Interview with Seductive Nadia Dawn
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Letter from the Editor
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2007 | RS. 50
Ronak V. Vyas
Imagine a magazine that is about being real, and not about
Media Partner being perfect. That’s Royal! Cool personalities, stories that fasci-
Prashanth R nate, sexual themes that invigorate and thrill, awe-inspiring
ideas of adventure and travel – such are the eclectic elements from which every issue of the
Managing Editor magazine gets conceived. We are not here to take you to a situation where you are obsessed
about your health, your girlfriend, your spouse, your money, your car, or the state of your clos-
et. Work hard, party harder, be elegant - that is the Royal Mantra.
Design & Layout
Charitha Lingam Beautiful women have been flocking to Hollywood only since, like, forever. We introduce
you to Nadia Dawn, one fast moving beauty, determined to carve a niche for herself as an
Advertising Indian in Hollywood. Her photo spread will surely be a feast for your eyes. Her candid inter-
Ankur Vyas view reads like a hop into the most intimate moments of her life. Christina Hall is another
beauty worth watching. We found her on MySpace and once we went through her photos
we had to proclaim her as the MySpace Babe of the Month. She may have a base in Nevada,
but this star travels for modeling assignments all over the world.
Consultant Now on to sex! Judging by our skyrocketing population, we Indians must be quite effi-
Jayesh Pandya cient in the love and lust department, but we tend to act coy when talking about it. We have
managed to catch up with few cool guys and gals, prepared to talk about their little secrets.
What year do most girls lose their virginity? What do women find most attractive on a man?
Check out the survey for the answer to these and other interesting questions. Well sex may
Contributors or may not have anything to do with true love, but marriages certainly are about love. What
Alex Conde, Nadyia Jawahir happens when financial motivations, in the form of dowry, start polluting the bond of mar-
Lavania Bantleman riage? We take an unbiased look at the menace of dowry and contemplate when women will
be taken more seriously in this county.
MAC Technology On a lighter note our engaging article on Hedonism shows why it is better to be nude than
prude. Gorgeous women in bikinis, tropical drinks, soft sand on your feet, an atmosphere-
To Subscribe subsumed with quality music – these are only some of the bare essentials for a hedonistic
lifestyle. If you're more of the gambling type, our Bellagio feature will inspire you to pack
your bags and head for the nearest airport. Vibrant Bellagio, where you revel in an
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in Las Vegas.
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help bring pizazz into your life. So sit back and enjoy the issue.
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The moment you set eyes on
Christina Hall, her angelic face
and curvaceous body mesmer-
ize you. But wait till you hear
her speak, then you really get
wooed by the sublimity of her
words. “I would rather live my
life to the fullest, than con-
stantly conduct myself in a
certain way to gain approval
from others. I have no
regrets,” says Christina.
And we have no regrets Nadia Dawn
featuring her as the A descendant of
MySpace Babe of the Guyanese and Indian
Month. heritage, Nadia Dawn, oozes
Living Hedonism oomph from every pore of her body. She
Sex, booze, parties, is the rare case of a beauty with an
music, shopping or travel overdose of talent, as she delivers a
to the most exotic destinations of the breathtaking performance in whatever
world - welcome to the world of a she does – whether it is co-producing
hedonist who is fanatic about her own series, hosting red carpet
extracting maximum pleasure from events, or starring in movies.
every moment. Life is a never-ending
quest for yet another level of non-
stop action and thrill. Shed your
inhibitions, and maybe, your
clothes, before you hop on to hedo-
nism's exciting roller-coaster.
Party time! Play your
favorite drinking game,
gamble, hire a stripper -
once you hop onto any luxu-
rious, comfortable and stylish bus
from The Party Ride, you celebrate
whichever way you are inclined to. Island Hopping
Nothing is too outrageous inside the Hopping from one island to
interiors of these buses. You can another can be as pleasura-
dress or undress, have your favorite ble as hopping from one rela-
drink, and tell outrageous jokes in tionship to another. All you
the company of your best friends. need is an open mind and a
group of islands skirted by
picturesque beaches popu-
12 - Dowry Deaths lated with beautiful women.
14 - Indian Sex Survey Hot spots like Greece,
18 - Spy Museum Seychelles, Maldives, and
20 - Loftcube Home Bellagio Hawaii attract millions of
32 - Q&A with Dr. Pyar Located on Las Vegas visitors yearly, but which
33 - Banana Republic Boulevard, the plush destination is the best?
38 - Gadgets world of Bellagio sits
42 - 10 Ways to reduce Stress amidst settings of great
44 - The Art of Negotiation natural beauty and material opulence.
47 - Jokes Dance, party, enjoy a show, get a mas-
48 - Fashion sage, gamble till your heart’s content – at
51 - Avoiding Rejection Bellagio each pleasure is refreshingly fun;
63 - Quasicade every experience is subsumed with elec-
64 - Entertainment trifying possibilities.
71 - 2007 Acura RL
74 - Honda NSF 100
82 - Poker
84 - How to gain weight on a
HEDONISM By Sonu Sinha
f you believe that personal erated kind it could mean - sex, For a true-blooded hedonist there
I pleasure is the greatest value booze, parties, music, shopping or never are any full stops in life. They
OCT / NOV 2007 ROYAL
achievable to man, then you travel to the most exotic destinations are always seeking yet another level
are a quintessential hedonist. of the world. To each his own kind of of non-stop action and thrills. A
Yet pleasure may mean differ- pleasure! Isn’t that what civilized liv- really long list of pleasures awaits
ent things to different people. For ing is all about. People ought to be you as long as you have money to
some it could mean a humdrum free to choose their own pleasure and burn. Hey, a hedonistic life style
lifestyle that envisages holding a 9 to poison. If I wish to lead a full-fledged isn’t only about sex (well okay,
5 job, cooking your meals, taking care life subsumed of unique experiences maybe it is); you can also find
of your investments; for the more lib- and beautiful women, so be it! pleasure in food, a walk down a
scenic beach, traveling to off-beat each one of his indulgences has a basically a pool (sometimes connect-
places, adventure sports, or doing sexual element to it. ed to Jacuzzis) ending with a bar.
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just about anything else you feel Hedonists in the nude category For the denizens who visit these
like doing. So in a final analysis, tend to hang around exclusive loca- pools, a typical day may entail par-
the lifestyles of myriad men and tions where clothing is always ticipation in games such as nude
women may be divided into two cat- optional. A typical haunt may be volleyball, wet t-shirt contests, or
egories – the prude and the nude. what are called ‘pleasure pools.’ Not find your partner’s “you know what”
The prude may seek pleasure in sure what a pleasure pool is? Not to game, among others.
activities other than sex. But for worry, you learn something new Talk about food galore. A hedonist
the nude hedonist life means sex; everyday. Anyway, a pleasure pool is is absolutely fanatic about his food.
It doesn’t matter to him if he is at a
sex-crazed island, a beach, pool-
side or at a mansion, food has to be
available 24 hours a day. If the
hedonist carries in him traits of
both prude and nude, he will be
equally devoted to his food and to
sex. And he is quite talented in
finding like-minded women to give
him company. You can bet your
last dollar that the women are
striking in their beauty, intelli-
gence, charm, and booty wiggling
It is time to confess. All human
beings are born with a basic desire
to accentuate their own personal
pleasure. Only a hypocrite would
claim that he doesn’t wish to take a
lusty bite from a forbidden fruit. On
that penetrating note, here is a list
of seven most famous hedonist des-
tinations. Some are invitation only
while others require your wallet to
be as open as your mind.
Name the hedonist who has lead
the most fulfilling life ever? Easy.
You don’t even have to think for a
moment before you blurt out Hugh
Hefner. Media baron, playboy and
sophisticated gentleman with the
most immaculate sense of style!
His mansion is the preferred hang-
out of the beauteous Playboy bun-
nies. Once you pass through the
portals of Playboy Mansion, one
thing is for sure - you'll never want
In Jamaica it is easy to spot a
Hedonism vacationer - he is a guy
who could be dancing to the reggae
beat, rubbing suntan on the back of
a beautiful woman and stealing
away to a shaded hammock with a
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sexy partner. Jamaica is truly the
land of fun, populated with women
dressed in outfits that reveals more
than it conceals. There are nude
beaches galore, if that is what you
are looking for. Plus, Jamaica is
famous for its hedonistic all inclu-
sive vacation packages.
If you are looking forward to
indulging in some good ol’ debauch-
ery then Bahamas beckons you as a
bright lighthouse in dark seas. Come
to Bahamas and have your fill of the
regular dose of sinful pleasures that
all bachelors covet. Visit these
islands and you will see the influence
of natives, Great Britain, Seminoles,
as well as hints from as far away as
Greece, Syria and China. With some
of the finest beaches around, you’ll
regret the day you have to leave,
especially if you stay at Breezes
Bahamas in Nassau.
The thing is that we watch too many
James Bond films, the spy who
prefers to play poker at Monte Carlo
in the latest film Casino Royale. The
reason why James Bond prefers
Monte Carlo is not so difficult to
seek. He is single and naturally he
likes visiting a spot where seductive
women are a dime a dozen and you
don’t have to walk far in order to find
a trendy nightclub or majestic casi-
no. Monte Carlo offers a hedonistic
world, where it is not out of ordinary
to have one-night stands with beau-
tiful women, drink the finest liquors,
smoke the best cigars, and rub
shoulders with the rich and famous.
South Beach, Miami Striking scenic beauty, a vibrant The true allure of these beaches is
If you aspire to be a bon vivant, culture, fabulous architecture and the sight of beautiful toned women
South Beach has to be your version lively cities with urban glitz - in bikinis (or less, if you’re lucky).
of paradise. The place is famous as Thailand has it all. Plus there are Other places you can try are
America’s favorite getaway for massage parlors, bars that are open Englishman’s Bay, Tobago West
Hollywood’s icons of sexiness. The 24/7, not to mention women who Coast, Trinidad and Tobago, or St.
athletically inclined can play volley- are ready to have fun around the Tropez, Cte d’Azur, France. Some
ball on the beach a la Tom Cruise in clock. The national attitude is amaz- beaches in St-Tropez have a care-
Top Gun, the epicures will find ingly liberal and if you are carrying free clothing-optional attitude, but
haven in the nearby bars, and the enough money in your pocket, it is you got to be warned; there is
spendthrifts can blow cash on the fairly easy to partake in mind blow- absolutely no correlation between
pricey boutiques that ring the ing one-night stands. nudism and beautiful people.
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beach. Florida beaches are also well Being a hedonist means being a
known to be top vacation choices for Eye Candy Beaches man who doesn’t apologize for his
college students who are looking to The eye candy beaches are desires. The world offers many
blow a little steam after exams. hotspots of hedonism. You know getaways with sand, cocktails,
the works - the softness of the and playful ladies in little cloth-
Thailand sand, the blast of the sun, the ing. Seek pleasure, avoid pain,
Thailand is probably the choicest crashing of the cool ocean waves. that is the true mantra for a
hedonistic destination in all of Asia. Sounds great, but let’s be candid: hedonistic lifestyle.
By Preeti Chowdhry
“The priest is asking for you…” fresh dowry demands, to which her was the part of a carefully choreo-
Rinki looked up at her father, metic- father had been forced to give in as it graphed drama and she had to play
ulously dressed in a gleaming white was made clear to him that unless the expected role or everyone would
tuxedo, the wide smile on his face hav- the amount was forked over the mar- be disappointed. She rose slowly to
ing the effect of accentuating his wrin- riage could not go ahead. her feet. The heavy bridal finery in
kles. To everyone her father would Behind her father, stood her moth- which she was draped made it diffi-
have appeared an immensely satisfied er, sad and confused, tears coursing cult for her to walk. Her two cousins
person, but Rinki knew him so well, down her cheeks. Rinki thought of had their arms around her as she
she could easily peer behind the the high hopes that her parents must was led out of the room.
façade of happiness. She knew that have had from this day, when their Rinki did get married that day. She
her father was feeling just as sick only child would get married, but went to her new home to find all her
inside as she was. Things had gone so because of the avaricious bridegroom doubts over the rapaciousness of her
horribly wrong on what should have all their hopes were dashed. husband’s family turning out to be
been a day of boundless merriment. Suddenly the realization hit her. Why true. Had she refused to get married
“Rinki,” her father whispered, should I marry this man, who doesn’t to a husband for whom she was
“There is nothing to fear now. I have seem to care for me at all? nothing more than a blank cheque, it
dealt with all the issues; now there is “Rinki, the priest is waiting for would have been so much better for
no hindrance to your marriage.” you,” her mother said, her voice her. But she was already married
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She shivered with annoyance. She sounding like a sob. and it was too late for her to back out
knew just what issues he had been She wanted to say that she did not now. In the days and weeks that fol-
forced to deal with. The man she was want to marry this man, but was lowed her new husband and her in-
supposed to marry today had arrived awed into silence by the crowd in the laws inflicted psychological and
few hours ago heading a huge dele- room – relatives, neighbors, friends, physical torture on her for not bring-
gation of baratis and hanger-ons. But all were there sitting and standing ing enough dowry to their house. She
the marriage ceremony had got around her, silently anticipating her was kept as a prisoner in her room,
delayed when the bridegroom made marriage ceremony. She felt as if she and not allowed to meet anyone.
She was even denied access to the Such deaths usually happen when the amount of dowry to be paid
phone, so she could not call her par- the bride’s family somehow fails to between the bride and groom’s fam-
ents to tell them how she was suffer- arrange a dowry - money and other ily result in the unnecessary hound-
ing in her new home. Then one day gifts - that is up to the expectations ing of the bride and in extreme cases
her mother-in-law called her to the of the groom’s family. The groom’s even in her murder. So what can we,
kitchen. There her husband held her family takes out their frustration on as a nation, do to exorcise the ghost
down while her father-in-law poured the newly wed wife, resulting in seri- of dowry from our social system?
kerosene on her and set her alight. ous physical abuses, which might Empowerment of women on social,
Neighbors saw smoke coming out the even culminate in death. One of the political, and economic arenas is
kitchen and came to inquire. They most horrible practices involves certainly the solution. But what are
found Rinki in kerosene soaked sari, burning the wife with kerosene. the best ways to accomplish that?
trapped in flames and left alone to The process of modernization does Disclosure of facts and solidarity of
burn to ashes. But Rinki’s relatives not seem to have dented the practice women from around the globe will
pretended as if an accident had of dowry. Many middle class young certainly be a first step. The tradi-
taken place in the kitchen. They took men consider accepting dowry at the tional and electronic media can be
Rinki to the hospital, but by then she time of their marriage as an easy used for this purpose.
had already succumbed to the 90% way for upward mobility. Such peo- Articles and appeals should be
burn inflicted on her body. ple have to be made to understand sent to the human rights commis-
Rinki’s tragic story is not unique, that it is dishonorable and demean- sion at the United Nations. The con-
every year thousands of women get ing to demand dowry. Marriage is servative political hierarchy would
sacrificed on the altar of dowry! The supposed to be a holy union of two not budge if it were not for strong
worst part is that in many instances
official records show the cause of
death as accidental injuries resulting
in the killers going scot-free. For the
groom’s family there are rich rewards
– another bride, another dowry.
We may venerate our country as
Mother India, but when it comes to
honoring and protecting the women
of this country, we are always found
lacking. It is not unusual to find
Indians who say, “You have two girl
children, you must have done some
sins in your past life.” Sons are more
welcome than daughters. Under the
Hindu law, women do not inherit
anything from her family. Sons are
supposed to inherit all the assets of souls. The moment we bring money pressures from outside. For that
his parents. At time of marriage, into it, the union turns unholy and purpose, we can write letters to
sons bring money into the family in such an unholy union will never be world leaders and politicians. A con-
the form of dowry that they receive, conducive to happiness at home. It solidated effort must be undertaken
whereas the parents of the girl child is a disgusting state of affairs that to let the world know. After all,
have to part with a significant part of the price of the Indian groom astro- dowry is not only oppressive for
their wealth. nomically increases based on his women, it is dehumanizing for the
This tradition of paying hefty qualifications, profession and groom too. Why should an Indian
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dowry to the groom’s family is the income. Doctors, chartered account- groom be treated on par with com-
prime reason behind the low status ants and engineers even prior to mercial goods? Why should the
of female children. In Hindi parlance graduation develop the divine right bride be forced to purchase her hus-
the tradition is called “Dahej." The to expect a fat dowry. band by way of paying dowry?
custom was legally banned in 1961, Clearly legal methods of tackling There are no easy solutions to this
but it continues to flourish. Every dowry have failed. Dowry is paid in social conundrum, but we have no
year scores of innocent women die almost every marriage in India, and alternative except to keep looking till
because of dowry related reasons. in many cases differences between we find one that works.
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Since most of us have brown or black eyes it's time we started using colored contacts.
This isn’t surprising. Most Indian girls lose their virginity around 18-19, which is just about when they start
college. All that freedom in the dorm room gives them a lot of time (and people) to experiment.
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Ladies, are you saying that it is OK for a man to sleep around a bit before he meets you?
I guess women want men with some experience.
INDIAN SEX SURVEY
Either this is a joke or a majority of these women polled are married to black men. I highly doubt that most
Indian men have a penis 7-8 inches long. If you have a penis that is 7+ inches, Royal salutes you.
Every woman loves to be on top and ride her man like a horsey. You want to know why? When a woman
is on top, you can access her “A-spot." Yes folks, there is such a thing called an A-spot.
The G-spot is what triggers the orgasm, but the A-spot is what makes a woman release her bodily fluids
(a.k.a CUM) How do we know? Let's just say we took a sex ed course.
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Flirting is not cheating? That’s arguable. I’d like to know who is dumb enough to think a
one night stand doesn’t count as cheating. Ladies, unless you’re having a one night stand with a
celebrity like Salman Khan, it’s cheating.
Now let’s take a look at how the men answered
INDIAN SEX SURVEY
Um…bullshit. Ladies, if you believe the answers to this poll question, you might as well become a comedian.
Men don’t care about a woman’s sense of humor. Sure we’d like to see women crack a few jokes here and there,
but we don’t expect our women to make us giggle like Russell Peters. Most men say things like they
want a “sense of humor” so they don’t feel like scumbags for wanting to have sex with you.
This one is true. Boys don’t like girls with attitude, especially when they are stuck up snobs who want to be
treated like a princess. A guy will label a girl “bitch” even if she accidentally steps on his foot and apologizes.
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So these two questions have left me wondering what’s wrong. Either the women who answered this
same question about their men were lying, or men are lying about their own size. If you go back up, you’ll
notice that women were split evenly for 5-7 inches and 7-8 inches (25% each). Now there seems to be more men
in the 7-8 inch category. How did this happen? Either those women don’t know how to use a ruler, or the
men wanted to give themselves an ego boost. I guess an extra inch never really hurt anybody.
I hope you enjoyed this little interesting tidbit. Stay tuned in the
next few months for our follow up survey.
Will things become more liberated, conservative, or stay the same?
Author: Parul Sheth
sure to find a new boost out here.
When you think of lipstick, you
think of a beautiful pair of lips.
craft, history, and contemporary role Surely you don’t think of a gun. At
of espionage. The museum features the Spy Museum you will find a nifty
the largest collection of internation- lipstick gun, which was issued by
al espionage artifacts ever placed on the dreaded KGB organization dur-
public display. You will behold such ing the heydays of the Cold War. The
fascinating items like a 1777 letter gun consisted of a 4.5 mm single
n Thunderball, one of the most shot weapon disguised as a tube of
I memorable spy flicks ever made,
this is how a terse exchange
between James Bond and the film’s
lipstick, and was meant to be easily
hidden in a purse.
Fast cars are almost synonymous
main villain Largo goes: with James Bond. At the Spy
Bond: That looks like a Museum you will find the Aston
Largo: Do you know a lot
about guns, Mr. Bond?
Bond: No, but I know a
little about women.
The character of James Bond fas-
cinates us because of his ability with
guns, his incredible gadgets, his
seductive abilities that women find
irresistible, and his remarkable one-
liners. We want to be like him, a spy
who looks so cool and has so much
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fun while protecting the world.
Now, you can quench your spy
mania by taking a visit to the
International Spy Museum. Located by George Washington authorizing a
in downtown Washington DC, the New York spy network to operate.
International Spy Museum is the If you are one of those who think
only public museum in the United that a spy is only as good as his
States solely dedicated to the trade- gadgets, then your impressions are
Then there is a pair of Escape capture secret military radio trans-
Boots, which look like ordinary missions. This device was solar pow-
boots but they hide a spying secret. ered and the exterior resembled tree
These were designed for British bark. A satellite was used to extract
pilots during WWII by MI9, an the information contained in the
organization that provided escape stump. Quite nifty, isn’t it.
and evasion equipment to the The Steineck ABC Watch camera
Royal Air Force. The idea is quite is a cleverly disguised subminiature
camera that allows an operative to
take photographs while pretending
to check his watch for time. It uses a
circular piece of film with six expo-
Martin DB5 that first appeared in In fact, the Spy Museum is full of
the 1964 James Bond thriller spying gadgets that will fill you with
Goldfinger. The ultimate spy car wonder and awe. Maybe it is true, a
came fully loaded with machine spy is only as good as his gadgets.
guns, tire slashers, bulletproof But to be a James Bond kind of spy,
shield, oil jets, dashboard radar you need to develop his panache, his
screen, rotating license plate, and ways with women and much else.
ejector seat. The Bond car not only Is it possible that you are intend-
captured the public's imagination, it ing to take up espionage as a profes-
also inspired intelligence agencies to sional career? The Spy Museum has
incorporate similar features into the right answer if you yearn to
high security vehicles used in dan- simple - the bootstrap conceals a
gerous areas. small penknife that can be used to
How about a shoe with a heel cut off the tops of the boots, mak-
transmitter? This is another spy- ing them appear like civilian walk-
ing tool displayed at the museum. ing shoes. A pilot can easily stand
The KGB used this nifty shoe to out because of his distinctive flying
boots. The converted shoes were
supposed to help him in blending
with the civilian population.
But it is the Tree Stump Listening
Device that bears the true hallmark
of the CIA, one of the most tech
friendly spy organizations. The
device was born from the imagina-
tion of certain CIA operatives who
develop a spy like persona. One of
the exhibits is called School for
Spies. This section provides an
monitor secret conversations. A introduction to the world of espi-
transmitter, microphone, and bat- onage and describes many of the
teries were embedded in the heel of skills and tools essential to the
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a target’s shoe. A maid or a valet trade. It explores the different moti-
was usually used to lay out the vations by which people become a
rigged shoes for the target and pull part of the espionage world, how
a white pin from the heel to acti- spies are recruited and trained, and
vate the transmitter. Voila! The how they operate. For more details
target becomes a walking radio decided to disguise a listening device about the International Spy
station, transmitting all conversa- as a tree stump and place it in the Museum you can visit their website
tions to a nearby monitoring post. woods near a Soviet military base to at www.spymuseum.org
It could be symptomatic of a high- helicopter can fly – mountaintops,
flier's techno chic element, but cer- far-flung islands, any remote place.
tainly there is something very alluring Lightweight and easy to install, the
about having your dream house Loftcubes are made out of high-end
transported by helicopter to the des- materials and their structure com-
tination of your choice. A Loftcube bines organic forms with precise
OCT / NOV 2007 ROYAL
home is light enough to be picked straight lines. The architecture, con-
up by a helicopter, yet it packs all juring visions from the realm of sci-fi, is
the amenities that make modern life futuristic enough to meet every fig-
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example the kitchen is meant not
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has a nifty wine bar and its glacier-
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Price of a typical Loftcube
he moment you set eyes on Christina Hall, her angelic face and curvaceous body mesmerize you. Based in
T Nevada, this 25 year old embraces the mantra of enjoying life to the max. You may call her a typical happy
go lucky girl. On her MySpace page she declares her motto as, “I would rather live my life to the fullest, than
constantly conduct myself in a certain way to gain approval from others, I have no regrets.” These days she is mak-
ing waves in the modeling circuit. Her natural sense of style and eye-candy figure make her most suitable for model-
ing swimsuits and lingerie. She happens to be a real movie and music buff, yet she remains ambivalent about taking
up acting as a career. Someday, if she decides to pick up the acting gauntlet, she could pose the ladies in Hollywood
some real competition.
Bust - 34C
Waist - 24
Hips - 32
Birthplace - Reno, Nevada
Birth date - 5/16/82
Height - 5'8"
Weight - 115
Whom do you admire?
For me, this is an easy question
because I have always admired my
mother! She is a strong, intelligent
and inspirational woman. She has
always been there for me, and has
helped me in many ways. I don't
think I would be here as successful
as I am today if it wasn't for her.
What do you like to do in your
If I ever get any spare time away
from traveling, you can always find
me outdoors. I love the nature and
always like to take my two dogs on
a walk or I will take them to the
park. I love wakeboarding, fishing,
hiking, jet skiing, golfing and of
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Tell us two things that our readers
would be surprised to know?
Well I never like surprises myself, so I
am not sure if I can tell you two sur-
prises about me, but what I can
say is that believe it or not I am a
dare devil! I am game for most
dangerous kinds of activity...
Another thing about me is that I am
an absolute freak about cleanli-
ness! I hate to have my house dirty
even if I haven't been home in a
week! I can't help it, I have to have
my things cleaned and organized.
Any desire to move from model-
ing to acting?
Right now I am pretty happy com-
pleting my modeling assignments.
But if an opportunity to act in a
good film came my way then I
would surely grasp that opportunity
with open hands. I haven't pursued
acting because I am comfortable
where I am right now, but I will
admit that I haven't forgotten
In a recent sex survey women
said their favorite position was
being on top. What's your favorite?
Well your survey is correct! I do like
the top position because I guess it
proves that I am in control. But I do
like to try new things!
What do you look for in a man?
What do I look for in a man
hmmmm.....Well I have to say that I
am a picky person when it comes
to this question because it always
takes a while to truly get to know
someone..... I like men who are dif-
ferent; a man who likes to have a
great time, a person who has a
great personality, but who isn't too
arrogant. Basically, I like men who
are true to themselves and who
don't act like they have to prove
something to the world!
What's the weirdest pick-up line
someone has used on you?
Boy I have heard many...... I am not
sure if there has been a weird one
in particular. But I have heard some
that are way too freaky! It makes
those guys look creepy!
Name a time when a guy was suc-
cessful in getting a date with you?
I like people who don't play
games, but who also don't mind a
chase. I like that part of dating and
to be honest it is fun on both par-
ties. If a man is very presentable
and shows me that they are just
looking for a great time and not
someone they are looking to
marry, and I am attracted to them,
they will possibly get a date. I am
pretty choosy though!
What's your hottest feature?
I have to say that I get the most
compliments on my eyes and legs
as being my hottest feature. My
ethnic background gives me a
unique look, so I find that people
like my eyes. I go to the gym very
regularly so I am always looking to
tone my legs!
Your love questions answered by our very own relationship expert Dr. Pyar
I'm madly in love with my col- you can buy to track every keystroke Dear Phobic,
lege classmate. I think I am he makes on the computer. You'll be What is your problem even if they
obsessed with her. Even when able to view his emails, the sites he are! However to answer your ques-
the college classes are going, I visits, and even IM conversations. tion - two men holding hands (in
keep looking at her secretly. any part of the world, and not just
But I am unable to muster the Recently, my girlfriend said India), does not mean that they
courage to ask her to go out on she doesn't like it when I use a are gay. But then don't be sur-
a date with me. How do I make condom. She said she will take prised if they are. You would be
her love me? birth control pills but I don't better off minding your business.
-Arun, Delhi trust them. What is the best Let others care about their own
Dear Obsessed, form of contraception? sex lives.
You can't make someone love you. It -Ashwin, Bangalore
is as simple as that. If you've failed to Dear Bareback, Maybe I'm watching too much
get her attention already it's probably To be 100% safe you have to abstain porn but I really like it when a
because you're not attractive to her or from sex. That isn't likely so here girl shaves down there. It feels
you're not giving her the right signals. are some tips. If you don't want to so much better than a big
Instead of focusing on yourself and have kids then it best to have a bush. How can I get my new
your needs focus on her. What turns vasectomy done. Birth control pills girlfriend to shave it all off or
her on? What type of guy does she work around 97% of the time but it at least trim it?
like? Since you're already a part of her is much easier to implement. You -Raj, Bangalore
class, you can start by befriending all should also keep in mind that these Dear Mr. Clean,
her college chums and through them methods are only to prevent preg- The answer to your problem is quite
get some inside info on her. nancy; they do not work to prevent simple. Make sure she sleeps nude
sexually transmitted diseases. We at night and when she's in deep
I think my husband is cheating highly recommend using condoms sleep get some shaving cream and a
on me. We don't have sex as even if your girlfriend doesn't like it. razor. Just kidding. All you have to
often as we used to. He's trav- You might try going in for branded, do is ask her. If she really loves you,
eling more and more for "work" non-lubricated, ultra-thin condoms, she will be more than willing to do
and worst of all if he is online which provide great sensation. things to please you. As for the porn,
and I come in the room he don't worry about it. We like the
tends to shut down the brows- I'm not from India so I was clean look too.
er abruptly. How can I find out shocked when I saw so many
if he is cheating on me? men hold hands with each My best friend's girlfriend
-Anjali, Mumbai other in public. Men don’t has been flirting with me. At
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Dear Panicky, behave this way even in an first I ignored her but now
If you think your husband is cheat- open country like US. At first, it's getting too much. If I tell
ing on you then he probably is. In I thought they were gay but my best friend then I know
these cases it is best to go with your my Indian colleague said they he'll deny it or take her side.
gut instinct. For concrete evidence were just friends. Is there a big Will I go to hell if I make a
you can hire a private investigator to gay population here? What are move on her?
follow him. If you think he has an views of gays in India? -Anonymous
online lover then there is software -Tom, California Yes you will.
he “republic” in the brand’s
T name is definitely not super-
fluous. Banana Republic
prides itself in making fashion more
approachable by delivering luxury
items at affordable prices. The
adventure of creative fashion is open
to all. Wear it, flaunt it, and show-
case the best facet of your personal-
ity with Banana Republic’s most
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Stand out from the crowd in an
ingeniously crafted wool herring-
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You can have a Corduroy blazer with
panache as its leitmotif, or revel in
an equally sexy black velvet two-
button blazer. Hats, dress shirts and
ties, wool pants, and finely chiseled
boots, the impressionable design of
each creation is meant to break bar-
riers and set new trends.
While wooing your girlfriend, there
is nothing like picking up an
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Republic’s 'Going Out' category. The
Sleeveless jersey cowl-neck top is
especially meant to bring out the
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In its latest fall collection, Banana
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Six iconic leg trends debut in a vari-
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nitely the key - with elevated details
that include horn and fabric covered
buttons. To make an impression,
whether at work or at a club,
Banana Republic is the way to go.
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Nokia 7900 Prism
In designing the 7900 Prism mobile,
Nokia seems to have thought of
everything. Its 14 mm thick body
comes packed with Bluetooth and
3G connectivity, a 2-megapixel cam-
era with flash, an integrated FM
radio, email support, integrated
audio and video players, and 1GB of
internal memory. A very capable dis-
play flaunting up to 16 million col-
ors in 320 x 240 resolution only
adds to your viewing pleasure.
Opposite its sleek, liquorice-black
front, there lies an aluminum back
cover, which is coin-stamped and
laser-etched in Nokia Prism’s signa-
ture diamond-cut design. Save your
rupees now because when this
phone becomes available in India it
won't be cheap. Price - TBA
Palm Treo 755p
The Palm Treo 755p comes with wireless email and a built-in web browser –
geared to get you connected at scorching web speed. Its slimmer form factor
packs a really large high-resolution color touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard,
an innovative touch screen dial pad, and a built in organizer. Work on important
files with built-in support for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF docu-
ments. Plus there is a versatile 1.3-megapixel camera, a dual band radio and a
great MP3 player. Price - $469
When Motorola Bluetooth wireless headset
gets fused with stylish Oakley sunglasses
then it becomes a case of ultimate collabo-
ration between high-fashion and break-
through-technology. You can experience
hands-free, cable free connectivity to a
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Bluetooth enabled mobile even as you are
making a great fashion statement with
your Oakley sunglasses. Clearly one of the
most stylish Bluetooth devices in the mar-
ket today, the RAZRWIRE is all about
enjoying your conversations and music
while navigating life’s adventures.
Price - $225
19" Philips LCD Monitor
Empowered for vibrant, exciting display, the Windows Vista ready Philips LCD Monitors are designed to enhance
your productivity by helping you control your computing needs at home and at office. With innovative cutting
edge design combined with LightFrame Digital Reality the monitor’s response time is quick enough to handle fast
moving pictures. A system of optimized contrast takes care of visual clarity. You get an USB port for convenient
peripheral connections and an embedded power supply eliminates the need for external power adapters.
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Apple Aluminum Keyboard
Available in wired and wireless versions,
the new aluminum keyboard from Apple
looks absolutely elegant in its anodized
aluminum enclosure. It features low pro-
file keys, with dedicated function keys
lined up in a stunningly slim design. The
wired version comes with the added
advantage of a numeric keypad, while the
wireless version relies on Bluetooth
instead of radio frequency. But the most
innovative feature in this keyboard is its
two USB 2.0 ports that can provide high-
speed connectivity for your iPod, mouse,
and other USB-based devices. Price - $49
Wired; $79 Wireless
If you prize web accessibility, but want to avoid the weight
and the bulk of a full-blown laptop, Nokia 770 is the right
answer to your prayers. The gizmo is attractive, easy to
use, and is great at detecting Wi-Fi hot spots. It boasts a
gorgeous, high-resolution screen that makes stunning web
pages. It has a full-featured browser and an e-mail client,
plus it supports Internet radio and RSS news-feeds. Go
ahead stream your files, tune in to Internet radio, News
Reader, or play your favorite videos and music. Nokia 770
is more than a gizmo, it's a statement. Price - $129
For music aficionados leading a particularly hectic
lifestyle, the Motorokr S9 is an absolute must. It inte-
grates mobile music with calls in a seamlessly effort-
less manner. Touch sensitive controls make it particu-
larly easy to use. A behind the head wearing style is by
itself a great fashion statement and it also helps in pro-
viding a comfortable and stable fit. The S9 is water and
sweat resistant and it enables you to enjoy 6 hours
music listening, 7 hours talk or 6 days standby time
from just a single charge. Price - $129.99
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Timex iControl Watch
No more fumbling for iPod buttons in mid-stride; with Timex iControl
you can wirelessly operate your iPod. The sleek, lightweight, water-
resistant watch also boasts of features like - 50-lap memory recall
chronograph, multi-mode countdown timer, 2 interval timers for speed
and endurance training, and its training log stores current workout
with date, best lap and average lap. It is available in enchanting color
combinations of gray and black, as well as white, pink, blue, orange
and green. Price: $125
If true love is all about music, then Zune makes falling in love remarkably
easy. Available in eye catching brown, black, white and pink, Zune offers for
you a world of entertainment - you can wirelessly share selected full-length
sample tracks, playlists, pictures or homegrown tracks. Store up to 7,500
songs, 25,000 pictures or 100 hours of video. Zune Marketplace buzzes with
new creative ideas; buy new music and show off your favorite pictures and
videos on a big, bright screen. An added bonus is Zune’s built in FM tuner.
Time to unleash your inner DJ! Price - $249.99
The iPod Family
How much digital treasure can a pocket sized device hold?
With an iPod, you can carry along a virtual cornucopia of
entertainment. An 80 GB iPod can hold up to up to 20,000
songs, up to 25,000 photos, and up to 100 hours of video.
Incredible! That much in one handheld device. Perhaps
you could browse on the iTunes music shop, download the
flicks you want and sync them with your iPod. Nothing
beats the pleasure of watching a latest Hollywood release
on your iPod’s nifty screen. For room-filling sound, you
only have to connect your iPod to its Hi-Fi. With music on
your fingertips, you can groove all day.
Hold your breath, the iPod just got thinner. Called the
iPod Nano, it comes in five stylish colors and has a
brighter display. With memory space ranging from 2 GB to
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8 GB, depending on the model, you still have the capacity
to store about 2000 songs. The Nano is all set to handle
the rough and tumble of your journeys, its durable
anodized aluminum body, is meant to take a lot in its
stride and still work flawlessly. And if you are looking for
a really petite music companion, then go in for an iPod
Shuffle. Its 1.62-inch long body packs 1GB memory,
enough to let you play up to 240 songs on your sleeve.
Price - $79.99 to $599.99
By Nadyia Jawahir
OCT / NOV 2007 ROYAL
veryone experiences stress in ing pace with the treadmill of life is Recognize your stressors:
E his or her lives. Whether it is
last minute cramming for
exams, running late for that impor-
difficult, if not impossible.
Stress induced from a fast paced life
is capable of bringing out the good, the
What puts you on edge? Being
late, having to multi-task, dis-
agreements, the weather, traffic
tant business meeting, arguing with bad, and the ugly in individuals. If you jams, etc! If you can identify your
the girlfriend, or even getting haven’t yet developed a mechanism to stressors then it will be easy for
plagued with an impossible yearning tackle stress, then it is time you did. you to devise strategies to deal
for 25 hours in a single day – keep- Here are 10 Steps to Reduce Stress: with them.
Schedule your day: The number through your nose counting to five lem with a fresh mind. Five minutes
10 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS
one cause of stress is a lack of time. in your head, and exhale through won’t kill you. Sometimes all our
Make sure you have plenty of time to your mouth counting to seven. brain needs is a refresher so don’t
get to where you need to go. A prob- Repeat several times. Try it now! be afraid to take a breather. Hell, go
lem most of us face is that we try to You’ll feel a difference immediately. on vacation if need be.
do too much, in too little time. We
tend to over book ourselves, run Yoga and Meditation: Meditation Laugh: Turn that frown into a
late, and panic. There is no harm in and Yoga are excellent stress smile. Laughter takes the focus
postponing things that can be done busters. You should avoid falling away from the negative emotions in
tomorrow. You don’t have to finish under the impression that activities life. Our response to stressful events
everything today itself. The idea is to like yoga and meditation are for can be improved if we view some-
manage your time efficiently. women only! Macho icons such as thing as a challenge rather than a
Shah Rukh Khan and George threat. Laughing helps guide the
Prioritize: By prioritizing you can Clooney are avid practitioners of positive perspective, and also releas-
avoid forgetting about important Yoga and meditation. Enroll in a es some of the "happy" chemicals in
responsibilities or errands you may
have. Be sure to complete your most
important tasks at your earliest con-
venience. Do not procrastinate
about finishing the urgent work.
Instead, save the less urgent tasks
for a later time, and focus more
quality time on the important tasks.
Move It: Get up and exercise!
Exercise relaxes tense muscles and
helps you sleep better. Repeating
the same motions for a period of
time can have a very relaxing effect.
This includes exercises like swim-
ming, walking, running and
cycling. Plus, exercise never hurts
Zzzzz: Research shows that the
average adult needs approximately
8.1 hours of sleep every night. How
do you compare? To sleep better,
avoid stressful activity for at least an
hour before bed, avoid late night
meals and drinks (we know what class, it will come as a welcome our body. Smiles and laughter are
indigestion and having to go to the break and if you get lucky you might contagious also, so if you are laugh-
bathroom does to our sleep), and even bump into a female who is ing, and those around you are
hold off on the evening cup of coffee. deeply into yoga and meditation! laughing, then your environment is
Instead, listen to some calming music automatically more relaxed.
or read a book before hitting the Take A Break: Allow yourself a
sack. No better way to start a busy break once in a while. Avoid work- Sex: The ultimate stress buster
day than with a good night’s rest. ing through lunch and pushing is having healthy sex with some-
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yourself to the limit. Working con- one you love. When you reach
Breathe: Deep breathing is a sim- tinuously without ease is detrimen- orgasm you release endorphins
ple stress reliever that has various tal to the mind, and ends up mak- that help create a sense of well-
benefits for your body, including ing it more difficult to function. being. Endorphins are nature’s
relaxing muscles, oxygenating the Focusing on a problem for hours own painkillers. So the next time
blood and calming your mind. All makes your mind dull and raises your lover says she's not in the
you have to do is sit or stand in a your stress level. It is better to take mood be sure to tell her all the
relaxed position, inhale slowly a short break and tackle the prob- scientific advantages.
the art of
negotiation Author: Sanjay Verma
e it a straightforward discus- unseen force that will make the party; it only means that you have to
B sion with your boss for a pay
hike, buying a house, car,
boat or smaller purchases, a love
wheel stop at your winning number.
A hastily spoken statement, or an
ill conceived move on the roulette of
safeguard your own interests.
When you are in love with a
woman, you naturally want her to
affair, a separation, a divorce or an life, is all it takes for you to get love you back in equal measure. A
OCT / NOV 2007 ROYAL
international struggle to reach a cheated of the advantages that could good way to achieve that is by
peace agreement, there’s much that have been yours for the taking. But learning about her needs and aspi-
can go wrong if you don’t play your if you are an able negotiator there is rations and trying to balance them
cards precisely. In your dealings so much that can go right - or at with your own ambitions. In other
with other individuals, every move least go better for you and for every- words, you negotiate a healthy rela-
you make counts. If the circle of life one else dependent on you. tionship with your girlfriend or
can be compared to a game of Negotiation does not mean that you wife. The thing to keep in mind is
roulette, then negotiation can be the should conspire to trick the other that you must not attempt to nego-
tiate anything until you are best to decipher what the other fel-
THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
absolutely clear about the needs of low wants and then make an offer
the other party. Always that he can’t refuse.
If you are looking for a pay raise in
your existing job, the best way to play the 2. Don’t be disdainful of monetary
achieve this is by understanding the
needs of your company and then
negotiating a good settlement for
Some people make the mistake of
being too shy about talking about
yourself. While buying a car, you look
for the best possible bargain, and the
lover, money. Why should they? After all it is
money that makes the world go round,
dealer looks for the highest possible buyer or seller. and puts food into our stomachs. It is
price that he can extract from you. never vulgar to try to maximize ones
What do both of you do? You negoti- monetary benefits; it is the most pru-
ate to find a middle ground. 1. Develop the mindset of a gambler dent thing you can do. After all, what
To a large extent, our social life is An old poker saying goes like this: can be more sensible than trying to
built around such negotiations, You got to know when to hold’em. secure one’s financial standing.
some major, and some minor, but in Know when to fold’em.
every negotiation that we undertake, 3. Don’t open all your cards on
it is up to us to make efforts to Although negotiating and gam- the table
derive maximum benefits. So many bling are by no means synonymous, Any poker player, who let other play-
factors compete to undermine an some principles hold true for both. ers at the table see the cards he
optimal settlement: the emotions of As in poker, the best way to succeed held, would definitely lose. And he
both participants; the potential for in negotiation is to know when to deserves to lose. The same holds
misunderstanding what could be carry on and when to walk away. true for negotiation. You should
gained (or lost); differing interpreta- The stakes are always high. If you avoid opening up completely to any-
tions of what constitutes fair play. negotiate too hard, you run the dan- one. The more information someone
You can negotiate the best terms ger of letting the deal slip through possesses about you, the more con-
only when you are clear about the your fingers. And if you act timid trol he or she has over you. If you
end that you wish to achieve. then you might end up paying more can keep everyone in suspense
Here are some tips for improving than what you should have. Always about your ultimate aim, it will be so
your negotiating skills: keep your options open, try your much easier for you to get ahead.
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THE ART OF NEGOTIATION
4. Don’t get emotionally involved
This is one big mistake that amateur
negotiators tend to make. They
become obvious about their emotion-
al attachment to winning. They
shout, threaten and demand to get
their way. Such behavior makes
them sound juvenile and it is count-
er-productive. By resorting to shout-
ing or threatening, you run the risk of
sending the signal that, “I am not in
control because I am a weak-hearted
individual.” Your opponents will
pounce at the chance to take advan-
tage of your perceived weakness. You
should never lose your cool. Even if
you think that someone is out to
cheat you of your rightful dues, you
should act nonchalant and wait for
the right moment to strike back.
5. Never be the first person
to name a figure desperately rarely manages to get negotiate a better deal for yourself
In any negotiating game by naming a her. In order to make an impression on your own, then there is no
person or a figure you tie yourself on a girl, you have to develop an harm in roping in an authority fig-
down. That reduces your negotiating aura of enigmatic aloofness. The ure. It hardly matters if the
ability. When your opponents know idea works in every aspect of your authority figure does exist in reali-
that this is the ultimate benefit that life where negotiating skills might be ty or not. For example, when you
you are willing to accept, they might required. Just giving the impression are buying a car, and the car
start devising strategies to hammer that you’re disinterested to the salesman is acting too aggressive,
you down further. In fact, the more extent of willing to walk away can do you can drop in a line, “I will get
confusion you can sow in the minds wonders for getting a better deal. back to you after consulting a
of your opponents, the easier it will Always play the reluctant lover, friend who knows more about
be for you to out-negotiate them. buyer or seller. cars.” No such friend may exist,
When they have no idea what the but you succeed in sowing seeds of
final outcome that you desire is, they 8. Never sign a contract without confusion in the mind of the sales-
will be less capable of devising the reading the document man. He has no idea what kind of
right strategies for thwarting you. When someone sends you a contract person your friend is. Suddenly he
to sign, if there’s something on it is confused about the right sales
6. Ask for more than you that you don’t like, go ahead and pitch that might work for your
expect to get cross it out. The idea is that you friend and for you as well. He will
Like an able negotiator, wait patient- should never get pressurized into do his best to stop you from seek-
ly for the other party to offer its best signing a contract that you don’t ing advise from this imaginary
terms. Once you have their figure, like. If you start signing on the dot- friend, and the only way he can do
even if it’s much better than what ted line blindly, people will take you it is by offering you a better deal.
you expected, say something like, “I for granted. Your value gets dimin-
think you’ll have to do better than ished. Understand your own impor- The practice of negotiation is
OCT / NOV 2007 ROYAL
that." Don’t be arrogant or aggres- tance and commit yourself only to a an integral part of our daily
sive. Just say it calmly. It is neces- deal that you think is worthy lives; you can take it for grant-
sary that you make it appear as if enough for you. ed only at your peril. But you
you really expected them to offer can’t develop good negotiating
much better terms than they have. 9. For support, rope in an skills without making serious
authority figure efforts to do so. It is an art, and
7. Don’t act too interested If a situation arises where you as with all forms of art, practice
A man who pursues a girl most think that you might not be able to makes perfect.