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A QUARTERLY NEWS LETTER OF

CHAIRMAN'S

MESSAGE Tel: +971 4 3371112, Fax: +971 4 3378880. email: admin@indiaclub.com. Private circulation only

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Air India / Al Shirawl Group / Amar Traders / Builders Merchants / Geebee Trading/ International Traders (ME) Ltd / Jumbo Electronics / KM Brothers (Late) Shree Purushottam K Pawani / (Late) Umrao Singh Singhel / Maghanmal Jethanand / Narain Sawlani / Narsingdas Naraindas / Regal Traders (Late) Vashdev Chainani

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Mr. Vasu Shroff/ Mrs Reena Kamlesh / Dr Ram Buxani / Mr. Sanjeev Jain / Mr. Harish Pawani / Mr. Sunil Pathak / Mr. Ketan Rele / Mr. George Mammen

UAE PARADE ITS DIVERSITY AT TOLERANCE MARCH AT THE BURJ PARK

IC SHOW THEIR CLASS IN GRIPPING T20 FINALS

F E B R U A RY 2 0 1 7

IC Chairman receives Pravasi Diwas Award for distinguished services to Indian community

53 YEARS: A TALE OF VISION, DEDICATION, HARD WORK AND PROMISES FULFILLED

F O R P R I VAT E C I R C U L AT I O N O N LY

INDIAN AMBASSADOR CONFERRED MEMBERSHIP OF IC

Vasu Shroff conferred top award

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Cover: India Club Chairman Vasu Shroff receives the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award from the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee for distinguished services to the Indian community. The award is the highest honour given for exceptional and meritorious contribution in a chosen field.

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Great start to 2017 as praise keeps coming in for upgraded facilities Dear Members,

WISH YOU a very happy 2017! As the new year begins, it is great to see the visible physical transformation of the Club with the extensive renovations – Haveli, the fine dining restaurant, is now open and we have got rave reviews of the interiors and the great cuisine served there. The Club entrance has also been spruced up with a new canopy and new lighting at the steps and the swimming pool is totally covered with the installation of new sails. Next in line is the Club’s main Bar which once done, will be the talk of town… Having the renovations on has by no means stopped the non-stop activities at the Club. We saw a packed house for the Club Annual Day celebrations, the New Year’s Eve Gala and the very popular All India Food Mela. Congratulations are due to our Cricket team who won the Indian Consulate Republic Day Outdoor Cricket tournament for the 2nd consecutive year. There has also been a plethora of activities for ladies and children along with those for MNC members. We have another busy quarter lined up with more events and activities. The new year has started off on a very auspicious note for me, personally, where I have been recognized for my community service. I feel privileged and blessed to be conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honour given to NRIs by the Government of India for the year 2017. It was an honour to receive this award from the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Recognitions such as these motivate me further to give back more to the society through continued community service. Thank you all for your personal wishes and blessings.

Vasu Shroff

Hon. Chairman

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GENERAL

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> Affilated clubs in various cities in India > Know the Clubs > Over to you! > New members with spouse > India Club marks milestone

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CSR ACTIVITIES

UAE parades diversity at Tolerance March

COVERSTORY: VASU SHROFF CONFERRED PRESTIGIOUS PBS AWARD

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‘SNOW’, GLOW & WHAT A SHOW!

20 > Social whirl

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

24 > NO KIDDING

> Kids impress with their cooking skills > Story telling and workshop has toddlers engrossed > Kids say ‘ho, ho, ho’ to Christmas

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COFFEE EVENINGS

30 > How to make a grand entrance! 31 > Haveli Restaurant: A feast for the senses

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INDIAN AMBASSADOR CONFERRED MEMBERSHIP OF INDIA CLUB 36 > MNC movie screening 37 > MNC Achievers 38 > GM's notes

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INDIA CLUB SHOW THEIR CLASS IN T20 FINALS AND TAKE HOME THE CGI CUP Four vie for honours in keenly fought matches

CONTACT DETAILS FOR GENERAL CLUB ENQUIRIES BHARAT CHACHARA, General Manager E: gm@indiaclubdubai.com

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INDIA FEBRUARY 2017 CLUB

FOR SPORTS FACILITIES / ADMINISTRATION ENQUIRIES,

FOR ADVERTISEMENT & MARKETING ENQUIRIES

FOOD & BEVERAGES ENQUIRIES

SIMON VARELLA, Manager, HR & Administration Contact No. 04 3344617 E: simon@indiaclubdubai.com PRASHANT GHADI E: sports@indiaclubdubai.com

SIDDHARTH VYAS, Marketing Manager Contact No. 04 - 3371112 Fax: 04 - 3378880 Mob: 050 8538939 E: siddharth@indiaclubdubai.com

PARTY & BOOKINGS / PACKAGE ENQUIRIES

FOR FINANCE & LOGISTICS ENQUIRIES

FOR MEMBERSHIP ENQUIRIES / PROCESSING

FOR UPDATING COMMUNICATION RECORDS

RAJASEKHARAM PENDYALA Manager - Finance & Logistics E: rs@indiaclubdubai.com

KOMAL KIRPALANI Executive Secretary E: secretary@indiaclubdubai.com

KHUSHAL SHAH Admin Assistant E: admin@indiaclubdubai.com

TARUN SUBBA F & B Supervisor Available from 12noon to 12 midnight E: fnb@indiaclubdubai.com

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CHANDIGARH CLUB LIMITED Sector 1, Chandigarh, Tel: 172-2743388 E-Mail: info@chandigarh-club.com

CHENNAI THE PRESIDENCY CLUB "Fairlawns". 51, Ethiraj Salai Chennai 600 008. Tamil Nadu. Tel: 44-28226881 / 42146805 E-Mail: presidencyclub@vsnl.net admn@thepresidencyclub.com; www.thepresidencyclub.com

RADISSON HOTEL KANDLA Rajvee Complex, Airport Road, Galpadar Gandhidham, Kutch, Gujarat 370201 Tel: 91-2836-666-666, E-mail : clubmanager@rdkandla.com Website : Radisson.com/kutchin

GOA

KOLKATA THE CALCUTTA PUNJAB CLUB LTD 21, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700 019, Tel: 2486-5581 / 82 THE BENGAL ROWING CLUB Rabindra sarobar , Kolkata 700 029 91-033-2466-1752, E-Mail: info@bengalrowingclub.com, www.bengalrowingclub.com THE LAKE CLUB LTD Rabindra Sarobar, 13/1, Baroj Road, Kolkata 700 029. Tel: 2466-6538, 24635340 E-mail: hony.jt.secretary@lakeclubkolkata.co.in. Website: www.lakeclub.in

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GANDHIDHAM

CLUBE TENNIS DE GASPER DIAS Miramar, Panaji, Goa 403 001, Tel: 0832-2462220 / 21, 2463491 / 92, E-Mail:

Gymnasium

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Billiards

DECCAN GYMKHANA Talim Pavilion, 759 / 2, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004 , Tel: 20-25675994, E-Mail: deccangymkhana@ gmail.com, www.deccangymkhana.co.in

THE RAMAVARMAPURAM CLUB DASVINO TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB 30. Event Center Street, Dasve Lavasa Mulshi Pune 412 112, Tel: 020-6791 9700 E-Mail: info@dasvinoclub.com www.dasvino.in

417, K.P. Road, Ramavarmapuram, Nagercoil 629 001, Tel: 91 4652 235429,, 91 4652 329437, E-Mail: rvcnagercoil1937@gmail. com, www.theramavarmapuramclub.in

NAGPUR GONDWANA CLUB Seminary Hills, Nagpur 440 006, Tel: 2510183/2511509 , E-mail: gm@gondwanaclub.com, www.gondwanaclub.com

NASIK

THE BOMBAY PRESIDENCY RADIO CLUB LTD 157, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Mumbai 400 005, Tel: 22845121 / 22845025 E-Mail: radclub@gmail.com

NEW DELHI

GARWARE CLUB HOUSE Wankhede Stadium, D' Road, Churchgate Mumbai,, Tel: 2285 4444, E-Mail: info@garwareclub.com, www.goldenswan.com

PATNA

GOLDEN SWAN COUNTRY CLUB Off Pokhran Rd. No 1, Yeoor Hills|, Thane 400 602, Mumbai Tel: 022 25856515 / 25853798, E-Mail: countryclub@goldenswan.com, www.goldenswan.com

PUNE

DADAR CLUB Lokmanya Tilak Colony, Dadar (E), Mumbai 400 014, Tel: +91-22-24143627/24150590, Email: dadar_club@yahoo.com, www.dadarclub.com

RESIDENCY CLUB 3. Queens Garden Road, Pune 411001, Tel: 20 2636222 - 26, E-Mail: csrc@pn2.vsnl. net.in, www.residencyclub-pune.com

NASIKLUB Nasik-Pune Road, Nasik 422 011 Tel: 0253-2417931 / 2411254

RAJASTHAN SHREE UMMED CLUB Open National Stadium, Nayapura, Kota 324001. Rajasthan, Tel: 0744 -1234567 E-Mail: info@shreeummedclub.com www.shreeummedclub.com

JAI CLUB Mahaveer Marg C-Scheme, Jaipur 302 001 Tel: 2372321, 2372322, 2372366, 2372400, E-Mail: jaiclub@hotmail.com , www.jaiclub.com

THE COUNTRY CLUB Saket Club, 181 / 2. Sainik Farms, New Delhi 110 062 Tel: 29556060, 29555626, 29555972

BANKIPORE CLUB LIMITED Judges Court Road, Patna 800 001 Tel: 2673009

JAISAL CLUB LTD Jethwal Road Jaisalmer 345001 Tel: 91-02992-255555, 91-02992-254999, E-Mail: blackstone@mailinfinity.com, www.jaisalclub.com

EMERALD GARDEN CLUB LTD 890 / C. Ganesh Marg, Bapu Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, Tel: 91-141-2719187, 91-141-2719199, E-Mail: info@emeraldgardenclub.com www.emeraldgardenclub.com

POONA CLUB LTD 6, Bund Garden Road, Pune 411 001 Tel: 26360083/85/86, 26362084 E-mail: poonaclub@vsnl.com

JAIPUR CLUB LIMITED Jacob Road. Opp PWD Office, Jaipur 302 006. Rajasthan, Tel: 91-141-5101688, 91-141-5101689 E-mail: jaipurclubltd@gmail.com www.jaipurclub.org

SECUNDERABAD CHIRAAN FORT, 1-8-334

GOREGAON SPORTS CLUB Link Road, Malad (W), Mumbai 400 064, Tel: 40387000 / 40387099 E-Mail: mail@gsc.in, www.gsc.in

SPLENDOR COUNTRY CLUB & RESORTS 15 Century Arcade, Narangi Bang Road, Boat Club, Pune 411001, Tel: 020 - 6138360, Fax: 020- 6138 372, E-Mail: splendour@satyam.net.in

JUHU VILE PARLE GYMKHANA CLUB N.S. Road No 13, Opp Juhu Bus Station, Juhu., Mumbai, Tel: 91-22-2620 6016 / 222620 5973, Fax: 91-22-2620 9702, E-Mail: jvpgclub_1@hotmail.comhotmailicom

THE CORINTHIANS CLUB Nyati County, NIBM Annexe, Tel: 020, 2697 0900/020-2697 0206, South Pune, Pune 411028, E-Mail: edp thecorinthianspunecom, www.thecorinthianspune.com

GCC HOTEL AND CLUB Mira Bhayandar Road, Mira Road (E),, Thane 401107, Tel: 91 22 28114044, E-mail: info@gccclub.com, www.gccclub.com

PYC HINDU GYMKHANA CTS No 766, F.P. No. 244 , Bhandarkar Road, Pune 411004, Tel 91-20-25663006 / 7 / 8, EMail: pycgymkhana@vsntnet, roomreservation pycgymkhana.com pychindu@

Opp, Begumpet Policelines, Near HUDA Office, Secunderabad 500 003, Tel: 2790 1700, 2790 0900 . www.chiraanfort.com

VADODARA BARODA PRESIDENCY SPORTS CLUB

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NAGERCOIL

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OUDH GYMKHANA CLUB

Home Theatre

Library

MUMBAI

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BAREILLY CLUB LTD

Table Tennis

MANGALORE CLUB

BANGALORE 19, St. Mark's Road, Bangalore 560 001 Tel: 22228881-4 E-Mail:bowring@vsnl.com www.bowringinstitute.com

THE YESHWANT CLUB Race Course Road. Indore 452003 Madhya Pradesh Tel: 91 731 5041263, 5041264, 2544534, E-Mail: yclub@sancharnet.in, http://yeshwantclub.in/index.html

MANGALORE

THE CALICUT COSMOPOLITAN CLUB Beach Road, Calicut 673 032. Kerala. Tel:2366563, 2366738, 2761767

BOWRING INSTITUTE

MADHYA PRADESH

Bar Accommodation

Kids play area

Kaiserbagh, Lucknow 226 001, Tel: 3231627, 3230283, 2230954, E-Mail: ogclko@gmail. com www.ogc.org.in

secretary@clubgaspardias.com, www. clubegaspardias.com

KERALA

AMRITSAR

Conferance hall

Conferance hall Kids play area

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Gymnasium

Bar Accommodation

Sherkhi. Next to Podar World School Gotri Sevasi Road, Vadodara, Tel: 265 6567575 E-mail: bpsc@presidencyclubs.com www.presidencyclubs.com

VARANASI THE BENARAS CLUB LIMITED Club Road, Varanasi 221002. Tel: 05422500351, 0542-2500508 E-Mail: info@ benarasclub.com www.thebenarasclub.com

Table Tennis Library

Dart Billiards


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A Food Mela that is etched in my memory JANUARY 27, 2017 has been etched in my memory. It was an awesome evening arranged by India Club for its members. There were sixteen stallsserving mouth-watering food and eye-catching decorations, all vying for the first prize at the food mela held at the Club. The atmosphere at the venue, needless to say, was happy and chirpy. There was a bouncing castle for the kids, clowns on stilts walking all around the venue and face painting

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sessions too, to keep everyone busy. It was an evening of fun, learing, laughter and above all good wholesome food. I was handling cash at the stall that we were having, and really enjoyed the day because I felt as if I had become the cashier at a 5-star restaurant! Our stall

was named AmchiJhakas Mumbai, and we were serving the food of khao galli of Mumbai. There were four Parsi stalls as well as stalls from Kutch, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and many more. Every stall offered uniquely different items. Most of the items were selling like hot cakes, as everyone made a

Congratulations and celebrations OUR Club held their 53rd Annual Day celebrations on December 1, 2016 and what an enjoyable and memorable night b it was as Jonita Gandhi and Siddharth Mahadevan entertained the crowd gathered at the club with non-stop hits. Jonita’s rendition of some of the famous Lata Mangeshkar songs was soothing to say the least. But from the light reflective songs, Jonita raised the mood a notch higher with mash-ups and Siddharth joining her on stage. Much to the crowd’s delight Siddharth belted out numbers like “Tukar tukar” and “ Malang malang” that was immediately followed by some rocking fast numbers that saw the crowd shedding all their inhibitions and dancing with abandon. Once they had the crowd going, Siddharth continued to singing his catchy songs and then Jonita joined him on stage again and the sporting duo had the crowd on their feet well past midnight as the crowd yelled for more. The final songs before the curtains came down on a night to remember were the latest “Sayyaji” from “Ae dil hai mushkil” and “Senorita” form the hit movie “Zindagi na milegi dobara”. But it must be said that the icing on the cake was the play area and bowling alley area which had been thoughtfully left open for the kids to enjoy themselves. As usual, the weather and the food added to the celebratory mood. Bravo to the India Club staff for their efforts!! Mrs. Lakshmi Rupani Membership No 2929

beeline to the various stalls and try the different cuisines from around India that were on offer. The three judges who did the rounds of all the stalls were impressed with the food and had a tough time selecting the top three positions. We won the prize for the best kala jamun that had three layers in it . Overall, it was an evening where I learnt a lot and thoroughly enjoyed myself too. I feel India Club should come up with more of such family events as well as events for us teenagers. Pranav Trikannad Age 15 years Membership no 4258

Excellent effort

NEW Year celebrations at India club has always been an enjoyable one and brings back fond memories. This year was no exception because of the excellent effort put in by the management and staff of the club. There has always been the best of music, food and beverages at every New Year party, making the night a memorable one for elders, youngsters and even children. It is this uplifting and energetic ambience that my family looks forwards to and makes us return to the club every New Year. Priyanka Manghnani Membership No. 2947

Obituary PUSHPA KARANI Membership No. LM 122 Ms. Pushpa Karanai left for her heavenly abode on November 16, 2016.

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On behalf of the management of India Club, and all members of the Club, we convey our sincere condolences to the family in their bereavement. May her soul rest in peace. www.indiaclubdubai.com


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COVERSTORY

Vasu Shroff conferred

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (PBS) is the highest honour given for exceptional and meritorious contribution in the chosen field

India Club Chairman Vasu Shroff receives the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award from the Indian President Pranab Mukherjee for distinguished services to the Indian community. The award is the highest honour given for exceptional and meritorious contribution in a chosen field.

Vasu Shroff with delegates to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, 2017.


prestigious PBS award

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HE CHAIRMAN of India Club, Mr Vasu Shroff, has been conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India, Mr Pranab Mukherjee on January 9, 2017 at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held in Bengalaru, India. The award has been conferred on the Chairman for his community services, and is the highest honour given to NRIs by the Government of India for the year 2017. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated on January 9 each year to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community to the development of India. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa in Bombay on January 9, 1915. The theme of PBD 2017 was “Redefining Engagement with the Indian Diaspora” and was graced by H.E. the President of India and the Prime Minster Mr Narendra Modi. Dr. Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of the Republic of Portugal was the chief guest at the event. PBD conventions provide a platform to the overseas Indian community to engage with the government, representative agencies and fellow NRIs for mutually beneficial activities. These conventions are also very useful in networking among the overseas Indian community residing in various parts of the world and enable them to share their experiences in various fields. The prestigious Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Awards are conferred on distinguished individuals to appreciate their role in India’s growth. The event also provides a forum for

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mr Shroff and other dignitaries.

discussing key issues concerning the Indian Diaspora. With the India-UAE relations moving towards a new dimension, a large delegation from the UAE attended this prestigious event which included some of the India Club members, renowned businessmen and philanthropists who were a part of the prestigious PBD 2017. Mr. Vasu Shroff, a philanthropist at heart, is a Trustee of India Club, Chairman of the Regal Group. He is also a Trustee and former Chairman of The Indian High School, Dubai, and the first honorary teacher of The Indian High School. The certificate awarded to Vasu Shroff.

BUSINESS WISE

A man for all reasons

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HE Regal Group of companies set its foothold in Dubai long before it even turned into a city, in 1952. Mr. Vasu Shroff, the Chairman of the group, with his foresight and strategic planning helped the company to overcome challenges and become a prestigious brand. In order to bring quality merchandise to Dubai, he travelled extensively to Europe, Far East Asia and Africa and eventually set up the indenting division of the company. Having undergone a past full of hard work and sacrifice, he built Regal Traders to its position of prominence and established it as one of the UAE’s most elite and vast chain of

textiles in wholesale as well as retail companies. Today, Regal Group operates in a range of sectors that deal with technology, textiles, sportswear, power diagnostics, optical wear, investments and real estate. The flagship company, Regal Traders, deals in retailing, wholesaling and indenting of fabrics and allied products. As a pioneer distributor in the region, the company subsequently ventured into retail and is today one of the UAE’s most impeccable and largest fabric retail chain, having a profound retail presence spread across UAE, Doha and Jeddah. In addition, it has six separate distribution outlets and three divisions of

indenting for Europe, Asia and India/ China. Regal Traders, has fluently evolved into a renowned brand name, synonymous with opulent quality and a nonpareil service that keeps updating itself according to the haute couture and new fashion trends, to become a much sought-after fashion destination. He owes a lot to Dubai for the growth of his family business and is keen to give back and help the city and its various communities to live better lives. Being a philanthropist is of special interest to him. The NRI community in the UAE have enormously benefited from his remarkable socio-religious endeavours.


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SOCIAL WHIRL

India Club marks milestone 53 years of activity: A tale of vision, hard work, dedication and promises fulfilled

From left to right: Bharat Chachara, Nari Sawlani, Sunil Singh, Ram Buxani, Vasu Shroff (Chairman), Sunil Pathak, Ketan Rele and Reena Kamlesh.

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VER THE last 53 years there have been some history-altering events. There were good times, there bad times, there were great times and there were difficult times, but through it all, in a small corner of Dubai, there were memorable times in the lives of many Indian expats in the UAE: The establishment of the India Club. Since then the Club has grown, embracing more Indians into their fold with many dedicated members working their magic in shaping the club to what it is today. No stone was left unturned to making it one of the best clubs in the country and a magnet for all Indians. December 1, 2016 marked the 53rd anniversary of the Club and to celebrate its birthday, the singing sensations Siddharth Mahadevan and Jonita Gandhi were flown in along with a live back-up band from Mumbai. The much looked-forward to event was inaugurated by Vasu Shroff, Chairman, India Club and Ms. Reena Kamlesh, Vice-Chairperson, along with other Trustees and Executive Committee members with the lighting the traditional lamp. The event was open to Club members and their families only. Siddharth Mahadevan, an Indian playback singer and composer known for his songs in the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in which he sang ‘Zinda’ and the rock version of the title song ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ regaled the audience. His reportoire included other songs from Bollywood films ‘Malang’, ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, and the ‘Perfect Girl’. Siddharth is the son of Bollywood’s versatile singer and film music composer, Shankar Mahadevan. Jonita Gandhi, the popular Indian-born

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Siddharth and Jonita are welcomed by the Club's General manager Bharat Chachara and a special guest.

A big thank you to… THE sponsors for the event were: Main Sponsor: Malabar Gold & Diamonds Associate Sponsor: Damac Aand Pepsi Media Partner: 106.2 Hum FM Hospitality Partner: Rolla Residence Hotel Apartments Travel Partner: Jet Airways Co - Sponsors: Prime Vision Studio, MMI and Al Kabeer

Canadian singer who has several hits to her credit, treated the crowd to her her latest song ‘The Breakup Song’ from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The song which was soon on everyone’s lips made Jonita even more popular and has been nominated for the Filmfare award for best female playback singer. Her other big hits include ‘Someone Like You’, ‘Pani Da Rang’, ‘Tujhko Jo Paaya’, ‘Tum Hi Ho’, ‘Suhaani Raat’ and ‘Yeh Honsla’ Sunil Pathak presented the two artistes with floral bouquets before kicking off the tournament.

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Put on your dancing shoes... Revellers have a ball at the New Year's eve party.

Say happy New Year.... For some it was selfie time.

Let’s dance... And they did till the wee hours of the morning.

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Ifyou’re happy and you know it... Show it!

Bringing in 2017 with smile and a lot of 'snow'!

It was a moving time in more ways than one.

Thumbs up for a great party.

‘Snow’, glow & what a show!

Let’s dance... And they did till the wee hours of the morning.

An unforgettable New Year’s eve party that everyone is talking about

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T WAS time to celebrate and get together with family and friends and what better way to bring in the new year than with laughter, joy and happiness and a whole lot of grooving. For members and guests of India Club, it was a night to remember as young and old took to the glass dance floor and danced 2016 away and, at the stroke of midnight, cheered as 2017 was brought in with the spraying of snow, whistles, cheers, party poppers and balloon drops. It was, indeed, a wild night as the packed crowd on the floor danced the night (and the year) away. It was almost non-stop music with DJ Roland, Dubai’s popular DJ, having everyone on their feet

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his foot-tapping music till the wee hours of the morning. A little before the stroke of midnight, the lights went off. The dance floor was pitch dark and the countdown to 2017 began. Then the lights were switched on, and the crowd roared, hugged family and friends and exchanged New Year wishes. DJ Roland was at his best playing the hits non-stop at the Club’s open air auditorium that had been converted into a sparkling shamiana with décor befitting a New Year’s eve party. The special lighting and laser effects were the added attractions. And the food. It was a lavish multi-cuisine buffet dinner that included exotic salads, Indian, continental cuisines,

delicious soup and sweets with live cooking stations that added to the warmth. Complimentary welcome drink was also served to all members and their guests.

The main sponsors for the New Year’s Eve were: MALABAR GOLD & DIAMONDS The Media Partners were: RADIO 106.2 FM Other sponsors were: PRIME VISION STUDIO, PEPSI, MMI, AL KABEER, HIGH LINE EVENTS AND MAGIC SOUND & LIGHT.

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HE WARM glow of lights, the dazzling bursts of colour… it’s the merry season that fills our homes with laughter and love. And at the India club, it was magical as the well-planned celebrations of festivals drew enthusiastic crowds. The Festival of lights at the India Club on November 3, 2016 was celebrated with Sharib and Toshi and the six-piece live band that was specially flown in from India for the show. Sharib and Toshi were joined by Khushi, a popular playback singer, fashion model and actress. Khushi was a child protégé vocalist at the tender age of four. It was the second time that Toshi was performing at the Club. The last time he had come down was for the grand Eid celebrations held at the Club four years ago. Toshi and Sharib are brothers, who have been creating waves in Bollywood. Both are much in demand

popular singers and music directors of Bollywood. Their roots are in Rajasthan but it is in Bollywood that they reached the peak of success with a short span of time. They duo have given hits songs in films like Housefull3, Great Grand Masti, Raaz2, Yamla pagla deewana2, Jackpot, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, and many more. The brothers and the six-piece band kept the Club members entertained and on the floor with their hit songs which included some oldies but more of the latest blockbuster songs. The open air event was on a first come, first serve basis. A multi-cuisine food court with options of various Indian snacks with live cooking stations and traditional Indian sweets was organized as part of the celebrations. Special Diwali décor and lighting had been put up to create the right ambience. Entry for members was free while guests were charged the regular guest fee.

Vasu Shroff, Bharat Chachara welcome the singing sensations Sharib and Toshi and Khushi.

Drum rolls.... The singing sensations and the six-piece band make Diwali night a special night.

Foot-tapping music... The crowd gets into the mood as popular Bollywood numbers are belted out.

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The co-sponsors for the event were: Delonghi, Yes Bank, Prime Vision Studio, Rolla Residence Hotel Apartments, MMI, Car On Call, Atlas Global Airline, ACD Events & Entertainment, Typo and Al Kabeer. What a night of non-stop music and mouth-watering food.

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Vasu Shroff is surrounded by happy kids at the food mela held at the club.

The judges with Vasu Shroff and Mrs Reena Kamlesh.

Members cook up a storm!

The following prizes were awarded to the stalls

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BEST STALL FIRST PRIZE: Stall No 12 AND 13: FOODUPI CAFÉ SECOND PRIZE: Stall No 5: PANJO KUTCH

Best of Indian regional home cooked fare at popular annual food mela

THIRD PRIZE: Stall No 7: BAWARCHI BAWA’S PARSI CUISINE

JANUARY 17 and it was once again time to tickle the taste buds with some lip-smacking Indian regional food. The cuisines at the annual All India Food Mela organised by India Club ranged from Maharashtra (Bajirao Peshwai), Gujarati (Khiara’s Kitchen), Gujarati (Mansi’s Khaana), Punjabi/Rajasthani (Delhi Se Jaipur), Kutchi Food (Panjo Kutch), Gujarati (Swaad Foodshala), Parsi (Bawarchi Bawa’s Parsi Cuisine), Maharastrian (Amchi Mumbai), Parsi (Khao Pyio Jiyo Parsis), Fusion Desi Cusine (Desi Tadka), Indian Desi Food (Desi Khaana Pardes Main), Karnataka (Foodupi) and Parsi (Fusion Food Parsi). The mela at the 14 stalls displayed a variety of delicacies and gave an insight into the rich variety of Indian homemade food that was sold fresh to members and visitors that thronged the stalls.

BEST TEAM SPRIT: Stall No 4: Delhi Se Jaipur

Prizes for the best three participants of the fancy dress competition were given out to Siya Damani (First Place), Shubh Vaja (Second Place), Dev Damani and Kush Vaja (Third Place). Kids were encouraged to go on stage and perform Bollywood dances. Special attraction for the kids included face painters, stilt walkers and bouncing castle DJ Bosco played a variety of Indian regional music besides desi / bollywood music.  

Foodupi scooped the first prize at the popular Food Mela.

www.indiaclubdubai.com Bawarchi Bawa's Parsi cuisine won the third prize.

SPECIAL PRIZES WERE GIVEN OUT TO THE FOLLOWING

BEST APPETIZER: Stall No 7: Bawarchi Bawa’s Parsi Cuisine, Stall No 14: Fusion Food Parsi BEST MAIN COURSE: Stall No 2: Khiara’s Kitchen MOST UNUSUAL DISH (INNOVATION) Stall No 6:  Swaad Foodshala BEST DESSERT: Stall No 1: Bajirao Peshwai Stall No 10: Desi Tadka Stall No 8: Amchi Mumbai  TEAM ATTITUDE Stall No 9: Khao Pyio Jiyo Parsis THE STALLS WERE JUDGED BY: Chef Sameer Miglani – Renowned Food Consultant Sushmita Bose – Editor Weekend, Khaleej Times Chef Sameer Miglani – Proprietor, Sugaholic

Panjo Kutch walked away with the second prize.

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Can't get kids to try new foods? Don't give up. Research shows young children may need to try a new veggie up to 10 times before they learn to like it.

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Tips to make good nutrition a family affair in 2017

The approach of a new year is a great time to hit the reset button. Resolve to replace old habits with healthier ones in 2017. And do it together.

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URTURING AND nourishing a family go hand-in-hand. If you're ready to rally your family around better nutrition, now's the time to get a healthy jump on the

new year. "Making consistently good food choices can set your family on the road to good health," says Marlene Schmidt, registered dietitian for NestlĂŠ's Nutrition, Health and Wellness Center of Excellence. "Besides helping you stay healthy, a nutritious diet can support growth, strengthen immune systems and boost energy levels." Make good nutrition a family affair: Resolve to make healthy changes together. These tips will start every member of the family on a new course of good nutrition in 2017. Infant and toddler foods A lifetime of wellness begins with good eating habits during pregnancy and nutritious choices for your baby. Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. Experts recommend exclusive breastfeeding for your baby's first six months, followed by continued breastfeeding for as long as possible after introduction of first foods. Your pediatrician can help determine when your baby is ready to try solid foods. Feeding iron-fortified infant cereal is a great way to help meet your baby's iron needs. Add fruits and veggies one at a time, and ensure foods are the right size and texture to match your baby's development, starting with pureed foods

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and working your way to small, soft bits. Offering a variety of nutritious foods will help your baby experience different tastes and flavors. Get kids in the kitchen If you're a parent, you're being watched, so make sure your child sees you eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains -- and fewer sugary, fatty or salty foods. Plan to eat meals together. Shared mealtime is a great chance to reconnect as a family, and to engage your children in fun explorations of what it means to be healthy. Invite kids to help you grocery shop, plan meals and cook. They'll learn important lifelong skills. One study found that children who help prepare meals eat more vegetables than those who don't participate. Can't get kids to try new foods? Don't give up. Research shows young children may need to try a new veggie up to 10 times before they learn to like it. Stock up for teens Good nutrition is crucial during the teen years, but it can be a challenge. Teenagers are developing their own food preferences. Make healthy eating easy for them. Stock up on simple, appealing foods -from cut-up fruits and veggies to smoothies, whole grain wraps, soups and sandwiches. For a satisfying and teenapproved beverage that provides a protein punch, opt for chocolate milk, which offers nine essential nutrients, including vitamin D, calcium and potassium.

While their nutritional needs are increasing, teenagers are facing new emotional challenges that can cause them to overeat, skip meals or diet. Watch for unhealthy eating patterns and be sensitive to body-image concerns. Grow up, not out By middle age, our metabolism begins to slow. We need fewer calories, but it's hard to break old habits. That's where mindful eating can help. Set the table, turn off your devices and savor every bite. You'll feel more satisfied after meals and be less tempted to snack. Moderate your alcohol intake, and don't forget your water bottle. And if your serving sizes have expanded over the years, now's the time to seek some portion pointers, too. When older, make wiser food choices Whether from changing tastes, dental problems, medication or illness, people often lose their appetites as they grow older. But good nutrition remains essential for older adults. And it's never too late to make positive changes. If you or an older family member can't shop often enough to buy fresh produce, order your groceries online, or buy frozen and canned fruits and vegetables. Read labels to avoid extra sugar or sodium, and remember to drink plenty of water. If weight loss becomes a problem, consider a liquid supplement or meal replacement beverage for a tasty way to fill nutrient, calorie and protein gaps. --BPT www.indiaclubdubai.com


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COFFEE EVENINGS

ART OF GROOMING AND FLATTERING YOUR SHAPE DO YOU know your body shape? If you do, then a little re-think, some tweaks and the right approach to clothes and accessorizing can work wonders and make you look and feel great every day. India Club organised a grooming workshop for 20 lovely ladies through KGPiee Etiquette Enhancers on November 26, 2016. The ladies were given an insight on “size” not being important as much as “shape”. They Make a statement. Be in a style that enhances your personality. Ms. Kaveeta Punjabi with participants at the grooming workshop held at the India Club.

were taught about different body shape types and the art of appropriately accessorizing by Ms. Kaveeta Punjabi. Wear only what works for you and pick colours and accessories that flatter you. This was the first of a three-part workshop, and the ladies were simply enthralled with what they learnt from Ms. Punjabi. They now eagerly await the next session on this series of grooming workshops.

AN EVENING WITH A BEAUTICIAN Ladies attended a coffee evening on January 21, 2017, with Ms. Rima Soni, author of the bestselling book “Simply Beautiful”. The well-known Dubaibased beautician briefed the ladies on natural beauty and the eco-friendly natural beauty concept. She explained how to take care of the skin and hair the natural way. Aloe Vera gel from the plant can be used for the skin and for healthy hair. The talk was followed by a question and answer session, with some ladies having a one-on-one consultation for the various problems they faced. The event ended with a round of housie and some lucky ladies But naturally... Beautician Rima Soni with received Rima Soni’s bestselling book. the ladies who attended her talk.

TALK ON SIMPLE WAYS TO BEAT STRESS

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TRESS can wear you down and make you feel uninspired. But remember there always things you can do to rev up your energy and improve your everyday life. India Club, in association with Dr. Batra’s a popular Homeopathy Clinic, invited India Club Ladies for a Lifestyle Coaching and Stress Management talk By Dr. Shaheena F. Ladha and Saumya Mishra. The talk was part of the

Ladies’ Coffee Evenings and 25 attend the session that was held on December 17, 2016. Dr. Ladha is a psychotherapist, who has been practicing for the past 11 years and has been successful in giving life-rewarding results to patients of all ages. Saumya Mishra, a leading nutritionist. advised ladies on weight management and metabolic disorders and all those present at

Beat the stress… Dr. Shaheena F. Ladha and Saumya Mishra with India Club ladies who attended the Lifestyle Coaching and Stress Management talk.

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the talk had the opportunity to have a one-on-one session with a consultant regarding stress management. The talk was followed by a round-table discussion on women ailments and diet tips and was followed by a game of housie.  Prizes of Dr. Batra’s products and free treatment sessions were also given in the lucky draw held at the end of the session.

Dr. Shaheena F. Ladha was presented the coffee table book “Striding Ahead” by Pansy lobo.

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Four vie for honours in keenly fought matches

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HEIR game-face was on and the lineup set as four 4-a-side teams studied each one’s strength and weaknesses before the start of the popular tournament that was held indoors on December 17. The tournament, played in a round robin format, saw the teams giving their 100 per cent is the fast-moving game that is all about passing, moving forward, falling back and creating space. The four teams attacked and defended with some being better in their moves, passes and finishes. Football coach, Keith D’souza conducted the matches and the following teams were the winners and runners up:

Winners

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Mohamed Anas Kunal Chhatwani Fayaz Mohd. Sudhir Adheesh

Keagan Fernandes Akif Ahmed Guarav Chaand Fazen Mohd. Sudhir

Three other special prizes were awarded for the following: GOLDEN BOOT: Mohamed Anas PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Keagan Fernandes BEST GOALKEEPER: Akif Ahmed The prizes were given out by Ketan Rele, Joint Sports Secretary.

The team players who took part in the 4-a-side indoor soccer tournament.

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INDIA FEBRUARY The winners with2017 their prizes. Seen here with Joint CLUB Sports Secretary Ketan Rele and Simon Varella.

CUP OF JOY. The India Club cricket team are all smiles after winning the prestigious CGI Republic Day Outdoor Cricket Tournament for the second time.

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HE CGI Republic Day Outdoor Cricket Tournament played over two days (January 13-14) was a hotly contested one between six participating teams and the finals was, at one point in the game, a touch and go for India Club. Having lost the toss and put into bat, India Club began with a rock solid opening partnership. Sujit Sultan was in terrific form and scored a scintillating 151 in 120 balls helping the Club to put up a massive total of 238 runs. It was an outstanding effort by a player who was brutal with his bat. But was the total big enough to win the finals against the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI)? As the ICAI innings got underway, it seemed their batsmen were up to the task, such was the professionalism with which they played. Right up to the 15th over, it was anybody’s game. ACAI kept up the pressure -- and the run rate -- and inched closer to the target. For a while it looked like they would pull of a dramatic win. But Vinay Tolani’s superb 5-wiket haul in his allotted 5 overs dashed ACAI’s victory dream and they folded up for 194 in 20 overs. Once again India Club showed their class, winning the finals by 44 runs and retaining the Cup in 2017. The six teams that took part in the tournament were divided into two groups, Group A and Group B with India Club, Indian Consulate and Bank of Baroda in Group A and Indian Business and Professional Club (IBPC), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and Skyline College, Sharjah. The first match was played between India Club and Bank of Baroda (BOB). India Club won the toss and decided to chase. Kiran, in his first over, took a wicket with his very first ball. This got the momentum going. Thereafter all the bowlers contributed and BOB were all out for a paltry 43 runs. India Club chased down the target in just 2 overs! BOB, in their second game took on the Indian Consulate but lost again to a far better team. In the other group, Indian Consulate took on India Club. Indian Consulate won the toss and put India Club to bat. The weather conditions were rough getting runs was difficult. Despite the odds, India Club managed to rattle up 147 runs in 20 overs ---- a challenging total under tough weather conditions. The Indian Consulate fought back hard but fell short of the target and India Club moved into the finals which they won, taking home the Cup for the second time. Congratulations to the India Club cricket team!

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Aspiring tennis players battle it out The champs, Ethan Milgan and Rohith Vivek, with Bharat Chachara, Ketan Rele, Simon Varella and Ganesh Sunderraju.

Winners all with their prizes.

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ROMISING players were out in force for the India Club Junior Tennis Tournament that was held from November 26 to December 4. The players left no stone unturned in their determination and played to win. Grit and mental strength was clearly evident during the tournament that was played in four categories and on knock-out basis. Tennis coach, Ganesh Sunderraju conducted the matches that saw players pushing themselves to win every point they could. The following were the winners and runners up:

Boys Under 12 Years

Boys Under 14 Years

WINNER: Ethan Milgan RUNNER UP: Rohith Vivek

WINNER: Ethan Milgan RUNNER-UP: Rohith Vivek

Girls Under 14 Years

Boys Under 18 Years

WINNER: Iyaanah Pardiwalla RUNNER-UP: Megan D’cunha

WINNER: Jason S. John RUNNER-UP: Truce Fernandes

The Most Promising Players of the tournament were awarded to Ethan Thomas and Sumer Mehta. The prizes were given out by Ketan Rele, Joint Sports Secretary.

Manchester United win final in thriller Barcelona go down fighting in Club’s annual badminton tournament

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IX TEAMS consisting of six players were all set to hits the courts at the Annual India Club Inter-State Badminton Tournament 2016. The tournament was for senior members above 18 years and was conducted at the Club’s courts. The caliber of the plyers was clearly in evidence as the shuttlers from all the teams fired salvos against each other in the bid to reach the finals after the round robin stage that went on for 12 exciting days from November 5 to November 12. The following six teams took part in the tournament that had an illustrious pool of talent: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Everton, Bayne Munich and Inter Milan. The final, played on Saturday, November 12, was between Manchester United and Barcelona with the former being in top form. In hard-fought match between the two finalists, the Manchester United shuttlers stamped their authority on the court defeating Barcelona. The line-up of Manchester United comprised Vineeth S. (Captain.), Sunil Singh, Avinash Udeshi, P. H. Rao, Kuruvilla P. John and Sanjeev Coelho while the line-up of Barcelona ( Runners-up ) comprised Mohd. Siyad (Captain), Shanker Vasudeva, Vivek Nair, Jayant Bhatia, Pradeep Laljani and Vibhakant Sharma. The prize distribution ceremony was held after the final. Mr. Sunil Singh (Board of Trustee) and Mr. Ketan Rele (Jt. Sports Secretary) gave away the prizes to Manchester United and the Barcelona. The badminton committee comprising Wales Thomas, Dinesh Nair and Suresh Menon oversaw the daily match proceedings of the tournament. www.indiaclubdubai.com

CUP OF JOY... Winners Manchester United raise their prizes after winning the title. Seen here with Bharat Chachara and Ketan Rele.

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HE POPULAR swimming pool at the India Club looks even more inviting than ever with its cool shades in different colours. Come summer, swimming enthusiasts will no longer need to worry about the fierce sunlight. Sail shades in different shades of colour have taken care of the problem of sunburns. The elegant looking shades in red, yellow and blue that form a protective cover over the length and breadth of the pool, ensure that at least 90 per cent of UV rays are blocked and the pool does not heat up so easily which is a great advantage during the hot summer months in Dubai. Besides the practical function that these shades afford, it has added style to the pool’s appearance too. It’s now not only a pleasant space to either swim or unwind, but also has style and a contemporary ambience. Go ahead and take a look….. and a dive into the cool waters!

How to make a grand entrance! IF MAKING a good impression at the start is important, then India Club has got it right. Is the canopy in the right place? Yes. Is the entrance warm and welcoming? Is the landing wide enough to wait while you open the door? Yes. The recent makeover to its entrance has given the Club a distinctive touch and character. The wide steps with its smooth railing, the high and wide wood and glass door, the date palm trees and potted plants that flank the steps on either side of the entrance, the manicured landscaping and the lighting together make for a grand entrance to one of the oldest Club’s in the UAE.

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HAVELI RESTAURANT: A FEAST FOR THE SENSES A S FASHION designer Matthew Williamson says, “For any creative person, the colours, aromas, and artisanal work are a must.” And the interior design of the Club’s Darbar Hall which has been converted to the new fine dining Haveli restaurant at the India Club reflects all three. The interiors please the eye the moment you step foot into the renovated restaurant that takes its cues from Rajasthani designs. The sky-lit roof, the cane chairs, the wood works and the seating options all under unobtrusive chandeliers and subdued lighting

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creates the right ambience to enjoy the delicacies served here by the courteous and attentive staff. The restaurant which has been neatly divided into different sections has space for 130 covers and is open from 12 noon to midnight. There is a lot to be said for the elegant, clean lines of the furniture in the restaurant but it is at the buffet table where modern design meets the traditional. Dubai is a foodie paradise and the Club’s Haveli Restaurant is where members and their guests go for some delectable food be it buffet or a la carte.

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UAE parades diversity at Tolerance March Festive atmosphere at the Tolerance March day in Dubai.

India Club members joined hundreds of other residents in Dubai in Burj Park to mark International Tolerance day.

IT WAS a day when everyone, irrespective of the country they came from, connected. The UAE was ranked first regionally and third globally in the Tolerance Index of the 2016 Yearbook issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. “What makes us proud is not the height of our buildings, but rather the openness and tolerance of our nation,” tweeted His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on the eve of International Tolerance Day. India Club participated in the “March for Tolerance” organised on the occasion of “The International Day For Tolerance” on Wednesday, November 16 by the Office of Mohammed Bin Rashid Award for Tolerance. The march was organised at the Burj Park near Dubai Mall. India Club Members took part in the Tolerance March as a part of its CSR Activity. The entry fee proceeds will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation to support diabetes research and healthcare in UAE.

Members join Beat Diabetes Walk WORLD Diabetes Day 2016 takes place every November, and unites people around the world to show their support of individuals living with diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that affects approximately 415 million adults worldwide and is considered one of the most challenging health problems of the 21st century. The Beat Diabetes Walk is held every year in Dubai and support for the ‘Walk” has been growing with every year. India Club participated in the Beat Diabetes walk as a part of its CSR activity. The walk, organized by the Landmark group at Zabeel Park on November 18, 2016, saw 78 Club members and kids walk to beat this killer disease. Club members paid only 50per cent of the entry fee and the balance was put in by the Club. The entry fee proceeds will be donated to Al Jalila Foundation to support diabetes research and healthcare in UAE.

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We care and it shows... Members who joined the Beat Diabetes Walk proudly raise the Club's banner.

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NETWORKING

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Navdeep Singh Suri, the ambassador of India to UAE, and Mrs Maninder Singh, are welcomed by Vasu Shroff, Janki Shroff, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee members.

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INDIAN AMBASSADOR CONFERRED MEMBERSHIP OF INDIA CLUB Navdeep Suri praises Indians for their spirit of giving back to society and love for their motherland

T Diplomatically speaking… NAVDEEP Singh Suri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1983 and has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg. He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. He was India’s Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner to Australia prior to his present assignment. His innovative use of social media in public diplomacy has received extensive recognition and two prestigious awards. Mr. Suri has learnt Arabic and French, has a Masters degree in Economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on Public Diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as ‘The Watchmaker’ and by Harper Collins as ‘A Life Incomplete’. Mr. Suri is accompanied by his wife Maninder Suri who has a degree in Economics and is now an accomplished graphic designer and www.indiaclubdubai.com potter. They have two daughters, a journalist and an avid environmentalist.

HE NEW ambassador of India to the UAE, His Excellency Navdeep Singh Suri, was conferred membership of the prestigious India Club on December 24, 2016 at a welcome dinner organized by the Club for all its MNC members. Vasu Shroff, Chairman of India Club. while welcoming the new ambassador, informed Navdeep Suri that the Club was one of the oldest and the best institutions in UAE. The Club, which has recently undergone extensive renovations and upgrades, is now 53 years old and going strong as it continues to cater to the India diaspora. “India Club is proud to confer upon him the membership of this institution,” said Vasu Shroff while welcoming the ambassador. The role played by ambassador Navdeep Suri in the various missions where he had served earlier was highlighted by H.E. Anurag Bhushan. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Bhushan pointed out that the Indian Government had specially assigned him to the UAE due to his experience and vast exposure around the globe which would be helpful for the various new projects and joint ventures likely to be signed between the two friendly countries. H.E. Navdeep Singh Suri, in his speech, said that he had heard about India Club and the Indian diaspora in Dubai through his predecessors. Saluting all likeminded Indians in UAE and the Board of Trustees who have founded great institutes in Dubai like the India Club, he said what he liked the most about the Indian community spread across the globe is their warmth, love, affection and their generosity of giving back to society both here and to their motherland. He assured the gathering that he would strive to do his best to work selflessly for the

Navdeep Sing Suri and Mrs. Maninder Suri are presented the India Club membership cards and the Club’s 50th anniversary coffee table book by Janki Shroff and Vasu Shroff.

Mrs Reena Kamlesh welcomes Navneet Suri and Anurag Bhushan with a bouquet of flowers.

betterment of the Indian community in the UAE and that the fruits his labour would be seen by the end of his tenure. Vasu Shroff presented the incoming ambassador with a floral bouquet, a traditional shawl and a copy of the Club’s 50th Anniversary coffee table book. Ms. Janki Shroff presented Mrs. Maninder Suri with a floral bouquet and the India Club membership cards. FEBRUARY 2017 INDIA

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MNC MOVIE

A beautifully put together film

SCREENING

Mr and Mrs Vasu Shroff.

Mr Maghanmal Pancholia and Ms Jyoti Bhatia.

IF IT is a Shah Rukh Khan movie, it’s almost always going to be a crowd-puller. Add the vivacious Alia Bhatt to it and you are guaranteed a houseful. And so it was when India Club decided to screen Dear Zindagi on November 27, 2016. Over 400 members turned up for the special movie night. The movie with its rather smooth narrative style is a coming of age film with SRK and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles and Ira Dubey, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi and Ali Zafar in supporting roles with Ira Dubey putting on an effortless show and leaving a lasting impression in this film that is a “voyage of selfdiscovery.” There is a certain innate beauty to the film which restrains itself from sermonizing too much The plot centers on a budding cinematographer named Kaira

(Alia Bhatt), who, discontented with her life, meets Dr. Jehangir (SRK), a free-spirited psychologist who helps her to gain a new perspective on life. This is one film that does not play by the tried and tired formula, but instead takes recourse to the nuggets of advice given by the good Dr. Jehangir. It is, in many ways, a memorable, heart-warming film. If Alia sparkled, SRK has taken the movie to another level with his star appeal and charm that comes very natural to him. Dear Zindagi has been lusciously shot and beautifully put together. As one critic put it, “From a oneliner that could have read like 'twenty-plus confused girl meets middle-aged counsellor,' the film takes its life from the endearing performance of Alia Bhatt. She is an expression-machine --- effortless and naturally charming.

Members smile for the camera before the start of the movie.

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Venkatraman pencils in a record

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ACHIEVERS

HE is affectionately known as the Pencilman of UAE so it should come as no surprise that Venkatraman Krishnamoorthy entered the Guiness Book of Records for the largest donation of school supplies in 24 hours: A whopping 10,975 kg! This incredible feat was achieved by him on October 14, 2016 in Dubai, UAE. India Club members overwhelming supported his call to contribute any and all kinds of stationery as long as they were in good condition. Venkatraman’s stationery donation drive was achieved in collaboration with Dubai Chamber, Foi Events LLC, Emirates Red Crescent, Al Diyafah High School and MCA Auditing.

The importance of staff training

The importance of staff training can never be overstated which is why India Club puts a lot behind training its staff. Recently, on January 22, a training session was held for the staff on “All Purpose Hospitality Training” by Dominic Costabir of Hospitality Training Institute India. His tips and advice left a lasting impression on the staff who attended the session.

STAFF BIRTHDAYS FOR DECEMBER ‘16 / JANUARY ‘17

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

December and January born staff gathered together to cut the cake and celebrate their birthdays.

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THE CLUB’S STAR EMPLOYEES

The bi-monthly Star Employee award for December 2016/ January 2017 was won by Jeelesh Shah, Receptionist, and Vinil Joseph, Steward. Seen here with Bharat Chachara and Simon Varella. FEBRUARY 2017 INDIA

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India Club Chairman Vasu Shroff cuts the cake organised by the staff on being awarded the ‘Pravasi Bharat Samman’ for the year 2017.

New Year starts on a high note

H The sitar performance by Riaz Khan was appreciated by over 500 guests present from other social institutes and officials from the CDA.

appy 2017 Dear Members… THE NEW YEAR started with a treat to all the staff of India Club – The Chairman, Mr. Vasu Shroff, booked an entire theatre screen for the team on New Years’ Day to watch the award-winning film “Dangal”. Before the screening, the Chairman cut a cake organised by the staff on being awarded the ‘Pravasi Bharat Samman’ for the year 2017, the highest honour given to NRIs by the Government of India. Thank you, dear Chairman, for your generous gesture. The Club participated in the National Day

celebrations held by the CDA (Community Development Authority) at their premises on November 28, 2016. The sitar performance by Riaz Khan organized by the Club was appreciated by the over 500 guests present from other social institutes and officials from the CDA. The new look of the various outlets at the Club – be it the Haveli restaurant, the refurbished renovation, the canopy cover at the entrance, swimming pool shades – have generated a very positive response from the members. Let me assure you there is more to come and throughout 2017, more refurbishments are in order. As always, we look forward to your feedback to help us serve you better…

General Manager

The Club participated in the National Day celebrations held by the CDA at their premises on November 28, 2016.

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