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    Guilt-free silkA�CG
    June 10, Thiruvanmiyur
    Neesha Amrish is known for her organic silk saris and stoles, and her celebrity clientelea��from Shobhaa De to top diplomats around the world. A popular retailer at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, her Aeshaane store in the city marks its third anniversary with a flash sale and discounts from 20 to 50 per cent. Certified by the Global Organic Textile. June 10-11. Details: 24486244

    At the moviesA�RSVP01
    June 10, SPI Cinemas
    Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Te3n follows the story of John Biswas (Bachchan). Despite his granddaughter, Angela, being kidnapped eight years ago, Biswas hasna��t lost hope of finding her. But when a similar kidnapping occurs again, he teams up with ex-cop-turned priest Martin Das, to uncover the truth. Also releasing The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2 and WarcraftA� (adapted from the video game franchise). Details: 42244224

    Lunch lite
    June 11, Park Hyatt
    On the occasion of Global Wellness Day, Park Hyatt has curated a special menu of healthy salads and drinks. Salad combinations like quinoa and ricotta and mango and asparagus are paired with thirst quenchers like The Rancha��honeydew melon, celery, apple, ginger. Till June 12. Rs 300 ++ (drinks) onwards.
    Details: 71771234

    Kick offA�EURO-2016-Group-C-1731x1254
    June 13, France
    Barely has the dust settled in Roland Garros than we have the Euro 2016 upon us. With Spain as defending champions, it starts with hosts France facing Romania, while World Cup champions Germany face Ukraine in their opener. Spain will look to get going against the Czech Republic on Sunday. Players to watch out for are Thomas Muller and Cristiano Ronaldo. On Sony Six, 12.30 am onwards. Details: uefa.com

    Canvas stories
    June 12, London
    If you are in London this season, Tate Modern has a treat. The late Bhupen Khakhara��s work has been chosen over a period of five decades. With various facets of the Indian society in focus, including homosexuality and skilled labour, the showcase, titled You Can’t Please All, has autobiographical and political undertones. Till November 6. Details: tate.org.uk

    Bake smart
    June 14, Food Consulate
    Now you can perfect your petit antoines and feuilletine choco pralinA�s, thanks to the Food Consulate. Its new baking course has Antonio Maxmilian, head of its baking and patisserie department, at the helm. The six-month course, recognised by the City and Guilds International in the UK is open to ages 16 and above. Rs 3 lakh per head. Details: 42630001

    Summer chillA�6
    June 15, Amethyst
    At the Amethyst Room in Chamiers, seasonal collections from Anomaly and Runaway Bicycle are being showcased till Wednesday. The formera��s cotton clothing is perfect for daily travel and features summer colours like blue, beige and white. Meanwhile, at Amethyst, its annual sale is underway on Abraham and Thakore, Shades of India and others. Prices from Rs 1,900 (Runaway Nights) and Rs 2,600 (Anomaly).
    Details: 45991630

    Follow the noseA�IMG_8261
    June 16, Design Hotel Chennai
    Learn more about the power of fragrances with Goa-based photographer-turned-perfumer Monika Ghurde, who is back in town to teach you the nuances of smells and how to make the best use of your olfactory sense in a workshop called The Invisible You. At the new Annam Cafe, in Design Hotel Chennai. 11 am to 1 pm.
    Details: 9940011816

    Laughter hour
    June 16, The Raintree Anna Salai
    Save the date for a comedy night with a message at the Madera, The Raintree Anna Salai. Standup comedian Aditi Mittal will be performing her show, Things They Wouldna��t Let Me Say.
    The Mumbai-based performer will talk about problems faced by modern Indian women. More on P 19

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    For fashionistas
    June 10 | Banjara Hills
    Da��sire, an exhibition of exclusive designer couture, jewellery and accessories, is back at its regular venue Taj Krishna. Other than that there will be a variety of home decor items to choose from a vast collection. Time: 10 am-8 pm. Details: 66662323

    Taste of Telangana
    June 11 | Banjara Hills
    As part of the state formation day, Hotel ITC Kakatiya is hosting a food festival of the state at its restaurant Dakshin. It comprises a variety of delicacies from the ten districts of the region. The fest is on till June 12. Time: 7.30 pm-4.30 pm. Price: Rs 1,200++ taxes. Details: 23400132

    Tagore on stage
    June 12 | Banjara Hills
    Written a century ago by Rabindranath Tagore, the play Dakghar will be presented at Lamakaan by theatre group KissaGo. The plot revolves around dying young boy named Amal who keeps peeping from a window and keeps talking to the passersby. He fantasises about becoming a postman someday. Time: 8 pm. Tickets: Rs 100. Details: 9642731329

    Set sail
    June 13 | Hussain Sagar
    If you want to sail on waters right in the middle of the city that also to the setting sun Yacht Club of Hyderabad is organising learning sessions every week with seasoned sailors to make you ready for kayaking. Time: 5 pm. Charges: Rs 650. Details: 64640518

    Blooms on canvas
    June 14 | Banjara Hills
    A celebration of flowers on canvas is on at Kalakriti Art Gallery. Artist Anand Bekwad is hosting the solo show of his paintings at the gallery. The exhibition entitled ‘The Song of Flowers’ is on till June 30. Entry is free. Time: 11 am-6.30 pm. Details: 66564466

    Directora��s special
    June 15 | Banjara Hills
    Annapurna International School of Filmmaking is hosting a film-making workshop for those who are interested in working behind the silver screen. Charges: Rs 10,800. On till June 19. Time: 9 am-5 pm. Details: 49141234

    Dance with me
    June 16 | Jubilee Hills
    Belly dancer and instructor Meher Malik will be conducting a series of dance workshops for the aspirants at Grycs Fitness Hub, MBK Towers. She is also the founder of Banjara School of Dance. Charges: on request. Time: 9 am- 6 pm. Details: banjaraschool.com/workshop

    Musical night
    June 16 | Banjara Hills
    City-based guitarist, Leenus Livingstone will perform at Hard Rock Cafe. The artiste has founded Heavy Metal Band Metalloid and will be singing different numbers. Time: 8.30 pm-11 pm. Tickets Rs 600. Details: 64636375

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      Friday, June 10

      Exodus: Gods and Kings (Action/ Adventure), Star Movies, 9 pmCAB
      Cast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley
      Based on the biblical story, it begins with Moses (Bale) fighting alongside his a�?brothera��, Ramses (Joel Edgerton), the prince of Egypt. The high priestess predicts that one of them will save the othera��s life and become a leader, and sure enough Moses saves Ramses from being killed. But they soon find themselves on opposite sides after Moses discovers that he is a Jew and was adopted by the king. Appalled by the condition of the slaves in the kingdom, Moses defies Ramses and leads six lakh of them to a new land. In order to prepare for his role, Bale read The Bible, Quran and books like the Legends of the Jews and Moses, a Life.

      CAB1Holiday: A Soldier is Never Off Duty (Action/ Thriller), Zee Cinema, 9 pm
      Cast:A�Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Govinda
      Virat Bakshi (Kumar), a military intelligence officer, comes home to Mumbai for a vacation. While travelling on a bus, he notices a suspicious individual trying to avoid being searched for a missing wallet. Upon interrogating him, Bakshi learns he is part of a terrorist group plotting a series of bomb blasts in the city. As Bakshi follows the trail, foils the plot and manages to capture the terrorists, the leader of the terrorist cell comes after his colleagues and their families. The movie is a remake of the 2012 Tamil blockbuster, Thuppakki, starring Vijay.

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      Cinderella, (Romance/ Fantasy), Star Movies Select, 9 pm
      Cast:A�Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett
      Making its television premiere, Cinderella is based on the popular fairy tale and finds Ella (James) leading a hard life as a housemaid in her own home, after the death of her father. When she cana��t take any more of her stepmothera��s ill treatment, she runs off into the woods, where she meets Prince Kit. But the two part ways without learning each othera��s names. Smitten by Ella, Kit organises a grand ball hoping to meet her one more time. But Cinderellaa��as she is called by her stepmothera��is forbidden from attending it. Over 10,000 Swarovski crystals were placed on Jamesa�� hair and the blue ball gown.

      Alvin and the Chipmunks ( Musical/ Comedy),
      Romedy Now, 9 pm
      Cast:A�Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson
      When the treea��where chipmunks Alvin, Simon and Theodore livea��is felled and moved to Los Angeles, the trio find themselves in the big city. Initially wary, a struggling songwriter, David Seville (Jason Lee), takes them in after realising they have a talent for singing. When Seville introduces the trio to records executive, Ian Hawke (David Cross), he signs them on and sends them on a world tour, despite the veta��s warning that the chipmunks are overworked. Meanwhile, Seville develops a bond with the three and tries to save them from Hawkea��s greed. The movie has three sequels: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Chipwrecked and The Road Chip.

      Sunday, June 12

      Terminator Genisys, (Sci-Fi /Action) HBO, 1 & 9 pm
      Cast:A�Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke
      The fifth sequel in the Terminator movie series, this one revolves around the final offensive against Skynet, in 2029, by John Connor (Clarke). However, using their new time machine, the artificial intelligence system sends a terminator to the year 1984 to kill Connora��s mother, Sarah (Clarke). But in that year, Guardian (Schwarzenegger) joins Sarah to destroy the terminator with acid, while Connor persuades his mother to travel to 2017, where Skynet is known as Genisysa��a soon-to-be-unveiled operating system that would change the face of mankind. This is the only film in the Terminator series where Schwarzenegger is addressed as the Guardian and not Terminator.

      Black Friday, (Action), Star Gold HD, 10.30 pmA�caB4
      Cast:A�Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava
      Based on the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, Black Friday chronicles the events preceding the attack, and following the communal riots and the police investigations. When a small-time crook is arrested, he also reveals information about the impending blasts. The police, initially dismissing his allegations, are shocked when the bombs go off. What follows is a bloody riot, which leaves over 1,500 dead and the properties of gangster Tiger Memon (Malhotra) destroyed. Soon the police realise there isA�more to it than just communal violence.Due to its controversial content, Black Friday was originally banned by the Censor Board.

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        Juggling schedules
        Preity Zinta has been busy since she arrived in India post her wedding to Gene Goodenough in California a few months ago. First, the IPL tournament took a large part of her mind space and the rescheduling of match venues played havoc with her India reception plans. Last minute rearranging of her wedding celebrations in Mumbai meant reorganising everything from invitations to clothes and themes. Having had a traditional Hindu wedding in the US, Zinta opted for a western-style evening in Mumbai to give herself and her in-laws a break from the lehengas and sherwanis. However, the one thing she could not remove were her wedding chudas (the red bangles worn by Punjabi brides) so she got a dress that matched them. Zinta, with her husband and in-laws, also visited Rishikesh and Agra, and completed her work for her next film, Bhaiyyaji Superhit. But above and beyond this, the role she most values is with the United Nations. As for a honeymoon, apparently that plan is still under discussion between Mr and Mrs Goodenough.

        Second innings

        Last week saw the launch of the trailer of Dhishoom, the Varun Dhawan-John Abraham starrer. Directed by Rohit Dhawan (Varuna��s brother), the film also features Jacqueline Fernandez and Akshaye Khanna. The glimpse of the long-lost actor in a villainous role took many by surprise. Khanna has been missing from the marquee for four years, allegedly spending a great deal of time at his beachside home. When quizzed about this sabbatical, he candidly said that he was indisposed dealing with some serious personal issues, but ita��s all sorted now and hea��s looking forward to a renewed stint in Bollywood.

        Making her mark
        Mumbai born and raised, Kajal Aggarwal is a bigger star in the Telugu and Tamil film industries than Bollywood. So todaya��s release, Do Lafzon Ki Kahani (DLKK), opposite Randeep Hooda, is obviously a big deal for her. Her last significant Hindi film role was three years ago, in Special 26 with Akshay Kumar. Aggarwal says the script, and opportunity to work with Hooda, attracted her to the part of a visually-impaired girl in Deepak Tijoria��s romantic film. It seems Aggarwal had professional guidance on how to convincingly perform her role. Not only did she read books about the lives of those with this disability, she also interacted with the visually-impaired and walked around with a stick and her eyes shut. For his part, Hooda had to train in mixed martial arts as he plays an MMA fighter. Experts from Thailand were called in to prep him. Seeing Hooda as a bulked up fighting machine will be quite a change after watching him embrace the role of Sarbjit in Sarbjit, where he transformed into an emaciated prisoner.

        Good times ahead?A�Vidhya
        The movie industry, like life, is all about choices, instinct and luck. No one knows this more than Vidya Balan whose career has seen remarkable peaks and deep troughs. After the high of No One Killed Jessica, The Dirty Picture and Kahaani, she floundered with Shaadi Ke Side Effects, Ghanchakkar and Hamari Adhuri Kahani. But the debacle of those did not deter the actress, who now has a very interesting slate of films lined up, starting with todaya��s release Te3n. Set in Kolkata, it is an emotional thriller about a crime that affects its three principal characters. Besides Balan, the film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, a grandfather seeking justice, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Father Martin Das, whose life was changed by a crime, and Balan as the cop in charge of a disturbingly similar crime eight years later. Besides this, Balan will be seen in a special appearance as Geeta Bali in the Marathi film Ek Albela, the sequel to Kahaani, and in the period film Begum Jaan, the Hindi remake of the Bengali film, Rajkahini.

        Udita Jhunjhunwala

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        Feel the warmth of the Ramadan delicacy in every corner in the new a�?pink citya��

        The city seems to be running a celebration marathon. Last week, we witnessed the glory of the state formation day with enough pink (the colour of the ruling party) that everyone now wonders if Hyderabad, and not Jaipur, is the Pink City of the country. It felt really good to have another holiday and the city sporting the spunky hue all around.
        This week, we also had the onset of the holy month of Ramadan and of course, the first taste of the impending monsoon. What a timing for haleem and iftaar parties. Hot, nutritious and spicy, this mutton dish complements the damp weather. In fact, the warmth of the delicacy is felt across the city.
        Walk through a narrow street or while you park your car, you can spot the hearths everywhere. With time, Hyderabad has become the haleem hub. Even during the rest of the year, the citya��s signature dish is savoured by tourists. However, nothing matches the experience of enjoying it in this month. Every community looks forward to Ramadan evenings.
        Have you noticed how we are unapologetic of our food cravings?
        We openly acknowledge that food drives us crazy. Whether it is the annual Numaish Industrial Exhibition, the movies or get-togethers, food i s at the core of it. Undoubtedly, we are those who sit for breakfast and start planning the lunch menu.
        Even in the elite KBR park where the whoa��s who of the city take their morning walks, food stalls and health drinks are found in every nook and corner. The other day my driver actually identified the park by referring to the special beverage they sell for diabetics right outside the gate.
        The meat and dry fruits dish cuts across, to quote the cliche, political lines to bond people. Iftar parties by the political leaders are great PR exercises where we often see rivals socialising and hugging away in happiness.
        City folks set aside special family outings to head out towards haleem stalls even in peak hours, regardless of where they live. Oh God. I am now worried someone from the tinsel town will get inspired and make a movie called Foodotsavam – A�a celebration of food. But this time we can watch it in real for a month.

        Swapna Sundari

        a�� A�The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)

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          As Anurag Kashyap readies us for yet another dark film, he tells us what motivates his a�?kind of storiesa�?.

          WITH Raman Raghav 2.0, Anurag Kashyap is back to doing what he does besta��shooting dark and realistic stories, guerrilla style, on a tight budget. His last outing wasA�expensive, yet the Rs 84 crore-worth Bombay VelvetA�didna��t score at the box office. The filmmaker-actor shot his latest feature in Mumbai,A�in 20 daysA�flat, and wrote 220 scenes instead of the 70 (that make up an average Hindi film) to make it a�?look biga�?. The formula is working. The soon-to-be-released film, inspired by the life of serial killer Raman Raghav in mid-1960s Mumbai, got a standing ovation at Cannes last month.A�We caught up withA�the Dev DA�director in Bengaluru recently,A�for the Signature Start Up Masterclass, which celebrates stories of success.A�Kashyap talked about his journey so fara��fromA�making BlackA�Friday, Gulaal and Gangs of Wasseypur, to, yes, his unreleasedA�Paanch.

          Kashyap admits that a lot of theA�training, and even motivationA�to make avant-garde movies, cameA�from world cinema.A�Especially Vittoria De Sicaa��s masterpiece from the Italian Neorealism era, Bicycle Thieves. a�?Watching it, I was reminded of the days of Emergency. I was five or six then. My father had stopped shaving, and we had never seen him like that. We later learnt he was on strike. Also, my name was changed. I became Anurag Kashyap from Rinku Singh. Nobody wanted to be identified as a Singh then,a�? he recollects.A�In fact, had it not been for the 1948 Italian filma��and 54 other gems from theA�International Film Festival of IndiaA�in 1993 thatA�he ended up watchingA�in 11 daysa��Kashyap would have been a zoologist!

          Beyond Bollywood
          In the past, the 43-year-old has candidly spoken about his fixation with Tamil films, and how they took him a�?back to his rootsa�?. Balaa��sA�Sethu and Thiagarajan Kumararajaa��s Aaranya Kaandam are his favourites. a�?There is amazing work happening in regional cinema,a�? he tells us, citing the examples of TamilA�Visaranai, KannadaA�Thithi, MalayalamA�Kammattipadam, MarathiA�SairaatA�and Court, in a single breath. He singles out Gurvinder Singh and his Punjabi films,A�Anhe Ghore Da Daan andA�Chauthi KootA�. a�?Barring him, the others havena��t made their a�?greata�� second films,a�? he explains.

          Raman Raghav 2.0 releases on June 24.

          Take 5

          For a long time, Kashyap used to take notes from world cinema. a�?I have sadly stopped doing that,a�? he admits. Nonetheless, every month he buys online movies from all corners of the world. When we ask him to share his five favourites, he struggles, as a�?there are far too manya�?, and then decides to settle for a few recent titles. a�?I cana��t explain why I like a particular film. For me, ita��s about the whole experience (story, camera, pace). If one technique used in a film catches my attention for too long, then thata��s actually a problem,a�? he quips.

          A�Mad MayMad Max: Fury Road (2015): Somehow I feel the film wasna��t given its rightful place. People treated it as a mainstream movie, a massive spectacle. But ita��s a unique vision, of a world where water is the biggest currency, and it could have come out only from the mind of a creator like George Miller. We are heading in that direction, arena��t we?

          Mommy:A�Mommy Ita��s a story about a widowed mother and her son who suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). This Canadian film creates two beautiful characters, and will make you cry when you least expect it. Also notice the camera work; ita��s shot in an Instagram video format.

          VictoriaVictoria: This German film (about a Spanish girl named Victoria) starts in the night and ends in morning, and ita��s shot in one long, continuous take by its cameraman (Sturla Brandth Grovlen). It begins at a club, travels to the street, goes inside a restaurant, gets into a taxi, an apartment, and into a bank. And therea��s a bank robbery, a police shootout and a chase sequence, too.

          The Major2The Major: Ita��s about a Russian cop who mows down a young boy with his car. Then he and his colleagues try to cover up this freak accident, but the situation spirals out of control. For me, this Russian film is a package.
          It just keeps you in there.

          The Club2The Club: Ita��s about four Catholic priests in exile, who have a history of crimes like child abuse. And one man decides to shut down this exile home. He turns out to be one of the many children they had abused. This Chilean production is so gripping.




          a�� Barkha Kumari

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          Ramzan delights
          Hyderabad House has started festival special food feast Zaiqa-e-Ramzan with its detailed platter for the Holy Month. On offer are items like haleem, Pathhar Ka Gosht, Paya Shorba etc. Time: 5 pm- 5 am. The special items are available at both their Mehdipatnam and Banjara Hills branches. Price: Rs 150. Details: 9246155310

          Chinese whispers
          At Golden Dragon, Taj Krishna a�?Dragon Boat Festivala�� is on till June 12. Chef Fong is curating the menu. As part of this, Zongzi will be served long with regular items like Singhoi Chicken, Wok Fried Rock Lobster, Whole Fish Jinan Style etc. Price: starts from Rs 550++ taxes. Details: 66293309

          Mexican flavours
          The Square at Hotel Novotel Hyderabad Airport is holding a Mexican food festival named Meximum Friday. The food spread is only available on Fridays. You can relish items like Sweet Potato and Black Beans Enchiladas, Nachos, Grilled Fajitas and more. Prices: Approx Rs A�1,000 ++ taxes. Details: 66503082

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          The meal package at Sheraton gets five more additions

          Sheraton has added five more varieties of healthy salads and other food items like Chicken Quesadilla, Penne Alfredo with Chicken, juices and more in its packed meal box. These big cardboard boxes are available both in the vegetarian and non-vegetarian categories. They have 18 different boxes with unique combinations like Greek Salad, Pesto Wrapped Chicken, Chocolate Brownie and a soft drink. There are five combinations that have been newly introduced. They have interesting combos like: Papdi Chaat, Paneer Tikka, Makhni Paratha, Gulab Jamun; Kim Chi Salad, Schezwan Fried Rice, Darsan; Som Tom, Singapore Noodles, Coconut Crumble; Nasi Goreng, Kim Chi Salad, Darsan; Curry Laksa, Coconut Flan, Som Tom. Canned juice or aerated drink is also given. To get the box you need to book the order and take it from the Link Cafe of the hotel. They even deliver it at your doorstep. Price: Rs 800++ taxes for veg box, the non-veg box is `850++ taxes. Details: 49251111

          – Saima Afreen

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          As the blazing days continue, we round up five exotic flavours from cafes across the city

          Ita��s the daily beverage that finds its rightful place on English breakfast tables to Russian novels. But with time the idea of a warm hot cup of tea has evolved into a glass of cold tea sipped on hot afternoons. And no ita��s not just any cold or iced tea that we are talking about, this wonder drink discovered by the Chinese eons ago is reincarnated as cold tea or flavoured tea. Many cafes in the city are offering a variety of these cool delights in different flavours such as Blueberry, Laraha Fruit, Tapioca Pearls, Peach and more. We bring you the best of the list:

          Blueberry Iced Tea at ITC KakatiyaA�Blueberry
          So far you have enjoyed cupcakes and muffins of this blue exotic fruit. How about sipping it in your ice tea? Well, at Marco Polo, ITC Kakatiya, this tea is in demand. The fruit goes well with Earl Grey Tea with its bergamot flavouring. Fresh blueberry pulp, not syrup, is used for the concoction. They source it from Coorg and Darjeeling. The use of lemon balances the flavours of the tea while the fruit granules impart the lilac colour. The fruit’s pulp is frozen into ice-cubes that gives the drink a unique flavour. Price: `275++ taxes. Details: 23400132

          Iced Peach Tea at A�The Gallery Cafe
          No, ita��s not your regular peach tea available in a readymade pack. At The Gallery Cafe, it is served as a concoction of peach in herbal tea. Although it feels like a mocktail – slightly pulpy as you finish sipping it, the taste is tangy-sweet with flavours that last in your mouth. Says owner Supriya Lahoti, a�?We keep experimenting with other fruits as well as this one has become a hit with our guests.a�? Price: `150. Details: 33165296

          Blue Curacao at FinjaanA�Blue Curacao
          At Finjaan, they prepare this blue beverage with dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit as a thick cerulean syrup. The coloured syrup sits at the base of the glass and the brown African tea-base liquid is poured on top of it. Two sips and it tastes bland. Stir it and the beverage turns into a pearl green liquid with a tangy and sweet taste that settles down in your taste buds after a while. Says owner Taiyebi, a�?Ita��s one of our popular teas. Other than our other exotic varieties, people like it in every season.a�? Price: `90. Details: 24600777

          Tapioca Bubble Tea at Tea Trails
          As bubbly and refreshing as its name, it is a Taiwanese specialty with small tapioca pearls in a tea based milky drink. When you sip, the little tea pearls rush into your mouth and as you chew them, you can feel a distinct powdery taste. Says business support manager Madhukar Mende, a�?Ita��s made of exotic flowers boiled in hot water for 20 minutes. They look like tiny balls.a�? Price: `150. Details: 33165334

          Watermelon Iced Tea at Radisson Blu Plaza HotelA�Watermelon tea
          Yes, you heard it right. Ita��s made of watermelon juice. Added to herbal tea, the mixture is brewed, cooled, strained and served with crushed ice, and if required a sliver of lemon rind. They also have the pomegranate flavoured one made with a similar method. Price: on request. Details: 67331133

          a�� Saima Afreen


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          Birthdays, precious a�?me-timea�� and self-appreciation marked the week

          Birthdays always bring in an air of freshness and joy, not to forget an occasion to celebrate with family and friends. Sarita, the ever dynamic woman, began her birthday with a temple visit, distributing food at the cancer hospital, having moments with family and finally winding up the day in company of friends. Nirmala, in a striped black and white top, gave the perfect pose with the birthday girl. Vibha, an avid traveller, knows when to let her hair loose. The birthday girl opted for a red and gold endorsed with hand crafted embroidery with an Indian appeal.
          The fifth anniversary celebrations of the Hyderabadi Foodies Group by Sankalp Vishnu had games, prizes, free photos, dineout mugs, T-shirts innovative group photo. The event at Sheraton had all of this plus great food. Rema, in a netted sea green outfit, was the cynosure of all eyes.
          Awards are the rewards for our hard work and commitment. One such event Telangana & AP Retail Jewellery by UBM appreciated the work of Bhavya and Dhavani. The duo were aptly dressed in black and blue reflecting the determination and commitment required to nurture a brand. Neetika looked stunning in gold, red and black. All in all, self love and appreciation marked the week.
          Tip: A bowl of millets porridge with jaggery and almonds gives energy to last for a day.


          (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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