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RED EVE DynamiK Aruna Mallika-e-Vaibhav

RED LIFE

A D R A B The Well-Fair Malla

| MARCH 2013 | VOL. 02 | ISSUE 09

H T S A D H R T A R B A A J DDH I S RETREAT

Lakshadweep Islands

LUXURY


CONTENTS Red Race 87 Honda finally joins the diesel car race! Other cars beware, this smart vehicle might just give you a run for your money.

Red Gadgets 91 The smartest of the smart phone genre!

Red Haute

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A Jabardasth interview with the man himself, who is all set to hit the Bollywood box-office once again! Siddharth lets the cat out and shares a few secrets.

Red Retreat 111 In the by lanes of the Queen of Islands Lakshadweep explored.

Red Cuisine 117 The Big Bhang theory - This festive season let the bhang do the blabbering!


Red Dazzle 99 No need to attack your granny’s trinket safe, the timeless classic pieces await you - Reliance Jewels.

Red Life

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He rules real estate, owns media house, produces films and runs educational institutions and above all strives for the ‘wellfare’ of the region as people’s representative. Malla Vijaya Prasad speaks.

Red Entertainment

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Red Eve

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A woman of substance with a heart of gold Mrs. Grandhi Mallika Manoj. A prudent politician to a caring grand-mom, she’s all - Mrs. Dharmavarapu Kottam Aruna.

All the three movie worlds have their pots boiling with talks about wedding, re-marriages and kids and the Bollywood ladies making waves with their cold cat fights!


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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

I dedicate this month’s issue to women, marking the International Women’s Day (March 8). Starting from my own home, I salute my mother and dear sister who are the main source of inspiration and pillars of strength to me. I also remember all my women colleagues who stand by me through thick and thin. When it comes to translating my sentiment into black and white, I have chosen Mrs. D.K. Aruna, who ministers the state’s information and Mrs.Mallika Manoj, who administers the Vaibhav Empire in Vizag. We record their thoughts in the Eve segment. Variety is the spice of life and I have added Spice to our variety. This segment includes the most happening tattles and gossips of the two cities that would heat up the readers' minds. Be ready to taste the tang. Siddharth is on a new high with his latest release Jabardasth. We couldn’t have thought of a better star for our cover because he can impress two generations. If he is the dream boy of girls, he is also a hot favourite of their parents, who wish they had a son like him (remember his Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam role). Despite his busy schedule he patiently and very candidly fielded a number of questions we shot at him. Less-exposed Lakshadweep makes it to our Retreat folder. With its serene and unspoilt natural surroundings it could be the best place to chill out but there are some formalities that have to be fulfilled to reach this paradise on earth. We gave you all the possible information about the tourist destination. We continue to keep our date with yoga this month too. However, our Tips segment talks of the timing, “Early to bed, early to rise....” - the maxim I myself never follow, thanks to the weird media deadlines. But our experts insist that nothing works like early hours to tone your body to tackle the rest of the day. And Holi is here. A tiny traditional intake of bhang either in solid or liquid form, once a year, is perhaps harmless. Hence we brought you the bhang-ridden recipes in our Cuisine segment. Before you turn to the regulars, let me wish you a very Happy Holi and a special greeting to our woman readers.

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VIZAG

VENKY STEALS THE SHOW Actor Venkatesh stole the show at the Rath Yatra organised by Ramakrishna Mission Ashram to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Commissioner of Police Shivadhar Reddy flagged off the yatra held between VUDA Park and Kali temple. Nearly 15,000 students, holding the placards, participated in it. The actor advised the students to give up negative thoughts. Minister of Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari, Symbiosis CEO O. Naresh Kumar, CMR proprietor Mavuri Venkataramana, Sri Prakash Educational Institutions Director Vasu Prakash, Swami Nikileshwarananda, Shanatatmananda, Swami Guneshananda of RK Mission and others were present.

MEET ON CARGO EXPORTS The Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Air Travellers' Association jointly organised a roundtable on cargo exports. The meet felt that the Airports Authority of India, the Navy and other Govt. agencies and departments should take immediate steps to facilitate handling of EXIM cargo at the Visakhapatnam airport, as already the city is connected to two international destinations (Singapore and Dubai). Chamber president K. Ramabrahmam, Rajya Sabha member T. Subbarami Reddy, K.V. Raju, Jayaraj, Station Manager of Air India, Sameer Mankhad, Director of GSEC, handling agent K.S. Rao, Director of Airports Authority of India, D. Varada Reddy and others were present.

BLOOD COLLECTION VAN INAUGURATED Minister of State for Commerce D. Purandeswari inaugurated an air-conditioned mobile blood collection van, the first of its kind in the region. She also released a booklet to mark the 10th anniversary of Rotary Blood Bank. G. Venkata Ramana Reddy, Trustee of Shirdi Sai Trust, one of the major donors who helped set up the mobile blood collection van, O. Naresh Kumar, CEO, Symbiosis Technologies and Kishore Kumar, project chairman were present. red | march 2013 | 20


VIZAG HABIB BEAUTY SALON OPENED Jawed Habib Beauty Studio, India’s famous Beauty Salon Chain opened its branch at China Waltair in the City. Swathi Lakra, DIG, Visakhapatnam Range and film actor-cum-model B. Soumya inaugurated the beauty salon that provides all facilities related to hairstyle, skin care, bridal makeup and other beauty related services. The owner of the beauty studio Varma said that Jawed Habib was expected to visit this studio shortly to give more tips on hair treatment.

SEKHAR KAMMULA @ PRISM Filmmaker Sekhar Kammula was in the city. He was at the Prism Degree and PG College where he had an interactive session with scores of students. He was spreading awareness through an awakening campaign ‘I care I react’ that aimed at bringing a revolution among the youth without them waiting for someone else to react and protest against sexual harassment of women. Principal of the college Uma Bala, secretary of the school D. Satyanarayana Reddy, regional coordinator of the campaign Sai Vijay and the staff members were present.

PLEASURE CUM BUSINESS The annual and third edition of the Shriram EPC Invitation Golf tournament held at the East Point Golf Club turned a rendezvous for golfers from corporate companies across the country. It was a great opportunity for them to bond. Golf enthusiasts from various business houses in Vizag, Chennai, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar were spotted hitting the ball. The tournament began with an inaugural tee off by the chief guest, Rear Admiral N.K. Mishra, CMD, Hindustan Shipyard Limited. The winner of Gold Division (0-12) was S. Noel Treasure and that of Silver Division was Dr. Gangadhar Prasad.


VIZAG

GOOD RESPONSE TO YOUTH FEST GITAM Institute of Management organised an intra-university level Youth Fest on Feb 22 and 23. GIM-ENACTUS has been organizing the festival for the past five years and there was a tremendous response to it. Students from other institutes of GITAM also participated in the event that saw many cultural programmes. Shiv Kumar Gunturu, CEO, Maple Software Pvt. Ltd. was the chief guest. Prof. K. Sivaramakrishna, Dean and Principal, GIM, Prof P. Sheela, Vice-Principal, GIM, Dr. K. Anjusree Naidu, Faculty Coordinator and the faculty were present.

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VIZAG PRAKASHITES’ AROMA The 12th Annual Day celebrations - Aroma - of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan held at Gurajada Kalakshetram turned into a spectacular show where the students displayed their talent and performed various cultural programmes and presented various projects. The mainstay of the programme was that the venue had a group of intellectuals like Mumbai Dabbawalas CEO Pawan Girdharilal Agarwal, former Regional Manager of The Hindu and composer-cum-singer T.A. Venkateswaran, Managing Director of Institute of Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd., Kalasapudi Srinivasa Rao and director of Care Hospitals, Secunderabad, G. Surya Prakash. A book ‘Scientists Greater Than Einstein’ which was abridged by Dr.Srinivasa Rao along with Padmavathi Anaparthi was unveiled by Dr. Surya Prakash. Later, the students interacted with Agarwal and Venkateswaran. Director Ch.Vasu Prakash was also present.

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Shoot by Dhana Vijay


APS FEST 2013 A BIG DRAW Alwardas Public School held APS Fest - 2013. Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao lighted the lamp to mark the inauguration of the 3-day event. He said that students should give importance to sports for their overall development. Such festivals would tap the hidden talents of the students, he added. He hailed the former education minister late Alwardas for his contribution to the education field. Students from around 20 schools participated in as many as 18 competitions. Various cultural programmes were organised on the occasion. City Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy was the chief guest at the valedictory function. ‘Kalanjali’ fashion parade was the highlight of the event. Principal Harshalata Chiranjeevi, Executive Director Divya Das, Secretary S.P. Ravindra and Correspondent Dr. S. Vijaya Ravindra were present.

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VIZAG

KING @ KALYAN Crowds milled around the road leading to Siripuram Junction from Asilmetta to have a dekko at actor Nagarjuna who obligingly waved to them from atop a car. The ‘King’ was at the El Dorado of kind (where a number of Jewellery Shops are located) to inaugurate Kalyan Jewellers, the flagship of the prestigious 100-year-old Kalyan Group. It is their 11th showroom in the state. T.S. Kalyanaraman, Managing Director and Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao were present. Later Nagarjuna said that he was willing to work in multi-starrer movies if the script was good.

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POLLOCKS CELEBRATES SYNERGY ‘13 Pollocks School celebrated its 48th anniversary, Pollocks Synergy - 13 at Gurajada Kalakshetram, on a grand note. Pupils enthralled the audience with their cultural programmes including classical, Western and folk dance, ballets and short plays. DEO Krishnaveni congratulated the faculty. Principal Sandeep Chitra read out the annual report. The DEO gave away prizes to the brilliant students of the previous academic year. Bothra Shipping Corporation chairman Ajith Chandra Bothra was present. The School vice-principal Rajani Chitra anchored the event.

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HYDERABAD

ROYCE ROLLS INTO CITY The super-luxury car Rolls Royce has opened its doors in Hyderabad. This is their third showroom in India. Their launch in the Pearl City recaptures significant historical connection to the brand. The plush 5400 sft. showroom has been opened in Khairatabad. Kun Motoren Pvt. Ltd. represents Rolls Royce Motor Cars. Seen at the launch were Paul Harris - Asia Pacific Regional Director, Vasanthi Bhupati - Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Hyderabad, Gautham Gudigopuram and Herfried Hasenoehrl - Rolls Royce General Manager for Emerging Markets Asia.

DIVINE DIAL Century Swiss and Rodeo Drive unveiled the world's first Lord Venkateswara Swiss Watches Limited Edition Oueuvre. The guest of honour was Mr. L.V. Subrahmanyam IAS. Philip W. A. Klingenberg, President and CEO Century Time Gems Ltd. Switzerland, Prithiviraj Bagrecha, Managing Director, Rodeo Drive Luxury Products Pvt. Ltd. and Gowtham Udayashankar, Director Marketing, Rodeo Drive Luxury Products Pvt. Ltd. graced the occasion.

FEMININE TOUCH Youth icon VJ Bani launched the Tissot T 10 Collection in a Hyderabad Boutique. Bani said that this sleek watch collection might not go with her image, but she really liked them for the touch of feminity they offer. She sported a sleek white dial Tissot watch.

VJ Bani & Venu Gopal

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HYDERABAD Anjali

YES MART INAUGURATED Ramakrishna Electronics unveiled its first electronic superstore Yes Mart Electronics at Kukatpally. The store was inaugurated by Mr. K.K. Misra, Executive Director, Andhra Bank and the traditional lamp was lighted by the new Tollywood sensation Ms. Anjali of Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu fame who looked stunning in a royal blue dress.

WEDDING COLLECTION AT NEERUS Neerus showcased an exquisite wedding collection 2013. The collection is an impeccable fusion of traditional motifs and embroideries, of course with that inevitable touch of contemporary style. The collection displays bridal wear from lehengas, saris and silks to salwar suits and tunics along with accessories.

WEAVE OF ELEGANCE The week-long festival of silks at Kashish, had sensational colours, weaves and glittering designs. They had displayed a wide array from Kanchivaram to Rajkot Patola, Gadwal silks to Pochampally and Kanchi embroidery to elegant Uppada. The special attraction of this festival was the silk sari that fits into a match box, weighing 62 gm and 42 inch in depth. This is what we call celebrating silk!

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HYDERABAD

ANR NATIONAL AWARD 2012 Prominent film personality Shyam Benegal was bestowed with the prestigious ANR award. The function, held at N Convention Centre, was attended by eminent personalities like Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewary, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, MP T. Subbarami Reddy, ANR, Nagarjuna, K. Viswanath, Dr. D. Rama Naidu, Akkineni Venkat and Akkineni Amala. The award night also saw upcoming T Town stars like Naga Chaitanya, Richa Gangopadhyay, Sushanth and others.

SHOW WITH A MESSAGE Students of prominent fashion institutes like NIFD, NIFT, Hamstech, Lakhotia and Raffles Millennium International held a fashion show to disseminate the message of cancer prevention at Apollo Hospitals, on the occasion of World Cancer Day. The designs presented by the budding fashionistas were judged by Ms. Shriya Saran, Ms. Shilpa Reddy, Ms. Asmita Marwah and Dr. Vijay Anand Reddy. The themes presented were very innovative and educative; the models sported themes like anti-smoking and healthy eating.

VENKY AT FASHION EVENT Prestigious fashion institute Hamstech held its Mid Term Fashion Show 2013, wherein the students displayed their designs at JNAFAU Auditorium. The Guest of Honour was film star Venkatesh. More than 16 marvellous collections were presented and judged. The categories included Best Constructed Collection, Best Accessorized Collection, Most Glamorous Collection, Best Texturized Collection and Jury Award for Best Collection.


HYDERABAD

THE BLUE REVOLUTION The Blue Book launch was a revolution and one of its kind in India. It is a lifestyle guide and a saving voucher book catering to the Hyderabad crowd, with exclusive coupons for food, wellness and leisure. The book was launched at an uptown restaurant by former Mrs. India Shilpa Reddy who looked stunning in a blue outfit with contrast stilettos and a perfect smile. Also, Blue Book has initiated the biggest recycling drive in Hyderabad.

BLUE AND BEYOND L. Saraswathi’s art was in the true sense blue and beyond. Her paintings were themed around her interpretation about Radha Krishna and all her creations displayed a dominance of blue signifying Lord Krishna and love. Lakshmi Manchu lighted the lamp along with Sekhar Kammula. Also present at the event was ace badminton player Jwala Gutta.

INDIA’S FIRST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM KiDiHOU is a unique and one-of-its-kind Museum for children aged between 1 - 8 years, focusing on learning through play. Ball-a-coaster, Do-it-yourself room, Hard hat construction zone, Picasso’s hideout, Busy bee mart, Dr. Pet and many more sections are provided. KiDiHOU was launched by Shilpa Reddy, Anjum Babu Khan and Karuna Gopal and spotted at the event were Poornima, Nanda Gopal, Niranjan and Suguna Raj. Of course, there were hordes of kids enjoying the place.

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HYDERABAD

GRAND FAREWELL That was a "party on the minds" of the students of the most happening college of the city - Villa Marie. The juniors made all possible efforts to make the farewell event they held for their seniors not only a success but also an unforgettable one. The afternoon witnessed all the seniors clad in beautiful saris to win the Miss Villa title which was crowned to Shreya Bharati. It was all cheering and whistles to the scintillating performances by the juniors and moments to be preserved for nostalgia later. AGE NO BAR Lover's Delight, a unique Ice Cream was launched for the Valentine’s Day by Hazzel Ice Cream Cafe that celebrated Valentine’s Day in great style at its Gachibowli outlet. More than 20 senior couples were invited to the event and were treated to the Red Velvet Batter Strawberry Ice Cream, served in a Strawberry Flavored Waffle Cone. This product was specially crafted by the Celebrity Head Chef of Hazzel Ice Cream Café, Chef Koushik. All the couples, aged 60+, enjoyed the evening.

KALAMANDIR SAI SILKS Sai Silks (Kalamandir) a popular retail store in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka launched its initial public offering (IPO) at Taj Deccan. Promoters of the IPO are giving a safety net option to retail investors to exit the company if the share falls below the IPO price. The promoters of the group Chalavadi Naga Kanaka Durga Prasad and Kalyan Srinivas attended the press meet to explain the concept. The issue opened on 11th Feb and ended on 13th Feb.

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HYDERABAD

Jairam,Takayuki Ishida, Gopichand & Nitesh Venkatesh

Prerna & Rahul

Anju

Sai

LAKSHMI NISSAN & DI BELLA Nissan Premium Showroom was unveiled by Tollywood superstar Venkatesh, Mr. Takayuski Ishida, MD and CEO of Nissan Motor India and Mr. Nitish Tipnis, Director Sales and Marketing at Hover Automotive India. The showroom is located at Jubilee Hills. The Australian premium company Di Bella entered into its first Nissan Dealership in India and launched their Coffee Lounge. This one of its kind combination was appreciated by all the socialites present at the launch.

Anu Keerthi

Zahir

NEW TOWN LAUNCH New Town Launch definitely brought some new dishes and different cuisine to the city. The restaurant had a grand opening with the most happening personalities of the city present at the event. The restaurant offers Fusion cuisine and Malaysian street food. Spotted at the event were Rummy Azad, Micky Sharma, Jayanth Paranji, Anu Keerthi and others enjoying the lavish spread of scrumptious food.

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HYDERABAD Javed Ali

Madhu

Bindhu

Seema

UNPLUGGED BY JAVED ALI Seagram’s Royal Stag Mega Music MTV Unplugged by Javed Ali had all the listeners mesmerized with his voice. The people were enthralled by the performance of Sufi songs by Javed Ali. The singer has made his mark in Bollywood and his claim to fame is the super hit song Jashn-e-Bahaara from Jodha Akbar. Spotted at the event were all music lovers like Namita Kanodia, Bindu, Kiran, MM Naidu and many others.

TANTALIZING TRIO When three musicians who are the masters of their genre meet, they create magic. So was the case when Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer performed together and mesmerized the crowd with their soulful music. The combination of Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla was noteworthy and received praises from the music lovers who witnessed the confluence.

Zakir Hussain

Raunaq

Anjali

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Stuvant & Suhani Pittie


HYDERABAD

ON THE GROOVE The members of Pink Club danced away to their hearts content for the Valentine’s Day event. The workshop was instructed by Zumba and fitness trainer Vijaya Tupurani. The members had put on their dancing shoes and tried their hand at Zumba which was a huge hit instantly. Needless to say, the theme of the meeting was red.

Neha Gupta & Neha Gandhi

Reena

Shika

Tarab Khan

MOMMY N ME MEET Why should Mommies have all the fun? So there was a great get-together of mommies and the tiny tots for the Valentines meet at Shangrila. The mom and kid paired in shades of red looked adorable. They were seen having a gala time over games. Spotted at the event were Trushna Tibrewla, Rina, Tarab Khan, Neha Gupta, Neha Gandhi and others.

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HYDERABAD Swetha

Sravya

Sheetal, Mourya, Sashi & Alok Nahata

AKRITTI DISPLAY Akritti organized Akritti Elite, a Valentine's Day special exhibition at Hotel Taj Krishna. Designers from all over India showcased their collection and the venue was decorated in the true valentine spirit. The exhibition was opened by Ms. Mourya Bada, Chairperson of YFLO. Akritti also exhibited Iconoclast by Lakshmi Manchu. Spotted at the event were Bina Mehta, Khusboo, Sushila Bokadia, Keerthi and many more.

Sushila Bokadia & Suman

Bindhu & Lavanya

Aparna & Padma Reddy

Marusha & Saloni

FRAGRANCE OF PETALS Petals Exhibition was, as expected, a huge hit with the regular buyers queuing up at Taj Krishna. The exhibition had an exquisite collection of ensemble, accessories, dĂŠcor and jewellery. Spotted at the exhibition were Aishwarya, Hima Bindu, Saloni, Mrudula, Payal and others.

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HYDERABAD

Jwala Gutta, Sruthi & Gireesh Malpani

THE RARE & UNCOMMON Ace designer JJ Valaya unveiled his new collection AZRAK (rare and uncommon in Turkish) at Red Carpet, Banjara Hills. Present at the high-end fashion store were eminent personalities like Jwala Gutta, Harshavardhan Rane, Kamal Kamaraju, Prasunna Reddy, Ajitha Reddy and others.

J J Valaya

Kamal Kamaraju

Neeru

Prasunna Reddy

Swetha & Raashi

Kamini Saraf

Pinky Reddy

Fatima & Anju

PHENOMENAL HIT The much awaited and the most preferred exhibition of the crème-de-la-crème was undoubtedly a phenomenal hit with the shopaholics. Best labels like Myoho, Rosetree, Bon Bibi, Trupsel, Lotus, Sutra, Amrich, Magic, Moksh & threads, Red Orange and many more designers showcased their collection. Prominent personalities like Pinky Reddy, Vinita Pittie, Swati, Snigda and Anju Poddar were spotted splurging at the Yatra.

Vinitha Pittie

Anju Poddar


HYDERABAD

SASYA & SIMAAYA LAUNCH Sasya opened its door for the city with pomp and splendor. The brothers Rachit and Mayank Agarwal made the launch of the store a perfect one. Beautiful interior and classy display was accompanied by reputed models like Carol Gracias and many more adorning the beautifully crafted ensemble. The store has national and international designer collection along with its concurrent sister brands Siyaa and Simaaya.

J J Valaya

Mayank

Rachit

Priyanka Arpita

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Kavuri Sambasiva Rao Swati

Bina Mehta

Aanchal

Shoot by Dinakar Pamu


Rekha Reddy & Pratiba Advani

THE CHANGING COLOURS OF INDIA FICCI FLO never fails to surprise us with the interesting events brought about every month. February began with an intellectual discussion about the National symbol and how it has evolved over decades, by esteemed guest Ms. Pratibha Advani who also spoke about women’s role in the progress of the nation and films and media. A documentary made by Ms. Pratibha on the "Tiranga" was also screened. Pratibha Advani is a well known name in television; she has many documentaries to her credit and also has a claim to fame with the movie Darmiyaan for which she worked as the Assistant Director. She is a multi-faceted personality with interests in Kuchipudi, music, painting, poetry and calligraphy; also awarded with the IIM Award for Excellence and Global Excellence Award in Journalism. Padmaja

Gunjan

Hina Srivastav Jyothi

Vartika Ishita Singh

Manjula Narsa

Namitha Kanodia

Shoot by Dinakar Pamu

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VIZAG

REVIEW

5

VISAKHA’S KALYAN

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ith its opening, Kalyan Jewellers the largest jewellery chain in India has topped Vizag’s women’s list of best spots to shop. With Thrissur, Kerala as its headquarters, this is the 45th showroom of the brand. With a carpet area of over 15,000 sft., it is built in 4 floors on Sampath Vinayak Temple Road. Each of the precious metals and stones has specific categories of collections. Each floor has its own specialty. The ground one displays pure gold heavy neck pieces, bangles, vaddanams and armlets. There are a few simple necklaces too with stone, enamel, beads and kundan work. If one is interested in savings by investing, there is a counter on this floor with a board saying ‘Schemes’ that gives all the info. The next floor takes you to gold chains, pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings. The collection is wide and the men on the other side of the counter are salesmen who ensure the customer gets what he/she exactly wants. The shop has a special kid zone on this floor. The second floor showcases the luxurious diamond and platinum collections. Check out Kalyan’s exclusive branded pieces like Anokhi (uncut diamonds), Rang (precious stones jewellery), White Mistry (Platinum with diamonds) and Antara - Bridal diamond wear, etc. The top floor is dedicated to silver. Tiny idols, coins, souvenirs, artifacts, silverware, ornaments like neck chains, pendants, neck pieces, anklets, finger rings and studs are available in a wide variety. The pieces are not overly tagged. Parking facility can be managed a bit better.

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VIZAG

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PEP IT UP

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he style studio is of the people, for the people and by the people. We are talking about the recently opened People store, an exclusive brand by Aditya Birla group.

Mr. Kantipudi Venkateswara Rao, the proprietor declares this brand as exclusively designed for the youth. Endorsing it, is the collection which is vibrant and economically priced (Rs. 199 - Rs. 1,599). The peppy theme reflects in the designs, cuts and colour combinations. Girls’ section includes ethnic, casual and party wear. The cost of round neck T-shirts starts from as low as Rs. 199/- and they are available in a plethora of shades. The party wear dresses are a few but unique. The tops are quite summerish with extensive use of floral designs and chiffon and georgette fabrics. However, the most moving items are those attractive multihued jeans, besides the regular ones. Available in half and full sleeves are those printed kurtas. One can spot some mix-n-match chudidaars and duppatas too. Guys can shop smart casual wears. Unlike other brands the lowers are impressive with their variegated shades. The must buys are those unique Jodhpuri pants. Quite catchy is the corner displaying funky ladies bags, scarves and accessories (Rs. 149 - Rs. 299). One can get belts too for both men and women. Located in the ever-busy Dutt Island, frequented by the youth, this store has already read the pulse of the targeted segments.

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f you are in Vizag and passionate about cycling, it’s time for you to celebrate! Firefox bike station, the city’s first world class sport bicycle store is here. This is the one-stop solution for biking. When it comes to its brands collection, it is unrivalled, with names like Firefox, Bianchi, Scott, Montra, Trek, Schwinn, Cannondate and many more. It has three categories of cycles, such as Mountain, Hybrid and city bikes. Catering to the needs of all it has a wide collection of bikes for men, specially designed ones for women and children too (3 - 12 years). It’s not only about the bikes alone, as the cyclists can get an impressive collection of accessories. They include cycling shorts, helmets, knee gears, cycling lights (for night biking), portable pump kit, phone-holders, etc. Check out those pant clips which save your lowers from getting stuck in the chains. One of the interesting pieces is the Tern foldable bicycle. Similarly, have a look at the Twin RiverSide City Bike, which is perfect for city rides. Besides all these, the cycling lovers can get the right guidance from Mr. Homesh Kumar, the proprietor of the store. Homesh himself is a biking enthusiast and guides the customers –right from buying the right cycle to the ideal way of cycling and every minute detail to make it a fun sport. Timings: Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am - 10.00 pm Sunday: 4.00 pm - 10.00 pm

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FOR FOOD & LOVE

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ood food +great ambience = to a perfect dining experience. Eat3 is a restaurant where nature plays the host. It offers best of both the worlds - the sophisticated and well organized indoors section and a languid outside. Located close to Hi-tech City and with a perfectly crafted granite faรงade Eat3 is warm and inviting. Decorated with utmost care the section outside is surrounded by flora and fresh breeze, a welcoming change for ever rushing city-dwellers. The interiors are kept simple with black cane furniture and glass tables with contrast cushions thrown across. The food is delectable and the range includes Chinese, Continental, Sizzlers, Seafood, Indian and desserts! The Eat3 signature dishes are Chicken Stroganoff, Chicken Alakin, Baked Fish with Asparagus, Lamb Marango, and Lamb Stroganoff. For all the hardcore non-vegetarians Eat3 is surely a regular hangout because of the tempting Chicken Biryani, Barra Kebab, Murgh Patial Kebab and the Gosht Biryani. The mocktails and desserts are a steal with the numerous options accompanied with good taste. Mocktails include Planters Punch, Shirley Temple, Shark Tails, Flamingo and the sinful desserts Cheese Cake, Caramel Custard and Brownie with Ice cream. The place has become a big hit with the youngsters and employees working around the restaurant. It is surely an abode for people looking out for a peaceful dinner with quality and good food, especially for the couples in love who can spend quality time in naturally romantic surroundings.

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hoever said money can’t buy happiness simply did not know where to go shopping - especially at Sasya, the new three storied designer destination located in the heart of the city in Banjara Hills. The Sasya experience brings along loads of surprises with a collection of national and international designers, many of which cannot be found anywhere in the city. The interiors of the store are floral and bright with strategically segregated sections based on designer, price, gender and occasion making your shopping experience easy and enjoyable. Sasya also offers pre-shopping, private trials, stylist service and tailored loyalty programme for its customers. This store is surely a paradise for the all the would-be brides and grooms who can get their hands on the latest trends under a single roof from studded lehengas to royal sherwanis, from a stunning array of anarkali dresses to the latest accessories. The clothes are an amalgamation of neon colours, glitters, borders, exclusive embroidery, simplicity, royalty and ravishing styles. Sasya has recently tied up with Kitsch, a multi-brand ensemble and home to international brands like Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen, MCQ, DVF, Halston Heritage, Lanvin, Stella McCartney, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. It also has individual designer collections of Rohit Bal, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Nikasha, Azara, Not so serious and many more. Sasya also holds brands viz. Simaaya and Siyaa which have a balanced mix of wedding wear and pret collection. To give you a bird’s eye view this store is surely going to cut down on your travel fares because of availability of world class designers under one roof. Giving uber-luxurious shopping experience Sasya meets the expectations of the fashion conscious. 1

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ell, the city now has a “New Town�, an initiative of the VGP Group of Companies that has simultaneously opened its outlets - Coffee House - in Chennai and Hyderabad, located in a plush mall right in the heart of Banjara Hills. The restaurant is spread over 3,200 sft. and its interiors are simple yet the best, with three semi-circled leather sofas, with a glass table as the centre of attraction. The place has ample seating place and also a see-through coffee and dessert counter. The food is not very highly priced, and the taste and the unique variety of dishes available here make sure that you get the value for your money. The restaurant though it flaunts fusion cuisine, is known for its Malaysian street food, and New Town believes that the food will speak for itself. A few of the signature dishes, cooked in traditional Mamak style, are Nasi Lemak (the national dish of Malaysia), Roti Canai, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng, Curry Mee, Roti Tissue, Roti Bom and Kaya toast. It also makes sure that its customers do not miss out on their Indian dishes. Shell-less crab meat with Kothu Parotta, Romali wrapped Achari Beef and Saga Tawa Fish with Tandoori Aloo are a few to be mentioned. The granitas and desserts available there, are also something that cannot be missed! The place surely gives dining experience a different order.

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offee Shops within a bookstore or boutique is common place but, a coffee shop with the most happening car showroom in town - this is what we call a twist in the tale. Lakshmi Nissan and Di Bella Coffee Shop have come together and opened this showroom in Jubilee Hills at Road No. 36. This venture is spread over a vast area of more than 11,000 sft.; having a cup of creamy coffee in the midst of latest cars is surely a different experience. Lakshmi Nissan boasts of three years of unparalleled service to its customers, with a sale of more than 3,000 cars. The showroom has all Nissan versions, including - Micra, Evalia, Sunny, Teana and X-Trail. It had also brought to the city the latest 370Z, definitely the last word in sports cars and a beauty that every sports car lover would love to own! Di Bella, Australia's leading specialty coffee company, has over 1,200 outlets spread across Australia, New Zealand, China and India. The lounge in Hyderabad with beautiful interiors, offers the ultimate coffee experience combined with cars, games and peppy music. They have made special signature blends keeping in mind the Indian coffee palette. Ali Reserve is a blend with flavours like berries, chocolate, honeycomb, toffee and many more. Premium, an exceptionally balanced and smooth blend with sweet caramel and creamy butterscotch gives a nutty finish. Felici - a sharp and full bodied blend is characterized by unique spicy and rich qualities as a black coffee, distinct dark chocolate and malt. They also serve an assortment of snacks, desserts and other drinks. In the technically updated place it is no surprise the menu card is a tablet PC. Adding to this unique fare are the Fire-WaterChocolate Fondue and the Luxury Leaf Tea!

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V I Z A G

THE COVETED VIZAG Visakha has become a bone of contention between two Congress stalwarts Mr. T. Subbarami Reddy and Ms. Purandeswari. Recently TSR went to the extent of declaring that he would be fielded from Vizag while Purandeswari would be given the Narasaraopeta seat so that the Cong would have two sure wins in 2014 polls. The lady, of course, is sticking to her guns stating that she is with Vizag. However, their destiny is in the high command’s hands. Meanwhile, there is also a word going around that YSR Sharmila of YSRCP may contest either from Visakha or Ongole for Lok Sabha. Wonder who the Vizagites will elect from these non-locals this time.

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UNINVITED MLA These days we see Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkatramaiah following Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, like the proverbial Mary’s lamb. Wherever Ganta goes Chintalapudi follows suit. Not that he gets invited to all those places. But he lands up on the spot. Simple courtesies like invitations don’t seem to bother him. It may not be a big issue for him but for the surprised organizers, it certainly is becoming a headache to make the last minute arrangements because when a legislator is on the spot, certain protocol has to be followed and some formalities have to be fulfilled. Instead of (dis)gracing the occasions uninvited, he should focus on his constituency problems!!!


PUSH FOR PURANDESWARI Who says the kings are all powerful? In fact, makers of the kings are a notch above the rulers too. Mr. O. Naresh Kumar of Symbiosys Technologies going by seems to have assumed the role of the man behind the scene, the way he has been promoting Mrs. Purandeswari these days. Looks like, he has been organizing a number of welfare activities and interactive sessions to promote her in a big way, with a clear eye on the 2014 elections. With a popular figure like him throwing his weight behind a candidate, her prospects look bright. History has witnessed without a strong backup, even the mighty ones may land up in a premature pack-up.

THE D-FACTOR Tinsel town’s upcoming star Prince is perhaps on a spree to break many pretty lasses’ hearts. Just two movies old, the charmer boy is the latest craze of the shutterbugs. The prodigy is missing from the hometown and is often spotted with his newly found companion Deepika in Hyderabad, who also hails from Vizag. ‘Who is she?’ investigations are already taken up by Prince’s female fans, who are leaving no stone unturned.

HAPPENING WIFE “Pull the ear, to grab the head”, might be an old saying, but it still works miracles. Who can explain it better than Mrs. Anjana, wife of actor Nani. Of late, she has been flooded with endless friend requests on her FB account and invitations for every event happening in the city. Befriending her has its own rewards. Her new friends and hosts are reaping the benefit of having Nani as a glam quotient in their parties. What a smart move!! Is it not killing two birds at one shot?

WHO IS RAINA KI MAINA? Vizag can be on National Cricket scenario soon. It has to be! Recently there is a strong buzz making rounds that ace cricketer Suresh Raina has been seeing one of our own city girls. Whether this star batsman is going to be clean bowled by our Miss X, is yet to be seen. However, city’s sniffers are on the trail of that mystery girl.

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MOVIE WITH YUVI It was a rare occurrence in the city when a real hero of the sports world came to watch the reel hero; and his arrival almost went unnoticed. “I saw him entering the hall, donning very simple attire, a T-shirt, cargo and cap and he sat next to me. Oh gosh!!! All of a sudden I realized he is none other than, Yuvraaj Singh, the star cricketer. Unlike other celebrities he has no airs and I was lucky to click a snap of this charmer boy. A brilliant movie at Varun Inox with Yuvi, I couldn’t have asked for anything else,” shares a thrilled Miss. Paramita Banerjee, Executive Manager, Palm Beach, Bajaj Hotels Pvt. Ltd.

HUSH-HUSH BASH ‘No big bash, only hushhush’ might be Varun’s idea. Instead of having an uber glitzy party with the crème-de-la-crème crowd, the scion of Varun Empire celebrated his 31st birthday with a few selected close buddies in a private party in Vijayawada. Was it just to avoid being in the news or an even bigger fanfare was planned there; only the birthday boy or the selected guests have to divulge.

M(N)IGHTY LOSS While the city is growing party frenzy on one hand, rumours are rife that the freaks might lose one of the hot spots soon. If sources are to be believed, it is a big showdown for one of the happening pubs in town. Running into huge losses, it’s going to down the shutters soon. Dear nocturnal animals, it’s time to hunt for a new den.

NUMBER GAME Whether it is for fancy or superstition, we come across some moneyed and mighty procuring numbers of their choice for their vehicles. The state cashes in on this weakness of people by auctioning the numbers and raises a few bucks for its coffers. But some of them, using their direct connect to the higher-ups, get these fancy digits for a song. Prominent among them are a minister with his car bearing 1, a sitting MLA (9) and a former MLA (999). A little bird also tells that 9999 was given to an associate of a bigwig in the Corporation. Count your numbers and notes, sir, no problem. But don’t ‘discount’ the state earnings.


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ANNA FANS MODIFIED Not too long ago people were using every possible opportunity to meet the man that led a mega drive, fasting against corruption that is eating into our system. His fans included even the film stars, glitterati, socialites and even the P3 people. However, it was seen in Hyderabad recently that all those socialites were making a beeline to a reception where the third-time Chief Minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi was expected to come and they were all eager to shake hands with him. On the other end, Anna who was also visiting the city was left high and dry. It only goes to prove that our society prefers personality to ideologies.

TDP SMART PLAN The cousins, Lokesh and Jr. NTR were said to be at two ends of the spectrum, each vying to inherit the TDP mantle. The go-betweens have been striving to bridge the gap. If NTR has inherited his grandfather’s looks and histrionics, Lokesh picked up managerial mastery from his father Chandrababu Naidu. If Jr. NTR had proved to be a perfect crowd-puller in the previous elections, Lokesh has displayed his administrative skills in his father’s padayatra. The cadre and senior leaders plan to make the most of the situation. While Jr. NTR is to be used as the poster boy as Chief ministerial candidate, Lokesh should be touted as the party chief. Wait for this fame-brain combo to create new records.

PVP LIKELY TO GAIN The star-studded sky too at times loses its splendour with the rise of a new brighter sun. This aptly applies to the city’s one of the seven star properties situated in a prime location. Despite the brand name and high-class infrastructure, the owner is not able to make any profit. If sources are to be believed, Prasad V Potluri ( PVP) may be the future owner of this prized property. He needs no introduction. He is the man behind financing movies, industries, politics and list goes on. Hope that, with him as the owner, the hotel can retain its starry shines.

LOSING PITCH “To act is actors, to play is cricketers” is perhaps the consoling line for the CCL fans. Though pumped with crores of rupees, dabbed with a high-dose of glamour of movie stars, from superstars of Indian Cinema and pretty heroines in tow as cheer partners, the much hyped Celebrity Cricket League 3 is turning into a flop show. With empty seats in the stadiums, the investors are in a fix over how to recover their huge investments. Lesson learnt; “showbiz works only on silver screen.’’ red | march 2013 | 68


CONSPICUOUS QUEEN If there is a contest called “Woman of the Month”, our gorgeous former Mrs. India Shilpa Reddy is sure to be bestowed with the tiara for February month. She is justifiably referred to as a social figure and an epitome of generosity. From inauguration of Kids Museum to opening of new mega stores and fashion shows, you name it and Shilpa was seen as the guest of honour to encourage, promote and endorse the newcomers.

NO ROLE CALL It seems there is no character role for Vasuki in the movie industry. The dusky diva who is desperately trying for a lead role, is flooded with offers for spicy item numbers. We advise an upset Vasuki that item songs have become prized possessions in Tollywood. Now actresses who are gunning for the numero uno spot are more than willing to grab an overtly raunchy dance. Cheer up Vasuki, it’s always better to have one bird in hand than two in the bush!

HOLY DIP All roads of city’s P3 led to Maha Kumbh Mela. Shocked? We share the same expression!! City’s cream crowd of celebrities, socialites and style divas were missing from the glam scene. The list includes Lakshmi Manchu, Shilpa Reddy, Swati Sanghi and their group of friends. Is it just their spiritual call or their special prayer for success of Lakshmi’s next film Gundello Godaari, is still a mystery.

KING’S GOLD TREASURES? Actors and brand endorsing, is no new news! They rake in huge moolah by turning brand ambassadors!! But recently our superstar Nagarjuna is seen over sincere in promoting Kalyan Jewellers. He is chanting “Kalyan Ho” all the time, whenever he is given an opportunity to speak or express. We know Nag, you are the Brand Ambassador of this huge jewellery chain of stores! Nag’s over enthusiasm is raising speculations that he might have some stakes in this business.


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JEWEL OF VAIBHAV randhi Mallika Manoj, CMD, Vaibhav Group, with her unassuming demeanor and placid voice may come across as vulnerable and may even evoke protective instincts in you towards her. But start talking to her and you will know where the real strength and spirit of the invincible Vaibhav Empire lie.

Core Metal Mallika breaks the riddle in a simple and straightforward manner. “The word Ardhangi denotes that woman shares half of her man’s burden. Being the wife of Manoj, one of the finest jewellers of the region, I already won half the battle by the time I took over the reins of Vaibhav. So the trek was not arduous at all.” red | march 2013 | 70

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Disciplinarians Smt. Parvati and Sri. Murali Krishna Devisetty brought up Mallika to be an obedient daughter and got her married into the Grandhi family in 1990 after her graduation in psychology. Her highly-progressive parents-in-law, Smt. Krishna Kumari and Sri. Narendra Grandhi provided her with every possible opportunity to learn and grow. “I grew up raising my children and got hands-on training working with my husband.” Originally from the textile trade, Mr. Manoj shifted to the jewellery segment in 1991 and never looked back. After his sad demise a year ago, a stoic Mallika, mother of three daughters, stepped into his shoes. The transition, though abrupt, was smooth purely because of her rare courage and managerial skills. While the elder daughter Sindhuri is studying dentistry, the second daughter Keerthana, who inherited her father’s acumen, took up the mantle of business as a Director, while pursuing CA. The youngest, Sarayu is going to school. Family Time “All hours before 10.00 am and after 8.00 pm are exclusively for the family. It is the quality, not the quantity of time we spend together that matters,” says Mallika who manages her hectic schedule, adhering strictly to a timetable that she draws well in advance. Dwelling on her obsessive devotion to her family, Mallika recalls, “Realising the importance of English, I joined classes to brush up my knowledge. But whatever was the question asked, I used to bring my family into the answer. The vexed instructor once snapped at me, saying, “Don’t you have anything beyond your family?” Learning Process Stressing that Manoj is her idol, she says, “He had a very unique way of imparting knowledge. He used to elicit our opinions whether it was on an ad or a new piece of jewellery he had introduced. His questions themselves used to be highly educative and informative.” Support System Refusing to take the entire credit of Vaibhav’s success to herself, Mallika says, “My husband was a great visionary and a meticulous planner. In fact, these qualities run in the family. Envisaging today’s requirement, he built this huge property. It gave me a head start. I am also blessed with an unflinching support from my brother-in-law Mr. Amarendra Grandhi, Executive Director, who plays a lead role in our strategic and operational planning.

Extended Family “The 435-strong Vaibhav family is behind me,” says Mallika with justified pride. The well-mannered staff, tiptoeing around the sprawling floors of Vaibhav with contented smiles, silently endorse her claim. Inevitable Race “There cannot be a one-man race. You need to have others to run along with you. It is only the spirit of contest that gives spring to your feet in your march to excellence. What is business without competition? ” asks Mallika with an impish glint in her eyes.

Changing Faces “Though customers, especially women, have become very fashionconscious and follow the latest trends, they remain rooted in our culture and never let go of our beautiful traditions. Hence the ethnic jewellery survives centuries.” Future Plans “I am looking at Gajuwaka, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam for further expansion.” Social Responsibility “Besides presenting a Swarna Kamalam to a deserving artiste

HER THOUGHTS Ÿ We are in a position to demand

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only if and after giving to the others. Once you learn to give, then the question of taking never arises. Ÿ Put your finger right on the pulse of the customer. Ÿ Honesty is the best policy. You may charge a rupee more, based on the design and service. But let the customer know about it.

she will move heaven and earth to show that she can perform. Ÿ Education is the only way to empower a woman. Ÿ Women are always ready to take the responsibility, whether it is at home or at the place of work. That is their second nature. Ÿ A knowledgeable woman shines even in this male-dominated world.

“I welcome new players in the city. This, besides giving the customer a wider range to choose from, goads us to perform better. We all grow striving to outshine one another.” Rivalry “If we don’t overstep our limits and expect nothing from others, we make no enemies. I see only friends and friends everywhere,” says a confident Mallika. Customer Service “Planning is our strong point. We observe which side the wind is blowing and keep ourselves ready to meet the customers’ varying demands.”

annually, we also have adopted a village.” Mallika is planning one more annual welfare activity to mark her husband’s birth anniversary. Recreation Music and movies are Mallika’s stressbusters. Yoga is a part of her daily routine. Her Strength “It is knowledge in psychology that stands me in good stead both in personal and business fronts. I can analyse situations very pragmatically and study my customers with considerable accuracy.”


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atience is the strength of the weaker sex and they can outpace men in any field. Many a woman has proved this”- besides believing this, she puts it into practice with much élan. In the State, she commands enormous respect for her humility, compassion, righteousness and not to forget, her impressive dressing sense. Nothing would have been more befitting than featuring Mrs. Dharmavarapu Kottam Aruna (D. K. Aruna), Minister for Information and Public Relations, in this column to mark the Women’s Day.

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People might have seen her presiding over poll campaigns, ministerial meets, press conferences and addressing the Assembly floor. But not known to many, is her another visage. Back at home she has her own world where she goes gaga over her grandchildren and is crazy for long self-drives, especially in her SUVs. Shoot By Dinakar Pamu red | march 2013 | 72


Choice and Chance Entry “Though I come from a family steeped in politics and got married into a similar one, my own entry into it was quite unexpected,” says Aruna. Although she was pitchforked into politics by her husband, she could make it to the top slot only after testing waters in many a political party. Political Presence “The presence of both my father and husband in politics helped me immensely,” admits Aruna who was elected from Gadwal in Mahaboobnagar district. Aruna says that she is now reaping the fruit (public sentiment) borne by her family ‘tree.’ Politically Significant Phase “After I got elected, I realized what the common man is going through and understood the innumerable issues that are plaguing my constituency,” says Aruna candidly. Out of many activities, Aruna especially mentions the padayatra she undertook to mobilize public support over the unresolved irrigation issues, in which the late YSR too joined. “I went on a hunger strike for six days for the Rajolibanda Diversion Scheme water project,” she recalls. “However, I feel vindicated now as we at least started the process of supplying water to some areas.”

hardworking and never fail to deliver the goods as per the promise.” She adds virtues like commitment, sincerity, discipline and decision-making skills, which women have in abundance, as the prerequisites of a political life. Challenging Limitations “Though I do function in a male chauvinistic society, I have not faced any kind of problems,” affirms Aruna. However, she admits that a woman does face some obstacles. “In our society there are inherent and underlying limitations. Hence there are bound to be certain difficulties. Of course, there is nothing that cannot be surmounted.” Women Oriented Programmes Stating that the self-help groups are the best to make women selfreliant, Aruna says that there are many governmental programmes, including loans with 0% interest, that would augur well for women. She herself planned to set up industrial units for women for which unfortunately there were not many takers. Yet Aruna exudes optimism and stresses that more and more women are opting for cottage industry units to supplement the family income.

Inspiring Media Aruna gives full credit to the electronic media that inspires even those women who dwell in remote corners. She even attributes the sudden rise in women candidates in politics to the efforts of media. “Aspiring, enterprising, capable and educated women are taking a serious look at politics as a career option,” she says. With women in active politics, having a higher per cent of reservations, she predicts a favourable change in the scenario.

Political Steering “We eat, sleep and breathe politics and if my initial lessons in this field were taken in the lap of my father, I should say it is my husband who has honed my political skills further. I have him advising me at every step - small or big - I take.” Idolatry The answer is quite predictable as Aruna says, “I adore Indira Gandhi for her dynamism. We may not see another leader like her.” Women - Politics Blend “Combination of women and politics is perfect,” states Aruna as a matter of fact and goes on to elaborate, “Women by nature are more patient, caring and

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She says that wherever she holidays, it doesn’t go beyond 4 or 5 days. Friends “I have quite a few childhood friends who stay in Hyderabad. I meet them once in a while, especially during functions,” says Aruna with warmth in her voice. She fondly recalls a few moments of her college life, when she along with her buddies used to bunk college to watch morning shows, particularly Hindi movies starring Rajesh Khanna or Amitabh Bachchan.

Revolutionizing Change in Politics Commenting on today’s allpervading corruption, Aruna feels that the cleansing cannot be done single-handedly and people from all classes and levels should come forward to weed out this evil. Special Message “Women should be strong and fight for their rights. They should not retreat for fear of facing hurdles. They ought to be focused and motivated and should have the strength to reach their goals.” Future Prospects Emphasising that education is the only way to build a better society, Aruna vows to work for eradication of illiteracy right from the grass roots. Personal Traits “I am straightforward and patient, though at times I tend to go a bit slack on the latter,” Aruna confesses with a smile. Family Favourite “My family, husband, children and grandchildren are the ones who I can die for,” says a loving Aruna. She is blessed with three daughters - Sravanthi, Shruti and Snigdha and three adorable grandchildren Ishita, Yash and Vihan. red | march 2013 | 74

Life, if not Politics “I would have been a housewife,” says Aruna, without batting an eyelid. She has varied interests a few of them being interior designing, gardening and cooking. She loves driving and also going on long drives, something that she misses now. On further probing, she reveals that she would have loved to complete her studies and become a doctor.

Fashion Statement “People see me as a fashionable politician. Personally, I love anything traditional, be it jewellery or saris. I like temple jewellery, south-Indian traditional and classic designs. I am not keen on high fashion, trendy and contemporary styles.

HER THOUGHTS Women should have their individual style; be it a sari or a salwar. Family means everything and husband is my backbone.

Infinitesimal Sacrifices “I just wish I could spend more time with my family,” states Aruna who has a structured schedule. She is often flooded with visitors from all parts of the state. Being a public representative, she feels that attending to the callers is important. Relaxation and Recreation “I love to play with my grandchildren, even when I get home late at night. That is my way to bust stress,” says Aruna. She surely vacations once a year. Over the past couple of years, her visits have been to Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. However, they can be dubbed as short breaks.

Politics requires a lot of commitment. Fame is responsibility and recognition.

Where saris are concerned, my favourites are Gadwal, Kota, khadi, Banaras and Kanjeevaram. I mostly wear handlooms and importantly, those that suit me,” elucidates Aruna. Individual Minutiae Aruna loves home-cooked vegetarian food besides chutneys, pickles and spicy snacks. She prefers colours - red, pink and orange and dislikes fluorescent shades. A Hindi film music buff, Aruna loves to hear old Hindi classics and her favourite stars are Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini, Rekha and Sridevi.


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Currently Mila Kunis is dating Ashton Kutcher and rumours are doing the rounds that they might tie the knot in April, provided Ashton gets his divorce from Demi Moore. According to a British magazine, Ashton took Mila home during holidays to meet his family and it is believed that he has announced to his family about his plans to have a small LA wedding. They even plan to start a family soon, but Mila has said that they need to be married before they have kids. She added that she might quit acting too and enjoy a regular family life.

SCARLETT! AGAIN?

The actress was spotted wearing a lovely pear-shaped diamond ring on her engagement finger which has sparked off rumours that she is engaged to her French boyfriend Romain Dauriac. She was previously married to Ryan Reynolds for two years before she obtained a divorce from him in 2011. Later, she had a one-year relationship with Nate Taylor, with whom she split last year. It was just weeks after the split that she began dating Romain who was introduced to her through mutual friends. Right now, she is desperately trying to keep this one under wraps. Looks like she is not too successful.

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Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee were said to be thick friends earlier, looking to each other for advice. It was rumoured that they drifted apart ever since Aish married Rani’s alleged ex-boyfriend Bachchan Jr. Latest reports say that Rani replaced Aishwarya as the chief guest for SLB’s serial ‘Saraswatichandra’. It was just a while ago, when it was heard that Rani had a dig at Aish when she said that Indian women get too carried away with their personal lives and bringing up children, leaving everything else. Rani is also said to have added that actresses have to pull up their socks and keep looking good and young always.

BACHELOR DREAMS Salman Khan has reportedly said that he is not keen on marriage. Popular on social networking platforms, he is continuously attempting to expand his online presence. Recently, on the Google+ Hangout, in response to a fan’s question about his intentions to enter into wedlock and have kids, Salman said that he was not sure about marriage but would definitely love to have kids. He also said that he was looking for a way to escape marriage and simply just have children. We have to wait and see if anyone would oblige.

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CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

Taking a leaf out of his dad Chiru’s book perhaps Ram Charan has time and again proved that he can excel in acting as well as dance with the same ease. Apoorva who is directing him for his Bollywood debut film ‘Zanjeer’ is all praise for the young hero. Bowled over by his dance movements, the director took to the micro blogging site to share his excitement and wrote, “Just wrapped a kick ass song for Zanjeer ‘Mumbai Ke Hero…’ with Charan.... He killed it... Jackson ka baap hai woh boss...” We should see whether his dances can draw parallels between him and Michael Jackson.

KISS JINX

Film makers cash in on the voyeuristic instincts of the audience either by showing heroines in skimpy apparels or by involving the lead pair in lip lock scenes. This, they feel, will cause fireworks at the box office. Allu Arjun’s forthcoming movie ‘Iddarammayilatho’ has an intimate lip lock scene between the lead pair who shed inhibitions (on the sets of course) when the script demanded it, sources say. Though his fans may enjoy the scene, Arjun has his own apprehensions as such scenes in the past in ‘Varudu’ and ‘Aarya 2’ did not help the films hit the jackpot. Let us wait whether Bunny breaks the ‘kissing’ jinx or not.

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The title literally means ‘Monkey King on the Flag’. It is an action thriller all the way with Nani playing a dual role. A dual role always attracts the audience and we have to wait and see what Nani has to offer. He is essaying the roles of a 28- year-old and a 48-year-old. Amala Paul plays his romantic interest. Meghana Raj and Subbu Panchu play important characters. This film is written and directed by Samuthirakani who wielded the megaphone for movies like Sangharshana and Sambho Siva Sambho. G.V. Prakash is scoring the music and the film is produced by K.S. Srinivasan under the Vasans Visuals Ventures banner.

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DSEVMADGDSEVMADG SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER RETURNS A sequel to the 2011 film Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster that tasted huge success, this film is a romantic thriller drama directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. Jimmy Shergill and Mahie Gill are reprising their earlier roles of Saheb Aditya Pratap Singh and Biwi Madhavi. The new additions to the cast are Irrfan Khan who plays the Gangster and Soha Ali Khan who plays his oppressed and abused wife. Irrfan Khan, a beleaguered royal, is out to kill the Saheb. Others in the cast are Raj Babbar who plays Soha’s father and Mugdha Godse (who is performing an item number). It is to be seen whether the sequel also draws the viewers and keeps them hooked throughout the film. You can look forward to a gripping tale with a perfect mix of romance and action.

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OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Going straight to the plot, it is a tale of a circus magician Oscar Diggs who finds himself in a battle among the three witches of Oz. Thrown into the exciting Land of Oz, with fame and fortune within reach, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. But is it so? The witches are not convinced that he is the one everyone has been waiting for. Putting all his magical skills to use, he has to find out who is good and who is bad before it is too late. This movie is directed by Sam Raimi and the cast includes James Franco as Oscar Diggs otherwise known as the ‘Wizard of Oz’, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Michelle Williams as Glinda, and Rachel Weisz as Evanora, who play the witches. This fantasy adventure, loaded with unique CGI techniques, is being released by Walt Disney Pictures.

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GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION This one is a third person action-adventure video game for the PS3 console, the seventh installment in the God of War series and a prequel to the entire series. Loosely based on Greek mythology, it is set in ancient Greece with vengeance taking centre stage. The protagonist is Kratos who is a former servant of the God of War, Ares. This game speaks of the journey of Kratos’ redemption from his past sins (that of murdering his wife and child) and his urge to break free from Ares. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment, it is in the action genre. The number of players is 1 to 8 and you can seek your own glory in epic 8-player multiplayer battles. The game focuses on combobased combat and also features revamped quick time events, puzzles and platforming elements.

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MUSICMUSIC BOOKSBOOKS Good news for English lovers. The latest from Paulo Coelho ‘Manuscript Found in Accra’ will definitely engross its readers. It is the 22nd book from the bestselling author of ‘The Alchemist’. Paulo Coelho plays with reality. This novel is set in 1099, as Jerusalem awaits the invasion of crusaders. Here, men and women of all ages and faith assemble to hear the wise words of a mysterious man, who is a Greek Copt. As the people come forward, pose questions and share their fears, the Wiseman comforts them and makes them aware of the enduring attributes of human character. His answers are a record of the human values that have survived through the centuries. The author reveals that answers for “Who we are”, “What we fear”, and “What we hope for the future” come from the knowledge and belief that can be found within us, and not from the adversity that surrounds us.

DVD DVD GAMES GAMES Publisher - Harper Collins | Language - English Binding - Paperback | Number of pages - 208

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You are an actor, producer, playback singer and an occasional scriptwriter. What else is in the offing? Cricket commentator, lyricist, para gliding instructor (giggles). That’s a big list. What do you look forward to? - Box office success or critical acclaim Let me put it straight. I want both. Talent or luck… what is vital for success? You can’t separate one from the other. I have seen many actors who are like ‘wow’ and aren’t lucky enough to make it big. So you need both in this field. But talent is a must.

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e wowed the youth in Shankar's bilingual Boys (his debut film) in 2003. In a short span, he endeared himself to the audience in different roles, mostly as a lover boy. ITFA Best New Actor Award, Filmfare Award for Best Actor Telugu and Star Screen Best Male Debut, all this and more speak volumes about Siddharth. Known as the Aamir Khan of the South, he is simply a class apart among the young heroes we have. The roles - Santosh (Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana) and Siddhu (Bommarillu) brought him a huge female fan following in Tollywood. In Bollywood, he has won over audiences with his portrayal of Karan in Rang De Basanti. Just 33 years young, Siddharth has spent a good 12 years in the movie industry donning various caps, that of an assistant director, actor, writer and singer. Last year saw him launch his own production house Etaki Entertainment, the first venture being the bilingual Love Failure. Nirupama Reddy brings you a little something.....something of Siddharth. H

You were an assistant director. So how was it to be facing the camera for the first time? Shankar Sir is so friendly. He exactly knows what he wants. We did a few workshops before the “Boys” shoot, and I am a person who believes in workshops to get into the skin of the character. So it helped. While doing a movie, can you predict if it is going to be a big hit? Sometimes, with your experience you can. You have worked with both men and women directors like Deepa Mehta and Nandini Reddy. What is the difference? They are almost similar. Whereas Nandu is chilled out and energetic, Deepaji is kind of relaxed and calm. Are you game for working in multi-starrers? Haven’t you seen Rang de Basanti? I am more concerned about the story and my role, not the number of scenes I have or songs I will be in. Well, I am glad that though I am from Chennai, I never feel like I am from there. People here consider me as their own. I feel very happy when seniors like Chiranjeevi Sir, Venky Sir and all of them say ‘Mana Siddharth’. From my first straight Telugu film I have a brother here, who is none other than actor Srihari garu. I’ve a few best friends like Tarak, Prabhas, Cherry, Rana and Nani.

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After a long gap, you will be seen in the Bollywood film Chashme Baddoor, a remake of the 1981 film of the same name. How different is this one going to be from the original? Well we changed a few scenes in order to suit the present Goan nativity. I am thrilled and happy at the same time when David Dhawan sir offered me Late Ravi Baswani ji’s role in this movie. I still remember him saying like this, “It was difficult to enact this role because, "Ravi Baswani is the only member of the cast who is no more and I miss him. Ravi and I were roommates when we were both starting out in our careers. I had to put Ravi in safe hands. I had to cast someone who I knew would do justice to his part."” I am so glad and very happy for his confidence reposed in me that I will do justice to the late Ravi ji’s role. Advice to aspiring actors. Be yourself. Don’t imitate anyone.

ON YOUR LATEST MOVIE JABARDASTH Your take on the movie An out and out mass comedy entertainer with Nandini Reddy’s touch. You have experimented with a different genre in this film. How was the experience? Awesome. Samantha is tagged as the girl with the golden leg. How was it shaking a leg with her? She is an excellent co-star to work with. She has a couple of hits in her kitty and she still works as if it is her first day shoot of her first film. She is a very fast learner. Who was more ‘Jabardasth’ on the sets? You, Nandini Reddy or Samantha? All three of us. It is said that Thaman has composed different tunes for you. Your take? I know Thaman for 12 years. He is a very close friend. I know he will make it big from the day we met. In terms of his compositions, I just listen to them, give my inputs and leave it to him. The knowledge Thaman has on sound and voice reproduction is excellent. red | march 2013 | 85

PERSONAL DIARY

What do you do in your free time? Movies and cricket. On what basis do you select a movie? Does it depend on director, banner or story? First it’s the story and then the director. If you have observed my career, most of the time I have worked with first time directors only. I am glad that most aspiring directors are writing stories keeping me in mind. What has been your favourite role so far? Karan in RDB and Siddhu in Bommarillu. Who are your all time favourite actors? NTR garu, S.V. Ranga Rao garu, Rajendra Prasad garu and Aamir Khan. Favourite actresses? Sridevi, Radhika and Soundarya.

The most fun-filled role. The one I did right now in Jabardasth. What is the hardest role you have played till date? Yodha in Anaganaga Oka Dheerudu. What is your professional philosophy? Live work and let live

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Any fun thing about you that people are not aware of? I am a trained para glider. What is your darkest fantasy? Being alone in the world. A happy version of I Am Legend. A song that is playing in your head right now. Arere arere from Jabardasth.


What is the stupidest thing that you have heard about yourself? That I have teenage children. What would we find in your fridge right now? Hell…lots of food. Which is the one lie that you got away with? I’m still getting away with it, so it’s too early to confess. Where did you spend your last holiday? Can’t remember…working round the clock these days. In your opinion, which is the most overrated movie? Avatar and Twilight series. FIRST WORDS THAT COME TO MIND AT THE MENTION OF Hyderabad - Home Vizag - Paradise. Love the beach there. Vizag in one word is a filmmaker’s paradise.

ONE WORD ON YOUR CO-STARS Genelia - She gave me a break (giggles). An excellent artiste to work with. Highly energetic. Shruti Haasan - True professional, nothing less to her dad Kamal Haasan sir. Very intelligent. Amala Paul - Fast learner. Trisha - She is a big star by the time I came into movies. Very chilled out, fun loving and an awesome actress. Tamannah - Very dedicated, excellent dancer Nithya Menen - Powerpuff girl, very compatible person. Avid reader of books like me. Priya Anand - Simple, girl next door kind of. She has an amazing screen presence. Soha Ali Khan - Good friend and an excellent co-artist to work with. She is one natural actress. I admire her after Jayasudha garu.

Bangalore - Green n clean Mumbai - Traffic traffic Delhi - Have my respect for the people over there, but its kind of unsafe at nights. FIRST PERSON WHO COMES TO MIND AT THE MENTION OF Performer - Genelia Dancer - Tamannah Co-star - Trisha n Genelia again Singer - Who else? Nithya Achiever - Amala Paul, Priya Anand Inspiration - Jayasudha garu

How does it feel being on the cover of red? It’s an honour. Decode red. Energy, love n more love.

Message to all your fans. More than fans, I call them family. Thanks for what you have given me. Can’t ask for more. Listen to your parents and loved ones. Do some service to people. Live n let live. H

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onda’s highly anticipated compact sedan AMAZE will soon be on our roads. Being the first diesel car of Honda, does it have the necessary potential to be a game changer? It might give Maruti Swift Dzire a run for its money. Let’s find out. It is a sub-four-metre saloon and essentially has a three-box look; meaning a hatch car with a boot. The car is powered with 1.5 litre of i-DTEC diesel engine. Loosely based on the Brio platform, it sports a twin-layered chrome grille that gives a classy look in tune with the pointed headlights. The tail section has full size clear lens lights that sit high on its broad rear bumper. The boot space is pegged at nearly 400-litre capacity. Sculpted in an aerodynamic look, it may live up to its name. When it comes to interiors, only a different colour scheme and better upholstery make it look different from the Brio. The rear seat has a bench to seat three if required. There is more rear legroom, making it comfortable. This sedan is poised to be a high performer as its engine is capable of producing inspiring power and torque to take it to the next level. It promises an impressive fuel economy of 25 kmpl and is blessed with a strong brake system with ventilated disc brakes on the front and drum brakes on the rear. In addition, it comes with anti-lock braking system, electronic brake force distribution system and brake-assist. R

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ENGINE Fuel: Diesel Installation: Front, transverse, FWD Power: 90 BHP (Estimated) Torque: 21 KGM (Estimated) TRANSMISSION Gearbox: 5-speed Manual red | march 2013 | 87

DIMENSIONS Length: 3,990 mm Width: 1,680 mm Height: 1,500 mm Wheelbase: 2,405 mm CHASSIS & BODY Tyres: 175/65R14

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atch out for the super-sports machine, the Triumph Daytona 675 that will be available at an attractive price to fight off competition from rivals like the Ducati 795 and the Kawasaki Ninja 650. With a deadly combination of speed, agility and performance, it is the most difficult to beat. At the heart of the bike is the engine that provides fantastic power where necessary, both on and off the track. A sophisticated high and low speed damping control have benefitted the suspension components, giving the rider a plush and accurate ride. A soft, under-sprung suspension ensures a smooth ride. You get a blue backlit speedometer on the left and an analog tachometer on the right in the instrumentation panel. For the comfort and convenience of the rider, there are low fuel, battery and oil indicators. Coming to the ergonomics, it is easy on the wrists, facilitating an overall comfortable riding position.

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E L U R S P E C I F I C A T I O N S PRICE Rs. 7,00,000 (Estimated) Ex-showroom, Delhi ENGINE Engine: 675cc, 3-cylinder Maximum power: 124 Bhp @ 12600 rpm Maximum torque:72 Nm @ 11700 rpm Gears: 6 speed Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Bore: 74.0 Stroke: 52.3 Chassis type: Aluminum beam twin spar Cooling type: Liquid Cooling

DIMENSIONS Length: 2020.00 mm Width: 710.00 mm Height: 1105.00 mm OTHERS Weight: 185.00 kg Fuel Tank: 17.40 ltrs Wheelbase: 1395.00 mm Wheel type: Alloy Wheel size: 120/70 ZR 17-180/55 ZR 17 mm

ACTIVE AND PASSIVE SAFETY Suspension (Front): 41 mm upside down forks Suspension (Rear): Monoshock with piggy back reservoir adjustable Brake: Twin 308 mm floating discs Brake (Rear): Single 220 mm disc Colours: Diablo red, Phantom black with gold R


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HTC Butterfly Handset maker HTC is out with its new smartphone ‘Butterfly’. The first HD phone to be released in India, it is loaded with the best features the industry currently offers. Priced at Rs.45,990 it is the costliest Android smartphone available here. This sleek and slim device is amazing in terms of looks and design. The soft touch phone is easy to hold and comes with a micro-grill pattern on both sides with a metallic and gloss finish on the back. The processor integrated with the device makes it ultrafaster. The front and rear cameras are conveniently placed to capture moments in a flash. With its high resolution, the display quality is astonishing and even retina display bows down to the 440ppi index. It is bound to be a hit in the market as it comes with HTC Sense UI 4+ and the inclusion of Adreno 320 GPU makes it perfect for gaming. HTC claims that the water-resistant phone can easily withstand some splashes. A few negatives may be that the phone is expensive, SIM tray looks a bit confusing and it works with Micro-SIM only. Overall, the HTC Butterfly is optimized for the speediest mobile experience.

SPECIFICATIONS Size: 143 x 70.5 x 9.08 mm Weight: 140 gm with battery Display: 5 inch super LCD 3 with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Screen: Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution CPU speed: Qualcomm® S4 Pro 1.5 Ghz, Quad-core Platform: Android™ with HTC Sense SIM card: Micro SIM red | march 2013 | 91

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Storage: 16 GB (Internal) Expansion card slot supports micro SD™ memory card for up to 32 GB additional storage (card not included) Ram: 2 GB Camera with HTC Imagesense™- 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures) and 2.1 megapixel front camera + 1080p HD video recording.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 This one is a 10-inch tablet loaded with full Windows 8 and so it can run everything you throw at it. The optional desktop dock lets it work on the desktop as easily as in place of a laptop. It can easily bear the brunt of regular daily work. Lenovo claims a 10+hour battery life. This can be used as a tablet in the hand because of its lightweight. It comes with a bright screen. An accurate stylus is optional, but must be purchased at order time and the keyboard accessory has an excellent tactile feel. If you are going to buy the ThinkPad Tablet 2, go for the stylus as its great for note-taking, handwriting recognition and navigating the Windows 8 desktop without a mouse or keyboard. The IPS display gives great viewing angles. It has plenty of storage capacity. The performance of the Atom processor is adequate for standard duty.

SPECIFICATIONS GENERAL Type: Tablet Form factor: Slate Bundled OS: Windows (8) DISPLAY Screen size: 10.1 inches Screen resolution: 1366 x 768 Screen type: LCD (Active, Colour, Backlit, LED) Touchscreen: Capacitive [Finger], EM digitiser [Stylus] PROCESSOR Make: Intel CPU family: Atom CPU model: Z2760 Processor speed: 1.8 Ghz Number of cores: Dual-core Cache size:1024 KB L2 cache NETWORKING WiFi: 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 Ghz) WiFi encryption: WEP, WPA, WPA2 Mobile broadband: Yes VIDEO Video outputs: HDMI

MEMORY & STORAGE (BASIC) System RAM: 2 GB Hard drive(s): 64 GB (Total) Colours: Black OTHER FEATURES Integrated webcam: Yes

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MULTI FACETED MALLA By V. Sarada

n 1999, a young dynamic man set out with his huge lustrous eyes full of dreams and heart overflowing with courage and ambition to serve society on a groundbreaking path. As he worked towards his goal, he found himself climbing the rungs of success of not one ladder, but many, that too in no time. Of course, there were quite a few slips and trips. But with great determination and sheer hard work, he surmounted all hurdles. The fact that he trod a number of unrelated paths with great ease itself reflects his multi-tasking ability. That is Mr. Malla Vijaya Prasad - MLA (Visakha-West), Builder, Realtor, Entrepreneur, Educationist, Filmmaker and above all a great humanist who created the 2,000 strong Wellfare Group that is strung with a single thread of faith.

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Mr. Prasad’s public image needs no special introduction. He is not like the run-of the-mill politicians who take undue advantage of their position. At home he is a totally traditional and doting father who bows to two ruling princesses - his daughters. They don’t eat a morsel unless he feeds them with his hands. Teeming with relatives, friends and domestic help, the house wears a festive look. “This is how it is, all the 365 days,” declares his charming and ever-smiling wife Mrs. Aruna Kumari. That is where we caught a few rare glimpses of this multi-faceted tycoon.

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EXCERPTS

He is different.... I broke many myths surrounding ‘the politician.’ I am very outspoken. I neither mince my words nor do I offer any pipedreams to my people. General trend is that politicians keep people hanging by saying, “We will see” and “We will do it.” But I tell them “I shall do it”, only if I can. I don’t even take it up, if I cannot. Many friends advise me that it is not ‘politically correct’ and that candour doesn’t work here. Yes, I have proved that it does work. It earned me a very good name as people know that I don’t take them for a ride with false promises. His fixation.... No flowers and flexies for me. I made it very clear right from day one that I shall not accept any garlands. I expect only love and respect from people. If at all there is a need to keep a flexi, it should be only at my expense. This way I could change the very definition of a politician.

His USP... Though I run so many institutions, I never used my power to promote them. Once a person joins my institution, he becomes a part of my family and he would be fully taken care of. His strength My positive attitude. I have seen many ups and downs. But I never let myself down with negativity. If he were the CM, what would he do for Vizag... Why CM? Just let me be a minister. I shall bring a sea change in the Bay City. I would convert it into one of the greenest cities of the world by relocating all the industries on the outskirts. Even as an MLA, I have been addressing many long pending issues and brought most of them to a logical conclusion.

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His journey... In fact, I entered business when the scene was dismal and discouraging. Banks were not ready to grant loans for any projects. I know whatever may be the situation or status, everyone wishes to have a place that he can call his own. That is why I stepped into real estate business, showing the needy middle and lower middle class people a way out to own at least a bit of land. This augured well for both my customers and me. As you know success succeeds success, now my business is spread over 16 states in India. I feel it is only my honesty that bore fruit in time. His recognition... Politics naturally earns you adversaries. But fortunately for me I always drew a good word from my colleagues from the opposition parties for the hard work I put in. They know that when I take up a task, I don’t rest till I accomplish it. They are very familiar with my dedication and honesty. Even the hard-to-please All India Democratic Women's Association members patted me for my efforts. Can anything be more gratifying than this?

Then I turned to media and launched a daily - Vision - targeting Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, with an aim to disseminate pure and uncoloured information. It clicked and now it has grown into a 7- edition publication catering to major cities of the state.


Simultaneously, I also tapped the travel segment and now I have my own offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok and Nepal. We deal with both domestic and international packages. Then came the fourth venture - Wellfare Institute of Science, Technology and Management. The first batch is out and the placement process is on. We have started Global Placements for helping youth to secure safe overseas employment. His future plans.. I am planning to expand the travel business to New Zealand, US and Dubai shortly. On films front two movies - one with Ravi Teja and the other with Sunil - are in the making. Message to readers Do something constructive.

IN LIGHTER MOOD

The third phase was my entry into the creative world and starting with Siddu from Srikakulam, I have produced five movies.

A caring husband, a darling dad and a generous master - a jovial and approachable Mr. Prasad emerges even more cheerful and spirited as he gets candid to Ranita Ray’s questions. To unwind yourself... My family is my source of rejuvenation and refreshment. The hours I spend with my wife and daughters are the best and blessed ones after a long tiring day. Television plays a minor role too as I watch news, sports and soaps like CID. Shopping... Honestly speaking I neither enjoy nor do I ever shop for myself. Since 1993 my wife has been selecting and shopping for me whether it is clothes or accessories. She is my personal stylist. Vacation has to be in... No matter however busy I am, we go abroad every year for at least 20 days. That is the promise I give to my children and keep up. Romantic... I am very romantic, and that’s why perhaps I am in smiles all the time. I was the one to propose in our love story and the romance in our marriage is as fresh as it was then, 20 years ago. Favourite in the family... I always have a soft corner for girl child. By God’s grace I am blessed with two adorable daughters. No favourites. Both are dear to me and I don’t differentiate between them. Unfulfilled wish... None. I am a man of action and go with the flow of time. If I set a goal, I have to reach it. It is this spirit that has helped me grow in so many ways.

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Time tackle... When you enjoy what you are doing, everything finds its distinct slot in the 24 hour frame. Only thing I miss is my favourite pastime - sleep, especially since 2009. But I console myself that I sacrificed it for serving society (smiles). Want to change any traits... At times I overreact and appear to be harsh. I wish I could control that. Define your luxury quotient... I am a very simple and free man. With Rs. 500 cr turnover and Rs. 2,000 cr assets, there was no need for me to enter politics. But my urge to serve people forced me into it. I don’t have a luxurious lifestyle and I pray to God to keep me in this frame of mind. Success secrets... I don’t believe in luck. For my success I give credit to my positive thinking and hard work. Only an optimistic approach won’t help unless it is clubbed with hard work. I totally agree that behind every successful man there is a woman. If the man doesn’t get support and strength from his wife, he can never move a single step forward. I chose the right partner. Aruna has been bestowing the same care and love on me through thick and thin. Facts many don’t know... In my college days I wanted to be a film actor. The desire waned away with time. However, I had been a stage artiste and acted in many plays and presented mono acts too. I received Parishat awards too. I am also passionate about fast driving. It takes me only 2 hrs. 45 mins. to drive from Vijayawada to Vizag and same time from Nellore to Vijayawada that too during the day time.


DOTING DAUGHTERS

ALEKHYA He is my best buddy. Even when it comes to sharing the deepest secrets, I confide in him, not with my mom or sis. He is an out and out family man. He never brings back his professional problems home. For him I am still a tiny baby, whom he pampers with unconditional love. He is a politician, filmmaker, businessman, all rolled into one. I haven’t seen a multifaceted man like him. It’s his positive attitude which earned him such success. Even if I inherit a fragment of this excellent trait, I am sure I can make him proud of me. ANUSHA He is my life. No matter, however, stressed out I may be at my college, the moment I come home and share my worries with him, I am completely relaxed. From him I have learnt that good and bad times are part of life and we have to accept them both with equanimity. He never imposes his decisions on us but he ensures that we are confident about our chosen path. When I evinced interest in fashion designing, he was not very convinced as this field doesn’t have much scope in Vizag. Still I went ahead. Later he advised me to build my own brand, no matter whatever line I chose. He is my idol. He gives equal importance to everyone - be it a domestic help or a multimillionaire friend. After a lot of struggle, braving many odds, today he is here. Though I have no intention of joining politics, if he needs me, I am going to stand by him. red | march 2013 | 96


Preferences Food - Chicken curry and daal with leafy vegetable Shade - Orange Song - Telusa Manasa (Criminal) Movie - Old movies Car - Skoda Superb Holiday Destination - Switzerland

Solo Sum up Family - Priority Wife - Greatest support Politics - Service Money - Need Fame - Necessary Success - I enjoy

PRASAD - IN HER EYES

Fashion - I like

Supporting Spouse “There is nothing new I can say about him, as his life is an open book and everyone knows about him. Personally I know him right from childhood. Ours was a love cum arranged marriage. He is absolutely childlike. I must say I manage three children because he joins my two daughters in all their pranks. I don’t demand much from him because I know he is cut out for bigger things in life and involved in the noble cause of serving society. One has to forego some to achieve some. My sacrifice is too small compared to the peaks of success and fame he reached. Moreover, whatever little time he takes out for us, is well-spent, ”says Mrs. Aruna. Her face glows with inner happiness and contentment. She categorically says that her support is restricted only to the home front. Ruling out her own entry into politics, she reiterates that she has a greater role to play taking care of the family, besides the extended one. Human Being: 100% Businessman: 100% Filmmaker: 80% Husband: 100% Father: More than 100%

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D A Z Z L E

emp-ique trinkets By Ranita Ray

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Rubies, Kundan work and elaborate carvings make this necklace an exclusive piece worth collecting. The ruby drops make it all the more appealing.

Net Weight: 77.960 gm Kundan & Ruby: 25,600 ct Price: Rs. 2.64 lakh

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Earrings Price: Rs. 1.35 lakh

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he tradition always has a saga to speak and exhibit too. When it is about ornamenting yourself in a conventional way, the antique designs or the unique Temple jewellery can’t be rivalled by any other genre. Let’s go classical with Reliance Jewels this time.


You can perhaps call it sone ka suraj (golden Sun), with sun like motifs carved in pure gold. Adding to this regal piece are those intricate carvings which make it simply irresistible. It is of temple finish. Net Weight: 75.680 gm Price: Rs. 2.60 Lakh Earrings Price: Rs. 1.55 Lakh

If you have heard of ‘One Man Army’, here we present the Lone Killer. This gold choker in temple design is certainly created to kill the onlookers with its unmatched elegance. Team it up with a crimson chiffon sari and count the victims of your spell. Net Weight: 46.92 gm Ruby: 6 ct Price: Rs. 1.58 Lakh

Play it simple with this unique neckpiece flaunting Kundan and antique work. The combination of green enamel is well matched with Kundan stones and Ruby drops. The matching earrings can’t go unnoticed. Net Weight: 34.05 gm Ruby: 31.75 ct Price: Rs. 1.24 Lakh Earrings: Net Weight: 16 gm Ruby: 27.25 ct Price: Rs. 0.60 Lakh

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Feel no less than a Goddess with this one. Flaunting the motifs of Gaja Lakshmi in the pendant and two earrings this temple designed neck jewellery can be your latest collection. Net Weight: 49.88 gm Ruby: 21.5 ct Price: Rs. 1.82 lakh Earrings Price: Only on request

Your hunt for an unconventional trinket for your neck perhaps stops here, especially if you are in a ‘go green’ frame. Presenting the finest craftsmanship, aping a theme of branches with flowers, this antique necklace designed with tiny chains and studded with light green and cameo pink stones, has its class. Net Weight: 94.860 gm Stones: 41.600 ct Price: Rs. 3.20 Lakh Earrings: Price: Rs. 1.10 Lakh

Flowers and leaves can be on your wrist too, with this bangle. An antique designed piece crafted with elaborate carvings, the green enamel that goes in between, gives it a distinct look.

Net Weight: 42.43 gm Kundan Stones: 6.90 ct Price: Rs. 1.40 lakh

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Wonder on your wrist can be this heavy bangle. The intricate Kundan and antique work along with white kundan stones at the centre, makes it simply alluring.

Net Weight: 51.59 gm Kundan: 4.90 ct Price: Rs. 1.70 lakh

Regal affairs do not necessary come from a crown and throne. You can be a queen if you own this bangle. The use of maroon, green and blue kundan stones makes it a versatile piece. Net Weight: 60.90 gm Semi Precious & Kundan Stones: 131.75 ct Price: Rs. 2.28 Lakh

Simply gold, enough to put other buys on hold - can be a slogan of this piece. If you are smitten by Gold rush nothing can be better than this piece. Don’t worry about the size, the screw system can fit one and all.

Net Weight: 45.43 gm Price: Rs. 1.50 lakh

Epitome of elegance is this temple style bangle in dark gold. Flaunting the ekadas Lakshmi motifs, in Fakshi work all over, it can bring you tons of compliments. Net Weight: 54 gm Price: Rs.1. 82 lakh red | march 2013 | 102


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tellar is a lifestyle retail brand that comes up with luxurious bathroom products and accessories with European elegance and contemporary dĂŠcor traits. This one-stop store for interior and exterior needs has the most exclusive products. The strategically segmented shop may make your job easy but choice is certainly difficult because of the vast variety it offers. The showroom is divided into four floors; with the ground floor dedicated to veneer and laminate gallery. The first floor houses the kitchen and fixtures yard. Moving on to the second, it is entirely dedicated as a bath studio for all Kohler bath fittings. The top floor is the designer tiles lounge.

Stellar Stands Out By Esha Jobanputra

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This Stillness wall-hung toilet with a quiet-close seat

The Stillness 1200 mm Vanity in white is with an

and cover is priced at Rs. 60,000 with the optional

optional metallic shroud at Rs. 12,040. It has extra

metallic shroud of Rs. 11,900. This piece is constructed

large dimensions and concealed overflow for easier

of durable vitreous China with a plastic outlet

and better cleaning. The metal shroud enhances the

connecter. It is a distinctive and classy white with

visual appeal. It also includes a chrome plated drain

a metallic combination.

lift rod. Price: Rs. 74,770 This is a mother of pearl washbasin with designs of seashells made on it and sandwiched between two glasses. It gives a glossy look because of the mother of pearl 03

finish. Also available in various colours. It is priced at Rs. 22,800.

A washbasin to complement brown interiors or contrast your

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beige interiors, this will surely suit your dining hall. This wooden pedestal with an Italian marble basin is made of a single marble stone and is priced at Rs. 75,000

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The Bling Thing Bling is the in thing and so are these main door handles which are studded with Swarovski crystals. So get set to make a flashy statement with these main door handles. They will surely give you the classy feel. Available in different sizes. Price: 1.

Rs. 16,120

2.

Rs. 14,014

3.

Rs. 9,360

4.

Rs. 9,620

5.

Rs. 14,300

6.

Rs. 16,380

Go ahead with this chic and iconic door fitting and make the everlasting impression on those who visit your home. This entire set made of brass is long lasting and tough and is produced by Benzoville Paolo.

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Door handles - Price on request 07

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Hinges: Rs. 7,930 Rs. 11,360, Rs. 9,505 and Rs. 41,600 respectively

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Small latch - Rs. 7,930

Door handles - Price on request 10

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Big latch - Rs. 9,105

Door handles (Pair) - Rs. 59,670


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Floral Fever This tile is more the choice of those who have a simple yet classy taste. Though minimalistic in design the look surely speaks volumes. This floral ceramic tile can be best used as a highlighter for puja room, bed back or the centre wall of the dining hall. The black ceramic tile has golden colour inlay that gives the royal touch to the tile. Price: Rs. 13,65 per piece.

12 Highlight it This mustard ceramic tile with the picture of a girl accessorised with Swarovski crystals is simply WOW,

Trip to Egypt

especially with the silver inlay

Gone are the days when showpieces

work. This kind of creation can

and paintings were used just for

also be personalised based

decoration. This Egyptian themed tile is

on size and design of the tile.

what we call being a class apart. It looks

So put your thinking caps

the best if put up on the centre wall of

on and order the best for your

the main hall or at the entrance of your

room. Price: Rs. 27,500 for

house. This tile is made of natural stone

the set (12 sft.)

giving each tile a different and original look. Price: Rs. 52,000 13

14 Heavenly This heavenly tile surely gives your home that perfect traditional and serene look and be the eye grabber. Studded with Swarovski crystals the finishing of the tile is just perfect. The Swarovski crystals are engraved in depth to ensure that they do not come off. Price: Rs. 48,000 red | march 2013 | 106


Wellness

Belly Busters

The most dangerous fat hides deep inside the mid-section, pressing against all the vital organs. It is, in common parlance, called belly fat. Nirupama Reddy tells you that this is no laughing matter, as it can lead to a lot of health problems. However, in yoga, lies the panacea. So go ahead and get rid of the belly fat and emotional baggage as well.

BHUJANGASAN METHOD

BENEFITS

Lie flat on stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of thighs with chin on the floor.

Strengthens core abdominal muscles; helps to cut fat.

Stretch the legs with both feet together; also stretch the toes, keeping them pointed backward.

Activates the appetite; eliminates constipation.

Place palms beside the lower chest. With an inhalation, raise head, shoulders, and the chest until navel is nearly 3 cm above the ground. Ensure that pelvic area rests on the floor.

Results in proper blood circulation in the pelvic region.

Tones up the ovaries and uterus.

Attempt to arch dorsal spine and neck backward.

Bear the whole weight on the lower part of the body with just nominal support from the hands.

Hold the pose for about 15 - 20 seconds with normal breathing.

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With an exhalation, gradually return to the initial pose and repeat twice.

PRECAUTIONS •

Persons with peptic ulcer, hernia, intestinal tuberculosis, or hyperthyroidism should not practise.

Avoid for at least two months after any abdominal surgery.


DHANURASAN

METHOD •

Lie flat on stomach, legs together and palms touching the sides of the thighs with chin on the floor.

METHOD

Inhale; lifting buttocks off the floor, stand on the knees.

Now with an exhalation, slowly lean forward.

Then, place both hands on the floor, in the line of shoulders, with the fingers facing forward.

Raise head and draw it backward - without any strain. Make sure abdomen bears the body weight.

Ensure the arms and thighs remain straight and align the hands with knees.

Let the knees be separated so that the body can be raised higher and also try to arch the back as much as possible.

Inhale while depressing (arching) the back and raise the head to look up at the ceiling.

As you exhale, raise the spine upward to make it concave; simultaneously pull the stomach muscles in and also bring the chin downward to the chest.

Now bend legs at knees; catch hold of the left ankle with the left hand and the right ankle with the right hand. While inhaling, gently pull legs up by lifting the knees above the floor, and simultaneously raise the chest and look ahead.

With an exhalation, gradually lower the legs and trunk, and return to the floor. Repeat twice.

BENEFITS •

Flattens stomach.

Keeps abdominal organs healthy. Improves functionality of the digestive and reproductive organs.

PRECAUTIONS

METHOD Sit in Vajrasana.

Stay in this pose for 15 - 20 seconds, with normal breathing.

NAUKASAN

MARJARI ASAN

People with weak heart, high blood pressure, hernia, colitis, peptic or duodenal ulcers should avoid. Should not do it before sleeping.

Lie flat on the back with both legs together and touch the outer sides of the thighs with palms.

Keep toes together and place the palms lightly on the thighs.

While inhaling, slowly raise legs, arms, trunk, and head off the floor.

Without any strain, balance the body on the buttocks and fix the eyes on the toes.

In the final position, ensure that the head, hands, and toes stay at the same level, with both the legs and arms locked.

Remain in this pose for 15 - 20 seconds with normal breathing.

While exhaling, slowly return to the base position by lowering the head, body, and legs to the floor and the hands on the thighs. Repeat twice.

This is one round; try it for up to 5 - 10 rounds.

BENEFITS •

Reduces fat.

Alleviates menstrual problems and leucorrhea.

BENEFITS •

Helps reduce unwanted fat and tones internal organs.

Helps correct various menstrual problems.

PRECAUTIONS •

People with back injuries, knees or wrist problems should avoid.

PRECAUTIONS •

Those with a stiff back, low blood pressure, severe headache, appendicitis or colitis should avoid.

Not advisable during pregnancy and the first 2 days of the menstrual cycle.

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tips

EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE, MAKES US HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE.

The best time of day to exercise is left to the individual’s choice. But the key here is in finding a time when energy levels are ideal and you can exercise consistently since it fits in to your lifestyle. Early morning exercise certainly has its benefits, but it’s not necessarily better than any other time - it's just a fantastic start to the day if you can form the habit. There are numerous benefits in exercising early in the morning, both for your health and schedule. You can: Get your exercise out of the way Help regulate your sleep / wake cycle Morning exercise helps the brain focus Raises the energy level Exercising in the morning sunlight, can help start metabolic functions like triggering hormone releases that affect appetite, blood pressure, sleep-wake cycle and temperature. The National Sleep Foundation explains that light entering the eyes’ retinas in the morning stimulates nerve pathways to the brain that signals the start of the bodily functions. REGULARITY Working out first thing in the morning helps avoid the unexpected events or distractions that can crop up during the day that keep you from getting to the gym. Most people who work out consistently do so in the morning. MORE ENERGY Early morning workout boosts your mood and energy levels for hours.This means you are better equipped to handle the work challenges or anything else that you face during the

day. Working out late at night may provide the same amount of calorieburning and muscle-building benefits, but it can disrupt your sleep, leading to multiple health problems. ELEVATED MOOD Exercising in the morning is a natural way to improve mood, as endorphins are released, producing a good feeling, relaxing the mind. The feelgood chemicals help to ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Mood enhancement is especially important in the morning hours because it can help set the tone for the day.

other equipment, remember that the gym is least crowded early in the morning. Generally, the people who are working out early are more likely to be serious about exercising than socializing (those who want to hit the gym after working hours like 5 pm or later). BETTER CALORIE BURNING After you exercise, your body goes on burning calories at a higher rate than if you were sedentary. So if you work out in the morning, your body more efficiently uses the calories you onsume during the day.

BETTER GYM AVAILABILITY If you want to work out without waiting for treadmills, weight machines and

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

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Dive In hunt of exotic beaches, blue lagoons, silver sands or the incredible underwater aquatic life, if you are heading to foreign locations, then wait and consider Ranita Ray's suggestion.

Agatti Island

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ot far from your home, here you have your very own queen of Islands, Lakshadweep. Known as the jewel of South India, it is one of the most spectacular tropical islands in the world. It is the tiniest Union Territory (UT) of India and the only coral island chain. Though the name means a hundred thousand islands in the local language, Malayalam; it is actually a 32 sq. km. of archipelago spread over 36 islands, 12 atolls, three reefs and five submerged banks surrounded by 4,200 sq. km. of Arabian Sea. Get ready to be captivated by these emerald islands, fringed by serene sea. The Society for Promotion of Nature Tourism and Sports (SPORTS) aims to promote eco-friendly tourism of this UT. Even the administration follows a middle path between tourism

promotion and environmental conservation. Only ten of the Lakshadweep islands are inhabited. They are Agatti, Amini, Andrott, Bitra, Chetlat, Kadmat, Kalpeni, Kavaratti, Kiltan and Minicoy. They are restricted area and can be visited only after obtaining permit from the administration. However permit formalities of bona fide tourists are taken care of by the SPORTS.

TROTTING SPOTS Kavaratti: The capital, housing the administrative headquarters, is nearly 404 km. away from Kochi and is the most developed island in the cluster. It is dotted with 52 mosques. The Ajara and Jamnath mosques are worth a visit for their wonderful woodcarving, particularly Ajara’s ceiling, which is carved out of driftwood.


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While the lagoon is perfect for water sports and swimming, the sandy beaches are for basking in the sun. Check out the Marine Aquarium and Museum. Androth: The nearest to the mainland and also the largest of this UT, this verdant island is oriented east-west unlike the others that lie in the north-south direction and is replete with coconut groves. It is famous for the Jumaah Mosque, besides several Buddhist archaeological remains. Relish the sea food in abundance as its fishing industry is well developed. The coir and copra are its major products.

Androth Kalpeni: This stunning island encircled by sparkling sea is just 290 km away from Kochi. Its beauty is preserved in small islets called Tilakkam and Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. One of its unique features is the huge bank of coral debris along the eastern and south-eastern shoreline. It is believed to be formed by a strong storm during the 80’s. This island was the first to educate girls, resisting the taboo.

Agatti Beach

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Minicoy: This southernmost and second largest island is nearly 10.6 km. long and is known for tuna fishing. Standing on this crescent shaped island, with the largest lagoons, is one of the oldest lighthouses. The inhabitants with their colourful culture are quite different from the people of other islands. Kadmat: Generously endowed with blue lagoons, coral reefs and magical marine life, this atoll can’t be missed. Spread over 8 km long and 550 m. wide at the broadest point of land, its charm is breathtaking. The sandy beaches and banks on the southern tip are for sunbathing. Slip into your swimwear, apply sunscreen and bask in the sun for a perfect lazy holiday. Bangaram Island Agatti Airport

Minicoy Light House

Agatti: The island is 10 km. long and 6 km. wide at the broadest point. Its beaches are best suited for both relaxing and swimming. Honeymooners! Here is a cosy space for romance. Agatti has the only airport in the island and one of the two islands to have a tourist resort. To avail these facilities, be a bit proactive with your bookings.

Kavaratti Mosque

Bangaram: Ranked among the best hideaways of the world, it’s an undomesticated island and is open to foreign tourists. The teardrop-shaped island, enclosed by a coral reef, is surrounded by a shallow lagoon and superb beaches. It offers uninterrupted privacy, unpolluted comfort and crystal clear water. Fishes like Puffer, porcupines, parrots, hermit crabs and seabirds on the vast 120 acres of lush coconut groves are added visual treats.

CULTURE As Islam influences the local culture, the festivals like Eid-ul-Fitr, Bakrid, Milad-un-Nabi and Muharram are celebrated with great fervour. One can get a real taste of the culture here during festivals when the best of music can be heard and tribal dances seen. Opana, Parichakali, Lava and Kolkali are amongst the most famous dance forms here. Chenda Playing Group

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Kokali Dance


ADRENAL RUSHERS The islands also elevate the sporty spirits. Besides swimming, there is a lot to explore here. Bangaram is the stop for experiencing snorkelling and deep sea fishing. It is a renowned spot for scuba diving and is comparable to the Great Barrier Reef and the Maldives. Have a taste of what it feels like to dive under the water with your breathing apparatus and the flippers on your legs. There are beginners as well as advanced training available. The best time to go scuba diving is between November and March when the waters are clear. Both Bangaram and Kadmat islands have diving centres. Minicoy gives you facilities for kayaking, excursions on glass-bottomed boats, sail boats, fishing trips and many more. Kalpeni is known for a plethora of opportunities for reef-walk, snorkelling, kayaking, sail and pedal boats. Other adventure activities offered to tourists here are parasailing, canoeing, wind surfing and water skiing.

Rafting

Parasailing Banana Boat

Jet-Skiing Reef Walking Snorkelling

LOCAL BAZAAR Shopping here is however restricted to picking up souvenirs made of coir, coral shells and oysters. The craftsmen of the Aminidivi tribe are famous for their handicraft skills and most of the products are crafted by them.

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Candle Light Dinner

WHERE TO STAY There are several luxurious hotels in Lakshadweep. Tourist cottages in Kavaratti, Minicoy, Kalpeni and Kadmat also provide accommodation for mid range and budget travellers. Some of the best beach resorts are: Bangaram Island Resort, Agatti Island Beach Resort and Kadmat Beach Resort.

BEST TIME TO VISIT Agatti Beach Resort

Even though it is welcoming throughout the year, October to April is ideal with suitable climate.

HOW TO REACH Agatti airport takes you directly to the spot while the Cochin International Airport is the closest mainland airport. Indian Airlines operates daily flights (except on Sundays) to Agatti. Authorities from resorts transfer the guests into respective properties by boat and helicopter, charging a little extra.

REGIONAL AROMA Lakshadweep has good numbers of multi-cuisine restaurants, clubhouses, bars, beach shack (seafood restaurant) and beach bars. Its proximity to Kerala can be clearly seen in the local cuisine. The food has an evident dominance of use of fresh coconut water and milk. Though it serves a good amount of vegetarian food, the must-trys are the delicious variety of seafood.

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Rejuvenation


BHANG PAKORA Ingredients Besan - 250 gm Potatoes - 200 gm Cauliflower - 200 gm Onions - 150 gm Spinach - 100 gm Brinjal - 200 gm Bhang (cannabis) seed powder - 10 gm Soda-bicarb - 2 gm Ajwain (carom seeds) - 5 gm Pomegranate seed powder (anardana) - 5 gm Salt to taste Oil for deep-frying

Method Cut the vegetables in big chunks. Mix together besan, soda-bicarb and salt and add the bhang seed, red chili and pomegranate seed powder and ajwain. Pour in enough water to make the batter of dropping consistency. Heat oil for deep frying; dip the vegetable pieces one by one in the batter coating them completely and deep fry them on medium fire till they turn golden crisp. Serve them hot.

Go Holi Hog

By Ranita Ray

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he fun of festive celebration turns manifold when it’s done with family, friends and of course, food! When the festival - Holi, itself breaks all the boundaries, why restrict yourself to regular cooking? Let’s step out and bring home the famous Indian street food. Go heady with traditional signature ingredients of this festival too.

BHANG LASSI Ingredients Cannabis - 15 gm Warm whole milk - 2 cups Sugar - ½ cup Coconut milk - 1 tbsp Almonds, chopped - 1 tbsp Powdered ginger - 1/8 tsp Garam masala - 1 pinch Grenadine - ½ tsp Water - 1 cup

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Method Boil water in a pan, add cannabis to it and put it in simmer for about 7 to 10 minutes. Switch off the gas and strain it. Adding 2 tbsp milk, grind the strained bhang. Repeat this process several times. Add some more milk to the bhang and churn it along with the almonds. Strain this mixture and pour the milk, coconut milk, grenadine and boiled water into a pan. Keep stirring and add ginger, sugar and garam masala. Cool it in the refrigerator for few hours and serve.


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TURNING UNO

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The little fairy turned one and the family and friends blessed her while having unlimited fun. It was the celebration of baby Monica’s birthday, daughter of Kosuru Yougamdhar (aka Yogi) and Kosuru Deepthi. Coconut Groove of Palm Beach Hotel was the venue, which was decked up with balloons to keep the little ones among the invitees in a playful mood. Besides the delectable spread, the guests were also treated with return gifts.

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@ WAVES Cupid’s arrows were seen hitting young lads and lasses, who had the best of Valentine’s Day celebration in town in none other than the largest lounge; Waves. Organised by Uday Kiran Patta’s Studio Pixel, the party welcomed the revellers with its slogan ‘Back to Love’. While the decoration of the place, in pure red, made the guests fall in love again and again, the music belted by DJ Harish and DJ Prem added more passion. red was the media partner.

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PARTY WITH A DIFFERENCE It was a pompous show when the proud father Gontu Amar and mother Chandana celebrated their darling daughter Veenisha’s birthday. Deviating from the regular practice, the function took place on the premises of Amar School, N.A.D. Decked in a purple and red dress, tiny baby Veenisha looked uber cute and was pampered with hugs and blessings by the family and guests. Apart from friends, many VVIPs including Minister Balaraju, MLA Malla Vijaya Prashad and former MLA Gana Babu and many others were present.

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@ THE PARK It was a different kind of a celebration on 14 Feb at the Park Hotel. The day was dedicated for love of Women by joining the global campaign- ‘One Billion Rising to stop violence against women and girls’, thus marking it as the largest day of action ever. The hotel created a dancing event wherein all were invited to join in solidarity, with a purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness. Women from various walks of life participated in this fête and were seen enjoying the moments with much gusto.

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PARTY AT THE POOL Raja and Vinny Singh are the one happy-go-lucky couple who need no reason to party. They held a party for their close friends at the pool side of Hotel Taj Vivanta. It was a refreshing meet for all the guests who had fun and the couple played the perfect host attending to them and made sure that everyone enjoyed the party. Spotted at the bash were Sarita and Kishen Lohiya, Balvinder and Pooja Bagga, Rashleen, Ruchika Kaur and Chetan Singh.

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Nikitha Reddy held a Valentine’s Day event for the members of her club Se La Vie, at Sky Grill, Fortune Katriya. The celebration was full of love with all the couples dancing to romantic numbers and dressed to complement each other in beautiful evening gowns and smart suits and tuxedos. A few of the beautiful couples at the evening were Rajiv and Sonal Doshi, Rehan and Honey, Sangeeta and Bisket Srikanth.

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Engagement Extravaganza A radiant bride-to-be and a handsome man, no less than a princess and prince were recently spotted completely lost in each other. If you have missed that, we caught those priceless moments here. Meet Mr. U. Sukumar Varma son of Mr. U. V. Ramanamurthy Raju and Mrs. U. Radha Devi and his pretty fiancÊe Miss D. Asritha Varma, daughter of Mr. D. Kumar Varma and Mrs. D. Sridevi, who exchanged rings and soon will get into wedlock. The gala event took place in the city’s plush hotel, Varun Beach Novotel, which was decked no less than a wedding venue, where top VIPs were also seen to bless the couple.

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BAND BAAJA BAARAT The events marking the wedding of Kanika, daughter of Anand and Neeta Mor with Ankush, son of Mahavir and Snehalatha Agarwal were spread over a week, in which friends and family participated with great enthusiasm. After a lavish sangeet and ghazal night, the reception was held at N-convention. There was a splendid decoration of the venue which was filled with flowers and crystals. The bride looked resplendent and adorable in a red and golden designer lehenga and the groom complemented her in a cream and golden sherwani.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 20) ARIES (March 21 - April 20) It is a progressive and gainful period till March 14. Gains are expected from various quarters. Importance is given to friends. A dip in activity and stamina could be felt in the second week. Often you get tired and feel sleepy. Rise in expenses is indicated. Avoid too many commitments/expenses after March 14. Don’t argue with influential people. Instead of helping you out of a problem, a co-worker creates confusion. Work together to find out a solution. Scorpio plays a pivotal role. True feelings of a friend are revealed to you. Lucky for you: 2, Silver

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21) A very good month as career progress is high. You make your point very clear. All-round growth is on the cards. Gains and income will increase. You are in for a good time with friends. Gains from government or high placed officials are indicated. Your quiet nature pays off. A close friend opens his life before you. Your confidence will be appreciated. Make a decision in the context of romance. Lucky for you: 17, Navy Blue

GEMINI (May 23 - June 20) You have to be careful and be patient at the work place. Though your boss looks conservative he/she has a soft corner for you. Take a look at yourself when it comes to your personal life. Looks like all are against you. Take care while making decisions. You are likely to be religiously inclined till mid-month. The latter half of the month could see a dip in your stamina levels. Lucky for you: 1, Light Yellow

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Dip in energy continues till March 14. Unnecessary ego clashes and issues may crop up with the extended family. You find very good growth as luck favours you. Higher income and better health are on the anvil. The dip in energy will give way to a robust period in the second half. Don’t take initiative for a new project at work place as it may boomerang. Take a chance when it comes to romance. Don’t wait for the other person to bell the cat. Make the first move. Lucky for you: 4, Lavender

LEO (July 21 - Aug 22) Pressure at work place will remain high. There is a possibility of marital problems. Be cautious to overcome this period. Dip in energy levels and stamina is indicated. Lower immunity will pose some challenges in health matters. Don’t make any commitments in the second half and the first fortnight of April. Your beloved expects moral support from you. Be careful and honest. Fulfil desires and shower yourself in luxury. Lucky for you: 8, Bottle Green


VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 20)

It is smooth sailing at the work place and growth in most of the areas is indicated till March 14. Avoid animosity with people close to you. Aggression with superiors at work place will backfire. Your ideas are opposed. Ego problems may arise in partnerships and with life partners. Teamwork will make things easier. Good ideas earn you some close friends. Loved ones seek help to solve a family problem. Aquarius is involved.

Work pressure in joint areas will remain high. Issues in marriages are indicated. Tackle problems cautiously. Dip in energy levels and stamina could be felt. Lower immunity level may pose a threat to your health. Try to avoid very heavy commitments. Be forthright when a close friend seeks your advice. Your romantic life will take a nosedive this month. Don’t get discouraged. This break will give you relief and it’s time to relax and focus on yourself.

Lucky for you: 11, Light Grey

Lucky for you: 15, Coffee

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) You will find growth in most of the areas. Don’t pick quarrels with people. Ego clashes with partners are indicated. Don’t be aggressive with superiors. Rise in opposition to your ideas is possible. Ego issues with spouse are not ruled out. Follow your instincts in the business. Stick to your nature. Love plays a pivotal role as the month comes to an end. An old friend wants to begin a relationship with you. Take a right decision.

Ego conflicts are indicated. Old investments may yield good results. Be cautious with your father and children. Support from seniors and people in government positions will increase. Disputes may crop up with friends. Maintain harmonious relations at the work place. Don’t get involved in an office disagreement. Beloved will seek your advice and support. Though preoccupied, you will find time for yourself.

Hold your tongue. Guard against your tendency to blurt out. Dental problems are indicated. Financial gains will be high. A vibrant period is ahead. Growth in new areas is possible. Assigned to lead a new work, it is your chance to excel at the work place. Intelligence and abilities will make you shine. Don’t feel shy to meet new people. You will be attracted to someone with a lot of connections.

Lucky for you: 5, Turquoise

Lucky for you: 2, Orange

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20)

Lucky for you: 7, Lemon

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 18)

PISCES (Feb 19 - March 20)

High activity phase will last till March 14. Give up ego hassles and short tempers and deal with people judicially. A gainful period is on the cards. Guard against illnesses. Weigh your words well now. Some people may take offence. Be practical in decision making. Don’t make an impulsive purchase. Financial position is tight. You have common interests with your special one and the relationship moves into a high gear.

Period of low activity, immunity and energy is indicated till March 14. Don’t get into a controversy with high placed people. There will be a revival of activity and position in the second half. Ego remains high, while issues will crop up with people close to you. Take care of anger and diet. Take leave to relax with loved ones. Time spent with the beloved indicates you are still in control of things. Virgo and Sagittarius play pivotal roles.

Lucky for you: 17, White

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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 don’t mind the jostling crowds, swarming hawkers and excited children. Rushikonda Beach Rushikonda, fringing the golden sands and vast stretch of water, is an ideal destination for water sports enthusiasts, providing skiing, sunbathing, wind surfing and swimming facilities. A lodge, cottages, and a restaurant offer amenities. The 14th century Sri Sapta Rusheswara temple is an added attraction. Simhachalam The 11th century Simhachalam temple, located on the hilltop, at a height of 244 m, draws millions of devotees from all over the world, especially during the Chandanotsavam. The trek or even a ride up to the hill is an exhilarating experience for both body and spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Necklace Road This popular boulevard fringing the Hussain Sagar, links the IMAX theatre and Sanjeevaiah Park. Hyderabadis’ 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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