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.