So what does ‘Oota’ mean? “It means ‘A meal’ in Tulu”, says Shriya who is thoroughly delighted with the response she received for her pop up. The 25-year-old Chef, who started her culinary expedition as a home baker, has currently partnered with Varun Shetty to head Pupkins Kitchen, a bakery and patisserie in Mangalore. “I feel Mangalorean cuisine has not been tapped to its full potential in most restaurants across India. Varun and I moved to Mangalore from Mumbai with the intention of setting up a restaurant but we felt that the food scene in the city had not evolved as much as its neighbouring cities. People still preferred traditional food. At that point, we were not ready for regional cuisine and since there were no good bakeries in Mangalore, we decided to setup Pupkins. It gave us the stability we needed while we did our research and set up base,” she recalls. Shriya, who is originally from Mangalore, uses traditional recipes that have been handed down over generations and that makes her cooking unique. “The taste and flavours of the traditional recipes are really good, but one needs to elevate it to today’s day and age without losing its essence,” she says. And that’s exactly what she did at Oota!
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WOMAN OF METTLE
Full-time actress and a full-time mother, one wonders how she does it all and with so much passion; yet, one conversation with Uma Riyaz Khan is all it takes to know one can have it all! She is one of the few actors who love acting and takes cinema passionately and has shared screen space with some of the leading stars of Kollywood. For her acting is a craft and she proves her mettle every single time she’s on-screen and has been constantly juggling between many mediums of entertainment. The versatile actor speaks to RITZ about her career choices, her family life, and her experiences on and off-screen as a mother and much more.
THE POWER OF GRIT
Jewellery designer, socialite, philanthropist and now the President of Terroir - The Madras Wine Club, Minnie Menon has added one more feather to her colourful hat. Minnie, who is now on mission Terroir, speaks to RITZ about her passion, love for jewellery, her recent responsibility and what it took to get in there.
THE ART OF MAKING TEA
Kausshal Dugarr - Founder and CEO of Teabox shares how he took his Indian tea brand to 117 countries.
SPREADING MASSIVE WINGS
Zorawar Kalra, founder of Massive Restaurants speaks on how he likes to innovate and stay ahead of the game.
READY TO FACE THE ARC LIGHTS!
As a child, she was always under the limelight for her amazing performances at the Kerala Youth Festival. It came as no surprise that her very first film offer came from Sibi Malayil for Ishtam opposite Dileep. Though her parents were reluctant initially, with a little coaxing from her uncle, Director K Madhu, they agreed to let her chase her dreams and ever since, there has been no looking back for this beautiful actress. Her memorable performances during the early stages of her career in films like Nandanam, Kalyanaraman and Kunjikoonan made her one of the most sought after actresses in Mollywood. With close to 50 films to her credit in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada, she is the recipient of two Kerala state film awards. Ritz is in conversation with the South Indian Star, Navya Nair, who after a hiatus of eight years, is making a comeback to Mollywood with her much awaited film, Oruthee!
‘Raftaara’ the song from the blockbuster Mollywood film, Lucifer went viral the minute it was released online. It came as a surprise to many that it was Malayalam Cinema’s very own Jyotsna, who had sung this fast Hindi number! The gorgeous playback singer herself didn’t expect to receive such an overwhelming response and she is thrilled that the song has topped the charts. Of late, Jyotsna has been busy with her independent projects such as ‘Krishna the eternal’ - which is an offbeat meditation album, her single ‘Enni Varumo’ which won the Mazhavil manorana music award for best independent song of the year and of course ‘Paranne’, an original, written, composed and sung by the melody queen herself! Ritz catches up with the brilliant musician, Jyotsna Radhakrishnan, who recently won the ‘Kochi Marriott Presents Ritz Super 8’ felicitation for her exceptional and inspirational work in Music.
FUN, FOOD, FRENZY, FESTIVITIES, FIREWORKS & FINESSE
Thailand’s Elephant Boat Race and River Festival saw a spectacular adrenalinefilled weekend of paddlers, singers, music, food and tipple lovers, and some celeb spotting too.
FROM RAGS TO SHAYYA!
Pure Living is back with yet another incredible initiative. On women’s day this year, the firm that focusses on eco-friendly products and eco awareness, launched a special product titled ‘Shayya’, a handcrafted mattress that is being distributed free of cost to the poor and homeless. What makes it special is the fact that it is upcycled from cloth waste. Yes, the cloth scrap generated at fashion design or tailoring units that is usually burnt every single day is what is being used to make the Shayya. The result? Less pollution and a warm coz y surface for the poor and homeless! Read on to know more about this wonderful initiative by Lakshmi Menon.
DREAMS MAKETH A WOMAN
She’s a sensation in the wrestling ring. Sakshi Malik made India proud by bagging a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was the first woman wrestler from the country to secure a podium finish. No highs or lows, or ups and downs stopped her from reaching her goals. Just one step short of the Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, Sakshi seems to be fitter and stronger than ever before, thanks to the confidence, she’s gained from her last victory. Endorsing the partnership of Herbalife Nutrition with the Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS) as it’s sports nutrition partner, the young IIS wrestler spoke to us about her journey after Rio Olympics and her dreams for Tokyo Olympics.
Creating ENTERTAINING SOCIAL SPACES
Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants shares his journey on providing unlimited entertainment options.
“After the parents…, it is the photographer who has the responsibility of the wedding”
For more than five years, Dark Cup Productions, a Mumbai-based team of creative photographers and filmmakers, has dazzled its clientele with outstanding wedding photographs and videos.
PM pushes for enhancing storage facilities for crude
In a meeting with global oil CEOs, Modi said that the focus has shifted to production maximization
KIOCL Limited Despite Lockdown Registered Spectacular Financial Performance
KIOCL Limited, (Previously known as Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd.), a Flagship Company under the Ministry of Steel, was formed in 1976 for mining and beneficiation of low-grade iron ore at Kudremukh, at Chikkamagaluru district of Karnataka. The Company was conferred with Mini Ratna status in 1999. The country’s prestigious Export Oriented Unit (EOU) has its Pelletisation Complex and Pig Iron Complex (Blast Furnace Unit) at Mangalore and engaged in the business of manufacturing high quality Iron Ore Pellets for export and domestic market and supply of foundry grade pig iron in domestic market.
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'मिर्जापुर' सीरियल में स्वीटी के किरदार को कौन नहीं जानता.मस्तमौला, बिंदास, बेधड़क. अपनी अलग ही फैनबेस बना कर स्वीटी का किरदार निभाने वाली श्रिया पिलगांवकर अब फिल्म 'हाथी मेरे साथी' में क्या अलग कर रही हैं, जानते हैं.
MARRIED BUT POLYAMOROUS
FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE?
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बचपन में आपके पापा सचिन और मॉम सुप्रिया आपके प्रति कितने स्ट्रिक्ट थे?
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