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hile the city’s coast was reverberating with Sounds on Sand, the Krishna riverbed was echoing with sad cries of the kin of 20 victims of the boat capsize. Touting the Vizag music festival as a harbinger of a big growth in the industry, AP Tourism insists that the Araku Hot Air Balloon Festival is bound to take it to a new high. We congratulate
The needless protests against Miss Vizag Beauty Pageant showed our uncanny knack of blowing things out of proportion. The so-called activists didn’t, perhaps, even know what they were rising against. They were shouting hoarse against the event being associated with the Save the Girl Child theme, but missed a point. The event is a stepping stone for youth, who want to try their luck in films, modelling and fashion. By scuttling the pageant, are they not robbing them of an opportunity? Their claim that multinationals make money out of women's bodies is equally contentious. The line may
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Mehreen Pirzada has put her best foot forward. We cover her talent. Under the guidance of President, Asia Pacific Chapters, Mahesh Mac Srinivasan, BNI recorded huge growth. Fortune Inn Sree Kanya completed a decade. All credit to K.Gurumurthy & Gurumurthy Gupta. Promoted by Ramesh Raju, Fairfield By Marriott promises to be the next big thing in the town.
appear thin, but there is a clear-cut difference between aesthetics and vulgarity. Let us not mix them up. The minister unveiling the poster irked them. It looks more politically motivated move than a genuine concern for women. Don’t we need such elegant shows to meet the Smart City parameters? It is time we accepted the winds of change.
BUT IT FLOURISHES ONLY IF THE TOURISTS’ SAFETY IS ASSURED.
the tourism initiatives but can’t help pointing out the chink in its security system. The private boat operator has no licence; the driver has neither licence nor the experience and worst of all, the boat was overloaded. How could officials overlook such lapses? If the state looks at the tourism as a megabuck earner, it has to take the necessary steps to ensure the tourist’s safety. Compensation and condolence can never fill the gap left behind by the victims of the tragedy.
THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A HUGE PART OF OUR ECONOMY.
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ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR SYNERGIES Synergies Castings Ltd bagged the Best Export Performance Award 2017 at the World Non Ferrous Award 2017. The event was organised by MTLEXS. Synergies President, Shekhar Movva said, “This award is a testament to the company’s consistent growth in the global market and commitment of the team to be the best in quality, delivery and performance.” The company has an impeccable record of serving Original Equipment Manufacturer customers across the globe for more than a decade and has won several awards for its quality and delivery performance.
A WALK WITH CANCER WINNERS Life Again Foundation (LAF) held a Cancer Winners Walk and Actor and MLA Balakrishna was the chief guest. Founder of LAF and Actress, Gautami Tadimalla, Co-Founder Hyma Reddy, President of LAF Vizag, Gurmeet Kohli, Vice-President V.Sarada, Vice-President of Rohit Memorial Trust, Meenakshi Anantram, Director of Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, D.Raghunadha Rao, Joint Commissioner of Police, D.Nagendra Kumar, V-C of AU, G.Nageswara Rao, Registrar, V.Uma Maheswara Rao took part in the walk. Faiz of Faiz Fitness Studio and team enthralled the audience. red magazine was the magazine partner.
CHARAN GROUP HONOURS STAFF Charan Group has the tradition of appreciating its employees for their performance. Parandhama Naidu, Managing Director of Charan Group, felicitated and gave attractive prizes to the staffers, who achieved their targets on time. The event was organised by V-Team Management and held at Hotel Daspalla. Chakravarthi Reddy and Srinivas Rao graced the occasion. More than 200 people attended the occasion and relished the lavish spread.
INVOCATION AND FOUNDER’S DAY The invocation ceremony of Association of Indian Management Schools AP Chapter 2017-18 was held at IIAM Business School. Dr.S.P.Ravindra, Dean and Secretary of IIAM was appointed as the Chairman. Dr.Anil Rao Paila, Chairman and Dr.P.Narayana Reddy, Treasurer, AIMS India graced the event. Prof.G.Nageswara Rao, V-C, AU was the chief guest. Earlier, on the 87th birth anniversary of the late S.Alwar Das, Ravindra garlanded the leader’s statue. ASN Prasad, Past International President, was the chief guest and AHN Venkata Rao, Past International President was the guest of honour.
TRICK OR TREAT Ralla Bella International School held a grand family event for Halloween. 150 students donned impressive costumes and waltzed down the ramp to the stage where a panel of judges interacted with them. Seema Mohanty, Shilpanjali Dantu, Commander K. Manikandan, Sruthi, Poornan and Sudharani were on the panel. Prizes were given to winners in categories-solo, special & family. “We want our students to appreciate different world cultures,” said Subha Dalai, Founder- Principal.
CHENNUPATI INTERACTS WITH PRAKASHITES “Nanotechnology is the future and impacts every sector,” said Dr.Chennupati Jagadish, world renowned Physicist, Highest Australian Civilian Honour Awardee in the field of Nanotechnology, while interacting with the students of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan. He said, “One should have a passion and follow it relentlessly, develop a positive attitude and brave failures.” S.Gnana Sri Harsha of 6th standard who won gold medal in the 15th WKI International Karate Championship 2017, Sri Lanka, was honoured. Director Ch.Vasu called upon the students to inculcate discipline and simplicity.
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GRAND OPENING OF FAIRFIELD Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated APâ€™s first hotel from the Marriott group, Fairfield By Marriott. Located near NAD Junction, the hotel is developed by KSR group. Ramesh Raju, Executive Director, KSR Developers said that the collaboration with Marriott International will make the hotel an iconic property in the city, offering world-class service and impeccable hospitality. Sudhanshu Singh, General Manager said that the hotel was the latest addition to the brandâ€™s footprints in South Asia, with four hotels currently opening in India.
POSTER LAUNCH OF MISS VIZAG HRD Minster Ganta Srinivasa Rao released the poster of Miss Vizag-2017 Beauty Pageant Contest at The Park Hotel. The beauty crown was unveiled by Sobhana, wife of District Collector Pravin Kumar. Ajay Agarwal, Creative Plus Entertainment Network, Dream Events and Rays Entertainments will organise it. The minister praised the organisers for promoting Save The Girl Child campaign. Sobhana gave an inspiring speech. Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine, graced the event.
ASIA PACIFIC CHIEF ADDRESSES BNI CHAPTERS BNI, Visakhaptnam held their awards night - Dijak2017 Winter Edition at Novotel. The purpose of the event was to recognise the best performers of BNI Vizag and celebrate the success of the chapters. Mahesh Mac Srinivasan, President of BNI Asia Pacific was the chief guest. All 7 chapters-BNI Amigos (Kiran Babu Peter & Saurabh), BNI Bay Barons (M.Ajay & Mahesh), BNI Champions (M.Ajay & Raj Patel), BNI Diamond (Kiran Cheruku & D.Shyam), BNI Excellence (Kiran Babu & Bhavna), BNI Futurz (Kiran Cheruku & V.Uday) and BNI Heroes (Kiran Babu & Diwakar) attended the event.
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GASTRONOMIC DELIGHT FOR FOODIES An eight day-long Chef Expo was organised by Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach to bring forth the finest culinary practices under one roof. Executive Chef Mrinmoy Pal said, “The thought behind this event was to connect all Indian Accorhotels chefs on one platform and enable them to demonstrate their culinary expertise. This will not only satiate the guest’s taste buds but also provide a unique learning experience to our team. This initiative is also to preserve the traditional cooking methodology which seems to be disappearing.”
DRESSED TO IMPRESS V-Team Event Management organised an event on the eve of Diwali titled That is Mahalakshmi to promote the diverse and rich Indian culture. All the ladies dressed up as Goddess Lakshmi and walked on the ramp. MLA Payakaraopet Vangalapudi Anitha was the chief guest. Gantla Srinu Babu, Lakshmi Bhargavi, Dr.Sudha Padmasree were the judges for the Best Dressed. Satish of Home Town, Varakumar of Mighty Homeopathy and Veerumama, CEO of V-Team, gave away attractive prizes to the winners.
SWATHI SHOWS THE WAY On 2nd Oct, TDP leader & Chairman of Swathi Promoters, Krishna Reddy garlanded the statue of Mahatma and urged people to follow Gandhian principles. In another event, Prajwal Vani Welfare Society and Anamprem Organisation held a National Hearing Impaired meet. Krishna Reddy was the chief guest. Prior to Diwali, Krishna Reddy, Managing Director Ramesh Reddy and Executive Director Suresh Reddy released sky lanterns at RK Beach to spread awareness about the hazardous effects of firecrackers. They urged people to celebrate the festival with minimum damage to the environment. In another event, Krishna Reddy distributed saplings to promote the Go Green initiative. red | november 2017 | 22
MF.KHAN OPENS NEW OUTLET MF.Khan, pioneer in menswear retail fashion and textile, opened its third flagship store at Siripuram. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the store in the presence of nearly 300 guests. The outlet has a wide range of wedding collection in ethnic wear, Indo westerns, designer suits, kurta pyjamas, suiting shirting and custom tailoring. Having a tie-up with the most reputed designer wear brands across the country, MF.Khan group plans to open more such stores in the city and other places too.
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RIB-TICKLING COMEDY NIGHT Vizag Komedians organised a stand-up comedy night featuring Nitin Gupta aka Rivaldo and Jagdish Chaturvedi at The Park Hotel. Regulars at the event, Manik Mehta and Ashish Kumar, too performed. The comedians had everyone rolling on the floor with their quirky well-timed digs, witty quips and a few silly puns. As many as 112 people attended the event hosted by Raouf Gangjee. Sushil Mulchndani, Gulati, Deepak and Sukreeta Menda, Rajeev Agarwal, Nidhi Agarwal, Rahul Dev, besides others, were seen relishing the lavish spread and nectarous beverages.
AHOY MATEY A grand Halloween event was orchestrated by Teeny Boppers Playschool and Kindergarten at Hawa Mahal. The theme was Pirates of the Caribbean. 200 Teeny Boppers came in amazing Halloween costumes and were judged by Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine, Jeeja Valsaraj, fashion designer and Madhu Tugnait, Founder of Icha Foundation. Poonam Shah Srinath, Founder and Correspondent of Teeny Boppers said she was absolutely enthused by the active and warm participation by her little wards and was all praise for the stupendous efforts put in by their parents to ensure the occasion was a big hit.
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GURU NANAK JAYANTI CELEBRATIONS The Sikh community celebrated the 548th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji at Gurudwara Sadh Sangat. Nearly 1,200 people dressed in colourful attires took part in the celebrations. Shabad kirtan echoed in Gurudwara. A community meal was served to devotees. “Celebrations, which began a couple of days before, included Nagar Keertan, a procession and presentation of Punjab’s martial art form Gatka. This is an occasion for people to come together and celebrate the spirit of humanity,” said Jaspal Singh, Secretary of Gurudawara Sadh Sangat.
THEY WALK FOR PALLIATIVE CARE To mark the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, a walk was held by Sneha Sandhya Age Care Foundation and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital & Research Centre. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Shemushi Bajpai flagged off the rally. Managing Trustee, ACF, Dr.N.S.Raju urged for a government policy to extend palliative care. Chairman Dr.T.V.S.Rao and Dr.D.Raghunadha, Director, HBCHRC, were prominently present. red magazine was the magazine partner.
FOR THOSE SHINING TEETH To create awareness on oral and dental hygiene, Managing Director, IRIS International Dental Care, Dr.Anil Dev Dutt Vinjamuri and his team held a dental awareness campaign at Andhra University Health Centre. Nearly 2,000 AU staff members and students attended the camp. Prof.G.Nageswara Rao, Vice-Chancellor and Dr.Anil unveiled a poster depicting the effects of poor oral hygiene. They said that the poster would further be displayed at all the departments and sections across the AU campus.
CELEBRATING A SUCCESSFUL DECADE It was celebration of enduring commitment, impeccable service and dedicated hospitality at Fortune Inn Sree Kanya. Marking 10 years of its glorious journey, Promoters Mr.Gurumurthy and Mr.Gupta hosted an elegant party. The invited guests were treated to lilting music. The singers rendered a number of popular melodies from Hindi and Telugu films. Bearers, floating soundlessly around, served starters and drinks to the guests who exchanged pleasantries. The scrumptious dinner was the fitting finale to the joyous evening. The specially erected photo booth captured the guests and their best smiles.
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THEY PLAN TRIPS TO HERE,
ife is a long and unplanned journey. But why should your vacation be unplanned too? Here is TraveliQ Global Solutions LLP, an ISO certified travel agency firm. It thoroughly researches and plans your much-awaited trip and ensures that you relax and enjoy it. Founded in 2011 by Managing Partners P.Murali Krishna and Usha Priya Kodali, TraveliQ earned the prestigious recognition of Andhra Pradesh Tourism. It is an authorised agent of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation and IRCTC. Located opposite Budhil Park, Dwarkanagar, it is sprawled over 1,000 sq.ft. and boasts of a spacious conference room for client interaction. Usha says, “We are a one-stop destination for all your travel needs
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- from air ticketing (domestic and international), holiday packages, hotel bookings (from three-star to seven-star), car rentals to travel insurance, visas, foreign exchange and educational tours. We offer additional facilities on client’s demand. For example, you are travelling abroad and particular about having only Indian cuisine. Don’t fret. We will get it arranged at the hotel where you stay. Significant time saved, isn’t it?” TraveliQ is promoting tourism in Vizag and Aaraku in collaboration with AP Tourism wing. She adds, “We love Vizag and can’t stop raving about its pristine beauty and cultural heritage. Primarily, we have corporate guests from and tourists from Kolkata and Bhubaneswar exploring the city.”
Response? She says with pride, “We have catered to more than 30,000 customers till date. That is how strong our customer base is. You will be surprised to know that we were the only travel agency to book nearly 25 tickets on the second day of the direct flight from Vizag to Sri Lanka.” USP? Murali says, “You can call us 24x7. Be assured, we will respond immediately. We provide the best deals, keeping in mind your preference and taste in accommodation and travel options.
Timings: 9:00am to 7:30pm, Open 365 days Contact: 0891-2515789, 9948131419
tress, anxiety, stiff muscles, sore eyes – we are victims of all this at some point or the other. Our city offers perfect solution with quite a few spas! The latest addition to the list is Antique Spa. Located at Siripuram Junction, this spa is spread over 2,500 sq.ft. It’s patterned walls are adorned with Buddha lotus mudra hands & pictures of massage points. The Buddha idols at the entrance speak for the efforts put into crafting this luxurious place. The ornate furniture, warm lighting and pleasant scents add tranquility to this haven. Derek Machado, Chief Operations Officer says, “We offer a wide range of
massages like aroma therapy, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Balinese massage, body polish, gel therapy, herbal ball compress and back and shoulder/ head, neck and shoulder/ foot reflexology. Opt for our Spayog Ashram Oriental Exotic, a 120-minute signature therapy for a pampering escape to relaxation. We have a team of eight certified masseurs to provide top-notch services.” What is so special about Antique Spa? He says, “Our services are budgetfriendly, starting from as low as Rs.1,500 to Rs.4,500. Besides, the
nine therapy rooms, we have three more rooms for couple therapies; not many spas in the city can take in three couples at one time.” One can avail different membership cards here-Silver (Rs.12,500 for 10 hours), Gold (Rs.25,000 for 24 hours) and Platinum (Rs.50,000 for 55 hours). So, you need not fumble for your purse each time you take a therapy. Response? He says, “Great! It has just been three months since we opened and we already witnessed nearly 500 footfalls per month, speaking enough for our popularity. We plan to open two more branches in the city.”
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A Whole New World,
A Whole New LOOK each and every client on what to opt for. Facials cost ranges from Rs.650 to Rs.10,000, manicure from Rs.350 to Rs.2000 and pedicure from Rs.400 to Rs.2,000. Heel peel treatment costs Rs.2,000 (all cracks can be removed in one sitting). Bridal makeup includes sari draping, makeup and hairstyle and is available for Rs.8,000. The cost of peeling treatment for one sitting is Rs.1,550. Laser treatment starts from Rs.3,500. Ask about the USP and Srinivas says, “Firstly, Matrix has made a name for itself as the No.1 brand across the globe. Secondly, our team of eight members is trained well and has thorough product knowledge. Thirdly, we have various attractive offers and discounts on our products and services. We are also planning to start more branches in the city.”
Anyone can apply a cream on skin or hair. But, it takes a professional to choose the right product that suits you,” says Raji as she shows us around Matrix Unisex Salon, Group of Monu’s. She runs it along with her husband Srinivas. Located on Ramnagar, Near Care Hospital, this salon is the first flagship store of Matrix in South India. Raji says, “One can opt for regular salon services like waxing, threading, facials, pedicure, manicure, blow-dry, bridal makeup, hair wash, spa and colouring, etc. Ours is the first salon to offer a wide-range of services like laser treatment for unwanted hair, chemical peel, acne peel, cryolipolysis treatment, whitening treatment, led facial, non surgical ultrasonic liposuction, glycolic peel, microdermabrasion treatment, oxygen facial, etc. We have a five-seating capacity for hair related services, two for manicure and pedicure and two for hair wash. There are three rooms for the treatment and one for bridal makeup.”
“Just step in and walk-out with a complete makeover,” she asserts. Raji is not only a certified cosmetologist and trichologist but also a professional makeup artist with 20 years of experience in the industry. In fact, she guides
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oasting of an excellent range of fine jewels, from simple and daily wear designs to bold and party wear masterpieces, PMJ Jewels can transform the look of any attire and make it look breathtaking. Strategically located opposite Dutt Island, this boutique is not just a jewellery store but a splendid gallery of art where exotica comes alive in creations of diamond, gold (antique, polki and temple) and precious stones (ruby, emerald and blue sapphire). One is bound to be awe-struck by a glorious 3D painting that makes you feel you have just time travelled to a royal fort at the very entrance of the outlet. Every corner exudes luxury and
class, be it the separate diamond and gold sections or the dedicated VIP lounge for personalised consultation. The amiable staff does not let you feel anything less than a celebrity. They are well-trained to offer all the advice and assistance that you require. Branch Head, Anand Jilagam says, “At PMJ Jewels, you will find a plethora of precious jewellery by award winning designers, starting from nose pins, rings to necklaces, Vaddanams, etc. Be it Belgium cut diamond studded jewellery, traditional gold designs, Gemstone jewellery or Solitaire jewellery- you are sure to fall in love with our collection. What is more attractive is that while every piece is
unique in itself, you can wear them to multiple occasions and not necessarily keep them in the lockers- only to show them the light of the day at weddings! Didn’t find the perfect one to suit your taste? No need to fret. We customise as well. We also conduct exhibitions to display our latest collection.” He adds, “We have witnessed great support from our clients since the very launch. Our focus is now to deliver an all time experience to our customers.” So, an answer to all your jewellery woes is PMJ Jewels. Visit now and get yourself a jewel upgrade.
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REASONS APLENTY TO
hat dental treatment is painful is no revelation. But if you get it done at Vijay Super Speciality Dental Hospital, you are bound to forget all owww and ouch. The breathtaking sea view from every chamber of this facility is sure to distract you. The recently inaugurated branch is headed by Dr.K.Vijay Kumar Raju, Dr.C.Uma Raja and Dr.N.Prasad. The hospital that abuts Beach Road, near Novotel Hotel, Maharanipeta, is spread over 3,500 sq.ft. and has an advanced sterilisation room and five separate operatory chambers, providing absolute comfort and privacy to patients. The waiting area is done up with vibrant colour combinations that calms the patient’s nerves. Dr.Uma says, “Our cutting-edge technology and state-ofthe-art infrastructure are on par with the developed nations. Our team of eight highly skilled and reputed dentists, who specialise in different streams, provide top-notch care as per the requirement of the patient.” It offers a wide range of services- correction of irregular teeth with orthodontic treatment; implants for missing teeth; correction of protruded jaw with orthognathic surgery; smile designing with veneers, treatment of bleeding gums and mobile teeth with laser flap surgeries; teeth whitening; tooth
colour fillings for broken teeth; root canal treatment; cavity prevention with fluoride application; tooth jewellery; lingual and coloured braces; implants, etc. It also maintains an ultra-hygienic and strict standard of sterilisation. Ask her about the USP, she says, “We have an advanced portable X-ray machine, which is never-seen-before in the city. It can be moved from operatory to operatory. That makes wall-mounted X-ray unit redundant as the machine can take X-ray images in quick succession during the procedure, offering improved accuracy and effectiveness.”
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VISUAL SPLENDOUR & WELCOMING WARMTH By Chandrika Mantri
‘bleisure’ (business + leisure) trip is never complete without people talking of the hotel they stayed because that is where they look for a home away from home. Hence, choosing the right place of stay becomes a crucial issue in any sojourn. Offering such comfort zone, where the guest is assured of the best and latest facilities, Fairﬁeld By Marriott entered the city. The ﬁrst and foremost advantage it enjoys is its proximity to the airport- the ﬁrst hotel to be just ﬁve minutes away from the airport. So the commuters are not hindered by the trafﬁc-snarled NAD junction, close to which this hotel is located. The ﬁrst impressions- it is big, glitzy and glamorous. The ambience is a mix of aesthetics and elegance. The immaculately designed lobby with sleek marble
ﬂoor, seating areas and a 24x7 shopping mart are invitingly warm with sun light ﬁltering through absolutely transparent huge window panes. Equally sunny in his demeanour and speech, General Manager Mr.Sudhanshu Singh gives a tour of the hotel. With over 22 years of brilliant career in the hospitality industry, Mr.Singh can keep his ﬁngers smack on the pulse of the people and has set his objectives right. “Providing a hassle-free stay for my guests is my primary concern and we go to any length to do it,” he stresses and goes on to substantiate his statement with the facts and ﬁgures.
EXCERPTS Rooms The hotel has as many as 121 well-appointed rooms including six suites. The wood-textured flooring complements white walls in the rooms that are dotted with marble-topped tables and desks, elegantly upholstered sofas and chairs. Special attention has been
lavished on the bathrooms. All rooms and suites come with Wi-Fi access, mini-refrigerator, LED television, safe, kettle with coffee and tea, snacks, iron and ironing board, hair dryer and ample supply of toiletries. Food & Beverages Kava, all-day dining restaurant with the capacity of 120 covers, offers an extensive & exhaustive North Indian, Andhra, Asian and Continental cuisines as well as lipsmacking desserts & beverages. Every dish is prepared right from the scratch and ingredients are sourced locally. No processed foods are served and portions are generous. A rich buffet breakfast includes a huge selection of egg dishes, fresh breads, homemade yogurt, fresh seasonal fruits and juice, pastries and what not! I am looking at and exploring the local cuisine to enrich the platter with that native aura. There is a space accommodating nearly 20 for the guests seeking
privacy. Kava - The Bar & Lobby lounge is another impressive and spectacularly designed space. You can try freshly brewed coffee, nectarous cocktails or sample from the international wine list. Add Ons We have a well-equipped gymnasium to cater to our health-conscious guests. Snacks and beverages are available at The Market, a 24x7 convenience store within the hotel. The business centre meeting rooms are equipped with the latest audio visual facilities and highspeed Wi-Fi and serve as perfect venues for workshops and seminars. The rooftop can be turned into an ideal venue for big events and can hold a whopping 800 guests. I look at it as a great option with winter round the corner. We are soon starting a free shuttle service to the airport.
Staff Our new hire orientation programme introduces freshers to our culture. They go through a 15-minute training on daily basis. The managers participate in over 20 management training programmes. Our staff has been trained ‘by the best in order to be the best’.
USP Fairfield is the best hotel to stay for those looking for trade opportunities in the region. Besides all the high-end facilities, the proximity of the hotel to the airport helps them conserve their time and energy. Since the flourishing pharmaceutical and steel industry is located close by, the hosts and their guests can commute & communicate with greater ease.
Unique Initiative Marriott has launched an initiative called Shaadi by Marriott. The halls have been designed to accommodate big, fat weddings. They don’t cause any inconvenience to the in-house guests. The dimensions of the halls can be altered as per the requirement of the party. So people looking for modest sized-halls for small gatherings like birthdays, anniversaries, sari ceremony, etc, can take their pick. We have experienced wedding planners to help you out with all the details.
Mr.Sudhanshu Singh earned diploma in hospitality management from Indian Institute of Hotel Management Patna and degree in hospitality management from Business and Hotel Management School - Luzern Switzerland. Starting his career in 1993 as a management trainee at Renaissance Goa, he served as Group General Manager for India Operations at Ramee Group of Hotels. He then switched to Sahara Ambey Valley city by Sahara Group as Head Hospitality. Later, he joined Fairfield Marriott Indore and Marriott Hyderabad
We deliver an unforgettable experience which is affordable through consistent and reliable services, keeping up the Marriott International standards. Very soon we are going to be the market leader in the region.
Mr.Sudhanshu Singh General Manager
Marriott International Marriott values relationship as a long-term commitment and not just a short term transaction. It was founded on the principles that if you take care of employees, they will in turn, take care of customers. Having women in leadership positions is a vital part of Marriott International’s strategy. Today, it is one of the leading companies in hospitality with more than 6,000 hotels in122 countries and boasts of 30 renowned hotel brands. It has been recently named ‘Best International Hotel Chain’ at the Travel Weekly Asia 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row.
By V. Sarada
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ll attempts to get him to talk of his entrepreneurial facility and accomplishments fall ﬂat as he is full of BNI- right from the word ‘go’ to the parting handshake. No wonder Mahesh Mac Srinivasan is chosen as the President of Asia Paciﬁc Chapters of BNI, the world's leading referral organisation. He is the ﬁrst Indian to enjoy the privilege. Mac, who was in the city to address the local chapters, took time off to talk of his inextricable involvement and exemplary devotion to the organisation that strives to erase the trade boundaries across the world.
The Yap Call I moved back to Bengaluru after a decade-long sojourn in the US to set up a company. That was when I heard of BNI from a Malaysian friend -Yap. I didn’t buy this concept, thinking it was a multi-layer marketing. However, at his behest, I happened to land in a BNI meet in Mumbai and returned a changed man. Impressed What really stumped me at the meet was a coffee and tea vending machine person giving reference of hi-tech IT networking. Though the dynamics foxed me first, the simplicity of the process impressed me immensely. The vendor, who was supplying coffee and tea to the staff of an IT firm, observed the company’s expansion to one more floor and was smart enough to find out why they were expanding and who they were networking with. That is when it snapped in my mind that this kind of direct networking is efficacious and needs no kickbacks and commissions.
On Bengaluru Chapters To start with, a couple of friends and I mustered a few members and launched the first chapter. Today we have 2000 members and 50 chapters. This steep increase can’t be attributed only to our active advocating but also to the rule that each chapter should have only one person representing one profession. I also acknowledge the role of a team of members who stepped up to contribute to the launching and support of new chapters. For eg., we had a web designer in the first group and to accommodate the second one, we needed to start another chapter. Indian Scene By the time the concept reached India, it was already fine-tuned and caught up like wildfire. Now we have set a number of records. a)
Largest chapters of 125 members in the world.
Launching the largest chapter (112 members).
Highest number of 100 plus chapters.
Fostered growth among 71 countries.
Asian Chapters Our chapters are denser than others because basically Asians are more entrepreneurial in nature. Secondly, they don’t have flourishing job markets like their western counterparts; they have to sell to survive. We structured our chapters in such a way that they foster the growth of many more entrepreneurs. We have an extensive array of streams- right from Vaastu consultants, to doctors, investors and technology specialists.
Meeting Mode We conduct our meetings in a manner to attract more business for members in an efficient and effective manner. We start the meeting with a trade session & follow it up with breakfast, optimising the interaction time. We found the morning meetings are efficient because one- you beat the traffic and two - you
WE STRUCTURED OUR CHAPTERS IN SUCH A WAY THAT THEY FOSTER THE GROWTH OF MORE ENTREPRENEURS.
are sure to walk away with deals while your competitors are asleep. Advantage India We are now in a ramp-up mode and have the best systems in place. With a high level of discipline, ours is largely English speaking community. Our government is stable. This terra firma is necessary for trade to flourish. We have crossed US $996 million worth of referral business in 2017 alone and expect to cross the $1billion mark this year. Small and medium entrepreneurs have all the freedom to realise their dreams. Gone are the days when one
has to be either an engineer or a doctor. Now the youth can pick up business of any kind and magnitude. Our Tier-II and Tier-III cities have great talent base. By joining BNI, they can reach out to any corner of the global marketplace. Large companies have resources pan-India. Even SMEs can compete on a national scale by plugging into our system. BNI is like a gym. People have to come and work out. It is not a get-rich-club. Members have to attend the meetings and build trust, give and receive referrals.
Harsh Realities & New Hope India is taking giant strides in the right direction. Yet, we must admit our entrepreneur has to work ten times harder than his counterparts to get the basic things going because of the lack of proper infrastructure. With GST and demonetisation in place, we are in for good tax collection and great revenue which will be utilised to improve the infrastructure over the next decade.
Indian as The Leader At the end of the day it is merit that counts. Two years ago, we had undergone some leadership changes. I was asked to step up for a few months and I continued from thereon. Change in the leadership often results in loss of efficiency. But here the transitions resulted in a phenomenal growth upwards. Then they noticed that the systems and process I put in order enabled this growth. They sought my help across the Asia Pacific. I refuse to take the credit all by myself and insist that it is a matter of efficient team work.
The Structure Our CEO Graham Weihmiller heads three market zones- the Americas are headed by Gonzalo, Europe-Middle East and Africa are headed by Andy and I take care of Asia Pacific and have 18 countries under my jurisdiction. We are adding more.
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A) The Survival Stage Business: Startups generally take 3 years to find their feet. Through BNI, they can be on their own within 18 months as they get good support from their chapter. B) The Stability Stage Business: As the trade runs well, the entrepreneur gets into a comfort zone and is likely to become complacent. BNI goads them out of this. C) The Abundance Stage: This is where they can give it back to society. Look at K.V.T.Ramesh, who brought BNI to Vizag. He started 5AM Club and is striving to build a healthy society. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to look beyond themselves and start supporting others and do good for the society. Vizag Scene We have 357 proactive members and 7 chapters. We have concepts like “Buy in BNI” - source products from BNI members and “Business beyond Borders”- our members go to different cities and countries and participate in trade delegations. Start Ups Start-ups, who plug into BNI, are certain to survive as they enjoy the advantage of referrals. Over and above that, we have a colleague system in place. Seasoned entrepreneurs, who have already gone through the grind, guide them and warn them of pitfalls. Our community holds their space while they stabilise. Women Power There is no gender bias in our organisation. In Mumbai, certain chapters have 30 to 40% of their members as women. They are fantastic in building relationships
and BNI is one of the safest environments for a woman entrepreneur to expand her business through referrals. Criticism I thank those who criticise us. That shows they care. We take all our criticism seriously and mend our ways where there is a need. People who come into our system can use the forum, those who cannot may go for another system. The Edge We keep upgrading technology and use it to help our members. Now members can close deals through a phone call. We are innovating. We are looking at BNI Alumni club. We have partnerships with big firms, airlines and hotel to get special privileges for our members. We are putting together global alliances with credit card companies and adding value to our members’ entity.
artiste member, who was barely articulate, speaks relatively good English and looks confident and has grown his business from a one man show to a venture with 21 other artists working with him. That shows we are impacting and empowering the grassroots too. BNI is not for everyone. Making all entrepreneurs BNI members is not my intent. I want a few good players, who make a difference to the economy and society. We want to do it in our quiet way and create a lasting impact on society and our community. Help the entrepreneur Make in India and take it to the world, though a structure and proven system like BNI is my dream.
My True Happiness When a member comes to me and says, “Thanks to BNI, my business grew five times. I went from a 200 sq.ft office to 2000 sq.ft one.” An
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Helping Hand There are three levels of entrepreneurship. We have
Business Network International (BNI) is an American franchised networking organisation with around 220,000 members in 8,000 chapters worldwide. Its members have generated referrals of over 8.8 million worth $11.2 billion during the last calendar year 2016. Started 12 years ago in India, it expanded to 88 regions in the last 20 months and now has 17,000 members.
Sply Sia By Chandrika Mantri
rs.Madhavi Veerepalli and Mrs.Supraja Borthwick are
childhood friends, classmates and painting buddies who
journeyed together but it is one fortuitous moment that led to
the birth of the outlet Sia Boutique. The name Sia (Goddess Sita) is evocative of the feminine charm that reﬂects in their exquisite collection. Just one year in to the ﬁeld and the boutique made rapid strides and gained immense popularity. The 300 footfalls per month vouch for it. The store’s niche is a swarm of designs ranging from chic, elegant to stylish and ethnic, with a few funky accessories thrown in to satisfy the fashion conscious clientele. Adding charm and elegance to the store is the collection designed by their equally talented children-Ankitha Veerepalli and Aaron Borthwick. Know more about the boutique from the designer duo.
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Motivation Supraja: I should thank my son Aaron for that. He wanted to work for a social initiative after his 10th standard. He started visiting the hospice, working with Dr.N.S.Raju, Managing Trustee of Age Care Foundation. I followed suit and started donating for the noble foundation. However, I realised that this kind of giving should come from my own earnings. I mooted the idea to Madhavi, who received it with great enthusiasm and equal zeal. Madhavi: I had a rather simple and straightforward reason to be here. My children have grown independent and I had a lot of free time on my hands. Perhaps, the latent desire to design clothes was always with me and of course, Supraja kindled it.
helps you survive in this industry. Madhavi: We started on 4th Nov 2017 and four days later the government declared demonetisation. It absolutely overwhelmed us. As time passed we came to terms with it. Understanding the market and clients is the key to any business. Know the pulse of the people and you are bound to be the brand that they love to associate with.
Modus Operandi Supraja: We travel to places like Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai every two months to handpick our products. We stock everything from daily, casual wear to prêt line, boutique style. We offer tailoring services and customise as per the client’s demands. Madhavi: We both bring different skill sets to the table. While I am good at designing, Supraja expertise lies in choosing the right colours. Our tastes too vary. She prefers pastel and nude colours while I am for vibrant ones. This kind of contradictions really help in making our collection a rich mix of colours and designs.
Trends- yay or nay? Both: Nay. We don’t get swayed away by short-lived trends that are here today and gone tomorrow. For eg., the full sleeves blouse was in vogue during our time and it is back now, indicating that they keep going in circles. Hence, we make our own fashion statement.
Challenges Supraja: The foremost of all is neither of us has background experience nor knowledge on how to run it. Nor did we do any homework or research before we took the plunge. Hence, there were many hiccups en-route. It took us some time to understand the customers’ tastes and requirements. It is all hands on learning. I feel it is ultimately a good fashion sense that
USP Supraja: Our palette has assorted outfits from multi-designers, allowing the customers to pick a creation that best appeals to their better sense. Madhavi: Ours is a budget-friendly boutique that caters to people who look for constant change and don’t repeat their dresses.
Power of Clothes Both: People judge us by the way we dress. Wear a stunning outfit and you become a head-turner. A good dress can certainly elevate your mood. Misconception Madhavi: Saris are outdated. This timeless six-yard apparel has seen many twists and swirls. Supraja: Yes, I agree and add that we can create an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary style by creatively pairing sari with jeans. Memorable Experience Both: A few customers from the US get their blouses, saris and lehengas stitched from us. They keep sending us pictures flaunting our designs, making us feel really proud. Future Plans Supraja: We want to keep this running smoothly, introducing a good wedding collection. We wish to hold exhibitions at different locations. Madhavi: We want to encourage young designers by holding events in Sia to showcase their collection.
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WE DON’T GET SWAYED AWAY BY TRENDS THAT ARE SHORT-LIVED. WE MAKE OUR OWN FASHION STATEMENT
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SUBTLETY IS THE NEW BLING
implicity, comfort and elegance are three words that come to mind as we see AMSA by Ankitha Veerepalli, a qualiﬁed architect. Though she has no formal initiation into the ﬁeld of dress designing, she nurses a great passion for it. The name AMSA is derived from her grandmothers’ name Sulochana and Amaravati. She effortlessly blends age-old traditions with present day aesthetics. What sets her brand apart is her ﬂair for creativity and close attention to detail- be it colour or technique. Each stitch, weave and design reﬂects her commitment to deliver the best. Here, she talks of her tryst with fashion.
easy task. Each day comes with a challenge and each challenge with a valuable insight. Designs Behind Design I don’t believe in making clothes that are relevant only for one season. AMSA is about timeless and versatile collection. My client should be able to wear them now and even after a few years. I want to propagate it as a lasting and sustainable brand. The Process I first sketch my designs, source fabric locally, selecting the fabric that suits the design best. I prefer
EACH DAY COMES WITH A CHALLENGE AND EACH CHALLENGE WITH A VALUABLE INSIGHT.
subtle, pleasant and pastel colours. The design is then given to tailors. I employ local women for hemming, stitching and finishing touches. I design dresses out of handloom saris, procured from the weavers of Venkatagiri and Nellore. The collection is for all occasions- be it cocktail party, daily wear, office wear or a brunch date. On display are kurtis, long length gowns, one pieces, etc. Designing Woes Yes, it was a tad difficult to make the tailors understand concepts. Initially, our tastes never matched. By and by, they picked up the threads and what I actually want.
The Novice I did not have any godfather or guiding force in this field. Nor did I have any real time experience of dealing with customers. I had to set up my own team, understand the fabric and even source it. Getting something made from scratch is not an
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Price Range We source sustainable and ecofriendly material which proves to be a bit expensive and is a little heavy on the pocket. Vizagites are price-conscious and want value for their money. So, as far as possible, I try to keep them reasonable as I want my clothes
to be worn by a lot of people. Favourite Collection KAMALAM. In this line, each dress is hand painted individually, hand-worked and then stitched. In Trend Festive wear for sure. People want something which is not too flashy and not too simple but a little bit fancy with ornamentation. Vizag is a small place and most of us have common friends. Wear the same attire twice and it is bound to get noticed. Attire that makes you cringe… Extreme low rise jeans. Institution Going through a formal course helps you gain an insight into the industry, process & technicalities. But it will only take you so far. You have to love what you are doing and also be creative to succeed in the industry. Must-haves A string of pearls, a handloom sari, a black dress & a perfume. Favourite Designer I admire Ritu Kumar for her style and innovative use of handlooms. Welfare Initiative I used to teach at AU English medium school as a part of the Speaking Chalk team. I even volunteered for a year at the NGO Make a Difference. Future Plans My next collection will be all about organza saris & lehengas. I shall launch a festive collection. All prints will be custom made in-house. I am getting my website up and ready. I plan to retail my collection in other places.
AARON, THE REVIVALIST
ne look at Aaron Borthwick and you associate him with glamour, glitter and grandeur. Here is a lad who discarded his comfort zone to pursue his passion - dress designing. He stepped out of Visakha Valley School, completing 12th standard and plunged into designing. Within a few months, he is out with his own clothing brand LABEL AB (derived from his name) on the ﬁrst anniversary of Sia. He will be pursuing International Business Management at Barcelona next year, but is determined to continue with his ﬁrst love –fashion. This self-trained designer has learnt everything through sheer grit and hard work. Ask him what keeps him on his toes and he replies without missing a beat, “I keep telling myself that I need to set the bar higher every day.” More about LABEL AB from Aaron himself.
I LET MY IMAGINATION FLY FREE AND BEYOND THE ORDINARY.
Design Philosophy I don’t design clothes to shock people and create awe. I let my imagination fly free and beyond the ordinary. My philosophy centres on making a person feel and look gorgeous. If I do that, its mission accomplished for me.
faux pas because in a place like Vizag, it is remembered for a longer period. Trend that Makes You Cringe Shararas with short kurtas and furry footwear. I find them off-putting.
Institutions You do not require any formal education The Process as long as you have the passion and I bring a contemporary update to the creativity. For eg., Alexander Wang, a US indigenous handlooms. I go to villages to fashion designer & former creative pick up materials. I draw designs, decide director of Balenciaga, is a college on the embroidery, cut & colour pattern. Then it goes to tailors. All my clothes are dropout. Miuccia Prada, an Italian billionaire designer and businesswoman, customisable. My brand LABEL AB has a Ph.D in political science. includes DEVANGANA (festive wear), BANDHURA (occasion wear) and AVANI Favourite Designer (pret collection of linen with thread work). Olivier Rousteing, French fashion Trends –yay or nay? Yay. In fact, I regularly follow many stylists and celebrities on social media.
designer and the creative director of Balmain. He brings a new edge and vision to fashion which is very avantgarde and modern.
City Trends People are inhibited. It takes time to make them try something which is in vogue. People dread making a fashion
Best Dressed Film Celeb Samantha Akkineni. Her dress sense is very chic and elegant. I love the way she
experiments with the latest trends. The fact that she promotes handlooms is admirable and inspiring. Ankitha Vs Aaron Poles apart! She prefers pastel and pleasant colours like my mother, while I love bright and vibrant colours like her mother. We both have our own set of teams. So, there are no clashes. Her collection is what you can wear to a cocktail party or office wear while my collection is more of festive wear. Future Plans I will be launching an exclusive and exquisite range of evening gowns and party wear in December. I shall tour villages to explore, research and understand different handloom fabrics. Welfare Initiative I run a group called Earth’s Shepherds which plants saplings all over the colony and waters them. Earlier, I used to visit the hospice at Age Care Foundation. red | november 2017 | 49
eet Kethavarapu brothers and you are bound to
remember the adage- “Families are the
compasses that guide us. They provide
inspiration to reach great heights.” Inheriting a rich legacy and strengthening it manifold, they are wrapping it in all glory to gift it to their progeny. Yet, the brothers, Mr.K.Gurumurthy and Mr.Gurumurthy Gupta, Promoters of Fortune Inn Sree Kanya, remain humble and unassuming, indicating that they are untouched by name, fame and incredible success. The brothers speak of their eventful journey from their native place Makavarapalem to the City of Destiny and how they keep their family ﬂag ﬂying in the world of trade. But the conversation stays riveted to their proud possession Fortune Inn Sree Kanya which celebrated its 10th anniversary on 1st Nov 2017.
BROTHERS By V.Sarada
EXCERPTS Genesis Gurumurthy: We belong to a very renowned business family and my grandfather, the late Sri Chinna Gurumurthy, founded Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Trading Company in 1940 and ran a number of ventures with great success. Gupta: We were brought up on noble principles of joint family run by our father, the late Mr.Devullu and brothers Mr.Ranga Rao and Mr.Narasimha Murthy. Journey Both: Our family shifted to Vizag in 1979 and established Sri Kanya Lodge, Sri Kanya Theatre and Sri Kanya Cine complex, besides a commercial complex. red | november 2017 | 52
Fortune Inn Sree Kanya Gurumurthy: Initially, we planned to build commercial units in the ground and first floors leaving the rest of the building for a lodge. But Mr.Ambica Ramachandra Rao, our relative & owner of Ambica Empire, Chennai advised us to go for an individual hotel, following which we developed a three-star hotel. Gupta: Mr.Ramachandra further advised us to go for a tie up with a brand. A few brands like Sarovar and Quality Inn approached us. But we chose Fortune Park Hotels Ltd., Member ITC’s hotel group. The hotel opened on 1st Nov 2007. Transition Gurumurthy: Earlier, we were dealing with only one aspect of
hospitality- boarding, but this is a different ball game altogether. But the transition was smooth, thanks to the brand which is meticulous in handling legal aspects, licenses and insurance. Gupta: We maintain transparency in our transactions and everything is methodically audited. We have auditors checking in incognito and scrutinising not only our facility but also others in the vicinity to give a comprehensive report of the city’s hospitality scenario. Instant Hit Gurumurthy: We started with a bang. Our hotel swarmed with foreign guests in the first two years. Gupta: Fortune Hotels even asked us to go for another property.
Marketing Strategy Gurumurthy: We believe in the maximCourteous treatment makes a customer a walking advertisement. Gupta: Fortune Hotels gather clientele, absolving us of the onus of looking for more business. Advantage Brand Gurumurthy: In franchise, we should avoid too much personal involvement. It is like sending our child to school after which we don’t have much of a say. Yet your presence too is important. We have to maintain a fine balance. Gupta: Meeting the standards is more important to Fortune Hotels than cutting the corners. We get involved when it goes overboard and overspend. We share the same passion of maintaining the standards. Hence, no conflict. Winds of Change Gurumurthy: We cater to corporate clientele. Earlier, the corporates used to spend a lot more on travel. Now they go for budget hotels. There is a change in the client’s demand too. Today all they want is a comfortable room with good Wi-Fi connection. Hence, all these aesthetic add-ons are irrelevant. For hotels like ours, this transition is difficult. Gupta: Today people want group bookings and firms lucrative packages. After the Mumbai terrorists’ attack, there was a huge drop in foreign visitors. Added to that was the state bifurcation, demonetisation and GST. The city has added 1000 more rooms offering a stiff competition. I note the flow in the restaurants is too much less these days as people prefer speciality restaurants. They make their choice even before they step out of their homes- whether they go for a Punjabi cuisine or Italian one. Online Booking Gurumurthy: We have our own online facility and tie-ups with a few operators. Gupta: The online facilities help us get more business as they may charge the client less, but pay us our regular tariff. USP Sree Kanya Gurumurthy: We allow 24-hour check-
ins without fussing over 24 hour mandate. Banqueting is our strong point and known for hosting events. Gupta: Our cafeteria meets high parameters of hygiene. Challenges Gurumurthy: The workers come with zero knowledge and get trained under professionals from Fortune Hotels. Then they get lured away for extra chips. Gupta: Quite a few employees stayed loyal to us right from the day one. Unforgettable Incidents Gurumurthy: That day we had a 1000people gathering and workers went on a lightning strike. The manager himself got into action and started washing the plates. The rest of the staff joined him. The Fortune Hotels training is such that their men can rise to any occasion. Gupta: We had the fortune of hosting celebrities like the former Tamil Nadu Governor Mr.K.Rosaiah, film stars like Ms.Tamannah and IPL cricket players. Film producer Mr.Dilraj stays with us. Vizag Future Gurumurthy: Hard to predict, dreams and schemes are aplenty for the Smart
City but we see little happening around. The fate of hospitality industry is linked to tourism too. We have to develop the city as a tourism hub. Gupta: The food and hospitality industry is here to stay. The cost of travelling aboard is almost on par with travelling at home. Hence, people prefer foreign jankets. This puts local hotels in a spot. Advice to Aspirants Gurumurthy: Do come, but with low debt-commitment. Tie up with brands. Gupta: This trade is hard to understand. For eg. our power tariff used to be Rs.3.6 lakh per annum which is now Rs.12 lakhs; egg used to cost 40 paise and now it is Rs.4.00. Ironically, the cost of our buffet remains the same. Future Plans Both: We want to upgrade our 50-room Gajuwaka lodging. Best Compliments We are always copiously served with compliments by guests. The Fortune Hotels trains the staff so thoroughly that they can appease any guest.
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he new generation Kethavarapu is here to induct new blood into their family business. Young Sampath, son of Mr.Gurumurthy has already entered the scene injecting new vigor into the enterprise. Nikhil, son of Mr.Gupta, who is working with an insurance and ﬁnancial ser vices company- American International Group (AIG) in New York City, is waiting in the wings to take the plunge. He talks of his future plans in a long distance interview.
Sampath: Engineering the Change I pursued International Baccalaureate Diploma at Indus International School, Bengaluru. That transformed my life, opening a world of opportunities. With an urge to go deeper into science and engineering, I pursued my Bachelors at Penn State University majoring in Materials Science and Engineering with specialisations in Engineering Entrepreneurship. I worked with SaintGobain Corporation as a Research Engineer for two years at Buffalo and one year at their R&D center in Chennai. Home Coming I joined the family business and took up a part time MBA at S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai for the Family Managed Business Program. Studying and working in both the countries gave me knowledge.
THE NEW FACE & YOUTH POWER Predicted Move Joining the family business was always the plan. But I followed my passion of engineering and research. This passion was the driver behind all my choices. All I learnt helps me, not always in the obvious forms. Steve Jobs’ quote fits the bill- “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something-your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” Motivation My grandfather used to proudly say that he was able to provide employment to over 300 people. I want to further build the organisation he started and provide employment to many more. Skills Needed Being able to think on your feet is vital as one comes across unprecedented situations. You are dealing with a wide range of customers who have very unique needs and expectations.
NIKHIL: VOICE FROM AMERICA After completing 8th standard in Timpany I studied 10th grade at Parkwood School International. I obtained my diploma in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program from Indus International School and went to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Finance & Economics at Pennsylvania State University and I have been working with AIG.
On Family Business It gives you a lot of flexibility to operate and work with people you love. So, it’s a lot of fun. Not everyone gets to spend their entire day with their family. Whether I am at home or work, I am with family. On the flip side, expectations are high on your performance. Family and work constantly overlap. His Contribution I have worked with the F&B team to improve our offering, revamp the menu and redesign our presentation and starter menus.
Family Support My journey wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my parents and family. I look forward to coming back. I shall join my family business once I return. Hospitality: US vs. India The Indian industry is labour-intensive and their service quality is much better compared to that of the US. Our hotels provide value-for-money services to their customers whereas hotels here fail to do so.
I congratulate the promoters and the entire team of Fortune Inn Sree Kanya, Vishakhapatnam, on the occasion of its 10th Anniversary. The hotel has set a benchmark for hospitality, not only by consecutively winning accolades from governing agencies, but also from the community through its social responsibility initiatives. Fortune Inn Sree Kanya holds a special place for us in our journey as the hotel was part of our initial entry into Andhra Pradesh. The hotel strengthened its position and goodwill in the region. The same, however, would not have been possible without the passion of the late Sri.K.Devullu and continued support that Sri.Gurumurthy and Sri K.G.Gupta. We look forward to many more years of association in multiple locations with them.” Suresh Kumar, MD, Fortune Park Hotels Ltd.
It has been a decade since I joined this group as a waiter. Now I am the F&B Manager, all thanks to Mr.Gurumurthy and Mr.Gupta for appreciating my skills and capabilities. They go out of their way to take care of us and our families too. I want to introduce a new range of cocktails and a barbeque and grill section for our esteemed guests. I want to ensure that they relish lip-smacking cuisines filled with home flavours. -Jagadeesh, F&B Manager
I have been associated with Fortune Inn Sree Kanya for nearly eight years and it has been one amazing journey. I am extremely grateful to Mr.Gurumurthy and Mr.Gupta for giving me space to experiment and introduce new concepts. One thing that I can assure the guests is that the food at the restaurant is top-notch and the best in town. I now plan to introduce different cuisines to cater to customers from across the globe. -Naga, Executive Chef
Fortune Inn Sree Kanya is a fine contemporary business hotel centrally located in the city offering 68 well-appointed rooms, elegant conferencing and banqueting space, a wellequipped gymnasium, along with a wide range of services and modern amenities. Just 11 km away from the airport and 2.5 km from the railway station, it is a preferred destination for business and leisure transit travellers for a restful and comfortable stay. Having relocated from my previous assignment in Kerala, I find this city very friendly and accommodative. I am amazed with the cleanliness, sights and sounds of this beautiful city. This is a City of Destiny. S.Ajit Kumar, General Manager
Naga, Ajit and Jagadeesh
SHE CHALKS THE TALK By Chandrika Mantri
The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others - Albert Schweitzer.
rs. Sandhya Godey seems to be living by the adage. Through an initiative called Speaking Chalk, she, along with a team of 42 volunteers, imparts basic spoken English skills to almost 1000 underprivileged students of AU English Medium School. Just an hour is all I ask from my peers, says Sandhya whose smile and energy are as contagious as her dedication and determination. She is confident that a few more helping hands are sure to make all the difference to the disadvantaged.
Word Go As a member of Rotary Club Vizag Couples, I had organised Decathlonan event of 10 literary competitions like Sudoku, word maze, word building, elocution, essay writing, etc. for school students, making elaborate preparations. However, there were only few takers for it. Hence, I urged my friend Radhika Bodepudi to speak to her father-in-law Prof.Prasad Rao, Correspondent of AU English Medium School, to send a couple of teams. However, Prof.Rao was doubtful if they could compete with the students of the other schools. I paid a visit to the school to help them out. The students found it difficult to say even simple sentences. They still came for the event but barely scored any marks.
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Prof.Rao who was the chief guest at the valedictory function, caught me by surprise saying, “I came to know that you were interested in helping my students. Please promise me that you will.” I simply couldn’t say no. He almost immediately fixed a session for 9th and 10th standard students. To start with, I played a few ice-breaking games and got them to talk. But it was a tad difficult to handle a class of 118 students So, I roped in Radhika. Just One Hour I became famous among my friends for saying, “Hey! Do you have an hour to spare?” One of the volunteers started a Facebook group to get more people involved. I also had an active Whatsapp group called AU School
Volunteers. However, eventually we settled for Speaking Chalk, with the tagline Just One Hour. The group slowly started swelling with friends and friends of friends joining us. Serious Involvement I used to get a very casual response, “Anytime you need help, let us know.” I found that it was not very helpful as we needed sustained support for the project. To execute it, I needed people to spare at least one hour a week for six months. At present we have two volunteers handling one class. But I feel we need more to prepare the students for competitions.
Holistic Approach We crafted a syllabus taking valuable inputs from Shyla Kurma, Pavan Potharaju, Vaishali, Karuna and few others who have had years of teaching experience. Our classes are held every Thursday and our schedules are - for classes 1-6 (11:30 am to 12:30 pm) and classes 7- 9 (3:00 pm to 4:00 pm). The aim is not only to focus on their English-speaking skills, but also on aspirations, self-esteem, confidence and etiquettes. Recently, we started a system in which we reward the students who perform well. We judge them on the basis of four parameters- participation, retention, homework and out-of-the-box thinking. Pleasant Surprise In May 2017, my neighbourâ€™s daughter P.Nandita and I held a three-week summer course for students from standard 6 to 9, charging a fee of Rs.100. We included various fun activities like word building, word maze, team games, skits, etc. At the valedictory ceremony, we were floored by the confidence they showed. Watching 50 children
perform with such elan was pure bliss. Some enacted Little Red Riding Hood, some sang Do Re Mi, some spoke about their future plans and what they learnt in class everything perfect and flawless. That made me realise that given the right push and guidance these kids can do miracles and that there is no stopping them. Titanic Ties After that summer session, I encouraged my students to read more books. But they had no such facility either in school or at home. It was during a chance conversation with Mr.Rana Uppalapati, Director of the Tanishq showroom, we hit on this unique idea of getting people donate books. That led to a collaborative event. Rana was making the invite for the event and asked me for the logo of Speaking Chalk to be included in it. The thought of making a logo never crossed our minds till then. Rana,
generous as he is, designed a logo for us and as expected, did a brilliant job. The event, titled Be a Queen, combined the launch of the Padmavati Jewellery collection by Tanishq and the Speaking Chalk initiative. Invitees were requested to donate books as they come to view the new collection. We collected nearly 1,500 books and segregated them class wise. The students were extremely excited as most of them had never read a storybook before. In fact, they never got to read anything but their textbooks. The happy look on their faces was heartwarming. We are now planning to start a library for them. 30 Words a Day Another incident that I can recall is the Spell Bee competition which I conducted as part of Rotary Club initiative. Our students agreed to take part in it with great enthusiasm though the preparation time was rather short. They had just 6 days to go. They learnt 30 words and their meanings per day. I was on cloud nine when they reached the second round. Though they did not win the contest, I must say that they were on par with other schools. This gives us hope- Yes, these children lack nothing. That they put in their 100% to learn everything they could in a short span of time makes me feel proud. Scholarship I have started a scholarship fund in my fatherâ€™s name, the late Air Commodore G.Venugopal to support the students in paying their school fees. My sisters, Kavita and Sahiti, are a part of it. The money that we collected during the summer course was added to this fund. It is my good fortune that a lot of my friends and a few volunteers also came forward to help. red | november 2017 | 59
Message to Students At the end, it is not where you study, but what you do with what is available to you and how much efforts you put in to achieve your goal is what matters. We can show you the way, but it is you who have to travel down the path. Well- Rewarded Task I feel blessed and happy when I see their smiling faces. It is very gratifying to know that we are doing our bit to shape the future of these children. During the summer course, I bonded with some kids. When you get to hear their hardships, and background, it is very heart touching. It only reinforced my resolve to train more and more.
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Help Pours In A friend from Qatar now supports four children. You may be surprised a girl, who is a total stranger and follows me on Instagram, sent Rs.5,000. Till date, we have helped 52 students. I arranged a meeting of the donors and children they are supporting. This kind of meetings make the kids aware that their progress is being tracked by their mentors. For those staying abroad, we did a FB live session. Here, I must speak of another incident. A boy asked me, “M’am, why do you support only girls? You think boys don’t need help?” My answer was simple. One- our girls are doing much better than the boys and two- donors also prefer to support girl students, for the reasons best known to them.
CALL SANDHYA ON 9849117400. For more details, visit their Speaking Chalk FB group.
A whopping 9000 guests attended the reception hosted by G.Sambasiva Rao and Hanumasree to celebrate the wedding of their second son Varun Kumar with Teja Sree, daughter of Y.Venkata Nagamohan and Lakshmi Kumari. Waltair Club turned into a veritable ground of glitz with vibrant flower decorations, lilting music and scrumptious food. Ministers Ganta, K.Atcham Naidu, N.Anand Babu, MLAs Alapati Raja, Velagapudi, Palla, MLC MVVS Murthi & former MLAs Dronamraju, Tynala, T.Gurumurthy Reddy and Paritala Sri Ram, members of AP Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation & CII, besides many IAS, IRS officials and police officers were present.
One Stop Family Store
But does anything come easy in the world? If we face problems, we also receive applause too.
when we select and procure. Our main focus is on quality and no compromise there.
Role From procurement to trading, research and development to travel, from compliments to critique, competition to clients, administration to interviews – I am involved in all aspects of the business and there is a lot of work to do.
Staff Half the battle is won if the team is good. Our employees have been part of our journey. Over the years, they have become members of our family.
Competition We meet competition by staying alert to what is happening in the market, knowing our strengths and weaknesses. We lure our clients, spoiling them for choice. That is how we don’t let them think of other options. USP Variety and quality assurance. Target Clientele Anyone who is in a mood to splurge is my client. I am here to sell. My client is the main reason for my standing here. Families with upcoming shaadis, interior designers, homemakers and corporate staff travelling abroad fill my client list. Online Market It has definitely created a market for itself but still the touch and feel of a product happens only when you go out to shop rather than see it on your screen. A lot of clients tell us that we do online shopping as it is the in-thing but then coming back to our outlets and shop have their own charm. Criteria Location, price, size & approach are very important factors to be considered to set up a store. Standards We strive hard to keep up our standards by getting very choosy
Secret Behind Success A satisfied client with a beaming smile is behind our success. Training Trying to be fit physically and alert mentally seems to be a good formula. We have to be on our toes to survive in this market. Today satisfying a client with an appropriate range they look for is not a cakewalk.
time schedules and no fixed routine of holidays or work. So there is hardly any problem. My kids know that these alterations in timings are a part of a retailer because genetically they are born with these traits. Philosophy The philosophy is not to go for shortcuts and that is the spine of our thinking process. Hard work and being adept at the art of making a client happy are what keep our name alive in the heart and mind of all. Future Plans Future looks bright. I want the Bulchand name to come up whenever a shaadi is decided in a family. Weddings are the most celebrated events in our country and they are naturally lavish. I would love to be a part of every family’s memory in the trousseau shopping spree.
Turning Point The takeover in 2006 post my father’s untimely demise brought a lot of change in me. I realised the actual meaning of the word ‘responsibility’. This probably has been a turning point. Define Success “Still aspiring for my signature to become an autograph.” I read this somewhere and it is stuck in my mind. However, I attribute my success to the foundation laid by my predecessors. I focus on what I want to specialise in. Perhaps, achieving my goals in time has seen me travel this far. Hurdles Partnership woes, ego problems with the old staff. Topping all this, was getting accepted by the market and society as I entered this field as a young and inexperienced man. Juggling Roles My wife comes from a business family too, so she knows that the men in business have erratic
“ THE PHILOSOPHY IS NOT TO GO FOR SHORTCUTS AND THAT IS THE SPINE OF OUR THINKING PROCESS.
• Chewing tobacco • Obesity • Improper brushing or usage of cleaning agents like charcoal, twigs, alkaline substance without proper dentist’s supervision
• Atherosclerosis (disease of blood vessels)
• Respiratory problems
• Renal problems
• Erectile dysfunction
• Heart disease
• High sugar consumption in all forms • Alcohol
Risk Factors Our daily habits and lifestyle play a major role on our dental health. Here are a few things we have to observe:
There are a lot of assumptions about dental maintenance and people often don’t go for their bi-annual dental check-ups. You have to get your teeth checked frequently because they help in mastication, phonetics, swallowing food and last but not the least, expression of well being with a smile on the face. If these basic things are not accurately performed, there is a negative effect on the overall health. So, the attitude towards oral health should change. A healthy mouth can prolong life expectancy by at least 10 years.
• Mother to child transfer of dental bacteria leading to different dental complications in children
• Premature delivery and low birth weight
Why is it important? The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body- a mirror of our overall well-being. Hence, it should be taken as a critical component of health. It is proven that poor oral health is one of the reasons for chronic debilitating health issues like
country with a healthier smile.
a small attempt to erase the ‘just a tooth attitude’ and see my
neglected and how to overcome dental issues with ease. This is
of oral health, its negative effects on general health when
to them. This article is to enlighten people about the importance
awareness of oral health is at a very base level when compared
dentistry and is on par with developed countries. But the
especially in dentistry ranging from lasers to robotic
ndia is a growing country, making strides in many ﬁelds,
• When mouth is often dry
• When you have medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders or are HIV positive
• When you have a family history of gum disease or tooth decay
• When you have difficulty chewing or swallowing
• When you have pain or swelling in mouth, face or neck
• When pregnant
• When you have persistent bad breath or taste
• When you don’t like the way your smile or teeth look
• When you have fillings, crowns, dental implants or dentures
• When gums are puffy and/or bleed when you brush or floss
• When teeth are sensitive to hot or cold
Here are 15 signs on when you should see a dentist:
Role of the dentist They can spot problems early when treatment is likely to be simpler and affordable and prevent problems from developing. Some diseases or medical conditions have symptoms that can appear in the mouth.
• Total dental neglect
Dr.Anil Dev Dutt Vinjamuri, MDS, Managing Director Iris International Dental Care
I advise people to go to a dentist every six months. After all, dental treatment is not expensive, your neglect is.
• When you have missing teeth
• When you have a spot or sore that doesn’t look or feel right in mouth and is not going away
• When your jaw pops or pains when opening and closing, chewing or when you wake up; you have an uneven bite
• When you are taking treatments like radiation, chemotherapy or hormone replacement therapy
• When you smoke or use other tobacco products
By Chandrika Mantri
lamorous, bubbly, happy-go-lucky, full of life, MahalakshmiMehreen Pirzada has many epithets. The actor, who became a phenomenon in the industry with Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha, is ready to surprise and treat her audience appearing in a different avatar in Jawaan. But the one thing that has remained constant is she does not make heavy weather about success or failure. The fact that her smouldering good looks and acting prowess are talked about across the country does not drive her life. Mehreen gets the kick from doing her own thing. Yep, she deﬁnitely adds the bling to bindaas! In her ﬁrst ever detailed interview, she talks with great conﬁdence.
Any unforgettable incident? Every day was a celebration. We were like this one big happy family. All of us are going to cherish the time spent working together.
Director Anil… He is ‘Red Bull’ to all of us on the sets. He is focused and knows what he wants from his actors. I have never seen him carry the script around. It seems to be crystal clear in his mind. We all owe our performances to him.
On working with Ravi Teja… Energy is his middle name! He is very humble and a chilled out person. There is always so much to learn from him. I can’t wait to share screen space with him.
Are you under pressure? Not really. I have been very choosy. I listen to the script putting myself in the audience’s shoes. If it is interesting enough, I go for it.
It’s a hat-trick hit with Raja The Great. What are your feelings? On cloud 9! I am glad that my work has been widely appreciated and audience could relate to the concept.
HERE GOES THE FUN CHAT:
Are you very accident-prone? I am a very happy-go-lucky person. You will always find me jumping and goofing around on the sets. So, obviously, I get injured frequently.
Any scenes that you improvised? Every scene needs to be improvised. After all, acting is all about reacting to the other person’s action.
Edinburgh for Adventure and Trekking and a pre-national air pistol holder. What next? Well, for a start, I have my eyes on the gold in the adventure and trekking category. I have a lot to accomplish and a long way to go. I feel the universe will give you what you desire, only when you are prepared to greet it with open arms. My arms are open to receive good things.
ALL GOOD THINGS IN LIFE.
WAY TO GO. MY ARMS ARE OPEN TO ATTRACT
I HAVE A LOT TO ACCOMPLISH AND A LONG
REWIND You were an active member of the International Rotary Club and Vice President at School Interact Club. You are a silver Recipient from Duke of
Upcoming projects? Jawaan and Nenjil Thunivirundhal (bilingual).
The films in which you were injured are hits. Coincidence? I am not superstitious at all. Yes, I got injured in all my films. That doesn’t hinder my nevergive-up attitude. If you have given your 100% to your profession, the audience is bound to appreciate you and your work.
On working with Anushka, Diljith & Suraj... Though I was a newcomer, everybody on the sets pampered me. I recall, during my beauty pageant competition in Canada, I was asked, “Which Bollywood actress would you choose as your mentor?” and I replied, “Anushka Sharma”. That time I had no clue that one day I would be launched by her and even get an opportunity to share the same screen space. She is like an older sister. I am awe-struck by her looks and performance.
What struggles did you face? Life itself is a challenge. All successful people have had their own share of ups and downs. But they have carved an image for themselves through sheer hard work and dedication. That is what makes them ‘super-beings’.
On facing the camera for the first time? I am camera-friendly. During my childhood, I used to leave my hair open and dance like Karisma and Kajol. I was fondly called ‘the laughing Buddha’ in my family.
Tell us about your modelling career. After the pageant, I got a couple of modelling offers in Canada. But I shifted to India for a brighter prospect. I did nearly 50 ads of the top-notch brands in six months.
You were crowned Miss Personality South Asia Canada in 2013. Tell us about it. That made me realise that I am cut out for this industry. I used to look like a tomboy, but the team groomed me into a glamourous girl. The audience cheered me till the end.
Your strength & weakness… My strength is my unfaltering dedication. If I have decided to pursue anything, I will give it my best shot. I don’t have the ‘let me at least try it out’ trait in me. Either I will give it
Which of your roles is closest to your heart? All of them! All my projects are like my babies. But yes, the most challenging role was my character in Raja The Great. I played a depressed girl who has given up on life.
How do you prepare for your roles? I sit with my director and try to understand his expectations. Since, he is the captain of the ship, he knows the best. I also discuss with my designer to create that perfect look. I make sure that the audience gets to see a ‘new Mehreen’ every time I appear on screen.
Describe your acting style. I don’t have any style as such. An actor should be able to do justice to whatever role she or he is given. I don’t want to stereotype myself in one particular kind or genre.
Did your parents accept your choice? Yes, my mother has always supported my brother and me. She says, “Follow your passion. You are the best judge. If you feel what you are doing is right, keep going. Don’t bother about what others say.”
Your brother, Gurfateh is a model and an actor. Do you discuss projects with him? Yes, I do take his input but I take the final decision. That is how I am. I ask everybody for an opinion but then I do what I feel is right.
UP & CLOSE
What angers you? Dishonesty
Scariest thing Bungee jumping
Craziest fan story I have a fan-made twitter handle called Mehreenism. They post about me even before I do
Last person who texted you Designer Swetha
Last book you read The Alchemist
Best dressed man? Amitabh Bachchan
my 100% or I won’t do it at all. Puppies or kittens? I wouldn’t call it a weakness. Puppies but sometimes, I zone out in FAVOURITE the midst of a conversation. …emoji? The naughty one Which area would you with the eyes closed like to improvise? and tongue out. Every day you need to work hard to become a better you. …word? The day you are completely Touchwood satisfied with yourself, you stop progressing. Look at …movie dialogue? Amitabh Bachchan and Ne cheppa na, ne Kamal Hassan. They always cheppa na, ne want to do something better. cheppa na.
Makeup you dislike Heavy make-up & dark lipstick. I like natural look.
Wardrobe musts… Comfy clothes. I eye Nush, Anushka's clothing brand now.
If invisible, who would you spy on? My brother
Most treasured item in your closet Salman gave me the Being Human shirt that he was wearing.
Worst pick-up line? Is your father a terrorist because you are a bomb?
After 10 years... Top of my game and a role model
Spirit animal Tigress
Male role that you would like to play? Baahubali
Early bird/night owl Early bird
Do you read what critics write about you? Everyone has the freedom to put forth his/her opinion and I respect them for that. But we should leave the judgment to the audience.
Do you stay in touch with your fans? Of course! The reason why they remember me, despite not having a release for a long time, is because I am always in touch with them. I love them and they know that.
On featuring on the cover page of our magazine? I used to work in 7-Eleven store in the US. My customers used to say, “Sunshine, what are you doing here? You are born to sizzle on the cover page of glam magazines.” So, thank you red magazine for making my dream come true.
Lucky for you: 10 Red
Lucky for you: Pink
Lucky for you: 16 Orange
Jan 20 – Feb 18
Mar 21- Apr 19
Prosperity and better gains are on the card. However, there might be issues at workplace. It is a good idea to keep the boss and co-workers in good humour. Your sincerity will pay off as long as you maintain a healthy work-life balance. You might overspend on luxuries. Control your urge to splurge. Love life seems rosy. If already hitched, pay attention to spouse. Newlyweds will strengthen bond by meeting each other’s expectations. If single, wait for the right opportunity to propose.
You will feel energetic and driven. You may face some challenges and disappointments. Focus your energy on constructive ideas and avoid negative vibes. Excessive involvement in leisure could affect your performance. Work-play balance is very necessary. If in business, look forward to some unexpected profits. Stay alert and keep a watch on the activities of your business partner. Singles planning to propose should wait for a while. Those married, give time to your spouse.
Workplace stress may disturb you initially but there is no need to take any action. Your relationship with colleagues might also get strained. However, even if they vouch against you, it will not affect your image. There might be some delay clearing pending dues. On a positive note, you will feel energetic and enthusiastic. A surprise trip is on the cards. You will find your special one this month. Those married will enjoy a stronger bond with their partners.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21
TAURUS Growth in career and promotion are foreseen. Name, fame and honour will come naturally as you work hard with dedication. Build a good rapport with colleagues. Some issues may force you to quit the job, but don’t do that. Those in business earn profits. On the love front, you may face some issues. Try to give time and sort them out with patience. Married folks need to keep their cool. A romantic trip may be planned.
You may get desired hike in salary and a promotion. This will increase your workload and responsibility. If in business, it is a good time to start a new venture. A foreign deal may even be finalised. Be alert and think twice before lending money to someone. It is the right time to ask your crush out on a date. The answer will be in your favour. Couples need to respect their partners a little more. Do not disconnect from each other and try to keep love alive.
Feb 19 – Mar 20
This is going to be a difficult time but your diplomatic trait will be a key asset. You can influence people and get things done. However, coworkers may be a bit troublesome. Don’t fret as your boss has your back. Avoid making decisions driven by anger or ego. A romantic trip could be planned. Singles could look forward to a new relationship. This is a good time to propose. Plan a dinner date for your spouse.
Dec 22 – Jan 19
Lucky for you: Yellow
Lucky for you: Navy Blue
Lucky for you: Silver
Lucky for you: Purple
Lucky for you: 20 Grey
Lucky for you: Green
Jul 23 – Aug 22
Sep 23 – Oct 22
Shed laziness and be more attentive and sincere towards your work. Don’t expect seniors to nod to every negotiation you put on the table. You may have conflicting opinions with existing and new teammates. It will take more than just efforts to take career towards a progressive path. Business partnerships demand a cautious approach. Business trips are on the anvil. If single, you might have a secret crush. This is a positive time to exchange vows.
Many changes are expected like a transfer, delay in salary, etc. Don’t let these gloomy possibilities stop you from attaining your goals. Work hard to build a good relationship. Control your ego and avoid taking hasty decisions. Sudden income from sources you never thought is expected. If in business, expect whopping gains and profits. If single, avoid forming new bonds. There will be peace and happiness in the lives of those married. You will get plenty of time with each other.
Growth in career is anticipated due to your determination. However, colleagues and boss may not appreciate you at all, so be prepared to be on your own. Sort out issues at work and learn to adjust accordingly. Avoid using harsh words and try to adopt a diplomatic approach. Be attentive in grabbing opportunities at the earliest. On the bright side, your source of income will increase. Travel plans will get postponed. Married folks should plan a romantic surprise.
GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
SCORPIO Be careful on the work front. Being egoistic will only worsen things. Be attentive to co-workers who could be inimical. While there are chances of increment, you may also see a rise in expenses. This month does not hold good prospects for married due to misunderstanding and clash of opinions. Your partner needs more of your time and attention. Rather than finding distractions, consult an expert if you have to.
Oct 23 – Nov 21
You will enjoy a good reputation among the management team. Your sense of observation will help make the right move. This might even attract an increment. You might face some heated exchanges with business partner. Be tactful. Do not let anger affect your actions and words. You might feel a bit detached from your lover and this might create an emotional gap between you. Take some efforts in sustaining the relation. Married folks will have a romantic time.
Aug 23 – Sep 22
Your energy level soars high. Take career goals seriously and maintain cordial relationships with co-workers. You may have some issues with boss and may not get a pay hike. Keep calm. An aggressive attitude could disappoint and hurt people. If in business, the period is positive with chances of good profits. However, business partner may betray you, so exercise caution. Personal relationships demand special care and time. Work on your compatibility.
Jun 21 – Jul 22
Lucky for you: Brown
Lucky for you: Violet
Lucky for you: Blue
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Elahe Urban is the city’s latest fashion destination featuring prêt, contemporary, artisan, modern, new-age, minimal, organic, slow-fashion, young, anti-couture, fashion-forward clothing. With big brands like Monisha Jaising, Pero, Lovebirds, Priyadarshini Rao, Wendell Rodricks, Abraham and Thakore, the store is a one-stop shop. The launch of this multi-designer studio saw the who’s who in attendance. Owner Smita Shroff played the perfect host.
Anup & Dolly Radhika
STYLISH NIGHTS Andhra Pradeshik Maheshwari Yuva Sangathan held their annual Tambola night. The aim was to provide educational support to the needy students. Held at Celebration Convention, Shamshabad, the evening had all the members of the society in attendance. The evening was sponsored by Finecabs. A stunning fashion show by TheHLabel.com, a designer brand by the students of Hamstech, enthralled the audience. Actress Sherlyn Chopra made a special appearance at the gathering. Spotted making pretty pictures were Koyal and Anup Chandak, Vishal, Aarti and Manju.
Ramnivas & Shakuntala
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Srigopal & Reena Umesh & Rupal
A Fashion Statement
n order to add value to Hyderabad’s fashion concept stores, Elahe Urban entered the market, offering everyday luxury prêt. This factor sets it apart from its more established predecessor, Elahe. Designed by the French architect Marius Loeb a.k.a Ananda of Auroform, from Auroville, this outlet aims to inspire people with immaculate eye for fashion and style in everyday- clothing. Spread across 4,000 sq.ft., the outlet is set in muted tones of grey and off white and the walls dividing the sections. With this store, the brand has brought to the city some of the biggest names in the industry for the first time- Monisha Jaising, Pero, Eka, Pattine, Quirk Box, Ilk, Lovebirds, Priyadarshini Rao, Wendell Rodricks, Bodhi Tree, Sunita Shanker, Abraham and Thakore, besides others. They also have some beautiful handcrafted jewellery by celebrated sculptor and artist, Narayan Sinha, who has taken his inspiration from old watches and coins.
With the aim to offer an experimental retail environment to enable their clients to dress creatively and confidently with minimal artisan clothing, they specialise in minimalist, contemporary pret, organic and fashion forward clothing. Owned by Rajiv and Smita Shroff, Elahe Urban is the solution to every fashionista, who has had a problem with finding a one-stop shop for trendy, luxury prêt.
Timings: 11:00am to 08:00pm Contact: 9398849122, 040-23355359
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hether you are going for a trim or for a major hair transformation, you need a good hairdresser to rock the style. And that for you is Toni & Guy - a brand established in 1963 by brothers Giuseppe (Toni) and Mascolo and Gaetano (Guy) in London. The brand recently opened its 123rd outlet in South India at Film Nagar. Sprawled over 2,500 sq.ft., this franchise of Toni & Guy is the ideal place for those who are looking for head to toe pampering. The interiors of the outlet are predominately black, white and earthy shades. The facility has white and black furniture. The store consists of eight hair-cutting stations, two back wash stations, a VIP room, a bridal room, two pedicure and manicure stations, two facial rooms, two spa rooms and an exclusive pool table area to spend your waiting time. They offer top-notch services like haircuts, colours, straightening, perming, hair extensions, facials, under eye treatments, skin care services,
body polish, scrubs, reflexologies, massages, pamper packages, bridal makeover, etc. Owners Sainath and Hasitha Gadde promise to offer the best grooming services to their customers. â€œYour hair may not define you as a person but having luscious and healthy hair definitely helpsâ€?, says Haritha. She feels that it is always a good idea to pamper yourself once in a while, instead of investing in materialistic things.
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welcomes you with a huge attractive panel flaunting the product range and offers available.
LM Fashion Mall opened two of its outlets in the city. While the Ameerpet one was opened on 21st
The brand has a vast range of silk, fancy, designer and
Sept, the one at Kukatpally was on 23rd Sept 17.
embroidery saris, dress materials, ready-made, western
Owned by Sai Silks (Kalamandir) Ltd, a firm which is
wear, ghagras, kids wear and menswear. The store calls
famous for its other brands like Kalamandir, Mandir,
itself a common manâ€™s haven as they cater to people
Kancheepuram Varamahalakshmi Silks â€“ the store is nothing
without drilling big holes in their pockets.
short of any international brand.
Prasad Chalavadi, Chairman and Managing Director of the
The interiors of the store are designed keeping the present
mall, promises to offer a budget-friendly range, which is
fashion trends in view. The elevation comprises automated
hard to find anywhere else in the market. You will be
and animated LED strips. The entrance of the store
surprised to note that the price range starts from Rs.250.
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Timings: 10:00am to 10:00pm Contact: Ameerpet - 040 48522466 & Kukatpally - 040 48522966
eve ign Dres By Anahita Ahuja
aliya Deeba, a designer who has her outlets in Hyderabad and London, is now a name to reckon
with in the world of designer wear. Her brand Ideebs caters to today’s woman, who is choosy and has penchant for exquisite pieces. Aaliya’s love for travel in search of various concepts helps her in creating the extraordinary. It is her keen eye for detail and class that differentiates her from others. She has carved a niche for herself in the market. Here she shares her designs and dreams.
How did designing happen? I am always fascinated by colours and craft. The process of trying to create something new attracted me. That was what motivated me to study fashion designing at NIFT. I honed my creative and garment construction skills at Central St.Martin, London. I was born to be a fashion designer. The genesis of Ideebs... Ideebs was first established in London. Initially, we displayed our garments with stockists there. My work was appreciated and I could build a good and strong client
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base. The amazing response made me open a private studio there two years ago. This year, we opened a studio in Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The best part of being a designer? My ability to translate the clients’ thoughts into reality is what makes the whole process and the efforts worthwhile. Having a meaningful discussion with the client about their dream dress and the process of taking it from concept stage to a finished garment is very gratifying. I feel blessed to witness my client’s imagination coming true in designs.
How do you define fashion? Being able to reflect your true personality & with your style. Skills needed to be a designer? A creative mind, imagination, market awareness and the ability to turn thoughts into reality. No point in having designs on mind. They need to be translated into designs without comprising on quality at any level. Immaculate stitch and execution are crucial. Formal education needed? It certainly helps the newcomers. Upon that you build your skills.
What is your personal style? It is quite minimalist when it comes to my dressing and hair. I like layering the
What is your USP? My garments can be cherished for life. Each design of Ideebs has its own tale to tell and speaks for itself. We are experts in custom designing and help our clients make garments suiting their personality. What is your strength/weakness? My strength - I give my best and only the best in whatever I do. I am very positive and hard working. However, sometimes I am shy and find it hard to open up and make a conversation. Maybe that is my weakness.
What are the trends in London? I will talk briefly on bridal genre, as it is mostly peplum tops with uneven hemline with lehengas, jacket with tail. For the bridesmaid, it is fitted pants with knee length tops.
Describe yourself in four words. Shy, quiet, homely and hardworking.
HER THOUGHTS: ACCEPT LIFE AS IT COMES AND BE FLEXIBLE TO ADAPT CHANGES AND TREAT THEM AS OPPORTUNITIES. LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, DO MORE THAN JUST EXIST.
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How similar/different are the markets in Hyderabad and London? London clients come with different ideas and concepts. They plan in advance and allow lots of customisation. It is not so in Hyderabad. We will be changing the trends and traits of retail business in Hyderabad very soon. I am confident about it because the brand received amazing reviews for customisation and designing skills in the city. I believe this luxury was not available to clients here earlier.
If there was one thing you could change about your field of work – what would it be and why? That would be the exploitation of poor people in the fashion industry.
MY CLIENT’S IMAGINATION COMING TRUE IN
Five years from now? Ideebs will become synonymous with Indian couture bridal garments.
dress. Mostly it is plain in blues or black. I should be comfortable in what I wear. You cannot look nice and not be comfortable.
Let us talk about your take on replicas – what are your views on ethics? The practice of replicating original designs hampers creativity and talent. We as the community and compatriots should discourage this unhealthy practice. People, instead of spending their time and energy on plagiarism, should indulge in creative pursuits. I am sure that would help them come out with better and beautiful designs and scale great heights.
What is the biggest turning point? My moving to London! I could do a ‘before-after’ in my life. You see life in a different light when you are in a new place. I have studied different cultures during my stay there. Travelling helps you broaden your mental horizon.
I FEEL BLESSED AND IT IS BLISS TO WITNESS
How do you know the latest trends? I spend a lot of time researching and analysing trends on social media. My work and family take me to different places. This helps me gain insights into the trends going on in different countries.
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n this journey called life, people pick up paths for themselves and march ahead on them. He not only realises his own dreams, but also helps others realise theirs as well. This was on that premise that young Sikander Daredia started his ďŹ rm Daredia Constructions nearly a decade ago. Since then he has been giving a concrete shape to his clientsâ€™ dreams. With sheer hard-work, dedication and conviction, he has travelled so far. Trying to know him and his work more, we caught up with him and his better half, Shaheen in a candid chat.
How did you get into this field? Life has its own way of telling you what to do with yourself. People end up finding their own fields eventually. Even for me, it all happened organically, though gradually. It all started with me dealing with land transactions and then one step led to another. Before I knew what was really happening, I had opportunities
coming my way and I ended up getting into construction. What changes you have seen in this line over the years? Ten years is a long time and change is bound to happen. Thankfully, the changes are only for the better when it comes to any growing industry or line or work. These days, people are well aware of various facets of
this field. Hence, they are very careful in their choices. This naturally results in better quality of work. When you know your buyer wants nothing but the best and there is tough competition out there â€“ you end up offering better than the best. Clients now demand a certain standard of living and we are determined to offer it and will not compromise on quality at any cost.
For us, each project is a blend of contemporary residential space and state-of-the-art amenities that define today’s living standards. We also run our business on principles of transparency and trust. Our team consists of skilled and efficient members, managing various departments such as business strategy, research and development, engineering, marketing, finance, customer service, sales & quality control with extraordinary finesse. We started with small projects of 30,000 sq.ft. and will complete one million sq.ft. by next year.
What is that one factor that sets you apart from the others? We give something which is not given by other builders such as home automation and advance security systems. What are some of the successful projects you have done before? Daredia's Gold Leaf, Daredia's Gold Stone, Daredia's Sky Garden and Daredia’s Urban Ville occupy the top of the list. What are you working on currently? We are coming up with three new projects admeasuring approximately 1/2 million square feet. The project will start next month. What has been the biggest moment? Recently we named a road after my family name. That is a memorable moment. What all aspects do you look into? I look into the designing aesthetics and convenience for customers who come to us with varied tastes.
Who designs your projects? Our structural designer is Zaki Associates. Their team handles all our designing. Do you always meet your deadlines? This is one thing I take immense pride in. Our team has always delivered goods on time and we vow to continue the tradition. Who does your branding? The Art Department in Banjara Hills. How is your safety record? Safety is our priority. We keep our 100% focus on it. This trade is all about building homes for people. Providing a safe haven has to be the top on the priority list. How do you ensure basic amenities for your residents? We provide water and power backups which, I feel, are absolutely basic. We also choose prime locations that are close to good schools, hospitals and malls. We provide gyms, jogger’s tracks and sports arenas so that our clients follow a healthy regimen. Who are your suppliers? Brands like UltraTech, Lafarge, Asian Paint, Godrej, Birla Group are a few of our suppliers.
What all do you offer? We are into the construction of two bedroom to four bedroom residential apartments and commercial spaces.
What are your basic rules? Our primary objective is to keep our clients happy and that we do by giving them the best. This includes on time delivery, quality of work and attention to the minutest details.
What do you specialise in? Our USP is giving homes with top-notch amenities.
BEFORE I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING, I HAD OPPORTUNITIES COMING MY WAY AND I ENDED UP GETTING INTO CONSTRUCTION.
Tell us about your firm Daredia Constructions... Daredia Constructions is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company. We are totally committed and give utmost importance to construction quality, modern design and superior living experience. We are one of the most trustworthy names in the construction business, both in residential and commercial segments. We are highly acknowledged for attention to project quality and architectural detail. We offer premium housing options like villas, apartments and more.
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What about finishings? We have our in-house team for that, which has been handpicked carefully. Since, we refuse to compromise on any aspect of construction and are keen on giving a perfect residence to our customer, we don’t ignore any facet – big or small.
PERSONAL FRONT What else interests you? I absolutely enjoy travelling. How do you balance work with family? Taking out enough time for the family is certainly the biggest challenge. But I have set myself fixed work timing. How would you like to spend a holiday? I prefer going abroad.
What are your future goals? It is always good to have high goals as it gives you enough reason to wake up and push yourself to work better. I have set an ambitious target and want to complete two million square feet before the year 2020.
By what motto do you live? Live the good life. Anything you like to change in your life? I am more than happy the way I am. I enjoy my life and am thankful to the Almighty. One superpower you like to have... I would want to save Earth from warming to preserve it for our future generations.
Shaheen is my support system: Sikander My wife Shaheen and I share a very special and timeless bond that I probably cannot define in words. She is my strength and the only person I fall back on. She is the most caring and loving person I have ever come across in my entire life. She is extremely patient and optimistic. These are the best traits of her persona. Her favourites:
We share a special bond: Shaheen If I had to describe my husband in a few words, they would be - generous, loving, dashing and big hearted. He is everything I had ever asked for. To me, he is my go-to person for everything and a friend I can share everything with. His confidence, foresight and vision are his best qualities. I love his leadership qualities & communication skills the most and the fact that he has taught me how to live life king size. His favourites: Car: His Range Rover
Car: Mercedes S-Class
Meal out: Chicken 65 is his all time favourite
Meal out: Chinese
Movie: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
Movie: Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Shopping day: Every day Colour: Black
Shopping day: Any day. She can shop for 365 days
Song: Romantic songs
Colour: All shades of pink
Actor: Salman Khan
Dessert: Indian desserts like Jalebi and Gulab Jamun
Flower: Lilies Dessert: Brownies
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“ I WISH TO COMPLETE TWO MILLION SQUARE FEET BEFORE THE YEAR 2020.
DETAILS By Anahita Ahuja
ringing the best in the world is The
Diamond Store By Chandubhai (Unit of
Hallmark Jewellers), Asia’s ﬁrst
hallmark certiﬁed jewellery manufacturer. Headed by Kotti Srikanth, son of Chandubhai (Chandraprakash), this store offers a diverse collection of classy, elegant diamond jewellery, handcrafted to suit both the ethnic and contemporary tastes. We speak to the men representing two generations and ﬁnd out how they turn their outlet as the hot spot for jewellery lovers.
Chadubhai makes the opening remarks… My father, the late Mr.Kishtaiah, was in the jewellery business. I joined him in 1973 at the age of 13. To start with, I handled sales & gradually learnt to evaluate jewellery. In 1982, I set up my firm Chanubhai Jewellers and in a decade’s time we started exporting. Later, I launched one of the largest jewellery showrooms in the twin cities at Ameerpet in 1997. Achievements When I entered the scene, there was ambiguity with 19k gold jewellery being passed off as 22k. There was no quality control and the customer had no way to judge the genuineness. red | november 2017 | 30
I set out with a dream to give quality jewellery to the customer, but did not know how to go about it. In 1996, I wrote to Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), India’s National Standard Body urging them to introduce some kind of quality control and certification of gold jewellery. I later came to know that this was a good four years before BIS even thought of introducing Hallmark. In April 2000, BIS implemented the Hallmark Scheme with support from the World Gold Council. I established a full-fledged quality control laboratory to obtain the first license as Hallmark Certified Gold Jewellery Manufacturer. In 2009, under supervision of Srikanth we opened another store at Abids in the name of Hallmark Jewellers.
Challenges Even after introduction of the BIS Hallmarking, it took more than a decade for the common man to understand and embrace it. Today it is about diamond quality. Gold has only one variable to be certified- purity, whereas in diamond colour, clarity, cut, polish symmetry have to be ascertained. The certificate speaks about colour and clarity only. Other factors that influence the price are to be noted by us. USP Sincerity towards my business. I have gained knowledge through experience & used it for the benefit of customers. I have gained their trust by providing quality product and service at very
reasonable prices. My goodwill is my asset. SRIKANTH’S VERSION The Beginning I am a Gemvision Matrix Cad Designing professional qualified from Indian Institute of Jewellery Mumbai and a GIA certified Diamond Graduate. I was so fascinated by jewellery that I used to go to the shop straight from school and would assist my father. That was the time we used to get jewellery customised from workers. There were occasions when the final product did not meet our expectations. That sowed a seed of desire in me to be a manufacturer. Equipped with all the knowledge, I set up the city’s first CAD CAM based jewellery manufacturing unit in Abids- Hallmark Jewellers. The Diamond Store My father enjoys retail business and has spent more than three decades in it whereas I was into manufacturing & wholesaling. So we decided to put together the best of our abilities and The Diamond Store by Chandubhai, with an in-house manufacturing unit, was born. We decided to sell only diamond jewellery as we were well-versed with all the nuances of this segment. Our customers fondly call my father Chandubhai and hence the name. His perseverance and persistence to deliver top-notch quality and timely services has helped us grow to this height.
crafted, which is a perfect blend of modern and ageold mystique. Our pieces are so classy and versatile that they make your peers envious and you the showstopper of any occasion. The cherry on the cake is that we have everything- casual, formal, bridal or ethnic. In the Collection We offer an exquisite collection of traditional South Indian and North Indian jewellery apt for any event, be it weddings or cocktail parties. We stock necklace sets, pendants, mang tikkas, bangles, bracelets, jhumkis, vaddanams, vankis, interchangeable chokers, etc. We have office wear and stunning accessories for both men and women. Our solitaire rings and studs are just to die for.
OUR PIECES ARE SO CLASSY AND VERSATILE THAT THEY MAKE YOUR PEERS ENVIOUS AND YOU THE SHOW-STOPPER OF ANY OCCASION.
Customisation Well, that is our specialisation. We have in-house designers who understand the customers’ concept. Once the pencil drawing is finalised, it goes to the
manufacturing unit. And voila, we create that perfect piece. USP Each and every piece of our collection is duly certified by International Gemological Labs. We offer excellent craftsmanship and high quality standards. We are known for our transparency. Expansion Plans We have plans to expand across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, in a phased manner. Standards Every parcel we get is checked for CVD or synthetic diamonds. Then they are sorted out as per our quality standards. Only those pieces that pass these checks go for manufacturing. We have strict checks at each and every stage of the process. Inspiration My father. He motivates me at every step. I aspire to be like him. Definition of Success Truth and transparency are the pillars of my strength. This is what I inherited from my father. Juggling Roles It feels great to be able to spend quality time with my family. I have two sons Hrishikesh and Shivesh and I try to spend as much time as possible with them. Philosophy Top-priority is given to customers to win their trust and patronage. We give importance to the quality of our products and service and also ensure that our customers are well informed of all the diamond detail we offer them.
More About the Store We are an exclusive diamond jewellery store. Upgrading the collection with the latest trends and time has become the need of the hour. Our comprehensive & timeless range is meticulously Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
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e is out there in the market and knows exactly what direction he is heading. Meet Arun Bulchand, Managing Director, Bulchand Trading Pvt Ltd. Taking over the reins
of his family business, he continues the legacy and does full justice to it. In a heart-to-heart with the man himself, we learned more about his work and journey.
KEEPING THE FAMILY FLAG FLYING By Anahita Ahuja
Family Business Carrying forth a legacy in itself is challenging. Our elders taught us that every single day is a new day and learning never ends. Years of experience and customer interaction have bought us here. We feel proud when a client recalls some fond memories at the counter. Choice I was always the black sheep of my family. I never dreamt that I would join retail business one fine day. I was successful in my own event company which I ran along with a friend. But he suddenly packed his bags and headed to the US, leaving me with no option but to look up to my father. He offered to train me in the family business. It turned out to be the best decision. I joined family business in 1997 and sessions of
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rigorous training continued till 2003. My father passed away in 2006 when I was barely 28. I had to take this huge responsibility on my shoulders. With God’s grace, things fell in place. Guidance From Elders My elders always had a sharp eye for good merchandise. They always stressed- “Quality comes for a price.” You may take some short cut for success but that would be short lived too. Hence the maxim- There is no shortcut to success- remains etched in my mind. Our name has become synonymous with quality and we are proud to keep it that way. Changes Times have changed but the values have not. It is just the mold that is adapting to changes as no one wants to look outdated. Technology
has an upper hand in development today and we are working with it. Strategies It is like a theory of evolution. We have to evolve to fit the market demands. The looks, merchandise, strengths, weaknesses, etc. - has to be reworked upon. We are here to meet the client’s demands. We do it with all pleasure. Expansion We have three stores – one in Abids and two at Banjara Hills, out of which one store Azira is dedicated to custom designed jewellery. Pros and Cons Everything looks beautiful from a distance. It has become a tough task to handle retail business because of many unforeseen changes occurring.
elangana seems to have switched gears and turned its attention to aesthetics. Rejuvenating its urban spaces, it is carrying out beautification works. Sculptures, landscaping and fountains are some of the works in the offing. As part of the drive, street vendors are also asked to vacate their posts in some areas.
Coming to this issue, you are sure to meet some interesting people. Their acumen shines as brilliantly as their
Coming to a not so happy situation, we must admit that we have a long way to go, when it comes to the safety of our children. The incident of a toddler drowning in the school sump wakes us up to this ugly reality. Occurring, ironically, on the Children's Day, this tragedy tells us that the commitment to children’s holistic development, including their safety, is the need of the hour.
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I sign off and will be back with a voluminous issue next month.
Aaliya Deeba, who figures in Eve, knows exactly what her patrons from different ends of the world- London and Hyderabad- want. Through Ideebs, she caters to divergent groups. Is a decade long enough to build your credentials in the field of construction? “Yes, of course,” says Sikander Daredia. He leaves no stone unturned to make customers enjoy every nook and corner of their residences. GenX houses details.
diamonds. Srikanth seems to have inherited the right genes from his father Chandubhai & The Diamond Store speaks for all this, turn to Trade. Arun Bulchand has a similar story to tell. He has taken his family business to a new high. He comes into our Focus.
THEY ARE NECESSITIES TO BE PASSED ON TO THE GEN NEXT.
Distractors may call it an effort to impress the delegates, including Ivanka Trump, attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, but the initiative to get the beggars off the streets deserves a pat. Besides shifting hundreds of homeless to shelters, the government is offering a reward of Rs.500 to those who come up with information about the beggars. The new scheme, coming into vogue on 1st December, goes to prove that the ban is not just a temporary measure to earn a ‘clean chit’ from visiting dignitaries, but a permanent step.
BEAUTY AND ORDER IN A CITY ARE NOT FRILLS.
Front Office P Moulika
Accounts & Admin R Chaitanya Kumar
Sr. Executives-Marketing P.Arjun M. V. Raju
Asst. Manager Advertising K.Niranjan Jagadeeswara Reddy
Dy. Manager Circulation Faheem Siddiqui
Dy. General Manager Corporate Affairs Selvaraj Dominic
General Manager Corporate Affairs Rajesh Babu Guntu
Publication Consultant K Raghuram Raju
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Aditya & Ishanee
Shantanu & Nikhil
Meghana Avnish Amit
Shane, Jacqueline Fernandez & Falguni
Shoaib & Abhishek
LUXURY AND MORE
FASHION FIRST Fashion always moves and transcends beyond the expected. It is the aspiration of many, but only a few own it and it reflects in their unique styles. The Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2017, in its 13th edition celebrated its style statement which is unconventionally glamorous and adding vibrant aura to the event was the live music. With the core theme of Style: More Than You Think, the event commenced with a glamorous and thought-provoking preview by Falguni Shane Peacock and Shantanu and Nikhil. The event held at the N Convention drew wide applause from the whoâ€™s who of the city.
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The Collective, a luxury retail concept from Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., introduced the city to some of most iconic luxury fashion brands with the launch of their ninth store. The stand-alone store, spread over 5,000 sq.ft., is located at Banjara Hills and houses high-end brands like Armani Collezioni, Dsqaured2, McQ Alexander McQueen, Fred Perry, Hackett London and Hugo Boss Green. Hosted by Purple Martini, the evening had the big wigs of the city in attendance, enjoying finger-foods, music and fine drinks.
Nupur & Yashswini
GLITTERING FESTIVITIES It is believed that anything purchased on the holy occasion of Dhanteras multiplies and the buyer flourishes. Manepally Jewellery, on this auspicious day, announced exclusive offers, giving shoppers the luxury of choice. Murli Krishna, Director said, "We are a customer’s brand with 127 years of legacy. Our focus has always been on customer service and trust. With each passing day, we enhance the finesse of jewellery." The enhanced footfalls at the outlet speak volumes of the jeweller’s commitment to quality.
KICK-STARTING FESTIVITIES To usher in the spirit of the upcoming festival season, an elaborate cake mixing ceremony was organised at Mercure Hyderabad KCP. The air was charged with pre-Christmas cheers and festive songs providing a perfect background. Renowned Singer Steve Adams played music, setting the tone for a perfect afternoon. The prominent city bloggers along with the charming women from Sanskruti Mahila Club, socialites and corporate guests attended the event. The event saw guests, hotel associates and the senior management team actively participating in the cake mixing ceremony. The guests were seen bonding over tea, a delightful spread of accompaniments and festive delicacies.
Shilpa Chowdhary Sangeeta
SHOPPING FUN Swetha Reddy hosted the 3rd season of her exhibition and sale S-Mode at the FNCC Filmnagar Cultural Center with 22 designers’ stalls. A fine range of designer wear with handpicked saris, kurtas, gold and diamond jewellery, murals and other items had the guests spoilt for choice. Spotted shopping were Bhavna, Shilpa Singh, Sana Khan, Jyoti Reddy, Sri Priya and Vani Reddy.
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Namith & Karishma Kaali Sudheer
Nita & Dinesh Patel
PROMOTING ARTS The Telangana Artists Association launched an exclusive event An Artist’s Raions D’Etre. The objective was to promote local artists of Telangana globally. It showcased artworks of 27 artists on the theme The Quest of Delight, a mime act directed by Danish Khan, a live painting session by Koeli Mukherjee Ghosh and a Kuchipudi recital by Vaishnavi Lanka. Inayah Sharon Aamir, DJ Piyush Bajaj, Imran Khan, Sravanthi Juluri, Aliya Baig, Danish Khan, Esha Hondocha, Sami Khan & Ehtesham were the board members.
Feroz Khan & Laila
Dj Piyush Bajaj
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SPARKLING STORIES Panache – The Luxury Expo opened to a great first day at Hitex Exhibition Centre. Organised by GEMKonnect in association with the Federation of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the expo impressed the City of Pearls with more than 10,000 collection of designer jewellery, fascinating seminars on diamonds, precious stones and even pearls. The launch of wedding collection by well-known designers and the experience zones for brides-to-be were a hit.
Rasheed & Sharon
Zunera Khan & Babar Khan
Ruchi & Jayeesh Ranjan
Sonal & Amar Ohri
FOR A BETTER TOMORROW Sangeeta & Konda Vishveswer Reddy
Hyderabad witnessed the 5th edition of Food For Change which is a fund raising event for Project 511. The event was attended by Rakul Preet Singh, Vijay Devarakonda, Sangita Reddy, MP Vishweshwar Reddy, Senior Bureaucrat D.Suresh Babu and many eminent personalities. The proceeds of black-tie, charity event will be used to provide quality educational facility to the students of government schools. Speaking on Project 511, Chairman Srinivasan Namala said, â€œWe got support from the government, Round Tables, corporates and individual donors. We will be completing our project by the end of next year. We have also started English teaching programme as a pilot project in as many as 25 schools.â€?
Deepthi & Charan
Mehreen Kaur Pirzada
Sreeman & Shamu
Ritu & Chaitanya Chamundi
Abhijit & Rashmita
Archit & Hanshita
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Harini & Srikanth Reddy
MERRY MIXTURES With Christmas just a few weeks away, renowned page3 personalities and big-wigs are on a cake-mixing spree. The latest event, held at The Park, saw many women having a great time, mixing up the necessary ingredients. The do saw the socialites laughing their hearts out, as they bonded with each other. Clicking pretty pictures were Ananya Simlai, Annu Kishore, Shalini Baruka, Sarita Lohiya, Shagun Ali and Geet Gupta. The event was a big hit. Shaheen
Andy Srinivasan Riya
TREAT FOR FOODIES
Junior Kuppana, a South Indian restaurant offering mouth-watering dishes, has been winning hearts for years. It has gained immense popularity among the public and achieved an iconic status in the industry serving genuine Telugu cuisine. Encouraged by the response, this brand recently opened its branch in Gachibowli. Guests were seen enjoying restaurantâ€™s signature dishes like Chicken Pallipalayam, Mutton Pallipalayam, Nalli Gravy and Mutton Biryani.
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Aamir & Rashed
Abhiram & Varshita Bisket Srikanth
FUN, FASHION AND FERVOUR
Gandhi & Manju
MOVIE TIME Keeping up his tradition of holding screenings, Srikanth Soma, more popularly known as Bisket, held the 146th special screening for his near and dear ones. The movie was a Saif Ali Khan-starrer Chef. Playing the perfect host, Bisket ensured that all were well attended to. Manju Gamji, Irfan Saleem Khan, Abhiram Mitta, Maghana Rayapati, Neetika Singh, Brijgopal Bhutada and Harmann Kaur were seen catching up with each other in the popcorn queue during the interval.
Veeresh & Soniya
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Putting a spin on fashion was the cityâ€™s first fashion carnival Top Stitch held at N Convention. Organised by Toasted Couture, Iffat Khan and Nagu Reddy, the stylish carnival drew huge crowds. Nearly 45 designers from across the country showcased their products. On display were exquisite clothes, shoes and funky accessories. A lavish spread of food, beverages and live music kept the shopping spirit alive. Tollywood actors Rana Daggubati and Allu Arjun were prominently present at the event.
Nimisha & Mamta
Saritha & Kishan Lohiya
` 50/NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 HYDERABAD
DIAMOND STORE SHIMMERS ON
Father and son duo pays attention to every cut
YOU CAN COUNT ON DAREDIA Sikander rules his destiny, builds dreams for others
Arun keeps the family flag flying and vows to keep it high
ACE IDEEBS BY AALIYA
Her strength lies in her ability to learn and adapt
IRIS DENTAL TAKES CARE
It helps you keep your teeth and smile intact
Indulge in retail therapy, relax in a perfect setting
LIFESTYLE PERSONALITIES CINEMA FEATURE LUXURY EVENTS REVIEWS FOOD PARTIES