WMPP (Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity)and Eager to B.
and Sage connected...The function was held at Ms Maya Shahani's
beautiful home! 58 people attended.
It was decided that who so
ever contributed to a good cause of any of the three
organizations would get due credit.
It was decided that there
will be complete transparency in interactions.
Alongside: Ms Amla Ruia, myself and Ms Maya Shahani
The charming lady you see above is one of the most remarkable I know.
She is Mala Daswani...I have known her since I was young...She has an uncanny
sixth sense, has managed to overcome serious physical ailments and continue to
I am not surprised that she has been elected President of Rotary club, Queen
City Bombay. She mentioned in her speech that her pet project is empowerment of
women...Maybe we shall continue to connect since I believe in the cause...
Our Uzma Naheed is a brave woman and is not afraid to voice her
opinion to better the ‘living conditions’ of her sisters.
Talaq, the way
women want it
Aug 30th 2009 TOI Bombay
A clause called ‘delegated
divorce’ in the nikahnama is coming to the aid of many Muslim women
Wajihuddin I TNN
The talaq (divorce) rules under Muslim law allows men to pronounce
talaq but allows women only to seek khula (dissolution of marriage but where the
husband’s consent mandatory).
There is a provision for talaq-e-tafweez (delegated divorce). This
means that the husband had delegated his wife the right to get a divorce if: a)
he treated her with cruelty, b) he took a second wife, c) failed to pay her
maintenance for six consecutive months, d) didn’t co-habit even once in six
Of all the permissible acts, Allah hates talaq the most. Nobody
knows this better than Uzma Naheed of the Iqra Education Foundation She is a
member of the powerful All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), Naheed
faced the fury of the male ulema when she suggested that delegated divorce be
included in the A I M P L B ’s nikahnama. “They said women would misuse this
right,’’ Naheed says. “I argued that women are emotionally attached to the
families they marry into and would not use it to threaten men. After the ulema
refused, I, with help from a few scholars, released our own model nikahnama.’’ Naheed’s
nikahnama empowers women with the right to seek a divorce under several
circumstances, including when the husband is an incurable drunkard. Although
there are no written rules about the conditions under which a delegated divorce
can be invoked, its advocates say it should be used ethically and not casually…
20th August 2009
For the Group 21 which was hosted by Ms Indu (Janki G.Vee) and myself Shakun. We
invited Ms Mona Patel Shah, the perky lady who stood as an Independant
In the picture from left: Myself introducing the Speaker and eminent guests, Ms
Shobha Jethmalani Gehani, Ms Mona Patel, and Ms Maya Shahani.
Ms Mona Patel spoke about Global warming and what we as individuals need to do
to help Mother Earth to continue to sustain us!
The Big Bang..She compared it with what the Bhaagvad says about Creation.
It is more important to Be than to Do: Knowledge Faith and Deep Thought
There is enough for everyone's need not greed.
What is Global warming doing to us?
Melting snow caps, the sea level is rising...heat waves in London? Wild fire in
Australia and California?...Smog and acidrain...Lung and respiration disorder is
on the rise...
Solutions: Recycle...Rain Water harvesting, Solar panels for geysers...Tata and
Godrej areworking towards it...
For the Group 21 of the month of September, I invited Ms Shobha Gehani (in
white) Jethmalani...She explained to us how imperative it is to donate our
organs. She has a first hand experience in the case of her sister Rani, who had
to have a kidney transplant after a liver transplant at a time where such
transplants were rare...(Rani leads a full life)
The first transplants that we are familiar with are blood transfusions, cornea
Some people ask 'If we donate an organ, will be born without it?'
Where is the logic in that question?
I have always heard that whatever you donate returns amply to you...So going by
that logic, If we donate an eye maybe we will never need to wear specks in our
next life, no?
Sage Foundation in association with the PATT foundation successfully carried
out the plantation of 2000 trees at INS TRATA at Aksha Mumbai the funds for
the same were donated by
Standard Chartered bank.
Atta girl, Maya Shahani(Chairperson,
Sage Foundation, Chairperson Emeritus. WMPP)
Mighty proud of u!
How networking helps Mother Earth
Maya Shahani writes to Mr Ram Maheshwary (Managing Trustee WMPP)
In many ways you have been the architect of my recent successes. The seed of
tree plantations was
sown in your office at the Times. Do you remember you had organized an
amazing get together for Irene Millar, General Manager of XL Foundation who
had immediately sent an EMail to the
Chairperson of PATT
Foundation about your passion for tree plantations. Subsequently you had
organized a meeting with SAGE and Kamal Damania who introduced me to the
Navy Commanders Singh and Sharma. I have been coordinating with them ever
since, and this plantation of 2000 trees is the outcome of our collective
I have just come back from Bali where I was awarded the XL Extraordinay Life
Award for 2009. This is a global award given after a system of voting by all
the XL members globally. In my
acceptance speech I mentioned how the Times Foundation had been
instrumental in my growth.
Australia is coming out with a movie called "War without Guns" and he
has asked me to distribute this movie in India as it is focused on the power
of the feminine. I had told him all about the Women's Movement for Peace and
Prosperity and Shakun's
Gems of all Faiths.
There is lots to catch up with when we meet again. Do come for our Guru
Celebrations on the
2nd of November at 12.00 Noon for the Langar ( Bhandara). Shakun you
must pass the word around in your huge group. Meenu Gidwani is one of the
singers, along with NoorBegum and others.
NO RECESSION HERE. THIS IS THEIR DAILY CHORE
The Women's Movement for Peace and Prosperity (WMPP) has got 2 main
To connect with good people, good NGOs to realize their dream of making WMPP
into a Movement...
We have done that. We are connected with 'Sage' Eager to B. MRA(Initiatives of
Change) and IIWA
We connect with the Prerna Singing and Lecture Group...
The other objective of WMPP is to give Voice to the Voiceless Woman...
Let me lead you to its logic...
Women are by nature, compassionate and abhor violence...
How come there is so much violence in the world, despite every family having
women members as wives, sisters, daughters?
Obviously the Women's Voice is not heard...
Why is it not heard?
Because maybe she lacks education, an intelligent, logical way to communicate,
no financial independance...
So if we provide the above, the world will move towards Peace and
We started a singing Group over 30 years ago. I felt if women can get together
to cook, gossip or play cards why can't they get together to sing? The
experience was successful...We were initially taught by Ms Gopi Malkani as a
group...God keeps sending us new teachers as well as younger entrants to infuse
new energy...We sing for all the major festivals...Above at the Diwali function
Nahid - a dynamic lady (Trustee of WMPP) has been working since last twenty
years for strengthening the skilled but desolated women in the Muslim dominated
areas in and around Mumbai.
In a perfect endeavor to address the issues pertaining to these women, Uzma
Nahid introduced a unique plan.
her Micro Financing arrangement - that she termed as first of its kind in
that too totally on non interest basis - Uzma Nahid under the banner of Iqra
International Women Alliance (IIWA) offers two options:
IIWA lends Rs.2000 as an initial amount to the women that they have to return
back in an installment of Rs.100 per month. Using the given 2000 rupees, the
women either purchase sewing machines or other needed items. IIWA gives them the
raw materials to manufacture headscarf, portable and folding Jaye Namaaz
- the special mat used for Namaaz, Makwana - the special garment used by
Muslim ladies to cover the heads, Juzdaan - the special covering used to
cover the Holy Quran
and other hand made garments.
is like a job work wherein IIWA provides the skilled women the needed raw
materials to manufacture the above items, and in return gives them a share in
the profit besides giving them labour charges immediatetely.
begin with, Uzma Nahid implemented her Non-Interest based
Micro Finance scheme
Govandi, Ghatkopar and Mahim"We are using quality raw materials, and combined
with the hard work and dedication that the skilled women work with, our finished
products are excellent at par", says Uzma Nahid adding, "If we talk of just
Headscarf, we are exporting 200,000 pieces every month besides supplying half
the number in local markets."
to say the least. However, considering the vast experience and impressive
success record in the field that this dynamic lady has, the above turnaround for
thousands of families is just tip of a huge iceberg…
For our November meeting of the Group 21, Aarti Hundalani
(Trustee WMPP) invited one of our own members, Ruksana Vahanvatty to enlighten
us on various forms of Divinations and Ancient Knowledge.
From the 'Void' comes 'chi' also known as 'prana; or Cosmic Energy.
From the chi, also comes the ying and the yang (google search the terms (chi,
ying, yang, I ching) if you would like to know more about it.
I Ching is a form of divination...
One of the elements is Martial Arts...another is Medicine...Acupressure,
Acupuncture, Shiastu...Tea Ceremony is a Meditation...One should try and raise
ones energy all the time...one must aspire to feel connected and centred every
Thankyou Ruksana for your enlightening talk!
Sonal Sheth, Trustee WMPP has been working as a Counsellor
and conducting workshops at the Counselling Centre at the NGO, Women Graduates
Sonal has also done hypnotherapy with the California Institute of
Hypnotherapy and is
practicing hypnotherapy which is very effective for a wide range of problems
like addictions, and various emotional and physical issues.
She offers her services for free as it it gives her great fulfillment to heal
and help people.
Students under WMPP banner
SNDT Women’s University,
Ghatkopar (How to mould life spiritually) points from the Bhagwad
Note from Maya Shahani
Here's an update from SAGE. Along with Rock Your Life we are releasing a movie
called Dreamcatchers on the
20th of March.
All of you are invited. Mark this as a red letter date
in your calendar as this movie is going to transform your life. It is slated
to be bigger than " The Secret
Do go to the website www.DreamcatchersMovie.com
Kumbh Mela, Vrindavan:
February 13th, 2010:
An inter-school painting competition was organised at the ‘Paryavaran Khalsa’
in the Kumbh Mela in Vrindavan. The purpose of the camp is to organize
environmental awareness programme in the event of Kumbh Mela. Different schools
participated in this event and the children expressed their view with the pencil
and paints about the deteriorating condition of the environment. Some students
blamed the industrialization for the deterirating condition of the environment
through their paintings while some painted the condition of Yamuna in Vrindavan.
The painting competition was sponsored by the Women's Movement for Peace
and Prosperity, Mumbai
Ms Shashi Mahajan, translator in Hindi of
'Dadi Nani ki kahaani' inspiring students with her compassion and knowledge
Kumbh Mela, Vrindavan: 16th February 2010: An enviro -
spiritual discourse programme was organized at the Paryavaran Khalsa
of Friends of Vrindavan. The school children from different
schools attended this programme. The purpose to organize this programme was to
aware the school children about the link of spirituality with the environment.
Ms. Sashi Mahajan from the Women's movement for Peace and Prosperity, Mumbai,
Ms. Radhika, famous
tarot reader, Mr. Madhumangal Shukla, environment activist, Mr. K. B.
Mahajan and Mr. Swapan Goswami addressed the school children how the
spirituality is linked with the environment. Daadi
Nani ki Kahani - book written by Ms. Shakun Narain was distributed
among the school children. The mid - day meal was distributed to the school
children by the Akshay Patra Foundation after the programme.
Ms Sunita Godbole (Trustee WMPP) Contributed to a tree plantation effort on 31st of July 2010
This is the second in the series of the volunteering tree plantation efforts being undertaken by Sunita Godbole & Rajiv Chavathe & Small Causes Court Mumbai giving people the opportunity to contribute towards making Mumbai a green city.
2nd of October 2010 Gandhi Jayanti.
Shakun Narain, Chairperson WMPP, was one of the speakers at the MRA. The other speakers were Julio Ribeiro, Uzma Naheed, Aarif. It was a wonderful evening filled with Shairis friendship, song. My talk was 'Living Gandhiji's Dream' I elaborated on Gandhiji's quotes:
Some of them:
First, a story
1) During Hindu Muslim riots
When a Hindu lost a child and was inconsolable
Gandhiji told him to look after a Muslim orphan, one who had lost his parents in the senseless rioting.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong
Not forgiving is like carrying rotten potatoes constantly on your back...
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
2) An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Let us look into the mind of Gandhiji
3) His slipper dropped as he was riding a train.
He threw the other slipper. He felt that for the finder it would be useful to have both slippers.
a) We fail because we do not persevere
b) Failing does not mean we are failures
c) People without conviction take the middle of the road, they get run over
(They sit on the fence)
d) Losers have a book full of excuses
Eg wrong stars, wrong parents
e) Wise people learn from their mistakes
These mistakes are called experience
I was listening to a taped discourse of Shri Morari Bapu who states that we could live in a perfect world if we were to imbibe the following salient qualities from the various religious Giants:
The wisdom of Shri Krishna.
The service and love of Christ.
The brotherhood of Islam.
The compassion of Buddha
The non-violence quality of Mahavira…
If one looks close enough, each religion embraces all the above qualities...
DO NOT FORCE THE UNWILLING
In the Bhagavad Geeta, Krishna says to Arjuna: "This secret gospel of the Geeta should never be imparted to a man who lacks penance nor to him who is wanting in devotion, nor even to him who lends not a willing ear...
The Holy Quran says: Lakum Deenokum Walia Deen"_ Your religion and belief is for you and my religion and belief is for me.