Finding Your 'p - Spot' Is Like Hitting A Jackpot!
Finding a spot to park, usually at school zones or residential areas or hospitals and offices, can be quite a task, that the joy on your face on finding your P-Spot, is almost always irrepressible. Our Parking Nightmare has been slowly unfolding before our eyes. Independent bungalows that have given rise to multi storeyed apartments, have led to a strain not just on the water table but even on parking space. Where there were five or six members of a family in a single house, there are now at least twelve or more apartments with about fifty inhabitants. That's just the genesis. Vehicle loans have made cars so affordable, that families that used to own a bike, today have a four wheeler, those who had a car, now have two. Imagine the pressure it puts on parking space. The symptoms of this acute scarcity are there for all to see and a mere description makes for an interesting read.
LARGER THAN LIFE WATCHMEN The most crucial job description of the security guard at many residential and commercial complexes is to ensure exclusive use of the property's frontage. The slightest hint of a visitor eyeing a parking space outside the building is enough to galvanise these watchmen into frenzied action, sometimes, even giving them a delusionary feel of Police Commissioners or SPG commandos. To be fair, their anxiety is not wholly unjustified, as the rest of this piece will reveal.
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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.
A Sicilian Odyssey
A luxurious tour of Sicily is even more enticing at the wheel of the new Bentley GT Speed Convertible
For The Win – La-Tanya Greene
Maxim Cover Girl competition winner La-Tanya Greene is an educated beauty with a bright future
THE GOLDEN AGE of BOURBON
A new bourbon bible heralds the ascendance of America’s signature spirit
THE WORLD of SUPERYACHTS
Multimillion-dollar yachts have never been more in demand. Here are some of the world’s most beautiful
THE POWDER & THE GLORY
A roundup of some of the most extreme and exclusive skiing expeditions around the world
DELAGE ROARS BACK
Entrepreneur Laurent Tapie is raising the legendary marque from the grave
THE WORLD'S COOLEST WINERIES
These alluring properties around the globe sit at the intersection of architecture and viniculture
TITAN of TECH & INTELLIGENCE
How a visionary billionaire behind Google now envisions the future under artificial intelligence
WHEN SUPERMODELS RULED the WORLD
Claudia Schiffer curates an exhibition and authors a book on iconic 1990s fashion photography
An epic 750-mile journey up the coast of California in a manual-shift Porsche 911