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CONTENTS Red Race 88 Perfect replacement for Maruti SX4, Ciaz is in race with Honda City and Hyundai Verna Fluidic. Time will reveal who wins the Grand Prix.

Red Gadgets 90 Two wristbands of sort to look out for. One acts as your health meter while the other adds to your style quotient.

Red Retreat 114 Holiday need not be all about thrills and frills; it can be clubbed with spiritual pursuits too. Legendary Rishikesh, besides engaging senses, can also satiate your spiritual hunger.

Red Dazzle 104 Suhani Pittie’s style is an unexpected combination of contradictory elements. She creates something new from the old motifs.

Red Haute Basking in the glory of PPT success is Pranitha and she is all eager to share with us her sudden ascent to dizzy heights.


Red Life

108 “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime,” is a reason enough to learn about the leaders. Dr. Purandeswari talks of lessons life has taught her.

Red GenX

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A smile is a curve that sets everything straight, they say. Here is a doctor who straightens very bone structure to bring out the best of smiles. Meet Orthodontist Dr. Rajesh.

He creates trends under the confluence of traditions. Prashant is here to make a statement on men’s fashion.

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Oh gosh, here we have a pair of lip-locking! Looks like Duggu got his new Valentine! Find out who is that newbie who is making the veterans wait for her months together! A lot more has happened in red entertainment!

Red Eve Pretty, soft-spoken, approachable, leadership qualities and brilliant ideas- an amazing combination of all this! What more the public can expect from a political leader? With number of her fans and followers growing, Ramani sets the example! Much-awarded Anuradha Reddy, the founder and chairperson of Diabetes Foundation, doesn’t stop at thinking of the victims of the disorder, she is out to help out anyone in need. Get inspired by her success story.





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The state is split and is under Presidents’ rule. People who till recently fought a losing battle against bifurcation have now turned their attention to the issues of state capital and packages. Prominent persons including leading entrepreneurs of Vizag have organised themselves into a pressure group to demand capital status for the city, citing many good reasons to do so. We keep our fingers crossed and wait for the verdict. Whatever may be the situation, we just cannot ignore the International Women’s Day or our prime duty to salute all those women who play a stellar role in various fields. Hence we choose Dr. D. Purandeswari for our Life segment. She is an acclaimed Parliamentarian and erudite scholar. But how many of us know that she is an excellent homemaker? We find out the less known facts about this lady who is much more than NTR’s daughter. Actor Pranitha Subhash shot into fame playing the second lead in Pawan Kalyan’s blockbuster Atharintiki Daredi. But she soon climbed the ladder to be the leading lady in Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda. Our Haute camera pans on this Kannada beauty. Pedada Ramani, wife of a Merchant Navy officer sailed into public life with a set goal of rendering service to the underprivileged. One led to the other, she is now anchored in politics. Dr. Anuradha Reddy is a dietician, wellness expert, author and above all a humanist who lends a helping hand to the needy. Our Eve highlights these two women and their life missions. This time our GenX turns out to be all about aesthetics. Out of the two experts we introduce, one takes care of the basic looks while the other teaches how to complement them with best dresses. Renowned Orthodontist Dr. Rajesh Kumar Y. not only brings smiles on thousands of faces, but also carefully chisels and carves facial bones to make those smiles perfect. He has set many records by bringing the latest innovations and infrastructure to Vizag. Prashant Agarwal has brought in high-end fashion to Hyderabad and taught the men that they need not leave the stage of fashion to women. He sets new norms in men’s dressing. What all those men with panache have to do is to just leave themselves in his safe hands. We have some breathtakingly beautiful creations of ace jewellery designer Suhani Pittie on our Dazzle showcase. Feast your eyes. Word feast certainly brings to mind the spread of another kind. Giving shape to those images, we have Executive Chef of Four Points by Sheraton sharing some delectable recipes in the Cuisine. Retreat takes you to Rishikesh, where you can go to refresh both body and soul. That sums up the roundedness of this month’s fare. Wish You Happy reading and Happy Holi and Ugadi.

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DEMAND TO MAKE VIZAG CAPITAL “Vizag has all the prerequisites of an ideal capital as it is much ahead in development compared to the other towns in residual State of Andhra Pradesh. With refund of those funds earned from the region to develop Hyderabad and other areas, we can complete Master Plan roads as well as Outer Ring Road,� Mr. O. Naresh Kumar, Vice-president, Vizag Development Council (VDC), said addressing a press meet organised by Vizag Development Council, CII, and Vizagpatam Chamber of Commerce & Industries (VCCI). The three organisations have joined hands to press for making Visakhapatnam the capital. VDC president P. Vishnu Kumar Raju, CII Vizag zone chairman G. Sambasiva Rao and VCCI honorary secretary M.V. Narayana Rao expressed their resolve to launch sustained campaign for making the city the capital and get special State status for industries for 10 years.

MARUTI CELERIO UNVEILED Maruti Suzuki launched Maruti Celerio at Varun Maruti showroom in the city. The new car was unveiled by Commissioner of Police Mr. Shivadhar Reddy in the presence of customers. Maruti CEO Mr.Bhaskar Raju said that the car is available in seven colours and in six variants. The car comes with an automated manual transmission, eliminating the clutch pedal from the car. Though it is an auto gear car it can be run manually. Varun Motors DGM Mr. Abbas, AGM A. Srikanth and Varun staff participated in the inaugural function.The first car (Celerio VXI Auto Gear Shift Blue Colour) was purchased by Mr. Venugopala Reddy. His friend and Symbiosis Technologies CEO Mr O. Naresh Kumar was present.

TINY TOTS CELEBRATES ANNUAL DAY Tiny Tots Public School celebrated its Annual Day. Mrs. Gita Kamboj, Vice-Principal/President of Tiny-Tots Education Society and Mr. Narendra Kumar Kamboj, Director/Principal presided over the function. The show began with welcoming of chief guests Prof. G.S.N Raju - Vice Chancellor of Andhra University, Prof. Nimma Venkat Rao, Dean of Faculty of Education and Convener of Ed. CET 2014 and Mr. Varada Reddy, President of Air Traveller Association (India) & Expert Member National Tourism Advisory Council. It was followed by a colourful cultural proramme presented by the students. Narendra and Gita Kamboj proposed a vote of thanks. red | march 2014 | 20


JAIMENEE ELECTRICALS OPENS SHOWROOM Jaimenee Electricals, pioneers in lighting, security systems, wires and cables, public address and conference systems and other electrical accessories in coastal Andhra opened its showroom on National Highway, Akkayyapalem. Located on the ground floor the showroom was inaugurated by Mr.Rakesh Ramachandran, General Manager, South India-Philips India Ltd. Philips section was inaugurated by Ar. Y. Madhava Rao, Chairman, IAA-Vizag, EGLO Decorative Lighting Section by Ms.Bina, Interior Designer, and Mr. Rajesh Goel, Marketing Manager, EGLO India and Legrand Section by Mr. B. Raja Srinivasa, Chairman, CREDAI, Vizag and Mr. K. Vinay Kumar, Sr. Branch Manager, Legrand. Proprietor Mr. HM Choksi, Pratik Choksi, V M Choksi and others were present. Yet another showroom Glass Concepts was opened on the first floor of the same premises. It was inaugurated by Mr. B. Raja Srinivas, Chairman-CREDAI, Vizag. Customer Dealing Lounge was inaugurated by Mr. K.G.M. Faizani, Chief Manager, Allahabad Bank and UPVC Section was inaugurated by Prof. Ar. Srinivasan M., Vice-ChairmanIIA, Vizag. Showroom partners Suresh Patnaik U. and Himmat Patel were present.

AU 80TH AND 81ST CONVOCATION Andhra University held 80th and 81st convocation. Mr. B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director of Infotech Enterprises, who was the chief, spoke about the convergence of technology. It is difficult to predict the future in the rapidly changing world, he said. He spoke at length on the three important fields - mobility, Internet and 3D printing. Vice-chancellor Mr. G.S.N. Raju said that Mr. Mohan Reddy set up Infotech Enterprises to serve the poor. The chief guest and the vicechancellor presented 1,071 PhDs and 202 M.Phils to students in various disciplines. Rector E.A. Narayana, Registrar K. Rammohana Rao, Principals Ch. V. Ramachandra Murthy, D. Prabhakar Rao, G. Gnanamani and others participated in the programme held at C.R. Reddy convocation hall.

SRI SATHYA SAI VIDHYA PEETH HOLDS ANNUAL DAY Sri Sathya Sai Vidhya Peeth celebrated its 20th Annual Day on February 23rd at Sagari Open Auditorium. Mr. Yedla Vijaya Maria Das, ex-corporator ,GVMC, was the chief guest. Mr. Stephen Roy. A, Sr. Manager, M/S. Automotive Mahindra Ltd presided over the function. The function was graced by Mr. G.S. Kartheek, Undhile Manchi Kalam Mundu Munduna fame. Over 1,000 students participated in the event and around 400 students performed on the stage and regaled nearly 2,500 distinguished guests.

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DISCOVER 100 M VIJAYOTSAV CELEBRATIONS Varun Bajaj organised Discover 100 M Vijayotsav celebrations at Gurajada Kalakshetram. Noted film director Harish Shankar inaugurated the programme. Speaking on the occasion Varun Bajaj CEO said that there was an overwhelming response to Discover M. The two-wheeler is creating a history in the mileage segment. The exshowroom price of the vehicle begins at Rs. 47,040/-. It is available in five colours viz flame red, brilliant blue, midnight black (red decals), midnight black (blue decals) and midnight black (olive decals).

FLAVOURS FROM HYDERABAD The richness of the cuisine of the Nizams of Hyderabad drew the foodies to the 10 dayHyderabadi Food Festival at Hotel Grand Bay’s Oceanic Pavilion restaurant, which offered a veritable feast. The highlight of the festival was a special section that took one to the Ramzan period with its special delicacies of ‘haleem’, ‘paya ki nihari’, and desserts such as ‘qubanika-meetha’. The food festival presents the exclusive culinary style of the HyderabadiNizami era. Hotel’s master chef R.K. Gupta has kept in mind to add delicacies such as ‘kache gosht ki biryani’ and ‘nalli gosht nihari. “The food festival is held keeping in mind the change of seasons,” said executive chef T. Suresh Babu.

SBI DONATES AMBULANCE TO PREMA SAMAJAM State Bank of India has donated an ambulance worth Rs. 3.23 lakh to Prema Samajam for the benefit of the poor and the destitute in the society. Mr. C.R. Sasikumar, Chief General Manager, Hyderabad Circle handed over the vehicle to Prema Samajam. The function was presided over by Mr. K.N. Nayak, Deputy General Manager, Administrative Office, Visakhapatnam. Mr. J. Ravi Chandran, Regional Manager, Region IV, C.A.S. Prabhakar, Dy. General Secretary, SBI Officers Association, Hyderabad Circle, K. Ramabrahmam, president, Prema Samajam, P. Ganapathi Rao, Secretary, M.V. Rajasekhar, PRO and Dr. P. Visweswara Rao and others were present. red | march 2014 | 24


ATAI HONOURS TSR Marking the opening of the Visakhapatnam Airport for round-the-clock operations, Air Travellers Association (India) has held day-long programmes in the city. It also took this opportunity to honour Rajya Sabha MP Dr. T. Subbarami Reddy, who had made all out efforts to bring international flights to the city. Mr. D. Varada Reddy, president, ATAI had given a power point presentation on the progress the airport had made over the years. He lauded the untiring efforts of people who worked hard to upgrade the airport with modern infrastructure and facilities. ATAI honoured Indigo airlines with airline of the year 2013. Prof. G.S.N. Raju, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University was prominently present on the dais. Responding to the felicitations, Dr. TSR said that he would continue to strive for the betterment of the city. The Asian College of Management and Tiny Tots presented a cultural programme

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ANNUAL DAY AT POLLOCKS Pollocks Group of Education Institutions celebrated 49th Annual Day IDIYA-2014 which means to light the flame of knowledge. This event was organised by Principal Sandeep Chitra and Vice-Principal Rajini Chitra. The traditional lamp was lighted by the chief guest Rear Admiral N.K. Mishra, Chiarman & Managing Director Hindusthan Shipyard Ltd. and the guest of honour P. Vishnu Kumar Raju, President of Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association. Lollipop & Gummy Bear, Lemon Tree, Banana song, Earth song, Haryana Folk, Indian Wedding song, Aam Aadmi, Algerian Dance, Kashmiri Dance and a Skit “Arrive - Alive� were some of the items presented by children in the cultural programme. The Pollocks Institutions awarded the people who excelled in fields like academics, sports & culture.

GAIETY MARKS APS FEST 2014 Alwardas Public School APS Fest, 2014 was celebrated from Feb. 6 to 8 on a very large scale with nearly 1,000 students from 50 schools participating in 15 competitions, both scholastic and non-scholastic. Beautifully choreographed dances and musical programme by the School Band were captivating. Grand finale was very exciting ending with the release of lit lanterns. The event was well attended by all the directors on Board, dignitaries, media, parents of host and participating schools and students. Winners of the APS Fest, 2014 were given prizes, trophies and certificates. Culminating events were the selection of Miss APS Fest and Mr. APS Fest. Serena Vardhan was Miss APS Fest, 2014 and Darryl Chris Joseph was Mr. APS Fest 2014. Prof. G. Subrahmanyam, Vice-chancellor, Gitam was the chief guest at the inaugural programme and Prof. K. Rama Mohana Rao, Registrar, Andhra University was the chief guest for the valedictory programme.

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SRI PRAKASH BRINGS BOND TO CITY Sri Prakash does it again. Holding up the tradition of bringing the world renowned celebrities from various walks of life to give the appropriate exposure to its students, Director of Sri Prakash Schools, Mr. Ch. Vasu Prakash roped in the literary giant Padma Bhushan Ruskin Bond for the 13th Annual Day function. Bond also launched Our Scooties, a compilation of articles written by students and interacted with them on the importance of reading, developing writing skills and caring for nature and the environment. The Prakashites welcomed the eminent writer with great zeal and enthusiasm at the colourful function. While eminent professor from Thailand, Dr. Janchai Yingprayoon engaged the students’ interest with conducting experiments on the stage, former Director of Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, Dr. S. V. Rangarajan presided over the function. Mr. M.V.V.S. Murthi, President of GITAM University graced the occasion. Gurajada Kalakshetram was packed with students and their parents besides guests who were appreciative of the efforts of Mr. Ch. Vasu Prakash.

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ART ARANGETRUM The art lovers of Vizag recently witnessed amazing creativity of yet another painter of the city when Nanditha Kancharla put up her one day art exhibition Rinan. Sharing her experience, she said that painting has been her childhood hobby, but she took it up seriously only for the last two years. A purely self-taught artist, Nandita came up with some brilliant pieces based on a number of themes. Her depiction of Ganesha and Buddha is worth special mention. “I want to cater to varied art-lovers. Hence I strove to create a wide range,� briefed Nanditha. Reasonably priced, majority of her works was sold like hotcakes. Who-is-who of the city were there to bless and encourage the young artist.

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AUDI HOSTS GALA PARTY Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer inaugurated Audi Visakhapatnam, its 2nd showroom in Andhra Pradesh. Mr.Joe King, Audi India head & Mr. Rajiv M Sanghvi, MD of Audi-Visakhapatnam unveiled AUDI R8 the super sport car. The first five customers, who were given the keys, were Mr. Mavuri Venkata Ramana, Mr. Nara Viswanath, Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Mr. Raja Gopal Chowdari and Mr. Suresh Agarwal. A gala launch party was held to mark the inauguration which was attended by who-is-who of the city. The live violin music show with a combination of lasers (specially flown in from Russia) was the highlight of the party. Angela, the MC conducted a quiz in which the guests took part with great zeal. Prominently present were Mr. T. Chandu, CMD, red magazine, MLA Avanthi Srinivas, Somnath, A.T. Rayudu, Manav Morada, Pydah Krishna Prasad, Vishnu Rao, Krishna Kumar (KR & Sons), Ram Prasad Kancharla, Barathi Sikand, Kavita Reddy, Jeeja Valsaraj, Sanjit Singh Lamba, Anand Singh and ACP Mahesh.

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YOU DREAM. WE CREATE. Your dream is the most beautiful thing in this world. And we, at Estique, take great pleasure in bringing your dreams to life. In these changing times, it takes something special to stand out. Celebrations - whether it's a wedding, your little one's first birthday, or a special family event - need a personal touch to make an impact. And at Estique, we leave no stone unturned to make your event special, memorable and most importantly, one of a kind. Estique prides itself on its unique and creative designs. We promise our clients designs that are fresh and new, designs that are a reflection of their style and personality. Planning a sophisticated event with a multitude of details is no easy task. We at Estique place great emphasis on attention to detail. You will be assured personalized service and the highest standards of quality. With our highly experienced professionals taking care of all the details, all you have to do is get dressed, arrive, and have a good time! The trio at Estique have pioneered a new approach to event planning. Ramya is the Founder and Creative Head at Estique Events and Wedding Planners. With a flair for designing, she ensures that our event designs are unique and one of a kind. She red | march 2014 | 38


brings to the table years of experience in event design and planning in India and abroad. The magic in her creations is a true testimony of Estique’s Out of the World designs. Vani Prabhakar has rich experience in the fields of media and education. Planning and Execution is her forte. With her experience comes forward a 100% successful track record. Her ability to plan huge events with utmost Professionalism has won accolades from a host of clients. With a Creative Mind and Countless successful events under her belt, she is the best is her business when it comes to Designer Decor and Event execution. Nihar is the Marketing Head at Estique Events and Wedding Planners. He brings with him experience in the areas of marketing, operations and logistics. An in and out Branding Professional, brings about a new approach to reaching clients. 15,000+ Likes on Facebook and the strongest presence on Online Media are a result of his unique ways to reach Customers. He also ensures the flawless execution of our events, making sure that the client has an amazing experience right from the first meeting to the event completion. ABOUT US Estique Events & Weddings is a consortium of ideas & people

with a view to provide Unique & Entertaining services which are class apart. We offer a wide range of solutions tailor made to suit your needs for all your diverse celebrations, events & parties. It takes something special to stand out. Designed events make an emotional connection, they are impactful and evocative. It could be a transformation or just a tweak. We capture your objectives, create the atmosphere and manage every last detail. Our team is talented, focused and creative. We promise a new approach to event planning.

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ART SHOW ENTHRALS Well-known artist Neeta Yogendra Paharia held an art show in the city recently, it was a collection from her recent works which were based on nature and life around. The art show was inaugurated by celebrity guest Parvathi Reddy, who instantly fell in love with Neeta’s paintings. The VIP guests who were a part of the inaugural function were Dr. Yogendra Paharia, Dr. Satish Reddy, Anil Reddy, Neeta Reddy, Neeta Kavipurapu, Hyder and others.

VIMALA OPENS TRENDZ SHOW Trendz, a two-day life style exhibition hosted by Shanti was held at Taj Krishna and it was inaugurated by south Indian actress Vimala Raman. The exhibition had over 70 stalls showcasing saris, designer apparels, jewellery, bridal wear, lifestyle accessories, home decors, kids wear etc. “It is great that we are able to showcase all this under one roof,” said Vimala Raman, speaking on this occasion. Chaitanya, Rupa Reddy, Priya, Priyanka, Mohini, Suman, Vinuthna and others attended the inaugural.

AN EVENING WITH KIRRON Bollywood star Kirron Kher unveiled fashion designer Gaurang Shah's Heritage collection of saris for spring-summer 2014. As part of the event ‘An Evening with Kirron Kher' was organised by Gaurang Shah at his flagship store in Jubilee Hills. The event was attended by celebrities and VIPs who prefer handlooms to the other textiles. While in conversation with the guests at the launch, an actress said she would love to do a line of saris along with Gaurang. Archana, Meera Sagar, Prateeksha, Shivamala, Simran, Yamini, Pooja Reddy and Nikita were seen picking up saris of their choice after the event.

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FASHION WITH A CAUSE Fashion Yatra Exhibition was held at Hotel Taj Krishna and it was hosted by Kamini Saraf. The show had all the pomp and aura of a major event. Adding to it was the presence of celebrities, who made a beeline to find out the latest trends in world of fashion. This is the 4th year of Fashion Yatra. This year the proceeds from the event go to Nanhi Kali - an organisation set out with an objective to educate the Girl Child. It was a complete festive shopping experience. The show had jewellery from Tibarumal Jewels; world class furniture from Seating World Extension; festive and party designer creations from Myoho; handlooms from Vedic Weaves; and French Chantilly lace saris from Ada. Akanksha, Bhuvaneshwari, Hina Srivastav, Rekha Malpani, Parvathi Reddy, Sharadha, Gayatri Reddy and others graced the event.

DIVAZ FLAUNTS STYLE Stylish Divaz, a ladies’ club celebrated Valentine’s Day at Tease in Taj Vivanta. The event saw young ladies and women of the club gathering for a wonderful, fun-filled romantic evening. The party was hosted by Pooja, Soniya and Stuti, while Alekhya Reddy, Asrain, Sakina, Mamta Gupta, Preeti, Yareen and others were the guests. The young ladies dressed in gorgeous outfits were the talk of the town that evening and the event was full of games, fun and competitions. It was followed by sumptuous food.

L’AMOUR CLUB CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY City’s fun and frolic club L’amour celebrated Valentine’s Day in its own fashion. They had a discussion with designer Zubin about what to wear this year. The repartee was filled with loads of fun and serious conversations too. Archana, Vanitha, Savitha and Ritu, who run the club played the perfect host for the afternoon and a huge number of youth participated in the celebrations. Bela, Nisha, Keerthi, Mona, Rekha, Priyanka and others attended.

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BWB CLUB ANNIVERSARY Bonding With the Best (BWB), an elite ladies club, is one year old and celebrated the occasion holding a gala event at Party Zone (NTR Gardens). Since the event coincided with Valentine’s Day, the celebrations took a romantic turn with all the women dressed in white gowns and men presented themselves in formal black attire. The DJs for the evening were Piyush and Abhijeet. This club was started by Mrs.Sarita Lohiya and now has as many as 70 members. Amita Motwani, Mrs.India International was the main guest while Anju Jain, Namita Ranodia, Sara, Sanjay Soni, Sirisha, Ruchika, Komal, Namita Singhvi, Divya, Bindhu and others took part in the celebrations. Saritha Lohiya


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TRISHA LAUNCHES MAGNUM Magnum ice cream is recognized as a symbol of royal treatment and remarkable pleasure - the kind that is intense, enticing and truly irresistible. During the launch Trisha Krishnan, the ‘Pleasure Ambassador’ for the brand, said, “I am a true Magnum loyalist. My international vacations are never complete without indulging in a bar of Magnum. Launching the brand in Chennai last year was fun and I’m excited to be here today to introduce the brand in Hyderabad.” Starting March 1, 2014, it will be available in three delicious flavours - Classic, Almond and Chocolate Truffle. Asmita Marwa, Balram, Saloni, Bobby Khandari, Soniya, Jayanth and Dalim were present at the event.

Balram & Saloni



SHILPA PERFORMS FOR CHARITY Roshini, a city-based NGO that works for the uplift of girl child, organized a fund raising event at N Convention hall in Madhapur. The funds raised by Roshini are used in educating girl child and in arresting trafficking of girls. Former Mrs. India and fashion designer Shilpa Reddy, the brand ambassador for Roshni Counselling Centre, staged a dance performance that mesmerized the audience. Actors Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya were prominent among the guests, while Neeru, Harish, Parvathi Reddy, Sunitha Reddy, Sherry Jhaveri, Sravya Varma and others were also spotted at the event.

Ayesha & Azhar Lakotia

Tripti,Praveen & Priyanka


Naga Chaitanya & Nagarjuna

Sunitha Reddy

Sherry Javeri


Sheetal Mukherjee



Sravya Varma

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KAKATIYA LADIES CLUB ANNIVERSARY The Kakatiya Ladies Club celebrated its anniversary on a grand scale by hosting Mehfil-e-Qawali and a fashion show at ITC Kakatiya Hotel. Rummy Azad, Vibha, Beena Mehta, Sashi Nahata, Shobha Sudhakar and Shalini participated and performed in it. The theme of the fashion show was traditional and it was a huge draw. Prominent among the guests were George Varghese, Anita, Dr. Anuradha, Amrith Singh, Sashi Nahata, Anu Keerthi, Sushila Bakodia and Sachdev.

Anu Keerthi & Narasimha

George & Anitha Verghese

Sachdev & Tanveer


Annu Kishore

Sonal Doshi

Rummy Azad

Laila Khan

Shivani Sharoff


Namitha Kanodia

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Silk Mark - An Initiative of Central Silk Board, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India

Silk Mark Assures ‘100% Pure Silk’ with Reliability & Authenticity Always Look for Silk Mark Label Silk Mark Organisation of India, Central Silk Board, (Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India) Road No.72, Prashasan Nagar, Film Nagar Post, Hyderabad - 500096 Ph: +9140-23553337,4447, Fx: +9140-23541293,,


ART SHOW AT MUSE Sami Khan presented his creations at a show - Royalty Revisited - which is a unique portrayal of art, fashion and life lived in erstwhile Hyderabad at Muse. The show was hosted by Yasmeen Ali. Its glorious past and rich cultural heritage were brought alive through artist Sami Khan, who himself is a scion of Hyderabad royalty. Harish, Imran, Hasnan Saberi, Dinesh Patel, Ramesh Patel, Shagun, Dara, Raunaq, Manjoor Alam Khan and Ashu Kaur attended the event.


Kaali Sudheer

Ramesh & Maya Patel

Harish & Esha

Rina & Tejas

Hiba & Sami Khan

Dinesh Patel




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ELITE DESIGNER WEEK Elite Designer Week was launched by Elite Fashion Fraternity Designers at Novotel Hotel. It showcased works of Rakesh Roshan, Sagar Tenali, Sashi Vangapally and Priyanka Chigurupati and the show stoppers were Tapsee, Regina Cassandra, Sanjana and Sandeep Kishan. The show was an instant hit with the guests and received huge appreciation for the new creations. Padmaja, Shailu Reddy, Mahi Agarwal, Siddharth Reddy, Varun Reddy and Uma Chigurapati were among the celebrities that attended the event.

Bhargavi,Uma Chigurapati & Tejaswani

Rekha Reddy

Moni Agarwal

Sailu Reddy



Sahil & Aditi

Sagar Tenati

Varun Reddy

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MAX MISS HYDERABAD Monika Thangalapalli was crowned as the Max Miss Hyderabad 2014. Apoorva Srinivasan was crowned first runner-up and Debarati Das as second runner-up. The grand finale of Miss Hyderabad 2014 presented by Max and powered by Kalamandir was held at HICC Novotel in the presence of who-is-who of the city celebrity circuits. The jury comprised fashion stylist and choreographer Hemanth Trivedi, Fashion designer Shravan Kumar Ramaswamy, Miss India Earth - 2013 Sobhita Dhulipala, Manasi Moghe - Miss Diva 2013 who represented India at Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Vishnu Vardhan Induri - Managing Director, CCL, Vasanth Kumar - Executive Director, Max Retail Store and Shubra Aiyappa - actress. Archana, Ayesha and Azhar Lakotia, Kishan, Fabiha, Pradeep and Moon Moon Roy, Pradeep, Pragna, Madhura Sridhar, Vitika, Nikitha Narayan, DJ Piyush, Reshma, Samrat, Siddu and others attended the mega event.

Srinivas & Fara

Pradeep & Moon Moon Roy

Shravan Ramaswamy

Diksha Panth

Nikitha Narayan

Bala Aditya

Madhulagna Das


Renu Sukheja

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FLO WALKS FOR CAUSE FICCI Ladies Organization - Hyderabad Chapter held a fashion show - FLO Walks to Educate the Girl Child - to raise funds for educating girl children at Hotel Trident. The event showcased exclusive collections of designers Shilpa Reddy, Sunaina Sood, Anushree Reddy, Vinita Pittie and the jewellery was showcased by Diyaash. The funds raised by the event will be channelized to CSR of the FLO. Swati, Swetha, Neelu Bagga, Rashmi and Ritu Singh took part in the fashion show. Dinesh Patel, Harish, Pinky Reddy, Parvathi Reddy, Manjula Reddy, Jyothi, Kamini Saraf and Ananda were among the prominently present.

Jyoti & Kalyan

Swati, Swetha & Neelu

Manjula Reddy

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Ajitha Reddy

Dr. Kamala

Anushree, Kamini Sharoff & Shilpa Reddy

Pinky Reddy

Ananda Shankar

Vinitha Pitte

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D’Clothes Cafe

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Evening Wear Dresses Tunics Kurtis Accessories

Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills, Lane Beside Chutneys, Adjacent to N Asian, Hyderabad 500033 Phone : 770 209 2777 Rashmi





remium apparel brand Allen Solly that belongs to Madura Fashion & Lifestyle, a division of Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd that has redefined work wear through its ‘Friday Dressing’ concept, now entered the market setting its second outlet in Vizag. The setting is as chic as the products displayed in it. In a property spread over 1,550 sft the store has demarcated and dedicated spaces for men in the ground floor and women in the first floor. Its strategic location, on the Sampath Vinayagar Road, is sure to grab plenty of eyeballs. The store has an eclectic collection of the brand’s latest offerings. Men’s wear is divided into three categories Prodigy (formal), Work (semi formal) and Casuals that give sports fittings. It also displays Color chinos and color lab shirts, besides some enticing collection of ties, belts and wallets.


Allen Solly that had added vibrant dashes of colour to its formal wear is sure to become the favourite haunt of the bulging corporate employees.


Timings: 10.30 am - 9.30 pm (365 days) Ph.: 0891 2558686 1















he first double storied Flagship Van Heusen store has opened in the city. The showroom is very conveniently located at the vantage point on the Samapth Vinayagar Road and spread across 2,300 sq. ft. The chic outlet displays sports, casuals, V Dot (party wear), shoes and accessories in the ground floor while the formals, suits and blazers are relegated to the first floor. “For our customer, elegance is a philosophy. Hence Van Heusen is opposed to the conventional nine-to-five formal wear. Instead, it makes 24/7 self-expression range of garments,” explains Mr. Hiren Mirpuri, Franchisee. The showroom offers the entire range of men’s wear, women’s wear that is modern, minimalistic and timeless. “Without being either too edgy or too futuristic, it aims to be a complete lifestyle brand,” asserts Hiren stating that they arrived in a big way. Its USP is - space, location and approachability. It has a fantastic product range and ample parking space.



Timings: 10.30 am - 8.30 pm | Ph.: 0891 6660456 1

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izagites and frequent visitors to the city need no special introduction to the Sai Priya Beach Resorts, located right on the shore of one of the finest beaches of entire South India. The resort which has already won wide applause and accolades for offering complete comfort and recreation facilities including multi-cuisine restaurant, sliding pool for recreation purpose has recently added yet another feather to its cap, a Convention Centre Sai Suraj Social Studio. Having a seating capacity for 900 odd people, the Studio is spread over 8,400 sft. (internal space). The main hall which can be partitioned into two halls, offers flexibility to use it for different purposes.


It has another 8,000 sft. of beach view dining space and 12,000 sft. of open air dining to host big fat events. The pillar free studio has a 13 ft. high ceiling allowing clearance for crane operated video coverage. With state-of-the-art speakers, public addressing system and Wi-fi features incorporated in the design, the hall is a perfect venue for any event. The 40 guestrooms, ample car parking lot (around 175 cars), lush lawns, beach view restaurant, and above all, the scenic on-shore presence are the features that make the Social Studio conducive for weddings, conferences, exhibitions, family gatherings and social events of all kinds. Ph.: 0891 2790585 / 99519 33444 / 99518 33444


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he world of animation is vast, vivid and exciting. Equally interesting are the men who create wonders in this form of art. An animator can instill life in any inanimate object by taking cue from his or her own imagination. Animonks, the Animation Studio has opened its doors for those Vizagites who want to take help of this highly skilled medium to advertise their companies and products. Located in 3rd lane of Dwarakanagar, Animonks is a Web Designing and 2D Animation company started by Praveen Kumar and supported by an enthusiastic and experienced team. This production studio offers services in web designing, 2D animated promo videos, brand identity designing, explainer videos and 3D walkthroughs. It maintains a quality of premium standards which is simply unbeatable.The vast experience it has accumulated while dealing with the US clients adds to its unmatched outputs and professional dealings. Those who want to enhance their business opportunities can approach Animonks which assures them of the guaranteed results as it not only designs websites but also works on the client’s online marketing for a whole year for free. Its services can tap the potential of the online media which is a new mode of promotion. The pricing is also kept quite reasonable to make the facility available for mid-segment customers. The client list includes big brands like Cognizant, Tata, INK, and many others. Those who want to learn tricks of the trade can also turn to Animonks, which has recently started a training programme. Visit: Timings: 10.00 am - 7.00 pm (Sunday closed) | Ph.: 80080 03559


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aking city’s health care to a higher notch, Suraksha Health Park arrived in the city with a very befitting slogan ‘Ayusman Bhava’. Located in Marripalem, it is first-of-its-kind boutique hospital in the city. It is a 100-bed multi-special facility with 16 CCIU beds. The first one in the country to clear UL, LLL safety assessments, Suraksha offers facilities like CT scan, Ultra Sound, complete lab investigations, and Laminar flow Operation Theatres. Services are extended in varied disciplines- Anaesthesiology, Biochemistry, Cardiology, Clinical Pathology, Dialysis, Gastroenterology, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Nephrology, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Pulmonology, Radiology, Spine Surgery etc. Spread over 25,000 sft, it is designed in ground plus four floors. With a house-keeping of international standards, the hospital gives priority to cleanliness and hygiene. Housing the best of equipment- from Stryker 1488 full HD laparoscopic set, Stryker System six heavy orthopaedic drills, Aesculape Pencil drill to Drager ventilator, it uses latest and high-end tools. With a battalion of dedicated physicians, it provides, critical trauma care and 24X7 emergency service. It ropes in many veteran visiting doctors once in six months to perform ENT and Maxillo facial surgeries. Ph.: 0891- 6646666 / 6697777











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opular motorcycle global brand Triumph makes its debut in Hyderabad. Thanks to Rebel Motorbikes. The showroom in Road No.12, Banjara Hills, offers all the models of iconic British motorcycle. The interesting aspect of the 5,000 sft. showroom is “Build Your Own Bike” concept which allows the customers to choose different accessories. Triumph lovers have the option to also buy its branded accessories ranging from Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 2 lakh. These include jackets, T-shirts and gloves. The showroom comes with a service centre which promises world-class service round the clock. Besides Hyderabad they are catering to the markets in Vizag, Vijayawada, Bhubaneshwar, Raipur, etc. For customers in these cities they offer delivery of bikes as well as service at their doorsteps.


Timings: 10.00 am - 8.30 pm Ph.: 040 23384444 / 23385555
















ituated in Jubilee Hills, D Clothes Café offers women’s clothing for all occasions. The readyto-wear garments are attractive. It offers the modern partywear like long and short gowns and traditional wear like ghagras and anarkalis. The collection is handpicked from different places across the country. The prices are down to earth and are below Rs. 6,000. The college wear are available from Rs. 800. Long gowns range starts from Rs. 1,300, while starting price of tops is Rs. 500.


D Clothes Café spread over 500 sft. has combinations of textures like mix of cotton and jute silk and cotton. The attractive designs and latest styles available here make it a place worthy of repeated visits. Timings: 11.00 am - 9.00 pm Ph.: 77029 02777



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or those who always wanted to taste the authentic Moghalai cuisine as well as Lucknowi food, here is a new place in Hyderabad that offers the best of Indian and Moghalai food. Silver Salt, this new family restaurant is spread over 9,000 sft. in the posh Banjara Hills and is an ideal place for spending the evening with family and friends. The restaurant is already a great hit. It offers both indoor and outdoor experience at one place. You have the air-conditioned setting with Nawabi style seating, and an open terrace for those love outdoors. The place is well decorated and has pleasant settings as well as colours that soothe the mind as you relish wonderful dishes the restaurant offers. With a lineup of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, Silver Salt is best known for Raan Biryani and Afghani Raan Biryani. Made out of mutton both the items are very special. One serving is good enough for four to five people. These dishes are unlike regular Hyderabadi Biryani and are prepared in Lucknowi and Afghani style. Their unique recipes make them different from what are available in the other restaurants of the city. They also serve special Hyderabadi style Nalli Biryani. The vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters like kababs and tikkas are instant hit among the people. With wonderful taste and presented in an authentic manner, these are something which all the food-lovers like to treat upon. Malai Chicken Tikka, Nawabi Chicken Tikka and Nizami Chicken Tikka; for veggies they have Hyderabad Paneer Tikka, Baby Corn Manchuria, Hara Paneer Tikka etc. Silver Salt is a new food landmark in the city which welcomes new and authentic food from any part. The restaurant has ample valet parking and accommodates around 200 people at any given time. Timings: 11.30 am - 11.00 pm | Ph.: 040 6666 0203











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ritunga Restaurant - the name itself suggests that it specializes in Rayalaseema food, offering not only just tasty but healthy food like Ragi Sankati and Jonna Roti. Kritunga is already known name in the twin cities, running a chain of restaurants across the city. The group's new restaurant in Jubilee Hills The Royal Kritunga Restaurant targets the upmarket and IT customers. The Royal Kritunga has always been associated with huge crowd and always abuzz with activity. To beat out that image and to provide a luxurious eating experience in a huge restaurant, while savouring the same delicious food, this new place spread over 6,000 sft. has been established. The best known food from The Royal Kritunga like Ragi Sankati, Nattu Kodi Pulusu, Kadapa Endu Mamasam, Bonggulo Chicken, Pot Biryani, Gutti Vankaya, Spicy Egg Curry, Jonna Roti, Pulka, etc are offered at this new place as well. It accommodates around 85 people. The restaurant also has a mini banquet hall which can house 100 people and a private family eating space which can accommodate 12 people. The price for two on lunch or dinner is around Rs. 1,500. Located in the most happening part of the city, The Royal Kritunga stands out distinctly among the other units of the chain and is sure to be to an instant hit with the IT crowd and other corporate employees in and around Cyberabad. Keeping the need of clientele in view it offers wi-fi connectivity as well as valet parking. Timings: 11.30 am - 11.00 pm | Ph.: 040 6460 5888


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ulchand Trading Private Limited is a renowned brand in clothing and furnishing in the twin cities. For over seven decades, Bulchand has been in the business and has seen success at every level. They have now come up with a new store called Bulchand in Banjara Hills. This is a modern family store with exclusive sweaters, designer shawls, jackets, thermals, woollens, accessories and diamond jewellery. Though it started as wholesalers and exporters, it has set up the new facility to reach the customers directly. Both national and international brands catering to all age groups are available under one roof. Bulchand is an authorised dealer in the State for high-end brands like Woolmark, Monte Carlo and Raymond. It is a three-storied building spread across 8,000 sft. The ground floor is exclusively for ladies’ apparels while first floor is dedicated to home dÊcor. The second floor has an exclusive diamond section which includes diamond jewellery. It specializes in furnishings that include curtain material, fabric for sofas, bed linen, cushion covers, table covers and more. It provides tailoring facility as well. One can depend on this shop to pick up material for special occasions like weddings, poojas and parties. The diamond section offers a variety of quality diamonds. One of the family members of Bulchand said that though they were new to the diamond business, they were well received by the customers. That is the credibility the company has built over the years. Timings: 11 am - 9 pm | Ph.: 040 6663 1095 / 6663 0095











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V I Z A G RITZY RIDERS They are rich, smart, classy and undoubtedly swift! Owning superbikes priced above Rs. 10, 00,000 is no joke. The more zeroes add to it, the bigger the hero is! The city is witnessing the rise of such vrooming heroes who can be called superbikers. Late night long rides or weekend trips are just a small part of wild activities of this group of biggies of the town. However, this also facilitates a few others to get into this group, who just need to buy such uber expensive machines to rub shoulders with head honchos. They do have their own page on FB on which the group shares pictures, videos, posts pleasing their adrenaline rush. Speed thrills but kills, is a norm written large at every nook and corner of the city. The bulging number of accidents shows the message is not being taken too seriously. It is better the racing remains a sport and is not brought on to the roads endangering the lives of both the rider and the commuters. NARESH’S NEW NARA He slipped into oblivion (or at least it looked like that) following his ‘futile’ fight for united Andhra Pradesh. Invincible as is he is, Symbiosis O. Naresh Kumar once again resurfaced, this time with a different cause. Post-bifurcation, he in the capacity as the vice-president of Vizag Development Council (VDC), is demanding the authorities concerned to make Vizag capital of Seemandhra. He joined hands with CII, and Vizagpatam Chamber of Commerce & Industries (VCCI) to press for his demand and brought likeminded people on one platform for the cause. Naresh has never made bones about his love for the city and he spares no efforts when it comes to the development of the city. He, quite understandably, says that Vizag has all the prerequisites of an ideal capital as it is much ahead in development compared to the other towns in residual State of Andhra Pradesh. Whereas others in the residual state feel that the place is not centrally located and it is difficult for the leaders of the other districts to attend the Assembly sessions if it is made capital. Time only has to reveal whether he would succeed in his endeavour this time at least.

PRABHA - THE RISING STAR Vexed with ill treatment meted out to women workers by the District YSRCP perhaps, Prabha Goud, founder of Prabha Charitable Trust took refuge in Congress which is unrolling a wide red carpet to all those who wish to jump on its bandwagon. As the maxim - Well begun is half done - goes, Prabha seems to have already in the thick of the party’s welfare activities. She seems to be making all out efforts to give boost to the sagging reputation of the party. One cannot but wonder how a newcomer from the rival party could learn the ropes so soon and create a niche for herself in the party circles. It only goes to prove the efficiency and adaptability of the lady. The locals have already recognized her as a potential leader and she is sure to give her male rivals a run for their money.

SAVOURING SUCCESS Being among 40 food personalities on The Times Group’s “Celebrated Chefs of India”, on BBC Good Homes Indian edition, featured on the “Foodie Show” on Times TV and CNBC Awaaz, Srinath Sambandan is omnipresent. With his 16 years of wide experience in various star hotels and cruises, he has been satiating the taste buds of guests as the Executive Chef of the Park Hotel. His menu at the Bamboo Bay restaurant has earned it a spot in the 2010 book, Eating Out in India: 101 Favourite Restaurants. Recently, he was invited to showcase an Epicurean Regional Indian Menu at “Gourmet Abu Dhabi” hosted by Peter Knipp Holdings. He shared the space with celebrity chefs from around the world. Srinath hosted Promotions at Ushna, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi. Geniuses can shine in any field and create amazing records! Isn’t it?

BOLD BUT NOT BEAUTIFUL Bikini and babes, the combination is something we identify with Goa. Touted as the Goa of Eastern India, Vizag seems to have taken this tag seriously of late. While spotting a bikini-clad beauty sunbathing by the beach is still a distant dream, some such divas were seen in the heart of the city recently. Thanks to one of the star hotels of the city that had hosted a pool party. Besides the music, aqua fun, food and beverages, there were female revellers who were spotted in pretty bold swimwear. This turned out to be the major attraction and talk of the town. Best part was that they were absolutely cool about it and were engrossed enjoying the pool fun and even posed for pictures. These bold damsels shedding inhibitions seemed to have jolted Vizag, the sleepy city, out of its slumber and left the Vizagites wideeyed. Isn’t it too bold for the city that is considered to be traditional and rather old fashioned?

WILL THE SON RISE? Tollywood is soon going to have another son of a political leader as a reel hero - the son of politician Ganta Srinivas Rao - Ravi Teja. Ravi has gone through a total makeover. From taking acting lessons from guru Satyanand to fitness classes from Chiranjeevi, Ravi went through all necessary acts. Meanwhile, Ganta seems to be going through a tough time owing to the state bifurcation. As per the earlier schedule the film is to be shot and released by May, much before the elections. But the new political developments seem to have cast shadows on Ravi’s reel career and there are apprehensions if the project will take off at all.

NOT HOT FOR SURE! Do you call yourself a P3 name? Now getting these tags is just a click away. All that you have to do is to get yourself photographed and post them on the FB page Hottest P3 of Vizag. Launched recently, it has created a hullaballoo among Vizagites. The page is getting flooded with pictures too. However, often the pictures posted are of poor quality, making it obvious that there is no quality control. There are people who look it as spam and are questioning its utility. Pointing at its efficacy there are many questions raised. Some even asked, “Does Vizag really need such a page?” The city lacks no talents and so why not have a page which gives them a face and recognition. Some feel such drives should also carry a social message that could help the society at large.

AAP IS JUST A SAP HERE Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) opened shop in the city. But the broom boom seemed to be only for a few days as the membership drive did not really take off in the city that accounts for urban, middle class and young voters, the target groups of AAM. Around 1,000 persons were enrolled in the first flush of enthusiasm but the euphoria faded away. Studies reveal that the middle class prefers conventional parties to the newcomers. There is a clear divide between the North and South as far as political tastes are concerned. Here political battles are fought purely on the basis of caste and cash.

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NARASIMHAN ON THE ROLL The state has gone under the President’s rule. None could be happier than Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan who was all for it. The Governor has been more pro-active than the successive chief ministers. He has been more approachable than the ministers, besides being a conduit between the state and the Centre. Sonia Gandhi too prefers as she can rule the state through her loyalist. Congress also feels it can push its own agenda this way. The power-mongering Governor’s longcherished dream has come true with the bureaucracy is under his thumb. It is no wonder even the top brass of the state is making a beeline to Raj Bhawan. In a nutshell it is the one man show of the Guv till the new government is formed.

PEPPER LOSES ZING ‘Pepper spray MP’, as he is being called of late, former MP Lagadapati Rajgopal had created a history in Parliament and became (in) famous overnight. He strove hard to keep the state together. His attempts, though did not fructify, cannot be undermined. His was the loudest and clearest of all the voices raised against the state bifurcation. Rajgopal, perhaps was the only politician who vowed that he would quit his post and the party and even politics if Parliament passed the Bill. But it looks like this is one vow which is hard to keep. Politics is like a vice. Once a person get hooked and addicted to it, it is impossible to leave it and live without it. Rajgopal is no exception as he is being spotted at all those places where a political drama is taking place even after he had taken the so-called political sanyasam. He remains loyal to Kiran Kumar Reddy and is often seen hovering around him. It is better politicians thought not twice but ten times before they make declaration of renouncing politics. MEGA STAR OFF STEP He was an inspiration to many budding artistes in Tollywood as he ascended the slippery ladder of stardom by sheer hard work. This Big Hero, however, has become a big zero by plunging into politics and taking wrong ‘steps’. He proved to be a leader in a hurry and wanted to become chief minister taking a shortcut. Perhaps with the same intention he merged his PRP with Congress. Had he protested against Telangana Bill, he would have gained sympathy of the public. Even post-bifurcation, he made efforts to become chief minister even albeit a brief period that earned him the wrath of others in the party. However, his wish to become the chief minister remained a distant dream. His well wishers feel that he can restore his lost image at least to some extent, if dons the grease paint again. But some wonder if his 150th film will bring him back on right track or not.

CLASH OF TITANS Jayadev, son of former Minister Galla Aruna Kumari and brother-inlaw of Superstar Mahesh Babu, joined TDP, eyeing the Guntur Lok Sabha seat. His father-in-law Ghattamaneni Adiseshagiri Rao is aspiring for the neighbouring Tenali, it is learnt. If the things work the way they want the entire region would be controlled by their family. However, TDP’s one family - one seat norm comes in the way of the Galla-Ghattamaneni strategies. Moreover, party cadres are against this combination as the other contender is none-other than Alapati Raja, a politician of a long standing and would not take it lying low. It is for Chandrababu Naidu to decide for whom he would cast his vote.

OM SHANTHI OM That stormy petrel Vijayashanthi is now in Congress fold is no surprise but the timing of her move raises many doubts. The actor-turned-politician and TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao parted after a fight over Medak seat and when Shanthi was sidelined for the sake of KCR’s daughter Kavita. Eulogising Sonia Gandhi, Shanthi disapproved the TRS chief’s reluctance to merger. Congress seems to be the beneficiary of this conflict. And it is also said it is Congress which is scripting all the fiery dialogues Shanthi has been delivering of late. The strategy is to unleash a power leader against KCR and pressurise him for merger. Rumours are rife that she will take a few more TRS MLAs to the Congress fold. It is also felt that if both the parties merged, Kavita will lose her sheen in the colossal presence of the Lady Boss. Moreover, Shanthi seems to have gained considerable clout in Congress compared to Kavita who went to meet Sonia on thanksgiving mission along with her family. Yet Congress summoned Shanthi and unrolled a red carpet for her, following its divide-and-rule policy. FOR BETTER EXPOSURE When it is about clicking and shooting the best of you, he is the Man in the industry who creates the masterpiece. Certainly living legends need no introduction. He is Villa Ramana, whom the world better known as Villart Ramana. He has created a strong presence in this industry that thrives on aesthetics and has been committed to the cause of making photography bigger and better. A self-made man, Ramana values talent and believes there is no dearth of it in our country. What they require is the right launch pad and that is what he wants to provide to the budding photographers through his one-of-itskind platform Villart Photo Expo. Welcomed and acknowledged by the photography fraternity, Ramana is all set to hold Photo Expo 2014 at JRC Convention, Hyderabad. Slated for 28th, 29th & 30th March, this year it is going to be even a bigger show than the ones he had organized in previous years, with new products, seminars, workshops, fashion shows, entertainment, besides adding Broadcast and Film Expo as a parallel show. Over 100 national and international companies will exhibit, educate and sell their products. No wonder it is South India’s No.1 and India’s 2nd biggest photo and video exhibition. The three-day show is expected to attract thousands of photographers and photo-enthusiasts, who want to upgrade their knowledge. Even many film stalwarts applauded Ramana’s efforts and endeavours.

JAGAN MAYA Rumours are rife that YSRC president Jaganmohan Reddy is insecure about Sharmila’s growing popularity. Recent developments only show that after all there is no smoke without fire as Jagan is hoisting Sharmila as the party chief of Telagnana wing in spite of her getting brickbats from the T-activists. Jagan detractors feel that the objective of appointing Sharmila is to further humiliate her and to keep her at a safe distance from Seemandhra politics. Obviously Jagan could do with no competition. If at all Sharmila with some dint of luck garners at least some votes and seats, it is welcome for him and at least get a toehold in Telangana state and if she loses it will be her natural death in politics. Moreover, he also wants to prove a point that he is not ungrateful and does return the favours he receives and by making her the party chief he also can silence the people who wonder, “When Jagan could sideline his own sister, what would be our fate?” HEAVY FACTOR Actors undergoing transition to get into the skin of the character they are playing is not a new thing. The late thespian ANR is said to have starved for months for the role of Devadas in 50s itself. Such was his dedication. The budding artistes go through different kinds of arduous training to bring authenticity to the roles they play. Of late it is learnt that young rebel star Prabhas deliberately gained multiple kilos for his upcoming Rajamoouli’s Baahubali. He looks like a colossus with 200 kg weight in the stills released on the net. Once the shoot is finished, how can the actor lose those extra kilos is intriguing his fans. The weight factor may also take its toll on his upcoming marriage. One should wait and watch whether that Bheemavaram Belle matches the stature of this Macho Man for whom she is waiting in the wings.

INEVITABLE PROPS Launching a television channel or a newspaper is no easy task, as lots of money is to be pumped into them and the gestation period for achieving break-even point is also too long. Yet political leaders in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh decided to launch their own media houses, as they feel there is no better way to get publicity for themselves. The tradition started with Chandrababu Naidu (N Studio) and Rajasekhara Reddy (Sakshi). We heard that Kiran Kumar Reddy too followed their suit and purchased some stakes in I Channel for a whopping amount. Though not officially announced, his brothers are handling the channel which predominantly focuses on Kiran, highlighting his achievements and projecting him as the only able leader and showing the rest in poor light. Looks like politicians cannot reach their high chairs without props like a newspaper or a channel. It is all the more better if they have both to blow their own trumpet. red | march 2014 | 69


RAJESH WAY By Ranita Ray

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In the field of dentistry, only a few practitioners have been able to make their mark as Dr. Rajesh Kumar. Y has made. Whether it is setting up the expansive and the state-of-the-art facility ‘The Smile Specialty Dental Clinic’, that provides cutting-edge services to the patients or the innovative approaches he adopts, he has been a pioneer, especially in the field of esthetic dentistry. Furthermore, he is very well known for his oratory skills. The lectures he delivers on various forums both at home and abroad, on the most progressive topics in dentistry, earned him name as the top speaker. His keen interest in philanthropy and social service, adds to his multi-dimensional personality. Undoubtedly, orthodontist Rajesh makes Vizag proud.

FOUNDATION He is the youngest born of Mr. Y. Ramakrishna Rao and Mrs. Sailaja of Palakonda. “My father, although studied medicine never practised it. He continued with his parental profession and chose to be a landlord,” narrates Rajesh. During his basic education at Hyderabad Public School, Rajesh realized his passion for sports and turned out to be a good athlete. He represented the school in National Juniors athletics. Touring all over the country, he met great sports icons like P. T. Usha. One event led to another and he got the opportunity to be a part of All India Public School Army Camp held at College of Military Engineering, Pune and National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. Here he could hone his skills as a sportsman, playing with the cadets, who were gold medalists of Asian rowing champions. Their high fitness levels inspired him so thoroughly that he even wanted to join the Defence Service.

MILESTONE His mother, however, wanted him to be a doctor. With many of his uncles and aunts being in the field of dentistry, Rajesh felt that he could fulfill his mother’s wish. He also observed that dentistry in India is in a state of neglect and there is a tremendous scope to bring in positive changes. He joined the Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, to pursue studies in Dental Surgery. However, it is not all studies for him. The initial three years, he kept participating in a lot of sports and represented the college at south-zone championships. It was followed by internship at Osmania Medical College. Here he chose Orthodontics as the major. “I always liked this specialty because it is beyond ‘just dentistry’. One can do wonders with the facial bones even through non-surgical processes,” explains Rajesh. Later, he enrolled himself for the postgraduation in MDS at the Moscow Medical and Stomatological Institute, Russia. Here, he not only mastered the Russian language, but also emerged with flying colours. Being a merit student, he got the opportunity to be trained under veteran professors. He was also chosen to serve in an organization called Seventh-day Adventist hospitals where he worked under Prof. Abraham George. He was given the responsibility to open a branch in Yugoslavia. As the country was at war at that time, Rajesh came back to India. In March 1997 he set up The Smile Specialty Dental Clinic in the city. A diploma-holder in Fixed Orthodontics, he was trained under renowned Prof. Claude.G.Matasa, Moscow. He earned FAGE-Fellowship in Academy of General Education, Manipal, fellowship in Implantology from the Charles University, Europe and diploma in Nonextraction Orthodontics. He has also done Certified Training in Continuing Education Program in Endodontics, conducted by Pierre Fauchard Academy, Frankfurt University. He was trained in advanced programme in Esthetic Dentistry, Hamburg University and has gained expertise in Opalescence Tooth Whitening and specialized in treatments like Lasers, Implants, Invisalign Orthodontics. In the 17-year journey, Rajesh has earned name and fame besides vast experience of serving as a senior faculty in Sree Sai Dental College and as a consultant for NRI Hospitals, Apollo, CARE and other leading hospitals in and around Vizag. He has also opened another branch of Smile Super Specialty in Srikakulam. USP “I am not here to earn money, nor do I take my profession lightly,” he says. He believes in perfection and strives to provide the best of the treatments to his patients. He spares no efforts to upgrade his knowledge and travels the length and breadth of the world to gain it. He is thoroughly skilled in diagnosis and treatment of oral cancers. It is not only his vast knowledge, but also his ability to handle patients with empathy that has made him one of the most sought after dentists of this region. red | march 2014 | 71

“I found a very good friend in him and he has made my life complete. He is very sportive and has a positive approach towards life.”


“She sacrificed the golden opportunity of going to the US to get married to me. But let me tell you, she never complained about it.”

6.00 am: Wake up 7.00 am: I try to spend an hour with my kids before they go to school 7.15 am: I am a fitness freak and dedicate one hour for exercise. I have a personal trainer at gym Latitudes; a day never goes without working out. 9.00 am: Head for work 2.00 pm: Back home for lunch 4.30 pm: Resume work. If there is any special case like surgery or accident, which is to be attended at general hospitals, I go there. I also visit the hospitals where I am a consultant, besides attending to my patients at my clinic. 9.00 pm: Back home. I am a late sleeper. Watching television, especially movies unwinds me. There is ideally no weekend for doctors, but I try to keep Sunday off. On Saturdays I catch up with my colleagues or fellow doctors. We have formed a group, Continuing Dental Education (CDE). We conduct local and national conferences and doctors from diverse backgrounds from all over the country come together to discuss the latest happenings in the field. Sundays are gym and family time. I have a 12-gear cycle and the mornings are for sweating it out the cycling way. Afternoons are for long drives, eating out or partying. We make sure to have the best of the fun hours.

“I always liked this specialty because it is beyond just dentistry. One can do wonders with the facial bones even through non-surgical processes.”

PIONEERING His clinic is one of the few which introduced super specialty concept. The avant-garde model was the result of his extensive international exposure. “Smile was the first to do laser surgery in dentistry and implantation in the city way back in 1998,” recollects Rajesh. Today it has empanelment with Central Government, State Government, NALCO (Damanjodi), Bharat Dynamics Ltd., Hindustan Petroleum Chemicals Ltd. etc. VISION He wants to uplift the standards of dentistry, discarding certain processes and practices that are still being followed in the country which are declared obsolete as per international standards. Quackery is something which disturbs him the most and he wants to eradicate it completely. He aims to make dental care available to all, especially to the rural denizens in remote corners of the country. He also wishes to conduct a lot of oral cancer screening camps for the needy as he identifies it as one of the most alarming maladies of this region. He has been giving strong messages against gutkha and tobacco through various media. PASSION He believes in serving people and goes that extra mile to help the underprivileged. He has conducted many dental camps in the regional municipal schools in Araku, Paderu and Kothavalasa. He has worked extensively on the projects taken up by service clubs like Rotary and Jaycee in

and around Vizag. For the Lions Club, he has organized various camps in Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and in a few districts of Odisha. He has adopted PAPA Home for Children and provides dental treatment free. He has been actively associated with St. Joseph’s old-age home and renders service to the inmates by providing them with basic necessities time and again. FUTURE PLANS The dynamic world of medicine has been always coming up with fresh technologies and new tools that ensure painless treatment. He wishes to keep himself updated with the latest developments and bring in the new technical know-how to be made available locally. He also desires to create a platform for a team of experts who can interact with one another and exchange views on the up-to-the-minute happenings in this field. Along with a few of his counterparts, he is in talks with health insurance companies to cover dental treatments. “Regular annual dental checkup is mandatory for all. However, it is an expensive treatment for the low income group. The insurance will certainly be a great help for this strata,” opines Rajesh. He is also planning to open a hospital in the city to offer dedicated services in both dentistry and ophthalmology. Stressing on the importance of dental health, Rajesh says that dental checkup and treatment are a ‘must’ even before

cardiac treatment. He appeals to the cardiologists to make a dental test mandatory for the heart patients. “It is 100% important for all those who go for a cardiac surgery to undergo a dental checkup. Oral bacteria can wreak havoc if not nipped in the bud. The bacteria like Streptococcus commonly live in the mouth, are responsible for causing tooth plaque and gum disease and shockingly it can trigger cardiac disorders. But no one is paying attention to this; people are treating the offshoot, i.e. heart problem, but not the cause. I have been trying to convey this message but it seems to be falling on the deaf ears,” laments Rajesh. He further adds that there are similar other diseases like arthritis, diabetes, kidney disorders which are connected to or triggered by dental problems. He wants to educate people on these issues. ADVICE Medical practice is much beyond making money. One should organize a lot of free health camps to render service to the underprivileged. If every well-to-do person adopts two street children and bears the expenses of their health care, it makes a lot of difference. QUOTE When you play a game, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose it. All that counts is how you play it. red | march 2014 | 73


KAVITA, GREAT SUPPORT: RAJESH It has been 10 years of marriage, but touchwood, from the beginning we gel very well. After obtaining MCA degree, she was about to leave for the US where she got a job. She sacrificed the golden opportunity of going to the US to get married to me. But let me tell you, she never complained about it. She continued her education here. She did M.Tech in computer science and is currently working for a lead-quality division of online academic help for the American students, a US-based MNC. She has been a good inspiration to me. She is brilliant and has a clear vision. It is only through her encouragement and support, I could come this far. She takes care of the children and my parents so well that I don’t have to think about them.

Colour: Red and violet Attire: She prefers western wear more, but wears salwar- chudidar also Brands: Prada and Gucci Car: Audi. But we are happy to roam around on our two-wheeler too. Movie: Any light hearted movie Actor: John Travolta, Chiranjeevi Actress: Sridevi Holiday: Thailand

HE IS A GOOD FRIEND: KAVITA We met through a common friend. But by our third meeting itself he made up his mind to marry me. I conveyed the same to my parents and left the decision to them and rest is history. I found a very good friend in him and he has made my life complete. There is no hierarchy set in our relationship and we are on equal footing. Not only as a husband but also as a human being, he is really good. That makes him loveable. He believes in enduring relationships. People change over years. But here is one person who remains the same for me, his friends, patients or whoever comes into his life. He is very sportive and has a positive approach towards life. He gives equal importance to family and professional life. He is a wonderful father and despite his busy schedules, he doesn’t compromise on his time with our children Shreya and Ashrith. I am the disciplinarian at home; he is the one to pamper them. Even at work, he shares a very good rapport with his juniors, seniors and peers alike. red | march 2014 | 74


Passion: Music

Food: Biryani Colour: Black Clothes: Semi-formal and ‘T’ shirt and jeans Brands: He loves branded stuff, but not particular about a single one Car: Audi Movie: Any action or comedy flick Actor/Actress: Anyone who has good personality and physique Holiday Destination: Spain

It won’t be wrong to say that the high-end fashion sense which the Hyderabadi men flaunt was initiated and instilled by Prashant Agarwal almost 15 years ago. With his first-of-its-kind fashion outlet, Contradition, he brought a revolution in the city and took men’s fashion world by storm. The new tradition has touched the hearts of hundreds and thousands of handsome men. With his creations making a strong presence back in their closets, he lured commoners and the elite alike. Let us see how he had embarked and styled this sensational journey.

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It is not important what you want to do, but it is how you do it, especially in today’s highly competition driven market.”

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By Ranita Ray

BACKGROUND Prashant hails from Warangal. His father Dr. Bajarang Lal, a paediatrician, wanted him to be in his line and become a doctor. Both Prashant and his elder brother Kamal favoured neither the medical profession nor their father’s medical distribution business, but preferred to follow their own respective interests. While Kamal started his jewellery line in Warangal, Prashant was yet to find his calling. INTEREST AND INITIATION Prashant was a good artist right from the beginning and earned accolades for his sketches and paintings. But he couldn’t devote enough time to pursue this passion for long and left it half way as his father wanted him to focus on his studies. But destiny had other and obviously a bigger plan for him. His childhood pal wanted to study fashion designing and to help him pass the exam, Prashant too enrolled himself in the course. Ironically, his friend couldn’t get through, but he passed out with flying colours. As he explored the course, his creative skills that remained dormant till then started responding to this welcoming change. He, ultimately, realized that it was where his heart lied. The glamour of the fashion industry fuelled his interest further. LAUNCH After graduating from NIFT, Mumbai, in 1999, Prashant worked for a few months in an export house to gain practical experience. He came to Hyderabad, from where he started exporting small consignments to countries like Dubai and Africa. However, it was the recession which discouraged him from investing in a factory. That is when Prashant made three poignant observations. One - Hyderabad needs an urgent changeover in designer wear, especially for men; two - Hyderabadis were going to Mumbai and Delhi or abroad to shop for weddings and high end functions and third and most important that men’s wear is his forte. As there were only a few designers working on this segment, he could create a special niche in the market within no time. He shifted to retailing in the year 2000 and launched his store ‘Contradition’. He floated a unique concept of making designer wear like suits, blazers and trousers from imported fabrics from Italy, UK, and brands like Versace, Christian Dior. He used to customize according to the clients’ tastes and requirements. Soon he started offering something cost-effective and unique and exclusive. Supported by a skilled team, his venture had become an instant hit.

GENESIS OF ‘CONTRADTION’ “When I was in the final year of the course, I witnessed a show with the same name ‘Contradition - Confluence of Traditions’,” Prashant recollects. He felt nothing could suit the name of his creation better than this. CONCEPTS INTRODUCED When he started the only pattern with which men were aware of were plains, checks or stripes. He pioneered floral patterns in men’s wear, which was otherwise considered the hippie-style. He also made them realize that there are different fits and designs for different occasions. He introduced separate line of club and party wear. These pieces are done with a bit of extra thread work which is not embroidery but minimal detailing like jaali work or little work on the buttons, cuffs etc. Giving the go-by to asymmetrical designs which are unisex, he creates symmetrical designs which look sober and classy. Fashion forecast was given due importance.

CHALLENGES Earlier, there was a lack of awareness as far as the fabric, designs and styles are concerned. But now people have good knowledge of what to pick. He also realized that bespoke tailoring was not easy as every detailing plays vital role. People want personalized touch and they come to him for that perfect fit besides unique designs. Meeting such wide demands becomes a bit toiling at time. USP The fit of the suit and trousers given by him is unbeatable. That people sometimes buy designer suit from elsewhere and come to him for alteration shows how brilliant he is when it comes to a perfect fit. He never took the help of ads or marketing to promote his product. He just did one show in 2003. He is here merely through the word of mouth publicity. FUTURE PLANS He wishes to open four or five stores in Hyderabad very soon. After that he plans expansion across the state, which is to be followed by pan India presence. Even his online store is under progress. He plans to offer one-of-its-kind customization option to his global customers and he is sure it will be an instant success. However, he doesn’t intend to start clothing for women. FASHION DEFINITION It is about going along with the trend, follow the colours, understand the designs and carry yourself confidently. It should be the way, where the person doesn’t have to explain what is he/she wearing, but let the outfit do the speaking.

Work hard and party harder!”

ADVICE It is not important what you want to do, but it is how you do it, especially in today’s highly competition driven market. In this industry it is vital as how you create, design and also market it. You have to have your USP to stand out from others.

DAY FROM DIARY 8.00 am: Wake up 8.30 am: Enjoy a cup of tea while watching news or going through the newspaper 8.30 - 9.30 am: Light workouts 10.30 am: Head for work 8.00 pm: Back home I never sleep before 1.00 am, so I watch movies Weekends are party time. I am very fond of music and movies, so the new releases are must watch. We meet friends on Saturdays and go clubbing, partying or for a poker game. We love to travel, so often we drive down to nearby places or resorts. I am a sports freak and I had even played cricket at district level. So that passion is still there today, as I play a lot of night matches with our local groups.

HE IS MY BEST FRIEND: RADHIKA Although our marriage was arranged, the decision was left to us to take the next step. He hails from a very progressive family and that was one of the prime reasons for me to give my nod as I wanted to continue studies and work even post-marriage. Let me tell you, falling in love was a gradual process. In fact, in the initial two to three years, I didn’t feel I was married. It was as if I was dating and living with my boyfriend. It’s been 13 years of togetherness now. Our bonding has grown stronger as time passed by. He is my best friend, he understands me a lot. He has a great sense of humour and that takes care of the fun part too. He has a very positive attitude towards life and is more solution oriented. Whenever there is a problem, he is keen to solve it rather than fret over it. If there is a fight, it is mostly Prashant who calls ceasefire. He is the peacekeeper not only in our case but for the entire family. We are blessed with Taraksh and Aashvi and they are his life, especially his daughter. As a businessman he is quite shrewd, at the same time he is a very good employer. He inspires loyalty among his employees, who have been with him for the past 13 years. He has amazing leadership qualities.

Colour: Black Attire: Western wear Brands: Sisley, designer ones Movie: Romantic movies Actor: Ranbir Kapoor Actress: Whichever heroine I like she hates them Food: Italian, which I hate Holiday Spot: Switzerland Hobby: Painting and reading



SHE IS A PERFECT PARTNER: PRASHANT It has been a very good journey with her. There are a lot of things she does, which I haven’t appreciated till now and this is the right occasion to acknowledge them. The way she keeps the home and takes care of the kids and me; I don’t have to worry about anything. What more a husband can ask for? She may not agree on certain things but just to encourage me, she supports me in every way. At home, she is undoubtedly the boss, but I hold the keys (laughs). She is a very creative person and these days she is lot into Tanjore painting. She has an outlet of her designer utility gifting items at Contradition too.

Colour: Red Attire: Jeans and ‘T’ shirt Brand: No particular brand, it has to be very stylish and stand out Food: Poha for breakfast and dal fry and jeera rice as main meal. He loves anything Indian. Movie: Mr. India Actress: Aiswarya Rai, Katrina Kaif Designer: Krishna Mehta, Shantanu and Nihkil Holiday Spot: Las Vegas Sport: Cricket. He is often the opening batsman and bowler.

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HOLLYWOOD MASALA CYRUS AND PERRY LIPS LOCKED While LGBT rights is still a controversial issue, looks like the Hollywood celebs are all out to lead the rest. One such historical event was witnessed when the singing sensation Miley Cyrus lip locked with Katy Perry. Yup, you heard it right! While singing "Adore You" during her Bangerz Tour concert in Los Angeles, Miley came down from the stage and smooched Perry, who was sitting in the front row. Though the kiss’s life was just for a second, it was enough to take Perry and the onlookers by surprise. Later, Perry Tweeted a photo of the aftermath and told Cyrus, "I adore you." Get it?

PRISONER OF PUNCH His stunts were undoubtedly quite thrilling to watch on reel of Avatar. But star Sam Worthington perhaps forgot that he is in real world and landed in jail. While having a good time with his girlfriend over a drink at a bar of Jane Street and Greenwich Avenue. paparazzo Sheng Li allegedly kicked the Australian actor’s companion in the shins. Furious with such conduct, Sam punched Li in the face, resulting in a slash to the nose. With in no time the cops arrived and arrested both Worthington and Li. However, it is not the first brush with the law for the actor, as he was arrested for disorderly conduct in Atlanta in 2012 earlier. red | march 2014 | 80


KRISH-KAT-MATE From meeting with a severe accident, to end of his 13 years long marriage, Hrithik has been knocked out very badly. But there is tattletale that a new love is sprouting between the star and his co-actor Katrina on the sets of Bang Bang. Following her New Year's tiff with Ranbir Kapoor on the subject of marriage, Kat too suffered heartbreak. While Hrithik has been trying bravely to come to terms with his separation; Katrina is also spotted boosting his morale. This flick has brought them together once again. Their growing proximity was evident during the shoot in Manali. Well, birds of same feathers really flock together!

CAUGHT RED-HANDED Past never leaves anyone! So it didn’t spare even the journalist-turned-actress Geetika Tyagi. She is currently in the centre of a controversy involving her molestation allegations against filmmaker Subhash Kapoor. However, recently her ugly past that she was fired by a news channel in 2004 had emerged. She was found guilty of stealing the ATM card and withdrawing money of her co-worker of news-anchor-turned-AAP-party leader Shazia Ilmi. Geetika when you ‘have light fingers’, isn’t it foolish to point fingers at others?


KING TO SING After doing a lot of dhisoom dhisoom on the silver screen, Jr. NTR is going to steal the hearts of his fans by once again singing for his film. Yes the news is confirmed. For his upcoming movie 'Rabhasa' which is already being expected to be a blockbuster as per the sentiment; NTR will be singing one of the numbers which are being composed by Thaman. This is not the first time that the mega star is going to prove his talent on ragas, his ‘Olammee thikka regindaa' song from blockbuster film 'Yamadonga' was a super hit and so was 'Chary' song from 'Adhurs'.

YOU HAVE TO WAIT: AVIKA She is just one movie old, but looks like debutant actress Avika Gor already acting way too pricey. Recently she made the producer and senior journalist Giridhar wait for six long months to have her on board for the upcoming movie 'Lakshmi Raave Maa Intiki'. The script of the movie was narrated to her before and she liked it also. However, she already started shooting for 'Uyyala Jampala' which turned out to be a hit. There are talks that she even told the team to carry on with some other heroine ‘if they can't wait’. However, director Nandyala Ravi and Giridhar were keen on having Avika as the female lead and had no other go but to wait for half a year. Hoo!! Is it what means by starry tantrums?

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After dishing out the blockbuster Simha, director Boyapati Srinu and Balakrishna teamed up for the new film Legend being produced by Ram Achanta, Gopichand Achanta and Anil Sunkara under 14 Reels Entertainment. Sai Korrapati will be presenting the film on Vaarahi Chalana Chitram. Apart from Balayya, the film stars Radhika Apte and Sonal Chauhan in lead roles. Interestingly, hero Jagapathi Babu is playing the negative role in the film. Devi Sri Prasad scores music for the first time for Balakrishna and third time is teaming up with Boyapati Srinu after Bhadra and Tulasi. Ram Prasad pans the camera.




RAGINI MMS 2 The sequel to the 2011 Ragini MMS, Ragini MMS 2 is a 3D horror-thriller. The film is directed by Bhushan Patel and co-produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor under Balaji Motion Pictures and ALT Entertainment. The film takes off from where its prequel Ragini MMS ended which revolved around a young couple who went to an isolated house for a dirty weekend and the creepy and paranormal happenings that took place there. Sunny Leone plays the lead and the other cast includes Saahil Prem, Parvin Dabas, Sandhya Mridul, Anita Hassanandani and others. Honey Singh makes a special appearance in the song ‘Chaar Bottle Vodka’




NEED FOR SPEED Need for Speed is an action thriller directed by Scott Waugh, written by George Gatins and John Gatins. Produced by DreamWorks Pictures, the film is an adaptation of the popular series of video games by Electronic Arts. It has Aaron Paul in the lead role and also stars Kid Cudi, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Michael Keaton among others. Nathan Furst scores the music while Shane Hurlbut handles the camera. The movie is described as ‘a fast-paced, high-octane film rooted in the tradition of the awesome car culture films released in the 1970s while being extremely faithful to the spirit of the best-selling videogame franchise it’s being based on.” It is scheduled for release through Touchstone Pictures on March 14. The film will be post-converted to 3D.

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INFAMOUS SECOND SON Infamous: Second Son is an upcoming open world action-adventure video game, developed by Sucker Punch Productions and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 video game console. The third main entry in the Infamous series is releasing on March 21. It will be in circulation right around the time when Driveclub comes out. The game is set in Seattle, Washington. Players control Delsin Rowe (played by Troy E Baker), a 24-year-old graffiti artist with no real direction in life. Actors portray their characters via a combination of motion capture and voice work. The technology was also enhanced to include capture of the actors’ facial expressions. As such, the characters all bear resemblance to their respective actors.

books MAYBE SOME DAY By Colleen Hoover The book, from the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed and Losing Hope, is about a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, romance and the enchanting music that inspires a young woman to put her life back on tracks. Sydney Blake (20), an aspiring musician has a great life: She’s in college, with a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and sharing a room with her good friend, Tori. When she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori, she is in dilemma as what to do next. Later she is captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. When bump into each other, they find themselves needing each other in more ways than one. Looks like the book is destined to become another bestseller. Publication: Atria Books Kindle Edition: 320 pages Expected publication: 18th March, 2014


1. Happy (From Despicable Me 2) / Pharrell Williams | 2. Dark Horse (feat. Juicy J) / Katy Perry | 3. All of Me / John Legend | 4. Talk Dirty (feat. 2 Chainz) / Jason Derulo | 5. Pompeii / Bastille | 6. The Man / Aloe Blacc | 7. Team / Lorde | 8. Timber (feat. Ke$ha) / Pitbull | 9. Say Something / A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera | 10. Let Her Go / Passenger

1. Zehnaseeb / Hasee Toh Phasee | 2. Tune Mari Entriyaan / Gunday | 3. Phataka Guddi / Highway | 4 Sunny Sunny / Yaariyan | 5. Mahi Ve / Highway | 6. Jiya / Gunday | 7. ABCD / Yaariyan | 8. Kamili / Dhoom 3 | 9. Punjabi Wedding Song / Hasee Toh Phasee | 10. Harry's Not A Brahmachari / Shaadi Ke Side Effects



1. Ninu Choodani / Masala | 2. Nee Jathaga / Yevadu | 3. Uyyalaina Jampalaina / Uyyala Jampala | 4. Meher Meher / D For Dopidi | 5. Prathikshanam / Basanthi | 6. Who Are You / One Nenokkadine | 7. Devatha / Potugadu | 8. Aww Tuzo Mogh Kortha / One Nenokkadine | 9. Padipoya / D K Bose | 10. Kirraku / Atharintiki Daredi red | march 2014 | 83




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rom her debut film Ishtam in 2001 to playing the lead role opposite many a top By Avinash Chandra Gembali hero in the industry - not to speak of her item numbers in a couple of films - actress Shriya Saran has come a long way. Portraying a woman-oriented character in her latest film Pavithra fetched her critical acclaim. Apart from Telugu films, she proved her mettle in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi movies too. She also appeared in a few English and Kannada films. An accomplished Kathak dancer, actively involved in various charity activities (she works for an NGO and opened a spa employing visually challenged people) and a soft spoken, humble, down-to-earth celebrity for many, Shriya has another world beyond films. The leggy lass is now awaiting the release of the multi-starrer Akkinenis’ Manam. Unlike many of her ilk, the actress reveals an inclination to spirituality. So Shriya doesn’t talk just films but on a wide range of topics.


he moment we speak of multi-starrer Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda (PPT), the visuals of hot Bangalore belle Pranitha Subhash dance before our eyes. Basking in the glory of the film’s success, she obviously is on the Cloud Nine. If Bava ushered her in, it was Atharintiki Daredi that led her on the shiny path of success. Eventually she joined the Manchu Clan. She, in no small measure, contributed her mite to keep the audience in stitches in the ribtickler PPT.

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Starring opposite Siddharth, she walked away with thousands of hearts with her very first performance as the village girl in Bava. Bagging 15 films in a short span of three years in itself is a testimony to her acting skills. She appears to be going her senior Kajal Agarwal’s way as success seems to be smiling at every step this doe-eyed damsel is taking. The Kannada siren, who shot to fame as Pawan Kalyan’s maradalu (sister-inlaw) is now leaving no ‘role’ unturned to garner attention in Tollywood and to stay in limelight. Besides films, she is into ad world and is the brand ambassador of a number of brands like Joy Alukkas Jewellery, Coimbatore, RKS Grand Shopping Mall, Hyderabad, SVB Silks, Salem, Bombay Jewellery, Kuala Lumpur, Sri Lakshmi Jewellery, Pondicherry. Recently she was the Brand Ambassador of the Karnataka Bulldozers in the Celebrity Cricket League Season 3. She was offered a role opposite Diganth in Kannada film Bisile in 2008. However the role she eventually lost to Jennifer Kotwal. She then made her debut in the 2010 Kannada film Porki, a remake of the Telugu blockbuster Pokiri, opposite Darshan. After its success, she spurned several offers in Kannada and was choosy about her projects before signing the Telugu film Bava. Later she went on to appear in her first Tamil film Udhayan opposite Arulnithi. Following its success she was roped into act opposite Karthi in Saguni (Sakuni in Telugu) that turned out to be her biggest release in a record number of 1,150 theaters all over the world and 450 theaters alone

in Andhra Pradesh. The film was touted to be the highest grosser in Tamil after Rajinikanth's Robot. Pawan-starrer Atharintiki Dharedhi, gave her career a different turn. Apart from Telugu, she’s doing quite well in Kannada as well these days. Besides Pandavulu Pandavulu Thummedha her Kannada film Brahma did well at the box-office this year. Of late she is part of Junior NTR’s upcoming film Rabhasa and signed a Kannada film titled ‘Second Hand Lover’, in which she’s paired up opposite Ajai Krishna Rao.

Excerpts How are you enjoying the Pandavulu Pandavulu Tummeda success? I am very happy as it is doing well across the state. How was it working with Manchu family? It is a very nice experience as the film has very rare storyline and unique picturization. It is totally star-studded. It is an enriching experience to share the screen with veterans like Mohan Babu garu and Brahmanandam garu.. A few words about Mohan Babu. He is extremely dedicated to his work. Discipline is what is missing on the sets these days, say many people. That is what Mr. Mohan Babu tried to restore and we all followed it. Tell us about your co-star Vishnu. Vishnu is very dedicated to his work. He is not prankster like his brother Manoj and is very much worried about

his dialogues. They are just opposite in their nature just like Ram Aur Shyam. Your first Telugu film Bava earned you name and fame. Your comment. It has given me a lot of experience. I put in a lot of efforts into this role which paid me good dividends. I can never forget about it. How did you land the big ticket Pawan Kalyan starrer Atharintiki Daredi? Trivikram Sir and Pawan Sir were the main reason for the role landing in my lap. Especially, Trivikram Sir was sure that I would perfectly fit the bill. A few words about Pawan Kalyan He is a humble and down-to-earth person. He is really helpful to newcomers. More than an actor, he is a human being to be admired. I feel proud to have acted with such a nice actor. Did you feel sidelined when you had to share the screen with other heroine Samanta in the film? We were very comfortable with each other. There is always space for people with talent. Apart from Telugu what are the other languages you are into? I am into Kannada films. I also acted in Tamil films. Did you find any difference, acting-wise, in Telugu and other languages? There is not much difference. The effort that goes into the role is same whatever may be the language it speaks. Now I know Telugu to certain extent. So I am quite comfortable in Tollywood.

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Going by your acting career, industry feels that you have hit the jackpot. Your take on it. I am happy that I could live up to the expectations of the audience and industry. I am grateful to them for recognizing and accepting me in such a big way. When do we see you in the lead role? May be very soon, it is too early to say. I rather announce it when things are crystallized. What is your dream role? I would love to act in a period film. I’ve always dreamt of wearing traditional costumes like the princesses (heroines) wear in such films like Arundhati and Magadheera. Any offers in Kollywood? Let us see how it goes. Any new Telugu film? Not yet. Any plans to act in Bollywood? I am more comfortable in South. Yes. There are a couple of offers. But I have to think of it very carefully as it involves a lot of travel and shuttling between Mumbai and Bangalore, where I live with my family.

RED How do you feel being on the red cover? I am proud to be featured on the cover of a top magazine of the state. Decode red. It is a fun magazine. There is so much to learn from it like the celebrities and their lifestyles. It is perfect to read when you are chilling out. A message for your fans. It is very nice to be loved.

Tell us about your film which was said to be based on a real life story I acted in Jarasandha and Bheema Theeradalli, a real life story of a Naxalite. Interestingly , I got an opportunity to act in both films opposite Duniya Vijay. The latter was a biggest grosser in Karnataka. I earned a lot of accolades for my portrayal of Bheemavva and was nominated for Filmfare award. Are you dubbing your own dialogues? Do you find difficult to lip sync? Lip sync is very easy. A lot of people suggested that my voice suits my roles. If my director insists on it, I certainly like to dub. It is any way better than depending on ‘borrowed’ voice. The only hitch is that my accent may come in the way when I speak Telugu and Kannada. What are the criteria you consider for selecting a role? I am choosy and very particular about the role. It has to suit me. I read the script carefully to find out what the role is all about. Only when I am satisfied with it, I sign on the dotted line. What language are you comfortable with? I can fluently speak Kannada, English and Hindi. I can manage Telugu and Tamil. Do you think there is a future for cinema? Yes, the cinema is here to stay. Don’t we see that film enthusiasts are growing by the day? People, drained by the day-long pursuits, want to escape into this beautiful world called cinema. What is that change you want to see in the society as a youngster? I want to see a day on which I can open a newspaper without dreading to see ‘negative’ reports.

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Who is your guiding force in the family? My parents inculcate good values in me and keep me grounded. When it comes to films, I should say I hardly get any guidance from anyone.

Being practising medical professionals, my parents don’t have time to guide me in selecting roles or scripts. In fact, they don’t even watch films much, except the ones in which I acted. So I take opinion of my friends in selecting the scripts. Tell us about your family background I am the only daughter. My father is a physician and mother is a gynaecologist. They run a hospital in Bangalore. Going by the tradition of doctor’s child becoming doctor, many thought I would toe my parents’ line. There was some kind of pressure on me too. But I am destined to become an actor and here I am. Owing to their celebrity status, stars and cricketers are naturally attracted to each other. Looks like Pranitha too is no exception. A la Sharmila Tagore of yesteryear heroine who went ga ga over Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (Tiger Pataudi) and even married him, Pranitha is said to be fond of cricketer Virat Kohli. The doe-eyed beauty never misses a chance of watching cricket when this vice captain holds the bat in his hands. She feels that he is the best batsman in the world.

Do you have any diet plan? No. I eat everything. Are you religious? I have faith in God. I believe in basic pooja and customs, but I am not religious. Any first crush? I had a crush on Leonardo DiCaprio, the hero of Titanic. What attracts you in people? Politeness. You receive compliments for… For my ‘sweet’ voice. Your favourite perfume Euphoria by Calvin Klein. Your favourite car Not one. There are many. How are you enjoying your celebrity status? I don’t go overboard. I go with the flow.

Naturally her liking for him gave the gist to the rumour mill that the duo had gone for lunch on numerous occasions. She, however, refuted the allegations and said, “Yes I love cricket a lot but there is no truth in reports that are based on our alleged relationship.” She was furious when asked about Virat and their so called ‘friendship.’ People, however, of the opinion that there is no smoke without fire.

Snapshots What are you scared of? Being alone in darkness. Your favourite star? A whole lot of them. Do you have any role models? No. I don’t have any one role model as there are a lot of people who made it big in their own individual fields. Your favourite directors. Many and out of them, a few are in Kollywood and some in Tollywood. Rajamouli Sir is one among them. Your favourite actress. Parineeti Chopra. Any fan following? That you should tell me. Who are your idols in the industry? None in particular as I go with the flow. Are you a fitness freak? Not really but I follow a basic regimen to keep myself fit. red | march 2014 | 87


By Avinash Gembali


et another metallic beast from the stables of Maruti Suzuki is on the prowl. The new sedan, Ciaz codenamed YL1, will replace the SX4 and is likely to compete with the likes of 2014 Honda City and Hyundai Verna Fluidic. This sporty sedan has already attracted many an eyeball with its style.


Sketches show the car's aggressive fascia with trapezoidal grille that has ample amount of chrome. Headlamps are stretched and angular. It is a tad bigger than the outgoing SX4. The four-wheeled petrol/ diesel mill has an equally aggressive rear end with lamps that run into the tailgate with multiple creases. The all-beige interiors are similar to that of the Ertiga. The ergonomic cabin is designed to comfortably seat three adults in the rear. Other features include a factory-fitted music system with Bluetooth and multimedia functions, AC with climate control on the mid, top-end vents, steering mounted audio control, cooled glove box and door pockets. The safety features comprise ABS-EBD and two airbags as standard for the top end variants. Petrol variant comes in LXi, VXi and ZXi models and diesel in LDi, VDi and ZDi.


ROW CIAZ PETROL Price: Rs. 7,25,000 onwards Engine: 1.4 litre K-Series petrol (93 bhp & 130 Nm of torque)

CIAZ DIESEL Price: Rs. 8,75,000 onwards Engine: 1.3 litre diesel turbocharged multi jet (90 bhp and 200 Nm of torque) Wheels: 15-inch/16-inch alloy wheels with tubeless radial tires

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gadgets By Avinash Gembali


his month is to witness galore of gizmos that make their way into the pockets of tech-savvy lot. Following are a few among them...

Display 5.1” Super AMOLED Full HD 432 ppi


Processor 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 RAM 2 GB RAM CPU Adreno 330 Storage 16 / 32 GB (expandable) Rear Camera 16 MP Front Camera 2.1 MP Battery 2,800mAh (removable) OS Android 4.4.2

Colours Electric Blue, Shimmery White Charcoal Black and Copper Gold Availability April 11, 2014 Other Features Fingerprinet scanner in Home button SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 Close on the heels of legion of its earlier phones like Quattro and Grand II perhaps, Samsung is launching yet another smartphone christened Samsung Galaxy S5 next month. The phone comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and a new version of Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. There’s no word yet on whether or not a stock Android Google Play or Nexus edition will be available. With its headline-grabbing specifications the phone has already drawn many an eyeball. The new gadget boasts of a metal body. Its dimpled, matte soft-touch back is much nicer to look at. A major improvement over the S4 is IP67 waterproofing, bringing the S5 into line with Sony’s Xperia phones. It’s sealed to prevent any water or dust getting inside, so you can dunk the red | march 2014 | 90

handset into water for as long as 30 minutes and it won’t protest a bit. The battery gives the S5 enough juice to easily last a day (Samsung claims 21 hours of talk time), and as with previous Galaxy S phones it’s swappable. Samsung zeroed in on heavily on fitness with the Galaxy S5, equipping it with a brand new version of the S Health app that provides a FitBit-style activity tracker that helps you monitor your workouts and diet. On the connectivity front, there’s both 4G LTE (supporting the speedy Category 4) and fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MiMo, plus a feature called Download Booster which uses both Wi-Fi and 4G simultaneously to download files more speedily. It weighs 145gm and measures up at 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm. The new phone will be available in several colours, including charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold.


Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU Capacity 8 GB standard 16 GB version available Two years 50 GB storage free on Google Drive Display 4.5” diagonal (11.3 cm) 1280 x 720 HD, 329 ppi Corning® Gorilla® Glass Battery Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion, 2070 mAh Mixed usage up to 24 hours Rear Camera 5 MP at 4:3 and 3.8 MP at 16:9 (user-configurable) Front Camera 1.3 MP

MOTO G PHONE The much awaited Moto G, Motorola’s economy Android smartphone, has finally arrived at a cost of `12,499 and is applauded for its low price and great performance. The Indian version includes a charger and a headset and doesn’t include a USB cable. It comes with a standard black coloured back panel and other colours can be ordered separately. Its striking feature is its minimalist no-frills design. The dual-sim version comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with guaranteed upgrade.

3G MOBILE WIFI, 5200 MAH POWER BANK TP-LINK’s M5360 is the perfect combination of 3G Wi-Fi Hotspot and portable power bank at the forefront of wireless 3G sharing. It is equipped with a built-in 3G modem and you can establish your own Wi-Fi hotspot by inserting a 3G SIM card. With up to 21.6 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload speeds, the M5360 is able to provide 3G wireless sharing up to 10 users simultaneously. Its pocket-sized design and powerful 5200 mAh internal battery make it an ideal travel companion. Equipped with a 5200 mAh battery, the M5360 can provide power (up to 5V/1A) to mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets anytime and anywhere you want.

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LG LIFEBAND TOUCH The wristband, designed to monitor health, marks LG’s entry into the wearable tech arena. It sports an asymmetric design, with the flexible rubber finish. As there is no clasp, it can be slipped off and on easily. However, the size isn’t adjustable. The built-in 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter monitor your daily activity including the number of steps taken, distance, speed, calories scoffed as well as projected pace. It links up via Bluetooth to the LG Fitness app - available on both Android and iOS phones. It also offers notifications from smart phone for calls and texts. You can also control music from your phone using the screen.



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Pebble launched its 2nd generation smartwatch, the Pebble Steel that comes with a battery which gives 5 and 7 days Display: e-paper, 1.26-inch of usage on a single charge and it diag, 144x168 pixels, LED is waterproof to 5ATM. It is made backlit of premium components, including milled stainless steel and Corning Processor: 120MHz ARM Gorilla Glass and is completely Cortex M3 compatible with the existing Radio: Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR / Pebble ecosystem. Black Matte 4.0 LE and Brushed Stainless versions come with a matching metal band Battery: 130mAh Li-Ion as well as a black leather strap. Sensors: Ambient light, 3-axis The newest software includes accelerometer, magnetometer some minor yet welcome updates. Other components: Buttons, A cool bonus is the Locker feature within the app where you can store vibration motor, RGB LED, all unused (saved) apps. magnetic charge connector

POLAROID SOCIALMATIC CAMERA Polaroid has released yet another social media-centric device, Socialmatic Camera. The Android-based camera lets you connect to social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, to share photos instantly. It has the appeal of the classic Polaroid. It features a 14-megapixel front camera and a 2-megapixel rear one. Photos can be seen on its 4.5” touchscreen LCD display. Built-in Wi-Fi connects you to media sites in seconds. The camera pairs with smartphone via Bluetooth. You can instantly print 2”x3” photos on ink-free paper with ZINK Zero Ink printing technology for smudge-proof, water resistant and tear resistant photos. You can touch up and edit photos, and add text and clip art to them. Photos can be saved to its 4GB of internal storage or to a MicroSD card.

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Inputs from Mr. Duke, MobiCare




POWERFUL By V. Sarada with inputs from Avinash Gembali

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At the first instance she strikes you as a pretty face and a gracious host; the moment she opens a dialogue, you know that she is an engaging conversationalist but not the one to mince her words; spend a little more time with her, you understand that she is a woman with a clear vision and a specific mission; once you learn of the innumerable welfare activities she has successfully taken up and the movements she has efficiently spearheaded, you discover that she is born to lead. To cut a long story short, by the time you shake hands with her to bid goodbye, you are totally floored by her charm and grace and your respect for her goes up several notches. Meet Pedada Ramani, Congress Mahila President, Greater Visakhapatnam, you just cannot help saying, “Wow! What a woman!” It is often said that there's nothing more intimidating than a woman with a combination of good looks, money, talent and intelligence and Ramani proves that it is just another bias.

Pedada Narasinga Rao happened to be from her own village near Srikakulam. “We are distantly related too. In small villages all are related to one another. So are we,” she adds. An engineering graduate from GITAM, Rao was naturally drawn to beautiful Ramani, proposed and got engaged to her before he joined the Merchant Navy as Chief Engineer. They got married after a year later, and set sail to a lifetime of communion. “Life on the sea was very exciting and adventurous with us exploring a new city every time the ship touched a new port. But it can get a bit lonely, especially for those who like to be among people.” After eight years of

life on ships, which took Ramini all over the world and the birth of two boys, she chose to settle down in Visakhapatnam to give stability to her growing children and educate them. Rao too floated his own company, Picket Shipping and Logistics Pvt. Ltd., besides running security services. R(a)ising sons. Mention her sons - Deepak Saroj and Sandeep Saroj - Ramani emerges a typical and traditional mother, waxing eloquent and enthusiasm. Why not? Both the boys are already displaying rare talents and are heroes in the making. In fact the eldest is already well into stardom.

One need not be in politics to render service, but the power that goes with politics can certainly move even mountains. This precisely is the premise on which Ramani set out on the new path though politics was not her intended destination. With the world paying tributes to the woman, celebrating the International Women’s Day this month, this is the most appropriate time to talk of the lady. Birth of a leader. Born as the eldest daughter of a BHPV employee Mr. S. Satyanarayana and Mrs. Varalakshimi, Ramani holds the family in a close bond. Ramani had her schooling on the BHPV campus and went on to study her intermediate in BVK College. Later she joined Government Mahila College to pursue B.Sc. However, when it came to Post-Graduation, she chose to go for MA taking Sociology as the major subject. She also had obtained a B.Ed degree from M.R. College, Vizianagaram. This of course she did only at the behest of her father, who wanted her not lose rather a rare opportunity given only to a few students at that time. Around the world in 8 years. She got married while she was in the last year of the degree course and continued her studies thereafter. Flashing a disarming smile, she says, “The marriage was rather arranged.”

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Glowing Star: 17-year-old Deepak, her first born, is an acclaimed actor as he acted in 35 films as a child artiste. Very recently he acted in the lead role Minugurulu, a messagegiving film in which he plays the role of a visually challenged boy. The film was adjudged the best in an international film festival that took place in Bangalore. “He is a born artiste and endowed with this rare gift,” says the proud mother, adding that he needed neither coaching nor props to give expression to his talent. He is right now pursuing BBA at SRM University (Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University), Chennai. Sports Star: The second son Sandeep Saroj, now studying in the 9th standard in local Timpani school is creating waves in the world of sports. A long- tennis enthusiast Sandeep is already a national level player and has been taking part in various tourneys across the country. He already made his mark as the captain of the Under-12 team. Ramani then turns her attention from her first love-family-to her second passion- social welfare activities. Into public life To make a difference and contribute her mite to society have been her aspirations right from the childhood. Fortunately, her marriage to the likeminded person opened new vistas for her. “My husband used to say that if a farmer’s son has to pay a fee for his school, he has to sell his produce. The farmer has money only as long as the grain lasts. His income is affected by the vagaries of nature. Being a farmer’s son himself, my husband had to face hardships to pursue his studies, Hence he always has farmers’ interests in his mind. Though mine is the most visible face in the public for service activities, the real spirit and encouragement come entirely from my husband. Funds for these services are drawn from our own personal savings.”

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“To begin with, I formed a group with a few compatible people drawn from various professions and set up Global Welfare Society. We had women empowerment and public sanitation as our primary goals. Starting our work at the very grassroots, we adopted 10 villages in Aanandapuram. We conducted many kinds of camps including medical ones, tying up with prestigious organisations like CMR. The camp I organized for the AIDS-affected drew critical acclaim.

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In public sanitation programme, I started off with garbage bins distribution to discourage people from littering. I provided bins to the hawkers and pan shops across the city to spread the message. Later this project was emulated and replicated by the corporation. Turning into political portals As Ramani’s services were becoming popular, more and more people from diversified fields started knocking at her door for help. “And that is when I thought if I had to continue with my activities, it is better I get attached to some political party or the other. I joined TDP. But as the party denied me the ticket I contested as an independent in the municipal elections. My losing the election with a slender margin did not deter me from my path. I joined PRP. Here too I was in for a disappointment. After I was asked to file nomination papers, the seat was given to Mrs. Shereen Rehman. Though I was very hurt, I stuck to the party which eventually merged with the Congress Party. Despite all the turmoil Congress is facing now, I prefer to throw my lot with it.

Unfortunately, talks of 'equal opportunities to women' stay confined to papers. Even if they see light of the day, they are not implemented in toto.

Politics is primarily a man’s domain; do you agree? Yes, it is a man’s world. This is a bitter fact we all have to live with. Women are often exploited physically, mentally and sexually. Despite proving their mettle in all fields, women are not given the space and place they deserve. Hence the onus of senisitising fellow women against such exploitations squarely falls on the shoulders of the educated women and those who are in politics. These leaders should encourage the less blessed to realize and fight for their rights. Women should be given opportunities on a par with men. Unfortunately, talks of ‘equal opportunities to women’ stay confined to papers. Even if they see light of the day they are not implemented in toto. I suggest the best way to alleviate the women’s misery is to educate them and make them aware of their rights and the laws that protect them. The anti-liquour agitation born in Srikakulam district is a perfect example of women power. It is proved that any movement can be carried out successfully if women are involved in it. History stands testimony to this fact

and leaders like Jhansi Lakshmibai and Durgabai Deshmukh proved it beyond doubt. I resolved not to be put off by these problems. I maintain good ties with everyone around me and march on. There is no stopping people who are committed and ready for hard work. What kind of support do you get from your family? I owe a lot to my family that stands for me and by me. My husband, children, parents and sisters are there with me through thick and thin. I am certain I could not have made it to the present position either as a politician or as entrepreneur without their unflinching support. What is the most challenging task you faced till date? There are many. However, providing medical support to patients suffering from life-threatening diseases like AIDS and cancer was the toughest of all. I dig into my personal funds for this purpose. Most rewarding moment and any awards? Awards and rewards are plenty but the award I received from the Government

of Andhra Pradesh for the social service is what I cherish the most. Our Global Welfare Society won the Best Organisation Award at the Youth Employment Summit 2003 held in Hyderabad. . Do you derive satisfaction from the work you do? The satisfaction one derives from service is immense and immeasurable. I am moved by the love and affection showered on me by the people from the poor and weaker sections of society for the services I render. The satisfaction of serving innumerable people in a span of one’s life cannot be expressed in words. This thought gives me immense energy. From this energy emerges an urge to take up more tasks. How do you manage multi-tasking? If you have a positive attitude towards life, then a positive aura surrounds you, which is well-reflected in your day to day life. Despite all the pressures and workload, I always maintain my cool. I organise my time in a perfect manner. I am optimistic and think

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positively. I don’t hold grudges against anyone. Come what may, I don’t let my smile fade, nor do I show my pain to others. Advice to women who want to join politics. More and more educated women should come into politics as they have an ability to focus on the issues on hand. They have the perseverance to accomplish any project they take up. I advise women to enter politics. What are your future plans? I want to grow as an ideal politician and as a social reformer to serve the people better. I also want to grow as an entrepreneur to provide employment to as many people as possible. Who is your inspiration or idol? Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi. What are your hobbies? Interior decoration, designing of jewellery, clothes and saris and gardening. Ramani’s well-decorated house speaks volumes of her taste. She is known as the best dressed woman of the city. What is your passion? I always wanted to do something that would be of help to others. This childhood desire turned into a life time passion. Your bucket list. To render more and more service to help more and more people. I want to build a big hospital that gives free treatment to patients. I want to bring up my children to be useful to the country. Any inspirational quotes that make you think? The hands that sway the cradle should rule the world - WS Das The development of women reflects the development of the country - Pt. Nehru 100 steel muscled youth are enough for the development of the country - Swami Vivekananda You are an example of beauty with brain - comment. It is God’s gift. I am blessed to be called so. I believe beautiful mind makes beautiful soul. Entrepreneur you admire? There are many and the foremost among them is Sailaja Kiran

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How do you see woman’s role in society? Indian culture and traditions date back to 5,000 years. No other country has recognized the importance of women as it is done in India. Women were worshipped and treated with reverence even during Threta Yuga and Dwapara

Yuga. There are no epics without the mention of great women like Sita, Draupadi , Yashoda, Rukmini and Satyabhama. Boys should be taught to respect women right from the childhood at home. If that is done we will not see recurrence of Nirbhaya, Sumati and Esther incidents.

Educated women should pass on their knowledge and experience to the next generation.

Women should be selfreliant.

The tradition of respecting women should start from our homes.

Woman should not degrade herself expecting sympathy from others.


Your message for Women's Day. Women should be educated. If a woman is educated in a family, the entire family is developed. If a family is developed the entire nation develops.

Despite proving their mettle in all fields, women are not given the space and place they deserve.

Though mine is the most visible face in the public for service activities, the real spirit and encouragement come entirely from my husband. It is proved that any movement can be carried out successfully, if women are involved in it. Come what may, I don't let my smile fade, nor do I show my pain to others.

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he personifies versatility. From being a social worker, dietician, wellness expert, author and columnist; she wears many hats. Is that all? Certainly not! When the world is under the grip of one of the deadliest ailments i.e., diabetes; she is on a mission to alleviate the suffering of millions. She is the founder and chairperson of Diabetes Foundation, which is working in this direction for the last one and a half decades. She is nominated as the Director on the governing body of “Latin and American Caribbean Federation of India” (LACFI) (premier organization of companies and businesses from 41 Latin American and Caribbean countries). She is also the Vice President - C.C, Wellness and Prevention at esteemed Continental Hospitals, where healthcare is redefined. None could have been more befitting than Dr. Anuradha Reddy to be featured on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

EARLY LIFE The fifth child of Sri T. Gurudatta Reddy and the late Smt. Damayanti Reddy of Hyderabad, Anuradha always wanted to carve out a career in heath sector. She qualified as a specialist in Medical Dietetics and Nutrition course from AIIMS, where she served for a while. Later, she went abroad to serve as a consultant to the International Health to South East Asian Region Corporation. She had a short stint as a chairperson with Sickle Cell Anaemia Trust. It was followed by studying Intensive Diabetes Management from Washington State University and Doctor of Honours in Wellness Services from International University for Complementary Medicines and Medicina Alternativa, Colombo. Equipped with varied experience, she came back to India only to embark on an even more arduous journey. TURNING POINT She advocates that “within the minuscule span of human existence, one is enjoined to do all the good one can do to everyone in every possible way.” Believing this edict, she has become pragmatic of the myriad channels available to build bridges between the worlds of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. She founded the first-ofits-kind Diabetes Foundation in 1997 in the state. The plight of the victims

of juvenile diabetes surviving on insulin disturbed her the most. She could bring in commendable changes among the diabetic patients of the region. She has screened over 11 lakh patients for blood sugar testing and detected several new cases. Her Foundation provides free insulin for children (below 16 years of age) whose parents cannot afford the cost of the treatment. Her doctoral degree in Wellness services further honed her skills. EXPANDING HORIZON As she forayed into the interiors of the country she realized the larger need of the underprivileged and transformed her foundation into a need-based organization. Soon she experienced that this organization’s service dropped like pebbles into the sea of humanity causing ripples and touched the lives not only of those suffering from diabetes, but also of AIDS, differently able people like visually challenged, physically challenged besides geriatric people, destitute and disenchanted. The Foundation has been catering to the starving denizens and providing pure drinking water, healthy and hygienic living conditions for the young and the old alike. One prime objective of the organization is to give meaningful existence to those living in the twilight of life.

For farmers she conducted surgeries like lypoma and lymphoma, bone densitometry tests. She organized several eye camps and carried out 1,687 eye surgeries. Serving the underprivileged children is an objective she can never turn away from. She has conducted several programmes for the street children. Besides distributing nutritious foods and supplements to tribal children, she piloted several programmes for preschool as well as physically and visually challenged children. Her compassion extends to prisoners too. She had organised numerous personality development and career guidance programmes for them, hosted HIV/AIDS awareness camps, diabetes screening camps and many such activities. Thus for the last one and a half decade, Diabetes Foundation has been lighting candles of hope in the needy and spreading the warmth of service. OBSTACLES Each programme she takes up is different and unique. Certainly working on the unknown is always a challenge. However, at the end of each task she has been blessed with success. She feels gratified, a feeling which “is beyond words.” Her untiring efforts paid off well.

PILLAR OF SUPPORT Calling her husband Dr. M. Srinivas Reddy as her greatest support system, Anuradha says that without him being so understanding and accommodating; she wouldn’t have been able to be what she is today. She also gives credits to her parent for giving her best of upbringing and her brother Guru Reddy, for inspiring her throughout. REWARDING MOMENTS During the last 16 years of her service, she discovered a very unique truth and found out that kindness and compassion come from the most unexpected quarters, that too from the less fortunate ones. This is something she says she will treasure forever. She recollects an incident, “Diet plays a crucial role in the control of certain diseases. Even a patient, who is in a coma, requires a coma feed. I worked on the diet of a terminally ill cancer patient and he recovered miraculously. The doctors were amazed to note that it was the determination and simple techniques of the dietician which brought him back to life.” AWARDS AND ACCOLADES Her endless efforts earned her an impressive array of rewards in many national and international fora. From the coveted FAPCCI Excellence Award 2009-10 for outstanding contribution for welfare of socially/ economically/ physically challenged destitute women, Nation’s Vikas Jyothi Award instituted by IOBRD, New Delhi, best woman Award contributing to the medical field, Exemplary Meritorious Service Award in the year 2010 on Republic Day, Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, Outstanding Centennial President award of the District 3020 Rotary International to Adarsha Mahila Award for International Women’s Day; the list is just endless. VERSATILITY She has carried out extensive work at grassroots, especially for the empowerment of women in tribal and rural areas. She initiated several literacy programmes for women in slums of South Delhi and Coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh. She has authored “The diabetic's handbook: Most of your questions answered" to help diabetics to understand and live with the disease. The 45-page book answers 114 questions related to the problem. For four consecutive years, she has represented India in International Food Expo. Multitalented Anuradha served in numerous honorable posts too. She has worked as former consultant to British and Canadian High Commission and associated on the advisory board of several national and international organizations. From being the first woman president of Rotary Club, Executive Council of ASSOCHAM Ladies’ League, President of Sanskriti Charitable Trust which sponsors the treatment of children suffering from heart diseases, Member of various ethical committees for medical practice and research, Life member of IDA,NSI, Air Users Association and Indian Red Cross Society, consultant to British and Canadian High Commissions, Delhi to President of Village Wellness Awareness Movement of World Wellness Organization; her kitty is brimming with uncountable honours. She has been striving to create awareness among ignorant masses. Hence her activities include regular speeches on Nutrition & Dietetics on All India Radio at Hyderabad, Delhi and Vizag, initiating awareness programmes to educate patients. With her vast knowledge and extensive experience in the field of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, she helps the patients manage various dietary needs. red | march 2014 | 102

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OFF-WORK Despite her busy schedule, she carves out time for her creative pursuits. A nature lover, she seems to be blessed with green fingers. She spends available time mending her green pals in her garden. Interior designing is yet another field she finds really interesting and her beautiful house vouches for her great aesthetic sense. She loves networking with people too. ADVICE TO PEERS “A woman’s success is not measured by professional success or spiritual pursuits. I strongly feel that the first priority should be given to the family. Our happiness and morals are nurtured at home only when we are firmly rooted there. We grow out as the extended branches of peace, principles and prosperity. Undoubtedly, family values are the foundation upon which societies are built and the future is determined.”

FUTURE PLANS She just goes with the flow, without planning anything particular. “If I plan something, it doesn’t materialize, so I don’t plan,” adds Anuradha. But she wants to reach out to more number of needy people. WISH LIST She wishes her compassion should grow even stronger, so that she can extend her services to the underprivileged in every corner of the world. There is so much to do. She also wishes that people should have a positive attitude towards life.

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MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY “It is the day when women across the world join their voices in recognition of the struggles and victories of their movement. It is also a day to plan strategies to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. International Women’s Day marks the role of ordinary women as makers of history. It is rooted in the centuries-old efforts of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. Opening the door on women’s issue is like standing on the edge of a deep ravine that is vibrating with collective anguish where there should be outrage. There is denial and largely passive acceptance. A number of studies have established that women make an invisible but significant contribution to the economy through their labour at home and employment in formal and informal sectors. In our march towards 21st Century it is crucial that women’s talent and potential are promoted to make our society more peaceful and just. This means creating equal opportunities in all positions of decision making and in all leadership positions for nation building. Last but not the least, I appeal to all women that we need to recognize and release the “Shakti” that is lying dormant within us.”

We should care for Mother Earth One should forgive and forget The entire healthcare needs should be revamped Medicine is no more a single approach; it has to be practiced as a collaborate approach Patients should get the attention of the best doctors and treated with the best technology I want to be remembered as a very simple person One needs to have dedication, passion and compassion for the task taken up

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The intricate designs that are part of ethnic jewellery make them very special. It is little wonder they are cherished by the lovers of ethnic jewellery. This handmade gold plated heavy seal double poke neckpiece with chakras is most suited as party wear.


Price: ` 27,000

By K. Jayadev

ndian jewellery has always been more than just an ornament. It reflects our tradition, the rich history of the country and the changes it has gone through. Suhani Pittie, who very appropriately calls herself a Jewellery Artist, offers ornaments that seamlessly blend the past with the present. No wonder the prestigious World Gold Council recognized her as one of the top 10 most inventive and ingenious designers in the world!

HALF-PIE ACRYLIC NECKPIECE Just like our country, which is a mixture of varied colours and people; the fashion jewellery is a blend of cultures, thoughts and the different interpretations of beauty. Flaunting this spirit at its best is this gold plated over copper half pie dotted neckpiece with folded square chakras and double pokes with jali. It has acrylic embedded in the chain, giving a grand look to the ornament. Price: ` 19,000

DOTTED BOARD NECKLACE Here is one of the most exquisite works of craftsman with gold plated dotted board. The drum and jhumka give that attractive Indian touch to the piece. Doll up like desi gal or be a trendy diva; this piece will gel well both ways. Price: ` 19,000

FOLIAGE NECKLACE Go bold with this gold plated foliage brick neckpiece with sea pearls and pokes in between. Possess it as the best mate of your sari or reserve it as the stand alone trinket piece for any big fat wedding; the choice is yours! Price: ` 50,500 red | march 2014 | 105

KITE & PEACOCK NECKPIECE The latest trend is matching ethnic jewellery with western outfits. This gold plated with acrylic kite and peacock pattern necklace is a handmade designer piece. This goes well with all kinds of outfits and is the best choice for gifting to someone special. Price: ` 22,000

HANDMADE NECKLACE WITH PAINTING This collector’s item is made with a gold plated copper chain sporting 92.5 silver crystals and a painting of Laxma Goud, a renowned artist from Hyderabad. The handmade necklace is at once an ethnic and party wear. Price: ` 75,000

PIPE NECKLACE Ethnic jewellery is popular not only with Indians, but also with foreigners. So today’s craftsmen churn out masterpieces to suit the demands of global market. This is yet another example of fine fusion work. The gold plated pipe necklace with frosted eve acrylic and kites is a handmade designer piece. Price: ` 9,000

U-SHAPED EARRINGS WITH PAINTING A piece of traditional ornament with a modern twist is suitable for both ethnic and party wear. The U-shaped earring with red chord is made of gold plated dotted flat chain. The earring is equally good on saris and jeans. Price: ` 4,600 red | march 2014 | 106

CHAKRA-KITE EAR DANGLERS Nature has always inspired the Indian trinket crafters. This pair of gold plated chakra and kite ear danglers is one such wonderful creation. It is perfectly wearable for parties and traditional functions. Price: ` 8,500

DESIGNER HANDCUFF People have varied options to choose from. Every part of India has made its name in different style of jewellery. South has temple jewellery while west has mirrors and stones embedded in their ornaments. The gold plated handcuff is a single piece which comes with old leaf curves and with C on it. Price: ` 5,000

SQUARE HANDCUFF The Indian ethnic jewellery designs speak of the latest fashion and also carry along the rich tradition. Lightweight and sleek designs are very popular. This gold plated square two strip bangle with dotted lines and foliage can be just a rage. Price: ` 6,900

THREE-STRIPE HAND CUFF The contemporary trinket lover prefers alternative genre to the regular gold and silver jewellery. This gold plated hand cuff with three stripes flaunts beautiful foliage. Make this bold designer piece as your best pick for an evening outing. Price: ` 5,000

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If one has to choose between the coterie-surrounded, self-obsessed and elusive politicians and the more accessible, polite and down-to-earth leaders, the vote certainly goes to the latter. Dr.D.Purandeswari, indubitably, falls in the second category. She may not be highly vocal and melodramatic like some of her ilk; but she has proved that she is no soft touch and can fight her corner with cool dignity. Her no-frills attitude, despite her distinctive pedigree and affluent background, evokes love in friends and admiration in rivals. Besides being a prominent political leader, Dr. D. Purandeswari is a devoted wife, doting mother and zealous grandmother. Above all, she is a kind-hearted person. Visit her Vizag residence; you are greeted by a height-challenged man serving water and coffee. There cannot be a better testimony to her concern and compassion for the underprivileged. Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino says, “A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician.” We find out from Dr. Purandeswari, how she balances these three divergent roles. E X C E R P T S As the daughter of the legendary NTR did you have an eventful childhood? I cannot call it eventful as my parents made a conscientious effort to bring us up as humble kids and did not let the air and flair of NTR anywhere near us. They spared no efforts to keep us grounded. The household was run on the principle of Athidhi Devo Bhava. There was always a string of friends and relatives from both sides visiting us. We were taught to respect them. In fact, my father used to go a step further and say that in the order of priority the guests should precede us, the children. We were insulated from the glare and glamour of cinema and seldom taken to film shoots and functions. However, whenever there was a nice family shoot in which veterans like Savithri garu and Suryakanthamma garu were taking part, my father used to take us along and encourage us to interact with them. It gave us the pleasure of being part of the big family of cinema rather than the aura of being NTR’s kids.

What are the unique traits you inherited from NTR? Most certainly discipline and punctuality. He used to follow a strict regimen that included an hour of puja in the morning, which I follow even now. The other attribute is perseverance, which my husband good-humouredly dubs as stubbornness (laughs). If I think I need to do something, I do it come what may. How did you happen to be in politics? It was totally inadvertent and unplanned. It’s no exaggeration that I was unaware of it till I saw my name in the media. At that time my husband Dr. Daggubati Venkateswara Rao was a Member of Parliament. He wanted to come back to the state politics to bridge the widening gap between him and the local people. The party asked him to look for a suitable opponent for Mr.Rama Naidu, whom TDP was fielding. Despite the best of his efforts, my husband could not convince anyone to take up the challenge. He then suggested my name as a stopgap arrangement till a more suitable candidate was found. But once I entered the scene, the decision was sealed and there was no going back. How was the switch from homemaker to politician? Rather drastic. Till then I was a quiet homemaker and my life revolved round my two children. I didn’t think of doing anything but taking care of their needs. I was not at all prepared to be away from them as they were in a fragile age of adolescence. But it was they who understood the situation and prevailed upon me to enter this new world, promising to be responsible children. Thank God, they kept their word. What made your husband think that you were the right candidate? That I too keep asking him and all I get from him is an intriguing smile. Prior to my entry into the public life, I never even discussed politics with him, leave alone advising him on any issues relating to politics. Does politics take a toll on your personal life? Yes, it does. I felt the pinch at least on two occasions. First instance was when my grandchild was born. That is one occasion when no woman ever wants to be away from her daughter.

But here I was in my constituency touring in a remote area where I could not even get the cell phone signals. People at home were frantically trying to reach me and with no avail. The second occasion was when my son was getting married. Parliament was in session. There is a lot of pleasure in planning and preparing when a wedding takes place at home. I missed all the joy that goes with the event, like selecting and shopping for him. He even called me once and asked me, “Amma, do you realise that you have a son who is going to be married shortly?” Though he said in a lighter vein, I felt bad. There are times when I just want to sit back and play with my grandchildren. But it becomes impossible with people streaming in and out continuously. Did it come in the way of your marriage? No, it has not. On the other hand, our relationship has become stronger. Let me explain - when a woman is newly married, it is all hunky-dory. Call it love or infatuation. Then comes the stage the wife feels, “Ok! Let him think I know nothing but I know a lot.” Like any other couple, we too went through these phases. But when I entered politics, we became closer as we have a lot more to share. When an issue crops up at home or in the constituency, the first thought that crosses my mind is that I should discuss it with him. Ironically, we are discussing our family issues a lot more now because we have to make most of the little time we spend together. How do you manage both the fronts - family and profession? My husband and children are very cooperating, but I also must take some credit for keeping the family together. I go that extra mile to give them the confidence that even if I am away in terms of kilometres I am always with them in spirit. I call my husband and children every day and share with them all the happenings relevant to the family. Even now I love to cook and shop for them. They should know that I am a regular person with an additional responsibility. A special mention has to be made about my husband who is very broadminded and allows me to go forward. We enjoy a perfect rapport with the children and are open to any discussion on any issue. red | march 2014 | 109

“She is very simple and down to earth. She is not the one to take advantage of power.”

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“After I entered politics, we became even closer as we have a lot more to share.”

You are a scholar with finesse. How do you mingle with politicians who are in stark contrast to you? It takes all kinds to make a world. As I already told you, I come from a large family. Being the sixth child, I learnt to live with both older and younger siblings, besides hordes of relatives. Adjustment and adaptability are part of my growing up. I don’t let things around me ruffle me.

One thing you want to be remembered for? I want my husband to think that I am a good wife, my children to say I am a great mother and my grandchildren to rave over me “Wow, what a wonderful grandma!” I want people and colleagues to remember me as a responsible Parliamentarian. Above all, I want to be remembered as a good human being.

Did you ever regret your choice? Not really, except when I want to do something and am not able to do it or when I am not recognised for what I have done. Those are the occasions when I wish things were better and different.

What is your success mantra? Discipline, conviction and commitment. I thank God and my parents for giving me these gifts. My perseverance paid good dividends in some issues, especially those on which many threw up their hands.

What are the advantages or pressures that go with the NTR tag? As NTR’s daughter, I am received and treated with love and respect wherever I go. But I never take that for granted nor am I complacent. I have always done that extra homework required to do justice to my job. I have to live up to the standards set by him. This thought has been my driving force all through. On the flipside, people think it was a cakewalk and I got everything on a silver platter because I am NTR’s daughter, without seeing the hard work I have put in. Secondly, they expect me to perform like him. I keep repeating, “Please, don’t compare. NTR is NTR and I am I. Look at me as myself. I can never reach his stature. He is too tall a person for me to reach.”

Who is your idol? My parents. When it comes to public life where commitment and conviction are required, I idolise my father. As far as family responsibilities are concerned, it is my mother I emulate. She was a wonderful person and the binding factor in our family. Unfortunately, not many people know her. When people compliment us for our merits, I remember her because she instilled those values in us.

A woman in politics - how does it work? It is not easy. Initially, it was difficult for me to find my way in the maze of politics as people don’t take newcomers too seriously. It is only after I made my first intervention, that too in the field of agriculture, that they started acknowledging me. People should realize that there is a large untapped potential pool in the form of women. They should ensure that it comes to the fore. You have been shifted from HRD to Commerce and Industry, how was the switch? I am fortunate to have been given wonderful exposure in two very crucial and important portfolios - Human Resource Development, which deals with education, the very foundation of country’s economy and the Commerce and Industry, the guiding factor for economy that keeps the wheels of nation rolling.

What is your advice to newcomers? You need to believe in what you are doing. You are bound to succeed if you have no vested motive attached to your actions. Politics is one podium from where you can address a number of issues and reach out to multitudes, giving them good opportunities for which they yearn and which they richly deserve. So you have to rise above yourself and your interests. T I T B I T S Family Ours has been a loving and closelyknit family. We believe in talking with one another. This brings in a lot of confidence and trust in the relationship. Transparency is the watchword. Most supportive of them Very difficult to answer. My husband and children top the list. Whenever there is something worth acknowledging, pat come the calls from my siblings saying, “Chinnamma, you have done wonderful.” Memorable moment The first step I took into the portals of Lok Sabha, the highest House of democracy, where I am given an opportunity to speak on behalf of

10 lakh people. Secondly, looking at my father’s statue in Parliament. That was one moment I thought I would never get. Thank God it did happen. As a kid and teenager I was a quiet and responsible child. I would always tag along my mother who was referred to as Peddamma and that was how I earned the sobriquet Chinnamma. Moreover, my name is a tongue twister. So Chinnamma caught on. I attended a missionary school but was taught Telugu and Tamil at home. I learnt Kuchipudi dance. I was organised and punctual. If my mom wanted me to be ready at certain time, she was sure to find me there on the dot. Even in college I was a diligent pupil. I used to write poetry and had a huge compilation. It was this sensitivity in me that made me choose English literature, which eventually helped me in honing my oratory skills. Life a king size? I am a simple person. Even today I like to drive my car. I don’t like people fetching and carrying things for me. The incident that touched your heart Losing my mother. Hobbies Watching films, read and drive. How do you unwind? I watch everything and anything that comes on TV. I keep flipping channels and watch whatever catches my attention and engages me. Little known Purandeswari That I can get angry, which is very rare. I don’t throw tantrums but simply withdraw. The mood may last for two or three days. That is the time I am the last person you like to meet. My people know better than nudge me then. What would you like to do when you are anonymous? Saunter around and window-shop. Perfect holiday Any place where I can go with my family or friends. I hate to be alone. Best gift My beautiful children. Of course, my grandchildren who are perfect dolls.

People should realize that there is a large untapped potential pool in the form of women. They should ensure that it comes to the fore.”

BLISS&BONDING Even as the veteran politician Dr. Daggubati Venkateswara Rao is asked to talk of his illustrious wife Ms. Purandeswari, she playfully cautions him, “It's better be good.� He responds with an enigmatic smile, giving a fleeting glimpse of that subtle and seamless communication between them. red | march 2014 | 112

“Our association started with my sister’s marriage to her brother and it culminated into what can be dubbed as love-cum-arranged marriage,” says Dr. Rao. From a huge pile of memories, he picks up a few to share. Stating that two incidents are enough to describe her simplicity, he says, “Both happened when NTR was serving as the Chief Minister and I as the Health Minister. On both the occasions she had to rush our ailing child to a doctor. In the first instance she was found waiting for her turn in a queue of patients, refusing to reveal her identity. In the second, she went driving to the doctor in the mid of the night. With husband as the minister, who had the entire health machinery at his beck and call, she could have easily summoned any doctor of her choice to our home, that too within minutes. But she took the arduous way. She is not the one to take advantage of power. What is more heartening is that she did not breathe a word about this to me. I came to know of these happenings many years later, that too during a casual chat.” “NTR used to have a unique habit of having meals in the wee hours. I used to see the young Purandeswari helping her mother cook and serve it. “Marriage is a bonding between two families. Yet a girl should not let one family know what transpires in the other. Whatever may be the situation, wife should greet her husband with a smiling face, when he returns home” - these were the handed down principles of her mother by which she lives. She calls and greets each and every family member on his/her birthday, marriage day and festivals.

AS LEADER Her political arangetrum was rather sudden. I suggested her name as the nominated candidate backed out at the last moment from the contest. YSR latched on to it immediately and the media flashed the news. This development caught her unawares. Instead of getting overwhelmed by the prospect, she simply asked me to rethink. But once she was in, she worked hard to reach where she is now. For one full year she looked no further. During that year itself, she was adjudged the best Parliamentarian by the Asian Age.

Speaker Somnath Chatterjee described her as a good orator. I strongly feel that the inspiration of NTR is still behind her journey through public life. She has made our nation’s presence felt in many international fora. Once she even took up cudgels for Pakistan, objecting to a report that had shown our neighbour in poor light. DOES HER BEING IN LIMELIGHT AFFECT YOU? I myself have done a lot of work and wielded immense power and seen the other side of the coin too. I know the transitory nature of these phases. Now I want to put my experience to better use. Moreover, I believe that the couple appearing together in public life is an avoidable complication.

HITESH (SON) The perfect example of family and cultural values in a human being, is none other than my mom. She is very hard working, always prepared for the next day. She is always available when we need her. The best situation analyser and finds the best answer possible for every situation. Supportive and understanding, she keeps us sane and grounded.

SRI PUJA (DAUGHTER-IN-LAW) Aththamma is charismatic, optimistic, understanding and very affectionate. She is a real source of support. She is more a friend to me than a mother-inlaw. There is so much to learn from her. She is truly a blessing.

NIVEDITA (DAUGHTER) She always tells us that we are like any other human beings and keeps us close to our roots and culture. We know that she has no breathing space at all. Her work demands a lot of her time. Yet somehow she is always there when we need her. She juggles a lot of things and still gets them all right. She is just perfect.

ARUN KUMAR KONDRAGUNTA (SON-IN-LAW) She does cent per cent justice to the responsibility she shoulders as a good politician. She does the same justice to all her roles - as a mother, grandmother and mother-in-law.



Food: Anything chicken Dress: Sari, but for convenience I wear salwar-kameez Car: Maruti Zen Brand: None particular Gadget: The indispensible cell phone Perfume: Obsession Author: Sidney Sheldon, I love the way he portrays woman with all power and grace Movie: My father’s classics Actor: My father Present day actors: None particular. Each of them has his/her own forte Destinations: Places with historical value

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Embark on a journey to experience diversified emotions. Get spiritually energized as you take a holy dip in the Ganges, watch a spectacular evening Ganga Arti at Parmarth Niketan, feel the extreme level of thrills by participating in some of the bone chilling adventures. This is the land of Rishikesh, which has in its store the best of both worlds for every kind of traveller.


Triveni Ghat A confluence of three holy rivers the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswathi, it is considered the most sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh. It is said that by taking a dip here one can get rid of all the sins, purify the soul and attain salvation. Even the Maha Aarati is a sight to watch here. Laxman Jhula It is a 450 foot-long iron suspension bridge built over the Ganges and also one of the prominent landmarks of Rishikesh. It is said that Lakshman crossed Ganges with the help of jute ropes. The present bridge was constructed in 1939. On its east, lies Trayambakeshwar Temple which is a must see for the pilgrims. red | march 2014 | 114

Ram Jhula Located nearly three kms north of Rishikesh is an iron suspension bridge which has been recently built between Shivananda Ashram and Swargashram. Swargashram Swargashram or heavenly abode as the name suggests, is a blissful place located in scenic surroundings of Himalayas between Rishikesh and Laxman Jhula. Dotted with numerous ashrams and temples, it is known for the spiritual feel. If you are lucky enough you might come across some of the yogis and ascetics lost in deep meditation since ages. Parmarth Niketan It is one among the few ashrams left in the country where Vedic education is imparted to children. One must visit this place during the aarti which happens at 5.00 pm in winter and 6.00 pm in summer.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Situated around 12 km away from the main township, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is perched on hilltop at a height of around 1,675 m. Legends say that the venom that oozed out during the ‘Samudra Manthan’ was ingested by Lord Shiva at this place and that is how it got its name Neelkanth Mahadev.


Vashista Goofa It is believed to be the same cave where the famous saint Vashista meditated. The tranquil ambience adds to its serenity. Mukeshji's Jungle Vibes Experience once in a life time opportunity to watch and learn the making of the Australian Didgeridoos, African Djmbes and other musical instruments under the guidance of iconic Mukeshji. His hilarious stories of his Himalayan journey are added attraction here. Yoga Study yoga, meditation and Hindu philosophy here, appropriately called "The World Capital of Yoga." It has several centres and it is said that meditation in Rishikesh takes one closer to attainment of moksha (salvation). Thousands of yoga enthusiasts gather here for the annual International Yoga Festival. It is an event organized by the Uttarakhand State Tourism Department at various locations in Rishikesh from March 1st to 7th. Participating in yoga workshops, held at places with backdrop of flowing Ganga and range of Shivalik hills is a mesmerizing experience. Sessions include Hatha Yoga, Prananyam, Yog Nidra and other meditative practices like Antar Mauna, Ajapa Japa, Chidakash Dharma, Agnihotra and Chakra Sudhi. Knowledgeable yoga experts and spiritual teachers are invited from all over the country to conduct sessions. Progressive discussions on lifestyles, spirituality, religion and many other relevant topics are discussed.

It offers handicrafts made of shells, beads and pearls besides saris, kurtas, bed sheets and rugs. You can buy these items from the government approved UP handloom shop, Khadi Bhandar, Garhwal wool and craft shop etc. There are a lot of religious paraphernalia, incense, bronze statues, etc. Prices are reasonable and one doesn't have to haggle.


Among many options you can go for this boutique property Hotel Ganga Kinare nestled snugly on the banks of Ganges. It boasts of having the only private riverside bank in the region. Other options can be The Grand Shiva Resort, Hotel the Amaris, Narayana Spa & Resort and The Dewa Retreat. WHAT TO DO?

Rishikesh is called the adventure capital of India. Naturally it attracts both Indian and foreign adventure lovers in thousands of numbers every year. White Water Rafting March to May and September to November are the seasons to experience the best of white water rafting. It starts from Deoprayag, 72 km from Rishikesh and the action picks up from Kaudiyala, 38 km from Rishikesh. Holy Ganges offers rapids of different grades, thus welcoming with open arms - both experts and novices. Further down, from Marine Drive to Shivpuri, the rapids go up to medium - difficult between Shivpuri and Rishikesh. At the end of the trip, one can even jump from a 20-foot high ledge into the water.

Canoeing and Kayaking Canoeing and kayaking are simply other means of navigating over water bodies. White water kayaking can range from simple gently moving water to demanding and dangerous white water. Head towards Kaudiyala to enjoy this adventurous two-man or solo operation; the qualified instructors are there to guide you. Rappelling and Rock Climbing Rappelling means climbing down with a rope. You are taken to a spot like a cliff drop point and a team of experts with proper equipment set up the gear and one by one all the participants get down following the instructions. When it comes to rock climbing as it requires a lot of strength and skill, everyone can’t do it. Cliff Jumping You can jump into freezing water from a cliff around 40 to 70 feet above the river. Even non-swimmer need not fret. A life jacket and helmet are must for this three-to five-second free-fall. red | march 2014 | 115

Bungee Jump Just 15 km ahead of the city on Rishikesh-Neelkanth Road at Mohanchatti Village, one can try this extreme sport. It is a unique and first-of-its-kind experience in India, where one jumps from an 83 metre high fixed-platform bungee over a rocky cliff overlooking a roaring tributary of the Ganges. The jumper is lowered down to a drop zone in the river which has less than a metre of water. You can even enjoy your photographs and a video of the jump. Camping Age and gender no bar; anyone who likes to explore the beauty and serenity of nature can embark on a camping voyage. Treasure the environment where you wake up to the chirping of birds as the tender sun rays peep into your tent. Here mostly the camps are set on the Ganga beach which extends superb white-water spots from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh. The stunning beaches along the way make ideal campsites for hardy rafters. Most of the 19 campsites are basic, with only one high-end luxury offering at Brahmpuri. Trekking If taking a stroll into the nature and a bit of birdwatching, are your kind of laidback adventure, then this is your heaven. The region offers a lot of soft treks. However there are tough routes too, giving the trekker advance level of trekking experiences. Asia’s Longest 1 Km Flying Fox The jump platform is 120 metres high and its length is 1 km and designed by Ron Cranston of New Zealand. Here you are harnessed to a wire which on release rolls down upto 7 mts above the river level and then goes up. Finally you return and settle down at the lowest point.

The speed limits can accelerate upto 160 kmph. Feel the air gushing past as you are pulled back to the launch platform by a retrieval mechanism. Usually done by three people in tandem, but can be done alone by paying extra. Don’t forget to collect your Dare to Jump Certificate. While the age limit starts from minimum 12 years, the weight level is set minimum 20 kg and maximum 130 kg.

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FAT RISK Obesity, excess body fat, if not controlled can prove detrimental to health. People across the globe are trying to cope with its horrendous effects. As a result utmost importance is given to diet and exercise. A healthy diet keeps the body weight under control and it is the best way to check this malady. We should know that people tend to put on weight as they grow old their metabolism rate plummets. The risk factors that contribute to obesity can be a complex combination of genetics, socioeconomic factors, metabolic factors and lifestyle choices, among other things. Some endocrine disorders, diseases and medications can also cause weight gain. REASONS Genetics: Your chance of being overweight increases 25% if one or both of your parents is obese. It also influences where your fat gets accumulated - hips or midriff. Metabolic: Metabolic and hormonal factors are not the same for everyone, but they play a role in determining weight gain. Recent studies show that levels of ghrelin, a peptide hormone known to regulate appetite and other peptides in the stomach, play a role in triggering hunger, giving you a feeling of fullness after eating. Lifestyle: Overeating besides a sedentary lifestyle, contributes to obesity. Chances of gaining weight are more if you eat a diet with high red | march 2014 | 118

percentage of calories come from sugary, high-fat and refined foods. Apart from these factors, absence of regular exercise makes it difficult for adults to lose weight. In children, activities that don’t require to burn calories such as watching television or sitting at a computer, contribute to obesity. It is important to understand what exactly is good for us and our metabolism. Hence a proper nutrition plan is important to make sure we get adequate vitamins and minerals. It is found that even sugar-free components may have adverse effects. Our bodies react differently to different foods and fitness programmes and you should listen to what your body tells you. Sometimes obese people lose their connection with their bodies to the point that they are not sure whether they are satisfied with the amount of food they have taken or not. This in itself is a problem because you have to measure the intake of food and eat accordingly. Frugal diet too does not work as starving only triggers hormonal imbalance which takes the body into an emergency mode where it thinks of accumulating all that it gets for the upcoming emergency. Those who lose weight through diet restrictions may regain it once they stop following it. The right combination of diet and workouts is the only solution to this problem.

Simple ways to keep obesity at bay is to eat... • Breakfast without fail • High fibre foods • Raw, leafy green vegetables • Fish, chicken and beans for protein • Healthy nuts and • Get plenty of calcium to make bones stronger CONSEQUENCES & RISKS The risk of diseases and health conditions include depression • Inferiority complex • Coronary heart disease • Type 2 diabetes • Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon) • Hypertension (high blood pressure) • Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides) • Stroke • Liver and gallbladder disease • Apnoea and respiratory problems • Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint) • Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility).

Chiranjeevi Rayal Celebrity Fitness Expert, Counselor & Dietician +91 98852 54272




Any one in front of a digital screen is at risk!



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• Keep hydrated, drink at least 1.2 L of fluid per day to prevent dryness of eyes

Redness or irritation Blurred vision Dry eyes General fatigue Back pain Neck pain Headaches

WHAT IS IT? • Caused by over use of digital devices and the eyes having to constantly refocus and reposition to process the content like graphics and texts • Now the most common computer related repetitive stain Injury • Fewer Than 1 in 5 Adults have heard of this the condition CAUSES • After spending two or more hours looking at digital devices you can experience dry eyes, blurred vision, irritation, eye fatigue, headaches, neck and back pain • Dry eye can result from reduced blinking rates • Headaches can be caused by repeated eye strain • General fatigue can occur from strain at screens and staring to see small font and images

• Sit 20 to 26 inches away from screen with the center about 4 to 6 inches below your eyes (you should be looking slightly downward ) • Tilt your computer screen • Adjust the size of the text on the screen so you don’t have to squint • Make sure you use the right brightness and contrast so that you have to strain to see clearly • For extended reading change you monitor settings to reflective lighting scheme • Certain foods also help preserve your vision, including, courgettes, broccoli, fatty fish, eggs, garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, apricots TAKE A BREAK • Keep to the 20-20-20 Rule Every 20 minutes take a 20 second break; Loot at something that is 20 feet away

FACTS Q : What can I do about it? A : Follow the solutions mentioned above, if the problem still remains consult an eye specialist. Q: Will computer eyeglasses make the screen vision clearer? A: Computer glasses help in reducing the computer vision syndrome. Consult an eye specialist for proper computer eyeglasses to prevent the eye-problem. Q: Do computer anti-glare screens prevent CVS? A: It may increase comfort to some extent, but they will not solve all the computer vision problems. They are helpful in reducing glare from reflections but do not reduce the visual problem due to CVS. Q: If I have symptoms of CVS, do I still need to computer eyewear ? A: Even computer users who are not experiencing CVS symptoms might benefit from computer eye glasses. It is advisable to get an examination done by an eye specialist, if regularly using computer.

• Or you could just go outside

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ou may find cuisine of all kinds anywhere in Vizag, but if you are keen on savoring the authentic aroma and taste of Oriental and Thai delicacies, there is only one destination you have to reach - Panash of Four Points by Sheraton. “That is because we not only follow the original recipes but also import the ingredients straight from the very native lands like Thailand,” says Executive Chef Mr. Akhilesh Pathak as he puts together some fantastic and lip-smacking dishes exclusively for red but also shares their recipes for the benefit of readers.



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Executive Chef Mr. Akhilesh Pathak


INGREDIENTS 150 gm 50 gm

Thai chilly sauce

14 tbs

Basil leafs

4-5 nos

Garlic chop

1 tsp


1 tbs

Lemon grass

10 gm


10 gm

Red yellow pepper Salt

to taste


05 gm

METHOD Cut the tofu into ½ inch diced size dust with corn flour mix it well and deep fry till golden brown color. For Sauce Take a pan add oil, garlic, galangal, lemon grass, and basil leafs toss them until golden brown. Add Thai chilly sauce water and yellow pepper (capsicum) mix it well add salt, sugar, tofu and toss it. Add spring onion for garnish. Serve it hot.


INGREDIENTS Pork ribs Bar be que sauce Soya sauce Five spice powder Hoisin sauce Tomato sauce Ginger Garlic Sesame oil Refined oil Chilli paste Salt Sugar Spring onion Boiled veg. Flat noodles

200 gm 10 ml 10 ml 01 gm 10 ml 10 ml 02 gm 02 gm 01 ml 10 ml 05 gm To taste 05 gm 10gm 75 gm 50 gm

METHOD Take pork ribs, boil them with salt, pepper corn, chilly flakes, sliced onions, bay leaves and take them out from boiling water, keep them dry and marinate with Thai BBQ sauce for 2hours. For Thai BBq sauce- Take a pan put soy sauce, tomato sauce, ginger, garlic hosin sauce, plum sauce, chilli paste, five spice powder, sesame oil, salt and tamarind reduce it well till the consistency . Keep pork ribs in Thai BBq sauce for 2 hours and grill them. Meanwhile, blanch the vegetables (zucchini +carrot +broccoli) add salt to taste. Once they are cooked put them in cold water. Add flat noodles and cook. Take a pan heat oil and add vegetables, noodles, spring onion. Sauté for some time and add chilly paste, seasoning and five spice powder also. Take a serving plate. Arrange pork ribs, noodles and vegetables. Pour Thai BBq sauce over pork ribs and serve.

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Tofu Corn flour



METHOD In a bowl take chicken leg pieces marinate with ginger and garlic paste and add oil. Mix well and keep aside. Take another bowl and add yogurt, cheese, all spice powders, chili paste, salt and mix it well. Fix chicken to the skewer and put it in the clan oven for 15 to 20 min. Keep applying a little butter, taking out the pieces out oven once in a while. Once done take out the chicken pieces, add chat masala powder garnish with chopped coriander and serve it hot.

Chicken leg Ginger paste Garlic paste Oil Cheese Yogurt Yellow chilli powder Cumin powder Garam masala Cardamom powder Kasuri methi powder Chilli paste Salt Butter Chat masala powder

04 nos 25 gm 25 gm 50 ml 15 gm 100 gm 20 gm 05 gm 05 gm 03 gm 05 gm 30 gm To taste 30 gm 10 gm

INGREDIENTS For tamarind dressing Raw papaya

150 gm (Julian cutting)


50 gm


10 gm (Julian cutting)

Tamarind juice

50 ml


01 tsp

Cherry tomato

02 pieces

Red chilly flacks

10 gm

Coriander chopped

05 gm

Mint chopped

5 gm

Crushed Peanut

20 gm

Tamarind dressing

20 gm

METHOD Take a bowl, add raw papaya, carrot, cherry tomato (cut into 2pc), coriander, mint, tamarind dressing and salt. Mix it well. Place the salad into a plate and sprinkle crushed peanuts and chilly flecks. Serve it cold.

(Tamarind: 50% & Jaggery: 40%)


INGREDIENTS Chicken breast Corn Flour Maida Eggs Red chilly paste Green chilly chop Garlic

METHOD Take chicken breast in a bowl, add corn flour, maida, egg, chilli paste, chopped green chilli, and garlic mix well and keep it side. Take marinated chicken and deep fry it until golden brown, place it in a dry plate and shred it.


200 gm 50 gm 2 tb 1 no tbs 1 tsp 1 tsp

For Sauce Refined oil Chilly flakes Ginger Celery chop Red& yellow pepper Green chilly Onion Salt White pepper Lemon juice

1tbs 10 gm 5 gm 5 gm 50 gm Julian 10 gm diced 10 gm Julian To taste 1 tsp 1 tbs

For Sauce Take a pan add oil, garlic, ginger, celery chopped and green chilli, sautĂŠ for 1-2 minutes, add red yellow capsicum, onion, chilli flakes, salt and white pepper. Add the chicken to the sauce and sautĂŠ it for 2-3 minutes, make sure chicken is well cooked, add spring onion and serve hot. red | march 2014 | 121


MANISH TURNS ONE It was time to say hooray for Manish, who just turned one last month. The proud parents Sreedhar and Swapna hosted a gala party at Palm Beach Hotel. The venue was decked up in smiley theme. A throng of friends and family wished the child. Among the guests many politicians, business heads and administrative high-officials were seen to bless Manish. The live music, mimicry show and interesting games were arranged to entertain the invitees.

@DUSK It was a pure Love Night in DUSK when RHM presented the Valentine bash. Organized by Ricky, the party opened its doors from 2.00 pm and saw crowds streaming in and out to experience love in a euphoric way. While sensuous DJ Dipika from Delhi weaved her magic, DJ Micky Singh churned out Punjabi tadka mix, and DJ Phani Vad raised the energy level high by belting out House music, last but not the least resident DJ Suman kept the Bollywood flavour on.

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@WAVES This Valentine, ‘Love’ was not only in the air but also in the Waves. When brilliant DJs like Bobsy, Swaroop and Vish took charge of the console, romance was bound to rule the roost. The bash which attracted the lovers in huge numbers was organized by none other than Raj of Prema Events who is known for his brilliant skills in offering unique and classy parties. Sizzling live performance by female LED artiste, exciting prizes and the best couple contest further added to the fun quotient. red magazine was the media partner for this gala fiesta.

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SINGLE’S MINGLE PARTY Before the Big Day, it was the night of fun, adventure and lots of romance, when the would-be groom Jairam threw a bachelors’ party for his friends. However, it wasn’t allguy affair as his lady love Shivani, made sure that her friends too are part of this exciting bash. She chose a black dress for the evening and Jairam matched her glamour, wearing a grey suit. Couples and singles all came dressed up to enjoy the thrill and were spotted bonding over the music and chit-chat.

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BIG FAT WEDDING Hyderabad witnessed one of the grandest weddings of the year on February 8 at HICC. With a whopping number of over 7,500 guests, it was certainly an event to remember. Former MP and TDP vice-president Kambhampati Rammohan Rao’s son Jairam got married to Shivani, the daughter of business tycoon Surendra Sabbineni’s daughter and granddaughter of Coastal Projects Limited Chairman Mr. Sabbineni Papaiah. City’s leading politicians, business heads and Page 3 regulars came to bless the couple.

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The guests included national and international senior politicians and even Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe was there. The backdrop was done with a divine theme having a golden tinge all over. The bride Sivani looked radiant in a pink and golden silk sari, while the groom Jairam complemented her in a golden ethnic wear.

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GLORIOUS WEDDING It was indeed a wedding with all the trappings of a big fat wedding when Phanindra Vasu, son of Mrs. Lakshmi Kumari and Mr. Venkata Raya Varma of Vertex Homes Pvt. Ltd. married Sindhusha, the daughter of Lakshmi Prameela, Vinirma Projects Pvt. Ltd. It was a 90-seat Mandap flooded with 75,000 guests, who enjoyed a lavish 90-dish spread. The Mandap had a huge image of Lord Venkateswara to add that touch of tradition and sanctity to the wedding. The bride, Sindhusha looked resplendent in a rich red sari while the groom complemented her in looks and style in a cream colour Sherwani. The bridal couple were blessed by a host of celebrities and VVIPs from various walks of life. Prominently present among the guests were Mr. Jaya Prakash Narayan, D. Srinivas, Bapi Raju and Ramalinga Raju.

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RESPLENDENT RECEPTION While the wedding took place at Hitex, Madhapur, Hyderabad, the extremely colourful reception was held at Rock Gardens, Shilparamam, Madhapur. Befitting the heritage ambience an extremely vibrant cultural programme was presented to engage the celebrity guests. The extravaganza included Odisha Group of India’s Got Talent fame. The guests graced the occasion included Mr. Jaya Prakash Narayan, Mr. K. Bapiraju, Mr. Raghuveerareddy, Mr. D. Srinivas, Mr. Ramalingaraju, Mr. Vishnu Kumar Raju, Mr. Raghurama Krishnam Raju and others.

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CHILUKURI’S PARTY A BIG HIT Mr. Chilukuri Srinivas and Mrs. Neelima Krishna recently hosted an incredible bash to celebrate the traditional dhoti function of their son, Surya Teja. Swanky V Conventional Hall of Varun Novotel Hotel was chosen for this posh celebration. Besides the parents, paternal grandparents Mr. Chilukuri Suryanarayana, Mrs. Suryavati and Mrs. Satyavathi (maternal grandmother), Mr. Karuturi Gopi Krishna (uncle) and Mrs. Sujatha (aunt) played perfect hosts and received the guests. Many political and prominent personalities like former MLA Mr. T Gurumurthy Reddy, MLA V. Ramakrishna Babu, Bheemili MLA Avanthi Srinivas, were seen bonding over lavish spread of delicious food and entertainment programmes organized to mark the event.

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CANCER (June 21 - July 20)

ARIES (March 21 - April 20) The month is all set to brighten your life. Don’t lose reputation and discharge your responsibility toward a family elder. Superiors may not approve the project you wish to take up. Be cool, it’s just a phase that will pass off. A half-hearted approach on the academic front may spoil your chances. Review social relationships and put in efforts to strengthen them. Stay away from street side food to be in the pink. Partners/loved ones will enjoy the thrill of your lovemaking. Lucky for you: 2, Silver

TAURUS (April 21 - May 22) You will be overwhelmed by the romantic ideas of the beloved. A changed attitude will help you succeed on the professional front. Excellent performance on the academic front will bring laurels. Newlyweds will enjoy marital bliss. Businessmen find their cash registers ringing. A favourable month for investors. You feel fit and energetic. A get together with near and dear ones is on the cards. A dicey month for relationships. Even ties are likely to be severed. Lucky for you: 17, Navy Blue

GEMINI (May 23 - June 20) Helping out the needy monetarily will not dent you financially. Compliments and accolades pour in from all quarters. Efforts at workplace take you to the notice of those who matter. Getting serious about someone on the romantic front is likely. Networking helps ease your problems. Opting for a healthy lifestyle by making changes in your routine is foreseen. This is a lovely month. Intimated moments with loved ones are indicated. If you are single, look out for a soul-mate. Lucky for you: 1, Light yellow

You are focused and love the attention being showered on you. Ponder over acting out on someone’s advice at work. Exercise extra caution while giving lift to almost anyone in your vehicle. Don’t be extravagant; heed the advice given in this regard. Others may not get time to spend with you. Good news is expected from someone you are constantly in touch with. Changes in relationships bring you either pleasures or pains. Yearning for someone who is totally out of reach or highly unsuitable is likely. Lucky for you: 4, Lavender

LEO (July 21 - Aug 22) Success is foreseen in steering a family member out of negativity. You are ahead of your rivals in a competition. Taking up a prestigious assignment is likely at the workplace. Investments beef up your bank balance. An old health problem may disappear permanently. Enjoying exclusive time with beloved is foreseen. A pleasant surprise is in the offing. A few twists and turns in career are likely. Try a new angle to find a solution to a problem that has been bugging you for some time. Lucky for you: 8, Bottle Green

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 20)

A chance to study abroad on scholarship is foreseen for some people. Things look bright on the professional front as you start becoming career conscious. A prestigious assignment or a project is in the offing. Family life will be happy and happening. A youngster may make you his/her guide or mentor. You will be firmly in the saddle to initiate something important. A small windfall from an unexpected source is indicated.

Finding happiness in the happiness of others is expected. People may visit you from out of town and add to the fun. Developing feelings for someone of the opposite sex you had known for long is likely. Financial position improves as many opportunities come your way. Fitness freaks may introduce something new in their fitness routine and benefit. You excel on the academic front. Don’t overindulge yourself in social drinking with other like-minded people.

Lucky for you: 11, Light Grey

Lucky for you: 15, Coffee brown

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Appreciation for your part in an ongoing project is expected on the professional front. Despite inadequate preparation, smooth sail is possible on the academic front. Good opportunities will keep you in a financially secure position. Social life promises much excitement, as you get to spend time with people of your generation. The person who secretly loves you is likely to convey the same in a most subtle manner. Digging deep to pay for unforeseen expenditure in connection with a younger family member is predicted.

Taking a stand against those forcing you to cater to their whims and fancies is possible. Spending quality time with your near and dear ones is foreseen. Business trip to an overseas destination is in the offing. Success is specified in rejuvenating love life. Efforts would yield results in getting the delayed payments released. Pace of progress on the academic front will remain satisfactory. Health consciousness will do you good. A perfect balance between outgoings and incomings is maintained.

CAPRICORN (Dec 21 - Jan 20) You will be in Seventh Heaven as someone close comes bearing good news. Problems faced on the professional front get amicable solutions. Financial stability is indicated. A few may organize a party or get invited to one. Someone you like may tug at your heart strings and ring in romance! An interesting company on a long trip will make the distance appear short. Pressure at the workplace will disappear in the company of friends and family. Lucky for you: 2, Orange

Lucky for you: 5, Turquoise

Lucky for you: 7, Lemon

AQUARIUS (Jan 21 - Feb 18) Rediscovering the hidden talents and skills may keep you happily busy. Efforts on the professional front will not go in vain. A coveted post or an assignment is in the offing. Coming out with flying colours in a competition is possible. Financially, you will remain on a safe wicket, as money comes from various sources. Praise will pour in from all quarters for an event well managed on the social front. Some exquisite romantic moments will be shared. A new love interest is foreseen for singles.

PISCES (Feb 18 - March 20) Spending the time in the company of your loved ones and enjoying yourself immensely is on the cards. Circumstances favour you achieve the set goals. Some publicity will come your way and help build your image. Sincere efforts on the academic front bring you success. Financially, you will be able to tap some more avenues for earning. Health will remain stable. This will be a lovely time for social gatherings and enjoying with friends and loved ones is foreseen. Lucky for you: 6, Green

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Vempadapu family at Pusapatirega in Vizianagaram district is a proud owner of a brand new Mahindra Ssang Yong Rexton Automatic version (Rexton means Royal Character) recently purchased from Automotive Manufactures Pvt. Ltd. - Visakhapatnam. Mr. V. Pradeep, Secretary, Ardar (An NGO for rural development), was using Ford Endeavour since 2008 and was planning for a new SUV to suit his social status and the rough and tough terrain he drives on. He had shortlisted two vehicles, Mahindra Ssang Yong Rexton and Toyota Fortuner and after deep analysis he zeroed in on the Rexton finally. This young aspirant and seasoned social worker obtained Post-Graduation degree in MBA from IRMA - Anand in Gujarat (the AMUL town). Pradeep is the son of Mr. V. Venkata Ramana (Rtd. College Principal) and Mrs. V. Vijayalakshmi and married to Ms. Shanthi Priya, a B.Pharm graduate from Gokul College, Bobbili. She is a happy homemaker taking care of their daughter Dhathri. ARDAR is a registered Non-Governmental Organization for rural development and it is relentlessly working for 22 years in the Northern coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh for uplift of working children, people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, single woman (post trafficking), aged people and differently able people. His efforts are committed towards working for these groups, prioritizing the people who are most in need.

In his leisure times, he spends as much time as possible with his family, loves to play shuttle, hangs out with his close buddies, plays around with his two Doberman dogs, goes on long drives listening to music and off roadding in his SUV’s. REXTON - INDULGE YOURSELF Mahindra recently acquired the South Korean premium auto maker Ssang Yong motor company and has presence across the globe over 120 countries and the 3rd generation Rexton is available in over 70 countries, introduced in the year 2012 globally. It is available in two variants RX5 (Manual Transmission) and RX7 Automatic (AWD). The Rexton is powered by 2.7 liters 5 cylinder Mercedez engine, Which delivers 184 bhp of raw power and a sheer torque of 402 Nm, top speed of 194 kph and delivers a mileage of 11.18*kmpl, it sprints from 0 to 100 in just 9.66 secs, mated to a 5 speed E-tronic Automatic Gear box from Mercedez Benz. It has the best in segment ground clearances of 252mm make this vehicle go anywhere machine, and it offers 4 Air bags, ABS with Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti Slip regulation (ASR) and Anti Roll over protection for your safety. WHY REXTON, WHY AUTOMOTIVE? “To me the Rexton seems the most sophisticated, stylish, modern SUV with a refined performance and ruggedness, fully loaded with very useful features. Rexton is longer, wider and offers more space and ground clearance than Fortuner plus Rexton is more premium vehicle with luxury interiors, 8-way electrically

adjustable driver seat with 3 memory options, electric sunroof with sun blind, 2 way adjustable lumber support, 3rd row Ac controls with blowers, Navigation system with pre loaded maps, speed sensitive steering, rain sensing wipers, air filter and twin air quality sensors in AC plus the shift buttons on the steering wheel for gear shifting (Paddle Shift) for effort less and easy driving, All wheel drive system and intelligent torque on demand moreover 49% cheaper spare parts cost with 3 years or 1 lac kms warranty when compared to Toyota Fortunner, gave me no second thought to go for Ssang Yong Mahindra Rexton from Automotive Manufactures Pvt. Ltd., Visakhapatnam”. “I often visit the hinterland, where my people live and work, and my Rexton takes me to those destinations safely with comfort and ease. I mostly take the road less as my routes are slushy, muddy and rocky terrains, I was delighted when they informed me that they have started an Off roading club and every Sunday Mahindra customers are taken out for various locations with their families and are taught to drive on and off roads in extreme conditions and how Mahindra vehicles take on the exreme conditions through “The Vizag Off roaders” and I have immediately joined in their team as my car is made for it, and I am very much fascinated and delighted about my purchase experience form Automotive Manufactures Pvt Ltd Visakhapatnam and aspiring for a very privileged and carefree association with them” says Mr. Pradeep taking pride in the choice he made. Well said Mr. Right! India needs youngsters like you to empower Rural India just like Mahindra does. red | march 2014 | 135

SOWING THE SEEDS OF KNOWLEDGE Modern Education should seed ‘the desire to know’ in students. With this motto perhaps Mr. Amar Gontu, the founder correspondent and Managing Director ventured into the education sector with Amar Concept School and its success has reached a point where people say ‘Alphabets begin with ‘A’ and success with ‘Amar’. Following the overwhelming response it received from the pupils as well as parents, the school started new branches in Rajahmundry, Ravulapalem, Chodavaram, Jami, K Kotapadu and Vizianagaram. Today it has more than 15 branches in the state. Managing Director Mr. Amar started the first school in 2008 with strength of 600 students and from classes 6 to 10 at NAD Kotha Road. One school gave birth to another and the ‘budding’ Amar (School) blossomed into Amar Blossoms. It was followed by Amar IIT Academy and Amar Residential School. The school spread its branches in many other places including Tirupati. Having a strength of around 9000+ students (all branches put together), Amar has made giant strides. Beginning from Kindergarten till Class X, the schools follow well-designed curriculum. The school offers CBSE syllabus from LKG to V Standard and State Syllabus/SSC from VI to X Class, says Mr. Amar. Armed with an engineering degree from VIT, Amar who hails from Guntur landed in Visakhapatnam in 2002. Despite the fact that no one in his family is remotely connected to this field, Amar took his first step as a zone in-charge of a popular educational institution. He believes that a child must understand the concepts of whatever is taught in class and disapproves the

rote method. Along with wife Chandana who is at the helm of the Primary Standard, he runs the Concept School. Kindergarten Since every success story has a starting point, the focus here is on the fundamentals and the endeavour is to hone good qualities like self reliance, curiosity and creativity in pupils. Primary School Students at the primary level are nurtured further with a teacher-student ratio of 30:1. They are exposed to extra-curricular activities. High School The school inculcates a wide range of interests in students at the high school level where the teacher-student ratio is 40:1. Students’ successive excellent track record and mind blowing results in the SSC examination speak volumes about the school’s standards and teaching methods. Amazing Amar Smart Classrooms The spacious classrooms are well ventilated, sufficiently furnished and all of them are equipped with an OH projector. Teachers Amar (School) boasts of a group of highly qualified, competent and committed faculty. The teachers, along with parents, hold weekly meetings to assess students’ performance.

Library and Lab The library has a vast collection of good books. Labs are fully equipped with modern scientific paraphernalia. Sport Joyful learning is about participating in sporting activities. They are a prerequisite at Amar. Adequate facilities are provided to play various outdoor and indoor sports/games such as cricket, football, shuttlecock, tennis etc. and the indoor games like caroms, chess, etc. Extra-curricular Activities Students are trained in public speaking and group discussions to hone their skills. Regular field trips and educational tours are conducted for students so that they gain the advantage of scientific exploration and social exposure with fun. Hostel Facilities Key features •

Separate hostels for boys and girls

Well-furnished hostel rooms

Secured, hygienic, well furnished hostel for girls

546 pupils got 10/10 grade points in mathematics

Nutritious North Indian and South Indian recipes

415 students got 10/10 grade points in science

Round the clock mineral water facility

Achieved more number of A1 grades

24/7 academic guidance by resident faculty

21 students got 9.8/10 above grade points

Moderate library provision

Exclusive proctor system

78 got 9.7/10 above grades points

Regular medical attention

Stood as No. 1 educational institution in North Andhra

Transport Adequate transport ensures safe travelling between the school and home for students. Parents need not worry as the drivers are well trained and the person in charge is recruited after intense scrutiny.

LAST YEAR ACHIEVEMENTS • Stood as A1 School at state level with 10/10 grades

HIGHLIGHTS • A world record with Yuva Gandhis •

State ranks every single year since inception

3 students with 10/10 GPA in 2012

National Prize Winners in Karate

Terra Quiz: Runners-up in the quiz conducted by Ministry of Forests

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