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Bodies of 2 Istanbul Terror attack victims, Film producer Abis A. Rizvi and Gujarat Fashion Designer Khushi Shah reach Mumbai

The two were among 15 foreigners massacred when a lone gunman opened fire at the elite Reina nightclub where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the new year

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Mumbai, Jan 4, 2017: The bodies of Mumbai realtor and film producer Abis A. Rizvi and Gujarat fashion designer Khushi Shah, who were among the 39 persons killed in the January 1 terror attack in an Istanbul nightclub, arrived here early on Wednesday, an official said.

Accompanied by their respective family members, a Turkish Airlines flight TK-720 landed here around 5.30 a.m., said Mumbai BJP MP Kirit Somaiya who was present at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport to receive the bodies.

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Shah’s body was then taken to her hometown Vadodara by a Jet Airways flight for the last rites later on Wednesday.

Soon after landing, Rizvi’s body was taken to his home in Bandra west for the funeral in the afternoon, Somaiya said.

The two were among 15 foreigners massacred when a lone gunman opened fire at the elite Reina nightclub where hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the new year.

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As many as 69 persons were injured in the attack claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj broke the news of the Indian victims in a tweet on Sunday. (IANS)

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The Craft of Distilling Is Ancient, Different Story Behind Every Bottle

The craft of distilling is very ancient and recipes have been handed down generations. To me, food and spirits are very culture-centric and each dish or drink is an experience of this culture and have a lot of story to it.

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The aim is for the curated audience to meet curated brands and learn about their stories. We consciously wanted to create a small, well-curated festival that encourages such conversations amongst the visitors," Prakash elaborated. Pixabay

Every bottle of alcohol has a tale to tell and to celebrate this, over 20 international masters, distillers, mixologists and story tellers will gather in Mumbai over the weekend on a platform that celebrates the craft of distillers and distilleries. It will also be a rite of passage for the new consumer who is open to experiencing luxury beverages that are a product of passion and commitment and are produced in small batches, without any compromise on quality.

“Every bottle has a tale, waiting to be shared – of its founder, of the distiller, of the wood in which it lay, of the people who built the spirit, of the mixologist who decided to `play’ with it and more. Listen, learn and celebrate the people behind the spirits,” Keshav Prakash, who began his career as an advertising filmmaker and then travelled the world to discover the world of fine spirts, told IANS of The Vault Biennale at the Mahalakshmi Race Course.

“The craft of distilling is very ancient and recipes have been handed down generations. To me, food and spirits are very culture-centric and each dish or drink is an experience of this culture and have a lot of story to it.

“For example, making whiskey is a tradition native to Scotland, much like rum to the Caribbean, Mezcal to the Mexico and so on. These are parts of their values and teachings handed over from generation to generation, with much love and celebration, making it an intrinsic part of a living culture,” Prakash explained.

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will also be a rite of passage for the new consumer who is open to experiencing luxury beverages that are a product of passion and commitment and are produced in small batches, without any compromise on quality. Pixabay

The event is open to only 400 aficionados each day.

“We envision two kinds of visitors at the Biennale – one who are newly immersing themselves in fine spirits and others who know their single malt, gin, whiskey etc. The aim is for the curated audience to meet curated brands and learn about their stories. We consciously wanted to create a small, well-curated festival that encourages such conversations amongst the visitors,” Prakash elaborated.

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What will be on offer?

Over 50 handpicked fine beverage brands like Kilchoman Machir Bay, Rémy Martin, Cotswolds Gin, and Amrut Peated Port Pipe. Leading the audience will be mixologists from World’s 50 Best Bars, among them Hiroyasu Kayama of Tokyo, Alex Simonidis & Georgia Georgakopoulou of Athens and Jose Luis Leon of Mexico City. (IANS)