At the onset, here’s thanking all of you—our readers, advertisers, and social media followers for your support through our journey of 9 years. Our growth and success just wouldn’t have been possible without you all. Our 9th anniversary copy also marks our 470th issue, a big number indeed, and this time too we’ve got many special features and articles to look out for; beginning with the cover, which has everyone’s favourite bhai, Salman Khan, and the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez, in a stunning frame, shot for the Being Human Jewellery campaign. Cover Story has more details about the brand, which is the brainchild of Salman himself.
Our Feature this month is a spectacular compilation of India’s 25 most glamorous people, from various walks of life. Read up on their style mantra or drool over the splendid pictures like we did while putting this together.
In People we have three highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds—ace couturier Raghavendra Rathore, interior designer Raseel Gujral Ansal; and artist and heir of the Vazifdar family and
daughter-in-law of the Poonawalla family, Michelle Poonawalla. And In the Spotlight is co-founder of Amrapali— one of India’s most successful jewellery brands, Tarang Arora. Each one speaks to us about their career graph and how they manage their personal and professional lives. If you are a connoisseur of beautiful architecture or just someone who’s intrigued by the country’s heritage and history, you’re sure to love this month’s Sensational Spaces.
We have two breathtaking palaces—the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Baroda and Hutheesing Haveli in Ahmedabad, belonging to the Gaekwad and Hutheesing families respectively. 2016 has been all about women in terms of Bollywood, with several women-centric films being made and actresses being given equal recognition as their male counterparts. Taking this thought forward, in the Special Feature we have four of India’s top female chefs who’ve made it big in the culinary field. Lastly, in Wedding Moments we have photographs from Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech’s big day.
We sure hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together!
Last but not least, move on to Wedding Moments wherein we have pictures of Aksheina Khanna and Rahul Kumar’s big day as well as Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai’s pre-wedding ceremonies.
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Huma Bilgrami Latif
Thank you for being such an important part of
You & I! It’s you, our readers, who continue to ensure that we stand above the rest – expanding where others may not have fared so well, and succeeding in a market that is one of the most difficult!
The major events and actions between the summer and winter solstices of 2016 have left many in the world either ecstatic or joyful, crying or reeling – depending on who you are, where you were, or what your ideologies may be. The people of the UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, 2016!
Then in a double whammy on the same date - November 8th - Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected the 45th President of the United States, and Narendra Modi demonetised India’s currency!
While demonetisation came as a shock, it could have been of great benefit. However, it was the seemingly complete lack of post-demonetisation planning and execution – rather than the demonetisation itself – that turned many across the nation angry and bitter, impacting those that have the least, leaving many jobless and in greater need than before.
In recent times, some have remarked on the legitimacy of the media. Those who have received negative press have questioned it! Rather than honouring one of the leading freedoms of democracy, some of those at the receiving end of bad press refuse to accept it. Unfortunate, but cést la vie! In 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt, then President of the US, proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” should enjoy:
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of worship
- Freedom from want
- Freedom from fear
This year, let us all not just appreciate the freedoms that we have, but work to ensure that all of those around us are able to share in the freedoms they deserve. We now have a new year ahead of us; one, hopefully of health and happiness! Rather than dwelling on negativity, let’s concentrate instead on that which is positive around us. With patience, preparation, and perseverance, there is little that we cannot achieve.
With best wishes,
ASAD K. LATIF