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Features
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Hailey
Baldwin
The supermodel
makes her move.
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TISCA CHOPRA
The stunning actress
plays her hottest role
yet... only in Maxim.
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AIMING HIGH
Sports stars we need
to applaud now!
66
AERO MEETS AUTO
Bell & Ross are ready
to shake up the
horological field.
72
SHUTTLE ME, BABY!
As space travel
becomes a reality,
associated tech is
entering our lives.
88
TWO-WHEEL TWIST
Craft your own line,
race into the sky and
challenge yourself.
92
KUNG FU CLASSICS
A brief history of
Hong Kong cinema.
96
AMMO REDUX
Embrace classic
1980s military style.
104
MANASI SCOTT
An unreal and
sensual encounter.
112
24 HOURS TO LIVE
Arunoday Singh has
an exit strategy.
photograph by GILLES BENSIMON
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Arena
Modus
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RAISE THE SNIFTER
Cognac is making the
right waves again.
ROCKSTAR COOL
John Varvatos has
kept his groove while
building his brand.
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COMIC’S RELIEF
Kanan Gill on being
funny as a way of life.
20
RIDE FOR GOOD
Dandy style meets
vintage motorcycles.
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CREATIVE AT EASE
A tiny store is taking
art to the people.
22
GO TIME!
Red Bull Rampage is
freerider heaven
(and hell).
pg. 88
SPACE TECH
CULT-TASTIC!
Salvation comes in
many shapes.
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RING THE LEGENDS
Catching up with the
WWE greats.
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Hollywood his home.
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pg. 56
SUBLIME FROM
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SHE’S THE BOSS
Payal Pratap gives us
the lowdown on
men’s winter style.
Agenda
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FUTURE LIVING
This concept home is
the ultimate retreat.
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PARTY LIKE A CHAN
The best places to
party 2017 away in
Hong Kong, Jackie’s
home turf.
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reclaim its throne.
ON THE MOVE
Essential hacks and
gear for your
imminent vacation.
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CHROME MONSTER
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bikes we’ve seen.
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BACK TO FRONT
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come true.
WARM GLOW
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THE GOOD TESLA
With his new electric
semi concept, Elon
Musk has changed
the logistics game.
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ANWITA + ARUN
DAN CARNEY
The wife-husband duo works
across a range of disciplines
including photography,
illustration and design. Anwita
is a textile design major, and
Arun worked for a decade in
the textile sector before
taking up photography. When
not on the road in some
remote part of India, learning
and documenting traditional
crafts, you will find them in
Noida, poring over books,
etchings and heirlooms.
A longtime and well-known
automotive journalist, Dan
has a special interest in
reviewing aspirational cars,
super races and interviewing
celebrities about their
automotive interests. His
larger aim: to remind Maxim
readers why we love cars.
RIVA BUBBER
ABHAY SINGH
KEITH GORDON
After having spent most of
her life in front of the camera,
modelling and being an actor
on television, Riva decided to
step behind the camera. She
has studied photography at
Udaan in Mumbai and Speos
Photographie Institute in Paris
and is currently pursuing her
dream job as a photographer
to some amazing muses.
Abhay is one of the leading
photographers in Bollywood
having shot some of the most
memorable editorials for
magazines and commercial
campaigns over the last few
years. His eye for detail and
artistic vision have become
a trademark.
Keith is our go-to guy for the
juice on a diverse range of
topics from travel and cars to
luxury lifestyle and celebrity
interviews—he’s done it all
during his tenure with Maxim
and he does it with a fantastic
sense of humour.
One of the world’s bestknown celebrity
photographers, Gilles has
worked with many leading
actors, singers and models.
His style captures the subject
and the environment with
a sensual precision. Based
in New York, he is a close
collaborator of our
U.S. cousins.
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VAIBHAV
SHARMA
He’s been writing on tech and
travel for almost a decade,
but Vaibhav still yearns for a
world without notification
chimes and with very short
layovers. In his spare time, he
can be found sipping
espresso, listening to
heavy metal, and of
course, dreaming about
his next vacation.
TANMOY
MUKHERJEE
After retiring from
international cricket even
before making his domestic
debut, Tanmoy rededicated
his life to writing about the
sport. When not watching a
live fixture, he continues to
sit in front of his laptop,
maniacally going through
films and TV shows, while
secretly planning the next
road trip to the mountains
on his faithful motorcycle.
A MAN’S WORLD
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Cognac
Gets Back In The Game
The world’s leading brandy makers are attracting new customers
by stealing ideas from an old rival: whisky.
by G. CLAY WHITTAKER
dynamic
COGNAC IS GUNNING FOR ITS TURN IN THE
spotlight, but first it has a reigning champion to
unseat. Whisky has dominated the luxury spirits
world for a decade with long-aged products and
experimental offerings. But the iconic producers
of French brandy are starting to replicate whisky’s
success by changing their way of doing business.
In the world of aged spirits, cognac remains
somewhat of a mystery. While whisky makers
regularly print age statements and explain cask
finishes, most bottles of cognac, which is a specific
type of brandy, are packaged with little more than
a couple of letters from the cryptic “VS, VSOP, XO”
grading system.
Cognac ages many of its products for decades,
but XO only covers brandies that have aged a
minimum of 10 years. Part of learning from whisky
means going beyond the grading scale, and telling
people what’s actually inside the bottle.
We already know more than that about the
most exclusive cognacs. The legendary Louis
XIII by Rémy Martin, a blend of cognac at least
40 years old, traces some of its blend back to the
midcentury. Martell’s Premier Voyage, of which just 300 bottles
were released in 2015, included cognac from 1868.
But particulars are starting to trickle down to bottles for the
everyday consumer as well. Hennessy labels many of its products
with more age information than is required by law. Their VS, for
example, is aged up to eight years. Bache-Gabrielsen has also begun
sharing age statements on many of its products, some of which, like
the VSOP, are just six to eight years old. That level of transparency
gives whisky drinkers a frame of reference if they’re up for trying
something new.
But Bache-Gabrielsen didn’t stop there. Instead, they went on
to challenge whisky’s other strength: experimental products.
Last year Bache-Gabrielsen shocked the industry with the first
cognac ever aged in American oak. (Martell has debuted something
similar since.)
The elixir rests for a minimum of six months in new
American oak barrels from Tennessee. The result is 100%
unequivocally delicious.
We can expect to see many more trends and experimental
products. Unfortunately, centuries of secretive tendencies are
still hard to break. But hopefully the snowball has started to roll,
and it will bring cognac down to the village.
THE MASTERS OF FINISH
THESE ARE SOME OF THE WORLD’S BEST COGNAC BLENDS (AND ONE SINGLE VINTAGE!)
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One for the collector, this
heady blend is aged between
15 and 35 years. Its floral
bouquet offers hints of spice,
with a creamy finish.
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ABK6 VSOP
This French masterpiece has
a sweet finish, but takes you
on a ride with cinnamon and
orange. A pretty well-balanced
sipper for beginners.
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COURVOISIER VSOP
A famous blend, this has a fiery
finish that somehow brings out
its peach and jasmine notes.
It is a great choice if you’re
getting into cognac.
COGNAC RENAULT
This “Superior” quality
Heritage Petite Champagne
1989 has a fresh nose and
teases the palate with fig and
apple notes. It’s very balmy.
HARDY XO RARE
Tasting note:
This little-known cognac is
made by H. Mounier, and has a
fruity festive bouquet. It is very
fresh, with hints of vanilla.
HINE BONNEUIL 2005
This unblended cognac from
a single harvest has floral
notes, with hints of quince and
pineapple. Its light saltiness
provides a surprising finish.
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funnies
the other hand if you take
criticism and feedback too
seriously then you’ll just be
upset all the time.
COMIC’S RELIEF
We chat with YouTuber, actor, and comedian,
Kanan Gill, who’s on the verge of great things.
No joke.
by MEHER BAJWA
What’s keeping you busy?
Two series called I Can Do
That! and Comicstaan, which
is the hunt for India’s next big
comedian and will premiere
on Amazon Prime Video.
I’m also touring the country
doing standup!
I Can Do That is generating
quite a bit of buzz. What made
you decide to do it?
I’ve always been interested in
trying out new things. The idea
of learning a new skill is very
exciting to me. So I thought I’d
try to figure out a way where
I really compress the learning
process and have a show to test
what I’d learned!
Neat! What does the future
look like for YouTube content
creators in India?
I’m not sure! There are multiple
independent creators coming
out and carving their own
niches. I don’t know how the
entry of other online platforms
will affect the YouTube space.
What’s a day like in the life of
Kanan Gill?
Well I spend the first part of
the day working on whatever
project I’m currently doing.
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That’s until daylight is out. Then
I try to do something unrelated
to my job, play an instrument,
watch a documentary, anything.
In the evenings I’ll go to open
mics and then hang out with my
friends. I try to think of jokes
throughout the day, no matter
what I’m doing, but that causes
me to space out constantly.
Will keep that in mind
everytime we talk. No more
movie reviews though? Is it
because you’re starring in
them now?
We actually ran into some
boring legal things. A lot of our
videos started getting taken
down by the people who owned
the rights for the movies, so
it just wasn’t a sustainable
property. Plus I think Biswa
(Kalyan Rath) and I were excited
to try new things.
How important is it for a
comedian to not take himself/
herself too seriously?
It’s very important to take
yourself seriously in some
places and not in others. If you
don’t take yourself and your
skill seriously, then how do
you expect to improve and
make a career out of this? On
Strike a balance then? Great.
Let’s talk about comedy and
censorship. What’s your take
on the selective censorship/ban
of content in our country
right now?
It’s out there for everyone
to see just how thin people’s
sentiments are. Now the
problem extends to control of
the film industry as well. It’s
sad that stupid people happen
to be extremely powerful.
What’s the greatest fear you’ve
had to overcome to get where
you are today?
A fear of what people will think.
It’s not one of those things
that you can just get over, but
once you contextualise it and
understand that other people
are people just like you, life
gets a lot more bearable.
If you ever found yourself
auditioning for a music
reality TV show, what song
would you sing?
Release Me by Pearl Jam,
because it takes place in an
alternate reality where I can
actually sing that song.
What’s the worst experience
you’ve ever had on stage?
I’ve done a show where I
was on the first floor and the
audience was on the ground
floor. That was not ideal.
lifestyle
THE
GOOD
RIDE
Auckland, New Zealand
Canberra, Australia
Fashion and vintage
motorcycles come together
for a righteous cause.
by KEITH GORDON
IT ALL STARTED WITH A PHOTO OF
Jon Hamm. When Australian Mark
Hawwa saw an image of the dashing
Mad Men actor in full Don Draper
garb atop a vintage bike, he came
up with an idea that would bring
together a community of café
racers that had been growing
steadily for years.
Now called the Distinguished
Gentleman’s Ride, the event has
grown into a charitable movement,
having expanded from 2,500 riders
in 64 cities in 2012 to more than
57,000 participants in 505 cities and
90 countries last year. Funds from
the ride go to Movember, the men’s
health nonprofit, to fund prostate
cancer research and male suicide
prevention programmes. This year’s
event brought together more than
95,000 bikers globally and raised
close to $5 million.
Sydney, Australia
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Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Milan, Italy
Forlì, Italy
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
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Vienna, Austria
London, England
art
Prasad: We pride ourselves
on fashion prints. With
my experience in fashion,
I have always wanted to
take up this subject and
make it a household name.
Currently, the understanding
of fashion is weak among the
average person on the street. We
are working on more fashion avenues, and
the idea is to create awareness.
GRAB & GO
In Mumbai, a tiny nook wants to take art to everyone, everywhere.
by SUNANDA VAID
“CREATIVITY TAKES COURAGE,” AS HENRI
Matisse famously said. It couldn’t hold
more true today, given the influx of stimuli
all around us. Art is as art does, and you’ll
find ample proof in a quaint little 50sq. m. studio-meets-gallery-meets-store in
the heart of Kala Ghoda, Mumbai’s art
district. It’s called dayDREAM,
and is the brainchild of ace
lensman Prasad Naik
and designer Manish
Mansinh. The two are
childhood buddies,
and the idea behind
the store is to allow
everyone access to art.
We caught up with the
duo to sample the merch,
and also to snag some ideas
about following your passion,
doing up a space and, of course,
the future of a creative enterprise.
We dig it! How do you run it while
presumably working full-time jobs?
Manish: You never run out of time if you
are passionate about something. If you take
examples of people all across the globe,
you will find the same pattern. Somehow,
their 24 hours seem stretched to 72
or more. We hope we can draw
some inspiration out of their
lifestyle.
Do you have any
“pride” pieces in here?
How can a guy integrate some quirkiness
into his home?
Both: There is no real “formula” to
introduce quirkiness. A lot depends on
the person’s individuality. But if we’re
asked for some tips, these are few we
can recommend: first, bring out your
personality—and let it reflect around what
you stand for. Second, remember that size
matters. Keep it big or small. Size does have
a language that nothing else can speak.
Third, use offbeat spots. We’ve found that
people tend to play safe, but we say you
should do the unexpected, and eyeballs will
catch it. Fourth, buy arty stuff, especially
when you travelling. The spoils of travel
never go unnoticed. Throwing them in
and around a space livens it up with happy
memories. Fifth, follow your taste and
don’t mix things up too much. Lastly, and
perhaps most importantly, don’t overdo it.
You don’t have to display all that you’ve
got—especially unwanted gifts! The
tendency to overdo display should be
curbed... under any circumstance.
That’s solid advice. What’s the future of
this creative venture?
Prasad: There’s no end to my wish, or
imagination, or enthusiasm! You can expect
endless options right from fashion prints to
simple inspiration to travel diaries.
Manish: Add abstract art, child art and,
really, anything under the sun to that!
Hi guys, we love this place. How did the
idea for this place come about?
Prasad: As they rightly say, an idea
can spring up anywhere. This came up
over a cup of coffee with Manish at the
Photographer’s Gallery in London! A lot can
truly happen over coffee, you see.
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culture
Stranger Things
Our world can be a weird place from time to time. Let’s celebrate that strangeness
with a look at some of the most ridiculous religious cults in the world—no offence if
you’re a member!
by ADITYA PANDEY
SOPONA, THE GOD OF
SMALLPOX
The Yoruba people of Nigeria
worshipped Sopona, the god
of smallpox, embodied in a
unique carved wooden figure
layered with monkey skulls,
cowrie shells, and fur. Why?
Because Sopona and his priests
were believed to be capable of
causing outbreaks of smallpox if
they were enraged. The Yoruba
hence paid tribute to the
priests out of fear for a century.
Although the British outlawed
the worshipping of Sopona in
1907, the practice continued in
secret for a while.
BULLET BABA
The townspeople of Chotila,
a small village in Rajasthan,
have been worshipping a 350cc
Royal Enfield Bullet, encased
in glass, for almost 30 years
now and, no, it’s not a village
of motorheads. The legend:
The people worship the ghost
of Om Banna, the owner of the
Bullet which is now referred to
as ‘Bullet Baba’. Police took Om
Banna’s bike to the compound
after he crashed and died in
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a freak accident, but the bike
mysteriously reappeared at the
crash site the next morning.
The worshippers went an extra
mile and built a temple around
the encased bike. The temple
is now known as Bullet Baba
Temple, a supposedly holy
place where people spend
hours praying to the motorcycle
with incense sticks and candles.
GLYCON, THE GLOVE
PUPPET GOD
Mad genius Alan Moore is
mostly known for his comic
books and graphic novels. But
he’s also famous for his oneman cult; he worships the snake
god and glove puppet, Glycon,
and no, he won’t let you join
his cult. Not that he receives
many applications we imagine,
considering he worships a
sock puppet.
ADONITOLOGY, THE
WORSHIP OF WOMEN WITH
CURVY BUTTS
According to the origin story of
Adonitology, a religion devoted
to worshipping women with
curvy posteriors: a man who
calls himself Prophet Adonis,
was visited by Jesus Christ along
with an angel and the Holy
Spirit (who had a curvaceous
bottom). The supernatural trio
asked Adonis to form a religion
to worship women with curves
and even helped him prepare
their holy book called the
Book of Adonai, which consists
of various ceremonies and
rituals. The book establishes
‘twerking’ as one of the official
ways to worship during the
prayer service in the Church
of Adonitology. The Book of
Adonai is available on Amazon,
FYI. Now this is one practice we
could get behind. Geddit?
JOHN FRUM
There exists a “cargo cult” that
worships an American World
War II serviceman named John
Frum on the island of Tanna,
part of an archipelago called
the Tafea Province of Vanuatu,
in the South Pacific Ocean.
He supposedly introduced
the island of Tanna to many
wonders of the West, including
Coca Cola and iceboxes! John
Frum was believed to bring
prosperity and wealth to the
island nation and the tribesmen
of Tanna celebrate February
15th as ‘John Frum Day’.
VLADIMIR PUTIN
According to a Russian
all-female sect, Vladimir
Vladimirovich Putin, the
President of Russia, is the
reincarnation of the apostle
Paul, who taught the gospel of
the Christ to the first century
world. The members of this
cult dress as nuns, survive on a
Spartan diet of turnips, carrots,
peas and buckwheat, pray for
Putin’s success in front of the
traditional Russian Orthodox
Church and sing upbeat
patriotic Soviet songs rather
than hymns during services.
Putin however, has refused any
connection to the religion.
catch-up
WRESTLEMANIA HEROES
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
While the WWE has moved on to a more PG-approved format, here’s an update on the superstars
who’ve made the brand what it is in the sports entertainment sector.
by ADITYA PANDEY
THE UNDERTAKER
STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
BRET ‘THE HITMAN’ HART
With one of the most uncanny and
original gimmicks of all time, Mark
William Calaway fast became the
‘Phenom’ of pro-wrestling. When
Brock Lesner ended the Undertaker’s
Wrestlemania streak, it was a blow for
fans everywhere. The buzz is that the
Undertaker still has a valid four-year deal
with WWE and is working hard to make a
comeback post a hip replacement surgery.
What? What?! WHAT? is one of the most
memorable crowd chants and its creator
Stone Cold earned his nickname, Texas
Rattlesnake, the hard way. After retiring
Austin has worked in films like The
Longest Yard, runs reality show Steve
Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, and hosts
The Steve Austin Show Unleashed podcast.
He still makes appearances in the ring
now and then.
His pink, mirrored sunglasses became
iconic, and so did his moves in the
ring. While his exit from the arena was
dramatic, the cancer survivor, Hart
has been busy using his resources for
activities to desensitise the stigma
surrounding the illness. He has also
started his own weekly podcast called
The Sharpshooter Show back in 2016.
KURT ANGLE
SHAWN MICHAELS
The Olympian and all-American superstar
played both good guy and bad guy. Angle
was not only a great in-ring performer
but also paved way for future superstars
like John Cena. He seems to love the
pro-wrestling so much that he can’t stay
away from it for long—after leaving WWE
he travelled to Japan and Mexico to share
and enhance his wrestling abilities. Angle
now performs as the on-screen general
manager for the RAW brand and is doing
a bang up job at that.
The Heart Break Kid had a career packed
with ups and downs and controversies,
but he remained the top man for the
company for almost a decade. Mr.
Wrestlemania retired from WWE in
2010. In his WWE Hall of Fame induction
speech, Michaels explained how he
wished to spend more time with his
family. Currently, Michaels is working as
a coach at the WWE Performance Center
and the NXT brand and is helping young
talent make it big in the WWE.
DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’
JOHNSON
His electric stage presence, solid wit
and famous eyebrow raise mixed with
thousands of catchphrases made the
Rock the ‘People’s Champ’. Johnson is
easily one of the most successful alums
of pro-wrestling becoming the highest
paid actor in the world last year, as he
headlines blockbuster movies and hit
TV shows along with several commercial
endorsements—he’s basically the busiest
man on Earth and still has a heart of gold.
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cocktails
DRINKER’S
DELIGHT
Exotic ingredients and simple instructions ensure
regular cocktails get a facelift with these winter
appropriate concoctions.
by SARITA SHARMA
TINGE OF DAZE
Stir together 60ml
dry coconut infused
whisky, 45ml tea
decoction and one
teaspoon orange
marmalade to
create a delicious,
modern adult
iced tea.
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BARREL-AGED
SPICED RUM
STRIKING GIN
AND TONIC
Who doesn’t love a
bit of rum in the
cold? For a twist,
take 60ml
barrel-aged rum
that has been spiced
with an orange peel,
thyme and some
cinnamon for 20
days (DIY style), add
to it three dashes of
bitters and top it off
with tonic water.
Impress your guest
with a Michelin star
style concoction
right at home. All it
takes is some
pre-show prep:
create edible flower
ice cubes earlier in
the day. Now stir
together 60 ml gin,
three edible flower
ice bars and some
tonic water. Mucho
impressed!
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JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar.
in
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Introducing
RAY FISHER
With his star-making turn as Cyborg in Justice League, the 30-year-old actor
makes the leap from stage to screen in an epic way.
by KEITH STASKIEWICZ
THESE DAYS, ACTORS DON’T JUST SIGN ON FOR A SINGLE FILM;
they hitch their star to entire cinematic universes. For Ray Fisher,
who was first cast as Cyborg in Justice League all the way back in
mid-2014, it has occasionally felt a little more like falling into a black
hole. “It’s like I’ve been counting down to Christmas,” Fisher says,
“but for the last three years.”
Thankfully, all that waiting came to an end last month when
the superhero film finally hit theatres. Audiences were given
their first opportunity to catch Fisher in action as the cybernetic
crime fighter, saving the world from CGI devastation alongside Gal
Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s
Batman and fellow franchise novices
Ezra Miller (the Flash) and Jason Momoa
(Aquaman)—as part of DC Comics’ most
powerfully synergistic super-team.
Amazingly, the gargantuan
production isn’t just Fisher’s first major
Hollywood project—it’s his first real film
role, period. But the 30-year-old actor
says it was worth the wait for a debut of
this scale.
Plus, it’s not even like this is the first
time he’s had to keep a role on ice for
so long. “What’s crazy, man, is I feel like
the milestones in my career have all had
a gap between them,” he says.
Fisher first caught the movie
industry’s eye playing Muhammad Ali
in the stage play Fetch Clay, Make Man.
His work there earned him a spot in
the audition finals for Star Wars: The
Force Awakens, before he eventually
snagged the gig as Cyborg. “We did
the original run of that show in 2010,
but the production in New York didn’t
happen until 2013, so for three years
I was just lusting and fiending after this thing, keeping up the
training and knocking on wood,” Fisher recalls of playing the
boxing great. “I think that helped me build the patience I needed
for [Justice League]. And it was also going from one black superhero
to another.”
The hero Cyborg is the alter ego of Victor Stone, a high-school
athlete who transforms into a bionic hero once his injured body
fuses with one of the three all-powerful doohickeys at the centre
of Justice League’s epic-scale conflict. The five heroes (presumably
minus Henry Cavill’s dearly-departed Superman) unite their
Olympian efforts to keep these ancient MacGuffins from falling into
the hands of an extragalactic villain. Considering he is essentially
half-man, half-plot device, Cyborg ends up playing a key role. Even
so, Fisher found joining up with a franchise already in motion an
interesting process. “Obviously Ben, Gal, and Henry had all been
involved in other films with those characters prior to this,” says
Fisher of joining the super-ensemble. “Jason, myself, and Ezra are
coming into it kinda baby-faced and wide-eyed.”
Going straight from theatre to a blockbuster mega-project
like Justice League is akin to going from driving a four-door sedan
to a Boeing 777: There are a whole
lot more bells and whistles involved.
“With theatre, you can generally tell
how things are going in the moment,”
says Fisher. “Whereas with this, I’m
in pyjamas jumping in front of a green
screen with someone saying, ‘Okay, you
see that tennis ball? That’s Steppenwolf.
Go!’ I don’t even know how I’m going to
look half the time.”
The film has also undergone a
number of re-shoots since director Zack
Snyder handed the reins over to Joss
Whedon, and a number of new scenes
feature Fisher. Maintaining emotional
continuity in the face of corporate
rescheduling isn’t exactly something
they taught Fisher when he attended
the American Musical and Dramatic
Academy. And Cyborg or no, it’s easy to
lose one’s humanity once plugged into
the Hollywood system.
Luckily, Fisher seems to have figured
out how to keep his heart going amid all
the machinery, both for his character
and for himself. “I’ve accomplished
a huge amount in 30 years, but 10 of those years were grinding,
trying to make ends meet, having to move into my mom’s house
multiple times because I couldn’t afford to pay rent and act
simultaneously,” Fisher says. “After 10 years of that, all of a sudden
something clicked. I’m not doing anything different from what I was
doing before. It’s just bigger. Now it’s about what’s next.”
He’ll probably do a little theatre, to refresh his system, and
there’s a good chance he’s going to have to return to orbit in the DC
Universe if the announced Cyborg film ends up moving forward.
Whatever’s on the horizon, Fisher is definitely done waiting.
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W H AT M E N WA N T
THE
STANDARD
BEARER
For 115 years, Cadillac has
been a pioneer in design and
engineering... now, it’s moving
to earn back its nickname as
“standard of the world.”
by DAN CARNEY
The Cadillac
DPi-V.R is powered
by a six-litre V-8
pumping out around
600 hp
THUMB THE REMOTE START BUTTON ON
your car’s key and you’ve roused the
Cadillac ghost in the machine. The electric
starter that makes remote start possible is a
Cadillac innovation dating from 1912. Before
that (and for other brands, for many years
afterward), drivers had to hand-crank their
car’s engine to life.
Since its founding in 1902, Cadillac
has continuously pioneered design and
engineering, introducing countless new
technologies and trends. “Cadillac’s history
has been marked by technical innovations
and the development of ground-breaking
technology,” says Uwe Ellinghaus, the
company’s chief marketing officer.
To avoid being trapped by that history,
relegated to rehashing its greatest hits,
Cadillac relocated from its Detroit home
to New York City in 2015 and is diving
headfirst into city life. That has meant
endeavours such as sponsoring New York
Fashion Week and opening Cadillac House,
a Soho venue the company describes as “a
gallery, retail space, café, and exhibition
area for our flagship vehicles.”
Those flagships include new models
like the CT6 prestige sedan and the XT5
mid-size crossover, vehicles designed to
convey Cadillac’s renewed commitment to
equipping its cars with the same cuttingedge technological innovation that went
into the original 1903 model.
That car was the first to be made of
identical parts that could be replaced easily
with new ones. The production principle
was standard practice in the firearms
industry, where Cadillac founder Henry
Leland got his professional start before
delving into the auto industry.
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auto
In 1905, Cadillac built the first concept
car with a completely enclosed cabin and in
1910 made this feature standard, protecting
drivers from the dust and grime of driving
on those early roads. Within its first
decade, Cadillac had steered the direction
of the entire industry and established its
reputation as “the standard of the world.”
But for all Cadillac’s engineering
renown, the company’s reputation is really
built on the style of its cars. This seems
appropriate, because Cadillac’s parent
company, General Motors, was the world’s
first to employ a dedicated stylist, when
it named Harley Earl to run the new Art &
Colour section in the late 1920s.
After World War II, when the U.S. was
enamoured with flight and the world
was enamoured of all things American,
one of Earl’s students, Frank Hershey,
took inspiration from the Lockheed P-38
Lightning fighter plane’s twin-boom tail
section and echoed its dual tails with
curved bumps on the trailing edges of the
1948 Cadillac.
Just like that, the tailfin was born, and
competitors copied Cadillac as stylists
quickly moved from those nascent pistonpowered, fighter-inspired bumps to
towering, razor-sharp fins borrowed straight
from the latest supersonic fighter jets.
By 1959, the fad peaked, literally and
figuratively: Fins began shrinking the
next year and disappeared altogether
by the mid-1960s. But not before even
mighty Mercedes-Benz adopted them for
its “fintail” generation of German luxury
sedans, showing that even the company
that invented the automobile took cues
from Cadillac.
The U.S. company’s style leadership
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FROM TOP
The Escala concept has a bold design, both in its exterior and interior. Despite a modern, refined exterior,
the Escala concept was given some 500 hp courtesy of a savage 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V-8; The first
U.S. production car with a V-16 engine, the V-16 was Cadillac’s flagship vehicle from 1930 until 1940,
when WWII caused Cadillac to halt production of the vehicle; The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept was
decades ahead of its time, featuring a radar-operated collision avoidance system that is only now being
introduced to other brands’ vehicles.
didn’t end with the pink Eldorado
convertibles of the 1950s. With new
government rollover regulations coming
into effect, other American brands dropped
their convertible models, leaving Cadillac as
the sole domestic drop-top in 1976.
The company promoted the Eldorado as
the “last American convertible” and even
brewed up a special white-with-red pinstriped Bicentennial edition for the nation’s
200th birthday. You might recognise these
cars as Boss Hogg’s ride in The Dukes of
Hazzard: While a 1970 DeVille appeared
in the TV show, the 2005 film version
employed one of those “last convertibles”
from 1976. Though the enormous Eldorado
ABOVE
The Ciel concept, featured in the movie Entourage,
is a throwback to vintage cruisers with its immense
length and eye-popping suicide doors.
RIGHT
In 2003, Cadillac introduced the Cadillac Sixteen,
an homage to the original V-16 from the 1930s,
outfitted with a 13.6-litre 32-valve V-16 proprietary
Cadillac engine that produces more than 1,000 hp.
It could turn off eight or 12 of its cylinders to save
fuel, a glimpse into the near-future.
INSET
The elegant 1938 Cadillac Sixty special sedan.
cemented Cadillac’s reputation for building
the cushy barges that became its speciality
in the ’40s and ’50s, today Caddy wants
to add a dash of sportiness to that familiar
recipe. Its ATS-V and CTS-V models are
rip-snorting hot rods capable of matching
German competitors in the showroom and
on the racetrack. To underscore the latter
point, the brand is competing in IMSA’s
Daytona Prototype class, and the Cadillac
DPi-V.R racer won the Rolex 24 Daytona.
“Investing in racing has not only
appealed to our enthusiastic customer
base but has also helped showcase how the
performance lessons we’ve learned on the
racetrack have been applied to the Cadillac
model lineup,” Ellinghaus notes.
The zoomy DPi-V.R wears Cadillac’s
signature, crisp-edged styling that debuted
as the Art & Colour design language. This
was Cadillac’s successful bid to avoid the
trend of trying to look like Mercedes or
BMW. Nowhere was this styling more
popular than when writ large in the
gigantic Escalade full-size SUV. Highprofile entertainers and professional
athletes flocked to the Escalade’s brash
styling, cementing Art & Colour as Caddy’s
unmistakable look.
Over the past 15 years, Cadillac has
produced a series of striking concept
cars presaging future production styling,
even if none of them reached production
themselves. From the Sixteen (2003)
and the Ciel (2011) to the Elmiraj (2013)
and the Escala (2016), concept cars have
simultaneously wowed auto-show crowds
and pointed the way for upcoming
showroom centrepieces.
The Escala’s design is
the template for current
and upcoming Caddys,
Ellinghaus says.
“Several features—like
lighting technology—
will begin appearing
on production
models in the near
future.”
The Detroit titan
will back that style with
dizzying new technology,
including a hands-free highway
driving system it calls Super Cruise. “Super
Cruise utilises two advanced technology
systems—a driver attention system and
precision LiDAR map data—to ensure
safe and confident vehicle operation,”
Ellinghaus notes. “The technology is being
lauded as a game-changing technology that
sets new standards for the industry.”
Even with advanced sensors, cars still
can’t see as well as human drivers can,
which is why Cadillac is spearheading an
effort to let them crowd-source information
by sharing data car to car. “This year,
Cadillac introduced vehicle-to-vehicle
communications, which shares
information between equipped
vehicles that can be used to
alert drivers to upcoming
potential hazards, laying
the groundwork for
a connected, safer
future,” Ellinghaus
says. “Cadillac also
introduced vehicleto-infrastructure
capability, which
connects the Cadillac
development vehicles
to their surrounding
infrastructure,” he adds, referring
to the likes of traffic lights.
Omniscience about the surrounding
world and 100-kmph hands-free highway
travel should make these new Caddys as
noteworthy as those early wonders did a
century ago. It sounds like the standard of
the world once again.
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moto
Art On Two Wheels
LOOK PAST THE GORGEOUS DESIGN AND YOU’LL FIND NORTON’S
LATEST RIDE IS AN ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE.
by KEITH GORDON
TAKE A GLANCE AT THE NEW
Norton V4 RR motorcycle and you
might think it’s a museum piece
instead of a high-performance
machine. But don’t be fooled by the
stylish design. Norton developed
this mobile work of art at the
most difficult motorcycle course
on earth, the Isle of Man circuit,
perfecting the 1,200-cc V-4 engine
capable of producing more than
200 brake horsepower.
The V4 RR is a feat of
engineering. Its aluminium twintube shotgun chassis takes 26 hours
to hand-polish, and the bodywork
is formed from lightweight carbon
fibre. Even the gas tank is made
from carbon fibre, combined with
Kevlar reinforcement, which may
help prevent a potential puncture.
Both wheels are crafted of forged
aluminium, and 330-mm Brembo
disc brakes are entrusted to bring
the speed demon to a safe halt.
If the V4 RR appears to be a
true TT racer, that’s largely due
to its heritage. Norton tested the
concepts that became the V4 RR
on its SG5 TT race bike, a machine
that finished seventh at the 2016
Superbike TT competition at the
Isle of Man.
Norton gives owners the
option of flipping between engine
modes—settings include Road,
Sport, and Pro-Race—but keeps
riders out of trouble with both
advanced traction and anti-wheelie
control. Meanwhile, launch control
maximises acceleration and cruise
control gives riders a little comfort
on long rides.
Indeed, the V4 RR is an extreme
motorcycle: a force on race
circuits that’s also suitable for your
commute. Norton is also offering a
V4 SS limited edition of 200 units,
in which you’ll get billet aluminium
parts instead of forged or cast ones,
as well as a titanium race system.
You can switch the aluminium
wheels for carbon fibre and choose
to forgo the chrome paint job
for a raw carbon fibre that looks
incredible in natural light.
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instant classic
The Retro Cool
THIS HONDA CONCEPT LOOKS STRAIGHT
OUT OF THE ’70s, AND WE’RE DANCING IN
THE MOONLIGHT.
by DAN CARNEY
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IT’S LIKE WHAT THE YOUNGER VERSION
of your Dad would drive... on Mars. No, it’s
not your imagination: Honda’s new pureelectric Urban EV Concept, which debuted
at the Frankfurt Motor Show, looks like
a cross between a late ’70s Civic and an
original Volkswagen Rabbit (or the Golf, as
many countries know it).
Great cars have always served as prime
inspiration for automobile designers, so
this concept is no exception. The Urban EV
is also a preview of Honda’s planned 2019
production electric car. “This is not some
vision of the distant future; a production
version of this car will be here in 2019,”
says Honda Motor Co. President and CEO,
Takahiro Hachigo.
At 152 inches in length, the concept is a
scant two inches longer than that original
’70s-vintage Civic, so the cars are similar in
size as well as style. But the UEV has been
built on a completely new platform, and
embodies advanced tech with sophistication
and, most importantly, simplicity.
But, first, the looks are a wonderful
return to form, with its low and wide
proportions tipping the UEV into the
muscular territory. The slim A-pillars and a
wide windscreen that seems to encompass
the entire front keep it futuristic; aided
by Honda badge that is backlit in blue, a
signature the company says it will use on
all its EVs from now on. The space between
the headlights will display interactive
multilingual messages, which can be
customised—advice for other drivers on
the road, greetings or the general Monday
morning bird-flip.
While car designers love to use rearhinged coach doors on concepts, they are
rarely used in production, so they may
be a show car indulgence on the UEV. But
they may just make it into the production
model, or at least we hope they do. As the
doors fold back and you get a glimpse of the
interior, you can see how the simple lines
flow inside as well. The natural grey fabric
bench seats and contemporary wood finish
accents balance each other, even as four
occupants can sit comfortably, enveloped in
geometry. The same wood finish continues
into the front, with the monolithic
“floating” dashboard console that also
features a panoramic display screen.
The car’s use of centre-mounted rear
seatbelts looks like a great solution to the
annoyance of clambering past seatbelts
when entering or exiting the back seat of
two-door cars, as does the housing of the
electric charging cable connection on the
bonnet. To illustrate the future of seamless
driving, the UEV offers a glimpse of the
Honda Automated Network Assistant, an AIintegrated personal driving concierge, that
will keep the driver connected and safe with
a variety of smart suites.
Plus, Honda’s Power Manager Concept,
a smart energy system that stores electricity
more efficiently and can even transmit
electricity back into the home if necessary,
shows the way forward for the cars of the
future. And we really like what we see!
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tech
BLACK
BEAUTIES
1
These super-looking gizmos are
the next-level upgrades you’ve
been looking for.
3
1
ALL CONTROLLER
This is a video game remote control with a
built-in screen that is compatible with almost
any gaming device out there—consoles,
PCs, mobile devices, smartphones. The ALL
universal controller is a streamlined solution
you can rely on at home, in VR or even when
you’re looking to your phone for your gaming
fix. Its versatility and compatibility make it
tempting for casual gamers, but hardcore fans
will definitely appreciate its unprecedented
customisability, where nearly every component
on the controller can be changed, adjusted,
refined or swapped via the screen and saved as
a preset. That means adjusting trigger pressure,
thumbstick sensitivity, remapping buttons et al.
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3
SAMSUNG STAR WARS
POWERBOT VR7000
SHINOLA CANFIELD
HEADPHONES
Want to use the Force to clean floors? This is as
close as it comes. And it proves that anything
can be a franchise tie-in. And, apart from the
dirt-menacing Darth Vader variant, there’s
a sparkling white Storm Trooper version as
well. The bot features what Samsung calls
CycloneForce technology and a nifty ability to
independently map your home’s layout. The
Vader model adds Bluetooth and a speaker,
so it can roll around the house breathing just
like its namesake. It’s a fun little and also pretty
useful vac.
This Detroit-based retailer of fine leather goods
and watches is already famous for its old-school
turntable and handsome speakers. Now, it has
built its first line of headphones, the Canfield
Collection, which includes four styles—over-ear,
on-ear and two in-ear variants. The over-ear
beauties are made of fine lambskin leather
and stainless steel, so they won’t snap after a
week’s wear. There’s an in-line microphone for
making calls, and their 50MM dynamic driver
with a neutral frequency provide superlative
sound quality. The on-ear version has a 40MM
dynamic transducer, but is also more compact.
T E X T B Y: J O H N S C I A R R I N O, S T E V E H U F F & T H O M A S F R E E M A N
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future
The Baddest
Big Rig
Ever!
The 1,000-hp electric
Tesla semi-truck is
super-sleek yet
pretty menacing.
by DAN CARNEY
FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT BIG
highway trucks: that they are sluggish,
loud and dirty. If Tesla Motors succeeds in
popularising its new Tesla Semi, trucks can
become surprisingly quick, quiet and clean
(depending on the method of generating
their electricity).
Tesla boss Elon Musk promises an
astounding 0–100 kmph acceleration time
for the 1,000-hp bob-tail (U.S. trucker
jargon for “no trailer”) Semi of just 5.0
seconds, compared to 15 seconds for a
typical diesel truck.
Pulling around 36,000-kg load, it can
still get to 100 kmph in 20 seconds, which
compares to about a minute for a diesel.
And it can climb a steep five per cent grade
faster as well. Musk has said the truck has
a coefficient of drag of 0.36, making it
even more absurdly aerodynamic than the
Bugatti Chiron, a $2.7 million supercar with
a drag coefficient of 0.38.
The Tesla Semi features Autopilot to
help the driver—just like the Model S and
Model X—and has a stability control system
aimed at preventing jack knife crashes.
The centre driving position gives the
drive an unparalleled view of the road,
though it may make picking up hitchhikers
in the best cinematic fashion a thing of
the past since there doesn’t appear to
be a passenger seat. There is no shifting,
because the Semi has no transmission and
its regenerative braking (which recovers 98
per cent of kinetic energy on deceleration)
helps the regular friction brakes last
practically forever.
Tesla promises a 800-km driving range
with the Semi’s massive battery pack,
and the company says it will build a new
network of Megacharger recharging stations
that promise an 80 per cent recharge good
for 650 km in just 30 minutes. It might not
be the massive 1.21 gigawatts of juice Marty
McFly’s DeLorean needed for time travel
in Back To The Future, but it will surely be a
lights-dimming jolt of power that requires
a substantial infrastructure to support, so
we’ll have to see how construction of the
Megacharger network proceeds.
Tesla says the truck is slated to roll out
of the factory in 2019 but judging from the
numbers Tesla uses for its solar roof tiles
and Powerwall, they will probably set the
price at the amount saved over the price of
a regular Semi. We don’t plan to drive one,
but we sure are excited.
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THE STYLISH MAN
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The Evolution Of
Rocker Style
Fashion’s music man, JOHN VARVATOS, took a rock and roll
sensibility and created a singular menswear brand.
Now, he’s building a legacy.
by PRIYA RAO
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rockstar
hen John Varvatos launched his
eponymous label some 17 years ago,
the fashion world was so different it
might as well have been the Palaeolithic
era. “There was no online business out
there. Until 2007, there wasn’t even
an iPhone,” Varvatos says today from his office in New York City’s
Flatiron District. The room is filled with rock and roll memorabilia,
like a hall of fame: platinum records from Alice Cooper; moody
black-and-white Jimi Hendrix photographs; a sound system with
speakers so large that the setup takes up nearly an entire wall. “How
we get information has changed so quickly,” Varvatos adds. “Today,
everything’s instantaneous.”
While some of these technological advancements may seem
obvious—especially to a Millennial—what is a little harder to pin
down is how, exactly, Varvatos Inc. has crept into the zeitgeist.
Stylish men under the age of 45 walking around Detroit or
Manhattan, or in the streets of Seoul and Tokyo, wear Varvatos’
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rumpled leather jackets just so, not to mention his leather chukka
boots and high-end sneakers, made in partnership with Converse.
Add to the mix regular celebrity clients and “personal friends” like
Iggy Pop, Hozier, and Machine Gun Kelly, and it’s clear that anyone
with a penchant for insouciantly cool, music-tinged vibes need look
no further than this brand.
Varvatos has worked hard to turn rock and roll fashion—what
he calls his “energy force”—from merely a spark of an idea into
a business. A thriving business, at that. Today, the brand’s own
website and retail stores are ensuring that his directive continues
to thrive. In 2016, the company experienced a more than 50 per
cent increase in sales through its website, and 2017 has been a big
year for brick-and-mortar, despite the dismal current retail climate,
with store openings in Dallas and Los Angeles in the U.S., and its
upcoming first outpost in Dubai.
Varvatos fell in love with music as a kid in his hometown of
Detroit, where he was influenced not only by Led Zeppelin and
Iggy and the Stooges, but also the wild sensibility of Marvin Gaye.
THIS PAGE, FROM TOP
Like the current collection, Varvatos’ F/W 15
collection carried forward the brand’s ethos;
effortless cool at the John Varvatos boutique in
Detroit; backstage at the iconic runway show
FACING PAGE
Looks from the Fall/Winter 2017 collection
(Nowadays he also has his own record label in partnership with Big
Machine Records.) In 1999, after honing his design craft at Ralph
Lauren and Calvin Klein, Varvatos—who had begun developing his
own eclectic, cool aesthetic—had an epiphany when he walked into
a Barneys New York. “I started looking at all these brands at the
time—Jil Sander, Helmut Lang, Prada—everything was black and
nylon,” he remembers. “There were a lot of followers.”
Determined not to be one of them, Varvatos debuted his first
collection for the fall/winter of 2000 without a single black look.
“It was a statement that you can still be modern and edgy and
have a heritage,” he says. Tailoring was big in the lineup, as was
an inherently masculine vibe—both uncommon for the time.
The designer continues to abide by this cool-guy ethos,
constantly updating his core pieces (skinny suits, easy Henley
shirts), while still pushing the boundaries of what’s new. A fall/
winter offering, for example, might include a lynx-print biker jacket
and a pair of olive-green velvet slim-fit pants, while fringe sneakers
and military jackets with an urban sensibility might show up in the
spring/summer collection.
Adapting and changing with his customer base is part of the
Varvatos DNA, he feels. “The longest-lasting brands in fashion have
been evolutionary brands. They continue to evolve and mature, but
they don’t push the envelope too hard.”
Maybe that’s why Varvatos doesn’t follow cyclical fashion trends
and is more in tune with what the average man wears while walking
down a city block, emphasising how a “thrown together” outfit
often looks best—and how this is true for guys who don’t want to try
too hard. “Great clothes for guys is our only driving force,” he adds.
At 63, Varvatos still has a good few decades left in him, but he’s
admittedly starting to think about his legacy. “I’ve watched over the
last 17 years: men’s and women’s brands have come, and some of
them that were just so hot aren’t even around anymore,” he says.
“I’m not at this point in my life where I’m thinking about retiring,
but as you get a little bit older, you want to continue to be one of the
most important brands. I want what I do to live on.”
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skincare
FRESH START
Late night? Rejuvenate and revitalise
to keep the party season going.
photographed by MARK PL ATT
styled by ANDREW PORTER
CLOCKWISE FROM
TOP LEFT
Sunglasses by Raen;
age-repair moisturiser
by Grown Alchemist;
oil-control soap bar by
Clinique For Men;
clarifying face oil by
Sunday Riley;
cleanser by Bateman
Skincare; eau de
toilette by Salvatore
Ferragamo; hydrating
serum by La Mer; eye
cream by SK-II
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mile high
FIRST CLASS
UPGRADE
High-flying style for the timeless traveller.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Blazer by Isaia; passport case by Tumi; headphones by Audeze; SX-70 camera by Polaroid; watch by Carl F. Bucherer;
cocktail kit by W&P Design; cuff links by Hermès; suitcase by Saddleback Leather; moccasins by Ermenegildo Zegna; sunglasses by Cutler And Gross;
Yves Saint Laurent: A Moroccan Passion by Pierre Bergé
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advice
Your thoughts on the concept of
trending fashion?
Fashion has crossed boundaries
and has truly become a global
concept. Personally, I don’t really
follow trends but in recent times
there is a strong global movement
towards breathable fashion. By
that I mean sustainable,
recyclable, natural and organic
fashion. Clearly layering is
preferred now, giving you the
flexibility to mix and match
your wardrobe.
How can guys incorporate Indian
textiles and weaves into their
everyday looks?
I think it’s quite simple. You can
layer your look with a waistcoat,
scarf, handkerchief or a handloom
tie. Or even a simple khadi shirt.
Even a woven, well-cut ikat jacket
can transform your look.
PAYAL
PRATAP
SINGH
We’ve heard it from the men, and
now it’s time to glean top notch
style advice from the women who
know it best. Continuing our
Style Masterclass series with
the first lady of design, Payal
Pratap Singh.
by SHWETA SHARMA
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How has fashion changed for men
in India?
Men are aware, conscious and
ready to experiment. They’re
finally breaking that classic mold
and know how to style themselves
well. The whole approach is more
modern and they’ve become
more accepting of new styles.
The most well-dressed Indian man?
Actually two men come to mind
right away—the first is Mr Sunil
Sethi, the President of the Fashion
Design Council of India, who is
always well turned out, constantly
evolving with his wardrobe, wears
a lot of handloom Indian textiles
and is experimental with his cut
and silhouette choices. The
second is Rakesh Thakore, one
half of the designer duo Abraham
and Thakore. He is always
impeccably turned out and works
wonders with any kind of
garment. Again, he is not shy of
experimentation, wears a lot of
great quality fabrics and Indian
textiles, and his fits and cuts are
always flawless.
What common mistakes do
guys usually make when choosing
their outfits? Ergo, what should
we avoid?
Ill-fitting jackets look the worst on
men. Also, polyester anything is
very unflattering.
If you had to give Maxim readers
a single piece of style advice, what
would it be?
Comfort comes first.
What do you like to see men wear?
The evergreen white shirt. I think
blue also looks good especially
with our skin tone. Over the years
my eyes have got refined seeing
what Rajesh (Pratap Singh) does
so I am influenced by his purity in
menswear. It’s really all about the
beauty of the fabric and the cut
with minimal but relevant
detailing.
What’s an ideal date night outfit?
It really depends on which part of
the country you are in and what
time of year it is. That said, linen
is evergreen and works in most
places all-year round. There is a
relaxed ease in linen so you don’t
have to be stiff in a suit. It also ups
your style factor.
WE LOVE WOMEN.
We want them to feel safe. We want them to grow.
We want them to do what they damn well would like.
We want to see them happy.
And the first step is making her smile.
With our #MakeHerSmile campaign, we want to take little steps and show our women we need
them, cherish them and, well, can’t live without them.
Because it is all about the little things you can do to make her smile.
With this campaign, we pledge money from magazine sales, generous patrons and our beloved
readers. Through 2017, we hope to collect as much as we can and support others
who are doing excellent work in women’s welfare.
Kalki Koechlin, Sapna Bhavnani, Anushka Manchanda, Richa Chadha, Taapsee Pannu, Lisa Ray,
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Tree
Of
Living
Glimpse into the future of eco-living-large.
by SUNANDA VAID
IF LIVING IN THE FOREST IS YOUR GO-TO RETIREMENT PLAN,
it may be easier and faster—and cooler—than you thought possible.
Thanks to the work of Kazakh architect Aibek Almassov, we have
a template for the future of the glass house. All too literally, of
course! The talented architect, founder of A. Masow Design Studio,
has seriously magnified the “closer to nature” concept, especially
when it comes to the idea of family homes that help us move away
from bustling city centres.
The idea is ridiculously simple, and pretty genius. A tubular
glass, curved around a metal structure that holds the frame in
place, makes up the entirety of the residence and mimics a treetrunk in the middle of the forest. The futuristic house is a marvel
of design that isn’t necessarily all that complicated to build, and is
likely to cost around one crore or so.
Since the house was originally designed to be in the midst of
fir trees outside Almaty in Kazakhstan, it has a particular fusion
with the surrounding environment, exaggerated by the fact that
a mature fir tree grows inside the house—in the middle of the
structure—with a spiralling staircase that wraps around the trunk...
while allowing its branches to grow and expand naturally. That’s
the reason it’s called “Tree In The House.”
Technically, it is an “inverted treehouse” with the glazed
structure allowing for 360-degree views of the forest, even as
it envelopes a living tree. The four-storeyed house stands on
metal columns that are supplemented with plasterboard panels,
a concrete sub-flooring with wooden uppers and free-standing
furniture. The floors are ringed with wooden railings around the
atrium for safety and support. The tubular toilet/shower cubicle
on the ground floor is partly-covered and blends seamlessly into
the structure.
Given the minimal floor space, each ringed level has been
designated for specific usage—the kitchen is also on the ground
level to facilitate waste disposal—but never seeks to compromise
on the views of the forest. In the original design, the uppermost
storeys were meant to rise above the forest canopy to give you even
more unrestricted views. But it is definitely not for people who are
zealous about privacy, though that problem could be solved with
self-tinting or mirrored coating on the glass.
The house is self-reliant and takes care of its own electrical
and water needs, which also makes it a shining example of costconsciousness and pro-ecology design. The glass has transparent
solar panels that provide heat and generate electricity for the
house. They can be supplemented with new-age solar panels as
and where necessary, while a Tesla wall has been integrated to
serve as the energy accumulator. At the same time, the house
harvests rainwater, purifying it for consumption, with the excess
flow being used for bath and washing. In addition to these Earthfriendly protocols, a ventilation system—powered by solar energy—
is located on each floor to ensure that any excess carbon dioxide is
filtered away from the indoor air... even as the tree oxygenates the
house during the day.
On one level, the Tree In The House perfects man-made
industrial design with its simplicity and adaptability. On the other,
it is almost spiritual because of its immersive and open quality.
Not only does it put you in the midst of nature, it does not have
corners, blind spots or actual “walls.” That’s refreshing, to say the
least, and is perhaps the best way to move beyond the confines of
urbanity. First, obviously, you have to find a forest!
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explore
Hong Kong Nightlife’s
New Wave
Though better known for its bottle-service clubs, an underground music and dance scene is now thriving in HK.
by CHRISTOPHER D E WOLF
IT’S FRIDAY NIGHT IN HONG KONG AND
the crowds are filling the streets around
Lan Kwai Fong. Pushing through the throngs
of people, you pass a procession of bars
pounding out Top 40 hits and EDM remixes.
It’s a lot of fun if you’re 18 years old (the
legal drinking age in Hong Kong), but what
about the rest of us?
“Hong Kongers are generally more
interested in money than music, so we
don’t have the really mature scenes you
see in other big cities, like London or New
York,” says Adam Wright, the longtime
entertainment editor of the South China
Morning Post. Thanks to sky-high rents,
“venues have massive costs to cover, which
means they need to move a lot of bottles,
so they tend to target the VIP and bottleservice crowd and cater to their tastes in
music. This crowd generally isn’t into very
cutting-edge dance music.”
But don’t despair. “The underground
scene has really exploded in recent years,”
Wright says. There are more local music
producers than ever, more underground
nights, and a new wave of venues that care
less about emptying your pockets than they
do about playing good music.
WELCOME TO THE UNDERGROUND
Hong Kong was once famous for its World
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of Suzie Wong–style red-light district in Wan
Chai, but in the 1980s, a clubbing scene
began to emerge across the harbour, in
Tsim Sha Tsui. The legendary Canton Disco
was Hong Kong’s equivalent to New York’s
famous Studio 54, a place where a young
Kylie Minogue rubbed shoulders with
gender-bending local hipsters.
Then came Lan Kwai Fong—or LKF, as it’s
known to most—a narrow alley lined with
bars and clubs that drew a largely expat
crowd. At first, it was home to edgy outposts
like Disco Disco, but by the early 2000s it
had devolved into a dystopia of bland beats
and overpriced pints of Carlsberg. Bit by
bit, a tribe of exiles began seeking refuge in
other neighbourhoods.
Today, the most eccentric is XXX Gallery,
a bring-your-own-booze venue with a
killer sound system. Located on the third
floor of a grimy factory in Tai Kok Tsui, a
yet-to-be-gentrified area in Kowloon (think
Brooklyn in the 1990s, without the crime),
this is where you’ll find yourself partying
until dawn with a can of 7-Eleven beer in
your hand. “XXX holds very good bass and
hip-hop nights,” says Wright, and it also
plays host to travelling DJs and electronic
musicians like Dan Deacon.
Closer to LKF, Social Room and Oma are
destinations for quality house and techno.
They’re packed every Friday and Saturday,
regularly hosting big-name electronic music
DJs from overseas as well as top local talent.
“Often you’ll find wide-eyed tourists from
Europe wandering in late at night after a
disappointing experience elsewhere, unable
to believe their luck at discovering a cool
underground club playing decent dance
music in Hong Kong,” Wright says.
There are even a couple of reasons to
venture back into LKF: Mazu and Oasis
Terrace Picada, which play everything
from drum ’n’ bass to deep house.
GO DEEPER
Some of Hong Kong’s best parties don’t
even take place in clubs. This city has
a long history of pop-up underground
events; night owls in the 1980s remember
dancing at enormous parties in a decrepit
rice warehouse that has long since been
demolished. These days, anyone with an ear
to the ground—or a Facebook account—can
find themselves spending the night
in a truly unexpected location.
A secretive group called Bunker Club
organises dance parties in abandoned World
War II ruins, which one devotee describes
as “akin to a religious experience.” Another
promoter, Hushup Events, takes advantage
of the fact that 70 percent of Hong Kong’s
land area is undeveloped, with lush valleys
and empty beaches just over the hills from
the city centre. Every autumn, Hushup’s
Secret Island Party brings a mix of local and
international DJs to a hush-hush location on
one of the region’s islands.
Other promoters are making a name for
themselves by staging pop-up dance parties
and mini-festivals throughout the year,
like Heavy HK, which specialises in cheap
drum ’n’ bass parties. Clockenflap is a music
festival on the Central Harbourfront that
has quickly grown into one of Asia’s largest,
with several electronic stages alongside live
music. And Hong Kong now has an offshoot
of Barcelona’s Sónar festival, which takes
place each March. “It has really put the city
on the global dance music map,” Wright
says. Who needs bottle service when you
have great music?
fitness
THE BIG
Year-End
SCRAMBLE
Getting fit just got easier than you think.
by GITUMONI TALUKDAR
FOR THE REGULAR GUY, MAKING SURE HE
finds the energy to exercise is like trying
to find his penis after a cold shower.
But there are some easy ways to stay
motivated to work out, and you can use
them for any aspect of your life... except
taking belfies. We have to draw the line
somewhere.
FORGET “PROCEDURE”
Don’t treat your exercise and diet like a
religion or a protocol—you’ll create too
much restriction. The whole process
should be fun, doable, exciting and cool.
If it’s none of those things, you’re doing it
wrong. Begin with moves you like and a
diet that’s not too far from usual.
EMBRACE CONSISTENCY
If you’re inconsistent with your regimen,
you’ll end up with “exercise bipolar
disorder”: You’ll feel good for a couple of
days, and then you’ll feel like crap because
you took a break. Avoid it with timing, not
amount of time.
FIND A PARTNER
As is true for life, as is true for the gym.
You should try to work out with somebody
else. Find a fitness group or a partner, and
commit to a time frame. Then call them
and say, “Hey, man, I need to change, and
I need you to push me, and I’ll push you.
Let’s go.” It’s like a barter of fitness for
friendship. And, of course, sweat.
EXERCISE FOR “YOU”
If you want to exercise to only look better
in the future, good luck, because that
motivates models, bodybuilders and
teenage boys chasing girls. For the rest of
us, there has to be more to it. How about
a slightly longer life? Or a lesser chance
of stroke? Or because all those feel-good
hormones are really fun to experience?
Now that you’re probably going to
continue with your gym, ace some easy
moves to stick to it. This quasi-routine is
pretty fail-proof.
BELIEVE IN YOUR CORE
Having a strong core isn’t just crucial
because it links your arms and your legs,
but also because it makes it easier to stick
to fitness because of lesser aches and
pains. Over the years, a lot of trainers have
gotten away from traditional crunches and
more into the plank series, which work
your abs as well as your obliques. Hold the
plank position for 20 to 30 seconds. Rest
for 30 seconds between sets of whatever
you can handle. As a variation, do side
planks with a leg up in the air, making
your body into a star shape.
WORK ON YOUR BASE
You need to have a solid base in terms of
your legs and glutes, since the force of any
movement of your upper body normally
comes from your lower body. It also makes
chores like climbing stairs easier. Try the
hex-bar deadlift. Using hex-bars with
various weights throughout your routine
will let you have better form, and it puts
less stress on your lower back. Then, you
should do split squats, a move plenty of
pro athletes use. Place one foot behind
you on a bench and squat while holding
dumbbells. Keep good posture and stay in
line, not letting your knee go out or in.
THINK ABOUT YOUR SHOULDERS
Strong shoulders help you in almost
all your daily activities, including the
missionary position and spending hours
hunched over your computer. A must-use
move is the dumbbell bench-press lift. Lift
and hold dumbbells at the top for a second
or two, then bring weights down slowly.
Use light weights, around 2.5 pounds, to
focus on technique and work your scaps.
Follow this with the YTWL raise. Start
on your stomach, locking your shoulder
blades back. Pull your arms up into a Y
shape, then a T, then a W, and finally an L.
Learn to read while you’re at it. Alternate
between these two exercises, 10 to 12 reps
each for three to four sets.
As you’ve probably gathered, it’s pretty
easy to get into fitness mode and stick to
it. If you’re having trouble, relax... you
probably will—after that beer!
UNDERSTAND THAT “TIME” IS RELEVANT
The excuse, “I don’t have time to go to
the gym” just doesn’t cut it. So, shut up
and hit the deck, do some push-ups, run
in place, do some crunches, and do some
legwork. You don’t have to define your
fitness by walls, but those bouncing butts
are an incentive.
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YOU DON’T HAVE TO LET
LOCATION, TIME OR MOVES
DEFINE YOUR FITNESS IDEALS.
travel
YOUR
BOARDING
PASS PREP KIT
Hacks, tips and must-have gear
for your next vacation.
by VAIBHAV SHARMA
Visas done, tickets in hand, and dreaming
of that European getaway? Hang on
though—there’s a lot you can still do to make
your upcoming trip a lot easier. It’s nice to
romanticise the idea of being a spontaneous
traveller who comes back to regale his
friends with tales of hitching rides with wine
salesmen and of roughing it out in the seedy
quarters of a port city, but all that excitement
lasts only as long as it takes you to realise your
dream vacay could have been much better had
you looked beyond the basics. So here’s a list
of hacks to help you get a lot more out of your
next getaway.
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FOR THE SOLO TRAVELLER
You’ve got every reason to head out on your own, without a significant other or
your old mates. We could really get philosophical about how going solo is the best
way to really discover yourself, but we’ll confine ourselves to some useful stuff for
the traveller who’s already looking forward to meeting new people.
A social network for travellers: “Am I gonna be safe? Will I get bored? How will
I spend a month without any company?” You aren’t the first one to have these
doubts. Hit up Travello (travelloapp.com), and seek out other solo travellers near
you, arrange meetups, plan journeys, and join special interest groups.
Lock up your door: Perfect is for all those who find themselves at guesthouses
without locks on the bedroom or sketchy co-sharing housemates, the Lifeventure
Door Lock (lifeventure.com) will make you feel secure. It slots into inwardsopening doors making sure no one can enter.
Hear anyone enter: Don’t trust the guest house staff ? Be safe with the Lewis
COMPACT
CAMERA KIT
You don’t need a bulky DSLR to come back with
photographs worthy of a magazine cover. Of course,
if you’re more into ‘looking pro’, then by all means, lug
around a few kilos of camera gear you’d probably never
use. Alternatively, play it smart and pick something that’s
not just good enough for an expert shooter like you, but
is also compact enough that you won’t need to get a
specialised bag.
The pocket-sized star: The Sony RX100 V (sony.co.in)
is compact enough to slip into a jacket pocket, but it also
packs enough of a punch to make a pro DSLR blush—
the 20.1MP Bionz Z sensor has 215 Auto Focus points,
it can shoot stills at 24fps, there’s 4K and 960fps super
slo-mo video recording, and Sony claims it can lock
focus in as little as 0.05 seconds.
For the video buff: Panasonic’s FZ2500 (panasonic.
com/in) is ideal for the travel vlogger—it’s got support
for 4K recording at 24fps, a f/2.8-4.5 Leica lens with
20x optical zoom and 5-axis stabilisation. But it’s also
pretty adept at taking still images—the 20.1MP sensor
and 4K image extraction from video makes sure of that.
Left to right: Travello app, Lifeventure Door Lock, Lewis N Clark Travel Door Alarm,
Doberman Big Bag Protector
N Clark Travel Door Alarm (lewisnclark.com). Slide the metal prongs between
the door and the frame and it’ll scream out at 91dB (as loud as a lawn mower) if
someone tries to enter.
Get a bag alarm: The Doberman Big Bag Protector (dobermanproducts.com) is
a two-in-one doodad (it doubles up as a personal alarm) that hooks onto your
backpack to give you peace of mind when you’re travelling in a crowded train.
For the lens lover: Want something really compact
but also need the power of interchangeable lenses?
Don’t look beyond the Nikon 1 J5 (nikon.co.in). It’s got a
20.8MP sensor, and offers 4K video recording. But the
icing on the cake is that you can swap out lenses—pick
up the 10-30mm and the 30-110mm and you’ll have it
all covered.
travel
EASY HACKS AND
GEAR THAT COULD
SAVE YOUR DAY
GET PREPPED FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL
This isn’t just for city-slickin’ couch potatoes, but also for any reader who is
reasonably fit. Adventure travel is a lot more taxing on you than the average ‘chill
at a cafe and amble through a museum’ holiday. You’re going to need stamina,
mental toughness, strength, and depending on what you’ve signed up for,
specialised training. Here’s how to get started:
Focus on cardio, back, legs and core: Those guns might look great but you’ll need
more than biceps for most adventure activities. First up, give yourself enough
time to get fit—three weeks to a couple of months (depending on your current
fitness levels). Get in enough cardio so you don’t find yourself slowing down your
hiking group each time you come across a gentle hill. But there’s much to be said
for strengthening your back, legs and core—from rock climbing to week long treks
in the hills, you’ll find that working on these parts can make a big difference.
Try out HIIT: Get the best bang for the buck with High Intensity Interval Training.
This popular fitness regimen focuses on bursts of high-intensity exercise.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT is especially
beneficial for boosting cardiovascular health, but can provide greater fitness
benefits in a shorter time span. Don’t have time to join a gym? Check out the
7 Minute Workout Challenge app (7minworkoutapp.net) for a quick workout
regimen you can fit in before and after work.
Go practice—hikes, rock climbing: Nothing beats real practice. So before you
attempt the Chadar Walk in the Himalayas or set out for a weekend of rock
climbing in Hampi, go challenge yourself with something easier. Gather your
friends and set out for an overnight hike in the Himalayan foothills, or look
up an adventure activity destination near you. Delhi Rock (delhirock.com)
offers specialised courses in climbing (and even Parkour), while the Indian
Mountaineering Federation (indmount.org) can help you locate climbing walls
near you.
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1. A power strip saves a lot of
aggravation if you’ve got multiple
devices.
2. Mini bungee cords have many
uses—from making makeshift
clotheslines to securing room doors.
3. Zip ties help secure luggage and
fix broken gear.
4. Ziploc bags can protect your gear
if it’s raining.
5. Keep a spare debit card in your
hotel safe—it’ll come in handy if you
ever lose your wallet.
6. Get credit card fraud protection
before you fly abroad.
7. Fill lotion in old contact lens cases.
8. Don’t forget to download an offline
map (on Google Maps).
9. Google Trips (an itinerary tracker)
and Google Translate are other
useful apps.
10. Keep a selfie on your camera or
phone—if stolen and recovered, it’ll
help you prove ownership.
11. Wrap all toiletries and liquids in
cling wrap to prevent leakage.
12. A rolled-up belt can keep shirt
collars from getting crushed.
13. Bubble wrap collected from your
Amazon orders can be reused to
protect fragile items.
TRAVEL IN STYLE
Hey start-up millionaire! Stop slumming it in economy and travel in
style. There’s no need for you to queue up outside the Eiffel Tower or
rub shoulders with hungover backpackers on the flight to Bali. Check
these out for the best in life money can buy:
Rent a villa: Holidays with your best mates are ideally enjoyed at
a luxury villa—there’s no snoopy hotel manager putting a damper
on your rock star antics. Hit up Weekend Plan (weekendplan.in)
or HireVilla (hirevilla.in) for rentals in India or check out Villanovo
(villanovo.com) for overseas destinations.
Travel concierge services: Private viewings at museums to wedding
proposals at world-famous landmarks, luxury concierge service
Quintessentially (quintessentially.com) can cater to pretty much
every nutty billionaire dream of yours. Just call them up, and if
you’ve got the dosh, they’ll make it happen.
Jet and yacht rentals: Fancy a weekend at a yacht bobbing off
the French Riviera, or perhaps you’d just like to avoid pesky
honeymooners on the flight down to Goa? Check out Charter World
(charterworld.com) for weekly yacht charters in dream locations like
the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, JetSetGo (jetsetgo.
in) offers charter flights in everything from small turboprops to
large jets.
COLD WEATHER KIT
Evening hikes in the Himalayas or New Year’s in Helsinki, here’s some lightweight gear to ward off the
cold wherever you are. Best of all, it doesn’t take up much space.
HIMALAYAN DRIVES
There’s more to a driving vacation than piling on into
the family SUV and heading to Kasauli (or Lonavla).
And while the Ladakh road trip is a part of the Indian
coming-of-age story, it’s perhaps time to look beyond
that as well. Perhaps Nepal or Bhutan, two nations
where you won’t even need a visa.
Rated for use even
at -40°C, the Sorel
Caribou offers retro
looks (we think it
could play a starring
role in Fargo),
waterproof nubuck
leather uppers, a
sealed waterproof
construction and a
plush snow cuff.
sorel.com
Get the Apex+
Etip gloves and you
won’t be forced to
decide between
saving your fingers
from frostbite or
posting on Instagram.
Conductive tips
(and palm) and
Heatseeker insulation
give you everything
at once!
thenorthface.com
Rab’s Microlight
Alpine jacket gives
winter travellers the
best of both worlds—
it’s light enough to
stow away in your
hand baggage, and
with a Pertex outer
skin and goose down,
it’s warm enough
for even the coldest
evening.
rab.equipment.com
Drinks at the Savoy?
Don’t let the London
drizzle get you
down. Slip on this
Marks & Spencer
flat cap—it’s got
Thinsulate warmth
and Stormwear
water protection
to keep you warm
(and stylish, at
the same time).
marksandspencer.
com
Nepal: All you need to visit Nepal (nepalimmigration.
gov.np) is either your Indian passport or your voter
ID. If you’re taking your car along (gibirgunj.org),
you’ll also need a customs permit and a traffic permit,
both of which can be obtained at a border crossing
itself. There’s no need to take prior permission and
paperwork is apparently quite swift, which might make
this the ultimate impromptu road trip!
Bhutan: Take a break from agonising over visa hassles
and consider heading over to the Land of the Thunder
Dragon (tourism.gov.bt). You’ll need a permit to enter,
but you can get that pretty easily at the Phuntsholing
border (the most popular crossing point) with your
Indian passport or voter ID (indianembassythimphu.
bt). Vehicles need a permit as well, and again, that’s
available at the border crossing. In all, budget 3-4 hours
for the paperwork at Phuntsholing.
TISCA
CHOPRA
WE’VE WATCHED HER PORTRAY SOME OF
THE MOST COMPELLING CHARACTERS
ON-SCREEN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. NOW
WE’RE TAKING A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES.
by MEHER BAJWA
photographed by ABHAY SINGH
What’s keeping you busy these days?
It’s been a hectic time! We have just finished the post production on our
short film Chhuri—Finely Chopped, that is out in a few weeks. And we are
just finishing the screenplay of our first feature film Dilliwale Bhatias...while
travelling with The Hungry as it went to several festivals like TIFF (the
Toronto International Film Festival) and MAMI (Mumbai Academy Of
Moving Images) etc. Dilliwale Bhatias is nearly done so we will begin filming
that next. We are producing that and that work will begin soon! I’m also
starting to shoot a new feature film in January. There’s two films ready for
release—The Bioscopewala and 3Dev... so 2018 is going to be a good year!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
It’s a toss up between New York and Bir (in Himachal Pradesh). Ideally
I’d like to live in both places. NYC in the summer and Bir in the winter.
I was born in Kasauli in Himachal and I grew up in the mountains. The
smell of pine trees, quiet walks up unknown mountain paths and sitting by
gushing mountain streams is my idea of heaven. But the artist in me loves
the energy of New York—the theatre scene, the art exhibitions and music at
The Village is just what ones needs to fire one’s imagination.
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What’s the biggest misconception about the movie business?
The biggest misconception about the movie business is that it’s
luck-based. People assume that a lucky break is all that’s needed to
make you a superstar. Without exception, actors, and for that matter,
most people in the film business are borderline OCD about their work—the
good ones anyway. They work like dervishes on steroids. And after years
of doing that do they finally get somewhere. Eventually Lady Luck is
wooed to their side. People like Aamir work so hard and so intelligently
hard, it’s inspirational...
Tell us about The Hungry. What’s the film about?
The Hungry is an exceptionally dark piece of work, perhaps the darkest
film out of India yet. When I first heard the script I was shocked—I couldn’t
imagine doing some of the scenes. And then I was excited by the challenge.
I play a woman whose first born son is murdered on account of a business
rivalry. How she bides her time and plots her revenge is the crux of the
plot. It’s been one of my toughest roles so far. The film is a huge success
internationally, having already been to film festivals in Toronto, MAMI, LSF,
Rome and Macau.
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The film is a Shakespearean adaptation. How was your experience
working on it?
I studied Shakespeare as part of my graduation in English Literature and
was always attracted to the bard’s stories. But Titus Andronicus upon
which The Hungry is based wasn’t a favourite. Shakespeare wrote it when
he was about 24 years old. It’s thematically violent, macabre and intense.
But Bornila (the writer and director of The Hungry) set the film in the
business community in Delhi. And suddenly, it took on a new meaning.
We remember the Ponty Chadha case and many other such where family
feuds have resulted in killings of relatives. It was this that made it
spectacular for me. Tulsi, the character I play, has shades of Lady Macbeth
and yet she has the sympathy of the audience.
Nice! What do you find sexy in a man?
A sense of humour is vital for me. People who take themselves and the
world too seriously are off-putting. If the man is tall and adventurous then
it’s a great package.
We’ll try our best jokes—promise! What’s the best way for a man to win
your heart?
Firstly by not trying too hard. The whole flowers and cards and gifts thing
would bore me in a second. I am hard to impress and therefore
imagination and chutzpah are needed to think of a way to just get me
interested. To win me over would need another level of thinking and
perhaps a deep and genuine commitment to make a place in my heart.
that came my way from boys in college. But most of it was not of a high
standard. Then there was this guy who followed me home every single day
for months, without saying a word—it was stalking by today’s standards.
How do you stay in such good shape?
I can’t take all the credit. My family tends to be more fit than fat. My dad is
a huge disciplinarian; it wasn’t that great fun when we were growing up
but has been a blessing since. I do pilates and yoga every alternate day.
Besides I have an active lifestyle. I also watch what I eat. I can’t stand
being unfit.
Whom do you have a girl crush on and why?
That is a toss up between Beyoncé and JLo! I admire their external beauty,
of course, but more their strength. The way they have made something so
good out of even adversity. They are powerful, strong, independent and
beautiful. They have solid careers and amazing families—truly both of them
have it all.
Us too! What’s the one thing you’d change about the world?
If I could I’d change the population of Mumbai. It’s unbearable how many
people crowd to the city and make it more and more unlivable.
Your all-time favourite quote is…
‘Leap and the net will appear!’
What’s the most romantic thing a guy has ever done for you?
Being English Literature students, there was a lot of poetry and some prose
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MEET THE INDIAN
ATHLETES FROM
NON-MAINSTREAM
SPORTS WHO
ARE CONSTANTLY
FIGHTING
IGNORANCE AND
GENERAL APATHY,
AND MAKING
WAVES—SOME
QUITE LITERALLY—
WHILE DOING SO!
by TANMOY MUKHERJEE
UNSU N
Sports
Heroes
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NG
I
INDIA’S UNDER-17 FOOTBALL TEAM RECENTLY MADE HISTORY BY
becoming the first Indian team across age groups or gender to play in
a FIFA World Cup. Sporting leagues with massive television audiences
and broadcasting deals are sprouting up all across the country, and
our obsession with cricket continues to reach dizzying proportions.
Indian badminton is breaking new ground with both their women
and men winning competitions.
All those other sports may not be as popular as what cricket
is today and what hockey once was, but they still enjoy a good
audience; they are mainstream sports after all. But how does an
ironman athlete, a figure skater or a surfer—all from seemingly less
popular sports but just as competitive—make it big in a country
that isn’t even a sporting one? A 2016 report called ‘The Business
of Sports’, jointly produced by KPMG and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)
concluded that “the country needs to focus on three major aspects—governance and
infrastructure, culture and focused approach to winning medals”.
We lists 10 sportspersons from non-mainstream sports who have beaten the odds
and found unique ways to do so.
VISHESH BRIGUVANSHI
BASKETBALL
ATITA VARGHESE
SKATEBOARDING
The Indian basketball team has risen to
best-ever rankings, made it to the quarterfinals of the FIBA Asia Challenge, and
has beaten China, the best team in the
continent, twice. At the centre of it all has
been Vishesh Briguvanshi, who has been a
constant force in the Indian team for almost
10 years. The six-foot-four-inch 26-year-old
is perhaps India’s most decorated basketball
player right now, leading the country’s
foray into world basketball with all-round
skills across the court, and became the
first Indian player to be signed by the
National Basketball League of Australia,
with a year-long training contract with the
Adelaide 36ers. One of the driving forces
of Indian basketball, Briguvanshi has
paved the way for more of his teammates
securing lucrative playing contracts from
around the world. His competitive edge is a
perfect contrast to the calm demeanour he
sports, and remains unfazed by the lack of
recognition his sport receives in India.
With a Monroe piercing, sneakers and a
skateboard, Atita Varghese is a trendsetter
in more ways than one. As India’s first
female pro skateboarder, 24-year-old Atita
is out to make her sport mainstream in
India. Long seen on TV when ESPN made
its first foray into Indian airwaves in the
’90s, the X-Games were a thing of wonder
for Indian kids, but without the avenue to
bust out those gravity-defying moves. With
Girl Skate India, the Bengaluru girl has
taken it upon herself to build skate parks
for underprivileged girls to break gender
stereotypes and inequality, and has one eye
set on Tokyo 2020, where skateboarding
will make its debut in the Olympics.
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KAUSTUBH RADKAR
IRONMAN ATHLETE
While all the focus was on swimmer-turnedmodel-turned-actor-turned-triathlonaspirant Milind Soman when he completed
his first-ever triathlon (a race involving
3.8 km of swimming, 180 kms on a bicycle
and a marathon), Dr Kaustubh Radkar
had already completed his course three
hours earlier. Dr Radkar, a cardiovascular
medicine specialist, has completed 18
Ironman races and is our foremost triathlon
athlete. Having started out as a swimmer
winning several national titles and
competing in various Asia-Pacific events,
Dr Radkar finally channelled his energy
in triathlons across the world, quickly
becoming the poster boy for the sport in
the country. He now coaches athletes across
India, and guess who his most famous
student is: Milind Soman.
CA BHAVANI DEVI
FENCING
NISAR AHMED
ATHLETICS
DEBORAH HEROLD
TRACK CYCLING
Despite being a legacy sport at the Olympics
due to its history, fencing is an unusual
sport for an Indian to pick up. In fact,
even the Fencing Association of India was
founded as recently as 1974. And despite no
role models to follow closer home, 23-yearold Chennai girl CA Bhavani Devi stunned
spectators when she clinched gold medal at
the World Satellite Fencing Championship
in Reykjavik earlier this year, to add to her
medals from Commonwealth and Asian
meets. Bhavani was introduced to the sport
early in school and now trains in Italy due
to the lack of training centres for the sport
in India. Bhavani finds herself leading her
country into the unknown sport of fencing,
and remains unrecognized as a result.
There are countless stories of promising
Indian athletes falling by the wayside due
to lack of support to further their sporting
pursuits. At the recently-held Delhi State
Athletics Meet, 15-year-old Nisar Ahmed
smashed the Under-16 national record to
win gold in the 100m and 200m races.
In fact, he bettered the state senior-level
champion’s timing by two-hundredths of a
second. Running has been second nature
for Nisar, who hails from a slum in Delhi’s
Azadpur, and used to run along railway
tracks for fun, while his father is a rickshawpuller and mother a domestic help. He may
still owe the money his father borrowed to
buy him running shoes, but his mother now
knows he will soon be able to buy the best
shoes anyone can, with his own money.
India’s Sports Minister Rajyavardhan
Rathore has pledged his support to the
teenage sprinter, offering him all the
assistance the Sports Authority of India
can to ensure Nisar doesn’t fall through
the cracks of obscurity.
Yet to make her debut at the Olympic
Games, Deborah Herold is the first Indian
cyclist ever to achieve a ranking by the
International Cycling Union—World No.
4 (2015-16). She hails from Kakana, a tiny
village in the southernmost Union Territory
of India, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
(Nicobar to be precise), and was eight years
old when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck
the islands and a large part of South Asia,
and was separated from her mother. She
spent days perched on top of a tree until
the waters receded and was reunited with
her family later. With her sights firmly set
on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Deborah is
making steady progress by qualifying for
the Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester,
thanks to two silver medals in the Track
Asia Cup along with teammate Aleena Reji.
Not only cycling, Deborah has managed
to put Nicobar back on the map, by
popularising sports among the rural and
tribal communities.
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NISHCHAY LUTHRA
FIGURE SKATING
If athletes struggle for support in
mainstream Olympic sports, think of
athletes competing in winter sports in
India. Delhi-based Nishchay Luthra is just
18, but had sent Twitter into a tizzy when
several Indian cricketers changed their
profile picture to Luthra’s for a campaign
run by Adidas. It was for a crowdfunding
campaign to raise money for the figure
skater who had to cut short his previous
stay in the USA as he had run out of
money to train there; even his house was
mortgaged. Luthra was a state-level athlete
in other sports too, but a desire to get better
at skating got him hooked before he won
gold in the first-ever competition he entered
in, and hasn’t looked back since. With four
international and several national medals
across singles and pairs events, Luthra’s
single-biggest motivation is to qualify for
the 2018 Winter Olympics.
DATTU BHOKANAL
ROWING
The only rower from India to have qualified for
the Rio Olympics hadn’t even seen a large mass of
water, let alone know how to swim until a few years
ago. Dattu Bhokanal hails from a drought-stricken
village in Maharashtra’s Chandvad district. In the
five years since taking up the sport, he has won an
Asian Championship silver and finished fifth in the
2014 Asian Games. Once his father passed away in
2011, Bhokanal dropped out of school to join the
Army, where he was introduced to the sport. While
he was competing in Rio he produced India’s best
performance by a rower. A rift between the sport’s
governing body in the country and Pune’s Army
Rowing Node has meant Bhokanal hasn’t participated
in a single event since his performance in Rio.
ISHITA MALAVIYA
SURFING
Much like the Himalayan
landscape remains underutilised for winter sports,
India’s 7,500-km long coastline
remains a tourist attraction
with overcrowded beaches. But
some, like Ishita Malaviya, have
been making an effort to turn
all of the available water into
a thriving surfing destination.
Five years ago, Malaviya at the
age of 22, founded the Shaka
Surf Club in coastal Karnataka
in a fishing community.
Malaviya, India’s first pro
female surfer, is a brand
ambassador of an international
surfwear brand and has made
films to highlight the thrill of
surfing. She has been leading
the way by inspiring a new wave
of surfers, teaching kids to surf
and frequently leading cleaning
campaigns of beaches.
KAUSTUBH KHADE
KAYAKING
Thirty-year-old Kaustubh Khade
found his calling in the sport of
kayaking while on a holiday in
Goa, and eventually immersed
himself into the sport. An
engineer who graduated from
IIT Delhi, Khade has made a
swift transition into a highclass kayaker and participated
in major international
competitions in the intervening
years. After finishing fifth
in the Asian Sea Kayaking
Championship and winning
medals in the Asian Dragon
Boat Championship, Khade
made a record-setting solo
kayaking voyage from Mumbai
to Goa to raise money, and is
now attempting to kayak across
India’s west coast from Kutch
to Kanyakumari, which is a
staggering 3,000 km.
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MISSION
CRITICAL
Celebrating 25 years of defying conventions
Bell & Ross joins the ranks of the world’s elite watchmakers.
by JARED PAUL STERN
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The watchmaker is experimenting with designs inspired by motorcycles
and cars, with the aeronautical edge of its heritage.
THE EXPRESSION OF TECHNICAL
precision through “pure lines
and timeless elegance.” That’s
the guiding principle of Bell &
Ross. Its watches have a distinct
visceral appeal: wearing one
makes you feel like a fighter
pilot. Founded in Paris in
1992 and inspired by aircraft
instrumentation, the brand
has defied the conventions of
centuries of watchmaking.
In fact, for the first decade
of its existence, the company
enlisted help producing its
own watches, but a devoted
following developed anyway.
In the early 2000s, Bell & Ross
began manufacturing at its own
facility in La Chaux-de-Fonds,
Switzerland. It was founded,
of course, by a team of watch
designers and aeronautical
control panel specialists who
wanted to create timepieces that
were perfect for the demands of
“men facing extreme situations.”
As it celebrates its 25th
anniversary this year, the
company is creating more varied
and more complex pieces than
ever before, joining the ranks of
the world’s best watchmakers.
Although it lacks the heritage of
a brand like Rolex or Panerai,
Bell & Ross has nonetheless
established a reputation for
precision, masculine elegance,
and the kind of craftsmanship
usually associated with much
older marques. That’s also
why, in addition to fans like
Robert Downey Jr., Arnold
Schwarzenegger and Gordon
Ramsay, the French Air Force,
Dassault Aviation’s Rafale
Fighter Aircraft division, and
Germany’s Spacelab mission have
all commissioned Bell & Ross
timepieces. The square cases of
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The Rafale-inspired BR 03,
with a pilot wearing the iconic
precision instrument.
FACING PAGE
The B-Rocket became an instant
classic, and tested its speed
resistance on the racing-ready
Bonneville Salt Flats.
OPENING SPREAD
The Aéro GT—with its automotive
and aeronautical combine—was a
2016 highlight. This year, the BR
03 Aéro Gt Orange has taken that
idea forward with panache.
its signature models, seemingly
ripped straight from the
cockpit of an F-35, are instantly
recognisable and distinguish the
wearer as a man who doesn’t
want a watch that looks like
everyone else’s.
While Bell & Ross continues
to experiment with aviationthemed designs, it has also begun
producing some stunning pieces
inspired by motorcycles and
cars, with an aeronautical edge.
In 2014, it unveiled the B-Rocket
watch, with a speedometerderived design, along with a
custom concept Harley-Davidson
bike. In 2016, the watchmaker
debuted the Aéro-GT, a concept
supercar that resembles a fighter
jet, accompanied by the BR 03
Aéro GT range of automotivestyle watches, which was
followed by the BR 03-94 Aéro GT
Orange. And this year it’s drawing
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Function drives design, and each watch is created to meet four basic principles:
legibility, functionality, precision and reliability.
inspiration from the “belly
tanker” racecars of the 1940s and
’50s, made from fighter-plane
gas tanks and built to break land
speed records at the legendary
Bonneville Salt Flats.
The concept car developed in
tandem with the new Bellytanker
collection features metal
bodywork referencing the case
of a watch, with a glass-covered
cockpit evoking a curved watch
crystal. The copper-coloured trim
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FROM TOP LEFT
The BR 01, inspired by the design
of a fighter and meeting the
demands of its pilots; 2014’s BR
03 B-Rocket watch with its
speedometer-derived design; the
BR 03 Aéro GT range of
automotive-style watches
is a nod to the timepieces of the
1940s, while the matte black nose
echoes the anti-reflective paint on
a stealth fighter. Meanwhile, just
500 pieces of each limited-edition
BR 03 Aéro GT watch series were
produced. The watches evoke
vintage Omega Speedmasters and
other iconic motoring watches
but with their own retro flair.
Bell & Ross is also launching
collections of vintage designs,
inspired by early aviation and
World War I–era timepieces
including a pocket watch with
a black face and classic looks,
alongside highly complex pieces
such as the BR-X1 line, whose
skeleton chronograph reveals
the watch’s inner workings—and
shows that the brand can now
compete with any fine Swiss
watchmaker. Deep down, it still
continues to service professionals
for whom a watch is not just a
tool, but “a constant ally.”
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Belt’s on?
WE’RE
ABOUT TO
TAKE OFF
WHILE NASA, SPACEX AND TEAM INDUS,
AMONG OTHER GIANTS, PUSH THE
BOUNDARIES OF SPACE EXPLORATION,
IT’S WORTH ASKING WHAT’S IN IT FOR US?
by ISSAC JOHN
illustrations by ANWITA + ARUN
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I NEVER KNEW KALPANA CHAWLA. BUT ON THE NIGHT OF
unnerving and overawing kind of an experience. As far as a
category of people with high IQs are concerned, they are the
February 1, 2003 when news of Space Shuttle Columbia falling
equivalent of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Intelligence doesn’t get
apart struck our TV screens, with her picture in an orange
any better than theirs on this planet.
spacesuit as the prominent thumbnail, I remembered thinking
And if ever there was a time, to be incredibly excited about
what her family must’ve gone through that night. That morning, in
the state of space tech in this world, today is as good a time as
Cape Canaveral, Florida, she and her crew were expected to safely
any with multiple players—both private and state-owned, pushing
land at 09:16 hours EST. About ten minutes before the scheduled
the boundaries of human conquests over space. Earlier this year,
landing, at 09:05 hours, residents of north central Texas, reported
in a record-breaking effort, India launched 104 satellites through
seeing smoke trails and debris from the skies above.
its grand old warhorse, the PSLV. In the US, the race to snag
I was in my final year of college back then and while I had very
the nation’s defense contracts intensified between SpaceX and
little by way of information about her before that catastrophe, for
the United Launch Alliance (a JV between Lockheed Martin and
the next few weeks, I absorbed every bit of news that came my way
Boeing). Meanwhile, the Google LunarXPrize, a competition that
about her.
was announced in 2007 to incentivise privately-owned teams to
Among her other illustrious set of achievements, I learnt that
land a rover on the moon’s surface, has only five teams left in the
she was a girl from Karnal, who did her aeronautical engineering
fray in what would be a photo-finish sometime early-2018 between
from Punjab and she carried pins from her school and college from
Team Indus from India and four other international teams.
India on that ill-fated trip. A small part of me also felt that if a girl
Today, the ease of access to news and information about any
from Karnal could go on her second space mission with NASA,
of these superlative efforts, has conversations around space tech
perhaps I hadn’t done too bad with schooling from Ghaziabad and
enter our living rooms. Yet, one can’t help wondering if all the
a bachelor’s degree from Kerala University. It was, at best a fleeting
advancements in space research will benefit
selfish thought.
only a tiny fraction of our population. Beyond
The enormity of her accomplishment,
those jaw-dropping videos of SpaceX’s powerful
despite that tragic ending, only dawned on
And if ever there was
launch and landing missions, are we today going
me when I joined my younger sister’s opening
a time, to be incredibly
to inherit any benefits in the immediate term of
day in school in a small town in Kerala, called
excited about the state of
these epoch-changing technologies?
Punalur two months later. (Don’t bother, you
The answer to that question, whether obvious
won’t find Punalur on most maps they sell in
space tech in this world,
or not, is a resounding yes. Enter Spinoff, a
stationery shops or they have on Google.)
today is as good a time
NASA publication that has been documenting
The students of her class in Standard IV
as any with multiple
applications of space-based research in everyday
were called in front of the assembly and were
asked to mention who their role model was
players—both private and use. While spinoff as a term is self-explanatory,
last year during the 40th anniversary of its
as part of an introduction. On that harshly
state-owned, pushing the
publication, the magazine brought out a list of
sunny Monday morning, in countryside
boundaries of human
life-altering innovations that wouldn’t have been
Kerala, Kalpana Chawla made every student’s
possible without the mind-bending efforts of its
role model list. Cutting across geographies,
conquests over space.
scientists. These included everyday products
citizenry, race, colour, gender, she had, in
like digital image sensors and memory foam to
a dramatic fashion inspired a generation
high-end applications like anti-icing technologies
of young kids in an obscure part of India,
for train tracks in countries with colder climes, which would thus
without even being there.
prevent seasonal disruptions and make life easy for people like you
That’s the unparalleled power of inspiration that space
and me, even as our nuts freeze in -35 degrees.
exploration provides. Arguably, more than any other profession
Among the above, we haven’t even touched the obvious useand strictly because of its sheer foundation being rooted in
cases of space technology in our day to day lives, through takenacquisition of raw knowledge and applying that knowledge to do
for-granted advancements such as GPS or satellite television. But
things, never done before. Barring Howard Wolowitz, from The Big
leaving that aside, the most heartening aspect in recent years has
Bang Theory, every space scientist, researcher or engineer I have
been the application of space tech for the one purpose that finds its
ever read about, or met has only proved to be an overwhelming,
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Kris Kimel, a founder of the Kentucky Science and Technology
way into most pitch decks to VCs in Silicon Valley (even if the sole
Foundation, is “research and development of medical solutions in
purpose of an app is to click as many self-destructing selfies) and
the microgravity environment of space for applications on earth.”
that is—to make the world a better place. Except that in the case of
At a 2015 panel discussion at the IDEA Festival in Louisville
space tech applications, this is true.
Kentucky, he referred to the “scrambling” that occurs when
No story can illustrate this better than Alain Gachet’s, a French
humans leave the comfort of gravity, when all systems—biological
geophysicist who for a large part of his career was helping major
and physical, “scramble” to cope up with harsher conditions. The
oil companies discover oil fields.
questions is whether that scrambling could open doors to newer
In 2002, leveraging a NASA technology known as the
understanding of interventions and treatments. The key challenges
Spaceborne Imaging Radar (that was aboard Space Shuttle
in this area pertain to the high costs and the available number
Endeavor), Gachet came up with a proprietary water exploration
of experiments one can continue to pursue on the International
and discovery technology called WATEX, that has since the midSpace Station. While these are early days, these experiments can
2000s pinpointed areas where sufficient supply of water could
potentially find newer doors to tackling life-threatening diseases.
lay underneath the earth’s surface. He further combined his
An interesting paradox that came to my mind while researching
experience with other advanced NASA technologies namely, the
about applications of space in everyday life is whether it’s better
Shuttle Radar Topography Mission and the LandSAT programme,
to expend today’s resources on specific problems of modern-day
(a NASA partnership with the US Geological Survey), to uncover
mankind rather than invest in space research and hope for a spinwater in the war-torn areas of Eastern Chad, Darfur, Kurdistan
off to emerge as a potential solution for some of today’s humanity’s
and a part of Northern Kenya known as Turkhana County.
biggest problems. As luck would have it, I ran into this perspective
According to a NASA report, Gachet’s company Radar Technologies
by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
International, has unearthed an estimated
People often ask, if you like spin-off
66 trillion litres of potable water that can
Meanwhile, a whole
products, why not just invest in those
sustain the country for 70 years bringing
technologies straightaway, instead of waiting
much-needed relief and stability to a
new ecosystem called
for them to happen as spin-offs? The answer:
population that without his help would
Exomedicine is fast
it just doesn’t work that way. Let’s say you’re
only perhaps turn against each other. He
emerging as an area where
a thermodynamicist, an expert on heat,
looks back at it all with the wisdom of a
and I ask you to build me a better oven. You
prophet. “Discovering a little water brings
further developments are
might invent a convection oven, or an oven
war, but discovering a lot of water can
likely to keep us hooked in
that’s more insulated or that permits easier
bring peace.”
the near future.
access to its contents. But no matter how
For his humongous humanitarian
much money I give you, you will not invent
efforts Gachet was awarded Knight of the
a microwave oven. Because that came from
Legion of Honour, France’s highest civilian
another place. It came from investments in communications, in
honor in 2015. In Gachet’s own words, it’s the technologies of the
radar. The microwave oven is traceable to the war effort, not to a
space agencies that are his “eyes on the ground, without which he
thermodynamicist.
is totally blind.”
As an aside, if you are ever in doubt, do not rule out the power
Among the other fields, that space tech can impact humanity in
of space tech in inspiring a generation of young 10-year-olds in a
the most meaningful way, medicine and medical equipment, is yet
remote countryside school in Kerala and elsewhere around the
another sphere with immense scope of application. Here too, while
world. There were, I think some 40-odd students in my sister’s
in the past, advancements such as laser angioplasty and digital
class in that school as they made their introductions in 2003, that
imaging breast biopsy owe at least part of their development to
morning. If even one of them, is studying to be a space scientist
space research, newer technologies are helping paraplegics utilise
today, somewhere in the world, sometime soon he or she could be
the power of space robotics to perform activities like walking in the
working on something that might just give you and me an extra day
most humane way possible.
on this beautiful planet of ours.
Meanwhile, a whole new ecosystem called Exomedicine is
Let’s sit back and strap on our belts for that day. The game is
fast emerging as an area where further developments are likely
afoot on space, for humanity’s good.
to keep us hooked in the near future. Exomedicine, according to
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by PRIYA RAO
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GIVEN HER GLOSSY INSTAGRAM PROFILE
with nearly 10 million followers—think selfies
featuring pouty red lips and strategically shot
bikini pics—it’s a welcome surprise to see Hailey
Baldwin sans make-up, with slicked-back,
soaking wet hair, when the budding model and
actress meets Maxim to discuss her rise to
stardom. “I know, it’s really underwhelming,”
jokes the 20-year-old with the famous last
name. (She’s Stephen’s daughter and Alec’s
niece, for the record.) “I came straight out of
the shower.”
But underwhelming isn’t exactly the right
word. Even though Baldwin is hiding her
dangerous curves in an oversize tracksuit
during our date at the Arlo Hotel in Soho, the
first word that comes to my mind upon meeting
her is babe. That’s the kind of impression you
make when you have wispy blonde hair, big
brown doe eyes, and those pillowy lips. But
simply being pretty isn’t the only requirement
to cracking the supermodel hot list: You’ve also
got to be a badass. And Baldwin is. She’s a
provocateur in the best sense, titillating the
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public with relationships with Justin Bieber
and baiting gossip rags with comments like
“Yes, I’m pregnant and @KendallJenner is the
baby mama.”
Come to think of it, Baldwin’s attitude might
be her greatest asset. When she says, “At the
end of the day, I don’t need people’s approval,”
you believe her. That said, plenty of people do
approve. In fact, the last year has seen Baldwin,
who began modelling at age 17, transcend her
last name, making her mark on the fashion
world while gracing the pages of Vogue, Elle,
and V. Now the rising star is preparing for a
transition to television as a host of James
Corden’s reality comedy series, Drop the Mic,
which pits celebrities against each other in rap
battles. To Baldwin, following in her family’s
footsteps was a natural progression. “I honestly
always feel like it was a little bit inevitable for
me,” she says. “I was always the entertainer in
my family. Everyone said, ‘That’s the one you
got to watch out for.’ ”
Unlike her celebutante friends (Jenner, Bella
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Hadid, and Willow Smith, to name a few),
Baldwin, though primed for the spotlight,
wasn’t tethered to it, which makes her seem…
well, normal. She grew up 30 minutes outside
Manhattan, and was raised as a born-again
Christian, which is a grounding source for her
still. “I’m quite spiritual; I go to church,” she
says while picking out raisins from her chia seed
pudding. “Last night, I was at my pastor’s house
with his wife and kids having family dinner and
playing Bananagrams and board games.”
That’s not to say Baldwin isn’t partly
Hollywood. Consider her rumoured romantic
flames, including Drake and Los Angeles Laker
Jordan Clarkson. “It’s definitely easier,” she says
of celebrity relationships. “You’re never
worried, ‘Are they only hanging out with me
because they want to get attention or be seen?’
It can be weird for somebody who’s never been
in this world before to be sucked into it.” But
when I ask about her current relationship
status, she just smiles naughtily and says,
“Dating is weird, but it’s so fun.”
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SHIFTERS
At the Red Bull Rampage 2017, some of the
world’s best mountain bike freeriders carved
out their own legacies.
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Tyler McCaul tackles
the steep drop.
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Kurt Sorge strikes gold
at the 2017 Red Bull
Rampage in Utah.
FREERIDERS ARE, WELL, A DIFFERENT BREED.
Not only do they take on the mountain,
they also challenge the limits of their own
performance. To make it far at the challenging
Red Bull Rampage is an accomplishment,
but to win is huge—because the Rampage is
fairly unique in the elite sporting world. In
this challenge, the competitors prepare their
own insane natural lines into savage drops,
jumps and berms to try and score the best
points total from the judges. In effect, you’re
competing with yourself as you compete with
other MTB pros.
The riders are judged on four sets of
criteria—difficulty of line, air amplitude,
control and fluidity, tricks and style. The 2017
edition had a new ridge-line, which sat to the
rider’s right of the terrain from last year’s
event—where Canadian Brandon Semenuk
wrapped up his second title from Antoine
Bizet and Carson Storch in dramatic windy
conditions. Building upon the success of
last year’s format changes, the elite group of
18 riders and their two-person build crews
created their own lines down the mountain
without the use of power tools. As a result,
no two riders’ paths down the near-vertical
sandstone ridges were the same.
In fact, using a pickaxe and shovel for days
can cause blisters on the riders’ hands, which
is not the best “preparation” to help control
landings from 65-foot gap jumps on the two
race runs—something that marks out Rampage
on the annual MTB calendar.
The course forced the finalists to pull out
their best lines, tricks and drops. Kurt Sorge
shone this year, navigating the crazy terrain
for a hat-trick of titles and the title of the
best freerider in mountain biking this year.
Having already conquered the daring terrain
at Zion National Park in Virgin, Utah, in the
2012 and 2015 editions, the Canadian sent
down arguably his best ever ride to overcome
Cameron Zink and Ethan Nell.
As an enthusiast sport, mountain biking is
thought to date back to the late-1800s, when
the Swiss military’s bike regimen was founded
and, around the same time, when the iconic
Buffalo Soldiers undertook daring expeditions
from Montana to Idaho in the US.
The Red Bull Rampage is a lot more
dramatic, of course. The challenge here is
not limited to finishing, but also showcasing
some daring moves—because it’s an event
that challenges veterans and rookies alike.
Cameron Zink, an American mountain bike
icon who finished second this year, knows
this extreme challenge all too well. He was,
like Sorge, chasing the first-ever Rampage
hat-trick, as was last year’s winner Brandon
Semenuk. Even self-made runs down the
mountain were treacherous, with Semenuk
falling in his first run.
Rampage rookie Ethan Nell, a 20-year-old
Utah local freerider, came in third this year.
Even as he competed in the event for the first
time, he fared much better than expected.
Sorge summed it up best: “All riders were
going huge and doing technical tricks off all
of the big features—putting together really
technical flowy lines.” The 2017 edition of
the challenge also saw the celebrated French
rider, Antoine Bizet, being awarded the
coveted People’s Choice Award.
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Lights,
Camera...
& Lots Of
Action!
A brief history of Hong Kong cinema.
by JUSTIN ROHRLICH
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One can’t talk about Hong Kong
cinema without mentioning
Bruce Lee, the martial arts
icon. He also founded the Jeet
Kune Do or The Way of the
Intercepting Fist form.
ALTHOUGH HONG KONG CINEMA IS
now world-famous in its own right, the first
films shown in the former British colony
were, in fact, brought in from France by
mail steamer. The year was 1897, and at the
end of April, Professor Maurice Charvet
unveiled his “Cinematograph” projector to
enthralled locals at Hong Kong City Hall.
Prof. Charvet presented a series of shorts,
which included the march of a French
cavalry regiment.
In 1909, Leung Siu-po (also known as
Liang Shaobo) directed and starred in a
comedy short called Stealing a Roast Duck,
which co-starred Lai Pak-hoi. Financed by
Russian-American businessman Benjamin
Brodsky, the silent Roast Duck was made
alongside Right a Wrong with Earthenware
Dish, which also was directed by Siu-po.
However, the film was lost to time
decades ago, and today there’s no physical
evidence it ever existed. “There is nothing
left of anything produced before the Second
World War,” film historian Law Kar told the
Guardian. “The Japanese melted all the film
stock down to extract the nitrate, so they
could use it to make bombs.”
It wasn’t until 1913 that Hong Kong
produced its first narrative feature, titled
Zhuangzi Tests His Wife. Produced by Lai
Man-wai, known as the father of Hong
Kong cinema, and backed financially by
Brodsky, Zhuangzi follows a Taoist scholar—
played by Man-wai—who fakes his own
death in a bid to test his wife’s loyalty. A
little over 10 years later, Lai’s brother, Lai
Bak-hoi, produced Rouge, Hong Kong’s first
full-length film, which was shot in nearby
Guangzhou. A year-long strike that kicked
off shortly after the picture was released led
to the bulk of Hong Kong’s movie theatres
being shuttered, and the colony’s film
industry withered.
Eight years later, Hong Kong’s motion
picture business made its first talkie, called
White Gold Dragon. The 1933 Cantoneselanguage film was produced by Tianyi, a
venerable Shanghai studio that kicked off
Hong Kong’s next big movie boom.
White Gold Dragon was based on a
Cantonese opera, and would be the last
piece of pure entertainment produced by
the industry for the foreseeable future.
The Second Sino-Japanese War broke out
in 1937, which led Hong Kong’s auteurs to
shift their creative output to producing
more patriotic, anti-Japanese fare. These
included 1938’s Behind The Shanghai Front,
a war drama directed by Tang Xiaodan.
Filmmakers from elsewhere in China began
moving to Hong Kong, a British colony at
the time, which boosted the Hong Kong
scene immensely. A building boom of movie
houses followed the creative boom, lifting
the entire industry even higher as a result.
The upswing would not last, however.
In December of 1941, the Japanese invaded
Hong Kong. War planes bombed movie
studios, halting production. Only Japanese
films were permitted to be shown, and
American productions were banned
outright. When the city went back to British
rule in 1945, the movie business still didn’t
Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao did a series of “Three Dragons” films, including 1983’s
Project A, which gave each of them a sterling action profile across the world. Chow Yun Fat also
bridged the Hong Kong-Taiwan-Hollywood gap with his collaboration with filmmaker John Woo
especially with The Killer and Hard Boiled and, of course, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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Everyone in the world knows Jackie Chan, who is the most famous name after Bruce Lee. But
Donnie Yen, star of the Ip Man franchise and the antagonist in Shanghai Knights, is one of Hong Kong
cinema’s biggest names. Jet Li broke onto the screen with 1982’s Shaolin Temple, but became a
global star with Lethal Weapon 4 and now The Expendables films. Stephen Chow is a pop-culture
phenomenon, with Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle and Journey to the West becoming mega-hits.
bounce back. It took another year for Hong
Kong’s first postwar film, Flames of Passion,
to be released.
During the 1950s, more than 500 films
were produced in Hong Kong, making huge
stars out of their casts. One of the most
revered actresses of this period, Yam Kimfai, was able to sing in a low voice and took
roles playing both men and women.
The following decade was even more
productive, with nearly 1,000 Hong Kong
films being produced between 1960 and
1970. However, something had changed
by now, and movies dropped sharply in
popularity among the colony’s populace. As
the younger generation became consumers
in their own right, they eschewed their
parents’ style of film—romances and
operas—for kung fu pictures.
Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan would
quickly become household names during
this era, with Lee’s The Big Boss (1971),
Fist Of Fury (frequently titled The Chinese
Connection, 1972), and Enter the Dragon
(1973). In 1978, Jackie Chan would become
a breakout star with the action comedies
Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow and Drunken
Master. Their films became hits outside of
Asia, which was nothing short of a game
changer for Hong Kong studios.
In the 1980s, Hong Kong films
underwent a transformation of sorts,
becoming visually slicker and more
polished in a technical sense. Moviemakers
began utilising a full slate of modern special
effects and experimented with boundarydefying content and story lines. John Woo,
the prolific Chinese filmmaker, became a
worldwide sensation with 1989’s The Killer,
starring Chow Yun Fat.
American directors, having taken
notice of Hong Kong’s cinematic prowess,
now began looking to their output for
inspiration—and sometimes significantly
more than that. In the ’90s, Jackie Chan
became an international superstar after
Rumble In The Bronx and Rush Hour, and
Stephen Chow’s 2004 Kung Fu Hustle set
records in Hong Kong with a $7.8 million
box-office take. Martin Scorsese used the
2002 feature Infernal Affairs as the basis
for his 2006 Oscar-winning crime drama,
The Departed. Three years earlier, a free
trade agreement called Closer Economic
Partnership Arrangement between China
and Hong Kong had been enacted, meaning
co-productions between China and Hong
Kong would no longer be subject to
competition-killing import quotas. This
meant a boom in movies co-produced by
the two neighbours.
Nowadays, Hong Kong cinema is still
strong. But as with many things in today’s
world, the industry faces stiff competition
from none other than China itself.
Rather than putting Hong Kong
filmmakers out of business, China has
largely worked with them, not against them.
Yet these co-productions are seen by some
as having a dilutive effect on Hong Kong’s
cinematic influence, giving way to Chinese
production values and an aesthetic that
appeals to the masses. They also must be
approved by Chinese censors.
“We must think about how Hong Kong
cinema should position itself in order to find
our way to the future,” award-winning Hong
Kong director Wong Chun recently told
Variety. “What is our strength, as compared
to films from other Asian countries? It’s
time to reflect on this.”
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THE MISTRESS
OF MUSIC
Singer, actor, emcee and all-round hottie, Manasi Scott, gets
up close and personal while making her Maxim debut.
by MEHER BAJWA
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Welcome to Maxim!
What are you up to
right now?
I’ve just come home
after performing in
Bangkok, and now
I’m gearing up for the
concerts this month.
It’s also birthday month BTW! I have a
new web series that I’m shooting and I’m
recording my new, original English album.
Nice, I hope we’re invited to the birthday
party! What would people be the most
surprised to find out about you?
That I work very hard to overcome my
shyness when I’m not on stage.
This is a very hot shoot. When do you
feel the sexiest?
Whenever I tell myself I’m sexy, I feel
it! (laughs) It has very little to do with
other people.
What’s the strangest thing that’s
happened to you on set?
Being told half way through—and when
I was fresh out of college—that I would
have to ‘compromise’/adjust/ get onto the
proverbial Casting Couch else I would lose
the job. Needless to say I lost many.
That’s crazy—good for you for
standing up to this BS! What’s the
worst part about being in the
entertainment business?
The setbacks and rejections, and the
ensuing lows are the worst part and these
are mostly people related and hardly ever
because of the lack of talent.
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Interesting insight. And the best?
To be able to entertain and to connect
with people you don’t know just because
of your art, to move them, and to be heard
is the best.
What’s a typical day like?
I have come to realise I don’t have typical
days. I live each one like it could be my
last, with full power, always raring to go.
What have you learned about men over
the years?
That the gentle and chivalrous ones are
almost extinct and as a single mom I hope
to raise mine as one.
What do you look for in a man?
Truth, honour and integrity.
We’re going to tick off boxes here, hah! If
you had to take Maxim on a date, what
would it entail?
Mixed martial arts!
Woah, that sounds intense. What can we
get you at a bar after?
The HottieScottie—it’s quite the recipe with
sour, spicy and a dash of natural sweetness
and alcohol.
Sounds good. Which are your guilty
pleasures?
I am guilty of always wanting to
be pleasured.
What’s your top dating advice for us?
If you don’t have the best damn
pick-up line, stay silent and keep the
drinks coming!
STYLING
MANASI SCOTT
& RIVA BUBBER
HAIR & MAKE-UP
NATASHA SHAIKH
(HAIR GARAGE)
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experience
THERE’S ALWAYS
ROOM FOR ROMANCE
The Waterstones Hotel in Mumbai is a haven
from chaotic city life during the holiday season.
Freshly pressed linen sheets, fluffy towels, calming colour
palettes and indulgent interiors: just some of the reasons why
Waterstones Hotel is perfect to recreate that cocooning feel at
home. Tucked away in a quiet corner of chaotic Mumbai,
Waterstones Hotel is a quiet paradise that combines the care and
details of a boutique hotel with the comforts and luxuries of a five
star to present you with the getaway you truly deserve. Paired with
the facilities and lush grounds of one of Mumbai’s most exclusive
private clubs, the property has been tastefully designed to surprise
and delight you the discerning, creative traveller. Crystal
chandeliers are replaced by warm lamps floated at varied levels
over a peaceful sunken lobby. Waterstones brings Mumbai’s
opulent past into the 21st century.
Inspired from various elements of nature, each of the hotel’s
floors, have been individually designed to evoke a distinct feel and
environment, from the cool minimalism of the glacier level, to the
rustic warmth of the mountain level, to the bright energy of the fire
level. Guests looking to profess their love in the most special way,
can escape to the luxurious comforts of Waterstones Hotel’s
Christmas and New Year Package. Step into any of the uniquely
themed rooms and begin your afternoon by savouring the chocolate
and fruit platter. Take the journey ahead with Bliss, the Spa, that
leads you to a world of pure relaxation and rejuvenation for the
body and mind. Follow this with a sumptuous lunch at White Barn,
a pool facing restaurant, for a tantalising blend of traditional
favourites and healthy well-balanced meals.
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p. 8 Astronaut by
Vladi333/Shutterstock;
drink by V_L/
Shutterstock.com; biking
by Bartek Wolinski/
RedBull
pp. 14-16 Woman with
wine by Igor Normann/
Shutterstock.com; man
with wine by Kiselev
Andrey Valerevich/
Shutterstock.com
p. 20 Images courtesy
of Alpha imagery, Rohan
Thomson, David
Marvier, George
Aufreiter, Mihail Jershov,
Scott Hopkin, Gianluca
Colagross, Luciano
Consolini
p. 24 Images courtesy
of JW Marriott
p. 26 Emma McIntyre/
Getty Images
pp. 28-31 lmages
courtesy of Cadillac
pp. 32-33 lmages
courtesy of Norton
pp. 34-35 lmages
courtesy of Honda
p. 36 lmages courtesy
of the respective brands
p. 37 lmages courtesy
of Tesla Motors
pp. 38-41 Images
courtesy of John
Varvatos
p. 42 Raen, raen.com;
Grown Alchemist,
grownalchemist.com;
Clinique For Men, Shop
No. G-43-44, Select
CityWalk Mall, Saket,
New Delhi; Sunday Riley,
sundayriley.com;
Bateman Skincare,
batemanskincare.com;
Salvatore Ferragamo,
Shop No. 121 & 221, DLF
Emporio Mall, Nelson
Mandela Road, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi; La Mer,
cremedelamer.com,
SK-II, sk-ii.com
p. 43 Isaia, isaia.it; Tumi,
tumi.com; Audeze,
audeze.com; Polaroid,
polaroid.com; Carl F.
Bucherer, carl-fbucherer.com; W&P
Design, wandpdesign.
com; Hermès, Shop No.
201, 1st Floor, DLF
Emporio Mall, Nelson
Mandela Road, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi;
Saddleback Leather,
saddlebackleather.com;
Ermenegildo Zegna,
Shop No. 135-136,
Ground Floor, DLF
Emporio Mall, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi; Cutler
And Gross,
cutlerandgross.com
pp. 46-47 Images
courtesy of Aibek
Almassov
pp. 48-49 Images by
R.Nagy, DavidNNP and
Claudio Zaccherini/
Shutterstock.com
pp. 50-51 Improvisor/
Shutterstock.com
pp. 52-55 Man with
backpack by
Daxiao Productions;
rock climbing by
Nullplus; suitcase by
Sebra; private jet
interior by Andrey
Khachatryan; yacht by
Macgork; Himalayan
scenery by Kai19/
Shutterstock.com
pp. 56-61 Verandah,
Shop No. 115 Cama
Industrial Estate, Lower
Parel, Mumbai; Ragini
Ahuja, Shop No. 252-A,
2nd Floor, Shahpur Jat,
New Delhi; Madison,
Shop No. 30, Ground
Floor, Kiran Villa, Peddar
Road, Mumbai; SR
Store, Shop No. 1/13,
Old Anand Nagar,
Santacruz East,
Cumballa Hill, Mumbai
pp. 62-65 All images
courtesy of the
respective athletes
pp. 66-70 Images
courtesy of Bell & Ross
pp. 78-87 John
Galliano, johngalliano.
com; Cadolle, cadolle.
com; Falke, falke.com;
Thomasine, thomasine.
com; Olivier Theyskens,
oliviertheyskens.com;
Topshop, topshop.com;
Maison Michel,
michel-paris.com; Agent
Provocateur,
agentprovocateur.com;
A.F. Vandevorst,
afvandevorst.be;
Elisabetta Franchi,
elisabettafranchi.com;
Phillip Plein, plein.com;
Azzedine Alaïa, alaia.fr;
Thierry Lasry,
thierrylasry.com; La
Perla, Shop No. 133,
Ground Floor, DLF
Emporio Mall, Nelson
Mandela Road, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi;
Alexandre Vauthier
Couture,
alexandrevauthier.com;
MCM,
us.mcmworldwide.com
pp. 88-89 Paris Gore/
RedBull
p. 90 Bartek Wolinski/
RedBull
p. 91 Christian
Pondella/RedBull
pp. 96-103 Boss,
hugoboss.com; Ted
Baker, tedbaker.com;
Diesel, Shop No. G-001,
Ground Floor, Ambience
Mall, Gurugram; John
Varvatos, johnvarvatos.
com; Vince, vince.com;
Theory, theory.com;
Moncler, moncler.com;
Gucci, The Oberoi, Dr.
Zakhir Hussain Marg,
New Delhi; Calvin Klein,
Shop No. 110, DLF
Promenade Mall, Nelson
Mandela Road, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi; Sandro,
sandro-paris.com; All
Saints, allsaints.com;
Damir Doma,
damirdoma.com;
Emporio Armani, Shop
No. 126, Ground Floor,
DLF Emporio Mall,
Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi;
Ralph Lauren, Shop No.
49-52, Ground Floor,
MGF Metropolitan Mall,
M.G. Road, Gurugram;
Paul Smith, Shop No.
212, 1st Floor, DLF
Emporio Mall, Vasant
Kunj, New Delhi
photograph by ANDRÉS OYUELA
MAXIMINDIA.IN DECEMBER 2017
111
ARUNODAY
SINGH
The man-of-action takes his final leap.
How do you want to die?
Painlessly in my sleep would be nice.
Any deathbed confessions?
I should’ve done more.
What’s your last meal?
My last meal ever would be dal, chawal and bhindi.
Are you going to Heaven or Hell?
I’d actually prefer oblivion. Nobody wants to be aware.
If I die, please let me sleep and give me peace.
What do you say to God?
Really? Are you serious? We could’ve done better
I think.
Which legendary people will you hang out with in
the afterlife?
Prince, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Lee, Genghis Khan, and
Marvin Gaye—lots of music and lots of history. Oh, and
Leonardo da Vinci. Mustn’t forget da Vinci.
To whom on Earth do you owe an apology?
I don’t think I owe anybody an apology.
What was the greatest moment in movies while
you were alive?
There were two: one is when Andy Dufresne escapes
from prison while it’s raining in Shawshank Redemption
and very similarly in Free Willy when the whale jumps
the wall in the end.
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What’s the dumbest thing you ever did on Earth?
Let me walk through my wall of shame to figure out the
dumbest one. I’ve done some really stupid things and
I’m proud of every one of them.
Name one thing you’re glad you’ll never have to
do again?
Taxes.
Which celebrity would you like to party hard with
up there?
Idris Elba, he’s cool and he’s a DJ so he’d be great to
party with.
Was there anyone on Earth you wanted to punch in
the face?
Oh there’s a long list! Hitler would be nice. Just knock
the f**ker out.
One thing you’d like to change about your life?
I’d like to have gotten focused earlier on in life so I
could’ve spent more time on what it is that I wanted
to do.
Got any last words?
Not bad, eh?
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