Delhi cel­e­brates the British royal wed­ding with a big heart and a Scot­tish toast!

Ex­cite­ment of the royal wed­ding of Prince Harry and Me­gan Markle at the Wind­sor Cas­tle, U.K. spread over 4000 miles to reach In­dia as well. At a spe­cial char­ity sun­downer event held at DLF’S lux­ury mall, The Chanakya, it was all about cel­e­brat­ing the Brit

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The evening was spon­sored by In­ter­na­tional Bev­er­age Hold­ings Ltd., who flew in their Mas­ter Blen­der, Stu­art Har­vey, all the way from Scot­land to keep the spir­its high through a be­spoke tast­ing ses­sion of Scot­tish sin­gle malts and gin. Har­vey, one of the world’s lead­ing mas­ter blenders, in­tro­duced the “timed to per­fec­tion” premium sin­gle malt, Bal­blair, the clas­sic Spey­side malt, Spey­burn and the hand-crafted su­per-premium gin, Caorunn. Con­cep­tu­al­ized by Reshma Punj, Project De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sor, Seraphim Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, who was in­spired by the work of Mum­bai-based Myna Mahila Foun­da­tion ( MMF). The foun­da­tion is one of the seven (and the only non-british) char­i­ties cho­sen by the royal cou­ple, who have re­quested guests to do­nate in lieu of their wed­ding presents. MMFIS An In­dian or­ga­ni­za­tion which em­pow­ers women by en­cour­ag­ing dis­cus­sion of taboo sub­jects such as men­stru­a­tion, and by set­ting up work­shops to pro­duce low-cost san­i­tary pro­tec­tion to en­able girls to stay in school.

A raf­fle cer­e­mony or­gan­ised dur­ing the sun­downer event, pro­ceeds of which were con­trib­uted to the NGO. Con­trib­u­tors and raf­fle prize donors were to the likes of Shreyas Kitchen,ex­clu­sively Yours Sil­ver­ware ,Akhil Paul Wed­dings, Ce­leste Choco­lates, Naina Bal­saver Jew­ellery, Rose­tree, Ravis­sant, Ro­hit Bal, Elif­er­ous & PDF, Out­house Jew­ellery and Isaac Skin Clinic.

Se­nior mem­bers from the British High Com­mis­sion also at­tended the fundraiser. Key rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the po­lit­i­cal af­fairs and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­vi­sion, Mr. Kieran Drake, Ms. Jo Bur­den and Alex Cameron pre­sented a to­ken gift to the high­est in­di­vid­ual con­trib­u­tor to­wards the foun­da­tion, dur­ing the event.

“I am ex­tremely happy to have hosted this event for rais­ing funds to­wards the foun­da­tion. Their work to­wards the girl child and women hy­giene is truly in­spir­ing. The event was our way of ap­pre­ci­at­ing them, while cel­e­brat­ing the Royal Wed­ding along with the rest of the world. I am hon­oured that so many peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions sup­ported the cause. Also, to have IBHL bring down their mas­ter blen­der to take us through their award-win­ning sin­gle malts and gin, was a per­fectly fit­ting way to raise a toast in cel­e­bra­tion of the Royal Wed­ding,” said Reshma Punj.

“In­dia is one of the most awein­spir­ing coun­tries in terms of its cul­ture and her­itage. I am de­lighted to be in In­dia at this time, to cel­e­brate what has be­come a truly global event, The Royal Wed­ding! As a mat­ter of fact, one of our sin­gle malts be­ing served this evening, Spey­burn, has its spe­cial anec­dote at­tached to the Royal Fam­ily. Its first bar­rel was laid down in 1897, to en­sure that the sin­gle malt was ready just in time to toast Queen Vic­to­ria’s Sil­ver Ju­bilee. See­ing the fer­vour of peo­ple and the cel­e­bra­tions around me, I surely do not miss be­ing in the UK right now,” said Stu­art Har­vey, the only pro­fes­sional in the global in­dus­try who is both a mas­ter blen­der and a mas­ter brewer. In­ter­na­tional Bev­er­age Hold­ings Lim­ited: Es­tab­lished in 2006 as the in­ter­na­tional arm of Thaibev, the com­pany spe­cialises in de­vel­op­ing dis­tinc­tive, premium lo­cal brands for global growth, with a port­fo­lio that is led by a range of high qual­ity Scotch whiskies and in­cludes some of the fastest grow­ing and most pres­ti­gious beers, spir­its and whiskies on the mar­ket to­day.

The event was or­ga­nized with full sup­port from Di­naz Mad­hukar, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, DLF Lux­ury Re­tail & Hos­pi­tal­ity, and her team, who of­fered DLF’S new­est lux­ury mall in New Delhi, The Chanakya as the venue for this elite fundraiser.

L to R Kieran Drake, Jo Bur­den, Alex Cameron, Stu­art Har­vey, Reshma Punj, Karan Khanna (big­gest donor of the evening)

L to R: Shilpa Raina Wa­hal, Ratan Kaul, Stu­art Har­vey (Mas­ter Blen­der, In­ter­na­tional Bev­er­age Hold­ings Ltd (IBHL), Sr­ishti Kaur (Miss Teen Uni­verse 2017) and Stephane Lau­rent.

An­jali Ahuja and Kavir Ad­vani L to R Kavir Ad­vani, Sumedha Ahuja, Akanksha Ahuja, Reshma Punj and Stu­art Har­vey L to R Kieran Drake (British Hgih Com­mis­sion, Head of Pol­i­tics and Press); Sr­ishti Kaur (Miss Teen Uni­verse 2017); Stu­art Har­vey (Mas­ter blende

L to R: Swati Pandya, Princess Kamini Rani of Seo­hara, Jo Bur­den, Kieran Drake and Sheena Jain.

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