Ooty – ‘The Queen of Hill Stations’

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Ooty is one of the most exotic locations in the lap of the nature, located in Tamil Nadu. Situated at a height of 2,268 meters, the land of botanical delight was bought in the public view by Coimbatore Collector, John Sullivan in 1819 and was termed to be his summer destination.

Today, Ooty is known as a land of picturesque picnic spots that holds an important tourist spot and summer vacation destination. Ooty is also recognized as Udhagamandalam in Tamil which means the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, a status honoured to it by Pandit Jawarhal Nehru and is the capital of Nilgiris or ‘Blue Mountains.

How to Reach:

Lofty mountains, dense forest, sprawling grasslands and miles of tea gardens make Ooty a very popular hill station. Reaching to this hill station is not a problem. You have a whole lot of options to travel either by road, air or rail.

Air

The nearest airport to Ooty is at a distance of about 88kms and is located inCoimbatore. One can fly by Indian Airlines flight toCoimbatore,Bangalore,Cochinand Chennai.

Rail

The railway station of Ooty is just 2 Km away from the City Center and the next railway station is 46km away at Mettupalayam.  There is also a toy train that connects Ooty with Mettupalayam and Coonoor, another famous hill station. Though it is not the fastest way to get there, but the guests can enjoy scenic beauty on the way.

Road

Traveling by road is a not a bad idea since Tamil Nadu has a very good road network. The state has many highways that connect distant places and make traveling much easier.

Ooty has many beautiful spots to offer to its tourists which can easily take one day to cover the entire place. There are some places like Rose garden and botanical garden where one can spend quality time. There are many other places in Ooty for tourist interest and is also prominent for its abundant tea estates.

Its botanical gardens cover an extensive 22 hectares, the garden includes more than 650 species of flora.

Like any other hill station, there is a lake with boating facility available here to enjoy natural beauty of Ooty. One can see this lake from train just before arriving at Ooty station.

The GovernmentMuseumhas many tribal objects, items for use and crafts of Tamil Nadu on display. This museum is located at the Mysoreroad.

The Race Course is considered as an important place located in the central part of Udagamandalam. Usually, the horse races are conducted in summer season, from April to June.

Doddabetta Peak is situated at a height of 2623 meters, which is the highest peak of Nilgiris hills and it is the junction of the Western and Estern Ghats. It is located at a distance of 13 Kms from Ooty.

Another attraction is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs.

Ooty offers other places of interest to tourists likeMukurthiNational Park( 40 Km from Ooty), Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary ( 35 Kms from Ooty ), Ketti valley view and Katery falls.

Known for antique Toda jewellery and lovely Toda shawls, Ooty has a variety of teas.

Ooty’s rose garden is full of the most exotic rose flowers; this is one romantic place that you simply have got to visit when visiting Ooty. The next most attractive place is thePykaraFallsand the dam at Pykara. Enjoy going boating at Pykara and have a wonderful time doing this amidst some of the most beautiful lake settings.

The best time to visit Ooty is November and March, however you can also visit Ooty during April-June, but during this period the hill station remains a bit crowd. Happy Traveling!

Highlights:

Area 2479 sq km

Altitude 2,268 m above sea level

Population 7, 64,826 approx

Rainfall (average) 1900-2000 mm

Temperature 25°C in summer to 5°C in winter

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Ludhiana- a Multi-Branded City

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The Garment Industry has undergoing tremendous change in trends and style with some ofIndia’s leading brand manufactures ruling the Indian fashion industry sitting in a city known as Manchester of India-‘Ludhiana’.

Ludhiana is known as a leading producer of woolen and knitwear, besides producing a wide range of fabrics, hosiery, knitwear and ready-made garments. With a presence of both registered and unregistered units, the garment industry is mainly restricted to 3 different categories, which include Wholesalers, Retailers (Manufacturers) and Small Unorganised Units.

The textiles and garments sector on an average has 5-40 workers a unit. With the hosiery and embroidery units located in the residential areas, majority of these industries are producing low productivity and low quality as some of these units are using traditional, locally manufactured and fabricated machinery.

These industry are manufacturing wide range of winter and summer wear including T-Shirts, Pullovers, Cardigans, Jogging suits, Socks, Jersey, Gloves, Shawls, Sweat Shirts, other inner wear, grey fabric and many more.

In absence of any exact figures, there are assumptions of more than 5000 unorganised hosiery units wherein almost 95 per cent are small units with a turnover of less than 20 lakhs. There are about 300 to 400 factories which have a turnover of more than 1 crore and about 25 brand retailers which include Madame, Rage, Monte Carlo,Neva, Duke and Octave.

However, these companies are facing a number of problems in their day to day operations, including shortage of manpower, electricity which is directly and indirectly affecting the working of these groups. “Power, Labour shortage and Infrastructure are major issues which have to be delt shortly to boost the industry in Ludhiana. However, most of the labour are immigrate where we are providing free of cost accommodation, basic amenities as part of the wages”, says Sandeep Jain, Executive Director OWM Group

While, shortage of manpower, electricity is a common problem, these companies till date have no support from the State Government. “Till date, there are no support whatsoever from the State Government”, says Balbir Kumar, the man behind Octave Clothing. “There is no great initiative from state Government for promoting the brand”, adds Sandeep Jain.

Oswal Woollen Mills Limited is the flagship company of the glorious Oswal Empire and a proud owner of widely loved Super Brands in Knitwear,Monte CarloandCanterbury. The company boasts of a product range that is truly large and varied. They include diverse types of Woollen, Acrylic and Synthetic Blended Yarns, Lambs Wool Yarn, Woollen Viscose & Acrylic Tops, Textile Fabric, Woollen Knitwear, Hosiery & Cotton

Nahar Group began operations in 1949 as a small hosiery factory inLudhiana. “Ludhiana has spirit to excel and to prove them in the industry that makes Ludhianavis to work hard and make their presence feel all overIndia. Moreover, being our home

Town, most of our business units are located in Ludhianaitself”, claims Jain.

The markets of NAHAR GROUP have crossed all over the globe with major clientele inAustralia,New Zealand, Europe, Middle East, Africa,RussiaandAsia.  NAHAR GROUP is head to head competing with all premium brand national and international which helping them to improve ourselves every passing day.

Octave’s is a brainchild of two brothers Balbir and Harsh Kumar and was started in 1990. At present, Octave has more than 48 exclusive outlets panIndia, over 150 multi – branded stores and chain stores. With a turnover of 52 crore, Octave produces around a million garments every year, with a workforce of 430 people engaged in manufacturing and another 200 people working for Octave in the retail sector. The company also has presence in UAE with 12 exclusive stores and with major presence in multi – branded stores.

The production plant is well equipped with 300 Juki Stitching Machines, Over – locking machines, folding machines, bartac, buttoning, button hole, fusing, etc. The plant also consists of two 12 head computerized embroidery machines and one high pressure – high temperature thermo printing machine. There is in house garment dyeing/ washing facility wherein we use eco – friendly dyes.

Having become a competitor to brands like Numero Uno, Benetton, Wills and Lee Cooper, it is currently manufacturing T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts, jogging shirts, trousers, jackets, socks, men’s brief and sunglass eyewear. “We’ve always focused on providing international fashion at affordable prices. It has struck a chord with the Indian man like no other brand has,” says Balbir Kumar.
Another four-decade-old, innerwear and apparel group has a whopping annual turnover of Rs 300crore. An ISO 9001: 2000 certified company, Duke has been proclaimed as the number one T-shirt selling brand in India by the ORG-MARG survey. It has an unbeatable marketing network of 2600 multi-brand outlets, with over 2500 exclusive showrooms and franchisee outlets in India.  Moreover, overseas markets are also a good catchment for the brand. The company has entered the markets of Dubai, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Jeddah and Saudi Arabia.

Today Duke embraces a complete vertically integrated garment manufacturing plant, with knitting, dying, processing, finishing, mercerizing, compacting, embroidery and printing under one roof. Production facilities are inIndia.

In 1998, Thermal wears were introduced for the first time inIndia, under the brand name “Neva”, by Mr. Nirmal Jain, Younger brother of the founder Komal Kumar Jain. Two other group constituents – Venus Garments (India) Limited and Venus cotsyn (India) Limited, Glaze Garments (India) Limited, is headed by Mr. Anil Jain, the youngest of the brothers.

Today Mr. Kuntal Jain, son of the founder, is steering the flagship brand in the new millennium. Thanks to his dynamic Programs, Duke is acknowledged today as the undisputed leader, with a turnover over Rs. 100 crores.

Stringent quality control mechanisms punctuate the entire operations and make certain that the final products enjoy true value for money status and first choice of customer inIndiaand abroad as well.

Another 100 crore group is the Turbo Retail owned by Kanwarjit Singh. With a presence in more than 600 Multi-branded stores, the company recently ventured into a brand named Juelle with has a turnover of 10 crore.

In operation from 5 different units and 700 employees, 75 per cent of the annual turnover is from the exports. The company believes in getting inspiration from the other brands has no such competitor.

Rage began its journey in 1995 with a spearheaded engineer Aakash Bansal, the brain behind the brand, who had a specialisation in knitting and programming techniques from Germany. “Our zeal to constantly innovate ourselves has kept us in tandem with the country’s foremost brands for the last 15 years. With a huge manifesto of 25 EBOs (exclusive brand outlets) and over 400 MBOs and departmental stores throughout India, accounting for its parent company Ajanta Knitwears, our merchandise includes cardigans, pullovers, tunics, dresses, capes, ponchos, tops, blouses and accessories, besides plus size clothing,” says Bansal.

No matter how difficult or problematic it is, but still there are many reasons for choosingLudhianaas the base by these brands. “There is no any particular reason why we are based atLudhianaand it is our home town and secondly most of our business units are located inLudhiana”, says Sandeep Jain.

People have a base here and Ludhianavis are known to be hard working. Moreover, the easy available of raw material is thus makingLudhianaa base of all these brands”, says Japneet Singh of Juelle.

Gulmarg is all about skiing and snow

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A legendary beauty, prime location and proximity to Srinagar naturally makes Gulmarg as one of the premier hill resorts in the country, in addition to Pahalgam and to some extend Sonamarg in Kashmir.

While Gulmarg is an all-weather resort with refreshing summer meadows and pastoral scenes to keep the camera busy, the main reason to come here, at least in winter, is the off-piste, deep-powder, long-run skiing and snowboarding. We head here for the world’s highest gondola ski lift and eye-popping views

Originally called ‘Gaurimarg’ by shepherds, its present name was given in the 16th century by Sultan Yusuf Shah, who was inspired by the sight of its grassy slopes emblazoned with wild flowers. Gulmarg was a favourite haunt of Emperor Jehangir who once collected 21 different varieties of flowers from here. Today Gulmarg is not merely a mountain resort of exceptional beauty- it also has the highest green golf course in the world, at an altitude of 2,650 m, and is the country’s premier ski resort in the winter.

The journey to Gulmarg is half the enchantment of reaching there– roads bordered by rigid avenues of poplar give over to flat expanses of rice fields interspersed with picturesque villages. Depending on the season, nature’s colours could be the translucent green of spring, summer’s rich emerald, or autumn’s golden hues, when scarlet chillies festoon windows of village homes. After Tangmarg, the climb to Gulmarg begins through fir-covered hillsides. At one point, known simply as View Point, travellers generally stop their vehicles for a few minutes and look out a spectacle of snow-covered mountains, almost within touching distance.

With huge cup shaped meadow, lush and green with slopes where the silence is broken only by the tinkle of cowbells, Gulmarg looks like a fantasy set in a film and not surprisingly have been the venue of several films.

ThevalleyofGulmarg, a large meadow about 3-sq-kms in area, stands at 2,730 metres, 56-km south west ofSrinagar. The name means ‘Meadow Of Flowers’ and in the spring it’s just that, a rolling meadow dotted with countless colourful Bluebells, Daisies, Forget Me Not’s and Buttercups. The valley itself is about 3-km long and up to a km wide.

Gulmarg can be accessed fromSrinagar(the capital ofKashmir) in about 2 hours by car or bus. The buses will reach Tangmarg in about 1 hour. From Tangmarg, for the 13 km hill road, jeeps can be hired for reaching Gulmarg hilltop in about 30 minutes. Some searches and identity checks may take place about 5 km before Gulmarg. The last jeep down from Gulmarg is available at sunset.

Reach Gulmarg by Air: Gulmarg lies only 56kms away from Srinagar, which is an important domestic airport in the region. Several airlines operate direct flights to and from Srinagar and connect it to cities like: Vhandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai and so on.

Reach Gulmarg by Road: Although in the mountainous region it is difficult to construct and maintain roads, Gulmarg has a good road connection. Only 56kms away from Srinagar, Gulmarg is linked to it by good metalled roads. Srinagar is connected by road to prominent cities in northern India.

Reach Gulmarg by Rail: Jammu is the closest railway station from Gulmarg. Several trains from all parts of this country arrive at this station.

All around are snow-capped mountains, and on a clear day one can see all the way to Nanga Parbat is one direction andSrinagaris another. It’s a popular day trip fromSrinagarto Gulmarg, although many people extend their stay or use it as a base for trekking. The road fromSrinagarrises gently towards the lower slopes of the range, passing through rice and maize fields.

There are many places one can visit while on a tour to Gulmarg. You can go to Khilanmarg by pony, which is a famous skiing spot. It also offers a great view of theKashmirvalley and the Himalayan range.

You can also take a tour to theAlpatherLake, which is a beautiful lake that usually remains frozen till June. TheAlpatherLakelies across the Apharwat peak.

You may also pay a visit to the shrine of Baba Reshi, a Muslim mystic saint, while you are on a tour of Gulmarg.

Gulmarg -Things to do

Gulamrg is the perfect skiing destination for many adventure seekers. One can hire all the equipment needed, such as skis and sticks, snow boots, mufflers, woolen socks, jackets, goggles, etc here. One can take skiing lessons from ski instructors too.

The time to enjoy skiing in Gulmarg is between November to February. The slopes in Gulmarg vary from 8,700 ft to 10,500 ft. One remarkable fact about Gulmarg is that it is the only heli-skiing resort inAsia.

Though not exactly an adventure sport, Golf is enjoyed as a relaxing activity by many. Gulmarg has the world’s highest golf course. Visitors can enjoy golf by obtaining a short-term membership at the Golf Club.

Gulmarg is also the place for enjoying long walks. One can walk through woods, and green hills. You can also check outNanga Parbatand Haramukh.

Skiing is normally offered from end-December to mid-April.

Accommodation

Gulmarg has around 40 hotels of all grades. The peak season starts with the snow fall in December and lasts until June.

Visitors to Gulmarg need not worry too much about accommodation. There are many hotels and lodges for the tourists. There are hotels available for every kind of budget.

If you are going in the peak season, then it is advisable that you book accommodation prior to your visit to Gulmarg. One can also check out hotels run by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation, which offers reasonably priced accommodation.

While you are in Gulmarg, you can enjoy both vegetarian and Non-vegetarian cuisine. If you eat non -vegetarian, then do try a traditional dish, called Rogan Josh.

Gulmarg -Things to keep in mind

Though Gulmarg is more or less safe for tourists, it is advisable that you update yourself with the current law and order situation in the area, before you visit Gulmarg.

Gulmarg is very cold, so make sure you carry heavy woolens with you, while you tour Gulmarg.

 

Hardeep Singh Cheema: Owns Cheema Boilers

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Hardeep Singh Cheema and his wife

Cheema Boilers is a venture that was started by four brothers of Cheema family in the years 1999. The four now togetherly owns and manages Cheema Boilers.  Hardeep Singh Cheema, the youngest among the four brothers looks after the day to day operations and marketing of the company. Married to Tejinder Kaur for some 25 years, Hardeep Singh Cheema is known for his anger in a disguised form, however, both his sons Satbir Singh Cheema and Amardeep Singh Cheema just loves him.

Lifestyle

The family is a true food lover, which prefers everything bring prepared at home. They believe in style and statement and love to shop around the town. Their harm house in Bazpur (Uttarkhand) is meant for their perfect holiday destination.  The family car just simple cars.

Favourite Brand: Hardeep Singh Cheema – Roymonds, Louis Philippe, Jetinder Kaur – Tommy Hilfiger, Pepe, Satbir Singh – Reid and Taylor, Amandeep Singh – Louis Philippe,

Shopping Destination:  The family loves shopping around the city beautiful, Sector 17 and London

Favourite Destination in North India: Farm House – Bazpur (Uttarkhand), Amardeep – Goa

Favourite Destination Abroad: Hardeep Singh Cheema – China, Singapore, America, Jetinder Kaur – Singapore , Satbir Singh – London

Favourite Food: The couple loves Tandoori, Mutton, and Poke, Satbir – Italian, Amardeep – Continental

Favourite Eating Joint: They just anything and everything made at home.

Amardeep loves dogs, while his father has least interest in pets.

Place to be at home: Bedroom , Terrace

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Satbir and Amardeep

the City: Satbir Singh – I just love the weather of the city beautiful, Amardeep – I love handing around the Geri Route, love the way the people live life

Family Bounding

“We love our parents”, says the two sons. “He means a lot for me, the way he carry himself, I just love him. His positivity and motivation has thought me a lot in particular. It is always important to be with the family. The love, care and support one gets from the family are matchless. Moreover, the name that one gets is from the family”, says Satbir. Amandeep adds, “The manner, culture and tradition is what family is”.

“My family is unique. While, my husband shouts at me, my children love me shouting on them. However, they are sensitive, I just love them. Cheema is a blend of cocktails of qualities and wisdom. All am waiting is a daughter-in-law”, says Jetinder Kaur,  the Home Minsiter of the Cheema Family.

Business Involvement

While, Hardeep Singh Cheema looks after the day to day operations and marketing of the company, his eldest brother Harjinder Singh Cheema is a Core Engineer. Balwinder Singh Cheema manages the family properties, agriculture, while, A.S.Cheema is into the Commercial and Finance division.

Satbir, the elder son is all set to join the family business. Satbir has just completed his MBA in marketing, while his younger son is still studying in SD College.

Profile:

Cheema Boilers Limited, popularly known as CBL is a trusted name in the field of Indian Boiler Industry. It is known for its commitment, competence and compliance. CBL was established in the year 1999 to provide complete solution to steam generation needs. The Company is engaged in manufacturing of Steam Boilers, Pollution Control Equipments, Fluidized Bed Conversion and energy saving Devices.

It’s visionary Mr. Harjinder Singh Cheema, CBL Managing Director, along with his Brothers, now CBL Directors started this Company. Presently, The Company is manufacturing all types of Boilers to meet
the requirement of Process and Power Industries. CBL has got its own manufacturing facilities at Kurali, 25 kms from Chandigarh, near Ropar and Corporate Office at Mohali (Chandigarh). The company has more than half a dozen offices pan India.

In last 10 years of operation, the Company has established its name in Boiler Industry in India & abroad with a man power of almost 500 people. With a turnover of around 200 crore, the company has already drawn an ambitious long term plans to meet growing demands of energy in India and abroad.

Monica Malhotra Kandhari: MBD GROUP

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Ms Monica Malhotra along with her Ms Sonica Malhotra

Senior executive director, Radisson Hotel (Noida), director, MBD Publishing House, interior designer, author, real estate developer, a successful entrepreneur

Into business at a tender age of 13, Late. Ashok Kumar Malhotra always had a vision of doing something different in the field of education. Having interest in books, Mr Malhotra got a change to prove himself when all of sudden, the entire syllabus got changed. Mr Malhotra himself sat and wrote the new book and from there it was no looking back for the name behind MBD Group. The group is into Hospitality, retail and the real estate, publishing and many more.

After his death (December 2009, the business is now managed by his daughters Monica Malhotra Kandhari and Sonica Malhotra. Both Monica and Sonica Malhotra are married and leading a happy married life. Monica Malhotra Kandhari has been married to Tarun Kandhari and is blessed with a son (Dhruv ) and a daughter (Shrey), while Sonica is tied her knot with Naveen Kandhari.

Lifestyle

A leader in business, Monica Malhotra Kandhari is more of a family oriented person. She loves to spend her time with her family, and avoid socializing.

Best Place to be at in Home: Lobby with Children and her husband

Favorite Brands: I love brands and too many to counts. Clothing I like Versace, Shoes – Beretta. Tarun – Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein

Shopping Destination: Everything is available inIndianow. SoDelhiis one place where I shop for all my luxuries

Favorite Hotel – Her own five star hotel, Radisson MBD

Favorite Cuisine –Oriental

Favorite eating joint – Monica loves her own restaurant “RED”

Desserts – I love eating at “S-18” and crazy for designer chocolates & cakes at its pastry shop

Favorite Hill Station ofNorth India: South,

Abroad -Switzerland,South Africa

Family Bounding:

This five membered family loves spending time with each other. Not into socializing, Monica and her husband loves being with their children. “We are united and closed knitted. As soon as I finish my work, the first thing that closes to my mind is my children and eagerness to reach back home. Saturdays and Sundays are spent with family at home”, says Monica.

Business Involvement:

The real estate business is managed by Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Senior Executive Director and Ms Sonica Malhotra Executive Director.

Ms Monica Malhotra Kandhari is the Senior Executive Director of MBD. A dynamic businesswoman, Monica has managed the publishing business, project management, design aesthetics and macro business management.

Ms Sonica handles key projects in hospitality and real estate sector, right from project planning to execution and is also responsible for branding, positioning and assisting in expansion plans of the group.

Monica creativity blossomed in the form of Interiors with a difference Œ at the Group Œs offices and The Radisson MBD Hotel.

“His outstanding services, achievements, and contributions to the publishing industry, earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Federation of India Publishers, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award – 1995 and 2006 and also an award for Excellence in Book Publishing from Indo-Canadian Times in 1996. He was a senate member ofGuruNanakDevUniversity”, opines the lady.

Profile:

What began as a small publishing company three decades ago, has over the years, turned into a complete printing, paper manufacturing and publishing solutions company having its own completely in-sourced printing, publishing and self-owned sales and distribution network, employing more than 4000 employees in India. It is distinguished as the only publishing house inIndiawith complete backward and forward integration.

With a wide network of 35 offices across the country, MBD is the only publishing house which has complete backward and forward integration with its own paper mills, and five state-of-the-art printing presses.

Driven by the philosophy of quality, trust and professionalism and a presence spanning three decades, the group entered the hospitality industry two years ago with the launch of Radisson MBD Hotel Noida and is currently developing premium hospitality projects across Northern India such as MBD Neopolis,Ludhianaand Jalandhar. The group also has aggressive plans for mixed use development inAmritsar,Patiala, Mumbai,Bangalore,HyderabadandGoa.

The MBD Group isIndia’s largest Publishing House with more than 4 decades of experience. The MBD Group under futuristic vision of Mr. A.K. Malhotra, Chairman and managing director, has diversified into various industries including Paper Manufacturing, Hospitality, real Estate, Mall Development and management and e-learning. It is the only publishing house inIndiawith complete background and forward integration, right from self owned paper manufacturing unit to editing, designing, type-setting, offset printing, binding and finally reaching the readers through its own distribution network with more than 32 branch offices all acrossIndia.

Dinesh Seghal and Family: The owners of style and Luxury

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Dinesh Sehgal is a name synonymous to luxury and well known for having introduced Italia

Dinesh Seghal and his family

n luxury brands to Delhi’s elite. The 46 year old legacy have boutiques for Versace, Corneliani, Cadini and many other ultra luxurious,  most sought after names of the world.
After retailing diverse brands and creating a name of trust over many years of triumph, Mr. Dinesh Sehgal turned a name into a vision. Of that vision was born the Blues Jewellery Company. His guidance with the sensibilities and youth of his two sons, Nitesh and Udit Sehgal gives BJC a promising future. Mrs. Harsh Sehgals proactiveness is a constant motivation.
Lifestyle:
Being surrounded by brands, Sehgals love hanging around, wearing new n different brands and around travelling. An alumni from Summerfields School New Delhi and the Delhi University, Mr. Sehgal enjoys reading market research reports on the retail trade in India and chalking out business plans for the future.

Best Place to be at in Home – Bed room
Favourite Brands – Corneliani
Automobiles: BMW
Shopping Destination – Milan, Italy
Favourite Eating Joint – Dum Pukht
Favourite Hill Station of North India and Aboard – Kullu Manali , India and Como, Italy

Favourite Sports – Snooker

Business Involvement
Dinesh Sehgal has been a pioneer in the luxury apparel segment and created a long lasting brand name out of Blues Clothing Company. He has already started the transition at BCC from just a retail brand to a vertically integrated apparel company. Today BCC successfully operates stand alone boutiques for Versace, Versace Collection, Corneliani and Cadini, providing world class luxury retail ambience for these brands. Each brand that is represented by BCC has its own exclusive identity, history, style, attitude and market niche.

Mrs. Harsh Sehgal is the Director at Blues Jewellery Company. She has a superior sense of aesthetics and is managing Blues Jewelry Company. She is involved with merchandise selection, pricing, designing,
marketing etc.

Mr. Udit Sehgal, who has a keen interest in jewelry and holds a certificate in Diamond Grading. HE is a certified Gemologist. He also holds a B.Sc in Marketing. He has been behind the inception of Blues Jewelry Company and now actively manages the same.

Mr. Nitesh Sehgal holds a degree in Marketing from University of Bradford, UK; a certificate in fashion Marketing from Instituto Europeo Di Design, Milan, Italy and is currently perusing MBA by distance learning from SMC University, Switzerland. He is a director in Blues Clothing Company and contributes in board meetings. He is actively involved in the day-to-day operations. He also contributes towards marketing in Blues Jewellery Company.

Profile:

Blues Clothing Company (BCC) has been a well known retailer of fashion apparel accessory brands for the past 2 decades. It became the highest suit seller in the country by successfully introducing well – known Italian brands to the Indian market. After retailing diverse brands, BCC has found a success mantra by tying up with the most desirable names in the fashion world. Today BCC successfully operates stand alone boutiques for Versace, Versace Collection , Corneliani and Cadini, providing world class luxury retail ambience for these brands.

Mr. Dinesh Sehgal has been an entrepreneur par excellence. BCC portfolio also includes Royal Blues which houses the premium ethnic selection from reputed Indian designers. Another innovative concept developed by BCC is – Bench & bar. This offers customised outfits for the needs of legal professionals where as Su Misura provides custom made tailoring for all shapes and sizes. The customised tailroing & exclusive fabric section at the Blues bring the finest variety in suiting fabrics from the world renowned names of Ermenegildo Zegna , Lanificio Cerruti , Drapers , Loro Piana , Scabal and Dormeuil. It also offers customized tailoring facilities to its luxury connoisseurs.

Being one of the major players in the luxury market, BCC aims at continuously showcasing niche luxury brands and the latest fashion trends. Product innovation, quality services and efficient retail infrastructure have played a key role in positioning BCC as one of the foremost and trustworthy companies in the Luxury retail sector. With latest range of fabrics suitable for the Indian climate, BCC strives to ensure the comfort of its niche clientele.

Blues Clothing Company would be expanding in cities across India, with stand alone Versace store opening Mumbai, Hyatt –Mumbai, Taj Krishna – Hyderabad and UB City Bangalore.

The Corneliani stores are opening at Taj Palace Mumbai, Hyatt Mumbai, Taj Krishna – Hyderabad and UB City – Bangalore.

While a standalone Cadini store is in Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj– Delhi. High Fashion Turkish brand Tween is another luxury brand being introduced by BCC in India. The launch of Versace Unique, the ultra luxury mobile from Versace’s kitty is another highlight of BCC’s expansion.

Singing is my first LOVE: Vasundhara

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Vasundhara Das

Nothing makes her happier than singing live. “I perform concerts for a living. And travelling with it is my priority,” says singer-musician and the accidental actor Vasundhara Das. She is on her maiden trip to Chandigarh, to perform at the John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940 Mont Blanc event at The Taj Chandigarh on December 7, 2010. As graceful as ever, she flashes a warm smile and says, “Aren’t we all Lennon fans, he is one of the most important figures in the history of music of the world.”

Speaking of world, Das takes pride in being a globetrotting musician, absorbing the different genres, styles and forms that have come her way. The Vasundhara Das Band is the latest musical chapter in her life. “It’s my identity and, most of the time, we take music from the films and playbacks I’ve done,” she says. Piecing together this two-year-old band was a task, she adds. People had to be tried and tested, rough edges had to be smoothed, till she finally found the “fantastic four”. “Hemant Divakaran on the guitar, Shalini Mohan on bass guitar, Vijay Subramaniam on drums is the manager too, and Dheerendra Doss is on the keyboards, while I am the vocalist,” says Das about her “tight ship that has set sail”. “Our core strength is versatility, in carrying off a Bollywood set with the same ease as a Lennon number,” she adds.

Among the most striking in her repertoire is Spanish Flamenco music. “Flamenco is the gypsy’s music, a dark art form. Gypsies wander on the fringes of society, and their music struck a note with me for it has a rich ‘Indian-ness’. The fact that gypsies originated in India and travelled to Spain explains the traces of Rajasthani folk and Indian scale in their music,” says Das.

The singer, who walked off with critical acclaim for her role in Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, says she has become choosy about roles. Albums, too, she adds, are a thing of the past. “Everything is online now,” she says. Her main focus is on evolving as a musician. “Rock, country, pop, I can sing a mean country song too,” she says. Although her heart is the happiest where there is music, it’s the many glass ceilings she has to shatter on a daily basis to prove herself that irks Das. “Sometimes people feel I’m too pretty to sing or I’m pretty that’s why I get the opportunity to sing. I hate these clichés,” she says.

Running parallel with this is the Drumjam with Roberto Narain. A five-year-old initiative, this one has a inventory of 20,000 drums and travels across the country, to corporates gatherings and schools. “We let people express themselves through voice and drum, the oldest instruments known to man,” she says. With 75 cities and counting, Vasundhara continues her journey.

The answer was simple. She would follow her heart, and it didn’t take her time to find out what it longed for—music, music and more music. Each time she moved a little away from the heart’s calling, it got her back with more zest and longing.

This time, singer, actor Vasundhara Das returns with a tribute to John Lennon. On the 30th anniversary of John Lennon, Ballantine’s partners with Mont Blanc to launch John Lennon limited edition writing instruments and roped in the singer to do the honours. You bet, Vasundhara jumped on the opportunity. “John Lennon, the musician, has a great impact on me. He is great musician for sure, but he also has the ability to say his mind, and pour everything in the songs,” she holds the pen to be photographed.

Pretty picture she makes, with the pen of course and also with passion—yes it hasn’t changed, it still but strums from music. “This is what I like doing the most, this is what makes my world. Off late, I have been performing with my band on different forms of music and at various places. In fact, I am glad to be playing with a band that can perform on Bollywood music one day and sing to John Lennon the other day,” she smiles.

A musician finally gives some stage to the actor. How about we telling you Vasundhara started her career with Kamal Hassan’s Hey Ram. Not to miss, (you certainly wouldn’t miss it) the song and dance in Moonsoon Wedding. “There comes a stage in life when one has to decide what would give satisfaction. I acted for a while, which was fun and eventually returned to myself. I am not closed to the idea of acting as long as I get to do something nice,” she says.

Any prizes for guessing we return to music? Sukhwinder Singh is his favourite Indian singer, and she loves to perform in a band. Band breaking left right and centre? “Well this again depends on the dedication with which one joins the band, the openness with how one sees things. Last but not the least, it also depends on the attitude with which one approaches something.”

Singing, singing and then someone asks her about writing songs. She sparkles at the query. “I don’t shut myself in a room. It is a natural process; something unexplainable just triggers it. John Lennon would write a song by evening, record it and the dics would be out too, with people listening to it. Writing songs is all about saying your heart, what one feels.” Vasundhara is doing a project called Speak Up, wherein she would pour into songs whatever she feels about. “Whatever bugs me or makes me happy will find place in these songs,” provides the singer who doesn’t mind rinsing her throat for Bollywood numbers.