As the new President of Terrior - The Madras Wine Club, what are your plans for the club?
I was nominated President in mid-January 2020; the club had entered the new decade. Yes, there are expectations from the founders and members of the club. I have given myself a mandate to selectively and systematically enhance the membership of the club by cutting across age groups and business profiles. We have already progressed in that direction. Terroir was born to be a sanctuary for wine enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs to come together for fellowship. I am concentrating on building on that base.
What was the reception of your first event of the year ‘The Long Table’?
My first event as President with the new committee was attended by 24 elegantly attired members/guests. It was the first time in its 11 years history that Terroir held an outdoor dinner. It was a formal sit down dinner at Aqua, the poolside of The Park. The pleasant weather on February 16th was ideal for a night under the stars. Terroir‘s core members, 3 Consul Generals and a couple of invitees who comprised the guest list unanimously agreed that the venue, the setting, the Italian wines paired 4-course gourmet dinner was the perfect roll out as the opening event of Terroir for 2020. Objectively speaking I believe we set a standard for ourselves to follow.
What are the changes and innovations you have, to promote wine appreciation in the city?
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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
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THE ART OF MAKING TEA
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SPREADING MASSIVE WINGS
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READY TO FACE THE ARC LIGHTS!
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‘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
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Is the Horse Oppressed?
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Indonesia cathedral rocked by Palm Sunday suicide bombing
JAKARTA (AFP) – An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suicide bombing yesterday, with body parts littering the chaotic scene as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week.
Indonesia cathedral rocked by suspected Palm Sunday suicide bomb
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) – An Indonesian cathedral was rocked by a suspected suicide bombing on Sunday with body parts littering the chaotic scene as Christians inside celebrated the start of Holy Week, police said.
SET SAIL ALONG THE FRINGES OF INDONESIA’S VAST ARCHIPELAGO TO DISCOVER REMOTE ATOLLS HOME TO COMMUNITIES OF SEA NOMADS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF REEF SPECIES, AND THE BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES THAT HELPED SHAPE THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION
THE SONG OF THE SOUL
WHEN WE GREW UP, WE NEVER HAD TOYS, WE HAD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AS OUR TOYS AND THAT WAS A GREAT START FOR US. WE WERE JUST BORN IN THE WORLD OF MUSIC
MORE THAN JUST FOOD
Kochi’s boutique cafes go beyond the raditional meal to offer artisanal experiences that refl ect the port city’s varied expressions. HIKHA PUSHPAN takes stock of the offerings, from artist residencies to couverture masterclasses and upmarket design stores.
Indonesia quake kills 35
JAKARTA (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island yesterday, trapping several under rubble and unleashing dozens of aftershocks as authorities warned of more quakes that could trigger a tsunami.
THE MERCHANTS OF MUSIC & MELODY
BROTHERS SALIM AND SULAIMAN HIT THEIR HIGH NOTES TOGETHER — WINNING AWARDS, COLLABORATING WITH INTERNATIONAL ICONS AND CEMENTING A LEGACY THAT WILL BENEFIT ASPIRING MUSICIANS FOR YEARS TO COME
Streaming success: CARRYMINATI
The last time we checked, Ajey Nagar, aka CarryMinati had 27.3 million subscribers on his channel, making him numero uno among Indian YouTubers. This doesn’t come as a surprise – considering the guy has been at the forefront of content-creation all these years and his Hindi language commentary coupled with relatable content is what his millions of fans have come to love him for. Honoured by Time Magazine as the ‘Next Generation Leader’ in 2019, Carry, as he is fondly known as, believes he was destined for this. In a conversation with TMM, our cover star reveals that he has lots of new ideas in the pipeline. And all we can say is, ‘Carry on, Carry!’
INTO THE EAST
SET SAIL ALONG THE EASTERN FRINGES OF INDONESIA’S VAST ARCHIPELAGO TO DISCOVER REMOTE ATOLLS HOME TO COMMUNITIES OF SEA NOMADS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONCENTRATION OF REEF SPECIES, AND THE BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES THAT HELPED SHAPE THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION