“A night stroll anywhere in our country will reveal folks sleeping on the deserted verandahs or streets. The scenario does not change whether it is the city, a pilgrim site or a village street. The earth transforms into a bed and the cold darkness becomes the quilt, which very often leaves the poor and homeless shivering through the night. This group unfortunately includes children and elders as well. On the other hand, a stroll through the fashion lanes or tailoring sites will reveal piles of cloth scrap that is being trashed and burnt every single day,” says Lakshmi, founder of Pure Living.
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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.
Chase Your Dream
It’s time to find the gift or message deep within you and share it with the world.
20 Places To Go In 2020
Conscious luxury, landmark anniversaries and the hottest emerging destinations— here’s our holiday list to tick off this year.
Best-selling Ayurvedic author Sahara Rose Ketabi has made a life out of modernizing ancient wisdom.
States Put Aside Politics, Jointly Fought O2 Crisis
Kerala Says Decided To Not Stock More Than Needed
5 राज्यों के दिलचस्प चुनाव नतीजे नहीं चला ब्रांड मोदी
साल 2021 में कोरोना महामारी के बीच हुए 5 राज्यों में विधानसभा चुनावों के नतीजे बेहद ही दिलचस्प हैं. अगर आंकड़ों को देखें तो तमिलनाडु, केरल और पश्चिम बंगाल में भाजपा को शिकस्त मिली है, लेकिन असम और पुदुचेरी में उस ने सरकार बना ली है.
केरल में कल दस्तक देगा मानसून
भारतीय मौसम विभाग (आईएमडी) ने मंगलवार को दोहराया कि दक्षिण पश्चिम मानसून केरल में तीन जून को दस्तक देगा और अब इसमें किसी तरह की कोई देरी नहीं होगी।
पिनराई के नए सिपहसालार
केरल में जब वाम लोकतांत्रिक मोर्चे (एलडीएफ) ने 40 साल से चली आ रही परंपरा तोड़ते हुए लगातार दूसरा कार्यकाल जीता और वह भी भारी बहुमत से जीता, तो विपक्ष सहित लगभग हर कोई यह मानता था कि 'कैप्टन' पिनराई विजयन के पक्ष में लहर की वजह से ऐसा हुआ.
महाराष्ट्र, केरल.. इन राज्यों में बढ़ा लॉकडाउन दिल्ली और एमपी में अनलॉक शुरू
केरल, महाराष्ट्र, गोवा, तमिलनाडु, पुदुचेरी... ये उन कुछ राज्यों के नाम हैं जिन्होंने कोविड-19 लॉकडाउन को जारी रहने का फैसला कयिा है।
THE WORLD IS ONE Canvas
The pandemic may have brought India’s favourite biennale to a screeching halt, but nothing could stop Bose Krishnamachari from putting together Lokame Tharavadu, the ambitious art show featuring 267 artists and one timely message, writes Nidhi Gupta
पिनराई विजयन ने दूसरी बार मुख्यमंत्री के रूप में शपथ ली,मंत्रिमंडल में 20 मंत्री
केरल में छह अप्रैल को हुए विधानसभा चुनाव में वाम लोकतांत्रिक मोर्चा (एलडीएफ) को एक बार फिर जीत दिलाने वाले वरिष्ठ माकपा नेता पिनराई विजयन ने बृहस्पतिवार को लगातार दूसरे कार्यकाल के लिए केरल के मुख्यमंत्री के रूप में 20 मंत्रियों के साथ शपथ ली।