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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

We hope to extend and share the journey of these goods as they make their way around the world. From our house to yours.

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Welcome to my blog at Shivam Creations.

Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

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Being a Hippie Traveller: Part 1- Nagarhole Forest, Karnataka

Shivangi Parikh

So this week I had a chance conversation with two unrelated folks, who lived in India as tourists for 6 months: one is from Australia, and one from the US. They lived on a budget in different cities, travelled by train, and hung out with the locals. I am sure there are lots of people who take long vacations and get immersed in a culture. But while listening to their adventures is exciting, I am partly jealous cause I want to do that!

So, in an effort to feel like a hippie traveller, I decided to compile a list of some of my recent trips, and share them with you to feel semi-cool. While I may not have a 6-month stint in my backpack, I do have snapshots of some of the most amazing places I have been lucky to visit, even if some of them were for only 6 hours! 

The following pictures are from our day-long excursion to the Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, in Southern Karnataka. It was a beautiful drive through the forest and we were graced with the presence of the famous Indian spotted deer. There was also a school at the main entrance of the forest...so the animals couldn't possibly be that scary!

Have any of you travelled to a National Forest in India?? I would love to see some images or hear about your experience, even if its just one line! 

Shivangi Parikh

Of Old Rituals and New Relationships

Shivangi Parikh

Finally! As promised, I bring to you the grandest, fun-fest of all times, an Indian wedding!!  
And this one is even more special for my family because it was the last of my siblings, the 'baby sister' whose time had come to leave the nest. Part fun, part bitter-sweet, part nostalgic, nothing else can make you feel more entrenched in your culture. You are surrounded by all the elements that make up your roots: traditions, customs, deities, and not to mention three generations of your family members!

The 'Haldi snaan' (giving a turmeric scrub) before the wedding, the Kanyadaan (giving away of the bride), tying the knot, the Saat Pheras (seven vows/rounds in front of the sacred fire), and finally the bidaai (bride bidding farewell to her family), all of these customs have been part of the Hindu wedding ceremony for thousands of years.

Some I appreciate, some are simply beyond my understanding. Unfortunately, a lot of them might even fade away as the younger generation, including us, does not follow all of them. But what I do know is this: each generation, each family, will adopt, and adapt to, their own set of rituals. As my sister and brother-in-law seal their relationship, I am sure they will create their own set of rituals to live by. And that is the most important thing we can pass down to our kin. 

 

 

Shivangi Parikh