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MAGNIFICENT MALLA SISTERS They take brisk strides, following the footsteps of their dynamic dad and there is no stopping them

THEY CELEBRATE TOGETHERNESS Rahul and Sakshi go with the flow of life, create their beautiful nest and share glorious moments


AT THE HELM OF OMNI RK With his never-ending love for children, Dr.Radhakrishna goes to any length to alleviate the suffering of the ailing



Running his chain of malls on fair principles and prices, Gopinath serves the common man




he Vizag Yachting Festival did take off with much fanfare, intending to attract tourists and build Vizag’s brand image. Distracters say it has turned out to be a damp squib, as it could not achieve either of the objectives. I wish to take a very positive look at the exercise. As they say, every great journey has to start with initial small steps. We should commend the tourism wing for putting its best



Encouraged by the warm response we received for our column Scions in our previous edition, we talk of Anusha and Alekhya, the dynamic daughters of the city’s well known

S.R.Gopinath Reddy is the man behind the well-established chain of garment retail malls. His wife Saritha supports him literally & figuratively. Trade tells you how.

We have the privilege of sketching Dr.K.Radhakrishna of Omni RK Hospital for Women & Children. Dealing not only with tiny tots, but also with their anxious parents, his job becomes rather complicated. He tells us how he handles them and his own Life.

Actress Lavanya Tripathi has stood shoulder-to shoulder with her male co-stars, contributing immensely to films' success. Tags and accolades don’t matter to her. At her heart, she is a care-free girl in love with life and movies. All this is revealed in Haute.

Chandra Mouli Tippala, Publisher

I sign off here urging you to keep your cool in these scorching climes.

While the Swachh Bharat Abhyan talks of keeping the city clean, three trendsetting young men- Naresh, Rakesh and Raja Sekhar are out to clean the city streets of the dismal practice of child begging. They seem to have almost reached their goal, taking charge of 80% of the street children. Be inspired and inform them if you find any child stretching his hands for alms. You find their contact details in Welfare.

Yet another column that won rave reviews is Soulmates. This made me continue it in this edition too. We have the young couple- Rahul Dev Sharma and wife Sakshi, who keep their days lively despite his tough and time-demanding posting as Superintendent of Police.

politician and business tycoon Malla Vijaya Prasad. I can only add – like father, like daughters.


foot forward and the city for creating the buzz to attract world attention. I hope and wish the authorities concerned remain undeterred by these inevitable hiccups and continue their endeavours.


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General Manager Corporate Affairs Rajesh Babu Guntu

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Red Scions Anusha and Alekhya, daughters of charismatic politician and business tycoon Malla Vijaya Prasad, have stepped into family-run Wellfare Group. The smart and dynamic sisters display, besides bonhomie, a lot of promise and are the leaders in wait.

Rahul Dev Sharma, Superintendent of Police (Visakha Rural) and his wife Sakshi reveal that surprising each other, not making a hue and cry about trivial issues, and celebrating each and every joyous moment are a few things that make their journey romantic.



Red Trade

Red Welfare “We have carved a niche in the garment industry with top-notch services,” says S.R.Gopinath Reddy, MD, SR Shopping Mall. His wife Saritha adds, “We can place our finger right on the pulse of our customers, that is our trade trick.”

NGO Generation Yuvaa, headed by trio Naresh, Rakesh and Raja Sekhar, has rescued & reformed nearly 80% of the child beggars in the city. This NGO aims to take its drive across the country, & start a self-sustainable village for the needy.


60 Red Life Compassionate, generous, hard-working and humble…that is Dr.K.Radhakrishna of Omni RK and renowned pediatrician, for you. He not only pioneered the concept of group practice in the city but also stresses on CME.


CMR ORGANISES MAKEUP WORKSHOP On the occasion of International Women’s Day, CMR Shopping Mall conducted a free makeup workshop for the ladies below the age of 30. Renowned celebrity makeup and hair artist, Sachin Dakoji, displayed two types of makeup: nude and bridal. He had an interactive session with the participants and gave them a few tips on nailing the perfect look. Nearly 100 ladies took part in the session. Fashion blogger Alkananda and Nutritionist, Suma Nandini, graced the event. Rajeswari, Director, CMR said, “The fun event has been held to make the ladies feel good on their special day.”

LAKSHMI TURNS ONE The first birthday of Lakshmi Ashwariya, daughter of Ram Mohan Gupta, Director of Charan Group, and Madhavi, was celebrated with great pomp and show at Hotel Daspalla. Nearly 400 guests attended the event. Fun and frolic games enthralled the children after the traditional cake-cutting. Parandhama Naidu, MD, Charan Group, wife, Vasumathi and daughter, Meghana Choudhary, graced the occasion. The guests had a gala time and a scrumptious dinner.

WAY TO GO, MADHU Madhu Tugnait, founder of Icha Foundation, bagged an award at the ICICI #FundYourOwnWorth initiative. She was selected among top 25 award winners out of 19,000 entries. MD and CEO, ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, and actress Vidya Balan presented a memento to her. Madhu said, “Sandhya Godey, my close friend and social worker, had e-mailed a write-up about our foundation to the organisers. We were selected and invited to attend the awards night in Mumbai. Rani, an inmate, accompanied us.”

MARTYR’S REMEMBERED Marking the 87th Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, members of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Association and Gurudwara Sadh Sangat paid a rich tribute to the trio. They garlanded the statue of Bhagat Singh on the beach road. President D.S.Anand and Secretary Jaspal Singh of Gurudwara, and Gurdeep Singh of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Association took part in the event which had many Sikhs of the city prominently present. | 16

LAKSHMI HYUNDAI ORGANISES FCCC Lakshmi Hyundai kickstarted a 10-day campaign-Hyundai Free Car Care Clinic (FCCC) on 27th March at their Birla Junction service center. The company’s esteemed customer G.V.V.S.Chowdary, Assistant Director, Department of Mines and Geology, cut the ribbon and launched the campaign. Srinivas, GM, Service, Lakshmi Hyundai and Senthil, Hyundai Area and Parts Manager, graced the occasion. Narayana Raju, AGM, Service said, “The customers can avail various benefits like free car body wash, discounts on service merchandising like engine ush, anti-rust coating, etc.”

PRE-UGADI CELEBRATIONS Sun International Institute organised Pre-Ugadi celebrations at its campus in Rushikonda. The dress code for the grand event was traditional attire. Srikant Jasti, Chairman, graced the occasion. The campus was decked up with beautiful oral arrangements. A traditional puja was performed. The staff and students of the institute attended the event. A lavish spread of traditional delicacies was served. The dance performances enthralled the audience. Addressing the gathering, Srikanth wished people a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

VIET CELEBRATES WOMEN’S DAY Chief Guest V. Sarada, Editor-in-Chief, red magazine, stressed that every single day is a day of women, without whom the world cannot go on, while addressing a meet on Women’s Day at Visakha Institute of Engineering & Technology. Guest of honour, Dr.B.Sireesha Rani, gave a few health tips to women. P.Venkateshwarlu Rao, Secretary, said, “The land that respects women, ourishes.” Dr.Y.Prasanna Kumar, Principal, said that humanity owed its very existence to women. B.Shalini and B.Rama Devi coordinated the event that included the prize distribution to winners of various sports.

CONQUER SHIFTS BASE Conquer Technologies, the first service provider of Apple in South India, re-located to Rednam Gardens. CEOs Sudhakar and Ravi and Partner, Suresh Babu took part in the puja. Nearly 600 guests attended and relished a lavish spread. Pydah Krishna Prasad, Star-Maker Satyanand and Prof.Y.Lakshmi Prasad were prominently present. | 18

STAR-STUDDED EVENT V-Team Event Management, in association with AP Tourism and J World, held International Women’s Day Awards 2018. Mesmersing Tanora and Samba dance performances enthralled all. Actor Sarath Kumar, General Secretary, Movie Artists Association, Naresh, film producer, B.A.Raju, and director Jagadeesh Daneti, Lalam Bavani Bhaskar, Ganta Sarada, P.S. Naidu, Director, APTDC Director, Dr.Raghu, CMD, Suraksha Health Park, graced the occasion. Veerumama, CEO of V-Team and Gayatri, Mrs.South India, hosted the event. Vijaya Nirmala, Kalasha Medapureddi, Ganta Sharani, Padmini Kacchapi, Nuzrath Jahan, Kalpana, K.Harika, Jaya B, Sana, Pallavi, Martina D’Cruz, Varma Datla, Seetha Maadabushi and Lakshmi were awarded.

GRAND LAUNCH OF QUBEXPRO Qubexpro, premium business center, has opened its doors at Siripuram. Owners, husband-wife duo, I.A.Siva.Prasad and Swetha Picha Rao, graced the occasion. Siva’s father, Dr.Babji, opened the store. Nearly 60 people attended the launch. Rohit Malhotra, General Manager, Prashant, Finance Manager, Karthik Reddy and Sachin Jalan, HR and Ankur Mistry, IT Head, were prominently present. Siva said, “Qubexpro provides a wide range of high quality, fully furnished offices, and office solutions designed for small, medium and large corporates.” | 20

RED SCREENS 11TH CHARITY SHOW red magazine, as part of red on a mission-2, screened a special show of Ram Charan and Samantha starrer Rangasthalam at Inox, Beach Road. It attracted a record number of spectators and city’s who’s who. In step with the magazine in this charity initiative were Swathi Promoters, HiFi Entertainments Pvt. Ltd., Kankatala, Tricolour Properties (P) Ltd. and Inox Leisure Ltd. The proceeds of this 11th screening will be utilised to provide mobility equipment for differently abled children who are underprivileged. Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine thanked all those who supported the noble cause. | 22

EO ANDHRA PRADESH CHAPTER LAUNCHED IT Minister Nara Lokesh launched the EO Andhra Pradesh Chapter at The Taj Gateway Hotel, Vijayawada. Jairam Kambhampati, President, EO Andhra Pradesh, said, “EO’s mission is to grow and nurture budding entrepreneurs from across the region, who will play a key role in our country's business growth.” Pop Singer Smita, Learning Chair, EO Andhra Pradesh, spoke about the importance of being an entrepreneur and creating more opportunities for the next generation. Abhay Mehta, Growth Director EO South Asia and Siddhesh Sharma, Chapter Launch Expert EO South Asia graced the event.







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FAIZ’S TRIBUTE TO SRIDEVI That one Sridevi was enough to set the oor burning, is an undeniable truth. But 30 replicated images of the Super Star performing can also be no less invigorating. That is what Faiz and her students proved as they paid tribute to the departed diva. The contest held at Faiz Fitness Studio, was judged by Dr.Meenakshi Anantram, CEO, Razzmatazz, Gurmeet Kohli, Social Activist and V.Sarada, Editor-in-Chief, red magazine. Three best ‘Sridevis’ were awarded. The fun event ended with even the judges shaking a leg under the able-guidance of Faiz Begum, the owner of Faiz Fitness Studio. | 24

Vizag Komedians held a stand-up comedy night featuring Shikha Singh, Rohit Swain and Ritabrata Dass (Kalkutta Komedians) at The Park Hotel. Regulars at the event, Manik Mehta and Ashish Kumar, performed too. The comedians had everyone rolling on the oor with their well-timed digs and a few quirky puns. The city’s crème de la crème attended the event hosted by Raouf Gangjee. The guests had a gala time as they relished the lavish spread.

TREAT FOR SUB LOVERS Subway, located at MVP Double Road, hosted a Buy One Get One Free offer where customers can order any six inch sandwich or salad with a medium drink and enjoy the another one, absolutely free. The crème de la crème of the city attended the event and relished the lip-smacking subs and salads. Franchise owner Madhu Varma said, “We wanted to create awareness about this outlet among Vizagites and even provide a New Year treat to all our esteemed customers. We are on cloud 9 to receive such an overwhelming response.”

GANGOUR FEST Maheshwari Mahila Samithi organised Gangour Utsav at Hawa Mahal. Ladies of the Marwari community, decked in colourful-traditional attires, took out Shobha Yatra from Pandurangapuram temple to Hawa Mahal. Spectacular dance performances by the committee members and other participants enthralled all. Singers from Kolkata, Sandhya Jhawar and Rekha Mimani, had everyone grooving to ghoomar and dandiya beats with their soulful voice. Nearly 500 guests had a gala time relishing the lavish spread. President Kiran Jhawar said, “The credit for the success of the event goes to the entire Maheshwari community for their active participation.”

TALES OF SWATHI MEN On the successful completion of their Rajahmundry venture – Diwan Gardens, M.Ramesh Reddy, MD, Swathi Promoters, cut a cake. In another event, M.Krishna Reddy, Chairman, presented the trophy to the winning team of Visakhapatnam Physiotherapists Cricket Tourney. Krishna Reddy feted the women staff on Women’s Day. On the occasion of his birthday, Ramesh’s friends, Nanda Kishore Reddy, Sandeep Reddy and Sameer Kumar, presented him a bouquet. | 26

RAMAM’S SPREADS ITS WINGS The opening of the extended wing of Ramam’s Advanced Dental Care was held with great pomp and show. It was attended by the who’s who of the city. Dr.V.Varaprasad, M.D.S., KGH Professor inaugurated the clinic while P.Nallanayya, GVMC Zone 2 Commissioner, opened the chamber. Chief Guest Dr.G.Santa Rao graced the occasion. Owner, Dr.Rama Vara Sairam Nemala, and his wife Dr.M.Padmini said, “Our focus has always been on providing quality advanced dental care with top-notch standards of hygiene and stress-free treatment; all this at an affordable price.” | 28

HAVEN FOR EGG-LOVERS The Egg Store and Mexico’s Chicken Poppers was launched at Gurudwara Junction. Chief Guest, MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju, inaugurated the store. Ramana, MD, CMR, J.D.Seelam, former Minister, G.Babu Rao, MLA and Dr.G.Trinadh, Joint Development Commissioner, SEZ were the guests of honour. P.Ramesh Babu, V.V.Radha Krishna, Srinivasan, Mahalakshmi, K.Venkateswarulu, M.B.Kameswara Rao, Dr.T.Jaya Raju, E.Anarbabu, B.Apparao, JV.Prabhakar, Y.Raja Kumari and K.Prasad were present. Franchise owners, Pavan and Prithvi said, “We are looking forward to an overwhelming response.”

BIOMAX’S DEALERS MEET S.N.Chaitanya, MD, Navaradhi Technologies, held a BioMax dealer’s meet and software training session. Throwing light on a wide array of products and services, Chaitanya said, “BioMax is one of the country’s best and fastest growing companies that has been dealing in biometric solutions since 2014.”Director Darmesh Kotari, Regional Manager, Durgesh and AP-Telangana Manager, Sarath, were present.

SPORTS WEEK AT SUN INSTITUTE Sun International Institute conducted its annual sports week- Asthra 2018 at Port Stadium. Chief Guest Sarada Ganta, wife of HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, lighted the traditional lamp. Srikanth Jasti, Chairman, and Asha Jasti, Executive Director, Sun International, graced the occasion. 500 students, donning customised t-shirts, were divided into teams named Phlegon, Pyrios, Aeos and Aethon and took part in various indoor and outdoor activities like kho-kho, volleyball, treasure hunt, etc. Lunch and refreshments were provided. Srikanth and Asha patted the staff and students for their brilliant efforts. | 30

AVENUE CELEBRATES ANNIVERSARY Chaitanya Athava, owner of Avenue Hair & Beauty Family Salon, celebrated the 6th anniversary of the outlet. A puja was conducted for the same. His parents, Ramana Murthy and Shanthi, relatives and friends graced the occasion. Nearly 50 guests were served delectable dishes, mouth-watering sweets and soft drinks. Chaitanya said, “We are grateful to our clients, well-wishers and staff for their never-ending support and love. We will always ensure that you are provided with the best beauty services in town.�

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ith a legacy of more than 25 glorious years in fashion, Taruni, a contemporary clothing brand has been a part of the fast and everchanging trends. It tops the list of the most-preferred shopping destinations in the city. Thanks to its refreshing, exhaustive and exquisite collection of anarkalis, salwar suits, designer gowns, handwoven ghagras, designer kurtis and mix ‘n’ match dress materials. All this is available in its stores across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Taruni firmly believes that every woman who wants to look fashionable, stylish and chic, deserves to be given the very best. Offering a mind-

boggling range of clothing, the brand has established once again that it is the one-stop destination for women who are in quest of the latest. It is a foregone conclusion that all Taruni outlets strive to provide best products and services. Hence, its flawless operations in Vizag come as no surprise.

shopping experience. Apart from its spectacular range of office, party and casual wear collections, this outlet now houses impressive bridal collections too, offered at a never-seen-before price range. So ladies, if there is an auspicious occasion to celebrate, your obvious destination has to be the new look Taruni.

Located at CBM Compound Road, this outlet has undergone a transformation to meet the expectations and to suit the aspirations of the fashion-lovers. Taruni brings the best of designs, cuts, patterns and fabrics to it's store that was given a beautiful facelift. You can expect a great

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on't be fooled by its size. Or its not-so-visible and off the road location. However, it enjoys the advantage of being next to Vizag Drive- In, Lawsons Bay Colony, sharing its compound. La Femmes establishes that the collection can be mindboggling, even if it is stocked in a limited space. It flaunts an impressive range of outfits that are unconventional along with eye-catching accessories. Final touch of delight comes at the end of the tunnellike facility, where women can find their most coveted place – a well-maintained beauty parlour.

finger rings, anklets and bracelets make your ensemble far from ordinary. We even have shampoos, conditioners, hena, face packs, deodorants of reputed brands. Oriflamme will soon be joining the line.” Whew! That is a lot. Adding to this list is their tailoring service. He adds, “Our trained professionals offer facials, pedicure, manicure, waxing, threading, hair spa, styling and cuts, blow drying, massages, etc, using only top-notch products. We have a range of bridal packages that include make-up, hair styling and sari draping. This can be arranged at your doorstep.”

“Response has been overwhelming right from the day one. We have roughly 60 walk-ins per day.” The USP is their affordable price range. There is an ample parking space. If a customer is in need of a thing or two which are not locally available, Bhaskar offers to get them for her. You need not worry about the choice as he takes your consent, showing it to you through a video call before he actually picks it up.

Founded by Bhaskar, who brings a little chunk of Mumbai to the city, La Femmes can be the fashionistas paradise. Bhaskar says, “We have an exhaustive collection of quirky tops, trendy kurtis, glamorous saris and lehengas, chic dresses, cool jeans and peppy skirts. You can team them with our gold-toned, beige or silver high heels and stylish handbags. I am sure funky accessories silver earrings, neck pieces, chokers,

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ave you come across any outlet in the city where you can satiate your hunger pangs choosing from as many as 16 varieties of omelets? And even get to relish a mindboggling range of Mexican-inspired chicken delicacies? Eggetarians, chicken-lovers and of course, vegetarians too rejoice as The Egg Store and Mexico’s Chicken Poppers have opened their doors! Located near Gurudwara Junction, Seethammadara, and sprawled over 1800 sq.ft., this outlet is the first of its kind in the

state. It can seat 50 people at a time. There are separate spaces for couples, families and singles. You can book this joint for two or three hours for special occasions. Franchise Owners, Pavan and Prithvi say, “Served with toasted brown bread, salad and salsa, our omelets can elevate your mood in no time. We also serve burgers, sandwiches, scrambled eggs, French toast, rolls, etc. Bite into our crave-worthy fish and chips, chipotle crunchy chicken nachos/pasta, nuggets, chicken burgers/poppers/sticks, burritos, etc. Definitely a sure-shot way to gastronomical satisfaction! You can even stop here for breakfast and gorge on our lip-smacking, sumptuous choices. Veggies, no reason to feel left out; we have quite a few options for you too. All of this at an affordable price.” What caught our eye in the menu was their egg-based drinks. “Try,

you won’t be able to make out there is egg in it,” says Pavan as he hands us Lemon Mint Twister. Yum! This concoction, composed of egg white, lemon, mint and soda, is one refreshing drink. Don’t forget to dig into their outof-the-world saucy and cheesy Chipotle Dynamite Chicken, gooey Indo Mexi Chicken Burritos and crispy Fried Chicken. They add, “We have received an overwhelming response, which is great since it has only been a couple of days since we started. Soon, we will start our home delivery services. Delivering the order beyond 3km takes time and renders the omelet flat. We stress that our outlet will be the go-to destination for all health buffs, before and after they hit the gym. Our healthy options include boiled eggs, egg/chicken salads, fresh juices & what not.”

Timings: 8:30am to 10:30pm (Open 365 days) Contact: 8790167676 | 35



While in Vizag, do what the locals do’- if one wants to abide by this mantra, relishing Andhra cuisine aka aromatic and delicious, definitely tops the list. And to do that, you must head to V Parlour located at Akhila Archade, Asilmetta. Sprawled over 1700 sq.ft., this restaurant offers authentic dishes of the region that take your taste buds on a ride of joy. Managing Partners of the restaurant Venkata Subbareddy and Anil Kumar say, “Our menu consists of biryanis, meals, tiffins (served in the evening), Indian and Chinese delicacies. We have a special non-vegetarian combo offer on Wednesday and Sunday chicken biryani, mutton biryani and one starter for just Rs.299. We have

Chinese combos everyday. For vegetarians, we have fried rice, spring roll and one 250 ml drink for Rs.100 and for chicken-lovers, we have chicken fried rice, chicken spring roll and one 250 ml drink for Rs.150.” The simple ambiance only adds to its old-school South Indian charm. The place has a seating capacity for 50; so you might be hard pressed to find a vacant seat at times. But the outlet makes up for it by providing you with quick service and friendly staff. The quality of food is top-notch. There is valet parking too. They are, undoubtedly, one of the few to serve the best Konaseema dishes in town. Their Konaseema kodi biryani is

an absolute winner. Dig into Veg Basket; the crunch and aroma will leave you asking for more. With summer at threshold, you must try their thick, frothy, creamy, rich and sumptuous Kunda Lassi, served in five different flavours. They add, “It’s just been three months since we opened but you are bound to find the store buzzing with foodies.” You can even book this joint for birthday/anniversary/kitty parties, etc. They offer catering and home delivery services within a radius of 3km and there is no ceiling for order. So folks, you are bound to regret, if you miss out on this one!


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icture this: You are a bride-tobe, striving to look the best on your D-day and scouting for that perfect outfit, but don’t know where to begin. Well we have got all that covered here. At Varnus, you are bound to find that numero uno attire and the complementing 1gm gold antique jewellery (anklets, mang tikkas, jhumkis, bangles, necklaces). Best part: You can even avail the much needed services like make-up, hair styling & sari draping. Where else can you get everything under one roof? Ladies, you are in for a treat!

Located at New Vuda Shopping Complex, Seethamadhara, this 2,500 sq.ft.-outlet spoils you for choice with its exhaustive and exclusive collection. Owners, a brother-sister duo, Vogi Reddy Venkat Reddy and Kovvuri Sri Lakshmi say, “We have everything a woman needs and asks for. Check out our exquisite and attractive range of kurtis (cotton, chanderi, linen), dress materials, petticoats, unstitched lehengas, designer blouses, saris (jute, chanderi, pure georgette, linen, pattu, chiffon and crepe), leggings, fabric material, and accessories like latkans and borders. We provide stitching, maggam work and dyeing services.” The cost of dress material ranges from Rs.500 to Rs.1500, blouses – Rs.350 to Rs.4,000, kurtis – Rs.400 to Rs.1,700, saris – Rs.500 to Rs.20,000 and fabrics – Rs.150 to Rs.3,000 per meter. The price range of the jewellery is between Rs.150 and Rs.8,000.

The cost of bridal package starts from Rs.1000. The charges for stitching blouse starts from Rs.400 and salwar kameez from Rs.600. USP? They say, “There is a single significant reason why ladies list Varnus as one of the city’s best garment outlet. That is its variety. We have the advantage of an in-house designer who suggests the right cuts & appropriate designs and customises. When it comes to make-up, we take extra care. Be assured, we opt for only organic products and refuse to take any risks whatsoever with your skin.” Speedy service seems to be their forte. They have a team of 15 tailors and alterations are done within no time. Only on one aspect you need to be forewarned- you must have ample time to browse through rows and rows of brilliantly hued attires.

Timings: 9:00am to 9:00pm | Contact: 0891-2519599, 9912729999 | 38

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Garden spices, fertilizers, pesticides and sand. Importantly, it offers landscaping services. You can choose from a vast range of garden tools like weeders, cultivators, trowels, watering cans, gloves etc., and accessories like flower vases, planters, pots, decoration stones, miniatures, etc.


Satya says, “We specialise in Chinese and Japanese rock gardens. Our team of experts inspects the venue & offers a few concepts from which you can pick up from. Once you make the decision, our team flawlessly executes the concept. It takes at least 4 days to set up a landscape. Our team guides you on how to take care of the plants and flowers you have in your garden.”

he joy of cooking with fresh tomatoes, tender coriander leaves or organic lady fingers is just unbeatable. Can there be anything more peaceful than saunter around in your home garden, after a stressful day? But in these days of rat race and rush, who has the time, space or knowledge to set up a garden, leave alone an organic one? However, there seems to be a solution right at hand. That is what Exotic Plants offers. She makes terrace/kitchen/indoor gardening look literally a walk in the park with no fuss and mess.

She adds, “Usiri chettu (amla), rose hip, peace lily, spider plant, orchids, spices like clove, cardamom, bay leaf and black pepper plants, fern, thyme, croton, betel leaf, succulent plant and basil are always in demand.”

Founded by Satya Prema, sprawled over 400 sq.yd. and located in the 2nd lane after Iskcon Temple, Sagar Nagar, Exotic Plants houses unique plants and flowers, organic seeds, cactus, herbs, succulents, fruit plants, ferns,

The landscaping services cost Rs.5,000 and above. The price range of exotic plants is from Rs.100 to Rs.25,000, miniatures from Rs.600 and pots/planters/vases from Rs.20 to Rs.4,000.

Satya hastens to dispel the general notion that one needs a big space to plan gardens and says that mini-gardens are quite viable and in vogue. Variegated plants perfectly fit the bill when it comes to small or indoor patches.

Response? “Oh great! We witness quite a lot of walk-ins on a daily basis. We are getting inquires from housing societies, schools, corporate offices, etc. We have done four gardens till now, one being in distant Thimmapuram,” she says, talking about the reach she has.

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he onset of the scorching heat has only one advantage: we can get together to relish ales, lagers, stouts and malts gushing into large mugs, overflowing with these chilled intoxicating liquid featured in amber, blond, brown, cream and dark colours, topped with a thick, creamy foam. But boring ol’ bottled beer is no way to celebrate. No, we want the hand-crafted, flavoured brews and you can get that at Myz-Uno! Sprawled over a spacious 9000 sq.ft. and located on the 4th floor of VIP Central Building, Siripuram, this outlet brews fresh beer using the finest and chemical-free ingredients to give guests an unforgettable experience. Owner Bharath Kamma and Rasagna R.Dharmana says, “Myz is derived from maize which is the main ingredient of beer and Uno means No.1 in Spanish. Hence, the name Myz-Uno!” Myz-Uno boasts of hip interiors, highlighted by their pristine brewing equipment shining

dead-centre. From couple to semi-private to three large private dining rooms – there is a seating to match every mood. And, for each of these moods, there are special aromatic beers, Belgium wheat, Pale Ale, Stout, Saison and Lager, waiting for you. There is never a moment of monotony here, as their flavours are constantly evolving and rotating, so each time you go back there is a new choice waiting for you. Check out their eclectic, spacious dance floor with their pulsating DJ Swarop Varma. She adds, “We have the largest bar counter in the state with a seating capacity for 35 connoisseurs. We have collaborated with United Kitchens of India to offer you cuisines from Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Punjab. We even serve Tangra and Continental Cuisine. Our must try gourmet delicacies include Kodi Pakodi, Royyala Pulao, Kosha Mangsho along with Luchi, Murgh Angaar, Chicken and Pickle Pizza. A couple can dine and chug for approximately Rs.1,400.” Future Plans, “We will have popular DJs from across the country twice a month, besides mesmerizing live band performances on the weekends.” Go forth, all ye beer lovers, and beat the heat in style.

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E CEL AT WEL(L)FARE By V. Sarada | 42


roving that sibling rivalry is a thing of the past, at least in the world of economy, we come across several instances of brothers and sisters running businesses together with great success. But young sisters not fighting over even trivia like a pair of trousers or a lipstick is rather unheard of. Yes, that is the bonhomie you find in the Malla household. While mother Aruna has three doting brothers who would not start their day without greeting her, daughters Anusha and Alekhya never as much as bicker or banter over any issue- major or minor. With a perfect thread of love and understanding binding them closely, they are the cynosure of their father. It may be hard to believe, but even now whether it is lunch or dinner time, the ever-busy leading political leader and business tycoon, Mr.Malla Vijaya Prasad, has to rush home from wherever he is, to supervise the girls’ meals and feed them with his own hands. Such is the hold the two ‘princesses’ have on their devoted father. Ask them if they would be his political heirs, pat comes the reply and they in unison say, “No, we are aware of the hardships.”

Wellfarian. I am the member of the Advisory Board of Wellfare group of companies, managing trustee of Wellfare Charitable Trust, and Managing Director of Wellfare Marina. Responsibilities An: I am in-charge of the head office, WISTM Education Institution, Marina Hotel and our upcoming chain of hotels Al: I manage Hotel Marina. My focus is more on the new project which will be coming up soon. The change An: I joined business when I was just 19. I started working with seniors with a lot of experience. Since I was dealing with a lot of wisdom and wit, I had to be extra cautious and think twice before I put forth my ideas. It has been a smooth learning process. Since I am heading a lot of wings, daily issues from every sector


The girls may have different professional pursuits, but have one thing in commondetermination to come out of the giant shadow of their father, and create their own identity. The sure-footed sisters are full of ideas and well-set goals that defy their age. What is more interesting is they spell them out in a confident and eloquent homily; of course, not without those natural fun and frolic interjections.

EXCERPTS First step Anusha: When dad was busy in politics, I took the decision to step into the organisation to expedite its growth and remove hindrances that were coming in the way of its progress. It was a surprise birthday gift for my father. Alekhya: I am pursuing Bachelors in Hotel Management (3rd year) from Acharya Nagarjuna University. I got inspired by my sister’s decision and decided to follow her footsteps to be a

keep me on the run. I have to be very patient and calm when I enter office. Al: It took me some time to understand the business nuances. Now I am quite well-versed in a few aspects if not all. Life is all about some learning, isn’t it? Change in wardrobe An: Well, I wear whatever I like but yes the length of my attires has increased. Interestingly, a few of my staff started donning western outfits after my entry, which is a very good change. Al: It is more of formals now. But yes, we replenish our wardrobe every 2 months. Team and management An: When I joined the well-established concern, there was a team in place. However, I had to cut the deadwood, remove some non-performers and pick up a few value-adding professionals. I consider energy and positive approach as the prerequisites to enter Wellfare.

Al: I look for integrity, honesty, punctuality and dedication in my team. Successful project An: During the period between 2011 and 2014, WISTM had only 500 students. We could double the strength by admitting 500 students in 2015. With the help of our diligent Principal and staff we could now touch the 1500-mark. Al: My projects are at nascent stage. Lots to learn and achieve! But if the upcoming project gets executed successfully, I will start my own hotel. Disappointments An: None whatsoever. Al: Initially, I was skeptical about taking risks, but my father & sister encouraged me to go ahead and guided me. Now, I am ready for challenges. Lessons learnt An: You may heap your staff with perks and promotions, but at the end of the day, all they remember is how you treat them. So, I learnt to be a boss with a caring and compassionate heart. Al: I am more matured now. Life is all about taking risks. Every step in life teaches us a lesson. It may be good or bad- I take all of them in a positive way! One leadership lesson An: My father always tells us that we should love our nation the way we love our family. Following that, I am sure to be a good leader. Al: Generosity. I learnt that from my father. He empties his pockets for anyone who comes seeking his help. Gender hurdle An: Will you pose the same question to my male counterpart? Al: I am not a ‘She Boss’ yet. I am yet to get used to being addressed ‘M’am’. Status of women entrepreneurs An: We find women are in minority when it comes to the industry. That doesn’t mean they lack acumen. There are a few | 43

borders that hold them. Al: I find them still dependent. They should be self-reliant. CSR An: We run Wellfare Charitable Trust, under which we carry out several welfare activities. Our initiatives are theme based like Self-Habilitation, etc. We go for these activities twice a month. We visit slums, villages and tribal areas with an objective to spread awareness among the inmates over hygienic habits and education. We distribute basic necessities, etc. Al: Leaving the visible spots to others, we cover remote areas. We believe in the maxim “Hunger is not for the bread, hunger is for the love.” So, we try to spend as much time as possible with the needy. We don’t publicise our charity acts. Future plans An: Our plan is to expand Wellfare Group across the nation in the educational & hospitality sectors. I want to start my own fashion brand .

Hunter or gatherer? Both: Gatherer Dinner with An: Sabyasachi Mukherji Al: Conrad Hilton Idol An: Billy Graham Al: My father (always) Best advice An: From my father who tells me to be more people-centric. Al: My father who says –“Be guided by your gut feeling.” Title of your autobiography An: How To Be Happy At The Mountains & Valleys Too. Al: I shall title it- Be Confident In What You Do

Al: People around me should be happy. Being organised or attention to details Both: Organised. Blogs you follow and recommend An: Joyce Meyer Al: Peace revolution, The Positivity Relationship Al: She is very supportive. We are more of BFFs. An: Our wavelengths match. We share everything. Naughty Al: That’s her. Don’t go by her looks. I was so fascinated by her beautiful well-manicured long nails that I too started growing mine. I found them missing one fine morning. She ran a silent nail-cutter through them while I was sleeping. Motivation An: Work. Al: My hard working father and sister motivate me

15 minutes of fame An: I shall spread God’s word. Al: I shall use it to educate the needy children. Bad at An: Cooking. I FOLLOWED MY SISTER’S

OFF THE CUFF Trips Together An: Oh yes, many! We have our ‘sisters-only’ trip every month. It could be either for shopping or conducting charitable initiatives. Al: More than leisure trips, we enjoy doing social campaigns.

FOOTSTEPS TO BECOME A WELLFARIAN: ALEKHYA Al: Singing. People easily but you can’t? An: Indulge in attery. Al: I can’t hurt people Hidden talents? An: Singing

Three effective mobile apps An: BodyFitness, Joyce Meyer and Bubble Crush.

Al: Dancing

Al: Whatsapp and travel portals like MakeMyTrip, Oyo.

Not in your dictionary An: Hate

Your superpower would be... An: Speed

Al: Impossible

Al: Invisibility

From a fortune cookie... An: Eternal beauty. Shoot by Dhana Vijay | 44





“Home is wherever we are together” reads the beautifully crafted signboard. Superintendent of Police (Visakha Rural) M r. R a h u l D e v S h a r m a a n d w i f e Mrs.Sakshi could not have chosen a more appropriate quote to adorn the entrance of their home away from their geographical home. The young couple seems to have created their cozy and loving nest not only in letter but also in spirit. They are well ensconced here, | 46

adopting the local lingo and lifestyle. Their acclimatisation is so complete that succulent parathas, on which they both grew up, are replaced by austere idlis and dosas at the breakfast table. Entering the wedlock on 21st Jan 2014, the young police officer brought his bride to Andhra Pradesh. For chic dress designer Sakshi, the place was, till then, just another name in the list of 29 states.

If the move from the capital -New Delhi to Parvatipuram was a challenge in itself, shifting to four places in a span of four years must have been quite an overwhelming experience for a girl who just entered matrimony. Amidst all this, arrived their bundle of joy Aarav, adding a new pleasant dimension to their lives. The couple seems to have taken the changes and challenges with much equanimity and ease.

Decorated officer Rahul hails from Ghaziabad, UP. His father, Mr.B.D Sharma is an engineer serves in U.P State Government & mother Mrs.Usha Rani is a home maker. His brother Mr.Mayank runs a restaurant in Noida. A gold medallist in B.Tech from NIT Allahabad, Rahul earned his first job as a Site Engineer in NTPC Ltd. Cracking Engineering Service Exam, obtaining 37th rank, he joined Indian Railways Service of Engineers as an Assistant Executive Engineer, South Central Railway. Bagging 197th rank in civil services exams, he joined IPS in 2010 as Assault Commander Greyhounds, ASP, Parvatipuram, OSD-Kadapa, SPCID, Hyderabad before he took up the present posting. He successfully curbed the Maoist menace in the district and earned the much-coveted President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 2017. The unassuming officer acknowledges the role of his full team, stating that it is a proud moment for every police officer. Designer by choice Sakshi, an out and out Delhite, is the daughter of Mr. Avedhesh Kumar Sharma, an Asst. Engineer in Municipal Corporation of Delhi. While her mother Mrs.Rajbala is a house engineer, her brother Mr.Prakash runs a packaged drinking water plant- ALBION. A post-graduate degree holder in English literature, she studied B.Ed. However, she follows her passion and pursues her career in fashion designing. For now she is waiting in the wings to take it up as a full time profession. Of course, she has her hands full, with 2-year-old Aarav demanding & getting her undivided attention. The couple speaks of their years of togetherness in a candid tete-e-tete. Read on...

How did you meet? Sakshi: Our rendezvous was arranged by family friends. We met in 2012 for the first time. As Rahul was undergoing training at that time, he didn’t want to be married immediately. We waited till he settled down in his job and got married and moved to AP. First thing you noticed in him/her... S: His typical hair cut. Later, I came to know that it was mandatory to wear one’s hair that way while undergoing training.


becomes a wee bit difficult but I try to reserve my weekends for them. S: I was aware of what I was getting into. Yet, it was a bit scary at times. By and by, I have learnt to live with it. He is as good as his word and spends weekends with us. Anyway, I don’t expect him to ignore his official commitments and am happy with the quality time I get. Does she design your clothes? Does he police your activities? R: Yes, she does all my shopping. That’s a big relief. S: No, he doesn’t. He keeps it to his office. Ideal romantic date? S: A candle light dinner with soft music. His/her trait you value most? S: His commitment and sincerity R: Her attitude- enjoy every moment. On decisions you don’t approve of… R: We take decisions after due deliberation. If there are any disputes, we present our point of view with supporting facts and logic.

Rahul: Her smile & dimple. Changes R: My life used to be rather ill organised before she entered my life. Everything is systematic now. S: Leaving Delhi was the biggest change, but now I love it here. Our son is the biggest blessing; he occupies most of our time. Secret behind the success of your marriage? S: We don’t fight over petty issues that often turn out to be irritants in any relationship. What steps do you take to keep romance alive? R: A few surprises & celebrating every small event does the trick. Risk-ridden profession- how do you deal with it? R: We are trained to deal with such situations. We have a set of SOPs and have needed security measures in place. It is a part and parcel of my life now. Giving exclusive attention to family | 47

Best part of your marriage? S: We are compatible. Like old wine, it gets better with time. 10 yrs from now, you will be… S: Busy with our children, designing their future. Love advice to the youth S: Understand each other before committing. OFF THE CUFF Bucket list S: Travel. Shop. Travel. R: Fulfil her bucket list

Who clicks that perfect DP? R: She is amazing at it. One trait you want to change in him/her? S: His lazing around on Sundays. R: Her never-ending wish list. What brings that contended smile? S: His ability to balance work and life. R: Her facility to adjust to every situation. Favourite dream S: That we are on a romantic date together. On writing a love poem or letter… S: I doubt that can ever happen.

First to blink after a fight... Sakshi: That’s Rahul. Any forgotten anniversary or birthday? S: He forgets most of the time.

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R: And somehow I manage to remember at the 11th hour. COMPATIBILITY METER

More forgiving S: He is. Messier S: Rahul! Always on the phone R: She is. Romantic R: Sakshi. Shopaholic R: She is a fashionista, so obviously she is the one. Sings in the shower S: He does. Hidden talents S: He prepares good Maggi and sandwiches. 3 things in common. S: Food, movies and travel. Both of us enjoy them. Place you want to visit S: Europe.



Though she came from the most happening city, she adjusted to the circumstances pretty fast and accepted the quiet lifestyle, that too without any complaints. She wanted to go for her doctoral studies, but gave it up so that we could be together. She understands what my job demands. Earlier, I used to be worried if she could fend for herself because I could not be with her all the time. Thank God, she is independent and can travel alone and handle any situation.

Perfectionist as he is, he worships his work. This is the most attractive part of his persona. He is equally devoted to the family and takes care of all my needs. We were posted in Parvatipuram, where there were no modern eateries. So without fail, he used to fetch a pizza for me, whenever he visited the city. Well, we cannot count the number of hours we spend together but he sees that we have the best of time in the given scenario.

These are a few of her favourites:

Food: Stuffed paranthas and kheer

Food: Fast food- pasta, pizzas

Pass time: Sleeping

Cricketer: Virat Kohli

Actor: Amitabh Bachchan

Song: Any latest song Colour: Red

R: It is a long list. | 48

These are a few of his favourites:

Song: Mere sapno ki rani Colour: Is it green? No, no it is black Attire: His uniform

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hildren, often, perceive the doctor’s chamber as the place where painful and nasty things happen to them and the man in apron is the one who perpetrates them. It is the doctor’s prerogative to push his boundaries to break through this wall of resistance, braving the deafening screams and kicking limbs to apply that healing touch. But here is a specialist who befriends these tiny ‘rebels’ to that extent that they actually look forward to meeting him. Dr.K.Radhakrishna Managing Director & Chief Consultant Pediatrician, OMNI RK Super Speciality Hospital for Children & Women, forges a positive impact in the lives of innumerable children and parents. It is not just his ability to heal diseases but his innovative methods and standards he has set in the healthcare that make him immensely popular. He chose pediatrics purely out of love for children and passion for service. No wonder he walked away with the single coveted seat in the discipline at that time, competing with 3000 aspirants. Dr. Radhakrishna tells us all about his journey. | 50

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He redefines

Pediatric Health care By V. Sarada

EXCERPTS Childhood We, four siblings had a fantastic childhood, in Pune, Tirupati and Vizag. I recall that the best period was spent in Pune where my father Dr.K.B.V.Somasundaram taught in the Dept. of Physiology, Army Medical College. My mother Mrs.Narimani, was generosity personified. My father used to keep us on a tight leash & taught us to take care of ourselves and our money. Right from the 2nd standard, we would take public transport to the school and were given 50 paisa per day for bus fare. I always topped the class. So, he never had any complaints except about my handwriting which is bad even now. Choice I had only two options- medicine or engineering. It is purely due to my love for children, I opted for pediatrics. Even now, I take every kid into my arms. I was the ninth pediatrician who started practice in the city. Bagging a gold medal in MD, I joined AMC as an Asst. Professor of Pediatrics in 1985. Unable to cope with the killing schedule, I left it and started RK Children’s Hospital and added Mother Child care. I collaborated with Omni in 2013. Then and now In 80s, medical infrastructure was woefully lacking and there was only one facility, KGH. Child mortality was high. Things started looking up with the advent of private nursing homes in 90s. But I must admit that there was an uninching trust between the doctors and the patients. There was no rat race or financial stress. Now infant mortality rate is low. Investigation services have improved. Of course, the cost of treatment is now prohibitive.

When it comes to doctor-patient ties, the trust factor is waning. People come with net-imparted half knowledge and question the abilities of the doctor. Omni RK The founders of Omni, based in Hyderabad, wanted to foray into the city and I wanted to work with them without taking the burden of administration. It was a mutually beneficial deal. Of course, I did invest to keep that feeling of ownership and suffixed it with my name RK. We are starting a new wing soon with a team of 15 pediatricians specialized in different fields. Group practice I introduced group practice, eradicating the concept of one man show. We pool our diverse skills and are assured of financial security. Of course, the leader of the group has to adopt the ‘Give and Forgive’ policy as he has to share finances and power to handle cases. He has to forgive people when they trespass.

favourite actor or teacher is. By placing an inhouse call, I make my staff talk to the child, impersonating its hero. d) My junior teammates too are treated to pizzas whenever they clear a doubt. Continued Medical Education (CME) A doctor is always a student and needs to constantly update his knowledge. I taught 2,000 students in my 15 years service at AMC. I used to go beyond the textbooks to share practical experiences. Even now I deliver at least 40 lectures in a year. Modern motherhood Mothers are obsessed with two issues – children’s food and education, and show no concern for the child’s creativity. They nurse a false assumption that medicines can do everything - right from enhancing the child’s appetite to its height. This has to change. Problems & solutions Unfortunately, we are 50 years behind in health care and research compared to the developed nations. We lag behind in hygiene, infrastructure and nursing. We can cut down 1/3rd of the deaths just by providing good hygienic conditions. The ever-increasing population is our bane. We can find solutions if only our politicians and bureaucrats are serious and committed. People too should put in their bit.

Small acts & big joy A good pediatrician has to be a stage performer and it is always show time for him. a)

When I was a child I recall Bata company came up with a gift scheme of giving children a timetable leaf. I went to the shop at least 20 times to claim it. The joy of having that gift stays etched in my mind even today. This inspired me to introduce this practice. Every child that comes to my chamber is offered a toy or goodie.

b) I also send books, fruits, chocolates and sweets as per the child’s choice. c) I find out who the child’s | 51

I did not pick up right contacts. I would arrive at social functions so late that I would end up eating with the staff that stayed back to clean up the venue. Now I have started working on it. Alternative medicines & home remedies These streams were efficacious when they were practised by experts. But they were not passed down to succeeding generations. I don’t approve of home remedies like diet restrictions for the new mother and giving massages and fomentation to the child. For eg, people think that they can widen the child’s eyes and make them attractive by applying kohl. I say it only attracts an eye infection.

Unforgettable incident A baby from a poor family was in ICU for nearly 15 days and in the hospital for a month. When I asked the parents if they were relieved to go home at last, they replied that they sold their house to meet the expenses. That day my head bowed on two counts- firstly, with respect for the sacrificing parents & secondly, for the immense trust they reposed in me. Challenging case Five-year old Deepthi, victim of Encephalitis (inammation of the brain) came to us with no hopes of returning. But she survived and went home happily. The credit goes to my team. Special moment The best day was when my son landed a job with McKinsey & Company. He was the 3rd to be selected out of ten candidates from IIM-A, IIM-B and IIM-C. Regrets Yes three regrets- I wish I practised in a bigger city which would have given me a better exposure. I could not give enough time to my children during their formative years. Now, I try to make amends by travelling with them to spend some quality time together. Thirdly, I neglected social networking. Engrossed in my own world, | 52

IVF IVF is a blessing for the childless. We will start our own wing very soon. Surrogacy is another new concept helpful for those who can’t take long breaks from work. Autism Though it is a genetic malady, it also can be attributed to the modern lifestyle where the child is exposed to a lot of screen time on Ipad/TV/Mobile. Parents get them addicted to it to either to feed

them a few extra morsels or to keep them entertained. Sadly, we don’t have enough institutions taking care of them. Advice to pediatric aspirants Work hard and try to update your knowledge through research. Be curious and go that extra mile to learn. I recall, a child was brought to me with multiple problems, one of which was a skin issue. I took the child to the dermatologist and tried to get to the bottom of the problem before treating it. Advice to parents They should inculcate reading habit in children and help them build a home library. Having a command over English and maths can take you up the social ladder. Maths sharpens brains & English opens doors of communication. Invest in a good school. Child should take interest in one art form. Presence of at least one of the parents at home is important. CSR activities We conduct a lot of health camps which help us in two ways. They help us serve the needy and also gain popularity.

Off the Cuff Success Mantra Hard work and perfecting any task I take up.

Essentials in life… Good friend and some relaxation.

Secret of your energy One hour of yoga a day keeps me fit and energised.

What makes you happy? Teaching.

Idol Mr.V.T.V.Prasad Rao, my physics teacher in school and Dr.Veerbhadra, teacher at medical college.

…sad? Indiscipline. Pastime Watching meaningful and inspirational cinema.



Food: Junk food.

• Dr. Alahasingari Medal in Physiology 1976.

Actor: Surya Actress: Tammannah

• Certificate of Honours in Pharmacology 1977. • Rao Bahadur Ramamurthy Memorial Prize in Microbiology -1978.


Film: Black

• Vemuri Shivaji Rao Medal In Medicine 1979.

• Organizing Chairman AP PEDICON 2008

Car: Volvo Song: Songs from Art of Living and old Telugu/Hindi songs Book: My textbooks

• President of AP state chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics 2010-2011

• Best Outgoing Student. He was awarded

HE IS SUPPORTIVE: DR.AKHILA, DAUGHTER Working as a Radiologist at Dolphin Diagnostics, Akhila is recently blessed with an adorable daughter- Anvika. She says, “My father supported my decision to pursue Radiology, instead of Pediatrics. When I worked for a short period at Omni RK, I saw him from a new perspective and as the head of an organisation. It was certainly an enriching experience.”

• Bodapatu Venugopal Prize in MD Pediatrics for securing the highest marks in AU.

• Organizing Secretary AP PEDICON 2000

• Vikram Deo Varma Medal In Medicine 1979.


I ADMIRE HIS HONESTY & INTEGRITY: DURGA, WIFE Born and brought up in Eluru, Mrs.Kanaka Durga got married to Dr. Radhakrishna after graduation. Woman of a few words, she says, “It was a smooth transition and a perfect sail all through.” She admires Dr.Radhakrishna for his discipline and commitment to his life’s mission. “I never interfere with his work. I have been busy with our two kids while he is busy bringing relief to thousands of suffering children.”

Silver Jubilee Celebration Committee Prize - 1980

• Scientific Advisor for IAP Visakhapatnam Chapter for the past 8 years.

By Chandrika Mantri

HE IS MY GUIDE: AASRITH, SON I used to believe in the maxim: You get what you give. But my father made me realise that we should give without expecting anything back and that one scales great heights only through sincerity and hard work.

HE IS MY INSPIRATION: DR.NAGENDRA KUMAR, SON-IN-LAW A Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Colombia Asia Hospital & Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bengaluru, he says that he is highly motivated by Dr.Radhakrishna. “My father-in-law is eager to learn new medical developments & open to suggestions.” | 53



saga epeats By V. Sarada

Satisfaction Guaranteed’ are the two words that

have made all the difference, says retail tycoon

Sam Walton of Walmart. If Mr.S.R.Gopinath

Reddy, Managing Director, SR Shopping Mall, endorses the sentiment, the rapid growth of his enterprise, from one outlet in 2005 to a six-branch chain now, confirms that he walks the talk. While on this victory march, he has also dispelled two popular myths surrounding success – 1) One should be born with an entrepreneurial spoon in the mouth and 2) One has to storm the market with something dazzling and huge. That, he made it to the top without these two props, is a known fact. The businessman gracefully shares this glory with his wife Mrs.Saritha, Managing Partner - Software and Accounts. We talk to the couple to get a comprehensive view of the SR edifice and how Reddys have been expanding it block by block.

Why did you choose this trade? Gopinath: I come from a family of academicians & politicians belonging to Brahmamgari Matham. My father Mr.S.R.Rama Chandra Reddy is a retired head master and my mother Mrs.S.R.Ramanamma is a Hindi scholar. I studied engineering from Bengaluru. However, with my heart set in trade, I took up civil works even when I was in my third year. I tried my hand at a job only to realise that I am not cut out for the nine-to-five grind. After taking up a project in Kakinada Port, I have gone full throttle into garment business. Saritha: My father Mr. B.G.Krishna Reddy served as Deputy Director | 56

Horticulture & mother Mrs.B.Radha is a home maker. Being a computer science graduate, I worked for an IT firm before I joined my husband. My attention is now divided between my son Dheeraj and the business. How did the mall happen? G: Our first outlet was established in Gajuwaka in 2005 and marched on. We also dabble in real estate. S: We opened outlets in Anakapalli, Gopalapatnam, Jagadamba and Srikakulam. To tap the high-end customers, we opened Kalyanee at Gopalapatnam.

What are the fresher’s advantages? G: I came with a clean slate unlike those scions, who inherit a structured trade mode. My open mind and outof-the-box thinking gave me a clear picture of the market. We knew we had to win over Vizagites who are predominantly salaried & austere, yet want to be dressed in the latest best. S: Yes, accepting that contradiction, we provide them with new arrivals with a strict vigil on the price tag. What is your USP? G: Agreed, all garment merchants offer more or less the same range

of merchandise with marginal price variations. But the real difference lies in services. S: We make people feel at home while giving them what they want. The changes you noticed... G: Earlier, members of a family used to go on their individual shopping sprees. Now they look for a one-stop destination which offers a wide assortment of merchandise, low prices, amiable and helpful service, convenient hours and free parking. S: We follow the contours of the customer demands and provide everything under one roof. What are the market changes? G: Basically, the mall culture is here to stay. Standalone outlets are giving way to these biggies and chains of stores. Following this new trend, we have to change the procuring and marketing systems too. What are the challenges you faced in the journey? G: Nothing to complain about except that in this skilled labourdependent business, we find it tough to get experienced hands. S: By God’s grace it has been a smooth sail. What is your modus operandi? G: Our roles are well defined. Saritha takes care of software and administration while I manage the overall coordination and I also work on expansion programmes and advertisements; my brother is entrusted with purchases and readymade segment and a cousin handles the fabric wing. S: We have procuring teams, each one dedicated to one genre of merchandise and we have tie-

ups with agents all over the country. Products are, then, brought to our Murali Nagar corporate building which has a 12000 sq.ft- warehouse. Once categorized and bar-coded, the pieces are sent to the branches in our own vehicles. Your marketing strategy? G: The Vizag market is price conscious and I know my customers like the palm of my hand. I learnt the ropes fast. S: Since our target audience come from middle and lower middleclass segments, we keep

timing is as important as the procurement of the material. We move the right stock at the right time. This is our success mantra. How do you manage to propagate your mall? G: Our customers are our brand ambassadors. We gained popularity through word of mouth. S: Our name precedes us every time we opened a new branch with our customers passing a good word about us to their kith and kin, and friends living around that area. No wonder, we get good response right from the day one. How do you deal with cutthroat competition? G: Show me one business that is free of competition.


an eye on their choices. Check on quality G: We only deal with very reputed manufacturers. So, half of our job is done even before we pick up the products. Defects, if any, can be spotted very easily in the bar-coding process. Secret behind your success. G: We have pooled our individual strengths and built a coherent union. Saritha’s knowledge of computers helps us in accounts. My brother, who earlier headed a college, is adept at human resources and administration. Our cousin who has immense knowledge of merchandise, procures the best. S: Gopinath is behind my success and vice versa. We also owe it to our committed and dedicated staff, which wants to see the SR Shopping Mall in the forefront. I feel distribution and its

I quote Sam Walton here- “Having no competition is a bad thing. Competition makes you try to improve yourself all the time.” Being a fashion industry, our field is very dynamic. My advantage is that if a new trend starts in Mumbai today, within a week, I can bring it to the city for the locals to pick. S: We constantly renovate and give facelift to facilities making them attractive. We introduced a new logo | 57

recently with a tagline -Ade bandham, sari kotha rupam (Ties remain the same but in a new mode). We replenish the stock every week, that too with fast moving pieces.

Demonetisation and GST- how did they impact you? G: We are still reeling under the demonetisation effect. But I am sure GST will be helpful to us, once we get over these transitional hiccups.

E-tailing vs brick and mortar S: Our store was the first in the city to touch millennial customer through digital platform. It proved to be more expensive than the traditional mode.

Any unforgettable incidents? Both: Setting up the Jagadamba branch is a memory I can never wipe out of my mind. I was apprehensive of being a pigmy amidst the giants around initially. However, competing with them revealed many realities. I learnt that the size of the shop would not matter if you had the right product on your counter at the right time.

G: We don’t lose sight of our identity, mission and core customers, who are generally comfortable with ‘touch-feel and buy’ mode. Tip to new comers G: Retailing is undergoing a sea change. Earlier, people could start business anywhere and even with small stores. As I mentioned earlier, leading businessmen are going for chains of stores. This also shows that they are ready to take huge volume of business. Newcomers should enter the field only after keeping these developments in mind.


He Builds SR Synergy

What are your future plans? Both: First, we want to open outlets in the neighbouring districts and later on all over the state.

After earning doctorate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from AU, Dr.S.L.N.Prasad Reddy worked as a manufacturing chemist. He served as the Principal of a Pharmacy College in Hyderabad. He joined SR Shopping Mall as Managing Partner (Purchase & Administration) and says that it has been a smooth shift.

procuring garments from manufacturers and wholesalers. This is imperative as our biggest strength lies in offering ‘quality @ affordable rates’.

How was the transition? My communication skills stood me in good stead. I, along with our staff, build a synergy which helps us march towards the common goal.

Working with kin- advantages & disadvantages… I am here because of my brother. I thank my parents for structuring our thinking in such a way that we share an excellent rapport. Luckily, this bonhomie is extended to our respective families too. Only disadvantage is sometimes our personal and professional lives overlap.

What did SR mall teach you? I learnt to keep myself motivated till the task is done & not to give-up. What is your contribution? I introduced a systematic way of

Shoot Dhana Vijay

What are your CSR activities? Both: On our Foundation Day, we hold blood donation camps and donate clothes. We help whenever there is a calamity. Recently, we distributed clothes to the fire victims of Gajuwaka.

Your tip to academicians who want to turn into entrepreneurs? Observe the business and use your strengths suitably.



By V. Sarada & Chandrika Mantri


an you recall the last time a kid knocked at your car window at a traffic signal; or that silver-

smeared ‘child-Gandhi’ raising his hand for alms; or the forlorn child tugging at your sari pallu wistfully looking at your handbag? These scenes are passé. Yes, the Smart City is almost free of this

I help?”. The answer emerged as Gen Next and Generation Yuvaa came into We often turn our backs to the urchins, being,” says Founder and President saying, “Oh, how sad! But what can we Mr.B.Naresh Kumar, do? It is the government’s prerogative to reprehensible practice- child begging.

rescue and rehabilitate them.” But these Mr.K.Rakesh Reddy, Co-Founder and three young men neither could calm Secretary, left a lucrative job with L&T, their screaming conscious nor could after he came to know of Naresh’s they make excuses for themselves. They initiative. Now he is a compassionate see to it that tiny alms-seeking hands Big Brother (Anna) to dozens of boys hold books and pencils, and those and girls who are rescued from pain street-trotting bare feet walk to the and poverty. school. Their dedication is perfectly reflected in the happy faces of the well- Mr.P.Raja Sekhar, Co-Founder and dressed children, prancing around in the Secretary, a JNTU product and owner haven- Generation Yuvaa shelters, of a software firm, is the third of the trinity. He offers the much-needed specially designed and run for them. healing touch to the children who bear marks of physical and mental abuse. Motive behind mission “It was during my final year of engineering that I witnessed some disturbing incidents which made me wonder why people turned so selfish, lacking compassion for the fellow beings. Initially, my plan to take up social service drew laughs from everyone. But I stuck to my guns. In quest of the right target, I repeatedly asked myself - “Who is in dire need?" and “Whom can | 60

The beginning “To begin with, we started visiting children’s homes to play, talk and educate, and assure them of our support. We went to every single organisation registered in the city. To our dismay, we found that these homes were unable to retain the inmates who were lured by more lucrative outside activities. Then surveying streets and slums, we met child beggars, child labourers and

traffickers. In the Kancharpalem slum itself, we found 80% of children had dropped out of school to work or beg. It also dawned on us that a day’s speech or a motivation session was not enough to send them back to school and started giving night tuition. However, the outcome was not very satisfactory. Our next strategy was to befriend the children who were earning anything between Rs.200 to Rs.500 per day. We find that they would fritter it away on hotels, movies and drugs. “We understood the magnitude of the problem & intensified our drive. We distributed 13 lakh pamphlets. We felt the need to establish Generation Yuvaa Children Homes and Village as total rehabilitation of the children can be achieved only by keeping them under 24x7 vigil,” says the trio.

The journey Established in 2007, the NGO till now has handled 2000 cases and positively affected the lives of 250 children. Right now, it provides shelter to 186 children in four homes run in MVP Colony, Gajuwaka, Birla Junction (main counseling center) and Muralinagar. Nearly 6,000 donors from across the globe and 200 plus volunteers, help them out in this humongous task. The prime objective “We opened our first centre in Naresh’s house at Birla Junction in 2012 with just two boys. Much to our chagrin, one of them, a street dancer, was resisting counseling. We threw in some dance activities to win him over. Success of these cases inspired us to rescue more children,” they say with justified pride.

a certificate from CWC, the child is brought to the counseling center.

be gauged from the fact that we could rescue 80% of them,” they say.

• The child’s interest is identified and he/she is introduced to institutional discipline and emotional bonding. Every child is made to take care of a plant or an animal.

Help from outside Right now 100 children are adopted by donors. Anyone can sponsor a day’s meal or provide basic amenities. But they are not allowed to distribute food or gifts. There are a few donors who sponsor or celebrate happy occasions with the children.

• The child then is admitted to a private school. • Gen Yuvaa helps parents too who are allowed to visit their child once in 40 days. They are motivated to adapt a good lifestyle. Reformed parents are employed in shelters.

• On receiving information, a rescue team approaches the parents.

Shocking but true “We discovered that most of the children were drug addicts or had been inhaling whiteners sold to them by the elder beggars. The pungent smell of the whitener gives a kick, kills hunger and eventually, affects the central nervous system. The addict meets a pre-mature death. Migrant workers too deploy their children for begging. Telugu people are known for their generosity. They inadvertently encourage child begging.”

• The erring parents are given three warnings. The child is rescued and produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). After obtaining

Drive goes on “We urge people not to give alms and to contact us if they spot a child begging. The success of our drive can

At present, they have 100 boys and 86 girls. Eight children with OCD and two mentally challenged are rehabilitated and now lead a normal life. Sequence of actions

Success tales • Two children have completed their 12th standard, and are preparing for EAMCET exams. Two inmates are writing their 10th board exams. 120 children are going to private schools, and nearly 60 of them are rank holders. • They have no stage fear and communicate with ease. • A woman and her two children who were mortgaged to a builder by her husband were rescued. Now the family is reunited after the husband is counselled. • The NGO could reform many parents who motivate their peer to quit begging. Some of them are now the NGO’s coordinators.

Unforgettable incident “A 19 year-old-girl dropped her child here. A day after Hudhud, she came in an inebriated state, demanding the child be returned. When we warned her of the inclement weather and requested her not to take the child, she cut her throat. We had to return the child. A day later she re-admitted the child only to reclaim it after two months. Till date, we are unable to take the child’s custody. The background check revealed that she was a drug addict and used to easy money.” Future Plans “We plan to set up 3 more homes. Our aim is to spread Gen Yuvaa across the state by 2020 and the country by 2025. We want to build a self-sustainable village in which each family is provided with a hut. The child can stay with its parents who can earn their living through any vocation they are good at. We now turn our focus on women who aunt their infants to beg. We want to replicate the Vizag model all over the country.

Generation Yuvaa offers • Exclusive shelters: two for boys & two for girls. • It takes care of them till they are settled, besides supporting single mothers. • Birla Junction Center is run on a village model with a few huts, a nursery and a few animals. • A family-like ambience is created with the children addressing their care takers as Anna and Akka. There are 50 staffers to tend to the needs of the children and each shelter is headed by one elder. • The activities in the shelters are constantly monitored through CCTVs. • A centralised kitchen serves nutritious and healthy food to the inmates. No

Interested can visit Green House at Birla Junction or email to Contact: 9985266229, 9052547538, 9030553767 Website: FB: Generationyuvaa | 62

food from outside is permitted except on special occasions. The schedule is breakfast-snacks-lunch-health drinksnacks-dinner. • Two autorickshaws transport the children to school. • Inspirational sessions like Ignite Your Mind are held for the children above eight years. Experts from various fields are invited to motivate them. • Three retired teachers (volunteers) teach the children. • An academic in-charge prepares the monthly report cards. Coordinators keep a regular check on the child’s progress at school. • 70 doctors (volunteers) take care of their health needs.

What do we do to check this social evil?

Bitter Facts

• Offering a 10 rupee note to a child is not an act of kindness. By doing so, we only encourage them on this path of destruction. Instead, get in touch with the NGO and give the details of the child and its whereabouts.

• In India nearly three lakh children are forced into begging.

• You can sponsor a child for Rs.3,200 per month or sponsor a day’s meal for Rs.6,000 for one branch. • Since the NGO was oated by students, participation of students is appreciated and encouraged.

• They are inicted with wounds and maimed to inspire pity. • Many don’t know that the sops they give, go for alcohol, drugs or trafficker, and not for food or education. • Many parents live comfortable lives by pushing their children into begging. • Parents reclaim children from shelters and push them back into begging.

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his signature dishes.


CHICKEN ALA KIEV A modern twist on a popular classic, this simple yet impressive version of chicken kiev makes a delicious centre piece for a hearty dinner. Fresh herb butter, instead of regularly used garlic butter, is added for the rich, indulgent filling. It is rolled in crisp Japanese breadcrumbs (Panko). As the knife pierces through the chicken breast, a golden stream of herb-ecked butter ows out. Relish it with spinach & cheese sauce. | 64

FISH POLLICHATU Freshly-caught pomfret is marinated with home-made spices, lemon juice and ginger garlic paste. It is panseared with onion, tomato and tamarind masala after which it is wrapped in a banana leaf and sweated for five minutes on each side. The avours along with the aroma of banana leaf penetrate the fish. The dish arrives in a steamy bundle dressed with tomato and onion slices. BAMBOO CHICKEN Made out of a tribal recipe of Araku, this tempting delicacy is prepared by marinating chicken overnight with home-made spices, curry leaf, green chillies and fresh coconut. The chicken is stuffed into the bamboo stalk, and cooked on charcoal fire. The moisture from the bamboo and the smoky avour adds that extra tang to the dish. Garnished with onion rings, coriander leaves and a dash of lime, it is just irresistible.

KADHAI PANEER CHEF’S WAY PEACH MOJITO, ORANGE PIROSKA & GREEN COOLOR Can anyone ever resist paneer? This popular North Indian dish is the most sought after across the world. Paneer, stuffed with cheese, ginger, green chillies and garlic, is marinated and cooked in a clay pot, and then tossed with coriander leaves, onion, capsicum and onion tomato masala. Scrumptious, aromatic and rich in taste, this dish is an absolute meal showstopper.

Yep, we seem to be in for a harsh summer. We are readying a few fresh, fizzy and refreshing drinks, packed with ingredients like kiwi crush, khus syrup, mint leaves, coconut water, orange slices, lemon slices and what not, to up the cool.

Abhishek & His Aromatic Tale Abhishek carved out a special niche for himself in the hospitality world with his expertise & experience in banqueting, a la carte, fine dining, and all facets of kitchen management. In a brilliant career spanning more than a decade, he has successfully held various food festivals at premium hotels. He had the privilege of working with renowned Michelin chefs,

G.Garvin and Pierre Gagnaire.He bagged a silver medal in Live Cooking, Emirates Culinary Guild Dubai 2007. Hailing from a family of armed forces and academicians of Balasaur, Abhishek was expected to take either of the paths. But following his inclination, he pursued B.Sc at IHM, Bengaluru. Starting his career with Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort &

Spa, Dubai, Abhishek has worked for many star hotels & amassed vast experience, holding top positions. Recalling his stint with Lemon Tree, he says, “I ran the restaurant, sourcing materials from local organic gardens and used fish from the in-house pond. Replicating this experiment, I want to promote the local cuisine.” | 65

VIKAS CELEBRATES SILVER JUBILEE Vikas Educational Institutions celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The management and staff of Vikas and People Combine were there to celebrate 25 years of success. The cultural programme presented by the students was fascinating. “We have strived hard to provide the best education and time and again, proved to be the trendsetters,� said CEO, Vikas, R. Eswaran. Group Chairman, T.Naga Prasad and MD, Y.Raja Shekar of People Combine spoke on the occasion. Various academicians and administrative staff members were felicitated. | 66

Fun & Frolic Gig


evellers were in for a treat as Ironhill Brewery organised a fun and frolic night featuring DJ Ivan. Nearly 300 party goers were spotted burning the dance oor to the high-octane beats of DJ Ivan. Speaking about the overwhelming response, Franchise Owner, Sriharsha Tripuraneni said, “The event was a big hit. And I bet that everyone had an amazing time not just grooving to Ivan’s tunes but also relishing our scrumptious spread and enjoying our rich beers.” | 68

Say Cheers


yz-Uno, gastronomical brew pub, held a grand Nucleya pre-party bash. DJ Prashant Amir wooed the guests, spinning some killer and high-octane beats. It was a packed venue with nearly 300 revellers in attendance. Yet, the hip crowd moved around leisurely, relishing lavish delicacies, sipping beers, and having a jolly good time. Owners Bharath and Rasagna said, “The event was a great success, thanks to the overwhelming response. We plan to conduct more events that enthrall the audience.�

Vibrant Holi Bash


hariff Khan (Unique Events) and Lakshman Rao (Phoenix Events) held Holi Dhamaal 2k18 at MGM grounds. A grand rain dance, fun games, photo booths, organic colours and food stalls were organised. Nearly 1000 guests were seen, smeared in vibrant colours. DJ Bobsy, DJ Prem, DJ Nandu and RJ Rohit enthralled the guests. Ironhill brewery supplied the F&B. Dr.Sridhar Bitra of SMS Dental Hospital and Dr.Raghu, CMD, Suraksha Health Park Pvt. Ltd., graced the event. Shariff and Lakshman handed over attractive gifts to the winners. | 69




t was a feast of sorts at the Tippala’s residence in Gajuwaka where hordes of friends and fans of former MLA Mr.T.Gurumurthy Reddy converged to greet him on his birthday. Leading them was Minister Mr.Ayyanna Patrudu who stressed that he has always enjoyed a strong bond with Mr.Reddy. Gajuwaka MLA Palla Srinivas, former MLAs Malla Vijaya Prasad and Gandi Babji, Dharmasri, Tyanala Vijay Kumar and YSRCP leaders Gudivada Amarnath and Tippala Nagi Reddy were among the prominent leaders present at the party. Reciprocating their love and warmth, the Tippala family served a scrumptious breakfast. Mr.Reddy thanked the guests for their blessings and good wishes. | 70

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he City of Destiny witnessed a grand celebration when Dr.Jyothi, daughter of V.Kondanda Ramaiah and V.Gunavathi, tied the knot with G.V.M.Shankar, son of Kattaiah Chowdary and Jhansi Lakshmi. The reception and wedding were held at Waltair Club that was spectacularly decked up. While Jyothi wore a stunning red ghagra, Shankar looked dapper in a navy blue suit for the reception. The couple complemented each other. 2,000 guests attended the event and relished the lavish spread. | 72

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He takes a giant leap from politics to hospitality and sets up an ace coffee shop, now that is the much talked about eatery

TIME TO GORGE AND SPLURGE There are two hotspots, at one place you can taste Nawabi fare, at the other you can shop till you drop


SHE IS FULL OF NEW CONCEPTS Sylekhya brings a fresh sheen to the business hotel Manasarovar The Fern, and runs it on impeccable standards



Aamir Baig serves Nizami cuisine at his restaurant. Kapil Dev to vouch for his upcoming property




t is heartening to know that Vice-President M.Venkaiah Naidu formally gave the Muhurat clap for the much-talked about biopic on former Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR). One cannot say if the film that is being directed by Teja will whip up the same euphoria like some mega films in the recent past, but it would be the talk of the town. Its



Aamir Baig is all set to scale great heights with his popular restaurant Chicha’s that serves authentic Nizami cuisine. He has also roped in Kapil Dev to talk of his upcoming luxurious facility Vooty. Details can

Midhuna of Andala Rakshasi is a character hard to forget. It is even harder to forget Lavanya Tripathi who brought it alive on screen. She graces our cover this time, besides recalling some poignant moments of her career and how she deals with situations on and off the screen. To know her act, you have to run an eye on our Haute column.

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Good food, awesome customer service and a homely atmospherethat is what Sylekhya Kokkirala believes in providing at her hotel Manasarovar The Fern. Turn to Eve to know this feminist. She believes that women at strategic spots in trade can make all the difference.

Rashed Khan’s journey is all about guts and gumption and he has established it by setting up the biggest coffee shop, Miami Koffee N Kitchen, in the city. His wife Inayah Sharan, model and DJ, is his pillar of strength. She organises fun and frolic events at Miami. GenX has their story of success.

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makers are leaving no stone unturned to bring it as close to the life of the legendary actor as possible. They are roping in prominent actors to play the roles of personalities who were close to NTR. The names making rounds are veterans like Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal. They are even filming some scenes in NTR's native village Nimmakuru. We wish the film makers & Balakrishna, who plays the lead, the very best and wait for its release, which is expected to be during Dussehra.


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Red Reviews While House of Masaba includes Good Cow Café and Aquamarine Jewellery, besides an exquisite collection of renowned designer Masaba Gupta, Hyderabad Darbar serves authentic and delectable Nawabi cuisine.


Red Eve Sylekhya Kokkirala, MD, Manasarovar The Fern, is adept at balancing her personal and professional life. While she inherited simplicity from her grandparents, her globe-trotting taught her to be independent and adjust in any scenario.


Red GenX “Life is full of challenges. But facing it head on definitely brings a sense of accomplishment,” says the young entrepreneur and owner of Miami Koffee N Kitchen, Rashed Khan. He is also grateful to have his wife Inayah supporting him in his endeavours.

Red Haute Lavanya Tripathi has impressed the audience with her fabulous acting prowess, time and again. She is the biggest critic of her own work & believes in improving. This happy and care-free actress doesn’t let success get to her head nor failure affect her mood. | 06

30 Red Trade Despite hailing from a business family, Aamir Baig decided to start his own venture. Now, with his restaurant Chicha’s and upcoming state-of-the-art property, Vooty, he will soon be a name to reckon with.


FOR A NOBLE CAUSE When it comes to standing in support for a social cause, Hyderabad has proved time and again that no other place can beat it in spirit. The city socialites were seen in large numbers at Pause for a Cause, an exhibition organised at Kalinga Cultural Centre. The three-day celebration saw some of the best fashion trends weaved in Indian handlooms with some exclusive jewellery designs to pair with. Designer Shilpa Reddy graced the event as the chief guest. The proceeds raised from the exhibition were donated to Concern India Foundation, an NGO that works in the areas of health, education and community development.

KAMAL WATCH SHOWCASES CHOPARD Kamal Watch Co., the famous watch destination of South India for all the luxury watch needs, unveiled the selective and limited collection of Chopard at its store KWC Luxurio at Upmarket Jubilee Hills. Chopard showcased its 6 families under the Time Pieces Next Collection which constitutes 26 exclusive watches ranging from Rs.12 lakh to Rs.2.6 cr. The exquisite and elegant pieces studded with precious stones had all the guests raving about them.

SHILPA LAUNCHES HER BLOG Shilpa Reddy is not just a name but a renowned brand. As a model, designer, hotelier, social activist, she is one of the renowned celebrities of the city. Whatever she does, she does in style. Adding yet another feather to her cap, she launched her blog on Motherhood. Actress and philanthropist, Amala Akkineni and Nutritionist Sridevi Jasti were prominently present. The event, held at N-Convention witnessed the near and dear of Shilpa Reddy.

EXQUISITE WEDDING COLLECTION With the wedding season round the corner, Manepally Jewellers launched their exclusive wedding collection. A bevy of beauties moved around donning the glittering trinkets that won the hearts of the onlookers. The guests raved over the artistic combinations of diamonds and yellow metal. The brand is a name that has been synonymous with purity and excellence. The jewellers have been living up to their glorious legacy of 125 years. It is no surprise that they are the most preferred jewellery brand in the city.


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People Combine celebrated its Silver Jubilee at the Cyber City Convention Center. It was a grand gala evening with enthralling performances by school students followed by an orchestra medley by the school band. Srikanth Bolla, CEO, Bollant Industries was the guest speaker. Renowned string musician Veena Srivani had the audience spellbound with her performance, while stand-up comedian Papa CJ had the audience in splits. Group Chairman, Tummala Naga Prasad and Managing Director, Yarlagadda Raja Shekar, spoke about their past journey and plans for the future.

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MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE Hyderabad Film Club in association with the Program for Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence screened two films Kaasav and Sparsh. While Kaasav, directed by Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar and produced by Dr.Mohan Agashe, focuses on depression and suicide, Sparsh highlights the reality of child sexual abuse & stresses on the importance of preventing it by taking right steps. Film connoisseurs, writers, members of civil society and the government institutions attended the event.

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FOR THE FASHIONISTAS The three-day exclusive exhibition-cum-sale of Flaunt Market’s Italian designer jewellery was inaugurated at Joyess Lifestyle by Mrs South Asia International Ruchika Sharma, Socialite Sudha Jain and renowned Fashion Designer Joseph Sundar. Ahmed Ali organised the event. Nearly 20,000 exquisite jewellery pieces were displayed. The who’s who of the city attended the event, and were mesmerised by the collection.

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A TRIBUTE TO SRIDEVI KLC organized a get-together to pay homage to the departed diva, Sridevi. The ladies decked up like Sridevi in varied roles and presented a few jigs of the veteran actress. It turned out to be a perfect tribute to the evergreen beauty. The gathering remembered the histrionics of the actor & lamented her early departure.


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DECODING THE SUCCESS MANTRA Actress and politician Gul Panag addressed a gathering of 150 guests in an event organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) where she spoke on Decoding The Success Mantra. The event was held at Radisson Blu. “Life is nothing but going from one goal to another to another. Set a goal for yourself and chase it. Many times men define what we, women should be doing. But, I defied such things,” she said. Chairperson of FLO Hyderabad, Kamini Saraf, said, “Love what you are doing. Put your heart and soul into it.”


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The Heal A Child Foundation organised their annual fundraising event at The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace. As many as 450 guests attended the event, following the dress code ‘Golden Oldies’, and burnt the dance oor. Significant amount of funds were raised for the children suffering from illness whose families cannot afford the treatment. Attractive prizes for the best dressed were given away. The guests had a gala time gorging on delectable dishes and sipping drinks.

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Pandit Chatur Lal Memorial Society held Smritiyaan to pay homage to the legendary tabla artiste the Late Pandit Chatur Lal. Music lovers attended the concert. The event, held at Ravindra Bharathi, began with a santoor recital by Sathish Vyas. He was accompanied by Chatur Lal’s grandson, Pranshu. Flute legend Pt.Hariprasad Chaurasia accompanied by Pt.Ram Kumar Mishra on tabla, held the audience in thrall. Charanjit Chaturlal

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RAD OPENS NEW OUTLET RAD Design Studios opened its store at Begumpet recently. It promises to be the next big destination for interior designer and art lovers who want to take home some exclusive artifacts. The brand is known for its expertise in handcrafting art decor pieces. The store is replete with pieces that suit very dynamic and ever-changing needs of the interior design market. Anindita Chander

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HYDERABADIS EXPERIENCE PARASAILING Parasailing? And that too in a landlocked city? Yes, a fun and frolic Sunday Ride with Parasailing event, organised by Banjara Chapter, Hyderabad, was held at J.B Cricket Ground, Turkayamjal. The activity was conducted under the supervision of Squadron Leader S.P.S Kaushik, Asia's No.1 parasailing instructor, who interacted with and trained the enthusiasts who enrolled for the one day event. The attendees were overwhelmed by the experience.

LOSE WEIGHT TO GAIN HEALTH The city's well-known hospital LivLife conducted an interactive session recently in which medical experts and individuals who have had bariatric procedures participated. The agenda saw nutritionists speak about healthy and tasty recipes, while surgeons shared tips on how to keep one’s weight in check. “Obesity has been a major concern among all age groups. The fact that obesity results in various health issues has made it imperative that it be addressed immediately,” says Dr.Nandakishore Dukkipati.




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THEY WALK IN STYLE INFID organised its annual graduation fashion show Fashion Forward-2018 at Park Hyatt. Fourteen students showcased their collection based on the theme Earthy Epitome, depiction of human emotions. The city’s top models set the ramp on fire. Ashley Rebello, Bollywood stylist, costume designer of actor Salman Khan and mentor for INIFD, Gaurang Shah, renowned designer specialised in Jamdani weaves for saris and outfits, and Himaja Kumar, Assistant Director, Weavers Service Center, Ministry of Textiles, Govt of India, judged the work of the budding designers.


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Cricket team, Deccan Thunders, set to roar in Telangana Premiere League Season II, was launched at Radisson Hitec City, by G.Vivekanand, Director, Manjeera Group along with other sponsors. An attractive yellow and red jersey with the logo of Deccan Thunders (a lightning symbol) was released too. Vivekanand introduced the captain, Charan Teja and his team to the media. He said, “I am sure they will emerge winners in the tourney.�

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SANSKRUTI'S ANNUAL MEET Sanskruti Ladies Organisation held its annual meeting on 25th Feb at the Kohinoor Hall at Taj Deccan. An enthralling play Natak Accha Hai, Zaroor Dekhna kept the audience glued to their seats. The ladies, along with their husbands, attended the event. The guests relished cocktails and a lavish spread. The organisation, established on 1st Sep1987, runs Sanskruti Shikhar: a school for differently abled children. Narender Surana & Sunitha | 22

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STAR-STUDDED EVENT Sparsh Nite 2018, held by Sparsh Hospice to raise funds for a 70-bed facility, was a beautiful tribute to SP Balasubrahmanyam. Razzmatazz. organised the event. Dr.Meenakshi Anantram opened the event which was hosted by Jhansi. Chief guest KT Rama Rao said that he was an ardent SPB fan. Rotary President V.V.Ramana welcomed Padma Bhushan Varaprasad Reddy. Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry, Allu Arvind, VVS Lakshman, RP Patnaik, Pinky Reddy & Dr.Pranati graced the event. SPB was backed by Shailaja, Charan, LV Revanth, Malavika, Srikrishna, Srinidhi, Tina Kamal, Ramya & Sameera. | 23

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hen it comes to food, Hyderabadis can go beyond limits. Nope, even the traffic snarls don’t deter them. They can drive miles just to relish some lip-smacking dishes. So foodies, the latest destination joining the bandwagon is Hyderabad Darbar. Located in Rajendra Nagar and spread over 4000 sq.ft., this joint is truly a darbar for authentic Nawabi cuisine. Though they have quite a few vegetarian options, this is an ideal spot for those who want to gorge on non-vegetarian delicacies. Boasting of simple yet rustic interiors, this outlet has indoor and outdoor seating. Despite the onset of the scorching summer, you will spot many occupying space in the outdoor seating | 24

area. Reason: it’s cool, breezy location. The food? Oh just amazing! With its sumptuous spread, this eatery is bound to satiate all your taste buds. As you scroll though the menu, you will be spoilt for choice with its exhaustive range. And you cannot leave this outlet without savouring its mutton biryani, pathar ka ghosht and mutton

rolls. Top marks for sure! And you will be left drooling for more. USP? The live counters that serve hot piping dishes from pan to plate. The team is extremely cordial and professional, and goes out of the way to provide the best services. So folks, pit-stop here for that awesome experience!

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uirky and chic prints? Vibrant colour palette? Does it ring a bell? Fashionistas, time to rejoice as House of Masaba, fashion label of renowned designer Masaba Gupta is now in town. The credit goes to partners, Akhila Reddy and Pragnya Kancherla. Located in Jubilee Hills and sprawled over 10,000 sq.ft., the first flagship store of Masaba in the city features a café called Good Cow, and a stunning and beautiful collection of Aquamarine Jewellery. Walk into this outlet and the first thing that attracts you is the beautiful display of the attires. The palette is wellmerged & complementing it is the style of the outfits. This

store has it all: from saris, kurtis, tops to dresses, jackets, capes, and what not. Those who have already witnessed Masaba's fare, must be aware of the fact that she is known for her eccentric blend of traditional prints and designs with modern and latest cuts. The interiors play around the same theme, with black, brown and green walls. We are sure you now want to nail the ‘perfect look’. How about some jewellery to complement your outfit? So, pit-stop at Aquamarine Jewellery. One of the oldest jewellery brands from Mumbai, Aquamarine has created its own niche, offering exclusive and exhaustive traditional and Indo-western

collection, suitable for all occasions, at affordable rates. One look and you just can’t say ‘No’. Tired of scouting around and picking? Well then walk into Good Cow Café for that energy boost. Don’t forget to try their invigorating cold coffee and delectable pasta. Besides minimalistic interiors, this cafe houses an indoor and outdoor seating space. USP: the neatly-arranged wooden seating arrangement with bolsters. Isn’t it a perfect spot to spend your evenings, relishing a sumptuous dish and sipping hot piping coffee? Where else are you going to get everything at one spot? Drop in now. Best part: there is valet parking!

Timings: 10:00am to 11:00pm Contact: 9290529495 (Good Cow Café), 9676118156 (Masaba and Aquamarine) | 25




n a world where women make a hue and cry of

juggling both the worlds, her statement is certainly welcoming. "Life is a juggle my dear

and everyone has to do it. So, why bring the gender angle to this?" - starting on that redeďŹ ning thought, Sylekhya Kokkirala, MD, Manasarovar The Fern, speaks about life, love, motherhood and feminism. Born to Mr.M.Sambasiva Rao and Mrs.Rama, she had an eventful childhood. Claiming that she is the architect of her career and personal life too, she says, “Of course, it has to be one's own choice and good or bad, one has to stand by it. We are often known for blaming someone for the course our life takes. I don't believe in it." After a conversation with her, you are certain to return lighthearted. The way she puts across serious issues, makes you realise that life must be taken with a pinch of salt. | 26


H SPITABLE By Swarnalata Pothapragada

Career choices After completing my 12th standard, I wanted to do my under graduation abroad. But my parents wanted me to stay with them stating that I would anyway go for my masters abroad and post that I would get married. I succumbed to this pressure and joined Delhi University, as my father was then posted in Delhi. But the twist came after my first year. My father was back in Hyderabad and I landed finishing the course staying alone. After my B.Com (Hons) before

Love Charan and I knew each other since our childhood, and our parents were family friends. But like any other kids, we always used to fight. We both studied undergrad together in Delhi. Later, we both applied to the same university for MBA as our interests were the same. So, when we were in our first year, my father brought up this topic of marriage and I was clear that I was not up for an arranged

marriage. I was not keen on the idea of marrying someone who I don't know. I told my father that I had many friends & they could pick one who I was comfortable with. So, it was a sort of arranged cum love marriage. Our engagement and marriage happened during our vacations while we were pursuing our MBA. It was not like being in a conventional marriage. Till our daughter was born, it was like two friends under one roof and our house was like a bachelor’s pad. We have become more responsible and there has been a change in our routine. But in terms of our rapport, we have been like buddies. You won't believe, we don't gift each other anything like rings, phones etc. All we do is travel and make memories by clicking loads of pictures. We know each other so well that we can speak of anything and everything without any inhibitions. I am sure that most of the family members don't understand the dynamics between us because no wife would speak to a husband like I do and vice versa.


Nature Vs Nurture Growing up abroad is different from growing up in India. That difference can be clearly seen when you compare my brother with me. However, I would say it's a blend of environment and nurturing. So, if I have to pack my bags and move to a new place, I would not complain that there is no rice, dal or maid etc. Because I know how it is to live on my own and manage in a new place. I can survive even in out of comfort zone. I shifted seven schools and therefore, had to adjust to new syllabus and make new friends.

I left for my MBA, I did work for an organisation which was into renewable energy. Post that I went and obtained my MBA degree. I returned and it was again my choice to join my father-in-law's business which was branched out into renewable energy, construction and hospitality. Though my obvious choice was renewable energy, that wing was at a nascent stage. So, the next option was hospitality. Living in Antigua where hospitality industry is the major contributor to the national GDP, I was sure that hospitality industry was my choice.


Growing up My dad was an IAS officer and had to travel a lot. So I was shipped off to my maternal grandparents who lived in West Indies. My grandfather Kaza V.R.Babu was a doctor. So, by the time I was 8, I was a much-travelled child. After my brother was born, I came back to India to stay with my parents. It was my choice to come back to them. I put forth a condition that I would visit my grandparents every summer. This deal was implemented till I passed the 12th standard. I must say that this cross-cultural exposure molded my perception towards life. My grandparents pampered me a lot. At the same time, they imbued values essential for any child. | 27

Hospitality Mantra "The hospitality industry is very simple. It is a thousand simple things at once." - this statement has been my mantra. "I have a house with 3 bedrooms. Managing a hotel is like having a house with 100 bedrooms."this is exactly how I perceive my work. The difference is with your home, you know who is coming home. With the hotel, you don't know who is coming to stay. You want more people to come and stay and you want the same to come again & again. The industry is people-driven and social media driven too. Things were not that tough earlier as there was less competition. I remember when we were young, my family used to go to Deccan Pavilion in Kakatiya. This | 28

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On a personal front, my daughter has helped me streamline my work. I plan my day meticulously and strive to be a hands-on mother. But the biggest change has been a change in my relationship with my mom. My rapport with my mother was more like a friend. But now I understand what it feels to be a mother. I want to teach my daughter what is wrong and right. I want to ensure that Charan is around when I educate our daughter. I tell him that he must break out of this shyness and barriers.


Motherhood It's been 6 months since our daughter Krythya arrived. After she was born I realised that our facility didn't have a high chair for children. That's when I realised, many who had visited our restaurants would have see it as a lacuna. Secondly, I realised that Charan also had to put in his bit. I wonder why corporates give maternity leave only to the women? The father must also be given leave as his support is very much needed during the initial months.

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was our habit for 4 years. But now you have places that have opened and closed in a year. So, our job is to make the place cozy for people to come back and interesting for new people to come explore the place. Women @ work The major problem is retention. I feel girls are ambitious, So they shift jobs. On the other hand, women who have experience and ability, they have their priorities of marriage and kids, resulting

in short-term association. So, I prefer women who have reached a stage where they stick to the firm for a longer period. Our appraisals all are based on merit. The women can walk in without any inhibition and report to me if they experience any sort of gender bias. However, I do see a lot of gap in terms of women at the strategic level compared to that in the ground staff.



HOTELIER By Swarnalata Pothapragada


olding an engineering degreeBE (Mechanical) from Bengaluru University, Rashed Khan was actively participating in politics before he decided to venture into the hospitality industry. His adventurous nature & his confidence that he would excel in whatever he takes up, motivated him to tread this entirely unfamiliar path. He, now, efficiently runs his most happening restaurant Miami Koffee N Kitchen. His better half, a model and DJ, Inayah Sharon, supports him professionally and personally. They may be complementing partners, but they are a perfect example of saying ‘Opposites attract.’ Here is a sneak peek into his work and the crackling chemistry between the lovely couple. | 30

Why hospitality? I had always nursed a dream of becoming an I.P.S officer. After my graduation, I appeared for the U.P.S.C exams too, but due to some unavoidable circumstances, I could not make it. However, my determination to serve the society and country has never diminished. I turned my attention to politics. I also realised that we needed responsible and efficient leaders, and that it was time the common man joined the bandwagon! The hospitality industry was something I had never thought of since my mind was occupied with politics. My wife, however, wanted

to start a restaurant that was spacious, out in the open air and serves lip-smacking & delectable delicacies. And that was how I happened to be here. What are the principles on which you run your restaurant? My main priority has always been the market credibility. Customers’ feedback is of vital importance to us. Quality not the quantity matters and in the long run, only quality succeeds.

Setting up the place. Miami Koffee N Kitchen is the biggest coffee shop in the city. We did face several challenges. What is new in that? Doesn’t every day come with its own set of challenges? The first one was to set up a facility in a building which is not properly equipped and to create an open air place. We had to start from the scratch. Every minute detail had to be looked into. Once the coffee shop was ready, we faced the next big hurdle- hookah got banned. It was a major setback to us. Any initial inhibitions? Taking up challenges and risks, is a way of life for me. I believe even deficiencies make you strong, only if you work on them. Hence, there have been no inhibitions what so ever... Que Sera Sera! The initial hurdles while setting up the place For us, the major hiccup was designing the place. It was a challenge to start from the scratch and transform the terrace area into a coffee shop. We had to build a roof and had separate rooms for DJ party events, kitchen, and office. A 9,000 sq.ft. area needs a lot of designing, so that was another challenge. While doing the interiors we wanted to keep it simple, yet very interesting. Finding the right pieces for the interiors was a task. That was when I learnt that interior designing could be tough. Tell us about the place. It is a spacious open spot, where you can relax, sit and work without any disturbance. We wanted this place to be known as the best spot for creative people & professionals

who can work comfortably, spend some time and hang out with friends. Hence, right from the interiors to the seating and cuisine- everything was thoroughly planned and we saw to it that it caters to all age groups and tastes. The place is a nice spot for small parties.

we know that the important thing to survive is ‘uniqueness.’ Apart from that, I believe in social media promotions. I make sure all the platforms are tapped. Having contests and running offers are also effective tools for promotion.

What are strong and weak points of the place? I only look at positive aspects, so the strong points are that it is sky facing and it is very comfortable and ideal for the Indian weather. It is very spacious. So people don’t feel suffocated. Customers can celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other important functions with the provision of DJ and live band. The taste and quality of food are given utmost importance.

Competition with others drains you mentally. I set my own pace and standards and constantly strive to outperform myself. I rely on hard work, inner strength and zeal to achieve my goals.

How do you distribute work? A man has more time on his hands where as a woman has quite a few restrictions and priorities. So, I take care of all the activities, transactions and maintenance of the property. Since Sharon has an experience of 17 years in the events and entertainment industry, she organises interactive events at Miami.

Your professional mantra Each day is a new beginning. I am in a race with myself. I learn from my mistakes and faults. I look for various ways to sharpen my ideas and thoughts. Perfection helps you face difficulties.

How do you deal with competition? Every day a new place pops up in Hyderabad. However,

Your success mantra The only mantra I follow is – ‘Believe in yourself.’ Once you believe that you are powerful and put your mind to it, you can do


anything. Nothing is impossible! I don’t plan much for future but believe in everyday goals! On balancing work and life... Thankfully, I have a supportive wife, who is a workaholic. So I never felt the need to make an effort here. We both understand each other's professional priorities. At the same time, we both know our personal commitments and make time for the same. With our lovely daughter Sanayah, personal space is all about pampering her and spending time with her. | 31

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SHE IS A PERFECT MIX OF BEAUTY & BRAINS: RASHED She is quiet and domesticated. Yet, she is a perfect professional and enterprising like me when it comes to work. So its easy to co-exist! Since she knows the drill of a politically-inclined man, she supports me in all my endeavours. She can understand me better because she is a working woman. I love and respect her integrity. She stands by me rock solid in all my decisions and has been the wise mind with whom I can discuss my thoughts. She is very objective and minces no words in giving an opinion on any subject. Beauty fades away, what really matters is the heart of a person and I have struck Gold! THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITE THINGS Car: Pagani Huayra Brand: Hermes | 32

HE IS A BLEND OF A PERFECT MIND & ROMANTIC HEART, SAYS SHARON I met him at a common friend’s Sangeet ceremony. I liked his talkative nature since I am an introvert. He looked presentable and sounded intelligent and there I lost my heart! Our interests are quite diverse but talking with him makes me get to know a lot of things and keeps me updated on what's happening around the world. These conversations have built my interest in many topics. He is protective of his family. I am into modeling and DJing. I respect the fact that he constantly motivates me to achieve higher goals in life! It is a tough challenge to take time out for each other every day, so we make sure we talk over dinner about all that is going on. Conversations are a must to maintain a healthy relationship! He understands and respects my work. There have been times when I had big gigs which clashed with an important date. In such situations, he knows the importance of the event & encourages me to keep my commitment. THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE THINGS Car: Maserati Brand: Armani Dining destination: Our home Holiday destination: Dubai Colour: Black Food: Italian cuisine

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ith father Mr.Mirza Firasat Baig being a highly successful entrepreneur, it is only natural that Aamir Baig has

business running in his blood. Fortunately, he realised this streak pretty soon and pursued it seriously. Despite having a huge family business, which branched out into multiple areas like car rentals, real estate, plastics and more, Aamir wanted to establish his own identity. This laid the foundation to one of Hyderabad's famous restaurants- Chicha's and a prestigious property - Vooty. Here is a glimpse into his life’s journey.

The beginning I am an out and out Hyderabadi. I did my schooling in Geetanjali school, +2 in St.Mary's and went to Bhavans for my under graduation. My tenure at Bhavans was an enriching experience as I interacted with students from different backgrounds and seniors who came for campus hiring. I wasn't much interested in academics and therefore, I started assisting my dad in his business right from my school days. I used to visit our facilities whenever possible to learn the trade nuances. By the time I was in my first year of graduation, I decided to get into business and start my own | 34

venture. Before even officially getting into business, I along with a bunch of friends started a group Naughty Aliens to throw small parties. The first step After my graduation, I did venture into dairy and rice trading in partnership with my friends. We had to dissolve them as we failed miserably. I was taking care of our car rental service, Cozy cabs, even as I was trying my hand in other businesses. It is a corporate car rental service. When I joined, just because I am the MD's son, people used to call me sir. But I started working at the grass root

level and with mechanics and drivers under the vigil of supervisors. I also drove the cabs. I still remember, my first tip was Rs.50 when I was assigned an airport drop. Gradually, I rose in the ranks and was moved to the marketing department. My task was to get corporate deals. I used to interact with corporate giants and have cracked deals with clients like Google, Microsoft. With 200+ vehicles, we cater to almost every corporate in the city.

His contribution While trying my hands in different I was gaining experience and handling businesses, I was actively involved in my family business pretty well. Yet, land trading. Like many other markets, I nursed a desire to start something of it too collapsed during the 2006-2007 my own and to start it from the scratch. recession. I retained a few pieces of People might have wondered why land for my future endeavours and Vooty is coming up in one of them. I wanted to do it. My father is a selfmade man. I wanted to walk in his Shaping Vooty footsteps. Though my father was a bit The land we selected is near Vikarabad apprehensive about my plans, he never which is actually a hill station. That's pulled me back. He always guided and why the name Vooty. My idea was to encouraged me. Even now, I take his consent before starting anything new. Whenever, he extended financial support, I would take it only in the form of loan ASSOCIATING WITH KAPIL DEV HAS BEEN and repay it at the THE MOST SATISFYING EXPERIENCE stipulated time. Birth of Chicha’s I am a foodie and love exploring various cuisines. One day, I was sitting with my friends Qutub Alam Khan and Fauzan Khan who are also foodies, so naturally we started discussing food. We realised that there was so much more to Nizami food than just biryani, which is not available in the city. Even if it was available, it was not cooked with authentic avours and in a hygienic environment. That was when we decided to set up a restaurant that would serve authentic Nizami food in a hygienic environment and Chicha's came into existence. We roped in some of the best Nizami chefs from our contacts. By the grace of the Almighty and with the efforts of our team, the restaurant is earning rave reviews. We have had the privilege of serving the who's who of the city and actors like Rana Dagubbati, Allu Arjun and others. I feel humbled when they heap praises on our food and place.

come up with a property of international standards, promising luxury and leisure like never before. We put together a facility with a 18-hole golf course, villas which can be either bought or rented and a 2 lakh sq.ft. club house. We tied up with Dream Valley for this venture. The work is going on in full swing and it should be operational in four to five months.

Association with Kapil Dev Very few would know that after cricket the one sport that Mr. Kapil Dev loves and plays is golf. I met him at the Hyderabad Golf course. He is very humble and warm. When I told him about Vooty, he came to see it and simply loved it. When I requested him to be the face of the property, he readily agreed. Once the property is completely ready, we will have a proper photoshoot with him. It is an honor to have him as our brand ambassador. With his charisma and simplicity sans no starry airs, he can win innumerable hearts. Ups and downs I have had my share of ups and downs. Projects that I hoped would take off failed but I never gave up. Being an entrepreneur calls for perseverance and an ability to learn from failures. One must not expect quick results. Be ready to open when the opportunity knocks at your door. If things don't happen, understand that there is something wrong with your approach and change it. Dealing with competition Indian markets are volatile. One must accept changes that are inevitable. Be innovative to face cut throat competition. I believe trades run on goodwill. Money can be earned but goodwill has to be built. | 35

Personal sneak peek Marrying Farah has been the best decision of my life. She binds our family. She understands my work and never complains. I have two lovely daughters Daniah (12years) Raiha (7years). I work hard throughout the week but shut myself from it on the weekends, which are totally reserved for my family. We go to our farmhouse where my parents live and spend it there. During the weekdays, I insist on dropping my children at school which is a good one hour drive. That is when all four of us get time to have a nice chat. That keeps me energised throughout the day at work.

Future plans The other day I told my wife that after 6-7 years, I wish to retire, relax, travel and enjoy. Till then I requested her to bear with me. I am sure I can do that as I have a committed team. I am looking for investments out of India to come up with holiday homes for myself and for business purpose. Passing of the legacy Daniah is showing inclination towards business. She tags along with me to the ofďŹ ce whenever she has an off from her school. She is a keen observer and gives her inputs when we are at home. I would be happy if she takes charge of the business.


Times of India Award for Best Haleem in twin cities in 2017


Excellence in Hyderabadi food given by Merit Award and Market Research in Delhi.

Shoot by Dinakar Pamu | 36



Beyond business I spend time with family or travel.

Shaheen & Sikander

Vikram & Bina Mehta

Brij Gopal & Deepali

STYLISH & colourful



Rajiv & Sonali SanjjanZa

ovotel hosted a grand Holi party Bang Bang Holi Fest 2018. Anup Chandak, Brij Agarwal, Sikander Daredia, Prashanth Agarwal, Rajeev Doshi and Abhishek Vuppala organised the event. DJ Manish, along with Sharon Amir and NDA Visual’s, had everyone grooving to their foot-tapping and high-octane beats. The city’s crème de la crème attended the event and had fun as they smeared each other with colours. Actress Isha Koppikar and Sanjjanaa Galrani graced the event.

Aradhana, Vidya & Sakshi


Koyal & Anup Chandak

Sridhar Rao

Isha Koppikar Nanda & Sachin

Ronak & Sushila Bakodia

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Sirisha Reddy Sohini


the audience with her versatility. She is trying to hop out of the hackneyed and try different

beauty gets chatty with us...

makes her films work. In an exclusive interview, the

she remains a rooted person. Her honesty is what

my life, keep working.” Despite being a public figure,

moment, giving it my all. That is what I want to do all

stay. She believes the best is yet to come, “I live in the

draws the audience. And that is why she is here to

genres; yet she is realistic enough to know that what


rank outsider, Lavanya Tripathi has swayed

By Chandrika Mantri

Her Dream



I haven’t worked long enough to

comment on that. But I believe

daughter Midhuna.” That really

touched my heart.

that there is always scope for

Improvise as an actor...

Rakshasi, my debut film.

I started shooting for Andala

Telugu classes in Mumbai before

experience. I even attended

by the character that I named my

pregnant, and I was so inspired

Andala Rakshasi when I was

came up to me and said, “I saw

make me happy. A nurse once

Yes, I do. Even small gestures

Dehradun. It was a great learning

Yes, I did theatre workshops in

workshops/dialect training...

Overwhelmed by praise?

Did you attend any acting

the few that are there are great.


Describe your acting style

interesting scripts in the pipeline.

box projects. There are some

aspiring to do some out-of the

This year, I am going easy and

Upcoming projects...

outside for inspiration.

lucky that I don’t need to look

whatever she does. Well, I am

strength, sister always excels at

While mother is my pillar of

Biggest achievement My parent’s happiness when they see that I am going great guns. And the love and affection I have garnered from my fans.

matters, doesn’t it?

The complete setup. Everything

What attracts you to a film?

cup of tea.

films, but acting in one is not my

though. I love watching horror

road-trip film, definitely not horror

Romantic or thriller. Maybe a

Preferred genre

I am a director’s actor.

director or give your inputs?

Surrender completely to the

in; but yes I enjoyed every bit of it.

language, the conditions I worked

challenging, in terms of the

was a once in a lifetime role. Very

Midhuna in Andala Rakshasi. It

Most difficult character played?

my work.

The women from my family i.e.

my mother Kiran & sister Shivani.

Yes, I am never ok or happy with

I am the biggest critic of my work.

have done better?

Influential role in your life?

mind-blowing, calm and serene.

The location, Ooty, was just

Past performance you could

but also for other professionals.

I have fond memories shooting

for my first film Andala Rakshasi.

improvement. Not just for actors

Any unforgettable memory?

kids as such in Tollywood. Even

Nope. We don’t have many star

of a star kid or a star?

Dropped from a film because

opportunity that came my way.

made the most out of every

has been great, and yes, I have

was a tad difficult. The journey

Staying away from my parents

How difficult was the journey?

‘first time’. I was meant for it.

the camera. There was never a

I have always been in love with

I have never been scared; in fact,

On facing the camera 1st time?

per se.

into an artistic field, not acting

was in a fix. I knew I would get

I got bored of doing TVCs and

How did films happen?





Glamour, at what cost? Sleep, comfort and

Did your family accept your decision to be in films? Oh yes, they have always been supportive. They don’t interfere in my professional activities. I have always been an obedient child. I never ever go against my parents.

Tell us something about your family. My mother is into welfare activities and my father Devraj is a lawyer. My sister is an Assistant Commissioner. My brother Siddharth is the best.


Any personality you want to essay on the screen? Actress Sridevi. I have always adored her and still love her.

Take on nepotism... There are pros and cons for every one of us, whether we are well-connected or not. It is difficult for an outsider to get in. You need to prove your mettle, and if you don’t, you might not get another chance. Even star kids face problems. They are compared with their successful parents.

Message to your fans... You are the best. Thank you so much for the never-ending love and support; even though I feel I don’t deserve it.

They say a woman’s heart is like a deep ocean and one never knows what’s inside... Not true at all. I think men are equally complicated.

What do you like or dislike about the industry? I don’t like being tagged as the ‘girl-next-door’ or glamour doll.

How do you deal with lows? Just like I deal with my highs- I don’t let them affect me.

What is the real Lavanya like? Happy, care-free, hard working.

To survive in showbiz... Just be yourself.

Are you under pressure to look your best? No, never. I wear what I feel like wearing. It’s about my comfort. I am an actor, not a fashion trendsetter. I stick to that.

sometimes mental peace. You are never alone. You may not be in a good mood, still shoot and be happy. You have to look good all the time. DEAL WITH MY HIGHS- I DON’T LET THEM AFFECT MY MOOD.


Biggest fear Failure. I am a bad loser.

A trend you dislike Too much bling.

One beauty dilemma A liner or no liner.

Overbuy… Kitchenware. I love to cook.

Your beauty secret… Try homemade remedies.


Friendship to you is… Just being there and listening.

Embarrassing thing ever done I tripped while walking on the ramp.

Funniest thing said about you. That I want to do glamourous roles. Who says that?

Best bargain I am bad at bargaining.

If you had a time machine, you would visit... Princess Diana

4am friend from the industry? Shravya

Song on loop in your playlist Bom Diggy Diggy

Not be caught in... I am too smart to be caught.

A song that describes your life … Aaj Mein Upar, Aasman Niche...

...relationship? Someone I can trust.

Perfect date? Someone I can chat with all night.

Misconception about you... That I have an attitude & I am serious.


Jul 23 – Aug 22

Lucky for you: Yellow, 22

Lucky for you:

Brown, 10

A job change is possible. Work relations with superiors are cordial. Co-workers are expected to support you. A rise in pay might occur but will be less than expected. Stepping into new projects can increase your worries. For businessmen, this is a great period as foreign deals will be finalised. Try to keep your expenses in control. Keep a patient approach and use diplomacy for better prospects. Spice of romance appears to be missing. Time to plan a surprise date or trip! Singles- stay clear of proposals as disappointments are likely.

Chocolate, 13

Your charming & pleasing personality will not only impress clients but also attract fiscal profits for your firm. A promotion is on the cards. However, colleagues might act against you. Try to maintain cordial relations and develop a diplomatic approach at work. Remain humble and patient, it will help in the long run. Those in business- be careful while signing a deal. Marital life is prone to ego clashes and mood swings. Romance will be scanty. This time is apparently favourable for singles.

You may experience a turbulent period due to your not-so-okay relationship with superiors at work. Clash of opinions is possible. You are advised to stay clear of any new projects for now. A job change or relocation may not prove to be helpful, so don’t even consider. Businessmen may experience a sluggish period. Accumulated wealth should be dealt with care. A romantic phase is indicated. For those married, harmony will prevail. Fun vacations and lavish dinners are on the cards.

Lucky for you:

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20


Mar 21- Apr 19


Aug 23 – Sep 22


Lucky for you:

Green, 9

The month brings rosy prospects on the professional front. A change in job or relocation with better prospects will come your way, accept it! Co-workers will be supportive, making the work environment comfortable & peaceful. A rise in pay is likely. Businessmen can expect not too smooth relations with associates as their impulsive nature can lead to clash of opinions. Adopting diplomacy and a sweet tone can do wonders. Romance will take a back seat, and clashes and arguments will become the daily norm. Try to sort out your differences. Singles rejoice as you might find your true soul mate.

May 21-Jun 20


Peach, 20

Lucky for you:

Red, 15

A major conflict is likely, hence avoid an aggressive approach, and be cool while dealing with co-workers. Their actions can make things uncomfortable. Try to bond with them. Taking new responsibilities or projects should be avoided for now. Businessmen are expected to face difficulties with profits significantly going down. Business associates will provide that much-needed support. Romance will be in abundance and you are likely to share a strong bond. For singles, however, new beginnings will not yield results.

Lucky for you:

Professional ties with superiors will be pleasant. Undertaking new projects will boost your career prospects. However, keep your anger and tone in check. There are signs of overseas connections for those in business. Though fiscal profits will be satisfying, hampered relations with business associates can cause minor hurdles. Finalise any deal in coordination with business associate, as your decision might backfire and result in loss. Relation with spouse is likely to remain disturbed. A feeling of disconnect from partner will cloud your mind. Try to rekindle romance.

Jun 21 – Jul 22


Jan 20 – Feb 18


Lucky for you: Lucky for you: Purple, 18

Professional relations with superiors and co-workers may deteriorate. Arguments may disturb your peace of mind. Colleagues are not to be trusted blindly, so be very careful what you share with them. A rise in pay is possible. Businessmen are expected to enjoy many monetary gains. Partners are likely to prove their worth, and bring in lucrative deals. Relation with spouse seems peaceful. Love and passion will only grow. Outings and trips for fun are likely.

Oct 23 – Nov 21


Lucky for you: Gold, 23

An immoral path will tempt you with shining rewards. Avoid unethical deeds. Your connection with superiors at work can take a hit. Clashes are possible. However, try to maintain a good and cooperative bond to ease work pressure. Stepping into new projects with potential of hefty rewards can prove beneficial. Businessmen are expected to observe a bright term with plenty of profits. Nonetheless, monetary letdowns can crawl in the form of delayed funds and payments. Bonding with partner is likely. Extravagant family outings are on the cards.

Silver, 25

You should try to accept changes at work. Avoid impulsive actions and keep your anger in check. Adopt a patient and composed approach as it will boost your career prospects. A change in job will benefit you. Try to help others, even if it means taking a stand against unethical practices. Stepping into new projects should be avoided. Business partners may not be able to rope in any substantial benefits. You will enjoy a peaceful and pleasant relation with your spouse. Romantic outings are on the cards.

Sep 23 – Oct 22

Feb 19 – Mar 20


Lucky for you:

Orange, 5

Professional relationship with boss will remain strong. Co-workers may cause stress. A job change may augur well for you. Businessmen are in for plenty of gains and profits. Partners are likely to add to profits with their ideas and decision-making skills. Lack of romance can make this a dull period. Mutual understanding will help you sail through smoothly. Singles are likely to witness good prospects. Proceed with positivity.

Nov 22 – Dec 21


Blue, 1

Lucky for you:

Pink, 3

This period is not too rosy for career prospects. Luck may not favour you and your hard work might go completely unnoticed. A job change or relocation seems ineffective. Relations with boss or superiors may not be pleasing. Proceed with patience. Use of diplomacy is highly advised. Businesspersons will observe a turbulent period. Romance will brighten your spirits and make your bond cordial and lively. However, clash of opinions and egos can disrupt your harmony. Singles are not likely to enjoy any fruitful prospects.

Lucky for you:

Your ideas and hard work will be noticed. Connection with superiors and co-workers will be pleasant. A rise in pay is possible. A job change, should be avoided. Businessmen will observe an average month. Profits may remain lower than expected. Business associates may not be able to pull in the much-needed profits. Keep a close watch on your partners and scrutinise their work carefully. For married, it’s a bumpy ride ahead. Arguments and fights may crop up. Your spouse may act against logic. Try to be calm & avoid arguments.

Dec 22 – Jan 19

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