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  • AUGUST 2013



    VOL 10 ISSUE 1













    Nine years and it still is a heady feeling to be on top! In an industry that goes through magazines like sand castles on the beach, I am very proud that RITZ is standing tall and growing stronger. Over the last decade RITZ has become the go-to magazine for fashion, lifestyle and substance. RITZ has been instrumental in shaping attitudes, perspectives and lifestyle ever since the rst edition and we cannot wait to share the success with South India. A lot of signicant events have happened to us over the course of these years we acquired a stake in Southscope, Indias leading south lm magazine, that gave us the opportunity to delight readers and advertisers with an even wider spectrum of content. The RITZ Icon Awards instituted by us has become an extremely relevant and meaningful initiative and the only effort of its kind to honour South Indian icons from all aspects of society on a national platform. Now, with our lifestyle website gaining voice and inuence, we have truly cemented our position at the top.

    As we enter the 10th year, I thank each and every one of our readers, advertisers, advisors, friends, consultants, well wishers and industry observers and of course, our competition for helping us become what we are today.

    4 AUGUST 2013


    BUZZINIts high fashion that has us excited this month


    GLAM BRIGADEPeople and parties...


    SNAPPEDWe came, we saw, we captured


    PORTFOLIOCheck out the best of haute bridal fashion from Tarun Tahiliani, Falguni and Shane Peacock, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore and Rohit Bal


    HAUTE STUFFA touch of military discipline in fashion; Neeta Lullas reinvention of the Kanjeevaram and the Kalamkari and plenty more thats haute





    PERSONALITYVarun Manian on working hard and living the uber lifestyle


    HAWK EYESadistic, intolerable and illegal cattle trafcking is all this and worse. Find out more



    Setting sail into the blue ocean is the ultimate luxury we tell you why

    9 luxe buys we absolutely adore


    6 AUGUST 2013

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    RITZ, 7th Floor, Sigma Wing, Raheja Towers, 177, Anna Salai, Chennai 600002. Contact: 42113871 / 2

    Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

    Edited and Published by Aruna R Krishnan from 7th Floor, Sigma Wing, Raheja Towers, 177 Anna Salai, Chennai 600002.All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. RITZ is not responsible for unsolicited material. RITZ assumes no responsibility for the veracity and authenticity of the advertisements published herein. Readers are requested to make appropriate enquiries before incurring any expenses or acting on medical recommendations or otherwise in

    relation to any advertisement or article published herein. Also views in articles published herein are those of the respective authors only. RITZ does not necessarily subscribe to these views.

    To advertise in RITZ, call Praveen Kumar on 9841973090 / 044 42113871

    INDULGEWe review Khalid Hosseinis new book and 2 great world movies


    MAINCOURSEVidya Singh and her chic friends give the Pan Asian a big thumbs up


    76TAKE OFFWe say pack up your bags and head to any of these nine great destinations around the world

    VIEWPOINTSujaya Chandrans idea to detox the mind is funny and spot-on


    8 AUGUST 2013

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    This month we love...

    Were all eyes for Roksanda Ilincics creations, especially her arresting line-up for Fall 2013. We especially love the blue wool crepe dress with a ash of ivory at the back and hot pink on the sleeves. Channel your love of colour blocking with Roksanda Ilincics masterful command of the trend. Available online at netaporter.com and other leading websites.

    Mary Katrantzou comes with arguably the most fascinating prints we have seen on clothes in recent times, alongside of course, Dolce and Gabbanas Sicily printed silk dresses from last season. The queen of print paints with pixels and her range of colourful, digitally printed fantasia has been taking the world of fashion by storm. Her design aesthetic is bold, edgy and very fashion forward. Eclectic? We love! Available online at netaporter.com and other leading websites.

    10 AUGUST 2013


  • 3This month we love...

    Ralph Laurens Fall 2013 Runway Show combines the boyish charm of naval-inspired pieces, velvet outts with a smattering of Russian charm and embroideries that are reminiscent of tapestries. Even as one will be quick to say that there is a huge military reference, the typical style of Ralph Lauren bleeds through as his signature element is everywhere: right from the leggy airs to the tailcoats, from the cream wool toggle jackets to silk froggings and gold ribbon trims. The show stealer, though, was the tted sherman sweater that was so beautifully teamed with a black skirt crafted out of taffeta rufes and organza. Available at Ralph Lauren stores worldwide

    12 AUGUST 2013


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  • Aristotle Onassis iconic yacht up for sale

    The only yacht to enjoy a superstar legendary status, Christina O, complete with a mosaic swimming pool and state-of-the-art facilities for lavish parties like Onassis once had, is priced at USD 21 million. The luxe yacht has played host to the most illustrious guests such as Sir Winston Churchill, John F Kennedy, King Farouk of Egypt, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe as also famous couples including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, and of course, Onassiss wife who was formerly Jacqueline Kennedy. With that kind of a history, we cannot wait to see who the new owners of the Christina O will be!

    Diors new statement jewellery collection - Cher Dior

    The new Cher Dior jewellery collection has a bright theme and bold unexpected colours put together to create statement jewels. In contrast to the frenzy of colour, the metal openwork on display on the back of each piece echoes patterns from Diors archive of lace designs and a homage to the rms couture atelier. There are twenty-one pieces in the collection, focusing on rich colour combinations, with rubies, diamonds, emeralds, garnets and sapphires creating a meticulous and creative colour palette on rings, bracelets and pendants. Available at select Dior stores worldwide

    Vira Shah takes us through the newest stuff on the block.

    Ringing in the new

    14 AUGUST 2013


  • A successful Attitude

    Attitude 2013 by Vimmi Deepak and Manisha Budhia brought to Chennai a haute shopping experience for the fashionistas of the city. On display were the collections of a range of clothes, fashion accessories and home accessories from around the country, carefully handpicked for their superlative style. Ladies who dropped in at the Hyatt Regency for a dose of retail therapy, went back satised and happy.




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    Manisha and Vim


    16 AUGUST 2013


  • Kokila Hariram & Jaya Rohini Sachin, Heena & Riti

    Rebeca Sanchez

    Saraswati & Anur

    adha Bisani

    Neerja & Mona

    Rajkumar & Priya

    Mona & Preeti

    Kunal, Rebecca a

    nd DJ Bunty Arora

    Elevate your evenings

    The nightlife scene in Chennai gets another edgy upgrade thanks to the newest entrant, Elevate. The launch saw celebrity DJ Bunty Arora on the mix from Tryst, Mumbai, and the whos who of the Chennai social scene.

    18 AUGUST 2013


  • 48-year old wholesale jewellery brand goes retail

    A brand new jewellery store has arrived on Chennais arterial Cathedral Road. 48 years since they rst started wholesaling ne, handcrafted jewellery, RM Jewellers, now headed by the third generation has opened their rst retail outlet in the city. The store houses an array of diamond, gold, platinum and silver jewellery, with a special emphasis on antique jewellery. The bridal section on the mezzanine oor is quite impressive, we hear. We wish them the very best.

    The ethical side of hacking

    Ankit Fadia, renowned computer security expert, has come out with a book, called Faster: 100 Ways to Improve Your Digital Life containing all kinds of tips and tricks for you to stretch the limits of emails, computers, social networks, video sites and everything else digital. Some snapshots from the launch.



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    20 AUGUST 2013


  • A Ladys companionOmega, the internationally renowned watchmaker launched the latest line of Ladymatic watches in Chennai. The event was jointly hosted by Omega and industrialist and publisher Aruna R Krishnan. We especially love the Diamonds and Pearls Ladymatic worn by Nicole Kidman at the Cannes 2013, soon to make its India debut.

    22 AUGUST 2013


  • 24 AUGUST 2013



    Tarun Tahilianis fantastic bridal couture collection borrows from Indias rich cultural roots, original sense of style, drama and intricacy and imbues it with lightness. Glimpses of shimmering gold, hues of soft pastels and a whimsical frothiness are reminiscent of an era of charm and elegance. Creating couture which keeps distinctive Indian crafts alive, while exploring visions in sparkling crystal and carat, reects emotions that give shape to sensuous, elegant and bespoke luxury for brides, grooms and their families as well as for other occasions.



    The fourth edition of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week saw the best of ethnic fashion parading on the ramp. We compile some stuning pieces of couture from the collections of 5 designers who showcased at the event.

    26 AUGUST 2013


  • The Garden of Eden by internationally acclaimed designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock takes you through their fashion paradise with bridal and evening gowns, full ghagras, anarkalis, farshi pyjamas and kalidaar saris teamed with bustiers, halters and shrugs. Using myriad hues such as pistachio, pink, ivory and gold and combining them with intricate silhouettes, the collection celebrates nature. Floral motifs, vintage laces and delicate feathers amalgamated with net, chiffon and georgettes play the perfect back story for the collection. With each piece crafted by hand, the collection seeks to replicate the beauty and movement of nature in a contemporary form. To derive inspiration for the Garden of Eden collection, the duo recently travelled to Europe, tracing links to Monaco, Nice and the gardens of Lake Como, all of which played their part in inspiring them to represent on haute fashion, the natural beauty of the worlds best loved gardens.




    AUGUST 2013 27




  • Titled The Maharaja of Madrid, JJ Valayas line for the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week was a visual spectacle involving over 50 models and 30 artistes. The ivory collection inspired by the laces found in Spanish fans and headgears, and combined with the elegant grandeur of Indian jewels, was very impressive. We loved the huge fringed shawls, known as Mantn de Manila which are a charming Spanish tradition. The battle-inspired range in velvets, tulles and georgettes held court in lush burgundies and distressed greys. And who could forget the designers amboyant creations inspired by the costumes of the matadors (Spanish bullghters) and accessorised by unique forms of Thewa jewelrley and digitally printed Matka silks.


    28 AUGUST 2013


  • Celebrating the magnicence of Indian royalty and heritage at its opulent best, Raghavendra Rathores collection was resplendent at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week. The collection harks back to the days of the Raj nad the Maharajas, and is reective of absolute renement and stylish dressing. A plethora of exquisite embellishments in the regal shades of fuchsia, midnight blue, wine, saffron, gold and silver are thrown in to exude richness.




    AUGUST 2013 29





    Rohit Bals delightful new collection, The Mulmul Masquerade is a journey through centuries of Indian and Elizabethan eras of sublime elegance and luxurious opulence. Handcrafted with traditional and timeless art forms of embroidery and surface ornamentation, Mulmul reects the glorious indulgence of the privileged aristocracy from The Golden Age of India. From antique gold Kasab Kashmiri embroidery on muslin to Shibori on fabrics like chanderi and voiles, the look and feel is understated and ethereal. The rich jewel tone of velvet combined with the starkness of ivory muslin offers the ultimate in bridal luxury. The collection also offers glimpses of the Elizabethan era of corsets, costumes and coquetry; a time of secret, seductive indulgence and revelry.

    30 AUGUST 2013


  • Military-inspired fashion takes a step up from camouage prints. The clothing gets more feminine with strong accents of insignia, buttons, studs and pockets. The range varies in colours and texture - olive, black, navy and mustard colours in velvet, leather and knits. Enlist in the army and rule the world!

    Pretty Military

    3-dial watch by Diesel

    Calvin Klein Fall Winter 2013 Runway

    Emilio Pucci Resort 2013 Runway

    Formula 1 olive watch by TAG Heuer

    Givenchy Fall Winter 2013 Runway

    Khaki and black watch by Nautica

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall Winter 2013 Runway

    Neha Dhupia in Sabyasachi Couture

    Olive stones necklace by Zara

    Prabal Gurung Fall Winter 2013 Runway

    Ralph Lauren Fall Winter 2013 Runway

    32 AUGUST 2013


  • Abstract camouage dress by MCQ available at Kitsch

    Appliqued hat by Emilio Pucci

    Beige pocketed shoulder bag by Hidesign

    Camouage print jacket by Superdry

    Embellished shoulder dress by Fendi

    Emblematic handbags from Roberto Cavalli

    Gold buttoned jacket by Zara

    Gradient black military pumps by Jimmy Choo

    Leather panelled camouage by Michael Kors

    MIlitary green handbag from Balenciaga

    Multi-coloured bead shorts by Pepe Jeans

    Panelled booties by MCQ available at Kitsch

    Pocket tank top by Forever New

    Rockstud camo slingback pumps by Valentino

    Studded peplum top by 109o F

    Studded stiletto shoes from Versace

    Velvet clutch by Emporio Armani

    Zippered doctor bag by Versace

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  • Ever thought you would pair an earthy Kalamkari top with a oor-length skirt and still be the cynosure of all eyes at a party? Well, we ourselves never did. That is, until we saw Neeta Lullas contemporary, chic take on the Kalamkari. The celebrated designer has deftly adapted even the mighty Kanjeevaram and used it in a lehenga with outstanding results! Full marks to her for the clever usage of various textures and fabrics.

    Available at: Neeta Lulla The Flagship Store, Santacruz West, Mumbai

    Price: On request

    Ace fashion designer Neeta Lulla reinvents the Kanjeevaram and Kalamkari with a contemporary spin




    34 AUGUST 2013


  • Karmic Kabira by Vandana Dewan is a collection of exquisite statement jewellery that is as rare and unusual as its name. A lot of us must have had experiences of buying a great dress only to realise it looks a bit dull for the occasion. Well, we suggest you pick up one of these pieces to instantly lift any dull, boring outt. The Karmic Kabira collection is made using semi-precious coloured stones in a three-dimensional format with modern materials like crystals, velvet beads, ceramic etc.

    Selling at Evoluzione and Samsaara stores.

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  • Circles, squares, bold angles and more comprise what Renovation Factory has to offer this season. The stores geometry-inspired range sure is catchy. Featuring a vast array of living and dining enhancements that feature French country and colonial inspirations, Renovation Factory offers a selection of beautiful, yet affordable home dcor products.

    Price Range: Available on request

    Shop at: Renovation Factory, 44-A, Khan Market, New Delhi.

    Spruce up your holiday home or even your city home with the range of fabulous outdoor furniture from houseproud.in. The rains no longer need to cause havoc on your plans to spend time outdoors, in the balcony, verandah or garden, thanks to their waterproof, all-weather proof and stylish designs. Durable, all-weather wicker furniture from reputed German brands Gebe, and Svelte Outdoor are now available with a few taps on your keyboard. We are impressed by the waterproof cushions made of Sunbrella fabric from France, which are easy to clean and perfect for the outdoors. Find a whole range of chairs, tables, sofas, dining sets to swings, day beds and more, on www.houseproud.in.



    Outdoorsy style

    36 AUGUST 2013


  • Earthy Extravaganza

    Think stylish, earthy ethnic wear and the foremost name that comes to mind is Shilpi. Three decades and counting, the store has been consistently playing a role in keeping handlooms alive, kicking and evolving.

    38 AUGUST 2013


  • When you enter the store, the earthy feel that throbs through the terracotta ooring and the brick walls tell you a story: a story that handloom is no ephemeral trinket with a relic-like quality to it. Drapes hang down from the ceiling, soft lights illuminate the store with a beautiful shimmer. Inside Shilpi, the fabric is the star. Inside Shilpi, each saree tells you a story, a story of intricate and beautiful craftsmanship, a story of handmade elegance that is unparalleled.

    Helmed by Nalini Sriram and Simrat Chadha after the ownership changed two years ago, Shilpi is still the handloom place it has always been, but now with a

    suffusion of new energy. A partnership of friendship more than anything else, the duo nds itselfwith a common vision towards the work they do. Nalini has an interesting and illustrious career, havingworked in lms and styling artistes in Tamil and Telugu. She has done some interesting makeovers for many starssuch as Trisha in Vinaithaandi Varuvaaya where she brought the saree alive on-screen. The looks are talked about even today. I am a corporate and a cross-vertical person. I havedabbled in the world of lms, radio,back-ofce work and even my own business.Somewhere, though,I knew that I came from a handloom background in terms of my interests. My

    heart is in handloom, I relate to it and am very passionate about it, Simrat explains.

    Having taken over Shilpi after an interesting quirk of fate, the two of them came to realise that they had a good synergy, and had brought forth a good symbiosis of the creative and the operative. We are grateful that it came to be the way it did. Of course, it needed a lot of investment, thought and waiting. We were very clear about taking it up, and once it came through, wethought about it and decided to add more value. We have immense gratitude to the previous owners, of course, but we wanted to add some new energy to the

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  • best of cotton twill and cotton tussar, replete with embroidery and hand-block prints; and the other Leela, which is their signature saree collection trending the new executive spirit bold, edgy and denitive, comprising exclusive sarees in tussar, silk, georgette, crepes and chiffons, that are block-printed and painted by hand. Shilpi has also expanded to open a new outlet at Besant Nagar.

    condence that the handloom is not going to disappear from under the nose of anyone who appreciates it. Simrat explains.Today, Shilpis range offers something for everyone from a 16-year old to a 75-year old. When we get 16-year-olds to appreciate their grandmothers sarees, we think weve achieved the goal. We want women to feel comfortable about wearing a saree it is just like wearing a skirt or a dress, a saree is not a relic! If you can watch Angelina Jolie come sashaying down in a gown and think she carries it off well a saree is no different it is the same fabric wrapped around you in a more sensuous way! Simrat says.Shilpi is currently launching two new collections, Mandara, which remaps the urban terrain of the working woman, coordinating the

    store that has been in business for 30-odd years. The thought, process and spirit of Shilpi are beautiful so we wanted to augment it further and widen the spectrum. Were leveraging the equity to create face time with the database of the people that were associated with Shilpi both, customers and suppliers alike. Following the transition, Shilpi has now widened the handloom spectrum.The beauty of Shilpis work is that they dont deal with middlemen, but with the creators of the fabric itself.At one time, we dealt with a particular line of handloom exclusively. Now, though, weve opened the palette up and really helped reach out to more and more people. The value is not about the commercial part at all, but about creating

    Shilpi has a new store at

    15/4, 4th Main road, Behind Rajaji Bhavan, Besant nagar, Chennai.

    Ph: +91 44 24455303.

    40 AUGUST 2013


  • Ever since its establishment in 2001 as the Guru Nanak Education Society, the institution has scaled great heights in both imparting knowledge as well as moulding its students into high-calibre citizens. In a short span of about twelve years, the institution has scaled great heights, transforming individuals into professionals, thinkers and leaders. And, since proof of the pudding is in the eating, look no further than the alumni of the college who are spread across the world and have brought laurels to the institution with their achievements and rich contributions to society.

    The institution, barely 28 km from Hyderabad and spread over 55 acres, was a dream of visionary industrialist and philanthropist Sri Tavinder Singh Kohli. The college was established with the vision of not just providing quality value-based education but also developing the personality and imparting life skills to

    individuals to lead wholesome lives. The aesthetic campus was created with the intention of igniting the imagination of the students and enriching their learning experience. Apart from academic blocks and buildings, there are plenty of open spaces, sports grounds, lawns and greens that help students relax while they take time from their busy study schedule.

    The institution offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the streams covering engineering, pharmacy, management sciences, information technology and dental sciences. Labs are modern and well equipped so that students can conduct research just like companies in the real world do. Science and engineering labs have the latest tools, machineries and equipment, while computer labs are equipped with updated software and hardware.

    While the academic year started off on a brisk note and the college saw the usual rush for seats, Mr. Natarajan, Head of Corporate Affairs who also looks after admissions reveals that electronic and mechanical engineering courses had the most takers this year. The quest for excellence led the institution to collaborate with several foreign universities. Collaborations include working on joint research in various areas of study, reviewing academic papers, faculty and students exchange programmes and organising conferences, adds Mr. Natarajan.

    Apart from the courses, the institution as also has collaborations with universities of USA, UK and Australia. Among the successful tie-ups is the one with the University of Hudderseld. Similar such collaborations are in place with Northern Arizona University, Newcastle University and Pittsburgh State University in the USA.

    GNIs engineering college has been accredited by the NBA (National Board of Accreditation) and the NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). GNI also has industry-institute partnership programmes with leading companies including Oracle, Microsoft and Wipro. As Microsofts gold partner Guru Nanak Institutions gets guaranteed internships and placements with them and other top MNCs. Mr. Natarajan says, Guru Nanak Institutions is known for its highly experienced placement team. The placement cell helps link potential candidates and top

    companies. Industry visits bridge the gap between the technical and practical sides so that the overall personality is groomed and the student is easily employable. The institution has a successful tie-up with companies including Radiant Solar, Genpact, Pramati Technologies, Leapstone Technologies, ROCSYS, and UTL for projects and placements. The placement cell also provides placement and soft-skill training, career counselling and acts as an interface between students and potential recruiters. Over 500 students were placed in top companies IBM, Infotech, Dell, Amazon, Aster, Oracle, AMW, Mphasis, Data 64, Intergraph and the like.

    Quality education was made available to students across the country when the institution expanded and opened colleges in other cities. The group has opened 8 colleges in Hyderabad, including the Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Guru Nanak Business School and the Guru Nanak Institute of Engineering & Technology that have been at the forefront of quality education in the state of Andhra Pradesh. In Nagpur, the Guru Nanak Institute of Engineering & Technology and Guru Nanak Institute of Engineering & Management are landmarks in the city. Similarly, in Roorkee, the Hermes College of Engineering & Management and the Hermes Business School have made a mark for themselves.

    Thousands of students who are fortunate to have Guru Nanak institutions as their Alma Mater are grateful to the founder and his exemplary vision, which has contributed immensely to the eld of professional education. The passion and vision of Chairman Sri Tavinder Singh Kohli, Vice-chairman Mr. Gangadeep Singh Kohli, and Managing Director Dr. H S Saini and their untiring work has brought glory and success to the group and the possibility of being a truly global destination.

    The institutions attract students from Nepal, Middle East and Central and Western African nations. Another success story of GNI is the recent integration of ve of the colleges in the GNI main campus to a technical campus in the name of Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus, which is one step towards gaining University Status in the coming years. With such landmark achievements already in place, GNI is poised to go farther and higher in its endeavors to take quality education to every nook and corner of the country.

    Marcus A Clay takes you through the journey of being a student at the Guru Nanak group of institutions.

    Get a head start in life

    42 AUGUST 2013



  • The science of life or Ayurveda has a holistic approach to

    healthcare and helps people live long, healthy and well-balanced

    lives. In its own way, Sadayush has helped many, many people benet

    from this ancient Indian wisdom.

    Sadayush, a unique Ayurvedic care and cure treatment centre was started in July 2011. Situated in Chennai, the sprawling facility sports a blend of contemporary and traditional dcor that soothes the senses. Sadayush stands for eternal good health in Sanskrit. The Hasta or the palm, which falls at the centre of its logo, is a symbol of a blessing. The curls within the palm showcase its organic foundation and the ve ngers represent the ve elements of water, re, earth, ether and air. The arch at the bottom connotes the care and dependability offered by the brand.

    With treatments offered to address issues such as obesity, arthritis, psoriasis, osteoporosis, rheumatic disorders, sinusitis, hair fall problems, gynaecological issues, general debilities, paediatric problems, respiratory tract allergies, skin disorders, jaundice and post natal care among others, the facility also has in its kitty rejuvenation therapies for the mind, body and soul, stress management, emotional healing, facial treatments, bridal makeover and detoxication programmes.

    Sadayush functions under the medical direction of Chief Doctor Ayurveda Bhishak Ratna Dr. K. K Shanmuga Dasan (Assistant Director (Retired) CCRAS, Government of India, New Delhi). He is one of the senior-most Ayurveda researchers and practitioners in the country with 38 years of experience to his credit.

    As more and more people are waking up to the benets of Ayurveda and holistic wellness owing to the exponential growth of lifestyle related diseases, guests visiting

    Sadayush can expect outstanding treatment and exceptional service. Unlike other doctrines, the treatments at Sadayush arent symptomatic. Based on the tenets of Ayurveda, their qualied physicians and expert therapists

    believe in tackling your illness from its root. Internal and

    external medications are provided from the centres full-edged medical dispensary. There is a strict vigil over hygiene in the facility.

    Sadayush comes under the ambit of the reputed

    Cholayil group, which was established more than four

    decades ago, with a global vision of empowering and enriching peoples lives with world class personal and healthcare

    products and services. This has today unfolded through business

    interests in toiletries, personal care and healthcare

    products. Cholayil creates products of the purest form, binding native elements into the most contemporary forms, to

    deliver products that are essentially pure, naturally

    inclusive, traditionally rich and ideal for the times. The company

    manufactures quality products using indigenously developed processes, engineering designs, tools and machinery. The product-mix of Cholayil comprises of soaps, talcum powder and deodorants amongst others, like the highly successful Medimix, Cuticura, Krishna Thulasi and Sadev brands.

    Sadayush is at

    Old No. 65 New No. 129, above Raymond, Royapettah High Road, Royapettah, Chennai.

    Ph: +91 44 65491700-08 +91 44 24980262

    Mobile: +91 9380431296, 9952061441

    Email: [email protected]

    Always in good health

    44 AUGUST 2013


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  • After a particularly hectic month of professional and personal commitments, I decided to treat myself to an exclusive spa session. I wanted a natural therapeutic experience, devoid of harsh, chemical products. An experience based on the 10,000-year old Siddha system seemed like the perfect choice.

    Siddha means perfect and the ancient system is designed to help an individual attain physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing. It uses a holistic approach combining the various tenets of medicine, exercise and massage. So on a crisp Tuesday morning, I head to the Siddh Spa and Fitness Centre, at the Hyatt Regency to try out their signature Siddha Herbal Poultice Pottanam massage therapy. The treatment promises to improve blood circulation, detoxify the body by increasing lymphatic circulation, and remove muscle tension. I can hardly wait.

    USP of the Herbal Poultice Pottanam

    The Siddha Herbal Poultice Pottanam signature massage therapy is done using plants or herbs, which offer therapeutic benets. A poultice, which is a herbal

    mixture wrapped in cloth, is applied to the body during the massage. In the pottanam signature therapy, hot herbal poultices (also known as thavara pottanam), are bundled with herbs and plants best suited to the individuals body type.

    Before the pottanam is applied, I am given a deep tissue massage with fragrant oils to increase my bodys receptivity to the poultices. I feel the tension slipping away from my body and the muscles relaxing as the massage progresses. The poultices are then tapped and rubbed over my body with gentle pressure, providing deep relief to the muscles and the connective tissues.

    I start to feel very light as the poultice starts working its magic on the various pressure points. I imagine my lymphatic system rebooting and all the toxins draining out of my body. My therapist takes particular care to massage my stiff shoulders and neck. A feeling of wellness descends on me as the massage comes to a close.

    Tradition meets modernity

    I am glad that I chose the Herbal Poultice Pottanam massage from the traditional

    Siddh system. The best part of the therapy was that it used natural products created under the guidance of Siddha practitioners, along with personalised preparations of thavara extracts of roots, herbs, owers, precious metals and mineral salts.

    Another great aspect is that one can choose the components of the poultice depending on the nature of the body. Ayurveda classies body types into vatha, pittha and kapha energies. So for someone with Vatha energy, rose quartz and wheat bran pottanam are combined with nidra oil to alleviate anxiety and restore tranquility. For pitha, sandalwood, vetiver and ashwagandha herb pottanam is applied to nourish, cool and fortify the body. For kapha, tamarind leaves, eucalyptus and camphor pottanam is used to detoxify, heal and to increase vitality and radiance. The Siddha massage rebalances the ideal ratio of these three energies to achieve harmony within the body. So if you are looking to relax and rejuvenate, head to the Siddh Spa and Fitness Centre for some TLC and a whole lot of fun.

    Duration of the massage: One hour

    Price: ` 3000.

    Richa Tilokani visits the Siddh Spa and Fitness Centre at the Hyatt Regency hotel at Anna Salai Chennai to try out the signature Siddha Herbal Poultice Pottanam massage.

    Become a member of the Siddh Spa and Fitness Centre for 12 months at attractive rates:

    Annual Membership fees:

    Membership type Nett (Inclusive of taxes)

    Individual ` 252810

    Couple ` 421350

    Corporate ` 842700

    (max. 5 members)

    Once you become a member of the Siddh Spa and Fitness Centre, you can avail of a complimentary daily massage, monthly facial and body treatment. The membership will also give you access to the tness centre, swimming pool and the locker facilities inclusive of steam, sauna and the hot tub. It also entitles you to 15% discount on all massages and facial treatments, 20 % discount on the retail products at the spa and 10% discount on all body treatments. You will also receive a complimentary stay for 4 nights on double occupancy over weekends with up to 50% discount on food and beverage services at the hotel and 20% discount on laundry and dry cleaning services at the hotel.

    A spa-cial experience

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  • Work hard, play


    Photography: Kunal Daswani

    Hair and Make up: Page 3 Salon

    Styling: Sruthi Sai

    Blazers and Shirts: Gatsby

    Trousers, shoes and accessories: Varuns own

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  • On the very special occasion of our 9th anniversary, we chronicle the fabulous life of a charming business tycoon. He may have been born with the proverbial silver spoon but the handsome Varun Manian has charted his own course. Having forayed into real estate, and most recently, movie production, Varun believes in working real hard and playing even harder. Vinita Nayar recounts their conversation.

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  • As we enter real estate magnate Varun Manians sprawling and gracious home, one cant help but notice his ve luxe cars lined up and gleaming on one side of the driveway. The young mogul has been in the news recently, grabbing headlines thanks to his foray into Kollywood. The rst lm that Varun is funding is a Siddharth-Prithiviraj starrer produced by YNOT Studios and directed by Vasanthabalan. Through his entertainment company, Radiance Media, Varun is nalising plans to select good scripts and create quality cinema under his own banner. The company will be producing their rst lm with director Balaji Mohan.

    This third generation entrepreneur who heads Radiance Realty Developers India Ltd, a real estate venture that is his brainchild, is passionate about his business. His gracious home on a leafy avenue in a posh locality in Chennai reects the elegance and charm of the man. Dressed casually in jeans and a tee that accentuate his boyish, clean-cut, handsome looks, Varun greets us warmly as we enter. While ace lensman Kunal Daswani gets ready for the exclusive cover photo shoot, we sit in the spacious living room, attractively furnished, with French windows looking out onto a pretty lawn fringed with plants.

    Born into one of the well-known, old Chennai families, Varun has had a privileged childhood. Nevertheless, he is determined to strive and succeed on his own terms. He recollects, I grew up with two working parents. My mother worked for a travel agency and my father inherited his construction business from his father. Varun grew up in a joint family with his parents and grandparents; he lost his grandfather when he was very young. His father and his uncle his fathers younger brother who is no more worked in the family business. Says Varun, I grew up in a work-charged atmosphere. So it would have been illogical of me to think I would be doing anything else except this.

    The family is tightly knit and the four of them his parents, Varun and his sister share bonds that are very strong. He says, My father is very, very particular about family values. Weve grown up that way and till today, the four of us largely dine together.

    He recollects cherished childhood memories in the warm embrace of his family and the fun holidays they would embark on. My father would insist on taking us abroad every year on a holiday to see the world and get exposure. Those trips were very memorable. Once he took us to Spain and insisted we watch their famous bull ght and observe their culture; that experience is still fresh in my mind. So did he have a pampered childhood? Not really, I dont think it was a pampered childhoodcomfortable, yes. I think my sister was pampered, not me shes had it easy, being the younger one, Varun chuckles and continues, I would go to school in a car pool and we would make sure the car was shared by at least three other people so our car would go to school only twice a week. These were small, but important values taught to us. We used to travel by train as much as possible when I grew upso we were not completely spoiled, I would say. But this hard-headed, practical upbringing has borne fruit. He reects, I totally believe that one of the motivations for me to do well in business and succeed has been that my parents never gave me all the luxuries when I was growing up. I think I always had that hunger in me to do more, to do well... I believed that I needed to do well for myself to live the life I wanted to. That was denitely a big motivator.

    Before joining the family business, Varun studied in New York, an experience that he enjoyed and which also taught him a lot. Talking about his studies abroad, he says, It was the trend at that time for everybody to go abroad and study. We did our SATs. I was at home one day after my SATs, putting in applications for various universities, and those days you got a

    cover. If it was a thick cover, you knew you had got into college and if it was a thin cover, you knew it was a rejection letter. So I got a few thick covers and I got a call from New York University saying this is what we want you to do and even offering a study abroad programme comprising six months in Italy. It was great. I was partial to NYU because of the city, thats the truth. Studying abroad was a sea of change. New York taught me a lot of things I learnt to be completely independentto do things like cleaning your apartment, washing your clothes, cleaning your toilet evenstuff you wouldnt dream of doing over here! That kind of basic discipline set in, he says with a smile. And the best part is that the city was a major catalyst. NYU itself was a historic building. It was an amazing learning experience.

    Varun was in New York for four years and even did a short stint working for UBS. Nevertheless, Chennai beckoned. He says, I was absolutely clear that I wanted to come back. I didnt want to reinvent the wheel and I knew I had a golden goose here that I could nurture, so it didnt make sense for me to stay there. He briey refers to his work experience in UBS saying, I realised that the work they make you do is so basic.

    Back in the city after four years of living alone, Varun joined the family business. Talking about the sale of NAPC in 2012 to the Vinci Group, a global conglomerate, Varun says, We felt that in todays competitive environment, the best way for us to support the growth of the company was by giving it to somebody much bigger than us, who would take the company to another level, so the decision to sell was denitely in the interest of the company doing even better. Nevertheless, his father is still involved in NAPC. Varun explains, Its important for my father to be a part of the business to ease the transition.

    So how did this sale happen? He replies, Vinci is the worlds largest construction

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  • company. Their turnover equals the GDP of a small country, and is ten times that of say, L&T (Larsen and Toubro). So when they chose us, it was a very prestigious thing. They had looked at various companies in India and I think they found comfort in our family in the promoters, my father and myself and the way NAPC has always been run.

    Radiance Realty is Varuns brainchild. He proudly says, The real estate business is completely my baby. I am passionate about it and believe being a local player is a massive advantage. Look at a huge company like DLF they still make most of their prots out of Gurgaon but when they come to Chennai, the going gets very tough for them, because they dont have the local knowledge that is so vital in this business. Also the fact that we are an old, well-respected family has proved to be a huge advantage for us to be in this space. And you know the other big advantage we have in real estate - that made us dive into it - is that weve been a construction company our whole life; building is in our DNA it is a great skill that we have.

    They might be new players in the realty business a small sh in an ocean of whales, but Varun is condent. I believe we are well known. Buyers have condence in us as a family. They know that we will do it; thats one victory for us, he beams. Nevertheless, he is realistic about the challenges of the market. The brand Radiance is new and for us to compete with brands that have been around for 30-40 years is quite a task. They have a lot of repeat customers, and huge databases so we are probably a little bit behind on that front but we are aware of it and are very condent of catching up too.

    Varuns keen business acumen is evident when he outlines the objectives of his business and what he hopes to achieve;

    there is no room for ambiguity. Our mission is very clear. We aim to provide global luxury to the Indian youth, so we are focussing on the people who earn considerable salaries, in elds like IT or automotives. Our target is the mid-segment market. If you see, most of our properties are priced between ` 3,000 and ` 7,000 per square feet. Since we are not in the ultra luxury space, we believe in educating consumers about the choices they have and providing excellent spaces for them at reasonable prices. Our other USP is that we are able to nish our buildings on time because of our inherent construction skills. Additionally, Radiance has the funds and the professionalism to continue projects even when the market is down, facts that have bolstered consumer condence.

    There is palpable enthusiasm in his voice as Varun continues about Radiance. You know I started this company as NAPC Properties. We rechristened it Radiance after we sold NAPC. Real estate is a very interesting business to be in. From day one, I have been a hands-on promoter, striking deals, buying properties, negotiating and getting into joint development agreements. Thats what I call the honeymoon period. From there, until you get the sanctions, build your building and hand it over, it is an absorbing journey.

    Varun takes comfort in the fact that his parents have been a huge support. I am where I am because of my dad. He means the world to me. My dad is supportive, broad-minded and encouraging of new ideas. He is the rst guy to say yes to all the new plans I have! Among her many talents, my mother has a good eye for design. She gives me a lot of inputs on our advertisement creatives and brochures.

    His father has been instrumental in inculcating ethics that have honed Varuns business acumen and his own personal

    value system. Varun says, He insists that cash is king and is very, very particular about cash ows being in order. He does caution me when Im trying to grow too big, too fast. Sometimes, I call him my speed-breaker (laughs). Hell make sure we dont do anything even one percent deviant from what is legalhes very, very strict when it comes to that. And having been a hard-core construction guy all his life, hes fastidious about safety and quality.

    So what are the problems he faces in the business? There are different challenges, Varun replies. One lies in getting government approval. Although this can take a little bit of time, I think our state government is doing a wonderful job here; its absolutely fantastic. Getting good labour for us to complete projects especially the nishing part, is quite challenging from the technical aspect. We do run into rough weather there, but we always overcome it.

    When he is not acquiring properties, building homes and producing movies, Varun does like to live life king-size. He has recently acquired a private jet along with a friend. However, he hastens to tell us that this is a business investment which he uses for work purposes. His luxury cars are his hobby. Varun loves spending time in the company of his family, close friends and his mentors, the well-known Maran brothers Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran whom he holds in high esteem.

    How do you interview a handsome, successful bachelor and pass up the opportunity to quiz him on his love life? Considering he is also one of the most eligible bachelors in town, what about marriage plans? And is there a special someone? Varun grins and replies, No one. If I were to get married, then I wouldnt be the most eligible bachelor, would I? We rest our case!

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    As RITZ turns nine, we ponder on the nine absolute must haves for anyone who loves their material goodies. Unabashedly, we choose clothes, watches, jewellery,

    yachts, shoes, bags, chairs and cars that are aspirational and are synonymous with uber luxury. Srigopika Radhakrishnan tells you more about our favourite picks!

    Whod have thought carrying around a crystallized zoo animal can be so posh. On its own without context, youd be mistaken for a sad cat/bag lady but throw Judith Leiber into the mix, suddenly you have an oh so covetable minaudire! Leiber makes no pretense of following anyones fashion sense but her own and her non-conformity has gained her the huge cult following that she has. Eccentric, idiosyncratic but utterly stylish, Judith Leiber is a fashion statement on its own.



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  • Patek Philippe has broken record after record for the most expensive timepiece ever sold. With watches that are coveted by royalty around the globe, this brand is for the ultra elite. It takes on average 1035 employees to make one watch and Patek Philippe has the distinction of making Calibre 89, the worlds most complicated watch. At $6 million a piece, it denitely is an investment. After all, You never actually own a Patek Philippe, you merely look after it for the next generation.

    I dont do fashion, I AM fashion, so said the inventor of The little black dress that is now step one of a fashionistas fashion ladder. Hugely inuential, Coco Chanel created fashion as we know it today. And years after her passing her brand is still one of the worlds most exclusive fashion houses. In our books, Chanel is the brand for luxury and exclusivity. We covet everything that Chanel has on offer!







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  • The most abundant hue in nature packed in a brilliantly cut stone.

    Emeralds from Gemseld are some of the highest quality stones you can get and their ethical sourcing warms our hearts. With Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Mila Kunis, Victoria Beckham all sporting emeralds this season, we cant help but follow suit. Individuality is what makes emeralds unique. There is no awless emerald. Each stone has its own garden of inclusions and aws that can be used to trace back its origins. Who can forget emeralds most famous wearer, Elizabeth Taylor whose emerald suite sold at Christies for 15.9 million!

    credits: www.graffdiamonds.comcredits: www.gemseld.com

    Its all good to drive two-seater super cars that go at 200 miles per hour, but in India we know that if you can afford a supercar, you must not be seen driving it! Enter: the fastest non-drivers car ever! The Flying Spur. The Chinese love their Flying spurs, their agship store in Beijing sold more of these cars than any other store in the world.

    Inside it is posh, plush and ritzy as you can imagine. And when stuck in trafc, you can just sit back, relax and let your chauffeur do the work!





    Graff makes some of the most fabulous jewelry in the world but their yellow diamonds deserve special mention. Historically among the most coveted and rarest diamonds, Graff makes yellow diamonds an art form. Favoured by royalty and celebrities alike, Graff set their diamonds in creative and unconventional designs. Wed love to say yes to a 35-carat intense, radiant cut yellow diamond! Take note suitors.






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  • All it takes is a ash of red when a woman turns around to be recognised as wearing one of the worlds most coveted pieces of shoe art. From his rst customer Princess Caroline of Monaco to Catherine Deneuve, Louboutin has come a long way to include the likes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker among others as his regular patrons. It is said that when he rst designed his shoes, he found them lacking something, so he took his assistants red nail polish and painted the sole of the shoe. They have given many a celebrity a bunion or two, shoe bites and in some cases trips to the ER. His attitude however is take it or leave it. Inspired by Parisian cabaret dancers, his designs are all about sex, bondange and pain. Louboutin has a cult following among celebrities, Danielle Steel, the author is one. She owns over 6000 pairs of shoes designed by Christian Louboutin and has been known to have bought 80 pairs at one go. Now that is one loyal customer.

    When a brand is the go-to favourite of Indias lmi royalty you know they are

    special. The designer duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are well known to the cream of Bollywood and high society. Their clothes are markedly different from competition due to their opulent designs, intricate embroidery and exquisite craftsmanship. Unapologetic about their passion for couture, it is impossible to look casual in anything they have created. Patronised largely by the Bachchan family, from the Big B and Jaya to bahu Aishwarya, they are known as the Masters of Revival and Reinvention! They recently had Australian cricketer Brett Lee as their showstopper. Though personally, no one carries off their creations better than senior Bachchan.










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  • When you are a billionaire out on the sea, any normal sea faring vessel will not do. You want grandeur, splendour and exclusivity. Enter: Blohm + Voss. The Palladium is a unique statement that will make any moneybags take notice. Pools, built low into the deck, keep the view from the lounges unobstructed; wide staircases, multiple decks with teak ooring, spacious dining areas and a gym are just some of the advantages. The palladium has a sky deck whose atrium windows are curved allowing for a lot of sky light. Wide balconies and eight guest cabins that can accommodate upto 16 guests; Palladium can reach around 19 knots at top speed. So, how could we not love this yacht?

    Few designers have been as fted, derided, and ultimately inuential as Le Corbusier. Primarily an architect, Le Corbusier believed that the correct application of modern materials and building methods could deliver better living conditions, and ultimately a better quality of life for the residents of crowded cities. He calls his furniture as extensions of our limbs and adapted to human functions and regularly uses proportional systems like Golden Ratio, and the Fibonacci Series to design his furniture. However, even if youre not convinced by Corbs famous assertion that your house is a machine for living in, we think youll agree that his furniture makes it a beautiful house to come home to.








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  • Freedom, adventure and the high life can be found off Chennais shores. Marcus A Clay tests the tide...

    Where to sail:Tamil Nadu Sailing Association: The club is a not-for-prot, non-political and non-sectarian association, whose aim is to foster, encourage and train people in the sport of sailing and allied water sports. Promoted by a group of leading businessmen, professionals and sailors, the club makes sailing affordable and full of fun.

    Royal Madras Yacht Club: With the fantastic sailing conditions that the coast off Chennai has to offer, the club provides some great facilities for its members. Its sailors are also a part of the national squad.

    Charter a luxury yacht and enjoy a sea excursion-charter onboard the Moonbeam, Chennais rst charter service.

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  • Ever dreamed of the Milky Way twinkling just for you, being watched upon by the moon and stars, and waking up to breathtaking sunrises with nothing but the sound of water around you? If this describes what youre looking for in life, perhaps you should strap on your life jacket, hop on to a boat and let the sails catch the drift.

    Studies have shown that the sound of rushing water soothes and refreshes the mind. But in a metropolitan city, where a babbling brook is hard to come by, the next best choice would denitely be sailing. Take, for example, Lt. Commander Abhilash Tomy who learnt to sail only after he joined the Naval Academy as a young man, and soon created maritime history a few months ago, when he became the rst Indian to circumnavigate the Earth under sails solo, nonstop and unassisted in 150 days. It was solitude that he was looking for, and it was only the sea that offered it to him.

    Ask Tomy what it is about sailing that he likes the most and he says, Its a very natural and honest life out there. Its the simplicity of life at sea, the absence of bureaucracy and the systems of

    permissions. Perhaps the feel of living life on ones own terms and captaining ones own destiny could have something to do with it. Sailing around 23,100 nautical miles, crossing the Indian, Southern, Pacic and Atlantic Oceans, the mission besides being a physically arduous task meant having to deal with 150 days of solitude and sustaining oneself on bare necessities. His takeaway from the whole experience: less is more. He says, A simple and uncomplicated life is much more fullling than one with a lot of material content but no meaning.

    The completion of his voyage was the fullment of a 14-year dream and three years of hard work. When I look back I realise that I had been preparing for the voyage for almost three years. I had joined the project as assistant to Commander Donde when he did his solo circumnavigation in 2009-10. I had started learning the ropes under him. I also sailed to Colombo and Mauritius with him, which were part of his training process. After his voyage was completed, I sailed with him and a crew of 2 more to Rio de Janeiro with a stop at Cape Town. I took over the boat at Rio, crossed the Atlantic with one crewmember, and sailed from Cape Town to Goa all alone. Thereafter, I sailed a fully crewed voyage from Goa to Malaysia and Thailand. As if that wasnt enough to be fully prepared to take on the ocean single-handed, he also lived in the boat for 11 months before the voyage started. That helped a great deal. Besides, I believed in maintaining all the equipment in the boat myself, which really helped during the voyage, he says.

    He undertook a voyage that no Indian had attempted before and only a few had dreamt of. So far, less than 80 people in the world

    have successfully completed such a voyage. To put his feat in perspective: only about 500 people have been to Space and over 5,000 have climbed Mt Everest. But, Tomy says he sailed out to the ocean only to get away from the humdrum of life. I dont see it as an achievement because I had not set out to create a record; I wanted solitude and the sea offered it to me, he says.

    Tomy may be a class apart, but for sailing enthusiast Shantha Ravikumar, when it came to choosing between the devil and the deep blue sea, she committed herself

    to the latter. Its been over six years since the adventure lover gave up her textile export business in favour of living life high on adrenaline. Having undertaken several sailing voyages, Shantha says when she gazes into the clear blue sky and water, shes condent that she wants nothing more from life, except, of course, more thrills in her sailboat.

    In 2009, she participated in an expedition along with a group from the Indian Army that took them 572 kilometres from Chennai to the holy island of Rameswaram and back in two 26-ft Swedish keelboats. Two years later she was treated to a trip across the Indian Ocean. In 2001, when she met a family that sailed into Chennai harbour in their catamaran, the Ocelot, and was invited to join them on the next leg of their voyage, she accepted without batting an eyelid. The Ocelot set sail in a quest to reach Chagos, an archipelago 310 nautical miles south of Maldives. Unfortunately, weather and unfavourable winds forced them to change course and turn east to head to Thailand. A month after leaving Chennai, they reached Phuket. Ask Shantha what helped her beat the disappointment of not visiting the beautiful island of Chagos, and she says,

    I was initially disappointed, but it soon melted away; an ocean remains exciting whichever direction you sail.

    Shantha is all admiration for the oceans. Ask her what she enjoys the most, and she says its the best way to be close to nature. For her, solitude was not the primary concern; rather, it was boredom. When I started on this expedition, I was worried that after the initial euphoria wore off, boredom might set in. Another concern was being in inescapably close contact with others on the boat over extended

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  • periods of time. However, any fears I had were allayed by the congeniality of the crew, she says. The bonus? Watching the mesmerising ocean, she says, Dolphins would occasionally pass by or ying sh would break the surface, skimming over the water for a good distance. The sky and sea met in a perfect blue circle around us. It lled me with awe to think of the ancient mariners who sailed without the help of any of the modern navigation tools. As for nights on the high seas, she says, It was magical out in the ocean; cool, fragrant and mysterious, but with an ever-present sense of danger lurking around. A blanket of stars would cover us and phosphorescent marine organisms twinkled from under the water. It is a very powerful experience and in my case, it prompted introspection. In that immense vastness, human affairs seemed insignicant. I could feel negative emotions

    sloughing off, replaced by a love for life and a state of bliss. She says at that moment she knew for sure that all she wanted was to do it again.

    The ocean is much more than exciting and mysterious for Sue and Jon Hacking, who have made their home on a catamaran. The Hacking familys adventures have been meticulously documented on their blog, where they write: The Ocelot has practically been our home on the waters since December 2001, and we have been sailing from the Eastern Caribbean through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacic and the Indian Ocean to Africa, before heading back to Asia. Jon Hacking gave up a high-ying career with Microsoft and

    decided to criss-cross the globe instead. The couple brought up their two children on the boat and Sue, besides being a mom on a sailboat, is also a published author and photographer.

    With sailing becoming more accessible, people are able to take up the activity as a hobby, luxury or with more serious goals. A great place to start is to drop by at one of the citys sailing clubs like the Royal Madras Yacht Club (RMYC), founded in 1911, and the TNSA, have actively promoted sailing as a sport and leisure activity. The shiny white yachts, tiny sailboats and kayaks dotting the scenery are enough to mesmerise you. When the weather gods are kind, the clear sky and sun beating down over the sea as gusty winds lash against the water creating gentle waves, is the perfect enticement. And the sight of sailors, right from kids as

    young as nine, getting ready for a day on the open blue ocean is enough to lift ones spirits.

    If you think that you need to own a sailboat in order to pursue sailing, think again. Having your own sailboat is an added advantage but training schools and clubs have boats that you can learn on. Boats of different classes are also available for hire. Being a member of a club would automatically make you eligible to use the facilities.

    For those who are afraid of drowning in the deep ocean, well, your trainers already understand your fears. Part of the training is known as capsize drill where one is taught to get the boat back up when it capsizes

    mid-sea. Lifejackets are a must and the knowledge of swimming is an advantage. And, if youre in Chennai, consider yourself blessed. The city not only has a long association with sailing, but some say Chennais shoreline enjoys the some of the best sailing conditions in the world.

    Sailing clubs run camps for children as well as adults and not more than ten classes are required before one can master the basic techniques.

    And, for those who want to own or jointly own a yacht, the winds cant be more favourable. The citys elite are pooling in resources and going in for larger luxury yachts to spend longer hours at sea. Last year a group of friends bought a 44-foot yacht that can accommodate 10 people. With a baby like that, which comes

    equipped with sophisticated navigation and communication gear, amenities including a seating area, bedrooms and restrooms, and a functional kitchen, you can dump the idea of a traditional land vacation and sail the pristine waters.

    Luxury yachts are becoming more affordable. A 10.5 metre boat low on frills may be available for about sixty lakhs, while bigger, luxurious ones with more facilities could cost several crores. And for those who dont want the trouble of owning a boat, a charter service may be what you need. Chennai recently got its rst charter service, which is just perfect for anything from parties to a short romantic trip into the ocean where you can propose to your girlfriend.

    Dolphins would occasionally pass by or ying sh would break the surface, skimming over the water for a good distance. The sky and sea met in a perfect blue circle around us

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  • s From holding up trafc to being mercilessly trafcked, cattle have increasingly fallen into abusive hands and are being killed in deplorable ways. Richa Tilokani and Kirthi Jayakumar track the story.Photographs used for illustrative purposes only

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  • Bow down Mister, Hare Rama Hare Krishna! sang Boy George. If you do not take the vow, You can eat the sacred cow, Youll get karma anyhow, Hare, hare, hare! Singing about the Hindu ethos and the symbol of Hinduism, the sacred cow, Boy George couldnt have been closer to the truth. Worshipped and revered in Hindu tradtion, the cow has been considered a sacred animal, since ancient times. But todays reality spells a very different story for the animal one of intolerable abuse and sadistic slaughter.

    India is a major exporter of beef in the world. Nationally also, the demand for bovine meat is booming, leading to illegal trafficking of cattle to slaughter houses and processing units. A majority of these animals are transported under brutal conditions with no shade or water. The animals are trussed together in crowded trucks without any ramp for loading and unloading. Many of them die along the way, while others suffer injuries. There is no mercy shown to even pregnant cows. The unborn calf is considered a delicacy in many countries and after the animal is killed, the calf is stitched

    inside to preserve the taste. Most of the animals are killed in full view of each other at most slaughterhouses, creating a traumatic situation.

    What is cattle trafcking?

    Trafcking refers to the illegal trade of any item in that it outs the legal provisions that bind the expected code of conduct. Technically cattle trafcking is not dened in so many legal terms as one would expect. By inference, it refers to the purchase and sale, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of cattle through means that are not permitted by law. The cattle so trafcked is then exploited, subjected to slaughter and extraction of its hide, and used surreptitiously in the meat industry.

    Every week, trucks are loaded with cattle, making their way out of cities to slaughterhouses. They soundlessly remain packed like sardines in the vehicle, as it trundles out of sight, taking them into the jaws of death. There are national activist groups, such as the People for Cattle in India (PFCI), which intercept some of these vehicles and rescue the cattle. The cattle

    is then taken to institutes of Animal Welfare and such other avenues of accommodation where they are not inconvenienced or put to death. Our research shows that there is a constant route through which the trafcked animals are taken: beginning from Tada in Andhra Pradesh, going via Kavarapettai, Chennai, Ottanchathiram, Pollachi and then entering Palakkad in Kerala where many slaughter houses exist. Funnily, many instances have passed where such cattle trafcking occurred without any interception, despite the number of check-posts and tollgates on the path.

    In the process of trafcking cattle, cows are forced to walk for miles on end without food, water or rest. Often, they are beaten mercilessly to be made to move. They walk on, braving the heat and the lack of food but when they collapse, their tails are broken, tobacco and chilli powder are rubbed into their eyes and electric prods are thrust into their anuses. The pain caused by these sadistic measures forces them to stand up. With all the walking, invariably, the poor creatures have bleeding hooves that are often worn down. After a long walk, they are loaded onto trucks where they are

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  • packed to the gills. Overcrowded, the cattle are piled one on top of the other invariably trampling upon, gouging out or blinding each other in the process. They are twisted out in odd angles, their heads bent and limbs ailed. At the unloading centre, the cows are pulled out by force, sometimes being made to jump out from a height that breaks their bones. The cows are dragged out from the trucks, left lying on the ground with other cows being piled over them. At the slaughter house, where they are taken next, no mercy is shown even to the marginally living cows. They are skinned alive after their legs are hacked off.

    The law

    Cows have a special place under the law. Save for two states in the country, the slaughter of cows is completely forbidden, while bulls, female buffaloes and bullocks are protected from slaughter until they are 15. Historic judgments have been passed in the Supreme Court of India, to the effect of outlawing cattle slaughter and cattle trafcking. However, much of the trafcking and illegal slaughter happens in the black market, where the transportation and trade in cattle happens illegally.

    The brutal way we treat our animals speaks volumes about the character of our society. So when the recent judgment by Justice B Rajendran at the Madras High Court bench in Madurai on March 14, 2013 came out, it was a day of great celebration. The judgment stated that the Rule 97 of Transport of Animal Rules of 1978 stipulates cancellation of permit or

    authorisation of permit of vehicles and drivers involved in cases of non-compliance with the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. The judgment also stated that the rescued cattle would not be given back to the offenders. The judge further added that the involved truck should be impounded and the license of such truck drivers be revoked. He also ordered for a circular to all other magistrates and courts of law. This landmark judgment certainly gives activism for bovine rights a huge boost, but will it be able to stop cattle trafcking once and for all?

    In addition to this, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, specically addresses the issue of cruelty to animals. Outlawing everything from beating, kicking, overdriving, torturing, employing animals for labour or purposes it cannot serve by way of its age or diseases, injuring wilfully and unreasonably, or conveying or carrying upon vehicles in a manner that subjects the animals to pain, keeping or conning animals, or keeping an animal chained or tethered unreasonably, the Act is a comprehensive piece of legislation seeking to take up cudgels for the rights of animals in distress. In addition, there is also the Transport of Animals Rules, 1978, which gives force to the fact that animals cannot be transported in jeopardy to their health and safety.

    Activists ask for more

    Organisations like People for Cattle in India (PFCI) who are active against cattle trafcking say that the illegal trade

    will continue to thrive because the big players can evade the lax laws one way or the other. Most vehicles and drivers involved in this trade are caught again and again for the same offence. They usually transport cattle without key documents like veterinarians certicate and a bill of sale. But even then, their vehicles are not impounded or released after paying a ne. Naturally, animal rights activists are demanding permanent conscation of these vehicles to stop trafcking. This is happening in spite of three different judgments stating that the Motor Vehicles Act should also be invoked against the truck owners and drivers, and the vehicles should be impounded. The court should also impose a heavy ne on the vehicle and return it under the condition that it should not be used for illegal transport of cattle in the future.

    At the same time, strict steps need to be taken against those ofcials at the various checkpoints and toll gates, who are in cahoots with the illegal trafckers. There is no other way 70-80 large animals can be transported regularly in broad daylight, without anybodys knowledge.

    Many activists are also looking at suggesting new laws to tackle cattle trafcking. But enacting more stringent laws is not the solution. What we need is strict implementation of the existing laws. At the same time, we also need the police and the courts to take strong steps against those involved in cattle trafcking. That will be the humane way to end this menace once and for all.

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  • Studio Tara is more than just a jewellery store: it is a store that edies passion in its every creation. We present to you breath-taking pieces of jewellery from the stores Medley of Jewels collection.

    A star in the sky

    About Bharathi Raviprakash

    Studio Tara is a celebrated jewellery design and production house. It is the brainchild of acclaimed designer Bharathi Raviprakash, whose passion for precious stones and design prompted her to take it up as a career. Bharathi graduated in 2002 from GIA London, and later that year was accredited as a Jewellery Professional by the institute. My designs are customised and exclusive. I am all for details, and go through each part of the process myself, she says. From sourcing the stones, to laying down the design and executing each creation with her people, Bharathi Raviprakash is absolutely hands-on and ensures that every piece is unique.

    About the collection:

    The Medley of Jewels

    The Medley of Jewels can impress anyone from hard-nosed power women, to social sophisticates and even the most fastidious jewellery acionado. The wide range that forms this collection from Studio Tara fuses classic sophistication with contemporary glamour. Whether youre looking to buy as part of a timeless investment or to wear and enjoy a fashion forward statement-making design, any of the pieces from The Medley of Jewels collection will denitely top your list of must-haves.

    All prices on request.

    Drop in at: Studio Tara, 10/50, Kasturi Rangan Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.

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  • A traditional necklace with rubies, uncut diamonds and pearls, set in gold. Brilliantly crafted Burmese rubies, cats-eye, and opal beads are bunched to form the chain. Suitable for any traditional occasion

    Pear-cut diamond and heart-shaped Burmese ruby come together to create a magical spark on the wearer, which makes this ring a mind-blowing piece

    Simple and chic, these three coloured bangles are made in gold, silver and copper

    Inspired by the elements of nature, this stunning and interesting pendant is set in gold with onyx, lava, red corals, and tanzanites

    These exquisitely crafted bangles are made with purple and red onyx as the base and amethyst and Chrysophase embedded on them with 18k gold

    Inspired from geometric motifs, this ring is set with a coral tube bead in gold

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  • A chunky piece set in 18k yellow gold with silver and natural amber beads. Suitable for any occasion

    Asymmetrical ring set in yellow gold with agate, citrine, beryl and diamond. A funky and bold style

    With Mexican opal in the centre surrounded by rose cut and champagne diamonds, this pendant sure is a beauty

    Dew Drops: The sparkle of the diamonds and the shimmer of the briolette make this earring very charming and attractive. Set in 18k white gold

    Magnicent Ethiopian opal ring with black diamonds set in gold a statement piece indeed!

    Connoisseurs choice: Unheated, untreated rough ruby set in the centre with Burmese rubies all around, along with tiny diamonds on the band set in gold, make this ring very alluring and extraordinary

    Simple yet bold, a royal neckpiece in gold strung with South Sea pearls and a magnicent aquamarine stone with a gorgeous emerald drop

    Lovely South Sea pearls bunched up and set in an 18k yellow gold ringMarvelous pear-shaped cabochon

    emeralds, set in gold with rose cut diamonds

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  • Set in 22k gold with a dull polish, this piece of art is exquisitely crafted with rose motifs, making it enthralling and glamorous.

    An exclusive piece crafted with different elements, with silver and gold discs along with doublet opal, smoky quartz, white

    opal beads, and diamonds. Unique and interesting!

    This earring is inspired from the Egyptian style of jewellery. Set in gold featuring beautiful turquoise stones

    A lovely pair of earrings set in 18k yellow gold with tanzanites, diamonds and South Sea pearls

    Desire of a lady: These earrings are set in gold with gorgeous brown pearls, onyx and brown diamonds

    Inspired by the ancient structure of a brick wall, this bracelet is set in gold and silver with aquamarines and imperial topaz

    An exclusive ring with stunning brown diamonds set in 18k yellow gold perfect for any occasion

    A stunning pendant set in white gold with big and bold aquamarine, diamonds and blue sapphire. Inspired by Chinese letters.

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  • Were celebrating all things nine, and Sri gopika Radhakrishnan is excited to take you to her 9 favourite destinations in the world.

    Theres nothing quite like travel: experiencing everything rst hand, brushes with various cultures, rubbing shoulders with literature, imbibing different cuisine and the wide-eyed wonder of history and art. Some places have it all together in generous doses, but some places have one stimulating lure that keeps you wanting to go back for more. Here are nine destinations that have tugged the heart

    strings of travelers worldwide

    Nine destinations

    for the nicest vacations

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  • Barcelona, SpainBarcelona is Europes most exuberant and youthful Mediterranean port. It is a city saturated with style, beautiful architecture, good eating and round the clock partying. Barcelona invented Tapas (small portions of food) to accompany the citys late night drinking and partying habits. Why else do you think Spaniards take siestas in the afternoon? It is the best of Spain with beautiful weather, great beaches and nocturnal bars everywhere (did you think the rst three letters were a uke?). So much so, that the city recently beat arch-rival Paris to take the coveted Best City Destination award.

    Cape Town, South AfricaThe Table Mountains in Cape Town was recently declared one the Top 7 New Wonders of the world. But Cape Town is so relentlessly cool, it could get a dirt mound declared as a New wonder. It is one of the top visited destinations in Africa and is regularly on every travelers bucket list. It is also one of the top beach destinations to visit with Shark Cage diving one of the most popular activities. One of the few places in the world where you can safely come face to face with the Great white in its natural habitat.

    A sweet harbour, nice weather, good wine country, beaches with penguins and wonder of wonders, Table Mountain! What more does a city need to have to make this list?

    New York City, USAParis has more tourists per year and London beat New York to host the 2012 Olympics. Do you think New York cares? Not a bit. It may be the third most visited city in the world but New York is so oblivious, there is no other city in the world. Have you noticed in movies when the world is heading towards absolute doom; New York is the epicenter of all the action, not London and denitely not Paris? Doing mundane things like riding the subway, walking down Wall Street or window shopping on 5th Avenue gives a visitor a richer experience than anything most other cities can offer.



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  • Paris, FranceThis city, believe it or not has consistently made most Top 10 Best Cities and the Top 10 Worst cities to visit lists. If you have only been once you know exactly what I am talking about. No city can live up to the unrealistic magical hype that is associated with Paris. The much touted Parisian breakfast consists only of croissants and jam, you wait in 4 hour queues to squint at the Mona Lisa and the breathtaking catacombs are, lets face it, just a bunch of bones.

    Paris is a city that grows on you. Once you have done the checklist that every newcomer runs around with, you start to see the real city. Seasoned travelers leave more enchanted each time they visit. The one tip they all give is to walk. Walk and do nothing else and you will see the city. It is impossible to escape the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre-Dame Cathedral. But the beauty of Paris is what is in between (of course, assuming you like French people!)

    Petra, JordanThere is a reason why Petra is on the list. Of course, the Rose-red lost city of the ancient world is nothing short of magnicent especially on the approach after winding through a narrow gorge in a remote corner of the Arabian world. But Petra is also the only city in the Middle East that can be placed on a must travel list without war breaking over it. The ancient wonders of Syria are forever lost in the mindless war, but if you can travel, Petra is a must see. And it has the Indiana Jones cool factor to it (if you werent convinced already).

    Istanbul, TurkeyThe only non-abstract usage of Conuence of East and West applies to Istanbul. It is the only city in the world straddling two continents, Europe and Asia. It also gives a very unique cultural identity to the city. You see European style roads with Asian style driving skills. In the worlds oldest covered marketplace, the Grand Bazaar, it is sacrilege to buy anything without haggling over the price. You can see the old world wealth of Constantinople in the beautiful buildings and architecture and it is the only Muslim democracy in the world. Recent unrest notwithstanding, the Turks have found an admirable way to maintain their culture while accepting secularism. It is as much a treat to see the beautiful monuments as it is to experience Turkish hospitality rst hand.




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  • Shanghai, ChinaIn the 30s Shanghai was the Paris of the Orient before succumbing to Communism and World War. Today, Chinas richest city has regained its it status as Chinas capitalist showpiece. From the 420kph Maglev train to the worlds highest observation deck on the 100th oor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai screams success. But thats not all. Cross the Huangpu river and experience a slice of china that is not all capitalist. Walk the Bund, stroll the former French concessions, drink tea in the alleyways of the original walled settlement of the city. And do it all again!

    London, UKIf Paris boasts wide promenades and beautiful identical 19th century buildings built as part of Haussmans sweeping urban reform, London is the antithesis of that look. 1960s monstrously ugly buildings coexist with 18th century elegance in a curious organic development. Banksys unique street art coexist with busy ofce buildings. Laidback bohemian Shoreditch artists mix with the frenetic bankers of the city. And the worlds oldest underground Tube system relentlessly ferries passengers all over. London is most compared with Paris by travelers and at rst look London seems to be a chaotic juxtapose of cultures as opposed to Pariss man made outward perfection. But when you immerse yourself into the city you can see the ow that makes it unique.

    Londons about the numerous World Heritage sites and culture yes, but it is more about the conuence of 8 million people speaking over 300 languages maintaining their identities in a city that can accommodate all of it. Now, if only the weather behaved!

    Tokyo, JapanTravelers coming to this capital city are subjected to the worlds strongest dose of sensory overload. From the neon-infested ad pumping jumbotrons at Shibuya Crossing that puts Times Square to shame to the beautiful canopy of cherry blossoms in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. From an arena packed with raucous sumo fans to the bellowing of tuna auctioneers at the Tsukiji Central Fish Market. You can wander reverently around ancient temples during the day and rock it all night at a karoke bar. The city boasts the most number of Michelin starred restaurants in the world. Tall, wide and imposing, no matter how many times you visit Tokyo, you feel like you have just scratc