Monthly Archives: September 2016

Coffee Confessions Episode 1 : “Branding Frenzy – Are you a walking brand?”

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A locally produced TV show by Woman2Woman on Selfie TV Online Channel. Show offers relevant topics and encourages discussions of issues which are relatable to men and women.

This weeks topic dealt with Dubai’s obsession with Brands, with a generation that wants quick fixes for everything, whether its fast food for hunger; self medication for pain; nips and tucks for beauty and brands for self glorification.

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With facebook, snap chat and instagram – do you find more and more pressure to upload and share your wardrobe with the world? These were some of the areas we highlighted in our discussion.

 

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Dima Al Malakeh throughout her interview highlighted that ones individuality and personal taste have to be given the upmost importance and one shouldn’t get swept away by the Branding Frenzy.

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While Dr. Daamini Shrivastav pointed out that; “Money Can’t buy class”. In her opinion is better to invest in experiences and travel the world rather than stay fixated on collecting items to feel good.

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In conclusion, I found it interesting to learn, that eventhough most people do follow and own a lot of brands; none of them wanted to be owned by a brand. Each person we spoke to had a clear vision of who they were as an individual and what they represent; which went beyond any materialistic element.

Catch our next episode live on www.selfietv.co at local time 6:00pm on Thursday 6th of October – Topic of discussion: ‘Is thin still in’? Your thoughts on Plus Size Models.”

Follow Coffee Confessions on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeConfessionsOnline/?fref=ts

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Sponsors of Coffee Confessions:

Palmers Cocoa Butter

Splendour Beauty & Hair Centre

Salt n Peppah Magazine

 

Team of Coffee Confessions:

Producer: Saher Mahmood

Production: Selfie TV

Director: Kalyan Chakravarthy

Concept & Writer: Zareen Khan

PR & Media Management: w2w Events & PR

Coffee Confessions Concept:

The show is produced to encourage open forum of discussion and opinions being shared on a common platform. The idea is to be as relevant to our community as possible; therefore the topics selected are vital to this new age show. Each Topic will invite 3 guests to offer their advice, opinion or just their thoughts to the audience. The audience will also be able to communicate, interact, offer opinion and suggest further topics to the online show. These are some of the great benefits of hosting an online since we can be highly accessible, creative & interactive with our real time audience – the reach and connection on a Web channel is far more rewarding & affordable than on a TV channel.

About Selfie TV:

With more than 100 Events, including Concerts, Award Shows, Gala Dinners, Talent Shows, Theatre, Movie Launch, Fashion Shows, Art Exhibitions and their programming includes, Talks Shows, Documentaries, Events (Behind the Scenes), celebrity interviews and film reviews all covered by Selfie TV in less than a year in the region, its popularity and Fan base has been growing and to celebrate this success they have opted to share it with the public; who are their biggest supporters. To give you a jist of Selfie Tv’s popularity in the region, here is a link from their very first post on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qe-8XnLlc_I which reached over 20, 000 views.

Web: www.selfietv.co

FB: Selfie-Tv

Insta: Selfietv1

 

 

 

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Middle East Council of Shopping Centres hosts “Next GEN Networking Reception” in Oman Avenues Mall  

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The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres and the International Council of Shopping Centres gear up to host the much awaited Next Generation Networking Reception at Oman Avenues Mall on Wednesday 28th of September from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

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David Macadam, CEO, MECSC highlights that “With every Next Gen event, we try to offer something new to the visitors and this one is no exception; we will be hosting – “Shane Philip”s – CEO of the Philips Group in Dubai, UAE as a guest speaker, Shane will be discussing “Customer Experience as Competitive Advantage” highlighting the latest trends amongst consumers and emphasizing on the retail sector.”

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Shane PhillipsCEO of The Phillips Group, a leading Management Consultancy in the Middle East region with a specialization in HR Consulting.  The Phillips Group was originally founded in 1984 and has been helping the region’s largest companies build championship leadership teams for two generations.   From assisting Fortune 500 companies acquire and retain top performing senior executives or advising leading Chief Executive Officers on developing their human capital, Shane has executed CXO assignments all over the world.  His passion for helping people and companies develop leadership capability has driven him to engage the media, where he has created the region’s most popular talk radio career show on Dubai Eye 103.8 called “Eye On Careers”, he was the host of the most popular locally produced South Asian business show on Zee TV called “Top Guns”, and his latest show to air in July 2016 on Star TV is called “Crucial Choice”.

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The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres emphasizes on educating and offering a successful Networking platform to its members and therefore MECSC has progressively organized several Next Generation Networking events throughout the Middle East region. These events aim to bring together specialists from the Retail industry to share knowledge, ideas and promote business growth.

Event Details: NextGen Oman

Date: 28th September 2016

Time: 6:30pm until 8:30pm

Venue: Oman Avenues Mall

Liwan, Inma and Patchi have generously sponsored this event.

To RSVP for this event, please click the link Register Online or visit www.mecsc.org for more details.

Contact: +971 4 359 7909

 

About MECSC:

Established in 1994, The Middle East Council of Shopping Centres affiliated to the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres has over 70,000 members globally (www.icsc.org), the MECSC provides its members with unparalleled local and international business contacts. Facilitating members to grow their business through retail industry education, business development, conferencing and networking opportunities. The MECSC covers memberships throughout the MENA region and globally through the ICSC.

 

Web:http://www.mecsc.org / FB: http://www.facebook.com/MECSC.org

Twitter: @MECSC.org/LinkedIn: MECSC/ Instagram: MECSC/ Pinterest: MECSC

For information about the MECSC, please contact:

Email: event@mecsc.org phone +971 4 359 7909

For more press information, please contact: Zareen Khan – W2W events & pr – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 – 765 55255

 

 

 

AJALA – changing the world one nomad at a time

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AJALA, hosts “Art for Change” at TheJamJar Gallery on 20th of September

AJALA hosts “Art for Change” at the The JamJar Gallery in Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz on 20th of September from 7:00pm till 10:00pm.

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“AJALA” is synonymous with nomad, explorer and a global thinker. The AJALA Project is a movement that was founded in May 2016 by 22 year old Hassan Adebayo Bello from Nigeria, a software programmer, writer and adventurer along with Narmeen Naser from Bangladesh, a Global Health and Project Management and Giovanni Morra from Italy, an Engineering Manager, all based in Dubai, UAE. The movement is inspired by the story of Olabisi Ajala, a Nigerian explorer who traveled to over 87 countries to spread a positive message of Africa and change negative stereotypes of minorities, marginal communities and developing countries.

“Art for Change”, will provide changemakers and nomads the opportunity to share their stories and raise awareness of their initiatives. Art for Change will also showcase artwork inspired by the stories of the changemakers and nomads featured by The AJALA Project and increase community engagement and grassroot support.

The Changemakers of The AJALA Project include, Lina Zoghaib: Founder, yogitruck.com. Teaches yoga in Dubai to raise awareness and provide support to build classrooms in orphanages around Kenya. Hadia Aslam – She started the first medical aid response centre in Lesvos, Greece for refugees living in squalid conditions, without adequate access to health care and basic necessities. Kuntal Joisher: The first vegan to summit Mount Everest. He climbs mountains to raise awareness for LBD and veganism. Kuntal’s father suffers with LBD for over 10 years now. Sergi Rodriguez Basoli: Kayaking around the Mediterranean for over three year with a rescue dog Nirvana. His mission is promote healthier seas and marine life- Rumbo Mediterrá.neo and Divya Rawat – Started the first mushroom cultivation farm in India to increase employment in her village and reduce city migration.

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Hassan Adebayo Bello – Founder of The AJALA Project explains, “We want to inspire and empower people, with real life stories of nomads from our around the world who we consider our changemakers; our nomads are from eleven different countries, only four of them are based in the UAE and the rest are global, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Pakistan , US and we continue to expand our search for more stories to share. With Art for Change, we expect to connect these stories to Artists and create a support system for these projects.”

Giovanni Morra- Co – founder of The AJALA Project explains how the team of AJALA came into formation, Narmeen, Hassan and I came together through our collective passion for art, community engagement and social impact – AJALA has a higher purpose and as social entrepreneurs we believe that Dubai is the best place to have our base, the city is pulsating with creative energy and a drive for change.”

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Narmeen Naser – Co- founder of The AJALA Project says, “Our goal is to encourage active collaboration between local artists, writers, changemakers, and patrons. We wanted to use Art, since it creates a lasting impression and gives a different perspective to their stories. It is used to commemorate and immortalize changemakers and nomads. Through the use of art, changemakers and nomads are able to reach, connect and engage with a greater community of supporters and patrons.”

“Art for Change” is a free to enter event and open to public; the aim of the event is to increase community involvement and raise awareness on The AJALA Project and bring on local artists, writers, changemakers and Art patrons under one roof.

 

At the event, visitors will hear from a panel of local changemakers and inspiring nomads, along with event co-host, Travel +SocialGood (an initiative launched in partnership with the United Nations to promote sustainable travel. T+SG Dubai is committed to social impact through a series of events with the local community).

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EVENT AGENDA:

Date:               Tuesday 20th Sept, 2016

Venue:           The JamJar, Al Serkal Avenue

Scale:              200 – 250 Guests

Time:            7pm to 10pm

(Doors open by 6.30PM)

Agenda:         The AJALA Project Introduction

Travel +SocialGood Introduction by Varun Kapur

Changemakers Panel

Moderated by Tena Pick, The Sustainability Platform

Lina Zoghaib-   Founder, YogiTruck (Yogi for a cause)

Jihad Mnasria – Founder, USmileISmile

Ahmad Eldessouki – Founder, Dubai Daily Fitness

Sketching Workshop by Urban Sketchers Dubai

Entertainment

Artworks Showcase

Live Painting by Victor Sitali

Music performances by Celestial Apex Band

Drinks and Canapes

 

 

The AJALA Project: Aims to build a collaborative platform for social impact in marginal communities.

Showcasing and empowering changemakers, nomads, writers and artists.

Using artwork to commemorate changemakers and nomads.

Creating inspiring and relatable role models.

Changing stereotypical narratives and negative bias.

Advocating for positive change, sustainability and diversity.

Drive people to take initiative to create social impact.

 

Follow The AJALA Project:

Website – theajalaproject.com

Email – change@theajalaproject.com

Facebook – facebook.com/theajalaproject

Instagram – instagram.com/theajalaproject

Mediummedium.com/@theajalaproject

 

Facebook event link-https://www.facebook.com/events/280715722314284/?ti=icl

 

Eventbrite link-https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-for-change-tickets-27365927225

 

For more press information, please contact:

 

Zareen Khan – W2W events – Email: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com052 7655525

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selfie TV launches a new age talk show online – “Coffee Confessions”- Season 1

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Coffee Confessions to start airing from September 29th 2016 on http://www.selfietv.co

Coffee Confessions is a locally produced TV show conceptualized by Woman2Woman, directed by KC 24 and produced by Selfie TV Online Channel. The show is targeted mainly for women; however the discussions of issues are relatable to women and men.

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“The show is produced to encourage open forum of discussion and opinions being shared on a common platform. The idea is to be as relevant to our community as possible; therefore the topics selected are vital to this new age show.” explains, Zareen Khan – Writer and Host of Coffee Confessions.

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Kalyan Chakrvarthy – Director of Coffee Confessions says, “Every Thursday, starting from 29th of September, viewers can log on to view the show. To discuss each Topic, we invite 3 guests to offer their advice, opinion or just their thoughts to the audience. The audience will also be able to communicate, interact, offer opinion and suggest further topics to the online show. This will keep our work relatable and our audience constantly engaged.”

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“The reason for it to be available online at Selfie Tv is simple, we by default become highly accessible across the region and internationally. We have more control on the creative elements and we can be interactive with our real time audience – the reach and connection on a Web channel is far more rewarding & affordable than on a regular Tv channel” explains Sahar Mahmood – Producer and Owner of Selfie Tv.

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Season 1 will run 13 episodes, weekly from 29th September till December 2016; the show’s official beauty partner is Splendour hair and beauty centre; Official brand partner is Palmers Cocoa Butter and Media Partner is Salt ’n’ Peppa Magazine, a supplement of Filmfare Middle East. Coffee Confessions is produced by Selfie TV and the first show goes online from 29th of September 2016 at 6:00pm on www.selfietv.co

Official Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_LeqEGBoos

 

 

The Show Details:

Start Date: September 29th 2016

Channel: www.selfietv.co

Day: Thursday

Time: 6:00pm

Episode Duration: 20 mins

For information about Coffee Confessions:

https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeConfessionsOnline/

Selfie TV: www.selfietv.co

 

 

 

 

Against the tides 2016 – Opens to the Public till the 8th of September at the Cartoon Art Gallery

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Diversity is the theme for “Against the tides 2016” to be held from 1st till 8th of September at Cartoon Art Gallery

Woman2Woman inaugurated the 6th edition of “Against the tides- 2016” at Cartoon Art Gallery on Thursday 1st of September. This year’s theme is “Diversity”, welcoming a conversation on tolerance, acceptance and peace through art.

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The Art show saw an overwhelming footfall at the opening night; some of the guests were pleasantly surprised with the diverse artworks represented and the multicultural participation of Artists.

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The UAE based Artists include, Sree Lakshmi, Sarrah Tambawala, Pari Sagar, Eizabeth Bruce, Samar Kamel, Sandhya Rajan, Batool Jafri, Nissa Riyas, Dima Al Malakeh, Jan D’sa, Taline Balian, Romy Ravindran, Parul Parasramka, Shiba Khan, Shytal Gusani, Rashida Fakhri, Reena Dhiman, Dagmar Braendle, Minisha Bhardwaj, Gihan Fawzy, Gwyneth Rasquinha, Noopur Ahuja, Ria Sharma, Veena Devagiri, Humaira Hassan, Afshan Quraishi, Bushra Malik, Mrinmay Sebastian and Divya Suratkal are amongst the 30 exhibiting Artists. These artists are from; Austria, Egypt, India, Canada, Lebanon, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Scotland, Switzerland and Syria all uniting to represent what diversity means to them, each artwork acts as a journal of the Artists expressions about embracing diversity and displaying tolerance adding an artistic perspective to our current reality at “Against the tides 2016” that will take place from the 1st till the 8th of September, it is Open to Public at the Cartoon Art Gallery in Al Qouz, Dubai, UAE.

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The event opened with a speech by the Pull Up Project, which is an organization that promotes tolerance and acceptance using sports, fitness & discipline. One of the main objectives is to create an anti bullying environment for kids and teach them about teamwork.

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Visitors than enjoyed a live dance performance, choreographed by Mad About Dance Institute showcasing a variety of dance disciplines, including classical, jazz contemporary, hip hop to a roaring crowd.

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The exhibition runs till the 8th of September at Cartoon Art Gallery in Dubai; representing 60 Art works depicting Unity, Peace, Love, Tolerance and Diversity; this show is be open to public.

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The Event details:

Art Exhibition Dates: 1st till 8th of September 2016

Opening Night: Thursday 1st of September 2016

Opening Night timing: 7:00pm till 9:00pm

Weekdays timings: 9:00am till 6:00pm

Venue: The Cartoon Art Gallery, Al Qouz

Entry: FREE

For information about Against the tides: https://www.facebook.com/AgainstTheTidesArtists

Web: http://www.w2wevents.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Miss September of the Calendar Girl Ritu Chuturvedi as Shehrezad an interview by Ruqya Khan

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Her work and her words bring together many flavours of sweet, sour and special – the only taste she lacked was bitter. She lives by a simple math formula. “Every experience is a learning. It comes to teach you something – either about yourself or the other person. When someone hurts you, don’t be bitter and angry or hurt them back. Instead be kind and giving. They are angry and hurtful because they are hurt. Your kindness will heal them and in return you will heal too. Whatever you do with a good heart it expands and goes into the universe, later this karma falls on you as blessings four fold,” smiled Ritu who is a mother of two grown boys, she is a food blogger, a judge at various culinary contests, a visual arts teacher at Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre and now a story teller as Shehrezad and herself!

 

Looking back at her childhood days she shared that she and her cousins would borrow books from the local library and read in competition. “We used to see who will read the maximum storybooks in a week. I loved to read – it was like being a new and fascinating world. So when I came to know about Calendar girls and the theme of fairy tales I just knew that I had to be Shehrezad. She was sent by her father to the heartless king to be his wife and her destiny was to be killed the next morning. But using her presence of mind and creativity she stays alive night after night telling him stories. There is so much one can do if we put our thoughts together. Same as Shehrezad who cooked up stories I can cook up a variety of new dishes and spreads. Given an open pantry I can create new dishes day after day after day. This is why I chose to be her!”

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“Being on the Calendar Girls team meant that I got to meet different women from different backgrounds and mindsets. It was a wonderful experience. I think we all took and gave to each other because each of us came with a definitive plan and purpose with our participation,” she added.

 

Ritu married when she was 21; she was the eldest in her family. At her in laws she was the youngest daughter in law. Her role and responsibility was suddenly at a different tangent. “It was really nice to be so loved and pampered as the younger one in the family. I was given liberties and I used them in the kitchen. My grandmother always said that to win a heart you must go through the stomach. I remember that the first time I made daal at my in laws it was very watery but they relished it without fuss. I experimented and always bettered my food. From early on I had mentors who would always share with me simple tips and techniques on making staple dishes. The more I cooked, the better I got. I began to keep my taste buds alert at restaurants and then recreate the dishes at home. It was always exciting and fun to be appreciated.”

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Ritu used her skills not just win hearts at home but also to participate and win cooking competitions in UAE. After a decorated journey that began in 2000 she won the best chef prize for BBC Lurpak Cooking Challenge last year. From here she chose to take her skills to the next level and began judging culinary contests herself. She also writes about food and does restaurant reviews on her blog https://fussfreecookingblog.wordpress.com

 

“Cooking for me is a stress buster. There is so much love involved in making a dish. It entices all the senses. The colours of the ingredients, the aroma of the spices, the feel of the freshness, the taste of the flavours and the sound of satisfaction not just as we cook but also as we eat. It is pure bliss!”

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Living away from home Ritu’s sons have taken from their mother. “They can both cook and are rather good at it too! However this was not something that I consciously did or taught them. It was more of a necessity for them to learn when they moved abroad to study. Being vegetarians we have limited choices when it comes to eating out so my elder son would ask me for recipes and I would guide him online. Later when it was time for the younger one to leave the nest he decided he would learn his favourite dishes before going abroad! Now between them they can make good food and also host parties. It is very satisfying for me to see this.” She smiled.

 

“Life really is about giving love without judging anyone. I use my time to do what I enjoy whether it is with family, friends or food. I also am a Visual Arts teacher at Rashid Paediatric Therapy Centre. My role there has helped me immensely in being at peace with myself. Every day I learn so much as a person. Often I am asked how I manage to pack so many activities and responsibilities into my world. I really think it is all about the will to do. I see time as a precious thing. I don’t idle it away in front of the TV or in futile doings. I look beyond the immediate outcome and select what I want to achieve.

 

Being on this project was important to me because it gave me the place to speak my mind from and to tell the world that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from and what your space is – if you have a story the world will listen!

 

About Calendar Girls: W2W Events Proudly presents the launch of Calendar Girls 2016 at the Gallery of Light on 28th of November 2016 – 6 months of work and one day of inspiring speakers, performers and Fashion showcase – we launched with a bang. An event to change minds about Beauty and Body image – showcasing the worlds most beautiful women in one calendar. #BeautywithoutBoundaries #woman2woman #womensupportingwomen #Calendargirls2016

Credit for this amazing event goes to a full team of awesome individuals!

Events By : W2W Events

The Awesome Events Team:

Alefia

Sree

Aparna

Angel

Havra

Ruqya

Rohika

Sandhya

Atul

Photographs Courtesy:

Priyanka Geriya

The Fashion Designers:

Kash Kouture

ANISA Couture

Shaby Designs

Fussy Diva – by Desi Sari Dewi

Rev Du Soliel

SASH

Hayaati by Aisha

Dutchess Closet

Jewelry Sponsored by AGATHA Paris

Makeup Sponsored by Bourjois Middle East – الشرق الأوسط

Official Salon: Splendour Salon

Makeup Artist: Malini Ohri

The Amazing Performers:

Siya & Varsha

Kasha

Smartband from SmartLife Foundation

Official Film Maker: Kalyan Chakravarthy (KC24)

Official Media Partner: @Selfie Tv

The Fantastic Speakers:

Dina Taji

Mahima Mehta

Kimberly Miranda

Rohit Manek

Malini Ohri

Marie & Lara – Bourjois

KC

Ruqya Khan

The Amazingly Beautiful Calendar Girls of 2016:

Anita Menon

Bindiya Farswani

Dilakxi Antony

Dutchess Riley

Juri Deandler

Kim Oberoi

Komal Chhatwani

Mahek Anadkat

Menaka Ramakrishnan

Piyaa Jayesh Kumar

Pinky Jayesh Kumar

Ritu Chaturverdi

Rumali Kularatne

Yasmina Alidodova

To learn more: zareen.w2w.pr@gmail.com