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34/900, 1st Floor, Lulu Mall



Ashraf Ali M.A Executive Director Lulu Group Nishad M.A Director Lulu Mall Shibu Philips Business Head Lulu Mall Aiswarya Babu Asst. Manager Marketing For Advertisements Athira Nampiathiri Tel. 8943348452 Lulu International Shopping Mall, 34/1000, N.H. 47, Edapally, Kochi, Kerala- 682024

Editor Aruna R Krishnan Contributing Writers Manigandan K R Smitha Soman Riya Sonny Datsun Design Dyson Micheal


“Don’t be afraid of change, it’s leading you to a new beginning.” Ashraf Ali M.A Publisher


hat’s certainly true for the entire editorial team here, which has spent the better part of the last quarter working tirelessly to change Lulu Happiness for the better. With our October issue, we present to you a bigger, better & massively changed edition of Lulu Happiness, thanks to our brand new association with RITZ, South India’s largest lifestyle magazine. You can see the evidence for yourself in the cover

page itself. Talking about new beginnings, we have laid the foundation stone for the 2nd Lulu Mall in Kerala. After the overwhelming success of Lulu Mall, Kochi, we are humbled by your support and can’t wait to present another international experience for our beloved customers in Trivandrum. Coming back to the magazine, the multi-faceted and immensely talented Prabhu Deva in an exclusive chat with us, talks about his love for Kochi, Kerala food and a lot more. Lulu Happiness also caught up with the vivacious Samantha Ruth Prabhu who opened up like never about some very interesting facets of her life. In this edition, you will get to see some of the best in autumnwinter fashion, the latest brands that have opened store in Lulu Mall and brand new segments like ‘Lulu Eating Out’, ‘Trending in Lulu’ and ‘Lulu Fit and Fab’. In other news, Lulu Mall is gearing up for an exciting November, showcasing the finest artists in the fields of art, music & dance. Your mall will be a destination for art in its prime-most glory. So hop into the mall in November to witness acts & art you’ve only dreamt of experiencing. Who knows you might even bump into the God of Dance we were talking about! We are also all set to welcome you to the grandest Christmas & New Year in town, with some very exciting surprises this year. Keep watching our online space for more updates on this. Whether you read us in print or online, we’re committed to present to you the best in fashion and lifestyle in your favourite shopping destination. I hope you enjoy reading this edition as much as we did putting it together for you.





Many of the world’s most iconic brands have made Lulu Mall their home in Kochi. Check out the latest additions to the dazzling list! .............................................8-14

Lulu Star India’s Michael Jackson, Prabhu Deva chats exclusively with Lulu Happiness about Kochi, Malayalam films, his favourite cuisine, nostalgic memories and much more.........................18-24


The gorgeous Samantha on her life, work, relationship and more ............28-31

Lulu Happenings

A roundup of all the buzz and the interesting events that happened at Lulu Mall, Kochi recently ...............34-39

Lulu Fashion

We present a careful selection of clothes, accessories and beauty care, just for you..........40-46

Lulu Fit and Fab

Adidas HomeCourt at Lulu Mall, Kochi is not just a super interesting store, the range will even inspire you to stay true to your workout regime............55

Trending in Lulu

We pick 4 brands to give you a sample of relaxed, casual elegance..................48-51


Lulu Star

28 Lulu Eating Out Our thoughtfully-curated recommendations in this edition will make for memorable dining experiences at Lulu Mall, indeed...........52-54, 56-58



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Well-placed greenery in living spaces enhances the aesthetics, adds to the essence of life and brightens the entire area. In addition, indoor plants purify the air, clear out dust and toxins and freshen up the space. Agricom’s latest venture Farm and Garden focuses entirely on indoor plants, pots and planters, vegetable gardens and terrace garden accessories, DIY gardens, vertical gardens, balcony gardens, and decorative pots. Farm and Garden has now opened a new outlet on the second floor of Lulu Mall, adjacent to the Yavonne outlet. Stop by and find out if you have a green thumb by going through their collection of lush Rolling Nature money plants, easy-to-care Lucky Bamboos, intricately-veined Fittonia plants, the green and white Syngonium and the easy to manage Bonsai collection. Some exotic collections include the ZZ plants with glossy leaves, the Xanadu plants that add a tropical vibe to your interiors, white and red Aglaonema plants and the air-purifying Snake plant. The Snake plant has always been a favourite choice of designers for corporate spaces and features long, indestructible, sturdy leaves. No wonder these are called mother-in-law’s tongue in some places! Swing by Farm & Garden to start a new hobby, master your green thumb or to pick up an ideal house-warming gift. 8 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16

Fossil - a brand that takes its inspiration from vintage American culture to create quality watches, glasses, wearables and accessories – has recently opened an outlet exclusively for watches at the Lulu Mall, on the ground floor, opposite Lulu Hypermarket. This store also offers select items from Fossil’s multibrand portfolio - including brands like Skagen, Michael Kors, Armani, Diesel and Emporio Armani. As exciting as that sounds, there is no better time than now to shop away!




The world-famous Burger King is now located near the food court at Lulu Mall, Kochi. It is the first and only outlet in Kerala. Need we really say more? Head over and feast away!


Qatar-based Doha Bank has opened a state-of-the-art branch on the first floor of Lulu Mall, Kochi. With tastefully done up interiors, the branch offers a truly international experience at every step for customers. Indeed a matter of pride that another trusted and respected international name comes home to Lulu Mall! What’s more, it is the second branch in India and only branch in Kerala.


Arrow Sport’s new store located on the first floor of Lulu Mall, Kochi is a one-stop-shop for sharp fashion choices for image-conscious men. Go ahead, get that elusive edge to your wardrobe with a quick stopover at Arrow Sport!


OCT-DEC ‘16 LULU Kerala HAPPINESS-11 Available at: Lulu Fashion Store, N.H.47, Edappally, Kochi, 24.


It is classy, elegant, timeless, yet affordable – Peora is indeed a fashionista’s best kept secret, whose sparkle dazzles the observer without breaking the bank. Started in 1988 in Los Angeles, Peora has now opened its doors to the sophisticated and fashion-conscious of Kochi and the state of Kerala, exclusively at Lulu Mall. Located on the ground floor, near Lulu Celebrate, with their signature purple and steel interiors, this kiosk offers expertly crafted sterling silver, silver-based, and nonprecious metal jewellery for today’s fashion conscious consumer. Their range of jewellery includes pendants, bangles, bracelets, rings, necklaces and of course, a range of baubles for men as well!


With a range catering to everyone from babies to toddlers and even teens, The Children’s Place is an affordable and trustworthy kids’ clothing brand that produces stylish, comfortable, and durable range of tops, bottoms, dresses, pants and shorts for kids and soft clothing for babies and toddlers. They also produce accessories, and footwear for children. The Children’s Place has recently opened its first outlet in Kerala at the Lulu Mall, and the store is located on the second floor adjacent to Hamleys. Step in and you will find plenty to shop for babies, toddlers and teens aged between 0 and 14 years. The Children’s Place also has a huge collection of kids’ accessories including socks, tights, sunglasses, hats, scarves, bags and backpacks.




Zivame is India’s leading brand for all things close and personal to a woman. The brand has over 2000 styles to choose from in a variety of close-to-skin categories like bras, panties, swimwear, shapewear, nightwear, leisure wear, sportswear, easy wear and more! With a team that includes global designers, Zivame creates styles inspired by global trends that are made to fit real women. What’s more, every product at Zivame is designed with the finest mix of what is expected and the little element of something unexpected! Shop Zivame products now at first floor, Lulu Mall.


At Lulu Mall, customer satisfaction is the topmost priority. In doing so, a lot of importance is given to adopting a caring, sensible and socially conscious approach. Of course, it is always a matter of joy when one’s best efforts are amply rewarded. Lulu Mall has yet another reason to celebrate as it has been adjudged the Shopping Mall of The Year – Social Responsibility at the wellknown CMO Asia Shopping Malls Excellence Awards at Singapore. The Awards ceremony was held on August 4, 2016. Another great reason to celebrate, and a greater reason to thank customers and well wishers for their continued support and encouragement which have made this possible.


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‘Kochi is very lucky for me!’ ...says choreographer-actor-director-producer Prabhu Deva to Manigandan KR. The sensational superstar, listed by Forbes as one of India’s 100 highest earning film celebrities, opens up to LULU HAPPINESS on a number of topics ranging from his upcoming films to his fondness for Kochi and Alleppey.




he world of theatre loses a good actor when he starts dancing just as the world of dancing loses a great dancer when he begins acting. However the supremely talented Prabhu Deva has managed to break these norms, by exploring every aspect of his creativity. He has evolved over the years from being just a dancer to becoming a choreographer, an actor, a director and now a producer. With each passing day, he seems to be picking up new skills even as he continues to hone the already existing ones. One of Bollywood’s most successful directors and an equally huge name in South India, Prabhu Deva has produced four films this year alone including the critically acclaimed Sila Samayangalil! Directed by Priyadarshan, Sila Samayangalil features Prakash Raj, Sriya Reddy and Ashok Selvan in the lead. It has already made it to the final round of selection for the coveted Golden Globe Awards, which is to be held on January 8, 2017. The film, which revolves around eight characters who arrive at a pathology lab to give their blood for an AIDS test, has already come in for praise from industry insiders.

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Get Prabhu Deva to react to the praises being heaped on the film and he says with humility, “Sila Samayangalil happened through director AL Vijay. That is how the project came to me. The Chancellor of Vels University, Ishari Ganesh sir, and I are the producers along with director A L Vijay. I still remember, when we started the project, Ganesh sir said, ‘Let us take a decision. For us, what is more important is the name, not the money.’ So, the credit goes to Ganesh sir and Priyadarshan sir for this film. I have also produced other films like Devi and Bogan but even there, my pillar of support is Ganesh sir. I handle the creative part while he takes the pressures associated with producing films.” Commenting on Sila Samayangalil, Prabhu Deva says, “The movie is totally Priyadarshan sir’s baby. The complete credit for the film must go to him. I have done nothing at all. Actually, I do not even know when they started that film and when they completed it! AL Vijay was taking care of the production.” But hasn’t he worked with Priyadarshan in other projects before? Says Prabhu Deva, “ Yes, I have. I have worked with him on songs. Priyadarshan sir is someone who loves technicians. I have done only two or three songs with him and have found him to be a very cool person who is completely at ease with everybody. There is no pressure at all on you when you are working with him. He believes in making his crew feel at home on the sets. In fact, his cook would come to wherever he was and everybody would be treated to delicious Kerala cuisine. I am someone who eats well and I always had a great time enjoying the tasty delicacies being served.” Speaking of Kerala, Prabhu Deva discloses a lot of things he likes about the state and the people there. “Malayalam cinema is blessed with exceptionally talented stars and technicians. I enjoy watching the movies of Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Fahadh Faasil and Dileep as well,” he says. So, will he be working with them any time soon? “There are no plans as of now but like I always say, ‘Never say never.’ Anything can happen anytime, right?” he quips. Prabhu Deva has some special memories of Kochi in particular. The actor-directorproducer says he is a devotee of a temple in Kerala and makes a stopover at Kochi to get there. Without mentioning the name of the shrine, he says,

“I have great faith in this particular temple in Kerala and I visit at least four to five times a year. I can confidently say that several good things have happened to me as a result of praying there” Photograph Courtesy: RITZ 22 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16



Apart from that, I love the city of Kochi, in fact I consider Kochi to be lucky for me! We even had discussions in the city for a few days in connection with Rowdy Rathore,” he says and again goes back to one of his favourite topics, food. “I love steamed bananas that are such an important part of Kerala food. Of course, how can any mention of Kerala cuisine be complete without the puttu? It’s awesome too!” he says, prompting us to ask him what he thinks of the lip-smacking fish curry. Prabhu Deva replies with a smile, “I’m vegetarian!” Apart from Kochi, another place that Prabhu Deva confesses he is in love with in Kerala, is Alleppey. He says, “I have been there several times and love it.” However, he has one unfulfilled wish with regard to the place. “Unfortunately, I have never experienced a boat house in Alleppey. I have seen it from a distance while I was there on a shooting schedule. But until now, I have never stayed in one,” he rues. Coming back to his other films, Prabhu Deva who is fondly referred to by fans as India’s Michael Jackson, has just had a very successful release in Devi. The trilingual film, which he has also produced along with Ishari Ganesh, has been directed by AL Vijay, whom Prabhu Deva admires for his gentlemanly conduct and patience. Tamannaah plays the female lead in the film, which also features Prabhu Deva’s good friend Sonu Sood. Prabhu Deva has received widespread appreciation from fans for his subdued acting and terrific sense of comedy in the film. Bogan, another film that he is producing, features Jayam Ravi, Aravind Swami and Hansika in the lead. Already, the film has triggered immense interest. That is because after the 2015 blockbuster Thani Oruvan, in which Jayam Ravi and Aravind Swami starred together, the two actors will be seen together again only in Bogan!

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“I have watched 85 per cent of the film. It is extraordinary. All three stars - Jayam Ravi, Aravind Swami and Hansika are going to be showered with praise for their work in this film. There is one song that is to be shot in Bangkok. You will see Aravind Swami dancing fabulously in this film! Just wait and watch, this will create a huge impact just like Thani Oruvan did,” he signs off.







‘Naga Chaitanya is the stablising factor in my life’

...says Samantha, as she, in an exclusive interview to Manigandan K R of LULU HAPPINESS, opens up on a number of topics ranging from friendship, movies, life, fashion to prayer, love and her relationship with Naga Chaitanya...


Photograph Courtesy: SouthScope Styled By: Neeraja Kona


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weet yet strong, smart and suave, successful yet simple, Samantha Ruth Prabhu needs no introduction. The darling of the Tamil and Telugu film industries has had a dream run this year. The fact that the box office collections of every film of hers in 2016 – starting from Theri with Vijay in Tamil to Janatha Garage with Junior NTR in Telugu – have crossed the million dollar mark in the US is an indication of the commanding position that she now holds across industries that are known for their unforgiving and ruthless nature. On the personal front too, the actress has good news to share. She is all set to tie the knot with her best friend, actor Naga Chaitanya. Samantha opens up to us on her films, life, prayers, fashion and for the very first time, breaks her silence on Naga Chaitanya, the bond they share and their relationship… The Year 2016 has been magical for you. Delivering hit after hit and that too across industries at a time when the success percentage in the industry itself is dismally low is no easy task but you seem to have mastered the art of delivering hits. How could you make this possible? I’ve carefully planned this year. My initial years in the industry had a lot to do with fate and luck but this last year has been all about planning. I guess it’s all about picking the right combinations with the right director and actor. Sometimes, just because you get a big hero’s film, you jump at it. As a result, you might miss out on the next best combination that is coming. So, that is why I say this year has been carefully planned. I’ve also worked very hard to get to where I am. From the time I was young, I have been independent and street smart. Not by choice but by the fact that I have had to pull up my sleeves and work really hard. I’ve learnt to make the right decisions along the way and I hope God keeps giving me this wisdom to make the right decisions. Speaking of God, do you pray often? Not really. I wouldn’t say I am a religious person. I pray but I never pray for things. I pray for strength to handle situations. And are those prayers always answered? Yes. Always. I believe that God gives me problems only as much as I can handle.


What is your greatest strength and biggest weakness? My insecurities are my greatest strength and they are also my biggest weakness. My insecurity from the time I entered the industry has pushed me to be better and better every day. No amount of people saying, ‘Samantha, you are Number One’ or ‘You have these many hits’, affects me. It is like ‘What do I do next? How do I get better? How do I do something that cannot be done?’ These insecurities pushed me very hard over the last few years and hence the rise. But these insecurities can also destroy you if you don’t have a complete check over them because this industry is ruthless. You can be celebrated one second and completely ignored and forgotten the next. I have always worked on balancing my insecurities so that they don’t destroy me and instead always help me push harder and achieve more. It is a very fine balance that I live with, everyday. What you say sounds very taxing... It is. You work for 12 hours and then go hit the gym. Give every scene your 100%. Even if there is one bad picture, beat yourself up. If there is one bad film, forget the 100 other people who worked on it and blame yourself completely. I guess everybody thinks ‘What’s the big deal for her? She has everything!’ But it is not that at all. It is a position where you can be replaced the next day and you are constantly in competition for things that are not in your control. For instance, looks - now that’s something God and our parents have given us. We don’t have control over the changes that happen in our bodies. Yet, you are constantly ridiculed or criticised for something that is not completely under your control. Age is another example. It is a natural process but you are criticised for it. It is a very hard place to be in. Like I say, if you have a bad day, your family knows about it. If we have a bad day, the whole world knows about it. So, it’s not all glitz and glamour. When did you make the conscious choice of the way you turn out on screen and at public appearances? Does your personality dictate your fashion choices? Yes, of course. Because my clothing choices have been consistent in a way that they are minimalistic. They are not over the top in terms of colours and accessorising and the conscious decision came because my stylist also happens to be my very good friend. So, we don’t do this because we have to. We do this because this is probably the thing that we have fun doing. Neeraja (Kona, her stylist and close friend) came back from the US in 2012 and that is when we found each other. We noticed that the south heroines, including myself, never really cared so much when they went for events

and they were ridiculed and criticised by fashion blogs, reviewers. In fact, I have seen a scathing review of me, maybe during the audio release of Eega. So, we thought, ‘Hey, we dress really well normally, why don’t we put in that effort to make a point?’ Now, I guess every designer from the north loves for the heroines down south to wear their attire because their market has widened extensively in the south because we have started wearing their clothes. Now, who’ s having the last laugh?’ (chuckles) What is your most comfortable daily wear at home and to the sets? Your idea of a glamourous outfit - something that is your favourite and you feel you can never go wrong? I feel I hardly go wrong with Indian. My daily wear is really bad because when I wear it and come, everybody is like, ‘Please go and wear something else!’ Why? Because it is this really comfortable, really old pair of pyjamas that I refuse to throw out which everybody else at home wants to burn! But I can’t find another pair of pyjamas that are as comfortable and I can’t help it. And also, they are slightly torn (laughs). How would you describe Samantha Ruth Prabhu in just one sentence? Hardworking like no other.

“He has been there during moments of professional downfalls and personal downfalls. He’s been there during my relationships with other people and I have been there during his”

We heard you are getting engaged to Naga Chaitanya... Wedding bells in the near future? Yes, we are together and I think that we haven’t fixed any dates. So, every date that is out there in the media is speculation. Marriage is a while away but yes, we are publicly in a relationship.

(laughs). Suddenly, now everybody is like, ‘Hey what happened?’ But there have been subtle hints ever since 2009. In some of my first few interviews, when reporters asked me to give one word to describe heroes and asked me about Naga Chaitanya, I’ve said, ‘First love.’ He has always been a very, very important part of my life. My first film, which was Ye Maaya Chesave, was with him. And we literally grew up together in the industry. He is my first friend in the industry and he continues to be my ‘bestest’ friend. Well, it just took time for us to grow up to come to this final conclusion and we both decided that if we can’t be with each other, then we can’t be with anybody else. People who are friends and eventually fall in love usually find themselves confounded by this question of ‘I know she/ he is the one for me but by telling that to him or her, will I be running the risk of breaking a beautiful friendship?’ Were there no such doubts arising in both your minds? We are still best friends. We will always be best friends. There is a great stability in my life. I work hard to bring that balance in my personal life – with my mind. Like I said, my insecurities could be my biggest strength and weakness. And Naga Chaitanya has always been the stabilising factor in this. He has always been the one to pick me up when I might be falling. He has been there during moments of professional downfalls and personal downfalls. He’s been there during my relationships with other people and I have been there during his relationships with other people. So, there is really nothing that we don’t know about each other. There is nothing we can hide from each other because at different points of our lives, we didn’t even assume that we were going to be together. So, there were things that we told each other that now, we’d probably be like, ‘Yeah, that never happened!’ (laughs) When this decision was made, who said it first? I don’t know exactly who said it first. Let me put it this way - from 2009, there have been times when I wanted to work on the relationship and he was not ready and there have been times, when he wanted to work on the relationship and I wasn’t ready. Finally, we came to a point where, thank God, both of us wanted it equally. And that is what happened and this is the result of that very strong decision to make it work forever.

How did it all happen? Who said it first? Well I think, if you have seen interviews from every film of mine since the time I made my debut with Ye Maaya Chesave, there have always been subtle hints. I have wondered why nobody actually noticed OCT-DEC ‘16 LULU HAPPINESS 31




An Unforgettable Onam!

The much-awaited festival of Onam was celebrated with charateristic pomp and splendour at Lulu Mall, Kochi. From the very popular ‘Bid and Win’ contest to a range of entertainment performances - from still puppetry and professional jugglery to a brilliant Kathakali recital, the mesmerising Naadan Pattu of good ol’ days and even the super hit Theyyam - the mall spared no effort to ensure this was an Onam to remember for a long time to come indeed! The superstar of the Onam celebrations was of course, the gigantic ‘green’ Maveli! At 20 feet in height. the Maveli which was fabricated by artists from the Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) using mainly nature friendly materials, welcomed visitors right at the entrance. Made out of iron, special papers, jute, cloth, coir, rope and reclaimed wood the supersized Maveli is the newest addition to the retail major’s ongoing environment awareness campaign, ‘Nature First’. It is noteworthy that this is the first time any mall in the world has made a green Maveli!




Independence Day 2016 Celebrations at LuLu Mall The atmosphere was supercharged with patriotic fervour and spirit during the Independence Day celebrations at Lulu Mall, Kochi.


A caring heart Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil and Dr. Jose Chacko Periyapuram inaugurated the Lulu Heart Care Foundation event held at Lulu Mall recently. This was the first ever instrumental flash mob done in any mall in India. The video went viral with nearly 2 lakh views on YouTube.

Lulu Digex 2016 Digital Expo Kerala’s Biggest Digital Expo was held from September 3 to 6, 2016 with exciting offers and great discounts on gadgets and electronics. Snapshots from the event.

Lulu Mall very soon at Trivandrum

Trivandrum was in for a grand surprise on Saturday, August 20, 2016 when the foundation stone for Lulu Mall in the city was laid. The foundation stone laying ceremony was done by the Honorable Kerala Chief Minister, Mr Pinarayi Vijayan along with Mr M.A. Yusuff Ali, the Managing Director of LuLu Group. Several eminent personalities were present for the auspicious occasion. IN THE PIC: The model structure of Lulu Mall Trivandrum being studied by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project. Leader of Opposition, Ramesh Chennithala, E.Chandrasekharan, Minister for Housing & Revenue; Shashi Tharoor, MP; P.K.Kunjalikutty MLA; O.Rajagopal MLA; Adv.V.K.Prashanth, Trivandrum Mayor; Swami Rithamranantha and M.A.Yusuff Ali, Managing Director, Lulu Group International join him.




Shop Deepika’s Tissot watch exclusively at Lulu Mall, Kochi


Actress Deepika Padukone brought Kochi to a standstill when she inaugrated the new Tissot store at Lulu Mall recently. Here’s a roundup.



ollywood star Deepika Padukone was the cynosure of all eyes during the inaugration of the Tissot store at Lulu Mall. As Brand Ambassador of Tissot, Deepika showed up at the event looking exquisitely beautiful in a striking dress. Walking through the mall, Deepika was thrilled to greet her ecstatic fans and even praised the security arrangements made at the mall in anticipation of her visit. Top officials of Tissot participated in the event which was covered by all the regional media in Kochi. Later, tweeting about the event in her social media handle, Deepika expressed her happiness at being in Kochi. The Tissot store in Lulu Mall is located on the ground floor. Drop by at the store for the latest in watches.

Flash mob for a great cause!

Lulu Mall witnessed a unique ‘Flash Mob’ as beautiful moms put on their dancing shoes and shook a leg with their cute kids in an initiative to promote breastfeeding.

Gifting smiles… and prizes! It was big smiles and happy hearts everywhere when prizes were distributed as part of the grand Lulu Shopping festival. 23 lucky winners of the contest held in connection with this event won premium Tissot watches and two natives of Kochi won a Maruti Alto 800 Lxi each! Lulu Mall congratulates all the participants and winners.



Indigo Files

LULU HAPPINESS catches up with talented designer Shalini James to discuss her inspired collection for Mantra. THE INSPIRATION A recent trip to Jaipur rekindled Shalini’s interest in the centuries-old craft of indigo dyeing. Her master printer took Shalini for a walk around his indigo shed and explained the complex process of indigo dye extraction to her. The bubbling brew in the vats buried in the ground captured Shalini’s imagination anew and she came back charging to do a collection based on the world’s oldest blue. A SPOT OF HISTORY Until the 20th century, indigo was the only blue dye known to mankind. It was extracted from plants of the genus indigofera, the main commercial species being Indigofera tinctoria, known commonly as the true blue or the king of blues. The dye was considered a luxury product and used as far back as 2000 BC. The dye was considered a luxury product and used as far back as 2000 BC. It was used in ancient civilisations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Britain, Peru, Iran, Africa and India. Being the oldest centre for its production, India was also the primary supplier of the dye to the rest of the world in those days. THE PROCESS The indigo dye is extracted from the leaves through a living fermentation process in large, air-tight vats buried in the ground away from sunlight. Before it is exposed to air, the brew in the vat is a dark shade of green. The contact with air changes it to a rich shade of blue. Like fine wines, the blue you get depends on where the indigo is grown, the weather at the time and most importantly, the impurities in the brew. It is these impurities that give indigo its beautiful colour variations. COLOUR & PRINTS The classic indigo is readied for a summer twist with imaginatively positioned vibrant pops of colour: fuchsia, lime, tangerine, poppy red and sunflower yellow, while Shibori, batik, tie-dye, dabu and other block prints vie for attention in this collection, creating interest with its print-on-print juxtaposition. ABOUT THE COLLECTION

True blue is an eclectic collection of indigo-hued garments. What started out as a traditional desi colour adopted solely in ethnic wear, has now transitioned into a globally acknowledged blue. The most interesting adaptations of this colour are in crossover kurtas – silhouttes with seriously western leanings, but holding on here and there to their traditional bearings. DETAILING This outdoorsy line has its quirky elements – wooden buttons with tufts of thread peeping through, stitchlines and pin-tucks in places where you expect them the least and pipings that play peek-a-boo.

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SILHOUTTES Crossover kurtas balance volume and fit efficiently in the same silhouette. The have been deviously patternmade to flatter the body, without going against the season’s anti-fit mandate. Layering is the mantra here, with each feature adding another unique dimension to this collection: transparent, coloured voiles, underlying prints, asymmetrical hemlines, reversible capes and inner wear with the latter outgrowing its raison d'être.

Ethnic Elegance Heirloom Necklace in Pure 92.5 Silver with Antique Gold Polish 13600

At Kushal’s Fashion Jewellery, shop for gracefully elegant fashion and silver jewellery and accessories. Here we present to you a small selection of what’s in store for you! Lakshmi Antique Necklace 4480 Zircon Bridal Choker Necklace 12800

Pearl Chain and Silver Pendant with Antique Gold Polish 9200

Zircon Kada 690

Antique Jhumkas 1690

Silver Temple Necklace 9870

Solitaire Stones in Pure Silver Necklace 11750

Designer Jhumkas 1150

Zircon Necklace with Pearl Drops 3300

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A Bag For Every Reason Whether you’re going to an evening cocktail party or you want to hit the town, or have shopping on your mind, this bag will end your search for a companion. Exotic faux leather design complete with a signature metal logo is here to complete your diva look!

Caprese gives you every reason to indulge in their beautiful new collection. Take a look! This smart silhouette with a top zip closure will keep your belongings in place and add the right amount of colour to your wardrobe. With a neat contemporary laser-cut, it’s perfect for the girl in you.

A Bag For Every Ocassion Replete with multiple compartments to keep you super organized, this has an international appeal that is sure to make everyone look twice. With very roomy interiors and a neat exterior, this bag is perfect for travel or your everyday on-the-go self.

In a relaxed sling silhouette, the Lydia is just the thing for Autumn. In a faux leather body with woven detailing, the sling bag is accented with the brand’s signature metal logo. Slip it over your shoulder with a printed frock for a sunshine-chic statement

is located at Lulu Fashion Store at Lulu Mall, Kochi. OCT-DEC ‘16 LULU HAPPINESS 43


Style Savvy, Always!

Take your pick from these hot new styles designed by the new-age fashion brand, 1090F.

is available in Lulu Fashion Store at Lulu Mall, Kochi 44 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16



Pamper Your Skin Naturally ... with the skinfriendly range from Forest Essentials.

Soundarya Radiance Cream for lustrous facial skin

Sanjeevani Beauty Elixir to preserve and protect your beauty

Iced Pomegranate & Kerala Lime Body Cream for silky soft skin

Deeply Nourishing Body Lotion with Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime

Deeply Nourishing Facial Cleansing Paste with Almond, Pistachio & Honey

Millions of Indian women swear by the Eternal Youth Formula with the goodness of Date & Litchi

Mild yet effective Hair Conditioner Hair Cleanser with for silky smooth Iced Pomegranate tresses with the and Kerala Lime goodness of Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime

Gently exfoliating Sugar Soap

is located on the ground floor of Lulu Mall, Kochi.

Get velvety skin with this irresistible body wash

Feel instantly fresh with a few sprays of this Body Mist


Apply the advanced Refresh facial Soundarya age skin with this defying facial serum effective toner with 24K gold in the that comes with night for amazing a handy pump results

*Prices on request


Trending in

Casual Elegance

Whether it is with a jacket, the colour of your outfit or a statement accessory, LULU HAPPINESS tells you how to ace the casual look!

Take your regular jeans and upgrade with a Bomber jacket! Prints are in.. so go bold and make a statement! Printed grey light-weight jacket


Mauve and white printed tee `1295 Blue washed denim `4499 Available at Jack n Jones store in Lulu Mall, Kochi 48 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16

White cotton jacket with front zipper `2099 Polo tee in knit fabric `999 Washed indigo denim `2099 Available at Identiti store, Lulu Mall, Kochi

IDENTITI nothing else matters

A classic white casual jacket adds the perfect finishing touch to your casual fare.


Trending in Black full sleeved knit top `1695 Pleated white and black skirt


Available at Vero Moda store, Lulu Mall, Kochi


Go monochrome for a look that takes you easily from work to play! Just change your lippy!

Kester pure leather bag in deep blue `6495 Available at Hidesign store, Lulu Mall, Kochi

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Savouring Afro-Portuguese Flavours Sprawled across 2300 square feet of dining space, Galito’s, the African-Portuguese restaurant at Lulu Mall, Kochi is the perfect haven for family dining. The South African brand that was launched in 1996 at Mpumalanga city of Nelspruit, South Africa, has made its mark on the world map and is all set to capture the Indian market. The brainchild of Shafeena Yusuff Ali, Tablez Food Company, the F&B wing of Lulu International launched this international brand in Kochi last year. Its USP? Flame grilled chicken served with the legendary Peri Peri sauce. While Peri Peri, (also called African Bird’s eye chilli), is native to Africa, the Peri Peri sauce is of Portuguese origin and the unique combination of chillies, lemon, garlic, olive oil and spices add to the magical flavour. In a unique, fun endeavour, LULU HAPPINESS dines with three familiar Kochi faces at the restaurant and recounts the experience for you.


s Akshay Sebastian, MD of MOD signature jewellery, the exclusively handcrafted designer jewellery store, Jabeen Idros, Director of ‘Learn On Technologies’, the award-winning international educational software company that focuses on personalising education for children and Konjitha John, ‘Ms. Kerala 2014’ Runner-up, sit down to dine at Galito’s, their attention is drawn to the charming décor elements, most of which have been imported from South Africa. Whether it is the handwoven cane baskets that adorn the walls, the wooden lattice décor on the ceiling, the spherical bamboo lighting or the ‘tiger skin’ patterned wall panels - every element echoes the brand’s origin and culture and augment the warm ambience. A lovely setting to kickstart a memorable dining experince indeed! For starters, the Garlicky Chick-E-Naise arrives. The flame grilled chicken tossed in garlic mayo and stacked on garlic bread is crispy at first and becomes denser with the juiciness of the chicken and the flavour of the garlic and mayo. Next, the signature dish, the flame grilled chicken is served with the corn on the cob and a side of banana fritters. The chicken has a unique soft texture which has been acquired by marinating it with spices for 24 hours. But what’s even better is that the meat has been grilled without the use of any oil, which makes it a healthy choice. The fat in the meat is what melts and cooks it and the process adds to the flavour. “The chicken is flavourful and tastes awesome. I would love to see the legendary Peri Peri spice” says Jabeen who loves to travel and more importantly, savour the native cuisine of every destination she visits. The banana fritters, crispy on the outside, is soft inside and the tamarind sauce that accompanies it has a sweet, tangy taste. The corn on the cob is a tasty treat that compliments the chicken. The five Peri Peri sauces, the signature style of Galito’s, are a dining essential at this exotic restaurant and come in five different flavours – Garlic, Lemon and herb, mild, hot and extra hot. It gives you the option of choosing a ‘mild dish’ and adding the level of spice as per your taste. “Lemon and herb sauce would be my favourite pick” smiles Konjitha who prefers mild flavours. Chicken Strips topped with mayonnaise and served over fluffy rice arrives next. This juicy chicken and rice dish is a full meal by itself. The highlight of the meal is ‘Chicken and Prawn Combotada’ with a side of French fries, a dish that RECOMMENDS: comes highly recommended by the chef. The Combotada skewers instantly capture the attention of every guest in the restaurant. Served on large hanging 1. Chicken & Prawn Combotada metallic skewers, this chicken and prawn delicacy served with a distinct `1070 combination of spices is an absolute treat and a ‘must have’ at Galito’s! The chicken is spicy with a sour twist to it while the prawn has a subtle flavour. “I 2. African Supremo Burger `325 love spicy food and the chicken skewer is just perfect,” grins Akshay, a seasoned (Taxes Extra) gastronome. The White Chocolate Parfait - white chocolate moulded with cream, pistachio and walnut, garnished with pistachio candy is the pleasant finale to the delightful main course. Just when our guests sit back thinking it is over, the chef declares, “The dining experience cannot be complete without a fruit drink.” While Jabeen chooses Pineapple Daiquiri, Akshay opts for Fresh Watermelon Jabeen Idros Akshay Sebastian Konjitha John and Konjitha settles for a Green Apple Cooler. “It’s amazing that we get to taste such exotic foreign flavours right here in Kochi. The warm and excellent service which is an added plus at ‘Galito’s’ will surely keep guests coming back,” agree the trio as they set off to the creamery! OCT-DEC ‘16 LULU HAPPINESS 53

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The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience!™


ituated on the ground floor, the cosy open outlet with striking red & white décor, is literally a ‘showstopper’ at Lulu Mall. Well-lit with a warm ambience, this creamery is the very first Indian outlet of the American brand that began its journey in 1988. Tablez Food Company, head by Shafeena Yusuff Ali, joined hands with the iconic brand to start the Cold Stone Creamery® wing in India. With the Kochi outlet and two more outlets launched in Bengaluru, the team is ready to spread its wings across the South Indian market. What’s special about this brand? To begin with, the delicious ice creams are made fresh every day at the creamery! The ice creams are made using various mix-ins on a frozen granite stone, which eventually results in the rich creamy texture. The cheery team at the outlet is all smiles and full of zest as they sing and do a jig while making the ice cream – a trademark of Cold Stone Creamery®. This adds to the ‘experience’ factor and customers are charmed by the positive energy. As Akshay, Jabeen and Konjitha enter the creamery, an entire line of yummy ice creams and enticing toppings greets them, right at the entrance. They are given two options to choose from – ‘Signature Creations’ or ‘Create your own’. The Signature creations are the best combinations of ice creams and toppings that have been put together, tried and tested by the team while the latter gives the customer the option of choosing the ice cream with the choice of toppings. ‘Like it’ for small, ‘Love it’ for regular and ‘Gotta Have it’ for large, are the labels given to the size of the servings they offer. Akshay settles for the classic, ‘Founder’s Favourite’ – a sweet ice cream delight topped with pecans, brownie, fudge and caramel. “I have tasted Cold Stone Creamery® ice creams during my travels abroad and I must say I am amazed that the quality and taste of the product offered here is at par with the international standards!” comments Akshay. The team suggests ‘Cheesecake Fantasy’, a cheesecake-flavoured ice cream with nuts, strawberries, blueberries and cracker toppings for Jabeen, who is in for a pleasant surprise! “I am not very fond of cheesecakes, so I wasn’t sure if I had made the right choice but this tastes absolutely awesome!” she smiles. The ‘Germanchökolätekäke’ - the rich chocolate ice cream topped with pecans, coconut, brownie and caramel served on a waffle cone, is the treat in store for Konjitha as she indicates her preference for something chocolatey. “The texture is rich and creamy and the combination of chocolate brownies and caramel with the chocolate ice cream is just heavenly,” she grins! “Though priced a little above the usual ice creams, the product, ambience and experience are totally worth the money!” – is the trio’s final verdict! Apart from the delectable ice creams, Cold Stone Creamery® also offer shakes, smoothies, cakes and much more! Cold Stone Creamery® gets a big thumbs up from Lulu Happiness as a ‘Must Visit’ whenever you are at Lulu Mall, Kochi!


RECOMMENDS: 1. Midnight Delight Ice Cream Cake (6 inch): `1350 2. Milk & Cookies Shake (Like It) : `230 Taxes Extra

Fit and Fab

Designed To Win

One of the most iconic brands in the world, and the second largest sportswear manufacturer, Adidas requires no introduction. We visit the exciting Adidas HomeCourt at Lulu Mall, Kochi.


hat is inspiring about Adidas is the consistent focus on striving to perform at the very best. The launch of the HomeCourt concept is one such reflection which offers a consumer experience unlike any that Adidas fans have enjoyed before. Adidas HomeCourt is the third outlet of the German brand in Lulu Mall, Kochi. It is located on the second floor, adjacent to PVR Cinemas. One of the obvious benefits of the store being in Lulu Mall is that it attracts a lot of customers from the Middle East and tourists in general. It is even frequented by members of the Kerala Blasters team. Spread across 3879 square feet, the new retail concept of HomeCourt references sport in every element from the materials selected to the inspirations of the designs to even the tools used for storytelling. The collections at the store are extremely exciting too! Take for example, the Adidas ‘Speed of Light’ pack which is the new addition in the football series. Comprising different styles like Adidas Messi 16+ Pureagility, X 16+ Purechaos & Ace 16+ Purecontrol, these stylish and high performance boots draw inspiration from the colours created by the refraction of light during light speed experiments and are available in flashy bright hues of Solar Red, Solar Yellow and Shock Blue. The men’s Ultra Boost Uncaged athletic shoes have been a favourite with shoppers ever since the launch of the store. Ultra Boost Uncaged is probably the greatest pair of running shoes Adidas has ever built. A favourite equally among the ladies and men is the Tubular Collection (`10999), which is actually the revamped version of the iconic tubular runner designed for cold weather. The signature tubular outsole keeps the shoe ready for a progressive street style. The Alphabounce ( `10999) is another popular unisex collection preferred by both sexes alike. Its design fuses sock-like comfort thanks to the cosy textile lining, with a modern, pared-down design. The Bounce midsole offers energized cushioning and supports the heels and the toes. The apparel section of Adidas has been created keeping the fitness conscious in mind. For instance, the very popular Climachill range ( `2,000 - `4,000) offers maximum cooling effect, maximum ventilation and maximum comfort due to metal foils in key cooling zones and enmeshed Titanium that provides conductive cooling. The apparel even dries quickly and is highly breathable with reduced seams for comfort and of course, the ultimate cooling effect. Hop into Adidas HomeCourt at Lulu Mall and check out the exciting range today!


The Ultra Boost Uncaged Design Athletic Range

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Big, Bold And Bountiful There was much excitement when McDonald’s made their entry into India. Finally our country was getting a taste of what America had been enjoying for years before. And yes, you haven’t relished fast food if you haven’t dined at McDonald’s! The red and yellow insignia welcomes you to Lulu Mall, Kochi as the world-famous quick service restaurant chain dishes up its long list of sumptuous staples. Kochi has been taken by storm by the restaurant that serves a zillion tastebuds everyday!



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Mexican Cheesy Fries `88 Chicken Maharajah Mac `160 Big Spicy Paneer Wrap `149 (*Exclusive of Taxes)


s everyone is already aware, McDonald’s opened its first outlet in Kerala at the Lulu Mall, Kochi. The bright, spacious and peppy space is always buzzing with a vibrant crowd of guests who cut across different ages and nationalities - for this is one restaurant that nearly everyone across the globe is familiar with. So in some ways, it is comfort food for many. According to its manager, being in Lulu Mall comes with its own set of advantages. Tourists from different parts of the world, while visiting Kochi come to the mall to shop and most of them prefer to dine at McDonald’s. Lulu Mall being one of the most visited places in Kerala, McDonald’s attracts a huge number of local visitors as well. With such exciting factors working in favour of McDonald’s, the Lulu Happiness Team decided to check this place out. Located on the ground floor, opposite Lulu Hypermarket, order a Maharajah Mac at McDonald’s and indulge in a melange of savoury flavours that suit a king. The Chicken Maharajah Mac (`160) is created with a chicken patty that is perfectly grilled to give out the right balance of spices enhanced by the smoky flavour of the meat. This comes with a generous serving of melted cheese, mayonnaise, and a lavish helping of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickled jalapeño peppers packed into a soft, slightly toasted bun. The vegetarian version, or the Veg Maharajah Mac (`145) comes with a paneer, corn, and cheese patty and is flavoured with 58 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16

vegetarian (eggless) mayonnaise sauce. The Chicken and Veg Maharajah meals come with a side of fries and a beverage and are priced at `235 and ` 221 respectively. Speaking of side orders, Mexican Cheesy Fries (`88) are the latest addition to their menu, which has turned out to be a favourite of the crowd, especially among the youth. The dish is also a visual treat - beautiful golden brown fries, bright yellow cheesy sauce, and deep red salsa - giving you an intercontinental experience of Mexican flavours with an Indian twist. Your friends may recommend you eat them with a fork, but don’t hesitate to dig in with your fingers and lick off the melted cheese that trickles down your fingers. It’s a divine experience, if we may say so ourselves! Another popular and frequently-ordered dish is the Big Spicy Wrap that comes in two versions – chicken and paneer (`153 and `149 respectively) accompanied with veggies and cheese filling and neatly packed into an Indian flatbread. The wrap gets a huge thumbs-up for being affordable, different and filling. No meal is complete without dessert and the manager and staff are very resourceful in helping us choose the right sweet treats. The Walnut Brownie (`79) is a heavenly treat comprising soft serve vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge sauce, walnuts and a slab of delicious brownie - indeed the perfect way to end a filling meal.


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JEWELLERY 0 Malabar Gold Joyalukkas Josco KIDS WEAR 2 The Children’s place Kair Mothercare Benetton Kids Allen Solly kids Gini n Jony Tommy Kids LINGERINE & INNER WEAR 1 Jockey Zivame MEN’S FASHION 2 Identiti 1 Raymond Louis Phillippe Park Avenue Peter England Celio Indian Terrain MTM Vdot Zodiac Basics Manyavar Blackberrys Color Plus Mufti 0 Creyate Jack & Jones Rare Rabbit MOBILE/ELECTRONICS 2 Lulu Connect Micromax True Tek Zahra Techlink Samsung Mobile Imagine MONEY EXCHANGE 0 Lulu Forex Thomas cook 62 LULU HAPPINESS OCT-DEC ‘16

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WOMEN’S FASHION 2 Yavonne Arabian Souk 1 Soch Mantra Jashn Global Desi W Aurelia Biba Anu Reshma Label M 0 Veromoda AND KIOSK 2 Abhiman Craft Infinite Possibilities MacV Shilpakala Red Moments 1 50 Shades Damini Go Colors Kaya Sangeetha Bags Skinn Titan V-star Top Grain 0 Idea Kompanero Lotus Peora -1Floweringo Blackswan


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Lulu Happiness - Official Mall magazine of Lulu Mall Kochi October - December 2016 issue

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Lulu Happiness - Official Mall magazine of Lulu Mall Kochi October - December 2016 issue