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2012 did not see the end of the world, as predicted by some, but the year itself ended in a terrible way for us. The young victim of a brutal gang rape died, after a valiant fight for justice and life. We may bow in reverence to her but before that, we must hang our heads in shame. Even as the shocked nation is spontaneously agitating, demanding the much-needed protection for women, more such cases are coming to light. According to the police, there is a 26% rise in the number of rape cases in Hyderabad. A silver-lining - and that should be welcome to us - is that Vizag registered 30% drop in crimes against women. Isn’t it time our policy-makers took a zero-tolerance approach to this barbarity? Stricter laws, better vigilance and 24/7 helplines - we must go for every possible measure to prevent such gruesome acts. Yes, the All(T)-party is over. It has, however, turned out to be another effort by the UPA government to buy time. Hopefully some concrete steps would be taken before the Telangana people lose their patience. The state has declared 2013 as “Telugu Language and Culture Development Year” at the recently held World Telugu Conference. The Tirupati meet, attended by a whopping 3 lakh people, displayed our culture in its pristine glory and also gave a clarion call to save it. Falling in step, we have done our bit, by reminding people of the fading Sankranti rituals (Tapering Traditions). At red, we always mull on new modes and methods to keep our readers informed and entertained. One such endeavour is to introduce a column - red Grace - wherein we can speak of women of substance. I am sure you would be delighted to read about Mrs. Promila Saraf and be inspired too. red Diva sets a new tone spotlighting Mrs. Shilpa Reddy, a beauty with purpose. This month red Life deals with Mr. A.T. Rayudu, who has significantly added value to the region with his ever flourishing businesses. To add elegance and elation to the spirit of New Year, we chose Tamannaah, the ruling queen of celluloid, for the cover story. I wish our readers, patrons and advertisers a very happy and fabulous New Year and Sankranti.

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ANJALI IN TOWN Even before her multi-starrer Sithamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu hit the theatres, actor Anjali of Razole appeared in Vizag for the inaugural of ‘Kalyanamastu’, an exclusive showroom to cater to the needs of bridal events at Tummidi Brothers. As it was their wont, film buffs thronged the showroom to have the glimpse of the ‘Journey’ star. Union Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology Dr. Killi Kruparani inaugurated the showroom while the actor lit the lamp. Chairman Tummidi Ramkumar with Managing Director Srinivasa Kumar and Tummidi Bobby were present.

ACTOR SALONI IN THE CITY Close on the heels of actor Anjali, yet another star that descended on the city was Saloni. She was here for the inauguration of ‘Kalyanee the Family Shoppee’ that came up at Gopalapatnam. Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Saloni lit the lamp to mark the shop’s inauguration. While MLA Malla Vijaya Prasad inaugurated the Boys Readymade section, another MLA Panchakarla Ramesh inaugurated Girls’ Readymade section. Men’s section was inaugurated by Kankatala Mallik, cash counter by CMR MD Mavoori Venkata Ramana, textiles section by former corporator Behera Bhaskara Rao and Handlooms section by G. Butchi Babu. Proprietor M. D. Prasad Reddy was present.

TVS PHOENIX 125 HITS VIZAG ROADS TVS Phoenix 125, an executive motor cycle from TVS stables was launched at Novotel. The new bike has a unique engine that ensures premium ride quality. Regional Manger of TVS Motor Company S. Arun Kumar, Area Manager of AP Sitarama Shastry, Area Manager (Service) of TVS M.N. Rajendra, representatives from Leelavathi Classic TVS Radha Krishna, Sri Gopal TVS Srinadh, Dharmana TVS (Gajuwaka) Sasidhar and other staff were present at the launch.

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CM OPENS RAJIV SMRITHI BHAVAN During his three-day people-contact programme ‘Indiramma Bata’ in the district, Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy inaugurated Rajiv Smrithi Bhavan on the beach road. Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Balaraju, Dharmana Prasada Rao, former Mayor P.Janardhana Rao, chief whip Dronamraju Srinivas, Congress senior leader Hanumantha Rao, MLA Tynala Vijay Kumar and Karanam Dharmasri were present.

BLOOD DONATION CAMP Symbiosys Technologies in association with Sahaya (students of Andhra University) and NSS conducted the largest blood donation camp on AU premises. Dr. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Commerce inaugurated the camp. Rotary Blood Bank, Lions Blood Bank, A.S. Raja Blood Bank, KGH Blood Bank and Red Cross Blood Bank participated. Symbiosis CEO O.Naresh Kumar and District Collector Seshadri were present. CMR, JCI Visakha Valley, Radio City and Studio Pixel sponsored the programme.

MARCH FOR A CAUSE As many as 1,012 children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi took out a rally to promote non-violence and Gandhian principles. Children of Class III to X from 16 branches and 300 teachers of Amar Concept School participated in the rally taken out from Victory at Sea to Kalimata temple on Beach Road. District Collector V. Seshadri, State Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju, Pendurthi MLA P. Ramesh Babu and Visakhapatnam West MLA Malla Vijay Prasad and others participated in the rally. ‘The Youth Under Various Achievements’ held the event. red | january 2013 | 24


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TEACHING TRADITIONS Poonam Shah of Teeny Boppers School organised pre-Christmas and Sankranthi celebrations to educate the pupils of the traditions that are followed during these two festivals. Students were jubilant enjoying kite flying and watching Harisdasu, Gangireddulu while Santa Claus distributed gifts among them. Little children danced around floral decorations.

BATTLE OF BRAINS AGRATA 2012 - the annual Commerce and Management Fest was organized by Department of Commerce and Management of Aditya Degree College. The motto of the event is to develop the organizational skills of the students and provide them with a platform to exhibit their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Nearly 362 students from 18 colleges participated. Prof. R. Satya Raju, HoD, Dept. of Commerce and Management, Andhra University was the chief guest while Mr. B.E.V.L.Naidu, Academic Co-ordinator, Aditya Degree College was the guest of honour. Dean K. Venkayya, Principal Mr. Varadarajan, Aditya Dept. of Commerce and Management, HoD Mr. K.V. Nagaraj and Aditya Educational Institutions Secretary Mr. N. Krishna Deepak Reddy also participated in the programme.

IIAM HOLDS PINNACLE - 2012 Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) organised an annual national management event - Pinnacle, 2012. It was a platform to hone the managerial skills of future managers and test them and their peers from other colleges. Around 4,000 students from different colleges participated in the event. Various management events were organised on the occasion. Rajesh Babu Guntu and Uday K. Patta of red magazine were the judges for Brand Wars (Advertising) event. red | january 2013 | 26


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XMAS CELEBRATIONS @ FLYING CATS The Flying Cats, an Aviation, Hospitality and Travel & Tourism Training Institute organized ‘Students Christmas 2012’ at its premises, where participants evinced great interest. Minister for Infrastructure and Investment Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the event. Andhra University Vice-Chancellor, George Victor was the guest of honour and K. Venugopala Rao was the special guest. Bishop Rev. M. A. Paul delivered the Christmas message. Former corporator K. Vengala Rao, institute managing partner Prem P. Mortha and centre head D.V.S. Ravi Kishore were present.

ENLIGHTENING THE DESTITUTE @ FLYING CATS With a view to encourage the destitute and orphan children, ‘Flying Cats’ organised a social event ‘Enlightening the Destitute.’ N. Nambudripad, Executive Director, Dist. SC Co-operative Society Ltd. lauded Flying Cats for organizing such events and dubbed it ‘Service Cats.’ Prem Pradeep Mortha, Managing Partner, Flying Cats, Gantla Sreenu Babu, President, Vizag Journalists Forum and Principal D.V.S. Ravi Kishore graced the event. ‘Make A Difference’ volunteer Pratyusha was present.

PIXELLOID’S 3RD ANNIVERSARY Pixelloid, Visual Effects Studio, Vizag celebrated its third anniversary. Students and staff participated in the cultural activities organised on the occasion. Pixelloid directors Nayeem Akhtar, Shree Charan, Prapurna Reddy(Vizag operations head) and Sudeepthi addressed the audience. Parents (of the students) too played an active role in the making the event a success. red | january 2013 | 28


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GITAM TALENT CONTEST GITAM Institute of Management, GITAM University organised inter- college talent contest and festival- GITAM Excellence Meet (GEM-2012). Students from different colleges showcased their talent and exchanged views. Reserve Bank of India Chief General Manager-in-Charge G.Jagan Mohan Rao inaugurated the one-day event in which 300 students participated. Financial Technologies Knowledge Management Company Limited (FTKMC) Assistant Director Ketul Contractor, Dean and Principal of GITAM Institute of Management Professor K.Siva Ramakrishna and Prof. Sheela, Vice-Principal, GITAM Institute of Management were present. Students presented various cultural programmes.

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MEET ON PORTS AND LOGISTICS Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in association with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, held a one-day conference on Ports & Logistics. The conference also deliberated on topics like Building World Class Logistics Capabilities, Port Connectivity and Role of Road and Rail Infrastructure, Logistics Development and User Community Perspectives on East Coast Ports. Ajeya Kallam, Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Manish Saigal, National Head - Transport & Logistics, KPMG, B.K Singh, Special Secretary, Infrastructure & Investment Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Mahendra Agarwal, Convenor - CII Andhra Pradesh Logistics Panel & Managing Director & CEO - GATI, Suchitra.K.Ella, Chairman - CII Andhra Pradesh and T. K. Chand, Chairman, CII Vizag Zone Council & Director - Commercial, Vizag Steel Plant spoke. Suchitra Ella & Poonam

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CREDAI FAMILY PICNIC The city builders may be the busiest of all but they certainly took time off for their families and cooled off at the annual family picnic of CREDAI Visakhapatnam Chapter recently. Mr. Chilukuri Srinivas hosted the picnic held at Chilukuri Brundavan Estates, Kapuluppada. Renowned film actor Sunil was the chief guest at the event which saw the presence of almost all the members and their families. The entertainment included fun, games and music in which the family members actively participated. The cultural programme was specially appreciated.

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HELIOS GOES FOR CHIC LAUNCH The launch of Helios - The Watch Store and Titan Eye+ in Vizag was done with a lot of fanfare on 16 December 2012. A first of its kind “Wine and Cheese” party brought in sophistication in place of the mundane store inaugurations that the city has been used to. So, there were no ribbons or cakes to cut and there were no garlands or lamps to light. Instead, there were toasts to make inside the store and sky beams to light up the evening façade outside. Over 400 people attended the event in a seamless way, interacted with each other and browsed many international brands of watches and eyewear while sipping and savoring the delicacies. The guest list included the who’s who and the true connoisseurs in town. The franchisees of the store were present to wish and thank the guest for their presence. Watch out for the official launch of Tag Heuer at Helios in the days to come.

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CM OPENS INOX The erstwhile popular theatres at Kachiguda - Maheswari and Parameswari have been re-modelled into a huge multiplex with five screens and named as Inox Maheswari Parameswari Complex. The Inox screens were formally inaugurated on December 15 by Union Ministers Gulam Nabi Azad, K Chiranjeevi, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Raja Narasimha, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Jayaprada and others. On this occasion a special screening of Aamir Khan’s ‘Talaash’ was arranged. The multiplex belongs to industrialist and Rajya Sabha member T Subbarami Reddy. Aishwarya

AISH OPENS LONGINES Aishwarya Rai Bachchan launched a new Longines boutique, which is devoted exclusively to watches from its famous Saint-Imer Collection. The boutique, located in Jubilee Hills, provides a contemporary environment in which the Swiss watchmaker’s highly acclaimed timepieces are showcased. It is expected to be an instant hit among customers for its subtle balance between old and new designs. Aanchal, Sahil, Avniesh, Neeru, Harish, Ruchita & Sunny

NEERU’S NEW STORE Neeru's launched their new wedding store, Emporio: The Wedding Galleria in Jubilee Hills. It is equipped with advanced technological touch points such as iPad-enabled catalogs. It is a showcase of fine designs and haute couture. Aanchal, Sahil, Avniesh, Neeru, Harish, Ruchita and Sunny graced the occasion. red | january 2013 | 40


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GLITTERING LAUNCH Renowned jewellery chain Jos Alukkas launched a new jewellery collection in its store. Actress Nayanthara along with John Alukka, Managing Director, Jos Alukkas unveiled the Platinum Jewellery Season’s collection. Hundreds of fans thronged the store to have a glimpse of their dear actor and the stunning white gold pieces.

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D’SIRE IMPRESSES D’sire Exhibition and sale was held at Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills on Nov 29 and 30 to showcase the specialized designer products like jewellery, garments, footwear, paintings, household articles and handicraft from different parts of the country. The exhibition featured 80 designers of jewellery and lifestyle accessories displaying over 15,000 designs. The exhibition also had traditionally designed jewellery, precious and semi precious stones jewellery, designer wears, exclusive range of dress materials, unique and contemporary home furnishing. Cherry

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FOR DREAMING BRIDES Anahita, the house of designers’ collections, recently presented Bridal Blush - a unique concept that brings together top designers from India to present special bridal designer wear. Anand Kabra came up with an attractive collection called Taramati, while Moni Agarwal showcased jewellery designs that are any bride’s dream. Many lucky brides walked into the showroom and walked away with “dream wedding dresses”. The event continues throughout the wedding season and new ensembles are unveiled on a weekly basis. red | january 2013 | 42


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RACING ENTHUSIASM Autocross, first of its kind event to be held in the city, offered an ideal platform for many automobile racing lovers to exhibit the level of skill, focus and responsibility required for the sport. The Andhra Pradesh Motor Sports Club (APMSC) monitored the event while Talwar Motors spearheaded it. Special care was taken to see that the well-marked, 1 km - long, zig-zag track laid at GMR Grounds complies with all the safety regulations. This entry-level motorsport provided a stepping stone for drivers looking to push the limits.

KS MISS MAXIM AUDITION The KS Miss Maxim event, launched in Delhi earlier this month for the hunt of the most ‘Sensational Girl’ has successfully completed four auditions across India, and has reached Hyderabad for its 5th round. It is an annual competition organised by the popular Men’s Magazine Maxim. The contestants were judged by Designer Shravan Kumar, Tollywood Actress Taapsi Pannu and Maxim’s Manu Maker. The Grand Finale will be held in Mumbai. The Hyderabad Audition was organised at Kismet, The Park Hotel and it was followed by a rocking party.

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CHEESE BADI HAI MAST MAST The Taj Krishna Ladies Club had its own party, but with a difference for this festive season. The party evening was themed around cheese and dedicated to delicacies made out of it. It was a gathering mostly to celebrate the festivals lined up for the month as well as a get together of the members. Women were seen catching up with one another over the cheese-dripping dishes and drinks at the Pearl Room. red | january 2013 | 44


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PAINTING EXPO It was an arty affair when Muse, the art gallery presented Art Fantasia. It was a painting exhibition by J J Reddy who came back to his debut theme of Pure Art after 35 years. The preview show was inaugurated on Dec 22 by Shri Palvai Govardhan Reddy, MP (RS) and Padmasri Sri Jagdish Mittal. The show was curated by Kaali Sudheer and drew a good response from the city’s art lovers.

PYDAHS PERFORM GRIHAPRAVESH On Dec 27, Aditya Hill Top Apartments in Jubilee Hills witnessed a horde of celebrities attending the Grihapravesh function of Maurya and Sanhitha. Maurya is the son of Rama Devi and Pydah Krishna Prasad of Pydah Educational Institutions and the grandson of Tamil Nadu Governor, His Excellency Sri K. Rosaiah, who attended the function to bless the couple. The joy of the occasion was doubled by the presence of family and friends. Mr. Malladi Krishna Rao, MLA - Yanam, Mr. Ramakanth Reddy, State Election Commissioner, Mr. T. Naga Prasad, Chairman - Oakridge, Mr. Rajasekhar Babu, MD - Oakridge People Combine, Mr. Anil, MD - Greenco and Mr. T Chandramouli, CMD - red magazine were prominently present. The traditional house warming ceremony was followed by Satyanarayana Vratam and a sumptuous lunch. red | january 2013 | 46


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STAR STUDDED AFFAIR Tollywood Tigers and Bollywood Bravehearts clashed for a friendly cricket match at LB Stadium, Hyderabad. Crescent Cricket Cup (CCC 2012) T10 Super Test Cricket Match was a charity match. Held for the first time, the Tolly team comprised actor Srikanth and young ones like Nani, Charan Tej and Nitin. The Bolly team had actors like Suneil Shetty, Sonu Sood and Rahul Dev. Spotted were gorgeous Priyamani, Charmee, Sanjjanaa, Madhurima and Madhavi Latha who came to cheer their favourite team. ‘King’ Nagarjuna was present to encourage the players. Charan Tej was declared Man of the Match. AK Khan

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SECRET SANTA SCINTILLATES Kakatiya Ladies Club lives up to its tradition of celebrating important events. The members came together for an evening of Christmas revelry which was tied with the game of Secret Santa. Few lighted up the evening by singing Christmas carols while others joined them to cheer them. The Secret Santa was Sashi Nahata who was the centre of the attraction. Celebrations apart, a line of festival delicacies were an added attraction. The Christmas party came to end with all the ladies exchanging gifts and carrying home the good memories.

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POMP AND SHOW AT XMAS PARTY The Young Ladies Club of Hyderabad celebrated Christmas in its very own fashion and style. The members gathered on a Saturday evening with President Prerna Bahirwani playing a perfect host to all her guests. The festival party oozed pomp and gaiety. A lot of singing and dancing went with the event and the club members dressed in red and white created a perfect festive atmosphere.

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CLUB SE LA VIE'S XMAS CELEBRATIONS It was a time to deck up in their best attire and thus the city’s pretty ladies were seen flaunting themselves at Nikitha Reddy’s Christmas celebration at Taj Banjara. The dress code was the classic red and white combo like the Santa Claus style. However, a few damsels were seen in gorgeous black, glowing white and peppy pink too. Complimenting one another, they were seen engrossed in celebrating the party. red | January 2013 | 51


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HYDERABAD

A NEW HIGH FOR BUDDING DESIGNERS

Blenders Pride Hyderabad International Fashion Week ’12, which concluded on 25 Dec, witnessed Indian and International designers coming together to set new trends in fashion. The show endeavoured to promote, support and nurture budding designers by displaying their creations along with the collections of established designers who have shown on Indian as well as international ramps. Big names of the Telugu and Hindi film industry added spice to the event by walking on the ramp and a few celebrities were Rana Daggubati, Yami Gautam, Lakshmi Manchu, Nitin, Nitya Menon, Kashmira Shah, Payal Ghosh, Harshvardhan Rane, Tanvi Vyas and Sagarika Ghatge and Miss India Simran Kaur Mundi. Gaurav Sharma, CEO, Storm Fashion Company and Raja Banerji, GM Marketing, Pernord Ricard India, the presenting sponsor, were present.

Sagarika Ghatge Archana Kochhar & Rana Daggubati

Krishna Mehta & Lakshmi Manchu

Mahima Choudhary With Mr & Mrs Mohit Folod

Simran Kaur Mundi & Swapnil Shinde Nitin,Ishita Singh & Nitya Menon

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Pali Sachdev & Mona Lamba

Kashmira Shah & Shaahid Amir

Reshma Ganji,Payal Gosh,Riyaz & Shawar Ali

Sahil Gulati,Zeenat Aman,Sridhar

Nishant Silva & Ruwini

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ENLIGHTENING EVENT Radisson Blu Plaza organised the Christmas tree lighting on Dec 7, marking the beginning of the festive season in a traditional style. It was also the beginning of a row of events the hotel has lined up for this season. The Cordial Blu squad played the perfect host apprising the guests of various attractive offers. They were ushered through the Gingerbread house made by the hotel chef and his team.

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VIZAG

REVIEW

POCKET-FRIENDLY STAR HOTEL

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f late there has been a steep mushrooming of hotels in the city. Debuting into this bracket is Jukaso. After making its presence felt in Delhi, Gurgaon, Dharamshala, Pune and Varanasi, it is the 6th hotel from this Group with a clear goal of offering 4 star services at an affordable cost in Vizag. Sprang up in one of the main arteries, Dwarakanagar (opposite VIP Lounge), the hotel is well-placed amidst business establishments. It’s an apt place for business meetings, leisure stay and to host small gatherings without burning a hole in your pocket. Besides 82 rooms, the hotel has a fitness centre and a small conference room. The guests can enjoy the complimentary wi-fi anywhere in the hotel. Yet another conference room with a 70 people-capacity is coming up in a month or two. The rooms are quite comfortable, with no compromise on quality and ambience. Though the hotel doesn’t give room service, it has complimentary tea and coffee makers installed in every room. The mini conference room is complimentary to the business groups that stay in the hotel.

Affordable stay, good food.

Jukaso specializes in South Indian, North Indian, Mughlai and Continental cuisines. The food is reasonably priced and buffet is worth every penny you pay. It does not provide a bar though. You can comfortably mix business and leisure at Jukaso!

Could do with a bigger dining place.

4.5

Open from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm.

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VIZAG

WOVEN WITH BRIDAL DREAMS REVIEW

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search for traditional wedding saris in Vizag leads you to Kalyanamastu - woman’s wonderland. An exclusive boutique with an extraordinary collection, it caters to all that a bride needs. A single floor store, situated above Tummidi Brothers, established in association with Kanchi Society Weavers showcases saris that connote originality at pocket friendly prices. “From the Madhuparkam to the Kanchipattu, saris with prices ranging from Rs. 5,000 to 5 lakh, are available,” says store owner Mr. Bobby. Banaras and Kanchipattu brocade saris are available from Rs. 10,000 onwards. In-fashion Uppada saris are at a starting price of Rs. 2,500. An unhurried perusal of the shelves reveals an exciting assortment of Aarni, Pochampalli, Rajkot, Puttapaka and fancy designer saris that start at Rs. 1,500. The exquisitely crafted lehengas and ghagras are at a price range between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 20,000. Kalyanamastu, is the destination for the brides-to-be.

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raving for some authentic north-Indian food? Serving right from Sarson ka saag and makki ki roti or assorted breads to those rich dals, Punjabi Grill (located on the 1st Floor, Matsyadarshini, RK Beach) soaks all the flavours of Punjab. Designed in a 4,000 sft-area, this new restaurant is from the house of Chawla’s which is famous for its taste of Ludhiana since 1960s and runs 110 outlets across the country.

Wide variety in a riot of colours.

4.5 For brides only. Parking is a problem.

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PUNJABI TADKA

The décor is in a domination of grey and silver with a contrasting combination of red. It can accommodate around 80 guests. There is a private or family dining area and a conference room too. The a la carte menu is simple Punjabi, yet quite impressive. Each menu carries the history of this glorious culinary brand. Other than the fresh raw materials (vegetables, meat), everything - from spices, flours, ghee and the pastes and even chefs are imported from Punjab. “For each of the dishes (curries and starters), there is a pre-processed gravy (plate-wise), just to carry the authentic aroma and taste of Punjab,” explains Brig. S. K. Aggarwal, Managing Partner.

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Timings Lunch: 11.30 am - 3.30 pm Dinner: 7 pm - 11 pm

If you are in a hurry, you can’t get the curry.

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Authentic Punjabi taste sans those extra calories. Portion quantity is good and reasonably priced.

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VIZAG

REVIEW

LAP OF LUXURY

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5 Lawsons Bay is a guest house offering luxury accommodation in the serene Lawsons Bay Colony. Just a 15 minute-drive from the railway station will bring you to this picturesque spot that lies along the majestic Vizag coastline. It is a perfect place to recharge your spirit. Whether you are on an official visit or a short vacation, you can feed your soul with the gorgeous natural scenic beauty all around. The first project in the hospitality sector from Surya Kiran Associates, the guest house reflects artistic simplicity and elegant interiors. The understated contemporary dĂŠcor greets you as soon as you step in and adding to it are the welcoming smiles of the reception staff.

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In short you can describe it as a homely atmosphere with all the luxury trimmings. Designed for comfort, the 4,000 sft. guest house is of 2 floors, housing a total of 9 AC deluxe double bedrooms that can be hired at Rs. 2,000 per day. Both floors have a nice lobby furnished with spacious leather sofas on which you can relax and unwind. All the rooms are tastefully done and have LCD TVs with a dish connection, state-of-theart attached bathrooms and Wi-fi. The rooms also have cosy two-seater arrangement for some coffee and conversation. With round the clock service, the place is run with loving care to ensure a pleasant and happy stay for its guests.

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Travel desk. Complimentary breakfast. No kitchen, food (from outside) is served on order.

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HYDERABAD

REVIEW

STYLE STATEMENT

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here is no doubt that the style defines the person. Having understood this need and realizing that people are not averse to spend, Dr. Sunil Adusimilli and Jawahar Babu.K thought it was apt to introduce UK’s leading stylist brand of saloons - Toni & Guy to the city. This brand specializes in hairdressing while it offers a variety of services - from pedicure and manicure to facial and nail art. The famous international brand of saloons has already started making its presence felt through its first saloon on Road No. 12, Banjara Hills. After having seen the response for their first venture, Jawahar Babu and Sunil Adusimilli (franchisee for Andhra Pradesh) have decided to start yet another saloon in Jubilee Hills.

4.5

The specialized Creative Director services are something that is surely going to catch up among the people here. It offers a complete makeover. The Creative Director sits with the customer, discusses and suggests the best styling for his or her build before offering the service.

World class services for a complete makeover.

The staff is experienced and well trained. All those selected after intensive interviews, are given two months in-house training. “Toni & Guy, Hyderabad has the master trainer who himself was trained at UK headquarters. He takes care of all the training and even the creative director services,” explains Jawahar Babu.

Not pocket friendly.

Built to world-class standards, the saloon has ample parking space and is all set to start valet parking on busy days. Servicing being world-class, it is sure to lure the rich and famous.

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HYDERABAD

REVIEW

CHANNA-BHATURA SPECIAL

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ream Centre, a chain of restaurants with a history of over 50 years, has now come to Hyderabad to offer you the “real” taste of authentic and delicious channa bhatura! Made with its own patented masala, this dish is sure to make you come back for yet another one. Thanks to Divinus Foods, the franchisee for entire Andhra Pradesh, we have this popular brand of restaurant on Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills while yet another “will shortly come up at Himayat Nagar.” The restaurant can accommodate around 170 people and also has a 40-seater private dining area. With an exotic look and well-mannered service, the place is sure to be a new venue for an outing with family and friends, while not bothering about the parking and other amenities.

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Cream Centre was established in 1958 in Mumbai. Over the last five decades, the restaurant has spread to cities like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Lonavala, Pune, Patna and Surat. It also has an overseas presence with an outlet in Dubai. The chain of restaurants became famous for its trademark dish – The Original Channa Bhatura. Once success was achieved, it has expanded to offer a variety of Punjabi dishes and today in their Hyderabad outlet, they even serve Mexican, Italian as well as Chinese.

In an easy-to-locate area with good parking facility. Service can be faster.

According to Srikanth, partner of the Hyderabad restaurant, “Our new menu is a reflection of change. It is proof that the traditional and the contemporary can co-exist. Our consistently high quality of food lives up to our legacy.”

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REVIEW

AUSPICIOUS BEGINNING

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2-12-2012 was indeed a special day for Hyderabadis, of course for a different reason! It was the day that Neeru’s, the leading name in designer clothing started its new outlet in Jubilee Hills called Neeru’s Emporio - The Wedding Galleria. This destination marks a new phase in the ethnic fashion trends. The 30,000 sft. luxurious showroom housed in a two-storied building is a bliss and ready to usher in the wedding season with its wide assortment of ensembles and attires to choose from. Premium ethnic wear that are moderately priced are the highlights of the Emporio. All the designs are exclusive and are not available even in the other Neeru’s outlets.

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Not just the wedding wear, the showroom houses a complete collection. It is a bouquet of ensembles from silk saris, lehangas to tunics and suits for women. The Menz collection is for the contemporary Indian male. Little Neeru’s takes care of the children’s clothing needs with trendy and designer wear. The studio offers various and all important accessories for women including handbags, jewellery and shoes. Most importantly, the products for sale are pocket friendly, thus offering something for everybody!

Ample parking. Prices suit all pockets. Couldn’t find any.

Built to the tastes of modern needs, the Emporio boasts of luxurious interiors that give it an international appeal while the garments are not so grandly priced. The showroom is also equipped with advance technological based touch-points such as iPad enabled catalogues, making it a hi-tech store in the hi-tech city.

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“India is the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition,” said Mark Twain, adding that the “most valuable and most instructive materials are treasured up in India.” Paradoxically, we don’t seem to comprehend what Twain and many of his ilk realized about India long ago. With each passing year we are moving away from our traditions. In fact, we are neglecting them to the extent that some of them went into oblivion. Are we so urbanized and modernized that we fail to hold on to our rich heritage and culture? Why do we adopt western culture with such fervour that poses a threat to the very roots we were brought up in? Anoohya B finds out why we evince more interest in organizing a Halloween party and slack, in stark contrast, when it comes to holding a parantam (haldi-kumkum).

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Tell(y) Tales The scenario at hand is a complete contrast to what it was with the previous generation. Weeks before Sankranthi, you knew the festival was just around the corner due to the Muggulu (Rangoli) adorning every inch of available space in the front yard. There were ‘gobbillu’ (made of cow dung) which were a must accessory to the Rangoli. Bhogi manta - the bonfire represented the burning away of old items in your life, paving way for new changes and transformations. Apart from a few boisterous youngsters, no one seems game for a bonfire of late. The streets adorned a festive look with a combination of huge Rangolis, Haridaasus, Gangireddulu, Basavannas and cinders of bonfires. The sky used to be a riot of colours with numerous kites which is hardly an occurrence nowadays. Kids would rather play on their systems, gadgets or watch Sankranthi

related movies on TV than actually enjoy the festival. They say that the second day of Sankranthi is a time for family, which implies all kith and kin (not just the core) converge at one spot and celebrate the festival as it’s meant to be celebrated. The tiny tots of today, perhaps, don’t even know the joy in competitively snatching the Regi pallu (berries) and little coins from their siblings that go with the ceremony of Bhogi pallu (a shower of goodies). Where is the elaborate Bommala Koluvu (dolls display), the annual ritual in which families used to vie with each other for the best collection and display? The Clueless Class This scenario is not just pertaining to Sankranthi, but it holds good for all the festivals. No one is taking pains to actually go through all the elaborate

VOX POPULI “I don’t think all is lost. For every festival, I go to both my grandmas’ villages. All of our families meet up no matter where we are. As long as parents take the onus of involving their children in the festival rituals, I see no danger of losing them.” Swetha Singampalli (22)

traditions that go with the festivals. The excuse, that we are caught up so badly in the race of urban corporate life and are left with little time for upkeep of the traditions, is inadequate because we Indians are a celebrating lot. While the north Indians import some western traits, we in the south get a mixed bag of both western and north Indian. What can be done? It has to start somewhere. It’s quite simple. Revive them! Every tradition has its significance. Gather the little kids, tell them the prominence and every little detail surrounding the festival. Conduct family re-unions and visit your villages that still hold a mirror to the traditions. Unless children are told of these valuable customs and taught to enjoy each and every nuance of a festival, nothing can be passed on to the next generation.

“Tradition simply means that we continue what is worth continuing.” Chitty Vijayalakshmi (40) "I don’t believe in traditions without a reason. If they have a proper reason, we can follow them. Otherwise, it is just a waste of time. “ Shivan L (18)

“Who is not interested in Rangoli? The only problem is space constraint. Back then we used to have huge houses with front yards, allowing us to create elaborate Rangoli - so it’s not exactly forgotten, but inconvenient these days. In any way, big or small, I still keep the tradition going.” Rama Devi (41)

" Earlier, we had time for everything. Traditions were strictly followed. I don't see my children imposing the same on my grandchildren. People change with times, so do the traditions. I'm happy that at least things like kite-flying, Bommala Koluvu, Rangoli and traditional attire are still followed in my family” P R Rao (61)

“We are probably the last generation to enjoy little things like Bhogi Pallu. My nephew has no idea what it is, and when I tried to explain he exclaimed ‘You grab them!?’ It’s that bad!” Ramesh Yadav (28)

“Sometimes traditions morph with changing times. What was right way back may not be the same now. In fact, it is not only Sankranthi. UNICEF released a list of vanishing traditions in India, and according to the report, Sankranthi is safe . It is the North-East festivals and traditions that are suffering the most, to a vanishing point.” Divya Pentapalli (22)

“One has to be practical. We are working women and naturally cannot go into details even if we follow the tradition. It is fine if a few traditions are skipped as long as we worship God. Finally, what’s more important? God or traditions? ” Raji Duvvula (32)

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It is no big task to grow pastures in a fertile land but to scratch a desert and produce a garden is something only a very few can accomplish. That is what Promila Saraf has done. Moved by the prevailing penury and ignorance in a remote village Sriram Nagar, Garividi - 80 km away from Visakhapatnam - where destiny took her after marriage more than four decades ago, Promila began her life’s mission of creating a world for the deprived and the destitute on an unfamiliar ground.

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The starting point… Married to Mr. R. K. Saraf, Chairman and Managing Director of FACOR, young Promila had everything going great for her - money, education, good upbringing and conjugal bliss. Yet she stepped out of her comfort zone to work for the vulnerable. Ground reality… Promila realized that mere doling out money was of little help and uplift of the have-nots could be achieved only by working alongside them. This ‘concern’ made her establish Women & Child Welfare Centre in 1975.

HER THOUGHTS

All in the family... The philanthropic gene runs in her family. It was her father the late Mr. Gujarmal Modi, a visionary and the architect of Modi Nagar in UP, who set her off on this path.

Initial hiccups… Her very first step of setting up a nursery school faced stiff resistance from the local people who looked askance at English as the medium of instruction. Yet an undaunted Promila went ahead, winning them over through protracted coaxing and cajoling. The effort was well worth the trial as today, it has grown into a well-known CBSE school with 1,200 students. It was followed up with a degree college. Creating awareness… While the children were lured into education by various sops including free uniforms and snacks, their mothers were encouraged to learn needle work and embroidery. Under the microcredit finance scheme, her centre helps women to set up selfsupporting enterprises. For the disadvantaged… Lack of schools for children with special needs further motivated Promila to start schools for hearing and visually impaired (Sabdam-1980; Drishti-1985) and mentally challenged (Mano Vikas-1988). Today nearly 350

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women sidestep the ubiquitous male dominance. Ÿ I have no reasons to complain as I never face any discrimination. On the contrary, I enjoy an unflinching support and respect from men both at home and work. Ÿ Conquer the home front before you set out to take on the world, is my advice to women. Ÿ Woman also has to keep up her part of the bargain and fulfill her commitments before asking for her due.

is pretty, has to face a lot more problems. She has to keep her feet firmly on the ground without succumbing to praise or pressure. Ÿ Mention of Sonia Gandhi, Jayalalithaa, Sheila Dikshit, Mamta Banerjee and Meira Kumar is enough to show that women are given their due in modern India. Ÿ Respect and love yourself, then others cannot ignore you. Ÿ One has to work hard to maintain any relationship and marriage is no exception.

children (250 are given boarding and lodging) take advantage of this facility. Contributions to the city… People who cross the Visakhapatnam beach road cannot just miss the landmark Yoga Village which is yet another brainchild of Promila and which took a concrete shape with Andhra University throwing in its mite. For a multi-faceted woman like Promila, creating Sagarika Cultural Society that quenches the artistic thirst of locals was just another pleasant compulsion. It is little wonder she dubs Vizag as a ‘bundle of memories.’ Varied roles… Promila manages to juggle two distinct roles - that of a wife of a business tycoon, high profile socialite and national-level Bridge player and, in stark contrast, a champion of social and cultural causes. And she does it with such great dexterity and aplomb that today she is the happy matriarch of a closely-knit household and a down-to-earth leader of a huge extended family as well.

AWARDS

Chosen path… Her struggle has always been to redeem the underprivileged women of poverty and illiteracy and lend a sense of purpose and dignity to the lives of physically and mentally challenged children.

Ÿ Sulakshana Ram Janam

Pandey Award Ÿ Bharath Cultural Integration

Committee for National Integration Ÿ Ugadi Puraskar Ÿ Mahila Ratan Award Ÿ National Award for services to

the handicapped Ÿ Plaque from American

Biographical Institute, North Carolina

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HILPA

THE ROLE MODEL

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Her dream to become a beauty queen came true. Her unflinching grit helped her achieve her goal. Winner of 2004 Gladrags Mrs. India contest, Shilpa Reddy is a renowned model. She was also featured in the Kingfisher Calendar. She is a fitness expert and also a fashion designer. While modelling happened to her by chance, she established herself as a fashion designer later. Mrs. Shilpa is here to charm us with her down-to-earth appeal.

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By Ranita Ray


Seeds sown Love for clothes since her childhood landed her in the lap of the fashion world. Besides herself being up to date, Shilpa has grown to give that ‘stylish’ look to others. She was in the eighth standard when she started designing clothes for herself, later for her friends, by using their moms’ saris. Buoyed by the response, young Shilpa did a course in fashion designing from JD Institute and later from Toronto, Canada. Made model Standing 5-foot-7 inch and blessed with a slim body, Shilpa was born to win. A casual trial at Miss Andhra Pradesh contest fetched her a tiara. The success journey did not stop there, as laurels kept pouring in from every quarter. Her marriage too never came in the way of her ‘elegant’ journey. Married to Mr. Preetham Reddy, a businessman, Shilpa found herself closer to her chosen destination. With Mr. Reddy’s encouragement, she not only contested but also earned Gladrags Mrs. India 2004 title. That in turn, opened the door to the fashion world.

She sashayed the ramp for several events and top designers including Lakme Fashion Week and Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra and Rajesh Pratap Singh and established herself as a top model.

Learning phase With a number of titles in her kitty, Shilpa could have easily chosen a career in modelling. But Shilpa evinced a keen interest in designing that helped her become a creative fashion designer.

Family support She stepped into the glamour world with her parents’ support. Post marriage, she climbed new heights with her husband’s backing. In fact, her dear hubby became her guide, mentor and pillar of strength. She has an added advantage as her motherin-law herself is a fashion designer and sister-in-law Keerthi Reddy, an actress.

Shilpa as a brand Her hometown Hyderabad has her first flagship boutique named after her. Applying innovative techniques to traditional formats and reinventing cultural embellishment and embroideries, the label brings a new dimension to Indian bridal trousseau wear. Sophisticated cuts, clean structure, premium fabrics, impeccable fit and finish are the specialties of her designs. She likes power dressing rather than a very feminine profile. There is a diligent use of zippers and gold buttons and the structured outfits are complemented with collars and pockets. Each of her collection reflects the DNA of her creation. Right now, her brand is available across the country and will soon hit overseas.

Breaking the myth She turned a role model for those who aspire to be in the glamour world. Hailing from a conservative, traditional Telugu (Reddy) family, she proved that marriage is not an obstacle to a woman’s career. On the contrary, her success story stands testimony to the fact that married women too can create a niche for themselves in society.

I love my work and am greedy only for compliments as appreciation for my creation”

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Celeb styling She designs for several Tollywood celebs including Nagarjuna, Amala, Lakshmi Manchu, badminton sensation Jwala Gutta and few others. Her next target is to work for Bollywood divas Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. Pitfalls It’s a world of cutthroat competition with numerous designers coming up every year. No matter how acclaimed your last creation was; a ‘silly’ mistake can spoil the reputation, says Shilpa and adds that one has to always deliver the best to remain on the top slot. Social service She is not confined to the glamour world or pursuing her career in designing only. She involves herself in cancer awareness workshops. She is also closely associated with an NGO called ‘Roshni’ run by her aunt, which deals with people suffering from mental disabilities. Healthy and hearty Owner of an hour-glass figure, she believes in low-fat, high-fibre and complex carb diet. She follows the rule - eat by keeping some space for the next meal without overfeeding at one go. She is inspired by her dad Jeevith Reddy, a champion swimmer and gives him the credit for her ‘robust’ health. She has made a five-days-a-week workout, a part of her lifestyle.

Multitasking She is truly a multifaceted woman, playing the roles of wife, daughter-inlaw, mother of a two year old son, fashion designer, model and a socialite with much élan. However, it is the family that occupies the top slot on her list of priorities. Golden advice A la film world, a sort of casting couch exists in this glamour world too, says she adding that she never had to compromise to achieve her goal. She advises the wannabes not to succumb to any pressure and lose their self-dignity.

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HER THOUGHTS

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A BACHCHAN - KHAN PATCH UP?

Hordes of Bollywood bigwigs were seen in full attendance at the Christmas eve party hosted by Sunny Dewan, MD, HDIL at their Bandra residence. Coming in late to the party, Salman put an arm around Abhishek and walked into a corner to chat. Even with Aishwarya around and at a safe distance, the two stars were engaged in some warm conversation. It was a moment to behold. So shall we believe that Abhishek and Salman buried the hatchet?

CISUMCISU SKOOBSKOOB NO MORE RAUNCHY?

Two leading ladies, who had quite the raunchy roles in their kitty, have decided not to go for such roles. Newlyweds Kareena and Vidya have rejected an offer from Tigmanshu Dhulia to act in his upcoming project, Begum Samru, owing to the high censor content in the film. The film is set in the 18th Century and is about a nautch girl, Begum Samru, who paves her way to become the ruler of Sardhana. Dhulia said, “I did approach them both, but they weren't comfortable with the script.” With the two power-packed heroines out of the race, which heroine is going to boldly step into the project?

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SAMANTHA'S HEARTTHROB, WHO?

Recently there was heartbreaking (for all her male fans and others too) news from Samantha. She has finally confessed that she is deeply in love with somebody adding, “We are going very strong and I am very happy.” Who is she referring to? However, she refused to divulge the lucky man's name. She said that she needs to get an 'ok' from the other person to go public and so she has chosen to stay quiet for now.

YET ANOTHER MULTI-STARRER?

Looks like, the multi-starrer trend, a la Bollywood, is catching up in Tollywood. Post SVSC, quite a few other actors are agreeing to act in one. The latest is that Victory Venkatesh, once again, has given his nod and is teaming up with young rebel star Prabhas for Dil Raju's next. The title Suryudu - Chandrudu has been registered now and casting is still going on. Kajal and Trisha are likely to be in the female leads. With a debutante director at the helm and DSP's music, will Dil Raju cash in on the hype of multi-starrers in Tollywood?

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A Memory of Light is a forthcoming finale to the 14-part fantasy series, The Wheel of Time saga. The final tribute was penned by Brandon Sanderson, based heavily on the notes prepared by Robert Jordan, the author of the series, before he passed away in 2007. The series has sold over 44 million copies in over thirty languages. The epic final battle of Rand in Shayol Ghul, the confrontation with the Dark One, and all the prophecies fulfilled form the crux of the story. Robert Jordan's 23 year legacy is finally coming to an end, making it one of the grandest sagas of our time.

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Tamannaah claims it’s been God’s blessing, right timing and a bit of luck that led her where she is. But we say her hard work, passion and dedication put her on the pedestal. This most sought after actress is a perfect combination of beauty and brains.

As the conversation starts off, she makes you quite comfortable, and you end up feeling like her friend. In fact the warmth with which she greets you makes you forget the fact that she’s a reigning queen of filmdom. This milky white beauty had tons of things to share with red. Enjoy the read!


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Excerpts How did 2012 treat you? Perfect, though it just flew by. I still can recall the first day of the year and look we are already through with it. God speed! A lot of work, but it was well planned and comfortably spread over the year. Any New Year resolutions? Not really. The year ended on a tragic note. So I want to start the New Year with a lot of positivity which I hope gets rubbed off on my family, friends and loved ones. How was your journey so far? When I look back, it appears like a dream as it was very smooth and I have got more than I ever expected. I’m grateful to the Almighty. What is your driving force? I don’t know what always propels me but I guess it’s my passion for acting. That precisely was the reason why I started so early. I love my job and it is my strength. Happy Days launched seven others along with you. But none of them has reached super stardom like you did. What role did glamour play in your success? It’s very important to understand that Happy Days was an unconventional film with specific role demands. So I got recognized. Yes, it’s basically a very offbeat film, which did very well. Earlier too I did do some roles but obviously they did not fetch me laurels. It was after the Happy Days, the commercial offers started pouring in. Your efforts to learn Telugu is commendable. Will you dub for yourself in future? I am very comfortable with Telugu and also it’s time I started dubbing. I am just waiting for the right role. Though you are the reigning queen of Tollywood, you are rarely dragged into link-ups and controversies. How do you manage that? It’s important for an actor to understand that she/he has a private life too besides being a celebrity. I like to keep my life as private as possible. Moreover, I am not very social. Hence you see less of me outside. red | january 2013 | 86

What do you do to de-stress yourself? I spend time with my family and friends to unwind. How do you react when you see yourself on the screen? I just can’t recognize myself on the screen. We heard you are a poetess too. Who are your favourite poets? Share your love for poetry with our readers. William Wordsworth is my favourite. When I was in school, I really used to enjoy reading his poetry. I used to write, as much as I read. However, of late I am not in touch with poetry though it still excites me. How do you manage to shuttle from Telugu to Tamil and now Hindi films? It has been pretty much a part of my life right from the beginning. So, I don’t find it stressful. How are things with you at Bollywood? Compare it with Tollywood. Though the people are culturally different, I have been welcomed with open arms at both the places. Your preference to work with Allu Aravind's production house is much talked about. What do you say? They are the ones who gave me a good break after Happy Days. They gave me 100% Love and Badrinath. I think Aravind garu has reposed great faith in me. It’s a fantastic production house and they churn out really good films. Though you have had a lot of flops in Tollywood, you are still the number one option for the producers. How come? I believe that an actress has a shelf life especially in the commercial line. I think you have to give your job your best. I like to be involved in the film right from the word go, giving it my unflinching support. That perhaps is the reason why producers feel comfortable with me. How different are you from your on-screen image? On screen you are playing different characters. But sometimes your natural traits get reflected on the screen. How do you handle criticism? Criticism is vital to improve one’s performance. How else do you know where you are going wrong?

How do you maintain your physique? I have been working out for the last 3 years. But of late I’ve restricted myself to yoga. I used to be careful with my diet, but now I am eating pretty much everything. I have a tendency to put on weight, hence have to be careful. Tamannah, a dancer, gives a tough time to heroes like Bunny, Tarak and Charan. What is the secret? I have been fortunate enough to train myself and dance. I also seek advice from my colleagues like Bunny, Tarak and Charan. When I’ve been working with them, they used to keep talking to me about how I can improve my dance. Dance has a lot to do with your mind and emotions. It is not about speed or precision. I think loving and enjoying it are the crucial ingredients. Your forthcoming ventures. I am working on a film with Naga Chaitanya, it’s a remake of the Tamil film Vettai. I am also working in Himmatwala with Ajay Devgn and Sajid Khan and I signed a film with Ajith and Shiva, a Tamil film.

Personal Diary If not an actor what would you have been? I would have been in the medical field because many of my family members are in it. Best compliment you’ve ever received. After Vana Vana song was done, Chiranjeevi sir complimented me. His compliments meant a lot to me. He is utterly sweet and such a down to earth person. He’s a huge inspiration to the next generation actors. You dominated Charan in ‘Vana Vana’. How did you manage that? I don’t know, there’s sometimes no logic involved [chuckles].


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How is it being on the cover of red? I enjoyed expressing my thoughts to its readers. It feels great and I loved doing the interview.

Any 3.00 am friends in the industry? No.

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What do you like the most about yourself? I like the fact that I’m a family person. I love spending time with my family. Are you game for item numbers? No, I don’t think so.

Quick take

What do you like about Hyderabad and Vizag? I love both the places and I’ve spent most of my years growing up in Hyderabad, so I can say its pretty much home.

Dating: Must! Love: True

What scares you most about stardom? It doesn’t scare me, but there is the issue of your privacy being invaded.

Marriage: Will do

Father’s darling / mother’s pet? I’m the pet of both.

Beauty: It lies in the eyes of the beholder

A wild gossip you heard about yourself. I’m starring in Avatar Part 2. Turn-on in a man? Character. One actor you’d like to work with? Mahesh, I haven’t worked with him yet! Awards or box-office hits? Box office hits, any day.

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Message to all your fans. A big thanks for all the support you gave me! And I hope I keep entertaining you and doing a good job.

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Family: Most important

One word for your co-star

Mahesh: Good and subtle actor Pawan Kalyan: Charismatic

Surya: Grounded, down to earth Jr. NTR: Amazing dancer, confident

Favourites Actor: Hrithik Roshan, Chiranjeevi

Prabhas: Friendly, easy to work with Allu Arjun: Encouraging, inspiring Siddharth: Intelligent, chocolate boy Ram Charan: Stylish, good actor

Mahesh or Pawan: Depends on the script, which ever works out.

Naga Chaitanya: Non-filmy, sweet

Actress: Soundarya

Manoj: Comfortable to work with

Director: Rajamouli Film: Paiyya Cuisine: Italian

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Shopping destination: Dubai

Samantha: Naturally beautiful

Book: Paulo Coelho

Kajal: Bubbly, chirpy, vivacious Ileana: Stunning, beautiful, sexy Sruthi Hassan: Versatile Hansika: Chirpy, positive, bubbly Anushka: Warm Trisha: Super friendly, cool to hang out with, fun red | January 2013 | 89


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Its luxurious interiors speak of a dual tone - beige and black with metal grain accents. Seven people can easily be accommodated. Adequate boot space, plush leather seats, an 8-way electrically adjustable driver seat with automatic easy access function, ORVMs with electric adjustment plus folding and heating, day and night IRVM, steering wheel with tilt function and audio controls and to top it all, a touchscreen infotainment system with MP3, DVD, USB port and Aux-in and 6 speakers are the highlights. R

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CASIO G-SHOCK Though an essentially smart wrist watch, it is able to connect and share data with smartphones. The iPhonefriendly watch uses the low powered Bluetooth 4.0 standard to connect to the iPhone 4S or 5. The watch can send a signal to your iPhone to play an audible alarm, in case you misplace it.

FEATURES & TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Shock resistant • 200M water resistant • LED backlight (super illuminator) • World Time 35 time zones (100 cities + UTC), citycode display, daylight saving on/off • 5 Daily alarms • Hourly time signal • Vibration function - Tap function (alarm/vibration on/off) • 1/100 second stopwatch - Measuring capacity: 23:59'59.99"; Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time • Countdown timer - Measuring unit: 1 second; Countdown range: 24 hours • Full auto calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099) • 12/24 hour formats • Button operation tone on/off • Accuracy: +/- 15 seconds per month (without BLE communication) • Low battery warning • Power saving function • Battery: Cr2032 • Approx. battery life: 2 years • Size of case/total weight: 53.2 x 50.0 x 17.7mm / 64g red | january 2013 | 94


Favi's SmartStick It is now very easy to enjoy the richest content on the web sitting in the comfort of your drawing room. You need to simply plug in the SmartStick into any HDMI input on your TV and power it with the included USB direct connect cable. Run through the guided setup and watch the transformation of your HDTV into a Smart TV. Thousands of android apps can be accessed on your TV screen within minutes. At a very affordable rate, you get a dongle that provides multilanguage functionality.

SPECIFICATIONS • OS: Android (4.0) • Resolution: 720P, 1080P (HDMI) • Microprocessor: ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0 Ghz • RAM: 1GB DDR3 SD Ram • Built-in WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n • Storage: 4GB • USB Port: 2.0 • Mini USB: DC Input, • Micro SD: Up to 32GB • Remote Control: Infrared •Dimensions: 3.6" x 1.3" x 0.6" • Weight: 0.08 lb.

Intex 2.0 Tower Speaker The IT-12000SUF is a 2.0 tower speaker, launched by Intex Technologies. Aimed at music enthusiasts especially in the age group of 14-40 years, the speaker is multimedia ready to play the most popular MP3 audio formats from personal devices. It also supports FM radio and can play music stored in a USB drive or memory card. Encased in a wooden structure, it promises a powerful sound output of 84W and is engineered for multi-functional usage and can be attached to home theatres, PCs, etc. SPECIFICATIONS • Power Output: 42W + 42W • Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20KHz • FM frequency range: 88 Mhz to 108 Mhz • Sensitivity: < 500m V • S/N Ratio: >=60db • THD: 0.10% • Separation: >=40db • Impedance: 4 ohm • Speaker Unit: (20.32 cm + 10.16 cm + 5.08 cm) x 2 • Power Supply: AC 200V - 240V, 50 - 60Hz • Box Dimensions: 39 x 34 x 88.7 cm • Net Weight: 20 Kg.

Nokia DC 16 This is a Universal Portable USB charger that can recharge any kind of Nokia phone and many other devices that support USB charging. It has a compact and ergonomic form with an LED display indicator that shows the status. The device has a powerful built-in battery that can be recharged from any USB power supply including wall and car chargers and computer USB sockets. It is designed to hold its charge for more than 3 months and provides high output. It is small enough to fit in the pocket to keep the frequent traveller’s power on-the-go. Choose from 4 colour options to match your style. SPECIFICATIONS Type: Connector: Battery Capacity: Output Current: Battery Cycle Life: Width x Height x Depth: Weight:

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An oldest form of tradition has now become a source of inspiration for many a trendsetting designer! Be it art or utility, one metal - brass - has been evergreen and versatile! Traditionally, it has always been about beautiful artifacts, mostly religious, 'diyas' or lamps for a 'puja mandir’ or just display pieces like the traditional 'dogra' art! Brass inlay in wall panels and in furniture has always been a hit!

TO ILLUMINATE For last two years warm-toned metals such as copper, gold and brass are making a strong comeback in interiors. Mellow and brushed brass especially for lighting is quite in vogue. Brass reflects warmth and coziness in designing. One style I adopted widely is the brass beaten bowls of different sizes mounted on a textured wall and offset with some great spot lighting or back lighting; it looks great! Brass lights for walls, ceilings and table in different and funky designs are making their way into the market in a big way! On individual preference, one can go with brass floor or table lamps, pendant lighting or even a contemporary fashioned chandelier.

Most owners of handicraft stores swear by the brass products and say that till date, it is the highest selling item at their stores, be it statues for the home or for gifts as well. Everyone appreciates a well finished piece of brass and gives value to the same! Since last year, it has been hitting the market in a big way with designers developing a fetish for the metal and with a need to reinvent its usage. The trend is going to witness a boom this year. A host of designers have started manufacturing things more contemporary like funky candle stands, hardware and accessories. The list is endless! “Personally, I have used brass in many different ways off late,” says ace interior designer Ameet Mirpuri, sharing his expertise on this gorgeous metal. Let’s get a brass appeal to your home décor this time.

OUT-OF-THE-BOX Brass sheets can also be used to make cut work patterns and create a jaali (net) effect that can be mounted onto walls or onto paneling. We have used them in front of glass wall fountains so you actually see the water flowing through the cut work and in between wooden panels as well. Brass inlay panels of different sizes can be made in the form of strips or plates and embedded into doors for an oriental touch! Even the design of the carving or cut work can be customised to whatever design we make and give the worker, as there are even very precise machines that have taken over from traditional handwork nowadays! Artisticks (company dealing with brass and white metal carvings) in Hyderabad and Vizag are pioneers in any kind of brass work. You just need to conceive it with creativity; the end product will be phenomenal! red | January 2013 | 112


ARTY TOUCH The traditional brass work has always been more about hand done work and always used to take forever to manufacture. But then again, that was the beauty of it! Apart from the traditional pieces, you can even inlay slim brass pieces into furniture! To give an ethnic touch to your doors, you can use traditional brass studs. To go rustic, you can use brass in a pewter finish which is greenish and is a great look for the outdoors! To go contemporary, use a Mukund Goyal designer handle or curtain hardware for accessories! So like I said, brass is one material that can be molded into any look, any form and will remain with you forever. But of course, good things come at a price!

ACCESSORIES For an economical yet evident brass makeover, the small little artifacts in this metal come handy. A brass bell hung at the entry of the living room, or a set of brass figurines kept on one corner of the sitting space looks awesome. A huge brass framed mirror fixed on a side wall of the living space or an urli with floating flowers at the entry can be an easy way to infuse a brass feel in any interior. The market flaunts such several other options, from candle stands, clock, key holder to nameplates etc., the choices are endless.

Care and Cautions There may be a few problems with using brass in cities that have humid conditions like Vizag though, so using the oxidised version of the same is always advisable! Special brass cleaning liquids are available at stores that sell brass artifacts that can help you maintain your pieces! In the places with dry climate like Hyderabad, you would never really have a problem! Though the brass furniture looks stunning, however they are not the in-thing now, so try not to bring them home this season. Ameet Mirpuri, Interior Designer, can be contacted at +91 98494 89157

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VIZAG

@ PALM BEACH From ringing the jingle bells to ringing in the New Year, it was a gala celebration at Palm Beach Hotel. The open air venue, sea breeze and the green lawns decked in a red-white theme, Christmas was a grand affair here. The killer lady DJ Kim from Mumbai took charge of the first of its kind Christmas Ball in the town. The New Year bash had a higher voltage fun with two venues hosting splendid parties. The popular in-house swanky pub Dusk had a starry night, decorated with numerous twinkling stars. The live performance by Angela and Elvis with resident DJ Swaroop elevated the mood of the guests. The Pool Side had â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Jashn-e-Shaam, Naye Saal Ke Naamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with live Hindi band performance by singers Rani and Babu. Both the parties offered unlimited food and beverages.

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@ WAVES It was the biggest party in town hosted by Uday Kiran Patta of Studio Pixel, where the party freaks literally pulled the sky down, with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;drink and dance hard and party harderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spree. With a host of mesmerizing events like a fashion show by ten pretty models, six sizzling item songs performed by celebrity dancer Mallika, the mind boggling moves and grooves of the Bboying group and not to miss the DJ Slim from Akthar House churning the popular numbers, the venue turned out to be the hottest spot in the city. It was not only about enjoying the bash, but also about donning the queen and king of the night look. Beating competitors in a tough race, pretty Shruti and smart Sanjay were declared as the best dressed girl and guy of the evening and won Espirit wrist watches by Helios. It was a bumper win for the best dancing couple, who bagged flight tickets to Singapore.

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XTREME SPORTS BAR Yes, the sporty souls were at Xtreme, the best place to be in town to celebrate Christmas. With loads of goodies, offers and fun, Santa had fulfilled everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wish here. The hot favourite DJ Gangu accompanied by DJ Swarup and DJ Rahul entertained the guests. Starting from 3.00 pm, the crazy celebration went on till late night. With similar josh, the guests here bade adieu to 2012 in the most sizzling, wild and extravagant way with foot tapping music, unlimited drinks and lip smacking food. To entertain all the party lovers and music revolutionists, DJ Priish, DJ Swarup n DJ Govi were at their musical best. It was a show of fun unlimited, and no control.

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@ CHROME It was quite a grand affair in happening Chrome which had a double celebration - its eighth anniversary and Christmas. The three day non-stop fiesta had seen ultimate madness with best of the best programmes on each day. While the first day was progressive and house music by master DJ Ayisha, the second day was by DJ Ravish, the king of remixes from Delhi and the last day saw a fabulous performance by Cross Wings from Kolkata. Next on the fun planner was the New Year smash with DJ Swadeep who unleashed the inner beast of everyone out there. Adopting the Masquerade theme of the party, the buffs were seen hiding their faces behind masks. Bonding over music and madira, the guests were euphoric.

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@ ROSSO The iconic date 12/12/12 was celebrated in a quite unique way in Rosso with city’s 12 best DJs flocking together in musical face-off for ‘End Of The World Party'. The madness continued from 12 PM to 12 AM, for 12 hours nonstop. The pub also ushered in the year with ‘The first party of 2013’ on the New Year’s Eve. DJ Gangu offered some fabulous music, as the dancers set the floor on fire. Extraordinary live music was a part of the package and it revved up the party quotient. The crowd was a mix of familiar and fresh faces. Everything was perfect - the ambience, music and the atmosphere.

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@ GREEN PARK ‘Planet Love - new year celebrations’ - the NYE party set a rocking start to the evening with MC Ms. Priya and Karaoke by David. Exposure Group from Kolkata put on a great performance. Under the starry sky with a cool breeze blowing softly at the Meadows, the partygoers had a smashing time, dancing to foot-tapping numbers. They were seen indulging in a lip-smacking array of snacks and beverages. The grand buffet spread was a gourmet’s delight. It was a perfect evening to welcome the New Year and surely a magical night at Green Park Hotel where the crowd partied hard, late into the night. There were plenty of surprise gifts in store for the guests.

@ THE PARK The New Year was welcomed with much grandeur at The Park. Blazing music, stellar laser show, delicious food and extraordinary fireworks marked the party. The cat girls and the scintillating performances by international performers were the highlights of the party. The party was indeed a sophisticated affair! A zealous group thronged the venue and had a gala time, and welcomed the New Year in style. The party went on late into the night, with non-receding energy. red | January 2013 | 138


HYDERABAD

NAG GRACES CLUB EVENT

While the city skyline was a gorgeous show of fireworks, the guests at Jubilee Hills International Club had witnessed similar sparkles on the premises. Tollywood divas Poonam Kaur, Charmee, Tashu Kaushik and Aksha delighted the guests by dancing to the hit numbers. Super star Nagarjuna was the chief guest. However, even amidst the celebrations, the revellers did not forget the somber mood of the nation and Nag led the group in a two-minute silent prayer for the Delhi gang rape victim. Union Minister D. Purandeswari also graced the occasion.

Raju Nayak

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Daggubati Ramanaidu

Akkineni Nagarjuna


Tashu Kaushik

Charmi

Aksha Pardasany

Jeevitha & Rajasekhar

Poonam Kaur

Daggubati Purandeswari & Venkateswara Rao

LEONIA RESORT It was a triple celebration at the most happening resort in town Leonia. Three mega events - Cameo at Club Leo was for couples, Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Party at LICEC for whole family and The Top Spin at Geo Garden entertained the guests to the hilt. The highlights of the events were live performance by Sensational Girls, scintillating and jamming session by DJ Ryan and lady DJ Sowmya and an outstanding live acts of beats Dhol vs DJ (first time in city); took the crowd by surprise. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, the resort turned a paradise to welcome the New Year.

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HYDERABAD

REVELRY @ GRILL

Sangeeta & Bisket Srikanth

As the clock struck 12, the N-Grill saw the height of revelry, with people hugging, shaking hands and wishing each other a happy 2013. With the presence of the elite, the venue was the talk of the town. Srikanth Bisketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Year bash was bigger and more fun compared to the previous year as many special events were held this time. DJ KC Grey was an added attraction. Accompanying the musical delight was the delicious spread of food and unlimited drinks. Party maniacs were seen dancing away till the wee hours. Faraz & Zara

Rohan & Ritu

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Ankit & Nisha

Manya & Zishaan

Grey & Vijay

Swati & Kranti


Praveen & Kanchan

Lokesh & Priya

Kalyan

Mir & Hamed

Karthik & Ankita

Neeraj & Sushmita

Ashish & Vinod Goud

Apkesha, Rashmi & Tina

Mounika

Sneha, Dhrithi & Priyanka

Sara, Naba & Imran

Priyanka

Karan Jetwani

Sumaja Reddy

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HYDERABAD

DJ Piyush

N-CONVENTION Like the slogan of this New Year bash, it was the only place to be on this NYE. The N-Convention loyalists had the best of fun here as the super star DJ Piyush had belted out the popular numbers. The other attractions were LED Bubble Dancers, breathtaking laser show, 3D visuals plus the marvellous ambience. There was a special family zone too. Guests were seen in their finery, specially designed to greet the New Year.

Swapna

Sarju

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Alisha

Himani

Ranita

Deepika

Poonam

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Isha

Teju

Neha

Dolly

Abhi

Hiral & Preksha

Pooja

Akshara & Aishita

Neeraja

Nidhi & Harika

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HYDERABAD

Niroop Kumar Reddy Nallari & Rupana

GRAND BIRTHDAY BASH

Maya Patel

Jwala Gutta

Among family and friends, Niroop Nallari Reddy, an architect of the city, and a cousin of Chief Minister Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, celebrated his birthday with much fanfare. The long guest list had the VVIPs and elite crowd of the city, including Jwala Gutta. Niroop had arranged a wide spread of Thai and Italian cuisine to treat the invitees.

Vijaya Lakshmi

Suresh Manikonda

SASSY CELEBRATION Mahima and Mehak Agarwal hosted a gala birthday bash for their mother Sujatha. Dressed in a stunning blue dress, Sujatha Agarwal looked elegant. The venue, decorated with red and silver balloons, turned out to be a gorgeous place. Her family members and pretty friends decked up in their finery were seen in full attendance to wish her. Some of the folks spotted included Shashi Nahata, Archana Jaju, Anushree and Anita. The lucky lady not only received greetings, but also got some lovely gifts. Not to miss were the delicious food and beverages, which the guests savoured. Divya

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Mahima

Sujatha Agarwal Smrithi

Sonali & Sakshi Mehak

Juli & Veena


VIZAG

Elegant Gala

All roads seem to have led to Waltair Club on the 26th evening. The traffic was thrown into a tizzy and the traffic cops were in frenzy. One need not look too far for the cause of the pleasant commotion. The club was the venue of the wedding of a girl from the famous Jasti family and it looked as if the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s elite was there in full force to bless the bride Nyshidha, the granddaughter of Mrs. Janaki Rani and Mr. J. N. Choudary of Sri Venkateswara Theatre and the groom Pramod, the grandson of Mr. Arumilli Atchyuta Rama Rao and Late Mrs. A. Annapurna. Despite the huge numbers, the guests could saunter around the sprawling club ground and choose from the choicest delicacies served at various counters. The specially erected mandap where the wedding took place itself deserved a special mention for its elegance and beauty.

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FAIR(Y) TALE RECEPTION Mrs. Maddula Subha and Mr. Ramjee, noted educationist couple of Vizag, decided to be different right from the word go when it came to their second son Ujvalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding, it appears. The unique invitation card itself was crafted with Srirastu written with the first letters from the names of all the family members and the sun signs of the bride and bridegroom. It concluded with a line of intrigue - The sun signs have a story to tell at the reception. The wedding of Ujval and Sushma, daughter of Mrs. Dogiparthi Padmaja and Mr. Nagarjuna Rao, was solemnized at a lavish function in Hyderabad and in the presence of a host of political and business leaders including Tamil Nadu Governor Mr. K. Rosaiah. The post-wedding reception held at Waltair Club was only an extension of the grandeur. The well-conceived event was more like a fete with a variety of entertainment including live music, magic show, mehendi counter enthralling the guests of all ages. Who-is-who of the city converged at the venue to bless the newlyweds.

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HYDERABAD

Karthik & Varsha

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t was a show of opulence when the smart groom Karthik Reddy tied the knot with resplendent bride Varsha. Clad in a stunning pink sari, Varsha was looking radiant while Karthik looked equally handsome in a classic grey suit. With a dominance of red in the dĂŠcor, especially with red roses, the venue served as the perfect dream spot for the special occasion. Top political leaders including the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Minister Jaipal Reddy, D. K. Aruna, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Kasu Krishna Reddy and the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggies like Mallareddy Ranga Reddy attended the wedding to bless the couple. Even the stars from film world were also spotted. Actor Balakrishna added a touch of glamour to the event.

Manohar & Sunitha

N Kiran Kumar Reddy

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Kothakota Dayakar & Sita Reddy

Balakrishna

Kasu Krishna Reddy

Pranitha & Sashi

Jaipal Reddy


Krishna Babu

Rishank, Ritvik, Abhinav & Hanish

Talasani Srinivas Yadav

Shaurya

Divya Reddy

D K Aruna

Anupama

Neha

Shreya

Radha Srikanth

Snigdha

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LEO (July 21 - Aug 22)

GEMINI (May 23 - June 20)

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) Luck plays a pivotal role in your growth. The year begins on a fine note for you. Importance is given to religious matters and you are likely to be socially very busy. Gains through travel are indicated. Don't let temper get the better of you. Progress in career takes off after Jan 14. Your efforts at the workplace will be recognized as your personal magnetism could be strongest during this period. Be calm and don't make any rash decisions. It's always better to seek the advice of a friend or close relative. Lucky for you: 4, Electric Blue, Tuesday

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) Travel and adventure seem to take precedence over everything else. Though energy levels are low till Jan 14, the end of the month could see you in the pink of health. There is a likelihood of ego clashes with family members. Growth and rise in fortunes are indicated during the mid month. Higher income is on the anvil. Loved ones make you realize what you want in your personal life. At work, keep your opinions to yourself. There is a possibility of a few hiccups in a romantic relationship. Lucky for you: 9, Sandy Brown, Friday red | january 2013 | 153

You are likely to be immersed in work. Take time to reassess your goals and plan on new ones. It is always better to focus on the task at hand. You have the ability to think fast and this comes in handy at the social outings this month. Your professional efforts will be appreciated and a bonus is on the way. A surprise may throw you off guard. You have to be serious about your finances. Pay attention to your home life. Lucky for you: 3, Purple, Wednesday

Old investments yield you some good gains. It is a good time for organizing your home and finances. Healthy relationships with parents and children must be maintained. You could enjoy support from your seniors and government servants. Issues may crop up with friends, so stay out of trouble. You might strengthen your professional reputation and make new connections. Be careful as your pride could land you in trouble. Romantic efforts will pay off as you come to know that the special someone really cares for you. Lucky for you: 22, Dark Grey, Sunday

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

CANCER (June 21 - July 20) Growth in all areas of the chart is indicated. There is a possibility of entering into a significant relationship. Avoid having grudges with people close to you and don't get into ego hassles with partners. Learn to be submissive to superiors. A rise in opposition to your ideas is likely during mid month. Don't get too emotional in family matters. Cultivate a sense of humor. Your social life tends to be on a high. Romance makes you feel positive. Joyous time with friends is on the cards. Lucky for you: 8, Parrot Green, Monday

Your energy levels are high and you are likely to be on top of your game. Though there is good progress at work, you can encounter troubles at home. Pressure notwithstanding, your status will rise. Concern about children is possible mid month. Investments may yield you smart gains. Maintain a cordial relationship with your parents. Give up the fear of facing crowds, as focus could be on you in a meeting at workplace. Praises will be showered on you as you come out with flying colors. Lucky for you: 7, Cream, Wednesday


SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 20)

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) It is a positive month for you and there can be plenty going on with family and friends. Your networking skills are likely to see an upward growth and new friendships are on the horizon. It is a good period for romance. Issues with family may crop up. Gains in real estate are indicated. Give a patient ear to your friend's troubles as he/she could be going through a rough time. Pay attention to your body signals as your energy levels could take a dip in the last week.

Ego hassles and a general level of conflict are indicated till mid month. There is a possibility of a setback to your happy go lucky nature during this period. Seniors and people in higher positions are likely to help you in professional matters. Your optimism keeps you in good stead when it comes to romance. You may have some issues with friends, but don't let your temper flare up. You could be privy to some secrets. Strong financial plans are indicated and good news may be on the way. Lucky for you: 1, Light Red, Thursday

Lucky for you: 11, Indigo, Friday

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20)

SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) It looks like plenty of paperwork is in store for you. Your determination gets you top honours at the workplace. Networking and lots of errands seem to take the top place on your list. Be cautious about the relationships at home. You are likely to get profits from investments made during this period. Shed your inhibitions when it comes to romance this month and let your beloved know your feelings. There could be some confusion in your daily routines at the end of the month. Lucky for you: 1, Lemon, Tuesday

Low activity, low immunity and energy levels are on the cards for you till mid month. Keep away from controversies with people at high places. Good times are indicated in the latter half of the month. Keep your ego in check and don't get into petty issues with close friends and family. Keep a vigil on anger and diet. Don't have a stubborn attitude with your colleagues. You may need to rework on legal matters at the end of the month. Lucky for you: 18, Maroon, Saturday

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 18) Till mid month, you have a progressive and gainful period. Besides enjoying life to the fullest, you are likely to earn plenty of admirers. Your friends are at the top of your preference list. There could be lower activity and energy levels in the latter half of the month. Avoid unnecessary expenses and be sure not to pick quarrels with influential people. It is time to take the next step in your love life. You will enjoy a nice balance of work and pleasure this month. Lucky for you : 4, Electric Blue, Saturday

PISCES (Feb 18 - March 20) A very good month is indicated as you may reap benefits through your connections. Career is on an upward path and all round progress is indicated. There could be a rise in the income. Rewarding time for those engaged in networking. You could gain from befriending government / high placed officials after the second week. The period is highly favourable for having a good time with friends and family. Believe in yourself as you can accomplish anything. Romantics may get some exciting news mid month. Lucky for you: 1, Yellow, Thursday

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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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Matsyagundam Matsyagundam is a beautiful pool with fish of many


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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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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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HYDERABAD 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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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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VGV RESORTS A PERFECT GETAWAY FOR NATURE LOVERS

Sense and experience the essence of nature at VGV Resorts or the Venkatadri Green Valley Resorts. This aims to be a world class facility resort, built on 28 acres of land, surrounded by the Eastern Ghats as a backdrop with lush gardens and trees. Located at just 25 km from Visakhapatnam and 35 km from the Airport, it is a perfect place to rejuvenate and have a break away from the daily hustle bustle. The resort is a perfect example of eco-system balance and protection. A serene locale in the lap of nature, the resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green cover offers peace and tranquility to the visitor. The Resort has its own dairy, herb garden, medicinal plants and huge plantations of teak, eucalyptus and fruits.

GREEN LODGING Amidst Pathways, Plantations, Lawns and Ponds: The 28-Acre resort consists of pathways lined with earthen colour fortified tiles leading to the various corners and recreational avenues of the resort. The well maintained lawns add to the aesthetic appeal of the resort. Low ornamental meadows in natural landscaping styles give it a contemporary look. There are many lotus and fish ponds at diverse locations that render exclusivity to the resort. Cottages: The Resort is equipped with 3 cottages of various make (bamboo-stem and mango-teakwood construction) that remind you of an Andhra village and Kerala backwaters. These cottages are leased-out as dine-in areas and rest rooms.

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Rooms and Guest Rooms: VGV Villas are stylish and they have six fully furnished rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, suitable for a family gathering. You get a plush king-size bed, granite bathroom, evening turndown service, tea and coffee maker, daily newspaper and a work area with enhanced lighting. You have a complimentary use of the fitness centre, pool, sauna, steam and family Jacuzzi.


GAMES, RECREATION & SPORTS VGV has a slew of outdoor & indoor activities. With an aim to balance the Eco and technical driven worlds, you will find arcade and video games and consoles for all age groups. Basketball Court: For both the serious and fun players, there is a basketball court that also aims to entertain and keep the fitness freaks occupied. Fun Lane: The bowling alley will soon be housed in a fabricated mock-up, equipped with world class equipment and state-of-the-art automatic scoring systems and electronically controlled pinsetters. Centrox: A thrilling time for both kids and adults is the 28-seater Centrox, which will be installed soon. It will surely prove to be an exhilarating ride. Karting: Nowadays, go-karting is the one perfect solution for corporate entertainment, stag parties and office parties. Its an entertainer cum stress buster. VGV has a tough and technical track with eco-friendly electric karts, offering the visitor a wonderful platform for a super race. Mini Train Ride: Mini-tracks have been laid out across 3 km for a colourful and enjoyable ride through the lawns and plantations of VGV with a stop at the ‘stations’. Off Road Dirt Buggy Racing: Anyone game for a day out packed to the hilt with thrills and spills, VGV buggy racing is the answer. Drive around the tracks for an adrenaline pumping experience, under the safety watch of the marshals. Sky Dive Simulator: Known as the ‘Wind-Tunnel’, it is a must try (for all ages) for that ‘free-fall’ feeling. It is quite simply a crazy and adventurous experience. Treasure Island: Situated in between the plantations, the Treasure Island sprawls over 3 acres and offers a variety of leisure and fun oriented activities. You can embark on a journey of discovery, with pleasant surprises around every corner. It is like a life-size treasure hunt. Swimming Pool: For the water lovers, there is a child pool of 2 & ½ feet attached to a water-slider and a rotating-umbrella with a false-rainfall. For the adults, there is a pool of 4-5 & ½ feet. 2 pool-side Jacuzzis’ are also available with Back-water massagers installed to take away the stress. Facing the pool, you have Changing & Wash rooms equipped with automated on/off flushers and showers to maintain the hygienic conditions. AMENITIES AND RESORT SERVICES Meetings and Conferences: VGV Resorts is aptly suited for corporate gatherings and company conferences, especially weekend ones. It has well equipped conference rooms, with dedicated LAN and Video-conferencing services. It is a perfect conference venue to just get right down to business, as VGV offers innovative meeting facilities with a unique relaxed experience.

Get big results from your small meetings with the range and flexibility offered at VGV. There are executive boardrooms and conference rooms designed especially for small meetings. Dining: The Living Room is VGV’s all-day dining venue. You can enjoy the buffet or choose from the á la carte cuisine with a mix of continental, Oriental, and Indian dishes. The resort is planning to come up with MIX, which could soon be the best for oversized and creative selection of mocktails. A choice of eclectic nibbles to further enhance the mood with specialty coffees will be available. In-room dining is available 24 hours a day. There is also an open bar with live music. Restaurant and Kitchen: There are 2 kitchens that are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to dish out delicacies to tickle your taste buds. One of them is technically-driven and the other is embedded in a cottage that is steam-driven. Social Events: The stunning pool side private lawn is a perfect place to hold different events. VGV offers charming indoor and outdoor banquet facilities with a personal touch. Rain Dance: Live it up at the ‘Rain-Dance’ partyspace. Here kids and adults alike can dance to the tunes of live music by the DJs in the ‘real-like’ rain. Party Time: For the sole purpose of revelry, there is a banquet hall and many open spaces for theme parties like a pool side or a terrace party. Soon there is going to be a two level ‘Discoquette’. For more information / bookings, contact: Mr. Vijay - 90109 99437 / Mr. Babu - 96669 46999


G THI INFRASTRUCTURE

An auspicious beginning...

BUILT ON CONCRETE FAITH When a newbie enters construction field, it takes a while to build trust which is after all the foundation of any business. But, for this construction and real estate company, the effort is a cakewalk as the name, more precisely the brand - Gothisons - is a household name in the region. Running seven branches, Gothisons is one of the leading shopping centers for household items. Quite obviously, the quality and honesty that they maintain till date is reflected in their construction ventures too. Gothi Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. was initiated in 2009. Within a short span of four years, the company has taken huge strides towards success. red | january 2013 | 169

To quote Mr. Ashok Gothi himself, “If one is honest and hardworking, success automatically follows. There is no shortcut involved and no substitute for honesty. That’s the only success mantra we at Gothi Infrastructure follow.” He adds, “Here importance is given to innovation, honest rates, maintaining high quality standards and our secondto-none services”. For the past 4 years, Gothi Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., a member of the CREDAI has been involved in lands and real estate and in the construction of residential plots, villas, apartments and houses. They have also cofinanced many successful projects. Gothi Infra is driven by the desire to provide the very best and advanced lifestyle to people. A SUCCESSFUL FAMILY LIFE Ashok Gothi was born in Vizianagaram on October 1st, 1961. He obtained his Commerce degree from Lankapalli Bullaya College. Later, he married Meena, who is a budding entrepreneur, supporting wife and social worker.


Their son, Vineet Gothi is an MBA Graduate and is incharge of the construction part of the Gothi businesses. Married to Abhisha and blessed with a son, Pranav, Vineet lives life king size. Ashok Gothi’s daughter, Sweatha is currently residing in Surat with her husband Nitin Kochar and their lovely little daughter, Disitha. SUCCESS PATH The beginnings of the Gothi Empire were quite humble. Ashok Gothi started his business as a retailer and wholesaler in steel. Later, the family moved to Vizag and started the prodigious Gothisons in 1992 which has become a household name to reckon with. After establishing the Gothisons as one of the most popular stores, Ashok Gothi decided to diversify into real estate and construction. This move was warmly welcomed by the customers and their first venture ‘Gothi Residency’ was a smashing success surpassing the expectations of the customers. Since then, there has been no looking back for Gothi Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., and the rest is a dream come true for their clients. SUCCESS COUNT Earlier it partnered and financed many prestigious ventures, but recently they came out on their own, with quite a few ambitious projects in their kitty. Four years and 4 fabulous projects - Gothi Residency, Gothi Meadows, Geetanjali Gardens and Gothi Luxuria. Each of these constructions is a class apart. With successful ventures under their wings, they are all set to start yet another luxurious project ‘Gothi Elite’ (at Gajuwaka). Also a 100-flat venture called ‘Gothi Skyline’ at Madhurawada is one of their upcoming projects. They have also expanded their base to Vijayawada, with a whopping 256-flat project called ‘Gothi Galaxy Heights’. Their progress graph shows a steady incline with each project increasingly better and bigger than the one before. The sky is the limit for Gothi Infra. “It’s not just about giving our client a house, but a home to cherish forever,” says Mr. Ashok Gothi.

SUCCESS SECRET Gothi Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. has a very hands-on approach with their customers. With a very swiftly expanding client base, they have taken utmost care to deliver the best to their clients. They provide free site visits, online and telephonic enquiries, apart from easy and immediate registrations. One of the important amenities they provide is a loan arrangement in ten days via the banks with which they have tie-ups. The clients’ point of view is also an important factor to the company, so Gothi Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. provides personalized home plans with the help of their team just in case the clients are confused with what plans to go forth with.

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SIVANI DEVELOPERS & PROMOTERS

About the MD Yerra Nageswara Rao, a man with the dynamic vision of Constructing ‘Quality Homes at Honest Prices’, hails from Bomminampadu village in Mudinepalli Mandal, Krishna district. After completion of his studies he moved to Visakhapatnam in 1982 and started off with Civil, Mechanical and NTPC works, with that solid and proven experience he took his first step into realty sector in 2002 and successfully completed several layout projects. In 2008 he started Sivani Developers and Promoters to construct residential apartment at honest and affordable prices and has made the company into an established name in Visakhapatnam Region. He believes that ‘satisfied’ customers are his well wishers, who in turn get him more customers. Rao is a forthright person and knows the ‘value’ of money. He stresses on maintaining quality and ethics. He has built a temple at Srinagar, Gajuwaka. He has support from all quarters, especially his wife Rajeswari and his son Naga Durga Satya Kumar, who obtained engineering degree and preferred to pursue a career in Sivani Developers to support his father and to develop Sivani as one of the largest construction companies in India. Rao’s other two sons- Naga Rajendra Kumar and Phanindra Vayu Kumar are software engineers. red | january 2013 | 171


Work on Sivani Srinivasam and Sivani Towers is going on at a brisk pace and the projects are heading for timely completion. Newly Launched Projects - Sivani Nandhanam This the fifth feather in Sivani’s cap. Touted to be one of the biggest residential apartment complexes in Achyuthapuram region, it consists of 125 flats in more than an acre of land. Bookings are open for all types of flats - 1, 2 & 3 BHK’s with all modern amenities. Sivani Vasantham “No other gated villa property in Visakhapatnam can match the quality and price of Vasantham Villas project,” says its MD. The villas are ‘intelligently’ designed and the MD promises that no owner will be left unsatisfied with the quality of work.

SOVEREIGN SIVANI Sivani Developers and Promoters, a modern construction company headed by Mr. Nageswara Rao Yerra, has made rapid strides in a short span. Fulfilling the needs of its customers, Sivani’s ventures bear the seal of quality with a blend of comfort and efficiency, holding a great artistic appeal. Sivani today emerged as one of the premier construction companies because of its uncompromising commitment to the quality and consistency in delivering the homes. Salient features of all the projects of Sivani Developers • 45 minute drive from Visakhapatnam Airport • Takes 20 minutes drive from Duvvada Railway Station • Close proximity to Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, NTPC, Pharma City, Textile Park and APIIC SEZ etc. • Luxury homes at affordable prices • Sivani Developers is a member of CREDAI • 15 minutes drive from Anakapalli Projects accomplished It completes projects on time and delivers the end product to the customers. For those eagerly waiting for their dream homes, Sivani has built Siva Sivani Sadan and Sivani Sowdha. They are the first residential luxury apartments with all modern amenities in the Achyuthapuram region. Located near APSEZ and Brandix Apparel Park, all flats are fully furnished with an air conditioned bedroom, modular kitchen, 24-hour power backup and ample parking space. The value of the homes has appreciated tremendously bringing smiles to the firm and their owners. Projects in progress With the immense response received from customers, Sivani Srinivasam is their third project comprising 25 flats with all amenities. They are 2 BHK premium residential flats each with an area of 950 sft. Sivani Towers is their fourth project. They are all set to deliver these dream homes to the customers at affordable price. Located on the Achyuthapuram Main Road, the venture is closer to BARC and Pharma City. It has 45 flats comprising 1 and 2 BHK and each has been built in an area of 500 sft at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh. It is no wonder that this project has received an overwhelming response from the public.

Forthcoming Projects - Sivani Madhavam In continuance of their endeavour to mark their name in developing the ‘skyline of Achyuthapuram,’ Sivani, is launching their new project - Sivani Madhavam in near future. It will be a 2 BHK residential apartment complex, situated close to the main junction. The bookings are going to open shortly. Target milestones of Sivani Developers in 2013 March - Bhoomi pooja and launching ceremony of Sivani Madhavam April - Get plan approval and complete all the formalities for Sivani Nandhanam and Sivani Vasantham Projects June - Commencement of work on Sivani Nandhanam and Sivani Vasantham projects July - Targeted to complete Sivani Srinivasam and hand over to customers November - Aim to complete Sivani Towers project Sivani’s aims and highlights • Sivani Developers is the first construction company to build the apartments at Achyuthapuram • All projects are located at Achyuthapuram and aimed to build more apartment complexes in this region • Aimed to expand the projects to entire South India region. • To cater to all classes of society, tailor made flats for all budgets red | January 2013 | 172


SRI SWATHI ASSOCIATES Mr. Murali Naga Parasurama Raju

Crowning glory Mr. Murali Naga Parasurama Raju, the founder of Sri Swathi Associates, is currently ‘the man’ to reckon with among all the cement and steel dealers in Andhra Pradesh. With a turnover of Rs. 30 cr. the firm has come a long way. It is an authorized dealer for the cement companies ACC, Ramco, Maha, Jaypee and 10 other brands, besides Steel Plant Steel and Black Gold Steel. Founder’s journey Born to a teachers couple Sri Mantena Venkata Raju and Smt.Saraswathi Devi and hailing from Bhimavaram, Mr. Parasurama Raju had a penchant to be an entrepreneur. He took his first steps into the cement industry as a marketing executive, with a salary of Rs. 1, 650/- per month in 1996, after completing his B.Sc. and PG Diploma in Marketing and Sales Management. After working for Vishnu Cements in Kurnool and Bangalore till 1998, he joined in Ramco Cement. He was with it till 2002. While on the job, he came to Vizag in 2000 and found his calling in the City of Destiny. With fantastic family support from Mrs. Amrutha, whom he married in 1998, and his two smart kids Roshini Varma and Dheeraj Varma, Mr. Parasurama Raju has reached great heights. He floated Sri Swathi Associates in 2002 with a meagre amount of Rs. 10,000/- and never looked back. The Indian Bank, A.S. Steels, Sri Kanya Corporation, Sri Vijayalakshmi Marketing, Sree Sitarama Agencies and Sri Bhavani Traders are his supporters. One man’s mission Setting customers’ satisfaction as his main objective, Mr. Parasurama Raju, who is now in partnership with Mr. D.S. Prakash, has taken Sri Swathi Associates from strength to strength. The firm offers high quality products that are delivered on time.

Our strength It is our team of dedicated personnel - Ramana Murthy, Nooka Raju, Bujji Babu, Naidu, Naveen & Seetha Ram. Client backbone Having a huge customer base all over the state, its list of clientele includes SVC Projects, Vijay Nirman, RVR Projects, Kumar Raja, MVV Builders, Vijaya Medical Centre, etc. Achievements • No. 1 dealer in the Eastern Region (7 states) for ACC Cements • 1st dealer who launched ‘JAYPEE’ Cement in South India • 1st dealer for ACC Coastal Plus launched in India • At Ramco: Best Sales Officer award in A.P., 2002 (record holder) Sister Concerns • Sri Swathi Forwarding Agents - The authorized transporters for ACC and Maha Cements, set up in association with childhood friend Mr. Krishna. • Sahasra Boutique - Established by his wife Amrutha in Dec 2009, located on the 3rd floor in the Landmark Building. On the service track Mr. Parasurama Raju has adopted Simbuvanipalem village and looks after the welfare of around 80 families. He also takes care of their medical and educational needs.


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