` 50/JANUARY 2015 | VOL. 04 | ISSUE 04
Life Kamineni’s Panacea
GenX IT’s It’s Murali Mebaz Manoj
Beauty-savvy Satya Creative Jaya
I AM VIKRAM LUXURY
Red Dazzle 88 Are they simply sparkling gems secured creatively in precious metals or the ornamental threads binding to traditions and trends? We leave it to you to decide, as you spot them here.
Red Life 92 Red Haute He is no Aparchitudu to us! Yet for scores of his fans who want to know more about him, he gives all the personal inputs in our column Haute.
He is destined to be the in-charge of peopleâ€™s well-being. Though he is a doctor by profession, he never really practised, perhaps only to take the health services to the people across the state. Today we know him as the AP Health Minister, he is Dr.Kamineni Srinivas.
She has taken the responsibility of enhancing your beauty. For the last two-decade Satya Prema has been revamping looks of many at her beauty factory- Do Up.
Art she inherits from her mother and culture is in the very air of her home city. Naturally Jaya Baheti takes the path of aesthetics.
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If one wants to know about what does it mean to bring an IT revolution, then a meeting with Mr. Murali Krishna is a must. Not able to meet him? Just flip through red GenX pages.
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It takes care of your finest of sartorial needs with its array of classic collection. When it is about haute couture, Mebaz is the best option. Manoj specializes in wedding finery.
Here is a platform for blossoming models, budding photographers and those make the PYT click-ready with their expert strokes.
Red Trade 88 Red Trade 88 Shelter, Food and Wellbeing; they havenâ€™t just marked their presence in these three sectors, but proved that only risk-takers can sustain in the race to success, name, fame and riches.
He is the successor of a great textile tradition and is the third generation retailer. Esa Mohamed Aref â€˜s story is a weave of success and grandeur.
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The memories of painful bifurcation and Hudhud are gradually fading away as we put our best foot forward to build the new state and rebuild the destiny of our city. We, at red, too are turning a new leaf with reinvigorated energy. The state’s health sector is on oxygen and Health Minister Dr.Kamineni Srinivas has diagnosed what is really ailing it. He wants to give it a shot in the arm and make it hale, hearty, healthy and more importantly accessible to the needy. The simple service-minded Kamineni talks of the treatment he is giving to the sector. For more read Life. Director Shankar describes actor Vikram's dedication for his much awaited magnum opus I as crazy and mad. Of course, he also admits that it did work in favour of the lm. Haute nds out what all this madness is about. Sampath Vinayak Temple is synonymous with Vizag. The presiding deity seems to be showering all His blessings on Vinayagar builders Seshu and Kiran whose imposing buildings dot every nook and corner of the city. They have also made successful inroads into hospitality and wellbeing arena. Though not on the same page, Esa Mohamed Aref, the tradesman, who is popularising his retail clothing brands, narrates his tale of triumph. Turn to Trade. Ace beautician Satya has introduced a number of beauty techniques to Vizagites, who repose uninching trust in her. She beauties our Eve segment along with Jaya Baheti of Hyderabad. Jaya too deals with aesthetics, of course in a different genre- art. Murali MD, CEO and founder of Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd is taking initiatives to help the city earn Smart tag. He chose Kirlampudi to develop as a model locality. Murali highlights his CSR activities in our GenX. Sharing the platform with him is Manoj Jethwani of Mebaz which exclusively dresses the brides and bridegrooms. I sign off wishing you all a very Happy Sankranti and a wonderful year ahead. Chandra Mouli Tippala, Publisher red | january 2015 | 24
VIZAG TEENY BOPPERS HOIST TRADITIONS Teeny Boppers Playschool & Kindergarten celebrated two unique traditions of Christmas and Sankranti . The event highlighted the spirit of carefree pastime of kite ying and it gave the glimpses of Christmas traditions. The donations collected in cash and kind on the occasion was given away to Icha Foundation. In the twin events that took place at The Park, children of U.K.G performed dances of different states like Punjab, Gujarat, Assam and Andhra Pradesh. They also performed a skit based on the nativity scene and sang carols. Poonam Shah Srinath, Founder and Correspondent, Teeny Boppers, said that the event aimed at getting families to spend quality time together and revive some traditions that we are sadly losing in the course of time.
HIRA PANNA’S 21ST ANNIVERSARY One of the most trusted jewellers of the city, Hira Panna Jewellers turned 21 and to mark its successful journey of over two decades, the store had a grand anniversary celebration. As a gesture of appreciation for its loyal customers, it gave away exciting offers like Rs.100 less per gram gold jewellery, 10% less on diamond jewllery and 12% less on Platinum jewellery. Mr.Mahendra Kumar Jain, Managing Partner, Hira Panna Jewellers and Rajendra Jain awarded the staff for their dedication and contribution to the brand’s growth. GREEN CARNIVAL Tanishq, in coordination with Delhi Public school (DPS), Visakhapatnam North, Lawson's Bay colony, organised Go Green Cultural Carnival at its Dwarakanagar showroom. Prime attractions of the event were the Fashion Show by beautifully dressed children with a message to use sustainable products and the spellbinding performance by the Gasolina dance group. Mrs.Eswari Prabhakar, Principal, DPS, shared her views on the importance of using bio-degradable products. Tanishq Business associates Mr.Rana Uppalapati and Mrs.Priya Uppalapati were present.
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VIZAG FIDALGO BROCHURE RELEASED Established with a vision of revolutionizing the real estate sector by advanced developments in the residential and commercial segments, Fidalgo Estates Pvt Ltd has successfully completed several large and mid scale projects. Announcing its 8th gated community venture Sai Brundavanam at Kothavalasa, the company had released a brochure at the hands of Mr.K.V.Mohan Rao, a renowned industrialist. Managing Director Mr.Babu, throwing light on the upcoming project, said the community is being planned targeting all the classes of the society. He also said his rm would go all the way out to provide the highest level of satisfaction to the client and would even offer customised services. Stating that the rm had successfully completed some ventures for DTCP and VUDA, he said that would not have been possible without the dedicated service of his staff and marketing team.
ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION AT RALLA BELLA Ralla Bella International Pre-school – Visakhapatnam chose the year-end of 2014 to celebrate its Annual Day Party. Novotel Varun Beach hosted this glittering event as the venue. Admiral Sudhakar Turumalla, awardee of Nao Sena Medal and Ati Visisht Seva medal was the Chief Guest and Ms.Vandana Abraham, the Principal of Timpany School was the Guest of Honour for the event and they were welcomed by Mrs.Subha Dalai, proprietor of Ralla Bella. While the UKG students impressed the audience with their classical dance steps, the LKG kids performed an astonishing tribal dance, ‘zingo ha ha’. The playgroup and nursery students waltzed and grooved to the numbers “lakdi ki kathi” and “Waka Waka” respectively. Teachers also took the opportunity to showcase their dancing talents. The performance was followed by a buffet party organised by the school at the venue hotel.
CASH PRIZE OF 1 LAKH BY CELL POINT As a part of Sankranthi celebration Sakshi has organised a unique lucky draw programme. The Telugu daily in association with many brands in the city is giving a chance to the shopper to win exciting prizes by shopping in these business outlets. Among its lucky winners Mr. B Vijay has become the eighth one by purchasing from SR Shopping Mall. He was awarded with a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000 by Mr. Balaji Pandey, Director, Cell Point. This mobile showroom is also one of the brands with which Sakshi has tied up for this programme.
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EASTERN ART MUSEUM GOES BIGGER The quintessential arty store of Vizag, Eastern Art Museum, grew larger to meet the swelling demands of the city’s acionados. The grand launch to mark the inauguration of the revamped avatar of the store saw the active participation of owners Mirpuris and their friends and well-wishers. While Mrs.Kamala Dadlani inaugurated the shop, prominent guests were Prabhukishore, Deepak and Sukreeta Menda, Vinod and Preeti, Avnash and Harshita, Sonia Gupta, Jija Valsraj, Vani, Preeti Bhatia and others. FLYING CATS FRESHERS’ FIESTA Flying Cats Freshers’ Fiesta-2014 was held at Madhura Inn. “This event is a platform for the youth to display their talent,” said Mr. D. Varada Reddy, President of Air Travelers Association. Congress City President, Mr. Behara Bhaskar said, “The students are well-trained to serve the industry.” Prem P. Motha said,“It is the only institution in the South India to train young professionals in the streams of Aviation, Hospitality and Travel & Tourism Sectors. Guests of Honor were North Constituency In-charge Mrs.Gunturu Bharati, Mahila Congress President Mrs.Pedada Ramani, SC Cell President Mr.Kollabathula Vengala Rao. Centre Head of Flying Cats, Tanvi S. Bharti and others were present on the occasion. Ashok
Arunashree & Anuradha
Lakshmi & Chaitra
LARGEST JEWELLERY EXPO WAS BACK WITH A BANG It was a three-day-long show of extravaganza at the Gateway hotel when this property turned into the venue to host the Jewellery Expo. 25 jewellery houses from across the country showcased their best of trinkets in this largest and one-of-its-kind exhibition organized by United Exhibitions. This is the 4th edition of this show in the city. Among the array on display the main attractions were antique, fashion, custom, bridal, handmade, jadau, kundan, meenakari, Navaratna, temple and stone jewelleries. There were nest of gold, diamond and silver ornaments too besides special trinkets for men and kids. red | january 2015 | 30
VIZAG PK MOVIE PREMIERE Round Table of India, Visakhapatnam, had a gala of a time when they came together to enjoy a special premiere screening of the much-awaited ick of 2014- PK by the club. The special screening was held at Kameshwari Theatre and the club members were spotted in full attendance. The organisers arranged for snacks and paan was also served as it is chewed by the actor in the movie. The event was a fundraiser and the proceeds would be donated for the cause of educating the underprivileged students. The club takes up these philanthropic tasks on a regular basis. It also used this platform to showcase the services it has been rendering through a video clipping which they played during the interval.
Sabina & Latif
Vivan & Mittal Ratnakumari
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TRENDZ EXPO@NOVOTEL Local fashionaistas pampered themselves to the latest in fashion at the Trendz Expo held at Hotel Novotel. “Trendz strives to provide a competitive platform to new and established designers and entrepreneurs and to exhibit their products/designs,” said Mrs.Santhi Kathiravan, Proprietor. It has been successfully conducting exhibitions across South India with participants from all over the country. Handcrafted metallic and non-metallic jewellery with precious and semi-precious stones, ethnic jewellery, bangles, pendants, bracelets, earrings, designer and hand-embroidered saris, designer blouses, silver jewellery, dress material, kurtis, lehengas, kidswear, exclusive leather furnishings, home accessories, Tussars and silk saris, traditional handlooms saris, footwear, georgette designer kurtis, cosmetics, gift articles, kitchen accessories, etc were on display.
VIZAG VILLART REACHES VIZAG After having a successful journey in Hyderbad, Villart Photography has now spread its wing in the City of Destiny. To tap the tremendous potential of Vizag market, the man behind this incredible brand Villa Ramana has opened his new branch in East Point Colony near Sai Baba Temple. This lavish photo studio occupies a grand area of 5000sft and has some of the latest and high-end equipment of the photography industry including the Hasselblad camera worth Rs.40 lakh. The launch saw the cityâ€™s whoâ€™s who in full attendance to wish V.V.Ramana and see some of his best creations of his last 24years of captures displayed aesthetically in the studio.
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VIZAG KANKATALA GOES TO GAJUWAKA Textile retail chain Kankatala of Visakhapatnam opened its sixth showroom at Gajuwaka recently. Tamil Nadu Governor Konijeti Rosaiah inaugurated the showroom. Andhra Pradesh HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao lighted the traditional lamp. Gajuwaka MLA Palla Srinivas and Visakhapatnam West MLA Gana Babu, Nalli Group Chairman Nalli Kuppusami Chetty, MD of CMR Group Mavuri Venkata Ramana, former MLA Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy and Chairman of Pydah Group of Educational Institutions Pydah Krishna Prasad participated in the inauguration. Kankatalaâ€™s Chairman and Managing Director Mallikarjuna Rao expressed happiness at the 70-year-old chain opening its latest, multi-storied showroom at Gajuwaka.
LOUIS PHILIPPE SHOWROOM INAUGURATED The swanky brand in menâ€™s clothing, Louis Phillipe has got a new address. Last month an exclusive showroom was opened on Sampath Vinayak Road. Prabhukishore, CMD, Varun Groups, inaugurated the store. Romeo, store owner welcomed the guests for this gala launch. Notable names present for the occasion were Mr. Mallik Kankatala, Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine and Mr. Sambasiva Rao of Sravan Shipping. The store has latest collections.
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JAYASREE OPENS WOMENS WORLD An exclusive store for high-end clothing for women, Womanâ€™s World had opened its outlet in the city. Mrs.Jayasree Kambhampati inaugurated the store while Mrs.Vani Ganamani lighted the traditional lamp and Mrs. Kancharla Anuradha opened the silk wing. The three- storey mega showroom introduced to the city by the owners of Kalaniketan. Enthusiastic shoppers thronged the store to lay their hands on the best collection and enjoyed the inaugural offers given by the store. Strategically located on the Station Road besides V- square, Womanâ€™s World is already a great crowd puller. With the Sankranti round the corner, the store has become a haven for enthusiastic revelers.
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MVR MALL INAUGURATED Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu inaugurated the MVR Mall near Sampath Vinayaka temple. Minister for Panchayati Raj Ch.Ayyanna Patrudu, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, MP K. Haribabu, Chief Whip of TDP in Legislative Council Nannapaneni Rajakumari, MP of Hindupur Nimmala Kistappa, and MP of Anakapalle M.Srinivasa Rao inaugurated different levels of the mall.
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HYDERABAD FASHION UNLIMITED The most sought after exhibition, Fashion Unlimited was held recently in Hyderabad. It presented established designers from Bangalore, Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi and other cities of India. The big names of the industry exhibited their recent collection of Designer wear, jewellery, Home Decor, Kids Wear and Fashion accessories. Shoppers had a eld day selecting from a plethora of bangles, pendants, bracelets, earrings, designer saris, blouses, dress material, kurtis, lehengas, kidswear and exclusive leather furnishings, home accessories and trendy footwear. Santhi Katharavanam, the owner of this fair described it as the most successful event. Spotted on the venue were Harika, Geetika, Mounika, Nisha, Alekya and Suman.
BUBBLES OPENS NEW BRANCH Smitha, the owner of Bubbles Hair and Beauty Salon seemed to have realised her dream of taking her brand to newer frontiers. She launched a new branch in the Gachibowli recently. The inaugural event was a thumping success. Many socialites and patrons of the salon attended it. A few among spotted on the occasion were Alekya, Subbaraju and Shashank Kancharla. It is a very unique facility to have come to the locality. The initial response this chic spot received itself speaks volumes of the brand and the high quality services it has been rendering to the fashionistas.
CROSSROAD CAFE LAUNCHED A multi-cuisine coffee shop, Crossroad Café, was launched recently in the Best Western Ashoka premises. This coffee shop is an ideal venue for corporate and business people to meet. The place is perfect for parties and celebrations for its comfortable seating and style. It offers delicious food at great prices. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Karteesh Reddy Madgula, the Executive Director, said, “Our focus is to offer unmatched service and best quality food. We want to make it a dining experience that is truly memorable.” The café also plans to offer Express Lunch service soon.
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BOOTS & HATS PARTY The Kakatiya Ladies Club rejoiced yet another event in the month of December. This time, the theme of the party was ‘Boots and Hats’ and was held as a gala to celebrate the joyous Christmas festival. The members of the group were seen playing games and dancing to the Bollywood numbers, all with great enthusiasm. In this Black and white themed event, ‘Pass the Hat’ game was quite a hit. Spotted here were Bina Mehta, Ashu Gauri, Manisha, Preethi, Reena, Maya Patel, Shruthi, Sonia Agarwal, Tina and Vandhana Bina Mehta
Ssharad S Mahiswari
BNI FUSION CHAPTER MEET BNI Fusion Interiors and Constructions power team held a presentation meet in Taj Deccan recently. All the biggies of the business arena from 17 different elds gave presentations on their respective companies. Models walked the ramp with samples of their products. The Business Network International chapter has 65 members from different verticals. They meet on every Friday morning to exchange business notes. Spotted at the event were Ajay Agarwal, Mahua Gorthi, Kaushik, Raghuveer, Ramesh Patel, Ssharad Maheswari, Vasanta and Sri Vidya.
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HYDERABAD Lona Logan
ART FOR A GOOD CAUSE A solo Art Show by Radha Valluri Rao (USA) was held at the Muse Art Gallery, Hotel Marriots. This fund raiser painting exhibition was inaugurated by Director Sekhar Kammula, Actors J.D. Chakravarthy, Vimala Raman. The proceeds will be given to Pratyusha Foundation, a brainchild of South Indian Actress Samantha Ruthu Prabhu. The foundation provides medical support to poor and needy children and women. Pesarattu movie cast Nandu, Nikitha Narayan, Film Maker Sangeeth Reddy, Lyricist Sira Shree and singer Raghu Kunche graced the event that was hosted by Geet Gupta. Bindu, Kalyan, Lona, Mahima, Pratusha and Preethi were present there.
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TRENDZ EXHIBITS SPLENOUR Trendz, a lifestyle exhibition was held recently at Taj Krishna, Banjara hills, was a big draw. The Trendz Vivah Collection expo organised by Mrs.Santhi Kathiravan was a successful event with a string of weddings and festivals taking place. Presenting over 60 master designers and 3 lakh traditional and contemporary designs, the Trendz could attract happy shoppers. They could choose from a wide range of designs at wholesale prices, all under one roof. Shanthi has been successfully conducting exhibitions across South India with participants from all over India, offering designer blouses, silver jewellery, dress materials, kurties, lehengas, kids wear, exclusive leather furnishings, home accessories, Cosmetics, gift articles and kitchen accessories.
Sashi Nahata, Akansha, Laila Khan, Shoba Sudhakar & Sheetal DRAPING DELIGHT Dolly Jain, a renowned stylist who draped saris for many celebrities conducted a unique workshop. Her styles like Gujrati, Hyderabadi, Bhopali, Rajasthani, Bengali, Assameese, Lehanga style and even the nine-yard khara dupatta had been appreciated. She holds a Limca Book of Records for her 125 styles .Upasana Kamineni inaugurated the workshop which was attended by many socialites of the city.
Bonnya Lahiry Chattopadhyay
Sona Chatwani, Ananya, Aloknath, Parinidhi, Dominic, Manasa & Geetika
HI LIFE EXPO Hi Life, a three-day exclusive fashion, lifestyle and luxury Expo, kicked off to a great start. Aby Dominic, the organiser said, â€œWe present the most vibrant fashion work of over 150 top most designers with an exclusive collections.â€? Tollywood actress Manasa, Bollywood actor Aloknath and Sona Chatwani, Chairman -IIID Hyderabad chapter, inaugurated the Exposition. Actress Parinidhi, Zarine Ali Khan, Geetika Chadha, a Tollywood celebrity stylist and Ram Jeebu graced the occasion. Nupur
HYDERABAD Kavitha Reddi
Radhika Reddy Brinda Maheshwari
MAHE AYYAPPAN LAUNCHED Maheshwari, a T- town actress, launched her new clothing line, 'Mahe Ayyappan' at Angasutra recently. With a air for designing clothes, Maheshwari had her cousin, Sridevi Kapoor launch her label in Hyderabad. Kamini Saraf, the owner of Angasutra said she was glad to introduce this label to their line up of premium fashion brands. Sridevi, the fashion icon herself supports this new label and was spotted wearing it for events a few times. The collection predominantly boasts of gowns and western wear in a wide range of colour palette. Spotted at the launch were Ananya, Geetika, Pooja, Radhika Reddy, Rummy Azad, Shazia and Shilpa Singh. Mansi Mallik, Mourya Boda, Amrit Singh & Rashmi
Kamini Saraf & Amita
EVENT TO COMMEMORATE SD BURMAN FICCI Ladies Organisation organised an evening with Music of Yore at Falaknuma Palace. It was a book reading of ‘Sun Mere Bandhu Re’, a biography authored by Satya Saran on S.D. Burman, who was singer, musician and composer. The book tells his story through a kaleidoscope of montages from the inner and outer worlds he inhabited, fragmented memoirs of his days in the sylvan surroundings of Comilla, interviews and press clippings. The Ms.Saran, Consulting Editor, Harper Collins Publishers, India and also Executive Director, Encyclomedia, graced the event. Monika Agarwal, Chairperson of the FLO welcomed the gathering. Vibha & Vani red | january 2015 | 52
FASHION EVENT WITH A MESSAGE
Ramesh & Maya Patel
Anastasia & Carolina Meera Chopra
The Hyderabad International Fashion week saw the local and international talent coming together for a cause. Model Sadhna Singh raised her voice against rape and violence against women. International designer Sanjana Jon took up the cause of ‘Stop Violence against women’ showcasing an exquisite amalgamation of western and Indian wear. Actor Nisha Kothari sizzled the ramp, carrying the underlying message. The stunning Srishti Rana added glamour quotient to the show as she walked down the ramp in eclectic outt by Mebaz.The suave Shreedhar Rao too made heads turn as he walked down the ramp as a showstopper for Mebaz.
Moon Moon & Pradeep Roy Dara Darita
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Asmita Marwa Aameer
Shruthi Chopra Harish
Srikanth Soma Laxmi Rai
Sahil Gulati, Shrishti Rana, Sagar Jetwani & Sreedhar
Shivali Singh & Tanvi Vyas
Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
Vimala Raman & Hari Anand
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More Space & More Art
PLANET OF FASHION
adies and ladies, yes you heard us right! It’s No-Man’s Land as it’s a Woman’s World! This mega store is here. Located in Dwarka Nagar and spread over three oors, it has an impressive interior. The ground oor houses the readymade wear and dress materials, priced Rs.1,000- Rs.10,000 and Rs.1,000Rs.20,000 respectively. Worked slawar suits with beads, patchwork and unique cuts and neck designs are best deals . It has a section for western wears too. This oor has two trial rooms. The next oor shows fancy saris, pure silk, Benaras pavadas, gadwal, Kanchi Pattu and striking range of wedding neries (Rs.2,500 to Rs.5,00,000) The sprawling second oor has a huge collection of regular wear saris and includes varieties like synthetic, cotton, kota that cost anything between Rs.250 and Rs.5000. There are designer saris as well, which price maximum of Rs.1,00,000. There is a counter where fabrics, laces, border, runners, embellishments are kept and the customer can mix and match to customize or design a sari of her own. The in-house designer is there to extend expert advice. Semi-stitched designer blouses cost Rs.1, 000 and go up with the intricacy of the work. Vallet parking is available.
he quintessential store for home décor needs, i.e. Eastern Art Museum requires no introduction. With its origin dated back to 1964, it is serving the Vizagites by being a part of their homes’ interiors. To augment its services, here comes the expansive version of the store. As you browse through the products, the Hudhud wall catches your attention. It holds the remnants of a tree from the courtyard of the owner which was a victim of the terric cyclone. Besides this, there are a few changes in the interiors too, which look welcoming. From the usual Tanjore paintings, home accessories, gift items, table mats, and arts and handicrafts of wood, stones and brass etc, the newly added space offers a Warli art decor, canvas paintings and wall hangings, decorative designer lamps, mirror and picture frames, collection of home accessaries from Krishna Mehta’s India Circus, silverplated D-mart exclusive giftware, exclusive glass and wood carvings and many more.
Timings: 10.00 am to 9.30 pm (365 days) Store Manager- 9985006656
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Timings: 10.00am to 9.00pm (lunch break 2.00pm to 3.00pm) Ph.Nos: 6647880/2562775/ 9849074965(Prem Mirpuri)
COOL SCHOOL FOR GREEN VIZAG
lwar Das Group has done it again. Adding a fresh feather to its cap, the group has set up a school with world class facilities, i.e. Greendale International Shool. Occupying a sprawling 15-acre campus at Madhurawada , it is now fully-functional.
Justifying its USP ‘smart school for smart city’, the school has all the high-end facilities like art village, food court, play area. Wellventilated and neatly organised classrooms has the modern infrastructure and required teaching aids. It is equipped with well laid courts for a variety of sports and games, a separate Pre-Primary Play Pen, amphitheatre, smart boards to start with and many more to follow. Proximity of the school from the city and travel in A C' buses cut the journey stress of the children. It adopts learner-friendly and thought-provoking methods, shifting the focus from the TEACHER to the TAUGHT. Resource Centre, fully equipped computer labs, spacious labs for Biology, Physics and Chemistry, comfortable dining hall, multipurpose hall and a doctor on call are the highlights of the School. It includes co-curricular like Public speaking, Extempore speech, Spell bee, Essay writing, Creative writing etc., for literary Wing and Music, Dance, Aerobics, Singing, Drawing and Painting, Clay moulding, Gardening, Quiz programmes, Model - making, collage, etc., for cultural wing and extra-curricular activities like Martial Arts, Western dance, Painting, Sculpting, Pottery, Swimming, Horse - riding, Educational trips to places of interest. The teaching staff is well qualied, experienced and dedicated. Sports and games are a part of syllabus and they include Cricket, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, Throw Ball, Lawn Tennis, Football, Skating etc. as Major and Carroms, Table Tennis, Chess, Athletics, Throws and Jumps, Cycling etc. as Minor choices. Phone Nos. 8978885500
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Art All the Way Silky-Smooth Shopping
seasoned player in silk textile industry, Kankatala Mallik has reached Gajuwaka by opening a brand new three-storied showroom. The ground oor has products priced between Rs.5,000 to Rs 2.50,000 and all varieties of silks, dhotis and pavadas, Kanchi pattu, Banaras, Uppada, Gadwal, and heavy designer pieces, half saris and ghagras. It also displays Kankatala’s USP, i.e. an impressive collection of bridal wears. There are high-end designer blouses (Rs.1,500- Rs.5,000). First oor stocks fancy and cotton saris which are priced between Rs.200 and Rs.5, 000. It also has a collection of mid-range designer blouses (Rs.400- Rs.1, 500). The top oor has ethnic wears like semi-stitched, stitched salwars suits, kurtis. It aunts a counter of 1 gm-gold, kundan, pearl and fashion jewellery. From pendant sets, jhumkas, kadas, bangle, nger rings to braceletsthe customers get choicest trinkets to match with their attires. Must buys are two new additions in this outlet i.e. Vilacheri yarn silk (Khaadi cotton) Rs.2500- Rs.10,000, and silk kota Rs.2000Rs.5000. Cellar parking makes shopping experience trouble-free.
brainchild of four artists – Jumana Topiwala, Jaya Narasimha Rao, Dolly Dhillon and Latha Raja –Art Station is opened at RK Beach, behind Matsyadarshani. It is an initiative to promote art and provide a platform to the talents. “People are not aware of the local talents and often head to metros to buy art. This place will be the bridge between the art lovers and the local artists,” says Jumana, the artist. Extended over an area of 1500sft, it has a classy interior done in white shade. Lighting is subtle, perfect to throw the right light on the art pieces. On a regular basis, the works of these seasoned artistes are on display, which can be purchased too. One can get custom-made painting as well. Art pieces of other artists also get displayed. The money earned through sale goes directly to the artist, with a little cut to the gallery. It hosts exhibitions of different artists on weekly basis and offers training classes.
Timings: 10.30 am to 8.30 pm, 365 days. Phone- 0891-6771000
Timings- 8.30 am to 6.30 pm (Sunday- half day off) Phone: 9441968990 (Jumana), 9848190902 (Jaya), 9010547247 (Dolly), 8712762894(Latha) 5
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ucky Shopping Mall has opened its second outlet in Gopalapatnam. “It targets the potential customers of this area, which we were missing out otherwise,” said Mr. Swamy, Co-Owner. The ground oor has saris ranging from Rs.200- Rs.2,000 and varieties like fancy, silk kota, kota, cotton etc. The next oor offers higher-range (Rs.2,000 to Rs. 20,000) of saris, such as Pattu, Dharamvaram , Kolkata Silk, Siko, Uppada, Coimbatore Silk and many more. “Ghagraas are one of our best selling products (Rs.2000- Rs.20, 000),” claims Srinu, co-partner. The second oor introduces an array of sartorial choices for women and teen and baby girls. The price varies from Rs.699Rs.4,000. Top oor has men’s wear with brands like Lee Cooper, Pepe, Spykar, Mufti, Levis, Van Heusen etc. It has interesting collection for baby boys as well. “Fashion at best pricing is made available here.We offer design clarity and our products are kept set wise and follow a colour -concept display. It facilitates an easy shopping,” asserts Co- owner Mr. Rattaiah as its USP. Ph: 9866478887 Timings 10 am to 9.30
pread over an area of 475sft, PEEJAY Enterprises is one of the main dealers of Asian Paints in Vizag. An established player from 45 years ago, this is the only Colour Idea store, which means one gets all products by the brand here. This newly renovated store has a tie up with Royal Play and thus all the products by the latter are available easily. They have Stencil works as well. Besides this, one can nd wood nishes, emulsions, wallpapers (wall coverings) in wide range and variety. One is simply spoilt for choices when it is about wallpapers, which has 2,500 variants of the product imported from the UK, US and Germany. It is not all about products, the store also offers an array of services too. Confused about shades? Then step in here as colour consultancy is offered as well. They undertake water proong works and one can avail the painting job here on a turnkey basis.
Timings- 9.30am- 1.30 pm 4.00pm- 8.30pm Contact: 0891- 2508913, 2511313
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FOR THE BIG APPETITE
he Big Fork is surely for the epicurean lot in the city of Nawabs. Spread over 750 sq yds, it changes the way Hyderabadis perceive the American cuisine. It is an amalgamation of continental, Caribbean, Persian, Mediterranean and many other cuisines from across the globe. This is because of the simple fact that there are millions of settlers from all corners of the world in the United States. The Big Fork is a contemporary American Diner offering fusion appetizers, main course and desserts. For example, the Kafta Burger here has Mediterranean avours but is an American burger. It is served with fettuccine salad with a Turkish ingredient called Sumac, imported all the way from its homeland. One cannot get a hint of the Indian spices or herbs in the dishes here. If you ask which is the best dish? We say all. Every fusion item on the menu is unique. One can nd big yummy burgers, scrumptious roulades and many more off the menu. A meal for two for the all three courses is Rs.1500. After six months, one can savour these delicacies with wine and beer. The interiors too are contemporary and ambience turns quite cosy by the night. The inner place is quite spacious with a 66-seating capacity, which glimmers brightly with the sun’s rays through the glass walls. The large walls are crammed with American vintage wall hangings about the different sauces and cheeses of the US. The outer space is lush green and has a good 60-member capacity. The most awaited part of the diner is ‘breakfast on bench’, which is soon to be launched in these gardens where one can soak up the sun while binging in. The weekends rock with open mike sessions, stand up comedy nights and live bands. Timings: 12:30 pm to 3:30pm for lunch | Ph no.: 91-9296250006
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ROYAL BRIDAL COUTURE
yderabad’s renowned clothing store, Kashish, has launched their exclusive bridal wear recently. Located in Banjara Hills, the store offers prêt-à-porter, party and casual wear for men, women and kids, tting all sizes of budget. Distributed across 14,000 sft in four vast oors, Kashish added bridal collection to the list, which stands as a one-stop-shop for indulging in exquisite wedding and festival shopping. Spread over 3,000 sft, this section has splendid interiors with an elaborate entrance and luxurious seating, bringing the true spirit of royal traditions to the regal wedding couture on display. We saw heavy bridal lehengas, scintillating cocktail gowns, South Indian half saris, Khara Dupattas (a traditional wedding dress of Hyderabadi muslim brides) and Lacha lehengas. Price ranges from Rs.25,000 to Rs.4,00,000 and is worth every penny as the embroidery work on the outts are mostly hand-made and sometimes even machine made. All the designs are in-house creations and they take up tailoring orders for blouses and other modications. They also present a make-to-order service for potlis and footwear to match the costumes. Catering to middle and upper middle classes, celebrities and NRIs, Kashish Bridal also offers a plethora of faux gold jewellery studded with czeds, rubies and other stones. These chunky adornments to the neck complete the whole wedding look, leaving the brides looking resplendent. With notable services by the staff, remarkable treatment to the customers and prompt valet services, one can undoubtedly indulge in a rejuvenating shopping spree here. Timings: 10:30 am to10:00pm | Ph. no: 040- 66754111
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OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLE Senior Congress leaders- former CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and the unceremoniously dropped from the party post Botsa Satyanarayana- are now looking at the BJP, which is striving to emerge as a potent alternative in the state. Citing his experience in ruling the state as the CM, Kiran wants to lead the party and wants the party to leave its ropes in his hands. If Kiran enters the BJP in a big way, Botsa may not follow the suit immediately. There is a likelihood of his sending one of his kin into the party and play an important role by proxy till he takes the ultimate plunge. A few poignant questions that arise here are - Will the BJP cadre accept the veteran Congressmen? Will the voters accept these leaders with a former Congress tag sufxed to their names? Won’t it be just the same old faces in a new party?
RUSE OR REALITY? When it is about pulling the crowd no one does it better than Pawan Kalyan. The star had entered Twitter with one lakh followers and now it is three lakh above. It has, however, raised many eyebrows in the lm fraternity as the star is not talking lms, but politics and getting responses from many top political leaders. On one hand, when it is showing the Power Star popularity among political circle, on the other there is tittletattle around the tinsel town that the star is quitting movies as soon as he completes the ongoing projects to join politics. It has become an issue to worry for many as the number one actor has turned into the lucky mascot for many lm makers to earn fat revenue. His political stint with his own party during election looks to be in hibernation mode post-election; there are speculations whether this political chirpings on the web are serious or just a publicity stunt like his party Jana Sena. KCR BAITING DANAM It is no surprise that a smooth operator like Chief Minister KCR could lure a number of leaders from other parties, especially from the Congress. But it is also said that KCR has his own compelling reasons to go after them. The CM is not only heading a new-born state but also a fairly inexperienced team which has fresh and young leaders. Realising the disadvantage of having greenhorns as his aides, KCR has been scouting around for some experienced leaders who, along with themselves, would bring political acumen to his party. It is only natural that he is looking at former minister Danam Nagender as a potential candidate. He is leaving no stone unturned to win GHMC Elections, slated for October. KCR is condent that it is possible only through the efforts of leaders like Danam. It is also said KCR is dangling the Mayoral carrot before the Congress leader who is clearly going for it. But the TRS circles are apprehensive about the entry of heavy weights and likely seniority tiffs it might spark off. They also feel that KCR should reinforce his own ock instead of using his charm and time in luring the outsiders and give chance to the youngsters in his party to prove their worth.
CIVIC POLLS, A LITMUS TEST All eyes are on the GVMC elections and Mayor’s post of all important Vizag. Had the election were held a few months ago, TDP could have encashed the credit of the Hudhud relief operation in the form of votes. But the party seemed to have dragged its feet on the issue too long, forgetting that the people’s memory is too short. Taking advantage of this gap, the YSRCP is quietly pulling up its socks to face the election. It has quickly moved its pawns, by allocating responsibilities of each ward to a prospective candidate, who is assured of a denite role in the coming civic body. The opposition parties, especially YSRCP, are highlighting the TDP’s procrastination over the capital, land acquisition issues and smart city promises. It is time TDP, which has the tradition of sitting on the nominations and messing them up in the last minute, should wake up to these ground realities. If TDP loses the GVMC it is as good as losing a major chunk of ground to the opposition.
CHIP OFF THE STEEL BLOCK
By Ranita Ray
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
t is yet another start-up success story that happened purely because a person had realized a need, created a solution and sold it amidst global competition. But what awards him the pioneer tag, is his courage to take the risk, condence to beat the seasoned players and his passion for innovation. Taking a diversion from a hardcore-steel business to a volatile-software realm is not a child’s play. Yet, he steeled himself to take the plunge. Mind IT; he is Mr. Murali Krishna Gannamani, MD, CEO and founder of Phoenix IT Solutions Ltd. We had the pleasure of rendezvous with him over high-tea at his swanky abode designed by his wife Vani. He shared his expert views on developing the company’s brand, the key points to attain success and why he thinks IT means ‘Innovation for better Tomorrow’!
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From RAM An established businessman in steel, his father the late Mr.Gannamani Anand Rao, was the founder of Vizag Proles, Gowthami Steels and Anand Proles. Initially, Murali joined his father’s business and worked for almost a decade. “My father was a great visionary with excellent business acumen. I picked up all the required threads from him,” recollects Murali. However, steel didn’t magnetize him for long. Having a strong fascination for innovation and technology, Murali booted into IT sector and launched Phoenix in 2001. Buffering Vizag, where he has the strong lial base, became the natural choice for Phoenix. However, the city wasn’t IT-ready. “We were living close to the VSP and the locality was called VEPZ – Vizag Expo Processing Zone. That was the IT hub then which now moved to Madhurwada. My father was not very happy about my switching to IT and tried his best to pull me back to our family business and leaving Vizag was also not an option,” he recollects.
up by testing and rening the product by engaging with strategic anchor clients. For a company of our size, one needs to be a total solution provider right from business consulting to solution design and deployment to continuous support. We have to be always by the side of our clients helping them achieve their objectives. We have been successful in expanding our product stack and solutions to entire energy supply chain including smart grids and now smart cities as well.
only Asian headquartered Company that has been recognized and featured by Gartner in its widely reputed and read Magic Quadrant report for Utility CIS Solutions for the last couple of years. Phoenix is also only Asian headquartered rm to be listed on the MDMS - Smart Grid Product. Other esteem feats include IBM Beacon Award 2012 for Smarter Industries: Best Industry Solution for Energy and Utilities (First in India), ITsAP Award 2012: Best Product in MNC/Established Indian Category, NASSCOM Innovation Award 2013: Special Recognition in Business Innovation Category, Deloitte Technology Fast50 India Award 2012 &2013, Dun& Bradstreet ‘SME Awards 2013’: Best Regional SME in South India, and the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Award.
Murali acknowledges the support of his family and friends, especially the 41ers of club 87, who he considers as his extended family, in reaching his goals.
When he started his company, he realized that the power utilities were in a bad shape. With Phoenix’s Power product based solutions he could rejuvenate and make them more efcient and modern. “Thankfully today product development companies are being recognized for our contribution to the industry and of course the future potential. But, it is a tough journey. We at Phoenix IT Solutions have carefully nurtured the mPower product line for smart utilities and we are now catering to smart cities too.” Murali has been marching along meeting the fresh demands of this dynamic eld. He goes one step ahead and changes the name of his company to suit the present
“Initial nine years were pretty tough with attracting and retaining good workforce, competing with established players and convincing the prospective clients. Patience, perseverance and focused efforts paid off.” Backup & Upgrades
Murali considers himself blessed to have amazing employees who OS are highly committed, technology-savvy and have a Murali was very clear about his great sense of belongingness to strategies from the beginning. the organization and this helped The industry wasn’t all that him pursue his passion and encouraging despite the muchegged him on to enter the global touted boom. The only trick to market. Today Phoenix serves capture the market was to be 20+ utility based companies and different from others. While most caters to 25million consumers. of the companies were dealing He calls the Eastern Power with nance, telecom, etc. Distribution Company of Andhra Phoenix selected utility industries. Pradesh Limited (APEPDCL) as “The erstwhile electricity boards, the best in the country. Unlike its suffering sizeable losses, were competitors, which cater to groping for viable solutions. We urbane set up, APEPDCL deals offered them that and have with consumers from Srikakulam improved their customer service. to West Godavari. It is the most In no time we roped in other efcient in customer service (5.2 industries like water and gas.” m. consumers) and excels in Since Phoenix is a product-based aggregate technical commercial company, it runs higher risks. losses (only 6.7%). Success Constant market research and stories like this have earned knowledge of latest technology Phoenix a phenomenal name are must to build a robust across the world. Phoenix is the product. This has to be followed
situation. The company is going to be re-christened as Fluent Grid. “The name would be more apt as it denes what we do today and provides us a unique positioning in the market.” Data Transfer Murali is keen on contributing towards skill development. He says, “Government has built the incubation center (start-up village), which is good. What we really need now is an ICT-shared service center. Government is doing its best to align with educational institutions to train the students. But progress cannot be made without active involvement of the industry. We should promote internship culture to mould the students. NASSCOM should also work with AICTE and state education departments to elevate the end-of-course project work from a mere formality to a real exercise in competency building and skill identication. Government must look at setting up ICT Service Centers where an entrepreneur walks in with an idea and avails shared services like coding, testing, UX design, hardware design, marketing, etc. and may be even funding. The delivery of services shall be transparent and affordable. These centers can be like malls or super markets for domain agnostic granular ICT services. Government can make it easy and affordable to people with skills to come here and offer their services without incurring the expenditure of running an ofce, something like a Rythu Bazaar or India Habitat Center.
Broad B(r)and He has been busy building the company’s campus on Hill no 2, besides having some exciting plans. “Thanks to the ‘Smart City’ concept, our cup is brimming with hope and prospects. Phoenix is working with IBM and executing country’s rst two green eld projects- one in Mumbai for Lodha groups which is building Palava city for hundred-thousand residents and another being developed in NOIDA. We are providing the technological solutions,” briefs Murali. His company is working with local government and representatives from various US organizations on similar projects. Come February, he is organizing ‘Smart Visakha Conference’ in association with the Chamber of Commerce. He aims to take up initiatives to make Vizag smarter and more livable. Words of guidance The government rightly calls IT as the ‘Sunrise Industry’ as it has generated huge revenue and employment. However, it is our country transformed into a knowledge center from an outsourcing center. “We can play a crucial role in the wave of transformation happening globally. Our PM talks of ‘make in India’, but I say we must go for ‘made in India’ as well.” “Indian products are looked down upon in the world market. One can change the perception of global clients by delivering the best. So we have to think out-of-the-box.” Stating that the responsibility lies with the budding professionals, Murali advises them, “No short-cuts. Believe in yourself, be focused. Innovation and strategies are the only way to stand out in the crowd.”
Honestly, I couldn’t have found anyone better than her. She is the balancing factor in my life.
We are witnessing proliferation of software companies especially on the cloud like Zoho, etc. Denitely the growth areas and enabling technologies are the cloud computing, bigdata analytics, machine learning and robotics. There is a dearth of talent in terms of skills. Finding the resources with the right aptitude and attitude is also tough. There is a gap in terms of graphic design and user experience specialists which is essential for product companies. The students should strive to acquire these skills as they are the need of the future. CitYzen a Joint effort
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CITYZEN is the CSR initiative of Phoenix, striving to foster sustainable communities and smart city culture through technology enabled people centric initiatives and participation in areas like energy, water, sanitation, environment, public health, public transport and public safety.
“Right from the beginning we have been into CSR activities like lighting up villages in Araku, funding education etc. “It was Murali brainchild to be a pioneer and give a technical support to CSR programmes. Our teams have been working on it for the last three months to make them user-friendly. We buy themes, register ourselves. May be others have developed such apps, but we are the rst ones to provide free access along with free apps upgrades to the citizens and the government authorities,” explains Vani, Director, CitYzen. www.onevizag.org is a comprehensive participatory model for Vizagaites, providing them a platform for people to join, contribute and also connect to the Government. The key initiatives include ‘Lets Green Vizag,’ ‘Lets Clean Vizag,’ ‘Let’s Talk Vizag’ and ‘Healthy Vizag’. ‘Let’s talk’- is an open discussion forum where people give inputs and solutions. Vizagites can create an account and post their ideas that are communicated to the local leaders. Posts are reviewed by the authorities concerned. This helps them in decision-making. ‘Let’s green’ is also one of-its-kind concept in India. It assists in plantation in a planned manner; maintains the ecological biodiversity and mapping of the trees for future reference. The trees growth can also be monitored. “Along with some other voluntary groups we have planted around 50,000 trees under the Haritha Visakha drive,” states Murali. ‘Healthy Vizag’ initiative includes the ‘Red Drop’ Campaign and the ‘Lets Walk Vizag. The rst one promotes awareness and provides a platform that connects blood donors and beneciaries. ‘Let’s walk’ is an initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce pollution. Printed boards or directional signage are installed in all the locations in Vizag with QR codes. When one scans the codes with a smart phone, it gives the area map, distance covered and time taken. “Soon we will have a system in place to give inputs like how much
calories one has burnt,” briefs Vani. Clean Vizag’ can be used by the citizens to report civic issues with photographic proof. “Presently, we are focusing on the Kirlampudi layout trying to develop it as a model colony to motivate others. Besides efforts and resources, we are providing the technological platform too,” narrates Murali.
A LEAF OUT OF HIS DIARY 6.30am: Wake up 7.00-8.00am: Hit the gym 9.30 am-1:30 pm: Ofce calling. When in Vizag, I go home for lunch, Real Luxury! I visit my development center in Duvvada once or twice a week. Evenings are not xed. I travel at least a week in a month. Somehow, Hudhud has grounded me (laughs). The citYzen efforts are keeping me engaged here and trust me it’s a great training. Saturdays for partying, Sundays for laidback fun and long drives.
Our PM talks of ‘make in India’, but I say we must go for ‘made in India’ as well.
COMPATIBILITY METER She has been the pillar of support: Murali I used to supply raw materials to Vani’s father who had been in steel industry. That’s how we met. Who proposed rst? I would only say it was mutual and parents gave the nod. Our bonding and love have grown with years. Honestly, I couldn’t have found anyone better than her. She is the balancing factor in my life. We share same interests and love to do things together. You can’t see me alone anywhere! Wherever I go, she tags along.” (laughs) THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES: Colour: Green, pink or strawberry ( trying my luck) May be black (laughs) Clothes: Western Sweets: Gulabjamun
HE MOLDED ME THROUGHOUT: VANI I got married to him when I was just 19. Perhaps that is why he has been very protective and he pampers me. He is a strong person. He never brings home his professional worries, whatever may be the magnitude of the problem, just to avoid upsetting me. He knows how to enjoy life; good or bad times don’t come in his way. As a father, he is a best buddy to our son Vipresh Anand. When both of them are together, it’s difcult to say who is younger. On the professional front, he is totally a different person- focused and disciplined. But he is a friendly and supportive boss. That is why his employees stick to him and a large number of them have been with him since the company’s inception. He says ‘stay positive, things will come back to you’. He is a people’s person. He goes out of his way to help them. His temper may rise occasionally but he cools down fast and he even forgets why he got angry! THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITES Brands: Ferragamo (shoes), Hugo Boss (clothes). He loves to shop Colour: Blue Food: Not a foodie, but prefers continental food.
Movie: Old classical Hindi
Actress: Deepika Padukone
Actor/ Actress: I don’t remember
Actor: Ranveer Singh
Movie: Action and mystery English movies
Hobby: Reading novels
Hobby: Proud owner of Harley, he loves biking Holiday spot: He is an avid traveler but likes only quiet places.
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SHINY THREADS OF SUCCESS By Sumana Reddy
anoj Jethwani, as an ambitious teenager aspired to soar high in the skies as a pilot. But little did he know that he would mount a thriving clothing brand for a ight of success. However, this go-getter was off to a ying start with his rst endeavor in the retail sector called Mebaz. This most celebrated clothing brand is an exclusive ethnic fashion store, drawing patrons from all corners of the city. Beginning with a 4,000sft space at Begumpet, it proliferated to 75,000sft, with 14 stores. The business strategies chalked out by this cerebral entrepreneur was so robust that the company is progressing into a national brand.
In the 70’s his grandfather sold clothes moving on a bicycle and his father, Mr.Devanand Jethwani continued the trade in a 100sft area at Abids. This small retail outlet for men has multiplied 35 times over the years as Meena Bazaar and then stepped in the son, Manoj, only to take it to a new high. He talks, giving details of retails
EXCERPTS Early Life I was born in Hyderabad and studied in Hyderabad Public School. Later, I went to the US and pursued graduation in Finance and IT from Indiana University. I kickstarted my career in a small company called Cornerstone Information. Later, I worked in the corporate ofce of an electronic store called Bestbuy for six months, only to realise that I am not cut out for the 9.00 to 5.00 job!
long time. He made a name for himself with hard work. He even had excellent credit with many designers across the country, which is not easy to acquire in a short period of time. When I returned to Hyderabad, I wanted to capitalize on my father’s reputation. Hence I built a team of designers and merchandisers with the help of his associates and started Mebaz. After that, there was no looking back. Mebaz The retail sector is fantastic and there is an enormous potential for it in India. We started Mebaz with aim to cater to weddings and parties. I gured that weddings are the only time when people really splurge. They would not mind going above board to make the event successful. Initially, I was left all alone as my father refused to help. He wanted me to swim on my own, which I eventually did. Of course, it was an arduous and adventurous journey. Now I have the support of my brother Sagar, who is also the Co-director of Mebaz. We divided our responsibilities- he manages the women’s merchandise, the legalities and nances of the company. I deal with the men’s wear, HR and operations.
Challenges When I came back to India, I had no idea what a sari was or how it was draped. I did not even know whom to hire for a particular role. Over the years I excelled. There were even times when my bank balance was zero and I had to cut a cheque for Rs.1.5 lakh to the designers. I doubled for store manager and I used to open the Into the Business store at 10.00 am and stay till “While I was working in the US, I closing time, foregoing lunch on casually asked friends and acquaintances what they wanted to most of the days. do for a living. To my surprise, a lot Competition of them respond saying they would Neerus for women’s apparel, and work for a couple of years and later Raymonds for Men’s wear. For that start their own business. That was matter, any bridal store is a when I realized that I was ignoring competition for us. Now-a-days, a great business back in India and .coms are also catching up like was working my ngers to the wildre in India. Flipkart.com and bone for nothing and I was being a Amazon.com have started even big fool!” their bridal wear recently. However, they do not pose much threat as My father had been in the wedding shopping cannot happen garments retail sector for a very
online as one wants to feel the garment before picking it. We are continuously on our toes, inventing new concepts and creating new designs to deal with competition. My R and D team is always on the lookout for new things in the market and what our competitors are doing. We go to cities like Mumbai and Dellhi to update ourselves with the latest trends. Hyderabad Market. It is a strange and a crazy market. There are garments stores everywhere, yet every store of our company does well. It is funny how everytime we open a store we think that we might not break even for a long time, but on the contrary, the store does well. There is denitely a demand for garments in every corner of the city. After state bifurcation, honestly we have seen a dip of 10-12 % in Hyderabad. But it was only a temporary phase. Our Vijayawada sales have gone up by 40%. Best Moments When I graduated with top marks and was called upon the stage to be honoured, my parents were in tears with joy. It remains etched in my memory. My marriage to Geetu and the birth of my daughter Sia are two other moments in my life that I can never forget. I was ecstatic. I never thought I could go crazy for a child like this for when I was a kid, I used to trouble all the younger kids in the house.
We have a three-year-old daughter Sia and I see a great transformation in him as she is growing.
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Achievement Meena Bazaar was a traditional retail store and initially sold only fabric and the Gen-Y was looking for more ready-towear. I wanted to start a trendy showroom and tied up with many designers. Initially when we started it, we had Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and other famed designers’ collection on the display. Later, we gured out that they were exorbitant and appealing to only 0.5% of the Hyderabad market. So we started our own line which is more economical. Opening numerable stores and managing them is surely an achievement. We transcended from the traditional retail mode to a corporate system. Professionalizing the company is my achievement.
9:00 am: Play with my daughter for sometime before I see her off to school 9:40 am: Leave home after breakfast. 10:00 am and 2:00 pm: At ofce and visits to all the stores.
Sometimes I go out with friends in the night for a drink. COMPATIBILITY METRE I Share Everything With Her: Manoj
Although she is not involved in the company activities, I make sure she is aware of everything and take her advice.
Success Mantra Loyalty to the customer. Future Plans Every day is a new learning experience. I attend a lot of retail forums across India and learn how the bigger retailers like Shoppers Stop and Lifestyle have built their businesses. My vision is to take Mebaz national. I wish to open 50 new stores in the next ve years. Signing Off Live life the best you can. A leaf out of his diary 7:30 am: Wake up and go for a jog
HER FAVOURITES: Colour: Pink Outfit: Gowns and dresses Brand: Christian Dior
7:30pm: Home calling and family time.
One Regret I jumped to a job after my graduation. At that time, there was a team of students going on a 3-month trekking trip to South Africa. My father asked me to go for the trip. Wilful as I am, I told him that I was not in the US to go for such trips. Now, even if I wish to, I cannot go for such expeditions. This is one thing that I always regret. Inspiration I draw inspiration from my father. He has the traditional rst hand experience in retail. He is much disciplined too. I take a lot of ideas from him and I do not see myself not being an entrepreneur as I always want to be like him.
company activities, I make sure she is aware of everything and take her advice.
Geetu has evolved a lot in the six years I have been with her. We have had our good and bad times. Now, when I leave the house for work, I can predict how her mood (happy or upset) will be for the rest of the day. I understand her very well. Last week when I was busy with at my best friend’s wedding, I knew she was upset because I could not give her enough time. So I kept calling her and it worked! I discuss my business and nancial matters with her and tell her how my day went by. I keep her in the loop. Although she is not involved in the
Movie: Eat Pray Love Hobby: Talking on the phone Holiday Destination: Bali He Is Easy Going: Geeta I was born and brought up in a conservative Sindhi family of Mumbai. The proposal came from the Manoj’s end. We dated for about a month. One evening, he took me to a nice place for dinner and popped up the question. I said yes! Immediately, Manoj’s parents called my father and started congratulating him. My parents had no clue of what transpired at the dinner! Manoj is an easy person to be with and I am the short tempered one! He is very supportive and understanding. We both love to travel and try different cuisines. We are also very lazy. We do not watch sports and often end up watching chick icks together! His entire family is very positive. We have a three-year-old daughter Sia and I see a great transformation in him as she is growing. He is a doting father. He was never fond of babies, now he wants four more! HIS FAVOURITES: Colour: Blue and Grey Outfit: Shirt and Cotton pants Brand: Armani Exchange besides Mebaz Movie: Any Govinda’s movie Hobby: Holidaying Holiday Destination: Bali
ittle did we know that he was into Telugu industry till he caught us unawares as Aparichitudu. Though it was the dubbed version of Tamil Anniyan, the film hit the jackpot and even surpassed the records of Rajinikant’s ‘Chandramukhi’ (also dubbed from Tamil) released in 2005. Since then Vikram has made into the hearts of Telugu audience and has become a household name. However ‘Cheeyan’ Vikram needs no introduction in Kollywood. His impending films including Shankar’s ‘I’ always evoke a sense of curiosity among audience. Many aspiring starlets are eager to be paired with him. He is one of the most sought after actors for many producers and directors. Though he has scaled new heights with each of his film, he remains grounded firmly. He has completed ‘I’ (Manoharudu in Telugu) and is busy with post production work. Vikram dubbed in Telugu for the first time in this flick. The star’s different make-over has amazed all. He has left behind Rajinikanth in the audience response with the trailer getting viewed 80 lakh times on the internet.
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Tell us about the magnum opus ‘I’ is said to be the costliest film ever, surpassing Rajnikanth's ‘Robot’. When Shankar Sir told me the story I told him nobody has done this before and he said, ‘Yeah, nobody can do this but you. That scared me… that he had so much confidence in me and I needed to do something out of the box. The film is like ‘Aparichitudu,’ but this one is heavy duty. It is a typical Shankar film with just that much more. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story. I am sure people and actors will wonder how I did it! What about the new look you sport in I? The credit should go completely to my trainers, who have been with me for the past two years to achieve this makeover. When I am playing a character, I like to look like the character rather than like myself.
Is it true that Vikram is your screen name? I was born Kennedy. Vikram was composed by using ‘Vi’ from my father’s name, ‘K’ from Kennedy, ‘Ra’ from my mother’s name and ‘ram’ from my sun sign Aries. Tell us about your background I was born to a Christian father Albert Victor and a Hindu mother Rajeshwari in Madras, on 17 April 1966. My father, native of Paramakudi ran away from home to start a career in films. Though he did not fare well, he managed to act in supporting roles in Tamil films and television serials and this inspired me to take part in theatre lessons and become professionally trained in classical and cinema dance forms. My mother Rajeswari was a sub-collector.
Tell us about your foray into the tinsel town. “Though I had a penchant for acting in films after finishing school, my father forced me to pursue studies. While pursuing my MBA programme veteran director C.V. Sridhar approached me for a lead role in a film. However, my debut film was En Kadhal Kanmani(1990), a small budget love story featuring alongside Rekha Nambiar. Then came Sridhar’s Thanthu Vitten Ennai opposite Rohini.
How did you prepare yourself to act in Mani Rathnam’s film? When I like a role, I try to imbibe it in me to the hilt. That’s my style. Mani sir is known for doing something different. He is keen to make every frame special. Though the film failed to click, it was a unique experience for everyone. Whenever he is filming a scene, he appears like a soldier, very aggressive and ready to face the battlefield. Are you interested in doing a few more Bollywood films? After Raavan I acted in David in Hindi. I am very happy working here. It is comfortable in Tamil and I consider this as my favorable ground. I believe that understanding the director is very important. I cannot work in places where I don’t understand the language. I am happy in Tamil films. Not only in Tamil, but I am also happy doing films in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. If at all I have to get out of these languages, then it would be for a Mani Ratnam film or a Rakesh Mehra project or Sanjay Leela Bansali’s venture. Something like Dil Chahta Hai.
“My father was a supporting actor in Tamil films. My uncle (my mother’s brother), Thyagarajan is an established director-actor in the Tamil film industry; with his son, actor Prashanth of Shankar’s Jeans’ fame, being my first cousin. It seems before you stole the hearts of Telugu audience as Remo in ‘Aparichitudu’ you had acted in Telugu films. I made foray into Telugu tinseltown with Chirunavvula Varamistava in 1993. It was a romantic film, written and directed by N. H. Chandra. I played a titular role in the film with Rani being my love interest. The other cast included Ramyakrishna and Raju Sundaram. The film was dubbed and released in Tamil as Vicky in 2002. I also acted as Akkineni Nageswar Rao’s eldest son in Bangarukutumbam. Both the films failed commercially. My other Telugu films include Adalla Mazaka and Akka! Bagunnava?
How was the experience working with Mani Rathnam in Raavan? I feel happy to work with people who are sticklers for perfection. Maniratnam sir is one such director. Coming to Raavan, the shoot was held in the dense forest of Chalakudy in Kerala. When we went to Kolkata, the dust in the place gave all of us sneeze and cough. Then we shifted to Madhya Pradesh where we had lovely climate. So we had a mix of different weather conditions just like Mani sir’s works.
Apart from Tamil and Telugu, what other language films you are into? Malayalam and Hindi. I made my debut into Malayalam with Dhruvam and Hindi with Raavan. In fact I almost signed on to appear in Mani Ratnam’s blockbuster Bombay in 1993 and featured in the initial photo shoot alongside Manisha Koirala. When Mani Ratnam sir wanted me to remove my beard for the role, I could not do so due to continuity problems with another film I had signed and hence was dropped from the project. So Vikram’s (my) loss was Aravind Swamy’s gain as the film had earned rave reviews.
What do you consider your forte? I can easily get into skin of any role that I play. Firstly I bring the looks of the character into me. When I shoot continuously, the involvement increases and at one point, I start loving my role so much and totally transform into it. When I am required to play an animal, I will also become an animal, with no emotions and no feelings just like a wooden board. I was like this while doing Pithamagan. You earned the action hero image. Your take on it I like to fight, go for battles. But the reason is also important. I don’t like to
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act in soft romantic films. If running with the heroine behind the pines is the prime job, I am sorry, I am not for it. However it is surprising that I often see such movies.
You are an artiste, a singer, an actor, what next? I am learning to cook. I am learning Spanish. I surf the net for recipes. The first one I made was aloo paneer (laughs) and then a flan, a caramalised What is the yardstick you apply while custard pudding, cookies, banana choosing a role? bread, which actually got burnt but The role should satiate my acting thirst became such a hit, because it tasted and my character should be strikingly so good especially with ice cream. different. It should be understood just by looking at me. I would like to do Tell us about your family films where there is strong character My wife Shailaja Balakrishnan is a portrayal. psychology teacher at a leading Chennai school. I have a daughter, More often than not your name is Akshita, and a son, Dhruv. prefixed with ‘Chiyaan’. Why so? Chiyaan is the character I played in Tell us about your education. ‘Sethu’. When the film clicked at the I did my schooling at Montfort School, box office Tamil Nadu gave me the title Yercaud, near Salem and graduated in or prefix honour of being addressed as English literature from Loyola College, Chiyaan. Hence, the name Chiyaan Chennai. Vikram. Do you take success seriously? Do you think ‘Anniyan’ (Aparichitudu Though I’ve won awards, worked with in Telugu) is a turning point in your the best of directors and have become career? an icon, I don’t carry that aura. I’ve ‘Sethu’ which released in 1999, almost worked hard to earn this image. You after a decade since my debut, was my can’t build a wall around yourself. If you first blockbuster. In fact it was my do, you might restrict those who enter turning point. It grossed over Rs.50 but you’re not letting yourself move out million at the box office. either. I’m a superstar but I pick up DVDs and groceries myself. Why do you distort yourself time and again onscreen ‘spoiling’ your Your choice of films? handsome face? I would like to act in sincere films. I I like to experiment with different would like to be an actor liked by characters and do roles which are as director. I am a director’s actor. He far away from my reality as possible. I should feel that no one but Vikram don’t want to be typecast and I don’t would suit a particular role. I am keen want to do the same thing over and to feature in such projects. over again. I want to become as fit or Apart from ‘I’ what are your fat as required for a particular role. For upcoming films? example, for ‘Raavanan,’ I put on ‘Enradhukulla’ weight. For ‘Saamy’ I had a Mr Tamil Nadu to train me but wanted a paunch How did you feel when you were bestowed with several awards for because I was playing a cop. I have your portrayals? done commercial roles like ‘Dhill,’ It was a great feeling. I felt elated and ‘Dhool,’ ‘Sammy’ but even for those my happiness knew no bounds with roles, I tried to look different, different greetings pouring in from all quarters. body language, talk different, walk different. In ‘Pithamagan,’ I was like an It seems you are into some animal so I fought like one, and in commercials too ‘Raavanan’ I was a villager, but largerIn fact my career began by modelling in than-life. In ‘Gemini,’ I was this advert films for brands including Chola gangster who loves to fight so I would Tea, TVS Excel and Alwyn watches and chew paan, to show nonchalance – I appeared in a six episode television that he fights every day and doesn’t serial titled Galatta Kudumbam which even think about it. Why should I stop aired in 1988. at the script? Why shouldn’t I look a little different so that every time you see Tell us about your Vikram Foundation a film you say, ‘Oh my God your The Vikram Foundation was set up character is different from the last one.’ through my fan club. It arranges heart Remember my three different roles in operations for the poor, educates poor ‘Aparichitudu’ and in my upcoming children and rehabilitates victims of movie ‘I’. natural disasters. red | january 2015 | 78
S N A P S H O T S Favorites Colour: Black | Food: Pazhya Sadam (Porridge) And Karruvattu Kolambu ( Dry Fish ) | Attire: Hawai chappal and dirty pair of jeans and T-Shirt | Actors: Rober Deniro, Rajinikanth | Actresses: Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts | Rock Band: Michael Bolton | Song: Can I Touch You There – By Kenny Loggins | Composer: Yanni | Hangout: Home | Car: Audi | Hobbies: Photography, sleeping and reading | Role model/inspiration: Mammootty | Fitness: Though I have my own gym at home, I work out in a local gymnasium. Faith: I completely believe in God.
RED How do you feel being on the red cover? I feel very glad and think I am very special. Decode red. Apart from other info it gives details about South film industry. A message to your fans. Watch my ‘I’ and love me as before.
A Cut Above Others
pplying expertise, prociency and not to mention her passion, she has dolled up numerous famous and not-so famous faces alike. There is not a single woman in the town, who doesn’t turn to her when it comes to looking the best. She is one of Vizag’s much in-demand beauticians, K. Satya Prema, founder of Do Up Beauty Salon. With over two decades of experience in the industry, she is best known for her stunning hair styling and perfection in make-up.
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By Ranita Ray
Why Beauty? Why not? - She feels this is the only eld in which one can make beautiful women even more beautiful. Besides this, her penchant and passion for the industry act as driving forces. She has lived by her decision and success is the natural fallout. The ever growing list of her clientele vouches for it. Inspiration It is none other than her mother, Mrs. Surya Kumari who sowed the seed of interest in Satya. “She is my idol, especially for two reasons. Firstly, for the way she used to dress up, either it was a party, function or a regular day, she used to stand out in the crowd. Secondly, she herself is a beautician and had a salon of her own in Hyderabad. I always nursed a dream to be like her.” Vizag Bound Her roots are in Hyderabad, where she grew up, studied and spent a number of years. But now she is an out-and-out Vizagite. Ask her- how she is here, pat comes the reply with a spark in her eyes- “It’s a very crazy story.” During one of her vacations to Vizag, she was smitten by its beauty. “Just like a typical Hyderabadi, when I visited the Rushikonda beach I was completely mesmerized by the azure blue sea. Its spellbinding charm was so hypnotic that I felt this is the place I should be in and ended up settling here.” This is how she opened her salon- ‘Do Up’ near Care Hospital in the year 1995. It is beyond debate that her love for Vizag has grown over the years. She feels, the city gives her the freedom to travel a lot, which she loves to do. Being an avid reader, she can pursue this hobby as well, as she doesn’t have to run against time here. It offers her leisure and liberty to do fun activities without
compromising on her profession, which wouldn’t have been possible in other cities. Training She deed the laid-down tradition of people choosing the profession in which they are trained. A master degree holder in Advertising and Marketing, she took a distinct diversion. To familiarize herself with the technical-knowhow, she went through a six-month certicate course in one of the esteemed academies in London in 1997. Even now the process continues with she updating herself continuously. City’s Response She didn’t nd dealing with the local market as a major challenge even in the initial years. “I neither had any unrealistic demand from the city nor had any fancy to do a particular kind of work. I started taking up assignments like highend weddings and fashion shows outside Vizag. I never felt that my creative urge was not being fullled. I enjoyed the work, doing it on my own terms.”
of my husband, Ajay, is a must here. He gave me a lot of things which were not accessible for me in terms of this industry’s knowledge and otherwise. We met in Amsterdam when I was undergoing a training in Keune Academy and he was my immediate trainer. I was quite a spoiled brat, who wouldn’t work on hair and he would cut and style the hair and pass it off as my work saying, “She has done it.” That is how we bonded and got married. Even though I lost him recently, I feel he is always there for me right beside me as my mentor, guide and the love of my life. He was and he will remain to be my greatest strength.” Struggle & Solution “Angry client is never an occurrence with us. It is the one, who doesn’t want to pay, shows fury. Non-satised client is nonexistent at Do Up,” states Satya with justied pride. She also admits that key to her success is the joint effort of a good team. “Challenges are always with regard to the process of getting staff, training and retaining them. Once, they are skilled, it’s tough to retain them. Luckily for her, today she has an excellent team, which is skilled and loyal to her as well. She, as an analyst, has distinct role in the day-to-day affairs. She analyses the skin or hair of the client and guides her 12 member-team
Calling the industry a ‘customercontrolled one’, she says that here, it is not the beauty expert who has to sell a product or service, it is the taker who demands what she/he wants. It is duty of the former to give the best to the latter. This makes the whole process of acceptance simple. Family Support It was never a ‘No’ from her family for any of her ventures. This support was enough for her to march ahead. “Beyond that I didn’t really need anything else. I am a self-made person and started working right from my 10th standard. Touch wood, born on Laxmi Puja, I, perhaps, have, Her blessings. Finance has never been an issue for me. A mention
I was completely mesmerized by the azure blue sea of Vizag.
Neither I compete with others nor do I compromise on the quality of my services.
With her, it is never just about giving beauty services as she goes an extra step and helps her clients inculcate good habits for hair, skin and beauty. “I just don’t prescribe this or that treatment, but go through a thorough study, advice my clients for using home-care or in-salon products. ‘Drink a lot of water’- is what I keep preaching them, especially the younger generation. This aqua ritual is panacea for a lot of woes and it is free. Similarly, I get many customers coming to me with damaged skin. I counsel them and try to restore their condence by making them believe that skin repair treatment can bring a positive change and make things possible.” Versatility
to provide the services or use specic product line. “I can proudly say, that they are so well trained, that they can deliver with precision even if I blindfold them and ask them to work.” The companies she is tied up with like Loreal, Matrix and Schwarzkopf for hair, Jensen, Bio ingredients and Skin Miracles for skin and Sara for waxing, train her team members. It keeps her and her team updated with latest developments and trends of the industry. They are the best in the erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh in waxing with Sara line of products. Reward She nds pleasure in every bit of her work - it can be talking to people or working on them and meeting their expectation. With no bias to any of her clients, she attends to each of them with the same passion and commitment. It is the small gesture like the way a client smiles after getting a new hair cut or a bride-to-be looks radiant post make-up, that gives her immense satisfaction. Forte When it is about styling hair, she is the best. From the beginning her academics are pretty strong and she has a good grip on her subject. “Even today I can proudly say I don’t have competition. Neither I compete with others nor do I compromise on the quality of my services. No matter whether a client walks-in for a simple or a complex job, I give my 100% attention to her or him. This makes a huge difference,” adds Satya.
Her talent is not restricted only to Do Up, as last year she gifted Vizagites two new unique ventures, Anahita and Party Hunterz. Anahita is a boutique of its kind that meets the need of ne art jewellery which is both traditional and trendy. It has lookalikes of latest designer trinkets by premium brands, but the price tags don’t break one’s bank balance. Party Hunterz is exclusive in its own rights. A brainchild of her husband, it made the right and best accessories for parties available at Vizag. With this store around, party at home becomes an easy job because it offers high-end themeddecorative-items in wide variety and absolute affordability. An expert advice She rmly declares- (CTM) cleansing, toning and moisturizing is a must daily ritual for everyone. With a great exposure to international beauty industry, Satya can very aptly put her nger on problem areas in India.
She says, “Though people have access to all that is needed, yet they don’t give due care to skin, hair, looks etc. due to sheer carelessness. I am gratied if I can help at least two people to change their habits towards their looks.” Future Plans Satya is going to open her rst spa in the city. Not too happy with the goings-on, she says, “The city has witnessed a boom in salons. They come with beautiful interiors and nice stock but lack technical knowhow. People come to me for repair of eyebrow, hair or skin which is damaged by some unprofessional. There is no standard institute imparting practical and correct knowledge. Answering this SOS of the city, I am opening a beauty academy. We are in talks with companies and tying up with them.” BUCKET LIST Travel all around the world. Out of seven wonders I have visited four, three more to go. I would like to serve people. Postretirement, I will shut shop and whatever gyan I have gained I would like to share. HER THOUGHTS •
Beauty means looking beautiful, having a nice smile, twinkling eyes and condence.
My prices are low compared to the rest in the market and still I provide better service.
Beauty industry is never ruled by lm industry. It is for common people, who are the game changers.
If someone can teach the budding beauticians seriously, they can go a long way.
Portr it of An Artist
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By Sumana Reddy
“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” This saying is exactly the way Jaya Baheti discerns the beauty of simplicity and celebration of Indian culture and delineates in the form of her aweinspiring art. Evading the conventional professions, she aspired to be an artist all through her adolescence. Her paintings are predominantly women centric and reect her sensitivity, benevolence, sovereignty and her savoir-faire. Her work transcended boundaries and materialised as a coffee table book for the international brand, United Colours of Benetton. UCLA, Novotis Pharma, Volkswagen and Absolute are some of the renowned brands that procured her collection. Having collaborated with many cultural exchange programmes internationally, this humble artist rekindles her inner beauty at her studio, Kalakshetra, a swanky place gifted to her by her in-laws. That is where she indulges in the purity of colour. While most of the women lose interest in the career post-marriage, she took this new beginning of her life as the foundation of her long journey. With such commitment and dedication, Hyderabad had no other way but to recognize this young talent. Today the city counts her as one of the veteran artists and takes pride in taking her name. As we munched on the delectable theplas and relished the sinful rabri, (cooked by Jayaji herself), she narrated the enchanting saga of her artistic soul.
EXCERPTS Early Life I was born and brought up in Pune, in a Maheshwari family that carried the surname Mantri. Although my family was into business, I came under inuence of art and culture right from my childhood. I absorbed the ‘art’ gene from my mother, who does even the salad dressing very artistically. It is needless to say, I acquired the culture part of it from my home ground, Pune, renowned for its cultural values. In Marathi, they even call it vidya se mahir ghar, meaning the birthplace of education.
and encouraged me to pursue a career in this eld. During this time, my mother asked me if I wanted to make history or a good bank balance and I replied, “My husband will take care of my passbook and I will take care of making History.” Now my mother credits me for doing just that! (laughs) I strongly feel that anyone who is mentally strong and a balanced psychology can be creative. This is a medium through which I put across my thoughts and project my state of mind. I endeavour to pass a message of high values through my paintings. While I paint, it is like a hand dance. Marital Bliss I graduated in Arts in 1992 and in the same year I got married to Mr.Vishnudas Baheti, a businessman. I have been here in Hyderabad ever since then. My family has been a great support to me. I remember when I was in quest of art galleries in the new city, it was my brother-inlaw Vikas took me around. But to my dismay and disappointment, there were only a few galleries here. I had to give my paintings to galleries in Mumbai and Pune, associating with them for my shows. For ve years in a row, I participated in a lot of group and solo shows. I began showcasing my work in Hyderabad since 2000, following the advice of a few good friends. Initial Hiccups The duration of the course in arts I pursued is ve years. But I took eight years to complete it as I unked in my academics. I was totally depressed and it started affecting my performance.
I studied Arts in Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya, a famous art school and a branch of JJ School of Art in Pune. My thesis in the subject earned me a gold medal. I turned out to be the only student to organize a solo show during graduation. I was actively engaged with the Bombay Art Society and FX while studying. The way I kickstarted my career, I knew I never need to look back. Encounter with Art My tryst with art began when I was a child. My father had a close friend, Murali Lahoti who was a renowned international artist. Our families used to meet regularly for Chai and Nashta in the evenings. Once while I was playing in his garden I entered his studio and was astonished to see his breathtaking paintings and innumerable awards. He mainly painted animals. He named his studio Tabela, meaning a stable. That eventful evening as I was going back home, still under the spell of his magical creativity, I decided to be a painter. Inspiration I was very fascinated by Murali Lahoti’s work and I drew inspiration from him. Unlike children of my age who wanted to be doctors or engineers, I wanted to be an artist. Even as a child I was giving vent to my creativity by making beautiful cards and rangolis, besides small canvases. Fortunately, my parents spotted this talent in me
I told my mother ‘My husband will take care of my passbook and I will take care of making History.’
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Mr. Lahoti counselled me that I should not lose enthusiasm and be disheartened. He advised me to be strong and ght for good scores in academics. His words of encouragement worked and without wasting much time, I completed Art Teacher Diploma course in the same college. There was a time I when wondered if I would ever be an artist. My family stood by my side and rendered great emotional support. They assured me that I would be certainly successful in life! I recollect those golden words every time I hold my shows. I feel those days in college really helped me hone my skills and I started my signature work. I blossomed into an artist.
My paintings are a reflection of my mind and soul.
People who see my paintings then and now can see the same underlying message and owing essence. This is a perfect example of the saying- Failures are the stepping stones of success. Making a mark Today people have accepted me and I made a mark for myself internationally. They recognise me by my art and not the other way round. I feel proud that I could carve out my niche. All my patience paid off. Signature Style I never follow a set pattern. My paintings are a reection of my mind and soul. Whatever is on the canvas is my aura and energy. One can see the Indian culture and celebrations in my paintings. My work is a true reection of our women so I don’t see any vulgarity in portraying women in her naked beauty. Although my paintings reect Indian culture, the design is very contemporary. Turning Point I don’t believe that there is something called turning point in life. Hard work and positive deeds are what count ultimately. Be good, help people in your own way and you will be rewarded hundred times more. Maintain good credits in your karma account. If you walk on the right path, you tend to come across wonderful people who will hold your hand and guide you on. Family Front I am blessed with twins - Deven and Devesh. The boys, now 21, are currently pursuing their Aeronautical Engineering. As we did not want to admit our children in the mainstream schools, we sent them to Sloka, a school that follows the Waldorf Education system. My children joined the rst batch! They too are interested in art and love to paint and write. My only complaint is that they mess up my studio when they are at it. They add aesthetic values to everything that they do and present very creatively. I am proud that they are able to balance and sustain their interests in all three varied elds- education, creativity and business. Advice to aspirants The key to success is patience and hard work. Just as Rome was not built in one day, success too cannot be accomplished in a short period. Whatever you present in the market might not be sold. One should not get dejected if one show does not work. Keep your efforts on and try different means to work things out.
QUICK SIX What are your hobbies? Cooking and feeding family and friends Who is your favourite painter? Pablo Picasso and Jamini Roy If not an artist, what would you be? A chef. What were the best compliments you received? That I am a pure soul and a great human being. What are your strengths/weaknesses? Strength- family and friends Weakness: Food and Chai One thing about you that nobody knows? That I do not attend parties much unless it has a good cause.
Giving Back to Society adopted two students. I am imparting my knowledge, taking complete responsibility for their career in art.
RANDOM THOUGHTS •
Wonderful people meet wonderful people on earth.
Future plans I never plan. I take life as it comes
Life is a colourful palette; spread your colours of happiness.
Rewarding moment Motherhood. I never expect anything from life. I am happy with whatever I have. Life is a path full of thorns, it is up to us how we negotiate it.
Be positive and be an example for others
I wish to see more Jayas, more women artists in the society.
I am urging everyone to encourage children to involve in their favourite line of art- photography, design
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Gold: 28.07 gm Rubies and Emeralds: 1.72 carat Pearls: 9.78 carat Uncuts: 6.14 carat
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Gold: 39.67 gm Uncuts: 3.84 carat Rubies: 1.02 carat South Sea Pearls: 22.25 carat. Price: Rs.1.64 lakh.
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r. Kamineni Srinivas Rao, the Health Minister of Andhra Pradesh (BJP), who bends over backwards to help the destitute, pledges to develop the medical facilities and give high-quality services to the people below the poverty line. His wife Manorama chose education to empower youth, teaching in Sloka School. â€œWe are a bunch of workhorses,â€? declares Manorama, even as the minister turns the pages of his life story.
E X C E R P T S Give us a brief account of your early life and career I was born in Varahapatnam, educated in Eluru, Tenali and Vijayawada before joining Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada. How did you choose public life? I entered politics in 1982, when the late NTR founded TDP. I used to manage the logistics and tour arrangements of NTR. He nominated me for MLC in 1984.
I used to barely sleep. NTR used to work incessantly until his goals were achieved and always had one question to ask “What next?”. That was the most eventful phase of my life. What are the steps are you taking to improve medical facility?
After bifurcation, the medical sector became chaotic. Colleges are spread out in both the states. But medical facilities are concentrated in Hyderabad. I survived in politics only because Besides prestigious private of my service activities. I have a rapport with doctors in all the major hospitals, it has government ones hospitals, so I guide people to too. Hence my immediate task is to specialists across the state. I help build similar hospitals in Andhra many to get jobs in various elds. I Pradesh. have a good network of friends. I Arogyasree, though a popular never hankered after media scheme in villages, did not benet attention nor did I indulge in many. The health scene is dismal histrionics, accusing the fellow and there is a lot to be done. With politicians. Venkaiah Naidu lending us a Why did you turn to BJP? I joined BJP just before the last elections, at the behest of a long standing friend, Mr.Venkaiah Naidu. Despite the BJP’s marginal presence in Kaikalur, I had a landslide win and became the Health Minister. Mr.Venkaiah campaigned for me. It is beyond my comprehension how else I would have won the seat in politics which runs merely on money power. Why Politics? Politics is a means to help people. People respond to power. There are three kinds of power- industrial, nancial and political. So I had to choose the third one to appraise the ofcial machinery of people’s problems. I owe my victory to two factors - service and integrity. Perhaps I was the only politician to swear by wife and children to prove my honesty. This happened when I was wrongly blamed for corruption. I swore in the adobe of Venkateshwara, Aanjaneya and Sharadamba that I never took a single penny from anyone in my political career. That is the way I live. What was the most eventful phase of your life? When the Chaitanya Ratham campaign was re-launched my work was grueling for a month.
support from Delhi, we can envisage a healthy future. We are building up two super specialty hospitals, one in Vijayawada and the other in Ananthapur.
the high way, it is approachable for people from Vizag, Vizianagaram, East Godavari and Srikakulam. This gives us an opportunity to operate a Super Speciality Hospital in the campus. Hygiene is the first causality in our hospitals. Are there any special steps being taken to maintain the standards? Yes, there is much to be desired in this front. Hence, we decided to outsource sanitation and security services. People will surely witness a remarkable change very soon. What are the changes you have observed in politics over years? Caste plays a major role in politics today. Also, there is no such thing as a ‘long career’ in politics now, except for a few leaders who carry a reputed image like Venkaiah Naidu and Chandrababu. I can proudly say that Mr. Narendra Modi is my idol as his political acumen is astounding, unlike some leaders who lack administrative experience or even a character! I am really apprehensive of India’s future if the common man chooses just anybody as their representative. Who is your inspiration? People should remember me for my good deeds. I draw inspiration from my own actions. If one man is benetted by my help, I get inspired- a sheer altruistic pleasure.
Central Government Health Services are confined only to Hyderbad. What about those thousands of employees living across the residual Andhra Pradesh? We issued health cards to all the employees. This card lists a network of hospitals that cater to them. Apart from hospitals in Hyderabad, for employees from Andhra Pradesh, we have tie-ups with hospitals in Bengaluru for Chitoor residents and Tamil Nadu for Nellore residents. This way we covered all the employees in and around the state. Can you please tell us a little about Visakha Institute of Medical Sciences. Built up on 100 acres of land, VIMS is in a picturesque place. Unfortunately it is not launched yet though the infrastructure is in place. Mr.Chandrababu Naidu sanctioned Rs. 60. crore to kickstart the hospital. We are aiming for at least seven specialties. Next on our agenda is to appeal to make VIMS a Level- 1 trauma centre. As it is located on
I owe my victory in Kaikalur to two major factors - social service and integrity
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Mentor? NTR ignited political aspirations in me. But my friend, philosopher and guide is Venkaiah Naidu.
People always have commendable stories to say about him. As I got older, I established an affable relationship with him and took his advice for important aspects of my life. Nanagaru is a doting grandfather as well. He face- times What is your success mantra? with us everyday, which is our best moments together. In Humanity and candour. this world of divisive politics, he truly believes in How do you give back to the society? ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the I spend a lot of time with the poor and understand their needs. Earlier, I people.’ would wake up and look around to help the needy. But now, it is the HE IS HARDWORKING AND FAIR: VENU GOPAL KRISHNA other way round- they come to me. This is the only difference I My father is hard working and extremely accommodating. observed after holding a position as a minister. Since my childhood days, I always saw my father spend a What was the best help that you rendered? lot of time with political leaders even though he did not hold I supported as many as 100 marriages. I matched many alliances and a post. He is always fair and treats everybody equal. He it gives me immense pleasure to see that people are well- settled and instilled ethical and human values into us. My best happy. experience with him was when I went shing with him as a What is your advice to the new entrants to politics? kid and it is the most cherished one! Politics should not be treated like a degree or means to earn fat money, HE IS VERY COMPETITIVE: VIMAL KUMAR but as a channel to serve people. Be sympathetic and humane. Your He was busy helping people in need and taking care of our benevolence will be recognized. family business (aquaculture) through out my childhood. FUTURE PLANS I’m now 66. I want to serve as many needy citizens as possible and be known for it. ONE LINER Family: Should be pleasant and give you peace. Money: Only for basic necessities. Success: Is to achieve whatever one wants. Fame: Creates goodwill. FAVOURITES Food: ‘See’ food as in which ever food I see! (laughs) Colour: White Car: Innova Brand: Jaipur perfumes Place: Varahapatnam Movie: Mayabazaar Actors: NTR, Savitri FAMILY CORNER SHE IS A GREAT MOTHER: SRINIVAS I’m married to my cousin Manorama. She is a Post-graduate in Nutrition and M.Ed. I owe my children’s educational achievements to her. Our oldest son Vijay Gopal Tilak and daughter-in-law Shalini are doctors and are working in the US. They are blessed with twins- Ronav Vishnu and Tara Rajeshwari. My second son, Venu Gopal Krishna works on projects related to solar power. His wife, Swapna is a graduate from London school of fashion. Third son Vimal Kumar, studied Nano Technology and is settled in the US with his wife Himani. The happy moments of my life are when my grandchildren arrived. He Goes All Out to Help People: Manorama We grew up in the same house along with 12 other cousins. We squabbled a lot as kids. I am a willful person and naturally would get into tiffs with all. I lost my mother at a young age and my mother-in-law brought me up. She was my mentor who encouraged me to study and imbibed work culture. Srinivas garu never suppressed my passion to study. He might not have earned riches, but he surely earned us a lot of goodwill. He always goes out of his way to help the destitute. Be it a poor person or rich, an enemy or a back stabber, he sticks his neck out to serve anyone. That trait only made me fall in love with him. HE IS A DOTING GRAND DAD: VIJAY GOPAL TILAK My father is always ambitious to help people and maintain good relationships with them. He sacrices his time and well being to help the public. He never expects anything in return for the help he renders.
Being young, I never fully comprehended his love for helping people in need. Now I see the impact he has made on peoples' lives. One other nice thing about him is his attachment towards his mother. I witnessed how he treated his mother with utmost respect. It is important to also mention that my mother sacriced her professional interests and educated the three of us! I always enjoyed playing sports and games with him. I think I have inherited his extremely competitive spirit! As a minister, he is dedicated, hardworking and honest. I feel Andhra Pradesh needs him more than I do as a father at this moment.
I owe my children’s educational achievements to my wife.
He always goes out of his way to help the needy.
REST, RELISH AND REJUVENATE
Just take care of your kapada (clothing), for the other two basic needs- roti (food) and makaan (shelter) resort to them. If you are looking for reasons, they have the answers ready as they are the seasoned players in these two industries. Young and motivated, brimming with brilliant ideas, the two buddies set out on a voyage with a vision to build dream houses for locals. They ascend with the boom, may occasionally descend with the doom, but never collapse. They emerge with rejuvenated vigour, fortify their presence and leave behind a solid stamp.
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By Ranita Ray
residential buildings in prime locations like Kirlampudi, CBM Compound, Daspalla Hills, Beach Road. Among the new players like us, those who survived the initial ve years have gained hold in the market. You can’t be a businessman unless you take a risk.
What are the changes you have observed? Seshu: Prot margin has shot up unbelievably though in the initial years it was meager. We used to get Rs.500- 550 per sft. Today it has grown ten times. EXCERPTS During that era, the preference Tell us about your was for 800-900 sft (2 background, journey bedrooms) and 1200-1500 sft and the progress in your (3 bedrooms). But now people chosen fields. prefer bigger accommodation Kiran: I am from Nellore but of 2000-3000 sft. We are very settled here for the past 30 good in this niche and doing a years. We were classmates lot of high-end luxury from Intermediate and pursued apartments. As the land rates our civil engineering together. I are skyrocketing in the city, we worked in Railways for ve are moving to outskirts like years and he for 10 years. Madurwada, for such lavish However, we shared a and expansive projects. common dream of getting into Distances don’t matter construction business. We anymore. launched our rst realty project What is your edge called ‘Vinayagar House’ in over others? 1997, establishing Vinayagar Kiran: Prompt delivery without Promoters. Being the rst generation in this eld we compromising quality. We have restricted our debutant activity records of delivering buildings to CBM Compound area, in as less as a period of where I grew up. We got good 15months. We never advertise response from friends, family nor do we indulge in any members and acquaintances, publicity activity. You won’t spot who ended up being the rst a single hoarding of ours in the city. The publicity is only few purchasers of our debut through word of mouth. We project. The quality of our have repeat customers along construction established our with them come the new ones. credentials and within two We know the taste of people years many people came and are aware of latest forward to do joint ventures developments, trends, modern (JV) with us. Today we have facilities etc. We hire highly built over 50 commercial and residential buildings all around qualied architects from the city. On Samapath Vinayak outside state. This brings in new designs and technology Road alone, we have seven commercial properties in which and guards against duplication. we have tenants like SBI, HSBC Bank, Airtel and have
The next route they took was directly to hearts through the traditionally path- stomach. For the past seven years, they are ruling the hearts of Vizagites with their delectable delicacies. That is not all. To know more, what are other off-shoots of these two smart minds read through this story of Mr.Seshagiri Mantri, and Mr. Lagadapati Kiran Kumar, Founders, Directors, Owners of Vinayagar Promoters, Vihar, Euphoria, Rain Tree Spas.
How hospitality happened? Seshu: The next vertical we wanted was hospitality. In 2005, coincidentally, AP Tourism oated a tender to develop food court, banquet and restaurant at Rushikonda. We earned it and Vihar came into existence in 2007. As we didn’t have the experience, we outsourced the manpower from Kolkata who could provide the technical knowhow. We hired consultants, F&B Managers, Executive Chef, top management staff with work experience in Five Star hotels. Many people ridiculed our decision to open an eatery over 10km away from the city. My answer was, “I will make it a destination dining spot.” Spread over 2.5 acres area, this place has become a hit joint among locals and a must-visit spot for tourist. Did you try anything new to attract the crowd? Kiran: Certainly! We always endeavor to introduce something new to our customers. In 2008-09 we organized a lot of events and were the rst one to get the famous Sunburn of Goa to Vizag. But, here people are not into electronic music and prefer Bollywood tunes, thus the event didn’t fetch any mileage. We are regular with food festivals. We make it a point not to have the in-house chefs on these jobs so that the locals get a variety cusines. Do you restrict your services only to in-house dining? Seshu: We are into outdoor catering too. Be it weddings, birthday functions, conferences or meets we take up bulk orders. We extend this service to many public sector organizations. We run the pantry at East Point Golf Club.
well as tourists are missing phenomena. To bring a change, the government and media have to take initiative to attract tourists and change the mindset. Strong marketing strategies must be adopted to show the world that Vizag has bounced back to life. What are your other hospitality projects? Seshu: In 2013, on Sampath Vinayak Road, we opened Euphoria. It is the only ne-dining restaurant with a live band, as mostly live bands perform at hotels. We also launched a nine-room boutique hotel, called Vihar Boutique Hotel (VBH). Any more diversion? Kiran: Hospitality and wellness go hand in hand. So spa was a natural choice for our next project. We opened our rst spa at Rushikonda by revamping the banquet hall. We named it Rain Tree. It gives the best view to the customers, making the whole spa experience unique and serene. We opened two more branches in the city.
What hassles did you encounter? Seshu: Poaching rate is too high here. We hired a few young girls from the interior villages of Nagaland, trained them to work as therapists. It is shocking yet true that in last 18 months we have lost four of them to a ve star property. To tackle this, we are making the existing and new staff sign a bond.
Is there any competition? If yes, what are your strategies to be in the race? Kiran: There is competition and it is absolutely cut-throat. Though ours is a stand-alone restaurant, we have to compete with ve star properties. Mega event organizers oat tenders where predominantly only star hotels compete. I can proudly say, Vihar is a brand now and we are given a chance to quote. We have bagged many such grand galas. Navy Ball is one such event. We beat others with our economical pricing and best quality products and services.
together or when they have guests at home. Besides this, hospitality is a more or less season driven industry. Here the prime season is from October to February. This is the period which earns 30-40% of the revenue for the whole year. Unfortunately, Vizag’s hospitality industry is facing setback for the last three consecutive years. In 2012 the Telangana Bandh ruined the market; next year was Andhra bandh and in rst part of 2014 when business was about to pick up, the election code came into vogue with government asking us to shut the shop by 9.30 pm. By next half, when we were hopeful to revive, the devastating Hudhud What are the factors that wiped out all possibilities of earn you profit and how was prot. Post this natural calamity, your experience? people outside Vizag presume Kiran: People usually dine-out the city is totally wiped out. It is for special occasions like only natural that the touristbirthdays, anniversaries or dependent industry faces the celebrating a success, getsetback. Presently, guests as
Between construction and hospitality, which is better? Kiran: There is no comparison between the two. While construction is a much organized and easier business, food is tough. In hospitality, to ensure smooth running, one has to be vigilant and on one’s toes 24X7. Now it is a buyers’ market. Commit a small mistake, the diner goes to GM to complain. When we take up mega project of catering for 7,000-8,000 people, we have to outsource cooks and chefs. The lower segment of this industry is an unorganized sector. In the nick of the moment, if the head cook gets a better project, he sends the junior; this change can ruin the entire arrangement. These challenges are always there. In terms of prot, we are just breaking even. We are running this business out of passion. It helps one build amazing PR. If we give our introduction as Vinayagar realtors, people may not recognize us. But, Vihar card makes us popular. Can you give us a graph of your growth? Seshu: We started our construction business with just Rs.17 lakh as the initial investment, today the group turnover is close to Rs.20 crore. Even the employee strength has also gone up. We launched our project with just four staff and currently we have 500 direct and indirect employees. What are the projects in the pipeline? Kiran: We are working on around 17-18 projects, so next couple of years are going to be packed. Moving from apartments, we are planning to get into constructing gated communities. Seshu: Running a bar in a stand-alone restaurant is a task as the annual liquor license is very high (42 lakh). That is why by early this year we are opening a pub. This is the only way we can generate prot in this business. However, the pub will be last in our hospitality ventures.
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By Sumana Reddy
Please give us a brief account of your background. I belong to a Gujarati Memon family. Our people migrated to Hyderabad 60 years ago. We, the third generation to be living here, are more Hyderabadi than Gujarati. I must say that this city is just amazing and truly cosmopolitan in nature and can be a home for any community. It gives an impartial treatment to one and all. This is no recent phenomenon. No wonder, my grandfather set foot in the city and established his business and managed to run a wholesale textile store in the Old City with great success. I entered the scene after completing my education. By God’s grace, today we have 1.25 lakh sft of retail space in Hyderabad under different brand names.
business is gradually fading away. It certainly acts as an advantage to us. Earlier, people would shop only during the festival seasons and that is no more the case now. Occasion or no occasion, people launch off on shopping sprees. This is what I call ‘Casual Buying’. Talking about our brand Kashish, it is a complete boutique store for women, catering to customers of all ages -from a new born to a grandmom. You need not look beyond us for we have collections for every occasion like party, casual, festivals and wedding.
What is the present status of the business? Quite satisfying and pretty decent. The major and noticeable changes I observe in our sector are that the idea of seasonal
What are your marketing strategies? We do not believe in the conventional methods of selling. We give our customers what they want and are always honest with them. We strive to meet their demands. Customer satisfaction is our primary strategy. People who follow ethics need not chalk out special strategies to attract customers. What is your USP? Our inventory. The plethora of clothing that we present to our customers is what makes us unique at any given day. I can with great pride say that the range we offer in quality, price and variety is hard to nd elsewhere.
How did you come into the business and why only the garment industry? Business runs in our blood and I cannot even imagine working in any other eld. Working under any other person is beyond my comprehension. It is just a natural and unquestioned option for me. Though the career chosen is no surprise, the way the business grew in leaps and bounds, taking us to the zenith of prosperity overwhelmed me. Your take on this business Opportunities in this business are phenomenal, especially for those who are hard working and determined. I would advice one to be ambitious, but not avaricious. Take one step at a time and everything else will fall in place. But most importantly, like in any other trade, here too honesty is the best policy. Be fair to your customer and their good itself takes you along way.
to inuence behavioral patterns. We have been working on the rst part till now. As far as the rest two categories are concerned, we will be taking a serious look at them and work towards them. We are considering social media networking as a part of our marketing plan.
What are your approaches and challenges? Re-inventing myself in the ever evolving fashion industry is my approach and also my challenge. I did not face any other hurdles in the business. It was a cakewalk. God has been very kind to us.
Comment on the Hyderabad market. People have been talking of market taking a beating for the past four years. But look here, we have been multiplying aggressively. It only goes to prove that if your work is good, the market is never bad for you. The trade response is not guided by the external factors like political or community disturbances. What role do advertisement and marketing play? Advertising has three tasks in principle- to inform, to bring in attitudinal change and
How do you deal with competition? I believe that there is no competition if your work is genuine. If you have condence in yourself and work hard with the interest of your customers at your heart, nothing can stop you. This builds loyalty. Being a trendsetter and creating a benchmark for your brand is very essential to deal with any competition. When the market is bad, customer loyalty pays. I strongly believe that we are a part of an immense fraternity. More than a competitor, we complement one another. How do you update yourself? I closely watch the fashion trends in the movies, on the small screen and the runways here and abroad.
Do the big designer labels like Sabya Sachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Shantanu and Nikhil affect your biz? Surprisingly they do not pose as a competition. Moreover we surely have an edge over them when it comes to traditional attire. Not many go for such high designer labels. Every place has its own signature style and generally people are comfortable and stick to them. Don’t you think this is the way customs and traditional designs are preserved for posterity? Besides understanding this sentiment, we with our decades of living here can connect with the local taste. Nobody can present the Hyderabadi trousseau like we do. We have a wider range and sensible pricing when you compare us with them. Who is/are your nearest rival/rivals? Nobody. Like I said before, we are all parts of a fraternity. Sometimes we even learn from the other brands. Moreover, we should not look at competition as a negative or discouraging factor.
Re-inventing myself in the ever evolving fashion industry is my approach and also my challenge.
Did the state bifurcation affect your business? The bifurcation did not really affect our business. Our clientele is such that they transcend boundaries to reach us. Women are loyal to Kashish and nothing can stop them from shopping here! How do you assess the markets before launching a new brand? We test the waters by recording our customers’ feedback. We also take dip stick surveys in different areas about the factors like price sensitivity, clothing variety and in-vogue trends. What is your take on online shopping? The paradigm shift towards online purchases is fantastic. Anyone can buy anything from any corner of the world while shopping online. It is the future. On the other hand, the brick and mortar stores will never fade away because only they can offer you the ‘feel factor’. What do you think the government should do to boost the market? Our government should organize international shopping festivals like the Dubai Festival. This will give the state twin benets. On one hand it gives the needed boost to the retail clothing business and on the other, it will give a llip to tourism of the state. How many employees do you have? We are able to generate employment for 600 people directly and 2000 indirectly. The tailors and karigars are considered indirect employees. What are your employment strategies? We follow strict standardized operating procedures(SOPs)for recruitment. We choose our employees basing our judgement on their skills, experience and creative potential. red | january 2015 | 102
What are the incentives and training you offer to retain them? We offer job security and health benets to our employees. I run an open and easy management system. My employees can reach me easily. We all work as a team which is why we do not have employee codes. We follow a pre- set training calendar and provide training in etiquette, soft skills and spoken English. We also enroll the top level management in training programmes to improve their performance. If required we send them to other places for crash courses. What is your own contribution to the business? I involve in the daily operations at every level of the organization. Perhaps that is why I devote majority of my time at work. What is your CSR exercise? As a CSR initiative, we have formulated Qudsia Banu Foundation which is named after my deceased sister. The foundation works on gender issues, particularly on women empowerment. It is very close to my heart as I started it with an intention to do something for this community in my dear sister’s name. What are your expansion plans? We are looking to multiply our stores. We want to develop it as a national and international brand. Advice to the new entrepreneurs Plan, execute and enjoy!
ith her roots in Haryana, she landed in the city of Destiny to pursue her education. A B.A degreeholder and an airhostess by profession, this glam doll is born with talent as she has no formal training in the fashion world. Driven by passion for modeling, she sashayed down the ramp of Miss Vizag 2014 and with her enchanting beauty and witty answers declared 1st runner up.
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DEBUT: INTEREST IN MODELING AND ACTING DURATION: 1 YR OBSERVATION: MORE OR LESS THE SAME AS EXPECTED BEFORE: A CONFIDENT BUT A BIT SHY AFTER: GAINED GRACE, POISE AND ATTITUDE GENRE: ANY, NOT PICKY COMPLIMENT: BEAUTY WITH BRAIN CRITICISM: HAVEN’T GOT YET FQ: HEALTHY DIET & REGULAR WORKOUT FASHION: BEING A HEAD TURNER AMBITION: TO BE A SUCCESSFUL ACTOR ASSETS: I LOVE TAKING CHALLENGES AND USE THEM TO PROVE MYSELF
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All the ardent pub-crawlers were out there to hang out and party like crazy! Night Life around this time was on a high as Ambica Sea Green celebrated the last evening of 2014. The grand bash was hosted at Marina and Submarina with all the zest and zeal by offering lavish buffet spread. Added to the thrills were live gigs and assortments. Highlights of the evening were sizzling fashion show from Mumbai, sensational performance by dance troop from Kolkata and engaging music by in-house DJ Srinu. It also gave away gifts for the best dance couple, the best dressed male and female, besides many other presents.
Bonding over some live jazzy music, Vizagites had a gala time at the swanky pub Waves. DJs belted out peppy Bollywood and English numbers and successfully pulled everyone to the dance floor. They literally got the roof down with ultimate global chartbuster very aptly meeting the high standard of 31st eve. The party, organised by Raj, Prema Events, lasted till wee hours as the revellers welcomed the 2015 with full josh.
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Vizagites gathered to celebrate Christmas at Park where pre-celebration started with a our-day-long and first-of-its-kind carnival. Revelers were seen in full swing as they hit the in-house pub Tribe on Christmas eve. The temperature went up a hundred notches around the beach front on NYE 2015. Attraction of the evening were international performer from South America, Bollywood Item Dancer (Ms.Shalini), Bollywood dance troupe and the sparkling cracker show.
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It was one helluva of NYE bash at Novotel Varun Beach with three parties. The best of three, Casino Royale at V-Convention had Indian Idol icon Ananya Mishraâ€™s enchanting songs, highenergy music by DJ Eddie, engaging hosting by emcee Himani Singh and the Mexican vocalist and model, Valeria Gracia. Other two parties were Raaz by the pool with DJ Nawaaz, Neha Collective band, Nasha band and the bash at Infinity bar with DJ Zeesh.
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FUNKAARS HAVE FUN
here is no other group in the city that parties harder than the Funkaar club members. Pub Cuba Libre at GVK Mall was packed with them. They were clad in red and white colours to match the Christmas spirit and theme. Hosts Pallavi and Deepali kept the guests on their feet with fun games and peppy music. There was a surprise Santa Claus visit as well and the members were seen grooving to the tunes. Spotted at this ball were Disha, Kashish, Mohini, Pallavi, Deepali, Reema, Ruchi and Sushila Bakodia.
A group of revellers were spotted letting their hair down at Air Lounge. It was a twin celebration- wedding anniversary of the hosts Prashant and Radika Agarwal and the birthday of Radhika. Komal, Kishan Lohiya, Trushna Tibrewal, Sanjay Soni, Apin Agarwal, Surbi Reddy were a few of the guests who made tango on their twos.
All the party-holics headed over to the mindblowing New Year party hosted by Bisket Srikanth. Abhinav, Apeksha, Brij Gopal, Deepali, Dawood, Jyothi, Megha, Mridul, Sanjana, Neeta and Dinesh Patel, Raghav, Reeti, Shanti, Prashant, Rajeev and Sonal Doshi, Sangeeta, Seema and Pavan were spotted welcoming the New Year with a bang.
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SWANKY SHAADI It was a ritzy affair when Lalitha, daughter of Srinivas Kodidasu and Mrs. Saubhagya Laxmi tied the knot with Sumith Pareek, son of Mr.Chandra Mohan and Mrs.Senhalata Pareek. Varun Novotel Hotel was chosen as venue for the grand wedding. Besides kin and kith, it also welcomed key names of the state. Political bigheads like Mr.Rossaih,Tamil Nadu Governor, Kannababu and heads of local administrative authorities and many more biggies from different walks of life came to bless the newlyweds. The majestic show continued as the hosts organised an equally lavish reception party at V Convention hall. It saw celebrities in full attendance. It was also an occasion for double celebration as it was the 17th birthday of Sai Ravi Teja, brideâ€™s cousin and son of Mrs.Yamini and Mr.Satyanarayana. The venue looked mesmerizing with the expert touch of ace event manager Alka Jaju who was roped in to deck up the setup for this grand event. Guests were seen bonding over music, chitchat and wide spread of delicacies.
VIZAG WEDDING EXTRAVAGANZA It was an event of great show and style, when Srikanth Reddy, second son of Mr. G. Maheswara Reddy and Mrs.Laxmi got married to Prasanthi, second daughter of Mr.Nayana Lakshmana Reddy and Mrs.Padmavathi at Gurujada Kalakshetram. Whoâ€™s who of state politics, high-ofď€ cials, socialites and business tycoons have made it a point to participate in the celebrations. Political bigwigs like Hari Babu, Dronam Raju, Botsa Satynaraya, Tippala Gurumurthy Reddy, Varada Reddy and many others attended the event to bless the couple.
DIVYA-TEJA ENGAGEMENT, A GRAND GALA The otherwise tranquil MVP Colony burst into festive activity with celebrities from various elds heading towards IIAM auditorium where resplendent looking Divya Das got engaged to very eligible Surya Teja. Being the Executive Director, Greendale International School and the eldest daughter of Secretary and Correspondent of Alwar Das Group of Educational Institutions Sunkari Ravindra and Greendale Correspondent S. Vijaya, Divya needs no introduction to Vizagites. Surya Teja, son of Mr.Mutyam Rajubabu and Mrs.Jyothirmayi, MS from Germany and presently working as a Scientic Ofcer with ICRISAT, Hyderabad. Everything right from the decoration to delectable lunch smacked of Alwardas’ grandeur and aura. Among those who blessed the betrothed include Ministers Ganta and Ayyanna Patrudu.
HYDERABAD HIGH-END TIPPALA WEDDING Pratyusha, MS from US, daughter of Mr.T. Appala Swamy and Mrs.Bindu Kala was married to A.Dinesh Reddy, engineer from USA, son of Mr.A.V. Narasa Reddy and Mrs.Pushpalata. The wedding was held at a specially decorated venue in the MGM Park. Managed by Ms.Geethanjali and Ms.Dimple Gandhi of Nalesa Floral Fusion of Banglore, the event imported unique nuances of highwedding to the city. The reception was hosted at Cyber City Convetion Center, Hyderabad. Whoâ€™s who of the city and celebreties from various walks of life were there to bless the couple.
GRANDEUR MARKS ANUHYA’S WEDDING Reecting pure Telugu tradition, every bit of this wedding was a thing to remember. Donning the concept of Lord Venkateshwara, even the mandapam gave the feel of a temple. What is heartening is the bride Lakshmi Anuhya, a BS from UC Riverside, LA, with all her western education, herself planned the events. The only daughter of Mrs.Amala and Mr.B.Ashok Reddy, President, Corporate Affairs, CYIENT Ltd. and immediate Past Chairman of CII, Combined state of AP Anu looked resplendent in her bridal attire. Bridegroom Sanjeev, the son of Mrs.Udaya Padma and Mr. Gologuri Manohar Reddy, looked equally handsome. Biggies from industry, political, social and judiciary circles, besides bureaucrats, nearly 2500 guests, were there to bless the couple. Mr. Ashok’s brother, Mr Mohan Reddy, father-in-law Mr. Hanumantha Reddy, brother-in-law Mr.KB Reddy, Mr.Ramana Reddy and Mr. K.S. Reddy, besides his colleagues played a perfect host.
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