`50/JUNE - JULY 2018 - VOL. 07 | ISSUE 08 VIZAG
THE MAN BEHIND PEPPERAZZI Satya Sriram has his hands full with Eve
people-centric plans and projects
BITS BOSS BRINGS IN FRESH AIR
Sri Lakshmi not only imparts knowledge but also inculcates values in her students
LOCAL TALENTS ON WORLD FORA Born with extraordinary skills, these
CARE & LOVE ORPHANAGE
Kind-hearted Hymavati fights odds to extend a helping hand
kids do the city and their parents proud
FILM STAR ON THE HORIZON With her very first assignment, Pallak Lalwani proves her point
STATEMENT LIFESTYLE PERSONALITIES CINEMA FEATURE LUXURY EVENTS REVIEWS FOOD PARTIES
he city’s spoon-shaped topography is its bane. With industries set up over three sides and sea on fourth side, people are trapped without an escape in case of disaster. Central Pollution Control Board has declared the city as one of the heavily polluted industrial clusters. Experts predict loss in green cover and fall in quality and quantity of ground water. Adding to this dismal scene, are the issues like
IT CAN ONLY BE PREVENTED.
Today’s young achievers are tomorrow’s leaders. It is reassuring to note that the future of India is in safe and competent hands. We turn our attention to the home-grown talents. Much to our delight and pride, we noticed that quite a few
Naga Shaurya might have shot into commendable heights and great fame, but he remains a simple and unassuming star. We get to catch him between his shoots, as he is going through a gruelling schedule. Though the interview was given in bits and pieces, we managed to get a holistic picture of him in Haute.
People also ask if the token and knee-jerk measures, like jute bags drive or beach cleaning, are enough to lift the city off the powder keg it is sitting on precariously.
land, air and noise pollution and ﬁsh-kill due to release of industrial efuents and sewage water into the sea. The city ﬁghts a losing battle against humongous organic and inorganic garbage and bio-medical waste. The poor enforcement of anti-pollution laws is to be largely blamed for the situation.
Chandra Mouli Tippala, Publisher
Let your thoughts y as you leaf through the issue.
Pallak Lalwani may not have been long in the ﬁlm world but she enjoys a good beginning. She comes within the Scope of our attention.
Though he hails from East Godavari, Satya Sriram, nurses big dreams for the City of Destiny. To begin with, he brought in Pepperazzi The Diner. He ﬁgures in GenX.
This lady is a rare combination of beauty and brain. Sri Lakshmi not only knows what is ailing today’s education system, but also comes up with a few solutions. Founding and heading Baba Institute of Technology and Sciences for the past one decade, she proves her mettle. Eve narrates her story.
girls and boys are making to the world fora and bringing home commendable laurels. These Achievers take a prime place in this issue.
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Red Genx Red Eve Sri Lakshmi has been running the mighty Baba Institute of Technology and Science for the past one decade and has been sending out wellinitiated students. She tells us how she runs it as BITS family on her wellpropounded tenets.
Satya Sriram Valluri, a rice baron from East Godavari district, brought a new dining culture to the city. The local foodies seem to be relishing the new avours he offers. We talk to the man behind Pepperazzi, the Diner
52 56 Red Scope She got her big break and rave reviews right from the word go. She is all set to scorch the silver screen as there are as many as three ﬁlms in the pipeline. Pallak Lalwani is the girl we are talking about.
Naga Shaurya entered the scene 10 years ago and has been upping his ante with every ﬁlm. He is as honest as his portrayal of varied roles he has taken up. This simple and charming 'outsider' talks about how he made it big in the industry, without any godfather or supporting system.
We felicitate young achievers from the city who have excelled in diverse ﬁelds. These children meet fame and are training hard to do India proud. Watch out for the leaders of tomorrow who stand as perfect examples to many of their peers. red | june 2018 | 12
SUPER GIRLS FELICITATED Rohit Memorial Trust held an award ceremony for the top girl performers as a part of its ‘Gyan Lakshmi Initiative’. I.K.Anand, Principal, Presidential School, awarded Tabu Sameera, Vagdevi, P.Niharika, J.Sivalakshmi and P.Mounika. All girls and their mentors donned ‘Super Girl’ t-shirts. Magician Shariff enthralled the audience with his tricks. G.Anantram, Chairman, said, “We have realised that girl child is the most neglected member of the society and decided to turn our focus on them.” Dr.Meenakshi Anantram stressed on the need to check girl child marriages and said that some serious measures should be taken. Those interested to join the project can call 0891-2551226.
TOYOTA YARIS LAUNCHED The new Toyota Yaris was unveiled at The Park Hotel. P.Ranga Swamy, COO, Radha Group & Leela Krishna Toyota, lighted the lamp. Anil Jakkana, Group VP Sales & Marketing, C.Jayendra, Group Marketing Head, Surya, GM Operations and P. Satyanarayana, Sales Manager, Leela Krishna Toyota said, “We have recorded 150+ bookings. Customers are impressed by its unique features like 7 SRS airbags with ABS+EBD+BA standard, etc.” The event included sand art depiction of the Toyota evolution and the music recital of Harika Narayan & Dinakar.
HONDA AMAZE UNVEILED Sundaram Honda launched the all-new second Generation Honda Amaze. A.K. Khan, RTO & M.David Raju, Business Head, Sundaram Honda, unveiled the car that boasts of spacious interiors, efﬁcient power train, advanced features and safety technologies. E.Johnson, Sales Manager, said, “Amaze is Honda's ﬁrst diesel engine combined with Continuously Variable Transmission, which is highly compatible with the wide torque band of the diesel engine to offer more linear acceleration and greater shift control. India is the ﬁrst market to launch this technology.”
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HI-FI CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY To mark Mother’s Day, Sandeep Kumar, CEO, Hi-Fi Entertainment Pvt.Ltd held an event. Shobanasmriti, MD, Ramcor Enterprises Pvt Ltd, Jaya Parchuri, CMD, Vaibhav Jewellers, Mallika, Silpa Kankatala, Personality expert, Gurmeet Kohli, Principal, DPS School, Anandapuram, Dr.Eswari Prabhakar, Editor-in -Chief, red magazine, V. Sarada & Rajitha of JCI graced the event. An audio visual song composed by Raja and sung by Sagarika was played. Pragti Punjabi compered the event. The guests then had a gala time relishing the sumptuous snacks.
BIGGER & BETTER MAGUVA Ultra Group of Companies expanded, renovated and re-launched the boutique Maguva located above CEAT Shoppe, near Gurudwara Junction. Actress and television presenter and chief guest Anasuya Bharadwaj inaugurated the outlet. A whopping 1000 guests attended the event. MD, Maguva, L.Sai Vandana said, “This boutique has always been a hit among the fashionistas as it offers designing, stitching and maggam work all under one roof. We are looking forward to a good response to the new Maguva.”
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ALL SILVER AND SHINE MLA Bandaru Satyanarayana inaugurated MVS Silver Park. MLA Mutyala Naidu lighted the lamp. Wife of A.Kanaka Raju, ABS Press, Agraharapu Ammadu, made the ﬁrst purchase. MD, CMR Group, Mavuri Venkata Ramana graced the occasion. MD, MVS Jewel Park, M.A.Ranga said, “We offer an exclusive range at affordable rates without compromising on the quality.” His daughter M.Vyshnavi said, “We offer ethnic, handcrafted 925 sterling silver jewels in vintage, tribal and classic designs.”
INSD’S ANNUAL EVENT International School of Design (INSD) held the ﬁnale of its annual talent competition Talent Fiesta at VUDA Children’s Arena. Out of 200 participants, the top three from the categories – fashion design, interior design, photography and hair and beauty –were shortlisted. The mesmerising fashion show themed ‘Sustainable Fashion’ had the students showcasing exquisite collections- Swadeshi Kala and Sarmishtha. Sunjay Aggarwal, CEO and Hemasundar Tenka, MD of INSD, graced the event. Doraswamy, Jayanti Nair, Valentina Mishra, Ragini Kuber, Uma Maheshwar Rao, Lacchana, Ramana and Chandu Tippala were the judges. The winners were presented attractive prizes.
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IRIS SPREADS ITS WINGS The city’s premium dental facility, Iris International Dental Care, launched its second unit at Balayya Sastri Layout, Seethamadhara. MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju and Dr.Mohan Maharaj, MD, Care Hospitals inaugurated it. V.Vijay Kumar, Chairman, Iris Educational Institutes and Hospitals, Dr.Anil Dev Dutt, MD and Santoshi Poornima, GM, Iris International Dental Care and Hospitals, Vasantha Kumari, Director, Iris Educational Institutes, Dr. Ananth Raj Sarma, Director & Dr. Alice Elenor, MD, Iris Hospitals and Abhilash Patnaik, MD, Abhilash Modern Medi Marketing Network graced the event. Anil said, “Our vision is to provide world-class dental services to all.”
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WAYSIDE WEBSITE & APP LAUNCHED Wayside Utilities Private Limited launched their website and app. Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao inaugurated the event, MD, RINl, P.Madhusudana Rao, launched the android app and Chairman, VPT, Krishna Babu launched the iOS app. Owners, Vinesh Paruchuri, Monisha Paruchuri and Vamsi Chintagumpala said, “We want to bridge the gap between truck and cargo providers. They can book the required truck as per the size and type of their cargo. Now ﬁnding trucks is a hassle-free task.”
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SKINSHINE CLINIC LAUNCHED Chief guest Shobhanasmriti, wife of Pravin Kumar, District Collector, inaugurated Skinshine Skin & Hair Clinic at VIP Towers. Dr.T.Narayana Rao, Professor & HOD, Department of Dermatology, MIMS was the guest of honour. Vani Gannamani, Director, Fluentgrid Limited, graced the event. Nearly 300 guests attended it. Dr.M.Jyothsna, Chief Dermatologist said, “This clinic is the ﬁrst of its kind in the city to provide the latest laser treatments using state-of-the-art equipment, which are USFDA approved.”
FOR FITNESS ENTHUSIASTS Health-buffs and ﬁtness freaks can rejoice as Abs Fitness Gym opened its doors at Balayya Sastri Layout, Seethammadara. MLA Vishnu Kumar Raju and MD, CMR Group, Mavuri Venkata Ramana graced the opening. Owner Abbas Ali, his wife Sogarabegum, relatives Hasan Ali, Hussain and Syed were prominently present. Speaking on the occasion, Abbas said, “We aim to revolutionise the ﬁtness experience with world-class personal training, state-of-the-art equipment and top-notch trainers.”
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THANCOS NATURAL ICE CREAM OPENS Ice-cream lovers, you are in for a treat! Thancos Natural Ice Cream has opened its doors. It is located besides Saravani Sweets, Asilmetta Junction. The who’s who of the city attended the event and relished the lip-smacking ice-creams. Owner Praveen Kumar, “We offer 60 varieties of natural fruit-based ice creams, specialised stone ice-creams, rolled ice-creams and wafes too. We are sure customers will take a liking to our mouth-watering avours.”
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GALA EVENT FOR MOTHERS To mark Mother’s Day, V-Team Event Management held a fun and frolic event titled ‘Moms Rock’ in association with CMR and Swathi Promoters. Actress Pragathi, MD, CMR Group, Mavuri Venkata Ramana, Chairman, Swathi Promoters, M.Krishna Reddy, Executive Director, red magazine, Vijaya Kumari Tippala, CMD, Suraksha Health Park Pvt. Ltd., Dr.Raghu, MD, V-Team, V.Rani and Sravan, CEO, Ryt Cabs, lighted the traditional lamp. Various activities like salad contest, selﬁe with mom, love walk with mom, etc. were conducted. Mothers above 75 years were felicitated. Vizag Kitty’s board members launched a new app- Ryt Cabs and gave free rides. CEO, V-Team, Veerumama gave away gifts to the winners. BHAGAVAN WINS BIG S.S.Bhagavan, an employee of Canara Bank Overseas Branch Visakhapatnam, won the ﬁrst prize in the State Level Body Building Competition and also secured the ﬁfth rank in National Level Body Building Competition. Bhagavan has been practising at the Ram Sai Gym since the past 25 years. The branch manager and all the staff members congratulated him for his commendable achievement & wished him good luck.
SWATHI MEN ON A ROLL Marking Mother’s Day, Chairman of Swathi Promoters, M.Krishna Reddy, MD Ramesh Reddy & ED Suresh Reddy, cut the cake along with matriarch Sitayamma. In another event, Krishna held a rally with an aim to collect one lakh signatures, demanding Visakhapatnam railway zone. He covered prominent locations, walking 10 km per day in a 10-day rally. They have garnered 60,000 signatures till date. red | june 2018 | 28
RED SCREENS CHARITY SHOW red magazine, as part of red on a Mission-2, screened stylish star Allu Arjun's Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India at Inox Beach Road. Many celebrities from various walks of life were there to cheer the powerpacked performance of the star and the unique welfare activity of red magazine. The proceeds of this 13th screening will be utilisied to provide mobility equipment for differently abled children who are underprivileged. In step with the magazine in this charity initiative were Myz-Uno, Swathi Promoters, Aaditya Infozone and HiFi Entertainments Pvt. Ltd. Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine, thanked all those who supported this noble cause.
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STUDIO M OPENS Actress Mehreen Pirzada, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Nutritionist, Vibrant Living Foods, Sridevi Jasti inaugurated Studio M, a wellness studio, at Gangapur Layout. MD, Pattabhi Agro Foods Pvt, B.V.Krishna Rao, Director, Pragati Engineering College, M.V.Haranatha Babu and Mehreen lighted the traditional lamp. Nearly 500 guests attended the opening and relished a lavish spread from Pepperazzi The Diner. GM, BSCPL, Bollineni Sandeep and GM, Navayuga Infra, Chinta Madhav graced the opening. Owner Manne Krishna Babu said that he was looking forward to an encouraging response.
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n a city that churns out doctors and engineers in hundreds and thousands every year, there also exists a plethora of options for those who wish to soar to the sky and globe-trot. But if you want to pursue a successful career in the aviation industry in areas- airline ticketing, cabin crew, passenger and baggage handling, security, customer service, cargo and transport, your first choice should be iFly Academy. The institute has been sending out skilled professionals since the past 3 years. Located on 5th lane, Dwarkanagar, this institute has two classrooms and a computerbased training room. The grooming facility is complemented by a beauty studio that offers services like waxing, facials, manicure, etc.
G.Ram Babu, Managing Director and Asma Begum, Center Manager say, â€œFrom assisting the aspirants in picking the right course, preparing them for interviews, to assured 100% job placements, we do whatever it takes to make students pass out with flying colours. We enroll only 30 students per year so that we can bestow personal attention on each one of them. Master trainers having decades of experience in aviation, hospitality & travel industry train our students in aptitude, logical reasoning, grooming and soft skills.â€?
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iFly Academy has tied-up with Centrum and Bhadra Aviation for internships and job placements. Their students have been placed in Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Malaysian Airlines, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune Airport, The Park, JW Marriott, etc. That is just not it! They also offer one year/six month/three month certificate programmes in fashion technology and beauty. Sagar, a master degree holder from NIFT, and Sabiha, who has an experience of more than 13 years in beauty, train the students. So, students reading this- enroll now for a brighter future!
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Timings: 10:00am to 07:00pm | Contact: 9848885237, 0891-2575103
ired of mall hopping? In search for stylish and trendy clothes that don’t break your bank balance? Well then fashionistas, you must head to Rankini Creations. Rankini is not just a boutique; it’s a fashion haven for the ever-growing tribe of style followers who want more for their money. Located at Nirmalaa Sadan Apartment, VIP Road, this 1,500 sq.ft. boutique lets customers to move around unhindered and touch, feel and experience the products in a beautifully designed space. Proprietor B.Usha Naidu’s stocks bang on impeccable pieces at the store, named after the goddess Rankini. She lays emphasis on quality, comfort and design, saying, “We have an impressive & extensive collection of pattu banarasi, kanchipuram, georgette, chiffon, kota, kalamkari and chanderi saris, kurtis, bridal wear (lehengas, velvet fabric and unstitched material), readymade designer
blouses, gowns, net, handbags, footwear, 1 gm gold antique, silver and artificial jewellery, latkans, laces and bed sheets. We keep refreshing the stock every now and then. We even stitch blouses, lehengas, kid’s wear, salwar suits and gowns. Even if you get your own dress material, we will stitch it. We are quite flexible.” The cost of saris is from Rs.3,600 to Rs.25,000 and designer gowns is from Rs.3,000 to Rs.10,000. The stitching range of blouse is from Rs.250 to Rs.600 and salwar suits starts from Rs.500.
in two hours at an additional charge of just Rs.100. You can be assured of perfect embroidery, cuts & designs.” Response? She asserts, “Amazing! It has just been six months since the launch but I have the crème de la crème of the city visiting our store. Besides, once you walk-in you cannot walk-out empty handed.” So ladies, time to take your lifestyle to the next level!
USP? She says, “We embed antique zari rather than gold zari on to the banarasi saris, making them lightweight, comfortable and chic at the same time! And our banarasi kalamkari lehengas are a must-have in your wardrobe. Besides, on an urgent basis, we can stitch a blouse
Timings: 10:00am to 09:00pm | Contact: 9398127778, 0891-2525579 red | june 2018 | 38
isit the bursting-at-theseams Asilmetta junction, you cannot miss Jewel One, brand of Coimbatore-based Emerald Jewel Industry. This twofloored exclusive showroom retails eclectic ornaments manufactured by Emerald which is renowned for its master craftsmanship. The first floor houses hallmarked silver anklets, rings, articles (deepams, idols, plates, bowls, spoons, photo frames, pots, glasses, kalash, etc), and gold pendants, rings, chains, bangles, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. The second floor stocks diamond chains, bangles, pendants, earrings, long sets and half-sets; platinum bangles, chains, rings, pendant sets, earrings and necklaces; gold antique harrams, vaddanams, baju bands and jada gantalu, masterpieces and a few Naga-design pieces.
Marketing head K.S.Vasudeva Rao says, “Our collection is for those who don't consider jewellery as a mere investment, but for the connoisseurs of art, who know the value of the collection. We have pieces for all occasions. We can assure you that neither do we repeat our designs nor can you find them elsewhere in the city.” Their Dasavatharam long haram, depicting the avatars of Vishnu, is an exquisite handcrafted piece. It is bound to make the bride look ravishing. Check out their 22-carat gold antique-finish, Nakshi-work, Ganesh-design necklace, studded with uncut diamonds and rubies. It definitely pairs well with any Indian wear. Their mesmerising diamond pendant embedded with 22-carat rose gold temple design justifies the maxim-beauty lies in simplicity. Besides, do not miss out on their stunning choker collection.
He adds, “Customisation is our specialty. Our inhouse designer can sketch your ideas on a paper. You can place the order once you are satisfied with the blueprint. This applies to any order – from a small ring to a big harram.” Response? He says, “Right from the day one we are attracting good number of footfalls. What is more encouraging is that the count remains the same even after we were done with the inaugural offers. That speaks for our credibility and quality!” It is worth-mentioning that their jewellery wastage charges starts from 4.99% VA.
Timings: 10:30am to 8:30pm (Monday to Friday), 10:30am to 09:00pm (Saturday-Sunday) Contact: 0891-666447
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hile hosting wedding/cocktail soiree or annual meetings/conferences of the firm or world-class exhibitions, the first thing that one searches for is a perfect venue. S Conventions that provides state-ofthe-art facilities is located in a lush green and pollution-free environs, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated in the IT Hub (2km from the beach road and 4km from Madhurwada), this 3-acre luxurious convention center includes two AC banquet halls & a huge outdoor space for free parking of nearly 300 cars or conducting outdoor activities. For a lavish event, opt for the 6,000 sq.ft. Magnificent Hall 1 which can accommodate 800 people. It has two changing rooms that can be used for bride and groom. The 4,000 sq.ft. elegant Hall 2 is apt for a small gathering of 300 people. If required, you can book both the halls. They have also tied-up with a guest house nearby where you can accommodate guests. Manager Tirumala Rao says, â€œWe have collaborated with Meghalaya Hotel to avail the best culinary services. But customers can go ahead and tie-up with any other catering vendor as per their budget and requirements. There are no restriction per se, either on caterers or event mangers. Seating arrangements is anyway provided by us.â€?
PER PLATE COST
Both Halls With Meghalaya
Rs.600 +GST for 1000 guests 750+GST for 500 guests
S Conventions also has two ancillary facilities: one for a restaurant (80-covers) which will come into use either in collaboration with a franchisor or MNC. The second one with 60-covers will be leased out to food kiosk. There is a separate entry and exit for these outlets. This is certainly going to be the most coveted place for IT employees and residents around as there is no food joint in the vicinity.
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Both Halls Charges at Without Meghalaya
Rs.1,500,000+ GST+ Kitchen Rs.25,000
Hall 1 With Meghalaya
Rs.600+GST for 500 guests
Hall 1 Without Meghalaya
Rs.1,00,000+GST+ Kitchen Charges at Rs.25,000
Hall 2 With Meghalaya
Rs.700+GST for 200 guests
Hall 2 Without Meghalaya
Rs.50,000+GST+ Kitchen Charges at Rs.25,000
All these options include additional charge of Rs.20 per power unit.
Timings: 10:00am to 09:00pm | Contact: 9966332302
LOOK. TOUCH. ORDER. REJOICE
o you spend several hours on Pinterest looking for inspiration to do up your home? And now mulling over the prospect of going to China or Italy to buy luxe furniture? Well, save on those uncalled-for expenses and head to Stylive. Located on the 2nd floor, above Paradise Restaurant, VIP Road, this 7,200 sq.ft. outlet displays a fine ensemble of furniture sourced from across the world for every nook-andcorner of your abode- from sofas, sette sofas, dining tables, quirky designer lights and fans, TV and kitchen cabinets, beds, mattresses, pillows, artifacts, carpets and rugs, wardrobes to chest of drawers, bar chair and tables, side/center/coffee/ dressing/study tables, ergonomic chairs and mattresses. Be assured that your furniture is unique when you buy it from here as
the pieces are handpicked and rarely repeated. What really caught our eye was a fascinating American ELM dining table accompanied with Italian leather chairs. The cost of this rare beautiful masterpiece is Rs.3,50,000. Another must-have in your home is the attractive remote-controlled fan with an attached chandelier. You can even change the colour of the lights according to your mood. This mindblowing piece costs Rs.34,000. Managing Director Dillip Kumar Jena says, “Your home is a symphony of moods, objects and emotions. And that is why we focus on timeless and comfortable yet stylish pieces. Go ahead and add that distinct look to your home.” The price range of sofas starts from Rs.75,000 to Rs.5,00,000; beds from Rs.60,000 to 90,000; dining sets from Rs.70,000 to Rs.1,80,000 and sette sofas from Rs.39,000.
Timings: 10:30am to 09:00pm (Open 365 days) Contact: 9866682589
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“Our customers, from individuals to hotels and corporates, are those who understand design and quality, and the price tag that goes with it,” adds Dillip. He even runs an office in Hong Kong, Düsseldorf and Bhubaneshwar. An additional advantage is that if you like a particular sofa but are not comfortable with the fabric or colour, you have an array of options to pick from. Place your order and voila, it will be delivered to you within three months. Besides, they even offer interior design services to help design your dream space. Future Plans? He says, “We plan to introduce other exquisite items. So stay tuned.” So furniture-lovers, go shopping at this haven and avail 15% discount.
s e k a h S l s e o & h s i Co tD H
et us say aloud what everyone is thinking, “What’s with this heat?” We know only two ways to cool off: eat ice-creams or sip milkshakes. Creamilicious is here with over-the-top, heavenly, sinful and Instagram-worthy milkshakes, freakshakes and ice-creams. You can navigate to the 1st floor and tantalise your palate at High Street Diner that offers Italian, Mexican, Chinese & Continental cuisine. Located at Ballaya Sastri Layout, both joints are run by G.Anthony Pavan Kumar, Seshu Barma and T.V.Sai Dinesh. Interactive seating arrangement and chilled out vibe are bound to attract the millennial. At the Diner; exposed filament bulbs highlight the black ceiling and furniture. The brick wall is peppered with vintage posters
and the center section is dotted with posters of Marvel and DC characters. A vintage car brought to life with stunning doodles & a column clad with wooden Italian utensils catch our eye. There is space for live music and stand-up comedy. The menu at Diner features burgers, pancakes, hakka noodles, pastas, risottos, sizzlers and what not! We recommend you to try their steaks, pizzas and chef’s special Shepherd’s Pie. At Creamilicious, brace yourself for 12 flavours of ice-creams and 25 variants of shakes. Don’t miss out on their mango and sapodilla flavours. The owners say, “We will soon start home delivery services within the radius of 5km. We are ready to franchise the brands.”
Grilled Chicken Sizzler
Masala French Fries
Timings: 12:00pm to 11:00pm | Contact: 9133778855 red | june 2018 | 44
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Apt For All Decors
loral décor, neon signage, fairy lights, drapes, flex banners, balloons…are all things in the past! Presenting the next new trend: custom-made paper flowers! Yup, Anusha Vallabhaneni, founder of Artisanat Experts, an event decorator company, specialises in this unique art. Self-taught in paper crafting, Anusha creates exquisite paper flowers in ‘n’ number of colours and sizes, ranging from tiny headbands to huge stage props. They are pretty perfect to be put anywhere in the décor of any event- be it a baby shower, store opening, mehendi ceremony or wedding. You can even use them as props for pre-wedding and newborn photo shoots, wearable like crowns or to elevate photo booths, gift bags and cake tables.
Anusha says, “Paper flowers are very practical as they don’t wilt and a lot lighter on the pocket. But the trick lies in using good quality paper. The material that I use - cardstock - is procured from the US.” Anusha stresses that one needs a lot of patience and dedication to master this art, with each flower taking at least 45 minutes to one hour to take shape. From drawing, cutting to colour combinations- everything has to be perfect. And if the colour is not available in the market, well, there is always spray paint. You can place your orders in Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijayawada and of course, Vizag.
Response? She adds, “It’s just been a few months & we have already catered to quite a few customers. I am glad people have started understanding this concept.” The price range starts from Rs.20,000, if there is no specific theme and Rs.45,000 for a theme-based concept. However, she is ready to offer her services as per your budget & need. Future Plans? “Well, expand the team. I also want to explore the fusion of fresh and paper flowers.” So good people, ditch the old concept and embrace this new one.
Here is another surprise for you. Her lovely floral arrangements can spruce up your home, adding beauty and charm to an otherwise dull and drab wall or corner. That is right- they can be part of a fabulous home décor. Let them not get wet and they remain intact for a long time. Timings: 09:00am to 09:00pm | Contact: 8179047725 red | june 2018 | 45
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till buying clothes off the rack, dreading someone somewhere might be sporting exactly what you just bought? So, if the mundane is not your cup of tea, then MF.Khan is your go-to destination. From master tailors who hand-cut and hand-sew each piece meticulously to assure the perfect fit to salesmen who suggest the latest trends, MF.Khan has it all. They offer the best bespoke menswear at competitive prices, not compromising on quality. Prominently located at Asilmetta, behind Bharat Petroleum bunk, this 5-floored flagship store is the first of its kind in the state. Ample parking space is an added advantage.
If you believe that the devil is in the details, you appreciate the exhaustive range of terry wool, cotton, viscose and polyester fabric. Check out their private studio where you can touch and feel high-end Italian fabrics on hangers. Browse through their topnotch range of accessories to complement your outfit and enhance your look: fine-leather belts, wallets, bow ties, ties and handkerchiefs. How about some bespoke shoes and silver/gold lining watches? Directors Aziz, Akbar and Mehmood Ali say, “It is all about standing out and expressing oneself without trying
too hard. A bespoke garment is the ultimate expression of style. And that is exactly what we provide here.” They also stock an exquisite collection of ready-made shirts, suits and blazers which are hard to find elsewhere. You can unleash your Indian swag with their designer wear Modi coats, pathanis, kurtas, Indo-westerns, sherwanis, jootis, headgears & stoles. The price range of fabrics starts from Rs.2,000 to Rs.45,000 per meter; kurta from Rs.1,699 to Rs.9,000; sherwanis from Rs.10,000 to Rs.40,000; Modi coats from Rs.1,999 to Rs.4,000 and belts from Rs.1,699 to Rs.5,500 approximately. Future Plans? They say, “We are planning to start a concept studio where one can visualise his attire against a perfect backdrop and a gym to inspire our customers to beef up before the D-Day. We are mulling over what to start on the third and fourth floors.” Well, we sincerely hope they start a segment for the women!
Timings: 10:00am to 10:00pm Contact: 0891-6667863
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shaurya By Chandrika Mantri
e is an outsider, who has outshone his peers and managed to impress connoisseurs with his blitzkrieg
performances. From Chandamama Kathalu, Oohalu Gusagusalade, Kalyana Vaibhogame, Chalo to Ammammagarillu, Naga Shaurya has donned several avatars and slipped into unique characters. Experimental and ambitious in his choice of roles, Naga is also a director's dream. Yes, his meteoric rise is commendable. In a freewheeling chat, he shares his decade-long journey in the world of glitz and glamour.
EXCERPTS People rave over your performance in Ammammagarillu, your take? You cannot get a more relatable story than this. The relationship between the grandmother and grandson has been beautifully depicted. I have fond memories of my childhood and my grandmother Mrs.Kokila in Eluru. On working with co-star Shamili… She is a wonderful actress. Her critically acclaimed performance as the mentally challenged child in Anjali (1990) stays etched in my mind.
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What aspect of your character Santosh can you relate to? Well, Santosh is a happy-go-lucky guy. And that is exactly how I am90% happy-happy. Any scenes which you improvised? No, I don’t do that. The dialogues are written after a great thought-process. So, there is no need to meddle with it. I trust the director. He/she is the captain of the ship and knows best. What are your upcoming projects? I am shooting for Narthanasala. It will be an entertainer.
Do you play a gay in this film? No, people have this misconception because of my colourful and quirky costumes in the ﬁlm. Tell us a little about yourself. Born in Eluru, I lived in Vijayawada before shifting to Hyderabad. I was a national level tennis player. Later, I decided to become a director. I then approached a small production ofﬁce to join as an assistant director. They hired me. But the movie I was working on did not see the light of the day. Then I worked in another production house which too got closed.
It was during that time that I met renowned director Teja. He told me to focus on acting. How did you bag your first film? Oh, it was quite a task to ﬁnd a breakthrough in the industry. I bagged my ﬁrst ﬁlm Cricket, Girls and Beer in 2008. It was put on hold due to ﬁnancial constraints. It ﬁnally got released in 2011, but created no buzz. I realised that if I had to make it big, I needed to approach the right banner and director. Finally, Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram selected me for the lead in Oohalu... Do the right contacts work? Luck works. The ﬁlms expected to be hits, op and vice-versa. Did you go to an acting school? I attended Aruna Bikshu’s school in Hyderabad for six months. Your strengths and weakness? I am very focused and determined. On the other hand, I am stubborn, and trust people too easily. Does your good track-record put you under pressure? No! Thank God, I have great friends who keep me grounded Tell us about your family. My parents Mr. Shankar Prasad Mulpuri and Mrs. Usha are pillars of my strength. They even oated a production house Ira Creations for my sake. How do you deal with trolls? Do I even get trolled? I have no clue as I am not at all active on social media. Essential to survive? Never forget your roots. What is the real Naga like? I am like this, not Janous-faced.
What is your advice to upcoming actors? Don’t fall for the glamour and glitz. Nothing is permanent here. RAPID FIRE A nickname that annoys you... Bangaram The weirdest habit you have is... I don’t carry a mobile phone. Your first celebrity crush? Anushka Shetty If you were stuck on a deserted island, who would you choose to be with? My friends Vamsi and Poojith. Ideal romantic getaway? The scenic Araku. If you were to feature in a biopic, who would portray? Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan Street food that you love? Ghee karam dosa Party till dawn or wake up for yoga at dawn? Party till dawn Couch potato or painting town red? Couch potato A weekend treat? Binge watching series on Netix Shopping mistake? I bought a watch worth Rs.18.5 lakhs. A film you have seen many times... Ninne Pelladata Favourite actor? Al Pacino
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here are three stages of magnetic pull one experiences on meeting her. In the ﬁrst instance, you are struck by her beautiful face; then mesmerised by her articulation and ﬁnally, entranced by the doctrines on which she built the Baba Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS). She is the Secretary and Correspondent of the institute and calls it the BITS family. She enjoys the honour of being the only lady edupreneur, who runs an engineering college in the region. If Mrs.Sri Lakshmi is all elegance and education, the third adjective- eminence - has to be added as she is the wife of former Health Minister Mr.Kondru Murali Mohan. Yet, she displays no airs or attitude. It is allure, allure and allure all the way. If the visit to the scenic campus nestled in the verdant Eastern Ghats is an exotic experience, the tete-a-tete with Lakshmi turns out to be even more exhilarating as it includes a plethora of topics. She dwells on her path, goals and the divergent roles she plays.
SHE IS A CLASS APART By V. Sarada
EXCERPTS Birth of BITS My husband and I believe that education provides society with the strongest pillar. Knowledge is one treasure whose value never, ever diminishes, whereas everything else comes with inherent qualities of appreciation or depreciation. We established BITS in 2008. Woman at the helm, advantages and disadvantages Education is all about managing human resources. We are born with emotional intelligence and are the
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strength of any institution. In fact, I call BITS a women’s institution. One minor disadvantage for women in high places is allocation of time to varied obligations because for us, the family comes ﬁrst. Especially in my case, my husband is my ﬁrst kid, who needs much more attention than daughters. Pleasures and pains I prefer the word satisfaction to pleasure. Our environs are conducive to build a family-like bonding. Being surrounded by fresh and young faces is always invigorating. We feel we have reached our goal, when we see the students excelling in their respective
ﬁelds. The smiles of students and parents are our reward. However, we do have our share of woes too. I am sure we can overcome them through a few moments of silence and thinking. Two Hs I set my own code of conduct before I established this mighty organisation. Firstly, the staff has to be paid on time which makes them feel secure. People joining BITS family are assured of two Hs - Health and Happiness. I go to any extent to keep my word. We provide medical insurance to all employees. Most importantly, I never think that they serve me because I pay them wages.
On the contrary, I pay them because they render me their qualiﬁed services. When people tell me about their ﬁnancial assets, I like to remind them, “Wealth facilitates you when you are on this earth. But our true possessions are respect and love we have earned.” Hence, I give utmost importance to human relations. We must serve people, whenever we get an opportunity to do so. An entrepreneur should not aim at earning money, but at providing livelihood for others. Working on these tenets made me build a loyal team in short span of time. Winds of changes Students’ attitude: Earlier, they used to enjoy a strong bond with parents/teachers. Now they have no time for either. I blame the technology for this situation. Today’s generation is attached more to mobile phones than to parents. They carry a notion that the teacher is only there to earn his/her living. This disrespect starts from school level which is totally commercialised. I strive to inculcate at least a few values in our students. Teachers’ role: Irrespective of their age, they should get into the role of a mother and instill respect in the student – true to the maxim Guru devo bhava. Appearance and attire too carry weight. That is why, I insist on teachers wearing digniﬁed formals or saris. Parenting: Today’s parents pander to every whim and fancy of their wards and have no control over them. Nuclear families, with over protective parents, breed this culture. How can your children respect you, when you keep your kith and kin at a distance and don’t respect your own parents and elders? Influence of films: They add to this dismal scene by showing
teachers in a poor light. Women - victims of bias I am not qualiﬁed to comment on this because I have always enjoyed my rights with a very forward looking father and husband encouraging me. At the age of 18, I went alone to Chennai to give exams, armed only with an advice to keep a packet of chilli powder handy for self defence. That grooming made me tough and conﬁdent. My campus is untouched by any bias. I don’t make any special concessions for women working for us either. Luckily, my women are also workaholics like me. I know there is bias out there, though women have outraced men in many ﬁelds. Sometimes women are biased against their own tribe. We have laws protecting our rights. Yet, we have not made much progress. If we came a long way, we also have a long way to go. I don’t think ﬁnancial independence begets respect. It can be gained only by lending valuable support to society. Toughest task Getting highly individualistic people on to one platform to make them work towards a common goal is very tough. Thankfully, I am able to do it. Advice to teachers Our defence forces guard us against the external threats. But it is teachers who should help students ﬁght enemies within. Enter this ﬁeld only if you are passionate about it. ... to students Students who come to us are in a very precarious state & with a false sense of accomplishment. I tell them to put themselves through a simple litmus test. Can they tell their parents of the activities they are indulging in? If
WOMEN ARE BORN WITH EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND ARE THE STRENGTH OF ANY INSTITUTION.
they cannot, they are not on the right track. Personal journey Born and brought up as a warrior princess, I am always respected like a leader by my family. My father, the late Mr.Sangeeta Rao, hailed from Ongole and served in agricultural department. My mother Mrs.Indira has us all well under her control. Thanks to our father’s transfers, my brother and I studied in various schools. I obtained BHSc (Professional) degree from Acharya N.G.Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad and MBA after which I got married. My husband, a B.E and MBA degree holder, entered politics. His education and conduct dispelled my father’s initial apprehensions about my entering a political family. I have been peoplecentric and never nursed such fears. In fact, I aspired to be a doctor and run a mobile medical facility for rural poor. This dream is unfulﬁlled. I am blessed with two daughters Amulya & Anishka and enjoy the support of a closely knit family. red | june 2018 | 53
Down the memory lane It was a childhood memory and an example of my steadfastness. When we moved to Vizianagaram, I stepped into 4th standard with Hindi as the third language of which I didn’t know the alphabets. The following summer I sat through every single Hindi programme on TV and conversed with Hindispeaking friends. By the end of the vacation, I was well-versed in it.
OFF THE CUFF Three words that describe you Stubborn, independent and caring Inspiration My father Support Our Principal Dr. C.V.Gopinath. He is my God gifted brother.
Gratifying moments At a personal level- when I won medals at national level in badminton and other co-curricular competitions and the birth of my daughters. At a professional level, the day BITS got the NAAC accreditation and when we ﬁlled 75% seats in 2017.
Best advice My father told me to help people without expecting anything in return. Definition of power A small word with big impact! We should use it to beneﬁt others and should not be taken to head. To relax… I sing. The only app I love is Smule. The best compliment you got … Professionally many, but yet to hear one that makes a deep impression. Personally, my husband says that I replaced his mother in our family. Regret Despite getting my short service commission, I could not go to serve in the army. Favourite spot of holiday Kullu and Manali and yet to visit.
Success mantra I walk the talk; enjoy challenges; believe in transparency & hard work; never shirk responsibilities nor leave things to luck. Vision for BITS A lot of dreams to accomplish still. I want BITS, molding thousands of young minds and shaping them into responsible citizens, take a place of pride in the annals of world of education.
One thing you like to change about yourself. There is nothing I like to change. I am quite happy with myself.
WE MUST SERVE PEOPLE, WHENEVER WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. HER THOUGHTS
Strong mind is the real shield against all odds of life.
Mother's mindset in our society should be changed to wipe out gender discrimination.
Develop a cool mind, sweet tongue and loving heart, success is bound to follow.
Look at every challenge as an opportunity.
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Shoot by Dhana Vijay
He peppers city s platter with a new scoop
B V. Sarada
epperazzi The Diner, his vibrant US retro-based
restaurant replete with neon signs, eye-
catching posters and colourful vibes, stands in
stark contrast to his calm and serene beach-view apartment. The proud owner of these divergent facilities, Mr.Satya Sriram Valluri, MD, Annadah Hospitality Pvt.Ltd, seems to have got it all balanced for himself and his family. With a plate that is getting fuller by the day, the restaurateur seems to have his hands full. Ask him why and how he, an engineer, had chosen the hospitality industry, he responds with great zest. His vivid narration turns out to be as sweet as his favourite chocolate. Incidentally, he started his career with Mars ( Netherlands), the world f am ous chocolate manufacturer. He tells us about his life, family, studies and work as his beautiful wife Ms.Radha Madhavi plays a gracious host and his two and a half year-old son Shourya hovers over pouncing and prattling. While he dwells on the milestones he has crossed, he insists that he has a lot more to negotiate. Here is the account of an honest and hard working visionary. EXCERPTS Roots My father Mr.Surya Prakasha Rao, commodities trader, got into rice-processing, taking a mill on lease in a village near Kakinada. If the 1996 cyclone compelled him to move to the city, it also helped him in exploring greener pastures. Eventually, he set up Sri Venkateswara Rice industry in Peddapuram, of which I am a managing partner. I took the business to the international level by exporting rice to various countries. My mother Mrs.Krishna Tulasi is a homemaker and devoted all her time and energy in raising me and my sister Aparna, now a qualiﬁed radiologist, and is happily married.
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Formative years My journey from a little boy of East Godavari district to an ambitious youth, who went to University in the Netherlands, has been full of interesting twists and turns. I was educated in Kakinada (schooling), Vijayawada (junior college) and Vellore (VIT UniversityB.Tech in Biotechnology). Later, I obtained masters degree in food technology from Wageningen University. Each experience helped me widen my mental horizons, enlarging my circle, knowledge and exposure. I turned out to be a polyglot. Along the way,
I also picked up a few exotic hobbies and sports like fencing, horse riding, besides golﬁng and badminton. Following this trajectory, I evolved as an entrepreneur. The City of Destiny I ﬁnd this scenic place to be accommodating with its people eagerly welcoming new concepts and projects. They don’t shy away from experimenting. I have been here only for the past one year and I am already in love with it. It is also now a hub for all the prestigious hospitality outlets.
here in Vizag, which had never seen a facility of this kind
I delved deep into the subject,
That is my DNA. I hail from the
before. I knew people would simply love to have a taste
pouring over a lot of books and
rice bowl of Andhra Pradesh and
of a theme, which is not the run of the mill.
literature. Fortunately, I could
my father deals with our staple
effectively ﬁll them.
food- rice. As I have studied
food all my life, my venture had
I am planning to expand my existing enterprises and
to be something related to this
try different ventures. Most importantly, I want to spend
ﬁeld. After my stint with Mars
some more time with my family and see Shourya grow
International, I came back home
up. I am mulling over some more projects that would
Planning, research and
to join my father in his business.
take my services to a larger audience and impact the
However, that was not enough
society in a positive way. Of course, I am yet to decide
work for me and I needed to do
the nature of the project.
something more. Thus my hunt for a new enterprise began and I stumbled on Pepperazzi in Ahemdabad. I knew that was what I was looking for. Rest, as they say, is history.
What do you wish you knew before you started?
Advice to aspirants
Wish I knew where to source
I advise them to come into this industry after a thorough
people and materials.
study and research. One must put one’s self in the shoes of the customer and make decisions. Even when it comes to the rice processing, I found a lot of gaps. So
Best part of your industry? Smiling and satisﬁed customers. Strengths Thorough spade work.
Tough road It is a known fact that hospitality
I FIND THIS EXQUISITELY SCENIC PLACE TO BE VERY
industry is rife with competition.
ACCOMMODATING WITH ITS PEOPLE EAGERLY
The most ideal location for a
WELCOMING NEW CONCEPTS AND PROJECTS.
food joint in a sea side city is
Weakness Delaying implementation of decisions.
obviously the beach road, but
by the time I entered the scene,
I try my best, but I am just a wee
it was saturated. After an
bit lazy. It is all about managing
excruciating search and study,
the 24 hours we have. If we have
I had to settle for the next best-
the inclination, we have time.
the most happening Siripuram. Of course, I still say we are
Best piece of advice you got
strongly located and attract a lot
If you ever have a doubt about
of segments as we are very
something, do not keep it to
close to many ourishing
yourself and get it clariﬁed.
commercial establishments. I had to overcome quite a few teething problems in getting water supply and parking space
Worst advice I don't trust people that easily to entertain bad advices.
and transporting the material to
the third oor.
Secrets are not to be revealed.
On a friend’s suggestion,
Yet to come.
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Colour: Navy blue
My wife and my son Cuisine: Italian CSR activities Food: Pulihora
We contribute to red on a mission & donate wheelchairs.
Drink: Oreo milkshake
In rice mill venture, we donate rice to the underprivileged.
Restaurant: Pepperazzi, of course!
Best compliment People often thank me for
Attire: Kurta and chudidar
introducing good food and a themed restaurant to Vizag.
Pastime: Reading & watching TV.
HE IS SPIRITUAL AND
I wish I studied economics and
went for civil services.
Despite his busy schedule, he always tries to spend time with our
son and me. He is very loving and
I do not have to ask him for anything. Somehow he knows
what exactly I wish to have and
Arise, awake till you reach your goal- Swami Vivekananda. COMPATIBILITY METER
gets it for me. He is very spiritual I AM MULLING OVER SOME MORE PROJECTS THAT
and a great devotee.
WOULD TAKE MY SERVICES TO A LARGER AUDIENCE AND IMPACT THE SOCIETY IN A POSITIVE WAY.
THESE ARE A FEW OF
RADHA IS A PERFECT
Radha Madhavi is the best
Actors: Actually it is Prabhas, but
thing that ever happened to
it depends on the performance
me. She is also a director of
of the stars.
Annadah Hospitality Pvt.Ltd. She is a simple and nonmaterialistic person. That she
Colour: White and blue Cuisine: Not choosy
is quintessentially an Indian
wife can be gauged from the
Drink: Pineapple juice
way she loves and cares for
the entire family. The most
attractive part of her personality is her generosity and kindness. Though it was
Attire: Casual wear Pastime: Reading and browsing
an arranged marriage, I can say it is love at ďŹ rst sight. THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES Film: Baahubali Actor: Surya red | june 2018 | 58
Shoot by Dhana Vijay Inputs from Reeth Choraria
ge and achievement have nothing to do with each other, especially in today’s world, when technology is developing and children are turning smarter. They grab every single opportunity that comes their way, so it is no surprise that we see them making to varied and prestigious fora, vying with the world’s best. We ﬁnd what our city has been churning out and what efforts the parents make to reach them to the pinnacles of success.
PRODIGIES ON THE
PROWL By Chandrika Mantri Shoot by Dhana Vijay
PRIYAM & PRATHAM My intention is to arrest the screen time the children are getting addicted to these days. Hence, right from the age of 3, I was mulling over ways and means to divert my children’s attention to outdoor sports. It was in one of those quests, I spotted the skating rink in VUDA Park and the wheels of success for them. - Mother, Neeta Tated, Homemaker
SHARANYA Sharanya is my biggest accomplishment. She is loving, compassionate, determined, charming, sincere and intelligent. I feel blessed to have such a wonderful daughter and am proud of her. I repeatedly wish her saying, “Keep shining my bright and shiny star!"
SANJANA & SAMHITHA “To be in my children's memories tomorrow I have to be in their lives today." It was a memorable two-month journey of grooming and making them conﬁdent, encouraging them to give their best, getting their costumes ready, preparing their presentations and making them believe in themselves. - Mother, Saranya Billa, Abacus & English trainer
- Mother, Swati Mudundi, Homemaker
SRINANDANA People often tell me, “You are very lucky. Your child is God’s gift. She is very special.” But I feel that every child is unique and special in its own way. It is the responsibility of the parents to identify and develop their children’s skills. Fortunately, I could ﬁnd out that my daughter is blessed with extraordinary grasping power and excellent memory. I started working on them. I advise parents to spend adequate time with their children to understand their abilities. - Father, Prakash Dattu, Managing Director, SSN Vizag Estates and Developer
“Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala is my inspiration. She is the epitome of willpower, bravery & strength,” says Sharanya. Don’t be surprised by this mind-blowing reply yet. This 10-year old represented the country & won accolades at 2 international festivals for beauty and talent in 2017 held at Johannesburg, South Africa and Soﬁa, Bulgaria. She is the ﬁrst Indian and Asian to be crowned Little Miss Grand Sea Intercontinental 2017 at Grand Sea Universe-2017 and won three subtitles Little Miss Grand Sea Asia-2017, Miss Popularity and Best Interview Winner. This multi-talented girl is a gold medalist in National Cyber Olympiad and International English Olympiad 2017, silver medalist in National Science Olympiad & gold & silver medalist in NSKAI State Karate Championship 2018. She has been mentored by Dr.Meenakshi Anantram, CEO, Razzmatazz and Mrs.Valentina Mishra, National Director India for International Pageants. Sharanya talks of her glorious achievements… Contests & Conquests I auditioned for Little Miss and Mr.Galaxy India 2017 and was selected for the semi-ﬁnals held in Bengaluru. Around 30 contestants from India took part in it. I won the title Little Model Earth India at the national level and got selected as an international ﬁnalist for Little Model Earth 2017. I faced a cut-throat competition vying with contestants from 20 countries. There were four rounds of contests- interview, national costume, country table and evening gown.
10 judges. In the costume round, I walked the ramp, donning a sari with a peacock head gear. In the country table round, I showcased the beautiful and diverse cultures of our country; exhibited miniatures of monuments, symbols of our festivals and presented a few delectable snacks like chegodi, murukulus, soan papdis, etc and spoke about them. For the last round, we walked down the ramp wearing our evening gown. My joy knew no bounds when I won the title of Grand Prix Winner Model-2017 and Best Interview Winner-2017. Experience I got to interact with people around the world and gain insight about their cultures and customs. Miss and Mr Grand Sea Universe I took part in Miss and Mr Grand Sea Universe pageant. The contest started with a national parade, in which contestants from 30 countries took part. I wore a tri-coloured frock. It was followed by interview, country table and talent rounds. I performed Surya namaskar. When the judges asked on why I chose to showcase yoga as a talent, I replied, “Yoga is an important part of our country. One can connect with it emotionally, physically and spiritually. Moreover, today is International Yoga Day.” Crowning moment I was elated that I could make my country proud. I couldn’t wait to return to the city and share my happiness with near and dear.
strength. She taught me how to focus both on academics and extra-curricular activities. My father Mr.M.S.N.Raju, Project Manager, Chetak Enterprises Ltd., Nashik, is my hero. He always motivates me to be conﬁdent. Unforgettable Incident After the win, all the participants got together and let their hair down to the Bulgarian tunes. It was fun and I enjoyed it to the core. After which, all of us showcased our country’s dance forms; I performed garba. But I can never forget the amazing hospitality of Lesedi African Cultural Village. It was great to learn about the rich culture of African tribes, and go through the scenic Lion Park and the fun and frolic amusement park, Gold Reef City. What next I aspire to become a fashion designer. Now, I am learning Carnatic music and Karate. Hobbies Art and craft, singing and travelling. FAVOURITE Miss World: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Attire: Casual Frock
Role model My mother Mrs.Swati is my pillar of
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ou are living under a rock if you are not familiar with the names- Priyam and Pratham Tated. Yes, the 14-year old twins have put the city on the world skating map with their mind-blowing accolades in roller and ice skating- a sport they were initiated into when they were barely three years old. While Priyam is a roller and ice skating champ, Pratham excels in ice skating. Not satisﬁed by the ‘n’ number of medals, both the lads now have their eyes ﬁxed on Olympic medal. Here, they share their decadelong journey, grueling schedule and favourites.
First roll Both: Watching our sister Divya, a former international level skater, getting trained motivated us to take up this sport. Our parents also encouraged us. First skates Priyam: Our father got us the basic skates. I can’t recall the type. Now, we use skates got from Italy and France. Form of skating Pri: Artistic skating includes freestyle and dance. I do freestyle with inline (3wheels) and quad (4-wheels) skates. Quad is easy but inline requires balancing expertise which is my forte. Pratham: As I was already adept at skating, I opted for ice dancing which is simpler and easier. One has to be red | june 2018 | 62
proﬁcient in balancing too. Inline artistic skating is my forte. Training Pri: From 5:00 am to 6:00 am, our ﬁtness coach makes us jog, jump, balance, squat and stretch. We are at the Sivaji Park rink from 6:00 am to 8:00 am. After which, we attend school (Sri Chaitanya Techno School). After an early supper, we go for another round from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. I may skip school for skating but I never forgo skating for school. Pra: Since there is no facility for iceskating here, we go to Delhi and practise at least a week before the competition. I capture my programme on video and send it to our coaches here to suggest necessary changes.
The first crop of medals Pri: In 2007, I won a silver medal in a competition organised by city-based skating clubs and Pratham bagged a bronze. Later, we took part in district and state level championships. Pra: In 2013, our father came to know about the 9th National Ice Skating Championship held at Shimla. There were no contestants from AP. It was our ﬁrst national level competition. Priyam bagged a gold medal and I got bronze. Memorable achievement Pri: My ﬁrst international bronze medal at the ISU World Development Trophy held in Malaysia! That moment is still etched in my mind. I went for the Asian Open Figure Skating selections in Delhi and I got the opportunity to stay with
Anup Kumar Yama, an Arjuna awardee and renowned roller skate athlete, that too for a week. It was a very enriching experience and I felt blessed. He gave me a few tips and taught me some tricks too.
Upcoming matches Pri: I will attend the 18th Asian Roller Skating Championship in South Korea (4th Sept – 14th Sept) and Roller Artistic World Championship in France (1st Oct-10th Oct). Roller Skating Federation of India recently held the selection trails for this in Ahmedabad. Besides, I am also planning to participate in the Asian Open Figure Skating Championship in Bangkok (1st-5th August) and ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating in China (Sept19-23).
Pra: When I won a bronze medal at the 11th Malaysia National Open Figure Skating Championship. Another unforgettable incident was when I performed on the famous number jeena yahan marna yahan from the movie Mera Naam Joker at the 55th National Roller Skating Championship held in Chennai. The cheers and hoots still reverberate in my ears. I was on cloud 9, even though I ranked fourth.
Pra: I too will participate in the Asian Open Figure Skating Championship in Bangkok, along with Priyam. Future Plans Pri: I want to nail it at Olympics 2024 and aspire to become the world champion. Later, I want to take over the family business.
Diet Pri: No speciﬁc diet as such. We are vegetarians and prefer food cooked by our mother. We are not allowed to eat outside foot before competitions. I love rice in any form. So, I carry a rice cooker and induction stove and cook my food.
Pra: I also want to win an Olympic medal. I aspire to become a pilot.
TID-BITS Hobbies Pri: Cricket and swimming. Competition between siblings Pra: We motivate each other. Credit success to? Pri: Coaches, Satyam & Chitti Sir, parents. Pra: Parents Inspiration Pri: Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I admire his captaincy skills. Pra: My sister. If not for her, I would not have been in this ﬁeld. Nervous Pri: I am always nervous. Pra: Never! Best friend Pri: My competitor Kiran. We skate together and sometimes even participate in the same events. Do you fight? Pri: A lot over TV Remote, phone chargers and what not. But we make up in the end.
“Ask her to name the capital of any state across the globe. She answers in seconds,” says the proud father Mr. Prakash Dattu of four-year old chirpy Srinandana. This prodigy entered the Indian Book of Records and Telugu Book of Records in the memory category. Playing by the rule, Srinandana insisted that her father set a timer on his phone before we question her. Secret of her memory power? Prakash says, “Refusing to let her waste time over TV, I work on her skills. I used to place a few fruits and vegetables
on a table and give her 30 seconds to observe and recollect them. She had the names in the correct order. I upped her training and made her memorise the names of states, union territories and their capitals and followed it up with 198 countries and their capitals which she She loves Food: Pappu BFF: Ritika Hobbies: Painting Pastime: Taking care of 150 pet birds
grasped in a jiffy. She broke the last record of listing the world capitals in two minutes and ﬁfty seconds, with her two minutes and forty ﬁve seconds timing. Future plans Next destination is the Guiness Book of Records. I am training her to list as many world capitals as possible in 60 seconds. Later, I want her to pursue archery. I want her to win big at the Olympics. She, ﬁnally, settles down to give us a demo of her unique skill by answering our rapid ﬁre. red | june 2018 | 63
he resounding victory of Sanjana and Samhitha Billa is not just about winning accolades at the pageant Best Prince and Princess of The World -2018 held in Batumi, Georgia. For them, it has been a way of channelising their energy to help the needy. Sanjana, a 10th standard student at Sri Chaitanya Techno School, says that it is all about the good deeds rather than looks. Samhitha, a 7th standard student at Silver Oaks International School, wants to ﬁght plastic menace. The sisters speak about what they do, when they are not working speciﬁcally towards the titles they bagged. Charity begins at tender age Sanjana: I earn money by assisting mother in household chores and donate it to Icha Foundation. Samhitha: I teach Abacus to a few of my mother’s students and with the money earned, I support two needy students. Selection Process San: Ms.Valentina trained us. Only two of us were selected from India to participate in Best Prince and Princess of The World-2018 contest. Pre-Finale Round San: 25 contestants from 10 different countries took part in the contest. We were chosen for the pre-ﬁnale which had National Costume, Eco Project, Talent and Jury Round. Sam: In the National Costume round, Sanjana wore a lehenga with a peacock gear and I wore a lehenga with a lotus gear. Each lehenga weighed 5kg and the gear was 3kg. San: In the talent round, red | june 2018 | 64
Samhitha and I danced to Swag Se Swagat & Cheez Badi Hai Mast, choreographed by Pace Creators. Sam: It was the knife painting on woman’s liberation, which I did in 15 minutes that earned me honours. I thank Mrs.Shilpa Kolli for teaching me. San: For the Eco Project, we spoke live while the others had their voice pre-recorded for the video presentation. Sam: And last was the jury round in which 12 national directors from across the globe grilled us. San: I won the Best Eco Project while Samhitha won the Best National Costume. Crowning moment San: I almost tripped with excitement when I won the Best Teen Model and the Grand Prix title. Sam: My eyes welled up with tears as I won the Best Charity and Best Princess of The World
Sanjana and Samhitha Billa
INSPIRATION Both: Undoubtedly, our mother. She set aside her hectic routine to help us with the contest. We are glad we could reward her with our titles. in the Little category. Prince Luka Asatiani, Mayor of Batumi and Georgia Lord, Mayor of Adjara crowned us. Challenge San: We were given just ﬁve minutes to get ready for the National Costume round. Imagine donning a lehenga and ornaments in such a short time. It would not have been possible without our parent’s help. Unforgettable incident San: Enjoying the hospitality of Georgia Lord. We gifted Etikoppaka toys and my grandmother Mrs.Vijayalakshmi’s Tanjore paintings to her. Sam: The best moment was when my parents were called to walk on the ramp. My father Mr.B.S.S.T.Srinivas won the Best Dad of The World title. What next San: I have been invited to judge the same contest next year. I aspire to be a dermatologist and pursue modelling. Sam: I want to become an IAS ofﬁcer.
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By V. Sarada ven as we are outraged and haunted by the spine-chilling details of the Asifa case, and stunned to see the face of a demonised society, a visit to Care & Love comes as a balm on the frayed nerves. Yes, this nondescript NGO, tucked away in the outskirts of the city, has been rendering an incredible service to the abandoned children. The organisation has been silently sheltering, nursing and nurturing physically and mentally challenged children, who are left to die on the streets by their own parents. The effort assumes signiďŹ cance as the founder, Ms.Patina Hymavati, is in her early 30s. She is right now in the US and in a long distance interview, explains how she established the home and remote-controls its operations for now. Her father Mr.P.Sarangadhara Rao, who is in charge of the centre and Ms.G.Ramya, the teacher, ďŹ ll in the other details showing us around.
The no-frills place is kept clean and tidy with the drawings of the children pinned up on the walls. The well-mended and well-tended children sit in a perfect order and munch the snacks served by a philanthropic Satya Sai Mahila group. red | june 2018 | 66
Hyma on Her Mission
It was born out of my pain. I am blessed with a beautiful life complete with a cute son, good husband and great family. God has given me everything sans a heart with a healthy rhythm. This threw me into an abysmal depths of depression. I evolved my own method of combating it. My mission is to extend a helping hand to the people whose plight is worse than mine. I also draw inspiration
medicine and education. Now we
from my father-in-law, the late
have 45 children under our care.
Mr.Y.Ramulu who was a teacher
We are trying to make a difference
with a responsibility of rearing
in their lives by giving them motor
ďŹ ve daughters and a son. Yet,
skills and special therapies. We
he successfully ran a similar
also offer temporary shelter to the
facility in Srikakulam till a freak
children rescued from the streets
accident claimed his legs.
till their natural guardians are
I wanted to keep the noble
located. We run the home on our
tradition alive but chose Vizag
own steam and funds, with some
to set off on this unique path.
stray support from like-minded
We take in the destitute children found in and around Vizag and provide them with shelter, food,
relatives and friends.
My husband Mr.Kurma Rao, a software
places. The second one of my four
Ms.Ramya on operations
engineer, has been diverting 20% of his
daughters, Hyma was born with a
The hearing impaired children are sent
earnings for the cause. I can expand and
congenital heart problem and had to
to a nearby convent while the mentally
run the organisation with better facilities
undergo three operations, including an
challenged are being taught here.
if the government chips in with some aid.
open heart surgery. Despite her poor
I obtained a certiﬁcate from Child
We did tap its door several times and are
health, she pursued her studies and
Educational Center in early care and
awaiting its response.
earned B.Sc and B.Com degrees. It is
education and am qualiﬁed to teach
our great fortune that Mr.Kurma Rao
the special children. I spend the entire
I hop between the countries twice a year
married her, knowing all about her health
day with the children, imparting mortar
to take care of children, guide the staff
condition. He was working in Hyderabad,
skills. The resident teacher-cum-
and learn about the welfare policies. It is
when my daughter wanted to set up this
warden Ms.Naga Lakshmi takes care
my dream to help at least a few people.
facility. He was all encouragement and
of them 24/7. A speech therapist
I enjoy an uninching support of my team
support right from the word go.
Dr.Sridevi comes twice a week to help
that works in cohesion to bring smiles on
Unheeding our advice to have a home
out the hearing impaired. We have a
the children's faces. My father and our
for healthy children, she intended it to be
full-time cook Ms.Lakshminarasamma
member Ramya leave no stone unturned
for the differently abled, which is a lot
who serves them food with all the
to keep the good work going.
more challenging. She moved to the city
motherly care and a night watchman
while her husband continued to work in
keeps a vigilant eye on the home.
Kurma Rao’s say I didn't realise the value of my father’s welfare activities as I was too young. But my wife has made me realise my social responsibility. She is amazing. I support
Hyderabad till he got a job in the US. After streamlining the operations of the home, she joined her husband. She monitors the activities from there.
her in every possible way. Our efforts are
Ramya, Rao & Lakshmi
paid off with the smiles of our children. Rao on Genesis We belong to Pondur, where my family lived all through, though my job in defence services took me to many
A PLEA FROM HEART “The recent reports of children being brutalised are making me sleepless. We must put an end to these dastardly acts, changing the mindset of people. I request people to come forward to help the needy. Let us join our hands for this noble cause,” appeals Hyma.
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right. My training happened on the sets. I burnt the midnight oil just to get it right. The next challenge was to adjust to new environs, which I did well. Now Hyderabad feels like home. Tell us how it was to work with stars like Brahmanandam. Great! It was an oncein-a-lifetime opportunity. They were supportive and used to wait patiently as I took time to deliver the lines. What was it like to face the camera for the first time? Love at ﬁrst sight! Looks like I built an instant and beautiful rapport with it. Do you need a filmi background or godfather to get into the field? Initially, it is very difﬁcult to ﬁnd a toehold in the ﬁlm industry if you don’t have the right contacts. But even if you do, I feel it is helpful only to a certain point. Beyond that, it is only and only your talent that will take you further. How do you prepare for your roles? It all depends on what the ﬁlm demands from you. For instance, for my upcoming Tamil ﬁlm I had to sport a de-glam look. So, I needed to do a lot of homework and research to get into the character.
What is your dream role? A role that inspires millions & strikes a chord. No preferred genre as such. Have you shifted base to Hyderabad? No, I am not for settling down anywhere, for that matter. I will go wherever my work takes me. Moreover, I also feel one’s workplace should be away from home. You tend to be a little more disciplined. What are your professional strengths and weaknesses? I still need to work more to comment on this. It is too early to talk of it. There is still a lot of exploring and experimenting to do, from my end. Who is your idol? Undoubtedly my father! He is my friend, philosopher and guide. He motivates me to be the best at what I do. Three things people don’t know about you? That I am learning Kathak, belly dancing and I love dancing to South Indian tunes. What is the real Pallak like? The real Pallak is constantly evolving. Change is the only constant in her life. Tell us a little about your health regimen. I train to be strong rather than
skinny. I am learning Capoeira: an Afro-Brazilian martial arts that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. I don’t follow fad diets. My diet is all simple home-made food.
Who is your favourite director and why? Imtiaz Ali. All his movies are relatable. His ability to portray sensitive topics in a very unconventional manner is admirable. I see him as an artiste rather than a director.
What does fashion really mean to you? It is an expression & extension of my personality. I don’t follow trends. Yes, you can call me a trend-setter, not a follower.
What is your Sunday like? It is just like every other day as I am working round the clock. I despise being idle. I must admit I have ants in my pants! At present, I am occupied reading scripts, auditioning and photo shoots. No ‘me time’ whatsoever.
Any unforgettable movies? I had goose bumps when I watched Mughal-e-Azam for the ﬁrst time. I was especially teary-eyed and awestruck by Madhubala’s performance. Her grace, her style, her looks…everything was just on point! One movie I can watch
‘n’ number of times.
Any crazy fan incidents? Nothing as such but I have received handmade sketches from my fans. My social media accounts are always ooded with warm messages. It is quite overwhelming. I aspire to live up to their expectations.
Have there been any embarrassing moments? The other day I had set out for the promotion of a ﬁlm, and I realised that I was wearing my room slippers. Fortunately, I could shop for a new pair before reaching the spot.
FAVOURITES …Tollywood actor & actress Mahesh Babu & Sai Pallavi
…from Bollywood Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor
Beauty secret Work-out
Odd thing you ever read about you That I am a Punjabi model.
Advice to aspiring actors Perseverance is the key here. Don’t let success get to your head and failure to your heart.
Message for your fans Stay tuned for more of Pallak. It’s just the beginning.
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STAROBE CATERS TO FANS’ FANCIES Sankar adopts a unique way to bring
GADGET-FREE SIMS AND SAM’S
star styles to common man's reach
Neha shows how children can have fun sans technical props
PROTECTIVE CERAMIC PRO
DYNAMIC DUO OF PEOPLE COMBINE Naga Prasad & Rajasekhar Babu build
Nishant Saboo sets off a new revolution in automobile field
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My teacher, guide and philosopher Mr.Naga Prasad is one person whom I always hold in high esteem. It is a well known fact that he, along with his good friend Mr.Rajasekhar, brought out revolutionary changes in the world of education. We have the privilege of having these most successful edupreneurs, who are celebrating the silver years of their prestigious organisation People’s Combine, in our Trade segment.
Acting is in his DNA. So it is no surprise that his debut ﬁlm itself was critically acclaimed. The Haute columns reect Sai Dharam Tej’s explicable tryst with Tollywood.
The state is all set to introduce the new robotic technology, ﬁrst time in the country, to keep sewers clean and stench-free. So it is going to be a shower of facilities for the city.
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Sankar Prasad Chilamkurthi has tried his hand in many ﬁelds, but he found his fulﬁlment, at least for now, in bringing the high-end fashions of ﬁlm stars within the reach of ‘starry eyed’ fans. He talks of his journey with Starobe, when we touch him for the GenX column.
She built a clean island amidst technologically corrupt world, where children and even their parents can breathe a whiff of fresh air. Neha Ahuja’s Sims and Sam’s Party & Play Town is creating a new buzz, luring children. The Eve and her experiment catch our eye.
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40 Red Trade Friends Naga Prasad & Rajasekhar Babu set off with the intent of giving quality education to the children. With People’s Combine, they take teaching standards to international levels. Their experiences can teach a lesson or two to the new aspirants.
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AWADHI FLAVOURS Mercure Hyderabad KCP celebrated the spirit of Nawabi culture and the city experienced the rich avours of Lucknow at the Awadhi Food Festival. The food festival was inaugurated by K.Rosaiah, former Tamil Nadu Governor in the presence of Dinesh Rai, General Manager, Mercure, Hyderabad KCP and other dignitaries. Chef Mohammad Hassan, along with Executive Chef Vinay Kumar and his team, designed the menu that had dishes like galouti, shami, kakori, dalchi, zamikand ke kebab.
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NEERU’S OPENS 50th STORE Neeru’s launched its 50th store at Mehdipatnam. Actress Karisma Kapoor inaugurated it. Neeru’s has set a new benchmark for ethnic fashion wear as each of its outﬁt is created focusing on superior quality, eloquent designs and innovative silhouettes. Managing Director Avnish Kumar said, “It has been a long journey for Neeru’s, from a 50 sq.ft. space store to 4,67,000 sq.ft. retail space pan India. We are showcasing our Ramzan collection. Fashion-lovers can browse through our exclusive and exhaustive options.”
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INTERIYOUR SHOW & SALE 2018 Hamstech’s held its annual event, Interiyour Show & Sale 2018 that showcased creative products crafted by the students and charted under the guidance of Shabhnam Gupta. The theme was Revitalisation of Arts & Crafts. Sona Chatwani, Director and Interior Designing Consultant, Aparna Bidarkar, Principal Architect, Hue Designs and Supraja Rao, Chief Designer, Design House, were the judges. MD Ajita Reddy stressed on the relevance of the show.
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Rocky Mohan & Siddharth Mohan
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Gourmet Passport, a ﬁne dining app, after its successful run in Delhi NCR, Bengaluru and Mumbai, has made its entry into the city. Launching the app, renowned food columnist and founder and mentor of Gourmet Passport, Rocky Mohan said, “This platform lists 50 top-rated ﬁne dining restaurants in the city and will keep adding new partners throughout the year.” Siddharth Mohan, who is part of the promoter group, said, “This app will give connoisseurs an access to the best dining deals at a click.” Nikhil & Vivek red | june 2018 | 10
BANARAS WEAVES Hyderabad has an undying love for fashion. Joining the league of high fashion is designer, weaver, and entrepreneur Gyanesh Gupta who launched his ď€‚agship store Krishna Silks at Abids. He presented exclusively curated collection of saris, suits and lehengas for the fashion enthusiasts of the city. The master weaver and owner of Krishna Silks works on textile innovations from his production house located in Banaras. Fashion Designer Vinita Pittie along with socialite Bina Mehta formally inaugurated the store. Handloom lovers, friends and family were seen checking out on this rich fare.
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Purple Martini Events launched TOT, the latest entrant to the bandwagon of nightclubs and organised a private party for the same. Nearly 400 crème de la crème of the city attended the event. The party-goers, dressed in their best, had a gala time relishing delectable ﬁnger food and sipping beverages which were on the house. DJ Clement from Bengaluru had everyone on the dance oor grooving to his high-octane beats till wee hours. It was deﬁnitely touted as one of the most happening parties!
TCEI TEAM IN Celebrating its 4th anniversary, Telangana Chamber of Events Industry (TCEI), a notfor-proﬁt organisation industry body of events and entertainment business held its investiture of all elected members at The Park Hotel. Dr.K.V.Ramana Chari IAS (retd), Cultural Advisor to the Government of Telangana was the chief guest at the event. While addressing the gathering, Neeraj Thakur, TCEI Secretary, said, “In the last four years, the organisation has increased its membership in all its associations. The bodies went through a transparent process for 2018-20 term.”
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Jibran & Maha
Kavitha & Sandeep Agarwal
ENTHRALLING CRICKET TOURNAMENT Revere Events held a two-day cricket championship Hyderabad Super Series at the Babukhan Arena Stadium. The event started with a launch party unveiling t-shirts designed for the teams. Jibran Jewels, Platinum Fitness Club, Lime Boutique Suites and Kulture, selected the players from different trade fraternities. Chief guest & TDP leader Mohammed Feroz Khan presented the Man of the Series trophy and the main sponsor Sirish Gollem presented the Man of the Tournament trophy.
Renowned fashion designer Kavita Agarwal unveiled her ﬁrst agship store Kavita Agarwal, located in the upmarket Begumpet. The plush store houses a wide range of designer ensembles, encompassing specially curated bridal wear, lehengas, saris, exquisite bridal wears to name a few. Her unique style lies in fusion of fabrics from across the world and utilizing a lot of inhouse hand-embroidery. Kavita draws inspiration for her line of work from the Indian culture.
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Sabila & Imran
Qutub Alam Khan
Akshara & Akruti
isha Agarwal may have started her journey in designing in a humble way turning her house
into a designer’s hub. But she made quick and giant strides and launched her second store, in just a span of 12 years. Jalsa Fashion Eternity now stands in the buzzing streets of Abids. Her first boutique, ‘Jalsa- We design celebration’, near the High Court earned rave reviews and enviable number of clienteles. She
The store offers a vast range of collection
gratefully acknowledges her husband
right from ghagras, ethnic wear and to
Deepak and father-in-law Gopi Kishan
Indo-western wears. It has impeccable
Agarwal for supporting and always having
pieces from Kolkata at an affordable
her back. Its philosophy is a culmination of good aesthetics, eclectic styling and great client servicing. “We curate collections by festivals,
price. If you have a design on your mind
and wish to translate it into reality, this store is the right place to step into.
colours, body types, zodiac signs, weddings, types of ethnic work,” says
Nisha. Spread over 1,600sq.ft, the boutique mesmerises customers with its beautiful interiors. Besides being eye catchy, the place has a homely and pleasant vibe to it. Be warned, you are bound to face the problem of plenty. If you are one among those indecisive shoppers, this place certainly will pose a problem because you will be spoilt for choice. Timings:11:30am-9:30pm | Contact: 9290443628
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KUKATPALLY SALUTES TO AHANPANAH
sent a message across to its customers that it goes to any length to appease them. So, gentlemen if you are looking for a total makeover or just a casual shopping spree, you know where to head to now.
ahanpanah has made a huge impact on the cityâ€™s male population ever since it opened its very first store. While other boutiques focus on womenâ€™s fashion, Jahanpanah caters, exclusively, to this much-neglected opposite gender. The brand that made its presence felt in various places in the city, has opened a new store in Kukatpally. Spread over a lavish 2,800 sq.ft, its interiors are simple, minimalistic and well executed. The collection ranges from bandh gala sherwanis, Indo-western to kurta-pyjamas. They have it all and for all occasions. Catering to the commoner as well as the creme-de-la-creme of the society for more than 125 years, this outlet is a true-blue high-end menswear brand. By opening yet another store, Jahanpanah
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asya, with its first store on Road No 36, Jubilee Hills, has managed to carve a special niche for itself. However, not resting on the laurels it amassed, it opened a fresh facility in Banjara Hills to cater to the ever growing needs of fashionistas,.
Timings: 10:30 am-7:30 pm Contact: 9000779971
Spread over 3,000 sq.ft, this store boasts of exclusive and high-end designer wear. That the space is effectively utilised, can be seen from the beautiful and neatlystacked merchandise. The interiors are simple. The
collection includes suits, ghagras and saris. However, gowns and silk saris are its highlights. With an in-house team of craftsman, it focuses more on customisation and exclusive cuts. It also takes up bulk orders to supply to other designer stores. Vijay, who heads the label, said that Zasyaâ€™s official corporate office would operate from this facility. Be it for shopping or any inquiry, you know where to head.
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With Eid just round the corner, the store has launched its Ramzan collection and some exclusive bridal wear too. The khada dupattas need a special mention. Neeru’s promises to make your festive looks perfect. This brand knows the importance of casual and comfortable wear. It makes all out effort to look into that part of your wardrobe too & fills it up. So, irrespective of the occasion, mood, and purpose, you all can be sure of finding your ideal choice here. You need not rummage the market for your classic and casual picks as you will find all that under the Neeru’s roof.
randeur and elegance are the words that come to one’s mind when Neeru’s is mentioned. Over the years, it has earned a name for itself in the world of fashion, especially for its bridal collection. Not only are they expanding and growing, opening new outlets, they have also been updating their collections regularly. Joining the long list of their retail outlets is the brand new store located in Mehdipatnam. Spread over 12,000 sq.ft, the store not only provides great variety of options to choose from, but also assures its customers a great shopping experience. The collection is breathtaking with exclusive lehengas, gowns and apparels meeting everyone’s requirement.
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Timings:10:00am-10:00pm Contact: 097006 06665
Just because I hail from the Mega family, audiences are not going
to shower love if I do a bad ﬁlm. The tag may get me more offers
but eventually the audience will judge my work. It is your work
that proves who you are and your worth in the industry. This is applicable to anyone who comes from a reputed family in any profession,” says actor Sai Dharam Tej, nephew of Megastar Chiranjeevi, Nagendra Babu and Pawan Kalyan. Yes, this conﬁdent actor has deﬁnitely made his mark, that too on his own, with mindblowing performances in Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitam, Subramanyam For Sale and Supreme. He is now gearing to spew love in A.Karunakaran’s Tej, I Love You. Read on to know more about the Supreme Hero.
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LATEST BUZZ The trailer of Tej I Love You has garnered a positive response. What are your thoughts? It is a romantic drama. The cinematography & the picturesque locations are just amazing. I feel this realistic subject will deﬁnitely strike a chord with the audience. Upcoming projects? There are three untitled ﬁlms in the pipeline. I cannot reveal much. REWIND When were you bitten by the acting bug? I had always aspired to be a doctor or bureaucrat or join the Army. I did write EAMCET but did not score well. The formulae in physics and maths were overwhelming. Later, I studied B.Sc at St. Mary’s College and initially, I felt I had found my calling. Later, I realised that it was not my cup of tea and pursued MBA at IIPM. Then again, I could not do accounts. That constant state of ux left me frustrated and I realised that being an actor would allow me to play multiple roles. Did you attend any acting class? Yes, I attended Satyanand Acting School in Vizag before going to Aruna Bhikshu and Barry John. However, with the latter, it was a different experience. We give an introduction that included our family background. Barry did not take it into consideration at all. That is when you get to know where you actually stand. How did you bag your first film? Director Y.V.S.Chowdary spotted me while I was playing cricket. He inquired about my interest in acting to which I replied that my family was looking into it. When he learnt that I belonged to Mega family and that my uncle Kalyan was handling
my debut, he approached him and expressed his desire to launch me. That was how Rey happened. Your debut film Pilla... was a hit, and not Rey, your take? Sadly, Rey could not be released on stipulated time but I learnt the basics from Y.V.S.Chowdary. Whereas in Pilla…, director A.S Ravi Kumar Chowdary gave me the freedom to express myself.
I entered the Hippodrome in Turkey. You grew fond of the horse Tora? Yes. Tora was 18 years old & had 16 years of ﬁlm experience. I used to take her to the sets from the stable and even spend time with her after the shoot. I recall, once when I fell, Tora saved me by stopping
On receiving the SIIMA Best Debutant Actor (Male) award? I was on cloud 9. But it vested me with a great responsibility to perform better in my movies. Nervous on facing the camera for the first time? No! I was emotional. It was like a dream come true. On working with director Harish Shankar in Subramanyam...? It is not every day you get to work with a director who mentors you. Harish ensured that I gave my hundred percent for every shot, and constantly pushed me to perform better. Ups and downs have taught me a lot of lessons. The important one You underwent immediately and special training is that I cannot depend on my standing in front of me, in horse riding for family name to go ahead in life. so that other horses the film Winner. don’t run over me. I was How was the in tears when I left Turkey. experience? I trained at Hyderabad Polo and On working with veteran Jagapathi Riding Club in Hyderabad and Babu in Winner? learnt how a proper jockey It was a great opportunity to work with positions himself on a horse. such an elegant, poised and charming Ideally, the jockey should be gentleman. We had already worked shorter and lighter than the horse together for Pilla…. He showed a lot of he is going to ride. Later, I along patience putting up with my re-takes. with the entire unit went to Turkey The support he has given throughout the for the horse riding sequence. The ﬁlm is commendable. Turkey episode is the best part of the entire shoot and a memorable one for me. Just like how people get excited while entering a cricket stadium, I was excited when red | june 2018 | 25
UP AND CLOSE On ties with family members... We never discuss ﬁlms at home or family get-togethers, though I do inform them of my ﬁlms. It is all non-ﬁlmy chats with my uncles. They motivate me to give my best & leave the rest to the audience. How do you deal with failures? Disappointing at times but I don’t let it get to my heart. My mother always says when success comes, don’t cherish it and when failure comes, take it as a lesson and learn from it. So, I move on with a positive mindset and work with the same energy and dedication.
I need to make a lot of efforts to meet the expectations of my fans. “Why should someone see FORTE
my ﬁlm?” That is one question
I keep asking myself. How do you prepare for your roles? The usual research about my character. I work on my body language. What makes you say yes to a film? I pick a ﬁlm if the plot interests me. I listen to it from the perspective of an audience. You have always been spotted wearing dark glasses especially when there is a romantic song or scene. Reason? I am extremely shy when I do such scenes. My eyes are so expressive that I cannot conceal my shyness or awkwardness. I am unable to get over it. I know I have to and I am making an effort. Why do you opt for only commercial films? Well, I am choosing the best from what I get. I need to get chances to try something new. What can I do if everyone is approaching me with mass ﬁlms? But yes, things will change soon with Tej I Love You.
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Who is your best critic? My mother, brother and best friend, Naveen. He has been with me through thick and thin. Tell us about your fitness regimen and diet. I sweat it out in the gym and never miss out workout. My diet consists of fruits, vegetables and proteins. What is your cheat diet? Annam, pappu, avakai, papad and omelette. How do you unwind? When I am not on sets, I love to sleep, sleep and sleep. I am not a party-animal. I prefer going for dinner, watching a movie or playing cricket.
hey are two strong individuals with identical mindset. Their bonding and understanding reďŹ‚ect in every word they say â€“ one echoing the thoughts of the other. Perhaps, it is this bonhomie and trust that laid the foundation of People Combine, an education service provider that has redeďŹ ned the process of learning. In a tete-a-tete with Mr.T.Naga Prasad and Mr.Y.V.Rajasekhar Babu, who believe that education is not just about marks but about nurturing the minds of children and their personalities that turn them into responsible human beings...
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Formative years Raj: All my formative years were spent in Nuzvid. Naga Prasad and I have been friends since Grade- II. We studied in the same school which was started by Naga Prasad's father. We lived in the same lane.
students for entrance exams. In short, we offered an integrated learning module. The birth of Oakridge Naga Prasad: We realised that the students were failing after spending a few years in residential colleges. They were getting exhausted by the extensive coaching. Protracted study hours were tiring them out. When we deep dived to understand the cause, we noticed that most of the students were poor in fundamentals at the school level. That was when we asked ourselves –“How can we do it differently?” The answer was Oakridge International Schools.
affair. When we approached bankers, they laughed at us and rejected our proposal. But we were clear about what we wanted and were committed to it. I must admit that there were many difﬁculties. We never looked at them as hurdles as we were passionate about what we were doing.
Raj: While we saw the students at the
Raj: We were the pioneers in bringing IB school concept to the combined state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. However, people take time to accept any new concept. It took them a couple of years to understand our model. They appreciated that their kids were exposed to holistic learning but at the same time were concerned whether they would fare well in the exams in terms of marks.
gaps in the education system. Though residential colleges were ourishing in other parts of the state, there was a lack of an optimal integrated programme that would equip students to complete Intermediate and prepare for engineering or medical entrance exams simultaneously. We found Vizag to be the right place to ground our ideas and hence, we laid the foundation for the future People Combine there.
college level, we realised that to make a bigger and deeper impact, a holistic approach to education was a must. In other words, the learning ability of a student starts in the early stages of school and to make a genuine impact, we must cater to that age group. This led to the birth of Oakridge.
However, the success rate was phenomenal in our very ﬁrst batch results. Our students of 10th and 12th scored much better marks than the students of those schools that laid primary focus on marks. It was tough for the initial 5 years. Thankfully, parents of our students trusted and supported us.
Raj: Initially we started as Vikas Residential College that provided learning in the 11th and 12th standards and also preparing the
Initial hiccups Naga Prasad: We were not aware of what we were getting into. The school model we had in mind then was an expensive
Naga Prasad: After completing my Intermediate, I continued in Nuzvid. Raj went to Bhimavaram to pursue engineering. Eventually, we moved to Vizag before we decided to start People Combine. Foundation of People Combine Naga Prasad: It was in early 90s, that we used to discuss about various career opportunities. We were in Vizag and were preparing for Civils. That was when we found that most of the coaching classes failed to deliver what they promised and we identiﬁed the
DISAGREEMENT DOESN’T MEAN DISRESPECT. REPOSING TRUST IN EACH OTHER, WE MARCH AHEAD ON OUR CHOSEN PATH.
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What makes you different? Naga Prasad: We have had the vision to foresee the trends of educational system. So we experience and embrace them keeping ourselves in readiness. Thus, we have always been ahead of other players in the ﬁeld of education. Raj: Our philosophy that ‘It is the overall personality that makes the difference,’ makes us stand apart. We believe that mathematics and science help students in building a great career, but to sustain the same, it is the attitude that matters.
Competition Naga Prasad: Honestly, we are not competing with any local players. We are competing with schools internationally. Coming to the increasing number of schools locally, with all humility I like to say that the founders of these schools are either former members of Oakridge or parents of our students. Nearly 20 schools are headed by former Oakridge staff. In a way, we are creating a cult. Also, education is a ﬁeld where one can't cater to all. There is scope and space for a lot of people. We can educate only a ﬁnite
number of students. We are happy that there is an increase in schools which are providing good quality education. Raj: Our competition is with schools at global level. This helps us better ourselves everyday as we strive to become a world-class institution. Stint with ISB Naga Prasad: When we started the business, we were just young men with passion minus the hardcore knowledge of running a business. Fortunately, we became successful. However, as the organisation grew, we had professionals from reputed universities joining us, bringing with them academic jargons and language. We found it difﬁcult to match them and also felt that they would ﬁnd it difﬁcult to work for dumb bosses. So, we decided to pursue Executive MBA at ISB. The main agenda was to validate our beliefs and practices, challenge our thought process and learn new things. Doing it along with Raj was like reliving the good old college days. Raj: We did that course in our 40's nearly after 18 years of starting People Combine. The plan was to have an ofﬁcial introduction to the business environment culture, understand and embrace multi-cultural ideologies and thought processes. Handling disagreement Both: Disagreement doesn't mean disrespect.
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I DON'T SEE ANY NEED FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE BECAUSE I BELIEVE IF YOUR WORK IS NOT YOUR LIFE THEN YOU ARE NOT LIVING.
Naga Prasad: We ﬁght very often and disagree on many issues. We repose trust in each other and continue to live with disagreement to ensure it doesn't affect our work.
Raj: As friends, there is never much disagreement as we do what we like to do. However, on the professional front, when we pursue something, we go deep and try to understand things in detail. In such situations disagreement is common but we restrict it to the issue. We never make it personal.
Roles and responsibilities Naga Prasad: He is creative and I am more structure oriented. We are different but complete as a whole. We complement each other. Raj: Naga Prasad is a visionary and can foresee things. I am more of a strategist/implementer. Over the years, both of us have been building the culture of the company. If the culture is not right, no strategy would work. I define you Naga Prasad: The kind of passion that Raj brings is of a high order. When you are so passionate about what you do, you cannot tolerate even a minute error. At times, it is a bit annoying but when you look at the ﬁnal output, you realise the impact and don’t mind going through the grind. Raj: He is very strong on values. For him, people are very important. He believes in providing a very healthy environment where people and minds can grow. Yet, another thing that he constantly focuses on is happiness. He believes that his workforce must enjoy what they do. Work-life balance Naga Prasad: I don't see any need for work-life balance because I believe if your work is not your life then you are not living. I enjoy working and when we are on a vacation too, our minds are constantly working. Work is a never-
ending process and in fact I feel, some of the best decisions are made when your mind is relaxed. Raj: You should ask my wife. It is a little challenging but over the years, my family and friends have realised that for us this is not business, but passion. So, the mind is constantly in that mode. Whenever we travel or we see something, the idea germinates –how to incorporate this to better
THREE THINGS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR CHILDREN I.E. THEY MUST BE HUMANE, INNOVATIVE AND POSSESS LEADERSHIP QUALITIES.
ourselves. We do go out on family vacations and my family has been greatly supportive. Future plans Naga Prasad: We don’t feel we have achieved our goals yet that we start thinking of the next one. We believe in evolving everyday. The day we stop learning, we stop growing. Future is going to be much more exciting with the kind of technology coming into the education system. Learning is getting more personalised. People can learn of their choice at their pace & convenience. Future is going to be better and bright. Raj: We thought of setting up a world-class school. I still don't know what really entails a world-class school. We are still not the world's best school. There is a long journey ahead.
Take away for children Naga Prasad: Children are a bunch of positive energy. If you nurture them well, they blossom. The kind of a person you are decides what kind of a professional you will become. Sadly, most of the parents don't realise this fact. Marks are temporary unless you match up to become a good person. So, we must create that environment where children can grow up to be good human beings. Raj: Life is dynamic. I feel there are three things essential for children i.e. they must be humane, innovative and possess great leadership qualities.
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EXCERPTS The beginning I was born in Eluru. Along with my two sisters, I was brought up in a huge joint family consisting my father’s 14 siblings. My parents took charge of the family after my father’s elder brother moved out after his marriage. My father has been running a pan shop, which was the only source of income for the entire family, whose members were not much educated. I grew up amidst family politics and with parents who were preoccupied with obligations to their kith and kin.
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Life changing moment I was weak in studies and when I was in my 3rd standard my teacher hit me for some reason and with an intention to retaliate I behaved rudely with her. My parents put me in a hostel that was known to discipline the unruly kids. I was very happy to escape the restrictions of the joint family where everythingright from the cookies to the pocket money- was rationed. But all my dreams of freedom shattered when I entered that hostel. My appeals to be taken back fell on deaf ears. I feel that was the turning point in my life. It taught me the importance of
e is calm, composed and intense. After obtaining B.Tech degree in Computer Science from IIIT Hyderabad, he could have easily managed to get a plum job in any established IT company, but he chose to become an entrepreneur. He ﬂoated many concepts that tasted success but had to be eventually abandoned. It was his sheer grit to succeed that made Sankar Prasad Chilamkurthi start Starobe. The ﬁrm made styling and fashion that you see on silver screen accessible to one and all. Complementing him in every way is his wife Chanchal Singh. She earned her M.Tech in Computer Science from IIIT – Hyderabad and now works as a Project Manager in Deloitte. They are two strong individuals who ﬁnd love in their perfection and ﬂaws. T h e c o u p l e e n j oy s a w e l l - d e ﬁ n e d professional life and harmonious personal life. In conversation with Sankar and Chanchal who make you feel, ‘It's good to be in love.’
education. I was all through a topper. The path less travelled I am not a conventional techie guy who writes codes. Even as a student, I used to present ideas developed by my friends. I believe in developing implementable business models with high technical values.
The passing clouds Though I got admission in some prestigious institutes, I could not go abroad for higher studies due to lack of ﬁnances. That was when I thought I should use my knowledge to help others crack GRE and GMAT. Hence, I set up an institution along with two other friends. However, I withdrew from it as I did not ﬁnd it very satisfying and set up a software company which had to be shut down due to the 2006 recession. Then came my experiment with BPO and Business Week identiﬁed me as one of the Top 30 Upcoming Entrepreneurs of India under the age of 25. At 22, I had a house in Jubilee Hills, a car and what not. However, the BPO also was shut down giving way to an Assessment Company and I sold that company as well. The birth of Starobe I took a break for a year to mull over my next venture and zeroed in on fashion industry. There are many players here. But I have the ability to back my ideas with technology. Since I am a movie buff, I know that fans want to wear the look of their favourite star. This thought gave birth to my company Starobe. The uniqueness Fashion plays a key role in reaching the ﬁlm to audience. Starobe is the platform that explores this angle. The look of a hero or heroine in a movie is conceptualised and executed by the best stylists who rope in the best brands. Understandably, this style or look is not accessible to commoners. So, Starobe bridges this gap by creating a movie or star-speciﬁc look in affordable brands. It creates an effective
publicity platform for moviemakers by bringing the stars closer to their fans. The fans can also relate to stars as we take the high proﬁle fashion to them. This multi-dimensional concept is backed and supported by a strong technological interface. Hurdles & evolution Initially, it was not difﬁcult to sell this unique idea. We also lost some time in launching the idea because investors who made promises backed out. But one of them, a producer, helped us penetrate the closely-knit ﬁlm industry, which by and by realised the potential of this concept. However, there were three problems – low revenue,
I believe in developing implementable business models with high technical values
this idea and after I opened Starobe, many other players came in. They, of course, have not managed to do what we are doing. So, we don’t have competition. Definition of success Sucess has never swept me off my feet nor failures have broken me. When I gave my GRE, I got selected in one of the most reputed International Universities. When I told my father this, his reaction was- "You know you have two sisters? You know your father runs a pan shop for a living? You know the fee?" I just gave up the idea. I was awarded by Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, but my parents didn't attend the ceremony. I have seen success and failure at a very young age and never given importance to them. I focus on my performance and keep giving the best shot for every opportunity. Future We knew that we had an innovative concept and we must make it bigger and better. So, the future will see some of the best fashion designers creating unique styles that cater to people from all walks of life. The bigger goal is to create a module wherein people, while watching a movie online, like a particular outﬁt and they can straight away click and order it. Of course, this would call for a perfect integration of minds and platforms.
convincing producers and making our target audience understand what we do. They would complain that the apparel was not like what the celeb wore. The challenge was to make them realise that a design in a brand like Levis, Louis Philippe would be different from the one made with Tier B brands like Jack and Jones. So, we had to create awareness that we were recreating the style in affordable brands. However, things are much better now. Facing competition I never believe in competition. I studied not to outrace someone, but because I loved the feeling of being the ﬁrst. The same attitude continues even now. Also, we are the pioneers of red | june 2018 | 35
Personal life I am an emotional person. I am close only to a few friends. I love and respect my parents, but I am not emotionally dependent on them. I am a cusp of Cancer and Leo. So, I am a blend of emotions and aggression. When I am angry, I go off into a zone and sort out my thoughts. I love writing but get less time to do that. Whenever possible I love travelling and exploring a different culture.
HE IS THE BEST: CHANCHAL We studied at the same institute. I was his senior and never met during the course. Later, we met through some common friends and he tried to woo me with his achievements and success, but I was enchanted by his charisma and intellect. He has all qualities an entrepreneur should have. He is focused, determined, a doer not a dreamer, never hesitates to take calculative risks. He may not be there yet, but he is deﬁnitely closer to his goals. He is very supportive, kind, loving, honest, my best ‘go to consultant’ and a very sweet friend. He constantly pushes me to grow professionally and become a better person. He is very emotional and trusts people easily. On a lighter note, I am romantic and his emotions are quite deep.
Mantra for life Don't sweat over minor issues.
me focus more on what I want to do. As an entrepreneur, I feel it's a boon. On the personal front, she is easy going and strikes a perfect balance to my intense emotions. HER FAVOURITES Car: Creta
HIS FAVOURITES Car: Mercedes-Benz GL-Class Cuisine: Continental and Indian Dessert: Apricot Delight Movie: Fast and Furious, Rambo, Star Wars series
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Designer: Anita Dongre Holiday destination: Everest Base camp
Cuisine: Indian Dessert: Rasmalai Holiday destination: Any beach destination SHE IS PERFECT FOR ME: SANKAR PRASAD Our marriage is peaceful and successful. Initially, we used to ﬁght a lot because we were partners at work. So, the disagreements at work would get carried to home. When we were home, there was nothing to talk about as we knew how our day was. That was when we decided that we should pursue different professions. The decision was not only for personal harmony, but also for our ﬁnancial stability. Chanchal's stable job assures there is a regular monthly income. This makes red | june 2018 | 36
Restaurant: She loves experimenting and exploring
Hero: Chiranjeevi (all time favorite), Pawan Kalyan and Salman Khan Restaurant: Olive Bistro, Absolute Barbecue
YOU FAIL IF YOU DON'T GIVE YOUR 100% TO THE EFFORT AND GIVE UP ON THE GOAL. SUCCESS HAS NEVER SWEPT ME OFF MY FEET.
ars are no more just a mode of transport, they have become style statements. In this scenario, Ceramic Pro is the new sensation in India. We are in conversation with
the man behind this sensation, Nishant Saboo. He talks about his journey with Ceramic Pro and how it has revolutionized the Indian lifestyle sector, especially the automobile industry.
A PERFECT SHIELD
By Swarnalata Pothapragada
Formative years Belonging to a family that has been associated with the automobile industry for the past three generations, I am always fascinated by premium multi-brand cars. After the completion of my graduation, I oated a workshop in 2002 when I was 20 year old, by the name Saboo Automotive Pvt. Ltd. It deals with varied brands. It was a cake walk for me to take up an authorized automobile dealership and continue my family business, but I wanted to establish my identity with my own efforts. This thought laid foundation for my entrepreneurial venture in which my wife Vandana – Managing Director, has contributed equally.
Key factor I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and realised early that networking was the key to my business strategy and I am good at it. After an experience of 14 years in the industry, I wanted to explore the market and come up with some unique technology. Hence, I visited the SEMA show in Oct 2015 at Santiago, US. That is where I met Mr.Peter who trained and enrolled me into the Ceramic Pro family. The brand It is the brand of Nanoshine Ltd. With over 7500 plus installers in more than 78 plus countries around the globe, it is rapidly growing as the premium
brand in this sector. For years, the ﬁrm has been creating industrial, multifunctional & protective coatings for all. Technology Ceramic Pro is the only coating brand that has been certiﬁed by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, veriﬁcation and certiﬁcation entity. It is a clear, liquid nano-ceramic coating, which, when cured chemically transforms itself on the surface to become a rigid, super-structure of nano-glass and it protects the substrate it is applied to. The shield formed is of permanent nature, resistant to solvents, acids, alkalies, UV rays, harsh weather conditions, ﬁre and corrosion.
This preserves the original factory paint and makes the surface glossy, self-cleaning and super hydrophobic. The main feature of Ceramic Pro are its multi-layering properties which increase the micron thickness of glass coating. Initial thoughts It was very clear to me that one needed to confront a number of challenging situations in this sector. Having such a unique product that has applications in all sectors is like a dream come true. This happened to me when I was at SEMA. Coming back to India, I had with me samples of all the major polishing brands and started conducting rigorous in-house R&D. Once I grew conﬁdent about Ceramic Pro, I took the dealership for our country in July, 2016. Now we have as many as 27 showrooms. What is ceramic coating? When a customer purchases a car from a dealer, he is offered a facility of free Teon coating for his car. This offer is no big deal because it is nothing but a temporary wax polish. The polish fades way in maximum
3rd to 4th wash. “Teon” is a wrong word which is often used in Indian automobile market whereas it is a DuPont patent product, used on missiles, kitchen appliances, etc. This Teon coating cannot be done on cars. That's where Ceramic Pro has an edge. Handling Competition There has been an increase in the number of car detailing providers who provide ceramic coating. But the fact is it is a niche service that very few people can provide with perfection. Competition is anyway is very healthy for businesses because it forces you to give your best to the customer. I follow a simple rule of transparency which builds a relationship of trust with my customers. The only mantra to deal with competition is to let your work speak. Customers are wise enough and can judge the quality of service. Give them the best and they shall become your loyal clients.
satisfaction. Therefore, I always pay personal attention to clients and suggest them what is best. As I told earlier I follow a transparent business strategy and strict work ethics. Hard work and dedication with honesty towards work and customer will never go unrewarded. Future With more advancements happening in the technology, the future is much more challenging and exciting. However, we plan to equip ourselves for the ever changing trends and embrace them with full vigor. We at Ceramic Pro India are venturing into industrial, marine, aeronautical and construction sectors. And within a year we will have our presence in all cities of India. A personal note I live in a joint family with my parents, wife and two daughters. Since my wife shares my work space too, we try our best to draw a line between the work and personal arenas. Still sometimes we end up talking about business issues even when we are away from the ofﬁce, of course without ruining our leisure. I consider the time spent with my darling daughters is the best. I am a health freak and go to gym and play badminton.
Success Mantra In addition to providing the best quality service, I give importance to customer
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fter trying her hands at multiple jobs across the world, she decided to move to Hyderabad and start her own venture. She could have easily taken up another job that would keep her occupied as well as fetch her a fat salary. However, Neha Ahuja decided to pursue the dream which she along with her husband Sumi Ahuja nurtured. This laid the foundation of Sim and Sam’s Party & Play Town, a kids' play area that promises ‘Children would sweat it out hard as they play.’ A mother of two daughters, Neha talks about her journey.
Gadget-free haven for
By Swarnalata Pothapragada EXCERPTS
an English teacher in Japan, to a
physical activity. I have never given
corporate role in Australia, I went
them a mobile phone to play games to
through a full gamut of experiences.
keep them occupied or to make them
I was brought up in a very progressive
I was back as a teacher in the city,
eat their meal. Concerned over the
family belonging to New Delhi. My
before turning into an entrepreneur.
enormous detrimental effect that
parents always wished we, three
technology and gadgets have on
sisters, be ﬁnancially independent and
Tell us about the concept and birth
children and their addiction to these
self-sufﬁcient. We grew up watching
of Sim and Sam’s.
evils, we decided to keep the play area
our parents working. This inspired us
The idea of a kids play center was
totally physically and completely free of
not only to be independent, but also
conceptualised by my father-in-law
gadgets. It is a workout fun play gym
be pro-active citizens, contributing our
Mr.Gulshan Ahuja and was executed
for the little ones.
mite to the society.
by my husband Mr.Sumit. He, instantly, decided on the name Sim and Sam’s
What are the hurdles you crossed?
Life before turning an entrepreneur
which is derived from the names of our
Making a dream come true is never
Life has always been extremely busy
beautiful daughters Simar & Samaira.
easy and we had our own share of
with me taking up varied professions.
As a mother, I have always been
sleepless nights before we overcame
From a banker to start with in Delhi, to
particular that my kids have adequate
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The long list includes obtaining
genuine endeavour to contribute to a
They are so excited that they scream
permissions from the local authorities,
better society with healthy children.
with happiness. Here are a few of its
building and fabrication works and
Therefore, we don't consider Sim and
dealing with unprofessional workmen.
Sam's as a hardcore business model.
We almost had a nine-month delay in
We are, obviously, not much into the
opening our facility due to them. Some
of the problems still persist, but when
The grand space is vertical and horizontal.
Huge outdoor space which is a
you are determined to make things
What is your success mantra?
happen, they eventually do take shape.
Success doesn't come in easy. A lot of
multi-activity arena. This includes
hard work, constant innovations,
largest pedal car circuit.
How did you manage to break
maintaining international standards of
through the digital gaming concept?
safety and cleanliness, training our staff
This, of course, is a huge challenge in
to be the best in customer service and
today's world. We were warned by
improvising are the imperatives. I hope
almost everyone in the industry that we
we taste success soon.
were doing something wrong by not having video games, 3D/4D theater,
What is Sim and Sam’s USP?
VR lounge, etc. But we decided to look
It is best answered with the expression
the other way and provide kids with a
of kids and parents when they enter our
healthy environment. Children are
play zone. Their jaws drop and eyes
mesmerised by our selection of
glitter when they enter the premises.
Finally, our 100% focus is on making kids healthy.
What are your future plans? We plan to spread happiness around the whole city and other cities with the similar concept where kids can go back to good old days of sheer play. To start with, we are opening two more facilities in Hyderabad.
equipment- be it in the dedicated toddler zone or the 18-bed trampoline park, the 6-wall climbers, 18 foot-tall robot shaped jumping castle, 4-oor tall jungle maze, DIY games, etc. We also basketball, skating and taekwondo. Our pedal car circuit is simply loved by the children. They do forget the damaging technology and gadgets at least during the time they spend in Sim and Sam's How do you withstand competition? Competition is good. It keeps us on our feet. In fact, Sumit is friends with almost everyone in the industry. When we started Sim and Sam’s, we wanted it to be a happy and healthy place for kids, we were not in this for money. That is why, we never charge for parents. In fact, we involve the parents and keep them occupied in fun games, spot dance offs and Zumba sessions while their children are playing.
FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE IS A MUST FOR A WOMAN
have outdoor sports like cricket,
We also provide opportunities to various other aspiring professionals to conduct workshops and impart skills to children and talk sessions for parents. It is our red | june 2018 | 41
Your thoughts on women empowerment and motherhood. I am a feminist to the core and strongly believe that every woman must be ﬁnancially independent even if loaded with assets. They must contribute to the society in one way or the other. Mothers especially have a huge responsibility to bring up caring, loving, humane and responsible citizens to make the world a beautiful place to live in. Please tell us a little about your personal life. My personal life is very much wrapped around my loving and super supportive husband who is a rock-solid pillar for the whole family. My lovely daughters are my driving force to do the best.
What is your most favourite holiday destination? Both Sumit and I love to travel, but my favourite place has been and will always remain Japan. Cuisine Japanese and Thai food. Mantra for happy living Work hard and party harder. Three things that you would suggest your daughters as a woman * * *
Love yourself. Travel the world. Follow your dreams.
What is your idea of relaxation? My idea of relaxation is to be in the lap of nature and close to Mother Earth. What is your take on parenting Today being a parent is the most challenging role. We have to work out a balance between being a beloved authority and being friendly to give leverage when required. I am still trying to learn that. Every day comes with a new lesson. How cooperative or supportive is Sumit in this venture? It was his brainchild to bring this concept to India. I am striving to fulﬁll his dream to the best of my capacity. He is a go-getter and a taskmaster and he keeps me on my toes always.
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Training in self defense for women must be made mandatory.
Children must be taught the importance of ﬁtness from a young age.
Santosh Kumar Reddy & Bhaaratha Reddy
Rajashekar Reddy & Bhagya Lakshmi Sanjay Reddy
anjay Kumar Reddy, brother of renowned fashion designer Sirisha Reddy, organised his sister’s grand birthday party at Ciclo Café, Jubilee Hills. Nearly 85 guests attended the celebrations. Sirisha looked gorgeous in a pastel-coloured dress as she interacted with her family members and school buddies. The guests burnt the dance oor and grooved to the mesmerising beats of a local DJ. Later, the guests relished delectable Italian and continental dishes.
Umesh Supraja Akshita
Sharvani & Tejaswi
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Anusha, Srilakshmi, Parinika, Vedartha Krishna & Venu Rachakonda
Manepally Rama Rao & Vijayalakshmi
Gautam & Deepa jain
Sri Latha & Murli Manepally
Vedartha Turns 1 Sri Lakshmi Rachakonda hosted the ďŹ rst birthday celebration of her grandson, Vedartha Krishna, son of Venu and Parinika Krishna, at Our Place, Banjara Hills. Nearly 400 guests attended the party and were mesmerised by the mind-blowing star theme. Games of fun and frolic and the groovy tunes of the DJ enthralled the children. Venuâ€™s uncle Manepally Rama Rao and aunt Vijayalakshmi graced the event and blessed the little one. The guests also relished lip-smacking Italian, Chinese and Indian delicacies.
Shiv Charan & Sapna
Vishal Gowrisetty and Shruti
Pavan Pippala & Shravani
Santoshi & Kiranmayee
Vikram Myadam & Sandya
Soniya & Veeresh Juloori
Rajesh & Divya Gubba Rajyalakshmi
Alkesh Pulakanti, Sharanya & Aadya
G T H
By Chandrika Mantri
SES T I E R EN
H N ITHE RIG
aku Motham Telugu Ardhamayendi
into a conﬁdent actor.
ﬁlms and the skills required to turn a novice
speaks of her eventful albeit short journey with
Bollywood ﬁlm. In an exclusive interview, she
opposite Viswant Duddumpudi and an untitled
GV Prakash, a Telugu ﬁlm Crazy Crazy Feeling
languages: a Tamil action-comedy opposite
scorch the silver screen with ﬁlms in three
gaga over her looks. Now she is all set to
her mind-blowing performance, fans went
with Naga Shourya. While critics raved about
Ammayi, in which she shared screen space
ﬁrst ever break in Tollywood with Abbayitho
East is quite understandable as she got her
span of time. Her aﬃnity to the Italian of the
with complicated grammar, that too in a short
connection whatsoever to learn the language
feat for a pakka Mumbaikar with no South
reply comes as a surprise as it certainly is a
asked how diﬃcult it was to learn Telugu. Her
says actress Pallak Lalwani, when
(I understand Telugu completely),
What were the initial struggles? I perceive it as a challenge, not struggle. Neither could I attend any Telugu learning classes before the shoot nor was any dialect coach present on the sets to help me out. It was very crucial to get the accent & pronunciation
How did you bag your first film? I was working backstage for a play at Prithvi Theatre, when I was called for an audition for an ad. That was where I was spotted by a casting director. He connected me to many Hyderabad directors. One thing led to the other & that was how I got Abbayitho Ammayi.
Did you attend acting schools? I attended Adishakti and Neeraj Kabi’s workshops. Father guides me, sharing a few tips & tricks.
How did you opt for films? Though an actor himself, my father always urged me to focus on academics rather than ﬁlms. His ‘No’ only pushed me more towards ﬁlms. Moreover, I took part in plays when I was in school and college. Perhaps, that was when I was bitten by the ‘acting bug’. Now I am here, my parents are supportive of my decision.
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Psychology & Philosophy graduate. My father Jiten Lalwani is a ﬁlm & TV actor and mother Ratika is a fashion designer.