18 Thu 10.15 A.M
Madras Club
8, Adyar Gate Club Road
R.A. Puram
Chennai 600 028 
‘Ice Breakers’
The New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. So we start the New Year on a note of camaraderie expressing our last year’s words and move forward to punctuate this year’s words which await another voice.
Catch up with friends, hear a poem and play a game. It will be wonderful to see all of you present for this light - hearted morning.The color orange is associated with joy, sunshine and the tropics. It is the color of fall and harvest, so come dressed in your orange best!

Please note this is a members only meeting.


25 Thu Presidency Club, Pearl Room
Fairlawns, 51, Ethiraj Salai
Chennai 600 008
Hotline to the Higher Power:Mysticism in Christianity and Hinduism
To learn more about God, most of us listen to a preacher or a swami. But what if such a teacher wasn’t necessary? Is it possible to commune directly with God and bypass the rigid hierarchy of messengers?
Mystics believe this is not only possible, but that they hold this one-on one  connection. This radical, yet ancient belief exists across many religions.
Today, we can study mysticism’s effect on several world religions. Our esteemed speaker, Dr. Parimala Nathan, has spent many years formally studying Christian and Hindu mysticism. In this presentation,she will share more about these esoteric teachings and the fundamental principles of mystics.


30 Tue 04.00 P.M
At Nina Kothari’s Residence
‘Kothari Bagh’
18, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Chennai 600 034 
Delicious Diets Delivered – The Ultimate Food Fantasy!
Don’t we all wish we had meals that were tasty, and somehow kept us lean and healthy no matter how much we eat? That’s exactly what Pickled Pumpkin provides – nutritious, individually tailored meals,at your doorstep!
Sowmiya Skandan is the Founder and CEO of Pickled Pumpkin.Her vision is to help create easily accessible, delicious and healthy food in order to make healthy eating sustainable.
Shiny Chandran, sports nutritionist and weight management consultant, helps in designing the meal plans for Pickled Pumpkin.They will be sharing some of their expertise and philosophies on what is both great for taste and for health. Join us this evening to hear some thoughts on food and food for thought!

Please note this is an evening meeting and for members only.
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01 Fri 04.00 P.M
Amdavadi Restaurant
23/A, North Boag Road
T Nagar, Next to Kovai Pazhamudir Nilayam
Chennai 600 017 
Healing through Food!
The key to transforming our world is changing ourselves, living  authentically; remembering that the spirit expresses itself in the flesh in a way it cannot otherwise, so keep the garment for the spirit in good  order.” – Bettina Zumdick
Bettina Zumdick is the founder of the Culinary Medicine School.She is a former, much sought after senior teacher of Kushi Institute,Massachusetts and counselor who has helped thousands of people to regain and retain their health and vibrancy. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of holistic health, wellness and macrobiotics.
Our very own IWA member Nandi Shah, a blogger, photographer, chef and founder of Re:store, who is also a graduate of the Kushi Institute, where she trained in the science of Macrobiotics, will be in conversation with Bettina Zumdick on holistic nutrition and how to heal through food.


07 Thu 10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
RED ALERT: Does your liver have nine lives?
Most of us may not know what the liver does, or that it is so crucial for health, almost like a second heart. With liver diseases on the rise in our environment, we need to keep ourselves informed.
Dr. Anouk Dev is the Deputy Director of Gastroenterology at Monash Health, Melbourne and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. She is an expert in the field of liver disease, and will be enlightening us on how to keep this vital organ healthy through simple lifestyle habits. She will also talk about liver transplantation in the Indian context, in comparison to the West.


12 Thu 10.30 A.M
The Raintree
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Chennai 600 035
Christmas Festivity
‘May your Christmas be wrapped in happiness and tied with love’
We are delighted to bring you a morning of Christmas cheer, when we bond together in fellowship to celebrate this special occasion. Come dressed in Christmas colours of red, gold and green. Enjoy the scrumptious, gastronomic benevolence of The Raintree, Anna Salai.
We are eagerly looking forward to seeing all of you at a fun filled morning of festive splendour.As the saying goes ‘Christmas is not so much about opening presents, as opening our hearts’. We profusely thank Rajini Reddy for most
graciuosly opening her heart to sponsor this event.

Please note this is a members only meeting.


02 Thu 10.15 A.M
Sheetal Parakh’s Residence
6 Tarapore Avenue, Harrington Road
(First left turn from the service road along the
subway) Chetpet,
 Chennai 600 031 
From the Garden to your Plate…
Eating doesn’t get any more local than your own backyard. Whether it’s for the love of gardening, love of the freshest produce, or economic thrift, more of us are looking to our yards as not only a source of beauty but as an important source of food.
Shefalii Dadabhoy, a true foodie and passionate home cook, is going to share her experience of creating an organic, edible garden. She understands the benefits of eating healthy and grows her own greens on her terrace. Her many travels around the world and her evolved palate make her cooking style very international, bringing variety of flavor combinations to the table.
She is going to demonstrate making delicious salads fresh from the garden along with interesting dressings to compliment them. She will also give us tips on which food combinations work best and how to get the most from
our garden!


07 Tue 04.00 P.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Material Memorabilia!
Despite being born into a family affected by the Divide, Aanchal Malhotra had thought little about the Partition – until she encountered objects that had once belonged to her ancestors in an Undivided India. A gaz, a ghara, a maang-tikka, a pocketknife, a peacock-shaped bracelet and a set of kitchen utensils: these were what accompanied her great-grandparents as they fled their homes and through them she learnt of their migration and life before the Divide. This led her to search for the belongings of other migrants to discover the stories hidden in them. That speak of their owners’ pasts and emerge as testaments to the struggle, sacrifice, pain and belonging at an unparalleled moment in history.
Written as a crossover  between history and anthropology,
 ‘Remnants of a Separation’ tells stories from both sides of the border and is the product of years of painstaking and passionate research. Join us in conversation with the author herself as she shares her journey with us.
Aanchal Malhotra is an artist and oral historian working with memory and material culture. She is the co-founder of the Museum of Material Memory, a digital repository of material culture from the Indian subcontinent, tracing family histories and social ethnography through heirlooms, collectibles and objects of antiquity. She currently lives in New Delhi and this is her first book.


9 Thu 04.00 P.M
K M College of Music and Technology
19, Vinayagapuram, 2nd Street
MMDA Colony, Arumbakkam, Chennai 600 104
(Landmark - take the first left, a narrow street after the
Arumbakkam metro station)Music & Performing Arts
A Spiritual Musical Journey!
KM College of Music and Technology was set up by the Legendary A R Rahman with the aim of bringing up a whole generation of outstanding musicians. It also houses their philanthrophic initiative called the ‘Sunshine Orchestra’. It is making a positive impact in society as those chosen for the training are from the under privileged section of society.
Dr Adam Greig and Dr Jyoti Nair, the academic co-ordinators,will take us around the school , giving us a brief account of training that goes on there. At the Auditorium, the students will mesmerize us with a variety program of Sufi Qawwali, Russian Piano which is a combination of unusual warmth of sound and dazzling technique and a capsule of Hindustani Classical and Western Music .


14 Tue 04.00 PM
At Surekha Kothari’s Residence
‘The Art’, T3, 5th Floor
28 &29. Kothari Road (off Sterling Road)
Chennai 600 034 
To be a CEO someday…
Today we celebrate Children’s day! So it is fitting that our high-achieving, ambitious, aerospace engineering student is a young lady of 19! Anannya Parekh founded the Inner Goddess Academy at the age of 17! She leads a team of 25 young people who work towards enriching young women with skills thus enabling them to be at the forefront of leadership.
Besides public speaking and strategic thinking, she is a Kathak dancer,having given over 50 stage shows. She is an educator at Unacademy –India’s largest free online learning platform.With these skills and achievements, it is no wonder that Anannya was chosen to be the India representative at the (G)irls G20 Summit 2017 in Germany where there was 1 female delegate from each of the G20 nations. Business savvy and driven, Anannya’s ambition is to be CEO someday. She takes us through her journey, her experiences at the G20 summit, her goals and the lessons she has learnt on the way.


16 Thu 10.15 A.M
Forum Art Gallery
57, 5th Padmanabha Street
Adyar, Chennai 600 020
Do you have what it takes to become a cartoonist?
In this short morning session, Biswajit Balasubramanian, with 15 years experience in cartoon drawing and conducting numerous workshops, will lead you to understand and unearth your hidden cartooning skills through drawing games, speed drawing, and storytelling exercises. He will also highlight the basic foundations of the creative process from idea development to the finished cartoon.
And who knows…. at the end of the session, you may have even created a comic book!
Participants are requested to bring a drawing pad, black pen,pencil and eraser.



23 Thu 11.00 AM
Gurdwara Saheb
G N Chetty Road
T. Nagar, Chennai 600 017 
Gurdwara, the Sikh temple
‘Perhaps this sense of unity is the source of power I find in these volumes.
They speak to persons of any religion or of none. They speak for the
human heart and the searching mind.’- Mrs. Pearl S Buck Nobel Laureate on the English version of the Guru Granth Sahib
You would have often seen men in uniform, or people in your work place or fellow travellers wearing a Turban on their head, it is part of the five K’s that are not just symbols, but articles of faith that collectively form the external identity and the Khalsa devotee’s commitment to the Sikh Rehni (Sikh way of life).
To understand these concepts further we will visit the Gurdwara (abode of the Divine) and see what makes this community strong and vibrant. We will also experience a daily prayer service and share the experience of a Langar (temple community lunch).
The temple requires everyone to be seated on the floor in the Darbar Sahib (main prayer hall), however if you are unable to do so, we will make alternate seating available for you.t is mandatory for everyone to cover their heads inside a Gurdwara, so kindly bring a headscarf or dupatta for the same.
Please call Sheetal Parakh on 9840027222 / Ritu Sahi on 9382881478 for directions.


28 Tue 04.00 P.M
Express Avenue Mall
Gate 1, Patullos Road
Royapettah, Chennai 600 002
Mali - The pop star!
Mali aka Maalavika Manoj is a Mumbai based singer and songwriter,whose tunes capture the authenticity of classic Pop from the 1970s- 90s.Her debut ‘E P Rush’ embraces the kind of warm, raw, analog sounds that are rarely heard in contemporary pop today.
A storyteller as much as a musician, Mali’s songs are inspired by people,those who are close to her and those she encountered along the way.‘Dreamimg’ is a song about going through school life with ADHD,‘Changed Situations’ is about making and losing a friend and ‘Poor Girl’s Dream’ is about being the new kid on block in a big city like Mumbai.
She is also a playback singer for Tamil films, with contributions to soundtracks such Haris Jayaraj’s ‘Iru Mugan’ and Anirudh Ravichander’s ‘Vivegam’ and ‘Onnume Aagale’.Mali is the talented grand daughter of our member Beena Ram Mohan.