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Citadel - - NEWS - — Ke­taki Latkar ke­taki.ci­tadel@gmail.com

Em­bark­ing on this new jour­ney as the Editor of Ci­tadel has been quite a joyride Usu­ally, your first month af­ter join­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion is pretty much of a ‘hon­ey­moon pe­riod’, with most of your time ded­i­cated to un­der­stand­ing the ethos of the work­place and get­ting ori­ented into your new role. But you see, this is the typ­i­cal ‘con­struct’. With me and Ci­tadel, it has been very dif­fer­ent and spe­cial: it has been an adren­a­line-pumped jour­ney, right from Day 1, thanks to the Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza and this very spe­cial An­niver­sary is­sue. This is my first is­sue as the Editor, and I am very thrilled about the fact that it hap­pens to be the An­niver­sary is­sue, re­plete with ac­counts, snip­pets and photo-sto­ries from the highly sought-af­ter and spec­tac­u­lar Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza event that saw the snazzy Mr and Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2018 pageant, in ad­di­tion to the ‘Ci­tadel Hon­ours’ awards cer­e­mony, where ex­em­plary works of dis­tin­guished per­son­al­i­ties were lauded and cel­e­brated. The pageant, which hap­pened on the 19th of Au­gust and won the hearts of all the guests at the Ho­tel Sher­a­ton Grand, was an out­come of im­mense hard-work, as­tute plan­ning and flaw­less ex­e­cu­tion by teams Ci­tadel and Magna. Lovell Prabhu, the groom­ing ex­pert, pageant coach and show di­rec­tor of the Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza, did a mar­vel­lous job of trans­form­ing the raw, as­pir­ing con­tes­tants into well-groomed, con­fi­dent and poised stunners, who rocked the ramp and left the au­di­ence and the judges spell­bound with their stage-pres­ence and the oomph quo­tient. The fi­nal­ists were so pol­ished and im­pres­sive; it was a rather Her­culean task for the judges to pick the fi­nal ti­tle win­ners of Mr and Miss Ci­tadel Pune 2018: Mayank Sharma and Pooja Ku­dale. Fash­ion shows and ta­lent dis­play plat­forms are sev­eral, nowa­days. But what I found very spe­cial and unique about Ci­tadel’s pageant is the fact that all the con­tes­tants had so much more to them­selves, apart from their pas­sion for mod­el­ling. While some­one was an ex­cel­lent singer, some­one had won­der­ful thes­pian skills, one of the con­tes­tants took a fancy for danc­ing, and some­one else loved her work as a re­cov­ery of­fi­cer at a multi­na­tional. Such mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary con­tes­tants truly added heft to the event, and raised the bar of ex­cel­lence, even higher.

The Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza evening was marked by the pres­ence of the crème de la crème of Pune, in­clud­ing the event’s pre­sen­ter Vi­nay Aranha, and Shee­tal Biyani of Shee­tal Cre­ations, who had pow­ered the show. In ad­di­tion, there was all the glit­terati and mem­bers of the tele­vi­sion and film fra­ter­nity, such as ac­claimed ac­tor Za­rina Wa­hab, big­daddy of Bol­ly­wood vil­lains Ran­jeet, iconic singer Anu­radha Paud­wal, the very hand­some Ro­hit Roy and Gurmeet Chaud­hary, and su­per tal­ented singer Preety Bhalla, and so on. The very charm­ing ac­tor-di­rec­tor Shreyas Tal­pade, who is ooz­ing charisma on the cover of the Au­gust is­sue, un­veiled the mag­a­zine at the event, shar­ing stage with Magna Pub­lish­ing Co Ltd’s Chair­man and our guid­ing light Nari Hira, the ever-ex­u­ber­ant Di­rec­tor of Magna, Ashok Dhamankar, and me. “You can­not cre­ate ex­pe­ri­ences; you must un­dergo them,” said the French nov­el­ist and thinker Al­bert Ca­mus, and he is quite right! And ow­ing to this phi­los­o­phy, this An­niver­sary is­sue will ab­so­lutely let you un­dergo a series of ex­pe­ri­ences from the Big Fat Ci­tadel Ex­trav­a­ganza. Right from the first round of se­lec­tions, to the press con­fer­ence, where the 14 fi­nal­ists were an­nounced, to the groom­ing ses­sions, photo shoots, the ac­tual event, the glam and glitz, and also the in­ter­ac­tions with all the peo­ple who worked tire­lessly and en­thu­si­as­ti­cally to­wards mak­ing the event a huge suc­cess: the is­sue has it all! Let me prom­ise you that all the con­tent in this is­sue has been very thought­fully cu­rated, only with a view to leave no stone un­turned in mak­ing this An­niver­sary is­sue the most re­mark­able. And to ac­com­plish such a mam­moth task is no mean job; it re­quires team­work and a lot of in­spi­ra­tion and di­rec­tion. Thanks to Mr Hira, for his bril­liant guid­ance! It is his love for method, dis­ci­pline and im­pec­ca­ble plan­ning that re­flects not only in the over­all func­tion­ing of Magna, but also in the ex­e­cu­tion of the small­est of things. Grat­i­tude to Ashok Dhamankar for be­ing the pow­er­house and the one-stop so­lu­tion, and the driv­ing force for Ci­tadel! Spe­cial thanks to Preeta Nair, the As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager (Ad­ver­tis­ing) of Magna; and Sapna Sar­fare, the deputy editor of So­ci­ety, and my pre­de­ces­sor at Ci­tadel, for be­ing my speed-dial, go-to buds! This note would be in­com­plete with­out ex­tend­ing grat­i­tude to Proneeta Hira, Printer and Pub­lisher of Ci­tadel, for her em­brac­ing and ac­com­mo­dat­ing ways, and for be­ing the per­fect sup­port sys­tem. Sin­cere thanks to Shiven­dra Par­i­har, our Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor; Su­nil Khavnekar, As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager; Vi­neet Raut, As­so­ciate Ad­ver­tis­ing Man­ager; Ra­jesh Gu­rav, Ex­ec­u­tive Mar­ket­ing As­sis­tant; Dnyanesh Patil, Se­nior Graphic De­signer; and of course, my Team Ci­tadel: Su­dar­shan Iyen­gar, Su­nitta Ra­man, Ashok Raut, Den­nis Aranha, and Sopan Takle. Chan­nda Patil and Vid­hya Ti­wari: thank you for al­ways be­ing the for­ti­fy­ing pil­lars of sup­port! I am sure this splen­did An­niver­sary is­sue is go­ing to be a highly palat­able and en­gag­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! Read on, and we’ll be happy to hear your thoughts and feed­back!

Love and light,

Ci­tadesk Team: Ashok Raut, Su­dar­shan Iyen­gar, Ke­taki Latkar, Su­nitta Ra­man and Den­nis Aranha

Shiven­dra Par­i­har

Ashok Dhamankar

Dnyanesh Patil

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