This special edit brings you You & I Magazine’s favourite issues and covers of the past year. We cover power through politics and entrepreneurship, our biggest virtue that is relationships that blossoms to families, good living that comes from dining in or out the right way, pride that comes from success and dedication and lastly opulence and indulgence.
Every five years, India votes to elect legislators and a new government, and with each elected government we have a new set of expectations. More than anything else, we want our elected representatives to be honourable people with character and principle. We wish to see our leaders create opportunities for everyone to improve their social and economic situation; to enable each of us to live in peace and harmony. We want them to create friendly environments for India to prosper in a number of areas ranging from agriculture, science and education to industry and finance.
This year, the nation spoke convincingly in favour of change. Our mandate was placed in new hands. While the BJP was elected into power on a national level, closer to home we moved to a regional party majority. In Telangana, the TRS achieved a convincing majority of assembly seats, while the TDP did the same in Seemandhra, which is set to be the new Andhra Pradesh.
We featured more information on these parties, as well as the other major players in the region such as the YSR Congress Party, the AIMIM and the Congress. We also look at some of the possibilities for development in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
On the cover we had the dynamic Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi along with Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao, the first and the current Chief Minister of the Indian state of Telangana and Nara Chandrababu Naidu who is the currently serving his second non-consecutive term as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
India is one of the most successful countries in the world, and while tier-one cities like New Delhi and Mumbai are usually spoken about in glowing terms when it comes to business and economy, Hyderabad doesn’t lag far behind, and we surely don’t have a shortage of talent. The city is home to several men and women, young and old, experienced and fresh, who have the abilities and resources needed to become the best of the best. Some of them are entrepreneurs who have started their own ventures, while others have taken their family businesses to the next level, ushering in bigger and better things.
For our entrepreneur issue we had dynamic, vibrant people and found out what drives their success. Three of them – interior designer Aamir Sharma, fashion designer Ishita Singh and businessman Hamed Saberi – grace the cover.
Everyone loves to eat, and with various destinations in the world becoming more accessible, it’s no longer odd to find a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant in India. But there are some things which you just can’t beat – your own specialties, for one – and while Hyderabad might be embracing cuisines from all over the world, there’s no question that we love our very own food more than anything else. After a few days of sushi and pasta, nothing quite hits the spot like a plate of biryani or haleem.
For this issue we featured more information on the culinary traditions and history of Hyderabad and Telangana. We also put together a visual treat made up of culinary ones. Chefs at star hotels in Hyderabad shared their favourite dishes – most of them are Indian, but a few are from the rest of Asia in tribute to our city’s increasing acceptance of these new cuisines. On the cover is Lavanya Tripathi, who talks food and film in the Cover Story.
Each February, we set aside a day to remember the ones we love – husbands, wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, and life partners. While it’s nice to celebrate one special day of love, the most important part of any relationship is valuing your significant other every single day. In recent times, Valentine’s Day has become more commercial, with gifts and spending taking centre stage over love and admiration
In this feature, we took a look at how a meaningful day dedicated to a saint with a heart of gold got turned into a payday for greeting card and jewellery companies. We asked five couples how they met and got married, and we compared their excitement as newlyweds to their current relationships. They’re all happier than they’ve ever been, with the love continuing to grow with each passing day. We’ve also got pictures from their actual weddings. On the cover we had the adorable and fun loving celebrity couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
A famous quote says, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” Fathers play a very special role in their kids’ lives. From carrying their little ones on their shoulders to playing cricket with their sons to attending tea parties with their little daughters, there’s nothing dads won’t do to put a smile on their children’s faces. For this issue, You & I commemorated the importance of Father’s Day with a special issue.
We spoke to some of the city’s popular, devoted dads and their kids. In their interviews, they open up about the joys of fatherhood and the importance of offering a supporting role in their kids’ lives. On the cover, we have movie star Vishnu Manchu and his twins. We hope you enjoyed this issue’s heart-warming feature story as much as we did covering it.
Indian weddings are probably the most colourful and eventful ones in the world. When it comes to the scale and opulence of things, very few people do grandeur like we do, and that’s what makes our weddings so special. Everywhere you go, you’re met with some form of the festivities!
This issue’s feature took a closer look at several special aspects of Indian weddings: the significance of wedding components, the tales behind our traditions, weddings as a business, and interesting and innovative ideas. With plenty of amazing pictures and very interesting information, you’re sure to find this month’s story to be highly engaging. We hope you enjoyed reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together!
On the cover, we have the evergreen beauty Madhuri Dixit Nene. She’s as beautiful and radiant as the day she drove us to fall in love with her in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, and we also featured her in this issue’s cover story.
Since the election of Narendra Modi as the prime minister, India has continued on its way to becoming less dependent on other countries and more self-sufficient. The government has stressed that foreign direct investment will have its limits, as they would like Indian industry to flourish and provide for the nation’s demands. This issue, we looked at India’s growing ability to produce from within. We are already leaders in agriculture and entertainment, but in sectors such as manufacturing, there is a lot of work to do.
On the cover, we have some very special individuals. Jwala Gutta, Gagan Narang, P.V. Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and Guru Saidutt all won medals for India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – Gagan for shooting, and the others for badminton. These athletes have made the country immensely proud and showed the world that we are capable of producing world-class sportspersons without any assistance from foreign coaches.
We hope you’ve enjoyed being our readers and we thank you for being with us these past seven years and look forward to you enjoying our upcoming issues and features.