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EDITORIAL Hi there! Welcome to the world of, a world of relevant and accurate local information.This is our first issue of the print edition and are we excited? You bet. It’s been a whole new experience for us – treading a new territory, drafting content that we think you would be looking for and putting it all together so that it appeals to you. Our first attempts at delivering local information to you have been through the online and the mobile segment. Through these channels, we give you information that you need on your city. This includes Our Views section which has reviews and guides on everything ranging from where to shop for plus-sized clothes to where to send your kids for learning classical music. We also have filtered listings in the Metro’s Best section to ensure that we don’t become yet another site providing already available and irrelevant information.We do our own research, talk to people like you and dish out information that would make living in a city easy and fulfilling for you.

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5 exciting ways to spice up your summmer S T O R Y

Activity Clubs Lounge Habits Spend leisure time, attend workshops, have fun with family and friends or just slouch on a sofa and read a book

Garnish a Dessert


Learn how to garnish a dessert with Chef Ravi

Philately An eclectic collection but a hobby nonetheless

Serve, Smash & Stay Fit Want to play Badminton like a pro? Here are tips from Pullela Gopichand himself



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Stop twiddling your thumbs and join a club

KarigariTransfer work

MetroMela shows you what to do with old sarees instead of letting them rot away to oblivion

Indi Joe



A lavish spread starting from soups and salads to pastries and souffles

contents Yoko



Sizzlers, pastas, pizzas, salads, soups and burgers



Night Life

From lazy lounge to heart thumping electro-techno, the DJs in the clubs & pubs in Hyderabad spin it all

The Gravy Train



Check out the MetroMela User Review of Sahib Sindh Sultan Restaurant




Learn and heal through more than a thousand years old method

Personality of The Month-Tutu Taneja



Someone who made block-printed apparel fashionable among celebrities like Michael Jackson

contents Hot Deals


Bag the best deals in the city, courtesy MetroMela




Tarot Time Find out what this month holds for you

Rubber Bullets



Read about the travails and tribulations of a south Indian as he explains in a letter to his friend



Sweet Treats

Gateau, Brownies, Chocolates and more - Fresh, scrumptious and lip-smacking!

Pic Speak Check out the interesting home decor finds of MetroMela



Listings Contact details of some of the best merchants in town



Exciting ways to Spice up your Summer


t’s summer time and life does get a little boring if you don’t know what the city has in store for you. MetroMela helps you with that and lists out five interesting things that you could do.

Learn about Badminton and Fitness with Gopichand. The badminton champ talks all about how to get started, where to take coaching from and more.


Read on to know more... Join Activity Clubs. Hyderabad has several of those, ranging from one related to adventure to another related to quizzing.


Visit places like Lounge Habits with family and friends.This recreation center has fooze balls, books, simulation games, board games and more.


Learn how to garnish a dessert with Chef Ravi.This chef from Ofen has some interesting recipes for you to try out.


Indulge in Rare Coin Collection with tips from Kesava Rao. After all, this can turn into a profitable investment for the future too.


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Are you brooding over lack of activities in Hyderabad? You shouldn’t be. Our city has quite a few interesting activity clubs, whether it is with respect to film-vviewing, bird-w watching or even quizzing. So stop twiddling your thumbs and take your pick among the ones listed below.

Galore! fee is Rs. 2,900 and subsequently it becomes Rs. 1,900 for every six months. They meet at VMRG Media School, Venkata Ramana Colony, Khairatabad in Hyderabad. MOVING IMAGES Tel – 09849655363 (Aparajita Sinha),

K-C CIRCLE Tel – 09885054941 (K.S. Srinivas)

09849160105 (Ram Kiran)

Supposed to be the oldest quiz club in the city,

The idea of this film club was mooted to pro-

K Circle was set up in 1972 by a group of quiz-

mote meaningful global cinema with strong

inclined individuals who resolved to meet once

social themes among people. Set up in

a week to do what they like the most - Quiz. This

August 2004, it was inaugurated by poet

informal club boasts of having members main-

and film maker Gulzar and has about 300

ly from software giants like Wipro, Microsoft,

members from various literary and artistic

Google and TCS, besides students and acade-

backgrounds. A film lover’s club, it organizes

Rock climbing

micians. Anybody interested in quizzing, start-

screenings of two films (classics, documen-

ing from the age of eight years is eligible to join

taries and award-winners) a month at differ-

this club. Far removed from the monotonous, the quiz that they conduct is well-researched and interesting. Each week a quiz session is organized by two quiz masters who take up the job on a voluntary basis. The members of this club also visit schools and other institutions to conduct quiz programs. You can become a member by paying Rs. 100 (employed) or Rs.

Activity clubs introduce you to new interests and help you make friends

ent locations (that’s why the name Moving Images) and its uniqueness lies in the fact that they invite eminent film personalities to introduce their films and interact with the members. Girish Karnad, Goutam Ghose, Javed Akhtar, Jaya Bachchan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra are some of the noted film personalities who have visited it. You can become a member of this club by paying

50 (students) as annual fee. They meet once a week at YMCA, Secunderabad.

Rs. 1,000 (single) and Rs. 1,500 (couple) per annum.



Tel – 09393002396 (Salil Ganeriwal)

Tel – 09393319333 (Susheel Kapadia)

If you are looking to master your public speaking skills, then join

Spotting species of birds is quite an art and if you wish to turn it

Hyderabad Toastmasters. Over here, you can learn and practice to

into a vocation, Bird Watcher’s Society of Andhra Pradesh (BSAP)

speak effectively. Their meets happen twice a month on every sec-

is the right place to be in. Formed in 1980 by a group of amateur

ond and fourth Sunday at 11 AM and each meeting gives everyone

ornithologists, it aims to promote bird watching and create aware-

an opportunity to practice how to conduct meetings and give

ness about nature. BSAP members meet once a month for outings

speeches even if these are impromptu. In order to become a mem-

on a Sunday and visit the wilderness in and around Hyderabad to

ber, all you need to do is attend two meetings to get a first-hand

watch birds. Spotting the numerous and colorful birds (even those

feel and then enroll by paying Rs. 100. For the first six months the

endangered) is what they gain utmost pleasure from. They also

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organize three to four day camps at natural bird habitats for members twice or thrice a year. BSAP membership is open to all. Interested individuals can register by paying Rs. 100 apart from an annual membership fee of Rs. 200. BSAP also churns out a monthly journal called ‘Pitta’. HYDERABAD FILM CLUB Tel – 09391020243 (Prakash Reddy) This voluntary organization had its genesis in the year 1974 with an objective of creating a movement in Hyderabad for a better understanding and appreciation of cinema. Banking upon foreign embassies and consulates in its pursuit to show global cinema to the common man, it does 6-7 screenings of classics, documentaries or award-winning films per month at Sarathi Studio in Ameerpet. The screening is done in the evenings from 6.30 PM onwards. Anybody above 18 years of age can join the club. Halfyearly membership fee is Rs. 500 (single) and Rs. 600 (couple). They also offer life membership for a sum of Rs. 4,000. ADVENTURE CLUB OF ANDHRA PRADESH (ACAP) Tel – 09849270575 (Ranga Rao) If you are daring and activities like rock climbing, exploring caves, mountain biking and kayaking excite you, call on Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh (ACAP). This is an autonomous body established in the year 1991 solely to promote adventure activities in

Theatrical display

the state. Other things that you can enjoy


through ACAP include hiking, rafting,

09848025000 (Pranav), 09848030526 (Vijay Marur)

wilderness survival and outdoor

Interested in theater and want to showcase your tal-

adventure education. Every year ACAP



ent? Join Dramatic Circle. Set up in the year 1964,


taineering expedition to the

this is the oldest amateur theater group that has

Himalayas and a rafting

generated 100-odd plays. A non-profit organiza-

expedition in Ganges. The

tion, it basically acts as a forum for people who love theater. Some of the plays they have done

club gives membership only to

include The Odd Couple, Bed Full of Foreigners

highly experienced people (in

and The Merchant of Venice. Anybody in the age

adventure sports) who are also

group of 16-75 years can join this group by paying Rs.

inducted in their governing council.

16. Members meet at their houses by rotation only

However, those interested in participating

when they are doing a production (two per year). Those

in these programs can become mailing members by forwarding their basic details and inter-


ests to this e-mail id – or Vijay at






Parachute sport

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A unique way to lounge

Lounging with friends What you see – Lounge Habits, on Road No. 45, Jubilee Hills

Lounge Habits is set in a multi-storied bungalow. The color

(near State Art Gallery) is a concept that could go well with just

orange rules here, whether it is in the paint of the building, the

about anyone today. It is basically a place where you can spend

clothes and caps of the people at your service or even the visit-

leisure time, attend workshops, have fun with family and friends

ing card of the ones running the show. Wooden and cane chairs

or just slouch on a sofa and read a book.

in the restaurant upstairs and the coffee shop downstairs, bean bags in the rooms (bulky ones for older people and small ones for

Started by some young turks (the oldest one is 26 years old!),

the kids) and a face-shaped tooth-pick holder with a ring for the ear are all part of the interesting décor here.

Moms, kids and fooze balls

What you get – This is a place where you can read a book, play a simulation game, watch a movie, enjoy a board game, hold a workshop or even attend one – and all this while you munch on a sandwich and flush it down with a coke. On the ground floor is the coffee shop where you can sit outside and sample some cappuccino or espresso. Walk up the stairs and there is a lot more that you can do. To start with, for kids they have games and toys that range from building blocks and adventure path games to electro-magnetic sets to help learn science and electronic rattles for babies. The charges are Rs. 100 for APRIL - 2008


each kid for one hour for any number of toys or board games. For older kids there are Wii simulation games to try out and Xbox 360 to spend time with. You can even try one of these games for free to gather whether you would enjoy playing it or not. Trust us, it is fun. The games here range from classic Kameo to Yuvraj Singh Cricket 20. Then there are loads of movies you can pick from. Schindler’s List, Gone with the Wind, Salaam Bombay, Roja, Kramer Vs Kramer and Annamaaya are just a part of the varied collection that you can check out. Kids can enjoy some series like the Harry Potter, Tom and Jerry, Tales of Akbar and Birbal etc. There are some educational movies too from Discovery Travel and Living and National Geographic, apart from rhymes, grammar and Vedic Maths. For a three-hour slot of their home theater they charge Rs. 1,000. The group could be as large as 15 people.

Fun with simulation games loved one. For instance, candle light dinners with live guitar, or a

So what else can you do here? Well, you can just pick up a book

salsa/tango dance. You could even step into their kitchen and

from their range which includes titles by Agatha Christie, Satyajit

cook up something for your beloved.

Ray, Richard Bach and PG Wodehouse among others. They even Our verdict – This is a place that could take away your worries Restaurant with a view

about how to spend a weekend the edutainment way. There is something for the entire family. And then it allows you to choose. For instance, if you were to watch a movie with your 15 friends at a theater you would have limited choices in terms of timings and the type of movie. Here you can decide to watch even an old classic at around 10 in the morning. What’s more? It is a place where you can comfortably spend time alone as well with a book in one hand and a coffee mug in another. Drive to - Lounge Habits Plot No. 767, Road No. 45 Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad Call at – 09989927622, 09885188539 Anytime between – 9 AM – 11 PM Parking Space - Available

have Tintin and Calvin and Hobbes. There are interesting combo offers like a club sandwich, coke and a book (no time limit for

Lounge Habits

reading) would come for Rs. 175. Soups, salads, corn wraps, pizzas, pastas, sizzlers and desserts like chocolate sledge and cheese cake are the other things you can binge on here. After all those activities you can even end up buying some things from here. Lounge Habits allows you to pick up anything from the lounge for a price. Some interestingly designed stuff includes a zipped fake coconut, a dhobi ghaat photo frame and a wine bottle lamp. Lounge Habits also allows you to hold workshops where you can showcase your theatrical talent, musical abilities and more. You can even use their services to do something special for your

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Great Garnishes Method

If it’s a feast for the eyes then most often the taste buds agree. This is the primary reason why

] In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar and the flour

most of us like to garnish our desserts. Some gar-

on low speed with a whisk.

nishes help improve the taste while others are added

] Add the egg whites and mix thoroughly.

just for the visual appeal. But these too have to go in

] Add the melted butter and salt. Whisk for one

accordance with the dessert. Chef Ravi from Ofen


(040-2 23372205) helps MetroMela assist you in

] Preheat the oven to 200 degree centigrade. ] Put the ‘tuile’ into a small pastry bag fitted with a

doing so. Here are a few recipes. Chef Ravi TUILE BATTER FOR CHOCOLATE

1/16 inch tip nozzle. ] Pipe it on the baking sheet lined with the parch-


ment paper in different shapes. You could even spread it on the sheet evenly. ] Bake it for five minutes or until brown in colour. ] Remove from the oven and mold it into different

shapes while it is hot.



Ingredients Sugar

125 grams


90 grams

Egg Whites

2 nos.

Butter (Melted)

30 grams


a pinch

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Strawberry delight

] Cream the butter with the sugar and honey. ] Add the flour, cinnamon and salt. Mix until smooth. ] Preheat the oven to 250 degree centigrade. ] On a non-stick sheet pan, with a metal spatula, spread the

batter thinly in 2 1/2 inch circles about 1/2 inch apart. ] Bake for 2 to 3 minutes, watching closely until it lightly turns

brown. ] Remove from the pan while still warm, mold it into different


Egg Whites

2 nos


Icing Sugar

100 grams

Refined Flour

100 grams

Ingredients Butter

30 grams


Powdered Sugar

35 grams

] Cream together egg whites, icing sugar and flour.


60 grams

] Preheat the oven to 225 degrees centigrade.


40 grams

] On a non-stick sheet pan, with the help of a piping bag fit-


a dash

ted with a plain tip nozzle, make different shapes with the pip-


a dash

ing and bake until it turns golden brown in colour. The garnish is ready to be used.

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Make a of Rare

ollection oins

An avid coin collector shares some invaluable tips.

PRESERVATION TIPS… ] Preserve all your coins, currency notes and stamps in

albums. ] Do not fold the currency notes and avoid taking them out of

the album or touching them. ] Do not wash coins with chemicals or other detergents.

Old coins, paper currency, stamps, fountain pens and miniature wine bottles. An eclectic collection but a hobby

] Protect your collection from dust and moisture and always

nonetheless for Kesava Rao M . MetroMela spoke with this

keep a count of your collection.

avid collector of unique and old stuff and got to know that Kesava Rao quit his ‘secure government job’ to pursue a future in professional coin and paper money collection. And today, even after 35 years, his face does not fail to display his passion when he flaunts each of his masterpieces. One of these is the 2 Rupee 50 Paisa currency note of 1917 that equaled a US dollar then. Apparently, this rare piece of currency is worth Rs. 7 crores today, we are told. Kesava Rao shares with us his tips on how such a rare collection can be built. Ashrafi BUYING GUIDE… ]One of the most reliable sources is the Reserve Bank of

India, which releases commemorative coins and currency notes. ]For stamps, any Head Post Office would have a Philately

Kesava Rao M

Bureau. You have to become a member here to buy stamps

Two Rupees, 50 Paise Note

directly from the government. ]Individual coin collectors often sell and exchange coins and

paper currency. So do make a point to discuss hobbies with people you meet. You might just find a collector like you. ]It’s always good to have two pieces of the same coin so that

you can exchange the extra piece with a new one. A jeweler can easily mold a fake Ashrafi. Hence it’s wise to buy from a reputed seller/dealer. ]Outlets are there too but it is better to crosscheck the back-

ground of the outlet to avoid buying fake stuff. ]The price of a stamp or a currency note depends on its avail-

ability and its age. The older ones cost more. ]Serious collectors can also refer to ‘The Standard Guide to

South Asian Coins and Paper Money Catalogue – since 1556

Hundred Rupee coin

AD’ by Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA.

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Gopichand - The champ at his sport

Padma Shri awardee, All England Open Badminton Champion

] One hour of badminton or any other form of exercise is

and a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Pullela

essential every day for kids (seven hours a week). For eld-

Gopichand is all that and much more. To begin with, did you

ers, four hours a week is good enough.

know that apart from badminton he loves the

] Gopichand believes that the Indian diet is

sport of soccer? Or that his favorite music is the

not protein-heavy. So he suggests the intake

Indian classical form? Gopichand likes to experiment when it comes to food and enjoys sampling new cuisines. And when it comes to leisure, he likes getting the adrenalin rush with adventure sports like water rafting. Balancing that passion is his interest in reading books like The Monk who sold his Ferrari and The Power of Now.

“You could also undergo training at the local clubs. But make sure that there is a regular coach to mentor you”

of chikkis, biscuits and soya bean products for a balanced meal. ] It is better to stay away from burgers, piz-

zas and fried items. ] Food and energy is best absorbed immedi-

ately after a sport or exercise. “That’s because the body is like a sponge and soaks in the entire intake. So the best food should be taken after a training session,” advises Gopichand.

Gopichand spent some time with MetroMela sharing his tips

] It is possible to manage sports and studies simulta-

on badminton in particular and sports in general. Read on:

neously. How, you ask and he adds, “Just cut down on

] The ideal age to start training in badminton is around seven

your television viewing time.”

years. However, that should not stop people above that age to


start learning the sport either. As Gopichand says, “I started learning badminton when I was eleven.” ] You could play badminton either for excellence or for exercise. If

you are going for the former, Gopichand says that opportunities to grow professionally are getting better. ] Exercise in the form of badminton helps because it increases

strength, flexibility, agility and coordination. “It is basically an all-

Gopichand’s Badminton Academy Tel – 09246350613

Kotla Vijaya Bhasker Reddy Indoor Stadium Tel – 040-23553946

LB Stadium Tel – 040-23212818

Saroornagar Stadium Tel – 040-24031833

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Something old, Something new! Sarang (Rekha Lahoti) 469, Road No. 10, Opp. Ofen, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad Tel – 040-66822121, 66564477 This boutique can get all kinds of work transferred to a new fabric – ranging from Kalamkari (hand-painted or blockprinted) work and zardosi to embroidery and artificial leather. You can even get printing, dyeing, sequins or lace work done over here. Sarang specializes in placement trans-

The nine yards

fer which means that instead of transferring the entire work Old sarees of our mothers and grandmothers, especially the wedding ones, are likely to be found neatly wrapped and tucked into a closet. Such yards of richness get their chance of stepping out only when the closet is being cleaned; simply

in the same pattern from an old saree to a new one, they design a new placement for all the beads, sequins, zardosi or gota work (appliqué). Based on the amount of work, such a creation would take at least 20 days. Charges start from

because the saree would have become old or damaged and the fabric would have lost its luster. The original zardosi (gold thread work) or embroidery work, however, would still be breathtakingly beautiful. Here’s what MetroMela thinks you should do with such sarees instead of letting them rot away to oblivion.

Transform old sarees into new ones and give your wardrobe a new look! There are several boutiques in the city which help you transfer the original work from one fabric to another. So this way you can get an entirely new saree, salwar suit or even a wall piece made, with the help of your old one. The work of the boutiques that we list below is so neat that it’s difficult for a person to find out that the zardosi or embroidery work is actually old and has just been transferred. Better still, the old saree will find a good use.

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Zardosi and the works

Intricate embroidery about Rs. 850. You can get the blouse or salwar suit stitched

This sister duo run the boutique from home. Butas (floral

here as well.

motifs), zardosi, embroidery, borders, dyeing, printing etc can all be freshly done or transferred here. They can even buy the

Asha’s Collection (Asha Mehta)

fabric that you want to get it transferred to. A simple transfer,

#2-C, RK Bhavan, Behind Venkataramana theater,

say on the border, would take about two weeks and would

Kachiguda, Hyderabad

cost about Rs. 650. You can get blouses, salwar suits, kurtis,

Tel – 040-27565603, 30286503, 09246115603

tunics, skirts and gowns designed and tailored here as well.

Asha Mehta runs this boutique from home. She can transform

This boutique is about four years old. Shilpa is an alumnus of

a new plain saree into an exquisite

the National Institute of

one with the help of your old saree.



You can get a lot of new embroidered (especially the Parsi embroidered

Charms Boutique (Rajul Shah)

ones) sarees here as well. She also

Near Kapu Sangam Marriage Hall,

deals in bed sheets, dress material

MG Road, Secunderabad,

and jewelry. Asha takes 20-30 days to

Tel – 040-66382763/64

get the work done. You could get a

Rajul Shah has been doing tailoring and

saree done (with her new saree and

designing since about 15 years. She can

your old saree) for Rs. 4,000-5,000

get any kind of work transferred to new

based on the kind of work it involves.

pure georgette, artificial chiffon or pure crepe saree. At least 15 days of time is a

Ira Boutique (Shilpa / Richa)

given and charges would range from Rs.

Near Ohri’s, Road No. 12,

1,000 to Rs. 2,000 based on the

Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

amount of work involved. You can also

Tel – 09848047491 (Shilpa), 09885046861 (Richa)

Deft hand at work

get blouses and salwar suits tailored here.

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What you see - The BJN Hotels Group took a long time to expand in Hyderabad. But when they did, it was with a bang. They started off with Angeethi, the Punjabi dhaba-like restaurant that has been doing really well in the city, thanks to the economicallypriced buffet. And then waited for years (wonder why?) to start their other restaurants in the city. With the City Center mall opening up in Hyderabad, the BJN Group has booked a complete floor for their businesses ranging from Aromas of China for Cantonese and Shanghai cuisines to Firangi Paani, a pub with an ambience of the Victorian era. We decided to check out Indi Joe, their multi-cuisine restaurant on The buffet spread

the same floor.

Global cuisine at Indian prices at Indi Joe The restaurant is not flashy when it comes to the colors that are used for the décor. Only subtle colors like brown, black, beige and white abound here, whether it is in the furniture, the walls, the stylish bar, in the uniforms that the stewards wear or even the cutlery (barring the silverware). We visited this restaurant on a weekday. Not that it made a difference because it was full even then. We luckily managed to get seats for ourselves. What you get - Like Angeethi, this restaurant is popular for its buffet. It’s a lavish spread starting from soups and salads to pastries and soufflés. What’s more? You could choose from a variety of cuisines by either going for spaghetti, plain rice or even hash

Chic interiors

brown potatoes (made right in front of you). In fact, some of the

Our verdict – We give our thumbs up to Indi Joe because the buf-

names were totally new to us. The food was nonetheless deli-

fet here is worth every penny of the Rs. 182 (inclusive of taxes)

cious. Everything tasted just right – neither too spicy, nor too

they charge per person. But make sure you go there in the after-


noon as that is when they serve buffets. Evenings are for ‘a la carte’ options like pizzas, sizzlers and the like.

The best part is, of course, the dessert. Here you could choose

Drive to – Indi Joe

from ice creams, soufflés and muffins or even dip your piece of

5th Floor, City Center, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-500034

apple or cake in liquid chocolate. And then there are flat-panel

Call at – 040-6 66683333

televisions for your entertainment here; though you may not be

Anytime between - 12.30 PM – 11.15 PM

able to really hear what’s going on because of the loud music and

What you pay for a meal for two – Rs. 400 (for buffet)

the general din.

Parking space - Available

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What you see – This restaurant isn’t difficult to locate. Bang

(much like Maaza).But then there is Coco Kiss (Rs. 85) which is

opposite City Center and right there on the ground floor (so you

an interesting mix of cola and coconut. This one is worth a try.

don’t have to wait endlessly for an elevator to take you up there),

There are the regular Iced teas too.

Yoko is a restaurant that looks neat and clean right from the entrance. Comfy chocolate brown leather sofas outside for the

Now coming to the main course of sizzlers. Here you can try the

waiting crowd, wooden flooring inside, suede orange chairs and

chicken or the vegetarian variety. Served with French Fries and

a huge wall display of cutlery, are what

vegetables, these come with a heady appetizing aroma. We tried

primarily make the interiors here.

the Veg Sizzler with Baked Beans and Noodles (Rs. 255) and Veg Shaslik (Rs. 245). Delicious is the word that would go

What you get – Yoko is for siz-

with both of these as they neither had the uncooked texture nor did they have

zlers. Well, they do serve, salads,

the burnt flavor. The cutlet did seem

soups and burgers, but

a little sweet though. Yoko even

when you are in Yoko, you

has a desserts section which



cannot step out without

includes the usual stuff. But you

sinking your teeth into a piping

need to have a huge appetite to

hot sizzler.

try out the desserts after the fillHot


ing sizzlers. sizzl


Our verdict – Food is gratifying here and the portions of sizzlers are ample. Service is

quick. The crowd that frequents includes families as well as the young college-going/working breed. Valet parking is available. Prior reservations would help as the place has people coming in hordes. Private parties too can be arranged here for about 50 people, according to Rahul Gandhi, a partner with Yoko. Needless to say, Hyderabad’s lucky to be on Yoko’s map after Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Dubai. Drive to - Yoko Ground Floor, Alcazar Plaza, Road No. 1 Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34 Call at - 040-6 64586166, 66256166 Between – 12.30 PM – 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM – 11.30 PM

Let’s however, give you an overview of the variety that they have

Meal for two – Rs. 600

on offer. In soups, apart from the usual crème varieties they have

Parking space - Available

some unique ones like Spinach and Corn or Onion and Cheese too. These start from about Rs. 75. Salads include the Russian salad, Vegetable cocktail (Rs. 135) and more. We tried the latter and it turned out to be a mix of finely chopped veggies in mayonnaise, served like a cocktail in a glass. This one goes perfectly with the Garlic toast (4 pieces – Rs. 65) on offer. You should try some of the non-alcoholic concoctions here. Most of these go with interesting names and the menu card, thankfully explains what you can expect in each too. There is Crimson Tide (a mix of orange juice, mango juice and cassis or black cur-

Binging at Yoko

rant syrup) which isn’t too innovative when it comes to taste

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Let the



yderabad knows how to party, and also knows its music.

B- Bhangra…

From lazy lounge to heart thumping electro techno, the DJs

Bhangra has gone global and is a definite fixture in most club

in clubs and pubs in Hyderabad spin it all. So if you’re a

DJ sets. One can jump to Punjabi MC on ‘Bollywood Nites’ in

music aficionado who knows the beat per minute of your favourite

Bottles & Chimney (B &C), 10 D, Myst and sometimes even

song, or just a regular party-hopper, you won’t be disappointed.


But just to make it easier, we’re giving

B-B Bollywood…

you the lowdown on what type of music


plays where; to help you pick and

Bollywood remixes rock and we

choose the party destination according

love them. So they’re always

to beats you want to swing to.

going to be there. Almost every

Remember though, that a club may

happening party will have some

decide to play one or more of the genres

cool Bollywood remixes thrown

below, so this is in no way a restrictive

in for some good ol’ desi flavor.

list. It’s more of a guide to the popular

Specialists are B&C and Ahala,

joints in Hyd to dance to the different


kinds of music we all love.

Bollywood nights.

A- Alternative… Alternative Rock is not very groovy to

Spinning the tracks






C- Club… Club music is currently the

dance to, so the only time you may hear bands like the Foo Fighters

rage of the Hyderabad night life. From sexy remixes of Justin

or Linkin Park play is if the place is playing Worldspace! But if you’re

Timberlake to hardcore Club legends like Benny Benassi, clubs

really keen, pubs like 10 Downing Street (10 D) may just play some

such as Touch pump up the revelers with club tracks. Ahala is

Alternative rock, but only during afternoons!

another cool place to check out some vibrant sounds.

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D-D Dance… Dance and Club are pretty similar, so the clubs that play the former would play


ee D J Aq

Dance as well. Wednesday nights in Touch, Ahala, F Bar as well as other places such as Myst and Firangi Paani would be a good choice. E-E Electro… B&C and Liquids are known to play Techno every once in a while. But Electro is as popular as Dance/Club. Touch and Ahala also play Electro, but only a few electro tracks would be squeezed in, so don’t count on a complete night of Electro! H- Hip-h hop… 50 Cent, Kanye and other gangstas also make us jump, so the DJs in B&C, Firangi Paani and Ahala will play a good measure of some hip-hop to all you playas! L – Lounge… Touch owns this genre. DJ Yogi will spin some cool lounge for all the party people every Saturday night, but it’ll be during the beginning of the night. Later on, more of Club music is played. Ahala, Liquids (especially on Friday nights) and Sixth Element will also play some cool soothing Lounge music, ideal for an


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unwind session. R- Rock… Rock can never die. So pubs like 10 Downing Street and Firangi Paani give you enough reason to drink another pint while the cool riffs of Pink Floyd, the Scorpions and Guns n Roses pipe through the speakers. Retro nights in 10 D are specially worth checking out, if you’re a true ‘Rock star’ at heart. Ahala and Touch will play remixes of rock tracks, but not pure rock as such. So there you go. A complete guide to what’s playing where to help you decide which pub to hop to this weekend!

Partying hard

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MetroMela user Amrita Suresh reviews Sahib Sindh Sultan restaurant.Amrita gets a voucher of Rs. 500 for her contribution.

The very name ‘Sahib, Sindh, Sultan’ spells opulence and sure enough we weren’t disappointed! Right from the décor to the elegantly carved water jugs, this is one restaurant that is classy in every sense. Built to resemble a luxury railway coach in the early twentieth century, dining here is an experience in itself. One of the earliest telephone models adorns the walls of the ‘railway platform’ style dining area, even as bearers in quaint uniforms and turbans bustle about getting in and out of the ‘bogey.’ The restaurant owes its unusual name to the first train that ran between Mumbai and Thane. The three coaches were named Sahib, Sindh and Sultan.

The Gravy Train

All smiles-Amrita Suresh ABOUT AMRITA Amrita Suresh is a 23-year old post graduate in Literature from CIEFL (Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages) and is currently pursuing her M Phil in English from Hyderabad Central University. A prolific writer, Amrita has won innu-

We started our meal with a starter of Makai Motia Sheekh

merable prizes and awards for her poems and writ-

and Zamindari Achari Aloo. They were lip-smacking and a

ings all through her school and college. She has

treat for us vegetarians. Our appetite being whet, we decid-

even published a novel - When a Lawyer falls in

ed to order the main course, which were Bhutta Palak Methi

Love…!!! - which is an account of a chubby law

and Paneer Kastoori Bhurjee. The captain suggested a

graduate, as he waddles through life and law text

rather intriguing Aloo aur wadi ki tehri which turned out to

books, in his rather futile attempts at wooing his

be a spicy rice preparation. The meal was delicious to say

pretty Gujarati classmate.

the least. We rounded off with an ‘Indian Sweet Sampler’ which turned out to be a three-in-one combination of kheer, kulfi and ras malai. To sum it up, the starters and main courses were very good but the dessert was ordinary. The rates in the restaurant are on the higher side and a vegetar-

Do you write as well? How about sharing it with us

ian meal for two will cost about Rs. 500. The non-vegetarian

and our users? Send us a review of a shop, restau-

fare sounded very appetizing too. All in all, it’s a restaurant

rant, your child’s school or the gym that you go to. If

to go to if you want to get rid of the bulge in your pocket and

that’s a little specific, you could even put together

see it appear in your tummy!

some random thoughts on what life in Hyderabad is all about – your likes, dislikes and how you live life in Drive to - Sahib Sindh Sultan

this city. Mail it to us at and

5th Floor, City Center Mall, Road No.1,

we will post it on our website as well as publish it in

Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34.

our next issue for all to see. And of course, please

Call at - 040-6 66570000

send us a brief profile and picture of yours as well.

Anytime between – 12.30 PM – 3.30 PM

Looking forward to see you and your work in our com-

and 7.30 PM – 11.30 PM

ing issue!

What you pay for a meal for two – Rs. 500 Parking - Available

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Reiki experts in the city teach you how to learn and heal through a centuries old method Reiki, which comes from two Japanese words (Rei and Ki), means Universal Life Force Energy. It is basically a hands-on healing technique which uses the body’s inherent energy (the

The Healing Touch

universal life force), the Ki, to heal various problems - be it related to the mind, body or soul. This healing procedure is more than a couple of 1,000 years old. Though it’s not a sub- practices and teaches Reiki. She has been in

stitute for medical treatment, it is meant to complement the

this profession since 27 years and conducts Reiki workshops

same for a speedy recovery.

globally. Besides, she is the founder of CI PLUS (Cosmic Intelligence) program, which is an extension of Reiki and is

In this process, a Reiki practitioner transmits energy through

claimed to be a comprehensive and advanced healing system.

his/her hands into the body of the receiver.

For healing, she has a minimum 40-day package with four per-

As Reiki flows through an unhealthy

sonal sittings and distance healing for the rest of the days.

area, it washes away any negative

She also trains on one-on-basis or in a minimum group of 25.

thoughts or feelings lodged in the Sowmya Chandramouli,

unconscious mind/body.

The Holistic Healing Centre, 103-20-4, 206, Gurupaadh, East Marredpally Tel – 040-27730224, 09849339125


Sowmya Chandramouli ( is among the pioneers in Reiki in Andhra Pradesh. She claims to have trained around 8,000 people in India and abroad and teaches people from the age of six years to those in their 80s. The first two levels can be learnt within a timeframe of about 20 hours here. Corporate workshops and in-house seminars are also undertaken

The Buddha

by her. There are four levels to learning Reiki. The first level teaches you self-healing and introduces you to the art of

Inciyah Khambati,

healing others through Reiki. The second level gives you

Amazing Reiki Clinic,

training in distance healing. The other two levels are for

# 006, Innovation Residency,

those who wish to take it up at the professional level or who wish to teach others. MetroMela traced some renowned

Healing pyramid

Near Sindi Colony, PG Road , Sec-bad Tel – 09989707860

experts in Reiki who can heal as well as train you in this art.

A Grand Master, Inciyah ( specializes Rohini Khatri,

in relationship healing and includes counselling sessions

H. No. 12, II Floor,

along with her healing sessions. Depression, obesity and ail-

Street No. 1, Himayatnagar

ment related to bones are treated by her. The healing period

Tel – 09394844999

varies from three to 21 days as per the intensity. You can also

A Grand Master, Rohini Khatri (,

learn Reiki here.

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Let's help you know more about Tutu Taneja, the 60-year old who

Draped in Elegance– Tutu Taneja

Marriage happened and Tutu started painting and printing her sarees.

made block-printed apparel fashion-

Friends liked what she did and

able among celebrities like Michael

asked her if she could sell those to

Jackson in the international circuit

her. Tutu was elated at the opportu-

and Tabu on the home turf.

nity. "Casual Corner, a small bou-

I love dressing up. In fact, I design my own jewelry too. Jewelry Designing could possibly be something that I could have done as well.

My mantra in life - If you want something genuinely, you are sure to get it as long as you work hard.

tique in the city, started selling my stuff," Tutu says. Forty years beyond We entered Tutu Taneja's home with

that time and the boutique no

nimble feet. Not because we were

longer exists but Tutu still has

overawed by the elegant lady's per-

steady business flowing in.

sona. But because we realized that the lady who lives life queen size loves dogs and has eight of them! Avoiding stepping on the tails of any of them, we trotted up the staircase into a royal living area which spelt class with the huge paintings mount-

My biggest sale in a day could have been to actress Kirron Kher and designer Ritu Beri. Most of my stock got sold to them at one go.

Today, Tutu's daughter and sons are expanding her business into newer territories. In fact, her daughter Sharmila now even creates her own designs. Tutu is happy that she is leaving a legacy behind.

ed on the white walls. These also, we realized, were Tutu's creations.

For Tutu's creations including sarees, kaftans, lehengas, unstitched fabric,

Tutu had an aristocratic background what

Time swept past and it was time for her

with her late grandfather being the

marriage. Tutu wanted her sarees

Maharaja of Jind in Punjab. During her

designed in a certain way and she

Drive to - Sitara Bungalow

early years, Tutu traveled quite a bit and

could not find any store that could

House No. 445, Road No. 14,

even got a Diploma from the Royal Drawing

match her needs. It was then that she

Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.

Society. "My teachers in school encouraged

decided that she would print her own

me a lot," she reminisces with a smile.

table covers, bed sheets and curtains‌

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A computer engineer by profession, Inciyah Khambati realized the need for spirituality 10 years back when introduced to Reiki by a wellwisher. She believes that practice makes one perfect and the wonderful results her clients have achieved in areas like health, wealth and relationships are a testimony of her dedication. Inciyah uses a combination of Reiki, Crystals, Pyramids, Tarot, AstroNumerology, Face reading, Aura Reading, and Feng Shui. Her tarot predictions include diagnosis of the problem as well as ways to overcome it. Her aim is to bring a smile on people’s faces and teach them how to live a happy, healthy, prosperous and harmonious life.



ARIES - The King of Wealth in your Tarot predicts lot of riches for you. The Tarot wants you to dedicate and commit yourself to work. Love and relationships are going to be of prime concern this month. You and your partner will reach a deeper mutual understanding. You will be able to assist each other more and work together honestly and sincerely.Your thirst for power will lead you to a fascinating path. Be wary on April 18. Prosperity colors: Emerald, Green,Yellow Lucky numbers: 12, 21 TAURUS - Harmonious vibrations are going to flow through your relationship, encouraging you to listen to your sweetheart’s concerns. Domestic responsibilities would double. April is a period where health will be of prime concern. Work would be neglected and the Tarot predicts that you could miss an excellent business opportunity. However, do look forward to the last 10 days of April APRIL - 2008


when whatever you wish for is going to come true. Meditative colors: Shades of Blue. Lucky numbers: 9, 18 GEMINI - April, as per my Tarot, is going to be a period of soaring high. This period is also going to bring tremendous changes in you. You are going to be one step up on the ladder towards your goal.You would be achieving your best at work, constantly improving yourself and excelling. A team effort will prove fruitful. Expect some good news that could make you travel. Remain your modest self. An elderly person is going to help you tremendously. Lucky colors: Golden & Sunflower yellow. Lucky numbers: 1, 10

CANCER - The three of wands in the Tarot will give you opportunities to travel overseas. This could be work related.You would be a great support to your childhood pal. The month of April will bring you happiness and celebrations.The Tarot also predicts marriage for some. It would also make you travel to your hometown. Romance is in the air. Lucky colors: Grey, raspberry red, Lucky number: 2, 26 LEO - The Six of Swords in your Tarot portrays the freedom of thought and the delight of discovery. This could also suggest a shift of residence and move into another place.You could also start a new venture. Disappointments in love could also lead to a break. Energize your home with lot of pyramids and wear cream and white. Try to fill your heart only with love and happiness. Stay away from the number 5. Lucky colors: Yellow, gold Lucky numbers: 2, 3

Lucky colors: White, baby pink Lucky numbers: 7, 10

VIRGO - The tarot is not so positive this month for Virgos. Be careful and don’t try any new investments. Hard and focused work is going to bring you tremendous rewards. If you must begin something, then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business will always haunt you. Always aim for the sun. Meditative colors: Silver, blue, Lucky number: 10, 15, 28

CAPRICORN - Changes are ahead in the sector of work. Personal demands require that you put your career plans on hold for a while. The changes in your personal and work sectors will not be leaving you high or dry financially.A mature male is holding the financial fort for you while you are involved in other more personal concerns.You will realize at the deepest level that time alone can sort out the situation and there’s no rushing time. All that is required of you is to just ‘be there’ in a calm and tranquil state. Expect a long waiting financial deal to come through this month. Lucky colors: Sunflower, ochre yellow Lucky number: 9, 12, 13

LIBRA - The card of Victory says it all. Expect and feel victorious this month and take up projects that pose a challenge to you.The rose is bent by the wind and twisted by thorns; yet it has its heart turned upwards and spreads joy and happiness. This month, spread happiness. This beautiful month of April is going to bring you more love and luck. Sensuous colors: Peach, pink Lucky numbers: 2, 6

AQUARIUS - Something comes to you from your past in the way of a material boon. This will have some proceedings involving solicitors or the executors of a will or bequest. This month sees you enjoying a victory earned. Many of you will have undertaken a journey in order to anchor this achievement. Others will find themselves in communication with faraway places to secure the win.The outcome of this is growth. Lucky colors: Sky or turquoise blue Lucky numbers: 1, 4

SCORPIO - The Sacrifice card in your Tarot predicts that your career is going well. The cards are saying that you must put home and family life before your career aspirations. As a result, you will experience a win-win situation. Your finances for the month are entwined with your romantic interests. Truth and fairness must be exercised on all sides. Your deepest wish will come true this month. Do not be too possessive and learn to let go. Propitious colors: Golden, brown Lucky numbers: 8, 13

PISCES - A partnership opportunity comes your way this month. For those of you already with a partner, a new lease of emotional life emerges bringing you closer together. For those Pisceans a wish will come true.Work and too much stress can cause you to lose perspective.Therefore, it’s time to delegate tasks and re-assess your goals. Success in the current endeavor is yours, but it doesn’t have to be at your physical expense.You will reach a state of peace concerning the decisions you’ve made. The last week of April is going to be more rewarding and you shall be more giving and generous. Lucky colors: Violet, gold Lucky numbers: 6, 12

SAGITTARIUS - Connected to some sort of financial win comes a messenger with a strange message, but a pleasing one. Don’t be surprised if this month sees the Sagittarian taking risks. That’s all part of their nature — fiery bravery and willingness to roll the proverbial dice and take the chance. Be careful to stay in touch with the joy of creation, it’s more important for success than an attachment to possible material gain. This is a good period for students too.

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Rubber Bullets... For your funny bone

Dear Natasha, Yet another action packed week ended in Mumbai - full of fun and frolic. It was a weekend of introspection too because it has made me realize many things. Like having money when none of your friends have any is as good as not having any. I have also gathered many insights into the love life of south Indian men. And what I have unearthed is most disheartening because comprehension of these truths will not change my status anytime soon; in spite if me being a virile, gallant, well-educated, good looking and sincere South Indian. Sigh! Let me explain. The future of people like me is shot to hell as soon as parents bestow names that are anything but alluring. I cannot imagine a more foolproof way of making sure that the child remains single till classified advertisements or that maternal uncle in San Francisco thinks otherwise. Name him “Parthasarathy Venkatachalapthy”. He will grow to be known as Partha. And before he knows, his smart, seductively named Northy classmates will start calling him Paratha. The result - No woman in her right mind will go anywhere near poor Parthasarathy. Yes Natasha, nomenclature is the first nail in the coffin. In a kinder world they would just name the poor southern male child and throw him off the balcony. “Yes Appa we have named him Goundamani...” THUD. Life would have been harsh to him anyway. Couple this with the other failures that have plagued our existence. In a disco while we can manage the medium hip shake with neck curls, once the Bhangra starts pumping we are as fluid as cement and gravel in a mixer. And then the women love a man who digs pasta and fondue. But why do they not see the simple pleasures of curd rice and coconut chutney? When poor Senthilnathan opens his tiffin box in the office lunch room his female coworkers just disappear on seeing the tamarind rice and papads. They rematerialize around Bobby Singh who has ordered for Pizza and Garlic bread. Sociologically too the South Indian man is severely sidelined. An average stud of my origin stays in a house with, on average, two grandparents, three sets of uncles and aunts, and over 10 children. Not the ideal atmosphere for some intimacy, is it? Alas, it does not end there. On the first night, as the stud sits on his bed finally within touching distance and whispers his sweet desires into his wife’s delectable ear, she blushes, turns around and whispers back, “But amma has said only on second Saturdays...” Warm Regards, Ajith Kumar Bala Kirshana Pillai (forget it, just Ajith)

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resh, scrumptious and lip-smack-

these up and have with vanilla ice

ing. Sweet treats are always a

cream. You would then get the true fla-

delight to gift and be gifted with.

vor of cocoa in these brownies. Apart

Join us on an odyssey of these mouthwatering delicacies…

from that, she also makes

Care for a slice?

sponge cakes with nuts and raisins and walnut and cinna-


mon cakes. And if you would

Gateau is basically the French

like to gift some nice sweets to

word for cake. It is multi-lay-

diabetics, she makes sugar-

ered and comes with various

free ones too. You could get in

kinds of fillings. Renu Jivan






specializes in different kinds

27847734 or 09866007820.

of gateau – be it the sinful

A 24–hour advance booking of

chocolate kind or the fruity

orders is a must. You could

orange and pineapple one.

even book these in weights of

She also makes lovely cheese-

half kilogram.

cakes, soufflés (seasonal variety as well) and date and wal-

t e e Sw s t a tre

Mamta lives on Prenderghast

nut cakes. Apart from that, she

Road at Amar Apartments in

takes party orders for

Flat no. 207. Her apartment

Italian and Continental food starting from salads to baked



lasagna. You could get in touch





23357356 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 3 PM – 5 PM. Also make sure that you book your orders at least 24 hours in advance.

Renu lives on Road no. 5 in Banjara Hills. You could reach the place by taking a right after Origins store and then the third left. The second house in that lane (House No. 373; the one with the black gate)



building is adjacent to a Baskin Robbins outlet. CHOCOLATES… Don’t think of buying the usual branded chocolates when you have a special

occasion on the cards. Try some

dairy-free ones. These are available at

Looking for sweets with a personal touch? Here’s a delicious list.

Belgique Chocolates outlet (the only one in the state). The varieties range from truffles made with rum, hazelnut or even grape wine to nutty ones like those made with peanuts and pistachios. You could even try the ones with fillings like butterscotch


or strawberry. All these


contain less sugar than BROWNIE…


This chewy form of cake is

more? You could pick up

usually made with choco-

nice gift boxes for these

lates and nuts. Mamta in


Secunderabad deals in

MetroMela recommends

the eggless varieties of

the ones made with hand-

these scrumptious eats.

made paper available in a

The flavors include wal-

variety of bright and fes-

nut, choco chip, roasted

tive colors. Crystal boxes

almond and hazelnut. She

Crunchy chocolates

can even provide these to




are available for those interested in some more indulgence.

you as muffins. Warm APRIL - 2008



Belgique Chocolates is located on Road No. 1, Banjara Hills near Mebaz

Brownie with vanilla scoop and nuts

Corporate, opposite Vengal Rao Park. You could contact Gopal Mishra, the manager






23356194 or 09246549928 for bulk orders. ALL THAT AND MORE‌ Chocolates, pastries, cakes, cookies, muffins and much more are all available at Ofen. Here, they have some nicely packed chocolates made from Belgian chocolate, sweet butter and cream. The special flavors include the ones made from cashew, raisins, lemon and coffee apart from mint. Sugar-free cakes are there too, for the diet-conscious. Ofen is located on Road No. 10, Banjara Hills and can be easily identified with the wagon at its entrance. You could call 040-2 2 3372205/

2 335


09848041234 for more information.

here. Death by Chocolate, Berry Crumble

You could even try homemade cakes

Tart and Plum Cakes are all worth trying.

and chocolates made by Shipra. She

Labonel can be reached on 040-

allows you to taste and make your

Labonel Patisserie, run by Mehnaz, also

23358257, 09849010048. You could

choice before buying. So do visit her at

has a lot of baked delights. Cakes, souf-

drop in as well on Road No. 10, Banjara

AOC Centre, West Marredpally or call her

flĂŠs and other sinful treats are available


on 09391046862 to know more.

More chocolate-based desserts

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Rs. 35each

Kashmir Carpets Road No 1, BanjaraHills, Opp Music World, Hyderabad. Tel – 040- 23398978

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Fabindia Uma Enclave, Road No. 9, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad.Tel – 23354526

Kashmir Carpets Road No. 1, Opp Music World, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Tel – 040- 23398978

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Indian Treasures # 8-2-682/4/1, Road No 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. Tel – 040- 64527740

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Listings ...Shopping, Food & Entertainment BOOKS & STATIONERY Name




Book Selection Centre # 1-7-281,Tirumala Commercial Complex, SDRoad, Sec.bad-03


Bajaj Electronics # 6-1-91/5,, Lakdi-Ka-Pul,Near Telephone Bhavan, Hyderabad-04


Cambridge Press # 3-5-874/6/4, Street No. 5, Hyderguda, Near Apollo Hospital, Hyderabad-29


Bose Shop No. 2 & 3,V.V’s Vintage Boulevard, Upper Ground Floor, H.No. 6-3-1093,Raj Bhavan Road,Somajiguda,Near Spencer Super Market,Hyderabad-82


Himalaya Book World # 6-3-354/1,Shop No. A & B, Stellar Sphinx, Next to Petrol Pump, Punjagutta, Hyderabad-04

23355968 Digital Shoppy # 8-3-1085/D, Dega Towers,Raj Bhavan Road,Somajiguda,Near HP Service Centre,Hyderabad-82


Odyssey # 6-3-713, Emerald House, Amrutha Hills, Next to Tanishq, Punjagutta,Hyderabad-82

23414801 Next # 1-10-9/2, Begumpet, Opp. Indian Airlines Cargo, Hyderabad-16


Oxford University Press # 8-2-577, First Floor,Road No. 7, Above Syndicate Bank, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34

23356425 PCH e Zone # 6-3-648, Somajiguda, Beside RTO Office, Hyderabad-82


Saptaparni Plot No. 21, Road No. 8,Banjara Hills, Besides Kalpa School, Hyderabad-34


Samsung Digital Home # 6-3-190/1, Khanchand Towers, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Near Taj Banjara, Hyderabad-34


The Bookpoint # 3-6-752, Near Narayanaguda Flyover, Himayatnagar, Hyd-29


Shah’s Electronics Shop No. 4-2-16, RP Road, Opp Best Buy Electronics, Secunderabad -03


Crossword Shop No. 101 to 108, City Center, Junction of Road No. 1 & 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34

66131201 Sony World LV Prasad Marg, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Adjacent to Gymkhana Club, Hyderabad-34


Crossword Ground level, Shoppers’ Stop, Street No. 3,Begumpet, At Shoppers’ Stop, Hyderabad-16

27761080 Sound & Vision Babukhan Mall, Somajiguda, Opp Kalanikethan, Hyderabad-82


Walden Trendset Towers,Road No. 2,Banjara Hills,Beside LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad-34


Tirumala Music Center # 1-10-1, Begumpet, Near Airport Flyover, Near B&C, Hyderabad-16




@home # 6-3-249/6/1, Aztec Towers, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Opp City Center, Hyderabad-34


Alqove Nagarjuna Circle,Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Next to Chutneys Restaurant, Hyderabad-34


Best Buy Plot No. 542, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Near Kanakadurga Temple, Hyderabad-34


Carigari # 10-1-17, Dana Chambers, Masab Tank, Opp. JNTU, Hyderabad-34


Furniture World Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Near Chutneys Restaurant, Hyderabad-34


Furniturewalla # 8-2-682, Laxmi Cyber Centre, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Home Style # 6-3-248/H/1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Opp. Music World, Hyderabad-34


Inhabit # 8-2-602/C, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Above The Bombay Store, Hyderabad-34


Inner Space # 686,Road No. 12,Banjara Hills,Opp. Kanaka Durga Temple, Hyderabad-34


Khazana # 1263, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Near Food World, Hyderabad-33


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Listings ...Shopping, Food & Entertainment HOME DECOR



Archies Gallery # 8-2-269/A, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Earth Bazaar Padmalaya Studios,Road No. 78,Jubilee Hills,,Hyderabad-33


Ferns ‘N’ Petals # 117, Road No. 2,Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Lepakshi Hasthakala Bhavan, Musheerabad, Opp.Telephone Exchange, Hyderabad-20


Odyssey # 6-3-713,Emerald House, Amrutha Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad-82


Passionate Collections Pestoji Enclave, Himayatnagar, Opp.Telugu Academy, Hyderabad-29


Season’s # 6-3-1219/A, Shop No. 4, Sai Baba Estates, Umanagar, Begumpet, Lane Adjacent to Lifestyle, Hyderabad-16



Name Alankritha Art Gallery Plot No. 72, Residence Inn, Amar Cooperative Society, Kavuri Hills, Lane Opp. Madhapur Police Station, Hyderabad-33

Atmosphere Plot No. 241, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-33

Creative Bee Road No. 4, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad -34

23358714 Shangrila Florist # 1, Journalists Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34

Su:riti Second Floor, Osman Plaza (The Loft Building),Road No. 1,Banjara Hills, Nagarjuna Circle, Hyd-34


Maazaa’s M-11, Sarada Apartments-2, Ranga Raju Lane, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Opp. Barista Coffee, Hyderabad-34





Magna Hypermarket Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyd-34




MPM Mall Near GPO, Abids, Hyderabad-01



Q-mart Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34

Spencer’s Giant Plot No. 222,Bakaram Road, Musheerabad, Opp. Usha Mayuri Theatre, Hyderabad-20


Hyderabad Central Punjagutta,At Punjagutta Crossroads,Hyderabad-73


Lifestyle # 6-3-1192, My Home Tycoon, Kundan Bagh, Begumpet, Beside White House Building, Hyderabad-16


Shoppers’ Stop Jaya Towers,Street No. 3, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16


Food Bazaar Lower Ground Floor, City Center, Junction of Road No. 1 & 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


City Center Junction of Road No. 1 & 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Pure O Natural JR Towers, Road No. 2,Banjara Hills,Opp. LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad-34


Evolution # 6-3-883/1, Punjagutta, Hyderabad-82


Exotic Carpets # 6-3-381, First Floor, Punjagutta Crossroads, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Adjacent to Petrol Bunk, Hyderabad-82


Gangotri Abids, Opp. St. George’s Grammar School, Hyderabad-01


Gurjari # 5-9-22, Sarovar Complex, Secretariat Road, Above The British Council Library, Hyd-63


Home ‘a’ fair Surya Arcade, Begumpet, Lane Opp. Pantaloons, Hyderabad-16


Home Style # 6-3-248/H/1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills,Opp. Music World, Hyderabad-34


Kashmir Carpets Road No. 1, Banjara Hills,Opp. Music World, Hyderabad-34



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Listings ...Shopping, Food & Entertainment MEN’S CLOTHING Name


Hyderabad Central Punjagutta,At Punjagutta Crossroads,Hyderabad-73


Lifestyle # 6-3-1192, My Home Tycoon, Kundanbagh, Begumpet,Beside White House Building, Hyd-16


Shoppers’ Stop Jaya Towers,Street No. 3, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16


Kalanjali # 5-10-194,Hill Fort Road, Saifabad, Opp Police Control Room, Hyderabad-04


Fabindia Uma Enclave,Road No. 9, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


The Bombay Store Road No. 10,Banjara Hills, Near Our Place,Hyderabad-34


66666001 Westside 5-8-62, Khan Lateef Khan Estate, Fateh Maidan Road, Nampally, Opp. L.B. Stadium, Hyderabad-01

Tommy Hilfiger Road No. 2,Banjara Hills, opp. LV Prasad Hospital, Hyderabad-34


Allen Solly Amit Plaza, Somajiguda, Opp. Amrutha Mall, Hyderabad-82


Arrow # 6-3-885/7/B, A. S. Abdul Khader, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-82






10 Downing Street Ground Floor, My Home Tycoon, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16


Yo! China # 6/3/448,1st floor, Punjagutta, Above CEAT Showroom, Hyderabad-82


99 Megahertz Fifth Floor, Prajay Corporate House, Begumpet, Opp Shoppers’ Stop, Hyderabad-16


Almond House Lingapur Buildings, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad-029



Angeethi # 701 & 703, Seventh Floor, Reliance Classic, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Near Care Hospital, Above Barista, Hyderabad-34


Ahala Taj Krishna, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34

Blockbuster Taj Tristar, SD Road, Sec.bad-03

27818989 Bakers Inn # 23,Amrutha Mall, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-82


Bottles & Chimney Begumpet, Near Tirumala Music Center, Hyderabad-16

27762368 66117373

Chequered Flag # 5-115, Mohan Reddy Commercial Complex, Medchal Road, Kompally, Hyderabad-14


Blue Fox Hotel Minerva Grand, SD Road, Behind CMR Silks & Jewellery, Secunderabad-03

Cafe Coffee Day Ground Floor, G.S. Chamber, Nagarjuna Circle, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Enigmaa Hotel Minerva Grand, SD Road, Secunderabad-03

66117373 Cafe Coffee Day Hitec City, Madhapur, Hyderabad-81


Escape # 7-1-26, Hotel Green Park, Greenlands, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16

23757575 Cafe Odyssey Emerald House, Amrutha Hills, Punjagutta, Hyderabad-82


Fifth Element Fortune Katriya Hotel, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Hyderabad-82

23325678 Chinese Pavilion Road No.1,Banjara Hills,Opp. Vengala Rao Park, Hyderabad-34


Level The Central Court Hotel, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, Near HDFC Bank, Hyderabad-04


Chutneys Shilpa Arcade, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Near Andhra Jyothi Office,Hyderabad-34


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Listings ...Shopping, Food & Entertainment THEATRES Name

...Health & Wellness


27906405 Anand # 156 & 159,Begumpet Police Line, SP Road, Opp.Wesley Boys College, Secunderabad-03






Kalanjali # 5-10-194,Hill Fort Road, Saifabad,Opp Police Control Room, Hyderabad-04


Addlife 1st Avenue, Road No. 14, Banjara Hills,Near Indo American Cancer Hospital, Hyderabad-34


Arogya Kerala # 101, Reliable Residency, Road No. 12,Banjara Hills,Behind Familia Hospital, Hyderabad-34


Ayur Care Plot No. 6,MLA Colony, Banjara Hills, Behind KBR Park, Hyderabad-34


Dr. Batra’s # 8-2-120/ 77/ 3,Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Near T.D.P. Office, Hyderabad-37


Herbalife Begumpet, Lane Opp. Shoppers’ Stop, Hyderabad-16


Kerala Ayus Plot No. 226, Film Nagar, Road No. 78, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-33



Devi RTC Crossroads, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad-20


Shoppers’ Stop Jaya Towers, Street No. 3, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16


Hitech Madhapur,Near Reliance Tower, Hyderabad-81


Hyderabad Central Punjagutta, At Punjagutta Crossroads, Hyderabad-73


Odeon Deluxe RTC Crossroads,Chikkadpally, Opp Sudharshan 70mm, Hyderabad-20


Lifestyle # 6-3-1192, My Home Tycoon, Kundan Bagh, Begumpet, Beside White House Building, Hyderabad-16


Prasads Multiplex LIC Division P.O., Necklace Road, Off. NTR Gardens, Hyderabad-63

23448989 Fabindia Uma Enclave, Road No. 9, Banjara Hills,, Hyderabad-34


Meena Bazar Extension G2,Roxanna Mall, Begumpet, Opp. Lifestyle, Hyderabad-18


The Bombay Store Road No. 10,Banjara Hills, Near Our Place, Hyderabad-34


Tommy Hilfiger Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Opp. LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad-34


The Kerala Ayurvedic Care # 3-6-101/1, Green Gate Apartment, Basheerbagh, Near Skyline Theatre, Hyderabad-01


Westside # 5-8-62, Khan Lateef Khan Estate, Fateh Maidan Road, Nampally, Opp. L.B. Stadium, Hyderabad-01


Sanjeevini Street No. 16, Himayatnagar, Hyderabad-29

Ayush Plot No. 32,Road No. 5, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-33


Allen Solly Amit Plaza, Somajiguda, Opp. Amrutha Mall, Hyderabad-82

66621040 Ayush # 8-2-598/A/15(471), Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-82


PVR Cinemas Fifth Floor, Hyderabad Central, Punjagutta, At Punjagutta Crossroads, Hyderabad-82


Ramakrishna # 4-1-825/47, Abids, Near GPO, Hyderabad-01


Sandhya RTC Crossroads, Chikkadpally, Opp. Bawarchi Restauran, Hyderabad-20


Sangeet # 23, SD Road, Near St. Ann’s School, Secunderabad-03

Santosh # 5-8-544, Abids, Opp FD Khan & Co , Hyderabad - 01



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Listings ...Health & Wellness

...Family & Kids








Apollo Hospital Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-33


Dinaz’s - A Fitness Studio # 139/A, MLA Colony, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


All Saints’ High School # 5-9-504, Gunfoundry, Abids, Hyderabad-01


Care Hospital Road No. 1,Banjara Hills,, Hyderabad-34


Est II Floor, Bhaskar Plaza, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Beside Care Hospital, Hyderabad-34


BVB Public School # 8-2-293/82/J3,Road No. 71, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad-33


Fernandez Hospital # 4-1-1230,Bogulkunta, Putlibowli, Abids, Hyderabad-01

24756997 66266665

Delhi Public School Survey No. 74,Khajaguda Village, Golkonda Post, Hyderabad-08


Fitbuzz Begumpet, Lane Opp. Shoppers’ Stop, Hyderabad,-16

Gandhi Hospital Musheerabad, Hyderabad-20

27510053 24193000

DRS International School Survey No. 523, Dhoolapally, Medchal Mandal, Opp. Apparel Park, Hyderabad-14


Golkonda Sagar Mahal Complex, Gandipet, Opp Osmansagar Lake, Hyderabad-75

Global Hospital Lakdi-Ka-Pul, Hyderabad-04

23244444 23541467

Hyderabad Public School # 1-11-87, Begumpet, Hyderabad-16


Indo American Institute Road No. 14, Banjara Hills, Opp. KBR Park, Hyderabad-34


Helios # 814,Road No. 41, Jubilee Hills, Near Peddammathalli Temple, Hyderabad -33



Intl. School of Hyderabad # 6-3-346, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Latitudes Pro # 469, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Opp. More Supermarket, Hyderabad-33


Kendriya Vidyalaya Picket, Opp. Secunderabad Club, Secunderabad-03

Little Flower School Chirag Ali Lane, Abids, Hyderabad -01


Oxygen Second Floor, Sujap Plaza, Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Near Trinethra Super Market, Hyderabad-33

65150777 Meridian School Road No. 7, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Pacific # 237,Road No. 36,Jubilee Hills, Near Food World, Hyderabad-33


Oakridge Khajaguda, On Nanakramguda Road, Golkonda P.O., Cyberabad, Hyderabad-08


Talwalkars Accent Towers, Ground Floor, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills, Opp. HSBC, Hyderabad-34


Govt. E.N.T Hospital Sultan Bazar, Koti, Hyderabad-01


Image Hospitals # 8-3-903/F/12&13,Image House, Ameerpet, Hyderabad-16


Kamineni Hospitals LB Nagar, Hyderabad-68


Kamineni Wockhardt # 4-1-1227,King Koti Road,Abids,,Hyderabad-01


La belle Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Near ICICI Bank, Hyderabad-34

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Listings ...Family & Kids KIDS’ SHOPPING Name


Babies Wonderland 8-2-630, RMK Plaza, Road No. 1&12 junction, Banjara Hills, Near Pizza Hut, Hyderabad-34


Catmoss # 6-3-349/24/1, Nagarjuna Circle, Road No. 1,Banjara Hills, Next to Midway’s Bakery, Hyderabad-34


D ‘N’ K B-3, 1st Floor, Mellennium Square, Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Next to Chutneys Restaurant, Hyderabad-34


Dayal’s Moosa Building,Tilak Road, Abids,Near Meena Bazar, Hyderabad-01


Gini & Jony Malgi No. 302 & 303, Dwarkapuri Colony, Road No.1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Just Born # 6-3-1085,Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Next to Ohri’s Jiva, Hyderabad-82


Kids Zone Shop No. 211,Babu Khan Mall, Somajiguda,Opp Kalanikethan, Hyderabad-82


Little League Plot No. 3, # 8-2-334,Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad-34


Mom ‘N’ Me # 3-6-151 & 153,GS Towers, Himayatnagar, Above Planet Music, Hyderabad-29


Mother ‘n’ Child Shop No. 1 & 2, Devaki Chambers, # 1-7-74 to 79, SD Road, Beside Satyam Computers, Secunderabad-03



Name Lotus Children’s Hospital # 6-2-29, Lakdi-Ka-Pul, Next to Mahavir Motors, Hyderabad-04




Chitralekhanam Srinagar Colony, Beside Andhra Bank, Hyderabad-73




Dolce Music Institute DM Estate, 2nd Floor, Flat No. 1, Street No. 8, Himayatnagar, Beside Horward Public School, Hyderabad-29


Innova # 12-5-30,White House,Tarnaka, Opp. St. Ann’s School, Sec.bad-17


Philip’s School Plot No. 121A, Road No. 11, Jubilee Hills, Lane Next to Super Speciality Dental Hospital, Hyderabad-33


Saptaparni Plot No. 21, Road No. 8, Banjara Hills, Besides Kalpa School, Hyderabad-34


Krishna Hospital Niloufer Road, Lakdi-ka-pul, Opp. Hanuman Temple, Hyderabad-04


Shiamak Davar’s # 503, Shreya Mansion,Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda, Next Lane to Hotel Fortune Katriya,Hyd-82


Basant Sawhney Hospital # 253,Nehru Nagar, Road No. 11, West Marredpally, Near Deccan Club, Secunderabad-03



Steps - Studio for Danz Sixth Floor, Khanchand Towers, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Opp Taj Banjara, Hyderabad-34


Medi Kid Hospital # 6-3-778/44, Durganagar Colony, Ameerpet, Opp Gold Spot Lane, Hyderabad-16


Orange # 310,3rd Floor, Babukhan Mall, Somajiguda,Opp Kalanikethan, Hyderabad- 82


Children’s Clinic Subhodaya Apartments, Boggulkunta, Abids, Near Fernandez Hospital, Hyderabad-01


Siri MLA Colony, Road No. 12, Banjara Hills, Near Lotus Pond, Hyderabad-34


Dr. NC Mathur # 5-9-194/3, Chirag Ali Lane,Abids,Lane Opp to Chermas,Hyderabad-01


Musee Musical Shop No. 7 & 8,Ground Floor, Babukhan Mall,Somajiguda, Opp Kalanikethan,Hyderabad-16 Global Art India Plot No. 44, P & T Colony, Vikrampuri, Lane Opp KFC, Secunderabad-09


Paramitha # 3-8, Chaitanyapuri X Roads, Dilsukhnagar, Near Chaitanya Jr College, Hyderabad-60


Rainbow Children’s Hospital # 22, Road No. 4, Banjara Hills, Lane Beside City Center, Hyderabad-34

Hope Children’s Hospital # 5-9-24/81,,Lake Hill Road, Basheerbagh, Hyderabad-63

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