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Pompous launch soiree to ritzy celebratory toast here goes the sneak peak

5 FITNESS PADS Zumba in the pond & on the bank,Yoga comes in many hues





With its fingers in many pies, YTR explores further

Massages, wraps, scrubs, steams, many other treats REVIEW

FRESH ON LIST Chic hospitals bring in a sea of healthcare



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A RUN AWAY SUCCESS “Vizagites are like vibrant sea waves. I feel like running along with you,” said Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu agging off the first ever night marathon- Vizag Steel Bay Marathon 2016 at RK Beach. The event included half marathon, 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K. The roads were decked up with colourful lights giving a festive look. More than 40 IT and ITeS (BPM) companies participated in the event . Over 7,000 people from various walks of life took part in the marathon. An enthusiastic Naidu declared that the next marathon would be held in Tirupati as the Seven Hills Marathon.

KIRTILALS GLITTERING SHOW Well known diamond jewellery brand Kirtilals held a diamond bangles mela. The range included both traditional to contemporary designs. Kirtilal crafted the show taking the tastes of jewellery-lovers of all sections of society. It had something for everyone, suiting all pockets. Suraj Shantakumar said, “Customers are always in quest of jewellery that enhances their looks and personality. Our prime objective is to meet their every demand.” Kirtilal is a brand oated by Kalidas Kirtilal Jewellers and it is being marketed by 11 exclusive showrooms in South India. KVR SPONSORS CRICKET TOURNEY Living upto the tradition they have set, the Talwalkars Gym conducted its annual cricket tournament. The tourney, held at the Railway Stadium, was supported by a huge number of sponsors. The main sponsor the KVR Estates saw to it that the event was a great success. KVR Group Chairmen Kayala Venkat Reddy and Kayala Sura Reddy distributed the prizes. SR shopping mall, Anjani group, VKML Books, Datta Estates, Krishna Travels, Peoples Kitchen were the co-sponsors for the event.

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GANTA SARADA IMPROVES LAMBASINGI Ganta Sarada, Chairman, Ganta Narayanamma Memorial Welfare Society, along with Babu Rao, Vice-Chairman, VUDA toured Andhra Kashmir Lambasingi to learn about the problems the locals had been facing. Responding immediately to their demands, she initiated a number of welfare activities like repairing the damaged roof top and water tank and clearing the playground of the local high school. She has also initiated drilling of boreswells in various places in the village to facilitate water supply. It is only relevant to mention here that HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao had adopted the village.

DOCTORATE FOR HARI KRISHNA Padala Hari Krishna, hailing from Gangamma Peta of Jiyamma Valasa, is awarded P.hd in Mathematics by Andhra University. He carried out his research work in the Department of Mathematics of AU Science College. The topics of the research were“Fixed Points Of Geraghty Type Contractions, Selfmaps Involving Rational Type Expressions and Expanding Maps”. He is serving as Senior Asst.Professor in the Department of Mathematics in Viswanatha Institute of Technology and Management. Hari Krishna, known for his diligence and hard work, was congratulated by his colleagues and friends.

DIAMOND PEARL DISHES OUT DELICACIES Hotel Diamond’s Pearl treated Vizagites with an array of unlimited Kebabs and Biryanis fest. The food festival which lasted for a fortnight had over 25 varieties of Biryanis which were served with gongura chutney and baby onions and green chillis, making it a different experience and it was a concept by Executive Chef Vijay Rana. Kebabs were presented in indigenous combinations and served with authentic pudina and tamarind chutneys as combination. Flavored with smokey aromas, kebabs like kukhura patanga, a meaty, and tangy taste preparation, sea food biryani, banjara chicken biryani, rara ghost biryani, mutton moti biryani were loved by all.

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AMULYA HEALTHCARE ARRIVES Coastal AP’s first ortho super-specialty Amulya hospital was inaugurated at Nowroji Road by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. Amulya is the brainchild of a team of doctors who specialized in various aspects of orthopaedic stream, like computer navigated knee replacement, spine surgery, arthroscopy etc. It has the latest technology and equipment to offer the best care possible. It is the first one in Coastal Andhra to offer all the super-specialty orthopaedic services like joint replacement, spine surgery, paediatric orthopaedics, limb lengthening etc. The hospital is founded and run by Dr.Y.Seetha Rama Prasad, Dr. B.Leela Prasad and Dr.M. Murali Mohan.

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CHANGE OF GUARDS Waltair Round Table 92 had its XXVIII annual general meeting in The Neptune Hall on 9th July. The evening witnessed LMF Tr.Pavan Ganta taking over from LMF Tr. Venkat Goli as the Chairman of the table. Tr. Aniketh and Tr. Vikranth are the Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Tr. Rajiv Agarwal retired from the table to become the Honorary Tabler along with Sridhar Wuppala. The evening ended with a delectable dinner, music and dance. WRT 92 is an organisation for youngmen from the age of 18 - 40 and anyone keen on joining the movement may contact the table. Supporting the global initiative of Round Table India "Freedom Through Education", WRT 92 has helped several schools raise their buildings in the city and aims to extend similar aid to many others..

CAMP COLLECTS 750 UNITS OF BLOOD National Mahila Morcha chief D. Purandeswari was the chief guest in the blood donation camp held here. She emphasised the need to increase awareness about blood donation among the youth and advocated the importance of maintaining healthy haemoglobin levels. Organised jointly by CMR Group and Symbiosys Technologies, the camp collected 750 units of blood. They were distributed to various blood banks including Lions, NTR, Rotary and KGH. President-elect of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry Federation G. Sambasiva Rao and CEO of Symbiosys Technologies O. Naresh Kumar were prominent among the people present at the event.

NEW ALPHA SCOOTER HITS THE ROAD Srinivasa Yamaha launched a new variant Yamaha Alpha scooter. Dilip Satapati, Zonal Manager, Indian Bank, the chief guest, unveiled the new scooter. Speaking on the occasion Dasaratha Rami Reddy, the Managing Director of the showroom said that Alpha was developed to target customers who had been in search of a scooter which would fulfil the needs of a family. Enabled with the Blue Core Technology, the scooter boasts of features like excellent engine performance and gives good mileage. The new disc brake and tubeless tyres are the added attractions. Assistant Zonal Manager Srinivasa Rao and the personnel of the showroom were present at the event.

SHOPPING WITH STYLE Manjulatha organized yet another exclusive exhibition and sale Styles & Weaves. Held at Novotel Varun Beach on 30th and 31st of July, it featured over 40 eminent designers who showcased their festival and wedding collections. The prime attractions were the array of bridal, causal and formal wear, imitation jewellery, handbags, German silver gift articles. The exhibition had seen huge number of footfalls. No wonder shopaholics had a field day. “The variety of articles this expo has offered is unique. It makes us feel at last we have got our money’s worth,” said Smita, a customer who was walking out with her loaded bags. red | august 2016 | 24

VENKAIAH FETED Stating that he always had a special soft corner for the city, Union Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu said that he mentioned Visakhaptanam almost instantly when he was asked to give names of three cities to be declared as Smart Cities. He was talking at the Athmiya Abhinanadan Sabha held to congratulate him for having been elected to Rajya Sabha for the fourth time. The meet had seen the prominence presence of the state ministers Kamineni Srinivas, Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Ayyannapatrudu, Member of Parliament K.Hari Babu, MLCs M.V.V.S.Murthi and Kantheti Satyanarayana Raju and MLAs Vishnukumar Raju, Palla Srinivas and Velagapudi.

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BNI MEET A GRAND SUCCESS BNI Aartha from Hyderabad met BNI Diamond of Visage and they made history. From the pickup of Aarthians at the airport to the journey to Sunray Resorts and back, ideas owed and business propositions were discussed. Topping it all was the grand meeting that offered a wholesome business experience to the participants. Giving a break to serious talks, a pool party which the suits gave way to shorts. The next morning a 121-man conclave was held, which helped businessmen from either side to have a one-to-one understanding. To sum up, the experience as the Diamonds put it is - "They came. They saw. We conquered"

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ADDING GLITZ & GLAMOUR A grand event “Glitz N Glamour”, organized in the city. It showcased Belle Flache therapies that keep women beautiful in looks and shapes. Vizag's afuent attended the event making it a great show. On the display was Ulthera, a revolutionary therapy which induces miraculous changes in the skin, colour, texture and tone of the face, neck, chin, jawline and décolletage. It is a painless, needleless non-invasive treatment and targets all the layers of skin including the SMAS layer. There was a special lucky draw letting the winner receive Rs.50,000 worth free treatment.

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SUCCESSFUL 4TH SCREENING red magazine held its 4th screening with Kabali. The evening was equally eventful, with two shows, i.e. one at 7.00pm and the next at 10.00pm screened at Varun Inox on 22nd July 2016. Red magazine in association with Lotus Hospitals, Singham Suzuki and Pinnacle Hospitals as title sponsor and Opel Constructions, SK Events, Swati Promoters, KVR Estates, Woman’s World, BNI Diamonds, Kankatala Textiles Pvt. Ltd and V One Mobiles as associate sponsors organised these shows. Present at the event were Krishna Reddy, MD Swati Promoters, Dr.Karri Swami, CEO, Lotus Hospitals, S.Venkateswara Rao, MD, Singham Suzuki, Malladi Sandeep Kumar, CEO, SK Events, Rahul Jain, President BNI, Diamonds, K.V.L Suchitra Rao, Prajwal Vani Welfare Society, besides many HNIs from various walk of life. The proceeds generated from the shows were used to distribute wheelchairs to differently-abled children.

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BENEFIT SHOW Featuring the Thalaiva, red magazine marched ahead with its fourth movie screening. Rajnikanth starrer Kabali was the perfect pick for premiere shows. red in association with Gade Raja Prasad, Chairman, Raja Infra and B.Suresh Reddy, MD, SR Cinemas organsied first-of-its-kind benefit show in the city. Screened at 8.00 am at Shri Venkateswara Theatre, the show was aimed to raise funds to help the physically challenged children. City’s who’s who were in full attendance to watch the superstar back in action and be a part of this noble cause. Kankatala Mallik, CMD, Kankatala Textiles Pvt. Ltd, Rama Krishna Rao, MD, Opel Constructions, Kayala Venkat Reddy, Chairman KVR Estates were a few among the prominent present at the event.

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COLLECTOR PATS RED “It is heartening to note that red magazine has taken up the noble cause of providing mobility to children with special needs,” said District Collector Pravin Kumar, while addressing the event held as a part of red on mission, a welfare initiative taken up by the magazine. “I wish other organisations and individuals too emulate this endeavour,” he added. With the funds raised from screening of the film Kabali, red magazine distributed wheelchairs to 18 needy children identified by Prajwal Vani Welfare Society. “Till now we held four benefit shows and we could provide help to 66 children with special needs. I have set a target of extending help to at least 100 children before taking the project to the next stage,” said Chandu Tippala, CMD, red magazine. The dance recital by the disciples of Kuchipudi exponent Sai Kumar and music by Joe enthralled the audience at the CMR Central. The special invitees were T.Gurumurthy Reddy, former MLA, Pendurthi, Karri Seetharamu, former MLA, B. Suresh Reddy, MD, SR Cinemas, Gali Raja Prasad, Chairman, Raja Infra, Dr. Karri Swami, CEO, Lotus Hospitals, Dr. Govind of Pinnacle Hospital, Kayala Venkata Reddy, Chairman, KVR Estates, M. Krishna Reddy, Chairman, Swathi Promoters, Malladi Sandeep Kumar, CEO, SK Events and Rahul Jain, Presdent, BNI Diamonds. Pragti Punjabi anchored the event in her inimitable style.

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A Health Aid for Infertility

& Sexual problems Although, the Indian education system is planning to include sex education in the curriculum, the reality is that the society still looks at the subject and it co-related problems as taboo. Perhaps, that is why even men hesitate to express various andrological issues. “Even if he seeks treatments for them, the only option he has is urologist who hardly has enough time,” explains andrologist, Dr.Kameswara Sharma, M.S (Gen.) D.MAS, F.I.C.S. To take stock of the situation, he has opened Pooja Andrology & Fertility Centre. Located at Ramnagar, it offers exclusive as well as effective treatments for ailments pertaining to andrology. Those who are suffering from oligospermia, asthenospermia, teratospermia and azoospermia, can avail treatments here. Besides this, puberty related health woes, hormonal problems, lack of masculinity etc. are also treated. “ Andropause, which is one of the most ill-defined entity can be cured. It is actually premature androgen deficiency in aging male (PADAM). It is also called Late Onset Hypogonadism, and it is curable,” claims Dr. Sharma.

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To detect the reason behind erectile dysfunction, it offers Penile Doppler scan & Hormonal Assay, exclusive facilities of this center. It quantifies the problem quite accurately. It conducts semen analysis in most comprehensive way and it helps in dealing with male infertility. It also caters to female infertility cases. After thorough and necessary investigations, customized treatments are offered. PCOS one of the most common issues faced by women, can be cured effectively here. The surgeries which are done here include cosmetic circumcision, micro surgical operarions - varicocele, vasal recanalisation, vaso epididymal anastomosis, tubal recanalisation besides Micro TESA and TESE. It also treats cases of pre-mature ejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, anejaculation by vibration therapy. Since it is a day care centre, there are three beds for post-operative treatments. All the treatments are reasonable and cost- effective. It has record of 70% success rate in its case history.

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name to reckon in the arena of health care pertaining to women and children, Lotus Hospitals is now in Vizag. After setting a successful record in Hyderabad running three branches, the brand has opened its facility in Vizag and this is the first one in Andhra Pradesh . Strategically located at Siripuram, the imposing five-storied building is hard to miss. Lotus Hospitals for Women & Children is the very first integrated center in the city for infertility, women and children’s health care, all under one roof. Done with a dominance of pink and white, the place looks pretty welcoming and the ambience has a positive feel. The friendly staff helps people to go through the formalities, apprising them of the facility.

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The 60-bedded super specialty hospital has many exclusive facets to its credit. It is the only hospital to offer a free antenatal check up on 9th of every month, following the initiative announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Besides this, on 5th of every month we conduct free infertility consultation, 15th of every month is for free adolescent and menopausal clinic. The consultations are free, whereas investigation is offered at 50% discount,” explains Dr.K.Swamy, CEO.

“Our tagline is ‘Conceiving miracles. Delivering smile. Nurturing lives’ and we adhere to every word of it,” he adds. The gynecology and obstetrics department has experts on board and the list includes names like N.V.Vasudha, high-risk obstetrician and IVF specialist, I.Vani, high-risk obstetrician and gynecologist and B.Sireesha Rani, IVF specialist. The team of gynecologists consists of Dr. Samitha, Dr.Deepthi and Dr.Vineela. The department addresses the needs of women from their teens,

through pregnancy to menopause and beyond. The gynaecologists are available 24X7. At the infertility centre, a few of the services offered are diagnosis of infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology, IVF, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, Blastocyst Culture, UI procedure, oocyte/embryo donation, egg freezing, PCOD, Pre-implantation genetic screening etc. It is equipped with specialized ultra sound scans like viability, nuchal, anomaly, cervical and Tiffa scans.

It has Harmony test which is a simple blood test that analyses cell-free DNA in maternal blood and gives a strong indication of whether the fetus is at high or low risk of having Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18 or Trisomy 13. The ground oor has reception, OPDs, emergency care and the in-house pharmacy. The next oor is dedicated to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and one minor and one major Operation Theatres. The OTs have state-of-the-art facility and they support routine surgery as well as minimally invasive surgeries, which require shorter hospitalization. The NICU is a state-of-the-art facility extending high level of tertiary care to unhealthy neonates. Dr. Murali Santosh, Neonatologist with an experience of eight years with Lotus Hospital, Hyderbad, is in charge of the facility in the local set up too.

The second oor has Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) with 10 beds and a 5-bedded MICU. The PICU is the biggest in the city. Dr. Shalini, Pediatric and Intensive Care Specialist, is in charge of this unit. Lotus is the only hospital to have an expert like her on board. There is also a 6-bedded general ward on this oor. There is a team of three pediatricians consisting of Dr. Shraddha, Dr. Rambabu and Dr. Sandeep . Lotus is the only one healthcare unit with pediatricians on duty 24X 7. This isn’t available anywhere in Vizag. It deals with pediatric trauma, dermatology, urology, nephrology and neurology. The third oor has aesthetically done suite rooms and deluxe rooms. The fourth oor has single rooms, dormitory and playpen area.

There are also counseling services offered at Lotus. One can go through counseling on pre-marital and pre-conceptional, fertility concerns, premenstrual dysmenorrhic disorders, post- partum depression etc. Besides all these, there are a few more allied services made available for the patients. There are physiotherapy, vaccinations, preventive immunizations, birthing classes for pregnant women, besides fitness classes for mothers. When it comes to cost of the treatments, it is quite competitive. Soon the hospital is going to tie up with insurance companies. Highlights of the hospitals are • Only integrated pediatric & gynecological hospital in Vizag • Only hospital with pediatrician & gynecologist on duty 24X7 • Largest PICU with pediatric intensivist in the city .

Dr. KARRI SWAMY CEO, Lotus Hospitals, Visakhapatnam





look of the finished interiors and they can make change at this stage. We are the only one in the city to provide this,” claims Hembabu. The tagline ‘We design your dreams’ fits the firm well and the number of happy customers vouch for it. One of its signature designs is the background highlighters which Splendid uses for living rooms and halls. Even the wardrobes and cupboards don a unique look with a wooden beading as a classy visual divider between the upper and lower sections.


etting the interiors done in the right way within budget, but without imitating the property next to you in the neighborhood – isn’t as easy as it sounds. But with Splendid Interiors around, it seems pretty simple. After running successfully in Hyderabad for around eight years, this firm by Hembabu Chowdary has entered the Vizag market. Within two years of its opening in the city, it has created a strong client base. Located at Facor Layout, Ramnagar, it deals with commercial as well as residential projects. The primary focus, however, is on residential genre. Till today, it has completed over 30 projects, out of which two are commercial, i.e. Cygnus School of Management and Axion Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. “The customers can have a preview of their properties much before the final products materialise as we show them the exact presentation in 3D. It gives them the exact red | august 2016 | 42

“We are very particular about meeting the deadline. At the same time we create the designs as per the customers’ budget and that is why we have repeat customers,” says Vijay Lakshmi, Director, with justified pride. The firm gives utmost importance to customer relationship and ensures that they are satisfied and happy with the product. The satisfied customers obviously spread a good word and that is how its publicity is done though there was no dedicated marketing team. Most of the clients are NRIs, who repose faith in Splendid Interiors.

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By V. Sarada Shoot by Dhana Vijay

he walking denizens on the beach road at the crack of the dawn and gyms and yoga centres bursting-at-seams speak volumes of the growing fitness awareness in today’s society. People no more take their health for granted. It is also established that fitness is not a destination but a way of life. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new yoga mantra too seems to have gone down well with the people.

Hot Yoga

While the time-tested traditional modes continue to entice fitness buffs, a number of offshoots of the traditional streams are coming into vogue. Within the realm of yoga, a mélange of classes are offered. The modern fitness regimens are evolving, adding a fresh angle every second day. The Smart City, which is ready to soak in anything new, is swarming with facilities that offer innovative solutions to health issues. We record six such streams that are not run-of-the- mill.

Swaasa Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Power Yoga

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Aqua Zumba

Chair Zumba






ell, you have to climb two flights of steps to reach Faiz Fitness Studio. But the positive vibes, booming music, grooving women and that warm welcome from beautiful Faiz Begum certainly make the trek worthwhile. It is not all , you are bound to notice an extra spring in your step when leave the resonating studio. Introducing a vibrant beat to the fitness scenario by introducing two unique styles in Zumba - Aqua and Sentao (chair) to the city, goes to Faiz. After obtaining a master’s degree from North Umbria University, UK, she came here to help a friend set up a school and ended up founding her own fitness studio. “The post-natal obesity made me turn to fitness training,” says Faiz who sports an attractive figure now. With the objective to help herself while helping others, Faiz, a licensed instructor of Zumba, started holding aerobic classes for a few ladies in the neighbourhood. Later at their behest, she took her class to the next level setting up a full-fledged studio, nearly four years ago. It grew in leaps and bounds with women coming

from far and wide to take advantage of her expertise. Not content with that, she expanded the scope of her training, brining on board alluring Aqua and intense Sentao streams. An exuberant Faiz, talks of these two exclusive styles. Fits the bill Vizag is a warm place both figuratively and literally. The warmth locals exude is enjoyable, but certainly not the heat showered from the sky. People are reluctant to step out of their homes for workouts, especially in summers. This made me think of aqua Zumba which offers a double advantage of being in a cool pool and working out. After an hour of session, the same people who are reluctant to leave their homes are equally unwilling to step out of the pool. Of course, I had a lot of convincing to do before they accepted the concept. Technique It is a combination of dance, fitness and core work out which covers your abs and water adds that extra gravitational support. The moves are specially designed to be performed in shallow

Students’ Say Anuradha Dasari, SME, CHEGG Aqua zumba is a lot of fun. The best part is that one doesn’t get dehydrated in this kind of exercise. I don’t like routine work outs which become monotonous after a certain period. New tunes, beats and steps replenish me with new energy and enthusiasm in the pool.

waters. Every step is challenging and helps tone the muscles. This low-impact and high-energy exercise is popular among senior citizens in the west. My classes are dominated by mothers and women around and above 40, besides some men. To take the plunge One need not be a swimmer to take up this exercise. Yet, one has to be cautious because even water at four feet level could cause trouble. Pool problem Finding a good swimming pool in the city is a task in itself. Most of them are not in great condition. I obviously cannot risk my students’ health. Hence I started holding classes in a gated community pool in Murali Nagar, though it is a bit far-flung. I conduct workshops to let people test waters in this new arena.

Regimen: No need to go through warm ups or cool downs as it is under water. Age: No bar, anyone without aqua phobia can take it up. Dress: Any synthetic light garment that doesn’t retain water.




aiz’s studio was abuzz with women with radiant faces and well-in-shape bodies going through vibrant grooves and agile moves, holding on to the chairs (props). “All of them are around and above 40,” points out Faiz, flashing a winner’s smile. Of course, her pride is perfectly justified because she not only hands them down her skills but also her energy that leads them to a healthy goal. “Alberto Beto Pérez, the father of Zumba, once found himself in a piquant situation, when people were not leaving their chairs to dance. That was when he hit on the idea of turning chair into a dancing partner,” informs Faiz. Intensity and result Sentao/Chair Zumba, a high intensity workout, challenges and defines muscles, improves cardiovascular health, tones up the lower body and burns notable quantity of calories. Malfunctioning of vital organs is the root cause for many ailments. In this work out, blood gets pumped with doubled pressure reaching to the last vein, keeping all the organs fit. Prop The chair which lends support to the dancer eases movements and provides stability. Get grip on the chair, you have mastered the artform.

Choreography I improvise taking into consideration the participants’ age and body weight. Besides the original Latin music, I use the Bollywood and Tollywood tunes to give it a local touch. Home work I don’t like to pass prepared CDs to students. I collect information, prepare notes and see what works out best for my students. Individual attention Without blatantly pointing out individual’s mistakes, I address the entire group and improve their performance. I keep an eye on every one of them, shuffling the rows. Viability I want my facility to be within the reach of commoners. Hence I have my studio here (near NRI Hospital, Seethammadhara), not in the upmarket localities. I specially empathise with housewives because I myself went through that phase. They may be traditional in their looks and outlook but the passion with which they have taken to this modern regimen is amazing. Tip to enthusiasts I advise people not to stick to one kind of work out. Though I am a Zumba exponent,

Students’ Say: Vadlamani Annapurna, Home-maker, I am the mother of four sons and have been into this stream for the past three years. It is a great way to improve one’s hand-feet and mind-body coordination. Generally our feet and knees take the brunt of our body weight. Support we get from the chair helps us strengthen our core and improves our posture. I enjoy every bit minute of our sessions.

I practise other streams like yoga. Advantages The incessant music doesn’t let even the most disinclined participant to take a pause. While in a group, she has to be on her toes as the rest of the group doesn’t let her stop. That is how one gets motivated. Response Vizag I am quite happy with the way our women are taking to it. But men, whose bodies, are less flexible are more in need of this kind of discipline. I wish they too step in. Future Plans I want the Zumba certification to be brought here. Some schools are inviting me to teach their students and I am planning to take up a few such assignments.

Props: Chairs without hands (foldable steel chairs or plastic ones) and special dance shoes. Eligibility: Not for the aged. Anyone without hypertension and arthritis can learn. Classes: Thrice a week Contact: 9866072538




SWAASA YOGA he billboard of Swaasa Yoga centre written in curvaceous script gives you an ample hint of what is in store. Yes, the centre does exude tranquillity and is perfectly suitable for the serene fitness regimen it advocates. Located in the upmarket Pandurangapuram, Swaasa Yoga centre has a very apt tag line – ‘Stretch your life span.’ Handing down

Indian culture, traditional yoga and Ayurveda principles to the next generation is the prime goal of the centre. “Going by the name, people often think that we impart knowledge only in Pranayama. But we make people go through yogic exercises with focus finetuned on breath,” says the founder Madhavi Latha. Yoga, which she took as academic course turned into a passion and left her restless till she established a studio dedicated to the health regimen. “We are born with three inherent drawbacks (Tridoshas) - vatha, pitta and kapha. Yoga done in synchrony with breathing helps you fight them,” puts in V.Surya Prasad, Instructor and Consultant. Blaming the health issues the city dwellers face on environmental pollution, he says people are unaware of the harm it is inflicting on them. Stressing that hospitalization is expensive and the time spent on fitness is inversely proportional to the amount spent on medication, he recommends niroushadha yoga chikithsa (non-medical treatment). “People are gradually realising the therapeutic value of yoga and are red | august 2016 | 48

turning to fitness centres that impart appropriate training,” further avers D.Anil Reddy, yet another Instructor and Consultant of the Centre. Practised in right proportions and at the right time, yoga can work wonders for people who seek solutions for chronic ailments, he adds. Inception Founding this centre was a thoroughly studied and a well-meditated move. We did not plunge into teaching right after our studies. There was a two years of incubation period during which we studied various streams and trends. We conducted therapy camps for people with high blood pressure

and diabetes, each camp lasting for a month. Recording the status of each case at the beginning and end of the camp and beneficiaries’ feedback, we developed our course. We took a centrally located place and started the classes on 5th Sept 2015. Technique As the name denotes, our emphasis is on breath without which there is no life. The breath we take 15 times per minute is a three-phased process inspiration, expiration and a pause. It is hard to believe but most of us don’t even breath the right way - either we hurry through it or drag over it.

For example, the protracted longevity of turtle is attributed to its slow breathing. We insist on our students entering an asana while taking breath and come out of it while exhaling. We count every breath. Uniqueness One trait that makes us stand apart from the other yoga centres is our insistence on Kriyas. They are given a go-by in many places as participants often are scared of Kriyas and avoid them. But here we make it mandatory for all the members, unless they have some specific health issues. Saturdays are dedicated to this activity. We can prove that the results one achieves through yogic exercise can be realised much faster through Kriyas, just in half the time. It is heartening to note that people who were once apprehensive of Kriyas are taking to them. Now that they got a hang of it, they eagerly look forward to Saturdays. The nasal cleanups are particularly useful to people suffering from sinusitis. Efficacious package A judicious combination of yoga, breath control and Kriyas is a perfect recipe for good health. Time factor We often find people avoiding yoga on the pretext that they don’t have time. People think that they are required to sit for an hour or two on daily basis. This again is a myth. It is enough if one practises yoga thrice a week or alternate days. For corporate sector In today’s world of rat race where people have to be constantly on their toes to prosper and progress, it is hard for them to allocate a considerable chunk of time and energy to yoga. So we evolved special packages for corporate staff. They can take them up as weekend courses to manage stress. We have been regularly holding workshops for them. We are right now having one for BNI members and CA’s Association. People often, motivated by what we demonstrate in these workshops, join us on regular basis. Moreover, if any of them are unable come to us for valid reasons, we go to them. Krida for kids Children are missing the physical activities, spending

more time on gadgets. This leads to disorders like obesity, thyroid, psychological problems etc. Swaasa Yoga creates a platform for kids to bring out their latent talents. These activities help them grow physically and mentally. Free Krida Yoga class was conducted every Sunday for kids for two months, and about 20 kids took advantage of it. We plan to extend the same facility once again with nominal charges. We also encourage the children and prepare them to participate in various competitions. Individual attention Though we have enough space to accommodate 25 people in each class, we don’t take more than 15 at a time. This enables us to keep an eye on their performance, movements, especially breath. While one of us leads them from the front, the other keeps an eye on students and corrects them, if necessary. We extend a helping hand to each and every member, sometimes providing the

Students’ say Lakshmi Swathi (8 years): I joined the classes at my dad's behest, rather reluctantly during the summer vacation. But my interest grew as the days passed and even after the vacation I continued. Now yoga became part of my daily routine, like going to school. I am able to practise a variety of asanas that are being taught by Madhavi ma'am. I am more flexible now and my favourite is sheershaasan.

necessary props. Response It is not specific to any one citypeople are basically lazy. Only the self-motivated come to yoga as it is bereft of loud attractions like music and dance.

Class schedules: 5.30 am to 6.30 am 6.30 am to 7.30 am 7.30am to 8.30 am Exclusively for women: 10.30 am to 11.30 am. General class: 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm Cost: Rs.3, 500 for 3-months Target: Middle class and upper middle class Contact: 8886931199

K.V.T Ramesh, Executive Director of BNI, Vizag Yoga which suits to this generation is the specialty of Swaasa yoga. For me Yoga never looked so effective before coming here. Hats off to these gurus.

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raining of children requires more intelligence, strength, perseverance and hard work than any other challenge we face in life. Ms.K.Bhavani, the Power Yoga exponent and instructor of Krishna Mandir classes seems to be having all these traits in good measure. She imparts knowledge of advanced yoga to children, besides conducting general classes and exclusive sessions for women. Following the common trajectory, like any other Telugu girl, Bhavani completed her studies and got married in 1990. But the bout of depression she suffered in the year 2000 changed the course of her life. Depression led to her gaining unhealthy and unsightly flab. It is hard to believe that this slender-looking lady was once obese and weighed whopping 96 kg. It was in yoga, she found solace and solution to her maladies. She started practising Power Yoga and within four years she lost all that unwanted flab and gained stability both mentally and physically.

Academically formalising her knowledge, Bhavani obtained Post-Graduation Diploma in Yoga from Andhra University and took up teaching as full time profession, opening classes in Jan 2014. “I wanted to share this fruitful experience with others who were in need of help. A few years ago, I was myself in need of counselling. Today I came a long way. Weighing just 65kg, I counsel people who are in depression,” says she. The children’s batch, which goes through advanced yoga exercises, is the liveliest of the four batches she teaches every day. Bhavani tells her story with all eagerness to reach it to as many people as possible through the magazine columns, even as she keeps a vigilant eye on the children who are getting in and out of intricate yoga postures. red | August r 2016 | 50

“They are my star performers,” says she, running a loving eye over the children who look upto her for the next instruction. The stream Power Yoga is an offshoot of Ashtanga Yoga. This is safe with no side effects and the best natural way to lose weight. It is nothing but Ashtanga Yoga practised on faster pace. A lot more heat is generated in this genre. This heat, in turn, burns calories and helps people lose weight. The breath taken at faster rate during the exercises solves respiratory problems. I stand as a living example of the benefits of Power yoga. It strengthens the system and enhances flexibility. It also boosts confidence levels in children.

Miracles of meditation Out of 45 minutes of class, I devote 15 minutes for Pranayama and meditation and 30 minutes for asanas. After going through meditation, which I made a part of their daily practice, there is a marked change in the children’s concentration levels. There is a very perceivable difference between the kids who had gone through a fortnight of training here and those who just joined. The trained children go through the exercises with total focus while the concentration level in fresher is certainly quite low. Power yoga increases memory power and intellect which are important

for students and keeps them focused on age-appropriate activities. Benefits My regimen is packaged in a way that the children grasp it and apply it in their daily lives. I don’t want to sound pompous and boastful but this brings out the best in the children as they pick up simple tenets for daily life. This inculcates good qualities like friendliness, forgiveness and respect in them. This is the best way to introduce children to spirituality and human values. I am certain that it helps them develop a well-rounded personality. Kriya I put my students through Kriyas like jala neti, jaladhoti, sutra neti, on every second Saturday. They are particularly useful to the people with gastric problems. Shanka Prakshalana, which thoroughly cleanses the digestive system is done twice a year. This purges the

body of all toxins. It solves many health problems, especially those related to stomach and digestion. International Yoga Day There is a sudden spurt in the number of children coming to me seeking admission after 21st June, the recently-held International Yoga Day. This only indicates the growing yoga awareness among children and their parents. Catching them young seems to be the right mantra. CLASS SCHEDULE Morning: 5.10 am to 6.30 am Second session: 10.30 am to 11.45 am Children session: 5.30 pm to 6.15pm Third session: 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm Contact: 9701965695

Students’ say Simaran Dhodi I joined the class only two weeks ago. Yet I found it improving my health and my performance at school. I am more relaxed and energetic. More importantly I am more flexible. As my mind is calmer, I can focus on my studies better.

Rayssmith Mallemoggala I came here looking for a solution for my breathing problem and within a few weeks after my taking classes here, I started feeling better. The kriyas our madam puts us through helped me rid of ill health.

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uraj Palisetty is barely 28, but looks every bit the yogi he is, with spiritual and ascetic discipline sitting pretty on him. He might have born with a yoga bone in him (his octogenarian grandmother is a staunch yoga exponent), but his tryst with it began rather recently. He went through an academic maze, earning Degree in Biotech engineering (Vellore), Diploma in Nautical Sciences (Bangkok), B.B.M (Nagarjuna University) and Master’s Degree in Yoga. Even as he was vacillating over which course to take, his friend and a reputed yoga exponent P.Sravan set up Nirvana Yoga Studio to promote Hatha Yoga. “I used to spend a lot of time here, besides teaching yoga at the Madhurwada branch. Sravan handed the studio to me in June 2015,” narrates Suraj. “I used to weigh 70 kg at that time. I could shed 18 kg over 6 months following the Sravan regimen. Neither was there any diet restriction nor were any rigorous exercises. He simply asked me to keep my spine straight, posture right and eat what my body needs, not what my tongue demands,” he says. With him as the walking example, one has very little to doubt the efficacy of Hatha Yoga. Armed with indepth knowledge and impeccable articulation, Suraj delivers a discourse on Hatha Yoga and the good results it yields.

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The essence Yoga, basically means union. It can be anything from uniting two palms in greeting to merger of atma and paramatma. Here we strive to create an experience in which the individual merges his mind and body and feels totally fulfilled. Technique The question is certainly not about how many asanas you are learning, but how well have you mastered them. By perfectly executing one posture, you can gain the benefits of all the asanas. I feel gratified if I can master one asana in this life time. That is the precision required. Progress through steps There are 4 types of yoga –Karma (deeds), Jnana (intellect), Bhakti (devotion) and Raja (will power). Yogi incorporates all four of them in his daily practice. Hatha Yoga, the preparatory progress for Raja Yoga, trains you to take the next stage where you need to completely use your will power. Technique We deal with asanas, pranayama and yoga nidra in a class that lasts for one and half hour. One should come to us with an open mind to assimilate knowledge we impart. I take only 10 to 12 people at a time. It is not all about how much knowledge we impart to them, but the depth of experience to which we take them. We want to make you aware of your mind and body which should work in perfect harmony.

Response I ask fresh candidates to attend my classes for two/three days just to get a feel of it and experience what we are giving. Within a couple days, most of them tell me that they are getting benefitted. I instruct them and help them in getting into a posture. At the same time I continue with my own practice so that they can pick up threads watching me. The result depends on how much effort a person puts in. For example, people swat a mosquito that pricks them, even when they are in shavasana, which only goes to prove how instantly reactive we are. One should learn to stay unperturbed. That happens only when we are focused inwards. Once you reach that stage nothing can ever disturb you. Age and time limit One may master an asana in 10 minutes or he may not get it even if he tries it for 10 years. Ideally, a child should be initiated into yoga at the age of six and I don’t see any upper limit to learning. I have a living example in my own grandmother. She is 80 years old. She has been practising yoga with an unfailing regularity for years. Under no circumstances does she give up

her one-and half hour-a-day she allocates for her sadhana. Incredible it may sound, but unlike her peers, she runs her entire household, cooks, cleans and carries buckets of water to the plants she tends. With her energy and looks, she can pass off for a 60 year-old. Five senses Yoga helps you in building consciousness, awareness and receptivity. We have to improve our five external senses to look with in and explore our inner self. It is like looking at you in still waters. If your inner self is tranquil without any ripples, your image appears clear. If your mind is agitated and disturbed, your image, very obviously, gets distorted.

CLASSES SCHEDULE General classes: 5.30 am to 6.45 am 7.00 am to 8.15 am 10.45 to 12.00 noon Therapy class: 4.00 pm to 5.15 pm Saturday: 6.30 am to 8.00 am Contact: 7730969696/ 7093 002737

Students’ say Manchukonda Lakshmi, Home-maker: I had a few health issues and was unable to cope with them. My health has improved considerably after practising Hatha Yoga. I even climbed Tirupathi hills just four months after my joining this class. My husband never used to believe in yoga earlier. Now you find him on Yoga mat even on a Sunday. Siva Shankar, MD, Power Security Services House Keeping I have been coming to this place for the past one year. Initially, I was not much into yoga, but a few days into Hatha Yoga and I got totally hooked to it. I feel my day is incomplete if I miss the class.




oga practitioners in countries with cold climates strive to replicate the heat and humidity of India (the birthplace of Yoga) to achieve the same climatic effect. But creating a hot ambience in a region, which witnesses ten months of hot and two months of hotter weather in a year, is rather out of the place. To find out what prompted her to set up Age Hot Yoga Studio, flaunting a tagline- Stop age and open new page, we meet Ms.Rhama Deevi. The studio located in Seethammadhara is attracting a lot of fitness buffs, especially those who are keen on getting rid of those extra pounds.

“I was very much into sports right from the beginning. I got married and moved to Vizag. To my dismay, my weight went up to100 kg after the child birth and it brought in a lot of health issues too. I resorted to yoga to get myself back into shape. The outcome is in front of you,” says Rhama with a contented and confident smile. The founder of the first-of-its-kind studio in the city which came into existence just 3 months ago exudes a lot of optimism. She stresses that it is catching up even in the warm countries. Her endeavour in Hot Yoga seems to be greeted with a lot of warmth. Technique This genre refers to exercises taken up under hot and humid conditions. Our studio maintains 40 degrees Celsius. The exercises are a mix of Power yoga and Vinyasa yoga. Vinyasa exercises help you develop strength to stay in a posture for a long time. Power Yoga reinforces your stamina. A perfect and judicious blend of these two streams helps you not only shed weight but also helps you get into

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right shape. It tones and tightens your skin. This is time-tested stream as it is being followed in the western countries for more than 30 years. Uniqueness Hot yoga is totally different from the traditional yoga. While one burns 100 to 150 calories in a one-hour session in traditional stream, in Hot Yoga one can burn upto 500 to 1000 calories. The results you achieve in four or five months by following traditional style, can be perceived in a month’s time here. High temperature enhances individual's flexibility. Different degrees The kind of heat people experience outside is different from the heat they are exposed to here inside. Being on the coast, the city generally registers 70% to 80% of humidity. We maintain it at 40% in the studio. Working in this controlled humidity is a panacea for many health problems.

Utility Besides helping people lose weight, this stream is useful in curing a number of ailments like spondylitis, disc and knee problems. Usage of heat is very common even in traditional Ayurvedic therapies. Many a time people are relieved of pain by exposing the affected spot to dry heat. The difference here is heat is applied to the entire body, that too

unobtrusively, as people go through their workouts. Any ailment caused by hormonal imbalance can be cured through this treatment. Yet another added feature is the heaters emanate useful infrared rays, which check skin problems. Diet restrictions Nothing very extraordinary. We are trying to do away with even nominal tabs on diet. If the exercises are done on regular basis, people can cut down their weight, enjoying their desired delicacies. Individual attention We take only 15 members in each batch. This gives us enough scope to bestow individual attention. Word of Caution Some may experience mild dizziness or headache or vomiting in the initial classes. But no need to worry about it as one gets over them by and by. Local response I thought since it is a new concept, it would take a little longer for me to take it into the people. But we got a very good headstart with as many as 70 joining us.

People are coming from as far as Naval colony and suburbs. Best result One of our clients shed 7 and ½ kg weight in 20 days. That is the highest result we achieved till now.

SCHEDULE Combined batches: 6.00 am to 7.00 am/ 7.30pm to 8.30 pm Exclusively for women: 7.30 am to 8.30am/ 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm Premium weight loss classes: 10.00 to 11.30 am Contact: 7799155921

Students’ say P.Monica, Housewife A mere 15 minutes of exercise in the heated studio is enough to make you burn a huge quantity of calories. Your skin glows as it is cleansed by sweat. There is a perceptible inch-loss as the right amount of pressure is applied on right spots.

B. Indira, Asst. Engineer, APEPDCL I attended many fitness classes, trying to reduce my weight. But I did not see any improvement. Within 15 days after coming here I could notice the changes. I became very active and healthy. Hot way is the best way to burn calories. This is keeping my body fit and slim.

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he world of beauty is ever expanding. Over the years it has spread its wings far and wide and taken everything which came in its way. Today getting a massage done or indulging in lavish session wrapped in chocolate is no more considered money-throwing process. It is very euphemistically called wellness ritual. Cashing in on this trend, the world saw rise of a new industry, i.e. spa. Thriving on the looks and wellbeing-conscious beings, this new entrant has made its presence felt all over the globe. Promising a total rejuvenation and recharge of body, mind and soul in a jiffy, spas have become favourite jaunts for the new-age men and women. Often with extra allurements of breathtaking views, classy ambience, spirit elevating aromas and soul soothing music, spas are small retreats giving a getaway from the hustle-bustle of life. Here are ďŹ ve jaunts in Vizag to look for.

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Aura, at The Park Hotel

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Name Dew Spa Varieties We offer 10 kinds of therapies at Dew- from Balinese, Swedish to Thai massages. Products used Most of the products we use are natural. We try to eliminate chemicals from the product range. Among many Seasoul, a purely natural product is used extensively for the spa. We use all natural oils. Olive oil is the base oil. Depending on the therapy, we add some other oils like aroma, ayurvedic etc. Best at Dew Signature has been the most fast moving therapy. It is a relaxation massage, done with medium pressure. One can avail it for a duration of 60 or 90 minutes. Each massage is followed by a steam session. Exclusive Our Thai massages are quite different. Here the

pread over 3600 sq ft area, this expansive spa oozes serenity. All the rooms have breathtaking view of the Bay of Bengal, hence the very look relaxes the mind instantly. ‘The space looks akin to the deck of a ship,’ says the proprietor, Shashank Kancharla. Located in the swanky Novotel Hotel Varun Beach and now also in Varun Beach Resorts by Novotel, Dew strives to enhance the freshness of body, mind and soul justifying its name. He tells us about what to try at this spa. client is given a traditional Thai robe to slip into. The massage is a dry one without use of any oil or cream, but through expert strokes. It is very effective in reducing any kind of pain from heavy work outs, or extensive travelling or any physical stress. It eases the sore muscles. Something more…. We also have a few body wraps and scrubs. The scrubs offered here are Chocolate, Niligiri Salt, Lemon Salt and Blue Berry Coco Scrubs. Dew Signature, Detoxifying wrap and Chocolate wrap are the few of the popular services on our menu. In this segment Dew Body Polishing is high on demand. It adds sheen to the skin, as the taker goes through a three-hour-long ritual with scrub, wrap and it is followed by a massage. Vizag friendly Keeping the climate of Vizag in

mind, we suggest one to try our French Vinotherapy candles massage. In this special candle is lit. As it melts, the hot oil is used for the massage. This specially helps in smoothening the skin besides removing the tan and dust. Timings: 8.00 am to 9.00 pm (365 days) Location: Novotel Hotel Varun Beach & Varun Beach Resorts by Novotel Contact:0891 2866620, 9704099699/ One can go to http://bubblesindia.com to book appointment. Price Range: Rs.1, 700 to Rs.3,500 Membership: Through membership one gets a prepaid card, which lets the members pay upfront and avail the discount. There are three categories and are available for a price Rs.15,000 – Rs. 30,000. red | august 2016 | 61





ura, the name itself emanates a sense of positivity and takes away half of your stress. A luxury signature spa, the Aura was launched by Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels, nearly eight years ago. It has its individuality- be it the music which is played or the flower arrangement made. Every minute detail shows the interest and involvement of the owner and her keenness to make the spa experience a holistic one. Ajit Garcha. General Manager at The Park Hotel, Visakhapatnam, educates us about how to have an Aura getaway. Name Aura The Feel & Look It is perhaps the only spa facility in the city which has open air bathing, shower and Jacuzzi arrangements. It gives a very natural feeling to the total experience with utmost privacy assurance. At Aura it is like getting into nature, being one with it. Varieties There are around seven therapies Products We never compromise on quality. We use Kama oil, which is purely organic. These are high-end products and pretty expensive. We offer signature treatments using natural ingredients. We use aroma and essential oils from our very own Apeejay Surrendra Group. Best at It is Balinese massage. It is a full-body, deep tissue, holistic treatment that combines acupressure, reexology, stretching and aromatherapy and stimulates blood circulation. The one-hour-long treatment eases muscular and joint pain and gives deep relaxation. Secondly, the Aura Signature Massage, a well balanced treatment, between Ancient Indian and contemporary massage techniques, has it red | august 2016 | 62

popularity. Done with gingili or sesame oil to soften the skin, the therapist uses the entire palm to give vigorous strokes for 90 minutes. This releases toxins from the body Exclusive The Vizag Experience is one-of-its-kind. It is a luxurious session with traditional South Indian ingredients. It pampers with a body polish using tender coconut, turmeric and honey. This is followed by a customized massage with sesame oil. Experience an express ‘chamak’ facial personalized to suit your skin. This ritual lasts for two and half hours. Similarly, our Synchronized Four-Hand Massage is unbeatable. In this two therapists work simultaneously, creating a choreographed massage, mirroring each others ‘movements. This is a powerful treatment. For a healing effect Try our back massage. With main focus on the stressed back and neck muscles, it consists of acupressure applied on both sides of the spine, the lower back and towards the shoulders and neck. It uses cedar wood and geranium oils to relieve stress built up for those who are tensed, due to their lifestyle or abuse of computers. It lasts for 30min.

Timings: 7.00am -9.00pm

Contact: 0891-304 5678

Location: The Park Hotel,

Price range: Rs.2.000 – Rs.7.000

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Name Jajimalli Spa, Salon and Advanced Laser Center Edge over others Jajimalli was founded by professionals with specific passion for skin care. As mentioned in the beginning Dr. Rao has over three decades of experience in this stream. CIDESCO is an international programme founded in Switzerland and it is an international benchmark for Beauty and Spa therapy. Before taking over here, I worked at Annmarie Organic Skin Care, Berkley, California. Obviously, we mean serious business. We haven’t compromised on hospitality, ambience and infrastructure either. The 30-foot waterfall is our special attraction. We have plans to use this outdoor space for spa in recent future. Varieties of therapies We specialise in five therapies red | august 2016 | 64

Swedish Massage, Aroma, Raindrop, Deep Tissue Massage and Hot Stone Massage. There are two spa rooms. We also have salon segment, which has three facial rooms. Our core competency is laser and we have dedicated segment for that with highlyadvanced equipment imported from Germany and USA. Speciality of the therapists The team at Jajimalli is hand-picked and thoroughly trained by me. There is no room for amateur therapists here. All about the products We support organic, wild-crafted, fair trade, cruelty-free, natural products. All our products are purely natural and are procured from various countries around the globe. Best at Swedish Massage Therapy- It is the best known massage performed today. It is recommended for Athletes. Exclusive of Jajimalli It is the Raindrop Therapy. Raindrop technique rejuvenates mind as well as the body with a

new entrant in the spa scenario of the city, this one is founded and owned by D r. M a l l i n a K r i s h n a R a o M . D, S r. D e r m a t o l o g i s t w i t h 3 3 y e a r s o f experience. His daughter-in-law, Bhavana Mallina, manages this place. The spa has its individuality, especially with its verdant patch of greenery and a grand artificial outdoor fountain that surrounds this facility. Bhavana, who is an esthetician and CIDESCO Diplomat from Cinta Aveda Institue, San Francisco, USA, takes us around the classy facility and briefs what is to be tried. targeted massage and positive energy. Pure essential oils are used in this therapy. For healing purpose Our Swedish Massage and Raindrop technique address acute pains and inammations. I can assure you that they are quite effective. Price range: Prices vary based on the nature of the service. However, they are competitive Location Chatrapati Road, Balayya Sastry Layout, Seethammadhara Timings: 10.00 am -8.00 pm (365 days) Salon and Spa services are only for women. Whereas laser services are unisex Phone: 70932 44555 Membership details We do not have membership option, but we offer packaged services.





haven of healthy indulgence, this one is the place for the dreary souls to replenish their energy, claim the managing partners of the spa Seshagiri Mantri and Kiran. The idea behind opening the spa was to introduce the city to international exotic spa concept. Rain Tree Spa introduced fresh variants of the traditional Thai massages, herbal steam aromatherapy and floral rejuvenating baths. Adding an extra edge to its services is its location at a vantage point. Hazi, the spa manager explains what are the showering therapies. Name Rain Tree Spa Specialty Our location is one of the major advantages. Similarly, our green and yellow cabana-style treatment rooms with mesmerizing view of the ocean add value and let the guest relax while experiencing our luxurious massages and therapies. Varieties Presently, we have around eight spa therapies which include Swedish, Balinese, Rain Tree Special, Couple Massage and a few more. Before every massage, we educate our client about the therapies and recommend what suits him/her the best. For example, Balinese is a very strong massage and is highly recommended for sports persons or who do a lot of physical activities. Swedish, on the contrary, is a light massage and any beginner can start their spa experience with this. Products details We procure our products from outside.

Olive oil is the base for most of the therapies. For aroma therapy, we use aromatic oils like lavender, jasmine, eucalyptus, rose etc. Best Therapy It is Rain Tree Special. It is an hour-long body massage, followed by 15 minutes of steam bath. Later there will be a lavish session with body scrub with chocolate and fruits which removes the dead cells and makes the skin supple. Swift Service Many of our customers are timestrapped. To meet their need, we have Four Hand Massage. The massage which takes one hour is done in half hour yielding same results. For pain elimination Royal Signature checks body pain. Here maximum attention is given to the problem area and minimum pressure is applied to alleviate the pain. Soon to introduce We are planning to introduce Thai Massage, Hot Stone Massage, Potli

Massage and the Ayurvedic ones like Sirodhara, Abhyanga in our menu.

Location Rushikonda Beach and Siripuram Price Range Rs.500 – Rs. 3200 Ph: 7799772286/39. Prior appointment is recommended, especially on weekends Timings 10.30 am- 7.00 pm Membership Regular membership is Rs.3, 500 and it includes complimentary Rain Tree Special Massage and Scrub. One can avail 50% off by paying Rs.10,000 and avail treatments worth Rs.20,000 for six months.

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one in a swanky set up, Body Park Spa impresses one with its posh look. The services provided here are also pretty rich. A brand by Suraksha Group, it is a part of the wellness, fitness and beauty facility called Body Park. A brainchild of Boddepalli Raghu, also the CMD of Suraksha Health Park Pvt. ltd, the spa definitely redefines the concept of rejuvenation and relaxation. He guides us through the spa. Name Body Park Spa Varieties offered There are as many 25 therapies which can be tried in any of our six spa rooms. Our spa treatments are Oriental with a touch of Ayurveda. It is unique to Body Park spa. Thai Massage is basically relaxing and our kind of massage is relaxing as well as healing. Ideal duration The treatment lasts for 60-90 mins. Products Primarily, we use olive oil mixing it with fragrance or essence. Specialty The therapies here are curative. Our Back Massage, might not sound fancy, but it is one of the best in the city. It lasts for about an hour. There are pressure points on the spine,

which are pressed in the right way to release the muscular tension. It heals and soothes entire body and mind. Similarly, in our Foot Massage, we focus on the four points, not the typical acupressure ones. Following the Ayurvedic style, these points are pressed. The massage relaxes the entire body- from mind to toe. On therapists training All our therapists are experienced. They are very swift in their reexes. The way they use the fingers according to one’s problem area is really amazing. We also have in-house physiotherapist, who helps the clients in getting the right kind of therapies. Exclusive We are the first ones in the Asia to be equipped with Chromo Therapy. Usually, our massages last 45 mins. This is followed by 15 minutes of chromo therapy. It has vibgyor colours and these colours have a therapeutic effect on health. This is given with every massage except in foot massage. Highly recommended Our Mud Wrap is highly appreciated. From tightening to rejuvenating, - it works wonder on the

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skin. The ritual starts with massage, followed by a mud wrap. Once it is dried, the chromo therapy takes over. It lasts for 90 minutes. It yields good results for those, who are looking for anti-aging treatments. This, of course, does not happen in one sitting. There should be at least three or four sittings. A must try for 35 years and above. Timings: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm (on client request we open at 8.00 am too) (365 days) Location: Near Alluri Sitharamaraju Statute, Seethammadhara Contact : 9295062622/ 9133310497/ 9133310498 Price Range: Rs.1,000 to Rs.6,000 Membership: It can be obtained as Single, Couple in category of silver, gold, platinum and weekday or weekend membership with a time validation.



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Tell us about your journey After obtaining bachelors degree in engineering in mechanical stream, I worked with the IT and in business development at various mega firms both in India and abroad. After working for over 15 years in the field, I felt saturated. I decided to take up something new which has a market too. Construction business appeared to be the best option. Though I was about to sail in uncharted waters, I went ahead and oated my company - YTR Enterprises. It is the parent company launched in 2007. It started

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off with construction and then moved to risk services. Later, we diversified to IT, with the last addition being supply trade in Hong Kong. What are the real estate projects the group has completed so far? YTR Infra Pvt. Ltd is into residential and commercial projects. There are two projects. Put together there are around 220 apartments in Anandapuram and Vizianagaram. We own the land and are developing the residential units on it. Both are gated communities with state-of-the-art facilities like club house, play area, swimming pool etc.

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nlike most of us who crib about saturation point in our jobs without looking for solutions which may come in the form of work genre change, he took the risk. He could let go a stable career which included high profile posts in the US and UK. From IT, he jumped to a totally unorganised sector- real estate. But that the bet fetched him a great catch. Today he not only runs divergent trades but also is in a position to provide employment to many. Mr.T.S.N.Raju, is the man behind YTR Enterprises, which has its presence in construction, IT, supply trade and risk management service.

The projects are cost effective. The range is between Rs.18 lakh to Rs.35 lakh. YTR Residency is the name of the project in Vizag and Narshimha Homes in Vizianagaram. What is risk service and who are your clients? We provide risk management services to clients in Mumbai, Delhi and NCR region. We have major firms like DLF, KFC, ICICI as our customers. Our risk service includes fire and safety, energy and health safety audits.

What kind of trade you are into in the overseas market? Our overseas business is primarily in Hong Kong where we trade with products procured from China and supply them to the rest of the world. We are into bulk supply. What is YTR Technologies all about? As mentioned earlier, it is our IT division. We have a branch in the US too. The branch over there primarily carries the brand activity of the company and takes our products into the market. Why did you turn to IT again? It was coincidental. One day I met Mr.Paramasiva Raju, the founder of JIT Technologies, which was into a brilliant innovation of more than 100 products. Primarily, the company was into E-governance. I was impressed with Mr. Raju’s ideas and concept. Looking at my past extensive experience in the IT, I felt that this was the right place to make a comeback and he was the right man to tie up with. That is how the YTR Technologies came into existence. How different is Indian IT market from others? Do you have an edge over others? Everywhere there is a market. It depends on the mind-set and exposure. At the same time, IT is not a very innovative thing, unless it gives the end client a solution. With our experience, we realized most of the clients need tailor-made solutions not the one-for-all kinds. We also develop products which are user-friendly. They can be used from a person at the bottom level to the top management.

Amidst many diversified divisions, what is your core agenda? My primary motto has been one, i.e. to build employee partners. If there is a dedicated employee who has given his time, commitment and sweat to the company and its growth and he/she can individually develop a particular activity, division or vertical. I decide to make him/her employee partner. Most of my staff who are there with me since 2007 are my employee partners. The attrition rate is going to be high in any industry and it will only go up in future. Hence I evolved this strategy. There are two reasons. Firstly, one feels saturated after

houses at YTR Residency. Which division is closest to your heart? It’s not the business. My employees are the closest to my heart and I want them to grow. Currently we have around 180 employees all over the world. I am looking at 300 employees by another two years.

a long period. So we try to uplift the interest level by either shufing the employees from one department to the other or by creating new divisions. Secondly, every individual works for money. There is a substantial financial growth for them if they are made employeepartners.This certainly boosts their morale. I am not boasting, but most of my old employees own individual

What are your future plans? One more vertical I am looking at is agro business. It would be solar and robotic organic farming. We are scouting for lands and a good deal anywhere in the world. Even in construction business, we are looking at some more plots. We are already into real-estate market abroad. We buy, sell and renovate apartments, especially in Texas.

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that the world is switching from digital platform to mobile platform and we are one of the few companies who can provide ERP on mobile too. The third one Customer Experience Management (CEM). Any industry which deals directly with customer, needs a product that satisfies the customer. For eg., a lot of them have customer feedback option, but in reality the customer doesn’t know whether his/her remarks are reaching to the management or not. Providing a solution to this, we are exploring the markets in India, Singapore, Dubai and UK. What are the focus areas? We are trying to sell our ERP and

customer feedback. We try to give the best and fresh solutions and retain our space. Competition must be understood as collaborative service providing. Every player or competitor has its own strength. Strength of YTR technologies With 10 years of proven track record, it carries rich domain expertise. It has great leadership. We just focus on bringing innovation to the domains. We aim to offer inclusive software delivery. We deliver solutions which yield actual results, not for the heck of computerisation. We have enough experience in cloud, mobile, social platform; we are able to deliver modern application suitable to

Parama Siva Raju, CEO YTR Technologies, with extensive experience in the field knows the pulse of the market. He speaks about what the company is into. Journey of YTR Technologies We started as a small company dealing with government bodies. We been delivering compelling IT solutions to them. From a firm with turnover of a few lakh rupees to a major one building over hundreds of software modules, we have come a long way. What kind of services you are into? There are three practices we deal with, government bodies, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and CEM. The complete TTD- ERP is run by us, like the inventory, procurement, model of the ladoo. We extend our service to government bodies like GVMC and VUDA. Every enterprise has different departments and each of them has different resources. ERP is like one product which takes care of all the verticals. Broadly speaking, ERP refers to automation and integration of a company’s core business to help the focus on effectiveness and simplified success. It provides a holistic dashboard to the management. It increases the productivity of the enterprise. We realize

cloud based software as solutions to new age organisations. corporates and government bodies. . We are one among naïve players in ERP. We have end-to-end solution for Do you feel there is competition? any company looking for software I don’t think so. There are many opportunities. A lot of digitalization is automation. We have product called Omni Connect which is meant for happening all over the globe. Technology is being used to improve leisure industry and hospitality and cruise liners. We have customer operational standards, customer experience management solutions. relationship and efficiency and so on. That is why there is a lot of scope Future prospects in the field of IT. In every industry, We are trying to reach government, there are so many divisions and ERP and CEM besides AP and Tamil subdivisions, that there is enough Nadu, to national level like NCR work for everyone. Like in airlines, region, MP, north east zone. instead of dealing with major aspects like ticket booking or offers, we deal with small segments like

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THE LAVISH LAUNCH BASH Varun Beach Bheemili Resort by Novotel opened its doors for Vizagites. The launch was a soiree to remember. City’s creme de la crème was on the invited guests’ list. The courteous staff led by the Chairman of Varun Group, V.Prabhu Kishore, MD, Varun, Directors Lakshmi and Varsha welcomed the guests and took them for a resort tour. The grand bash was all about lavish spread of finger foods of numerous varieties, free ow of exotic cocktails and mocktails, followed by a scrumptious dinner. The alfresco dining area as well as the rooftop swimming pool turned into the most happening spots, where the elite were seen enjoying sea breeze. Adding more to the appealing ambience was live recital by a lady singer, who kept the audience mesmerized with her melliuous voice.

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Cheers for Vamsi Once in a while an event happens which recharges the attendees’ spirits. And they cherish its memories forever. Something similar happened when Kankatala Mallik and Chinnababu of SVBC Gold organsied a grand gala for their friend Vamsi, on the occasion of his being elected as the secretary of Waltair Club for the year 2016-17. The duo hosted a glitzy cocktail dinner at the swanky V Convention, Novotel Hotel to celebrate the joyous moment. Following the dress code black and white, the invitees looked dapper and charming and were seen bonding over good music, lavish spread and chit chat.

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8 FITNESS FADS Skip, hop, jump or climb, whatever you do, it fits perfect


CAMERA GURU The legend of lensman YSN Murthy


REVELRY & CHEERS Fests to birthdays it was a month of feasting & treating HAUTE REVIEW

THE TALK OF THE TOWN From fashion house to flavour hub, the latest in the souk

RITU’S SEASON PYT who scorches screen & wins millions of heart with her acting prowess

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Red Feature There are a number of ways to keep yourself fit and fine. If the enthusiastic city comes up with a new facility every other day, the adventurous Hyderabadis are equally eager to lap them up. We talk of some very unique and alluring fitness regimens.


Red Scope Y.S.N.Murty is a lenseman, who is not happy to leave his progress still. He has been wearing many hats. The best thing about him is all of them perfectly fit him.

58 Red Reviews Red Haute Some can achieve in a jiffy what many struggle for years to accomplish. That is what three-film-old Ritu Varma seems have proved. Turn pages and find out what is her knack.

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Every morning you wake up to the news of a new facility being opened in some nook or some corner of the city. Is it tough to keep track of them? No fretting here you have all the info.

24 Red Parties After a month-long fasting, it was a time for feasting. How did Hyderabdis relish it? The pictures here say it all.



Mani Shankar

Ramraju & Divya Farzeen

The launch of ABCs of Brain Compatible Learning by Anjum Babukhan, an educationist led to an animated discussion on the state of education and learning methodology being followed in the country. “The four Cs of learning of 21st century are communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking,” said the author, speaking at the event held to release the book. The guests of honour were Film Director S.S. Rajamouli, former Dean of Indian School of Business Ajit Rangnekar, and Apollo Hospitals ED Sangita Reddy. Deepthi Reddy

Priya Reddy

Kanika Dhillon

ALL THAT GLITTERS A lavish jewellery exhibition -Jedeye Gem was organized by Sonali Sharma, Bharti Jain, Sheetal Pratik and Hemant Shah, on Juy 16 and 17 at Taj Krishna. Guests had a great time catching up with each other while checking on some of the finest jewellery that was showcased. The two-day event was inaugurated by Pinky Reddy and saw presence of eminent women like Neelam, Neeru, Preeti, Rhea, Shazia and Sona. SANIA’S STORY The Indian tennis queen Sania Mirza launched her autobiography - “Ace Against Odds” at the Falaknuma Palace. Published by Harper Collins, the book records the incredible journey of the tennis star who climbed to the world’s number 1 spot in women’s doubles. She gives an account of the achievements, struggles and challenges she faced. The book was released by Film star Shahrukh Khan who said,“Sania has achieved a lot at such a young age that she could complete her autobiography.”

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Sheetal, Shilpa Singh, Ananya, Neeru Mohan, Alok & Sashi Nahata Avnish Kumar


Vithika Sheru

Harish Kumar

Jyoti & Swathi Rao

ONE FOR ALL Akritti Elite’s two-day exhibition that took place on July 18 and 19 hosted designers and master craftsmen from across the country who showcased their ware. Exquisite saris, jewellery, accessories, home decor items, designer bags and footwear were on display and visitors had myriad options to choose from. Some seen shopping away to glory were Afreen, Minaz, Sneha, Vithika, Jyoti, Madhuri and Diya.

Ruchika Sahil Gulati & Priyanka Radhika

FASHION ON POINT The much awaited Label Bazaar, came back with its second season at the Park Hyatt recently. It turned out to be a perfect platform to bring eminent designers from across the world together and hence spoilt the shopaholics in the city with choice. Organised by Anam Mirza, the exhibition tied up with Roposo, India’s biggest fashion social network. It showcased everything style-obsessed shoppers desire to embellish their wardrobes with. Displaying jewellery, accessories, lehengas, tunics, anarkalis, saris, shoes, bags and clutches, the event promised to be a veritable delight for all those who always want their fashion game to be on point. Sunila

Rema Sonia

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Raunaq Yar Khan, Madhu Sudhan Chary & Aashan Wandana Kanhai

Dr. Anuradha & Dr. Srinivas Reddy


Anuttam, Parvathi & Anil Reddy

The Republic of Suriname opened its Honorary Consulate office in Hyderabad with its Honorary Consul being Asif Iqbal. The Honorary Consulate, which will have consular jurisdiction over Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, will work towards strengthening the educational, scientific, cultural and economic ties between the two countries. On the occasion, Suriname’s Ambassador in India, Aashna Wandana Kanhai, said the South American country is 80% filled with rain-forests and is the largest exporter of bauxite to India.

Nitin Kapoor



Anjani Kumar Dani

Sangeeta Chandana Khan

Mohan Chandra


Osman Kayaoglu

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RUN THE WORLD Milind Soman ran the Pattaya Marathon with four winners of Pinkathon (Soman’s breast-cancer awareness initiative; a women’s marathon held across 8 Indian cities). He and the winning runners from the Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore marathons, participated in the world-famous Pattaya Marathon, held on its popular Pattaya Beach Road and were the podium finishers. Nilam Rajput from Mumbai stood 1st and Supriya Mali from Hyderabad took the 3rd place at the Pattaya Marathon in the age group of 25-34, making India proud.

LAP OF LUXURY It was a delight for car lovers as Mercedes-Benz launched the all new Mercedes-Benz GLC along with SUV off-roading activity at the GMR Arena, behind Novotel Airport. The morning saw enthusiasts making a beeline, in a perfect weather to make the most of the occasion. Hassan, Marketing Manager Mercedes-Benz Hyderabad, ensured that the event went off smoothly and had all his guests well attended to. SMASHING PERFORMANCE! SMAAASH- the World Class Sports and Entertainment Arena at Inorbit Mall honored the ‘Benelli Challenge’ winner with a Benelli 250 bike. Smaaash entertainments partnered with Mahavir motors, conducted a contest. Avinash Israel has scored 7 consecutive goals in the SuperKeeper game, and won it. The prize distribution event was graced by Kaushal Manda (Mr. Perfect Movie Fame). He handed over the coveted Benelli to Avinash in the presence of Ravi Patel, GM, Smaaash Hyderabad, Mangesh Deshpande, Sr. Manager Marketing, Smaaash and Vikas Jhabak, MD, Mahavir Group.

ANIMESH ENTRHALLS NRI prodigy Animesh Mangu gave his first Karnatic music recital. The youth, who resides in the US, did his country proud by pursuing the classical South Indian music in the US and choosing to hold his first concert in his native state. He rendered the compositions of great saints like Thyagaraju with a perfect diction. He was supported by K.Anil Kumar (violin), P. Durga Kumar (mridnagam), T.P.Balasubrahmanyam (Ghatam) and B. Ravi Kumar (Kanjeera). He honoured his guru Mrs. Saraswati. Aminesh is the son of well known architects M.Srinivas and Sheena and the grandson of Mrs.Suguna, a well known Telugu writer and Mr.M.Joga Rao, Director of GSI (retd). red | august 2016 | 14

Nirmala Devi Manchu


Sneha Anand

Rupa Gupta


Drishleen Sethi Tanusree

SHOPPING FOR A GOOD CAUSE For all those who think that fashion is all about putting the right foot forward, launching new collections and stylized living, Kamini Saraf’s Fashion Yatra presented a whole new idea of fashion. It brought together designers like Tiraa by Tibarumal Jewels and Ghanasingh Be True, Pinakin, Mayank and Shraddha Nigam,Sneiha Lunkad, Silkworm, Amaya by Aditi Somani, Roodraa, Zuilee, Erum, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Ltd Additiion, Kalista, Punit Balana, Sonia Ahuja, The Pink Mirror, Anshu Jain, Lachesis, Shilpa Sanghi, Shruti Jalan, Cindrella, Fizzy Goblet, She Shoo and many more, it turned out to be a shopper’s paradise. The proceeds from the exhibition went to the initiativeNanhi Kali - Educating the Girl Child.

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Angasutra showcased an assorted collection of fashion apparels and styling accessories of some of the best names from the Indian fashion industry. The event was in collaboration with 'Travelling Trunk Made in Bengal', a fashion initiative by style blogger, personal stylist and fashion commentator, Chikky Goenka. Launched in March this year Travelling Trunk has been a roaring success in Delhi and Ahmedabad. It has also won the hearts of style-conscious ladies of the city with an ensemble of colours, fabrics, embroidery and silhouettes that embody the essence of Bengal's contemporary fashion ethos.

Kamini Saraf

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Shravan Ramaswamy


Raj Tarun Smitha


Gajal Srinivas

Celebrating the 6th anniversary of Kalamandir Foundation, Dr. Devamani Hanisha organised a massive blood donation camps at all the stores across the two states. The collected blood was given to the Thalassemia and Sickle Cell Society. Scholarships worth Rs.24 lakh were given to students and 20,000 saplings were planted under Haritha Haram. Keeping the celebrations alive, weavers were facilitated by Smitha Sabharwal, IAS, Dr. Gruha Reddy and Dr. Ghazal Srinivas. Kalamandir Kalyan, Director, shared on the occasion “A thought of paying back to the society has led to the noble initiation of Kalamandir Foundation. We have undertaken numerous initiatives in the areas of health, education and environment.

Kalyan & Suchitra


Aksha Pardasany

Subash & Sowjanya

Raja Raveendar

Soni Charista

Yamini Bhaskar Aditi


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THE GIFT OF LIFE India's foremost fertility expert Dr.Firuza Parikh of The Complete Guide to Becoming Pregnant was in city to address an interactive session with FICCI FLO members on "Gift of Life". She, along with Dr.Rooma Sinha, senior consultant Gynecologist, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgeon was in conversation with Dr.Savita Date Menon. 150 people attended the 90-minute talk which touched on various aspects of the subject. Welcoming the gathering, Padma Rajgopal, Chairperson of FLO informed that the endeavour this year would be to "Aspire to Inspire".

ON SHOPPING SPREE Fashion aficionados made a beeline to the exquisite exhibition, Petals, organised by the dynamic duo Aparna and Padma Reddy at Taj Krishna. Right from accessories and footwear to high-fashion apparel and jewellery, the exhibition offered it all under one roof. Spotted enjoying the variety presented by the renowned brands and shopping away were Shilpa Choudhry, Susheela Bokadiya, Ajita Reddy, Usha Badhruka, and Raashi.

COLOURFUL EVENT Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC unveiled its fifth season of ‘Colours of Novotel’ recently on the hotel premises. Supporting a community of immense talent – the signature event series focus on bringing together artists under one roof and providing them a platform to showcase some of their best works. This edition is curated by a renowned connoisseur of the field and an artist herself, Rangoli Garg, and showcases over 30 paintings. Neil Paterson, General Manager, Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre and HICC hosted the inauguration ceremony of this edition. red | august 2016 | 18

Rushit, Bina & Vikram Mehta



Sneha Chowdary

Bisket Srikanth


DESIGNERS DISPLAY Fashion enthusiasts of the city were spotted at Trendz Vivah Collection, a bridal and lifestyle exhibition, organised by Shanthi Kathiravan, at Taj Krishna. Designer apparels from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and other cities were on display at this two-day event. In attendance were the city’s fashion aficionados and socialites who caught up with each other, while indulging in some retail therapy. Captured making pretty pictures were Anushka, Bhoomi, Chandini, Sneha and Shruti.

Shreedevi Chowdary

Deepali & Brij Gopal Bhutada

Amit Sanghi, Rita & Sangita

SPECIAL SCREENING OF SULTAN Screening king, Bisket Srikanth hosted a special screening of the much awaited Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer ‘Sultan’. The guests at the screening were all praise for the outstanding performances and the host’s hospitality. Seen enjoying the movie with tubs of popcorn and other finger foods were Aamer Javeed, Anju Jain, Shaliaja Reddy, Bina and Vikram Mehta, Vasavi, Padma, Divya, Jyoti Reddy and Hamed Khaleel.

Wajid & Hameed Deepthi Swetha

Vijaya Reddy


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Ranjita & Pavan

Sanjanna Archana Galrani


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FOR THE RAMP Rajiv & Manisha Kapoor Rinky

The two-day Luxury Wedding Expo—The Wedding Vows Show concluded with a Grand Finale Fashion Show, where designers Archana Kochhar and Neeta Lulla with showstoppers Urvashi Rautela and Shriya Saran set the ramp on fire. On display were stunning lehengas, lehenga saris, dhoti saris, cocktail gowns, sherwanis, bandis and Tuxedos. Neeru’s launched Neeru Kumar’s new collection, too as they unveiled their wedding collection for the year. Other designers who showcased their collection include VR Pitara by Radhika, I Luush grooms wear by Mahesh Gildda and Vijayalakshmi Silks from Bengaluru.



Urvashi Rautela & Archana Kochhar

Swetha Reddy

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Priya, Priyanka & Bhargavi


Members for the Divinos Ladies Club celebrated the club’s 1st anniversary at Novotel HICC Convention Center, recently. Following the dress code of ‘red carpet’, guests turned up in their party best. With a lot of fun games and competition, the evening was a memorable one. The guest of honour was actress Jaya Pradha, who mingled with all the members and was seen having a great time.



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Shailaja Reddy

Radhika Pavani Gangi Reddy

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eaturing 128 well-appointed rooms, three food and beverage outlets and five contemporary meeting and banquet spaces, Mercure Hyderabad KCP offers modern comfort to business and leisure travellers in the city. Located at Erramanzil, Somajiguda, which is a quintessential paradise for corporate and leisure travelers, the hotel offers service and accommodation of global standards and infuses them with authentic local touches of the city of Nizams. Dinesh Rai, General Manager, Mercure Hyderabad KCP, said, “We are excited and proud to introduce the Mercure brand to Hyderabad. The hotel is designed in a style that is contemporary and modern, yet blends perfectly with the local ambiance. We look forward to welcoming corporate and leisure travelers seeking high levels of comfort, service and offerings what are synonymous with the Mercure brand.” Guests can experience historical tales of the art and culture of Hyderabad at every corner of the hotel. The adaptation of local

culture and tradition are seen around the hotel’s interiors and décor, the food and beverage outlets, meeting and banquet spaces. The hotel is a home to three food and beverage outlets. Cayenne, an all-day diner which offers an eclectic selection of local and international cuisines. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves piping hot and delectable dishes. The IQ bar is ideal for an evening wind down. The Impression Quotient of Mercure Hyderabad KCP is a trendy lobby lounge and bar that serves a heady mix of single malts, cocktails, mocktails, spirits and wines. Guests can pamper their taste buds with a selection of pastries and confectionaries for afternoon teas at Macroon Deli Pastry.

Mail: H8824-RE@accor.com | Ph.: (+91)4067888888

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Jahanpanah opened its fifth outlet in the city and signature store on Road no.1, Opp. Jalagam Vengal Rao Park, Banjara Hills. It has set out with a motive to dress the customer in the finest ethnic wear and turn him into a true king. Naturally, it can be described as the one-stop shop for men. Be it Diwali or Eid, school or college events, any family occasion a Jahanpanah dress is what the men need to aunt. Defining the royal décor, Jahanpanah will tell you everything you need to know about your style and how it relates to the style of instance. The new store’s decor reects royalty. The domain is shaped with the colours and expression of radiance at the core, to allow each king to select what he truly deserves. Promising impeccable hospitality and offering good prices, this 5000 sqft store has something for every

occasion and taste and specializes in wedding attires. They have a wide range of materials to choose from, teamed with several embroidery options that ensure that their customers always get the best. It also has on its stands children’s wear and accessories like pagdis and joothis. Owners Mohammed Ishaq Bukhari and Mohammed Ibraheem Bukhari believe that Indian marriages are about food, fun and most importantly, fashion – and that is where their brand fits in. Their wide range of Pathani, kurta pyjamas, stylish Indo-western outfits are perfect for all occasions and are a huge hit with fashionistas.

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FRANKLIN FLAVIAN Operation Manager for Cream Stone, Pan India


n a market, where the competition is sheer cut-throat, it is not easy to create a brand and maintain its image too. Brands are opening by the dozen and then even closing as often. In the midst of all this, one name that arrived with a bang and seems to be getting bigger by day is Cream Stone. This name is probably the first one to come to our mind, when we’re talking about ice cream. In order to provide their guests with something new every season, Cream Stone comes up with a new avour once every three months. “This year, the avour of the season is Kala Jamun, which was recently introduced by the brand,” says Franklin Flavian, operation manager for Cream Stone, pan India. Keeping in mind the fruit of the season, they have come up with this new option on the menu and this is available from July to September end only.

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They are keeping up the promise that people would get here, what they do not get anywhere else and Kala Jamun is already a craze with their regulars. People love the taste and the varieties that come with it. Director Viren Shah aims to provide more and more varieties of ice cream following the people’s choice. Mix and matching fruits, nuts, chocolate, sugar free, egg free and kids based avours are what he excels in. They have their own manufacturing unit and production which is monitored by a good quality control team. The diligent team ensures that their clients get nothing but the best. With 36 outlets pan India, the brand has mastered the art and skill of customer management and knows exactly what they want.


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hen workout meets something as fun as dance, it is nothing less than a sure shot hit. Dance Jockey, a zumba training centre promises a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy each time you leave the class. They welcome everybody and design their classes to bring people together to sweat it out. The brand is the baby of JAGS - Jegatha Muralidharan, India's official Zumba Jammer and Current Kizomba Asia Champion and Professional Salsa Solo Female Champion 2016. She is known for conducting the most energetic sessions that challenge the clients. She conducts Zin™Jam Session (choreography training session for Zumba® Instructors across India) and she is called for Master Classes for Reggaeton Fever and Kizomba Bootcamps across India. Read on more to know what she had to share.

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Form Zumba is a fitness programme created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez during the 1990s. The Brazilian pop singer Claudia Leitte has become the international ambassador of Zumba Fitness. It involves dance and aerobic movements performed to music. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. And squats and lunges are also included. About the studio We run classes across many studios in the city which are run under my team brand - DANCE JOCKEY.

Offers We offer anything and everything that revolves around zumba and fitness; from dance, Kizomba (we are the only ones to offer Kizomba Session in Hyderabad), Salsa, Bachata and Reggaeton Bootcamps. Advantages It is a lot more fun when compared to a normal workout. It motivates individuals as it is done by a whole group. Obviously it is a great dynamic core workout. The other

plus points are the high caloric expenditure, easy learning environment and gaining positive self-image and a sculpted body. Technique It is easy to follow the step that has fitness progression. It is designed for everyone. People of any fitness level, any background or any age group can start it right away as the programme’s basic steps formula makes is easy to follow. Criteria One needs to have a health check up before joining a class. If there is some medical history in terms of an injury or health issues, it might not be advisable.

Step with a stepper and Aqua Zumba, as the name denotes, in a pool.

Intensity Depends on the class and experience of clients. For example a class that is a year old has higher intensity compared to a batch of new students. We increase the intensity as the batch builds stamina and endurance.

Homework Practice and prepare. As an instructor it is a good practice to have a fitness certification. With a complete knowledge of fitness, you can answer any questions and help the clients.

Results 100% weight loss and more toned body. Above all, everyone goes home happy and confident.

Individual attention That only comes with experience. Also it is good to have a talk before the session starts. This helps the instructor know who has walked in new. This in turn leads to better communication

Props Yes, but for specialty classes. Zumba Sentao with chairs, Zumba Toning with customized Zumba toning sticks, Zumba

Hyderabad’s acceptance It has been kick ass. We are literally the first ones to start of zumba in the city five years ago. It is a super success group fitness programme in town/in world. Future Plans It has been the plan always. Successfully make fitness a lifestyle. So nobody needs to wait to get unhealthy and then take up Fitness to 'reduce weight'.

Tip to enthusiasts Join the party

Age: Teens onwards | Dress: Sporty | Fee: Rs.2,500 - 3500 | Contact: 8686041484 Address: 360 degree fitness – Kondapur | Timings: 8.00 am to 9.00 am and 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Electric party gang - you will not feel tired around them. Bonny

Sessions are full of energy. I feel fresh even after a long day Priyanka

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n instructor of rope wall yoga and co-founder of the Touch A Life Foundation, Rina Hindocha goes by several titles. She

is a RYT200 Certified Yoga Teacher, who has been practicing yoga since long. Treasuring its many benefits like - how moving through yoga’s postures feels amazing, how it counteracts the forces of stress and gravity and how it brings calmness and energy to her life – she enjoys and believes in what she does. Her primary interests are in Ashtanga and Power Vinyasa Yoga with their balanced


emphasis on strength, flexibility and breathing. We spoke to her to understand more about her style of practising the regimen.

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VINYASA YOGA Brand We aspire to share and facilitate contemporary power yoga within our beautiful space at Tirmilgiri. We have a friendly, welcoming group and laid back environment for you to practise yoga. At our studio we believe that the body is a gateway to the psyche and soul and look at yoga practice as the training

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ground to living a fuller, more connected life. Our simple philosophy is based on awareness, mindfulness and connection to the self and I believe that yoga is a lifestyle choice that is to be lived on and off the mat. To offer Our mission is to offer knowledge in a safe and comfortable environment for

all levels of yoga practitioners from beginner to the advanced. Our studio draws on the roots of the yoga tradition with a variety of classes for all abilities like Power Vinyasa Yoga, Flow and Meditation, Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative and Yin Yoga and even Yoga for runners and athletes and Pilates Yoga Fusion Flow, Blind Fold Yoga, Beginners Yoga and Yoga Basics classes. Dietary supplements I believe in healthy eating. The Sattvic diet is a regimen that places emphasis on seasonal foods such as fruits, dairy products, nuts, seeds, oils, ripe vegetables, legumes, whole grains and non-meat based proteins.

Uniqueness While most forms of yoga are ideal for improving the body’s flexibility and rejuvenating the mind and soul, they do not lay emphasis on physical strength and muscle training. Here we ensure that you not only obtain a calm and peaceful mind but also a strong and toned body. In fact, power Vinyasa yoga is widely practised these days as an effective core strength building and weight management routine. Advantages When practicing Power Vinyasa yoga, you not only improve overall flexibility but also stamina and endurance. In summary it is a very physically and mentally demanding practice that requires determination and effort. However, with regular practice, one receives numerous psychological and health benefits . Disadvantages Hardly any, but there is just one of the most common misconceptions is that people often see yoga as exclusively

designed primarily for young women or for those who are already flexible, athletic or spiritual. This is a wrong notion, Yoga is accessible and inclusive, regardless of gender, age, level of flexibility or fitness or relationship with spirituality. Yoga because‌ Doing the exercises recommended by a power yoga trainer gives your body a workout that enhances stamina and flexibility and increases ability to focus on tasks at hand. Technique The breath is synchronized with the postures in a process that detoxifies the body. The benefits are a strong body, calm mind and better circulation. Criteria People of all ages and fitness levels can do the most basic yoga exercises.

Techniques like Hatha and Iyengar Yoga are gentle and slow. Ashtanga and Power Yoga are faster and more challenging. The results The practice of yoga has existed for thousands of years. It is an ancient system which helps to achieve coordination between the body, mind and spirit. It brings about a harmony in our body and helps in alleviating the distress caused by many diseases. It is difficult to quantify the results and benefits of yoga. Innumerable results and benefits have been achieved by people. In fact, the daily practice of yoga will help one build overall well-being and in keeping many diseases, induced by the modern lifestyle, at bay.

Esha Hindocha

Intensity The intensity of yoga workout depends on which form of yoga you choose.

Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who You are! I was always keen on fitness and health. It has been about 4 years since I have been practising yoga. Majorly, it gives me a lot of positivity and strength. After the birth of my son, I was horrified to note that I had put on a lot of weight. Managing with an infant and a new but fragile body was tough. I started with traditional yoga which helped me to calm down and de-stress. I was sleepless and feeble. It gave me lot of courage and taught me patience. Yoga is way a life, it is not just about weight loss. It is about connecting your mind to your soul and your soul with the environment around- Esha Hindocha red | august 2016 | 33

Homework Teaching yoga requires a thorough preparation, knowledge, emotion, and passion. People, who think yoga is just stretching, think again. Each yoga class is a multitude of moving parts that when put together create a mind, body, soul experience for the practitioner. It’s truly meant to help people in all facets of life, not just the physical aspect. Individual attention I always try to give each student in a class individual attention. It can be a gentle correction in a posture or a verbal instruction.

In order to maintain individual attention and give each student optimal care and assistance, enrolments are limited. Tip to enthusiasts Enjoy it. Yoga is not just about the destination – it’s the journey. As you learn new poses, take your time and align your body in the best way you can. Let the relaxation move through your body and stop striving for perfection – you’ll be able to bend more than you thought! Hyderabad’s acceptance In the past few years there has been a spurt in

number of people that have taken up yoga in Hyderabad. Today, this ancient science has turned into a global fitness phenomenon and from global leaders to popular celebrities, millions across the globe are turning to yoga to beat the ill effects of modern lifestyle such as stress, anxiety and anger.

Regimen: Ashtanga/ Power Vinyasa Yoga Age: All age group Dress: comfortable stretchable tees and bottoms

Preeti Khandelwal: I feel more energetic, relaxed, and confident. I am able to do more work all the day and feel happy and at peace.

Eligibility: All age groups & gender. Classes: On prior appointment Package: Group class & Personal training Address: Tirmilgiri

Shyam Sunder Reddy: Since I'm doing yoga I have gained strength and confidence. my BP and cholesterol got controlled. I am very thankful to ma’am. I enjoy my yoga classes thoroughly.

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45 Training is the new fitness training technique that leaves competition and clients gasping for air. It is innovative, challenging and a systemised team training workout.


The head trainer for F45 India is Albert Potestas. He has a been a personal trainer for over 8 years now, previously working at training facilities in Australia and is now helping establish F45 in India. It was the idea of Pradeep Kumar, the man who brought the brand to India,. Pradeep who also trains at f45, spoke to us about this crisp workout.

Brand F45 studios are functional exercise group training facilities with a specific selection of equipment that uses minimal space with no machines. It is all about functional exercises in which we offer exciting and innovative training for 45 minutes a day. Uniqueness We provide an alternative to the gym culture with our focus on interval training, consistent innovation and variety so that members are always excited to join our team workouts. All sessions are done in stipulated time with upbeat, trendy music, with participants exercising in a team training environment. Advantages It is an efficient way of training. No need to spend hours in a typical gym with little to no results. Secondly, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is what our exercise philosophy is based on red | august 2016 | 36

and it is scientifically proven to burn the most amount of fat while retaining the most amount of muscle. It also provides the fastest way to an athletic physique and fitness. And thirdly, it is always more motivating to train with other people. This makes us more accountable and determined to achieve maximum results. Our trainers are top notch and get the best out of you; we play the trendiest songs to create the ultimate workout ambience Our list of exercises and programmes are ever-evolving. They are innovative, keeping the clients’ interest levels high. Must try it because... It is fun, social, engaging and very time efficient; all great attributes to match our current lifestyles where the family and work commitments don't allow us enough time and space to pursue a proper fitness regimen.

burn fat and stimulate mind. Studios provide feedback to HQ to build on their extensive library of training. Individual attention Each class has a minimum two trainers in order to bestow the maximum attention to members. As the class size increases, we increase the number of trainers on the floor. It is the trainers goal to make members feel like they are doing a personal training session within a team training environment. It is certainly a win-win situation!

Technique The training philosophy is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and it works on the principle of exercising at high intensity for a short period of time with minimal rest to exponentially increase the metabolic rate of the body and burn fat whilst maintaining lean muscle mass. We use a variety of functional training equipment and exercises that keep forcing the body to adapt and produce the desired results. Criteria There is no criterion to join this regimen except that you must be at least 16 years of age. We welcome one and all to F45; young, not so young, fitness freaks, fitness first timers and unless you have a very serious physical complication. We still welcome you as our trainers are able to provide the necessary variations of exercise to suit you and your capabilities. Intensity High intensity is the name of the

game, however we encourage all members to go at a pace that suits them, especially if they are in the beginning or have any health complications. Those who are fit and able should remember that results come only after you push yourself beyond certain limits. Results It depends on the client and how much work he/she puts into the programme. We can see an average result of between 5-20 kg of fat loss within six months. Props We use functional training gadgets such as free weight barbells, sleds, dumbbells, kettlebells, battling ropes, sledgehammers, medicine balls, plyometric boxes etc, all used for functional exercises which employ a majority of muscles. Homework F45 HQ comes up with the amazing and innovative workouts that are programmed to provide members with exercises that activate muscles,

Viability F45 is far reaching and can benefit people from all walks of life, encouraging them to experience the life-changing aspects of fitness. Tip to enthusiasts F45'ers should be getting the most out of their workout within a 45 minute session. Bring it all out on the floor during any of our amazing programmes. but we also realise that recovery is also important. Hence don't be afraid to take days off when your body demands it. So that you can come back another day for some more F45 awesomeness! Acceptance Hyderabad has picked up F45 and runs with it! The response we have had from this city with its growing awareness and importance taken towards fitness is staggering. People here are still buzzing about it and willing to invite their friends and family so they too can experience the rush a F45 session brings! Future Plans F45 India team expanding to all major cities, increasing the reach of the F45 family all over the globe, touching lives of many more people with the excitement of F45 training!

Dress: Sporty Classes: Everyday Contact: 7306764545

Sneha Draksharam: F45 is not like a typical gym where you have the same routines and working same body parts. The workouts change everyday. It keeps things exciting and you get to meet people who create a very nice social environment.

Address: Plot no. 566, Level 2, Starbucks Coffee Building, Road No. 92, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, 500033 Timings: Monday - Friday: 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am and 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm. Saturday: 7.00 am, 8.00 am, 9.00 am,10.00 am Sunday (Yoga): 10.00am






lso known as cardiovascular exercise it is any sustained, rhythmic activity that involves large muscle groups. Aerobic exercise makes the lungs work harder as the need for oxygen increases. Weight is lost by creating calorie deficit, burning more calories than you take in. Hence undertaking activities that burn a lot of calories is an excellent accompaniment to a calorie-controlled diet for shedding that unwanted weight. Balakumar Thotakura, ace aerobics instructor, shares his workout regimen with us and explains why this form of exercise is what all fitness enthusiasts need.

Form Aerobics is a form of fitness programme that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines. The goal is to improve all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually performed to music and may be practised in a group that is led by an instructor. Of course, it can be done solo and without musical accompaniment. With the goal to prevent illness and promote physical fitness, practitioners go through regimen that comprises a number of different dance-like steps. Formal aerobics classes are divided into various levels of intensity and complexity. red | august 2016 | 38

A well-balanced aerobics class gas five components: warm-up (5-10 minutes), cardio vascular conditioning (25-30 min), muscular strength and conditioning (1015 min), cool-down (5-8 min) and stretching and flexibility (5-8 min). Brand I work with Fitbuzz Elite, Apolo Life, Ozone, Deviour Women’s Fitness Club, Nethrika Fitness studio and Aerobics. I also personally train some clients. My workout includes aerobics, dance steps and zumba. Uniqueness Though Aerobics is a group activity, I give personalized attention to every

client and all my exercises are scientific. Advantage This provides total body toning up while keeping it in a healthy condition. It, simultaneously, helps one shed the extra weight while controlling it. Increased energy levels, reduced stress and improved mental health, increased heart and lung efficiency and reduced blood pressure are other advantages.

Disadvantage Thankfully, there are none. People today are getting more aware and hence it is all going good.

checking in the mirror (even when they think I am not looking) and moving around the class.

Should try because It is a holistic approach to fitness without causing any strain. People enjoy it while training. It not only improves fitness, but also impacts physical and emotional health.

Viability The advantage with something like aerobics is that you just need a little space and music to start. So it is very reachable to whoever wishes to pursue it. There are a lot of training centres in the city, so reaching it isn’t difficult. Obviously this leaves people with no excuse at all.

Technique It is extremely simple as it is about rhythmic movements to the music played. So it is about following the beats and keeping up with it. The faster the tempo is, the faster the movements become. Criteria Like any other exercise, one should have the willingness to work out. The motivation is the only criteria. Intensity The intensity of the workout depends on the training session. It can vary from low, medium to high.

Acceptance This is a very fitness-conscious city and people want to try out different forms of exercises. No wonder, number of our clients is increasing by the day. Future plans I wish to bring aerobics as a front runner in this enormous fitness industry. As of now, we are taking small steps towards this goal. I am sure we shall eventually get there.

Tip to enthusiasts There is no shortcut to fitness. So put on shoes, pump up the volume of music and start!

Results The results are weight loss, fitness and good health. Props The props are steps, dumbbells and balls. Homework Putting together a session isn’t as easy as it looks. Quite a lot of the workout matters on the selection of music and songs. Post-exercise workout has to be formed around it. Individual attention We have to observe each and every client to build a rapport. I try and keep a track of who’s doing what by

Regimen: Exercise is tailor made, depending on the cleint’s health condition. Asha: I can see a clear change in myself. My stamina has increased. Working out has never been this much fun.

Dress: Track and T shirt Props: Step, balls, dumbbells Eligibility: 15 years to 60 years (depending on health conditions) Package: Depending on studios Contact: 9704111821

Sushmitha: With good music, it is a delight to work out and we are blessed to have a trainer who makes losing weight fun.

Address: Nizampet village, Hyderabad Timings: Morning and evening

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o you remember what it felt like to be a child when all your time was spent in exploring the world?

You grabbed, climbed, and felt your way around. Remember the first time you bravely climbed to the top of the stairs? Or when you finally mustered courage to jump off the couch and landed, grinning, on the ground with a satisfying thud? Or how about the time you raced, as fast as you could, sprinting across an empty space, just because you wanted to? Remember when you were taken to the playground where you could run, jump, roll, climb, laugh and get dirty with other children?

Joy. That’s what you felt. Every time you were challenged, you mustered your energy to meet it. You had the courage to succeed and each success felt like the best thing in the world. You were free. There was no stopping you. But, we all grow up or at least most of us do. Society tells us that certain things have become off your limits.

PARKOUR At Abhinav Parkour and Free-running Centre, the discipline is about crushing self-doubt by focussing on improvement, by challenging yourself to be better than you are and by connecting with people with similar mindsets who want nothing more than your success. We speak with Abhinav, the founder of the centre and a graduate in marketing and advertising, to understand more about this.

Brand We are the first academy to provide space for parkour, freerunning, tricking, calestinics and cross training. Parkour gyms are beginning to emerge but are still a bit hard to come by. If one is interested in getting instructions, with safety measures you should come visit by.

Form Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training, where practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal and other movements as deemed suitable for the situation.

Benefits The rewards of training parkour are immense as it improves physical health to a high level of movement and activity. One can gain good body control, agility, balance and power, besides mental strength and good confidence.

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Disadvantages Lack of awareness. When we started training in 2009 no one had a clue what parkour is all about.

Those of them who call themselves traceurs (a practitioner of parkour) or freerunners live that joy every day. They train for parkour because movement and exploration are fundamentally human.

There was no proper facility. No safety. I used to host parties in parks and on roads. The perception of our people towards parkour is very narrow. But parkour is more than what people think, it's a lifestyle. Perfect for Any person with tracks and shoes can join. We train them from the basic fitness until they fly! How it works More than the weight changes, our results are measured by smile or joy seen on people’s faces when they clear the smallest or the biggest obstacle. Props We use lots of props which are called obstacles which include vault box, tyres, safety mats, ropes, etc. At outdoors, ‘world is our playground'.

Individual attention In fact, our giving each client a personal feel is what makes them come back. We have dedicated batches for beginners, intermediates and advanced levels. The circuits in each batch are designed in such a way that each and every individual gets to try one after another. Tip to enthusiasts Parkour training revolves round two very important things: progression and repetition. Hyderabad’s acceptance Hyderabad is a city that loves variety. It has been very kind to us throughout our journey till now. Hope the support increases. Future Plans We plan to create awareness. We hope that someday we get to a point where there is none who doesn’t know parkour. So popularising the artform is our priority.

Dress: Any comfortable sports clothing Fee: Rs.3000- Student discounts available. Eligibility: Anyone can join Classes: 4 days a week, 1 hr per session Contact: 9032174966 Address: Kondapur, Hyderabad (indoors), Indira park (outdoors) Timings: 6:30 am to 9:30 am Chaitanya: Class is a combination of stretching, learning and practising new skills, games, obstacle courses that get progressively more interesting and it is certainly a lot of fun.

Aaranya: They emphasize safety in all classes because they want the classes to be applicable in real world training. That is what impresses me the most.

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he city-based yoga trainer, who has been practising yoga from the age of nine, who believes that face yoga is gradually catching up all over the country. Meet Mansi Gulati, Mrs Asia International 2015 contest winner. The lovely lady has taken an initiative to promote Face Yoga and natural therapy for upper shoulders. Having been in this industry for 15 years, she has taken it upon herself to promote the natural way of looking beautiful. She has been awarded by the state government and has even received appreciation from our Prime Minister. The lady herself told us about what all goes into the art of practising facial yoga.

professional lifestyles have made everyone’s life stressful, which results in wrinkle formation. Facial yoga,with simple magical poses. prevents wrinkles and reduces the problem in elders. It also reduces fat on cheeks and chins.

About the Form Facial yoga is a series of poses designed to tone muscles in places like the jaw, mouth, eyes, forehead and neck. It is becoming famous as it is just being natural. It could be a little slow, but the results are guaranteed. In today's world, both personal and

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Offer We offer health, which is the most important in all aspects. With Face yoga one can look 10 years younger. We also have clinical yoga which cures diabetes, thyroid etc. We make natural medicines, detox water and things that provide a very special diet for the face. Another thing that we have is transmendal meditation, which includes attachment and detachment theory. Lot of crimes happen when we are attached to something. Hence we teach our students to master the art of detachment. Criteria Unlike the regular workouts, yoga works internally. Having said this - I

also add that everyone wants to maintain and carry a beautiful face. because face is the index of a personality. But unfortunately today's environmental conditions making it necessary for people to follow some beauty tips and go for botox, surgeries and few other treatments. In order to avoid all these experimental and expenditure oriented process, I suggest to go for face yoga, a natural therapy. This helps people look years younger than what they are. Face yoga accentuates your beauty and rejuvenates vitality. A quick fix Squeeze your face and hold it for 10 seconds keeping the breath normal and release. No matter how much tension you hold in your face and neck, facial yoga teaches you to become more aware of those muscles. You can relax them within few seconds and feel tightness.

Awareness I have taken an initiative to promote face yoga in India and have written numerous articles in various dailies and magazines. I have given interviews in electronic media. I have been conducting workshops across the country, spreading awareness and there is tremendous response as it is not a regular genre. Benefits Face yoga yields umpteen number of benefits, helping to increase blood flow and removing toxins. The facial exercises also help in reducing puffiness from the cheeks, cure dark circles, pigmentation, acne, wrinkles, double chin, laugh lines and even crow's feet. It helps one stay young. Five minutes of facial exercises every day is enough.

Supplements We do not recommend supplements. Instead we tell people to have some essentials. One should start their day with bay leaf water, on an empty stomach in the morning to clear all toxins from body. Dieting should be done in a moderate way to keep the body healthy. It is always better to avoid oily food after 5.00 pm. A small change like picking brown bread instead of white can help too. Green tea after every meal helps. Yoga recommends only Satvic food that gives you energy and keep you and your body calm. Uniqueness I actually want to ask just one thing: why is Narender Modi only promoting yoga? Yoga is not only about reciting mantras

and performing asanas. Yoga is all about concentration and that is what we need today.

in face yoga.

Future plans I plan to start studios and Why this genre? ashrams across the country. An When you have a natural option art like this is to be shared and for everything you want, why I have taken it upon myself to not? There isn’t much to lose. do whatever I can to promote it. I believe, instead of cosmetics and surgery, one should try this out. There are 85 asanas for face, which will not go wrong. Sometime we hear how Botox turns bad. This doesn’t happen

Regimen: asana + pranayama + meditation + Satvic diet + sleep Eligibility: Any one in recommended age group. Dress: Any comfortable outfit is acceptable. Contact: 7799412263 Address: 305, Sprint Apartment, Manikonda Fees – Rs.75k for workshops that goes to my NGO Manasvani

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hen your primary workout movements are all core movements, they not only help you lose weight but also help you stay fit for your everyday chores. CrossFit exercises move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness. Potens Fitness is headed by CrossFit Level 1 certified instructor, Bharat Vemuri. Ironically, he was looking for a CrossFit gym in the city for five years before CrossFit was introduced in the city. Soon after Potens Fitness opened, he signed up as a student and got trained for a while. He worked hard, learnt fast and became a trainer. He has been with the brand for more than two and half years and hasn't skipped workouts a single day. The gym is his place of worship! Read on to know more .

Form CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen which was founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000. Promoted both as a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport, CrossFit workouts incorporate elements like high-intensity interval training, girevoy sport, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, calisthenics, strongman and exercise based on gymnastics. Brand We started in 2013. Our workouts are short, but intense. In fact, we are the only CrossFit gym in Hyderabad. Uniqueness We don't use machines, we are the red | august 2016 | 46


machines. In traditional gyms the workouts are usually isolation splits i.e., targeting a group of muscles each day of the week. In CrossFit, we do functional training where the exercises are based on the natural movements. Eg: Picking an object off the ground, carrying heavy groceries, climbing up the stairs etc. Advantages The focus is on gaining agility, endurance and strength. Everybody does the same workout: beginners do it with less intensity; pros do it with high intensity. This means that the beginners will be doing the same workout as the pros but they are scaled down. And contrary to the popular misconception, you can build muscle and burn fat at the same time.


Disadvantages Every person doesn't have the same amount of kinesthetic sense. Because of this, some people learn movements quickly while others take a few more sessions to learn. We need to give that extra attention to the slow-learners. Must try because It changes your opinion of the word "fit". People usually think that running for a kilometre without taking breaks to pant is fit. But once you enter our gym it is different. You see people lifting heavy weights and lift that amount of weight for larger reps, then go out to sprint and come back to lift more weights. You get a feel of what it takes to be an athlete. Intensity More repetitions with good form with higher load. In other words, doing more work in less time. Criteria There isn't any. We have different workouts every day, called Workout of the Day (WOD) and these are group sessions. The coaches keep an eye on every student and make sure that he/she does the best possible way. Result Consistency and conscious effort are the key to get the best out of any workout regimen. CrossFit will build lean, hybrid muscle, meaning your body will be able to perform tasks with heavy loads quickly and over a longer period of time. It also depends on the

diet you take and the way you push your limits during the workouts.

to give yourself a lot of rest (or excuses).

Homework All our trainers are CrossFit Level 1 certified, which means our trainers not only know how to do the exercises but also the science behind them. We have different workouts every day, so we have to carefully design the WODs so as not to fatigue the students halfway through a week.

Acceptance The city has taken to it quite well. A lot of runners, swimmers and professional athletes train with us. Plus, the community is very friendly. We have committed coaches who were desperately waiting to take their fitness to the next level.

Individual attention Our sessions are one-hour group sessions and we limit the number of clients in each session so that everyone gets the attention of the coaches. Tip to enthusiasts Curb your ego (not your enthusiasm): don't try to lift heavy, if your form isn't good, your back (and eventually your ego) will thank you. Our workouts are intense and try not

I walked past Potens many times on my way to work, but the decision to walk inside was the best one I made in a long time ! The workouts are fantastic, the trainers are even better and every time you walk out of the box, you walk out better than when you walked in. If you are willing to give it a shot, you will change and achieve feats that you never thought your body and mind are capable of. The first stop shop to fitness - think out of the box , but train inside this box!" Mitali Dandekar, Student

Age: No bar Dress: Athletic wear. Preferably shorts as tracks restrict movement. Fee and package: Rs.4,500 a month. Monthly, quarterly, half yearly and yearly. There are more options. Props: Barbells and kettlebells, medballs and tyres. These are a few of our favourite things. Classes: Monday to Friday: 6:30 am, 7:30 am, 8:30 am, 9:30 am and 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm; Saturday: 7:00 am - 9:00 am Contact: +91-90107 90000

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ocated in the heart of the city, ISKIMOS Kickboxing is one of the pioneering schools of mixed martial arts. For all those who believe in having a workout that is not just going to make you look and feel better, but also help with your own safety, this is the perfect option. Self-defense, line work, circuit training, sport kickboxing and sparring drills are what their general sessions include. While working on the above, one also ends up working on self-confidence, self-control, self esteem discipline, strength, balance, coordination, endurance and core stability. The head trainer, Master Suresh Patil, National Kickboxing Gold Medalist, with about 20 years’ experience, helped us understand more about his work and concept.


Form Kickboxing is a group of stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching, developed from Karate, Muay Thai, and Western boxing. It is practised for self-defense, general fitness or nowadays as a contact sport. Japanese kickboxing originated in the 1960s, while the American kickboxing originated in the 1970s and it was brought to prominence when the Professional Karate Association (PKA) held the first World Championships.

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Historically, kickboxing can be considered a hybrid martial art formed from the combination of elements of various traditional styles. In 1990s kickboxing started contributing to the emergence of mixed martial arts via further hybridization of ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling. Brand ISKIMOS is Hyderabad's premier club for training Kickboxing and was founded in 2000 by Grand Master NasarBiin Ahmed Alay (Ninja) and Master Suresh Patil (National Kickboxing Gold Medalist). It offers workouts and routines focusing on strength, conditioning, endurance, flexibility and cardio to help the individual’s reach their fitness goals.

Uniqueness Majority of the equipment in regular gyms comprise fixed and free weights. They are more focused on the aesthetics of the physique. Our training is purely functional; mimicking the natural human body movements using minimal equipment. Most of the routines are bodyweight, where an individual makes use of his/her own bodyweight. Advantages It helps people burn calories, lose weight and tone their bodies. It increases flexibility, strength, endurance and self-confidence.

Disadvantages There are too many shady trainers who claim to have mastered the art of Kickboxing without proper form, knowledge and knowhow of technique, which spoils the authenticity. Technique There are hundreds of punch and kick combinations that an individual can throw. Without proper form, you cannot execute the technique. The mind knows how to do it, you just need to give the body the time to execute it perfectly. Criteria Minimum age is 10 and maximum is 50. Intensity This is by far one of the most intense forms of work out. Its high intensity interval training workout can burn up to 1000 calories in an hour. The results Any fitness goal you have can be achieved like weight loss, strength building, self-defence training, cardio improving, stress relief and focus improvement. Props Functional equipment such as kettlebells, bosu ball, medicine ball, TRX, punching and kicking pads, and heavy bags are all used. Kickboxing equipment requires at least two individuals with one holding and the other executing the technique. Homework It is about experience; you have to do it a thousand times to be able to excel in it.

gyms now focus on it. We have been doing this from the past 20 years and still advocate this type of workouts. Future plans We are quite happy with the way things have shaped up and hope to continue to do the same. People have taken to it well and we will continue to do so till we give them our best. Aim Our aim is to deliver quality martial arts training, introduce a lifelong skill, build one’s confidence, self esteem, believe in oneself and achieve goals.

Regimen: Kickboxing, bodyweight and functional training Age: 10 to 50 Dress: Comfortable workout clothes Props: Punching and kicking pads, gloves, kettlebells, battleropes, TRX, bosu ball, medicine ball, dumbells, jumpropes, agility ladder Eligibility: Anyone without any medical condition Contact: 9885346824 Address: Behind Taj Deccan, Errumanzil colony Timings: 6:30 am to 10.00 am (daily),

Surya Tripathi: You get to do an intermediate to extreme (oh, sometimes it's just insane) level of training at Iskimos kickboxing Academy.

Individual attention It is important for your clients to feel important. We monitor them closely during their workouts and observe how their bodies react to specific routines. Tip to enthusiasts Have an open mind and don’t hesitate to try something new. Acceptance Functional training fever is gradually catching up here as more and more

Krishna Potlakayala: Best place for work out, self-defence, fitness and weight loss...�

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Aditya, Rama, Amit & Vidhi Rathi

Nishita & Anusree

SWEET SIXTEEN Vidhi Rathi’s birthday party was exactly what and how any teenager would want to spend her 16th one. The evening was hosted by Brij Gopal, who ensured that every little detail was looked into – from a photo booth to a themed cake. Youngsters had a great time dancing away to the music belted out by the DJ. A combination of mouth-watering food and a whole lot of chitter-chatter were what made the party a special one.

Ishika Vaishnavi


Saniya Riddhi

Gurpreet & Amreet


Preeti Mohan

Kavita & Gautam

Festive Feast Celebrating the end of Ramzan with the festival of Eid Ul Fitr, Mohib Baig and Abdul Rahman hosted a party for their close friends. Everyone was seen relishing the spread. The scrumptious menu included delicacies like shaeer khorma and biryani. Captured making pretty photos were Ananya Simlai, Neeru Mohan, Sashi Nahata, Shilpa Singh, Preeti Mohan and Sheetal Nahata. Mohib Baig

Boonya Lahira Chattopadyay

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Abdur Rahman Khallequr Rahman

Siraj & Renu Hasan

Sunil & Preeti Ruchi & Jayesh Ranjan Ramana Goghule & Nikki

Memorable Bash Celebrating his birthday with all his near and dear ones, Sayaji Rao hosted a party on July 16 at the new 10 Downing Street, Gachibowli. The swish lot of the city made a beeline to greet the birthday boy and were seen having a gala time. With close friends and family members in attendance, he blew the candles off his cake and made the evening a memorable one. Some present at the do were Narender and Sunita Surana, Ramana Gogula, Zia Ansari, Sunila Etti, Bani Singh and Shivani Shroff.

Alok & Hasini

Saiyaji Rao & Prathiba

Akhil Anmol

Narendra Surana & Sunita


Bani Ahuja & Savita Menon

Pavani Naren Krishna & Madhu

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Shoot by Vamsy Krishna Ganne & Avinash Gandi



Congratulations for the grand success of Pelli Choopulu! How did you grab this role? Thanks a ton! Tharun, the director of this movie and I have been friends for a very long time. In fact, I was the one to act in his first short film Anukokunda. It was screened at the Cannes Films Festival in 2012. Our friendship grew over the years. When he started working on this movie, he said that he always had me in his mind for the role of Chitra. I have a lot of faith in his work. I said yes to him.

er eyes are hard to miss, they speak more than her lips. With her smile, she does the rest of the magic of winning hearts instantly. It is hard not to fall in love with this PYT. Just a few movies old in T’wood, she is sizzling this season with her brilliant performance in her latest release Pelli Choopulu. Ritu Varma is on cloud nine and she has all the reason to be. After all, it is raining compliments for her around the tinsel town. She proved that unlike her name, she is not seasonal, she is here to stay. Let’s know all that happened before, during, after and still happening in her life with Pelli Choopulu.


By Ranita Ray


we have to complete it in two days, as it was for a competition. So before I realised that I am facing the camera for the first time, the shoot was over. But with Pelli Choopulu, there was lot of pre-production work. Tharun is a very meticulous as well as a creative person. He handled the entire team brilliantly.

Anukokunda was also a hit. What is the secret- Tharun? When we were shooting Anukokunda,

How was the experienceacting in this movie? It was a wonderful. The entire team is very young and most of them are my friends. It was always fun on the sets. We shot the whole movie in sync-sound, that didn’t require dubbing. So obviously, we were disciplined as we were not supposed to make much noise. This movie also boosted my confidence as an actor and I have better command over the language.

are a few others who say that they haven’t come across such a strong character for the past many decades. Such words mean a lot to me.

How much freedom does he give to the actor?

How was it working with your co-star Vijay? I worked with Vijay for the second time, first one being Yevade Subramanyam. He is a

Pelli Choopulu left the audience in fits of laughter, were there any funny incidents on the sets too? A lot! Tharun is an excellent stand-up comedian. He is very good at pulling other’s legs and it was his favourite pastime on the sets. He is a notorious prankster. So the environment was lively throughout.


How is Tharun Bhascker as a director? He is fantastic. He is extremely talented. He is very clear about what he exactly wants from his technicians, actors, cinematographers, cameraman and so on. He is a very confident film-maker. I don’t think he can ever make a movie using those typical formulas, like adding this ingredient here or that item there. He has his class apart techniques. He makes films from his heart and that is why Pelli Choopulu impressed the audience.

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You are debuting in Tamil too, can you tell us about the film China? It is ready for release and in the final post-production stage. I am paired opposite Kalaiyarasan of Madras fame. Harshavardhana is the director and it is his first film.

What is your favourite scene? It is the scene just before the climax, between Chitra and her father, when he tells her that he is very proud of her. I didn’t have to use glycerine, those were my real tears. I am very close to my father and the scene was so beautifully written that it was a natural emotion owing out of me.

What are your favourite songs in the film? Vivek Sagar has done a brilliant job. I feel the entire album is awesome. Personally, chinuke take, its my caller tune too. The music is very fusion based.

spontaneous actor and acts with a lot of ease. He is collaborative as a co-star and ensures people are comfortable with him.

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Actors you idolize Deepika Padukone, the way she has come up as an actor and the kind of

How do you select a movie- script, director, banner, co-star or your role? The order would be script, my role and then director.

Dream role? Honestly I have none. But I would like to work in a period film or a biopic. I feel it is very challenging.

A brief background I am from north India. My father hails from Madhya Pradesh. But I was born and raised in Hyderabad. I have done engineering in IT. My mom is an educationist and dad is a banker. I have an elder sister. I am the first one in the family foraying into movies.


What are your future projects in Tollywood? Though I have been getting good offers, I haven’t signed anything as of now. I want to take my time to pick up good movies and characters. I have been choosy about it and I would like to be so in future too.

Are you not looking at the Bollywood? I never really thought of turning to acting for my career, hence never tried to get roles or gave auditions. It has been a natural process. So if I get an opportunity, I would certainly say yes to Bollywood.




When can one see you in glam role? As an actor, I like to essay all kinds of

An action or dance-based movie? Both

A remake of a classic you would like to work Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

Friends in the industry I know a lot of people, but they are acquaintances. I am still new to the industry.

Message to fans Thanks for always being there for me and encouraging me. Especially, the post-Pelli Choopulu messages and compliments that are pouring in are overwhelming. I try to take up good movies and characters like Chitra.

Being on red cover I like to thank the entire team of red for having me on the cover. It is one of the most popular magazines down south. It is an honour to be on the cover.

To unwind yourself.... I love spending time with my family. Even I like to chill out and explore new places with my friends. I am a great foodie. I like trying new dishes. Travel is another thing, I am passionate about. I go on a trip once a year at least.

If you have to spend on yourself.... I would buy a house.

Five things you can’t live without My parents, oxygen, water, nothing more I guess

Best features of Ritu (Lookswise) People compliment me for my smile and eyes.

What are your strengths as an actor? Being focused, dedicated and hard working.

Favorite Actress Deepika and Madhuri Dixit Crush in the industry Ranveer Singh

roles, including a glamorous one. But the role should sync well with the script.

movies she is doing amaze me. Hats off to her.




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e calls himself an Indian and doesn’t like to narrow it down to one specific place, when asked where he hails from. Perhaps, that is why he could master Telugu (mother tongue), Kannada, Hindi and English. Well we aren’t going into his linguistic excellence, as this man is blessed with a natural third eye through which he has been capturing forests, mountains, seas, rain, faces, smiles, celebs and the likes at their best. A self-taught artist he creates masterpieces with his camera, lens and his favourite element – light. Meet Y.S.N.Murthy, the man who has become a coveted brand in photography and look how the reel of his journey developed…



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First click When I went on a college trip to Araku, I clicked its mesmerizing beauty with a small camera which I borrowed from a friend. Though I knew nothing about photography, it fascinated me. I started getting attracted to landscape, human faces and expression and used to feel a strange pull towards them. My interest graduated to fascination and finally turned into obsession. It is over two decades now photography has become my life.

Challenges Hailing from a middle class family, it was rather tough on my pocket. The money my father used to give me to buy clothes or a watch, would go for lens, ash, lights or for a better camera.

The sail Twenty years ago photography was an expensive affair. From the camera reels to the development cost, everything about it was heavy on the pocket. No matter how good one is in capturing a moment or subject, the final verdict would come out only in the dark room. Of course, there was excitement in the process. There were occasions when all the 36 shots got wasted. Moreover, there was no chance of learning photography anywhere, except in metros like Mumbai.

Hyderabad call Taking cues from Gautam, I arrived at Hyderabad. I felt the city offered a promising market. Encouraged by a few associates, I took photography as my

Inspiration Over the years I developed a passion for clicking portraits. Visiting Mumbai frequently, I made many friends in the photography circle. One of them was the great fashion photographer and master of portraits the late Gautam Rajadhyaksha. His work inspired and inuenced me and I turned to fashion photography.

I had no gurus. It was learning by burning the money on reels. Nature taught me a great deal, especially about the play of light and shadow on different objects and living beings. Sometimes the subject might have been breathtaking, but the end result was disappointing. So, I realized that one must understand the physics of the camera lens and the chemistry of the film to get great results.

Change in Technology People start clicking just by owning a few lights, ash and a high-end camera. They are not photographers but photo-takers. One must specialize in one of its genres. Sometimes an industrial photographer covers fashion. It is like heart patient going to a dermatologist to get operated.

then on I developed interest in clicking celebrities.

Updates Fashion magazines, travelling and Internet keep me updated with latest information over makeup, shades, fashion, accessories, props, gadgets and background.

Film making I was always interested in film making and it was again Nagarjuna who guided me here. I got into corporate and ad films making. I shot ads in many countries like Russia, US and Switzerland. I have been making films for big brands like Dr. Reddys, Jindal and Toshiba.

Celebrity connection In the very beginning of my career, I had the fortune of clicking Cheeranjivi and Madhuri Dixit in Chennai. I went with three reels to shoot Madhuri and in 20 minutes they got over. I regretted it, as I felt I failed to capture all the expressions of this brilliantly expressive lady. From

Into Film industry Once I met Nagarjuna at the Mumbai airport and approached him for a shoot. He agreed only on the condition that the pictures would be published in a national magazine. I could make it happen with Screen. Initially, he agreed only for a 30-minute photoshoot with two dress changes, but once I started clicking, it went on till three hours with eight changes. That’s it. Today I am like his family photographer. He promoted me widely among the film circle. I have

photographed all the celebrities of Tollywood except Mahesh Babu and Tammannah,

career. To my delight, I received overwhelming response from the local Ad agencies and a few big corporates.

BREATH…. "THE BREATH" is the first 28 mt-film I directed besides handling cinematography, script and the screenplay. The film got me the Best Director award at Dada Saheb Phalke Film festival, Best film Jury at Bangalore, Special mention Jury at Kolkata, official selection at Barcelona, Semi finalist at Los Angeles (final result awaited) and some more are in pipeline.

All in the family I am the youngest child of Mr.Shiv Rao and Mrs.Shyamala. My wife Shashi Kala is my strongest support system. Our son, Shiva Teja completed animation course from JNTU. He edited a movie called Sikharam when he was just 17 and was honoured with Golden Nandi Award.

Future plans I never plan and am fascinated by everything I do


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Lucky for you: Maroon, 10

Apr 20 –May 20 You may have to go through a rough patch though you won't come across any exceptionally challenging problems. You will have to work hard to achieve desired goals. Your financial position is fairly stable and shouldn't cause you a lot of headaches. Love life is full of a wide variety of events worthy of your attention. You will be bombarded by various dilemmas and anxieties. Focus on domestic affairs as they are of paramount importance. Venting anger on people won't help.


Lucky for you: Peach, 15

Your work area may not appear very dynamic but it will be stable. There is a slight danger that someone from your work environment will try to harm you, may be unintentionally. Businessmen can think of expansion. Love life will press the most painful points, but they will have only a positive impact on you. Try to explain everything to your significant other and find some help and support there. If you are single, you will have new experiences.

(March 21‐ April 19)



Aug 23 – Sep 22 In financial and business sphere it will turn out to be calm and consistent. You will identify the key strategy and keep sticking to it the whole month to reach the desired finale. Don’t be surprised by strange remarks and actions of colleagues. Just ignore them. Love life will turn out to be interesting, but some most unexpected situations can happen with your significant other. Bear in mind that each person is very unique. This is the root of many problems.

Lucky for you: White, 21


Lucky for you: Yellow, 8

Jul 23‐ Aug 22 There are positive trends at work place and you can weave your ideas into these trends. Be a good team‐player. Don´t tolerate those who bring discord into your life. Don´t rush to make decisions, the result of which has a lot at stake. Time is on your side. Love life doesn´t experience any important events. Do not let anyone upset your mood. Singles may not see any change in their status. Re‐evaluate behaviour and priorities.


May 21‐ Jun 20 It will be a fruitful and bright time. Probably right now you will find yourself living the events that might have a crucial impact on your future. The working area will be a positive factor. Your private life may turn into something bigger than you have imagined. Your wishes will be far from being fulfilled. Your perception will go through exceptional and fundamental changes. However, there is no reason to get upset. Be attentive to people around you.

Lucky for you: Green, 13


Jun 21 – Jul 22 You will continue your triumphant march, blessed with capabilities and resources. Your performance will improve. Focus on new deals and transactions. It is good time to lay a decent trade foundation. With regard to the sensory and emotional area, single will receive special benefits. In relationships with your friends and family you will reach absolute harmony. Synchronise mind and body to flourish in all areas.

Lucky for you: Brown, 6

Lucky for you: Turquoise, 5

Oct 23 ‐ Nov 21 You won´t feel at ease as the situation is out of the ordinary. You need to reassess many aspects of life so that you can find a way out from the negative situations. The working sphere may not shower you with victories, but some financial bonuses are in the offing. Don’t let circumstances crush you. Evaluate every step. But don’t be uptight and too hard on yourself. No significant events in love life. You will be required to show all the straightforwardness that you´re capable of!


Lucky for you: Pink, 16

Sep 23 ‐ Oct 22 At work everything will go well for you. We are not talking about some really large‐scale events. No one tries to openly harm you. Yet some backroom intrigues do take place. It will be easier for those who take a leadership position. In love life, you are comfortable. Your friends will support you. Your partner may accuse you of not fully meeting his/her expectations. Don’t start a conflict on the basis of such misunderstandings. Try to use soft and gentle tools to get through to your sweetheart.


Dec 22‐ Jan 19 It is exceptionally peaceful and harmonious time. You will be able to confidently move in the set direction. Slowing down your rapid movement up the career ladder is necessary to make the most of an opportunity. You should spot it first. Love life will be calm and peaceful. You should pay particular attention to your partner and avoid overreacting when they come out with a crazy idea. Perhaps not everything that you don´t accept is actually devoid of common sense.

Lucky for you: Cream, 3



Lucky for you: Grey, 13

Feb 19 – Mar 20 You need to focus on several tasks, which could pose problems. However, you will get everything you want. You will be required to showcase sharp business flair. Listen to colleagues´ advice. But on the personal level you will experience no problems at all. Pay special attention to your loved ones, parents in particular. Learn to identify fake motives. Naivety and shrewdness can coexist and it is probably the best combination of personal qualities one can have.


Jan 20‐ Feb 18 The working and financial spheres are fairly stable. There will hardly be any major changes, but you will be able to breathe more easily. Try to earn the much‐needed respect of colleagues. If you work for yourself or hold a leadership position, no problems are to be expected. Love life may not be most positive. For a quick and successful resolution of the pressing problems, go for self‐analysis. In relationship with your loved ones, try to be more objective and stop judging everyone from your ivory tower.

Lucky for you: Coffee, 1


Nov 22‐ Dec 21 Be attentive and don’t let anything slip through your fingers at work. Those who don´t work for themselves should concentrate more on shaping their authority. In love life, you will come across a lot of worries, but only one of them is worth your attention. This applies to your passion and future relations. Tearing yourself from something familiar is difficult, but sometimes it is necessary. Realise your family is your foundation, your strength and energy.

Lucky for you: Blue, 9

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