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Happenings, events, eat-outs,offers and More in kochi Issue 08 Volume 05 JUN - JUL 2017


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Ramp of Change Kerala witnessed its first ever transgender beauty pageant, Queen of Dhwayah that took place in Kochi recently




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Urban Soul Souk - The People’s Entry to the World of Fashion The Urban Soul Souk organized at Rotary Bala Bhavan in Panampilly Nagar, Kochi on 8 July was quite a blast with a wide range of clothing, handmade jewelry, paintings, and handicrafts on display. What made it stand out from such art fairs that happen here is the fact that most of the stalls set up were of brands or products that were either homegrown or online, with the emphasis on fashion and lifestyle. The curator behind the project, Ms. Lakshmi, a student of archeology and a designer in her own right, embarked on this journey when some accessories she had made then, as a hobby, turned out to be quite a fare among her close friends and family. Since then she had been actively engaged in design projects and twice a year, holds the Urban Soul Souk, in hopes of getting together like-minded artists and bringing about more awareness among the general public. With a promise to return, Urban Soul Souk closed on 9 July after what had been undoubtedly a very engaging weekend into the world of design and accessories. Venue: Rotary Bala Bhavan, Panampilly Nagar Photos: Rajith Rathiyappan


CII’s Marketing and Brand Conclave The 2nd Edition of the Marketing and Brand Conclave was organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Hotel Crowne Plaza, Kochi. The conclave primarily focused how customers can be retained in this present disruptive world. Delivering the keynote address, Mr Kamal Bali, Managing Director, Volvo India Pvt Ltd spoke how disruptions have become the new normal. “To survive and stay in the business, it is very essential to co-create with your customer, continuously innovate, remain relevant and deliver value to the customer”, said Bali. He also emphasized the need to empower the people and staff of organizations and how not keep the entire control at the top rungs of the organization. The event kick started with a panel discussion, where the experts discussed on how to retain customers. This followed by a fireside chat with Mr Ashok Mani, Chief Executive Officer, Kitchen Treasures, which was moderated by Mr Abraham Tharakan, CEO and Group Editor, FWD Media. The event concluded with the second round of panel discussion, where the panel spoke about disruption and customer retention. Venue: Crowne Plaza, Kochi Photos: CII

Kochi to California Campus Communique, a mobile application created by the students of Choice School was selected to represent Kerala in the finals of TYE (TiE Young Entrepreneurs), a global level competition aimed at forecasting entrepreneurship among the High School students, held at California, USA, after winning the Kerala-level finals. This application connects students and parents of the school, lets the parents to track their kid’s academic records and activities, and enables the parents to communicate directly with the teachers. Team Campcon, as they call themselves, comprising of X and XI students Sunny, George Rohan, Zayaan Sait, Joel Korah, and Kevin Johnson faced competition from teams from all the over the world – three from India, fifteen teams from the USA and one from Australia. The team was trained to build business using lean start-up, customer development, design thinking and other methodologies over the months leading to this competition.

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ocated in Kaloor-Kadavanthra road, Café 17 provides the perfect ambience to hangout and talk. With a menu that could take you around the world in flavors, this cafe is a favorite among Kochiites. You can make yourself comfortable in the cool ambiance, take a book from their library and munch the scrumptious dishes. With the interiors so serene and your favourite songs on their playlist, Café 17 is a must visit.


pacious and neat seems to be the words that’s associated with a good food outlet and Nalukettu at Vytilla is such a one. Situated near the Vytilla Hub, it’s the perfect outlet to have a quick bite before or while you wait for your ride. Specialising in local cuisine, Nalukettu is a no frills joint where you can explore your taste for Kerala dishes. They also serve a variety of North Indian and Chinese dishes.

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eys Hotel is known for its service and ambience. Located near the picturesque backwaters and the NH Bypass, it is strategically placed for easy commute to parts of Kochi. The Keys Cafe in the premises has a multi cuisine a la carte menu. Breakfast is king and you can walk into this all day cafe and make sure you don’t miss out on your first meal of the day with their nutirtious ‘breakfast on the go.’ You can also make use of their free wifi and make your day

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Ramp of Change Kerala had its first-ever transgender beauty pageant when kochi hosted the Queen of Dhwayah Aghil Menon

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t was an evening unlike any other. It seemed like one small step for a Malayali, but a giant step for transgenders in the society. Celebrities and the public came together at this unique event at CIAL Convention Centre in Nedumbassery to celebrate beauty and progress. The Queen of Dhwayah was Keralaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first beauty pageant for transgenders and it was inaugurated by CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. With a spectacular ramp and designs that took over the runway, The Queen of Dhwayah 2017, though it had the all the elements that made a glittering pageant, was an event that would create a milestone in the state. Marking the beginning The beauty pageant which was announced earlier this year, saw auditions across Kochi,


Kollam and Kozhikode in the month of May. Fifteen beauties were selected from forty applicants by a panel consisting of Fashion Choreographer Sunil Menon, Femina Miss India 2016 Elizabeth Thadikaran and Celebrity Makeup Artist Renju Renjimar. The event had garnered much attention by then, in the light of all the gender based news that was putting Kerala in the limelight. After the sports event and the employment scheme for transgenders in the Kochi Metro, this was indeed a another milestone for the section of society that was accepted as the other gender in 2013. Walk of fame On the day of the finale, the event venue was filled with people of all gender and ages who were there to support the participants and the cause. It set a positive note towards

acceptance of transgenders into mainstream society.The pageant consisted of three rounds – Kerala ethnic, designer sari and the gown. As the fifteen participants walked the ramp, making the state proud, they were judged by an eminent panel of judges which included Parvathy Omanakuttan Miss India 2008 and actress, Ranjini Haridas actress and anchor, Dr Paul Mani and Dr Sam of AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) India. The participants shone through each stage and six were selected for the final round. Shyama, a 25-year-old Malayalam graduate was crowned as the Queen of Dhwayah 2017 and she became the first person to receive the state government scholarship for transgender persons. The first runner-up was Jaz D’Souza, model and professional dancer from Mumbai and the second runner-up was Harini Chandana, a stage actress by profession. Celebrities in attendance The Queen of Dhwayah 2017 was made even more glamorous by the attendance of State Health Minister, K K Shailaja and celebrities

Madhoo, Ramya Nambeeshan, Sadhika, Mukta, Krishna Prabha, Shamna Kasim, Rimi Tomy, and several others, cheering for the participants. When asked about the star crowd that the pageant witnessed, Renju Renjimar, celebrity makeup artist and organiser of the pageant, said, “celebrities from the Indian film industry has always accepted us the way we are and they have always felt comfortable and safe with us. It was heart-warming to see the huge crowd of celebrities cheering for the contestants.” The beauty pageant for transgenders continued to mark Kerala as a pioneer in working towards gender rights in the country. In conversation with Renju Renjimar she remarked on the importance of the event. “This beauty pageant has literally been a dream come true for me. I have been associated with the film

industry for 22 years now as a makeup artist and when I saw my fellow sisters walking the ramp, I felt content. A platform like this is exhilarating. And, if I have to say anything to the society, it is to accept us the way we are and to allow us to work with dignity.” The organizers are already planning more shows in the future that are avenues to bring awareness and ignite people to open their minds towards an inclusive society.


From Kochi to the World

Singer-songwriter duo Vaisakh Somanath and Abhilash Choudhury trace their trajectory from being colleagues at Infopark to band members of The Free Fall.


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ith a blend of Blues, Rock and Funk music with Indian Classical and Folk Music, Kochi based band – The Free Fall has rendered many soothing songs that one would love to play on loop. For Vaisakh Somanath and Abhilash Choudhury, the singer-songwriter duo of the band, music has been a focus since they met each other at Infopark. Also exploring solo careers, Abhilash released his first single named ‘Guzarish’ from his acoustic Hindi album at ChaiCofi on June 29. With Vaisakh’s first single from his new travel based Tamil EP to be released in September, their excitement was more than tangible when they spoke to WTZUP Kochi.

inspiring people to love themselves

Abhilash Choudhury is riding high on the success of his single ‘Guzaarish’. He takes us through his musical journey where he had to make some difficult decisions to pursue his passion for music. Devika V Menon

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I think it’s something everyone should do. It starts from within. This is something that I believe in.

It feels good! People are giving a lot of positive feedback, which is great!

How was your transition from a software engineer to musician? Though I have never received any formal education in music, I always had the passion. After my 10th, I moved to a hostel, which is where I met a few people from the North East who were into music. I noticed they had a different style, and they all had guitars. So, for my first birthday away from home, I asked my dad to send me money to buy a guitar.

Through Guzaarish, you’re telling people to love themselves more. Any specific reason?

And your musical journey? After I got my guitar, I spent around 14 hours a


uzaarish has gained a lot of attention on social media. How does it feel?


day on my guitar. I got into NIT Calicut. We had a lot of cultural fests. A friend found out that I write my own songs. I agreed to participate and there started my first ever performance. That’s also where I met my band member Vaishakh. When you perform in front of a live audience, you get instant reviews. Is that better than recording at a studio? I guess so, since the studio has only a handful of people and they’re pretty much compelled to like my music. But when it’s in front of a live audience, the results can be pretty gruelling. You’ll know how your song is that very instant. What’s your most memorable performance? The launch of Guzaarish has to be my favourite. I expected only a handful of people to turn up, but it was a pleasant surprise to see the entire place housefull.

In Conversation With Shruti Ramachandran Actress Shruti Ramachandran makes her comeback after a hiatus in an all-out romantic genre in the film Sunday Holiday Devika V Menon

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When people recognize you, is it as the heroine of "Njan' or as the pretham from Pretham? Pretham from Pretham for sure. I have had children running away at the sight of me. ( or I don't know if that is my creep smile's doing) How did you find yourself to be a part of Njan, which was your debut? I am a Bharatanatyam dancer. Director Ranjith, who is a close relative of my dance teacher, Mrs. Narayani Anoop happened to see me at class one day and asked me if I would be interested in acting. The rest panned out. I started appreciating cinema because of Njan. It made me realise the amount of effort and energy that goes into making a movie. You're an architect by profession. Where do you currently work? How do you balance working and acting? I am currently freelancing. So work is flexible. Balancing both has not been nerve-wrecking yet.


rom playing the part of the wide-eyed love interest of Dulquer Salmaan in Njan to the role of a ghost in the movie Pretham with Jayasurya in the lead, Shruti Ramachandran, who is an architect by profession, is soon to be seen in her new movie Sunday Holiday with Asif Ali and Aparna Balamurali. Compared to your roles in 'Njan' and 'Pretham', how would you say your role in 'Sunday Holiday' is different? In Sunday Holiday I will be seen as Sithara, Amal's (Asif Ali) ex-girlfriend. This is the first time I've tried the conventional romantic


genre. I wasn't sure if I could carry it off. I still don't know if I did. I will let the audience be the judge of that. When we take a look at your career, there have been gaps between both movies, despite both of them being huge hits. Why so? I would love to say that it is because I did not get a script that excited me. But the truth is, post Njan, I went to Barcelona to do my Masters. Also, it was only after Pretham that I started looking at cinema in a more serious light. My first two films gave me a new perspective and I'm looking forward to do more films.

If there's an architectural structure that you'd have to call your favourite, which one would it be, and why? It's very difficult to pick one because architecture is constantly evolving so there is always something new that catches your fancy. I did my Masters in self-sufficient buildings so innovations in that field seem to be where my interest lies. What are your upcoming projects? I have just signed up for a project that will start rolling soon and I am super excited about. But I will have to wait for them to announce it before I can say anything more about it.


wash away the monsoon blues at lulu's i connect This monsoon, make your life easier with a washing machine Roshan D


onsoon is the perfect season to deck up your house, be it interiors or exteriors, monsoon has been the season for it. Though the season is all pleasant and wonderful, washing clothes becomes a difficult task. But worry not. At Lulu’s iConnect, there are amazing offers for all your needs and especially for your washing requirements. With varied products available as per the customer’s needs, this exciting offer is something that no one should miss. Browse through the washing machine section of the store and con-


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nect with the boys on the floor who are well versed with the specs of the product and for sure they will give you all the answers for the questions that you have in your head. With the offer available until the end of July, don’t wait too long before you it’s too late. Ranging from brands like LG to Samsung to Whirpool, their specs are as varied as their brands. From washer and dryer in the combination, the specs go for turbo washing and hot water washing, making your life easy by sensing your requirement as well as your cloth’s requirement. With the perfect water level,

the progress of the washing shown and the time remaining for the actual washing to be completed on its LCD screen, what more can a washing enthusiast expect from its love device. Now with the card round the corner at iConnect, rush to the store and buy that perfect washing machine you have been always wanting for, this monsoon. 5

Bounce and Re-bounce

Kochi’s new tumbling park at Sparky’s. Unleash your sportive energy with Re-bounce this season Roshan D


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at Sparky’s! Lucky winners will get gift vouchers worth Rs.500 each! Fill in the right option and send the image with your name and phone number to +91 9809030333

How many bowling alleys does Sparky's have?


ulu’s Sparky’s brings in a set of new fun this season with the largest tumbling park in the city. Set out in a 4000 sq. feet on the floor, it is open to all sorts of fun to people from all age group. First set up in the city of Bengaluru, Re-bounce is one place that everyone should go and unleash their sportive energy out there in the air. Put up next to KFC, Re-bounce is set in the right spot amidst the crowd to relish your taste buds and your sporting energy.

How many mechanical rides are there at Sparky’s? Answer: 14

Winners Nithin Shah S, Shilpa Ann Stanley


Available for the entire crowd ranging in all age groups, plan your weekends at Sparky’s to delight the moments with your family and friends. With other exclusive rides available at the counter, Sparky’s holds a name for the love from kids, but this time, the love from people of all the age groups is looked forward to. Make this your place to relax and to refresh your minds from the corporate schedule by just jumping high on the tumbling park. Exhale the stress and inhale the fun to enjoy the tran-





quillity in the set, with your inner self. With its wide range of video games, bowling and snookers, Sparky’s is an epitome of fun and exhilaration. This being said, set out to loosen your tie and untuck your corporate outfit, put off your formal shoes and set on to the tumbling park to make your inner self high in the spirits exhilaration and enjoy the fun that’s all set for you. Why wait? Go to Re-bounce and hop to it.



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