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Leisure & Recreation

Veteran Bollywood actress Waheeda Rehman visit Vanvihar National park in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

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People enjoy in floating spheres as tourists throng Kankaria lake in Ahmedabad during one week long Kankaria Carnival.

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The African hair salon in Krishna Nagar, south Delhi

Sanjay Rawat

Out of Africa African students at a ‘African Night party’ at a south Delhi bar

Sanjay Rawat

Ask your team to take a walk. Brainstorming in SIKKIM is the perfect way of leaving the daily grind behind. Throw in the Dzongri trek and a visit to Nathu La Pass, and you have the perfect mix of business and pleasure. After a day of yak-yakking, Paper Products team tries the real thing!

A favourite with beach bums and businessmen, GOA rocks all year round. A few days soaking in the sun, sand and ideas will fl ow like feni. AT Kearney staff seeks the sunny side of the paradise.

BHEEMESHWARI gives eco-tourism a good name. Here’s proof that wild creatures exist outside the workplace. Societe Generale’s staff learns the rope trick.

IT firms head to where the java is. Coffee plantations and waterfalls make CHIKMAGALUR a hit with Bangalore companies. Paradigm Architecture staff goes for a cool dip.

Can’t bear the crass commercialisation of Naini, but not quite ready to skip the Tals? KANATAL rocks as an alternative—an unspoilt hill station with breathtaking views of the Garhwal Himalayas, it’s a new favourite for companies like Towers Watson.

You can’t beat the snakeboat races when it comes to lessons in teamwork. But trust us, nothing beats an ayurvedic massage while floating on the Kerala backwaters in a houseboat. These P&G staff at KUMARAKOM will vouch for it!

How about some leadership by osmosis? A weekend of trekking and brainstorming at a Maratha fort turned-museum and resort should charge up the most work-weary executive. Standard Chartered team making sense of history at JADHAVGADH.

Cloud-topped mountains, handmade fudge and a smooth drive on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. LONAVLA remains a rocking off site choice for a very good reason. MakeMyTrip employees having a ball.

Eat, pray, ideate? RISHIKESH, the world capital of yoga, is also a must-do spot for white water raft ers. Large groups welcome. McKinsey rowers ready to stick their oars in.

Swap the corporate jungle for the real thing. With Sher Khan MIA, you will probably have to settle for occasional glimpses of Rikki-Tikki Tavi, but a jeep safari at CORBETT still rocks. MetLife employees feel the jungle rhythm.

Forts? Check. Camel safaris? Check. Shopping? Check. Exotic cuisine? Check. RAJASTHAN rocks. Period. Th is Info Edge team knows it too well.

With Pierre Cardin and Ritu Beri as designers, you can’t expect AIR INDIA to cling to its traditional paisleys, can you? Inspired by the Konark Sun Temple, the result is a contemporary blend of orange, red and black. The men’s uniforms retain classic lines, though.

Soumik Kar

The hostesses at Delhi’s SAKURA restaurant wear soft pink kimonos while the men dress in traditional, samurai-style robes. Looks like you can take the restaurant out of Japan but you can’t take Japan out of the restaurant.

Saptarshi Biswas

Jay Ramrakhiani’s uniform for the TAJ GROUP’s luxury hotels are sarees handwoven in Varanasi. A designer saree that’s also a social commitment? That rocks.

Saptarshi Biswas

The Wild West comes to Bangalore. Steak house MILLERS 46 dresses its waiters cowboy style. The accompanying holster conceals not a gun but a pen and order pad.

RA Chandroo

Aqua, the bar at the PARK HOTEL, Delhi, is where the night birds of the city congregate. The barmen’s uniforms reflect that free spiritedness: a not-quite-a-safari-shirt in blue denim, designed by Rohit Bal.

Vishal Koul

Italian designer Roberto Capucci was roped in to create an international look for JET AIRWAYS capturing the Spirit of New India. Capucci’s vision was a bright statement in yellow and blue.

Soumik Kar

Very Pan-Am style, INDIGO’s recently redesigned uniforms are somewhere between a tennis dress and a shirtwaister, topped by a blue hat—all designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh.

Saptarshi Biswas

Youthful colours like lemon yellow and aquamarine rule the new staff attire at THOMAS COOK. And in a fi tting tribute to the travel company’s British roots, women employees wear a fusion ensemble—kurta tops with trousers.

Priyam Dhar

You’d never crib about wearng a uniform if it was designed by Tarun Tahiliani. That explains the smiles on the faces of the staff at THE OBEROI, Mumbai. Like the crepe saree and the waist-length blouse, the red bindi is part of the look.

Priyam Dhar

NETAPP rocks for employee Bijeta Chakraborty. She loves the idea that you can work at night or from home, take time off to pick up your child from school or spend time with your parents. “Flexibility is built into the fi rm’s DNA,” she says.

RA Chandroo

At GAMES2WIN, men can be boys and women, players. Here, work is all about the art and science of having fun. Designing online games for clients requires hard work—and play. “Flexibility is built into the firm’s DNA,” she says.

Soumik Kar

Sports are an integral part of DIRECTi, says employee Arjun Nair. Trekking groups, biking gangs, Jenga teams and Friday night gaming sessions—with games like CounterStrike, DOTA and Age of Empires—ensure there’s never a dull moment at the technology services company.

Soumik Kar

Popcorn isn’t only for the movies. Health, diet and lifestyle counselling apart, MARICO has “Popcorn with Harsh” sessions where employees interact with CMD, Harsh Mariwala—and, yes, they do snack on popcorn. Corny name, but for Marico employees, it rocks.

Soumik Kar

Constant innovation comes from constant stimulation, and GOOGLE certainly provides enough sights, sounds and flavours to make an unprepared visitor feel like Alice in Wonderland. When your workplace looks more like a playground, how can work be anything but pleasure? stant rovides make nooks more nything

RA Chandroo

Say cheese Cheese-making farmstay at Acres Wild in the Nilgiris

Ear to the ground At the Hide-Out organic farm near Mumbai, city folks try their hand on a grinder

Dinesh Parab

Two elderly men working in a shop observe the neighbourhood during a break in New Delhi

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