Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti Mathur

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Bhakti took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for yoga and long-distance running, and her family.

Latest from Bhakti Mathur

Has lockdown got you down? How walking in nature saved a depressed British pub manager’s life

From a last call to his mother as he prepared to take his life, to hiking around Britain and becoming a mental health advocate, Jake Tyler shares his story.

From a last call to his mother as he prepared to take his life, to hiking around Britain and becoming a mental health advocate, Jake Tyler shares his story.

15 Jan 2022 - 4:15PM
How flower arranging helped a chronic anxiety sufferer and how she helps others de-stress by holding free flower art therapy workshops in Hong Kong

The art of arranging flowers helped a woman with general anxiety disorder process her feelings Now she’s helping others overcome their worries by holding free flower art therapy workshops in Hong Kong.

The art of arranging flowers helped a woman with general anxiety disorder process her feelings Now she’s helping others overcome their worries by holding free flower art therapy workshops in Hong Kong.

31 Dec 2021 - 10:01AM
‘I learned to be kind to myself and to my body’: new Singapore mother on how a stage 4 cancer diagnosis changed her outlook

A stage 4 cancer diagnosis petrified Snehal Ponde, who’d recently arrived in Singapore and given birth to a son, but counselling and support helped her fight it.

A stage 4 cancer diagnosis petrified Snehal Ponde, who’d recently arrived in Singapore and given birth to a son, but counselling and support helped her fight it.

14 Dec 2021 - 12:15PM
Stage 3 cervical cancer treatment brings new perspective on life for photographer – she’s taken up meditation, stopped working overtime and adopted a largely plant-based diet

Cancer made Julia Broad re-evaluate her life: she took up meditation, adopted a largely plant-based diet, and stopped exercising so hard and working all hours, devoting her evenings instead to family and friends.

Cancer made Julia Broad re-evaluate her life: she took up meditation, adopted a largely plant-based diet, and stopped exercising so hard and working all hours, devoting her evenings instead to family and friends.

22 Nov 2021 - 7:15PM
Hypnotherapy on the go: app helps you relieve anxiety, depression and stress, sleep better and more - its creator explains her mission to make hypnosis mainstream

A certified hypnotherapy practitioner in Hong Kong, Christine Deschemin, created UpNow, a hypnosis app that puts stress relief within easy reach. Users describe its benefits.

A certified hypnotherapy practitioner in Hong Kong, Christine Deschemin, created UpNow, a hypnosis app that puts stress relief within easy reach. Users describe its benefits.

6 Nov 2021 - 1:15PM
Breast cancer survivor finds new calling as a well-being coach in India – even in the darkest days, there is always a light, she says

Shreshta Mittal, of Mumbai, India was initially shocked by a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancerl, but she focused on the positives throughout her treatment, and is now a leadership and well-being coach.

Shreshta Mittal, of Mumbai, India was initially shocked by a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancerl, but she focused on the positives throughout her treatment, and is now a leadership and well-being coach.

21 Oct 2021 - 10:45AM
Palliative care experts on what the dying can teach us about how to live – their biggest regrets are not being genuine and hesitating to live a more fulfilling life

Don’t wait until you are dying to live life to the full, honour your dreams, be receptive to new things and genuine – palliative care experts on what they’ve learned from terminally ill people.

Don’t wait until you are dying to live life to the full, honour your dreams, be receptive to new things and genuine – palliative care experts on what they’ve learned from terminally ill people.

4 Oct 2021 - 8:45PM
Journaling reduces stress, helps you process emotions and can be used to understand trauma, say experts and those who write every day

Journaling has been proven to deliver mental and physical health benefits through creating emotional awareness, generating mindfulness and reducing stress.

Journaling has been proven to deliver mental and physical health benefits through creating emotional awareness, generating mindfulness and reducing stress.

13 Sep 2021 - 10:33AM
Instagram artist addresses stigma of talking about mental health by making art with ‘honest messages’ that draws on her own experience of suffering a breakdown

Hong Kong-based artist Sravya Attaluri uses her own experience of suffering a mental breakdown as a teenager to create art with a positive message about addressing mental health issues.

Hong Kong-based artist Sravya Attaluri uses her own experience of suffering a mental breakdown as a teenager to create art with a positive message about addressing mental health issues.

23 Aug 2021 - 2:55PM
Yoga’s healing power revealed to cancer survivors, former drug abuser – improving their mobility, strength and energy and reducing their anxiety

Cancer patients, recovering drug addicts and those with special needs in Hong Kong are discovering the benefits of yoga through free community classes.

Cancer patients, recovering drug addicts and those with special needs in Hong Kong are discovering the benefits of yoga through free community classes.

24 Aug 2021 - 10:08AM
These men used Iyengar yoga to banish knee and back pain, and control diabetes

Three men, suffering from knee damage, spinal pain and Type 2 diabetes, join classes in Iyengar yoga to relieve their health problems.

Three men, suffering from knee damage, spinal pain and Type 2 diabetes, join classes in Iyengar yoga to relieve their health problems.

8 Aug 2021 - 8:36PM
Low-carb diet, meditation, affirmations every day helped brain cancer survivor beat illness after a ‘decade of debauchery’

A Hong Kong woman with brain cancer changed her diet and adopted natural, holistic treatments to complement her chemotherapy.

A Hong Kong woman with brain cancer changed her diet and adopted natural, holistic treatments to complement her chemotherapy.

2 Aug 2021 - 6:57PM
Meditation, focus and no ego: Everest climber and serial adventurer Vanessa O’Brien on what it takes to reach the summits

Vanessa O’Brien has climbed the world’s highest mountains and reached the oceans’ deepest point. Behind her multiple midlife milestones are years of training and lessons in humility.

Vanessa O’Brien has climbed the world’s highest mountains and reached the oceans’ deepest point. Behind her multiple midlife milestones are years of training and lessons in humility.

16 May 2021 - 4:58PM
How meditation helped a former miner beat his mental health problems and start a new career as a mindfulness coach

Hong Kong-born Dino Hira had a big house and fancy car, but felt unfulfilled and fell into depression. Meditation set him on the road to self-discovery.

Hong Kong-born Dino Hira had a big house and fancy car, but felt unfulfilled and fell into depression. Meditation set him on the road to self-discovery.

2 May 2021 - 6:50PM
How to age well: video game company CEO Strauss Zelnick, 63, on achieving 8 per cent body fat

‘America’s fittest CEO’ Strauss Zelnick shares lessons learned from years of personal practice and research. He has created 12-week plans based on community, nutrition, movement and mindfulness.

‘America’s fittest CEO’ Strauss Zelnick shares lessons learned from years of personal practice and research. He has created 12-week plans based on community, nutrition, movement and mindfulness.

27 Apr 2021 - 7:27AM
Breast cancer survivor finds God, changes her career and lifestyle, and starts a YouTube channel to inspire others

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, Candy Lee changed her lifestyle and career, started keeping fit and found religion. She also set up a YouTube channel to inspire others.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, Candy Lee changed her lifestyle and career, started keeping fit and found religion. She also set up a YouTube channel to inspire others.

20 Apr 2021 - 10:58AM
He reaped the benefits of running, now he’s one off 100 marathons: ‘99, not out’

Bhoovarahan Desikan was 32 and despairing of his fitness when he was inspired by morning joggers in a park. Now he’s poised to achieve an extraordinary feat.

Bhoovarahan Desikan was 32 and despairing of his fitness when he was inspired by morning joggers in a park. Now he’s poised to achieve an extraordinary feat.

10 Apr 2021 - 11:17AM
3 women who got pregnant after Ayurvedic treatment talk about overcoming infertility

Ayurvedic expert Vinod Sharma has helped many couples overcome complications with fertility. Three of his patients talk about their successful journeys to motherhood.

Ayurvedic expert Vinod Sharma has helped many couples overcome complications with fertility. Three of his patients talk about their successful journeys to motherhood.

13 Mar 2021 - 6:04PM
This woman treated her hair loss with Ayurveda- now she helps others save their hair with lifestyle and nutrition tips

When she lost 70 per cent of her hair and Western medicine did nothing to help, Veena Dansinghani saw an Ayurvedic consultant, who adjusted her diet and lifestyle and reversed the loss. Now she helps others as a hair loss consultant.

When she lost 70 per cent of her hair and Western medicine did nothing to help, Veena Dansinghani saw an Ayurvedic consultant, who adjusted her diet and lifestyle and reversed the loss. Now she helps others as a hair loss consultant.

21 Feb 2021 - 1:15PM
New romance movie My Indian Boyfriend is a cross-cultural love story in Hong Kong based on its director’s real-life relationship

Shot in Hong Kong, My Indian Boyfriend, the first bilingual Cantonese-Hindi film, is based on the true story of its Indian director’s romance with his now Hong Kong Chinese wife.

Shot in Hong Kong, My Indian Boyfriend, the first bilingual Cantonese-Hindi film, is based on the true story of its Indian director’s romance with his now Hong Kong Chinese wife.

8 Feb 2021 - 11:04AM
Henna’s place at the centre of wedding festivities in South Asia and the Middle East: what the ritual painting of hands and feet symbolises

Intricate patterns in rich red hues drawn on the hands of a bride are thought to carry blessings and symbolise the prosperity she will bring to her new family. The ritual may have originated in India, or perhaps in the Egypt of the pharaohs.

Intricate patterns in rich red hues drawn on the hands of a bride are thought to carry blessings and symbolise the prosperity she will bring to her new family. The ritual may have originated in India, or perhaps in the Egypt of the pharaohs.

22 Dec 2020 - 8:20AM
How a victim of horrific child abuse turned his life around and finally found peace on an epic paddle-board trip

Repeatedly raped and beaten as a child, Damien Rider sought refuge in drugs, and had attempted suicide four times by his 30s. He took up endurance sports, and surviving a dangerous solo paddle board trip was to prove transformational.

Repeatedly raped and beaten as a child, Damien Rider sought refuge in drugs, and had attempted suicide four times by his 30s. He took up endurance sports, and surviving a dangerous solo paddle board trip was to prove transformational.

6 Dec 2020 - 6:34PM
Iyengar yoga helped this man cope with multiple sclerosis. Now he teaches others how to deal with the disorder through yoga

When Garth McLean was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his mid-30s, yoga helped him so much, he trained to become a yoga teacher. He has been medicine-free for 17 years, and now helps others with MS.

When Garth McLean was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in his mid-30s, yoga helped him so much, he trained to become a yoga teacher. He has been medicine-free for 17 years, and now helps others with MS.

19 Nov 2020 - 7:24AM
Yoga, mindfulness, sound healing, dance: special needs health and wellness event is first of its kind in Hong Kong

From yoga and mindfulness to sound healing, a series of health and wellness events for people with special needs is taking place in Hong Kong this month.

From yoga and mindfulness to sound healing, a series of health and wellness events for people with special needs is taking place in Hong Kong this month.

5 Nov 2020 - 10:40PM
The issues cross-cultural teens and third culture kids face, and how to deal with them

Family, community and nationality help teens form an image of who they are when growing up, but for cross-cultural teens and third culture kids, these anchors can be unstable.

Family, community and nationality help teens form an image of who they are when growing up, but for cross-cultural teens and third culture kids, these anchors can be unstable.

16 Dec 2020 - 5:09PM
Explainer | History of the sari, from ancient India to fashion runways – simple, versatile garments tell the stories of women who wear them

Made of cotton, silk or both, and sometimes richly embroidered, there are different ways of weaving and wearing the sari everywhere you go in India. A staple of bridal trousseaus, a well-made sari can last for generations.

Made of cotton, silk or both, and sometimes richly embroidered, there are different ways of weaving and wearing the sari everywhere you go in India. A staple of bridal trousseaus, a well-made sari can last for generations.

16 Oct 2020 - 9:11AM
The history of vindaloo, loved in Britain: why India has Portuguese explorers to thank for the famous hot curry

The vindaloo curry originated 5,500 miles to the west of India, in Portugal, and was brought there by Portuguese explorers. It has since become a popular dish in Britain, where ‘spicy vindaloo eating challenges’ became common.

The vindaloo curry originated 5,500 miles to the west of India, in Portugal, and was brought there by Portuguese explorers. It has since become a popular dish in Britain, where ‘spicy vindaloo eating challenges’ became common.

2 Oct 2020 - 1:50PM
Dosa: Indian filled pancake makes a complete and healthy meal at any time of the day

The fluffy and crispy stuffed pancake made from fermented batter is a South Indian breakfast staple and has become popular around the world.

The fluffy and crispy stuffed pancake made from fermented batter is a South Indian breakfast staple and has become popular around the world.

18 Sep 2020 - 1:15PM
A kebab fit for a king, how the shish kebab got its name, and the kebab whose name means ‘belly full’

Crowds still flock to a 115-year-old restaurant in Lucknow, India, to taste its galouti kebab, first made for a king who’d lost all his teeth. It’s one of many variations on a dish brought to India by Persian traders.

Crowds still flock to a 115-year-old restaurant in Lucknow, India, to taste its galouti kebab, first made for a king who’d lost all his teeth. It’s one of many variations on a dish brought to India by Persian traders.

17 Aug 2020 - 1:44PM
Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar spearhead socially conscious Bollywood cinema wave, through films like Dangal, Padman and Thappad

Two Bollywood superstars, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, are helping drive a resurgence of socially conscious cinema in India, through films such as Dangal, Padman and Guilty.

Two Bollywood superstars, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar, are helping drive a resurgence of socially conscious cinema in India, through films such as Dangal, Padman and Guilty.

7 Aug 2020 - 1:29PM