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Meet them to get impressed, inspired and motivated


Positive Padmavati strikes the right chord


SWING TIME V-Day sets the ball rolling, cupid shapes the mood


HOT IN TOWN A bite and a massage here, a click and an attire there, check out





Lotus Hospitals unfolds its petals of care to spread health.

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Red Reviews Vizag's secret scouters of cool bring you the best of what's new and undiscovered. You can count on us with your daily dose of ‘what’s happening guys’ as we present the new, the cool and the trending.

36 Red Feature Behind every successful man there is a woman, but does a woman need a man behind her to be successful? It doesn’t look like that. Let’s meet these superwomen who smashed the glass ceiling and scaled new heights.


Red Focus Coming from an agricultural background, the KVR men know the value of ecology and environs. Their ventures don’t disturb nature. We bring the story of these real estate barons.

Red Haute 2017 seems to be one phenomenal year for Hansika Motwani with the release of Luckunnodu and Bogan. With critics praising her performance, we get up and close with her.

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76 Red Parties Every night is Saturday night for this happy and happening city! Groovy music, glamorous venues and mystifying mixology light up the night! We are thrilled to list some of the most happening events where nightlife comes alive!


PRECISION DISPLAY AT CREDAI Precision Pipes & Fitting, the largest manufacturing company in electrical pipes, introduced itself and displayed its complete product range to the members of CREDAI at a meet held recently. Sri Nandi Electmart Pvt.Ltd is the company’s authorised stockist for the coastal Andhra. They have distributors pan India and also export products to 16 countries. Backed by ISI, CE and UL certifications, their national and international standards remain unmatched and supply to many big private projects.

STAR PICKS UP LUCKY WINNERS Tollywood actor Catherine announced the winners of Kuberapattu Lucky Draw at MVR Shopping Mall. Commending the mall for its high quality products and services, the star said that she was impressed by the range of saris and jewellery. The Mall focuses on Kubera Pattu saris and wedding collections. Coupons were collected from the customers who bought saris above Rs.1,000 and above and jewellery worth Rs.3,000 and above for a week. The winners got an opportunity to dine with Catherine. Managing Director, MVR, Rajeswari and General Manager Linga Murthy were present.

BODY PARK’S TRYST WITH BOKWA Body Park has always been known to open its arm to exclusive concepts and latest addition to this list is the fitness dance Bokwa. Body Park conducted a free workshop on this new age fitness dance on its premises. This fun, energetic and exciting regimen was introduced by Nav Bhargav, who danced to various numbers and helped the participants to dance along with him. He organised two sessions that left the participants asking for more.

RHYMES WORLD CUP The felicitation ceremony of the winners of Rhymes World Cup was hosted by Ralla Bella International School here recently. The chief guest for the grand and prestigious event was Prof.G.Nageswara Rao, Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University. The Founder and Director of the school, Subha Dalai felicitated the Principals of 25 participating schools and 115 national finalists. The first prize in the junior category was bagged by P. Abhijith Devansh from Bachpan Ramnagar. Beedu Aishani from Timpany was the title winner in the senior category. red | february 2017 | 16

VIVANA HOTEL OPENS Vivana Hotel was inaugurated by Pydah Krishna Prasad, Chairman of Pydah Group. The banquet hall was opened by Srinadh C-MD, Gopal Automotive, the restaurant by Dr.Somanath of Avanti Aquamarine and the rooms by C.A.Chandrasekhar. The ďŹ rst purchase was made by Mallik Kankatala, CMD of Kankatala Group. D.Manik Raj is the MD of the hotel, where as D.K.Kishore, G.Ganesh, P.V.V.S. Mallikharjuna Rao and B.N.Murthy are the Directors. The hotel boasts of 26 rooms, a banquet hall and a multi cuisine restaurant.

FREEDOM THROUGH EDUCATION Waltair Round Table 92 inaugurated a Freedom through Education block at Srikrishna Vidya Mandir. Constructed at a cost of Rs.30 lakh, this block boasts of six additional classrooms which would facilitate more enrolments. GLMF Tr.Manpreet, National President of Round Table India and LMF Tr.Moriya Philips, National Project Convener of Round Table India, appreciated the project and the efforts of WRT 92. The project was funded by Round Table India Foundation, Oracle, Nyenrode New Business School in Amsterdam, Veenendal Round Table 92 in Holland and Knokee Round Table 92 in Belgium.

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Beside Punjab National Bank, MVP Colony Double Road, Visakhapatnam-530 017.


FRAGRANCE OF AROMA Images of Ramayanam in 36 pieces and portraits of the Great Women painted by the young artists of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan attracted many at the Aroma – 2017. The event, marking the 16th Annual Day at Port Kalavani auditorium, was held on 6th Feb 2017. The grand opening began with the welcome of the Everest twin sisters Nungshi and Tashi Malik. The school newsletter, Young Smiles, was released by the school Director, Chitturi Vasu Prakash.


SUBHIR MESMERISES A seminar-cum-interaction with Dr.Subir Vithal Gokarn, the Executive Director of India’s Mission at the IMF, was held at Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, Kapuluppada. Dr.Subir threw light on how the economists play an important role in helping the government in making new policies. He said that these were the men who will lead the country on the path of progress. He advised the children to choose only that field of which they are passionate about for their careers. He also fielded the questions of the enthusiastic students.

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Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan organised a seminar for the students of 10 standard. It was addressed by Dr.B.V.Pattabhiram, a well-known magician and Personality Development Trainer. He motivated the students giving the examples of Indians who have become prominent, by keeping up high values and thirst for knowledge, though they hails from humble backgrounds. He said, “The fittest only survive in the imminent future. You have to embellish your knowledge with updated skills and have passion, preparation, practice, perseverance and perfection.” Director Chitturi Vasu Prakash, teachers and students enjoyed the interaction.

THICK SHAKES IS HERE It is time to quench your thirst Vizagites! The Thick Shake Factory, a pioneer in the field of premium thick shakes, launched its franchise in the city. Mallik, CMD of Kankatala Group and Nagesh and Mahesh from A.S.Steels opened the store. Mallik also made the first purchase setting off the cash box jingling. The outlet is owned and operated by Dedeepya Edara and Sampath Vinay. Nearly 150 people attended the event. The guests were amazed by the wide range of the shakes listed in the menu. The ‘must trys’ are Belgium Chocolate, Lovely Litchi and Superman’s Secret.

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GOOD RESPONSE TO HEALTH CAMP Sanskriti, an NGO, organised a 10-day Acupressure and Sujok therapy camp recently at Royal Vishakha Beach Guest House. The camp was conducted by Dr.Shiva Kumar Tiwari, a renowned Sujok specialist from Chandigarh. More than 100 patients were beneďŹ tted from this camp, getting treatment for back ache, arthritis, stomach disorder, knee pain, diabetes and hyper tension. The white card holders were treated free. The NGO has been helping the underprivileged women and children with health issues, especially in the cases of heart surgeries for the kids. Sanskriti, known for its good deeds, provided Aruku with solar lamps.

GRAND CELEBRATIONS The 51st anniversary celebrations of Pollocks Educational Institutions had 3,100 students from eight branches in the city come together. Ganta Srinivasa Rao, HRD Minister, along with M.T.Krishna Babu, Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, graced the occasion as the chief guest. M.S.Siva Kumar, Chairman of CII (AP) was the guest of honour. Amidst the cheers of the energetic crowd and with packed audience, the celebrations including cultural programmes concluded on a festive note. The event was conducted under the able guidance of Principal Sandeep Chitra and Vice-Principal Rajini Chitra.

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1000 FT- LONG FLAG MARKS R-DAY Marking the 68th Republic Day, Vemana Reddy Cultural Association unspooled a1,000 foot-long tricolour. Addressing the audience, the chief guest MLC M.V.V.S.Murthy urged the youth to understand the significance of the national ag. TDP leader and Chairman, Swathi Promoters M.Krishna Reddy said it is a matter of pride that our National Anthem is applauded as the world’s best. Ramesh Reddy, MD and Suresh Reddy, ED, Swathi Promoters, said that the celebrations reected the spirit of patriotism. P.V.Rami Reddy, Vice-President, Venkata Krishna Reddy, Secretary and M.Siva Reddy, Treasurer, Vemana Reddy Cultural Association worked hard to make the event a grand success. KRISHNA REDDY’S GESTURE TDP leader and Chairman of Swathi Promoters, Krishna Reddy donated sports equipment to the Government School for the Blind, Sagar Nagar. Krishna Reddy said that he was touched by the plight of the visually impaired inmates and hoped that the amenities he provided would be helpful to them. He added that he would be taking up more welfare activities. Prominent among the present were M.Maheswara Reddy, Principal of the school and Ramesh Reddy, MD, Naresh Reddy, ED, Swathi Promoters, G.Rama Rao, Director MBS.Satyanarayana, Vice-President.

SRIKANTH’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS Sun International Institute for Technology and Management wore a festive look on the birthday of its CMD Srikanth Jasti. He and his wife Asha were welcomed with purna-kumbha, to the chanting of vedic mantras. After the traditional lamp lighting and cake cutting, the faculty and students presented a variety of cultural programs and a power point presentation on Srikanth’s journey. Touched by the gesture, Srikanth thanked them and said that this was the most memorable day for him.

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A SHOW OF BONHOMIE Audi Visakhapatnam treated its existing customers and prospective buyers to a film recently. Sponsoring the screening of Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No.150, the leading outlet made all out efforts to reinforce ties with its customers. There was an incredible response to the gesture and it was evident from the packed house. Nearly, 100 customers along with their families enjoyed the show at Varun Inox. “The objective was to organise a small get together for our premium segment customers,” says Hemraj, Sales Head, Audi, Vizag.

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SUNRAYS SHINES BRIGHT Vizag in general and Sunray Resort in particular appear to be the new buzz in sports tourism. As many as 25 bikers from Hyderabad arrived here to savour the pleasure of biking and golďŹ ng along the coast of Bay of Bengal. The Sunray Resort played a perfect host to these adventure-loving guests. It is relevant to mention here that the resort boasts of a nine-hole sea linked golf course designed by Golfplan of California and a motorcycle track course, which are built as per world standards and are one of its kind in Andhra Pradesh. Managing Director Raja Babu says that the resort has turned out to be the most-sought after destination for tourists from all over the country.

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CULTURAL FEST ENTHRALLS IMPORTANCE OF KARATE STRESSED All India 15th Budokan Karate Championship was held at Swarna Bharathi Indoor Stadium recently. The event in which nearly 850 participants from 19 states took part, was inaugurated by actor Suman. Dr. Raghu, CMD of Suraksha Group thanked all the Karate members and supporters for their relentless efforts, which once again proved that martial arts still holds good in the sports industry. R.Thiagaraja -President KAI, Hanumantha RaoPresident BKI, Dr.Malla Vijaya Prasad-Patron BKI and others graced the occasion.

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The Income Tax Department hosted a 2-day 30th Cultural Revenue South Zone Meet. The event was inaugurated by Vice Admiral H.C.S.Bisht, Flag OfďŹ cer Commander-in-Chief of ENC. C.Omkareshwar, Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, said that more than 300 took part in a variety of cultural events. A.K.Srivastava, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, TN and Pondicherry, graced the occasion.

KEEP THOSE SPIRITS HIGH The two-day “MCI -Anand Golf Cup� was held by Dr.D.S.Anand and family at the East Point Golf Club. Over 120 golfers participated in it. Vice Admiral Atul Jain, Chief of Staff, Eastern Naval Command was the guest of honour. Vice Admiral K.O.Thakare, Golf Captain and Project Director, Ship Building Centre graced the event. They distributed the prizes to the frontrunners. K.Srinivas was the overall winner of the play-off. The winners were T.S.Varma (gold) and Nischint (silver). A lavish lunch followed the prize distribution ceremony.

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KITE THEME TAKES EVENT TO A NEW HEIGHT Sticking to the Kankatala tradition, the event had all the ingredients of Sankranti – bhogi manta, decorated basavanna, rangolis, breathtakingly decked up pooja mandir and a wide variety of Telugu delicacies. Hostess Shilpa crafted the event around the kites. Kites were reected at every nook and corner- right from the invitation card to the picture booth to the rangoli drawn in the mandir. Shilpa even got the haldi –kumkum packets and blouse piece in the kite and spindle mode, proving that age-old traditions can be relived through new innovative techniques. The guests enjoyed the event curated by Mallik, Shilpa and Anirudh.

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Six Yards of Heritage


n a radical departure from convention, Rajeswari and Mohan Balaji – the directors of Kanchi Kamakshi Silks, decided to give the store the south Indian temple look. The traditional touch is seen right from the entrance as the steps leading to the store are painted with red dots on yellow background, representing haldi and kumkum. At the centre of the entrance sits a stunning statue of Goddess Gajalakshmi. Inaugurated recently by Swami Paripoornananda, the store transports you into a world of peace and tranquillity. Rajeswari, the owner says, “Rich silk saris are our forte as they are made using the finest quality silk. Our collection boasts of exquisite patterns, solid colours, pastels, embellishments, motifs, prints and styles. Our purohits perform kumkum archana and bless the wedding sari purchased here.” The ground oor consists of rich silk saris within the range of Rs.1,200 to Rs.1,00,000. The first oor offers exclusive saris and handlooms costing anything between Rs.2,000 and Rs.10,000. Catalogue and pocket-friendly saris from Surat, Ahmedabad, etc. ranging between Rs.300 and Rs.2,000 are in the second oor. The third oor houses ready-made dresses and western wear. “Our USP is our portrait saris, first of its kind in India. We

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weave the photo, provided by the client, in the sari. This procedure takes 30 to 45 days and costs between Rs.15,000 to Rs.1,50,000. The client can also choose design, colour and border of the sari. We engrave crystals on the sari which comes at an additional cost of Rs.3,000. We provide an exclusive offer wherein you can purchase a specific sari worth Rs.1,200 and get a vanddanam free. I am coming up with a section dedicated to fashion jewellery very soon,” says Rajeswari.

Timings: 10:00am to 09:30pm Contact: 9948013333





ooking for a nearest laptop dealer? Your printer is out of ink? Look no further. Launched recently and spread over 1000 sq.ft., Aaditya Infozone is the preferred one-stop shop for laptops, desktops, CCTVs, mobile accessories, printers, computer peripherals, networking products, home theatres, softwares like Tally, MS Office, etc, according to the owner, Rama Krishna Addepalli. The inauguration and the first purchase was made by the well known builder Mr.Mattapalli Chalamayya. Mr.K.V.T. Ramesh, Executive Director - BNI, lighted the traditional lamp and blessed the outlet. Being one of the distribution partners for HP, Intel, iBall, ProDot, Punta, Zebronics, Aaditya Infozone forayed into the retail segment and made its presence felt in other cities. They have wide array of laptops costing Rs.9,999 onwards and with specialisation in the assembling of desktops which will be costing Rs.9,000 onwards. Rama Krishna, says, “We set up the office premises in Dwarkanagar which is known as the IT hub in the city. The locality is sprawled with service centres, but as you can see, we are into both sales and services.” He goes on to say that in the next two to three months, he will be tying up with TVS Electronics as his service partner. Since TVS has tied up with prominent names in the IT sector, it will bring forth the original spare parts required and thus facilitate in the speedy and best of the services. The service setup will be an extension of the current one and will be stretched over 2500 sq.ft. Timings: 10:00am to 09:00pm, Approachable on Sundays. Contact: 9542-006-007, 891-6777007

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The personalised relationship with the clients is the firm’s USP. An efficient team of six members will note down the requirements from the clients and accordingly provide the configuration guidelines. Be assured, they will certainly suggest the best solutions suited for your budget.


Relax, Revive & Rejuvenate

costs Rs.2,900 and lasts for 60 minutes,” says Prasad.


ith all that stress breaking our back in this unfairly competitive world, can there be anything as relaxing as a good therapeutic spa massage? Spa Palace started the first franchise of its kind in the city. It was started by Gorli Vari Prasad and M.Kiran Kumar. Spread over 1300 sq.ft., this spa specialises in only Thai massages. All the five therapists and masseurs are qualified and trained in Thailand, the land of the most exotic health spas. “From Balinese massage to steam bath to foot reexology to hot stone therapy, we have it all. The most effective one is the LomiLomi massage, costing Rs.3,200 for 60 minutes , where the therapist applies the pressure using her forearms. We would also recommend our clients to try our full body deep tissue massage, which

A great deal of attention has been paid to the environment in which the guests receive their treatment. The wall niches are stocked with Buddha statuettes that add softness and calm to this very private haven. Lighting has also been used in an ingenious manner to subtly accentuate the interiors while creating a sense of peace. Each of the six treatment rooms is equipped with a shower facility. He adds, “We use different kinds of oils like lemon, orange, mineral that are brought from Mumbai. Right now, we are offering our services with a discount of 20% -25%. We even offer a membership card of Rs.11,000 for 8 hours which can be availed for any services mentioned in our menu. The validity of the card is six months.”

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ucky Shopping Mall is located in the heart of Daba Gardens. It is spread across 15,000 sq.ft and five distinct levels. It was recently inaugurated by Tollywood actress Pragya Jaisawal. Catering to a plethora of sartorial needs, this prominent and budget-friendly mall promises a joyous shopping experience to the clients, as it is equipped with state of the art infrastructure and a delightful ambiance. Vijay, the Store Manager says, “People here have a preconceived notion that malls of this magnitude are bound to be expensive. Trust me, their apprehensions evaporate once they cross our threshold and find the vast range of products that are offered at modest prices. Our customers don’t even ask for discounts as our prices are very less compared to the other stores in the city. We always have something or the other for everyone.”

The ground oor offers saris costing less than Rs.1,000. The first oor boasts of high end pattu saris within the range of Rs.1,000 to Rs.15,000. The second oor is a mix and match of churidars, western wear, dresses, etc. The third oor is dedicated exclusively to kids wear. The fourth oor consists of men’s wear like jeans, formal wear, ethnic wear, etc. They also have an in house tailor providing solution to all your fitting woes. He goes on to say that, “The mall sees a footfall of 6,000 per day on an average. Aspiring a higher number, we have launched various offers like buy three jeans at the cost of Rs.1,000 or two jeans at a price of Rs.1,500. You can even avail a free vaddanam when you purchase a sari worth Rs.1,500 from us.”

Timings: 10:00am to 09:00pm | Contact: 9399902688, 9849160288

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it’. Welcome to this enchanting world of Agarwal’s. Founded seven years back by Mr.Gautam Agarwal and Mr.C.Kishen Chand, the firm now boasts of a bunch of 37 extremely talented and energetic photographers and videographers. Under a newly carved out section – Agarwal’s Capturz, they take up exclusive wedding photo shoots and industrial profiles. “Whether you need a sales video, product demo video, corporate training video or photography, our team with extensive client-oriented experience, can add significant value to any product. Costing of projects vary as they are customised as per the client’s need. We are very transparent with our pricing as we do not compromise on the quality at any cost,” says Gautam and adds, “Through our footages, companies can promote their products or services in the market, besides displaying them in their premises. Sunray Resort, Radisa The Park Hotel, Indian Navy, Hospira Pharma are just a few who have taken advantage of our expertise.” Their work on candid wedding photography has been the talk of the town. “We love to shoot everything that happens around a wedding- be it the makeup, the family drama, the

Timings: 09:30am to 10:00pm Approachable on Sundays Contact: 9573956664, 9912647000

pranks, the subtle exchange of glances of the couple or public display of love. Innovation comes from different angles,” he says. Their package includes pre-wedding shoots, album designs and beautifully finished films. With a humongous clientele, they recorded their presence not only across the country, but also abroad like Singapore, South Africa and Australia. Equipped with the latest technologyfrom drones to 360 degree and waterproof cameras, they can capture your precious moments anywhere- underwater as well as from a bird’s view point.



NURTURING SKILLS By V. Sarada & Chandrika Mantri


Shoot by Dhana Vijay

e are surrounded by highly motivated,

silently keep their household together, besides

hard-working and strong-willed women

adding to the family coffers through their efforts.

who uphold our traditions and family

values, integrating them seamlessly with the ever

However, we could applaud only a few women to mark the International Women’s Day.

changing modern lifestyle. Despite proving their mettle in a number of ways and innumerable fields,

What if, we just stop talking about ‘having it all’

women are yet to be given their due for the unique

and start focusing simply on being content with our

value, they add to homes and jobs. Their ability of

choices as a woman? Thank God! Today we are

wonderfully managing crisis both at home and at

blessed to choose- whether it is focusing on career,

work notwithstanding, they still have a long way to

family or relationships. As these women

go. The climb on upward trajectory is steep and

demonstrate, it is less about balancing and more

strenuous. Of course, there is no denying the fact

about their choices that make them successful,

that some of them are leaders in their fields. This

both professionally and personally- there is no one

clearly shows that the tide is changing. We

way to do it.

acknowledge the multitude of home makerssisters, wives, mothers and grandmothers who

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Madhu & Her Bundles of


ping a certain film star is nothing new because millions of fans all over the world do it, day in and day out. If one imitates the hair style of the demigod, the other copies the star’s dress. But one seldom sees a fan like Madhu Tugnait. She was not just inspired by Nargis Dutt, who worked for spastic children, but followed the actors’ footsteps making a unique welfare activity her life’s mission. Displaying rare tenacity and temerity, she left a well established enterprise in a comfortable urban surrounding to embrace the serenity of a village where she tends 15 differently abled destitute children. If she has built a cosy and compassionate nest for these homeless, she has also created a world of goodwill for herself. Here she is talking of her life and her work...

Madhu Tugnait The beginning Married to Captain Pradeep Tugnait at an early age, I moved to Mumbai. Finding a lot of time on my hands, I went to Nargis Dutt’s School for Spastic Children to volunteer. She asked me to spend a few minutes with the children. The scene I witnessed overwhelmed me-some kids were having fits and some were drooling. My belief that I was strong enough for this role was shattered to pieces. Perhaps that was the time the real seed for welfare activities was sown in my mind. The Vizag Call Years later when I shifted to Vizag, I had close encounters with a few orphans. One was suffering from convulsions and yet he had to work to earn his meal. The other one ran away to escape the torture his red | february 2017 | 48

stepmother inflicted on him. These meetings rekindled the desire in me to do something for the underdog. Stint with BCT I was running a boutique, ‘Femme Fatale’ in the city. We were using the paper bags made by the inmates of a blind school. Somewhere around that time, Dr.B.V.Parameswara Rao of Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) was looking for a designer who could help them in promoting ‘khadi’. Thus, started my six-year journey with the BCT, during which I worked for the khadi weavers, trained women and children in sewing, displayed their collections at exhibitions in Chennai and Hyderabad. This sparked a desire in me to provide a facility for the specially challenged. I also resolved to give them a warm home, not just a run-of-the mill shelter.

First Move I sold half of my jewellery and my plot in Pune to buy land in Kondakarla Ava to build Icha Foundation. Then, I approached the Women and Child Care Centre to take in at least a few children to start with. I was offered three acutely disabled kids. They won me over, flashing beautiful smiles as I took them in my arms. Within a year, I got five children under my wings Mahesh, Alka, Sai, Teja and Rani. Name & Location Every child nurses a desire (Icha) that someday it will have a family, hence the name. I chose Kondakarla Ava to keep the kids away from the pollution and nurture them in serene environs. In case of an emergency, we have doctors at Anakapalle with whom we have a tie-up and it is a 15-minute ride from our foundation.

Routine I integrated two kinds of kids- some with minor disabilities and others who are severely disabled. The former group develops compassion and volunteers to help out the lesser blessed ones in their daily activities. The latter are motivated by these helpers. There is no hierarchy here and all of us have our roles to play. Seven children from our foundation go to normal schools. We also set up a special education centre for the acutely handicapped. A physiotherapist from Anakapalle attends to the children on a daily basis. Our multi-cuisine kitchen serves them, dishing out a wide variety of delicacies. So, they get holistic care. Children’s Tomorrow I can’t say anything. It all depends on the treatment they get and how they react to it. Growth becomes difficult,

once the child stops cooperating. That is something we have no control over. Bias I believe that every child is born with a purpose. Even the parents have no right to abandon them just because they are different. Give them love and care, you will see a tremendous improvement in them. These children are very creative from within. We have to tap that and assist them to develop in those lines. Motivation The children at the foundation motivate me and give me the energy to work. Unlike the normal ones, they are not demanding and are happy with small things given to them. I am happy just being around them. The Right Charity Donors should study the NGO and

everything that goes with it. There are various trusted CSR wings of big firms through which one reach the help to the right people. Patron’s Role Patrons, especially celebrities have a great role to play. Once these stars get involved, the right messages can be disseminated even in the remotest corners of the world. Advice The mindset that we require in this field is different. You need to be extremely dedicated and strong headed. You should carry the feeling of ‘seva’ all through. Don’t join any social cause just to add a point to your resume. Start with baby steps – adopt a stray dog or educate a child. Have compassion and never let go of your human values.

RAPID FIRE What is the best advice you have received recently? Don’t ever change and please remain the same Your role model... Nargis for her philanthropic work When was the last time you ‘took a break’? I went to Pondicherry recently after a gap of four years What scares you the most? Nothing

Leader or believer? Believer Eight hours of standing or ten hours of sitting? Eight hours standing for sure! One thing you want to change about yourself... I get too serious at times. I could do with some sense of humour Which other social issue is close to your heart? Women empowerment

What is better: being organised or attention to details? Attention to details Certificates or experience? Experience


I am planning to start a school for the special children in Kondakarla. It will have a yoga centre, hostel and a counselling room.

I plan to enroll Mahesh and Rani in MBA and train them in other social skills. So, Icha can

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It’s Purely Her Cup Of



rom brewing money for a premium bank to concocting ‘tasted-never-before’ teas for Vizagites, Priya Gummaluri has come a long way. One needs more than ambition and talent to make a success of anything. There must be love and a vocation. One need not look too far for the young entrepreneur’s quick and steep climb to success, for she chose the right vocation and displays abundant love for it. Priya, married to Mr.Sudhakar, an analyst with Deutsche Bank, moved to the UK to be a home-maker and a full time mom to Ishanvi and Shreyansh. Quintessentially an Indian, she always longed to be back, unable to resist the tug of motherland. Whether it is inadvertent or intentional - she has become a part of the new buzz- Make in India, winning over the franchise for Tea Trails in the Smart City. Along with the exotic Kashmir Kawah, she pours out the details of her journey…

The Switch After obtaining my MBA degree from GITAM University, I started working in the telecom industry, then moved to financial services and later to ICICI group. Once the babies arrived, I decided to take a break and look after them. However, the home walls could not arrest me for long. From a regional head leading the 400-strong team spread over four states to a full time mom was overwhelming for me. I wanted to go back to my career. But the entrepreneur inside was nagging me to start something on my own, so that I could live life on my terms. After mulling over many options, I zeroed in on Tea Trails for the sheer novelty of the concept. I could see a great opportunity for this product.

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The Setup It took me a good six months to find the place, finalising the design of the store, deciding on furniture, finding the vendors and recruitment, etc. Experience This is my first venture, hence cannot say much. Experience does help, but it may also kill creativity. There is a pro and a con to everything. An entrepreneur needs to believe in the idea and go ahead with conviction and passion. Challenges Nothing was easy for me – right from finding a place to the right resources and manpower. But as days passed by, I started understanding the game and its dynamics and followed suite.

Priya Gummaluri

The Lure We are into hospitality and the key to success is service. We give utmost importance to it. We use social media for our promotions and improve our product range frequently by adding new items. First Lesson Resourcing is a big issue in the F&B sector. I gave more importance to people than process. I realised my mistake when people left without any notice. Now, we lay more emphasis on the process. Rewarding Aspect Though we receive a very good response from the market, it is too early to comment on this. It is more rewarding to keep it successful.

Uniqueness Ours is one of its kind in Vizag and food is prepared from a live kitchen. We are not just a hangout joint but have the product range that is good enough to position ourselves in the casual diner space as well. Tea for Coffee-Lovers Gradually, people are switching loyalties from coffee to tea. Tea is an anytime drink and right from day one, we were able to penetrate the market aggressively. The new idea of tea being a health drink has given it that panache. We serve tea infused food which is our USP. Training Self & Staff I am a quick learner, foodie and have a very good eye for detail. These helped me to understand the product and to position it in the market. I personally train my staff about culture and etiquette. Of

course, there is a process in place for product training. Man’s World Yes, the production (kitchen) is male dominated, but I never faced any issue on this front. I have been handling male-dominated teams for the last 16 years. The Juggle It has been a challenge. There have been complaints from home front, despite the fact that they are aware of my work profile. My parentsMrs.Anuradha and Mr.G.M.J.Sastryhave been great pillars of support in handling this situation and gave me the cushion and comfort by taking good care of my kids. I do pull time out for family and try to pamper them, so that I can wipe out that feeling of guilt.

QUICK SIPS 3 imperatives for business Product, Place and People Inspiring mantra Perceive and pursue Favourite dish in your menu Everything… Red Zen (Tisane), Kulhad Chai, Kashmiri Kawah (green tea), Egg Kejriwal, Mediterranean Veg Sandwich, Thai Curry with Rice, to name a few Worst meal you have ever had Not one! Too many to mention Worst meal you have ever prepared Ask my husband Role model Anyone who contributes to the betterment of this society Chai or green tea Chai in the morning and green tea in the evening Point to Ponder I will spend more time on planning than execution Best advice received This time will pass, applicable to good and bad times

ON TEA TRAILS We offer 85 varieties of teas from all over the world and a wide range that includes Indian snacks, continental dishes; diversified range in our main course and not to forget, our very own signature tea-infused food offerings ranging from Teazza (tea infused Pizza) to our salads. Viability Vizag with a population of 2.5 million people has the right cosmopolitan culture and mix to enjoy and encourage this product. Break even Operationally, we are on a month-on-month breakeven, but the payback period would be a minimum of two years. But, we were already adjudged the best outlet in the country. Future Plans No plans to expand on the same product. We are coming up with a suburban getaway for families and youngsters for food, gaming and socialising.

Sonia Gupta

P re s e r va t i o n e n g a g e s t h e p a s t i n a conversation with the present over a concern for the future’- that is what we aim at when we conserve our heritage in brick and motar. It is no surprise that Sonia Gupta not only chose a perfect name ‘Goods of Desire '(G.O.D.) for her gallery, but also houses it in a unique place, providing it with a perfect backdrop. She turned an old dilapidated building in One Town area, which was being used as a godown, into an exquisite platform. However, she gives major credit to her friend and designer Ameet Mirpuri, who gave the arena a touch of glamour and mystery that defines G.O.D. and its goods, keeping the original heritage character intact. She will soon be coming up with a quirky book café. But for now, mention G.O.D. and Sonia is all smiles and words.

Exquisite Display at

Window The Journey We opened the gallery doors on 15th Sept 2016 and showcased creations of high end designers like Manish Malhotra, Sandeep Khosla, Abu Jani, Gaurav Gupta, Dolly J, Anushree Reddy. The presence of such luxurious brands in Vizag caused a stir, with people’s reactions ranging from outright disbelief to great glee. The subsequent show highlighted international and contemporary funky jewellery, western wear and quirky furniture and home accessories. We are coming in a big way very soon. Creative Urge I have always felt a need to do something creative as I am interested in interiors, fashion, design, event planning. G.O.D. is all of that put

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together and maybe much more. My aim was to create a facility beyond the usual pick & move shopping concept, besides pop up events and trunk shows to showcase beautiful goods from across the country. I want to offer an enjoyable and an indulgent experience to shoppers. A Typical Day The best part- each day is unique in terms of creativity and pressure. There are days that involve only research and networking with exhibitors. When we are nearing the exhibition we are busy working details like designs, promotions and logistics. Finally, there are those nerve racking, hectic days when the exhibition is on.

Success Ingredients You need to be on your toes all the time. Knowledge about current trends, a strong fashion sense and efficient organisational skills are required. Training I don't think there is any text-book for this. Even as a child, when ever there was a party at home, my mom would ask me to tidy up the house. I would love rearranging cushions, moving the curios, doing the flowers and setting the dinner table. All that just came naturally to me. I guess it is a lot more about passion than training. Travel, media, fashion shows and exhibitions make you more knowledgeable.

Personal Style Comfortable yet elegant! I think jeans and shirt is me. Throw in a smart bag and shoes and I am ready to tackle anything. But, evenings I love to play dress up ! The Change Goods of Desire was actually born from the empty nest syndrome. My daughter is graduating from Cornell and my son has graduated from Wharton. From a total helicopter mom to a couple of minutes phone call a day, I realised I needed to do something with all the time at my disposal. This has got me more in touch with friends and family, living in different parts of the country. I have drawn from their strength. Be it bouncing ideas off of them, doing the creative setup for the shows or connecting with other people in this line. Most of my friends like Ameet Mirpuri and Sahiti Choudary have gone out of their way to help me. My husband and children stand rock solid behind me and always encourage me to experiment with my ideas. I was the happiest on the day of my first trunk show, when my mom with wet eyes hugged me and

said, "I knew you were capable but this is amazing!" Tip to New Players My advice to new entrepreneurs, especially to women is - we have the potential, people skill as well as multi-tasking ability. Once we put our minds together, we can do anything. Keep that spark alive. There is no expiry date to dreams. You can start anytime. Each of us has a unique story to weave; there are so many women in Vizag, who have turned their hobbies into successful careers. They make their friends and family proud and I draw my inspiration from them. For Today’s Brides I think the young girls have become very savvy. Comfort and elegance definitely win over bling and heavy cumbersome clothes. Brides want to enjoy their wedding day. A good cut and style is the key word and that is what we want to offer. The Best and the Least I love showcasing beautiful things. I love the energy. There is no least favourite part. I love the package.

QUICK BITES Define fashion Anything that enhances one’s personality Favourite style icon... Definitely Priyanka Chopra! A versatile beauty with intelligence! She has a quiet elegance about her and gives character to the clothes she wears Celebrity you want to dress... Oh hands down Modiji! His outfits have to complement his aura and reflect his personality Biggest trend of 2017 Natural, fluid, soft fabric with trails, slits, scarves

About G.O.D. Location Nestled between two lush green trees is a heritage building. As you step inside the thick teak doors you are immediately struck by the expansive high ceilings, bright teak doors and windows and pristine white walls. The rooms are interlinked, all boasting of teak beams, thick stonewalls and a rustic cement floor- all of which have been carefully preserved for over a hundred years. It is the perfect place for my G.O.D. Next Show On 21st and 22nd Feb, we shall showcase handlooms from remote villages on East Godavari, three generation old Banaras weavers, contemporary cuts, styles for summer wear, eclectic jewellery and even silk paintings.

3 things you could bring on an island Sunglasses, Kindle and my soul food brownies Most outrageous thing you ever bought String of south sea pearls in Sydney- it was an outrageously expensive love at first sight Stress buster Walk on the beach road, good laugh over waffles and chocolates, meditation Best about Vizag Sea, sun, sand and the hills. No other city has that. Life is in 3 km radius! Friends are family in this town Go to restaurant Wood fired Pizza at Aqua, The Park

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akshmi Mukkavilli, now in her 11th year as the Managing

Director of Patra India, shows no sign of slowing down.

She is no stranger to being in the forefront and the leader

as this is not her first foray into the world of start-ups. Her confidence and work ethics helped her push against many odds Lakshmi Mukkavilli

to reach the coveted top of the ladder. Instead of wilting under

Journey I studied B.Com in Bullayya College. My marriage took me away to the US. Hence, I could not complete group II of Final C.A. My life took a poignant turn even as I was going through my stints with Softline and Cyberbills. Being a single parent, taking care of my very young daughter was not an easy task and work-life balance was a real challenge. Due to some personal reasons, I came back to India in 2003. I worked with Cross Domain in Bengaluru for two years where I was leading a CPA project offshore at Cleveland. During that time, John Simpson, my boss at Cyberbills, launched Patra Corporation in the US along with his co-founder Dan Easterlin. He wanted me to start the operations of the company in India. red | february 2017 | 56

the pressure, she turned the challenges into her advantages and marched ahead. Here is her story...

I gave in to the brilliant idea and convinced them to set up a base at Vizag. Initially, we outsourced it to a domestic company which provided us with space and manpower. After a journey of ups and downs for two years, we decided to start up on our own as ‘Patra India’, wholly owned subsidiary of Patra Corporation with 40 people and five clients in 2007.We just celebrated our 10th anniversary in January with over 1500 employees in the City of Destiny. Expansion Our next priority was to establish a backup for Vizag office in Bengaluru to increase our visibility. However, it did not go as expected because of the high level of attrition. So, we decided to set up our third office at Raipur. The Chhattisgarh Infotech

Promotion Society which is affiliated to the government along with Ernst & Young helped us out. We started in Sept 2015. Now we are 350-strong. Challenges I was moving to India in 2003 after staying for nearly eight years in the States. It was tough for me to accept and adjust here as I faced a culture shock at working environments in Bengaluru. Getting my daughter adjusted here was equally tough. The Hudhud cyclone was a major physical setback for our company and us. The crashed glass panel damaged most of our computers, desks and ceiling. Fearing that we would lose out on a lot of clients who were apprehensive of our recovery pace, we pushed ourselves beyond the limits, with primary focus on the finicky clients.

We were up and running by the third day. This certainly surprised our clients and gave us the confidence. Beliefs & Values Be optimistic and sincere in whatever you do. Failure does pull you down, but all you have to do is get up and find your way out. I have never given up on those employees who falter. We pull them along as we grow. Risks & Sacrifices I am a single parent and the only bread earner. I was worried about the viability of the venture. But John assured me that he would take care of things in case of any eventuality. Initially, we were working crazy hours at the office. There were days where I used to be up all night. I couldn’t spend much time with my daughter Deepika, who would often be frustrated and complained about it. Now she is a matured independent girl, studying medicine in Manipal and is proud of my work profile. Business Sentiment It is upbeat in the country at present,

specifically in AP, but only part of it is being translated into business.

are more focused on satisfying the customer than the profits.

Demonetisation Our company was not affected at all. Only the modalities of payment for the staff had to be re-worked a little. Axis Bank helped us out by coming to our premises with swipe machines.

Smart City Business wise, there have been public private partnerships which are crucial for the growth of the city to build more schools, hospitals and other industries which further help in employment generation. There are no electricity outages and water shortage. The city looks much cleaner. GVMC, VUDA and the police department are doing a good job by involving the citizens in the services.

Entrepreneur Mindset Everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. The latest trend is to start early. Anyone who can bear risks and challenges is a successful entrepreneur. Today, traders


strong personality

The best advice you ever got... Never give up in the face of odds

Success mantra ... My mother (Mrs.Nirmala) mantra- Go on till you see the end of the tunnel

The biggest lie society has taught you to believe in... Only men can run successful firms 3 business-related wishes... More women in the top positions; being among the top 10 women on the Forbes list; Patra to be the most desired place to work for Favourite book... Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean in” Successful entrepreneur... Mark Zuckerberg. He took the social media to a new level

Other interests... Cooking and travelling Regret till date... Not being able to complete CA final Goal... To empower women around me Posts * Vice-Chairperson, IT Association of Andhra Pradesh Vizag Chapter * Vice-Chairwoman of CII – Indian Women Network for Andhra Pradesh

A night out... Movie and dinner with friends

* Member of Vizag Security Council for Women’s Forum

Your strength... Positive, compassionate and never say die attitude

* Along with my family. We support the following organizations:

Inspiration... My father Murthy Neti. He has a very

- Generation Yuvaa

- The Circle of Goodwill

- St. Josephs Old age home

About Patra India • Patra is a short form of a Sanskrit word ‘Patram’ (paper) • Patra India does the administrative work and back office services for insurance brokerage companies, agents and carriers in the US. • We have more than 2,000 employees, across three offices in India. • We have got a pretty good response from the market. This is evident from the speedy growth we record. • We plan to set up branches in more cities and increase the employee count to 5,000 by 2020.


t is not without any reason that people say that our environs considerably impact us. You know that the statement is perfectly justified when you meet the Executive Director of Ramcor Enterprises Private Limited, Jaya Parchuri, who deals with air conditioning and cooling appliances. She is cool and composed and talks choosing her words carefully. From genetics to air-conditioners, it has been a tremendous journey for her. Under her leadership, the company enhanced its customer base and earned recognition as the pioneer in cooling service providers.



Jaya Parchuri

Her Story My grandfather started Sri Rama Corporation in 1956 at Rajahmundry. It was the pioneer enterprises in retail business, dealing with numerous products- office furniture, pesticides, agricultural sprayers, mattresses, electrical appliances and what not. The branches were spread out in places like Hyderabad, Vijayawada. Guntur and Kurnool. I pursued my Masters in Genetics from Andhra University. After I got married, my husband Mr.Homesh Parchuri and I shifted to the US. My desire to continue research couldn’t be fulfilled as I was busy looking after my two sons, Arvind and Avinash. We moved back to the city after my husband graduated from Cornell University. That was when my father,

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Mr.A.S.N.Prasad initiated me into Ramcor Enterprises Private Ltd. Journey with Ramcor Initially, I was reluctant to take over the business as my heart was with research. Being the eldest daughter of the family, I had to take over the operations of the firm and give it a shot. Stickler for perfection as I am, I studied every minute detail of air conditioners – what are the types and how they are manufactured, etc. Also, I had the luxury of having my father guiding me all through. My first plan of action was to narrow down the business into an exclusive cooling appliance store. To start with, I ended the company’s association with the distribution of agricultural products as they were not yielding

any profits. It was a tad difficult as the companies were there with us since the inception of the firm. Management Style My father gave me only one mantra – believe in your product to market it efficiently. I live by this rule till date. So, we only deal with products for which we can provide the best of services. Hence, after-sales service is our biggest strong point. We go to that extent of doing away with the products, in case the company fails to provide spare parts. I keep reminding my staff that Ramcor is concerned only with 100% customer satisfaction. Hence, we strive for it.

Lessons Basically, I am an introvert and soft spoken. After I took over Ramcor, I realised that this chilled out attitude of mine will get me nowhere. So, yes I have learnt to be strict and more professional.

launched in the market. Recently, two of our employees went to Daikin’s factory in Neemrana, Rajasthan to learn more about the product features, installation, service and repairs. Basically, all of our technicians are very well trained.

Backbone I want to thank my parents, my husband and my sons for being there with me in my remarkable journey as an entrepreneur. He was a professor at Andhra University who has nothing to do with trade and business, yet, he is very supportive and adjusts with my long working hours as he understands my unflinching dedication to the firm. I owe my success to him.

CSR We contribute to the Iskon Akshaya Patra Foundation. We have adopted 3 kids from the SOS Children’s Village. My mother Mrs.Hemalatha is the Managing Trustee of Pragathi Charitable Trust, started by Avula Jayaprada Devi. I am also associated with the trust that takes care of the women in distress. It runs free medical camps and provides legal aid to the needy women.

Employee Motivation We take good care of our staff, helping them in their children’s education and providing them with health insurance. We have an incentive package for those, who are outstanding in their performance. Apart from that, we even give bonus and gifts during festivals. Most of the employees have been with us since the beginning. Their loyalty is unmatched. Be Updated Our manufacturers always inform us, whenever there is an upgradation in the product or when something exciting gets

The Juggle My routine is set on a daily basis. I come to the office at around 10:00 am and leave by 1:00 pm. The afternoons are for ‘me’ time and no official work is taken up during that time. At 4:00 pm, I am back at office and work till 8:00 pm. Whatever happens in the office, stays in the office. Male Dominant Society I agree that it is a patriarchal society. I remember when I used to travel and go for the dealers meet, I would be the sole business woman. Hence, I was inhibited, but now I can speak my mind.

QUICK BYTES Role model and why Indra Nooyi for her ability to balance work and family A message to your younger self Be passionate about what you are doing The core key question Have you given your 100% today? Favourite quote... Success is not final and failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts Favourite mobile game Sudoku Tea or coffee Coffee Last thing searched on Google Donald Trump As a teenager Enjoying life Non-work habits that help you Staying calm Any hobby... Painting

What next I would like to open something related to alternate therapies – something metaphysical. I have completed the advanced course at the Art of Living and follow the Brahma Kumaris as well. Each course has its own set of Pranayama meditation that fascinates me.

About Ramcor •

We are into cooling business. You name it and we cool it. We are known as the most dependable service providers in Vizag.

I hope that one day my sons, who are settled in the US, will take over Ramcor like I did from my father.

Owing to the climatic conditions of the city, everyone is in need of an air-conditioner. Our products sell 365 days.

We are planning to open a new outlets in Gajuwaka and Madhurwada. We will be dealing only with air-conditioners.

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Kavita and SriHarita

First Step Kavita: My father Dr.K.Nageswara Rao runs the ABC Hospital, where I take care of the ICU. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and create an identity for myself. Somewhere, I also realised that the quality of laundry in the hospital was pathetic. I used to discuss this with Harita, my husband’s cousin. Harita: After marriage with Kalyan, a civil design engineer, I moved to Australia. There, I volunteered for an age care facility called Karinya Homes, managing their kitchen and the laundry department. I learnt the nuances of fine laundry. We had a set process where the laundry would come in colour coded bags to separate the infected ones from the non-infected ones. I used to share my knowledge with Kavita who would often talk of the shoddy way we deal with our clothes. K: Learning from Harita’s experience and after extensive research, we set up this facility. Building something from the scratch is always exciting.




avita and Harita - sound like twins? No, they are not even siblings, but they are certainly like Siamese twins and two ends of the same thought, sharing a business and resolute passion for it. Dr.Kavita Kamineni, an intensive care specialist and SriHarita, a qualified pharmacist have launched on this unique journey more than a year ago by setting up a fine laundry house- Drop n Go. “The objective is to deviate from the beaten path and give the city a never-before-existed facility.” The partners speak about their venture, how it got kickstarted and how it is spinning on the top gear.

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Hurdles K: The banks refused to support us as they were skeptical about re-payment. So, we had to utilise our savings. The locals were not ready to lease their premises for such a concept. However, a retired doctor obliged us. We went for the renovation of the place. H: We had neighbours barging in, with complaints that our machines would dry up the bore-wells. As we were short of hands, we would even wash, count and even deliver the clothes. Some clients were unhappy about inclusion of taxes in the bills.

Faux Pas K: We were unaware of the importance of setting aside some working capital. H: In our next venture, we shall not repeat this blunder. Response H: Some are appreciative. But some need to be told about the difference between dry-cleaning and wet-washing. K: There are dhobis at every nook and cranny. We naturally cannot keep our cost on par with them as our process is scientific. Kin Facility K: Hard to believe, but there is this XXY chromosome in us. We could not have done it without each other. H: We can throw tantrums at each other!! If I don’t want to address an issue, I vanish behind the machines, leaving Kavita to handle it. If the Chips are Down... H: If one of us is in blues, the other is ready with sunshine. K: ‘Never say die’ attitude is in our blood. We just dive into any task and are ready for battle. Rewarding Moment H: I don’t think we can say that it is a stupendous success. We have managed and to some extent, we could change the

people’s perception of laundry. K: Every day brings in a new challenge and the learning process goes on. Employee Loyalty K: A saying goes- pay peanuts and you will get monkeys. We pay and look after our staff well. As a doctor, I take care of the medical needs of their families. H: We even entice them with small perks like biryani parties. Definition of Success K: We set off with two end points. One- Drop n Go should pop up in the mind, whenever a Vizagite thinks of laundry. H: We want it to be an all-woman body. Right from the security guard to the driver, we want woman in every post. Bad Bargains H: Many times! We let go of customers who are hard to please. There are some who don’t pay at all. K: We may lose out on a few customers but we certainly don’t want to stress ourselves over such fussy lot. New Venture K/H: A mega kitchen, where we will cook and deliver food to hospitals, people with special needs, etc.

RAPID FIRE First word that comes to your mind now Chocolates Quality of life or quantity of life Quality for sure! Last minute business trip K: Wear a pair of jeans, pack two shirts and a deodorant. I am all set to go H: Catch a flight 15 minutes of fame... K: Spread awareness about women empowerment H: Encourage women to drive bikes and cars Expectation from a fortune cookie... Sufficient money to setup a new outlet, without going for a loan. Anything for the business Word you want to remove from your dictionary... Try. We believe in ‘do’ or ‘die’ What is the first thing that you do when you get up in the morning? K: Sip a cup of filter coffee H: Call my husband in Australia Addicted to... Chocolates, pani puri and a chilled Coke As a super hero, what would your powers be... K: Super speed H: Time travel and the ability to fly


Our machines are imported from Italy and chemicals from Germany.

We use hydrocarbon solvents for dry cleaning.

Apart from that, we have a wet washing machine, a dryer, a stain removal machine and steam press.

We are planning to start a new outlet at Gambhiram which will cater to the hospitality sector.

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Wrapped in

Maya Choraria


The Journey My father always believed in women empowerment and never stopped us from chasing our dreams or even exploring new paths. As a teenager, I rode a bullet and was all set to open a computer institute, which only goes to prove that the streak of adventure has been with me right from that time. I got married and shifted to Vizag. My husband Ravi was a distributor of imported chocolates in the region and was catering to malls, hotels, etc. As a chocolate-lover, I instantly spotted a business opportunity in the venture. Both my parents-in-law and Ravi were so sold on the concept that they wrapped up their other businesses in hardware to focus on this field.

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hocolate makes us swoon. It is said to arouse our passions and tempt our senses. But for some, it does not stop at being just another indulgence. They go a step further to transform their bittersweet enthusiasm into a money-making adventure. That is what Maya Choraria has done, running Taste Buds, the one of its kind retail outlet that sells some of the world famous and premium brands of food products. Thanks to her, Vizagites are connoisseurs of a mindboggling variety of confectionary, imported from various corners of the world. Maya tells us how she got the locals hooked to these exclusive tastes.

Smooth Launch The scene at that time was totally to my advantage. I was unrivaled in this genre with no one else dealing with such a wide range of premium products. Demand for the finest in chocolates started pouring in from many people. We were more than willing to fill the gap. That was how, TASTE BUDS came into existence, brining in the overseas taste. The Difference People often used to question us about the stork variation in the prices of desi dairy milk chocolate and the imported one. The cocoa content in the imported ones are much higher compared to the ones made in India. Even the other ingredients that go into the products are of superior quality. One bite is enough to make you realise the difference.

Response Awesome and overwhelming! You never see people leaving our store empty-handed. They are amazed by the vast collection on our counters. Keeping up our side of the bargain, we go all out to meet their demands. The customers’ appreciation always keeps us motivated. Wastage There are areas like transportation, where we have no control. For example, if a bottle breaks in a carton, the entire package goes in waste as the leakage may spoil the labels on the other bottles. Obviously, we cannot display the messy ones on our counters.

Rules to Follow We have to follow certain set of rules and methods when it comes to disposing of the damaged items. In case of an expired product, we need to empty the packet, dump it into proper bags and dispose it in the specific dump yards. Kin Facility For a woman coming from a typical Marwari family, it is certainly difficult to break the barriers and run a business. However, over a period of time, I gained the trust of my family and now they are all supportive. Not only my father-in-law Mr.Raj Karan Choraria, but also my daughters Reeth and Riya help me at the store. They manage it in my absence. Ravi is my best friend and my strength. Besides discussing the problems, we seek advice from each other on all

business matters. Three minds are any day better than one. A healthy interaction brings out new ideas and concepts that boost the trade prospects. Opinions of all is taken into consideration before a decision is made.

He said that he had 207 days left for his marriage and he wanted to present his fiancee with one variety every day. Motivated Staff Our staff is our extended family. We give them complete freedom at work. Whenever, we have a new product in the store, they taste it first, even before we do. The relations are cordial and friendly.

One Big Mistake It is mandatory that we keep a vigilant eye on the shelf life and also the expiry dates of the products as we deal with perishables. There was one incident when inadvertently, an expired item got sold and till date I feel guilty about it. After that, we take extra care and check the product thoroughly before billing. Memorable Incident There was this customer who wanted to buy 207 varieties of chocolates. While handing down the package, I couldn’t resist asking him why he needed that many kinds.

Man’s World It is the 21st century and things have changed for better. Of course, people are always ready to sit in judgment when it comes to a woman, whereas they go easy on a man. We are a step ahead of them when it comes to multitasking and commitment to work.

RAPID FIRE A health buff’s pick... Dark Chocolates. That improves blood flow and lowers blood pressure. ‘Must trys’ are oil-free, gluten free, sugar free food items To satiate one’s palate... Depends on the taste of the customer. Hershey’s, chef baskets, pasta kits and pizza kits always sell like hot cakes

‘15 minutes of fame’ for ... Tell women to grab every opportunity that comes their way and work. From a fortune cookie... Keep blessing me with the same luck that I have till date

The first thing in the morning... Plan my routine for the day

A new venture would it be... I can’t think of anything other than Taste Buds

If you were a super hero, what would your powers be? Make everybody taste the chocolates at my outlet

Last minute plan for a trade trip... Pack my bags and keep my mind open to explore new opportunities

Ours is specialised store dealing with imported chocolates, drinks, cookies, digestives, etc. You crave for it and we have it.

We broke even after three months of establishment.

Our products reach Vijaywayda and Guntur. Here we cater to hospitality industry, bakeries, supermarkets, cafes and ice cream parlours.

We are planning more outlets.

One word you want to remove from your dictionary... Impossible

Your favourites in your store... Lindt chocolates

Quality of life or quantity of life? Quality of life


Tip to peers... Don’t be a damsel in distress. Gear up and be your own knight in the shining armour.

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Gurmeet Kohli

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urmeet Kohli certainly poses a challenge to journos, leaving them wondering under what genre should one place her - social worker; trainer of soft skills, personality development and communication; crusader for social causes; political activist; socialite; columnist; super chef; accomplished dress designer; a yoga exponent; perfect mother or a successful homemaker. With her fingers in one too many pies, one seldom sees Gurmeet (Guddo for her innumerable friends) taking a breather. She is on the constant move from one errand to the other. Did you find her walking from Seethammadhara to TSR complex? Nothing new, that is how she squeezes in 30 minutes of health walk amidst her exhaustive routine. We rope her in for an interview, snatching a few moments of her at The Institute of Chartered Accounts of India where she teaches and a few minutes at the couselling session of professionals at the Public Library.

Journey When I turn back the pages of my life, I feel indebted to my parents, the late Mr.Mohinder Singh and the late Mrs.Rajinder Kaur Bedi, for the upbringing they gave me. We grew up in a joint family that adhered to high moral values. Being an all rounder in debates, quiz and essay competitions, I always had a flair for writing. My first write up appeared in the school magazine when I was in 7th standard. I took up mainstream writing when I won the first prize for my poetry. Life was a bed of roses until I lost my father. Though I always imagined myself in business suits, I got married and turned into a docile daughter-in-law. My dreams took a backseat. The red | february 2017 | 66

liberated girl turned into a multi tasking home maker. I was totally immersed in taking care of my husband Jaspal Singh (Tony), my parents-in-law and my children, Tina and Poojan. Career Amidst all this, I never left the path of academics; I obtained a Masters Degree in Literature. I got certified by ETS for TOEFL, CELTA by British Council for IELTS and NeuroLinguistic Programming. After a stint with Interface, an overseas Australian firm, I started my own educational consultancy and coaching centre. Then came my tryst with Deccan Chronicle. I ran a regular column ‘Matter of Faith’ for the daily. It was gratifying to hear that my articles helped many students to come out of their depression. That was how

counselling students became my passion. My freelancing projects took me to various educational institutions, where I helped the students on their soft skills and imparted the campus recruitment training. Hurdles The going definitely gets tough at times and there are always hiccups to deal with. To ensure smooth sailing, one has to anchor one’s strength. Packed days with clash of training programmes, social work and filial responsibilities lead to a lot of stress- I believe in pulling through with finesse. Motivation My mother’s words, “do good and expect nothing in return” inspire me. Her trust in me has always pushed me beyond the limits to achieve my goals.

Social Issues My mother used to take care of the poor and provide homeopathy treatments to them. I have inherited this streak and urge to do something for the people in distress from her. In fact, it was the service after the Hudhud disaster that put me on the path of welfare activities. My training programme Shakti on women empowerment is for the Navy employees. Issues that are always close to my heart are sexual abuse, domestic violence, genital and menstrual hygiene, etc. Though I am associated with NGOs like Global Support Organisation and Rohit Memorial Trust (RMT), I offer service to other non-profit bodies. We have done a lot of projects like Gyan Lakshmi, Say No to Plastics, mentoring girls through RMT during the last year. Man’s World Intellect has no gender. Women wear pants now. It is no more a man’s world.

It reminds me of James Brown’s song – This is a man’s world......But it would be nothing without a woman or a girl. Beliefs I believe in giving my 100% to every relationship, whether it is members of my family, friends, neighbours, students or even my domestic help. Failures We certainly can’t rewind the past. I believe that when one door closes, the other opens. There are occasions when we may ignore the opportunity that comes knocking at our door. All you need to do is give your best and leave the rest to the almighty.

professional commitments. I unwind in my social activities. Identity- Gurmeet or Poojan’s Mom? How many of us are blessed to be known or recognised by our child’s name. I am a lucky mother and have no qualms to be an extension of my child’s existence. I feel extremely proud to be introduced as ‘Poojan’s mom’. My children are my identity.

The Juggle Setting things into motion is easy. The challenge lies in taking them forward. A lot of planning goes into my routine. I believe in prioritising too. My family always comes first, followed by my

QUICK BITES Future plans Doctorate in literature Role model... My mother Spirit animal... Deer. I touch hearts through my gentleness AWARDS & REWARDS The first thing you do in the morning Thank God for a peaceful night and pray for a blessed day

Quality of life or quantity of life Quality, not the longevity that is important

Expectation from a fortune cookie A hit Bollywood number for Poojan

Singing or dancing I am not even a bathroom singer, but I love dancing to my husband’s tunes

Amazing Woman of Vizag by Times of India.

Message to your younger self Hey! I had fun then, I am having fun now too. I do not miss you at all

Saha Pramukh (Vizag Dist.), Swachh Bharat

Being organised or attention to details Being organised keeping details in mind

Miss LAD, Nagpur

Best Poet, Nagpur Times

Dolphin Queen, Vizag

Golden Couple, Vizag

Best advice... My mother said, “Don’t stop working as long as your health permits.” Yet to learn... The art of saying ‘no’ Success to you is... A happy state of mind

8 hours standing or 10 hours sitting Of course 8 hours standing! Certificates or experience Experience is the biggest certificate Want to be remembered For my ‘good’ work

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Swapna Ponnam

wapna Ponnam may look small and slender, but certainly proved to be a leader, running a big facility like Southern International Hotel Management Academy(SIHMA). The

second batch is going to emerge out of the portals of the institute very soon. Yet, already the institute has made its presence felt and mentored many, making them hospitality industry-ready. Woman of a few words, Swapna talks of her role as the Executive Director of the academy in detail.

Beginning I was born and brought up in Eluru in West Godavari district. I obtained Master’s and M.Phil degrees in mathematics. You will be surprised to know that now I am pursuing my doctoral studies in mathematics as well! I started my career as a Junior Lecturer in an intermediate college and after one year I rose to the position of an Associate Professor in Praveenya Institute of Marine Engineering.

family members, I set up the academy.

Leadership Style I have always followed the basics of managing as a leader - build relationships, create a vision and manage day-to-day operations of my team. My experience as a teacher has taught me to get the maximum out of my students and encourage them to achieve their goals. I have always tried to set a good example for my employees, students and my associates. I provide enough space to my team Present Assignment That 10-year tenure with the for them to showcase their abilities and skills. college gave me valuable lessons. I realised that there Biggest Challenge is a tremendous scope to For us getting admission impart knowledge in the and counselling for the first hospitality sector. With the batch was a tad difficult, support given by my since we have other husband, Satish and the red | february 2017 | 70

institutes in hotel management running in this city. At the same time, my son Srivar was constantly demanding my attention. Classroom Management I have definitely an authoritative approach to the students. I try to comprehend their level of understanding. After that, I have improvised on my teaching methods.

Advice to New Teacher Be professional in your attire, manner and attitude from the minute you enter the classroom. Be loud, clear and audible. Understand that the learning process involves everyone – students, parents and the institute. How you communicate with your students and their parents is truly a reflection of your commitment as a teacher. Don’t answer your own question. Allow a few moments of calm silence and a hand or perhaps an expressive face, may beckon you. As a further step, inviting students first to write an answer virtually ensures an answer from them. Correcting students’ mistakes is as important as patting them when they do something right. Give lots of practical examples. Students always welcome frequent and fast feedback from the teachers. Energy, warmth and enthusiasm help awaken minds.

Staff Selection There is a saying-the mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates and the great teacher inspires. Education is the key to success in life and a teacher is someone who makes a lasting impact in the lives of their students. We have a special recruitment team which ensures that we pick up the finest out of the lot to bring out the best in our students. Man’s World I can’t say completely no to this phenomenon, but yes in many communities, male dominance is still felt. The mindset is changing, but it will definitely take time for gender equality to actually happen.

Student Indiscipline This is a very sensitive topic. We are very much against punishments in the campus. But, at no point of time, we let the student get the feeling that he/she can get away with bad behaviour without facing the consequences. We also send students for counselling if they need help. Challenging Students I always follow a calm and composed approach to understand their perspective and address them in a positive way. When starting a conversation, I try to interact with the student to break the ice.

Quick Bites Inspiration My mother, Y.Ratna Kumari. I admire her kindness, unconditional love & patience Dream job I want to lead women and motivate them to create an identity for themselves Most disturbing news Students committing suicide Leader or believer… Believer Being organized or attention to details… Both Tea or coffee… Coffee If you were a super woman, what would you do? Give women the choice of working from

home and changing the state of mind of the criminals Last minute business trip... Pack clothes and catch the next flight to the destination What scares you the most? Lizards!! Strength … I adapt to any situation with ease and have a very positive attitude Weakness… Stage fear Quality of life or quantity of life… Quality of life Certificates or experience Experience

About SIHMA • We produce graduates that are knowledgeable, who can communicate effectively and have the skill to connect across cultural, social and geographical boundaries to tackle major challenges. • At present we have 30 staff members and more than 200 students. • We want to establish a wonderful academy for the students to provide them with the best of education. Also, we want the girls to come forward and carve out a niche for themselves in this male-dominated society. red | february 2017 | 71

Saroja Cherian



espite all those tall talks of uplifting them socially and politically, and giving them due representation, women have largely remained either tools or surrogates of their male partners. All the attempts to find a way to encourage women to take up leadership seem to remain just an eyewash. Here is Polasapalli Saroja Cherian, who won the rare honour of being the youngest Mayor in the country and the first Mayor of Kakinada Corporation. She struggled through her term to establish her credentials. “It was nothing short of hurdle race. Anyway, I always strive to be ahead, whatever may be the challenge,” says she. Of course, she acknowledges the help and support she got from the former CM, N.Kiran Kumar Reddy and the former MP, G.V.Harsha Kumar. Saroja and her husband Cherian Srinivasa Rao, who is equally politically motivated, are throwing in their lot with these veterans in the next elections. Saroja, who was in the city for a brief visit, talks of her varied experiences.

First Mayor The Kakinada civic body gained corporation status in 2004. I had the historical honour of heading it. My stint was tempestuous with more downs than ups coming my way. I was caught in many cross-fires and ego clashes. The Beginning Hailing from Amalapuram, my father the late Mr.M.Jaganmohan served as the Munsif Magistrate. After his death, we settled in Kakinada where my mother Mrs.M.Vijaya Lakshmi took up service. Being a topper in academics (M.Sc), I was a Kuchipudi exponent. My interest in public life got a boost after I got married to Cherian, who had created ripples as a students’ leader. Issues & Improvement As I was the first time Mayor, people’s expectations ran high. Even I set out with very

lofty goals of changing the city into a veritable paradise. The city was woefully lacking in entertainment. People have to go either to the beach or to film theatres. I wanted to add a few facilities. But all my efforts were stone walled. If it was an ego issue one time, it was an ulterior motive at the other. I used to take my problems to the late Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy who used to be very supportive. I could impress upon him that the newly-born corporation needed money. He granted Rs.30 cr. We worked on the Raja Tank and Boat Club, widening roads, beautification of junctions, major flyovers, drinking water pumping, Rajiv Gruhakalpa houses with the coordination of other wings.

I formed some welfare associations in residential colonies to ease the burden of corporation in maintenance. Man’s World Every moment of my tenure, they made me feel I was on a hostile territory and every step I took was doubted and opposed. It was a saga of struggle against many mighty and powerful leaders. They used to find me too young to lead and say, “You were not even born when we entered politics and how can you tell us what to do?” Source of Strength My source of strength is my husband who stands by me like a rock. Whenever he found me in low spirits, he would pacify me saying, “Leaders like even Jayalalithaa could not

escape this. Yet, they stood their ground. To make a difference to the society, you have to pass these tests.” Even the person who proposed my name for the Mayor’s post expected me to be his stooge and couldn’t digest the fact that I had a mind of my own. Knowledge People become invincible with knowledge. I realised that I can counter any attack, if I do my home work. I studied the Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act well. Armed with this information, I would confront my opponents and would not leave them till they gave me satisfactory answers. Clashing Roles Mayor and Commissioner should function like two wheels of a cart for the smooth running of corporation. But in my case, everyone went against me. The strange thing is that even the Municipal Chairman is given more powers compared to the Mayor. They would hold the purse strings. Rs.20 lakh is nothing for big corporations like Vizag and Hyderabad, but a big deal for a place like Kakinada. It was only after some protests, we were given a paltry sum of Rs.50,000 to spend on some minor works and the Commissioner was given permission to sanction works for

Rs.10 lakh instead of Rs.20 lakh. Unforgettable Incident The last meeting I held was the most harrowing of all experiences. My term was getting over and I was dismayed that I was unable to do anything for the city. I wanted to build a major road that connects to the highway. They did everything possible on earth to stop me - right from confiscating the files to sending away the Commissioner. I stood my ground and got the resolution passed with only 1/6th of the quorum. Dreams for Tomorrow I have a natural inclination for any project or programme that augurs well for women. I also wish all the communities are treated equally, without bias. I want to establish a counselling cell for girls who are often victims of injustice in our male-dominant society. For Kakinada Underground drainage is not feasible as the city is below the sea level and there is a threat of sea water getting into the city when the tide is high. Hence, we have to mull over some alternative mechanism. We need a proper dumping yard with a facility to segregate garbage, part of which can be used for generating fuel for power plants.

Untapped Talent There is a treasure of untapped talent in the women of Kakinada. For example, there are women who make export quality coat buttons out of buffalo horns. There are others who are good at processing dry fish. These women with aspirations and leadership qualities need a bit of guidance and some financial assistance.

QUICK BITES Inspiration My father If not politics I would have gone for IAS Political icon in politics Indira Gandhi Best Compliment My presentation at Mayors’ meet won a wide applause Use your fame for Women’s welfare Expectations I pray to god that my family stays blessed and wish everyone should have the same luck One word to be erased Suffering Addicted to Coffee


By V. Sarada

Family that eats together, stays together” – goes the adage. But one look at the men behind KVR Estates and you are bound to say- the family that constructs together stays together. “The word- family- bears a very different meaning to us because KVR family is not all about our kin alone, but it extends to a whooping 3,500 happy customers. All those, who are associated with us in our business, become part of our lives,” says the patriarch and the Managing Partner of the company, Mr. Kayala Venkata Reddy.

United They Stand Content and happiest, surrounded by all five partners who are also his close relatives, Mr. Reddy says, “Our decisions on any issue are collective but even if they are individual at times, we all stand by them with our eyes closed. Such is the trust we repose in one another.” Introducing them, he says, “My brother Sura Reddy is my backbone and my brother-in-law K.Bala Reddy is my right hand. My nephews S.Visweswara Reddy (an MBA degree holder from Symbiosis Pune) and S.Venkat Reddy (who obtained MIS in Australia) joined us in the business, purely driven by passion. They along with my sons Ravikrishna Reddy and Ramakrishna Reddy are the future face of our business.”

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Starting Point Hailing from an agricultural family belonging to Mahendravada of Anaparti Mandal in East Godavari district, Mr.Venkata Reddy wanted to explore the world by treading a completely new path. “After obtaining a M.A degree, I wanted to go either for teaching or civil services. Fear of likely failures made me try my hand in trade. I set off dealing with finance business and followed it up with running petrol bunks. In 2004, I entered realty sector with KVR Estates (Kayala Venkata Reddy) after due consultation with friends and partnering with some of them. As we progressed further, my family members joined in my trade.” After that there was no looking back for this enterprise that has added rich value to the landscapes of Vizag and

Vijayanagaram with their land ventures and landmark buildings. “While Vizag has always been my dream city, where I wanted to live, Vijayanagaram is my karma bhumi where I have all my major business ventures,” says Mr.Reddy. Hurdles Ask him about the hurdles he has faced in building this reputed business house, Mr.Reddy gives a stoic smile and asks back, “Is there any business which faces no hurdles and hazels? So is ours. The grit and strength of the a business man surface only if he comes out unscathed in these tests. By God’s grace and best wishes of our well-wishers, we surmount them and have reached till here.”

Secret of Success “I attribute our success to the style of working we follow. I don’t believe that success comes to you if you sit in your ivory tower, delegating duties to people on the field. All of us gather for a brief meeting in the morning at the office every day and after that you shall not find any of us here sitting in the air-conditioned comfort. We, along with our workers sweat it out on the field. At this office, we have only one person who coordinates work at various locations, besides our accountant. We have been providing livelihood to 350 people, employing them on contingent basis.” Green Commitment Coming from an agricultural background, Mr.Reddy’s commitment to environment is uninching. “I know the value of food crops. So I refuse to take agricultural lands for layouts. If we are compelled to fell 10 trees, we see to it that at least 20 of the same quality trees are planted there. In fact, all our ventures are close to the town and don’t interfere with nature.” Uniqueness “The location, our commitment to quality of work and efficient service make us stand apart from the others. Our ventures are free from legal hassles. We take responsibility of the total maintenance even after the ventures are sold. For example, our properties were damaged during Hudhud. We spent nearly Rs.40 lakh to get the infrastructure restored. We are number one in Vijayanagaram. Since we are very choosy about the location, the land value in our projects moves only upward and manifold. All our

projects get equal attention from us; hence all of them shape up in the same fashion. Last but not the least, our projects are the ground realities and true reections of the dreams we show in our brochures. There is never a deviation either in their plans or in their execution,” adds Mr.Reddy.

Venues &Ventures Successfully completing 20 layouts in Visakhapatnam and Vijayanagaram, KVR Estates has been a name to reckon with. Layouts

No Outsourcing Most important trait of the firm is that it doesn’t believe in middlemen and go-betweens, nor does it go for outsourcing. All the transactions are direct and transparent. Mr.Reddy adds, “This personal touch has made us extremely popular and all our units get sold within 40 days of starting of the layouts.” Demonetisation He continues,“We respect and welcome the step taken by the government as it is for the welfare of the people at large. It did cause a certain slow down in our sector, but it did not bring down the land value at all. Things started looking bright once again.”

• Under the banner of KVR Estates, we have two projects running in Vijayanagaram – one near Sri Ramanarayanam Temple and the other in Boddavalasa. • Under the KVR Properties banner, we have a project going on at Kothavalasa. Apartments • One project coming up in Vizag. • Two projects in Vijayanagaram.

Future Projects “It is a continuous process, like a owing river, the old stream goes out leaving place for new water. We are, for now, operating from here. But, I am sure our next generation is certainly going to transcend the state borders for expanding the business.” he says.

The Concept • Environment-infused living • Exclusive and high-end amenities • Secure neighbourhood • Open green spaces • Green location Salient features of Mega Gated Community in Vijayanagaram • Duplex villas • Central park Shoot by Dhana Vijay

• Club house • Swimming pool

Pre-Valentine Day Bash at Tribe Saturday nights are always about music, drinks and socialising for Vizagites, who deďŹ nitely need no reason to party. Tribe at The Park Hotel is one place to let your hair down. Recently, a pre-valentine day bash for all the budding couples was organised by Tribe. Boy! What a night it was! DJ Mr.Doss from Kolkata played the opening act along with DJ Paul, DJ Sathvik, DJ Phoenix, DJ Aditya and DJ Raghu. They made sure the crowd grooved all night to House, EDM and Bollywood beats.

VH1 Sup erso nic



h1 Supersonic is designed not only to fuel every party goers’ dancing desire but also to provide a common ground where you can groove to the tracks of the best DJs in the country. The happy vibes of this festival made its way earlier with the VH1 Supersonic Pre-Party held at Vue Bar, Novotel Visakhapatnam Varun Beach. It was time for all the party animals to EDMofy themselves to the mesmerising beats of Sound Avatar featuring Flipsyd along with DJ Rahul. It was deďŹ nitely a night of creating unforgettable memories and new bonds that last a lifetime.

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SRILAKSHMI WEDS SRAVAN Waltair Club turned into a veritable wonderland replete with dazzling lights, owers and scrumptious spread of delicacies. It is only natural that all these would be expected when the wedding of the daughter of Bolisettis, a well known political and business family, was solemnized. The extravagant wedding of Srilakshmi, daughter of Bolisetti Satyanarayana and Nagamani with Sravan Chakravarthi, son of the late Srinivas Chakravarthi and Maturi Lakshmi was held on 15th Feb. The celebrities and socialites from all the walks of life were there to bless the couple and enjoy the warm hospitality.

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LIBRA Sep 23 - Oct 22

Someone may keep you guessing at work, so wait and watch. On the professional front, keep a low profile to avoid clashes. You are likely to multiply your money by investing in a scheme. Changes brought in your lifestyle will lead you to better health. You are likely to earn much goodwill by discharging a professional commitment. A romantic week is on the cards as your partner showers you with affection and praises. Lucky for you: Peach, 15

SCORPIO Oct 23 - Nov 21

Get set for a thrilling time, as you will get a VIP treatment! You may find those around you heaping praises on you. Your apprehension is likely to be dispelled. A family gathering is in the pipeline and will prove to be the most enjoyable. Be choosy in what you eat to retain good health. Cupid's arrow will surely find its mark as love blossoms. Wedding bells for some cannot be ruled out. Lucky for you: Chocolate, 25

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22- Dec 21

Certain family issues hanging for a long time are likely to be resolved. Mixing business with pleasure will be fun as get invited to a celebrity event. Someone you have met briefly may pull at your heartstrings and fill you with romantic thoughts. Financial stability is assured as income remains steady, especially for those involved in trade. Bringing an ailment under control is foretold. Price of a property owned by you is likely to escalate multi-fold and add to your financial worth. Lucky for you: Purple, 28

CAPRICORN Dec 22- Jan 19

Feb 19 – Mar 20


Lucky for you: Navy Blue, 8

You will welcome the change that travel is likely to bring. Becoming intolerant with someone in the family is possible. This may result in spoiling the domestic environment. Neglect on the social front can get to you, so keep in touch with all. Financial situation may not give a rosy picture and compel you to go for some desperate measures. Rubbing someone the wrong way is as good as inviting trouble, so watch your step. Infatuation fails to buy real love. A friend might test your tolerance power.

Jan 20- Feb 18


Responding positively and quickly to new ideas in business will go in your favour. You will benefit from the free time by enjoying some lovely moments with family in the last week. Make sure you do not overspend on household luxuries. Romance will be exciting provided you take time out for your partner. The grace of a saintly person will give you peace of mind. Excitement for a vacation is not enough, planning is also required. Lucky for you: Pink, 16

You are likely to spoil the mood of your love companion by raising controversial issues. It is a very successful period as far as finances are concerned. Good time to divert attention to spirituality to enhance mental toughness. Time to make your vacation a dream come true. If you want to invest on property, then go for a residential one. You are likely to realise the importance of reaching out to people and touching their hearts. Lucky for you: Red, 14

Forecast ARIES Mar 21- Apr 19

This is a good period for an investment as it promises to turn lucrative and bring in good money. Opt to work out in a gym to remain slim and trim. Teaming up against someone might not be in your interest. Some of you can come under the media glare on the social front. An opportunity on the business front may prove beneficial in time. Do not forget to plan something special with your partner to enjoy the ecstasies of love. Lucky for you: Violet, 22

Taurus Apr 20 –May 20

Financially, you are likely to find yourself in a strong position. You will have enough to purchase a major household item. Something that you are apprehensive about at work is certain to turn out favourable. You may attend a party, so be ready to have an enjoyable time. Romance is likely to take a backseat as you have too much on your platter. Your insistence on living frugally is likely to have positive fallout on others. Lucky for you: Coffee, 3

VIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

You will need to draw the attention of someone influential, if you want a favour. Property purchased by you is likely to add to your prestige on the social front. Your analytical prowess is likely to make you a perfect candidate for an important project or assignment on the professional front. Your attempts to be socially active will help you remain in shape. Lover may strive to put you in a romantic mood. Lucky for you: Light Green, 19

CANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

This proves to be a special time for you, when you impress one and all. Partying with someone special is possible and it will be lots of fun. With increasing footfalls, retailers will be able to do brisk business. A short journey promises to remain hassle-free and will enable you to do your job unhindered. You need to control your spending by purchasing only essential items. Your physical charm would catch the attraction of the opposite sex. Lucky for you: Sky Blue, 14

GEMINI May 21- Jun 20

Lucky for you: Green, 17

Socially, you are likely to remain active and make new acquaintances. Money wise, you will find yourself much more secure now than before. Be alert on the road while driving as the stars don’t appear favourable. Possibility of acquiring property cannot be ruled out. On the work front, you will get a chance to display your efficiency. Romantic thoughts may dominate your mind, so expect an enjoyable time with your mate. Reciprocate in full measure.

LEO Jul 23- Aug 22

Going the extra mile for someone will make you feel good. Meeting the boss means a few more jobs in your in-tray, so take your call! Certain kinks need to be ironed out on the academic front. Romance will sweep you off your feet. For those seeking love, happy times are certainly indicated. Extremely supportive and loving partner would help in alleviating your troubles. Lucky for you: Indigo, 18




Kishor Krishnamoorthi

aking pictures, creating beautiful images and weaving s t o r i e s a ro u n d t h e m i s something Kishor Krishnamoorthi always had a flair for. He thrived on the process and felt very connected to the art of photography. With wedding photography, he felt he had found the area of his expertise and hence ended up making it his full time profession. He strives to create images that capture the real essence of the client’s mood and tell their story with all style and sophistication. His photography is best described as modern and fresh blended with vintage aesthetics.

What made you choose

every single moment. And of

this field?

course, it is vital to cover all

I started clicking, when I was

the family members.

a student at the Hyderabad Public School. I was the editor of its newsletter. Later, I took up a part time job at a university in the UK. Once I moved back to India five years ago, I started looking at this field for a full time career. What began as capturing the wedding of

Capturing Memories

What is that one thing you are tired of hearing? Honestly, some questions and phrases do sound

How do you translate a view on the reel?

repetitive. But we must know

Having a good understanding of the technical details

that it is a new experience

of the camera helps me to be quick on my feet and

for every couple. Hence I try

accurately compose/capture the view in front of me.

to answer all queries, giving them a patient hearing.

What is your favourite part of the wedding? Every wedding has a few moments when emotions

a friend in 2012, became my

What do you particularly

run high and capturing them is both challenging and

forte and also my primary

like about weddings?

exciting. The muhurtam is one such moment and the

profession today.

Our weddings are happy

‘send off’ of the bride is yet another.

Your primary style... I capture the wedding moments without disturbing the proceedings. I want the couple to experience the joy of the wedding and treasure red | february 2017 | 50

and colourful occasions. The excitement, people and mood- all the factors add up and provide a wonderful backdrop for great images and joyous moments.

What is your primary focus when you are taking a wedding assignment? I always keep an eye on the couple to ensure that I don't miss any cute moments that might occur. Apart from that, I am also focusing on the family members to capture their emotions. You draw your inspiration from... Over a period of time, I have built up a large collection of photo books from around the world and constantly update the collection. The books are from a wide range of genres but all of them provide new ideas and inspirations to use during couple shoots, weddings and my documentary projects. How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? I take my profession quite seriously and always want my clients to have a great and smooth experience, right from the point of first contact to final delivery. I meet important family members and most importantly, ensure timely delivery of images and albums.

How much time do you usually spend in post-production process? I aim to deliver images to the couple within two weeks after the wedding. Your favorite equipment... I have been using Canon for the past decade and plan to use them for the foreseeable future. I have a Canon 5D Mk IV with a range of prime lenses.

What is the best and worst moment you have had as a photographer? Best moment is always when the couple is immensely happy with the photos and it happens often. It feels good to have been a productive part of someone's special day. Worst moment is when I once accidentally dropped a really expensive lens during a sangeet.

Your advice to prospective customer... Communication is the key. Make sure that you understand the style of the photographer and he/she, in turn, understands your expectations. If there is one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding where would it be and why? I wish to cover a small intimate wedding in a private island. It should be a secluded atmosphere in which the couple is surrounded by close family and friends. This leads to relaxed and candid moments to capture.

Contact: Phone: 9908228822 Mail: kishor@krishnamoorthi.com Website: www.krishnamoorthi.com Facebook: kishorkrishnamoorthi.photography

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eople, clothes, ceremonies and celebrations, flowers, food, beautiful settings- all come together to present a once in a lifetime event that most people want to record for posterity. Meet Dattu Khandavilli, someone whose aspiration is to cover a wedding in a way to create memories that take the couple back in time and help them witness recollections that they have missed in the "whirlwind" of the busy and an exciting day. With his photo-journalistic style, he captures the authentic expressions, activities and emotions to get the true flavour of the entire wedding. He always aims to make his client’s wedding last more than a day, through his eloquent, expressive and revealing imagery.

SHOOTING Why this genre of photography? I always wanted to do something diverse, something distinct. Hence, I chose this field. I also wanted to have a formal training. So, I went for graduation in photography. Tell us about your primary style? I enjoy designing and wedding candid photography. What is that one thing you are tired of hearing? The usual dialogue - “Aye babu, come take one photo.” What do you like about weddings? Weddings have a lot of emotions connected to them. The best part is that they are very intense and real, resulting in fantastic outputs.

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How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? It is all about perspective. Different perspectives give different outputs. Best part of the day to shoot... As long as I get some good light, I am ready to shoot anytime. Favourite part of the wedding... The actual muhurat time is the best time to get amazing photographs. Once that time passes, there are mixed emotions all around. Some are relieved that the ceremony is over and they can proceed for the food. The bride’s family is teary-eyed as they know that she belongs to someone else, while the friends are busy laughing and enjoying the moments. There are expressions and shots to capture, in abundance.

Dattu Khandavilli

What is your primary focus when you are taking up a project? As I mostly shoot candid photographs, I look out for those moments which make one say “wow”. It does not have to be a 10-minute dance video, people’s reactions to that dance are what I target. You draw your inspiration from... I would not be doing justice by taking just one name here. I have learnt and worked with so many people and everyone inspires me in some way or the other – there is always so much to look up to and learn in this field. How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? I would not say I am any different from the others. The sensibilities differ from situation to situation. How much time do you spend in the post-production process? That depends on the number of pictures we click during a wedding. It is usually anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes for a set of pictures. Of course, if it is the peak season, it ends up taking a little

more time. I am very particular about the output as the pictures last for a lifetime. They define the most significant moments of the couple’s life together. Your favourite equipment… I use Nikon’s equipment, but Leica cameras are my favourite.

What advice would you give to couples looking for a photographer? I would say, plan, have a couple of meetings, give us a clear picture of what you want and let us know about your tastes. Please get into a comfort zone, communicate and we give the best shoot ever. If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding, where would it be and why? Santorini - it is the perfect location for taking a picture any time. The lighting, sea and bright white paint on the houses – they just turn out to be magical. Bali would be second on the list. What is the best and worst moment you have had as a photographer? The best ones are too many to mention. The worst was when an elderly person passed away in the wedding and they had to postpone the festivities.

Contact: Phone: 9885483683 Website: www.dattukhandavilli.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/dattukhandavilliphotography

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Anil Ramchandani


inaarp’s Photography is spearheaded by Anil Ramchandani, who believes in capturing people at their natural best, rather than making them pose. His work revolves around story telling and capturing the sea of emotions the bridal couple goes through during this awesome phase of their life. This is why he is considered one of the best in the business. He believes in two core philosophies while approaching wedding photography. First is to get familiar with the family and the guests, so that they become comfortable with him. Second is to remain as unobtrusive as possible so that he can capture the affair while maintaining a balance between content, composition and aesthetics. Let us get candid with him...

Smiling How did you get into this field? I come from a family of photographers and my father and uncles paved the way. I tried my hand at various fields like gemology and flying, but the bug of photography bit me hard and I got passionate about it. I am happy with my decision because I enjoy every bit. Tell us about your primary style… I like to tell stories with my images. My passion lies with portraits, be it of individuals or families or couples. I just love taking pictures of kids. My work portraits depict a lot of true emotions and actions. One thing you are tired of hearing... “What equipment do you use?”, “Can I know how many pixels is your

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camera?”etc. I tell them that my eyes are my equipment. What do you particularly like about capturing weddings? The emotions that are displayed and the love that the families and friends emote. People turn whacky as the comfort level amongst them is high. That is one time when people listen to me for the abstract poses that I require to display my creativity. How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? There are ample opportunities to observe real life and come up with breathtaking images. I follow a lot of photographers for inspiration. The web is a fantastic place to get ideas.

What is your favourite part of the day to shoot? I am a late riser, but my best images have been the ones shot early in the morning. I feel people are at their best during this time as everyone is quite fresh and carry no baggage. What is your favourite part of the wedding ceremony? Surprisingly, it is the bidai. I just love the mixed emotions people go through at this point of time- someone is happy or someone is sad. What is your primary focus when you are taking on a wedding? I like to shoot candid pictures, so I need to be vigilant of the people’s actions and show of emotions.

I generally focus mostly on the couple as all their friends and family gather around them and give their best expressions. I do not even leave the aunts and uncles gossiping around. Where do you get inspiration from? From photographers of National Geographic- nobody shoots the way they do, whether it is far flung places or communities. The way they capture people’s emotions in the harshest of the conditions is quite commendable. How different are your sensibilities from the other photographers? I am extremely flexible. I allow other photographers to get their best shots and sometimes even help them better their lighting and craft. How much time do you usually spend in post production? Not too much. I do colour corrections and leave the originality of the picture as I am pretty confident of the work I do. Sometimes, I need to bow to the customer’s demand and make some folks look slim.

Your favourite equipment… My trustworthy Canon 1DX Mark 2, 50mm and 85mm 1.2 lenses, Imac and not to forget my super wide angle lens. Advice to couples looking for a wedding photographer... Look at their work, not their equipment. A good photographer can give you fabulous pictures even with a mobile phone. For me, expensive does not mean good. A lot of newcomers are capturing fantastic images with the most basic equipment. One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding... Macau, primarily for its proximity to India and it has everything - beaches, old forts, psychedelic lights. At the same time, I can play poker. The best and worst moment, as a wedding photographer... One of my most cherished moments was when I was called by the bride’s grandmother who told me how much she enjoyed the pictures. That was not

it. She even fed me puranpoli and blessed me. Thankfully, I have not had many worst moments but one incident was when one of the relatives of the groom started acting as if he was the God Almighty and wanted everyone to listen only to him. It was taken care of eventually. However, I don’t want to talk about the incident.

Contact: Phone: 040 6666 8067 Website: www.linaarps.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/linaarps

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How was the experience of working with Jayam Ravi for the third time? It is amazing. I am very fond of his kids. Coincidentally, when we shot the first film Engeyum Kadhal, he had Aarav and when we shot Romeo Juliet, he had Aayan. So, I have seen his kids growing and Ravi has seen me growing as an actor. People ask us, “You both fight a lot off-screen. How does your chemistry look so sparkling on-screen? We just look at each other and say-we are both fine actors. I think we look great together and that’s what works for the film.

How did you prepare for these roles? A lot of homework goes in as far as my look is concerned. I researched for my role as a drunkard in Bogan. It was easier said than done because I had never touched alcohol in my life. I spoke to a lot of people to learn how a drunkard talks, walks and behaves. The film starts with a 10-minute introduction scene of my drunken character and the shooting took 12-13 days. At the end, I was actually feeling high and exhausted too.

Tell us about your role as Positive Padmavati and Mahalakshmi. In Luckunnodu, the lead character Lucky (Vishnu Manchu) believes that luck never favours him. So, the only fortune in his life is Positive Padmavati. As the name suggests, she motivates him not to lose hope. In Bogan, I play a homemaker, who is in love with the hero.


Working with Sridevi in Puli... Lovely! She is a legend and a wonderful person. The first time we both cracked up saying that we both are Leos. We used to discuss the qualities of a Leo and how we relate to each one of

From DMNHC to Koi Mil Gaya to Desamuduru- the journey... Nothing comes easy in life, but I have been fortunate enough to have a smooth ride till date.

The entry I still have no clue how it all started and how it worked out. I never had any auditions even when I landed my first TV project Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand. Veteran actor Aruna Irani used to come to my mother, Dr.Mona. She spotted my pictures and requested my mother to let me portray the character Tina in DMNHC, assuring her that it would be an undersized role, but would certainly benefit my career in the future. However, my role which was supposed to end in death, garnered so much popularity that Star Plus had to extend it. Mom felt that there was no stopping me now and that I should pursue it diligently. She could see that my forte was acting.

I will be marking my debut in a Malayalam film with Mohanlal. I also signed one more Tamil film. The production house has not yet made it official.

The most difficult role Every role has its own share of ups and downs. I have to change myself 360 degrees to get into a character. It is not that easy because at the end of the day I am Hansika, not Positive Padmavati or Mahalakshmi. But yes! I can say that I have given 100% to all my performances.

Area of improvisation There is no one area in particular. It is important to be updated all the time without a rigid mindset.

Acting school My childhood experience was my teacher. Hence, I don’t believe in schools. When I perform now, it is like I have been there and done that. It is a cake walk; I can perform even in my sleep. I feel that only experience can make one reach heights. You may have some falls, but how you rise is what defines your dedication.

Improvisation on the spot? Everything on the set is about improvisation-when you see your co-stars performing, the dance steps, the actions scenes, etc. You hone your skills by adding new angles. I think it is all about team work, not just a one-man or one-woman show.

them. She has a beautiful aura around her.

Social activities I have undertaken the education of 31 children. I don’t like to publicise much about my contribution in this sector.

How do you make time for fans? That is one place where I try to keep things very real. They want to know about my daily routine and wait for my posts. Stars can interact with their fans only through social media. That is how I too connect with my admirers. Somewhere, it makes me feel grounded and through them I come to know how they feel about my role, what should I change about myself, etc. I don’t pay much attention to trollers as they are just jobless people who want to irk you so that they can share the limelight. People who love me, I love them back.

How close are you to them? We are a closely knit family of three. Birthdays mean we have to be together and celebrate. We stand by each other’s decisions. At any given time, you can ask anyone about the other’s whereabouts and we have the answer.

Tell us about your family. I studied from the Cambridge University. My mother like I mentioned before is a dermatologist and my brother Prashant works for an advertising agency. I have a dog called Bruno.


Any role left you dissatisfied Oh many! I always get this feeling that I wish I could have done this better or I could have done that better.

Message for your fans Thank you for so much for loving me. I am what I am only because of few people – my mom and my fans. Keep the loves owing.

Tell us those three things that no one knows about you. I still write a journal. I barely get time to sleep. It may surprise you, but I am not expressive off camera.



Craziest fan story I have a group of fans who don’t start the day until they get a message from me in the morning.

The last person who texted you... My friend Shaili

Last book you read I don’t read books

Favourite word When I get tired of talking, I say apadiya

Which co-actor bugs you the most on the sets? Jayam Ravi


Morning person or night owl? Night owl

Easiest way to piss you off... Come late. I am very punctual

Eligible bachelor in... Tollywood- Nithin, Prabhas and Rana Bollywood- Ranbir Kapoor Hollywood- Dev Patel

What is the meanest thing a critic wrote? I don’t really read reviews. I think the media has been very kind to me. Touchwood!

One thing men should know about women, but don’t? Give us attention when we are angry

Favourite movie dialogue... I don’t have one

Fitness secret? I am giving my interview as I am walking

Song stuck in your head... Shape of you by Ed Sheeran

Favourite emoji... Heart

The director who influenced you... Puri Jagannadh and Sundar C.

Twitter or Instagram? Instagram

TV or Cinema? Cinema anyday!

Life motto YOLO-You only live once


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Side effects of vaccine Fever, body aches, injection site redness, swelling, pain, fatigue, headache, arthralgia, chills, malaise.

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Vaccine Yes. There are two types of vaccines - inactivated and live vaccine. The former is also available in India.

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mask when in traffic.

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Consultant Paediatric Intensivist Lotus Hospitals for Women and Children

Dr. Shalini Akunuri MBBS, DCH, DNB- Paediatrics

Steps to control Influenza Individual protection of high-risk subjects; vaccinate - 80% of population; use of vaccine in low-risk healthy individuals helps curb it.

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If a family member is affected? Anti-viral chemoprophylaxis should be given to contacts.

• History of Guillian Barre Syndrome within six weeks after receipt of a prior vaccine.

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Photriya Venky

hotography has been an interest for Photriya Venky since his childhood who decided to make it his profession about 14 years ago. Studying at the JNTU College of Fine Arts, he was rated as one of the top students of the university and now has over 1,000, wedding photo shoots to his credit. The man behind a million smiles, Photriya is driven by mere passion. Here we shoot questions and he answers.

How did you get into this field? Everyone is passionate about something or the other. When it comes to me, it has always been photography. I don’t think I am made to do anything but this. I am glad I followed my heart and took this line of work. I can say with pride that I am here only because of my passion for photography. Tell us about your primary style... Every photo should have an essence and that comes out clear when you capture emotions. For me, it is about getting emotions into each click as I believe that it is a beautiful way to depict feelings.

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One thing you are tired of hearing... Every field has its troublesome points but that is insignificant. I honestly do not think there is anything as such that I am tired of hearing from people. What do you particularly like about photographing weddings? Weddings are extremely special and close to people’s hearts. Our good fortune is that as photographers, we can be an integral part of someone’s happiness. That is a big thrill. Besides, we even get to capture that feeling- that once-in-a lifetime moment of people- and that is what adds excitement to the whole experience.

How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? I usually do not conceptualise much and hence there are no two different views. I love what I do and maybe that is why it shows in my work. It is how you click a view that makes a difference, and not on how you visualise it. Favourite part of the day to shoot... The lighting I get plays a very important role in my work. I enjoy shooting the most in the morning hours, which are between 5.30 am to 7.30 am.

here. I believe in punctuality, good communication with my clients and my team – and that is what has worked for us.

contact with the person directly and give more space to the photographer to show his creativity.

How much time do you usually spend in the post-production process? It is not about time; it is all about the creativity and hence cannot be measured like that. Sometimes it takes time and sometimes it may be done in a jiffy.

Your favourite equipment… The 1 Dx Mark 4 with 85 mm Lens.

What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer? Do not just take social media showcasing as the priority – there is a lot more to it. Get in

Favourite part of the wedding? The thalambralu which is the part after the mangala sutra is tied and the bride and groom shower one another with rice mixed with turmeric. What is your primary focus when you are taking a wedding project? I prefer working with people who give us the freedom of capturing things in our innovative style and not want to take control of everything.

One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding... That would be the Taj Mahal. That is one place that gives you all the love vibes – sensations that I have never seen or felt in any other place. What is the best and worst moment you have had as a wedding photographer? Best part was during Ravi Pillai's daughter’s wedding. There were nearly 45,000 guests, who attended it and I captured the event from a distance of 40 meters. By the grace of God, I have not experienced anything so far that I would want to list as the worst experience.

You draw inspiration from... What inspires me is the desire to show every photo in a new angle and the enthusiasm of doing so inspires me . How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? It would be wrong to draw comparisons

Contact: Phone: 9849800079 Website: www.photriya.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/Photriyaphotography

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How did you get into this field? We are three siblings who grew up in a 1 BHK house. My father Nagendra Kumar was passionate about photography to the extent that his inability to buy expensive equipment, did not deter him from pursuing it. He made his own black and white photo developing equipment. Since he did not have a dark room, he used to work at night. As a child, I used to look at the photos developing with great wonder. It was sheer magic for me! That is where my fondness and fascination for this line came from. red | february 2017 | 36

e is a candid, photojournalistic wedding photographer, who has shot more than 600 weddings across the country and abroad. Every single one of them, has given him the opportunity to do what he loves- that is to document the beauty of two people coming together and committing their lives to each other. Meet Birender Lal, someone who is obsessive about the quality of work. It is this passion that has brought him to where he is. His pictures are an epitome of perfection, excellence and each of them speaks a thousand words.

Tell us about your primary style... I would say it is abstract, fused with lots of expressions. By the end of it, the photograph speaks for itself. Things you are tired of hearing... “Can you share the raw data with us?”, “Make me look slim.” and “Please photoshop it a little bit.” What do you particularly like about wedding photography? Happy faces, reunions of families and people dressing up for the occasions (and some not dressing up at all!).

How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? I have to see a larger picture of what is expected in a split second of the shoot - whether it is the complete story, bonding, feeling of excitement or togetherness. What is your primary focus when you take up a wedding project? It is like running a super hit movie with all the moments captured in 10 minutes, which the family wants to see again and again. Weddings are already special and all charged with emotions - my job is to capture those

special moments to cherish. The albums must take the couple down the memory lane and back to the D-day. How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? Each and every one has a different way of working and a different way of looking at things. It is unfair to compare. What is your role? It is like an expert consultant being hired by the family. My role is to understand their ‘said and unsaid’ expectations, advise and deliver. I can’t complain about the infrastructure or the gaps in communication. I am wholly and solely responsible for it all. How much time do you usually spend in the post-production process ? That does take time.

What advice would you give to couples looking for a photographer? They should look for a photographer who masters such candid and exclusive wedding shoots. The customer should have total faith in the photographer’s abilities. Since it is a life time event, the detailing for a photo shoot also should be appreciated and invested equally. It is as important as the other aspects like dress designing and selection, lighting, backdrops, colour combinations etc.

What is the best and worst moment you have had as a photographer? Best moment is when photography detailing is given its due in a photo shoot and is respected. Every moment is planned as per the frame. Worst moments come when people plan surprises for the bridal couple and guests, but they don’t share it with us in advance. We have to rise to the occasion and take spot decisions.

If there was one place in the world you would love to capture a wedding, where would it be and why? Europe, specifically Spain, Rome and in Asia – Bali and Thailand. The lighting, charged atmosphere, the way people enjoy life there and liveliness are very inspiring for anyone with a camera.

Your favourite equipment... It is the Canon 5D Mark4 with 85mm lens and 35mm lens.

Contact: Phone: 9866 223 944 Video: www.vimeopro.com/birenderlal/wedding-films Website: www.birenderlal.smugmug.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/birender

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Akshay Rao





s a wedding photographer, Akshay Rao believes that he is privileged to be part of the most precious moments in people’s lives. He loves capturing the fleeting moments that make a wedding truly special. He shoots everything that happens in and around the wedding and tries to capture the events as they occur- as the story is unveiled and the saga called togetherness begins. With an immense passion for photography, he has created a name for himself, thanks to his expounding style that captures the right moment .

How did you get into this field? I started taking pictures right from the age of 19, when my uncle gave me a camera. I started clicking right from then. Eventually, when my cousin encouraged me to shoot his wedding, I realised that I was going to capture the precious moments of two families. I understood that I would be helping them make a lifetime of memories, which they can look back on and cherish. Thus, began my journey. Tell us about your primary style... My primary style is simple. I try not to overdo things in a wedding and capture the essence of the moment. One thing you are tired of hearing... “Can you photoshop and make me look thinner?” What do you like about weddings? Freezing the happiest moments of people in the form of photos and videos is a special experience in itself. My best favourite part of it is that we get an opportunity to interact with many kinds of people from across the world. Oh! and the food, of course.

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How do you see a real view and conceptualise it on the reel? Being at the right place at the right time is the most crucial part of wedding photography. One has to be spontaneous and alert in order to capture candid moments. And through experience, I have learnt to be a part of these moments. I try to portray these instances in a new perspective and surprise my clients. This certainly thrills them the most. Favourite part of the day to shoot? Mornings and sunsets/sunrises. Favourite part of the wedding? My favourite part definitely is the smile on the bride’s face when they tie the knot. Bridal glow is divine. What is your primary focus when you are taking on a wedding? My primary focus is to shoot with respectable families and those who repose faith in me. You draw inspiration from... I draw my inspiration from all famous photographers. I constantly check the works of others and contemplate how I can improvise my work. In this process, I come up with many ideas.

How different are your sensibilities from the others of ilk? I take up very few selective projects and try to give my best in to every one of them. I do not want to make my art commercial. My team and I shoot as quietly as possible and in a nonintrusive manner. How much time do you usually spend for post production? I try to get it right from the moment I start shooting so that I don’t have to spend hours in post-production. Your favourite equipment... The lens matters more than the camera. I find the 35mm and 85mm perfect for my style of shooting so I use both for 90% of my work. Advice to a bridal couple looking for a photographer... People should look at the photographer’s work in different categories as well, not just the weddings he or she has shot in the past. This will help them gauge his/her ability and give a better idea of the photographer’s aesthetic sense. One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding, where would it be and why? There are a lot of amazing places around the world, I would like to shoot in. But if I had to choose one place, it would most definitely be Italy. Best and worst moment you have had as a wedding photographer? The best was when the mother of a bride told me that I made her daughter look like a princess. I have yet to encounter any bad moments.

Contact: Phone: 9618898811 Email: photography.akshayrao@gmail.com Website: www.akshayrao.co

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Shreyans Dungarwal



apturing weddings in the most unique way possible, Shreyans Dungarwal arrests every little detail of your wedding like no one does. If you want your wedding story to be told like a fairytale, he can do it by making the bride look no less than a gorgeous princess and the groom a handsome prince. Focusing majorly on natural expressions and content, his team ensures you relive the moments and have the same emotional connect you did then, while flipping through each image of your wedding chapter. Flexible working hours, personalised services and single-handed determination of what he does, has made him a sought-after photographer for various events.

How did you get into this field? My uncle got himself a camera which he hardly used because most of the time I was fiddling with it. After a point of time, I got so passionate about photography that I wanted to own one myself. My passion turned into profession and here I am. Tell us about your primary style... I like to keep it real, so most of my images have motion. I try to create a scene for my subject and then it is easy for both of us. What is that one thing you are tired of hearing? “Which camera, which lens or which software?”- I hear this a lot. I am not really tired of these questions as I completely understand the client’s red | february 2017 | 42

urge for knowing. What people do not understand is that it is not always about the equipment, it is about the time, value, experience and talent What do you particularly like about photographing weddings? What I like the most about weddings is the pre-production part. I talk to my clients, tell them what I require from their side. My team and I like to be a part of the family – that is the secret of getting some of the best pictures. How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? To be honest, all the weddings are same – it is all about mehendi, engagement, haldi, wedding and reception. We know what we really need to focus on and what we do not

need to be a part of. Situations are different. It is always a surprise package, that is where the fun lies. What is your favourite part of the weddings? The fun! Weddings are a grand affair in our country where everybody is happy. It is an event where all come together, forgetting all the problems in life. Kids are enjoying themselves, the bride and the groom are happy that they are getting married and the parents are certainly on cloud nine. What is your favourite part of the wedding photography? The food! I love food and I shoot weddings so that I get to eat some amazing and yummy food.

What is your primary focus when you are taking on a wedding? To shoot less but shoot amazing!

What is the best and worst moment you have had as a photographer? The best moment is when I have You draw your inspiration from... managed to capture what I was Honestly, it is from those who do not aiming at from that particular understand photography, but always wedding. Worst is when you are pinpoint mistakes in the images. I note about to get that shot that you them down, right away as that is a have been waiting for, but then complete different point of view to look suddenly some Page 3 at and gives me a better insight. photographer comes right in front of your camera, just to get that How different are your sensibilities 2000th shot in his camera for no from the others of your ilk? reason! Well, that is life and we I do not treat photography as business. I do it with a lot of passion. I have got to deal with it! also understand that this needs money to grow bigger and better. How much time do you spend in the post-production process? Very less. My team and I believe in shooting less but shooting good - we correct our kelvins, white balance and all the settings at the time of the shoot. Your favourite equipment... Lights! I buy various kinds of equipment, I own everything possible but lights are something I love the most and I do not shoot without them. What advice would you give to couples in need of a photographer? You might have a low budget, but you get married just once. So, choose wisely because I see newcomers messing it up and to be honest, sometimes even the best pros mess it up. So remember it is not the likes on their Facebook page, it is about the way he approaches you. One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding, where would it be and why? Well, that is a tough one because I do not want to leave any destination in this world. Of course I certainly have this fascination to shoot a couple while sky diving – am I asking for a tad too much?

Contact: Phone: 9985177117 Website: www.shreyphotography.in Facebook: facebook.com/shreyansdungarwal

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Sarath Shetty



n engineer turned photographer, Sarath Shetty started capturing the beautiful moments of people’s life almost two decades ago, when ‘candid wedding photography’ was unheard of. Weddings offer a wide spectrum of photographic opportunities in the most chaotic situations. If you are looking for someone who does a swell job in capturing all the raw fun, drama and emotions during a wedding, he is the one. One of the best photojournalistic wedding photographers, Sarath has been swooning bridal couples with his artistic approach. He also specialises in advertising, street and fashion photography among other genres and seamlessly blends his imagination into wedding photography making each click stand out.

How did you get into this field? It was way back when I was in my 10th standard, that I started off on photography as a hobby. Little did I know that I would end up making a career out of it. It was after I finished my engineering that I realised that photography interested me more than anything else and I was good at it. That is how I entered this field. Tell us about your primary style… I grew up in Narasaraopet and learnt my basics from a photographer there. I used to assist him in all his shoots and drew inspiration from his work. I shot a lot of portraits in natural light. Somewhere down the lane, I got interested in fashion. What is that one thing you are tired of hearing? “Which camera do you own?” Of course, I believe in having an red | february 2017 | 44

advanced gear but that is just a luxury and not a necessity for every assignment. I have a big bunch of cameras which I use as per the requirement. I don’t believe in using the most expensive camera always as every camera has its own utility. What do you particularly like about photographing weddings? A wedding is a beautiful ceremony and with its colours, fun, smiles, sweet moments, it always has a great feeling to be a part of. I feel I am fortunate enough to capture the good moments – there can be nothing better. How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? When it comes to shooting weddings, I do not conceptualise, script or tailor. I believe in capturing the reality of the moment.

What is your favourite part of the day to shoot? Sunrises and sunsets. What is your favourite part of the wedding? Every wedding is different and every tradition is different. But, that moment, right after the auspicious time when the entire family cheers in excitement, is the best. It is a mix of emotions for parents and that is something I never miss to capture. What is your primary focus when you are taking on a wedding? For me, it is not the budget or it being a starry affair. I have been there and done that from lavish decors, exotic locations, etc. These things make it look glossy.I prefer to be a part of any wedding where people in high spirits are involved.

Where do you draw your inspiration from in this field? I keep watching a lot of content online. I look up to the excellent work from every fellow photographer. Of late, a lot of youngsters have evolved and are doing an enormous job – so I get inspired from whatever I see around. How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? I come from an old school from the black and white filming to this new age digital stuff. I have an understanding of both light and technology. I make the best of all I have and I know. Since I am into shooting for advertisements, I have more expensive and advanced gear when compared to the others who only shoot weddings. The equipment and my experience give me an edge above the others.

to. I use almost most of the leading brands. Every camera has its own unique features and advantage What advice would you give to couples looking for a photographer? Do not just fancy their presentation skills alone, check for their experience as well. There cannot be any damage control in weddings. So, go for someone with experience rather than someone with fancy concepts.

One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding... Iceland because it has the most beautiful landscapes. What is the best and worst moment you have had as a photographer? Best is when I see my clients happy and by the grace of God, I have had it all my life. The worst is when I failed to deliver what they expected of me – this too has happened a couple of times, but then, everything is a learning experience.

How much time do you spend in the post-production process? This is a very tricky question. It is like asking an artist how much time will he take to complete a painting. Your favourite equipment... Everything that clicks the way I want it

Contact: Phone: 9000507807 Mail: sarathshettyphoto@gmail.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/sarath.shetty

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Suman and Aakruti Chakravarthy

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his couple and their team are not just good photographers and cinematographers – but a set of passionate storytellers brought together by their love for the camera. Meet Suman Chakravarthy and his wife Aakruti, owners of Memory Lanes Productions. Their expertise lies in discovering and documenting the moments that narrate the special moments of the bride, groom and the guests.

How did you get into this field? It is a combination of passion and serendipity. Around 2008, I picked up a small film camera lying at home and went about looking for like-minded people to shoot with. After a couple of jungle treks and a few photo-walks with Hyderabad Photography Club, I also realised that this was a hobby I wanted to pursue further. Serendipity led to shooting a friend's wedding in 2010 and soon I had requests pouring in to shoot weddings professionally. And the rest, as they say, is history. Tell us about your primary style... Candid, unobtrusive and personal. We believe every event has a soul. We capture it in such a manner that you relive every minute detail – the taste, the fragrance, the warmth and the joy, those moments brought to you.

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What is that one thing you are tired of hearing over and again? We are often asked about the gear we use. I understand why people ask this, but it is important to take a step back and think. Some best photographs in the world were shot using basic gear. What do you particularly like about photographing weddings? As a team that documents weddings, we are not limited to a certain type of photography. Thankfully, we get to cover all the moments. When shooting a sangeet, we don the mantle of a concert photographer. We become a perfect combination of portrait and fashion photographers when it comes to the pre-wedding shoots of the couple. Another thing I perfectly enjoy is the way we chase the poignant

moments. Each story turns out to be totally different from the other. How do you see a real view and conceptualise it in the reel? With over six years of experience in shooting weddings, we have learned how to collaborate with the family and the other teams involved in the wedding planning (events, décor, make-up). It is important to know the family and understand what each of them is upto before the big day. Your favourite part of the wedding... I love those fleeting moments when the couple exchanges looks, those little moments of caring for each other. Weddings are times where we tend to get more emotional towards family.

What is your primary focus when you are taking on a wedding? The family and mainly the bride and the groom. It is really important for us that they are enjoying their big day as the rest falls in place. We partner with the families and all other teams who are working towards the wedding. We make sure that everything is well planned and dealt with in such a way that when the celebrations begin, only the celebration part of it remains on their mind. You draw your inspiration from... Every little thing turns into an inspiration, if you have an open mind. For us, we travel, read and attend workshops that delve into many genres of photography. All of that helps us stay relevant and leaves us inspired.

How different are your sensibilities from the others of your ilk? Invisible but on high alert! Like a fly on the wall. We are all about capturing the story without making a lot of noise. Your favourite equipment‌ I think this is the toughest question to answer. I love technology and manage to lay my hands on anything that comes new to the market. My last favourite was Pentax 645z, a medium format beauty that works like magic in the most difficult of light situations. What advice would you give to couples looking for a wedding photographer? Today, there are a large number of candid wedding photographers. So with all the choice, it tends to become a complicated decision. The advice we give to couples and their families is to hire only one professional team that takes care of everything seamlessly

and most importantly, hire people whose style of work you can identify with the most. One place in the world you would love to capture a wedding... Speaking for both Aakruti and I, I can say that our hearts are in a home garden. We have had the privilege of shooting some of these and I confess we choke up while watching our slideshows. What is the best and worst moment you have had as a wedding photographer? It may sound like a cliche, but it is true that our moments fluctuate with the families’ emotions at different times of the wedding. We also share the happiness, the excitement, the butterflies and the tears.

Contact: Phone: 9100018880 Mail: click@ memorylanesproductions.com Website: www.memorylanesproductions.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/memorylanesproductions

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Deepali & Brij Gopal Neeru,Poonam Kaur & Harish

Bisket Srikanth

NATURE MEETS FASHION Neeru’s and Hyderabad Birding Pals, in association with the Global 100 sari pact, hosted a one of its kind event at Neeru’s Emporio – the ethnic palace in Banjara Hills, recently. The evening saw a fashion show that was inspired and dedicated to nature and its creations. Models walked the ramp, displaying nature’s beautiful designs on yards of elegant fabrics at this fusion of fine fashion and nature. Present at the event were Avnish Kumar, Tejdeep Kaur Menon, Sridevi Jasti, Poonam Kaur, and Harish and Neeru Kumar among others.


Nanda & Sachin

Manju Gamji

THE REAL RAEES The Baadshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, arrived at the box office with a bang with his blockbuster Raees. Well known socialite Bisket Srikath, hosted a special screening. Movie buffs ensured that they were in their seats in time for the screening and even hooted at SRK’s entry. Spotted munching their popcorn and sipping cola were Sirisha Mulpuru, Hamed Khaleen, Sana and Zishaan Ahmed, Harman Kaur and Irfan Saleem.



Tanmai & Harmeet


Tejdeep Kaur Sunny

Sonali Sheeba

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FOOD FOR THE SOUL The swish lot headed to the launch of a new eatery, Zaiqa-e-Hyderabad and they enjoyed a delectable spread of authentic Hyderabadi taste. Owner Khalil Ahmed along with his friend Aamer Javeed welcomed the guests Irfan Ahmed, Muqtedar Amir Khan, Bani Ahuja, SoďŹ ya Sujad, Anjum Babukhan, Faiz and Nida Khan, Vibha and Anand, Hamed Khaleel and Zafar Javeed, and others.

Khalil Ahmed, Wahida, Sumaiya & Suhail


Azhar & Ayesha

Aamir Javed

Tahera & Anjum Babu Khan

Yajushi & Jeet Jhabhak



Mohib Baig Dr. Nasih

Dr. Nowshween & Dr. Noor



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Krishna Vamshi

Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation recently hosted an evening to stage their globally-celebrated play Quli: Dilon ka Shahzaada at Taj Deccan. Based on the popular love-legend of the founder of Hyderabad, King Quli Qutub Shah, the play was produced by Begum Razia Baig and directed by Mohammad Ali Baig. The evening kickstarted with high tea. the audience witnessed some fabulous performances by the ace actors who were highly appreciated.

Veda Kumar


Anjani kumar



Chaitanya Arpita & Parida

Dr.Maimanath Unissa, Dr.Saad & Dr.Omar

Aamir Sharma

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THE ROYALS The Fifth Cartier Travel with Style Concours d’ Elégance was hosted by Guillaume Alix, the Regional Managing Director of Cartier Middle East, India and Africa. Ranked alongside Villa D’Este Concorsa D’Eleganza and the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance, Cartier Travel with Style is one of the world's most prestigious automotive events, showcasing the best and rarest of Indian automotive heritage on an international platform. The event was held at the Taj Falaknuma Palace. It was organised by the renowned Indian automotive historian and expert Manvendra Singh of Barwani.

Vinayak & Veena

Mohammad Azharuddin & Asaduddin

Anisha & Raunaq

Anil & Shobha Kamineni

Sonali Sharma

Sarah Poonam Choudhari

Shilpa Reddy

Sashikala Reddy & Srinaga



Dr.Ananda Shankar Jayant

The festivities at Sri Ramachandra Swamy Temple, Ammapalle, ended with a tapestry of Bharatnatyamand Odissi. The first evening saw Kiranmayee Mudupu's Bharatnatyam recital, Satyagraga Pancharatna, for which music was a combination of gurbani, Kabir's doha and Sufi. The second half saw Ratikant Mohapatra engaging the audience with his graceful, yet powerful performance on mythological themes that were combined with contemporary dance. The show left the 500-strong audience spellbound. The guest of honor was Indrakaran Reddy, Minister of Endowments and the stunning Samantha.

Esha Hindocha

Amrit & Jaya sree


IN THE LAP OF LUXURY Poonam Choudhari, owner of Jannath – a luxury fashion store, hosted a high tea to showcase Kitkari Potteries, a Delhi brand which was established in 1966. Ladies poured in at the store in Taj Deccan and were welcomed by the event organiser Sonali Sharma. They were seen catching up with one another and clicking selfies. Sabiha, Anju, Esha, Manju, Susheela, Alka, Sita, Savita, Zakia and Noor were seen admiring the work and indulging in some retail therapy.

Ratikanth Mohapetra


BVR Mohan Reddy & Sucharita

Ananya Aishwarya

Prabhu Deva


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Suman & Kamini Saraf

Rohit Bal

Swapna Cherukuri

Hyder Rahimtoola & Azmina Shreedevi Chowdary

BALANCING FASHION Veteran designer Rohit Bal broadened his reach by bringing his brand ‘Balance by Rohit Bal’, a franchise of his main label. His store at Angasutra saw a hoard of women making a beeline to check out his exquisite pieces. Kamini Saraf, owner of Angasutra and a leading fashion entrepreneur shared, “Rohit’s fashion collections in our store typify an ensemble of bespoke craftsmanship with an assortment of intricate motifs. It boasts of luxurious fabrics. It is an honour to have him with us. The city has responded to the news of having a dedicated store by Rohit Bal in Angasutra.”

Ash Kaur

Kalyani Chawala & Parag Gupta Tasheen

Vinitha Surana

Krushika Lulla

Arya & Fraze

Sunila Eti

Nidhi Priyanka

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Maya Patel

Bina Mehta

CONQUERING CANCER FICCI Ladies Organization, Apollo Cancer Institute and Cure Foundation held a debate- ‘Cancer is Conquerable’. Actor and cancer survivor Manisha Koirala was the chief guest. Doctors -P.Vijay Anand Reddy, S.V.S.S.Prasad, G.Srinivas Chakravarthy, M.Vamshi Krishna,T.P.S.Bhandari, Padmaja Lokireddy and Kausik Bhattacharya, besides Sangita Reddy, Dr.P.Shashikala, Padma RajgopalChairperson of FICCI FLO, Samanth Reddy-MD of St. Jude India Child Care Centre and Ajita Reddy- MD of Hamstech Institute were prominently present.


Sarika Kosha & Vaishali Smriti



Pine & Dine


Ajay and Bharath Goud

For The

L ve Of Food


jay and Bharath Goud, run Pine & Dine with great passion in order to provide the food lovers of the city with a unique experience. Not wanting to be a part of the cut throat competition, the dynamic brothers and their team have left no stone unturned to make a unique mark in the world of hospitality. Since both the brothers have been inclined towards this industry, opening a restaurant is a natural fall out. The décor of the place gives a very natural feel with shack-like huts, folder curtains and a lot of greenery surrounding them. The water bridge built in the centre of the facility, adds that touch of novelty. This not only provides a natural ambience, but also adds to the pleasure of feasting. A whole lot of greenery, water sprinklers, fish bowls and rocky platforms are what the entire place is all about. So, if one has an aerial view of Pine & Dine, it would look like a camp dotted with many tents, in a jungle. red | february 2017 | 24

Primarily, catering to the corporate employees, the place is situated in an area which houses many corporate firms, particularly IT companies. The IT employees have a hectic work schedule and they, quite understandably, look for some comfort food served in a casual ambience. On the beverage side, they have a built-in creative bar counter, where the bartender plays smartly with mixes. Spread across 667 sq.yds, with a seating capacity for 150 people, this place gives top priority to taste. The restaurant gives priority to customer service, communication and hygiene.

Pine & Dine has events spread out over the weekends. The entertainment includes standup comedies, live music, ladies’ special night and karaoke nights. Tucked away in a quaint place, this extremely hospitable spot is just perfect for all those who seek privacy. If you are looking for a great place for scrumptious food and an outing with your loved ones, you need not have second thoughts, just head for Pine & Dine.


Dum Ka Phoole Laila Biryani Palak Shorba Dum Ka Murgh An amazing mix of Cocktails Laila Biryani

Hakka Prawns

Dumpling Chicken

Shammi Kebab

Contact: Pine & Dine Plot 73, Jubilee Enclave, Opposite Hitex Kama, Hitech City, Hyderabad. Phone: 040-23123123 Timings: Noon to Midnight

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chili and




akka Station serves a range of delectable dishes of Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. Offering some of the finest Chinese dishes, they cater to the taste buds of all those who love to eat something healthy and light without burning a hole in their pocket. This self-service food outlet is located in the region’s first mall – Prasad’s Imax.


aiqa-e-Hyderabad, which recently opened its doors to the city on Road No 3, Banjara Hills, Next to Tv9, is a multi-format restaurant serving authentic Hyderabadi cuisine. Diners can feast on kebabs, biryani, gravies and desserts that represent the true avours of Hyderabad – as the name suggests. (Zaiqa means avour in Urdu) After the immense popularity of its Ramzan food festival and upon repeated requests of its patrons, Food Krafters and Services decided to open a full-edged restaurant in a location that would be accessible to the entire city.

Hakka Stations’ services make sure that all those who wish to grab a super-fast bite, never go hungry. Owner Swaroop Soma promises to serve the best and the most mouth-watering fare, besides vouching for the freshness of the ingredients. He says, “We are known for our variety, affordable pricing and quality and shall continue to maintain the standards that we have set.” The outlet serves the best Pan Fried Noodles, American Chopsuey, Mixed meat fried rice, Chilli Fish and Ginger chicken. For those, who don’t want to make separate trips to mall for shopping, theatre for a movie and restaurant for food, this place is perfect. Hyderabadis, check out this new address now, now, now!

Khalil Ahmed, Managing Director said, “The restaurant is about capturing the essence of Hyderabad - its unique traits, its paramount love of food and the proud aunting of the Nizami heritage. Centuries-old recipes have been curated by a team of chefs, who won many awards. We use the authentic ingredients to prepare the best of Hyderabad’s culinary treats.” Exclusive preparations like Haleem and Lukhmi along with favourites like Nizami handi, kacchi yakhni biryani, chicken dum biryani, and qubani ka meetha are served. Timings: 12:00noon to 4:00pm and 7:00pm to midnight Contact: 040-23606677

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Timings: 11:00am to 11:00pm | Phone: 9346745678


Fashion First


wned by Deepthi Ganesh, Ambara Designer Studio is a designer boutique that was launched recently in KPHB Colony, 5th Phase, and gained quite a lot of popularity in no time. The store has unique and varied offerings; right from designer saris, blouses, anarkalis, gowns, party dresses, western wear, innovative fabrics, sherwanis, readymade tunics, lehangas, half-saris, machine and hand embroidery works and kids wear. One can find myriad options from collections are displayed here. Spread over 3000 sq.ft., the studio has a very urbanmodern kind of feel to it. With a team of designers developing new concepts and designs for every occasion, Ambara Designer Studio has something to offer to everyone, that is not the run of the mill. Promising red | february 2017 | 28

this Deepthi adds, “It is as unique as you”! So, whether you are looking for a dream wedding outfit, a dazzling ethnic wear or an evening party gown, you have it all here – and what can be better than a readily available option of customising it all to your sensibilities? For all those who are looking around for unique designs, quality, price and support – all under one roof, be sure that this studio is a great option to pick from in both Indian and western wear. Timings: 10:00am – 8:00pm Contact: 040-65868888, 9848671986



Ride and


Contact: Phone: 7995991111 Timings: 7:30am -11:00pm

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usiness houses are known for taking advantage of the growing number of health buffs. This is what Ciclo Café, located on Road No 36 in Jubilee Hills, is doing. Ciclo means bicycles in Italian and Spanish. These countries, housing the best of the racers, naturally promote cycling in a big way. After its glorious success in Chennai, the Ciclo Café, a brand of bicycle-inspired restaurants has set up its second outlet in Hyderabad. This is a joint venture of TI Cycles of India and Absolute Speciality Foods Chennai Pvt. Ltd. Situated in the upmarket locality, the outlet is a hub for cycling enthusiasts and it is all about fun and frolic. It offers top class facilities for sales and service of premium bicycles, merchandise and accessories, expert advice on cycling, special activities and customised cycle rides. The joy redoubles for the guests because it is accompanied with topnotch hospitality in the form of premium food and beverage services. The cuisines,

understandably, are drawn from various corners of the world. It specialises in Continental, Spanish and Italian cuisines and offers delectable Indian dishes. Spread over 12,000 sq. ft, the restaurant is spacious enough to accommodate big groups. It has comfortable long-table settings for families, open seating for large groups and also a few single cycle seats for sole diners. The attached bicycle store features top brands such as Ridley, Bianchi, GT, Cannondale, Mongoose, Schwinn and Montra. The services, though, of international quality are affordable. The outlet has already earned great popularity amongst cycling enthusiasts and foodies. The CEO of the company, Ashish Thadani says, “Ride, refresh, recharge and believe in fitness with good food and entertainment.”




eddings are for life. Capturing their memories is something that you never want to miss out on. Finding the right wedding photographer facilitates just that. Whether you are looking for a candid photographer or someone who will take traditional portraits, one of these very talented wedding photographers will be sure to translate them into albums.


A photographer is a person who makes it all happen, from creating a vision to executing it flawlessly. Browse through our wedding photographer directory and make sure to choose the best that you 'click' with – after all they will be capturing some of the biggest moments of your life. If you have already hired your wedding photographer, then you are remarkably fortunate, but if you are still looking for the best, then here is the list to choose from. Read on to know them…


Venky Mallojjala

Birender Lal

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Red Review We bet you will be surprised at the pace at which new concepts are being introduced in the city. Nope, you don’t need to look here and there for what’s new! Just sit back, sip some coffee or tea and read about it in this section.


Red Feature Weddings are not complete without photography. Couples today want to invest more time and money in this lifetime memory than in any other aspect. We present some accomplished photographers who have captured such glorious moments.


Red Parties The inside pictures of Sumant Raj Arigela’s birthday celebrations at Fusion 9 just cannot be missed. The birthday boy was on Cloud Nine, as he cut the cake and interacted with all his near and dear ones.

Red Haute Young and radiant Hansika is now busy as a bee with three films up her sleeves. Yet, she takes out the time to say, ‘Hey, there!’, but doesn’t stop with that. Here is her fairy tale in her own words.

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58 Red Wellness Swine u cases are on the rise in the region. Fret not, here is an accomplished doctor from Lotus Hospitals assuring that it can be averted with proper vaccination and precaution.



Swetha Reddy

Shanoor Sana & Tabasum

Suchi Reddy

Shilpa Chowdary


Padmaja Reddy & Aparna Reddy

Nothing excites women more than retail therapy – and what is better than doing so over a soiree? Swetha and Sudhi Reddy hosted an exhibition named ‘S Mode’ at Shrinika, Jubilee Hills, that saw all their close friends in attendance. With an exclusive collection in western ethnic and Indo-western wear being showcased over some good finger food and company - it was a well spent afternoon. Shilpa Choudhari, Sirisha Mulpuru, Lavanya, Manju Gamji, Sona and Srilatha were among many others present. Lavanya





Swetha Dandamudi

Nilofer & Rozina


Petals, an alluring exhibition was organised recently by Aparna and Padma Reddy, giving a very glamorous and fascinating start to the New Year. This edition was hosted at Taj Krishna and saw the shopaholics in the city making a beeline to check out the stuff on display. This glittery event presented all the topnotch designers of the fashion fraternity. This complete wedding and lifestyle exhibition showcased some exclusive clothing range, accessories, home decor and exquisite jewellery.



KITE CRAZY Kite 2017, Telangana state’s second International Kite Festival, was held for three days at the Aga Khan Academy. The festival opened with a cultural programme and ‘Entertain and Educate-Inclusive Schools Program’. Hundreds of people, families and children watched the ying kites with great enthusiasm. Matching their expectations, there was a wide variety of kites, mostly own first time like world-ring kite, whale kite, a giant crocodile kite, dragon, horse, snake, football kites. red | february 2017 | 10


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UNIQUE KITTY Ladies made a beeline to Ashton Pierra for the grand launch of its Nail Bar – Luxe Nails, held recently. The wine and cheese afternoon also saw an Ice-cream-Nail kitty with ice-cream manicure and pedicure. Seen catching up with each other were Ananya Simlai, Shazia Bakil, Trushna Tibrewal, Sashi Nahata, Sushila Bokadiya, Shalini Modani and Bina Mehta. Dimple Agarwal

BUILDING DREAMS Honer Homes hosted a meet, followed by dinner and drinks to celebrate the Channel Partner Meet of their brand recently at Gopanpally. Developers and real estate dealers from all over the city, made it to the gathering. Close to 200 people attended it. Spotted conversing over some sales related schemes were Sony Antony, Ravi Varma, Jeevan Kumar and Krishna Kumar among many others.

TOUR TALES Mahavir group’s success is attributed to its large group of satisfied employees and its customer-centric approach. They mesmerised the consumers with a historic event as the vehicles that travelled around the world were brought to Hyderabad. Brand enthusiasts and patrons witnessed one of the youngest and the most vibrant Mercedes-Benz product – the GLA. It has to its credit, the milestone of travelling across six continents and 25 countries covering over 50,000km in a year. This is part of the epic road trip ‘The Great Overland Adventure’. red | february 2017 | 12

Parvathi & Anil Reddy

Rani Reddy & Zafar Jawed

Aamer & Ruba Javed

HARVEST HAPPINESS Telangana Punjabi Sabha – Pulkari, in association with The Country Club, hosted the annual Lohri Mela to celebrate this Punjabi folk festival. The event witnessed performances by Rupali Sharma and The Swagg Brothers – that enthralled the audiences. A whole lot of music and dance, some authentic Punjabi food and fun conversations made the occasion more enjoyable. Manjeet Singh Gandhi, Prem Kumar Kapoor, N.S. Johar, Sunil Talwar, Ranjan Sood, Simran Arora and Sanjay Kumar Talwar were seen having a blast. Simranjeet


Manjula & Rajiv Reddy

Uttam Kumar Reddy & Padma Reddy

Kamal & Moina

Zoya & Esa

FESTIVITIES AT A NEW HIGH Displaying his love for festivities that go with Sankranti and fondness for kites, Aamer Javeed and his wife Ruba hosted a grand party at their residence for near and dear. Guests caught up with one another over delicious and authentic Hyderabadi food before they headed to the terrace to y kites. The afternoon was all about healthy competition, music, fun and conversations. Laila Khan, Kashish and Sunny Anand, Hamed Khaleel and Hamed Saberi were among a hoard of revellers at the event.




Laila Khan Sahiti & Simram

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ART FOR CAUSE Siri Institute of Painting, along with Siri Artists’ Welfare Association, organised an exhibition of murals and paintings of Khajuraho Temple sculptures at Muse Art Gallery in Marriott Hotel recently. The chief guest was Azmeera Chandulal, Minister for Tourism and Culture. Renowned Fashion Designer Shilpa Reddy lighted the traditional lamp declaring the exhibition open. The Guest of Honour was eminent poet and Founder and President of Rasamayi, Dr.M. K.Ramu. 20% of sale proceeds would be utilised for educating the children of poor handloom weavers.

HIGH FLY FESTIVITIES Art enthusiasts were treated to a rather offbeat art show at the Muse Art Gallery. On display were scooters, not canvases, by artist Saraswati L. Guests appreciated the new touch on the Vespas and applauded the painter. The artist had a Krishna and Radha idol perched on the scooter while the body of the scooter was painted bright with yellow leaves and other motifs. Kaali Sudheer and Vinita Surana were present.


Sadhana Singh

Prajyoth, SujanaBindu & Srinivas

Moon Moon & Pradeep Roy

HIGHKIGHTS Spirit of Sankranti, along with kites, was in the air. Srinivas and Prachyut hosted a fun afternoon for their friends to celebrate the festival in all its glory. The soiree that started off in the morning with everyone ying kites ended only after sunset. Spotted nursing their drinks and nibbling on the snacks, while taking part in some fun kite ying competitions, were Shazia, Samina, Abhishekh, Abhijeet, Ruchika and Alekhya. The guests dressed in their festive finery and was a treat to the eye. Matching them were the colours of the kites that went up in the sky, reecting the moods and enthusiasm of the guests.

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Ruchika Sharma

Shaik Rafi


Sushila, Sharon Fernandes & Santhi



HOP AND SHOP Fashion savvy Hyderabadis got to taste the latest in fashion at Trendz, a lifestyle exhibition which was inaugurated by Sharon Fernandes, former Indian Princess Winner 2013. The three-day extravaganza was organised by Santhi Kathiravan who says, “Whether it is a marriage, a family function or a special occasion, everyone wants to look their best. In an effort to ease the burden of clients and save their time, we have brought together 100+ designers from different parts of the country showcasing their quality products.” On display were designer saris, blouses, lehengas, kids wear, 91.6 gold jewellery, 1 gram jewellery, kurtis, bridal wear, cosmetics and cotton dress materials.

Rakhi & Poonam

Lavanya Reddy


Vikas, Rohit, Sandeep & Pranay

Komal & Mukul Mounika & Priyanka Ayesha


Mithali & Abhay

WINE & DINE The younger lot of Hyderabad was seen letting their hair down at the launch of Mocha Bar. The event was hosted by Shweta Keerthi, Nitya Jalan and Shivaangi Sharma, who were seen playing the perfect host. Scrumptious finger food and fine wines, topped with some foot tapping music made the night a memorable one. Clicked having a good time were Anuj Rai, Sohrab Mirza, Vaibhav Sondhi, Akhil Khushlani, Avnish Kumar, Ali Faraaz, Ankush Agarwal and Drishka Chander among others.

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