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The cover story of Sep-Oct issue of our inflight magazine, takes you on a journey into the wilderness and explores the hallowed depths of nature. Enjoy a short trip to the gem of Cuddapah, Gandikota in the Discover pages. If you wish to explore the picturesque beauty of Nilambur, flip through the getaway pages to know about the ravishing Teak Museum. Dig into the history of Khadi and explore the illuminated Mysore Palace during Dasara celebrations in Culture Curry pages and embark on a culinary tour of southern India in the cuisine section. Be prepared for festive season with best make up, decor and fashion tips in lifestyle pages of the magazine. Read about the doyen of Telugu Cinema, Akkineni Nagarjuna in our Face2Face section. As you sit and relax in the seat, immerse yourself in the beauty of exotic trees from across the world in the photo feature section of the magazine.

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A captivating image of rainbow eucalyptus. An unusual tree with a beautiful trunk.

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DISCOVER Around the World | 12 Events/News/Festivals/Films Snapshot | 18 Neelakurinji Lead Story | 20 Wildlife Trail Travel | 26 Gandikota Fort Getaway | 30 Teak Museum

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CULTURE CURRY History | 34 Mysore Dasara Cuisine | 38 Food Walks of South India Lifestyle | 42 Festive Guide Heritage | 48 Khadi

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Akkineni Nagarjuna

Exotic Trees

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NEEV LITERATURE FESTIVAL

PUDUCHERRY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LALITARPAN FESTIVAL

With a mission to create readers for life, a threeday event will be held in Bengaluru. It will host more than 65 celebrated international and Indian authors, film-makers, illustrators and librarians. It will house workshops and panel discussions for students, educators, librarians and parents, and a curated book exhibit of mustread titles. When: September 27 - 29, 2018 Where: Bengaluru

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EVENTS

The festival will showcase the best of independent cinema from across the globe in various formats. During the festival, more than 100 films will be screened across multiple venues followed by panel discussions, interactions and master classes with eminent film-makers and actors.

The 17th edition of the festival will present a feast of performances by national and international artistes. During the festival, six classical artistes will perform, namely, Mrinalini (Kathak), Shallu Jindal (Kuchipudi), Ragini Madan (Kathak, London, UK), Kristina Dolonina (Kathak, Vilnius, Lithuania) and Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan (Sitar - Sarod duet).

When: September 26 - 30, 2018 Where: At multiple locations in Puducherry

When: September 27 - 28, 2018 Where: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, SPORTS AND FITNESS EXPO Catering to diverse categories of age, capability, and strength, IHFF will draw athletes, fitness enthusiasts, businesses and spectators from around the globe. IHFF 2018 will provide countless opportunities for creating a better, healthier you. When: October 12 - 14, 2018 Where: Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai


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News updates

EXPLORE ANJANAPURA DAM GARDEN

NEW RACE TRACK IN ANDHRA PRADESH

The garden adjacent to Anjanapura dam in Shikaripur taluk was declared open for public use recently. The park is home to cement sculptures on agricultural work in Malnad region including transplantation of paddy and harvesting of areca nut. There are also plans to introduce boating at the backwaters of Anjanapura dam from next year.

A new race track will be built at Kotapalli village in the Ananthapuramu district of Andhra Pradesh. The new circuit will be certified for FIA Grade 3. The first phase of construction includes building the track and a 40-room 3-star resort on the site, over an 18-month period. The second and third phases of construction will see the addition of a 5-hole golf course, a sports complex and an automotive-themed amusement park.

ENJOY YACHT SERVICE IN VIZAG

Vizag tourism circuit will see the addition of super luxury yacht cruises. Some of the yatching options being deliberated are sunrise cruise, leisure idling on sea, cruise to places like Bheemili and even Puri.

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NEW RELEASES

Cine magic O T H E R AMMA

ARANYA It is a trilingual movie simultaneously releasing in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. The movie is an action entertainer directed by Prabhu Solomon and produced by Eros International. Rana Daggubati, Zoya Hussain and Kalki Kanmani will be seen in lead roles along with Vishnu Vishal who plays an important role in this movie. Release date: October 5, 2018

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R E L E A S E S

Release date: September 15, 2018 Director: Faisal Saif Cast: Ragini Dwivedi, Prashant Narayanan, Rajpal Yadav and Pooja Mishra

CHALAKKUDYKKARAN CHANGATHY Release date: September 14, 2018 Director: Vinayan Cast: Rajamani, Dharmajan Bolgatty and Honey Rose *Release dates are subject to change


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BOOK REVIEWS

Reading list Travel NOSTALGIA FOR ETERNITY

By: Leonid Plotkin Publisher: Niyogi Books Price: `3,000 The culmination of five years’ travel with Indian pilgrims, Nostalgia for Eternity takes the reader into the depths of millennia-old spiritual and mystic traditions. It is a stunning visual poem about the timeless human search for transcendence and ultimate truth. With unmatched breadth and insight, the book illustrates the worlds of pilgrims seeking that transcendental truth and illuminates the different paths that they travel.

TREASURED EPISTLES

THE MOGUL

By: Vish Dhamija Publisher: Harper Collins India Price: `299 The story revolves around a business tycoon Mr. Prem Bedi, the third richest man in the country who is accused of killing his ex-wife and her husband, and is dragged into a highly publicised court battle. The prosecuting advocate wants to bury Bedi to make headlines. The media muckrakes to sell; Prem Bedi has always made news, and this time it is as sensational as it will ever get.

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By: K Natwar Singh Publisher: Rupa Publications Price: `500 The letters in this remarkable volume are a striking testimony of K Natwar Singh’s ability to relate to a variety of distinguished individuals. Those who regularly wrote to him included friends, contemporaries, and colleagues. Some of his friends whose letters are featured here include Indira Gandhi, E.M. Forster, C. Rajagopalachari ‘Rajaji’, Lord Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru’s two sisters Vijaylakshmi Pandit and Krishna Hutheesing, R.K. Narayan, Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Mulk Raj Anand, and Han Suyin.

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Celebrations...

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September 13, 2018

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October 10 – 19, 2018

Where Mysuru

MYSORE DASARA The 10-day festival, starting with Navratri marks the victory of good over evil. The main attraction of the festival is the Mysore Palace which is illuminated daily from 7 pm to 10 pm. On the final day, the traditional Dasara procession (Jumboo Savari ) is held on the streets of Mysuru city. During the festival, plenty of dance performances and music concerts are organised in various parts of the city. The torch-light parade takes place on the last day of the festival.

Where Maharashtra

GANESH CHATURTHI The festival commemorates the birthday of Lord Ganesh. On this day, handcrafted idols of Lord Ganesha are installed by devotees in homes and in public. For ten days, the idols are worshiped every day, with an aarti in the evening and on Anant Chaturdas the statues are immersed in water.

DURGA PUJA

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October 15 – 19, 2018

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Pan India

During this magnificent festival, devotees worship Goddess Durga with gaiety and grandeur. Highlydecorated, large-sized idols of the Goddess are created by potters and worshipped for five days and then carried in procession to a local river for immersion. The spectacular festivities include people visiting their community pandals for observance of prayer rituals, music, dances, and food performances.

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Blue Bloom

Neelakurinji

A dreamy shade of blue will cover the hills of Munnar from August to October this year. The famed neelakurinji will burst into flower at Munnar, one of the most beautiful locations in Kerala and the world. Munnar, a hill station, 1600 m above sea level is home to the highest concentration of neelakurinji plants in the country - spread over 3,000 hectares of rolling hills. Each shrub reproduces once in its lifetime and dies after flowering. It takes another 12 years for the seeds to sprout again and grow up for another bloom.

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This season, take off on a journey into the wilderness and explore the hallowed depths of nature. We bring to you a list of some of the best wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Words: MIA GANDHI

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breeze that runs through your hair, and unwind in the serenity of the wild. A true feast for the senses, let the innumerable shades of green and brown soothe your eyes, enjoy the melodious symphony of birds and calls of beasts, try the local cuisine and bounty of nature while experiencing the real jungle, away from the metropolis.


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Bandipur National Park, Karnataka Once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, Bandipur National Park is a popular getaway from Bengaluru. Established in 1974 as a tiger reserve, Bandipur is known for its rich flora and fauna. The park lies in the centre of an enormous forest, situated at the junction where the Western Ghats meet the Nilgiri Hills. Spread across an area of 874.2 sq km, the park is part of a biosphere reserve along with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, Nagarhole National Park and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. This is

known as the ‘Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve’. If lucky, one may even spot other big cats such as leopards or panthers. The Nugu river runs through the park, while the Kabini river makes its way along the north of the park and along the south lies the Moyar river. Bandipur is also popular for its tiger population. Apart from the striped beasts, be prepared to witness ambling herds of Asiatic elephant, multitudes of gaurs, chital, four-horned antelopes, wild boars and sambhar, while even spotting the dark-toned malabar squirrel, porcupines, the lazy sloth bears and even the

elusive jackals. Those who indulge in birding will enjoy scanning the dry and moist deciduous forest landscape, as there are over 200 species of birds reported here. Note the backwaters in the region that attract a number of wildlife in general, and even during drier days, the pools of water pull in a number of birds. Birders can keep an eye out for Malabar Trogon, Brown Hawk Owl, Nilgiri Flycatcher, King Vulture, Greyheaded Fishing Eagle, Pompadour Green Pigeon and more.

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Safari timings: Morning – 6 am to 8 am; evening – 3 pm to 5 pm. The timings are flexible and may change depending on weather, etc.

TIPS It is better to spend a night in one of the many lodges in the region, so one can comfortably opt for an early morning safari.


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Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Goa Although the sanctuaries and national parks of Goa may not be as popular as its beaches or nightlife, when travelling to this western state, ensure a visit to this sanctuary. The Western Ghats are a lush geographic region in the subcontinent, rich with a variety of flora and fauna. Spread across 240 sq km, the region is a protected area in Sanguem taluk in Goa. Located near the town of Mollem and at a distance of 53 km from Panaji, this region is home to the famed and beatific Dudhsagar Falls. Earlier known as Mollem Game Sanctuary, the region was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1969 and given the name, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and within it lies Mollem National Park. Situated on the eastern border of Goa, the region is home to a number of endangered and rare wildlife species. The topography of the land supports a deciduous forest and a tropical and semi evergreen forest with over 720 species of flowering plants in the region. Many species of birds take shelter here, such as Emerald Dove, Common Grey Hornbill, White-bellied Woodpecker, Wagtails, Whiterumped Spinetail, Crested Serpent Eagle and Great Pied Hornbill, among others. Those who love winged creatures

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of a different sort will be pleasantly excited to see a wide variety of butterflies, such as Blue Mormon, Plain Tiger and Lime Butterfly, among others. Although the park is known for big cats like tigers and leopards, visitors will also be enthralled by Indian civet, hyena, jungle cats, flying fox,

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Visit the Mollem Tourist Resort for the Nature Education Centre. Here one can contact the Range Forest Officer to obtain permission for vehicle access through the main park gate.

sloth bear, bonnet macaque, slender loris, ant eaters, pangolin, deer, chital and porcupines, among others. There is even an observation deck inside the park for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. Set at the foothills of the Western Ghats, it is the perfect spot to relax in the peaceful countryside of the state.

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Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, Tamil Nadu One of the largest and well preserved wildlife sanctuaries in the state, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park is located south of the Palghat Gap in the Western Ghats. Spread over 950 sq km in Coimbatore district, it was established in 1976 as Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, and renamed in 1987. The region includes a

range of habitats, from dry thorn forests to tropical wet evergreen forests and even grass hills. The landscape has mixed deciduous forests along with sholas and over 100 species of orchids, ferns, grasses, medicinal plant species, etc. The area is host to the endangered Bengal tiger, Indian elephant, Asiatic wild dog, Gaur,

BEST TIME TO VISIT

December to April

TIPS Do visit to Valparai, on the fringes of the reserve, known for its tea plantations.

wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, smooth-coated otter, Indian crested porcupine, etc. For birdwatchers, the sanctuary is home to a wide variety of species, some of which are Painted Bush Quail, Mountain Imperial Pigeon, Alpine Swift, Rufous Bellied Eagle, Red Tree Pie, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Malabar Trogon, Ceylon Frogmouth, Drongos, and many more. There are also a number of species of reptiles such as Kerala Forest Terapin, Green Keelback, Common Wolf Snake, Bamboo Pit Viper, Travancore Cane Turtle, among others. Topslip, northeast corner of the park, is a major tourist attraction, offering ample accommodations, rides and nature walks.

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Bannerghatta National Park,

Karnataka

Founded in 1970, Bannerghatta National Park is in the southeastern part of the state. In 1974, it was declared as a national park with a portion being earmarked as a biological reserve in 2002. Situated almost 22 km south of Bengaluru, it is one of the better preserved wilderness spots close to an urban area. Sprawled across an area of 104 sq km of dense deciduous forests and scrub lands, the park is lined with villages along the border. The park is flanked by Talli Reserve Forest and Bilikal Forest in the southern region, and the Suvarnamukhi stream

cuts through the region. The forest area is maintained by the forest department. The Bannerghatta Biological Reserve has a fenced forested elephant sanctuary where the ambling giants can roam freely and there is a wildlife corridor for elephants that connects Sathyamangalam forest and BR Hills. Apart from elephants, the other fauna at the park are the Asiatic lion, Bengal tiger, leopard, slender loris, bonnet macaque, the Arboreal slender loris, porcupines and scaly pangolins, Indian gazelle, wild boar, along with reptiles such

as monitor lizard, python and cobras. A butterfly park in the premises is very popular among tourists. This unique project is set up across 7.5 acres and visitors walk a trail of 1 km to reach the conservatory that is home to almost 48 species. There is even a museum and mediacentre here that prove to be quite educational for everyone. The zoo here has over 1,200 animals that are both endemic, i.e., from this region and exotic. A nearby auditorium with a capacity of 120 seats, screens movies and documentaries related to wildlife.

TIPS The park offers separate safari excursions for herbivores and big cats, etc.

MARINE PARK

The large shallow bay that lies between the southeastern tip of India and the northwestern edge of Sri Lanka is Gulf of Mannar. It is a protected area of 21 small islands and coral reefs that covers the coasts of Rameswaram, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari.

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andikota is a small village in the Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh that is known for its spectacular gorge formed by River Pennar that cuts through the Erramala hills. The area is marked by deep valleys and massive boulders of granite. According to experts, the canyon is more than a thousand years old. This untouched and unexploited natural beauty blends seamlessly with the area’s rich historical past. Gandikota was founded in 1123 by Kapa Raja of nearby Bommanapalle village. Apart from the gorge, there are several other attractions in and near Gandikota village that attract visitors, the most special being the ancient, magnificent Gandikota fort that sits majestically on top of the gorge. The gorge formation is such that the Pennar River flows about 90m below on the western and northern sides and is said to have offered strong natural defense to the Kakatiya, Vijayanagar and Qutb Shahi kings who ruled from the fort. The view of gorge from the top is majestic. And when the sun goes down, the gorge becomes all the more spectacular with a beautiful colour palette covering its cluster of rocks.

The magnificent fort The 13th century Gandikota Fort is a red sandstone structure with intricate carvings, protected by a five-mile-long (eight kilometres) rocky wall. The fort acquired its name due to the ‘gorge’ (in Telugu it is called ‘gandi’), formed between the Erramala range of hills, also known as Gandikota hills and the river Pennar that flows at its foot, reducing its width to a mere 300ft. The massive fort is surrounded by natural deep valleys, impassable hills and boulders that make it a very secured fort. Situated amidst beautiful landscape and wild forests, it is endowed with vast natural resources. The fort was considered as one of the most prominent forts in the country as the powerful Telugu dynasty, the Pemmasani Kamma Dynasty, also known as Gandikota Kammas, ruled this fort for nearly 300 years. The other structures in the fort include a large granary (for emergency storage of food), a graceful ‘pigeon tower’ with fretted windows and an extensive palace built by bricks with some plastered decorations and some wells. There is an old cannon lying in the fort. There are gardens and springs and an undated inscription on a boulder, near the ‘Nagajhari’ outside the fort, recording the gift

Ancient temple inside Gandikota Fort

Did You Know? Belum Caves are the second largest caves in the Indian Subcontinent for the narrow passages and steep chambers. These caves are situated at a distance of approximately 60km from Gandikota.


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THE MASSIVE FORT IS SURROUNDED BY NATURAL DEEP VALLEYS, IMPASSABLE HILLS AND BOULDERS THAT MAKE IT A VERY SECURE FORT

Best time to visit Gandikota

One should ideally visit Gandikota between September and February as the weather is comfortable and pleasant.

QUICK FACTS

A gorge is any valley formed by a source of water flowing between tall slabs of steep rocks. Gorges are formed as a result of erosion of rocks over a long period of time. In fact, the rivers cut through the rocks to form gorges over many centuries.

of two gardens at the place to the temple. There was a garden called ‘Parebagh’ with a waterfall at the foot of the hills, on the bank of the Penneru. There is a massive masjid (Jama Masjid) and a temple (Madhavaraya Temple)

right beside each other in the fort. The Madhavaraya Temple displays amazing architecture and has on display many sculptures of Hindu Gods. A heritage festival is held every year in the fort area.

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Discover the history and special attributes of teak from Nilambur, Kerala, when visiting the town! Words: BRINDA GILL

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ndulating roads, stretches of coconut trees, swathes of paddy fields, dense forests of mixed vegetation, and long arms of rivers and backwaters make up the quintessential landscape of Kerala. Yet approaching Nilambur, Malappuram district, the road is unexpectedly hemmed by teak plantations on either side stirring one’s interest. A little investigation reveals that the town is home

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Nilambur is 155 km from Mysuru. Trujet has direct flights to Mysuru from Chennai and from Hyderabad via Chennai.

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to the Teak Museum, credited as being the world’s first teak museum (being established in May 1995 at the campus of the Sub-Centre of Kerala Forest Research Institute) and Conolly’s Plot credited as being the first man-made teak plantation in the world (being established by the British in the 1840s to provide high quality teak for a variety of purposes). The lovely Bioresources Nature Park and 143m long suspension bridge across Chaliyar River near Conolly’s Plot, adds to the

charm of the interesting trip!

The Teak Museum A visit to the Teak Museum sets the tone for experiencing Nilambur’s unique heritage of natural teak growth as well as teak plantations. The portico is graced with the huge root system of a single teak tree (Tectona grandis), while a large carved wooden door invites visitors within the two-level structure. Stepping in, you see exhibits devoted to Nilambur teak whose timber is regarded as the best teak due to its

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colour, grain, strength, ability to withstand fluctuating climatic conditions and heartwood resistant to pests. All these properties have made this teak ideal for varied purposes from handicrafts to homes and ships giving it a nomenclature of ‘Carpenter’s Joy’. And it has received the prestigious Geographical Indication (GI) tag last year. The ground floor of the museum has several exhibits from the root system of teak to a traditional wooden granary to translites of giant teak trees,

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including one of `Kannimara teak’ (one of the oldest naturally growing teak trees) and long logs of a teak tree over 130 years old. It is exhibited with a backdrop of a wall painting depicting planting and logging of teak in the 1860s, a stump of a teak tree almost five

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centuries old showing its age in its rings, a miniature model of an uru, a traditional sailing vessel made of teak, and teak poles removed during thinning of teak plantations. The upper floor has exhibits providing scientific information on different aspects related to the teak tree from the cycle of its growth to problems faced in teak plantations. The visitors can see a collection of over 300 butterflies, moths and insects; the plant and animal associates of teak; wood samples from

trees of different ages; and properties of teak such as its grain, colour and texture as well as its medicinal properties. Portraits of men who worked at establishing teak plantations acknowledge their contribution, while the entire presentation conveys the efforts of teak research undertaken by Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI). Post visiting the museum, one can walk around the building to see the wonderfully designed and maintained Bioresources Nature Park also established


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by the KFRI, which is said to be the first-of-its-kind in India. The park captures the essence of Kerala’s rich plant diversity and the region is one of the hotspots of biodiversity in the world. A paved path takes visitors through the different conservation theme areas spanning a wealth of plant species from algae to aquatic, a butterfly garden and a lot more.

Conolly’s Plot A short drive from the museum is Conolly’s Plot. The approach to

the plot is a balm to the senses as one walks a quiet cool path shaded by tall trees, then turns to walk a path along the river that is home to old trees with ample bird life. The path carries on to the suspension that sways slightly with the presence of people crossing over (though access is only allowed to a certain number of people at a time) while offering scenic views of the Chaliyar River and dense tree growth along its banks. Interestingly, the river has an important place in Nilambur’s

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Nilambur is about a three-hour drive from Mysuru. Here, one can also visit Adyanpara Waterfalls.

Standing between high buttresses of Tetrameles nudiflora with a huge base is a popular photograph spot for tourists in Conolly’s Plot.

teak heritage as logs/planks were conveyed in large rafts plying these waters. At the far end of the bridge one walks down a spiralling staircase and to the famous plot. A paved path leads through the 5.675 acres plot that has a cluster of 117 old trees with vegetation on the ground, giving it a wonderful natural atmosphere. The idea of a teak plantation was initiated by HV Conolly, the Collector of Malabar (in response to the destruction of local teak forests) and the plantation was raised by Sub-Conservator Sri Chathu Menon. The plot was declared as a permanent preservation plot in 1943, and is of interest to researchers and students as well as lay visitors. The plot is said to have some of the trees planted in the mid-19th century. A tree, number 23, with height of almost 50m high and a girth of 4.2m, is the main attraction of the plot. Visitors bend backwards to take in its soaring height, try embracing its ample girth, then – awed by the experience - take a picture standing near it. After a leisurely walk through the plot, it is time to return by the suspension bridge to the entrance and pause at the store for some natural produce for a delicious memory of a visit to a unique pocket of green in God’s Own Country!

Did You Know? The 143 metres long suspension bridge across Chaliyar River is the longest bridge of its kind in Kerala.

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Located in the tropics, Mysuru has a moderate climate. Every autumn, the Mysore Palace hosts the famous Mysore Dasara festival during which leading artists perform stage shows. Words: KRITIKA DHAWAN


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reathtaking royal heritage, magnificent forts, and palaces are sheer architectural landmarks of the State of Karnataka. The majestic shrines and beatific caves residing in the cities of Karnataka, are a perfect way to explore the exceptional culture, diverse ethnicity and the rich legacy of South India. Steeped in royal heritage, the city situated at the base of the Chamundi hills is home to rich history of the Wodeyars. The great patrons of art, the Wodeyars, had a succession of 25 kings who ruled Mysuru until 1947 and the period of their rule was an era of prose literature. The city has a long tradition of celebrating the Dasara festival. According to many historical records, the Dasara festivities in Mysuru began with the Vijayanagar kings in the 15th century.

The Palace Mysuru has a number of historic palaces, however, the Mysore Palace is the largest and the most opulent of all palaces located in the city centre. The interior of Mysore Palace is richly carved, intricate, colourful and architecturally thrilling. Designed by the English architect, Henry Irwin, the Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace is the official residence of the Wodeyar dynasty. The threestorey stone structure in fine grey granite with deep pink marble domes incorporates elements from Indian, Indo-

Islamic, Neo-Classical and Gothic revival styles. The palace was built between 1897-1912 and has beautifully designed square towers at cardinal points. The central arch of the facade has the sculpture of Gajalakshmi – the goddess of wealth with elephants. While the Diwan-eKhas has rosewood doorways, the Durbar Hall has beautiful sculptures on the pillars and ornate ceiling. The octagonal-shaped Kalyana Mantapa boasts of multi-hued stained glass ceiling with peacock motifs. The portrait gallery at the southern end of Kalyana Mantapa has two portraits of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. The rare paintings of the Wodeyars, like the miniature of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in water-colour

and gold and an oil painting of Yuvaraja Narasimharaja are also the treasured jewels of the palace. The golden howdah (or elephant seat) and the jewel encrusted golden throne are part of the items on display. The seven cannons situated in front of the Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion) are used to mark the beginning and end of the annual Dasara procession. The palace is illuminated on Sundays and public holidays for some time in the evening and with 1,00,000 bulbs during Dasara celebrations. The famous sweet, Mysore pak, was first prepared in the kitchens of the Mysore Palace during the regime of Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV, by a palace cook named Kakasura Madappa. He made a concoction of gram flour, ghee and sugar. When asked

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its name, Madappa having had nothing in mind, simply called it the ‘Mysore pak’.

Wodeyars of Mysuru and Dasara

The Royal family of Mysuru, the Wodeyars continued the Dasara Festival after the fall of Vijayanagar Kingdom. It was

Raja Wodeyar I who initially celebrated it in the year 1610 at Srirangapatna. Earlier, the festivities began with the royal Wodeyar couple performing puja to Goddess Chamundeshwari in the temple located on top of the Chamundi Hill at Mysuru. The tradition of having a special durbar in the

THE DASARA FESTIVAL IS CONCLUDED WITH COLOURFUL PROCESSION, POPULARLY KNOWN AS JAMBOO SAVARI

Mysore Palace was started during the reign of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III in 1805. This durbar was attended by members of the royal family, some important guests, officials and the general public. The tradition continues till date but the only difference is that today the royal family holds a private durbar unlike the traditional durbar which was open to masses.

The Special Event The dasara celebration in Mysuru is a royal festival celebrating victory of Truth over Evil. It is said that Goddess Chamundeshwari or Durga slew the demon Mahishasura on the day of Vijaya Dashami. Dasara is observed as the State festival – Nadahabba in Karnataka and the celebrations are steered by the Royal Family of Mysuru. They perform special puja on the occasion of Dasara and the entire city is beautifully decorated and illuminated. Various cultural programmes are also performed during the festival. If you visit Mysuru during Dasara, do not miss watching famous artists at the palace. Cultural events like sports, wrestling, poet’s meet, food festival and film festival can also be witnessed during the festivities. Besides the events, what attracts the tourists to Mysuru during Dasara is the illuminated

Did You Know? The name Mysuru originates from the word Mysooru, which is derived from the word Mahishasurana Ooru, referring to the town of Mahishasura in Kannada language.


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Mysore Palace. The authorities spend nearly `1 crore every year towards maintenance of its illumination alone and more than 25,000 bulbs are replaced every year just before the Dasara festivities. On the tenth day of the festival, Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the Mysore Palace grounds. The magnificent jewel-studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is also displayed here during the festival.

Colourful Attraction The Mysore Palace is the secondmost visited monument in India after the Taj Mahal.

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Irwin Road in Mysuru is named after the architect of Mysore Palace, Henry Irwin.

Dasara exhibits are one of the main attractions of the festival. The exhibition continues for around two months and is held at Doddakere Maidan opposite the Mysore Palace. It is known for stalls selling clothing, glass ware, food stalls and other stalls highlighting the various departments of Government of Karnataka. People can also participate in games and amusement rides at the play area in the exhibition ground. The Dasara Festival is concluded with colourful procession, popularly known as Jamboo Savari. The grandeur and magnificence is something which everyone should experience during their visit to Mysuru. The idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari

is carried in a golden howdah weighing over 750 kg on top of an elephant. Earlier, the king used to lead the procession seated upon the golden howdah instead of the idol. Another major attraction of the festival is the colourful tableaux created by different State organisations. The tableaux participate in the procession. Also participating in the procession are musical bands belonging to State Police that lend music to the procession, folk dancers,

decorated elephants, horses and camels. The procession adjourns at Bannimantap where people worship Banni Tree. The celebrations of the 10 th day culminate with the Panjina Kavayatthu (torchlight parade) held on a grand note at the Bannimantap grounds on the outskirts of the city. One can experience exotic fire works and stunts on motorcycles by a team of the Indian Army. What adds to the excitement is the recently added laser show.

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For the love of

Travel & Food People travel for many reasons be it love for adventure, history, culture or religion. Apart from these, one big reason for people to hit the road is food. Food walks and curated culinary experiences are an integral part of culinary tourism and are highly popular with people looking for discerning travel experiences. Words: RASHMI GOPAL RAO

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ne of the best ways to soak in and experience the essence of a place is via its food. There is nothing more exciting than exploring narrow alleys and hidden nooks and corners of a city in search of unique culinary traditions and authentic food.

Treasure trove of culinary secrets Just like the rest of India, the southern states of our country boast of a rich culinary heritage that is steeped in history, culture and religion. Whether it is the legendary Mysore Pak of Karnataka or the royal Jauzi ka Halwa of Hyderabad or the traditional Kerala Puttu or the innovative Murukku Sandwich of Chennai, the fare is extensive and eclectic. The best part about food walks is that they help unearth the unique and the authentic with stories of

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history and culture ‘peppered’ in. “Local cuisine all over the world is not just about food but is a deep dive into the culture of the land. That’s the beauty of a street food tour,” says Vinay of Gully Tours, an organisation that conducts a host of experiential walks including food walks in Mysuru, Bengaluru and Coorg. Visiting a 100-year-old local market in Mysuru, sampling Mysore Pak from the great grandson of the person who invented this dessert, exploring some of the finest coffees in Coorg are just few of the unique experiences you can expect with Gully Tours. So, while food is the focal point of any food walk, there is a lot more than just food that you can take away. One can learn about stories behind dishes, what incident drove them to be invented and how they became popular. “The actual pulse of any city can be experienced only

when you walk its bylanes and explore the local culture and food in places that have been around for decades,” says Ravi Khubchandani, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Airport.

Beyond the obvious It goes without saying that there is much more to Hyderabadi cuisine than ‘biryani’ and Chennai has much more to offer beyond ‘idlis and dosas’. “Hyderabad with its rich history has seen various cuisines thrive beyond its own. Arabic, Yemeni alongside local Telangana and Andhra have all found their footing here. So, during our walks we discover the delectable world of Hyderabadi broths and gravies like the ‘Marag’ and ‘Paya’ that are best paired with the traditional bread called ‘Char Koni Naan,” says Ashis Nayak who started FoodDrifter in Hyderabad along with Neidhi


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STEERING CLEAR OF STEREOTYPES AND THE MUNDANE IS THE KEY TO HOSTING A SUCCESSFUL FOOD WALK

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Kumar. Ramadan Haleem Walks and The Breakfast Walks that combine authentic Hyderabadi breakfast and street food are some of the most popular walks of FoodDrifter. Steering clear of stereotypes and the mundane, is the key to hosting a successful food walk. “The focus should be on the exclusive items at each place rather than all items at all places. It is only then that

you discover the speciality of a place, whether it is cost, taste or the nostalgia,” says Sridhar Venkataraman who helps curate food walks in Chennai. Sridhar facilitates walks that cover a variety of areas, each of them having some unique aspects based on demographics. For example, the Mint Street Food Walk is concentrated around Rajasthani and Gujarati food while the West Mambalam focuses on vegetarian South


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Indian snacks and quick eats. Mint Street in the bustling Sowcarpet area of Chennai is where you can gorge on some delicious North Indian snacks like hot jalebis, pav bhaji and aloo tikki chaat.

Food quality, good service, safety and hygiene are some of the key factors that food walk organisers are mindful of when showcasing outlets. Also, there needs to be a certain significance in terms of tradition, history or culture attached to the establishment and the food. “We work a lot on our presentations to make them engaging and entertaining. All our trails are researched and the content is vetted by our panel of historians. We then write our own stories. Our walks are more like delightful conversations between the storyteller and the guests,” says Lakshmi Shankar, Business head, Tours: Storytrails India (P) Ltd who curate walks in Chennai, Madurai and Puducherry. “The places should have some heritage and historical value” says Mansoor Ali, founder of Bengaluru by Foot, an organisation that conducts walks in several areas of Bengaluru. Right from sampling good old South Indian food in Basavanagudi, the company

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also offers a uniquely christened ‘Shivajinagar spare parts walk’ which is a treat for non-vegetarians and meat lovers!

Interactive and enjoyable experience Food walks today are also informative and engaging like the one offered in Kochi. “Kochi is the commercial capital of Kerala and hence one can enjoy food from all the 14 districts in Kerala here. In addition, Kochi was a wellknown trade centre even much before European countries started colonising it. This has influenced Kerala’s cuisine heavily and our food walks showcase this aspect,” says Karthik Murali, founder of Eat Kochi Eat who run two main food walks on request, The Fort Kochi Chronicles and the Kerala Express.

YUMMY PICKS Anand, a stall in Gulmohar Road, Vile Parle West is one of the best place to try soft and delicious Vada Pao in Mumbai

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Flawless

Festival With the burgeoning events calendar coming up, be the perfect host, get the perfect festive glow and turn heads at occasions with some amazing tips.

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Lips

Face Preparing the skin well is an important step to begin the make up. Before you apply the foundation, use a moisturiser that is best suitable for your skin type. Massage it on your skin followed by an eye cream. Get the extra glow by mixing a drop of oil in your moisturiser. Oils such as almond or jojoba give your skin a dewy glow. A more yellow-based concealer is an amazing cure for mild redness around your eyes. Complete the base with a dash of powder with a fluffy brush. Buff your T-zone nicely and do not over powder your face.

With holiday parties and darker clothes, treat yourself to a deep red, wine, plum or berry-coloured lip. The gradient trend is here to stay. This festive season you can rock two, three or even four lip shades at one time. First apply your main lip colour, line your lips, and blend the liner inwards towards the centre of your pout. Next apply a little of the shimmer powder in the areas untouched by the liner. Use a lip liner to outline and shape your lips, then fill it in with the colour closest to the lip liner. The season is also the time to mess with metallics like silver, white shimmer and gold. Pearly shades of copper, bronze and titanium are also here to stay.

Glam Up

Gear up to look your best this festive season. Sparkle that dazzle and walk like a diva. Eyes The season is not about basic top and bottom eyeliner. As you head to the parties, blend the black all around the eyelid to create a smudged and sultry effect. Stock your vanity boxes with pastel hues, from lavender to chartreuse, and bright blues like teal, aqua, and cobalt. Keeping in mind the party season, the shimmering blue eye shadow is the upcoming trend. Add a dash of diamond powder or glitter to the centre of the eyelid. Use a waterproof eyeliner and complete your look with lots and lots of mascara. Don’t forget to curl your lashes before and after the mascara for that mesmerising fluttering effect.

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Fuse it Well Put a spin on the typical and amp up your wardrobe with a little imagination this festive season. Image: THE OPEN TRUNK

Twist it Up With festive season in full swing and ethnic wear in great demand, step up your style game with Indo-Western fusion and embrace a different side of you. The burgeoning events calendar with festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Onam and others can daunt you with wardrobe queries and make you miss all the fun.

East meets West If regular salwar kurta or simple saree styles are not something you want to wear this festive season, you can add an oomph factor with some fusion hacks. Add cigarette pants and embroidered kurta cum jacket to your wardrobe. Palazzos can never let you down when it comes to fashion. Whether it is ethnic or formal office look, palazzos work well for every occasion. Opt for a palazzo in different colours, patterns and fabrics to pair it with a silk kurta for unconventional appeal.

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Rustic Richness Why wear sarees the same old way when you have plenty of options to experiment with the traditional style? Innovative styles of draping with quirky elements are wonderful ways to add elegance to your outfit this season. Twist up the traditional sarees by adding a belt that will not only keep the pleats in place but will also add to the neat look. Shorter saree drapes in single colour can be paired with contrast leggings or straight pants. If leggings are not your choice, you can crosswrap the saree and tie the pallu in a prominent knot. A quirky jacket with different types of collars, textured materials, metallic motifs and embellishments can dazzle up the ensembles. If you are heading to a party or social gathering, carry a stone encrusted or designer clutch and add shimmering gold and silver ornamentation to complete the look.

Bold & Beautiful Traditional handlooms with captivating patterns and prints is an extensive amalgamation. If

you want something off-beat for garba night or Ganesh Chaturthi evening, you can wear a dhoti styled kurta. Take the festive fashion one step further with a bold slit kurta in geometric pattern. They work well with everything from trousers, jeans, palazzos, leggings and churidars. In this era of fusion, you can add your loose Aladdin pants from the good old cartoon days to your outfit. Pair it with a poncho top with embroidered bottom hemline for a comfy yet stylish look.

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Sophisticated Bling A delightful makeover of your home is possible with some exclusive accessories this festive season. Ethereal candle holders and glittering stands can add to the vibrancy of any living space.

Decor Diary Be ready for every festive and party occasion by smattering your home with elegant dĂŠcor. Create an ultimate mood with an exquisite touch of sheer opulence.

Colour Pops

Adorn your space with bright pop of colours and enjoy the merriment. Be it flashy cushions, striking wall hangings or kitchen accessories, go peppy.

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Elegant Servers Meeting, greeting and eating are incomplete without presentation and stylish serving. Take your dining experience to a whole new level by treating your guests in style with amber glass tumblers and dip dye crockery.

Superb Scents Spread the aroma of happiness with scented candles and fresh flowers this festive season. Even artificial flowers, a fantastic accompaniment to fairy lights, will enhance a relaxed evening experience and create a gentle, nostalgic glow in the room.

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India’s fabric of choice Khadi, termed as ‘fabric of nation’, is a symbol of India’s economic self-sufficiency and a medium for communicating to the British, the dignity and equality of Indian civilisation. The ‘Khadi’ spirit signifies fraternity and brotherhood with every human being. Words: MIA GANDHI

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hadi is not just a fabric, it was a movement through which Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated the ability to be self-reliant, to believe in oneself and to recognise one’s inner potential. Once a symbol of India’s freedom struggle, khadi has now morphed into a fabric of choice, where high street designers are giving it an avant-garde makeover.

Freedom fabric The evolution of Khadi was based on the fact that a country rich in unmatchable skills and crafts, has the capability to create high quality products and build her economic independence. Khadi refers to handspun and handwoven cloth usually made of cotton, spun using a ‘charkha’ or spinning wheel. The

khadi movement started in 1918, and was a call to boycott foreign made goods and promote the rich culture and livelihood of Indian craftsmen.

A rebirth It was in the 1980s when Khadi found its way into Indian fashion, as Designer Devika Bhojwani introduced Khadi with ‘Swadeshi’ brand. In partnership with Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), the label was showcased at a fashion show where Bhojwani displayed around 85 garments, that were later available at the many KVIC stores across India. This brought the humble Khadi well within reach of millions, promoting it as not just a mundane fabric to beat the heat but as one that broke stereotypes, thereby elevating it to a whole new level.

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Earlier, only khadi was used as India’s national flag. If any other fabric was used, the person had to pay a fine or was imprisoned for three years.

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of the artisans involved in the process of khadi production are women.

Award-winning Hollywood actress Judi Dench wore khadi outfits in the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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Designer Ritu Kumar took the khadi movement even further with her collection ‘Tree Of Life’. This was khadi’s first commercial entry into the fashion orbit. After this, there was no looking back. Designers started a movement to remind India of its lost heritage. They utilised this fabric in the most creative manner that benefitted artisans and weavers economically, and at a larger scale. Their goal of setting up brands was with a purpose to see the fabric get its much deserved respect. Renowned designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, in collaboration with Jack & Jones, came up with stylish and eco-friendly

khadi denims. He merged India’s cultural past with the trendy present to create denims that were indigenous and handcrafted.

Fashion forward Designer label Red Sister Blue’s connection with khadi is more emotional. Nanda Yadav, co-founder of Red Sister Blue, says enthusiastically, “We have a number of women artisans, who are always enthusiastic about making something new with khadi. Whenever we visit them, they are always ready with their own designs. You can feel their energy and positivity when it comes to working with this fabric.”

KHADI EMPOWERS THE RURAL ECONOMY WHICH IS THE BACKBONE OF OUR COUNTRY

As the industry around khadi evolved into one traditional in approach and perception, it became difficult to readily attract the attention of the next-gen. Red Sister Blue is on a mission to make khadi an intrinsic part of urban culture, although, some may yet be apprehensive towards khadi due to limited variety.

Symbol of empowerment Khadi has become a fabric of choice for designers today, but the journey from India’s tool of independence to an accepted fabric in the country required a lot of thought and hard work. Metaphor Racha, a Bengaluru-based brand by designer duo Ravikiran and Chandrashekar, has been working with khadi institutes in Karnataka. The brand


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Khadi is not just a fabric, it’s a thought

attempts to understand khadi not just as a mere fabric, but as a thought; a thought that kindles the spirit, to facilitate its use and services of the immediate surroundings. They add, “Khadi is still relevant today for it speaks of people involved, minimal use of technology and the decentralisation of power. It empowers the rural economy which is the backbone of our country.” For the designers, working with khadi is a humbling experience, where the soul is woven with the yarn and coarse nature of the fabric echoes the imperfections of life. Metaphor Racha has been working with many khadi institutes in Karnataka producing khadibased towels, napkins, sarees, etc. Red Sister Blue directly deals with the weavers, thus eliminating the need for middlemen and ensuring the weavers get their due share directly.

New routes ahead Malkha or malmal khadi, is a new variety of fabric that aims to promote ecological textile production and establish a ‘green industry’ in which India can lead the world. Be it dupattas or sarees, bedsheets or table runners, Malkha has found much acceptance in the market today. Pegged as a looming revolution, Malkha is managed, run and owned by the primary producers itself, and its structure is akin to a co-operative, linking spinners, weavers and even farmers. The mixed fabric that combines heritage with modern technology, is more lustrous, soft and pliable, giving designers more freedom to create new designs. Both, the Indian government and the private industries, are joining hands to make khadi popular once more, and to provide a much-needed impetus to the fabric of India, within the country and globally too.

Creating stylish and eco-friendly khadi designs

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Doyen of Telugu Cinema

Akkineni

Nagarjuna The fitness freak, who starts his day by hitting the gym, quips that he is competition for his sons. Nagarjuna has been surprising viewers with appearances on the screen for last three decades. Words: KRITIKA DHAWAN

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orn to veteran actor Nageswara Rao Akkineni and his wife Annapoorna Akkineni, Nagarjuna began acting as a child artist with dialogues in the 1967 Telugu film Sudigundalu. He appeared as an infant in the movie Velugu Needalu.

The Beginning Nagarjuna made his debut as a lead actor with 1986 Telugu film Vikram, a remake of the 1983 Hindi film Hero. The film gave him a good start as it was a huge success. His portrayal of different characters in various films has always been well-received. His films, Manju and Sankeertana were very much appreciated. He was paired opposite Sridevi and Suhasini in 1988 blockbuster Aakhari Poratam. His film Geetanjali won the National Film Award for the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome

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Entertainment in 1990. The Mani Ratnam-directed romantic drama of 1989 helped him carve a niche in the industry. People who have been following Nagarjuna and Ram Gopal Varma are very well aware of the very amazing film Siva. The movie that was the debut of leading Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma, was just another success in Nagarjuna’s kitty. The film based on college politics was a new genre during those days. He even made his Bollywood debut with the Hindi remake of the same film titled Shiva. Even the Hindi version was a huge hit. Thereafter, success became a part of his career. He was given the title ‘Celluloid Scientist’ for experimenting with genres in the industry.

Revisiting the Past Nagarjuna is collaborating with Ram Gopal Verma after almost 28 years. He started shooting for his film Officer in 2017. When asked what made him agree to work with RGV, he laughed and said, “I shouldn’t have. In fact, when he first came to me three months ago, I very clearly and explicitly told him to go back and work on the script and come back later, and not do two other films while waiting for my consent. That was my condition for agreeing to do this film.” He added that RGV set everything else aside and worked on the script and came back to me. “That’s when I said yes. I feel Ramu has been doing too much work and a lot of it inconsequential and irrelevant. He has been way too scattered

I AM VERY HAPPY WITH MY LIFE. I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR MORE...THERE ARE AREAS OF DISSATISFACTION BUT LIFE WOULD GET VERY BORING WITHOUT THOSE.

in recent years. But I feel this film will bring him back to his Siva days,” he said with hope. He seemed to be very excited about the new film. Talking about his collaboration with RGV he said, “My character in Siva was like a ball of fire, ready to explode. You will get the same feeling of imploding violence in my new film with Ramu. I think this is going to bring Ramu back to form.”

A Happy Father He is said to be as young as his children. He quips that he is competition for Naga Chaitanya and Akhil Akkineni, but says they are both working hard to make a mark in their careers. Sharing an incident he said that the best compliment so far, has come from his son, Akhil. “I woke up at 6 am and saw a text message from my son Akhil. He said, Dad, what are you doing? My friends are telling me you are looking as young as them! That totally cracked me up,” said the actor. His words clearly tell everyone that he is really proud of his sons. He went on to mention

that his sons are well-behaved boys and are doing well in their careers. He added, “They’re good boys, working hard to get out of my shadow.” Elaborating more on father-son relationship and the recent addition in the house, he mentioned with delight, “Chaitanya and Samantha’s marriage has not changed anything. I’ve known Sam for so long. She is a part of our family from long before the marriage. We’ve been fond of her for a very long time. The only difference is, she called me Nag sir earlier. Now she calls me Baba.”

This is not the End Nagarjuna will be next seen in Karan Johar’s ‘Brahmastra’ along with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. The film marks his comeback to Bollywood after a gap of 15 years. Signing off on a positive note he said, “I am very happy with my life. I couldn’t have asked for more. My children are doing well for themselves. I am still around in spite of having worked for more than 30 years. Of course, there are areas of dissatisfaction. But, life would get very boring without those.”

QUICK FACTS Nagarjuna has been the recipient of two National Film Awards, nine Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards (South). In Bollywood, he was last seen in JP Dutta’s LOC Kargil in 2003 and has also worked with Amitabh Bachchan in Khuda Gawah, which also starred the late actor Sridevi. He is the only hero to have shared the screen with his father and also with his son in Manam movie. He is the cofounder of an NGO Blue Cross of Hyderabad.

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Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of this tree. Along with its intense colours, the astringent fragrance of the tree makes it impossible to forget once you have seen it up close. They thrive in the tropical forests of Philippines, New Guinea, and Indonesia where they get a lot of rain. The tree can grow up to 250 feet tall in its native environment.

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Twisted Tree Twisted Juniper Trees give the appearance of being tightly curled though in reality they are not. These amazing plants usually have massive root systems as they seek to survive in the harshest of environments. Junipers are found around the world, because they can get by in the most inhospitable environments.

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Windswept Tree A type of cypress trees in New Zealand, these trees may look like they’re windblown, but they look similar even on a calm day. Their strange bend is the result of saplings surviving and thriving in the windy environment.

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Illawarra Flame Tree This tree, found mostly in the rain forests along the eastern coast of Australia, is easy to identify thanks to its bright, coral-red bell shaped flowers. When in full bloom, the flame coloured blossoms multiply abundantly in clusters taking over the branches in a breathtaking display. This can be seen once every five years. If you plant a tree from a seed in your garden, the first flowers will bloom in about 8 years.

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Baobab Tree, Madagascar The Baobabs of Madagascar are some of the largest and most distinctive trees in the world and hold special spiritual significance for many African cultures. The juicy fruit of the tree provides a lot of nutrition and is often used as medicine to counter dehydration, earning it the epithet ‘Tree of Life’. There are eight species of Baobabs in the world and seven of them are found in Madagascar, which is why people call the country, land of the Baobabs.

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Monkey Puzzle Tree The tree grows in the area that stretches from the Chilean Coastal Range mountains to the Andes mountains in Argentina. Though native to South America, this tree can also be seen in public parks across the globe. The tree is home to the Slender-billed Parakeet and over 70 types of insects. Inspite of the name, this tree is not a preferred habitat of monkeys.

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ARIES

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AQUARIUS

Make time for your significant other right now. You’ll be in the mood for romance and leisure. Go out and have fun but take care to not overdo it. On the professional front, merging your resources or talents with others can be very rewarding in this time period. You are practical, and there can be a chance to showcase your aptitude or put them to good use.

There is an influential focus on relationships, individual appeal, and fascination. Communications and professional matters will move ahead more quickly in September. Remain wise & balanced in your decision-making and success will be yours. Try not to feel stressed to take action when you’re not fully aware of all the outlooks of a situation. You’re at your creative best in this period.

Success is headed your way, both professionally and in your personal life. Treat yourself with utmost care and enjoy this period. Lost connections and contacts are on your mind. Reach out to your old friends and relatives you haven’t seen in a while. They will be glad to hear from you. This is an exceptional time for making personal changes in your manner or appearance, and for any self-improvement undertakings.

GEMINI There might be a sudden change in your financial position. Gambling and speculation would be unwise. Your wealth might be seen now as a tool used to attain more freedom in your life. For now, keep in mind that your attitude towards personal finances, as well as your value system, is evolving. In this period, only connect with those who are near and dear to you.

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PISCES Personal projects that you begin now are likely to blossom six months down the road. You may be a little overgenerous with money for the time being, as your desire for luxury and well-being items has increased now, and this is something to watch for. When it comes to love, value those who make you feel contented and secure.

LEO You will enjoy a bursting, blissful life because your income flow will be very high. Your earnings will come from marketing, communication projects and sales. Through your confidence, you will get the support and help you need. Set your standard goals high and nothing can stop you from achieving them.


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LIBRA

SAGITTARIUS

SCORPIO

Time spent at home will bring harmony. Escape from the hastiness of life to somewhere discreet in nature. You may need to care for a parent, especially a mother figure right now. You’ll be sure of your priorities and will be able to effectively juggle all the demands on your time and resources. You’ll take a new practical approach to your professional life.

Change is on the horizon that will propel you along a new path. Avoid reacting too hastily if you feel captive or pushed to your limits. You’re in great position for strengthening alliances and improving the spiritual or friendship element of a partnership.

Your priority list is ready to go. Just sort out some minor details such as timing. Contemplate new potential deals, weighing risks carefully. Personal growth and strategies related to improving health and wellness are in good shape. Past and current relationships are a strong focus in this period.

CAPRICORN

CANCER

VIRGO

You may be seeking or realising a long-term vision or goal. This period will bring your money matter to a turning point or conclusion. You might awaken to your spirits for someone at this time, and this helps you make the right choice. On professional front, life will offer you many options. Select work that is pleasing and allows you to be resourceful. Have faith in yourself and try out something new.

It’s a great time for intimate, inner, and emotional matters. This is a favourable period for marital relationship and psychological growth. Bounteousness and compassion towards your companion will increase. This period can be a significant time for gaining support from your family members, too. This is also a brilliant time for money matters.

Your love life will be more grounded and more genuine. Make time to really be there for your significant other. Reverence and gratitude are required. If you are single, nobody can oppose your charm and enthralling appearance. With greater fame, esteem prospects will run to you. Take a hobby class or study something new that has been of interest to you. Being practical is the key to success.

JAI M ADAAN, TAROT CARD READER A Philosophy graduate from Miranda House, Delhi University, Jai Madaan started her spiritual journey in the early years of childhood. Having developed an interest in tarot reading at a very young age, she’s now a leading practitioner of tarot, astrology, palmistry, numerology and vaastu.

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Flt# ** 2T422 2T430 2T434 2T422/105 2T430/426 2T434/209

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Arr 15:00 17:55 10:30 19:45 19:35 11:50

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Arr 14:40 19:45 19:55 16:15 16:35

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Goa To Hyderabad Aurangabad Tirupati Rajahmundry Cuddapah

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Hyderabad To Tirupati Goa Aurangabad Tirupati Vijayawada Rajahmundry Nanded Vidyanagar Vidyanagar Cuddapah Chennai Cuddapah Bengaluru Bengaluru Chennai Mysuru Salem

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Nanded To Hyderabad Mumbai Aurangabad Tirupati

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DOP * Daily Daily Daily Daily

Arr 15:45 12:25 19:45 19:55

Connectivity Direct Direct Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad

Rajahmundry Flt# ** 2T207 2T207/105 2T207/106

To Hyderabad Aurangabad Tirupati

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Arr 17:50 19:45 19:55

DOP * Daily Daily Daily

Connectivity Direct Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad

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Arr 11:50 19:35 13:30 15:00

DOP * Daily Daily Daily Daily

Connectivity Direct Via Chennai Via Chennai Via Chennai & Cuddpah

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DOP * Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily 134567*** 2***

Connectivity Direct Direct Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad Via Hyderabad

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Flt# ** 2T417 2T417 2T418 2T418 2T417/106 2T417/106

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DOP * Daily Daily Daily Daily 134567*** 2*** 134567*** 2*** Daily

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