Virtual Adda with Viji Venkatesh and RJ Rishi

Viji Venkatesh and RJ Rishi Kapoor of Red FM hosted the curtain raiser Adda for Chai for Cancer Season 8 – “Ek Chai Zindagi ke Naam”. This Adda was attended by over 50 friends and family members, patient leaders, colleagues and physicians.

Keeping in mind the COVID crisis and the lockdown restrictions, the Adda was organized virtually on Zoom platform, which on the bright side, enabled well wishers and supporters of the cause to join in not just from different parts of India, but even a far as England!

The evening began with Viji extending a warm welcome to all the early birds at the Adda. Many of the attendees had been people who have hosted or previously attended multiple Addas over the last seven years. Everyone exchanged warm greetings and reminisced about the physical gatherings in the previous years.

RJ Rishi then joined in, immediately pushing the throttle with his energy, greeting everybody and commending them for supporting a cause as noble as Chai for Cancer at a time when cancer patients need all the help they can get!

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of Chai for Cancer’s collaboration with Indian Chai Stories – a blog by Gowri Mohanakrishnan with over 190 original stories from 58 contributors who are real people straight from the tea gardens of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Sri Lanka!

As Gowri herself put it at the Adda, “This year Chai for Cancer’s theme is “Ek Chai Zindagi ke Naam” and back in the tea gardens, our motto has always been “Ek Zindagi Chai ke Naam””. Truly, this was a match waiting to happen!

Viji then introduced all the guests one by one, as they spoke about their relationship with the cause and sharing their experiences- whether as hosts or as attendees of the previous Addas. Stories were shared, laughter was in the air, old memories were reminisced and new memories made; and in the middle of it all, was Chai for Cancer – the common cause that united people from different regions and different backgrounds and gave the people a reason to toast to!

You can watch the replay of this Adda by clicking here.

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