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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

Refurbishments win praise and festivals draw packed house Dear Members,

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


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Cover: It was celebration time at the Club and the three major Indian festivals were marked with fervor as thousands turned up for the festivities.




WE HAVE HAD an overwhelmingly positive response to the Club’s new look reception. Members are now keenly awaiting the completion of the other projects currently in its final stages of refurbishment – The Darbar Hall is being converted into a high-end restaurant and will be called ‘Haveli’. The entrance to this restaurant is from the lift area next to the Kids Play Area and I am confident you will find the ambience matching and even better than any 5-star restaurant in town. The sails at the swimming pool are also being replaced with newer ones to ensure at least 90 per cent of the swimming area is shaded. The Madhushala Bar and other outlets shall also be renovated once the current projects are over and we are hopeful that the work should be completed by February 2017. Amidst all this, we have been celebrating various festivals with great gusto at our Club – we have had a packed house for all the events – Janmashtami, Onam, Navratri, Karwa Chauth, Diwali along with the sports, ladies, children, MNC and CSR activities – all the details of which are covered in this issue.     As you celebrate the festive season with your family, friends and loved ones, on behalf of the board of trustees and my team at India Club, let me wish you loads of prosperity, peace and success. Stay Blessed… Warmest regards,

Vasu Shroff

Hon. Chairman

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IMA HOUSE Behind Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Palarivattom P.O., Cochin - 682 025, Kerala. Tel: 0484 3925500, E-Mail: www.

CHANDIGARH CLUB LIMITED Sector 1, Chandigarh, Tel: 172-2743388 E-Mail:

CHENNAI THE PRESIDENCY CLUB "Fairlawns". 51, Ethiraj Salai Chennai 600 008. Tamil Nadu. Tel: 44-28226881 / 42146805 E-Mail:;

RADISSON HOTEL KANDLA Rajvee Complex, Airport Road, Galpadar Gandhidham, Kutch, Gujarat 370201 Tel: 91-2836-666-666, E-mail : Website :


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:, THE LAKE CLUB LTD Rabindra Sarobar, 13/1, Baroj Road, Kolkata 700 029. Tel: 2466-6538, 24635340 E-mail: Website:

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DECCAN GYMKHANA Talim Pavilion, 759 / 2, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune 411004 , Tel: 20-25675994, E-Mail: deccangymkhana@,

THE RAMAVARMAPURAM CLUB DASVINO TOWN & COUNTRY CLUB 30. Event Center Street, Dasve Lavasa Mulshi Pune 412 112, Tel: 020-6791 9700 E-Mail:

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


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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

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stablished in the year 2009, the Corinthians Resort and Club is a bastion of luxury and elegance. Located in the southern part of Pune, the resort is set like a jewel amidst 25 acres of lush green carefully manicured gardens. The Greco-Moroccan styled resort, is a showcase for luxurious relaxation with tropically-inspired design touches, grand architecture, a sun drenched atrium, widy shady corridors and flower lined patios for a memorable stay. The exquisite architecture seamlessly blends with the landscape, laying open an unbound world of rejuvenation. It will not be surprising if you find yourself absorbed in the fine particulars of nature, jewel-like details that would otherwise have evaded your attention. For senses dulled by the rigors of the city, the resort’s soothing environs will prove to be a welcome break. Shrug of the stress, slip out of the heat, leave boredom behind and free your mind to wander through myriad avenues of pleasure. Indulge yourself in a variety of activities designed especially for your entertainment.

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IR Biren Mookerjee and Lt. Col. R.N. Chopra through their untiring efforts, perception and sagacity helped building up a strong edifice based on sound tradition, thereby ensuring a unique character for the Club. On November 15, 1931 the foundation stone of the Club House was laid by Maharani Indira Devi of Coochbehar. Soon after completion of the ground floor, the Club was inaugurated on August 27, 1932. The club offers a host of best in class sports and recreational facilities. It’s the club’s endeavour to provide its members with a bouquet of amenities so that their time spent in the club can be truly useful and enjoyable.










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We at the India Club magazine, would love to hear from you. Just about anything will do, something you would like share with us --- a suggestion, a complaint, gossip or simply pure praise! We’ll be happy to put it across for you in your favourite magazine. And what’s more, there’s a reward for your efforts. The best letter gets a fantastic prize

An enjoyable and engrossing evening Kudos to the management, organisers, volunteers and support staff for making Janamashtami a rocking celebration. This is our first year of attending this celebration and it was incredible to see such a large turnout of members and guests enjoying themselves to the hilt…especially the children, soaking in the foam and getting soaked in the “rain” and then dragging their parents in to join the fun and games. The great add-ons of course were the lilting music and the food stalls. All in all, an engrossing, enjoyable and festive evening.  It is also a pleasure to see the Chairman and Vice Chairman leading the proceedings from the front.  We look forward to more such lively functions! Ajit Lamba and Zarin Gandevia Membership No 5575

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Evening well spent as music unites hearts WE are a country of song and dance. Whether it is an energetic Balle-Balle or a swinging-to-Bollywood-tunes on the dance floor or just a joyous, free-flowing street dance, we do it all in style and unmatched zeal. So when an opportunity to wrap all of these in one night comes our way, there are really very few of us who would walk away from it. This Navratri, as India Club once again brought splendour to its grounds with live music ranging from

folklore to Bollywood beats, I was indeed delighted to be there. While the songs of yore warmed my nostalgic heart, it was equally heartwarming to have my fast-growing kids dance alongside with their friends, to the new-age rhythm. Music can unite hearts and when it is doled out by seasoned players like DJs Hani and Tushar, it can create magic. For those few hours, we were beguiled into believing that we had bridged the generation gap... even if just for a short, enthralling while. It was an evening truly well spent!

A growing pool of talent

This year’s swimming gala saw the narrowing of the younger age categories to enable more children to compete. Hence there were the U6, U7, U8, U9, U10, U12, U 14, U16 and U18. The vibrant and well-organised gala started with the specially-abled category and was followed by the popular front crawl and back stroke races. Post lunch was the more challenging breast stroke and butterfly stroke races and it was amazing to see such talent in these categories. This year the individual championship for boys was shared between Divyansh Kalra and Raghav Jasuja while Miss. Kriti M. Gupta won the individual championshipfor the girls. Congratulations to all those who competed and won. Many thanks to India club, Desert Group and all the coaches for organising this event so well.

Yogini Udeshi Membership No 4680

Ritika Jasuja Membership No 4920


MR. KAMAL GULRAJANI LM 140 Passed away on August 3, 2016



Membership No 1145 Passed away on August 5, 2016

Membership No 154 Passed away on September 28, 2016.

MS. JYOTI RAMESHKUMAR ASARPOTA Membership No 4133 Passed away on October 3, 2016.

MR. MAX D’SOUZA Membership No 106 Passed away on October 17, 2016.

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






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UAE flag flies high as symbol of pride and national unity, its noble principles and values

Raise it high, raise it proud


AME THE morning sun and the flag flew high as everyone, citizens and expatriates of this great, peace-loving, forward-looking country, stood at attention to honour the UAE and its wise leadership. The raising of the flag on November 3 in schools, and workplaces symbolizes national unity, pride and honour. It represents an opportunity to reflect on the values and traditions that this young country holds dear and celebrate its multi-culturalism. In Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, raised the nation’s flag in Zabeel Park in the presence of more than 20,000 school children from 120

countries. Addressing the children participating in the event Shaikh Mohammed said, "You are the future and who will shape the future. Celebrating Flag Day is not only by using your hands but by using your mind's ideas and creativity." The day was launched three years ago by Shaikh Mohammed and ever since it has grown in popularity and all who live under this flag, it has be a very special day that everyone, irrespective of where they come from look forward to. The annual occasion coincides with the anniversary of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s assumption of office as the leader of the country. This year’s Flag Day was under the slogan “Raise it High… Raise it Proud.” At sharp 11am, members gathered at the India Club to mark the joyous occasion with the hoisting of the flag. Present at the ceremony were Vasu Shroff, Chairman, India Club, Ms. Reena Bhatia, Vice Chairperson, India Club, Maghanmal Jethanand, Board of Trustee and Executive Committee members, India Club members and management and staff of the Club. Flag-raising events also took place across all the emirates as everyone united to celebrate the day that marked 12 years of His Highness President Shaikh Khalifa’s rule. The “Raise it high… Raise it Proud” initiative brought thousands from all sections of society under one banner to express their joy and pride in the flag. The UAE Flag Day celebrations were held for five days with several evets that included the popular Flag walkathon, flag operetta and radio and social media contest.

A PROUD DAY…. The UAE national flag is raised by Maghanmal Jethanand at the India Club on November 3. Club officials, members and guests turned up to mark the special day.



T IS the only dahi handi celebrations in the Middle East and India Club yet again organised the 9th consecutive celebrations on September 2. The Janmashtami celebrations were inaugurated by Vasu Shroff (Chairman, India Club), Reena Kamlesh (Vice Chairperson, India Club), Sunil Singh, Melwin D’Silva, Sunil Pathak and Irfan Izhar. The main highlight of the event that was celebrated with gusto was the pyramid formation to break the traditional pot (dahi handi) by the boys’ and girls’ team. The pyramid formation was co-ordinated by Jawahar Mehta and Ms. Pansy Lobo. The other highlights of the evening were the water sprinklers and the young and old enjoyed the novelty of the foam pool and the foot-tapping DJ Music by DJ Maverick. Besides the entertainment, a food court with a variety of delicacies added spice to the evening. THE SPONSORS OF THE EVENT WERE: Malabar Gold and Diamonds, 89.1 FM and Gold FM, Prime Vision Studio, Home Centre, 7 Star Events and Productions, Pepsi, MMI, Aarushi Designs and The Hive. The Hive dance troupe performed a few dance sequences during the janmashtami event on Balkrishna, Ala Re Ala Govinda and Manwa Laage with Radha finally crowing Krishna as her HERO. The finale was a dance sequence performed by the Gopi’s and Govinda’s keeping in mind the Janmashtami theme for the day.

Vasu Shroff, Reena Bhatia, Melwin D’Silva and Sunil Pathak declare the celebrations open.

Janmashtami celebrated with gusto

The pyramid formed by Govidas of the girls team (left) and the boys team (right) break the traditional pot (Dahi Ha ndi) at the Club.

The girls put up an excellent show as part of the celebrations.




Intricately-designed flower mats called, “Pookalam” are done at the entrance to welcome King Mahabal

King Mahabali, the eternal icon of Kerala, is welcomed to the Club by Vasu Shroff, Consul General Anurag Bhushan and other Club officials and guests.

ONAM celebrated in grand style

O Thiruvaathira kali, a festive dance for Onam

Onam, Kerala’s national festival got going at the Club with the sound of drums.


Guests a grand feast called Onasadya. It INDIA enjoy NOVEMBER was a 21-course meal2016 eaten on a banana leaf. CLUB

NE of the biggest and important festival of Kerala was celebrated with joy and enthusiasm at the India Club on September 30. Legend has it that the festival is celebrated to welcome the muthical King Mahabali whose spirit is said to visit Kerala during Onam. This dynamic 10-day festival is celebrated in a Carnival-like atmosphere with elaborate flower decorations, elegant dances and elaborate feasts. This year, Kerala’s national festival got going at the Club with the traditional Onam procession by the 15-men team of drummers doing the Chendamalam led by King Mahabali. The celebration was inaugurated with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Her Excellency, Mrs. Neeta Bhusan, Charge D’Affaires, The Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi, H.E. Anurag Bhusan, (The Consul General of India, Dubai), Mr. Vasu Shroff (Chairman, India Club), Mrs. Janki Shroff, Ms. Reena Kamlesh (Vice Chairperson, India Club), Mr. Sunil Pathak and Mr. Ketan Rele. Vasu Shroff and Mrs. Janki Shroff felicitated Her Excellency, Mrs. Neeta Bhusan, Charge D’Affaires, The Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi and H.E. Anurag Bhusan, (The Consul General of India, Dubai) by presenting them with floral bouquets. Vasu Shroff, H.E. Neeta Bhusan, H.E.

Anurag Bhusan spoke on the occasion. Dancers from the Shruti Music School performed the traditional Onam dances with songs sung by the South Indian sensational duo singers Gopan and Harsha. Members and Guests were treated to the lavish Onasadhya (traditional Onam vegetarian luncheon of 21 items served on a banana leaf) after the cultural celebrations. The following were the sponsors for the Onam celebrations: Malabar Jewellers – Gold & Diamonds, Radio 89.1 and Gold FM, Pepsi, Prime Vision Studio and Nahar Group The event, compered by RJ Bhairavi and RJ Rijin from Radio 89.1 Radio 4 and 101.3 Gold FM interacted with the audience, conducted games and distributed prizes.



Magical nights to remember A record turnout at popular India Club Navratri Dhamaka

I It was time to hit the floor and dance the night away.

A record turnout of 6,500 turned up at the Club to enjoy the Navratri Dhamaka.

T WAS A record crowd as 6,500 members and guests gathered at the India Club to immerse themselves at the annual Navrtri Dhamaka spread over two days. The colourful and elaborate celebrations was held on October 6 and October 13. It was sheer magic. The air of festivity was palpable as the young and old in colourful clothes took to the floor for dandya and garba, the well-known Indian folk dances. The exotic beats of the songs played during this important festival compelled the crowd to groove along. DJ Daenan and DJ Scorpio (Dubai’s very popular and enchanting DJs) performed on the first day while DJ Tushar and DJ Hani (Dubai’s hottest and sensational DJs) performed on the second day of Navratri Dhamaka. The D’s played music from the Dandiya Beats to the latest remixes from Bollywood. A dhol player added to the dandiya beats on both days. Dancers from THE HIVE performed the Dandiya and Garba on the floor and were joined by other club members. A record crowd of over 6,500 members and guests attended the Dandiya festivities on both the days. In addition to the entertainment a multi-cuisine food court served the best of tandoori and Indian and Chinese cuisine. A special food stall for members observing a fast during Navratri was also put up. The entry for club members was free.

Having a swinging time.

THE India Club Navratri Dhamaka celebrations was supported by Pepsi, 89.1 Radio 4 FM and also Nahar Group, The Hive, Prime Vision Studio, Al Kabeer, ACD Events and Entertainment and MMI.

India Club has been organising the Navratri/Dandiya event for the last 28 years and is rated as the most popular Navratri /Dandiya event in town. The Nahar Group conducted a raffle draw and the winner walked away with a pass for a family of four at the IMG world of adventures.

Chairman Vasu Shroff, Vice Chairman Reena Kamlesh with guests at the Navratri Dhamaka festivities.

DJs get the festivities going with popular numbers and remixes.




A FUN, illuminating tour

WE WERE HERE.... Members hold the India Club banner during a stopover.

A heart and soul touching experience for members aboard a luxury cruise liner


HERE’S SOMETHING about cruises that invigorates the spirits. Seeking relief from the hustle and bustle of modern life, India Club organised a 9-day cruise of the captivating Mediterranean for its members. The night skies, the open sea and the beautiful sunsets was mesmerizing as the majestic cruise liner MSC Magnifica sailed to Italy, Greece and Croatia dropping anchor in Bari, Katakolon, Mykonos, Piraeus, Dubrovnik and Venice. It was an experience that the 30 club members will remember for a long time. The vacationers flew Alitalia on September 10 from Abu Dhabi to Venice, Italy. On the first leg of the tour, they checked in at Hotel Novotel Mestre in Venice and were later transferred to the cruise terminal to board the ultra-luxury cruise liner MSC Magnifica . The balcony cabins they checked into had an uninterrupted ocean view. On day two, after docking at the designated port and after disembarkment everyone proceeded for the city tour of Bari, Murano, Burano Italy’s port city on the Adriatic Sea. On day three, was the shore excursion at Katakolon, Greece where everyone was free to explore the city from morning to evening. Day four and five, included city tours to Mykonos and Piraeus, Greece from 8am to 8pm. Mykonus is known for its



summer party atmosphere. On day six, they stayed on board the luxury liner all day. On day seven, the second last day of the tour, the ship We were sailing docked at along... Happy faces Dubrovnik, a city of the members who in Croatia from went on the luxury 9am till 3pm. cruise. Dubrovnik is a historical city and everyone enjoyed the scenic day city tour. On board the cruise liner, members enjoyed and cheered the daily evening exotic stage performances besides other activities that included bingo, Fun, food and great live dance at the company.... It was Royal Theatre, never a dull moment swimming, dance aboard the ship. classes, gymnastic classes and casino too. The captain of the ship personally met all the Club members and ended it with a group photograph. A wide choice of delicious continental and Indian food was served for dinner with the option to also help themselves from the 24-hour multicuisine buffet. Each day the tours in respective cities offered wonderful experiences, visits to famous attractions, museums, archaeological sites. A peek into the local cultures and traditions. The tours were complimented by the amazing local A cultural exchange…. Members pose with farm houses and lunches with folk locals during one of the many stops to music and dances. experience local culture and traditions.

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Six steps to better digestion this holiday season


HEER AND goodwill aren't the only things we share during the holiday season. We also swap germs, overindulge in seasonal foods and spirits, and stew in stress -- all of which can lead to

digestive woes. You know you'll have to work hard at self-control if you don't want the numbers on the scale to climb by the end of the holiday season. But you can also take steps to minimize stomach upset, indigestion, bloating, reflux and general intestinal distress during the holidays. So good yet so bad Holiday foods taste good because they're often rich, and high in fat and sugar--- qualities that cause not only weight gain but also digestive discomfort. During this hectic time of year, most of us eat more --- especially at celebrations. Giving up holiday treats and favourite dishes would be like going through the season without a single cornucopia or twinkling decoration. Rather than suffering digestive distress through indulgence, or choosing to deprive yourself entirely, start with a plan for how you'll deal with holiday digestive upset, then take action. Steps to feel better Stay hydrated. The hectic pace of the holidays may make you forget to drink enough water. What's more, overindulging in holiday libations can dehydrate your body. Non-alcoholic sugary beverages like mulled cider, hot chocolate and pumpkin-flavored coffees can also throw off your body's balance. Remember to drink plenty of water every day throughout the holidays. Prioritize food choices. Sure, that slice of pumpkin pie looks great on the plate and tastes yummy going down, but will it be worth the heartburn and bloating you'll experience later? Raw veggies are a healthful and fiber-filled alternative to fatty hors d'oeuvres, but be aware that raw vegetables can also cause bloating and gas. Pay attention to the foods that trigger discomfort and decide how important they really are. You may be able to substitute something else that's just as

With some proactive steps, you can help ensure your holidays stay bright and your stomach stays healthy throughout the season.

satisfying but less upsetting to your stomach. Promote gut health. If your digestive tract is already in good shape, it will be better equipped to handle occasional holiday overindulgence. Taking a probiotic supplement can support the growth of good gut bacteria that aid in digestion. support gut flora renewal and colon health, and maintain healthier gastrointestinal function. Reduce portion sizes. Do you give yourself license to overindulge during the holidays, figuring you'll pay for it later when you step on the scale? Large portions can also make you pay for them right away when you feel indigestion or reflux after finishing a big meal. Reducing portion sizes can help ease holiday strain on your stomach and digestive tract. One easy trick for controlling portion sizes --- serve yourself on a dessert-size dish, rather than a large dinner plate. Smaller portions will look like more on a smaller plate. Limit variety. Whether a buffet or a sit-down dinner, holiday meals often

feature multiple dishes that just look so good you want to try them all. Mixing too many different foods, however, can lead to stomach upset. Trying everything --- even if it's just a bite or two -- can rack up the calories, fat and sugar. Instead, choose just a few favorites to have at each meal. Keep exercising. Along with all the other benefits exercise brings, it can also promote digestive health. In addition to its positive physical effects, exercise can also help relieve holiday stress - a contributor to holiday stomach upset. Whether it's an hour at the gym or 30 minutes on a yoga mat in your living room, it's important to maintain an exercise regimen throughout the holidays. The holidays are meant to be a time of enjoyment, and that includes eating foods you just don't have around at other times of the year. With some proactive steps, you can help ensure your holidays stay bright and your stomach stays healthy throughout the season. (BPT) NOVEMBER 2016 INDIA





No tricks… only treats.. Little ones with their nutty coconut ladoos.

Children try their hand at non-frying cooking.



NDIA CLUB joined hands with KGPiee Etiquette Enhancers and organised a special workshop on October 20, for their ‘little members’ and 30 kids attended the Children’s Diwali Dhamaka

workshop. The children were given a brief insight about the concept of Diwali and the significance of the 5-day celebration. Then they were in for a treat and were taught non-fire cooking --- Nutty

Coconut Ladoos! Keeping the festive season in mind, the workshop ended with learning the simple technique of gift wrapping and the art of making a goody bag.



Getting creative…. Children found fresh ways to create decorations for the home and office at the Paper Art Workshop held by Mr Kuku, a paper art expert.

N hour long Indian Paper Art workshop was held on October 15, 2016 for children in the age group 6–12. The education session saw Mr. Kuku, a paper art expert from India teach the kids various techniques of the Indian paper art and how to cut, fold and make Indian decorations for the home and office. Simple tips inspired the digital genera-

tion to create items like candle stands, roses, dolls, saru trees, garlands, baskets, lotus, fans and much more. In all 23 Children attended the workshop. The creative ideas will not only beautify the home, but also give the children a deep sense of satisfaction. A learning book on Indian Paper Art was handed over to every participant of the workshop.



kids took part in the 70th Indian Independence Day celebration held at the India Club.  Parents and children participated by singing the national anthem and their patriotism came shining through.  The kids were all raring to go for the All India Dress Competition and all participants

FANCY THAT… Kids who took part in the fancy dress event.



shared information on the state they represented. The children also participated in a flag making competition and came up with very innovative ideas. Treasure Hunt, GK spot prizes based on India and other games kept them all entertained. When it was time to go, all the kids received a Tiffany hamper.


Kids came up with innovative ways of making the Indian flag.


Getting to know Emirati culture and traditions KNOW YOUR COUNTRY… India Club was invited for a presentation on National Identity and UAE culture and tradition

An illuminating talk on national identity and Emirati traditions


HE COMMUNITY Development Authority (CDA) invited India Club Ladies for a National Identity presentation on October 1 at the Rashidya Majlis. Twenty India Club ladies attended the presentation. The event started with an Emirati briefing the gathering regarding the establishment of the federation of seven emirates on December 1971. He talked at length about Emirati culture and the traditional Emirati dress such as the kandura and the abaya and why this attire is particularly well suited for the UAE’s hot and dry climate.  Even though this is one of most multicultural cities in the world, etiquette is an important aspect of the UAE’sculture and tradition which is why visitors to this warm and welcoming country that embraces over 200 nationalities are requested and

expected to show appropriate manners and etiquette. Some peculiar cultural traits that are not found elsewhere include the “Khusmak” a specifically Emirati kiss whereby emiratis greet one another by touching one another’s nose.  This is due to the nose being seen as a noble bodily feature.  Because of its sheer diversity, a variety of cuisines can be found in the many fine-dining establishments in the country but the UAE cuisine is special one, and some of the better-known dishes are, for example, Harees, Macboos and Luqemat. The India Club Ladies got an opportunity to taste some of the yummy local Emirati dishes that had been specially prepared for them.  This presentation of Emirati culture gave the attendees an opportunity to interact with the locals. And get to know their festivals and traditions better.

A TALK TO REMEMBER… India Club ladies and other officials pose for the camera after attending an illuminating talk on UAE culture and tradition.




Ladies dressed in all their finery turned up at the Club to celebrate Karva Chauth, a symbolic festival that celebrates the institution of marriage.



T WAS, once again, that time of the year again when women dedicate the day to their husbands. And so it was that was that 185 India Club ladies and their guests gathered at the Club on October 19 to celebrate the joyous event of Karva Chauth. It is a day that symbolically celebrates the institution of marriage. The Karva Chauth festival celebrates a wife’s devotion to her husband and on this auspicious day they observe a strict fast and pray for the health, prosperity and longevity of their husbands. Not even a drop of water is had till the moon is sighted and it is time to break the fast. The fast, which begins before sunrise, ends only after the offering of prayers and worshipping the moon at night. The women unite and celebrate the tradition with each other as the narration of the legend of Karva Chauth continues. During the chanting of the prayers, the pooja thali is passed around in a circle. All the ladies were dressed in finery with intricate henna designs on their hands. This year’s sponsor of this auspicious festival that is celebrated with fervour was BonSai Solutions who gave a makeover to all the ladies with deBBY, a well-known Italian product.. After the pooja the ladies participated in a catwalk competition, winning prizes that ranged from make-up products to an entire makeover. The event was supported by Unikai, Kwality, deBBy and BonSai Solutions.

The thali with a sweet glass of water, a diya and other pooja materials, is passed around in a circle.

The ladies gather around to perform the all-important pooja.

The ladies were given a makeover with deBBY, a well-known Italian product, that was sponsored by BonSai Solutions.

What you should know about breast cancer


REAST CANCER is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and the second leading cause of canner death in women. Despite the increased awareness of the dreaded disease and the emphasis on early

detection, breast cancer continues to be a major global health issue. India club organised a Breast Cancer awareness event on October 22, exclusively for women and 22 ladies attended the educative, interactive session where Participants of the Breast Cancer awareness event organized by the Club with Dr Phanipriya.

information was given about breast cancer by Dr. Phanipriya Garikapati, a specialist General and Laparoscopic surgeon at the well-known Prime Hospital. Dr. Phanipriya has been practicing in Dubai for the last seven years. An experienced surgeon from Mumbai, she has more than 20 years of experience in the field of general and laparoscopic surgery. The doctor spoke on the changes one should notice and the attendees learnt what to look for in their breasts for early signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Detailed information was also given about what needs to be done to avoid cancers. The interactive session was followed by a

Dr. Phanipriya Garikapati is presented with the India Club coffee table book.

game of housie and dinner. It was a wonderful event where the ladies NOVEMBER 2016 INDIA benefited from interacting 23 C with LU Beach other and becoming more aware of breast cancer.

SPORTS Independence Day indoor cricket

Nail-biting finish sees CGI lift cricket trophy Four teams clash in Independence Day indoor cricket tournament


HE 2016 Consulate General of India Independence Day Indoor Cricket Tournament was played on September 23, 2016 with four teams --- The Consulate General of India, IBPC, Bank of Baroda and India Club --- participating in the tournament. The first game was played between Consulate General of India and India Club. After a tough fight India Club managed to win the opening game of the

CONGRATULATIONS… The Consul General of India cricket team who won the tournament after a close finish are seen here with India Club Chairman Vasu Shroff.

RUNNERS-UP… The India Club cricket team who were the runners-up in the cricket tournament are seen here with Vasu Shroff, Irfan Izhar, Ketan Rele, Bharat Chachara and other officials.

tournament. The second game was played between IBPC and Bank of Baroda and IBPC won the game quite convincingly. The third game was played between BOB and the Consulate General of India with the CGI winning that game. Thereafter, the fourth game was played between IBPC and India Club. India Club won the game and secured their position in the finals. The next game was played between IBPC and the Consulate General of India and after a tough contest the Consulate

General of India team won the game. Finally, it was a clash of the Titans between the Consulate General of India and India Club. It was a game with a nail biting finish as the Consulate General of India had to defend their total. The Consulate General of India displayed all their skills, and once again proved that regular practice makes you perfect and helps win finals. The Consulate General of India were the winners and India Club were the runners-up for the Indian Consulate Indoor Cricket Tournament.

40 brave heat for Independence Day run THE fourth edition of the popular India Club Indian Independence Day run was once again held on August 15. Despite the blistering heat and humidity, 40 runners lined up in the evening at the starting line at Zabeel Park for the 8-10 kms challenge. It was tough going for the runners who, egged on by supporters, braved the heat and ran from Zabeel Park to the Club and back. It is to their credit that they all crossed the line. Exhausted, yes. But all of them turned up for the dinner hosted by India Club that evening to celebrated the run. It was a great way to show appreciation, meet other runners and swap stories on how each Guts and glory…. The runners who braved the heat and humidity to participate in the India Club Indian Independence Day run. one tackles the endurance sport.



Thank you….. Mr. Malay Shah, Group General Manager, Desert Leisure Group, being felicitated by Mr. Irfan Izhar. Also seen is Bharat Chachara.

Youngsters make waves WINNERS ALL… Special needs children from the SNF Development Center, Dubai Autism Center and Manzil presented with medals and certificates.

VICTORY SMILES…… Winners of the girls’ category.

WAY TO GO…. The individual champion in the girls’ category.



HERE HAS been a surge in the number of people of all ages taking up swimming and athletes like Michael Phelps, Nathan Adrian, Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky have, in some way, paved the way for this growth. At the India Club, swimming is a very popular sport and when it comes to competing, it’s a tough contest. On October 21, 2016, the India Club–Desert Group’s annual swimming gala was held. This year’s event was again sponsored by Desert Group and over 140 young and old swimming enthusiasts participated. The individual championships for boys was jointly shared by Divyansh Kalra Raghav Jasuja while the individual girls’ championship was won by Kriti M. Gupta. Dr. Tapan Das and his team of officials from the Indian High School assisted in conducting the event. Malay Shah from the Desert Group attended the event and was felicitated by Irfan Izhar. Malay Shah, Irfan Izhar, Bharat Chachara, Pansy Lobo and Dr. Tapan Das gave away the prizes. As a part of the CSR activity, India Club invited students from SNF Development Center, Dubai Autism Center and Manzil to take part in the swimming gala. The following students from the SNF Development Center also participated in the swimming gala: Keenan Nair, Faris Palathingal, Aziz Arsiwala, Zainab Irfan Nisar and Varon Miles Federico. The following students from the Dubai Autism Center participated in the swimming gala: Euan Andre Soriano and Krishav Nitin Boyina. Calvin Noronha, a student from Manzil also participated in the swimming gala: Irfan Izhar, presented all participants of SNF Development Center, Dubai Autism Center and Manzil with medals and certificates. Pansy Lobo, Mavis D’souza, Regina Prakashan and Dr. Tapan Das were in-charge of the official desk and were assisted by A. K. Prakashan and Jawahar Mehta.

THE BEST….. Boys individual champs. WELL DONE… Winners in the boys’ section take the victory stand.

The top bowling scorers

Bowling monthly Top Scorer July 2016 UNDER 12 YEARS BOYS & GIRLS Boys: Master Shloak Gehani

( Membership No. 5356 ) Girls: Miss Anushka Kelshikar

( Membership No. 4642 ) 12 YEARS - 15 YEARS BOYS & GIRLS Boys: Mr. Neil Dadlani

( Membership No. 4184 ) ABOVE 15 YEARS MEN & LADIES Men - Mr. Amitabh Goenka THANK YOU... Officials being felicitated after the conclusion of a successful swimming gala.

( Membership No. 4812 ) Ladies - Miss. Anushka Prakash (Membership No. 4823 )


Spotlight shines on young shuttlers


HESE youngsters are on the right track and could be the rising stars of tomorrow. On September 8-9, the

spoltlight was turned on 72 children between the ages of 8-12 as they took to the badminton courts for the Junior Badminton tournament.

There were eight events and 64 games played before the final round. In all 72 The following are the winners and runners-up in the 8 events.

Boys Under 8 Years

Winner: Abhinav Menon Runner-Up: Vansh Amit Sharma Boys Under 10 Years

Winner: Keshav Jasuja Runner-Up: Raghav Jasuja Girls Under 10 Years

Winner: Samaika Soni Runner-Up: Vandana Subramanian Boys Under 12 Years

Winner: Anush Venkat Runner-Up: Raghav Jasuja Girls Under 12 Years

Winner: Simran Gupte Runner-Up: Samaika Soni Boys Under 14 Years

Winner: Ishaan Baruah Runner-Up: Anush Venkat Girls Under 14 Years

Winner: Ishanvi Lakhani Runner-Up: Aarchita Ajay Bhatia Girls Under 16 Years

Winner: Ishanvi Lakhani Runner-Up: Aditi Sharma Player of the tournament: WINNERS ALL… The winners of the badminton tournament for juniors with Irfan Izhar and Bharat Chachara Divyansh Kalra

18 vie for glory in 4-a-side soccer tournament


T IS a fast-paced game that’s played in two halves with a quick break in-between. The passion and the sheer love for the game was seen when 18 entered the 4-a-side soccer tournament that was held on August 10. The skills-based, small-sided game saw four emerge as the winners.

The Player of the Tournament was Aditya Ans. Prizes to the winners and runners-up were

given by Irfan Izhar (Sports Secretary) and Ketan Rele (Jt. Sports Secretary). Keith D’souza

(Football Coach) and Jawahar Mehta assisted in conducting the tournament.

They were: Aayush Udyavar Angad Khaneja Jaison D’souza Yash Tahiliani

The Runners-Up were: Neil Dadlani Harsh Sagar Pashan Sidhwa Abhay Nair

The participants of the 4-a-side soccer tournament with Irfan Izhar and Ketan Rele




Making a statement Style, aesthetic appeal and sophistication marks India Club’s renovated reception


HE FIRST place you enter almost anywhere is the reception and what you see and how you are welcomed will decide what you make of the establishment, be it a hotel, home or club. India Club, Dubai, has now breathed new life and a welcoming atmosphere throughout the club. The old has given way to new. The reception area now wears a new look. It is hi-tech and yet it makes you feel more welcome at any time of the year. That a lot of thought has gone into redesigning of the reception area is obvious to any visitor. The complete makeover at the focal point of the club is the first thing that strikes you. And the feeling is good. The old has been replaced



with cost-effective, easy to operate turnstiles that open the gates silently with a mere touch of the card. The appealing colours of the area, the subtle lighting fixtures, potted plants and wash lights on the ceiling gives the renovated reception a fresher and more inviting look. Visitors now feel at home and while waiting to be met, they can watch the latest on the large TV screens placed just for their convenience. The marble walls and floors instantly elevate the look of the whole area and make a statement for both members and visitors. It adds more visual interest from the moment you step in. The new look India Club reception has seamlessly incorporated purpose and style and truly wows all those who enter.

Superior design and functionality is what makes the renovated India Club reception stand out. The design does not compromise on space or functionality.


Be App-y volunteering… Community Development Authority of Dubai Director General Khaled Al Kamda and Hana Bakar, Director, Social Cohesion, CDA, inaugurate the Dubai Volunteering Service.

Director General of CDA, Khaled Al Kamda, India Club Chairman Vasu Shroff and Ram Buxani in discussion during the Dubai Volunteering Application introductory Session at the club.

Volunteer’ WHY DUBAI WANTS ‘Dubai app set to improve YOU TO VOLUNTEER volunteering in the AND WHY YOU SHOULD culture Emirate


UBAI VOLUNTEER, the smart app launched last year by the Community Development Authority of Dubai (CDA) provides an ideal platform that encourages different social sectors in Dubai to be part of the social services development. Volunteerism benefits everyone ---- the city, the company you work for, the organization you are helping and you! It can also help you emotionally and in your career and individuals from all ages and nationalities can easily give their time and experience to help sustain the emirate’s social and community evolution. The third social survey announced by CDA recently revealed that social volunteering in Dubai is no more than 2.9%. This is low when compared to the huge

development of the Emirate and the excellent economic and social projects being undertaken. Volunteering has always been an important part of sustainable growth in developed countries with more than 40% of the population in Europe and North America seeing active volunteers giving their time and experience to the development of their community.. The CDA’s new App “Dubai Volunteer,” which can be downloaded from Apple Store and Google Play, allows registering new volunteers and learning about volunteering opportunities provided by government departments and private businesses which are

Join the volunteer force… The CDA is constantly seeking to improve social awareness about the App and has been announcing new volunteering opportunities.

part of this comprehensive platform as well. The App provides several features, including calculating the volunteering hours of each member, creating a personal profile, and scheduling volunteering hours. The personal profile of volunteers is then made available to companies on request and could then be reviewed when hiring for their own events and activities. The Dubai Volunteering Programme is part of the CDA and the initiative behind “Dubai Volunteer” is the official gateway for volunteerism in Dubai. This excellent initiative has now opened the doors for companies and businesses to register themselves and announce their volunteering opportunities. Through “Dubai Volunteer”, all registered volunteers will be able to browse through opportunities and apply for it. Those involved in volunteer-

Officials, club members and guests at the Dubai Volunteering Application introductory session at the club.

ing their time have reported experiencing many of the benefits normally associated with volunteerism, including emotional rewards and adding depth to professional credentials. “Dubai Volunteer” coordinates with companies to provide volunteers with the needed training to improve their skills and knowledge in order to participate in specialized events and activities and take on specific roles. Since its launch, “Dubai Volunteer” has witnessedincreasing demand from individuals wishing to contribute to social and human services. There’s been a 28% increase last June compared to the same period last year. The total number of volunteering hours recorded last June was 49,181 hours. CDA is constantly seeking to improve social awareness about the App and has been announcing new volunteering opportunities. It is this determination that will spread the volunteering culture among UAE citizens and residents. Companies and individuals who would like to be members of the Dubai Volunteering Programme can download the “Dubai Volunteer” from Apple store or Google Play, or visit the Dubai Volunteering Programme website: volunteering/Pages/default. aspx NOVEMBER 2016 INDIA




The relationship between the two countries will get a further boost with the visits of the high-level delegations between the two countries.’ --- M.J. AKBAR


M.J. Akbar, the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, talks on UAE-India ties at a “Meet and Greet” dinner jointly hosted by Vasu Shroff and the Consulate General of India, Dubai.

UAE-India ties to get Further boost: Akbar


“Meet & Greet” dinner was jointly hosted by Vasu Shroff and The Consulate General of India, Dubai in honour of Shri M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Tuesday, October 18, 20 16. During the dinner function, Ms. Neeta Bhushan, Charge D’Affairs, The Indian Embassy, welcomed the guests while Mr. Vasu

Neeta Bhushan, Charge D’Affairs, The Indian Embassy, welcomes M. J. Akbar at the ‘Meet and Greet’ dinner.

Shroff, Chairman of India Club, presented the minister with a memento, a floral bouquet and a shawl. Shri M. J. Akbar emphasised on the cultural ties that India and UAE had for the last so many decades and said the relationship between the two countries is only going to get a further boost with the visits of the high-level delegations between the two countries. He thanked the Chairman and Consulate General of India for hosting the function at India Club.

Vasu Shroff, Chairman of India Club, presents M. J. Akbar with a memento and a shawl.






A delightful, laugh-out-loud play Vasu Shroff, Chairman of India Club, co-sponsors of the play, welcomes the cast on stage.

If you were looking for some therapy to get rid of the stress, this was the perfect play to watch

W Laughter, the best therapy.... The stars of the play did complete justice to their respective roles.

Laugh-a-minute riot.... Great acting, excellent dialogue deliveries and one-liners had the crowd in splits.



HAT HAPPENS when four men are instructed to be part of a courtordered group therapy. A little bit of chaos and a whole lot of laughter that has you in splits. For those who made a beeline to watch “The Laughter Therapy”, an NCPA and Silly Point Production, it was pure, unadulterated comedy with a message. The Sheikh Rashid Auditorium was packed for this English play that was co-sponsored by India Club for its MNC members, along with WZCC Global who played host to a bigger programme titled ‘Dubai Pravasi Yatra’ from 7th to 11th October, 2016 that enabled businessmen and professionals from around the world to explore business and career opportunities that Dubai had to offer as it prepares itself to host the World Expo 2020. The amazing cast had the 600-strong audience in splits with its roller-coaster ride of tongue-in-check comedy. The play stars four men representing very distinct cultures of India. The best part of the play was when at one stage it took the audience to multiple places ---- to the men’s homes, their work places and to the streets of Mumbai where the madness begins to unfold.

Though it has only four characters in the lead it brilliantly portrays 30 characters, each one of them playing their part to perfection. Comedy, tragedy, anger, joy and the goofiness of people who live in the city of Mumbai, one of the most crowded cities in the world shone through Then came the court-ordered therapy session for the four men for doing something against the law. Each session was executed extremely well by the artists Danesh Irani, Danesh Khambatta, Meherzad Patel, Sajeel Parakh and Meherangis Acharia who played the role of Dr. Bombay only to realise that the four had very little interest in getting cured. If you enjoy storytelling about reallife experiences, then this play was a captivating experience mixed with a fine dose of laughter. Remarkably, in all the humour, was a strong message: Do not judge a book by its cover, or people on first impression. Everyone has a story to tell and we are all fighting the same battle – the survival of the fittest. Thumbs up for Meherzad Patel, the Producer of Silly Point Productions, who brilliantly turned the court ordered therapy into a laughter therapy. When India Club members caught up with Meherzad after the play, he said – “Laughter isn’t a therapy – it’s a way of life. If you can learn to laugh at yourself then you can conquer mountains and you don’t even need a therapy.”

A world record Chawla Architectural & Consulting Engineering, Dubai, has added one more feather in their history of achievements. The leading engineering consultancy firm in Dubai won the Guinness World Record title for the largest one time concrete pour. The successful completion of this mammoth concreting in record time without any hindrance and in compliance with all local regulations and specifications reaffirms Chawla Architectural & Consulting Engineering’s competence and capability in executing projects of any magnitude. It also underlines once again their dedication and professional acumen to handle projects to the complete satisfaction of their clients.

CONGRATULATIONS… Chawla Architectural & Consulting Engineering, Dubai added one more feather to its cap when it entered the Guinness World Record for concreting a project in record time.



The star performers for the months of August and September.

The star performers for the months of October and November.

Birender Singh (Asst. Cook) Gursharan Singh (Driver)

Pramendra Manjhi (Kitchen Steward) Sandra Fernandes (Telephone Operator) Tilu S. Gawas (Sports Attendant)

The sheer joy of giving

One for the record books…. Proud Club staff after the record breaking stationery drive So noted…. Local media coverage of the stationery drive.

INDIA CLUB supported the stationery drive “Joyful Giving” by Engage Dubai Community Partner The event was organized and managed by Mr. Venkatraman Krishnamoorthy (India Club member and philanthropist) along with Emirates Red Crescent Society and FOI Events LLC. India Club members were encouraged to support this drive by contributing notebooks, paper, drawing books, pen, pencils, colour pencils, crayons, sharpeners, rulers, glue, scissors, calculators and school bags in good condition. The drive was open to the club members from September 25 to October 26, 2016. The total collection of 143.10kgs by India Club members was handed over to the Emirates Red Crescent Society on October 14 at the Al Diyafah School. When all the contribution was weighed up, the total collection was to the tune of 10,975kgs.

ON TOP OF THE WORLD… Jay Menon atop Mt Kilimanjaro.

On cloud nine THIS SUMMER was a memorable one for India Club member Jayant Menon when he embarked on an adventurous journey and successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world and the highest mountain in Africa, which is also known as the roof of Africa. “I dared this attempt as not only was it my long-standing dream but to also motivate my two sons and other youngsters and make them aware that anything is possible if you put our mind to it,” said Jayant who, with the help of his gym instructor, prepared for six months prior to the climb to the top.

AND MILES TO GO.... The mesmerizing landscape.

WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIME TO CELEBRATE... Staff who celebrated their birthday on August 16, September 16, October 16 and November 16 marked the day with the traditional cutting of the cake at the Club.

COLD, HARD TRUTH... It takes strength, NOVEMBER 2016 INDIA C LUattitude B courage and a never say impossible to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Photos: Jay Menon




AN HONOUR… India Club is recognised for its participation in the Honour Labour Programme during Ramadan 2016.

ALL IS WELL… Smiles all around after India Club came out with flying colours after the latest audit report for ISO (left) and (right) The club’s gym inspection by Mr Brian who found it in perfect order.


Appreciation all around

T WAS AUDIT time at the Club from the LRQA on September 26 for both ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004 and needless to say, the Club came out with flying colours and it’s heartening to know from the feedback received that the Club is not only maintaining its high standards but is constantly striving to elevate them. Appreciation has also come in for India Club for supporting various initiatives including the Honour Labour programme under the CDA for sponsoring 1,000 meals at Labour camps during Ramadan; from the Dubai Police (ESD) for the Club’s participation in their Dangers of fireworks campaign and the Club members’ contribution of 143kgs of stationery for the Joyful Giving campaign

which was a part of the world record collection of stationery items for charity from various institutes and individuals.   As we the celebrate various festivities, a visit to the family of late Mr. Jassim Issa Al Balloshi in Ras al Khaimah to pay condolences on behalf of India Club was a sobering reminder of the unpredictability of life. The young lad from the Dubai Civil Defense lost his life while fighting a blaze of the Emirates airline emergency incident earlier this August. As the Club changes its look with the multiple renovation projects in progress, we look forward to seeing you at your Club along with your feedback of these refurbishments…

General Manager

PAYING THEIR RESPECTS… The Club led by Bharat Chachara pay a visit to the late Jassim Balloshi’s residence in RAK to offer the condolences.



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