Saturday, November 30, 2019

Peppa Pig Musical Live in Chennai

Some ideas can be random , simple or even crazy , but they work phenomenally well and quickly go viral. That was the exact notion behind the creators of the current cartoon hit show, Peppa Pig.

The basic notion that Pigs can actually be designed to be cute character for a cartoon series was definitely an ingenious idea. Peppa Pig has been a major success across different markets in Asia & Europe esp China & India, instantly capturing the minds of almost all the kids.

After creating a massive sensation , the musical format of the show is now going to be launched in India in multiple cities including Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru with a host of fun activities and magic.

In Association with Live Viacom18 and BookMyShow, Peppa Pig is happening at Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall,Harrington Road, Chetpet, Chennai - 31

Dates:                   30th November – 01st December (Saturday-Sunday)
Show timings:     30th November – 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM, 6:30 PM
                             01st December – 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM

Almost the entire cast including Peppa, Georgie, Mummy and Daddy Pig would be performing live in front of a thrilled audience and you really dont want to miss out on this. Take your kids for a fun filled evening as you enter the magical world of Peppa Pig and have a super memorable experience

Tickets are available at Venue and in Bookmyshow :

Monday, November 18, 2019

World on a Plate - Masterchef Event with Philips Airfryer

Chennai has witnessed a tremendous growth in the food scene with new restaurants and cafes mushrooming in every corner of the city. The variety of cuisines has also expanded and it's no longer just a choice between South Indian, North Indian & Multi Cuisine.We now have choices from Mediterranean, Arabic, Italian, Chinese, Maharashtrian, Russian, Japanese or you're in the mood for some cheese, you have an entirely dedicated All-Cheese restaurant called Fromage.

With Sarah Todd, Masterchef

The rising popularity of this food scene made it an obvious venue for World On A Plate to host a MasterChef Masterclass event in partnership with Philips India.

The three Masterchefs that attended were Sarah Todd, Vicky Ratnani and Saransh Goila. The event featured the city's best restaurant & patisserie stalls promoting their top selling & favourite dishes . The restaurants included

  • Bombay Brasserie
  • The Brew Room
  • Soy Soi
  • Sandy's
  • Toscano's
  • Intercontinental's Tao of Peng
A few selected bloggers including me were part of an exclusive interview session with Celebrity MasterChef Saransh Goila. In his interview Saransh confessed his love for South Indian food and shared some very interesting unconventional methods to cook traditional foods.

Saransh Goila, WOAP Chennai

Philips India was one of the primary sponsors for this event with their star attraction being the Philips AirFryer. Both Saransh Goila and Sarah Todd demonstrated the use of AirFryer to cook their special dish instead of opting to deep frying it.

This came quite a surprise to the audience that the AirFryer is not just a oven kinda device but rather a fully compatible machine which helps you to bake,cook and heat stuffs. With barely a spoon of oil as compared to deep frying in a bowl of oil, the food prevents all the fat content from the oil , yet retaining the same flavor and taste

Though  I had been using my AirFryer currently to make French Fries (without oil), Veg Patties and to occasionally fry vegetables and nuts, the Masterchef session actually gave me quite a few interesting ideas to start using the device in more different ways.

Here's a detailed Philips Air Fryer Review I had written earlier

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Japanese Film Festival In India with Japan Foundation

If you're lover of International Film Festivals, you are in for an absolute treat. Japan Foundation has launched a nationwide film festival of acclaimed Japanese movies (old and new) across India in

Called the Japanese Film Fest, this is the third edition of this in India ,  in collaboration with PVR Cinemas , powered by ENEOS, at VR Mall in Chennai.

The film festival started in Delhi around the month of September 2019, with a phenomenal response and this time that it came down south to Chennai, the land of Kollywood movies..

I had the privilege to meet the Director General of Japan Foundation (pic in left), Kaoru Miyamoto San and Kojiro Uchiyama San (pic in Right) , Consul General of Japan in Chennai.

The objective of the film festival was to give an insight into the Japanese culture, the society and the people of Japan. With the launch of the direct Chennai to Tokyo Flight by Nippon Airways, you might even probably be tempted to visit Japan after watching these movies


The film festival is 10 days long from Nov 8-17th in Chennai.

Some of the movies that are being featured include:

  • Weathering With You

  • Parallel World Love Story 

  • Samurai Shifters

  • Masquerade Hotel

  • Your Name

  • Tokyo Ghoul

  • Shoplifters

  • Children of the Sea

  • Dance with Me

Opening Film : The Kingdom

I had a chance to watch the first film in this Japanese Film Fest, called The Kingdom (Kingudamu in Japanese) . The movie is an action thriller about a king trying to reclaim his kingdom lost to his brother, while a young fighter dreams of becoming the greatest general on earth.

Though I have seen several Japanese movies in TV , this was my first experience of watching a Japanese movie in a big screen and the movie totally blew me away. A 134 minute action thriller, this is easily one of the well made action movies I've seen in 2019.

Directed by Shinsuke Sato, this is incidentally a live-action adaptation of Yasuhisa Hara’s manga of the same name and the top cast include KENTO YAMAZAKI. RYÔ YOSHIZAWA and MASAMI NAGASAWA

Schedule of Japanese Film Fest in Chennai

What's the best part ? 

All the movies are completely free !!! Just walk into VR Chennai one hour before the movie, collect your passes and enjoy the movie :)

Guwahati, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkatta are next in this series..

For more info on the Japanese film festival, do check out their official site