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2 Ed’s letter 3 Contributors 4 a  modaTRENDS The top 10 items we fell in love with 6 a  modaBuzz From Bollywood to Hollywood, we give you your celebville news round-up 28 Subscriptions Not only will you save money if you subscribe, you can also win a goodie bag worth R2500 37 amodaOnline The fun continues on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest 78 Horoscopes What do the stars have in store for you this month

amodaFashion 12 Summer essentials Be ready this summer with the latest fashion trends 13 the tank for your type Be sure that you have the correct tank top for your body type



14 Rag to riches Bhibu Mohapatra rise to fame 17 South African designer to watch: Lameez Claasen 18 Fashion forward Pernia Qureshi on her Pop-Up Shop 19 The Style Guide Farhana Bodi shares her latest trends with us 42 Straight from the runway. Gavin Rajah’s ready-to-wear creations





22 Time of the writer Shubnum Khan talks creativity, teaching and the concept behind her book, Onion Tears 24 amodaICON Kareena Kapoor - all hail the new queen of Bollywood 34 Change you thinking, change your life Turn your dreams into reality 35 Now that’s what I call love A couple’s determination to stay together despite their different religions 76 amodaRSVP Have you been caught on camera? 80 Up close and personal with Sureshnie Rider

48 Meet the new Bollywood IT Girls. We introduce you to the new stars of Bollywood 52 Watch, listen, read The latest movies, music and books reviewed



30 Summer showstoppers Look great this summer with the latest beauty products 32 Bollywood’s mane attraction Why we obsessed with Bollywood’s hair stereotypes

68 Summer loving We share the most romantic recipes to ensure a magical date 64 Eat out We review the best restaurants


70 The long and short of it Long Beach is pure heaven and worth the visit

38 The object of my affection What men are really thinking 39 Hot and spicy Eye candy to drool over 40 Bachelor of the month Zaheer Cassim



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amodaBrides 58 Snap happy Five questions to ask when choosing your wedding photographer.

amodaHomes 62 Putting a price on Luxury We take you inside South Africa’s most expensive property, Enigma Mansion.


amodaMotoring 74 Sexy, sporty and powerful Our picks of the best sports cars



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I am in love with the clothing and accessories from Top Shop. So imagine how happy I am that outlets are to open in Johannesburg in November and in Durban by the end of the year. But for now, I will carry on shopping online!

rowing up in a mixed race family, I must admit to having never fully embraced the Indian culture. With my father’s family being Roman Catholic and predominantly Coloured, and my mother’s side being Indian and a mix of religious beliefs, finding common ground was somewhat tricky – so I just stuck with my paternal culture and beliefs. But slowly yet surely, and as I became introduced to the song, dance, intense story lines and colourful costumes that are Bollywood, my interest in the Indian culture developed. I suddenly couldn’t wait for wedding invites, Hindu ceremonies in particular, as the vibrant colours, over-the-top décor and rich aromas were electrifying. So imagine my excitement when I was offered the opportunity – rather privilege – to be editor of South Africa’s first high-end Indian fashion and lifestyle magazine. The amoda team is extremely proud to present our official launch edition and, based on the public’s response, magazine stands, reception rooms, bedside tables and bathrooms (yes, we are all guilty of multi-tasking!), will be graced with this gorgeous read. Many long days, late nights and hair pulling has gone into producing this magazine – in time and of the quality standard our readers deserve. amoda encapsulates everything that is beautifully-Indian. Our line-up boasts weddings, homes, lifestyle, fashion, celebrity gossip, book reviews, recipes and so much more. Our cover story on page 24 revolves around the life and times of the stunning Kareena Kapoor and her journey to stardom. Be sure to look out for the latest on other Bollywood and Hollywood stars on page 6. For all you real estate moguls, also on offer is the breathtaking R300 million Enigma Mansion in Cape Town. Pulling décor ideas from the Louis XVI era, the house offers everything from massage temples to outdoor luxury – sparing no expense of course! Read about the Enigma Mansion on page 62. And if you just want to catch up on the latest fashion and beauty trends in time for summer, then we’ve got you covered. Our motto: whatever you do, make sure you do it in style. So go crazy – amoda crazy!

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“But slowly yet surely, and as I became introduced to the song, dance, intense story lines and colourful costumes that are Bollywood, my interest in the Indian culture developed. ”

contributors Heroies Khan

Roxanna Kassam Kara lives with her

husband in their teeny-tiny downtown apartment. She is currently pondering: • Whether to hyphenate her last name • How on earth she is going to fit all her clothes in their two meager closets • Why, in 30 odd years, she has never managed to return a book to the library on time She is currently in love with: • The dramatic fashion of Hitchcock heroines • The word “indeed” • The idea that she never has to plan another wedding again Roxanna shares with us the five important questions that you must ask when choosing a wedding photographer on page 54.

Sarah Browne

loves exploring the food and style of the various cultures that we have locally. She also loves sharing her findings with the brilliant people we have in South Africa – especially those who have a more worldly flavour to offer! Sarah has long been a firm believer that style comes from freedom of personal expression and no one does that better than an Indian woman. Swirling colours, spicy palettes and even spicier personalities – Sarah just can’t get enough of the vibrancy of Bollywood and those who embody its spirit! Sarah shares her fashion tips with us on page 10

is well-renowned. recognised as one of the youngest, peak performance coaches, speakers and consultants in Asia. For almost seven years he has helped over 40 000 people in over six countries create personal and professional transformations. His mission is to provide the tools and strategies that everyone needs to transcend beyond their limiting fears and beliefs, accomplish their goals and realise their true desires. Heroies gives us advice on how to change our thinking in order to change our lives on page 32.

Julia Mafcher

, amoda’s fashion and beauty editor began her career in the media at the Cape Argus newspaper where she reported on daily lifestyle news. She then moved to the city of gold and landed a job at The Property Magazine where she compiled features, lifestyle, fashion and beauty pages. A year later she moved into the women’s glossy magazine industry as assistant features editor and travel editor at woman&home magazine. She was also acting health and beauty editor for three months. She’s currently editor of business tourism magazine MeetingsSA and the annual SA Conference Directory. Give her five star luxury hotels, pretty in pink make up and beauty products as well as drop dead gorgeous fashion, and she’ll be happy. Julia helps you plan your next Mauritius trip on page 66.

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SPRING FLORALS Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire EdP smells heavenly. It is the perfect scent for this season and remember to spritz as patting ruins the fragrance.

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It was love at first sight when we saw this Ms Match bracelet. The crystal stud detail is stunning!


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With every Deepa, Sabisha and Privani, owning a tablet, we thought it was such a clever idea to make a fashionable carrier bag. TBags come in a variety of fabric choices so you will find the perfect fit for your outfit.


Read all about it... what have your favourite stars been up to?

Shah Rukh Khan Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan became nostalgic as he remembered his late father on his death anniversary on 19 September. “Where shall I find you now, in which garden can we sit? Where might you and I chat for a bit? My father’s barsi today. 31 years without him,” tweeted the 46-year-old. Shah Rukh recently fulfilled one of his father’s wish by visiting Kashmir. The superstar was there to shoot Yash Chopra’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and shot in Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Srinagar for it. In the film, Shah Rukh Khan plays an army officer named Samar, and he is paired opposite Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

Nargis Fakhri

Deepika Padukone Actress Deepika Padukone is honoured to receive the Smita Patil Memorial Award, and says such awards make her feel confident about her choice of work. “She’s (Smita Patil) someone whose work I admire a lot and the fact that I have got this award at such an early stage of my career, definitely makes me feel like I must be doing something right,” Deepika said at the awards. “It gives me the confidence to go ahead and choose the kind of films I have been doing and believe in the kind of roles that excite me,” Deepika, a model-turned-actress, started her film career with Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan. Her acting skills have been appreciated in the film circle, and she has won awards too. Deepika says actors don`t work for awards, but if their hard work fetches them one, it`s a great feeling. Asked if she hopes for a National award, she said: “That’s every actor’s dream. When you do a shot in front of the camera, when you are working, that’s not what is in your mind, you are not working to win the award. But at the end of the day when you finish a film and put in all the hard work, of course you want all the awards and if there is a National award that comes my way, most definitely.” Deepika’s forthcoming films include Kochadaiyaan, Race 2, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and Ram Leela.

Nargis Fakhri says she was never inclined towards acting, but the beautiful script of Rockstar, her debut movie, propelled her to change her mind. “I wasn’t supposed to be an actress, but when I heard the story of Rockstar, I was like ‘Oh my god! I so wanted to do this’. (So) acting happened by accident.” The 32-year-old, who played Ranbir Kapoor’s love interest in Rockstar, was recently named the brand ambassador of HCL Infosystems`s computing products. She feels God has been very kind to her on the professional front. “I always feel that God has blessed me with many good things in life and he gave me so many wonderful opportunities in my life. I never say no to adventure and this is the reason why I was not able to say no to my debut film, because the story was beautiful. When you feel something in the heart, then you can’t say no (to it),” she added.

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Vidyut Jammwa

Vidya Balan

Actor Vidyut Jammwal turned into a real-life action hero when he managed to nab two thieves who broke into his house.“A couple of thieves broke into his house assuming that the house was empty and unattended. Vidyut was inside and came to investigate when he heard a sound coming from the living room,” a source said. “On seeing Vidyut, the intruders attacked him with the intention of injuring him. But they couldn’t succeed,” the source added. The Force actor is trained in martial arts, especially Kalaripayattu. The source also revealed that after the brawl with the thieves, he reported them to the police and had them picked up from his house.Vidyut’s official spokesperson confirmed that the incident did occur.

Bollywood’s topmost actress Vidya Balan, who has been in a steady relation with UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur, is all set to say ‘I do’ this year. And if the reports of the power couple’s wedding are to be relied on, the marriage might happen by the end of this year. After publicly announcing her relationship with Siddharth last year, Vidya was often seen with her beau in private parties and making trips for holidays abroad. Last heard, the couple bought a posh love nest in a Mumbai suburb close to the sea. However, the lovey-dovey duo is yet to make a public announcement of their rumoured wedding. Yet, sources close to Vidya and Sid have revealed that the couple is focusing on final preparations of the marriage which might see the day of light in December 2012. Well, congrats to the couple for the good news and we just hope that these two won’t put us off by starting another round of acceptance and denials just like how Saifeena did.

Tusshar Kapoor Tusshar Kapoor, who was reportedly upset with actress Sridevi for her remarks on the remake of his father, Jeetendra’s 1983 film Himmatwala, says his reaction was misunderstood. “Sometimes misunderstandings happen, but that’s not what I meant. I only showed possessiveness over the film, I liked her a lot in it. I am no one to be upset with somebody who is so senior, so popular, such a big legend,” the 36-year-old said here. Himmatwala also starred Sridevi in it, and is now being remade by Sajid Khan, with Ajay Devgn and southern actress Tamannah in lead roles. Asked about the remake, Sridevi had commented that the film was no Mughal-e-Azam, a comment that reportedly left Tusshar miffed. In response to Sridevi’s comment, he had said that it is not good to run down a film that gave her a standing in the industry. Meanwhile, Sridevi is gearing up for her big screen comeback with English Vinglish.

Sheryln Chopra It was probably a long time coming. Sheryln Chopra, 25, has become the first Indian to pose for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine. Expectedly, the move has catapulted the Bollywood starlet to the limelight in a way her handful of appearances in mostly forgettable films couldn’t. She was also a contestant on the Indian version of Big Brother in addition to some modeling assignments. Promoting the November spread, included a teaser stating,“Coming soon to Playboy magazine and, a historic nude pictorial of Bollywood sensation Sherlyn Chopra, the first Indian woman

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Parineeti Chopra Parineeti Chopra is rumoured to have found a new love. The Ishaqzaade Girl, according to the grapevine, is dating Manish Sharma, the man who directed her in her film Ladies V/S Ricky Bahl. While Parineeti, sometime back, was romantically linked to Uday Chopra, Manish too was having a steady affair with a colleague until Parineeti came into his life. Pari and Manish often spend quality time at various nightspots and restaurants in Mumbai. Spilling more beans to a national daily, a source said, “Both of them are foodies and are often spotted at a Bandra eatery.” Apparently, Parineeti, who features in Manish’s upcoming film, accompanied him to Jaipur for a recce in July this year. Well, there’s definitely something on between them!

Preity Zinta Preity Zinta found a perfect mini version of herself in her niece Maya for a role in Ishkq In Paris. Preity had initially launched an online search for a young girl with a dimpled right cheek, who could play her younger version in Ishkq In Paris. But she found a young Preity in her own family! Maya, who is Preity’s brother’s daughter, flew from Los Angeles to Paris to shoot for the film. “Maya is very young, so she didn’t really care much about acting. For her, it was more of an adventure. She was more than excited to be part of her aunt’s film. From the professional point of view, she was extremely nice to work with,” director Prem Raj said in a statement. Ishkq in Paris is not just Preity’s comeback film, but also marks her foray into film production. It will release on 2 November.

Priyanka Chopra Apart from the accolades she has been earning for her stupendous performance in Barfi!, actress Priyanka Chopra is enjoying the compliments that are pouring in from her Bollywood colleagues for her international music debut titled ‘In My City’.Applauding PeeCee’s singing talent, megastar Salman Khan took to Twitter to rave about the just released number sung by Priyanka. “Omg! Jst heard priyanka chopra`s english track 3 times bak to bak , called in my city . Its fab , outstanding ! SALAAM miss chopra” (SIC), Salman tweeted. ‘In My City’, featuring international singer, is produced by RedOne and Brian Kennedy. It is an emotional and feel-good song, which was unveiled at a ceremony in Mumbai, and internationally launched on on the NFL Network in September.

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Salman Khan Salman Khan’s marriage has been the rallying point for many in the industry as well as the media. Close on the heels of Saif and Kareena’s marriage, when someone inquired about the elite guests who would be included in the list of invitees of Salman Khan’s wedding, the actor shocked everyone by saying, “When I get married, I am not calling anybody”. Shell shocked as the attendees were, Salman dropped another bomb which directly cast doubt on the much touted Saifeena’s wedding all together. The actor talking about Saif and Kareena’s 16 October wedding said, “Since I haven’t got an invitation yet, I don’t think, it’s (wedding) happening.” He further said, “Weddings are a personal, private matter. When I get married, I don’t think I’m calling anybody.” Well, by this statement was he just trying to share details about his own marriage or give some hint to Saifeena to tone down the vibe surrounding their wedding? We can just wonder.


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Ranbir Kapoor Actor Ranbir Kapoor, 30, refused to confirm reports that he will be seen opposite Kareena Kapoor in Zoya Akhtar`s next film.“Nothing has been confirmed as of now. We are very close friends so we keep talking, but nothing is confirmed,” he told reporters at a promotional event of his latest film, Barfi. The actor also said that he would love to direct and produce a film under the RK Films banner, but doesn’t have the time at the moment. “I have been saying that I want to direct and produce a film. But I am very busy and this is my fault only that I don’t have time. I am conscious about it and I really hope that I can make movies soon,” he said.Anurag Basu’s Barfi also stars Priyanka Chopra and debutant actress Ileana D’Cruz.

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Farewell Prabuddha

Noted fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta, who died in August, pursued a variety of photography projects and was considered a major photography talent in India. His work was exhibited internationally, both in solo and group shows, and published in Indian, French, English, Italian and American magazines. “One of the finest photographers and a dear friend, Prabhuda, passed away. RIP. This has been a dark week,� actor Farhan Akhtar said.

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Rags to riches


hen news of Michelle Obama wearing Bibhu Mohapatra’s dress at the Jay Leno show reached the sleepy town of Rourkela, it was a reason for a collective high in Odisha. Speaking from New York, Bibhu still gets goosebumps when he recalls how his family reacted to the news. “I had sent them a clip so that they could watch the show. Later, when I called them up, I was pleasantly surprised to know that there was a gathering at home. There was a frenzy and for a moment, I felt as if I had missed out on someone’s birthday. It took some time for me to understand that they were all rejoicing the fact that the First Lady of the US had worn my creation,” says Bibhu. This, however, doesn’t mean that everyone back home understands international fashion trends. “When

Bibhu Mohapatra talks about dressing the US First Lady, why Glenn Close wants to shoot a video with him and his project with the Odisha government.

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my mom was alive, she had once seen a photograph of a model in one of my outfits and said that the lady doesn’t wear clothes where she needs to and instead has a tail sweeping the floor!” says Bibhu, fondly laughing at the innocence that gave birth to such a comment. “I come from a very humble background. My father, who is an engineer, still can’t understand how one can make a livelihood by being a designer. When they read about me in magazines, their reaction stems out of pride and joy and not from an understanding of my creations,” he explains. But for the man himself, Michelle Obama wearing his creation is a reason for pride. “She is super real. She has a trained eye and knows exactly what looks good on her. I knew she would be taking my dress on her trip to the Olympics. Before she appeared on the Jay Leno show, I got a call from her staff at the White House saying: “Watch out for the show. You’ll be happy”. I’ve already dressed quite a few celebs but there is something different about Michelle Obama. Her reach is huge. Even her staff understands what her support means to me and my fellow designers. I haven’t met her as yet but I’ve heard that she has said that she feels cute in my dress.” As he speaks about the Obama connection, one wonders how he stays grounded without succumbing to an overwhelming sense of pride that comes with dizzying success. “That has a lot to do with my family. I distinctly remember my struggle days. I had followed my brother from Rourkela to Kolkata. I used to stay in a cheap hotel behind Chowringhee. Peeling paints, common toilets with creaking doors that had eroded on the sides and bedsheets that weren’t washed for weeks — our hotel resembled an unclean hospital ward.

The size of the room was barely that of the desk I now have in my New York office. The whole day, my brother and I would roam around Kolkata and by the time we returned to the hotel at night, we were half-dead. We could barely manage to climb up the flight of stairs to the fifth floor and then crash in bed. Yet, we were happy. Kolkata shares the same energy as New York. That inspired me,” he says.


Soon he speaks about the first time he was supposed to travel to the US. “I woke up at 5 in the morning and went to the Visa office so that I would be the first one in the queue. That was in 1995 and I still hadn’t even seen an aeroplane before. Both mom and dad came down to Kolkata to see me off. The night before I was supposed to leave, my dad sat me down and shared with me a lesson of life: “If anyone does anything for you, remember it. Don’t measure what the person did just remember the contribution”. That, Bibhu feels, has kept him rooted. “I have often seen my father sit up in bed in the middle of the night wondering how to pay his staff when he ran his own company. My mother was very supportive and would insist that he pay his staff instead of saving for us. Today, whatever values I have inculcated, is because of them.” Regrets, if any, are that of not being able to take his mom to the US. “My mom passed away after having spoken to my aunt about how excited she was

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to visit me in New York. Later, I told my dad to visit me but he said he would feel horrible to go to New York now that the person who really wanted to go wasn’t around,” his voice trails off.


ut before he allows emotions to choke him, he talks about his recent tryst with Hollywood star Glenn Close. “She has worn my clothes earlier and last week, she came to get the fittings done. I have been inspired by watching her in movies such as Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liasons. The fact that someone like her comes to my studio makes me all the more humble. And then to be told that she and her husband want to shoot a video of creative people that includes me makes me even more rooted,” he says. As far as his own roots are concerned, Bibhu is more than happy talking about his project with the Odisha government that taps his passion for using ethnic fabric to create something modern. “I am involved in this project with the Odisha government to conceive a line of textiles. I had gone to Odisha on a five-day trip when I visited four or five villages that have 


their own styles of weaving. I am waiting for the first set of samples to arrive so that I can start work on using the ikkat weaves for creating something modern,” he offers.


hile talking international trends, what does he think has been most hyped? Pausing for a moment, he says, “I think, it is the association of the colour black with edginess. I love black but an all-black attire doesn’t mean being edgy for me. I like to play with light and shadow.” And what is his definition of being sexy? “A mysterious sophistication is what I’d call the ‘right sexy’. It empowers a person. A ‘wrong sexy’ tag would go for overt explicitness. When I dress someone, I don’t make her a different person. Instead, my dresses bring out more of the person.” Having courted so many Hollywood celebs, doesn’t he aspire to design for

American First Lady, Michelle Obama feels pretty and feminine in Mohapatra’s dresses.

What makes Mohapatra’s dresses so special? For one, he has a great sense of colour: cinnamon, deep emerald, cerulean, gold, the designer says, inspired by his native India. For two, his creations are often have an element of surprise: He’ll trim an aqua silk column with gold titanium or make a coat out of woven peacock feathers. The lavish embroidery and beading on his dresses are done in India.

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American actress and singer, Debby Ryan looked stunning in a Mohapatra dress.

movies? He has designed for an opera but hasn’t got any movie offers yet. But Bibhu is a huge movie buff and back in New York, whenever his professional appointments in the evenings fall through, he invariably watches an Odia or a Hindi movie. “The standard of Odia movies has gone down from what it was in the late 60s or early 70s. I got hold of this old video of an Odia song, Nida bhara rati, and watched it. It was so beautifully picturised. The young blood needs to revive that spirit while shooting contemporary Hollywood movies.” But that will take time and before it happens, Bibhu will be returning to India in October. This time around he wants to get some of his creations for sister Lopa, who was his first muse. “The last time she wore my dress, she was all giggly even though most parts of her body was covered. It covered more than what a sari does.” This time around, he will get something else and as always, gift-wrap it with love.


Canadian television host, actress, and former fashion model, Hannah Simone shines in her Mohapatra creation.

amodaFASHION My design style is creating sustainable yet viable clothing while including hints of shape and twists of dramatisation

south african designer to watch

Lameez Claasen Cape Town based fashion designer Lameez Claasen graduated in 2009 from one of Cape Town’s prestigious design institutions, the Design Academy of Fashion. In that same year, she showcased a collection at the Gradute Show at Arise Cape Town Fashion Week and in 2011 she was one of the finalists in the ELLE New Talent young designer search. Lameez showcased this year at the South African Fashion Week and was so well received that she will be launching her label in the next few months.

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Fashion forward Pernia Qureshi, leading stylist and fashion icon, has embarked on an exciting journey in the fashion industry. With her e-commerce venture,, India’s premier designers are now accessible to a global clientele. Whether you’re in London, New York or South Africa, the elite labels of Indian fashion are just a click away. in India however they all face the same dilemma. The product is generic and not one has been able to build a platform that offers true fashion. And to fulfill this category, almost six months back, the idea of Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop was incorporated which will showcase, at each point, beautiful and carefully picked fashion by me. Whether you’re in London, New York or South Africa great Indian fashion is now just a click away. What does the future hold for Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop? I see Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop as the leading ‘true fashion website’ in India that offers global fashion services. To keep the site exciting we plan on introducing more Indian designers with new interactive sections for the customers.

About Pop-Up Shop Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop is a carefully curated design platform that articulates Pernia’s personal style and her accumulated experience. With this expertise at the helm, she brings you the opportunity to enhance your wardrobe with the creative excellence of the most coveted designers as well as the vibrant energy of bright young talent. Exclusive to the website is also Pernia’s eponymous label – Pernia Qureshi, her debut women’s wear collection. In addition, Pernia gives you a personal touch with her own section titled ‘Pernia’s P.O.V (Point of View)’. These stylised looks present you with pieces from different designers available on the website, and entice you to make your own stylish choices. And the best part is that everything is priced in Rands and shipped to South Africa.

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When did you know you wanted to be in the fashion industry? I have always been passionate about fashion but the thought of making it a career struck me in my first year of college while I was interning with Indian Cosmopolitan. What is your fashion/style statement? I wear anything that looks good and classy, though vintage wear takes up most of my wardrobe. Top five picks for the day and night, from the designers being featured on your website? The Grecian pleated long dress by Alpana & Neeraj is perfect for an elegant soirée. The Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna full sequined front knot dress and the Atsu gold sequined dress with front bow offer the right dose of bling for a glam night out. Ayesha Khurram’s skull kaftans and Pia Pauro’s crinkle skirt dress with embroidery fit the bill for statement day wear. Where does your inspiration come from while working on a collection? Like they say beauty is in the eye of beholder, my inspiration lies in everything that surrounds me. From people to art, I gorge on ideas from everywhere. Tell us about the concept of Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop? There are a number of e-commerce sites being set up




She is sophisticated, sexy, sassy! Farhana Bodi shares the latest trends.




est-known for her creative fashion and beauty flair, Farhana Bodi has her hands full being a model, entrepreneur, make-up artist and personal stylist. Of course the job does come with its perks, such as rubbing shoulders with likes of Paris Hilton and Richard Branson. But then again, not many women can make jeans and a vest look fashionforward with minimal effort. Topping the A-list of internationally-renowned make-up brands such as Bobbi Brown and MAC, Farhana’s look is always flawless and polished; drawing accessory inspiration from Dolce and Gabbana, Chanel, Zuhair Murad and Ellie Saab.

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Wardrobe tips

Farhana’s style secret is simple: mix and match high-street fashion with designer wear. After all, fashion is about not giving a damn, right? Rock French lace with studded jackets, and ripped denims with extra bling. Try warm yet subtle colours like wine grape and dusty pinks. Throw in some gold embellishment add a dash of black lace, and you’re ready to paint the town red. Following the latest season’s collections, most international designers swayed towards trends in Indian fashion and embroidery.

Don’t forget hair and make-up

Farhana is no stranger to the party scence and fashion ramps

One can never go wrong with natural make-up, with just a hint of glam for those night occasions, or be daring with a smoky-eyed look. It is vital to maintain good skin. If your skin is nice, there is no need to apply too much make-up. But don’t forget the all-important eye cream for that morning after the night before! When it comes to hair, why not let your natural curls shine through by adding a couple of extra waves. Final tip: Eat plenty of apples and fish. Wash down with lots of water and green tea.

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Time of the writer Shubnun Khan talks creativity, teaching and the concept behind her book Onion Tears.

One of the most visually reflective writers to come out of recent South African memory, Shubnum Khan, has an uncanny ability to transpose past events and place them in current socially inclusive contexts, something which is both a marvel and somewhat comes out of necessity to see herself reflected in the literature medium. We spoke to her about Indian writing, creative processes and participating at Time of the Writer.


ell us about what initially influenced you to become a writer and your early experiences with books? When I was little, my sister would take me to the local library. Every night she would read to me from Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl. I would sit enthralled as I heard about the saucepan man and the magic farawary tree. Thirteen years later, I found myself at the library again when I had given up on studying architecture, fine art and then visual art. I was at my wits end and took up a job volunteering at the library. Being around all those books reminded me of

how much I enjoyed reading and then I took up a degree in English and Media and started pursuing my Masters in Creative Writing. The rest, as they say, is history. Lets talk about Onion Tears and how did the concept and the idea of the book initially come about? Onion Tears is a novel about the love and losses of three generations of Indian Muslim women living in South Africa. I never planned to write a novel like this; I thought I would have written something more funny with talking cats and invisible worlds. But, in retrospect, I realise my mother had six older sisters and

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amodaPEOPLE I have three and it seemed inevitable that I would write about the pain and joy of this community. Indian women are so dear and work so hard; they are stories waiting to burst onto a page with their cooking and heartaches and hard work. You have always emphasised the idea of exploring identity, why do you think this issue is important in South Africa today? I think it’s always important to explore issues of identity. It is so telling of histories and contexts and states of nations when we discuss issues of identity. It is a life long struggle of everyone. We always see ourselves in relation to our parents and our children and society, and religion and culture and, in my case, being Indian and African. It’s overwhelming. To think about it and to explore it through literature is to take a step into understanding yourself. What do you think of the image of Indian women in South African? Is it directly reflective of how Indian women actually are? As with most identities, it is never static and I would never say Onion Tears is representative of all Indian women in South Africa. This is exactly why each woman in the novel is so different from the other. You write both fiction and journalism. How do you manage to transition between the two mediums? I often think that failed journalists go into fiction writing and failed fiction writers turn to comfort in journalism. In some ways they are the same – you look for a story and you write it with a beginning, a middle and an end. Of course the way you do it is different. Journalism requires a certain technicality and feverous dedication that I did not think I was suited to. On the other hand fiction writing requires patience, reflectivity and even a level of messiness that I enjoy. I mainly write creatively now but if I do write feature pieces, it’s mainly from a reflective point of view. In the few journalistic gigs I’ve done, I’ve seen the kind of life you have to lead and I’m still deciding if that’s for me. We see a lot of younger women in South Africa getting their writing published. What do you think this means for the future of local writing? In all fields it seems that increasingly young people are achieving success. I take this as a positive sign that the fresh perspective of youth is finally being encouraged and appreciated. The women’s perspective is one often fraught with emotion and pain and often ignored. It would be interesting to see what would happen if the

Indian women are so dear and work so hard; they are stories waiting to burst onto a page with their cooking and heartaches and hard work.

literature powers in this country shift from old white men to young black women. There are not many recognised Indian writers in South Africa as one would hope. Where do you see the future on ‘Indian writers’ in South Africa? Increasingly, I believe it is very difficult to label writers as Indian or any other form of cultural classification. While my novel and previous novels by Indian authors like Ronnie Govender do focus on the Indian culture very closely, other new Indian authors do not. Hamish Hoosen Pillay writes crime fiction, Azad Essa focuses on political discourse in South Africa. So I wonder if there is a future for the ‘Indian’ writer in South Africa when increasingly we see in this country how similar our narratives are becoming. Surely as our cultural pot melts further, we will have ‘South African’ writers.

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areena apoor

- all hail the new queen of Bollywood Noted for her brilliant performances in numerous Bollywood films, with the hit movie Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham becoming India’s highest-grossing title in the overseas market, Kareena Kapoor’s critically-acclaimed career won her six Filmfare Awards – and the hearts of millions of fans worldwide. 

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eing the younger daughter of actors Randhir Kapoor and Babita – not to mention sister to the famous Karisma Kapoor – it would seem obvious that Kareena’s family would groom her for the spotlight. But this was quite the contrary with her father disapproving of women entering the acting profession because he believed it conflicted with the traditional maternal duties and responsibilities of women in the family. The objection resulted in a dispute between her parents and ended with her mother leaving the house with Kareena and Karisma. After her parents’ separation, Kareena was raised by her mother, who worked several jobs to support her daughters until the eldest daughter, Karisma, debuted as an actress in 1991. Kareena, however, did not make her acting debut until 2000 when she starred in the movie Refugee. Even though the highlycommended Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham became one of Kareena’s biggest commercial successes to date, the road to stardom was not an easy one.

The critics

first to be launched by an Indian actress. Kareena’s line, as she states, is very reflective of her personal sense of style and will have her unique label on it. “Just like I am pretty casual about my dressing, my line will also consist of an extremely wearable yet stylish collection,” she was quoted in media reports. “I will also be involved in the planning and designing process of the clothing.” Her clothing line debuted in stores across India around 2009 and was an instant hit. And let’s not omit her most distinctive physical feature – her signature lips – which have been cited by the Indian media as her trademark.

In the public eye

Over the years, Kareena gained a reputation for discussing her professional and private life with the press – sparing no details. In an interview with Filmfare, she explained that growing up in a film family helped her develop a sense of professionalism and dedication towards her craft. And she needed to keep that level-headed thinking to handle the media after her relationship with Bollywood stud, Saif Ali Khan, became public knowledge. The couple, dubbed “There is a certain image Saifeena by the entertainment media, have that people identify become one of India’s most reported celebrity you with, and it always stories since the love affair was announced follows you whichever in 2007. They are due to be married later role you play. I am trying this year.

After receiving negative reviews for her somewhat ‘repetitive’ roles, Kareena was determined to take on more challenging roles, despite being constantly criticised by the film to transgress this image industry. Not giving up on her dream On-screen vs. off-screen and become more of being a renowned actress – a dream Having been cast as arrogant and vain in her screen-friendly than she had held on to since childhood – earlier roles, Kareena’s on-screen personae image-friendly”. Kareena took on the role of a sex sometimes emanated through her real-life worker in the 2004 film Chameli, personality, with a huge section of the press which proved to be the turning point in citing her as just that. In her defence, she her career. explained that her honesty and openness She was later noted for her was often perceived as arrogance. Prior to performances in the critically-acclaimed projects Dev (2004) the release of the movie in which she played a sex worker, she and Omkara (2006). It wasn’t long thereafter before Bollywood stated: “There is a certain image that people identify you with, snapped her up for leading roles, with the first being in the and it always follows you whichever role you play. I am trying romantic comedy Jab We Met (2007), for which she received the to transgress this image and become more screen-friendly than Filmfare Award for Best Actress, followed by the drama 3 Idiots image-friendly.” (2009), which became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of Apart from being called “a snob” and “spoilt” by the media, all time. she is also known for her assertive and moody nature, having confessed to being a hypersensitive, emotional girl – admitting to being extremely candid and blunt. Fashion forward When asked about the comparison with her sister, Kareena But Kareena’s fame does not end with film. Her impeccable described their personalities as being “poles apart” and credited fashion sense has made her a fashion icon for young women her mother for allowing them to be the way they were. In an globally. She launched her own clothing line in association with article featured in Verve magazine, her outspoken views and being the former brand ambassador for the retail chain Globus. assertive nature were cited as having a major contribution to her Not only did Globus experience a 75% increase in sales during career; noting that it “added to her superstar aura”. her time as brand ambassador but her clothing line was the

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Kareena is currently considered one of the most popular Bollywood celebrities in India. A 2009 poll conducted by the Daily News and Analysis, revealed that she was one of India’s most popular icons and, along with her partner, was listed among the top celebrity couple endorsers for brands and products worldwide. She became the only Indian actress to be featured on CNN Go’s list of Who Mattered Most in India and was later selected by Verve magazine in its list of India’s most powerful women during the period 2008 to 2010. And if that, coupled with the title of Asia’s Sexiest Woman 2011 doesn’t scream success, Kareena was placed eighth on Filmfare magazine’s annual Power List – an achievement she repeated from the previous year, where she was ranked number 10.

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Going Gaga Like everything else Gaga her style, her music and her personality - this perfume called Lady Gaga Fame is also designed to elicit shock and awe. A first in the beauty business, the perfume, when in the bottle, is a complete opaque black. But when you spray it, it comes out clear and becomes invisible once airborne. The scent is a fruity floral. Perfumers Richard Herpin, Honorine Blanc and Nathalie Lorson of Firmenich who worked with Gaga to create the juice worked around three central accords - dark, sensual and light. The dark accord was inspired by belladonna, the deadly plant, and has incense; the sensual accord includes honey, saffron and apricot nectar, while the light accord features crushed tiger orchid and jasmine sambac.

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amodaBeauty Cellulite shmellulite!

Summer showstoppers

Just saying the ‘c’ word sends chills down my spine and I’m not the only one. In fact, one of the most common complaints from women the world over, especially when bikini season hits, is cellulite. One of the main culprits: Circulation. Regular exercise and exfoliation can certainly improve cellulite, but there comes a time when we all need a little help from our friends; high quality products. Body Shape from QMS Medicosmetics promotes circulation and cellular metabolism by assisting the body’s natural R750 for processes in ridding the system of 200ml toxin. Body Shape is a ThermoActive Therapy with anti-cellulite power that increases the blood circulation, creates a warm feeling on the skin, and improves the skin’s texture. A cure for cellulite? Hmm... I’m not sure, but it’s certainly one of the most effective products yet. Upon application the appearance of the treated skin becomes fresher and firmer, and the result is a slimmer and smoother silhouette. You’ve got nothing to lose, but your orange peel. Body Shape is available now at just R750 for 200ml.

The warmer weather brings with it, not only newly blossomed buds, but bright, beautiful beauty products too. Stop in your tracks lipsticks, fresh floral fragrances and stylish manis and pedis are the order of the day this season. Fashion and beauty editor Julia Mafcher shares her fabulous finds along with helpful every day tips

A luxurious scent

I’m not sure about you, but in summer I like nothing more than a spritz of a fresh fruity fragrance before I hit the beach, pool party or sundowner cocktails. The chic and, oh so stylish, Burberry beauty house has just launched Burberry Body Eau de Toilette, a new lighter version of the iconic Burberry Body fragrance. The fragrance is a delicate blend of clean and refined ingredients including crisp green apple and subtle tea. The jewel-like, elegant and feminine glass bottle design combined with the sophisticated packaging creates a feeling of pure luxury – complimenting the fragrance itself perfectly. Burberry Body Eau de Toilette is available now and is priced at R495 for 35ml, R695 for 60ml and R845 for 85ml.

R749 for 100ml

Sassy scent

Ralph Lauren’s new Big Pony Women Collection is young, bright and vibrant, and is an exciting scent launched just in time for the upcoming hot months. Available in four different colour bottles, purple, pink, yellow and blue, each holds their own unique fragrance. R749 for 100ml.

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Luxury high-end beauty brand Sensai has launched three new out of this world products to set hearts racing this summer.




The new Sensai Eye Shadow Palette is a versatile, all-in-one eye shadow item containing three eye shadow colours, one eyeliner colour and four different applicator tips. As with all items in Sensai Colours, the shades are inspired by the traditional Kasane (layered) colours used in the fine layered silk Kimono worn by the aristocracy in Japan’s ancient Imperial court.

Sensai Rouge Vibrant Cream Colour features two exclusive new Sensai technologies: Vibrant Pigments for deep, radiant colour, and Triple Moisture Technology for superior hydrating power. The classic, creamy formulation glides on evenly with just one application and keeps lips moist, smooth and kissable for hours.

Sensai Rouge Intense Lasting Colour’s outstanding feature is its exceptionally enduring colour, made possible with Sensai’s innovative Stay Colour Technology. Great for anytime of the day and any occasion it keeps lips soft and securely ‘wrapped’ in rich colour that won’t rub off or transfer.

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Lip Balm #1

Very excitingly, Kiehls have landed in South Africa (only Joburg for now, but Cape Town and Durbs will follow) and while it’s difficult to find fault with any of their products so far, this one is a favourite. Did you know: Every 15 seconds, in the world, a tube of Kiehl’s Lip Balm is sold!

This season is all about fun with colour. Bright colours, ice-cream tones, metallic shimmers – these are what you need in your vanity case. Be warned though, too much fun with these tones can have you looking like a toddler, or a clown – neither of these are desirable. The simplest rule of thumb? Don’t combine too many at once. Pick a palette and stick to it for one, ultra stylish look! We are loving the Big Yellow Taxi Créme Nail Polish Ciaté.

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Bollywood’s mane attraction

As a longtime devotee of Bollywood hair, Roxanna Kassam Kara decided to dig beneath the hairsprayed veneer to discover the real story behind Bollywood’s hair stereotypes. 32 october 2012, images:s: supplied


confess: I have always had a secret yearning for Bollywood hair. Throughout my preteen years, I would go to sleep every night with the wish that I would wake up with a long, luxurious, thick, jet black shining sheet of hair. I thought that if I had the hair, then everything else would fall into place—my clothes would look better, my friends would marvel at my silky locks, and the boys would flock to me in droves, just as they did for the Bollywood heroines. Alas, I woke up every morning disappointed, my mop of short, springy curls. Fifteen years later, I still coax my curls into a two hundred degree straightener and brave the perils of the sadistic round brush just to achieve the Bollywood ideal. But sometimes, when my straightening iron has burnt the back of my neck or I have just hit myself in the head with my brush, I stop to wonder why I and millions of other South Asian women strive for such an unattainable standard. I mean, we all know that Bollywood hair is gorgeous—that sheet of silkiness cascading down a Bollywood star’s back is what enhances her beauty. But why is long, straight hair revered so much? Why are other, equally beautiful types of hair so rarely represented in Bollywood? And furthermore, why is long hair revered as ‘good’, while short or curly hair is seen as modern, immature or rejecting Indian ideals for the Western ones? How did such hair bigotry arise in film culture? Everywhere I turn, I see examples of hair stereotypes in Bollywood. In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a teenaged Kajol is allowed to cavort with boys and sport a cute bob, but Sharukh Khan only falls for her when she has traded in the Polo sweatshirt for a shalwar kameez and has grown her hair out to more ‘acceptable’ lengths. Even Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood satire Bride and Prejudice picks up on hair discrimination, portraying the daring city girl Indira Verma in a short, curly bob, while the more modest Ash


wears her hair traditionally long and straight. Of course, she is the one who gets the guy in the end.

LENGTH DOES MATTER... Top left, the late Parveen Babi. Popular Bollywood actresses, Deepika Padukone, top right, and Asin Thottumkal have long hair. Opposite page, Aishwarya Rai


erhaps the inherent association between long, straight hair and goodness can be traced back to India’s great religions. In Hinduism, disheveled hair is considered inauspicious and is only worn in times of great sorrow. Hinduism also reveres hair as a life force representing the power of the natural world; long hair signifies vitality and life. The view of hair as a natural life force is echoed in Sikhism, whose devotees believe that God created hair to cover and protect the brain from the natural elements. Hair, referred to as Kesh, is one of the five Ks of Sikhism—the five symbols worn by Sikhs who have been initiated into the Khalsa, the body of adult Sikhs. Hair is regarded as a symbol of holiness and strength, and cutting one’s hair is seen as violating natural law and refusing to accept God’s creation as He intended it. These beliefs have had an inevitable impact on Bollywood, where long, straight, neatly kept hair is equated with piety, tradition and goodness, while short hair symbolises just the opposite– unreligious, modern, ‘bad’ girls who have forsaken South Asian traditions for

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Western culture. Thus Indira Verma’s short, curly do in Bride and Prejudice represented her modern, Western ideals, while Aishwarya’s long locks hearkened back to religious and cultural traditions. Not surprisingly, the movie portrayed Ash as the clear good girl of the two. Thankfully, this type of hair bigotry is changing. While in the 80s, Parveen Babi’s long silky hair sparked a style craze among Bollywood devotees, dhakdhak girl Madhuri Dixit turned the long-haired ideal on its head by sporting a short, curly do and inspiring a nation of teenagers in the 90s. However, Madhuri was one of the few successful actresses who could get away with short hair. So it seems that I am doomed to continue cursing my straightener every morning and only letting my curls out at night. But when I finally get my turn in front of a Bollywood camera, Ash better watch out—I may just be hiding a pair of scissors in my shalwar kameez.


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Motivational speaker, Heroies Khan, shares his secret ingredients for turning dreams into reality.


id you know that 5% of the worldwide population owns 95% of the wealth and the other 95% own 5%. With almost half a decade of coaching over 40 000 people from all walks of life, I have found the secret ingredient that makes them stand apart and create their dreams into reality. The secret is mindset. At this moment, some of you must be thinking: what is he talking about? It can’t be this easy? It has to be hard and complicated and impossible to do. I say that’s rubbish! How many dreamers or visionaries have made an impact on the world? Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford. The list goes on. Now tell me, would we have heard of them if they didn’t chase their dream? I guess not. Here is my formula for success, which you can use to achieve your dream life. Let me start by telling you a story about Hollywood actor and writer Sylvester Stallone.

youngest age that he wanted to be a movie star, not television, movies (clarity of purpose). Everyone told him he was ugly, stupid and talked dumb. Consistency of action towards your goal and never giving up. He got thrown out of 1500 agents’ offices after applying. He visited each agent up to nine times. At one agent, he stayed overnight till he finally got his first movie part. His role was to play a dumb thug who got beat up. Remain rigid with your goals but flexible in your approach, which means always keep striving for what you want,

Below are six steps which will change your life forever:

Know your purpose – know your goal. Stallone’s whole life was about overcoming odds – doctors pulled him out in an emergency birth with a metal tool but he survived. He knew from the

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but if something isn’t working, it’s okay to try different ways to get what you want. Make decisions based on your ultimate goal, not on the pain of present circumstances. He was starving, broke and couldn’t afford heat in his apartment. His wife was constantly screaming at him. He refused to get a job because he knew he would get ‘comfortable’ and not pursue his dream. He wanted to stay hungry – Stallone felt his hunger was his only advantage. One day, just to stay warm, he went to the public library. He found an Edgar Allen Poe book and it inspired him. He was so broke that in order to survive he had to sell his most loved possession, his dog. He sold it for R250 to a guy at a liquor store. He cried all the way home. Get inspired. Get it done. Get it ‘out there’ and start trying to make it work. Stallone was watching a boxing fight on television – Ali versus Webinar. That was his inspiration for Rocky. Stallone wrote the entire first Rocky movie in 20 hours straight and tried selling the script to agents but they turned him down. Clarity of purpose. Knowing what you really want and ignoring temporary pleasure/pain to get it He kept trying to sell the script, all the while still broke and starving. Finally he got offered R225 000 for the script but they didn’t want him to star in the movie. So Stallone turned down the offer. Success will come. It’s inevitable if you (in the words of Rocky) “keep getting back up!”. They finally offered him only R315 000 for the script and he could play Rocky. They only spent R8 million to make the movie and it grossed R18 million. The first thing Stallone did was to go back to the liquor store and buy back his dog. He paid the man R135 000 and giving the guy a part in the movie Rocky.The dog Buttkiss in Rocky is Sly’s real dog. So there you go, if Stallone’s Rocky Balboa success story doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will!


Now that’s what I call

love Cross-religious relationships, like homosexuality and divorce, are considered taboo among the Indian community in particular. Just how far would you go to defy your family and faith over the one you love? This amoda reader shares her story of love, family rejection and raising children in a ‘diverse’ household.  35 october 2012



am Christian. He is Hindu. Growing up in the same neighbourhood, we had always known each other but it wasn’t until our teenage years the interest stirred. At the beginning, I brushed him off quite a number of times but his determination to win my affection eventually grew on me until I just couldn’t resist anymore.

Singled out

People often ask me: “But didn’t you know that religion would one day be an issue?” The answer to that is simple: “Of course I didn’t!” I never thought he would one day be the father of my children. I never imagined he would turn out to be my soul mate. Mid-2010 marked our 11 year anniversary together. The road along the way was paved with its fair share of criticism, remarks and ‘God won’t approve’ anecdotes. Our first child was born when I was quite young – we were unplanned and unprepared – not just for the baby but for the family interference that soon followed. The pressure for us to marry soon became too intense for me to handle and I was determined to live my own life regardless of what our families said. My family has always been open-minded about our relationship but his family, being old-fashioned in their beliefs, was not as accepting. The stares at family gatherings would burn holes into my face but I was very diplomatic in handling the situation, although I would be lying if I said that every second at those events didn’t seemed like eternity. Some family members would openly voice their opinion while others would just gossip idly among themselves.

Taking a stand

In 2005, we made the decision to move away from our home time. When we decided to have another baby six years later and hundreds of kilometres away, I expected less family hassle as we had already been through this before. I also expected the distance to count in my favour. But, I was wrong and if I thought

I never thought he would one day be the father of my children. I never imagined he would turn out to be my soul mate.

the situation couldn’t get any worse, it did! Infact, I was hit with remarks. Although the interference got worse, I had grown up and was able to handle the situation with much more grace. No more screaming matches with his family on how I should raise the children. No more arguments on celebrating Christian holidays with my family. I guess you could say we both grew up.

Worth the fight

We currently live in a beautiful town in the Eastern Cape, raising our two amazing,

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and very blessed, children. He is insistent on raising the kids in the Hindu faith, which works fine with me because I haven’t been as active in my faith as I ought to be. I would prefer my kids to grow up with a good sense of religion – regardless of what the religion is – rather than no sense of belief at all. He doesn’t dictate where I hang out, with whom I choose to be friends, and he respects that I keep a Bible within arm’s reach. I have contemplated, on many occasions, just running off to a court house and signing a marriage certificate. But I realised something – after 13 years, two children and building a home together – I don’t need a marriage certificate to call him my husband. He fulfils that role every day. As a woman, I will forever long for the day when I get to wear a glorious gown and flash my happiness in a decorated venue filled with the love of family and friends. But it’s a small sacrifice to make in exchange for the blessings that so abundantly flow through my life. I am Christian. He is Hindu. And it is what it is! I wouldn’t have it any other way.

amoda online I DO By sharing our favourite weddings we provide you with tons of inspiration so that you can plan your perfect day. On page 58 we give you five questions you must ask so that you can find the right photographer for your wedding day.

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We keep you upto-date with all the latest fashion trends - straight from the runway to your closet. We interview local and international designers and showcase their creations. Our very own fashionista, Farhana Bodi shares her fashion advice with you!


We share recipes that will make you be able to cook like Anjum Anand or Gordon Ramsay. We also tell you about the best places to eat. Turn to page 66 to find out where to go.

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bollywood buzz All your lastest Bollywood news in one place. There is no need to go anywhere else. has everything you want to know. We will keep you informed of what all your stars are up to. From Katrina Kaif to Ranbir Kapoor we’ve got them covered. On page 48 we let you know who the new Bollywood IT girls are and what you can expect from them!


The object of my affection What makes a woman sexy? Good smell and great hair! Good shoes make a woman sexy – I love heels! How can you tell if a girl is really into you? I can tell a woman is not into me when she doesn’t call back, although this doesn’t happen to me anymore! What puts you off when you are out with someone? Low intellect, bad shoes and if she can’t hold a conversation, and just talks about inconsequential things such as bags.

Have you had bad break-ups and how do you deal with it? Of course I have had a break-up! I dealt with it by having lots of fun, travelling and meeting new people – a lot more women. What is the one thing you definitely look for in a date, other than looks? I definitely look at her choice of clothes and shoes. I am very observant can tell a lot from someone’s body language. Do you kiss a girl even if you are not really into her? Hmm, I do kiss even

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when I am not into someone, that is, sometimes when the woman is just too good to resist! (wink) What makes you feel sexy? When I am in a good mood, it just automatically turns me into a sexy piece of ‘moving spirit’. Do women really expect guys to have six-pack abs? What do women consider sexy about you? I feel it is just my wit and humour, my experiences and the fact that I am well-travelled, which are enough to set them on fire!

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When it comes to love and attraction, what turns you on? Chandan Roy Sanyal of Kaminey and Rang De Basanti, shares why he prefers his women with great hair, high heels and brains!

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Sharad Malhotra

debuted in Bollywood with Prateek Chakravorty’s From Sydney With Love which was released in July. Shard is from Kolkata and in 2003, he was chosen as the city’s Face of the Year. He started out as a model then moved onto the small screen and now he has made the leap into Bollywood – and we couldn’t be happier!

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Hrithik Roshan is a child actor who made the successful transition into a leading Bollywood actor. Gagan Malik,

the playful and charismatic Sharman in Kumkum Ek Pyaara Sa Bandhan will play the lead role in Zee’s new serial, Saath Banaayenge Ek Aashiyaan.

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Zaheer Cassim is 26 years old. He owns his own production company called One Way Up Productions. He likes exploring new places, eating crazy food, and scrabble. His dislikes: negative people and people who are bad at scrabble.


Zaheer Cassim What do you fear the most? Snakes, I hate snakes. Second must be heights. What do you look forward to the most in the future? I look forward to just coming home and chilling on the couch with my spouse eating popcorn. What things do you enjoy doing the most with me? I enjoy doing arty events, like watching theatre, going to art exhibitions, balanced with going to watch test match cricket. If you won the lottery, what are the first three things you would do? I would go on a holiday to Europe, buy tickets to go watch Manchester United play Manchester City with my uncle and create a scholarship programme to help young entrepreneurs reach their goals. What is one personal goal you have for your life next year? I want my company One Way Up Productions to

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grow. In the next year, I would like to hire two fulltime staff members and move into an office that just oozes cool. How would you describe yourself to someone who has never met you? I am very ambitious and capricious. This is a crazy combination because I dream big and I am not afraid to say what I think. I don’t like people who don’t take risks and who struggle at Scrabble. What would you say are the priorities in your life? Love, work and everything else can follow What is currently your favourite movie? The Dictator What would you change about yourself if given the chance? Smaller ears. Why would someone want to date you? I am fun and I spend more of my day laughing than worrying about work.

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Flashback Shyama was born Khurshid Akhtar in Lahore, British India (now in Pakistan) on June 7, 1935. She was a Bollywood actress. Director Guru Dutt gave her the stage name Shayama by which she is credited in her movies. She had starring roles in Guru Dutt’s classic Aar Paar and later in Barsaat Ki Raat which was perhaps her best performance. She was a major star in the 1950s and 60s and acted in more than 200 movies, many in starring roles.

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Meet the new Bollywood it girls Could these five girls be the future Kareena, Vidya, Katrina, Priyanka and Deepika? Some, like Alia Bhatt, hail from showbiz’s aristocratic A-list families. Others, like Kristina Akheeva, have made their own way in the world of show business. Here are the new faces to look out for...

Ileana D’Cruz is a popular Telugu actress and started her career as a model. She made her film debut in YVS

Chowdhary’s Telugu film Devadasu. Her breakthrough came with her second Telugu superhit movie Pokiri opposite Mahesh Babu. She went on to appear in many commercially successful films such as Jalsa (2008) and Kick (2009), establishing herself as one of Telugu cinema’s leading actresses. Ileana made her Bollywood debut opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Barfii, after which she will also be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in Khiladi 786 and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai.

Alia Bhatt

daughter of the famous director-producer Mahesh Bhatt and actress Soni Razdan, will be making her Bollywood debut in Karan Johar’s Student of the Year. Not even one film old, Alia is rumoured to have already been cast in her second movie, opposite Ranbir Kapoor in Abhinav Kashyap’s upcoming film. Actressturned-director Pooja Bhatt is also keen to remake her own film DilHaiKe Manta Nahi with Alia and Ranbir Kapoor in the lead.

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Kristina Akheeva, model-turnedactor, will be seen in the Yamla Pagla

Deewana sequel. The Russian-born and Australian-bred actress is a known face in the advertising world. During her modelling stint, she managed to share screen space with the likes of Shah Rukh Khan. According to reports, Kristina has also been sighted with Shahid Kapoor at a Mumbai café. The starlet is creating a lot of interest in herself well before the film’s launch next year, ensuring that she will be a main fixture in Bollywood.

Isabel Kaif is the sister of superstar Katrina, who has


been busy introducing her sibling to Bollywood’s top directors. Recently Katrina said: “We are looking for a suitable project to launch my sister. There’s nothing to announce as of now. I am not going to produce any film for sure. She is going to do the usual Bollywood rounds.” Isabel has reportedly been getting quite a few offers but Katrina has shot them all down as not being good enough. If reports are to be believed, no less a person than Shah Rukh Khan has recommended Isabel to Karan Johar. For her part, Isabel has started taking acting and Hindi classes.

Amy Jackson is an English model and film actress who won Miss Teen World in 2008 and Miss Liverpool in 2009. After being spotted on a model agency website, a 17 year old Amy was cast as the female lead in Tamil film Madrasapattinam. The film was a huge success and she was praised for her performance. She made her Bollywood debut opposite Prateik Babbar in Ek Deewana Tha, a Hindi remake of the Tamil hit Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa. Amy is also believed to be dating her Ek Deewana Tha co-star Prateik.

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amodaCULTURE action filled

Bollywood is talking about... Heroine


or a country obsessed with films and film stars, Heroine will take audiences on a voyeuristic journey to see what really goes on behind the closed doors of make up rooms and vanity vans. It will give you a chance to go beyond the gorgeous smiles and politically correct quotes, to see what really happens in the lives of India’s sweethearts - the sniping and the politics, the secrets and the lies, the incredible highs of fame and the lonely depths of failure. This is the film Bhandarkar has been subconsciously preparing for ever since he joined the industry and one which he considers his magnum opus. His film is an entertaining, daring, emotional, shocking, glamorous, scandalous behind-the-scenes account of the reality behind the world of glitz and glamour film stars inhabit. Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Randeep Hooda, Shahana Goswami ★★★★★


Kareena Kapoor replaced Aishwarya Rai, who left the film due to her pregnancy.

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Ek Tha Tiger




In the dark world of intelligence and espionage, there are shadows without faces and faces without names. Nobody on the outside knows what goes on in these secret organisations. All information is guarded, but some stories escape the guarded classified files. This is a film about one such story. But, like all stories that come out of this world, nobody will ever confirm those events. This story is about an agent named Tiger. Cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Roshan Seth

Ever wondered if aliens were to visit a village that isn’t on the map of India, what hell would break loose? This is the story of Agastya, a researcher probing the existence of aliens, who returns to his small native village. The out-of-luck Agastya takes it upon himself to put his crazy village on the global map. While his plan gets the village some attention from across the world, it also comes with a great deal of risk. Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha , Chitrangda Singh

be afraid

our pick

Raaz 3




Maithli, an actress at the height of her career and is dating Aditya, a handsome director. This all ends when a younger actress, Sanjana makes her film debut. Suddenly, Maithli is forgotten and everybody wants to work with Sanjana. Aditya leaves Maithli for Sanjana, and Maithli sees her career fading away. She turns to black magic to destroy Sanjana and get back the man she loves. Cast: Bipasha Basu, Emraan Hashmi, Jacqueline Fernandez

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He is cute. He’s shrewd. The girls love him. The cops hate him. He can’t speak but is always talked about. His naughty antics will make you scream. A rollercoaster of emotions with Barfii the Chalu Chaplin! The heartwarming romantic comedy of a special boy and his love triangle with two special girls in his life, complicated with mistaken identity, kidnapping and their adventures in love. Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra , Ileana D’Cruz

amodaCULTURE be afraid

Paranormal Activity

chick flick


The fourth instalment of the horror franchise series will be a welcome addition to fans as it represents a direct sequel to Paranormal Activity 2 and the unfinished events contained therein. Katie Featherstone reprises her role of Katie once again as the film follows her after her possession by evil spirits and details her involvement with new girl Alice and her family who have just moved in next door and immediately become the victims of bone-chilling, unexplainable phenomena.

This remake of a 1976 Irene Cara film teams Whitney Houston in her final film appearance before her untimely death earlier this year, Teenage singing prodigy Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) lives in an affluent Detroit neighbourhood with her mom Emma (Whitney Houston) and sisters (Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo). The story centres on her struggles to achieve stardom, balance a romance with her music manager Stix (Derek Luke), and overcoming the issues that threaten to tear her family apart.



our pick

dance flick


Streetdance 2



Tim Burton returns to his roots with a feature length remake of his 1984 short film. The story centres on young boy Victor (Charlie Tahan) who is devastated upon losing his dog and best friend in the world, Sparky. But when Victor discovers the secrets of re-animation, he brings his canine buddy back to life. However, he finds his friends, teachers and suburban neighbours are not quite ready to accept Sparky’s new leash on life’ and pretty soon the pair are on the run.

To beat the world’s best dance crew at a dance-off in Paris, France, street dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) and new friend and manager, Eddie (George Sampson) gather the greatest street dancers from around Europe, whilst hoping to add a Latin element courtesy of salsa dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella). The film features performances from Britain’s Got Talent winners Flawless and B-boys Lilou, Niek and Yaman.

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5 reasons we’re talking about... the five year engagement Jason Segel plays Tom to Emily Blunt‘s Violet. They get engaged and all is well until they have to uproot from San Francisco to Michigan so that Violet can pursue her psychology career - but Tom must leave is flourishing job as a chef. As expected, the two go through a bunch of ups and downs with their relationship but like real life, a whole bunch of funny happens whiletheir engagement deteriorates. 1. Jason Segel and Emily Blunt: They have a fantastic comedic chemistry. 2. Alison Brie and her British accent: Yes, she has a British accent in the film and it suits her well. 3. A Sesame Street-worthy argument: At one point in the movie, Emily Blunt and Alison Brie partake in a debate in the voices of Cookie Monster and Elmo. 4. Psychology is fun! Mindy Kaling, Randall Park, and Kevin Hart play Violet’s super-funny psychology comrades. 5. Gwyrth: The movie will teach you all you need to know about this impossible to pronounce Welsh word.



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being the new IT girl. It’s really cool, but at the same time it can be overwhelming. At this stage, I’m not sure it’s really sunk in but I’m enjoying every moment. hearing people sing PUMP IT On. I was extremely excited. At first people knew the chorus, but eventually they were able to sing the bridge and all the verses. I was blown away. I was just so happy I could hardly breathe, because now I knew people loved it. Launching her music career. I was nervous, but I also couldn’t wait to try it out. I had it all planned in my mind. I had done a few small shows and the response was good, but I really didn’t think it would blow up like it has. ON HER FAVOURITE TRACK ON Due Drop. Right now, I’m loving Love Is In The Air. But I go through phases, so on different days I love different songs. Really I think of each song like a child, so it’s always difficult to pick your favourite. ON BEING A ROLE MODEL. I’m not going to change who I am, but I want my fans to be inspired to be themselves – that’s my message. That’s why I hope they look up to me. ON BEING SOUTH AFRICAN. I love the fact that our country is so forward thinking, we have an amazing constitution and a country that appreciates equality. It’s a diverse country, I just love it.

The Spirit Indestructible

Dance Again... The Hits

The truth about love

NElly furtado

Jennifer Lopez





our pick

On his fifth studio album, Trey Songz displays the soaring vocal ability, charisma and sex appeal that has made him one of the top five male singers in urban music today. But the album also showcases the inconsistency that’s also marked his career. The album’s top heavy: the first nine songs are eargasmic, but halfway through the 18 songs here, it spirals downward.

Nelly’s fifth studio album from singer sees hear return to the earthy, joyful feelings and sounds of her 2000 debut Whoa Nelly!, Nelly enlists expertise and experience from renowned producers Salaam Remi, Darkchild and Bob Rock, to create a uplifting and celebratory pop record. It also features the smash hit Big Hoops (Bigger the Better) and a guest appearance from Nas.

Dance Again...The Hits is the first greatest hits collection from global pop superstar Jennifer Lopez. It spans the singer’s career, from 1999’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing to the 2011 dancefloor filler On The Floor featuring Pitbull. The compilation also features J Lo’s collaborations with Ja Rule, Lil Wayne and Flo Rida. This greatest hits collection will see you get your grove on!

In the past we’ve always been able to rely on P!nk for that heartfelt angst filled dynamite pop song. P!nk’s voice is raw, the lyrics are to the point and she’s always been unique – it’s her way or the highway. Her new album The Truth About Love will not dissapoint her fans. The stand out track is Try. Think how big and fabulous Who Knew was – Try is on the same wavelength.





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By Gulu Ezekiel

By Rahla Xenopoulos

The Casual Vacancy

In this biography of India’s greatest sportsperson ever, Gulu Ezekiel pens a compelling account of Sachin the man and his passion for cricket. He tracks Sachin from his childhood and follows him on his meteoric rise to international stardom. With unfailing attention to detail, he reconstructs the crucial matches and events that have marked Sachin’s career.

Bubbles is an imaginative account of what could have happened in a true-life murder mystery (unsolved crime) that gripped South Africa in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Bubbles is an aesthetically appealing portrait of the time, sometimes funny and sometimes sad, part historic, part mystery and part the story of every woman.

Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast - Fabulous Fresh Indian Food

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By J.K. Rowling

by Anjum Anand

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

WIN this The Witness

The Dinner

By Nora Roberts

By Herman Koch

Having had a traumatic experience 12 years prior, Abigail Lowery lives in a remote area, holed up on a house with high-tech security measures. This only serves to further inrtrigue police chief Brooks Gleason, who aims to protect Abigail from what she fears.

Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. The conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.

Onion Tears by Shubnum Khan

Khadeejah Bibi Ballim is a stubborn first-generation Indian who longs for her beloved homeland and often questions what she is doing on the tip of Africa. At thirty-seven, her daughter Summaya is

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We should all be eating more vegetables, and Anjum’s plethora of scintillating flavours means even the most carnivorous among us will be happy to give meat a miss. Anjum adapts the true flavours of India, to make dishes that are modern and balanced, providing all what we need for perfect health.

struggling to reconcile her South African and Indian identities, while Summaya’s own daughter, eleven-yearold Aneesa, is a girl who has some difficult questions of her own.Gradually, the past merges with the present as the novel meanders through their lives, uncovering the secrets people keep. For this family, faintly detectable through the sharp spicy aromas that find their way out of Khadeejah’s kitchen, the scent of tragedy is always threatening. To stand a chance to win a copy simply email with Onion Tears as the subject line.

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Colourful I do’s Hindu wedding ceremonies are traditionally conducted at least partially in Sanskrit, the language of most holy Hindu ceremonies. The local language of the people involved is also used since most Hindus do not understand Sanskrit. Hindus have many rituals that have evolved since traditional times and differ in many ways from the modern western wedding ceremony and also among the different regions, families, and castes. The Hindus attach a lot of importance to marriages, and the ceremonies are very colourful and extend for several days.

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Snap A happy Looking for a wedding photographer? Roxanna Kassam Kara shares the five questions you must ask that will ensure a picture-perfect day.

few years ago, my Aunty Meenal gathered the clan for a family viewing of her daughter’s wedding pictures. I couldn’t wait to relive the extravaganza, where my relatives and I hoi-hoi-hoi’d into the early hours with endless parties, dances and ceremonies. So imagine my face freezing into a horrified smile as I was handed one disastrous photo after another. Here, the groom was reluctantly pulling on his bride’s sari a la Bollywood blockbuster; there, the obligatory cupped-hands mehndi picture, surrounded by gaudy saris and votive candles. What happened to the beautiful day I remembered? How did it turn into this clichéd pastiche of bad Bollywood movies? Unfortunately, many desi wedding photographers enter the trade with no real training or passion for the business,

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using it as a way to make a little extra money on the side. This means that they share the same old-school philosophy develop a variety of stock poses and then use them at every wedding from here until eternity. But that doesn’t mean that you should be one of their unlucky victims. When embarking on the quest for a wedding photographer, ask yourself these five questions: Does the photographer balance his/her artistic sensibility with your needs? This may be the biggest hurdle to overcome when deciding on a photographer for your wedding - finding someone who has their own unique style but doesn’t put their vision of the wedding ahead of your own. When my husband and I were searching for the

It is important that your photographs reflect your personality as a couple, not just the creative sensibility of your photographer., images: supplied

right photographer, most of the ones we met seemed to lean toward one extreme or the other. Either they had a stock of tired poses that they pulled out for every wedding, or they had an overblown sense of their own artistic vision that seemed to trump any ideas we had. When you interview potential photographers, specify your needs exactly. Are countless family pics obligatory? Make sure they are comfortable with that requirement and is not focusing on artistic photos of the cake when he should be lining up Aunty Seema’s tribe for Family Photo #485. (And tell them the cast of characters ahead of time, so no VIPs are missed.) Do you want your photographer to take numerous candid shots throughout the day? Make that clear so your photographer can take advantage of good lighting conditions and beautiful backdrops, instead of waiting for your directions. Finally, if your photographer is not familiar with desi weddings, be sure to give your photographer a primer ahead of time. An unseasoned photographer could miss important moments if he doesn’t know what to expect. Does the photographer take a good balance of candid and posed pictures? While your photographer should be comfortable with taking innumerable family photos to make the guests happy, the candids he takes will really capture your memories. I can look back at my photos now and see the exact expression on my father’s face when he first saw me in my wedding sari, or my husband’s eyes light up when he hit the dance floor. Make sure you view not only the best of your photographer’s portfolio, but also a few weddings from start to finish. This way you can see his mix of posed versus candid shots to get a good idea of whether he has what you are looking for. Also, if you’re going with a company that offers multiple photographers, study the portfolio of the specific photographer who will do your wedding so there are no surprises.

Will the photographer let your personality shine through? It is important that your photographs reflect your personality as a couple, not just the creative sensibility of your photographer. View a wide variety of your photographer’s work, and look at the locations and poses of his different wedding shots. Do they all look the same, or do they each have different moods? Do you get a sense of each couple by looking through their photographs? Are they playful or glamorous? Formal or casual? Is the photographer someone you get along with? It seems so obvious, but it’s something 

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amodabrides a lot of couples miss when comparing photographers. This is the person who is going to be with you every minute for up to seven days—even when the rest of the guests are not around. Our wedding day schedule was completely packed—we went from photos in a picturesque town square to the wedding ceremony at the mosque to another round of photos to the reception. Whew! The moments we spent with the photographer were some of the best moments of the day—he worked hard to blend into the background, giving my husband and me some much-needed private time and taking some beautiful candids in the process. Another thing to consider is whether the photographer has worked with your videographer before. Your wedding will require a partnership between the two; the videographer has to have his bright lights in order to get a good video, and the photographer has to take advantage of moments when the spotlights are off to get some stunning pictures. If the two have worked together before, they have probably already established a good give-and-take pattern. If not, ask your photographer if he has worked with other videographers and if he has a strategy for “sharing” you as a couple. His answer will help you determine how flexible and adaptable he is to different situations—and how he deals with the snags that inevitably come up along the way.

needs. When I met with photographers, I tried to create my own package by stripping out the “frills” (album, engagement portrait, etc.) and asking for a price for a set number of hours and photos. I then asked for the digitals, only getting printed those that I liked. This method brought the costs down considerably and ensured that the photographer was at my disposal to take as many pictures as we wanted for the duration of the wedding. Also ask your photographer what his policy is on staying late and taking extra photos. As desi weddings invariably start late, you want to make sure that your photographer isn’t a stickler for time and doesn’t plan to charge you by the minute. However, do create a schedule ahead of time to avoid headaches. Try to create realistic time frames for events and discuss them with your photographer before your wedding day. Of course the day always changes and that is actually part of the fun—a good plan just lets you have a reference point. Good wedding photography is a gift you give your future self—a gift that will have more power and bring you more joy over time. Good luck on your search—and be sure to send amoda the pictures.

How flexible is the photographer when it comes to working out the budget? One of the main barriers South Asian brides face with Western photographers is their pricing schemes. As their price points were usually set up with one-day Western weddings in mind, employing a photographer at that rate for a multi-day South Asian one can send the price tag soaring. However, many photographers are becoming savvy to the South Asian wedding market and are more than willing to adapt their pricing to fit your

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amoda homes 50 shades of gorgeousness

Photo: Plascon Spaces magazine

Colours are used to express thoughts, energy, emotion and many other things. Colours are often referred to as cool and warm. Try to ascertain the purpose of the room before deciding to go for either warm or cool colour. For instance, social rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms, or kitchens fare better with warm colours. Studies, hallways and bedrooms are calmer areas and look better with cool colours. No matter which colour you select, make sure to add contrasts. Painting the entire room from ceiling to the floor in a single colour will give a very monotonous look. Painting the trim is the ideal way to add contrast without painting a big section of the room a different colour. The finish of the paint also contributes equally to the end result. You can choose between texture, matte or gloss finish. If you would prefer to create a more dramatic feel in the room, try a bright gloss finish. A matte finish reflects less light and hence reduces the glare and ‘drama’. You may also opt for semi-gloss or semi-matte finishes – or why not be bold and combine gloss with texture or matte with texture.

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Putting a price on LUXURY A Cape Town property recently went on sale. The pricetag: R300 million. amoda takes you inside Enigma Mansion


nigma Mansion is unlike any other property in South Africa – and is the most expensive, priced at R300 million. Situated on Cape Town’s most prestigious, prime residential coastline – the Atlantic Seaboard, this remarkable residence comprises over 7000 square meters of luxury, from expansive grounds to beautifully designed, spacious living areas with indulgent interiors boasting eclectic, bespoke features and finishes, inspired by the great art cultures of the world. The residence also offers an atelier, winter garden, sauna, gym, teahouse, massage temple, herb and vegetable garden as well as many terraces, with the highlight being an artistically-designed Olympic-sized swimming pool with marble inlays. Enigma houses every possible luxury, from its state-of-the-art technology system with iPads controlling all the functions throughout the property, an 80 square meter 3-D cinema, and an extensive selection of beautiful artwork from paintings to sculptures and statues. The décor surpasses seven-star quality and is an eclectic mix of classic, French, Asian, Georgian colonial, and Moroccan influences, with luxury fitted into every detail. Taking inspiration from the Louis XIV period and Hotel Costes in Paris, the interior features were chosen for their beauty, with no expense spared and include bespoke, imported wall fabrics, curtains, rugs, and antique fittings and finishes.

Cape Town’s grandest and palatial mansion occupies more than 7000 sqm of the most prestigious residential area on the entire Atlantic seaboard.

Taking inspiration from the Louis XIV period and Hotel Costes in Paris, the interior features were chosen for their beauty

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The dĂŠcor surpasses seven-star quality and is an eclectic mix of classic, French, Asian, Georgian colonial, and Moroccan influences

The Enigna Massion has its own huge cinema as well as a sound and video system through out in the entire residence.

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amodataste Samoosa making 101 For samosas you want to fry, use Filo Pastry and for samosas you want to cook in the oven use Puff Pastry. This recipe will make enough pastry for 24 samosas and you will need: • 225gm. plain flour • 2 tspn. salt • 2 tblspb. vegetable oil • 80 ml warm water. •Mix flour and salt into a bowl. Make a well into the centre and add the oil and enough water to make a firm dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and roll into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. •Divide the pastry into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and roll out into a circle of 15 cm. Divide this circle into two equal pieces with a knife. •Brush each edge with a little water and form a cone shape around your fingers, sealing the dampened edge. •Fill the cases with a tblpns of your chosen mixture and press the two dampened edges together to seal the top of the cone. •Deep fry the samosas in hot oil until crisp and brown •Take out and drain on a paper towel.

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Serves: 6 Preparation time: 20 minutes You will need • 175g blackberries • 50g caster sugar, plus an extra 1 tbsp • 6 tbsp brandy • 1 bottle chilled of Champagne

Champagne velvet Method 1. Set aside six of the blackberries for decoration. Place the remaining blackberries with the caster sugar in a saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened slightly and is syrupy. 2. Sieve the blackberry syrup over a bowl, gently pressing with the back of a spoon. Discard the fruit pulp. Chill the syrup. 3. Place a little of the syrup on a saucer and the remaining caster sugar on another saucer. Dip the rim of each of six champagne glasses first in the blackberry syrup, then in the caster sugar. 4. Blend the brandy with the remaining blackberry syrup and pour a couple of tablespoons of this into six Champagne flutes. Top with the chilled Champagne or sparkling wine. Serve immediately.

Tagliatelle with roasted peppers and basil purée Serves: 4 Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes You will need • 40g fresh basil, stalks removed • 175ml extra virgin olive oil, flavoured with basil • 1 tbsp sea salt flakes • 200g pomodoro tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, cut in half • 115g roasted red peppers from a jar, cut into slivers • Freshly ground dried green peppercorns • 500g tagliatelle • 250g edamame beans 4 tbsp pine nuts, toasted • 50g Parmesan, shaved • Rocket leaves to serve Method 1. Purée the basil in a blender with seven tablespoons of the olive oil and a little salt. 2. Heat the rest of the oil in a pan, and add the tomatoes. Season with salt and ground green pepper and remove from the heat after 30 seconds. Add the peppers and put to one side. 3. Meanwhile, cook the tagliatelle in a pan of boiling salted water, until just cooked, for around seven minutes. Add the beans for the last minute. Reserve five tablespoons of the cooking liquor and drain the pasta and beans. 4. Add the tomatoes and peppers, the reserved cooking liquor and the remaining oil and toss together. Or simply add the cooking liquor and oil to the pasta and serve, adding the tomatoes and peppers on top. Scatter each serving with pine nuts and Parmesan, and spoon over a little of the basil purée and a grinding of pepper. 5. Serve and enjoy!

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Recipe and food styling, Linda Tubby. Photograph, Gus Filgate.

Share the love this summer with these romantic dishes...

amodataste Serves: 2 Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 4-24 hours to stain the salmon You will need • 1x 250g pack of vacuum-packed beetroot, drained • 12 chives • 8-12 walnut halves • 1 tbsp walnut oil • ½ tsp sherry vinegar • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper • 120g smoked salmon • 2 tsp crème fraîche • 2 sprigs of dill

beetroot-stained smoked salmon with walnuts Method 1. Take one beetroot and slice it into thin rounds. Put the salmon on a plate (if it is already sliced, then remove the plastic sheets interleaving the pieces, but arrange the slices so that they are evenly overlapping). Grind over a little pepper and lay the beetroot over the top. Cover tightly with cling film and put a second plate on top to weigh it down. Refrigerate for up to 24 hours (at least 4 hours). 2. Cut the rest of the beetroot in half, then slice into half circles about as thick as a pound coin.

3. Slice the chives finely on the diagonal. Break the walnuts into three or four pieces each. 4. Mix the sliced beetroot halves, chives, walnuts, walnut oil and sherry vinegar. Season well with salt flakes and pepper. (Up to this point can be prepared 6 hours ahead). 5. Just before serving, peel the beetroot circles off the salmon. Arrange the salmon, crumpling it slightly into a nest, on one large or two individual plates. Spoon the salad in a pile on top. Drop a dollop of crème fraîche on top, and break off tiny fronds of dill to scatter over the salad.

Chocolate chilli truffles Serves: 8 Preparation time: 5 minutes (plus 3 hours chilling time) Cooking Time: 5 minutes You will need • 200g dark chilli-flavoured chocolate • 150ml double cream • 2 tbsp lavender honey • 50g salted butter Method 1. Put all the ingredients in a small heavy based pan, and melt over a low heat. When almost melted, add three tablespoons of boiling water and stir until smooth. 2. Pour into a large cereal bowl and refrigerate for three hours. 3. Form teaspoon-sized balls and dust with twice-sifted cocoa powder. 4. Chill until ready to serve.

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Best places to eat out...

Savoy Cabbage

Fusion CafĂŠ

Savoy Cabbage Restaurant maintains the highest standards of customer service that it has become famous for. As one of the oldest fine dining establishments on the ever changing Cape Town restaurant scene, standards of cuisine and service remain consistently high. Owner Caroline and Chef Peter are committed to training and nurturing and the staff are truly representative of the diverse population of modern South Africa. Address: 101 Hout Street, City Centre, Cape Town Contact: 021 424 2626

This unique and highly innovative establishment, run by a passionate and dedicated team of principals, lecturers and past and present students from the Fusion Cooking School, is famed for truly unique offerings such as super-tender beef fillet cooked in a dishwasher, pretzels poached in caustic soda, and liquid nitrogen ice cream created tableside in front of your very own eyes! Vegetarian, venison and fish dishes also feature strongly as does a platinum award-wining winelist, including the only certified wine in KwaZulu-Natal from Abingdon Estate in Lions River in the Midlands. There is also a large range of cocktails, brandies, whiskies and single malts to choose from. Address: Silvervause Centre, Corner Silverton and Vause Roads, Berea, Durban Contact: 073 120 26182

Spiceburg Johannesburg

Spiceburg serves traditional cuisine with rich, exotic and distinctive flavours that appeal to both pepper-loving purists and diners new to food. Spiceburg uses the finest ingredients and the best spices to create an amazingly exciting experience for your taste buds.

our pick

Address: 141, Greenway Road, Greenside 2193, Johannesburg Contact: 011 486 22 55 or 011 076 22 55

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amodaTRAVEL Pure luxury The Nusa Dua hotels and resorts are clustered around a government-created tourist enclave in the south of Bali. Nusa Dua is a somewhat Disneyfied verion of Bali, a manicured compound dotted with golf courses and luxury resorts along the coast facing the Indian Ocean. Nikko Bali Resort and Spa sits on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. The Nikko’s 390 guestrooms are impeccably furnished, with hardwood floors and luxurious bath facilities. Get an ocean view room for a balcony view overlooking the sea.

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The Long and short of it Garden of Eden, heaven on earth, paradise, call it what you will - Mauritius is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and it’s easy to see why. New resorts open at the blink of an eye and amoda was lucky enough to experience one such resort; Long Beach, a game-changer in the island’s modern hotel history.


he name Long Beach couldn’t be more perfect. Located on the Belle Mare Peninsula on the eastern side of the island and sheltered from the wind, the hotel occupies the longest and widest satin soft sand coastline of any Mauritius resort. The beachfront is a spectacular 700 metres long and 40 metres wide, perfect for a sunset stroll. Just over a year old, Long Beach, which forms part of Sun Resorts, is causing a worldwide stir – in a good way of course. Tourists can’t get enough of the luxurious tropical five star resort, and why should they? Unlike colonial resorts along the island’s coastline, Long Beach offers the modern traveller just that; contemporary architecture and landscaping without losing the traditional one-of-a-kind hospitality Mauritius is renowed for. All 255 rooms have magnificent sea views, so each and every guest can have the pleasure of waking up to crystal clear turquoise water – a view you’ll never tire of. The soft pastels in the room, greens, corals, whites and greys, bring the outside in and lying on your bed you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re on the beach. The days are hot, but not unbearable, and besides there’s a quick fix for that flushed feeling: the main pool. The pool at Long Beach steals the show. The deep blue sparkling water is dotted with loungers to soak up the sun on and round tables with benches in the water to enjoy an umbrella cocktail. All sunned out, it’s time for some snacks, more cocktails and maybe some dancing too. You’ll find all of this at Tides restaurant. Dig your feet in the cool sand and enjoy the gastro pub style snacks and signature drinks. Don’t feel like moving from your beach spot or pool

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lounger? No problem. A waiter will personally take your order and bring it to you. Forget about the indulgence of it all, just close your eyes and give in to the gentle sound of the waves. Eating at Long Beach is an experience all on its own. The main restaurant Le Marche is a buffet with a difference. The overcrowded feeling buffets are often known for doesn’t exist thanks to the design and clever use of space. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining with the kitchen in full view, providing an interactive and theatrical dining experience. The Italian restaurant, Sapori offers authentic Italian cuisine, and the delectable aromas of garlic, fresh bread and tiramisu to-die-for will have you all but running to get a table. Located on the bustling Piazza, Japanese a là cárte restaurant Hasu is the perfect combination of contemporary design and authentic cuisine. Taking a bite of sushi you’ll need a pinch to remind yourself you’re in Mauritius and not in the fast-paced streets of Japan. And then Chopsticks, a casual Chinese restaurant that’s perfect for a light lunch and a glass of wine.


o luxury resort holiday is complete without a trip to the spa. And Sea Spa is a destination in itself. The soul cleansing treatments have been developed around Thalisens, an original concept from French-based marine cosmetology and thalassotherapy specialist Thal’ion. The essential qualities of Thalisens embody exotic destinations, so your body will be freed of toxins with Orient, revitalised and toned with Atlantic and soothed with Asia. If you’re someone who enjoys strenuous 

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activity on holiday, Long Beach is a gym-goers’ dream come true. The first-rate Sports Centre is fully equipped with a range of cardio machines, air-controlled strength machines, body building and free weights. For something a little less intense, enjoy a daily yoga or stretching class offered both indoors and outdoors. Adrenalin seekers will thrive on the range of activities and courses on offer. Waterskiing, scuba diving, big game fishing and canoeing are just some of the adventure sports on offer. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Long Beach guests can access the superb Le Touessrok championship golf course set on its own island. At Long Beach the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, in fact, it just begins. Nightly live shows feature a variety of local talents around the buzzing Piazza and Tides restaurant and for the real night owls Bombara nightclub is the place to be to experience the best dance music on offer.

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If shopping is on your to-do list, look no further than the hotel’s gift shop where you’ll find colourful sarongs, bikinis and curios. Spending a day in the quaint town of Flik and Flak, a quick 10-minute drive from the hotel, is a real treat. Here you’ll experience the best Mauritius has to offer when it comes to food, markets and art.


ot just a pretty face, Long Beach is environmentally friendly too. All bathrooms at the resort are equipped with flow control to optimise the use of water without minimising guests comfort. Refuse is sorted daily, using dustbins with separate sections for plastic, paper and glass that can be recycled. When all you want to do is linger longer, leaving Long Beach is bitter sweet. But you’re welcome back anytime – it’s a home away from home, even if it is a tad more luxurious.


Fireworks King leaders in the industry

imported they are repackaged exclusively by the company to suit its needs of our own branding quality and design. The company also distributes to major chain stores and wholesalers on a national base as well as its own retail shops. Look out for a store near you for diwali.

thousands OF DISPLAYS

The Wild Coast Sun, Broadwalk Casio (Port We cover it all Elizabeth), Weddings Carnival City, Stage Shows The Flamingo, Anniversaries Maropa Sun, Birthday Parties Windmill Casino, Corporate Events Khoroni Hotel Bachelor/ (Limpopo), North Bachelorette parties Coast Durban Diwali festivals, We customise South Coast events according Durban Diwali to your budget Festivals, Outdoor displays at Moses Mabhidha stadium for SA versus India cricket fellowship match as well as the stage displays for Sharukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Malika Arora Khan. Indian Idol stage show 2010, Indian Idol stage show 2011, and Daler Mendhi.

Fireworks King is no new comer to the colourful world of fireworks. The company was founded in 1995 by Mr Raj and Mrs Joy Pillay. Since its inception it has grown from a very modest company to the leading distributor and retailer of fireworks in Africa.


ireworks King has a proud track record spanning 17 years. During this time, Fireworks King has made a name for itself by doing some of the countries largest and most spectacular indoor and outdoor displays for both local and international enterprises, parliament, Bollywood mega stars, musicians, sport functions as well as for individual.


Due to the nature of the business, Fireworks King has extensive relations with major conglomerate companies abroad. China has endorsed Fireworks King as the leading distributors in Africa. Fireworks King has firmly captured its market share. Fireworks King has an extensive product range varying in size, structure and effect. Once the products have been

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Weddings are seen as one of the more special occasions in one’s life. We customise a display no matter how small or how big according to your needs. You can choose from flames, fountains, entry effects, fountain sprays, stage showers, stage fan effects, confetti and glitter blasters. The effects range from gols, silvers and Led effects. Call us for whatever fireworks needs you may have.

Contact Details Email: Tel: 031 468 1312 Raj: 083 412 2927


Sexy, sporty and powerful PORSCHE BOXSTER

Whether it is known as a design classic, a powerful mid-engined sports car or a pure-bred roadster, the new Porsche Boxster is pure driving perfection – increased power output and enhanced efficiency combined with a sporty exterior and interior, complete with aesthetically appealing lines and curves in all the right places. The interior of the new Boxster models delivers exactly what the exterior promises. Light, uncluttered and defined; everything is conceived with one goal in mind: the perfect drive. The power, the contouring, the driver’s

vision, indeed the entire concept, are all drawn in the direction of travel. The intelligent operating concept and the logical arrangement of the controls keep the driver’s concentration purely on the road. The elevated centre console cocoons the driver perfectly and reduces the distance from the steering wheel to the gear lever for fast and ergonomic gearshifts. It’s just one of many principles that has been transferred from the racetrack to the road. As you would expect from a sports car, the driver sits low down. Sports seats are fitted as standard. The

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athletic proportions of the new Boxster models made it possible to introduce a new interior architecture. The result is a feeling of space and light without compromising the authentic roadster experience. As is typical of a Boxster, there are three circular dashboard instruments. The instrument on the right is now a TFT screen that shows information from the on-board computer or audio information from the CDR audio system, which is fitted as standard. Price

From R699 000


It’s like sports cars were made for women, designed especially with us in mind. There’s the looks, the speed, and the power. amoda shares its top picks of sports cars...


Audi TT

The thing about the Audi TT is that it’s a sports car, but it isn’t a screamer. It’s not a vroom vroom, kick-up-the-dust kind of sports car, it’s more refined. It’s exactly the kind of car a confident, highpowered executive would slip into after a long day of work, her heels matching the exterior paint job. It’s curvy and sleek, with, according to reviewers, one of the most upscale and plush interiors in its

class. Not only that, it comes equipped with all-wheel drive, one of the very few sports cars that can say that. What could be more perfect for the sophisticated woman with varied interests? If you need a well-rounded sports car that looks as good as it acts, the TT gets a solid spot on the best sports cars for women list. Price

From R432 000

Katrina Kaif ’s her Audi Q3 and we can see why... Sporty and progressive The Singleframe radiator grille dominates the frontend with the dynamically curved bonnet picking up on and continuing the design line. The wedge-shaped headlights can be equipped with xenon plus units with LED daytime running light on request. Large inlet blades are a clear demonstration of the engine’s potential. Living dynamics The athletic silhouette with the dynamic flat rear window signalise urban sportiness. The Tornado line models the sides underneath the windows in an exciting interplay of light and shade. The dynamic line also accentuates the side sill areas; the wheel arches are defined by their muscular appearance and underline the sturdy character of the Audi Q3.

Nissan 370Z

This car is a stunner, for sure, but that’s not it’s only draw, or the reason that it landed on a list of best sports cars for women. Reviewers call the Z’s handling “athletic,” which exciting to read, if you like being very involved in your driving experience. For a weekend of windowsopen, back-road-driving, music-blaring free wheeling, a car with heavyweight

performance and athletic handling is exactly the way to go. For the financially savvy, you’ll be happy to know that the Z is an excellent value, more affordable than comparable performers in its class. Both frugal and fully-equipped – a win/ win in any sense.

Striking rear The Audi Q3 can be clearly recognised as a member of the Q-family. Its encompassing tailgate visually emphasises the vehicle’s width and makes loading easy. The Audi Q3 is 4.39 metres long, 1.83 metres wide and 1.60 metres high including roof rails.


From R572 800

PRICE From R37 000

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partying with the stars What Sonu Nigam after party WHERE Emperors Place, Gauteng One of India’s most talented singing sensations, Sonu Nigam, wowed fans at the South African leg of his world tour. Some of his fans were lucky enough to spend some time with him at the concert’s after party.


Karan Soorma

VIP guest with aaEvents managing director Katija Ali, with gaming manager of Emperors Palace Menesh Rowgee


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good cause What Meet and Greet with Indian Idols 5 WHERE Chatsworth Center, KwaZulu-Natal Indian Idols 5 finalists, Sreeram Chandra, Raesh Maini, Remo and Naishaad Ali Khan were at the Chatsworth Center to meet fans and donate blood.

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tension to work through your personal or professional issues methodically with a trusted friend or expert. Star birthdays: Manoj Bajpai (23 April), Madhuri Dixit (15 May)

Sep 23 - Oct 22

Another intense month for you Libra - and more chances to grow personally and professionally. But first you have to stop worrying about other people. They’re out of your control. Give them a wide berth. Just leave them be! One more month to an easier life. Star birthdays: Soha Ali Khan (4 Oct), Amitabh Bachchan (11 Oct)

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21 Imagine a kid shaking a money box to get the last few coins out. That’s what you need to do with your head. Except instead of shaking out coins, you’re shaking out the bad thoughts which stop you from reaching your full potential. No one else can do it for you. Star birthdays: Aishwarya Rai (1 Nov), Shah Rukh Khan (2 Nov) Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Lucky Jupiter in your Love Zone can help you with your relationships - but before anything else, you have to work harder on your relationship with yourself. Sounds corny but if you’ve let life erode your self-esteem, you won’t love yourself. Star birthdays: Dia Mirza (9 Dec), John Abraham (17 Dec) Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 You’re one of the signs getting a chance to change your life dramatically between now and 2015. Once you have a list of your major goals, you will consciously and unconsciously start working towards making them happen. Star birthdays: Salman Khan (27 Dec), Deepika Padukone (5 Jan) Aquarius Jan 20 - Feb 18 Work as hard as you can this month. It will stand you in amazingly good stead

as of next month when the work horse planet Saturn moves into your Career Zone for the first time in 30 years. If you need more sleep or time out to get your thoughts in other, demand it! Star birthdays: Preity Zinta (31 Jan), Shamita Shetty (2 Feb) Pisces Feb 19 - March 20 If you’re willing to allow for change in the way you earn your money, you could end up doing very well out of your current cycle. Emotionally, allowing someone to get closer to you is the key to improving your love life. Star birthdays: Shahid Kapoor (25 Feb), Aamir Khan (14 March) Aries March 21 - April 19 Having Uranus, the planet of chaos, in your sign is a challenge. Now Uranus butts up against paranoid Pluto and fireworks follow. It’s time for you to break free from anyone or anything which is stopping you from living out your potential. This applies in your home and working life. Star birthdays: Kangana Ranaut (23 March), Ayesha Takia (10 April) Taurus April 20 - May 20 As long as you refuse to face your fears, they’ll be lurking in there, waiting to spring up on you when you least expect it. Far better to use the current celestial

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Gemini May 21 – June 21 Cut your coat to suit your cloth, as the old saying goes. In other words, by all means live life abundantly and be generous with yourself and others. But don’t over-spend and then wonder why you’re knee-deep in bills. In your personal life, don’t let relationships become a battleground. Star birthdays: Paresh Rawal (30 May), Sonam Kapoor (9 June) Cancer June 22 - July 22 If you allow other people to intimidate your and then buckle under the stress, whose fault is that? Many Cancerians are learning some major lessons about dealing with other people now. One of your most important lessons is not to have an explosive emotional response when things don’t go your way. Star birthdays: Karishma Kapoor (25 June), Katrina Kaif (16 July) Leo July 23rd - Aug 23rd The times are a bit tough again this month but you’re protected in a way. You have the planet of love Venus in your sign, bringing you the potential for love and riches. If you’re lacking in either (or both), this is the month to see why that is happening. Star birthdays: Sonu Nigam (30 July), Sunidhi Chauhan (14 Aug) Virgo Aug 24 - Sept 22 The time they are a-changing, and for you they are changing regarding money. Don’t panic. Money is energy and it responds to us. If you think money is vulgar and the root of all evil, the Universe will not force it upon you. Star birthdays: Vivek Oberoi (3 Sep), Kareena Kapoor (9 June)


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amodaclose-UP I love South Africa because we are so diverse and a cultural melting pot. We have come from troubled pasts but still continue to look positively to the future. I love that it has brought me and my husband together from two different race groups, to bring a new citizen of South Africa into the world My weekends are special to me. The best parts are my radio show, the family braai and spending tme with my husband and my daughter, Pavani. I love cooking, but I think I enjoy eating more. I love anything that has been cooked by my mum, especially her crab and fish curries. I also love vegan dishes, and my fave is soya prawn curry. Any meals with my little family is special. I have recently joined the gym. Zumba classes and I are firm friends. Keep your body busy, if you cant go to gym, jump on the spot, take brisk walks in your garden or complex. Spend time outdoors and just keep your body moving.

I love that the new South Africa has brought me and my husband together from two different race groups, to bring a new citizen into the world

Sureshnie Rider

Host of the 5fm Hyundai Top 40, news reader and co-business owner of BobbleheadSA

As a radio presenter music is part of my work. I get all my thinking done with the music blasting through my speakers. I love a sari. It’s elegant, drapes beautifully and just so classic. My best beauty secret is drink water and have a good detox once in a while. I have also recently started an amazing five-step skincare programme using Jan Marini products. Step five is sunblock which I never ever used growing up, now its an absolute must! My honeymoon in Thailand was amazing. Now I really enjoy taking Pavani on little family holidays. Whenever she sees something for the first time like the ocean or a dolphin show, that joy we see in her eyes makes every vacation worthwhile. I am obessed with Forever New. I’m a lover of those 1950’s inspired dresses, and when I want to really spoil myself, that’s where you will find me. Reading is important to me. I am always in the new books section of Exclusive Books I enjoy watching my favourite movies over again. I still cry watching Dead Poets’ Society I love the author Khalil Gibran. When I get my hands on his greatest works or compositions, I am glued for hours. His poetry is so beautiful and elegant and thought provoking. My best way to spend a public holiday is off air. It’s nice to be around the pool or playing dress up with Pavani. When I get the chance to, I enjoying baking. My favourite has to be malva pudding. Best things in life are free. Love is free; the light of a good friendship or relationship is free. For me, if I can live in the moment and make it count, then my work is done.

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