Bhakti Mathur

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.
Bhakti Mathur
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

‘I thought I would run one’: marathon runner, 60, nears 200th race, yet says running doesn’t come naturally

Michael Cartwright took up running at 44 to lose weight, but thought marathoners were crazy; after completing one in 2006, though, he caught the marathon bug. Now 60, the retired Hong Kong police officer offers his tips on running 42.1km.

13 May 2019 - 7:38PM

Michael Cartwright took up running at 44 to lose weight, but thought marathoners were crazy; after completing one in 2006, though, he caught the marathon bug. Now 60, the retired Hong Kong police officer offers his tips on running 42.1km.

‘I thought I would run one’: marathon runner, 60, nears 200th race, yet says running doesn’t come naturally
For Hong Kong’s first domestic helper dragon boat team, just being able to compete is a win

The history-making Filipino Dynamos team can only train once a week, and depend on sponsors to cover boat hire and race fees, but are undaunted. They practice paddling, do yoga and strength training, and through it all build camaraderie.

14 May 2019 - 12:53PM

The history-making Filipino Dynamos team can only train once a week, and depend on sponsors to cover boat hire and race fees, but are undaunted. They practice paddling, do yoga and strength training, and through it all build camaraderie.

For Hong Kong’s first domestic helper dragon boat team, just being able to compete is a win
Holi explained: India’s ‘festival of colours’ is all about fun, freedom and forgiveness

Entire towns come together on Holi to splash and smear each other with coloured powder, paint and water, a tradition believed to have come from a boyhood prank that the god Krishna played upon Radha, his beloved.

22 Mar 2019 - 3:23AM

Entire towns come together on Holi to splash and smear each other with coloured powder, paint and water, a tradition believed to have come from a boyhood prank that the god Krishna played upon Radha, his beloved.

Holi explained: India’s ‘festival of colours’ is all about fun, freedom and forgiveness
Special needs yoga: from disabilities to chronic illness and cancer, the group making yoga accessible to all

Hong Kong’s Yama Foundation teaches yoga to children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses who might otherwise not get to practise it at all. Since 2016, it has provided more than 450 free classes to 900 people.

20 Mar 2019 - 7:17PM

Hong Kong’s Yama Foundation teaches yoga to children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses who might otherwise not get to practise it at all. Since 2016, it has provided more than 450 free classes to 900 people.

Special needs yoga: from disabilities to chronic illness and cancer, the group making yoga accessible to all
How to prepare for an ultramarathon – and why so many people are getting hooked on endurance running

Star ultrarunning coach Jason Koop shares insights on why more people are getting hooked on endurance running, and tips on how to succeed at it. Plus seven tips on how best to recover.

16 Feb 2019 - 9:48PM

Star ultrarunning coach Jason Koop shares insights on why more people are getting hooked on endurance running, and tips on how to succeed at it. Plus seven tips on how best to recover.

How to prepare for an ultramarathon – and why so many people are getting hooked on endurance running
How Indian-Canadian actress Lisa Ray’s blood cancer battle helped her find strength and ‘clarity’

Indian-Canadian actress Lisa Ray has worked as a top model, Bollywood actress and television host, but she is also a cancer survivor. Now based in Hong Kong, she speaks about her battle with multiple myeloma.

28 Jan 2019 - 8:36PM

Indian-Canadian actress Lisa Ray has worked as a top model, Bollywood actress and television host, but she is also a cancer survivor. Now based in Hong Kong, she speaks about her battle with multiple myeloma.

How Indian-Canadian actress Lisa Ray’s blood cancer battle helped her find strength and ‘clarity’
9 tips on avoiding Alzheimer’s and where to turn when a loved one suffers

Angry at the quality of Alzheimer’s information available online after her mother was diagnosed with the disease, Deborah Kan set up her own website, Being Patient, to provide the answers people were looking for.

15 Jan 2019 - 10:13AM

Angry at the quality of Alzheimer’s information available online after her mother was diagnosed with the disease, Deborah Kan set up her own website, Being Patient, to provide the answers people were looking for.

9 tips on avoiding Alzheimer’s and where to turn when a loved one suffers
How a Jersey girl at Harvard caught the marathon bug running Boston Marathon, and hasn’t stopped since

Hong Kong-based working mum Ming Chen runs marathons for fun, averaging more than two a year for the past 30 years. In training for her 65th marathon, she thinks she’ll stop at 88.

6 Dec 2018 - 7:06PM

Hong Kong-based working mum Ming Chen runs marathons for fun, averaging more than two a year for the past 30 years. In training for her 65th marathon, she thinks she’ll stop at 88.

How a Jersey girl at Harvard caught the marathon bug running Boston Marathon, and hasn’t stopped since
How Ayurveda improved this sceptical Singapore man’s life so much, he started an Ayurvedic company

Sumit Nanda had constant headaches and bad digestion, until he saw an Ayurvedic doctor. Despite his scepticism, he found the treatment worked so well, he now runs an Ayurvedic company.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

Sumit Nanda had constant headaches and bad digestion, until he saw an Ayurvedic doctor. Despite his scepticism, he found the treatment worked so well, he now runs an Ayurvedic company.

How Ayurveda improved this sceptical Singapore man’s life so much, he started an Ayurvedic company
Hiking round Mount Kailash in Tibet, world’s most sacred mountain, and how to train for it

Hong Kong-based pair talk about their high-altitude trek around revered – and still unclimbed – mountain in Tibet, the pilgrims they passed, and how to prepare physically for the challenge.

8 Oct 2018 - 7:11PM

Hong Kong-based pair talk about their high-altitude trek around revered – and still unclimbed – mountain in Tibet, the pilgrims they passed, and how to prepare physically for the challenge.

Hiking round Mount Kailash in Tibet, world’s most sacred mountain, and how to train for it
How to run marathons faster: run more, do strength training, lose weight before race, ultrarunners teach marathon debutante

Hongkonger Bhakti Mathur learns there are no short cuts to running marathons faster; ultrarunners advise her to run more, do strength training and lose weight ahead of a race to improve her times

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Hongkonger Bhakti Mathur learns there are no short cuts to running marathons faster; ultrarunners advise her to run more, do strength training and lose weight ahead of a race to improve her times

How to run marathons faster: run more, do strength training, lose weight before race, ultrarunners teach marathon debutante
Room to Read co-founder on trip that sowed the seeds of charity 20 years ago, and the schoolchildren, especially girls, it has helped

John Wood, then a Sydney executive, was appalled when he visited a school in Nepal on holiday and saw only three books there; he returned with 3,000, and helped set up an education charity that has reached 12.4 million children in 20 years

23 May 2018 - 9:52PM

John Wood, then a Sydney executive, was appalled when he visited a school in Nepal on holiday and saw only three books there; he returned with 3,000, and helped set up an education charity that has reached 12.4 million children in 20 years

Room to Read co-founder on trip that sowed the seeds of charity 20 years ago, and the schoolchildren, especially girls, it has helped
How Hong Kong refugees’ running club Run offers relief from traumatic memories and uncertain future

Refugees in Hong Kong face a hard life and uncertain future as they await recognition of their status before heading off to a third country to be settled. We talk to members of Run, a non-profit group that aims to rehabilitate them through treks, runs, training and by offering online study opportunities

21 May 2018 - 4:13PM

Refugees in Hong Kong face a hard life and uncertain future as they await recognition of their status before heading off to a third country to be settled. We talk to members of Run, a non-profit group that aims to rehabilitate them through treks, runs, training and by offering online study opportunities

How Hong Kong refugees’ running club Run offers relief from traumatic memories and uncertain future
How Iyengar Yoga gave three people their lives back after suffering injury, abnormality and pain

Bullet damage, a fractured spine and scoliosis; three people who were suffering from pain and lack of movement turned to a form of yoga taught by B.K.S. Iyengar, and improved the quality of their lives immeasurably

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM

Bullet damage, a fractured spine and scoliosis; three people who were suffering from pain and lack of movement turned to a form of yoga taught by B.K.S. Iyengar, and improved the quality of their lives immeasurably

How Iyengar Yoga gave three people their lives back after suffering injury, abnormality and pain
Well done: the Indian vegetarian selling steaks in Hong Kong