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t a time of deficit public resources, providing quality, affordable early childhood education falls to the bottom of the priority list. Unless there is a paradigm shift in public understanding about the economics of raising the next generation, India will continue to neglect the early care and development of children. Eleventh five year plan acknowledged that investments in childhood education are a wise investment as it pays off significant returns to children, our future citizens. While the first day at school is in many ways a remarkable day, it being the first instance of social acknowledgement, it most often leaves the kids, unfounded with the usual concerns of fitting in and delivering. Hope our kids look forward to the ride, to the challenges that will be encountered, to the failures that will be faced, to the memories that will be made, to the bonds that will be forged.

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to be mentally open. Things are going to the extent of sidelining me. Everybody has a space here,” the actor opens up.

break the monotony,” he adds. “Cinema has a tradition. It has been evolved in relation with human psychology. There is

different. I believe in traditional filmmaking. There is no new generation and old generation films,” explains Babu Antony. “I

For him entertainment is all about variety. “By following trends, we move towards mak-

a basic system and we have to follow it. A lot of masters have worked behind it. So it’s

am not blaming anyone. How many good film institutes do we have to teach cinema here?

ing monotonous movies. The challenge before an artist is to

not child’s play. Cinema has a grammar, only the treatment is

So where do they go?” asks the soft-spoken actor.

Actor BABu Antony is ABout to mAke his deBut As A director in mAlAyAlAm. the lAnky Actor reveAls his views on films And more

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Text K.R. Rejeesh Photo FWD Media in cinema. All through the conversation, when he talked about good cinema and

in “Aparahnam” are all contrast roles. In Bharathettan’s movies I have done three

want my photograph to look different,” he said. He doesn’t want to pose wearing a regular suit. When he posed for the photo shoot, I felt he was right. He cut quite a dash in his new avatar. “Different”actually it was an underused actor’s inner

director Bharathan the nostalgia was palpable on his face. Babu Antony can be included in the category of actors who have given innovative mannerisms to villain characters. “I believe an actor should have a mind to adopt any character. The king in “Vyshali”,

different characters. With my entry there was a trend change for negative roles. “I portrayed villain characters in a silent and subtle way,” says Babu Antony. “I was hesitant to do scenes like rape and molesting women. It was a trend then. Even after I have done all this, a few directors here

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Experience with different generations… It’s a great learning while working with old generation directors. I had my debut in Bharathan’s film “Chilambu”. It was a different experience in Bharathettan’s school. Had he been alive today, he would have become a director with international appeal. There is lack of seriousness in cinema now. It is made for television. After getting satellite rights, films are made within that budget. The big screen affair has become small screen affair now. You have a mass hero image and a villain image as well. Which role you would enjoy most? It should be a strong character. Villain is actually a supporting actor. Supporting actors are also important in films. Today’s cinema is he-

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ro-centric and it turns into a mono-act. When I was doing hero characters, all supporting actors also had equal importance. It’s a pyramid structure. You can see it in my successful films like “Chanda”, “Dada”, “Kadal” etc. Do you think the film industry has exploited your talent as an actor? ‘Definitely not’. I was also part of parallel cinemas like “Sayanam” and “Aparahnam”. I had a good role in “Vyshali” and in “Yugapurushan” I portrayed the character of Ayyankali. Moreover, I have acted in five different languages.

What change did the award winning film “Aparahnam” (1991) bring in your career? As an actor it was a milestone. The film and my performance were

His debut directorial venture is ‘Piano’

appreciated in international circuits. But I won’t run after awards. My performance in “Vyshali”, “Sayanam” and “Aparahnam” could have been considered for awards. There may be other reasons for not considering me for awards. Adoor Gopalakrishnan has s aid that “Aparahnam” is one of the best 10 films made in Malayalam.

Babu Antony has done over 175 movies and has made his presence felt in all South Indian movies, that includes Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Upcoming movies of Babu Antony are Aashiq Abu’s ‘Idukki Gold’ and Salim Ahmed’s ‘Moonnam Naal Njayar’ Babu Antony’s Russian-American wife Katrina who is an accomplished pianist will lend her voice for a song in the movie’ Piano’ which is his directorial debut.

Looking back, do you feel your selection of films has caused hiccup in your career? Not really. I have selected mostly good films. I was selective also. In my action films there won’t be any unnecessary violence or sex scenes. Those films were family entertainers. That’s why people and children alike ask me when I will be doing an action film.

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‘Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty’ heads to Germany The crew of much awaited movie ‘Kadal Kadanu Oru Mathukutty’ have wrapped up their shooting in Kerala and will now head for Germany on May 21. Mammootty who plays the title role in this movie is looking forward to spend some quality time with his family in Germany, who will be accompanying him and the crew. The movie extensively shot in Calicut and Ernakulam, will now be picturised across the exotic locales of Germany. ‘Kadal Kadanu Oru Mathukutty’ is directed by master craftsman Ranjith. It is the third movie by hit duo Mammootty and Ranjith after ‘Pranchiyettan & the Saint’ and ‘ Bavuttiyude Namathil’. The movie will feature almost all the leading stars of Mollywood and is produced by August Cinema.

Mammootty to play legendary warrior Kunjali Marakkar When it comes to playing historical characters, no one better than Mammootty can carry off the role with equal panache and style. According to reports, Mammootty will don Kunjali Marakkar in the next flick by Amal Neerad. The film titled ‘Kunjali Marakkar’ plots the story of brave heart Kunjali Marakkar, the naval chief of Calicut Zamorin who fought against Portuguese invasion. Renowned cinematographer Santhosh Sivan will do the camera and the story is scripted by Shankar Ramakrishnan. Rumours are doing rounds that the movies is being produced with a budget of 25 crore.

Mammootty in ‘Mandodari’ Megastar Mammootty will star in a movie titled ‘Mandodari directed by Suveeran, the director of the national award winning film Byari. The story is based on writer N S Madhavan’s novel of the same name. Mammootty’s character is based on the mythological character, Raavana. The movie focuses on the lives of wrestlers in Goa. Mammootty will reprise the hero, who has the traits of Ravana. Other cast members have not been finalised. Suveeran is a well-known theatre activist and Byari was the first film made in the language, which is spoken in a small area in northern Kerala.

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tit bits Dileep to enact Charlie Chaplin Janapriyanayakan Dileep will soon play comedy icon Charlie Chaplin in his forthcoming movie ‘Manoradham’. The film will be directed by R Sukumaran and is expected to be made on a huge budget. The actor will reprise the mannerisms of Chaplin in an ordinary man. ‘Manoradham’ is R Sukumaran’s next after ‘Yugapurushan’. Ramachandrababu is the cinematographer. The movie is produced by Adv. K Anilkumar. Dileep who has performed versatile roles in the past will be enacting the role of an unskilled labour imitating the emotions of Charlie Chaplin at various points in his life. R Sukumaran who has directed critically acclaimed movies ‘Paadamudra’ and ‘Rajashilpi’ is targeting commercial success through ‘Manoradham’.

Dileep’s Nadodi Mannan set for release in August After donning the role of a hardcore politician in the movie ‘Lion’ actor Dileep will now play the role of a city Mayor in his upcoming movie ‘Nadodi Mannan’. The political melodrama is directed by Viji Thampi. Dileep plays the role of a jobless youth who earns his living by participating in political demonstrations, in an unexpected turn around he is elected as the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, his attempts and conflicts to play perfect politician forms the rest of the plot. Ananya, Archana Kavi and Maithily play the three heroines. Bollywood actor Sayaji Shinde also performs a prominent role in the movie along with Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjarammoodu and Janardhanan

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tit bits Nivin Pauly to play reel life cricketer in ‘1983’ Actor Nivin Pauly will play a passionate cricketer in his upcoming movie ‘1983’. Nivin who has already made his mark in the Celebrity Cricket League is an avid cricket fan in his real life. The movie will also have other celebrity cricketers like Saiju Kurup and Rajeev Pillai in lead roles. ‘1983’ is directed by debutant director Abrid Shine who is a well known fashion photographer. Anoop Menon plays a coach. The theme of the movie is centred upon the lives of two youngsters who become cricket lovers after India wins the 1983 world cup and dreams of making it big in cricket.

English Nivin Pauly will play an IT professional in Shyamaprasad’s upcoming movie ‘English’. The movie narrates the story of unrelated individuals and their families who live in a foreign land. The story takes place in the backdrop of London and deals with the life of the Malayalee diaspora. Apart from Nivin Pauly the director has roped in Jayasurya and Mukesh for lead roles. Shankardas (Jayasurya) is a Kathakali artist who reaches London due to certain circumstances. He wishes to return to his native place but has to face difficulties as he cannot return. Joy (Mukesh) who runs a corner store in London, lives with his wife Saly (Sona Nair), children, his mother and brother. Gauri (Remya Nambisan) reaches London to live with her husband. Another family is that of Dr Ram (Murali Menon) and his wife Saraswati (Nadiya Moidu). Saraswati belongs to a traditional Brahmin family who finds herself very difficult to adjust to life in London. Shyamaprasad himself pens the script for Ajayan’s story. Bijibal composes music for the lyrics by Shibu Chakravorthy. Vinudev produces ‘English’ under the banner of Navrangh Screen.

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Fahad to woo Swati Reddy in ‘North 24 Katham’ After the success of ‘Amen’ hit pair Fahad and Swati will star in an upcoming project ‘North 24 Katham’. The movie is written and directed by debutante Anil Radhakrishnan Menon. The story of ‘North 24 Katham’ evolves during a journey. Director Anil Radhakrishnan who is a noted ad film maker pens the script for the movie. Produced in the banner of E 4 Entertainment, the film has camera by Jayesh Nair and music by Govind Menon. Nedumudi Venu is also doing an important role in this movie. Earlier it was announced that Andrea Jeremiah will pair with Fahad in this film. But due to her busy schedule, Andrea is replaced by Swati. The movie will start rolling by the end of May.

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Rima Kallingal to play complex character in ‘Mili’ Malayalam actress Rima Kallingal will portray the role of a girl with a lot of complexities in V.K. Prakash’s forthcoming movie “Mili”. The way she evolves as a person and comes out of her shell forms the story. Popular editor Mahesh Narayanan, who has worked on films like “Traffic”, “Seniors” and “Casanova”, has penned the script.

Anoop Menon and Bhavana teams up for ‘Angry Birds’ After their successful pairing in Trivandrum Lodge, Anoop Menon and Bhavana will be seen in Saji Surendran’s upcoming comedy flick ‘Angry Birds’. The shoot will start from May 25 in Mumbai. It’s about a couple who are in love and elope to Mumbai from Kerala. Soon, they find out that real life is different from what they had dreamt; the compatibility issues between them form the rest of the movie. It’s a full-length comedy movie, the dialogues and screenplay is by Krishna Poojappura. Incidentally, this is the first time that the director-scribe duo is working on a film without Jayasurya, with whom they have done five films earlier.

Unni Mukundan in Kattum Mazhayum Unni Mukundan will play a performance oriented role in an upcoming movie titled ‘Kattum Mazhayum’. The movie is based on significance of organ donation. Actor Lal will play a prominent role in the movie. Meeran Nandan plays Unni Mukundan’s romantic interest. The movie is directed by Harikumar and is produced by Sudeep Karat and M.C. Arun under the banner of Salrosa and Line of Colours. Script is by Santhosh Echikkanam. M. Jayachandran has tuned lyrics penned by Rafeeq Ahmed. Kattum Mazhayum will arrive in July.

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HOT NEWS World’s first web page to take a rebirth A team of scientists from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) are all set to delve into the cyber space and retrieve webpage created 20 years ago. The mission is a part of the project to celebrate 20 years of Web. CERN authorities have informed that it has already started recreating the website that launched World Wide Web and the hardware behind the path- breaking technology.

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Ritu Kumar being conferred Padma Shri Award 2013, the country’s fourth highest civilian honor for her exceptional and distinguished service in the field of fashion, textile and craftsmanship by the honourable president Mr Pranab Mukherjee on the 20th April 2013 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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Katrina Kaif who has done some bold action scenes in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and motor bike stunts in ‘ Zindagi Na Milege Dobara’ has said a blatant no to actionscenes in ‘Dhoom 3’ with Aamir Khan. While she will be seen performing acrobatics and indulging in light action, it will be a body double who would take care of the heavy stunts.


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IBM makes world’s tiniest movie ‘The Boy and his Atom’ A group of researchers at IBM has taken a break from studying atomic data and has come up with something more light-hearted. The team has made world’s tiniest stop-motion movie. Titled ‘The Boy and his Atom’ the one-minute movie shows carbon monoxide molecules arranged as a boy moving and kicking a ball. The researchers created the movie by arranging atoms using a scanning tunneling microscope and then capturing the arrangement as an image, magnified over 100 million times its actual size. The scientists took 242 still images to make the movie’s 242 frames.

Indian-origin Asha Patel bags the ‘best job in the world’ An Indian-origin woman Asha Patel has left behind 600,000 aspirants to bag the coveted job position of ‘Western Australia taste master’. The job involves finding the best produced and discover the finest restaurants and bars. Asha, along with 24 others are selected for six dream job positions. According to Australian state tourism website it is one of the best jobs in the world. The selected few will spend six months carrying out the job responsibilities, getting paid $50,000 plus $50,000 living expenses, for the pleasure.

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ular R&B singer Rihanna is keeping herself busy these days by working hard on her fashion line. The fashionista along with her designer Adam Selman is ready with a new set of items for the upcoming autumn/winter season. Rihanna Twitter post read “Me and my better half Adam Selman in design mode!! We went to Werk (work) on the upcoming Rihanna For River Island Autumn and Winter collections! No really, we took it there!

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Cyrus Mistry dismantles Tata’s strategic panel

Chairman of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry has scrapped key decision making panel set up by his predecessor Ratan Tata. The panel is replaced by ‘Group Executive Council’ who will provide strategic and operational direction to Chairman of Tata Sons. The initial members of the apex council includes N.S.Rajan who will lead the strategic function of human resources; Mukul Govind who will oversee brand, communication, ethics and CSR activities; and Madhu Kannan, who will lead business development and public affairs.


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Security pup finds way to skipper Dhoni’s heart

We all know that Indian Skipper MS Dhoni has great fascination for bikes and Cricket is his true love (apart from Sakshi), but not many of us know that Dhoni is also an animal lover. After the IPL Pune match Dhoni found time to pose with ‘The Prince’ a golden retriever security dog deployed at the ground. Sakshi is fond of dogs too. Recently, she ‘adopted’ two female and one male street dog. The first lady of Indian cricket named the male dog “Sultan” and sought through Twitter “two names for the female dogs to compliment the name sultan.”

Victoria flaunts new hairdo

The former Spice Girls singer tweeted a picture of her new locks yesterday. “Loving the hair! Thank u Tina Outen,” she wrote to her London stylist. This latest reincarnation of her trademark hairstyle seems to be longer than her original Pob, which was chin-length in the front and buzzed shorter in the back. Victoria recently moved to Paris with husband David Beckham who signed a new soccer contract with Paris St Germain. The Posh Spice was perhaps yearning for a sophisticated look.

Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult out for dinner date

She is the woman of the moment and no one can resist a dinner date with her including her ex-boyfriend, Nicholas Hoult. The Oscar winner and her possibly reignited flame got together Monday night for a romantic dinner at the Little Door in West Hollywood, California.Although the duo reportedly called it quits in January, a source tells that Jen and Nicholas were quite close at the restaurant, sitting next to each other for a couple of hours and cuddling at a table near the back of the restaurant.

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t doesn’t matter who you are, or where you came from. The ability to triumph stays with you, always”. It’s a statement made by one of the most powerful women in the world, ‘Oprah Winfrey’. However big or small their accomplishment is, a few women from various parts of the country are scripting success stories and inspiring scores of other women through their hard work and creativity. Meet these women entrepreneurs from Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Cochin who dared to be different and have made beautiful and functional lifestyle products.

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The products are high in demand because of its uniqueness. Each piece has its own style and is made with a lot of passion. For the first time, Kochiites can get an eyeful of these aesthetically made eco-friendly products through ‘Purple Fete’ a two-day event organised by Hera Planners at Rotary Balbhavan, Panamapily Nagar. Nandini Krishnankutty, one of the organising members of this eco-friendly initiative says that “though most of these products have a strong online presence it’s hard to find it in retail stores across the country, and efforts are taken to exhibit, introduce and sell these diverse and creative products to customers through fairs all over India”.

Quick Read Hera Planners is a bespoke wedding planning company from Bangalore, specializing in destination weddings, theme weddings, and signature weddings. Since its inception, Hera has successfully conducted many weddings especially catering to non-resident Indians and foreign nationals. They work with the best vendors in the industry, thus assuring the best design and execution. Hera makes a difference in the event management industry with their creativity, planning and coordination. They are transparent with their ways of working and keep their clients involved at every step.


When and Where : May 18th and 19th, 2013, Rotary Balbhavan, Panamapily Nagar, Cochin Time : 9:00am to 8:00pm both days Organisers : Nandini Krishnankutty, Aparna Viswanathan, Rema Sivaram The exhibition would include an array of trendy and useful bags, apparels, shoes, jewellery, mobile pouches, photo frames, home & garden articles, cosmetics, accessories made from paper, crochet, clothes, glass, beads etc and also up-cycled and recycled products made from used tins and wine bottles. Organisers of the event are of the view that the awareness to make good use of resources is catching up among the public. It is important to sensitise people through such visible initiatives and encourage them to buy these handmade organic products. Aparna Viswanathan, one of the organisers of ‘Purple Fete’ tells us that, “apart from exhibiting the art, the two-day event is organised with a bigger cause in mind which is the “Empowerment of Women”, development of women can

significantly contribute to the growth of society, these women entrepreneurs are now making their livelihood from their own creativity and are self independent”. According to Rema Sivaram, “similar events in Bangalore and Chennai are hugely popular and eagerly awaited for, it is the first time it is being organised in Kochi and is expected to be a crowd puller, with interesting activities planned for children, the shopping experience at ‘Purple Fete’ will be a fun-filled experience for the whole family. They also assure that the fair would appeal to all categories of customers as they have products of low value and high value. The organisers are planning to make ‘Purple Fete’ an annual event in Kochi with more vibrant activities in future.

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‘Maa’ a Tamil movie released in 2010 had differently-abled actors and crew behind it. It was directed by Fathima Beevi, who is largely confined to a wheelchair and had music by the visually impaired composer, G Karthik. Amudha Rajini, who was afflicted by polio, choreographed the songs while SR Rao, who lost a leg, shot the entire movie. Dr. TMN Deepak, vice-president of the Tamil Nadu Handicapped Federation played the hero.

Text K.R. Rejeesh Photos Various Sources* child’s birth kindles thousands of dreams in parents’ mind. They tend to dream about his growth and bright future. Irrespective of one’s social and economic status, all parents want their children to lead a comfortable life. But when they realize at one stage of the child’s growth that he/she is not like other children, needless to say, they are shattered. The perturbing fact is that in Kerala there is a considerable increase of children afflicted with disorders like mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, childhood

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mental illness, multiple disabilities and learning disorders. The report submitted by M.K. Jayaraj Commission, a one-member commission appointed by the State Government to study about the problems faced by mentally challenged children, reveals that it is high time we accepted this truth. Bringing up such children wouldn’t be a doddle for parents. In such a situation, they rely on special schools for differently-abled children. There are over 300 special schools in Kerala. Of them, 275 are government recognized. M.K.

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Treat them as fellow beings Treat them as normal citizens. They don’t need sympathy but needs acceptance.

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Remember that they also have the right to live. As a parent, you have to create an apt atmosphere for them. Don’t show partiality.

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Jayaraj, who is also the principal of State Institute for Mentally Challenged (SIMC), Pangappara, Thiruvananthapuram, told FWD Life that the inmates at SIMC included 30 orphans and people from other States as well. “There are 135 children in the school and we have 56 staff. Everything is free of cost here. Most children belong to poor families,” he said. The government recognized institutions get a grant of Rs 10 crore annually. As many as 55 special schools get grant from the centre. “If detected before three years of age, their disability could be reduced to 85%.” So early intervention is vital,” he said.

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Special schools provide training to mentally challenged people as per their skills. Once they complete training, placements also will be offered. “We don’t have provision to give accommodation to inmates once they reach 18-years. After mastering a profession they will be sent along with their parents. But for orphans, leading a normal life will be an uphill task. I have suggested in my report about setting up a Rehabilitation Village for mentally challenged people in all districts,” added M.K. Jayaraj. Meanwhile, he narrated a heart-breaking incident to us. A mother from Idukki cried in front of Jayaraj and asked if SIMC could adopt her three daughters afflicted with autism. “The girls are above 18-years. The

mother was anxious about the safety of her daughters. I had limitations as we are not taking up adolescent people. So the Rehabilitation Village would be a solace for such people,” Jayaraj pointed out.

Ray of light As you enter the Science and Technology Museum, Thiruvananthapuram, the beautiful and sprawling garden is a visual treat for the eyes. And the hard work behind this achievement is by ten differently-abled students of SIMC who were posted as gardeners at the institute. Among them, 24-year-old Sajeev won the Best Employee Award from the President in 2011. According to Jayaraj, companies are not

A few special schools in Kerala

Alapuzha Abhaya Jyothis Special School, North Aryad.P.O, Thambakachuvadu, Alappuzha, Pin- 688 542

Kannur Vikas Bhavan Special School, Edoor, Payam P.O, Pin- 670 704, Phone- 0490 245 0322

Ernakulam Nirmalagiri Vocational Rehabilitation Centre, Mudavoor P.O, Muvattupuzha, Pin- 686 669, Phone- 0485 281 2170.

Kollam Karuna Special School, Chavara South P.O, Vadakkumbhagam, Pin 691 584, Phone- 0476 288 2354

Idukki Asha Bhavan Special School, Nedumkandam P.O, Kattappana, Pin- 685 553

Kottayam Asha Bhavan, Veroor P.O, Changanacherry, Pin 686 104, Phone- 0481 272 1196

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Reasons behind mental illness/ autism/cerebral palsy Genetic, chromosome disorders Problems during pregnancy Discrepancy of RH factor in blood Drugs, smoking, X-ray and certain medicines Ecological issues Malnutrition and jaundice in babies Infection in brain More than one child in a delivery averse to hire differently-abled people. As many as 15 people are also appointed at Kinfra Park, Thiruvananthapuram from SIMC, which is the sole government institution for special children in Kerala.

Autism It has been four years since actor Bindu Murali started Amma Centre for Autism, Studio Road in Thiruvananthapuram. Her eldest son is afflicted with autism and it was her experience as a mother that led her to start a school for children affected with autism. “There are 23 inmates and 16 of them stay in the school. Their age group is between 6-years and 39-years. The school is run in a rented house. Now that the owner has asked us to vacate the house, I am planning to buy a plot to set up the school,” said Bindu Murali. There is a dearth of trained teachers in schools for mentally challenged children. “You can’t expect people to work for measly wages. It’s very difficult to manage such children if you don’t have the patience,” she said. The school has students from Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Changanassery and Varkala. She has got financial contributions from film organization AMMA and

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Mohanlal Fans Association for the school.

Training programme Started in 1964, Rotary Institute for Children in need of special care, Thiruvananthapuram has 174 children in the age group between 5-years and 18-years. “We provide them need-based training programme. After individual assessment we plan a 3-month skill development programme for each of them. Of the total 42 staff, 18 of them are teachers and specialized teachers who have qualifications prescribed by the Rehabilitation Council of India,” said principal Mothy Habeeb. “It is a centre-aided institution. We give placements for the skilled children. People are not aware that such individuals can perform different jobs. Our students work at Terumo Penpol, NIMS Hospital, Vijay Petrol pump and Sreemoolam Club in Thiruvananthapuram. When we approach firms for placements, some show positive

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Some of the recommendations by M.K. Jayaraj Commission Adopt the early detection method of developed countries. Implement genetic counseling and steps to control brains diseases. Appoint neurologist / child psychologist starting from taluk-level hospitals. Ensure pregnant women get regular immunization. Give ‘life-time handicapped’ certificate for differently-abled persons. Need facility for detecting autism in early intervention units. attitude and some share their apprehension citing risks. They have to create awareness among their employees about differently-abled people,” she added. Among the mentally challenged children 80 per cent comes under mild-moderate category. Though they will have difficulty in carrying out technical jobs, they can do jobs that are not dangerous. Baby. P.S, Manager-PR, Terumo Penpol said, “We have hired two people, one of them works as an office boy and another person works in the packing section. We treat them as normal workers. In fact, it was the management decision to hire such people. Their initial salary was Rs 1,000. Now they get a salary of Rs 7,000.” “They work as normal persons but they need our instructions to carry out things. Once they involve in an activity, they would do it without distraction,” she

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Rehabilitation Villages have to be set up in each district for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged / differently-abled people above 18 years old. Reservation has to be ensured in government jobs.

added. According to a study by the UN, one among 88 children has autism and other related disorders. The prognosis is that it will be one in 20 children in future. To create awareness in the society, the problems of differently-abled people should be included in the school syllabus. Above all, it is the attitude of the society that has to be changed.

A few special schools in Kerala

Malappuram Karunya Bhavan, Vazhakkad P.O, Edavannappara, Pin- 673 640, Phone- 0483 276 8401

Pathanamthitta Bethany Santhy Bhavan, Kadamankulam P.O, Kallooppara, Thiruvalla, Pin- 677 902

Kozhikode Sneha Mahal, Centre for Mentally Handicapped, Sneha Nagar, Kolathara P.O, Pin 673 655, Phone- 0495 2402258

Thrissur Karuna Special School, Chavara South P.O, Vadakkumbhagam, Pin 691 584, Phone- 0476 288 2354

Palakkad Ashadeepam Convent School, Koonathara P.O, Shoranur (via), Pin- 679 523

Trivandrum SIMC, Govt. Home for Mentally Retarded, Pangappara, Sreekaryam, Phone- 0471 241 8524

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from the heart Actor Babu Antony is about to make his debut as a director in Malayalam. The lanky actor reveals his views on films and more Text K.R. Rejeesh Photo Naseef Gafoor t the outset, actor Babu Antony made it clear. “I want my photograph to look different,” he said. He doesn’t want to pose wearing a regular suit. When he posed for the photo shoot, I felt he was right. He cut quite a dash in his new avatar. “Different”actually it was an underused actor’s inner voice and urge to do meaningful roles

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in cinema. All through the conversation, when he talked about good cinema and director Bharathan the nostalgia was palpable on his face. Babu Antony can be included in the category of actors who have given innovative mannerisms to villain characters. “I believe an actor should have a mind to adopt any character. The king in “Vyshali”, Sulthan in “Chanda” and Nandakumar

in “Aparahnam” are all contrast roles. In Bharathettan’s movies I have done three different characters. With my entry there was a trend change for negative roles. “I portrayed villain characters in a silent and subtle way,” says Babu Antony. “I was hesitant to do scenes like rape and molesting women. It was a trend then. Even after I have done all this, a few directors here don’t know what I am capable of. We have


Quick Read to be mentally open. Things are going to the extent of sidelining me. Everybody has a space here,” the actor opens up. For him entertainment is all about variety. “By following trends, we move towards making monotonous movies. The challenge before an artist is to

Excerpts Experience with different generations… It’s a great learning while working with old generation directors. I had my debut in Bharathan’s film “Chilambu”. It was a different experience in Bharathettan’s school. Had he been alive today, he would have become a director with international appeal. There is lack of seriousness in cinema now. It is made for television. After getting satellite rights, films are made within that budget. The big screen affair has become small screen affair now. You have a mass hero image and a villain image as well. Which role you would enjoy most? It should be a strong character. Villain is actually a supporting actor. Supporting actors are also important in films. Today’s cinema is he-

break the monotony,” he adds. “Cinema has a tradition. It has been evolved in relation with human psychology. There is a basic system and we have to follow it. A lot of masters have worked behind it. So it’s not child’s play. Cinema has a grammar, only the treatment is

He has introduced innovative mannerisms to villain characters

ro-centric and it turns into a mono-act. When I was doing hero characters, all supporting actors also had equal importance. It’s a pyramid structure. You can see it in my successful films like “Chanda”, “Dada”, “Kadal” etc. Do you think the film industry has exploited your talent as an actor? ‘Definitely not’. I was also part of parallel cinemas like “Sayanam” and “Aparahnam”. I had a good role in “Vyshali” and in “Yugapurushan” I portrayed the character of Ayyankali. Moreover, I have acted in five different languages.

What change did the award winning film “Aparahnam” (1991) bring in your career? As an actor it was a milestone. The film and my performance were

different. I believe in traditional filmmaking. There is no new generation and old generation films,” explains Babu Antony. “I am not blaming anyone. How many good film institutes do we have to teach cinema here? So where do they go?” asks the soft-spoken actor.

His debut directorial venture is ‘Piano’

appreciated in international circuits. But I won’t run after awards. My performance in “Vyshali”, “Sayanam” and “Aparahnam” could have been considered for awards. There may be other reasons for not considering me for awards. Adoor Gopalakrishnan has s aid that “Aparahnam” is one of the best 10 films made in Malayalam.

Babu Antony has done over 175 movies and has made his presence felt in all South Indian movies, that includes Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. Upcoming movies of Babu Antony are Aashiq Abu’s ‘Idukki Gold’ and Salim Ahmed’s ‘Moonnam Naal Njayar’ Babu Antony’s Russian-American wife Katrina who is an accomplished pianist will lend her voice for a song in the movie’ Piano’ which is his directorial debut.

Looking back, do you feel your selection of films has caused hiccup in your career? Not really. I have selected mostly good films. I was selective also. In my action films there won’t be any unnecessary violence or sex scenes. Those films were family entertainers. That’s why people and children alike ask me when I will be doing an action film.

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Excerpts contd. How did you cope with the controversies in your movie career? I am a straight forward human being. I won’t mind such things. It was scheming in the film industry by a few people. They exaggerated things. They have tried to attack me in different ways. But the people here know me very well. They are watching everything. Tell us about your creative side… I write poetry and stories. Basically I am a painter. I had interest in photography too, I planned to join National Film Institute, Pune to

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study photography course. But I couldn’t join the course as I hadn’t studied science in Plus 2. During my visit to the institute in the evenings for the film screenings, I made friends there, including director Rajkumar Hirani, Sriram, Mohan et al. About your directorial venture? The shoot will commence in August. It’s been my dream for 15 years. It’s a love story between a poet and a lady musician. The story revolves around three generations. I will be doing the poet’s role.

About your fitness regime… Two-hours workout everyday and strict diet. No bingeing. Your definition of ‘love’... Sacrifice. When you find the person you love and if your love is not reciprocated, don’t force them and follow them. Move away… About future projects… New film “Buddy”is getting ready for release. “Idukki Gold” by Aashiq Abu and a Tamil film produced by Dhanush are other films.


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Video- Crew Direction: Chachu, Amarnath Camera: Rajesh Subramanyam Asst. Camaraman: Manu Joseph Sharing a light moment on the beach waiting for the sub to come out of the cloud cover

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EXCLUSIVE

Dentist by profession and model turned actor by passion, Rajeev Pillai had his big break in Mollywood with Lijo Pellisery’s ‘City of God’, followed by a list of films that failed to create ripples in the industry. But his performance at the celebrity cricket league did all the twist in his acting career. Being offered with a handful of films in Malayalam, he is setting out to experience bigger opportunities in Bollywood. On the sun kissed sands of Marari Beach, I sit with the model turned marvellously good looking actor Rajeev Pillai as he opens up more about his upcoming films.

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“ every day I spend an hour before the mirror working on emotions imitating facial expressions of actors who has a similar facial structure to that of mine”

Excerpts You’ve bagged your first lead role in Bollywood. How is it going? Yes, the shoot of ‘Gurudhakshina’ by director Kiran Phadnik will begin by May 25 at locations in and around Kolkota and Tibet. The shoot is going to be exciting and some of the spots are believed to be inhabited by naxalites. The movie is based on something like a triangular love story, with some unusual twists and dramas. Upcoming Malayalam projects down the line.... ‘Second Innings’ by director Shanoo has Aju Varghese, Ayishka and Richa Panayi, I play the lead role as an orphan. It’s a romance-drama movie that portrays the unexpected unpleasantness that occurs in one’s life. Vinod Bharati is the cinematographer and lyrics tuned by Stephen Devassy. Next movie is ‘1983’ by debut director Abrid Shine starring Nivin Pauly and Anoop Menon. The title says it all; this is the year India won the World Cup. Being busy in the glamour world, how confident are you now as a dentist..... Though I am concentrat-

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Cricket I am happy that I was able to play well and be Kerala Strikers’ top scorer. ing more on biceps than on forceps, I would still say that I am confident in my profession. Once you have learnt something, you can’t forget it that easily. But for me in the current situation, it’s not possible to be in the clinic all the time. What is your criterion while choosing a film? The role which I am being offered must be good. But there are some people to whom I am obliged to. Lijo Pellissery, director Diphan are some of them for whom I would do any role without thinking twice, as they are the ones who have encouraged and tried to lift me up in the industry. Were you disheartened with your performance in CCL3… I’m not at all disappointed. In spite of having professional cricketers like Rakendu, I am happy that I was able to play well and be Kerala Strikers’ top scorer. As Sachin Tendulkar turns 40..... I’m running short of words. He is the one who has made cricket in India a celebration.

Dentist I am concentrating more on biceps than on forceps I pray that God bless him with good health to play for India at least for the next five years. Audience say that you’ve a set range of facial expressions....what do you have to say about it? I have been part of only two movies by now. How can they judge me based on that? I have been told, ‘You have to change your physique. How can you act with muscles?’ And during times of cricket club practise before CCL, I have heard some say, ‘his batting is just a fluke’. I am happy that I proved them wrong. Give me time to prove myself in the industry. My muscles have nothing to do with my acting. Fittest actor or actors in Malayalam industry...... Mammootty sir, Unni Mukundan, Manikuttan Self-help acting home work...... However busy my schedule is, every day I spend an hour before the mirror working on emotions, imitating facial expressions of actors who has a similar facial structure to that of mine.

Favourite designer wear Rocky S An ideal holiday Scotland You get tempted to Cricket. Whatever I am engaged in, if I see a match on TV, I put an end to everything and watch it. What disturbs your peace? Backstabbing Close friends call you Friends call me ‘Rajeev’ and for my folks I’m ‘Ani’.


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Born as Parvathy, renamed as Shritha after entering the film industry, the 22 year old is all prepared to make her on screen presence in Kollywood, after her acting debut in the blockbuster hit ‘Ordinary’ as ‘Gavi Girl’. Before making her footing into the industry, Shritha was pursuing studies in micro biology with hopes of flying abroad for a job. But in the meanwhile she was also into anchoring TV shows, which later on got her into movies. For the FWD photo shoot she arrived along with Rajeev Pillai and shares with us more about her projects in hand.

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“I like to try different roles and I would prefer to do more glamorous characters.”

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Travel After watching a Bollywood movie, I wish to visit Spain someday

What makes you say that you are not happy with the roles offered in the Malayalam industry? As a fresher I am happy with roles offered to me in Malayalam. But I think I am getting better roles in Tamil. Offers from other ‘woods’….. Discussions are on and I’m going through a variety of scripts. What can audience look for in the movie ‘Weeping Boy’? It’s a movie that carries a social message, a significant one. It doesn’t get preachy, nor does it deviate into the sermonizing mode. The film is the directorial debut of Felix who tries to convey a message on social commitment. It has Sreenivasan playing the lead role. The shoot is scheduled to begin by May 20 at Pollachi. Your role in the movie ‘Hangover’.... ‘Hangover’ is a comedy-thriller based on the life of four friends, starring Bhagath, Maqbool Salman, Shine, Archana Gupta. It’s Sreejith Sukumaran’s (Associate director of Kamal) directorial debut. The movie comes with the tagline of “Avasinikkune illa” (The Hangover doesn’t end). The shoot is on. My role is crucial to the plot. Prefer character/glamour roles..... I like to try different roles and would prefer to do more glamorous characters. Fitness mantra Absolutely no diet restrictions, but whenever I get time I work on treadmill for an

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Food Will allways eat my favorite dish anytime of the day

hour or more. On seeing my favourite dish.... I wouldn’t abstain from it saying, ‘Oh! I will put on weight’. How would you dress for an award night? Until recently it was me who handled my wardrobe, but lately I have a stylist who decides what I should be wearing for events. But personally, I would like to be in a sari, adorned with junk jewellery. As I’m not a lover of gold, I prefer to be accessorized in artificial dingly dangly accessories. If a man suspiciously follows you in the dark, what would you do? For sure I won’t get into an argument with him. If it’s a deserted place I would manage to move over to a public place where there are people around or try to ring up my brother, who usually accompanies me when I go out. Though he is younger to me, whenever I go out late, he is my bodyguard. Do you like to travel? When I was a student, during my vacations I used to visit hill stations and so far I have been to Kodaikanal, Ootty, Munnar. I like to travel and lately after watching a Bollywood movie, I wish to visit Spain someday. Are you a movie buff? I wasn’t. During my school days I have hardly watched four or five films, the first being ‘Ee Purazhayum Kadannu’. But as I got into anchoring, I realized how important it was for me to update my movie knowledge. And now after entering the industry, whenever I get time, I watch films.

You like Kunchacko Boban for his.... Humility Relationship status Single Most memorable moments on the sets of ‘Ordinary’ Chackochan’s wife Priyachechi was with us during the shoot. She used to prepare good food for us whenever she was free and we all used to sit around and finish it in no time. Dream boy The man whom I will be getting married to Hidden talents I do painting, not an expert though


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short film

oru thundu padam

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Oru Thundu Padam:

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here is no easy formula for success it was no different for Basil Joseph a self taught film maker cum Techie, for whom movies are a platform to experiment and enrich creativity. ‘Oru Thundu Padam’, Basil’s third short film released on YouTube has become an instant hit with 1.5 lakh views in just three days and is still trending high. Touted as a trendsetter, the film has proved that a good story and well crafted script is all that matters. ‘Oru Thundu Padam’ is powered by Media Village, an initiative of Startup Village that offers support and mentorship for artists and creativity. Sony

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Joy, Director of Media Village says “The influx of technology has democratized film making to a great extent. And mediums like YouTube are taking movies of talented yet unknown artists across the globe to audience who appreciate good films. Short films are the start of a new revolution in the film industry where content is the star. The quality and numbers of such films will only increase as internet and DTH become more popular; and people start consuming more and more video content. Media Village is an attempt to change the cultural landscape of the state by facilitating and supporting such new and exciting ventures.”

The 17-minutes long movie released on YouTube on March 24, 2013 is a conversation between a feminist and an ogler. Talking about the plot of the movie that has created a buzz-online Basil says a person whom we know for years can surprise us with an opposite attitude someday. “When I was in Mysore undergoing training, there was this guy in our gang; gentle by nature, a gem of a person. But one day when he opened up his life’s story narrating it like a hero, we were shocked. Even being friends we failed to understand how fake he was. But let me tell you this incident hasn’t inspired me to make this short film. It’s a message to all to take things with a pinch of salt.” Aju Varghese who plays the main protagonist in the movie says that the short film is a satire on modern society, it is a creative initiative put forth by a group of ‘Infy’ engineers aspiring to be a part of the film fraternity someday. In it I play the role of ‘Liju’, who irritates the hell out of ‘Clara’ a character who hides her true colours

Sony Joy, Director of Media Village says “The influx of technology has democratized film making to a great extent. And mediums like YouTube are taking movies of talented yet unknown artists across the globe to audience who appreciate good films. Short films are the start of a new revolution in the film industry where content is the star. The quality and numbers of such films will only increase as internet and DTH become more popular; and people start consuming more and more video content. Media Village is an attempt to change the cultural landscape of the state by facilitating and supporting such new and exciting ventures.”


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Upcoming Star

mia

Mia Mesmerizing

Text Thabitha Marion

Quick Read About Mollywood…. An industry with many legends

Maiden name Gimi George

Summer tip for skin care After being exposed to sun, apply a mixture of honey and lime and leave it for 20 minutes. It’s good for tan removal.

Favourite destination… Switzerland

A yummy meal must have…. Rice, fish curry, theeyal and chicken. I am a hard-core non vegetarian.

advertisements and my first role came calling.

About your debut in Movies.....

he college girl we saw in the Kerala Miss Fitness Contest 2012 has come a long way. Needless to say, the demure girl from Pala has made her presence felt in Mollywood with films like “Chettayees” and “Red Wine”. I bumped into actress Mia aka Gimi on the sets of her new film ‘Kashmir’ at Thodupuzha. Mia

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shares with us about her dreams and films.

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I started my career playing supporting roles in television soaps. My debut was ‘Ettekaal Second’. Actress Urmila Unni who played my mother in the film suggested my name to director Shajoon Kariyal who chose to cast me in his comedy film ‘Chettayees’.

I have limitations when it comes to costumes. Not really comfortable exposing. youngest on board and so they all pampered me, giving me chocolates. It was fun working with a team that was humorous. But on the sets of ‘Red Wine’ I was expected to be more professional and I think that has helped me to move on to the next level.

Your weakness…. I can be influenced easily

Your support and inspiration….. My parents are very supportive, especially my mother who is a beautician. She has always taken care of my appearance and health. She experiments her beauty home remedies on me and has always insisted I look presentable on any occasion. Even today she is in charge of my wardrobe completely.

How do you see yourself five years down the line? For me movies just happened, so I don’t know what the other surprises are yet to come in my life.

Your entry into films..... While I was pursuing my degree at Alphonsa College, Pala, I was crowned Miss Alphonsa and within a span of five months I was in Kochi to participate in the Kerala Miss Fitness Contest 2012, luckily I won the title. After which I got to do some

Experience on the sets of ‘Red Wine’…. Though my role was short, I was appreciated for it. It was a happy moment for me to share the screen with Mohanlal sir, Asif Ali. On the sets of ‘Chettayees’ I was the

Upcoming projects….. Joshy sir’s ‘Kashmir’ starring Jayaram, the shoot is going on at Thodupuzha. In this film I play the role of Jayaram sir’s wife. The other one is a Prithviraj starrer film ‘Memories’ by director Jithu Joseph.


2013Upcoming Star

krish

It’s a dream come true

Quick Read I’m scared of Frogs... I know people who have it for their meal

Relationship status Single

I want my partner To understand me as an individual

Text Thabitha Marion

Compliment from your mother after watching you act She said, ‘As an actress I will give you a 9/10’.

Favourite brand Armani

Birth date Sept 14

My line “If you learn from your mistakes, you’re smart”

Languages known English, Spanish, Tamil, Malayalam

Upcoming projects Subil Surendran’s ‘Kalkki’, I play the title character, it’s a challenging role that requires me to portray the character’s different stages of life, and the shoot is expected to begin by mid-June.

t was an enviable debut in Mollywood, no doubt. Also there were lot of hopes associated with it. With his first film, ‘Ladies and Gentleman’, actor Krish J. Sathar has proved that his star-family

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tag (he is the son of yesteryear actors Sathar and Jayabharathi) is not just an epithet to his name.

contrary circumstances, just as it survives on both land and water.

How would you define yourself?

Extend to which your parents are responsible in you choosing this career…..

A crocodile, as I can adapt to

They have influenced me quite

a lot, but indirectly. My mother was dead against me entering the industry without being professionally qualified. She was generous to permit me to enter the industry once I had my PG certificates in hand. Foreseeing the distractions that could hinder my studies, I packed my bags and like an obedient son went to the UK, to pursue engineering and MBA. Now I am back home to fulfil my passion.

Your time at the New York Film Academy….. As I was working in NY, I found time to attend a three months workshop at the film academy. I was introduced to a lot of interesting sessions that widened my knowledge about production, sounds, lighting; in short practical lessons about the complete making of a film. Though I gained some exposure there, I would say, my real film schooling happened on the sets of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.

Memorable experience on the sets when you visited your mother during her days in Malayalam cinema….. I hardly visited her on the sets. I was seven, when I once visited the set that also had late actress Sukumari auntie. Seeing me she came up for a chat, but in no time the director called her for the next shot. I saw her completely changing her real self for the character. Eloquently narrating the high intense monologue, she came back to me as though nothing happened. I was shocked then, but today in her absence I say she was a legendary artiste.

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upcoming model lidiya

Following

Passion Text Thabitha Marion Photo Sherin George

Quick Read Name Lidiya

DOB 24-11-1984

Occupation Software Engineer

Vital stats 32-26-35

Height 170

Weight 52

Skin type Normal

well as has a unique and exciting look has a great opportunity at becoming a good model.

Where do you pull your inspiration from? Life is my inspiration. Where you draw your inspiration from depends on a couple of things, your world view and your locust of motivation. I believe life has a purpose and is beautifully designed so I see beauty even in mundane things. I am internally motivated, that is, I don’t need outside “praise” or award to make me happy. Money is nice but knowing I did a good job is what matters to me.

Hair texture Wavy

Eye color Black

er passion for modelling didn’t limit her from persuing her engineering and later on her profession as a software engineer. FWD introduces the tall and sensuous Lidiya, who takes her passion and profession side by side.

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of colours one chooses should also blend well with the skin tone. *It’s okay to wear black or red to a wedding, but white is still the ultimate wedding no-no. *When dressing for an interview in retail, media and design it can be a plus to step outside of the box. *Select an outfit that makes you feel great about yourself when meeting someone for the first time

Attire complements personality. How should costumes differ depending on occasions? The kind of costumes you opt for should suit your body shape and type. Different styles of clothing create different kinds of effects on people. The kind

Fashions magazines or blogs you follow…. Vogue, N.E.E.T, Fashion Beans

What distinguishes a good model from a bad one…. A man or woman who meets the specific measurements, as

Do you ever consider pursuing acting? Not really. I try and live in the present. I know modeling has a short life span, but that doesn’t worry me. When it’s all over, I am sure there will be other opportunities.

Great shopping experience at….. Bangkok, Thailand: I LOVE Bangkok’s street markets as they offer a huge variety of colourful trinkets, art pieces, high quality silk and jewelery. The shopping experience is also another home run for Thailand as many of their markets are located on the way to the beaches of Phuket, the cultural temples of Chiang Mai and even on canoe boats along the rivers! I personally own several pieces of beautiful artwork that I purchased in Thailand and am antsy to go back and purchase more! This is also a great place to find very affordable custom made clothing for all of you fashionistas out there!


debut

nima

Quick Read

Butterfly

in the valley portrays the role of both mother and daughter in the movie. Rajesh Mohan from Trichur plays the hero. It was an experimental movie with a lot of newcomers.

Height 5’6

Weight 60

Favourite dish Fish curry & Rice

Watch Chopard

Shoes Cat Walk

Leather

What does the name ‘Nima’ mean? ‘Nima’ means blessed in Persian.

Entry into movies.... The director of my debut movie V R Akhilesh contacted me through Facebook and asked to come for a screen test and I bagged the role. It has always been a silent dream for me to act in movies. However, I am not new to camera as I have done modelling and anchoring before.

First experience on the set

fter Mallika Sherawat, Richa Parai, Kanchana and Kaveri, yet another air hostess safe lands to the bright tracks of celluloid.

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Nima Rose aka Nima Chandran is a fashion model turned cabin crew of Indian Airlines who debuted in V R Akhilesh directed New Year release “Poombattakaludey Thazhvaaram”. Nima

The movie narrates the life of tribal people, and how they got integrated to the mainstream society. I had to stay with the real-life tribals in the outskirts of Palakkad for a week to learn their mannerisms, dress style and gestures. The crew was supportive. However, transformation from an airhostess to a shy tribal girl was a huge challenge. The responsibility was little high, as I had to keep up with the expectations of my director. Also, acting in front of hundreds of spectators is not easy.

Immediate Projects?

Prada

Make up MG

Dress Lee

Currently, I am doing a Kannada movie named ‘ Kokila moolum’ directed by Ananda Rao, Allaeri Naresh plays the hero and a couple of Malayalam movies.

How do you manage work and movies? I had great trouble at my office, spending few weeks for the shooting. During flight journeys I had to say ‘no’ to many offers from Telugu and Kannada. They had asked for 60 to 90 days of shoot for a single film which I cannot afford to spare at this point of time. Right now my priority is my job. I need to secure my position; I am willing to act in films only when my dates would match with my leave allotment in Indian Airlines.

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FWD Life COVER

MOST HAPPENING PARTIES AND EVENTS

LAUNCH

The April Issue cover launch of FWD Life magazine was held at Lulu Celebrate Showroom,Lulu Mall, Kochi

FWD Life April Issue Cover Launch featuring Bhama

Elegant Gathering The April Cover launch events was such that the who’s who of the film industry turned up for the function. Those who graced the events include, Bhama,Kavya Madhavan, Remya Nambeesan, and Kuku Parameshwaran. Director B.Unnikrishnanan, Music Director Ratheesh Vega, Producer Sudeep Karat, Actor Vinay Fort, Actor/Producer Sandra Thomas,Vijay Babu & representing Lulu Mohammed Ameen Sait, M.A. Nishad, P.A. Nishad

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Presenting the most exclusive, on-trend bridal wear collection

Matchless allure for eternal moments 52

India’s biggest and finest collection of exquisite silk sarees and wedding wear MAY 2013


Enticing silk sarees sourced from traditional weavers Ethnic wear creations from world renowned designers Enticing ghagras, lehengas and party wear Extensive range of wedding wear spread over three floors

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temples

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Temple sans idols Rituals have the magic to leave us amused. Let’s have a look at some of the odd religious rituals being followed in temples Text K.R Rejeesh Photography FWD Media t was a scorching day, From a distance the road that leads to the hilltop temple seemed like a thick dark line drawn across the slanting land. We had more than one reason to visit Poruvazhy Peruviruthy Malanada temple, located in Kunnathoor Taluk of

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Kollam district. It is the sole Duryodhana Temple in Kerala. What aroused our curiosity was the fact that there are no idols in the temple and they follow bizarre rituals! The puja offerings include tuber crops, kaachil (Greater yam), aval (rice flakes) and malar (fried paddy). Describing the rituals, S.K. Govinda Pillai, the secretary of the temple,

The Gold Flag (Swarnakkodi) is the status symbol of Malanada Appooppan. Made in pure gold, it is a precious show piece of excellent workmanship. Public “darshan” of Swarnakkodi is permitted only on auspicious days like Kodiyettu Day, Malakkuda Maholsavam Day etc. It is believed that the “darshan” of the Swarnakkodi brings home prosperity. People believe that ‘Pallippana’, a ritual at Malanada Temple, is capable of eliminating the evil spirits afflicting the deity and its land and people. At Malanada this ritual is performed once in 12 years. Next Pallipaana will be held in April, 2023. Kettukazhcha is the most splendid part of the Maha Malakkuda Maholsavam with a spectacular display of craftsmanship in the form of ‘Edupu kala’ and ‘Edupu kuthira’.

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Offerings at a glance The votive offerings include toddy, murukkan (betel nut mixture), hen, goat, and frolic with ox. Goat and hen are only made to stand in front of the deity as an offering. There is no killing of animals in the name of God. The temple is open for 24 hours. The priest is from Kurava community. There is no deity and Sreekovil in the temple Malanada Temple is said to be the sole Duryodhana Temple in the country Things for the votive offerings are available at the temple.

The temple is reachable from Kayamkulam and Karunagappally by NH 47 and Kottarakkara (via Puthoor or Enathu) by MC Road (approximately 25 km). said the puja in the temple is based on Dravidian tradition. “The temple has the chaithanya (power) of Duryodhana and Lord Siva. devotees address the supreme power as “Apooppan” (grandfather). So the God here is known as Malanada Apooppan,” he said. According to mythology, after sending Pandavas for vanavasam, Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas, had arrived in this place in search of them. The major festival of the temple, Malakkuda Mahotsavam, falls in March. People from seven karas (regions) participate in the festival, by arranging their kettukazha (decorations in the form of horses) in the vast tract of paddy field below the hill temple. Interestingly, the devotees comprise people from all religion.

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nutrition

food habits

Tackle your

fussy eater Studies prove that healthy breakfast plays a major role in school activities and improves concentration Text Lekshmy Vijayan ife-style disorders are fast becoming a major cause for health related issues. Unhealthy eating habits,

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stress and lack of proper sleep has taken a toll even on our children. Our Nutrition expert Gayathri Ashokan advises on adopting and adapting to

healthy life style to prevent life threatening ailments.

Morning in a hurry…. How do you make your child eat? Studies prove that healthy breakfast plays a major role in school activities and improves concentration. So 1/3 of the total calories should come from breakfast. Now there is the concept of food plate-which contains a portion of cereals, milk/curd, vegetables especially green leafy vegetables and fruits. But unfortunately most kids skip breakfast and 70% of pre-school children in our country are anaemic. To ensure that your child eats well in the morning, instead of making two or three Dosa or chapathi its better to make it big size, so that instead of counting numbers he / she would consume a better potion. To make it more nutritious you can add some multi grain mix, like soyabean and bengal gram powder to the dough. If it’s difficult to make the child eat the breakfast one can also try some “navadanyapowder” mix with milk, which meets the requirement. A personal recipe I can share is

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sandwitch filled with sprouted green gram with a pinch of pepper and ½ tsp sauce. It’s easy to prepare and healthy, as it gives enough protein. Make sure you use whole grain bread or wheat bread instead of white bread.

Alternatives that can be given to children for lunch….. Normally mothers give the same lunch prepared for adults to children. However, children may not get enough nutrients from this lunch because their intake is very less. Kids need daily 50gm of vegetables and 50gm of green leafy vegges, so I would suggest a simple recipe anyone can try at home. Cut carrot, beans and cabbage like the shape of finger chips and steam for 5 minutes. Then sprinkle it with a little pepper and salt. Kids really love it, as they like to bite big pieces than smaller ones it’s an attractive tooI, can be given with two chapathis (we can mix leafy vegetablesto dough) or with 200gm rice (brown rice) and curd with a piece of fish/chicken (40gm). Vegetable fried rice with corn, carrot, beans, and


Quick Read curd rice with boiled vegetables provide overall nutrients to the body. Rice along with raitha (mixed with carrot, onion, sprouted green gram, cucumber) is another healthy option. Prepare cutlets in different shapes with lots of green leaves, coriander leaves, chicken, onion etc. It can be given with rice and curd. Once in a week we can try noodles mixed with vegetables, egg, milk can be used instead of water to make it nutritious.

What can be given as snacks for school going children? Our traditional rice flakes and puffed rice are ideal, so we can make it like our ‘temple prasadam’ which give enough dry fruits, fiber and jaggery it contains minerals like iron, zinc etc. A handful of dry fruits and nuts can give enough protein, vitamin E, and other minerals. Boiled sweet corn mixed with a spoon of ghee is another option for snack, kids would love it and it’s very nutritious. Muesli, crushed wheat is also good and provide enough fibre.

Illness caused due to consuming junk food and aerated drinks….. Your kid may demand for an icy aerated drink on a hot summer day, but never buy them the refreshing treat as it is a major health risk in disguise, loaded with sugar and devoid of nutrients. It can give extra calories to put on weight. One tsp of sugar give 20kcal, 1tsp oil give 45kcal but one idly give only 50 kcal. Studies prove that if more carbonated beverage is taken, it could lead to the degradation of bones. It can be experimented by putting a tooth to a bottle of black coloured aerated drink. That will dissolve in one week. And liters of water is needed to wash out the residues from the stomach. Water is an essential nutrient, which is needed daily. We lose about 1-1.5 liters of water daily especially in hot season that must

be replaced. Soft drinks can never replace water that is needed to washout toxins from our body. One can replace soft drinks with lime juice, which contain vitamin C, that helps to resist infection. Also try our traditional drink like coconut water, buttermilk, which is packed with lots of nutrients.

After effects of chewing gum…… Saliva contains ptyalin, the enzyme for digesting starch. If we are using more of chewing gum it may results in secretion of other gastric juices which results in acidity or other digestive problems.

Food that causes allergies in children….. As told before, each and every child is different, the allergy may also differ. We should observe the child instead of predicting. Many Keralities have so many concepts like food fads and fallacies. Some kids have milk allergy, due to lactose. Other allergies like gluten allergy, sea food allergy, egg allergy etc are also common; if one food is removed it should be replaced with another. There is a common notion among us that children who are plump are healthy and thin means ill. One should understand that most important thing to ensure is that the child is healthy and active. Check the height and weight periodically and plan a proper diet plan with the help of a nutritionist. Some kids eat enough food but a lot of energy is lost when children are engaged in various activities. It is very important to create nutritional awareness among mothers and encourage them to choose healthy food. This can have a positive effect on the family. Cook your child’s favourite restaurant recipe home and make it healthier. Try new recipes and encourage your child to eat healthy, educate them and ensure your child’s participation while cooking, this will make them more health alert.

Delay introducing 100 percent juice until at least 6 months of age and limit to no more than 4–6 oz/day. Juice should only be fed from a cup. Don’t overfeed infants and young children they can usually self-regulate the amount of calories they need each day. Children shouldn’t be forced to finish meals if they aren’t hungry as they often vary caloric intake from meal to meal. Introduce healthy foods and keep offering them if they’re initially refused. Don’t introduce foods without overall nutritional value simply to provide calories.

BONUS Only 20 per cent children age 6-23 months in India are fed appropriately according to all three recommended practices for infant and young child feeding. 70 per cent children age 6- 59 months are anaemic. Children of mothers who are severely anaemic are seven times as likely

to be severely anaemic as children of mothers who are not anaemic. O nly half (51 per cent) of households use adequately iodizesalt in India.

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education schooling

Back to

School reparing your child for school is a daunting task especially if the child is a first time school goer. Days could be nerve-wracking and mornings could be a mayhem if things lack planning. But a little effort and understanding from parents can prepare a child for his or her milestone.

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Preparing Kid for 1st Time School (Do’s) Start preparations at least a week before.

Tell your child about the excitement of going to school. Make him or her understand that school is not just about studies but also about learning fun exercises, colouring, and making new friends. Parents must take their children on a tour to the school he/she is about to join. Visit the school premises, its playground or recreation classes much before the first day. To a great extend this would help to reduce anxiety in kids. Nature calls! Habituate them to use restrooms. Tell that at school, he/she wouldn’t have mamma around to assist and that it’s quite common to have an accident at school. So prepare your child for that mess by telling him to alert the teacher to the situation. Explain about snack and lunch time. Ask your son or daughter what they like to have.

Tell them about siesta, the hardest part of school difficult for a four year old to bear. Practice them to get some sleep by listening to a bedtime story or by hearing some soothing music. Try to build partnerships with teachers, administrators and other parents. This helps your child reap benefits at the personal and educational front. Children are much happier and confident when they receive pats and hear praises. So for some smart behavior or actions of your little one, applaud and give surprises once in a while as a token of encouragement that helps to build confidence.

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Quick read Helpful tips for the Big Day Provide your child with a healthy breakfast before school. Dress up your child in the most comfortable way. Label your child’s belongings Keep a pair of spare clothes in his/her school bag Make sure the teacher is aware of any allergies your child has On reaching school, to cheer up a gloomy face, take your child for a stroll around the school premises Do reassure your child that you will be back at a given time. Remind your child to follow directions, to play safe, and to be obedient. Check if the school provides clean environment, pure and hygienic drinking water and neat and clean rooms.


Preparing Kid for 1st Time School (Dont’s) Never get into an argument with your child before setting out for school. Don’t be late to school

Avoid over feeding your child on his/her first day Parents! Avoid pouring out praises and concern about your child to the teacher. He/she is just one among the other children Don’t linger around once school starts. It distracts your child’s concentration Never carry your child’s belongings that make him/her appear to be too special Don’t leave your child at school without bidding goodbye or by not giving hugs Parents! Your child might cry on his first day at school, but you dare not cry along. Hold back your tears. Lecturing- This is one mistake parents often make, rather than going on and on make it a conversation. Listen to the child, this will make them feel respected and valued.

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Tricks to Feed Kids

M ake a smiley in a bowl full of whole grain cereal with b anana slices for eyes, raisins for nose, peach or apple slice for mouth. Take your child along while going for shopping. Let them see different kinds of fruits and vegetables and decide on what he/she needs to have. Try fruit smoothies for a quick healthy breakfast or afternoon snack. Add extra veggies to soups, stews, and sauces, grated or shredded to make them blend in.

Imposing- Don’t impose your decisions on children; give them options to chose from. Judging- Don’t be in a hurry to judge your child’s behavior. Most of the time there can be an underlying reason for ‘difficult behavior’ which should be addressed through understanding. Denying- Most of the parents ignore their child’s limitations. Understand that nobody is perfect. Accept your child’s flaws. This can make your child confident and work through his limitations. Depending- Never make the child rely on you for anything and everything, accept his/her individuality and help your child become self sufficient and independent.

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No fuss staying away from parents for few hours

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Interested in listening to stories and flipping pages to watch images.

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Can be calm, keeping hands and feet to self without being a nuisance.

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Recognizing uppercase alphabet letters, especially those in his/ her name

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photofeature

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“Often while travelling with a camera we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon of a moment, too late to expose film, only time enough to expose our hearts”. Minor White


Generation Gap...??

Of course not...There was absolutely no generation gap between this old woman and her grandchild. They seemed so happy and content posing for the camera.

Perfect frame

Ooty has its best early morning view in December-January months. I shot this picture from Ooty –Masanagudi road.

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photofeature

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Sky is the limit

I captured this boy and his spontaneous action. Let the will to triumph stay with him to achieve more heights in his life..

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Persistence pays off

It was freaking cold...but that didn’t dither this laundry woman from doing her job. And that didn’t dither me either from getting the ‘Splash Shot’

From Dusk to Dawn

After darkness comes light, it brings along hope and desire. The kids were more than happy to pose for the camera.

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lifestyle

architecture

Undeniably

Unique Text Dhanya Menon uxury has different connotations for different people. For some it is private jets, haute couture, diamonds, or even limited-edition cigars. However luxury simply means space as well. And that’s the first thing that strikes you the moment you step into duplex apartment owned by Mr. Zakir at Kozhikode. “Mr.Zakir who had extensively travelled wanted a design that is extremely different from the

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conventional. A modern and contemporary interior was preferred, but at the same time he wanted to stay away from the usual modern designs with European influence” says Cindu Krishnakumar, designer of the apartment. “The apartment interiors are designed according to New York style” she continues. The first step toward this smart planning was re-formatting the builder’s plan. “We emphasised maximum lighting and outside view from the inte-

Quick Read A white accent, enhanced privacy, lighting from all possible angles and ample outside viewthis sums up the plan of this duplex. Project Elzium Court Beach View Apartments, Kozhikode Design Arch.Cindu Krishnakumar, Kozhikode 9847490404 Location Kozhikode Total floor area 3400+ sq ft Type of Property Duplex

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02 riors” says Zakir. “Being a conventionally built apartment, the main challenge was the claustrophobic interiors” says Cindu. This was sorted out by doing away with the grills of windows, adding custom made spaces and door panel designs emphasising all views outsides.

Colour Scheme Zakir and his family have a special liking for white colour. “White exudes a positive energy” says Zakir. The colour scheme of the house was modern with an all enveloping white, custom-built white furniture matching with the whole interiors. “As all whites will give a clinical feel, earthy tones were added with veneer. This further emphasised the all pervading whiteness of the house” says Cindu. The white furniture takes the centre stage and the earthy tones around it accentuates it.

Living Spaces The living spaces of the duplex seamlessly flow into one another and at the same time ensures privacy in each. Balconies and openings have made at all possible places for maximum outside view and lighting. This together with the free flowing spaces inside gives the entire apartment an extremely spacious feel. “The main problem with apartments is lack of

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privacy. But we designed the apartment in a way that there is ample privacy� says Zakir. A glass lift in the living space connecting the top floor saves space which otherwise a staircase would take.

Other Spaces The master bedroom flaunts the same colour scheme. The opening and balconies makes the rooms airy. The daughter’s bedroom is youthful and vibrant. Without leaving the con-

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Openings and balconies makes it airy and lively.

05 Kitchen with breakfast counter: Sleek and contemporary.

06 Home theatre: With a

sliding-folding door so that darkness can be imparted to it only when required.

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05 sistency of the interiors in terms of colour scheme, flooring, lighting etc, the dash of pink in this room adds vibrancy to the dĂŠcor. Polarid blinds are used instead of drapes in bedrooms. The kitchen with breakfast counter is sleek and contemporary. The home theatre comes with a sliding-folding door so that darkness can be imparted to it only when required. The right schemes of imported materials like fabrics, colours, textures, accessories and others make the house on a whole classy and modern. chic and classy chandeliers bring pleasure at day time; when off, and admiration at night time.

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MOST HAPPENING PARTIES AND EVENTS

Saturday Splash

Swimwear Edition

Party time Recent pool party at a five star hotel in the city which featured various Djs from all around

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lifestyle

wedding

Quick Read

Colour Inspired

Wedding The colours you choose for your wedding theme may represent you and your groom’s personality if it is your favourite colour. Text Dhanya Menon Photos Tamarind Weddings, Kochi colour inspired wedding will help to create an ambience and mood for your wedding celebration. Colour also lends a symbolic meaning to the wedding celebrations. The colours you choose for your wedding theme may represent you and your groom’s personality if it is your favourite colour. The colour you choose may also hold a special meaning like it can stand for your relationship, the season to which the wedding falls, or even a complement to your wedding theme. FWD wedding of the month is a Royal Blue Inspired Wedding planned by the duo Arabind

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Chandrashekaran Pillai and Anu Arabind from Tamarind Weddings for a NRI couple based out of Kottayam

Blue Wedding of Mishal and Teenu The theme of this wedding was ‘Royal Blue’. Blue is a popular wedding colour and is nature inspired (sky and the sea). Blue invokes an environment of calmness. Blue also signifies royalty. Variants of blue like the electric blue and brilliant blue are very energetic colours and create a dynamic, dramatic and engaging space.

Things to note for a colour theme wedding Having more than three colours will not always work in a colour theme wedding as it distract the eyes from the main colour. The best way is to use one base colour and compliment it with one or two other complementary shades. When deciding on a wedding colour palette, playing up the prominent colours of your venue or setting will be a god idea. For instance, if your wedding is by the sea or by a pool side, the natural choice can be blue colour. Similarly if you are planning it in a garden, green is the best choice. Before deciding the colour, figure out the mood you want to reflect throughout the celebration. Whether you want a peaceful, Zen-like retreat, a regal, romantic affair or a blitzy, high-energy party? Colourful cloths and overlays for décor are very important and so is table accessories and centre pieces. Lighting can make or break a space. Talk to your designer about the lighting. Lighting is also tricky; you can work well with it to showcase cool crisp angles.

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Blue colour theme can be used in several ways to give the desired effect. For example, in winters, dark and blues can add a feeling of warmth, light blue can be matched with a seaside theme, it goes on. Royal blues paired with whites, light purples, sunny yellows and shades of cream create a stunning combination.

What was the theme suggested to the family? It was a glorious theme which matched the couple’s taste. We had suggested this theme in consultation with the family. This theme was a theatrical representation of the couple’s tastes. Both Teenu and Mishal are vibrant individuals who wanted their wedding to be a show-stopper. They wanted a wedding theme which would showcase their personalities. Both Mishal and Teenu were intimately involved in planning the elements of the wedding. Their affinity towards the colour ‘Blue’ came from the association the colour had with royalty.

How the theme elements were incorporated? We wanted to incorporate the Royal Blue theme into every element of the wedding. We had erect-

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lifestyle

wedding

ed a magnificent blue stage with elegantly dyed blue orchids to adorn it. The entire venue was decorated with erected structures of blue. The wedding cake was based on a peacock feather design which accentuated the blue element. The ceiling centre piece was lit up with strip lights. The centre pieces and table wear were also bluish purple in shade to match the hall décor. The ambiance for the function was set by dim lighting and soft music. The centrepieces at the tables were candelabras with cut glass work and candles. Blue-tinted lamps were also used to spread soft blue light into the function. Violet and white daisies complemented the centrepieces. The couple wanted the theme to be reflected in the transportation as well. The car was decorated with ornamental blue and white roses. The complete ambiance was transformed into a delightful set up which was pleasing to the eye, yet extraordinary.

What was the highlight of the event? Our client required a special en-

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for everybody! The guests were wowed and took home many happy memories and souvenirs.

try towards the reception hall. We facilitated this by bringing the couple from the church in a customized ‘Golf Cart’! The couple drove themselves into the reception venue in a decorated golf cart among much celebration.

Venue: The event was held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Manarcadu in Kottayam.

The specialties of the arrangement

Planner’s Verdict: The wedding was a chal-

Many of the flower designs were done with imported flowers and every element was theme coordinated! The wedding was an experience

lenge for us because of the sheer scale and detailing involved. It was hard work, but in the end, we were happy we created a marvel for the couple!


MOST HAPPENING PARTIES AND EVENTS

Sundown Pool Party

Party time Recent pool party at a five star hotel in the city which featured various Djs from all around

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automotive Honda Amaze E i-VTEC

Grand ride and power The Amaze, like most other Honda car, packs in the absolute essentials and looks more seriously towards the safety aspect

FWD RATING 4.99 Lac. approx

he Amaze is no doubt an extremely significant member of the legendary automotive clan from Japan, which is probably the reason why the car has been designed so brilliantly that it has emerged as one of the most perfect blends of power, performance, comfort, style and space that

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the segment has ever seen. With interiors loudly echoing the influence of Honda Brio, the exteriors of Honda Amaze too have a stark resemblance to those of the hatchback to display. With the car having been made available in 6 petrol and 4 diesel variants, Honda Amaze E petrol is the very basic model of its petrol range and

comes equipped with a manual transmission gear box. The exteriors of Honda Amaze E petrol can easily be described as one of the most smartly designed in the entire segment of sub-4 metre sedans.

Drive The compact sedan comes fitted with seats whose cushioning

has been thickened by 96mm to provide excellent comfort and ample support for the back and thighs of the occupants. Mated to an efficient 5-speed manual transmission system, this brilliant power mill promises a peak 86.8bhp at 6000rpm along with a maximum of 109Nm of torque at 4500rpm. Equipped with a well-weighted Collaps-


SPECS

Honda Amaze E i-VTEC promises a peak 86.8bhp at 6000rpm

Engine i-VTEC Petrol

Seating capacity

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Length (mm)

3990

Max. Power

86.8bhp @ 6000 rpm

Width (mm)

1680

Max. Torque

109 Nm @ 4500rpm

Height (mm)

1505

Kerb weight (kg)

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Wheel base (mm)

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Fuel tank (litre)

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Displacement (cc)

1198

Wheel size

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Tyre size

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ible Electric Power Steering that helps the driver to have a confident drive, Honda Amaze E petrol enhances the entire handling performance manifold with its fabulous suspension system composed of a front-end McPherson strut and a rear-end torsion beam. Amaze is tuned for great handling and the stiffer suspension does let in some of the bumps from the road. The Amaze handles well around the corners and the steering also adds weight and feedback as the speeds rise.

snapshot FWD LIFE’S VERSION Excellent engine refinement and performance, exceptional handling, comfortable and classy interior feel, stylish exteriors and reasonably equipped safety arsenal. There is lack of several convenience and some advanced safety features.

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beauty makeup tips

Look gorgeous

in the sizzling

hot summer Tips to Look gorgeous this summer with the right make up routine

corching heat can completely drain you of your makeup. The key is to look naturally beautiful in minimal makeup. But it is also necessary to stick to a clean regimen to look radiant all through the summer. Before doing any makeup on your skin follow the CTM routine religiously. Cleansing becomes doubly important in summer, because dirt and pollutants make your skin dull. Use a treatment cleanser that has the right texture for your skin type and after cleansing, use a natural skin toner like rose water follow it up with a lightweight moisturiser.

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How to make your makeup stay The first step is to make sure whatever product you use are all water-proof. Apply a primer before going in for a foundation. To get better results shop for a primer with silicone that has long-wearing formu-

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Curl your lashes with a curler and apply mascara. To make the eyes look bigger, draw a thin line along your inner lower eyelid with a brightening pencil. Dot a tiny bit of cream blush under your brow bone and blend it towards the crease of your eyelid.


QUICK READ Makeup Makeover The makeup you’ve applied in the morning may not be fresh or astounding for a cocktail party. To clear off the tired washed out look follow these makeup tips for a transition from drab to fab. Rub your face with facial wipe to refresh your face. Apply a tinted moisturizer and conceal the blemishes and marks on your face with a concealer, concentrating on the areas around the eyes to camouflage dark circles. If required go in for a foundation that is one shade lighter than your skin colour and dust compact for a smoother look.

las. It acts as a barrier between sweat and your skin. Use cream shadow and cream-based blush instead of powder versions. It helps to make your skin glow without getting cakey. Again use a waterproof eyeliner and mascara, which otherwise can take a toll on your look. For your lips opt for a light lip gloss or a tinted lip balm. Besides following the above rules for a flawless look, it is equally important to follow a good diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and yoghurt. Also stay hydrated by drinking at least 8 glasses of water.

Beat the Heat with our Home Remedies Add a small amount of oatmeal powder to your bathtub water and take a dip in it. Drink at least two glasses of sugarcane juice a day for the blisters to subside. Mix some powdered gram with water and apply it on the spots, allowing it to dry naturally. When it starts to peel off, wash it off with warm water. The dead cells of the skin get washed away and one gets required relief from inflammation. One can have a sponge bath with ginger.

tips While choosing a brightening pencil, white shade works for lighter skin and golden beige for a darker complexion.

For the eyes, apply a fun metallic colour to the lids and contour it using gray or black. Finish off with a line of black eyeliner and mascara for pumpedup lashes. Apply a highlighter just below your eyebrows and on the inner corners of your eye to brighten them up. Use shimmer to highlight your cheekbones, chin, T zone and neck. If you’re going to show some skin around your shoulders or collar bone, don’t miss out to brush some of it there as well.

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parenting

Quick Read

first day

Gird up

for the

Tips for parents for preparing child for playschool

first day

Before taking admission to nursery, visit personally and collect all information of playgroup or nursery.

first day at school can be tough for both parents as well as for the child, but with a little preparation it can be smoother any parents take admission for their child at the age of two. others prefer to send their kid after age of three or four years. In case of working parents, they do not have any option and therefore they have to send their baby sometimes earlier than the age of two. But, ideally it is advisable that you should send your baby to school at age of three. At the age of three your baby is mature enough to understand her own habits like if she gets hungry, or need water or go for potty. Some babies can wear their shoes and clothes at this age. Such things are not that much important, but it is good habits if your child can understands well before joining playschool or nursery. All children at this age have different nature and tendency to act what they feel. In such case, it is very difficult for parents to prepare their child for playschool or nursery. Parents should act wisely and keep patience to get ready their kids for school. Normally all kids resist to go for school initially; once they get habituated then you should not worry about it. You need to create school environment in home before your baby start to go to school. It will help your baby to get familiar with school’s environment and he/ she can easily adjust in his/her school. Tell him/her that let’s play

Check if they provide clean environment, pure and hygienic drinking water and clean class rooms. You should ask about your child’s security that they cannot move outside school areas or not talk with unknown person.

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Observe activities they teach to kids in schools. You can also teach how to interact with teacher.

The first day of your child in nursery

Maintain schedule of your child’s wake up time. Ensure parents attend school with child on the first day. If your baby keeps continue crying while entering school, don’t get emotional. Give some liking snacks of your baby in lunch box. Hungry stomach will not keep your baby happy.

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school-school two to three times in a week and follow complete schedule of school during playing. Teach him/ her how you should say ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Afternoon’ to teacher, how to behave with other kids, how to open lunch box properly and eat, how to care his/her school bag. You can also teach her that informs her teacher if she wants to go for potty.

Take your child to school if they permit your baby before joining school. Show play area of school as children are interested in it.

Take regular reports of your kid’s activities from teacher and try to improve his/her habits accordingly. Your child is in the learning stage until the age of six years. How best you can guide and grow your child depends on your nature and skill.


finance

banking

Few insights on securing child’s future Start investing for children as early as possible. Earlier you start, the more the time available for your investments to grow, and the bigger the corpus. s parents our responsibilities towards children start the day they are born and as responsible parents we want the ‘best’ for our children. The best upbringing, the best education and so on... Start investing for children as early as possible. Earlier you start, the more the time available for your investments to grow, and the bigger the corpus. If you have not done that you can start right away. Your kids may not become what you desired or wished. But a good investment can ensure them financial security. The best gift a parent can give his child is good education. Planning is an essential part of this gift. Education has turned costly in the country and abroad. It will continue to rise in the future. Before planning investment for your kids, assess your family’s financial position. Study the options and talk your friends and family members before taking a decision. Read magazines and newspaper articles on personal finance before talking to others.

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It will help you to decide a better investment for your children. You can invest a lump sum, put away a regular amount each month, or do both. It’s usual to give the child access to the money when they reach age 18 or 21, but the money can usually remain invested for longer. Most of us opt for Public Provident Fund (PPF) and fixed deposits for our children. For better returns, it is advisable to choose equity mutual funds, stocks. There are also child insurance plans that provide for the education of the child if the parent is no more. It is better to put money different baskets than just one or two baskets. It is obvious that saving for your child’s future will make you overwhelmed. But here, you need to think practically and be realistic while planning for the savings. Make sure you make down-to-earth and reasonable planning and savings. If you set a comfortable goal, you will be able to reach it with regular investments. Invest in such plan that gives your child the money as and when he needs them to

Quick Read accomplish his academic and career dreams. How does one choose the right product? The first thing to understand is that there is nothing to differentiate the investments made for children from the rest of your portfolio of investment. They are exposed to the same risks, offer the same returns and are taxed at the same rate. Your choice should depend on four basic factors: the tenure of the investment, the risk you are willing to take, the returns offered by the option and the taxability of the income. Are you saving for your son’s education or your daughter’s marriage? Financial planners say it is best to define your goals and segregate the investment for each goal. By investing today and being careful in your investment, you will be able to lead a tension free retirement life. Even if you die or face a financial loss, your child’s future will be secured. Your kids will be able to achieve a career goal that will help them settle down comfortably in life. Future is unforeseen and life is uncertain. Planning helps us to have small control over future.

Inflation should always be included as an important factor in investments and intend for higher return with low risk. Make sure the investment instruments you have chosen can be converted to liquid cash at any stage in your child’s life.

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford 2013 MAY

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pets

QUICK READ

birds

Feel for your feathered

friends

Wigs Just in case their fur doesn’t suffice, dog wigs come in four styles- pink passion, beautiful blonde, electric blue, and silver fox.

Feeding Backyard Birds This Summer The summer has been so bad this year, it was impossible for humans to survive without sun stroke and suns burns, then think about the teeny- weeny birds at your backyard that can hardly find any cool shade in the city. Be kind to them, just as you are to your pets by providing them with adequate water to have a shower as well as to quench their thirst. Many keep backyard birds at bay thinking that they are a nuisance. But try it out, next time when you see one, though they are not tamed, how friendly they tend to get with

humans, once they realise that you are harmless. To feed your feathered friends you can try putting a birdfeeder 12 feet high on a tree or a bush safe from predators. The device can be of plastic or steel because they are easy to clean. You can offer various kinds of seeds, millets, peanuts or suet cakes. Remember to clean and disinfect the feeder regularly. Windows that reflect sky and trees can cause collision for birds, so to prevent crashing, place feeders either more than 30 feet from a window or closer than 3 feet.

Dog Palaces A 2 bedroom kennel with a day lounge monitored with CCTV providing amenities like an automated food and water dispensers, cozy temperature controlled beds lined with sheepskin, self cleaning eating and drinking bowls, a 52 inch plasma TV and a dog spa.

Bride postpones wedding for her pet lizard A bride all set to walk the isle postponed her wedding so as to use the money to treat her cancer-stricken pet lizard Gregory. Stuck between the man of her life and her pet, she opted to sacrifice her future for Gregory the lizard, instead of Richard her fiancĂŠ. She spent thousands of dollars for the lizard to get chemotherapy for tumours on his face. And it was not just treatment that Gregory expected from his mistress; but also her presence and care. She did it, spending number of sleepless nights sitting by the side of Gregory, anxiously waiting for his speedy recovery. Pet Liz recovered and soon he found his mate Lucy. But for his mistress, misery continues. Left with emptiness in life, she finds it hard to make money to tie the knot.

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Get Back

Your Glow assure that you are physically and mentally releasing negative things. o you find yourself feeling sluggish, fatigued and your mind feeling restless, foggy and negative? Do you have trouble digesting or sleeping? Are inches piling on, is there body odour? Does your skin feeling dead and lifeless? Have you lost the glow? Time to detox. Toxins are anything that causes harmful effects to the body. It could be from the food you eat, air you breathe, water, soil, sounds or even the thoughts you have. Some toxins are created by the body itself. Our body has innate ability to remove many toxins however in current lifestyle and soaring pollution levels we put in more toxins than the body can remove. Over time, this stacks up leading to complications. Detoxification is a process of reducing the toxins in the body by decreasing the toxin intake and aiding the body cleanse itself. Our body eliminates toxins via kidneys, liver, digestive tract (intestines and colon), lungs, and skin. A good detox works on all these organs and leaves you feeling full of energy and with a fresh perspective on your life. I should add that, based on the levels of toxins some people feel feverish and irritable during the process, rest assured that

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you are physically and mentally releasing negative things. It is important to do a detox practice under a trained person.

Yoga to Detox Detox flow yoga sequence that includes mantras for detoxing the mind (Ham Sa) breathing practices like Kapalabhati, movements and postures that help you sweat and twist is a good way to detox, lose weight and have a glowing skin. Asanas in detox yoga compress and twist the abdomen. The practice includes poses like the Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasan), Twisted Chair Pose (Parivritta Utkatasan), Marichi’s Twist (Marichiyasana) etc.

Twisted Chair Pose (include photo) Stand tall with feet together. Slowly bend your knees sitting back on an invisible chair. If you look down you should be able to see your toes. The stress is on your thighs and not on your knees. The spine stays neutral and the buttocks

should not jut back. Palms are together in prayer pose. Lean forward and now bring your left elbow to the right knee as you breathe out. Stay in this twist for ten seconds. Do not hold your breath. As you inhale come out of the twist and do the other side. The pose is good for strengthening the legs and improving digestion and aligning the spine. Work towards deepening the twist and holding it for 30 seconds.

Simple tips Drink plenty of water Say yes to green colored foods Detox yoga Smile & Stay positive

The author Nuthan Manohar is a wellness consultant and researcher based in Cochin : nuthansm@gmail.com.

Simple Detox Diet Drink plenty of water. Adding few drops of lemon to the water gives it an alkalizing effect on the body. Cucumber and coriander leaves are great summer coolers and detox foods. Avoid foods that are acidic in nature and over the course of 3 to 5 days go into foods that are alkaline. Observe this pattern monthly once. Acidic Foods: Alcohol, Meat, Jams, Yeast, Refined Flour, Dairy Alkaline Foods: Cucumber, Spinach, Sprouts, Celery, Cabbage, Capsicum.

* Check with a medical practioner or a trained therapist prior to starting any physical practice

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entertainment radio

Talk Shows On Air

93.5 Red FM

Red Carpet ( Saturday 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm, repeat on Sunday 10.00 am to 12.00) It’s a popular celebrity chat show on weekends aired between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm on Saturdays and 10.00 am to 12.00 noon on Sundays. The show ropes in one-on-one interaction with personalities from the entertainment industry. Listeners catch up to hear celebs getting candid with the energetic and spontaneous RJ Mathukutty, dearly called ‘Ustaad of love’. It’s not like any other show where the celebs are to hold tight to their chairs. The two hour show is noted for its fresh and witty appeal with RJ Mathukutty hosting the show with ease, making the celebs feel at home as they narrate their journey to stardom. It is the show’s friendly environment that makes it score a brownie point. So far the show has aired candid interviews of Mammootty, Dulquer Salman, Indrajth, Fahadh fazil, Rima Kallingal and Mamta Mohandas. Last month on one of the ‘Red Carpet’ episodes, the guest was the superstar himself, Mohanlal revealing his experiences on and off screen about the shoot of ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ and when RJ Mathukutty asked ‘Is Mohanlal a gentleman?’ the actor replied in his usual humors style that ‘I’m a man. I don’t know whether I’m a gentleman. That is for others to say’. Following weekend it was actor Jayaram talking about his new release ‘Bharya Athra Pora’, his fancy to watch ‘Thrissur Pooram’ and his passion for Percussion instrument, Chenda.

Morning No:1 ( Monday to Saturday 7.00 am to 11.00 am) One of the most interactive discussions that woke up the city last month was the drunken driving by heavy vehicle drivers, some of them who were caught red handed at Vytilla junction in Kochi. ‘How often are heavy vehicle drivers being checked for drunken driving?’ This question was left unanswered in us and was open for discussion by RJ Akhil, Government officials and public came up with preventives and out with their own bitter experiences with drunken heavy vehicle drivers on roads. Though the show had plenty of texts and calls pouring in, how easy is it to implement, is a harrowing doubt. The other on-air talks of the month were on unauthorized vendors on streets, the 475 crore investment in digitalization of public distribution system in the state, views about bringing in the auto sharing system in the city; all backed with opinions from

Government officials and views of the public. The RJ always picks fresh topics for discussions and airs them as it is, without editing the content. That is what makes the show special to their listeners. Few days back I’m sure most of us would have heard RJ Akhil in conversation with Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany regarding the Edapally junction block. And to be crisp about public distress, the diplomatic RJ framed a question asking whether it is Edappally, Vyttila, Kundannoor or Palarivattom that urgently needs a flyover? Another shocking revelation that stunned everybody alike was the usage of deadly chemicals like ammonia, formalin added to the process of ice making; the topic was widely discussed on the show. Though many of us already know about it, we are silent to such acts and relish the ‘kulukki sarbath’ on the streets made from chemical ice.

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entertainment preview

NEW Releases Movies Hollywood

Upcoming movies in may

Bollywood

kollywood

Mollywood

The Great Gatsby Genre: Drama, Romance Cast: Amitabh Bachchan

Go Goa Gone Genre: Action comedy Cast: Saif Ali Khan , Kunal Khemu , Puja Gupta

Isai Genre: Musical Cast: SJ Surya, Lakshmi Rai

Money Back Policy Genre: Drama Cast: Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu

Fast & Furious 6 Genre: Action thriller Cast: Dwayne Johnson

Bombay Talkies Genre: Drama Romance Cast: Amitabh Bachchan

Biriyani Genre: Comedy Romance Cast: Karthik Sivakumar

101 Chodyangal Genre: Drama Cast: Indrajith,Sudheesh

Hangover 3 Genre: Comedy Cast: Bradley Cooper , Ed Helms , Gillian Vigman

Shootout at Wadala Genre: Action Crime Cast: Priyanka Chopra

Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru Genre: Comedy Cast: Siddharth, Hansika

Hotel California Genre: Comedy Cast: Anoop Menon, Jayasurya, Maria Roy

Primetime

primetime shows on tv channels

STAR WORLD

DISCOVERY

TLC

One Tree Hill Its a story about two half-brothers Nathan and Lucas. Lucas spends his days playing hoops, till fate got him to the college basketball team where he gets into conflict with his brother Nathan. Initially they share a turbulent relationship, but eventually patchup.

Dual survival Together, with their drastically different backgrounds, the survivalists are dropped into a scenario that could happen to anyone. Equipped with minimal gear that would have been carried in real-life situations, Lundin and Teti applies skills to demonstrate what it takes to stay alive.

Style Inc with Aalim Hakim Watch celebrity hair stylist, Aalim Hakim works his magic on top Bollywood stars. The all new, five part series - Style Inc. with Aalim Hakim gives you an exclusive view of everything that goes into creating the perfect look for Bollywood’s iconic leading men.

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NEW Releases BOOKS

new books to hit the stands soon

Rise by Anna Carey When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father’s top adviser—Eve’s whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb’s memory. Price: ` 900 approx.

12th of Never by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Lindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. and Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard. Price: ` 1,520 approx.

Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze Series #2) by Sherryl Woods Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she’s worked for has been yanked out from under her. She seeks the serenity of her grandmother’s home on the North Carolina coast, with an unexpected relationship to be the last thing to happen in her life.

Against the Edge by Kat Martin A child he’s never met. A danger he’s never known. That he’s a father is news former navy SEAL Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him:. Price: ` 499 approx.

Price: `450 approx.

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Viral Videos

Youtube

Psy’s Gentleman

Oru Thundu Padam

Pistah song

‘Gangnam style’ star Psy’s new music video has had 200 million views in nine days, smashing Kony 2012’s record for single-day hits.

This short film is a satire on modern society. Its a creative initiative put forth by a group of ‘Infy’ engineers aspiring to be a part of the film fraternity someday.

Pistah Suma Kira Somari Jama Kiraya’, the run anthem from the soon to be released bilingual film ‘Neram’ starring Nivin Pauly, Nazria and a gang of villains.

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food cream corner

Veggie Delights Enjoy the goodness of vegetarian delicacies at ‘Cream Centre, The Veg Edge’ our pick of the month ake a break from your usual craving for non vegetarian food, and land at the ‘Cream Centre, The Veg Edge’ on the third floor at Lulu Mall, an eat-out that reveals a sophisticated side of pure vegetarian food; serving both continental and Indian delicacies. This wellknown food chain that marked its beginning sometime in the fifties in Bombay, with its authentic ‘Channa Bhatura’, has over the years expanded and established all over the country and in the Middle East. To their credit, they have a list of loyal clienteles’ right from the Ambanis who orders Punjabi samosas to be delivered at their residence in Worli, to their discerning customers who have been relishing the taste of food served here. Definitely we can expect a lot from here. The eatery has been beautified with Singapore art work and well set with comfortable couches, but most of all, the prime attractions are their signature dishes, especially for Jains, the variety of cuisines and its quality. “Our menu is a reflection of classic and contemporary existence of cuisines”, says Mathew, Manager, Cream Centre.

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All-In-One Pasta Spaghetti and penne in herbed Italian tomato and four cheese sauce with bell peppers, American corn and tomatoes.

Hariyali Paneer Tikka Malai paneer marinated with special mint, fresh coriander and spices.

Mexican Cajun Sizzler

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Seating 29 tables, 130 seater Working Hours 11am to 11pm

Mexican rice, topped with jalapeno corn enchiladas, sprinkled with cream centre’s Cajun Mexican sauce and nachos cheese sauce. Served with Cajun refried beans on one side, tortilla chips and a corn cheese ball on the other, it’s accompanied with freshly steamed and grilled vegetables and potato chips.

Jain Cuisine Jain cuisine is completely vegetarian, excluding onions and garlic, potatoes and any other root vegetables as it involves uprooting & killing the entire plant. In Sanskrit, recipes that follow these restrictions are called ‘sattvic’ food. It is believed that such preparations are based on the qualities of goodness,

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Cream Centre has no restrooms. After the meal, finger bowls are served for hand wash. Dishes exclusively for Jains are prepared with veggies not grown under the soil, like carrots, potatoes, garlic and onions. Paneer dishes are prepared with malai that is specially packed for cream centre from Mumbai. Onion rings usually made of maida are made with besan powder at Cream Centre.

lightness and happiness it provides, unlike ‘tamasic’ made of ingredients like garlic and onions supposed to be having qualities of darkness and lethargy. Traditionally Jains don’t eat after sunset as there are possibilities for insects to get attracted to lamps at night, causing them harm.


Signature Dishes

Original Tandoori Paneer Tikka

Bambaiya Ragda

All time favourite chaat of Mumbaikars

Malai paneer marinated with a mild yoghurt and mustard spice mix, glazed golden

Signature Dish

Signature Dish

Paneer Ka Baap Sizzler

Also known as the father of all sizzlers, it’s a sinful combination of paneer tikka, lal mirch tikka, kali mirch tikka, hariyali paneer tikka and tandoori salad.

Signature Dish

Paneer Makhani

Soft malai paneer simmered in silky smooth creamy tomato gravy flavoured with butter

Signature Dish

Italian Baked Sizzler

It’s an exciting combination of parmesan cream and baby potatoes, spaghetti in spicy Italian tomato sauce and macaroni in special roasted red bell pepper sauce. It’s accompanied with freshly steamed and grilled vegetables, peas, sautéed onions, grilled tomatoes, spinach and potato chips, topped with a crisp and creamy American corn patty)

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Quick Bites

Sizzling Brownie Fundae

Freshly baked brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, topped with heavenly hot chocolate fudge sauce and nuts, served on a sizzling platter

Italian herbed chilli cheese toast

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Luxury watches Disclaimer: Price and features are subject to change. Buyers are advised to act on data after cross-checking

ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL SKY-DWELLER The Sky-Dweller is a sophisticated watch for travelers with powered by the new caliber 9001 movement and “Ring Command” Bezel that allows the wearer to easily select the watch’s different functions via an innovative, patented interface between the movement and case. Offers dual time zone and the 24-hour display.

Diameter : 42 mm Case : Yellow Gold, 18 ct white gold Dial : Ivory Power-reserve : Approx. 72 hours Winding : Self-winding Caliber : 9001 Water-resistant : 100 meters

What we liked Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, 24-hour display on an off-center disc. Second time zone via independent rapid setting of the hour hand. Month display via 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial, Officially certified Swiss Chronometer tablet

ULYSSE NARDIN MARINE CHRONOMETER MANUFACTURE Diameter : 45 mm Case : titanium, stainless steel Dial : Black Power-reserve : Approx. 60 hours Winding : Self-winding Crystal : Sapphire crystal Water-resistant : 200 meters

The movements of ship’s chronometers were designed to be the last word in high precision mechanical timekeeping and the calibre Ullyse Nardin-118 is designed in the same spirit. A self-winding movement with a power reserve of 60 hours this is a platform for the latest in material advances in watch movement design.

What we liked Every mark on the bezel aligns flawlessly with the dial marks. The finishing is stunning. A luxurious mix of polished and brushed surfaces on the case and bracelet really set off the elegant appearance.

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LONGINES ELEGANCE PRIMALUNA Styledfor ladies with a soft round case and classic jewelry style bracelet, it is conservative but timeless. The minute and refine looking product includes cases of different materials, and its housings can be forged from steel, gold or a combination of these two metals.

What we liked Diameter of just 23 mm lovely looking 5-row metal bracelet, as well as Longines made quartz movement

LONGINES HYDROCONQUEST Diving watches “par excellence”, The HydroConquest series aims to become the preferred watch of divers and aquatic sports enthusiasts. With a screwed crown, a screwdown case back and the lateral crown protection, these timepieces assure a water-resistance of 30 bar (300 meters).

What we liked Beautiful look Etched case back is stunning. Heavy and robust, build quality is excellent

Diameter : 23.00 mm Case : Stainless steel and 18 carats pink gold Dial : White mother-ofpearl Power-reserve : 40 hours Winding : Self-winding Water-resistant : 30 meters

Diameter : 41 mm Case : Stainless steel Round with Unidirectional rotating bezel, Screw-in crown Dial : Sunray black Power-reserve : 48 hours 72 hours Winding : Self-winding Caliber : 9001 Water-resistant : 300 meters

ULYSSE NARDIN FREAK BLUE PHANTOM UlysseNardin’s The Freak is seven years old and remains as one of the most technically innovative timepieces and daring watches ever conceived. This blue titanium version in 18 ct white gold, continuing its fantastic voyage, is aptly named the Freak Blue Phantom.

What we liked 7 day Carrousel Tourbillon

Diameter : 44.5 mm Case : 18 ct white gold Dial : Ivory Power-reserve : Approx. 7 days Winding : Manual wind Strap : Alligator Water-resistant : 50 meters

28’800 V/H. Patented DualUlysse Escapement in Silicium Time setting by turning bezel with lock device Winding by turning the case back Blue bridge, superluminova at H/M tips

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You purchase one immediately to stop your child cry

Say ‘Can’t you give me some peace of mind?

Console by saying that you will get one later sometime

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Pop out your eyes to frighten your child

Ask them to sort out the problem

Pinch your child for misbehaving in public Tell them not to play together

It’s lunch time and your child chews your brain begging for ten minutes to go out and play You agree

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Your son lost his instrument box for the third time.Would you? Buy another one Make him understand to take care of his belongings Ask him to save his pocket money to get another one

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Children of upper-handed parents have a motivated sense of discipline. Your parenting style results in forming resentment in your child that leads to lack of confidence making it difficult for them to take independent decisions when they mature. Such children tend to get swayed by the wrong kind of influences that could even damage the relationship between you and your child. Some gentleness, openness and fine-tuning can help you to be a better parent.


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