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The Modern Mystic

    Welcome to the 9 days Modern Mystic Navratri challenge – a chance for you to reconnect to yourself. Discover yourself through the mythological stories of the 9 Durgas; Nav Durga. Reclaim your capacity to dream and create the life of your dreams. Experience the range of the 9 emotions Navrasa – and learn how to process shame, anger, fear. Cultivate deep self-compassion for yourself through healing practices on childhood healing and body love. Unlock your own genius using mindset and embodiment exercises. Uplevel your capacity to set and achieve goals. Become more deeply connected to yourself, your purpose, your family and your present. This is Ascension into your Best, most Favourite version of yourself. -         One day while meditating on the various forms of Durga, I realised –Goddess Parvati had it TOUGH ! All through her life (actually many lives) she faced challenge after challenge , with no one to talk to, no Mentors to guide her, no Life Coaches

The feminine Archetypes workshop

  The Power of the Feminine Ever so often we are met with the question what is a woman? And the world answers back – WOMAN, you are a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, you effortlessly manage the home and work. You are awesome ! What if the roles we played in people’s lives, and all the work we did at home and at work was taken away- what then would be the essence of the woman? Here is where I introduce to you the concept of ROLEs Vs Archetypes.   Role is the act of DOING, Archetype is the act of BEING. Role is in relation to something else- you cannot be a mother without a child, or a wife without a husband. The archetype has not such rules, you can be a Nurturer without a child– because you can nurture ideas, plants, or other relationships. You do not need a partner to embody the lover archetype – you can live in passion and pleasure for absolutely anything in life.   The power of archetypes and working with archetypes I attended a Live session with Tony Robbins o

Sharing my gifts , my life : Birthday retrospect 2021

  Happy 37 Birthday to me ! And for my readers of my annual birthday retrospect, this will be my 13 th year of writing a birthday blog. Wow, what a commitment. So, what was the one amazing thing I did this year ? I decided, just one fine day – to share . I started by sharing my food. It was the first time that we were not going home for Durga Pujo, we were in 2020 and the world was in Lockdown, I missed Pujo bhog, and I missedthe general excitement and enthusiasm around Durga pujo. I wanted to call a few friends over and serve them a typical Bengali meal, but we could not call people home- we were deep in N95 masks , and social distancing was in place. I decided to pack little meal boxes for my friends, and then decided I wanted to share the food with the everyone, and so decided to do a Bengali Pujo POP-UP . I ordered Gobindobhog rice, and kasundi and we made an elaborate menu with Rosogulla , deemer devil, and a non veg menu and a typical pujo bhog menu with khichuri, labda ,

The Male Gaze

  Before I begin, here is a disclaimer, all thoughts portrayed here are my own, and those that have been heavily influenced by my Netflix binge, specifically of Schitts Creek and Emily in Paris. It started with the scene in Emily in Paris, where they are shooting for a perfume company, and they have a naked woman walk across a picturesque bridge in Paris, while suited men stood rivetted by her presence and perfume. The tag line read – dream of beauty. And the question raised was – is it sexy or sexist? The simplistic point that the show raised was – the model should have been clothed. But, would that have changed the male gaze? The Male gaze is defined as the representation of women, through the eyes of a man, and these women are represented as passive objects of male desire. The term ‘male gaze’ was coined by Laura Mulvey in her 1975 essay on cinematography titled ‘Visual pleasure and Narrative cinema.’ Now, let’s shift our collective gazes to the show ‘Schitts creek’. While exp

Pleasure is its own purpose : Birthday retrospect 2020

   I turn 36 today, and in celebration of being 18 years older than 18, I am writing my first ‘strictly above 18 ’ blog post. Statutory warning, this post has explicit content, and you may want to stop right here, if female sexuality is something you are not interested in, or are dismissive of it. But, on second thought, if you are NOT interested in female, or any sort of sexuality, or are dismissive of it, that might be the best reason to read this article, because I was exactly like that most of my life. As a doctor of Science, I understood the basic evolutionary importance of Sex, but as a hard core romantic, who binge watched Rom-Coms, I found the actual act underwhelming, and if put bluntly over hyped, and skewed to satisfy the men. Sex just seemed a marketing gimmick to sell Love to men. As a productive, enthusiastic, creative , modern woman , I didn’t feel that I lacked anything, in fact if you look at the infographic here, the cocktail of human happiness hormones, sex is