Wednesday, August 30, 2017


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


28 Thu 10.15 A.M
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. 


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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


03 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Counting Sheep to Sleep?!
Blessed are those who get 8 hours of undisturbed sleep every night!The “SleepFairy” may be fictional, but if there were a real life version,it would be Dr. N.Ramakrishnan. He is the first Board Certified Sleep Specialist to practice in India and established Nithra Institute of Sleep Sciences in Chennai. He is also a certified specialist in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.
As a respected medical consultant, professor, author, researcher and invited speaker, Dr. Ramakrishnan is the recipient of many awards from prestigious institutions in India and abroad. For a restful, restorative night’s sleep, and a glowing fresh start to your mornings, come hear what Dr. Ramakrishnan has to say!


8 Tue 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
The woman who built the unbuildable”
Zaha Hadid was a woman who defied all stereotypes. Born in Iraq in the 1950’s, she rose to iconic heights in the male dominated field of Architecture. She was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture prize and the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. She came to be known as the “woman who built the unbuildable” and the “Queen of the curve”.
Deepti Zachariah has a Masters in Architecture from DIA in Germany, and owns Chennai based design studio, Revolution by Design. Deepti worked with Zaha Hadid architects for several years, on commissions including the “Building of the year” in 2014, the Hyder Aliev Merkezi, Azerbaijan and competitions in India, Libya, France and Germany. She also formulates and teaches core design courses at IIT, Madras. Deepti will offer a glimpse of the woman behind the icon with snippets of personal stories, the evolution of Zaha’s practice from being an esoteric studio to a global giant thereby creating a ripple effect in the field of Architecture, and how it applies to practice in
India for Deepti personally.


10 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Wellness, Wholeness and Healing of the Mind!
Anna Chandy , the first Certified Training and Supervising Transactional  nalyst from Asia, with a specialization in Counselling,is passionate about human development and believes “people have innate resources to maximize their own potential, when supported by a mental health professional”. 
She is a well-known columnist, author, counsellor, mentor and coach to people from diverse walks of life. She also serves as the Chairperson of  The Live Love Laugh Foundation, a Non Profit Organization working in the area o of depression, anxiety and stress, founded by actor Deepika Padukone in 2015.
Join Anna in her discussion about mental wellness, which impacts all  our lives in some ways!


17 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst    
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Outsmart your Smartphone!
Passionate about communicating across cultures and borders in three  distinctive roles - Content specialist & luxury consultant, cross cultural  training expert and a widely published lifestyle writer and blogger, Ashwin Rajagopalan, has been tracking smart phones and wearable’s since 2010 and how they are changing the way we consume content.
Let Ashwin Rajagopalan get you reacquainted with the myriad possibilities that our smart phones offer us. No more fumbling for the silent key on your cell phones... let’s get smart!


22 Tue 10.15 A.M
At Leena Surya Prakash’s
24, 1st Cross Street
Sterling Road, Chennai 600 034 
Ganpathi Bappa Morya Pudchya Varshi Lavkarya
This chant reverberates through every home and every street of Maharashtra during the ten days of Ganesh Chathurthi. Ganpathi idols, big and small are installed in homes and in public pandals by the people of the locality. Lord Ganesha is worshipped with great zeal and enthusiasm by the people, accompanied by music, dance, chanting of Ganesh “stotras”and distribution of Prasad like modaks and karanjiyas after the daily pujas.
Our members at IWA have tried to recreate the Ganpathi celebrations from the installation to the Visarjan (immersion) of the God amidst chants of Ganpathi Bappa Morya, Pudchya Varshi Lavkarya, bidding a fond farewell to Lord Ganesha and urging him to come back early next year. They will sing the glory of Ganesha to the beat of drums and dance to the jingle of the Lezims.
Traditional Maharashtrian swadisht upahaar will be served at the end of the meeting.
Please get into the festive mood by wearing your Paithanis,Ilkals, Maheshwaris and Narayanpets.


24 Thu 10.15 A.M
Presidency Club    
Pearl Room, Fairlawns
51, Ethiraj Salai
Chennai 600 008
Madras on your Mind : A City In Stories
Once upon a time by the sea, there was a story – and another and another – and some wandered into these pages to make up a city. So meet, amongst others, a travel guide who falls for a French tourist, a rice merchant with Kollywood dreams, a god whose editor proves elusive, a portly musical lawyer caught in a noir plot, and a man in search of family in the Great Madras Flood. Find yourself, among other places; in Town, at that gastronomic oxymoron, the Udipi cafe, in Velachery, in a fast car on East Coast Road, fleeing the city! It’s all here: the salt in the breeze, the eternal summer, the swing of the sea. It’s Madras on your mind.
“Madras has a multi-faceted identity which we wanted to capture. This is a
story of Madras through the prism of many pairs of eyes,” explains Chitra Viraraghavan, who has co-edited the book along with husband, Krishna Shastri Devulapalli. Various writers, hand-picked by Viraraghavan and Shastri, have come together to create this eclectic anthology.
Chitra Viraraghavan has worked in academic publishing, taught English, and is a book editor, school textbook writer and author of The Americans: A Novel. She is working on her second book, a work of  Historical fiction. Krishna Shastri Devulapalli is a humour writer,cartoonist, columnist and the quintessential Madras-Chennai novelist. His most recent novel is The Sentimental Spy.


29 Tue 10.15 A.M
Express Avenue Mall Gate
1, Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002
Bon Odori - The Japanese Summer Dance!
Bon Odori, simply meaning Bon dance, is a style of dance performed during the Obon festival in Japan, which is held in the month of August. Obon is a three day Buddhist-Confucian festival to honour the departed spirits of one’s ancestors, and has been celebrated for more than 500 years.It is performed during the heat of summer, so the performers wear light cotton kimonos called ‘Yukata’. Originally a dance to welcome  the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local folk songs. Consequently, the Bon dance will look and sound different from region to region.
Kiyomi Prasanna Tanaka a Japanese lecturer at the Soka Ikeda College of Arts & Science for Women, Chennai, who has made Chennai her home, will talk on ‘Fukuchiyama Ondo’, a Bon Odori that is performed in her native region of North Kyoto. The performance will be brought to you by her students. The steps are simple and repetitive and we would love our members to join in and enjoy the dance too.


31 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Park         
601 Anna Salai      
Chennai 600 006
Classic vs. Contemporary Demo
History has a value that helps us understand the present and the future. It draws a fine line between what people of the past did, with what people in the present do. It also has the ability to cast a glimpse of what the future can hold in store for us.
The Chefs at The Park will showcase what experts from the past carried out in the culinary world and what is trending by the professionals in the present. They will also share their ideas and beliefs on how contemporary techniques and tastes will define how and  what we eat in the years to come.The team will demonstrate how to take a classic and beloved salad you can find all over the world, “The Caprese” and put a modern and contemporary twist to it. anager and his entire team at The Park for hosting this meeting.
We thank Rajesh Radhakrishnan, General Manager and his entire team at The Park for hosting this meeting.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


04 Tue 10.15 A.M
My Fortune
10, Cathedral Road
Chennai 600 086 Current Events / Music & Perfroming Arts
All the world’s a stage!
The phenomenal Padma Bhushan awardee couple The Dhananjayans have a glorious six decade experience in Bharatanatyam. They have been recognized by various bodies for their outstanding contribution towards preservation and popularization of Bharatanatyam through their premier dance school Bharatakalanjali. Their passion is dancing. However, come meet the “cool couple” in their new avatar as Asha and Bala in the recent Vodafone Supernet 4G campaign – which was aired throughout the IPL season and brought them
unexpected fame. They zoomed on a motorbike in Goa, got a tattoo….
Let us hear them to know if acting in the advertisement is an extension of  their dancing skills or have they left their comfort zone to explore a new adventurous avenue.


11 Tue 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
A Jungle Journey
From being a local Chennai boy to becoming a naturalist in the jungles of Central India, the journey of Surya Ramachandran has been a fascinating one. After graduating from engineering, a tour in the Satpura Tiger Reserve changed his life and led him to follow his passion for wildlife and become a full time naturalist. His interests expand to all types of life forms, especially the lesser fauna of the region and their micro habitats. His enthusiasm led to
pioneering Central India’s first walking safari, canoeing, wilderness camping and night rides at Satpura. Later, Surya moved to Kanha where he co-authored his unique book titled Photographic field guide Wildlife of Central India with
David Raju.
Join us for a firsthand encounter of Central India’s rich flora and fauna with Surya Ramachandran.


13 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
For the love of Baking and Dessert making!
From home baker to published author, our very own IWA Past President Achu Kurian’s desserts are making news. Born into a family of food lovers, she began following her mother around the kitchen from a very young age and never let go of this love for food.
Achu Kurian's thirty years of experience in this field and her love for food and cooking has evolved into the recently published wonderful book Cakes,Desserts & More with a wide range of recipes.
What better way to start this IWA year than on a sweet note with a baking demonstration from the Master Chef herself! 
Come, savour these delicious treats in person.

“Life is short, eat dessert first!”