India Natural Physician Online Student, Katarina Jalali, from Mumbai, flew to Delhi in December to enjoy a visit with her mentor, Farida Sharan, Naturopath.
Katarina picked me up where I was staying at the lovely guesthouse, Ahuja Residency in Golf Links, although her driver had a bit of a time finding the entrance to that exclusive hidden garden enclave in the Delhi embassy district near Lodhi Gardens.
First stop was the famous Khan Market, one of the highest rents in the world, and celebrated for quirky boutiques and every thing you might ever want to find, like bookstores, hardware stores, household necessities, sunglasses, stationary, banks, cafes, beauty parlors and so much more.
I visited the new boutique, Ruwaa, where their fashions are “…dedicated to every woman for her strength, love, courage and dignity.” and couldn’t resist two lovely light silk dresses, the draped pants to accompany them as well as two scarves, one silver light grey and the other, teal. It is rare for me to purchase Indian style clothes, but these fashions had the extra style in the spring line to give shape and flow.
Next was a visit to Cafe Turtle where we enjoyed Pomegranate mixed with Pineapple juice and I resisted my usual treat of vegan blueberry cheesecake, as, after browsing the bookstore and purchasing The Pearl That Broke the Shell and Mukakami – Absolutely On Music – Ozawa, we were heading next to the The Claridges Hotel garden for lunch. After long talks, a Greek salad a la India style, pineapple juice for me and orange juice for Katarina, she headed for the airport and I returned to Ahuja for a quiet evening before flying to England the next day.
Katarina raises her 4 year old daughter and cares for her husband with organic natural vegan foods, yoga, and a healthy lifestyle approach to living. Her husband is a medical doctor, an oncologist, one who learns the latest technologies at conferences around the world, and he already has welcomed Katarina to patient counselling sessions.
“Dear Farida, It was so lovely to meet you in person and spend this nice and sunny afternoon in Delhi with you. Thank you for taking the time! You are truly an inspiration for me and I am very proud to be your student. With Love and Gratitude, Katarina”