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9 ON THE PLATTER
A trip and taste of the cityâ€™s latest hip hangouts
Yet to be tried, here are new places that welcome you
BRAND BATTINI A strategic shift from dairy to real estate FOCUS
POTLURI SION Pavan paves a new path in construction
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LIFESTYLE PERSONALITIES CINEMA FEATURE LUXURY GADGETS REVIEWS FOOD PARTIES
CONCEIVING MIRACLES DELIVERING SMILES NURTURING LIVES
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IN VIZAG TO OFFER
FREE MEDICAL CHECKUP For PREGNANT WOMEN
PRADHAN MANTRI SURAKSHIT MANTRITVA ABHIYAN
is a new initiative of the Narendra Modi Government launched on June 9, 2016. The Scheme has been launched with the objective of lowering the maternity mortality rate and boosting the HEALTH CARE FACILITIES for the PREGNANT WOMEN. Supporting this initiative, we at Lotus Hospitals for Women & Children, pledge to serve the community by conducting Free Antenatal Checkup on 9th of Every month for all Pregnant Women.
Behind Gothi Son's Opp. Governor's Bungalow, Opp. Waltair Club, Siripuram, Visakhapatnam - 530 003
ON 9 OF EVERY MONTH
Red Review In a city which is fast growing - every morning you wake up to a new facility that has opened round the corner. Find out the latest.
30 Red Focus Meet the young Pavan Kumar Potluri who makes houses. The best thing about him is that he stepped out of his father’s towering shadow to make a name of his own.
40 Red Trade He is down to earth despite his phenomenal rise from the grassroots. A milkman who has just stepped into real estate, has chosen the city of destiny and we will ﬁnd out why.
Red Haute Pragya Jaiswal certainly makes your head turn with her beauty and impresses you with her acting. Skim through the pages to ﬁnd what she is up to.
42 Red Feature With ﬁre in the belly, let us hop around the city to ﬁnd the latest hangout places. They provide enough space and a platform for rejuvenating repast and repartee. Here are a few quick bites.
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RAO HEADS SKML TEMPLE TRUST Dr.Wuppala Bhaskara Rao has been elected as the chairman for Sri Kanakamahalakshmi Trust Board. He had taken oath in the presence of the HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, MLA Vasupalli ganesh Kumar , Deputy Commissioner of Police Murthy and Executive Ofﬁcer Madhavi. He will be serving in this capacity for two years. Bhaskara Rao, on this occasion, donated Rs.1 lakh to the temple towards annandanam . Kanaka Mahalakshmi Temple is a little more than 100 years old with the existing shrine being consecrated in 1912. Built as a small shrine in old Burujupeta, the temple has grown into a massive structure.
CLIMBERS HOLD KICKSTART SUMMIT The Climber's Vizag team held a Kickstart Summit that attracted nearly 100 college students. The event included interactive sessions, guest lectures by AU Engineering College Principal P.S.Avadhani, CEO of Start AP Siddharth Marupeddi, former in-charge of Sunrise Start-up Village, Sidharth Ram and Associate Professor of Texas Tech University Prof.Siva A Vanapalli. The co-founders of the Climbers Ruhan and Fatema had taken an active role in making the workshop a success. Students led by the President of Vizag Climber Chapter, Naveen Kumar, along with Sadhana, Vani, Chaarshani, Hari, Mohammed Raza and Shuvam are working relentlessly to sensitize My Captain, online workshops conducted by the Climber.
GVMC HONOURS NAGESWARA RAO It has been a tradition with the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation to honour its workers who are best performers and diligent workers. One of the few who were honoured this year was N. Nageswara Rao, Assistant Public Relations Ofﬁcer. Finance Minister Y. Ramakrishnudu presented him with Meritorious Award for Best Services in GVMC. The event was graced by Panchayat Raj Minister Ch Ayyanna Patrudu, District Collector Pravin Kumar and Commissioner, GVMC M. Hari Narayanan.
ROHIT MEMORIAL TRUST’S MEGA GESTURE Rohit Memorial Trust lent support to V. Hema, a Pratibha Awardee and state ranker (Std 10th 2015) who was diagnosed with blood cancer. The Trust raised Rs.16,64,000 through direct and indirect means. Dr. Meenakshi Anantram, Vice-Chairman of the Trust, Gurmeet Kohli- Project Director, V.Sarada- social worker met District Collector Praveen Kumar and handed over the Hema’s case study. Lauding the teams’ efforts, the Collector promised to render help in any such cases. Dr. Meenakshi appealed to public to donate for Hema’s posttherapy medication. Interested can call 0891 2551226. Visit www.rohitmemorialtrust.com.
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RAMOJI RAO OPENS V-HOTEL
SIHMA WELCOMES FRESHERS Southern International Hotel Management Academy (SIHMA) organized its Fresherâ€™s Day- PARICHAY-2016 at the Gateway Hotel. The event was a perfect mix of modern and ethnic styles. It was graced by MLA Palla Srinivas Rao. DIG A.S.Khan, Professor of Mind Management V. Ravi Kumar, former professor of Oceanography and Meteorology O.S.R.U Bhanu Kumar and Professor of Marine Engineering, Chandra Prasad were the guests of honour. Appreciating the Academyâ€™s efforts, Palla stressed on the importance of hospitality industry and its growth. The ethnic ramp walk was the highlights of the cultural programme replete with dances, skits and mimes. The freshers were cheered and given a warm welcome.
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Eenadu media group Chairman, Ch.Ramoji Rao inaugurated V-Hotel and shared his views with owners of the hotel Venkateswara Rao and Vinay Kumar and others. Rao said that now the demand would be for small hotels with modern facilities. Throwing light on the salient features of the hotel, the owners said that it had all the modern amenities which the guests can ask for. Prominently present at the event were Eenadu MD, C.H.Kiran, Film City MD, Rammohan Rao, Margadarsi MD, Sailaja Kiran, MLAs Velagapudi, Anita, Vasupalli Ganesh, MLC MVVS. Murthi, Ex- MP Yarlagadda Lakshmiprasad, and Andhra University V-C G. Nageswara Rao.
PATRIOTIC FERVOR AT VIGNAN Vignan Vidyalayam School celebrated Independence Day on a grand scale. Chief guest V.Sarada, Editor-in-Chief, red Magazine hoisted the ag and exhorted the students to strive to build a better India. The variety entertainment presented by the students enthralled the audience that included parents of the students. The acrobatics of the students in which they formed into pyramids needs a special mention. Executive Director of the school, Aruna Pappu complemented the students and teachers for their efforts in making the programme a grand success.
AGE CARE ON NEW WHEELS Marking its fourth anniversary, Sneha Sandhya Age Care Foundation announced the expansion of geriatric and palliative care services to reach more needy elders. Visakhapatnam Port Trust donated a Medical Service Vehicle costing Rs.12.73 lakh for this purpose. After handing over the keys of the vehicle, Chairman of V.P.T, Mr.M.T.Krishna Babu said the vehicle would help the medical team to reach help at the patient’s doorstep. Dr.N.S.Raju, the architect of A.C.F threw light on various activities of the ACF. Dr.T.V.S.Rao, Prof. Balamohandas, Dr.Vidya, Ms.Satya and Ms.Supraja also spoke. VIZAGEYE LAUNCHED MP, K.Haribabu called for creation of “plug-and-play” commercial space, after launching the web portal www.vizageye.com and Android app, a CSR initiative of Paramount Online Services (India) Pvt.Ltd. Vizag Eye CEO, Sridhar Kakkerla said, “The portal gives complete information on Vizag and has a helpline-6648888- to provide information to those not familiar with digital technology.” said. MLA Vasupalli Ganesh Kumar and Chief Advisor Vaddadi Sankar, lauded the initiative. Chief Technical Ofﬁcer Mangalampalli Pavan Kumar and BJP East Godavari IT Cell convener Ravikiran Pedireddy were present at the event. red | september 2016 | 22
GITAM HONOURS ILAYARAJA It was a spectacular evening at GITAM with celebrities from various walks of life gracing the venue. The University honoured music legend Ilayaraja, former Supreme Court Chief Justice S.Rajendra Babu and Indian Council of Medical Researchâ€™s former Director-General Nirmal Kumar Ganguly with honorary doctorates and Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences Madhavan Nair Rajeevan with honorary doctorate of Science on its convocation day. As many as 2,625 graduates were awarded degrees of graduation and post-graduation and 35 Ph.Ds in engineering, management, science, pharmacy, architecture and international business courses in the presence of GITAM President Dr. M.V.V.S.Murthi. Graduation certiďŹ cates were presented by Chancellor K.Ramakrishna Rao, Madhavan Nair and Vice-Chancellor M.S. Prasada Rao.
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Max Shows Autumn-Winter 2016 Collection India’s leading fashion brand, Max showcased and launched its Autumn Winter 2016 collection at an amazing Fashion Show at CMR Mall. Chairman of CMR Group Mavoori Venkata Ramana, the chief guest, said that MAX was the ﬁrst customer to utilize the foyer of the CMR Central for the fashion event. Rajesh Guntu, General Manager, red magazine graced this special event as the guest of honour. Commenting at the launch, Vivek Sharma, Assistant Vice-President, Max Retail, said, “Our focus is to bring a change in people to relive the small joys of life with our collection. We want them to begin a new style journey with us.”
Sai Estates Infra celebrates Anniversary Success of any enterprise depends on the services it offers to the customer and this is what we have proven, said Managing Partners, Sai Estates Infra, L.V. Ramana and A. Raju. They were speaking at the event held to mark the second anniversary of the company. Stating that they completed three ventures with ying colours, they said that ﬁve more ventures are in the ofﬁng. The are planned at Kothavalasa, Sabbavaram, Pendurthi, Tagarapuvalasa & Korada, with the objective to provide customers belonging to middle class with suitable plots. The best performers of the company were honoured with cash awards.
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BHARAT RATNA CNR RAO AT GITAM Bharat Ratna CNR Rao, delivered a lecture on ‘Place of India in the world of science - where does it belong’ at the event held to celebrate the 36th GITAM Foundation Day. The eminent scientist Prof. Rao, was bestowed with the GITAM Foundation Award by the President of the university Dr. M.V.V.S. Murthi. Chancellor K. Ramakrishna Rao said that the University is inculcating the value of swadeshi among the students. Vicechancellor M.S.Prasada Rao spoke about the giant strides the University is taking. The University plans to start Agriculture B.Sc. programme in Bengaluru Campus and B.Sc. Nursing Programme in Vizag campus. Best Teacher Award was given to Prof.D.Govinda Rao, Best Supporting Staff Awards to M.Balasubrahmanyam and V.Sankara Rao. Vice-President Prof.M.Gangadhara Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellors Prof.K.Sivarama Krishna, Prof.P.V.Sivapulliah, Prof.N.Sivaprasad, Registrar Prof.M.Potharaju and GOB members participated. An enticing cultural programme was the ﬁtting ﬁnale to the event.
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Pan Asian Fare
amed after the mighty Asian river, Mekong serves cuisines from the six countries that the river ows through – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, China, Vietnam and Myanmar, along with popular Japanese delicacies. The décor here is modern and Oriental, with most elements sourced from South East Asia. The place has both an indoor and an outdoor seating option. The ﬁsh motifs that dot the wall add an element of fun to the whole look of the restaurant. Light music in the background gives a cosy vibe. Coming to food, their Burmese Khowsuey soup is to die for. The avocado and crab meat sushi served with zingy wasabi and pickled ginger is another must try. Dishes like the whole grilled ﬁsh in tamarind and sweet chilly sauce, crispy fried lotus stems, Oriental grilled chicken satay and sliced red | september 2016 | 30
chilly ﬁsh are some of their signature dishes. To end your meal on a sweet note, you must try their coconut jaggery ice cream. The richness of the coconut milk and the sweetness of palm sugar will make you yearn for more. Those who like to experiment with food, can challenge their taste buds with wasabi ice cream which is made of jackfruit and water chestnut, but that is only if you stand the strong smell of jackfruit. Now you know where to head, if you have a weakness for Pan-Asian food. With classy ambience, well informed staff and prompt service, Mekong is certainly a hot favourite that serves the best food in the neighborhood. With meal for two costing Rs.2,000, I must say that the restaurant will certainly not drill a huge hole in your pocket.
Timings: 12.00 to 3.00 pm/ 6.00 to 11.00 pm Contact- 0891 6615151
early sixteen years ago Renu Baid started Ruchica's, a boutique in a small room at her own house in Seetammadhara, offering customers with a wide range of saris and dress materials sourced mainly from Kolkata. As the trend of customized outﬁts picked up, Ruchica's added fabrics and also started selling borders, latkans, patches sourced from Benaras, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Surat. All this while Ruchica's remained a small unit which was working from home, but when demand for her fabrics, saris and custom made out-ﬁts started increasing, Renu thought of expanding her business. So on 14th August, 2014, Renu took Ruchica's to a different level by opening a boutique at Seetammadhara with two member staff and a tailor. With the gaining popularity of the products, Ruchica's shifted to an expanded boutique in a commercial complex at Samppath Vinayak Temple Road in the heart of the city, attracting a wider range of clientele.
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‘Ruchica’s specialty is customized products concentrating mainly in saris, ghaghras and their very special cholis. Renu Baid, the owner says, “These days girls from high school and colleges too love to wear saris and they want mainly chiffon ones because it is easy to manage and drape and they can team them up with mirror work, brocade or sequence work cholis. So we have a lot of two-tone bright coloured chiffons to cater to their needs.” Other products that are high on demand are raw silks and jute pieces. “We too have Benarasi saris and material and also Chanderies from Madhya Pradesh.” The cost of saris ranges from Rs.1,000 to Rs.8,000.
Timings- 10.30 am to 9.00 pm Contact- 9866075201
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garwal’s Images, located near Hotel Greenpark on Waltair Main Road was started in 1994, by Mr. B. K, for whom photography was a passion and not a profession. Over a period of time this studio has developed into a place which offers all the facilities like make-up, picture taking, printing and frame work, everything under one roof. They even provide their clients with outﬁts and props. The centrally located studio has only women staff to keep women clients at easy as they help clients drape their saris and in applying make-up. While taking a tour around the studio I realized that a lot of wonderful things happen around us all the time, but to be able to capture them in the best possible manner is probably a challenge only a few people like Agarwal can meet. Looking at his creations, we realize how he pays attention to every minute detail. Initially, this studio was only into matrimonial portraits, it was in 2008 that he got into wedding photography. If you want memories to last for a lifetime, you will have only one chance to capture the excitement and the spirit of the day and the right place to go to is Agarwal Images. They charge Rs.1,200 for matrimonial photograph and Rs.300 for passport photograph. This is probably the only studio in town which pays that much attention to passport photography. They believe that even while taking a passport sized one, one should keep the profession of the person in mind. Agarwal says, “Appropriate framing enhances the pictures and it is very important that we must take care of it. The colour and size of the frame should also be selected with a lot of care because a bad frame can totally mar a beautiful picture.”
Timing- 9.30 am to 1.30 pm; 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm | Contact- 9849166060
ord spreads like wildﬁre in Vizag, so we doubted there were any hidden salon gems we had yet to unearth. Then a friend with rich lustrous hair brought up the name of Manea. Ruby Singh, a college student says, “When I visited this salon I was awestruck by its cleanliness. I went there for hair colouring. The hairstylist there recommended allover highlights- an unappealing idea to me, since my last visit to some other salon in the city left my hair with orange streaks when I wanted burgundy. So I was a little skeptical. After the hairstylist explained his intension to keep the bottom layers of my short, choppy style from looking unnaturally dark, I acquiesced and he carefully added golden tones throughout. The colour itself took 40 minutes and the shampoo came with a particularly indulgent scalp massage. My hair shone with pretty glints of gold and copper, and now I am happy to say that Manea is my little secret.”
ﬁlm industry and celebrities are a regular visitor here. Located in Muralinagar and covering an area of 1300 sq.ft Manea is sure to add colour and shine to your mane. As the name suggests mane services are their main positive point which include styling, haircuts, hair spa and massaging. They have a passionate team of experts lead by its creative head, Sachin Dakoji. “This is a new branch, but we have another branch in Vizag at Siripuram. The salon also offers pedicure, manicure, waxing, massages, facials, clean ups, body polishing and bridal makeup. Services start from mid range to high range depending on the products used and time taken for the treatment. We try to cater to all and hence we have different ranges as per the needs of the clients,” says Kranthi.
The salon is run by Kranthi Paturi. It is also associated with
Contact- 9866614400 Timings- 7:30 – 7:30 pm all days of the week
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As the creative head puts it, “We put our hands, head and hear to bring out the best in you, by highlighting your plus points and to give the smart and conﬁdent look.”
GET CHIC AT THIS
on chic means good style. There’s only so much that lotions and potions can do before a red carpet and Bon Chic is the right place to be. The tag of this plush salon and spa is, “Your very own beauty spot.” Located in Siripuram, the salon spread over 1,800 sq.ft. Sukanya Sugathan, a new mother, said, “I had a baby and the dark circles to prove it. Desperate for some pampering, I booked an appointment with Bon Chic, who has a reputation for healing sensitive skin. I told the beautician that I was nursing and she prescribed a facial with newly introduced natural ayurvedic products which are safe enough to eat. She then lulled me to sleep with a 30-minute face massage. As I left I marvelled at the difference. I arrived at the salon tired and drained out, but departed radiant and relaxed. I am going back to this place again for facial and body spa.” This is an ideal place where you can ﬁnd some peace, not rattled by gossip sessions and cell phone jabbering. The beauticians and hair stylists are well experienced and trained. They are good at their work and also the way they deal with the customers.
Brands used in the salon are Loreal, o3, Oriame, Cheryls and Mac. For ayurvedic services, they use original herbs and the trained beauticians prepare their own ayurvedic formulations mixing up pure herbs. Prices here are very reasonable. Cost of hair cut starts from Rs.280, facial starts from Rs.500 and they offer bridal makeup using MAC products starting from Rs.5000. The people visiting the salon don’t need rose petals thrown into the foot baths. This sleek and cozy salon and spa is a major upgrade from the similarly priced noisy neighbourhood salons. Durga Devi, the founder, says, “We started Bon Chic to empower women. We constantly improve ourselves by learning from our past mistakes. This made us serve our clients best and most importantly we value our client’s money.”
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ri Srinivasa Yamaha has been in the business of two-wheelers since January, 2009, running three branches in Vizag- Gajuwaka, Madhurawada and Dondaparthy successfully. V. V. Dasaradharami Reddy, Managing Partner of the showroom says, “Most of our clients are young students. Bikes are a big craze amongst them. Going on biking expedition has become an in thing among them and they all prefer a Yamaha bike for it.” All the outlets offer services along with sales and spares. Reddy further adds, “ Our customer goes with perfect documents and that I consider is our biggest strength. When we started the dealership, Yamaha resale was bad, but now Yamaha has the best resale.” Additional space of 2,000 sq.ft was taken to stock up on spare parts. The show stopper of the place is their premium bike R-3. Priced at Rs.3.25 lakh, R3 comes equipped with an excellently reﬁned pair of disc brakes for both its front and rear wheels that gives a good control to the rider. It is crucial for all superbly fast machines on wheels. It has a sporty, classy and tough design with a sturdy built. It
has features- the patent boomerang like side fairing and great rear end with superbly styled sharp tail light. It has a very unique front with a distinct headlight design. The bike is steady even at high speed and offers comfortable rides. The R3’s light steel diamond frame with the engine as a stressed component has excellent rigidity. The rear swing-arm is a pressed steel unit with Yamaha Monocross pre-load adjustable suspension. The front forks are 41mm without any adjustment. A light weight diamond type frame, which is specially made for sports riding, is in line with R series. The riding position is not as extreme like their other R-series model: It is relatively upright offering the rider the beneﬁt of control and comfort, while it is inviting enough for a sporty ride. So go for happy ride! Timings: 9.00 am to 8.00pm | Contact: 08912781575
CENTRE OF ATTRACTION
prawling Vizag Convention Centre, located at Madhurawada, is all about beautiful interiors, elegant ambience, immaculate ﬁnish, high-end upholstery, tastefully done-up foyer and ﬁnally the grand hall. A perfect venue for meetings, marriages and exhibitions, it can serve as a venue for a wide range of events- from large scale happenings of 2000 guests to an intimate gathering of 50. The immaculately maintained lawns, eight guest and meeting rooms are worth a special mention. Blending old-world hospitality and advanced technology, it can give you tailor-made layouts and well-coordinated technical support, advanced AV facilities and natural acoustics. It can be a perfect platform for business meets. Here venues can be customized for wedding and pre-wedding celebrations, guaranteeing privacy and comfort for the bride and groom and their families. It is a one-stop destination that provides catering, suggesting, planning and coordinating cuisine. A team of highly experienced production and technical personnel organize a perfect style, setting and theme and offer customized solutions so the client can pick up any or all services. red | september 2016 | 38
Choice of traditional or contemporary décor with schematic lighting, oral arrangements and table-top layout are added attractions. You can depend on them for photography and videography arrangement. The Centre is the most ideal for exhibitions with capacity to hold for 100 Stalls of 3X3 mt dimensions; 20 ft back entry doors to move equipment, drive-in loading areas and last but not the least is the enormous parking space which can accommodate nearly 400 cars. A team of professionals drawn from hospitality industry and in-house event coordinators can transform any event into a memorable experience. Concierge services- from picking up and dropping guests from hotels to arranging for travel, accommodation- are available with resourceful people handling them efﬁciently. The company proposes to create a one-stop hospitality and entertainment hub by adding a luxury hotel and multiplex in a couple of years to make it a land mark destination in the state.
Office time: 9.00am to 7.00pm Ph no: Gowri Shankar -09515154745
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orning is crisp, breaking the monotony of a sluggish rainy spell. Basking in the bright sunlight is the sprawling Potluri mansion. The lady of the house Mrs.Lakshmi is constantly on her toes making innumerable trips to the kitchen, supervising bustling servants and attending to the grandson. She takes time off to ﬂash an apologetic smile and says, “Sorry for not sitting with you, have guests for lunch and a hundred chores on hand.” If mother is so dynamic and multi-tasking, how is the son going to be - is the obvious thought that comes to mind.
Yes, you are almost there. A smart and savvy youth enters the room with ﬂourish and panache matching his mother and almost instantly settles down to an articulate conversation. Though he is not into the business for long, the young Pavan Kumar Potluri, Managing Director of Potluri Constructions seems to have got a good grasp over the business and talks of its various angles with considerable authority and conviction.
tried his hand at ﬁlm-making and produced a movie Manasu mata vinadu. However, he returned to business, but this time as a realtor.
In the meantime, I obtained BBM degree, pursued M.Sc (Operations Management) from Glasgow, Scotland and returned to Vizag. The environs in which I grew certainly had a great impact on me. Hence, my short stint with a job neither doused my passion Here is the brick by brick account of his for construction nor could it keep me away from its lure. Perhaps that is the successful journey. most natural trajectory to follow. Foundation Like father like son A commerce graduate, my father Mr.Potluri Phaneendra Babu worked for Yes, I did step into this ﬁeld following a transport company before he took to my father’s footsteps but did not tag along with him. I chose a tougher business. So I am the 2nd generation option- constructing residential businessman. He started his tryst with construction in 1985 and can be called complexes while my father stuck to less demanding commercial ventures. the pioneer in building commercial complexes in Vizag. After successfully Agreed, my father did create the Potluri completing 10 projects in 2005, he
brand. Stepping out of his giant shadow, I strove to build my career. Fortunately, my father left me to fend for myself after providing me the launching pad- a site. Hurdles crossed There were one too many. When I entered the ﬁeld in 2011, the construction activity was at its peak in the city and every second person I bumped into, was a builder. Since I was surrounded by formidable and tall rivals, every move, right from the word go, was tough. Despite the much acclaimed Potluri tag, people, looked askance at me because I was barely 24 years old. It is only natural they were apprehensive of leaving their life’s savings in the hands of a green horn like me.
Thorny Path In the ﬁrst place, getting customers was a task in itself. The quality of work that was going on at that point of time did not impress me much. That is why I made ‘quality’ my USP. I didn’t mind letting my proﬁts suffer but certainly not the product. I kept a strict vigil on the minutest of details. I designed my ats and started construction work in April 2012. Meeting the set-deadline, I handed over the completed ats to the owners in March 2013. Now my building stands as a landmark and I am considered a builder who can give his rivals a run for their money.
Track Record I dealt with 700 to 800 customersthree residential and one commercial venture. I involve myself in the entire process right from the conceptual stage to reaching the product to the customer. My education in ﬁnances, marketing and HR came in handy. I know the customers like the back of my hand. Success Mantra Dedication, I sacriﬁced three precious years of my newly married life. Projects Till now I completed four projects, one of which is commercial and three residential. I have three more are on the anvil. All of them are group housing ventures - Madhurawada consisting of 50 apartments, Mithulapuri -150, and Yendada -25.
Residential Vs Commercial Erecting commercial structures and marketing them is easier as compared to building residential units. In commercial ventures, it is all about creating a prototype and replicating it, which can be done with least stress. In residential sector, a builder has to deal with innumerable customers with varied tastes. I love challenges, hence I am here. In a cluster of houses, we have to make each one distinctive and different from the others. While you ﬁnd one or two commercial complexes coming up in a locality, you see group housing ventures mushrooming, indicating the cutthroat competition in this particular sector.
State Bifurcation There are two sides of the coin, but let me talk of disadvantages ﬁrst. As the
People come to us with their dreams and a certain mind-set. We have to read the customer’s mind and meet his expectations. Nowadays even a person with modest budget wants to have an aesthetically appealing and functional house. It is tough to satisfy him. One has to be very creative and patient as well. Though I have quite a few architects working for me, I do my own designs and guide the customers.
investors moved to Vijayawad which is the new capital region, even the builders moved along with them. Only 40% strong minded and the brand builders like us stayed back struggling to run their businesses. Lack of ﬁnancial rotation too affected all trades, including the construction. Coming to advantages I should admit that the split gave the city a new identity. After the dust settled down, people are recognising the place as a stylish and cosmopolitan city. The ‘Smart City’ tag added to its sheen.
Dream Project A unique gated community with rich greenery- that’s what my dream is all about. The customers should get all the facilities on their campus, full of buildings with novel elevations.
Favourite project My ﬁrst projectPotluri Resid Homes
Principles Trust and quality product
Expansion Right now only Vizag
Signature services Elevation and interiors
Inspiration My father
CSR activities Some in the ofﬁng
Tip to New Comers If you want to know what real life is, you come to this profession. We not only savour the scent of the soil, but also learn many lessons. You have to be passionate about each and every angle of business and know what you are doing every day. Family I tied the knot with Sri Divya and joined the business in the same year in 2011. Sri Arush (5years) and Ananya (9 months) are our two most precious bundles of joy. red | september 2016 | 41
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or a long time, India has been on the radar of European dairy industry. It was also a known fact that many big players like Campina, Kerry Group were eyeing our country to ﬁnd dairy space. In 2004, a US-based ﬁrm grabbed a major stake in Dynamix Dairy of Baramati, but it is a very small ﬁrm. The real historic development took place when Groupe Lactalis, the world’s largest dairy company, acquired 100% stake in Titumala Milk Products Pvt. Ltd, the state’s largest private enterprise. The man behind this mega project that brought in a revolutionary change in Indian dairy market is Mr.Battini Nageswara Rao. He, along with four friends, founded the company in1996 and took it to the dizzy heights, expanding it to eight states, running 120 chilling stations and most importantly, providing livelihood for 35,000 direct and indirect employees.
Not content with being one of the best milkmen of India, Rao tried his hands in many other ﬁelds, running varied businesses successfully. Now turning his attention to the real estate, he chose the City of Destiny, to break new grounds. If you expect Rao to be a suited and booted suave business tycoon with airs, you are certainly in for a great surprise. He looks handsome, smart, digniﬁed and at peace with himself. Untouched by the pomp and show that fame and wealth bring along, he can be passed off as an erudite pundit, with a spot of kumkum on his forehead enhancing his radiance.
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In a Sunday morning interview, Mr.Rao talks of his extraordinary journey, how he started from the scratch, built the inter-state dairy network and created special niche for himself in various trade sectors. EXCERPTS Why are you venturing into a new arena- real estate? Real estate transactions are not new to me, per se. I have been acquiring properties in various places as my business has its tentacles well penetrated in many states. I started my journey in the world of transport with Lakshmi Ganapathi Lorry Service in 1990 and diversiﬁed into
many sectors. Now I am here at Bhimali with Bathini Greenlands & Infra Projects Pvt. Ltd. How do you describe your objective and the launch? Our entry to the real estate world is very smooth because I acquired 40 acres of land with ofﬁcially approved layout plans and to our great delight, already 40 per cent of the project is marketed. I came here with a very noble objective of providing housing to middle class segment. After food and clothes, shelter is the basic necessity for human beings. Having a house for his family is deﬁnitely the dream of every man.
People from middle classes save every possible penny to provide this facility for their children. I am here to help at least some of them to realise their dreams. I have earned enough to keep my family in comfort. So I do not intend to make big bucks on this project. Keeping the margin at 5%, I wish to take the facility to as many people as possible. I am going to play supervisory role, while my son Venkatesh handles the project. The Three Es Exploring, experimenting and expanding have been my motto as I tried my hand in varied and totally unrelated ﬁelds. By God’s grace all the enterprises I tried my hand in, yielded rich dividends. Don’t you know- Success succeeds success. Tell us about your journey till now? I hail from Narasarao Pet, a small town near Guntur. Being the eldest son in a family of 12 children, the responsibility of earning came on my shoulders at a very tender age. I joined my father who was in transport business. With sheer hard work and resolve, I worked my way up and oated my own company Lakshmi Ganapathi Lorry Transport in 1990. Later, I oated Mani Financial Company and followed it up with Venkata Tirumala Chit Fund Private Ltd. Eventually, my tryst with dairy began when I started supplying milk to Heritage Dairy. In 1997 there was an unprecedented glut in milk production and marketing the product became tough and even Heritage couldn’t lift our stock. That was when I thought of starting my own dairy and the Tirumala Milk Products Pvt. Ltd came into existence. Then there was nothing that was stopping me. It was quickly followed by Pragathi Milk Products Pvt. Ltd, Bhaktanjaneya Milk Foods Pvt Ltd. and Janakirama Diary Pvt. Ltd. Being in Guntur, no businessman can ever resist the temptation of setting up a cold storage and I established Tirumala Cold Storage Pvt. Ltd. Please tell us about dairy market in which you excelled? Liquid pasteurised milk has always been the mainstay for native dairies for years. As much as 80% revenue used to come
from liquid milk and 20% from the other milk products. But of late, they have realised the importance of value-added products and turned their focus to milk derivatives. This made international brands look at the potential of Indian market. Although dairy was a low-margin business, Tirumala grew rapidly constantly pushing up its proﬁt margins. In the ﬁnancial year 2013, it reported 21% increase in its turnover garnering Rs.1,424.11 cr. It outpaced even Hatsun Dairy, India’s largest private sector dairy. With great pride, I tell you world famous Danone too tried to acquire Tirumala, but the negotiations did not yield a deal. Ultimately, Groupe Lactalis won the race
students bagged plum jobs. I want to set up more educational institutions to reach help to wider circles. Through Battina Nagamma Charitable Trust, which I established in the name of my mother, I give help and aid to the needy, especially in education and health sector. As the Chairman Narasaraopet Government General Hospital, I gave the 100-bed hospital a facelift and it is being expanded to a 300-bed hospital. Some poignant events in your life Since I came from a very modest background, I understand the troubles and travails of the common man. I never ever dreamt of being in the position I am now. I never advertised nor did I ever alighted a stage giving speeches, yet Chief Minister Mr.Chandrababu Naidu offered me Narasaraopet seat to contest in 2014 elections which I politely refused because politics is not my cup of tea. I consider my walking with four friends on this magniﬁcent success path as the biggest blessing and most signiﬁcant achievement. In Brief Business through fair means, possible? Corruption is everywhere. Yet, one can survive and succeed through fair means in business, if one resolves to be upright. Ambition Extending help to the middle-income group.
and the deal value, which is the biggest transaction, closed at Rs.1750 cr. Tell us about your CSR activity? I understand the value of education. Though I reached dizzy heights in business, I always regret missing out on education. To ensure that the underprivileged should not suffer the same fate as mine, I established Tirumala Engineering College in Jonnalagadda, where 2,000 students are studying. As many as1,000 of our
Gratification There was not a single gaffe, though I dealt with a life-giving supplement like milk for so many years. Disturbing trade trait Adulteration of food products which has a direct effect on human health. Principles I have never been overambitious. I would produce only the quantity which is saleable taking into consideration its shelf-life. red | september 2016 | 43
Values Material possessions have zero appeal for me. I value action. Sector close to heart Education. Other than work I am on my toes from 6.00am to 10.00 pm. My life revolves round my business and family. Tip to new comers Don’t expect results without hard work.
THE RISING SON For some fathers, allowing their children take the lead role in their business can be a difﬁcult proposition. If they become apprehensive of their initial steps, they also become protective of the children who are stepping into a whole new world without any support of experience. But Mr.Battini Nageswara Rao, the dairy tycoon, says watching his son Venkatesh enter real estate business has been a source of pride. He reposes immense conﬁdence in his son’s capability and calibre. “Why not?” asks he adding, “He is educated and qualiﬁed. Hence he is better equipped and stands on a better ground compared to me who came to the ﬁeld as a mere teenager without a penny in the pocket.” An MBA degree-holder, Venkatesh initially appears a bit shy and self-effacing but he opens up once his project becomes the focus of conversation. With understandable enthusiasm of a newcomer, who is taking his ﬁrst ever step into world of business, Venkatesh talks of his upcoming real estate project in the city. EXCERPTS Why did you prefer Vizag to Narasaraopet, your native place as the launching pad? Its scenic beauty arrested my attention red | september 2016 | 44
and engaged my interest. This region is very peaceful and hassle-free. I am conﬁdent that tradesmen with fair intentions can transact business without fear and stress here. I ﬁnd the locals are very good natured and soft spoken. The capital region is becoming crowded and congested. After the split Vizag, has assumed the importance which the city rightly deserves. Are you here on your own accord or is it your father’s wish? Yes, it is my father’s decision to make foray into real estate trade and I too endorsed it. To be frank, I would have
We both can take certain liberties with each other. I know he will go that extra mile to help me and he knows I shall always stand by him. Did you do your homework? What are the features that attract you in this field? I have been studying various aspects of real estate and learning the ropes. I learnt people are on lookout for new designs with modern amenities. I shall strive to provide my customers with everything unique. What are the problems you face? Time management. We can't complete all the tasks we expect to do in a day. Sometimes I ﬁnd us exceeding the set budget while executing the plans. Your father feels that his lack of education stood in his progress, do you agree with him?
preferred to stick to the dairy business. But it was a decision taken by the group. I have every intention of pursuing my dream once I establish in this ﬁeld. My ambition is to go into manufacturing industry which is related to food products. My wife Sai Suma and my parents-in-law are in education sector. Hence that is also an area of interest for me. I wish to open a school with all modern amenities, You are the only son of a successful entrepreneur, your take? I certainly have an edge over my father, who set out on his journey with empty pockets and a huge family commitment to meet. I know how he struggled to put bits and pieces together to build this business empire. I am lucky to inherit not only his wealth but also the goodwill that he earned. Hence I have a great head start and hope to meet my father’s expectations. Family dynamics always work. There is a greater loyalty.
Education or no education, one can succeed in any ﬁeld, if he or she is equipped with practical knowledge. However, education smoothens rough edges and adds sheen to one’s persona. That is the reason why I wish to get into education sector and establish schools that can create high quality students and citizens.
CaféSafari By V. Sarada & Lachmi Deb Roy Shoot by Dhana Vijay
hey are at once cosy and cramped; cheap and costly; dish out signature recipes and regular cuisine; provide enough privacy and adequate publicness; good for quick gulps and leisure bites; armed
with intellectual props like books and wiﬁ and entertaining picture walls, they are the lifeline for socialising young students during the day and early evenings and fun-seeking older crowd later in the evening. It is a great food experience for the family. They are popular with working women who crave for a short break and time-at-hand housewives for their informal huddles and not so formal kittie parties. These mushrooming hangouts are ushering in a new era of coffee culture. We ﬁnd out how the City of Destiny, with its laid-back attitude and conservative spirit, is taking to this new phenomenon. Take a tour with us to these nine hot spots.
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FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER
BAKE MY WISH
THE GALLERY COFFEE &KITCHEN KALOREEZE
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his classy hangout, ‘Coffee and
Kitchen’ is the brainchild of three
friends of Timpany School, Vizag,
Tarun Makhijani, Sumesh Makhijani and Shabbir Ali. It is a house-turned-into a café. Tarun and Umesh are brothers. After their
The Place If coffee makes you happy and high and you are one of those arty intellectual types who enjoys reading books and appreciates art and culture ‘Coffee and Kitchen’ is the place for you. Located in one of the bustling streets of Vizag, this is the latest happy and happening place for all social people. The ambience is very old school and rustic and that is what makes the place all the more interesting. With books arranged all over the place and intricate wooden work, this place makes one wonder whose creation is this beauty. When asked about where they got this bright idea about interiors from, Tarun said, “We were influenced by a friend who gave a vivid description of
Tarun | Sumesh | Shabbir Ali
graduation they got into the family business.
cafes in Indonesia, after his visit to that country. That is what made us come up with this unique place.” Inexpensive waffles, pancakes, candies, sandwiches and endless cups of coffee grace the snack menu. This particular café has a high energy-yet-relaxed vibe which makes the place ridiculously interesting. This place did not just raise the level of coffee spots in the city; it became one of the first of what had previously been a rarity in Vizag. Name Game Initially, we started off with Ouch six years ago and added Coffee and Kitchen to it. As a collective unit we call it ‘Gallery’. The Journey The three bum chums from school were passing by this place one fine day and saw the ‘tolet’ board. They visited the place and came up with an idea of opening a coffee
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Meer Shabbir Ali is a renowned tattoo artist. The idea was to club art and coffee and that was how ‘Coffee and Kitchen’ was born.
shop which also includes a tattoo studio. Food for Thought The place is known for its waffles, pancakes and sandwiches. Managed by experienced chef, the menu offers delicacies prepared using authentic ingredients. The multifarious snacks can make your taste buds and tummy go yearning for more. Variety of pancakes made to perfection with authentic maple syrup and their special coffee are recommended. Hot Spot It is hot because it has got the best coffee available in the neighborhood. This is the place to go for friendly service that is also precise about what is in the cup. An excellent afternoon option, when the sun plays hide and seek and you can gaze out onto the bustling street. The quite vibe helps people to concentrate on work projects and book reading.
Expansion Plans “We want to open an ice-cream corner in the same Café,” says, Sumesh. They plan to expand Pan India.
Local Response People love this place more because of the way it is done up and the standard of its coffee. “We never had any problem with anyone, everyone whom we worked with were very supportive,” adds Tarun.
Chicken and kidney beans wrapped in a tortilla and with the cheese melting in the mouth is one of those ideal dishes which can be had at any time of the day.
Unforgettable Incident Tarun says, “When we were running trials, we had Indian Fleet Review going on in Visakhaptnam and had foreigners visiting our café. We got compliments for our coffee, waffles and our interiors. We felt really accomplished. Since the accolades came from both foreigners and our own people, we were elated.”
candies are a delight to the tummy. It is a perfect breakfast place offering sausages, Nutella Pancakes mashed potatoes, baked This pancake is made to beans, poached eggs with perfection and it is slathered toast, pancakes, juices, coffee with Nutella chocolate-hazelnut and more. spread, a must try. Wallet Value Writer’s Choice Rs.100 to Rs.250 The crowd loves their pastas burgers and burittos too. And the waffles and marsh mellow
Tips to New Entrants Confidence is the key to survive in this field and always remain positive.
WAFFLES HIGHPOINTS Hey Days Friday, Saturday and Sunday
“It’s a popular destination for naval officers, young office and college goers and professors of Andhra University,” says Tarun. In the morning hours, it is a great place for young people from the office spaces nearby and they too come in the evening to grab coffee and little conversation. The calmness of the place has made it is a hotspot for intellectuals too. Unique Features The coffee mug shaped chairs is one of the unique features of the place. They allow you to click pictures with your friends in the café and then the photo can be stuck on the walls. It is the only coffee shop clubbed with a tattoo studio. HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? THE GALLERY Siripuram Junction, Opp. HSBC. Contact: 9494665565 Timings : 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Team up your Mojito with crunch waffles and scoops of ice creamfeel the magic. POINT OF VIEW •
I loved the décor and in short, I can say the place took my breath away. I love sitting on the coffee cup chairs and reading those lovely collection of books. In short, a very aesthetically done up Café- Ananya Gupta, artist
This is an ideal place to be when you have to finish up with your assignments. It’s calm and quiet and I love the location of the café because it is in the heart of the city. I love their juices which are served in those mason mugs.- Seelakshmi Rao, a student
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rinivas Babu is an entrepreneur hailing from a family that owns the business of Construction Stone Aggregates. He has always been passionate about tourism, hospitality and food. His ventures Bayfornt Horse Club, Rockdale Hotel and Gallops not only speak about his passion for hospitality and tourism, but also for his love for the Smart City to whose cap he added these shining feathers. attention to the theme and his passion for equestrian sport.
The Place The ambience has to be understandably unique as it is the brainchild of Srinivas Babu, who is known for his out of the box concepts and innovative endeavours. Set in equestrian theme, café sports a casual look. Its rustic interiors are applauded for their distinctive looks and aesthetic values. He conceptualized and executed the interiors, with the help of his team. Use of wood and other natural elements gives the interiors a natural aura. Wooden grid ceiling, Bamboo Chandelier, Wooden Wall ledges, Photo frames, Carved Horse portrait are some of the highlights. However, the canvas picture of the owner, galloping on the horse on Vizag Beach, draws your red | september 2016 | 50
The beginning “It all began with Bayfront Horse Club coming up at Sagar Nagar. We thought that it would be nice to have a café near the riding facility where the riders and horse-lovers can sit and share their experiences and exchange ideas. Finding Sagar Nagar where the horse club was located rather far, we started looking for a more viable option. Ushodaya Junction in MVP colony surfaced as the right alternative for two reasons. One- it is more accessible to students and families and two- it lies en route the club.” Name Game Gallop is the most exciting word in the horse world. … The thought of a horse galloping excites people and signifies vibrancy and energy. Hence the name GALLOPS Hurdles Overcome “The location has been rather
inappropriate and this has been the biggest challenge. People who come to Gallops appreciate the place and whatever publicity we get is only through word of mouth. Ironically, despite the fact that it is located next to Spencer’s at Ushodaya Junction, it is not too visible and not prominently projected. Hence it doesn’t catch the eye of the passers-by.” Local Response Both ambience and food have always been greatly appreciated. The guests never fail to come again and have only good words, for the eatery. That is the reason for its survival though it is a wee bit oddly located. On the flip side, many prefer the café for its location as it doesn’t attract unwanted crowds. It is a place for casual eat that fits the budget of all and attracts all genres. It is soon completing three years of successful run.
USP Minced chicken burgers- no other place other fluff it up like we do. It is served as a delicacy in most of the birthday parties held here. Unforgettable Incident.. Students from Andhra University College were so mesmerised by the unconventional interiors that they wanted to know who the designer was. The architecture students were all praise and appreciation for the work. They went around the place for more than an hour asking various questions about the elements of design. This inspired Srinivas Babu to come up with yet another place with unique design elements- Hotel Rockdale near Seven Hills Hospital. Future Plans Many people suggested that a place like this must be in the centre of the city and hence the management has been actively looking for a place to expand its operations to Siripuram and nearby areas. Adding Mexican cuisine to the menu is also being considered. Profile of Clientele Students appreciate the place and cuisine a lot and visit it quite often.
It is a very popular venue for birthday parties for children. People are often seen with their children at dinner time here. Overall, it has a mixed crowd of students and people with classy backgrounds and with a taste for international cuisine.
Gallops survives. Always make sure to locate your place in such a manner that it has good visibility. Visibility plays a keen role in garnering revenue and that is where Gallops is stuck at times and misses substantial revenue. As long as you maintain good quality of product and pricing is reasonable, you are sure to succeed in Vizag.
Tips to New Entrants. You must rely on repeat clientele and word of mouth references. That is how
GRILLED SPINACH CORN SANDWICH •
Writer’s Choice Pastas, Lasagne, barbecue chicken Sandwich and Tikka sandwich, Shaslik and Stongan are variety for the rice lovers, Kathi Rolls are a must try and our chocolate cake is really yummy.
Wallet Value Minimum - Rs.75 & Maximum –Rs. 250 per person
Spinach and corn are a deadly combination and when mixed with dollops of butter, cheese and mayonnaise, it is absolutely yummylucious. The sandwich is grilled to perfection and is healthy, but not compromising on the taste.
POINT OF VIEW
VEG GOURMET PIZZA
• Well! Here is the best place for chicken lasagna. The white chocolate on melting brownie is just a scoop full of heaven. The ambiance is so amazing. Images of horses and vintage gears give it a pleasant and descent look. Service and quality of food are good. The best part is free wifi -Pravallika Lanka • My favuorite is chicken lasagne with garlic bread. The rodeo theme of the cafe is nice. I had the best chocolate doughnut, filled with cream apart from the chocolate topping. I'm definitely gonna come here to satisfy the doughnut craving: Ujval Pradhan
There is a Lounge Room for parties. Customized menus for birthday and kitty parties is their specialty. Catering for parties with unique continental and Chinese cuisine at affordable rates has been the key to the success of the cafe. Birthday and party cakes here are very unique. Added Attractions They host theme parties and are always open to customizing a menu. The party menus here are very unconventional and different. Hey Days The mornings are packed with students and at dinner time you often see families thronging the place. Weekends are the best time for a comfy meal.
Have you been here? GALLOPS, Location: Ushodaya Junction , Besides Spencer’s Mart, Lawsons Bay main road leading to the beach. Time: 11.00am to 10.pm Contact: 0891 2525795 /+91 8499992458
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Flying Spaghetti Monster
The Place The ambience is simple and cozy, with a rather minimalistic look. FSM is a casual dining space and the interiors reflect that. Ajay says, “I did the interior design for the Vizag outlet all by myself. It was my first project. If I were given a second chance, I am sure I will definitely do a much better job.” The Beginning I always wanted to start my own eaterie, for years. Since the restaurant business is capital-intensive, I had to save money before I could start it. After six years of running my software business, I could finally afford to realise my dream. I am a food-venturer, always travelling in search
jay, the founder of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), is certainly a high flying restaurateur, managing the outlets in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Vizag. We catch him on a long distant interview. His story in his own words “I am a libertarian, entrepreneur, amateur chef and a coder. I am selftaught. Setting foot in the world of business, I founded and ran my own software company in 2005, specializing in open source development stacks. And in 2011, I opened the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a specialty Italian restaurant in Vizag. “ of great food. This is an ongoing journey that I embarked on, more than a decade ago. In 2011, I took the plunge. Italian cuisine was the most obvious choice for me for two reasons. One- it is my favourite and two- I have gained a tremendous insight into it. Why Vizag? There are multiple reasons. First and foremost of them was Vizag, with focus exclusively on Indian food, really lacked options in world cuisines. Since I hail from the place, I enjoy the comfort of hometown. Of course, I knew it would be the toughest market for a unique concept like this, but I am an insatiable explorer and decided to take up the challenge. I also believed that if I make it work and get the people accept my food, I could make it work anywhere else in the country. Name Game We all know, the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe and then the planets in the shape of meatballs. It is an inside
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joke for those who get it and those that don’t, it is a pretty cool name. Hurdles overcome One of the biggest challenges was getting the exotic products imported, since we get them from Italy and other parts of Europe. Importers of these products are available in cities like Mumbai or Bangalore. But no one ships them to Vizag directly. So we used to get material shipped from Mumbai to Hyderabad and have a dedicated person to ship it again to us here. Local Response It was amazing and I never expected this sort of a response. When I opened in 2011, there were hardly any specialty restaurants and ours was the first Italian one in the city. Many people advised me against this move. But unheeded, I went ahead as I had to give it a shot.
USP We serve a huge range of authentic Italian cuisine. A lot of exotic products like imported bacon/ham and also smoked salmon, which you don’t usually find in most places, are on our platter. We are also a cheeky no-nonsense brand and I think our customers love us for that. Unforgettable Incident It was the fifth or sixth day after we opened. We had a full house with people waiting for tables. There were just four of us on the job (To put things in perspective we have 18 people working today): one doing the dishes, one in the kitchen, two taking orders, making the mocktails and serving. It was crazy and chaotic. Yet we managed to pull it off. My legs were numb by the closing time and I couldn’t even walk. I can’t forget that day.
Writer’s Choice The Supremo pasta and the Bomb. * The pizza alla vodka: It is a great combination of bacon, pineapple, red chili peppers and parmesan cheese on a perfectly baked thin crust pizza. Must-trys are their Italian thin crust pizzas and fresh home-made pastas with authentic flavours.
Hey Days All days Wallet Value A meal for two people costs around Rs.800.
POINT OF VIEW
Future Plans Currently FSM is present in three cities. I opened the fourth outlet in Hyderabad a few days ago. I plan to take it to all other major cities in South India soon. After that I shall consider expanding pan India and think of taking it to the international level.
Though the price is a little on the higher side, I must say that it is one of the places that serves the best Italian dishes. The freshly baked bruchettas with generous doze of parmesan cheese and olives makes me feel that I am in some town in Italy.”- Sunayna Singh, College Student.
What I love best about the place is the authenticity of the ingredients. I like the thin crust pizzas and the chicken pasta in white sauce. Though the place is a little small, but since it has a sitting arrangement outside I don’t think we should complain.- Rana Deb, Software engineer.
Highpoints Salient Features Authentic Italian cuisine The Gang A varied and happy mix with a lot of expats, tourists, college students, naval officers and families.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? Address: G2, Sai Dakshata Complex, Opp Waltair Club/Governors Bungalow Contact ph.no and email id: 0891-2766652 / firstname.lastname@example.org Timings: 12 pm to 11 pm | Open 7 days a week
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S.G.Samir Verma, Lallu Bhai & Sashikanth
The Place As the name suggests, Moksha meaning salvation or something to do with spirituality, but don’t expect any complimentary yoga classes or vegan food. However, their delicious South Asian cuisine can keep your spirits high. The ambiance is light, friendly and social. Set away from the bustling streets, down an easily missed alley at Daspalla Hills, this restocafe offers very pleasant cups of coffee. Aficionados of Moksha will not be disappointed by the fan-cooled ambience. Inexpensive momos, thukpas, sizzlers and Thai food grace the menu. The concept of ‘Moksha’ was born from red | september 2016 | 56
oksha is owned and run by S.Sashikanth, G.Samir Verma and Lallu Bhai. Sashi is an entrepreneur, who specialises in the marketing and advertising, is also running an e-services related firm. He shifted to Vizag from Hyderabad for his graduation and since then has been here. His passion for food brought him to the industry. Samir is a technocrat who runs an engineering firm in Vizag’s Auto Nagar. He did his schooling in Visakha Valley and studied mechanical engineering from Raghu Engineering College. He too is a die-hard foodie and the desire to feed people is what brought him to this line. Lallu Bhai is a GITAM pass out. After having worked in multiple MNCs ranging from software giants to Vizag Steel Plant, he wanted to chase his dream and stay away from the corporate rat race. He followed his heart and did what he always wanted to do i.e. be a part of the food industry. Moksha’s pillar of strength is their very friendly manager, S.K.Javed Ali without him, this restocafe would not have been what it is today.
our visit to Kashi where we used to go regularly. The cafe amalgamates the idea of spirituality, food and art to offer a wholesome experience to the people Samir says, “We believe in two thingsfirstly, we want to stay as rustic, unspoilt and original as possible and secondly, we believe that any business, built on selfish motives benefits only a single entity, but when the establishments are socially-centred, then it contributes to the upliftment of the society. We wanted to contribute to the society in a positive way and hence we employed waiters
with hearing disability. We also conduct music sessions and stand-up comedy shows by local artistes and enthusiasts.” Hurdles Overcome “There are always hurdles in anything new that you start, our experience hasn't been any different from others.
It is always about overcoming them and sailing through the hard times,” they say.
EGG SLIDE PIZZA
Moksha is a dream come true for these youngsters who they believe that god helps those who help themselves. Hot from the oven with farm fresh egg, baked to perfection just the way you want it - not too soft or crispy. It is topped with mozzarella cheese and boiled egg. It is garnished with Oregano and chilli flakes. Don’t miss the fresh basil leaf.
Inspiration Behind the Décor “Since Moksha is our brainchild it is entirely done by us from the scratch,” says Sashikanth. This restocafe is a house turned into a café. It is an ideal place for some peace and calm. The décor is inviting and the food is relatively cheap and made with love under the supervision of the Café Manager, Javed. The interiors have a very basic concept which is rustic and spiritual. It is done up with Buddha statues , picked up from Nepal, Tibet and Malaysia.
Writer’s Choice Chicken sizzler, Chicken Momos, Khao Pad kai (Thai styled Chicken Fried Rice) Nutella chocolate pancake, Banana honey pancake
Expansion Plans It has been a successful one year in the city and they intend to expand it further. Not playing safe and dreaming big is the aim of these youngsters. Money Matters “We dream big, but at the same time we are very level-headed too and hence we believe in keeping our shell small,” says Sashikanth. He further adds, “We are blessed to have very supportive friends and family and we work together as a team.”
Hey Days- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Wallet Value - Meal for two is Rs.300 to Rs.700
I love this place because it is one of the few places to hangout in the city. The service is good and they have a cause behind it which is all the more appealing. Few items are good here, for example the drinks especially the ‘Red Lama’ which is a proper homemade one and is very healthySuparna Sinha, Teacher. Moksha Restocafe has its own unique vibe, ambience, music and heart that is carefully woven around the concept of calm and peace. More than the food you eat, and the bill you pay; it is the heart of the place and the conversations you might catch up with the people here is what makes your experience a true one.- Rockesh Reddy, Director, Kalaya Tasmai Namaha
H I G H P O I N T S
POINT OF VIEW
Unique Features If you go to Banglore or Hyderabad and most metros, house-turned-commercial establishments are not new. Vizag is slowly trying to bring that one to add some personal touch to the restaurants. Moksha is also a house turned into a restaurant and that is what makes the place all the more inviting. The calm and peace that you can get by sitting in this place cannot be matched to hangout joints in the city. The Gang Being a Restocafe, we serve a wide array of beverages and food, therefore their clientele is a good mix of people from all walks of life. They have students, young working people, families, who all are very fond of their concept and food. Apart from that, it is also a hub for musical and cultural activities as they take special efforts to organise music gigs and start up meets. They aim to be a culturally happening place in Vizag.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? MOKSHA, 11-9-5/1, 94, Ootagadda Road, Daspalla Hills. Contact: 8125000902. Timings- 8 am to 12 pm
SATYA AND PAVAN
hree buddies Sumanth, Satya and Pavan are the architects behind the Plot 17, hangout doesn’t look like one by any stretch of imagination. While Sumanth and Satya are college drop outs, Pavan says he has no claim to such ‘fame’. Pavan is a former TCS employee and is into commodity trading and owns a startup -dhamaalkart, an exclusive online crackers delivery store.
Buddies one PLoT The Place Tucked away in a residential colony, Plot-17 looks like any other high-end residence. It is calm, offbeat and peacefully ‘bon apetitive.’ The interiors are the reflection of random thoughts of the founders. Sumanth’s friend Ritvik, an artist, filled in a few gaps, making it wholesome and aesthetic. The Beginning “Though we initially started with an idea of opening a coffee shop, somewhere down the line, we realised
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Sumanth was into event management and he says, “Of course, I am not inot organising marriage event. I am more into farewells and parties,” He owns a 3D printing start-up named WHOOP. Satya was a partner in Bowl N Roll, passionate about cooking. “Of course not the regular stuff, Continental, Italian and that kind of stuff,” he too adds. Sumanth and Satya used to meet regularly in Bowl and Roll. One day, all of a sudden, they thought they should start a hang out place of their own. They thought two is good but three would be better and Pavan, Satya’s friend came on board to partner with them.
that we have a great cook among us -Satya, who can dish out a wide variety of delicacies. It is only natural, we upgraded to a café. Name Game Simple! The name came from the address, without any spending too much time and thought over it. Hurdles Overcome A lot, but nothing worth mentioning or publishing. We accepted hurdles as an inevitable part of the package one gets while starting anything good.
Local response Simply wonderful! We gave Vizag what it didn’t have and the people reciprocated our favour with their love. USP As mentioned earlier, we gave Vizag what it didn’t have. Our menu and ambience say it all.
Future Plans Our intent is to turn houses into peaceful cafés. We have a few projects in the pipeline and are getting a few decent proposals from investors. But our policy is ‘find the right place and passionate franchisees.’
GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST WITH MUSHROOM SAUCE & BABY VEGETABLES
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Chicken Steak with Mashed Potatoes and stir fried exotic vegetables. The chicken is well done and juicy with a generous helping of butter. Season the chicken breast for about 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and the juices run clear. Writer’s Choice Pastas - People love our mixed sauce pastas. Biryani is a must try. A wide verity of French fries and ice tea they offer. Latin French fries is the show stopper. Wallet-Value It may appear a bit on higher side but our guests get their money’s worth. The best thing is we don’t charge extra taxes, it’s all inclusive in the price list.
It makes us feel at home with the ambience and food. The must try is their biriyani. I have been a regular guest here for the past four months. - Naveen Chandra, Proprietor, Navratan Estates.
Variety, quality of food, ambience, music- everything about this place is cool. I wish we had this kind of restaurant near our college. I am head over heels in love with this place. - Mr.Rahul, Student, GITAM.
POINT OF VIEW
“People who visit us certainly don’t get drowned into their cell phones as they do in other places. The ambience and features of the place are more engrossing. If you want to spend quality time with people you love or read books in peace from our huge collection of books, it's definitely a must visit. We have a few props, and a photo booth. The photo wall, where we place photographs of some guests and their lovely moments captured in camera.
SAUSAGE STUFFED OMLETTE It consists of chicken sausages, fried egg. The chicken sausages cooked in BBQ sauce along with the fries are topped with lounge made thousand island sauce and a fried egg.
Hey Days Lunch, evenings and dinner times. And of course, the weekends are jam packed. The Gang We get students, families. And not to forget Naval crowd, who enjoys the dinner here, it’s always a pleasure serving them.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? PLOT NO 17 , Gangapur layout , Governor's bungalow Siripuram. Contact info :8500144144 , 8985133133 Timings: 12.00 noon to 10.00 pm | Mail id : email@example.com red | september 2016 | 61
He came, he saw
he man behind Percolator is Manudeep Reddy. He has been a coffee addict since his childhood. For this B.Tech engineer from Hyderabad, it was a dream to start a coffee shop overlooking the beach. The desire took a concrete shape, when he visited Vizag. He instantly decided to open a coffee shop on the Beach Road. “I knew that there would be a lot of risks in it. Yet I made this impulsive move to Vizag,” says Manudeep.
The Place If you want to catch up with some sea breeze and banter with your friends over a cup of coffee, the best place to go to is Percolator. This place offers something that none other can- the sea view. You can admire the sun-set, the sunrise and the roar of the waves as you relax on those swinging chairs strategically fixed in the balcony of the cafe. The indoor setting is rather formal with comfortable couches and glass top tables. You can even conduct a business meeting, sipping a latte. The food is a standard fare with a little bit of everything – Indian, Chinese and
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Mexican dishes thrown in, so that it can appeal to clientele from all walks of life. Right now it is a trial menu and they are planning to revamp it up soon. They are even inviting opinions and suggestions of the clients for this purpose. The tweaked menu will be up and running very soon. This is probably the only café in the neighbourhood which is open 24X7. There is a sense of lazy elegance about this coffee shop. A very common scene here is to see young people sitting near the glass panels that gives a brilliant view of the sea over a cup of coffee as possible. When you come here you are bound to get into the slow pace — glancing through the glass, enjoying a smoke and reading the newspaper as if time has stopped ticking.
The Beginning Manudeep says, “Though I started with the intension of setting up a coffee shop, I had to change my course as people started demanding meals. Hence, I crafted the entire menu as per the demands of the customers. Since I am a foodie and a coffee-lover too, I wanted that my coffee shop should have multi cuisine.” Hurdles Overcome “Hurdles are an inevitable part of any new project. Getting a team of trained and disciplined staff is the biggest problem in Vizag. Secondly, I believe only great ingredients can make great food. Hence I always go for the best quality of ingredients, even if I have to pay more. The problem here is that nobody can ensure me of a continuous supply of these ingredients.
Local Response Though it took some time for the people to get into the groove of the coffee shop culture, it is slowly catching up. “We cater to both the local and international taste. We have a lot of foreigners coming here,” says Manudeep.
Hot Spot My greatest achievement in Perculator, is that I have always been able to attract different age groups from various socio-economic backgrounds, all kinds of people — both Indians and foreigners. Food for Thought All the dishes in Percolator are an amalgamation of flavours from around the world with the local touch. Since all the fishes are fresh catches, they have a distinct flavour of their own. We do not overcook the stuff and the keep the taste in tact.
POINT OF VIEW I love the place for its view and also the sliding chair and table. Pasta and prawn pizza here are delicious. The cheese used in both the preparations is of superior quality and hence it melts in the mouth. In just a few months time it has become a hot favourite among my friends.- Rana Singh, Student. One must visit the place for its view and the food is pretty decent. I come over here mainly for the sweet dishes like the ‘Death by Chocolate’ and ‘Chocolate Avalanche’. The staffs here are very friendly and well informed. It is a brilliant place to have coffee and watch the sea.Rubina Khan, Architect.
The Mexican rice here is darn addictive. It is light, fluffy and flavourful without being overpowering. The smell of freshly chopped cilantro and lime juice will take you to a different level of bliss. •
Fried Prawn Pizza The prawns are fresh and they are dipped in cornflour batter and then deep fried. Tossed in secret sauces they taste absolutely heavenly. The pizza base is thin and crispy. Writer’s choice Grilled chicken sandwich, Choco nut sandwich, Fried prawn burger, crispy chicken pop’s rice and Dark Chocolate Senses.
HIGHPOINTS Hey Days- Fridays and Saturdays Wallet Value - Meal for two costs Rs.500 to Rs.700 Unique Features The sliding tables and rocking chairs are a unique feature. Most importantly they make sure that the hygiene here is of high order. A wide array of coffees is their specialty. It is open 24 hours. The Gang Percolator has a mixed crowd. Since the view is to die for and everybody loves the place. In the mornings it is mostly the office goers who want to conduct an informal meeting over a cup of coffee. Students also love to bunk college and come here. Evenings are mostly filled with families. Young couples come late in the night to enjoy the sea breeze. It is a hot favourite amongst the travelers who arrive with their rucksack straight from the airport.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? PERCOLATOR RK Beach, Maharani Peta, Contact: 9010977777 | Timings- 24X7
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The Place Whether you are dieting, detoxing, weight training or generally trying to look after yourself, there is no reason to stop eating out. Being just a little careful when ordering food, can make eating out almost as virtuous as one at home — you just need to know where to go. Tucked away from gluttonous restaurants of the city, ‘Kaloreez’ is the just right place to hang out for health freaks. This particular restaurant puts nutrition on the top of its agenda. Their salads made out of exotic vegetables, lean chicken and low fat cottage cheese and cold- pressed
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juices are to die for. Not much to talk about the décor, though it is a small place done up quite aesthetically. But you can easily miss it since it is located at a very non-commercial area which is far away from the madding crowds. The restaurant offers a well-curated healthy menu and is a kind of a shrine for health cuisine. The joint’s philosophy, right from the start, has been to serve people natural food that is minimally processed. It offers all things healthy- from pancakes and brownies made out of ragi, oats dosa and baked poha. Robert says, “We don’t push diet into people, we just serve them healthy alternatives, trying hard not to compromise on the taste. In fact, keeping it tasty and healthy at the same time is the biggest
obert Rejoice, a small town boy from Palasa is the man behind Kaloreez. He came to Visakhapatnam for his higher studies and pursued his B.Tech in Computers and an MBA in International Business. After working with Future Group for three years as a marketing head, he took a plunge into food business. Cooking food and feeding people have always been his passion. The place, in a few months time, has become a neighborhood fixture, serving fresh and healthy cuisine at affordable prices. It may look a bit tiny, but gives the impression of a hill side restaurant, made of wood.
challenge for us. We wanted to showcase our product as something different and hence Kaloreez was born.” Name Game The name was taken from the word calories, basically trying to tell people watch what they eat because a moment on the lips is forever on the hips. To add a little funk the word ‘K’ replaced ‘C’. Journey It has been pretty long. Robert says, “I used to weigh 80kg and was really struggling with my bulges and that was when realisation dawned on me that I should eat healthy and started trying out alternatives and within six months I could knock down 10kg.” His love affair with healthy food started in the year 2009 when he was an engineering student.
He and his friends wanted to try out something out of the box and opened a single-table-restaurant on the Beach Road, offering just five dishes.
RAGI CHOCOLATE BROWNIE The chocolate brownie here is not so sinful since it is made of finger millet (ragi) with very little sugar and a dash of olive oil which is just used for greasing the baking dish. Filled with the goodness of ragi and almond, it is delightfully decadent and rich. The brownie looks elegant and tempting with a little drizzle of chocolate sauce. In spite of being healthy, it satisfies your sweet tooth.
They would wake up at 4.00 am and by 5.00 am they were on the road serving delicacies to the health freaks on morning walks. Eventually Robert, by taking help from his friend Krishna, started full-fledged restaurant Kaloreez in July 2015. Food for Thought In no time the place has stolen the hearts of health freaks. Robert says, “It was on a Friendship Day, a 60-year-old gentleman told me- ‘you are doing a phenomenal job. My blood pressure and sugar levels remained the same even after eating here’ and gave me a big hug.” Their caramel custard made out of protein powder is a big hit. This is the right place to be when you want to eat guilt-free biriyani made out of brown rice. This place has super healthy choices without sacrificing on the flavour.
BROCCOLI SOUP Writer’s Choice The chicken biriyani is made of brown rice and lean meat using very little olive oil and caramel custard made of protein powder. The broccoli soup is an absolute comfort food.
HIGH POINTS Hey Days Everyday is a good day. Wallet Value Meal for two is Rs. 300 to Rs. 700
POINT OF VIEW •
It is a perfect destination for the calorie-conscious. It has a wide spread of menus that appeases your taste buds and Robert is a passionate entrepreneur who is always ready to take suggestions from customers for constant improvement of menu. I would say that this is a one stop destination for healthy and organic food.- K. Sri Harsha, Architect, Fourth Dimension Architecture. As the name suggests, the place is full of low calorie dishes for the fitness-conscious people. Most importantly, the place is peaceful and cozy since it is not located in the heart of the city. The staff here are welcoming and warm. - Deepa Deval, Fitness Consultant.
Unique Features Custom-made food for the health freaks. Kaloreez is what it is today because of the hard work that Robert has put in starting with sourcing the ingredients to preparing the food. Though he has a team of trained chefs, he keeps an eagle eye on kitchen happenings - starting from the ingredients, the calorie count to the taste.” The Gang The people visiting the place are mostly doctors, medical students and gym owners. “The fact is nowadays everybody wants to eat healthy, yet they don’t want to compromise on the taste. Hence it is a mixed crowd of both young and old,” says Robert.
Have you been here? KALOREEZ, Plot no-95, Below Sea Rock Hotel, Daspalla Hills Contact- 9502999899 | Timings - 7 am to 3 pm, 5.30 pm to 10 pm red | september 2016 | 67
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The Place Done in pure white, Elepe Patisserie is a class apart from the other hangouts of the city. “Having worked in star hotels both at home and abroad, I simply cannot cut corners either in the ambience or in the products. I designed the display counters with great care and got them made in Bangalore. The manufacturer said it was the first time that he had ever crafted such unique pieces,” recalls Ananda. He did succeed in recreating the French aura here. The place offers
nanda Johnson leaves you rather confused. His knowledge and expertise in continental cuisine, especially in baking field and heavily accented Telugu no way give him away as an Andhraite that he is. This British citizen with dual citizenship is quintessentially a Vizagite and he keeps hoping in and out. Leaving his college studies mid way, Ananda joined Food Craft Institute to formalise his culinary skills, which he honed from the childhood. His career took impressive turns and twists. He started his career with local Taj Hotel and later trotted the entire globe with Peninsular & Oriental Cruises for nine years. After a successful stint with London’s famous Lanesborough Hotel, this chef with 25 years of experience and many international awards and rewards, set up Elepe Patisserie here. “In our field generally a chef specialities in one field either baking or decorating or in dessert making. But I am an all rounder and can take care of everything. Making macarons is my forte. It is only natural I want our people to get a taste of my acumen,” says he, with justified pride. a comfortable sitting for at least 20 people at a time. The Beginning The youngest born in the family of six, Ananda was inspired by his uncle, who served as a butler in a star hotel in Rajahmundry. However, his sister shouldered the family responsibility after the father’s death and taught him the values of life and relationships. That explaina why he opened his first bakery here. Surprisingly, it was his French boss at Belle Epoque Patisserie who encouraged and guided him in this endeavour. Name Game Elepi is my surname and Patisserie is my love for the French language. Hurdles Overcome There are too many to narrate. Getting
the right place for our factory was a challenge. I knocked at innumerable doors for the purpose and had to settle down to open it in our own property in Lawsons Bay Colony. There was an inordinate delay in getting the display counters from Bangalore due to which the inauguration of the hangout got delayed. Worst of all is getting skilled workers, which is next to impossible. Hence only two of us (my classmate Rufas and I) have been running the joint. My nephew manages it. Local Response “It is quite warm. In fact, at this point we cannot even handle it if there is overwhelming response as we are woefully understaffed. That is the reason why we don’t go for aggressive advertisements. Moreover, I am very confident that Vizagites have to turn to us because we serve the fare which is not available anywhere in the city, even in the local star hotels.
USP We use freshly-baked bread for sandwiches. Our eclairs with a wide range of flavours are our singular feature. Generally, people make éclairs with chocolate flavour. This is a craft I picked up from France. Our range of desserts is very huge.
Unforgettable Incident The very inaugural day is the most unforgettable one for me as three chefs who were supposed to join us from Chennai could not reach the city on time. So we were left high and dry. Those three days we worked round the clock to keep the show going. Future Plans I want to open an outlet in MVP. Many hotels approached me for a tie-up. I am yet to decide. Added Attractions I have a lot of innovative ideas as far as the frills like a book case and photo gallery are concerned. I am unable to execute them because of the limited space.
POINT OF VIEW
The other day when we are driving down the VIP Road this sparkling eatery caught our attention. Though we walked in for a quick sandwich, we settled down for a hearty and leisurely snacking. I put their sandwiches in the must-try category and their éclairs in die-for line- Dr. Sujatha
Ours is a happy-go-lucky gang which is ready to experiment and explore. Naturally the recent entry Elepe..... became our target. Our buddies enjoyed mouth-watering desserts the place served. We are happy that this hangout gave us taste of rare flavours – Vamsi and friends, Students
They may look simple but are certainly not easy to make. Made out of sugar, egg white and ground almonds, Macarons pose a big challenge. Piping and the texture have to be absolutely perfect. That is really tricky. You need the right quantity of humidity. Otherwise whole batch collapses. Writer’s choice Tharamus dessert, Baba Rum (Alchohol-based dish), Sandwiches. Eclairs Wallet Value : Rs.40 to Rs.150 Mini meal (sandwich burger or pizza): Rs.120
HIGH POINTS Salient Features Neat and hygienically maintained counters, and quick service. The customer gets his money’s worth. People can come to us for a relaxed meal and the location is ideal. HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? •
Hey Days: All days. More so on weekends, especially after 5.20 pm
The Gang: Mixed. Many people yet to know that we have arrived in the market as we came only two months ago and we are yet to advertise.
Contact ph.no and email id: 8897852344/ elepeajohnson@gmail.
Besides Tycoon Balaji Mangalagiri Chambers, VIP Road. Timings: 10.00 am to 09.30 pm | Open on: All 365 days
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BAKE MY WISH
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irisha Challa is one proud happy founder and proprietor of Bake My Wish. It was circumstances that made her take up this
venture. Yet this B.Tech degree-holder says she is perfectly happy with her destiny and adds, “I it would be if my grandchildren wore a T-shirt saying ‘Baking your wishes since 2013’. After all we don’t start business for short term gains. It has to have great future.
am a strong believer in the theory that everything happens for a reason. I have learnt things the hard way. I am a self taught chef and a workaholic. Both the traits are best suited for this business.” Articulate Sirisha recounts her tryst with the eatery, which has become a hot favourite for foodies in no time. Hear her out.....
The Place During my frequent visits to Bangalore, I used to be amazed by those small food spots and garage bakeries. Little did I know that one day I would be opening one such outlet. It started as a bakery under the tree, with a complete in-house production unit. Though the tree is no more because of the onslaught of the cyclone Hud Hud, my passion lived on. The ambience here is the outcome of long hours I spent harassing the carpenter as I simply love wood work. Everything here has a story to tell. All those little things of life that give you a
SIRISHA CHALLA reason to smile are a part of it. This is my first baby. Like any other new mother I learnt to take care of it. It is a wonderful feeling to watch my baby grow. The Beginning As mentioned earlier, it all happened because I didn’t have a choice. Fortunately, it turned into my passion too. I started baking and catering for small events six years ago with Rs. 3,000 in my account. From then on I started rotating what I earned as I didn’t want to take money from my parents. I launched Bake My Wish in October 2013. Name Game I wanted kids to come to me and say “Bake my wish, Siri.” Our tagline says- ‘Baking your wishes come true’. How wonderful
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Hurdles Overcome Everything is a chain reaction of something you did or did not do. Yes, I learnt how not to blindly trust people; how to be creative; how not to stop from getting what I want; how to ignore senseless remarks; how to stop repeating mistakes; how to get up even when the world tries to pull you down every day and finally never to stop dreaming big. Local Response My story runs on the maxim ‘slow and steady wins the race’. At first, everyone was skeptical about my venture and wondered if it would work at all, but gradually it got accepted and now people love the products available here. USP The D-WRAP- Dosa wrap is our USP. This again is a product born out of compulsion. I realized that we could not sustain business in this place by selling just pizzas and burgers. Hence I created dosa wrap. It is a stuffed Frankie
like dosa with lots of ‘yumminess’ in it. We have more than 20 varieties of this and each one is crafted, keeping popular flavours in mind. We have a pick your mug wall frame. Where you can select a mug you like and have your favourite drink from the menu. Unforgettable Incident Starting from the scratch and making it what it is today is by itself is memorable. All those well-applauded moments are unforgettable for me.
It consists of egg whites, milk, finely chopped onions, capsicum, garlic, grated carrot and garlic and is cooked in our special homemade herb olive oil . We serve it with toasted bread and garlic butter. Writer’s Choice The gooey ‘Death by Chocolate’ and all the varieties of butter pound cakes, brownies and choco lava cake.
Success Mantra Our passion towards what we do mixed with hard work and our life-long search for creative products.
Wallet Value Rs.500 to Rs.1,500.
Hey Days Saturday & Sunday- 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Future Plans Yes, we have quite a few plans lined up- to set up D-wrap counters all over the city; to focus more on customization of cakes; to set up the best dessert counter in the town and a very authentic South Indian Food outlet.
POINT OF VIEW *
The ambiance, lighting and of course, the food here are great. I love all their baked fare on their menu though I am particularly fond of their sizzling brownies and chicken burgers. Here is a place where we friends can sit for a long chat and catch up with the latest juice. _ Siddharth. Student
One of the best places to hangout. But it is a bit crowded in the evenings and I find it rather embarrassing to note people are waiting for you to vacate the table. Their desserts and dosa wraps are delicious- Arnav.Y, Student
HIGH POINTS The Feel Run in a house and in a residential colony, Bake My Wish gives its customers a very informal and home-like feel. The Gang We don’t have specific clientele because of the wide range of products we offer. Everyone from the age of 5 to 75 have something to eat and feel good about.
HAVE YOU BEEN HERE? BAKE MY WISH, Plot no 149, Opp. NCC Canteen, Lawsons Bay Colony. Working hours: 9.00 am to 1:30 pm & 3.00 pm to 9.30pm Open 365 days. Contact : 0891-6622566 / 9581738528
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Rekha Reddy, Kavita Podar & Uma Chigurupati
FUN & FROLIC Nandita
Hyderabadis were in for an Arabic and Hyderabadi food ﬁesta at Archie Paranji’s evening of fun and frolic at Noha – the food tourist, by Four Seasons Hotels. Live music, scrumptious ﬁnger- food, tasty cocktails and the perfect weather were what made the evening even more fun-ﬁlled. Guests had a lovely time catching up with each other over their drinks. Prominently present were Aamer Javeed, Karen Bhatia, Aanchal Bahirwani, Nisha Bilgrami, Savita Date Menon, Jasmine Pillai and Sunilla Eti.
FLOWER POWER The Ikebana Hyderabad International Chapter hosted a special event on August 23, where they invited ower arrangement expert Kavitha Poddar from Kolkata to conduct a workshop at the Asa Banu, Japan Center. Close to 50 members of the chapter were seen learning and paying attention to the contemporary oral arrangements. Present among others were President Uma Chigurupati and Secretary Anisha Tandon. Ameer Jaweed
FOR THE LOVE OF JEWELS Diva Jewels which is reviving the tradition of family jewellry organized Diva Galleria – Personalize Your Jewel Experience. This exhibition featured exclusive pieces of diamond and gold jewellery at Hotel Taj Krishna on August 27th and 28th. Diva Jewels is a father and son team - Mukesh and Rishi Mehta. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shreedevi Chowdary and had the who’s who of the city attending it. red | september 2016 | 12
Anu & Sounak
Parvathi Reddy Vidya Nataraj
Nazil & Simin
Krishnan & Madhu
Renu & Siraj Hasan
ALL FOR A FINE MAN
DESIGNER TALKS FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) has organised “Design Your Personality”, an interactive session with Masaba Gupta here in city. She was in conversation with Vanaja Banagiri, Editor of Southscope and Ritz magazine on the subjects for more than an hour. Masaba attracted a good participation from FLO members. Padma Rajgopal, Chairperson of FLO, Hyderabad, welcomed the gathering that comprised of names like Samia Alam Khan, Parvathi Reddy, Ajitha Yogesh, Mourya Boda and Mansi Malik.
Made-to-measure men’s wear brand, Tailorman, has expanded with the opening of its biggest agship store at Road No. 36, Jubilee Hills. The evening saw people making a beeline to the venue and catching up with each other, while checking out on the fabulous collection. “We are giving the customer every reason to buy and our overnight success means that Indian men want high quality products, as long as they are not outrageously priced,” shared co-founder Gautam Golchha. Prominent among the present were Bobby Kandhari, Mona, Ananya Simlai, Parvathi Reddy, Shailu Reddy, Shilpa Singh and Vidya Natraj.
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ONE FOR ALL Archana
Actress Mannara Chopra and Mrs. Asia International Komal Kalra Pagrani inaugurated Trendz – a designer exhibition that brought together 130 acclaimed designers under one roof. A conglomeration of prominent and creative designers geared up to exhibit their designer ensembles, fashion and ethnic wear, home decor, accessories and artefacts. Speaking on the occasion, the chief organiser of Trendz, Santhi Kathiravan said “Hyderabadis have showered us with love and have always appreciated the collection we showcase. We hope to give the them another exclusive lifestyle exhibition.”
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VAN LAVINO OPENED
Abhijeet, Ashwini, Lavina & Harish Divya & Meghana
Manu & Muditha
It was time for celebration for every sweet lover in the city as another patisserie named Van Lavino opened recently. Located on the heart of Road No.36, the restaurant saw guests go crazy over the mouth-watering desserts at its opening ceremony. Proud owner Ashwini and her entire family ensured that everyone was well attended to. Some present on the opening were Abhishekh, Sonal, Rekha Reddy, Pallavi, Manisha, Reema and Bina Singh.
Shruti & Suhana
Sia & Vandana Pallavi
Smitha & Varsha Lama
Abhishek & Sonal
Ranbir & Nitu Varun, Nirmala, Ashwini, Vikas & Sonali Bavitha red | september 2016 | 16
Manjoor & Samia Alam Khan
Esa & Sunil Shetty
Meenakshi, Bina Mehta & Heer
SHOP FOR A CAUSE
CELEBRATING SAWAN Members from the Sanskruti Ladies Club came together to celebrate the month of Sawan at ‘Our Palace’ recently. The event was called ‘Sawan Ka Mela’ and guests turned up in luhariya outﬁts following the colourful and fresh theme. It was all about music, dance and making merry together and made everyone nostalgic of the old times. President Namrata Bolaki and secretary Rupa Shah ensured that the event went without any hitches.
Araaish is a unique exhibition and a platform where the world of glamour gets together in giving aid to save the children of India. It is a 27-year old non-proﬁt organization founded by the late Vipula Kadri in 1988. ‘Save the Children of India’, believes in its conviction of making India a child-friendly nation. This conviction has demonstrated itself through various innovative projects including Araaish, a fashion fund-raising event. This happened to be a one-stop destination for designers to exhibit their collections. Some celebrities posing for the paparazzi were Mana and Suniel Shetty, Sharmila Khanna, and Samia and Manzoor Alam Khan. Sakshi
Ritu & Ashita
Tavishi Jain Kashish
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A GUIDING TALK Young Entrepreneurs Association hosted an evening at the Radisson Blu Plaza to meet Sam Cawthorn who is an Australian motivational speaker, success coach, self-help author and entrepreneur. He is best known as the 2009 Young Australian of the Year for Tasmania and he has worked as a motivational speaker. Speaking on how to â€˜Bounce Forwardâ€™ he left the audience spell bound. The interactive evening saw the presence of Karteesh Reddy, Yogesh, Priyanka, Mohsin Khan, Kavitha and Rahul.
Mohsin Khan Karteesh Reddy
Sumeet Agarwal Ruchi
Rahul Yogesh & Rashi
Rakesh, Rakesh & Vikram
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Rich and Royal
haan Saab with an inviting tag line ‘Be the Royal Guest’ is a tribute to the rich cuisine that was normally served in 'Durbar' of the Emperors of the North West Frontier which inuenced the Mughal Cuisine to a great extent. Their restaurants boast of very ethnic Indian food, traditional and some even recreated and presented in their original form. This could very well be considered as their USP. Their newest branch at Gachibowli, too, is no exception. Spread over 4000 sq.ft, this 120seater, promises its guests a feast. The menu is carefully crafted and a wide array of delectable spread including succulent kebabs from the region of Samarkand, Lucknowi Kakori and Chingari Murgh from Punjab. These mouthwatering dishes could be considered the star delicacies on the menu. It also takes care of all the vegetarian patrons by offering them the best
array of carefully selected greens and vegetables cooked to perfection. Owned by Ram Prasad and Sarat Varma, Khaan Saab now has four branches – 2 in Hyderabad, and one in Pune and one in Vijayawada. The beautiful ambience and warm service are an add-on to the already exquisite menu and it deﬁnitely is one of its kinds in the entire city.
Timing: 12.00 pm - 3.30pm and 7.00pm - 11.30pm Ph.no: 9100775577/9100776677
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NEWESTON THE BLOCK
f you’ve driven past Road no 36 in the last one month, there is no way you have not noticed the extravagant VanLavino. Having opened its door to the city on Aug 10, the eatery has already etched out a niche audience for all that they have to offer. At the cafe and patisserie, they have food inspired from international favourites, desserts including Creme Brûlées, cheesecakes and gateaux. Good coffees and tranquil teas, some sweet and perfect shakes and fresh juices, live counters for crepes and wafes and a lot more. Last but not the least, they have an assortment of patisserie items like breads, dry cakes, cookies and biscotti that are
Timings: 10:30am to 11:00pm. Ph. 040-23559770
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continually changed with new ﬁllings and avours. The decor of the outlet is soulful, inspired to bring out the true essence and love for food. It is a lavish gold and black with dessert displays and a couple of live counters on the ground oor, and a Paris inspired artwork on the mezzanine oor with high seating to create a young vibe. Their USP is their Indian touch that has been infused into everything they create. From their tangy butter rice palella, the lemon butter ﬁsh in the main course to the Dolce De Leches Choux Buns and Raspberry Tarts in desserts – they’re a must try!
This small and cosy space which can house nearly 50 people on two oors, believes that they can make any dessert their guests would like to try... Albeit they might take some time to get it just right! Promising a warm, soulful and welcoming atmosphere, VanLavino is here to cater to everyone with a sweet tooth.
GEM J TIM OF A
ewellery plays an important role in a womanâ€™s life. Wedding being the most important occasion, jewellery dominates the show, accentuating the charm and beauty of the bride. Hence trousseau should be a tasteful mix of both gold and diamond. Good authentic jewellery is one thing that can be passed down to the next generation. Gold and diamond never go out of fashion, so also the talk about them. This season, chokers have made a huge come back along with jhumkas and long dangling ear rings. Teaming up traditional jewellery with western outďŹ t makes one stand out in a crowd. If the bride wishes a royal touch, she can go for the classic evergreen jalidar motifs. Keeping up with the latest trend is our business. Here is the guide for you to bring home the perfect trinkets.
By Anahita Ahuja | Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
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Diyaash Manepally Jewellers
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zira- a name derived from Sanskrit, means the purest form of a diamond. The place certainly lives up to its name in every sense. Like many great success stories, this too began from humble origin. The brand is the baby of Arun and Kapil Bulchand. It branched out two decades ago from ‘Bulchand’, the original, serving clients since 1933. Through single-minded focus on customer satisfaction, Azira has become a household name in the city, gaining popularity for the purity of its ornaments, wide choice of designs and consistent customer delight. It is now an Elite Diamond stop for connoisseurs.
What is special this festive season?
detail has been closely scrutinized.
This season, we are concentrating on Diet Jewellery, where each product shall be a master piece at an unbelievable price. The current trends are earrings, cocktail rings and Solitaire pendants.
How do you cope with competition? Competition is healthy – and is the only way to improve our performance. If you are the only one in the market, where is the scope of learning and striving to make it better than what is available? Hyderabad as a market is huge and hence, we truly believe that there is room for all. But, having said that, the only fear of competition arises when copies are made! People should all work on original designs - that is where the creativity comes into play. Making copies lowers the standards and ends up making the market a little messy.
What is the inspiration behind your latest collection? Mother Earth has much to give and teach us. There are endless things that inspire. How much detailing has gone into it? Quite a lot. This is the peak time of the year and hence we have tried not to leave any stone unturned- from the design selection to the price tag – each
KAPIL How competitive are your prices? A client doesn’t have a problem if he/she knows that what they are paying for is value for their money. And we, truly believe and make sure that we give our clients quality for the price they pay. What are expectations from this wedding and festive season? I hope we end up smiling our way to the bank! (laughs) But on a serious note, I hope to do better than before and reach out to newer people. Tell us more about the detailing that goes into each piece… It is quite a lot. From the crude alloy to the finish – everything has a detail. Whether it is the metal or the stone... What procedure do you follow? The main focus is to have happy clients; hence it all revolves round them. A one-to-one description from a client to the desired outcome- we take care of it all personally.
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Mughale Azam Era Emeralds and diamonds mounted artistically in gold, these bangles are quite a hit with clients. They look traditional yet have that modern touch to it.
Gross wt: Diamonds: Emeralds:
74.540gm 11.68 carat 11.07 carat
BRIDAL BUTTALU This delicate creation with rubies, pearls and diamonds is a perfect facsimile of beauty. This adornment is a must have for all those ladies who know that it just takes one perfect accessory to turn heads. Gross wt: Round Diamond: Rose cut Diamond: Ruby: South Sea Pearl:
Meticulously carved to perfection, this artistic necklace is crafted to give it a contemporary, royal and classy look. The different setting makes it a must have for all those who would like to add that special pieces to their collection. Gross wt: Round Diamond: Polki Diamond: Black Diamond:
166.420 gm 0.54 carat 3.67 carat 4.12 carat
70.020 gm 3.06 carat 1.81 carat 3.75 carat 5.41 carat
LOVE FOR PEARL The custom of giving and receiving rings dates back to approximately over 6,000 years and that is a reason enough for every woman to have as many as she can. Artistically put together, this diamond ring is all a woman needs to complete her glam look.
Gross wt: Round Diamond: Pearl:
25.400 gm 5.77carat 12.36 carat
TURKISH DELIGHT No matter how many gold bangles your collection comprises, adding a class apart piece like this can be considered a guilt-free purchase. With diamonds adding just the right amount of class to the piece, this bangle is a perfect blend of traditional and contemporary designs. Gross wt: Round Diamond:
27.140 gm 1.57 carat
TIMELESS CLASSIC This absolute stunner is a perfect wear for any grand occasion and attire. Put on and be sure to change the entire feel of your look. Price and detail on request red | september 2016 | 27
anepally Jewellers has been into the jewellery business for more than a century. Ever since 1890, they have been providing quality services in gold and diamond to a loyal customer base for four generations. Manepally is one of the first jewellers to go for BIS Hallmarking. When the BIS launched the Hallmarking scheme in India in collaboration with World Gold Council in April 2000, they adapted it to reinstate the brand’s tradition and their commitment to provide the best quality of gold. Owners Murali Krishna and Gopi Krishna Manepally vouch for the deals that they bring to their clients as they are genuine and authenticated/certified by the Gem Testing Labs.
GOPI KRISHNA changes as per the market demands, keeping all the traditional values intact. This makes us different from the market and we cope with competition by giving something new.
What is special this festive season? Manepally Jewellers exhibits a wide range of hand crafted gold and diamond jewellery, the creations of expert designers and karigars. This festive season we have come with a wide range of mesmerizing diamond necklaces. The diamonds are handpicked by our team of Gemological experts and come with international certifications. How much detailing has gone into this season’s specialty? We have a creative designing team, which has come out with a wide range of designs. With the mix of designs and workmanship, we have diamond necklaces which cost anything above Rs.85,000. Due to the heavy fluctuation in gold rates customers/market have adapted a new trend of going for affordable diamond jewellery and this red | september 2016 | 28
positive note gives us more encouragement to deliver the best in diamond jewellery. What is the inspiration behind it? Manepally Jewellers recently launched a new collection, named ‘Heritage.’ The beauty of this jewellery is that is suitable for everyone. For example, the Mango Mala is a part of South Indian culture and Kundan setting stone is a typical north Indian work, so we have created south Indian mala with a north Indian kundan work which is new for both the parts. How do you cope with competition? The brand exhibits jewellery for men, women and children. Manepally has been carrying on the legacy of jewellery since 1890 and the specialization of making fine jewellery has come as a gift from our forefathers. We have always adapted new
How competitive are your prices? The brilliant craftsmanship and timeless quality has been our USP. We being in the most competitive market have always delivered the best in terms of quality, craftsmanship and value for money to our customers.
CONTACT DETAILS 6-3-713, “EMERALD”, Amrutha Hills, Panjagutta, Hyderabad Ph +91 7893 800 555 Timing: 10:30am - 8:30pm
What are the expectations from this season? Beside weddings, Dussehra, Dhanteras and Diwali are major festivals which are celebrated across India in a very big way and it’s also considered as auspicious time to by jewellery. Hence this is the time when the customer gets to see huge collections and the best in prices. What’s the procedure you follow? We, as a brand have our own uniqueness in manufacturing and brand values. Our sales experts explain what goes into making even if one buys the smallest of ornaments. We also have a very strong after-sale service team and the best exchange/buyback policies.
HANDCRAFTED JHUMKAS Don’t these diamond handcrafted jhumkas exhibit elegance? This contemporary design with multilayer setting, made of certified Belgium cut-diamonds and colour stones is a must have!
Gross wt: Diamonds:
36.111 gm 4.29 carat
TRENDY DIAMOND BANGLE These diamond bangles designed are suitable for the classiest of affairs. Purely hand crafted, this piece with contemporary designs, made of certified Belgium diamonds and colour stones, is simple and formal. Gross wt: Diamonds
43.445gm 5.6 carat
DIAMOND NECKLACE This diamond necklace is one of its kind. Especially handcrafted, it exhibits intelligent craftsmanship of detachable jewellery can which can be used for multiple occasions. Gross wt: Diamond:
200.53 gm 27.32 carat
VICTORIAN RING Simple yet sassy, this fine Victorian ring with cubic zirconia diamonds and ruby is a trend setter. Wear it on to know its magic!
INDO-WESTERN RING This traditional piece of jewellery is inspired by the western theme. It is also very contemporary made with gold, cubic zirconia and semi precious stones. Gross wt: 7.916 gm Price on demand
Gross wt: Gold:
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Exotic & Exquisit
and miracles setting, in which a cluster of small diamonds is set in such a way that it makes it look like solitaires. This makes the jewellery affordable for middle class.
What is special this festive season? Custom-made bridal jewellery synonymous with exclusivity and signature pieces is what is in this festive season. How much detailing has gone into it? Each and every piece of jewellery is personally conceptualized and designed by me and made by the best manufactures who have mastered the art of making exquisite pieces of art. What are the latest trends? The latest trend is fusion jewellerylike mixtures of uncut diamonds, rose cut combined with diamonds red | september 2016 | 32
How do you cope with competition? Over the years as a designer, I have developed an eye for finesse and exclusivity. It is all about believing in yourself. I donâ€™t follow the crowd, it is about taking the right way and rest automatically falls in place. I believe in customersâ€™ satisfaction. I rather have 100 satisfied clients than having 1000 unsatisfied ones. For me ties with a client is more important than the profit margin. How competitive are your prices? People find me expensive so I call it luxury, but this luxury is worth it since it gives immense satisfaction to my clients and brings a smile on their faces. Whatâ€™s your trademark? Customized jewellery, tailor-made to fit the specifications of the client is our trademark. Custom designing involves a lot of insight into the mind of the customer and understanding. Hence it is a tough
iyaash displays a contemporary collection of exquisite-jewellery pieces inspired by the artwork of famous craftsmen of the world. This exquisite-designer jewellery boutique by Dolly Gurbani is known for offering elegant and classy creations. With passing time, it has positioned itself as an innovative jewellery maker with a knack for avant-garde concepts. Popular for its designs and delicate patterns, the brand has carved a niche for itself in the Indian market. It has also attracted the international customers.
job but when you see how the final product has turned out to be, it is worth the effort put in. What are expectations from this wedding and festive season? To me a festive occasion is a wonderful blend of tradition, culture and emotions. With Indian economy improving, we hope the upper middle class bride will also be able to afford diamonds. Tell us more about the detailing that goes into each piece Each and every piece of jewellery is designed by me and manufactured as per my requirement. My office does a strict quality check of every piece and then only the piece is sent to the showroom. If I am not satisfied, I send the stuff back for rectification.
DIAMOND FLOWER RING
This diamond and polki fusion bangle is a perfect piece to team with your Indian or Western attire. Note its simple yet trendy design. This two-finger diamond ring is modern and classy. When worn, looks like scattered flowers of diamonds on the fingers. Pretty, isn’t it? Gold: Diamonds:
Gold: Diamonds: Polki:
40 gm 3.5 carat 8 carat
14.5 gm 2 carat BRIDAL RING This ring is designed aesthetically with a stone in the centre to give it a solitaire look that is both affordable and royal.
POLKI SET This set is very close to the designer’s heart! It is a fusion of diamonds, rose cuts and rubies and will surely make you feel like a princess .
Gold: 225gm Other details: on request
DIAMOND DANGLERS This regal pair of earrings was designed for a bride. Extremely traditional yet trendy. Gold: Diamonds: Rubies:
FUSION CHOKER 40gm 5 carat 5 carat
Contact details: Owner’s Pride, Shop No: 3, Road No: 12, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500-034, Tel no: 040-23332324 & 23391778 Timings: 11.00am to 08.00pm
12.5gm 2 carat
This elegant choker has diamonds emeralds, pearls and rose cuts. The designer has used all this to make it a unique piece with this unusual setting.
Gold: Diamond: Pearls: Emerald: Rose cuts:
175 gm 18 carat 210 carat 70 carat 5 carat
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marsons Pearls is a name one is bound to hear when you talk of pearls in Hyderabad. A leading pearl jewellery supplier, the brand offers a wide range of genuine pearls of the highest quality, value and designs that complement the looks of its wearers. Having been in the market since 1979, they not only understand the market, but also work towards pushing the boundaries of innovation. Driven by unyielding commitment to excellence and a fierce desire to produce top-quality products in a variety of designs, the owners ,Vijay Dochania and his son Sunay, have forged ahead of their competitors and maintained consistent high standards.
What is the inspiration behind it? The inspiration behind temple jewellery is vast and to execute, it we sent a team of designers to different temples, to copy the art works on the wall and design them on the jewellery. What are the latest trends? Looks like the heavy look is back, as quite a lot of clients are going for heavy jhumkas and heavy kadas these days.
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How much detailing has gone into it? Jewellery is the extremely special – you buy it only when you really like something and hence as a retailer, it is very important that you give your client something special. We ensure that each and every piece that comes into the showroom is looked into by experts happiness on a her/his face, is what to be sure of its quality. keeps us going. How competitive are your prices? What are your expectations from We make sure that whatever we sell is a this wedding and festive season? value for money. If we’re talking about More and more sales (laughs) numbers, then we offer around 20% less from the general What's the procedure you follow? market price. I think it starts with understanding the client. Either it is about showing them What’s your something they’re looking for or trademark? creating what they have in mind. Then We excel in comes the price part of it – to be able personalization and to fit it in their budget is also equally customization. The joy important and challenging. that comes in conceptualizing someone else’s dream and then seeing that
What is special this festive season? We have a special collection of Gutta pusalu and mangohar for this season.
GOLD HEAVY TAR MALA This attractive pearl mala never goes out of style. Team it with any dress, it perfectly matches. Its simplicity is what makes it a sure shot stunner.
GOLD POLKI JUMKI Net Weight of the gold tar mala:
41.460 gm, 22kt
South Sea pearls:
One is always enticed by a traditional piece and this is nothing but that. The design that is intricately put together, is a true example of grandeur and extravagance. Net weight of the gold: 43.960 gm, 22kt
DIAMOND RING This mesmerizing diamond ring is an amazing pick for all those who want to keep it classy yet trendy. The simplicity of the delicate design is what makes a hot pick. Net weight of gold:
5.632 gm, 18kt
GOLD POLKI JUMKI Speaking volumes of beautiful jewellery, these diamond earrings look perfect. Notice how the pearl droplet adds class to the piece.
This traditional gold kada is a perfect pair for all your Indian outfits. The eye grabbing piece of ornament is surely a symbol of status for the elite.
Net weight of the gold: Diamond: South Sea Pearl:
19.954 gm, 18 kt 2.48 carat 26.00 carat
26.380 gm, 22kt
115, Park Lane Building, Park Lane, Secunderabad - 500003 Ph: 040 27816095 Timings: 11am - 9pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11am - 4pm (Sunday)
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JIBRAN & IMRAN
Rich & Rare
treams of lights, enchantment and the charm of extreme sophistication – this is what their pieces are all about. Unique and exclusive, the jeweller's style is evident in the suppleness of their sets. I.S.Jewels is here to make luxurious, rich and rare jewellery, keeping their customer’s choices in mind, while being able to educate and guide them at every stage. Owners Imran and Jibran Sharief ensure that their designs instill passion for jewellery in people for generations to come.
craftsmanship and designs, our customers are sure that they are they’re getting their moneys worth. What is your trademark? What is special this festive season? For us, this season is all about casual jewellery which is light in weight. This is necessitated because of the increase in gold price. Hence there is more focus on the designs. Is there a particular collection that you've worked on? If yes, what's the inspiration behind it? Jewellery gives a rich feel to any attire and everyone looks for exclusivity in it. Hence, our inspiration has always been around the lines of making it ‘rich and rare’! That is something you will find in every design of ours. What are the latest trends? The latest trend is as bling as possible with big, fancy colored diamonds and polki (uncut diamond jewellery). How do you cope with competition? Since we give the best quality, for minimum prices and a 100% buyback offer (subject to condition of jewellery piece return), we’re not so worried about competition. There is a place for everyone in the market and only the ones, who offer the best, survive. How competitive are your prices? Customers always remember quality and not the price, as such. As we give the best quality red | september 2016 | 36
Our trademark is authenticity of colour, stone origin to diamond grade, gold, hallmark and purity. What are expectations from this wedding and festive season? India is a country with multiple religions and a strong believer in the institution of marriage. Hence there is no dearth of festivals and marriages. Jewellery is made and worn during wedding season, more than for festivals. Generally, our customers plan the weddings at least a year before. Hence most of them have already got their jewellery made. So for now, we have already done the sale. We are now looking forward to the ones who are getting married in the next season.
Tell us more about the detailing that goes into each piece Each piece goes through at least eight hands, before it takes the final shape and reaches the showroom. As most of the jewellery in India is handmade, it needs to be checked at every stage. Our job is to look into every minute detail – from the weight to rate before we hand it over to our customer. What's the procedure you follow? The entire process comprises a couple of steps that we follow regularly before handing over the piece to client. But at the final stages, we recheck its details which are on the tag and give a certificate of authenticity.
UNCUT KUNDAN SET If there is one kind of jewellery that will never go out of style, then it would have to be polka diamonds. This uncut kundan set, made tastefully with meena design is a perfect wear for any bridal attire. Gold: Gross Wt: Uncut Di wt:
DIAMOND CHOKER NECKLACE This attractive diamond set is all one needs to light up any look. The intricate design spells class, making it one of the most desirable designer pieces.
22 kt 344.43 gm 203.00 carat
Gross wt: 166.70gm Diamond wt: 22 carat South Sea pearl wt: 6.24 carat
DIAMOND, RUBY AND EMERALD RING
Victorian Style earrings
Blending the western and traditional style, this ring is a must-have in a womanâ€™s ring collection. Gleaming with fancy colour diamonds, emeralds and rubies, this one piece is capable of making your hand look jaw-dropping gorgeous.
No woman can ever have enough danglers, and these long Victorian style ones with uncut diamonds and spinal drops, are a definite must have! Its simplicity is what makes it a sure hit with all. Gold: Gross wt: Uncut Diamond wt: Spinal wt:
These traditional gold bangles with filigree design will always stay evergreen and can be teamed with any Indian attire.
Gold: Gross wt:
18kt 43.45gm 2 carat 35 carat
Gold: Gross wt: Diamond wt: Ruby: Emerald:
18kt 10gms 2.2 carat 1.5 carat 1.5 carat
DIAMOND BANGLES Any diamond bangles are indisputably a good buy as you are sure itâ€™s a value for money, will last you forever and will look good with almost everything. And these diamond bangles with heart and arrow cut are no exception. Gold: Gross wt: Diamond wt: each piece: No. of pieces:
18kt 48.68gm 10.00cts, size of 0.10ct 105
Contact details: Maaz Heights, Ground floor, Opp Iranian Consulate, Road no 8, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034 Ph: 040-23351687/9989877768 | Timing: 10:00am- 8:00pm
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How much detailing has gone into it? Darshan Gupta
angatrai – The Royal Collection, like all their branches, is firmly rooted in one ageold family tradition - a commitment to total customer satisfaction. A business, established way back in 1935, has grown into today an empire now. Owner Darshan Gupta believes that the trust and name they have built, is the key to their success and his goal is to retain them. Their product range that is on the offer displays a wide spectrum of choices in Indian pearls jewellery, plain, diamond or precious stone- studded gold jewellery or kundan polki sets and is mainly of the handcrafted variety and is created with great care by skilled artisans and master craftsmen. The brand boasts of using a number of modern techniques and systems in their Quality Control department, to provide their customers with the best possible products.
What is special this festive season? The festive look is in. Temple jewellery in polki, round braun cut diamonds with nakashi work is what is selling fast this season. The special feature about our jewellery is that it is all handmade. With the handwork nicely done, it gives you a divine look. We take care of the detailing that includes the value of the material, too. This way importance is not only given to the look but also to the material used. What is the inspiration behind it? We draw our inspiration from the royalties all over the country. India has a very rich heritage and hence there is enough to pull from there, from the rajas and maharajas to their ensemble, everything is inspiring.
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Close to 200-300 hours of workmanship goes into each piece that we create. Another very important criterion of designing jewellery is to ensure that it can be retained for generations. Hence each aspect- from the polish, value to quality of gemstones- is scrutinized by our experts and their teams. What are the latest trends? We are looking at designing intricate, low budget jewellery for the working women and gift purposes which is in vogue. We are waiting for this wedding season to get over. How do you cope with competition? This might sound cliché but, we truly believe we’re our own competitors. Mangatrai has built a brand over the years and thankfully, our clients repose a lot of trust in us – which is what we need to retain. We shall strive to do so.
How competitive are your prices? Our prices are reasonable. We charge our clients the lowest gold and diamond rate when compared to what is available in the market. You always look for value for money and that is what we offer. What are your expectations from this wedding and festive season? It looks positive and hence the expectation is high. We hope for the best for our industry. What's the procedure you follow? Our visual merchandising really helps. You get what you see. So if we have someone who walks in and likes a piece, then that is taken care of, there and then. But if a client has something in her mind, we design it according to it- put it on paper and help them understand the details. It is our duty to match their budget and quality. This is the procedure we follow.
KRISHNA PENDANT WITH STRINGS
RUBY AND POLKI HASLI
This Nakashi handmade work of Krishna in diamonds and precious stones with emeralds strings is a one-ofits-kind. Wear it on to know its magic! This natural ruby and polki hasli handcrafted in kundan work is a perfect piece of jewellery to carry off either with your western or Indian wear. This timeless piece can be very proudly passed down to the next generation.
Gold Polki Ruby:
Gold Diamonds: Stones: Sea pearls: Emeralds:
107.480gm 22k 4.47 carat 1.30 carat 76.07 carat 252.75 carat
117.510 gm 22k 8.60 carat 98.26 carat EMERALD AND POLKI BRACELET This bracelet is one piece of jewellery that always stays evergreen and can be teamed with almost any kind of attire. Beautifully put together, emeralds and polki diamonds look classy.
DIAMOND BANGLES These mesmerizing diamond bangles are an amazing pick for all those who want to keep it classy yet trendy. And itâ€™s a safe bet, as this design will never go style! Gold Diamonds:
124.310 gms 18k 23.67 carat
POLKI AND EMERALD BANGLES These Diamond polka and emerald bangles look dazzling. They can be worn over saris, kurtas or even a pretty cocktail gown. The eye grabbing piece of ornament is surely a symbol of status for the elite.
Gold Polki: Emeralds:
47.520 gms 22k 6.35 carat 23.25 carat
Contact details: MANGATRAI - The Royal Collection
Gold: Polki: Emerald:
82.650 gm 18k 13.45 carat 16.40 carat
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risa, a group venture of Sanghi Jewellers Pvt .Ltd, has a legacy spanning close to a century. It enjoys credentials such as being awarded Star Export House, PMI, GJF & GJEPC premier membership etc. The brand started four year ago with their first store at Inorbit Mall after which several others followed. They are here to dispel a big myth – that when you think about silver Jewellery, the connotations are basically anklets, toe-rings and antique finish jewellery. Owners Pritha Sanghi, Bhavna Sanghi and Rakesh Agarwal deal in the new world of smart price yet fine precious metal jewellery.
Why do you deal mostly with silver jewellery? Yes, Sterling Silver Jewellery popular in the western world. It is crafted in 92.5% pure silver and plated with Rhodium which is costlier than gold and rarer too. Rhodium’s shining avatar makes the jewellery look like white-gold as we lend a tarnish-free coating to the precious silver. Our merchandise is sourced from Turkey, Italy, Korea, Hong Kong etc. wherein the best quality hearts and arrow cut zircons are mounted on the precious metals. What is special this festive season? Huge chand balis and jhumkis (single, double and even triple tier) encrusted with pearls, the uncutdiamonds and precious stones are red | september 2016 | 42
finding wonderful appreciation this festive season. How much detailing has gone into it? Each and every prong and pivotbase of each stone are debated and decided to deliver the best look to every master-crafted piece at Trisa. Customer’s delight is the only motto and tenet we strongly believe in.
CLASSY SET This design is definitely going to complement your outfit as it is a perfect combination of class and elegance for your Indo-western look.
What are the latest trends? Micro-pave set necklaces, rings and earrings in which exotic Swarovski crystals are used are in vogue. The other trending range is Guttupusalu neckaces.
Gross wt: Stones:
51 gm 65 carat
How do you cope with competition? Healthy competition is always welcome. It spurs you to perform better. We communicate the facts related to our product-line such as design elements, transparent pricing etc. to our customers and request them to make an informed decision.
How competitive are your prices? We believe that design and workmanship are the most important deciding factors related to jewellery purchase. And to top-it-up our surprisingly low prices are a delight to the customers. What are expectations from this wedding and festive season? With the precious metal price movement being quite steady currently and with favourable monsoon and other economic conditions, we look forward with great expectations this wedding and festive season.
Conventional by design, this set of earring has a an evergreen edge. With gold and pearls together, they can be worn with any of your Indian outfits.
Gross wt: Stones:
48 gm 36 carat
LACE THY NECK
EXQUISITE BANGLES This set of bangles is a dream come true! Flawlessly designed, this piece is a grab for all those, who believe that diamonds are the womanâ€™s best friend.
Gross wt: Stones:
This contemporary design plays a perfect blend of sleek design and cuts. Classy, this is definitely a piece to own and flaunt.
12 gm 1.2 carat
Gross wt: Stones
41 gm 4.5 carat
Contact details Babaukhan Mall, Somajiguda Circle, Hyderabad. Cell: 96186 00855 | Timing: 10.30am to 9.30pm
IS THE KING
hat started off in 1939 as a showroom in Coimbatore, has grown into a 11store chain spread over South India. Adhering to its values Kirtilal Kalidas Jewellers captivates, beguiles and brings a gleam to the eyes of those with a passion for beautiful trinkets. Managing Director T. Shanta Kumar, has ensured that the brand is much known for winning its customers' hearts by crafting the jewellery as per their tastes and needs. The onus brand’s policy is to keep a strict vigil on quality and it has always nursed a desire to create the extraordinary. Every piece they create comes with an appropriate certificate to vouch that every stone they sell is genuine.
inhouse manufacturing for both diamond and gold jewellery at a unit in Coimbatore. We manufacture customized jewellery as per the customer’s choice. Along with them, we also procure top quality rough diamonds. Cutting and polishing will be done at our factories using high end machineries. How competitive are your prices? The quality of our products decides the prices and hence there is no problem with the competition. Each piece offers complete value for its money. MADHUSUDHAN
What is special this festive season? This festive season customers seem to be preferring chokers with natural colour stones set in versatile designs. Tell us about new creation. We have manufactured unique “Single Edition Jewellery” in which each piece is unique and is one-time manufactured. Those designs will never be repeated again for any customer. This ensures that exclusivity that a client wants.
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How much detailing has gone into it? Every piece we manufacture undergoes several processes besides stringent Quality Check. Our clients come to us with a lot of faith and it is our duty to ensure that the jewellery is worth their time, effort and money. What are the latest trends you follow? We use technology to help our clients understand their choices better. For example, we use Ipad applications where in we can make the customer virtually, try on the jewellery and get a feel of it. We have a strong inhouse design data bank, where we have more than 5 lakh designs to show the customer. Tell us about your manufacturing… We have a strong
What are your expectations from this wedding and festive season? We have put together a good collection of designs with each piece being made with proper detailing. Tell us more about the detailing that goes into each piece. Our recent collection was all inspired by nature and every piece was manufactured to give an inspiration to the customers. What is the procedure you follow? The customer who comes to the showroom, is given the opportunity to make his choice. We, then, give a clear idea about the piece and design to the customer, explaining each and every detail of the peice. Only after ensuring that he or she is convinced and happy about it, we go ahead with the designing. In the entire process, as you can see, the preference is given to the customer and his/her satisfaction.
DOUBLE LAYERED EARRINGS
This diamond, double layered diamonds shaped and cut emerald hanging is made using pave, illusion and prong setting. The designer has used both yellow and white gold, to give it the classic look.
5.24 carat 36.330gm, 18kt.
This two-row detachable choker cum necklace can be worn as both. Studded with fine quality round brilliant, marquise diamonds, has a thin 4 prong setting which makes the diamond appear bigger than its actual size. Stunner, isn’t it? Diamonds: Gold:
These chand balis are studded with diamonds along with cob ruby, cob emerald and south sea pearls. They’re made in pave and prong setting. Due to the colours used in them, they can be teamed with almost everything in one’s wardrobe!
6.90 carat. 59.132 gms, 18kt
74.21 carat 305.528 gm,18kt.
LAKSHMI BANGLE One look at this Lakshmi broad bangle and you know you want to own it. Studded with round diamonds along with fine quality cut rubies, this is a traditional and elegant pick.
This three bangles’ set, studded with round diamonds and cut ruby along with cob emerald, is quite a hot seller. The broad bangle is traditional and classic with diamonds and the ruby bangles have very thin prongs. Diamond: Gold: 2 Ruby bangle diamonds: Gold:
8.67 carat 42.486 gm 102, 5.02cts 31.500gm, 18kt
Contact details: KIRTILAL KALIDAS JEWELLERS PVT. LTD, 6-3-1111/1, Next to Amrutha Mall, Somajiguda Circle, Begumpet, Hyderabad – 500016. ph: (040) 66621211, 66621311/411. Timings: 10:00am to 8:00pm. (Sundays closed)
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Srigopal & Sumeet
Kamala & Govind Rathi
Nanda & Sachin
eepali and Brijgopal Bhutada hosted a party at Smaaash, Inorbit Mall – a gaming center, to celebrate their son Alok’s 8th birthday. With close to 75 kids in attendance, the gather was a sure shot hit. While the children indulged in some fun games, their mothers were seen catching up with each other. A themed cake and loads of gifts is what made the birthday boy’s day even more special. Riddhi & Vidhi Rakhi
Deepali & Brij Gopal Rama Rathi
Rohini & Deeraj
A Flashy Event Anitha & Raghu
Veena & Vinayak
Vivek & Rachna Padmaja & Yoganand P.Venkatesh, Sujatha & Spandhana
eena, daughter of Padmaja and Yoganand Gajjala exchanged rings with Vinayak, son of Rekha and Nagender Kishan Pampati recently at HICC Novotel. The to-be-bride wore a turquoise green Tarun Tahiliani outďŹ t, while the to-be-groom complemented her in a Raghavender Rathore bandh gala outďŹ t. Decor was out of the fairy tale movie and it was well implemented by Mintu Sarnna. A Russian band was especially called to play Bollywood music, followed by a performance by Thushar Kapoor (Indian idol fame) for the after party, to entertain all the guests. The Asain menu with live counters and over 200 varieties of Indian desserts, left the guests asking for more.
Chintala Ramachandra Rao Madhuri & Vineet
Nagender & Rekha Akhila
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Anusha & Chaitanya
Archit & Hanshita Reddy
Pravallika & Nishita
Rashmita & Abhijeet
Swetha Karteesh Reddy
Yashwanth & Yogitha Avinash & Shruti
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What keeps you going? Everyone has their own motivational factors and in my case, a lot of external factors motivate me like my family, friends, but above all, I think the true motivation comes from within. Any Bollywood plans? I guess, in this industry, most roads do lead there. That is deﬁnitely where I want to reach eventually. You will get to hear from me soon on this topic.
How was the journey? It has been beautiful so far but this is only the beginning. There is so much more to learn, explore and achieve. But yes, it has been wonderful and smooth till now.
Tell us about your current projects. Currently, I am working on two projects Krishna Vamsi’s Nakshatram, an action entertainer in which I have a very interesting role to play and another movie with director Sathya and hero Manoj Manchu in which I play a girl next door from Guntur, the story is a romantic comedy.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN, EXPLORE AND ACHIEVE.
Describe life before and after Kanche. I think, at the person level, life is the same. But after the movie, there is deﬁnitely a lot more adulation, respect and love came my way and it is rather overwhelming. People now recognize me as Sita garu, the character I played and that is a great feeling and it gives me immense contentment. How did you react to the National award? I was super thrilled with the national award. Truly, I felt blessed and special to have been a part of the ﬁlm which received such copious accolades. It was with a lot of hard work and passion that this ﬁlm was made and it all paid off.
IT HAS BEEN BEAUTIFUL SO FAR, BUT THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING.
How did Kanche happen? I auditioned for Gabbar is Back, which is by Krish - the same director as that of Kanche. He noted my acting potential and offered me the movie Kanche instead. It was the best debut that could have happened to me and hence it remains extremely special and very close to my heart.
Let's talk about how she entered the magical world of movies... Life has its own ways of unfolding and everything eventually happens just the way you want them to, at least for some people. I just followed my heart and did whatever I thought was right. I was studying Law in Pune and it was during my college days that I realised that I wasn’t satisﬁed with what I was doing. That was when quite a few modelling assignments came my way and I took those up as a part time option. And I think movies were always meant to happen for me. The ﬁrst step was the beauty pageants where I was selected as a wild card entry many times, after which modelling followed. After making a place for myself in the modelling world, I went for acting as it is the natural course. I wanted to establish myself in the industry. Fortunately, that was how it all happened.
What is it like to share screen space with Nagarjuna? We haven’t started shooting yet, but I am looking forward to it.
Tell us more about your fitness regimen. I don’t follow any strict regimen to keep myself ﬁt. I try to go to the gym regularly, dance (Kathak or any other dance form) when I can manage and go for kick-boxing occasionally. Fitness also has a lot to do with one’s lifestyle and eating habit. It is a package deal.
We heard that you have taken training in kick-boxing and martial arts? How has that helped you with your fitness? I trained in martial arts as a kid for many years when I was in school, and I try to do kick-boxing once in a while as a part of my workout. In terms of ﬁtness, kick-boxing and martial arts help improve exibility, strength, focus and stamina – and that is why I have made it a part of my workout regimen.
What are the things you look at, before signing a project? There are a lot of things that play a important part before signing a ﬁlm like the script, the role, the people associated with the ﬁlm. But I am a person who believes that the ‘yes’ should come from within. So, eventually it comes down to the gut feeling.
What, according to you, is the most attractive thing in a man? Honesty and integrity are the most attractive things. This applies to all human beings, not just men.
What do you consider as your greatest achievement? My journey has just started, so the greatest achievement hasn’t come yet! I shall deﬁnitely let you know when I get there and when I feel I really achieved something big!
What is your idea of happiness? Life is unpredictable hence for me perfect happiness is to live each moment to its fullest!
How are you managing to work in two movies simultaneously? Everything in life is a learning experience, isn’t it? (smiles) Undoubtedly, it is a bit tough because it is two completely opposite characters I am playing. But it is turning out to be a fun and exciting process.
How is the glamorous Pragya managing to play a badass cop? What kind of homework has gone into it? To be honest, the homework is still going on, mostly because it is not just a badass cop that I’m playing in the ﬁlm - the character has many different shades. But it is interesting to do such different genres and I am trying my best to mould myself into the role.
KANCHE WAS THE BEST DEBUT THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO ME.
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Song - Ek Teri Khair Mangdi (Baar Baar Dekho)
Actress - Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence
Actor - Leonardo di Caprio
Movie - Roman Holiday
Holiday destination - South of France
Designer - Ralph and Russo
Outfit- Shorts and ganjis
Food - Butter chicken
Colour - Black
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84 Perspectives Of Thailand
y drawing room is currently piled high with souvenirs from Thailand. I am someone who has a souvenir from every place that I travel to. In fact, my memory-sakes and the books that I bring back from every place hold the key to my latest travel. A friend, once, said that there was no need to travel to places after all the reading and researching that I do, but this has been my childhood hobby and I have learnt it from my father- read, research and travel, though it is always not in that order. This time I felt the strong need to do a large amount of reading to understand Bangkok’s sights, sounds and complexities. And once I started, I felt like Alice plummeting down a rabbit hole of information.
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Wat Phra Khew
Thai Song Dam Cultural Centre
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Grand Palace: It is a magnificent complex of buildings of great significance. It is surrounded by 1,900 meter-long walls. Construction of the complex began way back in 1782. Today the
PLACES TO VISIT Sightseeing here is hard work, but with patience and determination, you find that there is a lot to discover. This city was once known as the “Venice of the East” because canals crisscrossed it. Scattered concrete skyscrapers share space with traditional wooden homes and temples gleaming with golden Buddha images. Phraya River is one of the must visit places and is one of the most famous landmarks of the country, offering glimpses of spectacular buildings.
Tuk Tuk Ride
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Wat Phra Khew: On the grounds of the Grand Palace is one of Thailand’s sacred places and is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Palace is used for a number of royal rituals, state banquets and other official functions, though some parts of it like the inner court are not open to the public. The two oldest buildings are the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall and the Phra Maha Monthian. The Grand Palace complex is a sacred site and visitors have to follow a strict dress code like full pants or long skirts and long sleeve shirts along with covered shoes. Don’t fret, if you are not dressed properly because you can hire sarongs at the entrance. Also available are headsets that give you a detailed audio guide complete with translation facility.
Chao Phraya River
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Devasom Hua Hin Resort
Queen’s Gallery: After that I boarded a tuk tuk for a ride with police escort to the gallery. These cute creatures reminded me of India’s autorickshaws. This perhaps is the most convenient mode of transport here. But for me going around
The vast, fairy-tale compound includes the former residence of the Thai monarch. This is Bangkok’s main tourist attraction and a pilgrimage destination for devout Buddhists and nationalists. Outer palace buildings that visitors can view include Borombhiman Hall, a French-inspired structure that served as a residence for Rama VI.
Aleenta Hua Hin-pran Buri Resort & Spa
Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa
They are ideal for short trips and
Avoid taking a tuk-tuk during peak hours (07:00- 09:00, 16:00 - 19:00).
Don’t be taken for a ride. You can haggle with the driver.
Like in India, fares vary depending on the distance, time, the traffic and most importantly the mood of the driver. The shortest trip will take 30 baht.
TIPS FOR TUK TUK RIDE
in a tuk tuk was more of an exhilarating experience in this unknown city.
Thai Song Dam Cultural Centre: It is at Moo 5, KhaoYoisub district. Thai Song Dam or Lao Song is a group of minority people from Dien Bien Phu near the borderline between North Vietnam and Laos. They have migrated to Thailand, more than 200 years ago and have a distinct culture, language and lifestyle, e.g. wearing all black. They have considerable expertise in textile weaving and basketry. The village market displays equipment and appliances used in their everyday life, miniature models of their houses and the ancient scripts. They even demonstrate weaving procedures. This is
faster than cabs. Take it whenever you don’t feel like walking.
Prachuap Khiri Khan
Aleenta Hua Hin-pran Buri Resort & Spa
Black Mountain Golf
Shangri la Hotel Bangkok
an excellent place to shop for bags, clothes and accessories.
Or take the Highway 4 that passes through Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi culminating at Prachuap Khiri
Rod Fai (Train Market)
If you are travelling by car, take Thon Buri-Pak Tho Road (Highway35) which winds through Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, takes a left turn into Phetchaburi and takes you to Prachaup Khiri Khan. The total distance is approximately 280 km.
Routes to reach Prachuap Khiri Khan from Bangkok:
It possesses various interesting tourism attraction such as beaches, islands, forests and mountains. The most famous beach is Hua Hin, which has been a popular resort housing a summer palace built by Rama VII.
Hua Hin Artist Village
If you are a sea food-lover, Bangkok is the right place to be in. It is also one of the world’s best cities when it comes to street food. The Night Market is packed with nationally recognized delicacies, including oyster omelet, stewed pork shank on rice, fish soups and different types of noodles. Eating street food has a many benefits for a traveler. Firstly, because it is safe since one can see what is being cooked and how fresh it is and at the same time one gets to interact with the local people and know about their authentic delicacies. Secondly, it is incredibly cheap, without compromising on quality or taste.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Khan. The total distance is approximately 320 km.
Royal Forest Department
Chatuchak Weekend Market
5) Saphan Phut Night Market (Memorial Bridge Market)
3) Chatuchak (Weekend Market) | 4) On Nut Night Market
1) Rod Fai (Train Market)- Ratchada location | 2) J J Green (Vintage Market)
5 TRIED AND TESTED NIGHT MARKETS
The dark, winding mazes of endless stalls can be overwhelming, but it is a must see. So if you are looking at some serious and cheap shopping, then night markets are the places to go. Most of them are well organized with a plethora of walk up-friendly bars and a few extremely energetic live bands, setting a casual tone to the place.
Bangkok has the biggest and arguably, the best market across South East Asia. While swimming through a sea of crowds, which are majorly tourists, can be tiring during the day because of the heat, it is better to enjoy the energy and buzz of the night markets. It is only after dark, the food, drink and live music come to life making you sway and tap your feet with the rhythm of the city.
You must try the ‘Panang Gai’. It is a chicken dish made of red curry paste and is doused with coconut cream. The dish is then served with finely chopped kaffir lime leaves sprinkled on top. The dish has such dynamic flavours that the taste still lingers in my mouth. Another dish that you must try is ‘Gai Pad Met Maung’. It is a simple chicken dish where the chicken is seared in a hot greased wok along with onions, dried chillies and crunchy cashew nuts. The specialty of most of the dishes here is that they are cooked in oyster and fish sauce and they go well with rice.
Royal Thai Navy Party
Dhana Vijay, Sr. Photographer
Please do not support any action of wild animal abuse.
The monarchy and religion are held in high respect and any controversial comments or actions considered derogatory to either, are not tolerated.
Do not climb upon Buddha images to take a photographs. Women should not touch the feet of monks.
Remove shoes before entering a temple hall.
Dress conservatively in temples and government ofﬁces. Wear full trousers or skirts along with long sleeve shirts.
Whilst Thais do not expect foreigners to come with prior knowledge of their culture, visitors can ensure a very pleasant stay by remembering a few simple tips.
DO’S & DON’TS
“My visit to Thailand taught me a few lessons of life- the way to adjust to new place, new habits and how to make new friends in an alien land in spite of not knowing the local language. My aim was not to ﬁnd the similarities with my country, but to accept the dissimilarities and move on with a smile. As a lensman, I was treated to most breathtaking landscapes which I captured in my camera and in my deepest memory. I thank TAT for giving this opportunity and being warm hosts.”
DHANA VIJAY’S POINT OF VIEW
Cocktail party at Shangri - La Hotel
Royal Thai Navy Party
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
The TAT campaign- Women’s Journey Thailand was launched on August 1, 2016. To mark the drive, a grand reception was held at Ratchanavicsapha Building. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister and Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports welcomed the guests and presented souvenirs to celebrities. The evening saw an enticing music recital which was followed by a ﬁne dinner.
Royal Thai Navy Party
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Apr 20 –May 20 It is going to be a difficult time for you. Things may take a peculiar turn. If you are self employed, try to close the deal that you have been working on for a long time. Stay cool and focus on what is important to you at this point and don’t let your opponents put you down. If you are an employee, be open to taking help from others. A lot of unpredictable moments await you in love life.
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Lucky for you: Brown, 18
Oct 23 ‐ Nov 21 It is going to be a vivid and memorable time for you. Work is going to be productive. Be vigilant with your closest associates. Proceed with caution and in a straightforward manner. Those who work in a team, can always count on the outside help as good relationship with co‐workers is productive. A world of epic beauty and sincere feelings unfold in love life. Someone might open up to you and declare his/her love for you or be bold enough to take the plunge.
Sep 23 ‐ Oct 22 It is going to be a challenging month for you and you will be able to achieve all the goals. Don’t be distracted by irrelevant issues. Emotional stability will actually be the key to your success on all fronts. The owners and entrepreneurs will have a good time. You will be having a relaxed time with not much happenings or events to attend. Trivial quarrels may bother you, but it is always wise to act in a matured and diplomatic way. Lucky for you: Pink, 30
Dec 22‐ Jan 19 It is essential to pay attention to the family and your personal experience will come in handy. Be prudent and avoid random decisions. Do your best to reach your goals and don’t relax. No exceptional opportunities in entrepreneurial and financial arena. Love life will bring new experiences and allow you to recall old feelings. Be attentive to the older people. There are chances of father‐son conflicts, but it is a natural phenomenon.
Lucky for you: Red, 19
Lucky for you: Blue, 19
Feb 19 – Mar 20 At work and in finances, you will receive a lot of benefits, but not for free. If you are the boss, try not to load subordinates with too much work. If you are an employee, give yourself a break. But don’t while away your time and neglect opportunities and resources. Listen to your heart and stay close to your loved ones. Everything will work out to your favour, as long as you don’t doubt your abilities and most importantly, your own desires.
Jan 20‐ Feb 18 Remain vigilant and follow your intuition. A colleague is set against you. Take necessary measures, act cautiously without making noise. In love life, don’t get too discouraged if you realize that it was time you break up with your partner. It only implies that it wasn’t the right choice for you and this break‐up will do you good. But you shouldn’t interpret this prediction as a forced action.
Lucky for you: Gray, 19
Nov 22‐ Dec 21 At work, it will be a positive period. This doesn’t mean that you should be laid‐back. You need to work hard to reap the benefits of success. If you come across a difficult situation, avoid taking hasty decisions. Your hard work and perseverance will pay. In your love life neither is it a good time to break up nor is it a good time for a new relationship. It is better to refrain from making any drastic decisions.
Lucky for you: Steel Gray, 18
breaking new grounds. That is what the dairy baron-turned-realtor Battini Nageswara Rao has done and he shares some Trade secrets. Potluris is another name that has been making prominent rounds in
ambience for a leisurely repartee and repast, we spoke of nine most happening hangouts in the city. If one eatery specialises in health food, the other stresses on continental fare and some others
jewellery shopping is a natural fall
84 Perspectives of Thailand,
Thailand sojourn to record to the Main Feature.
and jewels in the City of Pearls, turn
eateries in the Smart City and gems
out. To know more about happening
and special platform. With festive and marriage season in full swing,
share the column space in a new
model-turned-actor talks how she
ramp. She beautiﬁes our Haute
edition, jewellers and their products
debutant award. The ravishing
reached the tinsel world, walking the
innovative touches. Experimenting has been my forte too. In this
it straight to the hearts of Telugu
ﬁlm fans and walked out with
Chandra Mouli Tippala, Publisher
Let me sign off.
go for, it is not fair to hold you back.
under our Focus. With so much to
builder. Most deservingly, he comes
creates his own distinct image as a
joined the father’s venture, Pavan
the world of business. Though he
Success is all about taking risks and
garnish the old delicacies with
Our Sr, Photographer, Dhana Vijay’s
overwhelming number of new places to Review.
eateries that provide good food and
a group of executives- frequenting
whether it is a bunch of students or
Jabalpur dame, Pragya Jaiswal, made
day as the ‘Earth Day’.
pollution, we can celebrate every
the big ones like arresting industrial
small ones like planting a sapling or
take similar steps that include the
celebrated with the same spirit. If we
upcoming festival too will be
We are now conﬁdent that the
will be welcoming Goddess Durga.
Following the latest trend of people-
market, we know Vizag is taking huge leaps and giant steps. We had
educational institutions. With
Dussehra round the corner, soon we
the entry of new players in the
the exotic country and we record his experience in Retreat.
sections of society, especially
If the growth of a city is gauged by
TAKE CARE OF THE EARTH AND IT WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
provided us with latest glimpses of
up with great missionary zeal by all
that this noble initiative was taken
this time. It is heartening to note
people opted for eco-friendly idols
off peacefully and most importantly,
Thank God, Ganesh festival passed
Image Processing P.Venkatesh
Sr. Photographers Dhana Vijay Dinakar Pamu
Sr. Feature Writer Anahita Ahuja
Asst. Editor Lachmi Deb Roy
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