Monthly Archives: October 2015
Eight bold designs that might just save the wristwatchA�in the smartphone age
With tablets and smartphones capturing the hearts of 20-somethings these days, you might think that wristwatches have become obsolete. Well, the likes of Hollywood actor Zac Efron and pop star Rihanna are known to collect uber cool wristwatches that can make anyone jealous. Wristwatches, today, are more functional and fashionable than ever, and the ones presented here are as diverse as the individuals featured in this anniversary issue.
Panerai Radiomir PAM574
Officine Panerai watches are accurate, bold and extremely robust. The PAM574 is 42mm in diametre and comes with a manufacture movement and a 72-hour power reserve. The green alligator strap, plus the modest dimensions (by Panerai standards), allows the watch to be worn by women just as comfortably as men. Approximately RsA�5 lakh when it launches. Panerai.com
Swatch Sistem 51
Swatch watches are brilliant. The Sistem 51 is ingenious as you get a mechanical watch (with an in-house movement) and an entry into high-end watchmaking. There are 51 mechanical movement components, all set to motion by a single central screw! A 90-hour power reserve keeps you going and going. Sistem 51 is the ultimate super-affordable luxury watch. Visit the Swatch showrooms to view one. RsA�10,000* plus. Swatch.com
Tudor North Flag
The North Flag is a fantastic wristwatch with its own manufacture movement, ultra durable steel case, sapphire crystal, chronometer certification, power reserve indicator and uber cool yellow accents on the dial. A watch of this calibre will last several lifetimes.RsA�2.4 lakh. tudorwatch.com
Fossil Q Smartwatch
At last we have a smart watch that actually looks, feels and acts like a watch. The Q line of smart watches from Fossil are compatible with iOS and Android. We like the Q Founder with a full touchscreen display and built in fitness tracker tool, with notifications from your smart device. RsA�18,000*. To launch later this year. Fossil.com
Never heard of Raidillon? Neither had we. But once we noticed the bright colours and the sporting heritage, we were hooked. Made in Belgium, all Raidillon watches come in limited series of 55 pieces only, to celebrate the epic Spa 24 hour race in which 55 cars participate. This particular one has a Valjoux 7750 movement from ETA with open case-back, sapphire crystal, 40 hours of reserve power and at 42mm in dial with an anti allergic leather strap. Want to be unique? Rs 2.14 lakh. Raidillon-watches.com
Carl F Bucherer Scubatec
Successful startup? This fine watch in 18K rose gold is created for the adventurer in you. Equipped with a helium valve, luminescent hands and a super precise automatic movement, this chronometer is at home both in sea and land. Rs 17 lakh. Available at ethoswatches.com
Movadoa��s Edge collection now has a distinct look with a design from Yves Behar. This 34mm version in Rose gold is ideal for the modern woman with its minimal yet sophisticated look. Prices start fromA�RsA�52,000*. Pre-order now at movado.com
ICE Flower Paradise
The Flower Paradise from ICE is categorised as a Unisex watch. It symbolises a peaceful, harmonious state and sports a Japanese movement. Ita��s also 100m water resistant and is made of silicone for extra durability. RsA�7,800*. Available on amazon.com
City boy Murali Vijay tells us a thing or two about packing for the road
2015 has been a good year for Murali Vijay, be it scoring the sixth test 100 against Bangladesh or being a consistent batsman in the ODI against Zimbabwe. Off the field, this cricketer has been taking up sports like surfing and enjoying long scenic drives too. He lets us in on what goes into his travel bags.
Text: Venkata Krishna B
a�?When Ia��m not training, I go for a pair of loafers,a�? says Vijay, on his choice of footwear. His personal favourite is Indian brand Globalite. We suggest the Grove II from the brand, that comes with sturdy soles and vents on the sides. Rs419.
Up your style
Vijay also loves his bracelets. US-based Miansaia��s leather bracelet with a silver hook makes a classy statement. Approximately RsA�9,840 on mrporter.com
On the go
While on tours, it is mostly his kit bag, but for everywhere else Vijay packs a Diesel. The Urban Back from the branda��s FW 16 collection is a must have for frequent travellers. The sturdy, polyurethane bag is priced at RsA�17,990, at their store in UB City, Bengaluru. Details: 080 41738004
Behind the wheel
a�?I would love to take a car and drive along the Great Ocean Drive in Melbourne. The place is just fabulous,a�? says Vijay. The stylish Land Rover Discovery Sport, launched just last month, would be the ideal set of wheels for this scenic drive. RsA�56,43,882. Details: 28256666
a�?Ia��ve taken to surfing seriously as I find it very adventurous,a�? Vijay shares. If you want to ride the waves like him, try Auroville-based surf board brand Indi. Their yellow and black board is hand and spray painted with acrylic colours. Rs 24,400. Details: email@example.com
When it comes to perfumes, Vijay swears by Issey Miyake. La��Eau da��Issey Pour Homme Intense, is his pics.A�RsA�5,050 at Shoppers Stop. Details: 43972626
Vijay says that his a�?Sennheisera��s noise-cancelling headphones,a�? accompany him on long journeys. Check out the German branda��s newest, Momentum 2.0, that delivers extra powerful bass. RsA�52,490. Details: ebay.in
Confessing that he is not a a�?mobile persona�? Vijay makes do with an iPhone 6s. If you own one too, give it a posh update with this blue Michael Kors textured case. Approximately RsA�2,983 on harrods.com
In the shade
The right-hand batsman is an ardent fan of shades. a�?I have a huge collection of sunglasses,a�? he says, recommending the uber cool Oakley brand. The Scuderia Ferrari Catalyst (with red iridium lenses and a lightweight frame) approximately RsA�11,000 at GKB Opticals. Details: 28464107
Track lover Vijay may want to stock up on Superdrya��s Applique tracks from their AW15 collection. The cotton pants are perfect for a stroll through duty free. Rs A�6,490. Details: 30083581
Armed with portable speakers, a tent and a Burberry trench, actor Neil Nitin Mukesh makes a case for camping in style
Dona��t write off Neil Nitin Mukesh just yet. Despite a few flops, the actor is back with Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (where he plays Salman Khana��s step brother), and is the brand ambassador of Chennaia��s newest fashion event, the Fashion Premier Week. And when hea��s not working, this 33-year-old loves to travel. a�?Ia��ve loved adventure since childhood, and Ia��m in a profession that takes me places,a�? he says.
A few pointers from him.
Text: Sumitra Nair
a�?I never leave home without a watch,a�? says Mukesh, adding, a�?It can be anything from a Hublot or a Rolex to an iWatch.a�? We like the Hublot Chrono Perpetual Calendar, that is water resistant up to 30 metres and has 72 hours of power reserve. Approximately Rs 50,00,000 at Helvetica
Swiss Watch Boutique. Details: 28464095
Sometimes, a sleeping bag just wona��t do. Thata��s when Mukesh relies on the comfort of his Snow Peak Land Breeze tent (Approximately `22,659). a�?Ia��d also recommend carrying a burner since you can never be sure of the water,a�? Mukesh adds, recommending the titanium Snow Peak stove. Approximately Rs 3,830. Details: snowpeak.com
On the go
Mukesh lists jumping off the ninth floor of a building without a harness (for his film Aa Dekhe Zara) and shooting in the South African wilderness (for Shortcut Romeo) as some of the most exciting things hea��s done. And his constant companion between destinations a�� his Tumi suitcase. We recommend going in for the roomy Tegra suitcase. Approximately Rs 40,000 at the store in UB City, Bengaluru.
Details: 080 41738948
While the actor picks Asics for his regular hikes, anything a little more challenging has him reaching for his The North Face hiking shoes.
a�?They work for any rough terrain a�� from mud trails to rocky mountains,a�? he says. Approximately Rs 15,000. Details: thenorthface.com
a�?A couple of tees, chinos, some nice shorts, a jacket and a nice pair of jeans is all I need to camp,a�? says Mukesh. But it might pay to pack something durable, like this pair from Diesel, that also offers a super comfy fit. Approximately Rs 13,500. Details: 30083576
When outdoors, the right pair of sunglasses can make your day that much more effortless. Mukesh relies on his Tom Fords a�� functional and stylish. Try the retro Dimitry Tortoiseshell sunglasses with grey gradient lens. Approximately Rs 31,000. Details: mrporter.com
Like Mukesh, if you never leave home without your music, we suggest avoiding headphones for prolonged listening. Try this pair of portable Marshall Stanmore speakers instead. Rs 15,000. A�Details: amazon.in
You dona��t need Mukesh to tell you that a good sunscreen is an absolute must on a camping trip. Try the non-greasy, UV-shield Bienfait sunscreen from Lancome, in an SPF 50+. RS 2,532. Details: 011 41677741
In the unpredictable wild, one must always carry essentials. a�?Take food like dried/smoked meat, dry fruits and nuts a�� anything with a long expiry date,a�? says the actor, who also packs blankets or sleeping bags and his trusty Swiss knife. The Victorinox featured here costs Rs 5,310 at Zimson. Details: 43335000
If you have to face the elements, be sure to carry Burberrya��s shower-proof trench. This double-breasted, water-proof coat is handy in any weather condition. And since it comes with a detachable hood, Mukesh says it doubles as a jacket, too. Approximately Rs 1,00,000 at the store in
Express Avenue. Details: 28464135
Playing a�?that crazy woman who falls in love with a murderera�� in todaya��s big release, Richa Chadda says she is exactly where she wants to be
By Rosella Stephen
“Being an actor is like dying a little every day. But then, so is smoking andA�living. What to do? a�� on Twitter earlierA�this month”
Richa Chadda, 28, identifies herself with cats, has been an intern at a mena��s magazine, and is known to say it like it is on social media. Plus, she has a keen eye when it comes to selecting cinematic gems. Be it her 2008 debut in Dibakar Banerjeea��s Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! or the recent Cannes favourite, Masaan, she has managed to elicit the right response from critics and audiences alike. This weekenda��s Charles Aur Main, where she plays leading lady to Randeep Hoodaa��s serial killer, Charles Sobhraj, is likely to be no different. Chadda, however, may be too busy to hear herself think at present. When I interview her she is either racing to the airport from the sets, getting into or out of a TV interview, or sleep deprived. She hopes to exhale after wrapping up her current project, Pooja Bhatta��s Cabaret a�� with a two-day holiday.
The Delhi girl knew she wanted to be an actor quite early. a�?My oldest memory is possibly Saudagar (1991). I can still recall painting my face with sketch pens when I was four years, hoping to be as pretty as the woman on TV, while my portly grandfather watched, puzzled.a�? Her mother used to catch her dancing often. a�?So she took me to a famous Kathak teacher to learn the dance form and, while the other girls were hiding behind their mothers, I began performing to Mere haathon mein nau nau choodiyan from Chandni, with the wink and all! My mother was the quiet, shy teacher who had written a book on Gandhi, and she had no idea where this came from. I guess I was just born this way,a�? chuckles Chadda.
Always the outsider
Her 66-year-old Nagma in Anurag Kashyapa��s explosive crime epic, Gangs Of Wasseypur, or the villainous Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey are all ballsy characters. Masaan, the gritty drama shot in Benares that won two awards at Cannes and a standing ovation, is another example of her taking a chance with unconventional roles. In the film, she plays Devi, a teacher at a computer coaching centre who is refreshingly realistic. a�?I am nervous only before getting on stage or a fashion runway,a�? she begins, adding that she grew up mimicking everyone in her joint family. a�?My parents let me be and for that I am grateful. Ia��ve tried to become a journalist and do other things, but this is me. I know I dona��t want to do anything else but work in cinema.a�? With three projects following close on the heels of Main Aur Charles, she is on the right track.
But does she consciously choose intense films? a�?After this, I want to do a sweet, candy floss film,a�? she jests. In Main Aur Charles, she plays a law student who falls in love with the titular character. The biopic is eagerly awaited, given that a�?Bikini Killera�� Charles Sobhraj is currently in a jail in Nepal, having been convicted for his brutal murders in the 70s. Her chemistry with Hooda in the trailer is quite convincing. a�?It is just me focussing on the role. It is what actors would do in an item song, look at the camera or even a table with desire. That said, it was easy to work with Randeep. He has fine-tuned the body language and diction and is a very good actor.a�?
Balancing a Gangs of Wasseypur with a Fukrey or Sanjay Leela Bhansalia��s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela with Masaan, she insists she would rather be choosy about her films than regret it at leisure. a�?These movies take their toll on me too. After Masaan, I needed a holiday in San Francisco,a�?she confesses. She also had movie marathons on Romedy Now to get back to reality. a�?Director Prawaal Raman of Main Aur Charles kept calling me Mira, even when the camera stopped rolling. But who wants to be the crazy girl who falls in love with a murderer? I am a realistic person, even when I have organised chaos in my life. I am not a method actor, but when I put on my headphones and shut myself in my vanity, my team knows not to bother me,a�? she adds, as an afterthought.
Recalling her childhood, Chadda says she did all the regular things a�� a�?I learnt music, dance and theatre. My first recollection of a full-fledged play is from class five.a�? She was exposed to a variety of films, a�?from a Mirch Masala where Smita Patil turned red chilli into a weapon, to the beautiful Madhuri Dixita��s movies. I would pretend to be them, free of inhibition.a�? Accompanying her parents to a�?very good plays for adultsa�? gave her a healthy understanding of the medium. a�?And my early introduction to professional theatre was when I played an extra in Kirti Jaina��s Aur Kitne Tukde (How Many More Fragments), which premiered at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi. It narrated how the Partition radically altered the lives of numerous women.a�? She remembers movies like Shashi Kapura��s award-winning Junoon, with fondness. a�?I was really moved by it. I also considered Dilip Kumar a fine actor, be it in Naya Daur, Mughal-e-Azam or Ram Aur Shyam. Actors in those days may have signed commercial films, done ludicrous things on screen or worn strange costumes. But they were good performers with a tight grasp on reality.a�?
Whether it is about banning beef or the Prime Minishera��s a�?Selfie with daughtera�� initiative, Chadda is quick to share her opinion on social media. a�?I have a digital team to advise me, but I do not want to be misquoted and do the posts myself. The tweet that got the most reaction is the one after Cannes, when we won those two awards for Masaan and I posted a picture of my middle finger. It was my reply to all the unnecessary advice that kept coming my way for choosing to do small budget films,a�? says Chadha.
Taking a chance
Bhatta��s Cabaret, for which Chadda has been shooting for close to eight months, sees her in a more commercial set-up. Her posts on social media indicate that she has been catching up on movies like My Week with Marilyn and Chicago. Calling the actor-turned-producer her second mentor (after Wasseypura��s Anurag Kashyap) Chadda says, a�?a�?Pooja has a keen eye and is hands on as a producer. Having only seen me in films like Gangs of Wasseypur, she thought I was capable of playing a glamorous dancer. I mostly get roles of a particular kind, so she was a saviour. On the sets she would think nothing of digging her hand into my dress to straighten it. A very cool woman.a�? Working with the producer made her more aware about the costs involved in the profession. Yet another project, Sudhir Mishraa��s Aur Devdas, will introduce audiences to the classic story of the tragic-hero, but to addiction from a different angle. a�?I promise you a Paro you have never seen before,a�? she insists. In the third project, Jiah Aur Jiah, directed by Howard Rosemeyer and also starring Kalki Koechlin, she plays a girl forced to come of age quickly following certain circumstances.
Meanwhile, her trips to Cannes for her movies have been a learning exercise. a�?Seeing the many movies being made and how small your film is a�� it gives you perspective. I became more aware that movies are after all an art, and the first dispensable thing. Cannes gave me some of the best days of my life, and I am not just talking about the partying and the champagne,a�? she says, rather seriously, adding, a�?As for my style, I believe I have finally come into my own.a�?
|Fitness, fashion and theatre
Chadda is in fine form physically, thanks to months of dance workouts. She has been learning five dance forms for her role in Pooja Bhatta��sA�Cabaret a�� street jazz, belly dancing, ballet,Odissi and kathak. She insists that her gluten and lactose-free diet for about eight months now,has given her great skin.
Seen at fashion runways as a showstopper, Chadda has been making smart sartorial choices of late. Fashion bloggers have been applaudingA�her edgy dresses and subtle make-up, and she has been favouring retro recently. a�?a�?Thata��s because of Main Aur Charles. But I now know what works for me,a��a�� she observes.
Chadda was in Chennai last year for Atul Kumara��s play, Trivial Disasters, also starring Kalki Koechlin and Cyrus Sahukar. Admitting that the medium keeps her on her toes and sharpens her skills, she says, a�?I hope to make time for more theatre and to work again with Atul Kumar.a��a��
Squash star and frequent flier, Joshna Chinappa is our globetrotterA�most wanted
Indiaa��s golden girl of squash, Joshna Chinappa is gearing up to face off with Raneem El Welily in two weeks as part of the PSA World Series in Qatar. The first Indian to have won a British squash championship, this 29-year-old shares some wardrobe secrets before she flies out.
Text: Sumitra Nair
Chinappa wears simple jewellery given to her by her mother. But on nights out, she opts for dangling earrings from Accessorize. This star-shaped one from the British accessory brand is RS 1,195. Details: 30083610
While travelling, Chinappa packs a pair of pants, Diesel skinny jeans and a dress by Zara or Forever 21. a�?I try to carry a pair of formal clothes wherever I go,a�? she adds. She prefers clean lines as seen with this knitted dress by Missoni, thata��s ideal for a lunch meeting when paired with a belt and blazer. Approximately Rs 1,16,240 on farfetch.com
Chinappa, who often lives out of a suitcase, travels with Tinkle comics, a childish obsession. And she maintains a training diary, with Anokhia��s block printed notebook being her favourite.
Rs A�30 onwards. Details: 24311495
Hot in pink
These RayBan aviators with pink gradient lenses manage to look effortlessly cool. Chinappaa��s mom got her a pair after the sportstar saw it on Jennifer Lopez. RsA�12,000, at Sunglass Hut, Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083389
From the Oyster Perpetual series, this Rolex watch, Chinappaa��s dreampiece comes with 18 ct Everose gold, and a bezel set with diamonds. The Lady-Datejust 28 has scratch-resistant sapphire, a chocolate dial with diamonds and a matching Everose gold bracelet. Rs 24,11,900 approximately. At The Helvetica store in Express Avenue. Details: 28464095
Fond of colours, Chinappa choses bright shades while training or lounging. a�?I enjoy wearing a mix of shorts, tights, quarter length pants a�� all Nike a�� while training,a�? she confesses. We recommend these comfy drawstring pants from Zara. Rs 1,290 at the store in Phoenix MarketCity. Details: 30083700
The squash champ stands tall at 5.8 ft but loves her pumps. She is a fan of high street, but we love these blush coloured pumps by Jimmy Choo. Approximately Rs 32,000 at Select City Walk, New Delhi. Details: 011 46609069
Pragmatic with her wardrobe choices, Chinappa prefers a structured jacket or a cardigan when it comes to layering. a�?Also, not much of a label person, I prefer exploring the local boutiques,a�? she says. Our pick is the black and white Oscar de la Renta cardigan that will fit snugly on a chilly night. Approximately RsA�90,000 on netaporter.com
In the air
Smell like a dream with the earthy neutral fragrance of Daisy by Marc Jacobs. A floral, yet sensual perfume, it symbolises an independent woman. RsA�5,700 for 100 ml, at Lifestyle. Details: 28464748
Her beauty essentials include a Giorgio Armani foundation, a�?that gives a light finisha�? and a flat iron. Chinappa believes that less is more when it comes to make up. a�?I dona��t wear mascara, and no nail polish,a�? she says. RsA�4,017 for the foundation. Details: 28464748
Taking the leap of faith in their 20s, these ambitious culinary retailers have created brands that are redefining gourmet in the city
Youngsters managing ubiquitous and popular food brands and products are among the top movers and shakers in the city today, and many of them havena��t even turned 30. Abhinandan B, 31, who founded Brown Tree, the now-mighty empire when he was all of 25 quips, a�?Ita��s all about being in the zone and staying committed once you have taken the leap of faith. Having competition has only ensured that I dona��t get complacent!a�? Japtej Ahluwalia, 28, is already a successful restaurateur with three branches of Double Roti under his belt and aiming to launch 15 across the country in the next two years. About success, Ahluwalia enthusiastically says, a�?Ita��s about the essentials a�� think big right from the get-go, create a scalable idea, invest in providing a value proposition to your target customers and have a clear execution plan. This mantra is assured to bring you success everytime.a�? His six-month-old restaurant already has a following for its burgers.
Text: Preeti GT
Pics: R. Satish Babu
Narmada Krishnaswamy | 27
Goal setting: To introduce calorie-counted meal and snack options through subscription and home delivery a�� a concept that has been a proven winner in the West a�� and venture into vitamin water
Credited as the first person to introduce gourmet popcorn in Chennai, Krishnaswamya��s Zea Popcorns, with its cheerful green stall, is a sight for sore eyes. Started last October, this 27-year-old ventured confidently into schools, carnivals, colleges and now boast four stores in the city, besides catering to fans at Indian Football League matches and the IPL too. a�?Inspired by our travels and the legendary Garett Popcorn from Singapore, my husband Vinodh Kumar and I knew it was time to bring gourmet popcorn into Chennai and out of movie theatres,a�? she says. Today, the company imports good quality corn kernels and produces 3,000 kilos a year; nearly triple the quantity since the companya��s conception. a�?Our online marketing campaigns and ecommerce website have ensured that our crunchy popcorn now reaches Bengaluru, Mumbai and beyond. With our success and growth potential, my husband is now ready to quit his job of 13 years with an IT giant. Next up, is to launch in more cities and redesign our packaging, making it retail friendly too,a�? she smiles.Details: zeapops.com
Gibran Osman | 30
Goal setting: To completely grow all the ingredients required to create our range of products, including rice and sugarcane, and to retail my muma��s epic Ginger Pop drink
While operating a popular bespoke menswear studio, this theatre artiste and VJ-turned-actor is also making waves with another successful venture. For the last five years, 30-year-old Osman has been redefining health foods with his brand of Splendid Foodsa�� Health Mix and more recently with their granola bars, which he accepts is the fruit of the hard work put in by his lovely wife Sadia Osman (25). a�?Growing up watching my mom operate a legendary biryani catering business, plus my own battles with weight, resulted in Splendid Foods. It has stemmed purely out of my passion to promote fitness and well being. It is only this spirit that has taken our products to over 30 stores, numerous fitness clubs and even in the pantries of the Madras Riding School, with our production volume increasing by the day,a�? exclaims Osman, who makes around 1,500 granola bars a month. He further adds, a�?Chennaiites are well read, health conscious and early risers too, which made my hometown the ideal city to launch an exciting product. And thanks to our sampling initiatives at various stores, our brand clicked amongst city dwellers.a�? With a motto to churn out more tasty foods that will keep your mind and body happy, Osmana��s Splendid Foods is a promise well kept. Details: splendidfoodcompany.com
Aditi Mammen Gupta | 30
Goal setting: A swanky world-class production facility to create a complete line of packaged organic, Indian baby food
We have all drooled over Nigella Lawson and Jamie Olivera��s food shows. But ita��s only a few like Aditi Mammen Gupta who got off the couch and crafted something equally delectable. a�?Posh Nosh sauces is a classic representation of that lovely home made indulgence in a bottle, that is neither imported nor exorbitantly priced, and this is the connect with the people of Chennai,a�? says this 30-year-old. It took Posh Nosh sauces almost two years to come to life with umpteen trials before cautiously turning up at a store near you. a�?I quickly realised that product and price was only half the battle and equally important are marketing, distribution and packaging, along with learning the complexities of demand and supply, while dealing with chain stores.a�? It was this market awareness that landed Posh Nosh in 40 stores in Chennai, with doubled production volume since December to over 175 kilos a month. Whata��s next, we ask? a�?Simple. Just more variety! Expect pasta sauces and sandwich spreads, while we identify distributors to take this to the next level,a�? she shares. Details: poshnoshfoods.in
Karthyayini | 28 Sidharthan Vijaykumaran | 28
Goal setting: To manufacture homemade organic beer with sorghum seeds
Founders of the trending Madras Milk and The Farm, this 28-year-old husband-wife duo have got Chennaiites addicted to farm fresh produce with its elevated taste and aroma. Inspired by the food purists Karthyayini met during her Culinary Arts education in Italy, and by the lattera��s grandmother who still makes her food entirely from the ingredients that she cultivates in her backyard in Malayalipatti village, the ecommerce portal was launched last December. a�?The website is a platform of over 130 products sourced directly from 100 farms and includes pure cow and buffalo ghee, free range eggs, cold-pressed oils and even forgotten millets and rice like Thooyamalli rice, Moongil rice and Poongar rice. Raw cow and buffalo milk is also available on subscription in glass bottles,a�? she says. With over 8,000 orders and a customer database of 5,000, the couple owe their success to the good old marketing strategy of handing out newspaper flyers and word of mouth publicity. a�?Considering the response we have received so far from the local knowledgeable market, our immediate plans are to get going with national and international shipping, as the demand seems to be higher, particularly in the neighbouring states,a�? says Karthyayini. Details: thefarm.in, madrasmilk.com
Tharun Dharam | 30
Goal setting: To create a talent pool of artists/performers and bring them together on a common platform, for easy access and visibility to those who are looking to hire them for an event. And, start selling bottled payasam
Tharun Dharama��s evening tea is always by the beach. This is where he frequently spotted cotton candy vendors. The idea to take this universally loved treat to accessible locations seemed like an option that would bring a lot of cheer, and thus was born Fluffy Tubs. a�?Creating fun flavours like bubble gum and blueberry, the response was simply overwhelming to say the least, during our launch at the By Hand, From The Heart fair. It was a revelation to see even adults gorging on this nostalgic snack!a�? Now a few months down, Fluffy Tubs produces close to 2,000 tubs of organic cotton candy, in natural colours, to stock at 30 stores in the city, each month. a�?We deliver to stores directly sans any distributors and this has helped us receive first hand feedback and market reactions of our product, which in turn aids in product improvisation and satisfaction. The product has also filled a void of finding exciting foods in various organic stores,a�? Dharam explains. Details: fluffytubs.com
Samia Sait | 24
Goal setting: Create my own line of ice creams and cheese. Also, create and bottle seductively good chocolate fudge to top said ice creams
Owner of brand Tryst, known for its exemplary range of breads, cakes, biscuits and more, Sait, 24, has been managing her empire for four years now. What started off as the Tryst restaurant on ECR, has branched into a gourmet hub with multiple pickup points located inside the city. a�?Coming from a food obsessed family, to get into this field was only a natural progression, even though I have no formal training in the food industry. Working hard, along with a team of artisan bakers, our quality speaks volumes which today translates to over 700 items coming out of our kitchens just during the weekend. Growing as per the demand of the city, we have quadrupled our turnover since we launched in 2010 and being one of the first entrants, I would like to believe that Tryst enjoys a fairly large chunk of the market share,a�? beams Sait, who has barely done any advertising or marketing. Business is flourishing through word of mouth. Tryst also retails out of Nilgiris and shortly from their gourmet store that will open in December, near the restaurant on ECR. The focus is on high-teas and coffee mornings that include a wide range of danishes, and croissants, breads, muffins and snacks for children, using whole wheat, organic grains and millets. Details: 7299155222
|What the experts say
? a�?Invest quality timea��,
a�� says Srinath Raghavan
In the food industry for almost two decades, Raghavan has been associated with projects like Cream Centre and the F&B at Chennaia��s airport. a�?Once you have identified your passion, invest quality time a�� however little a�� to realise your dream. Be focussed and create a pathway for gradual progress. Always ensure that you continue to strive for perfection,a�? he advises.
? a�?Play it safea��,
a�� says AD Singh
The Mumbai-based hospitalilty veteran, known for restaurants like Olive, Monkey Bar and SodaBottleOpenerWala, insists that it pays to be conservative when you start out. a�?a�?Bring in a partner or someone with an F&B business background. Alternatively, take up a franchise as they will do all the training and offer support,a��a�� says the restaurateur who works with young chefs-turned-partners to remain relevant in the current food landscape. a�?a�?It is a good marriage,a��a�� he assures, a�?a�?for we have the experience and they bring in the freshness.a��a��
? a�?Dona��t ride the wavea��,
a�� says Sandesh Reddy
a�?While getting into the food industry, it would be wise to rethink the age-old advice of following your heart. Instead, go with your mind and palate,a�? says the man behind brands like Sandya��s and GoGo Ramen. With consumers being open to change and new experiences, Reddy finds merit in going against the grain to create your own brand of food that you believe in and love, instead of simply picking up a franchise. a�?This is what I did, especially with The Old Madras Baking Company,a�? he says.
? a�?Get the six a�?Ma��s righta��,
a�� says Koushik Shankar
a�?Seven out of 10 restaurants shut within a year due to lack of knowledge of the basics. Research your brand for Menu, Manpower, Material, Machinery, Marketing and Management a�� revisit this as often as possible and improvise,a�? is the advice of the founder of Eatitude Gourmet Technologies, the brain behind food design and concept of over 40 brands and 150 outlets over 18 years.
? a�?Dream biga��,
a�� says Aasife Ahmed
The owner of Aasife Biryanis, Ahmed advocates, a�?To achieve your big dream, take positive baby steps.a�? How, you ask? a�?If you have to drive a 1,000 miles, and you dona��t keep a check on the small details a�� lights, or the air pressure in your vehicles tyres a�� you are bound to be left behind,a�? says Ahmed, who has spent 15 successful years in the industry.
Spread some love this Diwali with naturally sweetened treats, featuring caramel-flavoured coconut palm sugar, plum juice and more
Every week we wake up to new debates like the ill effects of pasteurization or cancer-causing meats. But sugar has managed to be a cause of concern for as long as we remember. The growing awareness about sugara��s contribution towards obesity, hypertension and cardiac stress has made us look out for healthier options. So this Diwali, choose from traditional Indian mithai to baked classics that use innovative substitutes like coconut sugar and berry extracts. High on health and taste, with uniquely different flavours, these treats are the perfect
way to celebrate, guilt free.
Text: Preeti GT
Pics: P Ravikumar, R Satish Babu
Date palm jaggery
This dark brown jaggery is rich in minerals and nutrients and provides more depth of flavour. Make it a liberal part of your sweets this season and allow Sara Koshy to show you how. Starting November, her classes will include lessons on a popular Malaysian sweet that has small pancakes made with coconut milk, pandan juice and other staple ingredients, stuffed with a mixture of more pandan leaf flavoured coconut and date palm jaggery. a�?The pleasant green colour and interesting flavour combination will be loved by everyone,a�? Koshy assures. Workshop costs Rs 1,000 per person. Details: 8124145884
Home baker Smitha Kuttayya says, a�?Using coconut sugar in baking elevates flavours while retaining moisture and creating an interesting taste.a�? If you are looking for a head-start, try her Coconut Cake made with the sugar, along with fresh coconut flakes that could even be dressed up with a luscious butter cream icing. Recommended for coconut lovers, the taste is intense with a lingering after taste that is bound to make you reach out for another slice. Fewer calories on your mind? Kuttayya also whips up an indulgent spongy Apple cake that features the low-cal Stevia with cinnamon. From Rs 1,000 per kilo onwards. Details: 9444385425
The badam peda is paired with honey at Hilton. It keeps the peda, soft and intensely sweet, even when used in small quantities. The peda is rich, thanks to the use of natural khoya and saffron, with a lovely almond aftertaste. Also addictive is their creme brulee that uses a never-fail combination of masala chai spices (think cardamom, cinnamon and star anise) and jaggery alongside the humble sweetener. The result is a creamy and refreshing custard. Pre-order from Rs 475 onwards. Details: 22255555
Plum & berry extract
Taj Coromandel offers a sinful baked berry cheesecake with a reduced puree of fresh berries. Its interesting flavour profile combines a hint of sweetness from blueberries, tartness from the strawberries and the velvety texture of mascarpone. And if chocolate is your true love, then try the dark chocolate fudge cake that uses sugar-free chocolate, pureed juicy plums as a sweetener, and a topping of luscious cocoa flour chocolate sauce alongside a spot of strawberry reduction. Using a fruit substitute can increase the cooking duration, but plums and berries are a tasty way to add anti oxidants to your diet. Priced at Rs 500. Details: 66002827
Typical to West Bengal, this dark sweetener is healthier in its unrefined form, but is an acquired taste. But if you fancy it, stock up when ita��s available during winter. For a taste of it, try homebaker Deepasri Kara��s nolen gur sandesh. The treats are strikingly original with the essence of Kolkataa��s date palm jaggery, gently flavoured with cardamom. Kar also makes nolen gur cupcakes, complete with icing that has whipped cream and more of the sweetener. Priced at Rs 265 per dozen. Details: 9884868162
Probably the easiest substitute for its versatility, jaggery is used in a powdered or liquid form to create a sweetness that is not as sharp as sugar. Try The Parka��s A�saffron rasagullas that are steeped in a golden jaggery syrup to see what this substitute can do. They also do an elaneer payasam with crushed cardamom pods and palm sugar, A�garnished with a smooth and pale tender-coconut malai. Pre-order for Rs 499. Details: 42676000
In the startup race among Indian cities, Bengaluru looks like Usain Bolt and every other metro seems like a languid laggard. Chennai, in particular, appears to be the also-ran who won the wooden spoon.
The picture might be very different when you stop viewing startups as venture capital-funded e-commerce black holes that will never see the light of profit. A little birdie tells me that such money-guzzling outfits reside primarily in Koramangala. Fortunately, the new vanguards of hope in Chennai have a lot more meat in their curry. Let me showcase eight scalding hot ventures of tomorrow to give you an inkling of their sizzle.
34 Cross is my first exhibit. Located at 34th Cross Street in Besant Nagar, the company is self-confessedly into a�?product development for next-gen web and mobile applicationsa��. Founded by some young guns who studied at IIT Madras, 34 Cross has many aces up its short sleeve. Their cleverly-named Hasura (Haskell Asura) is a piping hot app development platform built using the advanced Haskell programming language. Also from their stable is SearchMyDB (customised search engine) and FindaKadai (an app to discover best food joints in the city).
Mad Street Den is one of a handful of crazy companies operating in the AI (Artificial Intelligence) domain. Theya��re into developing smarter apps that leverage gaze tracking, emotion-expression detection, facial gestures and object recognition. Invention Labs is another a�?road less takena�� company operating in the realm of building tools for communication among children with disabilities. Their Avaz App uses picture cards digitally to let autistic kids express themselves.
The thing with these pioneers is theya��ve consciously chosen fields that require path-breaking work. Inthree (Inner India Initiative) is one such enterprise. When everyone is talking e-commerce, theya��re focussing on r-commerce (rural commerce) by using an ingenious mix of home-grown networks and the mobile phone.
Then therea��s Nimble Wireless, an Internet of Things (IOT) vanguard helping businesses to monitor the location and temperature of their assets distributed in remote places; Pi Beam (meaning: infinite energy), an automobile trailblazer that has designed a super-affordable solar electric three-wheeler for rural areas that can even power a home, when idle; Twenty19, Indiaa��s largest portal for student internship thata��s managed to sew up a vast network of 8,000 odd colleges; and EdSix, an educational gaming company thata��s launched a suite of 500 games to enhance employable skills. Still think Chennai is the proverbial slow coach?
Know more sizzling start-ups from Chennai?
Write about them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indulge writing experience has made me look at the medium from a different perspective. Great shows, forgettable programming, excellent marketing initiatives, fresh voices, awesome hosts and not air-worthy content have all featured in this space. On the eighth anniversary, here is what some of the well-known voices of radio have to say about this space.
Balaji, Big FM
As an RJ, there is always a feeling of inequality with regards to the kind of newspaper coverage radio gets when compared to other mediums. This column is more than a ray of hope. In fact, ita��s like a mirror for all of us in the industry. It reflects everything you need to know about the medium. Ita��s become a habit for me to wake up on a Friday and read this column first.
Aarti, Suryan FM
This is the only column in print that highlights radio and its professionals, showcasing the challenges and excitement of being a part of this powerful medium. It is also an insight for people in the profession to learn and be informed. The very fact that week after week for the last eight years something interesting and informative about radio has been conveyed in a simple and effective manner is a huge achievement.
Sanobar, Fever FM
The radio world awaits this space, especially in the absence of RAM ratings in the city. Ita��s important that programmes and presenters get reviewed on a regular basis. To quote an example, a programming head once arrived at 7 am to quickly hide the newspaper from colleagues when Niladri had critiqued the quality of on-air programming. Ita��s heartening to see some space in print allocated to talk about the magic of radio.
Suresh, Hello FM
Over the last eight years this column has been a guiding lighta��directing and helping not only radio professionals like me, but the whole medium as such. Every week it discusses many facets of the mediuma��be it popular shows, new innovations or the future of radio. These articles put together will be an extraordinary handbook for all.
Tausif, Fever FM
Ita��s the first thing I read every Friday morning as ita��s the only column focussed purely on radio in our citya��s newspapers.
Ia��ve personally seen shows dropped or continued, based on views aired here. There are insights into radio, expertly laced with humour. You can be assured of straight talk. The dos & dona��ts expressed have definitely had an impact on our learning.
A�Devasena, Radio Mirchi
This column is the only one that comes to mind when I think of a ready reckoner for radio. Ita��s the weekly dose of radio updates one wouldna��t want to miss out on. Ita��s always interesting to read about new initiatives and experiments in programming and a very good
way to understand how different radio units operate.
An entertaining tongue-in-cheek column on what I call the magic medium keeps radio enthusiasts hooked. With years of experience backing the writer, ita��s your hawka��s eye-view to the citya��s radio scape. This column is about insightful play of words and should be stalked. If only there could also be a way of hearing it.
At the movies
October 30 | SPI Cinemas
RL Stinea��s Goosbumps series comes alive on screen this week. Directed by Rob Letterman, the horror comedy stars Jack Black playing an author who has to deal with the imaginary characters that come alive from his books. Details: 42244224
October 31 | Rhapsody
Courtyard by Marriott is organising a Halloween party and you are invited in your scary best. Work your way through unlimited starters and beverages, as DJs Ali and Ceasar keep the party alive. The best costumes for the evening will take home prizes. Rs 800 onwards for couples. Tomorrow, from 8 pm at Rhapsody. Details: 66764488
November 1 | Chennai Trade Centre
Make time for the National Achievers Conference that features Brian Tracy and Chetan Bhagat talking about success in life. The popular management guru and celebrated author are being brought to the city by Success Gyan. November 1, from 8 am to 8 pm. Tickets from Rs 4,000 on eventjini.com
November 2 | Mumbai
Mumbai-based Barnee Pickle has introduced a collection of limited edition pickles for Diwali. The homemade range includes aachaari chana, vadu mangai, pickled pyaaz, hotberries and more. Prices from Rs 150 onwards. Details: 022 25507975
Rocking the emerald
November 3 | Bengaluru
Ganjama��s new collection, Mooresque, features 36 items, each engraved in 18 karat gold with accents of Zambian emeralds and Moorish architectural rock crystals. Priced from Rs 3 lakh onwards. Details: 080 22261233
The book box
November 4 | Madras Mag
Writers will love Madras Maga��s gift box that includes an anthology of contemporary stories by writers like Sharanya Manivannan and K Srilata, accompanied with art work. The box also has a book on the citya��s weather, a vintage book cover calendar, six greeting cards, a bookmark, and more. Priced at `899, it is available at a special discount of Rs 799 till November 10. Details: madrasmag.in
November 5 | Pondicherry
The Promenade in Pondicherry now boasts of housing the coastal towns first professional spa, Serena Spa. The Mangalore-based chain offers lavish therapies and treatments, using creams, oils and scrubs, and blends sea salt and cloves in its signature therapies. From Rs 1,500 onwards. Details: 0413 2227750
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