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Volume 13 | Issue 09 | September 2019

THE INFLIGHT MAGAZINE

HONG KONG

KABUL

MALE

RIYADH

DHAKA

COLOMBO

JEDDAH

DUBAI

BANGKOK

NEW ROUTES

AND DESTINATIONS

COIMBATORE

PATNA

MUSCAT

AURANGABAD

DURGAPUR

BHOPAL

GWALIOR

SURAT

HISAR

SHIRDI

AJMER

JHARSUGUDA

AHMEDABAD

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

KANPUR


FROM THE

CMD’S DESK

Ajay Singh

Chairman & Managing Director

Dear Readers,

Welcome aboard SpiceJet!

‘The sky is not the limit, it’s just a new destination’

best sums up Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar

exploration mission which entered the moon’s

orbit on August 20. Chandrayaan-2 carries a lunar

probe as well as a billion dreams with it. Our tryst

with the moon has been a decade-long affair – 11

years and two successful missions. I congratulate

everyone at ISRO on its moon mission.

We, at SpiceJet, strongly believe in

innovation and flying beyond uncharted skies.

Connecting the unconnected through the pathbreaking

UDAN and IACS schemes, bio-fuel

powered flights, seaplane trials — we have done

it all, but we are not done yet. SpiceJet is the only

airline in the country that has dared to dream

big, explore new avenues of growth and gain

recognition in the world’s fastest growing aviation

market.

Our mission is to constantly strive to add

value to our business and improve on-board

experience. We are the only LCC to offer a

plethora of services such as SpiceBiz businessclass

seats, SpicEngage in-flight entertainment

and SpiceClub loyalty program at unmatched

prices.

Coming to our financial performance in Q1, I

am happy to announce that we are off to a great

start in FY20. SpiceJet reported its highest-ever

quarterly profit of INR 261.7 crore. We have

added 36 aircraft to our fleet in just about four

months, expanding at a pace unprecedented for a

sector plagued by crisis.

I am pleased to share two important

developments that will go a long way in

enhancing passenger convenience. From

September 5, SpiceJet will consolidate its

operations at Delhi airport by shifting entirely

from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. With this, our

flight operations would be restricted to just

two terminals – T 1 and T3 – of the Delhi

airport. Beginning October 1, 2019, SpiceJet’s

entire operations at Mumbai Airport would be

consolidated at Terminal 2. A single terminal

operation would provide our passengers a

seamless and smooth travel experience as they

transit between domestic and international flights

at one of the country’s busiest airports.

While it gives me immense pleasure to see

SpiceJet cruising on the right trajectory of growth

and success, I feel disheartened to share the loss

of a very dear friend, philosopher and guide, Mr.

Arun Jaitley. One of the greatest sons of India,

Mr. Jaitley epitomized all that was good about

our democracy. As India’s Finance Minister, he

changed the face of the Indian economy with his

unparalleled acumen and intellect. Introduction

of GST, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC)

and FDI liberalisation are a few of his numerous

achievements. Knowing him was one of the

greatest privileges of my life.

Safety, on-time arrival and comfort of our

passengers are our primary goals when we

introduce new routes and destinations. Last

month, we launched operations from Mumbai to

Riyadh, our 10th international destination. It was

a proud moment for us as SpiceJet is the only

Indian budget airline to operate to Saudi Arabia.

We also enhanced operations between Mumbai

and Dubai by adding a second non-stop flight on

this popular route.

You will also be delighted to know that

SpiceBiz is now available for business-class

passengers on our popular international sectors

such as Mumbai-Bangkok, Delhi-Bangkok,

Mumbai-Hong Kong and Delhi-Hong Kong as well.

So, let your dreams take flight and enjoy a

‘Red. Hot. Spicy’ experience every time you fly

with us.

Tailwinds and Happy Landings!

Jai Hind!

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KABUL

HONG KONG

MALE

RIYADH

DHAKA

COLOMBO

JEDDAH

DUBAI

BANGKOK

NEW ROUTES

AND DESTINATIONS

COIMBATORE

MUSCAT

DURGAPUR

PATNA

AURANGABAD

BHOPAL

GWALIOR

SHIRDI

SURAT

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

HISAR

AJMER

JHARSUGUDA

AHMEDABAD

KANPUR

CONTENTS

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NEW ROUTES AND

DESTINATIONS

SpiceJet’s exclusive routes connect you

to some fascinating destinations, each

unique in its own way. Read about what

you can see and do at 24 locations and

explore their culture, history, heritage,

tourism and spiritual aspects.

72

LIFE AFTER

BAAHUBALI

Prabhas on

becoming famous

late in life, his

new film and his

marriage plans.

82

MANY-FACETED BENGALURU

Bengaluru is a modern, cosmopolitan

metropolis making rapid strides in all

areas to emerge as the city of choice for

many Indians.

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BEST WEARABLES IN

TOWN

Innovative wireless headphones,

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with a twist are among the latest

and eye-catching wearables.

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ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

The sixth edition of the

Chaliyar River Paddle is aimed

at spreading environmental

awareness about clean waters.

THE VERSATILE SPICE

A spice that adds a distinct

flavour to food, fennel has

found myriad uses in a variety of

cuisines and also packs a punch

as far as its health benefits go.

SPICEJET INSIDER

Social media 14

SpiceJetVacations.com 16

Spice products 20

News 153

My town 155

Stars of SpiceJet 156

Mobile apps 158

Onboard menu 160

SpiceJet add-ons 162

SpiceJet fleet 164

Route map 166

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

@flyspicejet Had a pleasant and comfortable

journey (SG 715). The crew members were

very kind and polite. Thank you SpiceJet.

@flyspicejet Very impressed

with SpiceJet. Two flights in

two days. Bengaluru-Delhi

and Delhi-Bengaluru. Right

on time both ways. Great

service. Smiling staff. Kudos

and keep it up.

@kushant95

@graterrao

@flyspicejet On board Spice

SG 191 from Delhi to Bengaluru.

What an awesome service yet

again. Thank you for making my

journey and day so special. Keep

up the great work. You guys

rock! A million thanks to you all.

@flyspicejet Flew to

Goa by SG 488. The

landing was the best I

have ever experienced.

You are really the best

in the business. Why

don’t you operate

flights to Nagpur?

It was a pleasure having you onboard,

@VidyutJammwal. We hope you enjoyed experiencing

SpiceBiz, SpiceJet's new business class service, as much

as we did having you onboard.

@BPawandeepSingh

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BUZZ ON

SOCIAL MEDIA

@flyspicejet Outstanding flight. Beautiful

views of the mountains. Will get spicy with

SpiceJet again.

@gorralez

@flyspicejet I travelled from Bombay to Delhi

with SpiceJet. I had a very good experience.

Excellent service by your cabin crew.

@ShaBhm

@flyspicejet

Fantastic customer

service by SpiceJet

through Twitter for

the last two weeks.

@flyspicejet I flew SG 519 to

Bengaluru with my wife and five

week old son. I want to

appreciate your cabin crew who

made our lives easy onboard.

They took care of us really well.

You guys should be proud of

having such staff.

@BhuptaniRavi

@flyspicejet Thank you SpiceJet for the

considerate treatment on flight SG 8719 from Delhi

to Bangalore. Was feeling unwell and was treated

with just the right food to feel much better.

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SEPTEMBER 2019


SPICEJET

INSIDER

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PLAN YOUR HOLIDAYS WITH SPICEJET’S UNIQUE INITIATIVE

VACATIONS.SPICEJET.COM, A PLETHORA OF END-TO-END TRAVEL SOLUTIONS, MAKING

YOUR TRAVELS NOT JUST CONVENIENT, BUT ALSO RED. HOT. SPICY

BOOK 2 NIGHTS AT A HOTEL AND GET THE

3 RD NIGHT FREE.*

SPICEVACATIONS is a one-stop shop for

hotel bookings and customised travel

packages, offering services beyond the

ordinary. Take your pick from a vast

network of domestic and international

holiday destinations, and book your

flights with the right bundle of services

to ensure an effortless 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. 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.

You need to simply decide on

the theme of your vacation, such as

pilgrimage, honeymoon, heritage, 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, among

others.

Another outstanding feature of the

website is the Experience section. Now

book adventure activities, city tours,

outings at amusement parks, and much

more, at a wide range of locations. In

Mumbai, for example, you can enjoy a

Street Food Tour, watch a Bollywood

movie being shot at Film City, cool off at

the EsselWorld & Water Kingdom or peer

down on the Maximum City from atop a

helicopter.

As the website is powered by

SpiceJet, you can enjoy great flight and

hotel deals. So, travel the world with

SpiceJet’s enviable travel packages and

experience the perfect holiday.

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SEPTEMBER 2019


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; and finally an

add-on service that allows the flexibility of cancelling or

changing ticket(s) to suit your travel plan.

1

SpiceBiz

This all-new business class offering

allows you to travel in complete

luxury and comfort. Introduced

on key domestic and international

routes, the best in class service at unmatched

prices offers ultra-comfortable seats,

gourmet meals, lounge access, dedicated

check-in, enhanced baggage allowance and

priority services. The business class cabin

comes with 43-inch seat pitch and 7-inch

recline. SpiceBiz is now available on select

domestic and international routes.

(Starting price Rs. 7,039)

2

SpiceMax

Now enjoy revamped SpiceMax privileges which add more

comfort and convenience. Apart from significantly extra legroom

on-board, fliers can also enjoy other added ancillary products

like priority privileges, complimentary meal and alcoholic* or

non-alcoholic beverage, cushions and welcome drink with towel (on all

international flights), blanket* and priority boarding (at aerobridge gates)

for a modest add-on fee. The ease with which fliers can opt for this product

enhances the experience. When booking a connecting flight with a stop-over,

they can purchase SpiceMax seats separately for the two flights.

(*These services including alcohol will only be available on select international sectors)

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SEPTEMBER 2019


SPICEJET

INSIDER

3

Hot Meals

Passengers have a wide variety of meals to opt for

on SpiceJet flights. Those flying Boeings are spoilt

for choice. There are two choices each of breakfast,

lunch, dinner, snacks and sandwiches. Eight Chef’s

Choice menus are available 24x7 (Boeing and pre-booking

only), including Grilled Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce,

Yellow Rice, Sautéed Carrot & Beans Baton in non-vegetarian

and Vegetable Pasta in Neapolitan sauce in vegetarian.

Passengers taking Q400 flights can choose from two different

types of sandwiches. Hot beverages and ready-to-eat products

(like dal chawal, veg biryani, upma and cup noodles) are also

served. In addition, dhokla is available as a gluten-free option

for pre-booking on Q400 flights. Pre-booking a meal offers

other choices and benefits too: the option of a gluten-free

hot meal; dhokla preparation; "navratra meals" available for

pre-booking on Boeing flights, on the travel dates falling

in the Navratra period; a menu with Thai, Continental and

Indian options; discounted rates compared to on-board

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. In addition

to hot meal, passengers also have an option of enjoying a Jain

Cold sandwich when they pre-book.

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.

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 on-board 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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SEPTEMBER 2019


5

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 done

through reservation team by paying a fee

of `1,500 for domestic travel ticket and

`1,750 for international travel ticket. The

service will be applicable only for one

change or one cancellation per ticket.

SPICEJET

INSIDER

7

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 after making the

booking. It can be bought

latest up to two hours before

the scheduled departure.

The service is available only in

Manage My Bookings. The pre-paid

service can be bought for per

passenger, per sector of the

journey, on the payment of

the non-refundable fees. A

Priority Check-In for flights

within and/or originating

from India costs `300.

For flights originating

from out of India, the

fare is `400. 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.

6

You 1st

Helping you make your travels

smoother is this special

offering from SpiceJet. For

just `399, you can now get a

combination of priority check-in as well

as preferred bag-out by availing of

this unique product. For passengers

catching ex-India flights, it is available

at `499. Passengers availing of this

service will have to check-in for

their flight at the airport check-in

counter, as Priority-Check-In. The

booking, made via the SpiceJet

website (www.spicejet.com), can

be availed latest up to two hours

before the scheduled departure.

8

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.

9

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 checkin

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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SEPTEMBER 2019


OPENING SHOT

LANDMARKS

UNIQUE HONOUR FOR

STATUE OF UNITY

The 597 feet tall Statue of

Unity, erected in 2018 in

Gujarat’s Kevadiya town ,

200 km away from

Ahmedabad, gained immediate

prominence as the world’s tallest statue.

Now more kudos are coming its way.

The tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,

the Iron Man of India, has been selected

by prestigious TIME magazine in its

listing of the World’s Greatest Places

2019. The Statue of Unity is designed by

Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram

V Sutar and built by 250 engineers and

3,400 labourers. Among its many

facilities is a viewing deck that offers a

stunning view of the Sardar Sarovar

Dam, and the Satpura and Vindhya

mountain ranges. Now more facilities

are on the way, including boating

activities in the area as well as a

zoological park.

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SEPTEMBER 2019


OPENING SHOT

INTERNATIONAL

DUBAI AHOY!

Tourism boards of many

foreign countries may try

their best to woo the

Indian traveller but he/

she continues to have a soft spot for

Dubai. Proof lies in the recentlyreleased

stats released by Dubai

Tourism. Between January and June

this year, 997,000 visitors (out of a

total of 8.36 million who visited the

city-emirate) were from India. Many

of the Indian visitors were entire

families, travelling from Tier-1 and

Tier-2 cities. They were drawn by

Dubai’s numerous attractions,

including malls, museums,

architecture, heritage, beaches and

parks. (SpiceJet is very well-connected

to Dubai. For more details, read the

story `SpiceJet spreads its wing

overseas’ on page 60 of this issue)

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SEPTEMBER 2019


MELANGE

EVENTS

HOT DATES

DANCE // MUSIC // THEATRE // ART

ART

CONTEMPORARY IDIOMS

Art Alive Gallery brings a new series

that focuses at the young talent

emerging out of the contemporary art

scene in India. The first edition ‘What is

Contemporary…’ looks at three artists

— Divya Singh, Purvai Rai and Suman

Chandra — who strive to present works

that showcase the shifting landscape of

contemporary art in India. These artists

are exhibiting at a major platform for

the first time. Their works define the

cusp of the contemporary, with regard

to aesthetic, conceptual and political

concerns. This year, the focus is on

artists who have been using media and

material in non-traditional ways towards

conceptual ends.

When: August 22-September 15, 2019

Where: Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

EVENT

NEEV LITERATURE FESTIVAL

It is that time of the year again

when children, parents and teachers

come together to experience the

magical world of books and share a

common love for the written word.

The third edition will feature reading;

conversation between children,

adults and authors; workshops; book

launches; a curated book exhibition of

over 1000+ titles; exclusive workshops

for parents; and the much-anticipated

Neev Book Award.

When: September 20-21, 2019

Where: Neev Academy Campus,

Bengaluru

THEATRE

DEVIKA RANI

Personifying women empowerment in a

patriarchal society in the 1930s, Devika

Rani, the First Lady of Indian Cinema,

was an embodiment of strength,

courage and valour. Directing a tribute

to her through a play, Lillette Dubey

brings alive her story through theatre.

The versatile Ira Dubey plays Devika

Rani. The play is written by Kishwar

Desai & directed by Lillette Dubey.

The play Devika Rani focuses on the

life and struggles of an independent,

ambitious woman who was determined

to make it big in the acting profession.

Although a star performer, she had to

face a multitude of problems in her

personal and professional life owing to

the patriarchy, male egos and societal

pressures.

When: August 31-October 2, 2019

Where: Various locations pan-India

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SEPTEMBER 2019


THEATRE

A FEW GOOD MEN

Aadyam a theatre initiative by Aditya

Birla Group is coming up with its season

five in the National Capital. This season

of Aadyam in New Delhi kicks off with a

play ‘A Few Good

Men’ directed by

Nadir Khan and

written by Aaron

Sorkin. The cast for

the play includes

Neil Bhoopalam,

Rajit Kapur, Ira

Dubey, Kenny

Desai, Ashwin

Mushran and

Danish Hussain.

Aaron Sorkin’s

groundbreaking

play and Oscar

and Golden

MELANGE

EVENTS

Globe-nominated film, tells the story

of a group of military lawyers. With

its landmark Season 5 of Aadyam, the

Aditya Birla Group aims to initiate the

uninitiated to the theatre community.

When: September 28-29, 2019

Where: Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi

MUSIC

SOI AUTUMN 2019 SEASON

The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI),

India’s first and only fully professional

orchestra is back to enthrall the audience

with its Autumn 2019 Season. This is the

SOI’s 13thyear of riveting performances in

the country. Spanning over four concerts,

this season will feature captivating

performances of the works of legendary

composers including Chausson,

Mendelssohn, Wagner, and Tchaikovskyto,

to name a few. In the 50th year of the

National Centre for the Performing Arts

(NCPA), the Symphony Orchestra of India

(SOI) will feature renowned conductors

and soloists, who have made their mark in

Mumbai, in masterworks of the 17th and

18th centuries.

When: September 11-27, 2019

Where: NCPA, Mumbai

ART

DEBASHISH MUKHERJEE SOLO

SHOW

What makes us yearn for an era lost?

What triggers memories, and how

we comprehend moments as we had

experienced them, even though we

no longer exist in that place or time?

Personal memories translated via

objects and materials into nostalgia,

interpreting a universal emotion that

is experienced in a different way by

individuals, and in varying degrees,

as each memory is recalled. Debasish

Mukherjee’s new body of work explores

the ‘concept’ of home, spaces or

place of origin through sensorial and

emotional memory. This includes a

series of mix media works, which

are more like textile sculptures and

installations.

When: August 23-October 4, 2019

Where: Akar Prakar Contemporary,

New Delhi

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SEPTEMBER 2019


MELANGE

EVENTS

SEPTEMBER LISTINGS

1

What

Ladakh Festival

Where Leh

4What Viraj Naik Solo Show

Where Goa Centre for the Arts

What CARnival

Where NESCO, Mumbai

8What Big

Indian Food

Fest

Where

Whitefield,

Bangalore

11

6

What Onam

Where Kerala

12

What Ganesh

Chaturthi

Where

Maharashtra

17

What Master Strokes

Where Saket, Delhi

20

13

What Snake Boat Race

Where Payippad, Kerala

What

International Lit

Fest

Where Pune

28

30

What Toy Show

India

Where Goregaon,

Mumbai

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What Mysore Dasara

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What Lalit Arpan

2019

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Auditorium,

New Delhi

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MELANGE

INFORMATION

WHAT'S NEW

• SPICEJET TO SHIFT ITS

ENTIRE OPERATIONS AT

MUMBAI TO TERMINAL 2

FROM OCTOBER 1

SpiceJet, the country’s favourite airline,

will shift its entire Mumbai operations

to the state-of-the-art Terminal 2 of

the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

International Airport with effect from

October 1, 2019. The transition is being

proactively planned and implemented

by the airline with the active support

of Mumbai International Airport

Limited (MIAL) to enhance passenger

convenience.

The consolidation of operations

(both passenger and cargo) will help

SpiceJet efficiently service thousands

of passengers travelling on the airline

to and from the Chhatrapati Shivaji

Maharaj International Airport across

both its domestic and international

networks by bringing all the operations

under one terminal. It will lead to

better synergies and cut down costs

substantially for the airline. SpiceJet,

at present, operates 150 daily flights

connecting Mumbai.

“Beginning October 1, 2019,

SpiceJet’s entire operations (passenger

and cargo) at Mumbai airport would

be consolidated at Terminal 2. A single

terminal operation would not just help

SpiceJet substantially cut down its

costs but provide our passengers a

seamless and smooth travel experience

as they transit between domestic

and international flights at one of the

DELHI TERMINAL CHANGE STATEMENT

"I am pleased to share that from September 5, 2019, SpiceJet will

consolidate its operations at Delhi airport by shifting entirely from

erminal o erminal i i or flig operaion ol be

restricted to just two terminals – T 1 and T3 – of the Delhi airport.

This move will enhance convenience of passengers travelling with

us and provide them greater comfort and ease in transiting between

omeic an inernaional flig

country’s busiest airports,” said Ajay

Singh, Chairman and Managing Director,

SpiceJet.

“I would also like to take this

opportunity to thank Dr GVK Reddy,

Mr GV Sanjay Reddy, Mr R.K. Jain and

the entire MIAL team for the steadfast

support, cooperation and encouragement

they have provided to SpiceJet.”

In the past four months, SpiceJet

has announced 78 new flights

connecting Mumbai thereby enhancing

its operations manifold from the city.

It now flies to a host of new cities

from the country’s financial capital to

domestic destinations such as Madurai,

Jammu (via Srinagar), Dehradun,

Guwahati, Jaipur, Amritsar, Mangalore,

Coimbatore, Belagavi, etc. as well

as international hotspots such as

Jeddah, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong and

Bangkok. Between April and August,

2019, SpiceJet has added 36 aircraft to

its fleet. These include 29 Boeing 737

NG aircraft, five Bombardier Q400s and

two B737 freighters.

AJAY SINGH,

Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet

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INFORMATION

NO SINGLE-USE

PLASTIC ITEMS IN GOA

AFTER 2021

Goa plans to ban the use of

single-use plastic items within

two years. The state government

has announced that items like

straws, bags, disposable glasses

and cutlery will face the axe. It is

hoped that this major decision

will lead to a greener and

cleaner Goa. A beginning has

already been made. Goa Tourism

Development Corporation

(GTDC) has already banned

single-use plastic items from its

headquarters and all the hotels

that it manages.

ODISHA TOURISM

WEBSITE REVAMPED

Travel agent search, planning tools

and travel advisories are among

the many new features you will

now find on the tourism website

of Odisha (www.odishatourism.

gov.in). There are also blogs as

well as interesting photographs

across various categories including

local cuisine. There is also a pilot

implementation of an e-commerce

platform for handicrafts and

handlooms from the state. The

revamped website, thus, will be

of interest to not only tourists but

potential business partners too.

AVIATION MINISTRY UPGRADES ITS PORTAL

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has upgraded its Air Sewa

portal which is accessible through interactive web portal and

mobile app.

The new version includes following features:

• Secure sign up and log-in with social media

• Chatbot for travellers support

• Improved grievance management including social media

grievance

• Real time flight status and detailed flight schedule

Air Sewa is available at www.AirSewa. gov.In

नागर वमानन मालय ने अपन वमान सवा पोटल को अपड कया ह

जो इटरिटव वब पोटल और मोबाइल ऐप क जरए सगम ह।

(क) सोशल मीडया क साथ सरत साइन अप और लॉग-इन

(ख) याय की सहायता क लए चट बास

(ग) सोशल माडया शकायत सहत परकत बधन

(घ) रीयल टाइम उड़ान टटस और वतत उड़ान अनसची

सवा सबधी कसी और जानकारी क लए आप www.airsewa.gov.in

पर लॉग-इन कर सकत ह।

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The Kailasa Temple in Aurangabad's Ellora Caves

AURANGABAD

Often thought of as a gateway to the Ajanta

and Ellora caves, Aurangabad is an

excellent destination by itsef courtesy a

variety of sights that comprise varied

experiences. Start your exploration at the

Bibi ka Maqbara, the replica of the famed

Taj Mahal. Built in 1679 by Prince Azam

Shan, Aurangzeb’s son, in memory of his

mother, Begum Rabia Durani, this

mausoleum is a fine example of Islamic

architecture and has a hexagon shape and

four towering minarets. Also do stop at the

Aurangabad Caves. A set of 12 caves has

been carved from soft rock and it dates

back to the period between the 6th and 8th

century. The caves are home to not just

intricate carvings of Buddha but also

many Gods and Goddesses. If you are a

history buff, the medieval Daulatabad

Fort, located about 15 km away from the

city, is believed to have the tallest spire in

India. Aurangabad is also home to

Grishneshwar Mandir, one of the 12

Jyotirlinga sites in the country. Nature

lovers will love the Jayakwadi Bird

Sanctuary, a haven for migratory birds as

well as the Salim Ali Sarovar Lake, a

biodiversity hot spot.

THIRUVANANTHA-

PURAM

The capital of Kerala is flanked by Tamil

Nadu on its eastern side and the Arabian

Sea on the western. Clean and green,

Thiruvananthapuram is one of the most

beautiful cities in the country. It is named

after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord

Vishnu. Those with a religious bent of

mind throng the city for its numerous

ancient temples. One of the most

prominent among these is the Sree

Padmanabha Swamy Temple. Believed to

be the world’s richest temple, this temple

is a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian

styles of architecture. With a history

stretching back to the 8th century, it is one

of the 108 sacred Vishnu temples in the

country. Thiruvananthapuram is also

renowned for its long shoreline with

internationally renowned beaches,

historic monuments, backwater stretches

and a rich cultural heritage. Among the

main tourist attractions are the

Shankumugham Beach, Napier Museum

and the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo.

RIYADH

Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh is one of

the most populated cities in the region and

is named after the meadows (rawdah) in

the region. Start your exploration at the

Masmak Fortress located in the heart of

old Riyadh that has a museum as well. At

the King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre you

will see the Murabba Palace, a royal

fortress that dates back to the 20th

century. This complex, also home to the

National Museum, has some important

exhibits like a Kiswah cloth that is said to

have once covered the Qaaba in Mecca. To

admire the city's modern architecture,

head to the Kingdom Centre which is the

second tallest building in Saudi Arabia and

makes for a compelling sight when it is lit

up at night. For some shopping head to the

malls at the Al Faisaliyah Centre and the

Kingdom Centre or stop at the Deira’s

Souq Al-Thumairi that is a treasure trove

of local crafts.

JEDDAH

Often referred to with the sobriquet

`Bride of the Red Sea', Jeddah is the

second largest city in Saudi Arabia and is

often a gateway to Mecca and Medina,

the holiest of all Islamic sites. The city

that is a well-known port as it is located

overlooking the Red Sea, has a history of

maritime trade that is impossible to miss.

With this kind of background the city

has a rich cultural and spiritual history

that combines trade, pilgrimage and

architectural traditions. Often dubbed

as the commercial capital of Saudi

Arabia, this is a city that wears its

heritage and modernity with equal

pride. With a beautiful water front

corniche, the city's high rises are a

symbol of its new age development. To

know the city's history better head to the

Jeddah Regional Museum of

Archaeology and Ethnography and the

Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum. The latter

chronicles a pre- Islamic history that

dates back to 2500 years and showcases

an impressive collection of items of the

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The stunning Jeddah cityscape

Ottoman Turks and the fishermen tribes

who originally inhabited this region.

The Al-Balad historic district is where

you can still see 7th century traditional

homes built with coral and is also home

to the bustling Souq Al-Alawi, a must for

some retail therapy of the local kind. For

some fun, head to the Al Shallal Theme

Park whose double-looped roller coaster

and ice-skating rink are well known.

CHENNAI

The capital of Tamil Nadu located by the

Bay of Bengal has long been synonymous

with culture and education. With its

history going back to ancient times, the

city enjoys a long heritage of patronage of

art and architecture by different local

rulers as well as the presence of those who

arrived by sea and land. Old temples,

churches, a spectrum of colonial period

buildings, and institutions — old and new

— create the aura of a classic city steeped

in learning and culture.

The visitor to the city can discover

different facets of the gem that is Chennai.

From taking a stroll down the sprawling

Marina Beach to marvelling at the

colourful sculpture-filled tiers of soaring

gopurams of temples and of sculptures of

the temples; visiting the iconic Basilica of

the National Shrine of St. Thomas that has

the tomb of St. Thomas, an apostle of Jesus

Christ; browsing art works at the

Government Museum, the National Art

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Beautiful view of the colourful gopura at

the Kapaleeshwarar temple in Chennai

books at a store; relaxing at a garden; and

attending a concert or dance performance

of traditional music and dance, the city

offers a tryst with traditional art and

culture. And adding to the experience is

local cuisine of which crisp dosas and

fluffy idlis are most popular with a meal

invariably ending with hot aromatic filter

coffee.

JAISALMER

Jaisalmer, located in the heart of the Thar

Desert in the western state of Rajasthan,

soothes the senses with its play of tones of

brown and gold. Stretches of sand around

the city, the spread of brown flat roofed

homes, and the majestic fort, built of

sandstone that glows like gold in the sun,

make it appear like a dream in the desert.

Walking through the streets and taking in

the beauty of the stone havelis whose

bearing juxtapose the solidity of stone with

its potential for intricate decorative carving

offers a unique flavour of the compact city.

Adding to its dream-like persona is the

stately fort edged by 99 curved bastions

rising above the compact city and holding

with its strong walls a vibrant, living

world with a beautiful palace, stone

residences, souvenir shops, restaurants

and hotels, and Jain temples graced with

Participants at a camel

festival in Jaisalmer

the most exquisite and elaborate carving.

Taking in the history of objects at the

palace-museum, the beauty and

symbolism of the carvings at the Jain

temples, the crafts and textiles at the

stores and enjoying a meal at a rooftop

restaurant at sunset makes for a most

memorable experience at the fort.

SURAT

Located on the banks of the Tapti River in

Gujarat, Surat has always been a bustling

city. It enjoyed flourishing trade in

centuries past as an important port that

brought in traders and goods, and the

legacy of its maritime past is evident in

heritage structures and spaces.

Thriving in the present, from times

past, is Surat’s standing as a centre for

diamond cutting and polishing that has

given it the title Diamond City of India.

Surat is also a centre for the production of

textiles. These traditional businesses,

along with modern set-ups of IT and other

companies, its development as a city and a

slew of constructions have seen Surat

emerge as one of the fastest-growing cities

in the country.

Travellers to Surat can experience the

city’s fabric by visiting a spectrum of

places from the Ambika Niketan Temple

to the Castle; the Dutch, English and

Armenian cemeteries; monuments dating

to the Mughal times; Gopi Talav (lake);

Sardar Patel Museum; the Science Centre;

and the vibrant Chauta Bazaar.

JAMMU

Jammu, located in Jammu & Kashmir,

now declared a Union Territory, is a large

city spreading out on the banks of Tawi

River and edged by the Himalayas to the

north. The city instantly comes to mind as

the spot where many devotees choose to

break their journey on way to the revered

Vaishno Devi mountain shrine north of

the city. Jammu also has many old temples

and shrines including Raghunath Temple,

Peer Kho Cave Temple and the

Ranbireshwar Temple and their presence

has given it the title City of Temples.

Jammu’s heritage of being an important

city in times past is discovered at the 18th

century Bahu Fort and the lovely terraced

Baag-e-Bahu garden, and Bhimgarh Fort;

The striking Amar

Mahal in Jammu

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the Mubarak Mandi Palace in the old city;

the 19th century chateau-style Amar

Mahal Palace that was designed by a

French architect and is now a museum

with artefacts of the region; the Hari

Niwas Palace, now a heritage hotel; and

the Dogra Art Museum built in the late

19th century.

MADURAI

Madurai is an ancient pilgrim town

located on the Vaigai River. Long

renowned for its patronage and

tradition of art, architecture and

learning, it is regarded as the cultural

capital of Tamil Nadu. The city radiates

culture and sanctity from the presence

of the deeply revered Meenakshi

Amman Temple whose 14 colourful

gopurams (temple gateways) rise high

above the cityscape and mark its

pervading presence. The gopurams, the

sculpted pillared halls (especially the

hall of a thousand pillars), shrines and

main temple are graced with elaborate

carvings. At a short distance from the

Meenakshi Amman Temple is the grand

17th century Thirumalai Nayak Palace

that speaks of the wealth of King

Thirumalai Nayak even though only

part of the original complex stands

today. The Gandhi Museum located in a

heritage palace has exhibits related to

Gandhiji and the freedom movement.

Madurai also has many educational

Detail of the Meenakshi

Amman Temple

institutions and industries. It is known

as the jasmine capital of the country as

the Madurai malli jasmine — with a

heady, long lasting fragrance — is

grown near the city.

KOLKATA

Kolkata — the capital of West Bengal and

often referred to as the cultural capital of

India — is a vast, pulsating city. It was the

capital of British India from 1772 to 1911,

and during that period was regarded as

the second city of the British Empire after

London. It formed the nucleus of the 19th

and early 20th century Bengal

Renaissance. Graced with majestic

buildings, gardens and broad roads, it

developed as a city of culture, business

and administration and retains the grace

of an imperial city in its buildings; in its

heritage museums and academic

institutions; its roots anchored in culture;

and its cosmopolitan populace.

In this city that straddles old-world

charm, Bengali culture and contemporary

artistic expression are numerous sacred

and secular sights that bring one in touch

with a genteel way of life. While vast

bridges stretch across the Hoogly River,

the ghats by them are wonderful places to

enjoy a stroll and take in the sights.

The city’s museums, especially Indian

Museum founded in 1814; the grand white

marble Victoria Memorial; Eden Gardens,

an iconic cricket stadium; old churches

and temples; the buzz of shops at

Chowringhee and New Market; the vast

maidans, lovely boutiques with crafts and

textiles; numerous sweet shops and

bakeries; book shops and fairs, art

galleries; and the vast sparkling Kolkata

Creativity Centre are the city's most

popular spots for travellers.

GUWAHATI

Guwahati, the largest city in Assam and

the north-east of India, spreads out on

the south bank of the mighty

Brahmaputra River. While the origins

of the city are traced to ancient times

and it was a seat of power of different

rulers over time, its present fast-paced

growth has made it a hub of education,

industry, media, commerce and the tea

industry.

The religious heart of the city pulsates

at its many revered temples that trace

their beginnings to ancient times. The

hilltop temple of Goddess Kamakhya

that is one of the oldest Shakti Pithas in

the country; the Umananda Temple,

dedicated to Shiva, located on Peacock

Island in the Brahmaputra; and the

Navagraha Temple dedicated to the nine

planets, are deeply revered.

The city has several interesting

museums and places of interest

including a planetarium and parks. The

Assam State Museum has an extensive

collection of antiquities and artefacts

that showcase the rich culture and

heritage of Assam. Srimanta

Sankaradev Kalakshetra has a cultural

museum, library and is a centre for

cultural performances. The Assam

State Zoo cum Botanical Garden is a

popular spot for seeing a variety of

animals and a cruise down the

Brahmaputra connects one with the

soul of the city. Assam’s rich natural life

is seen at reserves such as the Amchang

and Pobitora wildlife sanctuaries near

the city and the Dipor Bil (lake) a good

spot for birding near the city.

MANGALURU

Mangaluru, named after the Hindu

Goddess Mangaladevi whose temple

stands in the city, is a port-town in

Karnataka and is located on the Arabian

Sea. It has been an active port through the

centuries. Being of strategic importance,

it was controlled and ruled by different

powers and dynasties over the centuries.

Monuments and places of worship of

different faiths — the Gokarnanathe-

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shwara and Mangaladevi temples, and St.

Aloysius Church whose interiors bear

sacred paintings by Italian Jesuit Antonio

Moscheni — tell of the city’s multicultural

heritage.

Mangaluru's beaches are a popular spot

for enjoying the sand and sea as is Pilikula

Nisarga Dhama, an eco-education and

tourism development project spread over

a large area with a lake and lush greenery.

By virtue of its seaside location,

Mangaluru has a relaxed tropical

ambience with palms and sloping red-tile

structures adding to the charm.

HYDERABAD

Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana,

seamlessly embraces the past, present and

future in its vast spread. Founded towards

the end of the 16th century, the city

steadily grew over the centuries. Royal

patronage of architecture, arts and crafts

of times past specially of the dynasty of

the Nizams, industrialisation of the

second half of the 20th century and the

founding of technology companies at the

turn of the century have seen it become a

cosmopolitan and developed city. A sense

of the city presents itself in the modern

airport and the drive from it to its

different neighbourhoods and the

technology township Cyberabad.

The city has much to offer from the

spectacular Golconda Fort spread out

across a hill to the charming Charminar in

the heart of the bustling old city; the regal

Chowmahalla Palace; the Salar Jung

Museum, home to manifold galleries of

The many layers and structures

of Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

prized artefacts; many religious places for

people from different faiths; centres of

cultural events and public gardens; the

exquisitely restored palace-hotel Taj

Falaknuma Palace; the Hussain Sagar lake

with the imposing yet serene statue of the

Buddha; shopping for pearls that the city

has long been famous for; and the Ramoji

Film City.

TIRUPATI

Tirupati, located in southern Andhra

Pradesh, is regarded as the spiritual

capital of the state. The town stands at the

foothills of the Tirumala Hills that has

seven peaks and on one of the summits

stands the deeply revered Tirumala

Venkateswara Temple dedicated to Lord

Sri Venkateswara, an incarnation of

Vishnu. Tirupati also has many historical

temples and holy waterfalls, and the

presence of all these holy sites makes it

one of the holiest Hindu pilgrim sites.

From the tall statue of Garuda, the

vahana (vehicle) of Lord Vishnu, located

at the Golden Gate entrance, to the

pilgrimage and the darshan with the

deity, devotees are embraced in the aura of

a pilgrim town. The imprint of the feet of

Lord Sri Venkateswara at Srivari Padalu

making the spot where he first appeared is

an important shrine.

The presence of imposing mountains

adds to the aura of divinity as devotees

undertake the pilgrimage to the temple on

foot taking the well-planned steps.

Devotees typically pray at the Sri Varaha

Swamy Temple before the darshan of Sri

Venkateswara.

After the pilgrimage and visit to

temples, devotees may visit the Sri

Venkateswara Museum that has exhibits

about Tirumala and its heritage.

DELHI

The capital city continues to hold fort as a

destination that has much to see and do.

History buffs will love the city as there are

Delhi's Qutub Minar is

one of its iconic sights

several monuments here that are sure to

give you a feeling of the days gone by. Start

at the India Gate designed by Edwin

Lutyens and one of the most popular

monuments whose foundation was laid in

1920. Dedicated to all the Indian soldiers

who died in World War I, the monument is

set amidst landscaped gardens and is lit up

at night. The 73 metre high Qutub Minar

built in 1193 has five towers built with red

stone and marble and is an iconic sight in

the city. At the Humayun’s Tomb you will

be able to admire Persian architecture and

Red Fort is a fine example of Mughal-style

architecture.

The Canopy, Coronation Durbar Park,

Rashtrapati Bhavan, Safdarjung’s Tomb,

Isa Khan’s Tomb and Alai Darwaza are

some of the other historical sights to see.

Spiritual seekers can check out the Lotus

temple, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hazrat

Nizamuddin Dargah, Jama Masjid and

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Some of the

other places that must be on your itinerary

are Nehru Park, Lodi Garden, Chandni

Chowk, Hauz Khas Village, National

Gallery of Modern Art and Shankar’s

International Dolls Museum.

AHMEDABAD

While it was always known to be an

industrial and economic hub, the historic

city of Ahmedabad was declared as India's

first UNESCO World Heritage City in July

2017. Located on the banks of the

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Sabarmati River, the city's rich past is

several centuries old. The Hutheesing

Temple is a marble Jain temple dedicated

to the 15th Jain Trithankara

Dharmanatha. The Ahmed Shah Mosque

built in the early 15th century and named

after the founder of the city of

Ahmedabad, Sultan Ahmed Shah, is one of

the oldest and most beautiful mosques in

the city. The city is known for its step

wells and must see are the 500 year old

Dada Hari Ni Vav and Adalaj Stepwell

located in the village of Adalaj built in 1499

by Queen Rudabai. Calico Museum of

Textiles, Auto World Vintage Car

Museum, Vechaar Utensils Museum,

Sanskar Kendra City Museum and

Shreyas Folk Museum are also some other

interesting sights in the city.

DEHRADUN

While the capital of Uttarkand is often

looked at as a gateway to Mussoorie,

Rishikesh and Haridwar, it has many

sights that make it a destination in itself. It

is home to the renowned Forest Research

Institute. Inside you will see a Pathology

Museum, Timbra Museum, Non-Wood

Forest Products Museum, Social Forestry

Museum, Silviculture Museum and

Entomology Museum. Also see the

Mindrolling Monastery in Clement Town

built in 1965 by Khochen Rinpoche, one of

the six major monasteries of the Nyingma

school of Buddhism.

The city has a distinct Buddhist vibe that

is unmissable. The Tibetan Buddhist

temple with wall paintings that depict the

life of Lord Buddha with a 130 feet tall

statue of Buddha is another attraction here.

At Robber’s Cave you can see a unique

natural occurrence of a stream of water that

appears, disappears underground and

reappears a few yards away. Do pay

obeisance at the Tapkeshwar Temple a cave

temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

PATNA

The capital city of Bihar, Patna has an

ancient history dating back to 3000 years

and was Patlipura in the Magadha

kingdom. The Gol Ghar granary in stupa

architecture style not just offers a

panoramic view of the city but has a

history that dates back to 1786. The view of

the Ganges from here is a compellingly

beautiful sight. A visit to the Agam Kuan

the oldest and most important

archaeological site in Patna that has

several ancient and medieval sculptures

and a Shitala Devi temple is also

recommended. Do stop at Patna Museum

— it has a collection of paintings, coins, art

and textiles and is housed in a Mughal

style Rajput architecture building. Five

kilometres away is Kumrahar, where you

can see the city's Pataliputra historical

connection as it has the archaeological

remains of the Mauryan Palace as well as

excavations of old items.

For a spiritual fix, head to Maa

Patneshwari Devi Temple, the oldest and

most revered temples that is one of the 51

Siddha Shakti Pithas in India. The

Mahavir Mandir dedicated to Lord

Hanuman is another popular temple in

Patna. At Gandhi Maidan you can see the

world’s tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

Take a stroll in the Buddha Smriti Park

that was inaugurated by His Holiness, the

14th Dalai Lama and is home to a stupa,

museum and meditation centre.

UDAIPUR

At the heart of the royal city of Udaipur

with its pristine lakes and stunning

palaces is the famed City Palace complex,

part of which is home of the reigning royal

family of Udaipur headed by the 76th

custodian of the House of Mewar, Arvind

Singh Mewar. Located on the banks of

Lake Pichola, the City Palace has a

museum that displays arms, sculptures,

antiques, inscriptions, textiles and many

items belonging to the royal family. When

you are here,hop on to a boat on Lake

Pichola and admire the stunning Lake

Palace and Jag Mandir, another beautiful

palace. A stop at the Jagdish Temple built

in the mid 17th century has an intricate

design that is another attraction here.

Also stop at the nearby Jagat Shiromani

temple that has some stunning pillars

with mythological figures. For a stroll in

the park, well quite literally, Saheliyon Ki

Bari is the place to head to which is a

garden designed for the women of the

royal family. To know more of the rich art

and cultural aspects of Udaipur, head to

Shilpgram, an expansive open air rural

arts and crafts complex where you can

also buy local handicrafts, Rajasthani

artefacts and jewellery.

JAIPUR

The capital of Rajasthan has a rich

cultural, historical and regal background

that blends into the modern city making it

a tourist favourite. The City Palace

Complex is a good place to start exploring

the Pink City as it houses the Maharaja

Sawai Man Singh II Museum that displays

royal costumes, Pashmina shawls,

Benaras silk saris, an art gallery and the

royal family residence at the adjoining

Chandra Mahal. Another mandatory stop

must be at the most photographed and

iconic monument — the Hawa Mahal built

in 1799 by Sawai Pratap Singh. Said to be a

place for the women of the royal family to

see the outside world, this five storied

façade has small latticed windows that

ensure fresh air is always circulated inside

which also gives its name.

The Amber Palace dates back to the 7th

Facade at

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Jaipur's Albert

Hall Museum

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century and hosts a sound and light show

every evening which is a great way to

understand the royal history of the city.

Also head to the Nahargarh fort to see a

beautiful sunrise as well as admire a huge

stepwell here.

BHOPAL

With a history of Begums who have ruled

and shaped the city, Bhopal has always

had a strong connection with women

leaders. The City of Lakes as it is popularly

known has the Upper Lake built by former

ruler Parmara Raja Bhoj after whom the

airport is also named. A large statue of the

king is on the lake here. The Lower Lake is

where you can enjoy a spot of boating. The

city is dotted with several monuments

that date back many centuries. The Taj-ul-

Masajid mosque built by Shahjahan

Begum is a fine example of Muslim

architecture and has pink hued façade

that houses a hall, recessed archways,

octagonal minarets and a spacious

courtyard. Also make a stop at Moti

Masjid built by Sikandar Jahan in 1860,

and is a copy of Delhi’s Jama Masjid. If you

are a foodie, do try some of the signature

dishes here like the qorma (a meat based

gravy), kebabs (cutlets from minced meat)

and Gulati (rice pudding). Head to

Mahavir Giri, a beautiful hillock that

offers a bird’s eye view of the city.

GWALIOR

Gwalior has a history of royalty, music and

culture that makes for an interesting visit.

Known as the Fort City of India, start your

tour of the city at the majestic Gwalior

Fort. This fort is also known for the Queen

of Jhansi, Rani Lakshmibai's heroics as

part of the Rebellion of 1857. The Jai Vilas

Palace is where you can learn more about

the city's Scindia legacy. The cream-hued

palace has Italian, Tuscan and Corinthian

influences and houses the Scindia

Museum which has a crystal staircase and

a mini silver train used by the royal family

for serving food. This is where you can see

two of the largest chandeliers in the world

that weigh a whopping three and a half

tonnes as well as the largest hall carpet in

Asia. The Gwalior Gharana is one of the

oldest Khayal Gharanas and legends like

Tansen and Baiju Bawara belonged to

Gwalior. Apart from the music, the city

has a spiritual side with Sahastra Bahu Ka

Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord

Vishnu, Teli Ka Mandir, Sun Temple,

Gopachal Parvat and Surajkund, a large

tank that locals believe has magical water.

MUMBAI

Call it Maximum City, The Financial

Capital of the Country or the City which

Never Sleeps, Mumbai wears all its

sobriquets with an ease that is like no other.

One of the most populous cities of India has

an abundance of sights that are waiting to

be explored. The city has a distinct British

influence seen in the Fort area which has

buildings inspired by Neo-classical and

Indo-Saracenic styles of architecture. You

can start at the famed Gateway of India, a

waterfront landmark built in Indo-

Saracenic style in yellow basalt stone. The

26 metres high archway is connected with

four turrets and is easily the most

photographed monument of the city.

Do visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji

Terminus or Victoria Terminus building

which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

whose edifice was built in 1887. The stone

building with stain glass windows, arches,

turrets and domes is a visually compelling

sight. Around the Marine Drive you can

see several buildings that have an art deco

style.

PUDUCHERRY

The beach town of Puducherry with its

distinct French charm is a favourite

holiday destination. At the heart of the

White Town or the French sector is the

Aurobindo Ashram that was built in 1926.

This is where you will experience all

things calm and is the resting place of Sri

Aurobindo and the Mother. The serene

resting place is covered with bright

flowers and you will see a steady stream of

people paying their respect. Also visit the

Manakula Vinayagar Temple close by

which has been in existence since 1666.

The colourful temple with a bright outer

façade has an impressive 18 feet tall gold

plated tower and is an ode to India’s most

loved God, Ganesha. You can meet the

temple elephant Lakshmi who is usually

outside, and will bless you in return for

some money.

Puducherry is also home to an

international community living model at

Auroville, a place founded by Sri

Aurobindo's spiritual collaborator, Mirra

Alfassa or the Mother. The Matrimandir

here is golden sphere shaped building that

houses a meditation hall. All around

Auroville you will see a bustling

community. If you like handmade pottery

this is the place to buy it from. Do take a

walk along the Promenade beach that has

the French War Memorial. Do sample the

cuisine of Pondicherry that blends South

Indian and French styles of cooking.

Cityscape of the business

district in central Mumbai

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SPECIAL FEATURE

SPICEBIZ

THE ULTIMATE BUSINESS

CLASS EXPERIENCE

SPICEJET’S NEWLY-LAUNCHED

BUSINESS CLASS HAS BEEN

FAVOURABLY RECEIVED FOR ITS

BEST-IN-CLASS FEATURES AND

SERVICES AT THE RIGHT PRICING

The social media is

abuzz with feedback

to the latest

superlative

experience for flying

passengers. “It’s a world class

product,” says one. “Luxury and

comfort have been re-defined,”

affirms another. A third went gaga

over the culinary aspect: “A fancy,

healthy meal. And I quite liked the

cutlery too.” These passengers are

talking about SpiceBiz, SpiceJet’s

business class travel experience that

was launched on May 11, 2019 and has

already made waves in the short time

that it has been around.

There is lot in store for those

wishing to avail of the new facility,

including more spacious and

personal seating; welcome drinks

and sumptuous meals; flawless

ground service; and priority checkin

and boarding. In addition,

SpiceBiz offers great comfort and

best-in-class service at an

unmatched value.

At present SpiceBiz is being

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SPECIAL FEATURE

SPICEBIZ

“We are very excited to roll

out our all new business

class product. There is a huge

demand for business class in

India and we believe that our

business class product, with

its right pricing and the best

in-class features and services,

will be much appreciated by

passengers. We at SpiceJet

have always tried to innovate

and provide our customers a

memorable flying experience

and our new business class

offering is yet another step in

that direction”

AJAY SINGH,

Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet

introduced on key domestic routes.

Says Ajay Singh, Chairman &

Managing Director, SpiceJet, “We are

very excited to roll out our all new

business class product. There is a huge

demand for business class in India and

we believe that our business class

product, with its right pricing and the

best in-class features and services, will

be much appreciated by passengers.

We at SpiceJet have always tried to

innovate and provide our customers a

memorable flying experience and our

new business class offering is yet

another step in that direction.”

Business class passengers now get

to experience upfront the service

efficiency SpiceJet has always been

known for. The product is of very high

quality and has been customized to

meet the high level expectations of

business class passengers. While

rolling out all the attractive services,

top level industry practices have been

followed.

The new business class seating

has been incorporated in select

aircraft. In the B 737-700s, eight

seats are reserved for the Business

Class (Of the remaining, 126 seats

will be taken up by economy class

passengers). There are more seats

in the other two classes of aircraft.

The B 737-800 has 12 Business

Class Seats (156 for economy).

Finally there are 28 Business Class

seats in the B 737-900 (138 for

economy). In all these aircraft, the

first row of the economy cabin and

both the over-wing exit rows are

SpiceMAX seats.

BEFORE BOARDING THE AIRCRAFT

The pampering begins even before the

flying passengers set foot on the

aircraft — in a lounge reserved

specially for them at the airport. Even

as they wait for the flight, passengers

can enjoy privacy in comfortable

surroundings. Quality food and

beverages are served. There are also

many other facilities, all of which add

up to a smooth journey.

Business class passengers are able

to carry more baggage than other

passengers. For checked-in baggage it

is 30 kg. Passengers will be able to

board with up to 10 kg of handbag

(excluding laptops).

There are dedicated check-in

counters at Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata,

Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune,

Jammu, Guwahati, Varanasi, Jaipur,

Coimbatore, Kochi and Patna airports.

At all other airports, the counters are

being shared with SpiceMax

passengers.

At the airport, the business class

passengers are also given priority for

check-in, boarding and baggage. While

boarding, if an aerobridge is being

deployed, they are allowed to board

first. When boarding the coaches,

priority is given to business class

passengers at all times.

Here is the announcement

sequence for calling out passengers —

Business Class followed by SpiceMax,

Spice Club and Special Handling and

finally Economy Passengers. Priority

in the handling of baggage includes

tags specifically designed for SpiceBiz.

And the order that is followed during

baggage arrival at the carousel:

SpiceBiz, SpiceMAX and Bag-out-

First. Well before the flight has taken

off, the Business Class passenger is

welcomed with a refreshing drink and

refreshing towels. A comprehensive

menu card is distributed giving details

of the three-course culinary journey

lined up on-board.

Passengers will be able to enjoy a

culinary experience like never before.

SpiceJet’s three-course delicious meal

is aimed at balancing health and

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indulgence. Selections have been

made keeping in mind a wide range of

palate preferences. They will be

served on fine bone china with linen

laid on the tray table. The crew will

attend to every little need of the

passengers.

The menu offers a mouth-watering

array of Indian and international

cuisine, including vegetarian and nonvegetarian

dishes across breakfast,

lunch/dinner, hot snacks and cold

meals (on shorter flights). Patrons will

also be offered a range of cold and hot

beverage through the course of the

meal.

INSIDE THE BUSINESS CLASS ZONE

The passenger is sure to be awed by

the facilities inside the 2 x 2 dedicated

business class cabin. After take-off,

the tables are dressed up in fine

tablecloth and the guest is offered

pre-meal drinks – a selection of fruit

juices, soft beverages and aerated

drinks. The seat pitch (distance

between the back of your seat and the

back of the seat in front) is an

impressive 43 inches. Each seat can

also be reclined back to seven inches.

To begin with, the new business

class seating is available on select

sectors including Delhi-Mumbai-

Delhi and Mumbai-Jaipur-Mumbai.

SpiceJet will shortly be offering

SpiceBiz on select international routes

too. As SpiceJet increases its capacity

and inducts more B737s, the airline

will very soon be the second biggest

business class operator in India. Air

travel for business class passengers

will never be the same again.

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SPECIAL REPORT

INTERNATIONAL SECTORS

SPICEJET SPREADS ITS

WINGS OVERSEAS

NEW FOREIGN DESTINATIONS, MORE FREQUENT FLIGHTS AND

SMOOTHER CONNECTIVITY FROM INDIAN METROS AND NON-METROS

HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO A WIDER CHOICE FOR SPICEJET

PASSENGERS FLYING ABROAD

On August 15, 2019, when

the country celebrates

its 73rd Independence

Day, SpiceJet will

achieve one more

milestone — it will add Riyadh as its tenth

international destination. The capital of

Saudi Arabia is the fourth SpiceJet station

in the Middle East and will be serviced

from Mumbai.

Riyadh, the largest city of Saudi

Arabia, is also the kingdom’s key business

centre and financial hub. The city’s King

Khalid International Airport is one of the

largest airports in the world and serves

over 26 million passengers every year.

Riyadh becomes the second city in Saudi

Arabia, after Jeddah, to have convenient

SpiceJet connectivity. Jeddah is now

serviced from Mumbai, Hyderabad and

Kozhikode. Ajay Singh, Chairman and

Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, "We

are delighted to add Riyadh as our tenth

international destination. SpiceJet is the

only Indian budget airline to operate to

Saudi Arabia and our new flights to

Riyadh and Jeddah should greatly benefit

the thousands of pilgrims travelling from

India."

It has always been an ongoing

endeavour at SpiceJet to expand its

network and connect passengers through

new destinations and increased flights. It

has achieved these twin objectives by

constantly adding new planes. Last

month, the airline added the 100th

aircraft to its fleet. Expect this number to

grow by leaps and bounds soon for the

initial deliveries of the 205 Boeing 737

aircraft and up to 50 Q400 Bombardier

turboprop airliners ordered in 2017 have

started and more are fast on their way.

In addition to Riyadh and Jeddah in

Saudi Arabia, SpiceJet is flying to other

international destinations Hong Kong

(China), Bangkok (Thailand), Dhaka

(Bangladesh), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Male

Riyadh is SpiceJet's tenth

international destination

(Maldives), Dubai (UAE), Kabul

(Afghanistan) and Muscat (Oman). Apart

from these, a MoU for codeshare

partnership signed between SpiceJet and

Emirates on April 22, 2019 will allow

passengers to access networks of the two

airlines. With the new MoU in place,

SpiceJet passengers travelling from India

will have more choice to travel seamlessly

with minimum connection times, when

flying to destinations in Emirates' Europe

network such as London, Paris, Frankfurt,

Manchester and Amsterdam. Subject to

regulatory approvals, the codeshare

agreement will also open up flights for

Indian travellers to North and South

American destinations such as New York,

Washington, Toronto, and Sao Paulo as

well as Middle Eastern destinations such

as Jeddah, Kuwait and Amman, operated

by Emirates. Similarly, the partnership

will enable Emirates’ passengers to enjoy

seamless connectivity on India flights,

leveraging SpiceJet’s strong domestic

presence.

There has been hectic activity on

SpiceJet’s international network. Take

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SPECIAL REPORT

INTERNATIONAL SECTORS

the case of new foreign

connections from just one

SpiceJet station, India’s

financial capital — the airline

has scaled up its international

connectivity from Mumbai,

with new flights from the

city. There are now direct

non-stop flights from

Mumbai to Hong Kong,

Jeddah, Dubai, Dhaka,

Riyadh and Bangkok.

Operations on the

Mumbai-Bangkok-Mumbai

sector started from May 17,

2019. Additionally, operations

on the Mumbai-Jeddah-

Mumbai route came into

effect from July 5, 2019. Flights on the

Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai sector were

flagged off from July 31, 2019. With the

introduction of these new flights,

passengers from these foreign cities are

able to easily travel to a host of other cities

both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as

international network via multiple

onward connections from Mumbai.

Passengers travelling from non-metro

SpiceJet stations like Mangalore, Gwalior,

Belgaum, Dibrugarh, Vijayawada and

Mr Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet and Mr Adnan Kazim,

Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation &

Aeropolitical Affairs, Emirates, at the signing of the MoU for codeshare agreement

Guwahati, among others, will now be able

to easily travel to a host of other cities on

SpiceJet’s international network via

multiple onward connections from key

metros. Apart from adding new

destinations, the overall frequency of

flights has also been increased. In the

process, the airline has been able to notch

up some remarkable achievements.

• SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier

to connect Mumbai with Hong Kong via

daily non-stop flights: SpiceJet has

SpiceJet operates daily nonstop

flights to Hong Kong

deployed its 168-seater

Boeing 737-800 aircraft on

the Mumbai-Hong Kong

sector. The flight is timed

perfectly for business and

leisure travellers alike

with a late night departure

from Mumbai (1.05 am)

and a morning arrival

(9.40 am) in Hong Kong

thus maximising

passenger comfort and

providing more choice and

flexibility.

• SpiceJet is the first

Indian LCC to connect

Mumbai with Riyadh and

Dhaka and Delhi with

Dhaka and Jeddah: SpiceJet will service

Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai, Mumbai-

Dhaka-Mumbai, Delhi-Dhaka-Delhi and

Delhi-Jeddah-Delhi with daily non-stop

flights. With the new flights, passengers

from Riyadh, Dhaka and Jeddah will be

able to easily travel to a host of other

cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well

as international network via multiple

onward connections from Mumbai and

Delhi.

• The Guwahati-Dhaka-Guwahati

sector has been added under the

International Air Connectivity Scheme

(IACS): SpiceJet, created history when it

recently launched its first flight under the

IACS. This has made international air

travel much more affordable and

convenient for more and more Indians.

The slew of new international flights

announced recently by SpiceJet have been

welcomed by passengers as well as the

industry. Ajay Singh, Chairman and

Managing Director, SpiceJet, summed it

up best when he said: “SpiceJet is the only

Indian budget carrier operating on a

majority of the routes that we have

announced, thus providing leisure and

business travellers with more options to

choose from.”

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SPECIAL FOCUS

PILOT’S ACADEMY

THE MAKING OF

FUTURE CAPTAINS

SPICEJET’S NEW CADET PILOT PROGRAMME WILL TRAIN

NOT JUST CADET PILOTS BUT WILL ALSO GROOM THEM

TO BECOMING CAPTAINS OF THE FUTURE.

A

perfect launch pad for those who aim for the

sky, SpiceJet’s new Cadet Pilot Programme is

designed for young aspirants eyeing the

coveted seat 35,000 feet in the stratosphere.

And who better to train you to be a pilot, than

India’s favourite airline, SpiceJet! Introduced with an aim to

cater to the growing global requirement for aviation talent,

this world-class pilot training programme is strategically

located close to Indira Gandhi International Airport in

Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana.

The aviation industry in India is expanding exponentially

with almost all major airlines in the midst of multiplying

their fleet substantially in the next few years. SpiceJet, with a

confirmed order of 155 Boeing and 50 Q400 aircraft is

leading the acquisition race in the country. The airline is all

set to change the face of air travel in India with elaborate

plans in its pipeline under the regional connectivity scheme

UDAN. However, there is a dearth of experienced pilots in

the country, which has underlined the need to train fresh

talent.

Aimed at young men and women who are Class 12

graduates and have nurtured the dream of a career as a pilot,

the SpiceJet Cadet Pilot Programme is a course par

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR

APPLYING TO THIS PROGRAMME

• Age between 17 and 35 years.

• Indian national or holding an OCI (Overseas

Citizenship of India) card.

• Achieved a minimum score of 60% (or Grade Point

6) each in Physics, Mathematics and English in

(10+2) exam.

• Fluency in English (both written and verbal).

• Good physical condition with appropriate weight

and height (minimum height required is 158 cm).

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excellence for potential candidates, who

are required to be between 17 and 35 years

of age. Candidates are also required to

meet six other eligibility criteria (see box

item).

The new initiative could not have come

at a better time, for aviation industry

figures are eye-opening. According to

IATA estimates, airline traffic will nearly

double in the next 20 years. But various

leading authorities point out that pilot

shortage will be one of the main

challenges facing the global airline

industry. According to Aviation Voice, a

global aviation news provider, there will

be a shortage of 1,500 pilots in the U.S.

alone by 2020.

Selection for the new SpiceJet

programme is a four-phase process that is

completely transparent and is

scientifically designed to determine the

suitability of the candidate for the job of an

airline pilot. This process will be spread

over two weeks. A candidate can qualify

for the next phase only if he/she clears the

previous one. The first three phases will

be mostly completed on the first day.

The last phase (phase 4) will be

completed within a week of the

completion of the third phase. The first

three phases/tests are completely

computer-based and paper-free. The final

phase/test is a personal interview.

Candidates will not be allowed calculators

or cellphones during the tests. The final

result will be declared a week after the

fourth phase.

Different skills of the candidates will be

tested during the various phases. Shortterm

memory, mental arithmetic, spatial

orientation and multi-tasking will be

judged via multiple choice questions in the

first phase lasting 80 minutes. The next

module, for 10 minutes, involves checking

of eye-hand-foot coordination as well as

the aptitude to fly an aircraft — it requires

the candidate to use a joystick and rudder

pedal set connected to a computer. In the

penultimate phase, a psychometric test

lasting 60 minutes will test the candidate’s

personality and psychological suitability

for the job of an airline pilot. Finally, in a 10

minute interview, the candidate’s verbal

communication skills and personality for

the job will be judged.

Ten batches are proposed every year

under the new programme. There will be

15 students in one batch. Selected

candidates will pick up the tab of personal

medical insurance during their training.

SpiceJet will make arrangements for the

candidate’s stay during the Commercial

Pilot License (CPL) phase. Full boarding

accommodation will also be arranged by

SpiceJet for the flight license conversion.

Bed and breakfast stay will be arranged by

SpiceJet during the Advanced Type

Rating phase.

Type Rating is a qualification to fly a

specific type of aircraft, for example, B737

or Q400. Any aircraft which has a

maximum take-off weight of more than

5,700 kg or is turbine-powered requires a

Type Rating to operate. A Type Rating

course consists of a technical ground

school course (covering aircraft systems

and performance) and a simulator course,

where you learn to fly the aircraft in a full

flight simulator which simulates normal

and emergency situations. The Type

Rating training will be conducted at a

S. NO. SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT

1 95% and above aggregate marks in 10+2 examination in 3

subjects (Physics, Math & English)

OR

JEE Rank 1 to 1500

2 90% and above aggregate marks in 10+2 examination in 3

subjects (Physics, Math & English)

OR

JEE Rank 1500 to 3000

50% of 1st Installment i.e. INR 20 Lac and 40% of 2nd

Installment i.e. INR 10 Lac

Total Scholarship offered = INR 30 Lac

25% of 1st Installment i.e. INR 10 Lac and 20% of 2nd

Installment i.e. INR 5 Lac

Total Scholarship offered = INR 15 Lac

Note : Total Amount of Scholarships offered is INR 4.50 Crore

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PILOT’S ACADEMY

QUICK FACTS ABOUT

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• The selection process will be

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office in Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon.

• Candidates will have to

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• There will be a registration fee

of Rs. 5,000 and a screening/

assessment fee of Rs. 10,000.

• Both the fees are non-refundable

since they have been meticulously

calculated, based on the resources

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Type Rating training centre approved by

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The SpiceJet Cadet Pilot Programme

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Pilots but will groom them to becoming

Captains in the future. The course will

mould young Cadets towards becoming

First Officers and eventually Captains.

SpiceJet has a road map in place for every

Cadet from the day of joining to his/her

release as a First Officer.

Each of the three phases of training has

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segment contributing towards the making

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phase provides the necessary training to

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Instrument Rating (IR). (CPL training will

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They will fly around 72 hours in a full

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The total cost of the programme is

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equipped classroom facilities. SpiceJetaffiliated,

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STAR BUZZ

PRABHAS

LIFE AFTER

BAAHUBALI

PRABHAS ON BECOMING FAMOUS LATE

IN LIFE, HIS NEW FILM AND HIS MARRIAGE

PLANS. BY AARTI KAPUR SINGH

Telugu film aficionados

are more than just

familiar with the

name Venkata

Satyanarayana

Prabhas Raju Uppalapati. But it

was the record-smashing success

of Baahubali that made him a

household name the world over.

Prabhas became a nationwide

sensation after the pathbreaking

success of

the Baahubali saga — Baahubali:

The Beginning and Baahubali 2:

The Conclusion. The

popularity of the films led to

Prabhas transcending

borders — national and

international. The

Guardian in its review

of Baahubali: The

Beginning described

him as someone who

"embodies several

legends for the

price of one",

comparing the

superhero to

Moses, Hercules

and Tarzan.

Back home,

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PRABHAS

parallels have been drawn with the likes

of Bheem, Shiva and Ram. But for

Prabhas, Baahubali is simply, "the role

that changed my life."

Growing up, Prabhas didn't want to be

an actor, despite having a film producer

(Suryanarayana Raju) for a father and

veteran Telugu actor Krishnam Raju for

uncle. It was after his graduation that he

turned to movies. Gearing up for the

release of the multilingual Saaho

(Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam),

here is Prabhas talking about his journey

in films and life outside cinema…

You made your debut in 2002. Does it

bother you that you found fame a good

15-16 years later?

Absolutely not! Food, not films, filled up

my childhood dreams. I was the laziest

person around. Suddenly one day I

decided to become an actor. Thank God

for that whimsical decision, else by now

I'd have been a 140 kilo butter chickenbingeing

hotelier! I did 16 films after

Eeswar. I always dreamt big as an actor

but not this big. Baahubali is something I

owe completely to Rajamouli Sir! And I

still haven’t come to terms with the fame

or whatever you may call it.

So what is Saaho all about?

Fans will have a terrific experience to

look forward to! Coming out

of Baahubali was not easy, it was very

difficult. Even this film took two years

and I think my fans are going to kill me

for that, but Sujeeth (writer and director)

designed this film on the screenplay. It is

a screenplay-based film, so there were a

lot of twists and turns and he wrote it in

an interesting way. Sujeeth and his team

sat on the script for three years.

After Baahubali it's an action thriller. I

feel people like to see me in action

movies, so after Baahubali, they may like

it.

A major budget has been spent on

some extravagant action scenes.

Although it will be a commercial outing,

we are attempting something new and I

would like to keep that as a surprise

element. See I want to entertain my fans

and viewers. I have a certain image and I

am willing to experiment within the

limits of my image. Sometimes one has to

up the ante in terms of performance. I

know Saaho is my chance to be able to do

that. Also, as an individual, I look

forward to the new things I can learn

from every film, whether it is action or

dancing or anything else.

How do you think Saaho will compare to

Baahubali?

I think that is not a fair question.

In a dramatic

sequence from Saaho

Baahubali made history but Saaho was

made with the aim to entertain the

audience and fans. The canvas of the two

films, their genres, their time periods

where they are situated, are different.

However, I do find a major similarity in

the two films. I was 32 when I started

work on the Baahubali films. The next

four-and-a-half years were spent

working out to build six-pack abs,

learning archery and doing yoga. More

important than the physical preparation

was the sustained conviction in the

project and unwavering dedication. It

wasn't easy to match up to Rajamouli's

perfectionism and passion that clearly

borders on madness. I did not want to

disappoint him if I couldn't please him. I

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thought this was the maximum I would

push myself.

But then Sujeeth came and Saaho

happened. I was supposed to shoot an

underwater scene in Saaho and therefore

I learnt deep sea diving for the same. I

also underwent stringent preparations

like cardiovascular training and other

exercises to pull off stunts in Saaho. So

the kind of physical and mental effort

involved is just the same.

So is your look! You are even dancing in

the film!

Yes! I enjoy that you know! Ever since I

did that blink-and-you-miss-it frame in

Action Jackson. It was something I just

did for Prabhu Deva sir! It gave me a

chance to shake a leg for a bit and that

was it! But I do hope I can do as much

variety as an actor can be allowed. The

craft is all about trying new things and

not getting typecast.

This is also the first time you are cast

opposite a heroine from Hindi cinema.

THE PRABHAS

FACTFILE

• Prabhas is the first South Indian

star to have his own wax statue at

Madame Tussauds, Bangkok. He has

beaten the likes of Rajinikanth and

Kamal Haasan and has got a statue

based on his Baahubali character

Amarendra Baahubali, wearing the

battle armour.

• He cannot resist chicken biryani

and butter chicken.

• Prabhas is a huge fan of Rajkumar

Hirani and has watched the

Munnabhai series more than 20

times.

• His cinematic idol is Robert De

Niro.

What was it like to work

with Shraddha

Kapoor?

You know Shraddha is

so much more mature

than she looks. At the

same time she is just so

innocent and has no

qualms asking for help.

There are no airs at all!

She is just so

hardworking and

unassuming. I really do

respect her and am so

fond of her! God bless

her! And I would love to

have more

opportunities to work

with her!

With Saaho co-star

Shraddha Kapoor

There is also an

observation on the

amount of time you

take on a film.

I had not intended to

spend two years

on Saaho, but it was the

action sequences that

needed a lot of

preparation. We

rehearsed a lot and I

needed to support the director and

producers, who had invested a lot. So

sometimes the timeline is not in your

hands. But having said that, I agree with

what you are saying and it is important to

not disappoint fans. I should not be lazy!

(laughs). In fact I have started working

on another film that only took 20 days to

shoot. I am working on it and I hope I am

able to do at least two films in a year.

You have bashed up baddies and also

been a ladies' man. But what are the

roles that you would like to explore?

I think I have done and am doing a lot of

action. I would love an interesting

comedy role!

Could there be more films in the

Baahubali series?

I think the film’s producers would be the

right people to answer this question.

Personally, I’d love to live the character

of Baahubali again and again and again.

It is a given!

Finally, the question that everyone

wants an answer to: when are you

getting married?

I think there are more pressing

concerns, really! (laughs). But then I

am answering it for you if you

promise not to probe me further: I

will marry when I feel like it. Maybe

next year!

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MANY-FACETED

BENGALURU

BENGALURU IS A MODERN, COSMOPOLITAN METROPOLIS

MAKING RAPID STRIDES IN ALL AREAS TO EMERGE AS THE

CITY OF CHOICE FOR MANY INDIANS.

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Bengaluru is also

known as the

Garden City of India

The IT Hub of India,

Bengaluru is a city that

is an ideal gateway to

Karnataka. This is also a

city that has several

sites old and new that make it a

sought after destination by itself. With

a history that blends a colonial past

with royal heritage, the city has much

to see and do. Apart from its two

beautiful lung spaces Cubbon Park

and Lalbagh, the city is home to the

beautiful Bangalore Palace. Dating

back to 1887, a visit to the palace is

ticketed and its design is inspired by

England’s Windsor castle and has a

Tudor architectural style. The old

Bangalore Fort is another landmark

that dates back to 1537 and started as

a mud fort and was built by Kempe

Gowda I. The Tipu Sultan Summer

Palace located close by is another

wood marvel that has withstood the

test of time. Bengaluru also has some

important museums like the

Government Museum, Venkatappa Art

Gallery, National Gallery of Modern

Art HAL Heritage Center and

Aerospace Museum Visvesvaraya

Industrial and Technological Museum

and the newly opened Indian Music

Experience among many others. The

city is also known for its interesting

food joints where you can sample

everything from traditional to

contemporary and is a haven for

foodies.

EDUCATION

An education hub, Bengaluru

has lots of schools and colleges

especially for professional

education. The Central College

of Bangalore established in

1858 is the oldest college in

the city. Some of the important

educational institutions include

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MYSORE’S ETERNAL CHARM

Located about 130 km from Bengaluru is the royal heritage city of Mysore.

Start your city tour at the majestic Mysore Palace which is the official

residence of the Wodeyars who ruled Mysore prior to Independence. The

Indo-Sarcenic architecture that has Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic

influences is where the 10-day Mysore Dussehra festivities take place. The

Palace itself is a must see for its beautiful interiors, paintings and galleries

that are a mute witness to a rich past. When you are here do stop by at

the quaint Railway Museum that has a display of vintage locomotives and

railway engines and was established by the Indian Railways in 1979. You can

see some railway gems like the ES 506 4-6-2 locomotive, an Austin Railway

Car, built from 1925 Austin model and an YP #2511 made by Telco and the

Maharani's Saloon carriage used by the Queen of Mysore here. A stop at the

Chamundi Hills is a must considering that she is the presiding deity of the

city and revered by the royal family who worship her as their family deity

as well. The drive up the hill is scenic and gives you some stunning aerial

views of the city. Said to be the yoga capital of the South Mysore is home

to several wellness places, ashrams and yoga learning centers too. Make

time to see the the Government Sandalwood factory a heritage building

adjacent to the Railway Workshop that is run by the Karnataka Soaps and

Detergent Ltd. While production has ceased it is fascinating to see the entire

sandalwood processing stages like cutting, chipping, disintegrating wood,

distilling, filtering and re-filtering. And when in Mysore shopping for the

famed Mysore Silk Sarees must be on your agenda. The sarees are sure to

burn a hole in your pocket as they are woven in pure gold thread. However,

you can also buy sarees woven in silver threads which though expensive are

still worth the price. The silk weaving factory in Mysore owned by Karnataka

Silk Industries Corporation (KSIC) is where you can learn about the entire

process of silk weaving and see the process from the silk cocoons to the

weaving of pure silk fabric. There are several showrooms in the main market

that sell silk sarees but the authentic sarees come with the KSIC branding.

A stop at the Brindavan Gardens that houses the Krishnaraja Sagar dam

engineered by Sir M. Vishveswaraya is a must too.

the International Centre for

Theoretical Sciences, Indian

Institute of Management, Indian

Statistical Institute, Institute

of Finance and International

Management, Institute of Wood

Science and Technology, Indian

Institute of Astrophysics, Indian

Institute of Science, Jawaharlal

Nehru Centre for Advanced

Scientific Research, National

Centre for Biological Sciences,

National Institute of Mental

Health and Neuro Sciences,

National Law School of India

University, International Institute

of Information Technology,

Bangalore, National Institute

of Design, National Institute

of Fashion Technology and

University of Agricultural Sciences,

Bangalore. In the last announced

State Budget, the focus was kept

on modernization of infrastructure

in primary and secondary schools

and higher education sector. Some

measures announced included the

construction of 1500 new class

rooms, upgradation of 5000 class

rooms, distribution of learning

equipment to 1000 schools

and appointment of one estate

manager for the maintenance

of school buildings. This apart

a 10 days training to one lakh

teachers under 'Guruchethana'

programme was also announced.

The Government is also focusing

on higher education through

the adoption of new learning

methods through the Next

Generation Learning Initiative

in Bengaluru Central University.

Bengaluru has some of the

best educational institutions in

India. But in Bengaluru, like in

many other urban centres in the

country, children across all income

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MORE IMPETUS

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DR. MAJEED

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the world’s leading

health-science

companies setting

enviable benchmarks Dr Muhammed Majeed,

Founder & Chairman,

in just under three Sami-Sabinsa Group

decades. As a leader

of Companies

of nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals and herbal

extract products, Sami-Sabsina Group of

companies have a vibrant R&D philosophy

guiding their flightpath.

Sami Labs has its presence in the US,

Europe, Japan, Australia, China, UAE, South

Africa and Malaysia. With 1200 employees

spread across five manufacturing facilities,

the company is a pioneer in affordable

healthcare products.

Spice Route caught up with Dr

Muhammed Majeed, Founder & Chairman,

Sami-Sabinsa Group.

Herbs and ayurveda are the buzzwords

today but Sami Labs was established way

back in 1991. How did you foresee the future?

When I first started my business in 1988,

my objective was a generic drug business.

Then I saw an opportunity because Indian

herbs were not marketed in India nor did

ayurveda exist in the US. That was an

attractive option, because of the natural

biodiversity in India. In fact, ayurveda was

pioneered in the US by Sami Labs, after

establishing it here in 1991.

How vast is your product range and what

are the different product areas that you are

active in?

We have 100-plus products from herbal

extract ingredients and many products are

in the pipeline. We are active in areas like

anti-obesity, anti-diabetic, arthritis,

cardiovascular, post-menopausal symptoms,

liver protection and several other health

disorders.

What was the rationale behind setting up

Sami Direct as a direct marketing entity?

Many Indian herbs require an explanation

and education to the public on their effective

utilisation. Although ayurveda makes all

these claims, it never brought out the salient

features of the products.

How big is Sami Direct today? How many

members does it have?

Sami Direct has a couple of lakhs of

distributors and its competitive edge lies in

fueling entrepreneurship through

independent distributors.

Tell us something about the activities of

the Dr Majeed Foundation

It is focused on educational support for

BPL students.

Your group is a key player in the food,

nutrition, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

segments with over 200 patents and a

presence in 15 countries. Where does the

group go from here?

We will continue to excel in our core areas

and plan to put more impetus in R&D and

manufacturing. We hope to become a major

international player in the areas of

nutraceuticals, cosmeceuticals, personal

care and pharmaceuticals.

groups are flocking to private

schools. While the number of

private schools is rapidly growing,

government schools on the other

hand are increasingly being shut

down in the name of low student

enrollment. The biggest problem

with government schools is

poorly trained or absent teachers.

These schools also lack modern

infrastructure and students are

introduced to technology only

in the sixth standard. We see

concerned citizens and good

Samaritans helping once in a

while, but that is not enough.

Given that the problem of poorly

trained teachers is not something

that can be solved any time

Sunset at Vidhana

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legislature building

soon, the quality of education in

these schools can improve if the

involved authorities give students

access to game-based digital

learning tools that make use of

the best curriculum frameworks

from around the world. This will

help students stay motivated

and engaged while continuing

to improve their skills across key

areas," says Sumantra Roy, Co-

Founder and CEO, Learning Yogi.

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SPOTLIGHT KARNATAKA

'OUR CONSUMERS LOVE OUR UNIQUE DRINKS

WITH A TWIST OF ZESTY/ TRADITIONAL FLAVOURS'

INTERVIEW WITH MR. SATHYASHANKAR K, MANAGING DIRECTOR,

MEGHA FRUIT PROCESSING PVT. LTD.

Starting

with

bottled

water,

SG is now one of

India’s most wellknown

food and

beverage companies. How did this major

transformation come about?

We began our journey manufacturing

packaged drinking water in the year 2000,

but soon realised that the market for this

category was crowded and that we needed

to move up the value chain pronto. In

2002, we formulated an unparalleled

recipe for jeera masala with the pursuit of

giving it a fizzy twist. The Bindu Fizz

Jeera Masala soon went on to become very

popular in Karnataka. With the success of

this beverage, we recognised the

consumers’ preference f or drinks and

inclination towards desi flavours. We

have since launched numerous fizzy and

fruit drinks of exceptional taste and

quality. We also launched a range of

snacks and namkeen products under the

brand name Snakup.

What is the USP of SG?

The heart of our innovation has always

been true Indian, ethnic flavours. Our

consumers love our unique drinks with a

twist of traditional spices and desi flavours.

Especially, our beverage like the Fizz jeera

Masala, Kokum-Jeera, Mint-Lemon or

Cucumber Juice. The edge we have with our

flavours leads to our surge in popularity.

Apart from a strong sales force, what

are the other key factors that have helped

you in your growth story?

We have always believed that quality of

our drinks is what primarily drives the

growth. Hence, maintaining quality and

consumer satisfaction has always been our

priority and the core of all decision making

Are you planning to take your brands

national?

While our products are currently

available across the South, we are rapidly

and steadily expanding our market,

across the country. Our long term

objective is to take the much acclaimed

desi flavoured beverages international

and let the world relish on these quirky

Indian flavours.

What are the expansion plans of

your group?

Our immediate goal is to achieve the Rs.

1,000 crore mark in sales, which would

further enable us to raise adequate funds

through Initial Public Offering (IPO) for

expansion project across the country.

The City Bus-stand (Majestic),

Kempegowda Metro Station

the demand-supply gap have

worked in favour of the ‘Garden

City.’ “Since the end-users here

are mostly professionals working

across service sectors led by the

IT/ITeS, developers have been

conscientiously aligning their

offerings to this demand. For

instance, to cater to the demands

of a tech-savvy homebuyer,

developers have launched ‘Smart

Homes’ for their buyers with

several features at the ‘click of

a button.’ Additionally, builders

here were among the first to

offer online payment system

for property. One of the major

positives of this city is that it

has always adapted well to the

changing market dynamics, and

therefore remains well-positioned

for future growth as well,” says

Anuj Puri, Chairman - ANAROCK

Property Consultants. The top

three emerging areas in the city

based on the new supply and the

inherent demand by prospective

buyers include Kanakapura Road

and Electronic City in south zone

and Devanahalli in the north. As

per ANAROCK data, Devanahalli

is seeing a spurt in real estate

activity since 2017 with major

builders like Embassy, Salarpuria

Sattva and Ozone launching

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UNDERSTANDING THE NEW

AGE 20:20 HOMEBUYER

INTERVIEW WITH M MOHAN KRISHNAM RAJU, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SRK GROUP

emerged a stately symbol of luxury. The

location, Nandi Hills, simply makes it even

more alluring.

How is The Estates different from the

other offerings in the segment?

The Estates is unique in many ways.

While the project comes with the

assurance of high appreciation rates, a

buyer gets a lot more than their piece of

land. There’s a resort that awaits customers

at The Estates. It means that they can

spend quality time with their family during

the weekends. Be it enjoying the exotic

cuisines at the restaurant, taking a plunge

How did you perceive the idea of The

into the azure waters of the pool, playing a

Estates at Nandi Hills?

game or two or enjoying the pristine

The concept of The Estates is derived from nature, The Estates is the place to be!

two separate thoughts, which belong to

We extend exceptional aftersales service

two different eras. ‘Land is gold’ is an ageold

maxim. When that is combined with to build their dream home or grow their

and guarantee assistance for our customers

the new age dictum, ‘service is king’, there orchard. In fact, a key characteristic of the

project is our promise of aftersales service.

Why should one invest in The Estates?

North Bangalore has been steadily

offering good returns on investments and

has seen constant appreciation. This will

further improve as the area is witnessing

unprecedented development. With IT

parks and SEZ coming up along with the

advantage of great connectivity, North

Bangalore is all set to become the cynosure

of investors.

Moreover, our expertise in delivering

infra projects on time for the last four

decades, the project’s location on the

verdant hills, our outstanding aftersales

service, etc., are reasons good enough for a

customer to choose The Estates as a great

investment opportunity.

Going ahead, what are the company’s

plans and goals?

The Estates at Nandi Hills mark our

journey to develop many more of The

Estates across Bengaluru and other south

Indian states. We go by our core values,

which are Imagine, Execute, Deliver and

Inspire. In addition to this, we have

Shoppers Stop and Concentrix as our

current commercial clients. We intend to

do more commercial projects in the future.

their residential projects. The

area has garnered the interest

of buyers due to its proximity

to the airport and ample land

availability, which has helped in

ensuring good supply. Electronic

City is largely seeing demand

by IT/ITeS professionals and has

relatively affordable property

prices. Enhanced connectivity to

major areas via metro is boosting

the realty demand in Kanakapura

Road. The advent of IT/ITeS parks

in and around the area is also a

major reason for high supply of

units.As per ANAROCK research,

the top three suburban areas in

The first phase of the

Bangalore Metro was

flagged off in October 2011

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Bengaluru include Yelahanka,

Sarjapur and Electronic City.

Yelahanka is a self-sustained

micro market which boasts of

excellent connectivity to the

international airport, has ample

social infrastructure facilities

and is easily accessible to the IT

hub in Hebbal. Interestingly, the

mid-income segment is the most

dominant category in the city in

terms of both demand and supply.

HEALTH

Bengaluru is fast emerging as

one of the most health conscious

cities in India. What’s more is that

the city’s health sector is at par

with global standards: be it in

terms of availability of the best

hospitals with eminent medical

practitioners; state-of-the-art

infrastructure; or technologically

advanced equipment. “Some of

this can also be attributed to a

reverse brain drain which has

brought a lot of highly qualified

health professionals from abroad

to set up base in the city. The city

has over 100 marathons every

year, making it the fitness capital

of India. It is possible for people

to avail health services anytime,

anywhere in the city today –

including home healthcare,

diagnostics, and even healthy food

from the comfort of their homes.

With Bengaluru’s cosmopolitan set

up and favorable climate, people

from other countries have also

started coming to seek treatment

in the city,” says Meena Ganesh,

MD & CEO, Portea Medical.

Owning to its startup culture, the

city has seen several new health

care companies setting up shop

in the bid to come up with new

age cutting edge health solutions

as well. This apart, the city has

seen a spurt of new hospitals

opening across the city in a bid

to provide healthcare solutions

to its denizens. Several of these

are super specialty hospitals.

Interestingly all the new healthcare

ventures are relying on technology

like artificial intelligence, robotics

The High Court building with the

Vidhan Soudha in the background

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SPOTLIGHT KARNATAKA

The City Flower Market is a

major attraction for tourists

and Internet of Things (IoT) to

revolutionise healthcare for the

city. Rekuram Varadharaj, Cofounder

and COO, healthi adds,

“as per a recent comprehensive

report titled Healthi Insights

India released by us, about

98% women and 91% men in

Bangalore are aware about the

importance of being healthy and

feel the need to make necessary

lifestyle changes. With the city

emerging as a health, fitness,

and wellness hub in India, people

have a plethora of choices to seek

treatment: preventive and curative

alike. All this can be attributed

to state-of-the-art health

infrastructure, mushrooming

health-tech startups, technological

innovations, and availability

of some of the best medical

professionals. Organizations are

also giving priority to the health

of their employees by giving them

health and wellness benefits that

their families can avail.”

FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT

The city is also home to thematic

parks and entertainment zones

to ensure that there is never a

dull moment here. If you want an

adrenalin rush head to Wonder

La Amusement Park that has

fun rides, water rides, musical

fountains, laser shows, rain

showers, virtual reality shows

and more. The park is naturally

a big hit with children and now

has an in house resort where you

can stay too. This apart there are

several restaurants within the

sprawling complex. Fun City in

VR Bengaluru is an indoor family

entertainment centre, a leisure

concept by Landmark Group

that encourages children to learn

while they play, with a variety of

activities focused on children's

growth and development. There

are also a series of gaming

cafes in the city where you can

have fun with simulated games

virtual reality games as well. The

city also has several Go Karting

centers that allow you to check

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SPOTLIGHT KARNATAKA

`WE CHANNELIZE THE ENERGY

OF OUR BRILLIANT STUDENTS’

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR SURESH REDDY, FOUNDER & CHAIRPERSON OF CANDOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

What would you say is the

USP of Candor?

Our USP is academic

rigour combined with

all-round development of students. Candor

provides an environment that facilitates

discovery of unique talents of each student.

Can you give us a brief history of the

school.

Candor is a day-cum-boarding, co-ed

school launched in August 2011. I founded

the school with a vision to provide holistic

and affordable international education for

one and all. The curriculum includes the

Primary Years Program, and Diploma

Program of the International

Baccalaureate, and Cambridge Program of

the University of Cambridge, United

Kingdom. The academic session begins in

August and ends in June the following year.

The first certified ‘Green School’ in India,

Candor was recently recognized as Forbes

Great Indian School 2018-19 and Best

International Day / Residential School

2018-19 by the Times Of India. Candor

International School students go on to

study in prestigious Indian and foreign

universities.

What are the main things an educational

institution has to keep in mind for

developing young minds?

An educational institute has to take the

effort to understand each student and

customize offerings to suit their specific

needs. Both IB & IGCSE curriculum

beautifully enable Candor to devise an

academic program that is flexible to

develop the capability of our students.

What is the secret behind Candor's

outstanding IGCSE

results?

Time and again

Candor’s well-trained and experienced

faculty has been able to channelize the

energy of our brilliant students producing

excellent academic results. This year we

achieved 100% results in IGCSE with 13

distinctions, 12 merits, 40A*s, and 55 As. I

congratulate both our students and faculty

for delivering exceptional results and wish

them all the best for the future.

Are there any plans to expand to other

locations?

Yes, we do have plans to launch more

institutions in cities such as Tirupati,

Hyderabad, and Vishakapatnam. Our longterm

plan is to launch our school in other

cities and enable more students to benefit

from our unique educational program.

out your racing side. Likewise a

thrill of speed albeit of a different

nature can be experienced at the

Bangalore Turf Club when you see

a game of Horse Racing. And if

the heat is getting to you cool off

at Snow City a winter wonderland

The luxurious UaB City

mall in Ashok Nagar

that has snow based activities that

is a good place to chill out quite

literally. Another must see place is

the Innovative Film City that has a

potpourri of attractions including

the Aqua Kingdom, Cartoon

City, Dino Park, Mini Golf, Mirror

Maze, Petting Zoo

and Haunted Mansion

among many others.

This is where you can

indulge in adventure

sports as well including

Go Karting, bungee

jumping, dirt biking,

archery, net cricket

and bull rides. if you

love wines a must

do activity is to take

a detailed vineyard tour, while

you taste some spectacular

homegrown wine especially in

the Nandi Hills area which sees a

lot of grape cultivation. Likewise

golf lovers can tee off at the Golf

Club that also offers classes for

newbies. If you are looking for

a more invigorating adventure

an early morning cycle ride at

the ‘Dodda Alada Mara’ or the

Big Banyan Tree will take you

through some amazing natural

vistas too. And if you can do

experience Micro light flying a 20

minute aerial ride that gives you

a beautiful bird's eye view of the

entire city that happens at the

Jakkur Airfield.

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ADVENTURE

WATER SPORTS

ALL FOR A

GOOD CAUSE

THE SIXTH EDITION OF THE CHALIYAR RIVER PADDLE IS AIMED AT SPREADING

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS ABOUT CLEAN WATERS

An attempt is being made to

bring together people who

love water and water

sports to spread awareness

about conserving our water bodies

through different kinds of paddling

activities acting as a springboard for

the cause. Chaliyar River Paddle is

the sixth edition of this annual event.

The three-day paddling event being

held from September 20 to September

22, 2019, targets water sports

enthusiasts, nature lovers, tourists,

children and people from all walks of

life. Promoting water sports like

kayaking, SUPing (standup

paddleboarding) and canoeing will

help build the connection, turning

more and more youngsters and

tourists into evangelists of clean

waters.

The event starts at Nilambur,

located on the foothills of Western

Ghats with close proximity to the

Nilgiris. The ending point is at

Beypore in Kozhikode district,

where the river meets with the

Arabian Sea. The Chaliyar River

Paddle has something for everyone —

from beginners to non-swimmers to

well-established water sports

enthusiasts. Not just that, from ages

10 to 70 years, it’s open for all. For

those in the water for the first time,

kayak lessons will be offered on the

first day to prepare you for the

adventure. Stand-up paddlers are

also invited to join a stand-up

paddling troop.

The early birds get special

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discounts on the package that

includes one person tent, three meals

each day and waters ports equipment.

Hygiene is uncompromisable, so the

organizers have arranged for ecotoilets,

a combination of comfort and

functionality. Apart from the exciting

journey on the water, the campsite

will be a perfect place to unwind and

bond with fellow paddlers. Apart

from camping, bonfires and team

activities, participants get a peek into

the culture through authentic Kerala

delicacies and local tribal music.

While people love exploring water

bodies, what’s missing is sensitivity

towards sustainable travel. From

superficial love to building real

connection, from worshipping them to

respecting them so as to curb domestic

and industrial pollution, bringing

about this change in everyone's

mindset is the motto. Water adventure

sports like rafting take place in hill

stations, only where water is fresh but

as we come towards the plain-land,

rivers are reduced to a drain as they are

used more for commercial than

recreational purposes.

From a highly polluted, cancerinducing

river, Chaliyar is now one of

the most beautiful, serene rivers in

Kerala. It has bounced back, by giving

new life to the flora and fauna, all

thanks to the Chaliyar Action

Committee who fought for the cause

of the river with the support of local

villagers, to shut down a factory, the

real culprit behind all the pollution.

This movement should continue since

it’s not just about helping rivers and

backwaters in Kerala, but to make a

difference to all water bodies across

the country which are in dire need for

conservation.

The event is being organized by Jellyfish

Water Sports. For more information visit

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SEPTEMBER 2019


TECH

GIZMOS

BEST WEARABLES IN TOWN

INNOVATIVE WIRELESS HEADPHONES, INSPIRING FITBITS AND EYEWEAR

WITH A TWIST ARE AMONG THE LATEST EYE-CATCHING WEARABLES.

BY ASHWIN RAJAGOPALAN

In July 2019, one of the most trending

concept gadgets was Reon Pocket, an

air-conditioner you can wear. It slaps

on the back of the neck and can control

personal temperatures — it can reduce

it by up to 13 degrees or increase it by

8 degrees. The device is controlled by a

mobile app. The Reon Pocket that has

been funded by Sony functions on the

Peltier effect or thermoelectric effect

that creates a temperature differential

across two sides of a device, raising the

temperature on one side and lowering

it on the other.The Reon Pocket joins

a growing list of wearables that are

redefining our idea of wearable tech

that has seen more misses than hits

over the last few years. It’s no longer

just fitness trackers but everything

from cool Bluetooth earbuds to audio

sunglasses. While you can’t get your

hands on the Reon Pocket just yet,

here’s a list of cool wearables that you

can own right now:

Bose Frames: Probably the most

innovative piece of wearable tech that

debuted in 2019. This is where fashion

meets function. You can choose from

two versions - the angular Alto and

Rondo, with a rounded shape. The

Frames’ biggest strength is its ability to

stay connected with the external

environment even as you’re enjoying

your favourite tracks or podcasts. The

audio speakers are embedded in the

arms of the sunglasses; a charging dock

is also concealed along the inside of the

right arm. All controls from power on, to

flipping tracks are controlled by a single

multi-function key that’s barely

noticeable. Bose offers quite a few AR

(augmented reality) apps through its

dedicated app that give you a glimpse of

the future with audio AR.

Garmin Forerunner 945: Garmin’s

wearables have been a favourite among

serious fitness enthusiasts. The

Forerunner 945 is the brand’s latest

flagship that monitors your performance

to offer personalised insights. It brings a

host of cool features like aerobic and

anaerobic training effect, safety and

tracking features-like incident detection

and real time location to your emergency

contacts.The device can track your VO2

max to analyse the maximum amount of

oxygen a person can utilise during

intense exercise. It also tracks your

exercise history and performance

with new training load balance to let you

know if the workout is being

productive. The smartwatch holds the

ability ‘Store up to 1000 songs’ on the

watch for phone-free listening and even

syncs one’s favourite music from select

streaming services like Spotify or allows

transferring music from a computer to

your device.

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TECH

GIZMOS

Fitbit Inspire HR: Just signed up

at a gym? Fitbit’s entry-level tracker is a

great option for first-time fitness tracker

buyers. You will probably dig the

featherlight form — you barely feel this

on your wrist. The Inspire HR features an

elegant curved design with a bright

monochrome OLED display. It has all the

things that Fitbit users swear by — from

calorie counts to sleep tracking with the

backing of Fitbit’s companion app

(compatible on both iOS and Android

devices). Its waterproof form means its

ready for a swim — you also get swim

lap tracking, while text and call alerts

add to its appeal.

OnePlus Bullets

Wireless 2: Thesecond generation

of OnePlus’ in-ear headphones make

big improvements on a form factor that

has won it a faithful cult of users. Sound

quality gets a boost with two Knowles

Balanced Armature Drivers and one

10mm dynamic driver in each ear bud.

Battery life is another major leap — 10

minutes of charging (with OnePlus’

proprietary warp charge) gives you 10

hours of

listening time

while a full charge delivers 14 hours of

battery life. But it’s the intuitive design

that wins our approval. Just clip the

bullets together to turn them off and

separate them when you’re ready to

resume playback.

Apple AirPods 2: Probably the

most ubiquitous wearable of them all.

The AirPods signalled the shift to

headphones minus wires in a compact

form factor that is almost weightless.

The second generation AirPods

debuted in 2019 and didn’t make

radical changes to a design language

that we’ve gradually come to love.

From calls to podcasts to music, the

AirPods can handle anything you

throw at it. The AirPods 2 are driven by

the new Apple-designed H1 chip, that

promises faster connect times and

more talk time. There are some cool

new touches — you can now adjust the

volume with a simple ‘Hey Siri’

command.

Focals by North: Think of these as

a display for your face. These $600 AR

glasses are also available with

prescription glasses on online buying

platforms and offer a great ‘vision’ of the

not so distant future. The key feature is a

holographic display that only you can

see and one that doesn’t block your line

of sight. From navigation to text

summaries you can view everything

without reaching for your phone. And

then there’s the audio AR (with in-built

speakers) that lets you access Alexa for

all your queries.

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FOOD

FENNEL

EACH SPICEJET AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN NAMED AFTER

A PARTICULAR SPICE. IN THIS ISSUE WE TALK ABOUT

THE BENEFITS AND USAGE OF FENNEL

THE VERSATILE

SPICE

A SPICE THAT ADDS A DISTINCT

FLAVOUR TO FOOD, FENNEL

HAS FOUND MYRIAD USES

IN A VARIETY OF

CUISINES AND ALSO

PACKS A PUNCH AS

FAR AS ITS HEALTH

BENEFITS GO. BY

BINDU GOPAL RAO

Baked chicken with

fennel and oranges

USED BOTH AS A HERB and a spice,

fennel is a common ingredient across

several global cuisines. The fresh leaves

and the bulb are used extensively in

salads. The spice is used in many sauces

and mixes. The rarest form of fennel is

the not-so-popular fennel pollen.

Delightfully fragrant and sweet, the

pollen has a saffron-like status and is

mostly collected and used in Italy.

Normal fennel has two parts. The top

portion (leaves) can be used as a garnish

or even in salads by itself. The stalk part

is crunchy and can be lightly tossed in

dishes — this gives a good flavour

Fennel is a fragrant flowering plant

originally from the Mediterranean. It is

popularly referred in Italy as the fish

herb and has a strong camphor note. “It

is used for seasoning soups, breads and

sauces. In Asia and India however

fennel is used mostly after roasting, and

has a distinct sweet and spicy flavor,”

says GV Ramesh, Executive Chef,

Novotel Kochi Infopark. It is

quintessential to many famous spice

mixes like the Chinese Five Spice,

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FOOD

FENNEL

KNOW YOUR FENNEL

Fennel crusted

salmon

Garam Masala and

the Bengali

Panchphoran.

Sugar-coated fennel

is also served as a

mouth freshener in

many parts of the

country. Coming

under the category

of a sweet-smelling

spice, fennel is a

versatile spice and

can be used in many

ways.

“Fresh fennel

can be used as

accompaniments for

many dishes. Grilled

fennel bulb goes very

well with grilled fish

and can be used as a

grilled vegetable

also. It can be

roasted and pureed

and can be served as

a side sauce or as a

base for pasta,” says

Chef Shiiv Parvesh,

Head Chef, Hyatt

Regency Amritsar.

Fennel seed is used

for tempering

gravies and masalas.

It can be slightly

• When using fresh fennel it is very common for people to throw away the fronds.

However if used fresh, the fronds have a light liquorice flavour and work well as

a garnish to salads. It can also be dried and stored for adding as a seasoning for

sauces and pastas.

• When buying dried fennel always look for seeds that have at least a little green

tinge, and are not completely brown.

• The dried fennel seeds can retain flavor up to three years. However once ground

it should be consumed within a year.

• Be careful when roasting to avoid burning. Select greener rather than browner

or paler ones when you buy.

roasted and grounded and then used for

flavouring curry. It also goes very well

with dessert because of its sweetsmelling

taste like in malpua. Chef

Tarun Sibal, Director, One Fine Meal,

Delhi, advises, “Less is more when

fennel is used in cooking. It is a potent

spice hence mild usage is desired.

Different parts of fennel can be used in

different preparations. They have a

mild anise flavour but because they are

so delicate and beautiful they are most

often used for garnish.”

While using fennel it is

recommended that you lightly roast on

low heat and powder. Use the powder in

combination with other spices and heat

to get your desired flavour. Fennel is a

very aromatic spice often used in

combination with other Indian spices. A

large variety of dishes from almost all

parts of the country use fennel to add a

sweet aroma. Some of the preparations

of fennel include Goan Xacuti, Thokku

style south Indian dishes and north

Indian pickles.

Good liquors exist with a fennel

being the star ingredient. Also try

gently using fennel in western

preparations such as lamb or chicken,

using a roasting or braising approach.

“Also do not hesitate to use the leaves

for higher flavour, and bulbs as a gently

aromatic vegetable,” says Chef Anthony,

Head Chef of KA01 Rooftop Bar and

Eats at ibis Bengaluru City Center.

Fennel can be used as a tempering. For

instance adding fennel curtails the

bitterness of bitter gourd and fennel

tempering is a must while making

karele ki subzi.

In powder form it enhances the

flavours of curry like in the classical

Kashmiri speciality dish mutton rogan

josh — dry fennel powder is added in the

end which gives the entire dish a unique

flavour. It can be used as topping like

saunf wala tandoori naan and the

NOVOTEL KOCHI INFOPARK

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FOOD

FENNEL

AVOCADO MOUSSE

WITH FENNEL AND

PLUM TOMATO

Apple and fennel salad

with walnuts and greens

INGREDIENTS

• Avocado

• Cream cheese

• Olive oil

• Lemon juice

• Black pepper

• Salt

• Fennel

• Plum tomato

• Asparagus

• Arugula lettuce

2 numbers

100 gm

50 ml

5 ml

2 gm

2 gm

30 gm

50 gm

30 gm

20 gm

METHOD:

Clean, wash and peal the avocado

and make a mousse with olive oil,

lemon juice, seasoning and cream

cheese.

Peel and trim the asparagus and

blanch them in boiling salted water.

Thinly slice the fennel bulbs and

keep it in ice cold water.

Serve the salad as shown in the

picture and garnish it with fennel

leaves.

(Recipe courtesy: Praveen Shetty,

Executive Chef, Conrad Bengaluru)

Prawn Thokku with fennel

Hyderabad exotic bread bakarkhani.

Many kinds of western breads are baked

with the topping of fennel seeds.

Fennel has a very strong flavor and

is similar to anise. The herb fennel goes

very well in salad and seafood or even in

making soups. “Since fennel has strong

flavor the overdose of fennel can make

the dish bitter. So be extra careful when

you add it,” says Praveen Shetty,

Executive Chef, Conrad Bengaluru.

A rich source of polyphenol

antioxidants, fennel is a

potent antiinflammatory

agent

which can lower risks of

many chronic diseases

including heart diseases,

obesity and cancer.

Apart from its culinary

purposes, fennel is also a

home remedy for

digestive problems.

Since fennel has very

good herbal value which

includes digestion and

gastric issues it is used to make fennel

scented tea.

Apart from enhancing taste in food

fennel plays a pivotal role in bringing up

the medicinal value of food. It balances

the heat of the spices and meat in the

food. Fennel curtails the bad mouth

smell after meal hence it is also used as a

mouth freshener. Hot fennel water is

very good for sleep and according to

Ayurveda fennel cures toothache and

asthma.

IBIS BENGALURU CITY CENTRE (PRAWN THOKKU)

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HEATH

TIPS

WELLNESS TIPS

FOR FREQUENT FLIERS

FIVE SHORT PIECES OF ADVICE TO MAKE YOUR AIR TRAVEL SMOOTH. BY DR. SIMAL SOIN

Airplane travel,

once a luxury,

is now more

commonplace.

It is for this

reason that frequent f liers must be

made aware of possible health hazards

associated with hundreds of hours of

flying annually. These hazards,

however, are easily preventable with an

appropriate set of precautions.

HYDRATION: Airplane environments

are arid, necessitating constant

hydration with water, coconut water

and green tea on the flight. Avoid

coffee, tea, alcohol and aerated

beverages. With that in mind, drink a

litre of water every 3-4 hours on long

flights.

SWELLING OF THE FEET: One of the

most common problems that air travel

is known to cause is the peripheral

pooling of blood in the legs due to

reduced circulation. This causes

swelling. This is compounded by lack

of mobility within an aircraft.

Keep moving when possible and try

your best to elevate your legs. Anyone

with a history of blood clots on long

flights must consult their doctor to

gauge if they need aspirin and know

when to have it.

PREGNANCY AND AIR TRAVEL:

Usually, it is

hazard free to

travel while

pregnant (up

to 36 weeks) in

uncomplicated

cases. But

make sure

to walk

around, wear

compression

stockings,

move your

ankles, avoid

heavy foods

and utilise an

acupressure

wristband

to prevent

nausea. As mentioned above, do your

best to stay hydrated.

AVOIDING INFECTION: One will

often encounter a co-passenger

constantly sniffing and coughing

(often an outcome of fluctuating

temperature control within the

aircraft). In such a scenario, aim to

disinfect surfaces with wipes and

wear a mask as a precaution.

CHRONIC JET LAG: Chronic jet lag

can severely upset the body clock and

should be countered with melatonin.

Setting one's clock to the new

destination upon boarding the flight is

an old trick in the book that can reap

wonders. Armed with this new setting,

now sleep during the night time of the

destination.

A FINAL CAVEAT ON SLEEP: The

importance of posture cannot be

emphasised enough. Maintaining the

correct posture is a sure shot path to

ensuring that sleep has the expected

healing effect on the body. To aid

with posture, the good old neck

pillow is a lifelong friend to frequent

flyers.

All in all, f lying is truly a

remarkable and exciting feat in

harnessing the interconnectivity of

our world today. But with greater

power comes greater responsibility.

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to be aware of the do’s and don’ts to

minimise jet lag and maximise

comfort and good health.

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GANESHOTSAV

TRUE SIGNIFICANCE OF

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DURING THESE TIMES OF PAIN, CHAOS, FEAR AND HOPELESSNESS, WE

NEED TO REGAIN POWER TO FACE CHALLENGES AND GAIN VICTORY OVER

NEGATIVITY. WHO BETTER TO TEACH US THAN OUR MUCH-LOVED LORD

GANESH, ALSO KNOWN AS THE LORD OF WISDOM.

BY BK CHANDRIKA VANJANI, SHANTIVAN

The rich Hindu pantheon of

Gods and Goddesses is

astounding; each persona

harbours an ocean of

divine qualities and powers. And the

one worshipped before all is the most

intriguing — Lord Shri Ganeshji.

Soon, Ganeshotsav, the 10 days of

celebration, especially in

Maharashtra, will see one of the

grandest pujas performed, where

every family (irrespective of social

status) prays before Lord Ganapathi

— the Wise One.

According to the scriptures, he

was able to get this wisdom when his

Father Shiva cut off his head and

replaced it with the head of an

elephant, which is known as the

wisest creature on earth. To cut off

the head means shedding the head of

ego latent in it. When there is ego,

there is great resistance. When ego is

gone, the resistance disappears and

then true wisdom descends and a

person becomes capable to take up

leadership in earnest. Therefore,

Ganeshji has all the leadership

capabilities in him.

The elephant-headed deity

Ganeshji symbolizes the beautiful

qualities of a knowledgeful, spirituallyenlightened

person. For example:

The large elephant head

symbolizes a broad and wise

intellect, attained through accurate

understanding.

An elephant’s huge ears are most

sensitive. His ears show that he is a

good listener. We too need to know

what to hear, imbibe, and what to be

indifferent to.

The elephant’s large stomach

shows the power to accommodate

which signifies the art of not

spreading gossip, negativity, secrets,

etc. — the ability to build bridges and

not walls.

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GANESHOTSAV

LEADERSHIP SKILLS OF A EFFECTIVE LEADER

The elephant’s tiny but sharp eyes

can see the smallest of good qualities

within anybody — small things

appear big in the elephant’s vision.

His small eyes show the

foresightedness and discriminating

ability that he has.

When he is seated, he has one leg

on the ground and the other folded

showing that the decisions he took

were down to earth but at the same

time uninfluenced and impartial.

The elephant's trunk can do

anything from uprooting trees to

picking up a needle. Similarly a leader

aspiring to attain perfection can

develop the power to uproot deeprooted

negative traits , attitudes and

unwanted habits, that obstruct his

and others' path to success.

Ganapati is also shown displaying

one tusk, which symbolizes the

protection, or a shield from evil

influences.

The four arms of Lord Ganesh

symbolize these gifts:

Axe: Weapon of understanding to

cut off attachments to cyclic pattern

of negative habits and weaknesses,

etc.

Rope: Bind oneself in pure love for

other fellow beings.

Modak (Sweet): Just as modaks

are made after grinding, mixing,

frying, etc., a leader can only attain

his or her goal by performing a series

of efforts.

Blessing Hand: A wise person

always shares and spreads vibrations

of peace, happiness and good wishes

for others.

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GANESHOTSAV

It is for this reason

that he is also known by

various names like

Gunnayak (meaning

leader with all virtues

and divine qualities),

Ashta Vinayak (he is a

leader with the wisdom

of using the eight

positive inner powers),

Vighna-vinashak (he is a

leader who through the

right application of his

inner abilities is able to

overcome all obstacles

and Siddhi Vinayak (he

is a leader who is

harbinger of success).

Lord Ganesh’s birth,

characteristics and powers are

nothing short of an encyclopedia in

spiritual maturity — a power needed

by all. Each of his powers is unique.

THE POWER TO WITHDR AW /

TURN WITHIN… is the ability to

disengage from the world around you.

THE POWER TO PACK UP / LET

GO… is the ability to stop wasteful

thinking. With the ability to go

within, one can learn how to pack up

all wasteful thinking in a second, so

that there is lightness and freedom

from burdens and worries, though

there may be many responsibilities.

THE POWER TO TOLERATE… is

the ability to not be affected by

external and internal events and to

respond to those events positively.

THE POWER TO

ACCOMMODATE… is the ability to

expand and accept the presence, ideas

and desires of others. Just as the

ocean accepts all rivers, polluted or

clean, that f low into it, a leader can

accommodate all sorts of people.

THE POWER OF

DISCRIMINATION / TO DISCERN is

the ability to discern the subtle, and

separate what is true from what is false

within a second.

THE POWER OF JUDGEMENT /

TO DECIDE is the ability to assess the

quality of choices, decisions and

actions in yourself and in others.

THE POWER TO FACE… is the

ability to confront and resolve

external and internal obstacles, tests

and challenges with great faith and

courage. Meditation develops one’s

ability to face loss, adversity and

hardship with equanimity.

THE POWER TO

CO-OPERATE… is the ability to give

your attention, time, experience and

wisdom in the service of others.

In today's changing times,

challenges can be handled by a leader

through spiritual wisdom or insight

given by Ganesha. As a result, he

becomes successful and a source of

inspiration for all.

AS WE INVOKE LORD

GANESHJI’S NAME THIS YEAR,

MAY WE EXPERIENCE AND

IMBIBE THE VIRTUES & POWERS

HE STANDS FOR AND WELCOME

HOME TRUE SUCCESS!

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VIEWPOINT

YOGA

THROUGH THE

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Anger is not about anyone else. You

are angry. Whether you are angry

with a rock, or God, or Guru, or

whatever, anger is simply anger. It

has got nothing to do with anyone or

anything other than yourself. Anger

keeps happening over and over

again only because you believe your

anger has something to do with

someone else. If you see that it is

about you and you alone, it will not

last.

Being angry about something

comes from a strong sense of likes

and dislikes. It comes from a very

deep identification with a certain

way of thinking and feeling, which

you believe is the best way to live,

think and feel. When somebody is

not in line with that, you get angry

with them.

As your likes and dislikes

become stronger, as your

identifications become stronger

with something or the other, all that

you are doing is excluding the

existence. If I say, “I like this very

much,” I am excluding the rest of

the existence in a big way at that

moment. The stronger the like or

dislike becomes, the deeper the

exclusion becomes. Anger

overflows because you have not

included somebody or something as

a part of yourself. Anger is not the

karma, exclusion is the karma.

Anger is just a small indicator of

where you are going.

The very process of liberation

is to include not to exclude. In

exclusion you become trapped,

you become separate. In

inclusion, you become liberated.

The day when everything, the

whole existence, is included in

you, you are liberated.

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IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

WEALTH CREATION OVER

NEXT DECADE

BY SHYAMALI BASU (THE AUTHOR IS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & HEAD -

PRODUCTS & MARKETING, HDFC ASSET MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.)

THE WORLD IS CHANGING FASTER

than ever before as more people are

connected than ever before in ways

never imagined before owing to

increasing influence of technology in

our lives. In times like these, where

even a year is a long time, predicting

where the world would be a decade

down the line would have made even

the legendary French astrologer

Nostradamus sweat. However, what

one can be certain of is that the

pursuit for wealth creation would

continue as it has in the past.

Last decade has been eventful, to

say the least. 10 Years ago, in 2009,

the world was reeling from the shock

of Global Financial Crisis. This

crisis inflicted widespread damage

across the world and dented investor

confidence in financial markets. If

someone would have spoken about

wealth creation in 2009, he would

have been at the receiving end of

rather disdainful looks. However, it’s

worth noting how things have panned

out since then. As of 31st July 2009,

NIFTY 50 was ~ 4,600, it has grown

2.4 times @ CAGR of 9% to ~11,000

as of 31st July 2019. This growth has

been in line with more than two-fold

growth of India’s GDP from ~ USD 1.3

Trillion in 2009 to~ USD 2.7 Trillion

in 2018. Although, we witnessed

various global and domestic events

in the last decade like Satyam scam,

European Sovereign Debt Crisis,

Taper Tantrum, Demonetisation, GST

Rollout, Trade war etc, investment in

equities have yielded returns in line

with growth of the economy.

This correlation between capital

appreciation from equities and

economic growth in the long run

makes it imperative to have exposure

to equities for long term wealth

creation, especially in an economy

where growth in GDP is expected in

the years to come. Modi Government’s

maiden budget of second term

presented roadmap to transform

India’s economy in a bid to achieve

GDP of USD 5 trillion by 2025, which

requires a nominal growth rate of 9%.

Although, USD 5 Trillion economy is

just a number or a target at this stage,

it does set a benchmark in terms of

where India sees itself in another 6

years’ time.

As things stand, financial

markets, domestic and global alike,

are facing strong headwinds on

account of slowing consumption and

growth, trade wars, geo-political

issues etc. During such times, retail

investors panic and sell/redeem their

investments resulting in sub-optimal

returns. However, if we take cues from

history, it’s during such times that

investor’s mettle is tested.

Over the long run, investments in

companies with strong fundamentals

withstand temporary fluctuations and

create wealth for investors. Secondly,

while equities are certainly more

volatile than other asset classes over

the short term, equity returns track/

mirror the economic growth of the

country in the long term. Taking

the SIP route in mutual funds is an

effective way of curbing impulsive

behaviour and tiding over volatile

market conditions. Further, one would

do well to diversify across different

asset classes like Equity, Debt and

Gold.

Key trends to look forward to over

the next decade are shift from fuel

to electric vehicles (EVs), emergence

of solar power as a key source of

energy and change in dynamics of oil

production & demand due to rising

shale oil production and growth of

EVs respectively. These trends could

have far reaching impact across

various spheres of Indian economy and

create potential for wealth creation

in the long run. Heraclitus, a Greek

philosopher, has been quoted as saying

“change is the only constant in life.”

Likewise, in the world of investment,

pursuit for wealth creation is the only

constant, although themes and drivers

of such wealth creation could change

from time to time.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not of HDFC AMC, and should not be regarded as investment advice.

Investors should obtain their own independent advice before taking a decision to invest in any securities.

MUTUAL FUND INVESTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO MARKET RISKS, READ ALL SCHEME RELATED DOCUMENTS CAREFULLY.

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Founder Vice Chancellor


DESTINATION

CITIES

THE OTHER SIDE OF

KOLKATA

ESCHEW THE REGULAR TOURISTY

HAUNTS IN KOLKATA AND VISIT THE

MULLICK GHAT FLOWER MARKET

ON THE BANKS OF RIVER HOOGHLY

FOR A DASH OF ADVENTURE AND

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TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY

LOPAMUDRA TALUKDAR

Each city has a few ‘must see’

places and Kolkata is no

different. The top attractions

in Kolkata would surely be

the Victoria Memorial, Kalighat and

Dakshineswar temples, Indian Museum,

Science City and Eden Gardens. But no

guide book would ever tell you to go visit

the Mullick Ghat and the Jagannath

Ghat, home to the Mullick Ghat Flower

Market.

If you are looking for an adventure

and experience in colour and chaos,

then this stretch of land on the banks

of River Hooghly is a must-see for you.

If you want to see the other side of

Kolkata and do not particularly mind a

crowd, keep aside a morning for a walk

by the river and you will not be

disappointed. A haven for street

photographers, you can also capture

some gorgeous shots while you are at

it.

Thousands take the gateway to

Kolkata – Howrah Bridge – every day

to earn a living. Right under the iconic

structure, at the entry to the city, is the

century-old Mullick Ghat Flower

Market which comes alive at the crack

of dawn. Built in the year 1855, it is not

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only one of the largest flower markets

in India but also in Asia! On special

religious and festival days, the place is

especially abuzz with energy. One can

spot porters carrying huge baskets of

flowers and garlands, buyers and

sellers bargaining, and flowers being

sold in huge quantities.

By the time you arrive, the

market will surely be teeming with

vendors and buyers selling flowers in

myriad hues, shapes and sizes. A sea of

fiery orange marigold strung together

forming huge chains, bunches of lotus,

roses, sunflowers and all sorts of

flowers along with their distinctive

fragrances will greet you as you enter

the market. Vendors from the suburbs

take the earliest trains to Howrah and

march to the market with their flower

baskets heaped on top of their heads.

Many also live in makeshift shelters

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inside the market and are usually busy

in making flower arrangements and

bouquets that are in great demand

during festivals and religious

occasions. Since the market also

supplies flowers to the neighbouring

states, packaging flowers in bales and

transporting the same is another

significant activity here.

Marigold, Tuberose, Lotus,

Hibiscus, Mogra, Shankhpushpi, Paan

Leaf, Togor, Blue Pea and hundreds of

other varieties can be spotted here.

Skirts of garlands hung around the

necks of the vendors is a very common

sight. But a visit here is not only about

flowers. Running almost parallel is

the River Hooghly and you can easily

cross over from the market to the

ghats and be witness to thousands

taking an early morning bath and

performing their daily rituals. There

are century old structures housing

priests from the neighbouring state of

Orissa who too get ready for a busy day

ahead, applying tamarind and

sandalwood pastes on their foreheads.

This stretch by the river also

provides the best location to shoot the

iconic Howrah Bridge basking in early

morning light, as also the Howrah

Station, the oldest and largest railway

station in India. If you’re lucky on your

day, you may get to see local wrestlers

practicing their art on a small sand pit

near the river. The whole place is a

bustling, chaotic, and lively affair.

There is a riot of colours, and the

sounds and fragrance of the flowers

fill up the surrounding, and your

senses, completely. This is the ‘Other

Side of Kolkata’, which even people

who have lived in the city all their life

are not very familiar with.

The Mullick Ghat Flower Market is

very close to the Central Business

District and can be reached easily. Just

mention that you want to visit the

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Flower Market on Strand

Road near the Howrah

Bridge and any taxi driver

can take you there. Take a

pedestrian overbridge

across the Circular

Railway track and you

will be right in the middle

of the market. The river

will be a couple of metres

to your left. Whichever

path you take, you will

surely be rewarded with

an experience of a

lifetime. Just remember

that the underfoot is

slippery and muddy. So go

there wearing a pair of

sturdy shoes. This is

certainly not the place for

flip-flops.

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MELANGE

TAROT

YOUR FORECAST THIS MONTH

BY SRRINIVAS IYER

Aries

You experience

Taurus

Travel is indicated

Gemini

You pursue new

Cancer

Money matters gain

Leo

Flow with the

Virgo

You understand

tremendous surge

and new

ideas, which

momentum with

cosmic energies.

others very well as

of energy and

connections are

were completely

some investments

Marriage is on

your sensitivity is

mood swings.

made. Social

unheard of before.

in beauty, which

the cards for the

at its peak. Matters

Avoid unplanned

network expands

You express your

resonates with your

eligible ones.

related to overseas

and sudden moves.

and friends

ideas and take all

self-expression.

Expansion of home,

business brings

Siblings think out

support you a lot.

the efforts to fulfil

Great period

including buying

in cheers for you.

of the box and will

Renovations and

your dreams. Those

financially and

new property,

Party life is hectic

reach out to you

expenses are likely.

serving in armed

this is a long-term

is indicated.

and entertaining.

for clarity. This is an

New avenues of

forces and sports

trend. Avoid stress,

Professional growth

Romance and

excellent period for

finances suddenly

people, will do

as this will impact

is happening in

creativity are at

romance.

open up.

extremely well.

your health.

leaps and bounds.

their peak.

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MELANGE

TAROT

YOUR FORECAST THIS MONTH

BY SRRINIVAS IYER

Libra

Friends are having

Scorpio

Some stressful

Sagittarius

The energy

Capricorn

Intuition about

Aquarius

Children’s health

Pisces

Family life needs

great mood

moments on the

around spirituality

family matters is

and education

more attention and

swings and you

home front are

continues to

strong and family

continue to be

a second thought

are caught in this

foreseen. Keep

influence, leaving a

appreciates you

under shadow. Take

before you act.

energy movement.

you plans under

lasting imprint on

too. Huge forces

second opinion

Spending money

Family life is busy

wraps and execute

you. Travel to new

are at play, which

in all matters.

to address some

and expansion

at the speed of

places are foreseen.

point towards your

Partnership is

health issues are

is indicated. You

lighting. Be wary of

Lady luck continues

mothers’ heart and

very good and

indicated. The

spend a lot of time

unsolicited advice

to smile. Focus on

emotions. Connect

this brings you

areas of health are

interacting with

from strangers.

your father and

with her feelings

name, fame and

highly energized

the masses or with

Your business plans

express our love

and spend some

motivation to work

and hence pay

business heads.

will bear fruit.

for him.

time at home.

more hard.

extra attention.

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 Srrinivas Iyer is based in Vashi, Navi Mumbai. He can be contacted on srrinivas9@gmail.com)

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NOIDA INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY,

Gr. Noida inaugurated its INTEL Intelligent Systems

Lab on July 25, 2019 at its campus. NIET, Gr. Noida has

become one of the few Institutes in India to establish

INTEL Intelligent Systems Lab on Artificial Intelligence.

The event was graced by the presence of honourable

Chief Guest Ms. Akanksha Bilani, Country Lead-India,

Singapore, ANZ Intel Software Tools; Mr. Puneet Kumra,

Senior Director – Talent Acquisition; Mr. Raman Batra,

Executive Vice President, NIET; and Dr. Vinod Kapse,

Director - NIET. Deans, various Heads of the Department

along with faculties and students of the college also

witnessed this mega event.

Ms. Bilani shared her key perspective notes highlighting

the contribution of Artificial Intelligence for the upcoming

workforce. She congratulated NIET for its efforts of

boosting the advanced upcoming technologies on a

continuous basis and up-skilling its students as per the

latest industry standards. Mr. Puneet Kumra, Senior

IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

NIET, GREATER NOIDA ESTABLISHES

INTEL INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS LAB

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brings this green technology to every household, making

you an environmental friendly citizen in the process. Mr.

Rajender Garg, a visionary and the honorable MD of ARL

shared his thought process: "There is a significant focus

required in the area of water conservation, and by this

gesture I believe we contribute our bit through Anupam

Water Saving Nozzle. We are also supporting the efforts of

our honorable PM's Save Water program".

Director – Talent Acquisition, Capgemini, appreciated

NIET for its initiative to establish INTEL Intelligent

Systems Lab and acknowledged the well-aligned vision of

NIET towards imparting quality education to students.

Accredited by NAAC (A Grade, 3.23) and NBA (CSE,

ECE, ME and B.Pharm for 2017-2020), Noida Institute

of Engineering and Technology (NIET) is an acclaimed

institute offering high quality education to all section

of students. NIET has also tied-up with many MNCs

across the globe and has well established labs namely;

Mercedes-Benz ADAM Lab, Apple University Program

Partner, Cisco Networking Academy, Automation

Anywhere, UI Path Academic Alliance, PTC Centre of

Excellence, Amazon Web Services, and Pearson Testing

Centre, to name a few. Dedicated Centers of Competence

have been established by the Institute for each one of

these tie-ups to facilitate education and outreach the

study of engineering within a broader technological and

interdisciplinary context.

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DESTINATION

CITIES

5 MUST-DOS NEAR

VIJAYAWADA

THE BUSINESS CAPITAL OF ANDHRA PRADESH, VIJAYAWADA ALSO ABOUNDS WITH MYTHOLOGICAL AND

HISTORICAL LEGACIES. HERE IS A GLIMPSE OF THE PLACES OF INTEREST IN (AND AROUND) VIJAYAWADA.

BY MANJULIKA PRAMOD

caves and intriguing sculptures inside.

The area has many small caves but this

four-storied one sits high on everyone’s

list. While these monolithic caves leave us

spell-bound with India’s rock cut

architectural and craftsmanship feats,

some of its giant carvings of saints and

mythological animal fill you with awe.

You may wonder, why were the pillared

structures on the ground floor left

unfinished? What was this structure

supposed to be? The remarkable influence

of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism

makes the trip to the caves all the more

PRAY AT THE KANAKA DURGA

TEMPLE

This temple is considered extremely

sacred and powerful. Perched on the

Indrakeeladri hill, Kanaka Durga is the

most loved and revered deity of the city. It

is believed that one of her devotees took

the form of a hill and requested her to stay

here as a Swayambhu (or self-manifested

image) in Triteeya Kalpa. The legends say

that it was here that the Goddess trampled

Mahishasura and put an end to the

growing menace of the demon. Soon after,

Lord Shiva chose his abode on the

adjacent hillock and came to be worshiped

as Malleswara Swamy. The

Shaktipeetham, 4-foot-high icon of the

deity, with her eight arms, decked with

ornaments and flowers, defines the

epitome of beauty, grace and strength.

The architecture of the temple is a perfect

example of Dravidian style of

architecture. With inscriptions dated 9th

to 16th century, the legacies of the temple

find a mention in our scriptures too. The

nine-day festival of Navaratri and

especially the last day, Vijaya Dasami, is

celebrated with great enthusiasm and the

temple witnesses a massive footfall during

that time of the year. Whenever you are in

the city, you must visit Kanaka Durga

temple and offer your prayers. The

evenings are best here. You may hike up

the hill or take a lift to the main temple.

There are paid and free queues, both.

Though the paid queues help you with

easy and closer access to the idol, many

prefer the free one.

EXPLORE THE HISTORIC

UNDAVALLI CAVES

Not far from the main city, a small hamlet

called Undavalli tells its own tales. It

garners attention for its feisty rock cut

thrilling. Some say the structure was

supposed to be a resting place of Buddhist

monks (monastery), others believe it to be

a shrine that could not be completed, and

there are theories which say that it

resembles an abode for the

Thirthankaras. As you explore these

time-honored caves from one level to

another through make-shift stairs, you

are left awestruck at the sight of the

marvelous carvings of Lord Vishnu, Lord

Ganesha, the trinity Gods and many

indecipherable murals. The front façade is

absolutely impressive and the top floor

offers beautiful views of Krishna River

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and countryside greens. Just 6 kilometers

away from Vijayawada, this rock cut

beauty of the 6th century is unmissable.

MARVEL AT THE PRAKASAM

BARRAGE

It is one of Vijayawada’s pride and

undoubtedly the favorite of the locals.

With more than 120 pillars and 76 gates,

this Venetian styled barrage connects the

Krishna and Guntur districts while

enjoying the magnificent views of the

Krishna River, day and night. While it

serves as a road, its main purpose is to

provide water for irrigation purpose. This

is definitely one of the most successful

irrigation projects of South India and the

agricultural richness of the region is

attributed to the barrage. During the

rainy season when the water bodies

overflow, it releases the excess water in

the sea and diverts the needful to the

fields. Tourists as well as locals often visit

the barrage to marvel at the spectacular

views of the Bhavani Island and Krishna

River. The barrage was named in the

honor of Sri Tanguturi Prakasam, the first

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and 60

years of this engineering feat were

celebrated in 2017. On a breezy evening, it

calls for a drive-in. The barrage has been

the talk of the town ever since it has been

illuminated by colourful lights by the

APTDC during evening time.

TAKE A TRIP TO THE KONDAPALLI

FORT

Kondapalli is a treat for history lovers.

Built by the short-lived Reddy Dynasty,

Kondapalli fort is old but impressive. Built

as a recreational and business centre, it

was eyed by several kingdoms. It changed

many hands between Bahamanis,

Gajapatis, Vijaynagaras and Qutb Shahis

before the British made it a military

training base. The Ghat road that leads to

the fort is pretty scenic. A 2 kilometre trek

takes you to the fort. Once inside, it is

almost like turning the pages of history.

You must look for the Tanisha Mahal,

Gajashala, Darbar hall, Rani Mahal, Tope

Khana, Dancing hall, Arched hall, Dargah

Darwazah and Golconda Darwaza. The

fort had been in ruins, thus conducive

efforts are being made to revive the

grandeur and glory of this South Indian

heritage. After exploring the fort, don’t

forget to meet the local artisans who make

world-famous ‘Kondapalli Bommalu (or

toys), which are rich in Indian motifs.

PICK UP A COLOURFUL

MANGALAGIRI COTTON SARI

This makes for the most authentic travel

souvenir for friends and family. The

Indian handloom is renowned globally

and if you have a chance to grab one from

the humble abode of the weavers, just go

for it. Mangalagiri sarees and suit

materials are very popular in Andhra

Pradesh. The simplicity of the design and

the tough quality of cotton makes it

popular among the saree lovers. The loom

and the fabric have been named after the

place, Mangalagiri and the engravings

found there suggest that weaving has been

a prime occupation for more than five

centuries. The use of zari or gold colored

patterns on the border and no woven

designs on the body are the most

distinctive features about these

mangalagiri sarees. Some special designs

may carry typical tribal embellishments

on the edges (pallu). The distance

between Mangalgiri and Vijayawada is 14

kilometers.

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IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

A PLUSH ABODE IN THE TEMPLE TOWN

GURUVAYUR IS LOCATED IN

the Thrissur district of Kerala.

The place is also referred to as

'Bhooloka Vaikuntam' (earthly

abode of Lord Vishnu). Here it is

considered auspicious to witness Lord

Guruvayurappa’s (Lord Krishna - 8th

avatar of Vishnu) every day routine

starting from ‘Nirmalyam’ (witnessing

the idol) to the ‘Athazha Seeveli’ (daily

rituals). A thousand lamps that light

up the temple, the delicious prasadam

made by the temple priests and the

dance rituals at the Melpathoor

auditorium are just right to immerse

your mind and spirit at this ancient

temple town of India.

Located in the heart of the town,

Sterling Guruvayur is just a kilometre

from the 5000-year-old Guruvayur Sri

Krishna temple and a short distance

from the equally old Mammiyur

Mahadeva Kshetram, welcoming the

guests to an idyllic pilgrimage sojourn.

One of the largest resorts in the

area, Sterling Guruvayur features

71 spacious rooms which include 64

well-appointed classic rooms and

seven premier rooms. It is the first

branded national hotel/resort chain

in Guruvayur where the signature

Sterling hospitality ensures that you

are wrapped around in warmth,

comfort and convenience. Sterling

Guruvayur offers 24 hour check-in

/ check-out facility to cater to the

flexible needs of pilgrims/travellers

All rooms are equipped with a tea

and coffee maker, mini-refrigerator,

safety locker, large storage space

and a bath area with premium bath

amenities. Built in typical Keralastyle

architecture, reminiscent of the

temples there, the lobby is ornate with

rich Burma teakwood, embellished

with mythical art and extends a

traditional passage with wooden

pillars leading to Varishta - an all

vegetarian pan-Indian restaurant.

The wafting flavours of filter coffee,

authentic delicacies from Kerala,

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra

Pradesh and North India and the

chef’s special continental varieties

are sure to treat your taste buds with

gastronomical wonders. Celebrate

auspicious beginnings like weddings,

anna prasadam, naming/cradle

ceremonies and other social events

within close proximity to the deity’s

shrine. Pilgrims embarking on the

spiritual journey of Sabarimala can also

take a pit-stop at Sterling Guruvayur

during the season of Mandala Pooja

as it is considered pious to attend this

activity at Guruvayur temple and take

the prasadam Panchagavya which is

said to cleanse inner impurities.

Sterling Guruvayur offers a

pilgrimage circuit connecting major

temples like Mammiyur Mahadev

Temple, Sree Parthasarathy Temple,

Sree Chamundeswari Temple,

Vadakkunnathan Temple and

Kodungaloor Bhagavathi Kshetram.

Other attractions like Punathurkota

Elephant Sanctuary, Mural Art

Institute, Palayur Church and the

Chetuva backwaters are also at close

proximity to the resort. The famous

Athirapally Falls is a two hour drive

from the resort.

Guruvayur being the epitome

of divinity, it is considered a holy

destination for Hindu weddings and

they are planned throughout the year.

If you’re visiting this town during the

month of May, you can witness the

world-famous Thrissur Pooram, a

magnificent temple festival that blends

the spiritual and cultural essence of

Kerala.

When you stay at Sterling Guruvayur,

a resort that resonates perfectly with

the town’s historic culture, you are

not just choosing a convenient place

to stay, but also soaking in the most

authentic experiences that’ll whisk you

away to 5000 years old legends and

lores, and many discoveries waiting

to be explored. Come, experience it

all with Sterling Guruvayur, Sterling’s

32nd resort in India and fifth resort in

Kerala.

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IN FOCUS

MONTAGE

CREATING

EXPERIENCES

SINCE 1820

IN THE SERVICE OF the illustrious

from the 1800s, Welcomhotel - The

Savoy has been home to Pandit

Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime

Minister of India; His Holiness the

Dalai Lama; Queen Mary, the then

Princess of Wales; amongst many

other notable figures. Set amidst 11

acres of rolling greens, the hotel’s

English gothic architectural style is

complemented by burnished elegant

interiors reminiscent of the era of

afternoon teas, costume balls and

glamorous gatherings.

Wake up to the magical

morning mist sweeping through

the panoramic windows that

frame incomparable views of the

Himalayas. Each suite and room

holds testimony to a signature

style of nostalgia that takes you

back in time. Pamper your palate

at the stately Grand Dining Room,

or relish the outdoors with a

perfectly packed picnic hamper.

Get serenaded by birdsongs at the

alfresco dining area, or experience

a state of tranquil bliss at the

exclusive spa.

Invigorate your inner author with

colonial spirited evenings at the

Writer’s Bar – a piece of live history

and inspiration for luminaries

like Rudyard Kipling. Transport

yourself to the regalia of the bygone

in the resplendent Royal Ballroom,

the setting for numerous lavish balls

and celebrations. Today, the Royal

Ballroom caters to elegant functions

ranging from weddings to corporate

events. For the more intimate

gatherings, play host at one of the

function rooms that accommodates

between 30 to 400 guests, or move

the party outdoors under the starstudded

canopy at the Beer Garden

and Central Lawn.

Immerse yourself into a world

of tranquillity at the expansive

wellness centre with panoramic

Himalayan views to complete the

experience. Welcomhotel The Savoy

experience is truly enriching, awash

with astounding details in every

corner - each nook hosts a deeper

meaning, an ode to its exquisite

history.

Welcomhotel The Savoy is located

in the heart of Mussoorie at the

Library End of Mall Road and

Gandhi Chowk. It is 32 km away

from the railway station and 55 km

from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.

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NEWS

SPICEJET

INSIDER

SpiceJet adds a non-stop

flight on Mumbai-Dubai route

Providing more choice and flexibility

to passengers, SpiceJet has launched

a new daily non-stop flight connecting

India’s financial capital Mumbai with

international hotspot Dubai. The new

flight was effective from August 3, 2019.

The new flight is the second frequency

on the Mumbai-Dubai route. The new

flight departs from Mumbai at 9:05 am

and lands in Dubai at 11:10 am and the

return flight departs from Dubai at 12:10

pm and lands in Mumbai at 5:05 pm. The

enhanced connectivity to Dubai will give

passengers travelling between the two

cities more convenience and flexibility.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing

Director, SpiceJet, said, “The new flight to

Dubai will meet the steady demand from

both leisure and business travellers to and

from Mumbai. The additional daily flight

will significantly increase our capacity on

one of our most successful and popular

routes, offering passengers even better

and wider access to our international

network and maximising their comfort

and flexibility.”

Dubai is one of the prime destinations

for SpiceJet in the middle-eastern market.

The airline serves non-stop flights to

Dubai from 10 Indian cities — Delhi,

Amritsar, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Pune,

Kochi, Calicut, Madurai, Mangaluru and

Mumbai. The new Mumbai-Dubai flight

is the 11th flight to Dubai. The flights

are operational daily and the airline is

deploying its Boeing 737 NG aircraft on

the international route.

Starting April 1, 2019, SpiceJet has

announced close to 128 new flights

which includes 78 connecting Mumbai,

20 connecting Delhi and 10 flights

between Mumbai and Delhi, among

others. SpiceJet, in the last few months,

has introduced a host of new flights

from Mumbai to Madurai, Jammu (via

Srinagar), Dehradun, Guwahati, Jaipur,

Amritsar, Mangaluru, Coimbatore, and

Belagavi besides additional frequencies

to Goa, Chennai, Delhi, Patna, Hyderabad

and Kolkata.

SpiceJet has also announced a slew

of new international flights from Mumbai.

The airline’s new Mumbai-Riyadh-Mumbai

flight service has commenced operations

from August 15, 2019 while the flight on

the Mumbai-Dhaka-Mumbai and Mumbai-

Hong Kong- Mumbai sectors have been

effective from July 31, 2019 and Mumbai-

Jeddah-Mumbai from July 5, 2019.

Additionally the airline has commenced

operations on the Mumbai-Bangkok-

Mumbai sector from May 17, 2019. Besides,

SpiceJet will soon connect Mumbai with

international destinations like Colombo

and Kathmandu.

SpiceJet now connects

Delhi with Mangaluru

SpiceJet has launched a new daily

flight connecting Mangaluru, the

port hub of Karnataka, with Delhi.

The airline has been operating the

new flights effective August 4,

2019. SpiceJet is the first and only

airline to offer daily non-stop air

connectivity between Mangaluru

and Delhi. The new flights also

reiterate the airline’s commitment

to augmenting connectivity

between metro and non-metro

cities. The flight from Mangaluru

(SG 8642) departs at 6.15 am

and arrives in Delhi at 8.55 am.

SG 8643 departs from Delhi at

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

8.30 pm and lands

in Mangaluru at

11.15 pm. The airline

is deploying its

Boeing 737-800

aircraft on the new

route.

The enhanced

connectivity to

Mangaluru will give

passengers travelling between

the two cities more convenience

and flexibility. With the

introduction of the new flights,

passengers from Mangaluru will

be able to easily travel to a host

of other cities both on SpiceJet’s

domestic as well as international

network via multiple onward

connections from Delhi.

SpiceJet operates 148

special flights for Hajj

pilgrims

SpiceJet is operating 148 special

flights for the grand annual

Islamic Hajj pilgrimage. The

airline is all set to carry close

to 11,000 Hajj pilgrims from

Srinagar to Medina and Jeddah

and back on special flights for

the great religious gathering in

Mecca this year.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and

Managing Director, SpiceJet

said, “SpiceJet is honoured

to play a small part in helping

Indian pilgrims travel to Mecca

for the Hajj pilgrimage this year.

We offer our best wishes to all

the pilgrims as they embark on

this once-in-a-lifetime journey

and we will make every effort

to provide a hassle-free and

delightful travel experience for

all our pilgrim passengers.”

The airline has deployed its

Boeing 737-800 aircraft to ferry

pilgrims from Srinagar, Jammu

and Kashmir to Jeddah and

Medina. The flights are being

operated between July 4, 2019,

and July 29, 2019. The return

journey for the Hajj pilgrims is

scheduled from August 16, 2019

to September 11, 2019.

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SPICEJET

INSIDER

MY TOWN

Our ongoing series in which we look at various Indian cities

through the eyes of SpiceJet staffers. This month, Kavita Patel,

Senior Cabin Crew, holds forth on Bhopal

From top: an overview of the city; the famed

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters; and Bhopal is often

called a the City of Lakes

Connection to the city: I was born and

brought up here. I cherish my childhood

memories in Bhopal. As I grew, my

fondness for the city was raised to

another bar.

Best thing about Bhopal: The city has

developed very well over the years. Yet,

it retains the charm of a small town. It

is renowned as a city of lakes. There are

ample venues to relax with family and

friends. Bhopal also stands out for its

all-round greenery, wonderful shopping

areas and mouth-watering cuisine.

Night scene in the city: There are many

pubs, bars and high-end restaurants.

Among the popular night spots are Ten

Downing Street, Black Mamba and High

Spirits Pub and Grill.

Favourite eating place: You cannot

call yourself a Bhopali if you are not

a food lover. My favourite eating

place is Chatori Gali, a must-go-to for

non-veg and street food lovers. It has

various types of eateries, ranging from

live roadside counters to fine dine

establishments.

Local attractions: Sair Sapata is a

lively entertainment complex located

on the banks of the Upper Lake in

Bhopal. The lake itself is a major draw,

with the pretty Kamla Park in the

vicinity. Van Vihar National Park is a

combination of a wildlife sanctuary

and a zoo and is ideal for spotting

panthers, bears, lions and tigers. The

striking Gohar Mahal is a beautiful

blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of

architecture.

Recommended places nearby: There

are various tourist spots located outside

the city which draw people from far and

near. The Sanchi Stupa attracts visitors

from all over the globe. Bhimbetka

Rock Shelters show evidence of the

earliest traces of human life in the

Indian subcontinent. And Khajurao

is renowned for its ancient temple

complex.

Which are the other places where

you have stayed in India? How does

Bhopal compare to them? I have

been to many Indian cities as part of

my job. But Bhopal scores over all

of them. Be it culture, food, nightlife

or just a day trip, Bhopal is sure to

impress one and all.

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ST RS OF SPICEJET

Meet SpiceJet achievers from our various departments, who

have stood out for their outstanding work

DIMPLE BANSAL

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Dimple is sincere, dedicated

and diligent, committed to her roles and

responsibilities with passion. She has an

eagerness to enquire, explore and seek

solutions to critical phases of compliance

parameters with the sole objective to

resolve issues.

Experience with SpiceJet: I started

my career here in 2017 as an Assistant

Manager - Finance and was later promoted

to Deputy Manager. I have learnt a lot

here during this period and I would like

to thank all my colleagues and seniors for

supporting me. The work environment is

very good and I am glad to be a part of

this amazing SpiceJet family. I will strive to

work hard every day.

MANASI DESHPANDE

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Manasi is a diligent worker,

quick to grasp new things and has the zeal

to learn. The best part is her attitude and

dedication towards work. Her calmness

has helped her sail through tough times.

A multi-tasker, she completes all the tasks

alloted to her very efficiently. She is a great

asset to the organisation.

Experience with SpiceJet: It has almost

been a year with SpiceJet now. I have

learnt a lot and would like to deliver more

in the future. I am enjoying every day

here while working under the guidance of

some amazing leaders. Their support and

guidance makes this a great place to work

in. My colleagues are also very helpful. I am

grateful to the management for giving me

this wonderful opportunity.

FINANCE

HR

SURAJ ADHIKARI

GURGAON

Internal appreciation: I

would like to appreciate

the hard work and diligent efforts put in

by Suraj. He has proven to be a resilient

resource to the Finance team in a short

stint of time. He has efficiently handled all

the assignments allocated to him. Keep up

the good work.

Experience with SpiceJet: It has been a

wonderful experience at SpiceJet. I feel

proud to be associated with a brand like

SpiceJet and shall certainly do my best to

produce excellent results in the times to

come. I would like to thank SpiceJet for

providing me wonderful opportunities. My

team has supported me all along and their

encouragement and guidance has helped

me immensely in my work.

DINESH KUMAR

GURGAON

Internal appreciation: We

would like to appreciate

Dinesh for his dedication and sincerity

towards his work. He is an energetic

and pro-active team member, is always

dedicated to his job and meets the

deadlines. He is associated with us for the

last seven years. We wish him all the best

for his future endeavours.

Experience with SpiceJet: It has been a

great experience working with the SpiceJet

HR team. My endeavour is to always work

hard and with dedication. I have learnt

a lot from everyone. Working with my

seniors always gives me great pleasure

and also offers opportunities to learn new

things. I am very proud to be a part of this

wonderful and encouraging team and the

SpiceJet family.

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NIMISHA SHARMA

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Nimisha has been a great

addition to the team, enriching the tasks

alloted to her with positive orientation. She

has a great, immaculate eye for details.

She has made a sincere effort in the

digitization of various channels and has

worked towards making all the processes

customer-centric.

Experience with SpiceJet: I have been

working with SpiceJet’s Finance team

for more than four years now. I’ve got

opportunities to work on diverse projects

here. I am constantly learning with the

support of my team and have managed to

get a deep understanding of the work flow.

This helps me to perform better with every

passing each day.

AAKASH ANAND

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Aakash is a very talented

professional who is exceptionally good at

building strong working relationships and

dealing with all levels of management.

He is a sharp and ingenious professional.

Highly diligent in his work and a very

customer-centric professional, Aakash has

always been a consistent idea generator.

He has that great quality of focusing on

solutions to all problems.

Experience with SpiceJet: My journey

with SpiceJet has been very good. Being

my first organization, I owe it to SpiceJet

for providing me the right exposure

in the industry. Every day provides an

opportunity to learn new and interesting

things. It is a place where teamwork and

skills are encouraged and highly valued.

FINANCE

VIJAY KUMAR BAHL

GURGAON

Internal appreciation: Vijay

is a very simple person with

great attitude towards work. Extremely

focused, he is polite in nature and very well

disciplined in office. His contribution to this

organization has been immense. He has

shown great passion for his work and

the airline.

Experience with SpiceJet: I would like to

thank my colleagues and seniors who have

always supported me. I have been working

with SpiceJet for the last two years. This

is my first job. I have learnt a lot here and

the atmosphere is very people-friendly.

The company follows an open-door

policy which creates a positive feeling at

workplace. I would like to deliver more with

my contribution.

HR

ASHOK SAMANTA

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Ashok is an extremely

focused, dedicated, calm and composed

professional. His ability to work patienly

in high stress situations is commendable.

An enthusiastic team player, he is always

ready to help others. He is a treasure of a

resource and we are very proud to have

him in SpiceJet.

Experience with SpiceJet: I have worked

for more than eight years in SpiceJet

and have had the most rewarding career

experience. I am thankful to each of my

team members, who accepted me as one

of them, corrected me, loved me as one

of their family members and took care

of me. The work culture here helps build

confidence. I hope to achieve greater and

newer heights while working here.

AJAY MAHESHWARI

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Ajay has been a consistent

performer from the day he joined our

organisation. He is a very sincere, hardworking

and a target-oriented person.

His attitude is always positive and he is

definitely an asset to SpiceJet.

Experience with SpiceJet: It’s been almost

two years with SpiceJet and every day here

has been an opportunity for me to learn

and grow. I consider myself lucky to start

my career at such a great company where

my ideas and contributions are valued and

nurtured, where the place is so happening

and seniors and colleagues are supportive.

I've benefited a lot from training sessions

that are conducted here regularly, which

has helped me sharpen my skills.

ARJUN SINGH

GURGAON

Internal appreciation:

Words are really not

enough to mention the contributions of

Arjun to SpiceJet. He is the go-to man

for every employee here. His honesty and

sincerity towards work are benchmarks

for all people. Arjun is a gem and we are

thankful to him for the dedication, loyalty

and love he has shown to all SpiceJetters

irrespective of designation or hierarchy.

Experience with SpiceJet: I am honoured

to work with a great organisation like

SpiceJet which values its employees and I

especially enjoy working with my team. I

take pride in my work and strive to do

the best I can. I have learned a lot at my

workplace. I am happy to be a part of

SpiceJet's growth from day one. I feel like

being a part of a big family.

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FLIGHT BOOKINGS

AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

SpiceJet’s mobile app has been revamped with a jazzy interface

and many more exciting features

It has a brand new interface, is much more faster and scores

very highly on user-friendliness. SpiceJet’s popular mobile

app now allows customers great convenience in making

and managing bookings, checking the status of flights and

knowing about exclusive, travel-related offers. The interface

is simple; even the origin of the 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 and in-flight meals. Customers can also prebook

excess baggage at discounted rates through this app.

The payment gateway of the app offers a variety of

options. Customers can pay via credit card, debit card,

net banking or wallets. You can download the official

SpiceJet app from Google Playstore

and App Store.

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STEP: 1

Choose the required field. Fill in

the details and click on Search.

STEP: 2

Flight options according to the date

of travel are displayed. On selection

of the relevant flight, different fare

classes are displayed.

STEP: 3

Once the required flight option

has been selected, fill in your

contact details.

STEP: 4

Fliers can choose numerous add-on

options that will make the journey

hassle-free.

STEP: 5

Customers can pay via credit card,

debit card, net banking or wallets.

STEP: 6

Upon a successful check-in, the

customer receives the boarding pass

for an un-interrupted experience.

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THE MID-AIR MENU

SpiceJet has revamped its menu with new

delicacies. Here's a quick glimpse of the

exciting range of mouth-watering options

BREAKFAST

EGG BHURJI

with chicken

nuggets and

mix vegetable

parantha.

SNACKS

CHICKEN

KHURCHAN

with aloo

parantha and

vegetable

kebab.

SANDWICHES

ROAST

CHICKEN,

sundried

tomato

and basil

sandwich in

marble bread.

VEGETABLE

JUNGLEE

sandwich in

white bread.

LUNCH

RASEELE

CHOLE with

mix vegetable

parantha and

vegetable tikki.

KADAI

PANEER

KHURCHAN

with masala

kulcha.

DINNER

CHEF’S CHOICE

TAWA FISH

MASALA on bed

of steamed rice

with tadka masoor

dal.

CHICKEN

METHI

MALAI with

jeera rice and

dal makhani.

KADAI

CHICKEN

with jeera

rice and dal

Amritsari.

VEGETABLE

PASTA in

Neapolitan

sauce.

PANEER

METHI MALAI

with jeera rice

and dal makhani.

KADAI

PANEER

with

vegetable

pulao and dal

Amritsari.

More Chef’s Choice options available

while pre-booking online

PRE-BOOK YOUR MEAL AND

GET UP TO 20% OFF

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ADD-

SEAT SELECTION DOMESTIC INTERNATIONAL

SpiceMax Seats** Starting at M 799/- * Starting at M 1199 /-*

Preferred Seats - on Boeing

Ahead of exit row window /aisle M 350/- M 450/-

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

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

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

Preferred seats Q400

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

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

Know more

about

SpiceJet’s

innovative

products

and services

Seat + Meal Combo

Combo Price M 399/- M 499/-

PRE-BOOK EXCESS BAGGAGE

5 kgs Up to M 1975/- Up to M 2775/-

10 kgs Up to M 3950/- Up to M 5250/-

15 kgs Up to M 5925/- NA

20 kgs Up to M 7900/- NA

30 kgs Up to M 11850/- NA

PRIORITY CHECK-IN M 300/- M 400/-

Preferred Bag Out

1 Bag M 100/- NA

2 Bags M 200/- NA

3 Bags M 300/- NA

YOU 1 ST M 399/- M 499/- (Ex-India flights)

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 400/- per kg As per current excess baggage rate

At boarding gate M 400/- per kg As per current excess baggage rate

MY FLEXI PLAN (EFFECTIVE FROM DECEMBER 21, 2017) M 1500/- M 1750/-

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, Hyderabad) M 750/- M 1400/-

SPICE LOUNGE (Mumbai,Kolkata,Chennai, Ahmedabad) M 1000/- M 1400/-

SPICE LOUNGE (Kochi) M 1050/- M 1750/-

*PRICE WILL VARY ON DIFFERENT ROUTES

**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)

EXCEPT FOR CAKE, ALL THESE ADD-ONS ARE NOT APPLICABLE FOR SPICEBIZ

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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Boeing 737

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 700W

(149 Passengers)

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 700

8 + 126 = 134 (Passengers)

Rows:

Entry / Exit

1 -26

Emergency Exit

Entry / Exit

Rows:



Entry / Exit

Emergency Exit

Entry / Exit

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 800W & Boeing 737 MAX 8

(189 Passengers)

Interior arrangement of Boeing 737 - 800

12 + 156 = 168 (Passengers)

Rows:

1 -32

Rows:




Rows:

Rows:



Rows:

1 -20

BOEING 737-700*

BOEING 737-800

BOEING 737-900

BOEING 737 MAX 8

BOMBARDIER Q400

7

52

5

13

32

Passengers

149/8+126

189/12+156

212/28+138

189

78/90

6200 km

5,600 km

5000 km

6,500 km

2000 km

0.79 M

(840 km/h)

0.79 M

(840 km/h)

0.79 M

(840 km/h)

0.79 M

(840 km/h)

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

*Additionally SpiceJet has 3 B737-700 F, exclusive Freighter aircraft

666 km/h


BOEING 737-700

112 ft 7 in (34.3m)

117 ft 5 in (35.7m)

110 ft 4 in (33.6m)

41 ft 2 in (12.5m)

11 ft 7 in (3.53m)

BOEING 737-800 BOEING 737-900 BOEING 737 MAX 8

112 ft 7 in (34.3 m)

117 ft 10 in (35.92 m)

129 ft 6 in (39.5 m)

40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)

11 ft 7 in (3.53 m)

BOMBARDIER Q400

93 ft 3 in (28.42m)

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.


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Riyadh

Jeddah

Kabul

Srinagar

Leh

Jammu

Dharamshala

Adampur

Amritsar

Dehradun

Delhi

Dibrugarh

Jaisalmer

Jaipur

Bagdogra

Dubai

Kanpur

Kishangarh

Gorakhpur

Guwahati

Muscat Kandla

Porbandar

Varanasi Patna

Gwalior

Silchar

Udaipur

Dhaka

Bhopal

Ahmedabad

Jabalpur

Durgapur

Kolkata

Surat

ARABIAN SEA

Goa

Jharsuguda

Aurangabad

Shirdi

Mumbai

BAY OF BENGAL

Pune

Hyderabad

Belgaum

Visakhapatnam

Vijayawada

Tirupati

LAKSHADWEEP

(INDIA)

Mangalore

Kozhikode

Kochi

Bengaluru

Coimbatore

Madurai

Chennai

Pondicherry

Port Blair

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

(INDIA)

Thiruvananthapuram

Tuticorin

Colombo

Male

INDIAN OCEAN

Domestics

International

AMD-CCU-AMD starting from 1 st Oct., 2019,

DEL-TRV-DEL and DEL-IXU-DEL

starting from 8 th Oct., 2019

India connects with SpiceJet.

Flight schedules are subject to regulatory approvals and

change. Map not to scale, graphic representation only.

Content as on 25th August, 2019

Routemap

Bangkok

Hong Kong


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