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By Saadia Tariq
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Schemas & Cognitive Distortions with Diane Malaspina - Episode 68


Intergenerational Trauma with Aisha Rasul - Episode 124
After a long hiatus we are back with a brilliant conversation with Aisha Rasul who in her own words is a "global nomad." Mother of 3 boys. Two teenagers & 1 young adult, Aisha had an early start in both marriage and mothering.Passionate about mental health & well being she has done a mix of trainings, courses, diplomas, certifications & worked intermittently. Then finally completed a two years masters program in 2020.Having lived in 3 countries outside of Pk , she is soon moving to a 4th one, navigating an expat life with the challenges of parenting children to the best or max of her abilities  Aisha Rasul can be contacted on In this podcast we talk about: - What is trauma? - What is intergenerational trauma? and its various manifestations. - Mothership, expat lives! -Advice
June 07, 2022
Love in its true form! - With Hosai Mojadiddi - Episode 123
We are in conversation with the Internationally acclaimed Hosai Mojadiddi, who has been serving the Muslim community for over 25 years as a teacher, public speaker, author/writer, spiritual counselor, and mental health advocate. She currently teaches self-development and spiritual development classes for adults and youth and is actively involved with promoting social-emotional learning and mental health advocacy to students and educators via workshops and training. She’s a wife and mother of two and resides in California. In this podcast she talked about : - Love in its true form from Allah - Human understanding of humane love - A focus towards Divine Love - Cleansing our hearts from malaise
March 01, 2022
Pain , prose & poetry - With Dr. Azra Raza - Episode 122
Our guest on "dhaani" is Dr. Azra Raza  - Describing her groundbreaking ideas in the highly acclaimed bestselling book, THE FIRST CELL: And the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last, She is bent upon shifting the treatment focus from trying to kill every last cancer cell to find the first and preventing cancer from developing altogether. Dr. Azra established cash awards at her alma-mater FG College, Islamabad, 20 years ago for the topmost students in Science, Urdu and Humanities. Dr. Azra started Urdu Mehfil in 1987 carefully reading Divan e Ghalib with the help of eleven sharahs over twenty years, and hosting writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and artists at home. The owner of ~10,000 books in Urdu and English, she co-authored GHALIB: Epistemologies of Elegance with Sara Suleri Goodyear. She jogs 3-5 km every day committing thousands of poetry verses to memory while running. In this podcast we talk about : - Grief - Urdu Language & Pakistani dramas - The Story of Shireen & Farhad - Goal & Purpose - Poetry by Ghalib, Mir Taqi Mir & Faiz Ahmed Faiz
January 26, 2022
Emotional Intelligence with Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam - Episode 121
Welcoming 2022 with a a subject/idea/ topic very very close to my heart. This is an excerpt of  a talk which our guest speaker, Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam conducted during one of the Online Yoga sessions. This short podcast is power packed with : - The different kinds of 'Nafs' - Acute awareness of our intentions - What triggers us, and how to manage our triggers 'intelligently' Thank you for tuning in and listening.
January 01, 2022
What is forgiveness? - with Heydieh Soroush - Episode 120
Closing 2021 with this exceptional conversation with Heydieh Soroush, a specialist in spiritual healing through the Islamic tradition. She holds a Master of Science in Counseling and a Master of Divinity in Spiritual Healing and has spent over a decade helping clients connect with their hearts and live a life of presence and awareness through their connection with the Divine. Heydieh utilizes the healing power of prayers and mindfulness-based practices to guide clients in stepping into their true essence and innate connection with the Divine by way of the heart. Using the guidance and power of the Divine Names of God, Heydieh helps clients transmute their pain into love by addressing the roots of emotional, physical, and spiritual disease. Through the way of spiritual healing, clients experience intimacy in divine oneness, unlocking their true potential through the power of the Divine, and living a life of contentment and empowered alignment with the essence of their inner truth
December 14, 2021
Emotional Intelligence - With Ahmed Ali Ahsan
Our guest today is Ahmed Ali Ahsan, currently residing in Singapore and Sales Director at GE. He has acquired 13 plus years of experience in various conglomerates working out of Pakistan, Europe & The Far East. In this episode Ahmed talks about : - What is EI - The importance of self-reflection & articulation - Compassion fatigue and dealing with it
December 05, 2021
What is Emotional Intelligence ? - Part 1 , with Hassan Tariq - Episode 118
As part of a week long series of Yoga and Emotional Intelligence, our first guest was Hassan Tariq. A HR professional who has extensive leadership experience in the corporate world since the last 20 years, working both in Pakistan and Netherlands. Given the nature of his work he has studied human behaviour especially around EQ. And if this was not enough he also mentors/ coaches individuals on both personal and professional levels.
November 23, 2021
Detaching ourselves from our self-centredness - with Martine Batchelor - Episode 117
Our guest today is Martine Batchelor, who lived in Korea as a Seon nun under the guidance of Master Kusan for ten years. She is the author of Meditation for Life, The Path of Compassion, Women in Korean Zen and Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits. She is a member of the Gaia House Teacher Council.  She teaches meditation retreats worldwide and lives in France. Her latest works are the The Spirit of the Buddha, What is this? and The Definition, Practice and Psychology of Vedana.  Recently she has been involved with the Silver Sante Study, teaching meditation, mindfulness and compassion to seniors in France to see if this could prevent ageing decline. Website : Twitter: MartineBatch Facebook: martine.batchelor Instagram: martinebatch Youtube:
October 12, 2021
Our Building Blocks - Dr. Noshene Ranjbar - Episode 116
 Our guest today is Dr. Noshene Ranjbar. Born raised in Tehran, Iran until immigrating to the US in adolescence, Dr. Ranjbar developed a passion for a holistic view of medicine and healing from early on in her life. Throughout her studies and life experiences, including her own illness as well as caring for her mom who suffered from several autoimmune illnesses and cancer, to fostering refugee children with PTSD, to working with American Indian communities across the U.S., to working with asylum seekers, she developed a keen interest in approaches to healing trauma and advocating for holistic mental health in empowering, culturally appropriate ways. Harvard trained and board certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine, she is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona. She is co- founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Program at the UA, while also serving as Faculty with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine. Her research focuses on training the next generation of psychiatrists to offer a holistic approach to mental health, while serving children and families most in need. As a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, she continues to expand her work in integrative mental health and in working with the underserved, particularly with American Indian communities as well as other indigenous communities internationally. Social Media  Linked In: Instagram: nosheneranjbar Twitter. @NosheneMD Webpages: In this podcast we talked about : - Trauma & Mental Health - Stigmas & Fears - Trauma Manifestations in Adult life - Integrative Psychiatry
September 14, 2021
The Divine Design - with Sara Jamil - Episode 115
Our guest today is Sara Jamil,  a Freelance Communication Designer by day, a passionate teacher at heart and wordsmith by night, Sara took the Covid pause to fully embrace the cliché of “life is short” and went public with a personal project, Jam Musings. An amalgamation of her need for words and her explorations into faith, Jam Musings is an ongoing love letter to life, inspired by His words; a legacy of sorts to leave behind, all made more visual with her own brand of colour and form. As someone with a intrinsic signature design vibe, Sara likes to express herself through creative habits and choices, cultivating a deep sense of self in whatever she chooses to do.  Looking back on turning points in her own trajectory, she speaks here, about conscious living, on experiences that make us who we are, about being and staying interested and observant, while learning to detect what lies within us as part of an ongoing design unfurling. Social Media for Sara Jamil Instagram: jam_musings  In this podcast we talk about : - The design palate - Observation, creativity , skill set - Patterns in your life and the Divine - Searching through suffering
August 31, 2021
An Embodiment of Love - Begum Sughra Ijaz
My Grandmother, the rock of our family , the loving soul of us!
August 21, 2021
Spiritual Malaise & Healing - with Shaykh Ebrahim - Episode 114
Delighted to have Shaykh Ebrahim back on the podcast. At the cost of sounding confident I can assure you that the next 30 minutes will not be a waste of your time. Shaykh Ebrahim has very articulately and eloquently taken us through the dis-ease that we might feel in our bodies, hearts, and minds - and how we can discern from the pathological manifestation of certain emotions to the need for reformation on a spiritual level. In this podcast we talk about: - What is Spiritual Healing? - How does the spiritual dis-ease manifest itself in our bodies - The face of manipulation - Ways and means to understand and discern the truth - Importance of Salah
August 09, 2021
A mind-full conversation with Steven C Hayes - Episode 113
Our guest today is Steven C. Hayes,who is a Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and is the author of 46 books including Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (which for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States), and his new book A Liberated Mind. An expert on the importance of acceptance, mindfulness, and values he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world. Social Media : In the podcast we talk about: - Narcissism - Shame & Guilt - The 'Good' rapture - ACT program
July 27, 2021
Joint, it is ! - With Dr. Nicole Paine
Our guest today is Nicole Paine, a Doctor of Chiropractic, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Mobility Specialist who has been practicing for over 15 years in the UK and Canada. Nicole aims to teach you how to evaluate your current state of health, inspire you to take action, improve your lifestyle and habits so you can reclaim and restore your health. Nicole qualified as a Chiropractor in 2006 (Canada) which began an everlasting exploration into alternative healthcare. She has trained in Functional Range Systems (FRC®, FRA®, FR®, Kinstretch®), Active Release Techniques®, Acupuncture and more with the goal of refining her clinical skills to offer the best possible treatment for her patients. After 8 years in practice, she decided to undertake a master’s degree in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition (UWS, Oregon) with the goal of diversifying her skills and learning how to uncover the root causes of her patient’s ailments. After practicing Functional Medicine for a few years, it became apparent to Nicole that much of what she advises could be implemented by individuals with a little guidance which led her to writing her first book - Eat Move Thrive 30 (EMT30). The EMT30 aims to teach you the principles of healthy eating, moving well and how to thrive in a modern world. The power to change your health and your life resides within you, let’s begin today in order to improve your health for the future. Social Media In this podcast we talk about : - Joints and their optimal health -Various pathologies of joints - Technology & Spinal Health - Sneak peek into Nicole's book EatMoveThrive
July 20, 2021
Getting our act together - With Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam - Episode 111
Our guest today is Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam who is an eternal student of the Qur'an and passionately teaches it as well. She is a freelance journalist and editor, and also works as a Communications­ Practitioner. In all of these, she is aided by her love for languages and literature. Social Media Handles: Website: Twitter: @farahnazzahidi Instagram : @farahnaz_zahidi_moazzam In this podcast we talk about : - Various human dimensions - Balance, moderation - Awareness & implementation - Simplicity & Healing
June 22, 2021
Healing through the body - With Dr. Pat Odgen - Episode 110
Our guest today is Dr. Pat Ogden, PhD, a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute ( Dr. Ogden is a clinician, consultant, international lecturer, and Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context, advocates for an anti-racist perspective in psychotherapy practice, has recently been released. Her current interests include couple therapy, child and family therapy, social justice, diversity, inclusion, consciousness, and the philosophical/spiritual principles that underlie her work. In this podcast we talk about: - What is sensorimotor Psychotherapy - What is our body trying to tell us? - Identifying and healing trauma through the body - Dr. Pat's new book  - the polyvagal theory Credits: The 'dhaani' soundtrack has been composed by Saptak Chatterjee with Creative Direction by Sonam Kalra
June 15, 2021
R.E. W.R.I.T.E with Dr. Derek Gladwin - Episode 109
In conversation with Dr. Derek Gladwin, who is an educator and author of several books, including Ecological Exile and Rewriting Our Stories. He teaches in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and also works with individuals and groups on narrative coaching. His research and teaching aim to promote social understanding and relational action on environmental, health, and well-being, and arts-based approaches through public forms of education and literacy. He has held research fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Edinburgh, and Trinity College Dublin. Social Media Instagram: @rewritingourstories LinkedIn: @derekgladwin In this podcast we talk about: - The reason behind Dr. Gladwins book - What really is storytelling - A rundown of R.E.W.R.I.T.E
June 08, 2021
Sufi Music with Tanya Wells - Episode 108
Our guest today is Tanya Wells, British/ Swiss, and spent several childhood years living in North India where language, diverse music, and culture informed the ears and imagination of this talented singer. Her flexible vocal style (attributed to years of having learned Hindustani classical vocal) has given her opportunities to perform with world-renown artists such as sitarist Anoushka Shankar (Cannes Film festival 2014), soul singer Joss Stone (Mama Stones 2013), Arabic vocalist Natacha Atlas (Ronnie Scotts 2016) as well as record vocals for award-winning film composers such as A.R. Rahman and Nitin Sawhney. With a double Masters (with distinction) in International Performance Research, Tanya now embraces the praxis of bringing cultures together to tell stories through music. Links to social media: Website: Instagram: @seveneyesofficial @tanyawellsmusic Facebook: YouTube: In this podcast we talk about : - Tanya and Music - The marvels of urdu and hindi music - Sufism and its messages - Seven Eyes and its work - Allahoo rendition by Tanya
June 01, 2021
Spiritual Vision - with Paul AW Sutherland - Episode 107
In conversation with Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland, born in 1947,  writer/poet became a Sufi Muslim in 2004 and took 'byaat' accepting the guidance of Shaykh Nazim Al-Haqqani who also married him to Afifa Emutallah the same year. He has seventeen collections and was the founding editor of Dream Catcher magazine now 25 years old. Most recently his books include Servant of the Loving One and Children's Routes and Red Streamers. His writing is archived by the University of Lincoln. His work attempts to connect secular and esoteric perspectives through the recognition that everything is from Allah. Social Media : Website: Twitter: paulsuther1 Instagram:paulsutherland7 In this podcast we talk about: - The Journey of Paul Sutherland - The mystery of the 'veils' in the Quran - Consciousness & Conscience - Suffering & Spirituality -Poem Recitation
May 25, 2021
Spiritual Listening - With A. Helwa - Ramadan Special 2021
And just like that we have reached the last Friday of Ramadan 2021. Concluding the series with a conversation with A. Helwa on spiritual listening. This not only entails tangible audible listening but also listening to ourselves, to our desires, to our egos and to our conversations with Our Creator.  Hope you enjoy this episode and thank you for your continued support. Many thanks!
May 07, 2021
Seeking The Truth - With Shaykh Ebrahim - Ramadan special 2021
Our third episode of the Ramadan 2021 special series. What is the truth? What are we seeking? What is honest for us might not be honest for another. The Universe and its Creator...present and absent at the same time. Our personal prejudices and its ramifications....Shaykh Ebrahim answers these questions in this short but powerful podcast
April 30, 2021
"The best way of self-care is community care" Christine & Joan at Tend Health - Episode 106
Dr.Tina Runyan and Joan Fleishman are clinical psychologists with backgrounds in academic medicine and integrated behavioral health. Dr. Runyan is a mindfulness teacher at UMass Memorial Center for Mindfulness and they both specialize in supporting the well-being of healthcare professionals. In 2020 they founded Tend Health, to focus on providing specialized and accessible mental health care to healthcare professionals. Tend Health offers mental health care within the US and courses and workshops globally. They are passionate about reducing mental health stigma and barriers to care. In the podcast we spoke about - What is self-care? - COVID & our nervous system - Community care as a way of healing - The what and how of Tend Health
April 27, 2021
Is time real? - With Shaykh Ebrahim - Ramadan Special 2021
Our second episode of the Ramadan 2021 special series.  The concept and transience of time discussed with Shaykh Ebrahim. Where he underlines our deep attachement to time , thinking of it is a linear concept. A deeply insightful discussion, albeit short!
April 23, 2021
Pain Care with Neil Pearson - Episode 105
In conversation with Neil Pearson. Who is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, and faculty in four IAYT-accredited yoga therapy programs. He is also a consultant to the BC medical association, to 300+ clinics in Canadian largest rehab company, and to Pain BC, Canada’s premier non-profit transforming the way pain is understood and treated. Neil is founding chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Science Division in Canada, and recipient of the Canadian Pain Society's Excellence in Interprofessional Pain Education award. Neil has authored a patient education ebook - Understand Pain Live Well Again (2008), a book chapter in Yoga Therapy (2016), numerous journal articles on yoga and pain including a recent white paper for the International Association of Yoga Therapists - Yoga Therapy and Pain: How Yoga Therapy Serves in Comprehensive Integrative Pain Management, and How It Can Do More (2020), and co-authored/edited the textbook - Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain (2019). Neil offers Pain Care Yoga trainings to health practitioners and yoga therapist, Pain Care mentorships to practitioners passionate for deeper learning in pain science and pain care, online Pain Care Yoga videos, and Pain Care Aware™ training for yoga teachers. More at In this podcast we talk about: - What is Pain - Movement as a healer - Pain threshold & tolerance - Yoga & Pain management - Fibromyalgia and the likes
April 20, 2021
The spiritual purpose of giving and receiving
Starting our Ramadan 2021 special series, which will be published for the 4 Fridays of this Holy Month Featuring A. Helwa in our first episode where she talks about the grace of giving & receiving. Understanding the lens of acceptance. Also , always bearing in mind that we have no faculties to give generously, and Allah enables us, makes us a conduit for others , to extend HIS generosity and compassion to His creation
April 16, 2021
Marital Rape, Patriarchy & Misquoted Hadith - With Momina Randhawa - Episode 104
Our guest today is Momina Randhawa who is a Human Rights lawyer and activist who has worked with countless women victims of violence and injustice. She believes in the need to explore the depth of these issues and the lasting impact they have on individuals, families and the society. This desire compels her to question existing legal and social norms and find ways to help those struggling with problems that our existing legal system is not addressing or perhaps not capable to handle. In this podcast we talk about : - Marital rape - Gender roles & patriarchy - Misquoted hadith & existing jurisdiction - Do we have hope?
April 13, 2021
Dialogue in the Digital Age - Eman Omar - Episode 103
Our guest today is Eman Omar ,  the Digital Director of the Lahore Literary Festival. The LLF, Pakistan’s premier culture event, takes place annually in Lahore, London and New York and celebrates the pure power of the written word and explores the interconnections between literature and art, theatre, film television, journalism and activism. The ninth edition of the Lahore Literary Festival took place digitally from 18-21 February. Twitter: lhrlitfest Facebook: YouTube: Liberty Books: In this podcast we talk about  - The Importance of learning & opining -Lahore Literary Festival & its ethos - How digital formats are bridging the gaps
April 06, 2021
"What words mean to you and how best you can use them!" - Shobhaa De - Episode 102
Our guest today is Shobhaa De'  - who is a widely read author and columnist. She is known for her outspoken, irreverent views, making her one of India's most respected opinion shapers. Her writings have consistently chronicled her deeply felt socio-political-cultural concerns. Shobhaa De's most recent literary work: Srilaaji Lockdown Liaisons Seventy..and to hell with it In this podcast we talk about: - Storytelling and fearlessness - Managing criticism & Judgements - Parenting skills - When life throws lemons at you...
March 30, 2021
Episode 101 - with me :)
Signing off for the next two weeks, so that I can come back with better, more meaningful content. If you have suggestions, leads, recommendations please feel free to drop me an email on  Wanted to share some thoughts, so here they are in this 5 minute podcast
March 02, 2021
100th Episode Yoohooo :):) - with Nouman Ali Khan
And just like that - we are 100 Episodes old. A joyous moment indeed, and no one better than Nouman Ali Khan as my guest on the show.  Nouman Ali Khan is a Pakistani-American Muslim Speaker, theologian and Arabic instructor who founded the Bayyinah Institute for Arabic and Qur’anic Studies after serving as an instructor of Arabic at Nassau Community College. He has been named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan In this podcast we talk about: - What does it mean to love Allah? - What do we mean by loving people around us for the sake of Allah - The spiritual condition of a sealed heart - Tools for unsealing the heart - Trauma & Its contemporary modes of treatment
February 23, 2021
Relational Dynamics with Sotoda Saifi - Episode 99
Our guest today is Sotoda Saifi is the Founder of Self Love School and 6 Days of Self Love Program. She specialises in Psychology, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Breathwork and Coaching.Her passion is to help women explore their subconscious minds and heal through the art of Hypnotherapy & Breathwork. At the moment she offers Private Hypnotherapy & Coaching sessions online, Online Courses and E-Books. She also has tons of free- resources on her website  There is more details about Sotoda here Social media links: Instagram: @Sotoda_Saifi & @self.Love.School Youtube: Self Love School- Sotoda Saifi Spotify: Self Love School with Sotoda Saifi Website: In this podcast we talk about : - Childhood trauma and its' manifestations - 4 different attachment styles - Working out of unhealthy attachments - What if no therapist is available?
February 16, 2021
Intuition as your super power - Dr. Divi Chandna - Episode 98
Our gues today is Dr Divi Chandna an internationally recognized speaker and expert in Mind Body Spirit Medicine. She is a family physician turned intuitive coach. After graduating, she started to understand that health had everything to do with emotions and the mind. Dr. Divi shifted from Western Medicine to Intuitive Medicine and now uses her intuitive gifts to help people self-heal and expand. She coaches clients on health, relationships, money & more! Dr. Divi also teaches many on-line classes, teaching people to tap into their own intuition, create greater happiness and living their highest truth.  She believes that our highest state of wellness lies in our connection with our true Selves, our intuition, our innate knowing and us living our authentic life. Dr. Divi is a celebrated author, media guest and Ted X speaker. Social Media Handles: Instagram: @DrDivi In this podcast we talk about: - What & Why is Intuition - Intuition vs Impulse - Sharpening the skills - Knowing when to use the 'Knowing'
February 09, 2021
Duality of the mind & Unity of the heart - with A.Helwa and Emil Ihsan
Delighted to have A. Helwa & Emil Ihsan on dhaani - They both have been on this podcast before, however, having them together was stupendously beautiful. A. Helwa is a writer who has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers through her passionate, poetic, and love-based approach to spirituality. Her popular blog @quranquotesdaily, was established while obtaining her Masters in Divinity, as a means of helping others overcome personal and spiritual struggles on their journey of experiencing divine love. Emil Ihsan Alexander is the creator of Soul of Islam Radio and the Spiritual Excellence personal growth and spiritual development program which consists of key courses and resources to help members of the global community rediscover the power and the practicality of classical and traditional faith-based spirituality in the context of modern life and living. In this podcast we talk about : - Dealing with doubt, suspicion and judgements - Seeking guidance through prayer - Belongingness & trauma - Ego & its management
February 01, 2021
When being a woman might not feel safe ... with Kirthi Jayakumar - Episode 96
Kirthi Jayakumar is a feminist researcher and lawyer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs The Gender Security Project, one of the few WPS centres in the global south, which works at the cusp of gender, security, peace, and conflict through research, reportage, and documentation. Kirthi coded an app for survivors of gender-based violence called Saahas, which works as a web and mobile app. She taught herself to code and created a web app, a mobile app and a Facebook ChatBot to support survivors of gender-based violence across 196 countries, and to assist bystander intervention. Her areas of interest include gender studies, peace and conflict research, security studies, and international human rights and humanitarian law. Kirthi was a Commonwealth Scholar at CTPSR, Coventry University and graduated with an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies. She also holds an MA in Sustainable Peace in a Contemporary World from UPEACE and a BALLB (Hons.) from SOEL, Chennai. She also formerly founded and ran the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. Kirthi is a Vital Voices Engage Fellow, and a former Vital Voices Lead Fellow. In this podcast we talk about - The Gender Security Project - Gender violence and its ramifications - Peace building & Peace builder - Harmony through happiness
January 26, 2021
Friendship, Optimisim & Kindness - The key to longevity - With Marta Zaraska - Episode 95
Our guest today is Marta Zaraska a Canadian science writer published in the Washington Post, Scientific American, The Atlantic, etc. Her new book, “GROWING YOUNG: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100", is a Globe and Mail bestseller. GROWING YOUNG was endorsed by Adam Grant, Dan Buettner, Emeran Mayer, among others, and named by The Wall Street Journal one of the best books of 2020 on longevity and aging. LINKS: Book: Social - Twitter & Instagram: @mzaraska In this podcast we talk about: - The role of kindness, compassion & social relationships in our lives - Kale & Fitbit - Our busy lives & screaming needs - How we can integrate the above in our individual & community living
January 19, 2021
Why do we apologise so much? - With Professor Maja - Episode 94
Our guest today is Professor Maja, a sociologist, author and TEDx speaker. She is also a confidence-builder and apology-hater. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Sociology in 2014 (focusing on the sociology of women’s health), with no clear career in mind, until she attended an academic conference that completely changed the trajectory of her research, career and life. Her full-time job is on the public speaking circuit where she gives talks and workshops to girls and women about all things related to confidence, communication and mindset. Social Media Website: In this podcast we discussed - The nature of excessive apology -Gender & Cultural disparities - Women & their downplaying biases - Changing the script so that we can re-build our confidence
January 12, 2021
"Life is a result of your decisions, not your conditions" - Azam Jamil - Episode 93
Our guest today is Azam Jamil, who has more than 44 years of experience in Hospitality, Tourism, Management, Marketing, Operations, Peoples Management and Training & Development. His schooling journey started from Aitchison College Lahore, Burn Hall Abbottabad, University of Karachi and finally to Cornell University in Ithaca New York. Azam is one of Pakistan’s leading authorities on Executive Development. Azam has also been a professional sportsman and was Pakistan’s national champion. He has represented Pakistan in tournaments at home and abroad. He is also a qualified pilot, holds a Commercial Pilots License and has flown for Air Search & Rescue in Colorado, USA. Music is Azam’s passion; he has been playing for over 4 decades. Social Media Youtube: Azam Jamil Developing People In this podcast we talk about : - Navigating our challenging lives - Tarbiyat (Upbringing) & Taaleem (Education) -Honesty & Authenticity - The art of losing - Eg0 & Vulnerability
January 05, 2021
"Different cultures sense the world in different ways" - Agustin Fuentes - Episode 92
Our guest today is Agustín Fuentes, trained in Zoology and Anthropology, is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton. His current explorations include the roles of creativity and imagination in human evolution, multispecies anthropology, evolutionary theory, and the structures of race and racism. Fuentes’ books include “Race, Monogamy, and other lies they told you: busting myths about human nature” (U of California), “Conversations on Human Nature(s)” (Routledge), “The Creative Spark: how imagination made humans exceptional" (Dutton), and “Why We Believe: evolution and the human way of being” (Yale).  Social media: twitter: @Anthrofuentes Facebook:@AgustinFuentesAuthor website: In this podcast we talk about : - What makes culture - The place of emotions in cultures - Misunderstanding Darwinism - Our place & work in the cultures - How we can make this world a better place
December 29, 2020
"The core of every religion is : Be your brothers' keeper" - Wale Elegbede - Episode 91
Our guest today is Wale Elegbede, who is described as a community servant by the La Crosse Tribune Editorial Board, he is an advocate for people, community, and diversity. He has brought people of all backgrounds together through positive dialogue and collaboration. As he says "Being a father and husband  are my MOST important roles" and all the rest follow You can find out more about Mr. Elegbede on: Website: Twitter: @welegbede Instagram :@welegbede In this podcast we talk about : - Pillars of community building - Breaking bread with your brothers - Compassion as the antidote of hate - Common base of Abrahamic Religions
December 22, 2020
Our Birthday Suit- with Jill Miller - Episode 90
Our guest today is Jill Miller, C-IAYT, ERYT, YA-CEP pain-relief and wellness expert, with 30 years of corrective movement expertise that forges links between the worlds of yoga, massage, athletics, and pain management. Her signature self-care fitness programs, Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® are found at gyms, yoga studios, hospitals, athletic training facilities and corporations worldwide. Jill is the former anatomy columnist for Yoga Journal, has been featured in Shape, and Self, Women’s Health, O, The Oprah Magazine, the Today Show, and is a contributing expert on the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is the author of The Roll Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body, and a contributing author on SMFR in Fascia, Function and Medical Applications. She is the creator of dozens of instructional yoga DVDs, including Rolling Along the Anatomy Trains with Tom Myers.  Website: In this podcast we talk about : - What is Fascia - How does body movement help us - Maintaining the health of our connective tissue - Emotional health weaved into the connective & nervous system network - Yoga & Fascia - 3 key takeaways from Jill & her expertise
December 15, 2020
"Who will bridge the gap between savage and salvage?" - With Dilruba Ahmed - Episode 89
Our guest today is Dilruba Ahmed ,the author Bring Now the Angels (Pitt Poetry Series, 2020), with poems featured in New York Times Magazine, The Slowdown, and Poetry Unbound with Pádraig Ó Tuama. Her debut book of poetry, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf Press, 2011), won the Bakeless Prize. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. Her poems have also been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2019 (Scribner), Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books), Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s), and elsewhere. Ahmed is the recipient of The Florida Review’s Editors’ Award, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Prize, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Fellowship in Poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has taught creative writing with Chatham University’s MFA Program, Hugo House in Seattle, and online with The Writing Lab.  Website : Facebook Instagram : dilruba_ahmed20 Twitter :@DilrubaAhmed Our conversation was about : - The parallels & paradigms of Poetry - Mystery & Illusion - 50% of the reader - Grief & Poetry - A beautiful recitation of Ruba's poem by Ruba herself
December 08, 2020
Relationships - with Vineet KKN Panchi - Episode 88
Vineet KKN ‘Panchhi’ is based in Dehradun, India, and writes simple poetry in Hindustani. He spent many years in Training and HR before deciding to follow his heart and starting a boutique brand agency. He is also interested in Human Relationships and spends a considerable time with his motorbike and car.  social media Web: Facebook : Youtube : In this podcast we talk about : - What defines a good relationship - Shame, Vulnerability , Investment -Alain de Botton & his theory - Communication & Authenticity - Personal recitation of a 'nazm' - Followed by an English translation
December 01, 2020
Heart is Supreme - With Carlos Pomeda - Episode 87
Originally from Madrid, Spain, Carlos has been steeped in all aspects of the yoga tradition during more than 40 years of practice and study. He spent 18 of those years as a monk of the Saraswati order, under the name Swami Gitananda, including 9 years of traditional training and practice in India. During this time he learned the various systems of Indian Philosophy and immersed himself in the practice of yoga, becoming one of the senior monks of the tradition and teaching meditation and philosophy to tens of thousands of students around the world. He combines this experience and traditional training with his academic background, which includes two Masters Degrees: one in Sanskrit, from U.C. Berkeley (where he has taught) and another one, in Religious Studies, from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is currently working on a book on the topic of “Karma and the Journey of the Soul”, as well as an updated History of Yoga and a new translation of the Śivasūtra, an important Tantric text of the Kashmiri tradition . As a teacher, Carlos is renowned for the breadth of his knowledge and the clarity with which he conveys it. His great love of the Indian yoga traditions, his insight, his humor and his deep connection with his audiences give him the ability to transmit the deepest scriptural teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos is an enjoyable and transformative experience. Carlos Pomeda Website : In this podcast we talk about : - Philosophic world view - Yogic Philosophy - Consciousness & Mediation - Heart & Mind supremacy
November 24, 2020
Emotional Synthesis - With Pádraig Ó Tuama - Episode 86
Our guest today is poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’s , whose work centres around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Working fluently on the page and in public, Pádraig is a compelling poet and skilled speaker, teacher and group worker. A profoundly engaging public speaker, Ó Tuama has worked with groups to explore story, conflict, their relationship with religion and argument, and violence. Using poetry, group discussion and lectures, his work is marked both by lyricism and pragmatism, and includes a practice of evoking stories and participation from attendees at his always-popular lectures, retreats and events. Website : In this podcast we talk about: - Who is Padraig - On Being project - Growing up to be a poet - The lyrics & rhythms of poetry - Vulnerability & Its routing - Rumi & Reflection On another note , is refreshed and updated, have a look at it and do subscribe to our newsletter * Photo Credit : Trevor Brady
November 17, 2020
Artificial Intelligence & Us - With Mahein Kazi - Episode 85
Our guest today is Mahein Kazi , born and raised primarily in Pakistan, after having completed her Bachelor’s degree in Statistics & Economics, Mahein moved to Germany after marriage. Her interest in foreign languages led to her German Language Diploma from the Goethe Institute in Munich. She taught German as a foreign language before moving on to teaching Business English. Truly a global citizen she has lived in Pakistan, USA, Germany, The Netherlands before settling in Canada with her husband and three children. She went back to University after a gap of nearly two decades, completing her specialized honours degree in Cognitive Science, with a focus on the sub-disciplines of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind, with the highest distinction of ‘Summa cum Laude’ at York University, Toronto. She has been an avid volunteer at the Halton Multicultural Council in various ongoing projects working among others with seniors & immigrants. LinkedIn: Facebook: In this podcast we spoke about : - What is Cognitive Science - What is awareness - Nature Vs. Nurture perceptions - Artificial Intelligence and its proponents - To comply or not to comply - Keeping the sacredness of consciousness alive We have our website - refreshed and uploaded, have a look and do subscribe to the newsletter  Much love!
November 10, 2020
Menopause 101 - with Dr. Helen Redman - Episode 84
In conversation with Dr. Helen Redman, who is an experienced General Practitioner in South Birmingham, UK. Helen has a long term interest in menopause management and also works as a Specialist at Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre in Stratford upon Avon. Helen is passionate about raising awareness of issues related to the menopause and believes that access to correct, evidence-based information about the menopause is critical in supporting decision making for long term health benefits. In this podcast we talk about - The tornado called Menopause -The Taboo behind Menopause - Physical & Nutritional diet to manage this tornado - HRT & Holistic approach - Do men have menopause too?
November 03, 2020
Covering over your own truth - With Dr. Abdallah Rothman - Episode 83
Our guest today is Dr. Abdallah Rothman is the founder of Shifaa Integrative Counseling, co-founder and Executive Director of the International Association of Islamic Psychology, and the Principal of Cambridge Muslim College. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC), working at the intersection of Islamic spirituality and mental health practice. Dr. Abdallah holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology and his clinical practice as well as his academic research focus on approaching psychotherapy from within an Islamic paradigm and establishing an indigenous Islamic theoretical orientation to human psychology that is grounded in the knowledge of the soul from the Islamic tradition. He is a student of Professor Malik Badri and in addition to his academic training has studied privately with a number of traditional Islamic scholars throughout the Muslim world. Social Media Links Links In this podcast we spoke about: - The relationship between human psychology & Islamic spirituality -Taboos surrounding mental health - Spiritual bypassing - Grief Management
October 27, 2020
Radical Presence of the Pelvis - Judith Lasater - Episode 82
In conversation with Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, C-IAYT, ERYT-500, YACEPR, has taught yoga since 1971. She holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. Dr. Lasater is the president emeritus of the California Yoga Teachers Association, and is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine. She trains yoga teachers in asana, kinesiology, yoga therapeutics, and the Yoga Sutras, and she leads workshops and retreats throughout the US and abroad. She is a pioneer in the teaching and practice of Restorative yoga. Dr. Lasater writes extensively about yoga. Her feature articles, columns, and essays appear in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. She is the author of ten books on yoga, her newest is Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn for a Safe and Healthy Yoga Practice (Shambhala). For more information, please visit In this podcast we talk about - Pelvis & the Spine - The Main seat - Movement & Pelvis - Emotional, psychological & cultural relations with the pelvis
October 20, 2020
Karismath - With Shad Moarif - Episode 81
In conversation with Mr. Shad Moarif - who in 1986 established Pakistan’s first centre for Remedial Education and Assessment of Dyslexics( READ, Karachi) and introduced the practice of Educational Assessment & extensive clinical diagnostics to identify Language Learning difficulties. It helped parents understand there were reasons why their children were displaying behavioural difficulties. He combined his knowledge of psychology, learning difficulties & learning theories to explain them. Between 1998 and now Mr. Moarif has practised in Canada, lived in France, served as Vice-President, International Dyslexia Association, until Karismath took him to Switzerland in 2009. He finally settled in London after I re-married in 2010. Have conducted training workshops and seminars on Education & keynoted in several international Conferences on Education  in Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, Kenya, Bangladesh and Pakistan. His commitment to educating rural populations came from the realization that they would benefit from remedial approaches to learning. It meant using highly specialised knowledge, skills and instructional design to make learning easy for them. Shad Moarif Social Media Handles  Twitter: @ShadMoarif Facebook: Karismath, Shad and Shad’s Blogs Linked-In   Karismath Website: In this podcast we talk about : - The journey from Banking to serving the community - The birth of Karismath, modulation & hurdles - Teaching & Empathy - Urban Vs Rural mindset
October 13, 2020
Trangenerational Trauma - With Maya Lasker Wallfisch - Episode 80
Our guest today is Maya Lasker-Wallfisch who lives in London where she works as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and educator. She has specialized in working with people whose lives have been impacted by the Holocaust and other displacement trauma. Her book Letters to Breslau (Briefe nach Breslau) has been published by Suhrkamp For more details please click In this podcast we talk about: - What is Distance Transgenerational Trauma -Holocaust and its trauma driving into Maya - Maya struggling with her childhood and adult life -The joy of being heard
October 06, 2020
The Secrets of Divine Love - with A. Helwa - Episode 79
 In conversation with A. Helwa who believes that every single person on Earth is deeply loved by the Divine. She is a writer who has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers through her passionate, poetic, and love-based approach to spirituality. Her popular blog @quranquotesdaily, was established while obtaining her Masters in Divinity, as a means of helping others overcome personal and spiritual struggles on their journey of experiencing divine love. With over 15 years of experience writing and speaking on Islam and spiritual development, A. Helwa draws from her personal experiences and traditional sources to help her readers access 'Divine love in everyday life.' When Helwa is not reading at coffee shops, she can be found climbing mountains, camping in deserts, hiking jungles, or reading about black holes. A. Helwa Social Media : IG : quoranquotesdaily Website: In this podcast we talk about  - The 'secrets' of finding Divine Love - Why Love is the way to find the real path - Islam or Allah - Actions & Intentions We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
September 29, 2020
White Supremacy , Privilege and People of Color - With Faiza Khan & Moni Mohsin - Episode 78
In this podcast we are in conversation with Faiza Khan and Moni Mohsin  Faiza is a london based editor and critic with bylines in the Guardian, The New Republic, the FT. She is currently a consulting publisher with Bloomsbury Publishing. Moni Mohsin was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan. She started her writing career at The Friday Times, Pakistan’s first independent weekly, where she served as the Features Editor. She is now a freelance journalist who has written for, among others, The Guardian, 1843, Prospect Magazine, The Nation, The Times of India, India Today, Vogue India and Nikkei Asian Review. She is the author of two novels, the prize winning The End of Innocence and Duty Free. Her best selling collections of satirical columns, The Dairy of a Social Butterfly and Return of the Butterfly, are based on her long running column for The Friday Times. She is married with two children and lives between London and Lahore. You can find more of them on: Faiza Twitter :@bhopalhouse IG : @faizasultankhan Moni Website: IG : @monimohsinofficial In this podcast we talk about : - White Supremacy - Colonization & its impact on the subcontinent - Reframing the 'people of color' - Literary content beyond the 'supremacy' lens We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
September 22, 2020
Older & Bolder ! - With Hazel Kahan - Episode 77
Our guest in this episode is Hazel Kahan - Born in Lahore when it was still British India, the daughter of two Jewish refugee physicians, Hazel was educated by nuns, monks, missionaries, cosmopolitans and psychologists in India, Pakistan, England and Australia, swerving every now and then to gather world wisdoms offered by activists, New Agers, hippies, entrepreneurs, Muslims, Jews, Marxists, Hindus, atheists and other people of good faith.  Hazel worked in the corridors of power in New York City, not always without friction and one day abandoned her briefcase and airline miles for the woods of the east end of Long Island, New York where she has lived happily since 1999, hoping to complete her memoirs, resolute about making more leafages while and continuing to believe in the magic of creating human radio. In this podcast we talk about : - Journey from Lahore to Long Island - The process of rebirth in old age - Ego and its place - Wisdom & Facing our fears - Leafages & Lahore , Lahore ai Hazel's social media Facebook: Hazelkahan Twitter : @leafages Website:
September 15, 2020
A Teenage perspective of The Lockdown 2020 - Episode 76
In conversation with 3 boys placed in 3 different continents - it was a complete pleasure to talk to these young individuals who are ready to embark on a new academic chapter in their life.  My name is Emaad Saad. I was born in New Jersey, and spent ten years in Canada, after which I moved to Karachi where I'm now in A-levels at KGS as a pre med student. I believe in education and have an immense respect for educators, prompting my decision to co-found Nativlearning, an online educational course creator in native languages. I'm also an avid reader, chess player, and basketball player. My name is Ismail Irfanullah. I was born in Minneapolis and remained there until the age of 11. I then moved to Karachi, Pakistan, and attended The Karachi Grammar School. After completing middle school, I returned to Minneapolis where I am currently a student at Eagan High School. My hobbies include squash, tennis, mountain biking, and learning Arabic. Through my limited experience, mostly shaped from having lived on both sides of the world, I have developed a sense of gratitude for things most take for granted and learned to love, and try to understand, all people. My name is Omar Tariq. I was born in London in 2002 and since then I have lived in Pakistan, Singapore and the UK. I am currently studying the advanced placement at an american school in England and plan to pursue economics, finance, or social sciences in university starting from 2021.  During my free time, I really like to play golf, go for jogs, and cycle. This is pretty much how I spent most of my lockdown too.  I strongly believe that perseverence and motivation makes us better people because it gives us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes and always have a positive mindset towards what we are trying to achieve in life
September 08, 2020
Oral Hygeine, Immunity functions, Menopause & Stress - Dr. Bilal A Shaikh- Episode 75
Our guest today is Dr. Bilal A Shaikh who graduated from the de’Montmorency college of dentistry Lahore in 1992 and started private clinical practice as an associate in Feb 1994. In 1998 he went for his post graduate, Masters programme in prosthodontics from Guys, kings & St’ Thomas’ school of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical sciences ( Now kings College London) . And now runs a private practice in lahore with a focus in Dental Implantology, prosthodontics & General dentistry and also a  health care consultancy called Admoray solutions in Toronto , Canada. He was also a director of clinical training of a Swiss dental implant company called Biodenta Canada from 2012 Till 2018. And currently co head the Institute of advanced dental sciences IADS which focuses on providing continuing dental education to dentists in the field of dental Implants And Prosthodontics. Dr. Bilal A Shaikh can be contacted on: Instagram Twitter @ bashaikh70 Facebook LinkedIn Bilal Ahmed Shaikh ( We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
September 01, 2020
"I am a Product of the Society " - Shabina Mustafa - Episode 74
Our guest today is Mrs. Shabina Mustafa , a woman of strength, grit and gumption. The story of Shabina Mustafa’s life is truly as inspirational as the school itself. She had a happy carefree childhood being the youngest among five siblings. She moved to Karachi after her marriage to Flight Lieutenant Syed Safi Mustafa who was martyred only after one year of his marriage with Shabina in 1971. Widowed at the young age of 21 with her infant son, her life practically began from that point onward. During all the hardships and challenges of being a single parent, her resolve to impact lives of the less fortunate grew even stronger. Juggling between her job and taking care of her son she never forgot the dream of her late husband, who often talked about opening a school for the underprivileged. In 1999 when her maid’s daughter was denied admission to a school, she created a small space in her garage and started teaching children of similar background. In no time the entire garage was taken up by children from low income areas eager to learn, and The Garage School was born. Social Media Handle  Website : In this podcast we talk about : - What is adversity? -Dealing with challenges & lessons learnt -Strengths  & Pillars - Choosing a path - The Garage School We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
August 25, 2020
The power of reading & writing with Aliya Farooq Pasha - Episode 73
Our guest today is Aliya Farooq Pasha, who has taught English Literature and Language for over a decade from high schoolers to undergrads. Aliya's love for the subject also continues in news papers and magazines, where she has been a contributor and also the Editor of a magazine called Matrixmag published out of Islamabad , Pakistan. Aliya believes that Lahore is her soul city and is currently busy writing a book on the real life stories of 4 women who have loved and lived in Lahore. In this Podcast we talk about: - The importance of reading & writing - The seeds of imagination & impersonation - Empathy & Sympathy
August 18, 2020
"Empathy, for me is , redefining the term voiceless" - Zain Mustafa, Episode 72
Our guest today is Zain Mustafa who is the President and Founding Member of the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights (SPAR) which came into existence in July 2017, triggered by the unfortunate loss of a Husky puppy whom he rescued from its owner who had it suffering in a small concrete floor enclosure outside his house on the footpath on the June heat of Karachi, lonely, neglected and in poor physical health which led to his untimely demise though multiple vets tried for 48hrs to save the pup. It was through SPAR’s tireless efforts that Sindh Welfare and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 2017 — a law that aims to free animals from all kinds of abuse came into existence. Other than this Mr. Mustafa has also been a core part of the Karachi Zoo Revamp Design team. Has also led the development of the ACF team in 2014. He is also a Trustee on the board of SBT & The Garage School. Founder CUBE Design Education initiative & educational architectural heritage tours of Sind. He is further on the Board of Advisors PCCC. And in the little spare time he has left, he enjoys leading philanthropic projects in Sehwan & Ranikot Fort. By profession Mr. Mustafa is a Parsons School of Design & Columbia University educated Architect, international award-winning interior designer and educator. Zain Mustafa Social Media Contact Instagram : @cubeedutour In this podcast we talk about : - The relationship between the voiceless monuments and animals and empathy -The Art of listening & surrender - Social media to our advantage & disadvantage We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
August 11, 2020
"For me food is like a lens, for looking into the world..." - Shayma Saadat - Episode 71
Our guest today is Shayma Saadat an internationally published food writer (Globe and Mail, BBC, New York Times, CBC, Toronto Star, among others), whose work focuses on culture and identity. She is also a cook, food stylist and photographer and recipe developer. A proud Torontonian, Shayma is a Pakistani-Afghan with Persian ancestry, and loves to combine the food of her heritage—which she calls Silk Route Cuisine—with the bounty of her home in Canada. Shayma's Social media handles Website: Instagram: @SpiceSpoon In this podcast Shayma spoke about : - Culture & Heritage - Food as her lens - The external and internal impact of cooking food - The flavours and textures of how identities are weaved in - COVID & Food for the family We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
August 04, 2020
"For my dear friend anxiety, who has been misnamed..." Karla Mclaren - Episode 70
Our guest today is Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and healthy empathy. She is the founder and CEO of Emotion Dynamics LLC and the developer of the Empathy Academy online learning site. Karla's latest book : Embracing Anxiety , which is available now to order Karla Mclaren Social Media : Website : In this podcast we talk about : - Difference between empathy & sympathy - Emotional vocabulary -Cultural Impact on our emotions -Anxiety our friend? - Emotions & Menopause We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
July 28, 2020
"Dose makes the poison" -Dr. Marvin Singh - Episode 69
Our Guest today is Marvin Singh, M.D is an Integrative Gastroenterologist in San Diego, California, and a Member of the Board and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Medicine. He is also trained and board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology/Hepatology. As Dr. Singh says in one of his interviews "My best piece of wellness advice is to never give up or get discouraged. Find a provider who’s beliefs and goals are aligned with yours and who has the training and expertise you need to help you optimize your health and well-being but will also guide you through the process every step of the way. This is what I love and enjoy doing everyday! And don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn about topics you aren’t familiar with. It’s when we push ourselves to ask these difficult questions or think about things that others might not think about as readily that we can sometimes truly gain unique insight. Get to know your body, your gut microbiome, your genes, your sensitivities and much more....within these mysteries lies the path to a truly individualized and highly personalized wellness program" Dr. Marvin Singh Social Media: Website: Instragram : @DrMarvinSingh In this podcast we talked about : - Gut health & Emotions - Integrative & Precision Medicine - Keto & Intermittent Fasting - Social Media Diet - Caffeine Microdosing We are hopeful that you would appreciate this episode and share it amongst your family & friends. Any suggestion, feedback or comment that you might have, feel free to get in touch on
July 21, 2020
Schemas & Cognitive Distortions with Diane Malaspina - Episode 68
Diane Malaspina (Ph.D.) is an experienced, 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 500), an Applied Psychologist, and a Senior Teacher for international yoga training program, Yoga Medicine©. Combining yoga tradition and modern science, she teaches evidenced-based methods for healing, stress prevention, and sustainable well-being through yoga sessions, workshops, and teacher trainings - both locally and across the globe. A wife, puppy mom to Luca, and a vegetarian based in Virginia Beach, VA, she’s up for anything that’s outside. Preferably in warmer climates with the sun shining and the sea nearby. In this power packed podcast we spoke about : - The formation of schemas and cognitive distortions in our mind - Recognizing the distortions - ways of overcoming our distortions - Impact on us and those around us - Role of sleep, nutrition and social connections on our schemas and distortions Diane Malaspina's Social Media Handles website: instagram: @dianemalaspinayoga
July 14, 2020
"We think if we were to do all the right things - we would be able to avoid difficulty" Jason Crandell - Episode 67
Our guest today is Jason Crandell , a natural teacher and author with more than 20 years of experience. Named “one of the teachers shaping the future of yoga,” by Yoga Journal, Jason has been an in-demand teacher at conferences around the world for more than a decade. Considered a teacher’s teacher, Jason has taught on countless teacher training faculties, leads trainings globally, and regularly presents teacher training content at esteemed conferences. Jason’s primary teacher is Rodney Yee—who was kind enough to say, “Jason is taking the art of teaching yoga to its next level.” For the past 10 years, Jason has honed his approach by looking to peers outside of the yoga community, in the fields of physical therapy, orthopedics, traumatology, and sports medicine. These collaborative partnerships have enabled Jason to offer the most up-to-date to asana technique, cueing, injury management, and hands-on adjustments. Jason’s goal is to blend the timeless wisdom of yoga philosophy with evidence-based information to create yoga curriculum that helps modern practitioners grow and evolve. In this podcast we talk about: - What is resilience in the physical/pyschological world? - Everything inextricably connected with everything - Losing, gaining & nurturing resilience - Faith & Resilience - Resilience in the times of COVID 19 Jason Crandell Social Media Handle: Instagram : @jason_crandell If you liked this podcast, please share this with your friends and family :) and leave us with a review, comment or suggestion
July 07, 2020
"If you can't see it, you can't be it" - Amneh Shaikh Farooqui - Episode 66
Our guest today is Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui, who  is a management-consulting professional and gender specialist with fourteen years of experience in economic development, poverty reduction, environment and health initiatives. Amneh supports and helps lead a not-for-profit organization called the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Institute ( which specialises in microenterprise, technical skills development and value chain development programmes focused on women and young people in Pakistan. ECDI employs traditional skills in craft, handwork and agriculture as a means of lifting marginalised artisan, rural producer, farmer and slum-dwelling urban communities out of poverty and market development approaches in a range sectors such as dairy, seedlings etc to create livelihood and employment opportunities. She also cofounded and runs a social enterprise called Polly and Other Stories (, an ecommerce initiative that helps develop and bring to market carefully made artisanal products, created by small producers or enterprises in their homes or in remote villages that were excluded from mainstream markets, thereby bridging the gap for talented craftswomen and craftsmen who had been unable to benefit from the increased demand for beautiful, authentic, and handmade items. Polly and Other Stories was a finalist in the global MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge in 2019. Amneh thrives on vision-casting and is passionate about ideas that can help transform development industry practices to support local economies and educate and empower individuals and small enterprises. She was a founding curatorial member for the Women of World festival, Karachi and leading force behind the festival in Karachi since January 2016. Amneh is a seasoned public speaker and has presented at conferences across Pakistan including most recently at Pepsi’s TEDx style With Purpose event, the World Bank’s Digital Youth Summit and at the School of Tomorrow’s Leadership Conference. She was the keynote speaker at Making Futures by the Plymouth College of Arts in the UK in September 2019. Amneh has recently authored Fearless: Stories of Amazing Women from Pakistan, a book for children and young adults that chronicles the lives of 50 incredible women from Pakistan being published by Penguin India over the summer. Striking, bold illustrations accompany powerful narration that highlights the contributions of notable women and girls from across the fields of science and technology, arts, politics, law, activism and sports. Fearless allows South Asian children to discover real-life women and girls who are changing the narrative and paving the way for others and allows them to dream big through the daring deeds of these incredible women from across different sectors, geographies, and ages in Pakistan. In this podcast we talk about : - Fearless the book - And the concurrent theme - The importance of intention for anything and everything - Culture & Religion - Women & Economic development - Awareness & Education Amneh's Social Media Handles  Instagram & Facebook : @pollyandotherstories & @fearlessthebookpk Linkedin : @amnehshaikhfarooqui
June 30, 2020
Framing the View with Arsalan Aziz - Episode 65
Arsalan Aziz is an architect, based in London, UK and his experience ranges from a small bespoke architectural firm dealing with residential design to one of the leading architectural practises in London, dealing with award winning large scale luxury residential developments and large scale mixed use developments. Following this Arsalan has also worked in conjunction with a London property developer as the lead architect and project coordinator In this podcast we talk about : - What is Design -The hierarchy of clarity, vision & purpose - Our 5 senses and the spaces around us - Our relationship with our spaces - The future of our spaces post COVID 19
June 23, 2020
Heart Consciousness - with Emil Ihsan Alexander - Episode 64
 Emil Ihsan Alexander is the creator of Soul of Islam Radio and the Spiritual Excellence personal growth and spiritual development program which consists of key courses and resources to help members of the global community rediscover the power and the practicality of classical and traditional faith-based spirituality in the context of modern life and living. His most popular program to date is the Islamic Meditation Program, which is a six-week online course designed to reintroduce believers to ancient principles of meditation and mindfulness deeply embedded within the prophetic path so as to live happier, healthier and more connected lives. In the podcast we talk about : - The relationship between the heart and mind according to the Holy Scripture - What is heart consciousness? - The different kinds of ego that we possess - Spiritual Transcendency - Selflessness & Selfishness
June 16, 2020
"Growth for me is building others " Nabila - Episode 63
Nabila has been in the styling and image building industry for over 35 years. Starting from a humble background she knew she had a special liking for hair and scissors. In her own words she is " chic, defiant, disruptive, legendary, phenomenal, rebellious, magical, power & bold" Brick by brick , Nabila has built her empire , constituting of state of the art salons and miraculous image-related solutions. In life as well as in work , a simple philosophy guides Nabila, to look good, feel good & live better. In this crisp and fun podcast we talk about ; - Nabila and her journey towards her own identity - Give up something to attain something -Inner engineering -Growth pillars for Nabila -Styling & owning Grey hair (predictable :)
June 09, 2020
The Nervous System , Immune Functions & Lymphatics with Tiffany Cruikshank - Episode 62
Tiffany Cruikshank is the founder of Yoga Medicine® (@yoga_medicine), a community of teachers focused on fusing anatomy and western medicine with traditional yoga practices to serve the medical communities. She has trained thousands of teachers around the world, graced the cover of over 15 magazines, been featured regularly in major media outlets, authored 2 books.  With a background in Acupuncture and Sports Medicine, Tiffany has worked with celebrities, athletes, and corporate professionals alike in her own private clinics and Nike World Headquarters. Tiffany also founded and continues to run two nonprofits — one conducting research on yoga’s therapeutic benefits and the other supporting a shelter for women rescued from trafficking in Delhi, India. In this podcast we talk about: - What is the Nervous System? - HPA Axis & Immunity - Tools to activate the Vagal Tone - Lymphatic System - Tiffany's personal tools during challenging times Tiffany Cruikshanks' Social Media Handles Website: Facebook : TiffanyCruikshankYoga Twitter : yoga_medicine Instagram : yoga_medicine
June 02, 2020
"We don't always get to choose...sometimes we are chosen ! " Dr. Arshia Qasim - Episode 61
Dr. Arshia Qasim is a neuro-rehabilitation physician who has explored the neuroscience of creativity, and how artistic expression can help bridge the gaps in communication and prove therapeutic in a variety of neurological conditions including aphasia. Founder of the NeuroArt Faculty at Alhamra Art Centre Bernardsville in New Jersey, she holds an MRCP and Msc. in Clinical Neurology from the University of London and has also taugh at Purdue University. She is activist and spokesperson for understanding disability, the inclusion of disabled people into our mainstream societies and workforce, and the need to develop research and academic tools in our institutions to be disability-friendly. In this podcast we talk about : - Dr. Qasim's passions and career - The change of events that steered her career - Her key learnings from some heart wrenching lived-in experiences - The portal of COVID 19 Dr. Arshia Qasims's social media handles : website : Facebook :drarshiaqasimahmad
May 26, 2020
Understanding Allah's Agency with Shaykh Ebrahim - Special Episode Ramadan 2020
Our last episode with Shaykh Ebrahim for this Holy Month of Ramadan , 2020 In this podcast Shaykh Ebrahim talks about : - Understanding how Nature works -Ebbs flows / Expansion Contraction - Understanding the need for opposites - Judgements & Presumptions - Whats works best in our favour
May 22, 2020
"We need to do some re-parenting of ourselves" - Dr. Alexandra Solomon - Episode 60
Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, a regular contributor at Psychology Today, and the author of Taking Sexy Back: How to Own Your Sexuality and Create the Relationships You Want (February 2, 2020; New Harbinger) and Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (2017; New Harbinger), which was featured on the TODAY show. She is an international speaker and teacher whose work has been featured on six continents.  In this podcast we talk about : - How our developmental years play out in our adult lives - The un-met childhood needs - The un-parented traumas that we carry with ourselves - How we can manage our childhood traumas Dr. Solomon's Social Media Handles: Website: Instagram: @dr.alexandra.solomon    Facebook: @dralexandrasolomon     Twitter: @ahsolomon                       LinkedIn:
May 19, 2020
Finding the Cracks within with Shaykh Ebrahim - Special Episode Ramadan 2020
As part of our special episodes for every Friday of this Holy month of Ramadan with Shaykh Ebrahim, bringing forth an episode which is short, poignant and resourceful In this podcast Shaykh Ebrahim talks about : - Reactions Vs Responses - The vessel & the water - Finding cracks and dealing with them - How to do deal with them If you like this episode please share it with your family and friends
May 15, 2020
"Nature is exacting it's price " - Mr. F.S. Aijazuddin - Episode 59
FAKIR SYED AIJAZUDDIN, OBE, FCA, is a leading art-historian, specializing in the history of the Punjab and contemporary politics. In addition to his corporate career in the oil industry, banking and insurance, he served as Provincial minister for Culture, Tourism, & Environment, and was Chairman Lahore Arts Council. He has taught at LUMS and FCC University. Latterly, he was the Principal, Aitchison College, Lahore He has published 19 books on miniature painting, on 19th century British artists working in India, on diplomacy, on old Lahore (1800-1900, 1900-1947), on antique maps of Pakistan, an account of Henry Kissinger’s secret visit to China in 1971, another on US-Pakistan diplomatic relations between 1969 and 1974, two books on his alma mater Aitchison College, Lahore covering its years 1886-1986 & 1886-2011, and two volumes of memoirs covering 1942-1971 and 1972-79. His most recent book is Sketches from a Howdah: Charlotte, Lady Canning’s Tours, 1858-61. In this podcast we talk about : - COVID 19 from a historical perspective - Economic implications short and long term - Social Darwinism & Imperialism - Financial implications on a global & national level - Possible solutions Mr. Aijazuddin Website:
May 12, 2020
The Magic of Allah's names with Shaykh Ebrahim - Special Episode Ramadan 2020
As part of the special series, this is the 3rd episode with Shaykh Ebrahim where he talks about: - The names of Allah -The lights and its refraction -Abstract hierarchy -The purpose of various names -Using or not using the names to our benefit
May 08, 2020
Sleep for Immunity - Dr. Habib - Episode 58
In this podcast Dr. Mahsin Habib talks about: - The process of sleep - Brain health & Sleep - Gut health & Sleep - Sleep hygiene - Sleep inducing medication - Hunger & Sleep - Immunity functions & Sleep Dr. Habib is open for online consultations, should you feel you need more information, feel free to contact him through his website
May 05, 2020
Layers of Ego with Shaykh Ebrahim - Special Episode Ramadan 2020
In this podcast Shaykh Ebrahim speaks about : - What is the Ego? - Personal conditioning and constructs - Why should we & how can we dismantle the various layers of this nafs - How will this dismantling help us find our purpose
May 01, 2020
"Many different calls to God can exist in harmony" - Sonam Kalra - Episode 57
Multiple award-winning singer and composer Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of musician who has been trained in both Indian and Western traditions of music and is equally adept at both. She has a beautiful, powerful voice with an honesty and sensitivity that is rare. But even more important than that is the fact, that she is a musician with a message. And it is this unique combination of all these qualities, that has taken her to prestigious stages across the world including The Sydney Opera House and MTV’s Coke Studio. Sonam’s unique brainchild, ‘Sonam Kalra & the Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith through poetry, prayer and music to create one universal voice of faith, has earned her international critical acclaim. She has performed in over 30 countries at prestigious festivals and venues around the world and has shared the stage with legendary musicians like Sir Bob Geldof and Sufi Legend Abida Parveen. She has performed at the very prestigious Women in the World Summit organised by Media legend Tina Brown as well as for the global movement-One Billion Rising, The World Sufi Peace Festival at the Pyramids, The Royal Opera House Cairo, Muzaffar Ali’s World Sufi Festival Jahan-e- Khusrau, The World Sufi Spirit Festival RIFF in Jodhpur, The International Faiz Festival for Peace in Pakistan and at The Indo-African Summit for the Indian Prime Minister, President of India and 52 heads of African states, to name a few. Sonam has been felicitated for her work in music with many awards, including the Femina Woman of Worth Award, the Indian Express Devi Award, FICCI YFLO ‘Young Women Achiever’ award for her work in the field of music and the Global WIN Award for inspiring women worldwide. She has used her music to speak out for equality and issues ranging from child abuse, women’s rights and animal rights to helping raise money for cancer charities and education for children. She is known for using her voice for change and her creative, soulful and unique interpretation of sacred texts well as contemporary poetry. Her most recent musical offering, ' Hum Dekhenge' which was a response to the controversial Citizens Amendment Act, went viral and is being hailed as one of the most haunting versions of the song. She has also been invited to share her message of inclusion at many TED talks and WIN Conferences across the world. In this podcast we talk about : - Sonam & her journey into music - What music has taught her - The ethos behind the sufi gospel project - The concurrent themes of spiritual leaders & global faiths - Reflections about COVID 19 Sonam Kalra's Social Media Handle Website: Instagram : @sonamkalraofficial
April 28, 2020
Ramadan & Growth - Shaykh Ebrahim - Special Episode Ramadan 2020
Shaykh Ebrahim has very graciously agreed to collaborate with 'dhaani' for these special episodes during the month of Ramadan 2020. Every Friday a new episode will be published for this month. In this episode he talks about: - Growth vs. Stagnation - The intent - Generosity & Courage - Gratitude as a virtue - The basic premise of all the pillars of Islam If you like this episode , please help spread the word and share with your friends & family Thank you for listening
April 24, 2020
"The opposite of fear" - Ihsan Alexander - Episode 56
Ihsan Alexander is the creator of Soul of Islam Radio and the Spiritual Excellence personal growth and spiritual development program which consists of key courses and resources to help members of the global community rediscover the power and the practicality of classical and traditional faith-based spirituality in the context of modern life and living. His most popular program to date is the Islamic Meditation Program, which is a six-week online course designed to reintroduce believers to ancient principles of meditation and mindfulness deeply embedded within the prophetic path so as to live happier, healthier and more connected lives. In this  thoroughly reflective podcast we spoke about: - Concurrent themes of the faiths of this world - The basic human purpose - The antidote to fear - Discerning between logic & ego - COVID 19 and the spiritual teachings from it Ihsan Alexander's social media handles Websites: *** Social media links:
April 21, 2020
Existing underlying health conditions & COVID 19 with Dr. Mahsin Habib - Special Episode
As part of our special series on COVID 19, we have here yet another information packed podcast with Dr. Mahsin Habib In this podcast Dr. Habib talks about: - Pre-existing underlying conditions that make people more susceptible to COVID 19 - The innate importance of Vitamin D, C and Zinc in these challenging times - Natural foods & Supplements that might help with your immune structure Dr. Habib is also offering online consultation should you feel that you need more information on the above, or any other health related issue Please contact him through :
April 17, 2020
"Music was to be my vehicle...for my journey " Tina Sani - Episode 55
Tina Sani began her journey with music in 1979. Over four decades later, Ms. Sani may be appreciated amongst the leading ghazal singers of the day. A purist by temperament, Sani initiated formal training in Indian classical music with Ustad Nizamuddin Khan Sahib, son of Ustad Ramzan Khan Sahib of Delhi gharana, and later with Ustad Chand Amrohvi. Over time, she merged her commitment to the classical discipline with a native love for Urdu poetry. In this regard, Tina may be seen to follow in the footsteps of ghazal maestros such as Khan Sahib Mehdi Hasan, Begum Akhtar, Mukhtar Begum, Farida Khanum, and others. Her performances are considered emotively rich, full of vocal nuance and lyrical feeling. Tina's repertoire includes poets such as Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmad Faraz,Perveen Shakir, Daagh, Mir,  Mirza Ghalib, Firaq Gorakhpuri, Allama Iqbal and Rumi amongst others. Sani has performed at a wide range of international forums, bearing the firm belief that music crosses all borders. Performing not only all over Pakistan but in many parts of the world like Ireland, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai, Croatia, India , Turkey, North and South Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, US and UK and recently in September 2016 at the Oslo Mela Festival where she collaborated with a jazz ensemble.  Prestigious amongst the numerous awards she has received over a career of 4 decades are: 🔸’Pride of Performance' in 2004 received from the President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf. 🔸"Outstanding Contribution to Music Award' Received from the President of India, Smt Pratibha Patil in 2011 in Delhi. 🔸LUX Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 🔸Ladies Fund Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 received from the Governor Karachi. Sani is currently researching for a book she plans to write on Pakistan and its rich musical heritage In this podcast we talk about : - The habit mind  - Pacing it out - Breaking myths - Overcoming personal mistakes & flaws - Meditation & Music
April 14, 2020
Building & Sustaining our Immunity Functions during COVID 19 - Dr. Mahsin Habib - Special Episode
As part of our special COVID 19 series, Dr. Mahsin Habib is back on dhaani to talk to us, inform us, educate us on our immunity functions and how important it is to look after ourselves in this challenging times and also for all times to come In this episode we talk about : - Essential colorful diet - The do's and dont's of dairy, nuts & seeds - The importance of Turmeric, Vitamin D & Omegas - Essential micronutrients Dr. Habib is open to online consultations, should you be interested in getting in touch for more information. You can contact him on :
April 12, 2020
"If you are busy doing things, you are not really being with each other " - Lissy Ann Puno - Episode 54
Our guest today is Lissy Ann Puno, A Singapore-based, Counselling Psychologist, Lissy Puno has extensive years of experience promoting psychological health and  emotional wellness in the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and now as the founder of the International Counselling & Psychology Centre in Singapore. Lissy is a certified presenter for the internationally recognized  “Getting the Love You Want” couples workshop now on its 30th year and the “Connected Parents, Thriving Kids” workshop for parents. She is the author of the following books, Affairs Don’t Just Happen: Protect, Repair, Recover; Stay Connected, an interactive journal for couples and Couple Goals, a guide in partner selection for singles. She holds a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Clinical Fellowship from Harvard University. She is listed in the KeyNote Women Speakers Asia, a leading directory of female public speakers. She is a "connected-nester" with her husband of 30 years and a "commuter" mother to two adult sons. In this podcast we talk about: - What is toxicity in relationships - Why is there toxicity in relationships - Childhood trauma and adult relationships - Identifying & Managing toxicity - 8 C's of successful relationships Lissy Ann Puno Social Media Handles: Instagram @affairsdontjusthappen @stayconnectedlissypuno Facebook :@lapuno Twitter :@connectednest
April 07, 2020
The Power of Intention with Sheikh Ebrahim - Episode 53
Shaykh Ebrahim Schuitema is a Sufi Teacher from the Darqawi-Shadhiliya Tariqa and currently lives in Gauteng, South Africa. Shaykh Ebrahim received his chain of transmission in the Tariqa from the late Shaykh Mustafa Bassir of Morrocco, may Allah bless his soul. Shaykh Ebrahim is also the founder and Leading Partner of Schuitema Associates, a business transformation consultancy that is based in South Africa and Pakistan. An absolute gem of a podcast , short, powerful and poignant . We talk about : -What exactly is intention -How do we give power to the intention -Our purpose of existence -How to deal with attachment & negative self talk -Intention and relationships -Intention & COVID 19 Sheikh Ebrahim Social Media Handles : Facebook: Etsko Schuitema
March 31, 2020
COVID 19 and All that you need to know with Dr. Mahsin Habib - Special Episode
Dr. Mahsin Habib is based in the USA and in an Internal Medicine specialist. Extremely chuffed to inform you that dhaani & Dr. Habib have collaborated to inform our listeners, on a weekly basis, about COVID 19. Dr. Habib will be sharing with us the latest updates on the virus, how we can build the physical and emotional resistance. Updates and tips on immunity management, sleep patterns, diet, exercise and mental well-being This episode is a full round- up conversation , which will be broken down in detail in the coming weeks. In this episode Dr. Habib talks about: - What is the Corona Virus -How should be respond to it -How can we manage the anxiety and panic -How can we boost our immunity -Things to do if we contract the virus If you have any questions, please fell free to write them in the comments section so that Dr. Habib can answer them in his next podcast Also, Dr. Mahsin Habib is open to online consultation and you are welcome to contact him on: Website:
March 24, 2020
"Urdu Literature is my addiction" - Taimur Rehman - Episode 52
Taimur Rehman aka Qasid, is a narrator of Urdu Literature and Poetry from Pakistan. Since 2012, Taimur has performed at South Asian Literature Festival London, TEDx Change, TEDx Islamabad, TEDxNUST, TEDxMultan, TEDxAIOU, Islamabad Literature Festival, Children's Literature Festival, Teachers Literature Festival, Faisalabad Literature Festival, Open Islamabad, Jashn-e-Urdu Dubai and many other places. In his own words, “Urdu Literature is my addiction!” Taimur also holds the honour of being endorsed by the legendary Oscar Winner lyricist Gulzar Sb for his works. He also is the creative mind behind the famous Urdu Shawls known as Orhnis and Doshalas, as a tribute to Urdu literature & poetry. In this podcast Taimur shares with us his journey to finding the love of his life, his passion and how he continues to live with this passion turned  addiction. He delightfully shares with us his favorite authors and poets in the Subcontinent, with Gulzar Saab being his most favorite. Taimur gives us pointers on how identity is really formed when we have a close connection with our mother tongue, how we can make  tiny efforts to keep our language alive. Taimur Rehman Social Media Handles: Social media links: Facebook: Instagram: @trehmans Website:
March 17, 2020
"In my opinion advertising is ...commercial art" - Khurram Koraishy - Episode 51
A graduate of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Koraishy started his career with a brief stint in sales at the agrochemical and pharmaceutical company, American Cyanamid. Khurram has been part of Unilever, PepsiCo, Damas, Tapal Tea & Al-Karam fashion. Having worked both globally and locally in Pakistan , Khurram has led various award winning campaigns. Since mid-2016 Khurram has been involved with ECOM PK Pvt. Ltd as a partner focusing on strategy and business development. In 2014-15, Koraishy has also served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Advertisers Society, which is an industry body that represents the industry’s interest in various forums including lobbying with the government. Koraishy also serves on the board of Move Pakistan Foundation which is an NGO/charity focused on education and healthcare for underprivileged children in Orangi town, Karachi. Khurram likes to escape to the golf course on the weekend and is an avid Crossfit and running enthusiast during the workweek. In this very interesting podcast Khurram takes us through the boons and banes of the advertising industry and the impact of ad films on the consumer. Khurram sheds light on understanding the consumer behaviour and preferences keeping in mind their age, culture and regional presence. He gives us insight into how the millenial and Gen -Z consumer behaves and how relevant it is for companies to understand and undertake "sustainability" as the core of their operations. Khurrams social media handles : Facebook :
March 10, 2020
Colors and their healing powers - Dr. Deanna Minich - Episode 50
DR. DEANNA MINICH (pronounced DEE-A-nuh MIN-ik) is a health educator and author with more than twenty years of experience in nutrition, mind-body health, and functional medicine. Dr. Minich holds master’s and doctoral degrees in Human Nutrition and Medical Science, respectively, and has lectured extensively throughout the world on health topics, teaching patients and health professionals about health. She is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and a registered yoga teacher. Her passion is bringing forth a colorful whole-self approach to nourishment called Whole Detox and bridging the gaps between science, soul, and art in medicine.  This podcast contains some of the most simplistic yet wise ways of understanding color and adapting an entire rainbow of them to our day to day lives. Dr. Minich takes us through the entire spectrum weaving in her own life journey, her learnings of various religions and cultures, and experiences with people. Re-defining the relationship that we have with color, this podcast will fascinate you, challenge you and educate you on many fronts - primary one being the colorful amalgamation of the mind, body and soul Website: Instagram: @deannaminich Twitter: @drdeannaminich
March 03, 2020
"Anything that you do, there has to be a huge respect for it..." Marina Khan - Episode 49
Lively, witty and humorous, our guest today is Marina Khan -a seasoned actor, director and producer. Born in Pakistan , in a family of discipline, form and force - she owes most of her values and grounding to her parents. With her mother being exceptionally interested in dramas/soaps/movies - it was only natural that Marina would take up the tube as her main interest. Acting behind the camera was another ball-game, and she shares with us the sequence of events that led to it. Marina has been part of the Pakistan Media industry since the last 30 years and has seen the changes both actively and passively , of the ebb the flows, of the narrative especially relating to women and how we can try and change that. Marina candidly shares with us her moments of honesty, groundedness, her husband, her golf, her future projects and so much more.
February 25, 2020
"Thats the real key to happiness ...kindness, kindness and then kindness" Carole Pertofsky - Episode 48
An absolutely wonderful , insightful and tremendously helpful conversation with one of the leading ladies in the field of positive psychology and happiness. Carole spoke about the various kinds of happiness that we experiences in various ages and stages of life, the neurological state of happiness and stress. She patiently explains how the hormones changes when we are going through the spectrum of stress. She shares with us how to manage frustrations, anger, irritability - really through gratitude, gumption and resilience. Carole also shares with us how various countries across the world respond to happiness, and why Bhutan is the happiest place in this world. The podcast is unmissable, simply because each anecdote, experience and methodology shared here is worth applying in our personal life situations Carole's interest and passion is empowering people to thrive, flourish and succeed in a complex and demanding world. At Stanford, she is Director, Emerita, Student Wellness Services . Her teaching focuses on harnessing the knowledge and skills that lead to high quality well-being. She teaches at the School of Medicine, offering courses on topics including Resilience: Gratitude, Grace and Gumption; Exploring Happiness and Health; Courageous Aging; Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, Enneagram and Courageous Aging. Carole is a frequent speaker and seminar leader for diverse professional organizations and companies (Apple; Google; Association of Family Law Practice; Stanford Continuing Studies; California Senior Centers). She also facilitates retreats, including the Esalen Institute, 1440 Multiversity; Healthy Living Retreat;; Awakening Joy. Carole is a professional coach, focusing on individuals, couples and teams seeking healthier, happier and high quality accomplished living.
February 18, 2020
"We have sufficient water... but we can't seem to manage the demand" - Laila Kasuri - Episode 47
An enlightening podcast on the current "water situation" both globally and in Pakistan. Our guest, Laila Kasuri has a Bachelors degree from Harvard University in engineering sciences, and a Masters in Water Resources Engineering from University of California, Davis. Laila talks about the various factors that affect water consumption, disposal and wastage. She gives us a nationwide picture of this amenity and then takes us on a macro level in terms of water stress and management. Also touches upon individual consumption and the dos and donts of making sure that we do not run out of water. She also talks about how old civilizations settled around water bodies and the role of agriculture based economies. A development practitioner and multi-disciplinary engineer, Laila Kasuri has more than nine years of experience in the water sector, working on projects in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Jordan. She has played a key role in providing advisory support to international organizations and national and municipal governments on water policy and strategy development. Currently, she is working as a Water Investment and Policy Solutions Analyst with the Global Green Growth Institute. Prior to this, Laila was a Faculty Associate at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) where she helped establish the Centre for Water Informatics and Technology. She has worked before as a water resources consultant with the World Bank; as a researcher at the UC Davis Centre for Watershed Sciences; as a research fellow with the Harvard Water Security Initiative; and as a consultant with the ADB-led Friends of Democratic Pakistan Water Sector Task Force. Laila has contributed to multiple reports and published in the Water Policy Journal, the Harvard College Review of Environment and the Handbook of Applied Hydrology, McGraw-Hill and has also been awarded many awards including the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Association Award, the Corps of Engineers President’s Award for Excellence and the Thomas T. Hoopes Award for Outstanding Academic Research at Harvard. She is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community and also Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list.  Laila Kasuri Social Media Handles: Website : Twitter : lailakasuri
February 11, 2020
"Everybody is a story-teller...we make sense of our lives through stories" - Mohsin Hamid - Episode 46
Mohsin Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1971 - and having degrees from Princeton University and then Harvard Law School, he soon realised that practicing Law was not meant for him. Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels -- Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West -- and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations. His writing has been translated into forty languages, featured on bestseller lists, and adapted for the cinema. In this podcast Mohsin talks about his journey from Law to Corporates to Pen to thoughts and to words. He shares his love for being amongst people, from having great conversations to spending time alone with his thoughts and edits. He also shares with us his intentional disconnect with social media, how he manages the immediacy of his attention, and he loves showing up for "work" Mohsin beautifully describes his key learnings of being a writer, his relationship with words and his relationship with vulnerability. Mohsin Hamid Website:
February 04, 2020
"Every time there is an emotional pain, there is a physical component to it" - Alistair Moes - Episode 45
Alistair is an International Anger Management Expert and Author, who has been working professionally as a counsellor/educator since 1989 and as an anger management specialist in private practice since 1995. Alistair co-leads a team of six therapists. He has worked with those who have enormous challenges in the world: from high performance business leaders, gold medal winning Olympic and professional athletes to people that are close to homeless. Anger is an equal opportunity emotion. Alistair has developed a manner of working, which is respectful, solution-focussed and based on both academic theory and extensive experience. This experience includes working with trauma, and historic abuse in a manner that honours each person and allows for deep healing. During the last twenty-five years he has worked with thousands of people who have made the call out of a desire to create change. He, along with his partner, Alejandra Proaño, MPsy, MSc, MLit, PCC, RCC , lead a team of six therapists. Although he has worked with court-ordered men, he now works exclusively with self-referred clients, which includes those sent from the workplace, or strongly encouraged by a partner, or even unfortunately sometimes, a lawyer. There is a lot that Alistair unpacks in this podcast ranging from expressing emotions, manifestation of emotions in the physical body, various forms of anger and last but not the least anger management. He also touches upon childhood trauma, PTSD, some works of Peter Levine and how anger is expressed and associated differently with men and women.   Alistair Moes Social Media Handles: Website (the women's site run by his partner, Alejandra Proaño, MPsy, MSc, MLit, PCC, RCC) Instagram : mooseangermanagement Facebook : Twitter : @loseyourtemper  Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
January 28, 2020
"Forgetting to laugh like forgetting to sleep or breathe" - Moni Mohsin , Episode 44
Having a podcast with Moni Mohsin, face to face , was the much needed dose of laughter, humor, intellect, wisdom and experience. Honored and humbled to have her on 'dhaani' - A platform that wants to promote well-being, on the emotional, psychological, physiological, spiritual level -  and  laughter , humor and wit is an intrinsic feature of the human life. We spoke about privacy, laying safe boundaries, the need for solitude, social media and intrusiveness, and last but not the least Moni was generous to share her "Social Butterfly" snippets with us. Moni Mohsin was born in 1963 in Lahore, Pakistan. Since her father was from the landed gentry of Punjab and her mother from a business family in Lahore, she grew up between Lahore (where she attended a strict convent school run by Irish nuns) and Okara, where she ran wild with peasant children. Like her siblings before her, she left Pakistan at the age of sixteen to attend boarding school in England. Having completed her A’levels, she proceeded to Cambridge to read for a tripos in Archaeology and Anthroplogy. In 1986 she returned to a Pakistan gripped tight in the iron fist of General Zia-ul-Haq. She spent the next two years working for an environmental agency, where she produced Pakistan’s first environmental news magazine, Natura. And then in 1988, when General Zia was assassinated and space for political discourse opened up once again, she moved to a new publishing venture, The Friday Times, Pakistan’s first independent weekly. She spent seven years there, rising eventually to the position of Features Editor. She married in 1995 and moved back to England with her husband. Since then she has freelanced for a number of Pakistani magazines including The Friday Times, Libas and Zameen. She has also contributed short fiction to the creative writing issue of Wasafiri 2000 edited by Aamer Huussein and Bernadine Evaristo and an anthology on Lahore edited by Bapsi Sidhwa and published by Penguin India. She has also authored a travel book on Lahore published by the Guide Book Company and is currently in talks for the publication of her journalistic writings with Vanguard Books Pakistan and Penguin India. The Ceremony of Innocence is her first novel. She has two children and divides her time between Lahore and London. Moni Mohsin is a Pakistani born novelist and freelance journalist based in London. She has authored two novels, the award winning The End of Innocence (Penguin UK) and Duty Free (Vintage) which was adapted for Radio Four’s Book at Bedtime. Her long running satirical column in the weekly newspaper, The Friday Times in Lahore, has been published by Vintage as The Diary of a Social Butterfly and its best selling follow up, The Return of the Butterfly, by Random House India. Her journalistic work has appeared in The Guardian, 1843, Prospect, The Literary Review, Vogue, The Times of India and Nikkei Asian Review. Last year her article ‘Austenistan’ (published in 1843) was shortlisted for a Foreign Press Association award. She does book reviews, cultural features, political pieces, satirical columns and celebrity interviews and writes on topics ranging from domestic workers in the Middle East to Bollywood. Moni Mohsin Social Media Handles Facebook : Instagram : @monimohsinofficial Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
January 21, 2020
"I am just supposed to learn about me" - Yousuf Bashir Qureshi - Episode 43
A graduate from the University Of Nebraska in Food science, Yousuf Bashir Qureshi  opened up a cafe' in Nebraska called the 'Silk Cafe'  back in the 90s'. From painting windows to walls to TV sets, YBQ has also designed clothing for celebrities such as Sheryl Crow, Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, and Madonna.  Fabric, colors, weaves always resonated with YBQ , even as a child. From putting flowers together in his younger years at a cadet college to zipping coffee for his clients in his cafe, to now where he runs his fashion own label by the name of YBQ designs, he has seen much of ebbs and flows, much of discouragement and much of uncertainity. However, YBQ has always been a fighter, standing tall to all challenges that life threw at him, father of 4 children he now resides in Karachi, Pakistan. YBQ is a public speaker, and hold sessions around the world, talking to the youth, encouraging them, supporting them and motivating them all at the same time. This podcast was held at the 'Commune'  - a space that YBQ holds not just for his own work but also for anyone who has an inner expression to share. The Commune - a space of balance, equality and tolerance - YBQ shares with us his love for color and fabric, many instances that he and his family met with disaster, his efforts to maintain sanity internal and external and how he moved back to Pakistan, because his best friend wished so. He also shares with his love for poetry, for Bulleh Shah, the importance of self love and his route to spirituality YBQ Social Media Handles: Website: Instagram : @yousufbashirqureshi Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
January 14, 2020
Power of the brain with Dr. Mahsin Habib - Episode 42
Our first podcast of 2020 starts with an amazing conversation with Dr. Mahsin Habib. Over a decade ago, Dr. Mahsin Habib and his team identified the need to improve the existing annual physical model. We have travelled extensively to research breakthrough advances. Now, by putting it together and carefully blending all the components into a unique product like nobody else can, we have created the most complete physical with our personal touch. Dramatic improvements in the annual physical allow us to detect disease at a very early stage, but more importantly, to prevent disease.These tools were designed to advance longevity by making your DNA biologically younger. This starts with our super programs designed to cleanse, and then rejuvenate your organs. Attention to detail, a personalised physical, restoring cell health, and maintained with custom care; concierge services are all in an effort to achieve your total satisfaction.  Entirely chuffed to have Dr. Habib on our podcast where he explains the power of the brain, takes us through the entire chain of how the brain is connected to the gut and to other organs of the body. The ways and means of keeping the brain and gut healthy, the neurological situation of the brain during cases like Dementia. Dr. Habib also spoke about the healthy bacteria of the gut and brain and how medicines tend to erode the natural flora of these organs. He explains the importance of good fat, a state of ketosis and the intermittent fasting. Dr. Habib summarises the entire conversation at the end , giving his 5 tools to maintain a healthy lifestyle and how to simplify our physical exercise and nutrition Dr. Mahsin Habib social media handles: Instagram : doctorhabib Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
January 07, 2020
"When you see the results of hijama (wet cupping) , you will know how beneficial it is" - Sondoss Zaouali - Episode 41
Sondoss is a qualified medical nurse, and she is a practising Wet Cupping Therapist. She spent over 10 years in nursing covering a variety of specialities. She discovered Wet Cupping Therapy (Hijama) few years back and got fascinated about it. She learnt and has been trained to carry out WCT by doctors who are experts in the field. Her medical knowledge allows her to understand the science behind the WCT and to be updated about the latest research. She practices WCT in a holistic way as she believes body and mind are fully connected and that they are both connected to the divine. In our chat today, Sondoss talks about the historical background of hijama, the tradition and the wisdom behind it and how this method is only now gaining importance in the western world. Sondoss explains the procedure and how she uses her own medical background to assess the patient and then treat them holistically. Sondoss Zaouali Social Media Handles: website: wetcuppingtherapy,com Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
December 31, 2019
"The first emotion that we need to have with ourselves is that of worthiness" - Rujuta Diwekar - Episode 40
Delighted to have Rujuta Diwekar on the 40th Episode of dhaani - Winner of the 'Nutrition Award' from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta is India's leading sports science and nutrition expert and amongst the world's most followed Nutritionists. She is also a best-selling author and the country's foremost speaker on health and wellness. Her books have sold more than 1 milion copies in 7 languages and continue to define the discourse on food and exercise across the country. In this podcast , Rujuta talks about the precursor to developing a healthy relationship with and for food - that of establishing a healthy relationship with the self. She then continues to share the importance to home-cooked food, which exude warmth and nourishment. She advocates the traditional diet which not only lends positively to the self but also to the community and environment around us. Rujuta explains the advantages of including desi ghee (clarified butter), turmeric, dried ginger and fresh fruits in our diet. Last but not the least she lends her input on the importance of gut bacteria and the essentials of pre-and probiotics. Rujuta Diwekar Social Media Handles Twitter - @RujutaDiwekar   Facebook - Rujuta Diwekar   Instagram - @Rujuta.Diwekar Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
December 24, 2019
Islam & The modern world - Kulsoom Omar - Episode 39
A hugely important and pertinent subject, Islam and the Modern World - Kulsoom Omar takes an unusual approach to the modern day challenges that we are facing as individuals, parents & millennials. Kulsoom talks about the therory of liberalism and individualism and how it has slowly seeped into  our cultures more than our faith. The shift from the "We" to the "I" has led to rather disturbing situations and how we can attempt to deal with them - as soon as we realise the presence and importance of The Creator, there will be many though processes that will fall into place. Do listen to this and please leave us with a comment, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
December 17, 2019
"There is a misconception that abandonment(of children) happens only because of poverty" - Tahera Hasan - Episode 38
Our guest today is Tahera Hasan - a lawyer by profession, she specialises in family law and deals with international adoption cases, custody cases, divorce and khula matters and family settlements. She is experienced in litigation issues connected with children. Ms Hasan has assisted foreign courts when required, with reference to the Pakistan Adoption process by rendering opinions, giving affidavits and all other related documentation. She has also assisted courts in Karachi in understanding the process for International adoption and the process of home studies conducted in the Applicant’s home country. Her work also focuses on advisory work  on structuring of Media Houses, Television Channels and Radio Stations, agreements and all transactions related to production and distribution of films, broad range of commercial agreements and transactions in the media and technology fields and work to all players in the media industry. Ms. Hasan is the founding member and Director of Imkaan Welfare Organisation, the founder of Karachi Adoption Resource Centre (KARC). KARC deals with guidance and support in all child adoption related matters – also aiming to break the stigma around the same. Imkaan was created with the sole purpose of child welfare as its scope of work. All Imkaan projects have been conceived, initiated and implemented under her supervision. Currently Imkaan runs a Maternity home, KHEL a recreation and learning center for children, Pasban-e-Mahaul - a solid waste management program, Sehat Ghar - Mother and child healthcare centre and Imkaan Ghar - a adoption centre. Ms. Hasan has been part of numerous talks and panels focusing on different social issues, specifically rights of women and children, awareness and protection. She was also one of the co-founders and on the board of the KaraFilm Society which held the KaraFilm Festival from 2001-2007. She was awarded the IAM Karachi award for ownership in the year 2017 and is a Commonwealth Scholar. Tahera Hasan social media handles : Website for Imkaan : Twitter: @imkaanwelfare instagram: @imkaanwelfare Website: Twitter: @taherahasan Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
December 10, 2019
"When you see good in yourself , you will see good in others..." - Adeel Husain - Episode 37
Our guest today is the award winning actor/director Adeel Husain who  talks about  the learnings and the learner, the optimism and the optimistic, the purpose and the purposeful, the authenticator and the authentication. Candidly, Adeel talks about his learnings and experiences as life flowed out for him. The power and freedom of taking his own decisions , owning up to all the good and most importantly to all the bad, the optimism that always kept him afloat. Adeel also talks about his love for Japan and everything Japanese, his acting career, his characters and how he strives to make subtle changes in the media industry of Pakistan, that he is so hugely associated with. Last but not the least Adeel also shares with his relationship with smart phones, and how they got too smart for him. Adeel Husain social media handles Instagram  : @adeelhusain78 Instagram : @vizorkaneda Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
December 03, 2019
"We spend 1/3rd of our lives sleeping..." Dr. Amar Herekar - Episode 36
Dr. Amar is  a Neurologist who is board certified in neurology, epilepsy and sleep medicine, originally from karachi, he went to albuquerque NM where he completed my Neurology residency and subsequently sub specialized in Epilepsy and Sleep medicine from the Cleveland clinic in Ohio. Dr.Amar has had previous experience directing an epilepsy center and sleep center in Kansas for 3 years and then worked for a large group of neurologists in the Dallas area but recently moved to El Paso to establish his own practice. In this podcast we talk about all things related to sleep. From the ideal sleep hours to what disturbs the sleep cycle, from the circadian rhythm to the effects of caffeine on the human body, from Insomnia to sleep hygiene and so much more. Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
November 26, 2019
"Take a pause, take a moment, and just be..." Jill Satterfield - Episode 35
Jill Satterfield, named “one of the 4 leading yoga and Buddhist teachers in the country” by the Shambhala Sun Magazine, is the founder of the School for Compassionate Action: Applied Embodied Mindfulness, Contemplative Psychotherapy and Educational Support for Communities in Need and Those Who Serve Them. As a pioneer in the field of mind body awareness, Jill has been teaching internationally, consulting and instigating mindful and creative educational programs for over 35 years. Jill is founding faculty of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Mindful Yoga and Meditation Training and a guest teacher for UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. Jill and her primary teacher Ven. Ajahn Amaro were the first to bring mindful movement to a silent retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in CA., and the Insight Meditation Society in MA. She was the scholar and teacher in residence at the Kripalu Center and has consulted and taught for many leading organizations leading professional trainings and workshops internationally. Jill has been featured in the New York Times, More, Crains, Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Yoga Magazine UK and NL and Happinez Magazine NL amongst others. Jill is a graduate of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Chaplaincy Training In this podcast we talk about Jill's personal journey towards mindfulness. How beating all odd, she found the space of acceptance and awareness to manage her health, how her career going back to 35+ years has been a way of evolution. Jill speaks about loving kindness, of acceptance, of awareness, some ways to simplify life, some ways to improve one's personal mindfulness practise and how this practice will always turn up for us in our most challenging of times. Jill Satterfield Social Media Handles: Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
November 19, 2019
"There are two things I value the most & laughter" - Navid Shahzad - Episode 34
A woman who takes great pride in  her city Lahore, to her sense of wonder and curiosity, to her new and old ventures and her ancestry. Whether it has been appearing in front of the public delivering wit and laughter or dealing with teachers and cirriculums to establish better teaching methods, whether it is English or Punjabi, whether it is silence or narratives - our guest - Navid Shahzad delivers all. Actor, Author, Public speaker, Educationist - this woman openly professes her romance for the line, her love for self awareness and development and her deep bond with silence. She has recently finished a book called "Aslan's Roar" which means the Lion's Roar - marvelling over the rise of Turkish media, appreciating their deep love for their religion and culture and how beautifully they have incorporated their mythology and values in drama serials. She  also makes an attempt to strike a balance between modernity and Islam and how they can co-exist in this world of extremism and other false 'isms' Navid Shahzad Social Media Handle: Facebook : Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
November 12, 2019
"I know I have been connected to the borders since i was very young" - Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla - Episode 33
Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla currently serves as Executive Director at The 1947 Partition Archive. Previously, she was an experimental condensed matter physicist and completed her tenure as a post-doctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley, in December 2012. She studied quantum confinement at interfaces that include oxide heterostructures and domain walls in multiferroics. After a 2008 visit to the oral testimony archives at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial she was inspired and began interviewing Partition survivors in 2010. In 2011 The 1947 Partition Archive was born. She has personally interviewed over 100 Partition survivors and rallied volunteers to join in building the grassroots foundations of this people-powered organization. In 1947 her father's family migrated from Lahore to Amritsar on August 14. We spoke about lived experiences, controlled and severed chronicles, pain management, heart break and PTSD , all in the light of the largest human migration in history - the divide of the Subcontinent in 1947. Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review  You can subscribe to our podcast on:  Apple Podcast  Stitcher  Anchor Fm  Google  Spotify
November 05, 2019
"Temporarily suspend science and sense your moment to moment reality" - Tarik Dervish - Episode 32
Tarik Dervish is an Ayurvedic practitioner, herbalist and yoga teacher trainer. He has been practising and teaching the two subjects in tandem since 2001 and has specialised in raising awareness of ayurveda within the yoga community ever since. He is the current Modules Officer for the British Wheel of Yoga and works with the Helios Foundation, a health charity that supports people living with chronic health conditions. He trains Yoga teachers to teach yoga with an ayurvedic approach and runs workshops in Ayurveda all over the country. His goal is to  help people take control of their health through traditional methods of prevention and management. He runs a clinic in central london and Brighton. He is a contributor to Yoga Teaching Handbook and the recently published Yoga Student Handbook edited by Sian O'Neill. In this podcast we discussed the 5 elements, Doshas, nutrition & diet managment and emotional well-being , all through the lens of Ayurveda. Tarik Dervish Social Media Handles: Website: Email:
October 29, 2019
In search of 'Asaar-e-Azal - The Essential Mystery' - Dr. Azra Raza - Episode 31
A gratifying and soul searching conversation with Dr. Azra Raza - i was fully immersed in her words that were carefully articulated either with scientific terms or lyrical poetry. Her own life balanced with medical catastrophes and poetic  subtleties. We spoke about her curiosity of existence to her memorizing poems since a young age. She explained to us the different stages of a cancer cell, the different stages of the human heart. Widely peppered with  her favorite verses and couplets, it is a treat to listen to her wisdom, her openness about the failure of cancer treatment, her hope of future treatment and her commitment to serve. Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Director of the MDS Center at Columbia University in New York, NY. She maintains a busy clinical practice seeing 30-40 patients with MDS and acute myeloid leukemia weekly. In addition, Dr. Raza heads a well-funded, cutting-edge research lab. She is the recipient of multiple awards including The Hope Award in Cancer Research 2012 (shared with the Nobel Laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn). In 2015, she was a member of the Founder Group at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology with President Bill Clinton. On December 1, 2015, Dr. Raza was part of a core group of cancer researchers who met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Dr. Raza’s research has been published continuously over the last three decades in high profile journals and her book, THE FIRST CELL: And the human costs of pursuing cancer’s last will be published by Basic Books on October 15, 2019. Dr. Azra Raza's Social Media Presence Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
October 22, 2019
This world in view of our Scriptures - Special Season Episode 3 - Kulsoom Omar
The importance of this world, the 'duniya' in the light of Scriptures - What does it mean to live in this world? What is this realm supposed to perceived and taken as? The expectations that we attach to this world, deeply ingrained belongingness that we associate with it. Kulsoom Omar sheds light on many aspects of this world - but primarily highlights how and why we are supposed to be totally awareness of its finiteness, ensuring that we live our lives fully, yet deal with it as if it a vessel to get to the means. Remarkable insight by Kulsoom Omar, do give a listen whenever you can
October 18, 2019
'Kis kis ko bataiyngay judai ka sabab hum" Amy Singh - Activitst - Episode 30
In conversation with Amy Singh from Chandigarh, India who is a poetess, Education facilitator, social activist, TEDx speaker and the mastermind behind the utterly beautiful initiative called 'Daak' In her most lively, lovely and humble ways Amy tells us of her love for Lahore, her heart feeling for the entire city that embodies culture, color and a complete soul for her. Although she has never been to the city herself, yet she feels and breathes is sitting almost 250 kilometers away. Although the distance might not be large, but it is the gnawing divide that is large, divisive and most harmful. And Amy in her most endearing ways resolved to reduce the political distance, by publicly displaying her love. Listen to this most heart warming podcast, which leaves with you warmth, hope and connection Amy Singh Social Media Handles Instagram: Facebook: Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
October 15, 2019
Art of Making Dua - Special Series Episode 2 - Kulsoom Omar
In her wonderful ways of conversation Kulsoom Omar tells us the importance of remembering Allah, the enrichments of Dua, the ways and means of dua and last but not the least the prime times of making Dua. The single message of our conversation comes alive when Kulsoom explains to us how Dua makes us awake, aware, conscious and mindful of ourselves, our needs and our presence in front of the Almighty.
October 11, 2019
"Zindagi, Adab, Adaigee" - Zaheer Alam Kidvai - Episode 29
When a friend suggested Zaheer Saab for 'dhaani', i jumped at the opportunity and it was not difficult to speak to this Legend of Pakistan. Zaheer Alam Kidvai was born in 1940 and witnessed the partition in 1947. In this conversation, Zaheer Saab catalogues many instances from his growing up years, to enrolling in the Merchant Navy, from travels with his parents to his own captaincy across the oceans, from exposure to poetry to exposure to social media. He candidly shares his opinion on the human existence, the best way or not the best way to sail through life, laughter being the essence of life for him whilst he has had his own share of pain and misery. He has been instrumental  in setting up the T2F platform in Karachi and also a pioneer of Multimedia studies in Pakistan.  His interests lie in music, poetry, books and living a life with compassion and understanding. He has been married for over 40 years and is a father to a young lady residing in NYC Zaheer Alam Kidvai Social Media Handles Windmills of my Mind Koee Mayray Dil Say Poochhay Twitter : @kidvai
October 08, 2019
Dealing with Praise & Criticism - Special Series Episode 1 - by Kulsoom Omar
A pertinent and valid concern for all. How do we deal with praise and criticism in the light of our scripture, what the Quran  and Hadees recommend and how it has been dealt with by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
October 04, 2019
"The doctors said I've had a stroke, and i thought it was impossible" - Azmat Abbas Alibhai - Episode 28
The story of Azmat Abbas Alibhai, who had a stroke whilst sitting with her family on the lunch table - she narrates her story of helplessness, despair, hope and reverse engineering her entire biological system - setting a target of 100 days and achieving what most medical practioners could not. Azmat shares with us the concept of bio-hacking, the essential needs of the body, the struggle of taking charge and the resolve to stick through the mission of recovery. Azmat Abbas Alibhai is a yoga teacher, clinical nutritionist, naturopath, researcher and writer for the Holistic Health Association of the Princeton Area (HHAPA). She has been instrumental in setting up Pakistan's foremost Stroke Support Group and also provides therapy and meditation practises to neurological patients in some of the leading hospitals in Karachi. Azmat's Social Media Handles: Facebook Page: Instagram : Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review  You can subscribe to our podcast on:  Apple Podcast  Stitcher  Anchor Fm  Google  Spotify
October 01, 2019
"Meray humdum meray dost" Nadia Fazal Jamil - Actor - Part 2 , Episode 27
In our concluding episode with Nadia we talk about Independent choices, pain and healing, purpose and constant learning , element of invasiveness and being open to change, energy sharing and empathy. Nadia tells us about her love affair with language and its’ trappings. The gem of the podcast lies right at the end of the podcast when she beautifully, tearfully and eloquently recites a poem in Urdu by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, called ‘Meray humdum, meray dost’ Nadia Fazal Jamil's Social Media Handles Twitter: NJLahori Facebook : Nadia Fazal Jamil Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
September 24, 2019
"Ambition in me has always been about the battles inside" Nadia Jamil, Actor - Part 1 , Episode 26
This happened to be my first podcast sitting face to face with my guest who was none other than Nadia Jamil. The conversation was caffeinated, speckled with pauses, lots of tearful blotches, hearty laugher, admissions , permissions, pronunciations and enunciations. This is a 2-part conversation where Nadia candidly talks about Lahore, lessons, trusting and connecting, her lineage and her parents, her love for nature and her extreme love for words. The beats, rhythms, rhymes of her acting career, her role as a mother, anger management and the importance of establishing boundaries in relationships. "I started school at a Catholic convent in London and ended it on a Catholic convent in Lahore. After my A levels I went on to study under the guidance of Professor Eqbal Ahmad in the USA. I studied drama and political science with a minor in creative writing. However my learning has come from everywhere, everyone and everything. Not just the academic institutions I have been in. I grew up surrounded by art, culture, politics and romance. I witnessed and learned from it but also from hypocrisy, lies, violence and posturing. I saw the beautiful, the ugly and keep learning from it all. What I want to be, want I do not choose to be. I love all my plays. I’m not a deeply ambitious actor but both my times at The Globe theatre and my experiences with street theatre in Lahore are acutely important to me. Performing a strong script on Stage is where I am the bravest. I am a teacher of mindfulness, drama, posture, expression and self confidence. Also an anchor and tv host, connection and communication is important to me. I write. I am a story teller. I am a student.  I run a small creative arts institute called The Empty Space- Nadia Jamil’s Imaginarium. It is primarily for children from vulnerable back grounds, but also for all children, youth and elders. I am a staunch advocate and activist for the rights of children. However I will speak for animals, nature, the vulnerable anywhere and everywhere I can. I am a proud survivor of abuse and learn every day that the most powerful friend and companion I must invest in, is myself. I am a mother. Learning to be a better one helps me fulfil my ambition to be a better human being. There are too many lessons being taught every second for me to name one, but an important one is to learn to get up, hold your own heart and pull yourself up. Knowing you will fall again, knowing you have to strengthen yourself to haul your self up again. And in that process look around. Your greatest teacher is Nature, let it heal you. Your second greatest teacher is childhood. The child in you, the children around  you. Learn how to bounce back from them. Serve. Serve everything selflessly. Without agendas. Without expecting. Prepare yourself. This life is an incubation period, it is a womb. Laugh, laugh easily and in good humour. Never cruelly. Laugh at yourself, at the ridiculous, at the wonderful. Laugh because you know you CAN get up. Laugh in joy, you have the will to cut through your pain. You are a survivor. Laugh with me." Nadia Jamil Nadia Jamil's Social Media Handles Twitter: NJLahori Facebook : Nadia Fazal Jamil Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review       You can subscribe to our podcast on:       Apple Podcast       Stitcher       Anchor Fm       Google       Spotify 
September 17, 2019
"Saying 'I don't know' is very liberating" - Muzaffar Bukhari , Chairperson VLC - Episode 25
Muzaffar strongly believes in ' When you hear the calling, answer it' , however, to get to this stage of belief and conviction he went through trauma, grief, untangling, unraveling but most of all he went looking for imperfection. Breaking his own mould and perception of perfection he started his journey of courage, hope and curiosity. Muzaffar received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northwestern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2006. Muzaffar has a MBA from Institute of Management Development (IMD), Switzerland, and graduated with distinction in leadership in 2011. Muzaffar started his career with UBS Investment Bank, New York, in 2006. He later moved back to Pakistan to work in the financial services industry and was involved in asset management and commercial banking. Having travelled to over 50 countries, attending executive education at Harvard Business School, Muzaffar knew that something was missing. He had an “aha!” moment on his trip to Finland, where he had the opportunity to spend time in Finnish schools and interact with educationists. Inspired bywhat he had seen, he imagined the way new, non-traditional systems of education could interrupt the standardized, rigid educational landscape of Pakistani education. He realized that he wanted to do something more meaningful –something transformative, something innovative. In 2015, Muzaffar found his true calling with Veritas Learning Circle (VLC). Muzaffar is an ICF Certified Coach, RYT 200 Yoga Teacher (Bali) and a practicing therapist having completed his diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counseling from CPPD, UK. He’s married to Aneeta and together they are blessed with three beautiful kids: Zeina (6), Meer (3) and Karam (2). Muzaffar Bukhari social media handles: Website : Blog: Instagram: muzzi_shah
September 10, 2019
"Why is it that i need something out of myself to fulfill something inside of myself?" - Aisha Chapra, Yoga Teacher - Episode 24
 Accepting and arriving, experiencing the not so pleasant experiences, staying in the awareness of being aware, not looking for answers and not even waiting for conclusions - is what Aisha believes.  Aisha is originally from Karachi, Pakistan and has been teaching yoga for 10 years in Pakistan and abroad. Her teaching supports reconnecting to our movement from the inside-out.  She focuses on gentle, light, micro-movements, and how to bring more of us into each shape, and transition of the body.   Her practice is influenced by life off the mat and continues to evolve and change with each season of her life.   One of the key intentions of the practice is to nourish, nurture, and move towards a resilient and balanced nervous system.  It is inclusive and accessible to all levels of practitioners.  In our chat today Aisha takes her through her own understanding of Islam and Yoga, important tenets of sufism, spirituality, motherhood, ego management, and non-attachment.  She shares how yoga has been a stepping stone for her in so many spheres of life, how her own voice and practice, as a teacher has changed overtime.  And what yoga truly means to her in this phase of life. Give this podcast a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
September 03, 2019
"It is an unravelling, there is destruction - and then there is rebirth" Atiya Khan - Episode 23
Pakistan's first super model, Atiya Khan, shares her experiences as a model back in the Zia regime of 1980s, a counter narrative, a different stamp on the global modelling landscape leading up to her inward journey. The epiphany, her Sufi teacher, her personal life crumbling but the direction was clear and calling. Atiya also shares with us various insights leading up to her documentary "Qalander Code" and her future plans. Atiya Khan has achieved a high level of acclaim and success, undertaking a leadership and pioneering role in the fields of TV production, direction, acting, modelling and presenting. She has been directing and producing for the Advertising and Television industry in Pakistan since 1994. Her expertise in the media merged with her interest and knowledge of Sufism have led her to promote Sufism and moderate Islam through a wide variety of channels. Atiya Khan's social media presence Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
August 27, 2019
"You can help turn the curve of cancer" Dr. Scharukh Jalisi - Episode 22
In this podcast we chat with the Internationally renowned head and neck oncologist, Dr. Scharukh Jalisi. He shares with us his knowledge and experience of dealing with cancer patients, the most pressing causes for head and neck cancer, immunity functions & nutritional requirements of the human body. He also talks about the importance of compassion and empathy not just for the cancer patient but also for the caregiver/s and family. We end the chat by Dr. Scharukh giving out advice to the youth in order to change lifestyles and prevention of the disease. Dr. Scharukh Jalisi is the current Chief of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School/ Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also the Director of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Program Leader for Head and Neck Oncology at Beth Israsel Deaconess Cancer Center (a member of the Dana Farber Harvard Cancer Center). He is an internationally renowned head and neck surgical oncologist and skullbase surgeon with special expertise in Robotic Surgery. His research interests include Outcomes of Skullbase and Head and Neck Surgery and Microvascular reconstruction. He is an author of three Otolaryngology textbooks and has written multiple book chapters and papers. He has been an invited speaker at national and international venues. He is also the founder and developer of low cost high quality Urgent Care Clinics providing acute care medical treatment. Dr. Scharukh's Social Media presence Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review       You can subscribe to our podcast on:       Apple Podcast       Stitcher       Anchor Fm       Google       Spotify 
August 20, 2019
"Gratitude, like love, is not an obligation" Professor Jonathan Tudge - Episode 21
Jonathan Tudge was educated at the universities of Lancaster and Oxford (UK) and Cornell (USA), and is a professor of human development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA.  He has long been interested in the relations among culture, everyday activities and interactions, and development.  His books include The Everyday Lives of Young Children: Culture, Class, and Child Rearing in Diverse Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and he has co-edited two other books related to culture and youth development.  With Lia Freitas (professor of psychology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) he has been studying the development of gratitude in children and adolescents for the past decade, with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation.  Their most recent book is Developing Gratitude in Children and Adolescents (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Our chat was most intuitive and conscious talking about different ways, forms and levels of gratitude. Cultural differences in the expression of gratitude and how Professor Tudge is making efforts to inculcate the practise of conscious gratitude in young children and adolescents. We also talk about how gratitude can help the societies to move from 'Me centered' to 'Us centered.' And in the process create a sense of wellness globally. Professor Jonathan Tudge Social Media Presence Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review       You can subscribe to our podcast on:       Apple Podcast       Stitcher       Anchor Fm       Google       Spotify 
August 13, 2019
"The day i was diagnosed with cancer, I had played two hours of tennis before that" Shazia Calvert-Davies - Episode 20
   Shazia was born in Karachi, Pakistan in the early 70’s. Nomadic trails led her and her  mother to Kuwait where they settled for a few years. Later life brought them to London as she discovered the nuances of British boarding schools and a life here in England which she came to love. Shazia qualified from University with a Bachelor of Journalism, Hons. in the U.S. and returned to London where ultimately, she enjoyed a career as an Account Director in advertising . After her wedding in 2001, she gave up work to be a full-time Mother to her two sons back in England by 2002. In February 2018, Shazia was diagnosed with aggressive, triple negative breast cancer. By June 2019, she completed 18 months of cancer treatment which she endeavoured to get through with a spiritual energy that could inspire in times of adversity.  "The root of all my intention has always been to spread the power of positivity and self-awareness throughout this journey" - Shazia Calvert-Davies In this episode of 'dhaani' we chat with Shazia, regarding cancer, emotional and immunity functions and finding purpose through adversity. Shazia candidly talks about her experience dealing with medication, chemotherapy, lifestyle changes, having faith in modern medicinal care and the one thing that kept her consistent, positive and grounded. She explains her purpose, intention and a rejuvenation within regarding her future. The chat ends with some interesting "Fill-in-the-blanks" Shazia's Social Media presence : Website/Blog: IG : breastcancersmiles Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review       You can subscribe to our podcast on:       Apple Podcast       Stitcher       Anchor Fm       Google       Spotify 
August 06, 2019
“It is Important for men to have sensitivity , compassion and kindness and just as important for women to have a strong will and the desire to succeed" - Adnan Malik - Part 2, Episode 19
Carrying on from the last episode Adnan talks about the social and cultural construct around masculinity. We talk about expectations, breaking male imagery, parenting skills, self acceptance and self care as tools to break the "BE A MAN" effigy. Adnan shares his own experiences from childhood to college days to the current , the voices from the past, the one movie that made him think and re-think to finding authenticity in his own voice. The podcast concludes with some interesting "Fill-in-the-blanks"
July 30, 2019
"The pedestal of stardom came with a lot of baggage" - Adnan Malik , Actor/Director - Part 1 Episode 18
The podcast today is the first part of a 2- Episode series  about Adnan's relationship with the screen, his search for authenticity, his path to discovery, and off-loading the burden of expectations, public affirmations and external validations.  Adnan Malik is an award winning actor and filmmaker based in Karachi and is the director of AMP, a boutique media production house. A majority of his work uses pop culture, gender and identity as a point of investigation. He is currently directing a variety of music videos and TV commercials and is development for a feature film. As an actor he was the main male lead in “Cake”, an acclaimed Pakistani film that was Pakistan’s submission to the academy awards and is now available on Netflix. In the show, Adnan played “Romeo” a sensitive and compassionate lead character and received a lot of acclaim for trying to redefine sub-continental masculine archetypes. Adnan has also been the Video Producer for Coke Studio Pakistan (2008-2013), a highly acclaimed musical platform that bridges barriers, celebrates diversity and encourages unity. In addition Adnan is WWF Pakistan, goodwill ambassador, an Asia Society Young Leader of the World and a public speaker on issues such as mental health and gender identity. Adnan received a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies with a minor in Public Economics from Vassar College, where he was the recipient of the Jeane Daly Wirsig Award for ‘Promise and Excellence in the field of Journalism.’  Adnan Malik's Social Media Contacts Web: Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review      You can subscribe to our podcast on:      Apple Podcast      Stitcher      Anchor Fm      Google      Spotify 
July 23, 2019
"Pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice" Uzma Sultan - Counsellor - Episode 17
Kun - Be , Fya Kun - And it is The magnanimity of Our Creator and the Entire Divinity explained in these few words Also the words that kept ringing in Uzma's ears when her 24 year old son passed away - Too young, too soon. Uzma shares her  struggles, journey,  learning, growth, healing post her son's traumatic passing on the other realm. We also talk about finding awareness, consciousness, empathy and our baby steps towards spiritual growth. When Uzma felt desolate and alone after she lost her son, she realised that there were no grief support system in our society or culture and thats when she decided to educate herself to provide support and relief to others in similar predicaments. She strongly believes in self fulfilment, self care and healing by helping others. To learn and heal she held classes at her home for teenagers and empowered them with skills to deal with stress at home and in the school environment. She went to the Monroe Institute in Virginia USA to learn guided meditation and has also attended workshops for Intuition and Energy Healing at the College of Psychic Studies  in London.  Amongst other things she has also been to Baltistan to teach over 300 children the art of communication. Uzma Sultan's Social Media Details Facebook page : "kun" Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review    You can subscribe to our podcast on:     Apple Podcast     Stitcher     Anchor Fm     Google     Spotify 
July 16, 2019
"Biggest reason for renal stones are inter-family marriages" - Professor Dr. Seema Hashmi - Episode 16
30 minutes of Renal health, nutrition, care and well- being talk by Professor Dr. Seema Hashmi, who is a Pediatric Nephrologist working at SIUT in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Seema talks about preventive care, an ideal renal diet for  adolescents, nursing mothers, kids and adults. In this episode we also touched upon the relationship between Kidneys and pain killers, high protein diets, carbonated drink consumption, healthy bones and blood formation and smoking. Professor Dr. Seema holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology from the University of Toronto in addition to a Fellowship in General Pediatrics. Her area of research has primarily been genetically transmitted kidney diseases and kidney failure due to renal stones in children. She is a mother of 3 school going children and believes that striking a work life balance is the secret to her success. Her professional aim is to educate the masses so as to prevent kidney diseases altogether. She can be reached at or Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review    You can subscribe to our podcast on:    Apple Podcast    Stitcher    Anchor Fm    Google    Spotify 
July 09, 2019
"Home to me is a montage of abstract imagery" - Ashwini Devare - Episode 15
Settling, unsettling and then settling again - the layers and learnings of a nomadic life. In conversation with Ashwini Devare, a former journalist and author of two books. Her latest is a memoir , "Lost at 15, Found at 50" which is a coming-of-age story that chronicles Ashwini's journey from Moscow to Singapore, against the backdrop of historic political events, including the Cold War, democracy in South Korea and the dark period of authoritarianism in Burma in the seventies.  We talk about her struggles, identity unravelling, belongingness and her new found stability. We also touch about social media and relationships, coping with lost friends And being porous to all change. Ashwini Devare Social Media Contacts Web: Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review   You can subscribe to our podcast on:   Apple Podcast   Stitcher   Anchor Fm   Google   Spotify 
July 02, 2019
" One day I want to be able to dance as an amputee" - Atia Naqvi, Clinical Psychologist - Episode 14
Grief has many ways of channelising itself through our systems, our conversation today is with someone who decided to live and manifest bereavement in its true authentic sense. Atia Naqvi is a qualified clinical psychologist and supervisor. She is passionate about imparting the importance  of the holistic self, by bridging the gap between physical, mental and spiritual health. Last year in 2018 she lost her son to suicide and this event moved her to work towards accepting, understanding and  working towards channeling her grief. She has tried to carry her son, Emad's legacy in ways that bring healing to herself and her family and this she calls the 'New Normal' Atia Naqvi Contact Email: Daughters' website : Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review  You can subscribe to our podcast on:  Apple Podcast  Stitcher  Anchor Fm  Google  Spotify 
June 25, 2019
"My 2 year old became my teacher" - Masooma Kachelo, Facilitator & Therapist - Episode 13
Having travelled extensively all over the world, learning and unlearning, Masooma Kachelo is a mother of 3, a practicing therapist since the last 20 years and currently resides and practises in Beijing, China. In our conversation, Masooma takes us through her road of learning, and finally arriving at her current practise of being a family therapist. She strongly believes and upholds the concept of un-labelling children and adults alike, to discover the inner workings of our ourselves and how that determines our relationship with our children and other people we are in close contact with. Masooma shares with us her own parenting experience and  tips and arrangements to manage ourselves and the family fabric with awareness and consciousness. Masooma is also holding a 2 day workshop on 22nd & 23rd June, 2019 @ VLC, in Karachi called "Mindful Parenting".  For registration and details call +92 321 8202271 Masooma's Social Media contacts Web : Masooma has a Msc in Marraige and Family Therapy from the US, she has over 20 years of experience working as a facilitator and therapist. Masooma is a certified mindfulness teacher through Mindful Schools in California and in Mindful Parenting by Dr. Susan Bogels from UvA minds in Amsterdam. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Facilitator. Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify Ps. Please note that due to technical glitches the last two minutes of our conversation is slightly compromised. We apologise to our guest speaker and our listeners for this. And will try and ensure that this is not repeated.
June 18, 2019
"Creativity is Self-Expression" Farahnaz Haidar Sheikh - Episode 12
An enormously inspiring and encouraging chat with Farahnaz, who is CEO Five Communications. She has been part of the advertising industry in Pakistan for over 20 years and has been the driving force behind innumerable successful campaigns. Farah candidly shares her learnings, experiences and anecdotes from her professional and personal life. Strongly believes that every being is creative, however different the medium of expression might be. Ranging from her love for coffee, to managing her career , to getting grips with her autoimmune dis-ease, to discovering her love for roadside fruits, to feeling secure within - our chat turned out to be most casual, informative and personal at the same time. Farahnaz Social Media Handle website: Instagram: @fivecommunications Give this a listen, and please leave us with a suggestion, rating or review You can subscribe to our podcast on: Apple Podcast Stitcher Anchor Fm Google Spotify
June 11, 2019
"Stay with the discomfort, and respond not react " - Rabiya Mumtaz, Mental Health Counsellor - Episode 11
Mental health problems are very common and it is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health issue at some stage or the other. This week we chat with Rabiya Mumtaz, a practising therapist in Lahore , Pakistan about the stigmas attached to seeking help, the advantages of going to a therapist, the health issues most rampant in society these days. We close the conversation with how stoicism creeps in when men/boys want to talk about their issues and how co-existence is of prime importance  Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
June 04, 2019
Journey of the Heart - Explained by Kulsoom Omar - Ramadan Special 2019
A wonderful and exquisite last episode of our Ramadan Special 2019. Kulsoom Omar, explains the importance of a clean and pure heart, details down the meaning and levels of 'nafs'.  Talks about spiritual cleanse, detox and our constant effort to embolden our physical and spiritual heart. Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
May 31, 2019
Wellbeing starts from home - Marium Abrar, CEO Daali Earthfoods - Episode 10
When you want to feed your family good clean food, it starts from effort, research and a lot of sweat and blood. Marium embarked on a similar journey only to come up with a nationally acclaimed brand - Daali EarthFoods - where she strives to provide clean oils, flours and spices not just to her family but everyone around her. Marium candidly shares her journey, her dislike of advertising , her love for the sky, ending the chat with some fun questions Social Media contacts Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
May 28, 2019
Respect for Parents - Explained by Kulsoom Omar, Ramadan Special 2019
A deep insightful conversation with Kulsoom Omar, where she explains in detail the conduct of children towards their parents , as ordained in the Quran. Elaborates on the Arabic word 'ihsaan' in context to behaviour and emotional management of relationships, especially in context of the parents. Kulsoom also touches upon the duties of parents towards their children Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
May 24, 2019
Breaking the Sugary Myth - Andy Strong - Episode 9
A hugely informative chat with Andy Strong, a sports and nutrition coach - who entered this field not in the conventional way. He shares his weight loss journey, speaks and debunks certain myths regarding sugar, diabetes, ketosis diet ,intermittent fasting and a lot more Social media contacts for Andy Strong Website Podcast: Fundamentally Fit Podcast with Andy Strong on Apple iTunes Instagram: @funfitpics Email: We would be highly obliged if you can leave us with a comment, review and/or rating Our podcasts are available on Apple iTunes Google podcast Spotify Stitcher
May 21, 2019
Sabr - Explained by Kulsoom Omar, Ramadan Special 2019
In our second episode of our Ramadan special, Kulsoom wonderfully explains and shares insight into the true meaning and ethos of "Sabr". Most commonly thought, patience is thought of as the direct meaning of Sabr, whereby in its most truest sense patience is just an aspect of this gem.
May 17, 2019
Sikander Rizvi & Xanders Cafe' - Episode 8
In conversation with Sikander Rizvi, the man behind Xander's Cafe in Karachi, Pakistan. In this episode of dhaani, he shares how he missed casual dining in Karachi and hence the inception of  Xanders , the importance of delegating and managing the workforce, the secret to managing stress and last but not the least some fun questions. Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
May 14, 2019
"Verily with every Hardship there is Ease" - Explained by Kulsoom Omar - Ramadan 2019 Special
In her most casual and easy way to impart knowledge, Ms Kulsoom Omar, explains the above verse in great detail. How, we, mere mortals tend to forget every single time that pain/loss/sadness is always accompanied by healing and happiness.She beautifully explains this multi faceted verse which hold such high significance for those who want to see and delve deeper into the gems of the Quran
May 10, 2019
"The most valuable piece of advice came from my mother " Sara Koraishy - Episode 7
Most refreshing conversation with Sara Koraishy, the CEO of JWT | Grey Pakistan, who shares her firm belief in being authentic, amongst other things. Being a mother of two kids , she feels they have been the toughest clients to date, however she also managed to bring her key learnings from motherhood into her work space. Conveys her staunch support for communication, inclusivity, belongingness and most importantly vulnerability both at home and in the work space. Give it  a listen right till the end for some of her interesting messages and "Fill-in-the-blank" answers. Subscribe, listen, rate and review Our podcasts are available on: Apple Google Spotify Stitcher
May 07, 2019
"Food is the language of love, and i learnt it quickly" - Sadia J Hassan - Episode 6
In conversation with Sadia J Hassan , who talks about her culinary journey from Lahore to London - a childhood dream based on authenticity, love and loads of ground spices! She shares her struggles, self discovery and soul connections. The chat finishes with some interesting "Fill-in-the-blank" answers Social Media Subscribe, listen , rate and review :) Our podcasts are available on: Apple Spotify Google Stitcher
April 30, 2019
"Fibromyalgia is such a large collection of symptoms" - Jonathan Juviler - Episode 5
In a candid, most insightful conversation with Jonathan Juviler, a practising osteopath, trained from the British School of Osteopathy. He talks about pain, distinguishing physical and emotional pain. The importance of a good diet. The do's and dont's of  Fibromayalgia , ways to maintain and sustain a healthy lifestyle and so much more Social Media Contacts All reviews, ratings, are suggestions are most welcome
April 23, 2019
The Law & The Lawyer - Momina Randhawa - Episode 4
A candid conversation with Momina, who shares snippets from her vast knowledge of Sharia Law. By giving relevant examples and instances she tries to explain the loop holes in the system and lack of implementation and her personal efforts to advocate the rights of women. She also talks about her upcoming book, a real life narrative of 7 different women - different circumstances, however one common thread of - pain. Concluding with her stress management tools Momina talks about the importance to journaling and therapy and having a comforting and loveable relationship with her daughter. Final conclusion with a "Word-for-Word" round. Subscribe, listen , rate and review :) Our podcasts are available on: Apple Spotify Google Stitcher
April 16, 2019
"Love your child for who he is" - Huma Durrani - Episode 3
Huma Durrani, An artist, Art Psychotherapist & Doctoral Researcher and the mother of 3 adorable boys. In this conversation, Huma talks about her journey, struggles, moments of joy, her learnings and unlearnings whilst raising her first born, who was diagnosed with autism in Singapore. She shares her insights as a mother and as a therapist and some of the key traits that we must learn to inculcate to provide a safe and happy environment for our children. We end the chat with a quick "Fill-in-the-Blank" round. Social media Details  Ratings, reviews, suggestions & comments would be most welcome Much thanks :)
April 09, 2019
Sold out to HR - Shafaq Javed
In conversation with Shafaq Javed, the Head of HR at Pepsico Pakistan. She candidly talks about her struggles, aims and aspirations in the corporate world and her role as a mum of two teenage boys. Her career, spanning over 20 years and work experience with the top corporate setups in Pakistan, she talks about the key learnings and unlearnings. Lots of advice and guidelines for aspirants , ending with a "Fill-in-the blank" section All reviews, ratings, are suggestions are most welcome
April 02, 2019
"Own your heritage" - Zain Mustafa - Episode 1
In conversation with the award winning architect and interior designer , Zain Mustafa , who is currently based in Karachi, Pakistan and following his passions fervently. Just to name a few are Edu tours of interior Sindh - based on the importance of experiential learning and combining heritage with architecture. We also talk about SPAR - Society for the Protection of Animal Rights - which he founded a couple of years ago and runs with his team of  dedicated volunteers, a cause extremely close to his heart. Zain also talks about his bucket list, concluding the chat with some 'Fill-in-the-Blank" answers. Social Media Details Background Music Score : Ghoom Taana, Coke Studio, Pakistan Ratings, reviews, suggestions & comments would be most welcome Much thanks :)
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