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Red Race 91 Yet another masterpiece from the makers of the world’s safest car!

Red Gadgets 95 Get a different view of the world through the eyes of Google!

Red Haute


Be hooked to know the secret of the curly haired girl next door who is debuting in Bollywood!

Red Retreat 115 A perfect destination for that “oh so needed” break - Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur-On-Sea.

Red Cuisine 119 Usher in the New Year with ummmm-o-licious Ugadi delicacies.

Red Dazzle 103 Get the Jodha look with the adornments from Gitanjali Jewels.

97/76 Red Life He makes you stand on your feet - Dr. Guruva Reddy Emitting light of education - Mr. Vasu Prakash

Red Entertainment


Hollywood takes the wedding way and Bollywood takes the live-in way! Now, this is what we call a twist in the tale. Not to forget we never miss out on the scoop of the oh so famous cat fights.

Red Eve


Successful Business Magnet on the zenith of success - Suchitra Ella Beware! She can read your mind - Dr. Rekha Dutt




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We are on the cusp of winter and summer. Neither it is too warm nor is it cold; it is just the right time for a reveller to freak out. But unfortunately even our educationists think that it is the right time to put our students to test. Perhaps that was the reason for the party scene in both the cities being a little on the dull note. Yet festivals like Maha Sivaratri and Holi can neither be by passed nor ignored. If the Bay City had come alive with the biggest Sivaratri event being hosted here, Hyderabad has witnessed the most happening Holi party. In this issue we record both the celebrations. Taapsee, the model-turned-actress adorns the cover and in a no-holds barred chat, spills many beans. I hope the readers will find them quite palatable. We could rope in Mrs. Suchitra Ella, who handles two crucial tasks as the Chairperson of CII Andhra Pradesh State Council and Jt. Managing Director of Bharat Biotech, for our Eve segment. To be frank, it was no mean task to pin down this hi-fi celebrity for an interview. But once we got her, she was all cooperation. Sharing the space with her is Dr. Rekha Dutt, the charming doctor who is known for her style and elegance, besides her philanthropy. She reads the minds and sets them at peace. Such experts are the need of the hour in these days of tensions and turmoil. I personally owe a lot to Mr. Vasu Prakash, Director - Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, which happens to be my alma mater. It is a privilege to cover him in our Life segment. Since it is the Ugadi festival edition, a special endeavour has been made to cover a dignitary from Hyderabad too. Dr. Gurava Reddy, Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon and CEO of Sunshine Hospitals, appears to be at his humorous best and we could capture him in this most delightful mood. Our new column Spice seems to have grabbed quite a few eyeballs. We strive to make it tangier and more peppery. Now I wish all our readers, advertisers and patrons a very happy Ugadi.

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Malla Vijaya Prasad red gave me not only a new look, but also projected me in a different way. Thanks to Chandu, Sarada, Ranita and of course, Dhana Vijay. I have been receiving a number of calls from all my friends and well wishers, complimenting me. Keerthana Grandhi, Director, Vaibhav Group red has become an indispensable part of our reading material. The articles are concise, to the point and provide amazing quantity of information in reader-friendly format. The profiles of local professionals, entrepreneurs and companies published in the mag give an insight into the best practices and also tell us (readers) how to overcome the challenges we face. One such piece written on Mrs. Grandhi Mallika Manoj, CMD, Vaibhav Group (my mom) was beautiful. It was like a mirror held to her. My compliments to Ms. V. Sarada. Sri Sai Raghav Shashank I like the interview of Siddharth by Nirupama Reddy. It’s really awesome. Vamsy Krishna March issue of red magazine is FAB :) Srikanth Kanth Hey, the buzz on designer wear is SUPPPPER… Bhaswini Raj Good to see all my faculty members of CMS:) Saranya Reddy The mag is so nice…. G. Shyam Fyn Siddharth looking Jabardasth! Lavanya Lakshmi Wow! the magazine is sooo colourfullll! Mrinal Halder red is jabardast !!! Sarika Roy Oh la la...Fashion Week Swaroopa Das I saw your March issue. It was simply awesome. Neelima R red haute feature was interesting. Info on gadgets was good. Revanth Kumar Feature on youthful hero Siddharth is Jabardasth. Keep it up. Ankita Your idea to give equal importance to Vizag and Hyderabad is superb. I like the Eve column very much. It is inspiring. Shruti Sood New feature Spice is hot. Kudos to your new idea. Anuradha Raman The magazine has something for everyone. I love to read all the topics. Srinivasa Rao Wish you all the best. I like Gadget Parade. Gangadhar Retreat column is colourful and informative. Kesava Rao Though I stay in Bangalore, a quick read makes me feel I am in my hometown, Vizag. You are doing a great job.


MR. PELLI KODUKU @ FITNESS STUDIO Hero Sunil who was in the city shooting for his upcoming film, took time to sensitize the youth on the importance of fitness. He inaugurated Raaz’s Vibrations Fitness Studio located at Ramnagar. He himself exercised, using different equipment available in the studio. His fans thronged the studio to have a dekko at him. Studio Proprietor Rajesh, Sri Swathi Associates Chairman Parasuram Raju, Millennium Softwares Chairman Sridhar Reddy and others were present.

PANTERO VROOMS Yet another motorcycle Pantero, from the stables of Mahindra 2 Wheelers, hit the city roads. Md. Saleem, Incharge Deputy Transport Commissioner launched the vehicle powered by the MCi-5 engine. Tirupati Rao, Zonal Head (Sales and Customer Care), Mahindra 2 Wheelers, Chennai and Venkat Anil, Managing Partner, Silicon Motors were present at the launch.

GOA TO VIZAG The Park brought in Goa’s trademark cuisine a unique combination of Portugese and Konkan culinary splendour christened ‘Goa to Vizag’. An array of Goan dishes spread across the tables at the Shack Beach Garden included Vindalho De Carneiro, Xacuti Galinha (Chicken Xacuti), Peix Ambot Tik (Shark spicy and sour), Carfreal De Galinha, Sungta Chi Kodi, Goan Dal curry and others. The buffet consisted of a few starters and desserts like Bebinca. Chefs Carmo Peter and H. Saldanha from Goa presented the cuisine.

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GAYATRI HOLDS EKATHRA Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering (A) held a two-day national level technical symposium Ekathra ’13. As many as 1,500 students from different parts of the state participated in the events like Unplugged, Pitch Perfect, Rock Blend and Stomp the Stage. K. Sudhakar, Principal Associate Director of NSTL was the chief guest and P. Sumanth, alumnus of GVPCOE and GM of Condura, Hyderabad was the guest of honour on the inaugural day. S.V. Yogeshwar Sharma, music director was the chief guest and Arun Jayanth was the guest of honour for the valedictory. Y.V.P.K. Raghava was the event co-ordinator.

BHASHYAM CELEBRATES ANNUAL DAY Pomp and gaiety marked the annual day celebration of Bhashyam Public School of Dwarakanagar branch. Prof.B Bharatha Lakshmi, Dean, College Development Council of Andhra University lighted the lamp to mark the inauguration of the programme at Kalabharathi Auditorium. Various cultural programmes including singing of devotional and patriotic songs were performed by the Bhashyam students. M.Satyam, Vizag zonal in-charge was the guest. G.V. Anjaneyulu, Principal, Bhashyam Dwarakangar, Vice-Principal K. Ravikanth Reddy, Bhashyam Little Champs Headmistress Vijayalakshmi and other staff were present.

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POLLOCKS FAREWELL DAY A Farewell Day was organised at Pollocks School for its outgoing students. Students remembered their relation with the juniors and the team spirit which had brought them together in various activities. They thanked the teachers and management for building their career. They entertained the audience with various cultural programmes. Principal Sandeep Chitra stressed on the importance of time management.

SANKETIKA YOUTH FEST The two-day youth festival of Sanketika Vidya Parishad Engineering College was held on a grand note at P. M. Palem. The event was kicked off on a devotional note with a song and was followed by a classical performance. As many as 300 students showcased their talents in various cultural events. S.V. Praveen Kumar, Director, L G Polymer Industry and D.V.V.S. Somayajulu, Vice-chairman of ACA were the chief guests. A.S.N. Prasad, Chairman, Sanketika and Dr. S.V.H. Rajendra, Secretary and Correspondent of the college were present.


SPECTACULAR SHOW Amar Concept School celebrated its 5th Annual Day christened ‘Mana Pandaga’ on a grand note. As many as 500 pupils enthralled the audience with several cultural programmes. Present at the spectacular show were Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who was the chief guest, MLAs Malla Vijaya Prasad, Tynala Vijaya Kumar, DEO Krishna Veni, Dr K Suman, Vijaya Medical Centre, GVMC Corporator J Sridhar, Founder of Amar Educational Institutions Amar.

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HUMOUR UNLEASHED It was an evening of elite and entertainment, jokes and jibes, pun and punches, laugher and lucky draws. Maheswari Sabha, Visakhapatnam hosted a very unique evening, a Hasya Kavi Sammelan to mark the upcoming festival Holi in the beautifully decked Novotel hall. Ms. Sangita Rathi introduced the guest satirists Navneetji Hullad, Sandeepji Sharma, Pratapji Faujdar, Ghanshyamji, Agarwal, Pradeepji Chaubey and Surendraji Yadvendar, who regaled the audience with non-stop wordplay for more than two hours. The fitting finale was the scrumptious dinner. Office bearers of the Sabha, Ramesh Bangur, Sushil Somani, Rakesh Rathi, Ashok K. Mandhani and Nitesh Pasari worked hard to make the occasion a thumping success.

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ARRAY OF CULTURAL PROGRAMMES To mark Maha Sivarathri, an array of cultural performances like Dakshayagnam, Shivatandavam and devotional songs marked the celebrations of Lalithakala Parishat and 28th Mahakumbabhishekam organised by Rajya Sabha MP Dr .T. Subbarami Reddy. Singers Malavika, Ramu, Pavan Charan and others enthralled the audience rendering devotional songs. Actors Mohan Babu, Vanisree, Brahmanandam, director K. Viswanath,, A.P. Hindi Academy Chairman Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Yalamanchili MLA Kannababu, MP Vundavalli Arun Kumar, MLAs Golla Babu Rao, Tynala Vijay Kumar, Chintalapudi Venkataramayya, former MLA Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy and Swami Swaroopanandendra Saraswathi of Sarada Peetham were present.

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VAIBHAV BUMPER DRAW Dance performances by Zee Aata Juniors-6 finalists and Looks Rajsekhar impressed the audience at the Vaibhav Gold Purchase Plans programme organised at Gurajada Kalakshetram. As many as 27 people won attractive prizes. Ch. T. K. Kumari, N. Prabhavathi, B. Apparao and S. Leelavathi won Mahindra Rodeo bikes as part of the Golden Ride plan. B. Jyothika and K. Padma won Tata Nano cars in the bumper draw under Lotus Purchase plan. Another 22 members won silver articles worth Rs. 19,999 each and 44 members got 10 gm. silver coins each. Grandhi Mallika Manoj, Chairperson and MD, Vaibhav Jewellers, Pydah Krishna Prasad of Pydah Educational Institutions, Kancharla Ram Prasad, Director, K.R. & Sons and others were present.


CII HOLDS STEEL MEET CII conducted a one-day AP Steel Conference -‘Managing growth and enhancing competitiveness.’ Delivering the keynote address, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited Chairman-cum-Managing Director A. P. Choudhary said that steel consumption was the barometer of development for any country and of late, power had emerged as the main hindrance for growth. Hindustan Shipyard Limited Chairman-cum-Managing Director Rear Admiral N. K. Mishra traced the evolution of steel industry and underlined the need to expand in the Greenfield sector. CII Vizag Zone Chairman and RINL Director (Commercial) T. K. Chand, CII zonal vice-chairman and Sravan Shipping Managing Director and ChairmanElect G. Sambasiva Rao and Vizagcentre head K. Ganeshan spoke.

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MEET ON VIZAG CII, Visakhapatnam, organised a discussion on ‘Visakhapatnam moving forward: Challenges and Opportunities.’ CII AP Chairperson and Joint Managing Director of Biotech International Ltd. Ms. Suchitra Ella said IT units in Visakhapatnam had achieved a landmark by crossing an export turnover of Rs. 1,000 cr mark and opined that the city had a bright future due to availability of Englishspeaking workforce. District Collector V. Seshadri called for promoting Brand Vizag. Commissioner of Police Mr. Shivadhara Reddy suggested a bypass from Anandapuram to Anakapalle to ease the traffic. RINL Director (Commercial) T. K. Chand, CII Vizag Chairman-Elect G. Sambasiva Rao, CII Zonal Vice-Chairman and Visakhapatnam Port Deputy Chairman G. V. L. Satya Kumar spoke. CII former chairman R.V.S. Raju presided.


WOMEN ON HOT WHEELS A convoy of 17 Audi cars reached Novotel and back to Palm Beach Hotel. The event, Audi Drive was organised by ‘The Times of India’ to mark the International Women’s Day. The winners were given away prizes. Gita Krishnan, Rajini Chitra, vice-president, Pollocks School, Seema Varma, V. Sarada and Ranita Ray of red magazine, Madhumati, Bharati Sikand, Sarika Roy, Proprietor, Scarlet Beauty Salon, Kavitha Reddy and many other socialites participated in the event.

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SOUTHERN TRAVELS DOES IT AGAIN Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd. has set a milestone again; it has received the National Tourism Award for the sixth consecutive year from the Ministry of Tourism. The award was presented to Southern Travels Pvt. Ltd. by President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of Dr. K. Chiranjeevi, Minister of State for Tourism in New Delhi. The Ministry of Tourism, annually presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in recognition of their performance in their respective fields and also to encourage healthy competition. Speaking on the occasion Mr. K. Chiranjeevi said that Tourism Industry had immense potential. DIAMOND DESTINATION It was a double celebration for the diamond destination store - Kirtilals as they expanded their existing showroom and have now made it the biggest diamond destination in Hyderabad. Apart from that, Kirtilals also associated themselves with Forevermark, the diamond brand from De Beers Group of Companies. The Jabardasth girl Samantha Ruth Prabhu unveiled the exquisite collection of exceptional jewellery with Forevermark Diamonds crafted by Kirtilals. Present on the occasion were Sachin Jain, MD, Forevermark India and Suraj Shantakumar, Director, Kirtilals.

MOTHERHOOD UNDERSTOOD Rainbow Hospitals for Women and Children held an exclusive event dedicated to all mommies “Motherhood Understood" on the occasion of International Women's Day at Avasa Hotel. The afternoon witnessed an educative seminar on childbirth preparation, importance of saving cord blood, childcare and above all enjoying motherhood. The chief guest of the event was Namrata Shirodkar, who is enjoying motherhood with the new born angel. Singer Hema Sardesai of Awara Bhawre fame entertained the guests with her performance. Dr. Pranathi Reddy, Ms. Karuna Gopal, Ms. Shoma Sur and Ms. Rekha Sudarshan were the other successful celebrity mothers who shared the dais along with the chief guest.


‘BONSAI KITTEN’ RELEASED Last month began with a very interesting book launch by debutant Lakshmi Narayan. The launch was held at Landmark bookstore in the presence of film actress and animal activist Amala Akkineni and noted television anchor Suma Kanakala. ‘Bonsai Kitten’ represents Indian women in the modern scenario and their journey through different phases.

LAKME SALON LAUNCH West Marredpally now has one of India’s leading and fastest growing chain of beauty salons - Lakme Salon. After conquering the cosmetic market, Lakme is now a very strong name in franchise salons. The beauty salon was launched by Tollywood actor Priyamani. She said, “I have always been a loyal customer of Lakme Beauty Salons and am confident that the salons will continue to be the first preference of every Indian woman.” The Salon is set to offer best quality service in hair, skin and beauty care. Priyamani sported a perfect summer look with the pastel colour dress and minimal makeup.

SHOPPING WORLD Shree Nikethan, a unit of Kalanikethan Wedding Mall launched an exclusive women’s shopping world at Phoenix Mall, Chennai. Film actress and popular danseuse Ms. Shobana launched the showroom. Eminent personalities like Ms. Swaroopa Ananth of GRT Jewellers family; Mr. Atul Ruia, Joint Managing Director, Phoenix; Mr. AS Balaji, AS Babusha Group and Ms. V Sarada, Director, Kalanikethan Textiles & Jewels Pvt. Ltd. were present at the opening of the plush store which is spread over an area of 7,500 sft.

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ROTIS GALORE Victory Venkatesh, launched the new vegetarian multi-cuisine restaurant - Rotis at Hi-Tech City. The superstar looked classy in his casual avatar. This place totally justifies its name with over 50 types of rotis on its menu. The restaurant is an initiative of Fortune Hospitality services and serves mainstream Indian cuisine along with oriental, Mexican and continental dishes.

TOUCH OF CARE BNR - Touch the Skin Care Hospital was launched by the Health Minister Mr. Konduru Murali Mohan. Located in Banjara Hills, it boasts of the state-of-art amenities. After its success in Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Bengaluru, this institute is all set to bring about a change in Hyderabad’s medical scene. It offers services like hair transplant, cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, liposuction, botox and many more cosmetic surgeries, besides skincare. Dr. Surya, Dr. Praveena and Dr. Narsimha Rao graced the occasion.

TAMBOLA DHAMAKA The JCI, Hyderabad Deccan Chapter held a mega Tambola at Imperial Gardens with an aim to help the old and mentally challenged people. Amrat Kumar inaugurated the event. Nandkishore Vyas (Bilal) was the chief guest. There was a well organized fashion show. Reputed names like Par Exsalonce, Trousseau Cottage and Aanchal Boutique contributed for the show. The game of Tambola had the crowd glued to their seats enjoying the delicious food and trying their luck to hit the jackpot. The event was organized under the guidance of esteemed Presidents of JCI- Jc Vinod Giria and Project Chairmen - Uttam S. Tolasariya, Dinesh Patel, Brijesh Bung, Jeetender Sharma and Pradeep Bapna. red | april 2013 | 36


FASHION ALERT After styling the crowd in Chennai and Coimbatore, Naturals Salon & Spa launched its first luxury salon and makeover studio - Page3 in the plush area of Jubilee Hills. The salon was inaugurated by Mrs. K. Veena, Mr. C.K.K. Kumarvel, founders of Naturals, Mr. Rajeev Bopaiah, CEO, Naturals and Tollywood hunk Rana Daggubati. The launch witnessed the attendance of the who's who of the city . Spotted at the launch were Harshavardhan Rane, Jwala Gutta, Samrat, Zara Shah and many others.

Kumeravel, Rana Daggubati, Shan, Veena & Madhuri Madhuri

Shilpa Reddy

Vijaya Lakshmi

CONFIDANCE SHOW Shiamak’s ConfiDance Show was a display of styles across the globe. The students who performed were handpicked by Shiamak. The performances included pieces from Shiamak’s repertoire and a dance journey around the world; from Broadway Jazz and musicals to Shiamak Style (Contemporary), Jazz to Shabop (Hip Hop & Street Funk) and of course, Bollywood Jazz. To add a local flavour, the surprise element was a medley of Tollywood songs! The event took place at Shilpakala Vedika with a packed auditorium, classic stage decoration and amazing costumes.

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Swaranjit Sen

Dr. Raghuram

OH SO GOOD Kakatiya Ladies Club makes every event memorable but the annual event was “Oh So Good”. All the members participated in groups for the fashion show or dance performances. The evening witnessed the presence of crème de la crème of the city. The month-long practice sessions of the members had finally paid off and the annual event was a phenomenal hit. The audience was spellbound at the performance and the spirit of the members. Spotted at the event were Dr. Raghuram, Faiz and Nidha, Rummy Azad, Noel Swaranjit Sen, Raju Nayak, Venetia, Taki and many others.

Anjum Babu Khan

Dr Srinath

Hina Srivastav

HEALTH IS WEALTH Every event hosted by FICCI draws elite of the city, this event held at The Park Hotel was no exception. The seminar on “Productivity and Public Health”, with the focus on the role of industry and entrepreneurs was a totally offbeat yet important topic taken up by the organization. The seminar was addressed by Prof. K Srinath Reddy who is a cardiologist and a world leader in preventive cardiology and public health and Ms. Sangita Reddy, the Executive Director, Operations of Apollo Hospitals Group. The seminar evoked good response with the members indulging in a thoughtprovoking discussion. Spotted at the event were Rekha Reddy, Ajitha Reddy, Majula Narsa, Anjum Babu Khan and many others. After all health is wealth!

Padmaja Rajgopal

Samia Alam Khan


TREAT TO EYES The Ikebana International, Hyderabad Chapter held a mini Ikebana exhibition with dry and fresh flowers and foliage keeping the summer in mind. It was held at President Uma Chigurupati’s residence. The workshop was a treat to eyes as all the members displayed different creations of Ikebana. Spotted at the sunny afternoon were Rekha Reddy, Tarab Khan, Anisha Tandon, Nirmal and many other members.

Sharmila,Vandana,Reena, Rekha Reddy, Sita & Anisha Tandon Indu

Remani Nambair

BRUNCH-MUNCH Radisson Blu Hotel had a special Women’s Day brunch. Blu also paid tribute to the women achievers in the domain of art. An exclusive Mehandi counter was set up for those who loved to get some art imprints on their hands. Special raffles were organised. They had over 300 varieties of Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. The guests enjoyed a leisurely Sunday along with their family and friends. Spotted at the brunch were Ambita Chinoy, Jasmine, Manisha, Kashish, Manjula Narsa, Varub, Bhargavi Reddy, Raja Sundaram and many others.

Suma Latha

Uma Chigurupati

Manjula, Varun & Bhargavi Reddy

Neha Mishra

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Sonia & Dj Jonathan




PEACE MASCOT Art De Arahant was a show where art and fashion came together to spread the message of peace and it was held at the Muse Art Gallery, Hotel Marriott. Pooja Kapur displayed her painting that mainly revolved around Lord Buddha. Ace Designers like Sagar Tenali, Tejas Hindocha, Harish Hindocha and Varsha Patawari presented a fabulous fashion show. The dresses were predominantly in shades of white and earthy colours with motifs of Lord Buddha on them. Models like Sridhar, Madhurima and Archana walked the ramp for the designers. Kali Sudheer, the host and curator made sure that all the guests had a great time and the evening was filled with fun.


Amir Javed

Shivani Saraf

Namita Singhvee

Esha, Harish, Sridhar, Tejas & Rina


Zahra Wajiuiddin

PAR EXSALONCE LAUNCHED Par Exsalonce, a salon and boutique was launched in Jubilee Hills. The owner, Zahra is a certified aesthetician and has brought in the latest skin and beauty care treatment. Present at the launch were the who-is-who of the city. Spotted at the opening were Archie Paranjee, Namita Singhvee, Shivani Saraf, Farah and many others.

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Neelam,Pariniti, Vandana Palsani & Vandana Nathany


Vinni singh



MELANGE EXPO South Indian actress Parinidhi inaugurated a two-day Melange exhibition at Taj Krishna. The exhibition was packed with shoppers on both the days. Labels like Gajal, Wajah, Rim Jhim, D&A Trinkets, Adan’s, Aianna, Toxic, Rasberrie and over more than 60 designers showcased their merchandise. The exhibition had everything from ethnic wear to casual ones, from jewellery to fashion dressing, from bags to footwear and from drapes to upholstery. Shoppers like Radhika, Shuba, Vinni Singh and many others were seen with their shopping bags full of goodies.


Bina Mehta


Sonal Doshi

WOMEN AFFAIR Coffee Affair was brewing with an all girls affair who were there for the launch of Radhika Agarwal’s Designer Exhibition D"or". The exhibition was a huge hit and was attended by the shopaholics of the city. All the women present were dressed in their fashionable best. Spotted at the event were Sonal Doshi, Nikita Reddy, Ruchika, Akanksha, Koyal and many others.

Sheetal & Nikitha Reddy

HYDERABAD Ravneet & Neelu Bagga

FASHION RETREAT Neelu Bagga’s residence was on a fashion high alert on the day she held an exhibition. All the pretty ladies had their bags full with shopping. The hostess looked elegant in a Pochampally dress with the chunky chain stealing the show. The shopaholics spotted at the exhibition were Tanu, Pooja, Gayatri, Swati, Sirisha, Samia Alam Khan, Mourya Boda, Manjula, Karishma and many others.

Ashu Gowri



Manjula Narsa

Sirisha Mulpuru

Gurleen Bagga Tanuja

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THE BLUE DOOR LAUNCHED The lovely couple Balram and Saloni came up with a Greek dining restaurant - The Blue Door along with the Travel Luxe Collection by Shravan Ramaswamy. The launch was a very private affair with just friends and family. The interiors are breathtaking and the guests could not stop raving about the food and ambience. Spotted at the launch were Aamer, Hameeda, Anahita, Feroz and Laila Khan, Girish Malpani, Sunila Eti, Smita, Karuna Gopal and many others.

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t might not be the place to expect honey, but certainly it is one which offers value for your money; that’s Jollee Bee. Why this name? Pat comes the reply from Surendra Reddy, the man behind the cafe, “With a team closely-knit and united like bees, I aim to serve the best delicacies to the city foodies.” The décor of this 30+ capacity restaurant-cafébakery is kept minimum. The menu, however, is extensive and impressive and all the items are available anytime between 10 am and 10 pm. One can get Chinese (especially main course dishes), Italian and lots of fusion food. People can try sandwiches, pancakes, wraps or crepes (specialty) if in a mood to have a light meal. The potable range is just amazing with numerous options. The must try are fried ice creams, American crispy chicken, lemon chicken pizza etc.


The pricing is quite affordable and students get special discounts, if they plan a celebration here. 1




n a gift hunt for a party to attend, want to give a makeover to the walls of your home with paintings or just looking for options to get a flora touch to your interiors? Your search for all these can end at Bells.













Located on the Sampath Vinayak Temple Road, this shop claims to be the best spot for paintings, especially Tanjore ones, which are available in the widest variety. The prices range from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 1,50,000. These paintings are creative works of artists from Tamil Nadu and Bells also gives an option of tailor-made. There is an impressive collection of oil, acrylic and the latest fad the threeparts paintings too. There is a wide variety of soft toys too; starting from just Rs. 125 to Rs.6, 000. Take a look at those alluring crystal artifacts or ceramic mugs with quotes or sun signs; ideal for gifting. Added to the variety are artificial flowers, attractive vases or those unique designer glass corner stands. There is a limited collection of perfumes, ladies’ accessories and handbags.



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he fun of enjoying ice cream in a chilled air-conditioned space with a spectacular sea view, is nothing but heavenly. Hearty thanks to Minus4 for making it possible. Sharing the space with Coffee Waves on RK Beach Road, this ice cream parlour is the latest happening place. The brand is known for churning out frozen stone concept ice creams and flourishing with 14 branches all over our nation; this is the 15th one. It claims its products are cent per cent vegetarian. It offers an array of options which are categorized as Chocolate, Nutty, Fruit, Seasonal and Kids Concepts. A pleasant surprise is that they are reasonably priced. They are not just desserts but a complete meal in itself. Enjoy the bliss with season special real fruit, in seasonal concepts. The Fruit Concept gives you genuine fruit. Must try is the Fruit Overload (Rs. 140). Chocolate lovers, you can’t miss out Cioccolato, a sinful indulgence made with combination of chocolate and choco fudge, oreo cookies, choco chips, lava cake and hot fudge (Rs. 185). Kids this can be your paradise as you can choose add-ons such as nuts, jujubes, Oreo biscuits and chocolates like Perk, Kitkat, gems etc. Don’t feel left out if you are diabetic, as you have a special menu with 95% sugar-free ice creams in vanilla, strawberry and butterscotch flavours. What are you waiting for? Go and gorge on this freezing feast which is also apparently Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite who was seen relishing them at the brand’s Hyderabad branch.











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ocated on KGH Road, the newly opened Hotel Winsar Park (3 star) stands as a good qualitative accommodation option. Calling itself a budget hotel, it has kept the tariffs and rates quite reasonable without compromising on the quality. A simple lobby, designed with minimalist architectural style, welcomes you at the entry. Yet it gives the place a spacious and uncluttered feel. Its 50 rooms are divided into three categories; such as Winsar Classic (Rs.1,950 - 2,250), Winsar Luxury (Rs. 2,400 - 2,700) and Winsar Suite (Rs. 3,500). All the rooms have 24-hour room service, laundry, minibar, fruit basket, cookies, complimentary internet facility, etc. Enjoy your dining experience at CafÊ de win (coffee shop) and Relish. The coffee shop remains open from 6.30 am to 11.30 pm and can accommodate around 55 guests. Relish, the multi-cuisine restaurant has a lavish spread of delicacies like Chinese, Mughlai, South Indian, Continental and Italian. All the dishes served here are claimed to be the best as they say they don’t believe in signature dishes. This spacious restaurant is well-lit and it can accommodate 60+ guests. It has three banquet halls, which can be booked for conferences, business meets, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, etc. The three halls can handle about 25 to 200 guests. Since it is strategically located, the management hopes that it can capture the market luring the middle class tourists. Cellar parking is available for 15 cars and about 50 two wheelers. However, on a busy day it might be a challenge, which needs to be sorted out.







he Blue Door - the name itself explains the concept of the restaurant. The exterior is like a typical house on the islands of Santorini or Mykonos with the whitewashed walls and the turquoise blue door giving that “Greek” look! Not only the exterior but the interior as well as the cuisine are predominantly influenced by Greece. Bringing in Greek cuisine and that look was the brainchild of the husband and wife team Balram and Saloni. The added attraction to the place is a small corner displaying “The Travel Luxe” collection of ace designer Shravan Ramaswamy, needless to mention the couture is totally in sync with the theme of the place; in shades of white, perfect for summer. The restaurant is located in the uptown area of Jubilee Hills and seems to be the choice of the elite, youth and expats of the city.

Spread over an area of 2,200 sft. the interiors see the repetition of white in the cane furniture and blue in the upholstery. A few culinary specialties are Prawn Saganaki, Zucchini Kefte, Eggplant Bourekia in starters, healthy and scrumptious salads and sandwiches, Stuffed Chicken, Exohiko, Savore, Moussaka in the main course and Baklava and Grape spoon in desserts. Besides Mediterranean cuisine, you also encounter Arabic, African, Minor Asian, Balkan and European influences on the food. The credit of the fresh and delicious food goes to chefs Vannis Marvias and Stefanos Tsopanos who have come down from Athens. The place is perfect for gatherings of friends or a family. So get set for a piece of Greece on your plate.


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abukhan Mall, Somajiguda has an added attraction - Trisa Jewellery which boasts of 92.5% pure sterling silver jewellery and first quality diamonds. This store has every single piece of adornment from a nose ring to the toe ring, from simple studded earrings to elaborate and dressy sets. The quality, finish and look of these ornaments are so impeccable and fine that they can be passed off as precious jewels. Trisa is an initiative of Sanghi Group that already has a reputed jewellery store Sanghi Jewellers to its credit. The 1,500 sft. showroom is divided into sections displaying different kinds of products. The price range starts from Rs. 900 and goes up to Rs. 80,000. The Victorian jewellery made of silver and gold with uncut diamonds is priced between Rs. 10 ,000 and Rs.18 lakh. This jewellery is a feast to the eyes with designs from the “grandma days� studded with polki and various other stones. They have a wide range of pearls and pearl sets with great designs. Any girl can fall in love with the diamond sets that resemble the sets worn by Bollywood heroines and actresses on TV shows. The range of other products like fingerrings, mangalsutra, bracelets, lockets and earrings is also huge and interesting. Visit Trisa Jewellers once and you are bound to become its regular customer. Its well-mannered staff, the beauty of its products and the compliments that you receive wearing them, are certain to make you retrace your steps.











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ast month saw Eternal Elegance open its doors for the city, located in Babukhan Mall, Somajiguda. The first thought that pops up in your mind when you think of 24 carat gold is that it would be expensive to buy for yourself and unaffordable to gift someone. But this store breaks the misconception, housing artwork and artifacts from Aarya 24 kt which are made out of gold sheets and gold foils. The gold used in the products has a purity of 999.9 in a thousand. The products are certified by the Assay offices in Taiwan, London, Hong Kong and New York. Surprisingly, the price range starts from a few hundred rupees and goes up to Rs. 5 lakh. This place sure is a blessing for people giving a perfect gift for any and every occasion. The unique creations include gold and silver foil pens, gold foiled bouquets, roses and carnations, poker kits, pack of playing cards, key chains, frames, presentation boxes and many other things. Even a casual visitor to the store is tempted to pick up a few things like devotional frames, chariots, monuments, plates and cups. The gold tile available here draws a lot of attention and gives any house that “oh so different� look. Well, a store having nothing for women is practically impossible. Hence, this store has jewellery with beautiful floral designs. As far as the durability and consistency is concerned, you need not worry as these do not tarnish and all the products come with a certificate of authenticity. Lastly, they also take up orders for customized products. To sum it all up, it is a perfect corporate gifting pit-stop.


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ar Exsalonce is a perfect rejuvenating getaway for ladies. Shopping, spa, salon and pampering the skin and body; what more can a woman ask for! This place is a skincare centre and boutique located in Jubilee Hills with warm and cozy interiors. The place has three treatment rooms and they are maintained with utmost care and are spic and span. The wooden flooring, the furry carpets, the velvet cushions and sofas make this place a class apart from the other salons and skincare clinics. It is owned by Zahra Wajihuddin who is the designer of the ethnic dresses on display there and she is also a licensed Esthetician from the Academy of Aesthetic Arts in Kansas, USA. Skin is the most important but the most neglected part of the body and at Par Exsalonce one can find the best treatments given with certified products which are cosmeceutical and available only by prescription by doctors or aestheticians. The range of care includes Micro-Dermabrasion, facials, chemical peels, Glycolic Peel, Lactic Kojic Peel, Salicylic Peel and many more. Salt glow exfoliation, sea science detoxification and various other body treatments are also available. Apart from skin and body care, the normal salon service, makeup and bridal packages are also worth a try. Moving on to the boutique section, there is a limited yet not to miss collection of traditional dresses which are up to date in designs and colours. You can find unique combinations like royal blue and golden, fuchsia pink and brown, peacock green with yellow. They also give the option of a made-to-order dress. This place surely is the choice of ladies who want to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect.











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V I Z A G GANTA VS BOTSA Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao had his way and got Sukumar Varma, son of Yelamanchali MLA, Kannababu, unanimously elected to the post of Chairman for DCCB. DCC president Karanam Dharma Sri’s nomination was rejected as the PACS he was representing announced a default issue raised by Ganta. The polls turned into a turf war between Ganta and PCC chief Botsa, the strongman from Vizianagaram, who threw in his lot with Karanam. However, Ganta emerged as a power centre with the backing of the Chief Minister, the bête noire of the PCC chief. However, Ganta has to face a disgraceful situation in another incident. Despite knowing that the party would not consider more than five tickets, he made a futile attempt to recommend youth leader Kasi Viswanath of the erstwhile PRP as an MLC candidate. Botsa got his way with getting his candidate Veerabhadra Swamy. Botsa and Ganta row is turning out to be very interesting.

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PURANDESWARI-AVANTI COLD WAR Fissures in the Cong party in the region seem to be widening with leaders openly throwing verbal missiles at one another. Bheemili Congress MLA Avanti Srinivas gave a big shock to CM Kiran Kumar Reddy during his visit to the district, complaining against Minister Purandeswari and openly stated that the ruling party would have disappeared in Jagan’s wave, had not Praja Rajyam party lent its support. It is said that this was all stage manipulated by none other than Minister Ganta, who earlier asked district collector to convince Purandeswari to change her plans in view of Chief Minister’s visit on the same day. While Ganta feigns ignorance of the incident, Purandeswari went on air at once denying rifts and also hinting at them stating that even if there were any problems within the ‘family’, they would be sorted out among the members. Meanwhile, this seems to have brought a smile on the face of Minister P. Balaraju, who nurses a grievance against Ganta.

OH GOD! THAT’S POLITICS It has been an annual ritual. MP Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy has been holding mega events on the city beach to mark Maha Sivaratri for the past many years now. However, this year’s event turned out to be the finest, drawing a wide applause with best cultural performances enthralling nearly a lakh of people and famous film personalities gracing it. But the twist in the tale came when the benign religious event transformed into a political platform with the guest artistes appealing to the public to elect TSR in the upcoming elections. Actor Mohan Babu praised the services rendered by TSR in a cleverly delivered speech and appealed to people not to lose out on such a leader.

MERCHANTS WANT MAVURI IN POLITICS Only the other day, the otherwise shy and self-effacing Mavuri Venkata Ramana, CMD, CMR Group, was seen leading the cloth merchants in the city who were protesting against the delay in abolition of Value Added Tax. In fact, it was the second such event in which Mr. Ramana took part, displaying total solidarity with his merchant brethren. Going by the fact that he contributes his mite to many social and cultural causes and his popularity, the merchants wish a man of his stature and calibre should take to politics to better the lot of society. All the political parties, transcending the barriers, are sure to welcome him.

YET THE AWARD GOES TO… Lack of adequate check-in counters, ATMs, duty-free shops and railway reservation facility are a few of the many problems plaguing the Visakhapatnam Airport. HPCL funds failed to help the airport develop the promised greenery around. Yet, it bagged the ‘best airport’ award as part of the National Tourism Awards 2011-12. The initiatives taken by local leaders and the airport’s contribution to tourism promotion must have helped it in getting this honour. The award may inspire and motivate officials and staff of the Airports Authority of India to work harder in improving the existing amenities. But inconvenienced passengers and the disgruntled public openly wonder how an airport maintained in such a poor condition, can ever be called the best even in the “Rest of India category.”

PULUSU TESTING PEOPLE’S PULSE Any responsible citizen loves to pay back, at least to some extent, to the place from where he has earned fame and wealth. But former Mayor P. Janardhana Rao, doesn’t seem to have any such qualms or commitment. After amassing huge wealth while he was in the mayoral chair, Rao shifted his loyalties to Amalapuram, where he is investing heavily. The very fact that he is pumping in a lot of money into the Konaseema town is raising speculations that Rao nurses political ambitions, seeking a seat from any obliging party in the ensuing elections. Any takers?


HEADLESS VUDA While the Rs. 526 cr scam plagues the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority (VUDA), things are in a state of disarray on the city development front and encroachers are having a field day. There are reports of them selling plots under benami names and layouts right under VUDA’s nose. What could be the reason behind this sorry state of affairs? It clearly indicates an organization is bound to go to dogs if it doesn’t have efficient gatekeepers. VUDA, has been functioning without a chairman for the past many years as the government failed to appoint a head. There are no signs of the vacancy being filled in near future. With T-issue haunting Hyderabad, people are looking towards Vizag and land cost growing at phenomenal rate, there are already reports of land mafia entering the scene. The city may soon turn into another Hyderabad.

NATIVE TALK Indian Idol Sreerama Chandra is trying his luck in films. Fine! But his new-found love for Vizag city certainly raises a few eyebrows. Hailing from Addanki, Prakasam district, Sreeram cannot even claim an umbilical bond with the city. Yet he was heard telling people that he belonged to Vizag. Besides, he spends a lot more time in the city, shooting or otherwise. It almost looks as if he is eagerly awaits any invite - big or small - coming from the coast city. Want to invite Sreeram, just drop a card.

GLAMOUR LINK-UP Something is definitely cooking! No not in our kitchens. We see a lot of smoke billowing! The son of a leading politician and a local model are making hot news as they are spotted in and around the town. Whether it is in a coffee shop, beach, mall or movie theatre, they seem to be omnipresent. Do they fall under ‘we are just friends’ category or is this just a casual dating and flirting around or growing as a steaming hot affair? Only the glamour girl and the power puff boy know the answer.

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CAPITAL TO COAST Telugu film industry had shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad during the NTR regime. With the Telangana issue being raked every now and then, is the industry looking at Vizag as a viable alternative? Looks like, we are already getting indications of it, with the latest buzz that Vizag will be the venue of a big audio launch. D. Siva Prasad Reddy, producer of Nagarjuna’s forthcoming movie Greeku Veerudu, is planning to hold the audio release function in a grand way in the city by mid April. Thaman’s musical night will be a major attraction of this gala. With Dasaradh (director), S.S.Thaman (music composer) and Nayanatara (female lead) gracing the event, it may be a curtain raiser to a new film city.

BEACH KING GOES MISSING There is a missing alert sounded by city’s party freaks and they have no clue where the master of merriment has gone! You got us right! We are talking about ATR (A.T. Rayudu) popularly known as the Beach King for his lavish parties on his private beaches. Of late, the revellers often spotted in his fiestas are seen upset and missing ATR and the fun he offers. Is he off to vacation or shifted his glitzy parties elsewhere? His loyalists are on the wait. When will the Bay City’s beaches be warmed up with his flamboyant bashes?

CHANDINI IN LIMELIGHT Empty vessels do make more noise. But Chandini Chowdary, knows how to turn them into self-promotion tunes! Give her controversies, she makes them her success news, spread rumours about her, she transforms them into stories of her achievements. Who is she? Till few days back she was just another young gal posing for shutterbugs for free. Now only 5-7 short films old, she has declared herself to be a model and actor and created a Facebook (FB) page claiming herself as a celebrity. Surprisingly her FB page is booming with as many as over 35,000 likes. Any status she updates, or any picture she shares, her page gets flooded with hundreds of likes and comments! She can coach celebrities on how to encash one’s fan banks. However, it is to be seen whether her limelight limits only to chaar din ki chandini or goes beyond that!

FROM CLICK TO FLICK Road to silver screen goes through bronze pathways!!! Short films are the launch pads to make it to the main feature flicks and who can tell it better than Anisha Ambrose. She started off with modelling, moving to short films (by local filmmakers) and now she is on cloud nine by making it to her first feature film ‘Alias Janaki’ directed by Dayaa K. There is a buzz that she acted for free for this flick. However she hit the jackpot in the bargain, as her charges for the short films rose upto Rs1 lakh and full length ones not less than Rs. 6 lakh. But what is interesting is that there were two stepping stones, using which Anisha reached these heights. A photographer duo (her alleged boyfriends) had paved her path to success by promoting her by posting her pictures in all the happening social sites. What is even more interesting is the duo are brothers and missing from the scene. Now she is left to fend for herself and with whose help will she reach the next level is worth watching.

THE BIG BREAK “My dream came true, my movie got started today, thanx to my dad, mom & bro and all my true friends who supported me all the way:):):):),” an extremely thrilled Avinash Kantipudi shared on his FB page. This young lad from Vizag was trying hard to make it to the silver screen for the last 5-6 years. Last month the muhurat shot of his first movie was over at the Rama Naidu studio. The sources said the flick was going to be under the Metro Productions banner. However, with a new team of director, producer and hero and heroine, whether this movie will be a hit or not, only the box office will show. Though Vizagites are happy to have one more local name in the tinsel town, there are speculations too whether Avinash has enough calibre to make a mark or will he be just a one-film wonder like others from his city.

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H Y D E R A B A D THREAT IN FAMILY? When Chandrababu revolted against NTR, we all know what happened to the founder of TDP. Yet another father-in-law-son-in-law combat seems to be in the offing. This threat is brewing in none other than Mega Star’s family. Son-in-law Sirish Bharadwaj has joined BJP in the presence of Bandaru Dattatreya and other BJP leaders in Hyderabad. Every nook and cranny of Secunderabad is flooded with posters of Sirish anointed with BJP ideology. The buzz is that Sirish intends to contest from Hyderabad on a BJP ticket. Can it be construed as a threat to Chiru? If so, who will have the last laugh in the Mama Allulla Savaal?

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CM PITCHING FOR SUPPORT Former cricketer Azharuddin and CM Kiran Kumar Reddy enjoy bonhomie is no news as both of them play on two common grounds - cricket and politics. Whether Azhar is Kiran’s new ray of hope, is the question on minds of many people now. Dubbing the CM as communal, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) recently withdrew its support to his government. Under these circumstances Kiran may field Azharuddin, who right now represents Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) in Lok Sabha, against Owaisi from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency, which has been an MIM stronghold for the past three decades. However, neither of them has confirmed nor denied the possibility. While the CM said he would use his ‘good friend’ Azhar’s services, the latter stated that it was purely the High Command’s prerogative. However, it is reliably learnt that Azhar wants to play his political game on his home pitch.

HOTEL WITH NO HOT TALE GMR, obviously, doesn’t want to go the Vijaya Mallya way. He has put the 305-room and Rs. 300 cr Novotel Hotel at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport up for sale to realign his assets. It may fetch him anywhere between Rs. 400 cr and 450 cr. Adopting an asset-light strategy, infrastructure builder GMR Group has been on a propertyselling spree and this is its third property to be put on sale this year. Though GMR has resorted to this measure to save himself from bank interest, he intends to keep his present projects going. Only last month we reported a similar news of a seven star hotel being put up for sale. Unfortunately, this month too we got a similar story about one more big name in the hospitality industry.

RACQUET TO ITEM After rising to fame in badminton, Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta is now trying her luck at reel world. Often spotted at launch shows, inaugurals of exhibitions and shopping malls, Jwala had already given a hint that she was fascinated by the glamour world. Now she is foraying into the tinsel town with a dance number for an upcoming Telugu film called 'Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde’. But the question is why with an item number? Are the directors not confident of her acting skills? In an interview the player said that her first love was always shuttle and she would be playing soon. Jwala, has shown talent in the flood lights, will she show it under the arc lights?

FROM TENNIS TO TRAINING It’s not very long back when we used to identify Indian tennis with the pretty Sania Mirza. But there is a buzz around town that this pretty diva is soon going to be seen with gym equipment, not as a practitioner but as a trainer. Yes, you heard us right! A city club has signed her as its fitness coach as part of the health business expansion. One thing we say, the club will be flooded with numerous members, after all who can deny fitness when the trainer is uber hot Sania? But we do have a query. Does this signal that she is hanging up her boots?

SWATI BREWS SUCCESS New concepts are not generally welcome! Still some people not only dare to think out-of-the-box but also execute them with much confidence. Naturally fame comes running to them. Still can’t buy this idea? Then take a cue from Swathi. It is not much long ago that she launched Di-Bella, a coffee shop sharing the space with swanky Nissan cars. Her creamy coffees not only refreshed the guests, but also brought her a lot of name and success. Fortune really favours the brave! There is also a talk that she is opening a few more branches in the city to spread the aroma of her success.

IN ENVIOUS POSITION Move over Manish Malhotra, we have our own Ashwin Mawle here. Starting with a small designer store Envy, he grew in leaps and bounds in a short span of time and now he has all the top stars of Tollywood making a beeline for him. Ashwin’s creative genius seems to have taken Tollywood by storm and all the top actors like Jr. NTR, Allu Arjun, Tamannaah, Kajal Agarwal and many more are flaunting his creations. Right now he is working on Mahesh’s costumes for a movie directed by Sukumar. Ashwin also seems to have a number of other prestigious projects including the upcoming films by Trivikram Srinivas and V.V. Vinayak in his pocket.

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HOT AND HAPPENING HIPTOOLA She has already proven her creative talent by making flicks like Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal, Dor and 3 Deewarein with Nagesh Kukunoor. After impressing people with her brains, the diva has become the centre of attraction with her serene beauty wherever she goes. Be it a P3 or any other high profile party, her name tops the guests’ list. Recently she was spotted at a party where she became a head turner with her stunning appearance and impeccable dressing. While a few envy her, a few others compliment her.

POKERS BEWARE “Halo jobless guys! Stop poking ur nose in others matters and try to live ur own life on good terms. Leave at least the bitching to respective wives who are already good at it! Losers”, Sirisha Mulpuru blasted a few P3 celebrities. A furious Sirisha vented her anger on her FB wall. Supporting her status, many other big names joined sharing their take on the topic and it raised many eyebrows as the discussion went really hot. Even names like Rajini Sharma saying, “Wow, Cut , Clear and straight to the point.” And Shreedevi Chowdary, “Super”. With over 90 likes and 30 comments, her target group must have got the shock of their life and they will think twice before using their noses, even for breathing leave alone poking.

VANAJA SPRINGS A SURPRISE Vanaja Banagiri seems to have a long winding career path, working in various magazines. Her last edited magazine was South Scope after a stint with Femina. Bidding a farewell to print media, Vanaja floated a specialized celebrity Management company, Star Brand Inc., catering to the film industry in South. Though in the nascent stage, the company seemed to have done well for itself, recording an exceptionally good performance. One doesn’t know what exactly happened but Vanaja suddenly has resurfaced in the print media, editing a local magazine. There is a big buzz in the city speculating why Vanaja is back to the magazine world, lowering her stature from nation-level magazines to a local periodical.

BRAND BISKET The world of glamour is strange! If one knows how to lure it to bask in its light, it surely lifts them to invincible heights! Who knows it better than Bisket Srikanth? No new film hits the city theatre without getting premiered by him and thus rightfully he is called as the Premiere King. His story doesn’t stop here, any major festival, be it Diwali, Christmas, New Year; the P3 crowd and celebrities flock his happening parties¸ the latest being his gala Holi bash which was attended by all biggies in town. With as many as 193 events to his credit, Bisket has a brand unto himself. Keep it up, this is just the beginning!

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Success a la Suchitra By V. Sarada

t was a lone woman scribe struggling to get her question across to the panelists and it was again a lone woman on the dais strongly goading the moderator to pay attention to the lady with a question. Well, our attempts met with success only after all the male voices were heard on priority. That was the moment Ms. Suchitra K. Ella, Chairperson of CII Andhra Pradesh State Council and I struck a chord and shared a highly feminine empathy, which turned out to be the preamble to a long conversation in which she emerged as a woman not only of power, but also of positive influence and substance. Partnering with her husband Dr. Krishna M. Ella, she co-founded Bharat Biotech and is the Joint Managing Director of the globally acknowledged vaccines and bio-therapeutics enterprise, the largest of its kind in Asia-Pacific that has dispensed above 1.6 billion doses of affordable vaccines to more than 65 countries.

Shoot by Dhana Vijay


She rose as a leading star in the firmament of business, where women traditionally are under represented. With an infectious enthusiasm, she chronicles her own eventful journey, besides airing her views on varied issues.

The state scenario and CII… Our CII AP Chapter is the second largest in the south, touching 500 membership of which Visakha region itself accounts for more than 100 and we have also inaugurated a zonal office in Vijayawada recently to serve the Krishna, Godavari, Prakasam and Guntur corridor. Though it is not a traditional industrial hub like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, the state is witnessing a tremendous growth in new and sunrise sectors. It is into pharmaceutical or bulk drug industry for the past 30 years, I-T industry for 20 years and bio-tech industry for 10-15 years. Cement, steel, ports and mining activities are also looking up. The state has great potential, thanks to its long coastline and natural resources. Her work at CII… We focus on rural urbanization. Till now we have clusters of industrialization. Uprooting workforce from semi-urban and rural areas, we move them to mega cities leading to unmanageable migration and overcrowded cities. We want all those one million plus towns to have micro, small and medium scale industries, sustaining on local resources, to distribute the economic growth evenly across the country.

any industry. She gets cowed down by either men or by her own inhibitions. To survive and rise, women have to be highly selfmotivated and focused. Our women... Basically Indian women are not financially independent. They have to be mentored and hand-held to become self-reliant. We still have to infuse soft skills and technical training in them. Difference between the US and India… In the US the approach is more professional. Your contribution, not you as an individual, is looked at. An entrepreneur’s journey is not easy there either, as the regulator guidelines are more stringent. But if you have a good idea and can translate it into a product or service, there is no looking back. Here an entrepreneur has to work twice as hard and have a work-life balance. Success mantra… Hard work, pure and simple. There are no remote controls. It is real time - no time to pause or rewind. You have to be with your enterprise 24x7. Courage, sacrifice, learning, teamwork, goal-setting and importantly passion are the ingredients.

I have been associated with CII as its State Council member since 2005 and served as a convener of CSR and Healthcare Panels. My sincere approach and commitment are well rewarded with the privilege of this chair. I could bring in at least four women of high calibre to lead CII panels this year. One of the major contributions I can recall is the support we extended to the Crafts Council of AP in building a working shed for the flood-ravaged weavers. This effort was partnered with United Way of Hyderabad.

Untapped potential… We are a country of 500 m. women. This is a great depository of human resource. Why give it a gender connotation? Even if we can turn one fourth of this strength into a prolific workforce, we can do wonders. We have moved away from an agrarian economy and only industry can provide jobs for the youth. Enhancing the family income is not only desirable but also imperative. Given a chance, blessed with a holistic vision, a woman can perform as good as a man.

The divide between women and men entrepreneurs… None whatsoever. There is no male or female entrepreneur per se. I have gone through the same grind and steps like any of my male counterparts. I come from a knowledge and skill-based industry. So my challenges are similar to those of any man. However, I do agree that a woman has to face a lot more bottlenecks to establish herself in

Only for the last 25 to 30 years, more and more women are taking up education. Their joining workforce will take some more time. Violence against women… Our women suffer in silence. The Nirbhaya incident has jolted the nation awake. This inhuman and barbaric incident should not have happened in a country that has been the seat of many religions and none

of them ever preaches injustice to women. We have to make the man realize that he is dealing with a valuable human life. Andhra women… They need to catch up and grow. Education alone doesn’t help. They have to take those extra steps to climb, learn, adapt and contribute. Our women are brilliant and smart. If only they could think out of the box… Her own philosophy… I climbed the ladder the hard way. No short cuts. I am what I am and I let people be what they are without being judgmental. I take only positives from any system I come across. The best I imbibed from my stints in the US is to empower myself and become a better professional and keep up high standards in whatever I do. No job is small for me as I was taught dignity of labour from my childhood. I am not rigid and ready to adapt and learn. I may be casual but am extremely picky about quality.

Work culture… Passion for work is what I stress on. In today’s world of competition and commercially-driven education, the youth thinks that job means a pay cheque. They should understand that it is a long career span of two to three decades and there is a vast gap between what you pick up in an educational institution and what you learn at work.

Memorable event… Which one should I pull out of that huge pile? The launch of our first product REVAC-B (recombinant vaccine) for Hepatitis-B by Bharat Ratna, Dr. A. P.J.Abdul Kalam on 27 Oct 1998 in Hyderabad is the most cherished moment. The most challenging one was our decision to return from the US that too with two children and with no jobs. We both are risk-takers and first generation entrepreneurs, treading an unknown ground. We pooled in our core competence- his scientific knowledge and passion for technology and my administrative and marketing skills. It clicked despite innumerable hurdles. Message to the freshers… Don’t run after success. Give your best. Be consistent and don’t give up. There are several failures one has to deal with. Get the basic education, work on your own special skills and be cross-functional. Understand the business and its dynamics.

Remember that we may contribute as an individual, but can achieve a goal only as a team. Personal front I am good at time management and multi-tasking. No running after unproductive activities. I am a very spiritual person though not overtly religious, guided by strong principles and family values. I am a big fan of Carnatic and classical music, travelling around the world and reading. That is how I unwind. I enjoy the company of friends and family. Not much of partying for me. My daughter Jalacheri, son-in-law Aditya and son Raches are studying to become medical doctors. Her inspiration… Mahatma Gandhi for practising truth, Jamshedji Tata for courage, determination and vision, Mother Teresa for love and compassion, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for humility, dedication and technology application, Sarojini Naidu for women leadership, Annie Besant for art and culture, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates for technology and philanthropy and Warren Buffet for business acumen and philanthropy.

Other Positions


Chairperson - Confederation of Indian Industry AP

ALEAP Best Entrepreneur Award, Hyderabad India

Founding Chairwoman of the Indian Women Network - CII

ZEE TV Best Women Entrepreneur Award, Hyderabad, India

Secretary and Board Member - United Way of Hyderabad

SAARC Women Entrepreneur Award, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Executive Committee Member - Aikya, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, 2007

Board Member - ISB Well Wishers Trust, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad

Chamber of Commerce, Barcelona & Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Committee Member - Hyderabad 10K Run Foundation

FLO GR8 Women Achievers Award 2008 for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Mumbai India

Director - Ella Foundation, Hyderabad, Clintrac International Ltd., Bangalore, Century Biologicals Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore, Innova Agri Bio-Park Ltd., Bangalore

Best Employee Award - UWCU Wisconsin USA

Future plans …

Success… How does one rate or define success? What we call success today may be nothing tomorrow. I am happy as long as I contribute in a positive way to the economy and create a platform for others to excel. For me money and success are by-products.

HER FUTURE PLANS… To make Bharat Biotech a transnational company. Work through Ella Foundation for medical research and development, education and training.



Delightful Doc he personifies versatility. Behind her well known image of a psychiatrist and socialite, lies a creative being. Her acumen extends to the details of batik painting, stitching and Bonsai tending. That’s just not all, she is a trained classical dancer who has given over 30 stage performances and is also involved with Vizag’s first English theatre group called Alter Ego and staged four plays. Not lagging behind in academics, she was a ranked student throughout her studies and bagged gold medals in anatomy, gynaecology and physiology. Ranita Ray discovers similar other interesting facts and facets of this dynamic lady whom the city knows as Dr. Rekha Dutt.


Shoot by Dhana Vijay

Foundation: Hailing from a business family settled in Bangalore for many generations, Rekha chose to deviate into a different stream. Her first exposure to the field of medicine came through her maternal aunts, who were doctors. During her final year in Bishop Cotton Girls School, she came under the influence of the books ‘The Passions of the Mind’ on Sigmund Freud by Irving Stone and ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ by Freud himself. It was her first encounter with the world of psychiatry. Later she pursued medicine from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, Karnataka. Her interest in psychology, however, was re-stirred after marriage with Mr. Anand Dutt of Kancharla family. She pursued higher studies in her desired subject in Visakhapatnam. red | april 2013 | 72

Facts file The theory and practical application of her profession are poles apart, admits Rekha. Hence her first experience in the real world of psychiatry was bewildering, she adds. “It’s a completely diverse science. While in other streams one needs to monitor certain signs and symptoms; here one has to bring out the symptoms by making the patient comfortable and observe him/her.” Psychiatry and Woman - better combination? “If I say so I would upset my male colleagues,” laughs Rekha. But she also stresses that in certain aspects like patience, sensitivity and empathy, women have an edge over men. Thus a woman psychiatrist is more popular as patients always are happy with the doctor who dedicates more time to them.” Limitations as a woman “Doctors are always respected, there is no gender bias,” says Rekha. She herself has never faced any disparity. Current changes With over two decades of experience, she explains that the practice has become more and more challenging. One needs to know that there are a number of factors acting on man’s mind working in IT firms, corporate and public sectors and facing the problems like anxiety to keep up with colleagues or pressure from the boss or even lack of time for personal life. Even students are under a lot of stress to excel in every field. The rising trend of nuclear family has its own sets of issues.

Backup: She gives credit to her parents who supported her throughout, even to the extent of allowing her stay in a hostel, when letting daughters go for higher studies itself was a taboo. She was also given exposure to art forms like Bharatnatyam and sports like tennis. Equally encouraging was her husband. She also enjoys the support of her two understanding children Malvika and Sashank.

Society towards Women Majority of women these days are working and going out. There is a welcoming change in parents’ approach towards their daughters, their education and subsequently letting them to become self-reliant. However,

similar broadmindedness is still missing when it comes to husbands and in-laws. While the husbands want their better-halves to be typical homemakers; ‘traditional bahu’ is what many in-laws expect their highly educated daughters-inlaw to be. Rekha also adds that such expectations are wrong. However, she believes the things are changing for the better. Leisure is for I don’t consider exercising in a gym as a leisure activity, rather it’s must, she says. She loves to cook and meditate. A lot of time goes for bonsai-tending which she says she inherited from her mother. Being a woman, she believes, one needs to be fashionable and up-to-date with latest trends. Hence browsing shopping malls also fits into her spare time activities. Parallel processing Like most working women, she says, she plays multiple roles. She, however, accepts that it is a daunting task; while one role requires a soft approach, the other might require a strict assertion. To deal with such challenging tasks, she allows a little buffer time between different roles and that perhaps is the secret of her success. Her strength She cannot stand manipulation, unjust behaviour and slackness. She tries to be honest to herself. She is also humble enough to admit her mistakes with grace if someone points them out. Idolize “I idolize any woman who works even after the age of 70,”shares Rekha. She says such women are always inspiring, as they are physically active, mentally strong and keep up with time. That’s what success means to her.

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Her definition of social work It should be a joint effort by everyone. It can be financial assistance in the form of donation, charity or helping the needy by active participation. She feels both are equally important. Akin to the Western countries, the procedures of charity in India need to be a bit more streamlined and organized. She is associated with the Ramakrishna Mission and works for the welfare of children suffering from cerebral palsy. Being a Rotarian, she is also involved in many philanthropic activities. Advice to women Never ignore your talents and abilities. Don’t hesitate to go out, if the skills require an exposure to the outer world. Strike a balance between your responsibilities at home and your dreams which can be nurtured beyond the four walls; she says no family would raise any objection. Learn to be soft spoken and still get your way. Bucket list “Thanks to you, I realized I haven't made one yet,” confesses Rekha. She discovers there is a list of things to learn on her mind, which she hopes to take up one by one. She wishes to continue her private practice. Teaching is what she plans next. She has a strong urge to write and someday she would like to author a book or at least a manual on small little tips on daily activities or how to deal with certain persons/characters. She used to be a table tennis champion in her college and she would like to revive it.

Her Thoughts Anything you learn adds to your mind, space-orientation, concepts, and approach towards life. I am very grateful to my parents who encouraged me to pick up different hobbies; dabbling in different sciences and arts helped me win even the unknown.

Bharatnatyam helped me perceive the dramatic aspect of life and my theatre training helped me look at things with humour. I have broken the clichéd image that doctors don’t have a social life. I have a very happy personal life, successful professional life and vibrant social life.




light By V. Sarada


Shoot by Dhana Vijay

e has been a successful edupreneur, running a premium institution, proactive in community events, innovative in the educational concepts and above all he is a man with the heart of a child, eager to learn. He does it all in a quiet, unassuming way. But the task at my hand is to make a soft-spoken and overly modest Mr. Vasu Prakash, Director, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, to speak of his accomplishments and it was daunting. The best way is to get another person to illustrate him. That is how Jayshree Hatangadi, Trainer-Consultant and former Director (Indian operations) of School Year Abroad came into the picture. She has been associated with him and his endeavours through the years and instantly bursts out, “Amazing-is what I can say when I think of Vasu. But over a pause I can go on. He is a consummate professional and great leader whose approach to training and detail is astounding. He firmly believes that by building a school you are building an entire generation. He is so open to suggestions that he has replaced bouquets (given as gifts) with saplings and seeds as suggested by a student. Realising the varied scales of grasping power of the pupils, he prefers to offer them tiny and easily absorbable sops of knowledge. The rapport he enjoys with people who are even remotely connected with the school is incredible. The list is unending....” Though Mr. Vasu’s actions speak louder, it is fascinating to hear about him in his own words.

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Excerpts.... Foundation... Sri Prakash was founded by my father Sri. Ch. V. K. Narasimha Rao at Tuni in 1977 and following his footsteps and duly getting trained under him, I established the Vizag school in 2001. Now I run four schools, including three with hostel facilities. Goal... Every student is unique and it is our duty to help him identify his latent talents and hone them. My efforts are directed towards every single child in my institution. I may have big buildings and hundreds of teachers. Thousands of students may pass through my portals but I feel incomplete, even if a single student doesn’t accomplish his set target. I have to find out how I can help him reach his goal and there is no compromise on that front. These are the ethics and moral values I inherited from my father, who is my friend, philosopher and guide.

and gain tremendous exposure. Our wide spectrum of guests includes luminaries drawn from various fields. • Hostel comfort: Coming from different states, our students live and learn in home-like environs and great harmony. The food served in our campuses is hot, fresh, nutritious and caloriecounted. • Trips and treats: The children are taken on tours within the country and abroad. However, they are not mere fun excursions but educative and enriching experiences. They also help me interact with my counterparts and pick up new teaching techniques.

School or right environs, or training at home - what is important for a child to develop? There is no evolved or general rule. It varies from student to student. Basically he should be provided with the right platform to display his skills. He should be encouraged in his chosen path.

Corporate Social Responsibility We launched a mobile classroom initially intended to be a computer education van. However, when a student with a handicapped sibling asked me if good education was only for the healthy, I understood the requirement. I converted it into an AC-fitted mobile classroom for the physically challenged. Our team went from village to village and collected the data of the handicapped children. We went one step ahead and assessed the type of disability they suffer through a medical camp. We could motivate them to join the classes and ultimately we could integrate some of them into the mainstream. We also interact with municipal schools so that the students can mingle with one another and share their knowledge.

calibre and let him pursue what he is comfortable with.

Falling standards... It is a universal phenomenon in every other sphere. Why single out education? We still have highly dedicated and self-motivated teachers who make the wheels of educational institutions run. Tip to parents... Know your child, rightly assess his

The essence of education.... Education must make a student think. Creating money-earning robots is not my cup of tea. We want them to be value-adding individuals of society. They should not grow with a feeling“Well, I take care of myself and let the rest take care of society.” People may earn money but fame and name can be earned only through their services. This is what we believe in and make our students realize. Leadership... It has to be sound, clear and focused so that these traits trickle down to the bottom of the pyramid. Sri Prakash’s USP... We strive for an all round development of our students. Primarily they should excel in academics. We have dedicated teachers who are with us right from the inception. Their contribution to build this edifice of repute is worth a mention. • Social awareness: We involve the children in varied social welfare activities. The same gesture is extended even to flora and fauna. Our children even adopted a tiger from the local zoo. We teach them to respect and feel proud of our heritage and culture. • Exposure: The children interact with a number of eminent personalities

Changing classrooms ... We may have paper-less schools with the advent of e-books but there is no alternative to traditional live classroom which establishes a direct teacherpupil connect. Examination... There has to be some method to gauge the calibre of the institute and the individual. Otherwise how do you say so-and-so is the best? Examination, a spontaneous test or a project- a mode has to be developed to meet this end. Future plans... We are planning a sprawling campus with all the facilities.

Off the class.... Mr. Prakash is a man of few words. Yet Ranita Ray gets some interesting glimpses of his personal life. Family I am married to Madhavi, who right now manages home. Eventually she may join me in running the school. My son Krishna Prakash is studying in 2nd class and also a proud Prakashite. One thing you like to change in your life I want to improve my time management skills. As the head of this school, I get embroiled in work and lose track of time. It results in a chain delay. How were you as a student? An average performer, interested in sports, especially shuttle and athletics. What were your most loved and hated subjects? I was never scared of any subject and hated none. Literature was my favourite. Any mischief as a student? No scope! Studying in the school run by my father, we were under constant vigil. Hence there was little chance to think of any mischief. Being an educationist, do you have high expectations from your son? None at all! This is another thing I have learnt from my father, who never set any targets for me and my two brothers. My son is very young. But I am sure I shall give him absolute liberty. One teacher/educationalist you idolize? Dr. C. V. Narasimham, Principal of NSTL School. He is not only my mentor, but my idol too. Till date I seek his advice on all important matters. If not an educationist, what would you have been? I would have got into construction or real estate business, as my father had his presence in these fields too. Where will you be spotted off the job? Undoubtedly with my friends! However I don’t get much time. An ideal vacation would be to? Bengaluru. All my cousins live there and it’s no less than a celebration when we all get together. No exotic foreign location can beat that fun. red | april 2013 | 78


Competition It keeps us aware of ourselves. Family A happy family is the secret of professional success. Driving force An innocent smile on the student’s face! Education That teaches one to think! Best compliment When my parents feel happy about my achievements. Ingredients of success Hard work and adapting to changes.


Sri Prakash Light of education!

Colour - White Food

- South-Indian cuisine

Brand - Not brand conscious Books - Books by Swami Vivekananda and Dale Carnegie

Mrs. Madhavi, the better half I know my husband is on a noble mission. So I prefer to play a complementing and supporting role. He is as dedicated to the family as he is to Sri Prakash. Our holidays are generally family outings which we all enjoy.

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Lady Gaga is all set to tie the knot this summer with her long-time boyfriend Taylor Kinney of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, according to her close friends. At 26, she is desperate to be close to Kinney, 31, and has said that he is the one for her. They have been dating each other since Sept 2011. Her friend DJ Lady Starlight says that both look absolutely made for each other. “From all I have heard, I don’t think I am dropping a secret by saying they are ready to get hitched this year.” So we could be getting an announcement soon as there is a summer period when his shooting schedule will be clear and her concert and studio commitments will be minimal.


Model Katie Price is said to be anti-social towards itinerant travellers camping near her residence. It has been reported that Price was seen speeding close to the caravans parked near her mansion, scaring their pet animals too. It was also claimed that she had lodged complaints to the Council to have the travellers removed from the site. Refuting these allegations, Price tweeted, “The people put a story to me. It is not true, but they are publishing it anyway. Usually, I would take rough with the smooth, but this story is quite nasty.” But a Council spokesman said that a court summons was served to move the group as they were obstructing the road.

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Opinions on live-in relationships differ and a few air them in public. The most recent to express her views in support of the issue is Parineeti Chopra. “I am totally cool with live-in relationships. If you are in a relationship, it is normal to meet your partner when the day ends. The dynamics of live-in relations are confusing. You’re either sleeping with the person or you’re not,” says the bold gal. However, she is not the one to forgive infidelity. Right now, according to sources, she has admitted to her close circle that she was dating Ladies vs Ricky Bahl director Maneesh. So, where is the relationship heading?


Based on reports, Hrithik is all set to play Lord Shiva in ‘Shuddhi’, the movie adaptation of author Amish Tripathi’s Immortals of Meluha. Search for the female lead and villain is on. The latest buzz is that Deepika Padukone and Kareena Kapoor are battling it out to grab the role of Sati, Lord Shiva’s wife. Both are apt for the role, but the availability of dates is in question. Deepika with the ‘Dhoom’ actor is going to be a new pairing if finalized. Audience has already seen Kareena and Hrithik together in a few movies, but sources claim that Kareena has a better chance. It is to be produced by Karan Johar.



You must be aware that a multi-starrer is announced with the three generations of Akkineni family. Akkineni Nageswarara Rao, Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya will together face the arc lights for the movie to be directed by Vikram Kumar of ‘Ishq’ fame. The script of this prestigious film Manam is being readied. Shriya Saran who earlier paired up with the evergreen Nag in ‘Nenunnanu,’ ‘Santosham’ and ‘Boss’ is the female lead for the new venture. Samantha once again will romance with Naga Chaitanya after that big killing ‘Em Maya Chesave’. Annapurna Studios in association with Reliance Entertainments is producing the film. PC Sriram is the cinematographer.


Anjali who won the hearts of Telugu audience with her memorable role in the multi-starrer ‘Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu’ is once again joining her ‘Bava’ Venkatesh in the forthcoming film. She bowled the audience over uttering dialogues with a pure Konaseema accent in SVSC. Looks like Venkatesh is floored by his maradalu’s charm, as he has recommended Anjali to play the female lead in his forthcoming multi-starrer that has Ram as another hero. Though it is yet to be officially confirmed, the film, a remake of Hindi ‘Bol Bachchan’ is to be directed by Vijay Bhaskar. Let us hope Venky continues to give a ‘lift’ to this talented Razole gal till she finds a ‘hold’ in Telugu tinsel town.

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GREEKU VEERUDU Who can forget Tabu swaying to the greeku veerudu number in Ninne Pelladutha, with shots of Nagarjuna interspersed? Now comes a movie cashing in on the first two words, starring the King Nag himself as an NRI. He is portraying the role of an event manager, born and brought up abroad. He comes to India to conduct an event and also comes across Nayanatara. Urbane as he is, Nag doesn’t give much importance to marriage system and traditions. But, Nayanatara is just the opposite. So, what happens? Love happens and we have to watch what ensues in the case of a proposal. Debonair Nag is seen sporting spiked hair and a goatee and with a completely different body language. It is for the viewers to decide whether this romantic family oriented movie is going to work at the box-office. Meera Chopra and Bharath Reddy are essaying other important roles. It is being directed by K. Dasaradh and D. Sivaprasad Reddy is producing the film under the Kamakshi Kala Movies banner. Thaman is composing the music.





Touted as a supernatural, musical and entertaining romantic thriller, it is going to give the viewer an electrifying jolt at the end. Emraan Hashmi plays the role of Bobo, India’s leading magician. His life is simply falling apart and even those close to him including his girlfriend Tamara do not know what is happening. Bobo is plagued with hallucinations and he is forced to see a psychiatrist. In the process of regression hypnosis, a scary story of his childhood comes to light. It involves a sinister power called Daayan (witch) which is all out to haunt and destroy Bobo in the same manner as it had destroyed his family. Bobo decides to ignore it and carry on living normally till one day Lisa Dutt makes an entry. Is she the Daayan? It remains to be seen. The cast includes Konkana Sen Sharma, Huma Qureshi and Kalki Koechlin. It is directed by Kannan Iyer and produced under the banner of Balaji Telefilms and Vishal Bharadwaj Pictures Pvt. Ltd.




OBLIVION From the maker of ‘Tron:Legacy’ comes another sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise (as Jack Harper) and Morgan Freeman. The film is based on the Radical Comics graphic novel Oblivion by Joseph Kosinski and is also directed and co-produced by him. It also stars Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Melissa Leo, Zoe Bell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Oblivion creates a unique futuristic environment with a lethal combination of alien invasion, politics and outer space. The premise goes like this - Earth’s surface is devastated after decades of war with alien Scavs. Jack Harper is one of few remaining drone repairmen assigned to Earth. He discovers a crashed spacecraft with contents that lead him to question all his beliefs relating to the war and its aftermath. It is also possible that the entire fate of mankind is in his hands, as he sets off to unravel the mystery. red | april 2013 | 85




The trap is set. Failure is not an option.

MUSICMUSIC BOOKSBOOKS It is a bold fighting game based upon the fictional universe of DC Comics. Developed by Nether Realm Studios for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, it features a large cast of fave DC Comic icons. The gameplay involves one-on-one matches within a two-dimensional plane with the character and backgrounds rendered in a three dimensional fashion. It is set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, with heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on an enormous scale. The story mode is split into several chapters and the stages are based on locations such as Batcave, Watchtower and Fortress of Solitude featuring interactive environments and multiple tiers. It is a deep, original story complementing the fighting action as icons like Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Solomon Grundy and others lose their allegiances and fight for injustice.

A worldwide bestselling novelist with books being published in more than 45 languages, he is a reader’s favourite. David Baldacci is a writer having a presence in more than 80 countries. His latest novel, a racy thriller, The Hit is up for pre-order. What’s it all about? It is sending a killer to catch a killer. Government hit man Will Robie is given his next target which he knows that will be one of his toughest missions. His task is to kill one of their own, following evidence that suggests that fellow assassin Jessica Reel has turned rogue. Every bit as lethal as Will, she has turned her gun sights on other agency members. Now it is Will that has to bring her in dead or alive. But as he pursues her, he realizes that there is more than what meets the eye. Publisher: Pan Macmillan Binding: Paperback No. of Pages: 432








1. When I Was Your Man / Bruno Mars 2. Harlem Shake / Baauer

3. Suit & Tie (Feat JAY Z) / Justin Timberlake

4. Just Give Me A Reason (Feat Nate Ruess) / P!nk

5. Feel This Moment ( Feat Christina Aguilera) / Pitbull 6. Radioactive / Imagine Dragons 7. Heart Attack / Demi Lovato

8. I Knew You Were Trouble / Taylow Swift













Teri Jhuki Nazar / Murder 3


Darlingey / Mirchi


Manjha / Kai Po Che


Nellorae / Naayak


Bezubaan / ABCD



Lat Lag Gayee / Race 2

Aaradugulu / Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu


Na Jaane / I, Me Aur Main


Subhalekha / Naayak


Meeti Boliyan / Kai Po Che


Lashkar Pori / Jabardasth


Party On My Mind / Race 2


Idedho Bagunde / Mirchi


Shubharambh / Kai Po Che


Krishnudi Varsulantha / Swamy Rara


Jee Le Zara / Talaash


Musthabai / Mr. Pellikoduku


Arere Arere / Jabardasth

10. Naino Mein Sapna / Himmatwala

10. Telisi Telisi / Back Bench Student

9. Thrift Shop (Feat Wanz) / Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

GOSSIP GOSSIP 10. Daylight / Maroon 5

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model-turned-film actress who has endorsed brands like Reliance Trends, Red FM, Coca-Cola, Motorola, Pantaloons, Airtel and PVR Cinemas, was the winner of "Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face” and "Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin" in 2008. She has worked in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi films. Launched by Sri K. Raghavendra Rao in a Tollywood romantic musical 'Jhummandi Nadam', Taapsee Pannu made her cinematic debut in 2010. Three years down the line, she has won accolades for her performances in Aadukalam (Tamil), Mr. Perfect and Gundello Godari. Soon to be seen in Chashme Baddoor, her Bollywood debut film, she has portrayed different roles from an Anglo-Indian girl to a traditional Telugu girl and a girl in the neighbourhood. Nicknamed ‘Sikhni from South’ by David Dhawan, the highly talkative, open and straightforward Taapsee talks to Nirupama Reddy about life and films.

NOW OVER TO THE STAR.... Modelling to films...How was the transition? It was the usual. I started modelling right from the college days. Later, I went in for the Miss India contest and got a lot of offers to do television commercials. I did some ads down South. Does modelling boost a star’s image? It grooms you a little and teaches you how to face a camera and be a public personality. Something that you would like to share with aspiring actors... Groom yourself well enough before you enter into this industry. Be mentally prepared to face the world and be a public figure as you and your personal life become the talk at the dining table. K. Raghavendra Rao, who launched you, is known to have catapulted Sridevi and Jayaprada to fame. Are you poised to reach similar heights? Both the actresses took a while to reach great heights. Everyone has his/her own USP, and I cannot do what they do or probably they can’t do what I can. I cannot compare my career graph with that of anyone.

A Bollywood debut with ‘Chashme Baddoor’. So has working in Bollywood changed your equations with Tollywood? Nothing really changed here. I have been working simultaneously in Bollywood and down south also. A lot depends on the response to my Hindi movie. If I get a good response, I will start working in Bollywood as well. But that doesn’t mean that I will uproot myself from the south. I am already an established star here and obviously don’t want to give up on that and move to something new totally.

Do tell us something about the working style of directors up north. I just worked with one of them, so I can’t really comment. David Dhawan was as quick as directors down south. The working pattern was not really much different from the south. Who are your favourite directors in the south? There are so many. But one director I want to work with, at least once in my life is Mani Rathnam Sir. red | april 2013 | 88

How do you see your career graph after ‘Shadow’? I don’t keep any expectations. You never know what is going to work. So, I just take it as it comes. On Chashme Baddoor Your Bollywood debut is a remake of a successful 80’s film. How do you feel? I feel really good about it. I am working on a script that is already tried and tested. Any words of wisdom from Rishi Kapoor? Just by looking at him and observing, we can learn a lot. He does a lot of character preparation for his role and plenty of homework. A funny experience on the sets.... It is a fun movie and from the first to the last frame, we are just laughing. Every day of the shoot was like a party.

PERSONAL DIARY What attracts you first when you want to sign on the dotted line...the story, hero, or anything else? The first thing that attracts me is the character I am expected to play - what am I doing in the movie, how much difference can I make in the script.

You shot some real steamy scenes. How was the experience? In the beginning when I heard my part, I was apprehensive. It was very comfortable on the set, with only a limited number of people there at that time. My co-star Aadhi was really a big support.

Your toughest competitors in the industry. I don’t see anyone as my competitor right now. Directors come to me with roles and tell me that I alone can do it. I don’t want to be 1, 2, 3...I don’t consider anyone apart from myself as competition.

How was working with Lakshmi Manchu? We were together just for a few shots. She is one of the best actresses I have known. She is even more brilliant as a producer. She is like a one-woman army and I learnt a lot of things from her, including the fact that even if you are there for five scenes in the movie, they should be so powerful that people don’t forget you.

On Gundello Godari Your role as Sarala has created a lot of buzz. How do you feel? Obviously, I am feeling really good. I was actually scared before the movie released as the Telugu audience is sensitive to how a heroine is portrayed. I have been seen as an angel-like heroine and suddenly I am doing something that is not mainstream. You portrayed a radically different personality, a character with negative shades. What is going on in your mind? I am going to be more than happy if I get another character as strong as Sarala. If I get something that is really interesting, I will do it again. red | april 2013 | 89

On Shadow You are working with Venkatesh for the first time. Any memorable moments. He is a thorough gentleman. He takes care of the whole unit. You can learn so much from him in each and every shot. People don’t know that he has a witty side to him. He has amazing one-liners to say. How has the movie shaped up? I have watched the songs and I can say that it is the biggest treat; fantastic styling, stunning locations and amazing choreography.

What is your most memorable moment in the industry? There are so many. The most recent one was when I was at a junction in my car and a shopkeeper ran up to me and banged on the window. He kept on saying that my performance in the movie Gundello Godari was super. That day I felt that I had touched people with my performance. How was your first audition? I really did not know whether I did that well or not. I was selected but was not able to do the movie due to some reasons. How did you feel on your first take? I don’t know about myself. But my unit people made me feel very good and welcomed and they all clapped. Mum’s darling or dad’s pet? I am not an over-pampered kid. They are confident that I can handle my life on my own. Best compliment you have received. It was from a journalist in the industry. He met me just once and spoke for about 10 minutes. He gave a statement that I was the most honest and straightforward girl in recent times. Name your favourite magazine; something that you would wish to be on the cover of. I would like to be on the cover of Vogue one day.

Are you a party girl? No, I am not. Any 3 a.m. friends in the industry? My close friends in the industry are Lakshmi Manchu and Shraddha Das.

ONE WORD ANSWERS Love: Unconditional

First Actor that comes to mind...

Must play role? There is no must play role. I just want to do different types of roles.

Marriage: Not necessary

• Handsome: Hrithik Roshan

Life: Dynamic

• Well Mannered: Ajith Sir

Are you used to the celebrity status which you have? Not really. I am a celebrity only down south. I am not a celebrity back in my city. So whenever I go back, I enjoy my normal life. One thing I am worried about is that once my Hindi movie is released, I might lose my normal life. I really enjoy the fact that I can be a star in one city and a normal girl in another.

Family: Everything

• Soft Spoken: Gopi

Sister: My World

• Fun Loving: Raviteja and Manoj

Friends: Support Movies: Passion

ABOUT CO-STARS Vishnu Manchu: Responsible Manoj Manchu: Hyper Prabhas: Cool Mammootty: Very intelligent Dhanush: Super performer Raviteja: Fun Gopichand: Introvert Aadhi: Good friend Venkatesh: Cool Siddharth: Funny Rishi Kapoor: Very cute Ajith Kumar: Like an Idol Arya: Very naughty Raghava Lawrence: Multi-talented Kajal Agarwal: A star Nayantara: Friendly

red How does it feel to be on the cover of red? It is always wonderful to be featured on the cover page of any magazine. People would want to see what Taapsee is behind the screen. Looking forward for the people’s response. Decode red. Red is one of my favourite colours. It is something that symbolises fire and passion. A message to your fans. Thank you for supporting me till now in whatever I have done and please be by my side in the future also.

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By Nirupama Reddy

udi, Benz and BMW, beware! Volvo India is set to launch Volvo V40 Cross Country in the Indian luxury car market. Heralded as a compact crossover, it is a big hatchback that can do some off-roading. Volvo, known for its high quality safety and luxury comfort in its range of cars, is pinning its hopes on this car to bring in the maximum number of volumes. The five-door, five-seat premium car sports SUV-enthused design details with a rugged look such as anodized, black high-gloss frame around the greenhouse, the black rear-view mirror housings and the sleek rails floating over the roof. Oozing elegance and style, it is sporty too with 19-inch alloy wheels, a honeycomb meshgrille and upright day-running lights with a contrasting rear bumper and integrated skid plates. On the inside, the car comes with 40/60 folding rear seats for extra space and the load compartment can be equipped with a practical hanging load net. The front bucket too can be folded forward to create more luggage space. The car also has a storage compartment below the armrest and this compartment comes with a connector for USB/iPod and AUX. The V40 is going to be equipped with a first aid safety kit. For the first time in India, a blind spot and pedestrian detection will be available even in the basic model. red | april 2013 | 91

Expected price: Rs. 25,00,000 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)

S P E C I F I C A T I O N S Top speed: 205 kph (claimed)

Installation: Front, transverse

Length: 4370 mm

Power: 148 bhp @ 3500 rpm

Width: 1,857 mm

Torque: 35.7 kgm @ 1500-2750 rpm

Height: 1470 mm

Gears: 6 Automatic

Wheelbase: 2646 mm

Fuel tank: 60 L

Kerb weight: 1461 kg

Ground clearance: 145 mm

Engine: 5 cyls, 1984 cc, turbo-diesel

Bore/Stroke: 81.0/77.0 mm Tyres: 205/60 R16

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he Honda CB500F bike nicely fits into the modern naked bikes category as it is a no-frills version of the trio that make up Honda’s new 500 family. The bike is modern looking and has an air of smart simplicity around it. It has a Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) for crisp throttle response in all weather conditions. Having a modest seat height, it weighs just 190 kg. The suspension system uses a larger fork that presents the rider with a comfortable travel. It has a Pro-Link single shock with nine-position spring-preload adjustability. The bike can reach a top speed of 168 kph. Equipped with a digital fuel gauge and speedometer, analog tachometer and trip meter, the bike also has low fuel, low oil and low battery indicators. It is available in black and pearl white. Like Honda’s other 500cc motorcycles, ABS is optional. Expected price: Rs. 3 - 3.25 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi)



No. of cylinders: 2

Wheel type: Alloys

Displacement: 500 cc

Valve per cylinder: 4

Wheel size: 120/70-17 - 160-60-17 mm

Engine: Parallel twin

Cooling type: Liquid cooling

Tubeless: Yes

Maximum torque: 40.67 nm



Gears: 6 speed manual

Wheelbase: 1409.00 mm

Suspension (Front): 41 mm fork; 4.8 inches travel

Clutch: Multi plate wet

Headlamp: Halogen - Dual

Bore: 67

Battery type: Maintenance free

Suspension (Rear): Pro-link single shock with nine-position spring

Stroke: 66.8

Horn: Dual

Brakes: 320 mm disc

Maximum power: 46.9 bhp

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Brakes(Rear): 240 mm disc

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hough you are a close follower of the tech scene and have knowledge of the new gadgets in the market, like wearable smart devices representing the next stage in mobile computing, if you have any doubts, check out here as Nirupama Reddy opens the tight lid on some of the most hotly anticipated gadgets.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 510 Dubbed as Note 8.0, it is supposed to give tough competition to Apple’s iPad Mini. Though the latest entry into the tablet segment by Samsung, it is nothing new from the Note 2; just a tad larger of course. The higher resolution makes it a little more vibrant than the iPad Mini’s display. Sporting a simple and elegant form, the build feels quite solid and has a bit of a premium feel.


A user-friendly combo of a tablet, diary and e-book rolled into one, it also has pre-loaded Awesome Note and Flipboard on the apps side. For the e-book lovers, there is a customized reading setup that gives optimal reading conditions. It also boasts of a dual view feature through which the user can work on two screens at the same time. The 510 can also be turned into a smart remote to manage TVs, etc. Samsung’s addition of the S-Pen and some corresponding functionality are definitely going to add some serious value to the 510.Overall it is a neat little package!

Display: 8.0″ (203.2 mm) WXGA (1280 x 800, 189 ppi) TFT

Operating System: Android v4.2 Jelly Bean

Resolution: 800 x 1280 pixels


GPS: A-GPS (3G/LTE), S-GPS(WiFi) + Glonass

Storage: 16 GB and 32 GB internal storage, expandable up to 64 GB via microSD card

Wireless Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5GHz), WiFi Direct, AllShare Cast, BT4.0, USB2.0

Dimensions: 210.8 x 135.9 x 7.95 mm

Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV, DivX (1080p Full HD video @ 30fps)

Weight: 338 gm

Chipset: CP: XMM 6262, AP: Exynos 4412 (1.6 GHz x 4)

Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, AC3, FLAC

Camera: Auto Focus 5 MP Camera, 1.3 MP Secondary Camera

Browsers: Android + Samsung / Android Browser /Chrome Browser (GMS)

Processor: 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad Core

Connectors: 3.5 mm Ear jack, 11 pin Micro USB

Battery: 4,600mAh

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The Sony group has described the PlayStation 4 Eye (Ps4) as a supercharged PC and the foundation of their next generation platform. The PS4Eye has been redesigned and is nearly a Kinect-like bar with stereo cameras and works with the light bar for motion controls. Having a Blu-ray drive, it can play DVDs. Sony promises that its core social elements will work on smartphones, tablets, and the Vita as well. With the support of Gaikai game streaming technology, it allows users to directly download games on their console. They can S P E C I F I C AT I O N S •

CPU: Single-chip custom processor, x86-64 AMD "Jaguar," 8 cores

GPU: 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon-based graphics engine

Memory: 8GB GDDR5

Built-in hard disk drive (Sony didn't specify size of the hard drive)

6X Blu-Ray Drive, 8X DVD

USB 3 and Auxiliary ports (Sony didn't specify the number of ports)

Gigabit Ethernet port, 802.11 B/G/N built-in WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.1

HDMI, Analog-AV, and digital optical outputs

simultaneously play the game online as it downloads. Users can upload videos while playing games and also share their gameplay on social networks, almost in real-time. The Dual Shock 4 gaming controller has a built-in touchpad. Sony promises an improved performance with the new controller. There is a ‘Share’ button which lets you record, edit and upload gaming footage and share it online with friends. The PSN or the PlayStation Network will also include Facebook and Ustream. There is going to be a broadcast button on the controller that allows users to interact with PSN friends. So far ten games have been confirmed including Drive Club, Watchdogs, Deep Down and Destiny.



The Google Glass is smart and has an integrated heads-up display and a hidden battery. The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone and GPS. They use bone induction to give you sound. It is strong and light. Google has intended to bring in hands-free display technology. By utilizing voice commands, users can interact with their Google Glass device to get information from their phones, involve in Google+ Hangouts or to get information from the internet. At the core, is a tiny prism display which sits a bit above eye line, allowing you to see what is on the display by looking up. The device is voice-controlled. You can just say 'OK glass' and get a range of options - like taking pictures, videos, sending messages. You can access any one choice by saying it loudly. The results are displayed on the prism and can be viewed by glancing up. You can even share what is seen in real-time. Another interesting feature is that you can translate your voice. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S • Google Glass augmented reality glasses model XEB (FCC id A4R-X1)

• Eye controller (10 X 8 mm) • Visualization effect in 3D

• Can pair with Android device (expected to pair with iOS also)

• Android OS

• Broadcom 2.40GHz 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi

• Microphone

• Weight Approx. 36 gm

• Bluetooth 4.0 low energy radios

• 3.2 mega pixel (2048 x 1536 p resolution)

• Variety of sensor (Gyroscope, Accelerometer & Magnetometer)


• Video recording up to 1080p (HD)

• 3G, 4G connections (No cellular)

• Brightness >1 000 FLT

• Front-facing camera with flash

• Transparency >78%

• Touch pad • Speaker

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Shoot by Photriya Venky

By Esha Jobanputra

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is gigantic stature of the Managing Director of the most sought after Hospital in the city notwithstanding, Dr. Gurava Reddy is down-to-earth and puts you at ease with his humour. You just cannot help being mesmerized by this uber cool doctor, wearing a boho-chic bandana with funny quotes printed on it. An MD, a chief surgeon, faculty, founder-member of many organizations, a radio jockey, a writer - he just keeps adding more and more feathers to his hat.

It is interesting to see this much sought after person pass joy to all, including his patients. He is also the most talked about writer of humour books, with Guravayanam being the popular of them all. Humour is probably the essence of his life. The founder of KIMS Hospital and the Indian Society of Hip and Knee Surgeons, he certainly has a planned life and with a single mantra Be Happy!

Did you always want to be in this field? Yes, I always wanted to be in the field of medicine and to be precise I had a set goal of becoming a doctor. The white coat that the doctors don is the classiest dress ever and I always wanted to wear one. It was not a cakewalk though; I had tried almost four times to get a seat in a medical college. How did you zero in on joint replacement? I had no dramatic history of becoming a joint replacement doctor. It is just that I eliminated the branches of medicine that I did not like and I ended up becoming an Orthopaedician! In my childhood days, my father always told me that my brain was in my knees and here I am a knee replacement surgeon. Moreover in England this field is the most glamorous one; so that added a little bit of glamour quotient as well. What are the best aspects of your job? To put it in a single sentence I make people stand on their feet. That I think is the highest degree of satisfaction any doctor or for that matter any human can get. Getting people rid of the wheelchair and making them walk is very heartening and I experience a tangible feeling of satisfaction. Lastly, I am always blessed by my patients for having brought back their quality of life. How many have you treated till now? Randomly, I think the count would be more than 10,000 surgeries.

What are the challenges you faced? Doctors are always fighting against odds. In India, especially the medical field is like a tightrope walk. Firstly the patients come to you late and they have limited resources to fulfill their requirements. But they expect cent percent results. That is a challenge. The most rewarding experience. Hmmm‌ the most rewarding experience is definitely the happiness I saw in the eyes of a girl who had been on the wheelchair for about 15 years and was able to walk on her own post surgery. She got married and settled down. How does it feel being the MD of one of the most prestigious hospitals in the city? Well...it is a mixture of emotions. Of course it feels great to be the Managing Director, but at the same time, it is very challenging with the daily hurdles that I have to face. It is depressing at times when things go wrong and sad at times as death still disturbs me. But most of the time, it is a very good feeling that I am able to bring about a difference in people’s lives. red | april 2013 | 98

Advice to our readers? Advice is like castor oil - easy to give but difficult to take! The only thing I can advise anyone is to be happy always. Your future aspirations. If it would be possible I want to look like Hrithik Roshan! Jokes apart, I would want Sunshine to touch the sky and make people realize that we are not here just for money but to serve them. Financial benefit is an obvious byproduct of success. Tell us a little bit about your background I come from a middle class family and we are a very closely knit value based family. My wife is a gynaecologist, son Adarsh is pursuing his MS and daughter Kavya is also into medicine. How is the field of knee and joint replacement evolving? This field is evolving by leaps and bounds and I am sure a day will come when a joint could be fixed into your body for a lifetime. It is improving manifold with new surgical techniques and improved materials. Difficulties or limitations? Cost. This kind of treatment is expensive for a common man. Secondly the psyche of the patient plays a very vital role as they do not realize the importance of their health and wait for the problem to turn worse till they practically become immobile that makes the treatment procedure even more complicated. What is the degree of job satisfaction here? Always on the peak; I enjoy every minute of it. Where do you differ from other surgeons? I am not a run-of-the mill surgeon. I must connect with my patient. Humour is one of my best friends and always helps me break the ice. I am a human being first and then a doctor unlike a few people. Cherished moments The most cherished moments of my life are the birth of my kids and the affair I had with my wife. What is major difference in UK and India on a medical basis? Abroad they follow a very holistic practice and treat the patient as a person, unlike India where the patient is treated like a case. What made you shift from the United Kingdom to Hyderabad? Why not? India is a challenging place throwing new challenges at me every single day. I love India and wanted to be here because of the job satisfaction. In UK I would just be another nut in the whole system. red | april 2013 | 99

A Managing Director, a Chief Surgeon, a tutor, member of many medical organizations you have manifold roles. How do you juggle all these? I am a Radio Jockey and a writer as well. I have my priorities set and follow them religiously and that is how I juggle all these. I am a workaholic from Monday to Friday. Saturday is a ‘me and myself’ day where I do things that I like and want to do and Sunday of course is a family day.


What do you do to appease an upset partner? The super hit, tried and tested formula of going on your knees is what I do. But I don’t get a chance to do so because my wife is a very balanced person and we know our spaces professionally and personally. How do you manage time for each other? Sunday is our day and we spend great quality time together mostly watching humour shows and sitcoms and talking to our children. Tell us something about the “Little Soldier” Kavya. Kavya acted in the movie Little Soldier when she was 3 years and won the national best child artiste award from the President of India and made me proud. Life partners should never be sailing in the same boat, what is your take on it? I do not subscribe to that. We have made our consensus decision and are perfectly fine with it. What is the idea of an ideal vacation for you? Switzerland, Switzerland, Switzerland and nowhere else in the world. God surely is from that country and that is why it is blessed with peace, tranquility, scenic beauty, Alps and what not. Tell us a few unknown traits of your multi-faceted personality. I always wanted to direct a movie. What is your interpretation of luxury? Nice breeze, no mosquitoes, greenery everywhere around you, a beautiful lake in front of you, birds chirping, instrumental music in the background, a humour book in your hand and something to munch on - PRICELESS! On a romantic date. It would surely not be a candlelight dinner! It would be an outing to a place she likes, buying her a brownie icecream from Melting Moments (her favourite) or buying her a sari.

Do you blame the modern lifestyle for medical issues in youngsters? Yes, every action has a reaction - like excess texting causes arthritis of fingers, talking on phone in a slant position causes spondylitis, wearing heels causes heel pain; the list just doesn’t get over. Most important is that you become unsocial to such an extent that you SMS a person sitting right beside you! What is your mantra in life? Be happy! When you do not have enough time to love, where do you have time to hate anyone?

If you have to watch a movie? Any humorous or a biographical movie or any movie starring Kamal Hassan or Naseeruddin Shah. Future plans. I want to retire at the age of 60 and enjoy my retirement with books, music and travelling around the world. red | april 2013 | 100


Boss at home: Wife Doctor at home: Wife Secret of a happy family: Communication and sync with kids Politics: No No No Fashion: No Hyderabad: Lovely Tollywood: Lovely


Food: Non-veg., especially prawns, desserts, sweets and mishti doi Restaurant: None Perfume: I do not wear any Car: Jaguar Movie: Seetaramayya Gari Manavaralu Actor: Siddharth Actress: Savitri and Kanchana

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old play, with precious stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds or even the semi precious ones like the kundan; is a fair play any day! Be it in the form of chunky neckpieces or slender ones, heavy bangles or trendy earrings, the magic is ever enchanting! Experience it best with Ranita Ray at Gitanjali Jewels. Exclusive antique necklaces with Kundan work from Gitanjali Maya Gold. Prices as per the gold rate of the day.

Simply alluring is this heavy antique neckpiece with matching buttalu. Displaying the elaborate work with kundan stones, rubies and teamed with green enamel painting, this one can make you the center of attraction. Gold Weight: 185.210 gm red | april 2013 | 103

Colour Stones: 163.040 carats

Bold and undoubtedly beautiful is this piece. Donning a matte look, this chunky gold choker in Rajkot work makes it impossible to dodge its captivating charm. The sea green semi-precious stone drops at the bottom add to its glamour. Don’t miss the complementing Jhumkas. Gold Weight: 171.04 gm Colour Stones: 8.80 carats

One-of-its-kind piece with chunky gold blocks in asymmetrical shapes. The elaborate pattern containing three rows of kundan stone work interspersed with tiny flowers painted in light brown and pink enamel make this neckpiece irresistible. Gold Weight: 123.98 gm

Shoot by Dhana Vijay

Colour Stones: 19.83 carats

A classic necklace with intricate design all over and elegant pendant embedded with ruby, emerald and white kundan stones; the pearl drops at the bottom are well synchronized. Gold Weight: 174.160 gm

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D A Z Z L E Let your ruby-love get the better of you with this radiant neckpiece. Crafted in white gold, studded with diamonds and rubies in various shapes of pear, oval, rectangular and round, this piece from Parineeta collection is there to enchant onlookers. Gold Weight: 72.24 gm Diamond: 16.79 carats No. of Diamonds: 387 No. of Rubies: 26 Price: Rs. 19,00,400

A stunning piece in traditional design from Nakshatra Vivah collection, the golden shine of the yellow metal is well tuned with sparkling white precious stones. Gold Weight: 107.31 gm Diamond: 18.96 carats No. of Diamonds: 989 Price: Rs. 21,69,750

Nature adorns your neck with this piece designed in white gold flaunting flower motifs from Gitanjali Jewels. Adding to its beauty are those tiny diamonds, Zircon stones and not to miss the emeralds, leaving a green glow. The back chain in floral pattern completes the look. Gold Weight: 45.25 gm Diamond: 4 carats Emerald: 31.3 carats No. of Diamonds: 284 red | april 2013 | 105

Price: Rs. 6,82,350

‘One, but certainly enough to kill many’ is this broad bangle from Gitanjali Maya Gold collection. The extensive carving all over in machine work in combination of golden and white flowers through rhodium polish compels you to buy this piece. The screw system makes it wearable for all. Gold Weight: 71.85 gm

Slender and stylish is this diamond bangle from Nakshatra collection. Gold Weight: 15.25 gm Diamond: 1.95 carats No. of Diamonds: 456 Price: Rs. 3,71,450

Flaunting a unique design, this bangle can be your latest compliment-fetcher. The oval shaped designs with pink and purple enamel painting is complemented with rhodium polish in between. Gold Weight: 28.580 gm

Complete your emerald collection with this beautiful trendy bangle from Gitanjali Ananya Collection. Gold Weight: 15.35 Diamond: 0.78 carats No. of Diamonds: 63

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Art Exclusive Art Guru holds a mirror to divinity. This store located in the heart of Banjara Hills has an attractive display and draws you towards it. Take a look and the beautiful murals remain etched on your mind. These masterpieces can make any home complete. The range includes the tiniest tea coaster and an enormous jhoola. Giving you sleek peek into it is

Shoot by Dinakar Pamu

Esha Jobanputra.

Framing Beauty This frame has a fantastic colour combination and a flawless finish, giving it an antique look. Old is gold this frame proves it undoubtedly. This piece can be used in different formats and changed frequently either by fixing a mirror or placing a small wall hanging in the centre. Even a family portrait can be a good option. Based on wood and embellished with mirror work, this can be a most sought after piece. Price: Rs. 65,000 red | april 2013 | 107

Enchanted This masterpiece of Buddha evokes a serene and calm feeling in the onlooker. Influenced by oriental art and eastern style, this statue in green with tinges of gold is mesmerizing. Especially the relaxed posture is a perfect pick for the garden area of the house and as the experts say, a Buddha statue facing the home showers it with blessings. Price: On request

Blessing Placing a statue of the Buddha at home brings peace and luck and it is also auspicious. This particular pose bestows fearlessness (right hand) and compassion (left hand). Right spots for this statue are the office and den. This piece is peaceful and attractive. It is made of high quality resin. Price: Rs. 60,000

Krishna Now this is what we call perfect art. This statue of Lord Krishna standing between two tusks is breathtaking. Made of marble powder and American diamonds, it is studded with 24 kt gold plating and is 40-inch tall. The statue looks very pleasing and the tusks are just the right icing on the cake Price: Rs. 1,10,000

Princess Meera Bai idol promises to give any home a facelift. It has been hand carved with precision to give the surroundings an aesthetic touch. The product can be picked up for its fine quality and workmanship. Price: Rs. 24,000 Stand: Rs. 4,000

C l a s s A pa rt This is one of its kind piece which beautifully combines the painting and the statue of Lord Ganesha on a swing in a relaxed mood. The artist has justified the use of right colours and the sync between the painting and the statue. The background displays a calm pond with lotuses. Every tiny detail was taken care of. Overall this piece of art is unique and different. Price: Rs. 14,800

Abstract Whatever is abstract is in vogue and this wall-hanging of seven horses facing different directions and in shades of orange and brown does make a striking statement. Though simple, it looks classy and is best suitable for the walls of the dining hall or bedroom. Price: Rs. 8,000

Couple This is a handmade mural of a Rajasthani couple. The art is very detailed and beautiful. It enhances the beauty of any wall. This piece can be used for home decor or can be gifted. Price: Rs. 9,000

Masquerade 3D facial images of a man and a woman are unusual hand tooled wall-hangings. Their faces are smooth with a glossy finish. It is difficult to find double images as a wall hanging. A very dramatic piece, worth buying. Price: Rs. 3,000

Tea time This set of six tea coasters is colourful and attractive. A number of options to choose in this section - from ancient paintings to modern abstracts, all are available. Price: Rs. 600

Beauty A centre table as the name says is the centre of attraction because of its design. Our country is rich in culture, art and craft and this piece combines all the three with ease and finesse. Onlookers will be amazed at the myriad variety of sculpture and the detailing. Especially in the ornamentation of the lady, every piece of jewellery from head to toe is dominantly portrayed, making it look more hunky. Price: Rs. 16,000

Musical On similar lines with the showpiece above this, a musical troupe of Rajasthani musicians is a treat to the eyes, perfect to be displayed on showcases and wall mounts. Price: On request red | april 2013 | 110



ave you ever experienced a nagging pain in the back that just doesn’t go away? How about some tension while sitting at the desk? Massages may make you feel great for a little while, but later, the pain returns. Nowadays, with the hectic lifestyle, driving and commuting in unruly traffic and desk jobs, it is hard to avoid aches and pains. However active you may be, the aches are a sign of tired muscles. Remember that there is yoga to engage the muscles and alleviate back pain. Nirupama Reddy brings you a set of back strengthening postures which readies you to fight pain, stress and discomfort.

Method (Repeat for 2 rounds) • Sit in Vajrasan and with support of your hands, stand on knees with ankles joined together • Place palms on the waist • While inhaling, recline slowly backward and place right palm over right heel, and left palm over left heel • Make sure thighs stay vertical and the upper trunk is pushed toward the thighs and hips • With normal breathing, remain in this position for 15-20 seconds • Exhaling, come back to the centre; simultaneously, release hands one by one and place them on the waist • This completes one round. Finally, come back to Vajrasan Benefits • Good for those with drooping shoulders and hunched backs • Tones up spine and keeps the brain active by increasing blood circulation to the head Contraindications People suffering from hernia, acute hypertension, and lower back pain should be careful. USHTRASANA (CAMEL POSE)

Method • Sit in Dhyan Veerasan with the right thigh exactly over the left thigh • Comfortably take your left hand behind the back, from under the left armpit, and place it between the shoulder blades; simultaneously bring the right arm precisely over the right shoulder • Anchor fingers of the left and right hands tightly, and place the back of head against the right elbow • Make sure the trunk stays erect and the head tilted slightly backward • Hold this position for as long as comfortable with normal breathing • Slowly, release hands and come back to Dhyan Veerasan. Repeat on the other side • Finally, let go of the legs; relax Benefits • Alleviates backache and sciatica • Relieves stiffness of the neck and shoulders • Provides additional strength to the legs • Activates the kidneys; alleviates chronic diseases such as diabetes, etc. Contraindications People with serious knee, neck or shoulder problems should take care.


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Method • Lie flat on the back with both legs together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with palms • While inhaling, gently raise both legs together • While exhaling, taking support of the arms and elbows, raise lower back; ensure the legs remain perpendicular to the ground at 90 degrees • Place elbows firmly on the ground and support the back with both hands • Now try to lower feet towards the head until the legs get parallel to the floor; inhaling, raise back; then shift supportive hands to the middle spine to support the back; then raise the legs and lower trunk vertically. • While exhaling make both - the trunk and legs - erect by stretching the back, settling chin in the suprasternal hollow • In the final position, the body weight is on the neck, head, and the arms • Stay effortlessly for as long as possible breathing normally

• Gradually reverse the order, and return to the initial posture • Eventually, come into Shavasan and relax the whole body Benefits • Helps to tone and stretch the body by working against the force of gravity • Helps in the flexibility of the spine • Develops immune system by stimulating the thyroid gland • Increases blood circulation in the brain area • Prevents varicose veins Contraindications People with high blood pressure, glaucoma, hernia, cervical spondylitis, slipped-disc, heart problems, weak eye vessels, impure blood, thrombosis, kidney problems, active menstrual cycle and pregnancy should not include this asana in their exercise.

Method (Repeat for 2 or 3 rounds) • Lie flat on the stomach, legs together and palms touching the side of thighs with chin on the floor • Place the arms under the body as close to each other as possible, with the palms on the floor just under the thighs • Stretch the chin a bit forward and keep it to the floor throughout the asana • Inhaling, gradually raise both the legs together as high as possible, keeping them joined together throughout the asana • Hold the pose for 15-20 seconds with normal breathing. With an exhalation, unhurriedly lower both the legs to the floor SHALABHASAN (LOCUST POSE)


Benefits • Useful in reducing spinal problems • Boosts the nervous system • Alleviate abdominal ailments Contraindications People with high blood pressure, heart maladies, hernia, ulcer, and diabetes should not do this asana.

Method (Repeat for 2 or 3 rounds) • Lie flat on the stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of thighs with chin on the floor • Gently, place hands on the buttocks and interlock the fingers. Make sure your chin rests on the floor • Inhale; taking the help of the abdominal muscles, raise the chest from the floor • Make sure the legs remain joined together throughout. • Push your shoulders backward and raise the interlocked hands away from the buttocks, as high as possible • Wait for 15-20 seconds in this position, breathing normally. While exhaling, lower upper body and arms comfortably and gradually come down to the floor Benefits • Strengthens the muscles of the spine, makes it very flexible • Helps cure slipped-disk, and cervical and back pain • Wonderfully massages the abdominal organs • Strengthens the chest and shoulders Contraindications Those suffering from heart ailments and high blood pressure should perform it only under the supervision of Yoga therapists.







veryone wants the quick and easy way out…be it losing weight or getting rich. But that does not always happen. Talking about losing weight here, it is just as difficult to gain weight, as it is to shed a few kilos. The latest fad is to ‘get in shape’. People go on diet, follow unique methods, take slimdown products, but with little or no result. There is no one magic food that leads to weight loss. Eating the right food at the right time together with sufficient exercise is the best solution. One can always speed up the process by incorporating some of these foods into the meals. Apart from relieving water retention, they help curb food cravings, boost metabolism and keep the person fuller for longer. Some of these super foods deliver additional health benefits too. Chiranjeevi Rayal Celebrity Fitness Expert, Counselor & Dietician +91 98852 54272 chiranjeevirayal08@gmail.com www.chiruspowerhouse.co.cc

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Oats is very high in fibre. They are so filling, that it is hard to believe that they help in weight loss. Just a single portion of oats for breakfast can keep you full and energetic right through the day as it provides the body with natural energy.

So, why not incorporate it into a salad?

Greens like spinach, fenugreek, broccoli etc. are very low in calories and high in fibre, vitamins and minerals. They reduce water retention and ease bloating and body discomfort.

Almonds and walnuts are excellent sources of vitamins and fibre. A handful of nuts as mid meal snacks can really do wonders by eliminating hunger pangs. Research shows that people who snack on nuts tend to be slimmer than those who don't.

Beans like kidney beans, soya beans are low in calories and filled with resistant fibre and proteins which help release energy gradually, keeping you fuller for longer periods. Their high protein content helps firm up muscles, keeping you toned. As some evidence shows, beans keep blood sugar on an even keel and can lower cholesterol levels. Lean chicken and fish are good sources of protein which increase muscle and thereby the metabolic rate, helping to burn fat faster. They add bulk to the meals. Cucumber is very high in water content and acts as a natural diuretic. They help to lessen water retention and ease bloating, ultimately leading to weight loss.

Brown rice is high in fibre. It has in plenty, the energy-giving B complex vitamins which lead to faster burning of calories. It is also rich in musclestrengthening protein.

Papaya is an extremely low calorie fruit that contains papain, which aids in faster digestion of proteins. It helps to break down foods faster, ease bloating and flattens out the belly in a short time. Oranges and lemons are low in calories, high in fibre and Vitamin C which is important in fat burning. These tend to liquefy body fat much faster so that it can be easily flushed out. Berries like strawberries, raspberries etc. are high fibre, low calorie, high antioxidants foods. You can sprinkle them over your breakfast cereal. A few of them taken in between meals can keep you satiated.



vacation needn’t necessarily be just a sightseeing journey or jam-packed adventure session; at times a laid-back holidaying in luxurious surroundings can also be a good break. Why go to far-off places? Let’s explore the neighbourhood. With the launch of Mayfair Palm Beach Resort, Gopalpur-On-Sea, Ranita Ray advises the readers to escape to this haven by the sea and bask in the warmth of luxury.

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Meeting its motto ‘Stay with us, Stay with nature’; the Mayfair Group with its successful chain of seven luxury boutique hotels and resorts in scenic sea side, misty hills and mountains, besides the vibrant urban settings, has been catering to the requirement of leisure-seekers as well as corporate travellers. Located in the sun-kissed beach of Gopalpur-on-Sea, it’s the eighth boutique resort by this brand. Just over a three-hour picturesque drive from Bhubaneswar, capital of Orissa, Mayfair Palm Beach resort is located right on the Bay of Bengal. This prestigious heritage property was built in 1914. Originally acquired by Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi, it was being operated as a part of the Oberoi Group till 2003. But they were unable to protect it from corrosion caused by the sea. When it was on the verge of fading out, Mayfair stepped in. After a year of painstaking efforts, it was restored and renovated in 2012. It is now ready in a new ‘avatar’, with more rooms, amenities and world class facilities. Group’s Chairman Sri Dilip Ray avowed that he would restore ‘Gopalpur-on-Sea’ to its past glory and make it an ideal destination for international and domestic tourists.

REST @ Equipped with all modern amenities, most of the rooms extend a breathtaking view of the sea. The private sitouts in each room can be your corner of heavenly solitude. Executive Room Pamper yourself in the luxury of these spacious and stylish rooms, which face either a garden, a temple or a pool. This category has one bedroom with private balconies or sit-outs to glance at the mesmerizing sceneries. . Deluxe Room It takes your cozy comforts to the next level with its well furnished one bedroom dabbed with swanky décor and luxurious amenities. Besides the balcony, further charm is the stunning sea-view which adds to the indulgence making it an ideal holiday getaway. Premium Room and Family Suite While the premium room is one bedroom setting with a private dip pool overlooking the magnificent Bay of Bengal, the family suite is a classily decorated space with one bedroom, one children’s area with two beds, two bathrooms and a sea view with jacuzzi.

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Premium Suite The king of all are these uber lavish suites. Experience the blissful stay designed with world class facilities in one of the Premium Suites. There is an ultra cozy bedroom decked with the finest of furnishings, two bathrooms and one drawing-cum-dining room. An aqua session in its private dip pool overlooking the magnificent Bay of Bengal can complete your day. VIBRANT VENUES Not just about the guests’ stay, the property also aims at handling corporate giants, foreign delegates and some biggies’ private celebrations.

Thus it has equipped itself with conference and banquet options to host up to 3,000 guests. The Conference Hall, Board Room and Beach Side are the venues from which one can choose to hold prestigious events. If you are planning for a destination wedding, this can be the perfect venue for your grand day. With an exclusive marriage Mandap which can accommodate thousands of guests and parking facility for up to 200 cars, this can handle a real big fat wedding.

DELICACIES A team of dedicated chefs are on | the job to dish out global cuisine, apart from the regional specialty Sea food. Relax and relish some of the best sea food cuisine (especially crabs) in its unique open air station called Crab Station. Have delectable dining experience at its 1914 multicuisine restaurant. Beyond its culinary extravaganza, get some nostalgic moments as depicted in this place. If you are thinking to get little heady, go towards the Lighthouse Bar! Truly, it is a swanky, sophisticated bar serving cocktails, mocktails and a list of world class wine and signature beverages.

RECREATION AND REJUVENATION If you want to add a bit of activity, the resort gives you ample scope. Take a ride in and around the resort on cycles available on hire. To get a little sporty, take part in beach volleyball, basketball, tennis and table tennis. There are horse-carriages too, try them out. It would be real fun. Keep your little ones occupied at its specially designed kids’ room and the children’s park. If you are staying at an Executive or Deluxe room, you can refresh yourself at the resort’s common swimming pool. Similar other recreation zones are the fitness centre, library and lounge, sun decks and many exciting beach services with chairs. Soon the guests can pamper themselves with beauty and rejuvenation services of global standards in its in-house spa in coconut groves, which is opening shortly.

the shore. An exciting trek of about 2 km through these plantations, leads to a virgin beach on the Bay of Bengal. Aryapalli (16 km.) A quiet and charming beach by the blue sea, Aryapalli is a haven for the nature lovers. Berhampur (16 km.) It can be your place to shop, as this important commercial town of southern Orissa offers an array of handloom and handicraft products, especially the silk saris and horn toys. Rushikulya Muhana (20 km.) It is an ecological site, where river Rushikulya meets the Bay of Bengal and thus it’s the perfect mass nesting ground for the Olive Ridley Turtles which come here in large numbers during the winter. After 7-10 weeks, the eggs hatch and the young Ridleys march towards the vast ocean to begin their life cycle. It’s a wonderful

Cooridor Evening view

Jaugarh (35 km.) If history and archaeology excite you, then this place can be of your interest. The Ashokan rock edict found here proves beyond doubt that it was a vital centre of Buddhist activities during that period. Rambha (45 km.) Placed alongside the vast Chilika Lake, Rambha is known for its picturesque beauty. Some of the fascinating islands of Chilika like Honeymoon Island and Breakfast Island are in close proximity. Thus a boat ride from Rambha to these islands could be an electrifying experience. Taptapani (65 km.) Situated in the midst of nature surrounded by lush green forests, Taptapani is a favourite tourist destination. However, the main attraction of this place is the nature’s wonder- the hot sulphur spring with medicinal properties. Ghodahada (60 km.) Frequented by picnickers around the year, it is an ideal picnic spot with the Ghodahada dam and reservoir. The famous shrine of Ujjaleswar is just 4 km. away from this place.

IN & AROUND If you still want to be a bit more adventurous, a tour to these neighbouring places can complete your vacation. Tampara (15 km.) Close to National Highway 6, this beautiful Tampara Lake with its placid waves breaking on the shore, provides suitable opportunity for water sports. Take a leisurely stroll through the vast stretches of cashew plantation along

sight to observe these tiny species which are on the verge of extinction. Patisonapur (30 km.) Looking for privacy and calmness of nature? Then this place is tailor-made for you. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, this virgin beach lies down south of Gopalpur, across the river Bahuda. It offers peace and tranquillity to the visitors.

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Ugadi Pachchadi Ingredients Raw fresh mango (cleaned, dried, finely chopped along with skin) - 1 cup Margosa flowers (Neem flowers) - 1 tbsp Grated jaggery - 1 cup Fresh finely chopped coconut pieces (optional) - 1 tbsp Tamarind paste 3/4 tbsp Red chilli powder and salt to taste

Method Mix all ingredients to form a sauce like consistency. For thinner chutney, add very little water (2/3 tbsps). You can also add small pieces of sugarcane, ripe banana, putanaala pappu (roasted channa dal) along with the above ingredients.

Fest Food By Ranita Ray

It’s time to mark a new beginning! What works better than the seasonal specialty and the tradition of sweet? Let’s make this Ugadi, a simple celebration savouring the authentic aroma of the region.

Boorelu Ingredients Channa dal - 1 cup Cardamom powder to taste Oil to fry Rice - 2 cups Sugar - 1 cup Urad dal - 1 cup

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Method Soak the Urad Dal and rice overnight. Grind it and add a pinch of salt. Cook the channa dal. If any excess water is there drain it out and then mash it. Transfer it to a wok, put it on heat, add sugar or jaggery with cardamom powder. Stir continuously till it thickens. Remove it from the heat and keep it aside to cool. Apply little ghee on your fingers and make small balls of the batter and keep it aside. Heat oil for deep frying. Dip the dal balls in the batter and with a tablespoon put the dipped balls into the oil and fry until they are light golden brown. It’s ready to serve.


FIRST FEST The first birthday bash of little Arjun, younger son of Dr. Nanda Kishore Reddy and Nandita and brother of young Arnav was quite an event to remember. Decked in a Jungle theme, the Park Hotel served as the perfect backdrop. Family members and close friends blessed the baby and showered him with gifts. Authentic south-Indian Chettinad food was on the spread to be savoured by the guests.

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DATE WITH DUBAI DEBONAIR Elegant Aruna Sree, supported by her lively and pretty daughters Nithisha and Nimitha, had left no stone unturned to make the evening memorable. Obviously, it was no small occasion and was the 50th birthday of her husband Krishna, Senior Manager, Safetix Mid-East FZE. All the entertainment revolved round one themeKrishna. If the quiz was framed on the life and profile of Dubai Krishna (as he is fondly referred to) the group game invited the songs on Lord Krishna. The happy participants were seen bonding over delectable drinks and food. Besides the crème de la crème of the city, friends from UAE came all the way to wish Krishna.

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As expected, it was indeed a whole day extravaganza filled with colours and joy at Chrome Outdoor Holi celebration at Anmol Villa. Around 2,000 Chrome patrons thronged the venue to experience the rain dance, live dhol and splash of colours. Mega music by DJ Ajay Joseph from Hyderabad was the highlight of the event. Potables and edibles were also there to energize the tired souls and re-join the bash.

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XTREME RAINS COLOURS As it’s named, it indeed was an incessant colour shower at Rang Barse 3, organized by Yogi, Proprietor, Xtreme Sports Bar, Uday K. Patta of Studio Pixel and Ajay Duggar. The venue, Palm Beach Hotel, was a perfect place to hold the event that saw over 2,000 footfalls. The biggest dance floor was awash with continuous holi shower and DJs like Bobsy, Swaroop, Govi and lady DJ Snea, who by playing popular desi beats kept the crowd on its toes. The Punjabi Dhol also added to the musical revelry. Besides the spread of delicacies, Banarasi pan and thandaye were organised to be in line with the tradition. The sure booster was the ride in Polaris, off-road vehicle, given to the best dancers. Cast and crew of the movie Aravind 2, actors Kamal Kamaraj, Adonica, Srilekha and Vijay were spotted shaking legs.

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Ankit Totla celebrated his birthday in style by throwing a party for his friends at Spoil. The birthday hunk was looking smart in his casual jeans and waist coat. All his friends were in full attendance and were seen having a great time shaking a leg to peppy dance numbers. Enjoying the party were Anmol, Juhi, Arushi, Arif, Shoeb, Harsha, Nikita and many others.



Mounika & Ankita



Juhi,Falak & Vivek Gupta

NUMERO UNO Numero Uno (Falak gupta Bday)

Kushboo & Komal

Proud Parents Vivek and Juhi Gupta celebrated their little angel Falak’s birthday amidst the family and friends at Hotel Taj Deccan. The birthday princess looked adorable in her birthday gown and tiara. The celebrity of the evening had a starry 5 tier cake filled with cupcakes, the dÊcor was creatively done up in shades of white and blue. Spotted at the evening were Gaurav and Surabhi, Sunny and Kashish, Manjula, Mala, Sushma, Uma, Trushna and many others. Sushma



hai Radisson Blu was full of fun, frolic and colours the day Se La Vie Club hosted the Holi party. The members were dressed in white and seen enjoying the festival of colours in its true spirit. The mini tomatino tub set up for the event was the perfect icing on the cake. Beautiful ladies spotted at the Holi bash were Karishma, Sarita Lohiya, Amisha, Manjiri and many others.

Akansha,Sarita, Vinni Singh,Swetha, Amisha&Manjari Lavanya

Deepthi Trushna






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The Big Fat Holi bash organized by Ashwin, Atin and Bisket at Hotel Taj Deccan was the largest crowd-puller of the city. It was one of the most awaited and talked about Holi parties with lavish arrangements for the guests. Starting from the chilled thandaai and chaat to a widespread buffet and delectable desserts, the party was complete. The guests had a gala time dancing to the tunes of DJ Shashank and enjoying the festival of colours. What more can one ask for? Colourful people spotted at the celebration were Shraddha Das, Trushna Tibrewala, Gurpriya and Gagan Kohli, Kishan Lohiya, Dinesh Patel and many others.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 20) ARIES (March 21 - April 20) First half of the month indicates a period of low activity, low immunity and energy. Avoid controversies with influential people. A revival of activity and position may take place in the second half. Ego Quotient remains high. Issues of competition may arise with people close to you. Have control on anger and diet. Differences with colleagues may crop up as your ambitious thoughts pose a threat to them. Don’t invest on luxury items. Take care of your health. Lucky for you: 8, Parrot Green

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) A progressive and gainful period. Enjoy life and gains from various quarters are on the anvil. Importance is given to friends. A dip in activity and stamina is indicated in the second half. Fatigue and sleep may bog you down. Expenses may increase. Try to avoid too many commitments and expenses. Avoid rubbing influential people on the wrong side. You may be caught unawares at work. Be careful, there may be a health issue and chance of meeting with an accident. Some emotional times at home likely. Lucky for you: 11, Baby Pink

GEMINI (May 23 - June 20) A very good month. Career is at its peak. You make your point and position in life very clear. All round progress is indicated. Rise in gains and income is in the offing. A rewarding period is ahead. A great time with friends is predicted. Gains from government or high placed officials will be earned.Try to be pro-active at work and achieve success. Success is guaranteed in your project. Have a good working environment to reach your goal. Lucky for you: 11, Orange

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Luck is towering tall and progress excellent this month. You could be religiously inclined this month. Travel brings in gains too, in the first half. Career development would take off significantly after the 14th. You do extremely well at work and governmental sources as well as people in authority do you some favours. You are going to be in control of things in the latter half. This is likely to be a stable month for you in both matters of work and relationship. Lucky for you: 17, Bottle Green

LEO (July 21 - Aug 22) You could be low on energy levels till mid month. Some unnecessary ego in speech as well as issues with the extended family is possible. You are likely to experience good growth and rise in luck in the latter half. There would be higher income and better health. This could be a rewarding month for you. There might be some major tasks that you are supposed to handle and you are likely to get good results from it. A brilliant phase for love and family life. Lucky for you: 18, Peach

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 20)

Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the second week. There could be issues in marriage too. You need to cross this period carefully. Energy levels could see a dip during mid month. There could be lower immunity which could create some health challenges. Avoid very heavy commitments for the second half of the month. Have a good will power throughout this month. There might be some mental stress due to heavy work load which could lead to impatient and unconventional situations.

You are likely to experience low energy levels till mid April. Some unnecessary ego hassles in speech as well as issues with the extended family is possible. The latter half finds you climbing the ladder of luck and growth. There would be more income and better health soon. Some inner conflict between ego and feelings may bother you. You may not be able to build up courage due to harassment by colleagues and their lack of trust. You need to have good conversation with your spouse and in-laws.

Lucky for you: 15, Chocolate

Lucky for you: 5, All shades of Green

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Pressures in joint areas of work would remain high till the second week. There could be issues in marriage too. You need to cross this period watchfully. Your stamina might see a downward trend in the last two weeks. There could be lower immunity, creating minor health problems. Avoid heavy commitments. Some controversies may arise between you and your partner. New opportunities help you reach new heights.

You are likely to do well at work and find growth in most of the areas that you target till mid month. Avoid animosity with people close to you. Aggression with superiors in work environment could backfire. From the second week, you might see a rise in opposition to your ideas. Partnerships could sense some amount of ego and issues. This is a month of hard work and you ought to continuously be on alert. Try to concentrate on family matters and do jobs that keep you happy.

The month might open with a positive outlook as you are likely to be in an outgoing mood. Your easy ability to promote work and networking skills would be well honed and show positive outcome. There would be a significant change after the 14th. You might probably find strength in what you do and be able to take a stand. There could be issues with the extended family and gains in real estate. Expect happiness on the home front. This is the right time to work on creativity and boldness.

Lucky for you: 4, Lavender

Lucky for you: 1, White

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20)

Lucky for you: 3, Rosy Brown

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 18) Ego hassles through speech could be a tendency and you should guard against it. There might be some dental problems too. Financial gains would be good till mid month. You will get into a vibrant period from the third week onwards. Growth in new areas would become possible too. Overall, it is likely to be positive after the 14th. You may come across many new people. New assignments make the month more promising. But there can be some family matters that restrict you from taking a few decisions.

PISCES (Feb 18 - March 20) You are likely to experience a phase of high activity till the 14th. You may have to deal with people judicially throughout this period as ego or short tempered behaviour may spoil matters. A gainful period would commence mid month onwards. Try to have an active mindset and improve relationship with others. The project assigned will help you gain respect and promotion. Keep others informed about your achievements and guard against facial problems during this month. Lucky for you: 22, Indigo

Lucky for you: 9, Golden Brown

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GIM Beckons

GITAM Institute of Management of GITAM University at Visakhapatnam has released admission notification for the batch of 2013. Established in 1988, GITAM Institute of Management (GIM) is one of the elite institutes of the GITAM University - a deemed university recognised by University Grants Commission (UGC) under sec. 3 of UGC Act 1956. The university campus that is spread over 100 acres overlooking Bay of Bengal has got world-class infrastructure that only handful in the country can offer. GIM offers several innovative programmes and value additions with the view to make every student employable at affordable cost. The degrees awarded by GIM are recognized all over the world for employment in private and public sectors or higher education. In the recent B-School surveys during 2012-13, GIM was ranked as top rated private B-School in Andhra Pradesh, 5th best private B-School in South India and 29th in All India as per Business World, The Week and Outlook respectively, thus maintaining its position in the top league.

ACADEMICS GIM offers graduate, post-graduate, doctoral and diploma courses in the field of management. The post-graduate courses include two years full-time MBA programmes with specialisation in Finance, HR, Marketing, Retailing, Banking and Insurance, Financial Markets and System Management and the institute has an intake capacity of 180 students. Also Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) is offered as fulltime programme ideally suited for HR requirement in Organization. Besides, GIM provides undergraduate courses of BBM and five year Integrated MBA. GIM was the first institute to offer BBM programme in the country way back in 1988. GIM follows innovative management pedagogy linking research, training and application, embedded in student support systems and extension activities. The Institute conducts out-bound training, business games (CAPSIM), Yoga, current business affairs

sessions, Business English Certification (of University of Cambridge, UK), Practice School and Soft Skills training. | The institute offers counseling sessions, student assistantship scheme and scholarships. Besides this, the institution is very active in conducting management development programmes.

RESEARCH CENTER The institute publishes India’s most respected academic publications namely GITAM Journal of Management on a quarterly basis and GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies on bi-annual.

The institute organises and encourages various academic and non-academic activities; these are carried out by various committees such as student management club. The club namely SIFE, Ashayan, Eco Club, and Gyan are very active besides co-curricular events Lakshya-an athletic competition, Institute Annual Day, GITAM Management Excellence Meet, Ethics Week, Youth Festival and many more.

ADMISSION NOTIFICATION GIM announces admission process for MBA, MHRM, MBA(CMU) at PG level, three year BBM and five year Integrated MBA for 10+2 students of any stream.

INFRASTRUCTURE GIM has 19 e-classrooms with a total intake capacity of 360 students per year. The institute has a lab consisting of 120 computers and English language learning lab with internet connectivity on all computers. It has the library with a collection of 43,000 books. The institute has subscribed to e-journals of reputed publishers and research databases like Springer link, ACM, ASME, EBSCO, Proquest and Capitaline to name some. The institute has sports facility, gymnasium with fitness centre, indoor stadium and tennis courts on its campus. GIM provides hostel accommodation for both boys and girls. Health clinic with emergency healthcare is available on the campus round the clock. The campus has several food courts including Subway and shopping centers besides banking services, travel desk, ATMs, post office, book store, etc. FACULTY The institute has a well qualified faculty consisting of 46 full time, five part time and seven visiting faculty members. GIM has a student to faculty ratio of 13:1. Majority of the faculty members in the institute have a Ph.D. background and industry experience. Several faculty from USA, UK, Canada, Zambia and Papua New Guinea offer their services full-time or part-time as adjunct professors. Placement Over the years, many leading domestic and international companies have been participating in the GIM campus recruitment programme. The companies are mainly from the sectors of banking, FMCG, KPO, Retail, manufacturing and financial services. Every year over 70 renowned companies in India like Volvo, Dr. Reddy’s, Idea Cellular, Coca-cola, Deloitte, HSBC, Asian Paints, Coromandel International, RPG, Canara Bank, Union Bank, Vijaya Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, HP, Taj Hotels, LIC Housing, IDBI Bank, Indian Bank, Amararaja, ACT TV and the Future Group to name a few actively recruit for their managerial cadres from GIM. In the current year, the students of GIM were offered INR 12,00,000 as highest salary. The quality and quantity of placements have been improved significantly over the years. ASSOCIATIONS AND COLLABORATIONS GIM is in active collaboration with international educational institutions and corporate concerns. GIM has signed MoU’s with the University of Glasgow, UK; Central Michigan University, US and University of Nebraska, US, University of Papua New Guinea. GIM is the accredited training center for Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, (CISI) UK and University of Cambridge, UK. GIM has MoU with HDFC Bank, Pantaloon and National Stock Exchange to offer joint certification programmes for the students of MBA. Recently, the institute became the first B-School in South India to sign an MoU with India’s leading Stock Exchange, National Stock Exchange (NSE) to offer Financial Markets as specialization for MBA and BBM students.

The institute accepts scores of CAT, XAT, MAT. CMAT, and GMAT for admissions of the students into PG programmes. The institute accepts UGAT or GAT for admission into Undergraduate Programmes. For those who do not have any of these test scores, the institute conducts its own entrance test namely GIM Online Test (GOT). Candidates having minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the qualifying exam are eligible to apply online at www.gitam.edu/gim. Since GIM follows rolling admissions, candidates should apply well in advance to secure admission in the allotted seats.


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