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3 ways to save money and be happy gals!

It is the blessed time you are living in friends! 

You are empowered with information because of surplus channels, you are empowered with right mindset because of your education and you are empowered with confidence because of your right grooming. As a working woman, you are really working hard to be financially independent and live life on your own terms. It is your duty to yourself to tap into all sources which can help you in saving money to secure your future. A little amount of homework, time management, and passion can help you to save money and utilize it for better investments-


1.Exercise at home– Exercise is a must activity for any woman who wants to lead a healthy life. Doing exercises at gyms under the guidance of trainers is quite in fashion.  This requires investment in terms of time and money. If you are able to create a set of exercise as per your body requirement with a combination of Yoga and aerobics there is no need to go to the gym at all. Social media is full of such articles which can teach certain exercises to be carried at home.

2. Cook at home- Gals make cooking your hobby. Stop taking it as a mundane activity. Change your mindset for cooking as it is very well said- “You look what you eat”. And once you start cooking with an intention of looking good and healthy you will be amazed seeing the results. Save money by avoiding ordering food, plan out healthy cooking dates with friends, make groups of like-minded people who want to explore healthy cooking and share healthy recipes with each other

3. Groom at home- Most of the women dreams to look as beautiful as she can and goes to any extent to spend money and avail various beauty grooming services for her benefit. It all takes a little attention to hair and skin and enhancing inner beauty by eating well to look beautiful. Parlours and spas can be helpful in providing instant solutions to your beauty problems. But in the long run, your personal care will be responsible for your outer and inner beauty. Therefore friends start empowering yourself with knowledge and to do a list of actions to be taken at home for your beauty care. After all, you are considered to be a multitasker, everything is possible for you!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

Hey Woman, Dream Big!

Very Happy International Women’s Day to lovely womenfolk around! iwd


Keep shining, smiling and dreaming always. Dreams can come true if one works towards fulfilling them. It is all about what goals one has in life and how she wants to achieve.


It is pleasure to share about a wonderful dreamer’s dreams which she has turned into reality with her hard work and dedication. Women Lines has shared about Shalima Motial in the entrepreneur of the month section sometimes back. On the occasion of IWD Shalima is sharing her splendid achievements in details which give a message that every thing is possible if you take action. Get some dose of motivation friends by reading about her achievements-


Shalima Motial, founder, and CEO of Dream Catchers has stayed true to her company’s name and has helped catch hundreds of people’s dreams! Dream Catchers is an online talent showcase company that also does niche events onstage/offline. Dream Catchers has the fandom of 17,000 fans who support the 1100+ entertainers and models Dream Catchers has showcased.  IMG_20170308_130625


The first few chapters of Dream Catchers’ journey involves Dream Catchers launch event “Love to Dance”: A competitive platform for women to showcase their dancing talent. Dancers from France, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Spain made up the 60 women represented in 8 groups who tore the stage down with stellar performances. The top three groups won big cash prizes sponsored by Dream Catchers. And if we flip a few pages forward, we’ll see a beautiful 4 seasons of “Most Wanted Entertainer”: An online talent contest that roped in over 500 artists! Dream Catchers received entries from Singapore, Malaysia, America, Russia, Philippines, Canada and India which summed up to a show-stopping start.


Along Dream Catcher’s voyage to catch dreams, many collaborations were born. For two years in a row, they presented as NUS’s online talent partners for their competition “Stardust”. During this voyage, Dream Catchers has had many ongoing collaborations with Radio Masti which brought to us a sundry of events. They associated with Colors channel as their online talent partners to bring “Colors Got Talent” and “Jhalak Dikhla ja (2016)”. Dream Catchers joined hands with artist Druv Kent to present Battle of the Bands (2016). The three bands who won were ushered to the prestigious Victoria Arts Theatre where they got an opportunity to perform! Shalima Motial organized Bandwidths’ 2013 and 2016 concert both of which were a rocking success! The 2016 concert was a sold-out show one week ahead of time with 1100 people attending. Teamwork Production’s Fans of Salim Sulaiman had Dream Catchers on their side as their online talent partners. They brought many artists on board for the competition and winners got a chance to perform on stage with none other than Salim and Sulaiman themselves(Composers of more than 100 Bollywood Film songs)

They partnered in a similar fashion for Fans of Farhan Akhtar too.

The most recent chapters have two going on three beautiful seasons of Runway Mom penned down. Runway Mom, Runway Lovers is Shalima’s  brainchild: Runway Mom, Runway Lovers is a platform for women of all ages, sizes, and backgrounds to walk the ramp with their loved ones. Whether it be, their spouse and/or child. Moms get to create lifetime memories that they’ll cherish for years to come. The event is packaged with seven pre-events where all the momdels (Mom models) get to let their hair down and embrace womanhood. It’s a perfect time to be talking about Runway Mom, Runway Lovers (Third season) as International Women’s day is right around the corner holding hands with Runway Mom, Runway Lovers! “Providing a platform for someone else to excel and catch their dreams is the most gratifying experience. It’s amazing how many forces unite and contribute to relevant projects like these and make them a success.” (Shalima Motial, Founder and CEO of Dream Catchers). Approximately 130 women would have walked the ramp at the wrap of the third season. This just means 130 women’s dreams Dream Catchers has caught. Each season has outdone itself and we can’t wait to see what more magic Dream Catchers have added in the 3rd season (11th March 2017).

Shalima is so happy that she’s been Blessed to be a part of something greater than herself and that she’s been able to catch people’s dreams through Dream Catchers. She believes that: “A great entrepreneur, will keep reinventing her/his business to cater to the needs of the market and this requires resilience and determination’. Dream Catchers has not only catered to the needs of the market but has catered to the need of fulfilling our dreams. We can’t wait for what’s next in store!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

As a woman are you being fooled by present day media ?

Hi Gals, It is TGIF:)!

Take a break and have some relaxing time for yourself! But be mindful how you relax.  mediaWatching television can be a good idea, but be mindful what are you watching. Instead of watching senseless programs like serials watch something which stimulates your mind. On social media also, just killing time browsing Instagram pages of celebrities all following facebook profiles can give you fun, but don’t exaggerate it. Reading can be also fun, but avoid those colorful magazines without content.

I just read a forward shared by my friend highlighting about the repercussions about wrong media targets on women. Any female magazine we take is filled up with ads only. Hardly there is any quality content. Just remove all ad pages of such magazines and check with how much worth reading the content you are left with. And whatever content is there it only talks about shortcomings in women. Articles about how to improve figure, or complexion, or hair.

Keep yourself away from getting overpowered by media friends. Time has come to change the mindset and as mothers, we have to be mindful what mindset our daughters are building up. Life is not only about maintaining a good figure and complexion and getting your dream man. Life is beautiful and so many things to do. Develop a skill, become financially independent, follow your hobby, give back to society. Have goals for self-improvement.

Start being mindful friends where are you spending time. Choose your friends carefully who have the same mindset as yours. Remove all negative words from life and fill it with positivity. In nutshell want to share a quote-

“Eat better. Run more. Squat more. Sleep earlier. Wake up earlier. Make a healthy breakfast. Drink water, eat fruit. Read Books. Adventure. Talk less. Listen more. Feel deeper. Love better. Open your eyes. Experience life. Be happy”

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

An artist breathing life into beautiful Indian folk art- Swati Palekar

Swati Palekar pulled me in towards her stall named Swayam,which was filled with beautiful bright colored amazingly creative art pieces. Swati is the owner of Swayam Folk Art Painting in Singapore. I found it truly addicting and as soon as I discovered her work I had to see all.Fun, full of life and vibrant.These are the great feelings I feel viewing her products. The energy of her work is extremely positive and her creativity is excellent. Read about her entrepreneurial journey in her own words-

1.Please share with our readers’ little bit about yourself ?    1e497c08-13e8-4281-8036-ddc3647ccc14











I’m a Singapore based, self-taught artist  who began her journey in folk art painting in 2012 after quitting a full-time career in finance and digital marketing. Art and craft has always fascinated me since childhood. I inherited this love for art from my mom who is an artist herself. Little did I know that my attempt at trying hands at Indian folk art paintings would grow into a passion leading to establishing a brand named ‘Swayam’ which is turning 4 this month. I specialise in Indian folk and tribal art paintings and use these traditional forms of art in creating trendy, contemporary & chic home décor products. Every product under Swayam’s label has been designed and hand painted with lots of love and patience in my studio in Singapore. I conduct folk art painting workshops for kids and adults and have lots more to do. I had some wonderful opportunities to  exhibit my work in some  reputed Art fairs in Singapore as well as  alongside leading lifestyle brands which  were very well received by local and expat communities. Thank you, Women Lines, for giving me such a wonderful platform to share my humble journey with Swayam folk art.

2. So when did you venture into this venture  and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?

I grew up in an environment where I was constantly exposed to art all around me day in and day out as my Mom was a working artist back then and a true entrepreneur at heart. unnamedWhen I look back I really admire the amount of works she had produced and the creative initiatives she had taken with all the limited resources she had. So I believe the seeds of creativity were sown during my childhood itself. Although she believed in me that I could do very well if I pursue a creative field, I chose to go with Finance, working for almost a decade in  Banking and Digital marketing sector. Till then I had no aspirations to become a working artist. But I have always been fascinated by folk art style painting. There is certain charm in folk art style painting that drew me towards it. Firstly simplicity in style yet so profound. Its a common mans art, Art every layman can relate to and appreciate and practice as well. Around 5 years back after I quit my job here in Singapore  the first thing that naturally occurred to me was to explore more of this form of art. I started researching more about the folk art forms and painting. One experiment led to another. But it was limited to just a hobby, a passion. Soon I started posting images of what I was making on the internet (just for fun). ‘Swayam ‘ was born due to the persistence of my dear friends who pushed me to take it to the next level and  pursue my passion professionally and insisted I showcase my work in one of the festive Bazaars in Singapore. Thats it, it all started then. I set up a studio on my little dining table, came up with a Brand name, Product line,  Exhibitions , Online marketing, followed by workshops followed by painting commissions and now my very own studio space. When I look back I realise that the key motivation and inspiration which drove me was discovering who I am and what I’m capable of achieving , living my passion and experiencing the joy of accomplishment on achieving those small mini milestones.

3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days ?

Innumerable. Some of them I face everyday in fact. I used to get overwhelmed with them initially. Believing in yourself, your art is one that was my very first challenge. There is always risk of rejection but then as an artist you cannot have success without risks. It is very important to put your work out there. I too face those artist block moments which were initially very very frustrating. But the key is persistence and faith in oneself which is very crucial to keep an artist sailing through is what I learnt. The other personal challenge was discipline. Discipline to assign dedicated time and space for doing my art. I realised once my creative juices start flowing I am totally disconnected to the present. I just want to sit and paint before that design concept vanishes, the colours and patterns I visualise disappear. But then being a full-time mom and a homemaker that is not practical every time. Striking balance between personal and professional life is another big challenge which is easier said then done especially when you are the whole and sole in both the arenas. Creating is just one part of being an artist. Getting clients for your work is also equally important, especially for the sustenance of new artists. Creating ads, clicking product pics, pricing the product, packaging and the list goes on . Its all a one woman show at Swayam. Professional help in the initial years was not really affordable for my small home based business, so I had to learn all these skills , and its been amazing. I’d like to share one very important challenge I face till today – making the clients understand the handmade process. what goes into creation of each and every product unlike the mass factory produced goods. And since not every person is aware they sadly fail to respect handmade products by way of bargaining. Asking discounts is not wrong. Its always good to ask as some artists may have kept some margin for discounts. But without understanding the process when the prices are bargained by just converting the prices in SGD to Indian rupees (solely because the product is created using Indian folk art style) was something I experienced a lot in my initial years. I have not overcome all the challenges completely, but I can handle them much better today. The joy of following your passion makes it all worth while!

4. So how do you balance your personal and professional life ?

Frankly speaking I have not completely achieved that yet.. There are times I’m so drowned in work, trying to meet deadlines for events/commissions or workshops that I tend to overlook my personal life. Also there are times when my presence at home is the utmost priority and I have stepped back a bit from my work. A bit of discipline and time management has helped me  achieve a certain level of equilibrium. And some days I try and just let go. Swayam has taught me a lot. Its not only about painting or art. Apart from the artistic skills it teaches me very valuable life skills day in and day out. So hopefully someday I will achieve that perfect work-life balance too, and when I achieve that I will be happy to share it with you all:)

 5. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own ?

I meet so many wonderful ladies in course of my events and workshops and also get to connect with lot of them online. They are all so intelligent and have  immense talent . Some of them not even aware of what they are capable of achieving. And just like many of us they get too engrossed in nurturing their family. Over a period of time sadly they have lost their sense of self. I’m no expert who can give talks about running a business successfully.  But one thing I would like to share here is that if you really have the urge to do something go ahead and take that first step and set realistic goals for yourself. Easier said than done, I know. Doubts, fears, insecurities of course they all will be there.I too have them and have not overcome them completely. But I feel its good to identify them and accept them. That way we know what areas we need to work on. And surround yourself with family and friends who will genuinely motivate you and are positive. We all have the talent and resources within us , just need that initial push to step out of our comfort zone. Its a struggle..but once you take that first step the path unfolds on its own:)

6. Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired you?

Of course there are so many who have directly and indirectly influenced me, supported me as well as inspired me in my creative endeavours. I did not have any formal mentor though. As I said earlier the creative seeds were sown by my mom under whose guidance I was exposed to so many different art forms. I learnt folk art style painting by researching and studying work of various artists.  There are so many works done by men and women in rural and tribal areas of India, many of them whose names we don’t even know. I consider all of them as my Virtual Gurus and owe it all to them. They are my real inspirations. There is no use of sophisticated art supplies nor do they have any formal training as such but yet the artists manage to create some beautiful master pieces.Thats the beauty of folk and tribal art. Its all so inspiring. Support from family and friends definitely plays a vital role and I am fortunate to have it all. But it doesn’t stop at just getting inspired. What is important is picking up that brush and make the first stroke.

7.What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s  future development?

There are many many ideas waiting to be executed. In terms of workshops and products which will be globally appealing. I have a blog , website in the pipeline for a long time. Now that I’m sharing about this publicly this will push me to work more aggressively on it  and hopefully, you will see it up and running soon.

Womenlines wishes Swati best of luck for her beautiful future!


Follow Swayam Folkart Painting by Swati Palekar on-

Facebook.com/Swayam.SwatiPalekar and on Instagram @swayamfolkartpainting

Email swayamfolkartpainting@gmail.com

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting excellence in women!

Gratitude to Dr Wayne Dyer!

Wayne Dyer, a name which just brings you a feeling of inspiration and motivation! 


Wayne Dyer was a motivational speaker and author of many best selling books in his life. Recently his unfortunate death has lead to loss of an amazing person whose books, quotes and thoughts have guided millions around the globe to lead life right way.

I want to pay my gratitude to him by sharing the link of his movie ‘The Shift’ which he wanted the whole world to watch In fact he used to give the copy of this movie to people he met at airports or people he came across. Wayne loved this film and wanted as many people as possible to see it and get the benefits of learning to go from Ambition to Meaning in their life.This movie teaches how important it is to be in touch of real oneself and come over one’s ego to face the reality of our life. As a woman at times, it is difficult for us to keep our ego at bay and we take harsh decisions in life. This movie will certainly help womenfolk to develop a positive mindset and live life with purpose.I want to request my all readers to watch this movie mindfully. The powerful shift from the ego, we are taught early in life by parents and society—which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation—are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

This movie will certainly help people in making the shift from ego-driven ambition to a life of love.


 Do watch it friends!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!


India’s first woman motivational speaker-Abha Maryada Banerjee

It was such a pleasure accidental landing on the facebook page of Ms. Abha Maryada Banerjee, and I was so much exhilarated after reading her intro as First Indian Woman motivational speaker. 

Abha is the author of the first Leadership book for Women from India or Asia, called NUCLEUS: Power Women: Lead from the Core’.A 544 Super Manual with iconoclast and pathbreaking ideas from the field of law, leadership, personal development and universal laws of nature for building and empowering Women Leaders.


Considered as emotional fitness guru by media Ms Abha Maryada Banerjee is India’s first woman motivational speaker of international acclaim, rated as one of the Top Ten Life, Business and Success Coaches in Asia Pacific. An expert at Leadership, Human Peak Performance and Emotional Intelligence, having spoken at prestigious forums across Asia, she has coached and consulted top CEOs, Media personalities, Sports Stars, Business people, leaders in the making and has been closely associated with the spiritual aspect of Leadership as well. Called ‘Asian Oprah’ and the ‘Asian Woman Motivator’, she professes ‘Personal Mastery’ for individuals and ‘Emotional Fitness for Corporates’ for achieving human capital excellence. It is such an incredible achievement which has to be shared with the whole world and thus I decided to report in my blog to my readers. Read about Abha’s interesting journey in her own words-

1. Please share with our reader’s little bit about yourself?    
I am India’s First internationally acclaimed Woman Motivational Speaker and author of the watershed book on Leadership for Women, called NUCLEUS: Power Women: Lead from the Core. I am also the founder of SUCCESS INDIA LEADERSHIP, a VISION DRIVEN venture, with a view to impart success education and lead a ‘mental freedom movement’ via various media outlets, for easy and affordable reach.I have been recognized as America’s Premier Experts and appeared recently on Brian Tracy’s show in the US. I am also the recipient of Rex Karma Veer Chakra Award 2014 and Rex Karma Veer Global Fellow 2014. The award is given by the International Confederation of NGO’s with United Nations.
2. So when did you venture into this venture and what inspired or motivated you to take a plunge into this venture?
I started this venture in 2008 with a view that Success is desired by everyone but many have no idea what it really means. I wanted to de-mystify success and also create an environment where people could see success as their own possibility.The Book is an offshoot is this venture, focused on creating leadership amongst women.
3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced during your initial days?
Like any new venture, I used my own funds to start up and run the show. As a Motivational Speaker, I faced a lot of flak for being a woman and was questioned on the need for motivation at all. I had to work for free to show that it works and helps people to think differently than they ever did.
4. So how do you balance your personal and professional life?
Prioritizing and laser focus. Like in business, I like to build systems at home as well so my family members are not inconvenienced in any way, and all of them can use the same systems. The staff is trained likewise.
5. What would you suggest to other aspiring women who want to venture out on their own?
Have a very strong support system to help at home, so you can focus on the venture. The ups and downs are unknown so it is necessary to make sure that your backend is taken care of. You will need emotional and physical support as well through the legwork, so it is important to create systems and have a good support system. Find good friends and family to help.
6. Is there any person who has mentored/supported/inspired you?
People, in general, inspire me, I learn from everyone. In particular, I am Swami Vivekananda fan and follower. My parents are my heroes.
7. What do you have in the pipeline for your venture’s future development?
My book NUCLEUS is hailed as a watershed book on Leadership for Women. I am creating business’s relevant to empower women, around the
book. I also intend to take the book across the World. Success India Leadership will work alongside these business’s to impart all kinds of help and training.
The next book will be focused on youth and children. Also, a book on Spiritual Leadership is in the offing.

On Leading Success Educator Brian Tracy Show

Website is www.abhamb.com
People can connect with me on successindia@abhamb.com


Link to the book-
Women lines wishes all the best to Abha for her future initiatives!


Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!









Aloe vera-wonder solution for enhancing beauty!

I love reading tips for improving health, beauty and live life in excellence and I am so surprised in most of the readings I come across the usage of this wonder plant Aloe vera!   

It’s quite strange that Aloe vera is such a multi-purpose plant especially for woman:). I got curious to know more about this multi-tasking and health-promoting plant on this planet and here are my findings-

Aloe Vera is an Arabic word, which means bitter. It is a  succulent plant that is found only in cultivation, having no naturally occurring populations. Extracts from Aloe vera are widely used in the cosmetics and alternative medicine industries, being marketed as variously having rejuvenating, healing, or soothing properties. The spiky, green gem has a rich history of various cultures and personalities who used the plant’s moist middle in a plethora of practical uses.  Cleopatra used to apply the gel to her body as part of her beauty regimen, the ancient Greeks used it to cure everything from baldness to insomnia to the Native Americans who called Aloe vera the “Wand of the Heaven.There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by Aloe vera. It could be considered a superfood, the leaf is filled with a gel containing at least 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, and 200 active enzymes.

These compounds have tremendous benefit and potential in external and internal applications.In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that:

1 )Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders

2) Reduces high blood pressure natural, by treating the cause, not just the symptoms

3) Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and glyconutrients

4) Lowers high cholesterol.

5) Aloe vera gel has frequently been cited for its powerful antioxidant effect

6) As may be expected, the beneficial components, including antioxidants, amino acids, and enzymes, increase as plant size increases.

7) Halts the growth of cancer tumors

This is an amazing plant which can be a good solution to all beauty woes.I came across some interesting tips for hair and skin care-

1. Aloe vera can help moisturising hair. Purchase aloe gel or use a limb from an aloe vera plant and squeeze  directly into the palm of your hand and apply it to your hair. Wrap your hair in  shower cap and let the aloe vera set for about 30 minutes. Wash it out and style  hair as normal

2.Aloe does healing benefits, which increase the strength of skin tissue. It provides good oxygen to skin to the deepest layer. It’s possible to stimulate cell rejuvenation, giving skin a youthful appearance. The gel obtained from an aloe plant is absorbed quickly by skin and cleanses pores, while moisturizing skin at the same time

3.Prepare a mixture of Aloe vera gel and coconut oil(boil together for 10 mins) and store it in a bottle for regular hair massage. It will do wondersin control of hair fall.

Wow! This Aloe vera plant is really like a wonder plant.My new year resolution is now to grow Aloe vera plant at home and keep it handy to use  for so many other benefits.

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!



Diwali message-Declutter House with your mind too!

I am full of gratitude to Ramji who gave an opportunity to start this festival celebrated every year:). His character has been described as an ideal human being and same way Diwali celebrations give us an opportunity to start our life following ideal values.What a refreshing start it brings in our homes and within ourselves.!

Diwali, for most of the families, is considered to be a  big festival for which preparations have to be started weeks before. Decluttering of the house is the first goal for every woman of any house, to start the Diwali preparation. We are amazed ourselves while decluttering our houses, there are so many things which we are not using. It helps in taking pause and rethink about our spending habits. Every corner of the house is cleaned to bring fresh positive energy and pray to goddess Laxmi to bless our families with abundance and prosperity.

With changing times,  perspective is also changing. It’s no more cleaning of the house only. If we change the way of thinking we can take this an opportunity to declutter our mind and let go negative feelings to welcome positive feelings which can help us in excelling in life. This line of thought if followed by all members of families can help in better understanding amongst each other and having a more stable environment in-house.This way we recognize and value our own and each other thoughts and values and when we harmonize together we play great music. I landed on a very interesting blog article of a fellow indiblogger Ms Swapna Thomas http://www.themomviews.com/5-ways-to-declutter-your-mind-this-diwali/. She has described various ways how you can declutter your mind effectively following few steps.

This message has to be passed to next generation so that they don’t become materialistic and learn skills in life how to be happy with contentment. Let’s take the pledge this Diwali that we will take a pause and think how to declutter mind while decluttering house!

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!


Promoter of Indian Art and Talent-Alka Sharma

Charkula Arts Academy, an Event, Performance management and promotion organization is quite a familiar name in Singapore. The organization has identified growing interest in Art, Folk dances, and Music from the sub-continent. Programs organized by Charkula are very popular and close to Indian population’s heart. Credit goes to Director of Charkula Singapore Ms. Alka Sharma, whose hard work has brought credit to her organization. Women lines presents Alka’s journey on the entrepreneurial road in her own words-
1.Please share with our readers a little bit about yourself?
Ans. I am a Science Graduate with specialization in Chemistry and Drugs. I have been in Singapore for the past 8 years plus. I am running a business since 5 yrs plus now. I have two kids aged 15yrs and 10yrs.
2. So when did you venture into this business and what motivated you to take the plunge in this business?
Ans. I have been in this business for the past 16 yrs. I have helped my Father-In-law in expanding his business in the past. Since we settled in Singapore so we started a company here. In India, we specialized in Folk Dances of India but Singapore being a diverse culture country we have branched out in more commercialized events as well. We still do the cultural promotion worldwide as Charkula Arts are associated with Govt cultural exchange in India.
3. Can you share with us some of the challenges you faced in your initial day?
Ans. Singapore is a different and diverse cultured market it was not easy to penetrate the market initially. Though we had participated in the Govt organized Village Festival in Singapore with our Cultural group but we observed that the only Bollywood was the mainstream entertainment for locals. That was the reason for us to diversify our outlook. We have organized cultural events in Singapore in the past and will continue to do so in the future as well but to accept the changes and grow is what we need to do. Each event is a challenge in itself every time you do it, you learn all the way even though we have been doing it all the while each day is a new challenge and teaches us new things. But the process of learning is the one that fine-tunes the person perspective in Life.
4. So how do you balance your professional and personal life?
Ans. I have a very supportive family. My husband and kids understand my work and they know there are certain times that it is tough for me to give them much time. But the positive part is that I have flexi hours of work so I try to arrange all my work so that I don’t have to disturb my family life. The family is very important to me and it is the first and foremost priority. But with the support of my husband, it has been much easier to achieve the balance. Brahm (My husband) has always been very helping and thoughtful of my work and has always supported me.
5. What would you suggest to another aspiring woman  who wants to venture out on their own?
Ans. I would just want to share that it is tough to work out there but continuous handwork, focus, the perseverance to continue to take up the challenges in a positive way will definitely bring success.
6. Is there any person who has inspired or motivated you?
Ans. I was very much from a different field of work but had always been very active in cultural events in School and college. After getting married I saw my father in law, who had started this company 35 years ago, and his business became my interest. Therefore I decided to join him in his business. With his guidance and Brahms’s   support, it became easier for me to learn and establish myself. If you have a strong base it is easier to build on it so definitely, I am fortunate that I had their support, guidance, and experience to help me.
7.What do you have in the pipeline for company’s future development?
Ans. We are organizing an event on 10th NOV,”CHAAR LAAINA” with Hindi poets Padamshri Surendra Sharma Ji and Dr. Rahat Indori Sahab. For the company, we are trying to expand in other geographic locations. We would like to focus on the less traveled art forms other than the commercial events. We have worked on documentaries for the less traveled art forms of India which was done for OKTO channel.
Womenlines wish all the best to Alka for her future initiatives!
Charkula Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/charkula/
Twitter: @charkula

Charu Mehrotra

Promoting Excellence in Women!


Tulsi .. A Medicine Par Excllence

Womenlines welcome Mrs. Ritu Khanna, a Singapore based Homeopathic Practitioner as a guest writer for Women Lines. In this article, she is sharing about amazing benefits of Tulsi that how can such a small leaf of Tulsi can do wonders in curing some diseases!
Tulsi plant, an integral part of every Hindu home, has always been regarded as divine. Planting   Tulsi/Basil in the courtyard of the house is a thousand of years old practise. Tulsi/Basil plant creates holy living in the home environment and its aroma in the air destroys disease causing bacteria and other toxins in the atmosphere.
Apart from the religious significance of Tulsi, it’s a great drug in itself from the standpoint of science. Homeopathy and Ayurveda consider this Holy herb as an elixir, a panacea, cures all, a sovereign remedy.
Atharva Vedas, the ancient scriptures of Hindu religion, narrates perpetual properties of Basil which means the Holy Herb helps beautifies human body, removes scars and spots and is a wonderful cure to skin related disease.
Homoeopathic View of Tulsi
Tulsi has acquired an eminent position in Homoeopathic world. Greatly beneficial in women disorders, headache, loss of memory, irritability in kids, redness of the eyes, allergies, runny nose, mouth ulcers, sore throat, burning, urination, fever, asthma and for many other chronic symptoms basil has been of great importance in homoeopathy. The 2nd,3rd, 6th, 30thand 200th Potencies have been used as advantage in all these diseases. Homeopathic cures for many diseases cannot be ignored.
Tulsi/Basil Herb to Cure Diseases-
Throat and breathing problems
    • In cough and Sore throat keep the root of Basil plant in mouth.
    • In respiratory diseases Basil leaves with Black salt gives a good relief.
    • Chew Basil Leaves along with 4 roasted cloves to relieve cough.
Problem associated with fever
    • In high fever, Chewing Tulsi Leave along with Honey every 3 Hours gives relief.
    • Drinking Tulsi /Basil juice ,1 teaspoon everyday prevents fever.
    • Tulsi and Ginger paste mixed with honey relives fever in cold.
    • Taking 10 Tulsi leaves along with 4 Black Pepper relieves malarial fever.
Skin problems associated with the disease
    • The medicinal properties of Tulsi juice contains Thaimol element which is beneficial in skin diseases.
    • To treat Leucoderma by Tulsi leaves have been used successfully.
    • Grind the roots of Tulsi and mix with water and add dry ginger .This mixture taken in morning helps in leprosy.
    • Leprosy which may be affected by basil leaves. Eat and rub the juice on the affected spot.
    • Tulsi Leaf paste applied on eczema is very beneficial.
    • Tulsi leaf juice mixed with orange juice and applied on face removes acne.
Vomiting and Diarrhoea
    • In case of vomiting Tulsi leaf juice with honey should be taken.
    • In Diarrhoea Tulsi leaf juice mixed with roasted cumin seeds to be licked with honey three times a day to get the benefits.
    • Tulsi leaf extract along with one spoon honey, taken every morning and evening removes headache permanently.
    • Tulsi Tea helps to remove headache.
Mouth infection
    • Mouth ulcers and other infections are proven to be cured  by use of Tulsi leaves.
    • Dry Tulsi leaves mixed with Mustard Oil is used to clean teeth and remove bad breath.
    • Tulsi tea removes ulcers of mouth.
    • Basil helps to strengthen the kidneys. Kidney stones can be removed with the juice of Tulsi leaves (basil extracts) taken for 6 months with honey , consumed regularly in slips.
Menstrual Problems for women
    • For painful menses, Tulsi seeds in a glass of boiled water, boiled till it remains half to be taken during menses to remove pain.
Heart disease
    • Ten basil leaves, four to five black pepper and a teaspoon of honey mix all and with half a glass of water to be taken in winters to recover from all types of heart diseases.
    • 4-5 Tulsi and neem leaf juice added in 2-4 tablespoon water, to be taken for 7 days in the morning empty stomach cures high blood pressure.
    • Tulsi is a blessing in heart diseases, it also regulates cholesterol in blood.
Wounds, Injuries and Pimples
    • Ground Basil leaves and make a paste and apply on wounds , stops bleeding immediately.
    • Basil juice along with coconut oil , cook together on low flame till the tie it starts leaving oil, apply on pimples and leave.
    • Basil seeds on grinding and applying hot fills the wound.
    • Basil and camphor powder applied to wound dries it quickly.
Children Diseases
    • In Children’s common ailments such as colds, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea etc. basil juice is beneficial.
    • Tulsi extract helps children in vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, cold etc
Precautions in using Tulsi
Tulsi’s nature is hot so to reduce heat effect always take it with curd or butter milk, its thermal properties will become mild.
  • Do not pluck Tulsi leaves at Night because it may cause body disorders as it’s electromagnetic waves are prominent after sunset.
  • Do not drink milk after intake of basil, skin problems can occur.
  • Do not warm Tulsi juice with honey because with the hot objects honey acts as a venom.
  • Milk , radish, salt, onion, garlic, meat, citrus fruits are harmful to eat along with Tulsi.
  • Do not chew basil leaves with your teeth , if you do eat, be sure to rinse immediately because the contents present in Tulsi destroys the enamel of teeth.
Ref :: Holy Basil Tulsi by Yash Rai
Author :: Ritu Khanna (Homeopathic Practitioner)