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She says she loves teaching and children and bringing her closer to both is Humpty Dumpty pre-school. Meet its correspondent Begum Iqbal He is a man who not just appreciates beauty but also helps the women to add to it, with a parlour of his own Lucas Chinappa transforms many.
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Even as Telangana Chief Minister KCR has set the ball rolling for the rst anniversary celebrations of the state formation in a big way, his son, an irate KTR accuses the Modi government of being partial to its ally-ruled Andhra Pradesh claiming that his state would have done a lot better had the central government been a little more helpful. Meanwhile, people of Andhra Pradesh also are unhappy over the state not getting a special category status. The Central government seems to be in a spot unable to appease either of the states. Vizag, a Smart City in the making, is now in the hands of young and dynamic bureaucrats, who are rendering dedicated service. Mr. Pravin Kumar, Commissioner took charge of GVMC just four months ago and is running the civic body with a fair mind and rm hand. He graces our GenX. Sharing the space with him is Kanna Phaneendra, an ex-minister’s son. Though his ultimate goal is politics, he is right now happy running his own business and Suneendra Sports Club. ‘Smart’ seems to be the buzz word these days. Reecting the same sentiment, we talk of an actor who started his journey as a villain and smartened over the years. Gopichand has gone for a total makeover with a new hairstyle and fresh looks for his latest lm. You can nd out why and how this transformation took place. Just turn to Haute. We have Sushma who insists Natural is beautiful. She tells how the bold can win the ‘beauty’ battles while Dr.Manjusha tells you how you can combat health issues. She runs a one-of-its-kind hospital on ancient native Ayurveda tradition. The two achievers beautify our Eve. Mr. Parandhama Naidu may have chosen a foreign name Fidalgo for his rm but his heart goes out to the local and common people. The humane realtor speaks of his projects. Antiques and aesthetics are close to Neeta Kumar’s heart who constantly deals with them through her high-end Inhabit and Vivanata. Meet them in Trade. Those teachers who handle our bundle of joy, in reality Denice the menace, appear like angels to me. But for Begum Iqbal of Humpty Dumpty play school handling them is great fun. Find out how she deals with the mischievous lot in Focus. Celebrities have to bow before him for they know they are safe with the master hairstylist Lucas Chinappa. Find out how he stands a cut above the others. All this in addition to the regular fare is here to pep up the sluggish Summer afternoons. Chandra Mouli Tippala, Publisher red | may 2015 | 20
ART REALLY WORKS It was a treat for all art lovers as 'ARTWORKS' a group of young amateur artists guided by Jumana Topiwala showcased their work at a three-day exhibition of paintings at 'Art Station, the art gallery opposite Matsya Darshani. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ms.Anusha Malla, Executive Director, Welfare Group of Companies. Some of the guests who were seen at the exhibition are Vineeta Dhawan, interior decorator, Uday and Bani, art enthusiasts, Kamlesh Badruka, Peter, sharebroker and Ameet Mirpuri, Interior Decorator. The event was co-ordinated by Dolly Dhillone, Lata Raja and Jaya Narasimha.
HARI BABU, PALLA UNVEIL LIFE Mr.K. Hari Babu. MP and Mr.Palla Srinivasa Rao, MLA unveiled the book entitled Life, a collection of short stories written by Mrs.Prasanthi Pothina. The book, published by Reem Publications Private Limited, New Delhi, weaves different shades of emotions into 15 contemporary stories. Mr.K. Hari Babu and Mr. Palla Srinivasa Rao complimented the young writer and wished her the best in her future endeavours. Former Rector, Andhra University, Prof.A.Prasanna Kumar was the chief guest. Former V-C of Adikavi Nannayya University Mrs.Nirupa Rani presided over the function. Prof. Patrudu graced the dais and Mrs.V.Sarada, Editor-in-Chief, red Magazine, who reviewed the book, presented its salient features. Visakha Museum Curator Mr.M.N.A.Patrudu was prominently present at the event that saw the presence of celebrities drawn from various walks of life. red | may 2015 | 22
KHYATI MESMERIZES VIZAG The Khyati Boutique on the VIP Road had become the hub of all the shopping for the Vizagites last month, with the designer’s couture and jewellery exhibition cum sale held there. Exclusive pieces by Binny Marwah whose jewellery has adorned the necks of top celebrities in India and abroad, were on display here. Meanwhile the shopaholics were spoilt for choice when it came to the vast couture collection by Amita Baslas’ ‘Angasutra’. It included designs by names like Varun Bahl, Sana Culture, Heena Apparel, Sukrita Singh, Mayura Kumar, Gaurav Katla, Talat, Lachesis and many more. The exhibition was organized by Deependra and Raju Datla, owners of Khyati.
PMJ UNFOLDS AKSHAYA TRITIYA JEWELLERY Marking the Akshaya Thritiya, Hyderabad-based PMJ Jewellers held a 3-day exhibition at Green Park Hotel. It was inaugurated by Poojita, MD, Pratyusha Group, Jagarlamudi Satya and K.Jhansi. The show displayed some special and unique collection of gold and diamond jewellery that won the hearts of Vizagites. There were as many as 15 genres of jewellery. Bridal, Temple, Gopuram, Nagishi, Rohini, Roshini and Kundan were some of them, The multi-purpose jewellery which can be used for hands, neck or ears by detaching here and attaching there, was the special attraction. The exhibition, attracting a large number of glitterati, was a thumping success. Mr.K.Srinivasa Rao, Business Associate Manager of PMJ was present.
HYM AWARDS GIVEN AWAY HYM International Certicates Pvt Ltd. honoured a few leading entrepreneurs with quality awards, at a function held for the rst time in South India. HRD Minister Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao was the chief guest at the event. The recipients of the awards were Mr. B.Pramod of Hub For Youth, Go-Karting (Entertainment), Apollo (Healthcare), Mr. Karanam Narasinga Rao (Real Estate), Mr. P. V.P. Mallikarjuna Rao of BhaktaAnjaneya Suruchi Foods(Food) and Mr. K. Siva Kumar and Ms.K. Sunita of Sunita Graphics (Art). Prominently present at the event were MLA Mr. Pardhasaradhi, Mr. Mallik of Kankatala Silks and HYM Quality Awards Chairman Mr. Koteswara Rao. The dance performance of young artistes enthralled the audience.
GREEN PARK WELCOMES CRICKETERS IN STYLE While Vizag was riding high on the IPL fever, the cricketers seemed to have enjoyed the hospitality of Hotel Green Park. The entire staff of the Hotel was present to greet the players who stayed there for two nights. From Namit Sinha, General Manager, Operations to K.M.Rao, General Manager, Business Development, everyone was there to give a traditional Indian welcome to the KKR team i.e. with a garland, aarti and tika. The management says the players were impressed by the hospitality and thanked the hotel for the service as they checked out.
YET ANOTHER FEATHER IN VARUN MARUTI’S CAP Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Managing Director & CEO Mr. Kenichi Ayukawa, Executive Directors Mr. T. Hashimoto and Mr. Kalsi visited Varun Maruti showroom to take part in the celebration held to mark the sale of 2,00,000 cars. A unique 300-kg cake in the size and shape of Maruti Swift, baked by the chefs of Novotel Visakhaptnam Varun Beach, Mahesh and Gopal, was the highlight of the celebration. Mr.Ayukawa handed the car to the 2,00,000th customer, besides felicitating the rst customer who bought the very rst car from the showroom in 1996. He complimented Varun Maruti for its successful journey. Varun Maruti MD and Chairman Mr.Prabhu Kishore thanked the visiting dignitaries. Varun Maruti Director Mr.Varun Dev, Executive Director R.C.Raju, CEO BhaskarRaju and other staff took part in the event.
SBI GIVES VEHICLES TO WELFARE ORGANISATIONS State Bank of India responds to the needs of underprivileged in its area of operation. Keeping up the tradition Administrative Ofce of State Bank of India, Balaji Nagar, handed three vehicles to Arogyavaram Eye Hospital that provides critical eye care to rural & tribal population in Srikakulam, Brighter Future Development Trust, Vizianagaram that provides Leprosy/AIDS/TB affected people and Akshayapatra Foundation – For providing mid-day meal to over 5.500 underprivileged students in Visakhapatnam district. Mr. C.R. Sasi Kumar, Chief General Manager has handed over 3 vehicles to the beneciaries in the presence of Mr.K.N. Nayak, Deputy General Manager [B & O] of Visakhapatnam Admn.Ofce. In response, the representatives of all the 3 organisations have thanked Mr. Nayak and the Regional Managers for the gesture.
COSMOS ORGANISES ANTI- AGEING WORKSHOP Cosmos, Hospital of laser, cosmetic surgery and remedial skin treatment organised a two-day workshop on anti-ageing for women. Around 50 women attended the workshop where they were exposed to various treatments like Botox, Contouring with dermal llers, PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) which is also called as Vampire’s facial- a permanent treatment to rejuvenate the face. Dr.Krishnapriya owner of Cosmos and cosmetic laser surgeon who has been practising for over 20 years had organised this workshop. She called two doctors, Dr.Sujata and Dr.Lakshmi from Bangalore and Hyderabad respectively to educate the women in Vizag about the latest technology in anti-ageing treatments.
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CLICKING AWAY THE CANON WAY It was the perfect place to be in for all budding photographers as Canon organized a photography workshop at Ambica Sea Green. As many as 25 participants were taught the key rules of photography in a day-long session. Styles like wedding, portrait and cellphone photography were covered. The mentor was Mr.Sudhakar Reddy, ofcial trainer Canon India who added, “Digital photography has attracted many people towards it in hordes. The eld today has limitless scope and has expanded in various segments”. All the participants were given certicates by Mr.Sudhakar. The organizers Mr.Sankaram NG & Vishwateja Ashish said that they are looking forward to conducting more such workshops in the near future.
MOON WALK BY EXPLORADORES CLUB A lunar eclipse followed by a full-moon night is a spectacle worth watching and savouring. While most of the Vizagites remained home and enjoyed the celestial delight from home, a group of adventure acionados embarked on a 10km trek on the Rushikonda-Bheemili Beach. The trek, organised by the Exploradores Club saw participation from all walks of life and all ages. The trek was so enticing that two of the participants came from Hyderabad to participate in the 'moonwalk'. Environment and heritage conservationists Mr. Sohan and Ms.Jayshree Hatangadi, members of green NGOs Mr.Ravi Kanth Reddy, Ms.V Sandhya Parimala and Mr.Sridhar Vaddi were prominent among the enthusiastic trekkers.
COMPETITIONS & CHEER AT GAYATRI COLLEGE FEST A two-day state level cultural fest kicked off in Gayatri College last month. From cultural competitions to photography, short lm and music contests, the festival had it all. Catching up with the latest trend the college also organised a ash mob. The chief guest for the festival was Satyanand, Actor’s Trainer and the event was graced by the Principal Mr.A.B.K.Rao. Over 200 students participated in the various competitions. Mr.Y.V.P.K.Raghava, Dean of students affairs was the convener while Mr.A.B.Balasubramaniam, was the student co-ordinator who organised the festival and saw to it that it went off with no hitch.
GRAND START TO NEW ACADEMIC YEAR Greendale – The Complete International School Campus wore a festive look at the onset of the new academic session 20152016. Chairman Mr.S.P.Ravindra addressed the parents and spoke about stress-free education being implemented at the school in order to bring about a holistic development in the child. Mr.Ramana Gogula, Music Director was the special guest for the event and he congratulated the parents and children for making the right choice. Executive Director Mrs.Divya Das and the school Principal Mrs.P.Mercy Nelson welcomed the gathering. Dr.S.Vijaya Ravindra conveyed her best wishes to the children at the cake cutting ceremony, lots of games were conducted where the teachers and children had a great time bonding with each other. red | may 2015 | 28
HUMPTY DUMPTY HAD A GREAT TIME The graduation ceremony of tiny tots of Humpty Dumpty in their school premises was a cheerful affair. With the kids donning the customary gowns and caps that graduates wear while passing out. The Correspondent of the School, Mrs.Begum Iqbal says she had the yellow gowns specially stitched for the occasion. The children entertained the parents with a number of dance moves. Parents were surprised hearing their three-year-old kids give a speech on stage wearing condence on their sleeves. The occasion was also graced by the President of the pre-school, Mr.S.M.Iqbal who is a retired Hindi professor. The children were honoured with star students certicates for excelling in various activities through the year.
EVOLUTION â€“ THE NEW SPA ON THE BLOCK Gajuwaka residents got a brand new spa, with the inauguration of Evolution at the Junction of old Gajuwaka. The Chief Guest for the event was Education Minister, Ganta Srinivasa Rao. On the occasion, the Director of the spa Mrs Radhika Sunil Mekala announced one day offer of 50% discount on all services and free gift vouchers for everyone present, which was welcomed by the enthusiastic guests. Amongst those who attended are Palla Srinivasa Rao, Gajuwaka MLA, V Kodanda Ramaiah, Advocate and Lalam Bhaskar.
ROUND TABLE FOR BETTER EDUCATION Members of the 3rd Round Table Club of Vizag i.e. VVRP 213 held a mega Tambola event at the Taj Gateway Hotel to help the cause of educating children in the country. This social networking and charitable organization will use the money received from the sponsors and the sale of 750 tickets for the construction of classrooms and toilets in schools. The event was organized by Sorabh Dhanuka, Chairman of the club along with the rest of his team. Some prominent people seen at the event were Mrs.Sandhya Godey, Principal Consultant of CSR, Phoenix IT solutions, Mrs.Jaya, a renowned artist, Mrs.Madhuri, Social Activist, Mrs.Vani Ganamani- Director of Phoenix IT solutions, Meenakshi, CEO of Razzmatazz, Mrs.Vani Kancharla and Mrs.Bharathi.
TRENDZ BRINGS WEDDING COLLECTION Mrs.Shanti Kathiravan and her Trendz bonanza are not new to Vizagites. Every time she arrives, she brings in something unique and different which begets her overwhelming response. This time about keeping the ongoing season in focus, she brought in the wedding collection which attracted the cream and elite of the city. The two-day Lifestyle Exhibition was held at Novotel Varun Beach. The special attraction this time is silk suites that reď€‚ect the celebration mood, says the organiser in a long distance interview. As many as 35 designers exhibited their merchandise. Mrs.Shanti, giving a go-by to the tradition of having celebrities inaugurating events, made the designers themselves open the show. She has been successfully conducting exhibitions across South India with participants from all over the country, offering designer blouses, silver jewellery, dress materials, kurtis, lehengas, kids wear, exclusive leather furnishings, home accessories, cosmetics, gift articles and kitchen accessories.
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CHITRAYOG OF KHUSHI World renowned artist Jaya Baheti organized one-of-its-kindevent Chitrayog Deeksha by Khushi Zanwar. Le Palais Royale served as the venue for this event which was attended by Hyderabadis in good numbers. Trained under the skillful guidance of Sameeksha Jain for past several years Khushi is able to paint her imagination with simplicity and it was evident in her creative work. She is adept at visualizing and creating extraordinary expressions of ordinary situations of day to day life. “I want my paintings to speak both to me and others. Art is a creation for the eye and can only be hinted by words,” said Khushi. While Justice C.Praveen Kumar was the chief guest, Suman Kabra, Dean, BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, was the guest of honour of this event.
S & N’S PRESENT SS COLLECTION Shantanu and Nikhil presented their Summer and Spring (SS) 2015 collection, inspiration for which is drawn from the story of a Duchess who captures her emotions through different phases. The store transformed into a Duchess’ palatial living quarters with a powder room, a dining area and even a study. The designer duo showcased their collection through a unique art installation instead of a regular ramp walk. “We’ve dabbled with silhouettes and done a lot more geometric patterns” said Nikhil. Shantanu joined him saying, “Brides now don’t want to be weighed down by outts. We felt that cocktail couture is buoyant and is growing.”
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PHOENIX LIVE ON A SPORTY SPREE Phoenix Live is gearing up to entertain. Its own Leonia Cricket Ground will host RENAISSANCE – A National Corporate Cricket Championship from May 9th – July 11th (only on weekends) in 20/20 format with 20 corporate teams. It is going to conduct Kinematics 101 an original college based karting championship. It will have 96 teams divided into 12 groups of 8 teams each. SCC National Karting Championship an indigenous competition is also planned. “Our newly opened Chicane Karting Circuit has been revered by everyone who has been to the track. SCC National Karting Championship and Kinematics 101 will denitely elevate the interest levels in karting. With Meco Racing being our partners we are sure to provide a sound technical footing and safety standards for all participants,” said Bharath Varma, Managing Partner – Phoenix Live.
VILLART PHOTO EXPO 2015 Villart Photo Expo 2015 left everyone impressed. The 3-day expo that took place in JRC Convention Centre was organized by the veteran photographer Venkata Ramana, MD, Villart and actress Lakshmi Manchu launched this grand show. It saw over 100 exhibitors showcasing thousands of products and a few notable companies such as Pentax, Photoquip, Monarch, Data Color, HP, Epson, Printonica, Apple, DELL, Ramoji Academy of Film and Television, Ramanaidu Film School, etc. Pentax 645z, Datacolor Spider 5 and a few world popular products from UK were launched in India through this expo. Free seminars/training sessions were held by Hari Mahidhar, Padma Pothukuchi, Venu Bhagawan and S.K. Hussain.
SANIA FETED BY TAJ FALAKNAMA It was an evening to remember when Taj Falaknuma Palace was decorated to its best to host a spectacular evening. The occasion was to honour Sania Mirza. For being the rst Indian to be the Number 1 in the WTA Doubles rankings, Sania was felicitated by Girish Sehgal the General Manager of Taj Falaknuma Palace. The glitzy ceremony saw leading luminaries from around the country in attendance besides Sania’s parents Imran, Naseema and Sister Anam Mirza. “We are extremely proud of Ms.Mirza’s achievement. By winning the Family Circle Cup earlier this month, along with Martina Hingis she became the world No.1 in WTA Tennis Doubles rankings. We felicitate Sania who is also the brand ambassador for the state of Telangana on behalf of Taj Falaknuma Palace and the All India Lawn Tennis Association,” said Girish Sehgal. red | may 2015 | 50
SAINA SIZZLES AT KAIRA’S SS COLLECTION Kaira unveiled its exclusive Spring-Summer line in a dazzling fashion show on the occasion of successful completion of its 25 stores, spread across various cities of India. It is known for its exclusive Indian Ethnic, Western and Indo-Western ensembles. Kaira introduced the badminton champion Saina Nehwal as its brand ambassador who left the audience wowing for her as she ramp-walked as the showstopper. Top models showcased the creative collection in three fashion sequences. Actresses, models and celebrities, many well-known personalities of Hyderabad were present at the launch of the summer-spring line of Kaira.
UE EXHIBITION ENTHRALLS HYDERABABDIS United Exhibition organized the 30th edition of UE The Jewllery Expo recently. Actress and Model Zoya Afroz inaugurated this three-day exhibition which had put exquisite trinkets on display. Taj Krishna, the venue turned into a treasure house with the impressive display of diamond jewellery. Over 40 jewellery brands and houses of the country came together to exhibit their nest collections under one roof. From antique trinkets to temple ornaments, kundan to contemporary jewellery- they had it all. With so many options at their disposal, the buyers were spoilt for choice.
HYDERABAD Sashi, Sheetal Nahata, Alice Rosario & Alok Nahata
Sheetal, Shashi Nahata, Manjula Narsa & Alok Nahata Megha
DAY & NIGHT BAZAAR KEEPS THE SHOPPING ON April was an eventful month for Sashi Nahata as Akriti was busy with many exhibitions. The rst event was a day and night bazaar which saw shoppers indulging in grand shopping extravaganza. The Park was chosen as the venue for this twoday expo which was designed on the lines of ea market, but those high-end designer items made it a designer ea market. Around 80 designers and craftsmen from pan India participated in the event to exhibit their products that ranged from home décor accessories to jewellery, clothes to footwear etc. Hyderabad’s super model and winner of Max Fashion Icon 2015 Ms. Alice Rossario inaugurated this exhibition. Shika Sharma
Harika Reddy Ananya
SUMMER AND WEDDING SPECIAL OF AKRITI 27th and 28th April saw Akriti Elites’ Summer and Wedding special exhibition and sale at Hotel Taj Kirshna. The new line included fresh collections of linen, cottons, handloooms, ethnic wear, saris, lehengas, kurtis, pallazos, tunics, jewllery and various accessories perfect for casuals, parties and wedding wear for the sunny season. More than 50 designers from Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Warangal, Bangalore and other places were present. The show was inaugurated by socialites Manjula Narsa, Megha Dinesh and Akriti Elite Director Sashi Nahata. Similar enthusiasm was witnessed in Visakhapatnam when Akriti Elite hosted the exhibition in Taj Gateway Hotel.
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HYDERABAD Laila Khan
ADDA TURNS SHOWSTOPPER Style and fashion were at their peak as a horde of fashionistas thronged Olive Bistro. They had come to witness "Alhambra” which was a truly serene yet vivacious summer ensemble. This cool collection impressed every fashion lover. It unveiled the Spring/Summer line of Fatima Irfan. The beautiful collection was launched by Adda boutique on 22nd April. Fatima chose the most appropriate venue for this sundowner esta which held the spectators spellbound.
Shubra & Nidhi
Deepthi Reddy Nilofer
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VIJAY RANA STUDIO LAUNCH Ace Hyderabad designer Vijay Rana joined hands with fashion enthusiast Deepthi Reddy to launch his second franchisee store Vijay Rana Studio at Jubilee Hills. It has turned into a perfect address for bridal fashion, showing designer ghagras, saris, western outts to suit the varying tastes of customers. The launch saw the celebrities and well-known personalities. Vijay is known for using best fabric woven by adroit artisans in cotton, natural prints, spandex and Lycra and his creations are usually customized. Perhaps it is for the rst time that any designer has created an entire line of bridal collection from cotton. Among the crème-de-la crème spotted there were Shriya Reddy, Rekha Reddy, Preeti Reddy,Dolly Lakhani, Kishan Lohiya and many others.
HYDERABAD Mansi Gulati
BINA MEHTA HOLDS HEALTH MEET Bina Mehta in association with the yoga guru Mansi Gulati organized a health awareness programme "Stay Fit -Go Healthy". Mansi is the contender in Mrs.Asia International and trainer for celebrities. The programme had a brief session on face yoga which is claimed to enhance beauty naturally. Mansi also spoke about Clinical Yoga-natural remedy for clinical ailments like thyroid, diabties, arthritis and similar kinds. She gave away tips on healthy diet and stressing food plays a major role in keeping us health and said "we are what we eat". The members experience self transformation with yoga and meditation through this two-hour workshop which took place in Avasa.
Prabodh Wilson & Sandhya
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Usha, Vani & Neha
SWETA’S COLLECTION LAUNCHED Young, pretty, talented and enterprising; all these adjectives are for the new fashion designer on the block, Swetha Sharon. An engineer by profession, fashion designing is her passion and recently she launched her agship store on Road No 9, Jubilee Hills. MLA Akhila Reddy inaugurated the store. Famed designer Satish Sikha from Canada was present at the launch. Swetha’s collection includes primarily Indian Ethnic wear besides a few customized western ensembles. Part of the earning of her store goes for the cause of educating girl child.
SATYAMEVA JAYETE Organized by Nandu Bilal a unique event called "Satyamev Jayate”: Portraying Dark Side of the society was held recently in NIFT. Through a stunning dance ballet it showcased a few of the most disturbing issues faced in the society like child labor, child sexual abuse, female foeticide, drugs, women harassment etc. It aimed at creating awareness and questioned the society, “Who is responsible?” Prominent among guests were Harish Kumar, Raunaq Yar Khan, Aamir Javed, Rina. Dara, Kavita, Shagun, Pushpak Jain, BIlal and Sagar, Hitesh and Jyoti and others.
Bijal & Sagar Hitesh & Jyoti
Kavita Aamir Javed
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HYDERABAD Harini & Santhi
TRENDZ VIVAH DRAWS AMAZING RESPONSE Organized by Shanti, Trendz Vivah a two-day expo took place in Taj Krishna, Banjara Hills and witnessed amazing response. The show roped in famed fashion designers, best artisans across the country right from Kolkata, Bombay, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Hyderabad, who showcased exquisite saris and designer apparels, half saris, lehangas, heavy suits, jewellery, bridal wear, lifestyle accessories, home decors, kids wear and much more in 70 stalls. Kanchan, Shazia, Simran, Mohini, Neha, Pooja and Reshma and many others were spotted shopping to their hearts content. Simran
FASHION SANS BOUNDARIES Actress Harini Reddy launched Fashion Unlimited - A Lifestyle Exhibition by lighting the lamp. With wedding season round the comer Hyderabadis literally had unlimited fashion at their disposal at this event which was organized by Shanti Kathiravan. The two-day event displayed an array of exquisite daily wear, designer wear, bridal jewellery and gifting items promising a whole new shopping experience. From hand-crafted metallic and non- metallic jewellery with precious and semi-precious stones, to ethnic jewellery to designer and hand-embroidered saris, Tussars and silk saris, designer blouses, designer dress materials, kurtis, exclusive leather furnishings. Fashionistas had over 50 master designers and over 2.5 lakh traditional and contemporary designs to choose from. "Platforms such as this are required to reach out to women looking for well-designed cotton, silk wear and exclusive jewellery, all under one roof,â€? said Harini Reddy.
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Neeru, Karishma Kapoor, Avnish & Harish
NEERU’S NEW ADDITIONS Neeru's launched two more stores on the same day, one in Kukatpally and the other in Karkhana. Karishma Kapoor, the brand ambassador of Neeru’s inaugurated these new facilities. Karishma looked radiant in a long red dress. It was a milestone in Neeru’s history as the Karkhana outlet is the rst ever store for casuals called - "Neeru's Mix & Match”. Both the new outlets witnessed a grand opening with many prominent names of the city coming to congratulate and wish good luck to Harish Kumar, Neeru Kumar and Avnish Kumar, the brand owners.
Sunny, Suchita, Sonali & Navi Mahek Murty
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Monika Agarwal & Chetan Bhagat
CHETAN BHAGAT REGALES FLO MEMBERS FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) organized an interesting meet in Taj Krishna hotel and the members turned in full attendance. After all who would like to miss a tete-a-tete with the country’s bestseller novelist Chetan Bhagat? He started off the session by saying, "Thank you for having me at a ladies' meet, where men aren't generally allowed," leaving the ladies in stitches. The session turned more exciting with the members asking questions and Chetan peppering his answers with great sense of humour. The evening ended with a scrumptious dinner. Prominently present were Monika Agarwal, Alea, Dr. Kamala, Reema, Ritu, Minati, Samit and Manisha, Vijay and Khusboo and others.
Samit & Manisha Vijay & Kushboo
Shruti & Uttam Malpani Shubra & Sharath
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Dominic, Sanjana, Bina Mehta, Geet Gupta & Mansi Gulati
HIGH DOSE OF GLAMOUR IN HI LIFE HI life is a 3-day exclusive fashion, lifestyle and luxury exhibition took place at Novotel (HICC). Actress Sanjjanaa Galrani, who was the chief guest of this gala show, inaugurated it. Founder Aby Dominic of HI Life and guest of honour Socialite Bina Mehta graced the occasion. The exposition had myriad exclusive collection from all the major cities of India which are crafted following the latest trends in fashion, personal styling and gifting solution. Others who were spotted at the event included Geet Gupta, Ritika, Havisya, Shristi, Ashrita, Meghana and others.
Deepali & Nupur
REVIEW IT IS SMOKIN’ HOT
LEATHER ALL THE WAY
ate fakes? Then you ought to visit Lee Leather near RTC complex. M Seshagiri Rao, Managing Partner of Lee Leather says “Earlier, we only exported goods, but now our brand has entered the Vizag market, with a wide range of genuine leather products. They are available at all leading stores like CMR, Men.com, etc.”
f you have been dreaming of an aromatic chicken leg evenly roasted on charcoals for days together, then it must have been a sign of things to come. Your subconscious mind was pushing you towards the newly opened outlet of Barbeque Nation at Pandurangapuram. We advise you to starve yourself before going to this place because there is no other way your stomach can accommodate everything from their huge spread. BN is a strictly buffet place with no ala carte. But you won’t miss that at all, the moment you see the personalized barbeque placed on every table. From Barbequed pineapple, Cajun spiced potato to Chilli garlic sh and Chicken mushlika, you’ll see them all, smoking right in front of you. Add to that their mouth-watering main course and sinful desserts. A mocktail costs you between Rs.95 and 110. During the weekdays you get one complimentary with the lunch. At any given time, BN has a live cooking counter for pastas and chats. Dinner for two costs anything between Rs.1200-1600, so you need not burn your ngers dgeting with your backyard barbeque grill, leave it to the experts at BN.
You will nd everything from bags, belts, clutches, credit card holders to wallets to key chains. The wallet collection starts from Rs.295 and goes on to Rs.1,195. The company has for the very rst time introduced the Radio Frequency Identication (RFID) Technology in wallets. This will ensure that your cards are prevented from any kind of theft of information with the use of a counterfeit reader. Some of these wallets starting from Rs.400 onwards also have sim card and memory card slots. Apart from classy leather jackets, the ladies can pick from attractive handbags which guarantee second glance. Lee Leather proves that leather is not just about durability but also about style and class.
Ph. No: 0891- 6060008, 7416106000 Timings: 12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm
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Ph.No- 8912577255 Timings: 8am- midnight
SAY ‘NO’ TO OVERSHOOTING GOLD BUDGETS
By Neeta Nair
ost often we have to deal with salespersons who attempt to sell us something way above our budget or those who never come even close to understanding our taste. Thankfully Kameswari Jewellers are a welcome change in that department. The staff will go to great lengths to understand each customer and his requirements.
The 2000 sq ft showroom has a wide range of light weight and heavy jewellery, stunning bridal collection and a special range of intricately designed silver products. They deal in 92.5 sterling silver jewellery and 100% pure silver jewellery. Their USP is their bridal packages. Here you can choose the overall weight of gold you are willing to buy and then break it down to various pieces of jewellery like rings, necklaces, harams etc. It saves you the effort of individually handpicking every ornament and also the trouble of forcefully matching jewellery of different themes & designs on the wedding day. The staff leaves no room for doubt in the minds of the customer. Their melting meter will melt the ornament in front of your eyes while purity meter will tell you its exact composition. Also, in a one of its kind move, this store offers laser marking of black beads which determines its weight and eliminates loss while remolding ornaments later. Kameswari promises the lowest value additions giving you a 4% to 8% difference in the competitive market. From chandbalis to affordable antique sets to platinum bands, you will nd it all here. Bottom line, if you need a great collection and a sincere piece of advice while making some of the costliest decisions of your life, then head to Kameswari Jewellers at Dwaraka Nagar.
Ph.No -0891- 2561860 | Timings – 10.30am- 8.30pm
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5 By Neeta Nair
ALL IN ONE BEAUTY SOLUTION
or starters theirs is a catalogue which seemingly has no end, one can keep ipping the pages and be sure to nd a solution for every beauty related problem in it. Welcome to Evolution which has recently opened its doors to a wide range of beauty & tness services for both, men and women. The parlour is spread over 3000sq ft in the busy suburb of Gajuwaka.
Evolution has attractive pre-bridal packages. One of their best packages is the two month long one, here they will provide beauty services to the bride starting from two months prior to the wedding. It would make your skin look beautiful from within. The grooms don’t have to feel left out, go match up to your glowing brides by signing up for a pre wedding package. Apart from the regular beauty services like waxing, body polishing and pedicure-manicures, you would nd an array of options for pampering yourself like the Signature Evolution Massage that costs Rs 2500 for 90 minutes. It would comprise the traditional Thai massage with the use of aromatic oils and herbal balm. Facials start from Rs.500 and go up to Rs.3000. Highly recommended is the Brightening Facial. For the more serious skin problems, consult their dermatologist. Hair related issues like thinning hair and hair transplantation are treated here. That leaves us with tness, if you want to lose weight naturally then the gym on the third oor is where you need to be, the annual membership is priced at Rs.12,000. But if you prefer to shed those extra kilos quickly, you could opt for tummy reduction therapy or liposuction performed by their experts. All in all Evolution is a one stop shop to transform you into an ‘attractive you’. Ph.No: 8977221000 | Timings: 9am – 9pm (Salon) 6 am to 10 pm (gym)
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5 By Ranita Ray
TREAT FOR TEETH
yderbadis now have another reason to ash big smiles, as Denty’s has opened its new branch in Himayath Nagar diagonally opposite to Telangana Tourism to take care of their dental beauty. It has an experienced team of in-house specialists. It renders dental care procedure following widely accepted and treatment standards and uses bio-compatible and non-allergenic materials. Its equipment are of international standards and has state-of-the art infrastructure like silver iodide coated dental chairs which thwart microbial growth, electronic patient records, and the latest in digital diagnostics. Hygiene is given utmost importance adhering to CDC Sterilization protocols for Dental facilities. It follows a high standard of Class B sterilization which is US FDA approved. Its treatments include Maxillofacial Surgery (jaw corrections, facial corrections, TMJ pain, and facial trauma), Gum Treatments (scaling & polishing, deep scaling, ap surgery, bone graft), Oral Surgery (wisdom tooth extractions, simple extractions, cyst removals, oral tumour) and Orthodontics (habit correction appliances, metal & clear braces, interceptive orthodontics, myofunctional appliances). There are also treatments for your younger ones under Child Dental Care program which deals with llings, crowns, rampant caries, nursing bottle caries etc. Do checkout its Preventive Dentistry which offers services like uoride therapy, pit & ssures, scaling and air polishing. It has dental rooms for each of the specialties, like Prosthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery and Implants, Pedodontics and orthodontics. True to its tagline “Care and Cure”, this branch of Denty’s cares rst for the safety and well-being of our patients thus curing them of their problems. Prior appointment is a must through telephonic or online registration (www.dentys.com). Timings: 9.00am to 9.00 pm (365 days) | Phone: 773090088, 040-40112388
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V IYZDAEGR A B A D H
4.5 By Ranita Ray
STEAMS OF FLAVOURS
atch up with your buddies over a glass of cold coffee and scrumptious food at Vapour-Café Lounge. Opened near Jubilee Hills Checkpost, this new eatery is the brainchild of Mr.Amzath Khan. Occupying an area of 4000 sqft, it is located on the rooftop of Apurupa PCH and gives a breathtaking view of the surroundings.
While the indoor set-up offers air-conditioning dining experience for 30 packs, the alfresco area can accommodate as many as 50 packs. The menu offers a wide array of cold coffees, mocktails, smoothies and nger licking food, primarily starters. However, if you wish you can have sizzlers, pastas as entrée. One has an option of Italian, barbeque, Mexican, Continental and Chinese cuisine. It will have hot coffees too once we bid adieu to summers. The must try items are Lemon Mustard Grilled Fish, Grilled Peri-peri prawns, Black Cajun Jamaican Fish Pasta, Grilled Cajun Fish, Assorted Non-veg Grilled Sheeks, Mixed Non-veg grill Sizzlers, Mexican Chimi Changa Rolls, Grilled Harisa Chicken, Grilled Chicken Kafrel. Vegetarians can opt for Fettuccine Alfredo, Vegetable Cottage Cheese Pesto Pasta, besides many of its sizzlers and grilled items. Must drink potables are Country Lemonade, Princess Margarita, Frappeccino, Choco Iceberg Cold coffee or the chocolate loaded Lindt Chocolate Shake. The music in the background enhances the mood of the ambience and live music is going to be introduced soon. Not just food and drinks enjoy the puffs of avoured hukkas which add to your relaxing experience. Those who don’t like to have smoke around, yet want to taste its delicious delicacies, Amzath pleases them with Vapour’s home-delivery facility which is free within two km-radius. On its premises one can entertain a small group of 30 for private parties too. Ph.no: 040-32919444, 9700477291 | Timings: 10.00am to 12.00am (365 days)
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WONDERLAND OF WONDER WAGONS
uxury seekers now you can add comfort to your living pretty effortlessly as you have National Premium Pre-owned Cars opening its doors right in your city. Spread over an expansive 2000 square yards, this place is rst as well as one-of-its-kind. It is also the largest one to deal with premium pre-owned cars in the city.
Located on Road number 36, Jubilee Hills, at any given time there are not less than 60-70 cars put on view, all of uber luxurious make and such grand display is its exclusive feature. From BMW, Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Mercedes, Land Rover and Range Rover, the list includes all the names of swanky cars. Those who look for brands like Rolls Royce and Bentley, National can get you that as well. It offers four options to the customers for pre-owned cars, i.e. buy, sell, park and exchange. It has tie ups with all leading banks to provide easy nance to its clients. Syed Tousif, the proprietor claims all the vehicles are certied by the manufacturing companies and come with warranty on parts. Thus, it ensures genuineness of the products. He further adds as it’s all about customer to customer deal, he offers the best price.
Timings: 10 am to 7.30 pm (365 days) Contact: 9885902345
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FINE SCHOOLING FOR
THE FUTURE GREATS
CHILDREN CAN BE GREATMEN SOMEDAY GREATMEN WERE CHILDREN ONE DAY
A student who enters the school in LKG can be assured of an undisturbed course of education till the 10th Standard. The school follows the CBSE Syllabus. Sri Prakash’s penchant for excellence doesn’t end with just providing physical infrastructure. This institution is known for its unique exercise of providing ample scope for all round development of the child through guest lectures and regular interactions with eminent personalities like Abdul Kalam, Sam Pitroda, Nobel Laureate Dr.Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Sri Sri Ravishankar et al once a month.
t is not just a message written bold and clear on the walls of Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan, but a guideline with which the institution came into existence and functions by. Furthering its march in this luminous path Sri Prakash has opened its 5th school- a day-cum-residential AC campus at Kapuluppada. The school, which is just 30 minutes away from the city is built in a spacious plot amidst lush greenery and mountains on all sides. Spread over 2.5 acre the school at Boyapalem is the new generation residential school which takes care of all needs of its students. Offering a perfect break from the schools squeezed in the crowded city localities, its location itself comes as a welcome change. Starting from a huge ground where instructors at any point of time can be seen coaching children for basketball, cricket and volleyball to airy classrooms with smart boards and projectors, it has all the trappings of an international school.
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The children are not just conned to study, in fact the school encourages all kinds of extracurricular activities like yoga, music, dance, art, sports facilities and martial arts. School club, Photography, Elite Mathematics, Science, Dramatics, Speakers Forum and IT are the other streams the school is involving the students in. For all this, they have dedicated music room, art and dance studios. Apart from science and computer labs, the school also has a mathematical lab where you can see physical forms of cubes, pyramids, prism, hexagon etc to help children get a practical understanding of the problems to be solved. The campus as well as the school buses are fully air conditioned,
so you don’t have to worry about your child struggling in the sweltering heat. The school has a well kept hostel and an excellent cafeteria that serves nutritious food. All in all, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan is an ideal institution for ne learning. Realising that in education lay the biggest service to humanity, Sri Prakash, started its onerous journey in 2001. While Mr.Vasu Prakash leads from the front, a dedicated faculty strives day in and day out to get the best out of the students. The institute not only inculcates best technical qualities, but also the much-needed human values in the students who pass through its portals. Armed with well-crafted curriculum and latest infrastructure, Sri Prakash has become a force to reckon with in the eld of education.
A WORD FROM MR.VASU PRAKASH, DIRECTOR, SRI PRAKASH VIDYANIKETAN “It is an era of globalisation. It is time we prepare our children to face the world. This is the objective with which I envisaged a school of international standards with the state-of-the art facilities. I want to provide students with every possible comfort and modern teaching aides that ignite enthusiasm and interest in the student to excel. A lot of research, study, innovation and planning have gone into the project before it took the present shape. Firstly I wanted to take the child out of maddening crowds of urban campuses and give him a whiff of fresh air in the serene surroundings close to verdant hills. Secondly in Vizag where we have only hot, hotter and hottest seasons, conditioning the temperature has become imperative. I rmly believe that a child blooms unrestricted if we provide him/her the right ambience. Nurture Joyful Learning for Holistic Growth – is what I stress on.” “The three-dimensional activities namely- curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, we advocate and practise here have yielded phenomenal results, with our students excelling in diversied elds.” Mr.Vasu Prakash, Director, Sri Prakash Vidyaniketan
On faculty front “We are taking utmost care in choosing our teachers. After handpicking the teachers judging their good teaching and communication aptitudes, we put them through training sessions to further hone their skills and to mould them into the Prakashite model.”
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CHARITABLE CHARAN Is actor Ram Charan turning a new leaf? Or has he inherited that philanthropic gene from his father Mega Star Chiranjeevi, which was lying dormant till now? Charan, who has been hitherto hitting the headlines for all wrong reasons, has earned a new adjectiveGood Samaritan. The earthquake that devastated Nepal seemed to have its aftershocks in neighbouring India too and spurred some youth like Charan into action. The hero spontaneously responded, offering aid to the victims. Instead of doling out some money, he is showing genuine concern and offering relief material with the help of Apollo Hospitals. He is shipping a large quantity of ORS sachets, glucose bags and cough syrup to Nepal. He is joining hands with the members of Chiranjeevi Charitable Trust in this endeavour. Charan is rst Telugu star to come out with a help offer. What is more heartening is that the actor is taking time for this yeoman deed, though he has been busy getting ready for the shoot of his yet-untitled Telugu lm. Like father like son!
HOBSON’S CHOICE FOR BOTSA Air is thick with the news that former PCC boss Botsa Satyanarayana is joining YSRCP. But what makes the news interesting is the high drama that is taking place in Jagan’s party. A few welcome the move, others refuse to share the space with Botsa, even saying “It’s Botsa or us”. Notable among his detractors are Bobbili MLA Sujay Krishna Ranga Rao, his brother Baby Nayana, P. Sambasiva Raju and their followers. It is said that they threatened to join BJP or TDP. Botsa seems to have the support from the East and West Godavari leaders while the resistance is coming from Srikakulam & Vizag. Considering Botsa’s strongman reputation and Kapu tag, Jagan is looking at him as an asset. If one asks why Botsa is not going to TDP and BJP, the answer is ready that both the parties slammed their doors on him and perhaps he is lured by a nominal post offered to him or his kin by Jagan. Whatever the reasons be, the fact remains that he doesn’t have any other choice. MAGNIFICENT MEENAKSHI Dr. Meenakshi Anantram does it again. Razzmatazz Entertainment networks headed by her and her son Rahul Ganapati picked up the Tv5 Business Leader Award for the year. The duo was amongst the 150 odd names nominated for the events and PR category. Meenakshi set a new trend of celebrating events in style by oating one of country's rst event management companies. Razzmatazz, which turned 21 recently, has organised a whopping 5000 events including top ones like Pepsi dance series, Protocol visits of President, PM and more than 8 CMs and highend weddings. They are core members of the Apex EEMA -an association for the top event managers in the country. The credit of getting Vizag on the map of event management goes to Meenakshi. Her work is recognised and applauded across the country. The joy of her bagging the award is not restricted to Vizag alone. It made even Hyderabadis happy. The award comes with greater responsibility as people obviously expect her to perform better than before. red | may 2015 | 72
DANAM’S SECRET IN THE OPEN Congress leader Danam Nagender may deny it with a straight face, dismiss it as a piece of gossip that top Bollywood stars were own in a chartered ight, coughing colossal amounts for his daughter’s wedding sangeet, the photographic evidence speaks a different story. The seles and pictures of some of the guests revealed that stars like Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Reitesh Deskhmukh were at the event. Many even brag of witnessing the hi-prole actors’ jhatkas and matkas live, spoiling the efforts of Danam to keep them under wraps. The talk is how Danam, who is no more in power, could manage such a lavish show. People are indulging in guessing game wondering what a bomb it must have cost him. Could he pull off such a feat with money alone? Another buzz is this cannot happen without pulling some ‘high’ strings for the stars cannot be lured all the way to Hyderabad by dangling just money bags.
SMART COMMISSIONER By V. Sarada
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
t was a no-vehicle day; it also happens to be the Grievances Day. At 11.00 am, though not exactly scorching, the April heat is quite oppressive. Yet walking the talk, he treks from his home to the Circuit House for a meet and from there on to his office where a huge group of citizens are waiting. Thus begins his tightly-packed day as he weathers the hostile sun and restive petitioners. But that is how most of the days are for Mr.Pravin Kumar, the young and dynamic Commissioner, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Commission (GVMC) who has his foot poised on the accelerator of development. His roadmap for the region; how he intends to propel the region towards its ‘Smart’ goal; how he negotiates the countless hurdles and bends of governance; and his life away from work – these topics shape the contours of this article.
Even as I congratulate him on being at the helm at a very crucial juncture of the city’s efforts to earn the coveted Smart tag, Mr. Pravin responds, “Whatever may be the phase that it is in, the task of running the GVMC itself is at once gratifying and challenging, as it is not only the biggest civic body in the state but also has many unique and incomparable trends and traits.” That sets the tone of our tete-a-tete. Mr. Pravin is certainly a man of few words, but touch the subject close to his heart- his work- he turns eloquent. Vizag Calling The Visakhapatnam posting is a great opportunity for any IAS ofcer. Serving as Joint Collector, I had the good fortune of working with four different Collectors. This gave me adequate insights into the local issues. I dealt with the land issues, saw three monsoons and worst of all, witnessed the Hudhud devastation. Well, I have seen it all.
PM , besides a galaxy of dignitaries from all over the world. Revenue Generation It is common knowledge that urban bodies need to generate their own resources by collecting taxes. I intend to do it without raising tariffs and taxing the citizen. The recent Pay Revision Commission’s decision to enhance the pay scale of employees is going to drain the exchequer further. One encouraging point is that we could increase the revenue collection by Rs.70 crores this year (2014- 2015) over the previous year’s revenue. I am working for Rs.100
Yes, I did take charge when the city is being nurtured as one of the Smart Cities in the country. But we cannot ignore the fact that we are still trying to nd our feet after the Hudhud onslaught. We suffered a loss of Rs 1200 crores. Hence the rst challenge I face is restoration of infrastructure. Yet another major mission is the upcoming International Fleet Review of the Indian Navy. I have to get the city ready to receive the President,
Prompt Payment In any corporation the problem only lies with the revenue and if you can take care of it, you win a major part of the battle. We clear our bills as early as possible so that the contractors do not track their journey from one table to the other and grease the palms of employees to get them passed. I cut the period of le clearance from one month to 7 days. Hurdles & Resistance None at all. A well-to-do and efcient corporation is good for all. So everyone cooperates.
Right now the task at hand is to get the development process on to the fast-track mode. I am condent of reaching our wellset goals. On the ipside, it is a thankless job as there is always a yawning and inevitable gap between the ‘demand and supply’. Even the best of one’s performance may not meet people’s expectations. The task is humongous as we are addressing almost all aspects of society- right from physical infrastructure like essential services to social aspects, besides community development and eradication of poverty. There is no way we can juggle them on priority list.
become the breeding ground for corruption, as it deals with a mindboggling array of issues. I have already suspended four ofcials, giving a clear signal that I have zero tolerance for transgression. I believe that transparency is an efcacious remedy for many maladies in our system. We are bringing all government-to-citizen-services online to minimise man-to-man interaction which often leads to corruption.
Alluring Assignment Well, till now I have had three different assignments, I am benetted by all of them. The Integrated Tribal Development Authority post in Badhrachalam gave me great satisfaction as I worked for the underprivileged tribals. My term as Joint Collector was a valuable learning experience. The most rewarding Moment The day I got selected for IAS.
crores increase in the next year (2015- 2016). I intend to do it by arresting leakages and pilferage, underestimated and unassessed properties, unauthorised water connections, illegal advertisements and vacant land taxes. We have many cases pending in the courts, resolving which will yield more revenue. We are also undertaking a detailed and massive survey of the Corporation to identify problem areas. This survey will be completed in three months. Corruption Any urban local body is bound to
The Worst Experience The loss of my mother in 2012. One regret I shall always carry is that she is not around today to see my achievements. Well-set Target Right from childhood, I only aimed to be an administrator. Today people have a wide range of career options. But for me, the thought that I can improve the lot of 21 lakh people certainly gives me elation of a different order and I would not exchange it for anything else in the world. red | may 2015 | 75
Inspiration My own background, which is simple and humble, is my driving force. I needed to excel to be on par with others who were above me. Being the only son I needed to take care of my parents. I was born in Govindapur of Munger district in Bihar. My father Mr.Nityanand Sharma is a farmer and mother, the late Mrs.Rambol Devi, was a housewife. My sister Kumkum and I were brought up in modest surroundings.
from Delhi University. Our marriage was arranged by elders. She is a great companion. She understands me thoroughly and knows how demanding my job is because she herself was a working woman. We got married on 11th Dec 2005. She gave up a very lucrative job and many attractive job offers to be with me. We have two adorable boys, 6 year-old Aarav and 2 year-old Aryaman. She takes care of the children and the household so efciently that I can full my professional obligations without any disturbance. THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVOURITES Food- Now a vegetarian, but used to like Biriyani Colour- Black Attire- Western, though she wears all kinds of apparel Brands- Biba, Neerus and Kankatala Car: Honda City Movie- Shah Rukh Khan movies, Actor- Shah Rukh Khan Hobbies- Many! She is a voracious reader, paints, practises Yoga and loves to travel.
I was a topper throughout. I moved to Bokaro to complete my plus 2 studies, and then to New Delhi to join Hindu College (afliated to Delhi University) for my graduation in Chemistry (my favourite subject). I was into sports and played cricket, volleyball and kabaddi. Even now I regularly play tennis at Ofcers Club. A LEAF OUT OF HIS DAIRY 5.30 am: Day begins 9.30 pm: The day ends with just an hour-long break for lunch Saturday: Goes for night inspections Sunday: Family time unless ‘duty calleth’ ‘SHOBHANA IS A GREAT COMPANION’ My wife Shobhana Smriti is a gold medallist in History red | may 2015 | 76
A FULFILLING JOURNEY: SHOBHANA The out-and-out bureaucrat that he is, our rst meeting was very ‘ofcial’. He is calm, cool, reserved and has total control whatever may be the situation. I am the emotional one. We complement each other in temperament. He is a great father to my two little boys and indulges them a lot. I made a conscious decision to quit my job in 2007 and be with him. Right now I am doing my Ph.D in Gandhian studies at Andhra University. Everybody said that I was giving up too much. But I don’t think so because it has been a great journey with him and children. He gives me a relaxed and comfortable life. I read a lot of books. Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’ is my all-time favourite. The other author that I like is Deepak Chopra. Besides these writers, now I read a lot of books on Gandhiji.
THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITES Food: Simple home-made Bihari food. I do try some fancy dishes once in a while. But he is too polite to criticise my cooking. Loves Biryani Colour: Black and Blue Attire: Jeans and T-shirt. Casual or formal, he is always impeccably dressed and very particular about what he wears. Brands: Allen Solly, Blackberry. Louis Phillips and Benetton Car: Honda City Movie: Hum Apke Hai Kaun, old movies Actor: Madhuri Dixit. Hobbies: Tennis and Badminton; He is a total health buff. He is interested in travelling and singing is his forte. People joked that he got through the IAS interview by giving the examiners an earful of Mehdi Hassan and Ra. He sings in all private parties. To my great delight, my kids are picking up this habit. HE IS AN IDEAL SON: MR.SHARMA Pravin was always good in studies despite the fact that he came from an agricultural background, with limited academic exposure. He was always a good and obedient student and son. He never gave me any trouble. He was so deeply into his education that he had neither time nor interest in other activities, than the time he spared for sports. He was totally devoted to education. Pravin was equally knowledgeable in agricultural eld too and could offer me good advice. He has done us proud with his achievements. AWARDS & REWARDS • Appreciation by honourable CM for work done during Hudhud Cyclone • Prime Minister, Hindu College, Delhi University1999-2000 • 10th Class topper in School CBSE Board • Won several medals in schools and colleges in sports & singing • Participated in national level sports events at school level
Shoot By Dinakar Pamu
By Ranita Ray
hile the Gen-Xs of political bigwigs are seen keep throwing their weight around, Kanna Phaneendra, comes across as a welcome change. Humble, polite and with a pleasing personality this young man has all the ingredients that earn him the Richierich tag. But he impresses one with his simplicity. From a mega business spreading overseas to owning a polo club of international repute; he has a lot more to talk about. Here are the excerpts of the interviewâ€Ś.
Foundation Born to Kanna Lakshminarayana and Vijaya Lakshmi, I hail from a political background. My father has been in politics over four decades and has been holding various key cabinet positions. I grew up seeing him and nurture a dream to follow his footsteps. Sooner or later my idea is to get into politics and thus after completion of basic education from Hyderabad; I pursued my B.A. (Economics) from Loyola College, Chennai. It was followed by an MBA degree from Manipal University. I obtained a management degree too from NIFT. Business I started Suneendra Group. Earlier, it used to be known as Vector. We had one or two name changes and nally christened Suneendra- a concoction of my wife’s and my name. Suneendra Group is diversied into various industries. However, its primary focus is on consultation with a lot of international governments. This division is based out of Liverpool, England. Other part is construction. The latest is agriculture; our focus is organic food and it’s yet to start. Equine Interest My rst encounter with horses was in 2nd standard. My father saw my passion and enrolled me into AP Riding Club. Over the time I got attached to this magnicent animal. What started as a hobby, turned into a serious polo club i.e. Suneendra Sports Club. Even the London Hurlingham Club has mentioned it as one of the best teams in Asia. Birth of SSC Earlier, we used to support another club, for some unfortunate reason we had to withdraw ourselves from it. Nevertheless, I was not able to quit my passion and attachment for horses and in 2011; I launched SSC. However, it wasn’t a decision in haste, as I took six good months to do a thorough research on horses, how they should be maintained, the kind of groom, trainer, vets, riders and team we needed. We also have to think of management aspect. We got a name registered as Golconda Tigers, but we are popular as SSC. We are the only team winning the Indian Opens, la World Cup in Cricket. We have been
winning it consecutively for the past 34 times. We have also once won the Asia Polo Cup. SSC’s USP 80 % of the game depends on horses and we are proud to be wellequipped. The quality of people we have onboard is our USP. Each of them is the best in his eld. We got Himalyan Horse Feeds which is a part of Kentucky Equine Research Institute, the largest in the world. We roped in Dr. Hasneyn Mirza, a veteran equine doctor in Asia and Middle East. I myself got trained under John Horswell and have him as team coach especially for the key matches. He has been coaching world’s best teams. Some players are Indian, while the others are from abroad. Their selection is on the basis of their performances. Depending on the size and level of tournament, we decide who will play in the team. Team effort and solidarity are our strength. Today the world says there are only three teams who can play 20 goals, i.e. the highest level polo played in entire Asia and they are SSC, Jindal and Sahara. SSC is about discipline and winning. It doesn’t matter who plays which role in the team. Ordeals We had to struggle to promote this sport as there was no awareness. Getting good horses was also difcult. The training of the players was more or less restricted to horse riding, no one was there to teach the technicalities of the sport. Memorable moment Winning Indian Opens for the rst time and that too I could do it within a year of establishing SSC. Private Polo facility Polo is a royal game. Hyderabad used to have 19 polo grounds. Even in Andhra, Bobli and Vizianagaram royal families used to play it. However, the glory faded away due to lack of infrastructure. We are trying to re-build it and identify new talents. A majority of the polo grounds is under the management of the Indian Armed Forces. Ours will be the third private polo facility after Navin Jindal’s in Jaipur and Sahara India’s Sahara Warriors, about to start in Pune. We acquired 55 acre of land close to the
SSC is about discipline and winning. It doesn’t matter who plays which role in the team.
international airport. Idea is to start a chain of clubs, not just one. There will be a culture and art gallery, where Kali Sudheer will help us in talent and cultural exchange with other countries. He will have his private museum too. We will have some other equestrian sports as well. There will be swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball, cricket, and football facilities, besides two convention centers. Though the club is a non-prot making organization, all these will help to make it self sufcient. We will be opening one such set-up in Hyderabad, one in Andhra and another in Delhi. A few formalities are pending and within 18 months the local facility will be operational. We are trying to tie up with international polo clubs to add more glamour. India Arena Polo League I have plans to start it. Arena Polo is a shorter form of polo. The usual polo is played on a eld of goal to goal 11acres area, whereas arena polo is on just one acre eld. The number of players is only three on each side and played with a soft ball of mini football size. Usually it is played in the nights under oodlights and it is kind of like T20 in cricket. All these factors make it more entertaining. This is going to be on a commercial platform. We have already played two games on trial basis for charity. We are in talks with Indian Polo Association for the approval. red | may 2015 | 79
Aerial View of Hyderabad This was exactly the idea behind Hyderabad Flyer which is a part of London Eye. We are handling it in India. We have already done one project in Delhi called Delhi Eye in Kalindi Park. When we signed it was united Andhra. Due to some issues the project is on the hold. We are trying to sort it out, if not, we are going to do it on a private land.
on weight (laughs)
Beyond Polo and Business It is photography, which was started with just mobile clicking. During one of the polo matches, I hired a photographer, but wasn’t happy with the outcome. I look at the game as a player and wanted the pictures to be framed that way. I bought a high-end camera and got onto the job. The results were really nice. Since then I am clicking polo in particular and nature in large. Soon I am going to put up a photo exhibition called Ashwa of my clicks and Kali Sudheer is helping me with it. Rs.50, 000 proceeds will go to an orphanage.
We met through a common friend. Actually he proposed rst; I think that is why he is not saying it (laughs). After dating for two years we got married. This month we will complete ve years of togetherness. Though it was an intercaste marriage, our families had no issues. I rather say I got another set of parents who pamper me. Phaneendra balances all the roles as son, brother, husband and boss. I have no complains. He has been the same, the person I loved and the same even today.
Success Mantra Whatever I do, I do it to the best of my abilities. I am simple. transparent and disciplined. Despite being a politician’s son I never show off. Philanthropy In 2012, my father started Kanna Rangaiah Charitable Trust, named after my grandfather to help the underprivileged. Future plans In these coming ve years I will be consolidating my entire business including polo. In 2019 I will enter politics. I have started an organisation called Indian Equine Humane Center (IEHC). It is for the welfare of the horses and it provides humane treatment and shelter while working as a clearinghouse to seek adoptive homes for all unwanted equines, regardless of breed. We have already adopted handicapped horses; we rescue the animal from inhumane treatment. It is our CSR. Advice Be clear about your thoughts and actions! A leaf out of his diary I wake up twice a day. My dogs rst wake me up at 3.30 am and as they sleep red | may 2015 | 80
Brands: She likes to keep it simple, I try gift her bigger brands Hobby: Computer games Movie: Have no clue Actor/Actress: No idea LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL WITH PHANEENDRA: SUHARIKA
Despite being a politician’s son I never show off. I try to be good with everyone.
again by 4, I too follow them and nally get up by 6.00 am. I go to gym 9.00 am: Back home and get ready 10.30 am - to ofce. After morning brieng for two hours I go out for other meetings. The day ends by 10.00 pm. Otherwise, most of the times I am out on tours and hardly stay in the city. Weekends I chill out with my friends. Polo is a seasonal game and the season is from August to February. I don’t play it on daily basis. Whenever there is a major game, I take a break of a week for practice and play! SUHARIKA IS A SIMPLE PERSON: PHANEENDRA It was a love marriage. I don’t remember who proposed rst. Well about her good qualities… I need to think… had she been my girlfriend I would have given you the answer immediately (bursts into a laughter). We are like friends. She is a very chilled out person and never troubles me for anything. Like any other couple we too have small tiffs but we don’t make an issue of them. There is no bossism or domination in our relationship, we are on equal footing. THESE ARE A FEW OF HER FAVORITES Colour: No idea Food: She is a foodie. She eats more than me. She is lucky as she doesn’t put
THESE ARE A FEW OF HIS FAVORITES Colour: Orange Food: Mutton Biryani Brands: He is Brands Savvy. Gadget: Cameras Cars: He loves cars and his dream car is Rolls Royce Movies: He watches all movies Actor/ Actress- No one in particular Holiday Spot: London
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e is basking in the glory of his new found success in Jil. Stealing the show, this on screen fire service officer was seen romancing Rashi Khanna and beating goons to pulp with surprising ease. And what’s more, for those who thought he couldn’t shake a leg, he has danced his way to audience’s hearts too. Gopichand not only carried off an entire film on his shoulders but also managed to look his career’s best in this action-entertainer. In conversation with the dashing actor on films, life, stunts and of course, his new haircut.
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Your recent film Jil saw you play the role of a fire service officer. How close did you come to understanding their life and job? We did shoot a sequence in a fire service station where I had to interact with fire fighters. An average man’s first reaction would be to run away from fire while these firemen have to walk into it and brave the flames with courage. Also, the water pipes they use are very heavy, it can’t be handled by a single person. Yet the fire tenders do their job effortlessly. Hats off to them, they are our true heroes. Don’t you feel the movie was a little over the top, with fireman driving swanky bikes? (Laughs) yes, we did take some liberties. I know firefighters may not be able to afford such expensive bikes but we wanted people to come and have a good time. The film had some really good aesthetic visuals. Jil is probably the first fulllength action film of my career. I've never done so much action in my movies. Audiences enjoyed the stylishly choreographed stunts.
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Your kissing scene created quite a buzz. When we spoke to Rashi, your co-star in Jil, she said kissing scenes are as natural as eating, your take? To be honest, I was never comfortable with the idea of kissing on screen. When I asked my director Radha, he said the script demanded the scene. That is the only reason I agreed to shoot it. When will we see you do a negative role again? Give me a weighty negative role and I assure you I won’t hesitate to take it right-away. I feel a hero can’t have an unrepressed performance, he needs to have a restrained dialogue delivery but that isn’t the case with the villain. I would be more than willing to give myself a free run as a bad man again. But of course I should have a role as meaty as the hero and equal in terms of running time. I did Jayam, Nijam and Varsham and with a good script I’m ready to go back to my early days as a villain. Tell us about your upcoming film, B Gopal’s next? The film is a family entertainer loaded with romance and action. Nayantara is the heroine and Vakkantam Vamsi has penned the script. Nayantara and I are sharing the screen space for the first time. If all goes well, we can expect the film in cinema halls this July. You recently created a buzz with your statement that there is a dearth of writers who can pen down revolutionary scripts? Yes, and I still stand by it. There’s so much happening around us in the society. All that could be made into films. But who’s writing such stories. Though I’ve made a name for myself doing mass oriented films, I haven’t been able to do a revolutionary film, a genre my father was known for. I want to say that experimental cinema can also thrive, provided one knows how to make them. I am waiting for
an opportunity to experiment with different kinds of cinema. Will you say you haven’t been offered a single revolutionary script till now? That’s right, I wasn’t narrated avant-garde subjects till now. I want to attempt such subjects but I haven’t come across one. There is room for such subjects right now and if told properly they will hit the bull’s eye. People, who want to write revolutionary stories, should observe and understand the society from close quarters. But the industry is short of such writers. What exactly do you look for in a script? Irrespective of the number of hits or flops I give, the criteria for selecting a script remains the same for me. It’s the emotion that matters to me. No matter how much comedy you pepper a film with; if the script is not up to the mark, it won’t run. You expressed a desire to work with Prabhas? I would be delighted to act with Prabhas in a multi-starrer if a good script comes by. Our last film together Varsham in which Prabhas acted as the hero and I as the villain was a super hit. I am sure if we come together the cash registers will start ringing again. We’ve been thinking of working together but haven’t found suitable scripts red | may 2015 | 83
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After your son’s birth last year you said your father T.Krishna was born again, would you like him to grow up as an actor or film maker? (Laughs) He is too little at the moment for us to decide his future. My wife Reshma and I will just let him decide what he wants to be. There are so many career options today after all. What did you admire about your father? He directed some revolutionary films like Prathighatana, Vandemataram, Repati Pourulu, Neti Bharatham etc. He was a legendary film maker who didn’t shy away from making films that reflected society at his time. His films always had a strong message and yet were commercially viable. As a child I was afraid of him even though there was no direct influence of my father. He expired when I was eight years old. But I always loved watching his movies. Tell us about your childhood? I completed my studies in Chennai. Later I went to Russia to complete my engineering. While my elder
Soon after your debut film, you started playing villainous roles. Was it not a big risk so early in your career? There was a huge gap between my first film and second. Toli Valapu wasn’t a hit, in fact the subject wasn’t exactly the most perfect for my debut. Then came Jayam which had the promise of a very powerful character in a villainous role. My role in Jayam, Nijam and Varsham in fact made the masses love me. It was that love that translated into openings for the film Yagnam where I came back as a hero. How do you prepare for complicated scenes or emotionally charged ones? I believe that every single person on this planet is an actor. We all find ourselves in the situations that we show in films. Just like we don’t need any notice while behaving in real life, I don’t think an actor needs to be told or has to learn what to do when a certain scene is presented to him. But yes, we do need a certain level of imagination when you play characters that one doesn’t come across very often in real life. There lies the challenge. In my case, I try to be myself and attempt to deliver dialogues in the way I would normally. Facial
expressions automatically follow suit. I have the confidence inside me that I can do any kind of roles. I like to believe that my character is the central one in the film irrespective of whether I am playing a villainous role or character artist’s role. Talking about characters, why didn’t you experiment much with your hair earlier? Your look in Jil had the fans go crazy (Laughs) Yes I know, my look was an instant hit. I was myself surprised to see the new me in the mirror after the trim. It made me wonder why I hadn’t cut my hair that way till now. But that apart, it was not just the restyling, my look was well complemented with great outfits by stylist Bhaskar. That helped me pull it off better. I enjoyed my stylish avatar too. It made me feel fresh and confident. But do you think your look was talked about more than the content of the film? They are praising my look, right? So there’s no problem. I have been sporting the same hairdo for the past 15 years and when critics and people saw me in a new cut; it’s obvious they will speak about it. Moreover, I believe that if a film is not up to the mark, they won’t speak about the appearance in the first place. All your contemporaries are active on social networking sites like Twitter, why not you? I have no plans of coming on Twitter, let’s just say that it is not my cup of tea.
brother was part of the film industry I kept away from it. Premchand was working as an associate to Muthyala Subbayya. But he left us too, soon after making his debut as a director, when he started work on a film under our family banner he met with a car accident and didn’t survive it. I was in Russia at that time and wasn’t even able to attend his funeral because of some visa problems. Thereafter I thought that there should be someone to carry the legacy of my father forward. As my brother was no more, I decided to enter films. After completing my engineering, I joined dialogue modulation course for a year. Then I made my debut as a hero with Toli Valapu.
No matter how much comedy you pepper a film with; if the script is not up to the mark, it won’t run.
Beautiful By Ranita Ray
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
here are two things that are timeless: a great advice and the appeal of a wellgroomed woman as well as a man. Sushma Muppidi chose the second one not for herself, but to add to the beauty of the city. Donâ€™t go by her baby look. A serious conversation with her can reveal that she is a woman of well-defined ideas. If required, she can be a tough task master for her staff. With her smart strategies she has been giving her competitors a run for their money. She has been embellishing the ladies and gentlemen of Vizag with her salon that holds the record of first outlet of Naturals. Here she goes with her journeyâ€Ś.
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Trade Trigger Completing her schooling in Vishakhapatnam, she moved to Bangalore for further education. It was followed by her obtaining engineering degree in Computer Science from Hyderabad. However, she chose HR as her eld of career and worked in Mafoi Randstad for a year. Marriage to her childhood family friend Aditya Muppidi brought her back to Vizag in 2011. “My father-in-law has a business started by his mother almost 50 years back. It is the rst gas agency in Andhra Pradesh . Post-marriage I started helping him by looking after their two agencies and learned the basics of business,” says Sushma.
addicted to her salon. From there, there is no looking back. Family Support She considers herself to be fortunate to have supportive parents Mr.Ravindra and Mrs.Vijaya and parents-in-law, Mr.Prabhakar and Mrs.Padmavathi. None of them ever prevented her from doing anything she liked to do. She married into
Free Will Naturals as a brand impressed her, the reason being it grants required liberty to the proprietors. She has the freedom to propose or introduce new services, offers or packages which she thinks are good and fetching for the brand. With her good work she is in the good books of the company and never faced any objection till date. She is given all the exibility, with the condition that she ensures the reputation of the brand. A bit of restriction comes with regards to products. As this is because all the services like waxing, facials, tan packs, manicure, pedicure except hair services (only L’Oreal and Schwarzkopf) are rendered with Naturals’ in-house manufactured products. Thus, the franchiser has hardly any role to play in this regard. On the other hand it is good for the business, as it maintains uniformity in the quality across all the branches of Naturals.
Natural(s) Break She believes in being presentable all the time. “I love self-pampering and am very particular to be in a ‘t-to-beseen’ mode. I like people who stay wellgroomed and I always had an inclination towards beauty industry.” In 2012, she came across the opportunity to take up the franchise of Naturals salon. She grabbed it and launched the rst outlet of this brand in the city, along with her good friend and business partner Martina Fernandes and Priti Agarwal. Brieng more about the brand she says ‘It is one of the fast growing chain of salons. In 2012 my branch was 124th in the country and today there are around 450 outlets in India. Market Match-up She denes beauty as a very personalized industry. Once a person is used to one particular therapist or salon, it becomes a task to pull her out from that comfort zone. To establish her business, Sushma too faced this hassle. One or two salons gave her tough competition. Lack of public awareness about Naturals too added to the woes. Initial six eight months were the toughest, where she had to slog it out. Eventually with brilliant marketing strategies, incredible offers, excellent service, competitive prices without compromising on quality of products and a lot of PR activities, they converted many a client and got them
competitive salons, it gets difcult to retain staff. However, over a period of time this issue settled down. “Now I have a great team. I can proudly say we work as a family. Of course, there are times when I have to get into the strict boss’ shoes but at the end of the day we respect each other. It makes things easy. Touchwood, we never had to see losses, right from the beginning it was always up and running.”
a family which has a good name in the city and it was a big responsibility to keep up the reputation. Despite being so wellknown, her in-laws never expected her to sit at home, like a typical housewife. Rather, they volunteered to take care of her toddler, so that she could focus on her business. She is more of a daughter than a daughter-in-law to them. Even her husband, supports her in her endeavours and it boosts her condence furthermore. Challenge Staff retention was a major concern. Lured by better wages offered by other
Risk She very aptly says that ‘every business has some catch points where you get cornered in some situations’. She further explains about the risk of her own industry. Once the hair is cut it can’t grow immediately, likewise once the skin is spoiled it is equally tough to repair. The reasons might be miscommunication between the client and therapist. However, instead of giving excuses she tries to chalk out solution and repair the damage. “I personally attend the client. Though, I am not trained professionally in this genre, I try to resolve the issues to the best of my abilities, from giving them complementary services to the extent of bearing the expenses of dermatologists till the time their hair or skin comes back to normalcy. I don’t mind paying from my pocket, as opposed to losing the faith of my valued customer.”
attend each customer with utmost care. Thus, her target is not the gures in the cash counter but the happy ones on the visitors’ book. To attain perfection in this regard, she holds counseling session and team meetings in every 10 days. This exercise keeps her staff motivated. “I am always an approachable boss. Even on holidays my phone is kept on for them.” Besides this, her salon is best in bridal makeup and she has customers coming all the way from Gajuwaka, NAD, Anakapally etc. New Trends Being a unisex up-market salon, it adds to the brand’s advantage. This facility also has given her a chance to observe unique trends in the industry. She nds that today’s men are becoming truly metrosexual. She records that in her salon there are more male customers taking packages than women. Mostly in their 30’s and 40’s these men are indulging in self-pampering by spending hours and hours in the salon. This surprising development doesn’t restrict here, as she says a considerable number of 60 plus male and female customers who are equally conscious about their looks are regular to her salon. She nds it a welcome change and says it’s a pleasure to have such new bunch of clients around. On the Cards She is planning for expansion by taking two more franchises one in Gajuwaka and the other in Vizianagaram. She is in search of properties and hopeful about open opening two of them within the next six months. Advice Do whatever you want to do, not what others want you to do. Every business has some negatives, focus on its positives instead of harping on negatives. Overlook the difculties. Beauty as an industry is going to grow enormously in next few years. Thus it holds tremendous scope. People are turning beauty conscious day by day, only sky is the limit here. FASTEST FOUR Best Moment Once, a couple of college students got hair spa and cut at her salon. However, at the billing counter they realized they were not carrying wallets and got panicked. “I was sitting right there and could read the tension on those teen girls’ faces and understood they are genuinely nervous. I made the service complementary for them. They couldn’t believe it and the smile they gave me was unforgettable. Till date they are my good customers.” Worst Moment She recollects once one lady had an important meeting to attend next day and had come for a haircut. She asked the stylist for a side fringe. Instead of that the stylist cut it straight. She rushed to the scene immediately. They had to keep the salon open till 11pm to straighten her hair, so that it could give some length. She administered another remedy. This could at least simplify, if not rectify the issue. What is worth a mention is with her quality of services and honest apologies, they could win that angry customer back in within a month. USP She can’t stand indiscipline and laziness. She ensures when at work her staff must keep these two words out of their dictionaries. She has set a target for them, i.e. 9 out of 10 should be happy customers walking out of her salon. From the therapists, stylists, receptionist to security guard, the responsibilities lie equally on everyone and they must
Bucket list With my 2 ½ years old son Arnav around, all I can go for is short trips. I have a strong desire to go for a not less than twothree months long vacation and travel around the world. Switzerland tops the list.
Adrenaline junkie or laid back I am scared of water and heights; hence adventure dares never fall in my to-do-list. I am a laid back person, who loves to relax by the beach or sightseeing.
Off the job Adda time! I have a gang of friends in which there are 11 of us. We meet daily, be it for coffee, lunch, dinner or movie. We can chat on and on nonstop and don’t need any topic. They are my prime source of entertainment. I am blessed to have them.
Anonymous ‘you’ I am a foodie; I can hog anything in non-vegetarian. Don’t go by my looks! I eat chicken almost 10 times in a week. My passion for chicken has made my mother-in-law learn new varieties of chicken recipes as she loves to feed me.
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In the last ve years there is a drastic change in the Indian beauty market.
Entrepreneurship has its own advantages and in business there is no limit to growth.
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Ayurvedic Healer Shoot By Dinakar Pamu
By Ranita Ray
sunny afternoon took us to this place where a mixed aroma of camphor, eucalyptus, lavender welcomed us. Those wooden pillars with traditional carvings, bamboo blinds and low height rope weaved chairs only reminded us of those authentic Ayurvedic centres. Tulasi water in copper glasses quenched our thirst. A few moments later, arrived the lady behind this facility Dr. Manjusha Manneri, greeting us with a charming smile. Yes, she is our Eve this time! Running one-ofits-kind Manjusha Ayurvedic Hospital, she is giving a fresh lease of life to many. Genesis The eldest born of Mr.M.S.Sudhakar, a government ofcial and M.Vijay Lakshmi, a homemaker, Manjusha had a very humble upbringing. She was educated in Hyderabad and had been a bright student. She wanted to be a doctor. “My father, however, said instead of MBBS, I should go for Ayurveda. In Allopathy, there comes a stage where it fails in curing many ailments like arthritis, PCOD, Thyroid and neuromuscular disease etc. and there is no pain management. But Ayurveda has potential to cure them. He cited examples of my cousins, allopath doctors, all settled in the US and they couldn’t cure even the agerelated ailments of their parents. There was no good hospital in erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh and he wanted me to open one,” she recollects. She got a seat in MBBS, but she went ahead with Ayurveda. Professional Training Though she obtained a Bachelors of Ayurveda and Surgery degree from Dr. B.R.K.R Government Ayurvedic Medical College, she wasn’t happy with the kind of training offered there. “Ayurveda is a 6000 year old sastra and I realized it can’t be learnt through universities or professors, but from the lineage where the trainers have been practising it with hands on experience.” Turning Point She came across the name Mr. V. Vasudevan, one of the directors of Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam (AVC),
Coimbatore, a premium Ayurveda center. “Mr.Vasudevan asked me why I wanted to learn Ayurveda. I was just 22 then, like any other girl, I too had dreams to earn money and be a good professional, so I told him that I wanted to set up my own hospital and he agreed to train me.” To her surprise he didn’t take a single class for the next six months, but directed his juniors who taught her theories. Yet, she stuck to her guns. “Being an Arian, I was rm in my decision to learn from him, especially the secret formulas. Every day I used to wait outside his chamber to remind him about my presence and nally he had to relent.” A master of all sastras, after an astrological reading he told her that she is born to be an Ayurvedic Doctor and that’s why they met. He gave her extensive training for the next three years. Manjusha says, “I call him my guru, he taught me not just Ayurveda, but also tarka sastra (Logical thinking), Vastu, philosophy, yoga.”
Hindrance People prefer going to a veteran with years of experience. This came in her way. Patients used to look at her with apprehension. “I had to wear handloom saris, big bindis to look older. First ve minutes had to be spent on winning their faith. After sixth minute, the situation used to be under my control,” she shares with a hearty laugh. Six years ago she had to convince people about the effectiveness of Ayurvedic treatments, now they come voluntarily to get treated by her.
Ayurveda is 6000 years old sastra and I realized it can’t be learnt through universities.
Inception of Institution In 2009 she started Manjusha Ayurvedic Hospital in Madhapur. Within a year of its opening she got Best Business Plan Award from Indian School Of Business. “I never knew I could be an entrepreneur, it boosted my condence,” says a humble Manjusha. She had patients coming from all over the world. With the growing demand, she had to turn it into a 30-bedded hospital. “I am proud to say, I am the only doctor in both AP and Telangana to be trained in Marma Chikitsa, i.e. super specialty in Ayurveda.” She is adept at handling very complicated spinal problems, knee re-generation, paralysis, different kinds of arthritis, spondylosis, sinusitis, sciatica and the list goes on. Her hospital is famed for curing new age diseases like thyroid, obesity, PCOD, Psoriasis. It is the best in detoxication treatments. It prevents all stress oriented diseases. There are cases of patients who have been on steroids for years, getting cured within six months after coming to her.
Approach She spends around 30 minutes on each patient to know his/her body prakriti (constitution), lifestyle, food habits, stress levels, other medical complications and then only plans the treatment. There are around 950 varieties of natural and pure herbal oils, lepanams, decoctions which are part of her treatments. Most of the products come from The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy(AVP). There are as many as 80 kinds of treatments, the length and intensity varies from patient to patient. Value For Money The prices in her facility are the same as it was almost ten years back in AVP. A few still feel it is slightly expensive. “Quality demands a bit more price,” says Manjusha. She has logic to justify the rates.
Ayurveda gives quality of life, one doesn’t need to take medicine for long and there are no side effects. Even complicated cases can be handled in one or two years. Unforgettable Experience A regular speaker on television on topics like thyroid, PCOD and similar ailments, one of Manujusha’s talks brought her a unique case. Around one and half years back, a couple came all the way from the interiors of Araku braving many difculties, considering her as their last hope. The wife in her early 20’s was facing a problem of infertility. There was a lot of pressure on the husband from his parents to leave her and remarry. Manjusha found the woman was highly anemic and had overdose of hormonal medicine. After a thorough checkup she prescribed blood purifying and rejuvenation medication and within three months she received a call with the good news. The couple placed their new-born at her feet and named her after her. “My eyes welled up and it was very touching and a proud moment.” Any Disappointment Now I am 30, had I been a MBBS doctor at this age I might have been a junior doctor. But in my present profession I am in much better position. I meet people, who come to me after losing hope and I give them a fresh lease of life. The same cousins and relatives, who once ridiculed me and my father for
choosing Ayurveda, come to me for treatment. So no disappointment as such Unity She had chosen the majority of her staff from lower economic group. She trained them and built a team. Today each of her staff earns around Rs.15,00020,000 a month. This way she is supporting 25 families. Manjusha says, “We are strongly bonded and they are my strength” Patronage Manjusha has made plans to promote handicrafts. She in association with Kaali Sudheer, curator and founder of Muse Art Gallery and Mr.Allipuram Rajasekhar Reddy has started Muse Crafts Foundation an extension of Muse Art gallery. Investing a crore of rupees they are developing an e-commerce portal which will be on par with Flipkart, ebay etc. This website will put products directly from artisans all over the country on display. The earnings will go straight to the craftsmen. She is in-charge of procurement of products and already meeting artisans’ communities. They are also approaching various corporates to get bigger orders. This will promote handicrafts and give the artisan better income. Future Plans She wants to start a health resort and nurses a dream to build a facility where her services would be for haves and have-nots. 40 % of the earning from the former group would be used for the latter group and thus make everyone a beneciary of the magical power of Ayurvada. Advice Understand your body and love it. It is the only place where you will live till you die. If there is a problem, get proper medical help. Have a balanced diet. Crash diet is a big no-no. Don’t starve. Workout right under expert guidance! Swift Seven Off the job Once I am out of my shoes of a doctor, I am like any other Hyderabadi, a big foodie. One moment you can see me in a ve-star hotel, the next near a tea bandi. I have a bunch of friends with whom I chill out and go pubbing. I am shopaholic, a pet lover and have four dogs. Marriage on cards If I nd the right person, with whom I feel comfortable and secure. Who would stay with me through thick and thin. I am independent, so it should be someone who can handle me. Anyone listening? (Laughs) Bucket List I want to travel… travel…and travel and explore new places. Ladakh, Paris and Switzerland are on the list.
I am the only doctor in both AP & Telangana to be trained in Marma Chikitsa.
Anonymous you Many people don’t know about my new found passion for photography. I bought a very high-end camera. I want to click food, as I wish to be a food blogger. I am a food critic not a cook (laughs) Secret Keeper My younger brother Vijay, he has been my greatest
support. I tasted my rst cocktail with him; he has been my partner in crime. Dream beyond medicine Politics gives you power to change the society and so I want to become a politician. Not a conventional MLA or MP, but to have enough power to uplift a small area. With my good work I want to set an example for others. Self-health I am emotional and sensitive. Due to stress I had put on around 14 kg in a year ago. I realized I am abusing my body. Now I am regular with 90 minutes of morning yoga and 2-hour evening workout. From size XL I have come down to size XS and have become an inspiration for many. HER THOUGHTS • My team is the best team in the united Andhra. • I follow treatment on integrated medicine and don’t advice to stop other stream of medications unless it is required. • The 3 years under my Guru’s tutelage had changed my approach towards life. The only aim I have is to heal and take away suffering. If not for many, I can do it at least for a hundred in my life span.
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Shoot by Dinakar Pamu
By Ranita Ray
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HIS LAND OF
DREAMS By V. Sarada
Shoot by Dhana Vijay
r. Parandhama Naidu Vemula is not just a realtor and builder of brick and mortar structures, but he is the architect of great concepts, building feelings, values and above all ideal communities. Deviating from the trodden traditional path, he chose a very novel Portuguese name Fidalgo for his real estate company. More unique is its tagline – The Hart of Vizag Real Estate. He has his explanation ready. “I became familiar with Portuguese words during a visit to Goa and I am fascinated by them. Fidalgo which means Number One in that language instantly attracted me. Hart (English), which means an adult deer, happens to be the best and most benign animal. I chose it as the tagline as I wanted my company to be non-controversial like the gentle animal and by God’s grace I am able to live by the values I set for myself and my company.” The next natural thought that comes to one’s mind is how can he make people understand these wellmeaning terms, that too in a region that is quite unexposed to foreign languages.
An unperturbed Mr.Naidu agrees and returns, “No one understands them, many people mistake my company to be a software one. How does it matter? Once they know us and our service, they simply stay hooked to us. ” The foreign nomenclature notwithstanding, Mr.Naidu’s Fidalgo Estates Ltd has taken giant strides on the local soil and has grown into a name to reckon with in the real estate market in a very short period. A busy man always nds time for others is a maxim that sits perfectly on Mr. Naidu. Amidst his busy schedule, buzzing phone and constant interruptions from his staff, he speaks of his life, mission and his dream project, displaying his multi-tasking skills and perfect command over the business operations. Why have you chosen Visakhapatnam as your karma bhoomi? I hail from an agricultural family belonging to Chittoor, where I still have well-entrenched roots. My parents the late Mr.Veeraswamy Naidu, who was into agriculture and my mother Mrs.Sakkubaiamma, housewife, raised us (two brothers and two sisters) on high values and discipline. After my graduation in commerce, I started looking at the world beyond my home town. Almost famine like conditions in the region compelled me to come to the City of Destiny seeking greener pastures in 1990s. Highly independent Mr.Naidu could not endure serving in another’s establishment for more than four years and oated his own enterprise in shrimp business and ran it for nearly seven years. But this vocation too, which was plagued with innumerable problems, could not hold his interest. Son of the farmer, Naidu appears to have a natural inclination towards land and was impatient to reconnect with it, though in a different manner.
How did it start? I have an additional advantage of understanding land because of my agricultural background. Yet I did do a thorough background check, made an in-depth study, met experts and veterans in the eld, and roamed around the region, covering one lakh kilometres before I ventured into the real estate arena. This research helped me identify the potential hot spots that are good for property development. I set out, acquiring 30 acres of land. Four years after being well into the business, I oated my company Fidalgo Estates Ltd in 2009. Please throw light on your concept Many well wishers and people who burnt their ngers warned me of the pitfalls in this trade, like fake sale deeds, encroachments etc. That made me ambivalent over the decision. However, my intention to do something for the common man prevailed over the fear of defeat. My prime objective has always been to help the common man realize his dream of having a shelter of his own. I am conscious of the fact that my customer- an employee with limited resources and hand-tomouth existence, hands out his savings that were built over years of hardship and toil. I visualise a post-man, who must have worn out at least a hundred pairs of footwear to save the kind of money. If that tiny paper - a land deal -is not perfect, there goes his entire life’s mission. I know the cases in which the people were driven to suicide, unable to bear the shock of losing their life’s savings at one stroke. Hence I ensure total transparency and clean title papers of any project my customer invests in. People are sure that their savings are in safe hands. The word of mouth referrals get us business and no wonder we have high repeat purchases. How do you name your projects? As I was mulling over the names
Educate one member of the family and you have uplifted the entire family.
for my projects, a friend in ISKON suggested that I should name my projects Sai Brindavanam because I am a Shirdi Saibaba devotee. All my ventures carry the same name and are differentiated by the name of the locality like Sai Brindavanam of Kotthavalasa. What are the major hurdles you faced? Though there is no dearth of land in and around Visakhapatnam, the realtors’ job has become difcult. Buying lands from families that have inherited property form their forefathers was a major problem for there are always divided opinions on disposing of the assets. Our ancestors must have adopted the system of handing down the joint assets to their heirs with all good intentions of keeping the members of the family together. But this becomes a big obstacle for the realtor who wants buy the land en masse as kin generally have divergent plans for their part of the property. Bringing them to a consensus is certainly an uphill task. Secondly, checking the veracity of the lands was a tough proposition in a region where records were not found in order. Fortunately now the government regularised the system and things are more streamlined. Do you have plans to go beyond the city limits? I have a tie up with Peram Group and have taken up a mega project – a satellite township. The mega venture spread over 50 acres of land in Poli Palli is an integrated gated community with residential and commercial complexes, villas, solar fencing, swimming pool. The response is good. The lay-out is so beautifully done it is sure to turn into a worth-emulating model.
Our continued focus would be in the areas of property development – residential and commercial spaces with recreational facilities. We shall strive for a judicious and healthy mix of all the segments.
What is your take on role of Vastu in your field? I totally concur with today’s customer who believes in Vaastu. But we cannot 100% implement the parameters set by the Sastra.
We already have a project on the anvil in Bangalore, we are also looking at Tirupati, Hyderabad and four more cities. I shall take care of the Visakhapatnam ventures, our other relatives take care of the other ventures.
What is the popular sentiment now? Members of the middle class prefer to own small independent houses to the apartment buildings.
What changes have you found in the customer’s profile over the years? Of course, there is a tremendous change in customer’s prole. Today every household ‘has’ a real-estate expert, architect, engineer and builder. To appease people with their half-baked information is tough. Having said that I must add that the customer is the one who calls the shots today. The realtor has to handle the customer with great tact as he comes to us after a thorough homework and after testing the waters. The realtor has two issues to take into consideration- quality service and competitive rate to progress further. The realtor has to differentiate his offerings in a sector inundated with hundreds of players, which is no mean task. What is your USP? I go out of my way to satisfy the customer. I rather suffer loss than compromise on the quality. It is not just the actual product, which in this case is the land, but we believe in providing a lifestyle to the occupants. In all our projects delivered, we ensure the residents have an enhanced lifestyle. Customers also trust us for transparency and clean title papers of any project they invest in. How did the recent Andhra Pradesh state bifurcation affect you? Though personally I was pained to see the state split, the bifurcation did give a shot in the arm to the real estate sector and the farmer is the happiest man with a steep hike in the land value. However, as a developer, right now I cannot claim to be in the same state of ecstasy. Of course this is a temporary phase. Our future is going to be bright, with more and more projects coming our way.
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What is your take on government initiatives and Smart City concept? The new government has started to talk about reform measures. We are awaiting some concrete measures to come into place. Announcement of Smart Cities across the country has augured well for the industry. The curve of the residential market will certainly go up. Vizag being developed as a Smart City is a great news for all of us. We see a huge improvement in the buyer sentiment. The city is going to witness a boom in the industry and will certainly reect in residential sales. Who is your rival and how do you deal with them? I don’t see anyone as a threat. In fact I go one step ahead and state that there are no rivals in our eld as each of us has our own space and niche. No one can take away your business as long as you deliver goods of good quality, that too in good time. What are your CSR activities? Every year I support ve students in their education. Educate one member of the family and you have uplifted the entire family. I have no employees here. They are part of my family and their problems big or small- are my concern and as the head of the ‘family’, I take care of their welfare. Do you think gated communities are our future? There is a growing demand for residences in Vizag as more and more prestigious organisations and industries are looking it at as a potential investment ground and adding to it is the migrant population. The gated community concept is catching up. You are headquartered in Vizag. What is your outlook for the property market in the state in general and Vizag in particular? Vizag market, an end-user one, has been always steady and peaceful, with
ME PRI Polipalli: 50 Acres (VUDA Layout) Sudivalasa: 3 Acres (DTCP Layout) Kothavalasa: 9 Acres (VUDA Layout) Tatituru: 8 Acres (VUDA Layout)
appreciation in prices being gradual. This has given the city market stability, besides inducing people from other parts of the country to invest. What are the group's future plans? We are also looking at newer markets like Hyderabad, Tirupathi and four other cities. Such initiatives will help us give a better exposure to our brand and also help give us increased business. Tell us about your family and its support. My wife Vasumati is my life partner in every sense of the word and has stood by me through thick and thin. I have a son Sai Charan and a daughter Meghana, but neither seems interested in taking over the business as of now. FAST FOUR Tip to newcomers Maintain high quality and be committed Hobbies Book reading and love to spend time with friends. Job satisfaction Reaching out to the common man Dream project Poli Palli
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er ne taste and love for her eld i.e. furniture, reect in her home, which we visited to have a tete-a-tete with her. A short trip to Inhabit and Vivanata told us the rest of the story. The two can be called the paradise for aesthetics lovers. Every piece out there speaks of the amount of dedication and passion of its creator Neeta Kumar. But it certainly wasn’t an easy task to reach where she is today after a decade-long journey. Here she spills the beans of her trade. How did you get into the business of furniture? My family was into this trade for the past six decades. It was my father Sham Kumar who launched the brand Lepakshi Furniture in Nampally. Later, he started another 40,000 sq.ft showroom named Interior Park and my two brothers joined him. These two stores primarily deal with bulk manufacturing, catering to the middle and lower class customers. Honestly speaking, I didn’t have any dream other than taking it up as my career. Post-MBA degree, I obtained a Diploma in Product and Furniture Design from the Central St.Martins and Chelsea College of Art and Design, U.K. I came back to India and launched Inhabit on Road No 12 in 2004. This agship showroom pioneered a fresh concept of furniture designing in Hyderabad. Inhabit displays products designed as well as manufactured by me. I added home décor accessories in my product list. Here the base of furniture is basically teak. Wood is given different style and nish. There are a few other outlets in different mega malls in shop-inshop model where only accessories are on display. Today Inhabit has ve outlets in the city. What kind of response did you get in Hyderabad? In those days, it was a new concept for the locals. Frankly
speaking it is more or less in the same state even today. There are only a handful of furniture designers who literally create pieces from scratch in our country. Besides lack of awareness, what are the other hassles that came your way? The major hassle I face is on the labourer’s front. As you are the designer, supervising is easy, but to get skilled ones was a task.
The lack of competition in local market is at times a challenge.
How did you handle it? Did you get into training as well? Yes I had to. I picked my craftsmen from various places during my tours, some were referred by my peers in the trade. Most of them primarily hail from Northern India, especially Rajasthan. But I must praise those I got from Assam, they are way too dedicated. Has the market evolved in these 10-12 years? It has become a little better, in terms of a client identifying a product’s quality. However, they need to realize the importance of furniture designing as furniture is a signicant part in the layout of a space. Do you take up any measures to create awareness? I keep organizing workshops like Do It Yourself, popularly known as DIY. Indians are not yet that savvy compared to their western counterparts. I try to educate how changing the upholstery or polish of a chair or a colour can transform the entire look of the room. In a way there is no competition in furniture designing for you- is it an advantage? As far as Hyderabad is concerned, there is no competition. When I go national, there are competitors from Delhi and Mumbai. The lack of competition in local market is at times a challenge, as I still need to explain to the customer what the concept is all about.
What gives you an edge over others? When one sells a product, there is a margin of the middlemen. But in my case as I am the designer and manufacturer, there is no middleman. Furthermore, I have the privilege of my own retail space to showcase my products. The quality control is also in my hand. Unlike a trader, I have the knowledge of how the product was made, where the raw materials are sourced from. Hence I am in a position to rectify a problem when a customer walks in with a certain issue. Besides this, I offer value addition services, after-sale service etc. which isn’t the case with most of the traders. How profitable is this business? Pretty good! At the same time my products are absolutely affordable too. Vis-a-vis others, I feel we are very decently priced and give much better quality. Our brand is value for money. Did you add any new brand to your kitty? I launched Vivanta in 2010 and it is my signature line of high-end furniture collection especially for the elite. Here I try to experiment with various unusual materials to craft exotic pieces. I have tied up with Swarovski. Hundreds of years old teak or walnut and oak wood are usually used as the base which are often embellished with Swarovski or mother of pearl to create incredibly beautiful furniture. With such swanky products in ofng, Vivanta sells less in Hyderabad. My major clients are either individual buyers from Delhi and Mumbai or agents and architects who are handling posh projects.
What are the materials you are using the most these days? I really don’t think of a style when I am designing a product. Once it is done I can classify it as shabby chic, neo classical, rustic or a contemporary one. Of late, I am using a lot of Corian in Vivanta line of products, which is a very soft material unlike the hard marble. One can easily laser cut it and create stunning products by using other materials like mother of pearl. Since it is non-porous it makes perfect table top and doesn’t absorb coffee or drink when spilled over it. I am using a lot of handmade fabrics mostly from Gujarat and Rajasthan to create accent chair or couches. In distress, I am trying to give more colours. We are a lot into giving wood a natural rustic look these days and it’s getting good response.
How do you update your skills? Lot of research and study of latest happenings in the industry, go into the process of self-updating. On and off I am doing interior designing. I am professionally trained. It is only in the past 4-5 years that I have taken it up seriously. I ensure that I do at least 2-3 projects a year. As you are doing the furniture layout, it becomes a complementing factor if you take up interior designing too. This way you create exactly what you want. What was the toughest line of furniture so far? There was one with mother of pearl in Vivanta. It took almost 18 months to attain exactly what I wanted. What are the new trends in furniture? A variety of materials are being used abroad. In our country it hasn’t caught up yet. Moreover, in furniture there is no such typical fad nor is there a thing such as new collection to bring in every year like in the fashion industry. Nevertheless, in wooden furniture distress look is the rage. It is a European style. It is very close to my heart. People didn’t understand it. They used to ask ‘yeh kyun aisa purana sa lag raha hai?’(Why it looks so worn-out?). I had to explain to them. Now people here are trying to appreciate distressed nish. red | may 2015 | 104
Have you introduced any line of furniture in the city? Fusion is something I tried creating in the market. Clients have typical sense of style. Usually they go for a uniform theme, where pieces are identical and strike a balance with the existing décor like colour of walls, furnishing etc. They don’t think out-of-the box and are not ready to experiment. We try to educate them and urge them to break monotony. A space can have different styles. For example in the conguration of three-seater-sofa, one can be fully upholstered leather couch, one a neo-classical green patina nish and the single seater in a separate fabric with a foot rest. What are the rewards of the trade in the coming days? Prime Minister Narendra Modi is promoting the concept of made in India. Thus in the coming ve to 10 years the entire scenario is going to change and everything will be manufactured indigenously. For example, there will be restriction on import in garments, to promote our small scale and cottage industries. But I am comfortable with it. Being a
perfectionist, the biggest reward is the satisfaction I get as the product is in my control. E-commerce, is it a threat? I am not competing with their product directly. No one knows about the reality of their tall claims of ‘sold out’. Moreover, furniture is a ‘touch and feel product’. A buyer especially when he plans to buy a bigger product like a couch would like to sit and check the comfort level. Online shops lack this facility. Meanwhile, Inhabit website is in the process of going online. It would give me an idea, whether people buy furniture like sofa, beds or accent chairs online or not. Are you not hurting the ecosystem by cutting trees for furniture? The kind of wood we use is 100% seasoned one which we normally don’t buy from the market but from the auction houses. The latter procure the wood usually from old houses, like a Burma teak, which is pretty expensive. Thus we are not cutting trees, which happens in timber depot. Any plans for expansion? Bangalore is a much more evolved market compared to Hyderabad, so I am planning to take up more numbers of projects there. I might open an outlet there and a few more in Mumbai. It will be followed by going international, specially in Singapore and New York. What is your advice to new entrants? Stay away (laughs)! Jokes apart, get your materials and designs right. One needs to have a lot of patience. Dealing with labourers is a daily challenge. You need to understand the ones who are actually manufacturing your products as they don’t have the same level of intellectual nor educational background like yours. Be ready to handle it!
By Neeta Nair
his month we get gadgets that not only up your coolness quotient but also help keep your fear at bay. From mobile phones with neat, user-friendly features, to devices that keep you safe. Meaningful gadgets are coming your way.
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INITIATION Mrs.Begum Iqbal is a dynamic lady. She has 26 years of work experience. Her work is her passion. While the profession happened to her by chance when she went to drop her own kids to school, she rose to become a quick favourite of children at Olivet School where she taught for a year. With her husband’s posting in South Korea as visiting Professor, she went on to pursue her new-found love for teaching at Seoul Academy South Korea. Begum Iqbal says, “I found myself teaching students of 22 different nationalities in Seoul Academy International School. Two and a half years later, in 1992, my husband, a Hindi Professor at Andhra University was posted back to Visakhapatnam. But by now the students were so attached to me that the management said that I would get a walk in job at the school anytime, I choose to come back to Korea”. Once back in Vizag, she associated herself with Siva Sivani School and has been working there for the past 23 years. She is currently the Head Mistress of Marripalem branch.
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er classrooms breathe stories, their walls define colours, from her playground characters of Disney wave out to you. Even when the students are away for the summer-break, the pre-school seemed to have an aura of vibrancy around it, thanks to Mrs.Begum Iqbal, the Correspondent of Humpty Dumpty. If you meet her inside the premises of the school, we guarantee that you will feel like a child all over again. Be it her story-telling skills or her animated expressions and gestures, you will feel like you are watching Humpty Dumpty fall off the wall right in front of you. With such an apt name for a pre-school, she embarked on a journey a year ago to mould young minds. Holding their hands, she led them to her colourful world of learning and play. red | may 2015 | 108
HUMPTY DUMPTY Begum’s love for kids had to manifest itself in a stronger way sooner or later. It only seemed natural when she announced the decision to start her own school where the children would get a chance to not just get their basics right but also use their creativity, independent thinking and imagination. She believed tiny-tots must learn using the Play way and Activity oriented methods, with concepts by the usage of teaching aids. That is how Humpty Dumpty, a PreSchool came into the picture. Begum says, “Humpty Dumpty was run by Mrs.Annie and Mrs.Roopa for 25 years. Annie was my classmate and we did matriculation together. I took over the school when she wanted to shut it down in June, 2014. But, we moved the school to a building in East Point Colony, near Mental Hospital junction, as we wanted spacious and well ventilated classrooms, with ample place for the kids to play in”. The children have found a home away from home in Humpty Dumpty where they enter with smiles and go back with even bigger smiles on their faces thanks to the loving atmosphere here. INITIAL HURDLES It has been a year since I started Humpty Dumpty, but by the grace of God I didn’t have to face any big hurdles. The only minor problem was that we started the school a couple of months late. By then most of the students had already taken admission in other schools. Despite that we managed a sizeable number of students for Play Group, Nursery and LKG. This year onwards we are starting UKG class as well. USP Begum Iqbal largely taught English through her career and it comes as no surprise when she says that her goal is to ensure that every child in her school speaks impeccable English. And her face lights up when she says, “You won’t believe if I tell you, all the 3-year-old children who passed out of our school gave a full edged speech in English on our Graduation Day Ceremony. The parents were thrilled because their kids could barely mouth a word or two when they dropped
them here, a year ago. I want every child to speak English correctly and express themselves condently. I am very particular about grammar and pronunciation. Also, I believe laying a strong foundation for the child is very important, that way at any point of time in life he won’t have difculties overcoming any challenge” ACTIVITIES We have numerous activities for kids starting from sand play activity, water splash activity, drawing, colouring, pasting, threading with beads, building blocks and puppet show, to aid story-telling. Importance is given to moral values, life skills, good habits and good manners. We also show our students educative CDs. The child learns better if he sees a story unfold in front of his eyes. It may seem trivial but we have ensured that every wall in the school has something educative plastered on it, like fruits, vegetables, animals, alphabets, charts, etc. So, no matter where the child looks, there is something to pick up. All the festivals are celebrated in the school throughout the year. Like I said earlier, we put an added emphasis on English and devise interesting ways by which a child can pick up the language. SELECTING TEACHERS Begum Iqbal holds a workshop for her teachers once a month, where she shows them newer methods of teaching and also plans the syllabus. She is a good trainer, guide and a model to the teachers. She has trained and guided many teachers during her career. Begum says, “I have handpicked every teacher in my school. The most important criteria are that they should be motherly and must love children. Unless the teacher treats a student as her own child, she will not do him justice. The child must feel at home even in school and the teachers must ensure that. If you ask me in the past 26 years, I have given more attention to my students than my own children.” TOUCHING MOMENT While teaching in Siva Sivani School, a physically challenged boy who couldn’t even hold a pen
was admitted in my class. He was in the 2nd standard and came from a rich family who had employed several domestic helps to take care of him. This boy could barely walk; even basic things like closing his school bag were difcult tasks for him. While other teachers were at their wit’s end on how to deal with him, I took it up as a challenge. I devoted two hours of my time to him daily and did everything that a motherly teacher does to help him. He could only type and was unable to write. I observed him every day and suggested a few things to his parents like getting a special triangular pencil for writing, and because of my constant encouragement he was able to write by the end of the year. I also wanted him to walk on his own, so I would hold his hand and motivate him to walk a few steps each day. Months later, I saw him walk from the gate to the school ofce all by himself, it was the most touching moment for me. Even teaching hundreds of students didn’t give me the kind of satisfaction that watching him walk gave.
also the President of Humpty Dumpty. He is very supportive in all my pursuits. He has helped me in shaping Humpty Dumpty into a model play school with all amenities for the little ones in making it ‘a home away from home’. My children Mallik and Ali and their support together with their spouses Mrs.Farheen and Mrs. Farha have given a good start to this school. All my family members have been very supportive. I’d also like to thank my mentor Dr. Neeraj Kumar Sampathy, Correspondent of Siva Sivani High School for having faith in me at a professional level. ADVICE TO UPCOMING ENTREPRENEURS Never ever underestimate a child. Every child is special and has a talent which we need to hone.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE Teaching is my passion and I love any challenge associated with it. Two students from Korea were admitted in Siva Sivani School and put under my care. They didn’t know a word of English and were put in 6th and 4th standards. I worked really hard on them starting from alphabets, phonetics etc. By the end of the term the girl was able to write so beautifully that she won a Gold Medal in Coca Cola Handwriting Competition. Getting them to master a foreign language in a year, was no mean task. FAMILY SUPPORT I come from a family of businessmen. My late father M.F.Khan owned the popular store by that name. My elder brother owns MFK International and Digjam suiting’s while the younger brother owns Raymond and Panache Showrooms. My father-in-law Mr. S. Khaja Hussain is an LLB and M.A (Philosophy), while my husband Dr. S.M. Iqbal is a Retd. Hindi Professor who taught at Andhra University. My husband is
R AT E C A R D How do you rate yourself on a scale of 10 as an a) Enterpreneur- 9 b) Philanthropist- 8 c) Trend setter- 10 d) Human being- 9
from a friend. I passed the course, but not with ying colours (laughs). It was during my internship that things appeared much coherent as it gave me hands on experience with real-time customers. Wasn’t it a risky bargain? When I look back today, I realize how crazy it was. I had a well settled job with Rs.7 lakh annual package, which I traded for a career which paid me Rs.2500 per month. It was cultural, nancial- in fact, all sorts of shocks for everyone around me. My rst child Mariam had just arrived that time. My wife Yasmin couldn’t believe that these things were really happening. But being a loving wife (Ours was a love marriage) she stood by me. She also started working so that we could support each other. Moses too helped me with the nances. What was the first big break? I joined a salon in Mumbai and after working for a while, I left for London to pursue a higher course. After six months of its completion, I was India bound. The foreign-returned-stamp earned me a warmer response from people. Coincidently, I came to Hyderabad to set up Anoo’s Academy. Soon I got a call from Hakim Aalim (He is considered as Bollywood’s top stylist) to become style director for his Hyderabad branch. I took it up and went on styling for Anushka, Ram Charan, Nitin, Prabhash, Allu Arjun and others. This was followed by an assignment as creative director for Lakme India in Hyderabad. My aim was not just to be a hairdresser. I always wished to have my own chain of salons and I could achieve my goal.
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THE STAR STY IST By Ranita Ray
Beauty is a feminine industry’- this thought is passé now, especially when a lot of men have turned it into their full-fledged profession. Here is one such person in Hyderabad and he himself has become a brand today. He is rated as one of the top three hairdressers in the city. Behind every successful man there is a woman, and in his case there is a man too, his brother, besides his wife. His achievement has taken the shape of Lucas Academy & Salon. You guessed it right; the focus here is certainly on Lucas Chinappa. How did you land in this industry? It is a very lmy story. I used to work in the marketing and programming division of a reputed TV channel in Mumbai, the city I hail from. But soon I got bored with it. There happened to be a salon next to my home, where I often used to drop in after ofce. Besides becoming a regular customer I made good friends there, especially the hair stylist. One ne day he said, “Why don’t you become a hair dresser?” I laughed it out. I shared this idea with my elder brother Moses and to my surprise he liked it. In 2004, on experimental basis I joined a course for a month. I remember I took leave from my job, lying to them that there was a death in the family. However, I couldn’t follow anything in the course. Despite this fact, Moses pushed me further and he even paid Rs.1, 50,000 for the two months course. He borrowed the sum
What made you an entrepreneur? I opened Lucas Salon and Academy three and half years back. Before naming it, I asked my clients and 70% of them advised me to christen it ‘Lucas’ as it would help me connect with my loyal customers. Trust me it worked too. Much to my great delight, I got back many of my old clients, with whom I had lost contact. I started it just as a hair salon and slowly included beauty and spa services. Latest is the exclusive nail bar where we do extensive nail extension and art. Roping in an expert every six months, I keep introducing new services. What was the idea behind the academy? I saw a lot of youth who are very talented; some of them are simple barbers, who don’t have platform to show their real air. I thought why not polish their skills! Training is my passion and hence, my courses are not exorbitantly expensive. What was the first best work? While working in a salon in Mumbai, once a lady from Cochin came for hairstyling and I did it.
Next day I got a call from her husband who said “Thanks for giving my wife and her smile back to me. We have been married for the past 18 years. After the hairstyling, I saw the same smile on her face, which she had the day our child was born.” Till date the entire family is my clients and come all the way from Cochin for hairstyling by me. People often look down upon on a hair dresser, but I say we just don’t cut hair, but take away a piece of our client’s heart. Is there a change in people’s perception towards hairdressers? People want an educated and well learnt hair stylist. Today a hairdresser is not a conventional barber, but one who even owns a Mercedes. He/she has got that celebrity tag. They are called for judging shows. Earlier, they used to run behind the actors, but now they sit and roam with the stars in the same vanity, there is no disparity. Lucas is a brand today- how do you feel? I feel proud. However, I don’t want to walk fast, but walk far and steady with my team. There were a lot of corporates who wanted to buy me and project me as a big brand. But I spurned such offers. The moment you go commercial, you mess up everything. What are the exclusive services at Lucas? I have introduced hair botox, hair lamination, hair defrizz and similar services for the rst time in the city. My wife, a makeup expert is also onboard. Recently she did a course in Canada and with it we have introduced air brush make-up. What is your USP? Whatever I have learnt I have taught it to my staff and we work as a team. We listen and understand our clients’ need. Today my clients come majorly through reference and word of mouth. I give personal attention to them. I try to be there in my Rajahmundry branch too. What’s your signature style? I don’t take 20 clients a day, but work on four, araam se. My hairstyles are absolutely maintenance-free. I don’t have attitude, but my haircuts do! They speak for themselves.
What kind of clients excite you? I love stubborn clients, who ask me - do you know what you are doing? Out of hundreds of your clients there will be one who nags you to the core. But when she comes the next time, you win the game. Who is the trickiest client? When someone asks for a funky haircut, it is easy. But when they say a simple or classy, it is a real challenge. Who is your support system? My team, as my eld is hairdressing. But my team complements me with the rest of the expertise to give a holistic service. I can’t express in words the kind of support I get from Moses, Yasmin and my two daughters Mariam, 11 and Ayana, 3. Future trends in hair styling? People are getting into retro style again. There is no more smoothening. Curls are in and will be in vogue for women for some time. Guys will have short and sharp haircut. People have a change of mindset and they want to experiment with their looks, especially the 25-45 years age group and 70% of my clients are this segment. Next craziest adventure? I am a great foodie. I love to cook, party with my friends and feeding them. I want to open a grilled food joint like a food van like in western countries. But certainly not by shutting Lucas, I can’t afford to be thrashed by my family (bursts into laughter).
Any plans of expansion for Lucas? Of course! I will be opening a salon in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as franchise model. But I am particular that I want partners who are interested in quality but not quantity business. I got an international offer, but turned it down, as I don’t have the manpower. I won’t be able do justice to it. What would be your guru-gyan for upcoming colleagues? There are only two industries which are growing rapidly, food and wellness. If you have true interests then only get into wellness or beauty. If you move in the right direction, you can earn more than a MBA; in fact you can hire one or more.
R ATE C ARD Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 as a • Hair Stylist-10 (as per the ratings given by many magazines and websites) • Creative person- 10 (as a team player) • Businessman- 8 • Risk Taker- 10 • Human Being-10 red | may 2015 | 111
While the IPL fever caught the Vizagites they headed to Sky for some cool shower of fun, music, dance and not to miss some heady drinks. The rooftop space turned into a crazy zone of unlimited entertainment when the resident DJ Bobsy played some of the popular numbers pulling every merrymaker to groove to his tunes. Many a cheerleaders of IPL were spotted having a gala time and added glamour quotient to the evening.
Ladies club, Bond With Best (BWB) celebrated its 2nd anniversary with a bang. Sarita Lohiya hosted this grand sundowner bash and Aqua of The Park served as the best venue with its expansive set up. The pool side space was turned into a heaven decorated with yellow and orange hues. Starting from afternoon the revelry lasted even after the sun went down. With rain dance and engaging music, members were seen getting high enjoying every bit of it. Besides cricketer Mithali Raj, others who were spotted at the do were Pooja, Swetha, Saritha, Priyanka, Ruchika, Namita & Sushmita, Priya, Rajmeet, Ananya, Soniya and many others.
THE PARK The Park had a month full of some amazing entertaining nights which saw its fans attending in full numbers. When it is about reveling in Tribe and Some Place Else, the loyalists leave no chance to go all out; from donning the best of their fineries to wearing trendy trinkets every bit becomes a grand affair, to say the least. The dance floor remained busy with merrymakers grooving to the tunes of the DJ and bonding over drinks. The maddening fun kept up the mood and party freaks were seen enjoying the evenings thoroughly, relaxing after the week-long grind.
@THE FARM It was on helluva evening when The Address Wine Lounge was re-launched and none other than the Biggest Bollywood Banger; Akbar Sami was roped in to pump up some fresh energy. City's party freaks were seen having a rocking time, grooving to the eclectic mix of the best of Bollywood tunes, churned by Sami. The opening notes were delivered by DJ Monks! Besides eminent faces like Baba Sehgal and Ashima, buddies like Kisan, Radha Kurra, Aishwarya, Sara, Avnish, Sindhu, Praveena, Sunny Anannd and Kashish were spotted at the do.
CANCER (June 22 - July 22)
ARIES (March 21-April 19) It is a month of harmonic time. However, be proactive instead of being a passive watcher. Try to overcome the strong negativity hovering on your relationship with colleagues. Misunderstanding might crop up among you. However, don’t lose your cool. If you are an entrepreneur you can march ahead bravely. But be cautious while striking deals and partnership agreements. Even if everything appears smooth and in your favour on the surface, use your sixth-sense and stay alert while taking decisions. Be attentive to your lover, your support is most desired. Lucky For you Colour: Red Number: 6, 9 &13
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) It is primarily a period of positive astral influence, with minimal negative impacts. The first half of the month will show signs of quick change leaving you in a dilemma about whether to stand against it or flow with it. Be a decision maker and get rid of problems. Make an effort to maintain relationship with dear ones. In the second half you need to sort a serious problem that has deep roots. Inactivity will make things harder for you. Put in all your strength to sustain the relationship, without being carried away by your fleeting desires and instinctive wishes. Be truthful to your lover. Luck For you Colour: Beige Numbers: 5, 8 & 11
GEMINI (May 21 - June 21) On work front you will witness positivity. First two weeks might appear a bit negative, but it’s not a defining phase of your life, just a momentary one. Don’t get affected. Paying attention while striking big deals might earn larger profit than you imagined. Focus more on long-term projects that fetch great success. However, personal life may not be that rosy. Be careful, especially towards the second ten-day period and flexible in your decision making. Try to convince your partner that he/she is committing a mistake, instead of getting into blame game. Be careful in handling your bonds with friends. Lucky For You | Colour: Olive green | Numbers: 1, 10 &19
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You might face disappointments and problems at work. Focus without getting into defence mode. Think carefully yet swiftly. Do not get fooled. Luckily, competitors are unlikely to be active enough to create any serious problems for you. Happiness is stored in your personal sphere. You will reach maximum harmony while bonding with your beloved. To pump in some more romance, plan a vacation or some kind of trip, even an extreme one, as some adrenalin will help you. At least go for a local alternative, like parachute jumping. Don’t ignore requests of relatives and close ones, even if they appear insignificant. They are also your true support. Lucky For You | Colour: Magenta | Numbers: 9, 23 & 30
LEO (July 23 - Aug 22) Finance and entrepreneurship may not bring any significant victories, but you needn’t lose heart. Discard all that is unnecessary and focus on what is really important. Review your relationship with colleagues; think about the place you occupy in the group. Make decisions even if they don’t make you happy. It’s a harmonious phase with your lover. If an issue arises before you – solve it immediately, otherwise it will be thrice as difficult later. Laziness is your main enemy. Try to be as active as possible. Stop living in dreams, start implementing them it will make you and your dear ones happy as well. Lucky For You |Colour: Electric Blue Numbers: 4, 13, & 22
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 - Dec 21)
VIRGO (Aug 23 - Sept 22)
Be careful as there are some shocking surprises for you in realm of entrepreneurship and business. Focus on technological aspect of work. Try to listening to others. Just remember that any action or decision that you make now will have consequences in the future and their effectiveness depends on how strongly you overcome or suppress someone else’s will. However, learn to deal with the worldview of others, only then will you have the right to demand the same thing for yourself. Have a picnic if the weather allows or an alfresco romantic dinner can infuse some new spirits.
It is not a very profession-supportive-month and there is a probability of losing positions. Things might take a positive turn at the last latter half of the month. Be honest no matter how adverse the situation is. Personal sphere is even more destabilized. You may need to take a big decision even though it might not define your entire life. Be truthful to yourself as the choice you make now will be final. Review your behaviour with your friends too. Stand up and accept the circumstances. Don’t be afraid of change, it makes you stronger. Lucky For You | Colour: Silver Numbers: 5, 11 & 25
Lucky For You | Colour: Orange Numbers: 8, 17 & 22
LIBRA (Sept 23 - Oct 22) SCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21)
Finances will see a great boost. However, put your own strength, time and resources to achieve what you have planned. Use your brains as a thoughtless movement won’t lead you anywhere. Love front is more defined. In your relationship be considerate and finally decide what is more important–personal happiness or happiness together. It is important to make the decision prior to the New Moon (May 18), after which the situation will radically change. Those who are not taken yet, will meet someone interesting towards the end of the month.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 - Jan 19)
Help from all around is in store at work front. From celestial supporters to your colleagues and partners, all will be on your side. Use this situation as productively as possible. Lay a strong foundation now on which you can build a large-scale and lucrative project. Be wiser, accumulate resources, prepare a powerful start and act. The sphere of feelings and emotions is positive. Relationship with your lover will go really well. If you are alone, it’s time to find someone. It would be wrong to miss the chance which can change life for the better.
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Numbers: 15, 19 & 23
Colour: Sky Blue | Numbers: 6, 10 & 27
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A distinct lack of life might take away golden opportunities at work. It is upsetting, as this is when you are offered the biggest and the most profitable of projects and loss is indicated. Businessmen should try to settle for less to avoid bigger losses. Push the important deals for next month. Heave a sigh of relief as far as personal life in concerned. However, do not plan grand trips with friends or a vacation with your lover. Focus more on developing your soul. Be as diplomatic as possible – but do not bend. Try to relax.
Colour: Yellow Numbers: 7, 15 & 21
AQUARIUS (Jan 20 - Feb 18) Opportunities galore at work. Be attentive, you can even implement the most intricate project in the shortest time. Your capabilities will be noticed by your management. Yet be watchful to avoid a treacherous stab. Alcohol is a big no-no. Proprietors work extra hard. It might earn you a jackpot. On love front things are under control. However avoid trying to show that you are better just to prove your partner wrong. Stay away from confrontation, even though your close ones lead you to small routine disagreements. Take them lightly and maintain your inner harmony.
PISCES (Feb 19 - March 20)
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There is neither any significant success nor are any complications in work life. It is advisable to be fluid and flexible, diplomatic and sometimes even sly. Be sharper to be a victor in the wave of circumstances, especially if you have your own business. Get cues from past experience to resolve important problems. Situation is more defined in the sphere of personal relationships, but might not be on a joyous note. It is a time of fighting an uncompromising battle in pursuit of happiness. Do not confuse having a spine with being stubborn or being brave with being insane. Be fair to yourself and others. Remember that you do not owe anyone anything or vice versa.
Numbers: 4, 13 & 26
Lucky For You | Colour: Sky blue | Numbers: 6, 9& 14
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IRONING OUT DEFICIENCIES By Neeta Nair
You won’t get your salary’. Well most of us have heard this threat from our employers when we haven’t met our deadlines, taken an unapproved leave or caused a huge loss to the company. But how many have heard their boss roar at them for not having enough haemoglobin in blood? Well this is what Mr.O Naresh Kumar, CEO of Symbiosys Technologies told a bunch of shocked female employees. Reason- The ladies had turned a blind eye to his repeated efforts to make them eat a balanced diet. We will need a backgrounder here. Several months ago when Naresh’s company organised a blood donation camp, out of the 100-strong women workforce, almost 100% proved to be ineligible for donating blood. Tests pointed at low levels of the iron containing molecules in red blood cellshaemoglobin. This iron deficiency in blood better known as anaemia is
capable of affecting your life adversely, leading to serious health problems. Dr.Nivedita, MD Psychiatry says “It is haemoglobin that carries oxygen around the body. If found in lower levels it could lead to fatigue, constant feeling of tiredness, decreased level of performance, palpitations and even breathlessness.” Out of concern Naresh started counseling his employees to consume more iron rich food on a regular basis.
But months later when he conducted the same tests on his employees there was hardly any improvement. This is when he decided to take the matter in his own hands launching ‘Operation Haemoglobin’. The first step Naresh took was to appoint a dietician for his employees. Dietician Suma Nandini started engaging small teams of women in group discussions wherein she explained the ill effects of low levels of haemoglobin in women’s bodies. Thereafter every day, each employee was given an iron rich diet suitable to her body. It included carrotbeetroot juice, jaggery, dry dates, green leafy vegetables etc brought to their table unfailingly after every few hours. The goal was to get the female employees to cross the minimum required level for the body -11 grams of haemoglobin per deciliter. “But despite the spoon feeding, these employees didn’t stick to the above mentioned diet, they just didn’t understand the seriousness of it. So Mr.Naresh threatened them with salary cuts if haemoglobin doesn’t reach sufficient levels. This did the trick and the employees fell in line,” says a laughing Nandini. Three months later when the company conducted blood tests, nearly 30% of the employees had become eligible for blood donation. Today that number stands at 80%, Naresh’s efforts and perseverance clearly paid off. Naresh says, “I have always believed that before taking care of the company, the employees must take care of themselves. But they need to be pushed, that’s why every employer must take the initiative” Haemoglobin deficiency is primarily found in women more than men
because of heavy bleeding during periods, lack of importance given to nutrition and pregnancy at a very young age. Dr.Nivedita says, “The iron storage in the body is used up for nourishment of the baby during pregnancy. That is why doctors advise to keep at least a two year gap between two deliveries to allow the iron stock to get replenished. But that is often ignored and women are given no time to recuperate leading to severe iron deficiencies.” There are also other causes of iron loss in the body like infestation with parasitic worms like hookworms, many intestinal disorders, bleeding piles (haemorrhoids) etc. But either way if your routine blood tests show that you are anaemic (below 11 grams of haemoglobin per deciliter) then the first thing to do is stock up iron rich food in your refrigerator.
More iron intake, more Haemoglobin 1) Potatoes, Pumpkin seeds, different kinds of lentils (dal) and green leafy vegetables 2) Brown rice and whole grains like wheat, fortified cereals, oats and barley. 3) Dry fruits like almonds, dried apricot, dry dates & raisins 4) Fruits like strawberry & guavas 5) For non-vegetarians; chicken bone marrow, liver, and beef liver 6) Fishes like mackerel or bangda and Indian Salmon or raavas 7) Don’t drink too much of coffee, tea and alcohol & increase consumption of jaggery
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