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Finding Mommy bliss

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The journey from MTV to Ghanchakar has been a roller coaster ride for Sajeed the guy behind ‘Jholu Ram’ and ‘Lazy Lad’. Crowne 44 Cochin’s

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It seems he has a knack for hitting gold; after making Bollywood dance to his tunes through ‘Titli’ Gopi Sundar is back on track with a new version of ‘Ammayi’ song from 50 Onam the Barracks

Major Ravi’s memorable Onam Sadhya with his friend and mentor Mohanlal one 52 The woman show


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Ambika Pillai opens her first beauty studio in Kerala

Celebrated makeup artist and stylist Ambika Pillai opened her first official salon in Kochi. The makeup and hair studio was inaugurated by none other than former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen. Ambika Pillai’s clientele includes Bollywood actresses and royal family members of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Ambika Pillai already has 7 salons in Delhi that handles Delhi’s celebrity circuit.



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The awesome four The time was 7.30 am. Before the heat raised temperatures and tempers in the city, FWD’s cover models for the month of September got their juvenile spirits explode at the studio. Text Thabitha Marion Photography Kavya Prakash o me their initial conversation looked as if they were breaking the ice. But in no time the ambiance transformed with the entry of the photographer, Kavya who flew all the way from Bangalore to join them. The set began to illuminate with energy having such bubbly and enthusiastic celebrities around. The


Excerpts Do you feel at ease working with new generation directors? Unni : Haven’t got to team with ‘new generation directors’, I have no say in expressing my experience working with them. On a personal note, I regard working with seniors as they’re helpmates who have taught me a good share out of their experience. Pearle : Be it young or senior, they must be totally dedicated. With a young director alongside,

quaternion seemed to be celeb genus; anyone would wish to work with– carefree and relaxed. Breakfast didn’t take us long. The beauties and the hotties after giving themselves a full stretch moved for their makeover all excited glimpsing through their individual outfits. Fitting into their respective casual outfits, they sat down for the makeover chitMaria’s proudest moment… When I was crowned Miss Kerala runner-up 2011

there will be fun, but what if enjoyment crosses its boundaries shifting focus. I personally wouldn’t gel with such a person or his principles. Anu : All the time I got to work with debut directors. Of them, director Shafi is the only one who is comparatively senior. To me he is a friendly person and I had no hiccups teaming with him. Maria : I’m just a movie old. Working with Kalam sir (Associate of director Lal Jose), I experienced

chatting with the stylist as the revolution of their new look was progressing. The shoot began with the stunt actor Unni Mukunthan striking a pose on a white Renault Koloeos. As it came to an end, Pearle Maaney, Maria and Anu Mohan joined him. For us and for them the shooting moments were hilarious. Kavya and Pearly who were constantly engaging the

team with their amazingly entertaining sense of humour had the rest bow in appreciation to their instant wit that had sidelined stand up comedy. The entire day’s shoot came to an end with a glamorous array of pictures for us and an opportunity for the jingbang to gel with their costars in their upcoming flick ‘Last Supper’.

Anu about ‘Pianist’ I play the lead role as an orphan ‘Manu’ who is an expert at repairing musical instruments and spends his spare time composing music. Kollywood actress Manochitra is the heroine.

complete disciple on the sets. It could be the ethics passed on by his guru. Your worst habit…. U: I flare up like wildfire. P : As a lil girl I used to monitor people and without having a word I used to judge them. But now I don’t think I have any traits that can be referred to as ‘worst’. A : I sleep like a log. As I go off to bed late I find it difficult to rise early. So my wake up time is mostly close to brunch.

M : I boil my head and lament over silly matters. A thing about the opposite sex that puzzles you the most….. U : I never understand what they mean and what they don’t. It needs patience to figure out what runs through their mind. P: Females confuse me. They switch moods like how cut apples turn brown. I have also wondered why boys should have all the fun riding bikes. To prove myself I secured a two



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wheeler license; drove in a zigzag manner on the roads until I was caught red-handed by the cops. A: What Pearle said is so true. Girls are so moody and emotional that they tend to forget what they say in the midst of their emotional turmoil. M: Men are poor at expressing emotions. We cannot possibly guess from their blank behaviour.

What should one do to get your special attention? U: Try not to be stupid. P: His/her humour sense, not at the cost of hurting others. Cracking jokes by making fun of others...that is emotional murder. A: A girl need not do anything. Her looks are more than enough. M: My attention…I guess it’s their genuineness and intelligence.

Do you believe that creativity comes along with puffing joints? U: Not at all. It is like blaming art for doping just like random excuses alcoholics’ cook up. P: Its utter crap. I know people who are addicted to this deadly habit. Movies too are promoting this trend which I feel is not right. When I was a psychology student I got to intern at NIMHANS, Bangalore. There I had met patients who even mistook cocaine to be their girlfriends. A: Not necessary. I know IT professionals who take it daily as a stress buster. There is also a misconception among the public that weeds are more rampant in the film industry. No...It’s there in every field, taken mostly for socialising. M: I am wholly against it. I do come across individuals who mull over smoking weed. For them it helps their imagination to cross boundaries.

Upcoming films…. U: ‘Last Supper’ in which I play a hacker named ‘Alby’. Then it’s ‘Vikramadithya’ a Lal Jose film that is based on friendship; the shoots of which will commence by mid March. And you can watch we portraying a comedy flick ‘Iyer in Pakistan’ directed by Fazal. P: For now it’s ‘Last Supper’. Movies weren’t my focus, but when director Samir Tahir approached me with the character in ‘Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi’, I had no second thoughts. Good crew, bikes, interesting script… A: ‘Last Supper’ directed by Vinil, ‘Pianist’, a bilingual movie in Malayalam and Tamil were I play the lead role and Roopesh Peethambaran’s ‘You Too Brutus’ starring Sreenivasan, Tovino, Aju, Amalda Liz ( a top model) and more characters. M: Same here…Vinil Vasu’s ‘Last Supper’ a movie about four friends on an



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adventurous trip. All four of us are co-stars in the movie. Celebrating Onam for you is… U: Undoubtedly it’s onam sadya. Having being in Ahmadabad for about 21 years, I felt more of a Malayali there than a Malayali boy residing in Kerala. I’m saying it as I was an active member at the Malayali Samajam, running on my toes engaged in Onam preparation for atleast four days prior to Onam. Collecting donations for onam sadya, joining the group for sadya preparations... P: Ours is a joint family. The celebrations begin the previous night with the plucking of flowers for ‘attapookkalam’, and preparations for sadya. The festivities reach its highest by afternoon with music, dance and clicking pictures. A: I will be at my paternal home in Kollam. There we celebrate Onam with sadya, a family cricket league at the courtyard and winding up the day’s festivities with some music. Last year as my father passed away, we had no celebrations. But this year as it’s my brother’s (Vinu Mohan) first Onam post marriage. M: Till 2011, Onam was just another day. In North Onam celebrations are within the four walls. But now as I’m here in Kerala I wish to celebrate it as a family get-together.

Pearle Maaney Weirdest go-to outfit… I do wear lungi and shirt for hangouts to places that wouldn’t land me in trouble.

Engagements other than films…. Hosting TV shows, music is my life, read a lot and currently writing a script with children as its characters. Very soon I wish to see it transforming into a film.

Unni Mukunthan

How did this macho look like a couple of years back? You know me as a guy with a six pack. There was a time when I was skin and bones. It was my mother who took the initiative to build up this physic; exercises by waking me up at 5am, a healthy diet and constant encouragement.

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Studying… I am a fourth year law student pursuing law at Sinhgad Law College, Pune.

Anu Mohan

Your filmy background…. I’m the grandson of late actor Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair, my mother Shobha Mohan is also an actress, actor Sai Kumar is my uncle and so is my brother Vinu Mohan.




Photographer Kavya Prakash

Models Unni Mukundan, Mariya, Anu Mohan, Pearle Maaney Make up Renju Styling Arjun Vasudev DOP Abhilash Neelakandan Automotive Partner



Unni in a white burnout tee and klien blue cotton cargo, Pearle wearing a yellow three quarter sleeve t-shirt and black and white print denim, Anu in a violet-blue cotton wool full sleeve V neck t-shirt and Maria dressed in a royal blue sleeveless top paired with white and gray printed denim.



Side by side Unni has on a Camo t-shirt worn along with a beige cotton trousers and Maria suit up in a tawny brown jump suit.



The wild side Anu clothed in an off-white suit paired with a polka dotted gray shirt. Pearle wearing a navy blue sleeveless netted dress, accentuated with a stone-studded waistband.



Zesty fashionista Short stonewashed blue denim jacket worn over a strapless black top paired off with beige shank length capri pants.



The wild side Posing in a white burnout t-shirt paired with a klein blue cotton cargo. 2013 SEPTEMBER


behind the scenes


Creating the oomph Moments a sneak peek into the making of the FWD Cover & centerspreads

fashion crew Makeup : Renju Styling : Arjun Vasudev Production: Maxxo Creative

photo - crew Photographer: Kavya Prakash DOP: Abhilash Neelakandan

video - crew Direction: Chachu, Amarnath DOP: Anil Vijay Asst. Camaraman: Manu Joseph

Various stages of the photoshoot

Stills: Sibu

Equipment used Cameras used : Canon 5d mark 2 Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM, 16mm f/1.8 II, EF70-200mm f/4L USM Lighting equipments: Bowens Duo 2400 & soft light beauty reflectors

Stylist Exposes the pose of the shoot

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The journey from MTV to Ghanchakar has been a roller coaster ride for Sajeed the guy behind ‘Jholu Ram’ and ‘Lazy Lad’. The quirky songs have made him the next big thing in Bollywood. Text Thabitha Marion Photos Various Sources riving along the busy roads of Mumbai I finally got to meet him at the CCD in Band stand. As we were meeting for the first time, to make things easier, he gave me a brief description about his looks. Clad in red polo t-shirt, blue denim with a messy hair, I spot a guy there working on his lappy. With a ray of doubt I approached him, thank godit was the right table.And now I trawl the creative mindscape of this gifted youngster.


dream Malayalam project… My dream Malayalam movie will have a stunt man from Korea, a cinematographer form Hollywood. It must be a film unique in all aspects. 42


Excerpts What advice would you give to someone who is yearning to cross the orders of South to explore the world of art and creation? True passion, drive and dedication are the three qualities one must have. If you have these you go in search for the right opportunities at the right place with the apt people. What got you interested in direction? Was it your first choice as a career? The circumstances I was raised permeated in me an inclination towards movies. After school at sharp six in the evening my parents would watch me going to my room for studies. Under the shal-

Your strength as a creative director…. I’m sensitive about colours and frames.

Favourite Malayalam movie…. ‘Amaram’, ‘Kireedom’.

low pretext of studying, bolting the room door I used to be all ears to the dialogues and sounds blasting out of the theatre screens at ASR Cine House near my house at Thadicadu. I think that instilled an interest and yes, direction is my foremost and ultimate career.

litmus test; it got me to be permanent. Exposed to post production projects and scripts I learned a lot from various shows. MTV Bakra was first show followed by Girls Night Out and Baap of Bakra that won the Asian Television Award for best reality series 2011-2012.

After pursuing Mass Communication in Kochi, was MTV your readying scaffold to be a creative artiste? After my course from SCMS College, Kalamasserry I joined as a trainee with an advertising agency in Kochi. Being there I applied to MTV as an internee for three months. The training period was like a

Upcoming projects….…. I’m working on a couple of scripts for a few Bollywood Production houses. I’m not to reveal more information about them as they are still in the developing stage. And I’m also independently directing a travel show for an international channel.

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Excerpts Share with us your experience at MTV…. My work there was regardless of time or tiredness. During my training days, the routine was to leave the office by 1.30 am to catch the last train to my place. On reaching home, within the limited two hours for the next day’s work, I must wash my clothes, freshen myself; all in two hours. I enjoyed the hardships and happy that they got me here. The technological challenges you see in the Indian film industry facing in the coming years…. Budget is one of the factors that determine the technological development, other than planning, organisation and execution. When you talk about

How different is Emraan Hashmi in real life when compared to his reel character? In his movies we have watched him as a playboy or an auly guy. But on the sets he is a quiet guy, good human being and a dedicated actor. South Indian film fraternity, there can’t be any regional industry that can beat the advancements of Tamil movies, as they are masters in experimenting technologies. How flexible are Bollywood producers when it comes to budget? In Bollywood once the budget gets fixed, if the producer finds valid reasons to shell out more, they go for it. They are confident in the new modes of revenue making like the synchronisation rights, online rights and brand tie-ups. When we look at Malayalam cinema, the industry continues to solely dependent on satellite rights. Tell us about designing the sets of ‘Lazy Lad’ for

the movie Ghanchakkar…..…. We created a miniature set weeks prior to the shoots of the song ‘lazy lad’. It had details like windows, colour combinations and fixtures, so that we get an exact picture of how its placements and settings would look on the sets. Malayalam moments with the sensuous Bollywood actress Vidya Balan on the sets of Ghanchakkar…. To brief the script for the song I went to her flat. Talking to me she asked, ‘Are you a Malayali? I can make it out from your accent”, she said. We had a laugh and continued to talk in English.After the conversation, I said “see you” to which she replied ‘veedumkaaaam’.

You and your ex-colleague Prakash Nair from MTV got together to work under the banner of White Tiger Productions. Was the title an inspiration from the debut novel ‘White Tiger’ penned by Aravid Adiga? Yes, Prakash Nair who is the founding partner of White Tiger productions was my ex-colleague at MTV. He was a big fan of this book and when he thought of such an initiative, he named it so. Embarrassing memory …. During one of my midnight travels after work from MTV, I slept off in the train, until I was woken up by a railway officer as the train reached the yard. I think he doubted me to be a terrorist. He asked me for my id, called up MTV office for confirmation before they let me off. Something you miss about Kerala …. I miss Kerala food the most. To an extend Hotel Madeea, a small restaurant in Mumbai satisfies my pangs for Malayali food. When I get time I go there to have some appam and kadala curry for breakfast.



In focus sanjay kaushik



Quick Read Sanjay Kaushik personal profile Blackbelt Judo from Judo Federation of India Six Sigma Certified. TQM Champion crowne plaza cochin outlets

Sanjay Kaushik general manager, crowne plaza kochi, speaks about ihg bRand entering kerala in a big way

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Aroma Lounge & Deli

Connexions Lounge Bar

Mosaic All Day Dining

Sohum Spa and Salon

Trilogi Seafood Specialty Restaurant



Excerpts How would you define Crowne Plaza, Kochi briefly?

“Kochi’s Landmark to Discover & Celebrate” What are the reasons for the Inter Continental Hotels and Resorts Group to start Crowne Plaza here; especially when a sister concern like Holiday Inn is already present?

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn are two lead brands of IHG, which is a global brand. Both the brands of IHG, service different market segmentsand price brands. Kochi is one of the fast developing cities of South India and it deserves these brands. Moreover, both properties have their own USP’s. Crowne Plaza Kochi boasts of its contiguity to backwater, panoramic views, landscaping and extensive leisure facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools, Sohum Spa and Salon, variety of

innovations used in the hotel Our Grand Ballroom is equipped with four screens and 14 meeting rooms of different sizes F&B outlets (Mosaic- All Day Dining, Trilogi- Seafood Specialty Restaurant and Aroma-Lounge & Deli). While Holiday Inn is a business hotel and has some of the famous restaurants like Roma- Itlaian, Masala - All day dinning. Could you elaborate on the innovations and technologies used in the hotel/ hotel group?

Designing of Crowne Plaza has been done giving attention to minute details. Our Grand Ballroom is equipped with four screens and 14 meetings rooms of different size with drop down projectors and state-of-the-art audio visual technologies. Utmost priority has been given to security by adding facilities like access controlled elevator for guest floors. Keystaff movement to guest floors and back of the house areas are allowed only through electronic access cards. Also there are baggage scanners

positions outside the hospitality industry… I started out my career as a professional Judo player for the Central Police Organization. for guest luggage, back office and staff bags. Automatic sliding entrance and exit door with bollards to restrict any forceful vehicle entry. The entire hotel is Wi-Fi-enabled. Could you describe the food management process involved when a hotel is opened in a new location?

Hotel works on ISO 22000 food quality guidelines. Irrespective of locations the food safety is always brand’s priority without any compromise. Tell us about your previous positions both within and outside the hospitality industry…

I started out my career as a professional Judo player for Central Police Organization. Later, I entered the hotel industry and worked for ITC Maurya Sheraton, InterContinental, Country Inn and Suites, Crowne Plaza and Radisson Blu.



Interview Shweta Menon

Finding Mommy

Bliss She is the new toast of the town who has swept the state of its feet with her defining role in Kalimannu but when I meet her at the studio Shweta Menon is playing the graceful real role of mommy dearest to her daughter Sabaina, whom she dearly calls Sabby! Text Thabitha Marion Photos Tansen Ponsek he created quite a stir with the Kamasutra ad eons ago and once again shocked the culture cops of Kerala when her live delivery


Excerpts As your father was with the IAF, how were your childhood Onam celebrations up North? My childhood was spent in North India where Onam is hardly celebrated. The day of Onam used to begin at 4.30 am with



Now if you get to do a Kamasutra ad, would you go for it? Why not, but after trimming down a bit.

my dad chopping veggies for aviyal and olan that used to be my favourites and mom preparing delicacies. The celebration continues till the evening with a visit to nearby temple and merriment with the Malayali

was filmed for the movie Kalimannu. Now six months after all the hoopla and its release, the lady is having her last laugh as the movie is receiving rave reviews that have put an end to all the commotion around.

How did your mother react to the delivery scene? My mother was totally supportive; in words and deeds.

Samajam. Shweta’s Onam sadya as a child….. I used to kill time restlessly waiting for my father to return from work with a roll of banana leaves in his

hands. I used to have this big question for my father. ‘Why is there a prescribed pattern in serving sadya? As I was too young to grasp details, he said, ‘Sadya is like a choreographed meal’.

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Excerpts Celebrating motherhood, this Onam is special for you. How different is this festive season going to be? Yes this Onam is dear to me as our family has a new member. The day will be set aside for a famly get together with myparents coming down from Thrisur. A better cook; you or your husband…. We both are quite good at it. Sreevalasan is an expert when it comes to preparing authentic Kerala cuisine. I am good at making North Indian dishes. For me cooking Kerala curries with coconut is next to impossible, the best I can do is frying pappads.

How does your baby cope up with your hectic schedule? Earlier she used to throw some baby tantrums, but now I suppose she’s getting accustomed to it.

How do you react to ‘Kalimannu’ controversies…. People are already under the impression that the movie is vulgar. It’s a movie that has got a U/A certificate. Yesteryears Malayalam cinema had fantastic scripts with strong characters potrayed, which was widely accepted by the crowd, if so why not Kalimannu. Your suggestions for moviegoers who haven’t watched Kalimannu yet? Before you label the movie as a cultural shock, please do go watch and point out the filth in the movie. It’s about the message of eternal bond between a mother and child.

You being busy with the promotions of the movie, talks are on about Sreevalsan quitting job for babysitting…. No that is absurd. Three months after my delivery he was totally around me and our baby, after which he continued to be a freelance writer. Wake up people....he is not at home killing mosquitoes.

Once Sabaina grows up, if she finds that her birth had lost its privacy, how would you convince her? I do admit that even as a newborn she had her rights. Like other child artistes who make their screen presence at a very young age without questioning their parents’ decision, she too will go with the flow. After all parents will never do something awful for their children. After all controversies, a conclusion you have come to…. Referring to a few, I think Kerala is an opinionated place. People come to conclusions before they experience something, be it good or bad. Few women stooped down with uncouth statements for which I gave no response.

Upcoming projects… 100 degree Celsius, a semi commercial movie is ready for the release. I’m also back in track hosting the show ‘Veruthe Alla Bharya’ Season III. And rest of the time I’m busy replying to the comments and controversies of ‘Kalimannu’. at is taking a good share of my time.



Interview Gopi Sundar

On a

Musical note It seems he has a knack for hitting gold; after making Bollywood dance to his tunes through ‘Titli’ Gopi Sundar is back on track with a new version of ‘Ammayi’ song Text Thabitha Marion Photos Various Sources usic director Gopi Sundar has hit the heights with his music both in Mollywood and B-town. FWD Magazine meets the magical mind of music who made his way to Bollywood years back, with the latest hit being ‘Titli’ from ‘Chennai Express’, the blockbuster that continues to create history with a record breaking collection of over 200 crores in the first 15 days.


Are you a good singer? absolutely Not. But as I have the quality of communicating emotions when I sing which is indispensable in a singer; I would also say that I’m not too bad at it. 48



Music that changed your life…. It’s ‘Kalbilethi’ from the movie ‘Anwar’. It changed my attitude towards directing music for movies.

Gopi Sundar’s music in regional movies… As of now I got to work in Mollywood, Bollywood movies and currently on a

Tamil project. I did get offers from Telugu movies, but as I’m held up, thought of keeping it aside for the time being.

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Excerpts Celebrating Onam as a non-resident Malayali…. I was in Kochi till I was 16. After which my family moved out of Kerala tosettle down in Chennai. Onam here and in Kerala are poles apart. Though we prepare Onam sadya at home, we miss the authentic Onam with a flavour of traditional ethnicity we used to have in Kerala. Intentions of making tracks for Malayalis this Onam…. I never consider creating music for fame or for the heck of it. So sorry, no Onam songs from my side. A personality who has helped you grow as a music director…. There are a handful of people. The foremost person will be Ouseppachen. I started working with him at the age of 17. For 14 years I assisted him. With him I began to work on three different levels of music making. I worked as a programmer, as an assistant of Ouseppachen and also got engrossed in advertisement music. About Gopi Sundar getting into the groove of directing music….

How do you unwind after work? I travel for a couple of days, preferably abroad.

Music is a feeling that erupts out of my heart. It’s a spontaneous expression. There is no clear-cut way of making them. At times various sources can influence in creating a novel note. alks on flicking music T are going about in the music industry at large. Your comment….. I personally wouldn’t call it copying or stealing music. We’ve some favourite tracks that would lie at the bottom of our hearts. And when we create music, unintentionally the adoration for those original compositions might bring out its influence, which might sound as a blatant copy. What is it about the song ‘Ammayi’ in the upcoming film ‘Nikkah’? The original folk song ‘Ammayi’ sung by the legend Eranjoli Moosa will be re-recorded for the movie. I will be producing sounds for it. The re-recording of the song is in no way going to tarnish the charm of the original version. How is it different from the hit track ‘Ammayi’ from Ustaad Hotel?

In Ustaad hotel, we had just used two lines of lyrics from the original track.The rest of it was a complete fresh song. Favourite singer in the Malayalm music industry…. Any singer who can take a composition from the music director’s mind to a higher level, satisfying the expectation of the director is my favourite singer. Bollywood movies you have lent music…. ‘Om Shanti Om’ for the song ‘Ankhom Mein Teri…’ for which theorchestration and sound designing was doneby me, ‘Tara Ram Pam’, ‘Bluffmaster’ for the track ‘Ek Mein aur Ekh Tu Hai and more. Of late I worked on two tracks of the latest blockbuster ‘Chennai Express’.

A talent of Gopi Sundar not made public… OK, this is not something that I have been doing in a professional way. But yes I’m very much interested in photography. When I’m in a mood I take random pictures on my mobile and professional photographers say it has brilliant frames. Struggle as a beginner… Luckily in the film industry they’ve always been there for me. But in the advertisement industry, initially it took time to set off. A director in whose film you aspire to be a music director…. I wish I were to give background score in Ranjith’s ‘Indian Rupee’, ‘Diamond Necklace’ and in director Blessy’s movies. Saying so, it doesn’t mean that the existing music is not good. It’s just that I would’ve liked to be a part of it.

Tracks in the pipeline Film ‘Koothera’ starring Mohanlal. ½ by director Arun Kumar, music for‘Arikil Oral’, ‘Mr. Fraud’ by B Unikrishnan, ‘Salala Mobiles’, starring Dulqar Salman. All together I have around 25 projects in hand apart from advertisement music.



Interview Major Ravi

Onam from

the Barracks FWD Magazine checks out Onam celebration of Major Ravi as an army officer, his memorable Onam Sadhya with his friend and mentor Mohanlal and more on his concerns about socio-political issues. Text Thabitha Marion Photos Various Sources he state is in high spirits as Onam is round the corner, but have we ever thought of our army men who are miles away guarding the country’s borders sans celebrations and festivals. FWD brings to you an up-close chat with film maker Major Ravi who gives us an account of the tough life led by army men and his tryst with Mollywood.



Your plans for this Onam…. I never plan anything in life as I don’t believe in ‘tomorrows’.

Your Onam memories all through service days as a Commando… As an officer there were occasions when Thiruvonam had slipped of my mind. The Onam of 1990 is one of them. I was at the warfront for three consecutive days. Fighting three days and nights, fearlessly moving frontward defeating the enemies, triumph was ours as the third day came to an end. On the next



day when I got to call home, my parents said, ‘Son yesterday was Onam. Did you know that?’ I was zapped, but no regrets. How far has it progressed? Now as they settled on my suggestion, we went to Trivandrum for dubbing. I’m so glad that an actor like Mohanlal found time to be there. It went off well.

It’s not a person, but a feeling that drives me to create patriotic films like Karmayodha and Kandahar. I’m particular that the movie must get across a message.

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Excerpts Major Ravi as a scriptwriter…. I’m not a writer who can sit and write pages in hours. For me completing an entire script might take years. When an idea clicks me, I throw it to my friends. We discuss, they bring in their concepts and lastly when it forms in shape I choose to go to begin the script at some quite and serene location.

A memorable Onam with Mohanlal and family…. Last Onam we were together in Kochi, celebrating at his house. He is an excellent host who makes me feel at home and so is Suchi, his wife.

happy. I’m not saying that all must adhere to this act. We can’t compel public to reflect so, but positively can be a source of encouragement.

Is it true that actor Suresh Gopi is making his comeback through one of your movies? I wish to do a film with Gopi. We have seen a lot of him; more often as a police officer. But these days as he is busy with the Kodeeshwaran show, we don’t get to see him on big screen. But surely I want him to be casted in one of my movies.

Recently the army was called to thwart untoward incidents at the Secretariat. Was it needed? It formed a scary moment in Kerala. I don’t incline to get into minutiae but in-short it was a misuse of freedom and power. Our rulers are people who don’t have a vision. When the ruling party, be it the Left or Right, it is on a cold war for survival, where do they find time to look after the State’s developmental affairs. To substantiate it, I like to refer to the number of corrupted legislators holding on to their hot seat as an MP.

A kind gesture by a tough ex-army officer…. On an Onam day, two years back, Captain Raju and myself seeing the plight of inhabitants residing at the slums of Kaloor, distributed food packets. They were so pleased to grab it and watching them relish the meal, we felt so

When you were told that ‘Karmayodha’ wasn’t going to be dubbed into Tamil by Mohanlal, you seemed to be displeased….. I was, but not any longer. As a director it’s fairly natural for me to be so. When a versatile artiste like Mohanlal can

fluently speak Tamil, why go for a dubbed version. Why didn’t I make Amitabh Bachchan speak Malayalam in ‘Kandahaar’? It’s not that he wouldn’t have learned few lines in Malayalam. But for his expressions, Hindi was the appropriate language. I was certain that dubbing ‘Karmayodha’ in Tamil without Lal’s voice will be a flat exhibition of the film without realizing the efforts my artiste had taken and so I refused.

Your brainwave to direct movies….. It’s not a person, but a feeling that drives me to create patriotic films like Karmayodha and Kandahar. I’m particular that the movie must get across a message. Filmy association with Mohanlal… We are family friends, co-workers and above all true patriots. At times he is also my mentor. When a thread for a movie comes to mind, he is one person I discuss it with. He makes suggestions; I convince him with my ideas and together we wrap up.

Projects in the pipeline… I have a script for the last 2 years; a love story with a Naval backdrop. I approached an artiste, the dates were finalized. Just as the shoots were about to begin, the actor postponed the dates when the entire crew was ready for Take 1, such a move was unacceptable. So I dropped it. I’m a disciplinarian and don’t appreciate unprofessionalism. As of now the cast hasn’t been finalized, but optimistically will happen in 2 weeks time. If not I will sell the script.



Interview Ambika Pillai

The one

woman show It all started with a handful of choices and a heart full of dreams. From a demure teenager from Kerala to the stalwart of beauty business, Ambika Pillai rightly deserves the credit of starting a revolution in the beauty industry. Text Thabitha Marion Photos Jinson Abraham er hands have launched a thousand faces that have projected edginess and oomph on screen and ramp. Yet when I meet her, this vivacious lady swears she is all a mallu woman at heart and is overwhelmed by the love and admiration that she is receiving from her homeland. So Ambika Pillai is all set to take on to the next level in Kerala. FWD gets into a candid chat with style guru of India.


Marriage was on my cards at a very early age and as a young girl I got divorced. This happened years back when divorce was a stigma.



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Excerpts Reminiscing your childhood memories about Onam…. Unlike other days, during the whole of Onam week, our cooks, gardeners’ would go on a holiday; it used to be a fun family time for my dad, mom, siblings and myself. Right from opening the gates for guests to cooking, we had to do all of it. Parents used to get us ‘onapudavas’ and wearing them we used to go to temple. Those were amazing days. How is celebrating Onam in the capital city? I do have very close Malayali friends in Delhi. We get together for Onamsadya at ‘Pappadam’ a Malayali restaurant to get a taste of aviyal and the varieties of payasams. Malayali food is my favourite and my daughter Kavi’s too. Though we live in Delhi we are not fond of rotis or parattas. Hailing from a reputed cashew business family in Kerala, how hard was it for you to leave your family to start a new life in an unknown city? Marriage was on my cards at a very early age

most beautiful face you’ve decked…. Definitely it’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

and as a young girl I got divorced. This happened years back when divorce was a stigma. It was difficult for people to digest the fact that I was moving on in life. Too many questions cropped up so I decided to leave Kerala. On reaching Delhi, I joined a professional course to be a make-up artist. What are some of your favourite projects? I think bridal weeks have just become a part of my job. I can say that working with designer Rohit Bal after almost 20 years has been really exciting. ow do you define your H signature fashion style? My epitome of beauty or style is a well maintained person who wears clothes that fits their bodice, who has a sense of blending colours and also someone who keeps themselves spic and spa from head to toe. Finally you’re making your presence back home. How affordable will they be? I wish I could do the services for free because I love what I’m doing. But as I have to pay rent

A celeb who adorns a perfect makeup….. Deepika

that is impossible. The rates will be reasonable and would come in different rages leaving it open for the clienteles to choose the one that is light on their wallet. You have taken charge of your life single-handedly, your advice to women….. From my personal experience I like to say, you get only one chance to live so live it to the fullest without forgetting your values and culture. You never know there might be someone who might take strength from your life. Trends you would recommend for a fashionista this season…. We’re on with textured hair, so I advise to try braids in different ways. Is it true that when it comes to yourself, you adhere to minimum make up? Yes it’s true. I believe that minimalism works. Kajol, an eye liner and a moisturising lip balm are the must haves of every woman. It’s enough to make any woman look presentable and confident.

Malayali beauty myth regarding hair care…. Malayali ladies shave the misconception that hair grows in volumes if they leave them smeared in oil 24x7. That’s not true. All it does is just accumulating dirt and dust o your hair. Instead go for a hot oil massage at least once a week, leave it on your hair for an hour and a half and the wash it with a mild shampoo. What stops Malayali women from experimenting styles? In Malayali families when a small girl applies lip stick for fun and walks around I the house, elders would say, ‘Go wipe it. What have you done’? This implies I the child that beautifying is something not appreciated. Putting down a woman’s confidence starts from home. This could be the reason for Kerala not to e upfront in fashion, but now it seems to be changing. What have been the most challenging and daunting task for you as a makeup artiste? As my picks are mostly pastel shades, initially when I went to Delhi I found difficulty in following the desirable colours and styles of Punjabi women who like their makeup to be loud.




Vijayalakshmi Silks & Rajan Jewellery

The silk Saga FWD team takes you for an amazing tour to the latest shopping destination in Adoor Text FWD Media Photos Tansen Ponsek his Onam season FWD team thought of taking a sneakpeek at the trends in Central Travancore. On our shopping exploration FWD’s cover girl for the month of June Meera Nandan also joined the team. We reached Adoor, a town that is catching up in business and development by around




2.With Vijayalakshmi Silks and Rajan Jewellery the traditional player in textiles; we couldn’t have chosen a better place for shopping. As promised its owners Pradeep Vijayapurath (MD), Suma Kumari (Director) and Ashwin Pradeep (Director) were there to receive us for an unforgettable shopping expedition. Just like our team

who’re a bunch of shopaholics Meera too was on high spirits. Spread across three floors we began with jewellery that had a variety of studs, pendants, chains, precious semi-precious stones and antique wear like the Chettinadu necklace. Watching her appreciate the designs and realizing they’re her favorites, the salesman presented more of them in varied patterns. “I keep

flashy clothes and jewellery as my last preference. I like to wear sober and delicate jewellery like these,” said Meera holding on to an antique neckpiece intricately worked with pink stones. “I love diamonds but unfortunately astrologers have warned me to stay away from them,” she adds. As we were discussing our likes and dislikes, a salesman interrupted our conversation

asking, ‘When is your next Malayalam movie?’ She replied, “I just had one in Malayalam….next is a Telugu movie.” “So have you got plans of shifting your focus to other industries?” he continued. She laughed at it saying ‘nothing like that’. Glancing through cosmetics, collection of watches and outfits for newborns; Meera picked a baby pink frock for her niece. “I think this one would be comfortable as it doesn’t have embellishments pricking the wearer,” said Meera. Posing for a few pictures, we then moved to the first floor that has a good collection of garments for kids of all ages and a limited assortment of diamonds. Here we met a family who was there for a wedding shopping. It prompted us to ask Meera about her future plans and rumors regarding her marriage. “Media gets to know bits and pieces and come to conclusions. During a public event, I just said that my

marriage will happen sometime soon. Does that mean something is on?” said Meera. It was then Ashwin approached Meera with a request to hand over a prize to the winner of the Annual Fest. We then proceeded to the second floor that was a total entertainment - colours, weaves silks and an elaborate display of saris, lachas, dhawanis and wedding gowns. Meera opted to begin her hunt on Kanchipuram saris. The floor was shelved with a variety of exquisite hand-woven Kanchipuram saris and silk saris. With pleasing staffs that were out there to help her try on saris, riffling through a mélange was not a whale of a deal. Ultimately Meera chose a blood red silk sari with threadworked polka dots. There one of the directors Suma Kumari introduced Sobha, the lady in charge of the boutique supposed to be functioning on the fourth floor

Ashwin , Sobha (Directors) and Pradeep Vijayapurathu (MD) of Vijayalakshmi Silks in a tete-a tete with Meera Nandan

Meera glancing at the Chettinadu jewellery collection

A staff presenting a gorgeous collection of silk saris to Meera

soon. “We propose to have a boutique that delivers sari blouses in an hour. We thought of having this amenity as many of our customers approach us with urgent requests,” said Sobha. Asking them to be billed, we climbed up to the third floor that has a zone completely for mens’ sherwanis, suits, shirts, trousers, kurthas and the further shopping space with a stylish collection of salwars, churidars in latest designs and trendy colour mixtures. On looking at the time, it got through our head that with Meera as a shopping companion and plenty to choose from, the quick buy ended around 5.



Interview Meera Nandan


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Like always meera nandan looked pretty in a gorgeous nano silk sari accessorized with terracotta jewellery. Text FWD Media Photos Tanzen Ponsek

Your favourite colours for saris Peacock blue, pink and black

You follow fashion from…. I observe the trends in vogue and try to abide by fashion statements that suit me.

lot of running around. Otherwise I like it to be cascading down my shoulder.

Have you ever counted the number of saris you’ve….

Most expensive Kanchipuram sari you possess…

I don’t keep saris to myself. It’s my mother who usually shops for me. She gets a sari, I wear it for an occasion and then it’s hers. I never repeat them.

It’s the one I shopped from Chennai for my cousin’s wedding. The price comes to around Rs.13, 000.

Ever attended an event draped in an old sari….

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Yes I’ve. Though it was mother’s, the Kachipuram collection she has still has its charm. Those designs never grow old in time, but I cannot say that about fancy designer wear.

Quick Read Your shopping destination for saris? For saris I would prefer shops in Chennai, Hyderabad and Cochin that offers traditional hand-woven saris. Your choice of fabrics for designer saris Chiffon and Net saris worked with embellishments and applique work.

Most expensive Kanchipuram sari you possess... It’s the one I shopped from Chennai for my cousin’s wedding.The price comes to around Rs.13, 000.



The juiciest

Go’zzip in town Go’zzip is the latest and hottest joint where you can dig into some sassiest gossips and yummiest food o’zzip is a newbie in town that would be soon opened to entertain customers with endless gossips combined with the best gourmet in town. The recipes that are picked from world over would ensure that the customers get to indulge


in a hearty and healthy food at reasonable price. Go’zzip would offer affordable high quality culinary delights, coffee-based products and entertainment to its customers. Go’zzip is also all about complete, high-quality and wholesome evening experience that gives its patrons a chance to indulge in their favourite in-

door games. The place intends to become a destination for food and fun to city crowd as well as numerous out-of-town visitors. Go’zipp would be one-stop shop for sophisticated, sensual yet casual dining and coffee house experience for visitors who frequent the city’s casual dining spots and entertainment

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venues. It is an affordable venture for patrons that will encourage them to return on many occasions for the best experience. The logo of the eatery was unveiled by actor Babu Antony during the August cover launch of FWD Life magazine at Dream Hotel in the presence of celebrities and elite crowd.

Babu Antony, Sudeep Karat Chairman of SALROZA motion pictures and Managing Partner of Go’zzip corner food chain, Noushad, Vijay Madhav, Sabu and Unnati Directors of Go’zzip corner.



startup Metromatinee

Metro’s success Mantra With the rise of net savvy population in the country; strategic planning and promotion of a movie has become a necessity, with their successful marketing mantra, Metromatinee has taken online movie promotion to a new level Text FWD Media Photos FWD Media t a time when Indian cinema is celebrating its glorious centenary, the popular online entertainment web portal is also joining the celebration with a century to its credit. Yes, so far 101 movies have chosen Metromatinee as their online movie partner. The success of the portal is evident from the views of movie men like Ranjith Rajaputra who says, “Online medium is a very helpful means of promoting a movie. It is one of the best ways of making the film reach the public, especially as the time is so connected with social networking, following publicity through a source like this does wonders.” Screen writer turned Director Shanker Ramakrishnan who shares the same opinion says “Online movie promotion sites do help as they give a fair idea about the movie which enables its viewers to wrap up to a conclusion. Moreover it’s an enterprise for the youngsters; however, it still has a long way




to go.” Shafeer Sait, Producer cum Production Controller who has watched the trend very closely says majority of the cinema-goers on the first day of the film’s release are between the ages 20-30. They are a group of youngsters who are active on social media. So when we go for an online promotion, we are confident that the youth will come across it. And getting reviews from them, the movie will have its take off. To be specific, for the film Salt and Pepper I worked as an executive director. That was director Ashiq’s second film. Promoting songs and the film through social media really boosted the movie to become a hit, same as with ‘Ordinary’. The movie was to release on March 17, and the same time SSLC exams were on, we were doubtful about the viewership, but surprisingly on

the first day all the shows were houseful. And I feel partly the credit of publicity goes to its online promoters.” Arun Kumar Aravind director of movies like Cocktail and Ee Adutha Kaalathu puts forward a suggestion he says though online promoters keep track of the number of viewership, which is a good thingthey must also devise a strategy to make sure that at least 1 lakh end up watching the film.” Metromatinee which is a complete package of exclusive movie reviews, photos, videos and various other details of newly launched Malayalam flicks, also provides space for viewers to write reviews on new movies. The concept of internet and online marketing which is the rage of present age had a humble beginning sometime back with the Lenin Rajendran

directed movie ‘Raathrimazha’. The Mohanlal starrer Shajii Kailas film Red Chillies followed the suit and it was a presage of things to come. Metromatinee ushered in a change that was path breaking in internet movie marketing. The baby steps that were taken with Rathrimazha transformed into firm footsteps of conviction with movies like ‘Traffic’, Urumi,’ Rathinirvedham’, ‘Maanikkyakkallu’, ‘Diamond Necklace’ etc, and became apparent by the super success of the movie ‘Memories’, which is taking box office by storm. Hitting a century takes a bit of effort and it is akin to constructing a monument that requires patient step by step building. Apart from Malayalam movies, Metromatinee has also taken up Tamil movies like

‘Nanban’, ‘Thaandavam’, ‘Velaayudham’ etc that has been equally successful. One among the pioneers in popularizing the concept of online movie promotion, Metromatinee is currently playing the role of social media managers of the Celebrity Cricket League team ‘Kerala Strikers’. The portal that won the award for the best online media in the International Film Festival of Kerala 2011(IFFK) is associating with Red FM; Kappa TV etc. in a mutually benefiting manner. After a wonderfully enriching experience in internet movie marketing Metromatinee is looking forward to more onerous responsibilities and exciting opportunities, the bottom line being providing wholesome entertainment and credible information!





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Lurssen’s 180m Superyacht ‘Azzam’ yacht yatch Adastra

The Edgy Adastra The super yacht has managed to provide excellent sea keeping qualities; the makers of Adastra have pushed the envelope further on innovation.

ike its name, Adastra is one star on the blue waters that is stylishly smart and successfully amalgamates luxury and innovation. The yacht has managed to impress yachting enthusiasts all over the world and has won coveted awards, which includes




the Best Naval Architecture award at the Show Boats Design Awards in Monaco and the Most Innovative Design award at the 2013 World Super yacht Awards. It is generally believed that the yachting community all over the world is very traditional and gives little regard to innovation, but things were different in case of Adastra, the father - son

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team of superyacht designers, Orion and John Shuttleworth has given the 42.5m Trimaran a unique design, a fusion between Concorde and a spaceship. The hull launched on April 11, 2012 from China for the Hong Kong based billionaire Anto Marden has been done with attention to detail. Paying regards to environmental con-

cerns, the yachting industry has got pro active when it comes to reducing fuel consumption. The sea trials show that Adastra’s fuel consumption at 10.5 knots is as low as 17 litres per hour when carrying 10% fuel and water. At cruising load Adastra uses just 25 litres per hour therefore on delivery trips her range is 10,000 miles starting

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with 30,000 litres of fuel. The slender hulls and streamlined exterior allow the cruiser to travel faster in the open ocean and at 17 knots she has a 4,000 mile range so can comfortably cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at hi-speed. These features make this luxury yacht a true environment friendly initiative. The design modification also allows ‘Adastra’ to dwell on long voyages without the need of refuelling. To ensure the light weight required for very low fuel consumption. The deck and superstructure is constructed from carbon fibre with Nomex honeycomb core, the hull is glass/ kevlar foam sandwich and the interior is light weight oak cabinetry using honeycomb panels. To help reduce weight further, virtually every aspect of the boat is custom built. This includes carbon fibre hatches, toilets, portlights and ladders, which are all built specifically for the vessel. Like its exterior the interior of the hull has also been planned meticulously, Adastra’s 16 metre beam creates a spacious saloon area on the main deck and accommodates a lounge area, dining table and navigation station. A forward facing door

through the saloon window gives easy access to a large sunbed on the foredeck. The aft deck has a sofa and bar area to port and a dining area to starboard, further aft there is space for a 4.9 metre tender and directly below is a garage which can store a 3.1 metre tender. The garage door has been designed to fold out and create a large dive platform. The main helm station, which has seating for two, is positioned in a raised pilot house situated between the aft deck and the saloon area and forms part of the cross beam structure. Extra space has been created below deck by slightly flaring the central hull just above the waterline. This area has been split into two sections with a full-width master cabin located aft with access from the deck saloon, and two further guest cabins, accommodation for the crew, and the galley located forward of the engine compartment. Adastra offers comfortable accommodation for nine guests and up to six crew members. The impeccable application of technology is another key feature of this watercraft; the high tech yacht can be controlled through an iPad from a distance of 50 meters.



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Bhutan - The Last

Shangri la For the wanderlust searching for the mythical Shangri la, Bhutan with its magical landscape is one dream destination

Quick Read Must Know All tourists (except nationals of India, Bangladesh and Maldives) must obtain a visa before arriving in Bhutan. Visas are issued on receipt of full payment of your holiday by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. The money remains with the Council until your travel in-country is complete before the local tour operate is paid. There are no private health clinics or physicians in Bhutan, but all district headquarters towns have a hospital. The best facility is the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hospital in Thimphu. Treatment is free, even for tourists. In case of serious medical condiction consider evacuation to the excellent medical facilities in Bangkok. Bhutan follows a traditional form of Buddhism and animals are not killed or put down, even for humane reasons. While the Indian Rupee is accepted as currency, notes only below Rs.100 are permitted.

hat’s common between Richard Gere, Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt apart from their Hollywood status and flamboyant lifestyle? Bhutan, yes they all share a common passion for this beautiful otherworldly place. Nestled in the heart of Himalayas, flanked by India and China, Bhutan is one of the most exclusive destinations in the Himalayas. Like its enig-




matic nature, the culture and tradition of the country is well preserved and the strong influence of this is reflected in the lives of people. Major sources of income for the kingdom are tourism, hydroelectric power and agriculture. However, a high tourist tax imposed on tourists is an attempt to retain Bhutan’s strong national identity and traditional values; this has kept mass tourism out and closed the door to budget-conscious

backpackers. This makes the place accessible only to the most affluent. The administration has banned mountaineering in Bhutan out of respect for the deities said to live among the country’s peaks, although high-altitude treks, such as the challenging Snowman Trek, are still possible.

Getting In Paro International Airport is the only entry point to Bhutan by

air, served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air. Druk operates four planes which fly routes to Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata, Gaya, Guwahati , Kathmandu and Dhaka .

Travelling around Travelling to different towns and cities is possible by bus. Share taxis are also available.

Places to visit Paro, Thimphu, Punakha,

Wangdue, and Jakar are tourist popular destinations. There are unexplored region of Zhemgang and Eastern Bhutan that offers the ultimate experience.

Monasteries Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) is one of the most important Buddhist sites in the world apart from hundreds of other monasteries that dot the landscape. The temple is built on a 1,200 meter cliff and was built in 1692.

Kurje Lhakhang A temple built around a cave with a body print of Guru Rinpoche embedded in the wall. Guru Rinpoche practiced meditation here on his first visit

to Bhutan and it is the earliest Buddhist relic in the country.

Dzongs The dzongs are ancient fortresses that now serve as the civil and monastic administration headquarters of each district. Apart from the architecture, which in itself makes a dzong worth visiting, they also hold many art treasures.

Trekking Trekking is also extremely popular. The Druk path is the most commonly trekked from Paro, to the capital Thimphu. The recommended season for this trek is mid-June to mid-October.

Festivals Tshechu is the largest religious

festival in Bhutan and is celebrated in the late summer and fall throughout the country. It attracts around 30,000 people. The highlight of the ceremonies is the masked dances by monks, which were developed according to precise instructions given by past Buddhist masters.

Tourist Tariff The Tourism Council of Bhutan operates the daily tariff for all tourists entering the country. The daily tariff covers a minimum of 3 star accommodation, all meals, a licensed Bhutanese tour guide, all internal transport, camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours,

all internal taxes and charges, a royalty of $65 (which is included in the tariff price)The minimum tariff is for a group of 3 persons or more USD $250 per person per night for the months of March, April, May, September, October, and November. USD $200 per person per night for the months of January, February, June, July, August, and December. The rates are applicable per tourist per night halt in Bhutan. Groups of two or less shall be subject to a surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:Individual, US$ 40 per night2 persons, US$ 30 per person per night.




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Owned by Mr. Gopalakrishnan and Family Location Palakkad, Kerala Plot area 20 cents

Achieving a design harmony is an important part while doing a home. A contemporary feel was brought in while doing this home by keeping the traditional aspect alive Text Dhanya Menon Photos Monnaie Interiors

Total floor area 4434 sq ft Architecture & Design Premdas Krishna, Monnaie Interiors. Contact: 9447434237

01 01 Simple landscaping

of the house with modern lighting and paving tiles lend a contemporary outlook matching with the exterior design

02 Lobby area has been

made more attractive with a wooden curved diwan. The shape of the diwan is what makes the lobby more attractive

03 A warm living

room with an overall beige dominant theme.

veryone have their own credo about the style and functionality of their home interiors. Spacious feel, functional design and ample positive energy seem to be the key word of many new home owners. Mr. Gopalakrishnan too had all these in his mind, but in addition to that he




wanted a contemporary interior without leaving the essential Indianness. Mr. Premdas, Chief Designer of Monnaie Interiors was successful in infusing all these elements as per the wish of the client who was so precise about his requirements. As per the client’s requirement, all modern accessories come with

a bit of Indian tradition blended with it. This being the design concept, this 4434 sq ft home features a perfect restful and spiritual retreat.

Foyer The key aspect of the project is well reflected here. The foyer

is about 201square feet and is the main allure of the interiors. The client who had a spiritual inclination wanted to create a feeling of positive energy, elegance as well as a spiritual feel to someone entering the house. The foyer gives the feel of a prayer hall and is independent from other rooms. The lighting

of the area makes it apt. The wall cladding in front of the prayer hall with small pieces of coconut shells is the wow factor here.

Living Room The living room is simple, well arranged and creates a lasting

impression for all who enter the house. The LCD unit maintains a vast music collections and a provision for curious. Light coloured sofa and direct lighting in conjunction with indirect illumination adds to the elegance of the room. A warm appeal to the room

is maintained with an overall beige dominant theme. The walls are painted with light beige with two wall contrast; the contrast wall is painted a shade of yellow and orange mix. The ceiling work is done with 12mm gypsum board, provided for indirect illumination. The entry


to the living room is through a contemporarily styled sliding door.

Dining Area It is the same pattern as that of the living room - a light orange colour with beige tone for walls, and ample wooden finish. Family photos arranged in an asymmetrical manner add to the beauty of the wall.

Home Theatre cum Reading Room This is designed as a sort of combination of AV room and a reading room. Regarding the lighting of the interiors, the client wanted his interiors to be bright; and cove lights are used along with a square modern chandelier. A reclining type sofa here adds luxury and comfort. The wall colours are a combo of dark maroon with light hue of maroon.

03 02

Kitchen The kitchen here is modular; a U shaped one with multi utility facilities. The kitchen has a breakfast counter and a utility area which is equally eloquent. Kitchen is made using high quality BWP plywood with MR+ laminations from Merino Laminates due to the fact that it is totally scratch proof and is easy to clean. The colour combo used in the kitchen is slightly different from the other designed areas; and executed in a total modern outlook with an off white color as whole and choco brown laminate (elevated wood) for contrast. The wall tiles also syncs with the design.

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Two master bedroom are classy, spacious and with wide wardrobes. The colours are warm but the wood tone highlights more. Wardrobes are designed in a semi traditional style. The guest bedroom is a simple and well-arranged one de-

signed for elderly. High ceiling is the main factor for this room they want to feel the sense of space everywhere. The mural paintings in the room enhance the traditional look. The daughter’s room (teen room) has a splash of her favourite colour pink and a little



bit funky like a princess abode. It has more contemporary tone especially with the book shelf, and ceiling.

Lobby Lobby was differentiated from other areas and the walls and curios catch the attention.

A wooden finished swing gives a touch of tradition within the simple modern outlook. Even the landscaping of the house is done within these key points- a green belt concept with modern lighting and paving tiles with a contemporary outlook.

06 04 Daughter’s room designed like a princess abode

05 Master Bed room

with woody wide wardrobes with enough angle area

06 Modular kitchen 07

with multi utility facilities and the color combo in a dark shade confining to Vasthu Concept.

07 Dining Area: a

light Orange color with beige tone for walls







Something Special, Something Different.... for your

Dream Moments Thematic wedding ceremonies have inspired people to bridge the gap between various customs and traditions of different cultures and countries Text Dhanya Menon Photos Maritus Events & Wedding Planners, Koc- Tvm arriages are forever; but you celebrate the sacred union of your marriage only once in your life and that is at your wedding.




Unlike yesteryears, people today are ready to spend more on weddings and more over want to make it in a unique affair by thinking and planning it in an out of the box way. Theme

weddings are getting a way of life and Indian metros are already witnessing uncommon weddings like- Weddings in Amusement Parks, Weddings in Yachts and many more.

Keralites are ready to spend a lot on weddings, but are reluctant to try uncommon or rare themes as popular in North. But they are still ready to try within their barriers, something

Quick Read out of box and creative. Sijas Ali of Maritus Wedding Planners shares his experience of 3 innovatively themed weddings in Kerala.

Candle Light Stage Candle light has been the most romantic theme for lovers worldwide. Imagine you exchange your vows a thousand candles around you. This happens not just in Bollywood movies and songs! Shijo and Jacquline from Mavelikkara, exchanged their vow in such a romantic atmosphere. The entire hall was lit with 1500

candles coiled in gold and tumblers. The candled walls burned for 3 hours and there were no additional lighting in the hall! A fountain as a centre piece and a crystal pillar completes a perfect romantic backdrop for tying the knot!

Jungle Theme Wedding backdrops are always thought of romantic, flowery or awe inspiring. But have you ever thought of getting married in a jungle amidst mountains, trees, tribals and water ways? Yes, Athish and Nima from Karunagappally, dreamt about their

wedding in this way. The wedding reception held at Royal Gardens, Harippad was set in a jungle theme. The guests had to pass through a 40 mtrs long tunnel right from the gate to the venue. Being a night event, the venue was dim lit, with artificially erected trees all around, and sounds of animals, insects and gurgling streams instead of music. Tribal men dressed in a niche greeted the guests and danced in the backdrop with jungle sound effects. The entire 4000 sq ft venue had several jungle niches and streams, and the couple were

Indian Wedding Fact According to Alex Kuruvila, President Condé Nast India, an average Indian spends about onefifth of their wealth for a wedding. Indian bridal industry is growing at a rate of 25 to 30 percent yearly, to become the largest wedding market in the world within a couple of years, overwhelming the American wedding market.

seated under a huge mushroom. The theme doesn’t end with just settings. A jungle café served several traditional dishes which were carefully picked. The couple was thoughtful even about the wedding invitation; it was a wooden invitation

Contemporary Theme We speak contemporary everywhere; for our buildings, interiors, music and even fashion. Can a wedding theme be contemporary? Yes, says, Akash and





Neil from Kochi. Their wedding held at Hotel Le Meridian, Kochi was based on a demand of a contemporary theme. Contemporary designs are either asymmetrical or funky. A contemporary wedding was planned for the couple with a decor which is far from the usual floral patterns and arches. The stage design replicated a contemporary interior and so were the niches which are complete with pyrotechnics and performances. The variety entertainment stages were also selective which included the first ever bubble dance staged in Kerala by Russian artists. As each year passes, weddings in India seem to become more and more over the top. So in the days coming can we expect Kerala weddings happening in private helicopters, houseboats and yachts soon?




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Pepper House Cafe

Ode to Gourmet

and Art The café comes as a fresh breath of air for those who are looking for varied tastes and fulfilling culinary experience

here is an old world charm to this place that entices you instantly. The refurbished Pepper House located on the Kalvathi Road in between Fort Kochi and Bazar Road was once a historic lake-side spice go-down with Dutch –style clay roofs and a large courtyard the place now houses a quaint café that




offers its customers a feel of old bohemian hideaway along with some homely western delicacies that are varied in tastes. With the place spread over 16,000 square feet hosting many art exhibitions, it is an ideal space for those who are looking for to some serene atmosphere away from the city chaos with just the blue lake to give you company. The rooms are well-lit and ventilated. The decor is stripped down

Quick Read pepper house Kalvatty Road, Next to Seagull Restaurant , Fort Cochin, Kochi India

to minimal but very international. The front hall along the entrance has been converted into a gallery space and café. The place has a lot of vintage artefacts like the switchboard, which are fun to see, they add to the charm of the place and makes one travel back in time. The café has a view of the street outside. But it also provides facilities for customers to sit outside and enjoy their meal in the quite courtyard. The cafe’s menu is quite modest yet complete with breakfast items

such as porridge, French toast and omelettes. The muffins are well-baked and come in many flavours and the sandwiches are awesome. The variety of Caprese salads and cappuccinos are also some must have tastes in the menu. The lunch includes eggplant panini, and roast beef sandwiches; while dinner items range from such fare as Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and chicken parmigiana. The staffs are friendly and more than willing to help you see around the place. All these comes in reasonable rates considering the quality and the size of the portion of food and certainly won’t burn hole in your pocket.



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holiday inn National Highway Bypass, Vennala 33/1739 A Chakkaraparambu

Food is such an integral part of Italian culture that has taken the world by storm. It is the most popular cuisine in the world perfect for any occasion

ver felt like you were in a different country while having your favourite cuisine? The other day, I decided to walk into the Italian Restaurant – Roma, Holiday Inn. I stepped into a peaceful ambience, the walls decorated with melt candles on old wine bottles with a LIVE Kitchen set up comfortably located for




the customer to take pleasure to watch the chef cook his favourite dish and at times, peek out through the large windows looking onto the street and a tucked away, well stocked bar too. Roma has a stone oven installed to make their pizzas crispier. Paradoxically, they give their customers a freedom of choice but at the same time guide them with the wine’s

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Lamb rib chops with fig and mint sauce Versatile and delicately flavoured this dish is a rare combination of Lamb rib chops, figs, dipped in a hot pan with some chopped shallots and butter. It’s a tad bit sweet and tastes exotic.

Lemon Chicken Chicken breasts beautifully cooked in wine and fresh lime juice garnished with parsley. The chicken melts in the mouth and leaves you wanting for more.

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Doore’ song went online. The audio release on Sound Cloud further ‘strengthened’ the online presence. Mammootty’s Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty takes 2nd place in terms of online presence, with marginal spikes in popularity with each video release. Lal Jose and Kun-

chako Boban’s Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum has maintained steady presence all through out. Prithviraj’s Memories has had a weak online presence. Sameer Thahir’s Neelakasham Pacha Kadal Chuvanna Bhoomi is twice as popular as Mammuka’s Kadal Kadanno-

ru Mathukutty. The surprise element here comes from Lal Jose’s Pullipulikalum Attinkuttiyum which has garnered strong reach (over 1,30,000 hits) which is commendable considering that the film doesn’t have a lot of ‘Star Power’. Pullipulikalum Aattinkutti-


These are the info-graphics that we used to predict the box office collection and happiness factor of the Ramadan releases.



yum from Lal Jose & Kunchako Boban will be the movie to watch this Ramadan. It has a tremendous happiness factor at 87%. Most people who watch it will leave the theaters with a smile. Dulquer and Sunny’s Neelakasham comes in 2nd with a score of 84%. Its the

right choice for the younger generation and packs a punch. It’ll be worth your money. Memories from Prithviraj & Anantha Visions comes in 3rd at 82% promises to be a cult film. It will have its share of some really good moments. Mammootty and Ranjith’s Kadal Kadannoru

Mathukutty comes in at 79% and is a fan watch. Kadal Kadannu Oru Mathukutty will be the winner in terms of Box office collection among Malayalam films releasing for Ramadan 2013. Pullipulikalum Aattinkuttiyum will comes in 2nd for the

weekend, but will the film that will continue to run successfully after the opening week. Its expected to have an extended run at the box office. Memories will also turn out to be a sleeper hit with collections coming in towards the end of week 1.


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Ambika Pillai is finally back to her roots. One of India’s premium makeup and hair stylist Ambika Pillai has finally opened her first makeup and hair studio in Kerala. The salon located in Kochi at Vytilla’s Evershine Arcade was inaugurated by Ms. Universe and film actress Sushmita Sen. Celebrities and glitteratis were in full attendance for the stunning fashion show in which India’s top models like Noyonika Chatterjee, Carol Gracias and Kanishtha Dhankar walked the ramp displaying magnificent collection by the ace designer Rohit Bal. Photos Jinson Abraham

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he diesel variant of the Renault sedan Scala is packed with 1461cc Renault K9K engine that develops 86PS of power @3,750 rpm and 200Nm of torque at @2,000 rpm. . The engine is coupled with five speed manual transmission gearbox




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while the music system is expected to have Bluetooth and USB connectivity support . The other accessories in the Renault Scala sedan could comprise of cup holder with the rear armrest, audio controls mounted on the power steering, electric door mirrors on both sides and remote boot.



The 5-day fashion extravaganza the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2013 began in Delhi on 22nd August; Designer Manish Malhotra presented a vibrant festive and pre-bridal collection at the curtain-raiser. The collection, called ‘Reflections’ displayed a gorgeous synergy of Indian traditions and colour spectrum for the fusion line. From the breathtaking collections of Payal Singhal inspired by the ‘Char Bagh’ to designs showcasing the exuberance of the art deco movement and the glitz and glamour of Bollywood each show was breathe taking. The contemporary yet modern Ritu Kumar designs saw a lot of colours and ended on fantasy soft white. Priyanka Chopra walked the ramp for Bisou Bisou. The show ended on a high note with Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s magnificent range, inspired by the limited edition Lakmé Absolute Royal collection.

The best of Lakme India Fashion Week 2013



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The five day prestigious fashion extravaganza the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2013 began in Delhi on 22nd August.




Dappankoothu Night



The Dappankuthu Express at Ramada Resorts turned out to be a rocking night out. Party revellers clad in typical Dapankuthu style danced the whole night to the tunes of DJ Dominic and resident DJ Nash Abhiram





A Fishy Tale It takes some experience and experiments to determine how often a fish must be fed and how much it should be fed. But the vital thing to keep in mind is never over feed your aquatic friend

QUICK READ Tips for new aquarium owners As a new aquarium owner you may be eager to add new fish to the newly set up aquarium but remember that water in the tank is new so let the water stabiliz. Let the gases, minerals and chemicals dissolve in the water. Aquarium water should be treated to neutralize harmful materials, and allowed to stand for a day or so to allow dissolved gases to escape and the pH to stabilize. Don’t add too many fish all at once. Until the bacterial colonies have fully established, the aquarium cannot safely support a full load of fish. Only add a couple of small hardy fish initially.

ow many of you have closely watched aquarium fish being overfed so regularly by its keepers? Those who do so must be under the false belief that the fish must be scooting to the top of the aquarium in need of food. It is not so. The first and foremost thing every fish keeper must know is that they’re opportunistic feeders. If they are given food in time, how do they survive in the wild? They wouldn’t know when their next meal would be. Over feeding would not only harm your pet fish but also its artificial living environment that you have created for it.




Uneaten food when sinks to the bottom of the aquarium will get trapped in the filter resulting in it getting decomposed and polluting the water. And eventually due to the contaminated water in the fish tank, life in it cannot be sustained. Another hazard because of over-feeding is the algae bloom. The fish food that you constantly put in the tank either to see your fish more fleshy or for the fun of watching it eat, if left without consumption for a few days would rot, leading it to produce a tremendous amount of fertilizer that is harmful for the fish. Feeding them the right way is quite simple. Feed them with a pinch

of fish food at different times during the day, instead of pouring a handful of it at a time as their stomach is relative to the size of their eye. After giving food, watch if it consumes it within 30 seconds, if not take out the leftovers floating on the surface to prevent pollution. All species require some level of protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. Be it any breed, proteins are essential for them. It helps to repair their cells and body tissues. Lipids too are highly as they are sources of energy. But be on the watch regarding quantity as too much fat can affect its liver’s ability to filter and cleanse the blood.

New aquarium owners often choose fish that look appealing to them, without knowing the environmental needs of the fish. Some fish may fight with one another and yet some others require different water conditions. Always research each species before choosing tank mates. Select peaceful fish that thrive in similar water conditions. Diet is an important element to ensure healthy fish, and the ideal diet goes beyond the simple “flaked” foods available in most stores. Freeze-dried foods and pellets make good alternatives.





A dog’s Life

Dog shower with sixteen water-jet nozzles and a showerhead priced $1,250.

Dog powered scooter run by strapping the dog into a rig attached to the scooter.

A tank like device that washes and blow dries dogs and cats for $7 per wash. It might sound cool, but cruel in some sense.


With too many stray dogs around a chastity belt for $65 would be of great guard.

Figure out what your pet dog likes to convey with a bow lingual dog translator that translates six kinds of emotions - joy, sadness, self-expression, desire, frustration and fear for $72.

TV Channel for Dogs

Dog TV, a 24-hour channel by DirecTV aims to entertain dogs when their owners are out of the house. To see if the technology could bring some harm to the pets, test were conducted by installing cameras in homes where dogs were left alone for eight hours a day watching Dog TV.

The research came out with happy results confirming that the images displayed on the screen are harmless to the dog’s vision and sense of hearing. The satellite network will transmit the channel, sans adverts, and will feature short videos that will relax, excite, teach and entertain dogs.



Finicky to pick your dog’s crap…get a poop trap for $35.




Carrera brand launch



At the Taj Malabar on the 25th of August, Carrera launched it’s brand for India. It was the first time an Italian brand is launching from the Malabar Coast. Malabar was, and is, heart of the spice route which greatly contributed to the wealth of Italy from the Romans to the Republic of Venice to the current day and age.



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Rock your music with this sleek and rugged headset.


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Porsche Design 1 TB Hard Disk Talk Porsche’s design language at your desktop


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Samsung Navibot Automate your dirty work, and in style.

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Lego Camera Yup, its a working camera and yup its made with Lego bricks!.



edgy GADGETs Alcatel One Touch Star What we liked Stylish design & lightweight Great screen contrast for the price range Decent performance for Android 4.1 Good quality audio hardware

What we disliked Poor screen resolution Touch screen responsiveness not up to the mark


Only average battery life


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FWD RATING 13,499/approx

What we liked 1 GB RAM

Coolpad -2 Spice FWD RATING 12,900/approx

What we liked

Good screen resolution

Dual SIM

Hi-res camera

Comfortable grip

What we disliked Poor overall responsiveness

Big 4.5 inch screen. Great price.

What we disliked Feels too plasticy Poor battery



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What we disliked Sluggish Poor screen resolution Average camera

FWD RATING 11,500/-




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93.5 Red FM

RED FM plays heeder In reply to the bad condition of roads in the city, Superhits 93.5 RED FM launched a monthlong campaign called the Voice Petition Campaign. The campaign gave an opportunity to public to share their grievance which was showcased on air and has been uploaded on Youtube. People who raised their voices through the campaign included pregnant women, people who have met with accidents due to the potholes and students who faced trouble reaching the examination hall on time due to potholes. A first of its kind, the movement is aimed to sensitize authorities on the plight of Kochi roads. It all started when the RED FM team came across a case filed

R J Ratheesh

(Morning No 1 Time 7 am to 11 am)

Morning No 1 is a show that is wrapped in fun and Infotainment that you can enjoy with your morning hot cuppa. The show is hosted by RJ Rateesh who with a distinct voice and humour perks up your day with current issues and happenings. Along with keeping his audience in Thrissur hooked on to the show through an interactive section, the RJ also provides information on rail timings and rain warnings, much needed information for travellers. In a way the show has become a popular platform for a common man to raise their voice against serious



issues like fuel hike and inflation to day to day lighter incidents around. Yet some other audience tune into the show just to get enthralled by the effervescent RJ Ratheesh through entertaining tit bits and funny games. The rich content of the show combined with Ratheesh’s talented and unique style of entertaining audience makes Morning No 1 a must-hear-show on RED FM Thrissur and there is no single dull moment in the show. Sometimes the programme also has celebrities and experts grazing the show and sharing valuable information.

by an autorickshaw driver of North Paravoor against state government as he was unable to earn his living due to the poor condition of roads. The gravity of the situation came to light when calls poured in during the breakfast show, Morning No.1, where people shared their annoyance. Martin, a regular RED FM listener informed that he had to shell out as much as Rs 60,000 to service his vehicle because of a pothole at Edapally but soon found that the same pothole had fractured leg of another man at the workshop. The unique, high octane campaign has managed to help public all in the backdrop of great music and entertainment.



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FWD Life September 2013  

FWD Life September 2013