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Charming Charmme Charmme essays roles in Telugu, Tamil, and




professional ease even picking up awards and critical acclaim for her roles. The Yo! Vizag team caught up with her in a exclusive



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'Where are you Sophia', a 96-minute psychological thriller by Vizag-born, US-based filmmaker Nagendra Karri will be released in September. Our young reporter, Karishma caught up with the 26-year old producer-cum-directorcum scriptwriter.

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Voice of Vizag

nursery amongst the city's garden

Are we celebrating independence this year

centres is Chandana Mohana Rao

by granting freedom of expression to the

Nursery Gardens on the National

gay population? --------------------------------22

Krishna Temple The two decade old Krishna temple in

Highway near Kommadi. --------------------------------28


is a perfect setting for participating in the

R Ajeeth who following the footsteps of


his inspiration the A R Rehaman spinning

Eco - Ganesha

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Pradesh. Meet Vizag city's child wonder


Chaturthi we urge everyone to go


Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal

the 1st August and concluding on 15th

substances, people celebrating Ganesh


states…Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu,

Krishnastami festivities commencing from

In order to stem the menace of these toxic

The Musical Whiz Kid! A precocious 13 year old,has over 200

Lawson's Bay Colony, near the Post Office


Greening the Environs! Featuring a prominent garden cum

magic in the orb of music. --------------------------------29

Stealth Lost Post independence, the Indian soldiers of tri-forces strive hard and lay down their lives to retain our cherished state of autonomy. But as the years pass, we free Indians forget to respect the sentinels of our freedom, well, this is an

Cover Page Charmme Vol - II | Issue - 1 | 68 Pages August - 2009

SOS call to awaken our spirit of patriotism. ---------------------------------




Gaming, Reel or Real!


Jai Ho!

Pioneers in

While once only imagination inspired

Management Education

computer games, off late real life


The Yo team got the remarkably

situations and political incidents provide


talented chef, Sri Saratchandra

ideas and scenarios for games.

Banerji of The Gateway Hotel to





Cover Story

share his culinary expertise laced


Hiking In The Himalayas

with the spirit of patriotism.


Tech Vibes





Party Nights

Movie Review




Drink Decorum for Drinking Divas


While its roots might be traditional,


mehendi is one body-art form which


has enamoured the young and old, the







traditionalists alike.


Music & Book Review Astro Predictions - August 2009 Check List Discover Vizag





Tummidi Brothers


Under The Friendship's Umbrella August 6th is friendship day, a day to

Hello... Hello...


revere and nourish friendships. Small

Heritage Car

actions can boomerang serious

Fast and furious cars you may

reactions. To avoid a potential disaster,

have seen aplenty, but there is

check out the tips from the Yo! team

a grand old carriage doing the

to nurture and maintain this fragile yet

rounds of Vizag. A living icon of

incalculably steadfast prized bond.

Independent India.


Unlocking the Macho Locks


Raksha bandhan - the virtual way Brothers and sisters in a bid to balance their hectic lifestyles and age-old traditions are increasingly resorting to celebrating the joyous festival of



Delightful Drinks


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To spice up your next

From a primeval religious practice to

social-do with these cool

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powerful practice like Prayer has

mocktails,of owning this

turned out to be a panacea of modern

superlative bike.

raksha bandhan the virtual way!

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Dear Readers, This Independence Day, we have a special occasion to cheer about, its India's achievement in defence technology. India joins the elite club of nations which have the technological capability to build and operate nuclear propelled submarines with the launch of Arihant, India's first indigenously built nuclear propelled strategic submarine. And Vizag had a major role to play in this historic national moment; the sub was launched from our shores. Vizag has had another momentous occasion recently when the CM was in town for the inauguration of the Gangavaram Port. Well, it was nice to see two major happenings of national significance in our small but strategically significant city. Going with the spirit of independence, thanks to the executive chef of The Gateway Hotel, this month the food section carries the colours and flavours of independence‌ the recipes are all tinted with essence of the national spirit; presenting a medley of independence day specials! If everything was hunky-dory the last month, the weather was playing spoilsport. The month of July began nice and cool with showers, but the rest of the month was as sultry and hot as ever. But positive that the rains will definitely pour, we have a nursery special. Just a visit to the CMR gardens near Madhurwada is inspiring enough to encourage one to try gardening. Happily escaping the July heat were the 22 brave lasses from Vizag who trekked the cool yet treacherous climes of the Himalayas with scant regard to their age. What were truly inspiring were they confidence, willpower and grit, read all about them within. In our Hot Wheels section, we feature this time a vintage car‌ a heritage Ford which reached the shores of India pre-independence. Strolling along the beach road, we caught up with this unique car as it came puttering along. And speaking of the beach road, we have also featured one of Vizag's familiar landmarks, the neglected hull of the submarine Kalvari. Ever since the grand Kursura has garnered everyone's attention on the beach, the Kalvari has been forgotten. And as true Vizagites, we the YO team intend to bring back to the limelight every forgotten piece and titbit of Vizag's past and present. So keep writing in, we look forward for your mails, feedback and even brickbats!

Shilpanjani Dantu Editor & Publisher

Whoah, Vizag is Really changing!!!!.

Well well... A Really HOT mag.......!!!

Being a Vizagite & having spent my

Our good old Vizag is really

childhood, Yo! Vizag has come a long

getting hep......!!!

way. Cheers & Keep the Vizag flag

Pooja Bhatnagar

Flying high!!! :-) Anu Saxena (Mails edited in view of space constraints)


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India is truly a cultural and linguistic synthesis‌ though born as a Punjabi, in Mumbai (Vasai) she essays roles in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam with true professional ease even picking up awards and critical acclaim for her roles. Talented enough to be appreciated for her rendering of the Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi dances in her recent film, Pournami, though she did not learn Indian classical dances, this young actress has a lot in store for her. Presenting, Charmy Kaur, preferably known as Charmme, the femme fatale who has already been paired opposite big names in the industry since her entry into Telugu filmdom such as Simbu, Venkatesh, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Prabhas, Siddarth, Ravi Teja, Sumanth, Nitin, and Jr. NTR. Her first Telugu flick, 'Nee Thodu Kaavali' opposite Deepak, released in March 2002, might not have set the critics raving, but it sure perked the interest of other producers and directors. The Yo! Vizag team caught up with her when she was in Vizag as a chief guest for an exclusive show.

True to her sun sign, Taurus, (May 17th), Charmme never gives up. She works hard and achieves perfection in whatever role she attempts. Be it learning intricate dance steps of the Bharat Natyam or portraying the role of a housewife, she depicts her character with passion. After her first movie in Telugu, she forayed into the Tamil film scene with 'Kadal Azhavatillai' opposite Silambarasan and a few other Tamil and Malayalam movies. After a break, she returned to the Telugu audiences with 'Sri Anjaneyam' directed by ace director Krishna Vamsi, following which she acted in 'Chanti' opposite Raviteja. Her next movie, 'Gowri' where she was cast against Sumanth set the cash registers ringing, followed by the stupendous success of 'Mass' with Nagarjuna. Even the Prabhas starrer 'Chakram' was well received by the box office. Her portrayal of Sahasra in the heroine-centric thriller 'Anukokunda Oka Roju' got her critical acclaim and Santosham Best Actress Award. This was followed by a chain of successes like 'Lakshmi', 'Chinnodu' and 'Rakhi' (with NTR). Her next blockbuster too was a heroine oriented film, 'Mantra', for which she picked up her first Nandi Award for the Best Actress 2007. Her latest was a Telugu flick, 'Kavya's Diary' in which she brilliantly plays a vengeful woman who goes ballistic at the loss of her husband. Having made her mark in south India, especially in Telugu movies, Charmme is now very particular about the roles she chooses. Off late she is gearing up for a totally new look in her next film. The highly sought after heroine prefers a quiet evening with friends instead of a pub or club. And when off camera, she prefers to lounge in comfy loose clothes; body-hugging fashions are just not her style. Having been to Vizag off and on, Charmme is particularly fond of the beach here.

Yo Vizag • August’09


Driving For Peace and Harmony Dilpreet Singh Bindra, the director of catering sales at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, combined his passion for driving with humanity for a mission. He travelled across the length and breadth of the country to urge people to stand against terror. Along the way, he made stops at the 60 Taj hotels in 42 locations, collecting messages and good wishes from all the employees to Karambir Kang and the staff of Taj at Mumbai. In the aftermath of the tragedy of 26/11, the media was full of instances of exemplary courage, sacrifice and extraordinary hospitability shown by the staff of Taj. Karambir Kang, the general manager of Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai faced the additional pain of a personal tragedy when he lost his family as well in the barbarous attack. As a token of respect and in an effort to commemorate these heroes who valiantly held the terrorists at bay and went so far beyond the call of duty, Dilpreet Singh Bindra an employee of Taj himself had taken up this unique initiative. His journey started on June 20 from Delhi and he covered Rajasthan, UP, interiors of MP, West Bengal and Orissa before coming to Vizag on Saturday, the 4th. From here, he moved further down south to finally terminate his 12,000 km journey in Mumbai on July 23. His car, a white Ford Fusion covered with slogans, messages of peace, an Indian map with his route marked and the Taj logo attracted a lot of attention and positive interest. The details of his every stop and interesting bits of the journey are described in his blog,

Telugu Association of North Texas The Telugu Association of North Texas organised a Sahithya Samelanam in Dallas on July 11. Notable was the fact that quite a few dignitaries and participants from Vizag were guests for the occasion. Sri Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, Smt Ramya Janapareddy, Shrimati Kalyani Sidharth, Sri Gullapudi Maruthi rao and Mahesh from Vizag participated. Other guests included Suddala Asoka Teja, Sri Gorati Venkanna, Sri Akkiraju Sundara Ramakrishna, Sri Sirivennala Sitarama Sastry, Sri Medasani Mohan, Sri Andhe Sri, Sri Vasireddy Naveen, Smt. Saroja Sri Sri (wife of poet Sri Sri). There were musical and dance programmes organised. The event was covered by Gemini TV.

Yo Vizag • August’09



The inaugural ceremony of the ninth AP sub-junior girl's Hockey Championship in Visakhapatnam was held on July 16 at the Alwar Das stadium in MVP Colony. The newly-formed Vizag District Women's Hockey Association conducted the championship. The matches were held at the Alwar Das stadium and the DLB grounds at Salagrampuram. The DIG of Police (Visakha Range) Soumya Misra inaugurated the meet while former Mayor Rajana Ramani was a special invitee. President of the district association and vice-president of AP Women's Hockey Association Jeeja valsaraj, vice-president Vijay Ravindra, Swati and A. Srinivas, patron K.V. Krishna Kumar, secretary L.R. Joseph Dass, coach June Gallyot, DSDO N. Surya Rao and others were present. Though the meet was held here for the first time, the highest number of participating teams, 15 in all competed. The finals were held on July 19.

Heritage On Wednesday, July 29, the heritage clubs of 15 city schools affiliated to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) participated in a competition on various themes. Five schools showcased their presentations at Hawamahal in Vizag, including Delhi Public SchoolUkkunagaram, Jassver English Medium School, Navy Children's School, Timpany School-Pedagantyada and Visakha Valley School. Visakha Valley gave a power point presentation on traditions of Andhra. Students from Timpany showcased the campaign that they ran on water management. NCS students presented their campaign that the club ran on marine life preservation. Dances were presented by DPS (depicting various historical periods and Jassver (folk life of Andhra). The Convenor of INTACH-Vizag Chapter Ranee Sharma presided.

Yo Vizag • August’09


Dakshina Natakotsav Photos courtesy Akhilsahiti Vizagites were treated to a rich and varied fare of theatre art by the National School of Drama (NSD), Bangalore centre, which organized the Dakshina Natakotsav, from July 5 to10 at the Kalabharathi auditorium. The Six Best Indian Play Productions in four southern languages, Mayabazar and Kabir Das in Telugu, Gokul Nirgamana in Kannada, Kuthirai Muttai in Tamil and Pravaachaka and Karnabharanam in

Horlicks Wizkids-2009

Malayalam were staged. The packed audience

The city finals of the Horlicks Wizkids-2009, sixth

watched the six brilliantly executed plays with

edition was held at Kalavani Port Auditorium on July

rapt attention.

25. Melonika Mahapatro (Std. VII) of De Paul School

The rich costumes, incredible stage effects and dazzling

and Sayantan (Std. IX) of Etasi Timpany School were

flawless performances left the audience astounded and

the finalists to represent the city Visakhapatnam in

hungering for more. The plays executed included

the national finals to be held in Bangalore in

'Mayabazar', 'Gokul Nirgamana' and 'Karnabharanam'

November this year. 4,500 students from 45 schools

from the epics; 'Kuthirai Muttai' (Horse's egg) based on

in and around the city participated in the city finals.

a hilarious social theme, 'Pravachaka' was based on a

There were 20 different sections for the competitors

Greek mythology and 'Kabir Das' was the story of an

to participate in like dance, music, quiz, mehendi,

ardent devotee of Rama.

story-writing, literature, singing, writing, speaking,

The Surabhi troupe from Andhra Pradesh mesmerised

creativity, talent, art and designing. Acclaimed as

one and all with the astounding sets in 'Mayabazar'.

India's largest inter-school literary and cultural fiesta

Special effects such as the fire spewing mace getting

the contests are designed to bring out the latent

defused by the water showering arrow left the audience

talent among the children. More than two lakh

bowled over. 'Gokula Nirgamana', depicting the platonic

students from over 1,350 schools across 21 Indian

love of Gopala (Krishna) and Gopikas and Gopakas,

cities and three countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

was pleasurable and tastefully exhibited on-stage.

and Nepal will participate in Horlicks Wizkids-2009

'Kuthurai Muttai', a hilarious Tamil play had striking

South Asia finals.








'Parasmaanandayya Sishulu' in Telugu. The only difference is, unlike in the Telugu version in which the Guru is a scholar, here, the Guru is as foolish as the sishyas are. The Malayalam play 'Pravachaka', an allwomen play dealt with women empowerment. It was staged by the only women theatre group in Kerala, Nereeksha.

Yo Vizag • August’09

- Uma


9th August 1942, the Quit India movement launched by Gandhi was slowly sweeping across the country. Non-cooperation, 'do or die', karo ya maro' were the catchphrases all around. The British were up in arms, prepared to squash any revolt or signs of indiscipline. And though the movement was stronger in northern India, there were incidents of arson and retaliation in a few pockets down south too. One particular incident, comparatively minor from the national point of view, but highly inspirational to all the students who witnessed it; was in Guntur, at the Guntur Hindu College and High School. Enthused by the clarion call of Gandhiji to oppose the British, a few students loitering outside the college gate threw stones at the British High School superintendent's car as it drove past. Enraged, the superintendent sent back the Circle Inspector to arrest the boys in question. When the CI came to the college, the principal, Sri Rama Chandra Rao, was in the midst of an English class. Refusing to discuss any matter in class or in front of the students, he acquiesced to talk with the CI in the college office. There, the CI brought up the stone-throwing incident and asked for all the college boys to be lined up so that the police men accompanying the Superintendent could identify the boys who threw the stones.

Sri Pilla Ramarao

Unruffled, the principal calmly asked for a warrant authorising this action… the CI left to return with the same almost an hour later. But by then, the principal had already sent off all the students through the rear entrance, declaring the college closed till further notice! The college reopened 20 days later. Noteworthy here is that not only did the principal with his quick thinking spare the boys of any repercussions; he also motivated all of them to stand for their rights. One amongst those students was Sri Pilla Rama Rao, a Vizagite studying in the first year intermediate there.

Born and brought up in Visakhapatnam, Sri Rama Rao is today a retired man in his mid-eighties. He completed his intermediate and pursued his BSc (Physics) in MR College, Vizianagaram (194446) and his MSc in Andhra University (1956). In 1946 he joined as a Physics demonstrator in AVN College and continued there as a lecturer till 1972. A strong crusader for the ethos and ethics of the Hindu culture, he along with a few likeminded educationists founded the Bhartiya Vidya Kendram Education Society. This

It is common knowledge that the number system was invented

society was committed to shaping young India according to the

by India and Aryabhatta invented the digit zero. But so were

Indian culture and traditions. In 1972 in order to provide more

the the' place value system' and the 'decimal system' developed

seats for graduate-hopefuls he was instrumental in starting the

in 100 BC in India. The value of "pi" was first calculated by the

BVK College in Vizag, where he was the founding and acting

Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept

principal till 1983, when he retired at the age of 58. BVK institutions

of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered

were established at several places from Srikakulam to West

this in the 6th century, which was long before the European

Godavari and at present 29 schools, two junior colleges, two


degrees colleges and one post-graduate college along with a


dance school Nritya Bharati are being run.

Algebra, trigonometry and calculus also originated from India.

After his SSLC, he joined the RSS and till date he is an active

Quadratic equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th

member of the organisation. The ideal of the organisation in his

century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used

own words is to 'Prepare people and inculcate within them the

were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10

spirit of independence and to try to help people in various aspects

to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.,

and social activities'. Along with as many as 10,000 RSS members,

during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is

he too was arrested and imprisoned in the Vellore Jail in Tamil

Tera: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).

Nadu for two months following the assignation of Gandhiji. The


second time he faced imprisonment was during the emergency.

Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth

26 June 1975, under MISA Act, Smt Indira Gandhi declared an

to orbit the sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart.

Emergency in India, when leaders like Jaiprakash Narayan and

His calculations was - Time taken by earth to orbit the sun: (in

others were arrested. Sri Ramarao spent 18 months in Vizag jail.

the 5th century) 365.258756484 days.

Catch him relaxed and ask him about his past, the erstwhile


crusader has many incidents to relate. He recalls the days when

The World's first university was established in Takshila in 700

he and his friends approached freedom fighters like Sri Tenneti

BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied

Viswanath, Konda Venkatappaiah, Ummava Lakshmi Narayan. He

more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the

speaks of the days where he and his friends made and distributed

4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient

pamphlets on the sly urging people to stand up against the British.

India in the field of education.

Each pamphlet was stencilled, as printing presses were not as


easily accessible to the revolutionaries back then. He also recalls

The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at

the days when following a Japanese bomb scare in 1942, in Vizag,

Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara (peak) is made from a

all the residents and institutions were shifted out. The Andhra

single ' 80-tonne ' piece of granite. Also, this magnificent temple

University was then converted into a war-zone hospital and the

was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD)

college was shifted to Guntur.

during the reign of Rajaraja Chola

Apart from being the founder-member of the Bharatiya Vidya


Kendram, former principal of the BVK College, Chairman of the

The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century

Vidwath Parishad of the State unit of Vidya Bharati, Sri Pilla Rama

poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The

Rao also started the Vivekananda Medical Trust. He was an advisor

ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated

and member of several educational boards like the Visakha Valley

vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later

School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and the vice chairman of Vignan Vihar,

through time, the game underwent several modifications but

a residential school for boys and girls at Gudilova near Vizag. He

the meaning is the same i.e. good deeds take us to heaven and

was elected the Senate Member from 1969-75, amongst the

evil to a cycle of re-births.

registered graduates of Andhra University.


His dictum in life is the RSS ideology, according to which, 'The

The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh.

country, India, is our motherland. We are all children of this land

Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444

and every Indian is my kith and kin. Every Indian should be

meters above sea level.

treated with love and affection.'

The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people!

Yo Vizag • August’09


In response to the petition filed by the NAZ Foundation, the Delhi High Court ruled that homosexual sex between consenting adults is not a criminal act, overturning a 149-year-old British colonial law which described a same-sex relationship as an 'unnatural offence'. Scrapping Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the court ruled that the law, outlawing homosexual acts was discriminatory and a 'violation of fundamental rights'. A large number of Indians, including gay rights activists, welcomed the ruling, with some hailing the judgement as a 'landmark verdict'. On the positive side, the ruling will help in HIV prevention; gay people can now visit doctors and talk about their problems openly, but many admit that the social stigma would still remain. The fact is that many people in India still regard homosexuality as illegitimate. In particular, Christian groups and Muslims organisations have expressed their reservations on the issue. While they have no comment on the issue of 'decriminalising homosexuality between consenting adults', the church and clerics of mosques have clearly stated that according to religion, such relations are not natural, ethical or moral. Well, with this question, we seem to have set off a debate, with some supporting the ruling and some vehemently against.

Yo Vizag • August’09

21 Uday Kiran: ooh shit!

Ravikanth Challa: Come on... I would say



I like to rape and ask to get it legalised as I

somebody's will... how much ever we try to

Harish Idnani: aaah please... I am not

have freedom of speech... one should know

curb through culture or law... there was a

interested in this topic…

their limits and boundaries. Not many are

ban on liquor but everyone enjoyed boozing


criticising gays in our country… its good we

even during that period... there has been a

Gouri Sasanka Dantu: Are the people in

respect their choice but promoting this will

ban so long about sexuality, though we all

India understanding enough to accept the

pick up issues in families as young people

see eunuchs every day, and hear about gay

fact that someone might be gay in their

always love to taste anything new....

couples... so what's the point in making and

family… forget expressing their views…


breaking rules... it all depends, only when a


Gayatri Krishna: Freedom of expression

rule is implemented… which sadly rarely

Ravikanth Challa: Very few people could

is quite acceptable & there should be no

happens in our country. So it's purely left to



behavioural discrimination also, definitely

the choice of each individual. I'm not against

legalised...Even if someone is gay, they

live and let live, but, legalising this or giving

all this but not a supporter either. People

feel shy to put it forward as people in India

it an open social acceptance could have

say it will cause culture and health issues...

really cannot take it so easily. We are

serious implications on marriage rules/rights

aren't we already in a culture crisis and health

stepping ahead of our tradition and culture

etc, also an abnormal deviation of thoughts

crisis!? We have to focus first on educating

which in my view point is not great! We

regarding the basic man-woman relations,

the masses not literally, but intellectually so

need not copy each and every action from

is detrimental to society & mankind.......

people understand what to do and what not

the west... Promoting these kinds of things


to do. Only then it's a cause for celebration.

gives rise to new thoughts in young people

Gouri Sasanka Dantu: D e v i a t i o n o f

And to hell with the people harping on human

which again are not accepted by the

thoughts?? Deciding for young people… how

rights, who fight for saving hard core killers,

family... Imagine a mother blessing her son

can you regard it as a FREEDOM of speech

rapists and murderers... we don't need to

for bringing another boy and introducing

when you are deciding for the young people

save them and turn them to saints…

him as his soul partner!

whether they should be gay or not? Both of


Gayatri Krishna: While there are no hard

you are talking as if it is a choice… would

Hussain Shaik: Indians are not new to

numbers to prove a trend, more openness

you rather that a gay person suffer and act

changes in Society. From the Aryans to the

to same-sex relations in the media is paving

heterosexual and cause suffering not only

Moghuls, English, Dutch, Spanish, every

the way for men and women to break ties

to themselves but the person they are

civilisation had an influence on our society.

with heterosexuality. Legalising this could

marrying also. And why do you treat being

Having said that… Indian traditions and

actually have serious effect ... comparable

gay as a taboo?? There is nothing wrong

culture due to their strong roots have never

to a weapon of mass destruction........

with it… just cause someone does not want

been hindered until today. Homosexuality


to be gay they cannot force others also not

might be the biggest change till date.

Gouri Sasanka Dantu: Weapon of mass

to be gay, assuming that wanting to be gay

Generation Jones and Generation X... may

destruction?? What happened to freedom

is a choice every person has.

not accept this. So it is up to Generation Y

of speech… if someone is gay they can say

And what 'man - woman relations'… the same

and Generation Z to vote on this. "Sex" was

they are gay… can't they?? How can you

thing was said about love marriages twenty

considered a taboo till this decade, now I

discriminate… and if you do discriminate

years ago… look where we are now. And

think everyone talks about it and is not

then isn't it the same as racism which

who are we to decide which parts of western

forbidden anymore. So it might take us one

apparently all Indians are against?!? You

culture we should adopt and which we


cannot deny someone their basic human

shouldn't... everyone has a brain of their

Homosexuality as a way of life for the few.

rights. If you or I don't like it then we

own and they will choose for themselves.

So the question lies, as torch-bearers and

shouldn't talk to them but how can we say

That in itself is again a human rights violation.

guardians of our great culture and tradition













that people are not allowed to be gay in

to the next generation, do you think we


should encourage this?

Yo Vizag • August’09

- Siva Prasad Dantu "Unintelligent men, who do not know Me perfectly, think that I, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, was impersonal before and have now assumed this personality. Due to their small knowledge, they do not know My higher nature, which is imperishable and supreme." -Sri Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.24


This verse from the sacred Bhagavad-Gita sums up who Lord Krishna is, in His own words. Lord Krishna is the most colourful and fascinating character of Hinduism. Every moment of His avatar is an expression of the inclusive dharma, love, music, philosophy and wisdom. He is variedly known as Jagannath, Parampurush, Govinda, Muralidhara, Sanatan, Ajay, Ananth, Hari, Sachidanand Vigraha, Vedvedayaya… As per the Hindu philosophy, "Krishnam vande Jagatgurum" and" Krishnarpanamastu" symbolise the recognition of the role of Lord Krishna, an avatar of Mahavishnu as the manifestation of the Supreme being Himself. He is the universal guru and guide and hence called Jagat Guru. He is the receiver of all our prayers whatever form we may choose to worship and hence all our prayers end with the words "Krishnarpanamastu" Lord Krishna's pranks as a child make every mother yearn for seeing the little Krishna in their own children. His miracles continue to enchant generation after generations of all ages and all backgrounds.

The lilas of

Krishna, with their expressions of personal love that transcend the boundaries of formal reverence, serve as a counterpoint to the actions of another avatar of Vishnu. Bhagawadgita, revered as the most important religious classics, is Lord Krishna's gift to the mankind to clear day to day confusions and moral dilemmas at both the micro and macro levels. It is truly the conscience guide and has been described by Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi "as a lighthouse of eternal wisdom that has the ability to inspire any man or woman to supreme accomplishment and enlightenment". He is also the central character in the Mahabharata guiding the mankind towards dharma. He is the musician par excellence who churned out divine felicitous melodies with flute. The Hare Krishna chant truly gives us ethereal

The temple conducts "annadanam" regularly and on average 20 to

experience and surely is the taraka mantra of Kaliyuga.

30 persons partake food on normal days and many more on festival

The two decade old Krishna temple in Lawson's Bay Colony, near

occasions. On the Govardhana Puja day more than 3000 devotees

the Post Office is a perfect setting for participating in the

are fed.

Krishnastami festivities commencing from the 1st August and

Every day in the evenings there is "Parayana" and a large number

concluding on 15th August. Krishastami is on the 14th this month.

of devotees make it to the temple to listen to the discourses as

This Krishna temple under the management of Sri Krishna

well as participate in the Bhajans.

Chaintanya Asramam impresses everybody. The commercial

The main festivals besides Krishnaastami celebrated with great

element is totally absent and there is no prescribed fee for any

fervour and devotion include Polipurnima in the month of March,

puja or seva performed.

Rathothostavam in June, Govardhana Puja immediately next day

The temple is open from 5 am to 9.30 pm and the following are the

after Deepavali, Ranganadha Kalyanam on the Bhogi Day and

important timings.

Dhanurmasa Pujas.


: 5.00 am

The day to day management of the temple is under the supervision


: 12.30 Noon

and guidance of Sridhardas Brahmachari, popularly known as Lakshmi


: 6.30 pm

Prabhu and you can reach him on telephone number 2250290

Yo Vizag • August’09

-Pankhoori Sinha


Every year, the nation celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with great pomp and show. The streets all across the country are dotted with puja pandals housing idols of Lord Ganesha. As the festival progresses, the din of mantras invoking the God of Good Luck grows louder. It hits a crescendo after which the festival comes to an end with the ritual of immersing the idol in water. In all the festival revelry, we usually tend to forget one aspect of the festival - the water pollution caused by the immersion of these idols.

The idols earlier used to be made out of clay. Clay would dissolve in water easily. Soon, however, idol manufacturers hit upon an even cheaper material to prepare these idols. This material was Plaster of Paris (POP). While inexpensive and light-weight, idols made out of POP cause maximum damage to the water body they are immersed in. Plaster of Paris contains chemicals such as, sulphur, gypsum, and magnesium. Not just the POP, but the dyes used to paint the idols are highly toxic too. These dyes are known to contain substances such as arsenic, lead, and mercury. Exposure to any or all of these chemicals can prove to be fatal for human beings. In order to stem the menace of these toxic substances, people celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi were urged to go green. After having met with success in places such as Mumbai, the rage of installing eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha is catching on. You too can follow suit. Unlike popular belief, celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi the environment-friendly way will not make a dent in your pocket. Common materials such as natural fibre, recycled paper, or unbaked clay can be used to create the idols. Most of these materials are available in the market. You can also use materials such as wood and cloth pieces to decorate the idol. If this seems like too much of a hassle for you, you can use stone idols for puja. As for the immersion of the idols, you can create a special tank near your house for the purpose. This tank need not be huge in size. After immersion, the same water can be used to water the plants. The next year around, all you will have to do during Ganesh Chaturthi is to refill those tanks with water. Stone idols can be immersed in water for some time and then returned back to the house. Pragmatic ways such as these are likely to keep both Lord Ganesh and the environment happy for a long time. So, what are you waiting for? Say Jai Ho and get started on for making Ganesh Chaturthi this August 23rd a green one.

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- Siva Prasad Dantu "Approaching a tree we approach a sacred being who can teach us about love and about endless giving. She is one of millions of beings who provide our air, our homes, our fuel and our books. Working with the spirit of the tree can bring us renewed energy, powerful inspiration, deep communion" Druid Tree Lore and the Ogham

Plants with their beauty and vibrant greenery bring cheer to anyone and everyone. And now, as the rains bring down the temperatures, it is about the right time to spruce up gardens and bring some green cheer to dreary indoors. Vizag has quite a few plant nurseries big and small in different locations around the city. These nurseries have a range of plants ranging from budding plants of exotic flowers, to ornamental greens, to fruit bearing trees. A prominent




amongst the city's garden centres is Chandana




Gardens on the National Highway near Kommadi. Rows and rows of more than 500 varieties of flowers, fruit bearing plants, ornamental plants, good luck shoots, bonsai as well as exotic nursery plants like sandal wood, red sanders, Indian spice greet the visitors on the 16 acre beautifully landscaped nursery gardens. The sheer beauty of the entire flora mesmerises a plant aficionado to no end.

Uncommon flowers like lotus flowers and water lilies range from Rs 75 a plant. Carpet grass at only Rs 100/ sq metre is a hot favourite, instantly converting dry open spaces into lush green lawns. Cactus varieties and indoor plants too are aplenty. The indoor plant variety, with fast growing grafted plants or normal nursery plants, is very large. The Annadata Agro farm in Boyapalem offers more than 50 varieties of medicinal plants. Prominent plants include Aswagandhi, Stevia, Podapatra (for cure of diabetes) Saraswati, Marathimogga etc. The prices of the highly affordable young saplings is between Rs 15 to Rs50

reasonably priced, ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 100, depending on the plant variety and

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Nursery plants are generally pretty

size of the sapling. Even beautifully sculpted bonsai can be picked up at just Rs 95-130. Exotic plant saplings like sandal wood are slightly higher priced at 75 and above. Mango and coconut saplings that bear fruits in less than two years range between Rs 185 to 325.

Choosing an appropriate gift for functions is often a daunting task. Presenting a fruit, flower or a medicinal sapling on such occasions is an excellent way of reminding the receiver the joy and importance of adding plants to their homes, especially for House Warming Ceremony. In addition to plants, the Chandana Nursery also stocks vermin compost, pots of different shapes and sizes, seeds of vegetables, flowers, herbicides, manure, gardening tools and implements. The manager, Mr. BV Rao, or the cashier Babji can be contacted on phone number 2728959 for any further information. Some other prominent nurseries around the city include Krishna Nursery Gardens at Lankelapalem on the NH5, Visakha Nursery on NH5 near Heritage Milk factory near Bayyavaram, Central Nursery near MVP Rytu Bazar, Srinivasa Nursery Gardens and Srirama Nursery Gardens near BHPV, Vijayalakshmi Nursery near Ayyappa Temple in Sheela Nagar. There are also a large number of road side nurseries.


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Q. How did you get into doing the movie,

'Where are you Sophia', a 96-minute psychological thriller by Vizag-born, US-based filmmaker Nagendra Karri will be released in September. The film made waves after its screening at the recently-concluded Cannes Film festival. Nagendra is currently in India scoring for new talent for his next flick, 'Mobster', a 150-crore budget film with an international and Indian star cast. Our young reporter, Karishma caught up with the 26-year old producer-cum-director-cum scriptwriter. Some excerpts from the interview…

'Where are you Sophia'? How did it feel? It's a very good feeling It's been a long long and interesting journey, an execution of about one and a half years from the concept to final product. Basically I researched and wrote the script in Jersey. The shoot was in New York and New Jersey. Part of the post production we did in India. Q. How did it feel when it was screened at the Cannes film festival? It was a good feeling, the last two times I was there, I was just amongst the audience, but this time I was the film maker. A 'been there, done that' kind of a thing. Also it gives you more flexibility in your next films in terms of who you need to cast and how big it can be and all that. Q. Did people take you seriously when you started? And how did your friends and family react? My







apprehensive. But now I think they have accepted the fact that I have made a career move and it turned out to be good. Nobody takes you seriously when you are going from a being a software engineer to a film maker, a drastic career change. Q. Tell us about mobster? There's been so much talk about it, like the casting of Johnny Depp Leornado DiCaprio, Eva Green and all that.. Yeah, the casting is finalized. We now have a talent hunt for a new actor and actress from India as supporting roles. Once that is done the entire cast will be announced on the 28th of August. The movie is about the life of FBI and Red Mafia, in the 1990's, when the USSR came crashing down and Russia basically exported a lot of its organized crime to US. Though, starting as a single film, the idea is to make a trilogy of it.

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Q. And in Bollywood? Bollywood has broken out of the mould last couple of years Q. What plans do you have after 'Mobster'?

at least. There are new interesting actors like Randeep

Mobster is a very big project and I have a very big cast to handle so it's

Hooda, Rahul Bose, John Abraham, Vivek Oberoi, Irfan

going to be a life-changing experience. I have to wait till May 2010 and

Khan. And even though they are not big office people like

after that I can tell you something about that.

Salman, Sharukh, or Aamir, they can hold on their own. So, if I do make a film in Hindi, then definitely I would consider

Q. What's been your most memorable experience throughout

casting one of those new actors. Probably John Abraham.

working in the film industry?

As for actress, I would prefer a new face.

It normally boils down to your first show. My first was a horror film, and when you have around 800 -1000 people watching your film and coming

Q. Who is your worst critic?

out looking happy and scared; you don't care what the critics or anyone

My worst critic is me. After having seen a film almost 200

say, the most important thing is what the audience says. Observing the

times from starting to editing to cinematographing to

reactions of the audiences when I had premiers in Cannes and Tribeca

everything, I start hating it. I start nitpicking the mistakes

Films (New York City), I was very happy and I think that is most memorable

and all that. So normally a director is his own best citric

than anything else.

because he knows the mistakes. You cannot make anything perfect. You do what you can at that point of time with your

Q. Who is been your moral support throughout this journey?

time frame and with your budget. And probably after that

Sometimes, actually all the time, you need to have God on your side.

whatever mistakes you have done you take to your next

People are human, they doubt you and even in the darkest hours you

project and make sure you don't do it again.

have to look up to God and figure out a way out of it. So, yeah, that I think is my moral support

Q. And family … (laughs) They are critics of what I do, not what I've done.

Q. Any really good Telugu film that you have watched? Something that you think will match up to international

Q. Coming to Vizag, what are your memories of the



I watched a film sometime ago called 'Satyameva Shivam' with Kamal

I was born and brought up in Vizag. I did my schooling in

Hasan and Madhavan. Story wise and concept wise it was great. So

Tiny Tots in Dwaraka Nagar; those are my best memories of

when you say international film, it does not need to be all action

Vizag. I was active in sports, cricket and badminton. After

sequences, special effects, graphics and all that; it hits with the story.

attending Vikas College, I did my Engineering in Gayatri Vidya

But unfortunately, even that film, was a Tamil film dubbed into Telugu.

Parishad. My favourite hangouts were the beach and my

When I saw Mahesh Babu's 'Pokiri', I felt that even though it was a mix,

terrace. I still enjoy being in Vizag, even if only for a few

it was at least done very stylishly. But people keep rehashing the same


story again and again; and that is the problem. Q. Would you ever consider making a movie in Vizag? Q. If you make a film in Tollywood, who would you cast?

Definitely. There are still many locations in Vizag that have

An entirely new cast, though Mahesh is a very good actor, currently, I

not been tapped. I may make an international film with Vizag

only see him as talented in Tollywood as such, but no actresses. It's sad

as the background.

really, but, to make a Tollywood film; get a girl in Hyderabad, not elsewhere. It's not that Andhra doesn't have any good actresses. We

Q. Anything else you would like to share with the

still need a new generation of directors like in Hindi, in Bollywood, you

readers of YO?

have Anurag Kashyap Anurag Basu, Vishal Bharadwaj, Madhu

I like the title very much, it's very catchy. I am very active

Bhandarkar; We still have the same names, decades after decades, this

online; I would like people of Vizag to interact, regarding my

has to be broken. And till that time I think we will suffer with poor scripts

movies on FB or Twitter. I would like to meet someone from

and badly done films.

Vizag and maybe work with them in the future.

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- Ranita Ray

Though he has just entered his teens, a precocious 13 year old, he has over 200 accolades from five different states…Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Meet Vizag city's child wonder R Ajeeth who is following the footsteps of his inspiration the A R Rehaman spinning magic in the orb of music.

At a very young age of seven, Ajeeth

Along with this artistic bent of mind he is

started learning classical notes on the

also blessed with intelligence and acumen,

keyboard from Mr. Mohiddin in the year 2002.

as he has been a consistent class topper in

From the year 2007, he started learning

school since kinder garden. He won various

western notations on keyboard from Mr.

awards in drawing, talent hunt competitions



along with being rewarded in many GK and

(Foundation Level) to grade 5 exams

quiz competitions. He secured distinction in

(Intermediate Level) of the Trinity College

the prestigious English exam conducted by

of Music, London in just two years. These

the University of New Wales, Australia -

days, he is busy preparing the Advance Level

international assessments for Indian schools

Exams. He even mastered the guitar under

in 2007 and 2008.

the mentorship of Mr. Jeffory Kirk and he

A true champion, he has picked up as many

learnt drums under Mr Sam.

as fourteen 'Super Kid' awards from different

Ajeeth has a very keen ear; he can play any

associations in Visakhapatnam including

song or music just after listening to it twice.

National Awards from three different states,

He doesn't restrict his art to any single genre

Tamil Nadu, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh.

of music; he plays devotional, patriotic

Fortune and blessings accompanies this kid,

songs, popular film songs including old and

who has clinched some of the other highest

On August 23, 1995 R Rajesh and Purnima

new from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English.

honours on the National level. A few of his

were blessed with a son Ajeeth, who today

He has even composed a couple of original


needs no introduction in the city's musical


Extraordinary Talent Award in 2007 and

arena, as he has a enviable record of

An unquestionable victor at junior level

Sankranthi Kala Puraskar in 2008 from Utkal

winning all instrumental music competitions,

musical galas in the city, time and again

Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Young Achiever

wherever he participated.

Ajeeth has bagged prestigious titles like Bala

Award in 2008 from YMCA, Visakhapatnam,

Mitra in Ugadi Puraskar 2005 from the

1st prize in14th All India Instrumental Music

Prothsaha Cultural & Welfare Organisation,

Competition 2006 from All India Theatre

Bala Sangeetha Ratna Award 2006 from the

Olympiad Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh,

Melody Music Academy, Bala Ratna - 2006

Cuttack, Orissa, Gold medal in the State

from the Visakha Ratna Kalaparishad,

Level Instrumental Music Competition 2006

Visakhapatnam and many more.

from the Melody Music Academy and Panchal








Ratan Award in 2009 from All India Cultural Association, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. His endowments even caught the attention of the media. Ajeeth performed in various Telugu and Tamil TV Channels. He has also performed on AIR Vizag. This is just the beginning, Ajeeth has a long way to go, witnessing his unbitten talent and triumphs it won't be wrong to predict that one day the whole world will again taken by another sensational song akin to the tune of "Jai Ho" created by the kid's inspiration, A.R Rehaman.

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July 26 was a historical day for the Indian Defence Forces

But the irony to Kalvari's fate was the submarine Kursura, which

when India launched its first nuclear-powered submarine.

was installed on RK beach and exhibited as a Submarine Museum.

Similarly, the 8th of July 1968 was an even more

Kursura earned the distinction of being Asia's first and World's

momentous day when an inchoate nation on her way to

second submarine museum. Today, overshadowed by the glamour

build up and strengthen her armed forces, India

of Kursura, Kalvari is in a completely derelict state. With nature

established the Submarine Arm of Indian Navy with the

taking toll on the remnants of the fine sentinel, the dilapidated

commissioning of its first submarine INS Kalvari, a Russian

state of the monument is a live example of how and what we feel

Foxtrot class underwater stealth killer vessel in 1968 --

about the guardians of our integrity. The unit that earned laurels in

only after Indonesia and Pakistan introduced submarines

missions abroad, represented the nation's underwater defence

into the Indian Ocean region in 1964 and 1965

capabilities for 28 years and above all established India's


unquestionable deterrence in the Indian ocean is today at the

After serving for 28 years, Kalvari was decommissioned

mercy of sultry breeze and nocturnal anti-socials. Today when war

on May 31 1996. The glorious Sub's fin was placed on

veterans have to go to the extent to return their decorations to

display at the Dutch Bungalow on RK beach road in the

push forward the appeal for better pensions, maybe it's the best

city as a part of the Visakha Museum. Efforts were made

that she can expect for herself. Needless to say that today's youth

to preserve the submarine as a museum, however time

has left the instinct of nationalism to be patented for men in uniform.

took its toll and the submarine had to be scrapped.

Let us not forget that it takes a lot to create history but if the

However, the coning tower was recovered and displayed

lessons are not learnt and taught well, it will result in new

as a monument outside the Vizag city museum.

geographies: with the national boundaries redrawn every time

Soon the remnant of comatose creature became a centre

integrity is compromised.

of attraction for the tourists as well as the local populace.

On this Independence Day we appeal the authorities to sink the

As the sun set, the navigational lights of the monument

issues of admin hurdles and work towards restoration of Kalvari's

used to be switched on. On February 8, 2005 a periscope

lost glory. Let the lights and periscope be made operational.

was fixed on the fin of the submarine Kalvari, and allowed

Vizagites, do join hands together to revive this historic memorial

visitors to have a Periscopic look of Bay of Bengal for

which devoted its life to hold the sanctity, integrity, sovereignty

just a rupee during daytime.

and liberty of our mother nation, 'Jai Hind'!


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-Pankhoori Sinha


Fast and furious cars you may have seen aplenty, but there is a grand old carriage doing the rounds of Vizag. While the latest car out of the showroom will zip, zap, zoom to your destination before you can say the word 'go', this Ford Prefect will merrily chug along on the roads of this city - symbolic of an era gone by.

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Just as well, for its owner, M. V. Ramana Murthy will not trade


the car for anything under the sun. He says, "It is an honour and a pleasure to drive this car." For Mr. Murthy, the Ford Prefect is a family heirloom as it has been with them for three generations now. How the car came to be in this family, too, is a unique story in itself. Although this car was manufactured by Ford in England in the year 1948, it was acquired by the Murthy family only in the early 1980s. "My father, Narsimha Murthy, bought it from a friend in 1982. But it had been in India much before that. Actually, it was brought to Kakinada from England in 1950." Vizag however, was introduced to this car in 2001 when the family moved here from Kakinada. A look inside the car seems like stepping into a museum. Although its interiors look small from a distance, Mr. Murthy is quick to assure that it has ample of space inside. Its browncoloured dashboard is an interesting mix of antique dials and levers. Unlike Indian cars, the Ford Prefect has a speedometer that displays the speed in miles per hour. There are other aspects of the car that one might find quirky. For instance, the headlights have to be turned on with the help of a key.

The only hitch with this 61-year-old vintage car is its

Modern car-owners may find it difficult to believe but you can

maintenance. The parts are very difficult to procure

even open this car's windshield to let some air inside. A lever

as are good mechanics. Not every mechanic can work

situated at the top of the dashboard is used to open and close

on this model. We normally have to look for an

the windshield. In its heydays, the Prefect could do a maximum

experience mechanic from Kolkata and Mumbai to fix a

speed of 145 kilometres per hour with the help of its four

problem, if any. The mechanic should be well-versed in

gears. It is now a gentle ride at 45 kilometres per hour.

dealing with a machinery of this kind," says Mr. Murthy.

Even after being in constant use all these years, the car is in

Even so, what makes him happy is the fact that people

mint condition. Onc can see Mr. Murthy and his sons working

too seem to like the car a lot. It sure makes heads turn

hard to keep it that way. "We have a lot of memories associated

while it is being driven in Vizag. According to Mr. Murthy,

with this car. My father was extremely fond of it and he would

"In Kakinada, our family was known by this car. Total

drive it along everywhere. He used to drop and pick his

strangers have requested me to show them its interiors.

grandchildren from school in this car itself." Having practically

After they saw car, they urged me not to sell this car."

grown up with the car, Mr. Murthy's sons too are very attached

Whoever said 'old is gold' was definitely right. Not just

to it. "I want to maintain the car as well as my father is doing

the Murthy family, we Vizagites too should take pride

so that I can pass it on to my next generation," says Srinivas,

in this car - a living icon of Independent India.

Mr. Murthy's elder son.

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IIAM runs two management programs, i.e. a two-year full-time PGDBM programme and a Back in the 1980s when the engineering and medicine were the most preferred professions in India, two pioneers got together in the city of Visakhapatnam to help those who wanted to do something different in life. These were Late Shri S Alwar Das, former Education minister of Andhra Pradesh and Prof K K Das, Emeritus Professor who pioneered Management Education in India in 1957. Prof K K Das, one of the first few Indians to get Doctorate from Harvard Business School and even teach there, offered his services to US based

3-year part time PGDBM programme providing an opportunity for employees and entrepreneurs to pursue management education. IIAM has also extended its services to the corporate world offering training programmes to the Industries like NTPC, Port Trust, Hindustan Zinc, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, Coca- Cola, Coramandel fertilizers, etc. In addition, there are training programmes with international trainers for which the first programme will be executed with Krishdhanam Brand Ambassador for Zig-Ziglers. Training programmes will be conducted in Hyderabad and Vizag in August on the topic; TOP PERFORMANCE. Students of IIAM have become a part of prestigious companies such as HSBC, GE Money, IDBI, Reliance, and Genpact. Helping these management students attain their dream jobs and careers are a bevy of teachers that form IIAM's faculty. Not just interpreting management theories, these teachers lend their valuable experiences and insights to the students. Apart from a vastly experienced full-time faculty, students also come in regular contact with a specialised guest faculty, who are masters of their field. Interaction with leaders of the corporate world makes management education for IIAM students more comprehensive.

Universities like Georgia tek and Howard. Andhra University took the initiative to introduce Management Education in India, and in the same spirit, these pioneers established the Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) in Vizag in1987. The focus of Integral Institute of Advanced Management (IIAM) the first Autonomous Management Institute in Andhra Pradesh has always been to provide updated Management education producing multidimensional personalities to cater




requirement. Since its inception, the IIAM has seen 21 batches of students

s u c c e s s fu l l y.


students have gone on to become

Currently, IIAM is headed by S P Ravindra S/o Late Sri S Alwar Das as dean and secretary

business leaders and corporate

of the institute. Personally trained by Prof K K Das, he has been involved with the

heads of organizations both in India

institute since inception and is dedicated to taking IIAM to great heights. Prof. B.

and abroad. The institute's top-

Partheswara Rao, professor commerce department (A U), retired as Rector, founded

notch faculty and facilities have

Gandhi Institute of Foreign trade (GIFT) and Best teacher awardee is the acting Director

made IIAM No.1 in Andhra Pradesh

of IIAM. Both are committed to ensuring the management students to get the most

and is ranked 54 among the top 100

conducive environment for studying. The institute has a well-stocked library to aid the

B-schools in the country as per

students in their endeavour. IIAM is also networked with Wi-Fi so that the students are


just a click away from the real market scenario.





The Placement Cell, headed by a Placement Officer along with 3 students from final year and 2 students from 1st year as members ensures that students are successfully placed in the corporate world.

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The 'Valley of Flowers' is the smallest

mountain streams. This is also the catchment

from the shores of Vizag to the lofty heights

National Park in the Himalayas (in

area for the Pushpavati River, which emerges

of the Himalayas.

Uttarakhand state), but undoubtedly, the

from surrounding glaciers and then tumbles

The adventure began on fifth July and the

most breathtakingly beautiful park when in

downward to meet the Ganges. Flowers,

actual trek commenced on the seventh. The

full bloom. Discovered in 1931 by the English

ranging from orchids, poppies, primulas,

first leg of the trek was from Govind Ghat

mountaineer Frank S Smythe, this is valley

calendulas, daisies and anemones carpet the

(1828 mts above sea level) to Ghangaria

surrounded by snow-capped mountains and

ground. Alpine forests of birch and

(3048 mts above sea level), covering a

carpeted with over 500 species of flowers.

rhododendron cover a part of the area, and

distance of 14 K mts. They set up camp at

The sheer variety of flora awed the British

are home to a huge variety of butterflies.

Ghangaria. The second day was the

mountaineer, who and returned in 1937 to

This is stunningly beautiful park, an 'abode

unforgettable expedition from base camp

collect more than two hundred botanical

for fairies', was the destination of 22

Ghangaria into the Valley of Flowers (3658

species. His 1938 book entitled The Valley

adventurous 'girls' from Vizag.

mts above sea level) and back. The route

of Flowers brought this remote Himalayan

The 'girls' were a group of women ranging

travels uphill before it enters the valley. The

meadow to the attention of the world.

from just 13 years of age to a respectable

valley itself is about 10 K mts long covered

Accessible from late April, this park is at its

45 years. But age was not the deciding

with green grass, flowers, berries, rocks… a

grandest best from late July to the end of

factor; it was sheer grit, determination and

medley of colours.

August. At a lofty altitude of 3,250 to 6,750

stamina that counted here. Ladies from the

The third day was a hike from Ghangaria to

mts above sea level, the valley is ringed with

Foot Steppers and Rotary Club, Vizag got

Hemkund (4600 mts above sea level) where

snow-capped mountains and is watered by

together for this unique trek that took them

lay a glacial lake surrounded by six high

peaks. The deficiency of oxygen at this height did leave the trekkers breathless and exhausted, but team spirit and will power kept them going. Finally the fourth day was from Ghangaria back to Govind Ghat. The gutsy group were back in Vizag by 13 July. Though the trek was no cakewalk, the team went through a rigorous training almost one month before embarking on the tour, which included daily outdoor walks, aerobic sessions, long walks along the beach and treks up the Kailasa hill; till finally they were in shape to attempt the remarkable trek. Their only plus point was loads of enthusiasm and determination. They wanted a destination that had a bit of adventure but definitely within India and with a bit of spiritualism as an added incentive. Hence they decided on the Valley of Flowers full of beauty and adventure with Hemkund and Haridwar with spiritual significance.

The tour leader was Shaheda Mehdi who describes the Valley of Flowers National Park as an outstandingly beautiful high altitude Himalayan




beautiful meadows of alpine flowers, within which the locals believe that fairies reside. In high spirits with the successful and safe return of the troop, she congratulates them all;

"Kudos to all the ladies from Foot Steppers and RCVC who undertook and successfully completed this very difficult and challenging trek!"

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There were six mother-daughter pairs in the group. The youngest of the lot was 13-year old Sanskriti Gupta who resides in a boarding school based at Dehradun. Having gone on many excursions around the Himalayas, she was initially not keen on this trip, but was coerced by her mother. "I had got slightly tired of visiting the same place again and again. I was also slightly sceptical, but as I look back now I realise that it has been one of my most memorable trips so far. The beauty of the Valley of Flowers amazed me but the beauty of the Hemakund Saheb left me awestruck. This trip helped me get closer to my mother and I got to see the hidden


child in my mother as well as in other ladies. I realised however old you get, you don't need to forget the meaning of fun! Overall the trip was absolutely amazing!" Her mother, Bela Gupta felt that though initially she knew hardly anyone in the group, she made many good friends. "We felt challenged - mentally and physically and were struck by the beauty of the Himalayas. It was the most awesome holiday ever!" Keiti Garuda, on her first trek accompanied her mother Manjula Garuda. For Keiti, the trek was tougher than she had expected, but loads of fun. Spellbound by the scenery and spectacular mountains, "not even a 6 mega-pixel camera could do justice to what we saw!" is how she describes views and vistas. "It was also a nice break after the last two years of only studying and something to cherish before joining college", she adds. Her mother too echoed her views on the spellbinding scenery, "the path is skirted with breathtaking views, picturesque landscapes, and sceneries worth freezing into a frame made of gold. We walked on perilous pathways overlooking the deepest gorges and beautiful streams, waterfalls and rivers; we even picnicked on lush green meadows. On the whole it's an experience worth a lifetime. I've been to paradise and now am back on earth". Studying in Singapore, Shireen Mehdi joined her mother Tasneem Mehdi on this trek. "It was the first all-ladies trek, with no age bar and all as spirited and young at heart as teenagers… I never saw my mum so carefree and naughty!" exclaims Shireen. She found Hemakund especially soulful and touching. Her mother adds "I truly felt like a teenage girl. We rediscovered ourselves and drew strength from each other". Nymisha had to be convinced by mom Sudha P to join the group, and realised that there were other girls of her age after embarking on the trip. "There was lots of hard work involved, risk too… but the overall positive attitude encourages you. My confidence increased after the trip." Mum Sudha had ventured on a similar trek in Kashmir during her college days and was keen that her daughter experiences the same. According to Jayalalitha Pollisetty, "it was not just a "girls wanna have fun" thing, but it was that and much more! At the toughest of times I drew my strength from the group which kept me going. I wish to compliment Shaheda who was cool and composed all along and this kept the group together." for Dr. Zohra Mehdi, the eldest in the group, "The whole walk has taken us by surprise with its unimaginable beauty and I think that was our only inspiration to complete the whole trek. All this associated with religious beliefs, pilgrims chanting 'Wahe Guru' was so divine and pure that it had just got us all mesmerised. In the true sense we experienced a lot of cultural diversity of our country. God has given me a chance to capture the unbelievable beauty of nature, I felt 20 years younger". Salma Mehdi echoes similar views… "A trip to the Himalayas as our learned ancestors have said is a rejuvenating and cleansing experience. The trip was physically, mentally and spiritually exhilarating experience for all of us. I have returned a more confident person with a sense of achievement, feeling younger, more energetic and recharged. Yes our ancestors were right - a trip to the Himalayas is a must for all of us."

Padma is thankful to her sister in law for making this trip happen. "We were travelling between trees, mountains, streams, rivers, clouds, arresting landscapes, magnificent mountains, dangerous curves, steep valleys on road rail air but mostly on foot. We are the Foot Steppers", is how she sums it up. Even for Tejaswani, being a part of the Foot Steppers trek was memorable. She credits Shaheda for expertly organising everything, right from the training sessions. "A lifetime experience; the seven days passed by with fun filled moments and memorable moments" she adds. P Anuradha had long cherished the desire to trek to the Valley of Flowers. For her, "surprisingly, a holiday trek turned into a holy-cumpleasure trekking, with the Hemkund beauty, Badrinath temple, Haridwar, and the cable car ride making it a pleasant and memorable trek". Radhika Ramana found the trek "thrilling, exciting and fun loving experience. A moment that will be etched in my mind forever

Sasi, from Bangalore is grateful to her sister for inviting her

above sea level and by God's grace we are all back safe and

along. "This was the best adventurous trip I had until now. I

sound having accumulated moments that I will cherish forever."

felt like a young girl, singing, chatting, being playful and giving

Supraja was very eloquent when asked her views… "The trip is

poses for pictures in the lap of nature as if we were in teens

not only adventurous but also spiritual. The trek has taught me

without a trace of responsibility. The masseurs we met in the

a lot not just climbing mountains with ease but also live life with

trip were an unexpected used to be heaven to get

ease and things will happen, never give up. It's nice to be in the

the massage done after the days trek.

lap of Mother Nature and enjoy her…." Bela summarised the

Radhika B went last year to the Himalayas, but this trek was

trek as "simply, truly awesome! I truly believe that if you set up

"exciting, chilly and thrilling! I made friends for life on this trip".

your goals, there is nothing impossible. Human nature is best

Sridevi M, who left her 3 and ½ year old kid behind with her

tested in such times and I was touched by the giving friendly

husband and encouraging in-laws, appreciates all the husbands

enthusiastic group of women from all walks of life of different

for supporting this venture. "Though the group was full of


different religious backgrounds they were all united." As for Jaya Narsimharao "I can never forget the experience, it tops my list! We drew strength from other team members. It is important to maintain physical fitness, and I am going to continue my fitness regime. It was a dangerous path, and we were truly blessed to return safe."

Truly, a blessed group of young-at-heart girls indeed!

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is when we reached the top of Hemkund which is 15000 ft


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The month August is synonymous with the spirit of independence… all parties, get-togethers, reunions…any social event is invariably centered on the 'Independence Day' theme. Keeping this in mind, the Yo team got the remarkably talented chef, Sri Saratchandra Banerji of The Gateway Hotel (Taj Group) to share his culinary expertise laced with the spirit of patriotism with our readers….

Tiranga Sandesh Ingredients: Fresh Paneer



- 50gm


- 5ml


- 1pinch


- 15gm


Lal Hara Korma

1. Sauté 75 gm fresh Paneer with sugar. 2. Once it is done, mix the remaining 75 gm Paneer in the mixture and divide into three equal parts.


3. To one part of the Paneer mix add rosewater, to the other


- 50gm

Cashewnut paste

- 50gm

add saffron and leave the third part plain. Roll out each layer.


- 15gm

4. In a tray place the three layers one atop the other, press

Bay leaf

- 1 no

lightly and cut in to shapes.

Green cardamom

- 5gm

5. Garnish with pistachio nuts.


- 25gm




- 75gm

Green Peas

- 75gm


- 15 ml


- to taste

Method: 1. Sauté the onion with bay leaf and green cardamom. 2. Once it is done add the cashew nut paste and cook nicely. 3. When the gravy is ready add the cubed carrot and green peas (mutter). 4. When cooked, stir in the cream and check the seasoning. 5. Garnish with sliced carrots and green peas.

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Jai hind Murgh Tikka Ingredients: Chicken boneless

- 180gm


Red Masala Strained Curds

- 50gm

Ginger & Garlic paste- 5gm Chilli powder

- 5gm

Garam masala

- 1 pinch

Jeera powder

- 1 gm

Kasoori methi

- 3gm

Mustard oil

- 10ml


- half


- to taste Green Masala

White Masala

Coriander leaves

- 10gm

Strained Curds

- 30gm

Mint leaves

- 10gm

Ginger & Garlic

- 5gm

Green chilli

- 2nos (small)

Cardamom powder

- 1 pinch

Ginger & Garlic

- 5gm

Mace powder

- 1 pinch


- half

Amul Cheese

- 30gm

Strained Curds

- 20gm


- 15 ml

Cardamom powder

- 1 pinch


- to taste

Jeera powder

- 3gm

Cashew paste

- 10gm

Mace powder

- 1 pinch

Green chilli

- 1 no


- to taste


- 10ml


- 15ml

Method: 1. Clean and cut the chicken in to 8 pieces 2. Marinate two pieces each in red, white and green masalas 3. Cook the marinated pieces to perfection in an oven or grill 4. When done arrange the pieces in a platter and garnish

Hindustan Salad Ingredients: Tomato

- 2 nos

White radish

- 1no (medium size)


- 1no (medium size)

Red chilli flakes

- 5gm


- 2 no

Green chilli

- 1 no


- 10 gm


- to taste


- 5ml

Method: 1. Cut all the vegetable into juliennes and chop the tomatoes 2. Season the chopped tomatoes with chilli flakes, salt and lemon juice 3. Season the white radish with salt, vinegar and oil 4. Season the cucumber with chopped green chilli, chopped parsley, salt and lime 5. Arrange all the seasoned veggies nicely in a platter and garnish with sweet lime

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Drinks always add spice and life to any party. Especially cocktails; not only do they add a cool classy touch, they tingle the taste buds leaving one hungering for


more! So spice up your next social-do with these cool lively cocktails and mocktails. Courtesy : The Gateway Hotel (Taj Group)

Italian Smooch Ingredients Lime chunks 60 ml orange juice (or) orange chunks A tea spoon of caramelised sugar 7 UP to top up Use a Collins glass Garnish with a lime slice Method Toss the lime chunks and caramelised sugar together till the chunks are coated. Add the orange juice. Fill the glass with crushed ice and the mix, top up with 7 UP. Garnish.

Lava lamp Ingredients 4 oz. glass of apple juice 4 oz. glass of orange juice 1 tea spoon honey 1 table spoon raspberry syrup 1 tea spoon balsamic vinegar crushed ice Use a Collins glass Garnish with an orange slice Method Blend all the ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass with crushed ice. Garnish.

Ingredients 60 ml Vodka A dash of lime juice 10 ml spicy Monin Syrup 7-UP to top up A few drop so of Capsico sauce Ice Use a Cocktail glass Garnish with a slice of lemon and bell peppers Method Pour all the ingredients in to a shaker, shake well, strain and pour into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish.

My India Ingredients 45 ml vodka 1and 1/2 diced fresh tomato 4 fresh basil leaves 1 fresh green chilly 60 ml mango juice Use an old-fashioned glass Garnish with sliced tomato and basil (or) chilly Method Toss all the ingredients in a shaker, shake well. Strain the concoction twice and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish.

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Tips for the novice female just entering the world of clubs, pubs and parties, keen on joining the crowd, but eager to know how much and how many is just right to enjoy without going overboard!

-------------------------------------------Headache, disorientation, disillusioned vision,

If you are fascinated with that tall wine

inability to walk straight… somehow managed

glass, you can try White and Red Wine, Wine

to return home safe, only to have a sleepless

also contains less alcohol. Ask for Port

night puking guts out… followed by a miserable

Sherry, Madeira, Grover etc

hangover and a sense of nausea the next

---------Hints--------• Keep your stomach full with food, or at least have glass full of milk before experimenting with liquors. Snack on something in between drinks. • Drink slowly!

Sip by sip should be the

process. • Don't have too many pegs. Walk around in between instead of staying glued to your seat. Finish the drink at least half-

day. Or if stars are less favourable that night,

While with Whisky ask for the cocktail Bobby

you might end up as another statistic, in

Burns. Try Rum with coke or White Bacardi

hospital or in wrong hands. These are just a

Rum- with juice or Seven-Up.

• Guzzle lots of water, it prevents or at

the first time female alcohol drinkers. Drinking

Though beer has the least alcohol content,

• First timers stick to one drink for one

Divas to keep the devil and His agents away

it usually is not on the favoured drinks list

night. Don't go crazy and mix the liquors!

check out these recommendations….

among women owing to its taste. But to

• Try to avoid adding soda directly with

few of the many possible drinking woes for

an-hour before the meal to give the body some reaction time. least lessens hangovers!

sample, one can try special variants like

liquor, as this is the agent which adds

The thumb rule says, select something that

Coors Light - a tasty light beer with negative

punch to the drink. Replace it with water.

will not get you pissed too quickly, but promise

hangovers. Or can try root beer, root beer

• To cut the ill effect take fresh salted lime

you liquor fun.

schnapps and 151. Instead of neat beer one can go for a drink with 3/4th of beer blended

For ladies it is always advisable to opt for

with 1/4th of Limca called Shanty or Virgin

Cocktails, which are alcohol based drinks


instead of consuming neat alcohol. But never try to mix up two alcoholic drinks, instead spike up a soft drink of your choice with a shot of gin or vodka. These two white drinks are a perfect for a pre-lunch drink as well as in an evening party. They are easier to mix and won't give nasty aftertastes. Gin with Lime Quadrille is the all time preferred drink for women. To add little more taste and colour mix half nip of Angostura Bitter. If tomato juice is your favourite, try "Bloody Mary", i.e. mix of vodka and tomato juice. Mix vodka and orange juice, this is called a "Screwdriver", or "Sex on the Beach", which is vodka with cranberry.

One can also try

Blue Lagoon, i.e. Vodka with Blue Curacao, crushed ice, soda and Seven-up.

Connoisseur tips courtesy Padmanavam and V.P.Tiwari.

juice with water or salted Lassi. • The danger sets in when you keep drinking after you are drunk.

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A four decade old concern in Rajahmundry, Tummidi Brothers recently opened its doors in Vizag. The textiles and gold jewellery showroom, caters to the needs of the entire family. Dealing with gold jewellery, silver items and an exhaustive range of clothes for men, women and children, the three storied showroom at Jagadamba Center has gold and accessories on the lower level, sarees on the first floor, gents clothing on the second floor and ladies readymade wear and kids clothing on the third floor.

clothes for men which include suiting, shirting and readymade trousers and shirts. For women, the range is mainly Indian wear like sarees and salwar sets (both readymade and materials). Amongst the sarees, there are traditional handlooms like venkatagiri and gadwal (silk and cotton), crepes, chiffons, embroidered and workedon synthetics, designer sarees, Banaras silks and Italian crepes. The silk range is top quality and exhaustive with unique one-of-a-kind designs. As they have their own master weavers with 150 weaving machines, the designs are all exclusive. The range includes Kanchivaram pattus, Samudrika Pattus, Parampara Pattus, Vastrakala pattus, Uppada pattus and Benaras pattus. The gold jewellery are all BIS hallmarked and priced at Rs 100 less per gram than the prevalent market prices. Stocked with traditional and modern chic designs, the range is exceptional and unique. Each jewellery item is specially crafted by proficient goldsmiths inspired by international designs in Mumbai.

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Along with a range of readymade clothes for boys and girls, there is a range of


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"Man is a social animal; he who lives alone is either a God or a beast"!

Man needs company, yes a group of other social beings with whom he can share, laugh, cry and live, a group with similar tastes and likes; age, caste, class really don't matter. This is a group whom we call friends. It is said that our parents, siblings and other family members are predestined. But friends are whom we choose, with whom we create an enduring yet fragile bond. But a bond that needs special care too. Safeguard it, for a true friend is indeed rare. Avoid common errors and try to rectify them. Check out these tips to ensure a long lasting abiding friendship.

Welcome the new but value the old

Maintain secrecy: be trust worthy

Keep away from money matters!

In our fast paced lifestyles, we daily see

As a friend it's obvious to know the deep

'Sabse bada rupaya'- money matters!

and meet new faces; out of which, some

secrets of your buddy, starting from his or

Though pals often share everything but it is

touch common chord within and become

her love affair, his mischievous deeds, his

advisable to be careful with finances. We

good friends. In the process we keep on

addictions, his sins and offenses. A true

are not saying that your friend is Harshad

making new friends, but many a time, we

friend deeply buries all those facts within;

Mehta who would fraud away your money,

tend to ignore the old ones. Days and months

never disclose them, even when by sheer

but there are cases when one friend spends

go by without a single warm call or message.

misfortune if you do split with your friend.

on most of the occasions but the other is

As a true friend, be available to all, cherish

Neither should you indulge in gossip

happier saving for his next generation. Over

the new as well as treasure the old. A

regarding this with any third party.

the time this extra cautiousness might blow

surprise call or funny mail can undo the damage and keep the fragile link alive.

Don't offend There may be occasions when you know

Clear your intentions - root out double

some truths which your friend feels hesitant


to share, don't try to offend him/her by

Boys, while approaching a female for her

passing indirect comments relating the issue.

company make your intentions clear on the

Rather if it's a serious one try to convince

onset. One thing girls hate is when a guy

your friend to share and resolve the issue

says 'I want to be your friend', but intends


for something more. Remember women have strong sixth sense and it doesn't take time for them to read your mind. Be a true gentleman with your feelings. This can only win a sweet girl friend for you.

up into an ugly tussle.

Friend ship is not just ab out tyi ng friends hip ba n ds or sharing friends hip cards; it's wo rth much m ore an d deman ds gre a ter respon sibilitie s. Nurtur e with care.


a spa treatment and massage, he is quite particular

Or the sexy 'messy' look; easy to get, brush

about his looks and thus facials are his most desired

and maintain. The basic requirement is gel or

treatments. He doesn't let any stone unturned to

wax with which one can play around with

reach and maintain his appearance just perfect.

different looks, most preferably that carefree

Confused? Meet the modern men or most popularly

messy look as if you just woke up from sleep.

called the 'metro sexual' man. His face, his body,

Varying lengths of hair on top give great

his personality… when every aspect of his is

creativity options, leaving room for your own

synonymous with excellence; how can the vital

sense of style. Girls like guys who have styled

assets of good looks and great hair can be left


behind? So for all male hunks, Yo Vizag quizzed the maestros of hair stylists, and listed are a few cool hairstyles worth a try… Gone are the days of assembly line style haircuts for men today. Hairstyle trends for men are sophisticated and coupled with classy hair care. The style you carry gives the world a glimpse of the inner you. Hair styles are meant to be changed, and half the fun is trying something new. Compared to women, men have more options in hair styles. However it is always advisable to select a haircut keeping in mind one's face shape, looks, personality, lifestyle, as well as the climatic and working ambience.

LEAVING IT STRAIGHT If your hair locks resembles Maggi noodles and you want a silky touch, get it straightened, a look that is quite hot this season. The look resembles the likes of Abhisek Bachhan in 'Drona', Australian Cricket player Andrew Simon or as it used to be with youth icon Mahindra Singh Dhoni. Give your hair a shoulder length growth to get your desired look.

PONYTAIL If you are not working with an office with strict dressing and styling ethics then your long hair can be nicely and neatly knotted in to a ponytail; akin to style of 'Dus ka Dum' Salman Khan, Amitabh Bacchan in 'Cheeni kum' or Arjun Rampal in the flick 'Rock On'. Well set-hair with hair gel or middle parted hair and a small ponytail at the back will make you look smart and classy.

BANGS This is a perennial in-trend hairdo; a favourite amongst the youth and old-timers as well whose looks belie their age.

Bangs are a

part of hair that falls on the forehead giving a fashionable and youthful look.

CREW OR MILITARY CUT A short hairdo similar to the military crews or cadets is the smartest of them all, which suits a party as well as a gives a true professional look. Quite hot in this season, this cut is more suited to men with an oval face-cut and particularly advisable to men with a busy life schedule as it is pretty low on maintenance. With this hair style, the comb is really unnecessary.

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He goes to the beauty salon, pampers himself with


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- Pankhoori Sinha


It is said that Alexander's wife urged his bête

hamper. A rakhi hamper would normally

Sample a few rakhi text messages:

noire, King Puru of India, to accept her as

comprise of a rakhi and a gift, such as a pen

Sky is blue, feel this hue,

his sister to save the Macedonian king's army

set or watch, for the brother and a packet

my love is for you Bhaiya…always true.

from a debacle. The inspiration for the Greek

of sweets. But one can exercise various other

Loads of good wishes for Raksha Bandhan

queen, it is believed, came from the Indian

options like, a rakhi along with a pack of

Holi is colourful,

custom of raksha bandhan, of which she had

assorted chocolates or dry fruits. Mind you,

Diwali is lightful and brightful,

learnt. That was rakhi in 300 B.C. Fast-

all the rakhi sets come with roli and tikka.

Rakhi has made our relationship POWERFUL

forward to the 21st century. Had Alexander

If the brother is really young, then maybe

So, what are you waiting for? Grab that

and Puru existed in this day and age, what

he will find a Shrek or a Superhero rakhi more

mouse and prepare to lavish a great surprise

do you reckon Alexander's wife would have

exciting. Meanwhile, these websites do not

on your brother or sister this raksha bandhan.

done to salvage her country's army? Maybe

just cater to the sisters. Guys can browse

she would have sent Puru a rakhi hamper,

through them and pick up a nice gift for the

mailed a rakhi e-card, or maybe sent a rakhi

lil' sis. The gifts range from perfumes to



designer bags - almost as good as shopping

Don't know about Alexander's wife, but we

in a mall for her!

do know that this is what the new-age

For those of who brother-sister duo who


brothers and sisters are increasingly



resorting to, in a bid to balance their hectic

distances, rakhi celebration is just a few

Rakhis based on the principals of Feng Shui

lifestyles and age-old traditions. So, usher

clicks away. Although rakhi e-cards have

have also entered the market. If you are

in the joyous festival of raksha bandhan -

been around for some time now, online card

planning on picking one, it will be good to

the virtual way!

companies now offer interactive rakhis too.

keep the following pointers in mind:

Over the centuries, the raksha bandhan thali

You can select an interactive rakhi for your

• Gold fish rakhi should be kept in the

decked with kumkum, rakhi, and sweets has

brother sitting abroad. Rest assured, when

southwestern direction of your room. This

been the quintessential symbol of this

he opens his mail, he will see a raksha

way you will be blessed with good luck

festival. Women would fret over how best

bandhan thali complete with roli, tikka, a rakhi

and prosperity.

to decorate it. Painted in bright colours and

thread, and sweets too. All he has to do is

adorned with gold and silver zari, the thali

click of the items mentioned and take in the

did look like a million bucks. However, the


globalisation seems to have caught up with

Brothers and sisters also can make use of

raksha bandhan too, as now sisters can

social networking websites, such as Facebook

outsource their raksha bandhan thali from

and Orkut, to express their sentiments to

people who specialize in this business. Just

each other. Netizens on Facebook and Orkut

Google your way into the web and you will

have formed numerous raksha bandhan

find various websites offering to prepare a

societies in anticipation of the festival. Here

• Dragon rakhi is good for business, so do

raksha bandhan thali for you. It will be home-

you can swap stories about your brother or

remember to place it in the eastern

delivered to you just in time for the festival.

sister, or talk about your favourite rakhi

direction of a room.

These websites offer you quite a variety

song. Not just the Internet, you can make

ranging from single rakhi threads to an entire

use of the your mobile to send some sibling




love to your brother or sister.


• You can place a Laughing Buddha rakhi on your work desk, it will help you achieve your goals and dissipate work pressure. • A tortoise rakhi can be placed in the room of your choice - living room, bedroom, or even on your work desk. But place it in the northern direction for good fortune.

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"Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. There is no peace without the grace of God, and there is no grace of God without prayer. Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. Undoubtedly, prayer requires a living faith in God. Heartfelt prayer steadies one's nerves, humbles one and clearly shows one the next step." - Mahatma Gandhi

To find solace within despair, to heal when hurt and to find success

Prayer as a therapy is an alternative to counseling and

when stung by repeated failures: even caveman had resorted to the

psychotherapy. It does not give a classic psychiatric diagnosis

ultimate path: PRAYER. Prayer to please; prayer to achieve; prayer to

nor does it give religious advice. It helps to use our own

rise; ever since man started practicing religion, prayer has been an

spirituality to inform and transform. It's a way to allow the

integral part of every ceremony, celebration, commitment and even

concealed insights and power of the soul to attain self-

cremation. All of this is to please the almighty; the one who can be our

confidence, self-realization, serenity and mental harmony.

rescuer. But the simplicity of this all powerful lies in the path to reach

The miracles with prayer or prayer therapy have been proved

him. It's just through a Prayer; a simple, sincere and honest PRAYER.

by a study on a group of hundreds of people by Wayne State

Prayer means many different things to different people. At its most

University in Detroit. The researchers identified a number of

basic level, it is the manifestation of hope in human beings, our ability

indicators of true religious commitment, including overall religiosity

to say that we don't know everything, that there is something or someone

and place of worship attendance. They found these were linked

larger and wiser than we are that can guide our lives. To address God

to various beneficial health effects, such as less depression,

with adoration, confession, pleading, or thanksgiving is prayer; a

little or no smoking, and infrequency of alcohol consumption.

universal religious practice being performed since time immemorial. Saints,

Whether individual or communal, private or public, uttered with

sages, gurus, prophets and religious leaders of all possible religions

words, sigh, or gestures or silently prayer is miraculous in each

have extolled the virtues of this magical healer for every occasion and

and every form. So Pray to keep happy, healthy, and bright. No

action. The method or manner of praying may differ, but the rationale

matter whom you pray, Jesus Christ, Allah, Guru Nanak or Lord

behind it is the same. And this centuries old practice is today promoted

Vishnu, but just like any other daily act, make prayer your daily

as an alternative healing therapy of human ailments.


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54 ‘Congratulations! Your shoe successfully hit the target’

- Ranita Ray

‘Dr Gomund needs your help… Get the injection ready!!!’ Intrigued? Well, these are the messages that pop up on the computer screen while playing the latest online games in vogue today. Online games today are based more on reality than ever before. For the game designing companies, developing situation-based or news-based games works out way easier in terms of creativity… and the gamers are not complaining. After all these games are more fun than the staid old shooting and racing games. Last year a pair of shoes caught the attention of the entire world media, and the viewers were dumbfounded; the shoe attack on former US president George W Bush by an Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, during a Baghdad press conference. Zeidi was caught and punished for the shoe-bombing, but the very next day the gaming industry pounced on the news and created numerous online games based on this incident. Game developer T-Enterprise was the first one to release a game called Bush’s Boot Camp, allowing the players to shoot the target. The surge of games, videos and creative websites paying tribute to the Iraqi journalist’s presidential shoetoss continued to grow. There’s even a site ‘Thank You for Throwing Your Shoe’ that thanks Muntadhar al-Zeidi. The site solicits photos of people with their own footwear as a tribute to al-Zeidi’s unsuccessful two-shoe attack. Amongst the many games, a few like the ‘Shoe Bush Worldwide’ game lets players fling a wide variety of footwear — from high heels to cowboy boots — at an increasingly scruffy president, with success measured by a Whack-O-Meter. ‘Duck Duck Bush’ lets gamers chuck almost anything at the commander in chief. Kroma’s ‘Bush game’ asks, “Can you throw a shoe at Bush?” ‘Kast Sko Mot Bush’, is a cool, catapult-powered game, ‘Bye Bye Bush’, shows the former President on an infinite field and gives players a seemingly endless supply of shoes. And when the game developers were searching for something new, the deadly Swine Flu came up. This flu has inspired a series of online games that have spread through the viral power of Twitter and Facebook and are now a hot favourite. Amongst these, ‘Swine Fighter’ which touts itself as the only official Swine flu game enables the gamer to create microbe-strains. In the launched ‘Pandemic’ the player has to help Dr Gomund vaccinate all the pigs. Gaming apart, the main power of these games lies in giving a better understanding of the issue. Far more effective than any other media, epidemiology is actually better explained in the game form than by any pamphlet or documentary. For example, the ‘Killer Flu’ by Persuasive Games, provides loads of information and helps reduce panic. In India, the 7Seas Technologies developed ‘Swine Flu Killer’, allow gamers to kill the disease by vaccinating infected patients who emerge on the World map screen. However, this worldwide gaming trend has raised a debate among the gamers. While a few enjoy this virtual reality-based fun provided by these games, there are others who really concerned and are keen on putting a check on this drift. Nonetheless one shouldn’t overlook the fact that there should be line of ethics, that should not to be crossed by game developers and that they should leave the sensitive issues untouched.

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Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), has launched its

This MP3 player packs in a variety of versatile functions. These include

popular MP320 digital music player in stylish new colours.

support for MP3, WMA, WMA-DRM10 and WAV music formats. With

Created with fashion-conscious female consumers in mind,

recordable FM radio to 20 stations, the drive includes a world clock,

the fresh new MP320 range has a glossy eye-popping colour

Digital Voice Recorder, Karaoke-style lyrics of VAD and high-quality audio

scheme that emphasises individuality and unique personal

recording gapless. As far as sound output is concerned, it offers superb

style. This product is a versatile combination of a digital

audio playback quality and comes with 7 built-in equalizer modes, including

music player and a portable storage device. The player

a user-adjustable EQ mode for a more personalized listening experience.

comes in 2GB (in Burgundy colour), 4GB (in pink and

It is capable of displaying 13 different languages, and also comes bundled

sapphire) and 8GB (in metallic black) storage capacities.

with a unique software application that allows users to temporarily lock

It has a built-in USB connector which makes it easier to

their computers and password-protect personal files. It also boasts of

transfer music, clips, pictures, documents and other files

variable playback speeds. Sporting a 1" dual-colour OLED display with a

from any computer- without the hassle of carrying around

resolution of 128 x 64, the player also includes an AB repeat function

bulky cables. In addition, the MP320 is compact (85.5mm x

that allows continuous playback of a part of the music track.

25.5mm x 13mm) and lightweight (just 29g), so it can be

Equipped with chic looks, smart design, a dazzling set of versatile functions

worn around the neck or conveniently carried in a purse or

and backed by a 2-year warranty, the Transcend MP320R digital music

pocket all day long.

player is now available in India from Rs 4500 onwards.

Sometime back, LG came out with a prototype of the LG GD910 wristwatch-phone… the first phone with a twist that fits on your wrist! But the product is still to be commercially available. Now Samsung has beaten LG in both release date and style, as it unveils world's slimmest watch-phone. Measuring only 11.98mm in thickness, the Samsung S9110 watchphone comes packed with MP3, voice recognition, voice memo, speakerphone support, anti-scratch, Bluetooth 2.1 and has internal memory of 40MB. The watchphone also has a 630 mAh battery. It sports a 1.7-inch glass LCD touchscreen, housed in a stainless steel body with a leather strap. The S9110 enables the users to check their e-mail seamlessly through Outlook. The phone with A2DP support oozes style and panache. The S9110 is set to hit stores in France this month for about 450 Euros (Rs 31,000 approx).

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• TOLLYWOOD Magadheera Cast: Ram Charan, Kajal, Dev Gil, Srihari, Surya, Sarath Babu, Sunil, Brahmananadam, Hema, Chiranjeevi, Kim Sharma, Mumaith Khan, Subbaraya Sharma, Rao Ramesh etc Screenplay and Director: SS Rajamouli. Producer: Allu Aravind. Harsha (Ram Charan) is a young man who earns money on bike races bets and gambling. Incidentally he happens to touch the hand of a beautiful girl Indu (Kajal) and that 'soul touch' connects his present to the past. And the past is 1609 AD when Kalabhairava (Ram Charan) was a warrior in Udaigarh who trains and nurtures the soldiers. The Senadhipathi Randheer (Dev Gil) lusts on the princess, Mitravinda (Kajal) but the latter loves Kalabhairava. This results in a big war between Randheer and Kalabhairava which puts end to their lives. Sher Khan (Sri Hari), the Muslim invader witnesses the valour and affection, love of Kalabhairava and salutes to him. The warrior and the princess are re-born some 400 years later as Harsha and Indu. The rest of the film follows their present day love triangle. Magadheera is just an okay film, good in parts but nothing extraordinary.

• BOLLYWOOD Love aaj kal Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Neetu Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, Vir Das Director: Imtiaz Ali Producer: Dinesh Vijan, Saif Ali Khan Through two parallel love stories, the movie speaks of Love Aaj (today) being no different from Love Kal (yesterday). The two stories - of Jai and Meera, Veer Singh and Harleen Kaur, are set in two different eras - the former being set in 2009 and latter in 1965. Modern day couple Jai (Saif) and Meera (Deepika Padukone), in London are very happy together, but both consider career important. When careers pull them in different directions, being 'practical' about it, they mutually decide to split. Cut to 1965. Veer Singh (Saif, again) is smitten by Harleen (Giselle Monteiro). But then, she goes away to Calcutta, leaving Veer lifeless, until he listens to his heart and strives against all odds to make Harleen his. Veer does not understand how Jai can treat matters of the heart without passion. Jai does not understand how Veer Singh could have been so naive and silly about Harleen in his youth. But as both stories unfold, it's obvious that the experience of being in love is just the same. Both Saif and Deepika come up with their career-best performances. Rishi Kapoor is top notch.

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Telugu 1 Movie Song 2 Movie Song

Magadheera Nakosam Nuvu Oy Saradaga

3 Movie Song 4 Movie Song 5 Movie Song

Pista Pidi Pidi Boni Maa Jatha Kadithe Snehageetham Oka Snehame

The Host By Stephenie Meyer The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. But a few, especially Melanie Stryder refuse to surrender, even after being captured and made a host body for a 1,000-year-old female 'soul' called the Wanderer.

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Feisty 17-year-old Melanie uses her

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surviving brain cells to persuade

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thri l ler, Meyer boldly chooses to

Wanderer to help search for her loved ones





Overwhelmed by Melanie's memories of fellow resistor Jared, Wanderer yields to her body's longing and sets off into the desert to find him. In this tantalizing science fiction narrate from the perspective of the invading alien, and it is a tribute to the author's skill that Wanderer is a sympathetic protagonist despite the fact that she tells her tale while clinging to the cerebellum of a human

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victim. While the straightforward narrative is short on detail about the invasion and its stunning aftermath, it shines with romantic intrigue, especially when a love triangle develops for Wanderer/Melanie.

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A Case Of Exploding Mangoes By Mohammed Hanif Mohammed Hanif's exuberant first novel, plunks us down in Pakistan for the last month of President Zia's life and takes us behind the scenes - from the American Embassy in Islamabad, the First





chambers, to a military prison. In the book, Hanif dwells on the conspiracy theories behind General Zia's fatal airplane crash. He introduces at least six other possible suspects, including a blind woman under sentence of death, a Marxist-Maoist street cleaner, a snake, a crow, an army of tapeworms and a junior trainee officer in the Pakistani Air Force named Ali Shigri, who is also the novel's main narrator. The book is basically a satire of militarism, regulation and piety; life within the Pakistani Air Force Academy. The jokes start early in the book and they keep on coming, interspaced with shocking scenes. There has never been an official explanation as to what caused the crash that ended Zia's 11-year reign, but now, some 20-odd years later, an unofficial explanation has been put forward.

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LEO ::

Mar 21 - Apr 19

July 23 - Aug 22


Expect substantial inflows of money, but

A surge in business and satisfactory

Though financially sound, commitments

defer major expenses like a new car.

financial inflows indicated. The

on hand can cause concern. Though

Business people need to exercise caution

employed are likely to get attractive

expectations are high, business gains

with new clients. Employees will get

new job offers. Avoid ego clashes with

will be moderate. Avoid sentiments in

recognition and rewards. Family and trusted

family; maintain your cool with them.

business matters. The employed can

friends will be highly supportive and helpful.

A childhood friend's financial advice

expect promotions and perks. Avoid ego

Business trips will be fruitful. Do not

may improve your finances. A short

clashes with family, take a short vacation

postpone the due medical check-up.

family vacation is likely.




CAPRICORN::Dec 22 - Jan 19


Apr 20 - May 20



Aug 23 - Sep 22


Business surges and substantial

Businesses will do very well. A

expansions, foreign tie-ups and new

financial gains are indicated. The

challenging month ahead for the

ventures are expected this month. Work

employed need to follow given

employed but they get their due

becomes smooth for the employed. Avoid

instructions seriously. Family and

recognitions. New friends are likely to

ego clashes with family and encourage

friends will be highly supportive. Avoid

propose true opportunities for wealth

their individual initiatives. Do not neglect

unnecessary long journeys. Get a

gain. Avoid being abrasive with family

health issues. Someone in the family may

health check up. A good foreign

and friends. Listen to them and then

get good foreign job offer. Avoid long

posting for a family member is likely.

decide. Health may require serious

journeys by road.



attention. Sep 23 - oct 22

Property sale will bring good finances.


Income will be average, avoid big

You are likely to come across an

Though money inflow is good, avoid

expenditures. Excellent business growth is

excellent business opportunity. A

shopping sprees. Your achievements will

indicated. The employed are likely to get

rewarding job-change is indicated.

get recognition and new opportunities

additional responsibilities. Stop blaming

Your affable attitude removes the

will come knocking. Consult family in all

others for your troubles and explore within

misunderstandings within the family.

important decisions and avoid being

for solutions. Health is likely to be under

Health of a senior family member may

abrasive. Limit long distance travels to

stress and you need to take proper

disturb you. A spiritual journey with

the bare minimum. Don't neglect your

preventive care.

family is likely.

health issues and consult doctor.


May 21 - June 20

June 21 - July 22


Oct 23 - Nov 21


Jan 20 - Feb 18

Feb 19 - Mar 20

Excellent financial inflows, business

Financial worries will recede by mid-

Though money inflows are likely to be

growth, increased profits, successful

third week. New business initiatives

good, do exercise due caution before

business trips, possible real estate

might materialise. The employed can

investing in anything. Businesses will

investments for the business personnel;

expect promotions and financial

bring good returns. The employed can

and appreciation coupled with a possible

rewards. You may celebrate an

expect challenging tasks this month.

promotion for the employed are predicted

unexpected success. Keep your

Relations with family will be good and

this month. A family vacation and a busy

temperament under control while

health too will be almost certainly good.

social life are likely. Regular health check

communicating with others. Avoid long

up should not be neglected.

distance road journeys.

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Green-capped hills, tranquil hill tops, picturesque valleys, dense jungles, million-year-old caves. Vizag is surrounded by an arena of wonders that leaves any visitor mesmerized. It has many tourist spots that reflect the culture and heritage of India. History apart, there are many exciting destinations for the fun-loving and adventurous tourist too. The best time to visit - is almost throughout

The food is hot, spicy and mostly rice-based.

Modes of transport within the city include

the year…except maybe in the icky rainy

The local dishes are richly flavoured with

buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis. The cheapest

months of June to September. Though if the

loads of tamarind and spice. Sea-food and

mode of transport, buses cover most of the

heat and sweat gets to you, then opt for the

fresh-water-fish from the neighbouring

city. Autos are handy, they will get you just

cool months of November (after the rains, when

Godavari districts figure prominently in the

anywhere, though many operate without a

everything is clean and green) to February

local diet. Most eateries are multi-cuisine -

meter, in which case, enquire (and bargain if

(before the heat actually kicks in).

offering a varied fare. Tipping in restaurants

necessary) the cost of the fare before getting

is discretionary, around Rs 5 to Rs 10, or 10-

in. Taxi-services are catching on in the city.

15% of the bill.

Metered Services like 'Crazy-cabs' (Phones:

Practical clothing for Vizag climates is cotton and cotton-blends. As the Indian monsoons

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set in, the month of August experiences

While shopping, haggle to your hearts

9246676899) and 'Vizag City Taxi' (Phones:

intermittent showers, with alternating spells of

content on the roadsides and smaller

3200000, 9348882817) are just a phone-call

wet and dry. Fast drying clothes are the best

establishments. Vizag is not known for its


bet. And like anywhere in India, skimpy

shopping, but the fare on display is varied.

sensuous outfits will attract unwarranted

Clothes from Kolkata and Mumbai, imported

Touring facilities are adequately provided


goods from custom-notified shops, toys,

by AP Tourism. These packages cover most of

sporting goods… you name it, it is available.

the city sights and are quite satisfactory for a

The mannerism of the local populace here

rapid trip around the city. The daily conducted

spells hospitality. Warm, friendly, traditional and

Nightlife in the city is comparatively nascent.

'local sightseeing tour' covers the main tourist

cosmopolitan - a true Vizagite is a unique blend

There are a few good pubs and lounge-bars to

spots for Rs 340/- including lunch and snacks.

of all. Ever ready to direct and advise, don't

visit, though the crowd really picks up only on

For Araku, Burra Caves and nearby tourist

hesitate to ask around. Telugu, English and

weekends. After 10 pm ladies, do get a guy as

destinations, there are daily packages. The

Hindi are the commonly spoken languages here.

an escort. Generally, day or night, movies are

Araku trip is either by rail and road (Rs 420/-)

the biggest draw.

or only road (Rs 310/-).

Must See - Must Do stuff in Vizag includes a stroll down the Beach Road at sunset. A visit to the Sub-Museum on the Beach - edifying and really interesting! Add a drive down the Bhimli Road and a visit to the Burra Caves to the weekend itinerary.

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 Kailasagiri Distance from RTC Complex: 6 Km This familiar picnic spot is a hillock on the seafront with an enchanting view of the sea, beaches, lush green forests and the bustling city. The major attractions here are the 40 feet tall magnificent Shiva-Parvathi idol, the Shanku Chakra Naama, floral clock, titanic view point, manicured lawns and flower beds, artgallery, children play park, ropeway and toy-train.

 Mudasarlova Distance from RTC Complex: 10 Km The site has a beautiful park with different types of green plants and

 Shivaji Park

orchards and a lake that supplies water

Distance from RTC Complex: 3 Km

to the city. The key attraction of the

Shivaji Park is an ideal picnic spot

place is the scenic 18-hole Golf course

sprawling over 3 acres of land. It has

belonging to East Point Golf Club

many attractions like fountains, skating ring, children's play area, beautifully

 Ramakrishna Beach

landscaped gardens, a small open air theatre, food court etc.

Distance from RTC Complex: 3 Km A place for leisure and relaxation, Ramakrishna mission beach is a natural

 The Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

beauty. There are various statues, the Kali Temple, the Ramakrishna Ashram,

Distance from RTC: 10 Km

the Submarine Museum, the Visakha

This Zoo encompasses an area of 635

Museum and various other attractions

acres, and is full of exotic species of

along the road. There is also the war

animals and birds amidst rolling

memorial, 'Victory at Sea', a fitting

landscapes of natural habitat. It houses

tribute to soldiers of the 1971 war.

around 80 species of birds and animals There is a huge Deer park and a Crocodile

 Vuda Park

Park. The well planned layout of the

Distance from RTC Complex: 5 Km

Indira zoo park has different enclosures

Vuda Park alias Taraka Rama Park, located


near the Rama Krishna Beach is one of the

carnivores, small mammals and birds



close to their natural habitats. The park

Visakhapatnam. The park has boating

is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on

facilities, a roller skating rink, beautiful long

all the days except Mondays.




lawns, flower gardens, dancing fountains show and a children's play area.




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 Bheemunipatnam Distance form Vizag: 25 Km Bheemunipatnam popularly known


as 'Bheemli' is one of the oldest municipality

 Rushikonda Beach

(1861) in the country. The long picturesque drive along the beach road itself is

Distance from Vizag: 10 Km

enjoyable. In Bheemli, there is a 17th

This lovely beach is very popular with locals

century Dutch settlement, ruined fort,

and tourists. This portion of the sea is safest

armoury and the oldest Dutch cemetery. The

to bathe or surf, though precaution is always

cemetery named Hollanders Green has some

advised. The Government owned Punnami

tombs embossed with the skull and cross

Resorts offer rooms at reasonable rates for

bones motif of sea pirates. The beautiful

tourists. The 14th century Sri Sapta Rusheswara Temple surrounded by seven hills is located in Rishikonda.

 Araku Valley Distance from Vizag: 115 Km

 Yarada Beach

A popular hill station, Araku valley, also

Distance from Vizag: 15 Km

caves. It is located on the Eastern Ghats

This is a fabulous beach with an exotic blend

and is home to a number of tribal

of golden sands and the lush green stretch of

communities. Spreads over an area of 36sq.

hills. Nestled between the hills on all the three

kms, the Araku Valley is a perfect tourist

sides and the Bay of Bengal on one side, this

destination with pleasant climate, lush

beach is an ideal spot for a day out.

greenery, waterfalls and streams. The tribal

called Andhra Ooty is 30km north from Borra

habitat museum and the tribal village are the

beach at Bheemli is considered to be one of the safest and calmest for swimmers. On the top of a hill, there is a light house and a small shrine dedicated to Lord Narasimha. St. Peter's Church, Maharaja's guest house, clock tower, port and Gautam Boat club are the added attraction here. This serene town has been the favourite of many filmmakers and is quite a romantic place. The place derived its name from 'Bhima', one amongst the Pandava brothers.

major attractions here. The tourists can get

 Erra Matti Dibbalu

Distance from Vizag: 60 Km

a glimpse of the traditional folk dances, The

Distance from Vizag: about 20 km

Ananthagiri is a beautiful hill station in the

Dhimsa. Accommodation facilities are

Erra Matti Dibbalu means Red Mud Hillocks in

lush undulating ranges of the Eastern Ghats,

available for tourists. Chaaparai is a

Telugu. These are the naturally formed

on the way to Araku Valley. The clean fresh

picturesque picnic spot off 15km Araku.

ravines which have been formed over the


air makes it a perfect health resort. Anathagiri is famed for its extensive coffee plantations and numerous waterfalls like Tadimada waterfalls.

 Tyda Nature Camp

 Borra Caves Distance from Vizag: 90 Km The million year-old limestone Borra Caves on the way to Araku Valley. The caves, at a height of 1400 Mt above sea level is filled

years because of wind currents and soil erosion. These ravines located near Bhemili were once almost 40 Mt high, and now only about 15 Mt high owing to erosion and human interference. The million year old vast stretch of red hillock covered by green vegetation with blue waters of the Bay of Bengal on

Distance from Vizag: 75 Km

with fascinating stalagmite and stalactite

Tyda is a small tribal village nestling in the

formations of calcium deposits with Gosthani

wooded hills of the Eastern Ghats, on the

River flowing through. Deposits fashioned

Araku Road. An eco-tourism park known as

like a 'Shivalingam' and a cow (Kamadhenu)

'Jungle Bells' has facilities for rock climbing,

impart a religious significance to the caves.


trekking and target shooting with bow &

The caves are brightly illuminated.

Distance from Vizag: 65 Km

arrows. . With the help of naturalists or guides in the camp, one can learn the language of the jungle viz., identification of

 Matsyagundam Distance from Vizag: 140 Km

calls, marks etc. and understanding

About 15 Kms down the road to Paderu from

interesting features of various flora and

Araku, comes a scenic spot with a rivulet

fauna of Eastern Ghats. There are cottages

winding through the boulders against the

and log huts at the site.

backdrop of an ancient Shiva temple, Sri Matsyalingeswara Swamy Temple. In the belief the Lord Shiva protects the fish in these waters; they are not caught or eaten.

one side provides a quaint feast for the visitor

Etikoppaka, a small village on the banks of Varaha River, is known for its age-old tradition of wooden carvings and artefacts. Etikoppaka toys made of 'ankudu' wood with lacquer colours, enchanting designs and earthly appeal are very attractive. The toys, mythological figures, carvings etc display the creative skills of the craftsmen and depict local cultural practices.

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 Simhachalam Distance from Vizag: 16 Km This is a well known temple of Lord Varaha Narasimha, (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu), built in the 11th century. The main deity is always covered with sandalwood paste.

 Appikonda Distance form Vizag: 18 Km Appikonda also known as Kapilakonda is a small village, with an ancient Shiva temple, almost behind the Steel Plant. The major attraction of the temple is a life size bull carved

 Sri Mukhalingam


Distance from Vizag: 148 Km

Distance from Vizag: 16 Km

The Srimukhalingeswara (Shiva) Temple is

Bavikonda, also the beach road leading to

believed to have been built in the 9th century

Bhimli acquired the name Bavikonda due to

by kings of Eastern Ganga Dynasty, on the

the existence of wells on the hill to collect

banks of River Vamsadhara. The temple has

rain water for drinking purpose. The artefacts

some remarkably beautiful sculptures. On

recovered here include Roman coins and

close observation, the features of face can

satavahana coins apart from pottery dating

be perceived on the Shiv-lingam.

back to 3rd century BC and 2nd Century A.D.


Excavations on the hill-top brought to light an extensive Buddhist establishment

Distance from Vizag: about 15 Km Situated on the Bhimli Road are these beautiful ancient structures. Also known as 'the Hill of Eagles", the complex has a number of stupas, Chaityas, Viharas, a congregation hall and a refectory belonging to the

consisting of a Mahachaitya, stupas, chaityagrihas, a congregation hall, platforms, viharas, kitchen-cum-store complex, pottery, relic caskets, tiles, stuccos, iron objects, moulded bricks, coins etc.



during1982-92. These remains are classifieds

Distance from Vizag: 24 Km

as religious, secular and civil. Excavations

Pavuralakonda or Narasimhaswamy Konda

at Thotlakonda comprise pottery, beads,

is located to the west of Bhimli. This hillock


bangle pieces, tiles, stuccos, iron objects,

also called 'hill of pigeons', covering an area


of 10 to 12 acres, is at a height of 168mts

Distance form Vizag: 105 Km

inscriptions, coins, etc.

above sea level. Excavations of the site


believed to be dated between 3rd C. B.C.

out of black stone. It also contains inscriptions dating back to 12th Century AD, with a mention that this village was granted by a commander-in-chief of the Cholas for the maintenance of worship in the temple.

Located in Srikakulum district, this is one of the few temples (the only one in AP) devoted to the Sun God, Suryanarayana Swamy. The temple is constructed in such a manner that the rays of the rising sun fall directly at the feet of the deity twice a year. (Between March 9-12 and Sept 9-12)







Distance from Vizag: 118 Km This village shot into prominence because excavations revealed the existence of an ancient Buddhist settlement. On the banks of the river Vamsadhara, a maha stupa,

and 2nd C. A.D, revealed nearly 14-16 rockcut troughs or cisterns used for collecting rainwater, foundations of viharas, with cells and




chaityagrihas, votive stupas, halls etc. The river





 Sri Kurmam

votive stupas, chaityas, platforms and

Distance form Vizag: 118 Km

inscriptions dating back to the 2nd century

Sri Kurmanadha temple in Srikurmam,

A.D. The main stupa on a hilltop measures

southeast of Srikakulam town, is the only

46 feet in diameter while the maha vihara


temple in India where Lord Vishnu is revered

salipethaka has an entrance in the shape of

Distance from Vizag: 41 Km

in the form of Kurma and hence the deity is


The village of Sankaram near Anakapalli,

viharas have been unearthed here with

Pavuralakonda served as navigation canal for inland trade in the early centuries of the Christian era.

called Srikurmanatha. In this temple the Lord

with 3rd and 4th century Buddhist

faces west. It is believed to be built before

constructions. Situated on two small hillocks,

t h e 2 n d c e n t u r y. I t a l s o d e p i c t s m a n y

believed to be made during Mahayana

inscriptions in Devenagri script dating from

period. The hills, Bojjanakonda and

the 11th to the 19th century AD.

Lingalakonda has a monastery, numerous


rock- cut stupas and sanctuaries cut into the

Distance from Vizag: 124 Km Annavarm is a sacred pilgrim centre on the hillock Ratnagiri. With the deity Lord Veer Venkata Satyanarayana Swamy, presiding, the Satyanarayana Swamy Vratha is performed here daily by scores of devout married couples, as thanksgiving and for begetting favours. The Temple is situated on the banks of the River Pampa.

sides of the hill with several Buddha images. There are a few plain and small caves on the hillock, which formed the Viharas (shelters) for the monks and students.

The unique

feature of Bojjannakonda is that it shows all the three phases of Buddhism. i.e Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana and meditating Buddha.

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