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NOVEMBER 2017
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THE
FORM
ISSUE
STARRING
DISHA
PATANI
WE TRY!
BIODYNAMIC
WINE
WE DEBATE!
RISE OF THE
SEXBOTS
WE CRINGE!
1970 S STYLE FAILS
HOW TO
MAXIMISE
YOUR MAN-TIME
# MakeHerSmile
INDIA VOLUME 12 ISSUE 9
KICKIN’ IT
OLD SCHOOL SEXY
LEGENDARY
WHEELS
THE MASTERPIECE
HOROLOGIC
INSTAGRAM STAR
ALEXIS REN
NOVEMBER 2017
The Form Issue
Features
54
Disha
Patani
The new It Girl in the
movies decodes the
Art of Sexy.
66
THE BEAUTY OF
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Watch lovers covet
their collections, and
this custom cabinet
gives them their
personal museum.
72
MAKE YOURSELF
HAPPIER THAN EVER
Because, seriously,
you deserve it.
76
ALL ABOUT THE
METHOD EXTREME
Kelly Slater is the
greatest surfer of all
time, and he’s now
changing the sport.
80
IN VIVID DETAIL
We meet the man
whose art captures
time in motion.
86
ALEXIS REN
The super-sexy
Instagram star and
body-positive
advocate makes her
Maxim India debut.
99
24 HOURS TO LIVE
Kunal Kamra is no
stranger to death
threats, but he’s
counting it down for
the first time.
photograph by NICK SAGLIMBENI
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The Form Issue
STUNNING
Fabian Oefner has
created masterpieces
of motion in stillness.
pg. 80
Arena
Emporium
12
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MONSTER RISES...
Rezvani Motors’
menacing XUV is the
boss off-road vehicle.
VINTAGE WONDERS
Moto Guzzi is using
its undeniable
heritage to create
modern masters.
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INKED FOR THE WIN
We meet the woman
who’s taking the
sexiest Instagrams.
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THE BREW CODE
India’s coolest craft
beers... open now!
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NEW WINE ORDER
We try biodynamic
wine, and our
palates are dancing.
THE BALLER
WINE WINS
Hardik Pandya
rocks the suit.
Biodynamic is in.
CHALLENGER MODE
Google has
unleashed an army
of sweet hardware.
Modus
M2
MASTERS OF FORM
In the first of a series,
we meet designer
Rajesh Pratap Singh
to decode his style
and design mantras.
Agenda
WE PRESS SOME
SEXBOT BUTTONS
The ethical, moral
and real-world
stances for sexbot
use (and reuse, and
reuse... you get it)!
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IT’S THE FORM
WAVE CRUSHER
THE BIG GUNS
Whatever they say,
nothing screams
“power” like hefty
and toned biceps.
Here’s how to pack
on some heat.
Industrial design
gets sexier.
Surfing is about
to change.
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pg. 66
pg. 76
FIVE FOREVER
Jamie Oliver cooks
up magic with just
five ingredients.
Here’s his cheats!
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NEW MEMORIES
Maxim travels to
bring you wild and
eclectic destinations
that are ready to be
explored now.
NOVEMBER 2017 MAXIMINDIA.IN
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GAMING
These action-packed
titles are your new
all-night ragers.
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ACTION MAKERS
The new Audi A5
range has been
created for really
passionate drivers.
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pg. 20
pg. M 8
48
M4
BEAT DRYNESS
These little dudes
will become your
cold-weather staples.
M5
SLUMBER-READY
Get back into top
bedtime shape—and
wake up happy—with
these goods.
M8
HARDIK PANDYA
He’s been firing
on-field—now, meet
the man who’s also
becoming a new-age
style icon.
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NICK
SAGLIMBENI
VANESSA DE
LARGIE
The brain behind
SlickforceStudio in
downtown LA, Nick has
photographed more than
100 magazine covers and
numerous campaigns. He
has received several awards,
and is the author of the
hugely-successful
“Mastering” series of books.
He has also created WMB
3D: World’s Most Beautiful,
a magazine photographed
and designed in 3D. Nick
does a ton of pro bono work
for numerous charities.
An Australian actress who
was the lead in Nocturne:
Night of The Vampire,
Vanessa is a famous sex
columnist and freelance
journalist based in London.
Her erotic memoir, Tantric
Afternoons, received rave
reviews. Apart from acting
and writing, she has worked
as a voice-over artist and
modelled extensively.
JOHN
SCIARRINO
SUKRITI
GROVER
Our man (pictured here
with Stan Lee) in New York
covers everything from
video games and
technology to entertainment
and sneakers. He is a
regular at most comic cons,
and our go-to guy for new
launches and gadgets. Oh,
he also gets to test-drive
most new gizmos as soon as
they’re launched.
Sukriti’s work has ranged
from graphic designing for
Hollywood productions like
Eat Pray Love to being a
designer-stylist for Hindi
movies like Aarakshan,
Dhoom 3 and Cocktail. She
has been a part of Style
Cell, and incorporates her
knowledge of style, cinema
and fashion into her own
fashion label.
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DAN CARNEY
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.
MUNEESH
TARSEM
After his master’s in
filmmaking from New York,
Muneesh returned to India
and has been working in the
field for the past 10 years.
He feels that a camera can
“take” a photograph, but
only a photographer can
capture the moment. He
lives in Delhi with his wife
and two kids, and often
collaborates with his brother,
Gireesh, also a photog.
ISHA BHANSALI
IMRAN KHATRI
After she graduated from
the London College of
Fashion with a master’s in
fashion journalism in 2006,
Isha has consulted with
fashion brands such as Louis
Vuitton, Reliance, Bestseller
and Arvind, among others,
and has styled a host of
Bollywood celebrities over
the last decade.
As the head of his
production company, Imran
has worked with the best
names in the creative
business across advertising,
films and media. He and his
team make sure that there’s
no hiccups at any point
during the shoot, and
they’ve been our trusted
providers for a long time.
But they still haven’t granted
our request for beer on set.
A MAN’S WORLD
TOTAL
CONTROL
The military-inspired Rezvani Tank is the extreme
utility vehicle from hell.
by DAN CARNEY
MAXIMINDIA.IN NOVEMBER 2017
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extreme
WITH THE HUMMER H1 NO LONGER FOR
sale, there hasn’t been an intimidating
military-inspired SUV available for drivers
looking to maximise their visual impact.
But Rezvani Motors, creators of the Beast
supercar, are fi lling that void with their
newest creation, the Tank.
The California-based Rezvani dubs the
Tank an “Xtreme Utility Vehicle,” or XUV,
and the claim seems well founded. Just
consider the 6.4-litre Hemi V8 delivering
500 horsepower and 583 Nm of torque to
a Jeep Wrangler-based chassis for starters.
The Wrangler’s body-on-frame
construction lets Rezvani exploit its
thoroughly developed four-wheel drive
system and off-road suspension, while
bolting an entirely unique body on top.
If the regular Jeep suspension doesn’t
cut it for your purposes, there is an optional
off-road package that adds a six-inch lift, 37
in x 12.5 in off-road tyres, Dynatrac ProRock
44/60 axles with E-lockers, and Fox 2.5-in
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FOUNDER FERRIS REZVANI’S VISION OF A “PURE DRIVING
EXPERIENCE” LED DESIGNER SAMIR SADIKHOV TO CREATE
THIS HIGHLY CAPABLE OFF-ROAD VEHICLE THAT BALANCES
ERGONOMICS, POWER & ULTRA-MENACING LOOKS.
remote reservoir shocks. And the Tank
even tops that with the off-road extreme
package, which upgrades to 37 x 13.5-in
tyres, Dynatrac ProRock XD60/80 axles
with air lockers and an air compressor,
Dynatrac ProGrip front and rear brakes,
stronger front and rear driveshafts, and
Fox 2.5-in internal bypass shocks.
The Tank can be equipped with an
array of military-specification options,
such as FLIR thermal night vision, ballistic
armour, bulletproof glass, run-flat tyres,
and Kevlar protection for the fuel tank,
radiator and floorpan. Like we said, it can
go to hell and back again.
Inside, the Tank is no army truck. The
cabin is appointed with hand-stitched
leather seats and a suede headliner, a 7.9-in
central infotainment screen and a suite of
off-road apps. A fighter jet-style head-up
display provides easy access to information
without having to take your eyes off the
road, maybe grander than the Hummer
H1. Of course, buyers have expectations
for drama, and the Tank provides that
with rear-hinged rear doors that lets the
cabin open wide for easy, and dramatic,
entry and exit.
sirens
INKED FOR
INSPIRATION!
Meet the woman taking some of the sexiest
photos on the Internet today.
by ALI DRUCKER
ADMIT IT: YOU’D THINK SHE’S GOT YOUR
dream job. Alissa Brunelli always knew
she wanted to be a photographer, but not
all little girls who spent their childhood
dressing up their neighbours and snapping
their pictures grow to become prolific
nude photographers. Brunelli’s work can
be seen largely in Tattoo magazine and on
SuicideGirls.com, a popular website that
shows off alternative, pin-up style models.
She has a unique ability to make you feel
as though you’ve stumbled upon a private,
erotic moment that the model secretly
wanted to share with you, anyway.
But taking pictures of beautiful naked
women isn’t all fun—it’s an incredibly
involved process. We caught up with
the photographer who’s shot over 1,500
scantily-clad ladies to get the lowdown on
the importance of confidence, on-set horror
stories and what it’s like to know thousands
of guys are aroused by your art.
Your photos are pretty racy. Lots
of gorgeous, often-naked, tattooed
women. What is it that draws you to this
particular subject matter?
I was working at a tattoo studio, and I like
shooting girls in fashion and stuff like that
in general, anyway. I met a girl who was
a Suicide Girl who came into the shop to
get tattooed. Basically, she was like, “You
should shoot me for SuicideGirls” and I
felt, “Oh my God! This is what I was meant
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to do.” And I pretty much started shooting
nude completely from that point on. It was
maybe in 2005.
What was it you liked so much about
shooting nude girls?
It was a lot less intimidating than I first
expected, and it’s a fun, intimate process
where you get to know people. And it’s very
weird and strange that you become friends
with these people through shooting them
naked. But, literally, every friend I have is a
girl that I’ve shot.
What about SuicideGirls in particular
makes you want to shoot for them?
It’s interesting. So, basically, SuicideGirls
is a really interesting website because it
has the nudity and the community aspect,
so it’s the perfect fit for me. It was a social
thing at first that turned into a job.
If you’re ever shooting a woman and she
felt uncomfortable, how would you put her
at ease?
Usually I tell silly stories about other things
that have happened at shoots, that maybe
would be considered “horror stories,” and
usually I get people laughing and feeling
like, “Thank God, that’s not me.” And I tell
the girls that everyone has flaws and stuff
like that. A good photo is all about angles
and shadowing, because everyone has
something worth photographing.
Horror stories? What’s the strangest thing
that’s happened to you on set?
There’s so many! I’ve been approached by
random strangers, since I tend to shoot
outside a lot. I’ve had people block us in
with their cars trying to get photographs
with us, I’ve had every bodily fluid you
could possibly imagine on me…
So you set the bar pretty low. That would
probably get me to relax.
Yeah, yeah! It definitely makes whatever
you’re worried about not that bad.
What do you think your favourite photo
shoot to date has been?
There’s so many… I really like shoots based
off movies. Some of the favourite things
I’ve done: I recreated the bathtub scene
from The Big Lebowski with a ferret and a
girl, I think that was really fun. I’ve done
American Psycho. Any pop culture type of
movie when I can find a girl who is willing
to be a guinea pig, I’m all about. Right now,
I’m working on a shoot with a girl that’s
about the movie Signs. We’re going to have
a room full of glasses of water and she’s
going to have a little foil hat. Stuff like that
really makes it fun for me.
What do you think the main difference is
between a man photographing a woman,
and a woman photographing a woman?
There are many. I’ve heard from the girls
I shoot that there are certain things a man
would see versus a woman, and vice-versa.
The experience that I’ve had is that maybe
women are slightly more comfortable
shooting with another woman than a man.
But I don’t think it’s necessarily that much
different as long as the photographer is
good at making the girls feel comfortable
and confident.
How would you describe your signature
style as a photographer?
I guess it would be intimate
nude portraiture. There’s lots
of soft focus in my work, too.
I’m told a lot that my sense of
humour and the funniness that
I often bring to the shoots sets
me apart, and makes people
feel comfortable. I have a good
reputation for that.
them. As in, why are you paying me to
torture you?
That’s a whole different kind of line of
work, isn’t it?
Yeah, exactly! They might be a little
nervous, but once they get started, before
the nudity, before a boob even comes out
they’ll usually say, “Oh, this is fun! This is
like hanging out with friends and all that.
If they’re very uncomfortable, I’ll resort to
comes down to it, though, I feel that my
work is a bit “tame.” There is so much more
out there in the world of pornography
with the sole goal of arousal that I wouldn’t
consider all of my work to be pornographic.
In fact, I would describe my work as erotic
fine art instead.
So what’s next for you?
Well, I’m working on a book, which I’m
really excited about. I’ve been compiling
work for about a year now.
We’re moving slow, but it’s my
first so I want it to be perfect.
“A GOOD PHOTO IS ALL ABOUT
ANGLES AND SHADOWING,
BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS SOMETHING
WORTH PHOTOGRAPHING.”
That probably makes a difference when it
comes to models who are starting out.
It’s usually all about laughter. If I can tell a
girl is really, really nervous, I will step up
the comic act. I’ve probably shot 1,500 girls
in my career, and I’ve had two girls who—no
matter what I’ve tried—I couldn’t get to
crack a smile or relax at all. But I feel like
those are pretty good numbers.
We would say so, too.
And it made me really uncomfortable for
physical comedy, like tripping over things
trying to make people laugh. But when it
doesn’t happen, it’s very awkward.
We’ve got to know. What’s it like to take
photos that you know are, well, erotic?
I just present the canvas, I don’t tell the
artist what to paint with! Oddly enough,
in the 10 years I’ve been shooting nude
women, usually the model and I have a
different intention set when it comes to
creating our work. I’m also so desensitised
to nudity at this point. Really, when it
If there are women out there
who are, maybe, nervous,
but want to get nude portraits
done, what advice would
you give them?
Oh, I really think that’s
something everyone should do. I have seen
people that are very shy and insecure,
blossom and find all this confidence. Just
from seeing themselves more objectively
from a camera’s viewpoint. It builds so
much confidence and I’ve seen it happen to
literally everybody I shoot—especially girls
that share their photos and get feedback,
on Instagram or anywhere else. And that’s
awesome to me and it makes me feel good.
My advice would be to just do it. Find a
good photographer, and do it. Because it is
a life-changing experience.
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craft beer
A BEER REVOLUTION
Indian craft brewers and beer brands are stepping up their game, big time.
by ARJUN PURI AND DEVANSHI KOTHARI
ON A WARM EVENING, I FOUND MYSELF AT
Quaff, a brewpub in Cybercity, Gurugram,
wanting to try out the latest concoction
they had to offer. The market for craft beer
in India was supposedly going through
an explosion in terms of expansion, but
one certainly wouldn’t realise it living in
Gurugram. Over a hundred brewpubs had
sprung across India’s metropolitan cities in
the short span of a decade. Gurugram, one
of India’s biggest beer drinking cities, no
doubt because of its urban-youth culture,
was stuck shuffling between the usual four
styles of beer.
Over the rising din of chatter, I
overheard someone nearby exclaim “If
you like Saison, you’re a member of the
tribe.” Saisons (French for seasons) are
brewed for the summer, when the winters
thaw out. They are fruity, spicy, and low on
bitterness—perfect to refresh oneself on a
humid day. Ekta is one such brewery that
hits the complex notes of the Belgian mixed
grain bill. Named because the Sanskrit
word for ‘unity’ was essentially the same
in Hindi and Kannada, Ekta beers are
strongly rooted in its Indian identity—and
have no plans of losing it any time soon.
The Hibiscus Saison available at Quaff was
made as a collaboration between Quaff,
and Ishan Grover (RJ Brewing Solutions),
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assisted by beer evangelist John Eapen.
Their other brew, Pepper and Clove Saison
is available at Lagom. These flavours were
chosen because of the Hibiscus’ religious
significance and to represent the people of
the farms in India. Pepper and cloves are
also common spices that are commonly
used in the North and the South, crossing
the boundaries of region and ethnicity.
On the other end of the spectrum is
Witlinger and its founder’s goal to become
a segment leader in the Indian beer market.
India’s first bottled craft beer was launched
in early 2016 and offered two grained
variants: Witlinger Wheat Ale and Witlinger
Lager. The style is that of Belgian wheat
beer, incorporating the flavours commonly
associated with summer to correct the
limited choices the Indian consumer had
when it came to craft beer. Witlinger,
partially filtered, with orange zest and
spices, is easy to wet one’s throat.
Maharashtra has been helming the craft
beer scene for a few years now. Gateway
Brewery, launched in 2011, offers a variety
of craft beers across multiple brewpubs
and restaurants in Mumbai. Their beers
carry quirky names—perhaps a reflection of
Gateway’s attempt to offer its consumers a
global and diverse experience. “As Vienna
As It Gets” is an interpretation of the toasty
malt lager traditionally brewed in Vienna.
“Monk’s Potion” is made with Belgian yeast,
combining the flavours of roasted Indian
coriander seeds and tea to offer a citrusy
flavour to its drinker.
Bira 91, is another first. Launched in
February of 2015, it offers four beers: Bira
91 White, Bira 91 Strong, Bira 91 The IPA
and finally the first of its kind: a low-calorie
beer called Bira 91 Light which only has
90 calories in a 330 ml bottle. At the same
time, Bira 91 Strong is a “High Intensity
Wheat Beer” that is made with fermented
ale that integrates high honey and caramel
notes with a low bitterness. Bira 91 became
an instant hit among the urban crowd with
its low cost. Ironically, the most surprising
Bira 91 offering is the Indian Pale Ale. IPAs
can be traced back to the 18th century.
Although it’s gained increasing popularity
all over the world, the IPA hasn’t caught
on in the Indian market yet. The Indian
palette is used to pleasant tones that are
easier to drink whereas Bira 91—The IPA is
an onslaught of strong tastes. With a high
alcohol content, this IPA combines a flurry
of bitter hops such as cascade, magnum,
and brewer’s gold, but starts off as a mildly
sweet roll of states, only to finish with a
burst of spice. It’s time we tamed the
Indian palette!
drink
Biodynamic
Wine is
the Future
Wineries are seeking to connect back
with nature—and make world-class
vintages in the process.
by JAKE EMEN
JUST WHEN YOU START FEELING COMFORTABLE
ordering a bottle at the trendy natural wine bar in town,
here come biodynamic wines. They’re actually nothing
new, but their popularity is soaring and proponents
claim they may be key to wine’s long-term future. So
what the hell are they?
“Biodynamic is beyond organic,” explains Alina
D’Amelia, a guide with Podere Còncori, a biodynamic
winery beautifully situated among the mountains in
Gallicano, a town in the northwest of Tuscany that I
visited not long ago. “You also try to stay in balance
and harmony with nature.”
Whereas the organic credo is essentially one of
nonintervention, biodynamics seeks to do more: to
cure, remedy, improve, and, chiefly, connect back
with nature. “Biodynamics are important because
making wine is about farming—and we should take
back control of the soil,” says Gabriele Da Prato, Podere
Còncori’s winemaker and one of the co-founders of
LuccaBioDinamica, a local organisation dedicated to
biodynamic agriculture. The majority of winemakers
in the province of Lucca are small and independent,
making it possible for them to quickly adopt such
practices. Today, approximately half are biodynamic.
Austrian Rudolf Steiner’s lectures from the 1920s
birthed the movement, while certain of his principles,
such as following an astronomical calendar, were
popularised centuries earlier with The Farmer’s
Almanac and indeed go as far back as humans have
been successfully sowing fields. Steiner also had some
ideas that seem a bit out-there these days, like a belief
in a mystical life force in everything that grows.
Da Prato prefers a more grounded type of
biodynamic winemaking. “You need to have the
winemaker at the centre of the farm, like a father with
Believers say
biodynamic wines
provide the fullest
possible expression
of terroir.
his children,” he tells me. “Walking the farm,
inch by inch.” The result is what some would
call the fullest possible expression of terroir,
a wine’s characteristic taste and flavour as
imparted by the surrounding environment.
“The final product will be a product not of
technology but of nature,” Da Prato says.
Wine drinkers in the area are taking note
of the quality of that final product, too. Podere
Còncori sees enough traffic, in part thanks
to the nearby Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
hotel, that it typically sells out of its supply by
October, halting tours until the following April,
when the new vintage becomes available. The
winery’s popular Melograno—predominantly
Syrah with a blend of local grapes from old
vines—has spurred on the term “Melogranised,”
referring to the convivial and blissful state of
mind obtained after a glass or two.
With a few glasses under our belts already,
Da Prato turns on some music in his tasting
room, and then says that with biodynamic
farming, “You’re improvising…but on a solid
base.” The tunes? Jazz, of course.
“His approach is like that of an artist,”
D’Amelia adds. “It’s about being flexible and
going with the flow of nature.”
And there’s the key virtue of biodynamic wines:
their flexibility and adaptability. “There is an
emergency now,” Da Prato says of climate change. And
if it continues, he and folks like him believe that the
only way for vines in many parts of the world to survive
and flourish will be with biodynamic practices. “This is
the concept I love. This is the fundamental truth.”
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gaming heroes
THESE GUYS
CAN KICK ASS!
Video games have gone from being a leisure activity to a multi-billion-dollar industry that rivals even the
movie-making business. Here are the ten best male protagonists of recent times.
by GOVINDAN KISHWAR
I. NATHAN DRAKE
If Lara Croft and Indiana Jones were to have
a kid, it would probably be Nathan Drake.
Drake made his debut in Uncharted: Drake’s
Fortune, the Playstation 3 exclusive and
has become one of the most recognisable
characters in gaming today. This gun-toting,
rope-swinging, smooth-talking treasure
hunter was at his lovable best in developer
Naughty Dog’s latest release, Uncharted: A
Thief’s End, as it showed his softer, caring
side. Anyone who loves gaming won’t be
missing Drake’s adventures.
II. KRATOS
Perhaps the angriest game character of
all time, Kratos first made his debut in
2005’s God Of War, and became an instant
hit for those who just wanted to mash
some buttons at the end of a long day.
Throughout the series, the demigod goes
on to become the Greek God Of War after
defeating Ares, destroying Zeus, who
happens to be his father and wreak havoc
in general. With an arsenal of weapons
and powers, most notably the Blades
Of Chaos, Kratos is one of the
most devastating video game
characters in recent memory.
III. GERALT OF RIVIA
A ladies’ man, monster
slayer and good
friend is perhaps
the best way
to describe
this dualsword-wielding
protagonist
of the Witcher
series, which
is based on the
books by Andrzej
Sapkowski. From
helping a village
rid itself of
a shrieker
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(a game monster) to aiding an attractive
sorceress in her search for long lost
research documents, Geralt Of Rivia
does it all while maintaining a calm and
rational demeanour.
IV. DOOMGUY
What’s great about the Doomguy, also
known as the Doom Slayer in 2016’s reboot
DOOM, is that he doesn’t say a single word
throughout the game and yet, becomes one
of the most awesome protagonists that kills
monsters. Doomguy wakes up at a research
facility on Mars, and must stop a demonic
invasion from
spreading. With
the high-tech
Praetor Suit
and loads of
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mind-boggling weapons to
choose from, Doomguy makes for an
exceptional protagonist.
V. MAX PAYNE
Whether it’s the emotional adventure of
the first Max Payne game, released in 2003,
in which his wife and child are murdered,
or the one set in 2012 Brazil where he
uncovers a huge conspiracy, this retired
NYPD detective is the guy you call when
you need things
done. Max Payne
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seems to have the weight of the world
resting on his shoulders, struggles with
alcoholism and pops painkillers, but still
manages to show that there is always a way
back to the light.
VI. JOHN MARSTON
The main protagonist of the superb game
Red Dead Redemption, John Marston was
born in the late 19th century and is an
outlaw and gunslinger in the wild west.
Marston is a western classic fans’ ideal
hero, who rides horses, works on a ranch,
and in the end, saves the day when need
be. Oh, and he has a wife and kid who
are kidnapped and he must go back to his
outlaw ways to rescue them. Developer
Rockstar Games have sculpted Marston’s
character in such a way that one can’t help
but get engrossed in his background, story,
and action-hero ways.
VII. MASTER CHIEF
One of the world’s most popular male
protagonists, Master Chief is the main man
in the Halo series, and is the ideal candidate
for sci-fi superhero of the year. Although
Chief always has a helmet on and his face is
never shown, Master Chief has gone on to
become one of the most lovable video game
characters in the last two decades. This
super soldier will stop at nothing to fulfil his
duties, defying the odds while he does so.
VIII. MARCUS FENIX
As if saving the world from the locust once
wasn’t enough, Marcus Fenix, the main
protagonist in the first three Gears Of War
games has done it more times than one can
count, looking like a complete badass in the
process. A true patriot, Fenix will never shy
away from putting his life on the line for
the country, and his impressive arsenal of
weapons, including the fan-favourite Mark 2
Lancer, make him one impressive soldier.
IX. NIKO BELLIC
The main protagonist
of Grand Theft Auto
IV, the eastern
European reached
the shores of Liberty
City (the game’s
version of New York
City) to live the
American dream.
However, things don’t go to plan and
what follows is a complex storyline that
combines everything from betrayal to a
bank robbery, with Bellic at the centre of it
all while struggling to follow his own moral
code. Oh, and he can use a rocket launcher,
who doesn’t like one of those?
X. VENOM SNAKE
The Metal Gear series is one of the most
innovative and industry defining franchises
out there, and through them all, Snake has
been at the centre of it. This soldier makes
the player feel like James Bond with his hightech weapons and the irreplaceable bodysuit
that essentially makes him into a human
chameleon with its ability to camouflage
with the environment.
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MAN WITH A PLAN
The Rise Of The Sexbot
The debate on whether sex robots can actually offer real benefits to society—and to women—rages on.
by VANESSA DE LARGIE
SEX ROBOTS GET A BAD RAP. THEY’VE
been labelled unethical and blamed for
perpetuating a culture that objectifies
women. Many ethicists are concerned
that their life-like appearance and fully
functioning genitals pose a threat to
romantic love and human relationships.
But, judging by global sales and by the
innovation that’s going into making them
more “lifelike,” sex robots are here to stay.
They’re no longer a fantasy from science
fiction. They’re the real deal. Welcome
to Westworld. So, what are the benefits of
sex robots? Can they advance humanity
positively? And, importantly, are they even
worth discussing anymore?
THE EMPOWERMENT DEBATE
Feminists have their pubes in a knot
because they believe sex robots epitomise
patriarchy. Kathleen Turner, a fellow in
ethics of robotics at De Montfort University
in the U.K., created a “Campaign Against
Sex Robots.” Her campaign states that sex
robots objectify women and equates the
relationship between sexbot and owner
to that of a sex-worker and a client. The
campaign fails to acknowledge that sex
workers are have jobs and their jobs are
being legalised the world over. It also
fails to acknowledge that male sex robots
already exist, and that they are also being
used by female customers and gay men.
Karley Sciortino, author of the “Breathless”
column, actually described her experience
with a male sexbot, and wrote: “We always
assume men are more likely to enjoy
sleeping with an object and that women
need an emotional connection to enjoy
themselves, but that isn’t the case. With
a sexbot you can learn how to make ‘sex’
work for you. And that’s an empowering
thing for a woman.”
THE ETHICAL DEBATE
There’s also been outrage over sex robots
Roxxxy TrueCompanion, which has
multiple modes like “S&M Susan,” or “Wild
Wendy” and “Frigid Farrah.” There’s a
mode for your peculiar fantasy, and the
company’s website states that their robots
“allow everyone to realise their most
private sexual dreams.” I think that is
progressive and evolved. We can pretend to
live in a world where outlandish and often
crude fantasies don’t exist, but the fact
is that they do. And I think many women
would prefer a man explore his fantasy
with a sexbot than another human.
THE COMPANIONSHIP DEBATE
As countless researchers and people—men
and women—have found, sex robots could
be used to provide companionship and
sexual relief to a cross-section of society.
They could help couples manage longdistance relationships and give company
to the elderly in aged care facilities. We
live in a world that is getting closer thanks
to technology, but it’s also a world that’s
“We always assume men are
more likely to enjoy sleeping with
an object and that women need
an emotional connection to enjoy
themselves, but that isn’t the case,”
writes author Karley Sciortino.
getting more and more fragmented in
terms of interpersonal relationships.
Loneliness and depression are on the rise,
and counsellors are shouting themselves
hoarse that people—couples, mostly—need
to communicate. Communicate better.
Communicate more. Sex robots offer
physical release, which is one step closer
to people looking elsewhere for that aspect
of a relationship. Plus, there’s less risk of
disease and infection.
Let’s be honest. This panicked frenzy
over sex robots reveals the public’s
uneasiness with sex and technology.
Similar panic had arisen over online porn,
vibrators and the almighty Sybian (Google
it!), but rarely is technology between the
sheets something to fear. I plan to start
saving my pennies for a sex robot. But at
the price they currently sell at, I won’t own
one until 2027.
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fitness
ADDING
QUALITY
MUSCLE
Biceps are the stars of any gym-goers
routine. So let’s give credit where it’s due.
by TASHA PIENAAR
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ONE OF THE MOST DESIRED MUSCLES TO
have for any man are biceps. The feeling of
your sleeves constricting the blood flow to
your forearms is an aspiration of most men,
and the crux of many female fantasies too.
Here’s how to build your biceps, in a way
that will make even Arnie himself shed a
tear of pride.
EZ BAR CURLS
This exerise hits both heads of the bicep if
done properly. Don’t swing that bar back
and forth using your hips as a pendulum.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart,
knees soft and elbows to your side. Start
with your grip palms up (supinated) on the
inner part of the bar, almost making a V
shape. Push out half of your required rep
range making sure that your elbows stay
put and that your wrists don’t compensate,
in
fitness
so if you find yourself struggling then
you need to drop to a lower weight.
Immediately after completing your first half
of your reps, shift your grip to the wider
part of the bar and finish your second half.
SPIDER CURLS
These can be done either on a bench, set
at a 45-degree angle, or on the preacher
curl bench. Again, with your palms facing
up, grip the barbell on the inner part and
curl upwards. Your elbows should either
be pressed up against the preacher bench,
or away from your body if you are on the
normal bench. Once you reach the top of
the movement, tuck your head down and
try to pull the bar over your head. The
tension at the end of this move is what you
are looking for. Hold it for a second and
then let the bar down back to your starting
position. Repeat for the required rep range.
BARBELL 21s
The idea behind this exercise is to split
your reps into 3 sets of 7 each. Use the
cable and straight bar attachment for
this one to switch it up a bit. Using the
supinated grip and your elbows tightly at
your sides, bring the bar up 90-degrees to
your elbows. Repeat that for your first 7
reps. The second set of 7 is done from the
90-degree angle to the top, and contracting
for a second. The third and final set is the
full range of motion, from the bottom right
to the top.
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HAMMER CURLS
Using dumbbells, start this movement
standing straight with the weights
comfortably on either side of you, palms
facing your body. Keep this position as
you bring the weight up towards your
chest, remembering to keep your elbows
right at your sides and only really moving
your forearms.
DUMBBELL CURLS UNDER
CONSTANT TENSION
There isn’t really a name for this exercise
but this one explains the basic idea. Seating
yourself on a bench that is set just higher
than 45 degrees, your elbows should rest
comfortably away from your body. Using
a supinated grip bring one dumbbell up
90-degrees to your torso, hold and squeeze
the grip while pushing out 5 reps with your
other arm. Alternate until your reps are
done and then start your new set on the
rested arm.
ZOTTMAN CURLS
This variation to your normal bicep curl
engages both heads of the bicep as well
as your forearms. Being with a supinated
grip bicep curl to the top, pause for a
second and then rotate your wrists so that
your palms are now facing downwards
(pronated). Slowly bring the dumbbells
back down to the starting position and
as they reach your thighs turn them in
again so that they are comfortably facing
your body.
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Crazy-Good Pork Burger
Ingredients:
1 ripe sweet pear; 50 g mixed spinach,
rocket and watercress; 150 g minced pork;
1 soft burger bun; 30 g blue cheese
Cook it:
Slice the pear lengthways as finely as you
can. Toss gently with the salad leaves, a little
drizzle each of extra virgin olive oil and red
wine vinegar, and a pinch of black pepper.
Scrunch the minced pork in your clean
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hands with a pinch of seasoning, then shape
into a 1 cm-thick patty. Rub with 1 tsp of
olive oil, then place in a large non-stick
frying pan on a high heat for two minutes,
while you halve and toast the bun alongside,
removing it when golden. Flip the burger,
then, after 2 minutes, crumble the blue
cheese next to it to melt. Move the burger
on top of the oozy cheese, then put it on
your bun base. Stack in as much pear and
salad as the bun will hold, pop the lid on,
squash and devour, with any extra salad
on the side.
Seared Sesame Tuna With
Crunchy Green Veg
Ingredients:
1 heaped tbsp miso paste; 2 x 150 g tuna
steaks; 4 tbsp sesame seeds; 8 spring onions;
150 g sugar snap peas
Cook it:
Place a large non-stick frying pan on a
medium-high heat. Rub the miso all over the
tuna, then pat on the sesame seeds. Place in
the hot pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sear
for 1½ minutes on each side, so it’s
beautifully golden on the outside but
blushing in the middle. Remove to a board
to rest. Trim the spring onions and slice at
an angle the same length as the sugar snaps,
tossing both into the hot pan with a few
drips of red wine vinegar and a pinch of sea
salt for two minutes to lightly char. Slice the
sesame tuna and serve on top of the veg,
drizzled with 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil.
Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbreads
Ingredients:
4 large eggs; 100 g self-raising flour plus
extra for dusting; 6 tbsp natural yoghurt;
2 tbsp mango chutney, 1 fresh red chilli
Cook it:
Boil eggs for 5½ minutes exactly, then
refresh under cold water until cool enough
to handle, and peel. Meanwhile, put a
non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat.
In a bowl, mix the flour with a little pinch of
sea salt, 4 tbsp of yoghurt and 1 tbsp of olive
oil until you have a dough. Halve, then roll
out each piece on a flour-dusted surface
until just under ½ cm thick. Cook for 3
minutes, or until golden, turning halfway.
Dot the mango chutney and remaining
yoghurt over the breads. Halve the soft
boiled eggs and arrange on top, smashing
them in with a fork, if you
like. Finely slice the chilli
and scatter over (as much as
you dare!), drizzle with a
little extra virgin olive oil
and season with salt and
black pepper from a height.
Sizzling Seared
Scallops
With Minty Mash And
Black Pudding
Ingredients:
400 g potatoes; 200 g
frozen peas; ½ a bunch
of fresh mint; 6-8 raw king scallops;
50 g black pudding
Cook it:
Wash the potatoes, chop into 3 cm chunks
and cook in a pan of boiling salted water for
12 minutes, or until tender, adding the peas
for the last 3 minutes. Meanwhile, pick and
finely chop most of the mint leaves and put
aside. Place a non-stick frying pan on a
medium-high heat. Once hot, put 1 tbsp of
olive oil and the remaining mint leaves in to
crisp up for 1 minute, then scoop the leaves
on to a plate, leaving the oil behind. Season
the scallops with sea salt and
black pepper and fry for two
minutes on each side, or
until golden. Crumble in the
black pudding (discarding
the skin) so it crisps up
alongside. Drain the peas
and potatoes, return to the
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chopped mint and 1 tbsp of
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explore
ON THE RADAR
AMP UP
YOUR
HOLIDAY
TRAVELS
There is no dearth of wild and unspoilt outdoor
playgrounds in India. Here are some of our lesserfeted picks to amplify your travel plans.
by SUPRIYA SEHGAL
K AYAKING IN THAMARASSERY
Located 30 km inland from the coastal
Kerala town of Kozhikode, Thamarassery
is a sleepy village that stirs up every cloudy
July for an unexpected event that gets
an international footprint of adventure
travellers and kayakers, uncommon to
the rest of Kerala. These junkies come to
town for the popular Malabar International
Kayaking Championship—an annual kayaking
competition that crowns the most successful
manoeuvring on the Iruvanjhipuza River
in different categories. Only, the river is no
sedate unhurried vessel, but a restless sheet
of water scrambling over a rocky bed. What
more could a kayaker want? Amateurs can
always watch and marvel.
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EXPLORE BUNDI
If you like the homeliness of small towns
and don’t mind a brush with the royals,
Bundi is a soulful city that sits on the edge
of a lake. Foregrounded by a craggy hilltop
fort, it’s made for the offbeat traveller likely
to unearth new things in the most popular
tourist spots. The fort and open terraced
gallery, Chitrashala, apart, the town is
known for a number of stepwells. Some
are relatively well preserved for a tourist
footprint, but the real thrill lies in walking
in the inner streets of the town looking for
abandoned ones. Stay in an old restored
haveli, roam the main street, and check out
the layers of history in the form of intricate
stone fretwork screens on walls of homes.
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WALKING IN BANLEKHI, KUMAON
The Kumaon hills have started to feel and
show fatigue, save for some faraway villages
like Banlekhi, which offer a back of beyond
experience and a chance to connect with a
simpler life. The highlight of the village is
the namesake pad that has a 180-degree plus
view of the valley in front of the six cottages
of the property. Local food, bonfire and
first row seats to the mountain-cloud chase
makes for a great holiday. Walk through the
Mahesh Khan sanctuary that touches the
back of the property, and go on a mild trek
over the day. It’s no classic trek that many
have traipsed around but you might be one
of the few that have shared the trail with
local villagers who come to collect wood.
WHITEWATER RAFTING AT JAYALGARH
Give the usual trope of amateur rafting in
Rishikesh a miss, and drive 96 km further
to a small village called Jayalgarh. At the
Himalayan Eco Lodges’ Camp Hi-5, a
riverside base, is the perfect springboard to
go rafting, kayaking, cliff jumping, bridge
slithering and a number of other thrilling
water activities. The luxury camp is based
on the banks of the River Alaknanda, that
later joins the Bhagirathi to make the Ganga.
Jayalgarh is the ideal mix of adventure and
relaxed riverside beach camping. While
some are drawn to the unruly waters and
adrenalin rush, some like the meditative
ambience of the sand, lower Himalayan
mountains and the sound of the river.
TREKKING AT NAGGAR
Compared to the frenetic vibe of neighbouring Manali, Naggar is
a haven for those who like a more paced out holiday. Home to the
artist Roerich and the intricately carved Naggar Castle, the town is a
base for some discretionary bikers heading for the overland journey
to Leh. Naggar is also a base for the Chandrakhani-Malana trek that
takes two days. Adventure seekers can start from the high reaches
of Naggar and end the first day by camping on the Chandrakhani
Pass. Next morning, a downhill trek to Malana lands you in the Aryan
village known for rampant marijuana production and strains of Bob
Marley’s most popular songs filling the air.
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ROCK CLIMBING AT BADAMI
A vast scape of arid brown boulders bleached in the harsh sun might
seem dull to some, but for those who want to learn the ropes of rock
climbing, this is paradise. Badami in Karnataka has long been on the
radar of seasoned rock climbers, and it’s catching up on the list for
new explorers. The nearby towns of Pattadakal and Aihole make a
historic loop with Badami as they are home to ancient temples dating
back to 7th century and magnificent caves. These detours are worth
your while if you have days and energy to spare.
But the main highlight remains, reaching the craggy topography
of Badami, where specific spots make for veritable base camps to
start climbing. Be prepared for some bruises and brushes with some
challenging rockscape.
SURFING IN VARKALA
A palm fringed beach, dramatic rock
escarpments dotted with bohemian cafes
and waters just perfect for surfing—that’s
Varkala for you. Ideal for a weeklong break
to get a grip on the surfing part, visit Kerala
in the cooler months when the harsh hand
of heat and humidity is slightly more lenient.
You can choose to stay in a handful of plush
hotels, home run pads or backpacking
clutches. Spend the day with the waves
or idling on the beach, and reserve the
evenings for cafes teetering on the edge of a
cliff that runs along the beach.
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W H AT M E N WA N T
The Moto Guzzi
Otto Cylindri, commonly
known as the Otto or V8,
is widely considered one of the
greatest motorcycles ever created.
Used in competition by the Moto Guzzi
Grand Prix racing team from 1955 to
1957, the bike was light years ahead
of its time, featuring a watercooled, 500-cc V-8 engine
that weighed just 45 kg.
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ALMOST FAMOUS
With nearly 100 years of bikes under its belt,
can Moto Guzzi finally break into the mainstream?
by CHRIS NELSON
HERITAGE IS BOTH A HELP AND A
hindrance to Moto Guzzi, the Italian
motorcycle manufacturer with century-old
roots. A rousing start was followed by a
tough era featuring numerous slipups and
near-fatal stumbles that eventually steered
Guzzi to where it is today: a company that
creates eclectic, aesthetically-interesting
bikes typically unseen by the masses.
And that’s something the company hopes
to change.
“With Moto Guzzi we are now facing
what we call the ‘heritage brand dilemma,’”
says Davide Zanolini, executive vice
president of marketing and communication
for Moto Guzzi’s parent company, Piaggio
Group. The dilemma is this: “Preserve
decades of history and tradition, or change
to stay relevant for a rapidly evolving
market? Heritage shouldn’t tell you where
you are, but where to go next,” he says.
That heritage originated in 1919, when
two World War I vets in Italy’s Air Service
returned to their small town of Mandello
TOP LEFT The Moto Guzzi V7 III comes in four
versions: Stone, Special, Racer, and the limitededition Anniversario; the Racer’s “racing red”
colour is a homage to the iconic 1971 red-frame
V7 Sport.
ABOVE The Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario
features a supple leather saddle, brushed
aluminium mudguards, and a chrome gas tank with
gilt-finished Moto Guzzi eagles.
del Lario on the shore of Lake Como and
decided to collaborate on a street bike. Two
years later, Carlo Guzzi, Emanuele Vittorio
Parodi, and his son Giorgio, started Moto
Guzzi and created their first mass-market
motorcycle, the eight-horsepower Normale.
The bike sold well, and the guys found
success when they brought their lightweight
motorcycle to the racetrack, taking home
their first trophy from the 1921 Targa Florio.
In subsequent years, Guzzi debuted several
other successful models, until the onset of
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legacy
ABOVE The Moto Guzzi MGX-21 “Flying
Fortress” features a 1,380-cc engine that pumps
out 121 Nm of torque. At 2,560 mm in length, it is
a badass bike clad in black, with multiple textures
that bring out its challenger status.
World War II strangled production.
Times were tough, but Guzzi persisted,
and in the early ’50s the company came
out with acclaimed models like the Guzzi
Cardellino 65 and the Falcone. By then it
had cemented itself as a force in racing and
became the first motorcycle company in
the world to build a wind tunnel, reducing
its bikes’ wind resistance to improve
top speed. The full-scale tunnel allowed
designers to streamline their bikes but also
let riders test out different stances and
body positions to maximise their speed
on the racetrack. The tunnel was actually
a modified design of a tunnel created by
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Gustave Eiffel, the man best known for his
iconic Parisian landmark.
“The people from Mandello del Lario
told me that every time they turned on the
wind tunnel, the lights in the town would go
out,” says Miguel Galluzzi, design director
at Piaggio’s Advanced Design Centre in
Pasadena, California. “But everybody was
happy about it, because they knew they
were testing something nobody else had.”
Still, Moto Guzzi struggled in a postwar
Europe that embraced less expensive
scooters. With motorcycle popularity
waning, Guzzi reluctantly shifted its focus
to smaller bikes. By the late ’50s, the
company had abandoned motorsports, and
following the death of Carlo Guzzi in 1964,
the company could no longer manage its
increasingly serious financial woes.
An Italian investment group stepped in
and helped develop the V7, a handsome
motorcycle with a transverse-mounted,
90-degree V-twin engine that became
a pillar of Moto Guzzi design. But the
company still couldn’t catch a break, and
for the next few decades, the once-great
Moto Guzzi languished under a handful
of different owners. While continuing to
debut distinctive bikes, inventive designs,
and breakthrough technologies, Moto Guzzi
THE WORLD GOES MOTO
struggled to stay in the spotlight.
Then, in 2004, Piaggio Group bought
Guzzi, 83 years after the introduction of the
Normale. Piaggio promised to invest heavily
in the bike maker, revamping its outdated
factory and developing a more robust
product portfolio.
In 2008, Moto Guzzi debuted a stylish,
all-new version of its iconic V7, which has
since become the best-selling model in the
company’s 10-bike lineup. “Our largest
challenge is to make Moto Guzzi accessible
and desirable among a younger generation
of riders,” Zanolini says. “All Guzzi
motorbikes are made to be customised to
the owner’s taste and personality—a large
number of accessories, a flexible platform
ready to be transformed on demand.”
Over the past couple of years, Guzzi has
made solid strides toward a stronger, more
assured future. To show its commitment
to non-European markets, the company
launched its MGX-21 “Flying Fortress”—a
huge, sinister-looking bagger that hopes
to steal sales from Harley-Davidson—at last
year’s rough-and-rowdy Sturgis Motorcycle
Rally in South Dakota.
This year, to commemorate the
50th anniversary of the much-loved V7,
Guzzi launched a limited-edition V7 III
Anniversario; all 750 examples have a
polished chrome fuel tank and sport a
beautiful saddle-brown leather seat. In a
couple of months, we’ll see the unveiling
of an all-new Moto Guzzi that will take the
brand into totally unfamiliar terrain.
And the motorbike-maker promises
something huge in 2021, Guzzi’s 100-year
anniversary. “That year is a milestone
for the brand and for our motorcycles,”
Galluzzi says. “You will look at the bike we’ll
have at that time and say, ‘Wow!’ ”
The Italian motorcycle has found fans all over...
NOW A COLLECTOR OF DOZENS OF
motorcycles, Ewan McGregor’s obsession
began with a modified 1978 Moto Guzzi
T3 he got when he was still a teenager.
The Trainspotting actor serves as an
ambassador for Moto Guzzi, receiving
a new bike for each of his campaigns for
the brand. The Scottish thespian owns at
least six Moto Guzzi bikes at the moment,
including a V7, a Grand Tourer, and two of
the company’s famous police motorcycles
from the 1970s.
Why The LAPD Fell In Love With Guzzi
In the late ’60s, the Los Angeles Police
Department had one of the largest
motorcycle pools in the world, with about
400 bikes in active service. Every one
of them was a Harley-Davidson. The
LAPD typically refused bids from foreign
manufacturers, but that didn’t stop the
American importers of Moto Guzzi bikes
from approaching the police department
with a proposal to make a special
“California” version of the Guzzi V7
for police duty.
Surprisingly, the LAPD indulged Guzzi,
and in 1968 the manufacturer flew a Los
Angeles traffic sergeant to Italy so he
could work in the factory and suggest
changes to the bike’s design, like adding
a bullet-bouncing Lexan windshield and a
side stand that an officer could kick down
while seated. Guzzi delivered the bike in
1969. The police officers had a hard
time pronouncing Moto “Goosey,” so
the bike got the nickname “The Goose.”
The motorcycle proved so popular with
LAPD officers that Guzzi decided to
create a consumer version called the
California, a model that’s still sold today.
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fresh
Sleek Racer
The new Audi A5 and S5 are the luxury cars
not for your dad.
by SOMNATH CHATTERJEE
THE INTENT FOR THE SPANKIN’ NEW A5
and S5 is clear—they’re young, fun, sporty
and make a statement of youth unlike an
average run-of-the mill luxury sedan. They
promise an unique blend of supercar pace
with the grace of a high-end car.
Sandwiched between the A4 and A6, the
A5 is a four-door coupé (Sportback in Audi
speak) which oozes sex appeal and
individuality. Incredibly low slung and
dotted with shiny details, the A5 looks
gorgeous. We love its badass twin, the S5,
too. The S5 boasts of an even shinier grille,
bigger alloys and quad exhausts. Tasty.
The S5 packs in a naughty secret with a
thumping 3.0 turbocharged V6 petrol
engine with 354 bhp and 500Nm. The
fruity exhaust note is the icing on the
cake. The eight-speed tiptronic and
Quattro all-wheel drive system helps it go
from 0-100 kmph in 4.7 seconds with a
limited top-speed of 250 kmph. That’s
enough to shame some sports cars.
If the V6 isn’t your cup of tea, there’s
also a 2.0 diesel variant with a more
modest 190 bhp and 400Nm.
There’s a gentleman’s club vibe on the
inside—classy switchgear, top-class
materials, a running air vent across
the dash and enough gadgets to make
all of geekdom squeal. The virtual
cockpit is fully customisable with a
heads-up display, three-zone climate
control, Audi smartphone integration,
and a bangin’ B&O audio system among
other features.
The best part of the S5/A5 is its surreal
handling and its ability to shine in all
conditions regardless of any road
surface—including those terribly managed
local roads. What’s more, the famous
Quattro system provides idiot-proof
handling on all surfaces. Also, unlike a
regular sports car, you can pack in your
buddies with enough space in the back.
With a starting price of `54 lakh for the
diesel Sportback and `70.6 lakh for the S5
Sportback, these cars are all about having
your cake and eating it too. And you can
take the top down for a little extra swag,
as Audi will also be selling a convertible
version of the A5. The choice is yours. As
for us, we want all three…
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gear
ARE THESE THE GAMECHANGERS?
Google has unleashed its arsenal of new gear and stepped up its hardware game,
so we had to figure which of these is worth our cash.
by JOHN SCIARRINO
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NOT WILLING TO BE OUTDONE BY
Apple or Samsung or Amazon,
Google has taken to the stage to
showcase several devices. We went
into detective mode to figure which
would bless our home, our pockets
and, of course, our time.
1. PIXEL 2 & PIXEL 2 XL
Now that Google has seen what
Apple’s and Samsung’s new smart
phones can offer, they’ve pulled
back the curtain on their own, new
smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 and
2 XL. As seems to be the case with
all new phones, Google is boasting
better cameras on both the front
and rear that will take higher quality
pictures—regardless of how bad a
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photographer you are. Google’s
own assistant—their version of
Apple’s Siri or Samsung’s Bixby or
Amazon’s Alexa—can be activated
by squeezing the phone, a novel
approach. They’re also pushing hard
on Google Lens, which will allow the
Pixel 2’s camera to read and react to
real-world information and directly
translate that to useful actions for
you. All this is rounded out with
features like water-resistance,
unlimited online photo storage, fastcharging and biometric security.
2. PIXEL BUDS
We’re familiar with wireless
bluetooth headphones but when
Google enters the fray, you have to
take notice. While the design and
aesthetic of the Pixel Buds aren’t
exactly blowing our skirts up—they
look like two Chromecasts wired
together and hanging out of your
ears—we are impressed with their
function and we’re not talking about
just sound quality. What sets the
Pixel Buds apart from the rest of the
many bluetooth earbud offerings
out there are their integration with
Google Translate, putting them
firmly in the sci-fi arena along with
the likes of Douglas Adams’ fictional
Babel Fish. That’s a nerd-speak way
of saying that the Pixel Buds will
translate as many as 40 languages
on the fly, making it feasible to hold
a conversation with a foreigner in
real-time. It’s an unprecedented feat
and one that we’re eager to try out
for ourselves when we take our next
trip through China or Norway. Fastcharging, easy-pairing, high-quality
sound and other Google Assistant
functionalities round out the buds.
3. HOME MINI
Google is looking to infiltrate your
home with the Home Mini, a smart
speaker that’ll inconspicuously sit in
any room of your home so you can
control smart home accessories, get
info at will or just have fun calling
out ridiculous demands. The mini
speaker functions exactly like its
Google Home big brother in terms
of the info it can deliver, the tasks
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it can accomplish and its ability to
recognise multiple users from voice
alone. It is well-priced, so this entrylevel smart speaker might end up
being a candidate for every room.
4. HOME MAX
Google’s go-big-or-go-home
version of the smart speaker was
possibly made with the intention
of putting Apple’s HomePod and
Amazon’s Echo in their crosshairs.
Functioning exactly as the regular
Google Home speaker, the Max
is more focused on fidelity and
delivering quality sound from
any and every music streaming
service with whom the Big G has a
partnership. All the Google Assistant
smart functions are tucked away
here as well, and the Max will also
benefit from the newly announced
Assistant functions like Media
Alarms, Send to Phone, a new
voice option and location-based
reminders. You may be able to use
the Home Max as a replacement for
even the most robust, hi-fi-focused
bluetooth speakers out there.
5. CLIPS
Probably the most head-scratching
launch in a while, Google Clips is
a new, tiny camera that seems to
function almost autonomously, using
facial recognition and other software
to take pictures and short videos
of your loved ones automatically.
Google has touted Clips privacy
functions, connecting it directly to
your phone instead of the internet
overall, but we still have reservations
about a camera that’s controlled by
some kind of pseudo AI. But it can be
very effective for home-monitoring
or for the time you leave your niece
or nephew with your gadgets.
6. PIXELBOOK &
PIXELBOOK PEN
Google has filled a niche in the past
with their Chromebooks—scaledback laptops that are best suited
for simple uses like browsing the
internet or checking email. The latest
Chromebook from Google, going
by the name of Pixelbook, is actually
the beefiest Chromebook we’ve
seen in terms of hardware, making
it a good, highly-portable solution.
The impressive design is thinner than
ever before, can fold to become a
tablet, and benefits from the newlyintroduced Pixelbook Pen that’ll give
you a direct, hands-on control over
your interactions with the Pixelbook.
It has a big, bright Quad HD 12.3inch screen, 10-hour battery life,
touchscreen capabilities beyond
that of the Pixelbook Pen and a slim
10.3-mm body with 360-degree
hinges that let you twist and bend
this Chromebook any way that’s
most convenient for you. There’s a
lot more here than ever before and it
will likely justify its price tag.
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& The Art of
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Sexy
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all the time. You have those days when
you’re down or it’s something else like
hormonal imbalances, ha! I think whenever
I’m working, I’m happy. When I’m not
working, I need to move... I need to do
something every day otherwise I tend to
get depressed. So I keep myself busy. Also,
I believe once you decide to be happy,
everything will be happier!
We couldn’t agree more, to be honest.
When it comes to your personal style,
are you one of those who’s a stickler
for perfection?
I pretty much live in my trackpants and
gymwear every day. Only when I have to
go for events or somewhere I have to
look a little presentable is when I dress
up. But I hate dressing up. If you ever see
me in those “spotted” pictures, I usually
look bad. I love sportswear. I’m a sporty
girl... more like a guy, actually.
DISHA PATANI HAS BROKEN THE INTERNET
several times since she ascended to the
throne of It-Girl-dom in the short time
since her debut in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold
Story. Sexy selfies, killer dance moves,
a selfless love for animals and that
sunshine personality make it pretty easy
for everyone to succumb to her vivacious,
larger-than-life vibe. She recently wrapped
up filming Baaghi 2 opposite Tiger Shroff,
and we caught up with her between shots
for a quick chat, Maxim-style.
Welcome to Maxim, Disha! Hope you had
fun doing this shoot?
It was so good! The shoot went so well
and so fast. It was raining very heavily in
Mumbai that day, it was just one of those
days. But we had so much fun trying
different looks. The results are so young
and cool and sexy. I really loved my whole
shoot experience.
It’s pretty early in the day right now. Are
early mornings your thing?
It depends. Sometimes we have to wake up
as early as 4.30 am for shoots. And I wake
up earlier because I like to work out before
the shoot—I can’t work out at night. Today,
I woke up a little late, though.
So you’re a morning person—lucky you.
We hear you’re a fitness fiend, too?
Yeah, but right now I don’t have the
proper equipment here at the hotel;
they don’t have a proper gym. I keep
two activities a day—I do cardio in the
form of dance or kick-boxing and, in the
evenings, I usually do weight training to
gain some muscle.
You’re super fit, and you exude positivity.
Tell us the secret because we’d really like
to try it out.
Honestly, I feel you can’t be positive
We beg to differ, as do millions of
your fans! When do you feel sexiest?
When I dance. Otherwise, I’m not a
very cool person. But when I dance
I feel very confident, cool and sexy—
I feel like Beyoncé! Just thinking about
her makes me feel sexy.
You’ve also called Beyoncé your idol…
I love Beyoncé, yeah! She’s my idol
because she’s so strong as a woman,
so independent, and she really inspires
me because she’s ruling it right now.
She’s so hardworking. I’ve watched
all her interviews, but the best thing she
said is that for you to find a soulmate—
someone who completes you—you need
to complete yourself first, by finding
something you like. You need to have
your own passion, your own aim. Then,
you can complete someone else, too.
Having your own name, passion and
aim is very important.
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One mantra I follow is that you
shouldn’t be too happy or too
sad about anything. That’s why
nothing affects me too much—
either too much appreciation or
too much negativity!
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Very true, and you’re well on your way,
we might add. Your go-to stress buster?
Travel—I wish I could do it more often. I
love travelling so much. I love the beach
and I love swimming. I wish I lived on
a beach and my room opened up to the
water. Unfortunately, Mumbai isn’t like
that and I can’t teleport to a beach every
time I’m stressed. So, I usually just eat
something decadent to feel better.
What do you find the most attractive
about a man?
I like simple guys because I’m a simple girl.
I don’t have many demands. I would be
attracted to someone with some passion
and motivation in life. I like that.
What’s your guilty pleasure—TV shows
or classic movies?
I like watching films before I go to sleep
every night. I’m not really into TV shows,
though I did watch 13 Reasons Why on
Netflix, and it was a cool show. If I get the
time, I switch on the TV to watch films.
Recently, I’ve enjoyed Annabelle 2. I love
horror and action movies... told you I’m
a guy! I’m not really into romcoms.
You’re a super dancer. Any chance you’re
a fantastic singer, too?
No, no, no! I can’t sing at all. This is
something I can’t do anymore. I used to
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sing well when I was young but then my
voice changed and now it’s horrible, and I
just can’t—that’s why I don’t go for karaoke
nights. And, somehow, every person
around me sings. I like to hear people
sing, but it’s intimidating because you’ve
got people singing professionally at those
karaoke nights! They’re hitting all the
notes and I just can’t do that.
Bummer! Your Instagram fan base is
pretty crazy…
They’re so sweet and very loving. I still
manage my own account so I have instant
access to them.
How do you deal with all the attention—
and, sometimes, the hate—that comes
with it?
The hate is a part of it. One mantra I follow
is that you shouldn’t be too happy or too
sad about anything. That’s why nothing
affects me too much—either too much
appreciation or too much negativity. Girls,
especially, get a lot of shit for nothing.
People will judge you for what you wear. I
don’t really care about that. I’m here to live
my life and I’m happy to be doing my work.
Nobody knows me better than me. It’s also
kinda cool when my fans, who are really
just good people who support women,
come out in defence and, then, there’s a
comment war going down. And, when you
think about it, everyone’s fighting over one
picture in cyberspace? Instagram isn’t real
life, you know. People tend to take it too
seriously sometimes.
Given the nature of the Internet,
everything is anonymous so trolls get
away with a lot of stuff that they wouldn’t
have the guts to say in real life.
Yes! All the profiles writing the hate stuff
are fake accounts. No one will ever own up
and say it. They just want attention. That’s
that. Just ignore them, I say.
What’s 24 hours in the life of Disha
Patani like…
When I’m not filming, I wake up and play
with my new puppy and kitten—they’re
so cute. They love each other. Bella, my
puppy is the dominating one, of course,
but they’re happy to have each other. Then
I go for my morning workout—kick-boxing
or dance every alternate day. I come back
post-noon and have lunch. Then I take a
nap. Naps are very important to me. Then
I go to the gym in the evening, come back,
have dinner and... that’s my day!
... And you took us too literally. But good
to know we have a window to ping you
after your nap and before you hit the gym.
Speaking of which, we’re inspired to hit
the weight rack now.
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HOROLOGY IS
AN EXACT ART,
BRINGING
TOGETHER
PHYSICS AND
AESTHETICS
ON A TINY
CANVAS.
THIS CUSTOM
CABINET
SEEKS TO
REPLICATE THE
DEMANDING
APPROACH,
AND CREATE A
MASTERPIECE IN
THE BARGAIN.
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WRIST WONDERS
WHEN IT COMES TO DESIGN, THESE WATCHES TURNED
A LOT OF COLLECTORS’ HEADS.
QLOCKTWO W39
This unique timepiece is handmade in Germany, and quaintly
tells time in words. It comes in a water-resistant stainless steel
case, with 20 compatible languages.
HYT H3 TITANIUM & PLATINUM
With its patented hydro-mechanics technology, this watch is
revolutionary, water-resistant to 30 metres and has a unique
movement with retrograde functions and a stunning dial.
MB&F HM4 THUNDERBOLT
Don’t let the aviation-inspired case fool you, this watch is tough.
It has 311 specially-designed components in a stunning and
visually-delightful grade 5 titanium and sapphire crystal case.
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The creator of the awardwinning and intriguing
Enignum chair is no stranger
to demanding commissions.
Joseph Walsh, who founded
his studio in Cork, Ireland,
in 1999, is renowned for his
bespoke and limited edition
pieces, and for overcoming
complex technical challenges
in fabrication. This surreal
cabinet—a watch collector’s
personal museum in miniature—
was commissioned to house
an anthology of timepieces
collected over time and over
generations by his family.
Called “A Piece Of Time,” the
cabinet took three years and the
collaboration of several master
craftspersons to complete,
with Remi Behr serving as lead
master maker. “My idea for this
commission was to create a
piece which would be a joy to
engage with and would expand
the experience of collecting the
timepieces, a way to enjoy the
collection, the story of each
watch and their relationship to
each other,” says Walsh.
At first glance, the cabinet
looks like a futuristic pod,
armoured and structured to
fit into a larger object. Viewed
in isolation, each section is
like the frame of an expensive
ring, ready for its jewel
companion. But the shape is a
homage to warping time, the
concept of which is generously
acknowledged in this unique
object—as much in its creation
and development as in what it
holds inside its cavity.
The cabinet has been
crafted from fumed oak,
and is internally composed
of 108 segments. To access
the watches, an original and
intricate locking mechanism has
been created, designed in the
spirit of a complication. Each
part certainly looks as complex
and ensures that the cabinet is—
at its very essence—horologic.
Renowned watch expert
and writer Thomas Wanka has
written, “How could time’s
value possibly be measured?
This situation also prevails
when it comes to measuring
CABESTAN WINCH TOURBILLON VERTICAL
Inspired by the simple nautical capstan, the super-precise
mechanism of this funky watch has 910 components that are
clearly visible under twin sapphire crystals.
URWERK UR-CC1
The UR-CC1 brings together timeless watchmaking and linear
auto accents. Its white gold/titanium case houses a self-winding
calibre, with nickel, ARCAP alloy and beryllium bronze parts.
ROMAIN JEROME PAC-MAN LEVEL II 40 DARK GHOSTS
Celebrating the iconic game in pixellated glory, the intricate 3D
dial has glow-in-the-dark ghosts, cased in a black PVD-coated
steel case. It also houses meticulous horologic innovation.
XERIC BLACK/GOLD HALOGRAPH AUTOMATIC
Brought to life by Kickstarter, this mechanical watch houses a
variety of complications in its surgical grade stainless steel case,
and it is powered by the kinetic movement of your wrist.
DIESEL DZ7365 DOUBLE AUTOMATIC LEATHER
Though not from a traditional watch “maison,” this limited-edition
watch has two automatic movements, with looks that can match
the elite. Its tourbillon cousins are also excellent.
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time: one man is satisfied by
glancing at the digital display
on his microwave oven, whilst
another experiences pleasure
each morning when he chooses
which wristwatch from his
collection to wear that day.
A person who owns one or
more mechanical watches
surely doesn’t need to justify
his passion. After all, the
investments usually prove well
worthwhile.” That succinctly
sums up the importance of this
cabinet to a collector.
Walsh’s signature Enignum
seat is integrated with the
cabinet, with the seating
arrangement surrounding
the vessel. The seat is made
of ash, ebonised black with
leather upholstery. “My
hope was to create a vessel
form that would contain the
watches, a sculpture, with a
seat connected to it, so that one
could spend time enjoying the
watches. The form of the seat
wraps around the user but also
the vessel, the compartments
within the vessel pivot open
with a fluid movement that
follows the spirit of the piece’s
form,” he says.
The interior compartments
of the cabinet are carved
in pear wood and swathed
in suede, with the inner
mechanism made of 700
individually-crafted bronze
parts. When seen together, they
give the impression of looking
inside a watch’s caseback. Each
compartment swings or pivots
open on its axis, and then
falls back into place, like the
mechanical calibres that form
the heart of a timepiece.
Walsh and his team decoded
the form and the function
at conception—and this
allowed them to ensure that
each watch would be safely
ensconced, despite variations
in case sizes and straps. It
also ensured a seamless fit for
the parts. “I believe we can
enhance the quality of our
lives by surrounding ourselves
with objects that possess
values beyond their function
or aesthetic, that possess
intelligence in their creation,
that one can interact with and
that will stimulate senses each
and every time one engages
with them,” says Walsh.
This is in keeping with
Wanka’s belief that “only
uniqueness creates genuine
value,” as watchmaking is a
limited resource. “Personal
taste and individualised
advice from an expert on-site
cannot determine the price of
precious time, but can influence
the value we ascribe to it,”
concludes Wanka. The same
principle applies to Walsh’s
unique cabinet.
I M AG E S CO U RT E SY O F A RC H I T E C T U R E + D E S I G N
The
Science of
Happiness
MOST SAY IT’S A STATE OF
MIND…AND WE’RE NOT
ARGUING. BUT EVERYTHING
FROM WHAT WE EAT TO HOW
WE SPEND OUR TIME AND WHO
WE SPEND IT WITH HAS AN
IMPACT ON HOW WE REACH
THAT STATE. SO WE DID SOME
REAL R&D AND GOT YOU THE
BEST 25 PROOF-BACKED HACKS
ON HOW TO GET THOSE ‘FEELGOOD’ HORMONES RUNNIN’.
by PRIYAM CHATURVEDI
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5. Yes, I can
1. Breathe in, breathe out
“Regular, daily practice of controlled
deep breathing, such as conscious
diaphragmatic breathing instantly turns
on the branch of the autonomic nervous
system responsible for restorative rest,
repair and recovery,” says Elaine Slater.
“It is a proven way of interrupting the
body’s stress response and re-balancing
the nervous system by releasing
neurotransmitters such as endorphins
into the body.”
2. Talk, vent, share
Research at the School of Social Work at
University of Buffalo suggests that there
are huge advantages of having healthy
relationships with your support groups
i.e. your family and friends. “When you’re
going through times of uncertainty, support
systems help you get information, advice
and guidance, thereby keeping you from
feeling low. Talking to people helps you
look at things from a different perspective
and encourage you to come out of it,” says
Dr Kamal Khurana, mentor, psychologist
and author of It’s Ok.
3. Vitamin happy
“Lack of daylight can reduce our vitamin
D levels and a deficiency in vitamin D is
thought to have an impact on our mood,”
explains Dr Sturnham. “Known as the
sunshine vitamin, vitamin D is produced by
the body in response to skin being exposed
to sunlight,” she explains. So get some
outdoor time and enjoy the sunshine.
4. Smile!
Yes, it’s as simple as that. The thing is,
studies show that you can legit trick your
mind into feeling happy if you consciously
make an effort to smile, plus it reduces
your levels of stress .
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You may find it hard to believe,
but “Our thoughts drive our
moods and colour our perception
of experiences.” “If you believe
the phrase, ‘You are what you
think,’ then life truly stems from
your thoughts,” says psychologist
Elaine Slater. “Research shows
that up to 80 per cent of the
thoughts we produce in a day
are negative, and you can’t
live a positive life with a negative mind.
Affirmations are proven methods of selfimprovement because of their ability to
re-wire our brains by increasing the level
of endorphins released into the body.
They make you consciously aware of your
thoughts, and are positive statements of a
desired outcome or goal. They are usually
short, believable and focused. By repeating
them, you change neural pathways and
synapses in your brain to open up a new
state of positive thinking.”
6. Watch what you eat
Research shows that the kind of food
you eat can determine how you may
feel. According to a study in the Journal
Of Pharmacological Research, foods that
are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (we’re
talking salmon, mackarel, sardines…did
we mention salmon?) have the ability to
improve your mood and fight depression.
“[They] are important to keep cell
membranes fluid and flexible so that they
can communicate effectively to one another
and in turn, help support neurotransmitter
functioning,” explains nutritional therapist
Eve Kalinik.
7. Spice it up
“The chemical found in most spicy foods
called capsaicin, is effective in boosting
endorphins,” says Dr Sturnham.
8. Exercise right
“Not only is exercise great for keeping our
hearts strong and our weight healthy, but
studies have shown that when we exercise
we produce increased levels of endorphins
and serotonin (happy hormones) which
improve our moods and energy levels,” says
Dr Anita Sturnham, General Practitioner
in London. “This doesn’t necessarily have
to mean a trip to the gym. A brisk walk,
dancing, getting off the bus or metro stop
early and walking the rest of the way all
count. Aim to put in at least 30 minutes,
three to four times a week.”
9. Acceptance is key
It’s okay to not feel on top of the world
all the time, but shutting yourself out
and not realising that you need to come
out of it is what causes people to suffer.
“It’s a simple three-step process,” says
Dr Khurana. “a) Accept your emotion, b)
accept the situation in front of you, c) act it
out.” According to a research done by the
University of California, people who accept
mental experiences instead of judging, have
better psychological health. “The next step
is to act on the situation—extroverts tend
to focus on the outer world and believe in
acting out, and excel when there are visible
results. Introverts on the other hand get
their energy by thinking and reflecting on
their past.”
10. Invest in experiences
“Buying Experiences, Not Possessions,
Leads To Greater Happiness” is a study
done at the San Francisco State University
in 2009 that demonstrates that experiential
purchases, such as skydiving, watching
a play or even going out for dinner result
in increased greater well-being than
material possessions.
11. Learn to be grateful
Researchers at the University of
Pennsylvania prove that small acts of
gratitude can be great contributors in
uplifting one’s overall mood and happiness.
Make it a point to say thank you more often
and notice the change in your outlook.
12. Free hugs anyone?
In the research paper “Trust, Morality And
Oxytocin”, psychologists propose that a
human being’s trust, empathy, and morality
increase as their levels of oxytocin increase.
Neuro-economist Paul Zak explains the
simple act of eight hugs a day can increase
internal oxytocin levels and result in a
happier you.
13. Meet people often
“Meeting happy people can have a positive
rub off on you,” says Dr Khurana. “As per
research done at the Harvard Medical
School on 5,000 people over a period of 20
years, a person’s happiness spreads through
their social group even up to three degrees
of separation, and the effect lasts as long as
a year. Researchers Ed Diener and Martin
Seligman found that the happiest people
were highly social and had the strongest
relationship ties.”
and take action accordingly. Instead of
focusing on everything that’s going wrong,
put your mind on how and why do you
value yourself.
listening to your favourite band, consciously
add in a little intent of being happy and
watch how well you respond after.
14. As you sow, so shall you reap
19. Aim, set, go
In the study, “Kindness Counts”,
researchers found that people who
are kind to others are more well-liked.
“This contributes to their own personal
popularity as they help other people,” says
Joshua Becker, author More Is Less.
Research says that people who have a clear
goal in life are 20 per cent more satisfied
and happy with their life as they have
something tangible to work on. It also helps
in improving your self-confidence. Set
small goals for yourself, and work towards
them. It will give you a sense of purpose
and achievement.
“Not only is it mentally stimulating (not
to mention fun), but challenging yourself
to learn a new skill can lead to greater
happiness,” says columnist Alexandra
Duron. “That’s thanks to the feelings
of accomplishment and self-confidence
that often come along with gaining new
expertise. Consider this your cue to sign
up for those French lessons you’ve always
wanted to take, or pick up the
guitar—choose something that
genuinely interests you, and
run with it!”
15. Spend wisely
According to a study at the
University of Berkeley, how
people spend their money may be
at least as important as how much
money they earn. “Specifically,
spending more of one’s income
on others results in greater
happiness,” suggests Becker.
There’s always a good time to
be generous.
23. Try some colour therapy
Remember how we told you about
Vitamin Sunshine? Well, turns out
you can apply the same logic to
your clothing as well. Research
shows happy people tend to
associate their mood with cheerful
and bright colours, and folks also
tend to think of yellow as the
colour of optimism. That doesn’t
mean to dress like a sunflower, but
incorporating in small measures
in the key.
16. Get some shut-eye
An interesting study in the 2011
BPS Research Digest shows that
our sleep pattern is directly
proportional to our happiness
level. Not only does sleep
deprivation cause emotional
problems, a sleep boost can bring
emotional advantage. So what
we’re saying is, some good quality
snoozing can help you become
more positive and happy.
24. Clock some time with your
furry friend
17. Put that phone away
“It’s likely that people spending
more time on devices have less frequent
contact with live social networks, and may
be more vulnerable to social comparison
that leaves them with a sense of emptiness,”
says Ramani Durvasula, Ph.D., licensed
clinical psychologist and professor of
psychology at California State University.
18. Go easy on yourself
Often, we take everything that’s happening
around us too seriously and personally.
Horrible boss? My fault. Shitty relationship?
Entirely my fault. While it’s good to be
self-aware and know where we’re going
wrong and how can we improve, taking
everything on our own shoulders isn’t the
right way to be. Categorise things into
what you can change, and what you can’t,
22. Pursue a hobby
20. Get outdoors
“Nature has a factor of being alive and yet
not reactive,” says Dr Khurana. “Trees and
plants exist peacefully, and being in their
vicinity has a calming effect on a person.
One can understand how to be happy
without making it look like a big deal. And
it doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair—it
could be a walk in the park, sitting by the
beach, or just observing nature.”
21. Make music your BFF
According to a psychology research,
listening to music with the goal and desire
to become happier may actually lead to
happiness than simply listening for the
sake of listening. So the next time you’re
We’re not the first ones to tell you
that spending quality time with
your four-legged friends can take
your stress levels from 1,000 to
zero in no time. Spending time with pets
releases oxytocin in your brain, the happy
hormone that’s responsible for your state
of mind.
25. Voice it right
No-one wants/likes a complain bag. But
did you know that voicing your concerns
in the right way can help you feel better
mentally? According to a study published in
Psychology Today, “When voicing a concern
leads to results, which in turn lead to a
better mood and self-esteem and feeling
empowered, it’s effective.” Duron explains
the phenomenon—“complaining done right
involves identifying a problem and taking
positive action to address it, not just getting
stuck in a loop of complaints.”
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T
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KELLY SLATER, THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED SURFER
ON THE PLANET, IS INTENT ON CREATING A SUITE
OF GLOBAL BRANDS BASED ON SUSTAINABILITY
AND IMAGINATION... WHICH IS WHAT THE WORLD
NEEDS NOW!
by TIM STRUBY
The predawn chill of December 5, 2015. Kelly Slater
in his wetsuit, board in hand. The 11-time World
Champion surfer dives into the water and although
he’s taken a similar predawn plunge countless times
before, this morning is different. With onlookers that
include fellow World Surf League pros Nat Young
and women’s champion Carissa Moore, the 45-yearold paddles out and catches a wave that may turn
out to have been the most groundbreaking ride of
his life. Carving up and down the face with the
smooth slashes of a fencer’s blade, Slater dips into
the wave’s barrel. There, crouched in what surfers
call the “green room,” Slater rides for what seems like
an eternity.
As he emerges from the tube, he triumphantly
throws up his arms while the crowd cheers, because
this is no ordinary wave. Slater isn’t in the Pacific
Ocean but rather 170 km inland, on a man-made lake
in California’s San Joaquin Valley. And the wave isn’t
a product of Mother Nature but of Slater himself.
Through the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC),
the surfer and entrepreneur has spearheaded a
decade-long quest to build the perfect artificial wave.
He had a vision of bringing surfing to landlocked
states and countries and, in doing so, revolutionising
the sport. “I’ve been waiting for this moment since
2005,” he said in a video posted that December. “This
is the best man-made wave ever made.”
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Vision has always been an integral part of Slater’s success.
Growing up in Cocoa Beach, Florida, he and his older brother,
Sean, with whom he surfed, did not have the luxury of big West
Coast swells. That meant making the most of smaller surf, seeing
something—a spot for an aerial, a chance for one last cutback—
where others saw little.
At 18, Slater turned professional and quickly won his first pro
contest, the Body Glove Surf Bout, at Lower Trestles in California.
He signed a six-figure deal with Quiksilver. Two years later, he
claimed his first World Championship, the youngest surfer in
history to do so. Slater mania was born. He was a regular on
Baywatch and dated celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Gisele
Bündchen. He modelled underwear for Versace and opened for
Pearl Jam with his own band, the Surfers.
All the while Slater kept winning, including five consecutive
World Championships from 1994 to 1998. He possessed
extraordinary talent and indefatigable hunger, but what really
separated him from the rest was his inventiveness. Surfing, at its
core, is as much art as sport. Greatness requires improvisation and
pushing limits à la Miles Davis or Pablo Picasso, and no one was
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THE “50 GREATEST SURFERS
OF ALL TIME”
BECAME YOUNGEST
EVER PROFESSIONAL
SURFING CHAMPION
(AT AGE 20)
11-TIME WORLD
CHAMPION
(THE MOST EVER)
19-TIME SURFER
MAGAZINE READER’S POLL
AWARDEE (’93–’01, ’04-’13)
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more imaginative than the kid from Florida.
Then Slater retired, only to return to the World Surf League
Tour (formerly called the Association of Surfing Professionals) in
2003 and eventually win five more titles, the most recent in 2011.
In an interview, the surfing magazine Stab asked him to describe
himself in clinical terms. Slater replied, half-joking: “Obsessivecompulsive disorder mixed with a little borderline addictive
personality disorder when it comes to things he loves.”
While his love of surfing hasn’t waned, he shouldn’t,
theoretically, still be competing. The average age of the rest of the
WSL’s top 10 surfers is 26.3, and Slater is nearly twice as old as
points leader John John Florence. Yet, in August last year, there
was the senior citizen of pro surfing beating Florence in the final of
the Billabong Pro Tahiti. With his showing at Teahupo’o, one of the
most powerful breaks in the world, Slater earned his 55th elite tour
win, further cementing his legacy.
For the past few years, however, the greatest surfer of all time
has sought more than great waves. “He’s trying to do some good
in the world,” says Pete Johnson, an Oahu, Hawaii, native who’s
been friends with Slater for 30 years. “He’s passionate about other
SLATER’S
CREATIVITY IN THE
WATER HAS MADE
HIM A SURFING
ICON FOR MORE
THAN 25 YEARS
things and aspires to be a better man.”
Slater is a voracious reader, whether the
subject is business, nutrition, or cancer, the
disease that took his father in 2002. He’s
hands-on with the Kelly Slater Foundation,
which has supported the fight against cystic
fibrosis and melanoma. He’s become more
conscientious, making sure to take time to
call friends going through hard times. He’s
expanding his horizons. Evolving. “I strive
to be better and better in all aspects of my
life and to learn as much as I can about the
things that interest me,” Slater tells Maxim.
Two of Slater’s most recent interests
have been developed with the same
vision he first brought to Cocoa Beach. In 2014, he broke ties
with Quiksilver after 23 years to form his own clothing line,
Outerknown. Employing the talents of designer and fellow surfer
John Moore, founder of the acclaimed surf lifestyle label M.Nii,
and Julie Gilhart, the former fashion director of Barneys New York,
Slater sought to create a brand that was surfer chic as opposed
to beach bro. Outerknown launched in July 2015, and Slater has
insisted on couture with a conscience.
“I wanted to create an independent, socially-compliant supply
chain and use environmentally-friendly textiles and materials,”
Slater explains, pointing out the label’s use of organic cotton
and hemp, regenerated Italian wool, and recycled fishing nets.
Describing Outerknown, he uses words like integrity, transparency,
and sustainability. “Sustainability comes from the materials that
go into making the clothes and workplace conditions being up to
scratch,” he says. “The things behind the scenes were as important
to me as the end product.”
Slater is a co-owner of Firewire
Surfboards, and in 2016 the company
launched, for the first time, a set of boards
of his own design. Like Outerknown,
Firewire focuses on sustainability, and it’s
the first global manufacturer to have every
board it makes qualify for Sustainable
Surf ’s Ecoboard certification. “In the past
couple of years I’ve been taking a bigger
interest in things I’m involved with,” Slater
says. “Board design is a natural thing for
me anyway, and I never stop working on it,
so it was natural to start something that was
right in my wheelhouse.”
As for his other passion project, KSWC,
the possibilities are staggering. No longer beholden to geography
and unreliable ocean swells, the sport could potentially explode—
training centres across the globe, surfers able to refine their skills
365 days a year. Instead of golf, resorts could offer guests the
chance to catch a wave. The KSWC wave could help the industry’s
dream of making surfing an Olympic sport finally become a reality.
Yet, like Slater himself, the wave project is a work in progress.
“It didn’t disappoint,” says Johnson, who at Slater’s behest surfed
the KSWC wave last year. “But Kelly’s always seeking to improve it.”
While at the San Joaquin Valley property, Slater constantly tested
variable power levels, fiddled with different speeds, and took
copious notes.
Perfection may take a while, but the world’s greatest surfer isn’t
complaining. “It’s great to start out big and fast if you can sustain
that,” he says. “But you get the last laugh if you work out how to
have the longevity you’d imagine you can have with a fresh mind
and a healthy approach.”
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THE
NUTS
&
THE
BOLTS
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MAXIM ENTERS THE STUNNING WORLD
OF FABIAN OEFNER, AN ARTIST FOR
WHOM THE PROCESS OF CREATION IS
AS IMPORTANT AS THE FINAL RENDERING.
by ARUN SARIN
ASK ANY CONNOISSEUR OF ART, AND SHE OR HE WILL TELL YOU
that details are everything. That these sometimes-intricate
little monsters can elevate a seemingly normal rendition into a
masterpiece, giving it a special place in your heart and mind. Be it
poetry, be it sculpture or be it a photograph, a memorable piece
grabs you and doesn’t let go. Like a jealous girlfriend.
Do you need a keen eye? Yes. Do you need knowledge of
art? It helps. But, most important, you should enjoy it—and
discover something new every time you look at it. These words
are more than true when it comes to the work of Fabian Oefner,
the renowned Swiss photographer who works at the confluence
of art, science and mechanics. Though he trained in product
design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, he’s been
into photography since he saw Harold Edgerton’s iconic photo of
a bullet piercing an apple, at 14. His host of photographic works
(titled “Infinite Moment in Time,” “Oil Spill,” “Iridient,” “Millefiori”
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and “Hatch,” among others) are visual delights that capture
movement in stunning stillness; they channel phenomena such as
the human aspect of industrial design, sound waves, iridescence,
centripetal forces and even biology. While he has worked with
brands on campaigns and on commissioned art projects, it is with
his “Disintegrating” series that Oefner has captured the interest of
men—and automotive enthusiasts—all over the world.
As the title signifies, these images capture cars that appear to
have blown apart. Not just any cars, of course, since Oefner has
picked some of the most iconic sports marques ever. The series,
which he began in 2012, features the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
Uhlenhaut Coupé with gullwing doors, the 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, the
1961 Jaguar E-Type, the 1936-37 Audi Auto Union Type C, the 1957
Maserati 250F, the 1969 Ford GT40, the 1934-40 Bugatti 57 SC and
the 1982 Porsche 956. Each car is shown in vivid detail, blurring the
relationship between engineering and drama.
The machination of creation is long and time-consuming,
and often entails stitching together thousands of individual shots
to create one complete image. To Oefner, it “explores essential
questions about the relationship of time and reality, ultimately
creating a visually-rich rendition of a moment that never existed.”
THE PROCESS
Oefner begins by sketching his vision of the “disintegration”—how
each and every car will figuratively “explode” and where each
individual piece will go. This is followed by dismantling a scale
model in entirety, so that each component can be placed in the
perfect position. The illusion of the exploding car relies on the
exactness of position for each part, so these first steps are critical.
After the deconstruction of the scale-models, he places each
piece based on his initial sketch, using pieces of string, tweezers
and fine needles. After meticulous calculation of angles and
lighting, he photographs each component, using more than 2,000
photographs. Eventually, all these are blended together to create
the final image.
Throughout the process, the wheels act as a reference point
for the parts, each nut and bolt. It is painstaking work, and takes
more than two months to complete. Though the images appear
as though they are computer-generated, they are masterpieces of
photography. And that’s how Oefner intends them to be. He says
he is fascinated by the “clean, crisp looks of 3D renderings. So, I
tried to use that certain type of aesthetic and combine it with the
strength of real photography.”
He also feels the ‘Disintegrating’ series is about inventing a
moment in time. “What you see in these images, is a moment
that never existed in real life. There is a unique pleasure about
artificially building a moment. These are possibly the ‘slowest highspeed’ images ever captured. The whole disassembly in itself takes
more than a day for each car due to the complexity of the models.
But that’s a bit of a boy thing. There’s an enjoyment in the analysis,
discovering something by taking it apart,” he adds.
THE APPROACH
Oefner’s work is investigation-based, and he says art is his tool to
explore and understand the world that surrounds us. He is curious
by nature, and says, “I think curiosity is the key to creativity. I
love Albert Einstein’s quote: ‘I have no special talent. I am only
passionately curious.’ I think there is a lot of truth in that.” His
attraction to the “un-ordinary” got a boost with his education
at the Basel University of Art. And, through product design, he
learnt that a successful creative pursuit is a multi-layer process that
combines tactile definition, aesthetics with emotional appeal and
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functionality. Oefner has also served as Leica’s Director of Visual
Style for Geosystems, which widened his horizons when it comes
to visualising “time and the invisible effect of natural sciences.”
Over time and through his evolving work, it is the thrill of the
unknown that has come to guide his sensibility. “I think that is
precisely what drives most artists or any other kind of explorer.
The quest for the unknown—be it exploring new techniques of
how to visualise an idea or coming up with new concepts,” he
says. While a large part of his work is manifest in digital mastering,
he prefers not to be pinned to any one medium. “Whichever
media works best to communicate my ideas, I end up using it.
Photography is one of them. Two installations that I’ve worked on
deal with the concept of space and time, and sound turned into
motion. For these two ideas, I felt that an installation—an artwork
that the viewer can walk around and really be a part of—was a
better way of conveying the concept,” he emphasises, adding that
tinkering is crucial for an artist.
All men can associate with that. Men love to tinker, get their
hands dirty, open things up, see how stuff ticks and what makes
machines run. Gadgets, cars, modems. Oefner is no different.
When he begins work on a new series or a new piece of art, he
plays around with everything from form to exposition, and says it
is one of the most important things in his process.
“I usually don’t have an ‘idea’ where the journey is headed.
As I go along, ideas are sometimes formed and then turned into
actual physical works. But, looking at the entire process, I would
say capturing the idea or building makes up only about 20 per cent
of the entire process,” he says, echoing the words of every artist
we’ve ever met, as well as Oefner’s principal influences—Salvador
Dali and Praxiteles. The ‘Disintegrating’ series is not just a one-off,
because he has consistently added to it over the last five years. And
will possibly continue. The first set had three, this one has five.
Maximilian Büsser, founder and curator of M.A.D. Gallery—which
displays Oefner’s work—says, “Fabian’s works are perfect examples
of how mechanical art can be powerfully beautiful. Seeing objects
we are so familiar with breaking down into hundreds of pieces,
challenges the viewer’s perception of these items.”
And that’s precisely what drives Oefner. “I think the discipline
comes from the fact that I deeply appreciate the belief that people
look at my art and spend time interpreting it. I think, therefore,
the onlookers and the observers deserve a very high quality when
it comes to execution,” he says. Men over the world will probably
congratulate Oefner for this dedication—one look at these images
and you’re transported to your childhood. Bring on the Lego!
THE REAL
ALEXIS REN
The model and social media sensation opens up to her
legions of followers about almost everything in her life, both
good and bad. And that’s why they love her.
by SARAH HORNE GROSE
photographs by GILLES BENSIMON
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the background and Alexis Ren in the
foreground, mooning the camera from
a skateboard, you have the makings of
social media magic: a single video clip, and
then—bam!—50,34,764 views on Instagram.
Ren, the 20-year-old model and
Instababe extraordinaire (10.8 million
followers and counting), is sanguine about
why she gets all those likes. “Confidence is
what people tend to gravitate toward, and
also, obviously, sex. I don’t consider that a
bad thing, though. If a woman likes to post
about her body, that doesn’t make her a
slut, desperate, or dumb. It still blows my
mind we are stuck in that perception of
womanhood. It’s 2017. Come on, people!”
Ren grew up in the tony coastal town
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of Santa Monica, surfing, skateboarding,
and getting plenty of second glances for
that body. At the age of 13 she was scouted
to model for the surf chick label Brandy
Melville, and photos of her in a bikini
soon went viral, laying the foundation for
a mini empire that blended traditional
commercial jobs with a huge social media
following. Earning notoriety at such a
young age was “surreal,” she says. “It’s
still weird.”
Thanks to her manga-esque
proportions—Bambi eyes, a 23-inch waist,
and a gym-earned rear view—and a knack
for conveying a bubbly, jet-setting sex
appeal, Ren was at the vanguard of a tribe
of genetically blessed “influencers.” For
millions of young girls, anything she does
is #goals; fans obsess over everything
from her diet to her sex life. For years, her
relationship with fellow social media star
Jay Alvarrez only added to her fans’ sense
that they knew everything about her,
and the pair banked on that oversharing,
posting dreamy YouTube videos that
garnered millions of views.
Last February, the couple confirmed
their split, and this spring, in the run-up
to launching her own fitness label, Ren
Active, Alexis took to Twitter to explain
that being Alexis was not all jaunts to
Hawaii and lounging by the pool with a
puppy while wearing a G-string. “I’ve gone
through a lot as far as health,” she wrote.
“I overworked myself to the point of
malnourishment.”
Now, Alexis says, she’s in a better
place. “I’m stronger, happier, and
healthier than I’ve ever been...In the last
six months I’ve opened up to my followers
about my struggles in my day-to-day. I
think being vulnerable to other humans is
a form of strength.”
She also takes pains to point out that
she’s not just some girl in a swimsuit.
“People think I don’t have substance
and I’m just another pretty face. I have
been through a lot of life experience for a
20-year-old. People tend to judge a book
by its cover. I love being unexpected and
gaining respect for who I am and not
how I look.” If you’re thinking of pickup
lines, she says, channel your inner Elon
Musk. “I love a guy who knows who he is,
can make me laugh, and challenges me
intellectually...I love talking about space,
our society, and what the future holds for
us as a civilisation.”
But lest you imagine Ren takes herself
a little too seriously these days, she
always defaults to a rather cheeky sense
of humour, as evidenced by a recent
Instagram series showing her having lunch
and not so coyly lifting her white T-shirt
to show some generous underboob as she
tucks into a burger and kale salad.
Because why the hell not?
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KUNAL
KAMRA
The comedian faces his final joke
as a mortal.
How do you want to leave this wicked
world?
I’ve always fancied dying in a plane crash
because I’d love for other people to die on
the same day as me. And then the headline
should read “Kunal Kamra and 239 other
normal people have died.” Yep, that’s how it
should be.
Do you have any deathbed confessions?
I think I’d just like to f*ck with people. So
I’ll say something I don’t believe in before I
die so that it totally changes who I am.
Something like “to be very honest,
Narendra Modi is not that bad.” I’ve spent
so many years just dissing this man and by
the end I’ll be like “but he’s cool ya.” That
would get people really f*cked, right?
What’s your last meal?
KFC! Over everything. Processed food
always. How much ever I can consume.
Do you think you’re going to Heaven or
Hell? Why?
Frankly I don’t think I’m going anywhere
after I die. But for the sake of this imaginary
journey, I think I’ll go somewhere in
between. Because I’ve been a nice guy for
most parts and I’ve been a horrible person
for some parts, so my time needs to be
divided like that.
So maybe Heaven and Hell could have
joint custody of you. Do you owe anyone
on Earth an apology?
I don’t owe an apology to anyone, to be
honest.
Who would you like to knock down
before taking the big plunge?
There are many candidates. Maybe a
politician or a certain famous news anchor/
hatemonger.
Which female inspired you the most in
this life?
My mother because she never took sh*t
from people. She was the first one to teach
me to not get scared and to not take sh*t
from anyone.
Which celebrity would you like to party
hard with up there?
Anuvab Pal—he’s not dead yet! But I just
like him the most out of all the people in
my business. He’s the most fun guy to hang
out with.
Who will you be interviewing on Shut
Up Ya Kunal in the afterlife?
I’d love to have Karl Marx on the show.
Will you be making friends with any
politicos there?
No chance. Not even over my dead body!
What’s the dumbest thing you ever did
on Earth?
Thought I’d put up a video with my opinion
and people will like me.
Name one thing you’re glad you’ll never
have to do again?
I’ll never have to set an alarm clock again!
What are your friends saying over your
casket?
My friends are deciding who does which
joke over my casket.
Got any final words?
It’ll be something abstract like “it’s
mostly shit.”
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THE STYLISH MAN
The Legendary
Clothesman
Veteran designer Rajesh Pratap Singh
is leading the pack with a refreshing
perspective on what makes fashion tick.
Here he talks to Maxim about his latest
creations, breaking the rules, and what
the future holds.
by SHWETA SHARMA
M2 NOVEMBER 2017 MAXIMINDIA.IN
Your tribute to the legends of
music was very well received.
Is music a major influence
in general?
You know, honestly, I don’t work
with themes. It’s the current state
of mind that’s all. Music is
something that stays with me all
the time. It’s something special and
plays a very, very important role in
all our lives.
Based on your collection, would
you suggest monochrome for
Indian summers?
I suggest wear whatever you are
comfortable with and want to
wear. I wouldn’t want to dictate
anything to anyone.
How about a trend you wish would
end soon?
Personally, I wish that trends
weren’t of any consequence at all.
Trends are second-hand options
and people should think for
themselves. The moment you fall
into the trap of trends you let go of
your own interpretation. That’s just
my suggestion, of course.
that into more formal fashion. I
think it will evolve with active
sportswear. People will integrate
active sportswear ranging from
track and field clothing to footwear,
especially sneakers, with formal
wear because it’s comfortable. So
that will be a blend that will evolve
beautifully. It doesn’t have to be
about branding. It will be about the
subject and construction of the
garment. And obviously, selection
of the fabric.
people who are not very tall. Again,
you know, these aren’t dictated.
Just go ahead and wear whatever
makes you happy.
We saw a fair amount of
geometrics in your pieces. Are
there any rules one should keep in
mind while dressing in geometric
separates?
Well, the thumb rule here is that
there shouldn’t be any rules. But if
it’s a very bold geometric, then it
tends to stunt height. So basic rules
like, vertical stripes work for
How do you see the menswear
market growing in India?
I think over the centuries, Indian
men have always been
experimental. From traditional
costumes which were royal and
opulent to regular outfits—our men
have always been very comfortable
in their own skin and in dressing
up. And the fashion had always
been attached to a bit of
functionality, besides the royal
factor. It’s only in the last few
decades as people are travelling
more and the national confidence
is growing that we are adopting
newer styles that traditionally
weren’t ours.
What are your thoughts on
athleisure becoming a mainstream
style? A number of designers are
embracing it now.
It’s the idea of comfort and taking
Gender neutral clothing is starting
to make an impact on the runways
and the red carpet. Do you think it
has the potential to trickle down to
the regular Joes?
You know, it’s an extreme
statement either way. So unless
someone is really comfortable with
it, don’t just do it because it’s in the
news right now.
Personally, how do you like to dress?
Honestly, I just have uniform!
My work is to make clothes, not to,
you know, worry too much about
what I am wearing when I am
making those clothes. I just stick to
what I am comfortable with and
honestly I don’t really think about
it too much.
Who are some of the most well
dressed men in India right now?
For me it’s the person on the street.
The man in the desert and the guy
wearing his white shirt perfectly.
You know it has to be that common
man who is really comfortable in
what he is wearing. I find someone
like that interesting.
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THE ’70s: A FASHION WASTELAND
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I believe the most stylish part is when you’re
comfortable wearing what you are—it shouldn’t
take a lot of effort to look stylish.
If you had to describe your playing style
in one word, what would it be.
Confident.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Let’s try and predict the future.
I don’t like over-thinking and predicting the
future. My next target is always the next
game and next series—whether it’s a Test,
ODI or T20.
What’s the best thing about playing for
the Mumbai Indians? How has your role
at MI helped develop your overall game?
More than a team, Mumbai Indians has
become a family for me. This family
includes the owners, support staff,
management and all the players. It’s been
a great three seasons for me with the MI
family, and I hope to play for them in the
future as well. As you’re aware, I don’t have
a great first class record to boast of, and
have reached this position because of the
opportunities and belief put in me by MI.
Playing with them has not only improved
my game technically, but has also helped
me evolve as a person. I was fortunate
enough to be spotted by John Wright and
I’ve not looked back since!
That’s a good way to be, we think. What’s
it like to play professional cricket with
your brother? Any sibling rivalry there?
My brother is my pillar of strength. He
is playing great as well, and I wish to see
him don the Indian colours soon. There
is no rivalry among us. We are a source of
strength and inspiration for each other.
If you weren’t a cricketer, what would you
be doing?
Oh, never thought about that. Since I was
a kid, all I wanted to be was a cricketer. I
have made many sacrifices on a daily basis
to achieve this target... and one of the main
reasons for achieving what I have is that
I’ve never thought of an alternative career.
You obviously keep very fit. What does
your training schedule look like?
My training schedule is usually decided
by the team trainer, depending on the
schedule of matches. It also includes a lot
of recovery sessions in the pool etc., which
helps me retain my fitness and relax my
muscles. During off-season, my training is
a mix of training on grass, supplemented
with gym sessions. It’s very important to
eat right to remain fit. You’ll never see me
binge on junk food.
You clearly like to make a statement
with your hairstyles. Where does this
inspiration come from?
I like to try new things and experiment
with different styles, without caring much
about what others think or say. I haven’t
been inspired by any one single person
specifically, but throughout the world of
sports you’ll find sportsmen with various
styles that they have aced.
Why do you say that?
My style of play is usually dependent on the
match situation. I am very confident of my
game style and the choice of shots I play at
various stages of the game. I don’t believe
in having a “natural game”—my game
totally depends on the match situation.
What’s the first hairstyle you ever had?
I sported short hair for the longest time
and, even then, I’d keep experimenting
with different styles... without sticking to
one for a long time.
Well, we wish we could do that. But we’ve
already been called names. Style has
invariably become an important part of a
sportsperson’s life now. Is it exciting?
It has always excited me. I believe the most
stylish part is when you’re comfortable
wearing what you are—it shouldn’t take a
lot of effort to look stylish.
That’s very well said. Who are your
grooming icons?
I’ve not had grooming icons, but I’ve
noticed various styles donned and aced by
cricketers like Mahi bhai (M.S. Dhoni), Virat
(Kohli) and Shikhar (Dhawan). We often
joke about these things in the dressing
room as well.
What’s the three wardrobe essentials you
can’t do without?
A super watch, a pair of comfortable jeans
and good shoes.
We couldn’t agree more.
Do you style your own hair?
Initially, I did and tried new things with my
hair myself. I still remember I once went
ahead and coloured my own hair at the
age of 13. Today, I work with Aalim Hakim,
who’s a close friend.
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Trousers by Celio
`2,499; shirt by Arrow
(p.o.r.); leather brogues
by Christian Louboutin
(p.o.r.); tie by Turnbull &
Asser (p.o.r.); watch by
Hublot (p.o.r.)
ON THE COVER
Blazer and trousers by
Tommy Hilfiger (p.o.r.);
shirt by Superdry
`4,990; watch by
Michael Kors (p.o.r.)
STYLING
ISHA BHANSALI
HAIR
HAKIMS AALIM
MAKE-UP
VIKRAM BANATKAR
PRODUCTION
IMRAN KHATRI
PRODUCTIONS
SHOT ON LOCATION AT
WATERSTONES HOTEL,
MUMBAI
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“There are only two ways to live
your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though
ever ything is a miracle.”
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