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Dear Resident, Technology, as a concept and as a way of life has always polarised opinions. There is a section of society which believes that the advancement of technology is essential to the evolution of mankind while there is another school of thought which states that the very idea of technology is opposed to humanity. The truth, as it usually does, exists somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. Fact of the matter is that technology is a fantastic enabler. It enriches human life immensely and it does so quietly. In nine cases out of ten, you do not notice technology, you only notice the absence of it and that, perhaps, is one of science’s biggest gifts. We are ardent advocates of state-of-the-art technology and have tapped into its vast reservoir of advantages to make DLF5 a great place to live, work and play. Our cover feature highlights all the aspects where technology has made life here so joyous. Right from the fact that our buildings are testimony to the best of structural science to the fact that all of DLF5 is under round-the-clock CCTV surveillance, technology is a big part of the DLF5 experience. It is no wonder then, that this edition of High5 is dedicated to science and technology. From hybrid cars to e-waste management to the myriad ways in which the internet is changing the language of cinema, we happily celebrate the advancement of science in the pages that follow. We toast our natural treasures too. The mighty wonder of the Niagara Falls has been the subject of movies, music and literature while the highest motorable passes in India have a charm that truly defies all description. We have articles on haute fashion and make-up and the best summer treats specially curated by DLF5 chefs, all of which combine to make this edition of High5 a delightful companion to the summer of 2018. Happy Reading.

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Motorable passes that are an unprecedented test of your driving skills.


Shantanu & Nikhil on their latest collection



The bountiful Niagara Falls are not only an enthralling experience, they also let you soak in their ethereal beauty

8 TOP5 FOR HIGH5 Titles to put on your radar while you prep up for the summer holidays

10 TOP SHELF Amp up your style quotient and give your outfits a contemporary edge

26 IN FOCUS Top design studios have created bespoke apartments at The Crest, an epitome of opulence

30 GURUGRAM SPEAK 44 SUSTAINABILITY Wellington Estate's Eco-Club initiative to create collective consciousness among residents


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In conversation with DCP Crime, Gurugram, Sumit Kumar

38 RESIDENT SHOWCASE Jasleen Gandhi's venture

My Kido brings value addition to kids furniture

54 AUTO MANIA The advent of hybrid cars and a step towards a sustainable world

64 DESTINATION Into the cultural mileu of a village, where the festival, 'Theyyam' rules the hearts and minds of people

69 ACCOLADES DLF5's newest addition, The Crest bags top honours at various platforms

73 EVENTS Cyber Cell inauguration, Fun Olympics and more

TASTE THE WORLD SET'Z at DLF Emporio builds on its reputation as the preferred option for gourmet with its brand new avatar

SET’Z, which has been a lifestyle destination for great food and decor, is ready with a fresh ambient manifestation. It reopens with a new look and a sophisticated, nouvelle menu. Apart from multiple open kitchens, it now also houses, MIXX, a private dining and terrAze. MIXX the lifestyle mixology bar, offers an extensive range of mixed drinks, crafted by our talented bartenders. terrAze, the new look of the alfresco, is an unsurpassed place to be. A perfect place for lunch, dinner or just drinks. A perfect place for lunch, dinner or just

drinks. Not just for weather friendly months, but all year around equipped with specially installed cooling system. SET’Z houses seven distinct interactive kitchens – Northern Indian, Thai, Chinese, Coastal Indian, Arabic, European and Japanese. SET’Z also boasts an innovative, sumptuous and interactive buffet concept wherein each section is based on the method of cooking- grills n roasts, steamed n baked, curries n stews, fry’s n stir fry’s, cold, desserts, noodle bar, to name a few. All these sections are interspersed with various beverage offerings changing on a periodical basis.






Giulia Larigaldie, previously a marketing manager in the luxury business, is now a full-time writer. Her thirst to better understand the country and its culture has led her to do as many photo trips in India as possible.

An engineer by training, Krishan Kalra has worked in the corporate world for 38 years after which he served as the Additional Secretary General for FICCI and later for three years as Secretary General of the PHD Chamber.

Dr Gursharan Dhanjal, a resident of DLF5, is editor, INCLUSION and Group CEO, SKOCH Group, a Gurugrambased think tank. He is an avid traveller, a keen photographer and a regular contributor to various travel magazines.

A practicing astrologer for over two decades, Subodh Bhardwaj is a numerologist, palmist and Vastu specialist with impeccable command over gems and precious stones.





A polyglot, Chiara is an Italian

Vivek Mukherji is a Delhi-based Independent journalist. He is the former Sports Editor of the Times of India and Sports Illustrated India. His life revolves around sports, automobiles and mountains.

Sanjay is a resident of The Summit. He is a chartered accountant by profession. He is currently working with one of the leading global audit and assurance services organisation in Gurugram.

Nikhil is a self-employed, Google Analytics Certified Marketing and Business Consultant, from Pune, living in Gurugram. He loves to write and run and has been a participant of the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, every year, for the last ten years.

residing in DLF5 and working in the banking sector. Being professionally trained in piano for over 20 years, she enjoys playing western classical music and singing Hindi songs in her free time.


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A quick check of the titles to put on your radar while you prep up for the summer holidays. If you are a book worm, there is plenty to keep you entertained this season!

ooking ahead to the rest of the year, it is certain that the good reads queues will be getting a whole lot longer. If you are planning to kick back and soak some sun at the beach or want to escape into something when you are having a hard day, or simply want a read that will keep you revetted, these are the books that will stimulate your mind and feed it with some quality reading.

THE IMMORTALISTS Author: Chloe Benjamin Genre: Coming-of-Age Fiction If you would know the day of your death, how will you live the rest of your life? That is the question four adolescent siblings grapple with in the new novel by Chloe Benjamin. The Immortalists is set in the late 1960s, where the Gold children, on the cusp of selfawareness, sneak out to know their fate from a psychic. The tale continues into the lives of these siblings as their lives alternately intertwine and drift apart.

BRAVE Author: Rose McGowan Genre: Biography, Autobiography In a world like Hollywood, where one is constantly on display, stardom can soon become a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualisation. Rose McGowan, actress and social activist, lays out her life story through Brave. Throwing a harsh light on the misogyny prevalent in Hollywood, through her biography, the actress chronicles her childhood, her experience in the world of cinema and more.


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FLORIDA Author: Lauren Groff Genre: Literary Fiction Lauren Groff follows up her acclaimed debut novel Fates and Furies with an equally compelling collection of short stories centered around the Sunshine State. The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but Florida - its landscape, climate, history and state of mind becomes their gravitational centre. Storms, snakes and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human's emotional and psychological nature.

THE WINDS OF WINTER Author: George R. R. Martin Genre: Fantasy

TANGERINE Author: Christine Mangan Genre: Suspense/Mystery

It has been nearly seven years since Martin released a new book. Fortunately, Game of Thrones fans have had the TV show of the same to tide them over. Rumour has it that the latest installment in the series will be out later this summer but a lot of websites have contradicting opinion that the wait may extend to 2019. But it is not bad to dream, is it? Still, until we get confirmation otherwise, we choose to keep believing that (The Winds of) Winter is coming—soon.

Every so often, a debut crime novel comes along that is technically sound and vividly imagined. The story revolves around Alice who arrives in Tangier with her husband John. An old friend unexpectedly visits Alice, and soonafter, Alice's husband mysteriously disappears—leaving Alice to wonder if her old friend is to blame. A gripping drama about friendship and marriage, this one has already been optioned for a movie starring Scarlett Johansson.

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VIRILE BY ARGENTOR SILVER Argentor Silver, the premium objet d’art brand launches its latest collection of men's classy style barebones- Virile. Adding a touch of grace to masculine style, the collection is a mélange of accessories ranging from cufflinks,to key chains and card holders. The brand has designed this new collection to depict sheer spunk and class.

This summer amp up your style quotient and give your outfits and accessories a contemporary edge

AESTIVAL FLAIR BY SUNIL MEHRA Sunil Mehra, the luxury bespoke design house presents ‘Aestival Flair’ – a collection of spring summer essentials for today’s metrosexual man who likes to be en vogue. This unperturbed collection is an assortment of shirts, blazers and waistcoats in summery bright and light shades.

HABITUAL SUITING BY CORNELIANI Corneliani’s Spring Summer 2018 collection allows one to discover the perfect jacket and outfits based on their preferred hobby. Five different capsule collections were dedicated to a specific activity: biking on motorcycles, riding horses, driving vintage cars, sailing and golfing. Perfectly complimenting the male shape, the jackets were the main point of each collection.


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QUIRK IT UP WITH BARESKIN Capturing the classic essence of style, Bareskin introduces an exciting range of leather footwear for the fashionable male. The brand has come up with velvet slip-ons in cool and quirky motifs like club and spades; hunter and the hunted and more. Manufactured in genuine leather, these slip-ons offer various reasons to flaunt your choice in style.

HANDBAG BY MICHAEL KORS The elegant satchel by Michael Kors is a smart and stylish solution for toting your essentials. Crafted from pebbled leather, it features sleek top handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. This spacious silhouette is designed to take you from work to weekend and beyond.

ENCHANTED FOREST BY DWARKADAS CHANDUMAL JEWELLERS To celebrate the artistic value and natural beauty of gemstones inherently rich in colour and texture, Dwarkadas Chandumal Jewellers have launched their Enchanted Forest collection this spring. With genuine stones and intricate design techniques to capture a timeless look, the new line features classic peacock and reigning panther bracelets, floral and snake motif earrings and rings beautifully crafted with precious white and black diamonds, rubies and sapphires worthy for all special occasions.

CACAO SUEDE SANDALS BY JIMMY CHOO In chic cacao suede, the Emily sandal is an amalgamation of expert craftsmanship and unparalleled elegance. Employing dainty straps that wind gracefully over the foot, exposing the toe, Emily fastens with a single ankle strap. Showcase these exquisite heels at your next fancy dinner invite.

ENCHANTED GARDEN BY SHAZÉ ShazÊ brings a collection inspired by the beauty of the gardens, for women who love to flaunt their spirits. The collection is a royal rhapsody of metallic hues and cubic zirconia aesthetics with a contemporary perspective. The pristine but bold statementmaking floral pieces in the range are designed to add an element of mystique and highlight the hidden diva within your persona.

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VILLEROY AND BOCH The upcoming season is the perfect opportunity to cocoon. Bring some chalet magic to your table with the new Artesano Montagne collection by Villeroy and Boch. Inspired by traditional Norwegian knit patterns, the new tableware collection oozes charm and warmth.

VERSACE Refresh your interior decor effortlessly with laidback luxury. The fascinating, eye-catching array of Versace Home cushions are stunning, statement designs. Adding finishing touches to modern and traditional homes.

HASSELBLAD X1D At less than half the weight of a conventional digital medium format camera, the mirrorless X1D-50c is a game changer in the world of photography. The camera Hasselblad X1D is ergonomic and compact, offering a handling experience unlike any other. The X1D combines Scandinavian sensibility with beautiful performance. Small enough to take anywhere, powerful enough to capture anything. Like the iconic V System, the X1D seamlessly combines portability with excellent optical quality for which the brand is renowned. Hasselblad has ingeniously introduced mirrorless technology to digital medium format for the first time ever, creating a precision performance camera that can sit in the palm of your hand.

BANG & OLUFSEN This high end wireless speaker comes from Bang & Olufsen. The speaker is an all in one multiform music system with an easy to use touch interface and integrated access to music and radio streaming services. Crafted from aluminium and designed to fill the entire room with a well-balanced sound whether placed on a table or wall.


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NEO SALON KITCHEN BY NOLTE Mirror mirror, in the kitchen, are you the prettiest of them all ? The recently launched range of Nolte kitchen called Neo Salon, offers a mirror finish on cabinets, instantly giving a facelift to the entire set up. This glam kitchen was designed keeping the international trend of using mirrors to enhance the look and space of a room. So, if you are looking for a kitchen to entertain your guests in, this can be the perfect option to wow your guests with!

MAH JONG SOFA BY KENZO TAKADA The iconic French luxury furniture brand Roche Bobois has introduced The Mah Jong sofa designed by Kenzo Takada. The Mah Jong sofa, Roche Bobois’s signature piece, embraces Japanese influences with fabrics from the Nogaku Collection. This graphic and culturallyinspired collection uses mixed origins, colour combinations, and delicate patterns. The Japanese designer has reinterpreted the look of ancient Kimonos to create a collection of fabrics with three harmonious colour schemes. These three versions express gentleness, vivacity, and depth, coinciding with the three times of the day.

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A warm circle of light envelops Manju and Rajesh Magow's home at The Pinnacle where understated elegance and statement pieces combine in joyous co-existence BY SAM LAL

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nce, during the course of an interview, Jaquelin Taylor Robertson, one of the most celebrated architects and urban designers in the world, was asked to give his opinion on what gave buildings and structures a certain emotional quality. The query pertained to the fact that there are some buildings that are loved by everyone because they radiate a sense of warmth, while others may not appear so welcoming. Robertson had a simple reply to what seemed like a truly confounding question. “Light,” he said, “gives joy to buildings.” It truly takes an exceptional man to home in on this truth because while we may debate endlessly about the innumerable factors that make a structure beautiful, it is actually the light which emanates from within that make them so inviting. At Manju and Rajesh Magow’s home at The Pinnacle, the light acquires varied dimensions, all of them pretty extraordinary in their own right. It begins the moment we step in where the gallery leading up to the living room which has a table dotted with objets d’art and artefacts. This table, as it happens, has been placed directly under a pool of light and it reflects on the various objects, creating an intriguing interplay of reflections. The beaten gold flowers, for instance, acquire a different dimension than when we first saw them and the bronze Buddha appears delightfully burnished. “I specifically wanted this table here because it is right under a light source and it creates an interesting spot before you move into the rest of the house,” says Manju as she leads us into the drawing room, a remarkable symphony in cream, brown and gold. Two low-base tables occupy centre space with couches arranged around it. Light brown with damask gold inlay, the tables create a focal point around which the rest of the living room arranges itself.


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One table has a lamp on it which appears to have some sort of design inscribed on it. Switch it on and the entire Manhattan skyline comes alive Here again, the fascinating sense of lighting that the Magows have brightened their home with, makes it presence felt. There are two paired tables with a gold honeycomb base and granite tops. One of them has a lamp on it which appears to have some sort of design inscribed on it. Switch it on and the entire Manhattan skyline comes alive. It is a tremendous moment. That is not to say that the Magow home is some kind of an ostentatious overstatement. It is, in fact, the other way around. This home is classy, done up with impeccable taste and understated for the most part. Rajesh confirms our

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assessment. “We moved here three years ago,” he says. “It is actually a full three years this month. It was our philosophy that nothing in the home should be over the top; that the colour scheme should be soothing and we would have different pieces throughout the home to give it a unique identity.” The philosophy has translated itself on the ground remarkably well. The colour co-ordination throughout the home is flawless. The exposed brick design on the living room wall is so much in sync with the Arpan Bhowmick painting that hangs above it, the two may well have been made for each other. One gets the point that that was precisely the reason why the


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It was our philosophy that nothing in the home should be over the top; that the colour scheme should be soothing Magows chose that particular artwork in the first place but you do get what we are trying to say, right? Moving on to other parts of the house, the Magows have converted one bedroom into a lounge with massive couches and a gigantic television set. “Everyone in this family has a keen interest in sports,” says Rajesh. The couple have two sons. The elder is part of an organisation that is amongst the biggest accounting and

professional services firms in the world and the younger one is undergoing sports training and pursuing his academics in Spain.“Our day starts with a game of badminton and that is why we decided to convert this into a room where we can watch sports and hook up our gaming consoles.” The dining area, adjacent to the lounge, is once again testimony to the magic of inspired illumination. It appears to be black

but changes to a deep, lustrous brown once the lights are switched on. There is fireplace right next to it which is a wonderfully cosy feature of the home and must be delightful when winter sets in. “There was a fairly long discussion on what we wanted here,” says Rajesh. “We thought of an aquarium but it requires a lot of maintenance. In the end we opted for a fireplace.” As we talk, our eyes keep straying to the grey wallpaper that lines the passage leading up to the bedrooms. It seems to be in a state of animation. It is only when we look closer that we realise there are specks of glitter in the wallpaper and they sparkle and fade as light falls on them. It is another one of those luminous factors that makes the Magow home such a joyous place to be. Le Corbusier certainly knew what he was talking about.

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THE SCIENCE OF GOOD LIVING Cutting edge technology and human interface have made DLF5 one of the most sought after addresses in the country where life is a series of interconnected joys BY SAM LAL


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t would, in all probability, be an exhausting exercise searching for the point when mankind first developed technology and then decided to enter into a symbiotic relationship with it. The origin would go back all the way to the Stone Age when striking two pieces of rock together resulted in the ability to create fire at will. The contemporary context may not allow us to think much of early man’s progress in using his surrounding to enable him in the course of a daily routine, it was technology all the same because we define technology as the “practical application of knowledge in a certain area.”

It has been a surging sea of quantum progress since then and we have developed technology that helps us transform every aspect of our lives. DLF5 is a shining example of how science can help make a place an absolute delight to live, work and play. Commenting on the role of technology in modern society, Bill Gates once stated, “The advance of technology is based on making it fit in, so that you do not really even notice it. It is part of everyday life.” At DLF5, this is what technology does – it helps its residents live a great life.

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Safety Through Structural Excellence The foundation of a planned integrated development like DLF5 lies in its structures. If there is an area where technology must be utilised to its fullest, it is in the designing and construction of the buildings where people live and work. “We take the structural safety of our buildings very, very seriously,” says Alok Kumar, Chief Architect, DLF5. “It is the reason why our key projects do not have just one review consultant, they also have a second review consultant.” What this means is that once the structural engineers have completed a project, there would be a two-tier review by a panel of experts before the building is declared fit to be used. International norms in terms of earthquake and fire-resistant structures have been followed to the letter to ensure that all DLF5 buildings provide the best safety norms to the people that live or work in them. “Apart from the fact that our new structures are Type1 buildings, which is the stoutest possible construction in terms of fireresistance, we have also ensured state-ofthe-art earthquake resistant buildings,” says Alok. “We believe in safety by design and implement it in all our projects.”

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Roads To The Future It was not too long ago that people driving on Gurugram’s Raghvendra Marg, HUDA (erstwhile Golf Course Road) or those driving in from Faridabad and M.G. Road had to resign themselves to traffic snarls that could, at times, delay them by hours. All that is now firmly in the past because with three new underpasses, developed by DLF in association with the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), fully operational, traffic woes seem to have been erased from the minds of commuters forever. “The conceptualisation of these underpasses goes back to the year 2010,”


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says Sekhar Basu, Regional Technical Head, DLF. “Built in partnership with the Haryana Urban Development Authority, the underpasses have been built utilising the latest technology. They feature the most modern techniques of de-watering, they have been fitted with hydro-dynamic filters and the streets connecting the underpasses are lined with steel wire rope barriers to prevent vehicles overturning in case of accidents.” It must be mentioned here that the original plan for the underpasses was for 30 lux but upon its completion, it has been raised to 45 lux. “All underpasses are equipped with backup generator and going forward they will be fitted with CCTV cameras and Variable Message System that will be monitored at the Central Control Room,” informs Basu.

DLF5 is invested in ensuring that no hazards crop up but should they occur, it is equally invested in ensuring they can be dealt with Maximising Technology, Minimising Hazards There is no doubt about the fact that no one wishes an emergency but there is also no denying the fact that they are a part of life. DLF5 is heavily invested in ensuring that no hazards crop up to mar the blissful quality of life here but should they occur, it is equally heavily invested in ensuring that they can be dealt with very effectively.

fighting and rescue standards anywhere in the world. “We have very advanced Merecedes-Benz Fire Fighting and Rescue operation vehicle at our fire station,” says Jagdish Donadkar, General Manager, Fire and Safety, DLF5. “We have a 90 Metre Hydraulic Platform which is the first vehicle of its kind in India. It is a fully computerised vehicle by Bronto Skylift from Finland and can reach up to the 30th floor.”

Take fire, for instance. To protect DLF5 and adjoining areas in case of a fire emergency, DLF has set up a private fire station at DLF5 which is equipped to match fire-

Then there is Rapid Intervention Vehicle (RIV) that can go inside basements and congested areas and a Merecedes-Benz Water Bouser vehicle that has an 18,000-litre

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water capacity and a jet that can throw water up to a distance of 75-metres. However, it is not a case of just machines and not enough qualified personnel to man them. “Every building has fire officers working round the clock and every fire officer is qualified from National Fire Service College (NFSC),” says Donadkar. The Green Code A popular refrain in some circles has always maintained that scientific innovations must always come at the cost of the environment. This thought, at its core, is built on fallacy because DLF5 has proved time and again that technology can be used to enhance the environment. It has already made history with its outstanding tree transplant initiative where more than 300 fully grown trees were shifted to DLF5 and planted there utilising modern methods of transplantation. Then, the Sewage Treatment Plant at DLF5 is testimony to the fact that science can be utilised to recycle, reuse and ultimately conserve our natural resources. “The Sewage Treatment Plant at DLF5 has the capacity of treating 15 million litres of water per day,” says V.K. Gupta, Senior Vice-President DLF5 (Offices). “We are currently operating at 12.5 MLD because that is the current requirement but it can be upscaled to 15 MLD any time.” This treated water is utilised for construction, for irrigation purposes, for the upkeep and maintenance of the magnificent golf course and for flushing purposes inside buildings. “We have a nine MLD Sequential Batch Reactor and a six MLD Ambient Bio Reactor,” says Gupta. “The treated water is stored in separate tanks and distributed through a separate network of pipelines.” A brilliant way to reduce the burden on our natural resources. The All-Seeing Eye The monitoring system at DLF5, as with everything associated with this


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development, is at par with the finest, anywhere, anytime. When established way back in 2012 , the wireless based command center was first of its kind in the Northern region. “Capable of covering a vision area of up to 2 kilometres, the highdefinition cameras here are benchmark installations. “It was the first of its kind wireless set-up,” says Lt Col Yashpal Yadav (retd), Head of Security, DLF5. “The architecture of DLF5 allows for the kind of surveillance one requires a broad view spectrum and DLF5 by virtue of its high rise configuration suited the best.”

DLF5 can proudly state that every part of it is under CCTV coverage and that instills a great sense of comfort and security amongst its residents. “There is also a vast change in the role that cameras play now,” says Yashpal. “Earlier they used to be more of a post-mortem analysis tool. Footage was screened for clues after the crime had been committed. But now, CCTV has a more proactive role. We receive feeds 24/7 and our operators keep computing variations so they know whether an intervention is required and if so, the level of intervention needed.”

The foundation of a planned integrated development like DLF5 lies in its structures. If there is an area where technology must be utilised to its fullest, it is in the construction of the buildings Live streaming not only assists a speedy response to a given situation, but has been instrumental in saving many lives during road accidents. Probably the best aspect of technology in this regard is that given a situation Lt Col Yashpal Yadav (retd) can yet take control of a situation as effectively as being physically present in the command center itself. Creating Champions of the Future There is an intrinsic link between technology and sport, and it is impossible to imagine any game that is not supported by cutting-edge science. Golf is no different and that is the reason why the DLF Golf Academy is a shining marvel of technology. “There are very few academies like this anywhere,” says Karan Bindra, Director of Instruction at the Academy. “This facility is in line with overseas facilities. The combination of technology and teaching systems we offer can only be found in select places in Dubai, Europe or the US.”

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From the V1 Pro HD software that can record a player’s strokes which is then sent to his or her email id at the touch of a button to the Trackman technology which can analyse up to 28 parametres of every hit, this Academy enables a golfer to soak in every aspect of the game and develop what it takes to be a champion.

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Top design studios have created bespoke apartments at The Crest, an epitome of classic sensibilities and modern amenities BY SAM LAL


How did the collaboration between your brand and DLF come about? We were approached by DLF to design one of the model apartments. The DLF team believed that the Sarita Handa (SH) aesthetic and sensibility of design work was a perfect fit and once we visited The Crest, we were convinced too. Please tell us about the key features of the Crest apartment you have designed? The interior features a seamless transition from the open living room to dining space to the outdoor terrace, allowing for formal or informal entertaining which is important for today’s flexible lifestyles. The design


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has elements of glamour with overscaled wall mirror and lush fabrics and finishes to old world sophistication with “worn” leather furniture. Could you please take us through the entire process of creating these interiors? After visiting The Crest and the designated apartment, we got right to work on designating what the purpose of each room will be ie; master bedroom, extra bedroom, study, living/ dining room and then we worked on best layout of furniture for each room. After settling on the layouts, we then honed in on the colour schemes and sensibility of each room and how to utilise the space at its maximum without making the rooms feel overcrowded. Lastly, the accessories, wall art and plant placement fell into place.

What are some of the aspects that come into play when deciding on the interiors of a home? It is most important to understand how people live today with everyone being on the move (mobile) and having access to worldwide trends, the home needs to reflect all of this. Easy comfort with beautiful design. What are some of the key trends in the residential interior design space you are seeing these days? Today, interior spaces have state of the art appliances and technology, the best of interior detail - floor finishes, wall finishes and the common spaces of the home (living room, dining room, outdoor balconies/terraces) transition into each other versus the construction of separate identities. It is a more seamless approach.


Please tell us a little about Apartment9. We are a company that was founded in 2005. At Apartment9, we believe in design led manufacturing; designing from our hearts and continuous experimentation and innovation. We like to surprise people with our designs and products and bring new offerings to the table all the time. The essence of design at Apartment9 is lifestyle with aplomb, without apology. What according to you, are your areas of core competence? Our company specialises in manufacturing furniture, soft furnishings, leather products and accessories in it four factories in Delhi and NCR. We also have global associations for fabrics, wallpapers and lighting with brands like Liberty, Andrew Martin, Lizzo and Global Views to showcase in India. What were some of the fundamental thoughts with which you approached the interiors of the apartment at The Crest? Our design team has created the apartment at Crest with a muted colour palette with accents of colour in the accessories. The look kept in mind has been very modern and contemporary and the addition of bronze is done to bring in the luxe element into the space. It has every element of style and edge balanced with comfort in the furniture. Has the company begun to diversify into other related areas? A foray into furniture and interiors along with retail has been a comprehensive success, subscribing to a young, fresh approach to contemporary and modern aesthetics. With a great team of design


associates and employees to develop, process and deliver, Apartment9 has a seamless ideology of conceptualising spaces that score highly on aesthetic and comfort along with reflecting the personality of the people that live in the home. What does the future hold in store for Apartment9? We always try and keep an anticipatory view of the future. It is our constant effort to keep an eye open for new ideas. Innovation is the name of the game and in the interiors business it is important to be fresh always. It is a constant process and that is what we see ourselves doing in the future – searching for ways to be better than we were yesterday.

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What makes you believe that the partnership between you and DLF is a good one? We had worked on some DLF projects earlier and were tremendously excited when we got the opportunity to work on The Crest. We believe this is a great partnership because there are two minds at work here that speak the same language. DLF is known for its pioneering work in quality and responsible real estate development and we have also known this industry for many, many years. We have created benchmark moments in spaces and interior trends and that is why we feel this is a great collaboration. What remains the main essence of The Crest apartment that you have designed? We have made no structural changes to the apartment we worked on, but everything


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focuses around the ultimate goal of making it a home that is very comforting and characterised by a sense of quiet, refined luxury. The setting and the lush greenery that surrounds The Crest became deciding factors for our design theme for the apartment. We wanted the apartment to blend in with the outdoors. What was your course of action for development of the apartment at The Crest? The Crest is located brilliantly and there is a lot of greenery that surrounds the condominiums. We wanted to give the resident a sense of being a part of the great outdoors and not get the feeling that they were actually inside and apartment. What, according to you are the key differentiators that establish The Crest as a luxury residential address? The fact that The Crest is a coveted address is already established. You have

to see it to understand the sheer sense of opulence that surrounds it. However, to us, the key differentiator is the location. When we started working on the apartment, what impressed us most was the fact that The Crest was located so unbelievably well. It is right in the middle of the city, but the moment you get in, you seem so far away from the madness of a metropolis.


Please tell us about the approach that you adopt while designing new homes. We start thinking about each room and carefully brainstorm how to make each room fulfil its potential for the client. If they like entertaining, then the bar area is important. The most significant aspect, from which all others stem from, is thinking about what the space will be used for. From that other factors come into play such as furniture layouts, lighting, accessories, wall decorations and so on. What all factors did you keep in mind while designing the apartments at The Crest? We really wanted to make our interiors harmonise with all the architecture and the glamorous finishes of the Crest apartment. We decided to specifically go for a warm, luxurious feel with a neutral, contemporary palette that had sophisticated flourishes of understated textures and colours. We wanted to create a home that combined mid-century modern, classic and contemporary elements so that it would always remain fashionable and timeless far in to the future.

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What were the various phases of creating the interiors for this project? We started by understanding the customer of The Crest. Interiors should reflect your life and your personality, otherwise your home is not a home. For this project, we imagined a working couple who were well-travelled and contemporary. By thinking in this way, we then go through room by room and think about how to reflect this family throughout their home and also how to meet their needs.

According to you what is currently in vogue in terms of interior design space? One of the most exciting key trends in interior design is ‘New Modern’, which is a modern take on retro design. It is a glitzy dialogue of the past, present and future as the straight lines of the past few years have been replaced with the curves of the 70s. The vibe is warm with dark, deep finishes and the shapes are opulent geometrics. Surfaces are metallic, jewel-toned velvets, coloured marbles and brass trims. The classic is coming back but in a new evolved contemporary form, where, for example, a mid-century chair would be reincarnated in exciting, modern fabrics. Please tell us about your working relationship with DLF? We have great respect for DLF and have been following their projects for years. Iqrup + Ritz as well as our sister company, Iqrup Design, have worked on a few DLF residential properties in the past and so when we were approached by DLF for this collaboration we were very excited. We understand DLF’s customer base and an opportunity like this meant that we could really go all out.

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As an officer of the law, DCP Sumit Kumar shoulders dual responsibilities and he approaches his duty with the zeal of a modern-day strategist and a robust man of action BY SAM LAL


all and imposing, DCP Sumit Kumar could quickly strike fear into the heart of any potential criminal. However, that is just one side of his personality. During the course of our conversation at the newly inaugurated police building in DLF5, the former marketing professional comes across as an officer with a keen analytical mind who brings a great deal of sensitivity in his approach to the prevention of crime.


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Technically, violation of any law of the land is a crime, so why do we have a separate division for ‘crime’? I agree with you that any violation of the law is a crime but you see, the definition of crime spans a vast spectrum. Crime can start from petty transgressions to very heinous offences. For every crime there are officers of the law that are good in dealing with that particular aspect of crime.

As you know, any organisation functions with various verticals and it is the same with us. What are the roles and responsibilities of your office? I have dual charges in Gurugram. I am the Deputy Commissioner of Police for West Gurugram where we have 13 police stations. The other charge that I have is that of DCP (Crime Branch). When I say

Crime Branch, it consists of every sort of crimes that happen on roads anywhere in Gurugram. Primarily, we look after murders, any sort of snatching, loots, robberies and all heinous crimes or any gang war. There is one more addition to the Crime Branch jurisdiction and that is Cyber Crime, which was earlier just a cyber cell. It did not have the status of a cyber police station. The Haryana Government, through a notification, has created a dedicated Cyber Crime police station. It deals with all cybercrimes that happen in Gurugram. In fact, we help out the adjoining districts of Haryana as well. This police station has a wide range of things to do because there are a wide range of cybercrimes. We have started this police station this year itself in this beautiful, new building. I must tell you that this building has been given to the police department by DLF. The cyber world gives a sense of anonymity to the perpetrator. What are some of the effective deterrents to stop this person from becoming a cyber-criminal? I think that is a really important question. In all situations, awareness is critical in combating cybercrime. I am talking to the victims here as well. People should know that the passwords to their cellphones and computers should not be so simple that they can be cracked easily. They should know that simply handing over your card to the petrol pump attendant is not a very safe practice. Awareness is the first step in deterring the cyber-criminal. In that regard, what are some of the quantifiable steps that need to be taken for sensitisation of people? It is true that prevention of a crime is certainly the preferred option than punishment for a crime. So, we are starting

The Haryana Government, through a notification, has created a dedicated Cyber Crime police station. It deals with all cybercrimes that happen in Gurugram with the schools. There are many schools that come to us and ask us to educate their students on a list of dos and don’t’s. Kids are very happy to interact with the police in this regard. There are companies that are engaging with the police department and there are professionals who are conducting seminars in association with the police department. Banks are very proactive in this respect and they are investing heavily in terms of spreading awareness that is crucial in preventing cybercrime. Please tell us a little about your academic background. I have been a student of Humanities and I did my MBA from Narsee Monjee, Mumbai, one of the leading institutes of the country. After that, I joined the

marketing division of DLF and then I joined the police department in 2004 as Deputy Superintendent. What are some of your interests and hobbies? I have been a sportsman throughout my college days. Basketball and cricket are my games. There are so many things one can do in Gurugram, so I am very thankful for that. How do you unwind after a hard day’s work? Spending time with the family is definitely on top of the list. Sports are another great way to relax after finishing off my work for the day and so is spending time with friends. Just stay happy. That is my mantra.

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Nature in its many manifestations can be truly rejuvenating. The bountiful Niagara Falls, not only are an enthralling experience, they also let you soak in their ethereal beauty BY DR GURSHARAN DHANJAL


hen CN Tower in Toronto was built back in 1976, it was to be the tallest building in the world (which it remained for two decades), but its architects never had imagined that, in addition to providing a 360 degree bird’s eye view of the Toronto skyline, it would also catch a glimpse of the Niagara Falls, about 100 miles away. Standing on "World’s Highest Outdoor Walk on a Building", I caught my first breathtaking view of the Niagara,


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with a clear sky across Lake Ontario to the Niagara Falls. Soon, we found ourselves perched at the Niagara observation deck next to the Horseshoe with the deafening noise of 3,160 tonnes of water (2.2 million litres) every second flowing at a great speed – 65 km an hour. Standing there, I was awestruck at this geological wonder, which in the past, was known to be a premiere honeymoon destination followed by the 1953 film ‘Niagara’ that starred Marilyn Monroe as a honeymooner.

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Niagara is only 57 meters, but what makes the waterfall so impressive is the amount of water flowing over. It is the combination of height and volume that makes Niagara Falls so breathtaking. Comprised of three waterfalls — American Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls — the water of the falls stems from the upper Great Lakes. Niagara has an interesting history estimated to be over 12,000 years old. Three of the Great Lakes (Superior, Huron, and Michigan) drain into Lake Erie, which in turn drains into the Niagara River. The River then plummets into Lake Ontario via the Falls. The Horseshoe Falls are the widest and highest of the three, measuring 2,200 ft. across, followed by American Falls at 940 ft. and Bridal Veil at merely 45 ft. We were among those 12 million tourists who visit the spectacular falls and the surrounding areas each summer. The best season to be there is between August to October and March to May — when the weather is friendly and it is not too cold. Winter there is extremely severe and harsh that freezes water bodies and rivers except Niagara because the tremendous volume of water prevents it from freezing and it continues to flow. In 1846, a Niagara River ferry service was launched. The ferry would take passengers to and from the American and Canadian sides of the river. It was named the Maid of the Mist from the American Side and Horn blower from the Canadian side. Onboard one such boat, wherein its engines purred hard to get close to the base of the falls, moving against the rapids and heavy current, we were draped in blue and red coloured ponchos respectively and were soaked to the skin in the mist. An hour’s ride on the ferry was as riveting as it was scary. If you would rather buy a package to take a tour of Caves too, you will be given a


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It is the combination of height and volume, that makes Niagara Falls so breathtaking

yellow poncho, which entitles you to take the Cave of the Winds tour as well. The Cave of the Winds is a natural cave behind the Bridal Veil Falls. Although the cave was destroyed in a rockfall in 1954, it still gets visitors. On the Cave of the Winds tour, tourists hike a wooden walkway to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls. The place is perpetually misty and hikers often experience tropical storm-like conditions. To get any closer to the Niagara Falls, you would have to be in a barrel! To stand at the heart of Niagara, you will first need to descend 125 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels through the bedrock, but you will feel the thunderous vibration of the Horseshoe Falls long before you see them. This 'journey behind the falls' is a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls from below and behind. The observation deck at the foot of this 13-storey-tall wonder is sure to leave you breathless. Do not forget the viewing portals that cut straight through the rock, offering an once-in-alifetime view of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down in front of you. From the sensation of lift-off, to the excitement of soaring above the turbulent

rapids and cascading waterfalls, Niagara Helicopters ride is a unique experience. The all-scenic flight gives you a thrilling view of Niagara’s natural and man-made wonders—a view that spans the horizon and the magnificent and astounding views of the sprawling waters. Not only are the Falls themselves powerful, but the city of Niagara was the birthplace of hydroelectric power! In 1896, Nikola Tesla developed the alternating current system, which allowed for the transmission of power generated along the Niagara River to homes and businesses. The Niagara Gorge Discovery Center is located above the site of the Schoellkopf Power Station. Today, power plants on both the American and Canadian side of the falls

produce nearly 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity. Power up and explore more at NYPA – Niagara Power Vista, where scientific exploration awaits with hands-on interactive technologies, a multi-sensory 4D theatre and more. The Niagara Falls come alive at dusk when floodlights fill up the falls and you know it is time to go home. The mist rising from the falls form a cloud above, which carries hues of blue, red and green. While one is still streamlining the memories from an eventful day, the curtains are drawn by spectacular fireworks over the falls that leaves all spellbound, and what one could hear is the screams and shrills with joy. One does not want this stunning experience to come to an end.

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Popular for their vintage glamour and sartorial couture, eminent fashion designers Shantanu & Nikhil implore you to step into their world of ethereal charm this season BY PALLAVI SINGH


ashion designers Shantanu & Nikhil are known for their drapes and ability to put subtle India on contemporary fashion. They have strived to create a modernised design language with their eponymous label. While the Shantanu & Nikhil bride does not restrict herself to quintessential traditions and instead uses nostalgia to narrate a modern story, their Summer/ Resort 2018 collection reverberated with cleaner silhouettes, luxe details and a sharper aesthetic. The designers


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who have known to showcase surrealism with panache, get talking about fashion, luxury, their atelier and success principles. How would you define fashion and what is your idea of luxury? Fashion for me is nothing but a layer of who you are. It is your second skin. It is something that represents you. It sets the characteristic of who you are as a person. We believe in re-inventing the rich Indian history through the cloth, by constantly breaking the myriad stereotypical notions

of tradition and fashion. Instead, we aim to breed a new minimalistic culture of refined and progressive designs that define luxury in what we do. The new definition of luxury is staying true to the idea of luxury while staying pure and aspirational. Can we say that your workspace is a reflection of your design philosophy? An atelier pretty much sums up the journey of any artist more so a designer. This is that place of your arena where

everything gets balanced out. You are working with artisans…you have the creative freedom to do and express yourself while being in harmony with each other. Your workspace is what defines you, your brand aesthetics, or how you position yourself. And how we have designed our space pretty much sums up our take on what contemporary India is all about. It has a strong rustic essence. The design studio represents a philosophy that resonates or stems from the brand that Shantanu & Nikhil stands for…it stands for egalitarianism, for a modern independent India, for something unique and for strong independent men and women of this country. It has that young, vibrant, energetic feel. It is a flow of energy. As a brand we are representing a mentality of putting India as a very young, vibrant and urban India and that is how our atelier pretty much speaks our language for us. What according to you are the guiding principles for success? Your work environment, the kind of people you hire, the kind of people who represent your mentality as a brand will all get defined with the work culture and the space you have. The brand has pretty

You only become successful when you learn from your mistakes. Success is seamless. It is dot, dot, dot going into infinity much defined who works for us, how we work for them their welfare and how we nurture talent. Our team has instilled that belief that this is the way to go forward. How you work that brand out through the space that you are in, who you are surrounded by—all this sums up your journey ahead. Words of wisdom for upcoming designers. You only become successful when you learn from your mistakes. Success is seamless. It is dot, dot, dot going into infinity. Success should be enjoyed. You can enjoy your achievements the moment you have clarity of thought. As a human mind you will always have some clutter. But you have to get rid of your clutter and think deep into what is clarity to you as an artist. The day you start getting that

clarity and you believe in that and you keep on reinventing within that clarity zone that is when you find your success. Even if it not monetarily, as an artist you find it more satisfying than not. Throw some light on Spring Summer’18 Tribe the India Story. The Shantanu and Nikhil SS’18 collection, ‘Tribe- The India Story’, is an echo of the emerging new voice of the millennials who believe in the #IndiaOnTheMove ideology, an ideology that breeds on the grounds of egalitarianism. Young individuals are continuously crossing and defying borders, physical, social and psychological, becoming #CitizensOfTheRoad. There is a tribe out there for everyone and this tribe, being a cultural cauldron, is a move towards breaking boundaries, reinforcing our belief to go beyond just the façade. It is the dawn of a new era, an era that will act as a catalyst for new changes that will weave the whole country together. It is time to revisit those attributes that make our modern Indian civilian forces inimitable and rare.

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CRAFTED TO PERFECTION A resident of DLF5 through her venture My Kido brings value addition to kids furniture with plans to expand going forward


storage spaces, study tables, chairs, and more, letting you choose from ample of options for toddlers, middle-aged kids and adolescents.

My Kido proudly creates high quality furniture and accessories with the assurance that there are no sharp corners that can hurt the kids. They customise products according to your house and personal requirements using materials and colours according to the requirements. They also conceptualise, design and revamp kids spaces like bedrooms, common play areas, classrooms, daycare, etc by providing unique bed designs,

Presently, the store is located at DT Mega Mall, Gurugram, and caters to clients all over India. My Kido plans to expand their business with customised and coordinated theme-based furniture and accessories that can cater to adults. The proprietor Jasleen personally creates, designs and conceptualises furniture, fittings and kids spaces after several consultations with the clients keeping their preferences and ideas in mind. She enjoys her work and loves to bring smiles on her clients faces, grown-ups and kids alike with her superior quality products and innovative styles. My Kido aims to bring value addition to kids furniture and create inspiring spaces for our beloved children. For more information visit:

nspired by her children, Jasleen Gandhi started My Kido, after she could not find the precise furniture in the market which suited her needs. She decided to create furniture which was elegant yet fun and met the quality standards while being price friendly. My Kido was created to bring baby furniture and accessories under one roof so that young parents would not have to go around looking all over but find everything at one stop.


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Replete with all the trappings of luxury living, The Skycourt, latest addition to DLF Gardencity became the hub of some musical evenings


n ideal residential community is not just about handsome edifices of brick and mortar. It also includes residents celebrating all the festivals and occasions as if they were just one big family. Living by this thought, The Skycourt recently hosted enthralling musical evenings at DLF New Town Heights, Sector-86, 90 and 91 for the residents. The theme of these engaging musicals was peppy Bollywood songs, which made the residents swoon to the tunes. These evenings were the perfect way for the residents to wind-up to the week. The pleasant weather complemented aptly to the evenings which were full of foottapping music, a variety of scrumptious food, fun, frolic and laughter. Situated in the heart of DLF Gardencity, The Skycourt, its latest addition is an oasis of luxury. The highlight of this iconic high - rise complex is the uber size decks that can be transformed to suit anyone's needs, be it an open-air lounge, for sky dining, a personal gym, a terrace garden, a party den, an open-air dance court, a musical corner and the like.

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GLAM UP THE SUMMER With temperatures already at alarming levels and all set to scorch further, here is how to keep the heat at bay and stay dewy fresh BY SAKSHI MALIK


ell ladies, summer is upon us. The sun has not yet started roasting us in all its glory, but we know it is going to be a scorcher. My mantra in summer is all about keeping it natural. With soaring temperatures, knowing how to dress your face is of absolute importance to avoid becoming a sticky hot mess. The all - natural look helps us


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achieve that. Since we stay in a hot place like Gurugram, it is essential to do our make-up keeping the weather conditions in mind. Always remember, your make-up will look amazing on skin that has been prepped well prior to application of makeup. Here is a quick routine for you folks:

Tone your face with some rose water chilled to perfection in the refrigerator to close any pesky pores

Apply a good moisturiser. You can use a water-based moisturiser to help with absorption to avoid greasiness

The most important step is to apply a good sunscreen with an SPF of

Cleanse your face with a gentle face wash to wake your skin up

Always remember, your make-up will look amazing on skin that has been prepped well prior to application of make-up

50 or above and it is essential that it also has UVA and UVB protection. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to leaving your house to ensure complete absorption and maximum protection. •

After you are done with the quick routine above, you can go ahead and apply your favourite BB or CC cream and do not forget to apply powder to keep all of that fixed in place.

For my beauties who prefer a full glam look, just switch out the BB/CC creams with a liquid foundation and concealer to magnify the look. If you have oily skin, you can look into using a pore filling primer, which is also great for folks who sweat a lot. Remember to use a mattifying setting spray to seal your make-up in place. For a quick touch-up, carry a powder foundation like Mac Studio Fix Foundation or a small fluffy brush with a translucent setting powder to set your face and keep everything in place. For me the ideal look during the day is highlighted cheekbones with rosy cheeks and the lips slightly muted. The brows have to be well defined. And if you are to step out in the evening, just dab on some extra colour on your lips, if required.

You can carry a small spray bottle with your rose water to keep on refreshing your face. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can add a pop of your favourite highlighter on the lids, upper points of your face and add a pop of blush. Add coats of mascara and skip the falsies for this look. Do not forget to add a bright lipstick or a nude peachy shade to complement the look! Viola, you are set to go out and conquer the world! Some handy tips: •

Always wash off your make-up at the end of the day. It is essential to maintain a healthy skin routine in summer to avoid breakouts.

Keep your eyes protected with sunglasses and also cover your hair and face when you are going to have prolonged sun exposure.

Exfoliate your lips and apply plenty of lip balm to avoid chapped and dehydrated lips.

Keep yourself hydrated and do not forget to get your beauty sleep!

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Digitisation is the new norm and has transformed our lives in ways more than one. The Real Estate sector too has witnessed a revolution spurred on by technology BY RAHUL KAUSHIK


eroes and Ones have impacted the lives of everyone on this planet. There are billions of people in this world who do not leave their homes without their smartphones. We shop online, we connect online, and we live online. Digitisation, which began with the World Wide Web in the 1990s, has changed the way we live. From the way we govern,


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work, educate, shop, and bank, digital technology has enabled the conversion from traditional forms of receiving and processing information to new forms. This has happened to an extent where there is in true terms, a digitisation process of economic transactions and human interactions. Today, nearly 2.3 billion people worldwide are social media users. Social

media platforms have opened doors for communication and connectivity with peers like never before. Technologies like cryptocurrency and virtual reality have grabbed attention of digital enthusiasts in recent years. Ensuring digitisation at a grand scale has brought forth a new dimension in the local economy which is witnessing new jobs, innovations, and many startups.

Property firms, apart from listing out available properties, use digital tools to offer 3D floor plans and property videos to potential customers Digitisation is also about transforming the way people have access to public services and information. As we continue to adapt further, digital economy continues to revolutionise everything around us. By dabbling into digital services, businesses have transformed themselves to actively engage with customers through social media. Impact on Real Estate It might seem odd linking digitisation and real estate. After all, real estate is more analogue than anything with its bricks, stones, and steel. So, for many it might seem challenging to go from bricks and mortar to clicks. However, it is not that far-fetched. The real estate sector was among the first ones to embrace the digital and benefit from it. The property news supplements of the newspapers have given way to online ventures where people can simply search for property within a desired location or budget. The real estate sector has seen a fundamental transformation as a result of the digital evolution with 53 percent of all real estate purchase decisions being influenced by digital. The modern-day customers can make use of digital technology to research their needs and the offers available to them. From here one can access information at hand including the site plans, the location, and the progress that can be expected for the area in the near future, the projected look and more. Was this even conceivable five years ago? But

today and in the future, virtual media will improve customer experience while also ensuring that the processes are streamlined and delivered. The buyer is now at an advantage to negotiate a deal. The number of property finding sites has grown multifold in recent years. Property firms, apart from listing out available options, use digital tools to offer 3D floor plans and property videos to potential customers. Virtual walkthroughs of property developments help customers visit the property from the comfort of their living rooms. Getting a virtual sense of what the property feels like is one of the few ways digital technology is creating an edge. Digital technological advancements have also entered the ways homes are being built. We now see smart homes that allow us to connect our air conditioning, music, lighting with the smartphones in our pockets. This new set of home-buyers is

happy to get updates about their property through digital mode. Real estate now knows the value and trust that social media can build in existing and new customers. Harnessing digital media also cuts through unnecessary paperwork and streamlines processes. Digital has only begun to revolutionise this sector – there is still a huge ground to play at and the real estate industry will constantly adapt to these advancements that evolve with the demands of the consumers. The benefits that can be predicted from digitisation are huge, and so is the sheer potential of the digital revolution to affect the quality of living, interacting, and the experiences of people with their surroundings will never be the same again. Despite all the digital transformations we see around ourselves, it is safe to say that we have barely scratched the surface of myriad possibilities that the digital universe has to offer.

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ECOLOGICAL COGNIZANCE Wellington Estate's Eco-Club in an endeavour to create collective consciousness among the residents of the condominium organised an eco-event that conveyed ways of protecting the enivornment BY NEELAM AHLUWALIA


ith this year settling, a few of us like minded folks decided to work on creating a collective ecoconsciousness in our larger residential community. We reached out to other residents in Wellington Estate by sending out this WhatsApp message: “Our city’s environment is getting degraded with


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every passing year- burning waste in different nook and corners, construction dust, smog-filled sky, reducing green cover is for all to see. The toxic air that we and our children breathe is equivalent to smoking 30 cigarettes a day! Let us come together to see what we as a responsible community of aware and educated people can do to heal our

environment and secure a better future for our children.” The response was overwhelming. Within two days, we had more than 60 residents expressing their interest in creating a common platform to discuss environment related matters. This led to the birth of the Wellington Eco-Club. We held

our first eco-event in February, which focused on creating awareness on how our everyday actions like giving away a plastic bag full of mixed waste to the housekeeping boy in our condominium impacts the environment negatively. The main idea of conducting this eco-event was to get people to understand that our waste is our responsibility. Our condominium residents were inspired by the motivating talks given by Monika Khanna Gulati, a resident of Nirvana Country, and a pioneer of the waste management efforts of the community who also assists the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram in their waste management initiatives as a volunteer and Keshav Jaini from Garden Estate, who has spearheaded waste segregation at the household level and got community level composting systems implemented in their residential communities of 1000 homes and 373 families respectively. Both the waste champions drove home the point that if all of us start understanding that we are responsible for the garbage mess and the deteriorating air quality that we experience in our city and start by taking simple steps of not mixing our waste in our own homes; we can responsibly manage more than 80 percent of the waste we produce

The main idea of conducting the eco-event at Wellington Estate was to get people to understand that our waste is our responsibility every day. The logic is simple. 60% of the waste produced in our homes is food waste which makes compost for the soil. 30% is paper, plastic, metal, glass and electronic waste that can be recycled. Only 10% of the reject waste in the form of diapers, sanitary pads and household sweepings cannot be composted or recycled and must be sent to the landfill. Wellington Eco-Club members had brought their home composters to

show people how easy and simple it is to compost kitchen waste at home in our balconies without any issues of odour. A few residents were so inspired that within a few days of this event, they bought themselves their own home composters! The Eco-Club members got together 70 plus children and adults who attended the event to play a few games like ‘Bin the Right Bin’, Relay Race, etc, to learn about segregating our home waste in a fun way. It was really heart-warming to see so much enthusiasm and active participation in our community’s first eco-event. We need to individually and collectively start giving back to the Earth by saving water, taking charge of our waste, planting more trees, carrying our own cloth bags for shopping, refusing plastic and polypropylene bags and buying things wrapped in styrofoam and plastic. Wellington Estate’s Eco-Club hopes to grow in numbers and expand its reach to partner with environmentally conscious residents in communities across DLF5 and beyond to build collective ecoconsciousness in our city.

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Geet Rao, a resident of DLF5 and a clinical diet nutritionist shares her insight on the essential nutrients required to keep your pet healthy, happy and active


aving a pet(s) is a way of life today. And why not? After all, pets give us unconditional love. There is really no love like the love of a pet. An animal, that is not even the same species as you, chooses to play with you when you are bored, cuddle you when you are sad, and sometimes even give their own life to protect you. They do not have to and they still do it. They know that you


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are special to them. Sometimes you are their whole world.

enable pet parents translate their love into great, healthy food for their tail-wagger!

In many cultures, including our very own, love somehow translates into food! And so is the case for our pets. This is exactly how I dived into the subject of food for pets, simply out of love for my four-legged boys and enrolled myself for the course, Clinical Pet Nutrition from USA. Now, I am all gung-ho to share my learnings to

A balanced diet is critically important to your dog’s cell maintenance and growth and overall health. Barring any special needs, illness-related deficiencies, or instructions from your vet, your pet should be able to get all the nutrients he or she needs from highquality commercial pet foods, which are specially formulated with these standards

It is important to note that your dog’s nutritional requirements depend on its size, its breed, and its stage in life, among other factors had carbohydrates. That really leaves room for thought considering a major component of the diet of most of the dogs today is bread or roti! But that is not all so bad. Genetic analysis shows that dogs have overtime developed the ability to produce more amylase than wolves. Amylase is the enzyme that is used in the digestion of starch. So, we can provide roti or bread as a component in a dog’s diet, but not as a major component of dog food. Canidae also consume fat stored in the body and organs of their prey. In a nutshell, a dog’s ideal diet would be more meat, lesser fat (ghee/oil), even lesser carbohydrate and a variety of partially cooked vegetables.

in mind. But dogs of different ages have different nutritional requirements. So, how much—or how little—should you be feeding your four-legged friend? First things first! Before we feed our pooches, we need to know where they come from. Well, dogs belong to Canidae family, which also consists of foxes, jackal, wolves and coyotes. The Canidae hunt or scavenge for their food and are mainly carnivores. They obtain their vegetables and plant matters from the gut of their prey - a point worth digging up. The ancestral diet of dogs consisted of mainly meats and some vegetables.

Something important to appreciate is that meats were raw while vegetables were partially digested, as they came from the gut of their prey! Consequently, dogs should be fed with cooked/ partially cooked vegetables and not raw vegetables. Talking about meats, even though dogs thrive when fed raw meats such as lamb, chicken or any other, I still recommend steaming the meats before serving them to your pooch, considering the storage and hygiene conditions of the meats sourced may not be the best. Another aspect worth learning from the ancestral diet of dogs is that dogs barely

It is important to note that your dog’s nutritional requirements depend on its size, its breed, and its stage in life, among other factors. A better understanding of how dogs use the various nutrients in food and how much of them they need can help you choose a healthier diet for your pet. Not to forget, an essential part of your dog's diet is water. Your dog should always have access to fresh water, from a clean bowl. Some people limit a dog’s water supply or take it away altogether in the evenings, to avoid late-night bathroom needs. This may be a helpful house-training tool, but it is not fair or healthy for your dog in the long-term. Hope you have fun feeding your Fido. Ciao until next time!

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PATHWAY TO PARADISE Your wheels on the highest passes, and with adventure as your companion, the experience is sure to be unprecedented and undeniably a test of your driving skills. BY KANIKA SANDAL


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t’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realise what’s changed is you.’ – F. Scott Fitzgerald. The mighty Himalayas, one of the toughest and unforgiving, yet among the most beautiful terrains in the world and taking a trip through these mountain ridges are the perfect ground for adventure lovers and travellers. They invite us to experience the beauty of ice-caped mountains and the picturesque landscapes. Here

is our pick of the highest motorable passes in India to try this summer. Khardung La, Jammu and Kashmir: Described as the ‘dream destination’ by adrenaline junkies, at an altitude of 17,582 feet (5,359 metres), Khardung La should definitely be on your list of roads to ride on, for its absolute beauty and mind-blowing panoramic views it offers. Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, this pass is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys. The

Khardung La, Jammu and Kashmir

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expedition for Khardung La mainly starts from Manali in Himachal Pradesh and is considered one of the trickiest routes in the world. Miles of barren landscapes, small settlements, meandering rivers, and fatigued muscles and engines will be your only partner on this journey. Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh: Experience a slice of heaven on earth as you drive through Sela Pass, which is 14,000 feet above the sea level. Snow clad mountains and shimmering pine trees covered in sprinkle flakes will give you a goal to keep travelling amidst the best destinations of Mother Nature. It is surrounded by several lakes (around 102 lakes) which have religious importance for the Buddhists. The road's winding design, providing stunning panoramic views, is very curvy and fun for a leisurely ride, so it pays to take it slow. It connects the Buddhist city of Tawang Town to Tezpur and Guwahati and is the main road connecting Tawang with the rest of India. Mana Pass, Uttarakhand: Located at the border of India and Tibet, Mana Pass is part of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and one of the famous mountain passes in India located in the Himalayas. At a daunting altitude of 18,406 feet (5610 metres), Mana Pass or Dungri La is the

Sela Pass, Arunachal Pradesh

second highest motorable road in the world. You can reach here by an extension of NH58, Delhi to Badrinath. The road ahead of Badrinath is, however prone to landslides. Constructed in the 2005-2010 period for the Indian military, civilians need special permits from the Army and District Magistrate’s office to drive through this road.

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Kunzum Pass, Himachal Pradesh: Not as tough and mighty as the Ladakh passes, but Kunzum Pass in the high altitudes of Himachal Pradesh gives every biker a memorable voyage of their lives. You can enjoy views of the magnificent Bara-Sigri Glacier, the second largest glacier in the world along with the

Mana Pass, Uttarakhand

BRO has completed the construction of the world’s highest motorable road passing through Umlingla Top in the Ladakh region majestic Chandra Bhaga ranges covered with snow clad peaks and the Spiti valley that has a desert like terrain. There are no tourist facilities available here; however, visitors can experience the rustic charm of Losar, the nearest village which is only 16 kms from Kunzum Pass, to seek accommodation or eatery facilities.

Dongkha La, Sikkim

Umling La Pass, Jammu and Kashmir

Dongkha La, Sikkim: Donkia La or Dongkha La is situated in northern Sikkim at an altitude of 18,000 feet (5,500 metres). It connects Sikkim in India to Tibet. Atop the mountain pass, one can capture the picturesque Tibetan plateau and further one can trek up to the Tso Lhamo Lake and Gurudongmar Lake. Although the road is impassable in winters, it is a great trail for experienced wheelers. The pass is 5km away from the Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the highest lakes in the world. Due to its closeness with the Tibetan border, the permits are hard to get, much like Mana Pass. Umling La Pass, Jammu and Kashmir: BRO (Border Roads Organisation) has successfully completed the construction of the world’s highest motorable road passing through Umlingla Top in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. At a height of over 19,300 feet, the 86-kmlong strategic road through Umling La Top connects Chisumle and Demchok villages. Umling La pass is located quite near the Line of Actual Control between India and China. Hence, one needs to get inner line permit to visit this region including Hanle.

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Hybrid vehicles offer the best of both the worlds. They are driven by powerful engines, have outstanding safety features and do not put undue stress on the enviornment BY VIVEK MUKHERJI


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ith the ever-rising fuel prices in India, and growing concerns about the increasing vehicular pollution, the need for more fuel efficient and less polluting vehicles is felt constantly. India, being the second fastest car market in the world with more than a million cars coming on the road every year, the pressures on the environment are only going to increase in the future. This makes India an ideal place for owning a hybrid or electric car. But the biggest impediment in the growth of electric cars is their limited range on a single charge and the lack of charging infrastructure. In such a scenario, hybrid cars offer

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the alternative. However, imported components that go into the making of hybrid cars end up making them quite an expensive buy. Despite the constraints, some top-of-theline hybrid cars are available in India. They offer a great combination of fuel efficiency, performance and luxury besides making car ownership a lot more socially responsible. The new Honda Accord comes with advanced hybrid technology. The twin-motor system generates a massive 221 bhp that delivers unmatched performance. The new Honda Accord, like its previous avatar, is loaded to the brim with some of the best-inclass luxury and safety features. At

`47.17 lakh, it is one of the best options available in the market. But the undisputed king of the hybrid class is the Toyota Camry. It is one of highest-selling hybrid cars in the world. With its proven technology and topnotch build quality, it should be the first option for any buyer looking for the hybrid option. The aspect of the Camry is that it is available in multiple variants starting at the price of `33 lakh, with the top variant costing `42 lakh. The Camry has bagged several global awards in the past few years, proving it has top dog status in the premium sedan segment. The premium segment is dominated by the likes of BMW i8 and Volvo XC90. BMW has a rich history of developing

hybrid technology. The i8 is a testament to BMW’s engineering brilliance. The i8 is powered by petrol on the rear axle, while powerful electric motor controls the front wheels. With a range of close to 550 km on a single charge, it can cover long distances without any problems. When one is not driving the i8 on the road, it can be put through the paces on the tracks. In India, the i8 comes as Completely Built Units (CBU) and costs `2.5 crore. In contrast, the new XC90 is probably the best hybrid SUV that is available in the market. The XC90 is one of the safest cars loaded with Volvo’s famed safety features. The new hybrid engine that produces loads of power and a host of terrain specific features make it one of the most desirable SUVs in the segment. The range starts at `84.66 lakh, going up to `1.50 crore. It is not that manufacturers are focusing on developing hybrid technology only for top end cars. Some of the regular sedans, like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and

Volvo XC90

The biggest impediment in the growth of electric cars is their limited range on a single charge and the lack of charging infrastructure

Honda Accord

Ertiga, and SUVs such as Mahindra’s XUV500, the TUV and Scorpio have been equipped with limited hybrid technology. Maruti refers to its hybrid technology as Smart Hybrid Vehicles, while Mahindra calls it Micro Hybrid. All these cars are equipped with smart start-stop feature that saves a lot of fuel besides making them more environment friendly. The Ciaz is one of the popular sedans, while Mahindra’s models have remained segment leaders for a long time. The Ertiga is a popular people mover that is great for city use. Backed by extensive service and dealer network across India, the ownership of these cars is not a headache. If the government amends its policy and reduces excise duty and other taxes on hybrid technology, then a larger number of people will embrace these cars because they will start costing significantly lesser. It will also encourage manufacturers to develop hybrid technologies even further that can be incorporated in smaller cars. When that happens, only then the real benefits of advanced hybrid technology will have the desired effect.

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In terms of status, Italian and Indian women stand on the similar platform. It is imperative to start changing our mindsets today for empowered women of tomorrow BY CHIARA LO FARO


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t may not be news to you that Indians and Italians have a lot in common. In seven years of my stay in India, I have never ceased to notice how similar these countries are in the sphere of culture, family and traditions. I was invited to give a talk about the condition of women in Italy and India on the occasion of International Women’s Day this year as somebody who has had the opportunity to experience both the worlds. While we are similar on many wonderful things – the warmth of people, the beauty and diversity of our landscapes and regions, just to name a few – we are, unfortunately, also at similar stages with respect to women independence. Throughout my childhood, I grew up with a dichotomy: On one side, commercials on TV were portraying the “perfect Italian family” with stay at home mothers whose only goal in life was to cook tasty meals for the entire family, or whose main problem was how to remove stains from white shirts. On the other side, there was reality where women were not only doing all this, but were also in a job, with no house help and with little support from their husbands. As per a study, Italian men devote only 30 minutes a day to family chores and many of them limit themselves to just lifting their plates from the table after meals. Apart from the concept of women as home and family caretakers, you may be surprised to know that until not long ago, giving dowry on the occasion of marriages was the norm in Italy; rather, it was an actual deal, solemnised in front of a notary. Despite it being declared illegal, there are still cultural legacies of it. While there is no exchange of money or properties anymore, in some parts of Italy, it is considered duty of the bride to bring what is called “corredo”, consisting of multiple sets of handmade bedsheets and towels, made of precious cloth. Girls are either taught to stitch them since childhood in view of their future marriage

or, in today’s world, families spend high amounts of money buying them from dedicated boutiques. Until 1975, Italian husbands were, as per the law, the only ones responsible for the education of their children. Shockingly, they also had the power to rule over their wives, giving orders and punishing them, if they deemed appropriate. Things changed thereafter, when a radical reform of family law took place. Since then, Italian women have been pushing for their independence, while battling against a part of the population who was (and still is) attached to hard-to-die habits. In Italy, men would not accept the end of their relationship stating– “women are property of men, how dare they leave us?” To describe this phenomenon, a term has become familiar in everyday vocabulary called femicide, that is, "killing a woman because of her gender." In some places of India, and in many parts of the world, girls are denied basic needs and forcefully kept at home. Yes, education is imperative, yet, it is not the only way to

empowerment. In Italy, there are more women achieving higher studies than men. If education was the only determining factor, we would conclude that Italy would be the best place to be for a woman. What we really need is a change in our minds, we need to get rid of the prejudices that we hold subconsciously. Even the most successful woman CEO may be a victim of a patriarchal upbringing. We need to change the way we look and, too often, judge other women, because they have dressed in a different way; because they have chosen an unconventional path; because they do not want to conform to societal standards; because they make different choices. At home, we need to stop favouring one gender. We need to pass on the same set of values, responsibilities and opportunities to both our male and female children. It is easy to throw the burden of women empowerment to external factors without looking within ourselves. Education for girls is a basic need and there is no excuse for denying it. But let us not forget that education first starts in our homes.

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Bursting with flavour and a breeze to rustle up, these recipes by DLF5 chefs are guaranteed to be a delightful part of every menu


ummers are made for salads — big, green, leafy salads filled with all the great produce the season has to offer. We are looking at you, watermelon and avocados. And yes, obviously you too, corn and zucchini. Need we even mention tomatoes? Oh, the glorious dishes we can be making with summer tomatoes! Since we are never partial to just picking one of something, salads are the perfect way to gather all our favourite vegetables and fruits in one perfect bowl. With the


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bounty of summer's gorgeous produce available from your garden or farmers' market, now is the time to make salads — every day. On top of the important fact that, they require no cooking — or in the case of salads with grilled ingredients, the kind of cooking you can do outside — summertime salads have a few other things going for them. They are healthy, thanks to all that in-season produce. They can be much more filling than you had expect. Chefs at DLF5 help give your summer salads a fresh, colourful spin with these

quick and easy recipes. A few steps and a handful of creative ingredients will wow party guests or add a burst of flavour to any weekday lunch. Beyond the standard bowl of lettuce and salad dressing, put together unique pairings ideal for a sweet side or a savoury meal. Salads never got better! Pave of Watermelon Salad This one is a recipe which is very unusual, yet quick and easy. The combination of watermelon with feta cheese and balsamic dressing tastes really good.

Ingredients • 1 medium size red watermelon • 2 tbsp. black olives • 15 to 20 mint leaves • 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste • 80 grams feta cheese • 10 pine nuts • Rocket /green lettuce • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar for dressing/reduction • 1 tbsp olive oil Method Clean and peel the watermelon. Cut in the slices or cubes. Marinate with sundried tomatoes and olive oil. Keep aside for 5 minutes. Mix with crumbled feta cheese and put lettuce on the top of the water melon. Garnish with olives and mint leaves on a plate. Pour the prepared balsamic dressing over it, sprinkle the pine nuts and serve immediately. Grilled Ratatouille Salad Whip up this lightly charred salad of fresh red bell pepper, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant on the grill in no time. Ingredients • 1 small eggplant • Kosher salt • 3 medium tomatoes • 1 medium zucchini • 1 medium red bell pepper • 1 small red onion • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Freshly ground pepper • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced Method Slice the eggplant into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Soak in a bowl of lightly salted water for 15 to 20 minutes; drain and squeeze out the excess moisture. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and zucchini into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Stem and seed the bell pepper; slice

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the pepper and onion into 1/2-inchthick rings.

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Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Brush the vegetables with the olive oil on both sides and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Grill the vegetables (in batches if necessary), turning, until soft and marked about six minutes for the tomatoes, seven to eight minutes for the bell pepper, onion and zucchini, and about 10 minutes for the eggplant. Let it cool. Drizzle the vegetables with the vinegar. Divide the zucchini and eggplant among plates and arrange in a circle, overlapping slightly. Top with the bell pepper, tomato and onion. Sprinkle with the basil. Confetti Corn Showcase summer's best corn with this off-the-cob recipe. Cook the kernels with onion and bell pepper and then toss with a mix of fresh green herbs. Ingredients • 2 tablespoons good olive oil • 1/2 cup chopped red onion • 1 small orange bell pepper, 1/2inch, diced

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Showcase summer's best corn with an off-the-cob recipe. Cook the kernels with onion and bell pepper and toss them with mix herbs

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2 tablespoons unsalted butter Kernels cut from 5 yellow or white corn (4 cups) 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil, minced fresh chives, and/or minced fresh parsley leaves

Method Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onion and sauté for five minutes, until the onion is soft. Stir in the bell pepper and sauté for two more minutes. Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Over medium heat, add the corn, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for five to seven minutes, until the corn just loses its starchiness. Season to taste, gently stir in the basil or other green herbs, and serve hot. An excellent solution to the problem of summer cooking is provided by the bounty of fresh produce available in the warmer months of the year, which means there is no better time than summer for salads.


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Avocado Sorbet


e all know the benefits of salads and healthy eating, but sometimes we may want to give our bodies that dose of guilt trip, with some scrumptious indulgences. If you do not want to compromise on the health quotient and still relish a dish that revives your taste buds, try the refreshing and unbelievably creamy avocado sorbet. Avocado is one of the quickest and most versatile ingredients that home cooks can use to accentuate a meal. But while this richly-textured, feel-good food may seem like a creamy decadence, dieters can take heart. Avocado actually offers hearthealthy fats and other nutrients that do the body good. Hence, it is for sure going

to be your new favorite summer treat that is healthy and tasty both. Ingredients • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup light corn syrup • 2 cups water • 1 tsp grated lime peel • 3 California avocados, seeded, peeled and mashed • 2 tbsp lemon juice • 1 tbsp lime juice • fresh raspberries and crisp cookies, optional Directions • Bring sugar, corn syrup and water to boil in large saucepan

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Remove from heat; stir in lime peel Cool it for 50 to 60 minutes Blend avocados, lemon and lime juice in a blender or food processor until smooth Add cooled sugar mixture; blend until thoroughly combined Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan or two smaller pans Freeze for an hour Remove the sorbet from freezer, beat for two to three minutes until light and creamy Pour it back into the pan; cover it with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, for about four hours Serve the sorbet with fresh raspberries and crisp cookies

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AMIDST MYSTIC SETTINGS A sneak peek into the cultural mileu of a village, where a festival named 'Theyyam' rules the hearts and minds of people and takes them on a spiritual high BY GIULIA LARIGALDIE


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e are headed towards a village close to Nileshwar in North Kerala, where a little boy drowned, many years ago. As he lay hanging between life and death, his mother made a promise to God that if her son survived, she would make a donation amounting to the cumulated weight of herself and her son to the village temple. Ever since then, the family organises a Theyyam for the whole village, after every five years. A ritual is held where a mother and her baby child are weighed on a big scale, wherein coconuts are counterweighed for the purpose of donation. It was four o’clock in the morning, as we waited for the ceremony to start. A man was being dressed. He was surrounded with chaos and frenzied activity, but he remained calm. He seemed to be retreating to the confines of his consciousness, as, hopefully, the goddess spirit was slowly descending on him. The lights from the ceremonial area dimmed, as the drummer’s beat rose in the still night. The musicians seemed to play with our emotions, pushing the rhythm of our hearts to a frenzy, then letting it go casually. The fire was everywhere, dramatically symbolic and spectacular in the darkness of the night. The performer was gone; his body and soul was now possessed by the goddess, she was there within us; sometimes luminous and gracious, sometimes ominous and temperamental. The ritual saw a sacrifice of two cocks. The last important ritual before the goddess departed, involves the blessing of devotees with the kuri (the curcuma powder) and rice. With the night waning away, the atmosphere in the village was different, less mysterious and more festive. The word Theyyam means God, and Theyyakam means the dance of Gods. It is a thousand-year-old religious ceremony

Theyyam is a thousand-year-old religious ceremony performed with rituals, traditions and codes. They are unique to the Malabar region

performed with rituals, traditions and codes. There are more than four hundred Theyyams and are usually held between December and April. Unique and specific to the Malabar region, they normally last for two or three days wherein there are about seven different Theyyam performances. The Theyyam artists belong to a tribal community. They seek employment and work for about nine months, while they spend rest of the three months performing in different villages of the region. During this time, these artists who are usually from lower castes get a divine status. The Theyyam usually takes place in front of

the village shrine or in front of specific homes and the whole village seems to be bustling with activity at this time of the year. A Theyyam typically includes traditional music with specific instruments and rhythms; songs commemorating cults, myths and legends of sacred Hindus books or the incarnated divinity, history of the region or even the village; specific makeup, costumes and headset made of palm leaves, bamboo and textiles. If you think you have seen one Theyyam and you have seen them all, then you are wrong. Each one is different in its tone, tenor and spirit.

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The cinematic experience is in the process of a sea change as technology steps up to provide platforms that are no less than a revolution BY KANIKA SANDAL



rive fast, grab your popcorns, take your seat, or else you will miss the movie’. But will you really? We love the television, we love the movies, we all love entertainment. What the millennials currently do not enjoy is the linear watching experience. Thanks to online streaming platforms, we do not have to be old-school. It is no news to the ears how the advent of Netflix in


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India has changed the television viewing experience but what is more interesting is that it has provided its viewers with such massive amounts of original content that we are no longer dependent on conventional television and cinema watching patterns. Heads turned when the streaming entertainment platform said it would devote $7 billion to $8 billion to content

development in 2018, but it might still be a bigger surprise to hear that Netflix is going to release 80 original movies in 2018. Netflix's bold foray into movie-making and directly-to-couch distribution, if anything, is an explicit challenge to the traditional Hollywood model. Jumping to the sail in the same boat are Amazon and Hulu, totally recreating the movie watching experience for their customers.

Amazon Studios too is considering the option of joining the world's most prolific film industry, Bollywood drawn by the success of its video service When Manchester By The Sea received six Academy Award nominations, and Casey Affleck won the Best Actor award, Roy Price (former president, Amazon Studio) in the audience would have been all smiles about Amazon’s entry into the movie world. Currently, with nearly 30 movies under its belt, co-distributed with prominent production companies like Magnolia Pictures, Lionsgate, IFC Films, and Roadside Attractions, Amazon can compete with Netflix and Hulu when it comes to original content—and it has more than a dozen films in the works. Not to forget, Netflix is now offering a plethora of Indian content across all genres and themes. It snapped up its first Indian original movie in Love Per Square Foot, from Ronnie Screwvala's independent production house, RSVP. This makes Love Per Square Foot the first mainstream Indian movie to directly premiere on Netflix.

Unlike Disney India and Balaji Telefilms that have shelved plans for Hindi film studios, Amazon Studios too is considering the option of joining the world's most prolific film industry, drawn by the success of its video service. The plans are not set in stone, but industry sources say Amazon has hired consultants with expertise in content, film distribution, and exhibition to create a blueprint for the proposed film studio. No longer are we enslaved by the restrictions forced upon us by cable companies and movie theatres. No longer are we helpless before their unreasonably high price tags and lack of independence. We can watch whatever we want, whenever we want. Want to binge watch an entire series that aired six years ago and never crossed your attention? Well, there you have it. Want a suitable movie that suits your taste and mood? You got it

STREAM THESE Movie: Beasts of No Nation Platform: Netflix Netflix’s first original feature film remains its strongest title even to this day. Beasts of No Nation is the impressive yet heart-rending tale of a young West African boy whose life is torn apart by war and forced to join a rebel faction to survive. Movie: The Fundamentals of Caring Platform: Netflix The Fundamentals of Caring is the story of a cynical boy with muscular dystrophy who drives away all his caretakers, until one day he meets his match. This heartwarming buddy comedy film is an exploration of what it means to care and the importance of genuine friendship. Movie: Manchester by the Sea Platform: Amazon Manchester by the Sea revolves around Lee, dealing with his brother’s death. Lee has to take in his nephew, Patrick and grapple with his past failings. Despite the gloomy setting and even gloomier subject matter, Manchester has a wicked funny bone. Movie: The Big Sick Platform: Amazon The real-life relationship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon provides the basis for this charming romantic comedy. The movie deals with the dynamic of the couple’s interracial relationship and how it affects their families.The movie is an honest, hilarious reminder that our differences are the best things about us.

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ECLECTIC ALLUREMENT DLF Club5 proves to be an ideal haven for connoisseurs of fine taste given its charm and grandeur in terms of living, dining and entertainment


xperience the finest living, dining and entertainment options, all just moments away. At DLF Club5, you will discover tastefully designed spacious rooms with the best of amenities. Banqueting at Club5 is considered with the objective of providing seamless and clutterless service through major attention to minor details with simplicity and inconspicuous elegance. We invite you to let the charm and grandeur of Club5 add to the splendour of your celebrations. The Grand Ball Room along with other five options are spectacular venues for Weddings, Pre-Wedding/ Post-Wedding Events, Personal events, Launch events, Art shows, Award Ceremonies, Conferences, Town Halls, or other events. Our wellsynchronised services along with the lavish spread of gourmet cuisine from all over the world are tools that perk up your celebrations and add a success factor to each event. All aspects of delivering the ‘WOW’ factor can be entrusted to our team of sensitive, intuitive staff, who are experienced at carefully managing large events at world class standards. For reservations: DLF Club5 Opp. Trinity Towers, DLF5 Gurugram Ph: +91 124 4949101 Web:


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The Crest bagged 'India's Most Stylish Property' award, conferred by HT Media Ltd. as a recognition of the developing premium properties


he recently unveiled project of DLF5, 'The Crest' has been conferred 'India's Most Stylish Property' award. The Crest, which is a premium and luxurious residential 3 and 4 bedroom residences, is also a shining example of the perfect mix of classic and contemporary architecture offering the residents a premium lifestyle experience. The award was conferred by HT Media Ltd. Visionary design of The Crest brings together timeless elements to create a single, balanced architectural statement. As far as the breathtaking landscape

goes, complementing classic design with modern innovations was the brainchild of the US-based landscape architect, Geyer Coburn Hutchins. The credit of exquisite designing of each of the six towers of the property goes to worldrenowned architect Hafeez Contractor. The Crest has also been awarded the 'Prashansa Patra' in National Safety Council of India Safety Awards 2015. The Certificate has been awarded in recognition of developing and implementing effective Management Systems and Procedures and achieving good performance in OSH for the

Assessment year 2014. The certificate was awarded by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (Independent charge) Labour and Employment, Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, DLF said, "It is an honour to receive the award. Every aspect of The Crest bears the distinct touch of the DLF5 brand - iconic architecture, immaculate design and interiors with incredible attention to detail and an obsession with perfection and luxurious living. The Crest is a property we all are immensely proud of."

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AN EXCEPTIONAL BESTOWAL DLF Park Place’s lush garden received the first prize in the residential garden category awarded by HUDA during their annual flower festival


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ON CLOUD NINE DLF5 stole the show at NDTV Property Awards with The Crest and Two Horizon Center bagging top honours in two categories


LF5, home to luxury and super luxury residential and commercial properties in Gurugram, stood out at the NDTV Property Awards 2018 by bagging top honours in two categories. The recently unveiled premium luxury residences, The Crest, was conferred ‘Super Luxury Apartment project of the year 2018’, whereas the commercial cum retail center, Two Horizon Center was awarded ‘The Commercial Building Project of the year’. Located on Park Drive, The Crest is distinguished by spacious, well-appointed 3 and 4 -bedroom apartments, complete

with private decks. Two Horizon Center, on the other hand, houses some of the leading corporate offices and is noted for its sustainable infrastructure. Situated in the heart of the city, it enjoys seamless connectivity to all parts of Delhi-NCR. Conferred by NDTV, the awards honoured and acknowledged excellence in Indian real estate and recognised real estate leaders whose persistent pursuit of excellence has fuelled India’s journey to the forefront of the world’s economy. Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, DLF said, “We are incredibly proud

and honoured to receive the award for the ‘Super Luxury Award of the year’ and ‘Commercial building project of the year’. The Crest exemplifies the concept of luxury living at DLF5. Two Horizon Center at DLF5 has emerged as a vibrant hub of various acclaimed business powerhouses”. The Crest and Two Horizon Center, both situated at DLF5 are an epitome of aesthetics and luxury. Located in the heart of Gurugram city, the awards are a testimony to the superior lifestyle offered by DLF5 as well as state-of-theart infrastructure.

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DLF is the proud recipient of this year's Developer of the year – Luxury award as part of the ET Now Real Estate Awards 2018 held at Mumbai


he ET Now Real Estate Awards are one of India’s major and most credible real estate awards that salute excellent performances in the industry. This year too, the awards, that are open to residential and commercial properties from across India, identified and honoured companies who have envisioned and created marvels in the real estate industry in various segments. It was a very proud and exhilarating moment for DLF Home Developers


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Limited as they received the Developer of the year – Luxury award for their properties. This year, the event was held at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai, followed by a gala dinner. The award was received from Mr. Anuj Puri, Chairman, ANAROCK. The development business of DLF since years has primarily focused on the development of residential real estate which includes development of plots, houses, villas and apartments with a focus on the high-end, luxury

residential development which has constantly resulted in DLF garnering such accolades every year. Participants enter in their relevant category every year. They are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of real estate and property disciplines. The jury panel this year included stalwarts like Niranjan Hiranandani (Managing Director, Hiranandani Group) and Anuj Puri (Ex India Head, JLL) amongst others.


CYBERNATED PROTECTION In an endeavour to speedily solve cyber related crimes and cases in the city, a new cyber cell station was recently inaugurated in the vicinity of DLF5


ictims of cybercrime in Gurugram can now lodge their complaints with the first dedicated cybercrime police station in the city. The police station was inaugurated by V Umashankar, CEO, Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) and city police commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar.

cybercrime, and will be headed by inspector Anand Kumar, who was incharge of the cyber cell. For effective investigation of cybercrimes which have been on the rise in the metropolis, the city police has also procured a sophisticated machine for analysis of data obtained from mobiles, phones, laptops and computers.

The spanking new cyber police station in DLF5 will have 35 personnel, including officers trained in handling

“The new police station has an adequate number of police personnel to investigate cybercrimes. Software for

cyber forensics, call detail analysis and related work has also been procured. This police station will greatly help in detecting and preventing cybercrime,� said Sandeep Khirwar, Commissioner, Gururgam police. Speaking on the occasion, Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, DLF5, said that the cyber police station would play a pivotal role in tackling cybercrimes and would be a step forward in ensuring the safety and security of residents.

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MOMENTS OF CELEBRATIONS DLF5 celebrated womenhood with a plethora of activities like panel discussions, plays, workshops, organic cooking sessions and music


n an endeavour to laud womanhood, DLF5 honoured women from diverse fields to mark International Women’s Day at Horizon Plaza and DLF Club5. The twoday event which provided a platform for the exchange of ideas amongst women, witnessed an overwhelming response from the audience. The panel discussions included two sessions; the first session comprised of an engaging conversation on the theme ‘Striking the Balance’ with renowned women authors. Held at the Horizon Plaza, the panel comprised of Shobhaa De, Miniya Chatterji, Manjeet Hirani joined by Milee Ashwarya, CEO Penguin Random House. It was followed by a discussion with eminent personalities from the F&B Industry. The event then smoothly transitioned to a live band performance by Seven and a Half who mesmerised the audience with their soulful tunes.


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Day two at DLF Club 5 was packed with multiple engaging sessions by women on topics related to their respective areas of expertise, like acupressure, nutrition and wellness for women, women empowerment through astrology, financial independence and more. A major highlight of the day was organic cooking by Delhi's Organic Farmer's Market, that brought the food from its primary source. There were traditional organic cooking sessions by the farmers, which caught the eye of the people. The day also witnessed a workshop on self defence by Women Police of Haryana. A documentary titled ‘Saints of Sin’– a lyrical journey documenting the emotions and experiences of women by Momspresso was also screened on the occasion. Another highlight of the day was a play #Andme?, directed by Anshu Daga, Founder, The Inner Startup. The play, based on the format of the Theatre of the Oppressed, aimed to empower women through collaborative problem-solving. Exploring how women are waiting for the nod, the play built on how and why the freedom of movement, decision, speech, expression and financial independence comes with permissions. Challenging this status quo, it throws light on women gathering strength from deep within to expand their wings as they leap into their worlds." According to Anshu Daga, "My journey to create this forum theatre play began with 10 women who were willing to commit 30 hours of their time in the two and half weeks we had to showcase the performance. While the process was on, we challenged our minds to break patterns, develop more focus and observation to build the storytelling." The day concluded with a live band performance. “I would like to thank DLF5 for commemorating International Women’s Day with such engaging

discussions. We learned about so many aspects of one’s day to day life, be it wellness, financial solutions and others. The event truly celebrated the spirit of womanhood with interesting topics,” said a resident of DLF5. Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day, is an that occasion commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

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The festival of colours saw the residents of DLF5 being treated to a fun-filled atmosphere complete with delicacies and live entertainmentÂ


olours play a unique role in our lives. Each has its own significance and creates an array of emotions in our hearts. One festival that is capable of igniting a wide variety of emotions, all at one time is Holi. Residents of DLF5 too immersed themselves fully to celebrate the festival of colours. The residents of DLF Wellington Estate, Carlton 1 and Cartlon 4 celebrated Holi with enthusiastic fervour. The activities for the day were planned and organised by a startup named Exhibitas-The Planning Gurus. The event aimed at engaging people


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across diverse age groups. The Brijwasi theme saw professional dancers enact Radha-Krishna songs while playing Holi with fresh flowers petals. Songs from Hindi movies played in the backdrop as residents indulged in gourmet delights. At the Wellington Estate, the residents joined in to celebrate Holika Dehan a night before. The dehan was followed by a Radha-Krishna song dance sequence. The event saw a colours stall, snacking corner together with a live tea counter with regional music playing in the background.

The residents of The Magnolias and The Aralias also celebrated the day with full festive cheer.. The Magnolias Club and The Aralias Club respectively became host for the event as residents played Holi with organic colours, petal water tubs accompanied by a DJ and dhol to get you dancing. The celebrations were concluded with a lavish buffet spread specially prepared keeping in mind the occassion. The enthusiasm of the residents gelled amazingly well with the occasion, even as it etched a little corner in the hearts of the residents.


A SPORTY DAY OUT Residents of DLF5 had a ball of time as part of the DLF5 Fun Olympics which were held at the Sports Complex and Club Vita


LF5 residents came together with their family and friends to participate in the 2018 edition of the DLF5 Fun Olympics. The event was defined by a high degree of fun which made the event very enjoyable among adults and children alike. The participants indulged in a number of sporting activities ranging from swimming, squash, table tennis, cricket, football and many more. The sports event was held at the Club5 Sports Complex and Club Vita and witnessed

a huge number of people turning out to participate in various sporting events. The Fun Olympics successfully cut across all age barriers and made sure that everyone had their portion of a great time. The Fun Olympics concluded with a grand prize distribution ceremony on the final day, rewarding the winner and runners-up in various categories. The sports event was a great initiative by DLF5 to help activate a healthier lifestyle among residents of the area.Â

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AMIDST DIVINE SETTINGS Princeton Estate at DLF5 reverberated with prayers, sounds of bells and euphoric exhilaration as part of the nine-day Navratri celebrations in the vicinity


he nine days of celebrating the power and purity of Goddess Durga brought Princeton Estate alive with joyous spirit, and a unique sense of togetherness. Organised by the RWA of the condominium, the Navratra celebrations saw participation from not just the senior residents and the ladies but also from men and the children in plenty.

While the ladies indulged in colour coded and coordinated outfits for each evening to celebrate the auspicious festivities, the children flocked eagerly to the pooja venue to get moli and teeka post their evening playtimes. It was a delight seeing the children wait patiently for the prasadam. The festivities concluded on the ninth day with a bhandara. More than 800 residents, support staff, and non-residents enjoyed the delicious


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Navratra prasad, contributing to the success of the event. This open for all event saw many home owners joining in specifically to attend this event along with their tenants. It is interesting to see how deep the relationships run in the condominiums, which brings people of all age together in unity to celebrate and to rejoice.


A SPORTY RENDEZVOUS DLF5 witnessed the clash of four titans during the Indian Wheelchair Cricket League at Lancers International School


scintillating, one-of-a-kind tournament titled ‘Indian Wheelchair Cricket League’ was hosted at Lancers International School. Conceptualised on the lines of the Indian Premier League, the three-day extravaganza witnessed the clash of four teams namely Delhi Sultans, UP Strikers, Chandigarh Lions and South Warriors. The tournament was inaugurated by Neelam Agarwal, Chief, Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India and Rohit Mann, Director, Lancers International School. A total of nine matches were played in which two teams, UP Strikers and Delhi Sultans qualified for the finals. The final match turned out to be a closely contested one wherein UP Strikers clinched the trophy, defeating

Delhi Sultans by four runs. The chief guest in the final match was Saija Lukkarinen, Head-India, International Committee of Red Cross. The event received an overwhelming response from cricket buffs. Among the dignitaries present in the tournament were Guest of Honour- Shri Major General Dilawar Singh, Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra, Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. The three-day tournament will be followed by Asia Cup towards the end of 2018 which would entail participation of six countries. The tournament is a brainchild of Para Sports Foundation, a non-profit organisation working towards the social welfare of persons with disabilities.

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World-class services and amenities come together under one roof as The Crest recently unveiled the magnificent Crest Clubhouse


he Crest, DLF5’s newest addition to its luxurious residential complexes, unveiled the state-of-theart Crest clubhouse, which is designed by Richmond International, UK. The project has the distinction of being the first clubhouse in India designed by the award-winning firm. Richmond International have worked for most of the major 5-star international hospitality operators and owners over the past 49 years. Working on projects in every continent in the world, their vast experience of design and customer experience delivery makes them the


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epitome of contemporary elegance. Richmond’s few prestigious projects include The Langham Hotel Chicago, Four Seasons Hotels in Moscow and Baku, The Beaumont Hotel London and the Hilton Opera Hotel, Paris. The launch was a splendid affair which started with a Clubhouse showaround for the guests. One of the major attractions of the event was a captivating performance by Manasi Scott and band; followed by an enthralling piece presented by the British a-cappella group ‘The Magnets’. The guests were mesmerised by the acts which was followed by cocktails and a lavish spread.

Boasting of an impressive portfolio of designing interior spaces of 5-star hotels and luxury resorts across 40 countries, Richmond International, UK truly lends an aura of grandeur, a sense of personalisation and intimacy to The Crest Clubhouse. The interior design inspiration is derived from aspects of celebrating the light, reflection and gardens by incorporating elements of nature and fauna throughout in both decor and building materials. The use of floral textures and quality natural stonework, plus the layering of metal work detailing provides a sophisticated modern feeling. The creation fuses vintage art and contemporary design giving the Clubhouse a timeless appeal.

The Clubhouse is endowed with an array of recreational amenities such as the pool deck area, a gymnasium with a fitness studio, a hair salon and a serene spa facility that has high glazed walls with access on into a sunken lagoon garden and deck zones. The Clubhouse also houses a wellstocked library, a 120-seater restaurant, a multipurpose hall, two tennis courts and a basketball court. The fine dining restaurant takes inspiration from the 'peacock', offering a colourful palette of materials and overlooks the sunken lagoon and gardens. Aakash Ohri, Senior Executive Director, DLF5 said, "Blessed with stateof-the-art amenities, the Crest Clubhouse offers a perfect opportunity to experience luxury amidst the tranquility of nature. It is in line with our vision to offer an enriching lifestyle to residents. The opulent clubhouse exemplifies luxury living and speaks volumes about Richmond International's creativity and perseverance." The Clubhouse is an integral part of The Crest  which is the latest addition to luxurious residential apartments by DLF5 at Park Drive, Gurugram. The Crest is distinguished by spacious, well-appointed three and four bedroom apartments and penthouses complete with private decks.

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In a landscape that is changing rapidly, it is important for brands to create their key messaging around the sensibilities of a generation that looks wholeheartedly to the future BY NIKHIL GADKAR


ccording to a recent report, published in a daily newspaper, India's millennial population is the largest in the world at 400 million and its spending power is expected to reach $330 billion by 2020. These millennials will constitute 26% of India’s population, 61% of the country’s internet base and 78% of India’s online shopper base. They are also technologicaly savvy, spending about 17 hours a week on


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the internet. India's e-commerce revenue is expected to grow from $30 billion in 2016 to $120 billion in 2020, growing at an annual rate of 51%, the highest in the world, according to a joint ASSOCHAM - Forrester study paper. Private brands, introduced by various online retailers, are also fuelling the rise in India’s e-commerce market as retailers are now able to offer a variety of products to clients at competitive prices.

Given the ever-increasing choice of products and buyers, how does a brand foster loyalty? Here are my suggestions: Millennials are digital nomads, they believe in keeping up social contacts. So, proactively managing social media accounts, there should be dedicated teams to manage all the social media accounts, with defined turnaround-times. A great example of this is KLM, a Dutch airline,

with their #HappyToHelp campaign. During this, they set up a control room in front of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport where they monitored thousands of tweets coming in from unhappy airline travellers. They paid special attention to customers having trouble with other airlines. Then, they came to the rescue, retrieving forgotten visas, delivering a bed for a stranded traveller, and even singing lullabies. KLM gained 36 million impressions in the process. Millennials are global citizens and support interracial relationships. An example of this is DBS India bank’s Chilli Paneer story. By creating a story around two characters Ken, a popular food blogger native to Singapore, and Asha, a foodie from India, the bank displayed everyday emotions around decisions that we make in our lives. The video was made to show how much DBS bank India values relationships. DBS gained about 1.2 million views in this campaign. Millennials are compassionate, consciouscapitalists and committed to CSR. Do some CSR that is fun and engages the audience, via social media. Disney started a social media campaign #ShareYourEars to benefit the non-profit organisation ‘Make A Wish Foundation’. The campaign invited everyone to share their creative photos with

Neil Patrick Harris promoting the #ShareYourEars campaign

#ReleaseThePressure was appreciated for its motivational appeal

Named ‘ReleasethePressure’, the short film was a great appeal by Pepsico to parents to support and motivate their kids during exams Mickey Mouse ears on social media with the hashtag of ‘ShareYourEars’. Disney donated $5 for every photo shared and up to $1 million in total. The campaign was so successful that Disney doubled the total amount to $2 million. Millennials are pragmatic-idealists. In your campaign, highlight issues that millennials face in their daily lives. PepsiCo India rolled out a heart-felt

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campaign raising the issue of examination stress among teenagers, which often leads to depression and suicidal tendencies. Named ‘Release the Pressure’, the short film was a great appeal to parents to support and motivate their kids during exams. The film, released on YouTube gathered over 7.8 million views. Millennials are liberal, they support same sex marriage, legalisation of marijuana, etc. Create a campaign on these topics. The AD-Council, US, created a campaign called Love has No Labels. On Valentine’s Day in 2015, the AD-Council setup a large X-ray installation set up for public viewing showing live couples dancing, hugging, kissing and otherwise interacting. Then they revealed the people behind the skeletal images to be seen by the crowd. The point was to confront bias by showing most differences are only skin deep. Results, the video had 40 million views in two days, and became the second-most viral public service announcement in history. The bottom line, brands should be able to nurture a sense of pride in the millennials, if they want loyalty.

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Gender discrimination against women is uncalled for. They ought to be given an honoured status given since we know they are a force to reckon with BY SANJAY BACHCHANI


accept that I am scared of women. In the era of women empowerment and upliftment, it always scares me to compete with a woman co-worker. Sometimes, I feel that my women colleagues realise that I am someone, who never looks at women as an inferior gender and consider them as equals. Let me accept that I never felt that women is a weaker sex or an inferior lot and I have my reasons for that. I lost my father


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when I was eight years old. I was in class six when this tragedy happened and I saw my mother crying, but that was the last time I saw her like that. I remember how our neighbours and relatives looked at us with despair and often spoke about how things were not going to be the same for the our family anymore, and even contemplate about the harrowing times my mother would have to face

going forward with the responsibility of managing two young kids. To an extent, they even imagined a situation wherein we would have to leave our studies and get down to being employed to be able to support the family. However, to their dismay none of this happened. Besides the support of the larger family, what is significant is that, she not only had the courage to fill in for the loss of our father, she also guided us to excel at studies and groom us into successful professionals. While now my brother serves in the Indian army, I am a successful working CA. The journey, however, has not been smooth. My mother started a garment business, which failed to pick up. However, without getting frustrated, she chose to do knitting and stitching work and other works which she did with utmost pride and dignity. Having said this, I would like to mention that this life experience has had a definite change in my thought process and has led to building a strong belief that women are more powerful than men. I have a feeling, that had it been my father, he would not have been able to do, what my mother was able to do for us. This fear of women being a superior force continued to prevail and till date my views with respect to women have grown more emphatic. I remember getting beaten in studies by a girl in school. On other occasions I have been tortured and beaten by women in love, education or profession. Concomitantly, whenever there is talk of women empowerment or looking at women with compassion because they are considered as a weaker sex, it does not strike a chord in my mind. Given my personal experience, I feel women are driven enough and mature to handle things better than men. It is only a woman who can manage both work and home together. Also, it is only she who can handle the tantrums of a brother, a

husband, a father-in-law and others with compassion. It is only the fairer sex who can forgive everything for the one she loves; who may face ridicule at home yet put on a brave front, who gives her best at work, who can make a powerful presentation at workplace despite pressures on the home front, someone who sneaks out at lunch hour from office to check on her kid's homework or get a reaffirmative nod from her husband on whether the lunch she hurriedly made for him was okay. Majority of women around us still need to understand their powers and skills, and strongly protest if someone

treats them as an inferior gender. There cannot be different parameters for the quality of men and women at work and that should be accepted by all of us. Books on world history and religions have multiple stories showcasing the power of women and we do not know who their husbands or fathers are. On International Women’s Day, every woman should pledge to scare the world with her skills and not under the garb of weaker sex. All said and done, as far as I am concerned, women will continue to scare and push me to do better when put to competition.

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MASTERLY INACTIVITY The fine art of procrastination was refined to even greater proportions at a venerable corporate institution during the early Seventies. Here is a first hand account BY KRISHAN KALRA


t must have been the early Seventies. My company had started supplying Fractional Horse Power (FHP) motors to the venerable Gramophone Company of India, better known as HMV, in Calcutta. As a sales person, it was my duty to visit them almost every month to follow up on orders and payments. I would take a morning flight from Delhi and drive straight from Dumdum to their factory somewhere nearby, where I often spent several hours, mainly because of their lethargic pace of work. Normally, I would only meet the purchase manager, his colleagues, and those in stores and accounts; on one of these visits I sought an appointment with their Managing Director. I wanted his help in injecting some life into the morons that inhabited the cavernous halls of that ancient office. As I was ushered into the boss’s huge room, I felt somewhat disoriented seeing the sight before me. There, behind a massive desk, sat an impeccably dressed gentleman; his chair reclined back, his feet up on the desk, headphones on his ears, eyes closed, hands behind the head, he appeared to be in deep thought. I felt guilty disturbing the man’s reverie and wanted to step back when the orderly boomed, “Mr. Kalra from Delhi to greet Managing Director, Sir.” The meditating monk slowly opened his eyes, without changing his posture, he


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motioned me to sit-down with one hand. He shut his eyes again and continued with his gyan-dhyan. After full five minutes, he retreated his feet from the desk and returned to a normal sitting position, put aside the headphones and addressed me. “You must have thought I am goofing. No, this is my job, I was checking on the quality of music on a new record. Now, please tell me all about your company and what I can do for you”. Well, I would not

go into whether he was indeed working or relaxing – in any case, there was not much work they did at HMV those days. Middle-aged men sat behind their ancient dusty desks and during most of my visits, I had not seen any of them either poring on the piles of files before them or even talking to anyone on phone. Most of the time they just sat there, either chewing pan or chatting or garrulously arguing about some news in the newspaper.

On one of these visits, as I sat before the purchase officer, wanting to get my bills cleared – I had waited for an hour and all the good man did was to hail one of the peons to get me a glass of water and a cup of tea. I kept requesting for his autographs on my bills so that I could take it to the accounts department and hopefully get my cheque before the factory gets closed for the day. He kept on saying “karta hei baba, jaldi mat karo, file aane ka hai” and kept ringing the little mechanical bell that lay on the desk. In due course, one of the orderlies came to our table and waited for the officer’s orders. “Aiy, woh file uthana”. It was only then I realised that the file with my company’s name written on it was lying right on the desk. The orderly picked up the file as if it was a fragile glass piece, dusted it lovingly with a yellow cloth which he pulled out from one of his pockets and placed it before the purchase officer. As he moved away, I asked my friend, Mr. Banerjee, Honourable Purchase Officer of HMV, as to why he did not ask me to pass the file to him. “That is not your job, Sir”.

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COMMITTED TO PROTECT India’s leading developer, DLF has made it a priority to offer unmatchable levels of safety, security and sustainability to its clients and their employees BY PALLAVI SINGH


very CEO’s dream is to have an office where he can focus on his business without having to worry about safety and security of his employees. Superior infrastructure quality combined with bespoke amenities while being environment friendly is an icing on the cake. DLF, India’s leading commercial real estate company, has been a pioneer in developing inclusive business ecosystems across the country, comprising of Cyber cities, IT SEZs and IT Parks at par with the world’s best. With customer-centricity at the core of their


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philosophy, DLF is a forerunner in integrating the highest safety, security and sustainability practices in order to increase operational efficiency for their clients while protecting the environment at large. During my interactions with the team, I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the repertoire of well-thought of initiatives that sets DLF Offices apart and ahead of their competition. It is interesting to note that each of their locations are replete with a highly efficient Sewage Treatment Plant, rain water harvesting, solar power panels,

green zones, a world-class infrastructure for fire safety with DuPont as their safety partner and a stringent three tier security system. The list of their achievements is fairly impressive. With over 22.3 million square feet of LEED Platinum certified offices, they recently won 2017 Greenbuild Leadership Award by US Green building council (USGBC). The Sword of Honor, the highest safety accreditation was bestowed upon by British Safety Council for inducting rigorous safety practices including the par excellence fire safety infrastructure and matrix.


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DLF is a forerunner in integrating the highest safety, security and sustainability practices in order to increase operational efficiency I never thought there is so much that goes behind making our day to day office experiences safe and seamless until my visit to DLF’s private fire station in Gurugram. These stations in Chennai and Gurugram are equipped with 90 meters and 60 meters skylifts capable of reaching upto 35 and 25 floors respectively. All buildings are instated with thermal imaging cameras to detect

any fire and its location. A special Disaster Management and Disaster Recovery Room has been set up to quickly respond to fire incidents. In addition to this, there are Breathing Apparatus (BA) systems, sprinklers and smoke detectors in place. I learnt that it has been their conscious decision to only have piped gas supply which helps in minimising the possibility

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of fire accidents. Regular fire mock drills are conducted and even the employees of tenants are trained for fire-fighting. It was a delight to meet Mr. Sriram Khattar, Managing Director of DLF Rental Business in his quaint office in one of the DLF Cybercity buildings. He stressed that, “At DLF, we have zero tolerance for fire and safety issues. We have strived to change the fire and safety culture and over the years vastly improved the adoption of best safety practices. We are fully compliant with national regulatory norms. Our privately owned fire stations, state-of-the-art safety equipment, and DuPont as our partner are reminiscent of our unwavering commitment towards safety. Additionally, we have international quality fire and safety auditors who assist us in continuously improving our standards.” There is a lot more that I learnt during my familiarisation with DLF Offices' operations. This certainly made me pause and appreciate the nuances of superior office experience and how it adds to the overall productivity of any business. In the end, all that a CEO wishes is to have peace of mind at work and a sound sleep at night without having to worry about his office and safety of employees.

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SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY Gayatri Bhardwaj, a resident of The Pinnacle has made the entire DLF5 community proud with her win at the Miss India North Contest


fter conducting auditions in eight states in the north zone and selecting three representatives from each state, the finale of the fbb Colors Femina Miss India North 2018 was held at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi. The 24 finalists came prepared to impress the judges, who had a tough time choosing eight finalists who will get an opportunity to represent their respective states at the grand finale in Mumbai. The judges for the evening were fashion designer Ashish N Soni, boxer Vijender Singh and actors Patralekhaa and Abhay Deol. It was a proud moment for DLF5 as one of the winners for the evening, who was


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adjudged Femina Miss India Delhi 2018 was Gayatri Bhardwaj, a resident of DLF5. Winning the glittering tiara adorning the beautiful lady is no ordinary feat. Kudos to Gayatri Bhardwaj for achieving this through her talent and hardwork. A budding dentist who is a resident of The Pinnacle, Gayatri is a source of delight to us all because of her achievement. Her parents were always there for her with their constant support and encouragement which has further helped and motivated her in this journey. We wish her all the success that she so deserves. May her grit and determination make her win the coveted crown of Miss India 2018. Congratulations!

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The fantastically monikered Elemenopi at Horizon Plaza is a destination handpicked for the food lover with its inviting mix of global cuisine and plush interiors BY KANIKA SANDAL


f you are one of those that takes the longest time to order a dish when dining; be warned. Because the restaurant we are talking about here brings to you delicacies from over 10 countries and 50 varieties of beer from 20 countries. So, making a choice here is going to be a tough task. One Horizon Center welcomes another gastronomical delight in its vicinityElemenopi, an initiative by The Beer Café.

As soon as you enter the space, you witness the décor that spells craftsmanship at every corner. The walls are splashed in tango tangerine complemented with Spanish handmade tiles and raw brick herringbone flooring tiles. Representing the playful and exuberant dining experience that the brand stands for, the theme of the restro remains that of a warm, friendly and informal place. Rustic lamps, an extravagant bar and handmade

cutlery add to make the interiors a sight to drink in, as it were. Tangy Flowertini is the drink equivalent of dipping into a crystalline forest lake — gin, soda and blood orange kissed with elderflower — all cascaded over crushed ice. In direct contrast to Flowertini, the Devil Martini, is vodka mixed with tomato juice, W-sauce and tobasco. The perfect marriage of sweet and sour.

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Sahan is an assortment of chicken shish kebab, chermoula fish skewers and spicy lamb keftas — a mixed grill to get your senses soaring A flavourful collision of preparations collected from all over the globe kicked off with Patatas Bravas— perfectly cut potato boat shells filled with spicy minced chicken and served with olives and garlic yogurt. The Falafel basket is reminiscent of Middle Eastern flavours with deep fried falafel accompanied with freshly baked pita, hummus along with pickled chillies.The Sahan platter from Bosnia gets you enamoured with its first look and the taste just gets better. An assortment of chicken shish kebab, chermoula fish skewers and spicy lamb keftas — a mixed grill to get your senses soaring. For the calorie watchers comes the Half a Roast Chicken, a medieval hunk of protein, marinated in garlic and roasted, served with rosemary and wine jus. George Miller had rightly said, "The trouble with eating Italian food is that two or three days later you are hungry again". The same feeling knocks you when you order Italian cuisine here. The Chicken Egg Florentine Pizza is flavourful and crispy with its cheese base and topped with the goodness of spinach, corn and


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chicken. The cheese makes an appearance once again, in another dish, this time with roasted vegetables dotted with pasta sheets and spiced tomato sauce to present the delectable Lasagne. As your meal winds down, you must order the Fruit Pavlova. Shards of crisp meringue, seasonal fruits and scoops of ice cream come together to create a refreshing dessert. The result is so decadent and lovely that it is hard to imagine another morsel satisfying your sweet tooth in quite the same way. If Ibn-e-Batuta and Marco Polo were to travel the world in the present century, especially for food, they wouldn’t have to go anywhere else than Elemenopi, because simply put, it is the finest of the world on your plate.

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Chapter 101 at South Point Mall with its English charm and a collection of rare and old collections is a book lover's paradise


ibliophiles would agree, visiting a book shop is like going to an addictive haven where you might drop by with the intention of a little peek, but seldom return emptyhanded. A similar feeling would dominate your senses as you enter Chapter 101, a quaint book store at South Point Mall. ‘Curated and collected’ is inscribed on the wooden door that welcomes you

to the vintage-style store, tucked away on the first floor of the mall. True to the words carved at the entrance, the place ditches the mundane with a careful collection of selected and rare books which span a host of genres from literary classics to philosophy and general fiction— from all over the world. There are no Chetan Bhagats and Amish Tripathis here, but the likes of Vikram Seth with his debut

novel ‘The Golden Gate’, a rhythmic literary masterpiece. The emblematic scent of books, soft jazz playing in the background and coffee on the house sets the ambience for a pleasant reading time. You would not want it any other way. The store emanates old-world charm with the English style upholstery, warm rugs and a faux fireplace with posters of The Godfather, Bob Dylan, Jim

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The place ditches the mundane with a careful collection of selected and rare books which span through a host of genres Morrison and more. As we sit to converse with Raju Singh, the owner of the place, I ask him, “Why the name Chapter 101?” He laughs and answers, “There is not a very deep reason for it. I wanted to name it Chapter, but since that name was already taken, I went on to name it Chapter 101. Why that number? That is the shop’s number in the mall.” Singh has been a collector of books since his childhood days and owning a bookstore had been in his mind for years, ever since he was in college. An ex-banker by profession, he set up his own garment export company and soon after came Chapter 101, a result of his passion which, according to him is not fully a commercial venture but hopefully something that would sustain. A bibliophile himself who travels the world in search of rare and classic books, Singh has a sizeable collection of first and unusual


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editions while also catering to recent and contemporary reading. The attempt is to search for titles not easily available elsewhere and in a format that will inspire customers to build their own private collection or library. As a result, you would mostly find hardback books. “What’s your personal favourite here?”, we question Singh. “Oh, there are a quite a lot.” He leads us to a glass front and takes out volumes of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. “Ultimate treasure”, he exclaims. A wooden rack just besides the almirah is stocked with hundreds of P.G Wodehouse’s collections. “Three whole sets of these collections have already sold out. The men love it. And the wives love gifting it to them”, Singh mentions. From antiquarians to first editions, signed copies, the store houses the best of rarity. In the time today where digital devices rule our world, Chapter 101 would make you switch off your phone, flip some pages while browsing through their collection and at the end take home one of the titles which you are sure to cherish.



You can expect some auspicious ceremony at home during the month. Whatever responsibility you take on your shoulders, you need to follow it on a serious basis. You might change your residence. If you live in a rented place, you may move to your dream house. You will enjoy with friends. Those who are single will get married and those married will enjoy their married life.

You will have a small set of people to whom you will be dedicated and will share your thoughts with. In the family life too, Taurus will show immense perseverance to make things work. You will be possessive about your children and conservative in your approach. You need to be patient and be positive to keep things going easy and smooth. You might face a throat problem. Be responsible to avoid injury and accidents.

You might spend money on a new house, jewellery, gifts etc. Predictions say that you are likely to stay active in the social circle and make new contacts. There would be peace and harmony in your family life. However you can expect some changes in the beliefs and traditions of your family. The period starting from mid June may create some misunderstandings. You may face some false allegations.

There are possibilities that you may face some tiffs in your marital life due to which you will feel depressed. Give love and respect to your partner. You should not try to dominate your family members or it will spoil your relationships. You have to give time to let things settle down. Your social circle will increase. Chances of buying a new vehicle or house are bright.

You might be unable to spend more time with your family and this could be a reason of your partner's unhappiness.. Your mother's health needs attention around this time. If you want to enjoy your familial life then try to maintain a good balance between your personal and professional life. You should avoid get angry, as it may cause anxiety. You are prone to sudden injuries.

You will spend quality time with your spouse and other family members. Your professional and personal life will remain on track due to the support from your spouse. Those of with health problems might get relief or healing in a variety of ways and through a variety of means. Your hard work might bring you fruitful results. Some students might feel low due to lack of concentration. To avoid money loss, work hard and prefer savings.

Your familial life is expected to see a peaceful and prosperous time. Your relationship with other family members is likely to stay good around this time. Being one of the responsible members, you might be a helping hand for others in your family. Health is going to improve dramatically after May 25th as Jupiter moves away from its stressful alignment with you. Until then be sure to rest more.

There are strong indications of spiritual growth in you and you might feel detached from the material world for some time. Things are likely to be sorted out soon and your familial life may flourish. Relationship with your partner will get strengthened and you may get full support from him/ her. You are advised to avoid haste both inside and outside your house because there are chances of getting injured around this time.

You will get the love, blessings and support from your family and spouse throughout the year. Your stars suggest that a trip to some religious place with your family is possible. You will fulfil all your family responsibilities happily and this will strengthen your bond with them. Your siblings might go through some major health issues and need special care. Hectic schedule may affect your health and will deteriorate your performance in the later period.

If you want to stay fit and fine then you need to maintain a good lifestyle. Till September you might be stuck with a hectic schedule and suffer from sleep loss. Take proper rest and also eat your meals on time. You would be more passionate and prefer working independently. Better financial management is needed during this time in a bid to avoid financial crisis. Your income might decline after mid-June..

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You will feel positive in life. You will enjoy the support and happiness from your family, friend circle and relatives. This is the time when you will also enjoy the luxuries of life, even in stres. A small trip will be good to spend time with your family. Your helping nature is likely to strengthen your relationship with other family members. Married life will also move smoothly during this time.

During this period you are expected to enjoy your domestic life to the fullest. Your life partner would extend best of his/ her support and help you. You both are likely to share a very good bonding during this period. You may plan to travel abroad with your spouse and kids in order to spend some quality time with them. Your carelessness might land you in unexpected trouble. Some major health issues are expected this year.

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