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SHRADDHA KAPOOR | 48 HOURS IN AHMEDABAD | JEWELLERY SPECIAL

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Volume 11 | Issue 10 | October 2017

THE INFLIGHT MAGAZINE

SPICEJET

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INDIA’S HERITAGE

Travel to experience India's 36 World Heritage Sites


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Dear Readers,

Welcome aboard SpiceJet.

With the onset of October all

of India is looking forward to

the forthcoming season of

celebrations.

As SpiceJet continues

to expand, I am pleased to

announce daily direct flights

between Guwahati and Dibrugarh

from October 3, 2017. With this

addition, SpiceJet will operate

26 daily flights in North East.

SpiceJet is also commencing

direct flights between Chennai

and Belagavi (Belgaum) which is

a testament of our commitment

to link the unconnected parts of

India. The upcoming smart city

of Belagavi now gets an additional

daily flight to and from Bengaluru.

Further, SpiceJet is also introducing

daily direct flights between

Bengaluru-Coimbatore, Bengaluru-

Madurai and Delhi-Jaisalmer from

October 2017. With these added

routes, we continue focusing on

enhancing connectivity between key

metro and non-metro cities.

Last month, I had the

opportunity to attend the 14th

annual Aviation Festival in London.

It was a great platform for industry

leaders from all spheres of the

aviation category, to meet and draw

the outline for the future of aviation.

The two key emergent trends that

came out of the discussions was the

rise of the long-haul low cost airlines

and use of data analytics to better

understand and deliver customer

service. Both these trends hold a

huge significance for a market like

India which is currently in a state

of flux and any airline that can

champion these trends could leave a

lasting impression on its flyers.

SpiceJet is committed to pioneer

the latest technology offerings

amongst Indian airlines and going

forward it is our assurance that we

will come out with novel offerings

through the use of the most

advanced technology.

I am delighted to share with

you the two recent accolades

that SpiceJet has been honoured

with, on the domestic and the

international stages. It was

declared the ‘Best Domestic

Airline’ by ASSOCHAM India

during the 10th ASSOCHAM

International Conference by the

Hon’ble Minister of State, Civil

Aviation Mr. Jayant Sinha. Further,

SpiceJet was recognized by APEX

(Airlines Passenger Experience

Association) with 4 stars rating

amongst leading Low Cost

Carriers in the world. The event

held in Long Beach, California, USA

saw the participation of 470 global

carriers and the recognition was

based upon passenger experience

captured for half a million flights

flown between October 2016 and

July 2017 worldwide.

Last but not the least, I take this

opportunity to wish you and your

families cheer, prosperity and good

health. Do celebrate the upcoming

festivals responsibly and share your

joys with the less fortunate!

A very happy Diwali, celebrate

well and stay safe!

Jai Hind!

Ajay Singh

Chairman & Managing Director

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SPICEJET

CONNECTS YOU TO

INDIA’S HERITAGE

Travel to experience India's 36 World Heritage Sites

CONTENTS

50

HERITAGE TRAIL

We take you to India’s rich treasure of UNESCO heritage sites

60

THE PARADOX

How the 20-something

Shraddha Kapoor is coping with

fame and failures

76

TRANQUILITY IN TIGER

TERRITORY

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WHERE THE WILD

THINGS ARE

Watch elephants bathe, a

sambar dart past you, painted

storks wade through water, while

the melody of songbird fills the

air, only at the Minneriya National

Park, Sri Lanka

80 96

A TALL ORDER FOR THE

KIWIS

The New Zealand cricket team

will shortly tour India and the

dice seems to be loaded in the

host’s favour

92

ALL THAT GLITTERS

There is much more to Indian

jewellery beyond the glitter

of gold during festive times.

Here is looking at some of the

other fascinating aspects of the

sector.

SPICEJET INSIDER

Social media 20

SpiceVacations.com22

Spice products26

News176

Mobile apps 178

Stars of SpiceJet180

Onboard menu182

SpiceJet add-ons183

SpiceJet fleet184

Route map186

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

@flyspicejet My compliments to Capt.

Abhay Kamath. His announcements

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flight with him.

@rajendrashegde

@flyspicejet Lots of

pleasant changes. New

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made my brother’s day!!

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loved the flowers too!

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Anushka (Cabin Crew) on sg215

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fever (illness)... appreciate her

work. Wonderful experience.

BUZZ ON

SOCIAL MEDIA

@aqibshah

@flyspicejet Landed in Chennai amidst

lightning and downpour on a wet runway.

Excellent landing by pilot.

@varunkrishvekmm

@flyspicejet Impressed with on-time

performance. Well-trained crew and

delicious food on board. Kudos!

@flyspicejet My appreciation for

your Patna security team. Much

impressed with their warmth and

professionalism.

@flyspicejet Kudos to the crew of SG

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Ahmedabad. They did a remarkable job.

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@anandms22

@flyspicejet It was an amazing journey. I

was travelling by air for the first time and I

am glad it was #SpiceJet

@flyspicejet Had a fantastic

journey from Port Blair to

Kolkata.

@flyspicejet Many thanks to

the guys handling the SpiceJet

Twitter handle. Got my issue

resolved! Thanks!

@RJVEERINDIA

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

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journey. Carefully hand-picked hotels,

quick car rentals, and travel packages

created in association with local holiday

experts – you have much to benefit

from SpiceVacations.com. On the

website, you can choose between

cheap, budget and luxury vacations;

search for the best hotels across India;

and have a great experience while saving

money. In addition, backpackers can add

some comfort to their travels without

lightening their pockets. For those who

haven’t booked their hotels, you can

book your hotel as soon as you land.

With SpiceVacations.com, you can

make changes in your itinerary online, at

every step of the trip. For instance, if you

want to opt for a bigger car even if the

package entails a smaller one, you can do

so with ease. You need to simply decide

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wildlife, beach or hills, and the platform

throws up a wide variety of deals in

terms of location, hotel arrangements,

local sightseeing tours and car rentals,

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With this unique initiative by

SpiceJet, you have the flexibility of

booking a package at a minimal amount

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As the website is powered by

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So, travel the world with SpiceJet’s

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SHUTTERSTOCK

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

INNOVATIONS FOR

COMFORT

& CONVENIENCE

AT SPICEJET, we believe that customer experience can always be improved upon. In

keeping with this philosophy, we are constantly looking for ways to make travel not

just a hassle-free experience, but also one that passengers will remember.

Our slew of innovations reflects this: a product that rewards travellers who travel only

with hand baggage; another that makes life easier for those who carry heavy baggage,

but not heavy enough to be checked-in; yet another that offers a bigger choice of

meals on board; a product that provides seat and meal of your choice; products to

please those who are always on the lookout for extra legroom; a prepaid card that

allows passengers to make cashless transactions; an add-on service that allows the

flexibility of cancelling or changing ticket(s) to suit your travel plan; and finally a

product that aims at greater customer ease in case of flight disruptions.

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1SpiceMax

SpiceJet’s SpiceMax provides more

comfort and convenience. With extra

legroom and greater personal space,

passengers can travel with ease. Apart

from significantly extra legroom on board, fliers

can also enjoy other added ancillary products

such as priority check-in, complimentary

meal and beverage,

priority baggage

handling and priority

boarding (aerobridge

gates) at dedicated SpiceMax

counters at the airport for a

modest add-on fee per sector. The ease with

which fliers can opt for this product enhances

the experience. When booking a connecting

flight with a stop-over, passengers can purchase

SpiceMax seats separately for the two flights.

SPICEJET

INSIDER

2

Priority Check-In

This service provides the

passenger a hassle free

and comfortable check-in

experience at the airport

with SpiceJet’s dedicated priority

check-in counter. The passenger

can buy Priority Check-In while or

after making the booking. It can be

bought latest up to two hours before

the scheduled departure. The service

is available only on www.spicejet.

com or via SpiceJet’s Reservations.

The pre-paid service can be bought

for per passenger, per sector of the

journey, on the payment of the nonrefundable

fees. A Priority Check-In

for flights within and/or originating

from India costs `200. For flights

originating from out of India, the fare

is `300. The fees are refundable if the

booking is cancelled by the passenger

or the flight is cancelled by the airline.

There is no additional fee applicable

for infant passengers. Passengers who

have bought Priority Check-In will

have to check-in for their flight at the

airport check-in counter.

3

Hot Meals

Passengers have a wide

variety of meals to opt

for on SpiceJet flights

when they pre-book

a meal. Those flying Boeings are

spoilt for choice. There are four

options for breakfast. All-day

meals (which include snacks,

lunch and dinner) are spread

across eight menus. Seven

Chef’s Choice menus and

two kinds of Platters

are available 24x7.

Passengers taking

Q400 flights can

choose from eight

different types of

sandwiches. There is a great

variety on offer – from Vermicelli

Croquette, Saute Broccoli and

Chicken Stroganoff to Angara

Paneer Tikka Sub Roll. Prebooking

a meal offers other

choices and benefits, too:

the option of a glutenfree

meal; a menu with

Thai, Continental and Indian

options as well as Indian

Platters; discounted rates

compared to onboard

prices; passengers can

wish their loved ones on

birthdays and anniversaries

mid-air with a cake on select

flights; and a takeaway Kids’

Meal bag, shaped like an

airplane.

PRE-BOOK NOW!

Pre-book your meals to make

your journey with us a more

comfortable experience. You can

enjoy exceptional discounted

rates. It makes purchasing food

and beverages onboard an

entirely cashless affair. You can

pre-book at the time of booking

your flight, or add it later through

‘Manage My Booking’ on the

website, www.spicejet.com.

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4

Seat + Meal Combo

This provides seat and

meal of the passengers's

choice at discounted rates.

The product can be purchased

for `399 on the Domestic and `499 on the

International Sector. It is on a per passenger,

per sector basis and can be availed of by

guest and SpiceClub member. A passenger

can purchase the product by clicking on the

Add-On’s Page/Seat Map Page on www.

spicejet.com at the initial booking stage or

by clicking on Manage My Bookings tab after

the booking has been made or minimum six

hours prior to the scheduled departure.

7

My Flexi Plan

Planning a trip will be

easier than ever with

SpiceJet’s new innovative

add-on service, My Flexi

Plan. Passengers can now enjoy

the flexibility of cancelling or

changing the ticket(s) to suit their

travel plan. If they are certain about

travel but not about the dates, then

they can book a ticket by opting

for this service. Customers can

opt for this add-on at the time of

booking by paying a fee of `1,125

for domestic travel ticket and `1,250

for international travel ticket. The

service will be applicable only for

one change or one cancellation per

ticket.

SPICEJET

INSIDER

5

Fly For Sure

Fly For Sure has been launched for greater

customer ease in case of flight disruptions.

It allows a passenger booked on SpiceJet a

guarantee of flying in the next 24 hours in

case of a flight delay beyond 90 minutes, missing a flight

not exceeding 30 minutes from airport check-in closure of the

original flight or a flight cancellation by the airline. With Fly For

Sure the passenger gets to fly, in spite of the above unforeseen

circumstances. It is available while booking for the flight and

SpiceJet will reimburse the passengers for an alternate flight

ticket (not exceeding double the price of the original ticket or

the cost of second ticket, whichever is lower) on the airline of

their choice in the same sector within 24 hours of the original

scheduled booking with SpiceJet.

6

Carry More On Board

Making air travel even more

convenient, SpiceJet’s ‘Carry More On

Board’ is a service for travellers with

heavier cabin baggage. It is targeted at

passengers who carry cabin baggage heavier than

7 kg, and do not want to check-in. Fliers can carry

bags weighing up to 5 kg extra, a maximum of 12

kg on board, while paying a nominal fee for each

kg above 7 kg. Bags can be heavier, but not larger,

and the standard free baggage allowances remain

as before. Customers can opt for this product during

airport check-in and at airport ticket counters.

8

Hand Baggage Only

This is another unique product that offers a discount to those

passengers who carry only hand baggage. Available on most direct

domestic flights, this fare has a minimum 15-day advance purchase

period, and no free check-in baggage allowance is permissible.

Bookings for this can be made on www.spicejet.com, at airport ticket offices, and

through select online travel portals. Passengers should keep in mind that hand

baggage allowance does not change. Those who book these fares, but decide to

check in luggage later, will have to pay more.

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OPENING SHOT

HERITAGE

HAVELIS WITH

STORIES TO TELL

STUNNING ARCHITECTURE AND

ORNATENESS dominate the big five

havelis that should be a must-see on

every visitor’s itinerary to Bikaner. The

story goes that Maharaja Ganga Singh,

who ruled between 1887 and 1943,

invited a group of gold and silver

artisans and traders to set up shop about

150 km away from the city. In return,

they were provided land in the heart of

the city to build their homes. Their

businesses evidently prospered for the

homes were soon transformed into

hundreds of stunning havelis that stand

to this day. The red sandstone structures

are a mishmash of European, Indian and

Mughal architectural styles. Colourful

doors and windows dominate, as do

jharokhas, chhajjas, jaalis, narrow

entrances and bas-reliefs.

RAJU BIST

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OPENING SHOT

CULTURE

A HISTORY LOVER’S DELIGHT

TUCKED

AWAY IN THE SHYMALA

HILLS, in a state underrated as far as

tourism goes, is the Indira Gandhi

Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. This

anthropology museum on the outskirts

of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, attempts to

present an integrated story of the

evolution of man and culture with

special reference to India – and does a

good job of it. It is also known as the

National Museum of Humankind or

Museum of Man and is spread over 200

acres. Located in a prehistoric site, it is a

one-of-a-kind museum and among

other fascinating displays, houses a vast

collection of pre-historic painted rock

shelters. The museum’s collections are

classified into 17 categories including

tools and weapons, ornaments and

animal husbandry.

RAJU BIST

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OPENING SHOT

TRAVEL

Bungee jumping

Water zorbing

AN EVENING AT

THE LAKE

Mechanical bull

TRUST OUR GUJARATI brethren to turn

a simple lakeside into a moneyspinner.

A case is point is the 500-year-old

Kankaria Lake in the Maninagar

locality of Ahmedabad. The beautiful

Kankaria Lake Front has activities

spanning land (mechanical bull), air

(reverse bungee jumping) and water

(zorbing). There are numerous other

activities at the high quality

recreational/entertainment space to

easily take up a few hours of your time: a

mini zoo, aquarium, mini train, food

courts, walkways, gardens and musical

fountains, among others. You should

definitely go to the Kankaria

Lake if you have an evening

free in Ahmedabad. And if you

have more time on your hands

while visiting Gujarat’s largest

city, check out the other

activity options in our story

(48 hours in Ahmedabad)

elsewhere in this issue.

SpiceJet flies to Ahmedabad.

Log on to www.spicejet.com

for flight details.

Toy train

RAJU BIST

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STATES

THE MAGIC OF GUJARAT’S HANDICRAFTS

LIKE ITS NORTH-EASTERN

NEIGHBOUR Rajasthan, a large

part of Gujarat – at least the parts

outside urban areas – is dry, arid

and colourless. But the

enterprising Gujaratis have more

than made up for it by literally

injecting colour into their lives –

via their innovative handicrafts.

These objects find use not only in

their daily lives, they also end up

on the must-buy lists of tourists,

from India as well as abroad.

Here are some of the popular

handicrafts, along with the

regions where they are mostly

produced:

APPLIQUE: Beautiful forms of

f loral and animal designs are

prepared for quilts, hangings,

modern household products and

apparels by using different

patches of fabric (Saurashtra,

Banaskantha, Patan and Kutch).

EMBROIDERY WORK: The

enormous variety of embroideries

in Gujarat are perfect in their

distribution of colours, with one

colour seamlessly f lowing into

another. (Banaskantha,

Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Rajkot,

Junagarh, Saurashtra and Kutch).

HAND BLOCK PRINT: The

combination of printing with

mordant dyeing is typical of the

technique in many parts of

Gujarat with hand carved woven

blocks and prints on fabric

(Dhamadka, Ajarakhpur, Dessa,

Ahmedabad, Kutch, Bhujpur,

Mundra and Mandvi).

MUD WORK: Gujarat is

renowned for its terracotta and

mud mirror work which has both

scared as well as aesthetic appeal

(Kutch, Kheda, Chhota Udaipur).

SHUTTERSTOCK/ALAMY

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OCTOBER 2017


MELANGE

EVENTS

HOT DATES

DANCE // MUSIC // THEATRE // ART

DANCE

NAKSHATRA DANCE FESTIVAL

Featuring troupe performances led by senior

dance performers of Indian classical dance

forms, the Nakshatra Dance Festival is back

with some of the most accomplished artistes

around. So get set to enjoy kathak by Parwati

Dutta and Mahagami and Bharatanatyam by

Chitra Visweswaran and the Chidambaram

Dance Company. Aruna Mohanty and the Orissa

Dance Academy will perform Jatraa – The

Journey of Odissi. Another Odissi performance,

Samagam, will be presented by accomplished

dancer Daksha Mashruwala, a disciple of Padma

Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra.

When: October 27-29, 2017

Where: NCPA, Mumbai

THEATRE

QADIR ALI BAIG THEATRE FESTIVAL

CINEMA

SECRET SUPERSTAR

The annual Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival pays tribute to

theatre legend late Qadir Ali Baig saheb. Now in its 12th edition,

the 10-day, multi-venue, multi-lingual festival this year features

a host of the best plays including those by by Chekhov, Ibsen,

Manto, Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, Mushtaq Kak, Feisal

Alkazi and Mohammad Ali Baig.

When: October 27-November 6, 2017

Where: Hyderabad

Produced by Aaamir Khan and Kiran Rao, the film stars

teenager Zaira Wasim (of Dangal fame). Here she plays a

young Muslim girl who aspires to become a singer but faces

hurdles from her conservative father.

When: October 19, 2017

Where: All over

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MELANGE

EVENTS

FESTIVAL

PUSHKAR CAMEL

FAIR

Pushkar Mela, as it is

locally called, is an

annual camel and

livestock fair. It is one

of the world’s largest

camel fairs. Apart from

the buying and selling of

livestock, it has become

an important tourist

attraction. Competitions

such as the ‘matka phod’,

‘longest moustache’

and ‘bridal competition’

are the main draws for

this fair which attracts

thousands of tourists.

When: October

28-November 4, 2017

Where: Pushkar,

Rajasthan

MUSIC

SONG OF THE HIMALAYAS

SPORTS

THE INDOOR SPORTS FEST

This musical evening comes as a part of NCPA’s ongoing `One

World Many Musics: Celebrating Artistic Plurality’ programme.

It brings together the talents of Shantanu Moitra, Kaushiki

Chakrabarty, Ani Choying and others. Music director Moitra

has conceptualised the show that springs from his 100-days

journey across the Himalayas and the musical compositions

that he created on the way. Moitra will intersperse the musical

presentation with stories, melodies and breath-taking visuals.

When: October 6, 2017

Where: Tata Theatre, Mumbai

This is a one-of-a-kind sports festival with badminton and

table-tennis tournaments being held across various age

categories ranging from under-11 to over-35. The venue is an

attractive air conditioned indoor hall at the Yamuna Sports

Complex, New Delhi, where the Commonweath Games had

taken place exactly seven years ago.

When: October 8, 2017

Where: New Delhi

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OCTOBER LISTINGS

1What: DJ Nucleya’s first show of the season

When: 4.00 pm

Where: Mumbai

6What:

Chef (Hindi

film)

Where:

Across

India

6

What: Blade

Runner 2049

(English film)

Where:

Across India

7

What: Open

badminton

tournament

When: 9 am

Where: PJR

Stadium, Hyderabad

10

What: Trek & Cave

Exploration

When: 5.45 am

Where: Bengaluru

12

What: Mumbai Film Festival

Where: Multiple venues, Mumbai

20

What: MayaVadi’s Nature

Camping Night

When: 11 am

Where: Nandi Hills, Karnataka

14

25

What:

What: Kaas Plateau tour

When: 11.00 am

Where: Dadar, Mumbai

Paintball

When: 9 am

Where: The Paintball

Rocks, Delhi

16

28

What: Odisha Travel Bazaar

Where: Bhubaneswar

What: Night trek

When: 8 pm

Where: Sinhagad Ghar

Road, Pune

29

What: World 10K Run

When: 2 pm

Where: Gurgaon,

Haryana

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INFORMATION

WHAT'S NEW

ARUNACHAL TO BE PROMOTED

AS AN ADVENTURE TOURISM

DESTINATION •

Arunachal Pradesh is all set to upgrade itself

as a state with great potential for adventure

tourism. Towards this end, it is now inviting

greenfield investments. Arunachal is

ideal for adventure tourism. White rafting

and kayaking can be undertaken in its

five major rivers. For mountain climbers,

there are three unconquered peaks at a

height of more than 6,000 m. The state’s

tourism department will meet the needs of

adventure tourists by establishing luxury

tent units wherever possible.

KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK REOPENS

Following an annual practice, Kaziranga National Park in

Assam, home to two-thirds of the world’s Great One-horned

rhinoceros, has reopened in the first week of October, after

having been closed since May. But not all sections of the

park have been thrown open to tourists. The Agoratoli Range

continues to reel under long term impact of a recent deluge.

The floods not only destroyed large parts of the range, they

also affected the lives of several of the animals like wild water

buffalo, eastern swamp deer, hog deer and elephant.

BRANDED HOTELS ON A WINNING WICKET

There is good news for players in the upper echelons of the

Indian hotel industry. According to a recent report prepared by

leading rating agency CARE, the revenues of branded hotels

are expected to soar by 7 to 9 per cent in the coming financial

year. A number of factors will contribute to the windfall,

including an increase in travel generally and MICE (Meeting,

Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) activities specifically. A

limited room inventory on the whole will also help.

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NEW MENU AT POPULAR DUBAI

DINING SPOT •

With striking panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa

and Downtown Dubai, Mint Leaf of London is

located within the heart of Dubai International

Financial District (DIFC). Situated on the 15th

floor, their brand new menu offers an array of

modern Indian dishes, enriched in spices and

flavour. The new à la carte menu is packed full

of new flavours and spices as new ingredients

and cooking techniques have been introduced.

Dishes include stuffed portobello with truffle

dust, cooked in tandoor and topped with a rich

truffle and mushroom sauce, parmesan crumble

and truffle sand, alongside the introduction of

their boneless duck seekh kabab with plum and

chevre mousse which is skewered, seasoned and

topped with a goat’s cheese mousse.

LONGEST JOGGING TRACK ON THE

ANVIL

MUMBAI MUSEUM TO HOST AMBITIOUS

EXHIBITION

If things go according to plan, Mumbai will have one of

the longest jogging and cycling tracks in the country.

The track will cover a distance of 39 km from Mulund to

Antop Hill. According to information from the office of

the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, there will be 40 exit

points along the route. The project will be executed

by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

alongside water pipelines built during the British era.

It will be lined by trees on either side. But Mumbaikars

will have to wait till the end of 2019 for their new ecofriendly

and sporty facility to come up.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS),

a major tourist attraction in south Mumbai, is hosting next

month one of the country’s most ambitious exhibitions - India

and the World: A History in Nine Stories. The exhibition is

being presented as a collaboration between Chhatrapati

Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), the British

Museum in London and the National Museum, New Delhi,

with the support of the Ministry of Culture. The exhibition will

share with viewers, nine stories drawn from important eras in

India’s history.

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Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

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HERITAGE TRAIL

INDIA HAS A RICH TREASURE OF UNESCO HERITAGE SITES. WE PROFILE SOME

OF THE BEST. BY RHUCHA KULKARNI

The declaration from

the UNESCO

(United Nations

Educational,

Scientific and

Cultural Organization) sums it up best:

“Heritage is our legacy from the past,

what we live with today, and what we

pass on to the future generations.” India

has been long since regarded as the

epitome of cultural and natural wealth,

for its diverse history has fuelled many

distinct ways of life.

Be it architectural marvels, or

natural havens, religious relics, or

political landmarks, these heritage

sites continue to awe and inspire us

even today. Very recently Ahmedabad

was declared as the first UNESCO

World Heritage City of India, an

impeccable feat owing to the medley of

experiences that the Gujarat capital

offers.

In fact there are 36 (28 cultural, 7

natural and one mixed) World Heritage

Sites in India that are recognized by

UNESCO as of August 2017. These are

the treasure troves of the country,

carefully preserved and propagated as

traveller destinations. Indians and

foreigners alike are choosing to

experience their glory by taking in large

numbers to these destinations during

their holidays.

Here is a closer look at some of these

enchanters that are sure to ignite the

wanderlust in you.

ELLORA CAVES, AURANGABAD

Some 30 km from Aurangabad lies an

ancient architectural marvel in the

form of manmade rock-cut temples of

Jain, Buddhist and Hindu origin. Dating

reveals that these 34 caves, called the

Ellora caves, were created over a period

from the 6th to 11th centuries A.D. Of

these, 12 caves are Mahayana Buddhist

caves that date back to 550-750 A.D., 17

are Hindu caves of the 600-875 A.D. era

and five caves are Jain caves belonging

to 800-1000 A.D. This was the time

when Buddhism was declining in India

and Hinduism was resurging. Much of

the work at Ellora was overseen by the

Chalukya and Rashtrakuta kings who

were great proponents of the

Brahmanical movement. The most

recent works took place somewhere

near the 10th century, when these rulers

started embracing the Digambara sect

of Jainism. Shrouded in secrecy since

ages, it was only in 1819 that these caves

were discovered by a British Army

Officer, John Smith.

Its awe-inspiring aura is accredited

to the fact that these rock-cut structures

were created by artisans with their

hands, using just chisel and hammer. A

must-visit is the Kailasa Temple (cave

16) dating back to the 700s and

illustrating Mount Kailash, the abode of

Lord Shiva. It is the largest monolith

rock excavation in the world. Other

highlights are the 15-foot long

preaching statue of Buddha, the sitting

Buddha in the 10th cave, the Naga

Queen (outside cave 10), the Shiva

Lingam along with his Nandi bull

(Nandi Mandap), the Jain Indra Sabha

(cave 32), and the seven incarnations of

Buddha (cave 12).

SpiceJet flies to many of these

destinations or to an airport

near them. Log on to www.

spicejet.com for details

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RED FORT COMPLEX, DELHI

The vibrant Red Fort looms over Delhi, its

bulky bastions and red sandstone walls

reminiscent of the majestic Mughal era.

Built in 1638 by Shah Jahan, the “Lal Qila”

or Red Fort has been an iconic UNESCO

World Heritage Site since 2007. Its

detailed architecture is inspired from

Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions, as

seen in its majestic Lahore Gate. One can

imagine the royal celebrations in the

“Naubat-Khana” (Drum house), once an

important courtyard of ceremonial

music. The “Diwan-i-Am” (‘Hall of Public

Audience’) welcomes one and all with its

nine-arched façade and marble tapestry.

There is a taste of real Mughal opulence at

the “Diwan-i-Khas” (‘Hall of Private

Audience’), believed to have once housed

the beautiful Peacock Throne of Shah

Jahan before it was usurped. Other mustsees

are the “Tasbih-Khana” (prayer

chambers), “Rang Mahal” (painted

palace), and “Nahr-i-Bihisht” (‘Stream of

Paradise’), “Mumtaz Mahal” which now

harbours a museum and the “Hammam”

(‘Bath’). Each of these comes to life with

intricate motifs in marble and jewelled

stones. All these architectural specimens

are woven together through the Mughalstyle

lovely gardens, the Hayat-Bakhsh-

Bagh (‘Life-giving garden’) being a

nature-lover’s delight.

Red Fort Complex, Delhi

Today the Red Fort is synonymous

with strategic and political milestones;

after all it was from this vaulted structure

that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had given

the booming Independence speech of

India. Every Independence Day sees the

Indian tricolour fluttering tall and proud

on this iconic landmark.

CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI

MAHARAJ RAILWAY TERMINUS,

MUMBAI

This busy railway station of India’s

financial capital was first declared a

UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Its

Victorian-Gothic architecture welcomes

and bids goodbye to one and all, and has

been doing so since its establishment in

1888, during the British era. The British

architect F.W. Stevens, rebuilt and

renamed the erstwhile “Bori Bunder”

railway station as Victoria Terminus,

after Queen Victoria. It was only in 1996,

that it was rechristened to Chhatrapati

Shivaji Terminus, in honour of the great

Maratha warrior, Chhatrapati Shivaji.

More recently, it was renamed

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus .

The humongous structure of sandstone

and limestone is a stark yet pleasant

antithesis to the bustling surroundings of

the Mumbai Central Business District. Its

Italian-styled architecture is

interspersed with Mughal-era detailing,

with some of the best materials imported

from Europe, for example the Italian

marble interiors. The central high dome is

an iconic landmark of the maximum city.

Its entrance gates are adorned with the

statues of a lion and a tiger, representing

Great Britain and India, respectively.

Much of its work is attributed to the late

19th century, but enthrals everyone who

visits the maximum city.

Whether passing through the

railhead, or just peeping in for a historic

immersion, this is one landmark that is

not to be missed.

JANTAR MANTAR, JAIPUR

Jantar Mantar bestows an opportunity to

travel into space, in thought and mind. An

ancient astronomical observatory par

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Railway Terminus, Mumbai

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excellence, Jantar Mantar literally

translates to “instruments for measuring

the harmony of the heavens”, and rightly

it does. Built by the extremely skilled

Rajput ruler, Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh

in 1738, the observatory was restored in

1901. The ruler built a total of five

observatories across India, of which the

Jaipur one is considered the largest and

was included as a UNESCO World

Heritage Site in 2010. A walk amidst the

bizarre yet beautiful structures is enough

to put one in awe of India’s rich ancestral

knowledge and expertise. The grounds

consist of huge astronomical instruments

of stone and masonry meant to accurately

capture and predict celestial movements.

A case in point is the Samrat Yantra, the

world’s largest sun dial, which can

measure time intervals as small as two

seconds based merely on the motions of

its shadows. Other mind-blowing devices

include the “Hindu Chhattri” and the

“Jaiprakash Yantra”. What makes the site

interesting, is that it converges expertise

from the areas of art, science and religion

to measure, time-track and report

constellation movement. Even today

Jantar Mantar attracts tourists from all

over the world, thanks to its unique

architecture and purpose.

TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

The rippling reflections of white marble

and motifs stir the soul, as the sun’s first

rays stir the waters of the Yamuna River

to life. Think India and what comes first

to mind is Shah Jahan’s tribute to his lady

love Mumtaz — the Taj Mahal of Agra.

Regarded in high honour as the zenith of

Mughal art and architecture in India, this

majestic mausoleum was built between

1631 and 1648. Ustad-Ahmad Lahori was

the key architect, but the Mughal

emperor commissioned artists such as

masons, dome-builders, painters, carvers,

etc. from as far as Iran. There was literally

no stone left unturned to make this stone

structure the undisputed ruler of relics.

In line with typical Mughal architecture,

Taj Mahal, Agra

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

it was housed in a beautiful Mughal

garden with a quadripartite layout and

a central waterway, which till today

presents the typical Taj Mahal photoopportunity

with a grand reflection. But

its true splendour lies in its Indo-Islamic

architecture with high geometrical

accuracy. The large

central domed chamber is octagonalshaped

and its lower-level crypt contains

the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and

Mumtaz. These are surrounded by the

portal halls and four corner rooms from

which the archetypical four minarets rise

up into the air. A closer look reveals the

unparalleled craftsmanship that went

into making this epitome of architectural

beauty. The marble lattice screen that

encircles the cenotaphs has exquisite

jewelled flowers and leaves that appear

highly realistic. Superb balance of

composition and exceptional symmetry

accrued this jewel of India the status of a

UNESCO World Heritage Site way back in

1983.

RANI KI VAV (THE QUEEN’S

STEPWELL), PATAN, GUJARAT

The origins of this beautiful stepwell lay

in the Solanki dynasty, when Rani

Udayamati commissioned this “vav” or

stepwell, in 1063, in memory of her

husband King Bhimdev I. Residing on the

banks of the then Saraswati River, it was

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Rani ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat

It holds great significance in India’s

freedom struggle too, being the hot spot of

non-violence, thanks to the Father of the

Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Religious

equanimity too is strongly associated

with the walled city, which has seen the

peaceful co-existence of Hindus,

Muslims and Jains over several

generations. In fact, a number of

architecturally brilliant mausoleums and

tombs stand alongside Hindu and Jain

temples, creating a kaleidoscope of

architectural distinction.

silted in a great flooding. The

Archaeological Survey of India then

excavated it in the 1980s, unleashing one

of the most famous landmarks of the city

of Patan. It was a site for water collection,

but also held spiritual significance as a

protector of the sanctity of water and

medicinal uses in helping cure diseases.

Depicting the neat proportions and

symmetrical construction of the “Maru-

Gurjara” architectural style, “Rani ki

Vav” is replete with carvings and

sculptures that depict the 10 incarnations

of Lord Vishnu, the “Dasavataras”. The

pillared pavilions lead one from groundlevel

through seven storeys some 30

metres down to the water level, where

stands a statue of Sheshashayi-Vishnu,

the reclining pose of the Protector on the

thousand-hooded serpent Sheshanaga.

Mythological lore comes to life in this

heritage site, with more than 800

sculptures in its seven galleries. A visit to

this unusual architectural monument is a

tryst with timelessness. Rani Ki Vav was

declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

in 2014.

thriving Gujarati city on the banks of the

Sabarmati River, Ahmedabad upholds the

architectural style of the Sultanate

period, for it was founded by Sultan

Ahmad Shah in the 15th century. An

eclectic old charm oozes from the

boundary walls of this walled city,

consisting of traditional housing areas

called “pols” in gated traditional streets

called “puras”. Being home to more than

2,600 heritage sites and more than 20

protected monuments made it an ideal

choice to become the first UNESCO

World Heritage City of India. Some of

these sites like the Bhadra citadel, Hathee

Singh Jain temple, Dada Bhagwan temple,

Akshardham temple, and the Sabarmati

Ashram are worth visiting.

KAZIRANGA, ASSAM

The UNESCO World Heritage list does

not restrict itself to architectural and

cultural sites, but also acknowledges the

important role of natural history

elements in the overall milieu of a nation.

Rightfully, the abode of the one-horned

rhinoceros, Kaziranga National Park

came under the UNESCO radar. This

national park and tiger reserve in Assam

extends over an area of about 430 square

kilometres and is home to more than

2,000 of these unique species. It also takes

pride in having a sizable population of the

national animal of India, the Royal Bengal

Tiger. A Gypsy ride through the

wonderful wilderness can afford one

glimpses of the Asiatic elephant, wild

water buffalo, swamp deer, leopard, and a

number of colourful birds. Its rich

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

HISTORIC CITY OF AHMEDABAD

Recently, on July 8, 2017, Ahmedabad was

declared the first Indian city under the

UNESCO World Heritage City tag. As the

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Mahabodhi Temple

Complex at Bodh

Gaya, Bihar

biodiversity stems from the fact that it lies

in the biodiversity hot spot of the North

Eastern Himalayas, with a variety of

flora— semi-evergreen forests, swamps,

elephant-grass meadows and deciduous

woodlands. But the true value of the park

lies in it being a successful conservation

epicentre, since a long time. From a

dismal population of about 75 in 1905,

today more than 2000 one-horned

rhinoceros roam free in its nurturing

habitat. This makes it one of the most

sought after wildlife holiday destinations

in India. One can observe and enjoy wild

animals in their natural homes by going

on a morning or evening safari in its four

zones. Kaziranga was declared a World

Heritage Site in 1985.

MAHABODHI TEMPLE COMPLEX

AT BODH GAYA, BIHAR

Known primarily as the site of Lord

Buddha’s enlightenment, the Mahabodhi

Temple Complex is one of the four

religious sites associated with Buddhism.

It boasts of an ancient elegance that goes

back in time to the 3rd century B.C., when

Emperor Asoka built the first temple.

Since its construction the temple has been

subjected to the test of time; it has seen

various rulers and dynasties come and go,

and yet stands tall and strong as a symbol

of unwavering faith in the Buddha. The

present-day temple is believed to date

back to the 6th century B.C. after much

renovation. Every year believers and nonbelievers

flock to this revered site to get a

glimpse of the famed Bodhi tree and the

160-foot tall Mahabodhi temple. A peep

inside the temple reveals a gold painted

statue of Buddha, made of black stone and

seated in the Bhumisparsa Mudra,

touching the Earth. This statue was

originally built by the Pala kings of

Bengal.

The temple’s distinct design is a

delight to watch, with its pyramidal

design and the “pancharatha sikhara” on

top which is seven storeys tall. Intricate

carvings of the bhumi-amalakas adorn

this top part. To the west of the temple

stands the holy Bodhi tree, a pipal tree

which is believed to be a direct

descendant of the original Bodhi tree

under which Buddha sought

enlightenment. It was natural that this

religious and spiritual landmark was

declared as a World Heritage Site way

back in 2002.

BASILICA OF BOM JESUS, GOA

Amongst the most revered churches and

cathedrals of Portuguese rule in India,

the Basilica of Bom Jesus has an

Basilica of Bom

Jesus, Goa

unassuming air about it, at first glance.

However this Roman Catholic Church is a

must-see when in Goa, primarily because

it contains the mortal remains of St

Francis Xavier.

The church itself was constructed

over a period of 11 years, from 1594 to

1605, inspired by the late Renaissance

period. The Church introduces one to

various art forms and styles, the

Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art

can be seen in the intricate carvings and

paintings that adorn the Church walls,

altar and columns. A walk along the aisle

brings one to the central quadrangular

pediment, embellished with the Jesuit

emblem ‘IHS’ or “Iesus Hominum

Salvator”— Latin for “Jesus, Saviour of

Men”. The church exteriors are made of

laterite stone lending it a rustic feel; it is

the only church in Goa without

plastering. In fact much of its external

face combines five styles i.e. the Roman,

Ionic, Doric, Corinthian and Composite.

The main highlight is the preserved body

of St Francis Xavier himself. It was moved

here in 1622, and renowned artists from

the world over were commissioned to

create the three-tiered structure and the

casket that contain it. Scenes from the life

of the saint himself embellish the

mausoleum and precious stones line the

casket itself. A great time to visit is during

the devotional “Feast of St Francis

Xavier”, held every December. It was

declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site

in 1986.

It is clear that these UNESCO World

Heritage sites have much to offer — art,

architecture, nature-immersion, historic

hiatus, religious absorption, spiritual

seeping and so much more. Many of these

are just a flight away or a couple of hours

of drive away. So the next time you

plan a vacation or even a city staycation,

consider decrypting the

conundrums of our rich lineage by

visiting these sites.

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TRANQUILITY IN TIGER TERRITORY

SEVERAL WELLNESS RETREATS ADJOINING THE FAMED CORBETT NATIONAL

PARK ATTRACT VISITORS ALL THE YEAR ROUND. BY AARTI KAPUR SINGH

C

orbett National Park is

dominated by hills, a

forest and valleys. The

region is unbelievably

lush and green during

the monsoon and the few months that

follow. This is the time when the jungles

grow a new cover, rivers display all their

might and one sees and hears the flora

and fauna enjoying the bounties of nature.

Now imagine a wellness retreat located

bang in the middle of a forest. It is seldom

that you enjoy the goodness of a wellness

holiday, along with the adventure of a

wildlife retreat. Add to that the superb

location and luxurious pampering — and

you have a winning combination. The

normal impression of a resort within

tiger-call distance is that of rustic

ruggedness. Not at one of these several

high-end resorts that dot the national

park and offer luxurious accommodation

in the lap of nature.

PAATLIDUN LUXURY SAFARI

LODGE

Literally ‘narrow valley’, from patli

(narrow) and dun (valley), this place is far

above the racket of Ramgarh, hidden high

in the Shivaliks. A narrow valley — a slice

of Paradise — it has been revived in its

original name by Paatlidun Safari Lodge.

In a vast expanse of 13 acres, luxuriously

spaced out are 12 en-suite cottages that

indulge your every whim. This premium

luxury wildlife resort is located at the

edge of Jim Corbett and is frequently

visited by tuskers at night and wild boars

who like to dig up the grounds. You can

relax in your private plunge pool under a

star-studded sky or quietly enjoy a

sundowner on the deck of the restaurant.

The sweet smell of summer grass that

invades your nostrils; the call of the

hornbill that wakes you up in the

morning; the heat of the day that suddenly

dips to a cool breeze and a pair of yellow

eyes that gleam in the glare of a flashlight

- that is what luxury adventure is all

about. Each custom-designed cottagesuite

has a private pool, cozy sit-outs, a

sunny backyard, open air shower, vintage

furniture and luscious interiors that you’ll

find hard to resist.

The luxury cottages are designed to

reflect Paatlidun’s philosophy of

embracing the outdoors. So you’ll see

large French windows in every room that

frame the outdoors. The carefully curated

interiors of the cottage are a study in

satiny-smooth luxury. The classy yet

comfortable furniture adds up to an

elegant experience. You can also savour

the outdoors from your private verandahs

and sit-outs that bring the exotic jungle

right to your doorstep. A weathered cane

fence encloses the large poolside

courtyard and gives you just the right

blend of privacy and the exotic wilds.

For reservations: www.patlidun.com

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GOLDEN TUSK RESORT

The Golden Tusk is a leisure resort spread

over seven acres of meticulously

landscaped estate situated 5 km short

of Jhirna and Dhela zones of Corbett

National Park. It celebrates picturesque

countryside in the backdrop of forest that

is an abode to rich biodiversity. Forty

well-appointed accommodation options,

multi-cuisine and speciality dining, a

wellness centre, a gamut of recreation

facilities and specially designed

excursion itineraries offer a complete

getaway experience. The rooms are

further divided into-Villa, Villa Grande,

Tiger Suite, Forest View Suites, Country

View Suites and Luxury Tents. The

Golden Tusk during monsoons will

refresh you unlike any other time of the

year. That’s when your time in the

swimming pool can turn into an exciting

run in the rain. Or you can snuggle into a

comfy chair with a book and hot tea,

taking in the sounds and smells of

monsoon. Monsoons see a drop in tourists

visiting Corbett, making it a more

peaceful time to visit and enjoy the

activities offered for kids as well as adults.

Or simply do nothing - just soak in the

bountiful peace around you.

If you are an adventure enthusiast,

air-conditioned quaint tents with proper

lockable doors, big lounge, bedroom,

changing room and en-suite bathroom

will charm you. If you are wooing the love

of your life, dine with that special

someone by the pool - with the butler at

your service under the moonlight and

serenaded by chirping birds. For those

who want to let their hair down without

kids tugging at it every now and then,

Golden Tusk is the best bet. Supervised

rappelling, ladder climbing, Burma

bridge, spider web, commando net, flying

fox, etc. will keep them busy. At The

Golden Tusk, not everything happens

outside. Send the kids off to ‘The Den’, an

indoor recreation facility with activities

like board games, table tennis and pool

table - even staying indoors can be fun.

If that is not enough, the on-site

naturalists will take your curious and

energetic children around on a naturestudy

tour of the resort while you lounge

in the pool or recover lost equilibrium in

the luxuriously appointed Golden Flower

Spa.

For reservations:

http://thegoldentusk.com/

BRYS CAVES

Brys Caves The Jungle Resort is a

unique premium getaway at Mohan in

Corbett area offering 37 thematic cave

style cottages. Soaking up the

earthiness of the wild, this resort

features a forest theme. An ideal

getaway from the maddening crowd

and noise of the city, Brys Caves offers

a full-benefit spa, an indoor pool, and a

well-being club. Brys Resort is an

excellent recommendation for

honeymooners and travellers looking

for a completely differentiated stay

experience. It combines raw nature in

the form of caves and modern

aesthetics to offer a distinctive holiday

that is both wild and luxurious at the

same time. Its wildly’ designed ‘Caves’

include Shivalik Cave, King Cave,

Queen Cave and a Grand Tree House.

In addition, the Skandha Spa offers

various rejuvenating and relaxing

therapies and treatments. A resort that

allows you to stay in fascinating caves

and tree houses, the Brys Caves in Jim

Corbett proves to be one of the most

enticing destinations to spend your

holiday. A perfect amalgamation of

ancient art and modern architecture,

it offers both single and double

occupancy caves that are elegantly

designed to add an extra amount of fun

and excitement to your vacation.

For reservations:

www.bryscaves.com

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RESORTS

NAMAH RESORT

Namah, located on the bank of the mighty

Kosi river at Corbett National Park offers

the most pleasant stay close to wilderness.

Surrounded by natural beauty and lush

greenery, it ensures a stay amidst serenity

enveloping all of Jim Corbett. This quiet

and serene resort is enveloped with a

thick canopy of the evergreen forests that

makes it a pleasant stay within the park.

For a relaxing and laid-back stay, the

Namah Resort provides three categories

of accommodation options as Premium

Rooms (spanning an area of 420 sq ft),

Superior Rooms (460 sq ft) and Suites

equipped with modern amenities and

mammoth beds. Spreading across 8.75

acres, this holiday home offers

aesthetically designed rooms that are

suitable for all purposes; whether

travelling with a smaller group or a larger

one. From within the room, you can enjoy

the astounding views of the Sitabani

Mountains and the gurgling water of the

Kosi River along with the verdant gardens

surrounding the resort. In addition to

wardrobes, attached bathrooms and

other luxury facilities, the rooms also

have an attached balcony that allows you

to enjoy the calm ambience at large. It is a

perfect riverside resort to rejuvenate

mind, body and soul. You may also join in

the early morning nature walk along the

Kosi River with the help of the resort

naturalist, when the silence of the wild is

broken only by the sweet twitter of birds.

With its unique settings, warm

hospitality and dedicated services,

Namah Resort truly deserves to be in the

list of the best resorts in Jim Corbett

National Park.

For reservations: www.namah.in

AAHANA

The name Aahana means ‘first rays of the

sun’ and the laughing thrushes, mynahs

and koels that visit the numerous trees on

this 11-acre property will certainly

beckon you to the visual treat that a

morning sunrise is - a far cry from the dull

greyness of a cityscape. Situated at

Sawaldeh village in Semalkhaliya,

Uttarakhand, Aahana resort is an ecofriendly

property. Despite the

prominence accorded to environmental

conservation, luxury reigns supreme at

this elegant resort which features a

unique collection of 40 individually

decorated rooms located in different

clusters. The entire property has been

landscaped with forest tree species and

grasses to provide extended space to

wildlife. One can see and listen to wildlife

from the living rooms and other areas.

The restaurant and swimming pool decks

offer excellent sightings of wild

elephants, jackals and deer, besides the

occasional wild boar. All along the longstretched

wall of Corbett National Park

(Bijrani Zone), Aahana Resort is a

veritable haven of wellness and

rejuvenation for those seeking a luxury

resort experience with the added

advantage of a wildlife holiday. Trust me,

one doesn’t mind not having a darshan of

the tiger - there is so much more to spot

and do in and around Aahana.

For reservations: www.aahanaresort.

com; reservations@aahanaresort.com

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STAR BUZZ

SHRADDHA KAPOOR

I AM

NOT A

PEOPLE’S

PERSON

SHRADDHA KAPOOR ON HER NON-

FILMI PERSONA AND PLAYING

DAWOOD IBRAHIM’S SISTER.

BY AARTI KAPUR SINGH

She’s only seven years young in

the industry, but in her 13

films (14, if we count her latest

Haseena Parkar), Shraddha

Kapoor has notched up a sizeable body

of work with films ranging diversely

from Teen Patti to Aashiqui 2 to Haider

and Rock On 2). She even broke the

mould of the girl-next-door by kicking

up a martial arts storm with Tiger

Shroff in Baaghi.

She is unfazed by the lukewarm

response to her last two releases, OK

Jaanu and Half Girlfriend and says, “I

have seen the ups and downs in my early

career. So no amount of box-office

drama can distract me. Besides, seeing

my father, and a lot of other people, I also

know that fortunes change every Friday.

So the only sensible thing to do would be

to not look back and only look onward.”

Shakti Kapoor’s daughter and

Padmini Kolhapure’s niece, Shraddha

Kapoor is the very embodiment of

delicacy and refinement: small,

perfectly-shaped features, a toned body

and a melodious voice. And there’s that

innate sense of confidence too. But the

20-something actress is a paradox for an

actress raised in a film family.

Not the party animal, not the glossy

babe, this young girl is happy writing

poetry and dabbling with the paintbrush

when away from the arc lights. While

romantic link-ups continue to add

mystique to her child-woman persona, a

spate of challenging roles lined up only

endorse that she’s an actor in progress.

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I was nervous because we were sharing

screen space but Apoorva Sir (director

Apoorva Lakhia) would be like, ‘Yaar jo

bhi tumhari real life chemistry hai wohi

onscreen dikhao, don’t get anxious’. I am

not just saying this, but Siddhant and I

have never fought - even as kids. So

certain scenes where there is

confrontation were a tad tough. Initially

we would start giggling. But the look of

anger on Apoorva Sir’s face was enough

for us to get back into the groove.

There is a lot of controlled aggression you

portray in the film. Do you get angry

easily?

Not actually. But if I get angry toh main

ghar sar pe uthha leti hoon. Chillam chilli

karti hoon (I scream and shout) but I

only do that with people close to me,

those who know me. After that I say

sorry 20 times. I cool down quickly.

Shraddha Kapoor with Siddhant Kapoor

in Haseena Parkar

Excerpts from a

conversation with her:

Haseena Parkar is clearly

nothing like anything you

have done before. How was

it to play the real-life

character?

Yes, it was difficult and

challenging. More

emotionally than

physically. I met

Haseena’s (alleged don

Dawood Ibrahim’s late

sister) family, spent time

with them and tried to

HERE ARE A FEW

UNKNOWN FACTS

ABOUT SHRADDHA

KAPOOR…

Shraddha is mortally

afraid of heights, thunder

and lightning.

Her mother (Shivangi

Kapoor) inspired her to

sing and she looks up to

Lata Mangeshkar as her

singing idol.

Her inspiration when it

comes to dancing is none

other than Madhuri Dixit.

What makes you angry?

Disrespect of any kind

makes me angry. So does

showing off and being

just too full of oneself.

Do you equate happiness

with success?

Success is not the main

reason for my happiness.

My happiness lies in the

fact that I’m living life on

my terms. The biggest

thing I’ve learnt from my

father (Shakti Kapoor) is

being grateful for what

understand her. I had to

put on some weight as

well. I also did readings

with the cast.

How was it sharing a frame

with your brother Siddhant

Kapoor who plays Dawood

Ibrahim on reel?

She loves eating

vada pao. In Mumbai

her favourite eatery is

Britannia & Co. where,

apart from some other

dishes, she digs the Berry

Pulao.

Her favourite movies

are Pyaasa, Andaz Apna

Apna, Kuch Kuch Hota

Hai, The Note Book,

Inception and Chaalbaaz.

you have in life and to

value all the good that has

come your way. The best

thing I’ve learnt from my

mom (Shivangi) is not to

do anything that doesn’t

make you happy. I’m

doing what I love to do. I

love the fact that my

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Shraddha Kapoor with Ankur Bhatia in

Haseena Parkar

profession and the industry gives you

opportunities to live different lives as

characters. I hate the fact that

sometimes it can take you to such a high

that you can forget who you are. This

industry consumes you but once you

have seen failure, you know you can’t let

success go to your head. If I hadn’t

known it, maybe it would’ve gotten to

me very easily.

Being a celebrity do you miss doing the

regular things?

Sometimes I do miss going out like a

normal person. I enjoy walking on the

streets. Earlier I’d walk down to Juhu

market. I miss stepping into an auto and

moving around freely in the city. I miss

eating roadside pani puri. But these are

small sacrifices for the love and

adulation I get.

What is the real Shraddha like?

I am shy. I’m not a people’s person.

When I attend film parties, I don’t know

what to do, what to say. Half the time I

don’t know if I should even attend those

parties. I feel comfortable with my close

friends from school and college. I can

talk to them non-stop as with

my family. I am an extrovert

with people I know well. Also,

I’m basically a sentimental

person. I like gardening,

reading, watching movies,

spending time with my little

cousin. I love writing. I’ve been

writing poems and songs since

a young age. I like maintaining

a personal diary. I love

sketching and painting. I have

done some doodles. Someday

I’d want to share my art with

the world. Maybe, I’d sell them

for charity. I would like to

publish a book of my poems

(Smiles).

What kind of films are you looking forward

to doing in the future?

Frankly, I’m going with the flow. I’m

taking everything as it comes. I’ve

developed a positive attitude towards

life now. As they say, life is full of

surprises and I’m welcoming everything

coming my way with my arms wide

open. I am excited about Haseena and I

am working hard to prepare for Saina

Nehwal’s biopic. I think it’s a very big

opportunity for me to play a champion

sportswoman. It’s a huge responsibility,

so I really hope that once the movie is

out, people get inspired when they

watch it. I hope I can do justice to the

role.

Once your dad Shakti Kapoor mentioned in

an interview that Shraddha doesn’t know

how to handle money?

That’s true. I’m a spendthrift. I used to

spend money on bags, shoes, clothes. I

was addicted to shopping. But now I like

to spend money on travel. I visited Berlin

and Prague on my birthday. And

recently went to Italy. I wish I could

travel across India by train. I want to

visit Uttarakhand.

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FOOD

CAYENNE

EACH SPICEJET AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN NAMED AFTER

A PARTICULAR SPICE. IN THIS ISSUE WE TALK ABOUT

THE BENEFITS AND USAGE OF CAYENNE

A WARM

FRUITY PUNCH

KNOWN FOR ITS FIERY TASTE AND

BLOOD RED COLOUR, CAYENNE IS

OFTEN PREFERRED OVER INDIAN

PEPPER. BY MADHULIKA DASH

Lamb shank quince baked pear herbs tajine with cayenne

FOR MANY PEOPLE TODAY, cayenne

pepper, at least the powdered variety,

may not be the ideal choice for spicing up

a mundane dish. But there was a time

when it was more than a spice in the

kitchen cupboard. Back in time, and we

are talking about 7,000- 9,000 years ago,

this red, hot spice was considered the

magical antidote that could cure all

ailments, including heart attacks and

frostbites. In fact, the Incas considered it

a holy plant, sacred to Agar-Uchu and

treated it as the younger brother of the

king. The Mayans too had a similar

reverence and used it in their chocolate,

not only as a spice but a life-saving

blessing. And the Aztecs, as part of their

jewellery, to keep the evil away!

But it wasn’t until Christopher

Columbus discovered these tiny baubles

of hotness and took them to the rest of

the Western world as replacement for

the ever-expensive pepper that cayenne

pepper made its culinary appearance.

Such was the popularity of this pepper

substitute that it became a much-indemand

spice in the Tudor kitchen,

courtesy the likes of Henry the VIII. A

story goes that Henry the VIII would

often insist that his roast be made a little

spicier so that he could have it with his

already-spiced drink called Gruit. Such

was the rise in fame for Cayenne Pepper

that by the time it reached India with

Vasco De Gama, it had become an item to

trade with.

But was the pungency the only

reason behind its mercurial rise as a

cooking essential? Yes, a good part of it.

Cayenne pepper, according to Neeraj

Tyagi (Executive Chef, Shangri La Eros

Hotel, New Delhi), “is eight times hotter

than the Indian chilli powder.” Another

reason was its easy adaptability and

usability. “Cayenne Pepper is a single

dimension spice, which in itself can be

pretty boring to use, but when paired

with other spices like cumin and

coriander, it helps build this beautiful

flavour profile that can actually

accentuate a dish,” says Mexican

specialist Vikas Seth (Culinary Director,

Sanchez). “This, along with the fact that

cayenne pepper, unlike its other

brethren that need treatment of some

sorts, can be added any time during the

cooking of a dish or after, makes it an

excellent spice to keep handy.”

The reason for this, says Srijith

Gopinath (Executive Chef, Campton

Place, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces), is

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From top: Grilled chicken breasts and cayenne

in lime sauce; Charmoula potatoes

made with herbs and cayenne pepper; and

Lardo wrapped sea bass

the treatment of the spice when it goes

from fresh to powder form. “Unlike the

Indian chilli powder, which is a mix of

dried, powdered chillies, Cayenne

Pepper is first pureed, baked and then

powdered.” It thus gains a warm-fruity

aftertaste along with mild pungency.

That makes it perfect not only for hot

sauce, but also spice rubs and desserts.

Says baker Ipshita Mazumdar Chakladar

(Owner, The Hit Pink Cake Studio),

“That mild heat and warm fruity punch

in fact makes it ideal for making desserts

with that interesting kick."

Concurs Chef Tyagi, who likes to

harvest the healthy side of cayenne

pepper with his dishes. A perfect

example of how he does is his signature

dish called the Lardo Wrapped Sea Bass

made with pumpkin, water chestnut

puree, prawn croquet, charred artichoke

and cayenne pepper lemon jus. “Here

cayenne pepper not only adds the

necessary pungency to the sweet

pumpkin and water chestnut, it also

helps balance the flavour of the dish.”

Chef Tyagi isn’t the only one to revert to

the Mayan style of using cayenne pepper,

which is more for the health than

tastemaking. Chef Seth too treats the

spice in a similar fashion. “While it is

true that cayenne pepper isn’t one of the

first choices when it comes to a spice

with smoked paprika, jalapenos and

habaneras taking over in Mexican

dishes, that Columbian discovery still

holds much of the command on two

occasions — one, to tweak a spicy dish for

a palate with less heat tolerance; and

two, while lending a dish the health

value.” Chef Seth uses it often to present

his Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

and to perk up a salad that is added to

keep the spice a little on the higher side.

“As a peppering, it works beautifully to

give that kick to the palate and open it up

to discover even the delicate layers of

taste in a dish. And this could have been a

reason why cayenne pepper still remains

a popular variant of chilli.”

Curiously, in spite for all its aces,

cayenne pepper isn’t a replacement for

any chilli powder that came afterwards

with perhaps the exception of smoked

paprika, which is a close brethren of the

spice. While this may limit cayenne

pepper’s journey into South Asian

cuisine, which is spoilt for choices when

it comes to chillies and spiciness in their

cooking, the flavour play of warm, fruity

sweetness and pungency of late has

found takers in the beverage world,

especially with bartenders who find it an

“exciting herb” to work with.

Says Yangdup Lama (Owner,

Cocktails & Dreams, Speakeasy),

“What’s wonderful about cayenne

pepper is that it comes from the family of

peppers, which have this wonderful

fruitiness and warmth to themselves,

even in their treated powder form. And

when you work with bitters and spirits

that is the one thing we look to harvest to

give the drink its punch and layers. The

fact that both powder and fresh form

complement each other also works

fabulously to create the perfect jazz in a

spicy cocktail.” An excellent example of

this is the classic Bloody Mary, where

cayenne pepper is used to offset the spike

created by black pepper.

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SPORTS

CRICKET

Kane Williamson

A TALL

ORDER FOR

THE KIWIS

THE NEW ZEALAND CRICKET

India will take on New Zealand in

a three match One Day

International (ODI) series

followed by three T20

Internationals commencing from

October 22 in Mumbai. New Zealand

has not played any form of cricket after

the Champions Trophy in England and

will be facing a very powerful Indian

side.

unlikely. This will be the first time when

both the teams will be playing an ODI

and T20 series.

When New Zealand toured India

last year, both the teams played some

exciting cricket as the series was leveled

at 2-2 after the fourth ODI. But

eventually India won the final by a huge

margin of 190 runs as the Kiwis faced

their heaviest defeat against India.

Ever since the first bilateral series

Chasing 270, New Zealand were

TEAM WILL SHORTLY TOUR INDIA

was played between these two sides in

bundled out for 79 which still remains

AND THE DICE SEEMS TO BE

1975, India has won five times and New

their lowest ever against India in any

LOADED IN THE HOST’S FAVOUR.

Zealand four. The Kiwis have never won

format. The hero of the final was Amit

BY MKM FAIYAZ AHMED

an ODI series in India and will be hoping

to give the hosts a tough competition.

But with the kind of cricket Team India

is playing right now, it looks highly

Mishra who picked 5 for 18 and rattled a

strong New Zealand batting line up. He

was also the Man of the Series for

picking up15 wickets at an average of

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CRICKET

14.33 in five matches.

he stays fit and bowls in rhythm. New

Among the current Indian players,

Zealand may rely on the services of their

Virat Kohli relishes scoring against New

spinners in Jeetan Patel, Ish Sodhi and

Zealand. His unbeaten 154 against New

Mitchell Santner.

Zealand last year in a run chase was one

At the moment, India is playing

of the special knocks he has played. He

some of its finest cricket under the

scored an effortless 154 off just 134 balls

leadership of Virat Kohli who has a

and made a stiff target look easy. India

winning percentage of over 75 in almost

chased down 286 with 10 balls to spare.

40 games he has captained so far. Virat

His 151 runs partnership for the third

Kohli will be more than satisfied with

wicket along with MS Dhoni was the

his players. The batsmen are scoring

highlight of the finals as the duo helped

runs and the bowlers are providing

India recover after an early setback.

breakthroughs at the right time. India

Virat Kohli has so far amassed 891 runs

has a long list of spinners to choose.

in 16 innings at an average of 68.53

The experienced Ravichandran

against the Kiwis and former skipper

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been

MS Dhoni has scored 773 runs at an

provided much needed rest. Youngsters

average of 51.53 in 20 innings.

like Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and

Jasprit Bumrah

The New Zealand batsmen will once

again rely on the experiences of Ross

Yuzvendra Chahal have grabbed the

opportunity with both hands in the

Taylor, Kane Williamson and Martin

absence of experienced spinners. India’s

Guptill. Swashbuckling opener Martin

pace battery in ODIs has been

Guptill doesn’t have great numbers in

tremendous. The duo of Bhuvaneshwar

SCHEDULE

OCTOBER 22 1ST ODI MUMBAI

OCTOBER 25 2ND ODI PUNE

India but is in sublime form since 2015.

He poses a great threat with his

incredible hitting abilities and is a

player who can take the game away from

Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are making

life tough for the opponents with

immaculate line and length at the death.

A laudable find for India this season

OCTOBER 29 3RD ODI KANPUR

the opponent in no time.

is Hardik Pandya. The exuberant all-

NOVEMBER 1 1ST T20 DELHI

Skipper Kane Williamson has

rounder has made a great start to his

NOVEMBER 4 2ND T20 RAJKOT

always been consistent as a batsman and

has scored an excellent 118 in a winning

career. He hits the ball brutally. After

his 76 off 43 balls against Pakistan in the

THE PLAYERS

INDIA’S SQUAD (LIKELY) Shikar

Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL

Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat

Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni,

Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya,

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit

Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav,

Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar

Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh

Yadav and Mohammed Shami

NEW ZEALAND’S SQUAD

(LIKELY) Tom Latham, Martin

Guptill, Kane Williamson

(Captain), Ross Taylor, Neil

Broom, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi,

Colin Munro, Corey Anderson,

Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Tim

Southee, James Neesham, Colin

De Grandhomme and Mitchell

Santner

cause on the previous tour. He is very

calm and composed but has failed to

remain consistent as a captain. He has

won 19 and lost 21 of the 41 games he

captained. As a batsman, he is amongst

the best in limited overs format. He

averages 44 in 15 innings and has scored

660 runs against India.

The very experienced and exciting

Ross Taylor needs to deliver more

consistently as he has not been

justifying his potential. One worry for

New Zealand has been their bowling in

India. Tim Southee averages 36.80

which is not threatening on wickets that

are slower and have a low bounce. Trent

Boult can rip the Indian batting order if

Champions Trophy final which India

lost, in the first ODI against Australia,

Pandya scored a delightful 83 off 66

balls. That changed the course of the

game as India went on to win the match

after they were reduced to 87 for 5

batting first. Pandya has also been doing

more than a handful job as the third

seam bowler.

If New Zealand has to prevail upon

the strong Indian side then they cannot

afford to make mistakes in the field. It

will be interesting to see if India will

stick to the same squad that was picked

against Australia or will give chances to

some new faces from the Duleep

Trophy.

ALAMY

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YOGA

THROUGH THE

MYSTIC EYE

RANKED AMONGST THE 50

MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE IN

INDIA, SADHGURU IS A YOGI,

MYSTIC, VISIONARY AND

BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

SADHGURU HAS BEEN

CONFERRED THE PADMA

VIBHUSHAN BY THE

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA IN 2017

Is capitalism as a concept sustainable?

SADHGURU: When you say capitalism,

you are talking about human greed ruling

everything. When you say market forces

decide everything, you are saying human

greed, not human need, decides

everything on the planet. Mahatma

Gandhi said, “There is enough to fulfill

everybody’s need on this planet, but there

is not enough to fulfill even one man’s

greed.”

“You are greedy, and I am also greedy,

so some balance is going to be there,” that

is the understanding. With this

understanding, as technologies improve,

if we keep going like this, it will be the

biggest disaster for this planet. Because as

we empower ourselves with machines and

technology, one man can do the same work

ten thousand people used to do a thousand

years ago. As technology improves,

tomorrow maybe one man will do ten

million people’s work. So if all the seven

billion people in the world become

equipped, it becomes seven billion

multiplied by ten million. And if their

greed is unchecked, if the only thing that

is ruling is competition between you and

me, I think we would need a million

planets. One planet will not do.

This kind of philosophy is not

sustainable. Whether you manufacture a

safety pin or a spacecraft, you are digging

it out of the planet. How much of what is

needed is something we have to see. Right

now, we are really racing to finish this

planet, and we have not found another one

to ruin yet!

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OUTDOORS

SANCTUARIES

IN SEARCH OF

HOOLOCK

GIBBONS

INDIA’S ONLY APE SPECIES, THE FAST-

PACED HOOLOCK GIBBON, IS THE STAR

ATTRACTION AT THE HOOLLONGAPAR

GIBBON SANCTUARY IN ASSAM.

TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY

ALANKAR CHANDRA

Hoolock Gibbon female (top) and male

The Hoollongapar

Gibbon Sanctuary in

Jorhat, Assam, is

special in many ways.

For one, it hosts India’s

only ape species – the Hoolock gibbon,

and Northeastern India’s only

nocturnal primate – the Bengal slow

loris. Then, very unusually, it is an

isolated forest tract set amidst tea

gardens and small villages, unlike most

of the Indian forests which are often

connected to each other through some

forest corridor. Thirdly, it hosts nearly

50 per cent of the 13 monkey species

found in India. Fourthly, it has a

biodiversity that very few forests in

India can match. Apart from apes and

slow loris, it has leopard, three types of

civets, jungle cat, four types of

squirrels, elephants and around 220

species of birds.

To me, it is special for more

reasons. Out of more than 60 national

parks/sanctuaries in India that I have

visited, the Hoollongapar Gibbon

Sanctuary is one of the most beautiful

forests I have seen. It has only walking

“safaris”, meaning the forest is so dense

that there is no possibility of covering it

with a vehicle. We have to walk with a

local forest guard-cum-guide. This is a

rarity in India particularly when this

sanctuary hosts big cats such as

leopard, and also the elephant. What

makes this walking experience special

is while you make your way through

the thick canopy in search of wildlife,

you are greeted with calls of different

species of monkeys and birds high

above the trees. There are parts of this

forests where one cannot see the sky, it

is so dense. Being alone in a dense

forest with local fauna and bird sounds

is a feeling that cannot be described.

During my first visit here, we had

first set out early morning in search of

the Hoolock gibbons as they are the

star attraction of this forest. Some of

the trees in this forest go as high as 90

feet, and typically most monkey

species are found high up in the trees.

Within 45 minutes our guide was able

to spot a Hoolock couple, running

around the branches and eating. It is

interesting to add that these apes can

branchiate at up to 55 km per hour and

cover up to six metres with just one

swing. We stayed with this family for a

good 30 minutes when the guide

shouted “Pig tailed macaque”. Sure

enough, we sighted a mother with cubs

after a short five minute walk. Unlike

the gibbons, it was very shy and ran

away at our first sight, before we could

click a frame.

I was quite happy and

congratulated myself, two new species

within an hour, not bad! The search

continued and soon enough we came

across a family of the stump tailed

macaque. The males are brown in

colour and have a pink face and look

very distinct from rest of the monkey

species in India. After that we sighted a

capped langur on our way back and

then a family of Rhesus macaques. It

was an overcast day and we could not

see many birds around, though calls

were omnipresent. We enquired about

Slow loris sightings and the guide told

they were regularly seen in the night

but tourists are not allowed to venture

inside after sunset.

Making all the effort of trekking

and spotting wildlife on your feet

leaves you with a very accomplished

feeling. Apart from efforts of the local

forest department, what has perhaps

helped this park flourish is that it is

still free from commercialization due

to accessibility issues and no vehicles

plying inside the forest.

(The author is the CEO of Wild Voyager

Pvt. Ltd., a travel-related start-up)

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It isn’t often that one gets a

chance to call up the reception

desk to mention a troop of wild

monkeys, squabbling over fruit,

right outside your suite. But

that’s how my day started off at the

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana. Set in the

midst of acre upon acre of lush greens,

the lodge is a speedy 11-minute drive

from Minneriya National Park, making

it the ideal place to spend the night

before or after a day safari.

Once the grey langurs, also known

as Hanuman langurs, had been

sufficiently distracted, I stepped out

onto a trail. I chose a meandering

pathway with tall grass on either side,

and the rich velvety smell of

chlorophyll, thanks to over 1,500 trees

on the estate. The lodge’s idyllic setting

was just a precursor of things to come.

I had signed up for a safari through

Minneriya National Park with the

lodge’s in-house naturalist, Gayan

Pradeep Wijethunga.

A short drive later, we entered the

perimeter of the sprawling 88.9 sq.km.

park, along the Habarana-

Polonnaruwa road, and we were on a

barely-there track. As the jeep made

in-roads, the earth rose up behind us in

big red clouds towards the pale blue

sky. On either side was a seemingly

endless expanse of trees. Rich flora, in

this protected area, brings with it a

rich fauna: 24 species of mammals, 160

species of birds, 9 species of

amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26

species of fish, and 75 species of

butterflies, call this park home.

Wijethunga doubled up as a

tracker, and suddenly brought the car

to a halt so I could peer into the thicket

at a bird only he could see, until the

binoculars revealed all – a crimson

fronted barbet that’s endemic to Sri

Lanka, and would have merged into

the leaves save for the fiery bristles

that fringe its bills. Wijethunga

revealed little-known facts of the

rufous woodpecker, which makes you

realise that anything is possible in

nature. This woodpecker’s diet

consists of ants, including black tree

ants, while the ants in turn attack the

bird’s eggs. Yet the woodpecker lays

Minneriya National Park is part of an elephant corridor

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her eggs within the black tree ants’

national parks. Around the tank, we

nest. A bond is formed between the two

saw the pachyderms filling their

– an unwritten treaty by which the

trunks with water and spraying

mother bird shows her loyalty by

themselves; plonking into a

protecting the termites from other

comfortable spot, in the middle of the

woodpeckers, while they protect her

reservoir; their calves locking trunks

offspring from other ants.

together in jest; and mothers giving

For miles on end there was not

reticent babies a gentle push towards

another person in sight, and no sound

the water. If you’re lucky, you may spot

save for the rustling of tress and the

a rare tusker – while all African

cooing of birds. We parked at a spot

elephants have tusks, only a few Asian

popular with the deer, and as I looked

males sport them.

into the thicket, I spotted branches that

Once we managed to steal our eyes

suddenly seemed to be moving. They

away from the playful giants, we

turned out to be antlers attached to a

noticed painted storks wading in the

sambar. For a second, the deer seemed

waters, little cormorants piggybacking

Clockwise from above: The black-rumped

flameback; the black-hooded oriole; and the

Asian koel in Minneriya National Park

to spot us, too. Instantly she darted

away, and was lost in the camouflage.

About 40 minutes down the mud

the elephants, herons and pelicans on a

fishing spree. One can spend hours

just watching the birds and animals

path was where the real action was.

in the wild. And I felt a palpable sense

You know you’re close to the Minneriya

of loss when Wijethunga informed

Tank when a common tree frog leaps

that the biggest draw to the park –

into your jeep. The tank is a reservoir

the Sri Lankan elephants – are

DOS AND DON’TS

that dates back to the 3rd century, built

by King Mahasena of the

endangered. As our population grows,

their habitat declines. When I returned

To enter the Minneriya National Park,

you must be accompanied by a licensed

guide, and you must enter and leave by

vehicle (your guide’s jeep). Most hotels

have jeeps you can hire with licensed

guides, whose services you can book

for the day.

Anuradhapura dynasty. Here,

elephants come in herds to bathe, in a

magnificent site, known as The

Gathering. This park is part of an

elephant corridor, a migratory path for

the elephants, which goes into other

to the lodge, I once again spotted

monkeys, managed to skip over a

lizard, and found a squirrel lurking

around the verandah. But this time, I

didn’t call reception; I simply reminded

myself that I was in their space.

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SPOTLIGHT JEWELLERY SPECIAL

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ALL THAT

GLITTERS

THERE IS MUCH MORE TO INDIAN JEWELLERY BEYOND

THE UBIQUITOUS SPLASH OF GOLD DURING FESTIVE

TIMES. HERE IS LOOKING AT SOME OF THE OTHER

FASCINATING ASPECTS OF THE JEWELLERY SECTOR

A

tradition that goes

back to ages, wearing

jewellery has now

developed into a high

art form in India. So

it is not surprising to see reputed

jewellers always in demand, with

connoisseurs looking forward to their

new creations every year. Apart from

adornment, jewellery plays significant

roles in gifting and investments. It

also has an important cultural role,

with each region of the country

showcasing its special features by

way of unique jewellery designs.

In addition, the Indian gems and

jewellery industry also occupies an

important position in the national

economy. A leading foreign exchange

earner, it is also one of the fastest

growing sectors in India.

There are many fascinating

aspects to Indian jewellery. There

is a large variety in the number of

Indian jewelleries. The jewellery of

each Indian state comes with its own

unique characteristics. The history

of Indian jewellery is as thrilling as a

racy thriller. And, interestingly, each

type of jewellery piece has a different

significance and logic attached to

it. We present all these facets – and

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JEWELLERY FROM

DIFFERENT INDIAN

STATES

BY PRANJALI BHONDE

Jewellery from Gujarat

COME FESTIVALS and the topmost

thing on most women’s mind is

jewellery. Somebody rightly said

that jewellery and women go

hand in hand. However, in India,

jewellery is not just an ornament

worn during festivals. It has its

own significance culturally—

having passed down generations

as pieces of heirloom.

Thus, as varied as India’s

geography is, the jewellery too

undergoes a change with women

in different states adorning

different types of jewellery. Here’s

a look at some states and the main

kinds of jewellery that they often

specialize in.

MEGHALAYA, ARUNACHAL

PRADESH AND MIZORAM

The jewellery of the North Eastern

states draws inspiration from shells,

beads, bones and bamboo. For

example, the tribes of Nagaland

adorn themselves with jewellery

made from bones, animal tusks,

animal skulls, hairs and shells,

conches and bells. The motifs and

designs symbolize power and

primeval quality. Feather-made

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jewellery ranging from

scintillating diamonds and antique

gold to princely jadau. Within each

piece of jewellery is a philosophy of

celebrating aesthetics that defines

harmony and style. Every piece

designed here

passes through a

lengthy and careful

process of realization

from drawing

board to interacting

with artisans thus

bringing ideas to

life. Each piece of

jewellery mounted in

warm tone of gold is

infused with variety

of diamonds and gemstones. The

passion and dedication that goes into

crafting jewellery pieces from the

smallest nose spin to grand bridal

wear remains steadfast. Antique

jewellery with a modern spin is

the paramount feature of Shobha

Shringar’s distinguishing jewellery

designs. As a guardian of the rich

tradition of Indian jewellery, it

considers it a privilege to cater to the

fancy of every clients.

Shobha Shingar Jewellers have

been honoured with consecutive

awards at The Times Retail Awards

for the Best Jadau Store in Mumbai,

2015-16 and 2016-17. The year 2017

also came up with SSJ’s association

as the Official Jewellery Partner for

fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017

and the crown makers for Miss India.

Speaking about the association,

Mr. Snehal Choksey, proprietor of

SSJ, said, “Being the official jewelry

partner to fbb Colors Femina Miss

India 2017 is something we will

cherish forever. Creating the Miss

India crown has been a privilege of

the highest accord and been a source

of tremendous joy to the SSJ team’.

Contact Info: Shobha Shringar Jewellers,

Mulchan Bhavan, 2/4, Walkeshwar Road,

Mumbai 400 006. Tel: 022 2364 3329.

They can be followed on www.facebook.

com/shobhashringar and shobha_

shringar (Instagram handle).

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earrings called cowrie cuffs and

necklaces with skull pendants are

some of the popular jewelleries

exhibited by many of the Nagaland

tribes. Similarly Arunachali women

wear jewelleries made from materials

such as beads, wild seeds, feathers of

birds, green wings of beetles, brass,

bones, ivory, silver and gold.

Shell necklaces called aisheri are

worn by Adi women and generally

passed down generations. Ear plugs

worn by Gallong women are made

of leaf, wood and bamboo. The

jewellery of Meghalaya also makes

use of beads, bamboo and beetle

wings. Some jewellery items include

thifen, a small beaded necklace;

thihus, a necklace strewn with

large-sized amber beads; and varika,

a female headgear decked with a

bamboo band, colourful feathers and

beetle wings.

GUJARAT AND

RAJASTHAN

The jewellery

designs of these

two states draw

inspiration from

silver, lac and

gem stones. For

instance, the

lac bangles are

popularly worn

in Rajasthan. An

ideal set includes

17 bangles worn

on the upper arm

and nine on the

lower arm, a total

of 52 on both

arms. These ornaments are never

removed by women as these are

supposed to have a magical effect

and protect the women from all

types of evil.

Jewellery from Rajasthan

The other popular piece of

jewellery that is commonly worn

is a solid silver torque of hollow

construction resting on the collar

bone called hansuli. Sometimes the

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Jewellery from Maharashtra

hansuli can be made of coiled silver

wire wrapped over a solid-core wire.

This is also worn by Rajasthani men.

The jadau jewellery is also

another popular variety in Rajasthan

and Gujarat that originates from the

Mughal era. In this type of jewellery

different kinds of gems, like pearl,

sapphire, ruby, diamond and emerald

are embedded in melted gold with

polki (an uncut form of diamond) as

a centre stone to give it a stunning

look and design.

Several craftsmen are involved

in making this jewellery. Each

craftsman carries out a specific task

related to the jewellery creation.

The chiterias make the basic

design, ghaarias are responsible

for engraving and making holes,

Meenakari or enameling is done by

the enameler and the goldsmith

takes care of the kundan or the gold.

ASSAM

Assam has a rich collection of

traditional jewellery and draws

inspiration from the local flora and

fauna. A traditional jewellery that

is inspired by pigeons is the loka

paro which is a pendant having two

pigeons sitting back to back and

attached to a string containing gold

beads. Another piece of jewellery

that draws inspiration from nature is

the jonbiri that is inspired by musical

instruments, nature and household

goods. The jonbiri is a half moon

pendant made by hand.

MAHARASHTRA

The gold jewellery from Maharashtra

draws inspiration from the local

produce of the state. For example

the thushi is a gold choker style

neckpiece depicting jowar gold

seeds stuck together. This is worn by

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Maharashtrian brides as it indicates

that the bride’s new home will always

be blessed with plentiful food.

Mohan mala is another expensive

and elegant piece that comprises of

round gold beads strung beautifully

in two or three layers. This is

generally worn during weddings and

paired with a choker.

Vaaki is an armband beautifully

crafted with gold wire and

embellished with stones. This too

forms a part of the bridal jewellery.

Ambada Veni Phool is a hair

ornament that is made in gold and

worn on the hair bun of the Marathi

bride, to accentuate her beauty.

WEST BENGAL

Gold, precious stones, silver, brass

and zinc alloys are the main metals

used in the making of jewellery in

West Bengal.

Jewellery from Kerala

Some exclusive pieces of jewellery

include ratanchur, paati haar and

tairaa.

Paati haar is a traditional

gold neck piece worn on special

occasions, especially during Durga

Puja while the tairaa is similar to

the tiaras worn by brides in Western

countries. This gold ornament is

used to hold the veils of a Bengali

bride at the wedding ceremony. It

is said that this piece of jewellery

was inspired by the British fashion

of yesteryears. A tairaa is basically

tiara and maangtika which are then

combined and they offer an elegant

and graceful look to the new bride.

Ratanchur is made in gold and

silver and was introduced by the

Mughals. It is a jewellery piece

for the hand which comprises

five finger rings attached through

individual chains to reach the

wrist or arm. Sun, lotus and moon

designs have been used in making

of this gold ornaments.

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KERALA

The gold jewellery designs of

Kerala draw inspiration from nature,

depicting flowers and fruit designs

in gold. The Mulla Mottu Necklace

is a series of petals running across

the necklace. The petals represent

jasmine buds. Thus, this neckpiece

is sometimes referred to as jasmine

necklace. The jewellery designs

come in two combinations, plain

gold and a combination of gold with

studded gemstones.

Manga Mala Necklace stands

out for its traditional heritage. What

makes the necklace exceptional is

the small mango-shaped pendants

woven in necklace form. Palakka

mala is another type of leaf necklace,

typically green in colour, studded

with emeralds that are mangoshaped.

A combination of emerald

and ruby further makes the palakka

mala an enchanting piece of Kerala

jewellery.

TYPES OF INDIAN

JEWELLERY

BY MEGHNA PANWAR

The ever-changing fashion

trends in this day and age are for

everyone to see. Even though an

increasing number of women are

choosing practicality and forgoing

embellishments, India remains the

second largest consumer of gold

especially during the wedding

season and during the festive season,

particularly Diwali.

In fact, according to a report

from the World Gold Council (WGC),

it was the gold demand from India

which shouldered the global gold

demand, at least throughout the first

quarter of the year. According to the

WGC, all the gold jewellery purchases

made by Indians “accounted for a

little over a fifth of world jewellery

demand”.

Most Indians truly believe

that jewellery, apart from being

an adornment, is also a sound

investment. Most Indian families

believe that amid the sluggish

economy that the world is currently

suffering from, returns on jewellery

(primarily gold) are much better than

equity or shares.

The tale of India’s obsession and

fascination with jewellery began

5,000 years ago with the Indus

Valley Civilization. During that golden

era, the country was not only home

to adept craftsmen, but we also

invented the diamond drill, the skill

which was subsequently taught to

the Romans.

The craftsmen then had a fine

aesthetic sense, backed by some

VBJ UNVEILS

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VUMMIDI BANGARU JEWELLERS

(VBJ), a ISO 9001-2015 certified

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new signature collection called

Navaratna, inspired by the beliefs of

sacred ancient scriptures and Vedic

practices. It prides itself at creating

wearable works of art: precious

jewellery in gold, silver and platinum,

encrusted with dazzling diamonds

and astonishing gemstones. Every

piece of jewellery carries the indelible

VBJ signature touch, making it a

priceless and cherished memory.

Crafted by artisans at the

VBJ Creative Centre, the spiritual

Navaratna collection features

ethereal necklaces, pendants and

rings to breathtakingly detailed

bangles with a latticed golden weave

that shimmers as it captures light.

Every gemstone in the Navaratna

collection sits in harmony with each

other to bring positive energy into

one’s life. When worn individually,

each gemstone is uniquely potent in

itself, but together the nine stones

are believed to have the power to

be a formidable catalyst to evoke

auspicious energies.

Speaking about the new

collection, Jithendra Vummidi,

Director, said, “At VBJ we keep

our clients at the core of our every

decision. Our jewels are curated to

offer clients a unique and beautiful

experience, one that they will cherish

forever. The sacred nine gemstones

based jewels are highly sought-after

adornments but the designs available

in the market limit a customer's

desire to choose a more finely crafted

piece.”

This exclusive range of jewellery,

like the Dalia and Kirigami

collections before it, carries the

unparalleled mark of VBJ quality

and craftsmanship. The collection

is available in the VBJ showrooms

at Anna Salai and Anna Nagar in

Chennai and 4th Block, Jayanagar,

Bengaluru.

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Bridal jewellery

extraordinary engineering skills and

that tradition still continues. Over

the years, Indian craftsmen have

polished their skills and their style

and the workmanship has become

more and more complicated, giving

rise to different types of jewellery

adorned at different occasions. So

here’s a look at a few examples of

the different types of Indian jewellery

available today and their features.

ANTIQUE

Antique jewellery is actually a

modern trend and what we craft

in its name, is in reality jewellery

in silver or gold which undergoes

the process of oxidization, to give

it a dull look. Sometimes, it is also

buried in a pot of clay to give that

roughness of appearance and this

form of adornment particularly

possesses an old-world charm for

those who prefer it that way.

BRIDAL

Primarily created to match with the

attire of the bride, this intricately

designed and exquisite piece of art

has been a requisite for weddings

since time immemorial. Even though

gold is most preferred among

Indians, silver and platinum have also

gained high prominence over the

years. Bridal jewellery comprises the

maangtika, earrings, bangles, rings,

and waist bands, among other items.

GOLD

Gold has since long been

considered auspicious among

Hindus as it is also regarded as

a religious motif or many people. A

symbol of prosperity for most, gold’s

liquidity factor plays a major role for

those looking for security, especially

during times of unexpected and

severe financial crisis.

SILVER

A firm favourite among fashion

trendsetters, chunky silver jewellery

in chic designs is considered one of

the most revered items in a woman’s

wardrobe. And these days, Kolhapuristyle

silver jewellery is in vogue

ABARAN GOES BEYOND

TIMELESS JEWELLERY

ESTABLISHED IN 1935

by B. Sadananda Kamath,

Abaran is still synonymous

with a timeless shine

in jewellery. The

Abaran flagship store

in Bengaluru truly

represents the exquisite

beauty of its jewellery.

Spread over 14,000 sq ft,

the store is the epitome

of exclusive designs and

heartfelt customer care.

The second store, in the

heart of the city, is spread

across 8,000 sq ft, and

possesses a fantastic

ambience that is perfect

for a complete family

shopping experience.

With dedicated floors

and sections for different

kinds of jewellery, it has

clearly been designed

for the most discerning

customer.

Over the years Abaran

has grown to represent

more than timeless

jewellery. Associations

with leading luxury and

lifestyle brands have

made it the destination

for connoisseurs of style,

with exclusive boutiques

housing exquisite products

from the world’s leading

watchmaker Rolex,

timepieces from Rado and

Longines and beautifully

crafted watches,

writing instruments

and accessories from

Montblanc. Abaran’s

proud association

with these brands is a

longstanding tribute to

elegance and refinement.

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since it is intricately detailed and in

addition, is light in weight.

STONE

From being aesthetically appealing

and chic to possessing spiritual

properties, gemstones have since

years been an intrinsic part of the

culture and heritage of India and

are adorned by both, men as well as

women in many cases.

KUNDAN

Kundan flourished during the

Mughal era and is believed to have

originated in the royal courts of

Gujarat and Rajasthan. Also known

as refined gold, kundan is used for

more elaborate forms of necklaces

and involves a gem set with gold foil

between the stones and its mount.

The Bikaneri or Jaipuri variation of

kundan involves enamelling with

colours and designs on the reverse.

LAC

Also known as lacquer jewellery,

lac originated in Rajasthan and has

become considerably popular in

India. Available in various places, lac

is available in a variety of designs

and the most popular among the

lot are the lac bangles. For those

not familiar with it, lac is a resinous

material which is secreted by insects

and is subsequently moulded in hot

kilns to create the bangles.

MEENAKARI

Introduced by Raja Mansingh of

Amer to artisans from Rajasthan,

meenakari’s creation process involves

setting the precious stones first and

then enamelling them with gold.

TEMPLE

Temple jewellery, as the name

suggests, were intricate pieces of

craft solely for

the purpose of

adorning idols

of gods and

goddesses in South

India, Central

India, Odisha and

Bengal. Later,

dancers began

wearing imitations

of the same styles

adorned by the

idols, popularising

the designs.

This type of

jewellery, mostly

necklaces, is large

and chunky and

comprises figures

of various gods and

goddesses. Made of the finest gold,

and embedded with several precious

gems and stones in attractive

patterns, some temple jewellery

also resembles the temple entrance

towers, known as gopurams.

TRIBAL

Preserved by the ethnic tribes of

India and holding a rustic charm,

tribal is created out of bone, clay,

wood, shells and crude metal.

HISTORY OF INDIAN

JEWELLERY

BY RHUCHA KULKARNI

Whether gold, gem-studded,

beaded or diamond-engraved, the

glitters and shimmers of jewellery

have fascinated man (and woman)

no end. But did you know that the

origin of Indian jewellery goes way

back in time? In fact, the history of

Indian jewellery is quite synonymous

with the rich cultural history of

the country herself. Trinkets and

treasures tell us tales about a

resplendent past, when riches ruled

Kundan jewellery

and beautiful baubles bedazzled.

These tales have evolved in sync with

the changing dynasties that ruled

India, from archaic to complex to

contemporary.

Indian jewellery finds mention in

mythic lore, in the Hindu scriptures

of the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

India has long been famous for its

wealth of metal ores and diamond

mines. This, combined with the skilful

craftsmanship of artisans brought

jewellery into the mainstream

during the Indus Valley Civilization.

Up until around 2100 B.C., Indian

jewellery was more rustic in form

and appearance — beads, shells

and clay were used primarily by

women to beautify themselves.

Thereafter, humans experimented

with extracting and moulding metals,

and the glitters of gold came to light.

Believed to be immortal, gold and

silver jewellery came to be regarded

as auspicious. Gold kadas, brooches,

earrings, and forehead bands became

commonplace. In fact jewellery

beliefs were quite nature-inspired.

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People also believed that gold

signified the warmth of Lord Surya,

while silver stood for the calmness of

the moon.

This was an era where jewellerymaking

got a new meaning, as

wealthy Indian and Mughal maharajas

offered patronage to the art as

well as the artists. This fuelled

its flourishment, in design and

dedication. Exquisite jewellery was

often the most prized possessions

of rulers, and a good enough reason

to even go to war. The onset of

the 16th century boosted the use

of precious metals and gems, with

intricate motifs. A case in point

was the growing popularity of the

Navratna or nine-gem ornaments

during this era. The Mughal rule

brought its own flavour to jewellery

design, especially the popularity

of gem stones and diamonds into

the mainstream. Today we know of

diamonds as symbols of everlasting

love, but this association between

diamonds and romance dates back

to the Mughal age. Diamonds grew in

significance during their rule, maybe

because India was amongst the first

miners of diamonds around 269 BC.

In fact, the role of diamond jewellery

was upgraded from being mere

embellishments to financing and loan

guarantors. The Maharaja era from

the 16th to the 19th century thus saw

greater complexity and innovation in

jewellery engineering.

This was also the era when

administrative laws centred on

jewellery very introduced, like who

could wear what, when and on

which body part. Jewellery became

a signifier of social class. Distinct

design styles emerged, signifying the

region to which the ruler belonged.

Jewel-based work flourished in

the North and West i.e. the kundan

work of Delhi and meenakari art

of Rajasthan. The South and East

celebrated the shimmering of

metals for various religious and

Necklace

social occasions — hence the temple

jewellery of Nagarcoil and silver

filigree work of Orissa. Remote

areas like the North East took to

Mother Nature as their inspiration,

using shells, teeth, animal claws to

adorn themselves. Jewellery was

thus propagated across social and

economic classes, serving different

purposes like social, political,

religious, and spiritual milestones in

daily life.

During the latter part of the 19th

and 20th century, Indian jewellery

took centerstage on the world

jewellery scene. Global brands like

Cartier and Chaumet were inspired

by Indian styles and propagated

India as a hub of delightful body

decor.

Today, Indian jewellery stands at

the cusp of the old and the new. The

demands of modern lifestyle blend

with the lure of traditional elegance,

to create fusion designs. However we

continue to uphold some of the core

values that Indian jewellery stand for.

For example, the tradition of gifting

jewellery to a new bride still persists

— it is called “Stridhan” or “Wealth

of the woman”. The mangalsutra,

nose ring and toe ring are even

today acknowledged as integral

parts of the makeup of a married

Indian woman. It is considered

auspicious to invest in gold on

certain festive days like Dhanteras.

Wedding shopping is a high trend

during Diwali, which marks the start

of the Indian wedding season.

While the manifestations and

means to make Indian jewellery

an integral part of life may have

changed, the emotions and

associations that Indians have with

their precious ornaments remain the

same. So step out and indulge in

some shimmery shopping this Diwali.

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Nose ring

The maangtika pendant must be

placed on a particular spot (called

Agya Chakra) that is considered to

be the seat of preservation. Today,

it’s a rage among women looking

to accessorise their Indian attire,

or add a touch of tradition to

western wear.

BANGLES

Considered a symbol of marriage,

bangles also serve a scientific

purpose. Their circular shape helps

increase blood circulation levels.

MANGALSUTRA

Everybody knows the significance

of mangalsutra; it denotes that a

woman is married. According to

religious texts, mangalsutra is worn

to ensure the well-being of one’s

husband and is made up of black and

gold beads.

Whatever be your reason, it is a

good enough reason to possess that

envious neckpiece or brooch!

THE SIGNIFICANCE

AND LOGIC FOR THE

DIFFERENT PIECES OF

JEWELLERY ADORNED

BY INDIAN WOMEN

BY MEGHNA PANWAR

“Every region, every community

and every caste has a specific

form, design and technique, as

instantly identifiable as regional

textile prints,” stated author and

jewellery expert Usha Balakrishnan

in a recent interview to a leading

newspaper. And there’s more than

what meets the eye when it comes

to jewellery which is not only chic,

elegant and understatedly beautiful,

but also serves a higher purpose.

Here’s discussing the significance

and reasons behind some specific

jewellery pieces.

NECKLACE

Necklace is probably the most

common form of jewellery worn in

India, and it’s significance is simple.

It is used as a tool to keep a check

on emotions (when the pendant is

placed near the heart) and to ward

off evil forces and energies. Other

than that, an expensive necklace is

also a strong fashion statement.

NOSE RINGS

Not just for ornamental purposes,

a nose ring is believed to ease

childbirth and lessen menstrual pain

according to Ayurveda. This is so

because the spot of nose piercing

is linked to a woman’s reproductive

organs. Additionally, it is also worn to

honour the Hindu Goddess Parvathi.

MAANGTIKA

Maangtika is one of the essential

components of the solah shringaar,

the sixteen adornments of a bride.

ANKLETS OR PAYALS

One of the reasons an anklet is worn

is because of the pleasant tinkling

sound it makes when a woman

wears them. Also, a silver anklet is

preferred over a gold anklet, because

a lot of people believe wearing gold

on the feet is inauspicious.

TOE RING

There’s a belief that silver toe rings

help absorb earth’s energy and

aid in refreshing the body and the

mind. It’s also a part of the `solah

shringaar'.

EARRINGS

The logic behind wearing earrings

extends beyond just aesthetic

purposes. It is believed that there is a

nerve in your right ear that connects

the kidney and the brain. By wearing

an earring, one can maintain the

health of these organs.

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MELANGE

TAROT

YOUR FORECAST THIS MONTH

BY SRINIVAS IYER

Aries

You have an excellent

Taurus

Creativity, romance

Gemini

Sibling’s health

Cancer

Sudden unexpected

Leo

This month you

Virgo

Students and those

month ahead. Begin

and new ventures

come under

changes are

are full of energy

appearing for

any important activity

into technology

shadow and you

indicated and

and also have

competitive exams

after eighth. Overseas

are indicated for

should take care.

this causes some

a very positive

will come out with

travel and matters

you this month.

New sources

concern to you.

outlook to life.

flying colours.

gain momentum.

You will enter into

of finances are

Financially it is a

Even your power

Financially an

Financially you will

unchartered water

indicated. New

good period. Your

of expression is

excellent period lies

gain and spend too

courageously.

technology will

sweet nature wins

energized, which

ahead till October 14.

to gain knowledge

Expenditure is

be used by those

over everyone.

helps you in

Avoid travelling to

and in matters on

indicated on the

in the field of

Speak out your

connecting with

religious places after

romance too.

home front.

communication.

mind.

people.

the 14th.

Libra

You will tend to gain

Scorpio

A major shift

Sagittarius

You enter a phase

Capricorn

Spirituality has

Aquarius

Over the next one

Pisces

Testing times are

weight in the coming

happens towards

of expansion, stress

gripped you and

year, professionally

indicated ahead,

year, so watch out

the end of this

and connecting

you will be in this

you will do very

but this comes

accordingly. Some of

month for the

with the masses.

phase for the next

well. You will be

with success too.

you may face muscle

better. A long

Those in politics

18 months. Do

famous globally

Persistence will help

pain. Finances,

period of stress

will rise to higher

introspect and

(in relative terms),

you surely in the next

family life and overall

and depression

level of position in

meditate in this

with some overseas

two years. Be careful

fortune are very good

ends. The flow of

public office. Stress

phase. Relationship

travel too. You will

with others finances

for the next one year.

motivational energy

also comes along

with your wife and

expand yourself

and in investing in

Financial strain ends

now gushes forward

with this phase and

business partners

into new ventures.

some get-quick- rich

after the end of this

and you are happy

hence needs to be

is not that great for

New learnings are

schemes. You will

month.

about this.

watched.

some time.

indicated.

study a lot.

The above is based on the sun sign and planetary transits thereof. It is general in nature. For specific readings, seek out expert advice based on

your individual chart. (Astrologer Srinivas Iyer is based in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. He can be contacted on shrinivaasiyer@gmail.com)

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HOTELS

The revolving restaurant atop the hotel is its main talking point

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DHAULADHAR MOUNTAINS,

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Growing up in

Bombay (now

Mumbai), one

remembers going to

the Ambassador

hotel alongside the

beautiful Marine Drive, and enjoy dinner

at The Pearl of the Orient, its legendary

revolving restaurant. It was not the first

one in the country – the credit goes to

Kandeel atop the Tex Palazzo Hotel in

Surat, which also happened to be Asia’s

first revolving restaurant. Later on, 18

other revolving restaurants sprung up,

majority of them in the northern part of

the country.

I have been to many of them. But last

month, as I sat enjoying a chicken and

mushroom dinner at the Cloud 7

revolving restaurant in Palampur,

Himachal Pradesh, I was reminded only

of the now-defunct The Pearl. The

reason? Their amazing views. While The

Pearl gradually unveiled a stunning south

Mumbai to you, Could 7 at the RS Sarovar

Portico, Palampur opened up to the

gargantuan Dhauladhars, a part of the

Himalayan range of mountains.

“Yes, you can say that the revolving

restaurant is our USP,” declares Rohit

Verma, RS Sarovar’s much-travelled

General Manager. “It stands out like a

ATC tower and can be spotted from about

anywhere – a hotel guest just cannot get

lost in the bylanes of Palampur.”

The one-year-old hotel gets spillover

guests visiting Bir and Billing, the worldfamous

paragliding sites, 29 km and 43

km away respectively, as well as from

Dharamshala, headquarter of His

Holiness the Dalai Lama 40 km away.

Most of them are avoiding fancy room

rates at these three more expensive

locations. But RS Sarovar also attracts

leisure travellers, mainly from Delhi,

Jammu, Chandigarh, Ludhiana and

Amritsar. The property clocked 85 per

cent occupancy last summer and this

spilled over to July too.

There are numerous leisure activities

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Cloud 7 is open for lunch and dinner buffets

Andretta

POPULAR IN PALAMPUR

Located in an idyllic valley full of pine

trees, Palampur enjoys a year-round

pleasant climate. The municipal council

in the Kangra Valley gets its name from

Pulum meaning ‘abundant water’ and

is the gateway to numerous tourist and

pilgrimage destinations in Himachal

Pradesh. An Agricultural University and

a Central Scientific Research Institute’s

IHBT are pride of the town. There are

also several places of tourist interest

over here.

Saurabh Van Vihar: This nature park,

encompassing 13 hectares, is located

near the Kandi bridge. It is named after

Kargil martyr Saurabh Kalia, who was

born in Palampur in June 1976.

Maharana Pratap Sagar: Also known as

the Pong Lake, it is situated at an altitude

of 450 metres above sea level. This lake

sanctuary attracts Siberian birds during

winter. The best season to visit the lake is

between September and March.

Chamunda Devi Temple: Just 24

km from Kangra and 15 km from

Dharamsala is the famous temple of

goddess Chamunda Devi (Chamunda

Nandikeshwar Dham). The temple

complex is an enchanting spot with

glorious views of Dhauladhar, the Baner

Khad and Dadh. A vast running water

pool houses the statues of Shiva

and Saraswati.

Andretta: This is the home of wellknown

artist late Sobha Singh and late

playwright Nora Richards. The place is

famous for the Shobha Singh art gallery.

There are beautiful paintings in their

private houses.

Kangra Fort: The Kangra Fort is about

three kilometres from town and is

also known as Nagarkot. The fort is

historically significant; its massive size

and the beauty of its structure lend

to it an added charm. At the entrance

is a museum containing valuable

old photographs of the fort prior to

the devastating earthquake of 1905

and some exquisite stone sculptures,

carvings, idols and other artefacts.

that the hotel can arrange. A rugged jeep

safari to a breath-taking oak and pineladen

spot near a Devi temple 6,500 feet

up the Dhauladhars, is quite popular. The

temple is managed by 53-year-old Baba

Mahender Prasad Joshi, a member of the

Niranjan Akhara (an ascetic sect) who

had run away in his younger days from

home in Kirtinagar, Uttarakhand, when

he was known as Digambar Parihar

Rajbharti. With thick matted hair and

clad in saffron robes, the Baba regales

guests with his travel tales, rustic

homilies and an infectious sense of

humour.

Equally popular is a visit to the Wah

Tea Estate, spread over 575 acres and now

run by Surya J Prakash, a fourth

generation scion of the founding family,

originally from Lucknow. Both the

outings — along with numerous others —

have been contracted by the hotel to

Palampur-based Exsul Travels. Says its

gregarious US-returned CEO Harmit

`Harry’ Singh, “Many of the guests hear

about the beautiful locales much before

reaching here. Our aim is to put not just

Palampur, but also the entire Kangra

region, on the global adventure tourism

map.”

Having had their fill of the outdoors

(see box), guests can enjoy the numerous

facilities back at the four star deluxe RS

Sarovar. There are 42 spacious and

smartly furnished rooms and suites. Each

of them offers a magnificent view of the

Dhauladhar mountain range. The hotel’s

USP, Cloud 7, is on the seventh floor and is

open for lunch and dinner buffets. For the

discerning foodie, the revolving

restaurant also has a menu of authentic

local dishes alongside an international

cuisine. The 360 Degree Bar a floor below

exudes warmth both in its decor and

service and is the perfect space to unwind

after a day’s adventure and travel.

RS Sarovar also has a well-equipped

fitness centre and provides 24 hours

in-room dining as well as free hi-speed

internet access. In addition, the hotel has

the largest banqueting and conferencing

facilities in Palampur in terms of both

size and capacity to host weddings and

other social events.

Having seen a steady rise in the

number of leisure travellers, Verma now

has set his sights on increased footfalls to

RS Sarovar’s Banquet Hall, Conference

Hall and Lawn, totally measuring 12,500

sq. ft. Towards this end, his marketing

team is keen on tapping corporate

travellers from Chandigarh and cities in

Punjab like Ludhiana, Jalandhar and

Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, better known

as Mohali, famous for their hosiery,

sports goods and IT industries,

respectively.

“As the first branded chic hotel in

town, we are already a household name in

Palampur,” says Verma. “Now we want to

be equally known in neighbouring states

too. We will get there soon.”

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FESTIVITIES

FOOD

THESE ARE A FEW OF

MY FAVOURITE THINGS

SOME RENOWNED CHEFS – INDIAN AND EXPATS – REVEAL WHAT GETS THEIR

GASTRIC JUICES FLOWING DURING THE FESTIVE SEASON. BY NEETA LAL

tantalising treats, what is it that tickles

their own taste buds? Do they have any

festive favourites? If yes, what are they?

Some renowned chefs — Indian and

expats — tell us what gets their gastric

juices flowing, what flavours they’ve

grown up with and what good food means

to them.

Manisha Bhasin

Scrumptious food is the

pivot around which

festivities seem to flow.

It is also the warp and

weft of the Indian

cultural fabric. Diwali,

Dussehra, Onam, Christmas... India is a

land of many colourful festivals

celebrated by a diverse mix of people.

Families bond over food, guests eat off

tables groaning under the weight of

countless goodies and talented home

cooks and chefs bask in the glory of their

beautiful creations.

But even as the chefs lay out these

MANISHA BHASIN, EXECUTIVE

CHEF, MAURYA SHERATON,

NEW DELHI

I was pottering around in the kitchen

from the age of 12 and have not looked

back since then. For me, my biggest

inspiration (and the world’s greatest

chef) is my mother. Before her, my

maternal grandmother impressed me by

running an immaculate kitchen that fed

a gargantuan joint family. Those were

the good old days when meals meant

entire families congregating around the

dinner table, laughing and joking.

My mother and grandmother’s

typical Punjabi recipes had a great

impact on me in my formative years.

Diwali meant sweets and then some.

The aroma of besan (gram flour) getting

slow roasted for our family’s Signature

Burfi (a must for Diwali) and the

pounding of elaichi (cardamom) seeds

filled the air. Those delicious smells

bring back fond memories for me. Gajar

Halwa was another family favourite. In

a true division of labour, all kids were

allotted the task of grating mounds of

carrots. These were then slow-cooked in

milk for hours to get that perfect creamy

taste and balance of flavours, and then

finished with slivered almonds.

Diwali vacations in grandma’s house

were bliss. We would be pampered

endlessly that would result in a few

added pounds. But we didn’t care. Those

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FESTIVITIES

FOOD

Ivan Chieregatti

the done thing. Be it

numerous cups of tea

or sherbet (sweet

drink) or an elaborate

multi-course meal.

For most womenfolk,

the conversation

during festivities

centred around food

and expansive menus.

I was a keen observer

of all these

discussions. And I can

say that while I’ve

learnt enormously

from books and

conferences, it was my

mom’s kitchen that

gave me my first

informal induction

into the larger world

of pots and pans.

In retrospect, I’d

say my grandfather

too played a sizeable

role in developing my

culinary interest. I

was often an apprentice to him. He

taught me how to choose the best

recipes and ingredients for each

occasion while from my mother I learnt

the virtues of patience. And from both of

them I learnt that no matter how few

ingredients you may have, if you put

love, passion and hard work into your

creations, you can never go wrong. I call

this “Soul Cooking” and my guests

appreciate this approach a lot.

nostalgic smells and flavours are rooted

in that holiday. My all-time favourite

Christmas recipe is Panettone, a type of

Italian sweet bread loaf. The dish is

extremely close to my heart as it ties

together my entire childhood and life

back in Italy in a fond remembrance.

The dish, much like myself, hails from

Milan. I’ve spent most of my youth in

Milan and it is also the city where I

mastered the art of cooking and

hospitality. As a young boy, I remember

my house smelling of orange candies

around Christmas — a smell that is

characteristic of Panettone.

My mother would bake fresh

Panettone every few days to entertain

guests who visited our home during the

holidays. As soon as the baking process

started, all of us in the house would

gather around the kitchen, waiting

eagerly for the bread to rise and land on

the table. We had an unlimited supply of

the sweet bread— it was a house

speciality and a staple in our home. The

sugary smell of candied oranges would

fill me with happiness for it marked the

onset of Christmas time and more

importantly of celebrations.

The conversations, laughter and

sense of bonding that came with good

food are forever embedded in my heart.

I try to recreate the same warmth in my

own kitchen time and again. I still share

a very special bond with my mother,

who played a pivotal role in inculcating

in me a love for Panettone. A seasoned

baker herself, she was my first guru.

IVAN CHIEREGATTI,

EXECTUIVE CHEF, HYATT

REGENCY,

NEW DELHI

Festival time back home in Italy was a

time when flavours from my mother’s

kitchen would come alive and fill the

house. Christmas, especially, was a

family favourite and most of my

RAYMOND SIM, MASTERCHEF,

R.E.D, RADISSON BLU MBD,

NOIDA

As a Singaporean, my favorite Christmas

and Chinese New Year dishes revolve

around seafood and different meats.

Mayonnaise Prawns is a dish very close to

my heart. When mom would make it, the

house would be redolent with its rich

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Raymond Sim

cooking and become a good chef myself.

From the family stall, I slowly graduated

to working in restaurants and hotels in

Singapore and now I’ve been at Radisson

Blu for 14 years. When I am at home with

my family in Singapore, usually during

Christmas and New Year, my wife does

all the cooking and indulges me with all

my family favourites.

Velumurugan

aroma. Apart from this, Mala Fish —

finger cut fish cooked till it is golden

brown in colour — is another family

favourite. I also love Crispy Honey

Noodles in dessert which is a delectable

amalgamation of ice cream and crunchy

noodles. This dish sparked off my interest

in experimenting with different

ingredients and textures which has really

helped me develop new dishes.

However, my all-time favourite dish

for Christmas is duck stew. It was

prepared by my father with his own secret

recipe. The ingredients — apart from that

one secret ingredient which I’m afraid I

can’t disclose — include water, soya sauce

and Chinese herbs. The dish was labourintensive

and involved simmering all the

ingredients with duck for hours. But it

tasted heavenly and to this day I still miss

that excitement when dad would cook the

dish with so much love for us during

Christmas. Ours was a big family and I

had seven siblings. My father was a street

hawker in Singapore and despite being

the youngest, I would tag along with my

father to his roadside stall and help him

out. I was really impressed by my father’s

meticulousness while cooking and the

satisfaction on his face after preparing a

good dish. This inspired me to take up

VELUMURUGAN, MASTERCHEF,

DAKSHIN, SHERATON,

NEW DELHI

Kerala Style Raw Mango Fish Curry, or

Meen Manga Curry cooked with raw

mangoes, spices and green chillies is my

favourite festive dish. It is a must in my

house in a Kerala village during Onam.

My love for the dish is rooted in my

childhood when I would eat raw mangoes

with salt. My grandma would often make

Meen Manga during the harvest season.

And I would eagerly wait for her to finish

making the dish, so we could all dig in.

Meen Manga is an authentic South

Indian dish with robust flavours and its

heady aroma brings back fond childhood

memories. In South India, fish curry is a

festival staple, especially during Onam. It

has a distinct and lingering flavour and

tastes delicious. The tang in the curry is

usually from tamarind paste or juice.

However, the best taste comes from

combining the seer fish with raw

mangoes especially when the fruit is in

season. My mom used to try making

different types of fish curry with

tamarind, coconut milk, curry or spices.

But my favourite was the one she made

with raw mango. The piquancy of

mangoes combined with fish pieces,

coconut paste and spices, makes this dish

so special. Any type of fish can be used to

make this curry, but it should be fresh.

One can also use Kora (Indian Salmon/

threadfin) or sardines (mathi) and

barracuda (sheela). But for me seer works

best for Meen Manga.

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An artist in residency programme,

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programme aims to connect artists

across the world by giving them this

common platform to ideate and interact

among themselves. An initiative of

couple Ashish Vohra and his fashion

designer spouse Deepika Govind, the

genesis of this started when the couple

started acquiring original signed art to

display in their hotel chain. “Art is a

differentiator as far as our brand

positioning is concerned so we felt an

artist residency would be a great

connection for us.”

The couple prefers to choose artists

who are serious and they promote young

talent with potential and use the

earnings from the event to help other

artists. “The way I see them really

inspires the artist in me and I always

look at art from the heart,” she says. The

interactions among artists happens in a

natural environment and is informal

and unstructured that encourages

creative freedom. This year’s edition

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Clockwise from above: Deepika Govind

and Ashish Vohra; artist Peter Markus; and

Lake Nahargarh Palace

held last month was

curated by renowned art

critic and curator Anirudh

Chari. This year several

noteworthy artists from

India and overseas

including Asis Kumar

Sanyal, Katayun Saklat,

Avijit Mukerjee,

Hossameldien Mostafa

Mohamed Gawish and

Mohamed Adel

Abdelrahman Ahmed

were part of the event.

Artist Peter Marcus who was part of the

event last year said, “I have been to India

over 11 times already and in fact stayed at

Tamil Nadu for two years learning the

Chola techniques of art. It is great to be at

Chitrashaala as we get to work together

and appreciate and understand different

mentalities. It is a different process as we

are interacting from other artists from

across the world which makes it a great

way to learn and come up with something

creative.”

Likewise Sharon Shanti, a woman

artist from Malaysia averred that she is

one among the few women who have

chosen art as a profession in her country

where this is still a rare career choice.

“Being in India is a big exposure for me

and it is a milestone to take back the

transfer of culture from here as a form of

contemplation.” Sharon’s work

incidentally depicts an expression of

power which she admits is an “explosion

of my feelings.” The event has a good mix

of seasoned and upcoming artists to

ensure that there is a healthy exchange of

ideas among the artists to make it

enriching for all.

Interacting with the different artists

at Chitrashaala is a great way to

understand how the platform is driving

synergies as well as collaboration among

artists. The event is interspersed with

musical performances, presentations,

group discussions and even role plays.

Speaking to Sailesh Sanghvi, an artist

who has risen from a humble background,

I realize that pursuing art is not very easy

especially in terms of the cost of art

materials on one end as well as being able

to make it commercially viable.

“This is why I only started to follow

my passion for art 10 years back after

ensuring I had provided for my family. In

fact today I also help art students with art

materials that can be very expensive.”

Chitrashaala incidentally had a large

number of both modern art as well as

traditional art forms and interesting a lot

of work was inspired by the local

Rajasthani traditions.

With so much happening at

Chitrashaala Ashish and Deepika share

their plans to take this forward. “The idea

is to have a more permanent form of this,

something like an art hotel, a dormitory

where artists can stay for longer periods,

work and interact with each other and

also have a gallery to showcase and sell

their work. We want to create a self

sustaining model where there is an art

school, a cafe where people can come and

interact with artists so that this becomes

like the Nityagram of art.”

Walking around the property where

the corridors filled with art in myriad

interpretations and forms, you will

realise that art is a movement and an

ethos that must be experienced.

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THERE IS A LOT TO SEE AND DO IN

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TO SPEND IN THE HISTORIC CITY.

BY ANITA RAO-KASHI

From top: Nehru bridge on the Sabarmati river;

Kite festival being celebrated in the city; and

modern buildings dominating the skyline

Gujarat’s commercial

capital Ahmedabad is a

sprawling city with the

iconic river Sabarmati

running through its

centre. In a way, the river divides the old

and new cities but the lines are blurred

and modern buildings are as much a part

of the older parts of the city. It is

unarguably true that a proper sense of

Ahmedabad’s history and culture is

visible in the old part of the city, which is

probably what prompted the UNESCO to

award it the World Heritage City tag. But

it is also true that Ahmedabad’s

reputation hinges on the newer parts of

the city with its high rises, modern

transport, bustling commercial centres

and beautiful waterfront. If two days is

all you have in this newly-tagged

heritage city, here’s what’s worth doing.

DAY

1

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city tag with a walk and a leisurely look

at some of the older parts of the city. It is

both fascinating and an eye-opening

experience in this culturally-rich city.

ALAMY

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9 am

KALUPUR SWAMINARAYAN

TEMPLE

Start with a hefty breakfast, and head to

Jama Masjid

the heart of the city. Hidden in the centre

of Ahmedabad, behind towering

buildings and wide roads, is the old city

with lovely housing clusters, markets,

old temples and a history that goes back a

few centuries and seems frozen in time.

At the heart of the old city is the Kalupur

temple and is adorned with elaborately

Swaminarayan Temple, a beautiful

carved pillars and parapets. The unique

temple built in a mix of Indian, British

part of it is the main deity, which is an

and Mughal architectural styles. It goes

idol of Lord Ram in the sitting posture

back almost 200 years and stands on land

carved in black marble.

donated by the British. It is full of

Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple

intricate and colourful engravings and

sculptures on the façade, columns, walls,

beams and ceiling.

1 pm

LUNCH AT MANEK CHOWK

By far the biggest and most colourful

place in the area is Manek Chowk, the

10 am

POLS

Possibly, the most iconic feature of

city’s largest market. All manner of

shops and traders have establishments.

There are also a plethora of carts selling

Ahmedabad’s old city is the pol, a fact

such eclectic items as terracotta lamps

recognised by UNESCO in its award

and flowers. Elsewhere, bright silver and

citation. Traditionally, a pol

junk jewellery is displayed while strong

(pronounced pole) is a housing cluster

aromas waft from another shop selling

with a warren of narrow streets, alleys

spices, condiments and assorted

and passages with a central courtyard

eatables.

for a temple, a community well and a

bright chabutara or bird feeder. The

system went back to the early 18th

3pm

OLD CITY

century and was a defence mechanism.

Interspersed in the lanes and pols are

There are even secret passages and

beautiful mansions or havelis and

hiding places known only to the people

monuments. One such is the Harkuvar

of the pol. The pols were populated

Sethani ni Haveli, an exquisite house

STEP WELLS

usually by specific communities or even

around a vocation but that has

with beautiful facade, and elaborate

wooden carvings on the brackets, pillars

One of the most iconic heritage

structures in Gujarat are the numerous

step wells or vav. They were built

by royalty, especially queens, as a

communal space not just for bathing

but also as a place for social interaction.

These are dotted all over the state but

Adalaj, near Gandhinagar, is among the

most well known. Beautifully designed,

it plunges several stories below ground

and has intricately carved walls and

pillars. Motifs that are enunciated

include leaves, creepers, trees, flowers,

birds, animals and other patterns.

undergone some changes and there is

intermingling in modern times.

12 noon

KALA RAMJI MANDIR

Hidden among the pols is the Kala Ramji

Mandir, a 400 year old temple that looks

almost like a house and is among the few

haveli mandirs wherein one part of the

temple is used as a residence. Inside, a

and doors. Nearby is the Fernandes

Bridge, built in the late 19th century.

5 pm

JAMA MASJID

Another iconic structure in the old town

is the Jama Masjid, which stands just

near Manek Chowk. The mosque has

been built amidst sprawling grounds and

is almost 600 years old. It is of yellow

ALAMY

small courtyard opens into the main

sandstone and has stunning multiple

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domes, arches and a multitude of pillars

rather comprehensive glimpse into his

with carvings of motifs and patterns.

biography. Designed with a modern

outlook, the architecture of the museum

6 pm

KANKARIA LAKE

A circular lake built in 1451 by Sultan

is as much of a highlight as are the

contents of the museum itself.

Qutub-ud-Din, in its centre is an island

garden with a summer palace known as

Nagina Wadi. It has a very beautiful

1 pm

LUNCH

Gandhinagar has some lovely

Musical Fountain show. The lake is a

restaurants, some of them located within

popular recreation centre surrounded by

sprawling hotels. So take a break for a

parks, ‘Bal Vatika’ - an aquarium, a boat

leisurely lunch and enjoy the wide

club, a natural history museum and a

culinary variety that the city has to offer.

zoo.

DAY

2

3 pm

HUSAIN DOSHI GUFA

An unusual art gallery, designed by

iconic architect BV Doshi, this is planned

like a series of underground caves with

Get a mix of modern history and a

glimpse of the other side of Ahmedabad

white mounds visible on the surface.

Inside, it houses an exquisite collection

From top: Gandhi Ashram; Husain Doshi Gufa

on the second day in the heritage city.

of works by India’s most noted painter

and artist MF Husain.

9 am

GANDHI ASHRAM ON THE

SABARMATI

Go the local way and indulge in a

5 pm

LAW GARDEN

Indulge in some retail therapy in the area

Gujarati breakfast with dhokla, khaman

around Law Garden which is filled with

and thepla. For the sweet-toothed,

roadside and pavement shops as well as

there’s an array on offer. Then head to

bigger stores selling all kinds of items.

the iconic Gandhi Ashram. Located

Do take time to browse through some

inside the city on the banks of the

typical Gujarati fabrics and garments in

Sabarmati river is the famous ashram,

bright colours, as well as imitation and

which was once the house of Mahatma

black metal jewellery.

Gandhi. It was founded by Gandhiji in

1915, is situated on a tranquil stretch of

the Sabarmati, and was often referred to

as the Satyagraha Ashram. It was from

here, that he began his famous Dandi

March in 1930 to protest against the Salt

Tax imposed by the British.

11 am

DANDI KUTIR

Head to Gujarat’s capital, Gandhinagar,

located only 20 km north of Ahmedabad

to see this new and interactive museum

dedicated to the life and times of

Gandhiji. It provides an unusual and

7 pm

SABARMATI RIVERFRONT

Spend the last evening in Ahmedabad on

the newly developed waterfront, a swish

area with numerous walking paths and

attractions. It is also the ideal place to

lounge in the evening with greenery and

seating areas against the backdrop of the

gently flowing river. There is also

boating and a selection of adventure

activities such as zipline. At various

points, there are also markets and food

court facilities. Various activities are

also held along the riverfront.

CALICO MUSEUM

For those interested in textiles and

weaves, Ahmedabad is home to one of

the best textile museums in the world.

The Calico Textile Museum is located

in a carved wooden haveli and was

established in 1949. It has a magnificent

display of rare textiles dating back to

the 17th century. It also has an excellent

reference library on textiles. In addition

to a superlative collection of textiles

and clothes, it has a beautiful collection

of furniture, temple artifacts and crafts

collected from all over the country. Its

collection spans over five centuries

of fabrics ranging from spun, woven,

printed and painted in different

parts of India.

ALAMY, SHUTTERSTOCK

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BHUMI

Participants at the Nakshatra talent development programme

YOUTH FOR

CHANGES

STARTING OFF AS A SMALL INITIATIVE

(TEACHING IN AN ORPHANAGE),

BHUMI HAS TODAY TRANSFORMED

INTO A STRONG VOLUNTEER FORCE

OF 12,000 YOUTH WITH A PRESENCE

IN 14 CITIES ACROSS INDIA

BY PUNITA JASROTIA PHUKAN

“ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE,

together we can do so much,” said Helen

Keller, the famous American author and

political activist. And that’s the

philosophy adopted by Bhumi, one of

India’s largest independent youth

volunteer non-profit organizations

driving social change by fostering an

environment where young adults and

children learn, lead and thrive to help

build a more influential, equal and

socially conscious society. With the

motto of `Change Today… Change

Tomorrow’, not only has this

organization captured the social

consciousness of the Indian youth, but it

also helps them realize their potential to

become change makers in the

betterment of society at large.

Bhumi was founded on August 15,

2006 by a group of friends (Dr.

Prahalathan KK, Ayyanar Elumalai, and

Dr. Hari Shankar), with a strong passion

to bring a societal change for a better

India. What started as a small initiative

(teaching in an orphanage) towards

building a better tomorrow has today

transformed into a strong volunteer

force of 12,000 youth with a presence in

14 cities across India.

Today, Bhumi functions on two core

areas of work — education and civic

projects (Ignite and Catalyse). Some of

the programmes initiated at Bhumi

include imparting computer skills,

English communication, teaching

mathematical and scientific concepts

and leadership qualities to children from

underprivileged sections. It also

provides a platform for socially

conscious youth (wanting to contribute),

gain a perspective about society for a

better future. The organization also

aims to turn youth into climate

messengers and fight climate change

through citizen level initiatives. While

the first computer centre was started at

an orphanage by contributions from the

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Joy to the World is Bhumi's wishfulfilment

programme

BHUMI'S MANY AWARDS

IN A DECADE’S EXISTENCE

2009 – Declared one of ‘Asia

Pacific Emerging 100’ youth social

entrepreneurships by the FYSE

2009 – ‘InDiya Shine Award’ 2009 from

Great Non Profits, USA

2009 – ‘Excellence in Literacy’ award

2009 from the Rotary Club of Madras

Chenna Patna

2010 – ‘Service Excellence’ award 2010

from the Rotary Club of Madras Marina

2011 – Bhumi’s Ms. Vaishnavi Srinivasan

was the winner of the ‘Youth Volunteer

of the Year’ award at the Apeejay India

Volunteer Awards

2011 – ‘BIG NGO initiative’ at the ‘BIG

Chennaiite awards 2011

2012 – ‘Beacon of Hope’ award from

Lions Club District 324 A8

2013 – ‘Vocational Excellence –

Education’ award from the Rotary Club of

Chennai Towers

2014 – ‘Leader in Volunteer Engagement’

award at the iVolunteer Awards 2014

founders, the movement has grown to

cities like Chennai, Bengaluru,

Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and

Mumbai. Collectively, Bhumi now

handles nine orphanages, two schools,

three slums and two village community

centres. Firmly believing in the power of

youth to bring about change, Bhumi’s

volunteer force primarily consists of

college students and young professionals

under the age of 30, keen to share and

teach their knowledge to

underprivileged children. The

methodology is informal, and helps

create a better learning experience for

the students. “Most of the youth want to

contribute towards the betterment of

society. Bhumi provides that platform

for them to contribute their time and

effort towards nation building by

bridging the societal gap and investing in

these children,” says Dr. Prahalathan, an

ophthalmologist by profession.

Statistics reveal that there are close

to 8.4 crore children in India who do not

go to school. In spite of different

government initiatives and an increase

in the number of private schools, quality

of education is still a big problem – be it in

terms of teachers, infrastructure or

course material. Bhumi is trying to

bridge this societal gap in the education

sector by helping underprivileged

children get an extra boost in

understanding their potential and

achieving their dreams with the right

volunteer support. Ignite is Bhumi’s

supplementary education programme

for underprivileged children, which is

delivered during weekends by over 2,000

trained volunteers of Bhumi. Benefiting

over 10,000 children spread across 12

Indian cities, the programme consists of

subjects like English, Mathematics,

Science, Computers, Robotics, arts,

sports and life skills support.

While Bhumi’s syllabus runs parallel

to the formal school curriculum, it has

been made more interactive and there is

one volunteer for every four students,

leading to better individual attention.

Volunteers are trained and assigned to

orphanages and community centres near

their homes and they have to volunteer a

minimum of two hours of their weekend

time. The volunteers not only teach and

mentor children from slums, orphanages

and village community centres across

the country, but also help develop their

talents, hobbies and communication

skills leading to improvement in the

child’s confidence. The NGO also has a

mentorship project called Lakshya

which imparts leadership and social

skills and creates a space for children to

learn and understand self and society.

According to Dr. Prahalathan, the

confidence boost happens on both the

ends, with each gaining a new learning

experience and perspective towards life.

Besides, Bhumi has different talent

festivals and competitions throughout

the year to bring out the best in students.

Nakshatra, a two-day annual talent

development programme as well as

inter-orphanage competition with over

6000 participants brings out the

children’s creative talent in different arts

and cultural fields. Bhumi Ignite Fest

and Yantra create a sportive and

competitive environment to display their

knowledge and skill; while Bhumi Ignite

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BHUMI

Fest – Fashion Pageant conducts fashion

contests for the girls to help build their

confidence. Catalyse consists of Bhumi’s

civic initiatives that engage volunteers in

causes like animal and community

welfare, disability, road safety

awareness, environment conservation;

restoring / developing neighborhood

parks; beach cleanups; and health camps.

The programmes consist of one-off and

regular volunteering activities with an

engagement of over 10,000 volunteers.

Some of the popular programmes

under Catalyse are – Carnivol (a festival

of volunteering, which encourages

volunteers to pick a cause of their choice

and volunteer); iCubed-Ideate,

Implement, Inspire (it is an annual

National Social Entrepreneurship

competition for youngsters with a

passion to change society, with Bhumi

funding the implementation of the best

idea); Joy to the World (a wish-fulfilment

programme that fulfils small wishes of

children by connecting lesser-privileged

children with employees of several

leading companies) and Right to

Education Awareness (creating

awareness about the Right to Education

Act of 2009, which makes education a

right of every child).

DIFFERENT PROGRAMMES UNDER IGNITE

KANINI: Bhumi’s computer literacy programme with a well-structured syllabus teaches

basics of computers and is aimed at students who have never used a computer. With a

purpose to ignite young minds to the endless possibilities of the computer and laying the

foundation for a better career, Bhumi has partnered with NIIT Foundation. Targeted at

children of classes 8-10, it is run at Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi, Pune and Tiruchirapalli

centres.

ENGLISH - SPEAK OUT: The Speak Out programme provides quality English and soft skills

education to underprivileged children who have limited or no proficiency in the language,

helping build their communication skills and confidence. It also helps them have a smoother

transition from a vernacular language school education to achieving higher education in

English thereby enabling continued education and a better future. Meant for children of

classes 3-9, it is available in Chennai and Bengaluru.

LAKSHYA: A mentorship programme, Lakshya pairs underprivileged children with

volunteers who act as their mentors and role models and assist them with the school work,

listen to their problems, support, encourage and help build their self-confidence. Aimed

at children from classes 8 and above, it guides them to focus on a career of their choice or

need.

Top to bottom: Science, Yantra (Robotics) and

Chennai computers programmes in progress

E-LAKSHYA: Similar to the Lakshya programme, it pairs the underprivileged children in rural

India with Bhumi volunteers across the world who act as their mentors and role models. The

interaction is done through the internet at Bhumi-facilitated sessions.

LITTLE EINSTEINS – MATHEMATICS: An activity-based learning programme it focuses

on the conceptual understanding and learning of mathematics, helping tap the curiosity

of children and eliminating the fear of the subject by widening the spectrum of their

knowledge. Aimed at children of classes 1-5, it is an ongoing programme available at 10

Bhumi locations.

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IDUS LAUNCHES

UNIQUE HOME

DECOR GIFTING

ACCESSORIES

IDUS, A PREMIUM FURNITURE STORE

and showroom situated at Kirti Nagar,

Delhi, has launched the Unique Home

Decor Gifting Accessories Collection

from its Italian brand Ahura to make

your Diwali more special. The collection

comprises of small, medium and giant

decorative pieces such as Triton shell,

elephant, Lord Budha and belly Buddha

sculptures made from an innovative mix

of ceramic and porcelain Keramnext

entirely by hand. Each piece of this

collection is valuable as no two are

the same. These ceramic figures are

perfect to add beauty and style in your

home. Their elegant attitude expresses

happiness which makes it a perfect

Diwali gifting option. The colour used

in designing these decorative pieces are

completely pollution free without having

any toxic agents such as lead.

According to Sameer Hora, MD, Idus,

Diwali is the time when we all are

worried about what to buy for our

family and friends. “Our latest Diwali

accessories collection is the solution

for all your worries. Each piece of our

Diwali collection tells the significance

of Diwali in its own way. So, this Diwali,

think something out of the box by gifting

from our latest collection instead of old

sweets and dry fruits boxes.” The Ahura

Elephant With Baby Ceramic Figure

(seen here) is a lifelike interpretation

of the much-loved animal, completely

coated in gold, and made by Italian

artisans. Suitable for all animal lovers

or wildlife enthusiasts, this piece adds

a fun touch to any space, from classic to

contemporary.

BEYU INTRODUCES STROBE AND DEFINE PALETTE

FLAWLESS LOOKS are now made

possible with the new product from the

German beauty brand BeYu. Say bye to

cakey make up and blotchy foundation

and welcome this new all-in-one Strobe

And Define Palette from BeYu that

gives the advantage of countouring,

strobing and defining for optimum

facial feature contouring and

highlighting. BeYu’s Strobe and

Define Palette comprises of four

different strobing and contouring

shades to match your skin tone.

You no longer need to hunt for

that perfect foundation, blush,

concealer or face powder. This allin-one

Strobe and Define palette

has shades that can be mixed with each

other for perfect matching. The product

comprises of Contour shade for adding

depth to your face, Strobe Matt shade

for application under eyes and forehead,

Strobe pearl powder that offers a pearl

finish to your skin and a blush with

soft powdery finish. Its Silky powder

textures are easy to apply and blend

smoothly giving your face a luminous

streak and unblemished feel.

The palette is enriched with

Vitamin E ensuring your skin is taken

care of. It also includes step-by-step

instructions and helpful application

tips from BeYu. The kit is extremely

compact making it your perfect travel

partner. In 1999, the visionary and

cosmetics expert Helmut Baurecht

introduced the brand BeYu to the market

to fulfil the wishes and expectations

of trend-oriented, confident young

women: Cosmetic with a promise of

high quality and exceptional priceperformance

ratio. BeYu has been

a success for more than 15 years

and one of the main reasons for it is

that BeYu recognizes international

trend themes and implements them

and adapts constantly to changing

customer needs. BeYu products

are dermatologically approved

and are paraben and fragrance

free. BeYu conducts no testing of

cosmetic products on animals. BeYu

is brought to you in India by Kaunis

Marketing Services Private Limited.

The products are available at Lifestyle,

Health & Glow, Central, New U and Top

beauty stores (Log in to www.kaunis.

in for the nearest store).

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WÜRFEL ADDS ZING TO

THE INDIAN KITCHEN

FENDA AUDIO (F&D)

UNLEASHES TROLLY

SPEAKER “T2”

IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

WÜRFEL is the fastest

growing modular kitchen

and wardrobe brand

in the country that has

revolutionized the Indian

modular kitchen industry with

its commitment of providing

the finest European modular

kitchens and wardrobes at a

highly competitive pricing.

Würfel is an extremely

quality conscious brand that

conforms to superior quality

standards in designing,

manufacturing, installation

and servicing and offers

comprehensive solutions to

its customers. Würfel Küche

adheres to strong European

traditions, 100 per cent top-ofthe-line

German machinery,

raw materials and fittings

from across Europe, to deliver

world-class kitchens that

WITH THE FESTIVE season round

the corner, India’s leading audio

solutions brand, Fenda Audio, has

launched its new flagship Trolly

Speaker “T2” with an exhilarating

output power of 3000 PMPO.

Fenda Audio (India) Pvt. Ltd.

was established in 2004 with an

objective of bringing a new audio

experience in consumer home

at an affordable price. Fenda

Audio now expands its product

portfolio with T2 Trolly Speakers

with cutting-edge technology to

generate high-end performance.

The latest product offers integrated

amplification and Bluetooth

connectivity with compatible

devices including smartphones,

tablets and computers along with

Karaoke features. The Trolly

Speaker, “T2” brings together a

unique metal grill design that gives

speak of innovation, style

and functionality. The best

of Europe handpicked and

produced within 30 days.

Würfel has rapidly spread

its presence pan-India and

is available in Bengaluru,

Patna, Coimbatore, Goa, Surat,

Jammu, Hyderabad, Kochi,

Tirupati and is opening very

soon in Mumbai, Calicut,

Trivandrum, Bhubaneswar,

Gurgaon, Hubli, Hospet,

Mangalore, Mysore, Chennai,

Gurgaon and Kolkata. All

Würfel retail products comes

with a 10 years warranty and

a lifetime warranty for all

fittings and hardware.

To know more about

Würfel or to own a Würfel

showroom please visit www.

wurfel.in, call 1800 3000 2926

or email contact@wurfel.in

the speaker a classic and highend

look packed with a 12v inbuilt

rechargeable battery. It also has

an in-built sturdy handle push bar

to drag the speaker system. Trolly

Speaker “T2” creates stunning

surround sound with the most

powerful and authentic sound

effects with uninterrupted music

upto eight hours. The speaker is

crafted with a sturdy front panel,

belting out an enormous sound of

3000 PMPO to let you lose in the

swashbuckling surround sounds.

The speaker system comes with

10” and 3” full-range drivers,

diligently eliminating the sound

distortion and ensures consistent,

fully optimized stereo sounds.

The speaker comes with the singalong

feature. The device can also

be controlled by a Smartphone

application.

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INDIA’S

No.1

Best

On-Time Performance

in the year 2016-17

Highest Occupancy Rate

for 29 consecutive months


BOOKS

REVIEWS

READER'S CORNER

What the serious bookworm is checking out this month

BOLSHOI

CONFIDENTIAL

Simon Morrison

On a freezing night in

January 2013, an

assailant hurled acid in

the face of the artistic

director of the Bolshoi

Ballet, Sergei Filin. The

crime, organized by a

lead soloist, dragged one

of Russia’s most

illustrious institutions

into scandal. Under

Vladimir Putin, the

Bolshoi Theatre has been

called on to preserve

Russia’s lengthy artistic

legacy and to mirror its

neo-imperial ambitions.

As Simon Morrison, one

of the world's leading

nusicologists, shows

readers in his new tourde-force

account, the

attack, and its torrid

aftermath, underscored

the importance of the

Bolshoi to the art of

ballet, to Russia, and to

the world. With exclusive

access to state archives

and private sources,

Morrison sweeps us

through the history of

the ballet, tracing the

political ties that bind

the institution to the

varying Russian regimes,

and detailing the birth of

some of the best-loved

ballets in the repertoire.

POSKEM

Wendell Rodricks

Goans are presently

experiencing the last

generation of Poskim —

young children taken in

by wealthy families and

retained most often as

servants. In a narrative

that spans Portuguese

Goa to post the liberation

of India’s golden state,

Poskem: Goans in the

Shadows takes the reader

to locales from Mumbai

to Lyon, Pune to Paris

and into the world of the

Poskim people and Goan

recipes. Through

happiness and hope,

despair and delusion,

Rodricks writes of an

unspoken, unheard of and

shamefully silenced world

of the last generation of a

people that would soon

be forgotten but for this

book preserving their

story for posterity.

Mumbai-born Rodricks

studied Fashion

Designing in the USA and

France from 1986 to 1988.

His first collection from

Goa earned him the title

‘Guru of Minimalism’ and

his next collection in 1995

pioneered the concept of

‘resort wear’ and ‘ecofriendly’

garments at a

time the words were not

yet coined in India.

31 MILES

Vinita Bakshi

Mansa has the perfect

family life — a husband,

two daughters and a big

house. But she feels that

something is missing. Her

frustration with being just

a homemaker intensifies.

After shifting to a major

city, she decides to take

the reins of her life in her

own hands — she decides

to step out and seek a

career. While enjoying the

new-found freedom and

confidence, she

completely immerses

herself in her work and

her new life. Till one

fateful day when she

finds herself embroiled in

a passionate affair—with

an online lover. And then

everything falls apart! 31

Miles is the story of a

woman who finds her

own worth after marriage,

and works towards selfemancipation.

Will she

give it all up for the

elusive mirage created by

the stranger? What turn

will her life take next?

This is Bakshi’s debut

novel. “I know I am going

to be judged but there

are several issues which

have haunted me as a

sociologist and a gender

activist. So, I wove these

issues interestingly in 31

Miles,” she has said.

THE INDIAN SPY

Mihir Bose

Bhagat Ram Talwar, a

Hindu Pathan from the

Northwest Frontier

Province of British India,

was the only quintuple

spy of World War II,

spying for Britain, Italy,

Germany, Japan and the

USSR. His exploits and

the people he worked

with were truly

remarkable. His spying

missions saw him walk

back and forth 24 times

from Peshawar to Kabul

eluding capture and

certain death. He fooled

the Germans so

successfully that they

gave him £ 2.5 million,

in today’s money and

awarded him the Iron

Cross. His British

spymaster was Peter

Fleming, the brother of

Ian Fleming, creator of

James Bond. Fleming,

operating from the

gardens of the Viceroy’s

House in wartime Delhi,

gave him the code

name Silver. Talwar

became a spy after he

helped Subhas Chandra

Bose escape India via

Kabul. Bose was seeking

help from Germany and

Japan to free India and

never discovered that

Talwar was betraying

him to the British.

THE SEVENTH

SENSE

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Endless terror. Refugee

waves. An unfixable

global economy.

Surprising election

results. New billion-dollar

fortunes. Miracle medical

advances. What if they

were all connected? What

if you could understand

why? The Seventh

Sense examines the

historic force now shaking

our world — and explains

how our leaders, our

businesses, and each of

us can master it. All

around us now we are

surrounded by events

that are difficult to

understand. But every

day, new figures and

forces emerge that seem

to have mastered this

tumultuous age.

Sometimes these are the

leaders of the most

earthshaking companies

of our time. Or they are

successful investors or

our best generals. Other

times, however, quick

success is going to

terrorists, rebels, and

figures intent on chaos.

What if we could know

the secret of those who

can make sense of this

age? What if we could

apply it to the questions

that worry us most?

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CD RED CARPET

COLLECTION BY

CHARAGH DIN

BE THE CENTRE OF

unfair attention with the

CD Red Carpet Collection.

Move in your own orbit

and feel the cosmos turn

its gaze on you. Become a cause as you

adorn one such energy. Take a moment to

soak it all in as the world lies suspended.

These high-style-quotient shirts are equally

at home whether you are attending the

awards or receiving them. Italian Linen,

blended fabrics and sharp cuts. Shop

online at www.cdshirts.com or walk in to

The Charagh Din Store at 64, Wodehouse

Road, Colaba, Mumbai 400 005 or call 91 22

61522300. Follow Charagh Din on facebook

at http://www.facebook.com/cdshirts

WRAP STUDIO’S

IMPRESSIVE

GROWTH

IN FOCUS

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DELIGHTFUL

CULINARY

EXPERIENCE

AT LOCAL

A STREET FOOD BAR

for edgy, cultured, free spirited, laid back and witty folks, the

cuisine at Local in Delhi’s happening Connaught Place brings

forth flavours from the hidden corners of your locality. The

menu is not only inclusive, but also caters to the palate of the

uninitiated and the gourmand, alike. The food is wholesome,

of great quality and affordable and the menu offers the best

of international and Indian dishes. Local is the brainchild of

Umang Tewari, a restaurateur who is targeting to be bigger and

better and has no stopping. In the past, he is one of the select

few who are responsible for making Delhi a culinary haven with

admired brands like OTB, The Vault Café, Skooter, The Junkyard

Cafe, Garam Dharam and The Junction. “It has been said that

the right ingredients make a right dish,” says Umang Tiwari.

“Similarly, there are some elements that go in making a good

restaurant — right location, good quality food, right target

audience, good service and good ambience."

YOUNG AND DYNAMIC, Siddharth

Saigal followed his passion for

enhancing sartorial elegance

under the patronage of his family

grown company Kashyaps.

Equipped with an honours degree

in marketing from London, he

shouldered the inherent and

emerging responsibilities befitting

the fourth generation business

of manufacturing and trading of

pashminas, cashmeres and other

blends of silk wool adorned with

exquisite embellishments. At a

young age of 24, the revelation that

life meant going beyond monetary

and materialistic profits paved the

path of success for him. He knew

that his life had to revolve outside

the purview of manufacturing and

trading. Living up to the challenge

of manifesting an existence to

his range of exquisite products,

Siddharth conceived the brand

name Wrap Studio. Since then,

there has been no looking back.

Hurdles present themselves in

the form of market competition,

pricing strategy, appropriate brand

positioning and product excellence.

With a firm belief in uniting

the globe via social networking,

Siddharth launched Wrap Studio’s

creations online, which garnered an

impressive number of customers.

His next entrepreneurial venture

was to impart a tangible existence

to Wrap Studio by founding the

biggest showroom in his workplace,

Shahpur Jat, the fast emerging

fashion hub of Delhi. Thus, in 2010,

Wrap Studio’s showroom gained

momentum and weaved itself into

the heart of fashion lovers. An ideal

location coupled with marketing

expertise, Wrap Studio emerged as

one of the most famous brands for

digital and hand painted scarves.

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ST. ANGELOS PROMOTES

FUTSAL IN A BIG WAY

Agnelorajesh, Arya and Nagu Chidambaram

IN FOCUS

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A new fever catching Indians

all over the country is futsal, a

shorter version of football and

more creative in nature with

display of skills and blazing

speed with just five players

to a side. The playground is

one and a half times that of a

basketball court and a game

lasts just 40 minutes in all. St.

Angelos VNCT Ventures has

forayed into sports with the

St. Angelos VNCT Chennai

Singhams futsal team in the

Premier Futsal Leage (PFL).

The objective of St. Angelos

VNCT is to support this

fastest-growing sport in India

and also to be a part of PFL

which has created history by

going live in more than 85

countries through TV telecast

and social media. St. Angelos

VNCT Ventures has engaged

South Indian filmstar Arya

as thier co-owner and brand

ambassador. Agnelorajesh and

Nagu Chidambaram, directors

at St. Angelos VNCT Ventures,

who are themselves sports

enthusiasts, have decided to

establish fustal pitches in all

thier White Villa projects

across the country, beginning

with The White Villas ,

Oragadam/Chennai. They

will also create a lounge of

St. Angelos VNCT Chennai

Singhams at Kamala theatre

in Chennai. The company

also aims to create St. Angelos

VNCT fustal tournaments

across the cities and aims

to identify Ronaldinhos for

India so that Indians too will

beat the best teams across the

world in the coming days.

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MONTAGE




FABINDIA PRESENTS

MALHAR COLLECTION

WITH ITS LUXURIOUS feel in

striking colours, Fabindia presents

Malhar, an exclusive range of

occasion wear. The new collection

lets the festive mood take the lead

and strikes just the right note

of celebration with its exciting

offering in Indian and western wear

for women, men and kids. While

bringing to you a contemporary

take on dressing up for celebrations,

Malhar draws inspiration from the

rich architectural heritage of Hampi

against the monsoon sky to bring

to the fore classic brocade work,

zari trims, kalamkari motifs, block

prints with gold and silver khari,

gota work and elaborate embroidered

patterns in vibrant colours. Shades

of kalamkali coral, ananda blue,

sindoori red, mehndi green, kesar

orange, beige and hints of gold form

the colour palette of the collection.

Watch out for the extensive variety

in Chanderi and Maheswari fabrics

sourced from the traditional weaving

centres of Chanderi and Maheshwar.

Sari, stoles and dupattas showcase

a bold use of zari in borders, bright

colour combinations, different

patterns from traditional bootas to

contemporary zig zag. With choices

for both smart day wear and elegant

evening wear, this festive season,

women can choose from classic

a-lines, anarkalis, flared and double

layered styles to embellished tops,

swirly ghera skirts, tops, tunics,

palazzos and dresses. Complete

the look with the stunning range

of gold plated ear rings or choices

in handcrafted antique silver along

with brocade clutch bags. Offering

choices for the entire family, this

pre-festive offering presents vibrant

choices for men and kids.

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KONE TO EXPAND

CAPACITY IN INDIA

KONE INDIA is a global leader in

elevators and escalators. Helsinki,

Finland headquartered KONE

Corporation was ranked as one

of the world’s most innovative

companies by Forbes magazine

for the sixth year in running.

KONE solutions are targeted at

various segments like Residential,

Mr. Amit Gossain, MD, KONE India

IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

Office, Hotel, Retail, Medical,

Public Transport, Multiuse and

Marine. KONE’s presence in India

dates back to 1984 and today it

is a leading elevator company in

India. Based in Chennai, KONE

India serves customers all over the

country through its 40+ branches.

It employs about 4100 + people in

the country. KONE’s production

unit in Chennai produces elevators

for the Indian market as well as

for Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri

Lanka. The production unit also

manufactures components for

modernization projects in other

Asian-Pacific markets such as

Australia, Korea, Singapore and

Malaysia. Chennai also has a

training centre where KONE’s

installation engineers and field

mechanics are trained to meet

KONE India’s strong reputation for

high quality and uncompromised

safety, as well as the expectations of

Indian customers, when installing

and maintaining elevators and

escalators. KONE Corporation

has six manufacturing facilities

across the globe and their India

operation ranks among the top

five. KONE has been awarded four

2013 GOOD DESIGN awards for its

design offering, functional elevator

signalization series and sleek new

elevator car design. India has the

world’s second largest Elevator &

Escalator (E&E) market today, after

China, with the current market

size at around 45,000-50,000

installations per year, out of which

Kone’s market share is estimated at

20 per cent. Providing impetus to

the Government of India’s ‘Make in

India’ initiative, KONE is looking

into the process of enhancing its

production capacity of elevators

from the stable of KONE.

INNOVATIVE

SOLUTIONS FROM

CALCO POLY TECHNIK

Mr. Vijay Gupta (right) Founder and Managing

Director, Calco Group and Mr. Varun Gupta,

Director, Calco Poly Technik

CALCO POLY TECHNIK is

India’s leading supplier of high

performance plastic. Since 1999, the

Calco Group has set itself apart with

a focus in maintaining superior

product quality and seeking new

opportunities for research and

development. The group is focused

on sustainable solutions. Calco Poly

Technik is India’s fastest growing

enterprise, providing its customers

with value-added products,

services and innovative solutions

encompassing product development

in different market verticals.

The vision of Calco Poly Technik

is to be India’s Most Preferred

Global Plastic Solution Provider. It

caters to customers from diverse

Industries viz. Automotive,

Electrical & Electronics, Appliances

and Industrial Goods, to name a

few. Calco Group has reinforced its

contribution in the plastic industry

by setting up its second Plant at

Haryana with an investment of

over Rs 500 Million. It will be a

state-of-the-art production facility

with world class material handling

equipments in a built-up area of

100,000 sq. feet, planned to be up

and running by end of 2018.

Calco is one of the leading providers

of high performance polymers,

colour and additive solutions. With

an experience of over 18 years and

serving more than 1000 customers,

it aims to become India’s Most

Preferred Global Plastic Solution

Provider. Its multiple production

facility, with total production

capacity of 20KTPA ensures it

covers a wide variety of markets

and end-use-applications. It makes

an impact with a team of more than

associates.

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ARTS

PIPLI

MYRIAD

EXPRESSIONS

DRAWING FROM RITUAL ROOTS, THE APPLIQUÉ CRAFT

OF PIPLI EXPRESSES ITSELF IN A BURST OF COLOUR

AND MOTIFS. BY BRINDA GILL

Top to bottom: An artisan working on an

applique handicraft; and a shop selling

colourful applique items

With its

heritage of

natural

beauty, beautiful temples,

exquisite sculpture,

Odissi classical dance and

charming crafts, Odisha

along the Bay of Bengal

offers travellers a

spectrum of experiences.

The magnificent

Jagannath temple at Puri,

honouring the presiding

deity of the temple as the

Lord of the Universes, is a

revered centre of worship

and pilgrimage especially

during temple festivals.

And centred around the

faith in the enshrined

deities is the centuriesold

craft of appliqué as

colourful textiles to don

idols, colourful canopies,

umbrellas and banners

needed for temple rituals

were crafted in and

around the town.

Puri is a centre of

faith and fervour during

the Rath Yatra, the

annual temple festival

that witnesses the images

of the deities - Lord

Jagannath, Lord

Balabhadra and Goddess

Subhadra - being taken

out in huge chariots, decorated with

appliquéd textiles, pulled by devotees.

Each year the canopies are crafted anew

in the colours prescribed by tradition: the

chariot of Lord Jagannath has a red and

yellow cover, the chariot of Balabhadra

has a red and green cover, and the chariot

of Goddess Subhadra has a red and black

cover. And as lakhs of devotees throng the

avenue for a glimpse of the chariots, they

identify each deity’s chariot by the

colours of its canopy.

The coastal town of Pipli, located

between the capital Bhubaneswar and

Puri, is synonymous with applique craft.

For centuries, artisans in Pipli have

created appliqué textiles for the

Jagannath Temple; they are said to have

been appointed for this purpose by a royal

decree in the mid-11th century. And these

textiles continue to be crafted for

religious festivals; for pilgrims who

purchase them as temple offerings, for

rituals at home, and as religious souvenirs

of their pilgrimage.

In the typical appliqué technique,

small pieces of cloth are cut into different

shapes and stitched onto a plain cotton

cloth, with the sides being neatly turned

in, to create motifs and patterns;

embroidery, mirror work and rickrack

add to the eye-catching textile. The size of

the motifs and their arrangement is

worked out keeping in mind the article, its

shape and size, and the composition.

Some motifs may bear triangles that

are stitched to the base fabric only on one

side thus creating a spiked and threedimensional

effect. Traditional motifs

include birds, fish, elephants, parrots,

peacocks, sun, moon, flowers and

creepers. Traditionally bright and dark

colours such as red, black, yellow, white

and green have been used for crafting

appliqué articles, with contrasting colour

combinations between ground fabric and

motifs.

Moving onto the 21st century, the

craft is flourishing with craftspersons

creating a variety of articles for

contemporary and urban needs such as

umbrellas, bags, wall hangings, lamps,

cushion covers and bedspreads. Apart

from traditional motifs, they also create

motifs and compositions from their

imagination and use non-traditional

colours in their works. In this way, an

ancient craft that emerged from religious

and ritual roots has blossomed to meet a

spectrum of requirements from the

sacred to the secular.

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CINEMA

PERSONALITY

“THE FILM WILL RESONATE WITH DELHITES”

UPCOMING FILM NARAYAN IS A DELHI-CENTRIC LABOUR OF LOVE

BY PRODUCER-DIRECTOR-ACTOR-WRITER JOGESH SEHDEVA

New film Narayan helmed

by Delhi filmmaker

Jogesh Sehdeva is a

unique film that has the

tagline “Apni Dilli ki film”. The film was

planned keeping in mind that it should

have as much as Delhi as possible

including cast, crew and locations. The

filmmaker was keen on showing a side

of the city most people are not aware of.

The action drama follows a father’s

quest of transformation from an

overweight middle class man to a

ruthless MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

fighter — all to get back his son from the

clutches of greed and crime. The film

also explores the lengths to which a

man can go to protect his family.

Having lived all his life in Delhi,

Jogesh had ventured to Mumbai

aspiring to make the film. But after

seeing the passion in artistes and

technicians from Delhi and the hunger

to be noticed, he decided to completely

base it in Delhi. The film stars actors

from the Delhi theatre circuit. “I am

very excited to showcase the world the

talent which I found in Delhi. The

characters are such that Delhites will

identify with them,” he says. “The film

will resonate with Delhites.”

The trailer was released on

September 19 and has received a good

response on social media. Jogesh is

confident that like the trailer, the film

too will be adopted by all Delhites. In

conversation with Jogesh Sehdeva,

film maker, entrepreneur and True

Blue Dilliwallah

Tell us about your roots and your early

days. When did you decide to become a

filmmaker and what has the journey been

like from then onwards?

Early in my student life, I aspired to

become an actor and worked towards it.

I started acting and modelling and got

involved in theatre before moving to

Mumbai. One of my few achievements

included being a finalist at Grasim Mr.

India 1997-98. Unfortunately luck did

not work in my favour and due to family

responsibilities I had to move back to

Delhi after struggling for two years. I

started again in Delhi as a businessman

and achieved success in a short span of

time. But all along the the zeal to

become a filmmaker and actor never

died within me. I continued with

theatre once I was back in Delhi.

Narayan, your debut directorial, seems to

be a promising story. You have also

produced and acted in the film. How

challenging was it to juggle all these roles?

Being the director, producer and actor

simultaneously became easier as the

crew took it really positively and they

felt like home on the sets. I was elated

to work with the whole crew and they

made my journey as a director pretty

easy.

The film saw you change your body from

fat to fit. Tell us about your method and

how did you go about shooting the two

looks? Also, tell us about your casting and

your reason to make it a Delhi-centric

film.

The journey from fat to fit required a

good amount of dedication and time. I

did not come from a sports enthusiast

background and with no knowledge of

boxing, to achieve a physique like that

looked difficult. However we had some

great professionals on board and we

made it happen.

For an independent filmmaker, how hard

was it to find funding and ultimately

secure a theatrical release?

When I began I knew it wouldn’t be a

cake walk. I figured there would be lots

of hurdles and number of difficult

battles. All I had was determination to

begin with and that motivated me

towards my goal.

What is next in the pipeline for you? Any

upcoming acting or directorial projects?

I am working on a couple of scripts.

However I am not in a rush as of now. I

will figure out what to do after I am

done with Narayan.

Narayan is written and directed by

Jogesh Sehdeva. Produced by Ajiveena

Films Entertainment, the film is slated

to release on November 3, 2017

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GING IS THE NEWEST

ADDITION TO BANGALORE’S

VIBRANT DINING SCENE

IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

PERCHED ON THE TOP

FLOOR OF THE ROYAL

ORCHID CENTRAL HOTEL

at Bengaluru’s Manipal

Center, Ging restaurant has

enviably the best location

in town, overlooking Ulsoor

Lake, Cubbon Road and

acres of army green. Ging

is a play on Beijing, and the

food is Chinese inspired,

with a few hints of Asian

flavours thrown in. The food

menu stretches from known

staples like dim sum and

duck noodles to hawker grill.

As you walk down the grand

staircase into the restaurant,

you are greeted by an

enormous dragon painted

onto porcelain plates,

inspired by Chinese blue

pottery. A glass tower with

a champagne and whisky

bar is the first thing for you

to experience. Sitting above

this bar is the DJ, who has

the best views overlooking

the restaurant and the

alfresco space. Beyond the

restaurant, which is a mix

of modern decor, antique

wooden framework, bird

cages and backlight panels,

is a sleek modern outdoor

space. This beautiful

alfresco verandah is 14 floors

above the city. Pillars are

clad in terracotta inspired by

the warriors of Xian, with

a blue porcelain inspired

lattice wall wrapping

the walls ending with an

outdoor bar that overlooks

the city. With the breeze and

the views, the mixologist has

been trained to serve unique

cocktails to suit every mood.

MAKE A STYLE STATEMENT WITH QUEEN’S COUTURE

IN A WORLD FILLED WITH

MASS PRODUCED BRANDS,

finding one’s own individual style

to stand out every day and during

special occasions is a continuing

challenge for women of all ages.

And sensing this opportunity,

a number of new outlets have

emerged in Amritsar, but Queen’s

Couture is the first among

equals. Its fresh take on fashion

and hand-picked collections has

made it one of Amritsar’s most

loved women’s ethnic fashion

destinations. Queen’s Couture

on Lawrence Road, began over

15 years ago by Mr. Navdeep

Singh as an endeavor to enhance

and bring freshness to wedding

and special occasion attire, and

today, it has evolved to become

a brand that is synonymous

with exclusive style. Wedding

attires include designer wear for

brides, bridegrooms, bridemaids,

groomsmen and the entire

family. In addition to its exquisite

creations, Queen’s Couture also

offers customization facilities.

Their master tailors are

exceptionally skilled and help

you create ensembles according

to the design of your choice.

Perfect cuts, vibrant and classy

shades, fine finish and quality are

the hallmark of their creations.

So the next time you want to

make a statement or stand out,

Queen’s Couture may just be the

place for you.

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

THE SKETCHER

When not flying, Yeshi Sangmo - Cabin Crew (Inflight Services),

SpiceJet, unwinds by drawing beautiful sketches of people, places

and other things that appeal to her

The first thing that strikes you is her

self-effacing and candid nature. “I

am no artist nor have I ever received

any formal training for sketching or

painting,” says Yeshi Sangmo, a Cabin

Crew (Inflight Services) at SpiceJet.

And yet, even a cursory look at her

sketches reveal that some of her

works can be considered on par with

those of art school students.

It all began about a decade ago

when Sangmo took up sketching, just

to relax. Over time, she discovered it

to be a suitable activity to “illustrate

my unspoken words and an absolute

bliss to spend time.” The icing on the

cake came when her sketches were

appreciated all around.

It was then that a friend informed

her about social, cultural and

religious institutes that accept art as

donation. “The concept of sketching

for such institutes and doing my bit

in my own way gives me immense

self-satisfaction,” says Sangmo,

before concluding, “I hope to improve

my talent and keep expressing myself

through my art.”

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IGNCA, JANPATH, NEW DELHI

TIMINGS: 11AM- 10PMM


REGIONS

EVENTS

Manipur Raas Leela

HERE COMES THE

SCINTILLATING

NORTH EAST

FESTIVAL

STARTING NOVEMBER 3, 2017, THE

POPULAR EVENT IS BACK IN NEW

DELHI, SHOWCASING THE BEST OF THE

NORTH EAST

An event that brings

the colours and talent

of North East India to

Delhi, the North East

Festival is back in its

latest avatar this

November. In the last four years, the

festival has garnered a huge fan following

and has became an annual event for both

culture connoisseurs and media alike.

North India and Indians have

traditionally been handicapped

when it comes to their knowledge

about North East India and the

festival has bridged the awareness

gap in this region. The Festival has

also greatly helped in the promotion

of tourism in the North East region.

The fifth edition of North East

Festival will be held from

November 3 to 5, 2017 at IGNCA,

Janpath, New Delhi. It will present

a colourful mosaic of the North East

including 30 dance forms like Naga

warrior dance, Thang ta of

Manipur, Hojagiri of Tripura, Bamboo

dance of Mizoram, Wangala dance of

Meghalaya, Lion dance of Arunachal

Pradesh and many more. The famous

Mukha Bhaona of Samaguri Sattra from

Majuli in Assam, Rhythms of Manipur

and North East Festival’s Carnival will

light up Delhi’s cultural mosaic.

The region is known for its exotic

handloom and handicrafts products and

the Festival will bring around 150

Boxer Mary Kom, singer Zubeen Garg and actor

Adil Hussain walking Yana Ngoba’s creations

during the fashion show at NE Festival

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EVENTS

weavers/artisans to showcase their

creations, with able support from

NEHHDC. A Buyers-Sellers Meet cum

Design weekend will be organized that

will showcase the top designs of the

North East. The creations will be

presented by beautiful North Eastern

models and celebrity showstoppers.

Tourism is the main focus of the

festival. Around 30 tour operators from

North East will exhibit various

destinations of the region. A B2B meet on

tourism will see tour operators of North

East interacting with India’s top tour

operators.

The North East is famous for organic

fruits and vegetables. With support from

NERAMAC, an organic hub will present

various organic products of the region

including food processing products. The

North East Festival has helped in

popularizing North Eastern cuisines;

many new restaurants have emerged

from the Festival.

An exhibition comprising North

Eastern films, art and photography,

graffiti and doodle art will present young

artistes from the region thus

transforming IGNCA into an art hub

during the tenure of the festival. A major

attraction will be the NEF Rock battle;

which will feature rock bands of Delhi’s

top colleges competing for some

attractive prizes. The NEF Football Cup

will be organized during between

October 26 and November 2, 2017. It will

see Delhi’s top colleges competing with

North East Football clubs.

The evening musical stage will see

some of the finest musical talents of India

including Papon, Zubeen Garg, Alobo

Naga, rapper Borkung Hrangkhal, heavy

metal bands Pulse Pandits, Girish &

Chronicles (GATC), Traffic Jam, Avora

Records, Lucid Reccess, International DJ

Teri Miko and many others. The daytime

stage will see around 20 young musical

bands performing non-stop. This will be

the biggest collection of musical talent in

one place in Delhi. The festival will be a

collaborative attempt of IGNCA,

NEHHDC, various government bodies of

North Eastern states and driven by the

well-known socio cultural trust, Trend

MMS who also organize the famous

Rongali Festival of Assam and Colours of

North East at the Taj Mahal Palace,

Mumbai. Mr. Shyamkanu Mahanta, the

Chief Organiser of the Festival informs

that various North Eastern states and

developmental councils will present

investment and tourism potentials of

the region.

Mr. Mahanta lauded SpiceJet for its

continuous support to the North East

Festival since its inception. With a very

strong network and connectivity in the

North East region, Spicejet has ensured

that talented musicians, designers and

artists get extensive exposure on the

national platform. A major attraction of

this year’s Festival will be a special

showcase by SpiceJet displaying the

hugely popular SpiceStyle products.

Entry to the festival is free. Timings: 11

am to 10 pm. For more details visit www.

northeastfestival.com and www.facebook.

com/NorthEastFestival

From top: A fashion show will be one of the

highlights; staging of Ram Bijoy Ankia Bhowna

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

SpiceJet to enhance

services from Belagavi airport

SpiceJet, the country’s favourite

low-cost carrier, has announced the

launch of four new direct flights on

its domestic network effective from

October 3, 2017. Focusing on enhancing

connectivity between key metro and

non-metro cities, with the flight launch

between Chennai-Belagavi-Chennai,

SpiceJet becomes the first airline to

offer daily direct flights on the route.

The airline has also introduced direct

flight services between Bengaluru-

Coimbatore-Bengaluru and Bengaluru-

Madurai-Bengaluru sectors. The only

airline to operate on the Bengaluru-

Belagavi-Bengaluru sector, SpiceJet

further reinforces connectivity on the

route with the addition of its second

frequency. It will deploy its Bombardier

Q400 aircrafts on all of the routes. With

the addition of two new flights there

will be a total of four departures from

Belagavi from the present two.

Ms. Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and

Revenue Officer, SpiceJet said, “We

always endeavour to provide the best

of the services to our customers by

frequently augmenting our network

and giving them world class travel

experience every time they fly with

us. Our focus has always been on

connecting key non-metro cities with

the metro cities and thereby elevating

the Tier II and Tier III cities on the pan

India aviation map.” Bookings for tickets

are now open on www.spicejet.com,

SpiceJet’s mobile app and through

online travel portals and travel agents.

SpiceJet adds Dibrugarh as its 50th destination

SpiceJet is launching its latest domestic destination, Dibrugarh, on October 3, 2017,

by introducing daily flight services on the Silchar-Guwahati-Dibrugarh route. With the

launch of the new service, SpiceJet will put Dibrugarh on the pan India aviation map

through seamless onward connections on its network. With the new flights SpiceJet

will now operate a total of 26 flights in and out of North East and a total of eight flights

within the region.

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam said, “We thank SpiceJet

and especially Mr. Ajay Singh for accepting our request and providing air connectivity

to the citizens of Assam and North East. I hope that this service continues unabated.”

Mr. Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “SpiceJet remains

committed to enhancing connectivity to the North East and we are extremely pleased

to add Dibrugarh to our network. This flight has been specially started because of the

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal.”

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SpiceJet’s Team Kochi

celebrates Onam in style

For Kochi, it was a special Onam. Team

Kochi celebrated the Pooradam Day, the

eighth day of the 10 day festival. The

day began with a Pookalam, a colourful

arrangement of flowers on the floor.

The Kochi team worked for eight hours

to make the Pookalam picture-perfect.

Staffers from various departments were

dressed in ethnic wear to participate

in the celebrations. The next event was

Thiruvathira Kali, the traditional Kerala

dance. Female staff from IFSD and GS

who had practised for three weeks,

performed the dance on the floor. Since

it was announced a bit early the terminal

was packed with people watching the

Thiruvathira Kali.

SpiceJet enhances frequency on Jaipur-Udaipur route

SpiceJet, the country’s favourite low-cost carrier, has announced a new daily

evening direct flight on the Jaipur-Udaipur-Jaipur sector starting from October

13, 2017. This will be in addition to the daily morning flight. Bookings for tickets on

the new frequency are now open. Deploying its Bombardier Q400 aircraft on the

sector, SG 2971 will take off from Jaipur at 6.35 pm and reach Udaipur at 7.45 pm.

The return flight from Udaipur, SG 2972, will take off at 8.05 pm and reach Jaipur at

8.55 pm. With the addition of this new flight, the airline will now connect Udaipur

twice daily from Jaipur. Jaipur is also connected with Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh,

Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jammu and Surat with direct flights and connects Goa and

Mumbai via Ahmedabad and Surat respectively and a host of other Indian cities on

the domestic network. Internationally Jaipur is connected with a daily flight to Dubai

and convenient via connections to Muscat, Colombo and Bangkok. Passengers from

Udaipur get convenient onward connections to Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa, Hyderabad

and Kolkata via Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur on the domestic network and Bangkok,

Dubai and Kabul on SpiceJet’s international network.

Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is one of the most notable destinations

in India renowned for historical importance. It is not only well-known for being an

important tourist hotspot but also as an upcoming business centre with presence

across manufacturing and information technology space. On the other hand, the

picturesque city of Udaipur, also known as the City of lakes, is an important tourist

destination. Once the capital of the kingdom of Mewar, it is now part of the Smart

Cities mission initiated by the Government of India. Ms. Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and

Revenue Officer, SpiceJet, said, “SpiceJet always strives to give its passengers the

best flight connections and options to meet their social and business obligations. The

new evening flight will give passengers an option of same day return. "

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

FLIGHT BOOKINGS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

SpiceJet’s popular mobile app offers never before convenience and speed for customers on-the-go

With SpiceJet’s new mobile

app, customers will find it

more convenient than ever

before to make and manage bookings,

check flight status, and receive

exclusive offers on their mobile devices.

The interface is so simple that even the

origin of journey helpfully gets autofilled

thanks to inbuilt geo-tagging.

The app also allows customers to

book or add exciting SpiceJet add-on

products such as choosing premium

SpiceMAX seats, in-flight meals and

Priority Check-in. Customers can also

pre-book excess baggage at discounted

rates through this app.

The payment gateway of the app

offers a variety of options like Quickpay,

credit card, debit card and Internet

banking. The Quickpay option ensures

instant booking with just a single click.

You can download the official

SpiceJet app from Google Playstore

and App Store.

Spice First Check-in

SpiceJet has raised the

bar of customer comfort

and convenience with the

effective integration of

technology into its services.

In a first of its kind initiative

by any airline in the country,

the carrier has launched

Spice First Check-In. This

enables customers to get

their boarding pass on their

smartphones at the click of

a button. The service will

be initially introduced at

Hyderabad as a pilot project.

The airline which has

set a new benchmark in

the country by launching a

slew of customer-friendly

and innovative products

and services has effectively

incorporated Near Field

Communication (NFC)

and Beacon technologies

with its mobile application.

This enables customers

who have booked tickets

through the SpiceJet mobile

app to receive boarding

passes directly on their

smartphones. Customers

will thus be relieved from

standing in long queues

thus further enhancing their

travel experience.

STEP: 1

The main

menu screen

offers four

options. To

book a flight,

select Flight

Booking

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ENJOY EXCLUSIVE OFFERS

With Spicejet’s hot new mobile app, one can not only book flight tickets on the go, prebook

spice add-ons, check flight status and manage one’s bookings, but also get access

to exclusive discounts. Book through the mobile app and get up to 20% discount on

flight tickets and 20% discount on meals

STEP: 2

Choose the required field. Fill in

the details and click on the Search

Flights options

STEP: 3

Flights options according to date of

travel are displayed. The fare details

are at the bottom

STEP: 4

On selection of the button, the

detailed fare sumary is displayed

STEP: 5

Once the required flight option

has been selected, fill in your

contact details

STEP: 6

Fliers can choose numerous add-on

options that will make the journey

hassle-free

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STEP: 7

Customers can pay via Credit or

Debit card. QuickPay option saves

transaction time


SPICEJET

INSIDER

ST RS OF SPICEJET

Meet SpiceJet achievers from our IFSD (Inflight) department, who have

stood out for their outstanding work

NEHA CHAUHAN

DELHI

Customer appreciation: My

journey was comfortable

and pleasant on a recent flight from Delhi

to Jammu. The flight crew was extremely

attentive, hospitable and courteous. I

would like to add that Neha is a thorough

professional who is well aware of the

different facets of her vocation.

Experience with SpiceJet: It has been

a glorious two years and 8 months with

SpiceJet, all adding up to an incredible

journey. Each day here is phenomenal.

There is a homely feeling at SpiceJet. I

would like to thank each and every person

associated with the company for being

immensely supportive all this while for

my growth. In particular, I am extremely

grateful to people at my base who have

helped me throughout my journey.

LALITA SINGH

AHMEDABAD

Customer appreciation:

I was travelling between

Ahmedabad and Chennai recently and had

a superb experience throughout the flight.

The service was truly flawless and the

crew attentive and competent. Lalita did a

fantastic job. She was pleasant and helpful

to all passengers – a perfect example of a

good crew.

Experience with SpiceJet: It’s been a year

at SpiceJet and I am immensely proud

to be part of it. SpiceJet has given me

name, fame and above all appreciation

and blessings from passengers. I always

believed in the concept that ‘Service to

human is service to God’. It makes me

feel great when people around you know

you by your work. Once I am in uniform it

makes me more responsible for those who

come on-board.

IFSD (INFLIGHT)

PARMITA DEKA

DELHI

Customer appreciation:

I was flying from

Bengaluru to Guwahati recently and

was very impressed with Pramita’s

work throughout the flight. She was

proactive in everything that she did. I

am sure she is capable of handling all

kinds of situations.

Experience with SpiceJet: This is a

great company to be a part of. The

best thing here is that it is very much

employee-oriented. The environment

out here is really good. My overall

experience till now has been wonderful.

There is an amazing work culture,

including lot of support from colleagues

and seniors. The hard work that they

put into every assignment that they

handle is also very inspiring.

SUHAIRA JALEEL

KOCHI

Customer appreciation: I

was very impressed with

your dedicated staff and their service while

flying from Kochi to Chennai recently. I

have been travelling since many years and

this was the first time that I saw a birthday

being celebrated on-board. Suhaira was

very professional in her service.

Experience with SpiceJet: Hundreds of

thousands dream about becoming cabin

crew. I saw my dream come true at one of

the major airlines in India. For us sky is the

playground and we get to enjoy the view

from our office in the clouds every day.

SpiceJet is an organization with a young

and enthusiastic workforce who are always

on their toes to perform. The management

is also very helpful. I have been here for a

year and have enjoyed every minute of it. It

has been an awesome experience.

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INSIDER

IFSD (INFLIGHT)

ADESWARI ROY

CHENNAI

Customer appreciation:

I recently flew with

SpiceJet and Adeswari was attentive,

competent, helpful, cheerful and a

thorough professional. It was a joy

to have her on-board. She got things

done on time and anticipated requests

by passengers. Proactive in helping

passengers, she provided exceptional

service.

Experience with SpiceJet: SpiceJet

has given me wings to fly high in the

sky. This is my first job and have been

here since August 2016. Apart from

giving me an enriching experience

and a prosperous career, the company

has given me some real assets in the

form of my friends and colleagues who

always inspire me to succeed.

ADITI SARKAR

KOLKATA

Customer appreciation: It

was an awesome experience

on your recent flight from Kolkata to

Bangalore. Your cabin crew member Aditi

was a true professional and always kept

smiling and catering to everyone’s needs. I

was pleased by her approach towards the

passengers. I hope she is able to further

grow her skills to the next level of customer

satisfaction.

Experience with SpiceJet: My journey with

SpiceJet started in January 2016 and it

has been an amazing experience all along.

SpiceJet means a lot to me. I am very

happy to be a part of this family which has

an extremely friendly and safe environment

to work in. I’ll always be thankful to my

seniors and colleagues for all the support

that they have extended.

RESHMA SHAIKH

PUNE

Internal appreciation:

Reshma is an asset to the

organization who has always risen to

the occasion when needed. She willingly

came in as a last minute replacement for

another staff member recently. The kind of

dedication shown by her is an example for

all others. We are glad to have a crew like

Reshma.

Experience with SpiceJet: It has been two

wonderful years at SpiceJet. I couldn't have

asked for a more enjoyable time than the

one I have spend here. I feel very lucky to

be a part of a company with a very homely

feeling. The airline has given me great

exposure to enhance my skill set and has

moulded me to handle all types of situation

in life. I have learned something new on

each flight. I am proud to be a SpiceJetter.

BHAVNA

KANTHARIA

MUMBAI

Customer appreciation: I

was very impressed with your cabin crew

on my recent flight with SpiceJet. Each one

of them paid attention to detail and that is

what counts. Everything had been carefully

thought of. It was amazing. In particular,

Bhavana was splendid and made the flying

experience so amazing that it felt serene.

It was almost as if she knew what the

passengers wanted even before they had

mentioned it. She was willing to respond to

and accommodate the passengers.

Experience with SpiceJet: I would like to

thank my Mumbai base colleagues for their

motivation and encouragement. This will

keep me inspired and dedicated towards

my goals. It makes me feel amazing to be

part of the SpiceJet family. I always give

my 100 per cent on every flight.

ROJALIN PADHY

HYDERABAD

Internal appreciation: I was

very impressed with the

service provided by your staff Rojalin on a

recent flight. She is courteous, professional

and helpful.

Experience with SpiceJet: I can never

forget the special year 2012 when I

became part of this dream company. The

memories are still fresh of my transition

from ground services to inflight services.

A service-centric staff like me cannot ask

for more. I am indebted to SpiceJet from

the bottom of my heart for giving me a

platform to rule the skies. This is one of

the best orgnisations to work with. I would

like to take this opportunity to thank my

colleagues and seniors for all the support

that they have provided me all along.

Thanks to them, learning and working has

become very smooth.

SANJIT SINGH

AMRITSAR

Customer appreciation: I

recently flew from Amritsar

to Dubai and was extremely pleased witht

he service provided by SpiceJet. I would

like to thank Sanjit for all the help that he

provided me. He is a thorough professional

and promptly addressed my issue.

Experience with SpiceJet: Time flies

and I have completed three years with

this organisation. Working at SpiceJet

is a great pleasure and a privilege. I

am surrounded by a diverse team; all

intelligent and friendly people. Spicejet

gives me the opportunity to be in contact

with people from different countries, not

only within the organization, but also with

our guests from across the globe. It is

because of SpiceJet that I have developed

my skills and learnt a lot about myself and

the world.

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

THE MID-AIR MENU

SpiceJet's 'pre-booking only' menu offers Thai, Continental

and Indian Platters

SPICEJET'S EXTENSIVE INFLIGHT MENU will leave flyers delighted with their onboard

experience. The 'Hot Meals' section will bring a warm smile to your face. From filling

breakfast options to lip-smacking snacks, from sumptuous lunch and dinner options to

vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies, SpiceJet offers a multitude of meal choices on

pre-booking. In addition, special meal categories such as Jain meal, Navratra meal, meal

for diabetics, gluten-free meal and cakes are also on offer, along with Thai, Continental

and Indian platters. Hot favourites like Pringles have been retained in the nonperishables

section to entice kids. All in all, SpiceJet's menu is a red, hot, and spicy treat

for your taste buds.

THAI CHICKEN CURRY

You can now even prebook

a menu with Thai and

Continental options

o

NON-VEG

TANDOORI PLATTER

Hearty platters are for

your asking 24x7

o

o

STEAMED RICE

WITH KADI

PAKODA

Enjoy traditional

and mouth-watering

home-like food up in

the sky

CHICKEN STROGANOFF

WITH YELLOW RICE

Check out this variation

of a mid-19th century

Russian dish

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

ON PRE-BOOKING

PRE-BOOK A MEAL

THROUGH WWW.

SPICEJET.COM AND GET A

FLAT 20% OFF ON YOUR

NEXT FOOD DELIVERY

o

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INSIDER

ADD-

Know more about SpiceJet’s

innovative products and services

SEAT SELECTION DOMESTIC INTERNATIONAL SPICEFLEX

(DOMESTIC)

SPICEFLEX

(INTENATIONAL)

SpiceMax Seats M 600/1000/-* M 1200 /- M 600/1000/- * M 1200/-

Preferred Seats - on Boeing /Airbus

Ahead of exit row window /aisle M 300/- M 450/- Free Free

Ahead of exit row middle M 250/- M 400/- Free Free

Behind exit row window /aisle M 200/- M 350/- Free Free

Behind exit row middle M 99/- M 150/- Free Free

Preferred seats Q400 Free Free

Front half of cabin window /aisle M 250/- M 400/- Free Free

Rear half of cabin window / aisle M 150/- M 300/- Free Free

Seat + Meal Combo

Combo Price M 399/- M 499/-

PRE-BOOK EXCESS BAGGAGE

5 kgs M 1425/- M 2450/-

10 kgs M 2850/- M 4,900/-

15 kgs M 4275/- NA

20 kgs M 5700/- NA

30 kgs M 8550/- NA

PRIORITY CHECK-IN M 200/- M 300/-

BAG OUT FIRST

1 Bag M 100/- NA

2 Bags M 200/- NA

3 Bags M 300/- NA

CARRY MORE ONBOARD (FREE ALLOWANCE 7 KG; BUY UP TO 5 KG MORE)

Pre-book M 250/- per kg M 450/- per kg

At Check-in M 350/- per kg As per current excess

baggage rate

At boarding gate M 350/- per kg As per current excess

baggage rate

MY FLEXI PLAN M 1125/- M 1250/-

HAND BAGGAGE ONLY FARE - CHARGE AT AIRPORT

Fare type change fee if checking-in bag at airport

after purchasing HBO fare

Up to 15 kgs -

M 400/-

NA

SPICE CAKE M 750/- M 800/-

SPICE LOUNGE (Delhi/Bengaluru/Hyderabad/Kochi/ M 750/- M 1400/-

Varanasi/Guwahati/Jaipur)

FLY FOR SURE M 299/- Only ex-India M 499/-

VALUEPACK

a) Pay M 499/- and get a SpiceJet voucher worth M 1999/-

b) Pay M 999/- and get a SpiceJet voucher worth M 3999/-

*SPICEMAX SEATS OFFER SIGNIFICANTLY MORE LEGROOM, PLUS COMPLIMENTARY MEAL, PRIORITY CHECK-IN, PRIORITY BOARDING

(AT AEROBRIDGE GATES), AND PRIORITY BAGGAGE HANDLING. *BASIS AIRCRAFT TYPE/SECTOR **NA STANDS FOR ‘NOT AVAILABLE’

*THE ABOVE MENTIONED PRICES AND FEATURES ARE ACCURATE AS AT THE TIME OF MAGAZINE PRINTING, AND ARE SUBJECT TO

CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

Boeing 737 - 700/800/900ER Series

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 700 (149 Passengers)

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 800 (189 Passengers)

Row 1 -32

Entry / Exit

Row 1 -26

Emergency Exit

Entry / Exit

Entry / Exit

Emergency Exit

Entry / Exit

Row 1 -20

Passengers

(single class configuration)

*

BOEING 737-700

2

149

BOEING 737-800

BOEING 737-900 ER

BOMBARDIER Q400

28

4

20

189 212

78

6200 km

5,600 km

5000 km

2000 km

0.79 M (840 km/h)

0.79 M (840 km/h)

0.79 M (840 km/h)

666 km/h

Speed unit M denotes Mach Number; 1 Mach is equal to the speed of sound.

*These numbers exclude wet lease aircraft.

BOEING 737-700

BOEING 737-800

BOEING 737-900 ER

BOMBARDIER Q400

112 ft 7 in (34.3m)

93 ft 3 in (28.42m)

117 ft 5 in (35.7m)

110 ft 4 in (33.6m)

41 ft 2 in (12.5m)

11 ft 7 in (3.53m)

107 ft 9 in (32.83m)

24 ft 4 in (8.34m)

8 ft 2 in (2.49m)

The above mentioned descriptions are accurate at the time of magazine printing.


Effective dates: GAU-DIB, MAA-IXG, HYD-CCU

& JAI-IXJ from 3 rd October, 2017.

BLR-IXM & BLR-CJB from 4 th October, 2017.

25 th September, 2017

Dibrugarh


R.N.I NO:DELENG/2015/63282

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