Kids dazzle in SIDS Sdesigns

Children participating in the kids fashion show organised by Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS) in Vijayawada on Wednesday.— PHOTO: V. RAJU

Girls look like dolls walking straight out of showcase

There was loud music blaring out in the background and a select gathering eager to cheer models that were to sashay across the ramp.

The auditorium in hotel D.V. Manor reverberated with wild cheers at the first sight of the ‘tiny’ models covered in layers of frilly frocks taking to the dais. They were a set of young kids, all belonging to the 3-4 age group, walking the ramp to showcase garments designed by students pursuing P.G. diploma course in fashion designing and B. Sc Fashion Technology in Samana Institute for Design Studies (SIDS).

“Instead of waiting till the end of the course to showcase their works to the local public, we decided to do it after the first semester for an early exposure to the market,” said SIDS Managing Partner and CEO Samana Moosavi, who went on to explain: “We chose to focus on kids’ wear as there is no garments showroom exclusively for kids. In the absence of wide choice, the young ones are forced to rely on the limited designs available.”

Tiny tots of Delhi Public School (DPS) stepped into the shoes of models and showcased the rookie designers’ works with aplomb.

The girls, who outnumbered boys, looked like dolls walking straight out of showcases. Their heavily frilled frocks with floral strips and a hair band to match with a flower perched on one side made them cynosure of all eyes.

The doting parents sitting among the audience blew kisses as their children walked down the ramp in full public glare.

The entire premises turned peachy when girls emerged in peach-colour frocks and long gowns.

The clothes designed by the SIDS designers were all sold out at the venue itself. “This is the first time that the garments designed by SIDS students did not come back to the institute after showcasing them in the public. Most of the parents of kids who flaunted these clothes, bought them,” said Ms. Samana.

At the end of the show, Baby Tanmay was adudged as ‘Queen of Samana’, Ziya as first runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’ and Ruaina as second runner-up as ‘Style of Samana’.


Huge cake to usher in New Year

General Manager Rakesh David cuts a huge New Year cake baked at Hotel Grand Nagarjuna in Guntur on Sunday.— Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR

General Manager Rakesh David cuts a huge New Year cake baked at Hotel Grand Nagarjuna in Guntur on Sunday.— Photo: T. VIJAYA KUMAR

New Year festivities kick-started at Hotel Grand Nagarjuna where staff led by general manager Rakesh David made a huge cake measuring 18 feet in length and weighing 200 kg.

Mr. David said that the cake was prepared by a team led by master chef Prakash in less than five hours using traditional ingredients.

“We want to usher in the New Year 2014 in a novel way by making the biggest cake in the town,” Mr. David said.

The baking of the cake was done at ‘Balloons’ conference hall on the ground floor of the hotel and was completed by 4 p.m. Mr. Prakash said that traditional ingredients, a whole lot of almonds, raisins have been used in the making of the cake. The cake was later savoured and distributed by the hotel personnel.


Secret…….Honey, I glow!

Honey moisturises and soothes skin

Honey can be used for skincare, particularly in winter. It moisturises and soothes, helps create a glow and also opens up pores. It is also an anti-ageing element. Skin expert Rashmi Shetty says, “Raw honey is incredible for your skin, thanks to its anti-bacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants.” Aromatherapist Blossom Kochhar says, “Whether you’re looking for an inexpensive do-it-yourself solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow.”

Rod Anker, creative director of Monsoon Salon & Spa says, “Honey naturally retains moisture and its high levels of antioxidants soothe and rejuvenate dry and damaged skin. It would be the best option to recover the radiance of skin.” Several leading spas and salon are said to incorporate honey into their popular treatments.



Hoe to swim…!!

Children of fishermen learning to swim in makeshift boats made of thermocol sheets at Pedajalaripeta in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak

Children of fishermen learning to swim in makeshift boats made of thermocol sheets at Pedajalaripeta in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: K.R. Deepak

A story with proud!

Peruri Suryanarayana at work at Kadiam.Photo: S. RambabuKadiam village is famous for its nurseries and a variety of plants including ornamental, herbal, flower and others. But, there is a potter, who did his village proud with his innovation.

Peruri Suryanarayana (65) has been dependent on pottery work for the last 40 years. Life became difficult for him as he could not make more than 40 to 50 pots per day. “When I started my pottery work about 40 years ago, it was less than one naia paisa per a big pot. Then it slowly went up to Rs.3. The prices of pots have increased at a snail’s pace, but the prices of essential commodities sky-rocketed. I thought of leaving my community profession at one stage,” said Suryanarayana.

Then he got the idea of making pots with the support of electric domestic grinder. After getting it from one of his well-wishers, he removed its steel top and made a `sari’ wheel to make pots. To his surprise, from day one he had made 150 to 200. Now, with improved skill and expertise, he is making 300 pots per day.

After two days of making pots, he would dry them in an open area adjacent to his house.When asked about demand for pots, he said his product had all-time demand. “For example, when the marriages season starts, we are asked to make pots as our custom says that the bride has to perform pooja with pots only. During summer, we make pots suiting the taste of consumers. Our pots are used during funerals also,”. His son Hanumanthu, who is by his side, helps his father all the time.


Peruri Suryanarayana, using a domestic grinder in an innovative way, is making 300 pots a day and making a good profit.



Create and celebrate

Shoppers Stop presents art and craft workshops for its young customers

This Christmas, Shoppers Stop gives its young customers a chance to know what it’s like to be inside Santa’s workshop by organising art and craft workshops across all its stores in the city. The workshops are free and will have activities such as making quilled bookmarks, fun Christmas cards and paper ornaments.

There will also be story telling sessions. These workshops will be held on December 25, 29 and January 1, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Shoppers Stop stores are located at Ramee Mall (Teynampet), Harrington Road, Shyamala Towers (Saligramam0 and The Grand Mall (Velachery).


Trendz Day & Night Bazaar at Gateway

A two-day ‘Trendz- Day & Night Bazaar’ was inaugurated at the Gateway Hotel here on Monday.

It features a wide array of hand-woven garments, imitation jewellery, home-needs, cosmetics, gift articles and other products reflecting the current fashions and style.

The exhibition was organised by the Siddhartha Sai Events and Management Services Private Limited.

Event manager Santhi Katiravan said the expo has exquisitely crafted garments and other stylish items up for grabs.

More than 60 master designers and workers are making the items for Trendz Clothing Private Limited.

The items put up for sale suit all occasions, particularly marriages and functions.

Painting her way into record books

S. Pravallika Narayan, a first-year degree student of Satya Degree and Post-graduate College here, who had received honours from the President of India in the past in painting, has now attempted to enter the Limca Book of Records with 212 miniature paintings of different hues on a single canvas..

She has achieved the rare distinction within a record 27 days, said Director M. Sashibhushana Rao and Principal M.V. Sai Deva Mani, at a press conference on Thursday. They said that Pravallika surpassed the earlier record with 198 miniature paintings in three months.

The college management has decided to recommend her name for records in Limca Book.


Gold Coin exhibition on till December 22

The Department of Archaeology and Museums will be conducting a special exhibition of gold coins of ‘Kakatiyas’ treasure trove from Padmakshi Gutta’ at its museum behind the Municipal Corporation from December 20 to 22.

The exhibition coincides with the concluding ceremony of the Kakatiya festival. Over 500 gold coins belonging to the Kakatiya era will be on display.