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New Year New You

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Women Career Restart and Networking

A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for others.

After a long sabbatical, I have started our Women Networking Events again. Let’s make 2018, the year to reap the harvest !

Join us on 15 January 2018 from 11am to 1pm for a FREE to attend Career Guidance Talk by Shirrin S Patwa, a Clean Water & Healthy Lifestyle Demonstration by Maria. Please bring your business cards, we have 5 discount vouchers from Allure Collectives for 5 lucky ladies names picked from the business cards drop box. Also, our Venue sponsor – MAD Dance Studio will be giving AED 100/- vouchers from MAD to use against 2 free sessions with them. The MAD vouchers are for every participant.

RSVP with your full name and contact number to barkha@redorangevents.com

PLEASE BRING YOGA MAT OR CUSHION FOR YOURSELF AS WE HAVE LIMITED SEATING ARRANGEMENTS !

 

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Project Doopti : Purpose is to Sustain

Uplifting people just by mere words is not enough, until they are backed by actions. Meet my dear friend, Cynthia Fernandes, an inspiration and motivational Social Entrepreneur.

Cynthia Fernandes | Social Entrepreneur & Cottage Industry Owner | Project Doopti

Cynthia has always been a quiet Samaritan to take up causes and initiatives which would look challenging for any one but not for this woman. Cynthia has lived in the Middle East for most of her life, where I had the privilege of meeting her through her social work of helping people get jobs through her job posts, women networking events and many more. When she moved back home to India, she saw the challenges faced by the low income and under privileged women in her neighboring village, a few kilometers from where she lives.
Where most people who look at such a need of upliftment for the under privileged , Cynthia backed her words of motivation with actions ! That is when Project Doopti took birth !

Women working on their orders

Doopti is a small cottage enterprise in Belgaum, where in they employ below poverty women and encourage them to make cotton quilts and at the same time earn a decent living for themselves. These quilts are personalised quilts as per the clients wish or requirements.
Cynthia started this cottage industry in 2015 with one lady, one sewing machine. And today She has 5+ ladies and 7 sewing machines. They manufacture handmade quilts, petbeds, table accessories, goody bags, curtains, bedspreads and pillows.
They have received quite a phenomenal response from friends who are using this opportunity to gift their loved ones as these unique quilts are not easily available in the open market. As we are in the winter season, this is the right time to act upon. As they are dependent on word of mouth and personal references, you can be part of this initiative and help her to spread the word. Your inquiries will be appreciated.
You can contact Mrs. Cynthia Fernandes, Social Entrepreneur and owner of the cottage industry who has been a helping Samaritan towards so many families for their basic survival through her cottage handicraft business
The products ordered are delivered for free within India as well as UAE.
Please follow their page on Facebook – DOOPTI 
Cynthia Fernandes 00919008378123
Media Inquiries – write to – barkhamahesh@gmail.com

 

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How to help yourself to subside the pain

Due to our stressful lives, we all sometimes come across sudden pangs of pain while working on our desks or even at home. Many of you don’t know is that what appears in the physical is the final call of our body and this pain has started sometime back, either in the recent past or way back in the past when we were children or young adults through our thoughts (and even triggered from words we hear about ourselves and believe them to be true).

Our thoughts build up in our own consciousness and ultimately take shape in the form of pain , for some it is momentary and for some it is a pain that they are living with many years.

We are very unattached from our natural surroundings, specially those in the cities who do not even touch the Earth with their barefeet.

Out of personal experience and regularly trying this technique on myself , I am recommending the same to you.

A few years back (way back in 2008) I was hit with a severe case of spondylitis , affecting my work and it became so worse that I would not be able to drive my car back and forth to work. So my option was to get a plaster around my neck or take care of myself …. and I choose to take care of myself. So with regular physio therapy, exercise at home twice daily (yes even after the work, kids and home schedule I did do it) It took me a good 6-8 months to be fit and off medications. I did not stop even after I was alright.

Till this date I do get severe pains, when my stress levels are high and thankfully to my own learning of self care, I understand that it is my thoughts that are working its way and affecting me.

So how do you get rid of the negativity? The thoughts keep coming. I learnt a beautiful technique through my yoga teacher and Reiki teacher to give it all to Mother Earth. And yes believe me it works wonders ! Atleast for the aches and pains in the body.

Here are a few steps you can do when you are in pain specially for your neck, back and legs (works good on stomach pain as well)

If you have a garden in your courtyard then it is best else you can lie down on a yoga mat (even in your apartment is fine as you are touching the ground) or if you are close to the beach , you can do this on the sand near the beach or even on the desert sand … as long as you are able to connect with the Earth in anyway…. BAREFEET please !

  1. Lie down on your back with your hands stretched a little away from your body, palms touching the ground.
  2. feet apart from each other, do not cross them over each other
  3. Calm your breathing and observe your breathe for a few minutes, just feel the flow of your breathe
  4. Breathe with least effort and as slowly and deeply as possible.
  5. Keep your eyes closed all this while.
  6. Once you have calmed yourself, imagine and feel yourself lying and touching the green grass and Earth below you.
  7. Thanking God and the Divine Source for blessing you with good health, thank and give gratitude to Mother Earth for loving and taking care of humanity, the living beings on Earth.
  8. While keeping your eyes closed, say to her “Mother Earth, I bless you and send you my love. I am in pain and having negative energy surrounding me. I ask you to take this negative energy away from me and recycle, renew and reuse this energy for the betterment of the beings on this Earth. I ask you to fill me with positive and healing energy from your being to replace this negative energy.”
  9. While saying this , imagine the negative energy leaving your physical body (through the tips of your fingers of  hands and feet) and your aura and being replaced by Earth’s positive energy , a bright white golden light. Imagine this light entering your head and slowly flowing through each and every part of your body , flowing through your face, neck, spine, chest, stomach, hands, arms, buttocks, thighs, legs and feet … passing through every nerve in your body till you feel yourself filled with white golden healing light.
  10. Stay in this state for about 10 – 15 mins and give even your negative thoughts to Mother Earth.
  11. If you feel a bit sleepy it is fine … you can take a quick nap and wake up at your discretion.
  12. Close the session when you are ready to and thank Mother Earth for the rejuvenating energy and also the Divine Source for the love and healing.
  13. Before opening your eyes, rub your hands together and place them over yours eyes and soak the healing energy for your eyes and slowly turn on your side and open your eyes.
  14. You may now sit up.

I hope you find this useful and can do it at home (even in an apartment) when you are in pain. You can do this on a regular basis. Ideally it is good when you are going for your morning walks and after finishing your walk, you can calm your body and breathing by doing this, lying on the grass. I have also tried this while standing and stretching my arms out a bit so that the fingers are pointing towards the Earth. It works perfectly fine this way too.

Also, after you finish this healing session, you can stamp both your feet on the ground and walk a few minutes on the grass if possible.

Those having digestion and reproductive issues can also do this on a regular basis and feel the difference.

The key is to acknowledge and learn to love yourself unconditionally like Mother Earth and Divine Source loves you unconditionally.

To know more about healing or to book a session you can write to me on barkhamahesh@gmail.com

Connect with me on +97155 77 11 606

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Visit to the heritage village at Chokhi Dhani

Has it happened to you, that during a conversation someone mentions the name of a place and the name pops up when you are closer to it …. I guess it’s Universe’s way of saying you have to go there !

This is what happened with Choki Dhani, I thank my sister in law for mentioning the place as she had been there earlier… and she told me don’t miss it if you get the chance between your work.

Yes, the visit to Jaipur was an official tour but I got one day to explore and use it to my leisure… so after a day spent in retail therapy ( can we live without it … wink wink) I set off to chokhi dhani earlier and wanted to reach there before the sunset to capture pictures in the natural light.

I totally loved the way they were welcoming the guests with the traditional tilak on the head and dhol musicians playing just before you enter the lobby. Couldn’t take a picture of myself though !

It was nice ambiance as you enter the lobby in the traditional decor so typical of Jaipur. Your entry to the village is through your dinner booking at the lobby … you have the option of sitting in the open or take the air conditioned dining in a separate area. Of course the weather in August was so amazing that you don’t want to spend it in air conditioning (living in Dubai, we are in it all year round). So done with my dinner booking I entered inside the place and was in awe of the simplicity and beauty of the whole setup !

Entrance of Chokhi Dhani

There are small food and chat corners, rope walker, different folk dances by local artists, henna design, elephant and camel rides and an amazingly designed play area for children. There was a wrestlers ring as well !! Really and there were some guests trying to show off muscle ..hahaha it was so funny watching people with a pot belly wrestling with professionals ! but who cares when you are of a sporting nature !

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There are nice places to rest and sit and enjoy the setup. The dinner starts to be served from 6.30 … oh but do enjoy the dances and the henna before you go for the food… I am an early eater so I went in for dinner and then decided to explore the handicraft market – Kalagram and also the haldi ghatti setup with the historic representation of the story of Maharana Pratap. But a little bit of henna on the hand was lovely by the village artist.

The Dining hall was built like a hut with the food serving station in the center and the seating was of course on the floor with food being served in eco-friendly vessels. Well if you are a weight watcher then good luck to you …. you need to be on a slightly empty stomach to enjoy the food or have a good appetite. The traditional daal batthi churma, with gathe ki sabji and different rotis to go with it and chaas …oh gosh … writing about it is only having me drooling about the food.  The amazing thing I loved was the lighted walls with the diyas .. it gave such a soft and soothing effect to dining !

Enjoyed a little entertainment before the dinner …

After dinner it was the Haldi Ghatti and Kalagram shopping of handicrafts … here are a few pictures !

In all a lovely village setting with nice dinner and activities with light entertainment for everyone … the weather gave it the little chill that a desert should be associated with … the nights are cooler.

Tirupathi Temple live size representation

And after all the indulging in the kalagram with handicraft shopping … I bid farewell to a relaxed and light evening surrounded by heritage and culture at Chokhi Dhani !

Ram Ram Sa … good bye the rajasthani way

Ram Ram Sa …. till next time

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Seasons of Change

Dubai International Art Centre invites you to the opening of “Seasons of Change” by the artists of Dubai Foundation for Women & Children

Guest of Honor is Madame Fatma Lootah

Opening night 6th September 2017, 5pm – 7pm

Location – Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Behind Mercato Mall, Villa #27, Street 75-B, Jumeirah

Exhibition shall run from 6th – 16th September 2017

Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DIACArtCentre/

Picture Credits – DIAC