Thursday, May 31, 2018


20 Wed 10.15 A.M
Madras Club
8, Adyar Gate Club Road
R.A. Puram
Chennai 600 028

We welcome you to an exciting and fun-filled IWA year. Please join us for a morning filled with infectious laughter and entertainment amidst games and activities.
Please come dressed in purple - our choice of color that depicts the
quintessential  IWA woman- powerful, feminine, passionate, creative and dignified.
Looking forward to meeting old friends and welcoming new ones.

This is a member only meeting


22 Fri 10.15 A.M
Hanu Reddy Residences
39/18 Binny Road
Poes Garden
Chennai 600 086
Dimensions of Renunciation: the Jain Perspective
We often hear that people renounce mundane pleasures and give up worldly pursuits. But why? Come and discover...
Jainism has a rich tradition, culture and history of renunciation. Understanding the philosophy and deep spirituality that is associated with renunciation will enable one to realize bliss in the here and now even though one has not yet renounced material aspects.
Dr. Priyadarshana Jain, a practicing Jain has a Master’s, M.Phil and Ph.D in Jainism, and is Professor and Head of the Department of Jainism, Madras University.She has authored, translated and edited books related to Jainism and presented papers at National and International conferences and seminars.


26 Tue10.15 A.M
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
North and South Korea Summit; is peace and de-nuclearizing a possibility?
Mr. Narayan Lakshman, Associate Editor and former U.S. Correspondent of The Hindu will shed light on the history of Inter–Korean Summit and peace talks; how they transpired; the economic sanctions imposed by the US with help from China the high drama and theatre of absurd tweets.
Come and be transported to behind-the-scene diplomacy in Pyongyang, Seoul, Beijing and Washington D.C.Will we see more than smiles, handshakes and mere rhetoric or will peace be brokered ?


28 Thu10.15 A.M
Presidency Club
Pearl Room, Fairlawns
51, Ethiraj Salai
Chennai 600 008 
Marx MattersDe-demonizing Karl Marx- Is he relevant today?
Professor Venkatesh B. Athreya is a renowned Economist, feted in several nations across the globe. He earned his Ph.D, from the University of Wisconsin and has won a number of awards and honours. The most recent one in May 2014, being the Distinguished Achievement Award for Political Economy in the 21st Century by the World Association of Political Economy.
Marking the 200th birth anniversary of Karl Marx, Prof. Athreya will simplify for us The Father of Marxism, referring to his noted works Capital and the Communist Manifesto.
“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” - Karl Marx

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


2 Mon 04.00 PM
E Hotel
Express Avenue Mall, Gate 1
Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002 Book Discussion 
Born Wild!
Swati Thiyagarajan, is one of India’s best known environment journalists. She is the environment editor of NDTV and the content editor of their special programs on the environment, such as Save our Tigers, The Clean Air Campaign, The Greenathon, An awareness program on climate change and Banega Swacch India. Her show Born Wild, is the longest running wildlife conservation show on Television in India. She is the presenter, writer and researcher of this show. She was the first Indian journalist to be invited to be on the jury of the Windscreen Award or the Green Oscars as they are known. She has been awarded the Ramnath Goenka award for best environment reporter, twice for her conservation show. At present she spends her time between India and South Africa and has just authored a book Born Wild: journeys into the heart of India and Africa.
We managed to schedule this evening with the author herself during her current stay in Chennai. So join us as Swati takes us through some of her life’s experiences along with interesting footage of her encounters and time spent in the wild - exclusively curated for us!
Ladies, it’s an evening event so please bring your children along. It may help them explore the possibilities/options to explore their interests.
Please note this is an evening meeting.


5 Thu 04.00 PM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Keepers of the Kalachakra….
A seemingly random selection of heads of state are struck down like flies by unnamed killers who work with the clinical efficiency of butchers. Except that they leave no trace of their methods. It is a quietly fearsome tale—this time of men who guard the ‘Kalachakra’ or The Wheel of Time.
Ashwin Sanghi describes a world of people at war with one another—a boomeranging conflict of faiths that results in acts of such slow and planned human cruelty that they defy human imagination. Caught in the midst of this madness is Vijay Sundaram, a geek scientist who is only dimly aware that the wider sky outside his laboratory is stretched taut and close to being torn apart by forces that he wants simply to have nothing to do with. What he stumbles upon is a primordial clue to a galactic secret that could accelerate the downward spiral of humankind. Trapped and wholly unaware of his actual foe, Vijay races against time to save humanity—and himself. Keepers of the Kalachakra is a journey that will have you gasping for breath—but one that you cannot abandon till all the pieces of the jigsaw come together. Author of three bestsellers—The Rozabal Line, Chanakya’s Chant and The Krishna Key - Ashwin Sanghi is counted among India’s highestselling English fiction authors. He has also co-authored a crime thriller ,Private India, along with James Patterson, the world’s highest-sellingwr iter. He was included by Forbes India in their Celebrity India 100 Rankings.


10 Tue 10.15 AM
E Hotel
Express Avenue Mall, Gate 1
Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002
HeArtbeat conclave, Disability and Art!
Should they be labeled together? Aren’t disabled artists, just artists? And do the artists themselves view this label positively?
V.S. Ramana, is the founder of HeART BEAT Foundation, a nonprofit  organisation that supports, promote and assists specially   abled young and underprivileged artists, by organising events that generate  social awareness, while promoting cultural diversity. He is a Corporate  Communications, PR professional, also holds a Diploma in Cartooning from the ‘Raye Burns School of Cartooning’, Cleveland in USA.
V.S. Ramana will talk about some of the artists of the HeART  BEAT  Foundation, their struggle and resolve, their art and their Never say die attitude. Art by visiting artists K. Narasimhalu, Suvedha Ganesh and  S. Anand will be displayed and there will be an opportunity to interact with the artists themselves.


17Tue 10.15 AM
E Hotel
Express Avenue Mall, Gate 1
Patullos Road
Chennai 600 002 
The Brahma Kumaris: A Meditative Powerhouse in Mount Abu, India
What started out as a small group of spiritually dedicated acolytes under Prajahita Brahma in 1937, this self-sufficient community has since expanded to over one million students and 9,000 branches around the world. Unique to this group is the practice of Raja Yoga meditation. In this fascinating presentation by Sister B.K. Neelima, we will learn more about how to utilize this powerful tool to promote grounding and heightened spiritual awareness. She will also delve into the background of the Brahma Kumaris and their relentless pursuit of wisdom and discovery.


19 Thu 10.15 AM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Sensationalizing News...
We live in a time when a wink makes headlines and “fake news” is a fact!
Sanjay Pinto is a Former Resident Editor - NDTV 24X7, a columnist, an author and an advocate at the Madras High Court. Having closely worked in the field of media and presently working away from it, our speaker will give us an interesting perspective on newshounds, news consumers and news manipulation.


Notice is hereby given that the IWA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26th, 2018 at the following address:
Smt. Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium
MCTM School Campus
179, Luz Church Road
Mylapore, Chennai 600 004
REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS:                 10.00 a.m.
AGM commences:                                                              10.45 a.m.
The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:
Welcome Address                                                        Farah Bangera
Passing of 2017 AGM Minutes
(sent out by mail)                                                        Anjali Sacheti
Secretary’s Report                                                      Anjali Sacheti
Membership Secretary’s Report                               Nidhi Kapoor Thadani
Treasurer’s Report                                                     Jeyasree Ravi
Adoption of the Audited Accounts
for the year 2017-2018
Appointment of Auditors for 2018- 2019
Any Other Business
Remarks by the outgoing President                      Badrunnisa Mahadevan
Introduction of the Election Committee               Sushi Nataraj
Presentation of the New
Managing Committee 2018-2019
Address by the incoming Presidents                         Usha Jawahar 
Introduction of the New Executive Committee        Mahvash Sait 
Vote of Thanks                                                            Mridula Srinivasan

Note: Copies of the accounts and reports of the various activities will be available for members.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


5 Mon 10.30 AM
Government Museum Theatre
Pantheon Road
Chennai 600 008 
A brief History of an Aspirational Profession: Engineering in India
There has been a spectacular proliferation of Engineering Programs in India
in the 21st Century. There is a perception that a degree in engineering is a mark of prestige and a ticket to a good life.But the cult of the engineer has its roots in a much older back story- the story before the arrival of the “Indian Techie” who is today employed all over the world
At this year’s Endowment lecture, Dr Aparajith Ramnath discusses the culture and the organization of engineers in the first half of the 20th Century. The period between 1900 and 1947 saw the birth of what was to become a very Indian profession.
Aparajith Ramnath is a Historian of science, technology and business. His first book “A History of Engineers in India-1900 to 1947” has just been published. He is currently a Faculty member of Humanities and Management at Ahmedabad University. From 2013 to 2017, he was Professor at IIM Kozhikode.
He did his PhD on History of Science, Technology and Medicine from Imperial College, London (Hans Rausing Scholar). He completed his M.Sc. in History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the Oxford University (Bharat Petroleum Scholar) and his B.E. (Hons) in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from BITS Pilani. He is also a linguist and plays the piano.

The meeting starts at 11.00 am.


8 Thu 10.15 AM
Craft Education And Research Centre
Kalakshetra Foundation
Kalashetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur
Chennai 600 041
Gorgeous Drapes to fascinate!
The original Kalakshetra sari, with its distinct green and oil mustard yellow hues, made famous by Rukmini Devi Arundale has been lost over time. Master weavers, craftsmen and textile experts were sourced to recreate this traditional version of the sari, using techniques prominent almost a century ago. The ‘korvai’ a complex technique used to interlace the borders with the body of the sari and is done by two weavers, while the dyeing process needs two more people.
Kalamkari, which literally means ‘pen work’ are paintings done on textile with vegetable or natural dyes with the only tool used for this intricate work being the ‘kalam’ a thin bamboo stick sharpened to a point like the nib of a pen.
Kalakshetra Foundation reinvented the ‘kodali karuppur’ saree which evolved under the patronage of the Maratha rulers of Tanjore. This art would have joined the ranks of crafts that have slipped into obscurity until Kalakshetra Foundation decided to change the situation.
Come, listen and feast your eyes on the eponymous silk sari, a fabric weighted by history and tradition in its wrap and weft, besides the Kalamkaris in the Srikalahasti and Masulipatnam traditions.


13 Tue 10.15 AM
Amir Mahal
Durbar Hall
Bharathi Salai
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Trivia Morning!
Hailing from the House of Arcot, Nawabzada Mohammed Asif Ali is involved in many social, cultural, educational and religious institutions. He is an avid Quiz Master and conducts trivia events at competitive levels on various topics.
Ladies, come prepared for a fun filled ‘Trivia Morning’. The questions will be of oral, live music and audio visual covering different genres to make sure that the entire event is energetic and enthusiastic.


15 Thu 04.00 PM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
The Diplomacy of InternationalBusiness
A. K. Tareen is the Founder Chairman of AKT Strategic Consulting LLP. He has an experience of over 3 decades in facilitating international trade & investments, building brands & business strategies, setting up new operations for global corporations and promoting bilateral ties between governments.
His company represents foreign governments, businesses and brands in India, Australia, the Middle East and Europe.
Tareen will speak on the balancing act that results in a successful collaboration between all stakeholders in spite of having to walk a tight rope between handling governments and businesses.Our speaker presently advises governments of Australia, The Sultanate of Oman & the Government of Bosnia & Herzegovina in India. His experience, thus allows him to smoothly navigate the complex waters of business and diplomacy.


20 Tue 04.00 PM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014 
Life Renewal: A Second Chance!
Dr. Anil Vaidya is a world-renowned multi-organ transplant surgeon with a varied clinical and academic portfolio. He has been a Consultant Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals for 12 years, and under his leadership the Oxford Transplant Center is now by far the largest pancreas transplant center in the world.Dr. Vaidya holds many firsts in the areas of kidney, intestinal, and visceral organ transplants, and remains one of the few surgeons in the world who has done over 1000 pancreas transplants. In addition, he has also set up transplant centres in many developing countries.
Join us, to hear the acclaimed him talk about the facts and bust the myths surrounding organ transplants and organ donation.

Grand Finale!

23 Fri 04.15 PM
ITC Grand Chola
63, Mount Road, Guindy
Chennai 600 032Grand Finale

It’s curtains down on a marvelous year filled with education, recreation and wellness.
The IWA Board is delighted to invite you to the closing event of the year, The Grand Finale.Please join us as we celebrate the year with a fun filled evening full of humour and specially curated high tea. Standup Comedienne Anu Menon adds to the soiree her brand of humor.Befitting to the event we request you to come dressed in the color red - which denotes high energy, intensity, strength and passion - everything that we have worked with in putting this year together for you.
4.15 – 5.15 pm : Fellowship
5.15 pm : Entertainment
Please note this is a members only meeting.




27  Tue  11.00 AM
Madras Club
8, Adyar Gate Club Road
R. A. Puram
Chennai 600 028
Wellness as We Age
“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” These are the words of Eubie Blake, the famed ragtime composer and pianist who was then still performing at the age of 99, the year before his death.
People today can expect to live longer than ever before. Getting older can bring on a new set of health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, we can take steps to maintain wellness as the years go by. We have brought together two experts to educate us on how we can prepare ourselves physically, for successful ageing.
Dr SubashRao is a popular Physician practising in Chennai. He did his Undergraduate medical training in Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Chennai and Post-graduation from Kasturba Medical College,Manipal. He trained for several years in the UK and obtained his MRCP(UK). His work covers general medical care and his areas of special interest include intensive care and fitness.
Dhananjai Golla is a martial arts expert and a well known fitness instructor in Chennai. His many varied interests also include sport fishing and equestrianism. He will provide information on different exercises that can help stave off disability and improve strength.
A huge thank you to Nirupa Sundaravadanan for conceiving and leading this event along with Vidya Singh.
This meeting will be for an hour followed by lunch.




28 Wed 10.15 AM
The Folly, Amethyst
Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014Book Disucssion
Poonachi, Or The Story of a Black Goat …
Poonachi is not just the story of a goat, it is an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition. It is also a commentary on our times, on the choices we make as a society and a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of individuals, particularly writers and artists,who opt to resist rather than submit.
As you follow her story from forest to habitation, independence to motherhood, you recognize in its significant moments the depth and magnitude o
f your own fears and longings, fueled by the instinct for survival that animates all life. Both masterly and nuanced, the author  makes us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and owner-ship,
selflessness and appetite, love and desire, living and dying.
Perumal Murugan is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. This is his first work after his return to writing. His book One Part Woman was at the centre of a raging controversy, and his reaction to this, was to say that Perumal the writer is dead. It was an act that shocked readers and evoked strong empathy for the plight of the writer.