It takes effort
to make sure the right stories reach the very discerning Punekar. The city thrives on being offered quality stuff. The harder the task, the more interesting it gets for us to push the envelope. We just love great challenges. So, on the quest to find the right person to grace my third issue as the editor of Citadel, we discovered the perfect person – Shruti Marathe. Who else but this Puneri mulgi to grace the cover? When you meet Shruti, you get the impression of an intelligent woman who makes her own choices and stands by them. Be it her movies in the South, where she was the bold (and beautiful) Shruti, or her serial Radha Hi Bawari that was about the love between an older woman and younger man, she is not one to shy away from interesting choices. Her movies and serials reflect her need to do something that can enable her talent to come forth. Her present serial on Zee Marathi, Jaago Mohan Pyaare, has her play a genie coming to aid helpless Mohan, and she is winning hearts with it. Calm, composed and fun, interviewing Shruti Marathe is an absolute delight. Read the interview to know the real Shruti. Marathi entertainment lovers will be glad to read about their other heartthrob – Swwapnil Joshi, who recently finished his rather popular talk show, No. 1 Yaari with Swwapnil. He is another rather open spirited person who knows what he wants. Interviewing the very candid Swwapnil is a treat and it can be seen in the interview. Be prepared to get introduced to the dynamic Chirag Shah, whose Arrista School of Finesse is making the art of grooming yourself much easier. He talks about the need for such a school and for people to start thinking seriously about fine tuning themselves. It was quite interesting to know someone like Shwetha Bhatia, who has become a name to reckon with in the male dominated sport of body building. Read about her using her ‘strength’ to become an inspiration, along with being a fitness trainer and entrepreneur. Want to have some fun? Read our review of The Sassy Spoon, a remarkable eatery in the leafy Koregaon Park. Or read our story on the city’s nightlife scene that has picked up. We have done a quick tour of Pune’s top bars and clubs to head to for a party. Meet Anuradha Sawhney, former PETA India head, who is now on a mission to promote veganism amongst Punekars with her vegan products. She speaks of her foray into this rather offbeat food choice and pushing it forward. Or hear what Punekars have to say about the recent government decision to build government officer’s quarters at the rather fragile and vital Empress Botanical Garden. The regular columns are ever present to suit your reading mood. All in all, the issue has something for everyone to enjoy. Beating the May heat is just a copy away, we say!