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Generous Geetha Avant - Garde Archana
Smart Cop Amit Garg Famed GM Madhu
Networking with Ramesh Crusading Doc Raghuram
Retreat Carefree in Krabi
Dream Merchant Balaji Resourceful Sanjay
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Hot Spring Retreat and Khaothong Terrace Restaurant and stay in places like at Islanda Eco Village Resort, can be any tourist’s dream and delight. The five-day sojourn was an extremely enriching experience. I returned totally rejuvenated and recharged. Next time you fly with Thai Airlines, you are sure to be greeted by the latest issue of red as it is one of the five magazines selected from India to be placed on board.
ecently I had the honour of visiting Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2015 on the invitation of Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote Krabi. More than 400 entrepreneurs showcased their best international-standard products at the mart. We, delegates from across the globe, were given adequate glimpses of Thai hospitality and its historical, natural and cultural treasures. The subsequent seminar provided us with a platform to air our views. Later we explored the exotic Krabi Island, a perfect pictogram of Thai culture and splendour. I speak of this island that mingles seamlessly with nature, in Retreat with an objective to introduce it to a wider audience. I am sure even a casual browse of this column is bound to lure the reader to this magical islet. A tour through spots like Treetop Adventure Park, Wareerak
I have quite a lot to share with you when it comes to the present edition. If being part of Bahubali, Raja Mouli’s magnum opus, is Tamannah’s privilege, to coax out of her a few memorable moments that occurred during the shoot, is our prerogative. The cover star is all enthusiasm and words speaking of this period movie. A cup of tea with the Commissioner of Police, Mr.Amit Garg, is certainly an intellectual treat. He is bringing a method in the madness called city traffic as he is arresting trafficking of the other kinds. Mr.Gandavaram Madhusudhan adds glory to the glitter of Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers. A loyal lieutenant and the General Manager of the firm, he is spreading the fame of diamond merchants far and wide. Focus gives you the rest of the details.
Geetha Srikanth has built huge enterprises with her acumen, she earned a sizable patronage through her benevolent acts. Archana Rao has been creating ripples in the world of fashion, re-defining couture and vintage traits. Eve tells you what makes them so special. Sanjay Challa explains how he caters to bigwigs through his Elite Hair Studio. His unique firm deals with everything related to pets in the US. R. Balaji, Chief Marketing Officer, Shriram Properties takes us on a virtual tour to a citywithin-a-city and tells us all about Panorama Hills. Take a Trade trek. GenX covers two icons. One makes it his business to network, the other talks of networking for health. Yes, K.V.T.Ramesh, the Executive Director of Business Networking International, Vizag and Dr.P.Raghuram, surgeon from Hyderabad grace this edition. The above mentioned are addons to our regular fare. Enjoy the monsoon with munchies, a cup of coffee and the red July edition!
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MARUTI LAUNCHES CELERIO GREEN Buoyed by the success of Celerio, car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited introduced Celerio Green, the CNG powered variant in seven different colours. Priced attractively at Rs.4.68 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), the new wagon is available on the VXi trim (Manual transmission). Presenting the product, Manohar Bhat, Vice-President (Marketing) said, “We are condent that factory tted iGPI technology on the Celerio Green will bring all the benets to customers such as smooth drive and hassle-free maintenance and help us in expanding the Celerio brand.” The Bi-fuel Celerio Green delivers best-in-class Fuel Efciency of 31.79 km/kg in CNG mode.
A TREAT FOR CINEMA LOVERS Meghalaya Hotel became a hub of cinema lovers, as Kadhal a 42 minute-long independent lm was screened there. It got an overwhelming response with the hall overowing with people. More than 500 lm-lovers attended the screening which was sponsored by Flying Cats. Some people had also own in from Hyderabad for the showcase. The lm was made by a bunch of cinema enthusiasts and college students. Suresh better known as Suku was the director, cinematographer and the lead actor in the lm which talks about the different forms of love. The other cast included Satish Saripally, Naresh and Neha. The lm was produced by Riya Hrudhaya.
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VOI JEANS NOW IN VIZAG VOI Jeans UK expands its retail footprint in Visakhapatnam by opening two showrooms - one, an exclusive standalone store, at central Siripuram and the other, at the prestigious Soho Shopping Mall, CMR. The popular South Indian actress Adah Sharma inaugurated these new stores. Ampar Pramod, Executive Director of VOI Jeans says, “Every inch of the space has been designed to engage our customer – from our displays, to the installations to the very ambience. And of course the denims – you’ve got to try them to understand the difference. They’ve been engineered for the brave.” VOI Jeans is present in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Canada, South Africa and India. Vimal Kamnani, CEO, Vijay Madanu, Vice President, Sales and Vijay Krishna, Manager (Sales ) of VOI Jeans were seen at the event.
JAYCEES CHEER FOR MANAM MIDCON Manam midcon 2015 was hosted by JCI Vizag. It is an eagerly awaited programme for the Jaycees of region A. The meet was inaugurated by chief guest JC P.M.G.Shankar who gave his valuable message followed by couples’ ramp walk and DJ. Delicious lunch was followed by JCI quiz and a comedy skit which had everyone in splits. There were also games for the Presidents followed by valedictory and awards ceremony for best performing chapters. Despite heavy downpour the event recorded maximum turnout and received applause and appreciation from all Jaycee fraternity.
VARUN DRIVES TO RAJAM Varun Motors had opened a showroom and a workshop at Rajam recently with an objective to take its services to wider circle of customers. Chief Guest Tarun Garg, Senior Vice-President (Sales and Network), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, inaugurated the showroom, which facilitates car sales, spares, service, and exchange, besides organising nances. Speaking on the occasion, Varun Dev, Managing Director, Varun Motors described the showroom as customer-friendly. Prabhu Kishore, Chairman, Varun Group said that the Varun bagged Platinum dealership award for 11 times in India and has till now sold 2 lakh vehicles and they are celebrating the milestone in all its showrooms. Varun Maruti CEO, Bhaskar and DGM Abbas and the staff participated in the event.
HINDOL ADDRESSES YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CII Young Indians Visakhapatnam Chapter did well in getting the rebrand Hindol Sengupta, Editor-at-Large, Fortune India, to address a group of students and young entrepreneurs. Blowing to smithereens the myths surrounding the entrepreneurship in India, Hindol said, “The country is witnessing revolutionary changes in the eld which are not getting noticed by people and media.” The talk which was followed by a lively interactive session, was in reference to Hindol’s new book ‘Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is revolutionizing the World’s Largest Democracy.’ Rana Uppalapati of the World of Titan showroom introduced the speaker, while Chair –Young Indians (Southern Region) Poonam Shah Srinath presided over the event. G.S.Shiv Kumar, Vice-Chair, CII Andhra Pradesh was also present.
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SMART IDEAS FOR A SMART CITY ‘Smart India - A Conference on Smart Solutions for Smart Cities,’ was held at Novotel. It was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre, established with the joint participation of the Indian government, the Andhra Pradesh government and Confederation of Indian Industry. On the occasion, J.Nivas, Joint Collector of Visakhapatnam explained the efforts of the government in providing better infrastructures like metro, international airports and Greeneld airports in various cities across the state. Earlier, G.Shiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman, CII – AP and CEO, Mapple Software Private Limited said that Vizag should be made into a Wi-Fi enabled city. Also present at the event was Abhilash Puzhakara, deputy head of Smart Cities Mission in Hyderabad and head of Trade and Investment at the British Deputy High Commission and Atria Convergence Technologies Pvt Ltd (ACT) MD Sunder Raju.
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QUALITY EDUCATION FOR TINY TOTS Ramnagar is the new fun spot for the kids in town, as Kidzee, a pre-school, has recently opened in this area. The school was inaugurated by chief guest Ganta Srinivasa Rao, State Education Minister. N.Mallika and P. Nirupama, the directors of the pre-school were showered with compliments for brining a facility of this order to the locality. Amongst the dignitaries who graced the occasion are Lalam Bhavani, ZP Chairperson, Suhasini from MM Group etc.
ANAKAPALLE RC COMPLETES 60 GLORIOUS YEARS It was the diamond jubilee celebration of Rotary Club, Anakapalle. The club that started in June 1955, with 24 members has come a long way with 102 members on its rolls today. The club has rendered remarkable service to society through various activities. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, K Rosaiah was the chief guest of the event while Rtn.Dr.Mohan Prasad- Governor-RI Dist. 3020 graced the occasion. The club felicitated Rtn.Vuppala Sanyasayya Setty, Chartered member who maintained 100% attendance for the past 60 years and Rtn.Past Dist Governor V.V. Sanyasi Rao. More than ten PDGs, several visiting Rotarians and elite of Anakapalle were seen. Rtn.Muppana Subrahmanyam, President; Rtn.GSPN Mohan Rao, Secretary and Rtn.PP B.S Gupta, Chairman, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations worked hard to make the programme a grand success.
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VIZAG UNROLLS YOGA MAT Vizag celebrated the ď€ rst International Yoga Day along with 177 countries on 21st June, at the Swarna Bharathi indoor stadium. The event was conducted under the Supervision of District Administration by AU Yoga Village and Veerumama's V-team, an Event Management Company. Veerumama CEO of V-team hosted the event. Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapthi Raju, MPs Hari Babu and M.Avanthi Srinivas, Panchayth Raj Minister Ayyanna Patrudu, MLAs Vishnukumar Raju and Vasupalli Ganeshkumar, District Collector Yuvaraj, GVMC Commissioner Praveen Kumar, CP Amit Garg, Andhra University V-C Raju, AU Yoga department head Nirmala Devi, Prabhakar Murthy Yoga Master Prathap, V-team members, Yoga Village Team and a good number of Yoga followers attended the event. The highlights of the event were the Pyramid Formation by yoga village students and the chanting of Om for 108 times.
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ITâ€™S CELEBRATION TIME AT SWATI PROMOTERS It was a double celebration for the Swati Promoters fraternity as it celebrated the birthday of its Chairman Medapati Krishna Reddy and also the ninth anniversary of the organisation. Krishna Reddy set the tone of the celebrations by lighting the traditional lamp. Later he cut the birthday cake in the presence of a 1000-strong gathering that included Swati Promotersâ€™ employees, family, friends and well wishers. The chief guest, former MLA Mula Reddy described Swati Promoters as the leader of the market and lauded the efforts of Krishna Reddy in nurturing the organisation. The guests were treated to a colourful cultural programme. Managing Director Medapati Ramesh Reddy, Executive Director Suresh Reddy and Directors of Swati Promoters were prominent among the present at the event.
UNIQUE IN EVERY WAY An exclusive showroom of King Koil â€“ The Premium Global Mattress Brand, has been opened by Ravi Agarwal, Proprietor of U-NIQUE â€“ The Designer Concept Interior & Furnishing Showroom. The chief guests for the event were Kankatala Mallik, CMD Kankatala Silks Pvt Ltd and Suman Prakash Sarogi, PastPresident Agarwal Mahasabha and Rajasthani Sanskritik Mandal. Lighting of the lamp was done by Ajit Minda, Hari Bhararia, B.C.Agarwal, Suresh Khemka and Sampath Jain. The showroom enticed the customers with the inaugural offer of two pillows worth Rs.5000 free on every mattress purchased.
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UPGRADED AUDI Q3 ENTERS CITY Taking forward its string of exciting launches Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer re-introduced Audi Q3 in a brand new avatar. It was formally launched by Jerome.A.Edward CEO Audi Hyderabad & Vizag. Speaking on the occasion, he said that since its market launch in 2012, the Audi Q3 has been a very successful model in its segment and the new version ups the appeal with a refreshed design and number of technical innovations. The development of Visakhapatnam as a logistic centre and capital region in Vijayawada-Guntur region will give a push to midluxury car market, he added. DCP Trivikram Varma was the guest of honour and Kavita Reddy, Bharti and Sudhir Sikand, Manav and Ekta Morada, Vinod and Sunitha Mansukhani and Sanjay and Tina Dutt and Chandu Tippala and Rajesh of red magazine were prominently present .
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TRENDZ EXHIBITS STYLISH COUTURE Trendz- a two-day exhibition held at Varun Beach Novotel, drew out shopaholics from across the city. Around 40 designers from eight cities were brought together to showcase their collection by organizer Shanti Kathivaran. This designer and lifestyle exhibition had an Indo-Western theme and displayed everything from anarkali dresses to saris to western outď€ ts. Ornaments in pure gold and silver as well as imitation jewellery were also showcased. Some of the known designers included Bhargavi, Neha, Samarpan, Elegance etc.
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VOVLO V40 IS HERE Volvo Auto India launched V40 Luxury Hatch to compete in the entry level luxury segment in the country. Volvo Hyderabad held a gala event to launch the swanky wagon in its showroom. At the event, the city’s who’s who were spotted. Priced at Rs. 24.75 lakh the new V40 continues to offer luxury features and style in a compact package. The new V40 will be available in D3 Kinetic and D3 R-design, 6 Speed Automatic transmissions with dass-teading 150HP and a whopping 350Nm torque. Two variants -V40 Kinetic at Rs.24.75 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and the V40 R-Design at Rs.27.7 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) are launched. Present at occasion were Manoj Krishna, Sudeep Narayan, Saket Talwar and Tom Von Bonsdorff.
BREATHING TECHNIQUES TO SHED WEIGHT To get rid of those extra pounds you needn’t sweat it out, just breathe right to get surprising results. That was what people learnt when Dr.S.S.Reddy hosted an event on “Conscious Breathing’. Breathing exercises can do wonders in weight loss believes Reddy and he demonstrated a few techniques. He has created a video for better understanding of the concept and it was launched by B.V.R.Mohan. The evening dedicated to `conscious breathing', saw top doctors of the city, tness experts and the who's who of the social circuit.
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PHOENIX LIVE AND DRC SPORTS FOUNDATION JOINT EVENT AT LEONIA Phoenix Live and DRC Sports Foundation had joined hands to host the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro-Circuit Tour and Asian Junior Tennis Tournaments. A ceremony was held to announce the start of the tournaments. G.Kishan Reddy, MLA and President of Telangana BJP was the chief guest. Phoenix also announced the launch of their newly built tennis arena at Leonia Holistic Destination consisting of eight outdoor clay courts of international standards. A few notable personalities present on the occasion were Ashok Kumar, Raja Narasimha Rao, S.P. Mishra, Prawesh Kumar Das, Raja Ram, Sneha, Chandra Shekhar and many others.
AUDI Q3 STEERS INTO THE CITY Audi Hyderabad, the exclusive dealer for German luxury carmaker in the city, has launched updated version of Audi Q3 SUV. “The luxury wagon which was launched in 2012 had received great response from the market and has been the leader in its segment. The model has upped its style quotient with a refreshed design and a number of technical innovations and ready with a fresh appeal to charm the Q3 lovers,” said Rajiv Sanghvi, MD, Audi Hyderabad, during the launch. He also thanked all the customers for giving him overwhelming response ever since the opening of the dealership and added that today it has got over 2000 customers. The new SUV is available in three variants with the base variant priced at Rs.28.99 lakh, the mid version at Rs.33.99 lakh and top end at Rs.37.50 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi and Mumbai).
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AN ARTY ‘IMPRESSION’ AT MUSE A unique painting exhibition called ‘Impression’ was held at Muse Art Gallery. The show exhibited the work of artist Deepali Kapatkar who displayed her creative genius on the canvas. One of the most praised paintings was Plaza De Toros De Rhonda, Spain. Opened on a striking note on 21st June, the show continued till 5th July. Spotted at the launch were Adarsh Balakrishna, Aparna, Anusha, Gazal, Mahitha, Niharika, Shakeena, John, Sirisha, Shilpa Singh and others.
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SHOWER OF JOY June 30th saw a stunning show as Orange Feathers hosted Monsoon Promo at Air Cafe Lounge. Started from 11.00 in the morning, the show lasted till 4.00 pm. Guests were seen shopping, munching and enjoying the monsoon. Aarti Badruka and Usha Badruka played perfect hosts greeting the guests who were elated to have a look at the collection. It displayed wide range of western wear which included pants, tops, morning and evening short dresses, gowns and Indian wear like kurtis, tunics by Preeti Jhawar, Aaarya and Red Oranges.
CONCORDE ZINE LAUNCHED AT GALLERY CAFÉ Concorde a bi-monthly Zine aimed at showcasing photo stories from India in the print form was launched at The Gallery Cafe. The organisers shared a few words about the process that went into its making. Concorde was born from perceiving a need for interacting with photography ofine unlike its counterpart online which has many avenues for viewing photographs. The former elevates the intimacy of the experience and creates opportunities for generating a lasting impact. Copies of the Zine were put on sale for Rs.100 per piece. Its availability was also announced on the web at ConcordeZine.com (both for India and international shipping). The event was followed by snacks and tea. MAYA NELLURI'S ART EXHIBITION State Gallery of Fine Art hosted Maya Nelluri's Art Exhibition called 'Om'. The inauguration of the two-day show saw many celebrities including actors Adarsh, Gazal, Shreedhar, directors Sudheer Varma, Mani Shankar and several Page 3 personalities. The exhibition included an exquisite collection of 29 pieces which reect Hindu spirituality with a contemporary twist. The artworks were unique in their use and treatment of the materials. Oil paints were combined with various other materials to give each painting texture and distinctiveness. The event turned out to be a huge success with many artworks being sold. It also showcased a sneak-peak into Maya Nelluri’s eBook ‘Style & Stars’. It was followed by high-tea. SANDHYA SHANKAR PATNAIK SOLO ART SHOW AT GALLERY SPACE Inaugurated by Sunitha Upadrasta on June13, the two-week art show by Sandhya Shankar Patnaik was a huge hit. Named as The Feminine Self – her work tried exploring the “feminine psyche", besides articulating its concerns. Her rst solo show portrayed pictures of women, painted with a splash of colours on rough texture. She said, “I just want to show that womanhood is not just about being delicate. The rough texture symbolises the difculties she is surrounded by and the toughness which comes out when situation demands,” she added. “My theme brings out different facets of women but that doesn’t mean I am a feminist. I believe there are good qualities in both men and women.”
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Akun Sabharwal & Smitha
ALLURING FASHION SHOW You know you can't expect anything less than stunning ensembles when celebs resolve to walk the ramp. The colourful event took Hyderabad's breath away as the models fell in step with enchanting tunes, showcasing the best and the latest in the fashion world. The elite crowd enjoyed the delightful June evening at Park Hotel. Prominently seen at the extravaganza are Akun Sabharwal, Smitha, Garima, Harsha, Madhavi, Rashi and Vanshika.
DEEPALI AT HER BEST The art show of Deepali held at Muse Art Gallery showcased her latest paintings. Her creations are the reections of scenic landscapes and from everyday happenings. The beautiful play of colours attracted laymen and connoisseurs alike. Gazal, Niharika, Prassanna and Sirisha were spotted admiring the art and the dexterous strokes of Deepali’s brush. The art lovers of Hyderabad couldn’t have asked for a better monsoon gift. Deepali
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ARCHANA RAO LAUNCHED Young designer Archana Rao who is famed in the fashion circuit for her prêt line Frou Frou has recently launched her rst agship store Archana Rao in the city. Dressed in a black-blue ensemble which was her own label, the designer looked classy. Located on Road no 12 Banjara Hills, the store impressed everyone with its interiors and great collection by the designer. The calmness and serenity of the ambience added to the comfort of the shoppers who seemed engrossed in relaxed shopping experience. The launch was a grand affair where the invitees were treated to great wine and cheese. Live music pepped up atmosphere. Niharika
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Sangeeta & Bisket Srikanth
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FILMY FUN AT BISKET’S PREMIER SHOWS Continuing with his success saga of hosting grand movie shows Bisket Srikanth organised premier of Humari Adhuri Kahani. An Emraan Hasmi and Vidya Balan starrer, this ick drew fans from high-society of Hyderabad. Soon on its heels followed the most awaited release of the year, ABCD 2. All the dance enthusiasts were spotted at the theatre to watch Varun Dhawan, Shradhha Kapoor and Prabhu Deva setting the screen on re with their grooves and moves. Popcorn, cold beverages, snacks added to the lmy fun. Both the premiers were hosted at the PVR Cinemax.
BNI ICON MEET BNI Icon held a meet marking Women Entrepreneurs Day on June 30. The event, hosted at Park Hyatt hotel, aimed at empowering women. The two-hour programme had various professionals speaking on business skills. It saw eminent personalities like Girija, President, COWE, Ramadevi, President, ALEAP, Vibha Jain, senior journalist, Anita Soni, President, Deepshikha Mahila Club, Tej Deep Kaur, IG, SPF, Namratha Sharma, Director HR The Park, Naina Kumari, International TT Player, Swarna Shankaran, Chief Financial Ofcer TSRTC and Dr.Anuradha Reddy, Director, Latin American Federation of Trading as special guests. SCHOOL FUN AT PHANKAR CLUB Phankar Innovation Ladies Club hosted one-of-its-kind unique revelry at Taj Banjara hotel. The event was named ‘Back to School Party’. Members turned up in school uniforms, discarding owing gowns, cocktail dresses and jumpsuits. Dressed in white shirts, pink and white checkered skirts, white socks and black shoes and with their hair done neatly in two ponytails, members looked as cute as school students. The soiree went on well with a lot of fun games and a wide spread of food.
PARTY TOWN TO LURE KIDS It was a grand inaugural show of "New Party Town" at Road no 12 Banjara Hillls. It was launched by Shilpa Reddy, who was also the guest of honour for the event. Most enthusiastic among the guests were the kids who were seen gearing up to enjoy the fun place. This new facility plans to arrange new themes and new games. Shilpa, mother herself, looked excited about this opening and congratulated the organizers.
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Sheetal, Alok Nahata, Priyanka Ramana, Sashi & Anant Nahata Bindu
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SHOW BY AKRITTI ELITE Taj Deccan was turned into a hot spot as Akritti Elite threw open its doors to Hyderabadis. The two-day exhibition was inaugurated by Priyanka Ramana and Akritti Elite Director Sashi Nahata. Socialites and shoppers were offered the latest collection of cottons, handlooms, ethnic wear, saris, designer wear, half saris, lehengas, kurtis, tunnics, bangles, pallazos, western wear, foot wear, unstitched dress materials, accessories, jewellery, imitation jewellery, pearls, handbags etc. The products by over 50 designers from New Delhi, Surat, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Warangal, Indore, Chennai, and Bangalore were on display. It saw designers like Sheetall Nahata, Satya Paul, Sutraah , Glam Doll, Cotton Club, Posh Affairs by Bhavana, Amrapali, Sonali, Design N Stylez, Panache, Samarpan, Sonal Boutique, Style Secrets, Ankan Creations, La Bellaz, Geetanjali, Sparkle B & A, Simrans, Kanyaa Rajsonâ€™s, Sangeetaâ€™s, Vintage Allure, Vima Dilip, Zara Hatke, Kudi Firangi, Lemon Pie. Ishita
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Archie & Kashmira
LUXE BAZAR BY PLAYBOY CLUB A lifestyle brand and believer in luxurious affairs, Playboy Club introduced rst-of-its-kind ‘The Luxe Bazaar’ with an aim to offer luxurious shopping experience to Hyderabadis. Consisting of haute couture labels from across India like Aarti Vijay Gupta’s Lakme Collections, Jewellery from Sabina Singh called Sitara, Pallavi Vengsarkar’s bags, this uber luxurious show was inaugurated by Pinky Reddy. Founded by Vijayta V Gandhi and Zeba Kohli, Luxe Bazaar also saw TV star Roshni Chopra personally showcasing her new line. Around 30 designers from London Fashion Week, Lakme Fashion Week and Wills Lifestyle participated in this grand show.
Roshini Chopra & Deeya Chopra
Mahek & Shika
Imran & Mariann
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HYDERABAD Ritu Shah
YFLO WENT INTERACTIVE WITH VINITA BALI Young FICCI Ladies Organisation (YFLO) the unique platform for young women from diverse professional and entrepreneurial backgrounds hosted an interactive session for its members with global business leader, Vinita Bali. Named as ‘Boardroom and Beyond- Life and Leadership Lessons’ this workshop was attended by a lot of people. YFLO chairperson, Ms.Samia Alam Khan said “90% of world’s board seats still belong to men.” She also added “YLFO’s mission for the year (to learn more, for skill development and interactive leaderships) is kick-started with this session with Ms.Bali. Our theme for the year ‘Learn, Implement and Inspire’ goes well with her talk.” Ms.Vinita in her speech advised, “Passion without competence takes you nowhere. Competence without passion gets you a little far. Have passion and competence,”
Kavitha Reddy, Nidhi, Vinitha Bali & Samia Alam Khan
Parvathi Reddy Kamini Saraf
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Harsha, Pranav, Aditya & Kiran
Reena & Tejas Lakshmi Aamer Javeed Einan
Bhargavi & Varun
Esha & Harish
UNITED KITCHENS OPENED WITH A BANG A new spot of tempting ď€‚avours just launched on Road No 45, Jubilee Hills. Called United Kitchens a multi-cuisine ď€ ne dining restaurant this place boasts of two unique facilities - Dawn to Dusk and Eat, Talk & Chill. An outstanding bash with wide spread of food and drinks served to the guests, marked the inauguration. Music by DJ further raised the bar of celebration and guests were seen elated. Architect Aamer Javed and partners Kiran, Aditya, Pranav, Harsha and Narayana, played perfect hosts of the event.
Alizeh Shirazi Moon Moon & Pradeep Roy
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MARK YOUR BEAUTY
or those who seek for perfection in looks, nothing can be better than the newly opened unisex beauty and hair salon, Mark. Located at Siripuram, it occupies an area of 2,500 sq ft. There are two service rooms and a VIP room. The latter is fully equipped and is ideal for those who seek total privacy. As many as 18 staffers are there to render impeccable services and they are led by two experts Sahil and Rosy. It offers extensive range of beauty and hair services. Beauty segment includes face packs- fruit, Sehnaz, O3, Casmara; make up- eye, bridal, light, party; skin lightening treatmentspolishing of hand, neck, back and body; facials- silk berry, silver, whitening, aroma gold, sha diamond etc., pedicure and manicure for both men and women besides regular spa, Paran, Crystal spa etc. There is also lacto bleach for men and women. However this appears to be one place where women get fairer deals as it offers more options to them. Apart from the regular waxing one can try its chocolate, green apple and orange wax for which you have to pay a little extra. But don’t fret you get your money’s worth. Hair segment has a few interesting services besides the regular ones like hair cut, styling, colouring. One can check out hair smoothening, perming and straightening. The salon claims its hair extension is a must try as it is done with international brand Balmain. Men can experiment with their looks by going for beard styling and shaving design or beard and moustache colouring. Unique to Mark is the inclusion of a cosmetic surgery clinic called Premier. An ace US trained cosmetologist Dr.B.Geetha is on call to attend to cases of acne, scars, chemical peel, face lift; grafting, nose job, botox, lip reduction and enlargement, hairfall treatment, ear; body piercing, eyebrow and moustache transplant besides many body correction treatments.
Timings: 9 .00 am to 9.00pm Ph: 0891-2724444 | 9491724444
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RELIABLE AND COMFORTING
have always believed that a hotel can be judged to a great extent by its lobby. If I like what I see in the reception area, there are more chances of me mustering up the courage to walk up to the reception desk to book a room. It canâ€™t be more apt than in the case of Hotel Diamondâ€™s Pearl.
Done up in lighter shades of white and cream with comfortable leather sofas, the lobby welcomes the guests to this 3-star property set up in the midst of the busy area of Dwarka Nagar. On either side of the waiting area are dining rooms. Aromas emanating from them can immediately tilt your decision in the favour of making the hotel your abode for the next few days. The Good Apple is where your complimentary breakfast is served. This is the place to be if you are a buffet person. The ambience does wonders to your nerves apart from exciting your taste buds. For the ala carte option head to Saffron dining room, a multi-cuisine restaurant. For the health freaks there is also a gym, so burn off those extra calories on the same day. The rooms are not exactly huge but are comfortable. There are two options Standard and Deluxe. In total there are 48 rooms, some of them with a mountain view. Add to it are two plush banquet halls which are perfect to throw that engagement party. The staff is warm and helpful. So be it a business trip or family leisure time you are looking at, Hotel Diamond Pearl is a reliable option.
Ph No: 0891-2523523, 2585585
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hen it comes to meeting the furnishing needs of your abode, Unique has been a great choice with its plethora of options of wallpapers, curtains, blinds, ooring solutions and many more. Now it assures you of good sleep too. It is the rst and exclusive dealer of US giant King Koil mattresses in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The ground oor is dedicated to this merchandise. The designed sleep studio gives customers an opportunity to ‘touch, feel and buy’ mattresses. There are as many as 22 varieties one can choose from. “A man spends 30% of his life reclining. But often invests the least in the mattresses. People should understand its importance and buy good mattresses for a healthy life,” advises Mr.Ravi Agrawal, the proprietor.
All the products are doctor-recommended. Products like Perfect Contour and Ergolife come with zip covers which are washable. Dr Mattress, made with rebond foam, is a unique range giving the much-needed back support and includes two series- Ortho and Euro. Best buys can be the Chiropedic range which is endorsed by Foundation of Chiropedic Education and Research and approved by Doctors of Chiropractic. These are specially designed for Indian backs. Luxury seekers can opt for Posture Sense 3D and Signature Series which are equipped with ‘Do not disturb Technology’, high coil count and ultra luxurious fabric. The former has a memory foam version, which molds following the contours of one’s body and improves blood circulation to muscles and skin, leaving a relaxing effect. The latter literally puts your spine on meditation. Look for Ergolife motorized bed, which comes with a latex mattress, costs Rs.1.50 lakh. On the accessories list are pillows, bed covers, mattress protectors, bed linen etc. The warranty varies from 5 to 12 years, depending on the product. Timings: 10.00 am to 9.00pm (Sunday opens on request) | Ph: 0891-6666989, 9989106660 1
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YOUR KITCHEN GENIE
Timings: 10.00 am â€“ 9.00pm Ph No: 8106067266
f a beautiful kitchen has been your biggest fantasy, then we have something which may make you do somersaults in joy. From space utilization to visual appeal to adding a touch of glamour and sophistication, a visit to Galaxy will take care of it all. Come for a walk along kitchens of multiple styles in this 1,800 sq ft showroom at Resapuvanipalem. We bet that if you are setting up a house or in the process of renovating it, you will wish you had at least two or three kitchens at home, because the options here are so tempting. From the classy glass kitchens whose drawers open on touch, to the sober solid wood kitchen to designer laminate, you are bound to be spoilt for choice. They also have options with Corian counter tops, stainless steel, granite, plywood, WPC (Wood and Plastic Composite) etc. Smart looking appliances which blend with your kitchen units are also available like inbuilt hub stove, refrigerator, dishwasher under brands like Whirlpool, Seimens, Bosch, Hafale and IFB. They also have tall units i.e cupboards which open 180 degree starting from the range of Rs.1 lakh. Also wardrobes are available in Veneer, Glass, Honeycomb etc, prices varying according to size. All the pieces are custom made in Hyderabad, transportation and installation will be done free of cost. So all you need to do is pick a design of your choice and see it transform into your kitchen in around 45 days time.
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Food is a key factor that binds people of divergent cultures; exploring this thought we are trying to reach the hearts of cosmopolitan denizens of Hyderabad,” said senior food consultant Mr.Narayana, the brain behind this new place- United Kitchen. Walking over a wooden bridge you reach here and the arched roof at the portico of its entrance gives a hint of what is in store. On the left side you are welcomed to a tea house called Dawn to Dusk, which can accommodate around 44 packs. Enjoy the snacks, sipping a wide variety of tea. The main restaurant, aptly christened as United Kitchen has the front wall displaying architectural symbols of six states, viz –West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh (united). Here you get 15 signature dishes of each of these states. If you want an international avour there is Tangra Cuisine too. Must try are Lal Maas, Murgh Angara, Chingri Malai Curry, Radha Ballavi, Bhutteyan Da Kebab etc. The USP is non-usage of garam masala in any of its dishes. A result of partnership between Kiran, Aditya, Pranav, Harsha and Narayana, this place tries to restore traditional ways, like serving water in aluminium kettles, serving food in old ceramic vessels etc. The indoor sitting can accommodate 60, whereas the alfresco with private cabanas can entertain 70 packs. No need to fret over sunny weather, there are mist sprinklers attached on every cabana to bring down the temperature. The top oor leads to a corridor lit with vibrant pink, crossing it you enter Eat Talk Chill(ETC). Truly a restro lounge, be its decor with old Hollywood charm wallpapers, denim upholstered bar stools or the music, it’s a perfect concoction to amp up your evenings. It’s not just the drinks but their quirky names and way of presentation stand out. Try Lota, Candy Crush, Narangi Chaska. From live bands, comedy shows, karaoke nights to game shows, it has enough fare to entertain you. Over 100 cars can be parked comfortably. Meal for two costs: Rs.1200.
5 Timings: ETC- 9 am to 12.00am (365 days) UK- 11.30 am-3.30 pm and 7.00pm to 12.00 am Ph: 040-23114114, 7095369900
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BOUTIQUE OF LATEST TRENDS
For latest ethnic and Indo-Western women’s wear Nakshaj at Begum Bazar can be an ideal spot. A boutique by Alka Ganeriwal, it deals with ready to wear salwar suits, kurtis, tunics, long dresses etc. besides semi and unstitched clothes.The products cost in home linen segment starts from Rs.200 for towels. There are varieties of premium bedsheets and bedcovers. Looking for an arty piece? Then have a look at the Tanjore paintings by skilled artists from Tamil Nadu. Price range starts from Rs.1000. If you want to be ahead of the trends, then must buys are Nakshaj’s ethnic wear. Same goes with the Hong Kong jewellery in select range but with amazing nish. Comparable prices are its USP. Not just regular and party apparel, it has a good collection of night wears by Juliet. Those who are buying unstitched products need not fret over making it wearable, as in-house tailoring is available too. The trial room gives you better idea about the ts for the ready-to-wear items. It is also does personalised online selling and door delivery and thus has pan India reach.
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Address: # 10-50-22, 1st Floor, Opp. HSBC, Varun Bajaj Building, Siripuram, Visakhapatnam - 03 P: 0891 2724444
or a Hyderabadi sweet lover there opens another door to heaven, i.e. Dadu’s latest outlet on Road No.12 in Banjara Hills. Spread over 2,200 sq ft area, with white-dominated interiors this place is pleasing to the eye. On the right you have a live chat counter which offers mouth-watering items like dahi puri, paani puri, bhel puri, raj kachori, dahi bhalla. This is also the counter where you can taste piping hot Kesari Paneer jalebi, Dadu’s exclusive.
There are over 100 sweets on display and it literally boggles your mind to decide on only one variety. Most of them are badam (nuts) and khoya based, besides regional specialties. Famed for its Badamees sticks, this outlet too has those delicious items. Do try the kesar badam milk which settles comfortably in your stomach. In the sweet section you can’t certainly miss the motichoor ladoo, bites, Bengali sweets, chikki and new additions like Indian Baklava, Badam Orange Flange, Kaju Walnut delight, Badam-pista pan. This outlet has the widest varieties of dry fruits. There are around 26 items like dried cherry, peach, pineapple, kiwi, apple, gogi berry, chilgoza, selected mamra, sahi pista, saffron kaju and many more. For diabetics, there are sugar-free anjeer bur, gondh ladoo, kaju katli, golden dollar etc. There are imported dates which are Ramadan special. California Almond Badamees can be your pick for fasting as it is without any our and is purely made with almonds. The third counter is dedicated to an array of salted munchies (namkeens). If not less, there are as many as 70 kinds. Do buy Kaju Pakodi and Kaju sem mixture. It also serves a few items without garlic and onion for Jain customers like Jain Pavbhaji, Mutter Kulcha, Chana Batura etc. There is a small portion of bakery too which sells eggless cakes, pastries and mousse.
THE DESSERT DESTINATION
Timings: 8.30 am- 11pm (365 days) Ph: 040- 23435886/87, 7799294333
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RAVING OVER REVANTH Hitherto airports and railway stations are the places that go chock-a-block with followers as leaders alight to rousing welcomes. The show is complete with cheering crowds, garlands, bouquets and red carpet. Looks like, we have to add one more venue to the list- the jail. From Jayalalithaa to Revanth Reddy – the leaders emerge out of their ‘barred’ cells ashing victory signs to the thronging fans. The scene has become so familiar that if there is a procession anywhere near Cherlapalli jail, it is to be construed that a leader is set free at least on bail. The farcical show touched a new high when Revanth supporters had taken out a massive procession carrying him from the main gate outing the prohibitory orders - not allowing assembly of more than four persons. One can understand cheering leaders who come out of the jail where they were held only because the needle of suspicion was pointing to them. But what about the leader who was allegedly caught red-handed? People feel that its time Revanth lied low at least for some time instead of indulging in rhetoric.
MIGHTY MURTHY BACK ON THE SCENE Only the other day, entire Visakhaptanma had erupted into a joyous celebration with people from all walks of life coming together to greet MLC Dr.M.V.V.S.Murthy on his birthday. It almost looked like a show of strength. It is a known fact that Murthy’s name was not even in the reckoning when TDP mulled over candidate for the MLC post. Exactly what worked in his favour is hard to say. Is it his family ties with Balayya and Chandrababu or the party inghts or the caste clout or his political acumen? But people look at it as a perfect move to checkmate the two ministers who have been always at loggerheads. Now the duo are left in a spot as they can neither disobey nor ignore the senior leader who seems to be growing stronger by day. Moreover, the industrialists of the regions dominated by a particular caste are also rallying behind him. Hence it is writing on the wall that a pro-active Murthy is emerging as the new powerhouse in the region and is all set to leave a lasting impression in the state politics.
PASSION DRIVEN JAIRAM In today’s world where children of politicians wield more power than their parents, Jairam, Director, Lakshmi Group and son of Kambhampati Rammohan Rao, Special Representative of Government of AP in New Delhi, is different. Beginning with the dealership of Lakshmi Hyundai in Hyderabad, Vizag and Viziagnagaram, Hyundai and Honda in Rajahmundry and Nissan in Hyderabad, he came a long way, purely on his own steam. Fueled by his passion he also took up dealership of Harley Davidson Bikes in Hyderabad and Ashok Leyland LCV in Vizag. He is now in Bangalore to sell Honda and Hyundai, giving his rivals a run for their money. A name to reckon with in the automobile industry in South India, Jairam will be a franchisee for an uber luxury car brand for AP. The 2 acre-showroom in Vijayawada is so designed that the customer can test drive car he wants to buy within the premises. If some wonder how the automobile tycoon keeps ahead in the race with a vast array of brands, the others guess what brands will be emerging out of the Jairam’s stable. red | july 2015 | 60
PARASURAMA’S POLITICAL PLAY People who had closely followed the 2014 elections and BJP’s triumph in Visakhapatnam cannot ignore the vice-president of city wing M.M.N.Parasurama Raju’s role in strengthening the party’s base. Being an ace tradesman, Parasurama enjoys a great clout with people from all strata. The buzz is that he is trying his luck in the upcoming GVMC elections with his eyes set on the high chair. If he reaches his target, it will be a great advantage to the BJP. It is said, a close associate of MP K.Haribabu and MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju, Parasurama is instrumental in their victory. Both the leaders are all for reciprocating his gesture and are ready to throw their weight behind him. But will the ally TDP extend the same cooperation is a question awaiting answer.
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expected at least a trace of a frown, a crease in the forehead or a hint of annoyance as I savaged him with a barrage of questions. All I got was a fund of patience. Meet ‘the Buddha’ as he is fondly referred to by his friends. Not only does he have statues of Lord Buddha in various sizes spread across his ofce space, but he justies his nickname to the T with his calm and composed demeanor too. Meet K.V.T.Ramesh, the Executive Director of Business Networking International, Vizag, who although a resident of the city of destiny for just two years, can boast of knowing the who’s who of the town. All thanks to his business, where he gets paid to get top professionals to interact with each other. He has helped many businesses soar, but has not ceased to be down to earth. He is a tness freak who hates to miss his daily workout, yet doesn’t sacrice a minute of the time he reserves for his family. Ramesh is a strong follower of the principles of innitheism which he believes changed his life and has parallely managed to change the way people think, with his initiative ‘The Yellow Bin’. Let’s know more about this multifaceted personality. Background My father owned Maharishi Transports in Palakol. That is where I started my rst business of consumer product distribution. But I found that there was not much scope for me if I continued there. So I along with my brother-in-law launched a company called Maharishi Digitals in Hyderabad. We were into corporate branding and printing, and lived in the city for ten years. Then in the year 2012 I joined BNI as a member to take my business to the next level. It started helping my company to grow by leaps and bounds. I loved the concept and decided to start a chapter in Vizag because there wasn’t one here. So I approached the national directors of BNI who gave me a go ahead after I cleared multiple interviews to become the franchise
head. It was a seven step entry process. In most cases if you show interest in opening a franchise, the company will come to you. But in BNI to start a franchise you have to be qualied and appealing so that they want to take you on board. Just investing time and money in their brand is not enough at BNI. It is like they are selecting a regional CEO for their company. Decode BNI Here we bring together businessmen from different elds, by conducting weekly meetings so that they can help each other with potential clients. As an individual one will have only limited contacts but as a group the circle becomes huge, you can nd multiple links to the buyer or seller you wish to approach. And when you approach a potential client through someone who is already working with him or has worked with him, he doesn’t suspect your credibility. The group size could be anything from around 25 to 45. Members need to pay a membership fee of Rs.30,000 and a ve-member committee checks their credentials before inducting them. Members are made accountable for the services they promise using our client base. Thankfully we never had any defaulters till now in Vizag. Unique feature Members have an option of doing business outside of Vizag as well. We have a portal called bniconnect.com which is the facebook of our organization. Here we can contact any member from across the world and ask him to give the best deals. Target I want to get 2,000 members onboard BNI in Vizag alone, though I have not set a deadline for it yet. Immediate target would be to get 500 members by 2017.
When I came to Vizag I didn’t know many people. I had a few friends in Hyderabad who knew a bunch of businessmen here. So I took their contacts and personally met each one of them to convince them to join. They then started bringing in more and more people. I launched the rst chapter – Amigo in November 2013 with 24 members. Within a month the number increased to 50. Achievement BNI is spread over 60 countries and has more than 1,70,000 members. But to start four chapters in Vizag, which is a considerably small city that too in less than a year was quite an achievement for me.
Our business runs on word of mouth publicity.
Setback Hudhud was big setback because members
Biggest hurdle Members had to come at 7.30am for the weekly meeting. But I was dealing with the heads of companies who were very skeptical about making it so early. red | july 2015 | 63
today if you ask me I live for her, and she lives for me, that is the kind of love that grew between us. People say marriage becomes monotonous after a few years, today even after eight years I am excited to go home to Rama. I am not part of social circles except BNI because I prefer to go out only with Rama most of the times.
Family support I am a biotechnology graduate from Andhra University, there is no link between what I learnt and what I do. While I was studying my father would ask me to take up a job eventually, because he believes business exhausts an individual completely. But once I decided to start my own business he was supportive, advising me to set targets for two years. He said I could always go back, by taking a job if things don’t work out. But I managed to reach my goals and he admits that I am cut out for business. Other interests I am the founder of this social group called the Yellow Bin which promotes a clean Vizag. We conduct a recce regularly to nd places which are the most unclean and educate the people there about the importance of cleanliness. We undertake campaigns where we clean a certain area with the help of our volunteers. We have even met the GVMC Commissioner Mr.Praveen Kumar with the pictures of garbage piled over the streets. I am a very big tness freak. In 2009 inspired by Aamir’s lm Ghajini I set out to build six pack abs. People said that it was very difcult to achieve that post 30 years of age. But I managed to pull it off in nine month. I used to hit the gym for two and a half hours regularly. I am also a follower of innitheism, which transformed my life for the better. I learned how to handle life, control my anger and forgive. It helped me a lot in keeping my relationships intact. Incidentally, I attended the sessions just after marriage. My wife jokes that I did it just to handle her (laughs). Favourite Quote My guru Mahatriya TT Rangarajan said, “Every good human being has a responsibility to earn, if you don’t earn someone else will earn your share in the universe and use it for wrong reasons. It hit me very hard and I decided to work hard. I tripled my business output soon after attending the sessions.
THESE ARE HER FAVOURITES, SAYS RAMESH Vacation Spot: Munnar Colour: Green Food: South Indian.
A LEAF OUT OF HIS DIARY
Hobby: On our wedding night, my wife told me ‘she married me for kids’ (laughs). Her hobby is to make sure that Madhura (my daughter) grows up into a good person.
5.30am: Wake up
Brand: Not brand conscious
6.30am: Attend BNI meetings or hit the gym
‘RAMESH IS VERY CARING’ The best trait in Ramesh is that he can get across even his ‘no’ so tactfully that you accept it with the least resistance and remorse. Ours was an arranged marriage. I saw him for the rst time during our engagement which was followed by marriage just in two months. He and his family made me comfortable right from day one. One thing Ramesh said touched the core of my heart and it would stay etched in my mind forever. Soon after our marriage he said, “You are the only daughter for your parents and I shall be the son they don’t have.” He does live up to the promise. He nurtures each and every relationship with equal respect and care. When it comes to social welfare activities, he rmly believes that it is not enough to dole out money. “We should be physically present and must personally get involved in any service we render to the society,” he says.
Till 9.30am: Spend time with my daughter: 10.00 am: Reach ofce 7.00 pm: Leave work Post 7.00 pm: Spend time with family COMPATIBILITY METER ‘RAMA, THE RUDDER OF MY LIFE’ My family is my biggest priority. Everything else is secondary. When I started my business my mother told me that it was about time to get married. So to escape I told her that I would settle down the moment my bank balance touches Rs. 2 lakh. I didn’t know I could earn that much money so early. So I pushed it further and told her that I needed more time. She started to nag me when I was 23 but I managed to keep marriage at bay till 29. I had a policy that if I meet a girl I have to marry her. I didn’t want any girl to feel that she was rejected. So I thought only if I am 100% convinced with the photograph I will meet a girl. I was shown Rama’s photo and decided to meet her. Within three months of that we were married. First three years are when you have challenges,
THESE ARE HIS FAVOURITES: RAMA Vacation Spot: Munnar Colour: Green Food: Simple vegetarian food Hobby: He listens to spiritual music and discourses Brand: Not particular Car: Mercedes Benz Actors: Allu Arjun, Nitya Menon
INDIA MISSION By Ranita Ray
Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
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BREAST CANCER’ is one such malady that has claimed many lives in our country. Often inhibition, taboo and sheer negligence come in the way of early detection which could save lives. Dr. P. Raghuram has been trying to educate people about it. He is the youngest breast surgeon from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to have been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri for 2015. The honor came in recognition of his vision and endeavours in improving breast healthcare in India. It’s not just about serving people, he has been relentlessly promoting the highest standards of surgical education in the country through his association with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeons of England. The man is here sharing his great dreams for his motherland and his profession. It certainly is a task to sum them up in a few pages.
FLASHBACK Born in Guntur, I am the only child of my parents, Dr.P.V.Chalapathi Rao, surgeon and Dr.Ushalakshmi, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist. Even my paternal grandfather was a doctor. My maternal grandfather was a very learned man and used to practise law. Somewhere deep inside I was thoroughly inspired by seeing my parents treating patients with empathy. Their clinic was an extended section of our home. My young mind registered that no other profession could give such satisfaction. I joined Siddhartha Medical College, Vijayawada. Though I was an average student throughout, I developed an urge to excel during my postgraduate training. Unbelievably, I topped the batch in M.S. (General Surgery) from Kasturba Medical College. Working on breast cancer In 1990s Oncoplastic Breast Surgery was evolving as a subspecialty in the UK. Recognising huge potential in this led, I decided to take it up as my career. I was one of the rst set of surgeons to have obtained placement in the prestigious National Oncoplastic Subspecialty Fellowship Programme. I successfully completed my training from two prestigious Centres of excellence - Nottingham Breast Institute and Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. New in management of Breast cancer care in India I was practising in the UK and was doing really well. But I decided to come back to India when my mother was detected with breast cancer. I introduced the concept of breast health here and in 2007, established India’s rst free standing purpose built comprehensive breast health centre at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences in Hyderabad. Named after my mother, KIMS–Ushalakshmi Centre for Breast Diseases, it has brought a revolutionary change in the healthcare. Lack of awareness is
one of the main reasons behind high mortality for breast cancer. So I established Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation (UBF) – a non-prot organisation. The Foundation is my ‘heart & soul’. Over the past eight years, it has been working to sensitize people about the importance of early detection of breast cancer through a number of innovative initiatives. UBF is currently implementing country’s rst large scale population based Breast Cancer Screening Programme. So far around 1,70,545 underprivileged women living in 3,998 villages spread across 15 districts of TS and AP have been educated and screened. Those detected with malady are being given free treatment through the Arogyasree scheme. This programme caught the national and international attention, making me the rst surgeon practising in India to be invited to deliver guest lectures at the Annual Conferences of American Society of Breast Surgeons and at Association of Breast Surgeons of UK. I was instrumental in establishing Association of Breast Surgeons of India, representing general surgeons, surgical oncologists and plastic surgeons. I served as Founding Honorary Secretary of ABSI (2011 – 2013) and recently become the youngest ever and the only surgeon from South India to be elected President ABSI (2015 – 2017). Hassles There are always people ready to pull you down and you have to surpass the obstacles to reach the nish line. This was the lesson I learnt. Although demoralizing at the beginning, soon I realized there is no point in complaining or cribbing about ‘racism’ that existed in the UK. The only way out is to prove your mettle and superiority through your performance. And I did achieve that. With a vision I returned to
India in 2007. It took me three years of prior planning to map out my strategy of improving the breast healthcare in India. I was all prepared to face healthy competition here, but there were far more hurdles than I had imagined. With God’s grace, erce determination and condence I overcome them. Strengths & Success Mantra I am hard working and a grounded individual who always believes in the strength of prayer. The poignant quote from Swami Vivekananda sums up my strength. ‘Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life. Think of it, dream on it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.’ I have lived by this principle all along. Every day, I thank Lord for placing me at the right place at the right time and making me achieve so many milestones in my career. Dr. Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has gone on record in his written testimonial (2013) to state ‘Dr.Raghuram is a rising star in surgical practice who has achieved in a few years what others might take a lifetime. He is an advocate of best practice & possesses many altruistic values.' These words encourage me to continue the good work.
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Achievements I am the rst and only surgeon from Telangana and AP to obtain FRCS from all Four Royal Colleges in British Isles and FACS - Fellowship of American College of Surgeons. I am the youngest recipient of the prestigious International Gold Medal (2013) bestowed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. I was awarded Visishta Ugadi Puraskar by Andhra Pradesh (2010). I was also honoured with the Vocational excellence Award and Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills (2009). I am the rst and only surgeon outside the USA to serve on the Board of Advocates, American Society of Breast Surgeons. I was solely responsible for making Hyderabad a centre for Intercollegiate Membership of Royal College of Surgeons Exam. It is rst time in the 500 years history of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for the exam to be held in AP (2008). I organised the exam subsequently in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Long term goals I aim to cover the entire underprivileged population (women between 35-65 years) in Telangana and AP under Breast cancer Screening Programme within next couple of years. As the President of ABSI am planning a pan India screening programme and intend to implement a uniform ‘Breast Surgery Training module' for practicing General Surgeons. I want to start a one-year 'Overseas Fellowship Programme’. It will train budding surgeons and trainees in advanced subspecialty in Breast Surgery at world renowned centres of excellence in the UK in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons and Association of Breast Surgeons.
Guidance to gen-Y Pursue medicine only if you keep the wellbeing of your patients as your utmost priority. If are joining it to make money, please step back. The highest level of moral code of ethics is a must. Take up philanthropic cause. Mantra I don’t believe that treating huge volumes of patients equates to being the best doctor. For me it’s about giving 100% of my expertise and attention to whoever comes. I give same care if I had to treat my mother, sister or grandmother. Keep practising the art and science of surgery is my motto. However I don’t miss out on normal life as I manage a good ‘work – life balance’. I believe money can’t buy most things in life and hence I never run after it. A LEAF OUT OF HIS DIARY: I am an early riser. I exercise for 45 minutes at least ve days a week.
Movie: Does not watch movies
8.00 am- go to work 6.00pm- Home bound
Holiday destination: Whatever our children decide
On Sundays, I visit the hospital to attend to post-operative patients. Holidaying once a year is a must with my family.
Hobby: Spending time with family
COMPATIBILTY METER: ‘I COULDN’T HAVE GOT A BETTER PARTNER’ My wife, Dr.Vyjayanthi is one of leading Fertility Specialists. She is also the Head of Department of Reproductive Medicine at KIMS. I met her in the UK during the MRCOG examinations in 1996. What caught my attention was her being the only lady in a sari, wearing ‘bindi’. We kept meeting after that, developed liking for each other and got married in India. She is simple and prefers to devote her time to family and work. At home we divide our responsibilities. Our children and my parents and I - are her priorities. She supported my decision to return to India for the sake of my mother. I admire for her sincerity to her profession. THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES Color: Pink Attire: Indian, sari Brand: Nothing specic
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‘RAGHU IS A PERFECTIONIST’ He is extremely hard working and perseverant. These are the traits that have made him achieve many milestones. Despite his busy schedule, he makes time for family every single day. He is a people’s person and loves to socialize. He is quite popular too and almost everyone in the city knows him. He is blessed with oodles of energy and he uses it to treat patients in far off areas. However, that doesn’t mean he compromises on his duties as a father. He is a devoted father and loves spending time with kids. THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITES Color: Pink Attire: Suit Brand: British made – favourite being shops in Jermyn Street, London Movie: Watches occasionally Actor: Akkineni Nageshwar Rao Holiday destination: Children’s say Hobby: Quality time with family
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Tell us about Baahubali, now that we are so close to its release. Firstly, I am honoured to be working for India’s biggest motion picture Baahubali. The crew has shot continuously for the film for over two years and in extremely tough conditions. I won’t be wrong if I say Baahubali outweighs everything I have done in my career so far. I am playing the role of a warrior princess 'Princess Avanthika’ for which I had to gain more weight. It had to be done so that I look appropriate and not so tiny beside Prabhas (laughs) as I am playing his love interest in the film. This is the first time that I am doing stunts in a film, so I am really, really excited. There are some thrilling action sequences which are bound to leave you mesmerized. To be honest, more than dialogues, it's the visuals that will be a treat. I did not have too many lines. All I did was perform grueling stunts (laughs). How challenging was the role in Baahubali? I had to train in rock-climbing and martial arts. I used to work for about 18 hours a day. When they got me on board, it had already been a year since they planned the film. I had never done action before. So naturally I wondered why they were taking me for such a role. Thankfully now, I am happy about doing this film. Had it not been this, I would not have been able to try out action anyway. I never wielded a sword prior to this. So I call it my exam with Bows and Arrows and Swords. Any funny instance you remember while shooting? I do remember something I did off the sets. I knocked on Prabhas' door one night and asked him to teach me how to hold the sword and fight. Prabhas, though surprised, was generous enough to teach me a few tricks. He was extremely nice and helped me throughout the shoot.
Now that the shoot has finally ended, is there respite? (Laughs) No way, we are busy promoting the film in every major city. Baahubali will be releasing in 4,000 theatres worldwide and needless to add it is being showcased in different versions like Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil. So the lead actors are in Mumbai one day, in Chennai, Kochi the other day and so on. You have had a successful innings down South, but Bollywood has not been so rewarding, why? Yes, my films -Chand Sa Roshan Chehera, Himmatwala and Humshakals didn’t do so well. But you should be telling me why. I guess the audience knows best. Also, success and failure are part of a career graph, I have seen both, so I would never say anything bad about a project I have worked in. I know that it wouldn’t be ethical to say anything negative about my own film. Like I said earlier at a press conference too I have realised that Bollywood is not working for me. Right now I’m not looking for work there unless something very interesting comes my way. You did your last Bollywood film with Akshay Kumar who is known to be a prankster, were you a victim? When we started shooting for It’s Entertainment, Akshay just wouldn’t talk to me after the shoot. This went on for days together and got me worried on why he is giving me the cold shoulder. Finally, I decided to confront him and ask if there is anything wrong. When I asked Akshay why he was ignoring me on the sets he made a straight face and said “I am afraid that if I touch you, you will get soiled”. With that he burst out laughing. That is when I realized what a big prankster he is and he had planned all that from day one. But jokes apart I have not seen anyone as dedicated and multitalented as he is. He is literally a dream to work with and just watching him in front of the camera is magical. Of course, he also is super fit so you get to learn a lot about nutrition and fitness from him.
I won’t be wrong if I say Baahubali outweighs everything I have done in my career so far.
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Today, I speak Tamil and Telugu fluently. It took me four to five years to get the lingo
Jewellery designing caught my fancy at an early age as my father Santosh Bhatia is also into jewellery business. I liked what I designed initially and that encouraged me to venture into it further. So I launched my own online jewellery store ‘www.witengold.com’ . The beauty of my collection is that it defines today’s woman. The pieces are stylish and contemporary and comprise exquisite designs apt for all occasions. Talking about managing this new role, I have to deal with my staff by giving advice on the phone (laughs). Of course my father is also there to handle the day to day affairs. red | july 2015 | 72
You have donned another role, that of an entrepreneur. How do you manage that?
You also shot an ad for PETA, was that also the Entertainment spillover effect? No, no, actually I was shooting for Humshakals at that time. I was told animals go through a lot of torture while they are being tested on for cosmetics. There's material applied on their eyes, on their bodies. It can be very painful because they cannot speak or communicate. I just thought I should lend my support to this cause against such kind of atrocities. I just hope everybody out there can be a little more considerate, have a little heart and love the animals.
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Are you an animal lover? Yes, I love dogs, and because we were constantly surrounded by dogs during the making of the film It’s Entertainment, I had to get myself one. So I got this mixedbreed poodle and named it Pebbles. Now I am so attached to him that I can’t think of leaving him for long stretches of time.
When will we see you wear your own collection? Soon, in fact I am actually planning to showcase my designs in my upcoming Tamil film Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga. That way my fans can see what I am designing. Did you always want to be an actress? As a kid, I wanted to be an actress, but I was aware that not everyone can turn their ambition into a reality. The opportunity to get into showbiz was so exciting, that I couldn't let it pass by. I remember I was shooting for the Telugu film Sri after I wrote my 10th standard board exams. We pursue education to become something in life. When I already had a profession falling in my lap, why would I give it up for studies? I’ve wanted to pursue acting and gave my cent percent to what I was passionate about. Had I got into something I didn’t like, I wouldn’t have been effective. So I have no regrets. Working in multiple film industries has its downsides like not being able to speak the language but you have turned that into a plus point, how do you speak Telugu so fluently? I was engulfed by my passion. Today, I speak the native languages (Tamil and Telugu) fluently. It took me four to five years to get the lingo. But I made it a point to interact with journalists and
The opportunity to get into showbiz was so exciting, that I couldn't let it pass by.
industry folk in their language. It draws you closer to the person. That is a journey I cherish. Working in multiple industries has always been a learning experience. I believe what's important for an actor is the projection where you get an opportunity to perform and do something. I'm actually proud to be able to do films in various languages. What is the difference between the industries down South and Bollywood? The South audience gets emotional about its stars. The hysteria is something that can only be witnessed there. They treat you like God! They connect to actresses as though she’s family. Everything you do on screen is taken personally. Even South Indians living abroad stay updated about the upcoming films from their respective industries. Perhaps that is what keeps them tied to their roots and culture. So the adulation is overwhelming. They’re largely influenced by the rural milieu, even their content is centered around villages.
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ow often have you looked up at the Bollywood stars and wished you had that six pack. If you love their toned abs, you are bound to fall in love with its architect Vinod Channa too. Meet the man behind those deadly muscles, the messiah of all actors who wish to flaunt that perfect body. He is the fitness trainer who Bollywood swears by. From John Abraham to Riteish Deshmukh to Sohail Khan to Shilpa Shetty, Genelia, Ayushman Khurana and even Harshvardhan Rane from Tollywood- his client list boasts of the very best in the industry. Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer? I was very frail and weak as a teenager. I thought people avoided me because of my personality. I desperately wanted to show them that I could look good too. So post 10th standard I decided to take up body building as a profession and started going to the gym. I didn’t have the money to pay the fee, so I started helping in lifting weights for the clients and arranging them back in the rack, in turn they let me workout there. Thereafter I won many personality competitions and was hired as a fitness trainer at one of the biggest gyms in Mumbai called Talwalkars. How did you get into the big league in Bollywood? I was working at this gym called
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Sykz when a person approached me and asked if I was willing to train Riteish Deshmukh, actor and son of then Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. I agreed and Riteish took me with him on a tour called Unforgettables where he had to go around the world with top stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya, Preity Zinta etc. I became his personal trainer and Riteish became my first client. After that I trained several biggies and became the most highly paid trainer in Bollywood. Today I charge over Rs. 5 lakh for 16 hours of training and even opened a gym called VC Fitness. What would you say was your biggest challenge? Riteish for Houseful wanted a very lean yet toned body. His body is such that it can’t gain muscle mass so easily. On an average one needs to work out for one full year to gain as much as 3 kg of muscle mass while each month he can gain around 10 kg of fat in the process. So my challenge was to exhaust him completely to burn fats, without allowing any weight loss. How much time would it take to develop six pack abs? On an average, say five-six months for a moderately healthy person. But in a record one and a half months, actors Ayushman Khurana and Harman Baweja developed six pack abs under my training. You also trained Shilpa Shetty post her pregnancy? Because of pregnancy Shilpa had gained 23 kg and had developed knee problems, back pain and joint pain. I had to strengthen the weaker muscles first and then work on the fat loss. At that time she was
considering the offer of judging Nach Baliye. She was apprehensive because she didn’t want to perform with all that extra weight keeping in mind her fitness icon image. I assured her that by the end of three months she would lose all the excess fat and perform with a toned body. So she took the offer and I pushed her to the maximum. She lost 23 kg in three months and after the finale told me that she wasn’t so toned even before her pregnancy. What sets you apart from the rest? When I started off, people had this notion that fitness was about lifting dumbbells. That is just working on strength not other aspects like mobility, agility, flexibility and speed. Using my own body as guinea pig, I experimented with it. I started gaining/losing weight in three months, using different techniques each time. This exercise I did for five years at a stretch and it helped me understand newer ways of turning fit, bettering myself each time. People suffer back problems despite having good muscle quality and six packs, this is because agility and flexibility are ignored. I focused on these aspects by bringing in crossfit training, yoga and functional training. A few years down the line, I also introduced yoga cocktail (simplifies tough exercises like handstand and handwalk) and animal flow workout (a careful study of the techniques used by animals to draw out strength and customizing it to suit us).
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LIFE FOR HER By V. Sarada
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rs.Y.Geetha Srikanth, Managing Director, LB Agro Products is certainly an editor’s dilemma. You wonder whether she should be relegated to the columns of trade because she has excelled in her enterprises or should she be sharing the pages with welfare activists for her exemplary service to the society. Ultimately we settle for midway describing her as social entrepreneur because she has matched her every trade venture with an efficacious welfare activity. She may simply dismiss it off as her ordinance, saying, “God sent me with a purpose to help people and environment around me.” But the services she renders to the underprivileged in and around Srikakulam and Vizianagaram is beyond the call of any individual. red | july 2015 | 76
Geetha is recently bestowed with Priyadarsini Award for her outstanding contribution to the rural agro industry at an international event and she is the only woman entrepreneur from Andhra Pradesh among the 25 eminent leaders to have bagged this privilege. It comes as no surprise, given her accomplishments as an Executive Partner, Sriranga Automobiles, and Managing Partner, LB Agro Products in Srikakulam and Hotel Mayura in Vizianagaram. Unlike many of her ilk, she chose smaller towns as her karma bhoomi, stressing that tootling back to them is the only way to salvage rural economy. Geetha adds that these places may lack in glamour but certainly not in potential, zeal and most importantly commitment to the roots. Every single detail of her life’s journey reects her fervour to make a difference and we nd out how she does it.
up purely at my husband’s behest,” says she. Trade Tread Geetha’s father the late Mr.P.V.Rao, an engineer, worked for BHPV for a decade before he set up a fabrication unit - Indira Industrial Works in the name of his wife. Mrs.Indira, the motivating force behind the project, was the rst lady entrepreneur in coastal Andhra. The environment at home helped Geetha, hone her business acumen. She specially cites her mother as her inspiration and guide. Her marriage to Mr.Y.Srikanth, a computer engineer, brought her into yet another business family that was running a poultry farm. Though
EXCERPTS For a Cause Stating that entrepreneurship is twice blessed, Geetha goes to add, “It uplifts not only the owner but also the surrounding community. This is the path a person with social awareness should take to help the remote regions that are struggling to come out of the dark. Hence I am here. I empathise with the deprived lot rather than sympathise.” First Ranker Always Geetha’s childhood was as eventful as her career. She and her brother were sent off to a boarding school in Guntur and were taught to fend for themselves. Later on she moved to ZP High School, Lankelapalem. It was from AP Residential School, Bheemili she emerged as the best outgoing student in 10th standard and went to Guntur Vignan Girls College for Intermediate. Geetha, who nursed a dream to pursue medicine, encountered her rst setback when she joined a private medical college in Mehbubnagar and studied for two years. The IMA denied permission to the college throwing the students into despair. Geetha, a born leader, led the group of protesting students to the Chief Minister, demanding they be shifted to the other recognised medical colleges. But their efforts did not fructify. Undaunted Geetha cleared the 3-year B.A course in a single year (a special provision available then) and came out with ying colours. A gold medallist in MHRM, she is now pursuing her doctoral studies in GITAM. “I have taken this
suffered the worst blow, losing my father in a car accident in 2002. We shifted back to Vizag lock, stock and barrel to take care of my mother who was also injured in the same accident,” relates Geetha. Period of Experiments After running a canteen and stores in Vignan Engineering College for two years, the couple changed the track by taking Massey Ferguson tractor dealership for Vizag and Vizianagaram through Sri Ranga Motors in 2004 and boosted the market share from 8% to 40% within a year. Diligence and hardwork are two wheels that added speed to their progress. Responding to the invitation of Mahindra & Mahindra, they started Sri Ranga Automobiles that deals with tractors. Close on the heels came the dealership of TATA motors in LCV division for Srikakulam and Vizianagaram. They further expanded the business, oating Lahari Enterprises that distributes Castrol engine oils. Significant Expansion “Being in the automobile sector, my attention was naturally drawn to ancillary units and LB Agro Products was born with an investment of Rs.60 lakh. L and B stand for my parents-in-law Mrs.Lalitha Kumari and Mr.Babu Rao. They are my role models and inspiration. We manufacture tractor trailers and agricultural implements and our range includes hydraulic two-wheel and four-wheel trailers, half and full wheels, puddlers, cultivators, disc plough and bullock drawn carts etc.
Geetha got selected as a welfare ofcer at Mahindra and Mahindra, Jahirabad, she preferred to join the family business to scale it up. Along with her husband, she moved to Shadnagar in Mehabubnagar to take care of Vijaynagar Hatcheries. “Startup life is strewn with thorns. I began my married life in a shack in a village, bereft of facilities but it taught me how to meet challenges. That was where I saw the peaks of happiness and abysmal depths of sadness too. My daughter Lahari was born in 1999 granting me the woman’s muchcoveted status - motherhood. I
Success Spin “Strong work ethics had been part of my upbringing. My parents gave me two mantras- treat people with respect and operate with integrity. I am fortunate to have a dedicated team of employees. They are part of my family and I am there for them in times of need. The feeling of good will is mutual. From its launch in June 2013 till now, the LB Agri Products sold 350 trailers and 1,000 implements, and now our turnover is Rs.3.5 cr.
blood. She is the Founder-Secretary of the Forum for Good Governance and Better Srikakulam which strives to improve the living conditions in this district. She is a life member of Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) and represents Vizag and Srikakulam. She promotes ancient Diligence and arts and culture hard work must through Mitra, a for progress cultural body of which she is the Joint Secretary.
Welfare Activities Backing numerous community development initiatives, she set up Geetha Srikanth Foundation and Nirbhaya Women Forum. Besides being a Patron and Orphan Home Convenor of Indian Red Cross Society, she is an active member of Committee for PNDT of DMHO and Prevention of sexual harassment of women at work place Board of SBI and TRIMEX industries. As the founder- secretary and later as the president of JCI Femina, she took up a lot of activities like adopting the Government Girls School and improving its infrastructure. “Under the aegis of Geetha Srikanth Foundation, we strive for upliftment of rural women and children, supporting their education and enterprises. Women belonging to self help groups get our assistance in marketing their products as we improve the quality of packaging. Nearly 200 women got trained in tailoring are gainfully employed. Till now 2000 girls are trained in martial arts.” Nirbhaya creates awareness about environmental protection, empowerment and entrepreneurship development. “We held a district-level women empowerment workshop covering a number of issues like health, politics, legal aid and personality development.” Geetha has undergone state-level Red Cross Certied First Medical Responder training and she herself trained 400 youth as volunteers to work during disasters, besides motivating 500 people to donate
Indomitable Spirit “I suffered a severe spine injury in a freak accident and got operated for a prolapsed disc. Those were the days when I felt very depressed. I thought I could never realise my dreams. But there is always one moment of realisation that dawns on you and puts things in proper perspective. I counselled myself and resurfaced with rejuvenated vigour. Of course, the support I got from my family and friends helped me bounce back to life.” Juggling Routine One may wonder how she manages to pursue these multifarious activities in 24 hours. But a stoic Geetha says, “I can make time for everything as I plan my day well in advance. Starting early, I step out of the house only after I nish the day’s cooking and packing meals for my husband. I also squeeze in time for my hobbies like driving, gardening and travelling. I already toured Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Kenya, Tibet, Nepal and Sri Lanka.” QUICK SIX Happiest moment Lahiri’s birth What makes you sad? Mudslinging; Caste discrimination; Making a fast buck in the name of charity. What makes you happy? Spending quality time with my family and social work Any unfulfilled wish Touring India in a customised bus with my family One thing you want to change about you?
I am too outspoken for my good and often put my foot in my mouth and am short tempered. I wish to change these two traits in me. Favourite quote The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but rising every time we fall - Nelson Mandela. REWARDS & AWARDS •
15 local, zonal and 4 national awards in JCI.2011
Kamalapatra Award JCI-India zone level.
Red Cross silver medal from Governor.2013
Best National Project Award of JCI India 2011
3 silver medals from Red Cross
All India No 1 on customer satisfaction index by M&M in 2010
COWE’s Best Women Entrepreneur Award for Agri business for 2013
Best Woman Entrepreneur Award in Srikakulam for Women’s Day 2015. HER THOUGHTS
Individual social responsibility is more important than CSR
Don’t just talk about respecting women, women entrepreneurs and development. Walk the talk
Women can do wonders if they are given respect and support from family and peers
There is no purpose of living unless we give back to society
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By Ranita Ray
n India, the fashion industry, more or less, is identied with Mumbai, where trends are created and designs take birth. But looks like, the metropolis no more enjoys the exclusive rights. Thanks to a few designers, who through their continuous efforts and fresh creations, are able to bring Hyderabad on the fashion map. Among this new breed is Archana Rao who literally sets ramps on re whenever her designs are cat-walked by models. ‘OLD IS GOLD’- perhaps this can be called her fashion mantra as this bella majorly draws her inspiration from vintage charm. One can’t help but get smitten by her creation. It is no surprise that celebs like Deepika Padukone, Jacqueline Fernandez, Surveen Chawla, Ritu Varma and many others are spotted wearing her labels. Featuring this doe-eyed dusky designer is nothing but a pleasure as she gives us a quick peep into her creative world of designs.
Genesis Hailing from Hyderabad, she obtained a bachelors degree in fashion designing from NIFT. Setting her best foot forward even as an undergrad, she won accolades. Her creations were adjudged the “Best Design Collection” in the graduation show 2007. It was followed by a master’s degree in the same subject from Parsons School of Design, New York. She was selected to present her graduation collection at the coveted “Parsons Line Debut 2009” at Lord and Taylor, NY. Ask her why and how fashion happened, she returns with all enthusiasm, “It has been arts for me all through. Right from the childhood, I was into painting or DIY projects. Soon I realized I loved crafting products of my own. Things just kept falling in place. A course in fashion design gave me that extra edge and shaped my creativity.” She stayed back in New York to gain some practical experience in the eld. Ultimately, she put her expertise to use and launched Frou Frou in November 2011. Collection Frou Frou is her pret line (ready to wear) that is affordable too. It also includes a line of accessories (bags and shoes) besides stationary. The name is a French term that connotes the rustling sound of fabric. Archana is always fascinated by French culture and living. She felt Frou Frou was the most suitable name for her prêt label. She insists that her creations are especially for the sophisticated, urban and independent woman, who is aware of trends, yet does not compromise on her personal style. Frou Frou doesn’t restrict itself to Hyderabad alone as it sells in all the major cities of India, besides Kuwait. It is available online too through Pernia’s pop up shop. Over the past few seasons, Frou Frou has gained popularity for its vintage
memorabilia. At Summer/Resort 2015 Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) she recreated the old charm through her collection of collared shirts teamed with sheer maxi skirts, saris with pearl-bedecked blouses and sheer capelets in hues of blush, nude and sea foam green combining with surprising shades like olive green, light chartreuse and subtle ochre. 'Unveiling the Apartment Today'- was what she called her collection. With inspiration drawn from Paris, this collection oozed nostalgic appeal and aunted big drapes, gossamer pearl patterns, lace-cut work and understated feminity.
Conceptualizing of collection is the most favourite part of my designing
Her Autumn/Winter 2014 drew inspiration from a family's clothesline. Each piece represented an individual identity. The collection included lace sari secured with a metallic belt, nude tulle layered over embroidered skirts, sheer paneled jackets over preppy collared shirts and circular skirts and oral blouses; making it evident that she has a piece for every member of the family. Inspiration She has always been inspired by handme-down stories. Archana feels drawn to vintage belongings, old textiles, worn down furniture, black and white photographs etc.
How does she arrive at a certain design? She has a well-thought out explanation to offer and says “Conceptualizing a collection is the most favourite part of my designing. My inspiration comes from experience- rst hand or through a narration. It could be from any person I met or a place I visited or even a movie I watched.” Impediments & Acceptance Archana is pretty condent of her creative genius and is also aware of her designing skills. Yet she did face quite a few impediments in her path. She reckons that understanding the market was the gravest of all. Young and unexposed as she was, Archana had little idea over the commercial aspect of this industry. However, as the years passed by she learned the ropes and gained sufcient knowledge and clarity over nancial ambiguity. City of Nawabs Talking about Hyderabad and fashion, the designer says, "The city has grown over the years and it does not hesitate when it comes to experimenting. There was a time when you hardly had a designer boutique in the city. But today, the market is ooded with high-end stores that cater to different clientele. Be it fusion wear, ethnic couture or contemporary fashion, there is something for everyone.” A grateful Archana says that the city has always been very encouraging and given her due recognition. “One unique trait in Hyderabadis is that they are always eager to see interesting and innovative designs. As a new designer with a fresh perspective, that is what I always look for. I am satised with the response I get.” Greatest Achievement She counts winning the Vogue India Fashion Fund in 2013 as her greatest accomplishment so far. Beating ve nalists she won over the panel consisting of Vogue team - Editor Priya Tanna, Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania, Fashion Feature Director Bandana Tewari, designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Suneet Varma and President, Fashion Design Council of India, Sunil Sethi.
“The cash prize of Rs.25 lakh came at the most appropriate time. That was when I had big plans of giving the much-needed push to my label. The right mentorship from Vogue India was an additional bonus and really god-sent,” Archana says.
Hobbies Painting and watching movies Bucketlist Visit all the places that inspire me. Love to shop Clothes and accessories Anonymous Archana I am a very shy person Go-to dress Little black dress Definition of fashion Fashion is an expression
She considers the opportunity to showcase her work – Frou Frou for the rst time at the GenNext Show LFW in 2012 was a very signicant turning point in her career. This brought her into the spotlight and since then “It has been only an upward journey,” she beams. Fashion label Her fashion label is called ARCHANA RAO and recently she launched her agship store in Hyderabad. “It is my main label, which deals with high end clothing- both Indian and western.” She primarily aims to create wearable clothes which people can enjoy and feel good in. “I like to make products that don’t follow any specic trend or fad and stand timeless in their sense of wearable quotient. I want my customer to understand the outt in his or her own way, making it sync with his/her personality.” Most Demanding Show After winning Vogue Fashion Fund, the rst show at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week was the most overwhelming experience for her. “It was my rst solo show and the reaction from the audience and my peers paid off for all my hard work,” she adds. She feels it opened a lot of doors in terms of market, business and exposed her to a professional set-up. Ekaya Alliance She has teamed up with Ekaya to create an exclusive collection of saris in soft, neutral hues, with bright, swirling orals and lace. While the supple and sheer orals are best for day’s wear, the tussar and kora silks are for the evenings. “I always admired this label and this tie up gave me a greater scope. We infused a young twist to traditional weaves and created a versatile collection,” Archana says. In the Offing As a designer, she believes one’s main aim should be to continuously challenge one’s own creativity and make products
Favourite designers Stella Mc Cartney, Commes des Garcons, Jason Wu Most prized possession My mom’s French lace saris from the 60s
My creations are especially for the sophisticated, urban and independent woman, who is aware of trends, yet does not compromise on her personal style.
in which he/she believes. Hyderabad can be rest assured that she would adhere to this principle and keep creating fresh designs that enliven the fashion scene. Rewards and Risks Quite bold in her approach, she believes risk is the most inevitable part of business. “But rewards are certain to come your way if you take the plunge, being in know of the pitfalls. It is a process of learning all the way.” For Men It’s not all about sartorial creations for women alone in Archana’s labels. “I have worked as a men’s wear designer in the past and you can see the reection of that in most of my work,” she says. She has a separate men’s wear line. At LFW Summer 2015, her menswear pieces like sheer and oral and sheer blazers created quite a ripple in the fashion circle. Future Plans She wants to focus on gaining further visibility in the fashion arena, especially for her agship store. A busy designer, Archana has hands full. Simultaneously, she is working on her upcoming S/S 2016 Collection, which will be showcased soon at a fashion week.
HER THOUGHTS •
I think I brought the idea of effortless fashion to the city of Hyderabad.
Luckily, I’ve always shown with people I enjoy working with so no disappointment so far.
Women should experiment with detachable collars, embellished neck pieces, oversized cuffs and metal belts.
DELIGHT By Neeta Nair
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
Bulei Swain, Chief Executive Chef
ulei Swain, the Chief Executive Chef of Vihar Group lifts the lid on his cooking secrets here. What awaits you is a delectable blend of Chinese, Continental and Tandoori recipes straight out of the newly introduced menu of Vizag’s much-loved restaurant- Euphoria.
CHICKEN TENDERLOIN WITH RISOTTO INGREDIENTS Risotto
2 big drops
METHOD Make a fine paste of chicken breast and marinate it with chilli, ginger garlic, onions, black pepper, white pepper and salt. After five minutes roll it in a clean wrap and then cover it completely in silver foil. Put it to boil for 30 mins. Then cut the chicken into cylindrical pieces. In a pan, boil risotto and cover it the way you covered the chicken in a wrap. In another bowl make a sauce with orange drops and black pepper and oil. Finally pour this sauce on the risotto while serving alongside the chicken pieces.
Chicken breast (boneless) 150 gm Ginger garlic chopped
Chopped green chilli
Salt to taste Black pepper
FLANK STEAK FUJITAS INGREDIENTS Chicken
For white sauce
1 3 tbsp
Egg (yolk and white)
Salt to taste METHOD Combine maida, cornflour, egg, salt and add a little water, the consistency should not be thick. Pour this mixture on a non stick pan to get a thin base. Remove from flame when it spreads out like dosa. Put cornflour on it evenly and then cut it into small pieces. To make white sauce, sauté all the ingredients listed above in a pan till brown. In another pan add butter, garlic and sauté. Add chicken pieces, white sauce, black pepper and sugar, when it gets mixed properly, remove from flame. Serve the chicken mixture on the Fujitas.
KANJY CRISPY LAMB
Bell pepper (Yellow)
Red chilli paste
Finely chopped ginger garlic
Chopped green chilli
Oil refined Salt to taste
METHOD Marinate lamb with maida, cornflour, rice flour, salt, pepper and chilli paste and immediately fry in oil till crisp. In another pan take oil, ginger garlic, onions, bell pepper, capsicum and chopped chilli. Then add tomato sauce, red dry chilli paste, tamarind and water. Now add the lamb pieces to this sauce and pour cornflour mixed with water on the pieces. Remove from flame when well coated with mixture. IRANI KABAB INGREDIENTS Chicken boneless breast piece Chicken chopped finely (for stuffing)
Chopped ginger and garlic
Garam Masala powder
Kashmiri red chilli powder
Green chilli paste
Salt Mustard oil METHOD Saute the chicken, chopped finely, in a pan along with ginger garlic, garam masala, salt and chilli powder. Stuff this mixture in the chicken breast piece. In another bowl add mustard oil, curd, green chilli paste, garam masala, chilli powder, elaichi powder, lemon and mix well. Dip the stuffed chicken breast in this bowl. Marinate for one hour and then keep in oven for 40 minutes a 90 degree Celsius.
TANGA RAYA CHICKEN
Dry orange crush
METHOD Marinate chicken with cornflour, maida, rice flour, egg, Chinese salt, white pepper and fry in oil immediately. In another pan take chopped ginger, onions, tomato sauce, soya sauce, salt, sugar, honey and dry orange crush. Add chicken to pan and sauté for a minute.
VEG POSTOS INGREDIENTS Potato
Chopped ginger and garlic
Finely chopped green chilli
Salt to taste Khus khus 3 tbsp METHOD Boil potato, beans, carrot and cauliflower. Once they cool down add salt spinach paste, green chilli, onion, black pepper and mash nicely. Make balls and then flatten them in your palms. Roll it in khus khus and deep fry.
Chopped ginger and garlic
Roasted and crushed peanuts
Salt to taste Onion
METHOD Cut potatoes into long pieces and half boil it. Add cornflour, maida and salt and fry in oil till crisp. To make sauce take oil in a pan and add ginger garlic to it. Put chopped onion, tomato sauce, green chilli sauce, chilli oil, salt and pepper in it. Then pour some water. Then add the potatoes and allow the mixture to stick to it evenly. Turn off flame and add roasted crushed peanuts for garnishing.
INGREDIENTS Boneless chicken
Bread crumbs Egg
Salt White pepper Herbs
METHOD Dice the chicken pieces and add all the ingredients in it except the bread crumbs. Coat every chicken piece with bread crumbs and deep fry. Serve it with Mayo sauce.
A PANORAMIC VIEW
OF PRIME PROPERTY By Ranita Ray
Dream home’ is where peace rules, where the view from windows speaks nothing but of serenity, where taps run uninterrupted and electricity remains as a perennial friend, from where you need not trek miles to get your essential commodities, where a sense of security ensures good night’s sleep and last but not the least where at least one or two familiar faces are seen as your neighbors. This is what Shriram Properties offers in its Panorama Hills in Vizag’s market of realty. Here we have Mr.R.Balaji, Chief Marketing Officer (Vizag, Chennai, Kolkata) Shriram Properties Ltd. throwing light on the project and some ground realities. With his over two-decade association with the brand, he is the right man to give us brick-by-brick details of the project.
Tell us a little about the company’s background. Shriram Properites is a part of the Rs.60,000 cr Shriram Group. The parent division started a chit fund business in 1974 in partnership with R.Thyagarajan, A.V.S. Raja and T.Jayaraman in Chennai. The group started dealing with various nancial services and extended to Real Estate, IT, Engineering Services, Drugs & Pharmaceutical, Infrastructure and Power etc. Shriram Properties came into existence in 1997.
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Throw light on Shriram Properties? Shriram Properties bagged the Best Developer in Southern Region Award from ASSOCHAM. It operates pan India with prominent presence in South India. Our projects include apartments, integrated townships, commercial spaces and SEZs in tier 1 and tier 2 cities. Among the big names are Shriram Gateway – Landmark IT SEZ project in Chennai, Panorama Hills an integrated township in Vizag (ongoing), Sonar Bangla’ – a 314 acres integrated township in Kolkata (launching soon).
How did Vizag come under your radar? Visakhapatnam has emerged as a lucrative real estate market. We entered the city in 2008 and launched our rst premium project 80 acre-Panorama Hills in 2010. What is unique about Panorama Hills and how was the response? Customers here are exposed to global standards of facilities, but unfortunately none of the existing builders could meet their expectations. So Panorama Hills got a tremendous response.
The township in Madhurawada has every conceivable amenityfuturistic 220 villas, 32 sky villas, 1800 apartments, 132 duplexes, 8 triplexes, 16 penthouses, clubhouses, shopping mall, provision for a luxury hotel, hospital, international standard school. It is surrounded by hills and has a great stunning view and equipped with cyber security, solar street lights, biometric access, home automation, earthquake resistance, concealed cabling, themed gardens etc. It attracts even NRI Andhraites. What kind of competition did you face in the city? No competition, on the other hand, the Vizag’s market got the global attention with our entry. This positive development fetched us a lot of support from the local builders. Moreover, no other player has ventured with a project of this magnitude. In which stage is your project? We look at another three years to complete the township. Our units are saleable phase-wise. In 2011 we started the rst block of apartments and completed four acres site one year ago. Now people are living there. We have already handed over 50 villas with infrastructure, street lights, road, water supply, landscape and sewerage. The plan is for 220 villas (all sold out) in 25 acres. There is a high escalation in land price; did it affect you anyway? There is a maddening increase in the land and labour cost which naturally ups the construction cost. But the affect is applicable to all the real estate players; we are not alone to get affected by them. At Shriram Properties we believe the success in business comes from building not just houses but rapport with customers. What is that extra you offer to your customer? Not restricting our role to the selling stage, we are committed to post-sale services too. This has worked in our favour. We understand the emotions of the
customer. Whether he owns a villa or a two-BHK at, it is a dream home for him. So we try to make it as comfortable as possible for him. Let me tell you one more interesting fact, mostly buyers want to have their community in the neighborhood, so they spread the word among their circles. Believe me because of this sentiment, majority of our new clients are references of our existing ones. Most importantly, our customer in Panorama Our customer in Hills doesn’t Panorama Hills doesn’t buy a unit for buy a unit for investment investment but he wants to live here. but he wants to live here. Even some builders, who can construct houses for themselves, are inhabitants of Panorama Hills. This is the beauty of our project. How affordable are you? Who are your target customers? We don’t have any product in Panorama Hills for those who want a at for Rs.20-30 lakh. Our product is suitable for the upper middle class and higher segment because of the high land price. Our township is built on the land procured from VUDA. But as Shriram group also wants to cater to the commoner, we are scouting for lands in and around the city and within next couple of years we will go for budget homes as well. What more projects one can expect from Shriram Properties? As I just mentioned, our plan is to start our second project in Vizag in a year. We are also looking at Rajahmundry, Guntur and Vijayawada to launch various projects. Any commercial ventures? Shriram Properties’ second vertical is commercial projects. We already have taken up a few of them in Chennai. We are waiting for the AP government policies for commercial real estate market to crystalize and if anything interesting comes up we will surely take it up.
Are you interested to be a part of Smart City bandwagon? The details of the Smart City infrastructure are yet to be given, for example whether the land will be provided by the government or not. We are waiting for clarity in the guidelines and if things suit us, we would denitely be a part of it. However, our main focus at present is to cater to the lower segment customer. Any support from the government? As a builder our only request to the government is to give exemption or concession on service and income tax, VAT, registration charges which will make the buyer’s life easier. This will increase his purchasing power. We are not asking for any kind of concessions for us. What are you expectations from Vizag’s realty market? Vizag is a little different compared to the other places in AP. Here the demand is more than supply. We hope people’s purchasing power will go up in the coming years. This, in turn, will give us a strong presence in the city and through it a good hold on the AP market. What message would you like to give to Vizagites who want to invest? There is nothing like good or bad time to invest. The moment you decide to buy a property is the best time. Don’t look at Indian or global economy or Obama’s election. Sooner the better, you will only land up spending more next year. I like to add here. If a customer meets the eligibility, we are there to help and to make the buying process easy. This includes arranging nancing options too. red | july 2015 | 89
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H A GOOD HAIR DAY ALL THE WAY By Ranita Ray
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e knows how versatility, resourcefulness and adaptability pay off in business. He used all these three at the right time and today he is counted as a top pet merchandise online wholesaler in the US and hair replacement service provider in India. While his foresight has helped him in bagging the perfect break, his sharp business acumen has earned him deals which turn into nothing but jackpots in the long run. If you have that drive to take the business world by storm, this feature on Sanjay Challa is a must read. If you are just a reader and suffering from mane misery then also give it a read as he has EHS for you.
How did your journey as a businessman start? After obtaining engineering degree from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Hyderabad in 1985, I moved to the US to pursue masters in computer science. Post completion of my studies I joined ATNT, a telecom giant there and worked for almost for a decade. Armed with this experience, I partnered with an American to launch an IT company which dealt with products and services in telecom sector. There was a major telecom player called Subex in Bangalore and we wanted to acquire it. But they ended up offering us a great deal to buy our company. In the US pet is a big thing, it’s not just about dogs, but cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, snakes to lizards; people are very passionate about their pets. Cashing in on it, I launched Metro Traders and started importing pet products from SouthEast Asia and supplying to retailers all over the US through my distribution channels. IT and then Pet, don’t you think they are totally different businesses? Didn’t you find it difficult? Be it IT or pet or any other industry, I believe the fundamentals are same in all. As long as you have your roots right, nothing is a major hassle. What new did you offer in the pet products business? I observed that any pet products retailer had to call up hundreds of manufacturers and distributors to stock up his/her store. I realized I can ll in the gap and developed an interface called Pet wholesaler where I tied up with distributors across the US. It made the stocking process much easier for the retailers. Even distributors and I as a wholesaler have our prots. Pet industry is huge there and we have high-end products like interactive
toys, beds, apparel, strollers for pets. Our pet portal is one amongst the leading companies in the US. I have also added portals for garden needs. Not just these two, I have bigger plans to start a B2B portal for all industries. What was your next vertical? In 2005 I was home bound. As I explored the Indian market, the cosmetic industry caught my attention. I found India, despite its immense potential, is way too behind when compared to the other nations. Setting my best foot forward, I established Elite Hair Studio (EHS) in Jubilee Hills. Within a few months I opened a second outlet in Mumbai. In next two years EHS added two branches in Hyderabad and one in Visakhapatnam. Instead of cosmetic products, why did you choose hair? This is because I myself am a client of hair (laughs). I might not tell you what kind of problem I had but I got a transplant done. It is easier to connect or empathise with people when you have problem of the same kind and are able to solve them. One, after all, can’t escape aging process. With anti-aging products or services, one can just delay the process may be by 10 years. Hair loss is a common problem. No other business can be more lucrative than this. How was the response? Did anything come in your way? Initially we tied up with DHI, the number one brand in hair transplant for Follicular Unit Extraction. We primarily started with non-surgical hair replacement. Let me explain you better, here a membrane is set on the bald area, in simple language it is a far advanced form of wig. It was not medical. However, in India people prefer to consult a doctor. This is where we were lacking. With Dr. Kamal (MBBS, MD – Dermatology) joining on-board we could overcome this handicap. Our
Vizag centre does non-surgical or camouage process, as there is no dedicated doctor. But all our Hyderabad outlets, undertake medical processes too. What is your USP? Usually hair loss is of three types, in the early stage medication can resolve the issue. Second stage is when transplant can be done by plastic surgeon or dermatologist. The last stage is when no medicine or treatment works. Camouage is the only way. To tackle this third type of the problem we have tied up with a US based company Transitions and we are the exclusive dealers in India. We get the best of membrane and x it on the scalp and blend it correctly with the existing hair. We call this technique Sensigraft. Is it risky? If you do it correctly, I don’t think it is risky. How do you keep up with the technological developments? Transitions is a group of 60-70 non-surgical hair replacement companies coming together. Every six months there is a three-day-meet held in the US, where most of the members come and discuss what is new in hair replacement in the non-medical way. I try to attend at least one meet a year. It’s a quick and effective education for me.
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Do you want to restrict yourself to hair industry? Any plans to offer other products as well? Not exactly! When we started we were dealing with hair. Though the name is still hair studio, we deal with skin products too. We have to grow both vertically and horizontally. This is where my expansion plan comes in. EHS deals with all high-end products. We have started distribution of Food and Drug Authority of US (USFDA) approved cosmetic products. I must tell you USFDA approves only best of the best and it’s not easy to get its nod. We have obtained the cosmetic licence from the Indian government for all our products. EHS sells ‘Me Power’ hair removal device which works best for Indian skin. Similarly, there are three varieties of laser comb by Hairmax, it helps in controlling hair fall. We call it hair maintenance device. If follicles are alive it helps in hair growth too. One of the most revolutionary products which every aging person would love is ‘Gone in Sixty Seconds.’ This is a gel when applied on the wrinkles they disappear in one minute and the effect stays till one washes his face. We are the exclusive dealer for it. There are also shampoos, conditioners, hair bers, instant lipplumper etc. We are growing more on product line than service and it is called Elite Lifestyle products. Transitions helps me to identify avant-garde cosmetic products in the global market. How affordable are you? I can explain you better with examples. One can get laser comb in the market for Rs.4000-5000, but our range is between Rs.1800030,000. Our quality is unbeatable. No boasting, the top ve major players in hair services in India are buying our laser combs. These companies, running for the past 50 years, have faith in our products. Similarly, there is hair-removal equipment at EHS which costs us Rs.40 lakh. Naturally a hair removal for the entire body is expensive. But the job it does is beyond any complaint and clients don’t mind paying extra for an excellent service.
How do you look at competition? After my pet portal, two or three players joined the bandwagon. But they are no threat to me. It was a conscious decision not to start the cosmetics business in the US as the market is oversaturated. India, in contrast, offers a better scope. Even today, there are very limited companies which give complete cycle of hair services. We take cases in all the stages at EHS. It is our edge over others. However, I feel healthy competition is a driving force to improve services. What deal gave you the biggest satisfaction? When I signed the deal to sell my IT rm, the grand gure on the cheque certainly was a boost. There is no substitute I always for ‘smart hardwork’. made it a If you are working rule not to hard in a smart way, compromise no one can beat you. on clients’ satisfaction and over the years it has paid off. EHS has done hair transplant for the international cricketer Sunil Joshi and he was so thoroughly satised that he volunteered to become our brand ambassador without charging us a penny. I am really thankful to him for that, at the same time I am proud of my services. How do you ensure the quality of your service at EHS? I observe key employees and give them part ownership in the company. This certainly deepens their involvement. Dr. Kamal is our best nd. He partly owns it. He attends many national conferences in India. On the cosmetics side we have Alex (Vijaykanth Sabgani) who is known as ‘Tollywood’s hairman,’ he is also part owner of EHS. On the centers operation side we have Vijay Raj. All of them are up-to-date with the latest happenings and also impart training to the new staff. I always believe it is not the number of employees but quality matters. We don’t let a staffer deal with the client unless we are condent of his skills. Thus, my staff strength is restricted to 50 skilled ones.
What are your expansion plans? I own a beauty company but have dark circles around my eyes. Doctors advise me to have a tight night sleep to get rid of them. I think it’s high time I listened to them. I decided not to start any new venture, but expansion is on. This month EHS will be penetrating Bangalore market. By 2016, I want to open the second centre in Mumbai and Bangalore and mark our presence in Pune and Delhi too. On the product side, I would like to travel to every nook of the world to get the best of all and make them available here at EHS. I have plans to increase the product line from 600 to 1000 items in my pet merchandise business. What is your expectation of cosmetic industry in coming few years? Many wanted to invest in my business, but I don’t like to gamble with others’ money. I shall invest more money but mine. Notwithstanding that, the demand of this industry in India will be multiplied in coming years. However, one must not forget that any practice in a business has a life cycle of 5-7 years. One has to be up with the technology to be in the race. Your advice to new entrants? Money plays a big role in any business. At the same time there is no substitute for ‘smart hardwork’. If you are working hard in a smart way no one can beat you.
his time we have a big line up for the camera friendly geeks, from taking top quality pictures on the go to watching your dear ones through the camera back home, we have something which will make you wanna say â€˜cheeseâ€™ this very instant.
By Neeta Nair
Microsoft Lumia 940
The Lumia 940 is the successor of the Lumia 930, which was released in April last year, and it is expected to come with several changes. Here are feature upgrades the upcoming smartphone is expected to have over its predecessor according to reports.
5.2-inch QHD display with 1,440 x 2,560 pixel.
Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 430 GPU
32 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM.
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Inputs from Mr. Duke, MobiCare
It is a tiny camera which you can carry or attach on your sporting gear to take pictures on the go. Splash-resistant, shockproof, mountable, and built to handle everything you can imagine. In addition to still images and 1080p video, the new Polaroid Cube+ now packs Wi-Fi capabilities into its small 35mm squared frame. Compatible with iOS and Android devices via the Polaroid Cube+ app, users can sync the camera with their smartphone or tablet to capture and share their videos and photos instantaneously. The app allows users to control their Polaroid Cube+ lifestyle action camera through their mobile device, or use their device as a viewfinder to ensure every shot is captured just right. Additionally, users can edit, save, print and share their videos and photos instantly from their mobile.
WIFI ENABLED POLAROID CUBE +
XIAOMI XIAOYI WIRELESS IP CAMERA Wide-Angle Indoor YHS-113 1/4'' Smart CMOS 720P 1.0MP for IOS & Android Now you don’t have to miss any exciting moments if you are away from home or your friends. All you need is this smart camera with a two-way voice feature and 4x digital zoom. Place this camera at home and watch every event right from your smart phone screen. You can also automatically start ‘Smart security model’ when you leave home and check on your phone whether the doors and windows are closed. It also automatically records and gives you timely notifications of the occurrences. In addition to real-time viewing, it can insert a Micro SD (TF) memory card to store video so that you can watch any time later. Specifications Model: Lens material Camera angle
Ants Xiaoyi All-glass lens Horizontal viewing angle: 92.7 ° Vertical Angle: 48.7 ° Diagonal Angle: 111.2 ° Body size: 54mm 54mm Video frame rate 20fps (1280 × 720) Local Storage Max. support up to Micro SD 32G and Xiaomi router
local cloud (more secure) Voice intercom Yes Stream adaptive Yes Support Agreement IPV4, UDP, TCP, HTTP, RTP / RTSP, DHCP, P2P Color White Package 1 x Ants Xiaoyi Smart Camera
DXO ONE CAMERA DxO has introduced the DxO ONE, a compact camera that connects to your iPhone or iPad and delivers DSLR quality photos. At 108 gm and 6.9 cm tall, the DxO ONE is so small that it easily fits in a pocket, yet it features an ultra-high quality f/1.8, 32mm equivalent aspherical lens with a variable 6- blade iris and a 1-inch 20.2MP CMOS BSI sensor capable of capturing high-resolution images even in very low light. A free iOS app enables control of the individual settings on the DxO ONE camera, including aperture (from f/1.8 to f/11), shutter speed (from 15s to 1/8000s), and ISO (from 100 to 51200). The DxO ONE also records video at 1080p/30fps or 720p/120fps. red | july 2015 | 95
AT THE TOP By V.Sarada
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
UDA Park is hardly the place to fix up a journalistic appointment with a highprofile officer on his morning walk. But it is too good an opportunity to let go. After a 10-minute tough chase of sorts where the fast-footed Commissioner of Police himself becomes the target, I catch up with him. Instead of frowning at the brazen scribe for infringing on his private time, he grants audience, slowing down his pace. “Any time,” says the tall and handsome Mr.Amit Garg flashing a disarming smile that matches the pleasantly warm rays of the morning sun. If this shows how approachable and people-friendly the Top Cop is, our subsequent conversation at the appointed time reveals that he is equally swift in setting the house in order. He took over the reins of the Visakhapatnam region just a few months ago and the city is already witnessing a sea change in terms of police functioning and traffic. In this detailed interview, the highly articulate Mr.Garg tells us how he is adding value to the quality of life by upgrading the region’s security, touching upon various aspects of policing. Should a cop instill fear or faith in the people? The poignant question here is who he is dealing with. The budding criminals need tough handling. There are people who out rules as a matter of right. They have no respect either for the law or the authority. Hence it has to be a balanced approach on part of the cop. Casual attitude of the police is a common complaint, what is your take on it? It is a two-pronged issue. You cannot
look at it in isolation. More often than not, we deal with people who don’t even lodge an honest complaint. They tweak the facts while reporting a crime. For example, a person who loses 4 tolas of gold in a theft, reports a loss of 10 tolas, hoping at least 40-50% recovery. These falsied reports create suspicion in the policemen’s mind and yet, the police have to register cases knowing full well that the complaints are not genuine. The process begins on mutual mistrust.
People should be honest in their conduct, behavior and more importantly, in their complaints. They must introspect and question their own actions before pointing a nger at the police. Of course, this in no way means that I justify police misconduct. Rather, we have to differentiate between good and bad, and decide when and with whom we have to be Good Cop or ‘Bad’ Cop.
What is the winning formula? Indisputably credibility! Majority of the problems get solved if you win the hearts of people through your just and fair dealings. Once they believe that you are neutral and non-partisan they trust you. That is why I keep telling my men ‘Be Fair’ and warn them against getting swayed or inuenced by anyone. Once convinced of your integrity, people drop their guard, open up and are all support for you. How can the cop, who gets transferred frequently, establish his credibility with local people? Our reputation always precedes us wherever we go hence we don’t need to work overtime on it. As far as the change of guard is concerned, I have this to say. Armed with our unique and individual style of functioning, each of us comes with distinct administrative skills. The subordinates certainly have difculty in adjusting to varying managerial demands from the bosses. They are very resilient and the way they get into these different molds is amazing. What are the attributes that differentiate one officer from the other? I shall dwell on the priority areas instead of the arena of nancial integrity. The priorities and leadership styles differ from one ofcer to the other. As far as I am concerned, I believe in monitoring the mechanism. I just don’t sit back after handing down instructions to my subordinates. I should know all the nuts and bolts of the project; get feedback; set right lacunae (if any); and add new values to it. I go into micro-details. Long back, a CBI director who addressed us, then a group of young SPs, said, “Participative Supervision is expected of you, the leaders”. And that I accepted as my mantra. a)
Operations: I should understand what I supervise and what the men are doing out there. I must know the means, not the ends per se. I can come up with suitable remedial measures only if I am familiar with each detail and identify the
limitations. Unless I am familiar with infrastructure and logistics, I cannot set pragmatic goals. b)
Individual cases: When a person comes to me with a petition, I approach it holistically because I know the laws, the functioning of the police station, its resources and areas of jurisdiction.
Clarity of instruction: Men on the ground look for clear instructions without which they are simply lost. I am absolutely precise in giving directions.
Does the crime wait till then? Things are under control on the crime front. If we compare the statistics for the past three years, the graph is very encouraging. Under certain heads there is an impressive fall in the rate of crime. Under others, there is a marginal increase. Vizag is absolutely normal. Last year there were 340 burglaries whereas we have 113 in these 5 months. So the projections are cheering.
Fall in crime rate is welcome, but does it pose any less challenge to a tough cop? I perceive Vizag as a very good assignment. I interpret challenge as how much I contribute to the system and organization. My Participative success lies in brining supervision is the professionalism and creating most effective infrastructure in the department. way to lead There is a lot of scope for improvement and introduction of new technologies. What are the crimes that are peculiar to this city? There is a rise in the civil disputes, land-grabbing cases, sibling disputes, marital discords and senior citizen issues. What is your immediate concern? The steep rise in cyber crime is bothering me. We are greatly impeded in our efforts to check it as we are dependent on outside agents like banks, gateways, mobile and internet service providers. People are gullible and share their passwords and their CBB (check book balancer). By brining out a book on cyber crime, we have educated the stakeholders, following which the banks sent out alert messages.
What are the challenges you face here? The biggest challenge staring at me in the face right now is the shortage of manpower in every single wing of our department. Despite having a clear cut agenda in my mind, I am struggling to strengthen the divisions and unable to implement innovative and efcacious strategies. We need men to implement our plans. Why are you understaffed? The state is suffering from the post-state bifurcation issues and subsequent resource crunch. Things should get sorted out in a couple of years.
The city traffic is out of gear. I am taking some drastic measures to streamline city trafc issues. Introducing smart signals by setting up a Trafc Command and Control Centre is one of them. We have identied 94 junctions for this purpose. This project needs to be complemented with junction management and supported by proper infrastructure and well-dened and properly marked spaces for the movement of pedestrians. Strategically placed Vehicle Actualization Cameras play the role of the trafc cop, automatically discharging lanes on priority basis. We have chosen Satyam junction as a model for demonstration. red | july 2015 | 97
What is your take on projection of crime in the media? a) Via Media: Any projection of an incident may show you the variety of crime. I don’t think a criminal can learn more than that through the media. b)Reel cop and real cop: I note a positive change in the portrayal of the cop over the years through some meaningful movies. These movies have come a long way from portraying the policeman as a dumb buffoon. I wish the real police kept a tab on what the reel guy does and on lms dealing with law enforcement as the central theme. How can you get people respect law and authority if you portray the cop in poor light? How do you deal with VVIP offenders? If you are professional and have clinching evidence, you face no problems at all. The cop has to be fair in his dealings. I reckon it is not just the perceived impression. If you do your job in a scientic manner, no one can touch you nor pressurize you. By asking you for a favour, one just puts the ball in your court but doesn’t dare to enter your arena. What you do with the ball, is purely your prerogative.
On police stations We have 17 ofcial and 6 unofcial stations. We are going to ofcialise the latter, giving them the legal sanctity. Besides striving to get a Cyber Crime station designated, I am also trying to get more stations. What are the factors that produce crime? Mostly the youth from well-to-do families are found guilty in automobile thefts. They get sucked into a web of vices due to peer pressure, lavish spending habits or just for kicks. Nearly 70% of property crimes are committed by habitual offenders. Unemployment is another major factor. Some class-conscious youth choose to make money by quick and unethical means. Many learn tricks of the trade from their jail cellmates and emerge more ‘educated’. These permutations and combinations change rapidly, posing a tough challenge to the police. red | july 2015 | 98
could not do justice to her education despite being a degree-holder. Hence she reared us to be selfreliant and independent. Two of my sisters are doctors and my brother is an engineer. The other sister assists her husband in his business. Though I myself wanted to study medicine, I was discouraged by my doctor sister. That was a major turning point in my life. A perfect life partner I married Sumita Shankar, whom I met through a common friend after nearly three years of courtship and withstanding a mild resistance from my people. My only daughter Arushi is studying engineering in Vellore and my wife is heading the HR wing of a telecom solutions company in Hyderabad. Are you a cop at home too? Yes, I am. Meticulous planning and organizing are my forte. I single handedly organized my sisters’ weddings. Quite opposite is my wife who is exible and happy-go-lucky. That is why we complement each other. We are different in many ways, but together we make a cohesive couple.
It is lonely at the top they say. Isn’t it all the more lonely for you here? No. Basically I am a very self-reliant What is the most memorable and independent person. I went incident? alone to New Delhi to join college Paradoxically, I forgot one most and managed my affairs pretty well memorable event (laughs). In fact, right from a young age. Hence I have there are one too many to be no problems on that front. Moreover, recounted off the cuff. I feel that we all should do our jobs Toughest assignment? and pursue our professions The toughest assignment was irrespective of the situations. My undoubtedly my job as the Additional work keeps me quite occupied. I am Commissioner of Law and Order in a newspaper buff and read the same Hyderabad. That was the time the news in various dailies. I can mingle Telangana agitation and communal with people and enjoy a good social issues were at the peak. life. Food is not much of a problem A little about your personal life as I am not basically a foodie but I hail from Giridih in Jharkhand, enjoy vegetarian international cuisine where I did my schooling. I obtained and deserts. B.Com and M.A (Sociology) degrees Finally do you love being a from JNU and Delhi University custodian of society? respectively. My father Mr.Surendranath Garg, who migrated Of course, I love every bit of my job. I from UP to Jharkhand, had a am a very compassionate person. checkered career. My mother My heart specially goes out to the Mrs.Rama, a housewife, has been downtrodden and women who don’t the pillar of support to us, ve get their due in our society. children. She used to feel that she
GEM OF A GM By Ranita Ray
re you in search of the nest diamond jewellery? Then the best person to contact is Mr.Gandavaram Madhusudhan. With his vast experience in this eld, he has all the knowledge which can get you the best buy. He is the GM Store Operations, PR & Gardens AP & TS Region of Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers Pvt. Ltd. However, he is immune to the dazzle of diamonds and glitter of gold. He holds a key position with a grand brand, but simplicity and honesty steer his life’s directions. Here goes his story!
looking for an efcient candidate. One of my acquaintances referred this job to me and in 2002 I joined Kirtilal as Asst Manager PR & Key Accounts for Hyderabad region and shifted my base from Nellore to here.
Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
You have been with the company for over a decade, how is the association? It has been 14 years now. I didn’t realize how time passed. Perhaps working with this brand was so effortless that I lost track of the days, months or even years. Over the tenure I have learnt a lot from the company. Professionally it has sharpened my skills. My commitment and loyalty to it also paid off. I got promoted as a Marketing Manager and Vijayawada Store Operations Manager. After handling the responsibilities for quite some time, I was appointed as Store Operation Manager & PR Hyderabad showroom; it was followed by a promotion as senior Store Operation Manager & PR Region. Impressed with my performance I was promoted to the senior cadre.
Tell us how you had started your journey and what are the milestones? I am a native of Nellore and my entire education right from schooling to graduation took place there. My father Mr. G.Venkaiah worked in the Electricity Department as a chief accounts ofcer. My mother Mrs.G.Ratnamma is a homemaker. I have two brothers and one sister. We were brought up in simple surroundings. Our parents gave us good education and great values and we abide by them even today. I never had big dreams or lofty aspirations. However, the turning point in my life came in the form of a job offer from Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers Pvt.Ltd. The brand’s history dates back to 1929, when its founder Sri Kirtilal Kalidas Mehta started selling diamonds in Coimbatore which was followed by opening a showroom in the same place under the banner Kirtilal Kalidas & Co. After opening its outlet in Chennai in 1999, it stretched its wings to Hyderabad in 2001. The new showroom was
Presently I am the General Manager, Store Operations, PR & Gardens AP & TS Region. As the General Manager I take care of all the three showrooms (Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vizag). I have to follow up with the area sales executives located in various districts of AP and TS and it is a great responsibility. I feel this has been the best prole and I couldn’t have asked for more. What is it that worked in your favour? Is it your hard-work or support from the company or combination of both? I feel it’s a combination of all. Had I not been an efcient employee the management wouldn’t have reposed condence in me. However, I must admit that from day one of joining I am getting full support from my higher ofcials and co-managers. The entire staff is co-operative. I must tell you it is a big boost as well as help and this is what I like the best about my profession. With any of these factors missing I wouldn’t have been here.
Tell us any incident where you have handled an issue independently! I have handled a lot of issues with my personal efforts, but I can’t reveal any of them as all those are condential. Any unpleasant experience? Touchwood, with the blessings of my company MD Mr. Shanta Kumar, I never faced any such experience. What are your professional strengths? From day one I have been completely dedicated to whatever roles and duties I was given. My juniors say I am a great troubleshooter. I understand the problems of the staff and nd solutions to
when I am in a spot. I can neither displease the customer nor cause loss to the company. By God’s grace I have been managing these problems, nding a mid path. Customer satisfaction tops the list of priority for our brand and I try to follow it to best of my efforts. What are the risks in your field? Are they intimidating? Each and every profession has risks that cannot be evaded or escaped. However, one should not be intimidated by them. I was never inuenced by them. But each experience helped me build condence to face the next. Have you initiated any new concept in Kirtilal? This company has always been a frontrunner in introducing unique schemes and offers for customers. Our recent customer-connect initiative by going to different gated communities in Hyderabad and organizing interesting programmes has been a huge hit. We
showrooms at Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Vizag. My future plan is to expand Kirtilal’s reach. I have observed that within these 14 years, Hyderabad has grown, stretching its limits. I propose opening of another showroom here, besides starting at least two more in big cities of both the states. Coming to your next question I have no plans to start any venture of my own. I would rather use my experience to further Kirtilal’s interests. What’s your opinion on job-hopping which appears to be the order of the day? Yes it is very rampant, especially with the present generation. I never liked the idea.
Rate yourself on the scale of 1 to 10 as a Businessman- 9 | Boss- 10 | Leader- 10 | Employee- 10 | Human Being- 10
them. I have been praised for handling many contentious issues with great ease and success. I am very good at motivating the staff and always ensure their morale is up. On the customer front, I am very strong with my PR skills. What becomes the trickiest part of your job? Our brand has been a pioneer in many ways. It was the one to manufacture rst ever diamond belt (Vaddanam) in 1958. It is also the rst and the only South Indian Jeweller to manufacture jewellery, taking diamonds from mines to customers. No one can match its designs and nish when it is about diamond ornaments. With such features naturally it draws head-honchos, celebs, political big-wigs, high-ofcials as its clientele. Sometimes it so happens that a few might ask for more discount than our usual 5% off. That is
also go to different clubs of the city and conduct exhibitions. I have been instrumental in starting a new programme in which our executives go to the cities where there is no presence of Kirtilal, identify potential customers and give them demo of jewellery. This way our brand is reaching the customer without even having a showroom. As a gesture of gratitude, I am also planning a cocktail dinner for my elite clients on 25 July at Varun Novotel, Vizag and on 2 August at A-Convention in Vijayawada. Tell us something about your family. I got married to Surekha on April 22nd 1999. It was a love marriage. We have a son Duran and he is studying in standard nine. You can say it’s a perfect example of small and happy family. What are your future plans? Have you ever thought of starting your own venture? Mr.Shanta Kumar, MD and Mr.Suraj Shanta Kumar, Director have vested me with a big responsibility and they have very high hopes from me. I want to live up to their expectations. At present in the AP and TS region we have three
Perhaps I belong to the old-school. It is a basic human tendency to leave the present job when one is lured by higher salary. One can’t blame the employee alone. A lot depends on the way an employer treats the employee and earns his loyalty. No exaggeration I have been offered positions by other brands, who were willing to pay double and triple of my present pay. But for me Kirtilal is an extended family. My MD is nothing but a god for me. Not only me, every employee is treated like kin and kith of the Kirtilal family. I will serve the company till my last breath. Guru gyan for young generation! ‘Work is worship’. Give it due respect and it will take you to higher positions in the organizations. red | july 2015 | 101
DIARY OF A WANDERER
IN KRAB By Ranita Ray
Ao Tha len
Adventurous me’ wishes for a place surrounded with cliffs, where early in the morning I can climb up and say hello to the rising sun! I get down to pick up my bike to tour the jungle negotiating the curvy trails. As the day proceeds, ‘hungry me’ wishes to have a heavy brunch of authentic local cuisine served with the warmth of the locals. At the same time, a part of my heart also desires to try my luck at some fishing or hunting. Beyond everything, nothing can satiate one’s hunger better than a well-earned meal. Isn’t it? ‘Tired me’ crashes to an afternoon siesta. As I wake up, and refreshed by a cup of coffee, I head to see the variegated culture and capture the pristine beauty of green farmland, innocent faces through my lens. As I come back, ‘romantic me’ tells to get cozy. I wish for that virgin beach where I can cuddle up with my partner. Indeed an overflowing bucket list! Looks like your prayers are granted! Your dream destination in reality is Krabi! Yes, this unexplored island of Thailand is one of the rare lands for travelers of all kinds. Move over Bali, Bora Bora, Phuket as Krabi is here.
Ko Phi Phi
Around 9 km from Krabi Town, is located Wat Tham Suea or Tiger Cave. This sacred place is one of the caves in which monks still meditate. There are different stories regarding its name, one version says a tiger used to live here, another claims there are prints of tiger paws on a wall and third one says the shape of outcrops appears as a Tiger paw. A massive statue of Buddha and a breathtaking 360 degree view of the surroundings await you at the temple top for which you need to climb up 1237 steps. One shouldn’t miss Crystal Lagoon in the Thung Teao Forest Natural Park. This unique lowland rain forest lets you spot rare flora and fauna. The park office at Ban Bang Teao gives away necessary information which includes the strict regulation to maintain it as ‘no-hunting zone’. Take the welltrodden path of around 800 meters or for a true wanderer’s feeling, choose the 2.7 km nature trail. The latter offers some stunning sights of green environ and animals throughout the course. This rain forest can be a paradise for bird watchers. Most fascinating of all is the Emerald Pool which is naturally warm. While its green hue adds to its beauty, its natural properties heal your body, mind and soul. Crystal lagoon is around an hour’s drive from Ao Nang. If you are taking the nature trail, you better carry drinking water and mosquito repellent.
Lanta Old Town Wat Tham Suea
Claimed to be one of the most relaxing places on earth, Krabi can be your haven to take your mind off stress of mundane life. Blessed with scenic beauty, amazing white-sand beaches, lofty limestone cliffs, intriguing caves, gushing waterfalls, jade green jungles and exotic islands, this tranquil province can be part of your saga of peaceful journey giving you a feeling of synchronicity.
Beaches like Pra Nang, Muang Klong, Ao Nang, Had Yao, Tubkaak, Poda can be tried for a restful retreat. Other serene options can be Koh Yoi Yai or Koh Jum.
FOR SIZZLING ROMANCE To let your romance cook its best, visit Krabi, it has all the right ingredients in store viz spectacular scenic beauty, seductive shorelines, pleasant weather and last but not the least cozy hotels and intimate resorts. It’s hard not to feel starry-eyed here.
Tha Pom Klong Song Nam
One such ideal hideout can be Islanda Eco Village resort at Koh Klang. You are bound to be smitten by its serene atmosphere sans any pollution or vehicles. Reach here, by boat and roam around in tuk-tuk, the only mode of transport. The resort is located at the end of the island, however the road to it takes you through the eco-friendly village which is self-sufficient. Friendly inhabitants greet every tourist with warmth. As you reach the resort find your love den in one of those rooms facing the sea. If you are game for it, go for some activities like cycling, paddle boat, trip to organic farms organized by the resort. Made with bamboos and wood the rooms hold the local tradition intact.
To set your mood right, instead of a conducted tour, plan for a personalized escapade at least for a day. Rent a car or a longtail boat and head for your secret haven. Plant a kiss on your beloved as you paddle a sea canoe amidst mangroves. Even a kayak session at Bor Thor pier can give you a ‘peck-help’. Relax your senses along with your partner by going for romantic couple spa at Boossabakorn Day Spa, Alisea Hotel, Vogue Resort, Ao Nang Villa Resort, Bayview Spa in Railay Bay Resort or Maritime Park’s Adora Spa. However, there is hardly anything which comes close to the Wareerak Hot Spring Retreat. Pamper yourself with a Thai massage, post the session a number of pools with different temperature await you. One experiences nothing but ecstasy here. You can stay here too. Ask for the couple suite which has Jacuzzi tub in
Holiday Inn Resort
Wareerak Hot Spring Retreat
When you are surrounded with natural saline water, quite obvious seafood is the show-stealer in Krabi’s cuisine. Nothing can match the charm of relishing a wide spread of seafood while taking in the mesmerizing view of lazy sunset over the Andaman seas at Seafood Street. Ban Lay Thai Kitchen and The Longtail Boat restaurants are highly recommended here. Built over water, the duo offers unforgettable experience provided you book your table beforehand. One of its kind eatery is Khaothong Terrace Restaurant. Besides seafood, one has a few choices of Indian food too. Why restrict only to an eating expedition? Simultaneously, try your luck at fishing by learning a few tricks from the local fishermen at Koh Klang Island. Longtail boat takes you to the shallow water fishing Local Wisdom Group, and you get orientation as well as practical sessions on
Krabi can be the launch-pad of your journey as a diver as it is a good place to learn the sport. It has numerous great diving centres which provide scuba accreditation within budget (usually with PADI) both for a beginner to an expert. The popular dive sites are Ao Nang Islands, Phi Phi Islands (one of the best in the Asia), Shark Point, The King Cruiser, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang (not advisable for beginners), Koh Rok Nok and Koh Dam. One can spot incredible underwater life like barracuda, scorpion fish, lion fish and big eye trevally, white eyed moray eels etc.
Walking Food Street
Islanda Eco Village Resort
Whether you are a hardcore foodie or a modest eater, meals form memories. Street food lovers treat your tummies with spicy fishcakes topped with chilli jam, fresh spring rolls, takoyaki balls (Octopus Balls), Thai-style duck rice, cold noodle salad with fish curry
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Fish Raising Basket Restaurant
HUNGRY TUMMIES TREAT YOU TASTE BUDS
dressing (khanom jin), yellow chicken biryani (khao mok gai), mango and sticky rice, black grass jelly, green mango salad. Close your eating tour with coconut pudding or chocolate banana pancakes. Don’t give the interesting “walking street” markets a miss, which usually take place weekly once or thrice by closing certain roads. These are then dotted with numerous stalls. Krabi Town walking street or Thanon Khon Dern is counted as one among the best. It opens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and it literally turns into a window to local culture especially food and gives you a peep into a new gourmet world. Besides sampling the local food, enjoy street performances and buy souvenirs and memorabilia. Try the smaller scale “walking street” held on Wednesday afternoon in Klong Haeng village. Apart from walking street markets, there are local and night markets.
shellfish hunting on mudflats. Once you are back, drop in at Fish Raising Basket restaurant which can be reached by cycle or a ride on tuk-tuk. Local flavours are just an order away. Here you can even choose live fish to be cooked for you. Fish Tomyom Soup is signature dish of this place. Sweet lovers ask for Khao tom, which is made of seasoned steamed sticky rice usually mixed with banana and coconut milk and wrapped in banana leaves. Is it the fresh air or the purity of victuals or just the simplicity of the people around, reason unknown, but food in Krabi certainly reaches directly to every epicurean’s heart.
If you are yet to confess your love, take the help of authorities of hotels and restaurants here, they will set the romantic stage to let you speak your heart out.
Khlong Thom Hot Spring Waterfall
the balcony with breathtaking view of the surroundings. Do you need anything more to kindle the spark? Close the day with a romantic dinner at restaurants by the beach and a few good options can be Wang Sai Seafood, Khao Thong Terrace, The Hilltop Bar & Restaurant, Ruen Mai restaurant in Klong Chilat. Going on a sunset dinner cruise sounds interesting too. Options are myriad; take your pick as all of them can be captivatingly dreamy. Just make sure you take the right person with you.
Those who are fans of snorkeling can try their luck at Bamboo Island which has stunning coral gardens. These spots are mostly shallow and thus don’t require high swimming or diving experience. Your voyage will certainly fall flat if you don’t include Treetop Adventure Park at Ao Luk in your list. Here one embarks on a four-hour unlimited fun by zip-lining through trees, walking on a canopy, striking balance on bridges of tightrope, whizzing via Tarzan swing or a flying skateboard, air biking (eight meter-high off the ground), crossing a ferrata bridge, air surfing and the list goes on. One has to complete four separate courses which include as many as 50 activities. It needs no special skill, but challenges both, one’s physical and mental toughness. Although it can be a wonderful experience for entire family, children below 12 years should be accompanied by an adult. Besides an instruction guide and map, participants are given compulsory briefing on the ground which teaches them the right way of using the equipment and safety measures. However, the park has all the precautions in order and ensures safe activities. Morning session is followed
by lunch provided at the park restaurant, whereas the afternoon session gives an option to eat on arrival or by taking breaks in between. For additional fun opt for a guided tour to Tharnbok Khorani National Park, possible only if you are in the morning session. If you are one among those few crazy lots who love to be on the top, nothing can fulfill this passion better than Rock Climbing at Railay's limestone cliffs. Meet rock-climbing enthusiasts from all over the globe here, you might find a like-minded friend for life. Ever since Krabi observed passionate mountaineers’ exploring its craggy mountains mostly around late 1980s, more than 650 routes are developed over the years. These courses include pocketed walls, steep climbs, limestone crags, hanging stalactites etc. On the basis of French grading system they are categorized as beginner 5a's to classic multi-pitch 6a's, to the extremes of 8c; enough to challenge any adventurous climber. Best spot for both beginner and expert can be the peninsula between Tham Phra Nang and Railay East harbours. Climbing gear is easily available for hire. First-timers opt for guided climbs and instruction. These facilities are
Snorkelling at Bamboo Island
Treetop Adventure Park
Rock Climbing Railay
there around most of the resorts in Ao Nang and Railay East Beach.Other activities can be cave exploration, biking, elephant riding, sea kayaking, canoeing, white water kayaking and rafting. Among various places one must experience the sit-on-top kayak at Krabi Klong Talen's 'Mangrove Maze'. The narrow passage crossing through rock gardens, limestone canyons, mangroves and dotted with rare fauna, gives you quite a quirky exposure. HOW TO REACH KRABI: Take a flight to Bangkok and from there to Krabi. Thai Tourism conducts various package tours to Krabi and nearby places. The best time to visit is between November to April.
Bonhomie at Krabi: Group of delegates at Treetop Adventure park
I am thankful to Tourism Authority of Thailand (Mumbai) for making red magazine a part of the Krabi promotional programme- Krabi Go Green. The experience has been as wonderful and incredible as the exotic island is. Here, I strove to showcase the ideal getaway, with an objective to fetch it the recognition it richly deserves. - Chandu, Publisher
@NOVOTEL Party freaks were seen energized with a new josh while reveling at Vue and Inď€ nity of Varun Beach Novotel Hotel. It appeared as if the heavenly drizzles charged up their mood as they ď€‚ocked with fresh zeal to party harder. The bartenders with variety of mocktails and cocktails rounded up the feeling of ecstasy. The remaining fun was added by the in-house DJs who kept churning season apt music.
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@PARK The Park remained a hot spot among the merrymakers whole of last month. The hide & seek game between the sun and rain couldnâ€™t lock up the revelers at home. In fact, they came in full force here. One of the weekend pulled crowds in huge numbers when in-house DJ Bob set the party mood with his opening gigs with EDM numbers. Later, DJ Gaurav Mehta from Hyderabad infused some more energy by belting out House, Hip-Hop and Progressive mixes.
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RAFIQ’S GRAND IFTAR SPREAD Hasnan Saberi
The holy month of Ramadan unites friends and families alike. While the days are spent in pursuit of divinity, the evenings often call for grand get-togethers to celebrate the festive in unison. This was what seen at the lavish Iftar party Raq hosted for his close associates. From shorba, kebabs, haleem, biryani to mouthwatering basbousa, baklava, kheer - many traditional delicacies were served. Spotted at the gathering were Feroz, Imraan, Ifran, Khalil, Naseer, Umair, Khaza Khan, Ali and Hasan Saberi, Manzoor Alam Khan, Anil Kumar Yadav, Ramesh Patel and many others.
Manzoor Alam Khan Anil Kumar Yadav
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Kishan & Saritha Lohiya
Laila & Feroz Khan
Anup & Koyal Chandak
PRASHANT Bâ€™DAY BASH
Radhika & Prashant
Manish & Rekha
The birthday bash of socialite and businessman Prashant Agarwal was the talk of the town last month. Hosted at Atop Empire Square, the party had all the ingredients of a jazzy evening- energy pumping music, great lighting, delicious food and heady drinks. Prashantâ€™s wife Radhika played the perfect host taking care of each and every invitee. Spotted at the soiree were Shaheen and Sikander, Puru, Shalini, Anup, Koyal, Gaurav, Pallavi, Kisan and Sarita Lohiya, Deepali and Brij Gopal, Manish, Rekha, Payal, Atin and many others.
Payal & Atin
Shaheen & Sikandeer
Sanjay & Ruchi Soni
Anshum & Alok
Swapna & Sandeep Puru & Shalini
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Magic Moments On Dream Dais
xchanging engagement rings is certainly a moment of elation for any young couple. What if the couple are physically lifted to match their emotions? That is what happened at the betrothal of Praneetha, daughter of Mrs.Kethavarapu Lakshmi and Mr.Seshubabu, with Nitin Krishna, son of Mrs. Sujatha and Mr.T.B.Gupta. Raising the bar in event management, Rahul Ganapathi of Razmatazz created magical moments for the couple, taking them 8 feet off the ground on a specially mechanized stage. The lights went off giving them a few private minutes and then suddenly there was a shower of petals which was accompanied by tunes of congratulations as a follow spotlight captured the couple exchanging rings. A string of celebrities from various walks of life came to greet the couple who will be taking their conjugal vows soon.
Sparkle& Splendour All the Way
f the regionâ€™s best builder performs his granddaughterâ€™s wedding, it ought to be nothing but opulent and grand. However, Mr.M.Venkata Rao and his wife Mrs.Sita kept the affair an intimate one. The grandiose event took off on a striking note with two pre-wedding events - mehendi and a cocktail dinner. Though both the events were deviation from the regular Telugu customs, the main ritual, wedding was all tradition. Varun Novotel provided a perfect and complementing platform for all the events. It was roses of various hues all the way and the native Nada Swaram was in tune with the Vedic chants. The bride Sita Vidhatri, daughter of Mrs.Parneeta and M.R.K.Prasad Rao and groom Janardhana Rao, son of Mrs.Ssarojini Devi and Mr.Ramakrishna Surapaneni looked perfectly made for each other. Union Ministers Mr.Venkaiah Naidu and Mr.Rajiv Pratap Rudy and MP Mr.K.Haribabu along with their wives, led a horde of distinguished guests. Prominently present at the event were Mrs.Moti Kumari and Mr. Gogineni Pitcheswara Rao, grandparents of the groom.
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Nihalâ€™s Lavish Cradle Ceremony
he cradle ceremony of Nihal, the grandson of MP A.P. Jithender Reddy was a gala event. Hosted at Jalavihar, the event saw VVIPs in full attendance. Prominent among the present were Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao, K. Keshava Rao, Nayana Narasimha Reddy, Srinivas Goud and Pocharam Srinivas. Celebs from the Tollywood and head honchos of business circles were also spotted at the do, blessing the newly born. Clad in a golden kurta-pajama and red jacket and pagadi , tiny baby boy looked cute. His proud parents Mithun and Rishika received the guests. Lavish spread of delicious food was served and invitees were seen relishing the delectable.
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CANCER (June 22 - July 22)
ARIES (March 21-April 19) A good time to finish projects as the situation is positive all around. Just do not make the fatal mistake of chasing two rabbits at once, even if you think that this time you can actually catch them both. The reality is different, so it would be better if you concentrate and make the right decision, as it will affect your life down the line. The love front will be much more peaceful. If you do not have the ability to take a long vacation at least use your weekends for breaks. Lucky for you: 14, White
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) There will be many opportunities in the sphere of entrepreneurship and business. Focus on the realization of your current projects. If you have your own business, then think about making new deals. Also carefully evaluate all the risks and opportunities that you can get out of this planned partnership. On the personal front be careful about what you wish for. This is because right now you will have the ability to implement any fantasy. Lucky for you: 6, Blue
GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) It will be an exclusively productive time. You can even allow yourself to relax and enjoy life. Your opponents will be in a bad position, so you may hope that any project of yours will receive the green light, especially if you work for yourself. On the love front you will face all kinds of arguments and small issues, the amount of which will grow geometrically. At some moment it will seem that overcoming the situation will be impossible, because as soon you solve one problem â€“ three more grow in its place. But you are sure to surmount all. Lucky for you: 7, Green
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Believe in yourself, do not doubt your strength, but do not overestimate it either. You will not be able to implement every idea that you get along the way, so concentrate on what you think has more potential. That is especially true since not every thought or business affair is truly worth the effort. During the current moment, all circumstances will play to your hand, so do not ruin the moment â€“ try not to get high on your own success. You can expect many wonderful situations and each one will end up being positive. Lucky for you: 21, Yellow
LEO (July 23 - Aug 22) Your workability will reach its peak, count upon that while deciding how and when to implement your project. Right now you can definitely take on a few tasks, but do not overwork. It is unlikely to be anything significant, but the devil is in the details. So be attentive and careful, especially if you are offered to make a deal with people whom you do not know too well. Listen to the opinion of colleagues and especially to those of women. If you are married and live with your parents, then it is best that you plan some trip or vacation. Lucky for you: 7, Red
VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
Fate will be on your side in terms of the sphere of finances and entrepreneurship. Concentrate on the things that are really important, but do not forget to pay attention to the details. You will have enough energy to be literally everywhere and in everything. If you are engaged or married, then be prepared to agree with your lover even when you know that she/he is wrong. Arguing would not be the best option. You should be diplomatic and flexible, mostly succumbing to the incoming pressure.
You will have a great environment on the love front, which will allow solving any problem with minimal energy. The work direction will bring many surprises but sadly all of them will be negative. You will have the energy to support all your projects, but not the ability to. Let go of some of the strings from your hands or you risk losing everything that you have. If you have your own business, then be especially attentive, as you may be offered a deal that will look so attractive that denying it will be impossible.
Lucky for you: 13, Turquoise
Lucky for you: 16, Grey
LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) Although everything might seem quite successful from the financial standpoint, the sphere of personal relationships needs protection. The work direction will truly be a very successful side of the Scorpio’s life. Let people be upset about how slow you are, this is their problem. Do not let them throw you off balance, even if your lover is the source of the problems. In the end, each one of us is capable of choosing our own way and some of the current events may in fact serve as great displays of how strongly you were mistaken about your close ones.
The ability to plan and analyze circumstances with the ability to determine the optimal strategy – these qualities will be most important to you, especially if you have your own business. Pay special attention to the fact that you will now enjoy an exclusive influence among your friends. That means that the priorities of those closest will be much correlated with you. Think about that when you and your friends are offered an idea of an adventure. On the other side, it will be a great time for rest, so you should not expect any real problems. Lucky for you: 27, Green
Lucky for you: 19, Blue
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) The sphere of finance and entrepreneurship will be quite successful. However, it is advisable to take measures to avoid real problems. First, you need to take care of your most vivid opponents. Sudden circumstances will continue to prevent you from fulfilling your plans and perhaps it is a sort of sign that will show you serious mistakes and errors. If you are single, there is every possibility of meeting that Mr/Ms. Right. So it important that you avail every opportunity to socialise and keep your eyes open.
Lucky for you: 9, Black
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Interesting situations will arise on the work front. Be prepared that you will not end up a winner in all situations, but that is not what is required either. What’s more important is the experience that you will gain which may very well be the foundation of future success. In the sphere of personal relationships, the situation will be no less ambiguous. Pay special attention to close friends. Don’t allow others to influence you, unless the matter concerns your lover. Lucky for you: 6, Purple
PISCES (Feb 19 - March 20) Those attempting to start something new are on the right path. Do not pay attention to what your rivals say. Complications will be connected with the technical aspects of the situation. Here you will need true allies and even if you are not aware of who they are right now, they will reveal themselves when time comes. The resources that you spend will be disproportional to the result achieved. But do not ask for help. In your relationship with close ones, try to display as much patience as possible Lucky for you: 8, Blue red | july 2015 | 117
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