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Red Life

AMR: Min(e)dBlowing Success

Red Retreat Lovely Lavasa

Red Eve Scintillating Sharvani Reigning Rekha Reddy

Red Decor World of Furniture

Red Dazzle Rings of Love

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Red Haute Find out, if the cupid strikes the queen of hearts Kajal this year?

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Tiny tools! But message is loud and clear, they are here to win the hearts of gadget freaks.


Red Life 88 Though he has his fingers in many pies, he prefers to be called the Mine Man. Know his mind.

Red Rings 94 How about putting a halo around your angel’s finger this Valentine’s Day?

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From Sonakshi’s Tantrums, Deepika’s Dubai Date to the Box office blockbusters we have got it all.

Red Eve 64 Talk through tough times with Sharvani. Rekha erases lines between countries.

Red Retreat 110 Relax, Refresh and Rejuvenate at Lavasa.

Red Cuisine 116 All you need is love. And sure a small cheesecake now and some chocolate then doesn’t hurt.


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

Valentine’s Day is round the corner. People are probably busy thinking how to celebrate it, what outfit or make-up to wear. But here I was splitting hair over what gift I should offer to my Valentine - the reader. Yes! I zeroed in on Kajal Agarwal, who speaks volumes through her eloquent eyes. Of course, we made her literally speak on varied subjects, with the main focus on love. Mr. A. Mahesh Reddy’s life is a success story that would inspire many a young entrepreneur. The multi-faceted Mr. AMR narrates it in his own words. Mr. O. Naresh Kumar of Symbiosis is a man with the gift of persuasive speech, but lets his actions speak louder. He, with great success, comes up with unique campaigns that spur society into action. January saw two such events organised by him - a free APIIC bus shuttle service started between the city and the IT Park and a mega blood camp that collected 1,018 units of blood in a single day, held to mark the Girl Child Day and commemorate Nirbhaya. The largest ever to be held in Vizag, the camp drew a lot of young blood. Congrats Mr. Naresh. While on the region, we have to mention the power woes the industry is facing. It is given the lowest allocation though our Discomm is acclaimed the best in the country. It is not fair that the job-providing units are penalized for using their contracted power (at 6 times normal rates).Why cannot industry be supplied gas-based power without restrictions, especially when it is prepared to buy it? This problem has to be addressed immediately if the region has to be developed as an industrial hub. We welcomed the New Year saluting the woman power. Extending the sentiment further, we introduce a new segment Eve, dedicated to those who made a difference to society. We have two lovely ladies gracing it - Ms. D. Sharvani and Ms. Rekha Reddy. While Ms. Sharvani resolves people’s disputes through her sweet talk, Ms. Reddy, President of FICCI Ladies Organisation and world renowned Ikebana expert, says it all with flowers. After reading the Retreat, I am sure many of you will head to Lavasa and befriend the mighty Sahyadris. Let me not stand anymore between you and our V-edition. Wish you all a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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A.T. Rayudu Hello Beautiful Ranita, very well written piece. I am flooded with phone calls appreciating the article. Labala Srinivasa Rao I like last month’s magazine and the cover page was very nice. Abhishek Arora U R Incredible!!! Ishi Ray The cover page looks stunning...its more in white.... Sarita Lohiya Superbbb! Lavanya Lakshmi Amazzziiiiinggg!! So Colourful...Loved this Edition. Sreenivas Chinu ..wow tammu ... Nikki Kaur The cover page is just fab. !!! Thumbs up for the publisher’s note.. Jan 2013 red magazine was also a treat!!! ♡ Prayason Monu Kuttan She is a killer! Prasanna Kumar Batthina Cover page super mama… Prudhvi Raju Addala Wow! lovely cover. Wanna c the book. Divya Bolisetty Hi, I really enjoyed reading the latest edition of red! Kumar Kiran Your presentation is damn creative and good man! Priya.N Njoyed the New Year issue…looking forward to the Feb. Valentine one. Shalini Raju Keep rocking in 2013…! Deepal Reddy Your cover Trendy Tamannah is just tantalizing. Ravikanth Loved the vizag-hyd news in pictures. Sakhi Wish to go on the royal train...did thru ur article. Ankur Sharma Stunning Shilpa Reddy was just, simply, absolutely stunning…. Sri Raj We shouldn’t lose touch with our culture and tradition. Alert is needed! Sravs Great coverage of the happening parties in town…wow!

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APIIC FREE BUS FLAGGED OFF Minister for Infrastructure, Investment and Ports G. Srinivasa Rao flagged off the APIIC free bus shuttle service to the IT Park at Rushikonda from Siripuram Junction. Speaking on the occasion, he said the one bus service would be of great help to the IT employees. CEO of Symbiosis Technologies and vice-president of Rushikonda IT Park Association O. Naresh Kumar, Avanti Srinivas and others were present.

NEW INNOVATIONS OPENED Innovations opened its fourth showroom in the city opposite Swarna Bharathi stadium. The three-storied showroom houses electronic and household appliances of 15 companies. MLA Tynala Vijaya Kumar inaugurated the showroom. Proprietor Paras Jain, Sanghvi Jewellers proprietor Suresh Jain, Hira Jain, Ashok Jain, Mahindra Jain, Rahul Jain, Kamal Jain and others were present at the inauguration.

MOBILE POLIO MUSEUM Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated Mobile Polio Museum set up on Beach Road by Rotary District 3020. The aim of the Museum is to showcase the efforts of Rotary in polio eradication and to create awareness among people. Ch. Surya Rao, district Governor of RI District 3020 has set a target to raise $ 2 lakh for the cause through donor tickets of Rs.5, 000 each. Three attractive prizes (1st - Innova Car, 2nd - Nissan Sunny and 3rd - Hyundai Eon) will be given. Past District Governor D. Varada Reddy distributed wheelchairs among the needy on the occasion.

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‘NAYAK’ IN CITY Mega Power Star Ram Charan was here to participate in the Vijayotsav of his blockbuster Nayak. Fans jostled one another to have a glimpse of the star who participated in ‘Arrive Alive’, a traffic safety campaign. Commissioner of Police B. Shivadhar Reddy greeted the star at the programme. Later, the actor along with director V.V. Vinayak, cinematographer Chota K. Naidu and other team members interacted with the audience at V Max theatre.

ARRIVE - ALIVE DRIVE City Police launched ‘Arrive - Alive,’ a road safety awareness campaign. The aim of the campaign was to check accidents and road deaths and to promote the habit of defensive driving. Port Chairman Ajeya Kallam was the chief guest at the inaugural function. Additional DGP (personnel) A.R. Anuradha, City Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy, Collector V. Seshadri and others spoke. DCP (Law and Order) Viswa Prasad and Deputy Transport Commissioner Mohd. Salim were present.

‘5K’ RUN TO SAVE GIRL CHILD A large number of students from various colleges, youngsters and elderly people participated in the ‘5 K’ run organised by Vay Foundation on the Beach Road to spread the message ‘save the girl child.’ The run that began from Kali Mata Temple reached VUDA Park and culminated back at the temple. Minister for Tribal Welfare P. Balaraju flagged off the run. The event saw the presence of Visakhapatnam West MLA Malla Vijay Prasad, Registrar of Andhra University V. Uma Maheswara Rao, Chokkakula Charitable Trust president C. Venkata Rao, director of Centre for Professional Education Jagdish Kumar, Convenor of Dr. Durgabai Deshmukh Centre for Women’s Studies K.R. Rajini, the fifth Indian idol Sreerama Chandra, film actress Barbie Handa and Vay Foundation Ganta Swami among others.


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RAMA NAIDU FETED Movie Moghul D. Rama Naidu was felicitated at Hotel Green Park at an event organised by film distributors, exhibitors and Venkatesh Fans’ Association, on his being chosen for the award of Padma Bhushan. Film actors Kota Sankar Rao and Gautam Raja, director V.N. Aditya, and distributors M.V. Reddy and Vamsi Kishore recalled the contribution of Dr. Naidu to the film industry. Actor Soumya Bollapragada, Film Distributors’ Association president Vamsi Kishore, Junior Artistes’ Association leaders M.K. Prasad and Bandaru Prasad, and Santosh and Sarayu, the hero and heroine of the Telugu film ‘Park’ being shot in Visakhapatnam, were present.

VIVEKANANDAS GALORE As many as 150 Prakashites dressed as Swami Vivekananda, participated in the event organized by Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. The event was held to express their deep reverence to the great saint and remember his sayings.

BBQ BY THE POOL With a wide range of delicacies spread across its tables, Novotel Varun Beach has been organising a food festival “BBQ by the pool” comprising sensational seafood at its Indian specialty restaurant “Zaffran” every evening from Jan 31 till Feb 17. Live music is arranged to take the seafood lovers of Vizag to a new high. The non-veg menu includes lobsters, prawns, squids, baby octopus and a wide variety of fish from sear fish, mackerel, lady fish, sardines, baby shark, pomfret, red snapper etc. all marinated in exotic spices and herbs and veg. comprises biriyani, dal, paneer and salads. The team led by its Executive Chef Janardhan Kasa is making the fest a success under the supervision of Mohd. Shoeb, General Manager of Novotel Varun Beach. red | february 2013 | 26


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SILK EXPO WEAVES MAGIC Silk Mark Organisation of India organised a colourful expo, Silk Mark Vanya Silk Expo 2013 at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium. It was inaugurated by M.V. Satyanarayana, GVMC Commissioner, in the presence of C.S. Rama Lakshmi, Commissioner, Department of Sericulture. An array of saris displayed in 60 stalls won the hearts of many a Vizagite. Dress materials too have made their presence in the expo. V Team led by Veeru Mama in association with Big FM entertained the visitors at the Silk Mark Expo. Crowds made a beeline to watch the programmes like fashion show and participated in the song and dance competitions besides ‘Tell the price and grab a sari’ contest.

DTS MUSICAL NIGHT BIG HIT A large number of Vizagites turned up at an exclusive DTS Show organized by Veeru Mama’s V Team at Kalabharati. DTS Ramesh stole the show by imitating the sounds of percussion and drums. Songs of Maestros Ilayaraja and A.R. Rehman were played at the show. ‘Robot dancer’ Nani performed a dance along with four dummy dancers. MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad inaugurated the programme. Varun (Two-wheeler) CEO Srinivas, Flying Cats MD Prem and Devi of S Square lighted the lamp. V Team anchored the show.

GOPIKA ENCHANTS The Dockyard hosted an exclusive dinner for the crème de la crème of the city to felicitate winners of the Dockyard Golf Cup Tournament. The eminent danseuse Gopika Varma performed Mohiniattam. Vice-Admiral Anil Chopra, AVSM - Commanding officer in chief, ENC gave away mementos and awards to the winners. Dr. Meenakshi Anantram presented the event which was managed by Razzmatazz.

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GLITTERING SHOW Forevermark, the diamond brand from De Beers Group, tied up with Vaibhav Jewellers and introduced a fresh range of beautiful collection of diamond jewellery, Encordia. A fashion show was organised at the venue in which models displayed intricate designs of neckpieces, pendants, bracelets and ear-hangings. Addressing the invited gathering Sachin Jain, the Managing Director of Forevermark India, said that the brand promises quality, rarity and responsibility. Vaibhav managing director Grandhi Mallika, Grandhi Amarendra, Pydah Krishna Prasad, Ragunathan and R Santosh were present.

MEGA BLOOD DONATION CAMP There was an overwhelming response to the mega blood donation camp organised by Sahaya, an NGO floated by the Andhra University students. The camp was organised in association with CMR Shopping Mall, Symbiosis Technologies, NCC and NSS to mark the National Girlchild Day and also to commemorate girl victims including Nirbhaya. Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju inaugurated the camp at CMR Central, Maddilapalem, while Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy along with GVMC Additional Commissioner K. Ramesh at AU College of Engineering. Mavuri Venkata Ramana of CMR Central and O. Naresh Kumar of Symbiosis Technologies donated blood along with their staff.


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COLOURFUL VINGNANOTSAV (VIGNAN) As many as 3,000 students attended ‘Vignanotsav,’ a two-day student festival organised by the Vignan Global Gen. School, Thimmapuram. The colourful festival was aimed at bringing out the latent talent of its students in sports and literature. Competitions in painting, drawing, chess, kabaddi, lawn tennis, football and skating were conducted. Chairman of MVR Infra Projects M. Venkata Rao was the chief guest. KPMG Global Consultancy Chief Pavan Krishna graced the festival. Vice-Chairman of the Group Sri Krishnadevarayalu and principal CL Sreenivasa Rao spoke. Port Chairman Ajeya Kallam was the chief guest at the valedictory. CEO of Incozen Therapeutics V. Swaroop, noted singer and Indian Idol winner Sreerama Chandra participated.

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CMR BUMPER DRAW CMR Shopping Mall organised an entertainment programme to mark the festive season and held a bumper draw at Gurajada Kalakshetram. The event was organised by Ajay Agarwal of Creative Plus. A slew of performances impressed the audience. Actor Zareen stole the show swinging to the numbers like ‘Chikni chameli…’, ‘Munni badnaam hui…’ et al. Singer Navya belted out some catchy numbers. Jitendra left the audience in stitches with his mimicry. TV anchor Udaya Bhanu anchored the show. Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad, CMR MD Mavuri Venkata Ramana and Chairman of AP Hindi Academy Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad were present.

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‘BADSHAH’ IN VIZAG Crowds thronged the Beach Road to have a glimpse of Jr. NTR who dropped into Novotel to grace a programme organised by Malabar Gold and Diamonds. He launched Brides of India campaign at a glittering function and released various kinds of jewellery. Marking the occasion, Brides of India Coffee Table Book Volume - 2 was released. Later, Jr. NTR and Malabar Group executive director O. Asher felicitated two newly-wed couples, besides another aged couple. Jr. NTR also presented cheques to headmaster U. Suryanarayana Murthy of Government High School, Pendurti, and headmistress Somalatha of Zilla Parishad High School, Gopalapatnam for school development. Radhika, Ammaji Rayudu, Shilpa Mallik, Kankatala Mallik, Janakiram, Lakshmi Prabhu Kishore and Prabhu Kishore (Varun) and others were present.

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ILEANA OPENS JEWELLERY SHOWROOM Tollywood’s favourite Ileana who is also making waves with her Bollywood debut Barfi inaugurated Forever Jewellery’s second showroom in Jubilee Hills. This swanky 3,000 sft. showroom is a tribute to Hyderabad’s vibrant culture and fashion frenzy people. Ileana, looking stunning in an orange salwar-kameez, was seen donning a few of the jewellery besides her best smile. Patrons of Forever Jewellery were seen interacting with the actress on the occasion.

ANJALI INAUGURATES WOMAN’S WORLD After the successful launch at four locations in Hyderabad, Woman’s World opened its showroom exclusively for women at A.S. Rao Nagar in the city. Actor Anjali of Sitamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu inaugurated the shop. From gorgeous ghagras to resplendent Kanjeevaram saris to beautiful Salwars, everything that a woman needs is available in the mall. Apart from these, designer saris, pure zari Kotas, Uppada, Paithanis, Patolas, Benares, Gadwal saris, dress materials, western, fancy saris and many more are available here. Nishant Silva, Naman Ramchandran & Sekhar Kammula

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BOOK ON RAJINI RELEASED The book Rajinikanth: A Definitive Biography launch was held at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel. This biography written by Naman Ramachandran was launched by Sekhar Kammula. Rajinikanth is perhaps the biggest superstar cinema-crazy India has ever seen. The author recounts the superstar’s career in meticulous detail besides his childhood days and times of struggle and reveals how a legend was born.


HYDERABAD Arshad Warsi, Geeta Basra & Sanjay Dutt

STAR-STUDDED MUSIC LAUNCH It was a star-studded night at Hotel Park Hyatt, which witnessed the music launch of “Zilla Ghaziabad”, an action thriller. The event was organized by Showman International. Present at the music launch event were the star cast Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Geeta Basra, Chandrachur Singh and Ravi Kishen. Sanjay Dutt was accompanied by wife Manyata Dutt. Actress Geeta Basra looked beautiful in a pink evening gown. Apart from the stars present for the launch, the movie also stars Vivek Oberoi, Paresh Rawal, Minisha Lamba and Charmee Kaur. This multi-starrer movie is directed by Anand Kumar and its music is composed by Amjad Nadeem. The film is slated to be released in mid February.

COOL LAUNCH Cream Stone launched its fifth exclusive “Cream Stone Concepts” ice-cream outlet at South India Shopping Mall, Kukatpally. The outlet was inaugurated by Vice Chairman & MD, APSRTC Mr. A. K. Khan, who was seen making a customised ice cream and savouring the sumptuous dessert. Spotted at the launch were Mr. G. Shah, Amrish Shah, Viren Shah and Arthi Shah. Lavanya, Kamal Kama Raju, Richa Panai, Asher Jay & Sandeep

Harish & Esha

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JAY WORKS AT MUSE A collection of artworks by New York-based artist - Asher Jay was on display at an expo held at Muse Art Gallery at Marriott Hotel. Asher Jay is a jack of all trades - an artist, a designer, a speaker, an activist, a writer, a supporter of animal rights and the list just goes on. Her love for animals and wildlife is reflected in her art which has earned her accolades. Tollywood and Mollywood actress Richa Panai and Tollywood actor Sandeep graced the event. Spotted at the event were Kamal Kamaraju, Lavanya, Harish and Esha. red | february 2013 | 40


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A CLEAN WALK Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs held a Walkathon at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road in the presence of Dr. J. P. Narayan, Amala Akkineni and Shilpa Reddy to spread awareness about sanitation. A huge number of youth took part in the event to lend their support to the cause.

Jagapathi Babu & UVL Ananda

MUSIC AND DANCE CONTEST Navya Nataka Samiti, in collaboration with Department of Culture, conducted 45th All India Competitions in Music and Dance. During the week-long festival, nearly 400 young and amateur artistes participated in the competitions. The valedictory function and prize distribution programmes were held at Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium. Actor Jagapathi Babu gave away the prizes and rolling trophies to the winners. UVL Ananda, Bharatanatyam dancer and Head, Governmental and Stakeholders Affairs, Sustainable Business Development and Bayer Group, presided over the function. Dr. KV Ramana Chary, Advisor, Department of Culture was the chief guest. Dr. J. Bapu Reddy, eminent poet and Dr. Yoshoda Thakore, exponent of Kuchipudi and Vilasini Natyam were the special guests. Hari

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ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE Upasana Kamineni inaugurated an exhibition of paintings of Hari at Taj Krishna. It was a charity show, the proceedings of which would go for children suffering from leukemia. Also seen at the event was ace designer Shilpa Reddy. Really it was an art for a good cause! red | february 2013 | 42


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HYDERABAD SKY LAUNCHED AT HOTEL AVASA The city witnessed the launch of Sky - The Lounge at Hotel Avasa. A high-energy musical event was organized to mark the inauguration and guests were seen grooving to the tunes of numbers belted out by DJ Nikhil Chinapa. Both levels of the lounge were beautifully decorated for the evening. Hyderabad's party buffs surely have a new destination now!

Prachi Lavate

Komal,Koyal & Reema

Aparna & Payal

DESIGNER DESTINATION Abhiram Agarwal launched designer Prachi Lavate’s collection at his store. The store A Por Contraditions, can now boast of housing some unique designs. Prachi’s forte is designing wedding wear. Deeksha,Prerna, Ritu Kumar, Anu ,Shoba Sudhakar,Hina, Ishita,Pranitha & Stuti

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SPORTING MEET Ritu Kumar and Prerna the founders of Young Ladies Club held a meet for their members at a gaming mall. The members had a fun afternoon over bowling and gaming.


HYDERABAD Manisha

Suman, Sashi Nahata, Bina Mehta,Shoba Sudhakar, Reema & Soniya

SANKRANTI MEET The Sankranti meets saw the Kakatiya Ladies Club members in their traditional best and they looked stunning in their colourful ensemble. The kite flying session saw the spirits soar. Spotted at the event were Rummy Azad, Shashi Nahata, Beena Mehta, Sonal Doshi, Komal, Vibha, Reena, Namita Kanodia and many more.

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WHITE CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH Manisha Kapoor, founder of the Pink Club held a white champagne brunch for its members to mark the beginning of the New Year. The dress code of the brunch and the theme of the meet were in perfect harmony. The event was held at Syn, where all the ladies had a gala time discussing their New Year resolutions and all of them looked stunning in shades of white.

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Shilpa Reddy & Sridevi

Karuna Gopal & Vikram

Neelam Ashley

Nadendla Manohar

ART WITH A MESSAGE Abstrautistry (Autism, Abstraction, and Artistry) was an exhibition of Paintings by mother and son duo Karuna Gopal and Vikram. The exhibition, held at Hotel Marriott, was inaugurated by cricketer Mr. VVS Laxman and former Mrs. India Shilpa Reddy. The uniqueness of this exhibition was that a mother-son duo came together to celebrate art for the first time in India . Karuna Gopal is the President of FFC - Foundation for Futuristic Cities and her son Vikram is an autistic teenager. Art lovers, prominent citizens and celebrities of the city were spotted at the exhibition.

CINEMA TALK It was a treat of sorts for the city’s art and cinema lovers, when they witnessed a panel discussion on the topic “Indian Cinema Bole Tho?" The event was a part of an art and cultural festival where eminent personalities like Mahesh Bhatt, M. K. Raghavendra, Meenakshi Shedde, Ramesh Prasad and Elahe Hiptoolah discussed the Indian cinema. The guests at the festival thoroughly enjoyed their evening.

Chandana Chakaraborthi, Aparna, Uma & Aprajita Sinha Elahe

Mahesh Bhatt

Vanaja

M K Raghavandra

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HYDERABAD Mourya, ESL Narasimhan & Vimala Narasimhan

Sunitha Reddy

Sirisha

Ritu Dalmia, Savita Bansal, Vanita Kanodia, Archana Dalmia & Namita Kanodia

DREAMS…COME TRUE The famous five - Archana Dalmia, Namita Kanodia, Ritu Dalmia, Savita Bansal and Vanita Kanodia organized “Khwaaish” exhibition which was a perfect start for the New Year. Its launch saw the presence of famous actress Saloni. All the shopaholics were seen catching up with one another and engaging in retail therapy. The exhibition with a diverse collection of home décor accessories, clothing and jewllery was a big draw. red | february 2013 | 50

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FICCI LADIES INTERACT WITH GOVERNOR FICCI Ladies Organization organized an interactive addressed the members on women empowesession with the Chief Guest, Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh, His Excellency E.S.L. Narsimhan. Mrs. Vimala Narsimhan was the guest of honour. The event was held at Park Hyatt. The Governor rment as the audience sat glued to their chairs.

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ay Sati Kreations has introduced two new sections for kids and men at its store on M.V.P Double Road. Spread over 2,000 sft. each, the sections flaunt impressive interiors. The men’s section displays brands like Raymond, Reid and Taylor, denim classic jeans from Glu and Lee Max. J. Hampstead and LA’ FAIR linen pre-matching shirting and trouser fabrics (ranging from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 2,500). The ethnic wear includes Khushaal and Craze. An amazing collection of blazers and suits are at hand with a starting price of Rs. 2,000. Kidswear is reasonably priced. New arrivals include worked saris of silk, Chanderi cotton and a variety of handlooms. Working women can grab perfect formal and informal saris at a flat price. Rich Uppada, Bailu silks and Kanchi bridal collection offers the exclusivity for occasions. Two trial rooms on each floor and an elevator make life easy for thronging customers. 1

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hengalva Group’s ‘My Restaurant’ is currently the new flavour of Vizag. Though tucked away in the interiors of Isukathota, the restaurant is ideally set amidst lush green lawns that are dotted with tables laid under beautiful thatched roofs. The added attraction is the pond full of lotuses and fish. The 120-seat indoor dining area is done in black and white embellished with colourful aquaria. There are two function halls that can accommodate around 70 people each, convenient to hold corporate or family meetings. The menu includes Indian, Asian, Thai and Chinese cuisine. Mr. T. Anil Kumar, the owner says, “A Lebanese barbecue and karaoke are on their way. I plan to hold food festivals and offer daily specials.” Rightly tagged as a hotspot for food lovers, it certainly is a place one loves to be on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Though parking may be a bit of a problem, Anil promises a valet parking very soon.

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rom the house of Modern Ceramics, a well known and trusted name in Vizag, comes another store, Modern Bath Gallery, on Rama Talkies Road. True to its name, the Gallery has the most modern and latest products from the companies Jaguar, Parryware, Johnson and Nirali. It is designed in shades of white and grey, showcasing bath fittings, accessories and floor tiles. The product range conveys a sense of appeal coupled with aesthetic looks. Especially the wash basins from Jaguar, at a starting price of Rs. 1,000 come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your bath décor. It displays a stunning collection of sanitary ware, shower and steam panels, wall spouts and faucets, bath accessories and allied products that have exquisite finishes. You can enjoy the luxury of a shower enclosure that costs anywhere between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 50,000 or even an electronic toilet at Rs. 1.6 lakh. “Soon vanity cabinets and whirlpools will be on sale at the store,” informs owner, Mr. Rajesh Surana. He also adds that the entire product range is up to date and there is no need for the Vizagite to go elsewhere. Here you also find geysers from AO Smith. The kitchen sinks from Nirali couple style and durability and the prices start from Rs. 8,000. There is a television displaying designer bathroom concepts that enhances your visual experience. The highlights are the live demo spaces. You can see how the different overhead showers work or can sit in comfort and watch the salesmen put your choice of bath or floor tiles together. With technology combined with comfort, this Gallery is surely setting a new standard of excellence.

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ooking forward to some pool experience with your family and friends this weekend? You must check out one of the four gigantic pools the Sunray Village Resort has thrown open to its guests. The concept is first of its kind in the state that offers total privacy to the users. Take a plunge into any of the four 20/40 pools that flaunt the sprawling (1,000 sft. each) tropical landscape. You can enjoy a good soak in a world class climate controlled Jacuzzi, relaxing your muscles. The pool-side food counters are bound to tickle your taste buds. The package includes a welcome drink, snacks and access to all the facilities. Experience the Cambodian comfort lolling in the shade of the Sala. “All women, all day� is a special package offered at a discounted price. The exclusivity is ensured to the extent that even the food is served by stewardesses. So now you know where to host the next kitty party.

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azzel Ice Cream Café, the name itself sets this place apart from its ilk. The café offers an array of choices not just in ice creams but also in coffees, snacks, cakes, pastries, shakes and ice cream sodas. Located in Gachibowli,in the proximity of Hi-tech City, this place has a good seating space with colorful interiors. Not to miss is the ceiling which has been filled with interesting quotes on ice cream like “Sundae is better than any day!.” This is something that gives an everlasting first impression. The amicable staff makes you feel at home. Their main USP is that they use very thick and creamy ice-cream that gives an original taste and the items are reasonably priced. They also have made-to-order cakes, including an ice cream cake. For people who love to experiment with desserts, there are many new things like Bubble ice cream, white chocolate cake, rainbow ice cream tub (contains 10 scoops of assorted ice creams) and a lemon &chilli ice cream soda (tang-chillicious!). It is a perfect place for hanging out with friends, having a chat over coffee or an evening of family ice cream party! So if you have a sweet tooth, just drop in at Hazzel...and try out the different flavors they have for you. Timings: 11.00 am - 12.30 am

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ooking out for a pure vegetarian restaurant? Mayura House is the answer. Located in Filmnagar, Jubilee Hills with the facility of valet parking, this restaurant is surely a vegetarian’s delight. The décor is very warm and subtle in shades of brown and beige, the centre of attraction being the huge crystal Malaysian chandelier. The dining tables are all made of granite and the walls are adorned with small and beautiful paintings. Not to miss is its logo of a peacock that highlights the centre wall and the entrance door which has a glass painting of a peacock feather. Another thing that catches the eye is the small waterfall on the letter “M” at the entrance. Even the minute details are taken care of. South Indian, North Indian and Chinese food is served here. For breakfast they have a great variety of idlis like rasam-idli, tawa-idli, ulavacharu-idli and many more. Having 20 varieties, the lunch thali at Mayura House is a huge hit. The Mayura kulfi is the fast moving dessert. With a peaceful and warm ambience and the prices not too heavy on the pocket, the place is perfect for a family lunch or dinner! Mayura House is shortly coming up with more branches in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Timings: 7.30 am - 10.30 pm

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yderabad fashion world gets yet another feather in its cap. R Wardrobe has come up with an exclusive store for party wear, bags and accessories - R Wardrobe Elite. While other stores are the exclusive destinations for Indian wear, this one has walked the road less travelled to give a chic and classy collection of western and Indo-western dresses. Located at Madhapur Main Road, with ample parking place, this store cannot be given a miss. The pink and white feminine interiors illuminated under white chandeliers get the customer into a shopping mode. The store has an exquisite collection of frilled tops, polka dot shirts, shrugs and coloured pants which can be worn as casual wear, while the evening gowns and neon colour and sequined dresses are a perfect pick for parties. The designer tunics and Indo-western tops can be worn for any special occasions. The handbags and clutches are from Espelho and the scarves with both subtle and prominent prints too are available. A piece of good news for the plus sized people who think it is a herculean task to find suitable party wear and tunics. R Wardrobe Elite has the most stylish clothes in big sizes as well. The store surely helps you give your wardrobe a complete makeover.

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She is no medical doctor nor is she a faith healer but she gives that healing touch. In today’s world where many opt to ‘dissolve’ rather than sit and solve, she takes the way out through her wise counseling. Stressing those problems generally spring from misrepresentation and lack of communication, she asserts that right counselling can bring lifesaving changes. D. Sharvani, though a lawyer by profession is better known as a psychotherapist who restores lives with her talk therapies.

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Initiation Sharvani always nursed a desire to serve the society. Married to Mr. D. Somayajulu the lawyer son of the former mayor of Visakhapatnam, Mr. D. V. SubbaRao, she quite naturally chose law as her tool to serve society and obtained LLB degree. However, there was a decade-long gap between her studies and practice due to family commitments. Eventually she joined her father-in-law and husband and was passively involved in case handling. Transformation As she was going through the legal cases, especially on marital issues, Sharvani realized that people are rushing to the court’s door at the drop of a hat and getting inextricably entangled in protracted legal procedures. She also discovered that many of the conflicts based on trivia, can be easily solved otherwise and felt the urgent need for an alternative remedy. This is when she came across an organization called ‘Parivartan Career Counseling Center’. “My perception towards family and marriage system changed completely and I could look at it from various angles. Thanks to the short term course I did on counselling skills here,” confesses Sharvani. She decided to take counselling as her profession and reinforced herself with degrees - MA (Psychology) and M.Phil (Counselling Psychology.) Care and Cure Over the years, Sharvani has evolved her own method to get to the bottom of the problems and surface with the right solutions. It includes psychological and personality tests. However, she stresses the most efficacious way is to get the person introspect and analyse his/her own self without being judgmental about the opponent. On a Broader Spectrum Sharvani founded the Kalyan Welfare Society a decade ago as a family counselling unit. However, today it has grown into an institution that imparts training on legal issues, astrology and health (homoeopathy and yoga) with an aim to make the needy aware and self-reliant to handle their situations. The latest addition to the society’s activities is career counselling for the

youth. Right now she is busy pursuing her doctorate. Versatility She is a member of an organization called ‘Kadambari’ which deals with cultural enrichment and also associated with an NGO called ‘Sanskruti’. Beneath her social crusader avatar, also resides a subtle Sharvani who loves to cook and ensure her family gets a healthy diet and thus her kitchen remains exclusively at her disposal. She is also a trained yoga practitioner and a brilliant swimmer who mastered five styles of swimming. On some mornings, one can also spot this pretty lady cycling to her glory on the beach road. Today’s Women Women today are enjoying a lot of independence, says Sharvani. They are well educated, aware, financially better positioned and more successful than their men. Refusing to label it good or bad, she says the new trend works according to the situation and attitude of the people concerned. Often the cause of confrontation continues to be the male ego. Sharvani makes no bones about the fact that women are good at multitasking and they are blessed with a lot of patience and logical thinking. She feels education is the only weapon for empowerment of women. She says, “Education does not mean accumulating degrees and certificates but the knowledge with which she can tackle any issue.”

Advice and Aspiration Though she is disturbed by the present social instability which is leading to broken families, Sharvani has a remedy to offer. “All the members of the family must take time for their kin, however busy they are. Even an hour of quality time would do,” she adds. “The impact of the west is confusing them further. I have no quarrel with their aping the attire. They shouldn’t de-root themselves from rich Indian cultural values and lose our family system,” she stresses. On a personal level, she wants to reach out to every house that is open to her, counsel the members and save many lives from devastation.

Her thoughts Ÿ Marital relationship is the best

relationship. Ÿ Children are bound to suffer

behavioural problems due to marital issues between the parents. Ÿ If family gives enough love and

affection, the teenage issues rate will be reduced. Ÿ There should be a single uniform

legal system transcending the religious boundaries.

Management Men can’t be entirely blamed for being dominating. In many cases women are submissive, she says. A woman needs to understand her own value and assert herself. Stating that communication plays a major role, she advises women to choose the right words in the right situation. Women & Safety “No matter how advanced the society appears to be, still in India the women need to be careful to be safe. The market may supply a few self-defense tools like a pepper spray, but there is always a risk of misuse.” She advocates compulsory self-defense training right at the school-level.

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Ms. Rekha Reddy needs no special introduction in the context of Ikebana, whether it is at the state level or in the national or global arena. Mastering the art over the past 25 years, the extremely creative Rekha has been teaching, holding workshops and demonstrations, judging numerous flower arrangement competitions and above all held solo exhibitions with unique themes like ‘Tokonoma’, ‘Ikebana and Literature’, ‘Life of Buddha’ [inaugurated by HH The Dalai Lama], ‘From Gloom to Bloom’ ‘Life of Lord Krishna’, etc. Presiding over Ohara and International Ikebana Hyderabad Chapters, she proved that love for nature can open innumerable avenues. Treading a new ground, she recently took over as the chairperson of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).

Budding Despite bagging the gold medal in M.Sc. (Food and Nutrition), Rekha had to reign in her aspiration to pursue a doctorate degree because of her marriage and eventual expansion of the family with two boys. However, her regular freelance writing stints and delivering lectures on nutrition have kept her connected to her subject. Flowering Destiny had better plans for her. She found herself drawn to this beautiful art, Ikebana. However, she also gives credit to her mother Mrs. Shamala who had sown the seeds of interest in her. What started as a hobby soon became Rekha’s passion. Before she went for advance courses in Japan, Rekha was trained in the art under Grandmaster Horyu Meena Anantanarayan in Hyderabad. red | february 2013 | 68

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Debuting with ‘Tokonoma’ at the Jubilee Hall, Public Gardens in 1998, she kept holding exhibitions and was invited to do demonstrations at home and abroad, including Singapore, Belgium, New Zealand, Taipei, Bangkok, etc. Positions as Associate 1st Master, Ohara Ikebana and the President, Ikebana International, Hyderabad, happened naturally to her. Inevitable Thorns Power always comes with a tag of responsibilities, believes Rekha, who says, “What is important is how one meets the set targets. One needs to be dedicated and innovative too, and strike a balance between home and work.”

Priorities or Compromises The initial 15 years of her married life was dedicated to home as family tops her priority list. Rekha did not have to struggle much to be recognized in this world of men as, in her own words, “It was never a journey to reach somewhere in a hurry, nor a competition. My main field of Ikebana also did not have many men in that area of work. Nor was there any compromise but more a matter of priorities,” she states. FLO FLO is a division of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Its past chairperson was Mrs. Pinky Reddy and she along with the earlier Chairs chose Rekha to be her successor.

As the FLO head, Rekha conducts programmes that provide information and create awareness among the women entrepreneurs with the objective of making them improve themselves, their working skills and make them more productive and self-reliant. Spreading Fragrance “Ikebana connects people with nature, creates environmental awareness and more importantly is a kind of meditation as hours of concentration goes into it,” says Rekha. She has students from all walks of life and some of them are attending her classes for over a decade and most of them claim that it is a life-changing experience. “A student says that this art has impacted her so much that even on casual drives, she is on a constant

look out for simple pleasures in new flowers, leaves, shapes and structures,” adds Rekha. Affirming that Ikebana provides that healing touch the world needs today, she wants to disseminate the message of nature and friendship through it. Her writings too inspired many to adopt healthy living. Multi-tasking Early bird does catch the worm, is Rekha’s maxim. It’s all about time management and planning. She thanks the facilities like internet and e-mail which help people multi-task. I even indulge in the luxury of a siesta, she confesses. De-coding Women Empowerment “Ironically, women are still vulnerable and the recent incident of rape was a harsh evidence red | february 2013 | 69


of it,” says Rekha with remorse. However, she is confident that a transformation can be brought in as we have equal opportunities and rights to education and work. “The pace might be slow, but will be steady.” Defining empowerment as having freedom to do whatever a woman wants to do about education, economic independence and other major areas of life, she advocates creating right awareness among women and awareness of women’s rights, but she also accepts that there are a few limitations for women. Inspiration Her mom has been her guide, friend and philosopher though she doesn’t mind emulating anyone who is good. Her paediatrician father Dr. Y. R Reddy, who was Superintendent of King George Hospital in Vizag and later Director of Medical Services for Andhra Pradesh taught her the value of education and simple living. She stresses that life can’t be limited by following only one person. “Words of wisdom from Swami Vivekananda, Swami Chinmayananda, H.H The Dalai Lama, SriSri RaviShankarji and others are always inspirational and enlightening,” she says.

Her thoughts Ÿ Traditional combination of meals is the best. Ÿ I love to read, this year I shall get back to reading

which I am missing out now. Ÿ Financial independence is vital for women. Ÿ I explain Indian culture through Ikebana especially

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Full Bloom She has introduced a concept where on a monthly basis two Ikebana Chapter members reach out to schools for special children (the recent ones being Ashray Akriti for hearing impaired and Nachiketa Tapovan for underprivileged children), organising demos and workshops. The happiness on those innocent faces is the priceless reward she values most. Rekha’s writing skills received commendable response across the globe. Her Petals & Palette, which has pages juxtaposing Ikebana with M.F. Husain's canvas or conceptualizing of Flowers and Flavors that literally put Hyderabad on the international map, are acclaimed. The latter went for a reprint within six months. The writer in Rekha is making a subtle yet strong pitching with her plan for the next coffee table book.


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LIP-SYNC SCANDAL Beyonce sang an incredible version of the national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration. But this has turned a scandal, as word is out that the performance was not ‘live’ and was a pre-recorded vocal track. Singers and stars have stood up for her on this one and said,“Performers do have to do stuff like this at some point.” She herself has staged her own online-based defense. “Hey, it may not have been live... but I DID sing the song dammit,” she tweeted.

ANGELINA IN HIDING Angelina, 37 and a mother of 6 kids is apparently hiding from the public eyes. She is supposedly battling morning sickness and wants to keep the info under wraps. Sources say that she is spending a lot of time with her other kids, preparing them for the new baby.

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BOLLYWOOD MASALA SONAKSHI ‘KICK’ED OUT? ‘Has Sonakshi got too big for her boots?’ is a question on everyone’s mind. With blockbusters Dabangg and Dabangg2 with Salman Khan under her belt, Sonakshi got another opportunity to work with the superstar in ‘Kick’. Reports state that she may lose out to Deepika as she supposedly raised her fee and producer Sajid Nadiadwala refused to pay. It is likely that Ileana or Diana Penti may be considered and we may get to see a fresh pairing with her and Salman Khan.

DANCING AWAY IN DUBAI Dashing Diva Deepika Padukone was found dancing the night away with her Ram Leela co-star Ranveer Singh at a famous night club in Dubai. Rumour has it that the awesome twosome were on a secret date to escape from the media. Caught you Deeps.

TOLLYWOOD MASALA DOUBLE DATING DAGGUBATI Looks like Bollywood beauty Bipasha’s bonding was not enough for our big boy Daggubati Rana as he is in news again for hanging around with the sizzling actress Shruti Hassan at an event. At the same event he was also found chatting away to glory with his “good old friend” Bipasha in a corner. Keep rocking Rana.

BRAND ADVICE Fathers taking classes for their sons when they do nothing worthwhile is a familiar scene in our films and households too. Akkineni home is no different. Nagarjuna reportedly is giving a piece of his mind to son Naga Chaitanya. In recent times, Chaitu’s movies are not working out or are simply getting delayed. So, Nagarjuna suggests that instead of sitting at home, Chaitu should bag a few brand endorsements like his friends and be visible to the audience.

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After leaving the audience in stitches in her debut film ‘Ala Modalayyindi’, Nandini Reddy is wielding the megaphone once again for the romantic comedy entertainer starring Siddharth, Samantha and Nitya Menon in lead roles. Bellamkonda Suresh has produced the movie under Sri Sai Ganesh Productions banner. Thaman wields the baton for the film. Samantha is said to be playing a Muslim girl in this romantic comedy. The audio function was held on 1st Feb. and the film is expected to hit the screens on 21st Feb.

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ABCD – Any Body Can Dance It’s India’s first 3D dance film. Prabhu Deva, who plays a passionate dancer Vishnu, works in a Swish dance academy. He gets thrown out of it by his partner who betrays him. This makes him feel so depressed that he decides to quit dance and the city forever. However, he changes his mind as he finds an amazing group of dancers preparing for the upcoming Ganapati Dance Battle, in which Mumbai dance groups contend for the best title. He trains a group that turns out to be India's best. The movie loaded with fascinating dance moves and choreography, is quite understandably directed by Remo D’Souza.

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It is a family journey to planet Baab. Scorch Supernova is an admired astronaut and a hero for the blue alien population. A master of daring rescues, Scorch pulls off astonishing feats with the quiet aid of his nerdy brother Gary who is the head of mission control at BASA. Scorch takes off for an exciting mission ignoring all the warnings when he is informed through an SOS by BASA’s chief Lena who gets a signal from a notoriously dangerous planet (Earth). Evil Shanker captures Scorch by setting a satanic trap and it is now upto Gary to save Scorch, his wife Kira, their adventure hungry son Kip and the planet. The movie, with Brendan Fraser Rob Corddry, Jessica Alba Sarah, Jessica Parker and William Shatner in the cast is directed by Cal Brunker.


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SLY COOPER: THIEVES IN TIME Also known as Sly 4, it is the fourth in the Sly Cooper series of platform stealth video games. Developed by Sanzaru Games, it is set in a world populated by anthromorphic animals. Sly Cooper is a raccoon who needs to reunite with his gang to locate and recover the book Thievius Raccoonus ( Cooper family chronicles of master thievery).

By Vikas Swarup

Here comes another novel from Vikas Swarup, the author of bestseller Q&A, the book on which the blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire was based. His new novel ‘The Accidental Apprentice’ promises to be an interesting read because it is about life, changing instantaneously. The protagonist in the story, Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. Dissatisfied with her job, she aims big and determines to hit the jackpot. Sapna knows that her family survives on her earnings. But what she does not have an inkling about, is that her life is about to change forever. On one fine day, as she leaves the shop, she is approached by a man who introduces himself as the CEO of one of India’s largest companies. He tells her he is looking for a person to inherit and continue his business legacy, and that he has decided it should be her. So, what is the catch? She must pass the seven tests. Then the biggest lottery ticket, ever in history, will be hers.

The player controls Sly Cooper, his ancestors and other characters of Bentley, Murray and Carmelita who have to travel through time to protect the Cooper legacy. This one allows for a realistic play experience, by blending stealth, thievery, exploration and combat. This game will take the players on a thrilling journey around the world filled with epic boss battles, actionpacked missions, engaging puzzle elements and much more.

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E xcerpts Valentine’s Day…what are your plans? I will be working on that day. No special break. I think that every day should be celebrated. I love to celebrate the Day with my family and friends, whom I love the most. What does love mean to you? Companionship, friendship and trust. Have you ever been in love? I don’t know. I have only heard of it. Love means a growing relationship. That is what I believe. There is no love at first sight. It is one such relationship that requires stability, a lot of time and effort. Right now, I do not have the time. So, NO.

if you are suitable for a particular role, and the director feels you are appropriate, then they will obviously cast you. I have good camaraderie and a good working relationship with all my co-stars and directors.

When will we get to see you and Nisha in a movie together? If a good script comes along, very soon. We were offered a couple of movies in the past, but could not match our dates.

How is Special Chabbis with Akshay Kumar shaping up? Special Chabbis has shaped up well. We are looking forward to it. It is an intelligent movie, directed by a great director, Neeraj Pandey. I play the only female protagonist (a school teacher in the 80’s) in the film..

Between Allu Aravind and Dil Raju - whom will you opt for? I have done more movies with Dil Raju garu and he is like a member of the family. I have had the biggest hit of my career Magadheera with Allu Aravindgaru. So it is going to be a very difficult choice. I choose both.

Has working in Bollywood changed your equations with Tollywood? Certainly not. In fact, ever since my movie Singham released, I have had 5 releases in the south - Businessman, Sarochcharu, Naayak and two films in Tamil.

What is your film lineup for 2013? Baadshah, Special Chabbis, All in all Azaghu Raja and Jilla.

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You have been the darling of Tollywood, apart from being one of the best actresses this generation has seen. What earned you this? It is hard work that has brought me this far. Of course, I must also mention good wishes, blessings, love, support and co-operation I receive from my co-stars, family and fans. I have immense faith in God. Not many people know that you started off with a Hindi film starring alongside Aishwarya Rai. How did you enter the film industry? No, I don’t consider that as my debut. I did that when I was in school, just for fun. I had no intentions of entering the film industry at that point of time. I was very young and was focusing on my studies. Movies happened just by chance. My debut film is Lakshmi Kalyanam, a Telugu film opposite Kalyan Ram.

It’s rare that an actress is cast with the same actor twice these days. You on the other hand, have an array of second timers with Charan, NTR, Karthi, Allu Arjun and Prabhas. What makes them choose you again and again? I don’t think that the actors choose me. The script chooses me. Basically

How different is Bollywood from Tollywood? No, there is no difference between Bollywood and Tollywood.

Whopping six movies on your release charts last year! How was it? Yes. 2012 was a very hectic year. All my movies did very well. So, I am very happy about that. I am looking forward to an exciting 2013. You’re branded as a professional and a workaholic. Your comment. I would agree on both counts.

You’ve got a great sense of style. Who is your stylist? It’s a legacy I inherited from my mom. My sister and I grew up watching her.

You’ve got a fabulous figure. How do you maintain it? I eat makkiki roti and sarson ka saag. That is how I maintain it (laughs). Actually I am eating that for lunch right now. I try to do some workout whenever possible.

Can you share your diet secrets? There is no specific diet. I try to avoid carbohydrates at night. So, no bread or rice at night. I try to have fruits and vegetables. There were rumours that you were in love with Prabhas. Is it remotely true? Absolutely not. There is not an iota of truth in it. I have a good working relationship with all my co-stars.

Does that resemble your real life? Not really.

Any role that you should have done? I am very happy with the roles I have done. I am happy that the directors tap my potential to the hilt. I am offered the best. Do you believe in lady luck or hard work? Hard work.

Does modelling boost a star’s image? I started modelling only after I entered the film world. I have endorsed quite a few brands as it comes as a package. This way you can get closer to the audience. Who are the celebrities do you believe are the most influential? Honest celebrities. Like Amitabh Bachhan, Chiranjeevi.

Are you used to the celebrity status which you have? I am still not used to it and behave like a normal girl. It is good to have your head on your shoulders and be humble.

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Mahesh Babu - Good looking

Cuisine - Indian, Thai, Japanese

Ravi Teja - Entertaining

Actor - Aamir Khan, Nagarjuna

Jr. NTR - Talented

Actress - Sridevi

Allu Arjun - Buddy Ram Charan - Very good dancer

Song - Enduko Eamo from K V Anand’s ‘Ko’ (in Telugu Rangam)

Sumanth - Wise

Brand - Chanel

Prabhas - Lazy

Perfume - Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue

Nithin - Friendly

Do you enjoy the company of family or friends? Both, equally. I am close to my family as well as my friends.

Navdeep - All over the place

Are you a spiritual person? Yes. Very.

Karthi - Very talkative

Mum’s darling or dad’s pet? Both. Best compliment you have received. That I have very expressive eyes. Are you a party girl? No. Not at all. Items found in your handbag? Keys, mobile phone, lip balm, mirror, my wallet.

Naga Chaitanya - Very sweet Surya - Very intense eyes

Ajay Devgn - Senior who I look up to and respect Akshay Kumar - Amazing khiladi, very funny

About Co-actresses Tamannah - Sweet

Are you game for item songs? No, I am not.

Ileana - Sensuous

Food or diet? Food.

Sruthi Hassan - Very good dancer

Best friends in industry? Nobody from the industry. All my best friends are my childhood friends from Mumbai. First love? Not exactly love. But I would call it my first crush. It was in college. Secret crush? Nobody actually. I am a very boring person. Must play role? An action role or a negative role. Have you been in any real life fights? Yes….I have. Can you please elaborate on that. There was a boy in my college who was misbehaving with my friend. So I beat him up.

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• Max. Power: 79hp @ 9000rpm

• Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.9 ltrs

• Max. Torque: 66.9Nm @ 7250rpm

• Wheelbase: 1700 mm

• Bore x Stroke: 81.5 x 62mm

• Ground Clearance: 160 mm

• Compression Ratio: 11.5 : 1

• Dimensions (LxWxH): 2431 mm x 840 mm x 706 mm

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Total Harmonic Distortion (CD to Sp Out, 20Hz-20 kHz)

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Output Power/Channel (6 ohms, 1kHz, 10% THD)

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Alarm

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180 x 127 x 273 mm

Weight

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Woofer

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Frequency Response

50 Hz-20 kHz (-10dB)

50 Hz-20 kHz (-10dB)

Dimensions (WxHxD)

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129 x 125.5 x 250.5 mm

Weight

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1.7 kg

These are wireless desktop speakers from Monitor Audio. There is no speaker wire, but there is a power cord and one cable that connects the right speaker to the left one. You can have your music source up to 10 metres from the WS100. Monitor Audio calls this hi-fi gear a ‘same room solution’ because the speakers can connect wirelessly to the computer via a USB Dongle. Coming without an astronomical price tag, these high quality speakers are easy to set up and deliver superb sound quality. WS100s employ the SKAA wireless technology that offers reliable audio streaming. S P E C I F I C A T I O N S

Frequency response: 80Hz - 25kHz Maximum SPL (each @ 1M): 99.5dBA Power output (RMS): Bass 2 x 20 watts, Tweeter 2 x 10 watts Drive unit complement: 2 x 75 mm (3") C-CAM Cone Bass Driver; 2 x 19 mm (3/4") C-CAM Gold Dome Tweeter Auxiliary input impedance / sensitivity: 10 k ohms / 300 mV Wireless system: SKAAtm 2.4GHz AC input voltage: 90-264V (auto range) Amplifier category: Class D - high resolution amplifiers Power consumption: <0.5 watts (standby); 14.5 watts (Max) Dimensions (each) (H x W x D): 125 x 120 x 120mm (415/17 x 43/4 x 43/4") Weight (each): 1.8 kg (4 lb) red | february 2013 | 87


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Besides believing that business is the most exciting game, the man behind AMR Constructions, Hyderabad, Mr. A. Mahesh Reddy knows his cards well and plays them with great élan. A devout theist and an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, Mr. Reddy propounds a simple philosophy of life - “What we are is the God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” red | february 2013 | 88


Having placed his stakes in different areas like mining, construction, infrastructure, energy, film production, the ‘owning’ of CCL team, Mr. Reddy has proved that nothing succeeds like success. Though he rules a huge business empire and is honoured with the prestigious Rashtriya Nirman Ratna Award, he remains a simple and down-to-earth person. Being just another successful businessman had never been Mr. Reddy’s intent. He stepped into the world of commerce with a resolve to make a statement. Hence it is little surprise that AMR Group which was established as a partnership firm, turned into a private limited company in less than a decade. Reaching the peak of multitasking, he continuously strives to add more feathers to his crammed cap. Esha Jobanputra meets the business tycoon on a languid Sunday afternoon to get a sneak-peak into his life.

EXCERPTS Tell us something about your life. I was born and brought up in Hyderabad and graduated from Karnatak University, Dharwad (KUD). The foundation for AMR was laid in 1992. From the very beginning I understood that we can reach our goal only through professionalism. Today the company boasts of a Rs.1,500 cr turnover per annum. We are here because of the clarity of vision and the well-measured steps we have taken till date. What is the USP of your industry? AMR India is not limited to one industry. We have had parallel expansion in fields of infrastructure, mining, construction and energy. Every coin has a flip side and so does every business. The mining industry proved advantageous to us as it invariably brings the company long term projects and has a promising prospect as well.

Who is your inspiration? I am self motivated as I have been successful in reaching the goals I set for myself. Who is the one person who you can say is your friend, philosopher and guide? I am an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, and He has always been my friend, philosopher and guide. Who is your greatest critic? It is not criticism that matters, but the person who criticises you and the motive behind it. The greatest critic of my life would undoubtedly be Mr. Sridhar, who happens to be my best friend. I know whatever he says, he does it for my good. Why the name AMR and what is AMR for you? AMR simply means A. Mahesh Reddy and it is my extended family and my most prized possession. I have always given my cent percent commitment to the development of the company.

Your company has presence in infrastructure, mining, irrigation and construction industry. Which one excites you the most? As mentioned earlier, the most exciting industry is mining and we aim to become the world’s largest mining company. How is the experience working in different sectors? Working in multiple sectors is always useful and to me, it has been very profitable as funds keep flowing and resources are employed optimally in diverse fields. One sector strengthens another and offsets the other. What is your definition of a smart businessman? A smart businessman manages his affairs with a clear vision. Secondly, he knows how to manage the customer as in today’s world of competition, the customer is the king. The businessman needs to critically analyze what the customer exactly needs and deliver it on time without compromising on the quality.

What has been the turning point of your professional life? (Smiles) Pardon the repetition; it was when we signed the first mining contract. Since then there has been no looking back. How do you manage to multi-task? It is not very easy, but we have a very good team of employees, who are thorough professionals and always on their toes. I keep shuttling among all the companies, holding frequent review meetings, discussing the issues with the employees and regularizing plans for the betterment of the company. Interacting, supervising through all possible channels and adopting an open-door policy make the task easier. Shoot by Villart


What has been the best construction of AMR India? The construction of Tandur Visaka Cements has been one of the best constructions till date. You have proved to be the master of all trades, how did you manage that? Satisfying the customer makes you win half the battle; customers are investments that maximize the returns by giving us repeat orders. Also, delivering quality product on time is necessary to retain the customer and to boost the business. To sum it up I can say that the mantra behind our success is satisfying the customer, besides delivering the goods on time. You have been awarded with the Rashtriya Nirman Ratna award recently. Tell us something about your awards. Awards are good to receive but not very important for me personally.

My award will come when I make my company the largest mining company in the world. What are the vision and values of AMR India? The vision of the company is to be the most admired global infra and mining company for its performance. The value is to accomplish customer satisfaction through integrity, excellence, team spirit and responsibility. Movie production is another field that you have diversified into. What is your take on that? Do you plan to produce more films? I have just produced one movie Shirdi Sai starring Nagarjuna and that was mainly because of my faith and belief in Shirdi Sai Baba. As of now there are no serious plans of producing films.

Owning the Telugu Warriors CCL team adds another feather to your cap. What made you own a cricket team? It is the outcome of my passion from cricket and because it is also a source of branding for the company. Moreover, it is good entertainment to see all the stars on a single platform playing for their industry. Where do you see your empire five years down the line? I see my company as a million dollar company! What do you expect from your next generation? I appreciate if they take over and keep the family flag flying. However, I will never pressurize them and compel them to do so.

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Tell us your positives and negatives. I am a very positive man with optimistic thinking and have no space for negativity. My gift is that I let that negativity roll off me like water off a duck's back. What has been the most memorable day of your life? The most memorable day of my life was in December 2006 when we had made a golden Sinhasan for Sai Baba. People whom you can die for? My family, they mean a world to me!

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Do you plan to enter politics? (Laughs) I have no serious interest in politics but have a lot of friends who are politicians. I closely follow political news. Only time will reveal what is in store for me.

What is the importance of friends in your life? Friends are an important part of anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life and for me friendship is very vital. As mentioned earlier my best friend is Mr. Sridhar.

Any unfulfilled wish? I have achieved all that I had desired to and am content with all that I have. No unfulfilled wish.

Leisure time is for? Watching movies.

One thing you would like to change about your life? I would never like to change anything or any part of my life. However, I would like to improve a few things, which I shall do sooner or later. A vacation will be to? I love the whole of Europe, so a visit to any European country would be the best vacation.

What defines your luxury quotient? Luxury is just a state of mind and it differs from person to person. Luxury for me would mean cars as I like cars. What has worked for you, good luck, planning or hard work? There is no luck in business. There is only drive, determination, and more drive. A perfect blend of hard work and planning has worked for me. I firmly believe these two qualities work wonders for anybody.

Does honesty still sail one through in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time? Of course, it does; survival is impossible without honesty. Tell us something about your family? My wife Radhika is a housewife. I have two sons Nitish and Avish, who study in the eleventh and ninth grade respectively. What is your take on pets? I like having pets; we have two pugs at home named Master and Panther. Sign off message for all our young readers aspiring to become business magnates? The main ingredients of success are determination to do something; discipline, planning and hard work, and no one can stop you from reaching the top if you follow them religiously. red | february 2013 | 91


TO IMPRESS YOU

Food - Thai

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Family - Everything

Colour - Orange Song - Shirdi Sai Car - BMW Brand - Burberry Place - Shirdi Restaurant - Tabla

Wife - Beautiful and supportive Politics - Good Money - Need Success - Must have Fame - Should get Fashion - Required Life - To enjoy Status - To be maintained Luxury - Part of life Entertainment - To relax

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Religion - All

Some unknown secrets about your husband Mr. Mahesh Reddy? His life is an open book and there are no such secrets which I can think of. Tell us something about your life? We have had an arranged marriage and living with him has made my life beautiful. Describe him... As a person: Amazing Businessman: Prudent Producer: Just for the faith in Sai Baba Husband: The best Father: Perfect

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his Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day along with roses, chocolates and cards, why not wrap some love around the finger of your beloved? A ring is a traditional symbol of promise to stay together forever. You need not look too far. Head towards Sanghvi Jewellery Mall and choose from the wide range of gorgeous, trendy and exquisite rings it offers.

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By Sunitha Puppala Shoot by Dhana Vijay

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Spell those three magical words with this three lined heart ring, something that your lady love would cherish for years to come as a sweet memory of the endless love between you.

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Weight - 4.41 gm Stones - CZ stones Price - Rs. 15, 000 approx

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The artistic work done on the white gold ring studded with diamonds is sure to take your breath away. Truly trendy and meant for all the occasions. Weight - 12.550 gm Diamond - 1.47 CTs Price - Rs. 1,24,000 approx

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Simple yet sophisticated is what anyone would say, looking at this scintillating white gold flower ring known for its exquisite Polki work. A priceless possession that a woman would always be proud of!

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Weight - 6.27 gm Stones - Polki stones Price - Rs. 27,300 approx

From the ancient times, pearl is known as a symbol of purity and flawless perfection. Let this flower designed ring with a pearl in the centre surrounded by some beautifully cut diamonds be the emblem of your pure and unconditional love for your pretty lady.

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Weight - 6.5 gm Diamond - 0.64 CTs Price - Rs. 57,500 approx

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For people who seek uniqueness all the time here is a ring with a little twist. This rare belt model ring is a trendsetter with one of its kind design. Look no further, as this is the perfect gift for him. Weight - 11.44 gm Stones - CZ stones Price - Rs. 38,900 approx

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If you are looking for something that would instantly win your belovedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart then here is a priceless piece. This ring has been crafted with utmost attention for the one who rules your heart.

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Ruby is precious, so is your Valentine. This flower shaped ring has marvellous signity work. Your lady would love to flaunt it.

09 Roses, orchids, carnations are quite common. For a change, try this elegant flower made of glittering gold which is sure to win a million hearts. Weight- 7.93 gm Diamond - 1.10 CTs Price- Rs.89,500 approx

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Weight- 4.47 gm Stones - Ruby Price- Rs.15,200

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For those who are born with the silver spoon in their mouths, the luxury obviously doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop at that. Possessing silver artifacts and furniture begets them the coveted status in society, besides adding that touch of affluence to their home. red tells you how silver furniture, an integral part of the ancient interior designs of palaces, has become a rich statement of class and style in the contemporary society. L


S Silver artifacts have gained immense popularity owing to their uniqueness and distinctive looks. The brilliant artifacts can be given rustic antique finish to impart a traditional charm to them. The meaty white metal, only next to gold, has been prized possession for ages and transcends through generations.

Now we see silver entered the elite homes in different avatars of furniture, including sofas, beds, and cradles. Articles made of silver look stunning owing to their uniqueness in designs and styles. They serve as an excellent collector's delight. And our city of destiny does not lag behind in fulfilling the demands and needs of the connoisseurs of silver artifacts. Whether it is humongous dining table or Raja chairs or chowki or dinnerware etc., you name it you have it here. May be this is what you call living life king size, sleeping on silver beds, lazing on silver divan chairs and eating in silverware, using silver cardholders to silver objet d'art and the list is never ending.

Ancient rich Indians used silver in

every possible way, to the extent that silver powder used to be sprinkled on food besides using only silver dine ware.

Silver due to its malleable nature adorns men and women equally from top to toe in various forms of earrings, anklets, bangles, chains etc, for the women while men have pens, cardholders, keychains to suit their modern fiesta.

Sterling Silver There is a growing demand for the sterling silver, a look alike of platinum, which has made foray into the world of embellishments. Commonly used in jewellery, watches, and bridal necklaces, it has become a popular choice for the jewellers, who are forever on lookout for newer media to display their handiwork. Being a good conductor of heat silver can be found in electric circuits. Titivate your lounge or any corner of your home with silver furniture or tart up the foyer with silver décor that speaks for you and makes a statement. And yes for those who are choosy, silver comes in two veneers - one is the normally available silver which looks glitzy and panders to the tastes of those who prefer bold trappings. The other is oxidized which has a subtle dull finish and suits the tastes of the sophisticated. Choose any of the two; you can seldom go wrong in the silver jewellery, as anything done in this metal has to be dainty and exquisite. Remember the Filigree creations of Orissa .

Teakwood armature stands strong beneath the silver sheet with outstandingly delicate and beautiful designs which give the touch of glory and oomph of luxury. While the demand for dining table and chairs is touching new heights, yearning for other interior décor figurines and cradle stands etc., is also on the rise. And no words can describe the galore of the oxidized dinnerware which will be in perfect harmony with the silver dining table. Stunning silver wall hangings made of arya work is the rage. Again every coin has the other side, German silver, a lookalike of silver is in much prominence being used to make bracelets, hair accessories, tiaras, cutlery, jewellery etc. It is an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel. Also known as Nickel Silver, Nickel brass, and so on. It’s only due to its appearance that this alloy is called German Silver though it is devoid of the Argentum, Ag 47.

Well, silver jewellery may not brandish the possessor’s opulence, but the silver furniture certainly puts him in the gallery of affluent. You can have a sliver chair made with just about 2 kg of the metal while a dining table for six would need 30 kg.

Interestingly silver is a very good anti microbial agent and no wonder ancient Indians used silver extensively in every jewellery form. Even today silver foil is used to spread on desserts and sweets.

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Silver Dining Table: This is the most sought after silver indulgence. A six-seater dining table would need approximately 30 kg silver while about 15 kg. silver is required for six chairs and would cost approximately Rs. 25 lakhs.

Divan Chair: One glance at this, it looks like a beautiful damsel resting on her arm; curvaceous with silver lining. This divan chair requiring about 8 kg. of silver would cost you approximately Rs. 6 lakhs.

Cradle (Big): Perfect for ceremonies of your loving baby, let its most precious of moments be remembered by one and all. Baby would be perfectly comfortable in the lap of luxury. Costing approximately Rs. 13 lakhs and with 10.5 kg. silver, it is something to keep for generation to come.

Cradle (Small): Designed to suit the modern age décor, this costs you approximately Rs. 10 lakhs with 12 kg. silver.

Triangle Chairs: Perfect buddy lounge for the friendship of the “three musketeer” type. With 8 kg. silver costing approximately Rs. 6.5 lakhs.

Round Tea Table: Just right for those cozy times for the two or for the happy tea times. It requires about 10.5 kg. silver for making and costs approximately Rs. 8.5 lakhs. red | february 2013 | 100


Ambari Elephants (Big): Weighing about 19 kg., this approximately costs you Rs. 15 lakhs.

Spiritual Collections: Rama Pattabhishekam: Mandiram: Solace to body and soul comes only with spirituality. Beautifully made of 10.5 kg. silver, this costs approximately Rs 9.5 lakhs.

Idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman mesmerise you to the extent that you want to own them even at the cost of approx. Rs. 7 lakhs. Standing tall and strong is this idol of Sri Balaji, gives you a feeling of witnessing the mulavirat himself. Studded with precious and semiprecious stones, this bejewelled God can be yours at a price on request. The ever-loving Lord Krishna with his resplendent eyes sweeps you off your feet.

The quintessential craving for silver is sure to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;treatedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; best at Vaibhav, GRT, Khazana & Kirtilal jewellers in Visakhapatnam and Caratlane, Meena Jewellers & Karni jewellers in Hyderabad.

Silver Souvenirs Of late silver flowers have replaced the natural flowers and have become favourite souvenirs for the womenfolk. Silver bookmarks, key chains also can make good corporate gifts of worth and remembrance.

Did you know? Orissa, apart from being famous for the Konark Temple is famous for its Silver Filigri work. Cuttack, a city adjoining to the capital of Orissa, is the place where this is available in abundance. Intricate lacelike work is achieved on pure silver. There is a tremendous range of jewellery including anklets,kandholis and brooches in this genre at such

comparable costs, you would not mind to buying them for yourself and or gifting them to others. Better than any designer jewellery, these ornaments blend with any attire. Sure these silversmiths are on par with any International Designers. Filigree artifacts, show pieces, Indian Gods and Goddesses are worth every buck you spend. L red | february 2013 | 101


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he world of furniture has no bounds. The designs, categories, style or even the material used are aplenty. This is the most crucial segment of home decor, which can make or break the appeal depending on the choice made. In a scenario where the market is flooded with hundreds of shops offering thousands of options, getting the right one is the toughest job. However, feel lucky this time! With Furniture World around, Ranita Ray says shopping these essentials is easy.

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Cot Clock

This double King cot is certainly a masterpiece. Go back to the colonial era with this one and feel regal. The chesterfield cushion adds that extra comfort factor and gives your back a good support as you read or watch TV. Made with Indian teak, this bed comes with a built-in box storage. The two complementing night stands complete the look. All those antique-lovers! It’s time to go back into the past with this ‘time-machine’. Made of teak, this grandfather clock can add to the vintage era theme of your home décor.

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n imported handpicked collection from Ella, especially for those who are passionate about white. Truly classy, this moulded seating and decorative furniture range comes as a sofa set, single-seater and a master chair. A contemporary living room can have them as the eye charmers. What more? Just wait for the appreciations!

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et this black set to do the magic and we are sure you will have the comfort and the compliments too. Made in a traditional design, it looks elegant. The velveteen upholstery is soft. Compared to velvet, this is easier to clean and maintain and also makes it comfy and adds beauty too. Whether you need a large sectional or a small and cozy love seat, you are sure to find it the best. The trendy center table works as perfect match.

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njoy the classic features of these accent chairs, nail head trim along the base, and button pursed back, with modern artistic elements like the hourglass carved back and majestic, yet armless structure. However, the centre of attraction is the usage of the white metal on the edge and on the legs of the chairs, which makes these milky white chairs all the more alluring.

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ring home these two swanky chairs and you feel like kings or queens. The lustrous base material used for the seat, back and pillow top arm rests, reflects the posh feel. The button pursed back studded with stones enhances its charm. Get the best of both worlds of coziness and style with these chairs, surely a must have for classic interiors.

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ime to swing in style with this designer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jhulaâ&#x20AC;? from New Classic Collection. Flaunting the best of traditional design, this wooden swing can be placed in your hall as a casual sitting arrangement. The use of golden chains to fasten the swing makes it look even more regal.

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n exclusive stone series of dining tables from Ella. Studded with stones on the top, bottom of the chairs and on the corners of the table, this six-seater set reflects the plush appeal. The sleek wooden frames allow accommodating all the chairs comfortably without a spread-out feel. Coated with PU for easy maintenance, it is complemented by crystal lining.

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dd a splash of artistic flair to your dining space with this set of six chairs and the rectangle table. The shiny marble top of the table works as a style enhancer. It is easy to maintain. The chairs with round, padded back and seat in leather fixed in beautiful, natural wood finish in a deep chocolate hue, ensure comfort and reflect a chic look.

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Wellness

BREATH OF

Pranayama or the art of breath control, the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga, originates from two words Prana (life force) and Ayama (regulating). Breath is intimately connected to our lives and formulates our entire being - our health, moods, thoughts and actions. Nirupama Reddy brings together certain techniques that enable you to experience the pulse of energy in every cell, giving a special glow to your face and a spring to your step.

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The best time to practise is in the mornings, preferably at dawn when the air is cool and the mind and body are fresh.

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Find a secluded, quiet, clean, well-ventilated space. Sit in a comfortable position on the floor (a folded blanket, flat cushion or mat can be used for extra comfort) or in a chair with the back erect and the head straight. Vajrasana or half-lotus asana is good. Keep your facial and body muscles relaxed. Rest palms on knees or in lap in Jnana mudra unless you are using them. Breathe only through the nose unless stated otherwise. Note: It is of utmost importance that you learn and practise Pranayama under an accomplished yoga teacher. Stay healthy! Stay young!

METHOD: Release any stagnant air by exhaling through the lungs. Keeping the chest and head immobile, breathe in deeply through nostrils, filling abdomen as it expands outwards. Breathe out forcefully and rapidly through the nostrils as the abdomen contracts and moves in. Without a pause, continue to inhale and exhale for 25 times. Then inhale and exhale deeply and relax. BENEFITS: Cleanses the respiratory tract; increases body temperature, metabolism and digestive fire; relaxes and revitalises the body and mind Note: Those with high or low blood pressure, nose bleeds, glaucoma or excess heat should practise only under guidance. Best time is in the morning and before eating.

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ANULOM VILOM METHOD Use the right hand thumb to close your right nostril. Inhale through left nostril. Close your left nostril with your right hand index and middle fingers. Exhale through right nostril. Do the reverse. This is one round. BENEFITS Balances body temperature; relieves stress; cleanses the veins; improves blood circulation; promotes longevity Note: While practising this, you must breathe into lungs and not into stomach. Anyone can do it anytime.

BHRAMARI METHOD: Keep eyes closed. Close your ears with the index fingers. Raise your elbows to the level of shoulders. Inhale deeply. Retain breath as long as possible. Exhale slowly, making a sound like a bee-buzz. BENEFITS: Calms the body; makes the voice pleasant and melodious; strengthens vocal cord; cures diseases of the throat; increases concentration. For best results, practise at night or early morning.

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STRONGER ARMS ARE ESSENTIAL (FOR ALL AGE GROUPS) To have an aesthetic appeal To prevent back pain To give more impact to physical tasks being performed SPEED AND STABILITY To maintain balance To maintain agility for any physical activity BENEFITS THE ENTIRE BODY Generally the focus is on biceps and triceps. But it's beneficial to have muscle wherever you can. In the rest mode, muscle tissue burns the body's calories faster than fat. red | february 2013 | 108

BICEPS CURL This exercise isolates your biceps and can be performed with a barbell or a set of dumbbells. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms extended down by your thighs.

While your triceps are contracted, your biceps should be relaxed and stretched. Note: Always ensure that you work out under the able guidance of a fitness expert and avoid self training, by watching the internet or following your friends.

Hold a barbell with your palms facing forward. Begin by bending your elbow, lifting the weight up to chest height, keeping your elbows down. Squeeze your biceps, hold for two counts, and slowly lower the weight back down to the starting position. During the bicep contraction, your triceps should be relaxed and stretched.

Chiranjeevi Rayal Fitness Expert +91 98852 54272 chiranjeevirayal@yahoo.com www.chiruspowerhouse.co.cc


Bungy Jump

THE LURE OF LAVASA By Ranita Ray

Archery

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Golf There is a splendid 18 holes golf course here. Enjoy the visual treat of nature, while golfing around. Games Arcade The mindboggling games comprise Neo arcade, Electronic darts and Photo play at Neo Spark, besides the Ezee-Go JOYRIDE.

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mong the first planned hill cities of India, Lavasa in the midst of the majestic Sahyadris, is a world in itself. Located in Western India at 2000 to 3000 feet above sea level near the Mumbai-Pune economic corridor, along the Warasgaon Lake, it strikingly balances nature and urban infrastructure. Lavasa can heal any weary soul. Here you realize that one can live a life which is energetic yet calm, posh yet affordable, hi-tech yet simple and urban yet close to nature. Surprises the place offers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop here; it is also blessed with a pleasant climate throughout the year. This time take a break from the routine holidaying and spend a few days here to Live, Work, Learn and Play in harmony with nature.

Designed with Goan and Mediterranean themes, the villas and apartments give a feel of a different era. The landscape and architectural design of Lavasa are based on the transect model, i.e. development is denser near the town centre, and gradually tapering as one moves uphill. The Master Plan has been inspired by Biomimicry - the science that learns from nature and adapts this learning to planning, design and architecture. This hill city is being planned for approximately 0.3 million permanent residents with facilities for about 2 million tourists every year. With the opening of Lavasa International Convention Centre, business tourism has received a significant boost.

XThrill Adventure Academy

Paragliding

Activities to Amuse The visitors have a lot to do. Adventure Sports Let your adventurous side loose with Xthrill Adventure Academy. Managed by Z-Bac, it brings together 100% unadulterated adventure sports with the assurance of international safety standards. The plethora of activities has three categories - paintball, team building games, treasure hunt, raft building, backpacking & camping, cave excursion and jungle trek, bumper boats, hiking under corporate sports; cycling, archery, rifle shooting, kayaking, zorbing, ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) under recreation and rappelling, bungee jumping, valley crossing, paragliding, waterfall rappelling and rock climbing, parasailing under extreme sports.

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Lakeshore Water Sports Swift aqua fun by whizzing across water on a jet ski or a laidback experience of a small cruise on the lake with a Pontoon boat - go for whatever suits you. For extra fun, alternately you can jump on inflatable toys or simply go kayaking at Lakeshore Water sports. River Rafting

Valley Crossing

Scooter Boat

Paddle Boat

Bumper Boats Water Football

Raft Building

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Nature Ventures Start or end the day with a walk along the serene Nature Trails located beside Ekaant (hotel). There are parks, gardens and nursery crèches too, where you can stroll around. Take a trip to the plant nursery crèche. Visit the villas and apartments or walk alongside the promenade. Tickell's flowerpecker, one of the smallest birds in India and Osprey, a migratory bird from Europe are found here, besides the Malabar Whistling Thrush. The existence of two rare butterflies - Blue Mormon and the Oak Leaf - indicates a thriving ecosystem. It also homes the unique Karvi flower which blooms once in 7 years. A spectrum of medicinal and aromatic plants such as Kumbha, Kuda, Chitrak, Waras, Ranjai and Sawar are seen in abundance.

Nature Trail at Lavasa Scenic Point

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Bus and Train Tour A bus specially designed by Dilip Chhabria, and a trackless train take you on an impressive tour of the hill city. There are two routes viz. Dasve Round which happens from Monday to Sunday from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm, the other is a Nature Trail Round which operates from Friday to Sunday from 7.30 am to 9.00 am. The latter round requires a prior 24 hours booking Chill out at Dasvino Town & Country Club Nothing can be more revitalizing than a spa session at the Dasvino Town & Country Club. Besides this, check out the other varied services the club provides that include restaurants, a pub, a gym and indoor games. Bollywood Punch When the entire world is under the spell of the Hindi films, why not Lavasa? Catch the latest Bollywood release. Lavasa Experience Zone Lavasa Experience Zone (LEZ), located within the Information Centre building, is an information gallery on development of residential/corporate sales and tourism at Lavasa. Visitors get a complete audio-visual city orientation. A continuous flow of all media related news and significant events that have occurred or are scheduled to take place at Lavasa are also displayed here.

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SHOPPING For the shoppers, the in-house souvenir shops of the hotel can be interesting. Besides these, for an eco-friendly gifting option as well for your home too, Bamboosa is the best. It offers a wide variety of bamboo artefacts, like photo frames, table lamps, lamps, wall clocks, pots, office table sets, furniture and many more.

Bamboo Items

FOOD HUNT From fast food to fine dining, guests can choose from its variety of restaurants, cafes and joints. Eateries available here are the Asian Opera at Dasvino, Brewberry’s Café, Café Coffee Day, Celebrations at Mercure Lavasa, Chor Bizarre – North Indian Cuisine, Earthen Oven at Fortune Select Dasve, Fruity Bat, Granma’s - pastries, sandwiches and ice creams, Hungry Hippo - Indian fast-food & burgers, Krazy Koala at Lakeshore, Nostradamus at Fortune Select Dasve, Pizzavala - Pizzas, Past Times - Old English Pub, Subway, Tabakh - Lebanese wraps and rolls. There are restaurants extending fine dining options too. Try out The All American Diner, Oriental Octopus - Oriental cuisine of the East, The Deck at Dasvino, Vyanjan at Ekaant, Zodiac at Fortune Select Dasve, etc.

RETIRE Ekaant - The Retreat It’s time to get a place to relax, soak in comfort and lavish facilities. As the name itself denotes, you are assured of privacy here. A stunning 20-room resort, perched on the Sahyadri Hills offers a spectacular view and the promised solitude. The tastefully furnished rooms give you ultimate comfort. The in-house restaurant, Vyanjan offers many varieties of culinary delights. Fortune Select Dasve Your fortune of luxury shines bright in this chic 60-room hotel, by the ITC group. The splendid location in the heart of Dasve's rolling green countryside sets a perfect ambience. For a musical and heady experience, try the Nostradamus Bar & Lounge: a contemporary, relaxing spot offering lively music and an excellent selection of spirits, wines and beers. red | february 2013 | 114

Waterfront Shaw Immerse in a luxurious setup on the waterfront, between Warasgaon Lake and the picturesque mountain ranges, and feel at home too. The accommodations at the Waterfront Shaw Apartment Hotel range from Studio to 1 and 2 bedroom apartments with amenities that provide a wholesome living. It is an affordable luxury hotel with 130 rooms by the Accor group. Mercure Lavasa It’s perfect for anyone looking for luxury at a reasonable price. Accor group offers a peaceful getaway that features 130 modern rooms - 96 standard, 31 superior, 2 family and 1 accessibility room. Dine in its international quality, multi-cuisine


Waterfront Shaw Mercure Lavasa

Ekaant

restaurant with an exclusive kids’ menu. Try out the Zen Bar with comfortable lounge style seating with exclusive beverages and one-of-a-kind wine library. Xthrill Set against the stunning backdrop of the rugged terrain of the Sahyadris and a soaring uninterrupted horizon, here you can stay by camping in luxurious air-conditioned Swiss tents. The in-house dining option is perfect to quell your hunger pangs. All the accommodation facilities come with modern amenities like, conferencing, intercom and Wi-Fi Internet access, etc. It is also popular for the Lavasa Women’s Drive - a car rally held annually during February. The rally which starts from Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital culminates here. This event is held to spread cancer awareness and as many as 1,000 women drivers participate in the event.

Best Time Lavasa enjoys a year-round cool breeze, with temperatures ranging from 6°C to 35°C. While the summers are as divine as the first ray of light at dawn, the monsoon makes it magical with rains feeding the waterfalls which tumble playfully from the lush green hills, with rainbows stretching across. The winters are with foggy mornings. How to get there There are five access routes to Lavasa. Among them is the Chandni Chowk-Pune Road to Lavasa which offers a pleasurable drive and is the fully developed one. Lavasa is approximately an hour-drive from Pune and a three-hour drive from Mumbai. There are Helipads, so you can reach here on helicopters too. The nearest (216 km.) airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai. For more info, log on to www.lavasa.com red | february 2013 | 115


LoveBites By Ranita Ray

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Raspberry White Chocolate Cheese Cake

Rum-Raisin Chocos INGREDIENTS 1 dark chocolate bar (120 gm) 1 milk chocolate bar (120 gm) Chopped almonds - 2 tbsp Raisins - 2 tbsp Rum - 1 tbsp METHOD Soak the raisins in rum overnight. Grate the chocolate bars and melt in a double boiler (alternately you can put it on a micro mode of 40% in the microwave for 1 minute and whisk it briskly to avoid bubbles). Chop the raisins and the almonds and add them to the melted chocolate. Take chocolate moulds of different shapes (heart, apple, flower, etc.) and pour the mixed melted chocolate into them. Tap gently to remove the bubbles, if any. Freeze for 15 minutes. De-mould and cover with coloured chocolate wraps (optional).

INGREDIENTS For the Oreo Crust Oreo cookie crumbs - ½ cup Sugar - 1 tbsp Melted butter - 2 tbsp

For the Raspberry Sauce Raspberries - 5 oz Sugar - 1 tbsp Cornstarch - 1 tsp Water - 1/4 cup

For the Cheesecake Cream cheese - 4 oz Sugar - 2 tbsp ½ large egg (whisk one egg in a bowl first then divide in half) Sour cream - 2 tbsp Vanilla essence - ½ tsp Melted white chocolate - 2 oz

METHOD For the Oreo Crust Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix the first three ingredients thoroughly until all crumbs get moistened with butter. Pour into a heart-shaped spring form pan and let it bake for about 7-10 minutes. For the Cheesecake Blend all the ingredients well and add the melted white chocolate. Transfer the cheesecake into the spring form pan with the cooled crust. Bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes. Set the oven at 250°F and bake for another 45 minutes to 1 hour. For the Raspberry Sauce Boil raspberries, sugar and cornstarch in water for nearly 5 minutes to thicken. Press through a fine mesh sieve to filter seeds. Pour the sauce over the cooled cheesecake and smooth with a spatula. Transfer the cheesecake into a covered container and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours before serving.

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izag's fashionistas had a touch of glamour and style as the city witnessed the first ever Fashion Week held at the sprawling Park Hotel. The gala event saw a throng of who is who of Vizag. A host of glamorous models showcased the collection of Shravan Kumar and James Ferreira on the first day. Shravan, giving it a surprise touch, roped in some local socialites as show stoppers and this gesture was widely applauded. The next day saw a dominance of bridal theme where models catwalked for the collection of Riyaz Gangji, Julie Vergese and the internationally acclaimed designer Rocky S. While the heartthrob Rana Daggubati was the showstopper for Riyaz, Bollywood actress Mansha Bahl swayed for Julie Vergese. Hospitality was extended by Kingfisher and Signature Lounges.


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Chandu, Sregal Sanjeevi & Lavanya

NOVOTEL Mr. Chandu and his wife Lavanya, the proud parents of baby Sregal Sanjeevi celebrated their son's first birthday with pomp and gaiety at the Varun Beach Novotel hotel. Dressed in a white suit tiny Sregal looked adorable. City's biggies came to wish the star of the day bringing along gifts and were treated to a gala spread of delicacies. Among the guests, spotted were Dr. Sashi Prabha, Konatala Ramakrishna, Lakshmi, M. Venkata Ramana, Raghunath, Tulasi and Malavika and others. The grandfather PRS Naidu blessed the baby.

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@CHROME The craziness didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop at welcoming 2013; the fun lovers had the mood extended throughout January at Chrome. The Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; nites got wild and the weekends got wilder here. Even the Thursdays introduced Talli Hour by Kingfisher, where the freaks were spotted bringing their own mugs of different shapes and sizes and Chrome served free Kingfisher Draught Beer. The pub also had a special Republic Day Eve Celebrations, where the loyalists were seen dropping in.

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WEDDING BLISS Nita & Dinesh Patel

Dinesh and Nita Patel celebrated their wedding anniversary in style and happiness with their friends and family at Radisson Blu Hotel. Dinesh Patel looked dashing in his kalamkari jacket and Nita looked pretty in a simple and chic white dress. The party went on till the wee hours as everyone enjoyed shaking a leg to the tunes of the DJ. Hema & Sudeer

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Suchita, Sunny & Hunar

HUNAR TURNS ONE Suchita and Sandeep Ahuja left no stone unturned to make their daughter Hunarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first birthday worth remembering. The party was hosted at their residence in a beautiful ambience with soothing music. Singer Kamal Khan sang his best numbers for the birthday girl.

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Vishal and Keertana Goud celebrated their son Reyansh Goudâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cradle ceremony at a star hotel in the city. Reyansh was glowing in his golden outfit and the parents were all smiles for their baby boy. Spotted at the ceremony were Dy. Chief Minister Damodar Raja Narasimha, actors Navdeep, Venkat and many more. Venkat

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CANCER (June 21-July 20) ARIES (March 21-April 20) A very good month is on the cards. Reign in your aggressive behavior as it may have a negative impact at the workplace. Don’t impose your opinions on others. All round progress, especially in career, is indicated and you could receive plenty of benefits. Take domestic matters into your hands and pay attention to your daily wants and needs. Work towards being self sufficient. Socially, you are in for a great time with a likelihood of spending more time with your friends. Lucky for you: Red, 9

TAURUS (April 21-May 21) Your career graph is poised to reach new heights as Lady Luck is playing a significant role in the charts. Your strong and steady nature will help you at the work place. When it comes to romance, it is altogether a different story. A romantic evening with a special someone is on the anvil. You seem to be more spiritually inclined this month. Don’t lie on bed and fantasize. Work hard, as fantasies could become a reality. Lucky for you: Green, 6

GEMINI (May 23-June 20) This month could see you low on energy levels. Don’t get into unnecessary ego hassles with your extended family. There is a possibility of an increase in income and improvement in health conditions. Things could get creative in the second half of the month and you are likely to enjoy a fruitful period. There could be lots of emotional moments with your family members this month and relatives may spend a lot of time with you and share their feelings. Learn to relax with friends. Lucky for you: Silver, 5

Old friends are going to get in touch with you. There could be a lot of work pressure, but you are likely to get accolades for completing difficult tasks. There could be a few marital troubles. Cross this period with utmost care. Energy levels may take a nosedive. Immunity power could be low and cause health problems. Social life will see some improvement and the phone may not stop ringing. Traverse the month with a positive attitude and find that the goals are within reach. Lucky for you: Cream, 7

LEO (July 21-Aug 22) Your gregarious attitude is a hit with your colleagues but loyalty to a good friend may land you in trouble. Don’t pick up quarrels with friends and family. Growth is indicated in all aspects of the chart this month. There could be some ego hassles with business partners. Handle with care. There could be a dramatic leap into a romance this month. Don’t be tempted to go your own way and thumb down authority. Plenty of opportunities on the way; pick and choose carefully. Lucky for you: Orange, 4


VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 20)

Learn to compromise on family issues and enjoy celebrations. Let relatives make their own plans. You are likely to help out friends who seek advice. Old investments yield gains. This period could be a bit fuzzy with regards to relationships but you begin to see things clearly in the last week. Don’t get into arguments; learn to stay quiet and keep emotions under control. Adapt to working environment and you will find co-workers of great help.

Growth in most areas of your chart is indicated. Learn to listen, do not raise your voice and jump into explanations. Don’t be aggressive with superiors. Partners in business may have ego clashes. Family ties grow stronger during this period. Hone your communication skills and try to resolve long pending issues. As for romance, you could be riding on a wave of excitement. The end of the month could see things move forward in harmonious cohesion that will bring you a sense of peace.

Lucky for you: Grey, 5

Lucky for you: Brown, 3

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Obstacles notwithstanding, your status will rise in the society. Don’t let work pressure get you down this month. Family issues might raise their head. Romance blossoms this month. Children may cause some anxiety. Smart gains from investments are indicated. You will be unexpectedly swept off your feet by someone special. Beware of burning the candle at both the ends. The beginning of the month sees you with a burst of energy, but things may slow down at the end of the month.

You tend to be very particular about family matters this month. Show loved ones how much you care for them. Problems with friends may arise. Your leadership skills are on a high this month. You are likely to receive support from seniors. Things could begin to get into a perspective that urges you to channel your thoughts and energy to long term goals. Mid month could see a bit of downturn, but don’t despair as the last week gets you back on track.

Be dedicated to work and don’t let petty arguments with co-workers distract you. Give friends all the support they need. A high activity phase is indicated. Tackle people tactfully to avoid short tempers and ego clashes. Business gains are on the anvil. Extra care of health is required. Don’t take risks in matters of the heart. Keep a watch on what you say otherwise you could land in trouble. Travel plans could take you to faraway places that may enhance your life and career.

Lucky for you: Blue, 9

Lucky for you: Violet, 3

CAPRICORN (Dec 21-Jan 20)

Lucky for you: Blue, 6

AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 18) Take the lead at the workplace and show others what you are capable of. Don’t overreact when your beloved stays aloof. This month could be a period of low activity. Low energy levels are also indicated. Don’t get into unnecessary controversies with people at high places. Keep your anger under check if issues crop up with competitors. Review financial records and examine priorities. The first week may show others your charming side that is likely to continue further as you tend to socialize more. Lucky for you: Black, 4

PISCES (Feb 18-March 20) Try to make your mark wherever you go, but respect other’s feelings. A progressive and gainful period is in the offing. Don’t get into a world of illusion, but be sure that your dreams are grounded in reality. Mid month could see your social sensibilities on a high. Health needs to be taken care of. People may get amazed to see your forceful nature at the end of the month. Expenses may see an increase. Use self restraint and try not to stir conflicts. Lucky for you: Purple, 7 red | february 2013 | 129


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Ananthagiri Fast gaining repute as a health resort, Ananthagiri, situated on the way to Araku, is a prominent tourist spot. The Tadimada Waterfalls adds to the beauty of the place abound with streaming rivulets and coffee plantation. Araku Valley The Araku Valley, aptly called ‘Ooty of Andhra Pradesh’, rich with verdant landscape, waterfalls, streams, botanical gardens, coffee plantation and tribal culture is worth the 112 km drive from Vizag.

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Balighattam Nearly 3 km south west of Narsipatnam and on the banks of Varaha river is a place called Balighattam housing the Brahma Lingeswara Temple.

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Bavikonda Bavikonda has 3rd century BC remains of an entire Buddhist complex, with 26 structures and is just 15 km. away from the city. A bone, a part of the mortal remains of the Buddha, preserved in a pot was recovered from this area.

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Bheemunipatnam Beach In this oldest municipality in the country is a well equipped round bungalow which was Vizianagaram Raja’s resort, offering a grand sea view. The calm and serene beach, where the Gosthani River meets the Bay of Bengal, is safe for swimming.

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Bojjanna Konda - Sankaram Bojjannakonda is situated in Sankaram, 8 km away from Anakapalli. A number of stupas, rock-cut caves, coins dating back to Satavahana era and scriptures written in Bramha Lipi were found here.

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Borra Caves Situated 1400 m above sea level and just 29 km away from the city, these caves display rare rock formations dating back to millions of years and worth the ascent and descent of hundreds of steps.

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Dolphin Nose The Dolphin Nose, a huge rock headland is named so because of its shape. It juts into the sea and hosts the lighthouse. Since it is located on the 174 m high rock, the powerful beacon of the lighthouse can direct ships even 65 km. away on the sea.

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Dutch Cemetery Out of the pages of history and shrouded in mystery is the Dutch Cemetery with its 52 tombs in Bheemunipatnam. The well-preserved tombs display inscriptions in Dutch language that are beautifully ornamented.

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Erramatti Dibbalu Vizag’s very own natural wonder standing 28 km away from the city are the Erra Matti Dibbalu. These natural ravines are spread extensively in various formations.

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Etikoppaka Etikoppaka is an artisans’ village housing artisans eking out a livelihood making world famous colourful wooden toys and artifacts. They have been the custodians of the 200-year-old tradition, creating a wide range of exquisite art pieces using primitive tools.

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Indira Gandhi Zoological Park Spread over 425 acres of land, the park is a host for over 400 varieties of animals including Indian tiger, deer and elephant. A mini train facilitates a trip through the park. It also has a collection of animals from Africa and Australia.

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Kailasgiri Hills Take a road trip or ropeway to the top of Kailasagiri, a must-do resort with its Shiva Parvathi Statue, Shanku Chakra Naama, Jungle Trails, 7 wonders of Vizag, Shiva Temple, Shanti Ashram, Floral Clock, Landscape Gardens, View Points, Food Courts and the toy train.

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Kali Temple The Kali Temple located on RK Beach road is a modern architectural edifice. Next to it is the unique Siva Temple with its 'rasalinga', made of 10 kg single stone.

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Kambala Konda Kambalakonda Reserve Forest, spread over 7,146 hectares, the home for rare species of flora and fauna is a great lure for eco-tourists. Visitors can trek over a stretch of 4.5 km or boat in the reservoir. The park is located in a place called Degalagedda.

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Kapila Konda (Appikonda) Siva temple located in Appikonda, just 18 km away from the city, houses the Somalingeswara Swamy Temple and contains inscriptions dating back to 12th century AD. The huge bull, carved in black stone, is the major attraction.

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Keertana Vanam Beach Resort Keertana Vanam, with its rustic ambience, manicured gardens and coconut grooves is a Beach Resort. It is a prominent picnic spot on the Visakhapatnam Bheemunipatnam Beach Road. Spread over 13 acres of land, the resort has a restaurant and amphitheatre.

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Konda Karla Ava lake Konda Karla-Ava lake, known for its beauty, 10 km away from Anakapalli, an Eco Tourism Destination, is a bird-watchers haven with luring migratory birds from all over the world. A ride in the canoes is an experience in itself.

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Kurupam Monument The Taj Mahal of Visakhapatnam, the Kurupam Monument was constructed by Raja Vairicharla Veerbhadra Raja Bahadur in memory of his wife Princess Lakshmi Narasaiyyamma. It is known for its architectural splendour and beautiful engravings.

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Matsyadarshini Aquarium Matsyadarshini, an aquarium on RK Beach, has many rare varieties of fish besides uncommon marine invertebrates.

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Mudasarlova Park Nestling amidst hills and palm trees and just 5 km away from the city is the Mudasarilova water tank and attached to it is the park full of trees, flowering plants and picnic spots. An added attraction is the picturesque Golf Club.

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Mutyalampadu Beach The small hill by name Syamala Konda, on the Bheemili road is attractive with a stream debouching into the sea.

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Paderu Paderu situated about 110 km from the city, is a picturesque valley at an altitude of over 900 m above the sea level and is inhabited by tribals and surrounded by good number of hill streams.

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Pavuralakonda Pavuralakonda is a hillock near Bheemunipatnam. It offers a beautiful view of the coastline. Excavations brought out Buddhist artifacts and objects, foundations of viharas, circular chaityagrihas, stupas and halls. Rama Krishna Beach The Rama Krishna Beach (RK Beach), synonymous with the city, is the major rallying and picnic point for Vizagites. You can take an exciting walk along the beach if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mind the jostling crowds, swarming hawkers and excited children. Rushikonda Beach Rushikonda, fringing the golden sands and vast stretch of water, is an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts, providing skiing, sunbathing, wind surfing and swimming facilities. A lodge, cottages, and a restaurant offer amenities. The 14th century Sri Sapta Rusheswara temple is an added attraction. Simhachalam The 11th century Simhachalam temple, located on the hilltop, at a height of 244 m, draws millions of devotees from all over the world, especially during the Chandanotsavam. The trek or even a ride up to the hill is an exhilarating experience for both body and spirit.

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Sivaji Park Spread over an area of 3 acres in the heart of the city, Sivaji Park has many attractions like skating rink, amphitheater and food courts and is an ideal picnic spot.

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Kanakamahalakshmi Temple The temple of the presiding deity of Vizag, Goddess Sri Kanakamalalakshmi, is located smack in the centre of the city. The uniqueness of the temple is that devotees can directly worship the deity at the sanctum sanctorum.

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Submarine Museum INS Kurusura, the submarine turned into a museum is the very first in Asia and second in the world and is anchored on RK Beach. This Russian built submarine

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Thotla Konda The Thotlakonda Buddhist complex on a hillock 128 m above the sea and 15 km away from the city on the Bheemili Beach Road, houses 300-200 BC ruins of Hinayana sect.

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Three Hills Displaying the secularism at its best are the three hills. From Sri Venkateswara Konda one can view the port channel. The Mount Ross Hill is the central one. The north hillock has a mosque and the mausoleum of the Muslim saint, Baba Ishaq Madina and known as Darga Konda.

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Tyda Nature Camp Tyda is a small tribal village nestled in the Eastern Ghats, 75 km away from the city on the Araku Road. Jungle Bells, the nature camp, facilitates rock climbing, trekking and bow and arrow target shooting. The log huts and tents are set in tribal environment to encourage eco-tourism.

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Visakha Museum Set up on the RK Beach Road, the museum displays the many artifacts and curios. The unexploded 250 lb bomb that was dropped during the World War II and the desk used by Mahatma Gandhi during his visit to the city are preserved here.

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VUDA Park VUDA Park or Taraka Rama Park is a weekend spot for family picnics with a green playfield, artificial caves, beautiful lawns, flower gardens, children's park, boating and swimming facilities and skating rink. Music concerts are held at the Vaisakhi Open Air Auditorium.

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War Memorial Victory at sea is dedicated to the war martyrs and located on the beach road.

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Yarada Beach The Yarada Beach offers a picturesque landscape with its exotic blend of golden sands and lush green stretch of hills.

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Charminar The majestic Charminar, icon of Hyderabad, was built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591. It is known for its architectural splendour. Timings: 9.00 AM - 5.30 PM Entry Fee: ` 5/- for Indians, ` 100/- for foreigners Ph.: 040 2452 2990 Taramati Baradari Situated at Ibrahimbagh on the Gandipet Road, Taramati Baradari was built by Abdullah Qutub Shah, VII Sultan of Golkonda. It was revived by the APTDC and has become popular as a modern culture complex with an open air auditorium, AC theatre, multi-cuisine restaurant, accommodation unit and banquet hall. It is an emblem of romance and grace. Ph.: 040 2352 1884 (Haritha Hotel) Birla Mandir Dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, the Birla Mandir is located on Naubath Pahad near Hussainsagar. It is built with white marble in South Indian, Rajasthani and Utkal temple architectural styles. It presents an arresting sight; one can have a breathtaking panoramic view of the city from the mandir. Timings: 7.00 AM - 12.00 Noon & 2.00 - 9.00 PM Ph.: 040 2323 3259 Public Gardens The beautiful Public Gardens houses the State Legislature, State Archaeological Museum, Jubilee Hall, Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Telugu Lalita Kala Thoranam, an open-air theatre. It is one of the oldest and biggest gardens in India. Timings: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM Hussainsagar Lake It is one of the most popular landmark features of Hyderabad. AP Tourism provides facilities like speed boats and motor boats. An 18 m high monolithic statue of Buddha stands on the “Rock of Gibraltar in the middle of the lake. Ph.: 040 2345 5315 KBR National Park Described as “Jungle amidst the concrete jungle”, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park has almost all varieties of flora of Hyderabad region and fauna. It was earlier known as Chiran Palace. Mecca Masjid Situated near Charminar, the Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest and second largest mosque of India. The bricks of the masjid were brought from Mecca and hence its name. Timings: 8.00 AM - 12.00 Noon & 3.00 PM - 8.00 PM Ph.: 040 2452 4023 Salarjung Museum Salarjung Museum is a treasure-trove of exquisite objects of art and antiques from several parts of the world, all collected by Mir Yousuf Ali Khan,

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Salar Jung III. Jade room is of special interest. Timings: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM (Closed on Fridays) Entry Fee: ` 10 for adults, ` 5 for children and ` 150 for foreigners. Ph.: 040 2452 3211 9

Golconda Fort Now in ruins, the Golkonda Fort is situated 11 km. west of Hyderabad. The fort is known for its amazing acoustics, water supply system, palaces and the famous Fateh Rahben Gun. The Sound & Light Show takes one back to the glorious past of the fort. Timings: 9.00 AM - 5.00 PM Sound & Light Show: 7.00 PM - 9.15 PM Phone: 040 2345 1065 / 2351 2401

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Qutub Shahi Tombs The magnificent tombs of the kings of the Qutub Shahi dynasty, built in Persian, Pathan and Indian architectural styles are situated about a kilometre from the Golkonda Fort. This is the only mausoleum in the world, where an entire dynasty has been buried at one place. Timings: 9.30 AM - 6.30 PM (Closed on Friday) Entry Fee: ` 10 for adults, ` 5 for children and ` 100 for foreigners Ph.: 040 2351 3410

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Nehru Zoological Park The Nehru Zoological Park has over 250 species of animals and birds. Added attractions are the lion safari park, natural history museum and children’s train. Timings: 8.30 AM - 5.30 PM (Closed on Monday); Entry Fee: ` 25 for adults, ` 15 for children Ph.: 040 2447 7355

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Mir Alam Tank Mir Alam Tank is a large lake situated near Nehru Zoological Park. AP Tourism organises boat rides. It is named after the Nizam Mir Alam Bahadur.

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Shilparamam Created to encourage the artisans and artists from all corners of the country, Shilparamam is a 30-acre village that showcases their arts and crafts, by hosting annual bazaars. The Annual All India Festival of Arts and Crafts is held in February. Timings: 10.30 AM - 8.30 PM Entry Fee: ` 15 for adults, ` 10 for children Ph.: 040 2345 0305

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Laad Baazar This market is famous for glass and semi-precious stone studded bangles made of lacquer. It is also popular for pearls, bridalwear, silver ornaments, embroidered fabric and perfumes. The old buildings with wooden jharokas make walking along this alley a worthwhile experience.

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The Nizam's Silver Jubilee Museum The Purani Haveli, now converted into a museum has a fascinating collection of vintage cars, silver models of important buildings of the city and many more valuable exhibits. Timings: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM Entry Fee: ` 70 for adults, ` 15 for children Ph.: 040 2452 1029


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Chilkur Balaji Temple The famous Chilkur Balaji Temple is located 33 km. away from Hyderabad. This is the only temple in India which does not have any hundi and does not accept donations of any kind.

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Mrugavani National Park The Mrugavani National Park, situated near Chilkur is an abode for birds and mammals like wild boar, jungle cat etc. It is home to 600 types of plants. The park has high watch towers located to have a good view of wildlife.

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Chowmahalla Palace This is one of the heritage buildings of Hyderabad. Built in Moghul and European styles, the complex has four palaces . Timings: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM (Closed on Friday) Entry Fee: ` 30 for adults, ` 10 for children and ` 150 for foreigners Ph.: 040 2452 2032 Andhra Pradesh State Archaeological Museum Located in the Public Gardens, the AP State Archaeological Museum houses a large collection of antiques and art objects. It was built in 1920 by the Nizam VII. Timings: 10.30 AM - 5.00 PM (Closed on Friday) Entry Fee: ` 10 for adults, ` 5 for children Ph.: 040 2323 4942 / 2267 Mahavir Harinavanasthali National Park This park, located about 15 km. from Hyderabad shelters wild boars, cheetahs, black bucks, reptiles and many species of birds. It is named after the Jain saint, Mahavir in commemoration of his 2500th birth anniversary in 1975.

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Osman Sagar Lake Osman Sagar or Gandipet Lake, with lush gardens nearby is an ideal picnic spot. The heritage building Sagar Mahal overlooking the lake has been converted into a lake resort by the AP Tourism.

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Shamirpet Also known as Pedda Cheruvu, Shamirpet with its beautiful lake and a deer park is a great picnic spot. The AP Tourism provides comfortable cottages and the AP Forest Department arranges forest lodges.

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Indira Park Situated near the Lower Tank Bund Road and lying alongside the Hussain Sagar, the Park is spread over 76 acres of lush green area. This pleasant entertainment park is a much favoured place for many political and social meets.

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Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy Botanical Gardens Spread across a sprawling area of 130 acres, these gardens are located at Kondapur. Housing different varieties of herbs, plants and trees, these gardens provide a visual treat to the eyes with water bodies, meadows and rich grasslands.

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Necklace Road This popular boulevard fringing the Hussain Sagar, links the IMAX theatre and Sanjeevaiah Park. Hyderabadisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; favourite hang-out, Eat-Street, Water Front are popular restaurants located on this strip. Jalavihar, a mini water world is an added attraction.

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Keesara Located on east of the city, it was once the capital of Vishnukundin dynasty. One can see the ruins on the hill and in the museum located here. It also houses a famous Siva Temple.

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Rachakonda Located 30 km away from Hyderabad, it was once the capital of Velama Kings who ruled during and after Kakatiyas up to the rise of Qutubshahis. Old ruined fort is worth visiting for historical interest and for trekking.

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Sanghi Temple The temple complex is located atop Paramanand Giri at Sanghi Nagar, nearly 35 km from Hyderabad. It houses all important Hindu God idols and a Pavitra Vanam. The slope around the temple offers a splendid view. Timings: 8.00 AM - 1.00 PM and 4.00 - 8.00 PM

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AMAR CONCEPT SCHOOL

Joyful Learning

It’s a known fact that only good educational institutions can deliver what they promise. With this ideology in mind, Mr. Amar Gontu made his foray into the education sector with Amar Concept School that has reached the pinnacle of success today, with 15 branches and the number is still growing.

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Mr. Amar Gontu, the founder correspondent, started the first school (with a student strength of 600 and from classes 6 to 10) in 2008 at NAD Kotha Road. One school led to another and success blossomed further in the name of Amar Blossoms. Later Amar IIT Academy and Amar Residential School were started. Amar has its presence in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Tirupathi and Visakhapatnam. Currently having around 9000+ students (all branches put together), Amar has gained immense popularity.

“All the schools, from Kindergarten to Class X, now boast of well-designed curriculum. It offers CBSE syllabus from LKG to V Standard and State Syllabus/ SSC from VI to X Class. Modern Education should seed ‘the desire to know’ in students,” says Mr. Amar. Hailing from Guntur and armed with an engineering degree from VIT, he came to Visakhapatnam in 2002. With no one in his family remotely in the education field, he took his first step as a zone in-charge of a popular educational institution. Mr. Amar believes that a child must understand the concepts of whatever is taught in class and disapproves the rote method. He believes in education that creates good citizens.

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Hence he calls the institution Amar Concept School. Along with wife Chandana who is at the helm of the Primary Standard, he runs the Concept School that today has become synonymous with knowledge, wisdom and performance.

ASTOUNDING AMAR Smart Classrooms: All the classrooms are spacious, well ventilated, sufficiently furnished and equipped with an OH projector. Offering the best facilities, classrooms are carefully designed.

KINDERGARTEN It is where joyful learning begins. Every success story has a starting point. Hence the focus here is on the fundamentals and the endeavour is to hone good qualities like self-reliance, curiosity and creativity in students, preparing them for the next level.

Teachers: Joyful learning is a consequence of good teaching. The school boasts of a group of highly qualified, competent and committed teaching staff and it is their biggest strength. The teachers, high achievers themselves, are experts in the subjects they handle. Teachers and parents hold weekly meetings to assess students’ performance. Regular doubt clarifying sessions are also conducted to support the students.

PRIMARY SCHOOL Students here are nurtured further with a teacher-student ratio of 30:1. With stress on overall development, Amar ensures that students grow beyond mere academics. The students are exposed to extracurricular activities like drawing, art and craft, thinking and visualizing, and playing. HIGH SCHOOL At the high school level, Amar Concept School inculcates a wide range of interests in students. Here the teacher-student ratio is 40:1. It is a delicate period for students as they toil hard to enter specializations. The School helps students cope with the academic pressure and prepare them to face the world of cut-throat competition. Students’ excellent track record and mind-blowing results in the SSC exams speak volumes about the standard of education.

are trained in public speaking and group discussions to demonstrate their skills to reach the heights of success and realize their global dreams. Regular field trips and educational tours are arranged for students so that they gain the advantage of scientific exploration and social exposure with fun.

HOSTEL FACILITIES Key features • Separate hostels for boys and girls • Well furnished hostel rooms • Secured, hygienic and well furnished hostel for girls • Nutritious North Indian and South Indian recipes Library and Labs: The library is exhaustive with a collection of good books in various subjects for the use of students right from KG to high school. Labs have modern scientific equipment. Here students, working under the supervision of faculty and lab assistants, get hands on experience. Sports: Joyful learning is about engagement in sports. Sporting activities are a prerequisite at Amar as it is believed that sports infuse confidence in the individual. Recognizing individual skills, the students are encouraged to take up sports of their choice. Adequate facilities are provided to play various outdoor and indoor sports and games such as cricket, football, shuttlecock, tennis etc. and the indoor games like caroms, chess, etc. Extra-curricular Activities: To unleash the talents of the students, various events are conducted on the campus throughout the year. Communication skills are vital to make a mark in the professional world. So, the students

• Round-the-clock mineral water facility • 24/7 academic guidance by resident faculty • Moderate library provision • Exclusive proctor system • Regular medical attention Transport: Adequate bus facilities ensure that travelling is not a hindrance. Parents need not worry as the drivers are trained and the person in charge is recruited after intense scrutiny. Highlights • A world record with Yuva Gandhis • State ranks every single year since its inception • 3 students with 10/10 GPA in 2012 • National Prize Winners in Karate • Terra Quiz: Runners-up in the quiz conducted by Ministry of Forests • Telecast on National Geographic Channel red | february 2013 | 143


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