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SHYANN QUINTET Building a Buzz

ZORAB CREATIONS Fulfil your Fantasy

ALASKA True Wilderness

ANJU MODI Revered Couturier

FRAGRANCE Perfumes for Praise

DESIFEST 2014 Kick off the Summer


VIKRAM VIJ Award Winning Chef ARUNA SETH Dedicated to the Shoe Cause

BAUME & MERCIER Colours of Spring & Summer

DIMPLE MONGA Style Statements IIFA 2014 Event Highlights SAAMIA KHAN Flawless Looks CAD/USA $3.99


Anita Majumdar

Lakmé Fashion Week Summer Resort 2014

Actress Playwright Dancer

Model: Ghazal Sistani, Puneet Ramirez, Makeup: Curious Creative Designs, Hair: Lyn, Photo: Elaine Green email: tel: 1-780-952-7460

Get the look with Vibrant Colours & Classic Embroidery

Just Arrived New Collections for Ramadan & Eid

By Appointment Only Tel: 905-699-4012 Email: Facebook: Sequence by Roohi


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The winter chill is finally letting up, spring is in the air and it is time to turn out in the trendiest styles this season has to offer. The great thing about fashion is it is limitless. It is not a singular entity like clothing, it also includes accessories like scarves, shoes, bags, jewelry and much, much more. What you wear will either make or break your entire look, so choosing the right pieces is paramount. Fortunately for us, accessories make dressing up fun. Playing mix and match is a great way to explore and it allows you to change the style completely. And for those who aren't big into accessories, never fear, there are several fashion icons that make being a minimalist in accessories stylish. This spring we went on a hunt to find designers that are bringing the latest in accessories and we ran into Dimple Monga and her designer scarfs and shawls from Kalawearable Arts. We then stumbled upon Aruna Seth, whose amazing shoes are to die for. Chosen by celebrities and royals, her footwear make you feel like a princess. A fantasy come true!. What would spring be without a fashion show? It would be pretty dull I bet, fortunately we are thrilled to bring you the hottest trends from this year's Spring 2014, Lakmé Fashion Week. Browse through the designs and enhance your wardrobe. Go ahead, get inspired! We also feature Stars like Anita Majumdar and Shyaan who both share a dream to make it big in the entertainment industry. Come with us as we look at there accomplishments and help us wish them all the success in the world. Finally, in this issue we are putting a spotlight on the need for building up our Public Cord Blood Bank. Learn what the people at the Canadian Blood Service are doing to help, and how you can help. Because there’s not too much information about this amazing service out there, help us spread the word and save lives. We hope you enjoy this issue and enjoy the coming Spring weather. Happy thawing!

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10 COVER STORY Anita Majumdar - Actress Playwright 12 IN THE SPOTLIGHT Anju Modi - Revered Couturier 22 PROFILE Aruna Seth - Shoe Cause

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38 MUST HAVE Complete Package 40 JEWELRY Zorab Creations 42 ACCESSORIES All that Glitters 44 WATCHES Baume & Mercier

26 TRENDY Dimple Monga - Style Statements


46 MAKEUP Flawless Looks

28 RUNWAY Lakmé Fashion Week 2014

48 BEAUTY Combat Antiaging

34 INSTYLE Style of Sustainability - H&M

50 SKINCARE True Natural Beauty

36 MIX & MATCH Summer Fever

52 HOT PRODUCT Colour Radiant Orchid

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60 PRESS BOX Mumbai Chopra 62 EVENT DesiFest 2014 66 FOR HIM Cool for School


68 FOOD Vikram Vij 74 DÉCOR Crisp Living




76 TRAVEL Alaska - True Wilderness 78 MOTORING Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II


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Photo: Scarlet O'Neill


Anita Majumdar Does it all with Elegance and Ease.

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Photo: Andy Vanderkaay c/o Bollywood Star Photo: Michael Cooper Photo: Max Telzerow

Anita Majumdar Nicco Lorenzo Garcia “Same Same But Different”.

Anita Majumdar Rahul Bose Midnights Children. Photo: Michael Cooper


n 2007, Anita was one of the 50 artists invited to celebrate the Canada Council for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary with Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and was featured in Anokhi Magazine’s 2010 “Sexy & Successful List”. She is an award-winning Canadian actress, playwright, and dancer raised in Port Moody, British Columbia. As an acting graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Theatre and South Asian Languages from the University of British Columbia. Dancing for over 15 years, she initially began her classical Indian dance training in Kathak and went on to train further in Bharat Natyam and Odissi. Soon Anita began working as a Dora Mavor Moore nominated choreographer at institutions like The Second City, The Centaur Theatre and The University of Alberta. Her first love is theatre and she is a well-known Canadian theatre artist who has performed everywhere from Canada’s Stratford Festival to India’s Museum Theatre.

Anita Majumdar Nicco Lorenzo Garcia “Same Same But Different”.

She is best known for her self-written one-person dance/drama “Fish Eyes”, Fish Eyes has toured across Canada and internationally for 8 years to much acclaim and has toured to high schools as part of “Kid’s Helpline” and the “411 Initiative Tour Program” to raise self-esteem in young teenaged girls. In addition, Anita has been the long-time Playwright-in-Residence at Nightswimming Theatre using pop culture references and everyday experiences to explore race issues that plague South AsianCanadian women. She also mentors young women of colour wanting to create performance pieces that speak to social issues.

While performing in Toronto, she caught the eye of Deepa Mehta (award-winning director of the Academy Award nominated film “Water”) whereupon she was cast as Emerald in the film adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s novel “Midnight’s Children”. Earlier Anita had been hand-selected to play the romantic interest to Shawn Ashmore in the 9/11 focused film “Diverted”. She is widely recognized for her awardwinning performance of Davinder Samra in the CBC/Force Four film “Murder Unveiled”.The film was an adaptation of the real life story of a young Canadian girl, Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, who was alleged to have been killed by her family for marrying a low caste auto-rickshaw driver. Anita received her first acting award at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore for this role and has been a prominent media voice in speaking for Jaswinder’s cause through the online campaign “Justice for Jassi” and other crimes against women. MAY / JUNE 2014 11


Anju Modi


Beauty, Panache and Elegance

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Photos Courtesy of Anju Modi


nju Modi has been an integral part of the Indian Fashion Industry right from its nascent stages. Having started her label in 1990, she has worked in the industry for 24 creative years. She has been a quiet but strong force in the vehement increase in growth, awareness and potential of fashion in India. A graduate in Arts & Psychology from Ranchi Woman’s College, Anju Modi began her illustrious journey with no formal training in fashion & design. A revered couturier, her designs have been incensed with passion, romance and seduction. The label ‘Anju Modi’ is synonymous to beauty, panache and elegance, which over the past two decades has mesmerized all ardent followers of fashion. She is a founding member of the

Fashion Design Council of India, and is currently an active Member of the Board. In 2006 she was one of only four Indian Designers selected for Heyers Fashion Festival in Paris, organized by the Chambre Syndicale, also organizers of the Paris Fashion Week. In the same year, she was also invited to present her collection at the Miami Fashion Week. In 2009, she was requested by the Department of Tourism to show during their international event India Calling at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Over the years she has shown at multiple fashion weeks, collaborative events and charities across the globe. Her couture collection ‘Devi’ received much critical appraisal and commercial success with one of the country’s leading actresses, Madhuri Dixit, walking the ramp as the muse for the collection. The designer was also awarded the Elle Style Award 2012 (India Re-invented), and was most recently approached by the visionary director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, to design the entire look for Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra for the movie ‘Ram Leela’. Not only has the film gone on to become a phenomenal success, Anju Modi has been lauded and applauded by the entire spectrum of fashion and national media for her spectacular work in the film. Very recently she has also been awarded the Life OK Screen Award & the Star Guild Award for Best Costume Design in 2013. Behind the scenes Anju Modi has tirelessly been working with master artisans across the country. She has delicately revived age-old Indian techniques, long forgotten. In weaving, vegetable dyeing, block printing and old traditional embroidery she has created an extensive library of research and development. She has also been working on contemporizing traditional crafts like Chanderi Weaving, Kota Fabrics, Varanasi Zari work and Bandhani printing, to fulfill the needs of a market and niche that she has created. With India at the center of her inspirations her designs have evolved and her vision enriched. Each ‘Anju Modi’ collection continues the exploration of developing a modern design voice while simultaneously drawing a new story from the rich traditional vocabulary of Indian design and craft. Anju Modi retails through her stores at

DLF Emporio and Crescent, New Delhi with clients based out of the US, UK, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore and most of the Middle East. Research and development work in various villages and their craft. Years 1990 to 1994: Developed new blended fabric in Varanasi, reviving the classic traditions of working Real as zari. (Real silver thread) Years 1992 to 1994:Worked and developed colourways and designs in Venkatgiri (A.P.). Years 1993 to 1995: Moved towards ‘Kutch’ area. ‘Bandhani’ a very fascinating craft was reinterpreted in a contemporary way by giving it geometrical patterns and neutral colourways. Years 1995 to 1997: Developed Kota fabrics (Rajasthan, Bagru and Sanga-neri prints). Produced a range of reversible jackets, pajamas and blouses. Years 1998 to 1999: Improved and developed variations in the Bandhni tie and dye techniques and explored vegetable dye and prints in Bagru, Sanganer Years 2000 to 2001: Modernization and improvement of Chanderi village weaving and patterns. Currently developed the Lurex yarn weaving in silk chanderi fabric.

Years 2001 to 2002: Khadi - Developed yarn with slubs and fine rich fabric then styled into casual comfortable yet trendy silhouettes. Years 2003 to 2004: Developing new designs with UNIDO in KotaDoria under cluster development programme with 1500 craftsmen and artisans. Currently, developing prints on the fabric with Rajasthan sector. Years 2005: Working for “Holistic Craft Village” - A research and development center as a project with FDCI Year 2006: Developed ‘boiled’ wool and woolen knits to design ‘angarakha coats’ she was one of the designers, along with Rohit Bal Manish Arora and Rajesh Pratap Singh who were selected for Heyers fashion festival in Paris, organized by the Paris fashion week, organizers. Year 2008: She has been nominated for Marie Claire’s made in India Awards Special Honours category “Best Craft Revival” in 2008. All these years of designing in these village sectors, has helped improve the economic situation of the craftsmen & weavers. Year 2010: Nominated by Marie Clarie for ‘Best Indian Designer Award’ was Requested to Present her collection at the Handloom Week by Ministry of Textiles. MAY / JUNE 2014 13

Anju Modi 2014 Collection

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Anju Modi 2014 Collection

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Anju Modi 2014 Collection

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Anju Modi 2014 Collection

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“I believe whereas I

Dedicated to the Shoe-Cause

Designing the ‘most Beautiful Shoes in the world’. 22 MAY / JUNE 2014

Photos Courtesy Aruna Seth

Aruna Seth


runa Seth hails from a family firmly established in the shoe world. Aruna lived every little girl’s dream surrounded by shoes, but while her father made practical, affordable, sports shoes, she wanted to make shoes fit for a princess. Aruna’s personal name has become synonymous with exquisitely designed, show-stopping shoes. Acclaimed by fashion press around the world for her exceptional designs and attention to detail. Aruna is now living out her life-long dream of creating uniquely glamorous shoes which are designed to elongate the legs whilst giving a woman the luxury gift of comfort. In her design approach, Aruna views fine detail as more than a matter of embellishment. Rather, the Swarovski crystals, intricate trims and sensuous materials that make her

noticed. She believes that too many women pick the dress and then try to match the shoes, whereas she believes in dressing from the feet up Aruna Seth now has over 50 stockists across the globe.

Goldie Hawn and Katherine Heigl are favouring Aruna Seth shoes on the Red Carpet. Aruna Seth beautiful ballerina’s made an appearance on the hit series Gossip Girl after Sex and The City.

Beautiful Shoes... Aruna Seth shoes are beautiful inside and out, they're designed to be worn all day and are comfortable, irrespective of the heel size!

Stockists... Aruna Seth has over thirty stockists worldwide across Europe, the US and Asia. The shoes are stocked in Harrods plus other high-end stores such as Stephanie Allin, Caroline Castigliano and Browns in London. In the US their biggest stockists are Kleinfeld in New York City, besides that the shoes are always available to purchase on their online boutique.

Celebrities... The shoe choice for Royalty as Pippa Middleton wore the Lynn Sandal at the reception of the Royal wedding day. Pippa was famously photographed in a green temperley dress teamed with Aruna Seth shoes which became an iconic image of the special day.

e that too many women pick the dress and then try to match the shoes, believe in dressing from the feet up.” – Aruna Seth shoes instantly recognisable are integral to the realisation of the whole piece. Now familiar fixtures on the red carpet, Aruna’s signature ‘Cerise’ style shoes have been embraced by those in the know as the ultimate in evening elegance. Like her shoes, Aruna can be found in the fashion capitals of the world, including London and Moscow where she maintains showrooms for personal appointments. The butterfly has become her trademark as it symbolises freedom. Aruna Seth shoes give women the confidence to go out and be

Princess Beatrice was spotted with the nude patent clutch bag at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball and Princess Eugenie wore the lovely black suede franca shoes to attend Prince Phillips 90th Birthday. Aruna Seth shoes are internationally renowned on the Red Carpet as A-list stars such as Sophia Bush, Kate Hudson,

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Venus Gold Tessuto

Crystal Studded Fashion Shoes

Pretty, Feminine Wow-Factor Red Carpet Shoes

Venus Coral

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Gold Studded Fashion Shoes

Studded Heel Fashion Shoes

Venus Black Pitone

Aruna Seth’s luxurious high-end shoes are handmade in Northern Italy in small quantities by craftsman with generations of shoe-making experience. Only the finest quality materials adorn each shoe for example Swarovski crystals and Chantilly lace from France. A different designer shoe brand because Aruna Seth cares about comfort and each shoe contains a plush leather cushioning giving cashmere like comfort to feet.

Black & White Fashion Shoes

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Style Statements Through “Wearable Art”


imple Monga, founder of Kala Wearable Art, unveiled her luxurious collection of scarves at the Spoke Club, Toronto, Ontario to a select audience and the fashion media, at an invitation only event. The event showcasing exclusive designs on the highest quality cashmere wool from the remote regions of Himalayas, involved products ranging from Sophie Hallette lace to the 400 year old craft of precious metal embroidery called Danka. Dimple created Kala-Wearable Art to indulge her love of Indian handicraft and traditional arts. The vibrant colours and intricate patterns of her scarves represent

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Dimple’s interpretation of India’s rich cultural heritage for the fashionable women. At the exclusive preview of her collection Dimple Monga said, “Kala’s products are for the socially conscious patrons that not only believe in supporting artisans worldwide, but also want to possess an unmatchable wardrobe. I want to promote art that can be worn, and hence my Company’s motto is Wearable Art”. Kala aims to promote India’s rich and varied textile heritage, as expressed by contemporary artisans, through its line of designer scarves. They focus exclusively on Cashmere, Silk and fine Wool.

The cashmere used in the scarves and shawls originates in the remote ladakh region of upper Himalayas in India. Delicately chosen and sparingly woven, the handcrafted products will delight the senses. Using longestablished techniques from various regions

Photos: Vincenzo Pistritto

of India, the artisans create these valuable garments for the sophisticated palate. When asked why scarves, Dimple says, “I wanted to start with a versatile product that can be worn both casually and formally. Moreover, given Canada’s cold and at many times uncertain climate, scarves and shawls are an important part of the wardrobe. I also felt that I can bring some class and warmth to this category, by creating a product based on Cashmere, which will both endure and be a treasured possession.” “Our emphasis on creating enduring products, created by award winning artisans involving traditional arts is an important element of differentiation. I believe that my clientele will be both sophisticated in taste and strong of character. By that I mean, that they will support my products based on a holistic understanding of the entire business. We support the under-appreciated during creation, highlight their art, support the challenged youth during delivery in the GTA and support young women that need assistance.” “By buying a Kala product, not only will our patrons be making a style statement, but also a social contribution. Not many companies can say that.” says Dimple.

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FashionWeek Summer/Resort 2014

Photos: Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014

Romance, colour, style and creativity flowed down the catwalk when Bollywood’s top designers, showcased their latest collections. Summer was in full bloom as the Hotel Grand Hyatt Ballroom turned into a mini forest. Tree trunks curved elegantly along the ramp. Clumps of blossoms and creepers flowed down from the ceiling. A thick arch of gorgeous foliage was the entrance to the ramp as the ambience spelt pure romance.

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Style of

Sustainability H&M Conscious and Conscious Exclusive

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H Photos Courtesy of H&M production

&M is proud of its sustainability work. Conscious and Conscious Exclusive show the breadth of possibilities with sustainable materials, and their new Clever Care labelling lets their customers join the mission towards a more sustainable future for fashion,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Head of Design, New Development. Conscious Exclusive collection is made in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think-tank EVER Manifesto, who share H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future for fashion. Ever Manifesto will also appear in the Conscious Exclusive campaign together with Amber Valletta, the supermodel and actress also known for her commitment to sustainability. Amber Valletta is also the face of the Conscious collection campaign.

Conscious Exclusive is a special designed limited collection made by high quality fabrics and dramatic and intricate details inspired by flamenco and bohemia. New introduced materials are organic leather, leather from cows bred for organic meat production in Swedish farms, and organic silk that is silk cultivated in organic mulberry trees. This year’s Conscious collection is full of key fashion pieces made by more sustainable materials and perfect for the spring. The key piece is a bright orange dress that is longer at the back and made from Tencel with polyamide and a loose-cut kaftan covered in a hand-drawn zebra print. The collection is available in 150 selected H&M stores worldwide as well as online. MAY / JUNE 2014 35


Accessorize Long Crystal Ring

Lipsy Flower Ring



Dunnes Stores Embellished Clutch

Put those boots away and bring out the heels. It’s time to play in the sun with some fabulous pumps and purses. Don’t forget the matching accessories!

Next Weave Box Clutch

Shade Station Bvlgari Sunglass

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Accessorize Marrakech Gold Band

Accessorize Mosaic Shimmer Chandelier Earring

House of Fraser Untold Pearl Beaded Clutch

Next Asymmetric Strap Shoes

Next Pointed Courts

Lipsy Silver Jewel Heels glamorous high heeled court shoes. Feature all over embellishment peeptoe and adjustable strap Lipsy Flower Cutwork Duffle Bag featuring cutwork flower trim, branded gold plate, chain strap detail and magnetic popper main Clutch Bag With Neon Flower Embellishment

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MUST HAVE Martine Wester Amazona Topaz Collar Necklace


Folli Follie Alicious Watch


Finding the right accessories, shoes and makeup can make or break the look you’re achieving. Using complimentary colours with a pop of fun is a great way to have fun with your style.

Bank Fashion Blonde & Blonde Jewel Sandals

The Body Shop 4 Step Smoky Eyes Brown Palette

The Body Shop Mascara Waterproof

Shade Station Sunglass

The Body Shop White Musk Smokey Rose Spritz Duo Gift Set

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The Body Shop New Colourglide



FANTASIA DELUGE LUX RING Droplets of white diamonds accentuate a brilliant cascade of color. Featuring Ruby LG, and black and white diamonds.

LA FLEURE CROWN JEWEL AMETHYST RING Illuminating amethyst quartz and white diamonds evoke a royal sense of luxury for this magnificent ring. Featuring amethyst quartz, 18-karat gold, palladium, and white diamonds. 40 MAY / JUNE 2014

FANTASIA BLUE ENCHANTMENT PENDANT EARRINGS This Blue Topaz pair will entice and enchant even the most discerning eye. Featuring blue, green, pink, yellow, and fancy diamonds, blue topaz, gold, and palladium.

Zorab Creations Fulfil your Fantasy

FANTASIA HEART OF AMETHYST NECKLACE Wrap your neck with the exquisite combination of amethyst and sapphire stones. Featuring amethyst quartz, pink and white sapphire, and white diamonds. FANTASIA RADIANCE AMETHYST LUX RING A brilliant rainbow of violet, pink, and white in a luminous setting. Featuring amethyst quartz, pink sapphire and white diamonds.

FANTASIA WANDERLUST VENETIAN MASK RING Discover exotic gems and fascinating design from faraway lands. Featuring amethyst quartz, pink sapphire, and pink and white diamonds.

Photos: Zorab Creations


efined by beauty and originality, Zorab jewelry is imbued with opulence and color, evoking the luxurious fashion whimsy that has become instantly recognizable among the world’s most discerning clientele. Each Zorab piece is an art masterpiece onto itself, each painstakingly designed and toiled over until perfection is achieved. The result is a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces so unique and distinct, it could only be a Zorab Creation. Zorab Atelier de Creation’s expertly skilled artisans combine high-end materials and craftsmanship to create jewelry pieces that both celebrate classic elegance and inspire contemporary style. Employing more than 150 skilled artisans, Zorab is one of the few left in Haute Joaillerie that have kept their entire production in-house to ensure quality. This commitment to excellence is vident in every Zorab piece, and has earned the company prestigious awards in Madrid, New York and Vienna. MAY / JUNE 2014 41

ACCESSORIES Phase Eight Necklacet

Debenhams Jewel Earrings Internacionale Butterfly Detail Bracelet Forties Sparkle Earrings

Phase Eight Bo Earrings

All that Glitters

Nothing says spring like blue sky and sunshine. Why not catch the sun and watch it sparkle off some amazing accessories.

Accessorize From Top Right: Marseille Multi Stone Stretch Bracelet,12 X Indian Luxury Bangles, Bobble Stretch Bracelet, Marseille Stripe Clamp Bangles, Lulu Clasp Bracelet, Nautical Rope Stretch Bracelet, 4 X Marseille Luxury Stretch Bracelet Pack Primark UK Bangle Set Treasure Cocktail Ring

Phase Eight Gina Flower Cuff

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Boticca Pyramid Earrings Oliver Bonas Celinena Sequin Bead Earringst

Internacionale Silver Gem Bracelet

Martine Wester Rio Carnival Ring

Boticca Round Golden Volcanic Ring

ISME Cluster Cuff Bangle

Daxon Decorative Beaded Cuff Bracelet

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Linea from Baume&Mercier 44 MAY / JUNE 2014

Homage to the colours of spring and summer.




Linea 10011 - 10009 and 10013 featuring the new Linea Spring and Summer Straps collection.


aiting for the first rays of sunshine to release its new spring/summer line, the Linea watch is about to shine, conquer and charm! Soft and comfortable, its three new interchangeable wrap around straps, exclusively available for the Linea 27 mm models, are directly inspired by the vibrant Hindu celebration of Holi, which celebrates the spring equinox and the return of colour. You will be spellbound by this beautiful collection, combining classy soft or glossy leather with silky and matt satin, in a charming and sensual double wrap design. Pearly White Beautiful and simple, this burst of light is a beauty-enhancing must-have. Star of the summer, the white hue embodies simplicity and elegance while delicately illuminating the wrist. Its refined temperament is utterly arresting. Vibrant Orange Rich and lively, this brilliant orange livens up subdued beige or highlights the gold in beautifully tanned skin. Voluptuous, it radiates a pigment of optimism, the essence of feminity.

Red Poppy Glamorous and bold, this intense crimson is really eye-popping. Classic and radiant, this red, synonymous with love and happiness, will mark the most fashionable dress codes with its personality. What is amazing about Linea is that making one choice is not necessary: with one click, this new line of interchangeable wrap around straps offers women who are on the go the guarantee of elegance under all circumstances, both during the day and at night. One, two, three, a little sun on my Linea! MAY / JUNE 2014 45




Grooms need a grooming too!

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Weddings have never been only about the bride. Grooms-to-be prepare for the wedding by getting facials done and trimmed groomed hair. But today’s groom also makes sure that the skin looks flawless. In all honestly the market is fully loaded with beauty products for men. Today’s grooms makeup preparations would ideally have the following: n Moisturising Cream n Primer n Contour Kit n Light Foundation n Eye Brow Brush Set n Mascara It may seem feminine but if used in a minimal way these products and the step by step technique can actually produce an outcome that would not let anyone notice make up on the grooms face. As much as the bride wants to look the best so does the groom. Mac recently introduced a Mac primer for men which helps men to function basic

makeup products well. A primer leads to a smooth face which can then blend in a matching foundation for a flawless look!! to some this may be a bit over the top but “I simply think that men need make up to look flawless as well. It’s all about keeping it minimal and make it look as natural as possible!” “So for those who like the idea, I introduce Saamia Khan Male campaign for 2014 onwards! want to know the secrets to flawless skin coverage with minimal make up? I am happy to help!” Celebrity Makeup Artist & Image Consultant: Facebook: Saamia Khan MUA Instagram: Saamyakhan Twitter: SaamiaKhan YouTube Channel: Saamia Khan TV Email:

Photo:Wasim Maqsood- Aks Studio


aamia Khan has come up with the idea that it’s not only the bride that needs a makeover; the Groom needs one too! yes you hear me right! Today like any other day everyone is more inclined to see what the bride looks like ignoring the fact that the groom has also made tremendous efforts for the special day. Saamia Khan has introduced a grooming session for the grooms to be! “I mean who thinks they dont? we all know that for a fact the male partner is preparing for the special day as much as the female is. The only difference is maybe not the jewellery and the make up as much! but hang on here now! today when we look at all the products available in the market for men we ought to think that men also have the same right to use the help of products to look good as any women out there.”

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M.Asam® Resveratrol Premium Combat Anti Aging


Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM is based on the breakthrough beauty benefits of resveratrol. These high-end skin care products contain valuable resveratrol to support a younger and more radiant looking complexion. Resveratrol is a powerful, natural antioxidant gained from grape vines and is known for its “power of youth”. The rich formulations are suitable for all skin types and contain a fresh citric fragrance.

M. Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM 24h Cream This valuable day and night cream contains resveratrol to support a young and radiant looking complexion. Precious oils moisturize and care for your skin leaving it feeling supple and revived M. Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM Essence This liquid age-defying face serum contains resveratrol to support a young and radiant looking complexion. Precious oils like grape seed oil, apricot kernel oil and argan oil together with Gatuline® In-tense (= paracress extract) provide intensive care for your skin and leave the skin feeling silky and smooth.

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M. Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM Eye Cream This fragrance free eye cream based on the power of resveratrol cares for the delicate eye contour area and helps to combat environmental aggressors, a major source for premature skin aging. The special formulation for the sensitive skin around the eyes includes moisturizing ingredients such as grape seed oil and hyaluronic acid and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. M. Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM Ampoule BeautyTreatment This special anti-wrinkle beauty treatment for 14 days contains concentrated resveratrol and refines and refreshes the appearance of your skin. The special formulation Made in Germany also includes hyaluronic acid, panthenol and Gatuline® Expression to help fighting environmental aggressors that can lead to premature skin aging.

M. Asam® RESVERATROL PRMIUM Smoothing Face Mask This age-defying smoothing face mask is based on concentrated resveratrol. It cares for your skin with grape seed oil, vitamin E, squalane and other moisturizing ingredients and helps to fight environmental aggressors that can lead to premature skin aging. Refines the appearance of your skin while protecting against moisture loss, with continued use. This smoothing face mask helps to smooth the appearance of your skin and provides a refreshed look. M. Asam® RESVERATROL PREMIUM Body Cream This rich body cream contains a high concentration of shea butter (15%), resveratrol, cocoa butter, cold-pressed grape seed oil and vitamin E. It intensely cares for your skin and leaves it feeling velvety-soft and smooth.

Smooth LikeSatin Perfect Teint II & Perfect Teint Essence

PERFECT TEINT ESSENCE 1.69 fl.oz • An intensive moisturizing face serum. • Free of fragrance. • An ideal skin care product to use before Perfect Teint II. • The Perfect Teint Essence provides moisture to the skin throughout the day without oils. • Contains squalane, retinol, peptides and vitamin E. • Helps to work against the visible signs of premature skin aging. • Dermatologically tested. Directions: Apply to your cleansed face and allow to fully absorb. Follow with Perfect Teint II. PERFECT TEINT II 2.36 fl.oz • Extra large size. • Immediately and temporarily smoothes away the appearance of lines and wrinkles. • Open pores and imperfections optically disappear with perfect coverage. • Conceals wrinkles. • Controls shine, giving a matte finish. • Can be combined with makeup or used after makeup is applied.

• Smoothing texture fills in the lines, pores and imperfections helping them appear drastically reduced. • Skin looks smooth like satin, giving you a flawless looking more radiant complexion for a younger look. • Added skin care ingredients (a retinol-peptide complex) help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles with continued use. • Dermatologically tested. Directions: 1. Let your serum/moisturizer fully absorb, before applying Perfect Teint II. 2. Apply your makeup (use only a makeup without silicon!) and then follow with Perfect Teint II. Or use Perfect Teint II as a makeup. 3. Apply a tiny amount directly onto small lines or thinly onto the entire face. The trick to applying Perfect Teint II is actually using very little. 4. Gently apply Perfect Teint II by patting onto your skin. Do not rub! 5. Try also on your neck and decollete or even your hands!

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Beauty BeFine Food Skin Care


eFine believes that healthy skin is part of a holistic lifestyle approach. Our whole personal perspective is made up of our physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, social and spiritual values. BeFine looks at the relationship not just between our cells but the larger coexistence of us with nature and everything in the world. It’s about the connection to all things natural and the support of our intrinsic beauty. Florence the founder believes that everybody has the right to good products and the aspiration to live clean, healthy lives. BeFine food skin care is her value proposition for a life lived differently. It is a name that inspires us to be ourselves, to live in our skin, and to Just Be. The BeFine Philosophy of Beautiful Skin Behind every BeFine wholesome product is a revolutionary philosophy on skin care. It reflects the idea that beauty is about how you feel and how you live-and it all starts with what you put on your body AND in your body. If, as the familiar saying goes, you are what you eat, what does your skin say about you? Does it reflect a balanced diet full of stuff that’s good for you? Or does it reflect the late night cravings and indulgences of your favorite comfort food? Eating healthy isn’t always enough to give your skin what it needs. Just like we eat a balanced meal to maintain a healthy body on the inside, our skin needs a balanced diet to nurture beauty on the outside. It all works together in synergy. That’s why the BeFine products are made with nutritious, essential ingredients found in fruits and vegetables. With over 50 food ingredients, BeFine wants to feed you skin products fortified vitamins, minerals and healthy oils. Each ingredient has a specific purpose and is designed to perform as a “super food” for the skin. The result is a series of products packed with ingredients extracted from nature’s best.

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One Step Further... It’s about the connection between our body and the earth. Every product from BeFine comes from the earth and goes back to the earth, without any disruption to the planet. Nothing is wasted. And all of the BeFine extracts come from plants and minerals, which means no fillers, artificial colors or fragrances. The Menu The Refreshing Starter Course: • Gentle Cleanser • Exfoliating Cleanser • Firming Toner • Pore Refining Treatment Scrub The Nourishing Main Course: • Daily Moisturizing SPF 15 • Moisturizing Bronzer • Night Cream • Neck Cream The Indulgent Final Course: • Warming Clay Mask • Facial Mint Mask • Facial Cucumber Mask

• Cooling Peel-Off Mask Kit • Eye Brightening Treatment • Eye Blossom Miracle Eye Serum • Lip Exfoliator • Lip Serum • Rough Spot Lemon Balm BeFine Products are made with the most nutritious super-foods around, including pomegranates, almonds, and avocados. BeFine uses advanced technology to make sure all of the ingredients are efficient and effective. What won’t you find in BeFine? Allergens, fragrance, parabens and preservatives. The line is also vegan and never tests on animals.


Head-to-Toe Wild Organic Seaweed Skincare Direct from the Wild, Pristine Ocean to You Seaflora skincare products are manufactured locally using sustainably-harvested USDA Certified organic seaweeds, ocean mud and marine minerals. They are pioneers in the Organic Certification of wild harvested seaweeds, and were the first skincare company to offer this level of certification. Seaflora skin care is rich in vitamins and amino acids to help firm the appearance of skin, while fatty acids and beta-carotene increase vitality – leaving skin vibrant and youthful looking. Our nutrient rich seaweeds are hand-harvested in small batches off the cold, clean coast of British Columbia. The products are manufactured, in Canada, by hand to maintain high quality standards. They are free from petro-chemicals, mineral oil, Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), parabens, formaldehyde or harsh preservatives. Additionally, only organic or food grade ingredients are used to manufacture and ingredients are sourced locally to significantly lower carbon emissions. Ocean Authentic Series The classic Ocean Authentic Series features natural face and body care products suitable for all skin types. Products are natural and fragrance free and may help to relieve the symptoms associated with skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, premature-aging and sensitivity.

Seaflora Potent Seaweed Serum Potent Seaweed Serum is the signature facial product. It is rich in seaweed nutrients and contains an added boost of Vitamins A, C, E and K to fight the visible signs of aging and improve skin elasticity. This nourishing serum is suitable for all skin types including sensitive, hormonal and mature. Seaweed Body Gel Nutrient-rich, certified organic seaweeds are blended with light, emollient fatty acids to create this nourishing and hydrating body gel. It contains the highest concentration of seaweed nutrients in any of our body products, over 80% seaweed. Vitamins and minerals from the seaweed absorb quickly into the skin to relieve dryness and improve the look of skin firmness, helping to minimize the look of cellulite. Sea Therapy Anti- Aging Series Seaflora’s Sea Therapy, Anti-Aging Series, adds naturally sourced anti-aging ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) from fruits, as well as hyaluronic acid and Co-enzyme Q10 to compliment the marine nutrients and prevent the visible signs of aging.

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Colour Radiant Orchid Captivating, Magical, Enigmatic Purple


his year, Pantone announces its Colour of the Year to be Radiant Orchid.When Radiant Orchid is incorporated into beauty it radiates the face and makes the wearer feel daring and lively. Flatters many hair and skin tones. Radiant Orchid looks great on the nails as well. “Radiant orchid is a great color for the season because it is a universally flattering color like coral. What makes it work for everyone is the hint of red that is in it. The key to keeping this color looking fresh is to use it as an accent color or soft muted. If the lips are the focal point I like to use it as gloss, lip stain, or hydrating lip color”. - Makeup artist Margina Dennis.


Lipstick in Baby Doll Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics Line Experience beautiful lips without feathering. This revolutionary Lipstick gives you the matte, semi-matte or ultra-shine look with an intense velvety feel. In one simple stroke, you can play up your lips with a longlasting, glamorous finish. Nourish your lips with this lightweight Lipstick loaded with vitamin E, hydrating elements and a built in balm rich in sweet almond oil extracts to seal moisture and prolong true colour.

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Purple Rain Lip Gloss Armour Beauty Rich in natural oils and butters to moisturize and protect lips: featuring: shea butter, avocado, mango seed and olive butters and oils, grape seed oil and vitamin e. • Vanilla/grapefruit scent. • Paraben free, Gluten Free and NO animal testing ever. • Naturally based, long wearing, Rock ’N’ Roll lip gloss.

Ultra Shine Orchid Scented Shampoo Restructure, repair and energize your Hair with j.f. lazartigue The Ultra-Shine Orchid-Scented Shampoo is an ultra-gentle washing treatment that can be used daily, due to its very soft cleansing base. Its formulation removes all impurities and lime-scale the dull of the hair. Its active agents and enhancers associated with a derivative of castor oil smooth the hair scales and reflect light accentuating the natural shine of your hair. Used daily, the Ultra-Shine Orchid-Scented shampoo provides an exceptional shine, a silky touch and a sensual orchid scent while reawakens the brightness of your hair. Dusky Purple Nail Lacquers

Orchid Sparks Eyeliner Pencil Me In Cosmetics The eyeliners provide skin-nourishing benefits with natural ingredients and blended botanicals that include green tea leaf extract, pine bark extract, grape seed extract, shea butter, cacao butter, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil and safflower seed oil. Vitamins include A (Retinyl Palmitate), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), C (Ascorbic Acid) and Vitamins D and E, (Tocopherol). Each pencil has a built-in sharpener for added convenience. Comes in 30 different shades.

My Daily Beauty Merlot Skin Care Merlot’s “My Daily Beauty” kit features an easy three-step skin care routine: cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Merlot Grape Seed Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, and Merlot Moisturizer with SPF are packaged in a convenient, recyclable box. “My Daily Beauty” kit includes: Grape Seed Facial Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, Merlot Moisturizer.

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IIFA 2014 Toasts the best of Indian music and fashion

Photos: IIFA 2014

The much awaited 15th IIFA Celebrations kick started in Tampa Bay, Florida. Dedicated to the best of fashion and music, the evening witnessed leading avant garde fashion extravaganza by leading designers as some of Bollywood’s beauties walked the ramp for them. A host of musicians came together to be part of the gala event. Bollywood stars pulled out all the stops on the carpet, where they were greeted by frenzied fans. The ‘Green Carpet’ at IIFA Rocks! saw stunning beauties – Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Sonakshi Sinha, Gauhar Khan, Nirmit Kaur, Aditi Rao Hydari, Govinda, Anil Kapoor, Ritesh Deshmukh, Tushar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi among many others.

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SINGER screened in both the 2012 Hamilton Film Festival and the 2012 Mississauga Independent Film Festival – an excellent way to make an entrance into the Canadian music scene. In less than a year, Shyann’s live act was all over the Greater Toronto Area, including the opening of Bunji Garlin at the 2013 Irie Music Festival, singing for the NFL Pre-Game Show at Yonge-Dundas Square and leading the youth series at the 2013 Oakville Jazz Festival. Having recently performed in front of a sold out audience for her official album release party (held at Drake Underground), Shyann is building a buzz all across Toronto, with many music insiders who’ve heard her album praising it for its originality. Shyann & Nick Name (an accomplished producer, multi-instrumentalist & engineer) combine elements of jazz, soul in their music, INTO THE GROUND, which also features guest appearances from Canadian trumpeter, Brownman Ali (Guru, Mos Def) and Emcee, Telescope, among many others. Shyann’s musical influences stem from artists such as Esthero, Portishead, Amel Larrieux, Amy Winehouse and Radiohead, to name a few and is on the way to the top herself.

Building a


Photo: Kimon Kaketsi


hyann Quintet was born in Montreal, raised in Toronto and grew up in a diverse musical environment. She trained extensively as an operatic singer with renowned vocalist and educator Eleanor Calbes. Eventually her interests expanded to jazz and soul music. Since then she has evolved into a seasoned songwriter and performing artist. She was placed into the top finalists of the 2012 Canadian Radio Star

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National Songwriting Competition with her song ‘Green Mellotron’. Featured on debut album, this song placed third for ‘Most Views’ and sixth place for ‘Song Favourites’ out of hundreds of submissions. In addition to her songwriting successes, the short film for her album INTO THE GROUND was selected to be

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FORMER MTV PRODUCER TURNS CELEBRITY EXPERTISE INTO COMEDY GOLD Hit Web Series ‘Mumbai Chopra’ Returns to Spoof Young Hollywood

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“She [Natasha] makes you laugh, cry and feel strongly for the strong yet vulnerable character, Mumbai. This is entertainment at its very best with brilliant writing and acting.” Lavanya Anand (Vice President of Content, Channel [v] India) The show will introduce MTV “Girl Code” star Charlamagne tha God as her unexpected Spirit Guide. “At the core of it, it’s an every girl story,” Chandel says. “It’s about love, coming into your own, and finding the balance between chasing your dreams and maintaining your morals.” Now “That’s OM.”

Photo: David Leyes

The hit web series “Mumbai Chopra: Misadventures of an It Girl” returned for its third and final season on April 6, 2014. The coming- of- age comedy, helmed by former MTV News producer/ writer Natasha Chandel, spoofs celebrity and pop culture through the hilarious antics of a spiritual guru’s socialite daughter, and the new season will guest star MTV’s Charlamagne tha God. “You write about what you know best. I knew all those years obsessing over Hollywood would pay off,” Chandel jokes, comparing the show to“ ‘Clueless’ but with a dash of culture.” “Witty, funny and socially topical,” John Edward (celebrity psychic medium) Chandel’s episodes parody everything from the “Kardashians” to Paris Hilton (the inspiration behind Mumbai’s name), Tyra Bank’s on-camera “ANTM” freak- out to “Kick- Ass” to viral song parodies of Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, to name a few. Heck, she even pokes fun at Oprah! “Your web series piece was absolutely WONDERFUL!” John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”, “Ground Floor”). The third season will feature Natasha Chandel returning as the sweet but materialistic Mumbai Chopra who not only loses her talk show and boyfriend in seasons one and two, respectively, but all direction. Season 3 kicks off the ultimate journey for the Hollywood “It” girl: to find out who she really is.

CBC MUSIC TEAMS UP WITH LYRICAL KNOCKOUT ENTERTAINMENT’S DEEJAY RA TO INTRODUCE A BRAND NEW SOUTH ASIAN MIX WEB STATION TO LISTENERS’ ABOUT CBC/RADIO-CANADA CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. ABOUT CBC MUSIC.CA is Canada’s free digital music service. For the casual listener to the hardcore fan, connect with the very best Canadian and international music, concerts and features. Simple and easy to navigate, gives Canadians access to 50 Web radio stations, 12 distinct genre-based music communities, CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3, plus content from the most knowledgeable music personalities and programmers from across the country, hundreds of concerts, playlists and more.

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CBC Music has teamed up with Raoul Juneja (Deejay Ra), one of Canada’s foremost personalities in music, to present listeners with a brand new South Asian web station, launching today. Juneja was brought on as researcher for the new web station to reach out to the South Asian community and help guide CBC Music to finding the best artists in Canada and internationally to showcase the rich musical heritage. The station blends hip-hop, R&B and pop music with Indian inspired influences. Listeners will get a taste of Canada’s own Raghav and JoSH alongside Britain’s Apache Indian and Rishi Rich. “CBC Music is pleased to launch this new South Asian web station, and connect with a community with such a diverse and rich music culture,” says Mark Steinmetz, director of Music Programming for English Services. “This is an amazing way for showcase some the greatest talent both nationally and internationally. Having Raoul work with us to produce the station has given us a deeper look into the musical talent we have in our country.” Juneja has produced numerous projects through his award-winning Lyrical Knockout Entertainment company, including a chart-topping Canadian rap album distributed through Universal Music Canada; an anti-gang documentary featuring Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and most recently crowned winner of ANOKHI Magazine’s 2014 Excellence in Music Media Award.

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t’s Time to Get desiFIED! On May 31st, Yonge-Dundas Square will come alive with the sounds, sights and flavors of South Asia with 12 hours of non-stop desi urban music to kick off the summer! desiFEST, Canada’s largest outdoor South Asian music concert is back for it’s 8th year in the square presented by returning sponsor TD and welcoming new sponsor Crest (Procter & Gamble) as co-presenter this year. Showcasing over 50 performers throughout the day, desiFEST provides a unique platform for South Asian artists to showcase their talent in front of an audience of over 40,000 visitors. Since it’s inception in 2006, the desiFEST stage has hosted over 150 internationally renowned recording artists including the UK’s Apache Indian, Taz & Stereo Nation 62 MAY / JUNE 2014

and Arjun, Denmark’s Anita Lerche, The Bilz & Kashif and homegrown Canadian talent who have found success overseas in India such as JoSh, Jonita, Parichay and Roach Killa. This year’s line-up includes a heavy focus on new artists to showcase the growing Canadian talent pool. “desiFEST is thrilled to be returning for our 8th year of showcasing the amazing South Asians talents and culture here in Canada. No other platform currently exists to provide these talented young artists with a stage to share their music with such a large audience via a free event like desiFEST. It is with the support of our visionary partners TD and Procter & Gamble that we are able to continue with our contributions to the community, and we look forward to another great event this

year.”- Sathish Bala, CEO & Founder, desiFEST. Whether you are attending with friends or the family, this event has got something for everyone. But you don’t have to be of South Asian descent or understand the language to enjoy desiFEST! As the spicy aroma of the food market and infectious sound of the ethnic beats fill the air, it’s no surprise that visitors from all walks of life stop by to join in on the fun and get desiFIED! The music continues on June 21st as the team will move the excitement out of the city to Celebration Square in Mississauga for their next event of the summer – Hungama! Currently in it’s second year, this event delivers an evening of outdoor Bollywood entertainment, food and family fun in the heart of Mississauga.

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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson declare d Dec. 11, 2013 Cord Blood Awareness Day thro ughout the city and boroughs of Ottawa.

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Canadian Blood Services A Healthcare Solution for all Canadians Written by: John Bromley, ABC


part from its unparalleled scenic beauty, Canada is known for another national grace – its lush ethnic diversity. From coast-tocoast Canadians can experience the charm of many diverse worlds simply by talking to their neighbour or walking to their favourite restaurant. But for hundreds of Canadian patients from diverse cultures who currently suffer from over 50 diseases and disorders as leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia and other inherited immune system disorders; coming from an ethnically diverse heritage is certainly ‘no walk in the neighbourhood’ when finding their stem cell match to survive. Approximately 70 per cent of Canadian patients requiring a stem cell transplant must look outside of their immediate families for a match and many have unique stem cell matching needs reflecting Canada’s extensive diversity. Canada’s ethnic population is under-represented on the national adult stem cell registry OneMatch Stem Cell and

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Left to right: Orlando, father of Lourdess Sumn ers (cord blood recipien Director, National Publi t); Dr. Heidi Elmoazzen, c Cord Blood bank; Ms . Dale Sheard, Co-Chair Dr. Jan Chritilaw, CEO BC Campaign For All Cana Women’s Hospital and dians; Canadian Blood Services celebrate Vancouver’s ’ CEO Dr. Graham Sher, part in helping to build a robust and diverse na bank in Canada. tional public cord blood

Marrow Network and there is a pressing need for these patients to have better access to stem cell treatments. Building a national public cord blood bank will play an important role in solving this healthcare issue by accessing more stem cell matches for Canadian patients. By collecting donated cord blood from volunteering mothers across Canada - especially from ethnically diverse population centres - cord blood will provide a rich source of stem cells that can provide renewed life for many of those patients that are waiting for their match. Cord blood stem cells have unique advantages for patients: cord blood is collected in advance, stored and ready for use immediately as needed, therefore decreasing patient wait times for their match; their immunity capabilities are immature compared to adult stem cells, and as such, they can provide a

more tolerant matching possibility; this will help increase the likelihood of finding a match for patients, especially within ethnically diverse communities. Canada is the only G8 country that does not have a national public cord blood bank and this needs to change. By financially donating to Canadian Blood Services’ Campaign For All Canadians, you can be part of building a national public cord blood bank that is dedicated to the unique needs of Canadian stem cell patients by offering them another chance at finding their match. This means saving more lives – especially within Canada where stem cell donors from all ethnic backgrounds are desperately needed. Donate generously by visiting


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Award-Winning Chef

Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine.

Photos: Vikram Vij


ikram Vij was born in India in 1964 and lived in New Delhi and Bombay until the age of 20, when he migrated to Austria. While he was there he received his chef certificate from the Salzburg Hotel Management School.Vikram moved to Canada in 1989 to work at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta. He became a certified sommelier from the International Sommelier Guild in 2000, and is passionate about pairing wines with his cuisine. In September 1994, Vikram opened Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, BC. In early 1995, his wife, Meeru Dhalwala, joined him and the two began collaborating on the menu. 2014 will see the move of Vij’s Restaurant to a larger location on Cambie Street. As well, Vikram will be opening a new concept restaurant in South Surrey called My Shanti. In 2004, Vikram and Meeru opened up a second restaurant and market called Vij’s Rangoli. The market sells Vij’s At Home, a line of prepackaged gourmet curries, which are based on popular recipes from Vij’s Restaurant. In order to keep up with the growing demand for the packaged meals in BC, and to expand the availability of the

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products across Canada, a purpose-built food production facility in Surrey, BC, was constructed as the headquarters for Vij’s Inspired Indian Cuisine in early 2011 where the packaged meals are cooked by hand. Vij’s Restaurant has become infamous in Vancouver, across Canada and now globally as one of the finest Indian dining experiences in the world. In 2003, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman said of Vij’s that it was: “…easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” Vikram has been involved with the Chef’s Table Society of British Columbia, Farm Folk City Folk Organization, Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood, UBC Farm fundraisers and the Green Table Society. As well, Vikram and Meeru’s dedication to the work done at UBC resulted in the funding and opening of Vij’s Kitchen, a state-of-the-art culinary learning facility at the University of British Columbia, dedicated to teaching the chefs and nutritionists of the future about ethnic food and cuisine. Vikram was a guest judge on Top Chef Canada in 2011 and 2012 and he was the guest of honour in a 2013 Top Chef Canada

episode dedicated to Indian cuisine. That episode also featured the Vij’s At Home line of packaged meals, which were sampled by the contestants. He is also a judge on the first ever Chopped Canada show, which premiered on Food Network Canada in January 2014 with the highest premiere ratings for the network, and he is a judge on CBC’s Recipe to Riches, which began airing in February 2014. In 2014, it was announced that Vikram Vij would be joining the cast of the CBC’s top rated show Dragons Den, as one of two new Dragons. The show features eager entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of Dragons who assess and discuss the idea before either deciding to invest or dismissing the pitch. In June 2011, the BC Food Processors Association honoured Vikram with the Rising Star Award. In October 2011, he was awarded The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Pacific Region’s Hospitality and Tourism category. In 2012, Vij’s Railway Express was launched onto the streets of Vancouver. It is a mobile food truck serving up top quality Indian curries to people in downtown Vancouver

for weekday lunch and at private catering events. The truck was based on Vikram’s travels by rail throughout India and in 2013 was awarded the inaugural People’s Choice Award from Air Canada’s enRoute Magazine, as Canada’s Best New Restaurant. In March 2013, Vikram hosted the world’s first ever live-streamed cook-along, Cook Live With Vikram Vij. As part of Vikram’s goal, to make Indian cuisine accessible to all, people were encouraged to join him live online and cook a family meal at the same time, taking instruction from an award-winning chef. They were able to Tweet questions and photos as the curry was being prepared. The first cook-along received more than 10,000 hits. Vikram and Meeru have published two award-winning cookbooks: Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine, (which won the Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon International Cookbook Award), and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey. Vikram and Meeru live in Vancouver with their two daughters.

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Marinated Lamb Popsicles

with Fenugreek Cream Curry

Prawns in Coconut Masala This recipe can be served as an appetizer or passed around with drinks. On its own, the masala goes well with naan or rice.You can substitute canola oil for the ghee in this recipe but remember that you will lose some flavor. Don’t substitute butter. It is difficult to cook cumin seeds alone in butter, as you need to keep the heat relatively high and the butter ends up burning and sticking to the bottom of your pot. Also, use a good-quality coconut milk.You don’t use very much but you want to be able to taste it in your recipe. Adding a larger quantity of a low-quality coconut milk just makes this dish runny. If we can’t source any wild prawns, we use prawns farmed in the U.S., specifically California, rather than Asian-farmed tiger prawns. The farming practices of many tiger prawn farms in Asia are considered highly questionable by organizations monitoring healthy and/or sustainable seafoods. Prawns cook very quickly – 2 to 3 minutes on average – so watch them closely to avoid overcooking them. Ingredients: • 30 prawns, shelled and deveined • 2 tsp salt • 2 Tbsp ghee or canola oil • ½ Tbsp cumin seeds • 2 large onions, chopped • 3 large ripe tomatoes, finely chopped

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Marinated Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry This is the signature dish at Vij’s—probably the most famous and most popular. The size of the lamb popsicles depend on the rack of lamb you buy. If the popsicles are bigger, then four per order is usually enough. This recipe is for 30 medium-size popsicles, with five per order. Serve these popsicles over turmeric new potatoes. Serves 6 Ingredients Lamb: • 1/4 cup sweet white wine • 3/4 cup grainy yellow mustard • 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp ground black pepper • 4 lbs French-cut racks of lamb, in chops Curry Sauce: • 4 cups whipping cream • 1 Tbsp salt • 1 tsp paprika • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper • 1 Tbsp dried green fenugreek leaves 70 MAY / JUNE 2014

• 1/4 cup lemon juice • 1/4 cup canola oil • 3 Tbsp finely chopped garlic • 1 tsp turmeric Lamb: Combine wine, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add lamb and coat well with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. Curry Sauce: In a large bowl, combine cream, salt, paprika, cayenne, fenugreek leaves and lemon juice. Heat 3 to 4 Tbsp of the oil in a medium pot on medium heat and sauté garlic until golden. Stir in turmeric and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the cream mixture and cook on low to medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until it is gently boiling. Finish Lamb: Preheat a stove-top cast iron grill or barbeque to high heat. Place lamb on the grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side. To Serve: Serve popsicles piping hot off the grill. Place four to five lamb chops on each plate. Pour the cream curry over the meat or ladle it into a small bowl and use it as a dipping sauce for the popsicles.

Prawns in Coc

Author Meeru Dhal

• 2 Tbsp coconut milk, stirred • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar • 2 tsp chopped green chilies • 3 bunches green onions, white and green parts chopped Serves 6 Directions: Place prawns in a colander and rinse under cold water. Allow excess water to drain. In a bowl, combine prawns and 1 tsp of the salt. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator while you are making the coconut masala. In a large frying pan, melt ghee on medium-high heat (or heat oil for 1 minute). Add cumin seeds and allow them to sizzle for 30 seconds. Add onions and sauté 5 to 8 minutes, or until dark brown but not burned. Stir in tomatoes, coconut milk, vinegar, chilies and the remaining 1 tsp of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until tomatoes are cooked through. Add green onions and stir well. Add prawns, stirring constantly until they become pinkish-orange. This will take about 3 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat. To Serve: Place 5 prawns on each of six small shallow plates. Top each serving with one-sixth of the coconut masala. Alternatively, divide the coconut masala evenly among six shallow plates, then top with 5 prawns per plate. Wine: A Pouilly-Fume or Sancerre wine is a great sipping wine with this masala.

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Spicy Cauliflower “Steak”

Spicy Cauliflower “Steak” (From Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey by Meeru Dhalwala & Vikram Vij) Ingredients: • 1 head of cauliflower, outside stalks cut off • ½ cup cooking oil • 1 ½ cups pureed or crushed canned tomatoes • 1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger • 1 ½ tsp salt • 1 tsp turmeric • 1 Tbsp ground cumin • 1 Tbsp ground coriander • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper • 10 cloves (optional) •3-inch cinnamon stick (optional) Serves 6 to 8 (Depending on size of the Cauliflower) Preparation: Cut cauliflower, as you would a pie, into 6 pieces if it’s a smaller head and 8 pieces if it’s a larger one. Wash and carefully place large cauliflower pieces in a colander to drain. Combine oil and tomatoes in a large wide

pot on medium-high heat. (Since the pot is large, you may need to turn it on to high if your stove burner is small.) Add ginger, salt, turmeric, cumin, coriander, cayenne, cloves and cinnamon; stir well and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes, or until oil glistens from tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low while you mix in cauliflower. Carefully place each large piece of cauliflower into the pot and gently stir so that the tomato masala covers all the pieces. If necessary, use a large spoon to ladle tomato masala into the nooks & crannies of the cauliflower pieces. Increase the heat to medium, cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once halfway through. When you stir, if you notice that the cauliflower isn’t cooking, increase the heat. If it’s sticking to the bottom of the pot, decrease the heat. Pierce once of the larger pieces with a knife to see if it is soft (not mushy). If necessary, cook cauliflower covered, for another 1 to 2 minutes. (If florets have broken apart because they overcooked, don’t worry; this dish is still delicious.) Prep & Cooking Time: 30 minutes MAY / JUNE 2014 71


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Stewed Cinnamon-Scented Lamb Curry (From Vij’s Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine by Vikram Vij & Meeru Dhalwala) Ingredients: • 4 to 5 Tbsp ghee or canola oil • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds • 2 large onions, chopped • 7 large cloves garlic, chopped (about 1 oz) • 1 Tbsp finely chopped or lightly crushed ginger • 2 Tbsp ground cumin • 2 tsp ground coriander • 1 tsp turmeric • 10 cloves • 1 cinnamon stick, 2 inches long (add another 1 inch stick if you prefer stronger) • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper • 1 Tbsp salt • 5 ripe tomatoes, chopped (about 1 ½ lbs) • 1 cup plain yogurt, stirred • 1 cup water • ¼ cup canola oil • 2 lbs leg of lamb, fat trimmed, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro Serves 6 Preparation: Melt ghee (or 4 Tbsp of oil) on medium heat in a large, heavy stock-pot. Add cumin seeds and sauté until they sizzle, about 45 seconds. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir in ginger. After 1 minute, add ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne and salt. Cook on medium heat, stirring regularly, for 5 to 10 minutes or until ghee (or oil) separates from the spices. Add another tablespoon of ghee or oil if spices are sticking to the bottom of the pot. Add tomatoes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until ghee (or oil) separates again and glistens. Stir in yogurt and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes, then add water (add an extra cup of water if serving with rice). Bring to a boil, and then remove from the heat. In another large, heavy frying pan, add ¼ cup oil (make sure there is enough to lightly cover the bottom of the pan). On medium to high heat, sauté lamb, stirring regularly, until you notice small, thin lines of blood on the meat. Remove from the heat and transfer meat to the stew. Return stew to medium-low heat and cook covered, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until meat is cooked through. Add more water, ½ cup at a time, if the stew becomes dry while cooking. This should be a moist, thick curry. To Serve: Just before serving, remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Stir in cilantro. Ladle equal amounts of curry into each bowl. Wine: We enjoy this dish with the spiciness of a Zinfandel.


Photos: Vikram Vij

Vij’s: Elegant & Inspired Indian Cuisine

Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey

The lineups are legendary at Vij’s restaurant in Vancouver, where genial proprietor Vikram Vij and his wife, Meeru, use local ingredients and original ideas to create exciting takes on the cuisines of India. Dishes such as marinated lamb popsicles in fenugreek curry and Portobello mushrooms in porcini cream curry are far from traditional but spiced exquisitely, allowing flavours such as mango, tamarind and cardamom to shine through. The couple’s first recipe book includes delectable offerings such as grilled chicken breast marinated in lemon-ghee dressing with garlic and cashews and seared venison medallions with fig and roasted pomegranate khoa. Vegetarian selections abound, and there is also a selection of side dishes and accompaniments such as rice pilafs, chapattis (flatbread) and chutneys. Each recipe is accompanied by a suggested wine pairing.

Pull up a chair—Meeru and Vikram invite you to dinner. The owners of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants in Vancouver have an all-new follow-up to Vij’s, the bestselling cookbook that has won numerous awards, including the Cordon d’Or Gold Ribbon International Cookbook Award. In Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey, Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij show you how to prepare the recipes they eat at home, from vegetarian dishes that go from stove to plate in less than 45 minutes to seafood, poultry and meat dishes that come together in 20 minutes then cook while you help the kids with their homework or sit down with a glass of wine. Designed for flavour, versatility and convenience, virtually every recipe can be adapted to suit your palate, your dietary preferences or your on-hand ingredients. Clear instructions, stunning photographs, a conversational tone and a paperback format make this an affordable must-have for every kitchen—for first-time cooks to more experienced chefs.

Available now Published by Douglas & McIntyre Paperback, 224 pages

Available now Published by Douglas & McIntyre Paperback, 232 pages

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In-depth Adventure-Alaska

Hidden Coves, Unknown Trails, Remote Rivers & True Wilderness


n an age of industrial tourism, Alaska travel experience has become increasingly homogenized. With more companies offering discount cruises and package tours true Alaska has become elusive. Adventure Smith Explorations provide an Alaska travel experience that offers solitude, wilderness, adventure and abundant wildlife, the qualities that have made Alaska famous. They utilize fun and exciting activities such as hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and small ship cruising to reach hidden coves, unknown trails, remote rivers and true wilderness. Scenic flights save valuable travel time while highlighting Alaska’s grandeur from above. Enjoy an extended stay in Denali National Park's remote wilderness rather than a day tour at the parks entrance. Utilize remote waterways, whether by raft, kayak or small ship, to access pristine wilderness and observe wildlife in its natural habitat. Expert naturalist guides ensure you get the most out of your Alaska experience, safely and comfortably, even in remote wilderness locations. Groups are small, creating an intimate and interactive adventure travel experience.

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Weather in Alaska The word that best describes Alaska’s weather is unpredictable. Most travelers make the most of Alaska’s summer months, May through September, enjoying warmer temperatures, long days and accessible wildlife. Throughout the summer weather is variable ranging from warm sunny days in the 70s or 80s to chilly rainy days in the 50s and 60s. Temperate rainforest areas along the coast enjoy a cool maritime climate while interior temperatures can vary from warm and sunny to cool and wet. Always expect and be prepared for cold rainy weather, but bask in

the sun wearing shorts and t-shirts when the sky clears as it usually does on each trip. Due to its northern latitude, Alaska offers endless summer days providing plenty of sunlight for activities and explorations. Alaska, the most popular destination for small ship cruises, wraps its heart around families who choose to join a growing number of small ship family departures. Adventure Smith Explorations The travel company securing matches between adventure-seeking clients and a treasure trove of small expedition ships and land-based lodges, offers six distinct family itineraries that clients can match with the small ship of their choice. Cruise prices include most all land excursions so there are no hidden costs to a family. Family cruises for 2014: Eastern Coves Family Adventure Cruise and Western Coves Family Adventure Cruise, among the most active cruise options, are suited

whale-watch. Select Kids in Nature departures offer a savings of 25 percent in select cabin categories for children 12 years and younger. Departures aboard the 86-guest Safari Endeavour are July 20, 2014, or in 2015 June 21 and July 19. Departures aboard 22-guest Safari Quest are June 20 and July 18, 2014.

Photos: Adventure Smith Explorations

True Alaska Family Cruise is a 9-day cruise departing July 19, 2014, aboard the 49-guest Baranof Dream. The custom itinerary moves at a slower pace exploring Alaska’s nature and Native American culture, visiting Sitka, Petersburg, Juneau and Hoonah. Activities include kayaking, Zego personal skiff rides and rough-terrain vehicle explorations in scenic Hobart Bay. Native crafts, scrapbooking, geology, scavenger hunts, game night, geo caching, a quick dip in the water (“Killer Whale Dip”), baking, knot tying, plant and animal identification and other special programs are available. Triple and quad accommodations are priced from $1,999 for children.

to ages eight and up. Children will get the most out of their adventure by participating in off-vessel activities such as hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. The 8-day Eastern Coves cruise travels from Juneau to Ketchikan; the 8-day Western Coves travels from Ketchikan to Juneau. The two cruises may be combined. Kids in Nature departures are further geared toward entertaining and educating all ages. Children 12 and younger receive 25 percent off the adult fare. Eastern Coves utilizes the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer on a July 19, 2014, departure and the 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer on a June 27, 2015, departure. Western Coves utilizes Wilderness Adventurer on July 26 and Aug. 9, 2014, departures and Wilderness Discoverer on July 4 and Aug. 1, 2015, departures.

Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness is an 8-day cruise aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird or Sea Lion, among the finest small ship expedition cruises in Alaska. National Geographic expedition leaders are professional experts in their field. Special programming for kids on all departures includes photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming, and child-friendly menu options with a special pizza and movie night. Travelers ages 17 years and under save $500 at double occupancy. Discoverers’ Glacier Country is an 8-day upscale family cruise exploring Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska's Inside Passage and Admiralty Island. Guests hike, kayak and

Alaska Island Spirit Family Cruise is aboard the 32-guest Island Spirit scheduled for a July 20-28, 2014, exploration of Alaska’s towns and wilderness. The ship anchors in quiet coves so guests can enjoy the Alaskan solitude or kayak and walk the shore. A unique battery system allows for a complete shutdown of engines and generators at night, creating near-total peace and quiet. Kids travel two for one on the dedicated family cruise on July 20, 2014. Throughout the season charter cruises provide options for family vacations, reunions and other occasions. Smaller charter yachts include the Glacier Bay Adventure Cruise aboard the 12-guest Sea Wolf, Active Inside Passage aboard the 12-guest Pacific Catalyst II and Active Prince William Sound Discovery aboard the 12-guest Discovery. When considering a charter, guests should plan ahead at least nine to 12 months or more in advance. MAY / JUNE 2014 77



Ghost SeriesII Contemporary Luxury


ince its launch in 2009, Ghost has become the ultimate symbol of success for leading entrepreneurs across the globe. Winning critical media and customer acclaim and driving the company to four consecutive historic sales records, Ghost has led a new, younger generation of highly successful men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership; a key pillar in the marque’s highly successful sustainable growth strategy. Ghost is a thoroughly contemporary representation of Rolls-Royce luxury – perfectly balancing effortless dynamism and modern luxury in a car that is composed under all circumstances. Owners enjoy a quietly assured, exquisitely refined modern motor car with an interior ambiance that offers a sense of calm and serenity in an often frenetic and chaotic business world. The Power of Simplicity A single defining principle came to characterise the Ghost design process – to harness the power of simplicity. The notion that no complication should ever distract from driver or passenger pleasure, informed every facet of the design and engineering process. An uncompromising approach to materials and craftsmanship remained and traditional visual tenets were re-imagined to express the car’s modernity and dynamism. For example the stately presence of Phantom’s grille made way for a softer, less formal design – its subtle

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curvature more akin to a jet air-intake than traditional pantheon facia. Flowing ‘yacht lines’ and powerful flanks hint at the car’s inherent dynamism, whilst traditional Rolls-Royce DNA is expressed in the elevated prow, large uninterrupted surfaces, long bonnet and short overhang. Ghost Series II – Design Evolved The eye is immediately drawn towards the re-sculpted headlights, with unbroken daytime running lights framing a new, more dynamic shape, giving Ghost Series II a distinct visual signature from the front.

This blends perfectly with revised surface treatments to the front of the car. A tapered ‘wake channel’ on the bonnet, emanating from the Spirit of Ecstasy’s wings, evokes the sight of a jet’s vapour trail, hinting at the car’s dynamism. Subtle re-sculpting of Ghost’s bumpers creates a stronger stance and a sense of extra width and height, whilst the contemporary aesthetic is further enhanced with the addition of chrome inserts to the front air intakes, which now feed more air cooling to the front brakes. The seats are available with three-level heating as standard with optional massage function and can be reclined for comfort. Chrome surrounds to the sun visor lights and a new soft-feel dashboard treatment enhance the car’s premium tactility, whilst sumptuous natural grain leather can now be optionally extended to the A and C pillars. The instrument dials and clock have also undergone subtle enhancements with individually applied polished metal chaplets around the dials evoking

Discreet Technology for a Calm Atmosphere On opening the car’s coach doors, one is met with a calming, light and uncluttered space. Occupants can work, relax or simply enjoy the pleasure of driving in a cosseting, peaceful atmosphere, assure that they are fully connected to the outside world of business affairs through the car’s peerless connectivity suite.

Calmly Connected Accessed through a one-touch call button or the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller, on-board Wi-Fi facilitates email, file sharing, telephony and video-conferencing. The user is also able to watch televised business news in order to remain ahead of the game. Navigation assistance is summoned by the same one-touch call button. Then by simply saying “Navigate to Piccadilly in London” or wherever else the owner wishes to go, directions that anticipate and avoid unnecessary delays are offered. Should a delay occur or our owner needs to talk to his business associates, Ghost Series II makes this as effortless as possible with the same one-touch system. The command “Call Giles” automatically connects the call. At the end of the conversation,

a command such as “Play Radio” will return the driver directly to the in-car entertainment options. Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller This Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller presents a touch pad (rather than a touch screen which might leave unsightly fingerprints at driver and passenger eye level), with the ability to write characters by finger, as well as the ability to scroll through function menus by turning the chrome dial and pressing down to select its functions. The system recognises English, Latin and Arabic characters as well as Mandarin, to assist drivers in China, where character selection can otherwise be a time-consuming process.

Photos & Text by Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd.

the precision design of hand-made, luxury wrist watches, whilst the matt chrome centres ‘float’ in the middle of each instrument. Finally, the scope for Bespoke customisation is widened with the introduction of two new, exquisitely crafted veneers; Paldao and Walnut Burr Crossband.

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Bespoke Audio Eighteen individually-tuned speakers, with both theatre and studio settings, deliver a pure ‘larger than live’ sensation. Two bass speakers located in the boot complement seven speakers meticulously placed throughout the cabin. Two ‘exciter’ speakers in the roof-lining bring the sound to occupants’ ear level creating a completely unique listening sensation. The system utilises a highly sensitive microphone to constantly monitor ambient exterior noise, subtly adjusting the volume and tone settings accordingly to ensure the system delivers consistent perfection. The technology complements this, with frequency and phase correction for individual speakers eliminating potential loud and dead spots caused by outside influences. 80 MAY / JUNE 2014

Illuminating technology shows the way In addition, automatic dipping of full-beam headlights has been replaced with revolutionary new glare-free technology. When a car approaches, light is deflected to ensure the oncoming driver is not dazzled. Ghost Series II drivers therefore enjoy the safety benefits of constant full-beam visibility. A day-time running bar frames Ghost Series II’s contemporary light design, giving the car a distinctive signature whilst augmenting safety at the same time. Satellite Aided Transmission Satellite Aided Transmission utilises GPS data to allow the car to see beyond what the driver sees, anticipating their next move based on location and driving style. It uses this information to select the most

appropriate gear from the Ghost Series II’s 8-speed ZF gearbox to ensure the driver is able to appropriately exploit the power from the Rolls-Royce 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12, ensuring an effortless and seamless drive experience. Dynamic Driving Package and Suspension Enhancements Re-designed front and rear struts married to new steering gear and adjusted dampers significantly increase Ghost Series II’s cornering ability, whilst enhanced feedback levels can be felt through a thicker steering wheel.

Photos & Text by Rolls Royce Motor Cars Ltd.


• A new bonnet design featuring tapered ‘wake channel’ emanating from the Spirit of Ecstasy that hints at Ghost Series II’s dynamism. • The waft line leans further forwards, giving further expression to Ghost’s dynamic driving experience. • New paint and wheel options giving customers greater scope for Bespoke personalization.

Ghost Series II – Changes at a Glance Evolutionary design Ghost Series II presents significant recent technological updates in an exterior package that represents evolutionary changes to Ghost’s timeless aesthetic. • A contemporary re-imagining of Ghost’s front face; re-engineered and re-designed LED headlights are framed by day-time running lights. • Revised surface treatments including re-sculptured bumpers that present a wider, more dynamic stance.

Interior design • Re-designed front seats include electronically adjustable thigh supports and depth adjustment. Rear seats have been subtly re-angled to augment effortless communication with fellow passengers. • The clock fascia and instrument dials are enhanced with the addition of polished metal chaplets that evoke premium watch design. • Option of extending natural grain leather to the A and C pillars. • The scope for Bespoke customisation is extended with the introduction of two new, exquisitely crafted veneers: Paldao and Walnut Burr Crossband.

Technological and engineering enhancements • Re-designed LED headlights incorporating the latest technologies. A whiter, brighter light augments driver safety whilst electronic reflectors move in the direction of travel in response to steering-wheel turns. New anti-glare technology deflects light when a car approaches in the other direction, giving Ghost Series II drivers the benefit of full-beam headlights at all times. • Suspension enhancements include re-engineered front and rear struts, new steering gear and adjusted dampers that increase the car’s cornering ability when the Dynamic Driving Package is specified. • New hydraulic rear axle bearings enhance ride quality and rear stability whilst reducing vibrations and cabin intrusions. • All Ghost Series II motor cars feature Satellite Aided Transmission as standard – a technology that utilizes GPS and mapping data to ensure the car is always in the correct gear when negotiating turns, motorway exists and roundabouts. MAY / JUNE 2014 81

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Desi Fashion Magazine May June 2014  

North America's South Asian Fashion, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine bringing you the hottest trends in Fashion, Beauty, Cosmetics, Enter...

Desi Fashion Magazine May June 2014  

North America's South Asian Fashion, Entertainment & Lifestyle Magazine bringing you the hottest trends in Fashion, Beauty, Cosmetics, Enter...