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Red Gadgets 98 Tech freaks hold your breath, cause this month we have a lot in store for you. Turn to the Gadgets section to know more.

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Red Haute She is hot property, with directors queuing up to sign this long legged lass better known as the Golden Girl. Know more about Rakul Preet Singh


If you are dieting, we advise you to not turn to this page, exotic dishes are waiting to take you by surprise. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Red Eve

She runs a school which is a blessing for all working parents. Meet Mrs.Swetapadma and get acquainted with her novel ideas

Are you familiar with what haute couture, bias cut or lust-have means? If not, then step in at Lavishh. Still feel lost? Then, take guidance from Shilpa. In this ever growing world of fashion she educates what’s a-la-mode.


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From big transformers to a tiny switch, he can meet all your needs. Picking up the tricks of the business from his father is Uday, one of the city’s young and successful entrepreneurs.

Though art runs in his genes, a casual encounter with it, made him realize that it is his real calling. Kaali Sudheer finds his passion and makes a great life out of it.

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Red Trade He charms everyone with his smile, but many people are fans of his EYE(care) hospital. Meet Bhargav

The ever approachable P.L.K.Murthy of Visakha Ads has more feathers in his cap than one can count. Up close and personal with this Rotarian Hospitality industry counts him as a veteran and his association with various key bodies positions him even higher. It took 25 long years of dedication for Mr. Ravichandran to reach this stature.

Red Trade Diwali comes only once in a year, but his shop gives you a feel of the festival throughout the year. From his shop, these bright rays reach every place in the city. Vikram tell us how he does it!

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He came; He saw; He didn’t conquer. Yes, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu did come; saw and even sensed the mood of the public; but failed to win their hearts because he did not utter those three magical words – Visakhapatnam Railway Zone. Vizagites feel let down once again. The only saving grace is that all the ministers and MPs of the region, transcending party barriers, made a strong case and pushed the demand to the best of their abilities. Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao has taken a rm stand on the Osmania land issue; he even went to the extent of unleashing the police on the very students, on whose steam he carried out a protracted movement and won Telangana. What does that prove- that KCR drops the people once they outlive his purpose or his sense of gratitude is so eeting that it doesn’t even last for a year? She arrived on the Telugu land, alighting Venkatadri Express. Since then she travelled far and fast. Her just released Pandaga Chesko is setting the box-ofce jingling. It is little wonder she sits pretty on our cover and prime columns. Working parents cannot ask for more. Their children are totally at home in the school, and can stay there even 24/7, if need be. The Principal of Esperanza, Mrs.Swetapadma, explains her role as their guardian angel. From children we take your attention to an adult premise and to Mrs.Shilpa Chowdhury, who has been luring the fashionistas with her Lavishh shows. They are the Eves of this month. Gen X is well packaged with Art, Aesthetics and Utility. Kaali Sudheer, the curator of Muse Art Gallery, is born with an artistic bone, besides the proverbial silver spoon. Uday Kumar deals with a wide range of electrical appliances and devices without which our life comes to a standstill. The dynamic duo belonging to two divergent elds nd themselves next to each other in this edition. In Trade segment Vikram Mehta relates how he marches ahead on the luminous path of progress with his Prakash Lights. Bhargav Ram too deals with light, albeit in a different way. His Sandhya Eye Hospitals bring a ray of hope in innumerable lives. You will not nd another person as media-friendly as Mr.P.L.K.Murthy of Visakha Ads. But our Focus is on the yeoman service he has rendered as the President of Rotary Club Port City. We caught him just before he is passing the baton to his successor. Mr. Ravichandran, V-P & General Manager of The Central Court Hotel and his expedition through the portals of star hotels, complete the spectrum. Now you know what is in store. Take your pick.

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VIZAG GEETHA BAGS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Mrs.Y.Geetha Srikanth, MD, LB Agro Products is bestowed with Priyadharsani Award for her outstanding contribution to the eld of the Rural Agri industry at an international event held by the Federation of Indian Women Entrepreneurs in collaboration with Indo-African-Arab Women Chamber of Commerce in New Delhi. Ms.Geetha is the only entrepreneur from Andhra Pradesh to have bagged the award among 25 outstanding women entrepreneurs. Union Ministers Mr. Khalraj Misra, Dr.Najma Heptulla and FIWE President Dr.Rajani Agarwal gave away the award. Eminent women from Africa, Uganda, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan took part in the event. Ms.Geetha, who is pursuing Ph.D on rural women entrepreneurs, said that interacting with the leading lights from across the world was an enriching experience.

TITAN’S FIRST INTEGRATED STORE IS HERE N-Circle, Titan’s rst integrated format store housing watches, jewellery, eyewear and accessories, was launched in style, with over 600 people gracing the event. Bhaskar Bhat, MD, Titan Company and Haribabu, MP, inaugurated the showroom while rose petals descended on all guests, taking them by surprise. Rana Uppalapati, Business Associate of Titan Co.Ltd played the role of the engaging host to perfection and in the background a fusion band kept the audience entertained. Among those who attended the event are Kankatala Mallik, Raghavendra Rao of Daspalla, Murli of Pheonix, Shiv Kumar of Maple and CII, Dr.Ram Murthy, physician and the divisional heads of Titan Co.Ltd.

MEGA BLOOD DONATION CAMP AT CMR MP, K. Haribabu inaugurated the mega 2-day blood donation camp organised by Symbiosys Technologies and CMR Group at CMR Shopping Mall. On the eve of the event a camp was held at Symbiosys Technologies where 133 units of blood was collected and handed over to NTR blood bank. Mavuri Venkata Ramana, MD, CMR Group and O Naresh Kumar , CEO, Symbiosys Technologies informed that Rotary and NTR Blood Banks are the principle collectors of blood. P.L.K. Murthy, President of Rotary Club Port City and D.S. Prakasa Rao, Secretary of Rotary Blood Bank were present. Nearly 750 units of blood was collected at the camp.

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ABS GETS ABE ACCREDITATION Avalon Business School (ABS) announced its groundbreaking partnership with ABE-UK at a press meet. Dr.George Alapatt, Country Manager ABE India, Mr.David Cortazar, Regional Director, ABE, Mr.P.L.K Murthy, President, Rotary Club VSP Port City, along with Mr. Sandeep Kotta , MD, ABS, unveiled the new poster. ABE accredits the rst two years of the Business Degree from Avalon Business School, thus enabling its students to nish the nal year choosing from over 80 prestigious Universities like Birmingham City University, UK; Curtin University, Australia and University of Bolton, UAE.

HIMA TOPS JK HIGH SCHOOL IN SSC It is celebration time at JK High School which proudly announces the best results it has garnered in the just declared SSC examination. Topping the merit list are its students P. Hima Harshitha (Grade 9.8), P. Pavani (9.7), N. Vennela (9.5), G.L.V Sravani (9.5) and M. Sridivya (9.3). The school which was established just 15 years ago in the MVP colony has been providing quality education at affordable cost. Supported by a team of highlyexperienced teachers and state-of-the art infrastructure, the school grew from strength to strength. Innumerable students have been taking benets of the school which runs on great values and high standards. Many meritorious students have been emerging out of the much-venerated portals of JK High School.

PRAKASHAITES SHINE IN SSC EXAMS The students of Sri Prakash High School have once again passed with ying colours making their alma mater proud. The SSC students have taken a lead with outstanding scores. Three students have secured 10 points while 18 have achieved more than 9.8 points and 99 students have crossed the 9 points benchmark. The Director, Mr. C.Vasu Prakash, congratulated the students as well as the parents who have been the core of such success.

i-Genie Systems Render Ultimate Comfort Had the protagonist Bhashkor of lm Piko had the i-Genie systems installed in his house, he would not have had all those problems about which he was cribbing throughout the lm. The script would have been different. Yes, i-Genie Smarter Living India Pvt Ltd seems to have ready-made answers for all the toilet problems. Stating that hygiene and health are inseparable, Mr.Gautham Gopal, Business Head of the company, said that their bidet systems are highly evolved and provide hands-free experience in personal cleaning. He was here to test waters in Vizag market and was addressing a press conference. He further said that the i-Genie bidet systems are available in three variations to suit the individual needs and budget. They are Elite (electronic bidet with side control panel), Luxury (electronic bidet with remote) and Ultimate (all in one tank-less system). “i-Genie which is a perfect choice for men, women, kids, elderly, disabled and patients, can be installed in 15 minutes,“ said Mr.Gautham describing the user-friendly feature of the systems. The company is tying up with the local sanitary ware dealers to render after-sale services.


Impressing Your Taste Buds Varun Novotel conducted an internal chefs competition giving a platform for innovations in food. The competition was judged by Ameet Mirpuri, an independent design professional, who designed Novotel; Ms.Indrani, a connoisseur of food and food critic; Mr.D.S.Anand, Executive Director of Marine Corp. of India; Ms.Bharati Sikhand, Socialite and Samir Pundita, General Manager, ITC Grand Bay Hotel. Winners were Dharmender and Priya Ranjan for their dishes Do Patta Paneer and Dragon Chicken. The man who managed the event was Chef Mahesh, Executive chef, Novotel.

CONVOCATION CEREMONY OF CMT STUDENTS The convocation ceremony of the students of Centre for Management and Technology was held at Four Point Sheraton. Chief Guest Prof. M.Ram Mohan Rao, Provost, The WOXSEN school of Business, Former Dean Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, presented the awards. The convocation was for three batches of students out of which 150 students were conferred with PGDM in person and 75 in absentia. Secretary, Dean and Correspondent, Mr. S.P.Ravindra highlighted the beneď€ ts of PGDM courses while the director DR.K.Kameshwari spoke about the industry-oriented curriculum, extracurricular activities, infrastructure facilities and placement drives held at CMT.

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AWARENESS WORKSHOP ON OBESITY The Asian Bariatric Centre from Hyderabad conducted an awareness campaign on Obesity in Waltair Club. While highlighting the beneď€ ts of good food habits and exercising Dr.Mahidhar Valeti, Managing Director and Consultant Surgeon also talked about weight loss surgery in the morbidly obese population. He elaborated on the Asian Bariatric Centre which happens to be the largest group of doctors in Asia to conduct such surgeries. Dr.Srinivasa Rao then went on to speak in detail about Rhinoplasy and other cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, reduction, face lift, liposuctions, eye lid correction etc. More than 100 people attended this workshop.

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AUDI LOVERS TAKEN ON A DRIVE A special track was laid out at Andhra University for the potential customers of the Audi showroom at Resapuvanipalem, to demonstrate the prowess of the Q3, Q5 and Q7 cars. The showroom is owned by Mr.Rajiv Sanghvi. The Audi lovers were given a real feel of driving the SUVs on these tracks which was meant to replicate the off road driving experience. This two-day event conducted over the weekend was attended by over 100 people. Following the event, the showroom offered to give complimentary accessories worth Rs.50,000 to the customers who were willing to make a purchase in the next ď€ ve days.

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RACING AGAINST TIME AT HIFY It was not cars racing with one another, but a single car racing against the clock. As many as 55 racing enthusiasts, driving Vehicles from 800 cc to 2,000 cc, took part in the city’s ď€ rst V1 Tarmac Autocross event held at HiFy (Hub for Youth). As an entry-level motorsport, it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive racing such as rallying and circuit racing. Mr.Tippala Chandu, CMD, red magazine and Mr. Pramod Kumar, MD of HiFy distributed the prizes to winners.

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THE GRAND LAUNCH OF N CIRCLE The pre-launch of N 窶田ircle was a gala event. Over 1000 people were present at Waltair Club auditorium for the customer meet and cocktail dinner event. The highlight of the show was the performance of an all European Girl-Band called The Silver Strings Quartet. The owner of the store Rana Uppalapati, played the perfect host keeping the audience entertained with his wisecracks. He even gave away Tanishq gold coins to the winners of the quiz contest, all along keeping audience on their toes. Amongst those present on the occasion are Kankatala Mallik, Kaushik of Unisonn, Raghavendra of Daspalla Hotel, Poonam, Correspondent Teeny Boppers etc. The grand event was followed by the formal launch of the showroom a day later.

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HAFELE DESIGN STUDIO, THE LATEST ENTRANT An addition to brand Hafele came with the launch of an exclusive Hafele Design Studio in Banjara Hills. Hafele, the world leader in architectural hardware, furniture and kitchen ttings now will be available here as one-stop-solution for everyone. Mr.Jurgen Wolf, Managing Director, Hafele India Pvt. Ltd who was present at the launch said, “This is our fourth design studio in the state of Telangana. With this design studio we are all set to provide the ergonomically designed and internationally acclaimed innovative hardware and kitchen tting solutions to our customers in Hyderabad."

KAAPI WITH KUCHHIPUDI The Gallery Café, Road No.10, Banjara Hills hosted one-ofits-kind event called ‘Kaapi with Kuchhipudi’. It was an evening of dance that came with a wonderful accompaniment of Vishwa Vinayaka, Javalis and Thillanas to name a few. Authentic South Indian lter coffees were on the ofng along with some delicious pastas, sandwiches, wraps and much more, which satiated the taste buds of the guests. Spotted were Haleem Khan, Rekha, Sarla, Sangeeta, Raja, Jyostna, Keertana and many others.

BEAUTY QUEEN MANSI GULATI AT PRESS MEET Mansi Gulati, who recently won the Mrs.India-Asia International 2015, was seen addressing a press conference held at the Park Hotel in the city on winning the coveted pageant. A face yoga trainer, tness professional and mother of a nine-year old daughter Muskan, she is the rst woman from Hyderabad to win this title. She spoke on her winning journey and shared her preparedness to represent India in upcoming Mrs.Asia International Global-2015 which will be held in Malaysia. In the beauty pageant held in Pune, this 28-year-old beat 33 other participants from across the country and dubbed it a milestone for her. Anika, Geet Gupta, Nehal, Shika, Pooja, and Swati Rao were spotted at the meet.

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NIFT’S GRAND GRADUATION SHOW Fashionova and Knitmoda 2015, the graduation fashion show of NIFT, was a big hit. It left the audience spellbound when models sashayed down the ramp donning the creative designs of the graduating students. A myriad themes like time travel, cubism and Ganga Manthan to the Kitchen inspired from elements of Edwardian and Egyptian, wanderlust as well as futuristic cyberworld was on display. The guests were amazed to witness the sheer creativity of these young talents. Among many seen at the event were Ankita, Monika, Saista, Payal, Shravana, Tanushree and Shilpa. ANUSMARAN CELEBRATED WITH FERVOUR Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) AlumniHyderabad Chapter celebrated Anusmaran 2015, the agship alumni event of (IIMB) at Taramati Baradari. The event was set in Nawabi style theme and various cultural programmes along with royal Hyderabadi music, shenai, qawwali, jugalbandi and fun activities like painting, banglemaking were organized. Delicious Nizami food was served. Since its inception in 2002, Anusmaran (meaning reminiscence) aims to bring all IIMB alumni together, irrespective of their batches and courses and it has grown from 5 chapters to 15 chapters. Bhanu Prakash Varla, President, IIMB Alumni Association, Hyderabad Chapter, Amar, Shilpa, Sunita, Kanwar, Harpreet, Lekha, Prashanth, Roopa, Sandhya, Satish, Susheel, Leena, Sharath, Mounika, Srilekha, Sharanya, Sanjana, Shrutika, Swati and Sameera were prominently present at the event.

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AKRITI ELITE IMPRESSED EVERYONE Akriti Elite the favourite exhibition of Hyderabadis once again received a grand response from the shoppers. The two-day-show, held at Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills, was inaugurated by Bhakti Arora (Masterchef India Semi-ď€ nalist); Sadhna Singh (Hyderabad Supermodel) and Akritti Elite Director Sashi Nahata. This premium exhibition and sale showcased all new collections of linens, handlooms, ethnic wear, saris, designer wear, half saris, lehengas, kurtis, tunics, pallazos, western wear, footwear, unstitched dress materials, accessories, jewellery, imitation jewellery, pearls, handbags, etc. Some of the participating designers were Sheetall Nahata, Satya Paul, Cynossure, Kashish, Kavi’s touch, Posh affairs, Loretta Silver, Sally Sekhar, etc. The shoppers list included names like Simran, Priya, Kajal, Harshini, Ananya, Anshum, Lachi, Suman, Sheetal, Rita, Swetha and many others.

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PINK CLUB WENT VICTORIAN AGE When the para was raising high the members of Pink Club added to the heat by appearing in their nery and looking their best. They gathered to chill out with each other at Big Fork! Dressed according to 'Victoria Tea Cup Party', they re-created the charm of that era with the classic outts and accessories. From long owing gowns to big English hats to oral print frocks, they paid attention to every detail of their ensembles. A lavish spread was arranged to treat the members, who seemed to be enjoying the do. Bhavna, Deepika, Deeksha, Koyal, Saba, Rachana, Manisha Kapoor, Nikita, Tanmeet, Uzma, Shaheen, Shoba and many others were seen at the soiree.


SUNDOWNER SATURDAY OF FLO Decked up in various hues, the members of FLO waltzed into the poolside at The Park. Paparazzi clicked the pretty ladies at the photo booth which was introduced this year as a FLO branding initiative. A few cabanas were specially erected for them to relax and enjoy the express foot spa and mist sprays. Sumalatha, Secretary, FLO welcomed the members and invited the Rekha Lahoti, chairperson on stage. Rekha infused energy by kickstarting Karaoke and Rummy Azad, Deepa and many more continued the fun singing-session. Show was hosted by Anuj Gurwara who lured ladies to take part in the Bollywood Quiz and music session by giving away pearl necklaces from Kundan Jewellers, vouchers from JUICE Salon and Cafe Art Gallery as prizes. Members also added act of charity by contributing to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, initiated by Padma Rajagopal.

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HYDERABAD Dr Nageshwar Reddy, Dr

Sona Chatwani

Padma Reddy

Neha Gandhi

FLO ON DRIVE AND DIGESTION FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO) hosted “Hunar hai toh kadar hai", "Women in Transport" in association with Govt of Telangana and Maruti Suzuki Driving School. This skill development joint initiative was announced by Rekha Lahoti, Chairperson of FLO, Hyderabad, who while addressing the press conference, said, “The objective is to empower women with much valued skills and create opportunities for them to grow socially and economically. We hope to train around 200 women in driving skills.” An interactive session "Love yourself enough to live a healthy lifestyle" was held. Padmashri Dr.D.Nageshwar Reddy, Chairman and Dr.Rupa Banerjee, Senior Consultant Gastroenterologist Director, IBD Clinic Asian Institute of Gastroenterology addressed the 150 plus members.


Namita Kanodia Shruti


Maya Patel Rashmi Prasad

Swapna Cherukuri Ashita

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Rasika, Lavraj, Uttam Reddy & Sukruta

Movie buffs had a gala time as they gathered to watch Amitabh Bacchan, Irfan and Deepika Padukone starrer Piku. Eminent people like Arpita, Ayushi, Brij Gopal & Dipali, Chetan & Anu, Mansa, Pooja, Radhika, Swati, Amitam, Rasika, Uttam and Chandu Tippala witnessed the premiere show organized by Bisket. He also screened Bombay Velvet, which was a big draw with Anu, Gazal, Hameed, Sunny Anand, Richa, Sangeeta, Sheetal, Sindhu, Swetha, Veni, Debarti, Aarshia, Khayum and Bhupal attending it. Both the screenings were held at Prasad Imax. Aarshia, Khayyum & Bhupal

Chandu Tippala


Arpita Rohit, Sridhar & Vidya Rao



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Gazal Hameed & Sunny Anand Chetan & Annu

Swasti Semwal

Swati & Amitam






Ayushi Veni Mansa

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ocated in Siripuram, Soch promises exclusive ethnic wear to the beautiful women of Vizag. It offers everything from designer saris to kurtis, to dress materials, churidars etc. If you are here to shop for your wedding, the lovely lehengas are sure to make you fall in love with them. For that uber cool DJ Party look you can choose the gorgeous gown style traditional suits which range anywhere between Rs.7000- 30,000. What’s more, they have such gowns only one piece per style. So be rest assured that no one in the city will have what you have. Did we leave out the outt for mehendi? You can easily pick up a beautiful salwar suit material and see it transform into an elegant outt with the help of their inhouse tailors.


The sari-lovers will be spoilt for choice in the wide range of Georgette, Chanderi, Crepe, Matka Silk, Uppada Pattu, Super net, designer, etc. You also nd stunning readymade blouses priced between Rs.1,000 and 4,000, a perfect way to show off those slender shoulders and back. For a less dressy look you can choose from their digital print kurtis priced between Rs. 498- 4500 or the Kaftan collection. You will also nd skirts, stoles, leggings and ethnic jackets which can be paired with a kurta or even jeans.


If you are here to pick up a present for someone but are confused, you can buy their gift vouchers which are valid for a good six months. Basically it is a one stop shop for all ethnic wear.


Ph No. 0891- 2566700 Timings : 10.30 am to 10pm


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me Trading, can be your one-stop-shop if you are searching for high quality tiles, sanitary and bathroom tting. The store is owned by Mr.Srinivas Meka and Mr. Rajesh Gaggara. Among the plethora of products it displays, the murals are the best. However, you cannot expect them to t anywhere you want as they come in the set dimensions. There are as many as 50 varieties of designer murals in themes like oral, leafy, nature, scenery, abstract, music etc. They are done with digital prints. Equally interesting are those tiles with Sandblasting (embossed feel) the latest technology in tiles. They are waterproof too. Quite fascinating are the glass tiles. They are available in over 100 varieties. They can be used for walls as well as oors. Bathroom and sanitary ttings are on display on the top oor, which include imported Jacuzzi tubs and multi-jet shower panels. One can get shower cubicles with steam bath and massage jets priced between Rs.2 lakh -4 lakh. It stocks lovely handcrafted basin bowls with a starting range of Rs.6,000. There are chic vanities too perfect for an up-market lavatory. Apart from these products, the store too has kitchen chimney and gas range with built-in hubs by Glen.

Ph. nos: 0891-6467979, 8121399998, 9246567979 Timings: 9.30 am- 9.00 pm (Closed on Sunday)


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f you are in the process of setting up a house, you may want to look here rst. The Kajaria store at Resapuvanipalem is the perfect place to buy tiles and bathroom ttings. Now if you have the boring image of a little four edged piece of ceramic used to cover your bathroom, then it is high time you visit this store.

From tiles that look like wallpaper to polished pieces that are so smooth that you might just manage to see your reection in there, to beautiful murals; everything is available here. Two of the biggest brands in this segment are on display, namely Cera and Kajaria, which offer creative pieces. Be it tiles for wall, oor or external wall, you have a wide range to choose from, in this 1500 sq ft showroom. My personal favourites are the wooden nish tiles and elevation tiles. Also interesting are the HD design tiles which have an Italian marble nish, made with an eye for detail; the matt nish tiles that would be perfect for those who prefer to keep things sober. For bath ttings and sanitary ware Cera is a trustworthy option which suits both economy and luxury segments. The best part is that you won’t really have to rack your brain imagining how a certain bath tting would look like, because at this store, they have constructed a few demo bathrooms to help you visualize better.




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or most people, going out for lunch on a hot summer day would be nothing short of a nightmare and to a restaurant which has no Air Conditioning…totally out of question, isn’t it? But a visit to Kshatriya Inn would make you rethink. Set on the way to the scenic Rushikonda Beach, stepping into this open air restaurant would give you a feel of being out on a holiday. With mountains and the sea in the distance, a garden in front of you and a thatched roof to protect you from the blazing sun, it makes for a perfect lunch destination. “The thatched roof is made up of special leaves, which keeps heat at bay, using Vedic science,” says the owner Mr.B.V.K.Raju . He, along with a dedicated team, has been researching for 14 years on the age-old secrets of cooking nutritious food. True to his word he serves traditional Andhra food minus any articial colours, preservatives or additives. You must try the Kheema fry, Chicken Curry and Rajula Pulao with Chitti Muchalu Rice if you crave authentic local food. On prior request the restaurant will provide special food with benets of the Ayurveda like 21-day health food packages for women post childbirth and breakfast veg/non veg tifns too. The staff takes great pride in the fact that the method used for cooking is inspired by the tribals, the vessels used are brass and copper which carry medicinal properties, the spices are approved by the Spices Board of India, oil is WHO approved and every vegetable used is organically produced. All this gives the restaurant a complete 10 when it comes to health. What’s more, a meal for two will cost you only Rs 600. Bottom line- nger-licking health food that is affordable too.


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efore the summer squeezes out all the juice from your life, you need to rell. Head to Hyper Fruits on VIP road straightaway and sip away to good health. What may look like a departmental store from outside is in fact a hub of exotic fruits, homemade chocolates, fruit wine and a lot more. It is the only place in Vizag where you will get all kinds of exotic imported fruits like Avocado, Thai lychees, Dragon fruit, Australian grapes, Kiwis etc. Prefer to mix and match, then opt for fruit salad of your choice priced at Rs 25 or treat yourself to a glass of fresh fruit juice with ice cream for as cheap as Rs.40. If a birthday is on the cards, then nothing can beat getting a surprise delivered at a loved one’s doorstep at midnight. Hyper Fruits arranges for night delivery of cake, owers, homemade chocolates and fruit basket too, the package starting from Rs.1,000. Fancy baskets for gifting purposes are available here. Added attraction is the ongoing gold coin lucky draw scheme. Basically this fruit shop not just offers good health in a basket, but delivers smiles too.

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hen Hyderabadis are looking for various ways to beat the heat, Mohd Shahrukuddin, Mohd Hashim, Mohd Noorullah and Junaid Shareef have brought a perfect summer gift for them. Chilax, the rooftop lounge, a new place set up by these four partners, can be your best address to chill out with buddies. Strategically located on Road no 4, Banjara Hills opposite to GVK One, Chilax gives a breathtaking view of the surroundings. Enjoy the evening breeze sitting in its alfresco and for a snugger feel dine indoors. It can accommodate around 200 people. The décor is done by interior designers Ravi and Gyan Prakash, and it speaks for the ne aesthetic taste of the owners. The menu is multi-cuisine and on ala carte basis. One can relish Indian, Tandoor, Chinese and Italian. From starters to entrée to dessert, one can order any item throughout the day. Must try dishes are Chicken Malai Kebab, Paneer Tikka, Peri Peri Chicken, lasagna, all varieties of sandwiches. Potables segment has a number of choices, a few good ones can be a variety of mocktails, milkshakes, mojito especially the cranberry avour. As you are done with main course, end the meal with Hot Brownie with Vanila ice-cream topped with chocolate sauce. To entertain the guests, there is jazzy high-quality music played in the background. Every Saturday it organizes live band performances. Wednesdays are Bollywood nights. Soon it is going to start ladies night as well. To enliven your mood there is Shisha too, in different avours. For corporate employees and students it gives a chance to earn points on every thousand rupees bill, besides offering loyalty cards. It is open for private parties, but one needs to book in advance. Items are reasonably priced and a complete meal with drinks, nger foods, entre, dessert including shisha would cost around Rs.,500 for two. 1

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afele, the global player in architectural hardware, furniture and kitchen ttings, opened another exclusive Hafele Design Studio on Rd No 12, Banajara Hills with TAS Impex. This is the brand’s fourth design studio in Telangana. Occupying an area of 3,500 sq ft, this studio displays the ergonomically designed and internationally acclaimed innovative hardware and kitchen tting solutions. It is one of the latest destinations and one-stop-shop for complete interior ttings solutions and designs. Owned by Shabbir T Chass & Kuresh T Chass the products can be favorites of any ace interior designer and architect. Besides the above mentioned products, it also offers kitchen appliances, lighting and sanitary from the house of Häfele. This new facility lets the customers touch and feel the ttings before purchasing them. It also provides them a complete overview and enables them to make an informed decision to select ttings that best suit their taste. “We see Hyderabad as a market with huge potential and we expect to identify the specic needs of customers, architects and interior contractors across all segments and provide them with desired tting solutions. We are condent that our exclusive range of products as well as the décor and the grandeur of our studio will attract customers,” said Mr. Jürgen Wolf, Managing director, Häfele India Pvt. Ltd, during the launch of this new outlet. Timings: 10 am- 8.00pm (365 days) Ph: 040-23370753










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BEGUILING BAHUBALI One of the most awaited icks in the history of Tollywood‘Bahubali’ is all set to hit the oor soon. This epic lm by Rajmouli, has been creating enough buzz time and again and has managed to stay in the news. The recent being the ofcial trailer released on 1st June which got millions of likes and applause on all online platforms. Many apps are created and numerous pages are being opened for fans to post their views. Movie buffs just don’t stop talking about the magnum opus. Everyone is all praise for the brainy director and his perfection which is evident in the sets, the look of the stars or special effects. The clip hinted at the stature of this lm which is now believed to have potential to take on even any Hollywood giant. It is its sheer magnitude that is making it release in two parts. All breaths are on hold and hopes are high on its success. Tinsel Town is humming with talks that Rajmouli with his feat can open up the doors of international lm fraternity investing in this industry.

BIG HEARTED TSR Big fat weddings need grand arrangements. Even a minor hitch gets seen through a magnifying glass. Recently actor Mohan Babu found himself in a predicament during the wedding of his son Manoj. The arrival of more than expected guests sent Mohan Babu into a tizzy as he fell short of accommodation to host them. The peak wedding season added to his agony as all the hotels in the city were occupied. On being apprised of the problem, the good friend and MP, Dr.T.Subbarami Reddy stepped in as the saviour. Known for his charity the politician rescued the actor from an impending embarrassment. He arranged rooms in his property Park Hyatt for Mohan Babu’s guests. Moved by this gesture, Mohan Babu took to his Twitter handle to convey his gratitude and tweeted “Thanks goes to Dr.T. Subbarami Reddy, specially. He has such a large and giving heart.” Isn’t it a true case of the maxim- ‘a friend in need is friend indeed’?

DOUBTFUL DRIVES Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Telangana to express solidarity with debt-ridden farmers, did create sensation and get media attention that Congress is craving for. While some dub the visit as a perfect measure to counter the Modi effect, a few others say that they can clearly see the changing winds. Going by the euphoria the visit whipped up, one is almost tempted to agree with them. In fact, many Congress loyalists and youngsters jostled to meet the leader. But the impenetrable security ring around Rahul made it impossible for them to go anywhere near him, leave alone interact with him. This also leaves a few poignant questions in people’s mind. Can the leaders, sitting in far away Delhi, really connect with the sons of the soil? Can they understand and resolve the local issues? Aren’t these padayatras and tours just cosmetic and futile exercises?

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HOPEFUL HARIBABU Leaders and parties change. But the long-pending issue- a separate railway zone with headquarters in Visakhapatnam, remains unsettled. People have been pressing this demand as they feel the Waltair division of the East Coast Railway is the highest revenue earner. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was expected to make the announcement during his visit to the city, could only give an ambiguous promise. “Don’t lose patience. Great works are performed by perseverance” – is what MP Haribabu says. It may be recalled that nding solution to this contentious issue was one of the poll planks from which he catapulted himself into Parliament. If only Haribabu pulls off this miracle, there is no stopping him for the coming 10 years and he is bound to secure a permanent place in the hearts of people.



By Ranita Ray

Shoot By Dhana Vijay


n a sultry afternoon, as you get relief from the heat with cool air-conditioning while watching a movie or dinning in a star hotel or shopping in mega malls, thank Subhadra Group! Feeling safe, insulated against fire or a burgling? Be grateful to them again because it is this company which has been taking care of Vizag’s electrical needs, besides adding comfort of air-conditioning, automation, high-end home theaters, surveillance, and fire-fighting system and many more for over past three decades. Present generation business leader Kalepalli Naga Venkata Uday Kumar is bringing new and latest facilities with his modern approach.

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Entry Uday was the natural heir of the business. “My father is extremely hardworking and even today puts in 16-17 hours a day. As a boy I never took interest in this business, as I thought it was a lot of tough work. As I grew I realized we have to put in our best efforts whether we work for us or others. Yet, I didn’t go for it immediately. Had I done so, my knowledge would have been limited. I wanted to thoroughly know the nuts and bolts of the trade before setting out.” Uday, a B.Tech degree holder and a gold medalist although, worked for Microsoft for six years rst three years in Hyderabad and later in the US. It was followed by a year long stint with Amazon. “Though there was never any compulsion from my father, I decided to come back home to help him,” Uday recalls. Even then, his father advised him to test waters for a month before he took a decision either way. His mother always stood by him supporting all his decisions. Finally and formally he joined the family business in 2011. That was the time the family oated yet another

division- Subhadra Energy which manufactures transformers. Difference of Opinions “My dad is open-minded, exible to changes and new ideas. Hence I never faced any resistance,” says Uday. His father, who is at the helm of the affairs, chose the head of each vertical and left it to be handled independently. He doesn’t interfere with the nitty-gritty of the functioning of the divisions. However, major decisions are arrived at only after a due consultation with him. Luckily for me all my decisions earn his blessings.”

from his father and his cousins. “We have a mind-boggling range of products under one roof. Automation system, high-end switches, fans, video door security system, home theatre for residential project. Similarly, for commercial and industrial customers we have projects in live-demo display. Everything is in the functional form. It is one-of-itskind facility in India. We are only one in Vizag to have a demo of automation, CCTV cameras, re alarm working panel, instead of storing them as dead products.” Every year they keep adding new product as per the market need. If they introduced solar power merchandise two years ago, they brought in energy efcient water heating system which consumes 1/5th against the regular ones.

Adoptions and Additions “I took up back end duties, aiming to improve the internal process. It is always difcult to change the mindset of the people. In such a situation comparisons are inevitable.” Uday could organize the employees’ structure in the face of resistance; He introduced a HR department to manage his 90-man company. “A lesson I learnt from my stint with Microsoft,” smiles Uday adding, “I hired a person exclusively for troubleshooting. If we want to focus on our bigger goals, we should be free of minor irritations and issues.” A few of the systems and incentives, Uday introduced yielded good results, made his employees more productive and reduced absenteeism. His measures augured well for both the company and employees. Second hassle he encountered was on the stock mustering front. He wanted to computerize the process which was carried out manually. It was a huge churn happening every day with over 20,000 items, majority of them fast moving. It took nearly 18 months for him to put it in order. The outcome was awesome. Spelling out his third major contribution, he says, “I made sure that our company has presence on the internet and created a website www.subhadragroup.in.” Great Accomplishment Opening a 15,000 sq ft high-end showroom was the concept that Uday was instrumental in ideating and turning into a reality. This all happened with tremendous support

Her anger is just for 10-15 days in a year, remaining 350 days she is very understanding and chilled out

Flashback After a decade-long service as an Electrical engineer in various government departments, his father Mr.Leela Prasad, started his own Mechanical Electrical and Plumbing consultancy rm called Subhadra Engineering Enterprise in1983, which was named after his wife. The rst expansion happened in 1996 by opening a sister concern, which takes air-conditioning contracts for industries. Mr.Prasad gave it to his nephew to handle it independently. Soon commercial establishments, hotels, shopping units started taking their services. With the next venture, they started trading in and distribution of an array of electrical products like transformers, underground cables to switches, fans, motors. Yet another one launched in 2008 introduced home automation, high-end wiring devices, surveillance and security system and similar products for premium homes and re protection, public address systems, surveillance solutions for commercial showrooms, malls, hotels, hospitals, industries etc..

“In Las Vegas I attended Consumer Electronic Show, one of the biggest events and decided to bring few products and market them in India. We are into customized home theatre system by partnering with one of the companies there. It became an instant hit.”I would like to take this platform to thank each and every customer of our company and specially those who supported me in my initial years in business by making this product a success. Point of Disappointment Some people said being a topper (and a gold medalist) he is cut out for better things.

He is very caring, pays attention to all my wishes and tries to fulfill them.

Future Plans They want to replicate a similar set up in another place and zeroed in on Vijayawada. The groundwork has started. “Going by the response we get, we will explore other places.” For transformer manufacturing they got government-approved APSEZ land, however it turned out to be a disputed piece. With a lot of difculty they got a fresh allotment, which met the same fate as the rst one. “It took a toll on our patience. However we didn’t give up the project. We took a unit on vendor basis in Hyderabad and started production. Our idea is to take transformer manufacturing to a bigger scale,” shares Uday. Another plan is to start an IT unit. Friendly Suggestion Thousands would discourage you, but if you are eager to succeed, nothing can stop you.

However, he doesn’t lament over his decision. “My father blessed me with a readymade platform and I didn’t have to struggle to nd my feet. Yes, I agree I lost some materialistic comforts the west offers like- a BMW there and a smaller car here. But no way will I trade this life for that.” Praiseworthy Project One of the divisions was not doing too well for reasons little known when Uday joined the business. Though the division was not a big one, he accepted the challenge of making it work and within two years he reached his goal. How he did it in his own words- "I had to make some critical changes in policies and strategies. My decisions invited good debates and questions were raised about the credibility of my decision. Our team had to change their mindset. This took time but things did change and results started showing. The overwhelming success made them realize that my idea would after all benet everyone. Over the years I learnt how to convince people, without rubbing them on the wrong.” Aim They have a great brand image in Visakhapatnam and coastal AP. His plan is to spread across the state. “My target is to reach Rs.1,000 cr turnover within next 10 years.”

A LEAF OUT OF HIS DIARY 7.30 am: Wake up. Plan the day 9.30 am: Head to ofce 3.00 pm: Lunch at home 4.00 pm: Back to job 11.30 pm: Day ends. Post marriage, Sundays are 60-70% offdays for me. Earlier, I used to work 24/7. Our love for travel took us to many countries for business and pleasure. I love driving but don’t have enough time for it. But we drive down to my wife’s native place Eluru once in a while. COMPATIBILITY METER SOWMYA IS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME: UDAY It was an arranged marriage. We had six months of courtship postengagement, so we had scope for prewedding romance (smiles) and got married in 2013. During her matchnding-task, she mentioned it clearly to

her father (a businessman) that she wouldn’t marry a businessman. But God had written my name in her destiny. Good thing: she knows the demands of the job, Bad thing; she can’t help complaining about them. She is the youngest born with two elder sisters, however, without getting homesick, she spent eight years out of her home for her education. This has made her a very outgoing person and broadminded. She is very soft-spoken. We do ght, but she breaks the ice rst. Her anger is just for 10-15 days in a year, remaining 350 days she is very understanding and chilled out. THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES Color: Red Brand: Not particular about clothing. Gucci and Guess for accessories Food: Spicy and tangy junk food Movie: Telugu (Comedies) Actor/Actress: None in particular Hobby: Painting and mobile games Holiday Spot: Europe UDAY IS A BLESSING FOR ME: SOWMYA He is very hardworking and highly dedicated to his business. I am not a nagging wife but I do complain about his busy schedules. That is because we can’t spend much time together. But then I know it’s not fair on my part. He is very caring, pays attention to all my wishes and tries to fulll them. He pampers me a lot. He respects everyone. As a son, he is very good and has lots of patience. He never gets into an argument, but tries to convince his father logically. As a businessman he is very sharp and enterprising. THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITES Food- Sweets Color- White Brand- Tommy Hilger Accessories- He has a grand collection of watches and sun glasses Movie- Not a movie freak Actor- None Actress- Anushka Shetty Holiday SpotSwitzerland


BORN WITH AN By Ranita Ray

Shoot by Dinakar Pamu


hose who assume that he is a serious person only going by the fact that he is associated with art, they are not even remotely correct. A man of great sense of humour, who cracks jokes on himself, Kaali Sudheer is a desirable company to be with. “I am a kid at heart,� he says and proves it with his chilled out approach towards life. The city knows him as the curator of Muse Art Gallery, but there is a lot more to know about him. Read on to explore.

Early Life “I don’t know who came when from where, but we have a history of living in this city for the past 300 years, so we are pucca Hyderabadis” replied Sudheer when asked to brief us on his roots. His grandfather, Dr.Gopal Rao, was one of the rst doctors to set up the Osmania Hospital and his father Mr.Anand Rao was a government servant. Sudheer is the youngest born and has two sisters and a brother. “I am ancient,” he jokes mentioning his education. After obtaining an MBA Degree from Osmania University in 1998-2000, it was time for him to start his career. “It is an inevitable ritual in this region for people to send their kids abroad so that they can take pride and aunt them among relatives. My family was no exception. Hence I headed to the US.” He picked up a job in the nance stream; however didn’t feel connected to it, his inner calling was something else. He discovered it during one of his strolls in New York, where he found an entire street dotted with numerous art galleries which he fell in love with. Soon it turned into a therapeutic session for him to pay a visit to this street every day. Arty Origin The love for art runs in the family. Sudheer recollects how his great grandfather gifted a 3ft/2ft toy aeroplane made of pure gold to his new-born son. The toy, which weighs around four kgs, is still preserved as a family relic. His formal introduction to art in New York was followed by his befriending a local artist who proposed to import Indian art pieces and put them on display. Sudheer set out on this project in 2004 and got an amazing response. He was gratied both creatively and nancially. By selling a single piece, he was able to make as much as he was earning from a month’s wages. Turning Point In 2006 he opened a private equity company (in partnership) in Bangalore. The market was good, earning them great prots. “The death of the late Chief Minister Dr.Y.S.Rajshekhar Reddy

Usha has been my best buddy for the past two decades.

changed my perception towards life. Till then I used to think money is the only thing that matters. It dawned on me that YSR couldn’t defy death despite all his wealth. It hit me hard. I told myself“Don’t chase money but go in pursuit of something you love.” He left his equity business in December 2009. New Beginning Early 2010 marked a new beginning in his life. His friend Sandhya, daughter-in-law of noted singer P. Susheela introduced him to a lot of bigwigs of Hyderabad as well as Marriot Hotel. He started Muse Foundation. Sandhya became one of the trustees. Muse is a non- protable foundation, but promotes art and charity. Every show is for a purpose or to support noble causes. Response & Reaction The art scenario wasn’t that great in Hyderabad at that time. There were only a couple of art galleries. Kalakriti by Rekha Lahoti and Prashant Lahoti was the sole premium gallery. Sudheer realized there is a vacuum. He had to consciously create a need for it. He chalked out his strategies right from its launch. He roped in Chiranjeevi to inaugurate the Muse Foundation and socialites to highlight the opening. While the former earned him instant attention, the latter group gradually turned into potent buyers. “Celebrities and P3s have social standing. Their talks and tweets grab attention and earn publicity easily. I use their fan-following to promote little known artists,” he justies. For that purpose, every show at Muse includes a lm star or icon.

Greatest Milestones Muse is an open platform where artists from different parts of the country and even world come and display their creative works. One of the most coveted shows was that of 35 American artists in 2011. Among veterans he has great admiration for Jogen and Subodh Gupta; they are Amitabh Bachhan and Shah Rukh Khan of art. “I dub it as my great achievement when they displayed their art in Muse.” He also mentions Absolute which conducts beautiful art shows and every year gives chance to a few artists all over the world to interpret its vodka bottle through their paintings. Till date from India only three qualied for it. With his efforts, he brought this opportunity to Jagdish Chintala and Muse Art Gallery hosted this notable event with Ram Gopal Verma as Chief Guest. The show went to the United Art Fair. Revolutionary Shift Earlier, art shows used to be typically silent with predominantly older people as its visitors. Sudheer is trying to create interest among youth. In the world art market India stands for less than 1%, China 20%, Europe 40%. It’s not that India has talent deciency, but it is the absence of right platform. “Now we are on the runway, we just have to y,” he stresses. Bold Moves Calling himself highly adventurous, he narrates an incident “I did a show called ‘My Bed of Roses’. The painting depicted the sexual life of a gay artist and his partner during their intimate moment. The evening saw great response, but from night onwards I started getting calls from political biggies and social organisations to stop it. I had to withdraw immediately.” Self Talent Sudheer himself paints and understands basic strokes of painting. One always nds a canvas and painting tools in his house. Human face is his favourite subject; he likes to capture its different moods, especially the gray shades. He nds great interest in contemporary art and loves the work of Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntam, Ramesh Gorjala, Surya Prakash and Sachin Jaltare.

Future Projects He has plans to open a cultural centre which will be a part of Kanna Phaneendra’s Private Polo facility. “Hyderabad lacks a platform for intellectual discussion or exchange of cultural ideas. We want to create a place where book reading sessions, Su evenings, dances, apolitical debates and discourses can be held on daily basis.” He along with Phaneendra is going to create this forum which will come into existence in 18 months. Success Mantra “I am an atheist, I don’t believe in god, astrology or Vastu or Feng-shui. Hardwork is the only thing which has sailed me through; there is no substitute for it.” Icons of Inspiration Martin Luther King inspires him thoroughly. He gets highly motivated by the story of Narendra Modi, his rise from a chai wala to country’s most powerful position. Advice Never give up. Keep trying. Don’t think of future too much, just live each day. A LEAF OUT OF HIS DIARY I wake up very early at 11 am 11.30 am- I switch on my mobile, which bursts with 30 messages on Whatsapp, around 10 e-mails, and 10 missed calls. It takes two hours to attend to them

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1.30 pm- Breakfast and start my day. I have a small ofce where I go to see if anything requires my attention. Nevertheless, my ofce runs mostly on Whatsapp group and my staff sends me reports and I give my instructions using the same platform. It’s easy. Afternoons are usually spent at a coffee shop owned by my friend. I love the calmness of night and often go for a long drive with my wife Usha. The day ends by 2/3/4/5 am, depending on my sleep requirement. I am an avid reader. I am not into clubs and pubs, they don’t even allow me, as I am mostly in shorts and tee. Moreover, I am a Doordarshan type guy, not those MTV kinds (laughs). When I have a holiday, I end up somewhere abroad. COMPATIBILITY METER USHA, PICTURE OF CALMNESS: SUDHEER She was my neighbour. I met her when she was in +2 and found her very cute. I am ve years older than her. We started off as friends and we were a group of 6-7. There came a point, when only two of us were left with rest of them leaving the city, which brought us further close. Once on a drive with two other friends, the title track of Dil Se was playing and I hummed it in her ear, we felt the spark at that moment. I proposed to her and it was an obvious yes. There is no bossism; I feel the husband and wife relationship doesn’t work that way. We have so much of talking, humour, comedy and love in our lives. I admire her for her calmness, had Gautam Budhha been alive he would have been shocked to nd a calmer person than him (laughs). God has blessed us with Krutika, our ve-year-old daughter. Usha has been my best buddy for the past two decades, even after marriage the equation hasn’t changed.

THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES Colour - Pink Food - Anything non-veg Brands - Don’t know Eatery - Night buffet at Best Westin Actor - None Movie - Geetanjali Hobby - By profession she is into clinical research but she loves to design clothes Holiday Spot- Phi Phi Island, where she indulges in her passion, i.e. diving IT IS A PRICELESS POSSESSION: USHA I can sum up our relationship in one line ‘the most beautiful thing in my life’. We have completed 10 years of marital bliss and know each other since 1996, but everything feels still fresh. I was thoroughly inspired by everything he did and the way he used to speak to people. I have learnt so many things from him. He has mentored me. My life and even career choices were by him. He is a loving as well as a possessive husband. But I can’t deny that I have been pampered more by him than my parents. Perhaps the only complaint I have about him and would like to change is his picky eating habit though he doesn’t trouble me asking for a particular kind of food. He is a doting father and I am the disciplinarian at home. THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITES Colour - Blue Brand - Polo Food - Homemade. Specially alu fry and sambar cooked by me Movies - He watches for their good concepts Actor - Kamal Hassan Actress - Had I been an actor, perhaps I would have been his favourite. Jokes apart, it’s Kajol. Holiday - New York





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E YWO U Q D N OO ING OLL E E U T W N Q Y G F I L G O L N RE D N O I T N F UEE WOO REIG OS Q L LY G N D O I N T O E N O E G F REI EEN O OOD NG QU OLLYW I U T W N Q Y G F I L G TOL RE D O N I GN OF UEEN WOO Q Y L D G L N N O O E I O T E N U G F W I Q O Y RE EEN OOD ING OLL he seemed to have got recognition overnight with the success of Venkatadri Express. Loukyam went on to acquaint the audience with the glamorous side of her and in Current Theega we saw this dame transform into a simple villager. Three big hits that earned the doe eyed beauty the tag of the golden girl of Tollywood and now her recently- released Pandaga Chesko has set the cash registers ringing too.

U T W N Q Y G F I L G O E L N R O I T D N N O G F E I O E O ER U W Q Y L G TOL N I D ER IGN OF N O E O E U W N O D G Q LY Rakul Preet Singh confesses that years ago she was replaced as the leading lady in what could have been her debut film. Ironically, several top actresses in the industry find themselves replaced with her in big banner films today. A clear indicator that she has arrived. In conversation with this new age superstar.

E WO NIN TOL E U Q Y G F I L G O E L N R O I T N N G OF UEE WOOD Q Y L G L N D O I N T O E N ER IG EN OF OD G QUE LLYWO O E N O I U T W N Q G TOLLY REIG D OF N F E O QUE YWOO L D G L N N O O E I GN OF T N OD G QUE LYWO What motivated you to take up the role in Pandaga Chesko? In Pandaga Chesko I play an environmentalist who believes that if she doesn’t exist there wouldn’t be any greenery in this world. I am so attached to plants and leaves that I talk to them, which is not actually funny if you see. I am sentimental about cutting trees but the audience might laugh on it. It is what one can call ‘situational humour’. Pandaga Chesko is a romantic action entertainer and everyone is loving it.

I fondly remember this one sequence during the first schedule of the film’s shoot. I had a scene where I was asked to mouth a three/four page dialogue in anger, non-stop. Back then, I wasn’t so well versed in Telugu. I asked the crew if the shot had any cuts, but was told that it’s a master shot which meant I had to say the dialogues continuously. After completing the shot I felt so proud of myself that I

could mouth so many dialogues in Telugu all in one go.

Did the release of Kick 2 put you under immense pressure considering that the first part, a runaway success, was even remade in Bollywood? Yes, it was one of the most awaited films in 2015. Ravi Teja’s unpredictable and crazy antics won many hearts in Kick in 2009. The team this time has attempted to even better that performance and up the entertainment quotient, taking it several notches higher.

You are in the big league, working with top actors like NTRJr. , Ravi Teja, Ram Charan and Mahesh Babu….do you think you are taking better decisions now while choosing scripts? When one takes a decision seldom does he know if it will be right or wrong. Sometimes things shape up well and work in our favour. My first film would have been Rough but it got


delayed. Venkatadri Express released first and became a big success. I signed Venkatadri after 15 days of shooting for Rough. I had lot of faith in the script but again luck played a big role too. Would you say you had to struggle a lot to reach the top? Absolutely, nothing came easy for me. I could have debuted through a big movie, I even shot for it for around four days but was replaced with someone else. I didn’t let that affect me and tried to look at it positively. I told myself that I was young and amateurish and not ready to face the industry. Given a chance to work with the same team now, I would work with confidence and give a better output. Did success change you as an actor? No, it didn’t. I still ensure that I give my 100% to every project I take up because I worked way too hard to get here. I did five films before Venkatadri Express became successful. If you get it easy you don’t value your work. If you work hard then nothing can get to your head. From Delhi to Hyderabad…what was on your mind during the release of your first Telugu film Keratam? I was very excited about my Telugu debut. I knew people here love movies and worship their stars. It was exciting for me to be part of it all. But when the movie released, critics said I wasn't given enough screen time. I wasn't disheartened, I was getting a lot of offers from Tamil cinema and I decided to do some of them. Meanwhile, I put Tollywood on the hold. So you believe you got a second shot at proving yourself after your not so successful first couple of films? If the girl is good looking and talented and for some reason the film doesn’t work, she gets a second chance. But if subsequent films don’t work, she gets branded as an ‘iron leg’, the whole thing gets negative. I don’t think one should attribute the success and failure of a film to a single actor. When you decide to do a film you weigh the pros and cons before taking a call. Only when you run out of patience, get insecure and feel your career is heading nowhere, do you sign anything that comes your way. When I was going through a phase when nothing was happening, I chose to wait.

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This happened after the success of Venkatadri Express. I was sure of getting films but didn’t get any for about four months I always maintained that the first time a film chooses you and then you choose a film. You won 5 titles at the Femina Miss India pageant. Most people look at it as a stepping stone to the film industry. Did you also consider it as one? I participated in the contest in 2011 and I must admit, it did open a lot of doors for me. I got to meet a lot of people from the Hindi movie industry, I picked up a lot from them and returned to my filmi career. While acting was always on the cards, I had never planned to contest in a beauty pageant. It just happened. You have even dabbled in Bollywood, with the film Yaariyan. How different was the experience? Hindi film and southern film industries are doing well when it comes to technical knowhow. By and large they are pretty similar and are close knit industries. Before I went to Bollywood, a lot of people told me that things are not very professional there, but I've had no such experience.

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In Bollywood, you have to do one film at a time, and there are have a long run and I can’t get my bread and butter no mixed schedules. And doing from experimental films. I would like to do a film like four films at a time is out of that once in a while. If Kangana can do a Queen why question. can’t I? I would love to do a film Telugu film that is out of the box and industry create history but that will People told me things are works very happen only if something nice not very professional in differently. But comes my way. Bollywood, but I have had no the kind of such experience You are also working for films I'm Ramesh Sippy’s next getting here Yes, I am very excited about it. I are better share the screen space with Hema Malini who is than what I've been offered in working with Ramesh Sippy after 39 years. We Bollywood. My focus is on recently wrapped up the shoot for Shimla Mirchi. It both the industries, but yes, was a beautiful journey for the entire cast, all thanks Tollywood is where to Ramesh Sir, Hema ji and of course Rajkumar Rao. I got recognition. I learnt so much from this film. It is currently in the Are you open to experimental post production stage. I am sure the audience will films now you are a brand? love it, it has something for everyone. Let me be honest, I need to

What are your upcoming films in Tollywood? There is Brahmotsavam with Mahesh Babu and a film with Ram Charan to be directed by Srinu Vaitla, apart from Sukumar’s film which has NTR Jr. in the lead opposite me. I have not had the time even to breathe in this year (laughs). To be honest, I couldn't have asked for a more action packed year (2015) and am loving it completely. I feel like one of those excited kids who want to explore and learn as much as they can. It's a process and I want to take every step very carefully and make the most of whatever opportunities that come my way. Do you miss being with your family now that you are shooting non-stop? Yes, at times I feel I'm not getting enough time to be with my friends or be with my family in Delhi. In fact, I've never stayed home for longer than a day or two in these three years. I haven't taken a holiday for last three years and I don't remember a day when I didn't have to put my makeup on. I am shooting either for films or commercials, attending events or meeting people, so on and so forth. Tell us about your childhood I am an army kid. I completed my schooling in Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan. I always wanted to be an actor, even before I entered the Femina Miss India contest. Prior to that, I was a national level golf player.

I always maintained that the first time a film chooses you and then you choose a film.


tribute to the melody queen Lata Mangeshkar that shot her to fame. Hoodwinking her grandfather who was not in favour of levity, Sugandha took up the job of Radio Jockey in BIGFM92.7. Though she never nursed a dream of presenting comedy shows, she got selected in Punjab auditions. Sugandha gratefully mentions Kapil Bhaiya (Sharma) with whose encouragement she stepped into the world of humour. She moved to Mumbai and found herself competing with comedians of great repute.

Humour is a great vehicle for getting a message across’ and ‘Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.’ That was what Dr. Meenakshi Anantram, Vice-president, Rohit Memorial Trust, appeared to have on her mind when she roped in Sugandha Mishra to spread the message of Cancer Awareness. Responding to the call with equal zeal is this singer par excellence and the new sensation in entertainment world. She will be here soon to engage and enthral the

She is blessed with two divine talents, but there

DESTINY'S CHILD TO STORM THE CITY OF DESTINY By V.Sarada discerning Vizagites who are eager to support the noble cause of Cervical Cancer awareness. The event is a part of the series of projects taken up by the trust set up in the memory of Rohit, who succumbed to cancer in 2007.

Sugandha, who in her own words, is a ‘rainbow with varied colours of comedy, acting, singing, anchoring, dancing, mimicking and painting,’ needs no special introduction to TV viewers. For those who abstain from the small screen here she is....... Sugandha picked up her musical notes even before alphabets, getting trained under her grandfather, the legendary Pt. Shankar Lal Mishra of the Indore gharana. “My very first performance was in the presence of the late Mr. Kaifi Azmiji when I was two-and-a-half years old. I sang a rhyme and danced,” she recalls. Born to perform, Sugandha needed no special training in the art of mimicry. She honed her talent emulating her mother and brother who are very good performers.

Looks like Sugandha is coming determined not only to hold the audience spell-bound, but also to have a good time herself. Picking up some basic Telugu pleasantries, she sends a lead up video in which she asks Vizagites “Bagunnara? I am on my way. Are you ready?”

A university topper, this Jhalandhar girl broke all the records by winning awards in music and mimicry in youth festivals at national level for seven consecutive years. Sugandha sings jingles, bhajans and renders playback in documentaries, plays and short films. She was the third runner-up in the reality show Zee Hero Honda – Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar. She was also a finalist of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. It was her recent Didi Act in which she paid a

are no two ways about her approach to either of them. Was she ever confused over the path to take? “No way,” pat comes the reply from an ‘absolutely clear about what she wants’ Sugandha. Singing gives her satisfaction and not a single day passes for her without riyaaz. Comedy is her second nature. Insisting that her musical training came handy in her comedy, Sugandha further elaborates that hasya rasa is seldom used out nava delineates. Hence using it in her acts, she decided to do musical parodies. Featuring in Bollywood film is yet another feather in her cap. However, it is not stardom she covets. Her dream is to establish an institute in Mumbai in the name of her grandfather and promote classical music among youngsters. She assures budding artistes that success favours those who believe in their dreams, push their limits and enjoy what they do. The highly-articulate Sugandha sums up the essence of life, “Beauty of life is not how happy you are but how others are because of you.” Carrying the same spirit Sugandha is all set to take Vizagites by storm. A promising night for music lovers and those who want a loud laugh.....so, be there!




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eals of children’s laughter fill the air and it is accompanied by humming of rhymes. Well! We are not in a park but in Esperanza. Perhaps the very first look at it gives you an impression that it is just another pre-school in town. But a little detailed look around reveals the multiple cameras peeping at you overhead. “Don’t be taken aback, it’s just for the safety of the kids,” assures the Principal and proprietor, Mrs.Swetapadma, as she steps out to receive us. The in-depth discussion with her that followed reveals many unique traits of this school which she has been running for the past three years. Here are the excerpts from Swetapadma’s interview.

Starting Point A native of Orissa, Swetapadma obtained her M.S. (IT) degree in from IIIT Hyderabad. It was followed by a seven-year career in the same institute as a software faculty for M.S. students. Her husband Mr.Suryakiran Reddy too was in the teaching eld and was working as a Programme Manager with Enhanceedu, besides imparting training in government engineering colleges. It was during a hunt for a quality pre-school and daycare centre for their son Samarth, they realized that there was not a single facility where they could leave their toddler safely. Most of them had restricted timings, which didn’t suit their working hours. They came across Esperanza, Hyderabad and were greatly impressed by the school. PG to LKG The couple decided to take a franchise of Esperanza in Vizag. They chose the city for two reasons- one, the city lacked a school of this kind and secondly, because it happened to be the native place of Suryakiran. This gave them that additional comfort to shift the base. They have also got the family support which is most-needed to start a venture of this magnitude. Opening a school was always Suryakiran’s dream. Making the necessary alterations to the building they owned, the couple opened Esperanza in March 2013. “From teaching the post-graduates, we came down to handling LKG students,” she says laughing heartily. With its corporate ofce located in Hyderabad, the school has 50 branches all over India, including cities like Bangalore, Pune, Gurgaon. Sweta’s branch in Vizag is the 15th. Vizag’s Response “During initial years, some parents felt paying Rs.3,500 or 4,000 per month for the education of a 3-year old was expensive. A few even bargained with us asking us to remove food bills etc from fee structure,” she adds. However, she didn’t give up and advised them to compare her school with that of others before arriving at a decision. Soon, she observed a positive

change in the approach of parents, who could understand and appreciate the look, brand and teaching techniques. Now 250 kids are enrolled in her school. “Vizag had a lot of potential with a huge number of working mothers and for them it was a good deal,” she says. Exclusive Services “Esperanza is world's rst fully automated pre-school. We are proud to get a facility of this order to Vizag. We have a long list of unique traits to our credit,” she states and goes on to elaborate on the facilities they offer. Every part of the school is under observation with CCTV cameras with a web connection installed all over. It gives the online access to parents. Parents with the internet facility at their disposal can have a real-time view of classrooms and see how their kids are engaged. This relieves them from the burden of going through the front ofce. Sticking to the parameters set by the head ofce, the student strength is limited to 15 per class. A teacher and one or two caretakers take care of each class. It is one of the few schools which take the responsibility of infants as young as six months old in its daycare facility. It also provides the parents a daily activity report; the parents can log in and see what the kid has learnt in the course of the day or what food he/she has eaten. It is the only school that provides afterschool service for students till the age of 12. They can be from the other schools. For them, Esperanza not only provides care but also conducts various activities like dance, music, painting, martial arts etc. For employed parents, this works wonders. Instead of leaving the child with a domestic help, they can safely leave their wards in the hands of Esperanza. The children learn social skills and extra-curricular activities in a natural environment in the company of their peers. While most of the daycare centres close by 5.00 pm, this one remains open 24X7. Students are given ageappropriate educational tabs twice a week for 15-20 minutes to facilitate learning through the audio and visual medium.

Nutrition and Hygiene This is perhaps one of the rare schools where teachers feed the kids, not the caretakers. Food is prepared in-house. The menu is ordered from Hyderabad, where the dedicated nutritionist plans the daily menu. “We try to follow 99% of it. For instance, instead of rotis we give rice here as the kids of this region prefer it.” All kids are made to eat with spoons and are taught table etiquettes too. One will see even a two-year-old baby eating on his own. Hygiene is maintained at every stage of preparation of food, following even simple measures like cooks wearing head caps.

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There is a camera installed even in the kitchen. Either she or the center manager supervises the entire cooking process. Students are taught to wash their hands before eating food and after using washroom. Thus, the learning process goes beyond academics and extends to imparting good habits too. Teaching Method “We focus on multiple-intelligence,” says Sweta and explains it further, “While some kids learn from sense or touch or audio or visual medium, some learn through music or other activities. Teachers are trained to identify that particular trait in the individual student and teach accordingly.” The curriculum is Early Year Foundational Schooling. It doesn’t restrict to Montessori or International Baccalaurate, rather it is all blended.

The school takes up monthly themes and conducts eld trips. There is no homework for pre-school and nursery students. The assessment of the student is not done on the marks or grades. They are categorized as Emerging, Expected and Exceeded, depending on the stage they are in as per their social skills, physical activity and academics. This progress graph gives parents a better understanding of their children. Though she prefers experienced teachers who can handle kids with certain condence, there are freshers too. Both categories are trained by the head-ofce.

Memorable Moment “We had a girl child who was different, with her social and development skills not on par with the other kids of her age,” she recalls. “She wouldn’t talk at all nor would she sit, she would lie on the oor. Thanks to her teacher who put in that extra effort to make her sit, make eye contact and talk, she could qualify to enroll in standard one. It took time, but was a big achievement.” Multi-tasking “It comes naturally to women,” she says smiling. “To be honest, I can’t live without work and this led me to open Esperanza,” she adds. Living in a joint family, she gives a lot of credit to her in-laws who render uninching support to her. Her three and a half year-old-son too studies in her school. With a center manager posted onboard recently, their burden has also reduced to a large extent. Earlier, every bit of the school’s requirement was to be attended by her and her husband.

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Daily Challenges There are plenty. “Simple things like parents complaining of nail marks on their kid’s skin, for which we are blamed of carelessness. I try to make them understand that children don’t plan attacks on each other nor do we allow them to indulge in such activities. People must realize that as they play and eat, children also ght. It’s a natural behavior. Only thing is it shouldn’t be serious. Being a parent, I can understand their concern. There are times I feel parent education is equally important. I wish somebody opened a school and started parent counselling,” she says.

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Progress Card The couple is planning to open a bigger school with similar facilities for students of higher classes. They need more time to translate their dream project into reality as it requires bigger space and a lot of investment. Right now, there are a lot of requests from Gajuwaka asking for a branch of Esperanza, especially for daycare. Responding to this, they are opening one very soon. Guru Gyan The eld of education demands a lot of patience from one who wants to make a career out of it. One should know how to handle children and parents too. If you are good at it, people will come to you. A school like Esperanza doesn’t fetch students immediately. The parents have to be convinced that they would be getting the best for their little ones.

haven’t taken a big break for the past 2-3 years. I want to see as many as places as possible.” Culinary Passion Passionate about cooking, she wants to learn baking and a variety of cuisines. Empowering Women She tries to sensitize the school caretakers about the importance of nancial security. Most of them suffer in the hands of drunken husbands who take away their hard-earned money. She helps them open bank accounts and teaches them how to handle ATM cards. She also educates them about health and hygiene and on 13th (birth date of her son) of every month she buys sanitary napkins for them. Artistic Bent Trained in Odissi, dancing is her passion and she performed on the stage even during her college days. She wishes to learn at least one more classical form of dance. Call of Culture She nurses a desire to explore cultures, cuisines and handicrafts of different states.

H E R T H O U G H T S •

I want to start an NGO for girl education, besides providing free education to rural students.

The moment you become a mother, your patience level increases. The child irritates the mother the most and it is scientically proven.

From software books, I have moved to child psychology books, as parents of my students expect me to have that kind of knowledge.

A child learns the most till the age of ve and parents play a major role in its learning.

FASTEST FIVE Wonders Wanderer She wants to see at least ve of Seven Wonders of the World. “I




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Laviafshfai(h)r By Ranita Ray

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he word- fashion- is defined in different ways by different people. Naturally, when designers are praised for their signature style, they obviously keep their style secrets under wraps. However, here is an exception. Being a fashion muse for many, she has no qualms about sharing her unique statements and letting others emulate her. She doesn’t stop at the ideology of sharing, but also translates it into reality by holding one-of-its-kind exhibitions called Lavishh. Like that extra ‘h’ one can witness that additional oomph that oozes out in her every show. Shilpa Chowdhury is here giving fashion a swanky lift.

to take care of their family business which is spread to various industries. Fashion Fuse “I personally enjoy wearing the latest attires and jewellery and thought why not bring the same facility to Hyderabadis”, shares Shilpa, brieng how a simple idea gave her direction to start something really grand. She discussed the same with her close friends, Lavanya, Navitha and Neelima who said yes in unison and it gave birth to Lavishh three years ago. Lavishh conducts three exhibitions a year following the seasons - rst in month of March, second in July and third in

Family Roots Born in a family of cops, she grew up in a very strict atmosphere. Though their ancestors hail from the united Andhra, Shilpa and her two siblings Rakesh and Sapna, Fashion is were born and raised in what you are Hyderabad. “I belong to a offered and family of highly educated style is what people; my grandfather, you choose Kantamneni Bhavani Shankar Prasad was a top cop and he worked in many places. It made my dad Mr.Satyanarayana obtain his basic education from King George's School, Bengaluru, which is an Army School. This gave him a perfect and strong command over English. Following his father’s footsteps, he too joined the police force and served the Telangana and Andhra regions as Additional Superintendent of Police. My mother, Mrs.Vijaya Bharathi, is equally November. The collection also reects the educated and a product of St.Francis. We theme. Not restricting itself to Hyderabad, were always well protected. We led a the exhibition has gone to Vijayawada great life. The families of both my dad and where it showcased 82 designers. They mom are huge, hence there was never also have plans to host shows in Vizag any dearth of fun, love and and in other cities of Andhra Pradesh. The celebrations,” says Shilpa. number of designers varies from one show to the other. “We even had exhibition She completed her entire education from with as many as 90 stalls,” she adds. St.Ann’s in Hyderabad. Her marriage to Mr.Srini Prasad, took her to the US, where Aim & Aspiration she pursued a course in Human Through Lavissh, Shilpa and her partners Resources. It was followed by a brief wanted to offer freshness to all shoppers. working stint with Saber in IT industry. Their primary focus was to bring Later, they decided to move back to India something new and unique. “With our exhibition we strive to bring a fresh look in

the world of fashion.” Flavour of the Season, eye catching jewellery, variety of silks, soft soles, gorgeous saris, beautiful beddings, couture cuts- these are just some of the adjectives one can associate with Lavishh. Hopes & Hassles “As I mentioned, our idea was to create a lavish show of fashion and style, but certainly the path we chose had its own little bumps to overcome,” tells Shilpa talking of the other side of her business and the hurdles they faced. Lavishh is not the rst exhibitor in the market, so there was enough competition and it was a tough one too. It is a buyers’ market. Customer obviously goes to a place where he/she likes the product, service, feel and cost too. She with her partners thoroughly understood all these aspects and worked towards getting their products on to the preference list of their potential customers. “We have to put in a lot of efforts to prove it big and better each time. All four of us love what we are doing and passionately work towards the best.” Variety & Exclusivity “Fashion is what you are offered and style is what you choose,” states Shilpa. Being a trend-savvy lady, she calls it a new era in fashion. At Lavishh they rope in fashion experts from all over the country who showcase their signature collections. The idea is not just to offer latest trends, but to make it accessible for many with its competitive pricing. Emphasising on all category of buyers, they have gone ahead to bring products that suit all pockets. From designer ethnics, saris and blouses, western wear, precious and semi-precious jewellery, soles that feel like heaven, accessories redening one’s personal style, home decor items that can deck up any abode, the customer is spoiled for choice at Lavishh exhibitions. Every show offers the rst time products of numerous fashion experts, showcasing their best ever which aren’t displayed elsewhere, giving Lavishh exclusivity.

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Family Support Her family comprises three of them, Shilpa, Srini and their son Krissh. “We are a very closely-knit family. Srini is not just my life partner, but has been my best friend all through,” she says. Whatever ventures she takes up, he renders his support in every possible way. She got married at a very young age and he encouraged her to complete her graduation. An MBA degree holder, Srini heads an MNC, a German company today. “He travels extensively all over the world. Thanks to him, I also toured equally-well and have seen the major part of the globe. He is an extremely successful business man and I am proud to be his better-half,” she says with a happy smile. The cooperation is mutual, as she too stands by him through thick and thin without cribbing. She is a doting mother and is always there for her son, whenever he needs her. “My family always tops my priority,” she adds.

Publicity & Promotion Her exhibition creates a win-win situation for all, i.e. organisers, participating Future Plans designers and customers. Their well-set The four partners see a great future for objective is to assure the participating Lavissh. However, they don’t stop at designers of countless footfalls and to that. Together they want to conduct create the best market on the exhibition events like jewellery shows, musical front. To achieve that, they leave no stone nights, celebrity shows including hosting unturned and spend generously on all grand galas for New Year’s Eve. modes of advertisements like newspapers, Friendly Advice magazines, electronic media, posters Nothing is impossible for a and pamphlets at popular coffee woman, if she is rm in her shops, hoardings, bulk SMS, decision, clear about her yers and all public domain Each show has vision and condent of websites. Adding to these been better herself, opines Shilpa. “We marketing strategies are their than the as simple housewives products and their brand previous one have started with a simple name. Armed with all this thought and proved we are Lavishh has already created a successful, as we were niche for itself. determined.” Besides this she Team Work also advises every woman to do The four of them work as a team. When it something for the betterment of the comes to bringing out the best, they pump society to her best of ability. in the best of their energy, ideas, efforts, zest to present a spectacular show. Instead QUICK FIVE of taking it as a task, they consider it as fun Hobbies and enjoyable experience. Naturally, the I love to hang out with my close set of output always earns positive response. friends and cousins. I'm an out and out “For all the hard work we put in, we are movie watcher, I watch every movie that extremely happy about the way the people gets released and my husband often of Hyderabad have accepted us. We have jokes that I watch them as if they are done quite a few shows and the response made and released only for me for each show has been better than the (laughs). previous one,” briefs Shilpa with a justied pride. More often than not partners, due to Sporty Activity lack of cohesion, end up splitting letting the I am an aqua person and I love to swim. ventures fall apart. But Lavishh is lucky. “Till Perhaps that is one of the reasons why, date, we are never at any kind of when everyone else hates summer, I loggerheads. All four of us are like minded wait for it, as I can swim ...swim and and sync well, because of that we are here swim to my glory. today,” she accepts.

Shopping indulgence “There is never an end to any lady’s shopping list and I'm one of them,” confesses Shilpa. From clothing to jewellery, home décor items to cars, she loves them all and often indulges herself. Anyway, with Lavishh around I could control my shopping addiction to a great extent. Congeniality Her friendly disposition endears her to all. Designing Knack Being a fashion-enthusiast, often I design clothes for myself and for my friends and cousins. I wish to take it up in a bigger way by giving it a professional lift. You never know, soon you might see my labels in Lavishh. For a Cause Lavishh is not meant only to make prot. We believe in giving it back to the society and philanthropy. Right from its launch, we have been giving a part of our income to a few charities; we get immense satisfaction by doing so. HER THOUGHTS: •

There is no reward without hard work, risk and competition in any business front.

I am an open book and have no secrets at all.

I love to socialise. I feel I should do justice to friends and family at all points.

Flavours of Vivanta


ariety is often needed to break the monotony, more so when it comes to our tastebuds. Understanding this basic rule, Vivanta by Taj is serving a medley of flavours for our readers. Arjun Yadav, Executive Sous-Chef tells us how we can spice up our lives.

By Ranita Ray

Arjun Yadav Executive Sous-Chef INGREDIENTS Water chestnut dices or cubes Thick rose syrup Tapioca flour Sugar syrup Coconut milk Sugar grain Pandana leaves Peeled tender coconut

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METHOD Soak the diced water chestnut in rose syrup overnight to let it absorb the colour and flavour. Next morning strain out the extra syrup and keep aside. Mix the soaked water chestnut with tapioca flour in a flat tray, see it is perfectly coated with the flour. Leave it for 1-2 hours. Boil water in a pan and add the tapioca coated water chestnut. Cook for 5-8 minutes. Don’t let them stick. Strain and refresh under running water. Once cooled, soak them in sugar syrup and refrigerate. Mix coconut milk and sugar in a sauce pan, cook on a low flame, tie a knot of pandana leaf, add it to the milk and bring it to boil. Stir constantly to get a smooth texture and consistency. Cool it to bring it to room temperature and then chill it by keeping it in refrigerator. Cut it into a cup shape. Put the chilled jellied water chestnut into chilled coconut cream. Add crushed ice and serve cold. GOSHT KI LUKHMI


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Flour Ajwain Salt Ginger Water Ghee Oi For Mixture: Lamb Mince Chop Onion Spring Onion

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Garam Masala Powder Red Chilli Powder Salt to taste Dhania Powder Oil Ginger Garlic Coriander Mint Chopped Tomato

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METHOD Knead hard dough with ingredients. Cook lamb with a pinch of turmeric. Heat oil in a pan, saute onion, add ginger-garlic paste and cook for a while. Add tomato, dhania & chilli powder, add the meat. Cook on a medium flame. Add garam masala, salt, spring onion, mint, coriander. Let it cool. Roll dough in a rectangular shape, place the mixture and fold it and press the edges. Deep fry the lukhmi.

GERMAN CHOCOLATE PASTRY WITH ORANGE COULIS INGREDIENTS FOR THE PASTRY: Semi-sweet chocolate, chopped Cake flour Unsweetened cocoa Baking powder Baking soda Salt Lukewarm coffee (or water) Buttermilk Unsalted butter (room temperature) Granulated white sugar Eggs Vanilla extract

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COCONUT FROSTING: Granulated white sugar 200 gm Heavy cream 240 ml Egg yolks, lightly beaten 60 gm Unsalted butter, cut into pieces 113 gm Salt 1/8 teaspoon Sweetened or unsweetened shredded or flaked coconut 150 gm Pure vanilla extract ½ teaspoon METHOD In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, egg yolks, butter, and salt. On medium heat cook it stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to boil and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in the coconut and vanilla extract. Let it cool until spreadable. ORANGE COULIS: Orange juice Orange squash Sugar Corn flour Lemon juice

In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, combine the coffee (or water) and buttermilk. In another bowl beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add sugar and continue beating until the mixture is fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well and blend in the vanilla extract. Pour the melted chocolate and beat well. Add the coffee/buttermilk mixture and flour mixtures. Beat until the ingredients are mixed perfectly. Divide the batter evenly among the three prepared pans and smoothen the tops. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops spring back when lightly pressed. Remove from oven. Grease a wire rack and invert the cake and let it cool down for 15 minutes before frosting.

METHOD 3/4 cup 2 tbsp 2 tbsp 1 tsp 1/4 tsp

Combine the orange juice, orange squash, sugar and corn flour in a broad non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes while stirring continuously. Allow the sauce to cool completely. Once cooled add lemon juice and mix gently. Now to assemble, place one layer of cake top facing down on a serving plate, cover it with one third of the frosting. Place the second layer of cake, on top of it and repeat the frosting. Put the third cake layer and frost cake top with the remaining frosting keeping the sides bare. Pour the orange caulis on the sides of the plate.

DUKKAH CRUSTED SLOW ROASTED CHICKEN WITH BUTTERED TOSSED VEGGIES & CONFIT GARLIC INGREDIENTS Boneless chicken breast Dukkah spiced Peeled garlic chopped Crust pepper Olive oil Salt to taste Assorted vegetables Butter Black & green olive Confet garlic Cherry tomatoes

METHOD 250 gm 30gm 10gm ½ tsp 20ml 120 gm 10 gm 6-8 2 no 3-5

Take the chicken breast cut into butterfly shape, clean it and pat it dry and marinate with chopped garlic, lime juice, crust pepper, olive oil and salt and keep it aside. Cut the vegetables into big pieces, blanch them and keep aside. Take the marinated chicken pieces and sprinkle dukkah spiced on it roll it and seal with a toothpick. Take a pan, heated properly sear the chicken on both sides and cook it in oven for 10-12 minutes. Heat butter in a pan and sauté the blanched vegetables and finish cooking with chopped parsley. Cut the cooked chicken into slices, place on plate and arrange the buttered tossed veggies. Garnish with confet garlic, olive and cherry tomatoes and serve it.

SURF N TURF INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN ROULADE Chicken Mince Bell pepper Fresh cream Thyme Salt Black pepper

150 gm 20 gm 20 gm 2 gm 5 gm 5 gm

FOR FISH Salmon Dill Lemon juice Salt Black pepper

80 gm 5 gm 5 ml To Taste 5 gm

FOR RELISH Red Cabbage Vinegar Non- fruit Sugar For Spinach Blanch spinach Garlic Olive Oil

20 gm 5 gm 5 ml

SAUCE VIERGE Cherry Tomato Garlic flakes Basil

5 gm 2 gm 2 gm

50 gm 10 ml 10 gm

METHOD For chicken roulade, take the chicken mince, add cream, chopped bell pepper, salt, thyme and pepper. Place a cling film on a flat surface and the season seasoned mince on a film and start rolling the mince from the end. Roll it tightly and knot the edges to place the mince firmly and to retain its shape and finally wrap them with silver foil. Place it in a pre-heated oven at 180*c for 15-18 minutes. Take it out and rest it for a while. Take pan, add mustard paste, lemon juice, salt, pepper, dill, check the seasoning add the salmon and keep aside. Take a pan, add vinegar and sugar and boil for a few minutes. Add shredded red cabbage and cook it for a while. Sauté spinach in a pan and set aside; place salmon on a grill and cook for 5 minutes. In a plate, place the sauté spinach and top it with salmon and on the other side place cabbage and top it with chicken roulade. Place blanched asparagus in center and pour sauce vierge on it.


MANGO MOUSE: Lime juice Pinch of salt Ripe mangoes Granulated sugarUnflavored gelatin Egg whites Heavy cream

1/2 cup 4 pcs 1/2 cup 1 tbsp 2 nos 1/2 cup

METHOD Peel and sliced the flesh off the seeds of mangoes. Puree in a blender with the lime juice, don’t over blend and make 3 cups of puree. Stir in the sugar. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup hot water, let it cool, and stir into the mango puree. Beat the egg whites with salt well. Whip cream until it gets stiff. Fold the cream into the egg whites, and then fold this mixture gently into the mango puree.

200 gm 1 ½ cups 4 1/3 cup 1 tbsp 1 ¼ cups

METHOD Combine chocolate and milk in a small pan, cook over low heat, until chocolate melts and milk comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Beat egg yolks and sugar till it smoothens. Gradually add the hot chocolate milk, whisking until it blends perfectly. Pour it in fresh pan and cook over low heat until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, but don’t let it boil. Remove from heat. Take 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl; sprinkle the gelatin in an even layer and leave to go spongy. Stir into the hot chocolate mixture until dissolved. Refrigerate until the mixture is cold but not set, stirring occasionally. Beat the cream until soft peaks form, and then fold into the chocolate mixture. CHOCOLATE SAUCE Water Sugar Unsweetened cocoa powder Salt Vanilla

1cup 1/2 cup 2/3 cup 1/4 teaspoon 1 teaspoon

METHOD Bring water and sugar to a boil. Whisk in cocoa and salt and simmer, cook for 3 minutes.

Remove from heat, add vanilla and let it cool. Pour it in a tube. To arrange, take a desired mould and put a layer of chocolate mousse and top it with the mango mousse layer. Refrigerate it before de-moulding it. To place it, draw a line of mango sauce using a spoon. Place the mango, chocolate bavarois on the side of the sauce. Top it with a macaron and chocolate tube. Place some cut fruits here and there to add colour.



‘EYE’ FOR DETAIL By Neeta Nair


t is a hospital that reeks of professionalism starting from the receptionist to the coordinator to the doctors. For once my mind wasn’t occupied with the usual dread of injections, customary while visiting a hospital, so I focused on the surroundings; which were indeed impressive. If the stream of patients was anything to go by, one could condently reach the conclusion that it was a trusted name in Vizag in the eye care sector.

His father is a reputed doctor, recognized not just in Vizag or Vijayawada but also the satellite towns of the state. From his childhood Bhargav knew he had to be part of his father’s world of eye care. His father started Sandhya Eye Hospitals in 1986 with an aim to provide world class eye care at affordable cost to all sections of the society, and Bhargav is taking the dream forward, not in the capacity of a doctor but as an administrator who ensures that the service reaches even the poorest of the poor in Andhra Pradesh. Needless to add today the group of hospitals provides high-quality and holistic ‘Eye Care’ all under one roof. It ranges from cataract and glaucoma services to the most latest of advanced LASIK, Oculoplasty,

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Shoot by Dhana Vijay

Such a well-oiled administration had to be headed by a veteran in the eld, I thought while walking in. But lo and behold, I was directed towards the cabin of a 26-year-old. Amidst the vaguely unpleasant odour of freshly painted blue and white walls sat M.Bhargav Ram with a warm smile. For those who haven’t been to this clinic for an eye check up yet, Bhargav is the Director of the chain of Sandhya Eye Hospitals which has a branch in Vizag.

and Cornea services. They have come a long way, dealing with even the most complex cases with ease and parallely doing their own bit for the society by conducting countless operations for free. And leading them from the front is M Bhargav Ram. Can you tell us about Sandhya Eye Hospital? It is a 30-year-old healthcare service started by my father Dr.M.N.Raju and named after my elder sister Sandhya. Today we have three eye-care centres in Vijayawada and one in Vizag which was opened two years ago. We also have two satellite centres in Rajahmundry and Srikakulam. We didn’t want the patients to travel all the way to the big cities for initial check-ups. Thanks to these satellite centres, they just have to head to Vizag or Vijayawada once- for the surgeries. The idea is to give the best possible treatment in eyecare which is in sync with the latest technology. We want to bring the smiles back on the face of our patients. Did you always want to join your father in his hospital? I did my schooling in Hyderabad and Vijayawada and went to college in Chennai. But I always loved what my father did and was closely associated with the hospital. They say a child of a doctor often wants to become a doctor himself but in my case it was slightly different. I did my Masters in Electronics and Communication and then went on to do a course in Hospital management. I was aware that getting good doctors or clinical staff on board would not be very difcult in today’s world. But to nd someone trustworthy to manage the nancial and operational work would be challenging. So I thought I should

support my father in that arena. Earlier, my mother used to take care of all administrative work, now she handles the Vijayawada branch while I run around from centre to centre every few days.

We treat 30 patients for free every month & have so far conducted 40,000 cataract surgeries free.

From my childhood I used to travel with my father to the camps we organized. The kind of love and respect he got was overwhelming. It was natural to not want the years of efforts, goodwill and trust this institution has gained over the years to bite the dust after my father’s retirement. I wanted to continue the good work and the service he provides to the people. Which is the biggest challenge you encountered? Earlier a doctor’s word was enough for a patient to undergo a certain treatment. Today the patients want more than a doctor’s counsel; he prefers foolproof documentation with copies of all scans. Administering this shift by taking my staff on board, that wasn’t used to documentation and catering to this changed perspective was challenging. What is the USP of Sandhya Eye Hospital? We have 30 years of clinical expertise and state-of-the art technology like the Lasik Machine. One of our USPs is that we provide freedom from glasses. Zyoptix is the latest treatment to permanently treat the refractive errors and help free you from external aids for normal vision. So you can say bye to reading glasses and lenses. We were the rst to introduce this technology in Coastal Andhra including Vizag. There are just four-ve such machines in South India. Apart from that we provide the A-Z of eye care services starting from treating minor

discomforts to cornea replacement to cataract operations; and have 12 experienced doctors, some of who come all the way from Mumbai and Bangalore for specialized treatments. Also, we have an optical store in our premises and a pharmacy, so the patients don’t have to go far to buy these products. It is all available under one roof. About the Vizag Market Our base is in Vijayawada where we have three centres. When we analysed our clients list we realized that 15% of them were coming from Vizag. This is because there are very few institutes that specialize in eye-care here and most of them are government owned. There are very few private practitioners. So we felt the need to open a private specialized eye-care centre in this fast growing city. The most touching moment in your three-year-long career? Without a second thought, it would be the moment when the patient recovers and gets his eyesight back. It is a lifechanging moment for them and gives us great happiness. With his eyesight back his quality of life improves drastically and we feel happy to have played an important role in helping him achieve that. A problem associated with this field? Unlike organ failure or heart attacks, eye care is considered as a rich man’s treatment. Most individuals keep prolonging the visit to an eye specialist till the

problem becomes acute and causes major discomfort. They conveniently neglect eye care, when in fact it demands immediate attention. Children and diabetic patients must undergo eye check-ups every six months. 60-70% of blindness cannot be detected by the patient on his own, only periodic check-ups will point out such problems at a nascent stage. Most cases of blindness can be avoided or at least delayed if they are detected at an early stage. Some of the problems like Glaucoma are hereditary. For example, if anyone has Glaucoma in his family it is better to do a check up for his/her kids. But half of our problems will be solved if there is more awareness amongst the patients. Profits or people’s satisfaction, what’s more important? In healthcare, you don’t incur huge loss unless you give really bad service. If you are giving good service, prots do come your way. So for me, I am satised when we provide good service to the patients, when I see that there are zero clinical errors. The protocol iswhen the patient comes, the initial check up, the consultation and the surgerythey all should ow smoothly. We don’t advise surgeries except in extreme cases. The diagnosis should be nothing less than perfect. CSR activity So far we have done 40,000 cataract surgeries for free. As a policy, we treat 30 patients for free every month. We have a tie-up with Lions Club which

sends poor patients to us. Also, if we identify needy patients who cannot afford the cost of the treatment, we give them heavy subsidies. For example, we conduct cataract operations for half the rate for such patients. Apart from that we regularly conduct awareness camps for the local doctors in the surrounding districts like Vizianagaram, East and West Godavari etc.

The most touching moment is to see the patient recover and get his eyesight back

Difficult phase for the hospital? Just two –three months after we started the hospital in Vizag, the agitation for state bifurcation started in full swing, which brought down the number of patients considerably. Add to that the cyclone Hudhud last year, which made it difcult for the people to travel all the way to the clinic. Apart from these two it was fairly smooth sailing for us. Driving Force The support of my parents, Dr M.N.Raju and Mrs.Indira and my team of doctors and marketing staff. Over and above is the goodwill I have received from the patients. Goal To convert our two satellite centres into full edged hospitals so that even surgeries can be performed there and people don’t have to travel. That way we will be having hospitals after every 200 kms in coastal Andhra. Then we want to set up a fulledged tertiary eye-care centre with a 100-bed hospital to provide in-patient service. We would also like to undertake training of the

doctors in various specialized elds in this hospital. A proper eye-institute is our target. Do you face a problem in retaining doctors? Yes, yes. Because of the corporate sector, the minimum salary offered has gone up, so staff retention is always a problem. So we maintain 50% of staff in training mode and 50% senior staff. If someone exits we elevate the trainee to the next level. Currently we have 12 doctors in the Vizag clinic including the specialists. Role Model I was inspired by the Madurai Arvind Eye-care System. I attended their training programme in Hospital Administration. That inspired me to make my long term goal of setting up the tertiary eye-care centre. The Madurai institute is the largest eyecare system in the world. Advice to budding entrepreneurs If you are really interested in this eld then you must work hard and gain an understanding of the latest trends in the business. Don’t expect prots right away, make plans for 4-5 years and then work towards achieving them. And most importantly think about serving the people, that should be the real motivation in this sector.





Shoot by Dinakar Pamu

By Ranita Ray

Light is only 5% of the entire project, but it plays a key role in bringing richness to any given space. So set your light right,” we started our conversation with this statement of Vikram Mehta of Prakash Lights in his Banjara Hills showroom. His company’s tagline very aptly reads ‘illuminating ideas’. Each product can generate ideas in visitors’ mind, showing them how they can change their loved space. With its sheer range and optimal quality Prakash Lights has been lighting up Hyderabad for the past 50 years. How is it possible? Vikram cracks his trade secrets.

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Can you brief us on the beginning of this business? It was started in 1958 by my grandfather the late Mr. L.T Mehta and my father M.L.Mehta in MJ market. After receiving a good response they opened the second outlet in Jambagh. In 1998 they launched the third branch in Mozamjahi Market and it was one of the rst few air-conditioned showrooms in the city. In 2007 we opened our fourth store in Banjara Hills. I and my brother Avant were passively involved in the trade right from our college days and entered it after completing of our education. In 2000, we took over the entire responsibility as my father retired from active business. Did you obtain any professional degree? I studied a diploma course in Light Consultancy; however, I must admit that the practical knowledge and experience gave me better business acumen than the theoretical knowledge I gained from the college. Why the name Prakash Lights? It means light, hence the name. What are the changes you have observed over the years in the market? Earlier, especially till 1980s the light market was limited to Firozabad and Delhi, with most of the products being outsourced from these places. The market was liberated around early 90s and from 1995 onwards we started importing products from abroad, especially South Asia, Soon we found ourselves exploring the bazaars across the globe to meet the growing demands of the customers. Today people are aware of international brands, thanks to internet and its easy access. In a way business has become hassle-free. Who are your clients? It is no exaggeration if I say we have our presence in every nook

and corner of the city. Right from the architects and interior designers, we have worked with big names across the country. Many major giants including chains of commercial outlets like Mebaz, Taruni, Trisha and Fab India are illuminated by Prakash Lights. Similarly, hospitals like Kamineni, Century and Yasodha got us to light up their spaces. From hotels to restaurants to abodes of industrialists and lm stars, we are present everywhere enhancing the beauty of the ambience. Is there competition? Competition is there in every eld but you are sure to get an edge over others if you are ready to run that extra mile. That’s what we do! We don’t sell the regular products that every other trader sells, but offer the best and the latest at the best price. For example, when other players are selling 90 lumens LEDs which are 2nd generation, we are selling 110 LEDs which are 4th generation. We give 80% above CRI lighting (CRI is optimal brightness of a colour.) We have a workshop near Mumbai, where we customize LED lights. People usually buy LED on the basis of wattage, but it is a wrong perception. Lumens output should be the buying guidance. A Samsung and Cree LED give 110 lumens where as an inferior quality Chinese LED of same wattage produces only 60 lumens. Naturally the former are a better choice. What is your USP? We are very passionate about our products. I can tell you a story about each piece of light I have in my store. We have command over the subject. We go very deep into customized lighting, keeping our clients’ budget in mind. Our prices are comparable. Meeting deadlines is our strong point. We are working with top companies of the world like iGuzzini, Vistosi, Eglo, Abby etc. and are the joint venture partner for retailing of these brands in India, . In LED genre, we are dealing with

story ll you a I can te ach piece of about e ve in my a light I h store.

the top ve companies of the world. There is no compromise on the quality. In India you won’t nd such assortment of products under one roof in any other retail space. Prakash Lights stands for variety, durability, affordability, optimum output and genuineness. We enjoy a great goodwill and trust. How cost effective are those imported products? We have products from countries like Denmark, Italy, Spain, Netherland. We deal with international products, but Indianised the price. In fact, we are urging these companies to reduce the cost. They don’t mind doing it as they are accessing and exploring the huge and potential Indian market through us. They are assured of good prot as they can sell in bulk. In coming years a lot of new companies will penetrate the local market. What is your business strategy? We sell in large quantities, keeping the cost reasonable. How do you handle deadstock? Our two outlets in Mozamjahi and Jambaagh are usually used for getting deadstock out through sale. Customers are happy to get quality products at cheaper price.

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What is the biggest project you have taken up so far? There are a lot to mention, but I would like to cite the latest one. We got the order to light up The HUB IIIT campus Gachhibowli of Telangana Government. The ofce is sports unique lighting, unlike the typical government ofces.

but the new outlet will have ready stock and anyone can come and choose from a wide range of swanky and exclusive lights. It will have iPad billing besides giving the client a chance to have a virtual feel of the product in his abode.

Will you have a special team to produce such high-end products? Projects that are close to Our people are already working. your heart? Presently there are four-ve such There are so many. Among the artisans working with us and they current lot, my favourites are don’t have a platform to present Karachi Bakery outlets; Forum their talent. Once the fth store is Mall & N-Grill. The latter was very set up, we will have a team of special; we have done this place 20 to 30 creative persons predominantly with fabric and at a working for us. very minimum budget. We were applauded for the lighting. We got a similar response for Urban Asia. Competition is there in every field I am also proud of the lighting but you are sure to gain edge over of Asian Cinema, Hanamkonda, others if you run that extra mile. in which we used double height That’s what we do! chandelier, spot light and down lighters. What is on the cards? Very soon we are going to open our fth showroom. This new outlet will be located in Gachhibowli with an area of 15,000 sq ft. It will target the clients who look for quality lighting with deep sense of design. It will be the largest retail space for high-end lighting. We shall design, craft and manufacture lighting on similar lines of the fashion industry. Our new facility will take our in-house designs to a bigger scale and showcase our creative genius. For example, products like 30 ft chandelier will be showcased, which is not possible in our present outlets. There will be variants of lights, which people haven’t seen yet, like the ones with minimalistic design or those with earthy products, like fabric, wood and less of metal and easy to maintain. Presently we create products when a client asks for it,

Did you introduce any variant of lighting? What new is coming up in this industry? I remember we were the rst one to bring open bulbs trend in one of the projects of Asmita Marwah and for Vikram Phadnis and Tarun Tahiliani showrooms about two years ago. People were skeptical about it, but the nal look impressed them all. Now we got around 50 clients asking for such lighting. Raw and open lights with wires hanging are in vogue. It will be there for a couple of years and change. Let me tell you we are not just in sync with the trend but go ahead of it. Presently the industrial kind of lighting, blown glass pieces, different moulding of glasses, the ones without steel frames or the ones with wrought iron are in fashion. We manufacture products which we can’t procure from the global market. We alter the products to

t the customer’s pocket. For example, the lighting including Swarovski crystals is very pricey, costing around ve to eight lakhs especially for the frames. 90% of my clients go for pieces costing not more than a lakh of rupees. So we alter the frame as per their choice. The price comes down drastically. But there is no compromise on looks or quality. Do you have any plans to transcend Hyderabad? We never felt the need. Our products are displayed online on our website. Today systems like RTGS help in the online transaction. We offer rst 15-days breakage return policy as well as option to return the product if one doesn’t like it within seven days for the convenience of our web-customers. What is your take on energy efficient lighting? It is a matter of time and we are not away from it. We are working on green buildings which require less electricity yet give maximum output. We need to customize a lot of pieces. We have given a bulk of such lighting to L&T. LED and solar are a great combination. In near future we are going to see individual houses to have 5/4-foot solar panels installed on rooftops and it will produce 2000 watts of energy and enough to light up a house.





re you the kind who is always on the lookout for newer gizmos? If the answer is yes, then this page has to be on your tech radar. The highlights this month are gadgets that will take your smartphone experience to new heights. So keep soaring.

By Neeta Nair


The LG G4 has arrived, and it’s ready to take the fight to its rival flagships in a bid to be 2015’s finest smart phone. With an ever-soslightly curved screen, QHD resolution, and a seductive leather behind, the LG G4 has table-topping potential.





Model Dimensions mm

H815 148.9 x 76.7 x 9.8

Weight: Battery Size: Screen Size: Display Technology:

155 g 3000 mAh 5.5 in LCD

Screen: (534 ppi) Front Camera: Rear Camera: Flashlight: Android Version:

2560 x 1440 pixels

Inputs from Mr. Duke, MobiCare

8 megapixels 16 megapixels LED 5.1 - Lollipop

RAM: Internal Storage: Removable Storage: Chipset: 808 Number of Cores: Max. Clock Speed: Connectivity: NFC,

3 GB 32 GB microSD Qualcomm Snapdragon 6 1.8 GHz HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth 4.1

Want to do more with your phone than what the company offers you? Turn to Nexpaq, a modular smartphone case that lets you bring new features to an erstwhile static device. The 6 slots available on the Nexpaq can take any of the available NEXPAQ modules, allowing you to mix and match. 12 modules are on the option list, namely a 400mAh battery, a microSD card reader, amplified speaker, 64 GB flashdrive breathalyzer, lazer pointer etc.

A meld knob, clip and app MELD come together to give you the perfect cooking experience. The trio make up the world’s first automatic temperature cooking control system. The meld knob replaces your existing knob on the gas or electric cooktop. It automatically turns the burner up or down keeping in mind the food temperature. It operates on the basis of the data given by the meld clip which you can connect to any cookware. You can use the meld app on your phone, which has hundreds of chef tested recipes, to automatically control your burner. Prefer to make your own recipes? Then opt for manually controlling the knob. Yes, it is that simple. So say goodbye to undercooked and burnt food. Bring home Meld.

NEPTUNE HUB The Neptune Hub allows you to make calls, send messages, stay connected with your social networks, track fitness stats and much more, all directly from your wrist. Make a wrist watch your personalized computer which can be used even on the go. You no longer need to sync your devices as you are always using the same computing hub, just on different screen sizes. All you need is a display screen which is available practically everywhere, home, offices, car etc.

Beam can turn any flat surface into a big screen. It is a powerful projector equipped with a smart computer, all inside a beautifully designed casing. You can play games, watch movies or share content from your smartphone or tablet. Beam will assist you in your daily activities, like wake you up in the morning with the latest news and your agenda or show you your social updates when you come home. Beam is easy to set up and control with the Apple or Android app. You can screw it into any light socket or use the included power cable to place it on any flat surface.


Seeds of Service Service is in his DNA. Born in Mamidipalli in Vizianagaram district in an agricultural family, Murthy has inherited the habit of giving unconditionally from his father the late Mr.P.Venkat Rao who served as Munsif and mother Mrs.Kameswari. Brought up along with six siblings, Murthy learnt to share and care right from the childhood. He was deeply involved in welfare activities as a member of Social Service League and NSS while he was studying in Dr.V.S. Krishna Govt.College. Birth of VisakhaAds Fascinated by the vocation, Murthy oated a company called Apple Ads and started dealing with small ads even before completing his post-graduation studies. “That was the time when I came in contact with HRD Minister

VIZAG Bangalore. Murthys are blessed with a daughter Sri Priya and son Siddhartha. Rotary Road He describes his entry to Rotary Club in 2005, at the behest of CA, K.S.M.K.Murthy, as an auspicious one as he was inducted in the presence of Sadguru Sivananda Murthy. Plunging headlong into the club activities right from day one, he successfully held a string of posts like Joint Secretary, Director, Club Services, PR in charge etc. Murthy has always added value to whatever post he held and as the President he led the club to a new high. He organised on an average 20 events per month, setting the best foot forward with a unique Subhojanam project along with KGH. The club has adopted a



o seek a favour -big or small- like a piece of information, a contact or even a word of reference, the rst person any mediaperson of the region would think of or make a call to is the happy-go-lucky and amiable Mr.P.L.K.Murthy of Visakha Ads. No, this practice is not conned just to the media fraternity alone, it is epidemically spread across all the sections of society. Murthy, armed with accurate information and wellestablished ties with people from various strata and walks of life, obliges anyone who touches him for help. As the Ambassador of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Secretary of Public Relations Society of India (Visakhapatnam Chapter); Member of National Council, All India PRSI; Treasurer, Visakhapatnam Air Travellers’ Association and Member of Bharat Vikas Parishad, Murthy has been successfully handling multiple assignments. Particularly his term as the President of Rotary Club Port City (20142015), which is our focal point here, is replete with welfare activities that are amazing in numbers and incredibly divergent. His relentless and out-of- the box initiatives earned him name in the region in general and in the world of Rotary clubs in particular. Murthy is full of facts and gures of his term that elevated the club several notches up in performance and reputation and shares them with us.

Mr.Ganta Srinivasa Rao, who was working for Deccan Chronicle. This relationship remained unaffected despite Mr.Ganta’s meteoric rise in business and politics. He is my guide and friend even now,” says Murthy. Indian Newspaper Society, New Delhi, denied accreditation to Apple Ads as there was another rm running with the same name. Murthy had to re-christen his company as Visakha Ads, which he did with great delight as it only reected his love and devotion to the city. The following years saw Murthy, his business and family grow. A post-graduate in Public Administration and also Journalism, Murthy is now pursuing doctoral studies in Public Relations. He married Sumidaa Devi, who was working for LIC. Noting her interest in furthering her career, he encouraged her to quit her job and go for IRS. Now she is the Joint Commissioner of Customs and Central Excise,

GVMC school, conducted Happy School Project (Distribution of note books & stationery), blood donation camps, Environment Friendly Ganesha project, Music and Dance Competitions, Sports events, Candle Light Walk, The most notable of all the services are the construction of 6 toilet blocks and providing 20 RO Plants at various places. He could manage to rope in eminent luminaries from various elds to address his club members. Best of the Events Some of the highlights of the year gone by are the collection of 405 units of blood from nearly 450 students at a camp held along with the Rotaract club of Gayatri Vidya Parishad, opening of Intensive Respiratory Care Unit at Victoria General Hospital, Rangoli Event held at Andhra University (AU) grounds as part of Visakha utsav; 110 Rotary Formation Day celebrations; ve-day workshop on Science Journalism for Women at AU and collection and distribution of 5000 books.

and served food to their wives and children. Most Memorable Event “The most unforgettable of all the services was giving benches to a tribal school in Araku. I am amazed to see the cascading effect this seemingly insignicant gesture has on the lives of tribals. The school was denied the status of centre for 10th examination as it did not have the mandatory infrastructure. The students were travelling to far off centres. This was not only adding to the students’ burden but also affecting the livelihood of the parents who had to escort their wards to the examination, foregoing their day’s wages. The well-equipped school now serves as the examination centre for 10th standard students,” says he with justied pride.

His Tribe Grows Attracting new members is always a challenge for any service club, but Murthy could bring into the club 40 members, inducting 25 of them on the very rst day of his term. What is more interesting is the proles of members who were drawn from a cross section of the society. Toughest Task “Of course, it was post-Hudhud task,” says Murthy “I was disseminating information all through the time the cyclone lasted. The very next morning I loaded my car with bread and biscuits and went about distributing them to all the stranded passengers at the bus stands, airport and railway station. Later, I held as many as 41 medical camps in tie-up with NTR Trust and NRI hospitals, besides distributing food, clothes and the other essential to the needy. The protracted service we rendered along with our co-clubs was the cleaning of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park. It took several hours of haul to restore a semblance of normalcy.” Fun Fare Murthy has organised many meetings and programmes involving the members’ families. He introduced a tradition of all the members visiting and wishing the couple that is celebrating their wedding anniversary. Yet another innovative event was the picnic in which the men cooked

Lessons “Even with the best of the intentions, no individual can reach help to many people whereas as a cog in an organisation, one can reach a large number of people. I am glad I chose Rotary, the most prestigious of all the service clubs,” he says with a happy smile.


Merit certicate for the commendable service to the college administration in organising the extra-curricular activities.

Participated in the campaign of Youth for Eco-development conducted by the NSS.

Served as joint Secretary for the Social Service League.

Participated in the campaign of youth for Rural reconstruction conducted by the NSS.

Participated in 7 All India Public Relations Conferences.

Co-ordinator Telugu Desam Mahandu held at Visakhapatnam

Co-ordinator for Samaikyandra movement.

RATE CARD Rate yourself on a scale of 10 as a •

Rotarian: 8

Social Activist: 8

Media Person: 9


Businessman: 7

Mid -Year Champion Award for Meritorious Performance at the Rotary International District 3020

Human being: 10

Award for Meritorious performance for his relief operation after Hudhud.

Award for Meritorious performance for the contribution of Rotary Public image in the RI District 3020.

Fast Track achiever Award for promoting membership in Rotary District 3020

Fast Track achiever Award for promoting Conference Registration

Best Public Relations Practitioner Award 2011 by the PRSI Visakhapatnam Chapter. Shoot by Dhana Vijay

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Shoot by Dinakar Pamu

Resort an Ecotel Hotel. A couple of years later, it was Hyderabad calling again. After working for Actor Nagarjuna and Preetam Reddy who were setting up N –Convention, I moved to Katriya Hotel & Towers as I wanted to get back to main stream business. I got an opportunity to work at The Central Court again and I joined it instantly and have been working as Vice-President and General Manager for the past three years. Didn’t you ever think of starting a venture of your own? I did start a venture called M/S Event Hospitality with a friend and Chef A.Chatterjee in 1997-98. We did a lot of outdoor catering for corporate companies. We also opened an upmarket vegetarian Bar & Restaurant - The Royal Palms. Our main business was from industrial catering for ve major corporates like Kale Consultancy, Wipro, BPL mobile etc. But I had to shut shop as my partner got married and moved out. This kind of business needs a lot of personal attention; and it wasn’t possible for me to handle it alone. Which has been the various

toughest project of your postings?


terms of real challenge, I would say it was my tenure with Ramoji. It was a vast area. The sightseeing spots of daytime used to be converted into Theme Dinner Venues during nights. We had to change Ray the theme of the set up on daily nita a R basis. If it was Wild West one day, it would be By a princess’ street the next day for a carnival set up. Arranging the dine-in place with such details, needed a lot of time, energy and efforts. However, I consider this phase as the turning point of my career as it gave me the maximum exposure. From there I never looked back. e has completed silver jubilee in this industry, naturally every detail about it is on his nger tips. From What is the trickiest part of your job? operation, administration, marketing to promotion, he plays a Hotel industry in general is tough and very demanding. A pivotal role in maintaining the image of his workplace. It was his lot of hard-work goes at the back end to create the passion which made him join the industry braving the disapproval of upfront glamour you see. There are innumerable issueshis parents and it is this same passion which keeps him going. small or big- that crop up every day. For example, a guest Mr. Ravichandran, VP & General Manager of The Central Court Hotel may complain about cable connection not working and is the man we are talking about. It is a must read piece for a make a big fuss. Even though the fault lies with the cable hospitality enthusiast. operator, we are at the receiving end.





Can you take us to the beginning of your career and the gradual growth? I was born and raised in Hubli. After obtaining the hotel management degree from Bangalore, I started my career with Fariyas Holiday Resort in Lonavala, a ve star property. I worked for seven years there entering it as a trainee and leaving it as an assistant manager. It was followed by the tenure in Pride Group of Hotels in Pune as F& B manager for three years. Then I got a call from Ramoji Film City’s hotel division and I simply grabbed it. In a short span, I was promoted as the Resident Manager. After working there from 2001-2004, I joined the Central Court Hotel, Hyderabad. I was instrumental in a thorough revamp of this property like opening a new pub to makeover of 80 rooms during my four- year stint with the hotel. From there I again headed towards Lonavala and joined Lagoona

I often tell my staff that we offer good food and rooms like any other hotel and what is that special and ‘extra’ we are giving to the guest to convert him into our regular customer. The difference lies in that personal touch and our eye for detailing, without giving any room for complaints. Have you ever had any bad experience? Many. However, the worst among all was one during my tenure in Fariyas Holiday Resort. Every Sunday we used to arrange buffet lunch for around 400-500 guests. It used to be so crowded that we had to keep a strict vigil so that no one sneaks out or dupes us on the bill. Once I was in charge of this task and I spotted one guest sharing his

Any good memorable moments? I was working with Ramoji lm city, it was on the occasion of National games held in Hyderabad in 2002. We were given a plain ground to set up the infrastructure to cater to 10,000 delegates breakfast, lunch and dinner- for a ten-dayperiod and this was done under the guidance of Chief Minister Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu. It was a mammoth task and was accomplished with great success. Even the state got a lot of accolades for hosting such an event. How do you plan to add value to this industry? By virtue of my seniority in this trade, I have been associated with various organisations. I am the Vice-President of Hotel Restaurant Association (Earlier Andhra Pradesh) of Telangana. We take up causes like steep rise in liquor licence or property taxes with the authorities concerned. Our aim is to work for the betterment of the industry. Besides this, we do quality training for hotel professionals. Recently we organised a workshop and roped in a renowned barman to give a demo on varieties of cocktails, mocktails and drinks with wines. It was well-attended and was a thumping success. We have the annual 20-20 cricket tournaments with 25 hotels participating as teams. It is a month long event. We are part of Tourism Promotion Board and can suggest changes in tourism. We are also part of Education Board. By virtue of designation, the association President represents IHM

colleges. From last year onwards the association, in collaboration with hospitality colleges, started identifying Student of the Year. In curriculum we can’t make changes, but can give suggestions besides providing faculties a rsthand experience about latest trends. This we do by letting them visit our hotels so that they can update the students with the recent happenings. I am also the VicePresident of Hyderabad Chapter of SKAL International. Skal is a Spanish word for cheers and it is a tourism club that represents 419 countries and there are 20,000 members. In India it is located in Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Delhi. I am a member of Institute of Hospitality (U.K) formerly H.C.I.M.A and EC Member of Association of Catering Professionals.

After working for 25 years in this industry, it’s time to give back.

Do you think the industry has changed a lot? If yes, how do you upgrade yourself to be with the trend? In terms of look and feel, this industry has undergone a sea change. I constantly replenish my knowledge with training and reading a lot of trade magazines. In 2008, I obtained the highly coveted Certied Hotel Administrator (CHA) certication. It is an advance course conducted by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. It is very tough to clear this test. One has to secure 70% to qualify. I cleared it in two attempts. Though I secured 69% the rst

time, I had to reappear. It is the most prestigious certication available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive and it is a highly respected professional credential that validates one’s knowledge in the hospitality industry. What has been the biggest reward of this industry? Any regret so far? I found my wife, Anita, from the same industry and it is the biggest reward. Mine is not a 9.00 to 5.00 job. At times I might have to work till the wee hours. Having someone as your life partner from the same profession, takes away half of your worries. It has been a great relief. For the last 16 years she shifted to teaching in the hospitality sector as she takes the major part of domestic responsibilities. I don’t have any regret. If I had any, even a wee bit, I wouldn’t have allowed my daughter Ashlesha to join the industry. She is working abroad after obtaining Masters in Hospitality management from Australia. Our son Kartik, who is pursuing B.Com might join the league. What are your future plans? Any dream property to work with? After working for 25 years in this industry, it’s time to give back. I have some business plans, details of which I don’t want to reveal. I am working on a one-of-its kind project in my own capacity. It’s on eplatform and will be onestop-shop for hospitality. It’s almost ready and I am just waiting for a venture capitalist. It will have everything one needs in a hotel, just a click away. What will be your word of guidance for newcomers? It is a beautiful industry to work with, just develop the right kind of attitude.


plate with three of his friends. I requested him not to do so. He nodded, but later I observed him continuing the prank. Once again I requested but with no effect. When I approached him for the third time, he got up while yelling at me and created a scene. Unable to handle the situation, I called my senior who tried to pacify him. However, he got his way. We simply cannot afford to annoy the guests, even when they are at fault.

Rate yourself on the scale of 1 to 10 as the • GM- 8.5 • Businessman- 7.5 • Entrepreneur- 6.5 • Boss- 8 • Human being-8.5




STRESS By Ranita Ray

Stress’ may sound simple, but has a tremendous impact on the person concerned and people around him. This psychological condition invariably leads to physical disorders. Dr.Deepa Mohan, M.Phil in Medical & Social Psychology & Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS, shares her expertise on the subject and suggests some techniques that help you manage stress in time. What exactly is stress? Stress is your body's way of responding to any kind of demand. When people feel stressed by something going on around them, their bodies react by releasing chemicals into the blood. What causes stress? There are various types of stress. Survival Stress- revolving around “Fight or Flight” syndrome and it is a body response to perceived danger; Internal Stressworrying about things you can do nothing about; Environmental Stressresponse to things around you - noise, crowd or pressure from work or family; Fatigue and overwork. What are the impacts of stress? The effects on the body are back pain, non-cardiac chest pain, cramps or muscle spasms and aches, erectile dysfunction, loss of libido, headache, lower immunity, stomach upset, sleep disturbances, heart disease, hypertension and nervous twitches. Cognitive signs: confusion, forgetfulness, concentration problem, mental slowness. Emotional impact: anger, anxiety, insecurity, irritability, restlessness, sadness, depression and burnout. Behavioral impact: eating too much or too little or food cravings, crying, social withdrawal, relationship problems, high tobacco consumption and drug or alcohol abuse.

What are the ways of stress management? Stress can be managed in simple ways. Organize yourself by taking control of your time and energy. Control your environment by controlling who and what surrounds you. Love yourself. Treat yourself to leisure activities, take up walking, jogging, dancing, yoga, cycling, and aerobics at least three days a week for 15-30 minutes to gain physical, emotional and psychological benefits. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins, which act as analgesics and sedatives. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling, similar to that of morphine. Focus on positive thoughts. Resort to meditation or soothing music or watching a feel-good movie. Stress often leads to shallow and short breaths. Take several deep breaths. Identify the changes in sleeping, eating, thinking pattern and correct them. Have eight hours of sound sleep. Drink warm milk with sugar before retiring to bed. It induces sleep. Remove gadgets like TV, mobile, laptops from bedroom. Use your bed only for sleeping, don’t work there. Identify signals like headache, anxiety, stomach upset, fatigue and forgetfulness. These can be signs of more serious problems like ulcers, hypertensions, heart ailment etc. Don’t poison your body; eat right, chucking out high-calorie food, alcohol or drugs. Eat fresh vegetables and fruit that help you fight stress and improve immunity. Enjoy yourself, as happy people have lengthy and healthy lives. How important is professional help? One can get help from family members, but often they become judgmental. This may aggravate the condition. It is advisable to seek professional counselling of trained psychologist.

Dos • • • • • • •

Drink enough water Talk or write your stress away. Develop rational thinking Eliminate destructive self-talk like ‘I am too fat’ or ‘I am too old’ Take out time to Introspect Do something that improves your appearance. Always set up contingency plan

Don’ts • Don’t be idle for long periods • Don’t keep it all bottled up • Don't be a slave to must and should • No violent video games • No stimulants. Say no to tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, drugs • Don’t indulge in binge eating • Vent. But not repeatedly • Don’t procrastinate over jobs • Other than you basic needs, i.e. food, shelter, clothes, don’t get attached to preferences or demands

GITAM Options Best: Deepa Dr. Deepa Mohan, Associate Professor, GITAM Institute of Management and Programme Coordinator for M.Sc Applied Psychology Course, says. “The university recently started M.Sc in Applied Psychology programme. Career opportunities for those who go through the portals are vast.” Stating that candidates with any bachelor’s degree (except Bachelor in Fine arts) with a minimum of 50% marks are eligible to gain entry to the course, Dr. Deepa says, “The fee is highly subsidized i.e. Rs.36,500 for the entire programme.” Admissions Open Interested graduates can log onto www.gitam.edu and download the application forms. Filled in forms can be submitted at GIM office with a DD of Rs.300 in favour of GITAM university, Visakhapatnam, before 18 July 2015. For more information, call Dr. Deepa Mohan at 09440319062, 09848159620 or Dr. N. Jhansi Rani at 9985964141.



Does anyone need a major reason to revel? Not really! It is the same with spirited Vizagites. Rain, storm or heat, they are always game for a bash. That was exactly what they did last month. After getting cooked up for the whole day, they have to look for a spot where they can cool down and chill out. Novotel Varun Beach with its azure sea view and expansive lounge, obviously had become the most-preferred hangout. The evenings are even more welcome if a dash of music is added to the air of celebration. The greatest attraction to the fun-seekers was DJ Rahulthe in-house entertainer. He seemed to have cast a spell on the throng as he raised the bar of fun with his engaging music. The bonding guests were seen swinging to the lilting music and having a whale of time.


On the last Saturday of May Noc Noc- a brand new event solution presented Summer Jam, a perfect heat beater for the party lovers. Djs Ryan, Rahul and Roy AN5 belted peppy numbers to keep the revelers glued to the do. The bash started at 6.pm by the pool where the party freaks were seen wearing swimming gear taking a dip in the Infinity Pool and then moved to Vue. The highlight of the event was the breathtaking live performance by Ami Shroff – Flair bartender and juggler and by Aradhana Reddy, electrifying Emcee and Beer Pong Host. A laser show, electric dart and many such attractions completed the do.


Party freaks seemed to be looking for a refuge from the scorching sun the last month. There seemed to be no better hideout than Tribe. With some cool tunes and drinks they were spotted chilling out with their buddies. The in-house music masters, i.e. The Atoms DJ Bob & DJ Bolt kept the fun on by belting popular numbers of the season and it brought the fun of Shack back. Another evening saw DJ Amour and Dj Siddharth Upreti pumping up the volume with the soulful atmosphere of deep house music and revelers literally got addicted to the hypnotic beats.

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CHILAX LAUNCHED WITH A BANG The launch of Chilax, The Rooftop Lounge, saw city's creme-de-la-crème thronging the venue. The opening event was hosted by Sonali Sharma and Anju Poddar inaugurated the place. To add to the revelry, a live entertainment was arranged which had Theory band performing. The lilting tunes turned the evening memorable for the guests. “We are closely involved in the day-to-day details to ensure that every guest who comes to Chilax leaves with a smile on his/her face," said Mohd Shahrukuddin and Mohd Hashim, the owners of Chilax. The other owners, Mohd Noorullah and Junaid Shareef added, "This is the place to let your hair down and just be yourself. It is all about chilling here with your buddies."

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GAURAV’S 11TH B’DAY BASH SS Convention Centre, Shamshabad, turned into a wonderland as it hosted the 11th birthday of Gaurav, son of Brij Gopal and Dipali. Nearly 750 people, including their friends and family, attended the party to wish the birthday boy. Grandparents Mr.Ram Nivas and Mrs.Shakuntala played perfect hosts welcoming the attendees to this Bollywood themed do. Besides popular Hindi numbers churned by the DJ, there were Bollywood acts and performances by artistes and guests. Lavish food, a combination of North-Indian, Italian, Thai cuisines, was the added attraction. Special counters of bakery and Cream-Stone-ice-cream kept the little ones engaged throughout the event. The list of invitees saw actor Sanjana and socialites Anitha, Diksha, Jyoti, Hitesh, Soba, Sushmita, Vinay, Anjani, Shaheen and Sikander among many others.

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A WEDDING TO REMEMBER It was a wedding that reflected the rich culture of Andhra Pradesh. The daughter of Mr.Anji Babu, owner of Sri Mitra Township was wedded to Karthik, son of Mr.Hanumanth Rao a renowned industrialist from Guntur. The bride looked resplendent in her traditional attire while the groom was seen beaming. The guests gathered at the venue Novotel, dressed in the finest silks. Over 2000 people attended the wedding and amongst the popular faces seen are HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Anakapalle MLA Avanti Srinivas, MP, ex-MLA Kannababu, VPT Chairman Krishna Babu, DIG Ravi Chandra, Daspalla Raghavendra Rao, actors Srikant and Sivaji, and director Krishna Reddy.

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PANUGANTIS JUBILATION The city’s glitterati transcended to wish the couple on the silver jubilee of their wedding. 25 years? Hard to believe because Sridhar looks the same ardent admirer and beautiful Madhumati glows like a new bride. Celebrating their wonderful marital journey, Panugantis shared their joy in great style and splendour. The celebrations included dance, music and video clipping showing some poignant moments of the couple’s life. In a unique way, Panugantis got their guests clicked and the framed copies were given away as the return gifts. The wide spread of cocktails and dinner arranged in the breathtakingly decked-up Novotel needs a special mention. The credit of success of the event goes to Panuganti children Deepthi, Rahul and Pooja.

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CANCER (June 22 - July 22)

ARIES (March 21-April 19) It is certainly a positive stage of life. You have a chance to implement any, even the craziest, of ideas. On work front it will open new possibilities. Don’t grab everything that comes your way. You have good strength, but it is not unending. Hence evaluate the situation calmly. Define 3-5 main vectors that you should move along. Certainly, the courses you chart now will develop further in the future. If you have your own business, focus on HR policy. If you are an employee, you should not be afraid of innovations, take initiative and believe in yourself – that is the key to success. On the “love front” you are in heaven. Lucky for you Colour: Blue & Blue-green Numbers: 9, 8 & 6

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A set of positive and life-defining situations will radically change your life. At work things may seem stale, however, this is a very dynamic period. Everything will change around you and reach unprecedented levels. Circumstances will provide you with a lot of opportunities and also tough barriers. Hence focus and be objective. Wait for a while before you make important business deals. Try to prove your competency and be attentive at work. Personal relationships will be much more stable. This is an amazing time in which you realize all your dreams and wishes. Help those who need help. Be confident. Lucky for you Colour: Lotus Pink Numbers: 1 & 9

GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) It is going to be an exclusively positive stage, practically with no problems. Finances and entrepreneurship will be productive. You are given opportunities and energy. Be attentive to those around you. You should try twice as hard and your efforts will be rewarded. You may accomplish something exceptional and be offered a new position. Remember that everything depends on you. The love front will bring interesting and curious news. In relationship with friends try to assume a neutral position. By spreading light around you, you will change the world for the better. Right now you have a mission to complete. Lucky for you | Colours: Yellow & green | Numbers: 3 & 5

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This is an unstable, interesting and challenging time. No new opportunities or raised profits. It is likely that you will have to try really hard to maintain what you already have. Do not get lazy as it will destroy you. You must realise that problems are not so scary. Show everyone what you are capable of. Dive into work and raise the bar. Life will be easier for businessmen. In personal relationships, it will be an ambiguous time. Mobilize your strength and do not bend. You are in for tough time and your lover is your only supporter. Value her/his presence. Lucky for you Colours: White, cream, red & yellow Numbers: 2, 7 & 9

LEO (July 23 - Aug 22) It is a dynamic and an unpredictable period, full of incredible positive events. You may encounter potholes which will cause significant damage. Pause and think over what is ahead of you. Go for radical measures or at least change your place of work. It is impossible to describe the situation in full detail. Right now you have enough resources and strength to realize any project. Use them in the right way. No problem on the love front. In fact, you can hope for some positive developments. Be careful in your conversations with close ones. Make decisions only after meditating on the issues thoroughly. Lucky for you Colours: Gold, Orange, White & Red Numbers: 13, 19 & 22

VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

It may not be an entirely positive time. Entrepreneurship will suffer, though not all is bad. You will receive enough energy. Avoid open confrontation with colleagues and business partners. Look the truth straight in the eyes. Be attentive to the HR policy, if you are a businessman. In personal relationships, you must remember that no one will be cool with your ego except you. In relationship with your lover there is a turning point. Do not run away from problems, do not lie to yourself and do not separate yourself from your close ones. Control your emotions and the world around you will change.

It is a dynamic and an outstanding time, though you will have to overcome negative circumstances. Face them one-on-one. Activate hidden abilities and display determination. Personal relationships will be much more stable. It is a time to wait patiently. You have an opportunity to resolve all problems and enter the next phase of life. That is even truer by the fact that you will see success in everything without special effort, especially if you are doing the right thing. Live in accordance with your conscience and that is all that is required of you. That way the entire world will live in unison with you.

Lucky for you| Colours: Green, white & yellow Numbers: 3, 6 & 7

Lucky for you Colours: Orange, Gold & Red

LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) It is a dynamic and balanced time, when problems in one sphere will be compensated by positives in the other. There are significant moments at work. You will attain new capabilities. Be patient and sincere. Help others but remember altruism has a meaning and true impact only when its source occupies a powerful position. In personal relationships there will be a multitude of problems. Do not fret. There are no situations that cannot be overcome and if your lover does not understand this, your main task is to make her/him understand it. Do not avoid help, since it is always a two-way street. Lucky for you

Numbers: 1, 4 & 9

It is an exclusively positive month. It will grant you some unique capabilities at work. Everything will go the way it should. You may encounter some situations. But each of them may have a special influence on your life or career. If you are proactive, the results will be amazing. This can be the first step towards a promotion. Adequate measures will allow you to acquire a strong and a trustworthy ally. On the love front, there will be small but important events. A career and self-actualization are important, but your relationship with close ones is still a basis. The period is best for a trip. Lucky for you Colours: Orange & white Numbers: 2, 7 & 1

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19) With no positive or negative planetary influences, it is a curious period. You may grab a number of projects and realize them 100%. Or you could take just a project with great success. You will have enough strength and time to overcome problems. Do not get offended by criticism. There will be no outstanding situations on the love front too. Relax and go with the flow. Learn to feel the world a little more intuitively than you are used to. Perhaps there is a person beside you who can teach you how to do that. Be open and sincere to friends. Lucky for you Colours: White, red & blue Numbers: 6, 9 & 8

Colours: Yellow, red & orange Numbers: 3, 9 & 4

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) There will be no negativity. You will have a plethora of opportunities and are offered a variety of adventures. Things will be fine at the workplace. Be attentive to reach success. This advice is for those who don’t run their own business. You are in for a very good time and it would be wise to use the opportunity you are presented with. Also take care to try and focus on specific tasks. The only thing that you should pay a little more attention to is your health. Right now you will have a heightened influence on those around you. Lucky for you Colours: Yellow & red Numbers: 3, 9 & 2

PISCES (Feb 19 - March 20) Positive vibes will be replaced by negative ones. You will invest effort, energy and financial resources into an activity that might have to do with a house, a plot of land or something involving agriculture. With a dynamic approach to money matters, you will diversify into various methods of creating wealth. On the love front, circumstances will change in your favour. Be attentive to your lover and friends. A lot of travelling is indicated which might tire you out. Also, you might feel stressed due to some domestic issues. Remain stable emotionally by resorting to meditation, which will improve your physical health too. Lucky for you | Colours: Red & yellow | Numbers: 1, 4 & 3

Smart Doc For Special D

r.Y.Rajesh Kumar, Consultant Orthodontist is a man of great intellect, excellent temperament, a competent professional and a family man to the core. Are these the qualities that are taking the first Super specialty Dental Clinic forward? The credit for establishing his specialty and the super specialty dental services under one roof goes to him. There was no looking back for this smile craftsman from the day he established his clinic eighteen years ago.

The Progress Dr.Rajesh did his schooling from Visakha Valley School and Hyderabad Public School. His teachers could see the first signs of a brilliant academic career in this bright student and had foreseen a glorious future for him. A native of Vizag, Dr.Rajesh has studied BDS in the prestigious Kasturba Dental College, Manipal and MDS in Osmania Dental College, Hyderabad. He has the unique distinction of working in Russia and Germany during and after his postgraduation. Inspired by the professional standards and services available for patients in Europe, he wanted to provide similar facilities in his home land. A serious concern about the lack of such world class standards in India started bothering him. Why were his people deprived of advanced health care, was another question that haunted him. The urge to come back to Vizag and establish an international standard clinic was so overwhelming that he left a lucrative career in Europe and headed home. His brainchild, The Smile Super specialty Dental Clinic took shape with encouragement from his parents. Like minded doctors from other specialties were roped in and the ‘The Smile’ became the first clinic in this part of the country to offer all Dental Specialties under one roof. red | june 2015 | 116

Recollecting his initial days of struggle, Dr.Rajesh says, “When I started practice, finding a good dental laboratory was almost impossible. The good and professional dental labs also grew along with us.” Making a Super specialty concept acceptable to the city was no cakewalk. Was it a thorny path? He replies, as the enchanting smile lights up his face, “Never felt so because I was prepared for this challenge and wanted to offer specialty services to the common man of my city.” He says an affordable, high quality professional work in any branch of medicine would ultimately get recognized. Dr.Rajesh says, “Any professional, especially a doctor, needs to continuously update his professional and academic skills. The moment you think you know everything, your downfall begins.” This is the reason why he is the most often seen doctor in local, national and international conferences. He uses these platforms to hone his skills further. He is a regular and popular speaker in many fora. His relentless quest for knowledge takes him to far off lands and he comes back recharged with the latest in his specialty to be offered to the city’s patients. His clinic was the best right from day one in terms of ambience and aesthetics. He is

very popular with his juniors and students as he imbibes professionalism and ethics. Under his tutelage, they learn more than just medicine. Ask him what his biggest achievement in these eventful 18 years is, Dr. Rajesh, who drives a high-end car like AUDI, says, “ The feeling of fulfillment comes when you are able to kindle the spirit of learning amongst juniors and when you are able to create an entire and upcoming generation of doctors with the same passion and values.” The city of destiny will always be grateful to this man for changing the destiny Clinic Reviewed Be an owner of shining and healthy teeth and switch on your grin generator, The Smile Super Speciality Dental Clinic is here to help you do it. No, it is not just another dental clinic, but certainly as it reads is a super specialty facility. Ace Orthodentist Dr. Rajesh with his team of five experts, is on the task to provide the best of treatments and services with state-of-the-art technologies and equipment. Designed in a spacious 2,000 sq ft area, the patients are given personal attention in a very comfortable ambience. The services are divided into simple, moderate and specialized categories. One can avail basic services like scaling, root canal treatment, bleaching to

cosmetic, restorative, preventive and implant dentistry, extraction, prosthodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, complete denture or tooth replacement, restorations or tooth colored fillings, correction of irregular, protruding teeth and smile designing etc. For your little ones it has special paediatric dentistry. Besides dental treatment, it also offers to correct faulty facial skeleton, if the patient is brought at an early age. Among its various services, one who loves to see his/her teeth white instantly should go for Instant Whitening. Here the specialized equipment Zoom Advanced Whitening Machine whitens your teeth in just 45 minutes. Other modern services worth mentioning are Cad-Cam dental crown replacement, invisalign braces and 3.5 diode laser dental surgery (without cutting). Hygiene is given top priority here. So all the equipment are kept safe in UV chambers and the clinic has various sterilization facilities like cold, autoclave and glass-bid. The Smile also undertakes procedures which include Flap surgery or fixing loose teeth. Surgical extraction, surgical correction of jaw abnormalities, Maxillofacial Surgery are some of the services offered here. There are laser treatments too. All the treatments are of international standards. However, they are absolutely pocket friendly. The use of texts, audiovisual aids, diagrams and clinical photographs ensures the full understanding of the various treatments offered to patients. Consultation charge: Rs.150

For further details please contact smiledental97@gmail.com


Pioneer in Digital Radiography (Sopix Imaging from Satellac, France)

Pioneer in Implant dentistry. First implant placed in 1997. Systems used Noble Biocare, Lasak, Bio-Horizon, Add-In

Pioneer in super specialty clinic concept having multi disciplinary approach

First clinic to have complete replacement of tooth – Fixed teeth

Introduced Laser in the field of dentistry ( Picasso-AMD 3-5 watt machine, USA)

BIO-HAZARD waste disposal system

State of art sterilization ( Autoclave, Glassbead, Ultrasonic, Hotwater, and Chemical)

First clinic to produce Oil free Compressors ( DURR-DENTAL GERMANY)

Pioneer in crafting smiles and smile desiging ( Composite from 3M, IVOCLAR VIVADENT, DENTSPLY)

LIGHTCURE machines to sculpt broken tooth ( Blue phase light from IVOCLAR VIVADENT)

Clinic having super speciality block to cader Laser, Implants, Orthodontics.

Minimally invasive techniques were introduced

Loose teeth fixation by Flap surgeries and Bone grafting (more than 100+ surgeries performed)

Clinic at VISAKHAPATNAM containig 7 fully loaded functional chairs and at SRIKAKULAM containing 5 chairs.

A complete super specialty team having specialists of all origins having more than 15 years of experience.

7 ultrasonic scalers present to assist in scaling (Satellac)

Maxillo facial surgeries were introduced to correct nose line fractures, facial deformities

Highly specialized in correction of irregular protruded teeth – invasalign braces, lingual braces, braces from ORMCO, DENTAURUM, 3M, DAMON, ceramic braces (having produced to introduced more than 1500 cases in less than 18yrs)

First clinic to introduce sports dentistry, Mouth Guards , Snor Guards.

Separate approach for children in form of Preventive Dentistry

Affliation to AP STATE, CENTRAL Govt, BDL (Bharati Dynamic Ltd) NALCO

Numerous free camps in schools for educating children.

Honorary clinic to PAPA Home, old age homes.

Conducted camps for Rotary clubs,Jeycee, Lions club.

Visited prestigious IDS held at Germany consecutively for 3yrs.

Pierre- Fauchard Award for Excellency in dentistry.

A highly interactive clinic having patient education software, intra oral cameras and online software for appointments and billing.

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MOODS By Neeta Nair

Do you often swing from a being very happy to feeling extremely low at the drop of a hat? And no, we are not talking about the times when you have fought with your boyfriend or were shouted at by your parents or boss. We are discussing the occasions when you ended up feeling lonely or down in the dumps without any episode to trigger such a reaction. If you have found yourself in such situations, then you have to read this article for quick solutions. For here, we acquaint you with the term ‘mood elevators’. But before that let us warn you, if you have been in a state of gloom for months at a stretch then it is time to take it seriously because you could be suffering from a case of depression. Dr. Niveditha Vasireddy, M.D. Psychiatry, says, “People who are depressed or melancholic are twice as likely to develop heart disease and are a lot more susceptible to cold and flu, this apart from having difficulty in concentrating, frequent insomnia,

fatigue, feeling of worthlessness and suicidal tendencies. ” While psychotropic medications can be helpful for people who suffer from mood disorders, many patients are finding help in natural solutions. Mr.O.Naresh Kumar, CEO, Symbiosys Technologies, who has time and again proved himself as someone who genuinely is concerned about his employees and not just their work output, is also an advocate of such natural solutions. He ensures that his employees don’t fall prey to even occasional bouts of depression. And this he does by giving his work force a healthy diet, divided in small parts, from the time they step into the organization to the time they step out. This also includes anti-depression foodstuffs.

omega 3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates and dark chocolate among other food which elevates the functioning of serotonin, the stress hormone.” Unfortunately in India, not many people look at depression as a serious illness and the problems associated with it are often brushed aside as trivial. Face it, depression is a real illness with real symptoms. It is not just a sign of weakness or something you can snap out of by ‘pulling yourself together’. If you are not in a position to seek medical help, the least one can do is increase the intake of food that naturally elevates mood. Read on to know more about such mood elevating food.

Dietician Miss.Suma Nandini says, “Studies show that people with depression often have unusual levels of a variety of neuron transmitters in a certain part of the brain. Current science focuses on getting the right balance of essential fatty acids: consuming more O Naresh Kumar, CEO, Symbiosys Technologies Ltd.

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Tomatoes: Rich in lycopene and hence helps in combating inflammation that is linked to stress and reduces stress.

Note: Go for the best and organic dark chocolates. 13

Egg: Egg yolk is loaded with choline, a vitamin B which is essential for the production of the neuro transmitter that helps in relieving stress.


Bananas: Contains a protein that the body converts into ceretonin helping you to relax.



Sunflower seeds: Great source of the amino acid phenyl alenin which the body turns into norepinephrine (neuro transmitter) which is an anti depressant.

Turmeric: Besides anti inflammatory properties, it contains an active ingredient curcumin that has therapeutic and anti depressant properties.



Nuts: Contain stress-combating proteins and vitamin E. The omega fats, they have in high doses, have been clinically used to treat depression.

Yogurt: Calcium rich yogurt has an essential amino acid tyrosine, which is responsible for producing the neuro transmitter dopamine which helps in stress management.



Dairy products: Richest source of calcium, vitamin D and nutrients which help to create a sense of well being and relaxation.

Root vegetables: Tubers like sweet potatoes, carrot and beetroots are rich in vitamin B6, carbohydrates and antioxidants which purify the blood and increase the brain power.


Potatoes: Rich in complex carbohydrates, they reduce the stress levels.



Oranges: Like other fruits, oranges have natural and complex sugars which are good for our body. It contains Flavonoids that help in hindering the symptoms of mild depression and Dopamine, another feel-good hormone necessary that fights depression. It also increases the red blood corpuscles count.

Spinach: Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, it is also loaded with antioxidants which protect us from free radicals and elevate mood.


Garlic: One of the most important foodstuffs to be consumed to battle depression as it contains many components which help reduce the gloomy state.


Plant foods: Plant food contains highest amount of the omega 3 acids and is an anti-depressant food.


Essential fatty acid sources: Pineapple, Fresh fish, Almonds, Spinach, Cucumber, Sprouts, Cabbage, Walnuts.


Whole grains: Rich in fiber, they contain complex or smart carbohydrates which improve our mood instantly.


Chick peas: This is most commonly used in our kitchens and is a great source of vitamin B6 and folic acid which are important ingredients to help convert amino acids into neuro transmitters. Thus it is an effective anti-depression food.


Walnuts: The richest source of omega 3 fatty acids which help in keeping nerve membranes flexible and boosting the oxygen level in the blood. It helps in the conversion of amino acids into neuro transmitters.


Green tea: This is rich in anti oxidant and also omega 3 fatty acids and reduces the stress levels.


Dark chocolate: Contains anadamine which acts as a neuro transmitter in the brain and makes you feel happier and relaxed.

If you feel low contact... DR. NIVEDITHA VASIREDDY, M.D. Psychiatry Consultant Neuro - Psychiatrist Swecha Mind and Body clinic drnivedithasrvc@gmail.com Cell no. 9000797937


Mr. Satyanarayana Murty, Programme Executive, All India Radio and Mrs.Lakshmi, the young dietician is brought up in a very traditional environment in a family that strongly believes in and practises Ayurveda . “It is only natural that I developed interest in nutrition and cooking. With my parents’ encouragement, I have taken up this stream for a career,” says a softspoken Suma. “I turned our kitchen into a lab where I experiment with a lot of diets. While my mother renders great support, my brother Sauri is my best critic,” she says. Suma, who created a niche for herself in her field in a very short time, says that her sustained efforts and hard work helped her reach her well-set goals. Mr.O.Naresh Kumar CEO, Symbiosys Technologies, spotted the potential in this diet expert and offered her a platform. She dishes out the right dietary remedies for health issues the Symbiosys staff faces. “Opening new vistas, Mr.Naresh helped me reach new horizons. Fortunately, all my tips yielded good results and his employees are a happy and healthy lot,” says a grateful Suma and adds that her dream is to contribute her mite in building a healthy nation.

For more details Consult Suma Nandini on 919666187460

The lady, who provides that right food and food for thought is Kakarapaty Suma Nandini, Food Consultant for Symbiosys Technologies. Suma, a dietician (freelancer), is pursuing Ph.D from Andhra University. Daughter of

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