Thu 10.15 A.M
Focus Art Gallery
Raja Annamalai Building,
19, Rukmani Lakshmipathi Road
(Marshalls Road), Egmore
Chennai 600 008
Efficiency Without Stress
Stress is rampant in the modern world. Successful, dynamic and prosperous people are oftentimes the most affected ones. Keeping stress under control is crucial to one’s health, productivity and happiness.
Vedanta, the ancient knowledge of India, helps to achieve efficiency without stress. In order to combat stress, it is essential to identify its root cause first. Vedanta establishes that stress is an internal phenomenon.Any form of external treatment provides only a temporary relief.
The discourse presents a thorough analysis of the human personality and human mind. It further expounds the strategies to conquer stress and explains the role of the intellect in stress management.
Our speaker, Mrs. Irina Dwarak is a Post Graduate from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, with master’s in history, Political Science and English. After her post-graduation, she did a three-year residential course in Vedanta philosophy at the Vedanta Academy, Malavi near Mumbai and has been a full-time student and research scholar of the Vedanta Cultural Foundation since 2005.


8 Mon 10.15 A.M
Hanu Reddy Residences
39/18, Binny Road
Poes Garden
Chennai 600 086
                Mangolicious !!!
Mallika Badrinath needs no introduction to our members. The author of 29 cookery books in English and 30 books in Tamil, together containing more than 4,000 recipes – her books include the Tamil “Siru Dhaniya Samayal” series. She has received a number of awards including the Priyadarshini Award  which is given to women entrepreneurs in India.
Cooking with mangoes, Mallika Badrinath will take us back to our childhood where all of us have a memory attached to this king of fruits.We thank Mrs. Nirmala Reddy for helping us organise this meeting and providing us with the materials from the Hanu Reddy mango farms.


9 Tue10.15 A.M
Madras Club
8, Adyar Club Gate Road
Raja Annamalai Puram
Chennai 600 028
IWA Antakshari Morning
Warm up your vocal cords! It is time for IWA Antakshari!
Derived from two Sanskrit words Antya (end) and Akshar (letter of the  alphabet), this popular game has its origins in ancient times, back when  the oral tradition was the only form of entertainment.
Raji Anand, a veteran of this game, was a participant in the ZEE ANTAKSHARI ’95 DIWALI SPECIAL and also the MTV GAO BABY GAO music awards.
Come and belt out your favourite songs led by our steadfast guide, Raji Anand.


11 Thu 10.15 AM
Focus Art Gallery
Raja Annamalai Building,
19, Rukmani Lakshmipathi Road
(Marshalls Road), Egmore
Chennai 600 008
Uzbekistan: Promising Reforms and Striving for Stability
The ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean “the Silk Road” evokes imagery of mosques and mausoleums but the reality is far different.
Uzbekistan, after its break up from the Soviet Union in 1991 is striving ahead and providing stability in the region and has begun a slow transition to a market economy. It has taken steps to improve ties with its Central Asian neighbours and there is a glimmer of hope about the possibility of change and rectifying its dismal human rights record.
Throwing some light on this transition is Stanly Johny, the International  Affairs Editor of the Hindu, who describes himself as a scribe by sheer accident.Stanly Johny with a Ph.D in International Relations from Jawaharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi wears many hats. He is the successful author of “The ISIS Caliphate – From Syria to the doorsteps of India”. He coordinates the Hindu’s foreign affairs coverage and writes brilliantly on the Middle East, Eurasia and geopolitics!


16 Tue10.15 A.M
The Folly Amethyst
28, Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Hints for Healthy Kidneys
How do fad diets affect this important organ of our body? How much water intake is required to keep our kidneys healthy? How do other lifestyle-related practises affect the functioning of our kidneys? How can we keep them functioning in top form for our entire lives?
Dr S Suresh, nephrologist, will talk to us about what the kidneys do,how our lifestyles affect them and how to care for them. Dr Suresh is a graduate of Madras Medical College. He did his higher training in nephrology at the University of Rochester, USA. He is an American-Board certified Renal Specialist and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP). In addition to his clinical work, he has a keen interest in research and public health. He has authored many scholarly articles and contributed to authoritative books.


18 Thu 10.15 A.M
3, Ananda Road
Chennai 600 018
                                      How India Voted
The recent Lok Sabha elections have led to many questions on the performance of the ruling party. Has the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) been able to bridge the urban-rural gap in vote share? Who did women support? Did caste arithmetic fail in this election? Which party got support from which economic strata?  What does this mean for Tamil Nadu in the coming term? A massive mandate in favour of the Narendra Modi-led BJP has brought multiple questions to the forefront providing fodder for political analysts and insights for people like us.
Join us as we listen to our expert resource Mr. Narayan Lakshman of  The Hindu, speak on the recent National Lok Sabha elections and the ramifications for Tamil Nadu in the coming years.


23 Tue11.00 A.M
ITC Grand Chola
Anna Salai, Guindy
Chennai 600 032
    Avartana – Redefining Food from the Southern Indian Peninsula
The crown in its diverse portfolio of restaurants, the ITC Grand Chola showcases Avartana which reinvents contemporary South Indian food
and pays homage through traditional and an innovatively modern  interpretation of this robust cuisine. The dining experience at Avartana is multi-sensory and envelopes the guest with its cuisine, decor, colour scheme, ambience, service and its accessories. Timeless flavours come together in a medley of tantalising tastes and uber-stylish presentations.
Deepali Goyal will be in conversation with the Senior Executive Chef, Ajit Bangera who has been with the ITC group for years and is at the helm of this journey of South Indian food. Join us as the maestro shares his unending passion for beautiful food and takes you on a one of a kind behind the scenes story of Avartana.
We are very thankful to ITC Grand Chola and Mr. Kuldeep Bhartee  for generously sponsoring the event

Please note:
The space restriction at the venue allows only 40 warn-ins
The meeting starts at11.20 a.m. and ends by1.30 p.m.
Please warn-in only on16th July-via whatsapp or text
messages with your full name and code number to Jasmine
Kabrajee on 98407 41900. Warn-in messages before that
will not be entertained.


25 Thu 10.15 A.M.
Crowne Plaza Chennai
Adyar Park
132, T T K Road, Alwarpet
Chennai 600 018

“When women get together as a group, it is immensely powerful”
- Annie Lennox
On July 25th 1986, seven enterprising visionaries, Nirmal Seshadri,Nancy Dean, Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Saroja Ramamrutham,Sunita Shahaney, Anneliese Hazari and Reva Singh, came together to establish an organization which would grow to be one of Chennai’s distinguished ladies association, the International Women’s Association (IWA). Over time, IWA flourished under the guidance of our Past Presidents into an organization which not only strengthens ties of friendship and bonhomie but also challenges the intellect and keeps us stimulated.
Today we salute these women and celebrate the dynamic organization they have forged. Please join us for a morning of memories and laughter!

This is a member only meeting.


30 Tue10.15 A.M
The Folly Amethyst
28, Whites Road
Next to Corporation Bank
Royapettah, Chennai 600 014
Slices of Life
Everyone loves a good story, and story-telling is an art form that embodies the narrator’s ingenuity. IWA member Tehnaz Bahadurji weaves some remarkable stories culled from her palette of experiences and brings them to life with her expressive narrative skills.
Tehnaz describes herself as someone who loves to read, write,travel, help and empower people, explore and try new things, rejoice in family, friendship and the many splendours that Life has to offer.Efficient, organized, capable, dependable, and mischievous as IWA members testify, her story-telling reveals yet another fascinating facet of Tehnaz.
In each short story she captures mundane moments of life, and through powerful skills of observation, candidly and liberally peppered with wit and tongue in cheek humour, paints a visual depiction of the story. You can hear her stories on : https://soundcloud.com/sliceoflifestories. Or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmeRDhM9EF4mNTrElsdlQ
Ladies, we’re in for a treat of some adept story telling, so do join us for a heart-to-heart with Tehnaz in conversation with IWA member Jasmine Kabrajee.