal, Indore
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JOKES PRANKS & QUIPS It’s period!
How do you embarrass an archaeologist? Give him a used tampon and ask him which period it comes from.
Doctor to woman: You are looking so weak and exhausted. Are you taking three meals a day as I had advised? Woman: Oh my God! I heard three males a day!
Lost in translation Tom calls his boss in the morning to inform him about his leave. Tom: Good morning boss, I will not be able to come to work today. I have a headache, stomach ache, and my hands hurt. Boss: You know when I have all these problems, I screw my wife. It makes me feel better. You should try that. 2 hours later… Tom: Boss, your advice worked. I am on my way to work. By the way, you have got a nice house.
I love you! Will you be mine? Are you out of your mind? I have a husband, a boyfriend, a colleague I am having an affair with, my ex-boyfriend is still my neighbour, and I have a serious extramarital affair. My boss proposed to me yesterday and I can’t say no to him. What do you expect?
typing... Don’t worry, I’m very adjusting!
Quote of the day Sometimes during the weekends I drink some water. Just to surprise my liver.
Heavy accent Two Italian men get on a bus in New York. They sit down and engage in an animated conversation. The woman next to them couldn’t help but listen to them talking. “Emma comes first. Den I come. Den two asses come together. I come once-a-more. Two asses, they come together again. I come again and pee twice. Then I come one lasta time.” “You foul-mouthed pigs,” the woman shouts. “You can’t talk about sex in public!” “Hey, coola down lady,” the Italian says. “We aren’t talkin’ abouta sexa. I’m a justa tellin’ my frienda how to spella Mississippi.”
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W H O â€™S SHE? Age: 23 From: Nepal Facebook: @Sa2bita Instagram: @sa2bita
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Sabita Karki proved her worth as a contestant on India’s Next Top Model. She is now ready to take on bigger challenges. by ASHA THAPALIYA
he walks with a subtle confidence, even as her flawless skin and shining mane make her stand out. Breaking into the Indian modelling scene with a reality show, Sabita Karki wears many hats. She is an accountancy student, a model and a Pinkathon ambassador. Riding the success of her stint at India’s Next Top Model, Sabita has a focussed approach to life and career. For someone who loves reading books — when not kicking a football on the field — Sabita’s story of transformation has been phenomenal. Excerpts from a free-wheeling interview with this girl with big dreams from beautiful country, Nepal. What’s keeping you busy these days? A lot of things actually! I have my Chartered Accountancy classes in the morning as I am finishing up college this year in Kathmandu. I squeeze in time for photo shoots, fashion shows and interviews in between. I am also the Nepalese brand ambassador for Pinkathon Project. Sometime I wish there were 48 hours in a day (laughs)! You were the first runner up in the reality show India’s Next Top Model Season 3. How are things after the show? We are sure you have interesting projects in your hands. Life is different. I am amazed how often people recognise me now on the streets in nepal. And thanks to the show, I am also being offered modelling assignments. A lot of people told me that I am an inspiration for aspiring models from Nepal. I am on cloud nine with all the love coming my way from my country. It means a lot to me.
I AM AMAZED HOW OFTEN PEOPLE RECOGNISE ME NOW ON THE STREETS IN NEPAL.
You have impressed the judges of India’s Next Top Model. What is your takeaway from the show? I had an amazing experience and I think it has been one of the best decisions of my life to enter the competition. The judges would criticise me for poor performance but also encourage me when I did well. I am better groomed today, thanks to the judges and the show. I am a much more confident person now. Were you always inclined towards modelling? Not before I was 19. I never thought I would become a model. In fact, I loved reading and going to school. Studies and sports sum up my childhood! I was an avid footballer. Modelling was purely by coincidence. Someone noticed me at an education fair where I was representing my college and offered a photo shoot. I was reluctant at first but decided to go with the flow. While the opportunity knocked at my door without much effort, I made it a point to learn on the job. I started following international models and icons from the fashion world, study their walk, style and stance. I have been hugely inspired by Alessandra Ambrosia, the Brazilian actress and Victoria’s Secret model. How did your family react to your decision? Although there is no one in my family from the showbiz, but they were cool with it, and have been very supportive. India and Nepal share a very special bond. How has the experience been for you? Yes, we do have a lot of things in common... culture, religion, festivals! People in India are very kind, just like Nepal. I had comfortable stay in Mumbai. I am not yet settled in India, but would eventually do so. India has some very talented Nepalese models. How is the modelling scene in Nepal? It’s getting better by the day. People are becoming aware of modelling as a career choice, and youngsters are better prepared. I am happy for Nepalese models, who are doing well in India. Anjali Lama, the first transgender model from Nepal, has made a mark for herself in India. She was also the cover girl for L’Officiel India magazine.
I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BECOME A MODEL. STUDIES AND SPORTS SUM UP MY CHILDHOOD.
How do you see her success? I look up to her and love her work. We have been friends for last few years. She is an inspiration. What has been the highlight of your career so far? It has to be my stint at India’s Next Top Model, a life changing decision for me. Which fashion designer would you love to walk for? Balmain and Alessandro Michele We know, it’s a cliché, but where do you see yourself in five years from now? As a successful model who is running her own runway academy!
QUICKIE If not a model I would have been... a Chartered Accountant Models I look up to... Aastha Pokhrel, Anjali Lama and Alessandra Ambrosia My fitness regime is... setting short health goals and having a balanced diet Sexy for me is... confidence Love for me is... the most powerful emotion a human can experience My 3 am friend is... Srijana Regmi Last book I read... 11 Minutes by Paulo Coelho On my playlist now... Gucci Gang by Lil Pump, Meant To Be by Bebe Rexha, Finesse by Bruno Mars, Basanta by JPT Rokerz
Sunny side up Actor Sunny Singh is riding high on the success of his film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. For now, he is taking it slow, and looking for love. by BHAWNA GERA VIJAN
How close are you to the character you played in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety?
I would say, I am slightly similar to Titu. We both share characters such as simplicity and respect for others. The one thing I find uncannily similar is what Titu thinks of his future wife. I, too, have a feeling that I would feel alag when I will meet the love of my life.
If in real life, what would you choose between love and friendship?
I think I will choose friend over love, only for the reason that a friend will always be there for you, no matter what. I can be myself with my friends, which is the greatest gift. There are no judgments or pretence. But in a relationship, if you are not in compatible, it becomes extremely tricky.
You are trained in martial arts.
I started learning martial arts at the age of 16 and still love to practise kicking whenever I get some time.
So, what do you enjoy the most – films or martial arts? I enjoy both. I am hooked to Netflix these days, and devour films and documentaries. For me, it’s usually binge watching, like a movie marathon. It unwinds me, especially after a hard day’s work. I do not get much time for martial arts.
You ideal woman is…
Someone who is different! It might sound cheesy but I would know who will be the best for me when I meet her. I like simple woman who is honest about her feelings. Is it too much to ask?
Do you think a good girlfriend can also be a good wife? I think it works better if your wife is a friend first and you know each other well. It’s a relationship where you have to take decisions together and it helps if you know each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and you know that you are there for each other no matter what.
What is on your to-do list for this year?
First thing first, I want to get fitter. And of course, I would like to take up more films.
And on your don’t do list?
It’s a simple wish. I will stay away from all kinds of negative thoughts. 21
TOO HOT TO HANDLE? NOT REALLY
Itâ€™s not easy doing outdoor shoots in summers, let alone romancing someone. But, even on a hot day when I am perspiring beyond control, I try to look fresh and happy. Why let the season take away the fun? After all, there are deadlines to be met, both in reel and real life.
Romance should take a backseat in summers, says who? Read what these men have to say about handling the hot sun (and their hotter ladies) with style. Vivek Dahiya Actor
There have been times when we had to shoot romantic scenes or song sequence in the scorching heat, out in the open. It does get sticky after a while, especially when the weather is humid. But, I believe that nothing can or should come in the way of work and love.
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For me, the perfect way to have a good time in summer is to get into my favourite shorts, and make (and later have) popsicles with my partner. Getting comfortable on the couch with a board game is also something I prefer. In the evening, I go for Frisbee and kite flying while sipping on a cool mocktail, and ending the day with a lamp in the pool.
I love to put my running shoes on, packing a few quick bites and water bottle, hop on the bike and head for an early trek in the woods with my partner. Exploring a forest to find a secluded lake is priceless, especially in summer. We also try and find a spot for cliff jumping into a lake. At night, I love to cuddle with my partner on a beach side for a romantic star gazing date.
I feel it’s a myth that only winters and rains can be romantic. It might sound slightly dorky but the beauty of summer is the longer the days are, easier it is to catch the sun going down. I try to make an evening of it by bringing a bottle of wine to a meadow or lake and enjoy being with the nature in each other’s arms.
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For me, it’s stepping away from the concrete jungle and taking a road to countryside. My partner and I love to explore newer spots and set up an impromptu picnic under the canopy of blooming tress. While I raise a toast over a spectacular and romantic sunset, we let the summer night breeze play with our hair.
My idea of romance in summer is sitting by the poolside, sipping on minty coolers, listening to some ridiculously good music and experimenting with food. And because I am hopelessly in love with films, the most romantic spot for my partner and I in our home is our theatre area. We enjoy riveting films while enjoying sumptuous food.
For summers, my wife and I like to stay indoors, enjoying a sumptuous fish curry and salad while enjoying our favourite The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. We do plan summer holidays to hills choosing a resort with private Jacuzzi and infinity pool overlooking the valley.
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Last year’s FHM India discovery Adelina Sharipova is all grown up and ready to take on your fantasy.
by SNEHAM CHOUDHARY Photography by DMITRY PLUSNIN Hair and Makeup by IRINA SOKOLOVSKAYA
er looks are enough to melt you in your tracks, but Adelina Sharipova can beat you at the game of who-knows-Bond-well. This Russian supermodel and actor, obsessed with Oscars, can get into the skin of any character she is playing onscreen. Adelina burst the music scene in 2012 with her albums Love Story and Addicted. Her erotic voice matched the sexy avatr she donned for the music album. There was no looking back from there. She acted in several films and television series such as Star Factory aired on Russian music channel, even as she gave her voice to songs as a part of girls’ band Tutsi. As she waits for a suitable role for her in a Bollywood
film, her eyes are set on James Bond franchisee. Read on to know what excites her a man (and if you fit the bill)... What’s keeping you busy these days? A lot of things... photo shoots, fitness training, castings and work on television... Tell us something about your childhood. I was born in the Russian city of Astrakhan. As my parents recall, I almost simultaneously learnt to talk and sing. Since then I have been taking rhythmic gymnastics classes in kindergarten, ballroom dancing in first grade, and participated in theatre later.
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How did showbiz happen to you? Although there is no one in my family in this field, my mother has graduated from music school. May be that influenced my initial choice to become a singer. I gave mu performance at the age of three, for my family (giggles). So, you always wanted to be a part of films and television. I always knew that my place was either on the stage or on TV. I have been active in theatre and also enrolled in a music school to practise vocals. Were you inspired by someone’s sense of style while growing up? I admire Victoria Beckham and Coco Chanel for their fashion sense, grace and vision. But one person I look up to is my mother. She has not only been a constant support in my life but also has an impeccable sense of style. You told us in an earlier interview (when FHM India discovered you) that you would like to be a Bond girl one day. You still wish for it? Absolutely! It’s a dream role for an actress. I have been an avid follower and fan of Bond films since I was a child. I know that if I am offered the role of a Bond girl, I will give my 100 per cent. I will infuse my sensuality into the character. What do you enjoy more: acting or modelling? Currently, it’s mostly acting. I think I have achieved everything in the modelling business. Having said that, I would accept a shooting offer if the storyboard and moodboard excite me.
I admire Victoria Beckham and Coco Chanel for their fashion sense, grace and vision. But, my mother is my inspiration and constant support system. What qualities do you look for in a partner? Sincerity, kindness and a good sense of humour On an average day, you dress up in… Jeans and t-shirt Is there anything you cannot leave the house without? I have to have my phone and car keys before I step out of my house.
Who is your favourite director? Steven Spielberg! I also adore James Cameroon’s work. Titanic is my all time favourite.
Does Bollywood interest you? Yes. It’s one of the biggest film industries. I think I have something to learn from the actors here. If I get an offer, I will not hesitate to do that. Now that I have made it to FHM India cover, this is next on my list.
One film you would have loved to be a part of... Utomlyonnye solntsem by Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov. It was nominated at Academy Awads.
Which are your upcoming films and television series? Currently, I’m shooting for three series and one film. But, you will have to wait for the names.
Is there a character from a film that you would like to portray? Mia Dolan of La La Land. It won her an Oscar!
What are your plans for 2018? Lots of plans! My list might just fill up all your pages (laughs)! I want to star in 10 full-length films, play one of the main roles in the Moscow theatre, and become the most recognisable presenter on Russian TV.
You seem quite fascinated with the Academy Awards. Of yes! In fact, five years from now I see myself receiving an award at the Oscars, thanking God, my mother and my loved ones!
Describe yourself in three words. Perseverance, intelligence, beauty!th
Bollywood is one of the biggest film industries. If I get an offer, I will not hesitate to take it up. Swimsuit, Varsace
In five years from now, I want to see myself receiving an award at the Oscars and thanking God and my family! QUICKIES IF NOT A MODEL, I WOULD HAVE BEEN... President of Russia
MY FITNESS REGIME IS... every day, every free minute
SEXY FOR ME IS... an aroma, an invisible thread that attracts
LOVE FOR ME IS... my mom
MY 3 AM FRIEND IS... bed and pillow
LAST BOOK I READ... Selected Speeches by Vladimir Putin
ON MY PLAYLIST NOW... Classics by Mozart
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Bottled up emotions only lead to heartache. You don’t have to hide behind a shroud of masculinity to be a man. by HARSHEEN K. ARORA
h, you are crying? Man up, will you?” And of course you will. Because boys don’t cry, do they? No sooner have these words been uttered, than they act as a magical reinforcement of your masculinity. You dry your tears, don the mask of emotional unavailability and transform into the guarded, stoic man who knows no better than career, success and power. Yes? That’s you? Well, that’s 95 per cent of the male population. In a world — especially #MeToo movement world — where a lot is being talked about what it means to be a woman, we hardly ever discuss the struggles of being a man. “You are too sensitive for a guy.” “Now I see who wears the pants in the relationship.” “Dude, are you still a virgin?”
And the quintessential “Boys will be boys”. What does that even mean, really? Boys growing into men are encouraged to be preoccupied only with competition, ambition and success, to the exclusion of all emotional expression. But do you know what research suggests? Rather than making you the epitome of masculinity, it is associated with negative psychological and even physical consequences, such as stress, anxiety, relationship issues and depression. Though traditionally women have been shown to be more prone to depression, it has been recently discovered that men are just as likely to suffer from the condition. The only difference is that men don’t exhibit the same symptoms as women — and they are unwilling to divulge their
symptoms to a doctor or a therapist, even family members. Years of intentionally hiding our feelings render us unable to express them. But, closing our eyes to those feelings doesn’t mean they go away. They stay. And they fester. In fact, the American Psychological Association has come up with a term —normative male alexithymia — to describe men’s inability to articulate feelings, especially those associated with hurt or vulnerability. This not only makes men more prone to depression but also acts as a psychological barrier to treatment. As a corollary of this very trait, men are far less likely to seek help for mental-health issues than women. The traditional symptoms of depression in women, such as sadness, a sense of worthlessness and guilt,
Do men too have SAD? According to studies, the SAD (Season Affected Syndrome) diagnosis for female to male ratios can be as high as 4 to 1. However, this may not be indicative of the fact that men are less affected. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), men are less likely to be diagnosed because they are less likely to speak up or seek help. Men suffering from summer onset seasonal affective disorder may experience symptoms like agitation, anxiety, poor appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping or insomnia.
give way in men to irritability, anger, fatigue, lack of sleep, and a loss of interest in things they love. Yes, even sex. Women tend to feel lonely, withdrawn and depressed. Men, on the other hand, are more likely to display aggression, impulsiveness and non-compliance. Trying to tailor their lives to
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It is time to break gender stereotypes and look at men (and women) as human beings first. Communicate in a healthy fashion to deal with any issue or ask for help.
the stereotypical idea of a man, men resort to the only tendency available to them — avoidance. They try to avoid the issues they face by sleeping, watching television, playing videogames, having empty sex, watching porn or resorting to alcohol abuse. At other times, the inadequacies they feel may manifest in their shunning company altogether, fearing that they may somehow lose their
temper and hurt the other person, whether it is a partner, a friend or a parent. Is this any way to live? Strangling part of ourselves can surely not make us better at being men? We need to break gender stereotypes and look at men and women as sentient beings first, with a full range of human emotions. It is time we opened up and communicated. Because why not? We are not one-dimensional, then
why our emotion should be? ABOUT THE WRITER Harsheen K. Arora is a psychologist, who uses an eclectic blend of therapeutic techniques and interventions. She has published a paper on the British Psychological Society website, and has researched the areas of anxiety, fear and adolescent psychopathology.
According to a research conducted by Dr. Fisher and his team, typically men think about sex once or twice an hour which was more than women. However, statistically these men were thinking about sex no more or no less than they were thinking about eating or sleeping. A healthy relationship is one where both partners grow together – not only in the relationship but also as individuals. The more aware a person is about their own self the more understanding will they be of the other person. Over a period of time, couples start to believe that they know their partner through and through – this can be lethal because they are discounting the fact that their partner is also growing as an individual and might be working on changing their harmful patterns. This turns into a vicious cycle and instead of helping each other grow the partners start to pull down each other, while maintaining the disagreements between them. It turns into a fight of “who is right?” Instead of working as a team, they start to believe that they are against each other. All it needs is to start seeing your partner as more than just your partner.
ALL FIRE, NO ICE
We asked this American beauty if she would date a guy she met on social media. Read to know her answer. By SNEHAM CHOUDHARY Photography by JAIME MORTON-HAWLEY Swimwear by MOEVA, ZIMMERMANN Location FOUR SEASONS SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT
Why did you decide to become a model? I never planned to be a model. But, somehow, I ended up getting more and more modelling opportunities. Gradually, I fell in love with this industry. It would have been silly of me to waste such a dream job. Over the couple of years, I have lapped up
good assignments, and one of my favourites was a 10-day photo shoot in Bora-Bora and Tahiti for a travel show. Apart from all the hard work, we also rode with the sharks!
modelling is that every assignment is different from each other, be it the location, atmosphere, concept, clothes and team. It’s perfect for an adventurous Aries like me.
What has been your take away from your profession so far? The best part about
What is the biggest turn off in men? Bad breath and rude behaviour!
W H O ’S SHE? NAME Elizabeth Smith PROFESSION Model AGE 28 years BIRTH DATE APRIL 17, 1989 PLACE OF BIRTH Jacksonville, Florida, USA MARITAL STATUS Single LIVING IN Los Angeles, California, USA HEIGHT 5’5” BRA SIZE 30DDD DRESS SIZE 2 (US) WAIST SIZE 24 (US) SHOE SIZE US (6.5) EYE COLOUR Green HAIR COLOUR Brunette ZODIAC SIGN Aries OCCUPATION Model FACEBOOK TheElizabethSmith INSTAGRAM @IAmElizabethSmith SNAPCHAT @MissESmith21
How can a guy get your attention? With a confident smile and straight eye contact What do you find sexy in men? I love a man with a sense of humour, sarcastic is even better, but he should also be serious when the time calls for it. I need a man that can give it back to me as hard as I give it to him! Do you think nice guys finish last? Absolutely not! That’s an excuse for men to act up. Having said, I love nice men but not the one who would let me walk all over him. A nice guy with a backbone will always end up winning in the end. What makes a man immature? Name-calling! If a guy name calls me when he gets upset, then I am out like a shout! What’s your advice to men? Be yourself, guys. I know it’s a cliché, but if you want a woman to want you for who you are, you have to be true to yourself. Don’t lie or pretend to be something or someone you are not, because a smart woman will see right through you. Also, always, and I mean, always buy flowers for your lady, even if she says she doesn’t want them, because I promise you, she wants them. What’s your take on social media? It is made to be social, but it kind of does the opposite because it isolates you when you constantly have your phone in your hand. The good part is all the hot girls are using it! It can be good and bad. You can be who you want to be, but so can everyone else. What is your favourite social media app? Instagram is what I use the most. Snapchat comes a close second, only because of those cute filters. What is the cutest thing someone has sent you on Instagram? My favourite are the memes that my followers sent me. I also like when they write me like we already know each other. It’s nice to know there are people out there who are as crazy as I am and have the same sense of humour. Would you date someone you met on Instagram? I have met a few guys on social media, but in any dating scenario, regardless of you finding someone in a bar or the library, you can get to know them the same way. It just opens up more opportunities that aren’t just in your backyard. Tell us a Twitter joke (or something funny) in 140 characters. Here’s a joke: All of my past relationships!
Love or lust? Love always, it’s more precious. Hot or Cold? Hot! Less clothes to be worn Sensual or Edgy? Sensual Sports or Meditation? Sports... I can be pretty competitive and need to release my energy in a healthy way. Snowfall or Beach? The beach! Bikinis! Inside or Outside? I love being outside but nothing beats some inside cuddling, watching Netflix. Charming or Sexy? Charming, Prince Charming Rebellion or Control? A little of column A and a little of column B. Balance. Ice or Fire? Fire. I’m secretly a mini pyromaniac. Just Kidding! Books or Gadget? Gadgets. I’ve always wanted to be that person that reads but I fall asleep on page 1 most of the time. Live-in or Marriage? To each their own. Love is love as long as you are happy. Introvert or Extrovert? I’m actually both. I have social anxiety but I also have separation anxiety, so I try to keep a healthy balance of some nights in, other nights out.
MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL Dogs FOOD Bacon DRINK Moscow Mule (in a copper mug, though) CAR I prefer a jet! FILM Goodfellas BOOK Hunger Games MODEL Adriana Lima, I would switch teams for her! TV SHOW My life IS a TV show! Do you have any tattoos? I have a tattoo on my wrist; itâ€™s very personal to me. Any piercings? At a sexy place (you may be able to see it in the photos if you look closely!) What do you think is the sexiest part of your body? My eyes! You can tell everything I am feeling through my eyes, if I let you that close.
I LOVE A MAN WITH A SENSE OF HUMOUR. SARCASTIC IS EVEN BETTER.
Driving them crazy What is it about cars that men can’t resist? Why they personify them and imagine them to be a curvaceous being? Jatin Ahuja, founder of Big Boy Toyz decodes the mystery.
onathan Ive, Chief Design Officer of Apple and chancellor of the Royal College of Art, once said, “One person’s car is another person’s scenery.” With this phrase, the designer summarised the most intimate relationship a man has ever had with his car(s). Having earned my first profit by selling a pen to a friend at the age of 10, I can safely say that my initial trysts with my two muses — cars and entrepreneurship — came fairly early. In hindsight, my memories of the illustrious timeline of school days tilt favourably towards my current vocation. I would always be dreaming about exotic cars from afar and identified countries not by their flags or geographical positions, but by the iconic automobile manufacturers originating from 40
there. If only my Geography teacher knew his way around the world’s top car makers, I would have been his favourite student! While the concept behind Big Boy Toyz was getting a constructive touch ups in my mind since sixth grade, the romanticism ended only when I was able to get a broad view of the technicalities involved in automotive engineering. During college, I immersed myself deeply in projects modifying accidental Ambassador and Fiat cars that enabled me to get a peek into the product cycle, thereby shedding the boyhood fascination to a real world understanding and appreciation of the efforts invested behind making some of the greatest cars. Being a car aficionado for as long as I can remember, I have asked this question to myself:
what is it that drives men to their wheels? And after many deliberations, most of them behind a steering wheel itself, cruising through the capital’s empty roads in the middle of the night, I have come to a conclusion. Every man fancies two kinds of women - ‘good’ and ‘desirable’. While the first gives him stability, security and comfort, the latter, always lying on the periphery of his imagination, stokes the adventurous streak within him, always challenging him to achieve something more, attempt something outrageous while always keeping him guessing. She is unpredictable, and it is this element of surprise that makes her so attractive. Same goes for our cars. And if a car provides an ideal blend between these two
dimensions of a man’s imagination, well, there’s no resisting it. For men, a car is not just a mode of conveyance to go from A to B. It is not a means to an end, but an end in itself. For some, it’s the speed that thrills, for others it can be elegance, and yet for others it is technical sophistication. Every man is looking for a life-long companionship with a car, but not without exciting features. Imagine this: Riding smooth and easy on the highways with your body easing into the plush interiors of a cool car or letting the sunrays caressing the face through the sunroof. Can words do justice to the feeling a man gets? Probably not. Just like any other relationship, however, men always like to know every intricate detail about their
favourite cars before taking the plunge. ‘Don’t you get badgered by the incessant, fanboy-like queries regarding the latest fancy models in your inventory?’ is an oft-repeated question for us at Big Boy Toyz. And our emphatic answer is: No. We love the curiosity for every new arrival that gets added to our stock, as it validates our belief that along with us, our customers are also putting in efforts for their quest to find the perfect match. It creates an interesting situation in which our buyers and we are sailing on the same boat, trying to establish our undying love to those exotic, four-wheeled beauties and beasts. However, while some buyers come focussed on certain make or brand, things become interesting when we have to play an advisory role in selecting a car that suits the buyer’s persona. For instance, selling a BMW 640d Gran Coupe to the television actor Prince Narula or a Porsche 911 Turbo S to cricketer Dinesh Karthick wasn’t really difficult, because initiating an advisory role played its part pretty well in their case. With their respective personas established in the public space, it was an interesting ‘matchmaking’
process for us to identify, and bring together, the ideal cars for their famed owners. In Shakespeare’s play Richard III, King Richard, famously yells out ‘A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!’ after his horse is killed in a battle while he wanders to find it for hours, killing everything that comes in his way with a fatalistic rage. The phrase
fits perfectly well when it comes to men and their cars. Well, if only the Bard knew of a man’s intimate relationship with his ride, he would understand the King’s lament in a whole new light, and probably might write a new Romeo and Juliet with a Mustang or a Ferrari as one of the protagonists! An intriguing idea, isn’t it Big Boyz?
ABOUT THE WRITER Jatin Ahuja is the founder and managing director of Big Boy Toyz, a one-stop destination for premium luxury cars by global automobile giants. April 2018
Roll up your sleeves and put on the seat belt as we take you on the smoothest ride in two of the most luxurious cars to have hit the road recently.
By SOMNATH CHATTERJEE
ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM Along with its other fascinating features, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is set to change the way you experience silence. So much so that you would want to speak in a hushed tone and well, not play any music at all. After all, it is the Rolls flagship, the â€˜RollsRoyce of Rolls-Roycesâ€™. No wonder the car giant has gone to unheard-of lengths to make this car quiet. Sample this: it has 130 kg of sound insulation, double-laminated glass and dual-skin alloys. It also means that most of the time, you would not hear its all-new twin turbocharged V12 engine doing its work diligently. Also, you would not believe how quickly you have whisked away to 100 kmph because it is just in 5.3 seconds, thanks to an 8-speed Satellite-Aided transmission. This, my friend, is just the tip of the iceberg. The car also has the Flagbearer, a stereo camera system integrated into the windscreen that sees the road ahead and adjusts the suspension proactively. One unique feature of this super luxury sedan is The Gallery. It is where automobile truly meets 42
art, as Rolls has turned the dashboard and instrument panel area into display art, which the owners can commission. Unreal but somehow fits in beautifully in the wonderfully eccentric world of the new Phantom. The interior is divine as well with meticulous attention to detail. Technology is discreetly hidden in the car until required, much like a butler at an exotic resort. This is why all you see is the best of wood, leather and billeted metal. Comfort is doled out in a way one has never been seen
before in a car. Of course, all four doors can now also be electrically closed from outdoor with the touch sensitive door handles. From the outside you cannot mistake it for anything else
- not even a private jet has this much presence. You do need some time to drink in the details like the Pantheon grille, the stunning laser lights (which provide a 600 metre range of light at night) to the massive 22-inch wheels (where the Rolls-Royce logo remains upright at any speed and of course the Spirit of Ecstasy sitting proudly on top of the grille. And like all good things in life, the Phantom comes with a hefty price tag as you have to fork out `9.5 crore for the Standard Wheelbase and `11.35 crore for the Extended Wheelbase.
After spending some time with it, you will know it is worth the price. MERCEDES BENZ S-CLASS The S-Class needs no introduction. Ever since it first appeared in 1972, it has been the wheels of choice for the captains of the industry to the world of entertainment and even politics, all over the world. The S-Class remains a preferred car of choice in the luxury saloon category, pretty much controlling this segment like its own backyard. It is the car
that Mercedes is best known for and it is where all new tech and innovations debut. In its new avatar, the S-Class has changed to meet the demands of its ever-evolving clientele. Which means that the type of customers who buy the S-Class today have changed, thanks mainly to huge growth in markets in Asia. It means that the S-Class has to be bolder and younger. This explains the new, much bigger grille and aggressive front bumper plus you have the new headlamps with the three LED stripes designating that it’s the
flagship big Benz. Yet the charm and old-world luxury vibe are pretty much scattered elsewhere with the beautiful new tail-lamps and the smooth flowing shape. One can argue that the exterior is hardly of any relevance as the interior is what truly defines the S-Class. Here it’s much like a yacht with a rather intriguing marriage of tech and luxury. Among the lovely quilted leather, metal and wood trim you have two high-res screens that act as the nerve centre of the car. Picture this: After a hard day’s work signing off multi-million
dollar deals, you sit down, recline the seat, rest your head against the soft pillow, put on massage, hear the 13 speakers Burmester and have your own personal entertainment thanks to two screens. There are different engine options in diesel and three kinds of petrol variants. The S-Class range starts at `1.3 crore that doubles up with the Maybach version. The celebrities change, the people who buy it change, the world changes but the S-Class remains the luxury saloon of choice for the rich and powerful. April 2018
Scaling new heights
One of India’s youngest mountaineers, Arjun Vajpai’s story inspired a film with Hrithik Roshan in the lead. By Bhawna Gera Vijan
rjun Vajpai has his sight set on Kanchenjunga. Despite being some 250 metres lower than the Everest, it is often known to strike fear in the hearts of mountaineers. But not Vajpai’s. The Everest he had scaled back in 2010, when he was just 16, going on to become the third-youngest Indian to do so. But this April will be a test of his temerity as a mountaineer — and he can’t wait to get his crampons on. The youngest climber to summit both Mount Manaslu (8,163 metre) in Nepal and Mount Cho Oyu (8,188 metre) on the Nepal-China border, Vajpai’s, however, is not hubris. He knows all too well the dangers that the altitudes bring. On his first attempt to summit Mount Cho Oyu, in 2012, he was snowed in for three days and suffered semi-paralysis on the left side of his body due to oxygen deprivation. He managed to crawl to the base camp on the right side of his body — but not one to give up;
he was back to Cho Oyu in 2016, this time making it to the summit. “Mountaineering is not just about climbing mountains,” Vajpai says. “The world and life above 8,000 metres is vastly different and incomprehensibly difficult. Human beings are not meant to survive at the cruising altitude of a jumbo jet. Your brain cells are dying, your stomach muscles are contracting, there’s fluid seeping into your brain and your lungs; so with every minute you spend up there, your body
is deteriorating. But once you have seen the world from that high, you will always want to go back to it.” But what made him want to scale a mountain in the first place? “I have always been an outdoor person,” he says. “But when I was 10, I went on a short evening hike with my grandparents to the Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra and saw the setting Sun from there. I remember being mesmerised by it. I wondered that if it was so beautiful from there, how much more beautiful would it
be from the top of the world? This curiosity pushed me towards mountaineering,” he recalls. And sure, his childhood days were mostly spent doing physical activity such as karate, taekwondo, football and hockey, rather than attending classes at Ryan International School, Noida. “I was never found in classrooms. I would head straight to the playground the moment my mother dropped me off at the school. The very thought of mugging up textbooks and then regurgitating them in exam papers would put me off. No wonder my marks were below average throughout school,” he laughs. However, he points out that his parents have been nothing short of supportive — this encouraged him more than anything to pursue his dreams. “The real development of a child happens when he is exposed to new things and is given the freedom to discover where his passion lies. Life is not just about good grades,
WHAT’S NEXT so never pull a child away from where his heart truly lies,” Vajpai says earnestly. And mountaineering, where he found his passion, is to him a “much deeper science” and requires a lot of training. “There are a few training institutes in India where people are taught the nitty-gritty of mountaineering — from rock climbing and ice climbing to weather reading — at a nominal cost. If you want to be a mountaineer, basic and advanced mountaineering courses are a bare minimum. Apart from this, mountaineering requires extreme physical and mental strength. I spend most of my days just training my body and my mind.” However, there are other challenges too. “Mountaineering is an expensive sport and one has to go around looking for corporate sponsorship and government support,” he says. “But because it is not as popular in India as cricket, there are hardly any corporate companies willing to sponsor it. Mountain Dew is one of the few that celebrate the spirit
The trailer of Arjun Vajpai’s biopic, Arjun Vajpai: A True Story, based on his ascent on Mount Cho Oyu and starring Hrithik Roshan, was released recently.
of mountaineering. It was the main sponsor for my last Kanchenjunga expedition and will be for my upcoming one as well.” Does he see help coming from the government? “The noteworthy initiative from the government in the field of mountaineering has been the setting up of mountaineering training institutes by Jawaharlal Nehru way back in the 1950s,” he says. “I hope the government realises how nature and the outdoors can influence the youth. I really hope they do more to support mountaineering.” Vajpai has grand plans of his own, and he will stick to them. “My goal is to become the first
Indian to climb all 14 mountains that rise above 8,000 metres — and I have climbed five so far,” he says. “But that apart, there are so many unexplored peaks in the Indian Himalayas between 6,000 metres and 7,000 metres, that I think India has a lot of potential to becoming a mountaineering hub if only these peaks are opened for climbing.” “I wish young India wakes up to the many possibilities of the great outdoors. I, for one, will always strive to spread awareness of it through all my climbs,” he says, signing off. We will keep an eye on him. Watch this space.
Vajpai, who is on the Kanchenjunga expedition since April 1, has been training for it day and night for the past year. This time he will be attempting to climb Kanchenjunga without supplementary oxygen and a personal Sherpa. “After eight years of climbing 8,000 metre peaks, I believe I am ready to attempt this one! I will be accompanied by adventure photographer and filmmaker Alex d’Emilia from Italy and mountaineering legend Wilco van Rooijen from the Netherlands. We will make a great team together,” he says.
Walk the talk Take some cue from our farmers and build your muscle organically. Farmer’s Walk is all about getting back to basics. By SAILENDRA S RAANE
ave you ever marvelled at a farmer’s body, his chiselled abs and pumped up arms? The fact that they don’t spend hours inside a gymnasium to achieve makes it even more admirable. The good news is that their workout regime has been decoded and turned into one of the most talked about fitness fads. In simple words, all you need to do is pick up some heavy weights and start walking as far as you can. And repeat. It is one of the most functional forms of exercise that efficiently works on major group of muscles in the body. While there are numerous variations of how you must hold the weight, principally, you should hold some heavy weights and walk for a particular time or distance. This act of carrying hefty objects for a certain amount of time or expanse facilitates in building strength that makes it almost effortless to perform various day-to-day tasks such as carrying groceries to the house. Moving the body with supplementary weight necessitates you to employ the muscles in your arms, abs, lats, quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves in order to support the weight while upholding an erect position. This training helps in building muscle incredibly fast, reduces body fat, upsurges strength and performance in the big lifts and leaves you with very less peril of injury. Holding a pair of heavyweight dumbbells, kettlebells or other weights in each hand will mount grip strength. Another great value of the Famer’s Walk is its positive effects on your posture. If you are using a conventional variation, the heaviness of the implement will assist in breaking up the anxiety levels in the traps and also the upper back, thus getting your shoulders back into a more natural position. There are different variations 46
that can be incorporated in your daily workout schedule. Standard Farmers Walk This variation is effective in case you want to target your abs, lats and glutes. All you need to do is, hold two hefty barbells, dumbbells or kettlebells (that will need more steadiness and will work your muscles even harder) and carry them down at your sides. While you hold the weights, ensure that you are standing in an upright
position with your glutes and abs engaged and your lat muscles locked in. This variation should be performed anywhere from 20 to 70 yards depending on your programming and training. Start with a fixed distance. Learner’s should stop, rest, and replicate. In an advanced level, lifters should turn around and start walking back, this additional effort will pay off exponentially for your grip strength.
THIS TRAINING HELPS IN BUILDING MUSCLE FASTER, REDUCES BODY FAT AND THERE IS LESSER CHANCES OF INJURY.
Overhead Farmer’s Carry To To involve your lats and abs more, you can do the overhead Farmer’s Walk. Start by using a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells and get them to the overhead position. The weights need to be fixed directly over your shoulders, and you must lock your lat muscles down and support your stomach muscles. This variation can be worked for a detailed distance or time frame. While you carry weights above your head, it’s vital for you to move gradually, keep your emphasis on one point ahead of you, and involve your core muscles to aid in keeping your stability. If you ever feel as though the weight is unbalanced, bring down the weight and cut the amount of mass you use till the movement
rack position, while the other should be placed in an old-style farmers walk position. Uphold this position during your whole Farmer’s Walk course. When you reach the end, you need to switch hands and repeat.
feels more normal to you. Time interval can be one minute of Farmer’s Walk, 30 seconds rest and 30 yards replicating it three times. Single Arm Side-Loaded Farmer’s Carry To engage your obliques prominently, try your hands on this
variation. It is more or less similar to the Standard Farmer’s Walk, but instead of holding a weight in each hand, you should hold a weight in only one hand. By loading only a single body side, your oblique on the reverse side is required to work harder in order to keep the body in a straight position in spite of the uneven
weight distribution. Attempt working this variation on a time interval of one minute per side with 30 seconds of rest in between or for an exact distance for each side. Staggered Carry The staggered carry needs two kettlebells. Place one in a strict
Sandbag Suicide This variation is focused on the aerobic ability than grip asset. This loaded carry includes the placement of a sandbag over your shoulder. Set up a twenty yard course and mark off five yard increments. To begin with, start running towards the first five yard marker, the moment you reach, you must turn around and run backwards to the point you started from. Rest and Repeat. There are numerous ways you can load the body in a farmer’s carry, and each variation of load placement will undoubtedly help in engaging diverse muscle groups in different ways. Irrespective of the variations you choose, you will get a great workout and will also make daily chores much easier. ABOUT THE WRITER Sailendra S Raane is the director of Fitness Division at Reset-Holistic Living Concepts, ProSport Fitness Centre. April 2018
WHAT THE HELL IS...
Shallow diving Everything you have ever read in a physics class is about to change as the divers hit the shallow side of the pool. by Sneham Choudhary
ne instruction that reads loud and clear at all pool sides is of No Diving: Shallow Water. Then, what are we talking about? Why would anyone get themselves into clear and present danger by diving at the shallow side of the pool? Well, there are people who enjoy it and don’t get hurt in the process. Physics says (see, this subject does try to help you in real life once in a while like mathematics!) that too much velocity and too little water can break your neck if you dive. But shallow divers, as they are called, are masters who bend the rule of velocity, gravity and all such things. So, shallow diving is a real thing? Shallow diving is an extreme
sport in which participants attempt to dive from the greatest height into the shallowest side of a pool. Their aim is to hit the water horizontally in a manner similar to the belly flop to avoid injuring themselves. It’s not easy by any means. Meet the master Shallow diving is risky even for Darren Taylor, popularly known as Professor Splash, who has been doing it for the last 25 years. He successfully dove from 37.8 feet (11.52 metre) into a paddling pool of depth 1 foot (30 cm) breaking his record for a successive 20th time. He’s set many Guinness world records for shallow-water diving, performing the feat in several countries: Japan, the United States and Germany. How does
he manage to do that without hurting himself? Well, it’s all about the posture. Trick of the trade The secret according to him is to land flat and try and get as much water out of this pool as one can. He dissipates water that creates a cushion effect. One has to judge the wind, weather condition, the
cold, the time of day though. The sport involves real science and well-trained body, and that explains why Taylor doesn’t have a tough competition till date, except Roy Fransen, who successfully dove from 110 feet (33.5 metre) into 8 feet (2.4 metre) of water. Doesn’t sound like something that we should be trying!
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Short & sweet Too many long weekends? Too less planning? If you donâ€™t want your girlfriend to have a FOMO attack, take help from our quick guide to weekend destinations. Thank us later. By MIGAKHI ROY EVANS
Himachal Pradesh Nearest City: Delhi For most people headed to Himachal, Manali and Kasol would be the obvious choices. But to get away from the routine, go towards Narkanda that offers some of the most spectacular views of the Dhauladhar Mountains. The sleepy little settlement has a bunch of general stores, tea shops and some tourist guesthouses, but it is the fir forests that beckon you for a romantic feel. Drive up to Hatu peak to see the entire bowl of mountains, or indulge in a playful snowball fight en route; the snow around Narkanda usually stays on for long periods into summer.
PANGOT, Uttarakhand Nearest City: Delhi Away from the crowds that throng Nainital is the little sanctuary called Pangot. The heady mix of oak, rhododendron and pine forest is a haven for nearly 300 species of birds. Wake up to birdsong, wander around on long walks, and indulge in quiet candle light dinners with only nightjars chortling in the distance. Do a day trip to Nainital barely 18 km away, if you must, for a jaunt on the mall or an unwinding boat ride on the lake.
KANATAL, Uttarakhand Nearest City: Delhi While we usually associate apple farming with Himachal, a littlediscovered alternative is Kanatal in Garhwal. It’s a quaint hamlet that offers crisp mountain air, fantastic views of Banderpoonch, and a taste of deliciously crunchy apples that grow all over here. Request the local farmers and try your hand at plucking and collection, while enjoying that expansive birdlife these orchards attract. And later, enjoy farm fresh meals, and go back to the romance of simple living.
YUKSOM, Sikkim Nearest City: Kolkata A 4.5 hour drive from Gangtok can take you to Yuksom, a little hamlet famed for being the hometown of Bollowood’s bad man, Danny Denzongpa. Yuksom is the gateway to Goecha La, a pass from where the south-east face of Kanchundzonga can be viewed. It is also the base camp for aspiring climbers, and Yuksom usually is a base for hikers and climbers on their way up. Give Yuksom a chance, regardless, and it will show you its treasures that include the beautiful Kanchundzonga falls, small lakes, refreshing walks, traditional local homes and cuisine.
Nearest City: Kolkata Once proclaimed the spiritual wonder of India, Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh is better known than most places in the northeast and yet remains unexplored. The impeccably laid monastery here has a deep divine significance and is the town’s biggest draw, but so are the plentiful lakes and high mountain passes that comprise the region’s unmatched landscape. Drive through the Sela pass and go high up to glacial lakes, and once back in Tawang, find oneness with both your partner and the self. April 2018
Jammu & Kashmir Nearest City: Delhi An increasingly popular mountain destination today is Ladakh, but move away from the Leh-Pangong Tso circuit and you will find yourself in places like Diskit tucked deep in the Nubra Valley. Home to the double-humped Bactrian camel, this cold desert is replete with hauntingly beautiful landscapes and monasteries. Fun and adventure are synonymous with this destination, but the real surprise is the expanse of the starry nights, bound to blow your partnerâ€™s mind.
MAHABALESHWAR, Maharashtra Nearest City: Mumbai The winding road to Mahabaleshwar skirted by green valley makes it a marvellous drive, along with the multiple stops you can make as you near it to sample the strawberries it is famous for. Visit the Pratapgarh fort, or unwind at the Lingmala falls. The more outgoing ones can also paraglide over the Sahyadris. Go for an easy boat ride on Venna Lake, and finish off with some strawberries and fresh cream at a strawberry farm here.
KALIMPONG, West Bengal
Nearest City: Kolkata A treat for history lovers, Kalimpong is the hill station that brings back nostalgia of an era long gone. While Darjeeling close by has been a huge draw for the Kolkata weekenders, Kalimpong is brimming with Buddhist quietude and a colonial narrative. Walk up to the MacFarlane Memorial church, or to Durip and Zang Dhok monasteries. The Deolo Park offers views of the surrounding hills and the town itself, and has landscaped gardens for a leisurely stroll. If it gets a tad bit tame, we suggest you get some adrenaline rush rafting on the gushing Teesta River. Bring down the tempo with a charming ride with your partner on the toy train that will take you from Ghoom nearby up to the Darjeeling hills.
Pack light, pack wise CHIKMAGALUR, KARNATAKA Nearest City: Bangalore About 4.5 hours northwest of Bangalore is Chikmagalur known for its coffee plantations. The place, however, packs in a punch with the beauty of the Western Ghats, cool climes and misty hills. Hike through grasslands and jungle trails up to the Mullayanagiri peak, or splash around under the tumbling Hebbe falls. If you are up for an adventure, head to the Bhadra wildlife sanctuary, home to leopards and elephants. Unwind with a cup of freshly brewed coffee from a plantation around.
ABOUT THE WRITER Migakhi Roy Evans was born in Shillong and grew up with a travel itch by virtue of an army background. She is equally at home both in the northeast and on the road. A social media recluse, Migakhi would rather spend time actually exploring places than posting about them.
1. Cottons and dry fits work best at this time of the year and these altitudes. Weather in the hills is unpredictable though, so always keep woollens handy. 2. Carry a cooling towel, and stay hydrated. Even in the hills where temperature is lower, keep your level of liquid intake high.
Art works Get past that poor artist’s image and choose a swanky profession that would take you places. by MOHAN TIWARI
id you grow up listening to aunts and uncles telling you how sketching (especially if you are caught doing it in your mathematics notebook!) is not going to take you anywhere? It’s time to get even. Because being interested in (or good at) art does not mean you will either end up being a (poor) painter or an (overrated) installation artist. Tell the aunties that the world is your oyster when it comes to career in the field of art. They say you should be at the right place, at the right time to get somewhere. But when it comes to career you should not wait, nor go against your skill sets (or passion). All you need to do is work towards your desired career and be informed while picking up a course. Here are our top five picks if you are an artist at heart that is in great demand in India and abroad.
So, you love art exhibitions, the somberness, the discreetly coordinated pieces of art? You can be a curator and you can do what you love doing: collect, catalogue and display paintings, installations and sculptures. Curators also put together exhibitions in museums, art galleries or other venues with themes. Sometimes, they also manage artists and
their schedules, their image building and media exposure. What you need to have to be a successful art curator, apart from being an ardent admirer of art, are great public relations skills and business acumen. Who knows, one day, you might change the art scene (for good!). Course to choose: M.Phil from National Museum, New Delhi
If you are in love with the layout of this story (or feel you can add to it), you can be our Art Director’s next apprentice (and we aren’t joking). If adrenaline rush, creativity and newness is what you seek, train as a designer. You can enter the world of advertising, publishing, even films. In advertising, art directors need to designs and steer the look and feel of a campaign, be it for electronic media, print or online. They work closely with client servicing team to understand the brief from the client and come up with most creative visual impact of the idea. It helps if you have an understanding of photography, typography and design software. In publishing business, an art director can have a field day conceptualising the look and feel of the magazine, working closely with the editors. Those working in films visualise and transform the director’s imagination into film sets capable of taking the audience to a world which does not exist. There are newer avenues too, such as set designing for events, award functions, exhibitions and fashion shows. Course to choose: Bachelors of Fine Art and Masters of Fine Art
Were you the only one not dozing off in the history class? Channelise your inner history teacher’s pet if you are one of them and there is an exciting career option waiting for you. As an art historian, you will be responsible for preserving, restoring and interpreting artforms from different eras. Having a knack for research and understanding of culture, societies and artists will help. It is no less than living in an era bygone. So, if you are passionate about art seeking a lot of answers, this will be one of the most satisfying careers to pursue. Course to choose: Masters of Art History, Archaeology, Conservation of Art
LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Being surrounded by greenery is more necessary than ever. Be it an expansive villa, a penthouse or an apartment balcony, having a little green corner is a must. But not everyone is an expert at it or has an instinct for it. This is where a landscape artist comes into the picture. Still in its naïve stage, this is a career option, where you might find slightly less competition. But, it also means there is a lot less reference points. As a landscape artist, you can pick up projects, both for private homes and commercial spaces, you will need to use space creatively and bring in individuality too, using landscaping, garden accessories and furniture, and of course plants and trees. Course to choose: Bachelors of Architecture, Masters of Architecture, Flora Design
FINE ARTIST While one might think it is one of the most conventional careers in art, where one paints, sculpts and draws, but the truth is it is the most exciting professions. And if you are exceptionally good at imagination (no pun intended) and bringing it on a piece of paper, through an Illustrator or sculpture you can be an artist in your right, literally. Today, there are many unconventional mediums to express one’s creativity and imagination, wires, scrap, wool, reclaimed wood, glass et al. With patience, practice and perseverance (did we just sound like Narayan Shankar?), you can be rich and famous, and happy. Course to choose: Bachelors of Fine Art and Masters of Fine Art
ABOUT THE WRITER Mohan Tiwari is the founder and CEO of StudentsDestination.com and counsels students on career, learning and development.
Small break, big bucks Why spend money on Netflix to chill when you can earn while fanning your passion. By Sneham Choudhary
ummer break does not mean you have to compete with your friends in lazing like a pig. Be smart, type a quirky resume (or not) and make some extra bucks even as you enjoy what you do.
Have you ever thought of using your writing skills to make money? Try it out. For netizens, you have the option of blogging, microblogging and posting Facebook posts for brand that would pay you too. Start small by writing an article for a newspaper or magazine. This can be a stepping stone for your writing career.
PLAY AT WORK
Is there anything cooler than testing a video game for its worth? How about... nothing? All you have to do is to play games to find glitches, loopholes and bugs, and get paid for it. Eat your cake and have it too?
SWIM THROUGH IT
So, you enjoy spending hours in the pool? Apply for being a trainer at the local club or a community swimming pool. The perks: train the hotties, make relaxing-by-thepool your daily routine and earn some cash. So when are you taking the plunge?
TEACH THEM RIGHT
Were you one of those who loved to teach their siblings and friends? Now is the time to take it up. You can join a school that takes in part-time teachers or conduct classes at home. It can be art and music. Hot yoga, may be?
So, your friends tell you that you are too good at mimicking or singing? Make a video and post it on YouTube. Who knows, you can be the next Zach King or Ssumier Pasricha aka Pammy Aunty. And if you get enough hits, you will start getting paid for it.
GOT A QUESTION TO ASK? FIRE AWAY!
My girlfriend is a pro when it comes to sex. Sometimes I think she acts like a porn star! —Bakhtawar Singh, Delhi And you have a problem with that? My friend, you are the lucky one! Enjoy while it lasts (instead of writing an inconspicuous letter to me). Oh, or are you one of those who think that too good in bed means too ‘experienced’? In that case, you don’t deserve her. The problem with men (not all though) is that they crib when they don’t get any action, and when they actually get it... well! Grow up, literally, before she writes a letter to me complaining about how inexperienced you are (or worse incompetent) in bed! Watch and learn, will you? P.S. If you actually have a problem with her good moves, you don’t even deserve a reticent first-timer. You can pass your girlfriend’s number to me though.
N O Q U ESTIO N IS K INK IER, W E I R D ER O R B OL DER T H AN DR MOJ O. HE IS H E RE TO HELP.
I broke up with my girlfriend and got married recently. Is it alright to still fantasise about my ex? —Himanshu Mehra, Dehradun It’s absolutely alright. You are a human being after all. For all you know, your ex is feeling the same. Having said that, try and work on your new relationship, build new memories and find kinkier,
err, better ways to have fun between the sheets with your wife. But, never ever tell her how hot your ex is and how good it was with her in bed or outside of it. Or, did you already tell her that? If yes, god save you. P.S. Do you think you can get them to have a threesome with you? I mean your ex and the wife? (Sorry, for putting that thought in your head.)
I fantasise about having sex with my girlfriend in a public space. Should I tell her or will she run away thinking I am a freak? —Rahul Mishra, Agra You are neither a freak nor the first man to think like this. Have you seen the number of couples indulging themselves at city parks and beaches? But, do not be direct with her about having sex in a public space. Start with a kiss in public and see how she reacts. As you whisper sweet nothings to her, use your hands. For all you know, she has been fantasising the same. P.S. There are safe beaches and clubs across the world where you can take her.
3 My partner watches x-rated films and coaxes me to watch it with him. But, I feel insecure just looking at the actor’s bodies. Am I thinking straight? —Nisha Singh, Bangalore Aah, finally a woman is asking a question. Honey, you don’t have to feel insecure or embarrassed (or even jealous) because your partner is not into the porn star (he might fantasise about her though), but all he wants to do is have a good time in bed with you. And trust me, most of the time, he will not even look at her, because he will be busy looking at you (and how your face turns pink) as he tries to stimulate you. It’s for your own good. P.S. Why don’t you surprise him by getting the latest videos of his favourite star and owning the game? Tell me all about it in your next letter.
4 I find my friend’s mother extremely hot. But, I get tongue-tied when I see her. How can I impress her? —Rachit Saxena, Navi Mumbai
You naughty boy! Do not feel shy. You should always remember, women of all ages love to be appreciated. Do not tell her, I repeat do not tell her that you find her hot. Just beat about the bush. Tell her about the latest book your have read (it better not be a Chetan Bhagat one), share details about things you are passionate about (or find out what she is passionate about and research) or drop a hint about a lunch at a new restaurant that has opened in town and take her out. P.S. I don’t know where you are headed but take it slow.
Much ado about nothing? Innocuous act outside a relationship has a new name: microcheating. And it is suppose to be healthy. Illustrations by Jayanto Banerjee
hat if we say that few flirtatious moves are pardonable in a relationship? That it is alright to share dirty jokes or, even for that matter, kiss someone. Don’t blame us. It is what the experts are saying. In fact, if you doubt her intensions, you are just trying to control her by putting too much pressure on the way she should behave outside the relationship. Letting go of certain behavioural traits (read coquetry) of your partner will, in fact, help the relationship to mature and evolve. Look at the bigger picture So, what does it mean actually? In an interview with Huffpost Australia, dating expert Melanie Schilling, defined micro cheating as a “series of seemingly small actions that indicate a person is emotionally or physically focused on someone outside the relationship.”
Micro cheating is the latest relationship buzzword to hit the Internet. It includes ‘innocent’ acts such as liking an Instagram post, thinking about another person or checking an ex’s social media account. The definition of cheating indeed varies from one person to another. While some are not okay with their partners flirting opening, others actually get excited, sexually aroused even. So what to do? Set your own rules for your relationship. Don’t to be over possessive Calling your partner to be your entire life is not healthy. There is a need for a healthy mix of interactions outside the relationship. “By labelling all of these minor infractions as cheating, you are putting pressure on your partner to behave a certain way, which can translate to emotional abuse if left unchecked. So learn to let go, sometimes.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR Jayanto Banerjee is a cartoonist and illustrator, who has been creating comic strips, social and political cartoons for magazines and newspapers for the last three decades. His cartoons are satirical, mostly poking fun at situations from daily life.
Talk it out You need to have a conversation with your partner in case something is bothering you. You may be affecting your relationship by simply labelling your partner as a cheater for these ‘small’ things. “I trust my wife completely and don’t mind her sharing a good rapport with her male colleagues. But at the same, I wouldn’t tolerate anything beyond that like say, her being physical with someone else. Trust and communication are
very important in any relationship, and we have both. So there’s nothing to worry,” said Prakash Raj, who is working as a technical expert with a leading software company in Delhi. When asked about where to draw a line, his techie friend Sujith, answered, “Both of you can sit together and list out the things which are allowed and which are not in your relationship. No one else can do that for you.” And to help you have a good laugh, we leave you with these hilarious situations.
Spending rights Does your partner’s secret bank account means they are having an emotional affair? We find out. by BHAWNA GERA VIJAN Illustration by JAYANTO BANERJEE
ost of you would have an affirmative answer if we ask you if you are aware of your partner’s emotional quotient. But, would you be so confident about her finances too? Let us break it to you. Financial infidelity is equally alarming. For the uninitiated, financial infidelity is when a partner lies about where they keep their money, where and how they spend it, and how much they have. The urge to have financial independence is common. And if the reason to hide is sheer embarrassment of how much they spend (or to dodge your constant nagging) it can be less serious than you think. Kansas State University’s
Sonya Britt-Lutter says that it’s difficult to pin down reasons why people financially cheat, but one reason is that we like to keep spending on things we used to while single, even though a partner finds it wasteful or frivolous. “A lot of it boils down to a difference in values,” Sonya says. So, your partner might think that if there’s something that she values that you don’t value, she will still spend money on it because it’s something that she
thinks is important or makes her happy. She is just not telling you about it to avoid an argument, Sonya adds. But, not divulging the details because they are hiding some transactions that might out their ‘other’ activities or spending money on someone else can not be good news for a relationship. The question is if finding out about your partner’s hidden funds worse than catching them having an affair? Not if the intensions are right.
If the reason to hide finacial details is sheer embarrassment of how much they spend (or to dodge your constant nagging) it can be less serious than you think.
Money remains a sticky topic not only for couples but also for those on a lookout for true love. Reason? A person entering into a relationship may be afraid to let his new love interest know about past money mishaps because it may change things. “Of course, I wouldn’t like to marry someone who does have a good bank balance. It’s better to be truthful about these things than repent later,” points out Amandeep Khosla, a Delhibased software consultant, who is on a look out for a match on matrimonial sites. It eases the pressure off him, he says. Being honest about your financial issues before moving in or getting married (or those already in a relationship) is important if you want to enjoy a happy life.
Squeaky clean and how Move on, the metrosexuals have arrived. And they are packing sunblock and scrubs in their bag too.
By JAINEE GANDHI
rooming for men was such an alien topic a few years back. It was a concept which was restricted to men in the glamour industry. Times have changed and men grooming is not a frowned upon topic, even as metrosexuals have arrived. I remember as young adult watching stars like Amitabh Bachchan appearing in advertisement for gender neutral products, say Ambuja cement. Then came the crop of Shahrukh Khan, who started with the face creams specially designed for me, and the ‘7 signs of ageing’ were not restricted to just women. Things have taken a bigger leap with young heartthrob such as Virat Kohli and Ranveer Singh promoting all sorts of grooming products. The next in line are the Youtubers and bloggers who don’t shy away from trying some charcoal facemasks that hit the market. And why not? The global market for male grooming products is projected at US dollars 60.7 billion by 2020. And unlike the belief it’s not just shaving creams or fragrances. Sunscreen, skin brightening and anti-aging products are ruling the market. So, are there any rules to be followed? We tell you.
Do’s & Don’ts Beard has been a trend forever, but for last couple of years, it has become a style statement. So, why shave it off just because summer is calling? Go minimalistic chic. Trim it and style it to keep it neat. Do not use heavy products on hair and beard. Use lightweight serums instead of gel. Try dry shampoo. It works! Rogue hair out of nose and ear is a big no. So, invest in trimmers or use your good old pair of scissors. Buy perfumes and colognes that suit your personality. Cologne works well during the day or when you are outdoors. Always apply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. It’s not a myth. Men, do not sulk. There are special sunscreens for you. For summer, opt for cotton and linen for casual wear. Pair it with kolhapuri chappals for the day and a bright red loafer for night. Stay sweat free by using talcum powder or sweat pads under your armpits. ABOUT THE WRITER Jainee Gandhi, AICI, Certified Image Professional and Founder of ImagEdge Academy, Mumbai and Singapore.
Dress to kill
Don’t you want to get it right, every time? Here are five ways you can upgrade a mundane day with your effortlessly cool looks.
THE BRUNCH LOOK • Round Frame Gold Tone Sunglasses, Saint Laurent. `26,530
• Basic Polo Shirt with Stand-up Collar, Zara. `1,190
• Cash Fold Wallet, Ezra Arthur. `2,780
• Leather Belt, Cole Haan. `4,895
• Harmonieuse, Swatch. `7,170 • Black Musk Eau de Parfum, The Body Shop. `2,415
• Benjamin Sandal, Jerusalem Sandels. `5,520
• Checked Trousers, H&M. `4,000
• Braided Leather Bracelet, Finn and Taylor. `2,240
THE DATE LOOK
• Three Button Blazer, Zara. `6,990
• Troy Crewneck T-shirt, Boss. `5,245
• Tanko pendant Necklace, Vitaly. `4,335
• Cap-Toe Suede and Patent-Leather Sneakers, Lanvin. `33,400
• Skinny Jeans, Calvin Klein Jeans. `6,260
• Amber Blend Eau de Parfum, Davidoff. `6,950
THE GYM LOOK
• Training Dry Px Muscle Tank, Nike. `3,145
• SoundSport Wireless Headphones, Bose. `10,485
• Hu Holi Cotton Blend Track Jacket, Adidas Sport & Pharrell Williams. `19,180 • NSW Air Max Jogger Pants, Nike. `6,290 • Men’s Gel-Kayano 23 Running Shoes, Asics. `12,000
• Base Camp Medium Duffel Bag, The North Face. `9,720
THE OFFICE LOOK • Got it Covered 50mm Polarized Sunglasses, Quay Australia. ` 4,195
• Striped Shirt with Concealed Button Details, Zara. `1790
• Ludlow Houndstooth Cotton & Linen Coat, J. Crew. `11,750
• Sauvage Eau de Toilette, Dior. `5,385
• Record, Longines. `1,35,045
• Signature Slim Cross-Grain Leather Briefcase, Hugo Boss. `44,145
• Pinch Weekender LX Penny Loafer, Cole Haan. `8,390
• Ludlow Trim Fit Houndstooth Cotton & Linen Suit Pants, J. Crew. `6,850
• Artist Stripe Silk Pocket Square, Paul Smith. `5,245
THE TRAVEL LOOK • Relaxed Baseball Cap, Adidas Originals. `1,680
• Round Frame Gunmetal Tone Sunglasses, Ray-Ban. `13,715
• The Minimalist Two-Hand Indigo Blue Leather Watch, Fossil. `10,070
• Stories from the East Regular Fit Shirt, Reyn Spooner. `3,425
• Fleur de Lis Lapel Pin, David Donahue. `5,940
• Supply Convertible Water Resistant Backpack, Hex. `6,990 • 1020, Bombay Perfumery. `4,100
• Leadcat Suede Slide Sandal, Puma. `2,790
• Crossfir X Hybrid Shorts, BIllabong. `1,920
Inked forever Looking to leave an indelible mark on each other’s mind? Get a mark, errr, tattoos that complete you. By Vikas Malani
So, yours is the ‘forever’ kind of love? So, why not get a couple or matching tattoo to profess your love for each other? Anyone can say ‘I do’ but it takes great commitment on both ends to get your love inked to show that love is here to stay. There is a great variety of couple tattoos for those who want to wear their hearts, literally, on their sleeves. You can get rings inked on your fingers instead of exchanging rings or date of your wedding anniversary on each other’s wrists. Roman numbers can add an ornate quotient to it. You must have heard of the quote: Birds of same feather flock together. It’s a hip idea to get matching feathers inked on your wrists or legs if you feel belong together. You can also get ‘Queen of Hearts’ and ‘King of Hearts’ inked on your shoulders. Obviously, the King goes for the girl and the Queen goes for the guy! Then there are matching tattoos such as an anchor and a wheel, an arrow and a heart, lock and key, ‘soul’ and ‘mate,’ two words written on two different people, and some geometric connecting couple tattoos. For a lasting impression (and reminding each other of the love), get tattoos that not only complement each other, but also complete each other.
Love, lost Is your lover gone? Then why should your tattoo remind you of her? Erase it. There are enough clichéd ways to get over a relationship: binge eat, pub crawl and howl with friends, retail therapy, makeovers and what not. But what if there’s a tattoo on your body that constantly reminds you of the good days (and bad). You don’t have to carry them on your body. Just get a good tattoo artist to modify those. But, break-up tattoos does not necessarily mean words related to mourning, grief, loss and melancholy. It can be about spiritual development, positivity and strength. They mark new beginnings and can be symbolic of a rebirth and beauty of constantly evolving human life. There are meaningful designs and symbols that act as healing or therapeutic experience in itself. Tattoos can be completely modified into a new one or extended to recreate something from the existing words or symbols. There can be funny one-iners too! And who knows, breakup is the excuse you can use to get rid of the tattoo your girlfriend forced you to get! ABOUT THE WRITER Vikas Malani is the founder of BodyCanvas Tattoos.
Desk job You don’t have to kill yourself at work. Move, stretch and bend to stay fit. Compiled by Pranay Kamal
Move around Sitting for long periods of time can cause muscle aches, especially back. Try and walk around every two hours, especially after lunch.
Stretch fingers • Separate and straighten your fingers until you feel a stretch. • Keep your hand in alignment with your wrist the whole time. • Hold for 10 seconds • Then, with your hands in the same positions, bend the knuckles. • Hold for 10 seconds.
Stretch wrist • Grasp one hand and slowly pull back your fingers. • Hold for 5 seconds. • Gently press the back of the hand. The stretched hand should be down with the palm facing you. • Hold for 5 seconds. • Repeat with the other hand.
Don’t sit for too long Experts recommend taking a stretch break every 20-30 minutes.
Stretch neck • Lower your chin to your chest. • For an added stretch, place your hands on the back of your head and very gently press down on your head, so you feel more of a stretch through the back of the neck. • Hold for 15-30 seconds.
Stretch neck (side) • Turn your head to one side while keeping your shoulders straight. • Keep your chin parallel with the floor. • Hold for 15-30 seconds. • Turn your head to the other side and repeat.
Elbows-out chest stretch
Overhead shoulder stretch
Across-the -body shoulder stretch
• Place your hands behind your head. • Squeeze your shoulder blades back and down as you bring your elbows back as far as possible. • Hold for 15-30 seconds.
• Lift one arm and gently bend it behind your head. • Place your other hand on the bent elbow to stretch the back of your upper arm, shoulder, and back. • Hold for 15-30 seconds. • Repeat with the other arm.
• Place one hand under your elbow. • Lift the elbow and extend it across your chest without rotating your body. • You will feel a stretch along the back of your arm and into the back of the shoulder. • Hold for 15-30 seconds. • Repeat with the other arm.
Lower back stretch • Sit forward in your chair. • Bring one knee towards your chest and gently pull the back of the thigh towards you. • Hold for 15-30 seconds. • Repeat with the other leg.
Quad sretch • Stand and place one hand on the back of a chair or desk for stability. • Grab one leg (with the arm on the same side) and bring it toward your glutes. • Hold for 15-30 seconds. • Repeat with the other leg.
THE ISLAND MARY
Inspired by the distinctive flavors and pristine landscape of the Maldives, the Island Mary complements the classic ingredients of a traditional Bloody Mary with Kala Namak Salt, a distinctive seasoning popular in South Asian cuisine. Served in a Nautilus seashell, the Island Mary evokes sunsets on Vommuli Island’s fine white-sand beach, overlooking the glistening Indian Ocean.
Mixed doubles Keep your cool this summer with these easy, ‘no-fuss’ drinks, and lady love will smile on you.
• Vodka: 60 ml • Martini Bianco Vermouth: 15 ml • Tomato juice: 120 ml • Worcestershire sauce: 10 ml • Tabasco sauce: 10 ml • Lime juice: 20 ml • Celery bitters: 3 dashes • Black pepper: 1 pinch
By SNEHAM CHOUDHARY
On the rim: Black salt Celery stalk: 1 Lime: 1slice Boston shaker (tin)
Fill ¾ part of Boston shaker with ice. Gently pour all of the ingredients into it and shake it three times. Strain the drink into a Nautilus sea shell (or a glass of your choice). —By Deepak Kumar, Restaurants Manager St. Regis Maldives
WATERMELON MARTINI Ingredients
• Gin or vodka: 60 ml • Triple sec • Watermelon syrup • Watermelon: A slice • Salt • Sugar • Cocktail shaker • Martini glasses
Mix some salt and sugar in a small bowl, and pour it into a
small, shallow plate. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with a piece of watermelon and touch the glass rim into the salt and sugar mixture. Set aside. Mix watermelon syrup, gin or vodka and triple sec into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain the drink into the prepared martinin glasses. —By Chef Abhijeet Chauhan Head Chef, Dum Maro Dum
VERY OLD FASHION Ingredients • Tequila: 40 ml • Agave syrup: 15 ml • Angostura bitters: 3 drops • Ice cubes: 10-12 • Cinnamon stick: 1 (12 cm) • Orange peel as garnish • Old-fashioned glass
Place cubes of ice into an old-fashioned glass. Pour tequila, agave syrup and angostura bitters into the glass. Stir the mixture with cinnamon stick. Keep the stick on the glass. Garnish the drink with orange peel. — By Wahyu Dewangga Bartender, Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali
TANGERINE FLAME Ingredients • Brandy: 45 ml • Orange Sorbet tea concentrate: 120 ml • A dash of pepper • Honey: 15 ml • Orange Peel • Ice
50 SHADES OF GREEN Ingredients • Gin • Rosemary syrup and spray • Triple sec • Lime juice • Orange bitters • Ice cubes
Mix the ingredients in a glass. Serve warm or add ice. Garnish with an orange peel. —By Kausshal Dugarr CEO & Founder, Teabox
Method Pour all the ingredients) together in a cocktail shaker. Shake well untill the shaker is frosty from outside. Pour in a tall glass with ice cubes. Top the drink with lime juice and garnish with rosemary or orange bitters. —By The Good Wife Mumbai
ORANGE THYME ICE TEA Ingredients • Ice tea: 150 ml • Orange juice: 50 ml • Thyme: 4-5 strings • Honey: 15 ml • Black salt: 5 gm
Method Boil two cups of water with thyme and tea powder. Strain and refrigerate for cooling. Add orange juice, honey and black salt to the chilled drink. Mix well. Garnish with wages of orange and ice cubes. —By Shekhar Pawase, Drink Curator Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan
DRINK KOKUM KADHI Ingredients • Kokum (Garcinia Indica pod): 50 gm • Lukewarm water: 3 cups • Curry leaves: 4-5 fresh • Green chillies (slit): 2 • Asafoetida (hing): 3 pinches • Sugar: 2 tsp
• Salt: To taste • Cumin seeds: ½ tsp • Mustard Seeds (slightly smashed): ½ tsp • Fresh coconut milk: 2 glasses • Ginger: Cut in 2 inches • Chopped garlic (slightly fried): 5 piece
Method Soak kokum pods in lukewarm water and leave it for three hours. Take it out from water and let it dry. Grind mustard seeds and cumin in a stone mortar and pestle. Add curry leaves, green chillies in it and grind it in a blender with water (if required). When all the seeds mix together then add smashed kokum pulp and fresh coconut milk into the pan. Sprinkle asafoetida powder, mix well till it becomes smooth. Squeeze out the juice, strain it and add sugar and salt (as per your taste). Garnish with curry leaves, ginger pieces and fried garlic. Stir it well before serving. —By Chef Sukesh Sana-di-ge, Delhi
RAGI ALMOND DRINK Ingredients • Finger millet • Ragi powder: 2 tbsps • Almond powder (roasted): 1- 1/2 tbsps • Jaggery (grated) or date syrup: 2-3 tbsps
Method Add ragi powder and roasted almond powder in half a cup of cold water. Place 4 1/2 cups of water and jaggery or date syrup in a vessel and allow the jaggery to melt. Bring water to a boil. Reduce flame and slowly add ragialmond water, stirring continuously till it thickens. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool down. Serve at room temperature or chilled. When chilled, ragi almond drink thickens. At the time of serving, add some cold milk or thick coconut milk for pouring consistency and blend well. — By Chef Avinash Jha Jaypee Vasant Continental
LIQUID GOLD ICED LATTE Ingredients • Milk of choice: 2 cups • Almond: 10 pieces • Turmeric powder: 1½ tsp • Ceylon cinnamon, ground: ½ + ¼ tsp • Ginger, ground: ¼ tsp • Black pepper: A pinch • Maple syrup or honey: 2-4 tsp • Vanilla extract: 1 tbsp • Ice cubes (if serving cold)
Set a medium sized saucepan over mediumhigh heat. Whisk together milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper in the saucepan. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently to keep the mixture from scorching on the bottom. Blanc almonds, de-skin and puree with three tbsp water to form almond milk. When the turmeric tea/golden milk has reached a boil, lower the heat, add almond milk and keep it at a bare simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in your choice of sweetener to taste, along with the vanilla extract. Cool it completely in the fridge, and serve as desired over ice. —By Chef Nishesh Tripathi Radisson Blu Hinjawadi
CRANBERRY COOLER Ingredients • Cranberry juice: 65 ml • Lime juice: ½ table spoon • Soda • Crushed ice • Cocktail shaker • Collins glass
Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour in a Collins glass. Add crushed ice and serve. —By Bhanu Gupta, Director-F&B Radisson Blu MBD Hotel Noida
BREEZY 12 Ingredients
• Ginger ale: 5 ml • Lemon juice: 1/2 ml • Cucumber: 3 slices • Mint leaves: 6
Add cucumber slices and mint into a Tom Collin glass and muddle them. Fill the glass with ice and add lime juice. Top it up with ginger ale. Garnish with sprig of mint and a slice of cucumber. —By Sachin Rasal, Mixologist Doubletree by Hilton Pune Chinchwad April 2018
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Garlic bread slices: 3 Goat cheese (Chevre): 45 gm Potatoes: 45 gm Artichoke: 45 gm Olives, black: 20 gm Sundried tomatoes: 15 gm Parmesan cheese: 20 gm Olive oil: 10 ml Fresh basil: a sprig Black pepper: a pinch Garlic: 8 gm Salt to taste
Method Peel the potato and cut into small dices, about 1 mm in size. Boil some water with parmesan rind in a pan and cook the
potatoes just right to get a bite and cooked enough. Chop the artichoke in similar size as the potatoes and slice the black olives. In a pan, heat some olive oil and sauté garlic, cooked potatoes along with artichokes and olives, season with salt and pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Drizzle some oil on garlic bread slices and toast the breads. Spread goat cheese in good quantity over the slices and then top with the potato and artichoke mixture. Garnish with
a basil leaf, sundried tomatoes and parmesan cheese slice on each bread slice and serve. — By Arvind Kumar Bharti Head Chef, Amuse House
BAKED SALMON WITH SEASONAL GREENS Ingredients
Salmon fillet: 6 pieces Seasonal Greens (broccoli, green beans, asparagus, spinach) Thyme, chopped Olive oil Salt and pepper For Vinaigrette Marinade Olive oil: 500 ml Orange juice: 200 mg Red wine vinegar: 50 ml Salt and pepper, to taste
Method Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix vinaigrette ingredients in blender. Sprinkle on salmon and let sit overnight. Boil each vegetable separately (green beans for 2 minutes, asparagus for 1 minute). After each vegetable is
boiled, let them cool down in ice water. Cut vegetables into 5 cm-long-sticks. Bake salmon for 10 minutes at 200 degrees. Sauté green vegetables in olive oil. Spinach should be sautéed with salt, pepper and thyme. Serve salmon hot on a bed of warm greens. — By Chef Cobi Bachar Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
FRESH CORN CAKES WITH SUMMER SALSA Ingredients
White whole-wheat flour: 3/4 cup Plain yellow cornmeal: 1/2 cup Baking powder: 2 teaspoons Kosher salt, divided: 3/4 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper, divided: 1/2 teaspoon Light sour cream: 1 cup Large eggs: 2 Olive oil, divided: 2 tablespoons Fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears): 1 1/4 cups Minced jalapeño: 2 tablespoons Diced yellow squash: 1/2 cup Chopped green onions: 1/4 cup
Chopped fresh basil: 1/4 cup White wine vinegar: 1 1/2 teaspoons Tomato, chopped: 1 medium
Method Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Mix flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Ina different pan, mix sour cream, eggs and oil in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Add sour cream mixture, corn and jalapeño to flour mixture, and stir just until
combined. Heat a large nonstick griddle over medium-high heat. Divide corn mixture into eight equal portions (about 1/3 cup each) and shape into patties. Add patties to griddle and cook for 6 minutes on each side. Mix squash, green onions, basil, vinegar, tomato, remaining oil, remaining salt and pepper in a bowl and toss. Place 2 corn cakes on each of 4 plates and top evenly with salsa. — By Avinash Jha, Executive Chef, Jaypee Vasant Continental
MHAMSSA (MOROCCAN PASTA) WITH SPINACH AND ASPARAGUS Ingredients
Mhamssa (or small Moroccan pasta/risotto rice): 500 gm Olive oil: 2 tbsp White onions: 200 gm Water: 1 litre Hard cheese in the style of Parmesan: 100 gm Butter: 200 gm Whipped cream: 15 cl Chopped parsley: half a bunch Salt and pepper, to taste Spinach organic: 1 bunch Asparagus organic: 200 gm
Method Blanch the spinach for 2 minute and put to one side. Slice the onions and place the olive oil and onions in a pan on a medium heat for 2 minutes or until softened. Add the asparagus and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add Mhamsa (pasta) to the onions and cover it with hot
water. Cook and stir well until nearly all of the stock has been absorbed, then slowly add the remaining water. Repeat the process until the Mhamsa is cooked (about 20 minutes). To finish add 40 gm of butter, half of the cream, half the parmesan and stir well until the Mhamsa is well coated. Add the rest of the butter, whipped cream and carefully stir in the spinach with and asparagus. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place on
a plate and add the remaining parmesan and chopped parsley on top. — By Yassine Khalal, Head Chef, Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
EAT JUJEH KEBAB Ingredients
Boneless skinless chicken breast halves: 4 Onion, peeled and sliced: 1 small Fresh lemon juice: 1/3 cup Saffron powder, ground: 1/8 tsp Salt: ¼ tsp Black pepper, ground: ¼ tsp Olive oil: ¼ cup
For grilled vegetables
Small tomatoes (whole) Small onions cut in half Sweet colourful mini peppers (whole) Serrano peppers (optional) Olive oil for brushing over the veggies Sprinkle of salt and ground black pepper Outdoor grill and 6-7 metal skewers
Method Trim all the fat from chicken breasts and cut them into equal pieces (1 ½ - 2 inches) and place them in a medium glass container. Add the sliced onions, saffron, salt, black pepper and lemon juice to the chicken and toss until the chicken pieces are uniformly coated with saffron and yellow. Add the olive oil to the dish and stir to combine. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate 24-48 hours.
Leave the marinated chicken out at room temperature for about 45 minutes before grilling. Prepare the outdoor grill for high heat because this chicken kebab needs to cook fast otherwise it will dry out. If using coals, they should be burned until they are covered with a white ash before grilling. The grill grates should be 4-5 inches above the heat source. Use narrow metal skewers to skewer the chicken kebabs. Skewer the tomatoes, onions and peppers separately because these vegetables do not cook at the same time. Spray or brush the skewered vegetables with a light coating of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper before grilling them. Place two metal bars at top and bottom of the grill grate and rest the tip and handle of the skewers on the bars so the chicken and vegetables don’t touch the grates. If there is not enough space on the grill for all the skewers, grill the vegetables first and keep them warm until you grill the chicken. Grill the Jujeh kebab over high heat. As soon as one side starts changing colour the other sides should be grilled so the hot fire seals in the juices. Then keep turning the skewers until golden brown on all sides and no longer
SUMMER LIME CAPRESE Ingredients
Cherry tomatoes, halved: 200 gm Bocconcini, cut in small pieces: 100 gm Fresh basil: 30 gm Extra virgin olive oil: 3-4 tsp Arqa summer lime dressing: 8-10 gm Sea salt, to taste Satay sticks
Mix extra virgin olive oil with Arqa summer lime dressing to make a smooth emulsion. Thread half a cherry tomato, a small piece of basil leaf, and a mozzarella ball onto the toothpicks until all ingredients are used. Drizzle summer lime dressing generously on the sticks leaving the end clean.
Sprinkle sea salt to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate for an hour before serving. — By Swasti Aggarwal Food Strategist, Foodhall
pink inside. Check one piece of the Jujeh kebab by cutting through it with a knife, if it is white and juicy it is ready. Remove the kebabs that are ready from fire and keep them warm under aluminium foil and serve as soon as all are done grilling. Enjoy the Chicken Kebabs and grilled vegetables over Sangak (Persian flat bread) or Persian rice. If you are serving the Chicken kebabs
with white rice, add a dab of softened butter on top and toss gently with a fork to coat the warm rice, and sprinkle it with sumac for the traditional style. Serve the kebabs with extra lemon/lime wedges with a few wedges of fresh white or red onions. — By Chef Amit Executive Chef, Orza
EAT SHAN TOMATO SALAD Ingredients
Red tomatoes, medium size, sliced in 1 cm strips and de-seeded: 5 Green tomato, medium size, sliced in 1 cm strips and de-seeded: 1 Red onion, sliced thin: 1 Chopped coriander (save large leaves for garnish): ½ cup Unsalted roasted peanuts, crushed: 2 tbs Shallot, sliced thin: 1 Lime juice: 8 tsp Fish sauce: 4 tsp Fine salt: 1 tsp White sugar: 1 tsp Chili flakes (optional and to taste) Infused turmeric and garlic oil Garlic cloves, sliced thin: 3 Olive oil: 200 ml Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
Method First, prepare the turmeric and garlic infused oil. Heat olive oil in a pan in medium heat. Add in the turmeric powder and sliced garlic. Cook and continuously stir until the garlic is golden brown and crispy (about 3-5 minutes). Strain the garlic and set aside. Place shallots in the oil and fry until golden brown. Strain and set aside. Save the oil for later. In a bowl, toss
together the tomatoes, red onion and coriander. Add in the toasted peanut, fried garlic and fried shallot. Mix together and season with the lime juice, fish sauce, infused oil, salt and sugar. Add or reduce sugar and salt according to your liking. Place in a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander leaf. If you like it spicy, add some chili flakes. — By Karl Reyes Executive Chef, Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon
SASHIMI SALAD Ingredients
Tuna Salmon Kampachi Cos Romaine Iceberg Lettuce Rocket Leaves Sesame Oil Lemon Juice Soy Sauce Red Bell Pepper Hass Avocado Yellow Spoon Tomato Onion Sashimi
Method For sashimi salad, put assorted salad leaves like iceberg, rocket leaves, cos romaine and assorted fish like salmon, tuna, kampachi (dice shape) avocado and tomato
in a salad bowl. For sauce, make a combination of soya, lemon, sesame sauce, and ichimi (Japanese chili). Mix it all together with olive oil. Garnish with sliced onion and red bell pepper, sprinkle with assorted micro green and ichimi (Japanese chili) and serve fresh. — By Yutaka Saito Executive Chef, PVR - The Luxury Collection
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What’s in a tap? There are apps and then there are apps that your cheating partner might be using. by SNEHAM CHOUDHARY
re you trying to sniff your partner? We are talking about that strange whiff of someone else’s perfume on your partner’s body. Well, give your (cheating) partner a little more credit than that. You are not dating a blonde bimbo,
are you? The signs of cheating are not on her clothes, but in her phone. If your partner is cheating on you or just looking for some fun (or adventure) outside the relationship, you be the judge of it. We have listed out some apps that make a cheater’s life easier.
Fox Private Message
to keep someone away from your reach.
If you ever walk into a room and notice your partner shaking her phone inadvertently, chances are she has this app on her phone. Why, you ask? Because shaking the phone automatically closes this app, protecting the messages from your prying eyes. It is not only password protected, but there’s no app icon! One can delete all communication remotely by sending a text message to their phone.
It is actually an app custom-made for homosexual and bisexual people. Its search preferences allow the user to filter other men by age, height, weight, body type, ethnicity, and relationship status. It can be used as a free or paid app. Talk to her in case you find this app on his phone. She might have something hidden in her ‘closet’.
KYMS Private Photos
This app has been used by cheaters, thanks to one of its main features: messages automatically get erased. It is somewhat like Snapchat. One minute it’s there, the next, it’s gone. Wickr, Invisible Text and Gliph are some other apps with similar features.
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This app has been used by the cheaters thanks to one of its features: messages automatically erase. Like Snapchat for texts. One minute it’s there, the next...it’s gone. Wickr, Invisible Text and Gliph are some other apps with similar features. 86
It looks and works like a stocks app, but its real purpose is to store private photographs and videos. It is password protected. A word of caution here: if you enter an incorrect password, the app triggers the phone’s camera to snap a picture of you. Don’t be busted before you bust her!
This one works like a trap for snooping partner actually. The owner of the phone can activate the app when leaving his phone unattended. Anyone who touches the phone is duly photographed. Dead Tone
This app can let your partner pick the numbers that she wants you to hear a ‘dead tone’ when they call. If your partner has this app on her phone, she might be trying
DateMate can help your partner store names, addresses, phone numbers, preferences, even ‘progress’ of each of her dates, separately. Very meticulous! Definitely not something you would like to see on her phone. Tinder
Why Tinder made it to the list is only because it has become a pick up point for no-stringsattached sex dates off late. It is not as safe as others, but suspicious if you have been dating the girl for some time. It’s not an app to meet new friends for sure.
[Fresh on the racks] A TOKYO ROMANCE Author: Ian Buruma Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Hit the sack with some of our favourite picks for this season, and simply unwind. Is there anything in the world than reading a great book, sipping on iced tea swaying on a hammock on a summer afternoon? Only a soulful siesta can beat it, may be. Nah! So, to keep you company this April, we have books with love: pure, impossible, unrequited, dangerous even. For some reason, summer and romance are always paired up… wondering why you can’t shake off the summer love or the song, or forget Summer of 69 for that matter. It’s a mix of old and new, with a little touch of poetry. And given the complexities of Japanese culture and society, we have picked up some from the land of the rising sun.
It’s a memoir of Japan’s lesser known history and an astonishing story of love of a young man, Buruma, who is exploring the new world, a self invention in a strange land. It’s an account of his amazing journey in 1970s, where he discovered a surreal metropolis full of neon lights, crimson lanterns, Japanese pop and cabarets. And through his adventures in the world of avant garde theatre, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers, and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation of his own.
NORWEGIAN WOOD Author: Haruki Murakami Genre: Coming of age
THE POETRY OF PABLO NERUDA Author: Pablo Neruda Genre: Poetry
WILD AT HEART Author: John Eldredge Genre: Christian literature
One of the best of Murakami’s works, the books takes us to the distant places of a young man’s first, hopeless and heroic love story. The protagonist Toru Watanabe and his relationship with the beautiful but emotionally fragile, Naoko, imparts numerous lessons on love and loss. Set in the turbulent times in Japan, the story talks about the complications faced by the Japanese college student exploring the independence in his encounters with a sexually liberated young woman.
The words by this Chilean poet are sure to wake your soul up. This selection of his 600 poems is the most comprehensive single volume available in English language. You don’t get an excuse to read some of the best love poems ever written about women and oceans. You never know, it might just help you brush up your dating one-liners. As we can quote him here: My eyes were consumed by your loveliness, but you have become my eyes.
It might be one of the best reads to discover what actually happens inside a man’s heart. It’s a story of men, who have been in a constant battle with themselves, trying to answer the question: Am I enough? Every man as a child wants to become a warrior, a hero, but what happens when the real problems of the world take over, is the question that this book explores. Through this book, you can recover your masculine heart and free your soul. – SNEHAM CHOUDHARY
You canâ€™t miss these Hollywood films for the world. Compiled by PRANAY KAMAL
Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, 22 June 2018 Directed by: JA Bayona Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong, James Cromwell, Ted Levine Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to the fictional world of Isla Nublar, where four years earlier Jurassic World theme park was destroyed. With the pursuit to save the remaining dinosaurs from the islandâ€™s dormant volcano that has come to life, they discover new breeds of terrifying dinosaurs and unfold a conspiracy that might threaten the entire planet.
Mission Impossible Fallout, 27 July 2018 Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg Ethan Hunt is back!. This spy film in which Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team race against time after a mission goes wrong. Ethan takes it upon him to fulfil the briefing, as his motive and loyalty is at stake. Hunted by assassins and former allies, he tries to prevent a global catastrophe.
Skyscraper, 13 July 2018 Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Chin Han, Roland Moller Will Ford (Dwayne Johnson), a former FBI hostage team leader, now a wanted man on the run, has been framed for setting the world’s tallest and safest building on fire. It’s his quest to clear his name and find the ones responsible, as well as rescue his family who is trapped inside the building.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, 25 May 2018 Directed by: Ron Howard Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover It’s Han Solo’s all new adventure and a series of daring escapades within the underworld, as he encounters Chewbacca, his co-pilot, and an infamous gambler Lando Calrissian to set out a journey paving ways for one of the Star Wars most unlikely heroes.
Ready Player One, 29 March 2018 Directed by: Steven Spielberg Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller, this science fiction action adventure is set in the year 2045 when the world is on the verge of collapsing. People found safety in OASIS, which is a virtual reality universe created by James Halliday (Mark Rylance), who after death has set up a competition to find a digital Easter egg, for the winner will own his fortune left behind. April 2018
Bollywood calling Omertà, 20 April 2018 Directed by: Hansal Mehta Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Rajesh Tailang It’s a biographical crime drama film that explores the 1994 Delhi kidnappings, the 9/11 attacks, 2008 Mumbai attacks, as well as the murder plotting of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street journalist. The story is about Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British terrorist of Pakistani descent. It has made it to Toronto International Film Festival too. October, 13 April 2018 Directed by: Shoojit Sircar Starring: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao The film with its dramatically romantic trailer and a series of unfortunate events has left us wondering on what Shoojit Sircar has in store for us now. A story of two hotel interns and their journey through happiness and struggles makes us believe that it is going to be unconventional. 102 Not Out, 4 May 2018 Directed by: Umesh Shukla Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Paresh Rawal Based on a Gujarati play by Saumya Joshi, the plot goes around a 102-year-old man trying to break the record for being the oldest man on the planet. A hilarious escapade, packed with witty dialogues, it will be a father and son comedy. Raazi, 11 May 2018 Directed by: Meghna Gulzar Starring: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal Brace yourself to go in the nostalgic, thriller set in the ’70s. Based on a novel by Harinder Sikka, Calling Sehmat, it is about a Kashmiri girl who is married to a Pakistani army officer during the tumultuous times of Indo-Pakistani war of 1971. Parmanu, The Story of Pokhran, 11 May 2018 Directed by: Abhishek Sharma Starring: Diana Penty, John Abraham An ode to India’s first successful nuclear bomb test conducted by Indian Army in Rajasthan in 1998, this action-drama film celebrates the army and scientists. Indian Never Again Nirbhaya, 20 April 2018 Directed by: Kanchan Adhikari Starring: Raju Kher, Anil Yadav, Richa Sharma It is based on the true events of Delhi bus gang rape that happened in December 2012. An incident that shook the nation, it was the ultimate test of humanity, the brutality of human mind, questioning the whole system. 90
Buffering on Netflix A Quiet Place, 6 April 2018 Director: John Krasinski Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe In a post-apocalyptic world, few survivors live under the threat of creatures very sensitive to noises, and must therefore keep quiet. The movie shows us a family in the Midwest, USA, who needs to fight against one of them. Rampage, 20 April 2018 Director: Brad Peyton Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Will Run Lee David Okoye is a primatologist who shares a strong relation with George, a very intelligent gorilla that he knows since its birth. After a failed experiment, George transforms into a raging creature of enormous size. Okoye and his team now must find an antidote. Marrowbone, 13 April 2018 Director: Sergio G. Sanchez Starring: Georges MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their mother to stay together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live. Incredibles 2, 14 June 2018 Director: Brad Bird Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are developing rapidly, while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. Uncle Drew, 29 June 2018 Director: Carles Stones III Starring: Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Nick Roll, Shaquille Oâ€™Neal Dax convinces former basketball playground legend Uncle Drew to join a street ball tournament. The two set out on a road trip to pick up Drewâ€™s old basketball squad. Game Over, Man!, 20 April 2018 Director: Kyle Newacheck Starring: Adam DeVine, Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, Jere Burns Three downtown LA maids create their own video game, but the man financing their endeavours gets kidnapped by terrorists leading to a comical journey for all of us to watch. April 2018
Love notes Sabar, the new album by Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari is all about raw human emotions. by BHAWNA GERA VIJAN
hen Sabar released on Saavn’s Artist Originals, there was something that tugged at listeners’ heartstrings. The musician duo behind it, Anindo Bose and Pavithra Chari of Shadow and Light, created its niche audience in a matter of days. What’s interceding is that Pavithra and Anindo fuse Hindustani classical music with contemporary, jazz, pop, electronica and soul to create cinematic soundscapes and compositions in Hindi, English and Tamil. May be this is why the reach is wide. Their latest album has eight songs about human emotions: gratitude, grief, contempt, perseverance, inspiration and aspiration. The compositions have a melange of intense emotional experiences, expressed through poignant songwriting. The title is an adaptation of the Arabic word sabr or patience. Your album has all possible human emotions decoded... We have consciously taken a different direction to this albums’ songwriting. We wanted a more up-tempo album generally, so the arrangements are R&B and pop driven, yet the traditional Hindustani classical vocals ground it to the Indian roots. With the help of Saavn’s in-house label Artist Originals, we hope to get across to a much larger fan base this time. It’s certainly been excellent so far, we have had over a million plays on Saavn alone. We now have our US tour coming up and are looking forward to playing it live for a global audience. Your album has been praised by some of the big names in
music has connected with the top industry professionals in the independent and commercial music scene. We hope that someday we will be able to collaborate and write music with some of them for a film. Which one is your favourite track out of the eight? We honestly can’t pick favourite, we don’t think we will ever be able to! There are two songs that are uplifting: Dhadkan (written about how love triumphs all setbacks) and Dilruba (written about gratitude and how the mind wanders in search of thanks). How apt is the title Sabar for this album? Sabar is a work of patience and effort. The album and the songs reflect this process and we feel like the title says it all. The word Sabar is a derivative of the Arabic word sabr which means patience. The title also gains more depth and meaning through the detailed visual experience provided by the album artwork (hand-drawn by Pallab Baruah).
Romance is a state of mind. And when the object of one’s romance is worth it, it flows without restriction, in all situations. Our second album Elements was an ode to the different perspectives of love. the industry. When we are appreciated by the likes of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Salim-Suleiman, Amit Trivedi,
Karsh Kale, Talvin Singh and Raghu Dixit, we feel extremely humbled and proud of our work. It’s reassuring to know that our
Pavithra, you have trained under Shubha Mudgal, right? It’s an experience. She is a brilliant teacher and spends a lot of time to teach all of her students with love and support. I admire her fearless way of resolving situations. She has so much knowledge, and she doesn’t hold back from sharing it, I feel that is the best thing about her. Your thoughts on romance. We feel romance is a state of mind. And when the object of one’s romance is worth it, it flows without restriction, in all situations. Our second album Elements was an ode to the different perspectives of love. And our most loved love song from the album was Tum.
Let’s hear it! Whether you are looking for a song that gives you the ‘feel’ or a mix to sing along, these newcomers will keep you company. by SNEHAM CHOUDHARY
Album: Man of the woods Artiste/Band: Justin Timberlake Genre: Pop
Album: Rearview Town Artiste/Band: Jason Aldean Genre: Country Jam along with Jason Aldean as he releases his new album this April. Coming from his personal experiences, it is all about putting things behind and looking ahead. Some songs with pure substance. Influenced by the multiple music styles he was exposed to while growing up, rearview town is an amalgamation of traditional country harmony, Southern rock, metal and hip-hop. With 15 new tracks, he has collaborated with Miranda Lambert, a heartbreak ballad, Drowns the Whiskey.
Album: Resistance is futile Artiste/Band: Manic Street Preachers Genre: Alternative/Indie We all had a mini heart attack when they said they won’t be releasing any albums now, but here they are, coming up with new music this April and we sighed in relief. Being based on the whole idea of memory and loss, the history that’s forgotten, a whole new state of confused reality and art as a hiding place and inspiration, they are claiming it to be excessively melodic. Resistance is Futile has been described as ‘Widescreen Melancholia’.
An album by Justin Timberlake was back this year with a bang, a little literally this time. He has experimented and mixed the elements of R&B, funk, pop, soul and Americana. While two of the songs from the album already making its place in the top 10 of Billboard hot 100, Timberlake continues to stay dedicated to Timbaland beats. Though the album has a rural core it also turns towards the future-funk, experience what we did, with the most exploratory music we have heard in a while.
Album: Firepower Artiste/Band: Judas Priest Genre: Heavy metal Metal gods, Judas Priest, launched their 18th album this year. With a music career of over 40 years, Firepower is one of their best works and we are not being able to put it off-repeat. Rob Halford, as their front man, their title track holds the Number 5 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and it is their highest charting album ever in their career. As their drummer explains, this album was a conscious effort to revisit some of the band’s musical past organically. Can you resist?
Power of two Sarod masters Amaan and Ayaan Ali Bangash may be poles apart (who could tell), but they make an unbeatable team. By BHAWNA GERA VIJAN
You share a strong bond. How were you as children? Ayaan: We are fortunate to have been born in a family, where the language we were speaking and the air we were breathing was music-centric. We are just two years apart and things were happening to us around the same time, playing, learning, training, performing and touring. Because we are from the same field, we understand each other better. It has been easier to decode our issues and relate to our journeys. That made our bond stronger despite the fact that we are very different from each other as individuals. Amaan: It’s always good to have a sibling and I’m fortunate to have my younger brother, Ayaan. He is my friend, companion and musical soulmate. We are each others’ best friend. He is very hard working; a great sarod player, an excellent composer and musician. Together, we hope to fulfil our parents’ dream. Do you think men bond differently than women? Ayaan: It is tough to categorise a bond based on gender. If you connect with someone on various levels, things organically fall into place. Amaan: Having a sister is definitely different from having a brother. With brother, you can share a lot of things, be it your clothes or conversations about your girlfriends. You become slightly protective of your sister. What are the things that you absolutely love about your brother? Is there anything that you don’t? Ayaan: He has this tendency to do things for others, which is admirable. Sometimes, he does go overboard! What I do not like is that he trusts people easily and ends up sharing a lot of personal things, even with someone he has met only a couple of times. This, I feel, could lead him into trouble. I would like him to be careful about this. Amaan: I love his hardworking nature. His vocabulary is fantastic and he is a good speaker. He is very regular with his gym but does not follow too many advices from his instructor. He is also not keen on sports. There are nine things I love about him out of 10. What comes first: love or friendship? Ayaan: I think your love for your partner (in my
We understand each other better. It has been easier to decode our issues and relate to our journeys, since we are in the same field.
We do have issues sometimes, but we don’t let that affect our team spirit. We always look at the bigger picture. We work as individuals and also as a team.
case, my wife) is very different from the relationship you share with a sibling, so it’s difficult to compare the two. Amaan: I have not really been in love with anyone (apart from music and my family), so... Are there frictions? What keeps you guys going? Ayaan: We do have issues sometimes, but we don’t let that affect our team spirit. We always look at the bigger picture. The inspiration to excel at our work and do newer things in every project we take up has kept us going as a team till today, and will hopefully continue to do so. Music is a constant evolution, so there is a long journey ahead of all of us and we hope to go on with flying colours. Inshah Allah! Amaan: We work as individuals and also as a team, even as a trio with our father, and do a lot of
different things in concerts. What keeps us going is the psychotic love for each other. I just love my family and that’s above everything else for me. My constant source of inspiration! What’s your idea of summer fun? Ayaan: It’s always nice to have family around... wife, children, brother and parents. Going out on family vacations is the ideal way to spend holidays. It doesn’t matter you are going as long as you have with you the people you love. Amaan: We used to love visiting our mother’s family in Assam as children in summer. My parents used to be busy with their concerts, so we have spent many summers at our aunts and uncles. I remember going to London with parents as we grew up. Europe is so overrated now. We need to find newer destinations for summer vacations now.
Babe of the month Rania Gamal is so much more than a fitness guru, literally. She is also a model, an actor and a TV presenter. She started modelling when she was 17 and was chosen as the face for L’Oréal when she was in Germany. She has recently finishes a course, a diploma in PR & Journalism from World Media Academy. Ask her, what he loves, and pat comes the reply: meeting new people from different cultures and ethnicity. So, if you see her around, say hello!
WHO’S SHE? Age: 26 Born in: Egypt Grew up in: Germany Living in: Dubai
QUICKIE Sexy is... self-confidence, intelligence Phobia of… insects Favourite car… Aston Martin Favourite TV show… Scandal Favourite film… The Devil Wears Prada Last book I read… The Secret Life’s mantra… only thing you regret is the one you don’t do A tip… never eat yellow snow An Advice… never listen to those who say you can’t