Wednesday, August 30, 2017


ARTS & HANDICRAFTS

05 Tue 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
3D Printing - Revolutionary science or accessible technology?
3D printing is a term you come across frequently in the news. We have 3D printed art, furniture, houses, human organs and recently, NASA launched the smallest 3D printed satellite designed by an 18 year old from Tamilnadu.
So what is 3D printing? What are its uses? Is this the 4th Industrial Revolution or is it accessible technology that we can use to our benefit in our daily lives? Let us find out.
Samvit Blass was born in Auroville and has a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design from the Massachusetts College of Arts in Boston. After several years of work experience in leading design companies and teaching at the Raffles University in Shanghai and Mumbai, Samvit, along with his brother Rishi Walker, own design studio Light-Fish, in  Auroville. Light-Fish focuses on innovative products based on sustainability in furniture, lighting, packaging etc. Their vision is to lead sustainable design in India.

BOOK DISCUSSION

14 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Ramayanamam Ramavadharamum
The story of Rama has been told many times, in many languages, ever since Valmiki’s account of it shaped itself about two thousand years ago which soon became a model and an inspiration to many a poet, both within and outside of India. However, outside the Sanskrit heritage, Kamban happens to be the first poet to create an epic narrative called Ramavatharam on the story of Rama, in a modern Indian language. Kamban came nearly ten centuries after Valmiki: His language, Tamil, endowed him with an inheritance that was rich and felicitous, yet distinct from Sanskrit. However, Ramavatharam is different from the Sanskrit original in many aspects - both in spiritual concepts and in the specifics of the storyline.
Dr. Priya Ramachandran’s book is an analysis of the difference in characterization of the main protagonists in the Ramayana story by the Tamil poet Kamban and Valmaki. The author also helps us understand how it came about to be considered as a one of the greatest literary works in the Tamil Literature by both Tamil Scholars and the general public.
Come, lets meet with the author who dons various hats - 
Dr Priya Ramchandran, renowned Paediatric surgeon with 15 years of experience working with Kama Koti Child Trust Hospital, Chennai;Founder of Ray of Light Foundation – an organization set up to help provide treatment and care for children diagnosed with Cancer; a Tamil Scholar with the love for the language which eventually led her to publish her research work on the great epic.

MUSIC & ERFORMING ARTS

19 Tue 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
A noteworthy Harmonica Player!
An ex-Xaverian from Calcutta, Arijit Mukherji, is the Director of  Fidelity Investments in Gurgaon , when he’s not at work , he’s playing his favourite instrument — a beautiful Larry Adler Professional.Nephew of the legendary Milon Gupta — perhaps the only true-blue mouth-organ artiste working in the mainstream film industry today,Arijit owes his inspiration and skill to his uncle.
He has a few albums to his credit, ‘A tribute to Kishore Kumar’,‘Zindagi ka Safar’ and ‘Down memory lane’ are some of them. He has had occasional musical alliances with Usha Uthup, sarod player Pratyush Banerjee and music director Shantanu Moitra (of Parineeta fame) who has arranged the music for his second album by changing the interludes, preludes and rhythm patterns.
While Arijit never harbored dreams of being a full-time musician, his  dedication to the instrument is, nonetheless, admirable. He includes  an hour-and-a-half of practice every morning. He has taken upon himself to popularize the instrument in India and encourages the youngsters from his neighborhood to take lessons with him.
He will enthrall our members with his fine performance and a short talk about his art.

CURRENT EVENTS

21 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road         
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Indian Railways – A Peek In to theFuture
Sudhanshu Mani is the General Manager at the Integral Coach factory. A multi- lingual, multi-faceted personality, whose interests range from diesel locomotives to Urdu poetry. He is focused on passenger amenities and integrating art with the Indian Railways and has co-authored 2 books on the latter and a third is a work in progress.
When we compare our soot-laden train journeys as children, we marvel at the progress made by the Railways but S. Mani thinks that enough is not done for improvement and modernization.With such a vision, our speaker will take us through the advancement and future plans of the Railways.

COOKING SWASHOP

26 Tue 10.15 A.M
Pan Asian, ITC Grand Chola
63, Anna Salai
Guindy, Chennai 600 032
Carpe Cocoa! Seize the Chocolate!
We are excited… as it is all about CHOCOLATE! Who doesn’t love chocolate… and if it’s luxury handcrafted chocolate creations, then all the more!
Chef Deepthi and her team at Fabelle, ITC Grand Chola, will give us an introduction to various sources of the cocoa bean. They will take us through a tasting of Fabelle Speciality Chocolate to understand flavours and notes of various cocoa origins. This will be followed by an introduction to techniques of chocolate making.
We will witness a live demo of chocolate tempering and preparing of a hot chocolate beverage with an understanding of working with chocolate. Team Fabelle will also teach us how to create one of their signature chocolate dessert!
This is a warn in meeting for members only restricted to 40.
Please call Sheetal Parakh on 98400 27222 on the 17th & 18th of September between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to book your spots!


HEALTH & ECOLOGY

28 Thu 10.15 A.M
E-Hotel
Express Avenue Mall
Gate 1, Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002 
“The Philosophy of Hypnotism and the Subconscious”
“The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk
above the water.” –Sigmund Freud
For centuries, prominent thinkers have looked to the brain to understand the nature of reality. The philosophy of hypnotherapy in particular expresses that the subconscious layer of the mind houses crucial—yet often repressed—facets of our identity.
Certified hypnotherapist Dr. Urmish Mehta joins us to shed light on this mysterious and often misunderstood aspect of the mind. In this presentation, he shares how hypnosis reveals hidden beliefs, traits, and assumptions that shape our external circumstances. Through their surfacing via hypnosis, Dr. Mehta will explain how we can transcend negative belief structures and form a more positive reality. 

EAT, PRAY & DETOX!


Rajah Islands consists of three islands on the backwaters of Kerala. The main island has an area of 14 acres with cottages to stay and treatment rooms in the Ayurveda School of Medicine overlooking the waters.
The second island over 5 acres is connected to the main island by a bridge where one can walk leisurely amidst landscaped gardens. The third island slightly away from the two mentioned above is about 30 acres, in its pristine form for basking in its natural glory and ornithology. The  pleasant and calm atmosphere in the midst of being surrounded by water and unprocessed  beauty will be a sure process of relaxation  physically  and mentally.
A holistic wellness program has been structured which would include a wellness consultation on arrival, Ayurvedic external therapies  (various massages) and suitable Panchakarma procedures (5 fold purificatory methodology), yoga and meditation sessions and a solely vegetarian fare for the palate.
Guruvayur, one of the most important places of worship in Kerala dedicated to Guruvayurappan often referred to as BhulokaVaikunta‘Holy Abode of Vishnu on Earth’ is just a five minute boat ride from the backwaters for our spiritual enlightenment.
The ancient and traditional art forms of Kerala, be it martial or classical,
Kalaripayattu or Mohiniyattam will be presented exclusively for our insight.
Departure: 16th November 2017
Arrival: 19th November 2017
Cost: Rs 22,000 (+ Air Fare)
Last day to warn-in: 14th September 2017
Please note the maximum number of people is restricted to 16
so kindly warn-in with Lakshmi Menon – 98404 41623, as early

as possible and to get better air fare rates.

‘Navdeep’ IWA Diwali

Navdeep’ IWA Diwali – Save The Date!
Navdeep – IWA’s Deepavali celebrations will be held on Friday,
October13th, at MRC Hall. 
As always we request members to donate gifts or cash generously for the ever popular Khazana stall. We requestthat you kindly donate gifts with a minimum value of Rs 200/- or higher.
The gifts can be handed over to any one of the Board representatives at any meeting before 29th September, or alternatively they can be dropped off at the following members residences:
Shobha Jesudasen: 8, Valliammai Achi Street,Kotturpuram,Chennai 600 085
Tulsi Reddy:10, Subba Rao Avenue,3rd Street, Off College Road,Chennai 600 006
Badrunnisa Mahadevan:24, Park Road West,Shenoy Nagar,Chennai 600 030
Jeyasree Ravi:7/5 Nana Street,T Nagar,Chennai 600 017