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J.J. Valaya – The Untold Story

J.J. Valaya – The Untold Story

Best described as a Royal Nomad, Valaya is one of India’s finest and most enduring designers of haute couture. Saffron chose the other way round to discover his life and values, besides fashion shows and flagship stores.
Geetanjali Kaul took a sneak peek into an experience called Valaya at his elegantly planned home, in Gurgaon, to know about his life, journey, muses and plans.

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Sidra Zia & Asif Mumtaz

Sidra Zia & Asif Mumtaz

It is always an honor for Saffron to be invited into what is, essentially, someone’s private space. We always end up meeting people who are warm and hospitable and Sidra Zia and Asif Mumtaz were no different.

When you come smack bang against genuine warmth, everything that follows after is effortless and organic.

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Zoha Beig & Suhail Ahmed

Zoha Beig & Suhail Ahmed

Mention Zoha in a conversation and the reaction you’re most likely to get is a broad smile. There’s a reason for this.
When you come smack bang against genuine warmth, everything that follows after is effortless and organic.
An afternoon punctuated with loud laughs, general giddiness and heaps of toungue-incheek snark, effectively

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The Mulks At Home

The Mulks At Home

Driving down the blink-and-you-can-miss-it narrow entrance to Barari and quickly going on to encounter several security checks leads one to believe that the residents must be a closeted lot – people that put a large price on privacy. While that might be true of other families, we couldnt have been further from the truth with the Mulks.

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Nicole Rodrigues Dr. Sassan Dieter Khatib-Shahidi

Nicole Rodrigues Dr. Sassan Dieter Khatib-Shahidi

The modelling industry in the UAE was taken by storm in 2003 when Nicole Rodrigues decided to start Diva Modelling and Events, which then expanded into a multi- million dollar business empire. Nicole, who is now the Founder and CEO of the Diva Group of Companies, is a

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Ezmina & Anil Taurani

Ezmina & Anil Taurani

Ezminaand Anil Taurani, one of the most dynamic couples of Dubai’s upper crust that we’ve met, share an easy camaraderie that was apparent to us within seconds of meeting them.
They are the proud parents of twins, Kian and Kiara,12, who are not only well-behaved but also well-read and incredibly mature for their age.

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Huma & Zafar Khan

Huma & Zafar Khan

Huma and Zafar Khan truly represent the upper crust of Dubai society and are as steeped in culture and tradition as one would expect from someone of Kashmiri origin.

Huma, who has an entrepreneurial spirit, has her own company called High Profile Events. The company collaborates with highend events that reflect Dubai’s famous and glamorous lifestyle.

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Meera & Atinirmal Pagarani

Meera & Atinirmal Pagarani

Atinirmal and Meera Pagarani, the young and dynamic couple is truly a delight to meet. One of the warmest people I’ve had the fortune of speaking to, their relationship is genuine and easy. They are each other’s best friends and that is evident in all their interactions. Open, friendly and co-operative, they got on with our team like a

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Neetu & Ashok Shewakramani

Neetu & Ashok Shewakramani

Ashok and Neetu Shewakramani, one of the most well-known and well respected couples in Dubai’s upper crust are a force to be reckoned with.

Hailing from the Shewakramani family (a joint family) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, Ashok is someone who is deeply rooted in tradition while having a modern outlook on life.

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Banali Luthra & Raghuvir Rai Malhotra

Banali Luthra & Raghuvir Rai Malhotra

It is always fascinating to watch the inner dynamics of a high society power couple in action. It is exactly what you get when you meet the Malhotras. Raghu and Banali Malhotra are a high flying Dubai couple with seriously high pressure careers. Raghu is the President of the MENA Division of MasterCard.

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Mahvish Gul & Soha Mohsin

Mahvish Gul & Soha Mohsin

Vibrant, vivacious and witty – Mahvish Gul is all this and more. We were lucky enough to have been invited into her home and see the dynamic between her and her beautiful daughter, Soha Mohsin. The two girls were warm from the get go and made us feel welcome as soon as stepped into their private space.

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Anvita & Anand Kapoor

Anvita & Anand Kapoor

In 2004, the Midcom Group rattled the African market when it set up as a distributor of Nokia handsets. Fast forward 11 years and the company has swollen to an immensely successful enterprise with operations in 17 countries.

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Sameera & Rizwan Sajan

Sameera & Rizwan Sajan

Even the transit traveller through Dubai cannot fail to see the towering letters that form the word ‘Danube’ somewhere in the city. The man behind the brand however, is not the maverick one would expect. If we had to define him, even through the limited time we spent with him, we would use the word ‘grounded’. Maybe that’s what one really needs if one needs to soar.

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Ritu & Deepak Arora

Ritu & Deepak Arora

Ritu and Deepak started small. And somewhere through all the growth, expansion and success, they stayed small. Now that’s a quality that is rare enough to merit comment.

Ritu & Deepak at home were truly a treat to experience. This is a family that is joined in more ways than you can imagine. And the harmony between them is truly aspirational.

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Farheen & Saleem Murad

Farheen & Saleem Murad

Farheen and Saleem Murad are the bedrocks of this young family – a family that is always homeward bound. For good reason. Because, everything in Farheen and Saleem’s home is about warmth, comfort and family.

We’ve seen many houses and people in Emirates Hills but we would be hard pressed to find a home that exudes the same amount of familial feeling as the Murads’s does.

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Minal & Shika Bodani

Minal & Shika Bodani

Minal Bodani is clearly the cornerstone of this wonderful family and on meeting her, the reasons are immediately apparent.

With her easy laugh, dry wit and informed conversational skills, she is someone you need to know, if only for the
value and warmth she brings to the table.

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Deepna & Ajay Sethi

Deepna & Ajay Sethi

Ajay Sethi, Chairman of Channel 2 Group Corporation and ADL Holdings is a selfmade man and credits a huge chunk of his success to his gorgeous wife, Deepna who is an artist both by training and inclination. Their story is fascinating; a love-arranged marriage that dropped the arranged bit almost immediately.

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The Panjabis At Home

The Panjabis At Home

Polished, well-educated and courteous are some ways of describing Sudhir and Rashi Panjabi. Their unfailing hospitality and warmth was something we truly enjoyed experiencing through the course of the shoot. It is always
wonderful to come across people who truly define the term ‘upper crust’.

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The Pagaranis At Home

The Pagaranis At Home

Atinirmal and Meera Pagarani, the young and dynamic couple are truly a delight to meet. One of the warmest people I’ve had the fortune of speaking to, their relationship is genuine and easy. They are each others’ best friends and that is evident in all their interactions. Open, friendly and co-operative, they got on with our team like a

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The Khans At Home

The Khans At Home

Huma and Zafar Khan truly represent the upper crust of Dubai society and are as steeped in culture and tradition
as one would expect from someone of Kashmiri origin. Warm, hospitable and cooperative, it was truly an honour
for us to have been invited into the private space of this loving family.

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