‘My Soul Flower’ Book by Dr. Lavlin Thadani’s launched with Big Fanfare

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“Lavlin is a woman of rare sensitivity… my soulmate.” That’s how Amrita Pritam described Lavlin. Further, she stated – “Lavlin’s writings are not only sensitive but also intense and sometimes remind me of legendary poet Sara Shagufta. Lavlin is a poet of international calibre.”

Also being a Film-maker of repute with over a hundred Films and several International Awards to her credit, Lavlin’s latest Book of poetry ‘My Soul Flower’ was recently released on 22ndJuly 2018 (Sunday) at the India International Centre (IIC) Main Auditorium in New Delhi. The programme, hosted by the Poetry Society of India and the IIC.

The programme was presided over by a panel of distinguished personalities including media giants like Mr. HK DuaMr.  Venkat Narayan and Mr. Amit Khanna, as also noted poets likeDr. Sukrita Paul and Dr. Renee Ranchan. Also, present was Mr. Arif Mohammed Khan, Former Union Minister and prolific writer.

The event saw who’s who present and the one of the most peculiar thing was to see when the Author, Lavlin read out her poetry and famous and recognized Indian Kathak DancerShovana Narayan danced to amplify the spirit of the poem. Also well known Theatre artiste and former Doordarshan newsreader Sunit Tandon read out select poems in his way, which won hearts of all present at the event. Both Shovana and Sunit left the audience spell bound by their professional presentation.

The Book covers a wide array of themes and genres like love, empathy, irony, tragedy, inspiration, spirituality, patriotism and so on and so forth, captivating the readers with freshness of perspectives. In Lavlin’s words – “Knowledge has little meaning unless you add a dimension to it.” She starts the book with “No one is perfect. Love is.” A unique feature of the book is that it contains Lavlin’s spontaneous dialogue in verse with Amrita Pritam, dating to 1992.

In the words of Mr. IK Gujral former Prime Minister of India – “Lavlin is a scholar of high calibre.” Indeed, her poetry reflects her depth of understanding of human nature, the language being simple and the ideas being effectively communicated to the readers.

“A soul, once soaked, never goes dry.” – Lavlin Soulful poetry indeed!

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Huawei announces the winner for the #P20ProBattleLeague Photography Challenge

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Huawei Consumer Business Group in association with Dabboo Ratnani conducted a month-long photography challenge using Huawei’s latest flagship device- Huawei P20 Pro. The contest provided an opportunity to young talented photographers to redefine the meaning of visual expression while celebrating the power of mobile photography.

With Huawei P20 Pro’s cutting-edge technology pushing the boundaries of creative mobile photography, the contestants captured powerful and provocative images. As part of the activity, the company has announced deckle_Edge (from Instagram) as the winner of #P20ProBattleLeague, finally concluding the contest today.

The winner has been gratified with an Amazon gift voucher worth INR 50,000 and is also getting his winning story featured in a specially curated Coffee Table Book by Huawei. The book will also feature selected works of the contestants and that of the ace celebrity photographer, Dabboo Ratnani.

Centered on handpicked themes, such as Macro-B&W, Windows, Metal and Street, the contest unfolded in 2 phases. In the first phase, Ratnani chose the top photographer for every theme from a select list of 20 contestants. Successively, the second phase saw the four theme winners pitted against each other for the final round.

Talking about his experience with the device and the #P20ProBattleLeague, Dabboo Ratnani said, “I was amazed by the creative expressions that I witnessed as part of the contest. The whole concept of empowering imagination with technology was extremely interesting to begin with. The Huawei P20 Pro is the best Android device for photography aficionados, thanks to its variable 0.95 aperture, monochrome mode and zoom stabilization. The fact that no software tweaking of the final image is required is especially outstanding.”

Often compared to a DSLR camera for its three Leica branded rear cameras, 5X hybrid zoom and the large 1/1.7 light sensor, the Huawei P20 Pro offers significant advantages over competition while shooting in various degrees of illumination.

The final 4 contestants were asked to share a single picture describing their ‘journey of becoming a Pro’. The contest was promoted across social media, with prime focus on Instagram, using the hashtags #P20ProBattleLeague and #SeeMooore. As a result, tremendous buzz was generated among photography enthusiasts.

“The P20 Pro Battle League was a thrilling experience for me and I would like to thank Huawei and Dabboo Ratnani sir for giving me this opportunity to exhibit my talent, and simultaneously enhance it. I absolutely loved the experience of using the Leica powered triple camera, especially the aperture mode. I haven’t seen such depth, clarity and color rendering output in any smartphone device so far. The light painting mode, including the silky water functionality, is absolutely mind-blowing. I reckon this device will make mobile photography a stunning experience for the user.”, said deckle_Edge, the winnerof the contest.

Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd Brings American Eagle Outfitters to India

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Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL) brings American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) to India. A leading global specialty retailer offering high quality, on-trend clothing, accessories and personal care products, American Eagle Outfitters is set to spread its wings and carve a niche in the hearts of the fashion savvy and brand conscious Indian youth. Under this partnership, ABFRL intends to aggressively expand the reach of the brand in the next 3 years. It also plans to invest in retailing the AEO merchandise through the brands exclusive India website www.aeo.in

In August 2017, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail had also entered into a multi-store retail and e-commerce license agreement with American Eagle Outfitters Inc.

India has the fastest growing youth market in the world with upwardly mobile consumers, who are driving demand for brands having international aesthetics and style.  However there seems to be a paucity of choices when it comes to jeans. With the entry of American Eagle, ABFRL aims to fulfill the gap and corner a significant share of the country’s premium jeans wear market.

Commenting on the launch Sathyajit Radhakrishnan, President International Business, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd. said, “American Eagle Outfitters is an iconic jeans brand from the US and we are excited to bring it to the fashion enthusiasts in India. The brand will add great value to our international portfolio and strengthen our position in the youth centric lifestyle space, giving our discerning customers a true taste of high-end fashion.”

 

“India’s rapidly developing and vibrant economy, anchored by the world’s largest youth population, provides an exciting growth opportunity for our brand to expand our global reach,” commented Andrew McLean, EVP-Global Commercial Operations, American Eagle Outfitters. He further added “Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail brings deep market experience and extensive retail capabilities, giving us a strong platform to deliver our leading AE jeans collections and casual American style to the growing market.”

 

Guillermo La Rosa, Vice President-International and Business DevelopmentAmerican Eagle Outfitters said “As a leader in the Indian retail market, ABFRL’s partnership gives us the platform to expand into one of the largest retail sectors in the world. With their retail expertise and aggressive growth plan, ABFRL will become one of our largest partners in our quest to become the No 1 global  leader of denim brand.”

Explore the art behind capturing ‘Places and People’ with “Coffee with Leica”

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Known for its craftsmanship and German precision, renowned German Luxury Camera brand ‘Leica’ is all geared up to expand the culture of Photography in India. After opening its store in New Delhi, India, the brand has been focusing to share the Leica experience with the new generation of Photographers through it’s initiative ‘Coffee with Leica’.

After the success of the first session of ‘Coffee with Leica’, Leica Store is excited to announce the second session of with popular influencer and noted travel and documentary photographer, Mr. Pravin Tamang. This upcoming session scheduled for Saturday, 23rd June, 2018 at Leica Store, New Delhi addressing new generation of photographers

Sharing valuable information about ‘the art of capturing Places and People’ during the session, Pravin will also speak about his photography journey with Leica. The meet will have a lot of budding photographers who will be facinated with Leica experience. An invite only event, photography enthusiasts can register themselves online for the event.

Event: Coffee with Leica

Day & Date: Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Venue: Leica Store, N-42, Connaught Place, New Delhi

Immerse your senses at Banyan Tree Samui

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Overlooking the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Banyan Tree Samuiis nestled amid the lush jungle of a private bay in Lamai.

 

Choose to unwind in your pool villa, amuse your palate with delectable cuisine, partake in the range of recreational activities, delight in the blissful spa treatments or soak away your worries in The Rainforest, our hydrotherapy wellness facility. From couples, families or groups to comfort-seekers or adventure-seekers, tropical splendour awaits at Banyan Tree Samui.

Vivel Celebrates Freedom of Choice

 ITC’s leading personal care brand, Vivel unveils its new impactful TVC integrating the brand’s philosophy of Ab Samjhauta Nahin. Vivel believes that being empowered is about having the freedom to make a choice. A choice to be yourself, the way you think, behave or even dress.

The new Aloe Vera Soap TVC tells a story of one such choice. A lot of women feel the pressure to behave or dress like men in order to be successful and accepted in work places as equals. The 30 second story encourages women to retain their softness and empathy while being assertive. She rather believes that softness is not her weakness instead her identity and henceforth strength.

The TVC features veteran TV actor Supriya Pilgaonkar and her daughter Shriya Pilgaonkar. The narrative opens with Shriya Pilgaonkar being depicted as the daughter, who is confident of her choices and expresses it in her soft yet assertive way irrespective of circumstances or individuals. She believes in her strengths and is unwilling to dress like men just to fit in.

The TVC introduces a fresh and a more meaningful understanding of confidence that is aimed to make a positive and an emotional connection, and resonates with the product promise of softness in Vivel Aloe Vera soap. The TVC showcases the strength of identity in a woman’s inherent values.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with ITC to bring alive a campaign that is creating a platform for the brand to engage with its consumers in a much more authentic and deeper level. The campaign celebrates the power of choice and highlights the idea, ‘Softness is not my weakness but my identity.’ And it does so by staying positive and inclusive in its approach celebrating the softer side of womanhood.” Ajay Menon, Brand David.

Rannvijay Singha becomes Brand Ambassador of online lifestyle media platform “What’s Up Life”

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Gurugram-based online lifestyle media platform What’s Up Life has raised fresh funding from actor and television personality Rannvijay Singha, who also joins the company as its brand ambassador.

Rannvijay’s earthiness, passion, exuberance and effective, yet unassuming demeanor, is what resonates completely with what What’s Up life, entails. The collaboration comes in the wake of WUL raising their first round of funding, a couple of months ago, for future growth and expansion.

As our proud brand ambassadorRannvijay Singha, bytes “ I liked the platform and the way ‘What’s Up Life’ is reaching out to people with their Engaging Content & Events”. Known for hosting a number of MTV Reality Shows, like MTV Roadies, MTV Troll Police, MTV Splitsvilla etc. Rannvijay Singha made his Bollywood debut in Toss: A Flip of Destiny in (2009) and acted in various other bollywood movies like London Dreams, Action Replayy and made his Punjabi cinema debut in 2011 with a film called Dharti.

The Platform curates engaging content over their social media pages, editorials, calendar to keep you updated with all the activities & events across categories. Started as What’s Up Gurgaon, What’s Up Life is present in 5 cities – Delhi , Noida , Gurugram, Kolkata & Hyderabad and today is the largest Lifestyle Media across 3 cities(Gurgaon, Kolkata & Hyderabad) out of 5. They are expanding to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh and Jaipur in the next 6 months.

What’s Up Life, founded by Gaurav H Luthra, (an Alumni from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade), is an Online Lifestyle Media platform to discover exciting new things and places that your city has to offer. One of the first Samaritans in Gurgaon, Gaurav took the onus of creating a platform that would talk about what G-town, as people so lovingly call it, innately encompasses. Gradually, the Platform expanded as a part of his vision.

Gaurav H Luthra the founder said “We are planning to launch ourselves in various other cities & there are also many exciting Events & Product Upgrades lined up. With Rannvijay being there as a mentor cum brand ambassador, You should buckle up for some Excitement & Thrill coming your way”

Venture Garage was the advisor to WUL for the fundraise and also helped in connecting with Ranvijay Singh Singha via their network.

“Strategic investments can provide tremendous firepower especially in the early stages of a venture when the value-addition from the investor’s end matters more than the capital. With Rannvijay onboard the WUL wagon, the business will get a significant boost,” said Vineet Sagar, Managing Partner, Venture Garage