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The best of YS Weekender: how to retire in style, brewing the perfect tea, and a carnival of expressions

This weekend, we explore how Ratna Chadha is gearing up to retire busy from a life of travel and cruises, the difference between tea and chai, and what the purpose of art is.

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16th Mar 2019
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Who doesn't like the idea of a cruise - the ultimate luxurious vacation? Ratna Chadha thought so too. The one who brought cruises to India, Ratna has been a part of the travel industry for 39 years. And now, she is ready to hang up her boots - in style. Check out what the 63-year-old wants to do once she is done being the CEO of TIRUN Travel Marketing.



First things first - tea is not 'chai'. In fact, tea is to its artist what wine is to a sommelier. To Susmita Das Gupta, Founder of Smart iDeAS and a tea expert, "tea is never cooked, it’s brewed." And it has a very different process as well. We learnt more about the green, white, black, and orthodox teas, brewing it, and Susmita's journey from branding to making the perfect cup.



As city-dwellers, we have our lives compartmentalised into weekdays and weekends. Between hustling and pursuing the things we love. But, what if you could do more of the latter? Mansee and Nikhil Thard are trying to answer this question through Lahe Lahe - a genre-agnostic space for anybody who wants to create, express, and more.



Movies and art have a way of bringing issues in society to the fore. Real-life Gully Boys Tamil Nadu-based ‘The Casteless Collective’ is spurring its own hip-hop movement, engaging with the political and social issues in the state. The band includes four rappers, seven instrumentalists, and eight gaana musicians.



What are your biggest fears? Lina Ashar, Founder of Kangaroo Kids Education, answers this and more in our Proust questionnaire. Guess who her favourite authors are - Andy Andrews and Bruce Lipton.



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