Tuesday, October 31, 2017


COOKING SWAPSHOP

02 Thu 10.15 A.M
Sheetal Parakh’s Residence
6 Tarapore Avenue, Harrington Road
(First left turn from the service road along the
subway) Chetpet,
 Chennai 600 031 
From the Garden to your Plate…
Eating doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard. Whether it’s for the love of gardening, love of the freshest produce, or economic thrift, more of us are looking to our yards as not only a source of beauty but as an important source of food.
Shefalii Dadabhoy, a true foodie and passionate home cook, is going to share her experience of creating an organic, edible garden. She understands the benefits of eating healthy and grows her own greens on her terrace. Her many travels around the world and her evolved palate make her cooking style very international, bringing variety of flavor combinations to the table.
She is going to demonstrate making delicious salads fresh from the garden along with interesting dressings to compliment them. She will also give us tips on which food combinations work best and how to get the most from
our garden!

BOOK DISCUSSION

07 Tue 04.00 P.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Material Memorabilia!
Despite being born into a family affected by the Divide, Aanchal Malhotra had thought little about the Partition – until she encountered objects that had once belonged to her ancestors in an Undivided India. A gaz, a ghara, a maang-tikka, a pocketknife, a peacock-shaped bracelet and a set of kitchen utensils: these were what accompanied her great-grandparents as they fled their homes and through them she learnt of their migration and life before the Divide. This led her to search for the belongings of other migrants to discover the stories hidden in them. That speak of their owners’ pasts and emerge as testaments to the struggle, sacrifice, pain and belonging at an unparalleled moment in history.
Written as a crossover  between history and anthropology,
 ‘Remnants of a Separation’ tells stories from both sides of the border and is the product of years of painstaking and passionate research. Join us in conversation with the author herself as she shares her journey with us.
Aanchal Malhotra is an artist and oral historian working with memory and material culture. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory, a digital repository of material culture from the Indian subcontinent, tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and objects of antiquity. She currently lives in New Delhi and this is her first book.


MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

9 Thu 04.00 P.M
K M College of Music and Technology
19, Vinayagapuram, 2nd Street
MMDA Colony, Arumbakkam, Chennai 600 104
(Landmark - take the first left, a narrow street after the
Arumbakkam metro station)Music & Performing Arts
A Spiritual Musical Journey!
KM College of Music and Technology was set up by the Legendary A R Rahman with the aim of bringing up a whole generation of outstanding musicians. It also houses their philanthrophic initiative called the ‘Sunshine Orchestra’. It is making a positive impact in society as those chosen for the training are from the under privileged section of society.
Dr Adam Greig and Dr Jyoti Nair, the academic co-ordinators,will take us around the school , giving us a brief account of training that goes on there. At the Auditorium, the students will mesmerize us with a variety program of Sufi Qawwali, Russian Piano which is a combination of unusual warmth of sound and dazzling technique and a capsule of Hindustani Classical and Western Music .

CURRENT EVENTS

14 Tue 04.00 PM
At Surekha Kothari’s Residence
‘The Art’, T3, 5th Floor
28 &29. Kothari Road (off Sterling Road)
Nungambakkam, 
Chennai 600 034 
To be a CEO someday…
Today we celebrate Children’s day! So it is fitting that our high-achieving, ambitious, aerospace engineering student is a young lady of 19! Anannya Parekh founded the Inner Goddess Academy at the age of 17! She leads a team of 25 young people who work towards enriching young women with skills thus enabling them to be at the forefront of leadership.
Besides public speaking and strategic thinking, she is a Kathak dancer,having given over 50 stage shows. She is an educator at Unacademy –India’s largest free online learning platform.With these skills and achievements, it is no wonder that Anannya was chosen to be the India representative at the (G)irls G20 Summit 2017 in Germany where there was 1 female delegate from each of the G20 nations. Business savvy and driven, Anannya’s ambition is to be CEO someday. She takes us through her journey, her experiences at the G20 summit, her goals and the lessons she has learnt on the way.

ARTS & HANDICRAFTS

16 Thu 10.15 A.M
Forum Art Gallery
57, 5th Padmanabha Street
Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Funtooning!!!!
Do you have what it takes to become a cartoonist?
In this short morning session, Biswajit Balasubramanian, with 15 years experience in cartoon drawing and conducting numerous workshops, will lead you to understand and unearth your hidden cartooning skills through drawing games, speed drawing, and storytelling exercises. He will also highlight the basic foundations of the creative process from idea development to the finished cartoon.
And who knows…. at the end of the session, you may have even created a comic book!
Participants are requested to bring a drawing pad, black pen,pencil and eraser.

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PHILOSOHY & RELIGION/COOKING SWAPSHOP

23 Thu 11.00 AM
Gurdwara Saheb
G N Chetty Road
T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017 
Gurdwara, the Sikh temple
‘Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes.
They speak to persons of any religion or of none. They speak for the
human heart and the searching mind.’- Mrs. Pearl S Buck Nobel Laureate on the English version of the Guru Granth Sahib
You would have often seen men in uniform, or people in your work place or fellow travellers wearing a Turban on their head, it is part of the five K’s that are not just symbols, but articles of faith that collectively form the external identity and the Khalsa devotee’s commitment to the Sikh Rehni (Sikh way of life).
To understand these concepts further we will visit the Gurdwara (abode of the Divine) and see what makes this community strong and vibrant. We will also experience a daily prayer service and share the experience of a Langar (temple community lunch).
The temple requires everyone to be seated on the floor in the Darbar Sahib (main prayer hall), however if you are unable to do so, we will make alternate seating available for you.t is mandatory for everyone to cover their heads inside a Gurdwara, so kindly bring a headscarf or dupatta for the same.
Please call Sheetal Parakh on 9840027222 / Ritu Sahi on 9382881478 for directions.

MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS

28 Tue 04.00 P.M
E-Hotel
Express Avenue Mall
Gate 1, Patullos Road
Royapettah, Chennai 600 002
Mali - The pop star!
Mali aka Maalavika Manoj is a Mumbai based singer and songwriter,whose tunes capture the authenticity of classic Pop from the 1970s- 90s.Her debut ‘E P Rush’ embraces the kind of warm, raw, analog sounds that are rarely heard in contemporary pop today.
A storyteller as much as a musician, Mali’s songs are inspired by people,those who are close to her and those she encountered along the way.‘Dreamimg’ is a song about going through school life with ADHD,‘Changed Situations’ is about making and losing a friend and ‘Poor Girl’s Dream’ is about being the new kid on block in a big city like Mumbai.
She is also a playback singer for Tamil films, with contributions to soundtracks such Haris Jayaraj’s ‘Iru Mugan’ and Anirudh Ravichander’s ‘Vivegam’ and ‘Onnume Aagale’.Mali is the talented grand daughter of our member Beena Ram Mohan.

ODISHA -THE LAND DIVINE


Sprinkled with architecturally celebrated temples, consecrated shrines and regal monuments, Odisha is among India’s hidden cultural treasures.
Bhubaneswar, the city of temples beckons through the brilliance and magnetism of ancient Kalinga age temples.The Jagannath Temple dominates the landscape around Puri and is famous for its annual RathYatra; the beach here conjures beautiful views of the sunrise and the shallow water allows walking up to a very large distance. Konark - Sun Temple, now a UNESCO heritage site, is an architectural marvel.
Come, unravel the hidden!
Friday, 2nd February 2018 – Arrive in Bhubaneswar for an overnight stay.On your arrival at the Biju Patnaik airport check into your hotel and relax.Later, venture on a private guided tour of Lingaraj Temple dedicated to Lord Harihara, a combination of Shiva & Vishnu and whose sprawling complex comprises of 64 smaller shrines followed by a visit to the small and compact Mukteshwar Temple renowned for its imposing ceiling that is adorned with an eight petal lotus in the porch and with sculptures & images of figures of ascetics & yogis in different meditation poses.
Saturday, 3rd February 2018 – Bhubaneswar to Puri - Following breakfast, check out and be taken on a guided tour of the cave complex of Udayagiri and Khandagiri dating back to 2nd century BC and once the home of Jain ascetics, complete with paintings and illustrations. Later make a stop at Dhauli which was the battlefield of the Kalinga War and has a grand peace pagoda.
Reach Puri by road (around 60kms) where on arrival by the afternoon,check into the hotel and relax. Later, be taken on a cycle rickshaw tour around Puri allowing you to take in its rich heritage in a relaxed and personalized manner.
The rickshaw tour is an award winning initiative by a local volunteer group to revive this non polluting mode of transport besides ensuring economy for the rickshaw pullers whose livelihood was once at stake. Over the close to three hour guided tour, cover some of the city’s prime sights including the 12th century built Jagannath Temple, the tallest temple in the state standing at 65m high crowned by the wheel of Vishnu and a flag. The temple complex also comprises of 30 smaller shrines besides the 16 pillared Nata Mandir (Dance Hall) and Bhoga Mandir (Hall of offerings). The tour will also cover Shankara and Haridas Math, Gambhira where the spiritual teacher Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lived anda few other holy tanks.
Sunday, 4th February 2018 - Puri – Konark - Puri After breakfast,be taken to visit the heritage site of Konark (around 32 kms) along the Puri-Konark marine drive featured amongst the top 50 roads to traverse in India. Once at Konark, visit the 13th century built Sun Temple admiring the intricate carvings on its walls.
Return to Puri by the afternoon and relax.
Next, go on a visit to the artistic village of Raghurajpur (around 14kms from Puri) renowned for Pattachitra which is a traditional form of painting and other crafts such as palm leaf inscriptions, stone and wood carvings, paper mache, mural painting, wooden and cow dung toys,appliqué and terracotta works.You will also be treated to an exclusive Gotipua dance performance in the adjacent Gurukul Academy executed by a group of boys who perform acrobatic figures inspired by the life of Radha and Krishna.
Monday, 5th February 2018 – Puri – Chilka – Puri Depart to Satpada (around 50 kms from Puri) to embark on a close to a 3 hour boat ride on the Chilka Lake to watch dolphins including stops at the island of Kalijai housing a temple of Mother Kali and passing by the island of Nalabana declared a restricted bird sanctuary famous for
migratory birds such as flamingos, herons and storks.
Return to Puri by late afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.
Tuesday, 6th February 2018 – Puri - Pipli - Bhubaneswar
Following breakfast, check out and be transferred to Bhubaneswar with an en route stop at the village of Pipli famous for its appliqué art work flaunted across the several shops sellin g appliquéd handbags, bed sheets, wall hangings, purses and canopies.
Arrive at Bhubaneswar in time to board your return flight home.
Departure : 2nd February 2018 from Chennai
Arrival : 6th Febraury 2018
Cost : Approximately Rs 58,000/-
Last day to warn in – 30th November 2017
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