A formula for inner peace and prosperity
Neesha Rajwanie reveals the intricate world of Feng
Rajwanie with Grand Master
Yap Cheng Hai
Life on Earth is a blend. A seed of life fallen on the raw Earth
slowly stretches out life, blossoming into a tender plant drawing
energy, changing its phases of growth according to the ‘moods’ of these
The harsh rays of the mid-day sun, dew-filled tender sunshine of the
early mornings or the soothing beams of the moon brimming with passion
may decide the destiny of this sprouting life. Some interpret life as a
‘miracle’ and some as ‘nature’ or is it a blend of both ?
Neesha Rajwanie, a Feng Shui expert who has deeply explored this
blend, applies a formula to absorb peace and sunshine to life by
accumulating positive energies and banishing negative energies.
“Classical Feng Shui is the most simple and effective way to deal
with our environment as it influences human well-being,” Rajwanie says.
Feng Shui, or the art of luck management is a classic example of a
system that enhances the quality of your lifestyle. It brings about a
balance that attracts good energy around people and thus has a positive
impact on careers, relationships, health and wealth, where the secret
lies in the orientation, layout and alignment within a particular
“No one can change destiny but one can reduce the negative impacts if
you apply Feng Shui. Some mistake Feng Shui for astrology but astrology
is altogether a different science,” Rajwanie who is in Sri Lanka on a
five-day visit, said.
According to Rajwanie, Feng Shui is not applied only when one is
going through a bad phase. It can be applied when someone is buying a
new home, wants to settle down, feels his or her career needs to take
off or when someone is struck by a major tragedy or when opportunities
seem to pass by even though they may have tried their best to make use
It is also applied when someone experiences a sudden change of
fortune, when a job is lost for no apparent reason, when a bank balance
does not show any savings despite all efforts and hard work or when
there are recurring financial losses in business and it is not clear
what is going wrong.
Lou pan, every degree indicates a meaning
“Feng Shui is very dynamic. It shows results in six to 12 weeks. It
all depends on a formula based on one’s date and time of birth. Many
people misinterpret Feng Shui as a science based on objects but in the
real world of Feng Shui, objects have no role to play. Real Feng Shui is
not about frogs, toads or dragons,” the Indian guru stresses.
“Some people say if you place two love birds in the south west you
will find love. But how can it be possible? If one wants to find love,
he/she needs to reach out, just placing birds will not make a
difference,” Rajwanie explains.
Ten years ago Rajwanie who was a jewellery designer in India
experienced turmoil in her personal life. She sought help to overcome
the mental agony and stress which she was going through.
But it was unresolved until Feng Shui came to her rescue. She
developed a keen interest in the subject. She read several books and
mastered the art under many reputed gurus first being Grand Master Yap
Cheng Hai from Kuala Lumpur.
She graduated from five schools of Feng Shui and is now the Managing
Director of the Institute of Divine Feng Shui in Pune, India. She has
travelled to many countries to help people in need.
She has been researching on cancer for four years and for this
service she has won the national award for promoting science (Feng Shui)
“We have witnessed that Feng Shui alignments help cancer patients to
keep the mind at peace which ultimately helps them to sleep well and to
come to terms with the illness,” Rajwanie said.
Feng Shui can help people in numerous ways. With Feng Shui alignment,
there is a 60 per cent possibility of conceiving for women without
children, she says. But to apply it, they should be medically fit. They
are treated individually by taking these facts into account; date of
birth, location of the house, astrology chart and the husband’s chart.
Rajwanie also practices the Four Pillars of Destiny (Chinese
astrology) Numerology, Graphology (reading the character through
handwriting) Tarot card reading and Rune reading that help throw light
on ways and means of improving life and help deal with.
Wind chimes drive out negative energies
Tarot card reading was introduced by gypsies centuries ago
“Tarot card reading was introduced by gypsies centuries ago and helps
make very accurate predictions,” Rajwanie said.
She has authored a few books on Feng Shui and her book on Tarot
reading ‘Tarot Reading Forecasts for Zodiac Signs’ is the only book
written on the subject. Her latest book on Feng Shui ‘Stress factor and
Feng Shui Solutions’ will be released by end March.
Rajwanie has two children. Her daughter is a chef who is also into
Feng Shui art and the son is in Grade 10. She flies to Dubai once in two
months to be with her husband who is a Chartered Accountant there. This
is her fifth visit to Sri Lanka.
“ Everything on this earth is connected. Natural elements like the
sun and moon create a deep impact on us. That’s why we have to direct
the Chi (energies) to bring a balance,” Rajwanie observed.
Feng Shui tips to change for good
Wind chimes- drive out
Lou pan (chinese compass)-
every degree indicates a meaning
* Never place water in your bedroom
* Never keep electronic items near bed
* Place money in the East.
* Place equipment with activity (clock, fan, T.V and fountains) in
the East for wealth
* Refrain from renovating the South and North of the house- it may
lead to accidents and sickness
* Education stars are in the East and North East
Let your hair down
With right shampoo and conditioner:
Shampoos are designed to cleanse the hair and scalp. It helps remove
the excessive sebum (natural oil secreted by sebaceous gland), dirt and
grim while balancing the natural moisture level of the hair.
are designed for different types of hair such as normal, dry, damaged,
oily, chemically treated or bleached. They contain cleansing agents call
surfactants, foaming agents, perfume, preservatives, humectants,
emulsifying agents and conditioning agents.
Compared to soap, shampoos are mild, lather well in all types of
water and rinse off easily. Also most shampoos are pH balanced.
There are daily Shampoo, antidandruff shampoo, herbal shampoo,
shampoo for chemically treated hair (straightened, permed, coloured),
Intensive shampoo and conditioning shampoo.
Shampoo should be selected according to your scalp and condition of
the hair. If you have a difficulty in deciding your hair type pick a
mild shampoo or get advice from your hairdresser.
Conditioner also should be chosen to match the hair type. It adds
shine, volume and body to the hair. Conditioners can be used as a hair
treatment and available as rinse off and leave on conditioners.
Conditioners work by depositing cationic ingredients on the hair thereby
giving the hair shaft a smooth touch.
Hair will be easy to comb and shiny, when light is reflected onto it.
I benefits a lot when the hair is more porous or damaged. Therefore
conditioner will work harder where it needed the most.
Shampoo followed by conditioner will make the hair more manageable
and prevent it from drying. But if you have greasy hair, do not use a
Points to remember
* Read the instructions on the shampoo before use. Some shampoos and
conditioners need to be left on the hair for a few minutes before
* Select the correct shampoo and conditioner according to the hair
type and take adequate amount to wash the hair. (Do not use excess.)
* Many people do not wash their hair thoroughly after shampooing or
conditioning. If the hair is not rinsed properly, any traces of shampoo
and conditioner left on the scalp could cause minor irritation and could
see flaking which may be associated with dandruff.
* Always keep your brush, comb and towel clean to maintain healthy
* Your shampoo and conditioner should be pH balanced and it should
not alter the quality of natural sebum.
Generally the pH factor of sebum is between 4.5 - 5.5 which is
slightly acidic. So harmful bacteria cannot survive in this pH range.
Also sebum protects and enhances the luster of the hair.
Therefore the pH level of your shampoo and conditioner should be
balanced with the pH level of the sebum on the scalp.
Use shampoo and conditioner separately for better results as they
work in two different ways. e.g.: while shampoos help remove the dirt
and oil, conditioners make a protective film around the hair.
Method of shampooing and conditioning
* Before shampooing, brush your hair gently to free any tangles and
loosen dirt and dead skin cells.
* Apply a small amount of shampoo and gently massage into the scalp
and hair roots with your fingertips and then towards the end of the
hair. Do not rub or scratch vigorously and never use nails to massage
shampoo in to scalp.
* Rinse the hair thoroughly until the water runs clear before
* While you are washing the shampooed hair do not allow shampoo water
to run down through the body and eyes as it washes away with dirt.
* Repeat the above process only if your hair needs it.
* If your hair is dry, do not use shampoo daily. It is recommended to
use a small amount of a suitable conditioner after every shampooing.
* Apply conditioners into your hair evenly using fingertips and allow
2-3 minutes to work before rinse.
* As conditioners work only on hair, try to apply them on hair shaft
(not for the scalp) to prevent miner irritation. At the end, rinse
thoroughly with water.
* If you have oily hair, avoid using conditioners frequently.
* Use a clean dry towel and carefully pat your hair dry.
* While your hair is still damp, gently loose out any tangles using a
wide-tooth comb from tip to root of hair. This will help keep the hair
away from splitting and damaging.
* If possible allow your hair to dry naturally.
(The writer is a Chief Chemist)
Profiteroles au Chocolat
Time: 65 minutes
For the choux buns
A pinch of Salt
50g/2oz Plain Flour
2 Eggs, beaten
For the filling
For the chocolate sauce
175/6oz Plain Chocolate
2-3 tbsp Water
Preheat the oven to 220C, Gas Mark 7 and lightly oil 2-3 baking
sheets. Place the water, salt and butter into a medium saucepan, heat
slowly until the butter melts, then bring to boil.
Remove from the heat and add the flour all in one go and mix well.
Return to a medium heat and continue to mix briskly until the mixture
forms a solid ball and leaves the sides of the pan.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Add the eggs a
little at a time, beating well to incorporate the egg thoroughly then
continue to beat until the mixture forms a stiff, smooth shiny dough.
Drop spoonfuls of the pastry onto the baking sheets (16-20 in all)
spaced well apart then bake at for about 20 minutes or until golden and
well puffed. If you prefer you can pipe them.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and make a small slit in the side
of each and cool on a wire rack. Whip the cream until quite stiff. then
slit the puffs in half near the base and fill with the cream. Pile in a
pyramid on a shallow serving platter and refrigerate until ready to
When ready to serve, break the chocolate into small pieces and place
in a small heatproof bowl together with the butter and water. Place the
bowl over a pan of simmering water and heat, stirring, until the
chocolate melts and all the ingredients are well combined.
To serve - drizzle the chocolate sauce over the profiteroles and