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    The Program Cinema25-Poster1
    Director: Stephen Frears
    Cast: Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman
    Foster plays the infamous American cyclist, Lance Armstrong, in this biopic based on journalist David Walsh’s book, Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. It follows Walsh in his journey to uncover the truth behind Armstrong’s success.

    Did you know: Foster admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs to prepare for
    the role.

     

    Cinema25-Poster2Tera Suroor
    Director: Shawn Arranha
    Cast: Himesh Reshammiya, Farah Karimaee, Naseeruddin Shah
    The sequel to Aap Kaa Suroor, this love story sees Raghu (Reshammiya) fighting tooth-and-nail to free the imprisoned Tara (Karimaee). But is
    Tara really innocent or guilty  as charged?

    Did you know: The movie was titled Guns N’ Roses initially.

     

    Kadhalum
    Kadanthu Pogum
    Director: Nalan Kumarasamy
    Cast: Vijay Sethupathi,
    Madonna Sebastian
    A remake of the Korean film My Dear Desperado, the movie is a romantic comedy. It has Sethupathi playing the lead, a gangster who falls in love with Sebastian’s character.

    Did you know: Producer CV Kumar bought the rights for the film for about Rs 40 lakhs.

    Gods of Egypt
    Director: Alex Proyas
    Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler
    Egypt falls in grave danger when the throne is overtaken by the God of Darkness, Set (Butler). Bek (Thwaites), a mortal, decides to take matters into his own hands and along with the God Horus (Coster-Waldau) wages a battle which decides the fate of Egypt. Did you know: Butler and Coster-Waldau’s sandals, as admitted by Butler, gave them blisters and were more painful than bruises endured while filming action. .

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    City-based singer Mohammed Irfan has made special arrangements for his first gig in the city after he moved to Mumbai a decade ago

    Not every singer gets a chance to record their first song with A R Rahman. Mohammed Irfan rose to fame in no time after veteran singer, S P Balasubrahmanyam recommended his name to the Oscar winning music director. The 31-year-old singer would be performing in his hometown for the first time after a decade since he moved to Mumbai for pursuing his career as a playback singer.
    Describing his emotional connect with the city of Nizams he said, “It is a special connect when it comes to Hyderabad. All my life I was there before I moved to Mumbai. I learnt music from my guru Ramachari in Hyderabad. My basics in music are from Hyderabad.”
    He has seen the transformation of Hyderabad to become one of the most popular hubs for cultural festivals in India. Speaking about the changes in Hyderabad the singer said, “It has become a much better place. But still I think people are fond of listening to Telugu songs and it is absolutely fine as there is a huge following. There has been a lot of changes there and people now have began demanding for Bollywood songs too.”
    The Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star 2 winner will be in the city for a live concert. Expressing his excitement the Behne De singer said “This is the first time I am performing in Hyderabad. It is very strange. I have performed in India and abroad destinations like Holland London and Dubai. However, this would be the first time I would be performing in my hometown. I am really looking forward to it. I have also made changes to my arrangements.”
    Every singer has a playlist that they sing. Speaking about three songs that Irfan would be singing in Hyderabad he said, “Tum Hi Ho from Aashiqui 2, Banjara from Ek Villain and Dard Dilon Ke Kam Hojate from The Xpose.The singer would be travelling to Surat, Nagpur and Dubai after his concert in Hyderabad on March 12 at Rendezvous in Financial District, Gachibowli.
    Tickets available at meraevents.com. Price `1,500 per ticket.

    — NN

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    Indie rock band Lagori promises to put a smile back with their ‘Happy’ genre while in the city

    The thought of combining rock music with the traditional Indian folk music made Geeth Vaz, Vinyl Kumar and Edward Rasquinha expand their rock band – Fahrenheit into Lagori along with Shalini Mohan and Tejas Shankar.
    The five member band has Geeth (28) and Edward (28) on guitar, Vinyl (28) on the drums, Shalini (31) on bass guitar and Tejas (28) on vocals. Lagori would be in the city as a part of the Red Bull Tour Bus and would be performing at the Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Gandipet.
    Visiting Hyderabad for the seventh time, Lagori members are excited to perform in front of their audience and also reslish the famed biriyani. “We love performing in Hyderabad as they’re a great audience who love to have a ball. So coming back to them is super exciting. Also, the biryani. We love it,” said Tejas.
    The Bengaluru-based band categorises itself under the ‘Happy’ genre. About the name, they said, “We like tagging ourselves under our own genre, called the ‘Happy’ genre. Because our ultimate aim is to spread happiness through our music. Try and put a wide smile on the faces out there, through our Indian rock laden sounds.”
    Apart from their happy, soulful and energetic music, Lagori rose to fame after performing in the middle of Brigade Road in Bengaluru during the busiest hour. Speaking about the important pit stop in their journey so far, they said, “There are a lot of moments and breakthroughs which have gotten us to this stage. But performing in Brigade Road on top of a showroom during peak hour traffic that put us on the map where thousands of random bystanders sang our songs.”
    Lagori is known for its eclectic style of mixing Indian folk with rock influences. Emphasising on how each member adds their own quotient to their songs, Tejas Shankar said, “Our mix is a bit different from the convenient method or mix, because all our musical styles have been influenced by completely different genres. If Vinyl (drummer) and Geeth (guitarist) bring in the heavy classic rock element, Shalini (bassist) brings in her funk influences, whilst Edward (guitarist) brings in his country music influences and me (Tejas) on the vocals try to fuse all these influences with my Indian classical or tonal influences.”
    The audience in the city can surely expect Lagori to perform their top tracks like Ni-Re-Sa, 30-60-90 and of course Boom Shankar.
    “Along with the singles, we have a big collaboration surprise for our fans which will be revealed soon,” they concluded.
    For final date (tentative March 22) and ticket details log on to www.redbull.com
    — Nishad Neelambaran

     

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    Choose from an exotic range of sandwiches to get a break from regular burgers and buns

    When Lord John Montagu, fourth Earl of Sandwich, Britain ordered his valet to bring slices of meat tucked between two slices of bread everybody else started ordering ‘the same as sandwich’ and from then this sandwich has become part and parcel of a gourmand’s table. And when chefs from different corners of the world toss different ingredients and slices of cold meat between loaves of bread it turns into a food festival. ‘Between the Sheets’ at Arena, Taj Deccan is one such celebration. This sandwich food festival will continue till March 17. Timings are between 11 am-11 pm. The exotic range includes dill bread layered with smoked salmon and caper, water chestnut with cheese melt.
    The non-vegetarian sandwiches at the food fest range from Smoked Salmon, Feta, Caper, Almond Cream, Bagel Sandwich With Fresh Dill, Jalapeno And Lamb Concasse Spicy Mexican Corn Tortill With Tomato Salsa And Sour Cream, Surf And Turf Panini With Grilled Chicken And Fish In Mustard Mayo, Baida Chettinad Kozhi Paratha, Foot Long Sandwich With Bhatti Ka Murgh And Mango Chutney. There’s no reason for the vegetarians to get disappointed there’s much for them as well such as Spicy Mexican Corn Tortilla With Jalapeno , Mushroom And Zucchini Concasse, Grilled Eggplant, Roasted Peppers And Sundried Tomato With Spinach Bagel, Surf And Turf Panini With Chili Panner And Sauté Vegetable With Mustard Mayo, Chettinad Water Chestnut Paratha And Cheese Melt, Foot Long Sandwich With Green Peas and Soya Granules. Prices start from `450. Details: 66663939
    — SA

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    Kebab times
    Go crazy with kebabs at Cascade restaurant, Radisson Hitec City. On offer are an array of delectable varieties of kebabs, biryanis and curries. The festival will be on till March 17. It’s a special buffet with exotic kebabs. Price: `999++ taxes per head. Details: 67696769

    Kebab times
    Go crazy with kebabs at Cascade restaurant, Radisson Hitec City. On offer are an array of delectable varieties of kebabs, biryanis and curries. The festival will be on till March 17. It’s a special buffet with exotic kebabs. Price: `999++ taxes per head. Details: 67696769

    Paratha fest
    Relish a variety of tasty parathas and curries along with some kebabs at Qube Cafe, Kondapur. On offer are dishes like Galouti Kebab, Tawa Murgh, Kasturi Kebab, Machili Tikka, Sarson Mahi Tikka, Paneer Pasanda etc. The festival will be on till March 20. Price: `549. Time: 7 pm-11 pm. Details: 42420000

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    Boardroom farThank God for ‘brain food’ which promises to recharge low sugar levels whenever your mind goes numb with long, tedious corporate meetingse

    How often have you felt drained in the middle of long six-hour meetings in a boardroom? Often! Right. Well, that’s because for continuous hours of focusing on the trainer’s slides without eating anything. No wonder your energy levels dip, leaving you exhausted and when finally you take that heavy lunch it makes you feel more uncomfortable. To combat that Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Hyderabad, has launched Brain Food. The entire package is better known as Experience Meeting that consists of specific board-room settings and, of course brain food.
    Any typical board meeting or training sessions starts from early morning and continues till evening. The brain-storming sessions demand high-energy levels and hence the food has to be kept in accordance. Says chef Chandra Shekhar, Pandey “The idea is to keep the health quotient high. We prepare food that focus on less sugar and fats.” The brain food is designed according to the guests’ requirements as well. Adds the chef, “For breakfast we arrange for egg stations. The guests can come and choose their style of omelettes, poaches or boiled eggs. We usually arrange croissants as well that can be whole wheat and multigrain.” In bread category they have hard rolls, gluten-free bread, multi-grain bread and even naan.
    Fishy business
    So when a group of 10-15 business people sit in a closed room, how is the nutrient loss replenished? Research shows that acetylcholine increases concentration levels and alertness found in fish and chicken.So the chef has come up with varieties like steamed or grilled fish fillets with caper and lemon, poached fish with cream and parsley. He uses snapper , king fish and murrel. He prepares grilled chicken with pokchoy and asparagus, roasted chicken with glazed carrots and button onions, stir-fried chicken with ginger-wine and chicken stew with root veggies like leek, celery and turnips.
    Fresh delights
    Long hours also lead to sugar crash in the system so to avoid this tidbits are served during the meeting or training sessions. Chef shares, “We send flavoured chocolates like mint, hazelnut and rose-petals.” He also serves blueberries as part of tidbits as the same is very high in antioxidants and helps prevent brain cells breakdown. Along with that they also offer water flavoured with lemon and mint, parsley, basil and even dill. But are these enough to keep the alertness on? “We have more items such as stimulants like ice tea flavoured with peach, apple, pomegranate, ginger and lemongrass.
    There are mini tea-breaks every three hours. Chef serves salads without heavy dressings, apple tarts made with honey, dates chikki, fig with nuts. Wraps are also served with salad. The lunch consists of two non-veg dishes, two veg dishes, one rice preparation, three types of salads, and soups. The cost is around `1,000 per head.
    General Manager Rajneesh Malhotra sums it up, “This concept is popular in the west, andi s finding favour in the country. We also focus on the environment and plan to introduce coloured walls. We also keep colourful toys and Rubik cubes for people to keep their brain cells active.” Details: 67331133
    — Saima Afreen

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    With cars getting more expensive this year, it’s worth giving Mohit Chawda’s customised bikes a shot

    Every rider loves his ride. For some, bikes are just a mode of transportation but for a few like Mohit Chawda, the frontman at Deccan Custom Motorcycles, bikes are passion and customising them gives them a high. “I design bikes according to the clients character. It is like writing a poem you need to know the subject really well,” says Mohit. He was recently selected for the India Bike Week in Goa where he presented his personal bike, Shaheen. wConsidering cars have become more expensive post-Budget, perhaps it’s time to for a customised bike by Mohit. Deccan Custom Motorcycles is just 50% of Mohit’s life.
    He is the manager at Kawasaki Hyderabad in Kachiguda. He takes at least two months to work on a bike.
    Here are a few beauties modified by Mohit.

    Shaheen
    At the very first look, no one would believe that this beauty is made out of an Avenger 180 cc. Shaheen is Mohit’s bike which was made for the IBW in Goa. The bike is transparent and has all wires concealed unlike other bikes. The engine is kept intact without much modifications, but the rest of the chassis is completely handmade by Mohit. Shaheen’s handlebar has teak wood grips and the exhaust is fit with the tail lamp which is very unusual. The tail lamp is made out of nothing else but a gas burner.

    Shadow
    This was Mohit’s first official project. Keeping his principles of designing the bike according to personality intact, Mohit designed this Avenger 220cc bike into a black beauty. “Only the engine was kept the same way. The rest of the chassis from dual headlights to 80 spoke rims everything was designed,” says the 23-year-old. The single-seater ride has twin head exhaust with a matte finish black fuel tank. The tires look unchanged, but the shock ups gives the rider an amazingly comfortable ride.

    Rudra
    The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 cc #Rudra is named after the owner’s devotion towards Lord Shiva. This bike has the engine of Royal Enfield, but the handles, mud guards, tires and footpad are all handcrafted by Mohit. The key looks like Lord Shiva’s trident. This single-seater has a digital mud guard which reads #Rudra when ignited.

    Vaayu
    Vaayu, yet another encounter with Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 cc, has a smoked head lamp upfront and apart from the projector LED corona ring head lamps that comes with a Thunderbird 500 cc. With twin LED focus lights, it also has blacked out turn indicators with hazard light switch. The rear tire becomes the front wheel and vice-versa to give it a more muscular look.

    Shadow
    This was Mohit’s first official project. Keeping his principles of designing the bike according to personality intact, Mohit designed this Avenger 220cc bike into a black beauty. “Only the engine was kept the same way. The rest of the chassis from dual headlights to 80 spoke rims everything was designed,” says the 23-year-old. The single-seater ride has twin head exhaust with a matte finish black fuel tank. The tires look unchanged, but the shock ups gives the rider an amazingly comfortable ride.

    ­—Nishad Neelambaran

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    A sensational international music event and Women’s Day added the much-needed fun element to the past week

    Sensation concert at the Gachibowli Stadium last Saturday definitely proved one fact – the city’s love for music and the discipline of Hyderabadis. It was a night which witnessed a sea of humanity – all dressed in sparkling white and tapping their toes as if there is no tomorrow.
    Charul dressed in white chose to break the monochrome palette carried a yellow fur swirl around her and it was a good twist. Padma dressed in a white netted silk top paired with white trousers sported a chic look, like a style guru who known when to switch roles – from meaning business to when to let her hair down. Maya in a white silk gown was determined to be nothing but classy.
    Bindu, in a white tee paired up with a white denim, sported a happy-go-lucky look. The entire effort of putting this commendable effort kept the energy and dancing spirits of the Hyderabadis alive till 4 am.
    The city also witnessed a spate of women-centric events to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The Girl Rising Initiative on International Women’s Day at the AISFM school witnessed the young girls dressed in casuals and tees supporting the cause of girl child education.
    Anika was dressed in blue saree while Dr Manjula Anagani draped in shades of yellow and green silk were the faces of strength and success of feminine energy.
    Meanwhile, Tamanna, Alka and Neha were
    the smiling divas who radiated their affection in the FICCI YFLO event in the city.
    Anju Jain, dressed in green, accentuated with touches of satin and a balanced accessory, mirrored simplicity and poise.
    Mourya Boda, dressed in pastel pink with embroidered flower top and the curl locks, looked radiant next to the Bollywood entrepreneur-diva-fitness guru Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
    The sum total of the week was a tribute to the different shades and roles of womanhood. The city saw it in varied hues, moods and events.

    (The writer runs her own
    organic cafe, spa, salon Meghavi and is a people’s person with a pulse on the city’s happenings)

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    Art mania
    March 11 | Tank Bund Road
    Marking International Women’s Day Muse Art Gallery, Marriott Hotel is holding an art exhibition by six women artists. Titled ‘Super Six Art’ the paintings in mixed media focuses on paintings of women. It’s on till March 12. Time: 11 am-7 pm. Entry free. Details: 27522999

    Cultural extravaganza
    March 13 | Delhi
    Art of Living Foundation celebrates ‘The World Culture Festival 2016’ at various venues in Delhi. It’s a tribute to the 35 years of service that this foundation has given to people. There will be cultural programmes, keynote addresses and meditation sessions. Time: 10 am-5 pm. Details: http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/world-culture-festival#/program

    Festival of colours
    March 12 | Saifabad
    Hyderabad Bangalee Samity is organising as evening of poetry, music and songs at Ravindra Bharathi. Titled ‘Rangiye Diye Jao Aaj’ will feature artiste Raghab Chatterjee. Noted actor and filmmaker Aparna Sen too will be there. Time: 7 pm. Details: 27635920

    City trip
    March 15| Banjara Hills
    As part of sixth anniversary of Lamakaan, Hyderabad Trails is organising a cultural event titled ‘Tehzeeb-E-Hyderabad’. The focus will be on art, culture and literature of City of Pearls’. Time: 6.30 pm-9 pm. Entry is free. Details: 9642731329

    Royal taste
    March 14 | Somajiguda
    The royal treasures of Nawabs find their way onto the chef’s table at ITC Kakatiya. ‘Muqawiyat,’ a menu with wholesome dishes of energy foods like Dum Kii Raan, Kareli Nihari and Shahi Tukda will be served. Time: 7.30 pm-11.30 pm. Price: Approx `2,000 for two. Details: 40081816

    Screen time
    March 16| Banjara Hills
    Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad is hosting the screening of German movie ‘Barbara’. The story is about a woman who is a doctor and is banished to a small country town and applies for an exit visa. Much drama follows thereafter. Entry free. Time: 11.30 am-12.30 pm. Details: 23350473

    Flower power
    March | Fendi stores
    Fendi is back with its exquisite range of bags, dresses, accessories and shoes with floral motifs in different shapes and sizes. The Spring Summer Collection has exotic fur bags and accessories like oulards, bag charms and straps. Details: fendi.com

    Laughing riot
    March 17 | Banjara Hills
    As part of sixth anniversary celebrations of open cultural space Lamakaan, Khel a humorous skits by Kolams of Kolamguda Gouri, Janioor Mandal, Adilabad district. Time: 6 pm. Entry is free. Details: 9642731329

    Cricket mania
    March 11 | Dharamsala
    ICC T20 World Cup has caused cricket mania again in the country. Watch the live match between Netherlands and Oman in the afternoon and catch the action of Bangladesh Vs Ireland in the evening. The matches are being held at Dharamsala stadium. Time: 3 pm and 7.30 pm respectively.
    Details: http://icct20worldcup2016schedule.com

     

     

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      From a Eurocopter ride to scuba diving off a private yacht, our guide for those planning an extravagant vacation to this Thai island

      No amount of Instagram filters can do justice to the idyllic island of Phuket. If you want to experience life on secluded islets where time seems to slow down—as you walk along sandy beaches and swim in the cerulean sea that redefines the phrase ‘crystal clear’—you can find it here. But I discover that Phuket (pronounced ‘poo-ket’) has many opulent pursuits to offer, too, while staying at the upmarket, northern peninsula region of Bang Tao, at the Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa.
      Developed by hotelier Vikram Chatwal’s Dream Group and Singapore-based Castlewood Group, the five-star luxury hotel incorporates 174 guest rooms, suites and villas (priced from Rs 18,255 – Rs 73,400) into its multi-award winning eco-friendly architecture. But before I explore the property, I head to their world-class Sanctuary spa, to nurse my jet lag with an invigorating  Thai massage. Next, I take a five-minute trip to spend my first day in Thailand at Phuket’s most exclusive beach-front club, Dream Beach—where contemporary New York chic meets a 2,000 sq ft tropical retreat at Layan beach. “I am thrilled that Dream Beach, together with leading global night life brands, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, is committed to bringing the biggest names in dance music (think Pete Tong) to these shores,” explains Castlewood’s CEO Chris Comer, adding that they intend to host the best and biggest after-hours Ibiza-inspired club nights at the recently-launched club. Before you leave, be sure to try Asia’s most expensive burger, the `57,047 Dream Beach Burger (with wagyu beef, black truffle cream and duck foie gras, served on a bun with gold leaf).
      On day two, I decide to check out the property. It soon becomes evident that Comer (who was heavily involved in the design process) steered clear of traditional Thai elements, like pagodas—while integrating the indigenous landscape—to create a sheltered haven with swim-up pool bars, private cabanas and a lush leather jazz lounge called Indulge that serves over 200 new and old-world wines. What I love the most is the New York-style grill and modern Thai fare served at their signature restaurant, Trilogy, where three Michelin-starred chefs, including Giovanni Luca Pirro, engineered the menu.

      Shiny souvenir
      Hailed as the world’s capital for sapphires, you must go shopping for the precious gemstone while here. Head to the Royal Gems Pavilion Phuket, for 24-carat sapphire pendants embedded in sterling silver. Details: royalgems.co.th

      Going nocturnal
      I avoid Bangla Road, except to head to the chic multi-storey nightclubs like Seduction and Hollywood—the saving grace of Patong’s otherwise seedy night life. Since the doors at these clubs, which cater to those who love commercial dance music, open only after10 pm, I walk in post 1 am, when things are in full swing. Seduction regularly hosts headliners like Skrillex and Calvin Harris. In fact, I find out (much to my dismay) that dance music superstar Steve Aoki will be playing here on March 26. VIP entry `6,714 onwards. Details: +66 925312954

      Get high
      I skip the clichéd elephant trek along the Chalong Highlands jungle for a rare bird’s eye view of the entire island. With my camera at the ready, I hop on a 50-minute tour aboard a hi-end Eurocopter EC130 and see all of Nai Thon National Park and Chalong Temple as we make our way to the pristine Phang Nga Bay. `13,120 (per seat). Details: tropicaleasy.com

      Day out
      I decide to stay away from the over-hyped tuk tuks, rental scooters and tourist taxis aka traps, and travel around Phuket’s wide roads in a sports car. Hire a two-seater like the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, and you and your significant other can zoom around the island in a 550 HP beast (`95,078 per day, on luxurycarhirethailand.com). Put pedal to the metal and take a ride from Patong to Chalong, to see the 45-metre-tall Big Buddha created with 135 tons of Burmese white marble. Also head to the southern-most tip of Phuket, to view the sunset at Promthep Cape. Of course, I also made sure to gorge on local delicacies (think a mildly spicy Thai yellow curry with shrimp) at the Promthep restaurant. Don’t miss the uber popular regional dessert, coconut sticky rice with fresh-cut mangoes. Details: +66 76288084

      Life’s a beach
      Want to explore the dreamy islands surrounding Phuket? Skip the jam-packed ferry full of selfie snappers—who opted for the cookie-cutter tour of Phi Phi Islands after watching Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach—and charter a top-of-the-line yacht, like the Baglietto 85. With a professional crew of four to help, you can go snorkelling to spot manta rays, hawksbill turtles and leopard sharks on Tachai Island; explore cliff-wrapped coves in the archipelago on a self-guided kayak tour; or have a PADI registered dive master take you scuba diving in the deep Andaman sea near Racha Island. You can also stay overnight (at a surcharge of `95,078 ) at a protected nature reserve like Similan Island. `4,75,393 onwards. Details: oceanlifeyachts.com

      The bloodsport
      Love watching UFC on TV? Book a ring-side VIP seat and enjoy watching a real free-for-all Muay Thai title fight—referred to as the big daddy of UFC’s mixed martial arts style—every Monday, Thursday and Saturday night. VIP tickets at `3,422 (includes a pick and drop from the hotel).
      Details: +66 817377193

       

      Details: dreamhotels.com/phuket

      — Anoop Menon

      The writer was invited by Dream Phuket Hotel

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